Bundle of Boy: Luke’s Birth Story

Luke’s Birth Story: The day my heart grew another size ❤

welcome

May 14, 2013

(Here is the AMAZING picture montage that my photographer created of Luke’s birth. ENJOY)

A week ago from today I met a handsome little boy who stole me heart.

The day started at 5 am at our house.  I woke up and got ready for the day.  I felt the anxiety creep in and tried to put it behind me.  I knew that sometime that day I would meet the little blessing I was creating for almost 10 months.

Our induction was scheduled for 7:30 that morning and the doctor advised me to eat a light meal because I wasn’t going to be able to eat anything for the remainder of the day.  We were to arrive there at 6:45 am to get admitted and prepped.  I ate a small meal of toast and a banana thinking that would be light enough.

Dani and my mom arrived around 6am so that we had enough time to get the hospital (factoring in traffic).  My mom was supposed to watch Austin while Justin, Dani and I went to the hospital.  Right before we were supposed to leave I brushed my teeth and either my gag reflex or anxiety got to me because I threw up all of my breakfast.

We ended up leaving the house around 6:20 and still needed to get gas.  A little later than anticipated, but we got there on time.  I didn’t even end up getting to the room until close to 8am.

1 mary birch

Once in the room we got situated and met the nurse who took my vitals and checked for dilation.  STILL 2 CM.  I was actually glad we scheduled an induction because I was sick of all the contractions that weren’t strong enough to dilate me, but still hurt.

She hooked up my IV and started the pitocin and antibiotic drip.  I was positive for group B strep, so I had to have antibiotics to ensure the baby wouldn’t get sick.

Contractions started around 9 am and were very light.  We watched The Big Bang Theory to kill time.

One of my OB doctors came in (at West Coast OBGYN you see at least 5 doctors, so you know one of them who delivers you.  They are all on call at different days and times).  She explained to me that they would break my water in a few hours after I finished a round of antibiotics.  She said I would deliver the baby within 12 hours.  I was praying she was wrong.

At around 1:40 PM contractions started getting painful and instead of asking for the epidural I asked for something through my IV.  They helped the first round (they last between 30 mins and 1 hour).

My water was broke at 2:15 pm and I was 3.5 cm at that time.  I asked for another round of the pain meds because the contractions were getting pretty intense.

Sometime close to 4pm I couldn’t handle the contractions anymore.  They were very painful and I was almost in tears.  I always psych myself out about the epidural hurting because I look at the needle and wonder how it could NOT hurt.  Well, let me tell you, contractions are a billion times worse than that needle.

The reasoning behind me waiting to get the epidural was because my first pregnancy didn’t go as I had planned.  I got the epidural early and pressed that magic “more” button way too many times.  I was so afraid of the pain that I literally numbed myself to the whole experience.  I couldn’t feel the urge to push and I didn’t even know if I was pushing correctly.  I felt drugged up and feel like I didn’t connect as much with Austin in those first few moments.  I felt guilty that I didn’t cry.  Well, this time I promised myself that I would go as long as I could without the epidural and avoid pressing the button for more epidural.  Well, what I lacked with my first birth, I gained with this one.

Turns out that when I asked for my epidural I was close to 9.5 cm already.  I went from 3.5 cm to almost fully dilated.  When the nurses tell you that you can’t get an epidural after a certain point don’t believe then because I got my epidural at almost fully dilated.  While my contraction pain did go away in my stomach area, everything below it was still only partially numb.  I definitely felt the urge to push AND everything else that goes along with pushing.

The nurse got the anesthesiologist for me and was updating my patient report while I was sitting in the bed wondering if the feeling I was experience was the need to push.  I kept telling myself that it was too soon to have to push.  I JUST got my epidural.  Well, she checked me and I couldn’t have been anymore shocked.  Time to push.

I panicked a little because I had to call my photographer to get her to come down to Mary Birch to take pictures of the birth.  She was all the way in Escondido.  Turns out we would be waiting for the doctor as well.

