30 April 2014

Hello World!

Mira June is here.  Lots and lots of photos to follow. ;)

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20 April 2014

19 April 2014

Baby Sprout: Weeks 36 and 38, and a Name!

Week 36
You, little girl, are making Daddy and I feel crazy.  Mommy started having regular, strong contractions two whole weeks ago.  That was definitely earlier than we wanted, and were a little scared you were going to come early.  But no, you are still in there.  I have had several rounds of those same regular, painful contractions since then.  And they are indeed making me dilate.  My midwife is making me take it easy, which is hard for Mommy.  But I have felt bad for several days, and have been having loads of contractions for two full days now, not regular.  But lots of them, ranging from hardly noticeable to extremely painful, cannot hardly move and cannot talk.  I do not know what you are doing in there, but I am starting to fear I will be fully dilated by the time I realize you are coming.  Daddy is wondering if this is any indication of your personality.  When I was pregnant with your brother, it was very, very different.  I never even felt any pain until one hour before I starting pushing him out.  Maybe you two will be opposites in personality too ;)  You are keeping us on edge, and we are excited to meet you.  We would like you to cook in my belly another week or so, but if you could do something about all my cramping and contractions in the meantime, that would really be nice.

 High five to whoever can guess her full name from all that tiny and blurred out text.  No spoilers or high fives to anyone I have told. ;)

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18 April 2014

A Colorful Nap

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My Body is Weird: A wordy post about pregnancy and labor

     I cannot not even begin to count the number of times I cried begging and pleading with God to be pregnant.  So I feel a little frustrated with myself after finding myself bawling in the shower two days ago begging God to please get this baby out of me, that I cannot do it anymore---oh and after my last two midwife appointments.  Yep, at only 37 weeks.  Go ahead and judge me, I would. 
     This pregnancy has been so different from my first (although maybe very similar in a way.)  With Levi, I had a cervical check on a Tuesday at 40 weeks to be told I was already 5 cm dilated.  My midwife said she would see me that night.  I had never even felt a contraction at this point.  On Thursday, the clinic nurse called me to ask “Where are you?”  Nothing had happened.  Friday night I had a few hours of regular, but not the least bit painful contractions.   My midwife wanted me to come in.  I was 7 cm…no pain.  If you do not know much about pregnancy and labor, this is weird.  Then my contractions almost came to a complete stop.  I eventually gave in, and let her break my waters.  Then it got REAL, and Levi was in my arms four hours later, one hour of transition and three hours of pushing.  (So in the end, I did not get off too easy ;))
     This time around, I started having Braxton Hicks contractions at 30 weeks---completely common especially when it is not your first pregnancy.  At 34 weeks, I found myself having regular, crampy, wrap around contractions at a very predictable every 10 minutes.  They don’t want that, that early.  But they tapered off.  I had this happen two other times in that same week.  My midwife checked me to find me at 3 cm dilated, and put me on modified bed rest until 37 weeks.  Since that point, I have had Braxton Hicks almost constantly, but also bouts of much stronger contractions.  Technically likely still considered Braxton Hicks because they taper off,  but I distinguish Braxton Hicks as a tightening of my belly vs. more real contractions as wrapping around back to front, more uncomfortable, and taking breath away.  At 36 weeks, I was sure I was going into labor.  My contractions built all day in strength and frequency.  I had a few that night that nearly brought me to my knees.  Then it all went away.  (Which is good, baby needs to cook longer.)  But after an entire weekend of similar contractions, it was hard (although good) to hear I was still sitting at 3 cm.  Part of the stress has been this “I made it to 7 cm feeling a couple hours of painless contractions with Levi---what could be happening with tons of contractions, and some painful ones?’”  Not a ton apparently.  
     On Saturday night (and 37 weeks), I had pretty strong contractions spaced 4-5 minutes apart for four hours---then tapered off.  Wednesday the same thing but a little stronger and a little more regular---which we decided to go visit the hospital to ease my mind.  I was 4.5 cm…but of course the contractions slowed down because that is apparently what my body does.  Pretty sure I am at about 5 cm now because I continued to contract and cramp through the night.  I feel like I can feel the difference between when a contraction is making more happen vs. not doing as much.  Really the past few weeks varies between days loaded with contractions (6-10 an hour) where I feel like “how much more can I take” versus a few contractions (1-4 an hour), “I got this, I could make it to 42 weeks if needed.”  Some nights I cramp all night, every night I feel like my hips are splitting in two, and I get very little sleep.  I have a couple other painful unmentionables that accompany all these other silly things. 
     I know this is all within the realm of normal (perhaps not common), but it is far from the textbook labors that we are all told how labor goes.  It could be called “false” labor and I have read about the term “prodromal labor”, where your labor is long and spread out over days or weeks.  That is this.  This sure does not fit into our cultures model of “managed labor” which is possibly why you do not hear about it as much.  I am sure a lot of women who go through this end up getting induced?   So anyone else have a similar labor?  What was it like when you actually went into active labor? Was it super fast?  Did you get induced in any way?  How far along were you when baby came?  
     I am trying to not let my emotions play into what actions I allow my midwife to perform.  She offered to sweep my membranes at the hospital, but said she very rarely would offer that at this point (37 weeks)---but since my body is so progressed already and because I apparently labor weird (my words), she offered.  Although tempted, I said no.   If I was at 39-40 weeks she would even offer to break my waters at this point in dilation.  As much as I want this baby out, I prefer no interventions.  But I decided if I got to a point where I was 6cm at 38 weeks, or 7 cm at 39 weeks, I will let her do something.  Tomorrow marks week 38.  I am not writing to whine, really.  Mostly I am writing to just help myself process, see if anyone shares in my experience, and to share that not all labors are text book---that does not mean anything is wrong with your body. ;)
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09 April 2014

DIY Toy Boxes and a Nursery Sneak Peak

 I recently completed this little project following instructions from the blog This Little Street.   It was a super easy project, BUT ended up costing a lot more than what I expected---bummer.  One is for Baby Girl's Nursery, and the other is currently in our living room.    
 And a sneak peak of Baby Sprout's nursery.  It is so close to finished...maybe it will even be done before she is born, ;)

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