This will not be a long blog post, as I still feel as though someone ripped out my stomach (oh yeah, in a way someone did…) and I’m perpetually light-headed and headache-y from having not eaten anything for, oh, 36 hours or so. Babies are great, but dude, whoever thought up C-sections really wanted to make giving birth a truly lasting, painful experience. Anyway, Christopher David Powells was born at 8:20 p.m. on August 22, 2011, weighing in at 4 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring at 17 inches. Even as things didn’t go as I’d hoped — like my hope for a VBAC down the drain, for example — at least I didn’t need magnesium sulfate, which even my Ob-Gyn agreed was a nasty medication.
So, here I am, 1st day post-partum. I haven’t eaten anything solid yet, unfortunately, but I am no longer chained down by my catheter or the massage socks (that’s probably not the term for them — they are sort of like leg warmers that massage your calves to prevent blood clots in your legs). I’ve already taken a lumbering, somewhat ginger lap around the post-partum ward, and I’m hoping, hoping, hoping I’ll get breakfast tomorrow! So, in the grand tradition of not posting early baby pictures of my kids on Facebook, here are a few photos of my little Chris.
Here’s a freshly bathed Chris, right after being born. Check out those long fingers!
I took this photo with my phone this morning as we cuddled. Check it out — no feeding tube mom! He’s small, but can suck pretty well on his own. Mikey, you might recall, had to stay in the NICU for a couple of weeks because he hadn’t yet learned how to suck, swallow and breathe at the same time. We’re already ahead of the game, Chris!
Cuddling this morning, Christopher gave me the look he first gave me when I saw first saw him — his Popeye look. He looks so much like his brother, but I do think he has Trinity’s nose and definitely Trinity’s ears. :)
And how has Mikey been behaving around his new brother? Well, Michael is not a fan of hospitals or nurses, so when he sees me in a hospital gown, it kind of spooks him. Yesterday, when he saw me wearing the hairnet prior to surgery, his expression went instantly from, “hi, mom!” to “what in the world, mom?” So it’ll be interesting to see what happens when we take Christopher home!