2 push

The need to push was overwhelming and I told the nurse that I had to start pushing.  I started pushing at 4:30 for around 5 minutes.  I must have been making progress because she told me to stop for a little while so that she could call in the doctor.  Unfortunately, the doctor wasn’t in the hospital.  I had to “hold it” for what seemed like forever.  Doctor French hauled butt to get back to the hospital and I tried to NOT push for her and my photographer.  At one point, we all thought that I was going to have Luke without a doctor present.

The doctor and Elana, the photographer, came in around the same time.  I pushed for 6 minutes more and at 4:51pm Luke Alexander Pfeffer was born!

3 moment

I cried as soon as I saw him.  The whole experience was so fast and so emotional that it was hard not to cry.

6 me and my boy

I finally got the birth I was hoping for.  The whole experience was amazing.

support system  proud daddy

Looking back on it all I am so thankful I had my loving husband and friend by my side.

10 the weigh in

Luke weighed in at a whopping 8 pounds and 1 ounce.

11 shorty

He measured 18 and 1/4 inches long.  My little shorty.

13 hellp  5 beautiful

Holding my baby for the first time was so bittersweet.  Towards the end of the pregnancy, I felt like I would never get to meet him.

9 daddy admiring

Daddy was over the moon with joy and beamed just as bright as when Austin came into this world.

7 feeding  12 family

Little man started breastfeeding right off the bat.

8 bonding

We were in LOVE.

14 big brother

15 first meeting

Unfortunately, Austin didn’t take well to Luke or me being in a hospital bed.  He would not acknowledge Luke or come sit with me.  I was glad Austin was included anyways.

17 grandma

And Grandma got to be a part of it all.

We could not wait to leave and I could not wait to EAT!

The food there is always good and anything tastes amazing after being deprived of food all day.

love him

Luke did well at the hospital.  He passed all of his tests and ate, slept, and pooped like a champ.  Justin and I even had a celebratory sparkling cider at exactly a day after Luke was born.

Happy 1 day birthday, Luke!

sleepy  going home

We stayed for the 24 hours and got to pack up and head home at around 5:15 the following day.

1 Week later:

brothers bonding

I am thrilled to say that Austin is warming up to Luke and enjoys holding his baby brother.

playing

And playing with him!

US 22 weekss

Good news: Grandma has finally gotten some bonding time with Luke because Austin would not allow it before today.dani

I really don’t know what I would have done without Dani here.  She has been SOOOOO much help with Austin and Luke and even me.  She cooked for us, tended to Austin, hung out with me, did things without me even asking for help, and became the rock she has always been.  It sucks being so far away from each other, but it is good to know that time and distance doesn’t affect the relationship we have.  No matter how much time as elapsed, we can still pick up right where we left off.  The Pfeffer’s will miss you a lot, Dani!

Other than that: Luke is feeding okay and sleeping a lot.  I don’t look forward to the day that Justin goes back to work.  It is going to be some feat adjusting to this new lifestyle.

Two kids under two?  I’m up for the challenge!

**A big shout out to my photographer, Elana, of Starshine Photography who did an amazing job with the birth pictures! We are so happy with the result. If you liked these pictures, please visit her facebook page and like it. I would highly recommend her birth package if you’re in the San Diego area!

Bundle of Boy: Luke’s Birth Story

Luke’s Birth Story: The day my heart grew another size ❤

welcome

May 14, 2013

(Here is the AMAZING picture montage that my photographer created of Luke’s birth. ENJOY)

Today I met a handsome little boy who stole my heart.

The day started at 5 am at our house. I woke up and got ready for the day. I felt the anxiety creep in and tried to put it behind me. I knew that sometime that day I would meet the little blessing I was creating for almost 10 months.

Our induction was scheduled for 7:30 that morning and the doctor advised me to eat a light meal because I wasn’t going to be able to eat anything for the remainder of the day. We were to arrive there at 6:45 am to get admitted and prepped. I ate a small meal of toast and a banana thinking that would be light enough.

