Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Happy New Year

We went to my brother’s annual holiday bash on New Year’s Eve.  About every year, the party is really cool and other years, there is some sort of drama that puts a damper on the entire evening.  This year was somewhere in between.  It just wasn’t as much fun this year.  My brother and his wife outdid themselves as usual, but it just seemed that a lot of the people just didn’t want to do much.  DH was excited to go, but he got overly drunk, which happens on rare occasions, and got to be highly annoying.  He also made me pull over on the way home so he could throw up.  He was miserable, so I didn’t feel a need to lecture or show too much displeasure.  Granted, he knew I was annoyed.

We went to see Seven Pounds today.  It’s been a long time since DH and I have actually seen a movie in the theater, so we thought to take advantage of Justin being at daycare. 

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here, but I’m about 14 weeks pregnant–meaning Justin will be an older brother sometime around June 30.  This pregnancy has been very different as far as morning sickness (more of it and longer lasting) and food cravings/avoidances.  In fact, my midwife told me today that I lost 2 lbs over the holidays!  She was concerned about my protein and calcium intake, but I’m pretty sure that the fact that this baby won’t let me eat sweets and that I’ve been chasing Justin around the couch a lot lately has had something with my weightloss.  And it’s not like I couldn’t stand to lose some weight–I started this pregnancy at the weight I was when Justin was born.  Not that I’m trying or anything.

DH is bowling tonight and I’m about to write my holiday thank you notes.  I remember the days when I went out and partied every Friday night.  Amazing how I have absolutely no desire for that anymore.  Especially after watching the effects of alcohol on DH and other family members on New Year’s Eve.

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My unwritten birth plan was to have a water birth, which meant no pain medications.  That was about it.  I wanted DH to cut the umbilical cord after the placenta finished pulsing.  That was the extent of our plans.

At midnight on May 1, I woke up to a loud popping noise coming from down below.  I managed to get into the bathroom and saw that my water had broke.  I called the midwife hotline and was told to come in even though I was not having regular contractions.  We had to get to Woodbury in an hour because we were getting the last available room.

I woke up DH and we drove to Woodbury.  The midwife on call was Rebecca, one I had never met before because she doesn’t work at the clinic.  That was all right though–I had been told that the midwives have weekly meetings and she seemed very familiar with my file.  She recommended that I take something to sleep because I was only dialated “maybe 1 cm” and 80% effaced.  I was able to dose off in between contractions, which still weren’t regular.

The next morning, I was still only 1 cm dilated.  DH and I walked around the hospital; I used the birthing ball, etc.  The Patchwork Princess showed up to assist and by 3 pm I was dilated to 3 cm!  That evening, there was a gush of amniotic fluid.  Unfortunately, this contained meconium in a significant amount, which negated the water birth.  I was still only 3 cm dilated.

The midwives began talking about pitocin, which I desperately wanted to avoid.  However, my contractions were still not regular and they were having some difficulties monitoring the baby.  I was given the choice to start pitocin or to take something to sleep again in the hopes that I’d be well rested by morning and maybe even further dilated.  I took the sleep option and wound up even taking morphine because the irregular contractions weren’t allowing me to sleep.

At 7:30 on Wednesday, May 2, the midwives ordered the pitocin.  I hadn’t dilated any further and they felt the baby was going to be distressed.  I did try to labor in the tub, but even the water wasn’t relaxing me–and I still wasn’t dilating.  Finally, I ordered an epidural.  That was administered at 9:30.  Within an hour I had dilated to 9 cm.  I only had to push for about 45 minutes for Justin to be born at 11:24 am.  They did have to perform a very small episiotomy–another procedure I had wanted to avoid.

Unfortunately, his heartrate had dropped and there was a lot of meconium, so DH wasn’t allowed to cut the umbilical cord.  They had to clean him up before he started to cry so that he didn’t inhale what amounts to his own poop. 

Okay, so nothing went according to our actual plan.  However, we have a healthy baby boy and my recovery has been good.  I was only slightly disappointed–what’s important is the outcome no matter how we really got there.

