Friday, February 16, 2007
To be honest this stems to our frustrations on breastfeeding. We are both fans of breastfeeding and supplementing when necessary. But it is tough to get your milk going. It seems the baby at times just wants to use Delena as a pacifier and not eat. But I think we need to be more aggressive in how we feed him.
Do you guys use a pacifier, when did you start giving it to them? When did you take it away?
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Joe Ben is doing so well, today was one of the many good days we will have.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
About 3 pm the McKay Dee Hospital called and asked Delena how the baby was doing. We told the lady of our concerns about pooping and sleeping. She asked about our nursing procedures. What procedures? She told us we were not feeding him correctly. He is super hungry! We thought because he was breast feeding all day he was getting tons, turns out he wasn't at all. The nurse told us to do the following:
- Breast Feed 10 minutes
- Breast Feed 10 minutes on other side
- Then Pump
He slept nearly 3 hours (this is a first since we came home). When he woke up we did our Breast Feeding routine. It was murder on Delena, but we did it! I still supplemented him about 1 oz but we felt much better about the process.
Again he is a sleep, on his own, in his bassinet. Which he has never once used since we got home because he was hungry.
Delena and I both were so worried and felt guilty we had been starving our baby. Delena took it particularly hard at first, but then after we feed him again we both felt much better.
Man, being parents is hard and scary, but we learned a lot tonight.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Dr. Watts said we are doing everything right and he looks fantastic. He should be back up to his birth rate by next week.
Also today was the first day we really got Joseph ready to go out on the town. We were a little nervous about taking him outside, but we survived. I got half way down the road and realized I didn't have his diaper bag. I have got to start remembering that thing.
Monday, February 12, 2007
After 3 dry diapers and one wet one we put him down for bed. He slept about an hour and woke for his feeding. Then he slept for an amazing 7 minutes, only to wake again grunting and screaming. Nothing we did would help.
Then finally at 3:15 am he pooped! We couldn't believe it, we had thought he had done it so many times before. But this time Delena was positive.
We checked and sure enough he had! "It was beautiful," Delena said. We couldn't believe it, it was the black green maconium that he had had in the past, it was the real deal!
Now he is eating the best he has all evening (morning) and we can get maybe one hour extra of sleep tonight.
Ahh the joy of poo.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
We stayed at the hospital as long as we could. There was just this big fear of stepping into our home and being parents for real! At the hospital they take the baby to nursery when you want or tell you went to feed him. Not at home, we are on our own. Well I know I have all you to help us when needed.
McKay Dee was a pleasant surprise, we were dead set on being at Ogden Regional and only went to McKay Dee because we needed to be induced. But our nurses were amazing and everyone treated us so well.
Well...I am off to be a dad!
We just finished a video about car seats, and we will have info about feeding, skin, etc.
(a few minutes later)
So far the class is a little slow, but Amy does a nice job keeping it exciting. This last video we watched called Elijah's Story, was heart wrenching. This father, who had never been known as a violent person or a bad person, shook his 1 year old to death. It was so scary, you need to have a plan to cope with all the stress. Delena and I talked on the way back to the room that we would always make time to talk to each other about our frustrations and be willing to talk to others in the case of emergency.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Also here is a picture.
Grandma Kapp, Aunt Judy, Cousin Kim, Brady and Heather Fuller. Plus all our family. It has been great! The flowers that came from Kim, The Markland's, the Lewis's, The Windley's and many others. Thanks again!
Friday, February 09, 2007
We at the hospital as we speak. I thought I would give you all a play by play today. I will be making posts via my cell phone all weekend. So bare with me for they will be short and quick as things happen.
Delena and I are now waiting for our 7 am appointment to be induced.
I can't believe today is the big day!
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Well after about an hour they were still intense, but Delena had not dilated any more than the day before. So the doctor sent us home. They gave Delena a morphine shot to ease the pain and stop the contractions. Which it did.
I guess we have to wait until Friday!
Friday, February 02, 2007
We hope to have it soon but our delivery date isn't until the 16th! Will we make it? Well th doctor as decided that we should go for the 9th as an inducement date. We have our hearts set on Ogden Regional and their GIANT birthing suites, but they are short staffed and we could get bumped a whole week if they are too busy. So we have chosen McKay Dee for the inducement and Ogden Regional if we go into labor.