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|December 5, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Bryn, Pregnancy|
I totally didn’t mean to leave you guys hanging yesterday as I planned to follow up part one to Bryn’s birth story but having a newborn interferes with the best laid plans Thank you for all your comments on part one! Luckily, part two is where things start looking up!
If you haven’t read part one you really should – there’s not enough space here to recap the ordeal. When I left off it was close to 8PM and I was finally admitted to labor and delivery and was 4cm dilated. My new nurse Katie officially became my hero. Once we got checked into our room she immediately had the nursing assistant in to draw blood and get my labs going so I could get my epidural as soon as possible. Unfortunately the nurse blew my vein on my hand (same thing happened with Em – I have valve-y veins there) so I had a nice infiltration and bump. Once I got my IV in they pumped the saline fast.
Contractions at this point were still very intense and coming every 2 minutes. I ended up laboring leaning over the bed, on all fours, and that’s about it. Chris applied counter pressure on my back but it did nothing to relieve the back labor. At 9:00PM the anesthesiologist arrived and got to work. While getting the epidural wasn’t painful, it did seem to take longer and was more uncomfortable than the one I got with Em. Some of that might be because sitting up was one of the most uncomfortable positions for me. However, by 9:45PM I was feeling great. The epidural kicked in exactly how I hoped. The brunt of the pain was gone but I could still feel my legs and move them. As soon as the epi was in I told Chris he could run out to grab some food as long as he was FAST.
At this point Katie had me lay on my right side with my left leg up in a stirrup. Since Bryn was still really high in my uterus there was hope we could get her to flip anterior by putting me in this position and allow the contractions to do their job. I looked pretty funny when my mom arrived. Chris was still gone at this point (10PM) and I started getting a bit nervous based on how I was feeling.
At 10:00PM the OB came in to check me and I was 5cm with a bulging bag of water. He offered to break my water to get things going. I was happy with this route and so he did. Katie told me to let her know when I felt the need to push. Right about this time Chris came back to the hospital and I felt immediately relieved.
Not 30 minutes later I told Chris he had to go get Katie NOW. I felt the same way I did with Em when I went through transition on the epidural – shaky, cold, and I felt the contractions increase. Sure enough – she came in and it was go time! After assessing the situation she decided to skip practice pushing with me and immediately got the OB. It was really hard holding back while he got ready – I actually felt my body start to push on its own which is freaky! As soon as he was gowned up I was given the green light to push through the next contraction. I did and her head was out! With the next slightest push the rest of her sweet little body was delivered and Bryn Wakely was immediately put on my belly.
She was the sweetest little thing at that moment. She let out one tiny squeak and then just was looking around taking in the moment. She was just like “here I am world!”. We got a significant amount of skin to skin time before they got her vitals and cleaned her up. Bryn was born at 10:46PM and weighed in at 7lb 6 oz and 20 inches long.
The rest of our hospital stay was pretty uneventful. We finally got to our mother-baby room at around 2:30AM and were wiped out. Our hospital stay was 36 hours and we got to break out of jail at 10:46AM on Saturday. One of my favorite moments though was introducing Emmalyne to her new baby sister.
So a quick recap of the timeline:
- 2:30AM – Contractions start
- 9:00AM – Turned away from L&D; 2-3 cm dilated; contractions 5-7 minutes
- 3:00PM – Turned away from L&D; 3 cm dilated; contractions 3-5 minutes
- 7:00PM – Arrived at L&D; 3-4cm dilated; contractions every 2-3 minutes
- 8:00PM – Admitted
- 9:30PM – Epidural
- 10:00PM – Water broke; 5cm dilated
- 10:46PM – Bryn arrived
What freaks me out is how fast Bryn came once my water broke. I thank God that we weren’t anywhere else when that happened. We could have been in BIG trouble. From the time we were admitted until delivery was 2 hours and 46 minutes. I am equally thankful we didn’t leave the hospital a third time. What was awesome was pushing less than 5 minutes.
