Isaac is already 2 weeks old today!
Isaac at 2 Weeks Old
He’s already looking older :( They always grow out of the newborn stage so fast. He’s already so alert and super smiley and his brothers still adore him. He grunts A LOT, especially while sleeping and it’s funny seeing his little arms flail in the air at times. He doesn’t like being swaddled and he’s already outgrowing some of his newborn clothes. I love that he knows the sound of my voice and how he curls into a ball as soon as I hold him. I’m trying to enjoy every moment as it does go by way too fast.
Recovery is going well. This is the last week I’ll have my mom here before she heads back to work and she’ll be sorely missed.
Noah Playing a Game with Grandma
I haven’t had to cook or clean a thing over the past 2 weeks, so I’ve really used the time to rest and recoup from delivery. I’ve taken advantage of sleeping as much as possible during the day while my mom is here as I’ve been up through the night nursing Isaac. He’s definitely getting more into a routine of sleeping 2-3 hours each night, but it does wear on me not having a full solid nights sleep. I love my sleep and this is always the hardest part of having a newborn; that and breastfeeding. Although he’s nursing really well and it’s definitely going smoother this time around, it can still be a challenge especially in the beginning. I’m thankful for the graces God has bestowed upon me to get me through this phase.
We’ve had lots of help from our family and friends. We’re so thankful for the meals brought to us and all the help and gifts we’ve received. My sister has been running the errands for us; doing our grocery and Costco shopping for us has been a huge help. We’re blessed :)
The older brothers are still dealing with their colds; Noah and Eli are pretty much over it, but Levi has it the worst, which is always the case. So far Isaac and I have been spared, I just hope it continues.
It’s been hot here this week (temps in the high 90s) so the boys have enjoyed going to the pool about twice a day this week.
So since Isaac is 2 weeks old today, I thought this would be a good to time to share his birth story.
I’ve always had an induction date set after the due date on all my pregnancies, and for all of them, except Isaac, they decided to arrive on their own. Isaac’s induction was set just a day after his due date, but I was certain he’d be here early. I mean this is my fourth pregnancy after all and my previous two came 6 and 4 days before their due date. The closer to the induction date, the more nervous and anxious I became. His due date arrived and there was no sign of him arriving on his own, no contractions…nothing! So I knew I had to come to terms with getting induced.
Michael’s parents came into town the evening before so they could be here with the boys, as we had to head to the hospital at 6 the next morning. This was a huge help, knowing the boys would be well taken care of the rest of the week and they could continue going to VBS, as they were really enjoying it and didn’t want to miss it. The night before going into the hospital, I only slept for maybe 3 hours, I was so worked up. Just worried about EVERYTHING:
- would I have to get a c-section
- how painful labor would be with an induction
- how would the baby handle it all
- would I have a good nurse
- who was doing the epidural
July 10th arrived and I nervously got ready to go and we headed to the hospital knowing we’d finally have baby #4 that day. My nervousness continued, but I was relieved to know I had a great nurse assigned to me. She was super nice and super attentive. Everything happened pretty fast after all the questions were answered. IV went in and IV fluids and Pitocin were started. I was relieved to see my doctor and happy to know he’d be delivering our fourth (he’s only delivered our first as I’ve had on-call doctors for the other two). He broke my water at 9:00 a.m. and soon after that the contractions were happening.
Labor and Delivery
With an induction, I learned that the labor is fast and furious. The contractions go from mild to GET ME AN EPIDURAL STAT really quickly!!! I was hoping to labor as long as possible without an epidural, but quickly realized the contractions were too much for me. Luckily my nurse knew it was going to get intense and had already lined up the epidural. Even better, the anesthesiologist was the same guy that performed my epidural last time and he was excellent. All my worrying about having a good nurse and anesthesiologist During all the intense contractions and discomfort of having the epidural, I offered up many intentions and Hail Marys. The contractions were so intense, it made it hard to focus that all I could do was offer a Hail Mary. After some relief from the epidural, I was able to relax a bit, just for me to start feeling the contractions again. I’ve never felt contractions once I had an epidural put in so started to worry it wasn’t working. Apparently the contractions were coming on so strong that the epidural couldn’t keep up. The nurse was able to give me a couple boluses which helped and by then I was shaking uncontrollably. This always happens to me and usually means it’s time to have a baby. Sure enough, my nurse checked and it was go time. Everything happened so fast! I usually labor forever, this time it was only 5 hours! There was a lot of pushing this delivery. He was still pretty high up ; I must’ve pushed over 12 times compared to 3 with my last two. He really wasn’t ready to make his debut apparently. After about 20 minutes of pushing, Isaac made his arrival at 2:17 p.m.
I’m grateful that everything went so smoothly. I had an awesome labor and delivery nurse, anesthesiologist and doctor on staff. All my worrying for nothing of course. By the next morning, I was ready to go home. My night nurse was terrible. I was in a lot of pain and they were only giving me Ibuprofen. Plus, the bed was uncomfortable and I had barely slept, so this was 3 nights in a row with little to no sleep. All I wanted was to soak in a tub and get some real sleep, even just a few straight hours. The doctor and pediatrician agreed to discharge us early and we were all home in time for dinner.
Big Brothers Checking Out Isaac