Back as a mommy :) Introducing baby Leo!
Sorry it took me 2 weeks to do this, but I have been a bit preoccupied :)
I guess I will start from the beginning.
On November 23rd (black Friday) we went in for our scheduled C-section. I was 39 weeks and 1 day, so of course I was ecstatic and super proud of my body for making it that far. All my life doctors have told me that I would be lucky to make it to 35 weeks ;) Well we showed them!!
That morning I was so excited, but also super scared. All I wanted was to know that he was healthy and that he did not inherit my genetic condition.
Well, the surgery itself was a piece of cake to be honest. I was relaxed and did not feel a thing (even though I was still able to move my toes haha). The epidural before the surgery however, was absolutely horrible. Not only did it hurt even with the numbing, but it must have been the most unpleasant experience I have ever had. I will not go into detail since I do not want to scare anyone, but for me it was awful. I actually think that the reason I was so relaxed during the surgery, is because I was already so strung out from the epidural placement and had absolutely no energy left in me to be scared anymore.
My post surgery recovery has been amazingly easy as well. I was never in any pain and got out of the hospital a day earlier than most. I had no problems getting in and out of bed and moving around. I used painkillers only for 3 days post surgery. The only pain in my butt, is the postpartum bleeding. It is not heavy, but like a normal period that I have had for 2 weeks now :P It is getting much lighter and I believe it will stop all together in a few days.
Leo Alexander Castaneda was born at 11:47 am on November 23rd. His weight was 6.8 and he was 20 inches long :) Can you freaking believe it? 20 inches fit inside ME. I was blown away that he was such a normal weight and height. I mean I know that he does not seem like a big baby for normal women, but for my 80 pound frame, he really is.
I swear there has never been anything quite as beautiful as he is :} He is gorgeous and such an angel. Dh and I simply cannot get enough of him.
Leo seems to be completely healthy and normal :) We got him tested genetically (just to be sure), but he has no signs of the disease like I did when I was born. Every time I think about what a bullet we dodged, I just want to cry. I have no idea how I would have handled watching my little boy in pain. I am so, so thankful.
He is simply perfect in every way and I am not sure why or how we got this lucky.
He is THE calmest baby ever. He really hates to cry lol.. It is the weirdest thing, but this baby simply pants and makes bear grunting bear noises when he is hungry or wet. Yep that is it. In two weeks that we have had him, he has only cried once (when his blood was taken). He wakes up two times a night to eat so we still have not experienced any sleepless nights. We live in an apartment complex and our neighbour just now realized that the baby was already born haha.
He is surprisingly alert and likes to stay up a lot during the day. He likes to look around and being talked to by us :} Sometimes he likes just to hang out in his swing and listen to music..lol. So we completely skipped the whole "shock" initiation into parenthood since he is so, so easy. We can go out and take him anywhere without being scaredthat he will get crancky and scream.
He eats like a champ and my nipples are just now starting to toughen up, to where it does not hurt as much when he latches on. I am not gonna lie, it definitely hurts for a week or so, but breastfeeding is totally worth it :) The only thing that is a bit inconvenient, is finding a private spot to feed him when we are out and about.
Leo eats a lot because he was born pretty skinny and hardly had any of the baby fat on him. I had a hard time gaining weight during my pregnancy (only gained 7 pounds even though I had zero morning sickness) so he was a thin little man. I am guessing my body could not have supported a chubby baby. You better believe that he is making up for that now. He eats so much and has already gown 1 1/2 inches :( I cannot believe it. All I want is for him to slow down and be our little baby for a long, long time.
I am not trying to sound like little miss sunshine who has everything perfect, but I simply have nothing to complain about (well except for the stretch marks I now have..hehe).
Considering my disease and all the things that were "supposed to happen" I really lucked out. I had the easiest pregnancy and the sweetest baby :) What else does one need?
Here are some pictures of our baby Leo :)
Look at that HUGE belly..lol. I looked so funny ;)
He scratched his face :(
Excuse my swollen face ;)
1 day old
Daddy loves him so much :}
Dh and Leo right after he was born
5 days old ;) Lol...
12 days old swinging in his Snugabunny :}