Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ender Alexander

He's finally here!!!! I don't have time, or feel like it, for a long post but I just wanted to post some of the details! We were scheduled for a 7:30 c-section on August 28th. We had to arrive at the hospital at 5:30. We were in the prep room from 5:30 until 7:20. I almost thought that they wouldn't do it on time because it was so late. However, I didn't realize that with a scheduled c-section they'd do the epidural in the operating room. So at 7:20 they came and walked us down to the OR and it went really fast from there. I got the epidural, it went pretty good, and then they put the catheter in which was horrible! And then they prepped me and by the time I was prepped I was numb and ready to go. They started cutting, Randy came in, and they pulled baby boy out at 8:06 am! My epidural was great. I was numb to pain but could always move my toes. With Julietta I was numb from the shoulders down and it was really heavy. This one was just the waist. This means I could feel all the pressure and the prodding but it wasn't so bad. Randy said they had a hard time pulling him out and so at one point there was about 7 hands in me! They also had to use some forsepts on his head to get him out. I think this might have been because he was so low. They got his head out, and didn't even have to spank him he started screaming right away. He was still half in me and was crying! I don't think he wanted to come out yet :) Anyway, they then cleaned him up a little bit. I got to hold him which was wonderful! My arms were not tied down. Then Rands took him to the nursery with the doctor. I was in recovery by 9:00. I stayed there until 10:00. The epidural started wearing off on the right side so they had to get it right because I was feeling pain just on that side. Then I was taken up to my room and within about 5 minutes Ender was brought into the room! I couldn't get him to latch on, so sadly we are on the shield again. I have hope that we'll get off of it in two weeks. I will meet with another lactation consultant than to make sure that happens. But he is doing great on the shield so I'm thankful for that. Oh, Ender weighed 7.11 oz and was 20 inches tall. Almost a full pound heavier than Julietta and an inch shorter! Randy and I had a bet and I won. I thought he'd be 8 pounds and he thought 7.5! He has dark hair too, blue eyes (know these will change!). He also was pretty white with some peeling skin. The doc said they see this a lot with dark skinned babies so I'm thinking he might have my skin ton, but we'll see. Those Librande genes are really strong!
Mom then brought Julietta over. She was a little shocked at first! She's warmed up a lot though :) She likes to hold him, but really likes to look at him and see his eyes! She's struggling a little bit though, so prayer in that area would be much appreciated!
Ender got circumsiced Saturday morning. It went well, but the rest of the day I could not get him to nurse. This was a little frustrating. By Sunday morning he was down to 7 pounds 2 ounces so we did suppliment a little formula through a syringe. I wish we hadn't had to do this, but his health is most important. However, this last feeding he did really well! My milk still hasn't come in, but I have lots of colostrum. I'm hoping that the milk will come in soon.
That's all I can think of for now, but I'll post more later. He's adorable and about the most snuggly little thing ever! We may go home today, or it might be tomorrow morning.
I will post more pictures later :)


  1. 1) LOVE that pic of you two! its just precious!!! thats great that you got to hold him. my arms werent tied down but i was too numb to hold her.
    3) glad it all went fairly smoothly! he will get the hang of nursing hopefully and Jules will come around to lovin her little bubba!!
    congrats amy he is just precious!!!

  2. I can't wait for the LONG post.

    Love you, Love him, Love her, love your baby daddy.

  3. Yea, that wasn't a short one! It was a good one though =0) I am SO happy for you!

  4. Congratulations Amy! I am so excited for you guys. My worst fear is one day having to have a c-section. The part that I fear the most is not the c-section itself but it's when they cath you. ahhhhh
    Can't wait to see more photos of the little guy.
    Rest up!