Rock Band Status for the Family

While Melanie is recovering, oncology here is a brief post from the Mr. regarding the new addition to the family.

Name: Fionnuala Irene (pronounced Fin-oo-la)

Birth Weight: 7 lbs 1 oz (exactly the same as mom and older sister)

Born on: 8-something am on the 18th of August (18/8/10 – a date I can remember! 18-8=10).  Water broke Monday evening, buy attempted induced labour for 18+ hours, then off to an emergency c-section after everyone threw the towel in.  All in all, a looooooooong haul.  But it is over and Fionnuala/Mommy are healthy.

Breastfeeding: going like a trucker.  Gained 92 grams yesterday after hitting rock bottom weight of just over 10% loss (so the nurses got to freak out for a bit… lol… nurses…)

Things that make me happy:


Happy mommy + baby

You must keep a sense of humour when someone is chomping on your body.

The girls getting aquainted.

The Gremlin ready to come home from the hospital.

Things that make me mad:

Complete with tons of sugar-like crap and food colouring.

Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Modified Milk Ingredients, Orange Flavour (including FD&C yellow #6)

Apparently this constitutes a “vegetable” serving at the hospital.

Beef, beef, beef, instant crap, frozen crap, food colouring.

I guess that they don’t want the mothers to recover or have nutrients to create breast milk with.  I saw plently of husbands lugging cafeteria food up (they had salads, wraps, sushi, sandwiches, etc.) so if you had someone there to support you and you had money, you could get something better.

I feel especially sorry for the low income or single mothers.  Or institutionalised hospital patients that get that crap every meal, every day.

The Nurses nurtrition/diet study shows that nurses are notoriously bad eaters and have worse dietary intakes than the average person, so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that they don’t fight to get their patients better food…  or that they don’t understand the importance of healthy diet to recovery?  WTF?

While it is obviously not all the nurses’ fault, the apple doesn’t land far from the tree.

They also expected me to keep a lady who was in labour for 34 hours off of all food except… ice chips.


They would have a dessicated corpse on their hands if I actually did that.  I jammed food into her maw all evening whenever a nurse left the room.  Everything from sausage to salad – how else was she supposed to survive the ordeal?

  23 Replies to “Rock Band Status for the Family”

  1. August 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Aww, Mister. You give the best birth announcement blog posts.

    Congratulations you two.

  2. jac
    August 23, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Congratulations! Fionnuala is a great name.

  3. Charlotte
    August 23, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Congratulation to the four of you! You have a lovely little family growing there and Melanie looks like she is doing much better much more quickly this time around….Fionnuala is a beautiful name and I think she is showing a strong resemblance to her Daddy!

    Just out of curiosity, did a nurse run over a beloved pet or something?!? Um, “not all the nurses’ fault”???? How about, “Not really their fault at all??” Or did I miss the news flash where they suddenly became responsible for the hospital’s food budget? Or our province’s allocation of health care funds? Or society’s attitudes about nutrition and food in general??

    As for their nutritional habits, perhaps it has something to do with being over-worked and under-paid. Perhaps even one of those “low income” groups you were talking about???

    I mean, I know hospital food is atrocious but nurses??? Surely there is a more deserving group to pin that on!? No?

    Just saying’.

    • admin
      August 23, 2010 at 9:28 am

      Mr Here:

      The nurses were very supportive during the whole ordeal. They were usually friendly, cheerful, and concerned, and tried to help the VBAC come along.

      It was, however, in a very medicated, institutionalised, metered and regulated sort of way. While I appreciate their concern over making sure the baby heart rate monitor was in place at *all* times (baby safety vs. mother comfort), the simple oversight that a patient needs to eat seems… well I think Ive roused enough emotions already.

      Simply put, a patient cannot heal themselves without the proper inputs. And one nurse took it upon herself to change the status from “clear liquids only” (which at least includes gingerale) to “ice chips only”…

  4. lilalia
    August 23, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Dear Fionnuala,

    Well, you are one smart gal to have chosen the family you did. I’m sure the competition was fierce with a slew of moms and dads wanting to have you be a part of their lives. Guess it was Moira that tipped the scales in the end. Mom and Dad M. super grand, Sister Moira fantabulistic. I wish you all the best and may your life be filled with love, health, and happiness.

    Greetings to your mom and tell her congrats.

