Carlos and I are so happy and proud to introduce you to our little munchkin: Tristan Antonio Misa Fernandez. He was born on July 2, 2015 at 8:45am–he arrived 39 weeks into my pregnancy and weighed 7.6 lbs and was 52 cm long. We were praying for a normal delivery, and I am so glad I was able to do it (thank God I was able to draw up a birth plan, which I discussed with my OB-GYN). I labored for 12 hours and pushed for an hour before he finally came out. It was the longest day of my life, as my water broke before I felt any contractions and I had to be induced to speed up labor. I struggled for five hours before getting an epidural, and seven hours after I was ready to push. It all seems so simple now that I am putting it into words, but let me tell you, that day was a crazy mix of emotions and many levels of pain.
The past three and a half weeks have been challenging, to say the least. Tristan had to stay an extra week at the Newborn ICU because his blood work indicated that he had an infection (white blood cell count spiked to 3x the normal number). My OB-GYN and Pediatrician said it was likely because he swallowed meconium while in my tummy. At first I didn’t think this was anything to be concerned about, because Tristan looked perfectly normal when he was delivered. But I was told this could be life-threatening if he was not treated with antibiotics, so Carlos and I extended our stay in the hospital to be with Tristan.
The hard part about it was being away from him. Having just given birth, I wanted my baby with me at all times. Having to go down to the 3rd floor to visit him was heartbreaking. I cried uncontrollably for a few days because I wanted so much to be with him. Thankfully, I had to breastfeed, so I was required to visit Tristan every three hours, ’round the clock. This was so tiring because feeding usually takes 30 minutes to an hour and I had to be back at the NICU after two hours, which left me hardly enough time to eat, sleep and freshen up. But I did it for a week. As did Carlos, as he had to wheel me in for the first five days since I had a hard time walking long distances. I am very thankful for the kind nurses at the NICU for helping me take care of Tristan–I learned so much from them, from changing diapers to giving baths. They kept me company during long nights when all I wanted was to be in bed, resting.
Looking back, it was good practice for Carlos and I as new parents because now that we have Tristan with us at home his schedule hasn’t changed. I still need to feed him every three hours. Thankfully, I got used to sleeping (or napping) for an hour or two and having to wake up to nurse soon after. I am just grateful I don’t have to take an elevator to see my baby. Being sleep-deprived has been the most challenging thing for me, but overall everything has been good. Tristan is a good baby–he only cries when he is hungry or when he wants his diaper changed, though there are some nights when he gets fussy. But it’s nothing we cannot handle (Carlos and I are trying to do this without hiring a nanny or yaya). The only thing is that we can’t leave the house whenever we want, but there’s really no place we’d rather be than home (at least for these next few months).
Breastfeeding was a little difficult in the beginning, but St. Luke’s Global has an excellent Lactation Department so I didn’t have to struggle with it so much. Their lactation consultant was very accommodating, and visited me throughout my week-long stay in the hospital. She saw my progress and corrected my mistakes early on, so now I don’t have so many problems nursing Tristan. I am still exclusively breastfeeding at the moment and have only introduced cup feeding (Carlos is in charge of this). I’m thinking maybe in two or three months I can introduce the bottle, just so I can sleep longer but I haven’t decided yet.
And so, finally you get to meet my Tristan! I’ll be blogging more about him and my crazy life as a momma in the future, so I wanted to make sure you met him. Honestly, I can’t believe I am able to find the time to blog again as I am so tired all the time. But I missed you guys A LOT! Thank you for continuing to visit my site, I really appreciate all your clicks.