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Baby Girl’s Unexpected Arrival

Little did I know, after writting that last post, that my baby girl would be showing up in just 2 short days.  Yes, 2 days later! 

baby girlOur little girl had to one up her big brother and show up even earlier than he did; my original due date was 5/1 and my c-section was scheduled for 4/26.  I had been having lots of Braxton Hicks contractions the past few weeks, so when I woke up with some contractions on 4/16 I figured it was just more of those or false labor.  I had an OB appointment later that morning anyways, so if I really did go into labor we would be close to the hospital.  Before leaving for my appointment, the contractions were about 20 minutes apart.

We got up to my appointment and they did a growth scan of baby girl (estimated her at 6 lbs 11 oz), and tried to get me in for a non-stress test to see if the contractions were real.  There was a long wait to use the monitors, so I was told to just go to the hospital to have them monitored.  At this time they were 10 minutes apart and I was pretty sure that today would be baby day.  While I was at my appointment, I also received a text from Aunt Jeni that Tay was in labor and at her hospital.

We got to the hospital and I got hooked up to the monitors.  After watching the contractions for about an hour they were 3 minutes apart and the doctor said we would be having a baby today.  That is when we decided to call family and tell them that today was baby day for us too!  I had to wait for a few hours for the OR to open up so I could get my c-section.  Ironically, I had the same surgeon that delivered L.  She did a great job once again and I had an amazing anesthesiologist and nursing staff the entire time I was in the hospital.

R was delivered at 4:19 pm on 4/16/2014 at 7 lbs even and 18.75 inches long.  It took us a few days to decide on her name (just like with L) because we had not narrowed our list down yet.  I got to see her for a quick second after they pulled her out and before cleanup, but then I didn't get to see her for another 4 hours.  R had a very rapid rate of breathing so they took her right to the NICU for observation.  After an x-ray, it looked like she had penumo mediastration (some air around her heart) that can spontaneously happen when baby takes her first breath.  They monitored her in the NICU for 4 hours and J stayed with her the whole time.  I had my phone with me in recovery, so he kept me updated on how our little girl was doing.

After 3 hours, I was allowed to go and see her and try to feed her, but she had no interest in breastfeeding right then, she just wanted to sleep and snuggle with me.  Because her blood sugar was getting too low, they wheeled me into our room and J stayed in the NICU to give her a bottle.  After 4 hours of observation, they sent her to our room, but her breathing was still too rapid.  Based on that, we had them keep her in the nursery that night so a nurse could watch her the entire night for us, since we did not trust that we would be able to stay awake all night to watch her breathing.  I was too worried and amped up to sleep at all that night, but J at least got some sleep.

The next day R was able to come back in our room and we started thinking of a name for her.  On Friday, Grandma T brought L up to see his new baby  sister and we tried out the new name.  L has been insisting on Penny as the baby's name for the entire pregnancy.  When he came into the room, we showed him R and said, "This is your little sister."  He said, "Her name is Penny."  We responded with, "No, her name is R-".  About an hour after that, we asked him what his baby sister's name was and he said, "R-."  We were so relieved that he was able to handle the name change. :)

On Saturday, R got one last x-ray and I had to have one more procedure done.  I ended up getting a spinal headache from the anesthesia during my c-section.  This is where the hole in the derma of your spine doesn't close and if you sit upright you get a horrible headache from low spinal fluid pressure.  The remedy is to give a blood patch, where they take out some of your blood (20 ccs) and inject it into where the spinal anesthetic was in your spinal column.  Not a fun thing to have to do, but as soon as the anesthesiologist injected the blood I felt instant relief.  I am so glad that this happened while I was still in the hospital, not after I went home!

We were able to bring R home on Sunday (Easter) and we have been settling into life with 2 kids.  L has been so good with his baby sister and very concerned with anytime she cries.  I have so many stories of all the cute things he has said, but I will save them for another post, as this one is overly wordy already. 

37.4 weeks

I am in the home stretch now!  I just got a call today, and my c-section is scheduled for 4/24.  Less than 10 days away!  At my OB appointment on Friday, they were concerned about how small I was measuring, so I am going on Weds for another ultrasound to make sure that everything is ok with baby.  I am sure it is all fine and I am just measuring small because she is further down in my pelvis than L was at the same time, but pregnancy hormones do not respond to logic so I am also extremely worried.

