Milo is almost 2 months old, and he’s had a few milestones. The most exciting, is that he had another ekg & echo, and his heart looks great! the coarcatation is still there, but he is functioning fine with it, and it doesn’t look like we will need to take any action. we’ll go back when he’s 9 months old for a checkup.
most recently, Milo has started to smile! and sometimes it sounds like he’s laughing. i have to say, with a little bias, that he has the cutest smile i’ve ever seen. it takes a lot of ruckus to get him to do it, but it’s worth it.
this past weekend, Milo attended his first birthday party. his cousin Olivia turned 1 and we went to a park in Monterey park for a circus themed event. he’s been staying up longer during the day, and was awake through the entire party. he almost made it through the end of cake before he started to have a little melt down. once we got him in the car and started driving, he passed out.
speaking of him staying up during the day: he’s sleeping more at night! he will sleep a good 4 to 5 hours for his first stretch. we’ll feed and change his diaper before he goes back to sleep for another 2-3 hours. this has made a world a difference on my energy. i can get through the day with just 1 nap 🙂
Milo is 5 weeks now, and every day i learn something new. i know there have been a ton of ‘oh crap’ moments, but i have mommy brain and can’t remember anything. literally, i am forgetting peoples names and losing my words.
- when you leave the hospital you will still look pregnant. not fat, but pregnant
- your bladder can get very weak afterwards (mine did), so it’s a good thing you are already wearing diapers
- you will not get any sleep at the hospital
- breast feeding WILL hurt a lot in the beginning
- your pregnancy symptoms will not immediately go away
- be careful how you pick up your baby since you will be doing it A LOT. mommy thumb is a real thing, and it hurts!
- your nipples get darker so your baby can find them easier
- breast feeding dehydrates you, and the horrid constipation can occur
it’s been 2 months since our last ultra sound that viewed our baby’s heart. the doc is still seeing the same coarcatation of the aorta. i’ve had 2 months to digest this information, so it wasn’t a shock. as for next steps, we just have to wait for the baby to born to confirm. there will be a cardiologist on hand to perform an echocardiogram, and a chance that he will have to spend the night in the NICU for further monitoring. we’ll take everything one day at a time, and not assume the worst until told otherwise.
we had our last prenatal class that included a tour of the hospital. we saw the labor room and the room you recover in. there is a BIG difference between the two. the labor room has mood lighting and is spacious. there is a couch that converts into a bed for daddy. it looks like a hotel. after your baby is born, you are put into a closet with a roll-away bed. congrats! here are some other things i learned:
- a birth plan seems like a good idea. there are sooooo many decisions you have to make. i’d like to make them when i’m not in pain
- after birth, you can swell even more
- after birth, you may lose hair
- once you get to the hospital, you can’t eat anything
- aroma therapy is offered for pain management
my second trimester didn’t fly by as quickly as the first, and now that i’m in my third trimester i feel like i’m still so far away. for the most part, i feel like things have gone smoothly and we have made some progress on our preparation. here’s a little recap of my pregnancy:
due date: 1/26/16 Aquarius
weight gain: +20lbs (doc said i’ll gain another 10+, hooray)
belly button: innie, but looks like it may pop
side effects: some lower back pain, tired but no time to nap, occasional acid reflux
cravings: chocolate and ice cream
movement: baby starting to punch and kick, no more butterfly flutters
nursery: done! will post pics soon
just got done with our 2nd class, and holy moly there is definitely stuff that people “forget” to mention. we all know labor can take hours, and there’s a ton of pain but then you get an epidural. there’s a million other things that happen in between.
- the ring of fire can happen to your vagina
- if you get an epidural, they have to put in a urinary cathetor
- there will most likely be tearing and stitches needed
- after the baby is born, you still have to give birth to the placenta
- your milk can take between 2-5 days to “arrive”, but luckily you have yellow cheese you can feed them through your boobs (colostrum)
i’m not sure if it’s a good thing or bad, that i know this before going into labor….