Born: 6:35pm, December 1, 2014
Weight: 5 lbs, 8 oz
Length: 18 inches
I've shared the story of how quickly my day of contractions led to our little girl arriving on December 1st. Baby O arrived three weeks early, and although we were a little surprised that she came early, in retrospect, I'm really glad she was born early.
One of the nicer things about this being pregnancy #2 is that I knew what to expect:
...I knew what to expect with the C-section, what the recovery challenges would be, and what would happen during my hospital stay. Overall, I had a really good hospital experience, which I'd like to remember...
What I found most amusing about my hospital stay: with baby #1, I didn't have a choice in my meals. This time around, I was able to choose my meals from a menu. Of course, I was still limited to certain kinds of food, as I had just had major surgery, but it was still nice to be able to have a menu of choices.
Visitors? Besides my husband and three-year-old son, my mother-in-law flew in from North Carolina on Wednesday morning. We were so happy to see her. She'll be with us for the entire month of December! I'm a lucky mama.
What I thought of the hospital room: our room was much bigger than the hospital room I stayed in when I had my first child. The bed that my husband slept on wasn't the most comfortable, but it was a couch that pulled out into a twin-sized bed. Not too shabby.
Least favorite part of my hospital stay: being woken up every couple of hours during the night to have my vital signs checked. Having to nurse every 2-3 hours, I had to sneak in sleep whenever I could. And it seemed that just as soon as I'd fallen asleep, a nurse was at my side waking me up to taking my blood pressure, temperature, or, in one case draw my blood.
Most stressful moment: newborns are screened for hearing in Colorado at birth, just as they are in many other states. My firstborn was diagnosed sensorineural hearing loss in both ears, so naturally, we are worried about our second child. She did not pass the hearing screen, so we are scheduled for a second hearing screen the week of Christmas.
Most surprising difference with this hospital stay: because she was born early, the hospital recommended we "triple feed": (1) I would nurse Baby O; (2) my husband would supplement, and feed Baby O; (3) while my husband gave her supplement, I would pump with the breast pump the hospital provided. But what was surprising is that we had an option of donated breast milk or formula. We decided to go with the donated breast milk.
Mamas who have chosen to breastfeed, would you have opted to feed your baby donated breastmilk over formula?