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Real jeans!

Backstory:

So like many moms I wasn’t at my “ideal weight” when I got pregnant. I had gotten down below my first pre-pregnancy weight when Jovie was a little over a year. I finally got serious about losing the rest of the baby weight from that pregnancy when I had a back injury and physical therapy & losing any extra weight were necessary.
Then work switched to a new computer system and many of us ate through our stress and I put on 10 pounds or so, and then we were pregnant again. So I had to give up weight watchers for the next 9 months (they don’t want you intentionally losing weight while pregnant). But I knew I’d get back to it.

Today:

Today my Sweet Pea is one week old. 🙂 I’ve lost 20lbs of baby weight and I’m wearing REAL jeans! With a waistband and everything!! Ok, so I have to leave the top button undone, and I’m wearing a bella band– but the hips & thighs fit! Wah hoo!!

So I consider this a starting point. I’ve signed up for weight watchers again, so hopefully between that & breast feeding and running around after Jovie- more will continue to melt away!

My goal is to be more toned & fit all over. I want to keep up with my girls!!

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV)

Introducing our Sweet Pea

Our sweet pea arrived July 19th at 5:47am! She weighed 8lbs, 7oz, and measured 20.5″ long.

The Birth:
We came in to the hospital at about 4pm on Weds due to a pink tinge in the fluid I was leaking (risk for placental tearing caused the Dr to tell us to head for L&D) and after 4 hours of increasing contractions with little change- we decided to induce.They gave me an epidural and started the pitocin. At about 4:30am the epidural was not enough to keep me comfortable (happened with our first birth too) and the contractions & pains were felt from my hips up. I went from 5cm to complete in 45 minutes! I definitely needed to push & was praying our Dr would make it in time. He came in, gowned up, and one push later- out came Samantha!

Our Sweet Pea had apgars of 8 & 9. And started nursing right away. She did so well we only stayed one night and left the following afternoon.

Jovie is SO in love with her baby sister. She sang “Happy Birthday, Mantha” to her when she first held her. She loves to touch Samantha’s nose and say “boop”. She’s still learning, but is going to be a great Big Sister.

We took her to church on her first Sunday. And she had a very positive first Dr visit on Monday. A healthy, strong little lady. And an enormous blessing to our family! God is SO good.

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” (1 Samuel 1:27 NIV)

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Home stretch and a HUGE thank you note!

Well, this is it!
This marks the last few days of us being a family of three, and sometime before the end of the day Thursday (thinking positive thoughts & that this induction won’t extend into Friday), we will have a baby girl in our arms!! I’m so incredibly ready to hold her! I can’t wait to see what & who she looks like, her hair color, and breathe in all those baby smells!

Thank the Lord for my AC being fixed and the fact that it was only the cost of a new thermostat to do it! (Last time I was BIG pregnant –in summer with lots of 100+ degree days–it went out too!! Good thing this pregnancy is the last one for us!! Geesh!) My father-in-law spent most of the morning helping us get that done & then also took the time to clean off the dust & junk from the outside unit! He’s definitely awesome! 🙂

My hubby has the next 2 days off- so it will be mad cleaning and nesting at our house!! We had a great 2nd birthday party for our big girl, and now it’s time to put more things away, wash the last few baby items, get organized, and feel as ready as we can be. It will also be great to love up on our now 2 year old daughter and get her ready for the new baby. She loves to look at my big belly, hug and kiss it, pet it and blow raspberries on it, saying “sis-ther”, “Mantha” (Samantha). She is such a joy, we feel very blessed to be having another little girl to love.

A safe delivery and healthy baby are all we hope for. We have been so blessed, come so far, and are so thankful for these extra weeks so that she has had the chance to grow and develop more fully. On our last ultrasound she definitely looked like she will have chubby cheeks! 🙂

We have a great deal to be thankful for and so much gratitude and love in our hearts for:
-our wonderful Heavenly Father’s guidance, love, provision and plan for our lives;
-our families and friends- and how they have come together and supported us in every way imaginable (from bringing/buying food, and watching our toddler daily- to doing laundry, and keeping our house cool);
-our church and the family of believers praying for our baby and this whole pregnancy
…And last but not least I want to say thank you for
-the pPROM support I have received from so many awesome mamas online- you are all amazing and inspire me daily! Keep those little ones cooking!

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” (Psalm 139:13-17 NLT)

So thank you all, we can’t wait to share the news with you when Miss Sweet Pea finally arrives!

Smiles,
J

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38 weeks and counting!

