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Thursday, September 22, 2011

One Week!

It's been one week since Miss Cameron came out to meet this world!  And she has been loved on every bit of it!

We got to come home (all 3 of us!) on Sunday, Sept. 18th.  Cameron had lost 7% of her body weight (she was down from 8 lbs 14 oz @ birth to 8 lbs 3 oz when we left) and had a jaundice rating of 11.3.  The pediatrician said at her age, she wouldn't do any treatment for jaundice unless the level was above 20, and we were well away from that.  Due to her weight loss and the jaundice, we did have to go in on Tuesday for her first weight check at the Dr.'s office.  More to come on that.

We got home on Sunday and wasn't quite sure what we were going to do.  Desmond wanted to check out what the new thing was that we brought home.  Fortunately he doesn't think she is his own personal chew toy! 

Gotta check this out...whatcha got for me?

We were already both tired, and had NO clue how we were going to split the night shift.  Adam doesn't do well at waking up in the middle of the night (really, I don't either...), so we tried him taking the 8:00 and 11:00 feedings and I would get up and take the 2:00 and 5:00 feedings.  However, I was up for both of his feedings and he snored through both of mine.  I was exhausted come Monday morning.

Adam's parents came and helped me out on Monday while Adam went and ran errands.  That helped allow me to get some rest, but also helped me figure out that I can NOT take the Percocet anymore.  It makes me so drowsy that even taking one pill that I am miserable.

Tuesday, we went out for our first outting.  We had to go to the pediatrician's office for Cameron's weight/jaundice check.  So, we left a little bit earlier, and went to Braum's to see Adam's morning ladies.  They just loved her (but, who wouldn't?)!

Cameron's appointment went well considering.  Her jaundice levels were down from 11.3 to 8.4, but her weight was down too.  She was down to 8 lbs 1.5 oz, which is still within the 10% she is allowed to lose.  I think she has started gaining weight, but until our appointment on the 29th, we are set to strict every 3 hours feedings.  Once she is back to gaining weight like she needs to, then we will be allowed to let her eat when she wants.

The nights have been rough, but we have figured it out a little bit.  Adam is taking the earlier feedings, and I'm still taking the late night/early morning feedings, I have been waking him up if I need help.  Last night was actually a smooth night for us.  We moved our bed into the living room (until we can all get adjusted) and I went to bed a little bit earlier than normal.  I still woke up when Adam needed to feed, but when it was my turn, Cameron ate, burped, and then went right back to sleep, and then would sleep until her next feeding.  So, mommy actually got some sleep!  I'm still pretty tired today, but I didn't feel like I had been hit by a semi this morning when I got up.

All in all, we have had a pretty successful first week!  I've heard the first 2 weeks are the hardest, and we are 1/2 through that!  I'm still slightly sore in places from the c-section, and I've had a couple of massive meltdowns (gotta love hormones!) and trying to get my milk to dry up is painful, but it's going pretty well!

Here are a couple more pictures from this week.  I really need to get better about taking pictures...This time is going to fly by oh too fast!
I actually stayed awake long enough for mommy to take a picture with my eyes open!

Tummy Time!!  9/22/2011

Close up of tummy time

One week old!  9/22/2011


Requetta said...

Danae ~ Although I don't know you personally, I can't help but be ecstatic for you and Adam!! You are right, takes lots of pictures because the time will fly by!! Cameron is beautiful. Her big sis did a great job!!

Angela said...

My mom is here for a week helping me and it's been so nice to have someone take Bennett after his feeds if he won't go back down.

I'm glad you were able to get some sleep. I will be rocking the hit by a semi feeling next week :)

On drying up milk: if you are super engorged put cabbage directly on your breasts. It works wonders because you're not pumping or expressing to relieve the pressure (which causes you to produce more milk). I spent the early part of the week walking around with cabbage in my nursing tank to bring the engorgement down so Bennett could nurse. Sage tea helps too.

Cameron is gorgeous. Enjoy your baby moon.

Violet1122 said...

She is so darn cute!!

The first weeks are exhausting to say the least... slowly but surely, you will figure out a little routine and things will get easier. And I'm sure she will be putting weight on in no time!

I hope you get to feeling better too!

Allison said...

Oh Danae, I am so happy for you guys! She is beautiful! Those first few weeks can be really hard. I remember wondering if I was ever going to sleep again. :) Now I am nostalgic for those middle of the night bonding moments!
PS. My mom mentioned that binding and ice packs help reduce supply. I hope you start start feeling more comfortable soon.

Deanna said...

can't believe I am so far behind, I haven't said congrats! so here it is, CONGRATULATIONS!! Just beautiful <3

If you can find Sage tea (whole foods store or section) that works to help dry up milk, if you like to drink tea. It's maybe a bit comfier than cabbage and ice :)