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 one...you'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!