July 21, 2014

Party of 4!

It's been almost 4 weeks since Sadie Belle joined our silly little family, and during that time there has been several adjustments made to how our daily life goes!  The most obvious of them being the lack of sleep Mama is getting.  I remember Presley being very on point with the whole "waking every 3 hours (on the dot), eating, then falling back to sleep" kind of schedule.  Sadie has been semi-similar, except you never know how long she is going to make it in between feedings.  Sometimes it is 1.5 hours and then sometimes it is 3.5 hours.  I usually fall back asleep as soon as she is done, so it hasn't been too terribly bad.

Except for that time I got Mastitis in both of my boobs.  

Yeah, that was zero fun!  I had no clue that it could make me so sick--and hurt so bad!  I had a pretty high fever for a few days before calling the lactation consultant and my midwife--who put me on an antibiotic and things cleared up pretty quickly after that.  I wanted to give up and just give Sadie formula so badly, but I managed to feed and pump through it.  But man, it was painful!  

Other than that, breastfeeding is going...okay.  I met with the lactation specialist this morning just to make sure she is latching on correctly since I am still in a little bit of pain.  I feel like by this point I should be pain free, right?!  We will see :)

Presley has adjusted to the new baby much, MUCH better than we had all anticipated.  We basically feared the worst and have been pleasantly surprised at how well she has taken the new changes.  My Mom was here for the first few weeks, so it was super helpful to have an extra set of hands when it came to taking care of Presley, the household duties, and meal time.  Presley tends to want me to hold her just as I am feeding Sadie, which I am sure is just a way of Presley letting me know she wants me to put the baby down--but I can usually distract her and then when I am done I will spend some time with her.

We did end up sending Presley back to school two days a week...

AND THEY ALL SAID AMEN!

 That has been a lifesaver for us all!  She enjoys getting out of the house, playing with her friends, and going outside--while I enjoy the peace and quiet at home.  Because let's be real here, girlfriend DOESN'T SHUT UP!  She is constantly talking, asking questions, wanting to sit on the potty (without even going--she just wants a Skittle), dumping out her toy box just to run off and do something else....ya know?! Moms, HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME!

In the midst of all of this, we had a bunch of visitors!  It was so nice to hang out with our family and spend some quality time with them all.

My Dad and Step Mom came for a few days, then the day they left we had Adams cousin, Ryan, and his fiancee, Breighan, come over.  That afternoon my Grandmother and two Aunts came in from Alabama and stayed for a few days!

It has definitely been lonely now that it is just the 4 of us at home!

But, we love our new little addition to bits and pieces!  Sadie really is a great baby--so cute and snuggly!  I can't believe she is almost 4 weeks old!  To all of you young folks out there: If you want your life to fly by...have children! It makes the days, weeks, months and years go by in an instant!


July 7, 2014

Sadie's birth story- Part 2

**FYI: if you would like to savor any sort of "normal" image you've ever had of me (ha!) then don't read this post.  It's not going to be too detailed, but just detailed enough for you to picture me doing things you might not want to have forever embedded in your mind :) **

So, my water broke while I was lying in bed.  Everyone left the room so my nurse could help me up and change all of the bedding I was on.  As I was standing up in the middle of the floor my water broke again and this time it was basically exactly how it happens in the movies.  Just, water everywhere!  The look on the nurses face was hilarious, so as I kept laughing, more water was coming! It was a vicious cycle but she managed to push me over into the bathroom so I could just sit on the toilet and wait it out! 

After my water broke, my contractions started to get really painful.  I can't remember at this point how much I was dilated, but I think it was at this point I asked for some pain meds through my IV.  I still wanted to hold out on the epidural, and thankfully whatever they gave me was just enough to take the edge off and make things bearable again!  

Time passes by, I take some naps, and Adam decides to go home for a bit since we live literally 30 seconds away from the hospital ( I could see our neighborhood from my window!)  As soon as he gets home I start to feel SO much pain, so I ask for the epidural.  I would have preferred Adam to be there, but I had to settle with nuzzling my face into my nurses boobs while the anesthesiologist put it in.  He was seriously the best, I didn't feel one thing! I didn't even believe him when he said he was done.

More time passes and I think I sleep a little!

Later on, probably around 11pm or so,  Sadie wasn't all the way face down, so they had me lie on my side to get her to turn.  Adam had gone back home to sleep a little since we knew it would still be a while--I was still only 5cm dilated!  Once I was lying on my side, I went from 5 to 10 cm dilated in about 30 minutes.  We called Adam and told him to rush back to the hospital because the nurses assumed it was go time!

