Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Home!

Firstly a couple of quick piccies of my little man:

This one was taken this morning before we were discharged from the hospital: (yes I do think he has red hair!!!!)

And this one really shows how little he is - this is Alex in his car seat. hehe. He is wearing a 0000 outfit and even that is a little big on him. Poor little mite.

We are doing okay. Alex and I are struggling with breastfeeding. He self attaches beautifully most of the time, but other times he either refuses the boob entirely or he lunges at me grabbing the nipple only and crunching it - I have blood blisters on both nipples and they are so incredibly sore that I cringe with every suck, which doesn't help milk flow for either of us. The result is that I have a very low milk supply and dread every feed. The nurses want me to perservere feeding him every three hours and then express afterwards but it just hurts so much that I only express some of the time. I just can't bring myself to do it all the time.

Thank you all so much for your comments. I look at him myself and wonder "Who's child is that!" lol I still cannot believe it is true.

I am still writing up his birth story, but the low down was that I very proudly had him naturally - something I really didn't think I could do on my own. The gas was my very best friend. I knew I really wanted to avoid an epidural and a caesar if I could, so I stubbornly hung onto the gas until I got past the point where I could have the epidural. Before I knew it, they were coaching me on pushing and then there he was! The OB did cut me just before his head came through as I was about to tear but even that is healing well.

An hour after his birth I was up, showered and wandering around the ward. Yesterday I was whinging about how fat I still am, but then Hubbs reminded me I gave birth just 4 days prior and I didn't feel so bad.

Hormones have been rampent - It didn't help that today we brought Alex home - the 15th of August, which although is also the birthday of my friend Dan, is also the 15th anniversary of the death of my father. (Whose name is who Alex's middle name was after).

anyhow, gotta run - I now have heaps of things to do, and all before a certain little man wakes and demands some dinner. I wil try to be back soon with the full birth story.

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27 Comments:

At 4:23 pm, Blogger Bumble said...

What wonderful news to see, HUGE congratulations to you both on your beautiful little boy! It just seems like yesterday I read about your BFP! It seems to have gone so fast but I'm sure it didn't really. And I can't wait to read the full story!

 
At 4:37 pm, Blogger Sitting in Silence said...

Welcome to the world little one, It's been waiting for you !!

Love from all of us,
xxxxx.

P.S, Thinking of you today on this date x

 
At 5:27 pm, Blogger The Momma / MrsHUGS said...

Bugsy so glad you are both home and well...

I am sure your dad is looking down upon you both and thinking he has an awesome daughter and a handsome looking grandson...

Take care...

 
At 5:30 pm, Blogger The Momma / MrsHUGS said...

btw Bugsy I think you need a new ticker... Maybe one for when you intend to start TTC#2...

 
At 5:46 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bugsy,
congratulations on your little man, he is gorgeous and oh so tiny!
hopefully the breast feeding will get easier for both of you, its still early days so dont worry too much. Do your fur-babies like Alex?
congratulations once again.
Kim, Warragul, Vic

 
At 5:47 pm, Anonymous Sassy said...

It's so good to hear you and bubs are safely home. He's a gorgeous little man. I'm sure you and Chris are beeming with pride.

Take care and I hope the breastfeeding gets easier soon.

 
At 6:15 pm, Blogger Drew said...

Congratulations Bugsy! I am so proud of you. What a beautiful boy!!!

I have been hanging around for your good news and so glad to read about it finally!

And dont worry about the breastfeeding. It get better! It took us one month to get it right... but once we did it is great. Persevere and you guys will get there. Well done!

 
At 7:11 pm, Anonymous SandyR said...

OMG, he is gust devine! So gorgeous, what a handsome little man. So very very happy for you sweety. YOU DID IT! Enjoy :)

 
At 7:45 pm, Blogger LL said...

Congratulations Bugsy, I'm so pleased for you....
My tip for breastfeeding??? Book into a breastfeeding clinic as soon as possible. It was, for me, the hardest/worst part of the early days, but luckily it got better. Get some lansinoh for your nipples, and air those boobs out, whatever chance you get.

 
At 8:50 pm, Blogger Thalia said...

congratulations bugsy, and welcome Alex. I'm so glad you're here.

Hope the bfeeding gets easier.

 
At 10:43 pm, Anonymous Lucy said...

He's so beautiful!!!! Congratulations ... I'm so happy for you guys. Love love love!

 
At 11:19 pm, Blogger metal and knit said...

It is lovely to see he is wel and that oyu are as well. I just hope the next 2 i have due any time now come along safely too.

 
At 11:59 pm, Blogger PJ said...

Congrats Mom. Your little boy is beautiful.

 
At 12:13 am, Blogger Dandy said...

Congrats!!! thats awsome.... I'm so happy for the both of you!!!