I am not ready for baby girl to be here, but at the same time, I am very ready to not be pregnant anymore.  I don't think I would ever be truly ready for another baby, no matter how much time I could take.  At this point, I am just hoping to have my hospital bag packed and the house semi clean before she gets here (neither of which are done yet).  J and I have some other projects that we would like done before she gets here (ceiling fan installation and Hot Wheels car rack for L), but none of those other projects are essentials.  Here is a quick update on my "essentials" to-do list:

  • Move tall dresser and bookcase to L’s room
  • Move L into his big boy room
  • Paint owl and birds
  • Paint Tulips
  • Convert bed back to Crib
  • Make crib skirt

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  • Set up changing table (changing pad and diaper changing supplies)
  • Remove the rest of L’s stuff – Just have to remove the artwork hanging on the walls still
  • Add closet organizer for baby clothes – Bought the same one we used for L's room and it doesn't fit.  Went and got a different one from IKEA and it is halfway installed
  • Buy new curtains (baby blue just doesn’t go with her room colors) – One curtain painted, I ran out of textile medium so I had to order more.

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  • Make/Buy mobile – Started an ETSY convo to get a custom one made . . . still waiting on response . . . 

​So, I have made some progress on the list, but not as much as I would like to have made by now.  Hopefully with J starting to work from home more this week, we can knock out a couple of projects during his lunch breaks.  Haha, like he gets lunch breaks!

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Maternity Pictures

A couple of weeks ago we had maternity/family pictures taken by Lisa Robinson.  We are so happy with how they turned out!  Lisa and her husband, Alec, were so great with L  and kept him entertained while pictures were taken.  L was his usual non-cooperative self for pictures, but we got some good shots regardless.


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31.6 weeks

I haven’t updated in a while because nothing new has been going on.  On Monday I had another OB appointment and I received the official date that my pregnancy disability leave is going to start.  My last day at work is 3/28 and it cannot come soon enough!  Ever since getting the official date and starting the paperwork, each day seems to drag on.  Minutes feel like they are lasting hours, and don’t even get me started on how long hours seem.  At least having to go to the bathroom every hour is a way to mark time as it passes.

Other than that, baby girl is very active and is giving me crazy heartburn that lasts all day and night.  She even has a little attitude already!  If J puts his hand on my stomach, she calms right down, but if L touches or leans against my stomach she starts kicking in that spot.  She is already trying to defend herself from the attacks of her big brother!  She was also kicking the Doppler when the OB was checking her heartbeat at the appointment.

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31 weeks

I have started painting her room finally, but there is still a ton of work that needs to be done in it.  Here is my checklist of things to do in Baby Girl’s room (most of which won’t be happening until I am on leave).  I promise I will write a post once the room is complete and I will have pictures and details on almost everything!

·         Move tall dresser and bookcase to L’s room
·         Move L into his big boy room
·         Paint owl and birds

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·         Paint Tulips (4/15 complete)
·         Convert bed back to Crib
·         Make crib skirt
·         Set up changing table (changing pad and diaper changing supplies)
·         Remove the rest of L’s stuff
·         Add closet organizer for baby clothes
·         Buy new curtains (baby blue just doesn’t go with her room colors)
·         Make/Buy mobile

Finally, J just got me hooked on a new cell phone game.  Monster Warlord.  It is crazy addicting and easy to play.  That gives me something to do when I am ready to go all crazy-pregnant-lady on someone.

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28.1 weeks

I am so happy to be starting the third trimester finally! The past two trimesters have gone by so slowly, but I know that this one is just going to fly by. I already have my countdown going in my head: 8 weeks until maternity leave, 11 weeks until baby is here. I just have to make it through the next 8 weeks at work and then I can go into full baby prep mode. I am already feeling the nesting urge majorly. L’s room is slowly progressing, we have it painted and his closet and bed built, so I will call it 50% done. We still have to make curtains, move the dresser and bookcase into the room, and hang the artwork (and maybe some shelves). Once that is done and he is sleeping in his room I can start on the baby’s room. There is some painting that I am hoping to get done before she gets here.

She is kicking and moving around like crazy now. It makes it hard to fall asleep, but at least it doesn’t actually wake me up at night yet. I am still waking up every hour to pee, though.

My OB also put me back on Zoloft last week. I stopped taking SSRIs when I found out I was pregnant, but since then I have had to go back on them. I figured it would happen, since it did with L, but it is still disappointing to have to take them again so soon. I just keep telling myself, “Happy Momma = Happy Baby”. Hopefully that mantra works!

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Musings During a Glucose Test

Glucose Drink

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Driving to the lab for my glucose test with the sun rising on my left.  It looks like a beautiful morning and I hope L and J are having fun with breakfast. Mmmm breakfast, I am starving.  By the time I am done with my test I can go and get a bagel, or Starbucks, or hash browns, or…. (so hungry).  After that, we can meet at Lowes and look for some kind of closet organizer for L’s big boy room.  We won’t be painting this weekend, due to a trip to my parent’s house, so I want to get other stuff done on the room.  I am starting to get the nesting urge for this baby, but I can’t work on the nursery until L is in his new room.

