Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two Weeks Postpartum:

So it's now been two weeks since my teeny tiny princess blessed us with her presence. I still am bleeding a little, but very little compared to my pregnancy with Sophia. I am down to 124.6 lbs now, so still have 4 more pounds to go before I'm back to pre-pregnancy weight. Unfortunately, I can't do any of my nice long walks or exercise for another 2-4 weeks, which has kind of bummed me out, because we really like our nightly walks, and it's been two weeks since I've been able to. 

Rosalie eats like a champ, and is such a little sweetiepie. She's so good, and so happy (except when she's hungry or getting her diaper changed). She sleeps and eats a ton, but when she's awake, she's so bright eyed and alert. She checks out everything, and she loves her sister a bunch. Sophia (while a little aggressive) knows just how to calm her little sister down when she does get upset. It's so sweet to watch. 

In good news, I've been able to go to the bathroom now, and have probably gone more in the past week than I have in the past year, which is probably in part that I've been eating a box of frosted mini weeks pretty much every 2-3 days. Pretty crazy. It also appears that my stitches have dissolved. 

Oh, and Rosalie lost her umbilical cord on day 8, so she has a cute little belly button now. :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

So Scary....TMI ahead..One Week Update

Oh my god. So today I am officially one week postpartum, and today I had my first postpartum BM. Mind you, I had 2nd degree tearing, which from what I've recently learned, is basically the equivalent to having had an episiotomy. I have been TERRIFIED of this moment. So afraid I would just tear back open, and the pain that would come from it. I am so happy to say that it was all in my head. There was no pain, only some strange pressure, and I didn't realize how much I'd been suppressing it due to fear, but my god. It was a lot. I am so glad now to know though that it's totally okay, and safe, and that I'm not going to be turning over in pain. Milestone complete.

I've been breastfeeding like a beast, I'm down to 126.6 lbs., and bleeding is minimal this time.

In other sweet baby 2 days old, Rosalie turned over onto her side, and also lifts her head quite high when laying on my chest. :) 

Please Join Me in Welcoming the Beautiful, Rosalie!

On Monday, October 6th, I went in for my 39 week checkup. When they did the pelvic exam, I was 4 cm and 70% effaced, then she stripped my membranes again, and when I left I was 5cm. We started talking about setting an induction date if I didn't go into labor before the end of the week, since they didn't want me going past the 40 weeks because of the gestational diabetes. The idea of an induction gave me so much anxiety and stress, mainly because when I hear the term induction, to me it means the use of pitocin to chemically begin contractions, which tends to not only extend labor and make it more painful, but increases the likelihood of needing a c-section. This was not an option for me. That's when she mentioned that with how far along I am (when I went in with Sophia at 39 weeks, 6 days, I was only 3 cm and 50%) and having had contractions for the two weeks prior, that she would just break my water. After talking with David, we decided that with both the timing of not much going on at work, the staff we liked being on call, my sister being available to watch Sophia, etc. that it seemed like the best option, so we scheduled our "induction" for Wednesday. To extents it was kind of nice to have an actual expiration date set, so that we knew how much time we had to get what we needed done. I was even able to make some yummy homemade blueberry muffins to bring in for the Dr.'s and nurses the night before, along with the two batches of snickerdoodles I'd made. 

(our last picture as a family of three)

(final belly shot - 39 weeks)

Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep, 3.5 hours maybe. We were scheduled to be at the hospital at 6:30am, so we got up at 5:45am, got the last little bit ready, and waited for my mom and sister to show up at 6am. My sister swapped spots with me in bed to stay with Sophia, and mom left with David and I to head to the hospital. The timing was awesome, because at 6:25am as we were pulling into the hospital, the beautiful bloodmoon was in full effect. Talk about neat! 

