Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Birth & One Week!

Well.. I have now skipped THREE weeks. So I'll short recap before I write out our birth story.

38-40 weeks was uneventful. Literally. At my 40 week appointment (39w6d),  I was 5 cm but stretchable to 6; 50% effaced and S was still -2 station. We made progress from 38 weeks but not enough to cause labor.   We did another membrane sweep in hopes to cause something.

40 weeks came and went with no sign of labor. At that point, I kind of gave up the idea of having my baby. It really got me down that I was still pregnant even with how far I was progressed. I knew deep down I wasn't going to have an August baby. In fact, I was pretty positive I was having a Labor Day baby. Something in me just knew.

September 1. I woke up at 3 am with mild contractions, I was able to fall asleep in between contractions so I thought nothing of it yet. I went with it and got sleep in between. Around 4:15 I couldn't sleep through it anymore. I laid in bed and dealt with the contractions, they were much worse by this point. S was still at work, I finally texted him at 4:45 to see when he'd be home. He called me asking why I was awake. I told him I was having some contractions and wanted to see when he'd be home. He was actually about to head to the gym but came home instead. By this point, I was in tears from the pain. My contractions got strong much quicker than they did with C. He walked in our room and knew. He woke his mom to let her know and I called mine to let her know.

We headed to the hospital at 5 and were checked in by 5:30. I was checked but hadn't had progress yet. I was asked if I wanted an epidural and at first I said no because I wanted to try the tub. S could see it in me that the pain was getting unbearable and asked me again after the nurses left. I agreed. We called the nurses back in to let them know so they could get anesthesiology to come up.

 We did another cervical check at 6 to double check for progress, I was at 6 now and had thinned a little more. Success and we were on our way to having our little girl. I labored for about another 45 minutes before anesthesiology got up to our room.

Anasthesiology got up to our room at 6:45 to go over paperwork, risks and to start set up. It took half an hour of talk and setup before they were finally ready. Epi was placed at 7:15, it was slow to take effect and also gave me the itches really bad. I got some meds to control the itching and finally was able to rest with my epi working.

We had to adjust the levels a couple times due to it not fully working then working too well. We finally got the perfect dose and all was good.

Around 8:30am I started getting localized pain in my lower belly and thigh so we called my nurse to let her know. She came in and we talked about what was going on then she went to get my other nurse to come in so we can do a check. At 8:45 I was 10cm and complete.

We did two practice pushes at 9:15. Two was more than enough to convince my nurse it was go time and I was ready. Had I kept doing pushes, she would have been delivering S. She ran out to get my midwife up to our room. She came in with our other nurse and started getting things prepped for delivery.

We started pushing around 9:30am. My midwife saw some meconium in her fluid that happened at pushing and called for the Peds team to come up just in case. Savannah Paige joined us in under ten minutes at 9:37! It was amazing. I felt her shoulders come out and was amazing at how quick it happened. I didn't even realize her head was out. I was so focused on getting her into the world that everyone around me didn't exist. She had no problems with the meconium and we were able to do immediate skin to skin and delayed cord clamping. It was wonderful.

She came out at 19 1/2 inches and 7.5 lbs! She was half a pound heavier and 3/4 inch longer than her brother!

We had an hour or so to ourselves before S brought in C to meet her as well as my mom and his mom.

It was all in all a wonderful experience. My recovery has been phenomenal as well. So different than the first. It's amazing how much easier this has been. I'm sure it helps I had no tearing or any of that stuff this time.


Fast forward to now. S is ONE WEEK! My how time flies.

She is doing well. We are exclusive breastfeeding and trying to get our perfect latch. She is at 7 lbs now. We had some issues with her gaining weight so we had to do a second check after we went home. She dropped down to 6.13 at our two day check up.

We are up one or two times a night to nurse. Though I have to wake her up for it. She does wonderful. She is a pretty happy little girl. Unless she is hungry and I don't get her latched on quick enough. Then.. She has a pretty big temper.

She has her two week appointment soon. Speaking of, I still need to call and make it. I think that pretty much sums up our recent weeks. I can't believe I have an outside baby now!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Thirty four, thirty five, thirty six, thirty seven, thirty eight

Man.. Talk about horrible blogger. Whoops.

