Category Archives: pregnancy

He’s Here, He’s here!!

For someone who was so content to stay in my uterus, he definitely made a speedy entrance into the world!

8 lbs, 7 oz

I ended up being induced at 41 weeks, 4 days (12/2). I had wanted to avoid being induced, but in retrospect I think it was a good thing, since he came so quick! I had to ask the nurse to tell me all the times of everything because I seriously had no idea what had happened afterwards!

Last Bump Pic! 41.4 weeks!

My induction was set for 12 instead of 7 because the hospital was really busy that day. My midwife had me get there early, and basically the nurses tag teamed getting me ready for the induction because they were so busy. I have crummy veins so I won myself SEVEN needle sticks. Aren’t I lucky? When they finally got an IV in me, my induction started, about 12:50pm. My MW evaluated me before everything started and said I was about 3cm.

I had been contracting for the last 8 weeks or so on and off, so the pitocin seemed to finally get me into a regular pattern. Still felt like braxton hicks to me- just more regular. I got up to pee around 2 and when I sat down on the bed again I was like… “Did I just pee myself? nope, I think my water broke!” and sure enough it just kept coming and coming ! I was surprised that it had happened already, it made me feel good that my body was more ready than I had thought!

I had been pretty discouraged about my lack of labor all along and that coupled with being induced made me really unsure about whether or not I’d be able to endure labor without an epidural. B and I went out for a little bit the night before the induction and prayed about everything and discussed it, so i was feeling a bit better until my contractions started to hurt! Up until about 3pm I was reading/playing on my phone (even managed to post on facebook to throw people off around 2pm πŸ˜‰ ) and B was editing pictures…occasionally we would look up and laugh about how weird this was that technically I was in labor but we were just hanging out… such a difference from when I was in labor with C!

Anyway, around 3 I told B that it was time to get down to business as I was getting uncomfortable. My midwife had gotten me on a physioball for the last hour and it started to be uncomfortable to be on there so I got back in the bed and she came to check me. I had progressed to 5cm, which was great, but I still felt defeated about how far i had to go. My midwife (& B) encouraged me REALLY well, giving me the push I needed to keep going. She told me to moan through my contractions, if for no other reason than to have something to “do” during the contractions- and that definitely helped!
She also encouraged me to take something to take the edge off the contractions – the same stuff I had with C- definitely seemed like a good idea to me! I got the medication about 320.

For me, the next part felt like it all happened SUPER fast– which it did. But since I was high on the Nubain I definitely have no real memory of how long this actually was. πŸ™‚

After I got the Nubain B suggested we listen to some music on my iphone, which was great. I sort of closed my eyes in betweeen the contractions and then during them made my little moaning noise. I asked B to call for the nurse and I told them I was feeling pressure. When Katie (my midwife) appeared I told her it was probably wishful thinking but I thought I felt pressure… She watched me for a contraction and I motioned that I definitely was feeling it. So she checked me again.

And sure enough, I was 10cm! (This was at 420 pm, the next paragraph takes place in about 6 minutes) But because I was still out of it, I didnt really understand that that was what she was saying! And this whole time, I have my eyes closed…I’m not really aware of all the people coming in the room … Katie called the nurse to bring a birthing stool and get ready for delivery. And then I’m pushing the baby out without even realizing it.Β  So she calls again, “forget the stool, we’re having a baby!” and she barely gets her gown and everything on/everything under me. I sat myself up a little and pushed out his head- at which point I said to B “what is happening?” LOL!! he was like, “what do you mean what’s happening? You’re pushing him out!” Then they were worried he would be huge since he was so late so they had me lay down flat and push him out with my legs pushed way back- which was so weird. But he came right out and I remember I had to tell myself to open my eyes and look because the baby had come out!

So all in all, I was actually only in painful labor for an hour/hour and a half. And I only pushed maybe three times? So, I’d call that an AWESOME labor. And I am so so happy that B and my midwife were able to convince me that I could do it! I felt great after delivery, no tearing, minimal bruising and swelling.

He's here! He's Here!

D was born at 4:26pm (3.5 hours after the induction started!). He weighed in at 8 pounds, 7 oz (7 oz less than his big sister) and was 19 inches long. He pretty much nursed like a champ right away! I think his apgars were lower, like 7/9 and 8/9…as you can see his color wasn’t great right away.Β  But I think he was just stunned into the world!

I love this picture...even though i'm still high looking...