Saw our Doc this morning:
July 19th we go in to be induced and finally meet our sweet pea!! I will be 39 weeks, 1 day! So if it doesnt happen sooner- then we at least know that by the 19/20th (depending on how long the induction takes) we will get to hold our little girl! So excited! 🙂

This has been quite the wait considering they thought I’d have her at 29.5 weeks when I pPROM’d, but SO worth every day! (and I know it’s not nearly as long as some mommies have waited– one mom I know went on for over 100 days after pPROM!) Our sweet pea continues to do great in there, heartbeat is strong and fluid levels are great! God is SO good. What a great start to the day!

The L&D adventures continue… and a glimmer of hope?

Isaiah 66:9

I love this verse…

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning

Went to L&D again Sunday morning. Contractions had increased steadily since 9pm Saturday til they were 2-3 minutes apart and had gotten too bad to talk through. We checked in about 1am on Sunday. They saw I was having real contractions, but were still hesitant to check & see if I’d dilated. So they wanted to keep me longer. They did lab work & a urine sample again to check for infection- all negative (good, since I’m still on antibiotics!). At 4am the nurse tells us to try turning off the lights & sleep if we can. At 5 I had slept a little, contractions had spaced out and I was told I wasn’t in labor anymore. I was really upset. Got dressed & cried. Then we came home. Didn’t call or text my family, or write anything earlier to let others know we had gone because I wanted to wait to be admitted– Still no. I was really bummed about all of this.

The whole experience leaves me so frustrated. It was a very painful process– felt like back labor & it was hard to move or walk with numbness in my left leg and shooting pains in my lower back before each contraction. I just wanted to have my baby and every time we thought it could be for real, then we get sent home. Sunday my heart and my body both hurt- I just felt so drained.

The day did get better, and by the end of it I felt more positive about everything.

Today- Monday

So I got REALLY hot and felt gross all over again today… Vomit  Same as my UTI symptoms, feeling feverish (even though I didn’t have a fever over 100 degrees), headache, nausea, neck pain, back pain– just gross all over. Which is extra weird cuz I’m still on antibiotics…

Called my OB– HE’S FINALLY BACK FROM VACATION!! Grin — And they told me to come in this afternoon. He thinks my symptoms could be my body gearing up for labor- given what happened on Saturday night/Sunday morning, or it could be hormone related. Basically just keep watching all of it. He told me I could be up and around more, and that if I did develop a fever that he wanted me to go straight to L&D, hand them his card, and that he would come right down. He said I can take a cool bath with water and no bubbles if I need to, but no pools.

He also said that once I am past 37 weeks (on Weds) that we could discuss where to go next (glimmer!!). In this pregnancy I have now made 5 trips to L&D (First- 20 weeks– car accident, Second- 29w 3d– pPROM, Third- UTI, Fourth- UTI, Fifth- Contractions… seriously- that is too many times to come home without a baby)!! I am just done going to L&D- only to be sent home again, and having more infections that put both me and my sweet pea at risk. So I am praying that when I see him on Thursday that he will give me a date to induce- if she doesn’t get here before then! Also, I am praying my hubby will be there for delivery– tomorrow he is working very late & will be far away and tough to reach!

So for now, we will just see if all this feeling gross turns into anything– or if we finally get a date to meet this little lady. Only 2 more days and I am FULL TERM!! Grin

Smiles,

J

What do I recommend to a first time mom?

Things I learned after my first pregnancy/delivery/home coming experience…

First time moms often have so many questions for those who have “been there and done that” with the labor, delivery, and home coming process. One started an advice thread, and there were so many great bits. Here are some of my personal tips and some of my favorites mentioned.

It started with this thread on babycenter.com:   http://community.babycenter.com/post/a34434985/btdt_advice_thread

My advice (Yes we are getting REAL here people):

Read this entire post so that you can not only laugh, but have some great tips: dearbabyblog.com/post/4718750068/a-…

Vaginal Deliveries: Use the squirt bottle they give you from the hospital to clean your oh-so-tender lady parts… warm water feels best. Also use the witch hazel and dermoplast.– and take your Doc seriously about the waiting to have sex thing. It takes a while to get your groove back.

Trust your instincts. If you feel something isn’t right with you or your baby, call a doctor. If it turns out to be nothing or its normal- at least they gave you peace of mind that it is nothing to worry about.

TAKE STOOL SOFTENERS!! So you don’t have to push anything else out! A baby should be enough!   Also take the anti-inflammatory meds they give you. It’s just a higher dose of Motrin usually, but it really seemed to help.

