Fox and Broom

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Archive for the month “November, 2010”

The New Addition

Samedi was born on November 12, 2010 at 9:26pm PST.

I know I am 2 weeks late in getting this up here, but I’ve been busy. My new little guy was born with no complications and little pain. I had apparently been in labor since the day before, but didn’t realize it. Normal contractions feel nothing like induced contractions. They are a little uncomfortable, but way more bearable than the induced ones are. The doc still had me induced when I got to the hospital, just to get things moving faster. Boy howdy, did they ever move fast too. I had Sam in my arms 6 hours after I had reached the hospital. They didn’t even clean him off before they handed him to me:

It was messy and wonderful. They let me hold him and nurse him until I felt ready to hand him over to be cleaned up.

Poor Sam does need some minor surgery done on his tongue. He is unable to nurse properly due to the tongue tie (that piece that attaches your tongue to the bottom of your mouth) being too long. He can not stick his tongue out of his mouth. I still nurse him when he wants, but we then supplement with a bottle and I pump to keep my milk supply up. I am taking him in to a consultation next Tuesday to find out more about the procedure. I am not looking forward to it, but I want to make sure my boy is healthy and if this minor surgery will help him to gain weight, then I will do it.

Sol has been a super big brother. He likes to help wash Sam and feed Sam. I think he is still unsure what to make of this strange, small, funny-sounding creature, but he is very gentle and patient with Sam.

I plan to start exercising again in the next week or so. My sister-in-law gave me a free gym pass good for 12 visits. I just need to find the time to go. I need to be able to have someone watch Sam. I can take Sol with me and leave him in the daycare, but Sam is still too small for that. Once I start that up, I will start to record my progress here.

 

and… still pregnant.

The hospital could not get me in yesterday. We are pretty disappointed, but I should be able to get in today. There were 4 people ahead of me to be induced and they were very busy.

I was starting to think that I might naturally start labor last night. I was experiencing contractions that were getting stronger, until they stopped. Baby has moved around a lot more today than usual, at least for morning movements. Baby usually seems to move a lot more in the evening. He/she also had hiccups this morning. Those always amuse me. They certainly put me in a better mood.

Not much else that I feel like writing about. Hopefully my next post will be all about my new baby boy/girl.

The Last Night My Son Is An Only Child

Or so I am hoping.

Sol and I just had a wonderful evening of pizza, popcorn, and a popsicle. We enjoyed the new Alice In Wonderland. We had not seen it before and we both really liked it a lot.

I am currently letting him play a few games on the computer. I figure celebrating the last night of being a sole child should be special, so I am spoiling him a little bit.

I still keep hoping that I will start labor naturally. I am still getting random contractions. They are getting stronger, but they are still not as strong as the hospital had told me they should be and they are not lasting anywhere near as long as they want. The longest one lasted to a count of 26.

Even if I do wind up being induced, I am still very excited to meet this little person currently kicking the crap out of my ribs.

Hopefully, the next time I write on this blog, I will be the proud momma of 2 children. Au revoir.

Arrrrgh!

Baby really needs to come out now. I am tired of all the walking I have done. Well, it was too cold and rainy to do much walking today… Anyway, it would be really awesome if baby made an appearance tonight. I am serious. Labor would be a huge improvement to the discomfort I have felt since Friday.

Along with the discomfort, I have discovered that I now have trouble bending and squatting. The bending was difficult before, but pretty much impossible now. This has put a damper on putting away dishes from the dishwasher and getting laundry out of the dryer.

I did have a pretty big contraction last night that woke me up. However, it did not last and I did not get anymore. Bleh. I’ve read up on ways to naturally help induce labor, but I know that Baby will come when Baby wants to. Even with the scraped membranes (which was one of the inducements I came across). One suggestion was to relax to a romantic movie, so I watched Valley Girl. It did make me relax and laugh, but no baby…

I’ve felt a lot of back pain today, which makes me wonder a bit if I am starting to have back labor. Of course, it could be from all the fricking walking I have done. I am very cranky tonight. I was very cranky just before Sol decided to come too. Maybe it will be tonight??? One can hope.

Easing 3rd Trimester Discomfort

3rd trimester discomfort is a memory that is coming back to me from my 1st pregnancy. I read that some women actually feel guilty at this point for just wanting the pregnancy to be done with. Don’t feel that guilt. It is almost done with. I think the baby probably feels the same way. It is getting awfully tight in there for the little one. Anyway, I think the discomfort we feel at this point is a way our bodies try to get us ready for the big day.

  • I took a warm bath last night. It was the most incredible thing I think I could have done. I felt so much better during and for a while afterwards. It didn’t stop Braxton Hicks from keeping me awake most of the night, but I definitely felt better for a little while.
  • Walking has also been helping. Once again, it doesn’t last for long, but I do feel better for a while after taking even a short walk for a few blocks.
  • Sitting and rocking on an exercise ball is also recommended. I do not have one, so can not vouch for this.

I am sure there are plenty of other ways to ease discomfort. I just felt like I needed to write down the few that have been on my mind. The walking one is also good in a few other ways. It will give you some nice easy exercise and helps to position the baby’s head properly. Some people claim it will help the onset of labor, but this has not really been proven. Most hospitals will get the mother up and walking, if possible, during contractions and before she is fully dilated. I wasn’t allowed to do this with my first kiddo as I was leaking amniotic fluid and the doc was worried about infection. Bleh. I wasn’t even allowed to get up to go to the bathroom. It was pretty much a total loss of dignity for about 15 hours.

Counting down to the finish line.

Within the week I will need to change the name of my blog as I will no longer be a “Preggo Chick.” My doc decided that I am ready to deliver and even set up an induction date for Thursday, November 11. The baby is small, but not too small. According to the ultrasound I had today, the baby is approx 6lbs, 11oz. I was relieved that he/she is not 9 or more. I was a little worried that may be the case as that is usually what happens with gestational diabetes. However, I had to wonder about it since I have gained a total of 13 lbs myself (not counting the 4 lbs I lost in my 1st trimester). If you had read my blog before I found out I was pregnant, yes, I was overweight to begin with. I have tried to keep active and eat mostly healthy. The eating healthy went into overdrive after I was diagnosed with diabetes. I suppose I should admit that I “cheated” a few times. Eating fast food or a piece of candy here and there. It is amazing how it can really change your mindset over these things when it these things affect someone else’s health as well. I have come to realize that I did some of this in order to keep myself healthy, but mostly to keep my baby healthy. I know I would not have been so stringent for my own sake.

So anyways, I had my last ultrasound today and an exam. Both revealed that baby is perfectly healthy and doing well. The doc decided, based on my gestational diabetes, the fact that I am on medication for it, I have been experiencing an increase in discharge (TMI I know), I am dilated at 2 1/2 cm, and an increase in Braxton Hicks that it would work in all of our favor to attempt to get this baby out into the world this week. He ruptured my membrane in an effort to get labor to start on its own. I have to say that since he did it, I have been getting more severe feeling contractions. In fact after this blog, I fully intend to sit in a bath for a little while. I have heard that a bath helps with the pain. I didn’t get to try that when I had my first child.

Two and a half more weeks to go.

Or there-a-bouts anyway. I was starting to think I was going to have the baby this past weekend. Braxton Hicks were getting pretty painful, but have hardly had any of them today. I think I am mentally (and a bit physically) done with being pregnant and am ready to meet my new human face-to-face. Maybe more walking is in order. I should start walking more anyway to prep myself to get back in shape after the baby arrives.

I guess that is it. It is late and I am tired.

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