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Friday, September 26, 2014

My baby has arrived!!

1 week postpartum
Symptoms: Emotional, slightly anxious, still very sore from episiotomy/hemorrhoids, engorged breasts, sore nipples, fatigued, but otherwise in love <3 br="">Weight: 134lbs
Waist: 31''

On September 19th, I gave birth to an amazing, precious, BEAUTIFUL baby BOY!

Seems as though the membrane sweep might have got things going. The day after I had it, I had a lot of BH contractions, but nothing uncomfortable or constant.

At around 12:00am on September 19th, I woke up to a painful contraction. I went back to sleep only to be woke up again about 8 minutes later by another painful contraction.

I decided to get up and see if they were going anywhere. Judging by the fact that they were actually painful, I had an inkling that this might be it!

When I got up, the contractions were odd - I'd have one at 13 minutes apart, then a smaller one 8 minutes later. By 1:15am, they were coming at 8 minutes and 5 minutes. I sat and watched TV and pondered whether or not to wake up DH to call his parents to come over (they had to make a 1 hour drive to get here, so I really didn't want to call them if it was a false alarm).

By 2:00am, I was sure this was it. The contractions were not stopping and were closer to 5 minutes apart. I woke DH up and he called his parents. Later he admitted that he did not believe I was really in labour and figured that I would just fall asleep on the couch after he called his parents....lol

When his Dad arrived at around 3:00am, I was having contractions at 5 min and 3 min apart. We got our bags together and off we went to the hospital.

On our way, I had a number of contractions that were about 3-4 min apart. Still, we stopped by Tim Horton's and grabbed a snack before arriving at the hospital around 3:30am.

I was checked in and placed on the monitors. Baby was sleepy and I had to be moved around a bit to get him to wake up. My contractions were getting harder and harder. About 45 minutes into arriving, another couple also came in and were on the other side of the curtain in the same room. I sincerely hope what they were to experience with me on the other side did not traumatize them.

My contractions quickly became quite painful. A couple were so bad that I was crying afterwards. It just felt so miserable. The nurse heard me, came in, and checked me -- I was 5cm! With that, she admitted me to L&D and I begged her to order the epidural.

As I moved to my L&D room, I decided that before I got my IV, I needed to use the bathroom-- meaning I needed to poop!! It was a totally unique experience to try to have a bowel movement between contractions. I also lost my mucous plug at this point, and man it was nasty. There was so much, and it was so gross.

Once that was all done, things kept moving really quickly. I had to sign my admitting paperwork between contractions. It was so awful..

My nurse was awesome and was such an amazing help (as was DH). They really helped me focus and breathe while I waited impatiently for the epidural to arrive. I tried the nitrous gas and while it did offer some relief, it was not enough.
 I was 7cm when the anesthesiologist finally got in. It was so challenging to try to stay still while he placed the epidural, but I managed. Once it was in, I was like a new person. This was around 6:45am. I felt awesome. I went from misery to laughing, smiling and texting. I let my Mom know that I would be having the baby soon...and also texted the daycare provider to let her know that Audrina wouldn't be there that day.

At 7am, the OB on call, Dr. Coolen arrived and introduced herself. She checked my progress and I was 9-10cm. She offered to break my water, and I agreed.

That's when things got crazy.

Almost as soon as she broke my water, the baby's heart rate started dropping.

They tried to roll me on either side. Baby's heart would go back to normal for a minute, then drop again. I went to all fours, same thing. I pushed and pushed and pushed to try to get him out, but was making little progress, as his head was coming down crooked.

The more we tried, the more concerned and upset I was becoming. I could hear the heart rate cut out on the monitors. I could tell the doctor and nurse were concerned.

Very quickly, they prepped me to go into the OR for a potential c-section. DH was given the blue suit to put on. I tried to push out the baby every time I had a contraction, even as they were wheeling me down the hall.

I was crying and scared, and DH was doing his best to keep me at ease. I was so determined to get the baby out.

When we got into the OR, there were SO many people. At least 10. Everyone was so nice and caring and really made me feel like I was in good hands.

I tried pushing a couple more times, and still had no luck moving baby down. The OB then decided as a last attempt at a vaginal birth, she'd try to use the forceps to straighten baby out. She quickly performed an episiotomy, and with my next contraction, used the forceps to turn the baby while I pushed. With her assistance he was out in two quick pushes and came out crying. As they caught him, I saw that - HE WAS A BOY!!! I cried and looked at DH and screamed "It's a boy! We have a little boy!" He was so, so happy. We were just both so relieved that he was ok and so excited to have a boy!

