Born: August 22, 2004 at 3:15 am
Weight: a little over 4 lbs
Length: 16.5 inches
She's doing fine :) It'll be another couple weeks before I can bring her home, but that's fine. She's a strong little girl, so I'm not too worried. She's breathing on her own, and eating formula through a tube right now.
I'm doing alright. I have some pain when I move around, and am moving very slowly. I think grandma outpaces me :P At the moment, I'm on pain killers every 3-4 hours.
They released me this afternoon because there wasn't any more room for me. Technically, I was released yesterday, but I was boarding there because Jae is in NICU (Natal Intensive Care Unit).
D came to get me, and we went up to visit our girl. The nurse took Jae out for D to hold. It was so precious watching him with her :) She looks like a little doll.
Before coming home, we took care of the paternity affidavit. It only takes a few minutes to get it signed and notarized, and it was free to do so. One less thing to worry about another day.
Ausha and Jessie came to see the baby earlier this evening. We met them at the hospital. Jae slept through most of the visit - but Jessie and Ausha were so thrilled to see her :) I told them anytime they wanted to see her to just give me a call.
The hospital encourages us to see her as often as we can. I hope to make it at least once a day, if not more. I need lots of rest too, so we'll see how we can balance it out. My home care is pretty basic...not all that different from last year when I just had the c-section. Of course, I can't drive until I'm off the pain meds entirely. Even then they say it'll likely take a little time - I have to feel confident that I'll hit the brakes before trying to protect my injured area. The releasing nurse suggested 3-4 weeks as an average. This is fine as we're down to one car at the moment anyway - I'm not going anywhere on my own unless its by bus. I can negotiate stairs - this is a good thing. I was dreading the idea of being stuck downstairs all the time with grandma. Talk about stress levels! The nurse said its also helpful to sleep in your own bed - a comfort thing. My body will let me know how fast to negotiate the stairs, and how often. Naturally, she doesn't suggest trying to do it all day long.
I can't lift anything heavier than 10 lbs. She suggested using a gallon of milk as a gauge - she said that that weighs roughly 8 lbs. No lifting Garrett for myself, once again. However, this time I can still hold him and such as long as someone hands him to me. The lifting increases the chances of retearing the incision.
Sexually, I'm free to do whatever I feel up to. Right now, that isn't much if anything..mostly because of energy levels and soreness. She said most women take 6-8 weeks before feeling like they're up to anything. Still, I have the freedom, and that's nice. With the bedrest, I wasn't really able to get sexually intimate in any context, considering I wasn't even supposed to be stimulated.
The nurse also suggested I wait a week before taking my iron tablets. I'll need the iron so I can't skip them all together - but a week won't make that much of a difference. She said it made her feel better when she had her historectomy. (TMI warning:) The pain meds make my stool harder, and the iron will only cause constipation...so, if I can hold off, it'll be easier on my body. I still need to take my stool softeners though. On the possible TMI note - I'm not passing gas like I should be, and I can feel it backing up. D stopped to get me some stuff to help with that, but so far I'm still feeling backed up.
Anyway, I think that's all I wanted to update on. I kept a handwritten journal while I was in the hospital - I'll be adding that to my family journal, and any further updates on Jae and such. Hopefully soon, I'll be posting pics of her there too.