Yesterday Hope was discharged from the hospital, but Marcelo wasn't. He has a high protein level that can make him susceptible to infections. So the doctors want him to go through 7 days of antibiotics. We've known this since day 2, but it was really hard to leave the hospital without him last night. Fortunately, we'll only be apart from him for just two and a half days. But it really does suck having to leave your newborn child behind.
Hope took it really hard when we were leaving last night. I had to be the strong one for us and tried to comfort her. But I don't think it did much (I think I suck at comforting her). She's just so attached to Marcelo and wants to make sure he gets enough to eat. He's a big boy with a big appetite and goes through a lot of milk each day. So Hope pumped a lot of milk yesterday and pumped even more when we got home last night. He should be fine, but we were looking forward to leaving the hospital with him.
However, I do feel fortunate that Marcelo doesn't have any major complications. I know a lot of other parents have had to go through worse. In fact, one girl in our parenting class was told of all the compilations with her daughter and she broke down. It was really sad to see. But Marcelo is healthy and that's all I can ask for. And the staff at Methodist Hospital is amazing! They've taken such good care of Hope and Marcelo. They allowed us to stay at the hospital as long as possible before being discharged. And today Hope told me that they gave her a private room, so she can spend time and feed our son. Thank you so much Methodist Hospital!
On a side note, I think my dad is going to be an issue with Marcelo. Not because he's a danger to him, but because he's already so consumed by his first grandchild. My dad doesn't want to share Marcelo with anyone! He just holds him and refuses to give him up. While it could be a nuisance in the future, I'm glad Marcelo has such a loving grandpa. I can already tell, this child is going to be SPOILED!
What a WiLD (no pun intended) week! No matter how much you prepare for your first child, you're not gonna be ready. Even today, three days after the birth of Marcelo, everything is still sinking in.
It all started off on Wednesday. We thought we were going into the hospital for a couple of hours while they start the process of inducing Hope. What we found out as soon as we got there, was that she was going to be admitted as a patient and stay at the hospital until after the baby was born. So we didn't have ANYTHING! After some tension and stress by not being fully prepared, I raced home to gather our things. They administered the Cervadil while I was gone and everything was going fine that night. In the morning, the doctor came in started the next step. And much to Hope's delight, an epidural was given to her to help relieve the pain of the contractions. Then a couple hours later, her water was broken. So then all we had to do was wait... and wait we did.
It was estimated that Marcelo would be born about 9 or 10 at night. Well, 9 and 10 came and went. Hope was 9cm dilated at that time and stayed that way until midnight. That's when the nurse came in and checked Hope. Since she wasn't progressing any further and we were closing in on 24 hours since labor was induced, she recommended a c-section. That night, there were lots of births happening, so it wasn't until about 4am that Hope went into surgery. And then at 4:05 am on Friday April 26, 2013, Marcelo was born! He had a huge head of hair and was a really big baby. He weighed 8 lbs 15 oz and measured 20.75 in.
It was amazing to see what he looked like, and he was gorgeous! Now that's not me being a parent and just saying my child was beautiful. All of the doctors and nurses have complimented him. I'm not sure who he looks like more, me or Hope. He has a great combination of our features. I'm anticipating seeing him in a few years when those features start to develop and really stand out. Besides his looks, he is a GREAT baby! He only cries when he's hungry or needs his diaper changed. Other than that, he's calm and curious. He lets anyone hold him and he just stares at the people and world around him.
I have high hopes for Marcelo and I can't wait to impart so much wisdom on him.
Don't worry about the patch on his head, that's how he gets his medicine. It kept falling out of his foot, so they put it in his head since his veins are biggest there.
I'm fully expecting my son, Marcelo, to be born tomorrow, April 25, 2013. However, I will not be surprised if it takes longer than that. His due date was on Monday, but it looks like he's content enough to stay inside mama's belly. I can already tell this is going to be a stubborn kid.
We were actually expecting Marcelo to be born in early April. The whole pregnancy, they kept telling us that he was measuring big. We figured that meant he would be born before his due date. After all, Hope is only 5'1", so we didn't think he would go full term. But low and behold, he is a full term baby. We're guessing he could be as big as 9 lbs when his is born! And while we want him to be born as naturally as possible, the chances of a C-section are on the rise. We'll just have to see what happens tomorrow when they start inducing Hope.
While I have known these last 40 weeks that I was going to be a dad, I know I have not come to that full realization yet. Everyone keeps telling me that will happen when I see him for the first time. But right now, I'm not sure how I feel. I know I need to be calm for Hope when she's going to labor, but I may be freaking out myself! Then there's all the questions about how I'm going to do as a dad and how I'm going to go about raising Marcelo. Hope and I have discussed what we want him to be and how we're going to do things. We can talk all we want, but once he comes into this world, I know all of that will go out the window... at least on my part. Hope has had experience raising babies, so she's gonna be teaching me a lot of things. I just hope I can live up to how great my parents were raising my brother and I.
So now it's the final stretch and before I know it, I'll be holding Marcelo in my arms. I just hope he gets a good combination of our physical features. Hope says he's gonna look like Ben Stiller. So maybe he can score a role in one of his movies. No matter what he looks like, I know I'll love him.
Bonus fact: If everything goes as planned and Marcelo is born tomorrow, he will share his birthday with none other than the Big Fundamental himself, Tim Duncan. What more could a die hard Spurs fan ask for? I'm hoping Marcelo will be the key to their Championship run this post season.