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The Boy: Details & Pictures

I’ve been away for about five days, plus a couple more to recuperate and to get used to having a new baby in the house. Many thanks to everyone who’s asked about my situation on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Here’s the story:

On Friday, June 17, I had a regularly scheduled doctor’s appointment. (This doctor will be referred to as Dr. H, for high-risk pregnancy.) He asked me about my condition, did the internal exam, etc. I told him I’d been having trouble sleeping and eating for several days. My midwife said she was concerned about the swelling in my legs and feet, as well as my weight gain (13 kg or so; about 28 lbs total since Wk 1). Japanese medical professionals prefer that expectant mothers not gain more than 10 kg (22 lbs)…of course, Japanese women are generally pretty small. (My best friend here, a woman with two kids, weighs literally less than 100lbs.)

We made an appointment to induce on Monday at 1:30 p.m. because Dr. M (ultrasound specialist) estimated the Boy’s weight to be around 3.6 kg (7.9 lbs), and Dr. H didn’t want to wait beyond Week 41.

So I came home and told Hero Material. We packed the additional stuff we thought we might need.

A little after 7:30 p.m. I started to bleed and get contractions, but they weren’t too severe. I finished a load of laundry. Around 2:00 a.m. contractions started to get worse, but I decided to try to get some sleep. At around 5:00 a.m. I woke Hero Material up and said, “Call the hospital.”

The hospital told us to come ASAP. So we took a cab and arrived at the ER entrance 10 minutes later. (After-hours admissions are done through the ER.)

A midwife came out and took us to the maternity floor. She weighed me, checked for dilation and said I was halfway there. So we were told to wait in a small private room.

After about two hours, things got pretty bad because my back pain became excruciating. I have a herniated disk, and basically what my therapist told me came true: every time I had a contraction, the back muscles would spasm and pinch the nerve, sending an absolutely stunning pain all the way from midback to the tip of my toes. Multiple nurses and midwives came by, and they thought I was “just” feeling severe uterus contractions. *sigh* I was missing Dr. H at this point because he knew all about my disk hernia, etc. but he wasn’t on call that day.

I asked for an epidural six times or so, but was denied because for some weird reason, Japanese medical people think that toughing it out is the best. Also they think that an epidural can make the newborn sluggish, and they hate that because they want to see a “genki” (healthy and energetic) baby and run a bunch of tests to rule out any problems.

By the time they moved me to the delivery room, I was feeling faint from pain and exhaustion. Weirdly enough, I delivered the placenta first, though I had no idea it wasn’t the baby when I was pushing. Imagine my disappointment. My water still hadn’t broken, and several more medical people came in. (Later Hero Material told me three doctors plus five nurses were in the room.) I don’t even remember what happened after I delivered the placenta because I kept fading in and out. The only consistent thing I can recall is that I was holding onto Hero Material’s hand the entire time. [By “holding on”, Nadia really means “crushing to a fine, exquisitely agonizing paste of bone shards and muscle pulp.” — HM]

When the delivery doctor (Dr. D) realized that I wasn’t pushing very well anymore, and the baby was becoming distressed, he decided to perform an episiotomy and help push the baby out. Once the incision was made, the baby came out pretty fast. I saw a midwife catch him, then kinda faded out some because of the pain and exhaustion. (Hero Material tells me I bled massively afterward.)

A nurse undid my gown and bra and placed the Boy in my arms to establish skin-to-skin contact. He looked so squished, but he wasn’t crying anymore. The nurse said he weighed 3.9 kg (8.6 lbs).

The Boy

I wanted to stay with the Boy, but I couldn’t, not on the first day, because I was too out of it. I fainted again on our way to my room, and later I learned that Hero Material caught me and carried me to the hospital bed. I told Hero Material to go home and get some rest (he had to work early the next morning) and call / email our family and a handful of close friends and business contacts, etc.

Afterward, nurses and midwives came by every three hours to check up on me and take my temperature, blood pressure, etc. They also made sure I was taking all my meds on time and made a note of how much I was eating. (BTW — this medicine and eating monitoring continued until I was discharged.)

The second day was better, although I still couldn’t stand or walk around without feeling dizzy. A couple of friends came by, and I was allowed to keep the Boy in the room.

