Monday, August 21, 2006
Biggest FO of the Year
Jerome Malaak was born at 8:20 a.m. on Friday, the 18th of August, 2006. He was 7 lbs 11 oz and 19 1/2 inches long. Both he and I are doing very well. This was the neatest c-section I've had done, and I lost very little blood out of a very small incision. Our doctor basically delivered him as though he were being born, only through the incision, so head came out, then shoulders as though he were coming through the birth canal. Our friend was able to be there to do my anesthesia, which was a huge comfort, and I've been recovering quickly as usual.
The picture above is the best shot we got while playing with the photo kiosk on our walk around the maternity floor. We didn't dress him up for fancy pictures, mostly we just wanted to see how the machine worked. We were glad that the baby photographers didn't come annoy us in our room like they used to do. Here are a couple more pictures.
The flash really threw him, so he looks kind of confused in this one.
And here he is up close to me.
Not surprisingly, I didn't get any knitting done while I was in there, but we were able to expose him to Jane Austen, as we were reading Pride and Prejudice aloud. I finished all the seams on Joe before Friday, and picked up for the neck, but never did the ribbing. If Jerome stays asleep long enough this afternoon, I may try to get that finished. If not, I have some time.
Our doctor told us that we should be in the hospital about 48 hours, and it was pretty close. The doctor on call came in at around 7:00 a.m. on Sunday to get the paperwork ready for her part of my discharge, and we were out of there by around 10:30 a.m.
Of course, because he is so small, relatively speaking, when we got home, Amira and Elijah just looked like giants. Amira is coping pretty well, and loves her little baby brother "Jerone," though it has been hard for her to be told she can't climb up to be with me. I try to let her sit next to me, and cuddle her a lot so she knows it isn't because I'm upset with her. Since I've been feeling so good, I have to be better about resting enough, so I don't push myself too far. I've spent most of today going in and out of sleep with Jerome. I won't have a whole lot to post about for some time, but I thought I'd make the announcement here. I don't think we have any photos of Jerome in his hat, but he is very cute in it, and he loves his blanket.