16 June 2009

All is well!

I had a great OB appointment this morning. I drank the yucky glucose stuff, and am praying for normal results tomorrow. It was fine when they did the test a month ago, so I am hoping for the same.

I had a great talk with my OB. He has delivered all of the boys, and he said he plans on the same for this one (he even came in on his day off for Michael). He just makes me feel so at ease about everything. I had a ton of questions, especially about breastfeeding-we can be honest here, right? I attempted to nurse with Peter, but he was born a month early. I had pre-eclampsia, and so they induced me. As a result, Peter was little (hovering around 5 pounds). They didn't want him to lose any weight. We supplemented with formula, and a week later, I gave up on my dream of nursing. It was a bad week. Every 2 hours, I would nurse, pump, and give Peter a bottle of formula. My milk never came in. I am guessing that the formula we were instructed to supplement with was the root of this problem.

Because of this experience, I opted to bottle feed both Drew and Michael. I was too scared and on some level, I had convinced myself that I was physically unable to nurse. I have no proof of this, it was just what I told myself.

This time, for a plethora of reasons, I want to give breastfeeding another go. I am nervous about this, but I feel like I need to to it. OK, I am now realizing that this is not where I meant to go with this post, but it is where I landed. Please say a prayer that I have peace with my decision and that it goes well.

Oh, and as an aside, my OB told me that he had a dream about me last week (weird, huh?). He said he dreamt that I was pre-eclamptic again. After Jamie's post about dreams, I was a little weirded out that he had this dream. I have been worried about all of the swelling that I have been having, but my blood pressure was good today. So, we are going to pray that bed rest is not in my future this time. With Peter, it was no big deal because he is my oldest, and so bed rest meant I got a lot of me time. This time, though, I have 3 little boys at home, and I don't know how I'd handle it. OK, another worry to lay in God's hands and let go. Whatever is meant to happen will happen. If it does, maybe that means that all of my bloggy friends would have to come visit-right? ;)


Amy said...

I think everything will be just fine for you. As for the breastfeeding, I didn't even try with my first, but I attempted for my second and it only lasted about a week. I took that very hard and was very upset, but I dealt with it because me and my baby were having a hard time and I wanted her to be able to eat enough. I don't think she has slowed down since...haha!

Jamie said...

Oh, prayers for you and no bedrest!

I was in the hospital with my first, for a month...which would not be good now with 4 at home!

SO, I understand and will be praying!

Sarah said...

The doc's dream isn't an omen. Pray the Memorare!!! Doctors have stress to, and dreams are only a manifestation of what we experienced or what we are thinking about . . . and dreams come out all jumbled so put no stock in it.


Shawna said...

Praying that you don't have to go on bedrest!

I've been having a lot of swelling too, but I always have problems with the humidity (which is hovering around 90% here . . .ugh), so I think that has a lot to do with it since my blood pressure's fine.

I wish you the best with breastfeeding . . .I fear that more than labor!

Aussie Therese said...

I think the first experience of breastfeeding makes the biggest difference.

I easily feed our two boys and when Madeline came along I suddenly realized what people were complaining about and how hard breastfeeding could be.

I only feed her for 3 months and I don't think I would have persisted for that long if the boys hadn't feed so easily.

I know that every child is different. Brigette and Tom were my dream breast feeders. Have some confidence that this baby may be easy too. I think attitude makes a big difference.

Prayers for the rest of your pregnancy.

Gramma 2 Many said...

I was not successful until #6 and only tried that time because a good friend encouraged me. You can do it!! I nursed her for 17 months to make up for all of the lost time with the others.
Glad your appointment went well.

Teri said...

Sending good wishes and positive thoughts for an UNEVENTFUL remainder of your pregnancy. One day at a time. :-)

Kim H. said...

I'm thinkin' of ya honey! I've missed all my friends while I've been a little pre-occupied, but know I'm here to support you any way I can. I nursed all four of mine -- my mom was a laleche league leader for over 20 years. Not that I'm an expert, but I can help you any way I can. I suggest you get yourself the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding -- and see if you can find a support group or LaLeche group near you. Contact them now. YOU CAN DO IT!!! I know you can. The beginning is the hardest, and if you can get through the first couple of weeks, you will be just fine -- and even then, you might have a really easy go this time. Each baby is different!

Rest, drink your water, put your feet up, don't borry worry -- and know we're praying for you.

love and hugs!

Christine said...

Oh it is fun to find your blog. I see your face on a lot of comments and this is your home base! Neat!

Herd Momma said...

I ditto Kim. And add.....I am totally here for you on the breast feeding. I will give you my # via e-mail and you can call collect any time. Seriosly! I would have given up and thrown in the boob on my 3rd day of breastfeeding Audrey if it hadn't been for the wife of my boss. Audrey was 5lbs 14oz and it took several days for my milk to come in. I fed her for 6 months, William for 9months, and the twins for 5 months.
I also had great lactation people at the hospital who helped. I think that drinking lots of water, eating good, and positive attitude are key. When I'd get stressed Tom would step in, take baby or babies, send me to 'take break' for a few and that always helped.
I totally agree with Kim. Get intouch with the lacto people and start talking now. OH! And that lanoline cream for cracking. Ick. I didn't like it. My boss's wife, mom of 5, said to just express a little and rub it on your nipple it isn't near as sticky and better.