This is the Boy looking at Hero Material. The Boy is remarkably like his father — long limbs, narrow feet, long fingers and the forehead wrinkles he makes when he’s thinking about something. Of course, you can see that the Asian influence is really strong, too.

The Boy Looking at Hero Material

And the Boy sleeping.

The Boy Sleeping

On the second day, nurses and midwives still came by every 3 hours, and they taught me and Hero Material how to change diapers. A midwife gave me a notebook and showed me how to keep track of the Boy’s soiled diapers and feeding times for each day. At around midnight, I became too exhausted, and the night shift nurse fed the Boy and changed his diapers for me. Ah, I love nurses!

I felt remarkably better on the third day. A nurse showed us how to bathe the Boy. We just watched the first time, and she said we could try it the next day. Every time they bathe a baby, the hospital staff records the latest weight. Per her chart, the Boy’s been gaining like 100-120 g per day (3.5-4.2 oz).

Afterward, we ate a nice celebratory lunch provided by the hospital.

celebratory lunch - rice, sauce & tea

celebratory lunch - rice (fancy kind)

celebratory lunch - boxed set

celebratory lunch - boxed set revealed

celebratory lunch - soup and dessert

Everything was most excellently yum. Not that the regular food was bad (it was surprisingly good), but it was nice to eat something a little fancy with Hero Material. I felt quite cheery afterwards.

A pediatrician came by to tell me the Boy needed some kind of light therapy because there was something wrong with his skin pigmentation. The Boy was looking a bit too yellow, actually, and the doctor thought something ought to be done about it before we were sent home. So I said, “Sure, go ahead.” (I wasn’t going to argue with a doctor, esp. over something he said was necessary and that even Hero Material and I had noticed on our own.)

So this is the Boy in the light therapy chamber. Doesn’t he look like he’s ready for Venice beach?

The Boy - Light Therapy

On the fourth day, Dr. D paged me to the examination room. He said everything looked good, and I was ready to go home the next day. I was super-relieved.

Later, Hero Material bathed the Boy while the nurse and I watched. The Boy looked so happy. :)

On the fifth day, the Boy was ready to come home! Look at his cute onesie!

The Boy - Ready to Go Home

And here he’s Mommy’s New Man! :D

The Boy - Mommy's New Man

P.S. Despite my midwife’s concern over my weight gain, I lost most of it during labor. I’m now within 10 lbs (less than 5 kg) of my pre-pregnancy weight. Heh.

112 comments to “The Boy: Details & Pictures”

  1. Jane
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:12 am · Link

    Your baby looks so adorable! Congrats to you, Hero Material, and your new family.

  2. Leigh Royals
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:19 am · Link

    I am so terrifically delighted for you. What a blessing and bundle of joy. May he grow big and strong and honor you both. May you recuperate well and continue in such happiness.

  3. Jackie Barbosa
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:22 am · Link

    Oh, he’s just ADORABLE. And because he was on the big size, he doesn’t have any of that slightly scrawny, undercooked look some newborns do (my daughter looked a bit like a lizard for a few weeks, lol).

    And wow, you delivered the placenta first? When I read that, I almost fainted! That’s considered a pretty significant complication and might be the reason you experienced so much blood loss. Glad you and the boy are both okay! Actually, better than okay by all appearances.

    Also, sorry about the pain due to the herniated disk. The Japanese medical professionals are right that it’s healthier, all things being equal, to give birth without an epidural, but with a herniated disk, all things are NOT equal.

    Anyway, glad you are home safe and sound and have such a beautiful baby boy. It’s almost worth it, isn’t it ;)?

  4. Carly Carson
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:25 am · Link

    Luckily after all that, he’s adorable! Congrats to all of you.

  5. Joely
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:31 am · Link

    What a cutie! Congrats to your entire family!

  6. Jeannie Lin
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:34 am · Link

    So beautiful!!!!

    Congratulations again on the little one. You and Hero Material must be over the moon..and supremely tired. And it was nice of the hospital to host a celebratory lunch, but I’d rather have the drugs.

  7. Sandy Williams
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:35 am · Link

    He’s so adorable! I hope my boys turn out at least half as precious as he has!

    Was the Boy jaundiced? Or was it some other skin pigmentation problem? I think the pic with him under the lights is totally cool (but not really cool b/c you couldn’t hold him then!).

