So, I’ve been writing this post for two days. Three days – interrupted again!! Turns out it’s not easy typing with one hand LOL.
As you can see, Hawk Alexander Reiter arrived on 8/15 at 3:08 AM. He’s almost a week old, whoa. We had a doctor’s appointment today, and I wore clothes, so here is documentation. Also, please behold the postpartum belly.
We are both doing well. I had a vaginal delivery, after being 30 minutes away from scheduling a c-section. I think I’ll write more about that later, but it was quite a roller coaster. I did end up with an epidural and at the end of the day, I’m actually conflicted about it. On the one hand, it was “nice” not feeling anything during the pushing phase (which was only about an hour), on the other, for the 10 hours prior to that I was in intense pain, mostly in my back, right side, and couldn’t move myself or do anything about it, which was miserable.
I didn’t feel most of the pain of the actual contractions anymore though, so….
Hawk was born at 6 lbs 7 ounces – a lot smaller than we thought he’d be given that he was 40 weeks 6 days. He had to have his blood sugar tested about a million times in the hospital, and that ended up being fine. He’s had his bilirubin levels tested a few times (one more on Friday), but they are going down, so that’s looking promising as well. He did lose 16% of his body weight after birth though, so we’re having to supplement with formula for now. At his doctor’s appointment today he was back up to 6 pounds, so that’s great, but we need to continue supplementing and I need to eat a lot more than I am currently to produce more milk.
It’s all been a whirlwind. I cried when he was born, I cried all the way home from the hospital, and then I cried again on our way to his first doctor’s appointment. I am healing well I think (feeling better every day) and want to rave about the new Frida Mom stuff for perineal care. I’ll also write more about that later, but if you’re expecting, I recommend getting all the Frida Mom stuff you can get your hands on. The free stuff from the hospital didn’t last me long enough anyway. I am still wearing the mesh undies; you’ll probably have to pry them off of me LOL.
Anyway, more later, but I thought you deserved a quick update and a few pictures other than what I’ve posted on Instagram 🙂