My mom came as scheduled on Friday night. Dean and the big boys took the subway to the airport in Seoul to pick her up. She came when I was 40 weeks this time so we didn't have another near miss like with Tristan (she came at 39 weeks and flew out two days after he was born at nearly 41 weeks). Dean was stressed out as usual wondering when Cambria would show. A fabulous doula here suggested I start taking evening primrose oil orally and vaginally to potentially speed things along, as my cervix was "high and closed" on Friday at the 40 week appointment. I started with two orally and two elsewhere. I put three in on Monday night at bedtime, and woke to painful contractions at about 2:00am, with the contractions coming from right there.. It took me a while to realize that they were the real deal, as I would drift off to sleep, then be woken again. I had been having braxton hicks contractions for months, but they were nothing like these. I filled the bathtub with water to try to relieve the pain, but it didn't much help.
|Cambria Rose Lavallee was quite purple for a while.|
|I was so sleepy I dozed off a lot between contractions, even though they were only 1-2 minutes apart. I was too exhausted to hold her much at first, though she did try nursing right away.|
|June 14, 2011, 5:41am; Cambria weighed 9lb 5oz|
|She is a happy baby|
The only other request we made was that the placenta be left alone until it stopped pulsing. I have only recently learned about that (from Mamabirth). So it was only a few minutes, then they had Dean cut the cord as usual. I had never seen the placenta, so Dr. Cundiff showed it and the sac to me. Interesting! Dean said the placenta was by far the smallest he has ever seen - because the blood was allowed to drain into Cambria. She weighed 9lb 5oz, and I'm sure a little of that is due to that extra blood.
Her little face had a bit of bruising, and her right eye has a bit of blood on the sclera (white of the eye), from "birth trauma", which will probably take a few weeks to clear up. She is a delightful baby so far and we are ever so blessed and happy to welcome her to the family. Her breathing was a little too fast for their taste, so they ended up keeping her an extra day and a half to see if she had early pneumonia or something along those lines. There was no such thing, so they attributed it her just still adjusting to life...
It was actually peaceful to stay there a bit longer rather than face the loud crowd at home. When the boys came to visit right after dinner one evening, Hunter got right in the nurse's face and told her he was hungry. Kyler kept trying to get the TV to work - it didn't. They both complained about being bored and galloped around the room like bulls in a china closet. Tristan was bewildered without me being at home in the mornings, and spent the whole time trying to climb into my lap when I was holding Cambria, or running out of the room, or getting into everything in the room... They quickly wore out their welcome.
|She didn't think much of her first bath.|
We are all home now. The doctor had me bring her back in this afternoon to check her breathing again. She has done great latching on, but as usual my milk supply is slow, so we've had to give her formula so she isn't so sad and hungry. My milk seems to be slowly making an appearance. One thing that kind of weirded me out is that they have young male soldiers as the nursing assistants, in the delivery room or immediately after - attending to the baby's and new mother's every need. Oh, dear. This guy above is super duper nice and loves the babies and is very complimentary and congratulatory, but it still weirds me out to have to ask them for personal items or when they check the fundus or ask very personal questions as part of their job. Ah, well, whaddya do?