    BTW, your delivery story sounds awful. So sorry it was so hard. Bad, bad Japan for not doing epidurals!

    Congrats, again, Nadia!

  8. Jax Cassidy
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:35 am · Link

    Congratulations on the new bundle of joy! He’s absolutely beautiful!!!

    So glad you’re both doing well now. Take care of yourself and get plenty of rest. *Hugs*

  9. angel
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:38 am · Link

    I am so incredibly happy for you and HM. Thank you for sharing your new little man with us. (I think I shall call him George. *Grins*) No seriously, I’m just as happy as can be for you.

  10. Leah Braemel
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:39 am · Link

    Congratulations, Nadia and Hero Material. What a beautiful boy you’ve created.

  11. Maddy Barone
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:39 am · Link

    OMG! Worth it inthe4 end. The Boy is beautiful. Congrats to you and Hero Material!

  12. Kate Pearce
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:50 am · Link

    Just so pleased for you both! Big congratulations- he looks beautiful :)

  13. JulieD
    · June 26th, 2011 at 10:00 am · Link

    awww, he’s precious! i laughed out loud at the light therapy chamber, and at his onesies. adorable! congrats :D

  14. Christina
    · June 26th, 2011 at 10:12 am · Link

    Congrats, he’s beautiful!

  15. Kristen Painter
    · June 26th, 2011 at 10:30 am · Link

    I’m about to faint just reading this, but I’m going to hold on long enough to say congrats and I’m so happy you’re all healthy and sound. Many blessings!

  16. Lea
    · June 26th, 2011 at 10:37 am · Link

    Hi Nadia!
    What a gorgeous baby! I’m so relieved you are both okay after what sounds to be a somewhat stressful delivery. Jaundice in newborns is quite common and normal to a point. Most babies are become a little yellow in the first few days of life. I’m glad they put him under the lamp and that it resolved so swiftly.

    As for your placenta previa. hmmm I’m just so relieved your okay. You sleep when your new man sleeps and don’t worry about anything else, you need lots of rest. (((hugs))) To you both.


  17. Natasha Moore
    · June 26th, 2011 at 11:23 am · Link

    What a beautiful little guy! Congrats! Sorry you had to go through so much but he was certainly worth it :)

  18. Michelle (MG) Braden
    · June 26th, 2011 at 11:45 am · Link

    He’s beautiful! All three of mine were jaundiced and had to go under the lights. They look so cute and warm in there with their little “sunglasses”. Congratulations!

  19. Grace Draven
    · June 26th, 2011 at 12:13 pm · Link

    What a beautiful baby! Congrats to you, HM and the Boy. Of course you can now say goodbye to a full night’s sleep for the next few months. ~grins~ But it’s worth it.

    I will say I shuddered at the description of the back spasms combined with the contractions. I think I would have threatened murder if someone wasn’t there with the epidural in the next 2 minutes.

  20. Rob Graham
    · June 26th, 2011 at 12:19 pm · Link

    That was a lot of work, but I can tell he was well worth it. ;)


  21. Lo Lopez
    · June 26th, 2011 at 1:03 pm · Link

    Congratulations! What a sweet baby boy! Glad the delivery went well, all things considered.

  22. Shelley Munro
    · June 26th, 2011 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Nadia, he’s gorgeous. Congrats to both you and Hero Material.

  23. Portia Da Costa
    · June 26th, 2011 at 4:08 pm · Link

    Aw, he looks so cute in his little one piece suits! So glad that both you and he are doing well now. :)

  24. Jass
    · June 26th, 2011 at 4:42 pm · Link

    Congratulations Nadia. He’s beautiful. Rest tons and enjoy your babymoon.

  25. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:15 am · Link

    @Jane: Thank you, Jane! :)

  26. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:37 am · Link

    @Leigh Royals: Thank you so much, Leigh!

  27. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:40 am · Link

    @Jackie Barbosa: Thank you! He’s also gaining weight very rapidly, which is making him look quite plump for his age.

    And wow, you delivered the placenta first? When I read that, I almost fainted! That’s considered a pretty significant complication and might be the reason you experienced so much blood loss.

    Really? I had no idea that it was such a big deal to deliver the placenta first. I was just so disappointed that it wasn’t the baby because I knew the proper order is the baby, placenta & the rest, you know?

    I know that after I delivered the placenta first, Dr. H showed up. (I remember seeing him vaguely.)

