Saturday, July 16, 2016

Tatum Jay Hatch

My heart is so full right now! Words can't describe the amount of love I feel for my husband, my kids and my new sweet baby boy. I decided to hurry and blog all about Tatum's arrival while it is still fresh in my memory!

On Sunday, July 10th, around 11:00 at night I started feeling some contractions. This wasn't too unusual for me because I experienced Braxton Hicks almost every day for a month prior to his arrival. I went to bed and ended up waking back up at about 2:30 to some more contractions. I decided to time the contractions, at this point they were about 10 minutes apart.

With Titan my water broke, once at the hospital I had him within 5 hours. With Laikynn I went to the hospital with contractions and within 3 hours I had her. My doctor said that labor usually gets faster with each child and since my labors were so fast in the past, he told me I should basically run to the hospital the second I started feeling them. I believe the words he used to describe this labor was it was going to be a "slip-in-slide".  This made me really nervous! The last thing I wanted was to have the baby in the car ride to the hospital.

I decided my contractions weren't close enough apart to head to the hospital and that I should try to wait it out a little bit longer. I tried to go back to sleep but was too anxious to really get any. I woke back up at 4:30 and started timing the contractions again. They were now about 4-5 minutes apart. I was nervous to wait any longer but I was also nervous that I wasn't in labor. We had to call over a family member to stay with the kids and I really didn't want to wake someone up in the middle of the night just to have it be false labor. At 5:00 I woke up Devan and told him I was pretty sure I was in labor, but I didn't know if my contractions were intense enough to head to the hospital. He didn't want to chance it so called someone over and left to the hospital.

We checked in the hospital at about 5:30. When you check in without your water breaking they usually like to watch you for an hour before admitting you into the hospital. They hooked me up to machines to monitor the contractions and checked to see that I was only dilated to a 3. This was a little discouraging because I had been dilated to a 3 for the past 2 weeks, so I hadn't really made any changes there.

After an hour the came back in to check me again, although my contractions were getting stronger and closer together I was still not dilated anymore so they decided to call my doctor to see if I should stay or go. Since he knew my history of fast labors he wanted me to stay so I was admitted and moved over to a room in Labor and Delivery.

My doctor was actually so worried that my labor would be quick that he had the nurses bump me up on the schedule to get an epidural before others that were already scheduled for C-Sections. Once I got the epidural he came in and broke my water. He was sure this would speed up labor and that the baby would be here before we knew it!!

Well, we were all wrong. 6 and 1/2 hours went by and I was only dilated to a 6. The doctor didn't want to cause stress on the baby so he decided to give me a low dose of Pitocin. Then he made me lay there with a huge, peanut looking ball in-between my legs to encourage the baby to make his way down. After 20 minutes the nurse came back in and I was dilated to a 10 and the baby was on his way! She was actually too nervous to move me at all without the doctor being there because she didn't want me to have him!

I pushed 3 times, for a total of maybe 5 minutes and Tatum was here!

Tatum has been a long awaited baby. Devan and I tried for 2 and 1/2 years before being blessed with this pregnancy. It caused so much hurt inside me to think that there was a chance that I may not ever have another baby. I remember being so stressed over not getting pregnant, it got to a point where it even caused conflict between Devan and I. After being on clomid for a year and a failed IUI, I even started to convince myself that I would be content with only having two kids, even though what I wanted more than anything to grow our family.

You will never hear me complain about having to wake up late at night for feedings, for not getting enough sleep, for not having a minute to myself, for not having my body where I want it to be, for anything really because I feel so incredibly blessed to be Tatum's mommy. I have so much love for this little boy. He is absolutely perfect in every way! I can not wait to watch him grow, although I wish it wouldn't go by so fast.

After I had Tatum they placed him on my chest for a minute then took him to get weighed. The nurses and Devan told me to look at the scale, oddly enough, Tatum weighed in at 7 lbs 11oz on 7/11!

