Friday, February 16, 2007

When can my baby start using a pacifier?

Delena and I have been having this debate. In the hospital they told use to wait at least 1o days. But this article (When can my baby start using a pacifier?) brings up some great points as to when to use the pacifier. I can see how it can become a crutch for crying children.

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

What a great day!

Today was such a great day in the life of our amazing baby. Last night he only woke up once! He fed on a regular basis, he stuck right to the schedule. Then when Grandma and Grandpa Markland (Mom and Dad) came up. He was wonderful then too. You know the strange part, having a baby I never thought I would care so much about when and if he pooped. Well he did three times today and I was excited.

Joe Ben is doing so well, today was one of the many good days we will have.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Our first scare!

Now this may sound lame to some, but it was scary to us. You see Joe Ben has not been sleeping at all, and we anticipated this; but he really hasn't been sleeping. Yesterday Delena's milk came in and so we figured that would help him to sleep a little more and also poop. You see he hasn't really pooped in two days. As today progressed we constantly became worried that he wasn't doing well. But we kept feeding him all day and nothing we did would help him sleep.

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
  • Burp
  • Breast Feed 10 minutes on other side
  • Burp
  • Repeat
  • Then Pump
Since we had just tried to feed him, I quickly grabbed a bottle and fed him some formula. In the process I grabbed a nipple that was the medium flow. As I fed him, the milk came out super fast and so I had to burp him like 10 times. He drank down nearly 2 oz in about 5 minutes. Then crashed! He fell asleep so hard, I got worried I had fed him to fast and he was sick. After another call to the doctor (my dad) we felt better.

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.

Happy Valentine's Day

Our little heart breaker!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

I just love being a dad!

Going to the Doctor.

Today was Joe Ben's first doctors appointment. It was a short checkup after his birth. Since his blood sugar had been low, he wanted a quick check up. We have chosen Dr. Watts and Pediatric Care of Ogden. Joe had lost a few onces but not much and the doctor said that is normal. Once the Delena's milk starts coming (we are feeling it will be today) then he will gain a lot more weight and start pooping. We were so worried we were doing things wrong and the doctor would find things wrong with him. But besides being noisy, he did very well.

Dr. Watts said we are doing everything right and he looks fantastic. He should be back up to his birth rate by next week.

Congrats Joe YOU PASSED!!

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

First Bath time!

This really is a two person job. We thought we were on a roll with the sponge bath thing. He was very upset but we were going fast. Then all of the sudden as I am washing his hair. BOOM! He pooped all over me. Well it least we had a bath ready. (If you look close you can see I was lucky to have that towel under him; nevertheless he still got it all over me and the kitchen floor).

Please Poop!

As you read this title I am sure you saying I am crazy. But Joe Ben has not pooped all day. About 10 pm he started grunting and crying. We kept with his feeding and that calmed him down but you could see he was in pain.
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

Home, Homeward bound again!

We are home! What an amazing experience it is bringing home your first child. We don't have the protection of the nurses any more. We are a little scared but we are happy to be home. Joe has yet to wake up and see his new room, but he seems content on being a sleep.

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!

Discharge Class

McKay Dee has a discharge class. It is supposed to teach us what to do with our child as we go home. They have rockers for the women and donuts for us to eat. Amy is our teacher and is very friendly.

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.

Ahh...the 4 am feeding time.

At least he is good at it, 4:30 am and I will be back to bed.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

He is so cute!

Just gotta love that hair!

Pictures and Sugar

Good News! We no longer have to check his blood sugar. The doctor says he is doing well. The portable tester wasn't doing well, so we tested him at NICU and he was fine. They also tested his hearing and he has perfect hearing as well.

Also here is a picture.

Peed all over me!

Just learned my lesson of changing him without protective gear!


Thanks to everyone for all the flowers, visits, and your friendship.

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!

Day 2

Delena and I had the baby (Joe Ben) go to the nursery for a couple of hours so we could catch up on some sleep. I haven't been this tired in years!

More Sugar

While I was at lunch Joe Ben began to get very upset about getting his blood sugar tested. It really upset Delena to see our baby cry. It is amazing how you instantly love your child.

Low sugar

Dr. Watts came in and said his blood sugar is fairly low. So we need to supplement his breast feeding with formula to boost his sugar. I feel so bad he cries so much because they have to prick his feet to check his sugar.

First Night!

Besides the fact he needs to be fed every 3 hours, he cries and poops! I have changed him three times now and I am barely awake. WOW! What a wake up call. But it is so worth it!

Friday, February 09, 2007

Baby Born 9lbs 6oz

Well he is here! Joseph Benjamin Markland was born February 9th 2007 at 4:43 pm.

He weighed an amazing 9lbs 6oz. Talk about huge. Mom and baby are doing well.

More to come.

Ooo Man!

Fully Dilated! watch out here we come.

8 1/2 and counting

It is now about 3:30 pm. The whole family has arrived. My mom and Dad, Delena's mom and two sisters. The doctors just said she is now at an 8 1/2.

Getting Closer!

Epidural is in

We opted to get this done early. They were going to do some C-sections and had to leave. Delena wasn't in pain yet, but we said, "What the heck, let's do it now." Delena is sooo happy she did. They just checked Delena and found she is dilated to a 5.

Inducement Day

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

False Labor

Today Delena called me at 1:30 to tell me she was having contractions. We had been timing them each night to see if she was going into labor, but today she said they were much more intense and they were 10 minutes apart. An hour later she called to say they were even closer, now to about 5 minutes. She could hardly stand because of how intense they were. She called the doctor and she said to come home and get into a warm bath. This would stop or start them. When I got home at 5:30 she was now 3 minutes apart. So what did we do? Went to the hospital.

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

Inducement Day Set

During our last appointment Delena received a little scare. Her blood pressure was a little high and has been feeling sick. The doctor ordered some more test and found that the baby is quickly running our of room; therefore if we don't have it soon we need to be induced. Delena's body is tired of being pregnant and wants to have the baby that is why she is getting sick.

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.