And then there was a baby.

So. We had ourselves a baby! A beautiful 6 lb 11 oz baby girl at 7:30am Monday, Sept 8. What a way to start the week. But let’s flashback to Sunday when I was still pregnant. It was a big game day for Michael and we had the free weekend of the NFL Ticket channels or whatever it is called. So basically Mike watched 38 games all at the same time and was super excited. I had nagging minor period feeling cramps all day. I had an underlying feeling that things might be happening, but of course had no real clue. So I continued to waddle around, cleaning up, and anxious for my doctor’s appointment the next day. The previous Monday, at 38 weeks, I was 2cm dilated and 75% effaced. The doc assured me many times that didn’t mean anything was happening anytime soon.

So back to Sunday night…I decide to just go to bed because my cramps have persisted and I didn’t really feel like doing anything else. I lay there a while and decide that maybe I should time them because they felt a little more organized than earlier in the day. So I timed and timed and timed again. They were pretty short in duration but only about 8 minutes apart. It is probably about 10:30 or 11pm at this point. Fastforward two hours and we are arriving at the hospital. My “cramps” are officially contractions now and while each one didn’t last very long, they were 4-5 minutes apart. I get checked in and robed up to find out I am 3cm and 80% effaced. The nurse she would come back and check me in an hour. An hour later she said I am still 3 cm! I was deflated at this news. She calls the midwife on call who tells her we could go back home and come back in the morning or stay the night…our choice. Since it is already 3:30am at this point and we live about 35 minutes from the hospital, I decided to stay. A short time later I can really tell the contractions are getting stronger and upon vomiting repeatedly, they offered up some anti-nausea and some weak ass pain meds to take the edge off.

All sense of time and awareness deteriorate after this point. I know I was trying to maneuver on the hospital bed into a more suitable for handling pain position when I feel something inside me pop. It was a strange and scary feeling. I had no idea what was happening and was slightly panicked. I called for the nurse and she was “I guess maybe your water broke?” I’m thinking ‘Bitch you are a labor and delivery nurse! If you don’t know, who does?!’ Now I’m really glad we didn’t leave the hospital and really wanting the weak ass pain meds.ย  I know they checked me again before administering the weak ass pain meds and WTF I’m at 5cm! Then all I remember was it felt like years before I saw another person. My contractions were getting to be an out of body experience. Like your mind cannot truly comprehend the amount of pain. I tried to “breathe through them” and although in a way it is a crock of shit, it does help to concentrate on breathing while you are begging with every fiber for this one to be over. So finally one of the nurses is back and she checks me again. It is the same nurse that wasn’t sure my water had broken…she has a confused look on her face and says she is going to get the other nurse. I just remember being confused then maybe blacking out again.

The next thing I know, the good nurse is putting on gloves and talking to Mike about something. I am like “Am I getting my epidural now OR WHAT?!” The nurse is like “No honey, there is no time, you’re getting ready to PUSH. WHAT?!?!?! My world crumbled and complete terror washed over me. I could NOT do this without an epidural. It had not ever entered my mind. I told them repeatedly I HAD to have an epidural. I HAD TO. I was so scared but the reality was I had to push. And right now. So Mike tells me I pushed for around 45 minutes, although it didn’t actually seem that long. It took everything out of me. Mike fanned me the entire time because I was so hot. I kept thinking how good the air felt. I knew failure was not an option and that the more superior I performed, the sooner it would be over. The nurse and midwife all seemed super excited about my pushing skillz and that helped. #overachiever

And in a moment it was all over. The baby was out. It was horrific and incredible. And then I was so happy to actually SEE the baby I had talked about and felt kicking my ribs for months. So as far as labors go, mine was really fast especially for a first baby. We got to the hospital at 1:25am and Sloan Kelly popped out at 7:30am. Since all I seemed to read on the internets were terrible stories, I want you to know that while I had a very minor first degree tear, I did not even need one stitch “down there.” Yes things are sore, but it was not nearly as bad as I was expecting. Basically I am a baby having machine. And that is my birth story.

I have been a mom for 5 days now. It is wonderful and all consuming and scary and hard. But holding your own baby is like nothing else in the world. Last night we were all on the couch. Rolo with his head in my lap, Sloan in my arms, Wilson snuggled up between me and Mike…it was perfect.

 

 

33 weeks

33 weeks? For serious? It blows my mind how fast this 40 weeks is going. It’s been a while since I did one of these “bumpdates” so here goes.

Total weight gain: 22 lbs!! I’m gaining about a pound a week right now. Yikes.

Sleep: That pregnancy insomnia I’ve read about has finally reared its ugly head. Still getting up to pee at least once a night.

Best moment this week: Definitely my baby shower!! I was seriously emotionally moved by how much thought my bffs put into it. It was amazing and perfect. Yes, I am wearing the blue dress again. It will probably be its last appearance as it is not maternity and not stretchy. IMG_0198

Worst moment of the week: Sciatic nerve pain. It is awful.

Miss Anything? Just being comfortable doing..anything. I can only imagine how lovely the next 6+ weeks are going to be.

Food cravings: BREAD. Like biscuits and rolls. And I’ve been eating a ton of cereal.

Food aversions: Not really.

Symptoms: Back pain and congestion. I’ve also started swelling as of this past weekend. Mostly my fingers…my rings are definitely tight. My ankles/feet swell some by the end of the day.

