Thursday, March 31, 2011

3 weeks!!

I can't believe it, but our baby is 3 weeks old (actually she is 3 weeks and 2 days now, haha!) Why is time going back so fast?? I feel like she was just born and now she is almost 1 month old!

So, Sweet Cam-a Lam.... What are you doing this week?

- You had your 2-3 week doctor appointment yesterday, March 30. Here are your stats:
*Weight: 6 lbs 14 oz!! You have gained 22 oz since you were discharged from the hospital! Yay big girl! Even though Mommy and Daddy think you are getting super big, you are still in the 5th percentile. Dr. Cortopassi really thinks by 6 month, you will be caught up with other babies your age.
*Height: 18.5 inches!! You have grown 1 inch since you were born! This still puts you in the 5th percentile.
*Head Circumference: 13.5 inches- 5th percentile

The good thing about all of her measurements was that she is uniform. We wouldn't want her weight to be in the 75% and her head circumference to be in the 5%. Dr. Cortopassi really wasn't worried at all, and he actually used the word "Porker" when describing her weight gain, haha ;)

She also had her 2nd newborn screening/PKU test, and boy did she react differently than her last heel stick. This time, she paused for about 2-3 seconds, took a really deep breath, and SCREAMED her head off. She was very mad for about 5 minutes and kept kicking the nurse, haha. That will show those mean nurses not to hurt my baby!!

Other than that, she is looking great. I was a little concerned that her umbilical cord stump had not fallen off, but he didn't seem worried about it at all. I was also anxious that I am not nursing Campbell anymore and strictly just pumping. He told me that I was being ridiculous for worrying and that she is getting the same effects that any nursing baby would get since she is still only getting breast milk. He said the "bonding" aspect of nursing is hokey and that babies bond in many other ways than just nursing. I can't tell you how good that made me feel because I have been SO STRESSED about everything breastfeeding for some time now.

- You have been so much more alert this week! You are staying awake a good 2-3 more hours during the day (and sometimes at night!) You love to look at the light or contrasting prints (example: I wore a black and white stripped shirt to dinner last night and you could not stop looking at it!) You also love to look and me and Daddy when we start to talk to you and just stare at our faces in amazement!

-You actually enjoy tummy time! With Mommy being a pediatric occupational therapist (and wanting you to be advanced in all of your developmental milestones, haha) I started tummy time from the minute you came home from the hospital. You actually seem to enjoy looking at the world from a different perspective every once in awhile. Your favorite is laying on my chest and lifting your head up from there!

-You are going more 4 hour stretches at night without needing to eat, which makes Me and Dad VERY happy!

-We think you have been going through a little growth spurt this week in that you have been more fussy and wanting to eat more frequently.

-You are doing MUCH better with changing your diaper and bathtime and not crying as much. You still will cry towards the end of bathtime, but it's not throughout the duration of the bath. I think you will like a normal bath so much better once your belly button is normal. SO FALL OFF NASTY BELLY BUTTON!!!

-This seems a little insignificant for most of yall, but I want to remember it. Mommy cut your nails for the first time this morning (3/31/2011). We normally just file them down, but they were super long and cutting your face so bad that I just took the plunge. It took me a good 30 minutes because I was so nervous! You look so fancy now with short nails!

Here are a couple more pictures from the week!

Big girl helping me hold her bottle! She is all about keeping her hands by her face/mouth. What is so funny about this is that she ALWAYS had her hands by her face in EVERY SINGLE ultrasound I had while I was pregnant with her!

I thought everyone would appreciate the stock of breastmilk I have built up. It is RIDICULOUS!! We actually had to buy another fridge last weekend because there was no more room in our freezer. So far, I have about 120 frozen bags! The lactation consultant actually says I have a hyper-abundance of breastmilk and wants me to decrease my supply... So far, all of my efforts have been in vain. Any suggestions out there?

We are still just head over heels for this sweet baby! She is honestly such a good baby most of the time. We feel so blessed to have a child with such a laid back and sweet disposition! I guess God felt like Clayton and I deserved a great baby after such a terrible pregnancy! We love you so much Cam-Cam!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2 weeks!

Our sweet Campbell was 2 weeks old yesterday, March 22, 2011!

I can't believe it has already been two weeks since I had this precious miracle! I had to tell Cam to SLOW down because Mommy doesn't want time to keep going by this fast!

