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March 26th, 2013, 06:12 AM
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I guess I'll get this started with her birth story and then slowly add on as the days go by.

At my 38 week appointment I was seen by the NP and she was slightly concerned that I was measuring small. They decided to send me in for an ultrasound at the hospital to make sure everything was ok with the amniotic fluid levels. The minute the tech put the wand up to my stomach and said “Uh oh!” that’s when I knew there was an issue. I said “What is it?” and the tech said “Your baby is breech! Did you know that?” NO! I DIDN’T! We all thought she was head down!! That really foiled my plan for a natural delivery seeing as how I was already 38 weeks and the chances of her turning head down were slim to none. After the ultrasound I went home and told family the news. I was bummed, but I just wanted her here safely so even though my OB hadn’t called yet with the dreaded “You’ll need a c-section” news, I was prepared for it. That day they called back and said my c-section was for Monday, March 18th.

At my second 38 week appointment we had a little scare when the OB couldn’t find Rylie’s heartbeat right away on the Doppler so she had me lay on my left side and then she was able to pick it up. I was then sent to the hospital for an NST to make sure everything was ok, which it was. I guess they were worried that maybe the reason she was breeched was because the cord was wrapped around her head or something. While at the hospital they told me my c-section would be set for 7:30am on 3/18. I went and told my birth photographer and family and then started to prepare even more for what was going to happen that coming Monday.
That Monday morning we woke up at 4:30am and got ready to go. I had to be there by 5:30am so they could do an ultrasound, monitor Rylie, etc. They showed my family (Jesse, my mom, his mom) the ultrasound and the OB pointed out where her head, arms and legs were. It was funny, we didn’t even need the ultrasound to know that Rylie was breech, all the nurses were coming over to poke my belly and feel where her head was.

Walking into the OR at 7:30 was just surreal. I was kind of jittery once I got in there (combination of cold/nervous I guess) and they gave me a warm blanket so that I could be comfortable while I got the spinal. My anesthesiologist and the team did a great job, the only thing I felt was the first initial injection of lidocaine. They commented on how I did a great job handling it and that everything was going to go smoothly from there on out. It pretty much did. They gave me something for my heartburn since it was pretty bad in the OR and once I was numb they brought Jesse in and got started. It was about 5-10 minutes, I felt some tugging, and then I heard “Legs out, butt out, head out!!!” and she started screaming her head off at 8:08am. I started to cry, obviously. She had the cutest cry ever and I wanted nothing more than to see her. She was taken to the warmer where I could see her being cleaned off, weighed, measured, etc and I couldn’t believe how absolutely beautiful she was. And how much she looked like me. She was brought over to me after that and I gave her some kisses, which she puckered up for. It was adorable, but unfortunately we don’t have pictures of that because Jesse forgot the camera….thankfully a nice nurse went and brought it in for us.

Once I was stitched and stapled up they put me onto the recovery gurney and put Rylie skin to skin with me which was absolute heaven. She crawled to my right breast after a little bit in PACU so I had one of the nurses help me to get her latched on and Rylie nursed for about 25-30 minutes. My mom, MIL, and birth photographer all came in to see me which was great. After about 2 hours in recovery I was sent up to my room on the mother/baby unit and they played her lullaby. From there we took some pictures of all of us together and then my photographer left.