Workouts: Yoga and walking. I had started riding my bike but it made me have to pee really bad, oh and then it got stolen.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly pretty happy. Sometimes I let myself get freaked completely out if I read too much on the internet about labor and the first couple months of baby life.

Looking forward to: Getting the nursery put together. We have most of our furniture out of the box, but nothing is actually assembled. My glider should arrive by Friday. I need to order my fabric for the cornices and decide on a rug.

 

I am also looking forward to getting my hair done today. And making biscuits.

One cup

My doctor said two large cups of black coffee is about the recommended amount of daily caffeine for a preggo. I was so happy to not cut out my morning cup altogether. And today, one cup just isn’t enough. I have been up a couple hours and already dealing with nerve pain and heartburn and dog vomit. Awesome!

One thing making my morning truly awesome is that Meredith has blogged my maternity photos! It is hard to choose a favorite. If you didn’t buy this blue maxi from TJMaxx then I am sorry. It is so fabulous and only $25. My mom just happened to see it a few days before the shoot and I am so glad she did!

I am SO trying to avoid the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Y’all aren’t making it very easy with every blog out there highlighting your wishlist. Part of me wants to make a wish list too. Then part of me wants to shut my computer down immediately. I’m getting ready to order my glider for the nursery so there goes any available fun funds anyway. Blegh.

I am going to go wash dishes and maybe fix pancakes.

xo

 

24 weeks+

How far along? 24 weeks! Baby is an ear of corn this week?

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Yes, that is my real life bathroom situation. No peonies here.

Total weight gain: Um, 13 lbs! When did that happen!? Oh, I know, when i ate pancakes 4x in one week, and lots of ice cream, and french onion dip and chips. Thanks vacation.

Sleep: I was so tired yesterday that I could hardly hold my head up. I ended up going to bed before 9pm and slept almost 12 hours. Getting comfortable is starting to become a challenge and the AC pretty much can’t work hard enough. Can’t wait for the next 3 months of blazing heat and humidity!

Best moment this week: Our first major baby gift arrived yesterday and it was so exciting! We ended up going with the Baby Jogger City Mini GT stroller after test driving it and getting lots of good reviews from friends and friends of friends. Thanks Mom & Dad!

Worst moment of the week: Having to think about work again after being at the beach for over a week. Bleh.

Miss Anything? Sushi. And multiple cups of coffee.

Food cravings: Not really. I was craving pancakes there for about a week but thankfully for my ass circumference that seems to have passed.

Food aversions: Not really. Still not craving Mexican which is my favorite food in the world.

Have you started to show yet: Definitely.

Gender: Girl!

Symptoms: The past few weeks have been a breeze although I have started getting really tired again.

Workouts: A youtube workout here and there.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.

Looking forward to: Finishing my registry so I can stop thinking about it.

18 weeks

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It’s all good in the baby hood. Not much to really tell other than I bought my first maternity pants this week.

How far along? 18 weeks! Baby is a sweet potato this week.

Total weight gain: No scale at home but I imagine a few lbs at this point.

Sleep: Good! I have been sleeping like a rock lately which is awesome.

Best moment this week: Finding out my blood work came back good. Blood tests are scary!

Worst moment of the week: It got cold again. I can’t take it.

Miss Anything? My energy.

Food cravings: Not so much the past couple weeks.

Food aversions: Not really. Still not wanting meat though.

Have you started to show yet: Definitely.

Gender: T – 11 days until we find out!!!

Symptoms: Still really tired but not quite as bad as I was.

Workouts: Longer dog walks.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Much more even keeled and feeling a little more normal.

Looking forward to: Finding out if we’re having a mini-me or mini-mike on the 28th!!

16 Weeks

So I’ve become one of those people that speaks in weeks. It’s impossible to avoid. At 16 weeks, I actually feel and look pregnant (to me anyway). I liked reading other bloggers “bumpdates” so I thought I would do it too. Here goes…

How far along? 16 weeks – the babe is the size of an avocado

**My sister reminded me I needed a pic…duh**
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Total weight gain: 0!

Sleep: Um, not great, but that is nothing unusual. I have to get up most every night to pee = mega annoying.

Best moment this week: Finding out I had not gained any weight even though I feel like a tanker.

Worst moment of the week: Mike’s ruined birthday cake which was immediately followed by an emotional breakdown.

Have you told family and friends: Yep.

Miss Anything? BOOOOZE and my flat abs.

Food cravings: Super cliche but I am loving pickles/pickle juice. Also orange juice. Cold pasta salads.

Food aversions: Not really. Not into meat which is totes unlike this carnivore.

Have you started to show yet: Yes. I bought a belly band today!

Gender: We have to wait a whole month before we have the big ultrasound.

Symptoms: Sore stomach muscles, HUGE sore boobs, constantly congested, always thirsty, and STUPID TIRED. Like more tired than I thought possible. I really wasn’t overly tired during my first trimester, but when I hit the second trimester it is like something drained all the life out of me.

Workouts: Just dog walks…basically none. I want/need to start though.

Happy or Moody most of the time: It changes with the wind. Very happy to insanely irritated to ridiculously weepy. It is exhausting.

Looking forward to: Actually having a real bump and not just looking bloated.

 

Ok. That was pretty boring I guess.