Our journey through infertility, failed adoptions and now parenthood through the miracle of embryo adoption/donation.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Introducing............



Madison Grace! I have some fantastic pictures ordered and once I receive them I will upload them for all to see. This one was on our way home this past Saturday. I am sorry that it has taken so long to post a photo and her birth story, but things have been a bit hectic.

Last Monday night I went into the hospital to be induced. At 10 pm they started Pitocin. I started out at 2 cm and if things went well she was scheduled to arrive on Tuesday afternoon. Things did not go well. By midnight I was having contractions but nothing bad enough to need an epidural. Through the night I dilated to 3 cm. At 7 am my doctor broke my water hoping to speed things up. He also upped the pitocin. At this time it looked like Maddie would not arrive until later that evening. All through the day they checked me. I stayed at 3 cm forever!! Then I would move a half of a cm. By 10 pm I was only to 5 cm. My doctor again upped the pitocin. And I now had an epidural. I finally got to 7 cm early Wednesday morning but my contractions were never strong enough to move. My doctor really did not want to do a c-section if there was any way to avoid it. We held out as long as well could, but after 36 hours of labor and my water being broken for more than 24 there was no other option.

At 9 am on Wednesday morning I was wheeled to the OR. At 9:16 we heard her first cry. It was amazing!!! But between the drugs, nausea and fatigue I could not hold her or even care to see her. I felt horribly guilty about that, but know that it was out of my control. After about an hour my body began to relax and I held my precious little girl and everything else melted away. All I could do was hug her and kiss her. She was beautiful. She was perfect. She was mine!!

On Thursday morning she had developed jaundice and was kept under the photo therapy lights all day except for feedings, and then she was brought to me for those. It was so hard to be separated from her! On Friday they took pity on me and brought the whole bed and light into my room so that I could at least see her. It was hard to have her so close and not be able to hold her though. Thankfully they allowed her to come home with me on Saturday and she is using a Bili Bed at home. She is being retested tomorrow and we are praying that her levels are down so that we can discontinue using the bed. I just want her near me at all times and hate that she has to be in her bed all day.

All in all things are going great. She is a very good baby! She sleeps well and eats well. I am trying to nurse but because of the jaundice I have had to supplement with formula and she prefers that to breast milk. She likes to be lazy and let the bottle do all of the work! I am hoping that I can return to just nursing soon, but we will have to see how things go.

I am recovering well from the surgery, though it is not fun! I am very sore and am ready to be up and about again. Daddy is loving every minute of having his Maddie home.

I think that about sums it all up. But then again I am hopped up on percocet so I may have just typed a bunch of gibberish!! ;-)

23 comments:

  1. Congrats on your Beautiful baby girl Madison!!

    I have one thing to say all 3 of my kids (Madison 3 and twins 1 month) have been Jaundice and for whatever reason some Drs say to give formula to "get it out" but breast milk makes babies poop more so gets out faster! With all 3 I just breast feed and all had there number come down! So if what you want is to breast feed don't let them tell you you have to formula feed to get it down it is not true! And if you still want to give her the supplement do it as a finger feed so its not so easy for her!

    Good luck I'll be praying for low numbers 10 and and under :)

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  2. She is just gorgeous! I am glad that she made it here safe and sound. Hopefully she will be done with the bili bed tomorrow. I am glad that you are loving being a mama so much. Enjoy each and every second, even if you have a lifetime. :)

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  3. She is beautiful! So very happy for both of you! Can't wait to see more pictures! Keep on nursing as much as possible! She will take to nursing if that's what is offered to her. Give yourself and her lots of time to get adjusted to it. It was up there with being THE hardest thing I've ever done, but the BEST thing as well! BF can be an emotional roller coaster! But I TOTALLY understand being careful right now! There's so much going on with your body, her body, and the amazement of it all! Wheww!

    God's richest blessings on your FAMILY!

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  4. I love seeing a happy ending to your journey. Isn't it the most wonderful feeling to hold that baby in your arms. Enjoy being a mommy, you totally deserve it!!

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  5. C/S suck! I'm sorry you werent able to have the birth you were hoping for, but am so glad that she is here safely! Congratulations!!!

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  6. Awww she is absolutely beautiful!! Thanks for sharing her story. Praying you both recover quickly!

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  7. Ahhhww just awwwhhhww is all I can say!! Fran

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  8. She is beautiful...I do think she looks a bit like you... even though she was adopted... she still looks like you- BEAUTIFUL!

    Congratulations!!

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  9. Awww!! She is so sweet! Congrats, mama!

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  10. Sooo glad she is here and you guys can start your lives together! She is a doll!

    Know that I am praying for you! These first few weeks can be so stressful! You have what you want to do, what the docs are telling you that you need to do and what everyone else is telling you to do! Its soo emotional, draining and stressful and I understand! Praying that her levels come down and your supply stays up and if you have to use the formula that its okay! Its alot all at once!

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  11. Welcome Maddie! She is so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing your story AND the picture! More, please!

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  12. Congrats and welcome home Maddie. She is a cutie pie! Sorry the BF is not going so great...we had the same issue but I pumped and gave our son breast milk in the bottle...but only after he had spent some time on the boob so he didn't lose the feel of it. It should only take a couple days for her body to work through the jaundice and then she won't be so lethargic and be more apt to give the breast feeding a try...don't give up....

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  13. The jaundice can make her sluggish and lazy with the feedings, too, so maybe when you get rid of that she'll eat better. She's a doll- congrats! Can't wait to watch her grow!

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  14. Awe, look at that those chubby little cheeks! She's so cute, and I can see she was worth the wait. It's hard to believe how she came to be in your arms...she has such a wonderful story, and I'm so glad to know about it. Hope your recovery is smooth and being a mom is more than you ever dreamed possible.

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  15. Absolutely GORGEOUS! Congratulations once again!

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  16. Awww! she is a sweet and precious angel <3 I'm sooo happy for you! Hope you get some rest and recover quickly <3

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  17. CONGRATS On your PRECIOUS MADISON! OH SHE IS A DOLL! I can't wait to hear more of her story and see more pictures! HUGS FRIEND!

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  18. Okay, I am honored that you stopped by my blog to 'see' me AND you commented! You are a busy new mom & you are still there for all of us! love you!

    Have you been able to type "NAK" yet?? "nursing at keyboard". I remember I got pretty good at it ; ) Enjoy these wonderful first weeks. Drink it in!! May I say once again how beautiful she is??

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