    Regardless, I was just happy I was able to deliver the Boy safely, and thank goodness for all the doctors, nurses and midwives who took really really good care of me.

    I did however tell Hero Material that I’m not having another baby unless I’m guaranteed an epidural! LOL.

  28. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:43 am · Link

    @Carly Carson: Thank you! :)

  29. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:44 am · Link

    @Joely: Thank you, Joely!

  30. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:45 am · Link

    @Jeannie Lin: Thanks! I hear ya on the drug. They’re so against it. I guess they thought I’d be okay because I’ve been getting physical therapy for years now, and so on. Regardless, I think doctors, etc. there were basically following strict protocols. They really hate to deviate from their plans.

  31. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:49 am · Link

    @Sandy Williams: Thank you, Sandy! Your babies will be awesomely precious too! I can’t wait for their arrival!

    Yup, the Boy was jaundiced, and the doctor thought it was on the worrisome side. Even though he was in the light therapy chamber for 24 hours, I got to hold him every 3 hours to nurse him. I talk to him in three different languages, when I nurse him, and I think it confused the nurses lol.

  32. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:50 am · Link

    @Jax Cassidy: Thank you, Jax! Hero Material’s been very helpful in taking care of the baby and letting me get some rest here and there. :)

  33. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:50 am · Link

    @angel: Thank you, Angel!

  34. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:50 am · Link

    @Leah Braemel: Thank you so much, Leah!

  35. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:51 am · Link

    @Maddy Barone: Thank you, Maddy! Yes, it was totally worth it.

  36. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:51 am · Link

    @Kate Pearce: Thank you, Kate! :)

  37. Kat
    · June 26th, 2011 at 7:37 pm · Link

    Congrats, Nadia, you and HM did great! Your little boy looks so adorable!

  38. RFLong
    · June 26th, 2011 at 8:11 pm · Link

    He’s absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations to you and Hero Material.

    And that meal looks yummy!

  39. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 11:34 am · Link

    @JulieD: Thanks, Julie. I LOL’d when I saw him in there too.

  40. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 11:34 am · Link

    @Christina: Thank you, Christina!

  41. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 11:35 am · Link

    @Kristen Painter: Thank you, Kristen. Make sure your hubs is around to catch you when you faint though. I heard hitting the floor really hurts ;)

  42. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 11:37 am · Link

    @Lea: Thank you so much, Lea. I too was relieved that one session of light therapy was enough to get rid of the really pronounced yellow from his complexion.

    The Boy’s been very good in general — he loves to sleep LOL — so I’m very lucky. Thank you again for your kind words.

  43. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 11:37 am · Link

    @Natasha Moore: Thank you, Natasha! He sure is worth it!

  44. Ella Drake
    · June 26th, 2011 at 9:03 pm · Link

    He is simply gorgeous! Congratulations and I’m so glad everything turned out so well!

  45. Charlene Teglia
    · June 26th, 2011 at 10:25 pm · Link

    The Boy is very handsome and I’m glad you’re both doing well! Congrats. :D

  46. Esmerelda Bishop
    · June 26th, 2011 at 10:39 pm · Link

    He is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations!

    I must say ouch!! for the birthing story. No epidural with a herniated disc!! Man, the Do-you-know-what-I-did-to-bring-you-into-this-world stories you will have for him.

  47. ms bookjunkie
    · June 26th, 2011 at 10:53 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your handsome boy!

  48. Julia Broadbooks
    · June 26th, 2011 at 11:25 pm · Link

    He is absolutely beautiful. And I love the pic of the cool boy in his shades for the light therapy. I’m sorry you had such a rough delivery! Like Jackie, my heart skipped a beat when I read you delivered placenta first. I’m so glad to hear you are all home safe and well.

  49. Robin
    · June 26th, 2011 at 11:26 pm · Link

    He is so beautiful! Congrats to the three of you.

  50. Inez Kelley
    · June 26th, 2011 at 11:40 pm · Link

    Congratulations to you and Hero Material and welcome to the world, Boy!

  51. Sherri
    · June 27th, 2011 at 12:31 am · Link

    Wow…what a birth story to share with the boy later when he’s trying your patience, LOL

    Congrats to you both, he’s adorable!

