My little brother, Henry, arrived yesterday, February 18, 2014!
(At some point I’ll let him write blogs with me, but until he gets his wits about him, I’ve got it covered.)
The night before the C-Section (at 39 weeks).
Mommy and Daddy had to arrive at Pullman Regional Hospital at 5 a.m. in order to prepare for the start of the C-Section at 7:30 a.m.
Daddy is ready to be Mommy’s C-Section coach.
Mommy has never had a C-Section before, so she was a little nervous right before the operation started. Daddy did a great job of comforting her!
After what felt like mere moments, my little brother arrived to greet the world!
While the doctors stitched up Mommy, Daddy went to the other side of the room with Henry to cut his umbilical cord.
Henry did quite a bit of crying in his first moments of life.
He was born at 7:56 a.m. He weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces (which is exactly what I weighed), and was 21 3/4 inches long. Even though he was a week early, he was still a big boy!
After Henry had been checked, Mommy finally got to meet her little boy!
Unfortunately Henry took a big gulp of fluid on his way out of Mommy’s tummy, so she only got to hold him for about a minute. After that he was taken to the nursery where he was given oxygen.
Henry had to be on oxygen for about six hours. During this time, Mommy finished getting stitched up and was recovering in her room. Daddy did a great job of running back and forth between Mommy’s room and the nursery.
Around 11:00 that morning, Na Na brought me to the hospital so I could meet my little brother! He has a lot of stuff in our house, so it was nice to finally figure out who was encroaching on my space.
We couldn’t hold him yet because he will still hooked up to oxygen in the nursery, but I sure enjoyed checking him out.
All of a sudden I remembered the sticker I had on my hand.
I decided that Henry needed it. What says “Welcome to the World” better than a sticker?!
Right around 2:00 p.m., Henry’s oxygen levels were at 100%! That meant that they could take him off of the oxygen and bring him to Mommy. Mommy was able to nursery Henry and have skin-to-skin contact. Mommy loved being able to snuggle the new little guy in her life.
Henry and Mommy seem to be doing really well. Mommy’s recovery is already much, much better than with me. The amount of blood lost this time was significantly less than last time, so Mommy is able to comprehend everything that’s going on so much better. Henry is being a little lazy about nursing, so hopefully he remembers that he’s a Robinson, which means he is made to eat! Daddy is also doing great. He’s a good support system in the middle of the night for feedings. He loves snuggling with his son.
I love my little brother so much already, and can’t wait to come back to the hospital later today to see him and hold him!