HE’S HERE! My due date was July 3, but I started feeling contractions on June 25 at around 3 pm. They started getting really bad at midnight on June 27. I labored at home until about 9 am, when I felt like it was time to get to the hospital. The contractions weren’t regular yet, but they were reaching a pain level that made me wonder if we were getting close. Because we live 5 minutes away from the hospital, we decided to go in just to get checked and see how far along we might be. Turns out, I was already 4 cm dilated and 100% effaced, so they admitted me right away.
I got an epidural within the hour, and it was AMAZING (besides the fact that you’re bedridden and need to have a catheter inserted). I was able to rest and spend the day talking with Paul and my mom. My wonderful midwife continued to check me, and at 8 cm she noticed my contractions were slowing down, so she broke my water to move things along and I reached 10 cm at around 8 pm. It took another 45 minutes for the baby to descend further down (this is when the epidural started wearing off, so I felt most of these contractions, along with an intense urge to push). I started pushing at around 8:45 pm, and Milo was born at 9:30 pm on June 27. (I only pushed for 45 minutes! They actually had to tell me to slow down because I was pushing too fast and the cord was wrapped around his neck so they needed to maneuver him out correctly.) He weighed 6lb, 8oz and measured 20.5 in long. They laid him on my chest, and he immediately peed and pooped on me.
Over the next few days, both of our families visited us in the hospital and brought us food. They are SO in love with Milo, and it was so fun watching them coo over him.
After a 2 night hospital stay, we were discharged. Because his bilirubin levels were a little high at the hospital, they had us come back the next day for a follow-up. They discovered his levels had shot up, and ordered that we put him on biliblanket therapy to bring them back down to normal. Because of his jaundice, he wasn’t able to suck/nurse as strongly as he should, so he was also losing weight (he went from 6lb8oz to 5lb15oz in just two days). They had us supplement him with formula for a few days to get him to gain weight, in addition to hoping the biliblanket would work. We had to go back to the hospital every day for a blood draw and nursing session with the clinic. After a week, he was back at his birth weight and his levels were low enough that we could remove the blanket, yay!
We are so in love with our little man, and we can’t believe we get to be his parents! Now we just need to work on getting him nice and chubby, and building up my milk supply through pumping. The sleep deprivation isn’t that bad (I honestly thought I would be a zombie, but I’m not… yet), and our little family is starting to settle into a routine. Even Dodger has been pretty mellow and following us around the house all day and night. I do love when Milo is sleeping (mainly because it makes for cute photos like these):