    I generally agree that an epidural makes the baby sluggish but think an exception should have been made in your case. Ouch. But like you said on FB, the boy was worth it.

  52. Jill Myles
    · June 27th, 2011 at 12:34 am · Link

    As soon as you got to ‘placenta’, I put my fingers in my ears and said LALALALALA until I got to the part where “Baby is happy and healthy.”

    Seriously though – he is adorable (look at those ears!) and I’m so happy for you and baby! Glad to hear everything worked out just fine, and HM is a good man for letting you crush his hand in time of need. :)

  53. smexys_sidekick
    · June 27th, 2011 at 12:43 am · Link

    YAY!! He is beautiful. Congrats to your family. So glad to hear you are feeling better.

    Wow…nice delivery lunch. lol I don’t even think I got one.

  54. MinnChica
    · June 27th, 2011 at 12:53 am · Link

    Congrats Nadia! Your new addition is beautiful!

  55. Has
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:00 am · Link

    Awwww He’s gorgeous!


  56. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 4:04 pm · Link

    @Michelle (MG) Braden: Thank you. Those sunglasses look hilarious! :D

  57. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 4:04 pm · Link

    @Grace Draven: Thank you! I did threaten murder (or at least screamed like crazy), but alas, it didn’t work.

  58. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 4:05 pm · Link

    @Rob Graham: Thank you, Rob!

  59. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 4:05 pm · Link

    @Lo Lopez: Thank you, Lo. I’m glad everything turned out fine. :)

  60. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 4:05 pm · Link

    @Shelley Munro: Thank you, Shelley!

  61. Barbara
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:10 am · Link

    He’s absolutely stunning – congratulations, I’m so happy for you and Hero Material and thankful everything worked out in delivery and you’re healthy.

    Hope HM’s hand is healing (maybe you can convince him you’re still having cravings for some of the good stuff?).

  62. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 4:14 pm · Link

    @Portia Da Costa: Thank you so much! :)

  63. Ann_a_reader
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:21 am · Link

    Awwwww, soooooo cute. Congratulations again.

  64. Stella (Ex Libris)
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:31 am · Link

    Thanks for telling us the detailed version Nadia! Thankfully I already knew you were all fine, because reading you delivered the placenta first gave me some serious scare! So glad you had so many great doctors and nurses there to take care of you, that is not a fortunate turn of events during a delivery, so so happy everything ended well!! :-)

    The Baby Boy looks adorable! I am amazed how “kid-like” he looks so early (I mean babies usually look so newborn and smaller right after birth and takes them a couple of weeks or even months to look so unwrinkled and well-formed kid-like).

    He sure looks long, his legs and fingers seem to go on forever! :mrgreen: And wow, what big ears he has (big ears are sign for great intelligence ;) ;) ) He is beautiful! So well formed, congratulations to both you and HM, and ishing you lots of joy and happiness with the little boy :p

    Yum, those sushis look delicious, time to eat dinner soon :lol:

    (and that picture of him looks like he is underwater, I bet this will be one of his favourite baby photos he looks so incredibly cool :mrgreen: ) Congrats again and rest when you have the chance! Big hugs! :-)

  65. Savannah Chase
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:50 am · Link

    Nadia huge congrats….I’m so glad that the both of you are doing well.

  66. Nadia Lee
    · June 26th, 2011 at 5:26 pm · Link

    @Jass: Thank you so much!

  67. caroline A./ pattepoilue
    · June 27th, 2011 at 3:26 am · Link

    AWWWWWWWW . He’s cute as a button. Congrats again!

    And damn..I’m not sure I’d like to live in a country where they think it’s best to suffer. lol

  68. Bettie Sharpe
    · June 27th, 2011 at 4:33 am · Link

    He’s beautiful! Congratulations to you and HM. :)

  69. Alison Kent
    · June 27th, 2011 at 5:21 am · Link

    Okay, that’s about the best looking hospital food I’ve ever seen!

    The boy is precious! Glad you’re doing well!

  70. Debora Dennis
    · June 27th, 2011 at 5:59 am · Link

    Welcome to your new little addition! I’m so sorry you had a rough delivery, but so worth it in the end, he’s absolutely adorable!

    My first was jaundiced too, I don’t remember the glasses, not sure they did that 20 years ago.

    Glad you’re feeling better too! (Know the real fun begins!)


