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Throwback Thursday: First 24hrs What to Expect



ok so you've read the title and you're wondering. First 24hrs what to expect? What do you mean and what is the First 24hrs? Is that the TV show? For my readers who visit quite often you know what my Throwback Thursday is all about.

For those new readers who have somehow just happened upon my page whether by Facebook, Twitter or by google search, let me explain. Throwback Thursday is the day I post a random photo of myself and tell you a little about me.

Without further ado...

Yesterday was my 18th month birthday and I want to share a very special with you. This photo have only been seen by mommy, daddy and my siblings. I was only a few minutes old in the picture and not very pretty at all. Well not as I am now.


So what can you expect in those first 24hrs hours after birth? Not that picture perfect baby that you see on TV that's for sure. The one that is all clean and nice. Remember that movie Coneheads? Yeah your baby's head may look like that if you've had a vaginal delivery.

Before you even get to hold your little one the doctors have to be sure that your baby is ok. First the doctor will suction out your little one's mouth and nose to clear out any mucus and amniotic fluid to ensure that your baby can breathe on her own and then you should hear your very first cry. Mine was very loud!

They will then cut your little one's umbilical cord or your partner can do it. Most parents would want to hold their baby at this point. Mommy because she was under anesthesia didn't get to hold me until hours after delivery.

Next the doctor will perform and Apgar test which measures your baby's heart rate, reflexes, skin color, activity and muscle tone and breathing at 1 and five minutes after delivery. The score is based on a scale of 1-10 and any score above 7 is considered generally healthy. Don't worry if your baby tests at a low score, most babies who get a low score at birth go on to be very happy, healthy babies.

Your baby will then be weighed and measured. I weighed in on the lower end of the spectrum at only 6lbs 14oz, 18 inches long and was the smallest of all my siblings. Your baby footprints will also be taken for their medical records and will get their very first bracelet. Ok it's only and I.D. bracelet but it's still a bracelet right? Daddy and Mommy also get one that matches as well. My bracelet came with an alarm so no one could steal me.

Your baby will also get an antibiotic eye ointment to prevent eye infections that can happen from passing through the birth canal. My delivery was by c-section and I still got it. Noticed my shiny eyes? Your baby also get a Vitamin K shot to prevent clotting problems.

As long as your baby is doing well you may be able to spend some time with your baby before they are taken to the nursery where they will be thoroughly cleaned and evaluated once again. If your baby was born severely pre-mature they will be taken to the NICU where they will be monitored and taken care of there.

You'll then be moved to a recovery room or your own regular room. You can begin breastfeeding as soon as you get your baby back or if you prefer to formula feed you can do that as well but baby may prefer to sleep. We recommend getting as much sleep as you can while baby is sleeping. Guess what? Mommy wishes I was still that newborn who loves to sleep because now I hate naps.

You'll be filled with all kinds of emotions and if you think it's too overwhelming talk to someone. You'll be a stronger person for talking about it than keeping it bottled up inside. This is a very special day so have your camera ready as well and take as much pictures as you can. After all this day only comes once in a lifetime for your baby and you.


Annmarie John
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  1. Awwwww...you brought up happy memories for me. My babies are almost 29 and 25 now...

    I love your Throwback Thursday!

    Peggy from UBC

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    Peggy Nolan
    http://thestepmomstoolbox.com

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    1. I'm glad I gave you some happy memories. I know mommy is going to look back at this and be happy as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  2. Great photos, Madison! It's interesting to hear how things are different in various countries, thanks for sharing!

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  3. Best Throwback Thursday ever!

    Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    www.theroadtodomestication.com

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    1. Thank you Kristen. We wanted it to be a little different and a lot more personal today since I celebrated my 1 1/2 year birthday yesterday. :) ♥ Madison

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  4. so cute. that is such a magical/miraculous time

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    1. Thank you but I think I look so much better now I'm older. :) ♥ Madison

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  6. I love these thursdays Madison you look very beautiful in the picture ♥♥ ... and that was such an informative post thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I still think I looked so much better now than I did back then. Thank you. :) ♥ Madison

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  7. This is an awesome Throwback :) I loved seeing how adorable you were (even if you were a bit messy) Thank you for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome Becca. I was messy wasn't I? :) ♥ Madison

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  8. I remember all this with my son & now it's almost time to do it again! EEEK!

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    1. Congratulations and good luck to you! Don't forget the camera. :) ♥ Madison

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  9. Awww...I was the same with your mommy. I delivered via C-sec and didn't get to hold my son right after that.

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    1. Yes mommy says that is the bad thing about having a c-section you don't get to bond right away but we look so much better. :) ♥ Madison

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  10. It seems so long ago that my boys were that little! Thank you for bringing back such beautiful memories.

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    1. You're welcome. Do you have photos of your little boys as well? ♥ Madison

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  11. I love reading posts like this. It just makes me want to have children even more. Maybe soon I will get lucky.

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    1. I'm sure you will one day Ashley. :) ♥ Madison

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  12. Thanks for the reminder of my precious moments with my little one :-)

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    1. You're very welcome Crystal. :) ♥ Madison

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  13. So cute pictures!! It brings back memories. In just four days my little one will be 2. I was looking at baby pictures today too.

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    1. Aww Jacqui how nice. Do you have a party planned for his 2nd birthday? ♥ Madison

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  14. Oh the memories... thanks, Madison.

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  15. This cracks me up because tv "newborns" are always shiny and new fresh out of the oven. Like you said real life is definitely not like that!

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    1. I've always wondered how they look so clean when my picture looks nothing like that. I wanted to look shiny and new too but I guess I'd have to be on TV for that look. :) ♥ Madison

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  16. Awe..makes me miss those first few days when my little ones was born :(

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    1. Well you can always look back at your photos. Such great memories. :) ♥ Madison

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  17. Aw, I think you were very adorable then and you're very pretty now! I had a nice peaceful first 24 hours with both kids. After 48 hours, my son was whisked to an NICU for a perceived infection. Not fun! It all turned out just fine, though. He's quite handsome these days. A bit young for you now..but maybe not one day.

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    1. Hi Tamara, mommy started laughing when she read your last sentence. Mommy says when Des and I grow up we'll both want to travel to Europe and marry Europeans. :) ♥ Madison

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  18. Feels like forever since my kids were that little. Such sweet memories! Those first 24 hours are full of so much emotion and new things.

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    1. Mommy says the greatest feeling is hearing your baby's first cry. She says mine was an unladylike holler. :) ♥ Madison

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  19. LOVE baby-baby pics - they are so precious, even with a cone head!

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    1. Hi Krista they are aren't they. I love baby pics too. :) ♥ Madison

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  20. I had my first at 12:15 and I am pretty sure I didn't get any sleep until the following night. I had been up for almost 24 hours in labor and I was so tired after I had him, but there he was and that meant very little sleep for me. It was a rough first couple of days.

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    1. I have heard that the first couple of days can be rough but there I can understand not wanting to sleep after having your baby. You just want to hold him and be with him all the time. :) ♥ Madison

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