Monday, April 27, 2015

My Sister's Mommy Blog

I'm going to start out by saying that we all know that my blog is an infertility blog. However, when I started it, I had in my mind that once I became a mommy, it would turn into a mommy blog. I understand that a lot of my readers are infertiles and it is hard to read mommy blogs. I had that same feeling before having my son. I hope that my reader's still continue to follow my blog when I do get a chance to change it over. Infertility is still a HUGE part of my life, so my blog will still touch on it. Of course, in a year or two, we will be trying for another child, so it won't strictly be a mommy blog. I guess it'll be more of a "life" blog.

Speaking of a mommy blog...

If you think what we've been through with infertility is torture, you should read my sister's story. She is a breast cancer survivor and THE STRONGEST woman that I know. She is simply AMAZING! At the end of December, my sister and her family moved to Texas (from Illinois). She is now a SAHM to two awesome children. Nate is 19 months and Ally is 6 months. The other day she posted some pictures of an Earth Day project that she did with Nate. I wrote her and told her that she needs to make a mommy blog. So, she did. You should read her story and follow her new blog: My New Normal.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Birth Story

I'm going to make this a fairly short birth story. Mainly because I have waited too long to write it and my four days at the hospital all ran together.

My husband and I had our 39 week appointment with my doctor on April 6th. She checked me and I was 3cm dilated and 75-80% effaced. She asked if we wanted to get induced and we told her that we didn't think so. She told us that she was on call on Wednesday, so if we wanted to be induced, we would have to do it then. We seemed unsure, so she told us to think about it. When she left the room we discussed all the reasons that we should go ahead and be induced. My reasoning was because I was already two weeks ahead on lesson plans for my substitute and by being induced, I wouldn't have to keep planning more. I also could contact the principal, the substitute, human resources, and the lady in charge of the substitutes right away instead of doing it last minute had I naturally gone into labor. I am a planner, so it all seemed so much better to me. So, after discussing it, we stopped by my doctor on the way out and told her that we wanted to be induced that Wednesday. That night I made my phone calls/sent emails to those that needed to know. Tuesday the 7th, I worked from 7am to 7pm to finish getting ready for my sub. I had to make copies and get things in order. I got home and finished packing my hospital bag and his diaper bag.

April 8th

7:00am: We arrived at the hospital. I got in my hospital gown and we took my last pregnancy picture.
39 weeks 2 days
8:20am: I was 4 cm dilated. They started the Pitocin for induction.
12:30pm: My doctor came in and broke my water. Within an hour I went from 4cm to 6cm. It took several hours after that to go from 6cm to 8cm.
2:45pm: I had the epidural. That hurt like a MOFO. LOL

That evening (around 4pm or 5pm), Mike gave me a push present. When he went to buy it, he didn't even know that it had a name. He just knew that he wanted to give me something for all the hard work that I was going to put into labor. Now that I had a c-section, I don't know what it would be called. ;) It is like a Pandora bracelet, but it's the J.B. Robinson one which is called Charmed Memories. The baby carriage represents Jordan. His birthstone is diamond, so there are cubic zirconias in it. The other one is the open heart concept where the two big hearts represent us, the smaller heart represents Jordan, and the paw print represents our two pups. :) I LOVE it! It's absolutely PERFECT!

There was a lot of waiting after that. Jordan was head down, but he was facing up (facing my belly) instead of down (facing my back). For many MANY hours, I was laying on one side and then flipping to the other side trying to turn him. At one point they had me on all 4's on my bed and I was shaking my hips from side to side trying to get him to flip. I did that for 20 minutes. No fun. :/

April 9th

1:30am: After uping the Pitocin, my contractions got pretty close together. Jordan didn't like that, so he was holding his breath with every contraction and his heart rate dropped. 3 nurses came rushing in the room and lowered the Pitocin and had me switch sides that I was laying on.

Some time after that we started questioning my nurse about c-sections.

4:00am: My nurse came in an explained that we can either keep doing what we were doing or we could choose to do a c-section. My doctor was at the other hospital about a half of a mile from our hospital doing a delivery. They said that when she got back, we could do my c-section if that is what we chose. We decided on doing a c-section. We still feel that was the right choice for both me and Jordan.

4:30am: I was prepped and in the operating room. At about 4:40 Mike came into the OR. He held my hand as the doctor and nurses worked on getting Jordan out of me.

4:50am: They told us that he was out and we heard his precious cry for the first time. My eyes watered (I'm not a very emotional person) and Mike got really emotional. It was sweet. They then held Jordan over the blue curtain (the barrier between us and the doctors doing the surgery) so we could see him. They cleaned him up and brought him over to us. Mike got to hold him and we took a couple pictures with him. :)

5:30am-6:30am: I was in recovery.

Shortly after, I was wheeled to my room. My husband met me in there and they brought our baby boy in for me to hold. My heart melted. :)

I was extremely swollen due to the surgery and being on the IV for so long. It took me awhile to move comfortably, but I never had a hard time recovering from the c-section.

We were planning on going home on Saturday, but Jordan's weight had dropped from 7 lbs 11 oz to 6 lbs 15 oz. The nursing consultant said that it could be because I was on the IV for so long that he could have weighed more. Either way, my milk had not yet come in (still hasn't, but that's for another post), so we had to supplement. I was breastfeeding him (15-20 minutes on each breast for the colostrum) and Mike was feeding him 2 oz of formula. He went from 6 lbs 15 oz on Saturday to 7 lbs 2 oz by Sunday. We were able to head home at about 12:30 on Sunday, April 12th.

I don't have many pictures because we used the hospital camera for most of them. We don't get those pictures back for about another 2-4 weeks. Bummer. I'll post them when we get them. :)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Introducing Jordan Chase

Jordan was born via c-section on April 9th at 4:50am. He was 7 lbs 11 oz and 20.5 inches. He is absolutely PERFECT! I will update more later! :)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Week 39 Bumpdate

Bump Update

How far along? 39 weeks

Total weight gain: Up 37.6 lbs as of last Monday. :( I weigh in again at my appointment this afternoon. I'm sure it is going to be bad with having two Easter dinners this weekend.
Maternity clothes: I’m wearing all maternity tops and pants.

Stretch marks: Unfortunately they have been there since I was younger seeing as though I have struggled with my weight all of my life. I do have a couple new vertical ones on my belly now though.
Sleep: Sleeping isn't going very well. I am getting the hip pains again and having a hard time getting comfortable. I also wake up with numb fingers in the middle of the night now and pains in my wrists. Oh...and I'm peeing like 4 times a night.

Best moment this week: It started with a bad moment. On Saturday we went to Labor & Delivery because I wasn't feeling baby boy move (he is usually VERY active). I felt him at 8:30am and then not again. When my hubby got home at 1:40, I got in his vehicle and we went to the hospital. All is fine. His hear rate was "textbook perfect" and go figure he kicked me a couple times while they were monitoring me. lol

Miss anything? Wine and feeling normal. Hubby bought me a bottle of wine the other night. I plan on having a glass here or there once he comes. :)
Food cravings: Sweet and salty snacks.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope.

Gender: BOY!!!!

Symptoms: I have varicose veins in my left leg and left side of my vulva. About a month ago I came home from work and my feet and ankles were VERY swollen. They haven't been bad this past week since I have been on spring break and off of my feet more. About two weeks ago my fingers started going numb in the middle of the night and I had a pain in my right wrist. Apparently you can get carpel tunnel when you are pregnant.
Belly button in or out: In

Wedding rings on or off: All rings are off now. My hands and fingers are a little swollen.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy. :)
Looking forward to: Little man joining us any day now!