March 3rd and 4th

Davis Anderson Sarah Harlan

“Davie”

made her big debut at 4:51 pm, 3-2-11, and is 20 1/4 inches long and weighed 7.9 lbs.  She is named after my father, David Anderson.  I also wanted her to have a Biblical name, and I chose a fellow IF sister, Sarah.  Though we lived hundreds of years apart, our prayers were just the same.

Everyone stayed in the labor & delivery room and celebrated.  Davie and I made our first attempts at breastfeeding, which went pretty well from the start, as far as latching on goes.  I looked up at one point and saw BFF’s Melissa and Judy holding each other and sobbing with mascara running down their cheeks.  “Are you two crying?” I asked, and we all burst out laughing.  Even I wasn’t crying at that point!  They were just so happy for me.  My brother Chris and his wife JoAnn came a little later and took turns holding Davie.  I know they’ve just started trying, and I can’t wait ’til I’m holding their little one.  Even Chris’s ex, Alison, stopped by with nephews Cayle and Andon.  Andon was fastinated for about two minutes, but Cayle couldn’t wait to hold Davie!  He just adores her.

After much love and celebrating, it was time to move me to my new room and folks began to head home.  They took out my epi but left in the IV (it came out the next day).  Mom, Troy, Dad and I moved on to the new room while Davie went to the nursery for a bath and assessment.  As soon as I got to the new room they shooed everyone else out so they could assess my catheter situation.  It was pretty rough.  My bladder was obviously overly full, and it was pushing my uterus forward and up into my stomach.  No matter how hard I sent the signal down, I couldn’t pee.  I knew if I couldn’t do it there was going to have to be another catheter, so I concentrated as hard as I could, as hard as I did during labor, but to no avail.  It took 45 minutes and a team of 4 nurses, but they finally got a new catheter in.  They were so kind and did the best they could not to hurt me.  I was so glad when it was finally in and my insides all began to fall back into the right position.  I have to admit, since I had the tears, it was nice once the cath was in to not have to worry about getting up constantly to pee, although lugging around the bag was a pain.

By 8 Troy couldn’t keep his eyes open any longer and Dad took him home while Mom and I settled in for the night.  The nursery would bring Davie periodically to nurse and the post-partum nurses came from time to time to help me clean my stitches and change pads and ice packs.  I was nicely drugged and dozed in and out a lot.  Most of the next day passed in a fog like that.  With effort I could express some gold colored colostrum, so I was really hopeful that Davie was getting enough nutrition and that my milk was on the way in.

By this morning (the 4th), I was beginning to get sensation back in my urinary tract.  I finally pooped – still one of my favorite accomplishments, from the beginning of this pregnancy to the end!  Davie began to have wet diapers and has passed the meconium and is now pooping a greener poop, which is a good sign she was getting some colostrum.  I’m getting pretty good at getting her to latch on well.  My left nipple is a bit sore, but it’s bearable and once she gets going, the discomfort passes.

Around noon they took out the catheter and I was able to pee on my own.  It sometimes stings a bit, but the squirt bottle they gave me to rinse with is really soothing.  I can’t even feel the tear in the back, only the one on top.  By two I was able to take a shower and wash my hair and shave.  Heaven!

We’ve had two set-backs, however, both of which are related.  First, although I made colostrum, I didn’t make a lot of it and my milk still hasn’t come in.  Before she was born, I always wanted to be able to at least give my baby colostrum.  But I knew there was a chance I wouldn’t make milk, because I had a breast reduction several years ago, and I was ok with that.  If I could breastfeed, I would; but if I didn’t make milk, I’d at least be happy she or he got the colostrum.