Dani and my mom arrived around 6am so that we had enough time to get the hospital (factoring in traffic). My mom was supposed to watch Austin while Justin, Dani and I went to the hospital. Right before we were supposed to leave I brushed my teeth and either my gag reflex or anxiety got to me because I threw up all of my breakfast.

We ended up leaving the house around 6:20 and still needed to get gas. A little later than anticipated, but we got there on time. I didn’t even end up getting to the room until close to 8am.

1 mary birch

Once in the room we got situated and met the nurse who took my vitals and checked for dilation. STILL 2 CM. I was actually glad we scheduled an induction because I was sick of all the contractions that weren’t strong enough to dilate me, but still hurt.

She hooked up my IV and started the pitocin and antibiotic drip. I was positive for group B strep, so I had to have antibiotics to ensure the baby wouldn’t get sick.

Contractions started around 9 am and were very light. We watched The Big Bang Theory to kill time.

One of my OB doctors came in (at West Coast OBGYN you see at least 5 doctors, so you know one of them who delivers you. They are all on call at different days and times). She explained to me that they would break my water in a few hours after I finished a round of antibiotics. She said I would deliver the baby within 12 hours. I was praying she was wrong.

At around 1:40 PM contractions started getting painful and instead of asking for the epidural I asked for something through my IV. They helped the first round (they last between 30 mins and 1 hour).

My water was broke at 2:15 pm and I was 3.5 cm at that time. I asked for another round of the pain meds because the contractions were getting pretty intense.

Sometime close to 4pm I couldn’t handle the contractions anymore. They were very painful and I was almost in tears. I always psych myself out about the epidural hurting because I look at the needle and wonder how it could NOT hurt. Well, let me tell you, contractions are a billion times worse than that needle.

The reasoning behind me waiting to get the epidural was because my first pregnancy didn’t go as I had planned. I got the epidural early and pressed that magic “more” button way too many times. I was so afraid of the pain that I literally numbed myself to the whole experience. I couldn’t feel the urge to push and I didn’t even know if I was pushing correctly. I felt drugged up and feel like I didn’t connect as much with Austin in those first few moments. I felt guilty that I didn’t cry. Well, this time I promised myself that I would go as long as I could without the epidural and avoid pressing the button for more epidural. Well, what I lacked with my first birth, I gained with this one.

Turns out that when I asked for my epidural I was close to 9.5 cm already. I went from 3.5 cm to almost fully dilated. When the nurses tell you that you can’t get an epidural after a certain point don’t believe then because I got my epidural at almost fully dilated. While my contraction pain did go away in my stomach area, everything below it was still only partially numb. I definitely felt the urge to push AND everything else that goes along with pushing.

The nurse got the anesthesiologist for me and was updating my patient report while I was sitting in the bed wondering if the feeling I was experience was the need to push. I kept telling myself that it was too soon to have to push. I JUST got my epidural. Well, she checked me and I couldn’t have been anymore shocked. Time to push.

I panicked a little because I had to call my photographer to get her to come down to Mary Birch to take pictures of the birth. She was all the way in Escondido. Turns out we would be waiting for the doctor as well.

2 push

The need to push was overwhelming and I told the nurse that I had to start pushing. I started pushing at 4:30 for around 5 minutes. I must have been making progress because she told me to stop for a little while so that she could call in the doctor. Unfortunately, the doctor wasn’t in the hospital. I had to “hold it” for what seemed like forever. Doctor French hauled butt to get back to the hospital and I tried to NOT push for her and my photographer. At one point, we all thought that I was going to have Luke without a doctor present.

The doctor and Elana, the photographer, came in around the same time. I pushed for 6 minutes more and at 4:51pm Luke Alexander Pfeffer was born!

3 moment

I cried as soon as I saw him. The whole experience was so fast and so emotional that it was hard not to cry.

6 me and my boy

I finally got the birth I was hoping for. The whole experience was amazing.

support system proud daddy

Looking back on it all I am so thankful I had my loving husband and friend by my side.

