An Early Birth Day {Part I}

Saturday, October 18th started out as any typical Saturday does in our house.  With Ryan still asleep, I enjoyed a cup of my favorite vanilla biscotti coffee, a leisurely pancake breakfast, and took Charlie for a walk around the neighborhood…  But the rest of the day wasn’t so typical.

Around 7AM, while walking Charlie, I was on the phone with my momma when all of a sudden it felt like I peed my pants.  It was such an awkward feeling, I started giggling!  It’s hard to describe, but as an adult I feel as if I have a good idea of when I need to go to the bathroom, how long I can hold it, and when it’s an emergency.  This time was an exception – I had no warning and when I tried to hold it in I had no control.  When I told my momma she laughed and said “Put a pad on.”

We had a few hours before we had to leave for our birthing class, so I began working on our baby shower thank you cards.  After an hour passed I realized that what I felt earlier wasn’t stopping…  Every time I stood up it felt like I was peeing and I had no control over it.  Ryan and I thought it would be wise to call our doctor.  An answering service took my call and paged our doctor.

Ryan was already in the mindset that we needed to go to the hospital so he frantically began to pack our bags.  I on the other hand was not thoroughly convinced.  I was told by numerous people that first babies tend to come late and I didn’t want to be like the girl in Father of the Bride when she goes to the hospital for “false alarms.”  Plus, at our appointment on Wednesday I wasn’t dilated, at all.

About an hour later our doctor called.  She thought it would be good for us to head to the hospital just in case and she would meet us there.  We opted to take the scenic route rather than the highway since I felt fine, but as we got closer to the hospital I started to feel uncomfortable.  My abdomen began to ache and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get comfortable.

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When we arrived at the hospital it was close to 11AM.  We checked in and went straight up to the triage unit.  I was able to still walk and talk, but felt more uncomfortable by the minute.  When we got upstairs we were put in a curtained room.  A nurse came by to check my vitals and to see if I was dilated…  I was 3 cm.  And moments later there was a huge rush.  It was undeniable – I didn’t pee my pants, my water broke.

Shortly after, the nurse wheeled us off to the labor and delivery unit where my momma and Ryan’s sister met us.  We were all in disbelief that today was the day we would meet our little miracle baby.

Since we didn’t create a birth plan and we were supposed to attend our birthing class that same day, we just went with the flow.  We never talked about things like who I wanted in the room with me, whether or not I wanted an epidural, what position I wanted to be in while delivering, etc.  Looking back on it, I think it was better that we didn’t have a plan because I’m the type of person who likes to plan everything and if things don’t go as planned, I get antsy.

The time in the delivery room is mostly a blur.  The first half of the afternoon I was focused on getting my pain under control since the first epidural didn’t work.  I was death gripping the bed arm rials and couldn’t find any position that felt comfortable.  It’s hard to describe what the contractions felt like – it was a pain unlike anything that I felt before.

At 5PM our doctor and nurses began to set up for delivery.  I could feel the epidural weaning off and my contractions getting stronger.  Our doctor said that’s exactly what she wanted, to feel light contractions so I’d know when to push.  Before I could even comprehend what was going on, it was time.

During delivery I was full of emotions, it was like I was watching movie play out in my head.  I had flashbacks to when I took the pregnancy tests.  When I told Ryan in the car.  My momma’s reaction.  When we shared the news publicly.  Our gender reveal party.  And our baby shower.

I loved being pregnant.  I loved watching my belly grow and tracking how my baby was developing.  I loved feeling her kick and when she got hiccups.  I loved decorating the nursery.  I loved dreaming about what she would be like.  I loved talking with Ryan about what we wanted to do with our little girl.  I was so in love with someone who I had never met.

At 5:34PM Genevieve “Evie” Elizabeth was born and our lives changed forever.

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To be continued…

— Allison

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Welcome to the World!

Our plans this past weekend went out the window, very quickly.  We didn’t attend a 6-hour childbirth class or go apple picking or have our maternity pictures taken….  But rather, we attended a real birth and have taken dozens of pictures of our sweet baby girl.