Over the next week I have quite a few things to share with you guys so please bear with me as the blog will be pretty baby heavy. I want to share mine and Bryn’s 1 week update, how recovery is going, how the girls are doing as sisters, etc. I also have some other posts that I want to wrap up from before Bryn arrived! Hoping to get back on a schedule soon but I know you guys understand that my time is a little occupied by two sweet girls
|December 3, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Bryn, Postpartum, Pregnancy|
Why hello there friends! First off, I want to say THANK YOU for all the tweets, comments, and Facebook messages congratulating us on Bryn’s arrival! We definitely had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Our little turkey arriving made it perfect. We got home from the hospital Saturday morning and have been soaking up these first few days as a family of four. Luckily we have my mom and stepdad on hand to help make the transition a little smoother.
Now that I have had a few days to wrap my head around it I am ready to share Bryn’s birth story with you guys. First, it was 95% different than it was with Emmalyne. Second, it was one of the most difficult (and amazing) days of my life. Since there are really two stages to her birth I am going to break it up into two posts. Warning: they will be word heavy and not photo heavy. Taking photos wasn’t really on our minds Thursday
For the last couple of weeks of my pregnancy I was dealing with false labor on almost a daily basis so when I woke up Thursday morning with contractions every 15-20 minutes I really didn’t think much of it other than that they made my back REALLY hurt. I chose not to wake anyone up and instead labored through them. Around 6AM they were closer to the 5-7 minute apart mark and I told Chris to start getting up and that we might be going to the hospital soon. While the pain at this point was still manageable, I was beginning to be concerned about how much of it was felt in my lower back. I had been thinking Bryn was posterior for a few weeks and it seemed as if that might in fact be the case.
Due to a quick delivery with Emmalyne my OB told us to head to the hospital once contractions were 5-7 minutes apart and lasting a minute to at least be checked so around 8AM Chris and I loaded up into the car for the first trip to L&D. The 30 minute car ride to the hospital was awful and the back pain became much more intense. Contractions at this point were every 3-5 minutes apart. Once we arrived at the hospital we got put into triage and the nurse came in to check my progress. Unfortunately I was still only 2-3 cm dilated. Although my contractions were consistently 3-5 minutes apart she chose to send me home with the instructions to walk for a few hours and take a tylonel. I explained my fears to her that when I get closer to 4cm my body tends to go fast and how was I supposed to know when to come back since my contractions were in the range they were supposed to be. She said I don’t know what to tell you. So we headed home.
Once again, the car ride was awful. There wasn’t anything I could do in the car to help relieve the pain. Sitting through contractions when you are experience back labor is an experience I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. We got home and tried to follow her advice. We went for a walk … one that took over 20 minutes to go around the block. I tried a bath. I took a Tylonel. Nothing worked and the contractions became more intense and the back pain excruciating. We tried to go about making Thanksgiving dinner because I was determined that if I wasn’t in the hospital I would be eating. Contractions were still in the 3-5 minute range and would literally bring me to my knees. I called my dad in tears to ask his medical advice. He told us to head back to the hospital immediately. So we did. Thus began trip 3 in the car ride from hell.
Back in L&D we had the same nurse. She checked me again and now said I was a loose 3 cm. She still chose to send me home even though I was experiencing cervical change and had contractions every 3-5 minutes. I felt defeated. I had no idea why my body wasn’t progressing faster based on the amount of pain I was in. I was crying explaining the back labor to her and she honestly didn’t seem to care. She gave me a shot of something to either end my “false labor” or allow me to rest for awhile. Chris and I headed him for trip 4 in the car. This is the part of the story that I think the hospital got wrong and after talking to multiple medical professionals I am even more convinced. I don’t think I should have been sent home at this point.
Once we got home I was hopeful that the shot would help me rest for a bit. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. By this time it was 3:30PM and the contractions were intense and the back pain unmanageable. I tried every form of relaxation and pain management that we knew but nothing helped. I honestly felt like my back was breaking. By 5PM we were sitting down for dinner. I was crying, my mom was crying, and Chris was worried. After eating I told Chris I couldn’t do it anymore and we had to go back. My contractions were every 2-3 minutes at this point. I also was sobbing about having to get back in the car again. Thus was our 5th car ride of the day.
We got to L&D right around 7PM and shift change. At this point the nurse had never brought the OB in to talk to me. Retrospect? I should have demanded to see him sooner but I wasn’t think coherently. The old nurse checked me and said you’re 3-4 cm and we still can’t keep you. Chris told her we weren’t leaving. Once she left the room I broke down sobbing. At this point the new nurse, and my hero of the night, came on shift. She immediately came into our room and began asking questions. Within minutes she knew that Bryn was posterior and having a hard time moving down the birth canal which is why my body wasn’t progressing quickly. She went and got the OB who upon checking me and hearing our story decided to admit us. THANK YOU GOD.