Big sister is pretty uninterested and this picture is the closest she’s been to him in 3 days. She thinks he’s SO CUTE (she declares it every time she notices him) but otherwise is too occupied with the grandparents who are visiting to notice him. πŸ™‚

I’m so very happy to not be celebrating 42 weeks of pregnancy today, and am instead happily snuggling my newborn son. πŸ™‚ We are home and settling in, hopefully I’ll post some more pictures soon! Daddy has gotten some great ones!

I never thought I’d have a December Baby…

Still here πŸ™‚

41 Weeks, 2 Days

If you know me at all, you probably have heard me whine about December birthdays. While it obviously isn’t AS big of a deal as an adult, I still have 18 years of trauma to complain about… πŸ™‚

All my life I swore I would NEVER have a December baby.

Well, God sure is funny! He decided to show me how important silly little things like that are… Cause here it is, December 1 and I’m STILL PREGNANT! πŸ™‚

I’ve had testing done for the last week or so and I am so very thankful that the baby continues to be healthy! (there are concerns about the health of your placenta/the baby when you go past 40/41 weeks) He also doesn’t *seem* to be huge- but ultrasound technology can be off, so I’m not holding my breath for a tiny baby either πŸ™‚

Most people are shocked to hear that I am still pregnant, because in our current culture it is common to be electively induced even before 40 weeks. But 40 weeks is not an exact science.. due dates can (and often are) off. For example, with my pregnancy with C, my due date wouldve been a full two weeks earlier than when I was actually due, if I had not known my cycle well.Β  Based on my experiences,Β  I chose providers that would allow me to go as late as the baby wanted to come. (I’m not judging anyone, please don’t read me wrong!)

However, I never imagined that the second time around he would decide to come SO LATE!Β  Nor did i anticipate how tired I would be πŸ™‚Β C was technically born at 39 weeks, 4 days. I thought for sure I would go earlier with this one than i did with her! So I really set myself up for disappointment! I found myself in tears a WEEK ago because I couldn’t get induced at 40 weeks 5 days. Since then I’ve gotten (some!) perspective back… I wasn’t even late yet! 41 weeks is when you technically are post dates. And here I sit at 41.3!

I’d like to take this moment to apologize mentally to all the women who were 40 weeks and got induced for post dates at my old job and I would mentally think, “you’re not even post dates yet!” To watch your due date come and go is pretty disheartening. Every day I walked by our calendar in the kitchen and saw it mocking me… I’m glad to move on to december where I wont have to see “baby boy due date” laughing at me any more πŸ˜‰

bye bye november!

And other than extreme insomnia, hot flashes and very little patience, I’m actually doing pretty well at 41.3. I can’t wait to meet our little guy, and now we will share our birthday month! and I can’t wait. December will be even more awesome now πŸ™‚

You’ve never been 41 weeks pregnant if…

40.3

…you’ve never answered the phone: “i’m still here” “not in labor” “don’t call me, I’ll call you..”

…you’ve worried about your water breaking in public. At this point, I HOPE it breaks in public. I think the only place I give a second thought to my water breaking is in my brand new car. And even then… it can get detailed.

…you’ve never stopped believing pregnancy actually ends… Most people believe that pregnancy has an end point. But when you’ve hit 41 weeks, you actually come to know the truth…you know you will be pregnant forever and itsΒ  your new status in life, along with your infinitely expanding self…

…you’ve never had OTHER people stop believing you are ever going to give birth. Sure from about 34 weeks on people will start asking you “any day now, right?” and every time they see you they will want to know “how much longer?” And your family will believe every time you call them you’ll be calling with THE call. But around 41 weeks your parents stop answering your every call, breathless from racing to the call. They might even stop answering. They know you’re just calling to say “YUP.STILL.PREGNANT.”

…you’ve never cried because of the lack of progress in the “delivery department” (enough said.)

…you’ve never ripped a pair of your own pants. (Okay, i know this happens even when you arent pregnant- heck, it’s happened to me when i wasnt pregnant. But these were PAJAMAS. Who rips PAJAMA pants??…this happened on the morning of my 287th day of pregnancy.)

…you’ve never contemplated answering “when are you due?” with “I’m not pregnant!” just for your own amusement…

…you’ve never trained your toddler to run her own dirty diapers to the trash… (hey, one less trip off the floor for me!)

Edited to add:

…if you’re daily diet has never been pepsi and oreos. Yup. CAFFEINATED Pepsi. Because you NEED the caffeine to even BEGIN to function. And Oreos because well, I’m 41 weeks pregnant!!

