M is for Moira, surgery Meli-Mello and Mentor.

This installation is brought to you by another M, disinfection the Mister, side effects as MoMMy is sleeping. Moira is the naMe of our new daughter, and she is also sleeping. She was 3200 g at birth, and 47 cM in length (I live in a Metric country, daMMit!) with brown hair. Personally the stats don’t Mean Much to Me, but soMe people like seeing theM. What Matters More in My Mind is that she’s in fine health and appears to be adapting to life outside the warM, soft, coMforting woMb.

MoMMy’s goal of breastfeeding her daughter in the face of the onslaught of Evil(tM) baby-product coMpanies that want you to think otherwise is going fine. I think that Most c-section MoMMies Must take a little longer for their Milk to coMe in, because they don’t have the requisite horMone buildup, but everything is working fine now and they’re trying to work out a schedule. My job is to bring food and pillows. 😀

As for post-op, all I have to say is that any woMan who purposefully goes in for a c-section is nuts. Choosing to have Major abdoMinal surgery instead of the natural route that huMans have been using for Millions of years seeMs a little silly to Me (although Most of My arguMents these days can be distilled down to: “But if they’ve been doing it in Africa for Millions of years…” 😉 ) Unfortunately we didn’t have that choice with Miss breeched-buM-first baby, but for those who do I suggest you reconsider.

Anyways, MoMMy is on the slow road to recovery, and is trying to fight the cycle of ups and downs from all the drugs, sleep inhibition, not getting to eat for 22 hours because of surgery (this froM the lady that usually eats every couple of hours), hospital food and uterus staples. She still has probleMs walking around the apartMent and Might (I repeat – Might) have an infection. Even if everything works out, I would rather not go through this major operation stress again.

Moira is feeding well, is More alert than Most babies (or so I’M told by the nurses), and has a vast array of stunning expressions to amuse us. (our favorite is the “greMlin” face – don’t feed after midnight!)

As for Mentors, we had some great nurses/lactation consultants, and soMe bad ones (More good than bad). We had soMe good doctors, and soMe bad ones. What always iMpresses Me the Most is that there are so Many woMen willing to help Meli-Mello get breastfeeding down. Our parents have also been great in providing help and advice, while still not being underfoot. Mentors Make a baby better. Never forget it.

  23 Replies to “M”

  1. Anne Chaffee
    April 13, 2008 at 10:45 am

    WelcoMe to Moira and to the new faMily—We (your GrandMoM and I)talked about your coming birth all winter in Florida. How wonderful to finally see you.

    Melanie, take all the help you can get!!!Remember, C-section people can sit down, “the naturals” can’t yet. Celebrate life’s little victories.

  2. April 13, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Wheeee – congratulations to you both and please give my best to the new mommy!!! I love the name “Moira”, and also I’m impressed that this post was worked in to the alphabet meme!

  3. Kat
    April 13, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Kisses and best wishes to you all! Congratulations!

  4. alexis
    April 13, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Yay! She’s a girl! Congrats and a speedy recovery.

  5. vivlish
    April 13, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    She is beautiful! I love the name Moira.

  6. April 13, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Both of you look wonderful~ CONGRATULATIONS! She is just beautiful and I love her name. Enjoy the babymoon.

  7. April 13, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Yay!!! Super big congratulations to you all! I LOVE her name and she is absolutely beautiful! I hope Mommy recovers soon!

  8. April 13, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Huge congratulations to you both!

  9. April 13, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    congratulations! what a beautiful little girl! with a beautiful name to match. best wishes for feeling better soon melanie! you’re an awesome trooper. look! you made a person! that’s so rad. hang in there lady! xo

  10. aundrea
    April 13, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Yay! There she is!

  11. Jen
    April 13, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Congratulations. She’s gorgeous.

  12. April 13, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    What wonderful news. I wish you and Mister and Moira all the very best upon this adventure together. She looks so beautiful. May your breast milk flow. May you and Mister become completely besot with the loveliness of your daughter.

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  14. April 14, 2008 at 3:37 am

    I actually made a little sound out loud when I saw that you (or, rather, husband) had updated! Mazel tov! I’m so very happy for you. It must be so incredible to hold her in your arms. Seeing the photos and reading the post makes me get excited for my big day, which has seemed rather surreal and “oh, come on, that’s not really going to happen to me…is it?” until, well, right around now. Felicitations, Monsieur, Madame…et Mademoiselle Masterson!

  15. jac
    April 14, 2008 at 5:40 am

    Congratulations! She is beautiful!

  16. April 14, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Oh she’s beautiful! Congratulations! LOVE her name!

  17. April 14, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Fabulous news – good luck with everything – what a beautiful little girl.

  18. April 14, 2008 at 11:37 am

    HORRAY! Moira is beautiful. Hope the mum is recovering quickly and feeling well.

  19. April 15, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    she really is a beautiful baby!

    i hope the post-op is not being too difficult…

  20. phx
    April 16, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Oh well done, all of you!!! I just recovered from a c-section, and you are right, anyone who opts for it is NUTS. Your daughter is a darling! Here’s hoping for speedy healing, and NO infection.

  21. April 16, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Oh Yay!!! Congratulations!! I love the name and she is adorable. What a beautiful picture of the two of you.
    I’m so happy that you are finally able to hold your little one. :~)

  22. April 18, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Oh my goodness! I have been away for a while and look what I missed!


  23. April 18, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I am so glad! I am also so sorry I have been out of the loop this long. But congratulations! What and absolute beauty! I hope you are beginning to feel better and enjoying your lil’ one!

    How do you pronounce Moira? I had two friends in college, one pronounced it Moy-ra, one pronounced in Mar-I-ah.

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