Sunday, July 08, 2007

0w3d - Announcing the arrival of Tristan Roark

Sorry I haven't updated before now, been a bit busy.

Hubby and I went to the OB appointment and the mild contractions and bloody show had continued. My OB said he was fine with us going home and waiting to see if this was real labor or just a false alarm. He did check my cervix which was just beginning to dilate and was effacing and very soft. The contractions were getting uncomfortable enough that I doubted we'd be able to wait it out the rest of the day and overnight so we begrudgingly opted to go for the surgery on Friday, one day early.


They had me checked in pretty quickly, and luckily, my friend Lisa, who had agreed to videotape the surgery for me was nearby and able to get to the hospital in time. Surgery went great and Tristan Roark A__ was born at 1:07 pm on July 6, 2007. As for our guesses on his weight, we were all a bit surprised. Myriam and Gramma Sue were closest as this moose came out at 10lb 3oz and 21 1/2 in long. He peed and pooped almost immediately and let me tell you, this kid has a good set of lungs!


Healing has been going very well and I was up and walking within about 9 hours of surgery. I did have some trouble with nausea Friday evening and vomited a few times, but now that my body is functioning better, that has passed and I was able to resume solid food yesterday. Pain is quite tolerable (way better than last time) and the nurses and I are both surprised at how little pain meds I am needing.


As for the name, Tristan is from Welsh folklore and Roark is Irish and means "famous ruler". We looked for a family name on my side, but didn't find anything that would work well with Tristan and my grandmother (who had 10 children) used a lot of R names, so this ties him back to my side of the family a bit.


Tristan and I are doing well with breastfeeding, but I think he's ready for the milk to be here already. Hoping it shows up today as he did drop 5% of his birthweight at yesterday's check and if he drops too much more today, they may want me to supplement a bit until the milk arrives. He's mostly very calm, but when he gets a gas bubble, he goes from 0-60 in about 2 sec. flat. Last night, he actually slept in my arms from 10pm-5am. I kept trying to offer him the breast, but he'd rather sleep. Feels odd to be so confused about which to prefer right now. I want him to be a good sleeper, but want him to eat well too. He made up for it I think by nursing for an hour straight just now - back and forth 3 times each - and he's acting like he wants more, so I'll have to wrap up soon.


Here's a few pics to tide you over until I can update again. Hopefully going home from the hospital today.

18 comments:

AJ said...

congratulations. he is gorgeous!

Amanda

(A fellow FF'er)

OHN said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You did a great job mom! What an adorable chub of baby. I love the photo of both boys. They are both precious. (I am a bit biased as a mom of 3 sons). I must say, I wasn't smiling like you are so soon after my section, but then again you have stayed in amazing shape through the pregnancy, I sat and ate. Enjoy your wonderful sons.

Heather said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

That is one big baby - but so, so, so beautiful!

The picture of NSWO and him is just simply adorable.

Alli said...

Oh, Nickie! He's so beautiful. Congrats to you and sorry it was earlier than expected. You all look fantastic! Saying a prayer for you right now!!!!

Christina Osburn (FF) said...

Congrats Mamma! He is beautiful!

Keeping The Faith said...

My heart just swelled as I read this. He is absolutely perfect. What a beautiful baby. And NSWO is so cute in the picture where he's holding his new baby brother. I am so happy that you are all doing well. And wow- over 10 pounds! You won't have much weight to lose after that :-) I think you deserve some "bling" from hubby for doing such a great job :-)

Congrats!
Faith

Kelly said...

Congratulations! Such a big boy! Great name too. Glad to hear you are both doing well.

zarqa said...

Wow! So great to hear such fabulous news! Tristan is gorgeous. I'm so happy for you. Congratulations!:):):)

seattlegal said...

Congratulations, Nickie!!! I am so happy for you!!! What a big guy and sounds to be a healthy eater!!!

Mandy said...

Congrats to the entire family! Sorry that he didn't want to cooperate with the super cool birthday you had planned for him. And OMG on Tristan's size. Wow. I personally like big babies though. I just think it means they're extra healthy when they're born! LOL

Goodluck with BF'ing. Hopefully your milk comes in soon and you won't need to supplement.

He's a cutie. Can't wait to see more pics!

Michelle said...

Welcome, Tristan! And congratulations - he is beautiful. What a great picture of Tristan and NSWO. Hope you're all at home today and doing well.

Nikki said...

Congratulations! And welcome to the two boy club :)

candratula said...

Congrats Nickie!!!!!

Carol said...

he's beautiful. congratulations!

Linlee said...

Congratulations! Our babies are just a few days apart (7-3-07).

MereCat said...

Nickie! Many congratulations! Both of your boys are beautiful, and you look amazing! SO wonderful!

MereCat

Heather said...

Congratulations. I just found your blog recently. Amazing story. What a big baby too!

Jessica said...

Congrats! He's beautiful and I love his name! :)