  71. Melisse Aires
    · June 27th, 2011 at 6:05 am · Link

    What a beautiful baby! I’m glad you and Boy came out so healthy after a rough time.

  72. Magdalen
    · June 27th, 2011 at 7:30 am · Link

    He’s perfect — congratulations!

    Wishing you and Hero Material all good things, including a full night’s sleep.

  73. Dionne
    · June 26th, 2011 at 11:20 pm · Link

    Finally you had the BOY! :D He is soooo cute :) Happy things went well with mother and child :)

  74. Jennifer Shirk
    · June 27th, 2011 at 9:50 am · Link

    He is GORGEOUS!!!! What a blessing! Congrats again!! Wishing you so much joy in raising that precious baby!

  75. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:35 am · Link

    @Kat: Thank you!

  76. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:35 am · Link

    @RFLong: Thank you, Ruth! Yes, the food was awesome :D

  77. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:36 am · Link

    @Ella Drake: Thank you, Ella!

  78. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:37 am · Link

    @Charlene Teglia: Thank you so much! :) Hope your L&D goes smoother than mine!

  79. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:38 am · Link

    @Esmerelda Bishop: Esme, thank you! Yup, I’m saving the story for later. LOL.

  80. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:38 am · Link

    @ms bookjunkie: Thank you!

  81. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:46 am · Link

    @Dionne: Thank you! :D

  82. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:47 am · Link

    @Julia Broadbooks: Thank you, Julia. Hero Material told me he was glad he had no idea how dangerous delivering the placenta first was b/c otherwise he might have freaked out.

  83. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:48 am · Link

    @Robin: Thank you, Robin!

    @Inez Kelley: Thank you, Inez!

  84. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:50 am · Link

    @Sherri: Thank you! Yes, I’ll definitely tell the Boy, “Do you have any idea what I went through?!?!” when the time comes.

    Dr. H said I might be able to get an epidural, but then it got a bit confusing after that during labor. TBH I lost all sense of perspective and timeline because of pain and exhaustion. I really should’ve eaten more and slept better.

  85. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:54 am · Link

    @Jill Myles: So everyone knew about the placenta thingie but me? LOL.

    I thought a lot of time passed between my delivering the placenta and the Boy, but Hero Material told me that once the doctors, etc. saw that I delivered the placenta first, everyone moved very fast, and more doctors and nurses came in (including Dr. H). He said within 2 minutes, they made the incision and forced the Boy out.

    As for HM’s crushed hands — I was also trying to bite his hands so I could muffle my scream, and he did his very best to keep his hands away from my mouth. LOL.

  86. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:55 am · Link

    @smexys_sidekick: LOL. Thanks! The lunch was something that my hospital provided to all new mothers to cheer them up. I don’t think all hospitals do it though.

  87. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:56 am · Link

    @MinnChica: Thank you!

    @Has: Thanks!!

  88. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 2:03 am · Link

    @Barbara: Thanks!

    I don’t think I crushed Hero Material’s hands that hard lol. I tried very hard to be gentle. ;)

  89. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 2:04 am · Link

    @Ann_a_reader: Thank you!

  90. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 2:12 am · Link

    @Stella (Ex Libris): Thank you, Stella. I had a great medical team to take care of me, and I was lucky that it happened at the hospital during labor, which is why the Boy and I were fine afterward.

    A lot of people have told me he looks much older — about a month old actually. He really filled out before he decided to come out lol. Dr. H told me that the Boy was going to be pretty big. And the Boy loves to nurse, which makes him fill out even faster.

    I didn’t know big ears meant he’s going to be smart. :D He can wiggle his ears when he nurses which cracks me up.

    Sushi is awesome. If / when you ever come out to Japan, we should meet up and hit some nice sushi restaurants. :D

  91. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 2:12 am · Link

    @Savannah Chase: Thanks, Savannah!

  92. Lorien Velez
    · June 27th, 2011 at 11:42 am · Link

    Awe, he’s adorable. Congrats to you and HM on the new bundle of joy. Glad to hear all is well. :) *hugs*

  93. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 6:10 am · Link

    @caroline A./ pattepoilue: Thank you!

    Oh yeah…gaman, gambaru…. (Endure & do your best / persevere) They really love that here.

  94. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 6:10 am · Link

    @Bettie Sharpe: Thank you, Bettie!