But now that I’ve experienced breastfeeding, I want to do it.  It’s a little uncomfortable and a even a little painful, but I LOVE it.  I love watching her little jaw work, her eyes rolling back as she gets full and sleepy, her little nose pressed against my breast.  I want it so bad.  We’re working hard at it, and she still latches on wonderfully.  Today the lactation specialist spent over an hour with us.  As of now, I’m using a supplement system, where they attach a tiny tube to my nipple.  As Davie nurses, she still stimulates my breasts to make milk while she’s actually getting formula through the tiny tube.  Some women don’t get their milk until 5 days out, so I’m going to keep trying this for at least the next week.  We’ve also rented a Medela Symphony, which is a hospital-grade pump.  I use it after every feeding once she’s full to give my nipples extra stimulation.  It’s not to produce supply, it’s the hope that the extra demand will cause me to produce more.  With all my heart I’m praying that God will answer this prayer and allow me to be able to feed my baby.  It’s a beautiful experience and I want it so very badly.

Secondly, Davie’s bilirubin has been elevated for three blood draws in a row now.  It’s not going up, but it’s not going down.  It turns out she needed the supplementation, so hopefully now that we’re doing that the extra calories and fluids will turn into more poops and pees, which will help wash the extra bilirubin out of her system.  She’s also wearing light pads that make her glow like a little glow worm.  They should help her break down the bilirubin, which she should then be able to eliminate with the extra feedings. 

So for now, we’re hanging in there.  I was actually officially discharged as of 3 this afternoon, but since post-partum is fairly empty this week, they’re allowing me to “room-in.”  That means I’m not a patient of the hospital, but I’m staying here in this room until Davie can come home with me.  Davie and Mom are here in the room, too.  I love sleeping with her in the bed next to me.  I love getting up to feed her and hold her and change her. 

I’m so happy she’s here.  I can never repay my gratitude to God for her.  And to my Mom for being here with me every step of the way.  Despite the bumps in the road, I’m in heaven.

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29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. My Bumpy Journey
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 22:52:51

    Awwwww! I LOVE your attitude! Thank you for telling us all about it, and keeping us updated!
    HOpe that those levels come down quickly now that you are supplementing, and I pray you start overflowing with milk.

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  2. Amber
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 00:19:51

    It seemed like an eternity before my milk came in (day 5) and I was ready to give up. I’m SOOO glad I didn’t though- breastfeeding has been a huge blessing. Your story is amazing and I am so happy for you and your family!

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  3. athena
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 02:30:08

    ❤ ❤ ❤

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  4. Txgirl
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:27:49

    My milk also took at least 4 days to come in–I think you’ll do well if you’re getting some colostrum now. Yay!

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  5. Pie
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 10:28:25

    You are doing so great, Mom! My little girl has just that same thing with my milk being late (came on Day 4) and having the high bilirubin. A few extra days under the lights with supplementing formula and she did great. She was yellow looking for almost 2 months after, apparently breastfed babies just have higher bilirubin levers for longer – not dangerous, but just the way it is.

    Keep up the good work!

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    • iamstacey
      Mar 10, 2011 @ 17:46:49

      It’s good to know that it can be ok for their bili to be a little high. I was hoping to see a level in the single digits before we left the hospital, but apparently it just takes a while!

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  6. Hope
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:40:06

    OMG! I just told my husband last week how much I love the name Davie for a girl. It was in a book I read once, and I’ve always loved it. Hopefully your milk will come in soon and breastfeeding will take off.

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  7. Low Fat Lady
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 16:31:50

    Congrats on your baby!!! So exciting!!!!

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  8. linds
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 22:42:42

    Good work momma! Love that her name is a tribute to your dad. And Davie is just too adorable. I love how different it is. 🙂

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    • iamstacey
      Mar 10, 2011 @ 22:08:34

      Mom calls her Davie Ann, and I have a feeling it’ll stick! 🙂 But she can always go with Davis when she’s older if she wants it to be more grown-up.

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  9. Wombded
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 13:09:52

    You’re doing everything right! Just keep at it. Pumping is going to be hard, but don’t stop. I did it with every feeding until 12 weeks. I, too, had had a BR surgery. I think if I’d had a big healthy baby I could have BF without supplementation after the first couple of weeks. Unfortunately, I had a weatk suckler. It’s importnant to stimulate as much as possible; especially for the first 4 to 6 weeks while you’re establishing supply. I’m so glad to hear that you rented the Symphony. That’s so smart. Keep it as long as you can afford it!

