Sunday, September 23, 2012

Week 1 with baby Liam

Whew! What a busy week! Liam is finally here and he is a week and two days old now. It feels so surreal and crazy that we have a new member in our family now. He is so precious and cute and he keeps us busy busy busy!

Last  week after my doctor stripped my membrane, I was expecting to go into labor that night. But the baby decided not to come that night. I was seriously desperate. I don't know why I was so anxious for him to get here already but I was getting a little antsy. So that night and the next I prayed that my baby would get here "not too late" because I was so worried that he would come two weeks late and that my belly would stretch to no end.

The day before he came, I went and got a facial with my sister. I also dyed my hair that night and painted my nails in white with black polka dots. I wanted to look good for his arrival. I went to bed thinking he'd probably come after my mom came a few days after the due date. It is true that when you are watching the water boil, it never does. Baby Liam came when I least expected him to. On his due date. I never really believe in baby arriving right on time, especially since my OB told me my baby might arrive early just a couple of weeks ago. 

I started feeling some mild menstrual cramps after my doctor stripped my membrane and I thought "So this is how contraction feel like. It's not bad at all! Bring it on, labor!" How naive! When the REAL contractions hit at 2.15am September 13th, I woke up in shock and thought I had bad diarrhea coming. But I started timing it anyways. The pain went away after a few seconds. Half an hour later, another one. I shot out of bed and went to the bathroom to poo. I thought that was it. In the back of my mind I was hoping what I was feeling were true contractions. Still very unsure at this point what contractions truly feel like. I went back to bed, it was about 3.10am. 

2 minutes later, a super intense pain hit my stomach and when the baby kicked at the same time, I screamed. I woke Mr.L up immediately. Take me to the hospital now, I said. He replied, "Are you sure? All the things we read say we should wait for at least an hour." #$@%#$^& "TAKE ME TO THE HOSPITAL NOW! PLEASE!!!" Another wave of intense pain in my stomach. I couldn't talk. I woke my sister up and grabbed my hospital bag and stuff I got ready for the hospital. Another wave of freaking pain. Everyone was running around. My sister getting ready in the bathroom, Mr. L putting his pants on and grabbing his backpack. !@$!%%@^ Hurry the freak up! By the time we got out the door, I had already felt 3 or 4 of those nasty contractions. Walking downstairs was hell for me. I almost had to hop. Why the junk is the car so far away and why the heck is it so cold? When I got in the car, Mr.L said he had to go back upstairs to get another bag. WHAT STUPID BAG?? I was in so much pain I was shivering and shaking. When he finally got back to the car, he said he couldn't find the bag. But there was no other bag. For some reasons he thought I had packed another suitcase of stuff. We raced to the hospital which was about 5 minutes away. On the way there, he stopped at a red light. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? It was 3.40am, there was no car on the street, except us. JUST FREAKING GO! Who cares about the stupid law now? I am dying!!! 

All I say is I am SO GRATEFUL for epidural. I don't know how people have their babies without it. They must be superhuman or something. I just wanted to stop feeling the contractions. It was so intense and came every two minutes. I wanted to just die. I remember my friend told me the pain felt like you're hit by a semi-truck. Yes, it felt that way exactly. I think it is better to get hit by a truck cause you just die or become unconscious and not have to feel the pain every two minutes. Even though it was painful when the doctor stuck the needle in my back, it felt so much better than the contractions. 

First time seeing my baby
When I finally pushed Liam out, my OB said, "Look down, Sharon. Look at your baby!" I looked and I saw this grey baby still attached to me with its cord. All I was thinking was, I am so glad you are out. My work is done. I need to sleep. I don't know how to describe how I felt when the doctor nurse laid him on my chest the first time. He was so cute and soft and grey. I did not feel like a mother. I know I was holding my baby but I just couldn't believe I was a mother. Mother...such a weird concept! 

At the hospital
I can't say enough about how much I love the hospital. The food was fantastic, the nurses wonderful. I felt so pampered, like I was in a resort! service and housekeeping. If only I could stay there more than 2 days.

First week
First week was not as tough as I had anticipated because I had so much help from my family. My mother-in-law came and helped out for the first few days and it was so great to have extra hands on the first few nights of our parenthood. It was also extremely nice to have my sister and mom here to do chores, cook meals, and watch over Liam for us everyday. We were able to take naps and sleep all night. I am so grateful for their help. I seriously don't know what I would do without them. I don't want them to go!!!

The growing Liam:
-he had jaundice for almost the whole week and had to go on the phototherapy for days. He didn't seem to mind sleeping on the plastic bilibed.
-he loves his pacifier. He was hooked on the first few days and would fuss when it fell out of his mouth. There were a few times when the binky fell out of his mouth he was able to grab it with his hand and put it back in his mouth.
-he was born 8 pounds 5 ounces. Then he lost 9 ounces the day we went home (my milk didn't come til the 4th day). After supplementing him with formula, his weight went up to 8 pounds and 3 ounces.
-he loves to be swaddled. He startles in his sleep a lot if he's not swaddled.
-he likes to tuck his legs up.
-he smiles randomly
-he only cries when he's extremely hungry and when his diaper leaks.
-he gets quiet and alert when he studies people's faces
-his rooting reflex is very good
-he sometimes scowls when he's breastfed, especially when he can't latch on
-he makes this "meowing" sound in his sleep sometimes
-he sleeps with his mouth wide open 
-he loves his hands and he sucks on them all the time
-he hates being cold, especially when the wet wipes hit his little bum
-his umbilical cord fell off exactly a week after he's born
-he has this o-shape mouth look that reminds me of Zoolander. 
-he hiccups many times a day. And he gets this puzzled look on his face every time he gets one. So cute!

You can view more pictures of baby Liam here. He is also on Gifboom, Viddy, and YouTube if you are interested. 


Rita Whiting said...

Sharon, You are such a good story teller! I laughed until I cried! I know I have said this before, but looking at pictures of baby Liam, is just like looking at Leighton's baby pictures! They are/were so alike! Of course, he has beautiful features like his beautiful mother, also! So glad you have had so much help. Take advantage of it while it lasts! Kiss my gg-son for me! I just want to kiss his pictures! Can't wait to see him for real. Love all of you. -Granny

LittleMissSeamstress said...

Contratulations! He is so adorable. I am due in a month with my first boy and just can't wait to see him enough already.