Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dear Letti: One & Two Month letter

Dear Letti,
The first month literally flew by and I'm shocked! Where has the time gone? I am combining your first two months into one letter because time just got away from me. I'm learning to adjust to having you and your sister and trying to find our new normal. Its been hard but I wouldn't change it for anything!
You are so easy going and you have such a sweet disposition. You were the smilest newborn I have ever seen! We had a little bit of a rough start... You were coombs positive and developed jaundice. You wore a biliblanket starting day one. By day 3, your bilirubin levels were still climbing, so you were admitted into the NICU for 24 hrs for triple light therapy. We got to come home on day 4! From the very beginning, I had pain when you breastfed. We got you evaluated when you were 11 days old for a lip and tongue tie.  You had both. They were both pretty severe and restricted. We got them revised by Dr. Mindy, who was amazing. We took a family road trip to Morrison, IL to see her because she was a specialist and highly recommended. It was totally worth the trip. You had a bit of a rough recovery and it took us a couple weeks to get the hang of breastfeeding. We had a lactation consultant come to the house a couple times. She helped assure me that I was doing everything right, we just needed to give you some time to heal and learn how to use your tongue. She also recommended that we get you evaluated by early intervention. She thought a speech pathologist could really help you with your oral motor skills. She also noticed some sensory/transition concerns that OT may be able to help with. We got you evaluated at 7 weeks and you qualified for speech, OT, and a nutritionist, who is going to help us with your reflux. We started you on medication for reflux around one month because you were not gaining the amount of weight the dr wanted to see. You are still very uncomfortable but gaining weight spectacularly! We are going to change your medication and see if that helps your symptoms better. I also went on a diet (no dairy, eggs, soy, or nuts) to help you and it seems to be working. Once we get your reflux under control, I'll try to reintroduce foods.
You rolled from your tummy to your back around 6 weeks old, and you have done it on several other occasions. I think you think you are bigger than you are. slow down please!!
You had your real first smile at 5 weeks old. You are a social butterfly. You make the sweetest coo sounds. You make me light up! You are just so easy going, despite everything going on with you. You are just so wonderful! It's amazing to watch you with Lilah. You smile at her and follow her with your eyes whenever shes around. She started sitting by your feet so you can kick her back and Lilah thinks its hilarious. She wants to play with you and she's finding ways :) I know you guys will be best friends, even though you may fight. I'm glad you guys will always have each other.

One Month: 7lbs 8oz, 20.75 in
Two Months: 9lbs 15oz, 22in

First time Lilah met you

4 long days in the hospital

13 days old


one month!

Colette Elaine: Birth Story

I was 39 weeks pregnant and the serious prodromal labor started. I say serious because I have had real contractions since about 21 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed with irritable uterus. The contractions never got more intense until 39 weeks and they were not causing changes to my cervix.  Every night I would go to bed saying, if they wake me up, I'll call the midwife. On Wednesday I told Zach I had a feeling I would go into labor on Thursday (my due date was on Saturday). Thursday came and I was having contractions but nothing unmanageable. I made cookies after Lilah went down and we went to bed around 10 pm. 11:30, I woke up with contractions (STILL THURSDAY!) I took a bath to see if I was having false labor and they slowed down a bit. As soon as I got out of the tub, the intensity picked up. By 1am, I was on the phone with the midwife because the contractions had gotten so intense. She told us to come in. We arrived around 3a and we were admitted! I was 4 cm. Lilah had to come with us to the hospital because we couldn't get a hold of anyone to stay with her at the house. Our friend came and got her from the hospital around 4a. We let Zach's mother know that I was in labor and she came up to stay with Lilah while we were in the hospital. I took a shower to try and relieve some of the pain, but nothing really helped. I was nauseous and vomiting and my body wouldn't stop shaking. Around 7a I was still at 4cm. We decided to get an epidural. Around 8:30a, I had the best anesthesiologist insert the epidural! I could still feel everything but the intense pain and nausea went away. I was able to move my feet and legs still. I had to breathe through every contraction. I still felt in control. It was the perfect combo. Letti was rotated along my right side, which put her at a high risk for being born posterior, so we tried some different positions and got her to flip so her back was on my left side. Around 8cm my contractions spaced out a lot, causing some concern. The midwife suggested we break my bag of water to see if we could get the process moving again. we decided to go ahead and break my water since Letti was in a good position and I didn't want to have other interventions. This happened around 11am. It was like the flood gates opened. The midwife left the room to chart and seconds later I was pushing. She ran back in the room, and Letti was born at 11:34a. While I was pushing, Letti was in distress and I had to wear oxygen. She had the cord wrapped around her neck and was blue for a little while after she was born. She was immediately placed on my chest. I said right then and there, Let's do this again! Everything was perfect. I would not have changed a single thing about it.

Colette Elaine Fiscus
Friday, August 14, 2015
6lbs 10oz, 20 inches long