A Bolder Life

March 5, 2007

1st month

Malia Sage Chipouras was born September 29th at 3:30pm. She weighed 6lbs, 4oz; was 18-1/2 inches long and her head circumference was 12-1/2 inches. She was not due until October 15th so everyone was caught off guard when she was born in September. Gwen and Daniel were visiting from Maui and had spend the night before. My water broke at about 1:30am and even our doula Ruth was surprised to be hearing from us. Labor and delivery went fairly smoothly and I was able to do it without any medical intervention. Thankfully Marc and Ruth were around to push/massage my back since I had terrible back labor.

The doctors were a little worried since she was early, the cord was around her neck, I was GBS positive and she didn't scream. So, we had to spent the first night in the NICU were Malia was attached to monitors. She slept on Marc's chest that night so I could finally get some sleep. The next morning we were moved to the regular mom/baby wing. Everything was great until we found out Malia had jaundice and had to be under the lights. We had to stay in the hospital an extra night as a result. Finally on Monday we were allowed to go home. Thankfully all of the grandparents had pitched in and made the house livable for a baby. Grandma and Grandpa stayed for two weeks and did all of the cooking, cleaning etc so we could focus on Malia. Marc was off for 1 week and then worked part-time from home for the next week. Malia had to be on a light bed (she looked like frozen Hahn Solo) due to her jaundice until we went back to the doctor at one week. Malia wanted to snuggle not be left on the bed so this was a very tough week for me. Thank goodness at her one week check up her levels were fine and we could leave the "tanning bed" behind. On October 6th she weighed 6lbs 5oz (back to birth weight which was great since she was 5lb10oz when we left the hospital) and her head circumference was 13 inches. At 2 weeks on October 16th she weighed 7lbs 2oz, was 20 inches long and had a head circimference of 13-1/2 inches.

The rest of October was spent trying to not be terrified as new parents. Feeding and chanigng Malia every 2-3 hours around the clock, having friends over, making up for lost snuggle time (Malia wanted to be held at all times including sleeping on one of us at night.)

Posted by Marc at March 5, 2007 2:42 PM

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