I had to giggle when you said that he doesn't seem like your baby yet,.... mine are 12 and 9 and somedays it all just seems like a dream..lol

I'm sending a little something to Kate for you... ;)

 
At 12:24 am, Blogger three minute palaver said...

God Bugsy, I am so proud of you. and I can't wait to read the "long" version of Alex's birth story. Oh and can you drop me an email re: your postal address, I have a little something I want to send you for Alex...

 
At 6:53 am, Blogger Mother Hoodwink said...

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At 6:54 am, Blogger Mother Hoodwink said...

Bugsy, I am so happy for you. Your baby boy is just precious! Keep strong with the breastfeeding. I promise it gets SO much easier. It may help to get a nipple shield. It will train Alex to latch on properly. It worked wonders for me and Gavin. Hope you and baby are doing well.

 
At 8:05 am, Blogger Shellandjosh said...

Bugsy Congratulations babe, your a Mummy OMG you are holding your own sweet little boy I bet you cant believe your own eyes but its true..


Welcome Alexander to th world you have one very wonderful parents that love you so much..


Love shell mike and josh

Ps, Im moving back to vic so Ill catch up with you and hubby and Alex..

 
At 8:33 am, Anonymous Lucie said...

Oh my God, well done Bugsy, he is so gorgeous! Such a handsome little man! Sounds like the birth went really well and you are recovering well, can't wait to hear the full story! With the breastfeeding - definitely go and see a lactation consultant, it will be well worth it.

Big hugs on the anniversary of youd Dad's passing. He will be so proud of you, I have no doubt.

 
At 8:38 am, Blogger Mony said...

Congrats! He is just adorable!

 
At 8:49 am, Blogger Anita said...

I am a little lost for words.......Congratulations would be a great start. I am so happy for you that I can't even think.

Alexandar is one gorgeous precious boy. Oh so wanted!!

Take care and cannot wait to see more photos!

Can you believe in one year from now your little one will be walking? No well believe it...time fly's and I should know. lol.

Enjoy!

 
At 11:59 am, Anonymous Shelzy said...

Remember me?? I just wanted to pop in and congratulate you on the arrival of your precious, little boy. Enjoy!! Little boys are soooo sweet (especially when they are sleeping...lol)!!

 
At 1:13 pm, Anonymous Leoni said...

Hi ya Bugsy,

Glad to see you back online with us again, WE MISSED YOU!!! Once again a huge congrats to you and hubby on the birth of baby Alexander, he's a real cuty pie.

Ah yes, breast feeding, I look back on my 1st breast feeding days with my 1st with lots of fondness, NOT! Like you I was in excruciating pain, lots of blisters and I felt guilty as sin as I cringed each time my baby wanted a feed. I HATED breast feeding, and to make matters worse the nurses made me feel even more guilty for wanting to quit :-( Yes go see a lactation consultant for advice, but at the end of the day do what YOU think is best for little Alex, not what everyone tells you to do. You won't be a failure if things don't pan out and you have to go onto formulae. For what its worth, I lasted 3 months on the dot, my milk just ran out, I just could not do it anymore. But with Annike (my 2nd) I BF till she was almost 11 months, and I am still going 100% with Imara and loving it. Just my 2 bobs worth lol

Can't wait to read your full birth story, take care hun,
Cheers,
Leoni

 
At 1:38 pm, Blogger Birdie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Oh my goodness welcome little baby!

I am so beside myself...wow....
I am just so happy for you!

Not sure if you are still having nursing troubles but here are a few good links:

http://www.drjacknewman.com
http://www.lalecheleague.org
http://mamaknowsbreast.com/resources.php

Sending you love and hugs!

Birdies Mama

 
At 5:21 pm, Blogger Leeanne said...

Hey Mr & Mrs Bugsy, Congratulations on little Alex.
He's soo tiny and cute.

A tip for really painful breasts is wash cabbage leaves, place in coldest part of fridge (inside plastic bag). When you need releaf place one cabbage leave in your bra. INSTANT releaf, sounds funny but does work. And cabbages are cheap. Pretty sure you can take panadol whilst your breastfeeding but I'd check with chemist first.

The first two weeks are the hardest and most draining but rewarding.

Dont feel depressed or that your done poorly with breastfeeding. The is alot of unwanted pressure to breastfeed.
One of mine was a bottle baby and the other was a boobie baby, both grew up healthy and long as bubs thrives it is no ones business but yours and your babies.

Big hugs. Please take lots of photos for us.

See ya mums.

 
At 2:52 am, Blogger Michelle said...

Congratulations! So happy to read of a healthy, happy little one and and healthy, healing mommy. Thanks so much for posting the pics -- he is a handsome little man.

 
At 1:54 pm, Anonymous Leni said...

he's gorgeous, congrats

 

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