Well, our baby girl is 1 week old today! Last week, I had a repeat c-section scheduled on Thursday. I was to call in Wednesday night for the time. Well, the family birth center was super busy, so the canceled me for Thursday and I was moved to Friday. We still weren’t given a time for sure – we were to call Thursday night for a time. Well, Leah apparently didn’t like getting bumped off the schedule for Thursday. I started having contractions on Thursday morning at 1 a.m. It kept me up all night staying about 8 minutes apart. I finally called into the hospital at 5:30 a.m. and they told me to stay home until they were 5 minutes apart and too strong to talk through. So I finally was able to get some rest. I decided to go to work in the morning. I only made it about an hour before I decided to head up to the family birth center. The triage nurse put me on the monitor and my contractions were 4-5 minutes apart. They called my doctor and he said we would do the c-section that day – in fact it would be in 45 minutes. I called Ryan and he came down to the hospital. I had been packing my bag and bringing it each day, so he grabbed everything out of my car and was there in plenty of time. I think I had four or five nurses working on me to get me prepped for the c-section. Everything with the repeat c-section went very well -- a much better experience than with an emergent c-section. We hadn’t told anyone our plans as we didn’t really know the definite plan either. It was great to call everyone with the news – everyone was surprised, so that made it fun. It actually worked out very well as we didn’t have to worry about Andrew since he was at daycare.
My mom has been here to help with Leah and Andrew as well as chauffeur me around. Leah has been a good baby. She likes to eat and pretty much on the every two hour schedule, even during the night, so that is tiring, but she is pretty efficient, so we are back to sleep pretty quickly. We were in to see the lactation nurse on Tuesday. She had lost 10% of her weight upon discharge from the hospital, so it was nice to see a gain of 3 ounces since we had been home. While we were out, we met Ryan for lunch and made a trip to Target. It felt really nice to be out!
Andrew went to spend a few days in Crookston with Nana and Papa. Allison and her kids stopped by on their way to Crookston, too. Andrew has had fun celebrating cousin Marcus’ 1st birthday and enjoying playing with his cousins. They also had a garage sale today. I heard he found some things to bring home. It was nice to have some quiet time with Leah, but we are anxious to have Andrew back home again, too. Andrew is getting used to the idea of Leah. He thinks it is okay when I hold her, not as sure when Ryan holds her, and definitely not okay with Nana holding her yet. I guess her lap is still his territory. He wanted me to lift him out of his highchair the other day and I can’t lift him yet… I told him that, so he told me I was too little to lift him and I would have to wait until I was bigger. I guess he’s heard that one a lot. My mom and I did get a chance to watch him at swimming lessons. It was a hoot to see him doing all of the things that he has explained. He could see us in the observation booth and he was pretty proud to have us watching him.