Adjusting to life with two girls has been so much easier than I originally thought it would be! I think in part it’s because I have already done all this before so the ‘not knowing’ factor and the insecurity about my ability to provide and care for this tiny, helpless sweet being is not in anyway an issue. Journey weighed 9lbs 2oz on Friday and is doing very well. I suspect a dairy allergy (not surprising considering Trinity and my niece and nephew both have/have had dairy sensitivities). I was shocked to see that she rolls over already!! In fact when she was a week old she did it for the first time on a hard floor. She does it on the couch a lot, but it gives a little so I thought nothing of it really, but when she did it on the floor I was like, “Whoa, slow down kiddo!”
Tandem nursing hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it was going to be either. Trinity is more than happy to share with her sister, wait her turn, and drink up the leftovers! It’s been a real blessing having her help with engorgement and helping me to ‘balance things out.’ She recently picked up some kind of virus that makes her eyes and nose all runny and she is coughing that croupy cough in the night. She hasn’t wanted to eat much of anything and I am so thankful that she is still nursing…a dehydrated, sick child in the hospital is the last thing I need right now, but once again – breastmilk to the rescue!
I have really enjoyed having my sister and her kiddos stay with me the past month. I am so glad that she was able to be here for the birth and to help me adjust these first two weeks. It just hit me like a sledge hammer to the forehead how much it is going to break my heart when she leaves tomorrow. It took she and I so many years to finally become friends and work through all of our issues (separate and together) and she is my best friend in the whole world. We don’t agree on everything, but we can always be honest with each other now, and it is a rare occasion that one of us gets our feelings hurt. And if we do get our feelings hurt then we just toss each other a pair of big girl panties, talk about it and work through it. It’s the most intimate and intricate relationship because we have known each other our whole lives, always been together and have a bond that just compares to nothing else. Not everyone is close to their siblings and I understand why. It’s hard work to have any kind of real relationship with anyone and even harder with family at times. But it’s so rewarding once you get to that ‘smooth sailing’ part. I’m just really gonna miss her is all. And my niece and my nephew are just so beautiful. I am crying just thinking about when I am going to get to tickle them again.
Okay okay, this is longer than I originally intended it to be, just had to put that all out there. I am a wreck right now. My girls are good and healthy and happy and Kris and I are well. I have everything in the world to be thankful for but I am willing to bet that people in Japan can hear the sound of my heart breaking when Christi pulls out my driveway tomorrow…
Friday, July 13th @ 2:08am I jumped out of bed when my water broke. I woke up Kris just to let him know and we tried to go back to bed to get some rest. We knew we could possibly have a long night ahead of us. I couldn’t sleep at all so I hung out by myself with simple, irregular contractions for about an hour. When I started to get uncomfortable around 3am I woke up my sister to hang out with me. Within an hour I was having good, strong contractions but they were still irregular and we couldn’t really time them. I just wasn’t feeling quite right about it all and so I called my midwife who decided to come over. Kelli got here around 4:30 and by that time I had set up camp in Kris’s grandmother’s old room (her name was Mae Ann). I was on all fours resting my upper body on a stack of pillows and just in my groove moaning through contractions and chatting a bit in between with my girlfriend Christina and my sister. Kris, my sister, and my father-in-law started filling up the tub Kelli brought with her while she checked me. I was four centimeters dilated when she got here, but she said that my reactions didn’t match my dilation. She gave me a homeopathic because my symptoms didn’t match how far along I was. I progressed very quickly. I was feeling the urge to push before I ever made it in the tub. As soon as it was deep enough I got in and it felt great. I was pushing almost nonstop. I dilated from 4cm to 10 in ½ an hour and at 6:14am Journey MaeAnn was delivered in the water completely asleep and snoring – definitely her father’s child LOL She weighed in at 8lbs 6oz and was 21inches. Beautiful, perfect and healthy with and Apgar of 8/9. I couldn’t have wished for a better birth experience. A 2 hour labor with no complications at all. She’s a strong nurser just like her sister was from the very start.
We’ve been well with little complications. Sunday night I got a fever and my midwife came by with the suspicion of a uterine infection. She gave me a shot of penicillin and the fever went down but 6 hours later returned. At 2:30am we were driving to her house for her to dose me again and I was okay until Monday morning when the fever returned at which point she insisted I got to the ER for an ultrasound to make sure everything was okay (to make sure there was nothing left in my uterus that could cause and infection which could be life threatening). At the end of it all it was determined that my uterus just got lazy and wasn’t contracting as it should have been (even with a baby nursing) so they sent me home with a prescription that makes my uterus have one titanic contraction (for two days – yowee) and an antibiotic to treat whatever funk was going on in there due to a lack of improper evacuation of post-partum stuff (to keep it non-graphic). So other than being crampy and a bit tired I am doing great and enjoying my babymoon. Just wanted to check in and give you all a few details cause I know everyone was itching for them. I have a non graphic video of the actual delivery for anyone who wishes to see it. Hope all is well with you and yours.