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Just finished drinking the glucose solution.  I completely understand why this is a necessary test during pregnancy, but it does not make it any easier to fast for 12 hours and then drink a nasty-flavored pure-sugar drink.  At least this time it was lime flavored, not orange.  The orange flavor I had with my previous pregnancy was the worst beverage I have ever drank.

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Just finished watching another gal drink her glucose beverage.  She almost didn’t drink the whole thing in the allotted 5 minutes.  Must be a rookie.  The sooner you finish your drink, the sooner the timer starts.  I am feeling the beginnings of some major heartburn coming on too.  I seem to get heartburn right now no matter what I do.  If I don’t eat I get it.  If I eat bread I get it.  If I turn my head to the left I get it.  The only time I don’t have heartburn right now is 2 hours after taking Tums.  I am already counting down the minutes till my halfway blood draw.  This is not a good sign for how the 2nd hour is going to go…

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Halfway done, woo!  Got my second blood draw (hurt a bit more this time) and I am hoping that this second hour goes by faster than the first.  I think I might try and read the book I brought.  There is no Wi-Fi so my phone is not updating most apps right now.  I am really frustrated at my phone because of this.  I just got my new phone (under warranty so same phone as before) and I have set the mobile data settings as ON, but I still cannot refresh Instagram or BabyCenter.  Huge bummer, because BabyCenter is good for hours of entertainment.  Lots of drama and silly first time mom questions (check it out if you are pregnant of have a young child!)  At this point, the thought of food is making my nausea much much worse.  I have reached the stage of excess saliva, but not quite to the gagging stage.  I hope that this second hour is better.  I really really really hope.  And someone just walked in and started to eat McDonalds.  Sigh.

90 minutes

The end is in sight!  I have seen so many people come in and out of the lab in just an hour and a half.  For a Saturday morning, they are just as busy as a Thursday afternoon (my normal day for blood work).  Thank goodness I brought my laptop to work on (play games on) and the Christmas Thank-you cards that I needed to write still.

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I feel like running around in triumph.  I made it through the test without tossing my cookies or going crazy with boredom!  My backside can testify to how uncomfortable the waiting room chairs are too.  You would think that this amount of sugar would give me some pep, but I just want a nap at this point.  The second hour was easier that the first, like they said it would be.  My nausea and heartburn started to go away after the 90 minute mark; the boredom of sitting here for 2 hours was the hardest thing to deal with.  Now I am off to go and get some well-deserved breakfast!

 

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23.4 weeks

IMG_20140106_1914123 more weeks has passed since my last update and we all made it through the holiday season without major injuries or homocide.  (It was quite a challenge)  I am rapidly approaching the third trimester and it is scary.  I am so not ready for this baby to be here yet; I remember thinking the same thing with L too.  I wanted to have L's big boy room completed by Feb 1st so we can get him used to it.  Nothing much has been done on that front.  And until we have him in his new room, we can't get the nursery girl-ified.  So yeah, I feel like I have an overwhelming list of things that need to get done.  Most days I wish I could just stay home and get all the stuff that I need to do as a wife and especially mother done, but I also have a full time job.  There are just not enough hours in the day for me right now.

On top of all that, my depression has started to kick back in.  I was doing good for the past months, but I can feel it getting worse slowly.  I think I am going to have to go back on meds sooner than I would like.

On a happier note, our little girl is kicking up a storm on my bladder every evening and night.  It is so cool to feel her moving around inside me (a little freaky at times too) and it is a great reminder of why I am powering through the bad days.  There is a light at the end of this pergnancy tunnel.  Hopefully a good eating, good sleeping, colic free light. :)  I am still craving cheezeburgers and other fatty, protien rich foods.  I could eat swedish meatballs for every meal and not be sick of it for months.  Mmmmm…. Great, now I am hungry again.

20.0 weeks: Pregnancy Sucks

I have officially reached the halfway point, yay!  And honestly, I have had it up to here (my hand is above my head) with this pregnancy.  I was really hoping that I could write about how much I love my unborn child and how I cherish each little kick that I feel; that is just not the mood that is coming across today.

Today I am tired of being tired.  All day, every day, complete exhaustion.  I feel like a zombie each day that I manage to drag myself out of bed.  I thought this was supposed to get better by now.

