IVF with donor eggs

One week old (32 weeks gestation)

It’s been a week (and a few days) since Carter was born, and he’s doing great! He was taken off of all oxygen support on Saturday – one week and one day after birth. He is up to 3lbs 11 oz after losing some weight in the beginning to 3lbs 7oz. So he’s doing really well considering how early he was.

I’m doing much better, too. I’m moving around better, and the swelling is completely gone! I’ve lost 30lbs since entering the hospital a week and a half ago. That just shows how much fluid I had! Granted, I still have about 20 more lbs to go, but I’m hoping with all of the pumping I’m doing it will come off somewhat quickly.

That is one area that i have not struggled with-producing milk! I may not have working reproductive parts, but my boobs definitely work! Ha! I have been sticking to a 2.5-3hour schedule for pumping, so it’s just like I’m feeding a newborn (even the waking up in the middle of the night). I want to keep my supply up so that hopefully he’ll be able to nurse when he’s big enough. But oh how I’m tired of this stupid pump!! And I don’t even get the baby snuggles when I’m finished. But it’s all worth it because he is tolerating my milk well, and I know it’s the best thing for him and his growth. Besides, I really want the chance to nurse him and bond with him since he’s spending so many weeks away from me.

Just one more thing–I am so incredibly in love with this little boy. We’ve made comments about our donor like how she must have tall people in her family because he’s so long, or how he better have blue eyes because we sure did pay enough for them (his eyes are still pretty dark now and the pigment hasn’t really developed), but there hasn’t been a moment where I haven’t felt a connection or pure love for this little boy. He has completely stollen my heart already.

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