…you’ve never made plans with friends, HOPING that you’ll have to cancel them

…you’ve never made plans with friends, based in total “superstitious” beliefs that the plans might send you into labor… (examples: when i went into labor with C I had a pedicure with 2 girlfriends and walked a lot. I got a pedicure with one of the girls last weekend just in case that might send me into labor… ORΒ  my friend L’s water broke the day she had lunch plans with me. I’m making lunch plans with her this week now…)

…you’ve never thought, “Okay, I know *I* was 8 days late…this must be karma… (and you dont believe in karma!)

…you’ve never had to return a holiday onesie. (Stupid first thanksgiving outfit was so cute too!)

…You’ve never been so anxious to meet your unborn baby that you just can’t stand it!!! I cannot waitΒ  for him to be born!!! this is the # 1 thing that is driving me crazy at the moment!! Come on out, D! πŸ™‚

The end is near…

39 weeks, 3 days today.

Crankopatamous is often here. I know, I know, I’m not even late yet. Prior to this pregnancy I’d often join in with thoughts of “oh, I hate when people complain about being pregnant for the ENTIRE pregnancy!” or “you’re not even late YET”. But now I know, every person and pregnancy is different and we all ought to mind our brain business and just pity anyone who is in the last month or so of pregnancy.

My pregnancy with C was MUCH easier and I really wasnt uncomfortable until the very last 2 weeks. Even though I’ve gained less weight this time (yay!) I’m Sooooo much more uncomfortable. I still feel much more “DONE” this time around.

I think maybe some of it is the holidays looming before me… I’ve done a lot of shopping already (probably too much!), but I want to decorate and do all the fun stuff that I feel too drained to do anything! and really I ought to do some laundry before I get started on anything fun.

My clothes don’t fit, I don’t sleep, and I’m definitely past the “cute” stage of pregnancy (if that even exists) and in the “wow, she looks like a whale” stage.

I think the biggest thing though, more than ANYTHING, is that I JUST.CAN’T.WAIT to meet this little guy! I’m around my friends teeny tiny baby often, and I am so jealous! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to hold him and snuggle him and have C meet him!

But God is in control and he knows better than I all the good things that are waiting for me on the day that I do deliver. So I’m snuggling my big girl as much as she will let me, going for long walks, talking with my awesome husband and trying to take my mind off the not so imminent birth.

But feel free to join me in praying that it happens soon. πŸ™‚

39 Weeks!

Halloween and {37 Weeks}

I have to combo post so that I keep up! πŸ™‚ Other than eating too much halloween candy lately (someone stop me before i turn into a butterfinger!) we are doing really well.

C was pretty pumped about getting candy, but not so much about the costume part (apparently, none of the teenagers in this area were excited about costumes either. I was very disappointed with my trick or treater turn out!). She was supposed to be “lady bug girl” from these books (which she loves). But, it was too cold for just a headband so she had on a ladybug hat instead. And she wouldn’t wear her tu tu. So she basically ended up looking likeΒ  her regular self + ladybug boots and cape. LOL. And I had to bribe her with chocolate to get the cape/wings on her!!Β  I’m pretty proud of the cape/wings I made! She’s not a fan of wearing regular wings (that you can buy, natch). So I found this tutorial on pinterest and whipped this up for C. I ❀ easy. (PS definitely did NOT take 2-3 hrs).

She loved her little pumpkin light. Best 1.39 I've spent!

Wing Shot!

And here’s my costume:

At 37 weeks pregnant, I’m as big as a house! My one regret is that i couldn’t figure out how to execute this sooner. If I had, I think it would’ve turned out even better! But I’m still proud of my pregnant costume. πŸ™‚

Speaking of 37 weeks, here’s the latest bump picture!

I’m feeling pretty good. Tired. Achy. heartburn. insomnia. etc. But I mean, I really can’t complain!! (okay, i can and I do… but I shouldn’t!). I’m feeling “ready”. As in, I cannot wait to be done being pregnant! I think that some of that comes from the fact I already know how awesome it will be when the little guy is here.. I don’t have the first time mom worries that i had before… I worry some about how C will react of course, but mostly I know that D will fit in just fine! I just want it to happen already! And some of it comes from the fact that my friend has a 5 week old and I still have 3 weeks to go…It doesn’t seem right when we were pregnant together all along! LOL. And some of it is just from being generally uncomfortable.