How far: 38w! 
Size of baby: A pumpkin!
Physical symptoms: Belly belly belly. It's in the way all.the.time.  
Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: +30lbs
Maternity clothes: I've given up on clothing. I wear S' stuff. 
Stretch marks: Yep, I found some on the bottom of my belly. 
Sleep: I want more. 
Best moment: Making it to term.
Movement: Slowing down. She's way down low and has no room. Most of her movement is kicking. 
Cravings: Carbs. 
Gender: Girl! 
Labor signs: 2 cm dilated, super soft, -3 station. I've been having sporadic contractions lately. 
Belly button: Out.   
What I miss: Belly sleeping.  
What I am looking forward to: Monday, I should be getting a membrane sweep! 
Milestones: We made it through C's birthday without a hitch! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thirty, Thirty one, Thirty two, Thirty three

Again.. I am slacking big time. 

How far: 33w
Size of baby: I have no idea. 
Physical symptoms: Ugh. Humungo belly.  
Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: +22lbs
Maternity clothes: At this point, I live in elastic waist band shorts and giant shirts
Stretch marks: I don't think so. At least that I have found.  
Sleep: Sucks. I wake up way too often and can never get comfortable. 
Best moment: I've started counting down the weeks until I'm full term, rather than when I'm due. It gives me a little hope. 
Movement: She's settling in I think. She still tries to stretch out into my ribs with her legs. I have a feeling she's going to be a bit longer than her brother was. She also likes to push her head into my cervix. 
Cravings: Sleep? Does that count?
Gender: Girl! 
Labor signs: Just everyday contractions. Nothing my MW is worried about though.  
Belly button: Half and half.  
What I miss: Breathing. 
What I am looking forward to: My next MW appointment. It's only 3 weeks away. I can make it. I think at that point, they wouldn't stop labor if it happened too.
Milestones: I got C's birthday planned and set up! 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Twenty six, Twenty seven, Twenty eight, Twenty nine

Well… It's been a while since I've posted. Whoops. 

How far: 29+2
Size of baby: Acorn squash
Physical symptoms: The giant ball under my shirt. 
Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: +17 lbs
Maternity clothes: Yep. 
Stretch marks: Nothing new yet. S recently found some varicose veins on my legs though 
Fun at the fair with the boys! 
Sleep: All the time. I nap almost daily with C now.
Best moment: Third tri! The homestretch.
Movement: She has slowed down and her movement isn't as pronounced as before. 
Cravings: Carbs.
Gender: Girl! 
Labor signs: Nothing legit. We spent an afternoon in L&D for decreased movement, BHs and tinged CM though. Luckily nothing was really happening. 
Belly button: Half and half.  
What I miss: Eating a full meal. 
What I am looking forward to: Getting down to single digit weeks left!
Milestones: Meh. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Twenty four, Twenty five

How far: 25 weeks
Size of baby: Cauliflower
Physical symptoms: My belly has gotten huge in the last few weeks. 
Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: 8 lbs. 
Maternity clothes: Yep. 
Stretch marks: Not yet but my belly is itching so I know it's stretching. 
Sleep: I miss it. 
Best moment: Making it to V Day!
Movement: Oh yes.  
Cravings: Sweets.  
Gender: Girl! 
Labor signs: No. 
Belly button: Half and half.  
What I miss: Completely emptying my bladder.  
What I am looking forward to: It's a boring couple of weeks coming up.
Milestones: V DAY! 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Twenty two, Twenty three

I look exhausted but we had a great time at the Safari!
How far: 23 weeks
Size of baby: Grapefruit
Physical symptoms: Same ole. 
Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: 8 lbs. 
Maternity clothes: Yep. My tanks are starting to not cover. 
Stretch marks: Nothing yet. 
Sleep: It's a love, hate relationship.
Best moment: Hmm.
Movement: She's pretty active in there.  
Cravings: Cheese. Carbs. Sweets.  
Gender: Girl! 
Labor signs: Nothing newer since last time. 
Belly button: Half and half.  
What I miss: Not feeling full after two bites. 
What I am looking forward to: S and I are going to a live taping of Conan O'Brien on Wed! And our scan is Thurs morning! 
Milestones: Waking up at 6 am with C?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Twenty One

How far: 21 weeks! 