I'd already pre-registered so it didn't take long for the registration process and I was up there by 5 minutes to 7am. They had me change, and hooked me up like they did for my regular NSTs. I had contractions but not really any that I felt much. Around 7:15am the Dr. came in and did a cervical check, and I was still the same 5 cm 70%, then next thing I knew, there was a small leak of fluid. I hadn't even realized she'd broken my water while she was doing it. I didn't even feel it, which apparently is impressive, or at least the nurses seemed to think so that I hadn't even flinched. After about 30 or so minutes, they told me that they wanted me to get up and start walking to hopefully jumpstart the contractions. I didn't end up really walking though, because by the time I got up and out, they already had a room for me, so we went in, and a few minutes later, contractions started happening, so I sat on the big ball for a bit and tried to relax. It was probably around 8am at this point. I think somewhere between 9am and 10am, I had David call my photographer, just to let her know that the contractions were getting closer, and that I didn't think it'd be too terribly much longer. Shortly after she arrived, the contractions got closer and closer and stronger and stronger. 

I'd decided after my last pregnancy that this time I wanted to do it completely natural, with no drugs at all. With Sophia, that'd been my initial goal as well, but I ended up asking for Nubain (which is nowhere near as strong as an epidural, and goes away after 3 hours and is done through IV) and learned after the fact that in the end, I'd had her naturally because my drugs had already worn off. So knowing that, I felt a little more confident in my decision this time. Something I hadn't taken into consideration though was that I'd still had medicinal help for those three hours, so it wasn't as bad. I clearly didn't realize what I was in for, but also, a lot of women get to have short breaks in between contractions. I barely had time to get 5 words out before the next one came with a vengeance. I was almost in tears with the pain, (which made me feel weak and pathetic) and I was seconds away multiple times from begging for drugs, but add to my incredible birthing experience luck, that my photographer who was well aware of my birthing wants (I'd discussed water births with her early in the pregnancy because she birthed where I'd tried to initially) and basically turned into my doula. She kept talking me through my contractions and reminding me to calm my breathing and try to relax. If not for her, I absolutely would have given in. So, I am super grateful to her, for both the gorgeous pictures you will get to see, but also for helping me complete my mission. 

My amazing midwife had come in to check up on me, and had just walked out to go downstairs when my nurse convinced me to go sit in the shower to help with pain (like had worked with Sophia). I got in, sat down, and not two minutes later, that urge to push came and I started to panic. I told the nurse to get my midwife NOW, that this baby was coming. I was completely convinced I was going to have her in the shower on that stool and got really scared. David and the nurse helped get me on the bed as my midwife came in, threw on gloves and checked me and shook her head and said "okay, push whenever you're ready." Then the next contraction came. I pushed. They could see her head. The next contraction came. I pushed harder. Her head was out. The third contraction came. I pushed sooo hard and continued to push straight through the fourth contraction and her body was out. I did tear again, but kind of expected it. 

I'd asked to have delayed cord clamping this time, so they put her on my chest immediately. This time I was overwhelmed with emotion and am pretty sure I was bawling. She was so beautiful and perfect. So much hair! Within the first two minutes, she already had found my breast and began nursing. Because of that, I didn't need the pitocin to get the placenta out. I continued nursing while she stitched me up. I am so grateful to my incredible team, who through some insanely ridiculous luck ended up being my same team as Sophia. I could not be more happy with my experience. I love them all so very much! And on top of it all, I got my placenta encapsulated which is awesome. They were so supportive of every single thing that I wanted. Overall, an amazing experience, and now I have two amazing and incredibly beautiful baby girls. I am so very blessed. 

P.S. The beautiful pictures were done by ThunderClap Photography!! If you live in Central Florida, definitely check them out! So worth it!

