|Joshua Pratt Schultz was born on December 24, 2012. He weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 19 3/4 inches long.|
Joshua's and Oliver's births were like night and day. Oliver's birth was very traumatic for me, as the epidural wore off hours before he came and I wasn't given any more. I physically shuddered for months after his birth when I thought about it. With Oliver's birth, I tore and they didn't numb me when they stitched me up. With Joshua's birth, I tore as well but couldn't feel a thing and talked with the doctor as she stitched me up. When Oliver was placed on my chest, I could barely focus on him because I was being stitched up without anesthetic and was in extreme pain. I couldn't even enjoy that first moment with my son. This was such a better experience for me as far as labor and delivery. I think the most painful part was the IV because they had to try three four times (I have really small veins) and finally ended up putting it on the top of my left hand, which was really painful). I am so thankful for the epidural! It was kind of annoying not being able to feel my legs at all, but I could feel pressure to push and that was perfect. The labor was shorter and it was overall a good experience. We weren't too impressed with the staff who attended to us in recovery but it was Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and I'm sure no one wanted to be there. The hospital gave us a little stocking with wash cloths and an ornament inside, which was nice of them.
|Oliver (age 2.5 - 3 years old in March) meeting his baby brother for the first time.|
|Joshua actually looks quite a bit like his brother when he was a baby.|
He gave us a bit of a scare on December 28th. I took him to his first doctor appointment that morning. The night before was terrible. He would nurse for an hour, seem content for about ten minutes and then want to eat again. I was bleeding and sore and he didn't seem satisfied. I had nursing issues with Oliver so I figured this must be the case again. My milk had just come in the night before his appointment so I didn't know this was the case for sure. At his appointment, we found out he lost a pound since birth (weighing 6 lbs. 7 oz.) and was dehydrated. His oxygen level was at 95 (borderline low) and he was at the 50% for Jaundice. His eyes looked cloudy and his face looked a tiny bit yellow. He had only had one wet diaper in the last 24 hours, which I knew was concerning. His doctor (who is amazing) got him a bottle of formula right away. He ate the 2 ounces quickly. She set up an appointment for a weight check. She called me later that afternoon to check on him and I told her there were still no wet diapers and he spit up most of the bottle I had recently fed him. He also seemed very drowsy and not alert when we woke him. At that point, she told me to go to the ER. That was kind of scary to hear. I called Wendel and he met me at Cardon Children's Hospital in Mesa. (Again, it was so nice that my mom was here to be with Oliver and drive me up there, since we are down to one car right now.) We had several nurses try to give him an IV in his arm with no luck. After four attempts, they had two nurses from NICU come down to the ER to put one in a vein in his head. Even though I know the IV was only in a vein in his head, it was still hard to watch and looked terrible once attached.
|Poor little guy.|
|Joshua with Grandma Louise|
5 For they remembered the words which their afather Helaman spake unto them. And these are the words which he spake:
6 Behold, my sons, I desire that ye should remember to keep the commandments of God; and I would that ye should declare unto the people these words. Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first aparents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were bgood.
7 Therefore, my sons, I would that ye should do that which is good, that it may be said of you, and also written, even as it has been said and written of them.
I really like that...giving our son a name so he can remember the people he was named after and their works.
It has been a busy week for us. We are tired but feel so blessed. Joshua is waking up so signing off for now. Hoping to not let as much time pass before checking back in here.