10 the weigh in

Luke weighed in at a whopping 8 pounds and 1 ounce.

11 shorty

He measured 18 and 1/4 inches long. My little shorty.

13 hellp 5 beautiful

Holding my baby for the first time was so bittersweet. Towards the end of the pregnancy, I felt like I would never get to meet him.

9 daddy admiring

Daddy was over the moon with joy and beamed just as bright as when Austin came into this world.

7 feeding 12 family

Little man started breastfeeding right off the bat.

8 bonding

We were in LOVE.

14 big brother

15 first meeting

Unfortunately, Austin didn’t take well to Luke or me being in a hospital bed. He would not acknowledge Luke or come sit with me. I was glad Austin was included anyways.

17 grandma

And Grandma got to be a part of it all.

We could not wait to leave and I could not wait to EAT!

The food there is always good and anything tastes amazing after being deprived of food all day.

love him

Luke did well at the hospital. He passed all of his tests and ate, slept, and pooped like a champ. Justin and I even had a celebratory sparkling cider at exactly a day after Luke was born.

Happy 1 day birthday, Luke!

sleepy going home

We stayed for the 24 hours and got to pack up and head home at around 5:15 the following day.

1 Week later:

brothers bonding

I am thrilled to say that Austin is warming up to Luke and enjoys holding his baby brother.

playing

And playing with him!

US 22 weekss

Good news: Grandma has finally gotten some bonding time with Luke because Austin would not allow it before today.dani

I really don’t know what I would have done without Dani here. She has been SOOOOO much help with Austin and Luke and even me. She cooked for us, tended to Austin, hung out with me, did things without me even asking for help, and became the rock she has always been. It sucks being so far away from each other, but it is good to know that time and distance doesn’t affect the relationship we have. No matter how much time as elapsed, we can still pick up right where we left off. The Pfeffer’s will miss you a lot, Dani!

Other than that: Luke is feeding okay and sleeping a lot. I don’t look forward to the day that Justin goes back to work. It is going to be some feat adjusting to this new lifestyle.

Two kids under two? I’m up for the challenge!

**A big shout out to my photographer, Elana, of Starshine Photography who did an amazing job with the birth pictures! We are so happy with the result. If you liked these pictures, please visit her facebook page and like it. I would highly recommend her birth package if you’re in the San Diego area!

My Pregnancy Journey: The Home Stretch

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So, here I am, almost 40 weeks pregnant. I figured I wouldn’t reach my due date, but Luke has decided he wants to make us wait. Since I didn’t post from 38 weeks on, this is a cumulation of these past 3 weeks.

Here are a few picture updates:

zoo fun treat

We walked around the zoo to try and get labor going

safari park fun

Went to the Safari Park the next day

pool pool 2

pool 3 pool 4

Pool time at Amber’s house on Saturday.

pool 5 pool 6

That IS a pummace stone… not poop in the pool. haha

pool 7 pool 8 pool 9

Austin had a GREAT time in the pool.

pool 10 pool 11

Baby Update:

Luke is still head down and while my body keeps telling me it’s almost time, Luke seems to be stalling. I’ve had three days this past week that I’ve had contractions ALL day (5-10 minutes apart). Nothing too strong or intense, but definitely there.

39 weeks

How far along? almost 40 weeks

Total weight gain: I have been dropping and gaining weight. My total weight gain is somewhere around 30 pounds.

Maternity clothes? of course. Although being THIS pregnant has made my belly drop considerably and come out of my shirts a little.

Stretch marks? ya

Sleep: Fortunately, I am sleeping well.

Best moment this week: It was been nice being able to hang out with Dani. It is going to be sad to see her leave to go back to Texas on the 20th.

Mother’s Day was very nice as well. We went to Chile’s and had a yummy lunch. Then my mom, Dani, and I went to get our toes done. After that, Dani and I went to the mall to walk the baby out (with no success). Justin got me a really nice set of knives for Mother’s Day. I cannot wait to use them. Tacos are on the menu for tonight so I will have fun cutting the lettuce, tomatoes, etc.

