Monday, 23 August 2010

Penelope Grier

We arrived at Rockyview General Hospital at 530am on August 18th. My c-section was scheduled for 8am but we needed to be there early to go through paper work with various nurses, get some lab work done, and for them to listen to the baby’s heart beat and check my vitals. We were already to go to the operating room when we were told we were bumped by one and wouldn’t go in until about 9am. Greg went down to the cafeteria for some breakfast and I had a nap since I was starting to get a headache. Prior to heading to the OR, I met with a gazillion doctors and students and attendants and so on and so on. I swear I had an entire class in there with me. Soon we were on our way!

They whisked me into the OR where I was first given a local anaesthetic. Unfortunately it didn’t take and was given it 2 more times before it worked and then I was given the general anaesthetic. I was awake for the whole procedure and although I couldn’t feel any pain, I could certainly feel all the movements that the doctors were taking to get the baby out. It was much more difficult this time round mostly because the incision from the first baby wasn’t done very good and I had a lot of scar tissue from that one as well. So they had to cut around it and the pressure needed to get the baby out was unreal. I was squeezing Greg’s hand and my other hand was over my head and I was in tears for part of it because it was just so unreal. Eventually they got the baby out and were able to put me back together again. Dr. Edwards was really good and removed all of the scar tissue and redid my incision so that the scar will be much nicer and will be useful should I choose to have another child. 

After my organs were put back in and I was stapled and sutured back up, I was sent to the recovery room. I arrived there at 10:15am and was moved to my maternity room at 10:45am. This was already way better then Finley’s section!!
This is the first photo ever taken of Penelope Grier Florizone. She was born on August 18th at 926am and weighed in at an even 8 lbs and was 19 inches long. When they first showed her to us, we were both sure she was so much smaller then that. She ended up weighing about 10 ounces more then Finley and was an inch shorter. I am pretty sure that she is going to hate us for making the photo public.
My first photo with Penelope. I never had my first photo with Finley until we were in the post partum ward or whatever it is called. I looked awful but hey I just underwent major surgery! 
Soon after this, she went with Greg to get cleaned up and whatever it is that they do once they leave here.
Here is Greg’s first photo with Penelope. It was taken by a med student who was starting his first day of residency or interning or something in anaesthesiology. He graduated from high school in 2003. Ya I felt old.
She didn’t like being cold and this still is an issue for her. Changing her diaper is quite the challenge. Here she was being weighed. I still can’t believe she weighed in at 8 lbs
Here we were in our postpartum room in Unit 64. Normally the babies are bathed right after birth but it was a record breaking week at Rockyview with babies being born – mostly by c section too! They were WAY behind on bathes so Penelope spent most of her day dressed in ugly hospital gear full of guck. They did clean most of her off but man her hair was gross. If you have ever seen Jarome Iginla’s hair, that is what hers looked like. 
See what I mean ugly hospital garb! Getting fed by daddy for the first time. She eats, burps and falls asleep way better then Finley did – which is saying a lot!
Another very unattractive photo of myself with Penelope. Gotta love the blood pressure cuff and oxygen monitor on me. Happy to say all were normal readings!!!
Finley’s first visit to Penelope and I at the hospital. She was pretty mad at me.

Penelope’s name was decided the Friday before she was born. We each had a list of names that we wanted for consideration. There were no common names and I hated all of his and he hated all of mine. So we made the decision to throw out all of the names that were on these lists and start from scratch. So Finley was napping and Greg was on the laptop going through names. I veto’d every single one of them until we came to Penelope. We both liked it so then we went to Service Alberta and checked the popularity of it in Alberta. There were 11 in 2009 and 27 since 2000 so that met my rule that it was not remotely popular. I loved the name because of the movie Penelope which is one of the most wonderful movies ever and Greg loved it because in some cartoon he watched as a child Thundercats or Thunderbirds there was a character named Lady Penelope. Grier is Scottish and means Gregory so she was named after her daddy. I have a whole blog coming up regarding both Finley and Penelope’s names. My biggest fear was the reaction that we would get from people. So far it has been pretty good!
Finley checking out Penelope for the first time. She was so not interested but she was interested in my roomy’s baby for some reason.
She enjoyed watching the cranes and construction outside our room much more then she enjoyed Penelope or myself.
Uncle Brad meeting Penelope for the first time. Greg was feeding her but Finley was not happy with this. So Greg and Finley went down to the cafeteria to get Finley some milk. Brad was my “support” person so that is how he was able to come and see us. In Calgary, the only people allowed to visit the baby and me are my 2 support people which is Greg and one other, the baby’s grandparents and the baby’s siblings. Both my mom and Greg’s mom were back in SK and Greg’s dad and stepmom who actually live in Calgary were on vacation in Newfoundland so really there was nobody to visit and essentially Brad was our support person seeing as how he watched Finley on Wednesday while we were at the hospital.
Finally a clean Penelope! On the day she was born, there were 11 c sections which by the sounds of it, was a record. And on top of that, it had been a super busy week of babies born at the hospital with the majority born by c section. Although, Rockyview does do the most sections out of all 3 Calgary hospitals so it shouldn’t be that surprising. Some babies were waiting more then 24 hours to be bathed. Fortunately, my night nurse on the 18th was amazing! Penelope had to be in the nursery overnight because she was really mucusy and they wanted to keep a good eye on her. So my night nurse Faye, did all of her feeding and bathed her herself. So on Thursday morning when she was brought back to me, she was nice and clean and dressed in pink!
On Thursday morning, Greg and Finley picked some peas in our garden and brought me some. They were so good and such a treat. Although the hospital food has improved since I was there with Finley, it still has leaps and bounds that it could improve by! Thank goodness for the mini kitchen in our unit that had bread, peanut butter, a toaster and the most delicious Chapman’s popsicles.
This was also on Thursday. Finley was wearing her “Big Sister” shirt but she still was not happy about being a big sister although she did make an effort to touch her hand but that was about it. She was a little naughty at the hospital but was an angel compared to my roomy’s little girl. I swear she was part devil she was so bad!
Finley hanging out in my bed. She loved that she could make it move!
The nurse was like don’t forget to take your souvenir card home with you. Too bad they spelled our last name incorrectly.  
This was taken Thursday night by my roommate. She insisted on taking it because it was just so wonderful. I had to crop it because my gown was hiked up but it was a nice photo. My roomy was a little wacky. She told me her oldest daughter looked like a beautiful princess when she was born but this one looked like a chinese monkey and hoped that she would look pretty one day. Her new babe also cried all night and slept all day. It was not pleasant. I think it was because she called her ugly and made sure everybody knew that she thought this. As wacky as she was, she was good company at times.
Finley putting Penelope’s teddy bear into the carseat. Finley seemed much happier to see us both and even gave me a hug and kiss. I was happy to have my little girl back!

All ready to go! It was so awesome to leave the hospital at the same time as Penelope. This was almost an entirely new experience for me even though I had been through it once before. Most of the stuff I never got to do and if I did, I didn’t really remember it. Only 55 hours in the hospital – SCORE!
The nursing staff and Dr. Edwards were amazing. I loved all of my nurses with exception to a student nurse that I had part of Thursday, mostly because I knew more then she did and I didn’t really like the nurse on Friday but I didn’t care because I got to go home. My only complaint was the resident paediatrician who assessed Penelope on Friday and said she could be discharged, didn’t sign the discharge papers so we had to wait until we could track down the resident and his attending so that we could leave!

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