I requested to see the LC since I had a bit of trouble getting Rylie to latch on to my left breast and the LC who was on call that day was pretty much worthless and told me they don’t like to see patients that first day because mother and baby are “getting used to each other”, which I thought was just stupid. The second day I did get seen by a great LC who helped me get Rylie to latch on to the left breast by using the football hold. My nipple tissue wasn’t as drawn out on that side as it was on my right, so until Rylie helped it along it worked out wonderful for us to use that latch on technique. That same day they did decide to supplement Rylie with a teeny bit of formula (they let her lick it out of a medicine cup) because she hadn’t had a wet diaper in almost 10 hours. That did the trick, and she hasn’t had any more supplementation because that night my milk came in. That same LC seen me the next day and had some students with her. She showed them what a great latch Rylie had and how my milk had come in wonderfully and showed me techniques to make sure I was helping with the let down and un-engorgement. The day I was discharged it was like the LC brought in everyone and their momma to get a glimpse of Rylie nursing. Unfortunately I had just nursed her which I think bummed out the students. I got a schedule of their breastfeeding support group meetings and plan on attending the meetings as much as I possibly can.
A problem we did have in the hospital was Rylie would just not want to be separated from me. The first night we were establishing breastfeeding so she was with me most of the time and they had a policy about not sleeping with the baby in bed with you so I was super paranoid that I was going to fall asleep with her (which I would doze off a lot and then wake myself back up) so I really didn’t get much sleep. They yelled at me for it and the second night the nurse took Rylie out of the room for about an hour so we could get some sleep and then decided that we were going to break the hospital policy because Rylie wanted to be skin to skin (this decision came because Jesse could NOT get her to settle down, she would just wail whenever he had her and the minute she got back to me she would stop). After that decision was made, we all slept so much better and Jesse stopped worrying about every little sound and grunt she made (seriously, he because helicopter dad real fast). We actually still have the sleeping problem, so Jesse has been sleeping on an air mattress at night while I’m propped up in the middle of our bed surrounded by a bunch of pillows with Rylie resting on my chest and the boppy. I’m not getting the best sleep ever, but it works for us right now until we get the co-sleeper we ordered.

As far as how everything is going now, it’s going good. My incision site is healing well and today I had my staples removed. I was prescribed Percocet and Ibuprofen but have only been taking the Ibuprofen because I really hate narcotics and how they make me feel. I’ve been using an AbdoMend Belly Binder so I don’t have a lot of pain unless I am walking around too much, but that hasn’t happened since Friday when we took Rylie to get enrolled in DEERS (for the military) and to be seen by the pediatrician on base. At that appointment she was down about 9% in weight which they of course got worried about. Since she’s breastfed I wasn’t worried at all. We took her back yesterday and she gained so she’s now up to 7 lbs 2 oz. I’m enjoying her being a “Momma’s Girl” and am so happy she’s my daughter. Sometimes I’ll look at her and wonder how in the world she fit inside me…I mean, I didn’t have a crazy huge bump or anything. And look what came out of it!!! Also I’m already back to my pre-pregnancy weight which makes me very very happy!


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March 26th, 2013, 09:18 AM
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I have been on a JM hiatus because life has been very, very hectic for me lately. And I totally missed Rylie's birth announcement! Congratulations, Shasta! I am so happy for you. Even though the birth wasn't as planned, it sounds like things went as smoothly as they possibly could. Enjoy these precious first weeks with your little one.
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March 27th, 2013, 04:31 AM
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Thanks for sharing your birth story! Funny how things never turn out as we plan...I also had unplanned section. She is just precious...enjoy every little newborn moment. Totally cliche, but entirely all too true...they grow up right before your eyes! xx
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March 30th, 2013, 06:48 AM
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I've been exclusively breastfeeding for 12 days and it's going ok for the most part. My only problem is my right nipple split open near the areola so feeding Rylie from that side is extremely painful. I didn't realize that was the source of the pain until last night. So until it heals up, I'll probably just nurse from the left side and hand express or pump on the right. Another challenge I'm having is that Rylie will fight me at the breast sometimes. She puts her hands in the way, pushes back, starts crying, etc. It's only when first getting her latched on and some of the DDC girls think she may have reflux or gas...or maybe a bit of both. I'm thinking it's gas, and thank god I have an appointment for her to be seen on Monday because it's really wearing me down. To the point where I want to just give her a bottle and be done with it.