This was the first point in the day I felt confident that things were going to be ok. From here, the whole outlook on Bryn’s birth changed. That’s where I’ll leave you for now. Part one is the no good/terrible part of the day and part two is the best
|November 29, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Baby, Family|
|November 25, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Pregnancy|
As I sit here Sunday night writing this post I am officially 39 weeks pregnant and have been pregnant 2 days longer than I was with Em. I am not surprised since most women deliver sometime between 39-41 weeks but from here on out I am in uncharted (for me) pregnancy territory
What is baby up to at 39 weeks pregnant?
- Baby is the size of a small watermelon – or over 7 lbs and 20 inches long. I am guessing that Baby B is probably beating these averages if she is anything like her sister.
- She is continuing to build fat layers to help with her temperature regulation after birth. I love me some chunky babies
How is mama feeling?
Weight Gain: I am sitting at +23 pounds gained. I don’t think I am going to gain much more at this point but you never know!
Contractions: Boy or boy … where do I start. I have been contracting for weeks off/on now which is much different than with Emmalyne. This past weekend was particularly intense so I am hoping that things are moving in the right direction. I can handle the bowling ball in my stomach but the contractions are kind of getting old at this point.
Progress? I had an OB appointment on Thursday and am 2cm dilated and 60-70% effaced. While that doesn’t mean I will go into labor soon (obviously) my OB did say that once I DO go into labor things should move along nicely which is good to hear! I was less dilated when I went into labor with Em too and things moved fast.
Appetite: I haven’t had an appetite for much this last week. Food itself doesn’t sound great and I am definitely having some nausea to go with it. Soon enough though I will be dealing with the insatiable hunger that comes with nursing
How am I REALLY doing? I am mentally preparing myself to go overdue which isn’t something I think you really CAN do. However, I am also trying not to obsess about things too much at this point and stay as relaxed as possible.
Bringing on Labor: So far we have tried eggplant parmesan and a lot of walking. I’ve been drinking red raspberry leaf tea for weeks and also started evening primrose oil at 37 weeks. Operation baby eviction is in effect!
Honestly that’s about all I got. It was a long weekend and I am hopeful that Baby B will come in the next few days after all the “fun” she has put me through the last couple
|November 19, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Pregnancy|
Growing up with a single working mom meant that my mom had to learn how to maximize her time in order to keep our little family running between her work schedule and my tennis practices. One of the ways she did this was by keeping our freezer stocked with dinners for the week.
When I was pregnant with Emmalyne my mom flew out to Missouri to be there for the birth. While we were waiting on Em mom and I got busy in the kitchen stocking our freezer just like she did when I was growing up. It was one of the best decisions ever! While I felt great and was back to cooking dinner the week after having E it was nice to have 1-2 meals a week that were already prepped and ready to go.
So it’s been on my “to-do” list this pregnancy to make sure we have some meals stocked for our transition to a family of four.
If you follow me on Pinterest you might have seen me pinning some ideas on my Freezer Meals board. I mixed up my list with some new to us recipes as well as some of our tried and true favorites. I also didn’t go overboard since I hope to be back to preparing fresh meals pretty quickly … it’s part of how I get us to our new “normal”. This is what I made:
Chipotle bowls (2)
Mom’s Spaghetti (3)
Lasagna Rolls (1)
Chunky Beef Stew (2)
I also have ingredients on hand to make the following:
Frozen chicken breasts
To make things easy (and husband proof), I wrote the directions on the freezer bags as I was filling them. This way we don’t have to find the recipe to know how to cook each dish. Easy peasy
I also froze the bags flat in the freezer to maximize the amount of bags that could occupy the space. We are lucky in that we have an extra refrigerator in the garage so running out of room isn’t an issue for us.
I feel really good having some options for us on hand. I plan on using my freezer meals when I start graduate school in January too for 1-2 meals a week to keep my time in the kitchen short and my time with my family long. Katie and Kelly also have some great freezer meals posts to check out!
Do you ever makes meals for your freezer? What is your favorite to make?