labor days cont…

After 2 days of intermittent contractions, i was finally checked into the hospital and excited to meet my baby. first thing on the checklist, get an epidural! i chose the walking epidural over the standard version. it’s a modified recipe that doesn’t fully numb your legs so that you can still walk. the good news was that the epidural completely took away the pain from my contractions. i was able to sleep comfortably. the bad news was that every time i sat up to walk, i got extremely nauseous. the narcotics in the epidural was not agreeing with me. pain killers were never my friend, so it’s no surprise this wasn’t working for me. when the epidural wore off, i received a “watered down” version of the standard epidural and the nausea went away.

when i checked in, i was 4cm dilated. a few hours later, i was almost 6cms. things were moving slowly, but they were progressing. i took a nap, and when i woke up, i was still 6 cms and my contractions had slowed down. i was at a stand still so they decided to break my water. it’s a weird feeling to have people take care of what’s going on “downstairs”. you lose all privacy during labor, and have to allow multiple people access to your vagina. i don’t know if i ever got comfortable with it.

after they broke my water, i was still at 6 cms. hello baby, are you coming today?! the doc decided to give me pitocin. they started me on a low dose, with no results. they dialed up the dosage an hour later and things were finally moving… quickly! out of no where i started feeling pressure in my pelvis and i was 10cms. i had checked into the hospital around 2:30 am, and it was almost 10:30 pm when i started pushing. finally!

i pushed for a little over an hour before Milo was born. with each contraction and push, i had no idea if i was doing it right. there are no classes on how to actually push, and since you are numb from the epidural, you don’t actually feel your muscles pushing. the doc asked if i wanted a mirror to see what was going on down there, but i definitely did not want that. in the delivery room there was around a dozen people in there waiting for Milo, so that they can check his heart. he spent 24hrs in the NICU, and was sent down to our room for us to take care of him. this tiny human being was now in our care, and we had no idea what we were doing.

it was a long process, but i would do it all over again. it’s funny how you can go 33 years without someone in your life, but the second they arrive, you never want to experience another day without them. i love you Milo (even when you keep me up all night because you’re gassy and spitting up)

 

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labor days

when people ask me “how was it?”, it’s hard to put it into words. in short, it wasn’t as bad as i thought! thank the heavens for epidurals.

on Sat (1/23), i went to Caioti to try their maternity salad, which is famous for inducing labor. that night i went to bed and started having my first contractions. they woke me up a couple times that night, but i was able to fall back asleep, so no biggie. the next morning, the contractions had stopped temporarily. they returned that evening and were around 1 hour apart. they lasted around 30 secs, and felt like strong period cramps, but were nothing i haven’t dealt with before.

when i took my labor classes, we were told not to go to the hospital until your water breaks, or your contractions were 3-5mins apart. since mine were an hour apart, i knew i had a long way to go.

by Mon night, of course after i went to bed, the contractions started becoming more frequent. i’d try to go back to sleep after each one, but they were now happening every 20 mins. i knew i had to wake up the hubby and tell him our baby was finally coming. so what did we do next? put on Netflix. we still had more waiting to do.

about 30 mins into the movie, my contractions jumped to every 10 mins and were really painful. to get through the pain, i used i technique i learned in the labor class. i put a thin towel around my lower back, and held the ends in front of me. i pulled the towel tight against my back and took turns tugging on the right and left ends of the towel, so that it massaged me. the physical movement was a nice distraction from the pain and gave me a focal point. around 2am-ish, it was time to go to the hospital.

before you are officially admitted, they do a quick check up to see if you are actually in labor. this involves a nurse sticking her hand in your vagina and spreading her fingers. i was 4cm dilated, 80% effaced and my contractions were about 6 mins apart. i was getting admitted. things just got real!

wow, this post is getting long, and it’s getting late. the real excitement is coming next. to be continued….

 

 

 

bye bye bye

goodbye 2015, hello maternity leave! i’ve been on maternity for 1 week now, and have had a long list of things to do for my hubby. i’m 36 weeks, and i have the mindset that baby boy will come at any moment, so i need to act quick. first on my list: car seat installation!

who knew how complicated installing the car seat could be?! i’m in a group on FB that speaks about nothing but car seats and the million things you can’t do with them. i also heard that 90% of parents are using them wrong. why is it so hard??? to save our sanity and for peace of mind, i think we are going to hire a professional.

i’m also thinking about a baby photographer. we’re so bad at taking pictures of ourselves. we go on vacation and come home with like 3 pics. it will be nice to have someone else whose in charge of the pics. they’re expensive, but oh so cute!

last on my list is interviewing a 2nd pediatrician option. we met with the now famous dr. hamilton who created “the hold”, but the commute is bit longer than we’d like. with all the visits we have to make, it would be nice to find someone closer. but will they have the magic touch like dr hamilton???

my goal is to have answers to all of these by the end of the week. i hope….

 

if it walks like a duck

i’m 34 weeks and preparing for my maternity leave. it’s been really stressful trying to get answers from my HR on what i need to do. it seems like everyone’s suggestion is to go on leave, and figure out everything then. this doesn’t make sense!! how can i just stop working and hope i qualify to receive state disability?

on top of that stress, it’s getting harder to walk. i’m waddling around the office at a snails pace. the baby suddenly feels so much heavier and is putting a ton of pressure under my belly. i’ve gained 30+ lbs and i’m ready to be on maternity leave. Only 2 more weeks to go. Believe me, the countdown has already begun.

baby it’s cold outside

the past few weeks have been jam packed with baby stuff, birthdays, holidays and work. i’m preparing for maternity leave and that seems like a job in itself. not only am i training my coworkers on my what i do, but i’m constantly googling how to apply for state disability. everyone seems to have different ideas on how it works, and it’s impossible to get 1 single answer. sooo frustrating!

this past weekend i had my baby showers. yes, plural. i had the “grown up” event in the afternoon and the friends event at night. combining the 2 groups would have just been too stressful.

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i came home from the showers with way too much stuff. i have no idea what i will need, so i guess it’s good that i have a wide variety of things, but my little home is reaching it’s capacity. it’s ironic how baby furniture takes up so much room!

it’s also been extremely cold lately. at night it’s in the 50’s. that’s freezing for LA!

 

part trois

my second trimester didn’t fly by as quickly as the first, and now that i’m in my third trimester i feel like i’m still so far away. for the most part, i feel like things have gone smoothly and we have made some progress on our preparation. here’s a little recap of my pregnancy:

weeks: 28

due date: 1/26/16 Aquarius

weight gain: +20lbs (doc said i’ll gain another 10+, hooray)

belly button: innie, but looks like it may pop

side effects: some lower back pain, tired but no time to nap, occasional acid reflux

cravings: chocolate and ice cream

movement: baby starting to punch and kick, no more butterfly flutters

nursery: done! will post pics soon

28 weeks