Friday, September 24, 2010

Oliver, 17 days old

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pictures of Oliver

Tiny little hands. His sleeve covers up his skinny little arm :)

All ready to go see the doctor. We had a follow-up on the 16th just to make sure he wasn't getting too jaundiced with his cephalohematoma. And he wasn't! In fact, he is actually my least jaundiced baby to date! The doctor said that of all the hematomas he's seen over the years, Oliver is probably one of the least jaundiced he's seen, even though the hematoma is one of the largest.

Brogan loves his little brother so much!

He loves to give him hugs and kisses all the time. If he finds a pacifier lying around, he won't rest until he's given it to the baby, and if Oliver even makes a sound Brogan responds instantly with "Oh no! Bebe's sad!" Too cute :)

Trying out Oliver's car seat, and telling me not to take a picture of him :)


Sucking his thumb :) He has done this quite a lot actually, and it is the cutest thing :)

Oliver is still such a sweet, peaceful baby. So far, he really is the easiest baby I've had! He hardly ever cries, and when he does it's only if he's hungry or something easy to fix like that :) He sleeps really well, and we've had a night or two when he's slept for more than 4 hours straight. He goes to sleep without needing to be rocked or anything. Basically, he's perfect!!
We had a bit of a rough start to breastfeeding. Well, I suppose I should say I had a rough start, since Oliver has been blissfully unaware of any problems at all! It started with latch-on problems resulting in lots of pain and bleeding (ouch!!), and just as that was pretty much resolved I got mastitis this past weekend. Wow, that was not fun. So I'm on antibiotics right now, and am feeling about a billion times better than I was on Saturday, so hopefully it will all be smooth sailing in that department from now on! I do think it's sort of funny that the first baby I've had any real breastfeeding problems with is the only baby who's been exclusively breastfed from day one! Both my other babies had bottles before they breastfed, and I never had any problems like this with either of them!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

First Day of School

Avery's first day of school was supposed to be September 7th, but for some reason we decided to not send her off for her first day while I was at the hospital having a baby :) So she stayed home that week while we all adjusted to having Oliver around, and then on Sunday night she developed a fever so no school on Monday either! The fever stuck around til Tuesday, and they have a policy that you don't send your child to school within 24 hours of having a fever (which is great, I think), so it was Thursday September 16th before Avery finally had her first day of school!! But she was very excited!
These pictures are actually from Friday though... we missed the bus on Thursday because the bus driver apparently didn't know which house was ours! And Daddy was home on Friday, which made it easier to take pictures :) So we were up bright and early for the 7:10am bus! Avery has breakfast at school, which was actually one of the things she was most excited about!
She has been enjoying school so far! And for those of you who remember that we were thinking about not sending her to school at all this year, we reached a compromise that we're quite happy with so far. Avery goes to school in the mornings with her classmates, but she is only staying for half a day. So instead of going 7:45am-2:45pm, she's only there 7:45am-11:05am, which is great! And when I sat down with her teacher to talk about it, she mentioned that she wouldn't be missing anything that way anyway, since after that it's basically just lunch, nap time, play time and snack time! So hooray :) She is very happy, and we are happy so far too.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Oliver Giles

Oliver Giles Andersen
Born on Tuesday September 7th, at 8:40am
7lbs 11oz, 20.5 inches

The short story: I went into labour late on Monday evening (on Labor Day!), and about 10 hours later Oliver appeared!
I will write about the labour and delivery in more detail later - it is a good story (or at least, I think so!), and certainly something I want to remember, but for now I will just keep it as short as possible!
He was white-faced and purple-footed when he was first born as a result of a combination of prolonged contractions and the cord being wrapped around his neck. But it wasn't long before he was pink and soft and sweet :)

A successful vbac was an entirely new and wonderful experience for me! Within a few minutes after Oliver's birth I was able to hold him and hug him and kiss him, and he was so peaceful and quiet as he lay there and looked around! Then for the first time I was actually able to nurse my baby, which again was a new experience since both Avery and Brogan were given bottles before I had the chance to breastfeed them! All-in-all, it was a wonderful experience for me, and Oliver is healthy and happy, and is actually my least jaundiced baby despite the giant cephalohematoma the vacuum extractor left on his head!

Gabe brought the children and Grandma to the hospital that afternoon so that they could all meet Oliver. Avery loved him the minute she saw him, and was so sweet as she held him and whispered to him!
Brogan loves him too, and loves giving him kisses.

Grandma, of course, is besotted :)

Family of five :)

After an 8lb 1 oz baby and a 9lb 4oz baby, I was not expecting such a tiny little bundle! But he is so tiny and cute and skinny! And I'm sure his size played a big part in my being able to deliver him vaginally, so hip hip hooray!!
Ready to go home! I just don't like staying in the hospital for longer than necessary - I missed my other babies too much! So since both Oliver and I were doing well, we were able to convince them to let us go home on Wednesday evening instead of Thursday.

Home life has been pretty great! Oliver is such a sweet natured little boy, and is an excellent sleeper so far! We've had some issues with breastfeeding, which is funny since I thought it would be so easy after having two babies who had to learn how to breastfeed after bottle-feeding! I was in a lot of pain for a few days, but I figured out that it was a latching issue and am almost pain free now. Oliver hasn't had a problem with it at all - he is eating and pooping like a champion!! :)
Brogan adoring the baby :) He's very sweet and gentle with him. He has been quite clingy to me since I've been home, but that's to be expected, and he does seem to love Oliver.

Big dark eyes! I think they'll probably end up being brown like Avery's. He has very little hair, but what he does have is downy-soft and blond :)
Daddy with his boys :) You can see the hematoma quite well in this'd think it would hurt, wouldn't you?? But he doesn't seem to be bothered by it at all.

Yesterday we had a home visit from a nurse. She asked me all about how I'm feeling and how Oliver's been doing, and she weighed him, and gave stickers to the other children :) It was actually really nice - she was able to answer the couple of questions I had, and I felt that it was a really useful visit. This is Brogan "helping" her weigh Oliver. He was 7lbs 9oz, so he's gaining back the weight he lost very well :)
As a little side note, I have actually been very impressed with the post-delivery care that Lewis-Gale provides! Both my other babies were born at Carilion hospitals, and while I was well taken care of, once I went home, that was it until my 6 week check-up. But Lewis-Gale offers the free home visit, which was great, and just half an hour ago one of the lactation consultants called me just to see how we were doing. It's nice.
Well, that's it for now!