Hi! As you probably know by now, I’m back from maternity leave, so I wanted to update you on how things have been going the past few months!
For Elle’s birth, I went into The Christ Hospital Birthing Center with an open mind and ready to do whatever needed to be done to keep baby and myself safe! My water broke around 4:30 p.m., Sunday, May 2, and Elle arrived around 3:45 a.m., May 3. I wound up having a C-section after hours of pushing. Little Elle was sunny-side up and crooked—basically stuck and not wanting to come out properly/safely. Once delivered, we discovered the cord was around her neck, so I am thankful for Dr. Eric Stamler’s call to deliver her via C-section. She was born healthy and happy (well, happy once she was bundled in a blankie and in mommy’s arms, lol).
If you recall, we didn’t find out the sex of Elle until she was born, and Dr. Stamler let my husband, Jon, tell me once she arrived! Something I will forever cherish…the sound of her cry and the sound of Jon saying, “It’s a girl!” I know it’s hard to wait to find out the sex because of the excitement, but I highly recommend waiting to find out, just for that memory alone. It’s priceless!
We were in the hospital three days and were very well taken care of, from the delivery room, to the operating room, to the recovery floor. Actually, our nurse Maria was so great that when I was taken into the OR, I called out to make sure she was with us in the room and she said, “I’m here! I won’t leave ya!!” She also took so many action photos of Elle’s delivery for Jon and me! I missed her when it came time for shift change. The patient care assistant was great, too. She stood behind my head during the delivery and was reassuring me the entire time when I had questions during the procedure. She definitely put my racing mind at ease!
Recovery was not as bad as I expected. I definitely took it really easy, and it was so nice to have help from Jon, my mom and sister. Elle is the first grandbaby on my side, so if my mom could stay at my house forever, she would, and I’d be totally ok with that, lol.
Maternity leave—boy, did it fly by! I feel like I’m still learning how to navigate this new life, and Elle is over 3 months old now! That’s the beauty of motherhood. Just as soon as you think you have them figured out, their routine changes! But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I started out exclusively breastfeeding, which is quite the job! While Elle and I were in the beginning stages of figuring it out, I decided to call a Christ Hospital lactation specialist. She was very helpful. As a new mom, I thought, “Gosh, I must have an oversupply because Elle keeps choking while nursing.” Once I called her, it turns out I just have a very strong let down, and she gave me some pointers on how to help so that we could continue on.
Six weeks into breastfeeding, I came down with mastitis (basically inflamed breast tissue), and…oh my gosh…I wouldn’t wish that upon my worst enemy! What a terrible thing to go through, just trying to feed your baby! I thought it was worse than my C-section recovery. Dr. Stamler was very quick to identify what was wrong and treated me accordingly. Luckily, he had me feeling better by the next day. After getting mastitis twice, I decided to exclusively pump, which Dr. Stamler was very supportive of. It has helped so much! After about seven weeks of exclusively pumping, I finally got into a good routine. I don’t know how long I will be able to pump because, let me tell ya, it’s a full-time job, and my hands are permanent prunes from washing all the bottles and parts all the time, lol.
No matter how Elle winds up being fed, she’s still a perfect little girl. She can support her head so well now, she’s a chatterbox, ALWAYS telling us about her day and she LOVES her big sister, Bean (our French Bulldog).
Well, that’s a wrap on my pregnancy journey! I have to tell you throughout my whole pregnancy and delivery, I felt at ease with The Christ Hospital. My appointments were never rushed, and all my questions were always answered. When I had a liver bile level scare, the doctors were quick to get me in for bloodwork (thankfully, everything was totally normal). I learned in pregnancy some symptoms can be normal, but some that seem normal can be abnormal, and at Christ, they take any and all questions and concerns seriously.
Each doctor always put baby’s and my safety first, and that’s really all you can ask for in your OBGYN. During my delivery, Dr. Stamler was so helpful in giving detailed explanations about how the baby was positioned and his recommendations on how to proceed, but also gave other options if we’d prefer. Dr. Stamler even saw me for my post-op appointment, and we discussed my options for baby #2 (because I was very curious what having a Cesarean meant for future pregnancies). I love his optimism and thorough answers about future pregnancies!
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