I’m very thankful for umbilical cords. They provided nourishment to me when I was inside my mother. It provided for both of my boys while they are inside me. However, once the baby is on the outside and the cord is clamped (after the blood has been allowed to drain into the baby of course), it just becomes kind of gross. The way the cord shrivels up, and how it moves around and oozy maroon stuff is stuck around it.
Nicholas’ cord was getting close to falling off today. I was excited that it wasn’t smelling really weird, like it was the day before. We had been keeping it pretty clean and it looked like the remaining stump was just hanging on by a bit. We had a full day planned of going to the zoo, visiting my midwife to have Nicholas weighed and checked out and then on to drop off some produce to my friend who just had her baby this weekend. We went to the zoo and Nicholas was a bit fussy at first being in my didy wrap. After nursing him on a bench, I got him settled in and Damon, Liam and I were able to enjoy the animals.
We went to visit my midwife. I went in with Nicholas. We weighed him and then I went to show her his cord stump. I was horrified. The stump was pulled to the side and it looked slightly herniated. I started to cry because I thought that having him in the wrap today caused it to get pulled and herniated. She reassured me that it wasn’t my fault. Damon came in with Liam and looked at it too. I was so grossed out by it. We decided to head over to a new pediatrician that was near my midwife’s house.
I went in there with Nicholas while Damon stayed out in the car with Liam. They asked me to get Nicholas undressed so that they could weigh him. I had him wrapped up in a receiving blanket while waiting for them to weigh him. He ended up weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz, almost his birth weight. When I got back to the exam room, I looked down and the stump was gone. I said so and the nurse asked where it went. I found it in the blanket. Now, of course, the stump falls off while we are there. The doctor came in and examined it. She said it was slightly herniated, but nothing to worry about. She went on to cauterize it with silver nitrate (I think). I asked her while she was doing it, was it hurting Nicholas because he was screaming his head off. She said it probably burned a bit. I was mad that she didn’t warn me of what she was doing. We found out after Damon went into the office to complain about the procedure that this is a standard procedure for this practice. Our other pediatrician never did anything like this for Liam, and the doctor apologized to Damon because she thought I knew what she was doing. The belly button is all gray looking now. I felt really bad for Nicholas, but he seems to being doing okay. He is sound asleep right now. At least the stump is gone now and it isn’t all gooky anymore.
Another note about the visit, I wasn’t pleased with the doctor when it appeared that she was about to try and retract his foreskin. She asked if we planned to circumcize and I said no, she left the skin alone. Maybe she wasn’t about to retract it, but I was about to jump on her if she did.
At least we are at home now and we can all just rest around the house. I wonder what adventures tomorrow will bring. I hope it does not involve doctors. 🙂