Has anyone had newborn pictures done by The Picture People? I have a coupon for pictures there and am thinking about taking Rylie this week to get pictures done of her so I can send out birth announcements. We had paid for a birth photographer and I would use her again for baby pictures but she charges too much.

Rylie's cord stump is finally starting to lift off a bit. It has this dark brown discharge that looks a lot like blood coming from it. From everything I heard it's normal but again, thankfully we see the pediatrician on Monday because I want to make sure it's not causing her pain or discomfort and maybe that's the reason she's been cranky lately.

Her cute little breech legs of hers are slowly "calming down" and she's learning to bend her knees more. We will have to go about an hour away in 4 weeks or so to get her legs checked out by a specialist to make sure she won't have hip dysplasia or anything. Apparently they just do an ultrasound on her to make sure everything looks ok, which I'm hoping and praying everything is fine. I'm not sure what they would want to do if they find something wrong. Possibly PT?

Also, Rylie will not take a paci...at all. I've tried a few different brands, Tommee Tippee, MAM, gumdrop and nothing works. She acts like it's gagging her when I put one in her mouth. Someone had suggested I get this flavoring stuff to put on the paci, but I'm not sure it's going to work. Anyone have any experience with the paci flavorings??

As far as Easter goes tomorrow, we hadn't planned anything and I feel bad about it. We're going to the store today to get food items for dinner so I may pick up a small ham or something. We usually give each other Easter baskets but this year we decided to just pick out candy we both liked and we'll both just share. We aren't doing anything for Rylie really, except just dressing her up in a cute onesie and possibly a dress I bought her for pictures. She's way too young for us to really do much else. I'll make sure to post pictures from tomorrow.
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WOW! WHat a wonderful story...especially the part that she wants her mama! I love the term 'helicopter dad'.. I imagine my DH will be a 'Helicopter dad' too..... Big Congrats to you!!
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March 31st, 2013, 07:39 AM
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Happy Easter everyone!!!
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March 31st, 2013, 12:46 PM
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Such a sweet birth story. Thanks for sharing! That stinks she was breech and that you had to have a c-section, but she's here safe and sound and that's the important thing. I hope she doesn't have hip dysplasia. One of the ladies in my PR has a daughter with that and she has to wear a harness on her legs to put them in shape. I'd imagine there would be some PT at some point, too.

Happy First Easter, Rylie!
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April 1st, 2013, 11:08 AM
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Aww! Hi, Rylie!

Sorry for the cracked nipple. I had a really rough go at it early on, and I know how painful it can be. It really puts a damper on nursing. I cried plenty of times. (Mine was compounded by thrush, but I would have had sore nipples anyway). Lots of lanolin will hopefully help. And when Rylie does start latching to that breast again, numb it with an ice cube first. It might take the edge off.

Jack never took a paci well, despite trying various kinds. I never really wanted him to use one, but I always figured I would use it at bedtime. He just wasn't interested though. I think he would get pissed when he discovered it wasn't my breast. Just constantly spitting them out. It does make it a bit rough, since there's not always a way to soothe them, but at least breaking her of a pacifier won't be something you'll need to worry about down the road.

Hope you ended up have a good low-key Easter.
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April 2nd, 2013, 10:48 AM
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Rylie seen the pediatrician yesterday and was given Zantac for her gas problem. I started the first dose this morning so hopefully we'll see some improvements soon. She is 80th percentile for height and 12th for weight.

I overdid it the other day and aggravated my c-section incision. The left side hurts so I need to remind myself that I'm not superwoman and I need to take it easy if I want this to heal correctly.

The right nipple still hurts quite a bit at times. I'm still feeding her from that side though because I really don't like pumping. I've been making sure to stay on the Ibuprofen so that I can have the pain lessened a bit. Also, I found this organic lanolin free nipple butter at Walmart (The First Years Nursing Care) that I've been using on my nipples as well. It's helped out quite a bit. I stopped using the Lanolin cream I had because I've heard it can aid in getting Thrush, which I DO NOT WANT.