Here is a little bit about Campbell this past week:
- She eats every 3-3.5 hours! We have strictly kept this schedule during the day and now she is starting to go with it. Although I feel like I am always feeding and pumping, it helps me stay on track.
- At night, she still eats every 3.5 hours, which I wish would be a little longer. Last night, she went for almost 5 hours!! I was scared to even look in her bassinet! However, that was a one time thing.... When do babies start sleeping through the night or at least going through longer stretches? Any advice would be great!
- She sleeps about 18 hours a day. She stays awake about 30-45 minutes during/after she eats, then sleeps until her next feeding. I hope I am not jinxing anything, but she has been an incredible baby!

- She really doesn't cry all that much (once again, hope I'm not jinxing her!) She has a fussy time around 7:30ish at night and will cry for about 15 minutes at the MOST. Other than that, she will fuss when we give her a sponge bath and occasionally when we change her diaper.... although that is getting better!
- She LOVES music!! If someone is singing to her or she hears music from her mobile, it will stop her in her tracks. She will just stare VERY intently at you, almost trying to figure out how you are making that noise!
- She is definitely a passy baby! Most of the time, she will take one and go to town on it. When she doesn't want it, she will let you know by shaking her head no at you!! It is actually hilarious! Nonnie (my mom) says it looks like she is a dog shaking a toy, haha!
- She has attempted to suck her thumb on multiple occasions! This would not surprise me if she was a thumb sucker because both Clayton and I sucked our thumbs until we were pretty old (no ages will be mentioned ;)
- She loves to be swaddled, especially before she goes to sleep. She will sleep SOO much better if she is swaddled.
- She loves to have her hands by her face. You would think being swaddled would make her mad, but it doesn't! We are constantly having to file down her nails because she keeps those hands by her face!

I think that is about it! I mean, she is only 2 weeks old so she doesn't do much, haha!

Today was Clayton's 29th birthday, so we had a small, family celebration after he got off of work. Campbell and I gave him a new pair of Clark shoes, new Clark flops/sandals, and a new wallet. Instead of going out (he didn't want to leave Campbell yet!) we ordered a pizza from Dave's (yum!) and I ordered 3 huge cupcakes for us to try. He said it was the perfect birthday, so I think we succeeded! We are going out to eat with my parents this weekend, which will probably be our first outing with Campbell!

**What you can't see is that she is wearing a "Daddy's Girl" onesie. I'm not a big fan of onesies, but she HAD to wear something with Daddy on it on her favorite guy's birthday! Happy birthday Daddy! Next year, I hope you will share your cake with me!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

My first doctor visit!

Before we were discharged on Friday, the pediatrician recommended that we come in the following day (Saturday, March 12th) to check her weight and bilirubin levels. On Friday, she was looking pretty good, but her levels were just at the amount where they might be worrisome. She had only dropped 2.5 lbs from her birth weight (which is GREAT for a newborn... most newborns lose up to 10% of their birth weight.) But with her being so little anyways, they wanted to make sure it didn't drop anymore. In addition, her bilirubin levels, which measure for jaundice, were at 9.8 on Friday. The doctor said that as long as her levels were under 10, then he wasn't worried. However, being that she was only 3 days post delivery they were nervous that her levels would keep rising. So...... we made an appointment for Saturday at 8:00 am to get everything checked out!

**I will say that this was a really hard morning for Clayton and I. Campbell did TERRIBLE that night and cried all night long. We held her in shifts all night long and had an average of about 3 hours of sleep each. An 8:00 doctor appointment was VERY hard to make, but we arrived 15 minutes early!

We go to Greenvale Pediatrics in Hoover. What's neat about this is that this is where I went growing up. Even more special is Campbell's pediatrician, Dr. John Cortopassi, was my pediatrician growing up! He isn't taking new patients unless you went to him as a child or are a family friend, so we feel very blessed to be one of his new patients!

Daddy consoling Campbell after she had her heel pricked for the second time in 2 days! She was such a big girl, though, and only cried for about 10 seconds!

Yay Campbell! You gained some of your weight back! The Dr. in the office that morning, Dr. Jolly, said that we were doing a great job keeping up her weight up. Another big praise was her bilirubin levels. She had gone down to 9.7... She only went down .1, but any decrease is great! No jaundice!! YAY!

Overall, Campbell did great for her first doctor appointment! We love Greenvale and felt so comfortable there. Hopefully, we won't have to see the office too much over the next few years ;)

Going Home

We got discharged from the hospital on Friday, March 11th around lunchtime. We had the option to stay an extra day since I had a c-section, but we were about hospitaled out!! We were so anxious to be at home! Looking back on it now, we probably should have enjoyed the hospital and stayed one more night. We took advantage of how much the nurses and hospital staff helped us. If we are blessed with another baby, I will remember to stay the entire time!!

Campbell in her going home outfit. Me and my mom spent so much time picking out this outfit, hat, and blanket before she was born. It's so funny that we spent days looking for this outfit when she only wore it for 2 hours, tops. She did look so beautiful in it though!

