October 19, 2015

{jeter mitchell} - birth to 8 weeks

I'm a majorrrrr slacker. But hey, I'm also a mom to two kids! (Ahhhhh..)

So assuming you read my previous post, you know that Jeter was born via planned c-section, which means there isn't really much of a birth story to tell. My doctor was (for lack of a better word) a smart ass during the surgery, making comments like, "Oh, I need to make the incision bigger; his head is too big! I don't think I'll be able to get him out, good thing you decided on a section! He's here, and he's big! I don't think I can lift him up to show you!" But, if you know Dr. Malach you know it's all in good fun. I can't wait to go back for my 6 weeks check up lol.

Jeter Mitchell Peterson was born on August 21, 2015, at 9:43 am. He weighed 10 lb 4 oz and was 21" long.

While I was in recovery, Carter followed Jeter to the NICU (where they take all the c-section babies while mom is in recovery). The doctor on call was concerned about his low O2 sats (they want them between 95-99%, Jeter's were in the 60% range), so they put him on CPap and in an isolette with an umbilical line to start giving him nutrients. When Carter came to pass on that news, I was DEVASTATED. This was such a perfect pregnancy! He was full term! 37 weeks! He was supposed to be big and healthy and perfect and come home with me. Now he was in the NICU. It was exactly what wasn't supposed to happen. In fact, I didn't even take pictures of him on CPap because I was so upset.

LUCKILY, he was only on oxygen for about 12 hours. His lungs needed a bit of a kick start. The rest of week 1 was still spent in the NICU because they needed to ensure he would take full feeds without any issues. He came home at 6 days old, much preferred to the 70 days we waited with Jack. 

Jeter is a great baby. From the time he came home he's been sleeping 4-5 hour stretches. He breastfeeds super easily, and we haven't had any major issues with that at all. At 6 weeks old he weighed around 13 lb, and he's already in size 2 diapers and size 3-6 month clothes. 

Jack loves his baby brother. There was a little bit of jealousy and resentment toward me (he wouldn't let me cuddle him or put him to bed for about 3 weeks), but we've moved way beyond that. He loves holding Jeter and regularly asks me if he can. Luckily Jeter is a thick kid and can handle a little crushing ;)

The first couple of weeks with two kids was hard. I wanted to play with Jack, but I never wanted to put Jeter down. Now we've established a routine (that involves a lot of Octonauts and Mickey Mouse) it's going much better.. if only I could find time for showers lol. As hard as it is, we love Jeter and can't wait to watch him and Jack grow and bond!