My first outing with Rylie yesterday went extremely successful though. She loves being carried in either the Infantino Sash Mei Tai or the Baby K'Tan. I think she just loves the closeness and being able to snuggle up against my chest. It keeps her calm for the most part too which is great because I really don't want a meltdown to happen in public. Everyone looks at you like your a bad parent or something the instant the baby starts crying.

Also, her cord finally fell off last night! I'm excited but at the same time I wanted to cry a little bit, as that was the last reminder of her attachment to me in the womb. I cannot believe how fast the days are going by.
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Congrats Shasta! Rylie is beautiful and thanks for sharing your story. At first, Ember had a shallow latch and I used the Medela cream and earth mama nipple butter and alternating using both of them. I loved the earth mama and it was very soft. It helped a ton!

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Hope the Zantac helps with her reflux issues.
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April 17th, 2013, 10:55 AM
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I cannot believe Rylie is a month old already. I cried, I must admit. She's growing up and getting bigger right before my eyes. It's awesome to witness.

I made a small cake for Jesse and I to eat to celebrate her 1 month day. Butter Pecan cake with buttercream vanilla frosting. Such a great combo!

Rylie doesn't go back to the doctor until May for her 2 month checkup so I'm not sure how much she weighs right now. I guess I could weigh myself and then weigh again with her in my arms to see. The gas issue is still on-going but I'm not giving her the Zantac anymore since it seemed to just make her spit up more. It's gotten a bit better though so I feel ok letting her go without taking it. Most of the time she works out gas in about 5 minutes although sometimes she'll go longer if she has poop that needs to be worked out too. I never thought I would be talking about baby poop so casually. LOL.

Rylie is doing great with breastfeeding. She's been a little fussy lately at the breast but I'm just attributing that to a growth spurt. She seems to fuss at both breasts and I've checked multiple times when she's fussing to see if milk is coming out (which it always does) so it's not a supply issue.

Rylie is also doing really well with sleeping at night. Lately she's only woken me up twice a night for feedings/diaper changes. She is still sleeping with me though, that's one thing that hasn't really changed much. Still wants to be with her momma all the time. I haven't had a decent shower in a while but that's ok.

Just recently I learned about neck cheese....I know, very gross, but apparently it happens a lot and it's **** nasty. The smell is super funky and has been plaguing our household for weeks. I guess it's going to be more frequent baths for her and I'll be super diligent about cleaning her neck and behind her ears more thoroughly so that doesn't continue to happen. Neck cheese....makes me look at cheese in a whole new way.

Anyways, here's some pictures of her that I took for her 1 month day.

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What a big girl. How cute she is Eww neckcheese. What fun babies are, poop neckcheese lol
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Happy 1 month! I felt the same way for the first couple of months, but then he started becoming more fun and I realized I was spending too much time feeling sad about him not being my bitty newborn anymore and not enough time enjoying where he was and eventually I got to where I'm more excited about him growing and learning and only getting little pangs of sadness. I'm sure you'll get there, too.

My friend's baby got the neck cheese. She called it neck rot. Poor thing! She found that cleaning and keeping bibs on helped with it.
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Wow! Can't believe she's a month old already!

Neck cheese. Yummy.
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I cannot believe Rylie is 2 months old already! I swear the days are going by way too fast. She's giving social smiles, cooing, kind of laughing, holding her head up during tummy time, has great head control, and she's been interested in toys/mobiles.

We've both had colds to deal with (I gave it to her) so we've both been stuffed up, coughing, and generally just not feeling good some days. She's seeming to get better just like I am, but it's been slow and steady. She probably won't have her first set of shots because of it, which I guess is good and bad. She's goes in on the 20th so I'll update with her stats, last time she was weighed she was 11 lbs, 12 oz.

Here's the most current picture of her (taken today):


And one of us today at the Strawberry Festival:
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