Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bump in the Road

What? I have a blog? Hmm, must have forgotten...

I'm still working on Doozer's birth story. But in the meantime I'll bring you an exciting story. It's titled "Doozer's Stay in the Hospital".

Starting the 19th of March Doozer has had a horribly stuffy nose. Sleeping wasn't going well and nursing was the pits. The little blue bulb syringe became our best friend. We learned that breast milk squirted up the nose worked better than saline at breaking up snot blockage. We saw her pediatrician that Monday for her well-baby check up and went to my midwife for my postpartum. They both told us it was a cold. And we settled in to waiting for the cold to be over.

Well, the cold didn't get any better. Family started trickling into town on Thursday to attend her baby blessing. By Saturday I had a suspicion this wasn't a simple cold. However, I needed a lot of prompting from my mother and mother-in-law to see that. See, for whatever stupid reason I feel embarrassed to take my kids into urgent care because it always seems to turn out to be nothing. But when Doozer had some not-breathing episodes and she started having retraction I decided to take her to the ER. I chose to walk her there because it's only ten minutes away from my house, walking distance. Doozer hates her carseat and I did not feel comfortable having her scream the whole way there, even in it would have been only five minutes.

Being in the fresh air helped her breathing out, and by the time we were taken back she was breathing better. The nurse also gave her an Albuterol treatment, so when the doctor came in she was breathing well. I'm not sure he believed me, but he ordered a chest x-ray, which came back clear. TO be on the safe side, however, he decided to have us transferred to Doernbecher Children's Hospital for an overnight observation.

Part Two tomorrow, I have a very cranky baby right now.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


To all my many followers: Hello! Most of you know where I've been, but for those who don't, lemmie tell ya.

Baby (finally!) found her way into this world on March 1st. And from here on out on this blog she will be known as Doozer, due to the fact that my sister thinks she looks like a Doozer from Fraggle Rock.

So, I'm posting some really fast statistics and then I need to run because Doozer is still very intimate with my breast. Early labor started around midnight Monday morning. Active labor started at around 6:00 pm Monday evening. After six hours of very intense labor she was born in the water into The Hubby's hands. She was 7 pounds 15 ounces, 20 1/2 inches long. Her head was 13 3/4 inches around and perfectly round (ouch). She nurses like a champ and really loves the boobie milk.

BuggaBoo loves his little sister but is having a bit of a time adjusting to sharing his mother. We're tandem nursing but still having to figure out boundaries. It's really helping to have my sister, The Hubby's sister, and The Hubby at home. The Hubby is taking two weeks off! Thank goodness.

Okay, when I have more time I'll be posting a birth story. Stay tuned!