I am thrilled to announce that our wonderful Nolan arrived on 27 August at 3:56pm. He was born one week before his scheduled due date. Nolan weighed 8 lbs 2.6oz and was 21 inches long.
He took his time making his grand entrance. I started having contractions 5-7 minutes apart on Friday (8/26) at 5:30am, the contractions continued very consistently for the next 34 hours, but unfortunately Nolan was not able to be born naturally because he was positioned in the birth canal “OP” or occiput posterior which basically means he was face up rather than face down. Babies can make it through this way but after four hours of pushing and no progress we and the doctor decided to go ahead and proceed with a cesarean birth. I was very nervous and scared to have a cesarean, but as it turns out everything went well in the operating room and I am recovering well.
Nolan has been a dream come true for both Aaron and me. He is absolutely adorable and has for the most part been pretty easy to get along with. While in the hospital Aaron and I were a little worried about him because he didn’t seem to cry about anything. He has since rediscovered this ability so no worries about that anymore.
We were released from the hospital on Monday evening. Everything seemed to be going pretty well until we tried to go to sleep that night. Basically none of us slept at all the entire night. I am trying to breastfeed, but my milk has not come in yet and Nolan was hungry, he tried to nurse for 3 hours straight with only small breaks. It was exhausting and very frustrating for all of us. After an appointment with our new doctor today she gave us instructions on supplementing with formula until I am able to produce milk. Everyone has been much happier and feeling better today. I believe tonight will be much easier as well. Hopefully we will all get some sleep.
Nolan has another appointment tomorrow with the to get his bilirubin levels checked. He has been measuring a little high. These levels indicate jaundice. Hopefully getting a little food in his belly and sun bathing today will help him. Nolan also has an appointment with an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor tomorrow, the tongue connective tissue is connect near the end of the tongue, apparently this can cause orthodontic issues and speech problems so we are going to have that taken care of in the afternoon to hopefully prevent any issues in the future.
I am so happy with our new little family. It feels so good to be a parent and I could not ask for a better partner in this. Aaron has done a wonderful job taking care of both of us.