At the same time, I keep thinking I really don’t know what’s about to hit me and maybe I ought not (wish) to rush it (especially since our car is STILL IN THE SHOP!).Β  I almost feel like I want to go into labor and have the baby so I won’t be uncomfortable anymore…. and I’m forgetting how life is going to change afterward! I don’t know if that makes sense. These thoughts swirl around in my mind all day and then i can’t get them out in a sensible way!

I had my 37 week appointment today. I was finally going to see a different MW in the practice, but I found myself feeling emotional over seeing someone new! Isn’t that crazy? So i switched at the last minute. And then my appointment time had to change at the last minute so B and C ended up coming with me! this was a good appointment for him to make since we are so close to the end! Turns out I am GBS+ this time, which is a bummer. I was hoping to labor at home for as long as possible… but since my last labor was *relatively* short (8-9hrs) they will want me to come in sooner to be sure to get at least one dose of antibiotics in!

So current prayer requests:

  • for the birthing tub to be available
  • for “my” MW to be on call when I’m in labor/giving birth
  • that I’ll receive at least one dose of antibiotics before giving birth!
  • that our car situation will be settled before the birth.

The rest of the appointment was excellent though. He’s still head down, heartbeat was good, measuring right on time! C was curious about everything, and after my exam we measured C’s belly, listened to her heart with the doppler, etc. It was super cute and she LOVED it. πŸ™‚ And another point for “why I love my midwife”. πŸ™‚

Interestingly, I’ve been having mild contractions every 4 minutes while I’ve been writing this. I can tell that these aren’t the “real thing”…yet. But maybe he’s getting more into position!

Come on out baby, we want to meet you! πŸ™‚

 

((also, don’t you love my new header? My friend Amy at One Artsy Mama created it for me! Thanks, Amy!!))

A bunch of random October

I wonder if it’s because I’m expecting a baby NEXT month.. but I’m really finding that October may be one of my new favorite months. This is big coming from the gal who seriously LOVES summer. But I’ve really enjoyed this October and looking back I guess I’ve enjoyed the last few.

I keep trying to write organized posts about the different things going on, but really, if I do that it will never get done! And I’m on a time limit here! πŸ™‚ So this will be a bit random, i think!

We’ve been doing a lot around the house (or, erm, paying people to do stuff), and I can’t remember how much I posted on here, so here’s some updates… We paved the driveway, painted the exterior, and repaired/restained our deck. We LOVE all the recent changes. Here’s a pic of my “fall stair decor” – you can see my homemade wreath and our new paint color in the background!

C and I went to the OBX again this year with my Dad, step-mom, Bro & Sister in law, niece and nephew.

enjoying the beautiful mornings πŸ™‚

B missed out on all the fun this time around. C thoroughly enjoyed her time with her cousins and they are all pretty darn cute together! πŸ™‚ She amazed me that she remembered where we went mini golfing (in June when we were there for Shani’s Wedding). It was fun to see her enjoy it with my Dad and step mom!

"I Dih it!"

We had A LOT of delays and annoying travel issues. Just what I needed when it was just C and I traveling alone. With a carryon and a stroller. LOL. But actually, she LOVES flying so much she made it easy on me to deal with the annoyances ! and we got to fly first class on one flight – a first for both she and me :).

not super reassuring to be handed this when you check into a hotel you have to stay in thanks to flight delays...

Thanks to all the delays and stuff, I was cutting it very close to making it back for my “sprinkle!” I am so glad to say that I did. Shani and Scott came up to visit us and weΒ  had so much fun all together. I sadly only have this picture on my computer (Aly! I need the disc still… and whomever else took pictures!!) from the sprinkle for baby boy. But I am so thankful for all my friends who were able to attend, we had a great time and the place was super nice! πŸ™‚

We went to Boston Common with Shani and Scott, (missing the swan boats yet again this year… next year we need to pay more attention to their schedule lol). I love them! I can’t wait for their next visit. πŸ™‚

Make Way For Ducklings!

C uses my belly as an armrest a lot lately:

lots of tower building!

Just a few of my 36 week Maternity Shots that B took on Sunday. I’ll share more favorites later! πŸ™‚ (and yes, apparently purple is the only color I think I look good in lately, I have 3 different shirts all this same purple color!)


Randomness done for tonight! πŸ™‚ I should be going to bed, but we are caught up watching the world series! Gnite! πŸ™‚

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{More} 32 Week Maternity Pics

More of my 32 Week Maternity ShotsΒ  that I wanted to share…

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