You guys just HAD to go on break right after Joshua was born... Didn't you???
I know that this probably should go somewhere else, so go ahead and move it if it's not okay... It does have to do with pregnancy and all..
Anywho.... I HAD MY BABY!! He came Wednesday, the 4th at 3:36 PM...
My water broke on Monday, but when I went in, they couldn't get a positive test on it, nor was my cervix doing anything (went home at about 4 AM ! ).. I had an appointment in the afternoon, Tuesday, so when I went, my doctor was able to say that he agreed that I was leaking fluid (I KNEW I wasn't going crazy!) However, my cervix STILL was doing jack, so I wasn't in labor (but they don't let you go longer than 24 hours with the membranes ruptured)... So he called up to the hospital and told the nurses to get the Petocin ready for me!!
I got started on that at 4 PM on Tueday... 23.5 LONG, BORING, HUNGRY hours later (the entire time riding on a 50/50 chance of cesarian) - Joshua Anthony came into the world, sunny-side up... 6 IB 1 OZ, 19 Inches. Looks just like his daddy....
It was quite an experience - and definitely unexpected (2 weeks early)... I got to talk to my Teddy (in Illinois for basic training) the next morning. Had an emotional moment, of course... (He's so happy *tear!!)
Joshua had moderate Jaundice, but his pediatrician let him come home with us on time, without bililight treatment. Very happy about that. We've just been feeding him a lot, sticking him in the sun, and watching closly (it's almost gone).
Okay, I had to share... I've been visiting somewhat frequently and figured I'd let you all in on the good news!! I was upset to find out that by the time I was released, you had gone on hiatus, so I couldn't post right away! ... oh well!
P.S. Miz Scarlet - I'm totally a fan. It's offical. (I especially liked your response to the that Steuzy person... He/she was offending. Thankyou.)
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Awww!!!! Joshua is a cutie-pie! His lips are so beautiful. They have such a pretty color to them. I love admiring little babies...
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Your son is so cute. Treasure these moments.
However, I am gonna be a bit of a sour puss here, but I assure you, it's with the best of intentions.
It probably isn't the best idea to post websites on here with pics. Just to make my point, with an easy change in your website address, I was able to see many more pics. Using scrapbooks like those allows for consecutive numbering. I just wanted to point out that it is so easy for people to see things that you would rather not see. So make sure that you only post things that you don't mind that others seeing.
Once again, congradulations.
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Mind giving us a little peek into how Life With Newborn is going? Are you breast or bottle feeding? Are you absolutely exhausted, or do you have help? Have you had any trouble with PPD? How is his temperment, etcetera?
When they're so cute and tiny like this, it's easy for outside observers to forget how difficult and draining it can be taking care of a brand new little person.
Aria, PPD?? I might kick myself for asking, but what??
And as far as life with baby... Well, for me, the most troublesome thing is that I'm still going to school.. I'm going to a school for pregnant and parenting girls, and so I get to take him with me - but that doesn't change the fact that I really get less than a third of the sleep that I used to.. And still have to get up at the same time all the other highschoolers do. It's an understatment to say that it's draining. I've even got a pretty stubborn cold, at the moment that I can't sleep off.
Also, since I'm still living with my parents, I'm getting the option of have someone to occasionaly watch him while I: take a shower, clean my room and do our laundry, use the bathroom, EAT, etc. But I'm definitely not relying on them for anything, and I think I'd have to much pride to even begin to do that. (There is a little control issue that my parents haven't gotten over, and they think not letting me get my lisence is a solution, but I'm getting around that).
And also, for me, I'm super lucky to have the support of his father, and his family. I know a few girls (and so many out there) who's "baby-daddy" doesn't do anything along the lines of "support." And even though my boyfriend has been gone to basic training since a month before Joshua came, I'm sure to count him as one of my many blessings..
