Saturday, July 18, 2009

Trip is here!

Well, he is finally here! We went in on Sunday night to be induced, but Trip was not responding well to the contractions. After trying three times to induce, it was decided to go ahead with a c-section- talk about a VERY strange experience! Trip was born at 12:41 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2009. He was screaming his head off, and speaking of his head, it is covered in hair! We did not expect that at all!
After my surgery, I went to recovery, and Trip went to the nursery. Most women spend about 2 hours in recovery, but my temperature was low, so I spent an additional two hours there, covered in blankets and was even put under a heater. When my 96.5 degree goal was reached, I was wheeled out to see Trip in the nursery's window and then to my room. Within a few minutes, his pediatrician and one of the nurses brought him in so that I could hold him. After just two minutes with him, they told me that he was going to the NICU because of some breathing problems. Robert, his mom, and my parents were all able to go up and see him in the NICU.
Later that evening, the NICU pediatrician called and told us that he had an elevated white blood cell count, so they were keeping him for at least 48 hours. I didn't get to see him again until Tuesday at lunch. Robert and I went every couple of hours to sit with him and feed him. By Wednesday, Trip was moved into the stable room of the NICU and was eating like a champ. We waited anxiously until 11 that night for the call that Trip was going to get out of NICU and stay with us and in the regular nursery.
We didn't get much sleep that night, as Trip decided that he liked more than the standard 2 oz. bottle offered. He and I got the all-clear on Thursday, and we left the hospital at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Robert and I are adjusting to life with an eating, pooping, crying, and sleeping machine! Our dogs, Mercedes and Berlin, are trying to figure it all out as well. As tired as I am, I am so happy to be home with our little guy and can't imagine doing anything more exciting than just staring at him!

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