Miss Anything? I miss NOT being pregnant. I am just about done carrying Luke inside me. I’d like to meet you lil dude.

Movement: Yep.

Food cravings: Nope.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Most recently, I threw up brushing my teeth. My gag reflex is very sensitive while pregnant.

Gender: Bundle of B-O-Y

Labor Signs: … okay let me update you

Monday, the 6th of May — That night (around 9 pm) I started to have contractions that were 10 minutes apart. They went from 10 min. to 7 mins. to 5 mins. to 3 mins. apart pretty quickly. We thought THIS may be the real thing. I wasn’t in too much pain, but I assumed I would be shortly. Justin was persistant about going into the hospital, but I wanted to wait it out and see if I could hold out at home. Sitting in a hospital bed all night wasn’t going to be fun.

Anyways, we ended up calling my mom to watch Austin and calling Dani to come over and go with us. We left at around 11 pm. I went to triage and got monitored and checked. The nurse had said I was only 2.5 to 3 cm dilated. OH PHOOEY! They were NOT going to admit me. So, I sat on the monitor a bit longer (contracting) and was released at around 1:30 am. It was all a very disappointing experience. Not to mention how tired we all were the next day.

ROUND 2 & 3 — I had two more days with contractions like the first time. These contractions, however, lasted ALL day. Again, they weren’t overly painful, but they were uncomfortable. Yesterday was the most recent day of contractions. It is getting pretty old having to endure all these contractions with no result. I would feel better if I knew they were dilating me.

I did go to my 39 week OB appointment (which was after we went to triage on that Monday night). My doctor actually said that the triage nurse was wrong and I wasn’t 2.5 to 3 cm dilated. She said I was STILL only 1.5 to 2 cm dilated (just like my 38 week OB apt). UGH! She offered to schedule an induction.

Induction

My induction is sceduled for tomorrow… I ended up going to see the induction receptionist and she had Tuesday, May 14th available. I said that was fine (of course, it WAS a week away when I made the apt). Now that the day is tomrrow I am getting really anxious. I would rather go into labor naturally, but at the same time I would like to meet him and have Dani here. She leaves in a week and I want her to have some time with him. The risks of having a c-section go up when you induce and that really scares me because I would really like to avoid major surgery. The doctor explained to me that if I didn’t make any progress (dilating) they would have to use two medications during induction day. One is a pill like thing that goes near the cervix and dilates it and the other is pitocin that helps contractions progress. I did have pitocin with Austin, but I went in at 4 cm dilated so I was already in active labor. I will not be in active labor tomorrow (I’m assuming). This whole process seems so unnatural and unnecissary. I am seriously considering canceling or resceduling for later this week. I know I shouldn’t go past 41/42 weeks because the risks of losing the baby go up and it puts me at greater risk as well.

I think my plan for today is to call my OB and schedule my 40 week apt today (if possible) so that they can check me for dilation. If I am close to 4 cm then I will cancel my induction for tomorrow. Otherwise, I think I may go through with it. I will keep you posted.

Wedding rings on or off? Off.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly just impatient

Looking forward to: Labor and delivery day so I can meet this lil booger.

A day or a week … either way, a baby will be coming soon. 🙂

My Pregnancy Journey: The Home Stretch

elephants

So, here I am, almost 40 weeks pregnant. I figured I wouldn’t reach my due date, but Luke has decided he wants to make us wait. Since I didn’t post from 38 weeks on, this is a cumulation of these past 3 weeks.

Here are a few picture updates:

zoo fun  treat

We walked around the zoo to try and get labor going

safari park fun

Went to the Safari Park the next day

pool pool 2

pool 3 pool 4

Pool time at Amber’s house on Saturday.

pool 5 pool 6

That IS a pummace stone… not poop in the pool. haha

pool 7 pool 8 pool 9

Austin had a GREAT time in the pool.

pool 10 pool 11

Baby Update:

Luke is still head down and while my body keeps telling me it’s almost time, Luke seems to be stalling. I’ve had three days this past week that I’ve had contractions ALL day (5-10 minutes apart). Nothing too strong or intense, but definitely there.

