Jonas Monday* (Week 1)

Jonas 8.5.08

Jonas 8.5.08

In continuing with the Milestone Monday tradition and to eliminate any guilt I have over not keeping an actual baby book/journal, I’m going to continue with the weekly updates on Jonas and will try to keep updated on pics as well. Now if I could only get over my guilt over not keeping up with Jaden’s baby book. Ok, to rid me of that motherly guilt, Jaden will also get her own weekly update. She was born on a Saturday but I don’t post on the weekends. So we’ll go with the day I checked into the hospital to have her which was a Thursday. “Jonas Monday” and “Jaden Thursday”. Good? Good.

*I started this post on Monday but typing one handed or not at all tends to slow things down a bit. I apologize.

Today was Jonas’ due date. Instead of laboring with child birth, I’m laboring with raising a newborn. With a little help from a certain sperm donor (that would be Matt). And a certain three year old (that would be Jaden).

Wednesday and Thursday proved to be the “easing in period”. Or the “Ha! Gotcha, mom and dad!” phase. Matt and I eased into the newborn thing very easily and Jaden pretty much ignored the fact that there was a new baby around with the exception of the occasional “Oh no! The baby’s crying!” outburst. Then came Friday.
Jonas and Daddy at the hospital 8.5.08

Jonas and Daddy 8.5.08

Jaden and Jonas 8.4.08

Jaden and Jonas 8.4.08

Friday started innocently enough with Matt bringing Jaden to preschool then Matt going to the doctor for a sinus infection. Then we brought Jonas to the pediatrician for what’s called a “belly check”. Basically it’s just a follow up from the hospital to make sure he’s not jaundice and is on track weight wise. The nurse asked us to strip him down to his diaper and bring him to the scale. It was then we experienced:
Baby’s First Blow Out: Luckily I’d brought an extra onsie but that didn’t help his little outfit which Matt rinsed out in the sink along with the original onsie. Man, poo everywhere. Anyway, he weighed in at 8 pounds even. NP Ellen said that it may seem like a lot but newborns are expected to lose 10% of their weight the first week and he was above that so no worries. He passed all the other checks with flying colors.

Jonas at home 8.10.08

Jonas at home 8.10.08

However.
At the hospital, Matt discovered a lump under Jonas’ left rib cage and we were curious about what it was. NP Ellen said it’s probably a fatty tissue build up and nothing to worry about but she recommended taking him in for an x-ray just to be safe. So off to the hospital we went for:
Baby’s First X-Ray: Luckily we didn’t have to wait long but poor Jonas didn’t like being stretched out on a cold table and having x-rays shot over his tiny 5 day old body. Who knew? They had to take three pictures and then we were free to go on our way.
However.
When we got home there was a message waiting for us on our machine from the radiology department asking us to come back in because the radiologist who was looking at the x-rays couldn’t quite make out what he was looking at. They were thinking perhaps Jonas moved right as the picture was taken. Matt and I were understandably upset. They had Matt’s cell, couldn’t they have called that? I called them back and they said it wasn’t an emergency but whenever we could come back in, they’d get it taken care of. Then NP Ellen called to check up on us (she’s awesome like that. She’s the one who treated Jaden’s MRSA last year and always checks up on her patients.) and Matt told her what happened. She said it’s up to us if we want to go back but if we do just call her and she’d call in the request to the hospital.
This all happened before 3:30. Oy. I was tired that day. But not as tired as Saturday which brought us:
Jess and Jonas 8.4.08

Jess and Jonas 8.4.08

Baby’s First Trip to the ER: 6am Jonas woke up and I nursed him. All very routine. Except for

Jonas and Jason 8.4.08

Jonas and Jason 8.4.08

the spitting up blood part. Scariest moment of my life. It looked like he was spitting up cherry kool-aid. That’s how much it was and the consistency. Covered his burp rag, his clothes and his onsie.

