Firstly thankyou to Leah for keeping you all updated on Sam's arrival.
Well where do I start....... Sam was born by Cesarean at 12.18pm on Monday the 19th January 2009 Sam weighed 7 pound 1 Ounce or 3210grams his head circumference was 35cm and he was 49cm long. How excited were we to meet our first little boy. I came back from recovery about an 1hour and a half later and when James handed Sam to me to hold I noticed his breathing was weird "The nurses called it a grunt" Anyway I was like Salt that isn't normal and he said he thought he was just like his dad and breathed loudly.......
Anyway they took Sam off to the nursery to check him out and told me he would be there for 4 hours while the pediatrician could have a look at him and then came back and said that they had to insert a drip as his blood sugar was low and he had fluid on his lungs and they didn't know if he had an infection or not, he would be down there for the night. They had to have 3 attempts to put his drip in my poor little baby but I knew he was in the best place possible. They got me up about 8pm and showered me and took me down to see Sam but I couldn't stay long as I felt really sick from the hot shower :o( So I went back to my room and slept until about 5 the next morning when I got up and showered myself and walked down the nursery. I took my camera down and the nurse told me that Sam had been a naughty boy over night and had decided to stop breathing I was like OMG.... She said he is fine now though I asked how long he was going to be down in the nursery for thinking I would be getting him back that day and she said oh probably 5 days..... she said you don't think something like this would happen after a scheduled C -Section. I went back to my room and it finally sunk in and the tears came rolling out. Cathy my room mate who also had a little baby Sam came over and gave me a cuddle, which made me feel alot better. Anyway still pretty sore and the last 24 hours a blur I would walk up and see Sam it is so sad in the baby nursery all these little babies in humidicribs. I think I got to have a hold of him on wed morning everything is such a blur I tried to feed him on wed afternoon I think he latched on straight away I had been hand expressing to get my milk to come in so I had made his job pretty easy ;o) He was being tube fed every 3 hours so the next time I tried to feed him he was too tired and wouldn't feed so they tube fed him again. How was he ever going to wake up and feed from me if they just kept tube feeding him. Anyway once we got him fully breastfeeding he never looked back. I got him back in my room on the thursday and I had to take him back to the nursery to feed him though and he had to sleep in there that night. I woke up about 5am on Friday morning and just felt sick I just had to come home and I was hoping we would be able too...... I went down to the nursery to check is Sam was awake but he was still sleeping but the nurse let me take him back to the room anyway I just had to come back at 8am with him so the Pediatricians could check him over. They gave him the all clear as long as his jaundice level didn't come back too high. 4pm that afternoon his level came back low enough so we were able to leave. I was so pleased. The hospital staff were so lovely and couldn't have been more helpful but I just wanted to be home.
Sam is going great at home, his big sisters have been fairly full on though I guess I am just so tired so that doesn't help. Things are slowly settling down now though and we are all getting used to having a tiny little baby in the house :o) I could just sit and look at him all day.
Salts mum has been a lifesaver coming over and cleaning and cooking just helping with the girls. I bet she will be glad when everything gets back to normal as well. I feel really good though, the best I have felt after a Cesar actually...... But I am still resting fairly well as I know that is the best thing to do.
Thanks to everyone who left messages, text messages or phoned it has been wonderful to read or hear from everyone.
Below are a few photos of Sams birth and stay in the nursery, his first bath, first cuddles with his sisters and his first photo shoot at home yesterday.
Sam is 8 days old in this photo.