Size of baby: Pomegranate 
Physical symptoms: Heartburn still and trouble breathing
Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: 8 lbs. 
Maternity clothes: Shorts for sure. 
Stretch marks: Not that I've noticed
Sleep: Ugh. 
Best moment: C got to find her heartbeat at our midwife appt, he was so thrilled!
Movement: More and more every day! 
Cravings: OMG they hit out of no where. Anything sweets and Mexican food. 
Gender: Girl! 
Labor signs: I've been having Braxton Hicks that are very painful and what not. We'll be doing another scan in a couple weeks to check cervical length again. 
Belly button: Still in but making it's way to an outie. 
What I miss: Drinks.
What I am looking forward to: Our next growth scan! Not for the reasons we are having it  but to see S! 
Milestones: MMM...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Twenty

How far: 20
Size of baby: Banana!
Physical symptoms: Heartburn. 
Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: 5 lbs.
Maternity clothes: I've got a pair of shorts. I am hoping to get a couple more pairs before summer.  
Stretch marks: Not yet. 
Sleep: Alright.
Best moment: S and my mom got to feel her kick! 
Movement: She's becoming a lot more active! Of course it's in the morning and at night though. 
Cravings: Cheese bread. 
Gender: Girl! 
Labor signs: I'm really hoping not. 
Belly button: Half way. I have a feeling it's going to pop soon. It never did w/ C.
What I miss: Buttoning my pants. 
What I am looking forward to: Next appt is in two weeks. 
Milestones: Our A/S looked good while the tech was doing it. We won't have final results until sometime this week.  I also got baby girls custom carseat cover in the mail yesterday! I love it! It'll be perfect for keeping prying hands out and for keeping sun/wind off! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Eighteen, Nineteen

How far: 19+2
Size of baby: Mango. Gross. 
Physical symptoms: Big ole belly coming to play. 
Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: 5 lbs.
Maternity clothes: I just started wearing my shorts. SO much more comfortable! 
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Doing good. 
Best moment: We have a name finally! Savannah Paige will be joining our little family. 
Movement: Mhmm, she likes to roll around. 
Cravings: Garlic. 
Gender: Girl! 
Labor signs: I've been having too many contractions for my comfort level. Some are Braxton Hicks for sure, but some I'm not so positive are. I'm going to bring it up at my appt in a couple weeks. 
Belly button: In.
What I miss: Eh. 
What I am looking forward to: Our A/S is on Friday! 
Milestones: Leaky boob syndrome?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sixteen, Seventeen

How far: 16+6- Since we were on vacation all week, we'll cover the two. 
Size of baby: An avocado 
Physical symptoms: Same as before. 
Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: 1.5 lbs- I haven't checked my weight since. 
Maternity clothes: I've been looking around. 
Stretch marks: No.
Sleep: Doing good. 
Best moment: Baby girl is starting to be more active where I can feel. She also likes to stick herself out in the mornings. C did the same thing. He would poke his head or butt out and completely deform my belly! ALSO. Total AW here. Today, C was sitting with me and was kissing my belly, he fell asleep next me with his arm on my belly. Shortly after he did, baby girl made a slow roll over to his arm and snuggled up against it. The freaking cutest.  
Movement: Yep! Starting to be a lot more noticeable. 
Cravings: Carbs. 
Gender: Girl! 
Labor signs: No.
Belly button: In.
What I miss: Hm.
What I am looking forward to: I believe my next appt is this coming week. I'll have to check on that. 
Milestones: Feeling the movement pick up. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fifteen


How far: 15+5
Size of baby: An orange, I believe. 
Physical symptoms: Heartburn to the max.  
Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: 1.5 lbs
Maternity clothes: No. 
Stretch marks: No.
Sleep: Great.  
Best moment: It's been a non eventful week. I did make some hair bows for baby girl.    
Movement: I'm starting to feel her pushing against me more.  
Cravings: Depends on the day. 
Gender: Girl! 
Labor signs: No.
Belly button: In.
What I miss: Booze.
What I am looking forward to: We're going up north to visit S' family this week. It should be nice to get away.  
Milestones: Eh

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fourteen

How far: 14+3
Size of baby: Lemon!
Physical symptoms: Just my belly protruding more. 
Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: No idea. 
Maternity clothes: No. 
Stretch marks: No.
Sleep: Pretty good.   
Best moment: It's a girl!   
Movement: Not feeling it yet.   
Cravings: Cheese?
Gender: It's a GIRL! 
Labor signs: 6 more months!
Belly button: In.
What I miss: Eh. 
What I am looking forward to: Next midwife appt. 
Milestones: Did I mention it's a girl?