I was in shock and didn’t know what to do so I tried nursing him on the other side. He spit up again only this time it was darker red, more maroon. Then I called Matt into the room and handed him the burp rag that was covered in blood. He was as shocked as I was and said, “We have to bring him in.” I nodded and said something about the pediatrician’s office having walk in hours on Saturdays so I called to find out what the hours were. The answering service said nothing about walk in appointments but gave an option to talk to an on-call nurse. So I left a message with the lady who answered saying my baby was spitting up blood but I wasn’t sure if it was his or mine as my nipples were still adjusting to the nursing thing. A nurse called me back in about 10 minutes. After hearing what I had to say she said, “You need to take your baby to the ER.” And then I lost it. I hung up and told Matt and he hugged me while I got myself together. I don’t remember who did it but someone got Jaden dressed and we brought her to Matt’s parents’ house and then headed to the hospital. On the way we got:

Matt’s First Speeding Ticket: Yes, some asshole cop pulled Matt over for doing 48 in a 35 and gave him a speeding ticket while his wife was in the back seat sobbing and fearfully watching their newborn for any more blood spitting. THEN proceeded to lecture Matt about how he should’ve called an ambulance if it was such an emergency AND how it’s state law to change the address on your driver’s license within 30 days of moving. Ok, Asshole Cop, if you’re going to give someone a speeding ticket after hearing about how they’re going to the hospital because their newborn is spitting up blood, how about you NOT waste more time with stupid lectures? (Matt is fighting the ticket, btw)

Mid-morning Nap 8.8.08

Mid-morning Nap 8.8.08

Once we got to the ER, we didn’t have to wait long for the doctor to come and check out Jonas. He then called the pediatrics hospital for their opinion and reported that the doctor he spoke with sees this dozens off times a year. It’s my blood that he’s swallowing and then spitting up with the milk. Once my nipples have built up their callouses, he’ll stop spitting up blood. He’s only spit up blood one time since and it was a very little amount. It was a very expensive confirmation of our original hypothesis but we were very glad to have it.

We got home and Matt’s parents brought Jaden home and his mom stayed to watch the kids and tidy up the house while Matt and I slept. She may drive me crazy sometimes but she truly is a saint.

As you can see we’ve had a very eventful week. As for the “regular day to day stuff” Jonas is getting very good about latching but remains a lazy nurser. He usually ends up drinking two bottles a day of expressed milk because I can’t wait for him to wake up and empty the ol’ gals. Plus he still “munches” instead of sucking quite a bit and, yeah, Mommy’s not a chew toy. I’m considering strictly pumping and bottle feeding during the day and nursing at night. We’ll see.

Big Sis helping Lil' Bro 8.8.08

Big Sis helping Lil' Bro 8.8.08

Personality-wise he’s a cuddler through and through. We can put him down when he’s sleeping (most of the time) but when he’s awake he’d better be either held close or bouncing. And where Jaden could take or leave a pacifier, Jonas needs his but unfortunately he frantically searches for it when it’s already in his mouth and it just becomes pathetic. And yes, we laugh because, hi! Tiny baby frantically turning his head back and forth when, dummy, it’s right there! We’re terrible parents I know.

He and I seem to be on the same “mood schedule”. We’re happy and reasonable up until 5pm or so then we’re both cranky and snippy. I’m ashamed to admit that most of my patience is lost with Jaden but I’m aware of it and am trying. And, Matt, sorry for snapping at you too. But in my defense, I’m tired!

Updates on my postpartum recovery: It’s going great. Had some rough cramps on Sunday and some discomfort in what Friend Jason called my “baby parts” but those seem to be better as well. Oh and can we talk about The Belly? Check it:

The Belly-38 weeks

The Belly-38 weeks

Yeah, life is good Belly wise.

The Belly- 1 week post partum

The Belly- 1 week post partum

Jonas 1 week old 8.11.08

It's also pretty good Jonas wise. Jonas 1 week old 8.11.08

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4 Responses

  1. Oh sweetie, i am soooo happy for all of you and cant wait to meet him in person. I would call the house but i dont want to risk waking a sleeping baby or sleeping mommy so when your free and feel up to it call me…i will walk away from WHATEVER i am doing 🙂 i miss you already and congrats again!!!

  2. Oh my gosh, that is so scary (the blood bit)! I’m glad to hear everything is ok and it wasn’t a big deal, although the thought of anyone’s nipples bleeding that much is kind of freaky. Ok, very freaky.

    And hello ass-monkey cop! Apparently he doesn’t have any kids, not that this is any excuse. In the movies if a cop pulls someone over and they’re having a medical emergency the cop will turn on his lights and escort the person to the hospital. Apparently ass-monkey cop also doesn’t watch movies.

    Glad to hear everything else is going mostly ok! If you need me to come over and watch the kids for a bit so you can rest, or to clean your house (because you know I’m a tool like that), just let me know! I’m more than happy to help out!

  3. i love that photo of you sans jonas in your mids. so awesome. can’t stop giggling.

  4. […] as they are newborns just aren’t that exciting. Which is a good thing considering what “exciting” tends to mean. I will say that he’s becoming more and more alert and loves ceilings […]

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