They handed him to me almost immediately, and I was in love. He had a soft, light layer of very blonde hair on his head-- something that I was kind of surprised about, since DD had such dark hair.

----to be continued----


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

38w 3d - 39w 1d

Weight 146.6lbs
Waist: 38''
Symptoms: Yeast Infection, lots of movement "down low," snoring, inner thigh pain, lots of BH contractions.


At my 38w 3d appointment with my OB, we went over the usual: weight, BP, urine test, fundal measurements, etc.

As soon as my OB measured my belly she said, "Oh, you're smaller this week! Baby has definitely dropped!" Wooo! She checked my dilation and I was a 1-2 but still very high up so she couldn't do a sweep.

I left feeling really excited and sure that this baby would be coming soon.

Fast-forward 5 days later to my latest check-up and I was at this point getting discouraged. I know it is silly, since I am only 39w 1d, but given my past experience with pregnancy, I just didn't think I'd be pregnant this long!

At today's checkup, I was 2cm dilated and low enough that my OB could do a membrane sweep-- so I agreed. Here's to hoping it makes something happen!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

38w 2d - counting down

Waist: 38''
Weight: 144lbs
Symptoms: hemorrhoids from hell, heartburn, lots of pressure and tightness in my lower abdomen, braxton hicks, baby making lots of hard jabs at my cervix, snoring, hard time breathing at night, occasional pain in right, inner thigh tendon when walking, lots of baby movement, fatigue, increased CM (eggwhite to light yellow), increased urination, minimal kidney pain!



Glad to say that I am fully recovered from the food poisoning. Good grief it took at least 5-6 days though. I am now back to eating normal and up to 3 cups of red raspberry leaf tea per day.

The last few days this baby has really wedged itself nice and low into my pelvis. I've been having a wide variety of pains! Increased contractions as well, but nothing regular. Still, I don't know how much longer this pregnancy has...things are definitely getting more challenging and feel "different."

After a full week by myself last week (DD was in daycare full-time still), this week with her home Tues-Thurs has been much more challenging. The poor thing has been pretty bored and it's really tough for me to keep her entertained. I have trouble getting down on the floor to play, keeping up with her, or going out and walking any distance. I think we're both looking forward to tomorrow so that she can see her friends again.

Speaking of tomorrow, I will have my latest check-up with my OB. At my last appointment, she mentioned that we could check for dilation this time...and although I never thought I'd really go for it, I make take her up on the offer if I still feel like things are changing in there!

I am really starting to get antsy now. Knowing that this baby could come at any time, and knowing that labour is approaching (gah!) is on my mind constantly!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

36w 2d - 37w : More drama? Sure.

Weight: 145lbs then down to 142.6lbs
Symptoms: yeast infection, heartburn, lots of movement, fatigue, braxton hicks, hip pain, kidney pain.

Just a recap of my awesome past few days...

Thursday: My manager came in and surprised me with flowers, and a card and told me that after taking me out to lunch that day, I would be free to go home (and they'd pay me for the rest of the week). Yay! Officially done work a day early.

Friday: Went to my weekly OB appointment that afternoon. GBS swab was negative (yay!), but baby was super active again and we couldn't get a good heartrate. My OB sent me up to the hospital to have another strip done. Since she was also on her way up to the hospital, she said she would review the strip herself afterwards to make sure all was ok.

I ended up at the hospital a little longer than planned, since mid-stress test, my doctor had to deliver a baby. lol She reviewed the strip and baby's heartrate looked perfect! Awesome!

Saturday: Woke up feeling yucky, but didn't think much of it. I have had some awful heartburn, so I chalked it up to that. Felt worse and worse as the day went on. Despite that, we decided that we would go to my inlaws for the night to visit for the night. I felt nauseated all day but managed to eat a little supper. Woke up in the middle of the night vomiting multiple times. Eventually it got so bad that I could not stop vomiting. By morning, I called the nurses line, since I couldn't even drink water, and was advised to go to the hospital. I was pretty nervous to go to a hospital I wasn't familiar with, but the staff there were SO great! Everyone was really nice and thorough. I ended up spending the entire day there, getting 2 bags of fluids and gravol to stop vomiting.

Even when I got back to the inlaw's, I couldn't eat.

Sunday: Still not able to eat much more than a few crackers and juice. Exhausted, nauseated, miserable. Came home later that day.

Monday: Still insanely exhausted and can't eat much. Have lost 3lbs.

Tuesday: Able to eat a little more, but not much. Tired out really easy. It's crazy how hard this has hit me. I seriously hope I don't go into labour any time soon, I seriously do not have the strength to give birth right now, and that is scary.