After they checked him they gave him back to me. The hospital started a new thing where the baby has skin to skin contact with the mom for 3 hours following delivery (before the bath and everything). It was such an amazing bonding experience for Devan, Tatum and myself to not have to worry about Tatum getting taken away by nurses or family members coming in to see him. We just got to soak in such an amazing experience with our new little boy.

After that they moved us to the new room, we meet Devan's parents and the kids. The hospital also did a new thing where they bath the baby in your room instead of being taken away so the mom can experience it as well. Since our kids were there they also go to watch as Tatum had his first bath.

The first day/night went great. We were able to have family and close friends come to see Tatum. Tatum was nursing really well (I think the skin to skin contact really encouraged this) and he was sleeping good at night. We kept him in our room the first two nights.

We planned on being discharged on Wednesday morning but on Tuesday night things took a slight turn. Tatum's blood sugar started dropping. When they tested him for this they also tested him for Jaundice, which they found out he had. They came in our room in the middle of the night on Tuesday and explained everything. They took him away to put him under the lights. They would bring him back in every 3 hours so he could nurse for 30 minutes but because it was such a short amount of time to nurse he was unable to eat good enough so we had to start supplementing formula to help get his blood sugar levels normal, which would help with the Jaundice as well. They said they would watch him the rest of the next day to see if he got any better, if he got better I would be able to take him home with me Wednesday night but if he didn't he would have to stay another night.

Wednesday afternoon they checked him again, his blood sugar was still going up and down and his Jaundice was still at the same level (which was good that it wasn't getting worse, but not at a point where they could take him off the lights). They told us Tatum needed to stay another night. I had already been discharged that morning so they let us rent a hospital room (as if it were like a hotel room) so that I could still nurse him. They also explained to us that if his levels weren't better in the morning they would have to transfer him to the NICU. This made me so nervous! So that night the nurse and I really focused on getting him to wake up to get a good feeding from me as well as making sure he got some formula. I ended up pumping and feeding him a bottle so we could get food in him quicker during our 30 minute window.

The next morning we woke up and Tatum tested great on everything! The doctor was actually surprised his levels were so good! We were finally able to go home after 4 days in the hospital!

We've been home a couple days now and things are going great! My milk came in so we were able to get Tatum off of formula and back nursing. He has been sleeping great at night, he sleeps so good that I am still having to wake him up for feedings. Laikynn and Titan have been adjusting so well! Laikynn is completely obsessed with her brother. She is consistently washing her hands and running in the room asking to touch him, she likes to hold him too but her favorite is rubbing his head, ha! Titan is telling everyone his brother is boring because all he does is sleep, but he loves asking questions and is so curious! He is right next to me every time Tatum wakes up so he can watch his every move. They are both such great helpers and are more than willing to help mommy with little tasks!

We are all beyond blessed to have this little guy!!


  1. Tatum is such a cutie! Congrats on the new addition, soak it up-I swear each kid time flies faster. My little guy will be 1 in a few weeks��

  2. so glad I found your blog! :)) congrats! you look great after just giving birth!!


  3. Love reading about your LO coming into this world! You get through life and motherhood so smoothly, I look up to you tons! Especially with how you found motivation to workout through your entire pregnancy. I'm 19weeks and feeling the sluggish pregnant days, but pushing through it :) Good luck with everything! -Brittany

  4. Love reading about your LO coming into this world! You get through life and motherhood so smoothly, I look up to you tons! Especially with how you found motivation to workout through your entire pregnancy. I'm 19weeks and feeling the sluggish pregnant days, but pushing through it :) Good luck with everything! -Brittany

  5. I stumbled upon your blog because of your son's name! I have to say it's a fantastic name! :) My name is Tatum Jordan. My maiden name is Saucer, but as of a few years ago my name is also Tatum J Hatch! That's so cool.

    You looked amazing during pregnancy and after delivery! I'll have to check out some of your health posts!! <3

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