  5. August 23, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Oh wow! Fionnuala – what an amazing name! I’m so glad that everyone’s doing well, even with the hospital food, and that you can get home soon <3

  6. August 23, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Hooray and huzzah! And congratulations!

    Your disgust with the hospital food made me laugh (in a forehead-smacking kind of way). I’ve been lucky to avoid hospital food through my adult life, but even our hospital cafeterias are wretched here. My daughter had an appointment last year some time, and we tried to grab a bite in the caf beforehand. She’s sensitive to gluten, so that ruled out everything except fruit salad. We bought the salad, sat down, and she took one bite before grimacing. “This fruit tastes weird,” she complained. I speared a bit of cantaloupe and… sugar. Pure sugar. The salad was packed in sugar syrup! There was nothing on the package to indicate this. Nothing. No ingredient list … in a hospital! I freaked out completely, cornered one of the workers, who couldn’t confirm anything before going to the “kitchen” and checking the giant bucket it came in. “Yes, there’s sugar in that,” he said, as though there was nothing wrong with it. I got my money back, and Miss B had to snack on a bag of chips. Sugar syrup! In the fruit salad! Because, you know, Newfoundland doesn’t have an insane rate of diabetes or anything! Oh, wait…

    • admin
      August 23, 2010 at 9:30 am

      Yuck – sugar syrup packed fruit.

      They also had a whole cooler of diet pop for sale… sigh…

  7. August 23, 2010 at 8:10 am

    What beautiful photos, especially the one of all your girls. What a lucky man! I have to comment that hospital food has been some of the best meals of my life, but it was no coincidence that it was after I hadn’t eaten for 4+ days. Ha!

    • admin
      August 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

      lol – the best food I’ve ever had has been backpacking. 😉

  8. Bertha
    August 23, 2010 at 10:41 am

    She’s wonderful! Congratulations!

  9. Amanda
    August 23, 2010 at 11:45 am

    great post! Mum looks really good too!

  10. August 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    oh, yay! i’ve been waiting for word after melanie’s last post – i was getting worried! congratulations to you, melanie and moira – fionnuala is a beauty and moira looks sweet in bed with mama and baby. take care and hope recovery is going well for everybody.
    can you send your mailing address to me or ask melanie if it is ok?


  11. August 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Congratulations! Fionnuala is a great name. My very first best friend in school was called Fionnuala. She left to go to a different school after the first two years (so at age 6/7) since her parents had decided they wanted her to go to an Irish-speaking school but I still remember exactly where she lived and look at the house every time I pass by (well, obviously not for a few years now since I don’t live in Dublin anymore). They had a fantastic climbing frame in their garden. Practically unheard of in those days.

    Moira looks like she is definitely going to take to being the big sister. 🙂

  12. August 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    What a beautiful name, and it belongs to such a beautiful little girl! Take care of yourselves…

  13. August 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Congratulations to you all!!! I LOVE the chomping photo. Priceless. This is an awesome birth announcement. Way to go Melanie!

  14. August 23, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Congrats! Sweet name, sweet babe. Sweetness! That hospital food does look gross.

  15. August 24, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Congratulations! I have been dying for an update. Love the name; she is beautiful!

  16. August 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm


    You know, there was a study out of South Africa back in January that recommended that women be allowed to decide whether or not they wanted to eat and drink during labour.
    and here:

    Seems silly to expect somebody to try to labour and deliver a baby without having anything to eat or drink.

  17. August 24, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Welcome little one! She’s just beautiful.

    And I’m disappointed to hear that they wanted to keep her off of food for that long. I was ‘allowed’ to eat during my one long labour, although the nurse pulled a sour face. I say, pull a sour face all you want. A woman needs food for fuel when she’s working that hard!

  18. August 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Hey – way to go, glad Little Miss F made it into the world safe and sound and you guys are coping. Congratulations!

  19. August 30, 2010 at 4:00 am

    I’ve congratulated elsewhere, but of course I have to say “Felicitations!” here! Also…once I was finally allowed food after my recent emergency caesarean, it was usually fairly decent and came with a slip of paper listing what everything was (it was a public hospital here in Paris). BUT, before the glorious bliss of actually eating food was bestowed upon me, I couldn’t have anything for a day, possibly more (I’m so happy I can’t remember exactly!). ANYTHING. It was horrible. And when I was finally allowed something, my meals consisted of broth and something else practically made of nothing. That went on for at least a couple of days. Plus I’d spent just about my whole pregnancy sick (first year of childcare for my first = every ailment known to humankind being brought home), and ended up being sick when I gave birth. I was coughing up a lung constantly, which caused searing pain to my scar for ages… It was so awful!

    I think it was my husband who told me at the time that the reason they don’t want you to have food right away is to make sure everything’s healing properly in the digestion realm. I was constantly asked if I’d passed gas and/or pooped, and I’m pretty sure having normal food was directly related to when I rejoined the world of those who fart. :~) Pregnancy/birth/post-pregnancy is so delightful, isn’t it? But since I haven’t seen anybody else bring it up here, I thought I’d mention it. If something in your body was damaged/digestion isn’t happening properly due to the caesarean, you probably don’t want huge amounts of food in you right then! (I didn’t feel like hearing about this at the time, though–I wanted to eat!)

    I hope everyone is doing well, and I can’t wait to see some big sister/little sister photos!

  20. August 31, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Wow, that’s some scary food. So glad she had you there to look out for her! 🙂
    My Fionnuala was pretty comfy too…a full 24 hrs of labor. Argg! Glad mom/baby are healthy and thrilled with the name choice. Good job daddio!

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