  95. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 6:12 am · Link

    @Alison Kent: I know, right? Even the regular stuff was pretty good — grilled fish with a bowl of steamed rice and miso soup, fresh salad and sauteed veggies and juice plus fruit chunks. Hero Material told me we’d spend at least $100 for both of us if we were to have the same kind of celebratory lunch at a restaurant.

    Thank you re: the Boy :)

  96. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 6:14 am · Link

    @Debora Dennis: Thank you, DD. Yes, it was totally worth it.

    I think the light thing may be pretty new. I was surprised that it could help with jaundice, but since the doctor said so, I said okay. Some old doctors are really weird, and Hero Material and I specifically chose the best research hospital in the prefecture to deliver the Boy, just in case. And we’re very glad that we did.

  97. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 6:14 am · Link

    @Melisse Aires: Thank you, Melisse!

  98. Edie
    · June 27th, 2011 at 7:51 am · Link

    I’m with @Esmerelda Bishop: I say hold the story over his head forever! :D

    He is soo adorable!

    Best wishes to you and yours.

  99. RK Charron
    · June 27th, 2011 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Hi Nadia!

    I’m so glad everything went well with the labour & your son. He is a beautiful baby. Thank you for letting us know & for the wonderful pictures.
    Much love to you, your husband & your new little man.

  100. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:50 pm · Link

    @Magdalen: Thank you!

    Hero Material’s been getting decent sleep; same for me. The Boy’s been remarkably good so far. Though he doesn’t sleep through the night, he falls asleep once he’s fed, so that’s fantastic. :)

  101. Nadia Lee
    · June 27th, 2011 at 1:51 pm · Link

    @Edie: LOL. Thank you! I will! :D

    @Jennifer Shirk: Thank you, Jennifer!

    @Lorien Velez: Thank you, Lorien.

  102. Chelle Sandell
    · June 27th, 2011 at 11:56 pm · Link

    Oh, he’s beautiful!! So sorry you didn’t get the epidural! I had to have one because of my back and the kiddo came out kicking. Didn’t seem like he felt the effects at all. You’d think the epidural would help the mom retain energy to push. Huge hugs and CONGRATS!!

  103. Katie Reus
    · June 28th, 2011 at 1:12 am · Link

    Holy cuteness!! He’s so adorable. Congrats Nadia :) (That’s an amazing lunch spread they set up for you guys!)

  104. Jody W.
    · June 28th, 2011 at 4:48 am · Link

    That is one good lookin’ little man. Thanks for sharing the story and pics.

  105. Dren
    · June 28th, 2011 at 4:53 am · Link

    Too cute for words! But Beautiful and truly blessed come to mind!!

    Congratulations again!

  106. Colette @ A Buckeye Girl Reads
    · June 28th, 2011 at 5:34 am · Link

    Oh My-He is made of cuteness.

  107. John McCarthy
    · June 28th, 2011 at 5:48 am · Link

    Hi Nadia,
    Wow, The Boy is beautiful. Congratulations to you and your hubby. Good luck and God Bless.
    Take your time with it all and take turns napping whenever possible.

    SurfsideJack on Twitter

  108. Nadia Lee
    · June 28th, 2011 at 4:49 am · Link

    @RK Charron: Thank you so much, Rob! :hugs:

    @Chelle Sandell: Thanks! Yeah, it was pretty hardcore to do it w/o the epidural, but oh well. It all worked out, so I’m not angry or anything. Just mildly bemused now. :)

    @Katie Reus: Thank, Katie! Yeah, the lunch was unbelievably nice. We were pretty shocked.

    @Jody W.: Thank you, Jody!

  109. Nadia Lee
    · June 28th, 2011 at 5:18 am · Link

    @Dren: Thank you, Dren!

  110. Nadia Lee
    · June 28th, 2011 at 6:12 am · Link

    @Colette @ A Buckeye Girl Reads: Thank you, Colette!

    @John McCarthy: Thank you, John. :) I’ve been napping a lot.

  111. SarahT
    · July 10th, 2011 at 6:18 am · Link

    Nadia, he’s gorgeous! Such an adorable baby. Congratulations to you and Hero Material!

  112. Nadia Lee
    · July 10th, 2011 at 3:50 pm · Link

    @SarahT: Thank you, Sarah!


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