Post-Pregnancy

So some things about not being pregnant anymore:

  • I have completely forgotten what it felt like to be pregnant because I didn’t feel pregnant until the last couple of weeks.
  • I have officially lost 20 of the 28 pounds I gained with this pregnancy. I hope to lose the last 8 pounds and more within the next couple of months. I am very much determined to get back to my weight and level of fitness I was at before I got pregnant with Elle.
  • I still can’t sleep comfortably on my stomach because I’m breastfeeding so I am looking forward to the day I can sleep on my stomach.
  • I have had19 staples and 21 steri-strips removed from the incision and survived!
  • The recovery has been a thousand time much easier than it was with Elle, but I’m pretty sure I’m still over-doing it on the housework and other things.
  • Having Elle AND Rhett around is more than one heart can handle. It’s amazing how much love we are capable of giving.
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Welcome Rhett Thomas

We have been very busy since the birth of Rhett Thomas. Here’s a recap of the last few days.

Tuesday, July 6th
Rhett Thomas is born at 12:55pm weighing in at 6lbs 13oz and 19.5 inches long. Nancy went to a regular doctor appointment where the doctor told her that the baby would be delivered today because there was not very much amniotic fluid left and cord injury was possible. Everything happened so quickly. The appointment was for 9:45am and just over three hours later, Rhett was delivered. We had lots of visitors this day all ready to shower baby Rhett with love.

Wednesday, July 7th
Ted and Elle went home the night Rhett was born and Nancy’s mom stayed at the hospital to help. Ted and Elle returned in the morning and Elle was very excited to see her baby brother. Nancy let Elle sit in her hospital bed and hold Rhett; this was a very proud moment for Elle. Nancy got her first solid food meal at lunch time; her last real meal was Monday night.

Thursday, July 8th
Nancy’s sister stayed at the hospital with her the second night and was a tremendous help. By the second day Nancy’s pain had significantly subsided and she was able to get out of bed, walk around, and shower. Nancy enjoyed a little alone time to herself for most of the morning and poor Rhett was taken around lunch time for his circumcision. It was such a traumatic event he slept for about eight hours and would not wake for anything to nurse. Growing concerned, Nancy contacted the nursery several times throughout the eight hour period and was told that it was normal for baby boys to sleep for a long time after a circumcision. Ted and Elle stayed at the hospital for the last night of Nancy’s stay.

Friday, July 9th
The entire Higgs family was discharged from the hospital after Nancy’s staples were removed – 19 in all – and steristrips were placed on the incision. Ted loaded up the vehicle and brought in the car seat. We were ready to get home and get settled with our newest addition. We left the hospital around 4:45pm and managed to somehow make it home in little Friday rush-hour traffic. It was great being home and Elle had wanted nothing more than to bring Mommy and Rhett home with her as she had mentioned several times over the four days in the hospital.

Saturday, July 10th
We had an early morning follow-up doctor appointment for Rhett where we found out that he now weighed 6lbs 6oz. We weren’t too concerned about this as Rhett had definitely picked up on the nursing over the last few days although it is still difficult keeping his up during his feedings. A nurse pricked his heel to collect more blood for the bilirubin (jaundice) test which came back normal. The Higgs spent the remainder of the day catching up on sleep and relaxing at home. We were lucky to have Ted’s mom come over in the evening with LOADS of groceries from CostCo for us.

Sunday, July 11th
Ted went into work on this day to write a contract. Go Ted! So to help Nancy out while Ted was away, Nancy’s parents came over to make lunch, keep her company, and play with Elle. The minute Elle woke up and saw her Coco (grandpa), she took him to her room, closed the door, and played with him for HOURS. Each time that Nancy went to check on her, she would say, “Close the door please. I just want to play with Coco.” Luckily, Coco was saved (for a little while at least) when Nancy’s best friend, Fawn, and her daughter, Tangerine, came over to visit also.

It was really nice having the house full of family and friends. Nancy lost out on some sleep and ended up falling asleep while company was still over. She was trying to get Elle down for her nap not long after Ted got home and ended up falling asleep herself.

Monday, July 12th
Another day of catching up on sleep for Ted and Nancy. We took a very short walk outside to get some fresh air late in the afternoon. Our neighbors, who also happened to be outside, surprised us with several gifts for Rhett – diapers, two outfits, and a carseat toy. Ted and Elle stayed out for a while so Elle could play with Chloe; she came back in the house wearing Chloe’s Snow White dress (which she let her borrow) and with RED cheeks from running around in the hot July afternoon sun.

Daric came over and helped Ted move furniture around so that we could start setting up Rhett’s room. It was no easy task either. Ted and Daric moved the heavy solid wood dining room table and chairs into the garage and then moved the treadmill and couch out of Rhett’s room into the old dining room.

Tuesday, July 13th
Rhett is one week old today! His circumcision is healing well and although we can probably stop using the Neosporin, we choose to continue just in case and for his sake anyway. Rhett is eating like a champ. Nancy uses an app on her phone to track nursing, sleeping, and of course all the times he goes potty. In one twenty-hour period, Nancy nurse Rhett for 4 hours and 50 minutes! Talk about a full time job!

Ted was a busy bee today cleaning the garage; mowing and edging the lawn; and doing a little grocery shopping. Nancy is voluntarily off of one of her pain medications, which is a big change from the first c-section recovery where she had to call for her doctor to authorize a refill on her pain medication. Nancy is able to move around much more and much easier which makes for more productive days, but sleep is still something she tries to catch up on.

We will probably start setting up Rhett’s room tomorrow, pictures will follow as we complete it. 🙂 Lots of love to everyone.

The Waiting Game

So I just decided with all the changes going on in our lives, that we would try to maintain a more detailed log of our monthly events through a blog website rather than in snippets through our Cozi site. So here’s today’s updates:

Last night I was up pretty late reading up on labor, contractions, and Braxton Hicks. After getting disappointing news from my doctor on Thursday that baby might reach the 8lb mark and that she might not want me to go past 39 weeks, meaning I will HAVE to have a c-section before my body can even try to go into labor, I was getting discouraged. I definitely do not want another c-section simply because of my first experience with it.

So with those thoughts on my mind, I was on the Internet just looking at my usual web pages and looking into a birthday gift for my best friend’s little girl’s birthday in August when my belly started clenching up really tight. It was so tight the entire thing felt like a rock. I was in awe at first, then the firmness went away so I continued my regular activities. Then the clenching happened again.

I started to wonder if the baby was just stretching out as far as he could and that was what was making my belly so tight or if I was having a contraction. I noticed the tightness radiated from the pelvic area up to the top of my belly, but there was no pain associated with this. With this in mind, I searched for “what do contractions feel like” in Google, read a few of the first articles and then search for “what does braxton hicks feel like.” I read a few of these articles as well and I’m convinced it’s Braxton Hicks because I don’t feel very much pain at all.

The clenching and loosening kept occurring the entire time I was awake; I didn’t keep track of how often or how much time passed between each spurt. I downed almost a liter of water thinking maybe I was cramping because I was dehydrated. The only thing the water did for me was make me wake up twice in the middle of the night for a potty break.

Today has been a pretty relaxing one with Elle and I have noticed that I am getting the same clenching and tightening feeling again and it’s happening pretty often. Again, I have not been keeping track of how often or how long. However, I am feeling a little more comfort in the fact that there is some sort of activity going on in there. Who knows, maybe we won’t even make it to the due date. I would be very thankful for that!