The nurses and midwives were all amazing.  We did have a small problem with nursing.  Justin wasn’t very interested in it.  He prefered to suck his tongue to the roof of his mouth.  He wound up losing 10% of his birth weight so we have had to see the lactation consultants and have a home visit from the county nurse.  Our first full day at home, we had to nurse him every two hours and get him to take a full ounce.  That was pretty crazy, but we did it and he has been able to nurse on his own schedule more or less now.  He’s already gained back his lost weight and then some.

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No News

I’m still pregnant., which in spite of my belief that I would go early, is to be expected.  I’m not disappointed or upset.  I’m still staying at my mother’s house, but I may be able to move back here tonight.  The house is still a mess, but the dust should be pretty much gone.  DH has been working his butt off all week and all weekend to get it ready for me to come back.

If we do come back tonight, I’m going to focus tomorrow on organizing all the baby stuff we’ve received.  Currently, some is in the car, some is at my in-laws, and some is here.  It would be nice to get all the clothes washed and put away, all the diaper changing stuff put together, all the toys put together, and even find a place to keep the items we won’t need for some time yet. 

My sister thinks that the baby will wait until the 9th because both my nephews were born on the 9th.  I hope not, but in case I do go way over my due date, and wind up burning up a chunk of maternity leave, DH is going to take two weeks off of work when I go back to work to take care of the baby.  He’s taking one week off when we first have it to help me out.  Originally, it was supposed to be the other way, but then I rethought our strategy, and I feel better about this.

That’s all I have for now.  My life is pretty much a waiting game……with some slight discomfort thrown in for good measure.

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Green Light

I have been given permission to have the baby at any time now…….everything is looking good.

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Today is my last day at work before my maternity leave.  I’m still having the “false” labor contractions but at least today they’re being fairly consistent.  Usually, they disappear while I’m at work, which has been a good thing actually as I had a lot of things I needed to focus on.  Or maybe they didn’t disappear and I just wasn’t paying attention.  No, there’s definitely more today than previously.

I finally installed the software for the new camera on my work laptop.  I don’t have access to the home computer and I wanted to see how the pictures were turning out.  The result is that I can’t say.  My home computer runs Corel Paint Shop Pro and my laptop has Photoshop Elements on it.  I’m very impressed with Elements.  The pictures are looking great, but I’m not sure if it’s the camera or the software…..

BTW–That’s the bracelet that was made after my Blessingway.  The beads were given by my friends/family members and each one has a special meaning and represents their love and support.

Well, I suppose it’s about time for me to go and get myself in at the clinic.

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Not much news lately.  I’ve been a bit more productive at work as I try to tie up loose ends before my maternity leave.  My last day in the office is tomorrow–and I’ll probably be here.  I’ve been having some “false” contractions and some that don’t feel as false, but they don’t come consistently so there’s no need to get all excited.

We’re still at my mom’s.  DH is still working on the house and there is a chance I can move back in before the weekend.  Otherwise, there’s a chance that the baby will be coming back to my mom’s if I deliver early.  I need to start looking into daycare.  I know I’ve put this off way too long, but I haven’t wanted to do it for a variety of reasons.  One is that I don’t know what my schedule will be like when I go back to work, another is that I’m not sure if it’s wiser to have a daycare closer to the office or home (I tend to think the office is a better location).  I’ve heard that the daycares in my town have got all the infants they have room for, so that helps with that decision.  I just dread the entire process.

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Not much new going on here.  DH is at home painting the office and removing hazardous things from the kitchen.  I woke up this morning with some false contractions–and I’m having them again right now.  I haven’t been bothered by them at all throughout the day, so it’s nothing to make any calls for.  As a matter of fact, I’m feeling really good today–energetic even.  Must be getting close…….

I’m finding all sorts of loose ends that need to be tied up or passed on while I’m on leave.  It’s kind of stressing me out a bit.  I know the office will survive without me.  But I also know that there will be at least one call while I’m out.  That’s the way it is.

I’m going to have my brows waxed tonight before heading home.  It’s amazing how a brow wax makes me feel so much better about my appearance.  Not that anyone looks at my face these days with a belly that sticks out as far as mine does.

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