39 weeks

How far along? almost 40 weeks

Total weight gain: I have been dropping and gaining weight.  My total weight gain is somewhere around 30 pounds.

Maternity clothes? of course.  Although being THIS pregnant has made my belly drop considerably and come out of my shirts a little.

Stretch marks? ya

Sleep: Fortunately, I am sleeping well.

Best moment this week: It was been nice being able to hang out with Dani.  It is going to be sad to see her leave to go back to Texas on the 20th.

Mother’s Day was very nice as well.  We went to Chile’s and had a yummy lunch.  Then my mom, Dani, and I went to get our toes done.  After that, Dani and I went to the mall to walk the baby out (with no success).  Justin got me a really nice set of knives for Mother’s Day.  I cannot wait to use them.  Tacos are on the menu for tonight so I will have fun cutting the lettuce, tomatoes, etc.

Miss Anything? I miss NOT being pregnant.  I am just about done carrying Luke inside me.  I’d like to meet you lil dude.

Movement: Yep.

Food cravings: Nope.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Most recently, I threw up brushing my teeth.  My gag reflex is very sensitive while pregnant.

Gender: Bundle of B-O-Y

Labor Signs:  … okay let me update you

Monday, the 6th of May — That night (around 9 pm) I started to have contractions that were 10 minutes apart.  They went from 10 min. to 7 mins. to 5 mins. to 3 mins. apart pretty quickly.  We thought THIS may be the real thing.  I wasn’t in too much pain, but I assumed I would be shortly.  Justin was persistant about going into the hospital, but I wanted to wait it out and see if I could hold out at home.  Sitting in a hospital bed all night wasn’t going to be fun.

Anyways, we ended up calling my mom to  watch Austin and calling Dani to come over and go with us.  We left at around 11 pm.  I went to triage and got monitored and checked.  The nurse had said I was only 2.5 to 3 cm dilated.  OH PHOOEY!  They were NOT going to admit me.  So, I sat on the monitor a bit longer (contracting) and was released at around 1:30 am.  It was all a very disappointing experience.  Not to mention how tired we all were the next day.

ROUND 2 & 3 — I had two more days with contractions like the first time.  These contractions, however, lasted ALL day.  Again, they weren’t overly painful, but they were uncomfortable.  Yesterday was the most recent day of contractions.  It is getting pretty old having to endure all these contractions with no result.  I would feel better if I knew they were dilating me.

I did go to my 39 week OB appointment (which was after we went to triage on that Monday night).  My doctor actually said that the triage nurse was wrong and I wasn’t 2.5 to 3 cm dilated.  She said I was STILL only 1.5 to 2 cm dilated (just like my 38 week OB apt).  UGH!  She offered to schedule an induction.

Induction

My induction is sceduled for tomorrow…  I ended up going to see the induction receptionist and she had Tuesday, May 14th available.  I said that was fine (of course, it WAS a week away when I made the apt).  Now that the day is tomrrow I am getting really anxious.  I would rather go into labor naturally, but at the same time I would like to meet him and have Dani here.  She leaves in a week and I want her to have some time with him.  The risks of having a c-section go up when you induce and that really scares me because I would really like to avoid major surgery.  The doctor explained to me that if I didn’t make any progress (dilating) they would have to use two medications during induction day.  One is a pill like thing that goes near the cervix and dilates it and the other is pitocin that helps contractions progress.  I did have pitocin with Austin, but I went in at 4 cm dilated so I was already in active labor.  I will not be in active labor tomorrow (I’m assuming).  This whole process seems so unnatural and unnecissary.  I am seriously considering canceling or resceduling for later this week.  I know I shouldn’t go past 41/42 weeks because the risks of losing the baby go up and it puts me at greater risk as well.