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Genevieve “Evie” Elizabeth

Saturday, October 18, 2014

time: 5:34 p.m.

weight: 6lbs 2 oz

length: 18.5 inches

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Today I’m hoping to take advantage of downtime to type up our miracle baby’s birth story…  Stay tuned   Have a sweet Monday!

— Allison

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Bumpdate: 29 Weeks

Just as I imagined, the first week of school was exhausting.  And I didn’t even have any students!  Between coordinating my student’s schedules, talking with their former teachers, planning with their teachers for this year, trying to figure out my schedule, and decorating my classroom…  I’m exhausted.  Last night my momma felt bad that I was still at school close to 8PM so she came over to help.  Until the custodian kicked us out.

Despite the long days, I’m so excited for the school year to start!  My new coworkers are fun, the administration is supportive, and the building maintenance team couldn’t be more helpful.  Now, the only people who I need to meet are my students.

The PTA hosted an ice cream social Thursday afternoon, but none of my students came.  I was bummed, but it probably was for the better since my room was in shambles and I was sweating like a hog because the AC didn’t turn on until just before the students/parents arrived.

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Due Date:  Thursday, November 13th

Gender:  Girl!

Name:  Chosen, but we’re keeping it a secret until she arrives.

Size:  Acorn Squash {15.2 – 16.7 in.}

Symptoms:  I had some pain in my lower abdomen sporadically throughout the week.  Nothing seriously painful, but it felt similar to what I imagine bad period cramps feel like {thankfully, I don’t have bad period cramps regularly}.  It felt like my uterus was literally being stretched from side-to-side.  Laying/siting down helped.  I’ve noticed that I get fuller quicker – it feels like I ate a big Thanksgiving dinner and need to unbutton my pants…  Except I can’t unbutton my belly.  Even though I sometimes feel like I could eat a cow, I should start eating smaller, more frequent meals.

Movement:  This week was the first week when I could really notice Baby Szed’s movement through my shirt.  During one meeting she was wiggling for a good 10 minutes and one of my coworkers noticed it.  We couldn’t help but laugh!  Last week the ultrasound tech said that she was positioned with her head on my left side and her limbs on my right side…  Which makes sense because I feel the most movement on the right.

Weight Gain:  I haven’t weighed myself since last week at the doctor’s office.

Cravings:  No “I gotta have it!” cravings, but I’m loving two new-to-me products: Quaker Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares and Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds.  I’ve been eating handfuls of the Oatmeal Squares straight out of the box or will mix them into oatmeal or yogurt.  The Honey Roasted Almonds are a great mid-morning snack.  I’ve also been enjoying sour cream and onion chips.

Reading that makes it sound like I’ve been eating junk food all week, but I’ve made sure to include a healthy dose of fresh produce, fiber, protein, and calcium too.  Everything in moderation!

Aversions:  My thoughts on veggies change by the hour.  Sometimes they sound fine, other times they sound awful.  This has been pretty consistent throughout my pregnancy thus far.  But even though they don’t always sound appealing, I’ve found ways to sneak them in.

Fitness:  I managed to workout both days last weekend, but only two days this week.  Every morning I left for school around 7AM, worked Monday through Wednesday until 4PM before going to tutoring until 6PM, Thursday and Friday I worked past 7PM, and everyday after I finished tutoring/working I was ready for dinner and bed…  Not the gym.  With school starting on Tuesday, I’ll need to start going in the morning.

Sleep:  It was an off week.  I woke up every morning between 2:30 – 3:30AM.  I have a lot of things on my mind, school and baby related.  I’m not stressed, but I do feel a little overwhelmed and my brain can’t turn itself off at night.  I’ll feel better in a few weeks once things settle down.

Read past bumpdates…

Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

Bumpdate: 25 Weeks

Bumpdate: 26 Weeks

Bumpdate: 27 Weeks

Bumpdate: 28 Weeks

Question:  Have you tried Quaker Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares or Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds?

Question:  How do you sleep when your brain can’t shut off?

— Allison

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