    I also thought that I would be okay if I couldn’t BF. I was shocked when I was overcome with a primal need to feed my child from my body. I’m praying that it will go well for you. Surgeons are so good at preserving your ducts now.

    BTW – my milk didn’t come in until day EIGHT!! I had to have surgery after the delivery. I suspect that’s why.

    All my best to you and little Davie.

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    • iamstacey
      Mar 10, 2011 @ 22:13:08

      It was day 7 for me, and I’m still trying to build up the supply. I cried the first time I saw a drop of white instead a smear of yellow colostrum! While pumping 4 times a day I got up to just over an ounce each pumping. Now the lactation consultant told me to go for 8 pumpings a day, so I’m back down to about 1/2 an ounce each time. But that’s ok! I’ve seen how pumping works and I’m not going to give it up!

      It totally shocked me, too, how much I wanted to breastfeed! I still can just dissolve into tears when I think about it. I just want it so badly! They said the combination of the breast reduction along with being induced early is probably what’s making it hard for me. Fortunately Davie is a great breastfeeder, which is a HUGE plus! I can’t imagine how much harder it must’ve been for you and your sweet little one!

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  10. Myndi
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 15:47:37

    Oh!!! I just KNEW if I logged in today, I would see that your little one had arrived. OMG! I am SOOOOOO thrilled for you! Wahoo!!!

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  11. Aisha
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 22:07:38

    Stacey- I’m SOOOOOOOOOO happy for you! Congratulations on your beautiful blessed little Davie.

    As for breastmilk- mine took a whopping five days to come in- since youer’ at the hosital request the hospital grade pump and pump away every day- it will come!

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    • iamstacey
      Mar 10, 2011 @ 22:30:24

      The hospital grade pump (the Medela Symphony) has been one of the best things we’ve ever done! I’m going to keep pumping as long as I can! I hope I’ll be able to make a supply on my own soon, but if not, at least I can pump some for her.

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  12. Stacey
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 23:40:58

    Welcome, Davie! So happy for you, Stacey. Thanks for sharing the story of her arrival with us. Praying that her bilirubin will come down soon. We had to supplement with formula for a little while to get over that hump, too. Using a good pump helped my milk to come in and keep my supply up in those early days. I hope everything works out with breastfeeding! It is a really sweet and rewarding part of motherhood. Of course, I know you will do what you have to do to take care of that sweet little one, so definitely don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t work out.
    Enjoy every moment!! Congrats again!

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    • iamstacey
      Mar 10, 2011 @ 22:38:41

      Thank you, Stacey! I’ll always remember your post right after your sweet one was born where you wrote the lyrics to At Last. I LOVE that post, it just resonated with me! That was our song at our wedding five years ago. I thought it had special meaning then, but you took it to a whole new level! 🙂

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  13. Christy
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 18:09:13

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
    more pictures, please

    I never got any colostrum or breastmilk. so hard.

    LOVE!

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    • iamstacey
      Mar 10, 2011 @ 22:43:03

      I’ve always been all about boobs. I had big boobs early on, I had enormous boobs until I was married to Troy. No shocker – Troy is a boob man. I had a breast reduction from an E or EE to a C – and they managed to re-grow over the year following the reduction back up to a D. After all that, and all the years of infertility, and the failures of my body, it never even occured to me that my boobs would fail to make milk if I ever got to bring a baby home. Oh, the irony.

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  14. Andrea
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 17:12:04

    Davis is such an unique and cute name and obviously with a lot of meaning to you. Thank you for your comment on my name choice ( I accidently deleted your comment now that I’m trying out igoogle.com, which I’m sad about). It is so nice to hear positive feedback on name choices because we put our hearts and souls into choosing the perfect name for our little ones. Congrats again on your beautiful little girl.

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  15. Jessica
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 20:35:13

    I just found out you had the baby! Congrats on your beautiful baby girl!

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