Really hoping I can start to get some nutrients in me so that I start feeling better. I am really worried about this effecting the baby. I also really wanted to use this week to get  stuff done around the house, since it's the last full week that DD will be in daycare. Blah.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

35w - Drama Queen of Pregnancy

Weight: 143lbs
Symptoms: charlie horses in legs at night, nausea, heartburn, fatigue, lots of baby movement, ongoing YI, sore feet, back, bum, ankles, fingers.

Today was my weekly checkup with my OB. We did the usual: weight, pee in cup, measure fundal height, general questions, doppler-- then the fun began.

When the doctor first put the doppler on my belly, I immediately noticed the heartrate sounded quite slow. I'm no expert, so when my doc didn't say anything, I chalked it up to the doppler picking up my heartbeat or something.

Then I hear what sounds like the normal, faster beating. The doc is taking a LONG time listening though. Finally she says, "I'm just listening a little longer. The heartrate sounded slow at first, so I just want to make sure it was just a fluke."

...a few seconds later and the HR suddenly slowed down again.

So after my GBS swab, the doc sent me up to the hospital to have a NST.

Baby was still super active during my NST but I noticed that every time he/she made a big movement, the HR would rise and then drop. Resting HR was about 125-135bpm but when baby moved it would spike as high as 165bmp and drop as low as 109bpm.

After about 45min, the nurses reviewed the strip and said everything looked normal.

I'm still kind of freaked out though. DD never did that, and I had so many NST's with her!

That being said, baby has been insanely active the last 3 days, so I am feeling relief in that fact.

Overall, I am just getting really excited to welcome this baby. I have just over a week and a half left before I stop working (I'm amazed I lasted this long!), and have been getting really antsy about getting the final details finished around the house so we're ready when the baby comes home.

I also can't believe that we still don't know the sex. What an accomplishment! lol

Friday, August 15, 2014

34w 3d - owie :(

Weight: 143lbs
Waist: 37''
Symptoms: lots of cervical jabs (stabbing pain), heartburn, nose bleeds, nausea, extreme fatigue, charlie horses in my legs at night, mild kidney pain, dry skin.

Last week I saw my OB for my latest checkup-- I AM MEASURING ON TRACK! My belly apparently had a huge growth spurt and I am doing great in terms of growth.

Baby is super low and feels completely vertical. The previous few weeks, I had felt more movement more diagonally (head in left hip, feet/bum in mid abdomen). Now I can feel the little bugger's head right down into my pubic bone! It can be quite painful, and I get a lot of sharp cervical jabs throughout the day.

Just from movement alone, I can tell this baby is close to or bigger than Audrina ever was in there. My belly says the same: I was 37'' around at 37 weeks with Audrina! I've never been so happy to be getting big. I am still a little apprehensive about delivery, but obviously this baby won't be a monster...just bigger than my little princess was!

Names for this child are still up in the air. We can't agree on anything. The current ones we've come up with are:

Girl:
Catherine (Kate)
Mila/ Milania
Everly
Briana/Briella

Boy:
Hayden
Bryden
Colin
Meyer
Zachary

I still don't even know if I am sold on ANY of those, and DH and I still keep throwing more out there at one another. I'm scared this kid isn't going to have a name!

Last week, I was on vacation and it was awesome. I felt SO great. Spent time with DD and did lots of fun stuff, just me and her. It was really nice to have time with her, and she was such a good girl!

Being back at work this week has been challenging. I am SO uncomfortable. My butt, hips, back, and stomach hurt. I have been having more contractions and feeling just plain icky.

2 more weeks and I am on mat-leave. I cannot wait.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

31w 2d - What was I saying...?

Weight: 138.4lbs
Symptoms: nausea, kidney pain, contractions (maybe?), jittery feeling, heartburn, ankle pain, dry skin.

I saw my OB this morning. I've been feeling really nauseated, like my morning sickness is coming back. I've also been having more kidney pain again, and what feels like contractions (my tummy is tender and hard, but it never seems to stop?)

My OB ordered a urine culture to make sure I don't have an infection, and told me that if the pain keeps up, to go to L&D.

Later this afternoon, I did end up at L&D around 2:30pm. I was hooked up to the monitors and luckly the pressure, hardness and pain were not contractions. The OB ob call ordered an emergency ultrasound on my kidneys, and the results weren't surprising. While my left kidney is about the same as it was in May, my right is even worse and very dilated.

I spoke to my urologist, who happened to be on call and he discussed a stent again. He told me that it was up to me, if I wanted one, and to call him on Friday to discuss.

Grr.

Just when I thought things might be normal for a while!

I'm just going to take a couple days off from work and see how I feel after resting..