Even though I consider Joshua to be a blessing to Teddy and I (who want to have a family), I don't think I would recommend it.. It's hard, support can be fleeting, and being prepared would mean having a lot of stuff in order before creating another human being (education, job, housing, relationships). I've gotten to know a lot of parenting teens already, and I haven't met one who's told another teenager (thinking about getting pregnant) to "go for it". We've just got a lot of things to do, and a lot of things going for us, that will take a lot more work if we've got chidren. Right?
I think I've still got a little while to go before I settle in, but I'm managing.
Hi Banddryad. I think Aria51 was asking you if you have experienced any postpartum depression(PPD) since giving birth to Joshua. By the way, congratulations!
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Yep; i meant postpartum depression. I had a terrible case of it, and I wouldn't want to go through that ever again. It was absolutely horrible, with the lack of sleep and basic needs (food, showers, bathroom, because i didn't have TIME) combined with the depression, I had some terrible thoughts I don't even want to mention. All women have these thoughts -- I never knew my mother did until I went to her in a tearful panic and told her what I'd been thinking -- and they're normal. If this happens, it's perfectly acceptable to put the baby down, let him cry, and lock yourself in the bathroom. Lord knows that saved my sanity more than once.
Isn't it amazing how your life changes so quickly after you have a baby? One day you can't imagine being desparate for a shower or even two hours' uninterrupted sleep, and then all of the sudden, you find it impossible to even sit down to eat a sandwich. Someone once said motherhood is the best job you'll ever hate, and it's true -- it's the most extreme exhaustion you'll ever feel, the wildest emotional highs and lows, the overwhelming responsibility and almost helplessness at times, but at the end of the day when you can sit down, breathe, and watch your little one peacefully sleeping - for the moment, anyway - nothing in the world feels better.
OH!... Post partum.... ::kicksself::..... Actually... Um.. Yeah... Like I said at the end of my last post, I have to settle in a bit still.... Well, that's kind of what I meant...
I've been having quite a problem with it actually.. But I've had my (future) sister-in-law, who is a GREAT friend to help me through things. She had a baby 2 1/2 months ago, too... But just last week there were some issues that were having a pretty scary effect on me, and she (and her husband), and my best friend helped me through it.. Now it's just day to day ups and downs - which is normal.
(If you're wondering why I didn't go to my mom, she and I don't have a good relationship, and I was adopted.. So I'm lucky to have those people.)
By the way, that quote you have is awesome.. And, yes.. It is amazing how things change with a baby.. But it's not all bad (woo for optimism!) :]
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Post partum depression is something to seriously watch out for. I think it is even more important for the ones you love to watch out for it in you.
Many times, I put my son in his crib to let him scream. He had horrible colic. I used to say, he came out screaming and didn't stop until he was 6 months old. I remember walking him at like 11pm outside (it was my first trip outside all day) trying to soothe him (the cool air used to help), and my neighbour coming out. I thought she was gonna yell at me. I had been begging my son to stop for just even a few minutes. She just said "here dear, let me take him, you go inside and relax for a few minutes." i went inside, bawled my eyes out for like 5 minutes, and came back outside ready to start again. I'll never forget that random act of kindness.
I never realized what I was suffering from was PPD. I was depressed for about a year after. I wallowed in self-pity that my life was so hard. I put on, man, like 30lbs, as much as I had during my pregnancy. I really suffered, and i suffered alone. I never told anyone. I thought there was something wrong with me. I know realize what was wrong, but no one, not my doc, friends or my parents ever thought to watch for it in me. I now know that I didn't have to suffer alone. Every women is different, and every one suffers from PPD in different ways. An acquaintance of mine, had thoughts of smuthering her baby. She drove her son to her mom's and went to the emergency room. She was admitted to the psych ward for several weeks. What she had was no longer PPD but post partum psychosis, but the point it, the hormones do crazy things to you.
My point being. Not only should you be aware but you should be aware for the ones you know that have had kids recently.
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