Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Lucia (pronounced loo-see-uh, NOT the Italian way!) Isabella finally joined us at 3:19 pm on August 14. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ozs and measured 19.5 inches long. She has a head full of dark brown hair and blue eyes - for now :)
The birth was pretty easy (as far as births go) - 3 pushes and out, no epidural! I got stuck for several hours at 5-6 cm, so I did end up getting a low dose of pitocin after all. No regrets this time though, I feel like I did everything I could to avoid it. I will write a full birth story soon with all of the other details. Enjoy these random pics while I go snuggle my baby!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
What I was NOT mentally prepared for was the misery from having to prepare for the earlier due date (and hoping it was right so I could meet my kid sooner), and then being BORED OUT OF MY G-D MIND as that due date passed by. Adriana was born two days before her due date, so I didn't experience this the first time around (plus work was so stressful and busy that I needed all of the time I could get). This time, even though I explained to my boss that I wasn't sure how long I'd actually be pregnant, 100% of my work was re-assigned and everyone was trained on how to do my job last week. I haven't been assigned any new cases, so I'm just sitting around making documents that capture my knowledge in a bunch of different areas, in case anyone gets a question about it while I'm gone. Fun. Plus I kind of hate making it so easy for everyone when I had to do all of the research myself (horrible, I know).
This is all made worse by the fact that I am in nesting overdrive, and all I can think about while I'm sitting here is how much I could be getting done if I were at home. You should see my binder of to do lists. It is out of control.
I made the executive decision to not come in next week, regardless of my pregnancy status. I figure the doctor will induce me on Wednesday if I haven't gone naturally by then (booooo), so it's only two days of vacation. Totally worth it if it keeps me sane.
The only thing making this bearable is the fact that I have pretty easy third trimesters. All of you ladies who go/went a week or more past your real due date and are/were physically uncomfortable in addition to feeling like you are 100% prepared but the kid still isn't here and you just can't take it anymore? I am so, so, so sorry!!! I hope your kid is extra cute to make up for it!
*[Life of a Doctor's Wife - you said you don't understand why the doc is so rigid about the date? Basically, the early ultrasound is the "most reliable" predictor of due date. More so than humans, who can't be trusted to remember their LNMP (last normal menstrual period) or who are getting so much action that they could have conceived on any number of occasions (ha). No amount of me explaining why I was confident about my date would get her to change it - if the early ultrasound is over a week off the date based on LNMP, they go with that, period. They have to be firm about their date to protect themselves, which is annoying, but I get it. And they are so convincing about how accurate the u/s is and that your belly is measuring right on track that you delude yourself into thinking they might be right after all, since who WOULDN'T want to be 11 days further along? So it's sucky when you realize that you were probably right all along.]
Monday, August 8, 2011
Is this THAT ODD of a choice, given that a) I'm relatively comfortable, for being in my third trimester, b) my blood pressure is kick-ass and I'm not swollen at all, c) I still think my due date is wrong, d) I am dilating just fine on my own (3cm), and e) there is NO MEDICAL REASON to induce, it would strictly be for my doctor's (and husband's) convenience?
Not to mention that there are some risks (minimal, but risks nonetheless) associated with inducing labor. On the flip side, there are risks to letting the kid cook for too long (swallowing meconium, yum!)(and having to squeeze a giant baby out of my hoo-ha) but those concerns are more for babies who are a couple of weeks overdue. I feel like I have established that this due date is the ABSOLUTE EARLIEST date that is in the realm of possibility, so it seems a little premature to talk about inducing when I'm just 2 days over.
I am kind of irritated that I'm being made to feel like I need to justify my decision. It's my body, is it not? This kid will come out when she's good and ready, I promise!
- I'm still pregnant. Is there anything worse than coming to work on your due date? Coming to work a week AFTER your due date, I suppose, but I still think there is something especially annoying about being here today. I was excited to see that so many of you are also planning on working right to the very end - I am getting tired of people acting like wanting to save my vacation to spend with my newborn is so SHOCKING. And the next person who makes a joke about my water breaking at work will be treated to me sitting in their desk chair in the unlikely event that actually happens.