Sleeping has sucked for the past few weeks too.  Between having to get up to pee every hour (not exaggerating) and J snoring because of his cold, I am getting about 5 hours of interrupted sleep each night.  I can take a Unisom and crash out for the whole night, but then in the morning I am so groggy that I don’t even remember my drive to work.  That is very scary.

And finally, the headaches.  Why oh why won’t they stop?  I am having severe headaches almost every day and we have discovered that my triggers are: lack of sleep (surprise!), and stress.  With neither of those changing anytime soon, I doubt the headaches will be disappearing anytime soon.

Having complained about my problems, I know that no one is probably still reading this, but it feels good to vent it out.  I wish I could just be enjoying the wonderful miracle of life that is occurring inside of me.  I wish this pregnancy was going as easily as my first one.  Many a night, laying awake in bed, I wonder why I thought this was a good idea.  I am sure that it will all be worth it in the end, but right now, pregnancy sucks.

15.5 weeks

Now I have reached the point where women are commenting on my baby bump. Yay!  I no longer look like I ate too many cheeseburgers to half of the population.  Men on the other hand, are still being very P.C. at the moment.  It takes a woman to be ready to pop before most guys will even ask about anything hinting at pregnancy.

The nausea has pretty much gone away, but the headaches are still present in their unpleasant force.  My OB doesn’t seem worried about the intense pain that I am in on a daily basis, but I am worried about how it is affecting my job performance.  Yesterday at the office, someone was wearing perfume and I felt like I was going to die.  My head was pounding so badly that I didn’t even realize when people were talking to me.  That is a pretty severe headache in my book.  I still don’t know who was the source of my misery, but I hope they don’t wear that particular fragrance again anytime soon.

L is getting more and more into the idea of being a big brother.  His favorite book right now is about Big Brother Henry helping out with his Baby Sister Penny.  We read that book almost every night before bed and L love telling me how Henry is helping Penny.  We haven’t yet taught him that he needs to not knee and elbow Mommy in the tummy, but that is a work in progress.  We are also having issues with L wanting to be carried around the house when we are home.  This is a new thing since we told him about a baby on the way.

In the next month, if my OB sends the appropriate paperwork, we will find out if we are expecting a boy-spawn or girl-spawn.  It is so hard to wait for this!  Once we find out, then we can start thinking of names and modify the nursery decorations (if needed).  We are still hoping for a boy, but we would be happy either way.

I realize that this is not a deep and sophisticated blog post like many other mommy-bloggers are writing.  All about, being a mom sucks but is great, or you can have everything, or no one is perfect.  This is just what I am thinking at the moment, and as most moms know, it is not much.  Pregnancy brain has struck me hard this time.  No joke.  I only put deodorant under one arm this morning and realized it when I got to work (I have spare deodorant at work, in case you were worried).  How in the world am I going to make it the next 6 months without losing my mind?

12.0 weeks

Well, supposedly today is the turning point for all those first trimester woes.  From this point onward I am supposed to be less nauseated, have more energy, and be in the "pretty" pregnancy stage.  I am highly skeptical.

We made the official Facebook announcement to the world of our friends, family, and acquaintances.  We decided that since the timing was pretty close, we would make the bigIMG_3095announcement on our wedding anniversary.  It just worked out.  We decided to go simple and just post a picture of L wearing a Big Brother shirt.  I know it is overused and cliche, but there are limited things that you can get a 2 year old to do when they are in the "NO" stage.  We were lucky to even get him in the shirt!

It is a relief to have the news public, and most people seem excited for us.  One big exception is L himself.  We told him that night about the baby growing in Mommy's tummy and started to talk to him about being a big brother.  We asked him if he wanted a baby brother or sister to play with like is cousin G has.  His response was a characteristic first child response of "Ummmm Nope!"  Honestly, I can't blame him; I felt the same way about my younger brother for the first 15 years of his life (he got better as we got older).

So, other than more preggo and baby talk the only thing going on in my life is work and prepping for a friend's baby shower this weekend.  They read this blog so I can't tell you any of the super-secret details, though.  Work is also super-secret so there is not much I can say.  Price of working in R&D in a very competitive area, I guess.  Suffice to say, I am working on a big project and having to take more responsibility that I have previously had to.  Other departments are not enthusiastic about this, so there is a lot of push-back that I am learning how to deal with.  Previously, I just got my work done with minimal interaction with other people.  Today I had people calling me on my cell, office phone, and coming to talk to me, all at the same time.  It is exhausting and fulfilling to be consulted for information and answers about this project.  For once I feel like I am taking ownership of a project!  Hopefully this ends up being a great success and not one of the many failures that happen when working in research.