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An Update

Mommy, Daddy, and baby Melody are all doing great over here. I had no time for update before but I figure I’ve got time for one now.

I just laid Melody down to sleep after I just fed her and gave her a bath. It’s her first real bath since her cord came off earlier this morning.  She’s so adorable and a great little baby… we just have to figure out the night schedule still… she’s been wanting to sleep in the bed with us instead of her own… we’ll see how that goes.

Labor and delivery…how did that go? It went well. I went in Tuesday the 27th to be induced and had natural birth in mind but shortly after my water got broken… about 3-4 hours later my contractions were hurting me so badly that I went ahead and got an epidural done. I felt so much better afterwards… well other than the drive heaving of nausea it caused me. I did have to have second dose of the epidural because I started having alot of pain in left side of my body.  I had the baby around 4:00pm since I dilated pretty quickly. I went from 4 cm around 1pm to 9-10cm at 4pm. I only had to push for no longer than ten minutes. My RN started my pushing and the Doctor arrived short after to deliver my baby 🙂 What an experience it all was. Melody had three visitors in the hospital … Grandma Becky, Auntie Megan , and our life group leader and friend Jake and of course there were calls from family in Georgia too.

How are we doing on sleep? We are doing okay… no major loss and I feel great… my stitches aren’t bothering me anymore and as for the bleeding, it’s been pretty light now.  The breastfeeding took some getting used to as I wasn’t having her properly latch right off so I got bruised pretty badly and was quite sore to begin with.

She weighed 6lbs 9ounces at the pediatrician visit so we are hoping she weighs a lot more at her two week visit but other than that, she’s a very healthy little girl 🙂

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Not the best of news…

No mother ever wants to receive news that their is something wrong with their child, trust me. I got the results back from Melody’s newborn screening and it seems that she tested positive for congenital hypothyroidism and what that is exactly is something that cause your child to grow at a slower pace….. retarded growth and brain development problems. I was reassured that it could be helped with medication… so they are doing more test on her today to really make sure that she has it and they are going to be starting her on this pill that I am going to have to figure out how to crush up and administer it to her… easier for people that formula feed trust me. So, if Melody does have this problem, she will probably have to get a specialist from Emmanuel Children’s Hospital and possibly be taken to get blood drawn all the time so she can be closely monitored.

Please pray for Melody, Justin, and I as we are going through all this. I’ll keep you informed on the situation…

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Melody is here

I’ll write more when I have the time and am all rested up. But until then just letting everyone know our little blessing has been born! 🙂

born: 27 May 2008
time: 4:10 pm
7lbs 2 oz, 21 inches long, 13 in. head,
lots of black hair, and in perfect health!

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