- I have my 40 week appointment this afternoon. My doctor mentioned previously that if I was still pregnant today, she might want to induce on Wednesday. I am on the fence about whether or not I will let that happen, given that I'm not convinced I'm really 40 weeks along. Also, my only regret about Adriana's birth was that I didn't argue against pitocin. I hate that despite my water breaking on its own, and that I delivered without pain meds, my "natural birth" will always have a little asterisk noting the pitocin. On the other hand, I know that I am totally capable of dealing with pitocin contractions without getting an epidural, and I'm so ready to meet Kid B. I feel like whatever mood I'm in the next time they bring it up will determine this kiddo's fate.
- I failed to do 90% of my weekend planning, sticking with just the fun stuff (SIL's bday, Smurfs, finishing Hunger Games) and adding in lots of extra Adriana/Justin time. I figure the rest can wait.
- Adriana has been doing AMAZING at the movies. We took her to see Winnie the Pooh last weekend and Smurfs this weekend, and she was an absolute angel both times. Why did we wait so long to test this out? Pre-baby, Justin and I used to go to movies at least once a week, and we REALLY miss it.
- I feel like I am probably the last person in the world to read the Hunger Games trilogy, but in case I'm not, you should read them! It was entertaining in the same "I must do nothing else until I have devoured the entire series" way Twilight was, but with FAR less annoying characters.
Anyone have any good movie / TV series / book recommendations for me? I'm going to need all 3 once maternity leave starts (assuming that I will not actually be pregnant for the rest of my life).
Friday, August 5, 2011
I am so excited that Mrs. CFH2 over at My Happy House is back in business, that I am participating in her Weekend Planning Blog Hop. The blog hop is also hosted by Gia of A Life in Progress.
I don't care which day it happens, but it's safe to say that I'd LOVE for one of the weekend days to include BIRTH.
Assuming that doesn't occur, here are my plans for the weekend:
- Finish packing hospital bag
- Wrap presents from Adriana to baby, and from baby to Adriana
- Wrap presents for the twins
- Do a load of baby laundry
- Steam clean living room floors
- Find ItzBeen timer or order a new one (ugh)
- Do a load of regular laundry
- Go to mom and dad's for SIL's bday (buy a card)
- Wash sheets
- Have Justin bring up swing and bouncer, take off washable parts
- Take Adriana to see the Smurfs
- Finish Hunger Games trilogy
What are your plans for the weekend?
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Thankfully, I am in a MUCH LESS demanding position now (same company, way way way better work/life balance). I was able to transition all of my work, and am pretty much just sitting at my desk twiddling my thumbs now. This has been very hard on my bank account.
In the last 24 hours, I have bought:
- The InStep Arrow Double Jogger
- A weather shield for the jogger
- Gifts for my friend's newborn twins (who are still in the NICU, but doing well - yay!)
- Gifts for another pregnant friend
- A monkey wubbanub for Kid B
- Some harness pads for Adriana's car seat (The other day she kept chanting "ow ow ow" and when I asked her what was wrong, she told me her neck hurt. Score one for language development!)
- A snuzzler for the stroller
- Last but not least: The Boon Lawn countertop drying rack
What are you buying these days?
Monday, August 1, 2011
A while back, I bought this awesome splat mat because I was sick of my dining room floors getting gross underneath Adriana's seat. One day I was feeling really tired/sick/pregnant, and I just wanted to lay on the couch. I tossed the splat mat on the living room floor, popped a gerber meal on it, and a new bad habit was formed. Adriana eats at least one meal a week squatting like a tiny hobbit. I'd like to think that this is a pregnancy-related solution, but I'm not sure that there will be MORE meals at the table once I throw a newborn in the mix.