Sweet Campbell in her carseat! She seems to love being in her carseat!

Campbell and Daddy getting read to go home! Doesn't he look so proud?!?

Campbell and Mommy! I actually am not loving myself in these pictures. Because Campbell's birth was a little early, I didn't have time to get an outfit for me to wear home. My choices were slim pickens and were chosen by Clayton.

Campbell and Mommy waiting on our wheelchair to get to the car!

Family picture on our way out of the hospital! I love our little family! I think Campbell looks so tiny in her carseat in this picture.

We didn't get to take our pictures by our bow on the mailbox until later on. However, better late than never!!

Time in the hospital

Campbell did GREAT while in the hospital! She had such a good sleeping schedule and rarely cried. She is such a lucky baby and had so many people visit and love on her!! Here are a few of her many visitors!

This was definitely a crazy night having so many visitors at once, but we felt so loved! Thanks Chelsea, Anne, Brey, Maribeth, Manny, Melissa, Audra, and Dana!

This was the night I had Campbell. Dana, Rob, Audra, Melissa, and Hunter came by to see us.... Unfortunately, I remember nothing of this night due to the morphine pump, haha. I'm sure I really enjoyed everyone being there!

Campbell and Aunt Dana!

Campbell and Aunt Audra

Campbell and Aunt Melissa!

Thanks to everyone who came to visit me!
Love, Campbell

Campbell is here!

I have been terrible about blogging throughout this pregnancy, but I am definitely spending time to document this!!

Campbell is here!!! I want to spend some time writing her birth story, so bear with me. I am writing every detail I can think of so I won’t forget anything.

My last pictures I have pregnant! This was taken March 5th after Clayton and I celebrated my 27th birthday at Leonardos.

Starting at 35 weeks, I started having some high blood pressure issues when coming into the office. I didn't have any symptoms, but it was slowly creeping up every office visit. Instead of having weekly appointments, I was having appointments every 3 days followed by ALWAYS being sent to labor and delivery to be monitored for the day. Needless to say, it was VERY exhausting and frustrating. At my last doctor appointment, Dr. P. said she just wanted me to make it to 37 weeks gestation so Campbell would be full term (babies are considered full-term at 37 weeks.)

So on March 7th (my 27th birthday!!) I had an appointment at 8:45 am. I signed it, did the normal peeing in the cup, and had my blood pressure checked. Not surprisingly, it was high at 176/98 and my urine had trace amounts of protein in it. After meeting with Dr. P., she was still unsure if she wanted to induce me that day, but wanted me to go labor and delivery..... again. I'll be honest, at this point, I had tears in my eyes because this was my 7th visit to L&D in 2 1/2 weeks. It was getting really frustrating and annoying at that point and all Clayton and I wanted was to just be induced.
So, I went to labor and delivery where I sat in triage for 10 hours..... Around the 5 hour mark, Dr. P. came down from the offices and said, "You are done. Let's have this baby!!!" YAY!! The only negative to this was that she was on call that night, meaning that she only worked to 12:00 pm the next day.... Probably not enough time to induce me and have Campbell. However, I was okay with it at that point because I just wanted to see Campbell's face!!

**Just after the Pitocin was started at 10:00 pm with my best friends, Audra and Dana!**
So the plan was, I was to be induced at 10:00 pm that night (3/7/2011), my water would be broken at 5:00 am the next morning, and hopefully I would have her by lunchtime.... Definitely didn't happen that way! I started 2 mL of pitocin at 10:00 and at that time, I was 2cm dilated and thick.... When I first started the pitocin, I had some intermittent contractions, but they really felt like menstrual cramps.

At 5:15 am, my water was broken and I definitely started to feel an increase in pain with the contractions. This was one of the worst parts of being in labor. The actual process of breaking my water was painless, but the after effects were not great! I always imagined that when your water breaks, that it would be like a huge gush and that would be the end of it. Not so much.... I felt water pour out of me for hours requiring me to have my linens changed constantly and having to wear a huge diaper... YUCK!!!

I received the epidural around 9:30 am, which helped so much!!! My contractions were very intense because pitocin increases the severity of the contractions. I was having no relief between contractions and they thought that my body was tensing up so much that I would not progress anymore. I also started receiving oxygen at this point because Campbell's heart rate was dropping a good bit. After I had on the oxygen mask, her heart rate picked right back up.