Friday, February 28, 2014

Thirteen

How far: 13+6
Size of baby: A Peach
Physical symptoms: Apparently this cramping isn't going anywhere. 
Starting Weight: 105.Gain/loss: Maybe 1 lb. It keeps fluctuating. 
Maternity clothes: No. 
Stretch marks: No.
Sleep: Finally back to a full nights rest.  
Best moment: A good NT scan.  
Movement: Not feeling it, but on the ultrasound this kid is a riot.  
Cravings: Meh  
Gender: I definitely think girl. Dr said he would take wild guess it was a girl during our NT scan. We, hopefully, will find out Monday!
Labor signs: 6 more months! Belly button: In.
What I miss: Drinking. 
What I am looking forward to: Finding out the sex! Hopefully on Monday! 
Milestones: Passing our NT!  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Twelve

How far: 12 + 4! 
Size of baby: A Plum. 
Physical symptoms: Still having cramping. My midwife told me it's likely from the corpus luteum breaking down finally.  
Starting Weight: 105.Gain/loss: 1 lb. 
Maternity clothes: No. 
Stretch marks: No.
Sleep: Getting better.  
Best moment: Depending on how you are counting. I'm out of first tri!  
Movement: Not feeling anything yet. 
Cravings: I'm not sure yet.  
Gender: Hopefully we'll know in two weeks! 
Labor signs: No thanks. 
Belly button: In.
What I miss: Energy. 
What I am looking forward to: Our NT scan should be in the next week! I'm just waiting for a call today to schedule! 
Milestones: We did our announcement! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Ten, Eleven

So basically I've been slacking. A lot. I have no excuses. Pure laziness. So here we go for the last two weeks.

How far: 11 weeks.
Size of baby: A lime!
Physical symptoms: Tons of cramping lately. Back ache and fatigue. 
 Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: 1 lb. 
Maternity clothes: No. 
Stretch marks: No.
Sleep: A little better, I have less bloat so I started stomach sleeping again. 
Best moment: Not exactly something to be proud of, I made an emergency trip into my RE's office today because OB couldn't get me in. I've been having intense cramping and some light spotting. We were able to see bebe because he did an ultrasound. It was a nice surprise. 
Movement: No but on the screen, LO was jumping all around. 
Cravings: Nothing really. I love bread.  
Gender: Based on the nub theory from today's ultrasound, girl. I'm hoping to find out sooner rather than later. 
Labor signs: No thanks. 
Belly button: In.
What I miss: Having no zits. 
What I am looking forward to: First OB appt is TOMORROW. Likely nothing exciting will happen though. 
Milestones: We are almost out of 1st tri. I've also made 2 baby purchases. 

Here are two pictures from todays ultrasound. Tell me what you think with nub theory, girl or boy?




Saturday, January 25, 2014

Nine

How far:  weeks.
Size of baby: Uhh... An olive.
Physical symptoms: Same ole. 
Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: None.
Maternity clothes: Nope.
Stretch marks: No.
Sleep: Sucks now days. 
Best moment: Containing my nausea? Not vomiting?
Movement: Nada.
Cravings: Nothing, I think I'm starting to lose my appetite. 
Gender: Few more weeks. 
Labor signs: Nope.
Belly button: In.
What I miss: Feeling good. 
What I am looking forward to: Um.. We graduated to OB?
Milestones: Catching a bacterial virus? Does that count?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Eight

Umm.. Well yea. I suck at blogging lately. I have no motivation to do anything these days.

How far: 8 weeks.
Size of baby: Raspberry.
Physical symptoms: Vomiting. Bloat. Fatigue.
Starting Weight: 105.
Gain/loss: None.
Maternity clothes: No, just unbuttoned pants. And yoga pants.
Stretch marks: No.
Sleep: I am not getting very good sleep. I wake up multiple times and can't get comfortable.
Best moment: Ehh, there hasn't been much good happening.
Movement: Nada.
Cravings: I don't think any. Not that I can remember.
Gender: No idea.
Labor signs: Nope.
Belly button: In.
What I miss: Good sleep. Eating.
What I am looking forward to: Honestly.. Nothing. We have an appt on Tues but I'm really not excited. There's too much work that goes into leaving the house.
Milestones: Eh.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Seven

How far along: 7 Weeks

Size of baby: Blueberry


Physical symptoms: Nothing new, but I think my symptoms are fading. I'd like to believe because the placenta finally took over? 

Starting Weight: 105lbs.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: I don't think anything. I haven't checked.  
  
Maternity clothes: Not at the moment. Still unbuttoning my pants.

Stretch marks: Not yet. 


Sleep: Sucks. Between not getting comfortable and C having sleep issues..

Best moment last week:  Napping.  
 
MovementNope. 
 
Cravings:  I wouldn't exactly say it was a craving but I really enjoyed my Chicken Enchilada Soup yesterday from Chili's. 

GenderUnicorn. But really, I don't know.

Labor signs: No way jose.

Belly buttonIn.
 
What I miss: Sleeping through the night.

What I am looking forward to: We have another appt next week and will graduate from RE.

Milestones: Not going crazy on people from lack of sleep?