Drink plenty of fluids. You’ll hear that a lot. It’s really true. 🙂

Have LOTS of breast pads handy for the first 2-3 days after you come home and your milk comes in!! Yowzah!!

Make a basket of granola bars/snacks, breast pads, extra burp rags, etc so that when you sit down to breastfeed you have all your things handy.

– And have a big bottle/glass/mug/cup of water, and your boppy or other pillow there too!

Nursing tank tops: You can make them! And for WAY less $!   Go to this site: thejensonjaunts.blogspot.com/2011/0…

Nursing: Use a safety pin or small hair clip to pin on the strap of your nursing bra. Pin it to the side you leave of with, so you can start on that side next time you breastfeed.

Know that your body will eventually look nice again. During that very hormonal week after birth I stood in the shower, looking at my body complete with GIANT breasts, stretch marks, and belly flab and just cried. Nothing felt or looked my own any more. My husband just did a lot of hugging during that time.

– Remember to give your spouse hugs too! It is important you two stay connected and united, and at times it is an effort.

TAKE PICTURES! Take sweet pics of your baby with every one you love. Especially parents/grandparents. I lost my grandfather when our daughter was less than a year. I still treasure the picture I have of him holding her as a baby.

Above all- Enjoy your precious baby. They grow so fast before your eyes. Stare at them, marvel at them. Soak up every moment.

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Smiles,

J

PS- Mamas out there–Please comment if you have any great tips to add from your own experience!

(These are just helpful tips,  no judgement here on any mom’s choices)

36 weeks and our adventures in Labor and Delivery

I made it. 36 weeks today! Against the odds that she would be delivered much earlier, I have officially kept this little girl baking for an additional 6 weeks! Most moms who pPROM are delivered via scheduled induction/c-section by this point– but my doctor wants us to keep going for another 3 weeks. We will see how that goes- my Sweet Pea seems to have a mind of her own!

This is me 2 weeks ago, out of bed for a few minutes to hug my sister-in-law and take a few belly shots after her shower (we are due 7 weeks apart!)

Starting on Monday evening and still continuing today I have been having off and on contractions, back pain, nausea, tenderness to my belly, and I’m oh-so tired but can’t sleep. I called the doctor yesterday (by doctor I mean my fill-in one (Dr.B) who works at the same office and agreed to take our case, not my regular OB (Dr.A) who I love and who is off having fun in Europe for 2 weeks– must be nice) but didn’t get a return call like I normally do, so later I called again and got a seriously NOT helpful response from Dr. B’s medical assistant, (via a call center person, as I never actually spoke to the MA)– “If you feel like you need to come in, then she says you should come in.” This did not go over well with me since it was: not an actual voice on the other end of the line, not addressing any of the symptoms that I had called about giving any helpful instructions, and NOT of any help so only making me feel worse! So after I stewed about it (and my husband encouraged me to) I called again. The MA had left for the day but they would put my message through again, stating that I needed instructions/guidance from the physician and they marked it urgent. Not 45 minutes later, I received a call back from my regular OB’s assistant– thank the LORD– because she knows me and my case. She saw my message, and discussed it with Dr. B, and was told I needed to go to L&D so they could check me out.

After rounding up the few last minute things I needed, as we are nearly all packed, and getting Jovie into the car and dropped of with her grandparents– we headed for L&D. I am a familiar person to the L&D wing at the hospital. After being in a car accident at 20 weeks and getting checked out (I was hit by a guy who ran a red light- car was totaled, baby and I were fine), then pPROM at 29.5 weeks and staying 4 days, then another trip to L&D a few weeks ago with similar “not feeling so good” symptoms that ended up being a UTI…  I could almost be called a “frequent flier”. –Can I get an upgrade?

We went through 4 hours of the same-ol’ thing. Pee in a cup, undress and put on a gown, strap you to a monitor, get all your information updated in the computer, wait for results, etc. So after doing all of it, and blood work– nothing is wrong with me. Baby looks great. But I still feel like garbage. So I had the option to stay overnight, or go home and feel like this in my own bed. We went home. A little deflating when you are thinking- maybe this time I’ll actually have a baby, and we will get to meet our precious Sweet Pea.

They did say that this sometimes happens as the body gears up for labor and that it could mean it will happen soon. We will see. So far nothing has gone how we thought it would with this pregnancy after having pPROM happen- just have to try to rest up and know it will happen eventually. It has to!

Isaiah 66:9

As always, we are thankful that she is doing great, and while the waiting is killer, at least I can wait from the comfort of my own bed and know that God is bigger than all of this and He has a great plan for me and for her.  Wondering if she will be a June or July baby? 🙂

Smiles,

J