I think my plan for today is to call my OB and schedule my 40 week apt today (if possible) so that they can check me for dilation.  If I am close to 4 cm then I will cancel my induction for tomorrow.  Otherwise, I think I may go through with it.    I will keep you posted.

Wedding rings on or off? Off.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly just impatient

Looking forward to: Labor and delivery day so I can meet this lil booger.

A day or a week … either way, a baby will be coming soon.  🙂

The Waiting Game

Dani is here!
My friend got here on Thursday from Corpus Christie, Texas. Her reason for coming… To be here for the birth of my second. She was here for the birth of Austin so she obviously had to come out for this one. 😉

Since she’s gotten here we have been on baby watch. We have walked around a bit and hoped for a fast labor. Nothing yet and I am fast approaching 39 weeks.

There have been guesses for Luke’s birth day that have come and gone. Dani’s mom said Friday. My grandma said Saturday which would have been appropriate since it was May the 4th and everyone was making Star Wars comments (May the Fourth be with You) and our son’s name is Luke. HA. I predicted Sunday because Justin had duty at work and it would figure that I would go into labor then, but Luke has other plans. Dani says today because it is a rainy day and all good things in my life have happened on rainy days. I got married and had Austin while it was raining. Hopefully Luke follows that trend.
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On Saturday, we went to the Maritime Museum and walked around the chocolate festival and saw all the ships. We had forgotten the stroller, but Austin was more than happy to walk around. Afterwards, we went to Seaport Village. Austin was getting a little tired so we busted out the Tula baby carrier. Austin doesn’t usually like being worn, but he must have liked the Tula. This Tula is brand new (to me) and I haven’t even worn it yet. Glad Austin could break it in for Luke.

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I’m going to miss our alone time. I worry how Austin will adjust to the new baby and that he will now have to share Justin and I. We will see.

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Oh yeh, we also tried eating pineapple to induce labor. It worked last time for me. While I did get contractions, I didn’t go into full on labor.

It’s Monday now and the waiting game is still on.

The Waiting Game

Dani is here!
My friend got here on Thursday from Corpus Christie, Texas. Her reason for coming… To be here for the birth of my second. She was here for the birth of Austin so she obviously had to come out for this one. 😉

Since she’s gotten here we have been on baby watch. We have walked around a bit and hoped for a fast labor. Nothing yet and I am fast approaching 39 weeks.

There have been guesses for Luke’s birth day that have come and gone. Dani’s mom said Friday. My grandma said Saturday which would have been appropriate since it was May the 4th and everyone was making Star Wars comments (May the Fourth be with You) and our son’s name is Luke. HA. I predicted Sunday because Justin had duty at work and it would figure that I would go into labor then, but Luke has other plans. Dani says today because it is a rainy day and all good things in my life have happened on rainy days. I got married and had Austin while it was raining. Hopefully Luke follows that trend.
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On Saturday, we went to the Maritime Museum and walked around the chocolate festival and saw all the ships. We had forgotten the stroller, but Austin was more than happy to walk around. Afterwards, we went to Seaport Village. Austin was getting a little tired so we busted out the Tula baby carrier. Austin doesn’t usually like being worn, but he must have liked the Tula. This Tula is brand new (to me) and I haven’t even worn it yet. Glad Austin could break it in for Luke.

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I’m going to miss our alone time. I worry how Austin will adjust to the new baby and that he will now have to share Justin and I. We will see.

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Oh yeh, we also tried eating pineapple to induce labor. It worked last time for me. While I did get contractions, I didn’t go into full on labor.

It’s Monday now and the waiting game is still on.

5 Things a Pregnant Woman has to Endure that You DON’T

 This dedicated to all of you who have never or will never be pregnant. If you don’t want to hear my bitching then stop HERE. 

This post is closely related to my first post about the Joys of Pregnancy. I wrote that towards the middle of my pregnancy. This post was written at the end of this beautiful pregnancy journey where I am OVER these so called “joys.” Let’s pop this baby out!