Monday, October 6, 2014

38 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #2:

How far along? 38 Weeks 
Total weight gain: ~ 17 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Yes
Stretch marks? No
Best moment this week: Spending time with family in the most beautiful fall weather
Miss anything? Being able to bend over to reach things, being able to stand for more than 5 minutes, not being so emotional, not having anxiety attacks, not having teasing contractions
Movement: Super active
Food cravings: Pumpkin everything, olive garden
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not at the moment
Gender: Girl!
Labor signs: Contractions, lots of contractions
Symptoms: exhaustion, frequent urination, unable to stand for long periods of time, contractions, leaking breasts
Belly button in or out? Out just a smidge
Wedding rings on or off? On, and very loose
Happy or moody most of the time: Stressed, but mostly happy
Looking forward to: Meeting my baby girl in a few days

This week the baby is still approximately the size of a watermelon, at 6.80 lbs. in weight, and 19.61 inches in length.
"Your baby's skull is still soft to allow for the trip through your birth canal. Some of the tiny bones in his body won't fuse together until after birth. At this point your little one is ingesting a lot of amniotic fluid, which is resulting in the build-up of meconium, (the first bowel movement that he will have after birth). Your baby's tiny fingernails continue to grow but are kept soft inside your uterus. Be prepared to cut them shortly after giving birth. Your baby is gaining about one ounce every day at this stage. The lubricant that will keep the lungs from sticking together during breathing is being readily produced."

Today I went in for my 39 week checkup. I was 4 cm, 70% effaced when I came in and 5 cm when I left, after she re-stripped my membranes. Also, we will officially have our baby girl no later than midweek. :) I am feeling both ecstatic, nervous, and anxious. I can't wait, and yet there's that tiny tinge that yells "Omg, am I really ready for this?! Can't I really do it!?" I know ultimately that I am and that we are going to be just the happiest family of four ever, but at the moment it's all just a rush of emotion. I've found myself crying like three times today and just feeling so overwhelmed. I tidied up the living room just a little today, and am going to make some homemade blueberry muffins tomorrow to bring to the hospital with us. The plans are all in place for different scenarios for Sophia. The only things left to put in my bag are the toiletries and such. I never did get a baby book. We looked today and the only place that had them was Hallmark, and there was this beautiful pink one that I loved, and wanted to get. It even had two little pockets in there for her first tooth and first haircut, but when I flipped it over and saw it was $40, I shot it a "hell no you aren't coming home with me" look. Tomorrow I'm also going to try to remember to make David set up the tripod when he gets home from work, so that we can take one last "family of three" photo, and an updated "hey, I'm about to pop" photo. :) I'm so glad we got to take Sophia to Seaworld this weekend though so that we could at least do one last fun thing with her before her baby sister comes. On the flip side though, she said the sweetest thing tonight when I was getting her ready for bed. "Mommy, I'm going to be sad while Rosalie is still in your tummy. Rosalie is sad too, but when she comes out, we are going to be so happy! Melt...That kid is going to be the best big sister ever! I love her so damn much!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

37 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #2:

How far along? 37 Weeks 
Total weight gain: ~ 16 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Yes
Stretch marks? No
Best moment this week: Spending time with family
Miss anything? Being able to bend over to reach things, being able to stand for more than 5 minutes, not being so emotional, not having anxiety attacks, not having teasing contractions
Movement: Super active
Food cravings: Pumpkin everything, olive garden
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not at the moment
Gender: Girl!
Labor signs: Contractions, lost mucus plug
Symptoms: exhaustion, frequent urination, back pain, unable to stand for long periods of time, contractions
Belly button in or out? Out just a smidge
Wedding rings on or off? On, and very loose
Happy or moody most of the time: Getting a little better
Looking forward to: Meeting my baby girl

This week the baby is still approximately the size of a watermelon, at 6.30 lbs. in weight, and 19.13 inches in length.
"Your baby will weigh between six and six and a half pounds this week. Growth slows down at this point and your baby is busy practicing for life after birth. Your little one is plumper and if born now, he would not require an incubator to keep warm due to the presence of sufficient fat stores. Lungs are fully developed, which means he would be able to breathe on its own if born now. Usually babies are head down at this point, but they can drop right until the time of birth. If you're having twins, they will weigh between five and six pounds at this point, but if they are smaller, they may need to be kept in an incubator for some time after birth to keep them warm."

This week I went in for my 38 week update. I am still 70% effaced, and now am 3 cm dilated. She also went ahead and stripped my membranes, and said there is a good chance that I may end up going into labor tonight. I guess we shall see. Fingers are crossed. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014