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….





welcome to the jungle

on 1/26/16 i gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Milo. he was 8.4 oz and 20.5 inches long. needless to say, all of the nurses said “he’s a big boy”. we just spent the our first night home, and let’s say the cats were not happy… more to come!


oh yea, the salad worked!


home stretch

i’m 39 weeks and anxiously waiting the arrival of our little boy. every movement, discomfort, anything…. i’m hoping that labor is starting. a few new side effects have popped up these last couple weeks so i thought i would post another short update:


weight gain: 40lbs (i weigh much closer to 200lbs than i do 100… ugh)

belly button: looks like an actual button. it’s not an outtie, but I can see the “bottom” of my button

side effects: some lower back pain, occasional acid reflux, sore hand joints, i can sleep all day, swollen feet/fingers, stretch marks (!!!! i thought i was doing awesome with the bio oil. i didnt have any until about 2 weeks ago, and they appeared out of no where !!!)

cravings: sugar & hot cheetos

movement: baby feels too big for my belly, and likes to kick me in the ribs


I’d like for our baby to come before i have no option but to get induced, so we’re going to a restaurant that serves a “maternity salad“. supposedly the dressing causes labor to start. i assume it has some castor oil in it. we shall see!

Caioti Pizza Cafe:

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.