Disclaimer: obviously hormones played an itty bitty part in writing this post. So let’s just start with that.

1. HORMONES

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Have you even heard the expression “don’t cry over spilt milk?” Well, those of you that believe this have a) never been pregnant or b) never been a breastfeeding mommy. Let’s stop with this idiom. Us pregnant chicks will cry over EVERYTHING. It could be a dirty floor, a missing sock in the dryer, the waiter getting our order wrong. It may be happy tears or it may be angry/sad tears. With that said, our bitch switch is basically always on. It just has varying levels. Just like a dimmer switch only bitch mode never really turns off it’s just dormant.

2. WEIGHT GAIN

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Oh boo hoo, you gained the freshman 15 or the freshman 20. Guess what?! I gained the pregnant 30 and I know some who gained the pregnant 70. Quit cha’ bitchen. PS- your weight gain is your fault. Do you like it when people say to you “oh wow, you’ve gotten big.” Okay, then don’t say it to pregnant women! I, personally, let it roll off my back, but remember that little bitch switch I mentioned earlier. If you want to avoid the fallout then just refrain from sharing. This weight gain brings on a whole new set of joys: water retention, sleepless nights, sore backs, gestational diabetes… the works. Oh yeh, let us not forget the stretch marks.

3. SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

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This fun symptom doesn’t appear until the last part of pregnancy. It becomes extremely difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Imagine that you are a beached whale (yes, only I can say that because I am the one that’s pregnant). Getting comfortable is EXTREMELY difficult. You now have a huge stomach in front of you. You cannot lie on your tummy and you cannot lie on your back. Your options are right side or left side. Rolling your big ol’ belly from one side to the other is not only painful, but a challenge. You’ll be on one side for 5 minutes and become uncomfortable. So, you’ll switch positions. You’ll breathe a sigh of relief because now you are comfortable. Then, and only then, will your bladder say, “Hi, I’d like to be evacuated for the umpteenth time tonight.” GREAT! Let’s just roll off the bed and try not to hurt ourselves because just sitting up and scooting is not an option. You’ll get to the bathroom and pee. REALLY, I got out of bed for this? REALLY. You’ll get back in bed and do this little nighttime prego dance for the rest of the night.

Oh, and if you the person that shares the bed with the pregnant woman… DEAL WITH IT. Making a baby takes two and I can almost guarantee you were the bozo who agreed to this so I have no sympathy for you and your precious sleep. Deal with her movements that shakes and quake the bed. Deal with her loud breathing and snoring. And DO NOT tell her “can you roll over, you’re snoring in my face.” HAHA, do you know what it took to roll to this side???? Bitch mode ‘ON.’

4. Labor and Delivery

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Yes, women were made to have babies, but that doesn’t mean it’s fun. We get to labor for hours on end and some people even labor for days. Contractions feel worse than any “period cramp” imaginable. No, you cannot compare contractions to period cramps or getting kicked in the nuts. It has its own category of pain called HOLY CRAP DEATH MAY BE A BETTER OPTION. After we exhaust ourselves with contractions and what not, we get to push something the size of a plump watermelon out of our who-has.

5. The After Math

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I’ll spare you the gory details, but pregnancy doesn’t end at delivery. The 6 weeks after you deliver are just as sucky. Here are a few things you can expect AFTER 9 months of fun: your baby WON’T sleep through the night, breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally, baby weight doesn’t just disappear after your little one is born, and you WILL be sore after birth. Then a magical thing happens, you will FORGET about all the pain and suffering you endured to get here. You’ll look at your baby and fall in love. A few months later you’ll consider having another one because all the bad made something this wonderful. At that time, I will slap you in the face and direct you over to this post. HA.

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I’m sorry, but I was not one of those women who loved being pregnant. I never had the pregnant glow and my body was not made to stretch this far. It isn’t fun for me and I enjoy holding my baby outside of my body more than in, thank you. However, I am one of those crazy people who would do it all over again whether I remember this hell or not. So, maybe in 6 months someone should slap me and direct me back here.