By lunchtime, I was 2 1/2 cm dilated and 80% effaced. TERRIBLE progress. Either way, it looks like I wasn't going to progress to 3 cm, haha!
The doctor on call at this point was Dr. Damarich (spelling??). He came in about 1:00 pm and explained that he was not pleased with my progress and we needed to start making some plans to have Campbell by c-section. He also explained that she was doing okay, but she was having some d-cells (I have no idea if this is how you spell this), showing that she was having some trouble breathing when I was having a contraction. He kind of related it to swimming and not having the opportunity to catch your breath after being dunked repeatedly.

From here on out, everything happened really fast! My dad was not at the hospital yet and my mom had to call and explain that he needed to hurry if he wanted to see me before surgery. He literally arrived 5 minutes before I was wheeled back to the OR. After Clayton got all suited up in his scrubs, they wheeled me back to the OR. Clayton had to stay in the hallway while they were prepping me, but came in shortly after they transferred me to the operating table. I will admit that I was very anxious at this point and didn’t love the feeling of being in an operating room. I had my mind set that I was going deliver her naturally and it would be this incredible and relaxing experience. Unfortunately, my body didn’t want to cooperate and it was anything but that. The OR was freezing cold and covered in all types of medical equipment. After they transferred me to the operating table, I had to be butt-naked, which was very cold and a little embarrassing. I guess they saw me profusely shivering, so they gave me some warm towels… for my arms, haha.

At this point, Clayton was allowed back in. The anesthesiologist began checking to see if my epidural had taken correctly. Unfortunately, it had only taken on the right side of my body and I could feel everything on the left. As a result, she had to keep pumping in the anesthesia so I wouldn’t feel them cutting into my belly! Well….. this whole situation led to an even worse one. The anesthesia ended up hitting my diaphragm causing me to not be able to breathe very well, which caused me to have my first ever panic attack…. And let me tell you, it was a good one! I started explaining that I was very nauseous and then I set into an all out panic attack. Thank goodness I have such an incredible husband who could help calm me down, somewhat. Our conversation was hilarious to all who heard it, I’m sure. It sounded a little like this: “So Elise, the dog sitters are coming today, Wednesday, and Thursday and will be coming twice a day. They are going to feed, walk, and play with the dogs…..” It was the only thing that would calm me down!!!

So, in the midst of all my anxiety they began cutting away to free little Campbell from my belly!! It really happened so fast that I can’t remember much about it. I do remember that there was a lot of pulling and tugging going on in my belly, but it really wasn’t uncomfortable at all. The next thing I knew, I heard the sweetest sound in the world, Campbell crying!!

She started crying immediately, which was music to my ears. I was so excited to see her face that I kept asking Clayton to bring her to me even though he had no control over that, haha. When I finally did get to see her, I was just struck by amazement! She had dark, brown hair and was itty-bitty. To be real here, I will also say she was very cheesy (covered in vernix) and bloody. The nurse explained that she looked great, but needed to take her to the warmer.

Clayton and I are sure we heard them say she weighted 6 lbs 2 oz, but they came back and told us that she weighed 5 lbs 11 oz and was 17.5 inches long. Her Apgar scores were 8 and 9!! Even though she was little, she was very well developed!!

After being in the warmer about 20 minutes while they were stapling me up, I was finally able to hold her. Clayton didn’t get to hold her until about an hour after she was born. I think a lot of that was that her temperature was down and they needed to keep her warm. It was so great to finally feel my angel in my arms. She cried the whole time I was wheeled back to my room.

Once we got back to our room, they let Clayton hold her a little bit, then had to put her back in her warmer for a little bit. After this, I don’t remember a whole lot for the next 45 minutes because I had another panic attack. A lot of it had to do with me not being able to feel or move my body. The only thing that finally stopped the attack was for them to remove the epidural and all pain medicines. I know, it sounds crazy!! I needed to feel the pain, I guess.

She had her first bath by the nurse during this time and screamed the entire time!!! She has continued to keep this up! Our girl does NOT like bath time!

Overall, the birthing process was an incredible event that I will never forget. No, it did not happen the way I wanted it, but it did bring our little girl into the world the best and safest way possible. I truly cannot put into words what that day felt like. I feel like this birth story is so much based on the facts and not my true feelings. I know it sounds so cliché, but I do feel like my heart is out of my body and rests with this little angel. Every time I look at her, I fall more and more in love. Clayton and I feel like the luckiest people in the entire world to be her parents. God has truly given us the greatest gift possible.

Campbell, we are so glad you are finally here. Mommy and Daddy felt like we had to wait forever to meet you, but we wouldn’t trade it for the world. In 2 short weeks, you have changed our world for the better. We love you more than we ever knew we could. We can’t wait to see what kind of girl and woman you will become one day, but will surely not rush any day by!!! We love you Cam-Cam!!
Love, Mommy and Daddy