Holy smokes guys, the time has been slipping away from me. I understand now why moms have their coffee like two hours after they made it. Raising a newborn is no joke, but worth every minute. Thank you all for being patient with me in telling you my birth story and Teagans first couple of weeks so far. This will be a long post but stick with me, and I will try my best to give the short version.
So let’s go back to August 13th at 2:30 am when I first started to feel something different. I was laying in bed and felt so weird, I couldn’t go back to sleep since then. It was around 4:00 am when I started to feel contractions happening. By 7:00 am I called the labor and delivery people letting them know I was contracting, and they told me to hold off a little more until my contractions were 3-5 minutes apart. At this point, they were only like 6-7 minutes apart, so I had to wait for them to be closer. Meanwhile, I was having really bad back labor, and Ryan wanted me to call again because he wanted to be safe than sorry and get me to the hospital. So 9:30 am came round, and my contractions were probably like 5ish minutes apart, so Ryan wanted me to call again. So I did, and we went to the hospital to be checked, and I was only like 2 1/2 centimeters dilated, so they wanted me to go walk around for 2 hours. Which I did, and when I came back they put me into a room. The nurses hooked me up to everything, and they checked to see how far I was, and only 4 cm dilated. I had a long way to go, and at this point, I was in a lot of pain, mainly in my back. By 7:30 pm I opted for the epidural, and it went so well. I didn’t feel anything, and it was a relief. By this point, since I still wasn’t dilated enough, they gave me Pitocin at 11:00 pm to help my process along. At 6:00 am on Wednesday, the nurses broke my water. Pretty much the whole day I was slowly progressing towards that 10 cm mark, which I finally reached at 10:00 pm that night. Teagan was sunny side up, so I had about 4 different nurses/doctors try and turn her around, and she wouldn’t budge. So after 3 hours of hard pushing, they recommended me to get a Cesarean, and I was so bummed. The nurses said that I did the best job I could have done. One of the worst parts was when they had to push her back up like I did all that pushing for her to be pushed back up, talk about frustrating. By 2:07 am on Thursday, almost 48 hours later from when I first felt something, I had my baby girl. I was exhausted, shaking so bad, and I threw up six times on the operation table, but I would do it all over again for her. She weighed seven pounds ten ounces, 19.69 inches long. I was one happy mama, even though she came out with a little abrasion on her head from me pushing and her getting stuck. I felt so bad, but she didn’t even know, and it healed up fine. I finally had my baby girl, and I couldn’t have been happier.
Moving forward, we spent an additional five more days in the hospital and it was rough. Ryan ended up getting the flu basically, but even with him being sick he helped out A LOT. Teagan ended up having low blood sugar, and not pooping enough, which made our stay longer than anticipated. Thankfully, my parents flew in from Maryland and were there to help us for the next ten days. When we were finally cleared, it was so nice to go back home.
Since then, I have had PUPP, which is something you can get after you give birth when your hormones try to go back to normal. It’s a super itchy rash that goes all over your body. Basically, just annoying to deal with. Then two weeks later, I developed thrush, which is a yeast infection of the nipples. It’s super painful when breastfeeding or pumping, and I am currently still trying to overcome this. Hopefully, things start looking up for me, and I don’t develop something else.
Teagan, on the other hand, is growing like weeds. If she is not sleeping, eating, or pooping, she loves to be held. She especially loves being outdoors. When she turned 4 weeks old, she started to become a little more independent and likes to lay on her back and look around. She is cooing and smiling a bit more, and it’s just the cutest thing ever. She does fairly well at night, sleeping in 3-4 hour increments. She has a strong grip and strong legs, so hopefully, they will help her later in life. Her head lifting abilities are amazing even the nurses in the hospital were impressed by how she could lift her head. Now, I wait for when she can entertain herself for more than five minutes, haha. However, she does well soothing herself to sleep. We haven’t practiced it too much, but when we do, she does well. I can’t wait to keep watching her grow and impress me every day with something new.
Meanwhile, I would love to give some appreciation to Teagans dad and my love, Ryan, for being the best father to our daughter. He has helped out so much, and it has been a blessing having him here with us. He goes back to work on October 1st, and I am not looking forward to it. He is super cute with her and continues to make me laugh even when things are a little chaotic. Thanks babe for doing the best you can, we love you!
If you have made it thus far, thank you! I appreciate everyone who reads this and continues to check up on us. Hopefully, I can keep up every other week on Teagans life with you guys. I love you all and hope everyone has a great weekend!
Also, sorry if I sounded like a rambled on. haha