Once my midwife checked me, she said that the baby still wasn't all the way down, and I could either push now or wait until she dropped all the way.  She said that if I could hold out and take the pain and pressure, then I wouldn't have to do as much pushing to get her out.  So, I waited it out...until around 2:50am and that's when I started pushing!

I actually ended up lying on my side and pushing, which felt so much better than lying on my back!  I'm not sure how many times I had to push, it wasn't too many.  The reason it seemed like it took so long was because at this point my contractions slowed down and the time in between pushes was much longer than normal! At one point, Sadie was halfway out and my midwife just had to sit there for about a minute--holding her until I had another contraction and could push! Talk about a weird feeling :)

After a few more pushes, Sadie Belle was here! All 7lbs 12oz's of her :)

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The pain this time around was nowhere near as bad as it was when I had Presley.  There was some discomfort, but definitely no burning or stretching feeling! Sadie came out with the cord tightly wrapped around her neck, so we were unable to do the delayed cord clamping (which was part of my birth plan) but, obviously I know it was much more important to get her over to the other warmer so the nurses could work on her!  Thankfully, she started crying and avoided going to the NICU!

Meanwhile, my midwife stayed with me to do all of the fun afterbirth shenanigans.  I was so happy to hear her say that I didn't tear or have to have an episiotomy!  Thank ya, Jesus!

After that, things were pretty uneventful.  Sadie and I did an hour of skin to skin, then I breastfed her, and then the nurse took her into the bathroom to wash her off.  I loved loved loved doing the skin to skin--that's something I didn't do with Presley.  The hospital where I delivered recommends that the baby spends 23 out of 24 hours in the room with the parents, so we just ended up keeping her with us the entire time!

The next two days we just spent in the hospital recovering!  Adam actually went back to work the next day since my Mom is here.  After two days in the hospital we headed home and have been going on with life!

Sadie is such a great baby (so far) and just sleeps non-stop.  It's hard to even keep her awake for feedings, but I know that the newborn phase will wear off soon and she will wake up!

I know I'm probably forgetting tons of little details with Sadie's birth, but for now this will do!


















July 6, 2014

Sadie's birth story- Part 1

You can read (and I think you should, so you can see how completely different these two deliveries were) Presley's birth story HERE!

I'm hoping to get this all typed out before my memory fades (hello, Mommy Brain!) and too much time passes! Sadie's birth was so different from Presley's, just reading what I posted about Presley's birth makes me cringe!

From the very beginning of this pregnancy I knew that I wanted things to go differently and I was pretty hopeful that they would be since we don't even live in the same state that Presley was born.  When I made my very first appointment here in Indiana, the receptionist asked me if I would like to see the OB-GYN or the Midwives throughout my pregnancy.  I figured, why not? Midwives it is!  They are more likely to be on the same page as I am when it comes to how I wanted my pregnancy, labor, and delivery to go.  And dudes, I was totally right!

There are three midwives in the practice that is also in conjunction with the doctor, but I never saw the doctor.  He is basically just around for the midwives if anything goes wrong.  All of my appointments were always rotating with the midwives, so I didn't have a choice to just choose to stick with one.  But, I loved them all and was totally fine with whoever would be on call when it came time to deliver!

All of my monthly and weekly appointments were very uneventful.  Just the typical blood pressure and weight gain check, visit with the midwife, then out the door type of thing!

The only appointment that got a little hairy was the one hour glucose test, I bombed it.  Totally failed! 

Okay cool, no biggie.  I'll just go to the three hour test, enjoy the time alone with just me and some gossip magazines, and pass with flying colors!

Yeah.  Failed that one, too, and was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.

After failing that test, there were so many other appointments involved.  I now had to do weekly Non Stress Tests, prick my finger a billion times a day,  take certain supplements and medicine, meet with the doctor, meet with a Maternal Fetal Specialists, and (ahem, try to) really watch my diet.  

**for those wondering, my numbers were never ever that high.  I think the highest it ever reached was around 170, and that was after eating a ton of fruit.  They mainly stayed around 140, which to me, isn't something to totally freak about and even one of my midwives basically told me it was bull honkey.  But, they're the professionals, so I do (most) of what I am told :)**

Once I was diagnosed with GD they automatically moved my due date from July 1st to June 24th, a week early because with GD babies are typically (not always) bigger in size.  I wasn't too excited about that, and I know I could have refused an induction, but I just went with it and decided to wait it out to see how things were closer to that time.

The end of June rolls around and I'm on maternity leave, my Mom has flown in, and I go to my 39 week appointment on Monday June 23rd.  My midwife checks me to see if I am dilated, and I'm 1cm.  She sets it up for me to go in that night at 8pm to get Cytotec to help me dilate so the next morning we can get the party started!

Around 6ish, the charge nurse calls and says that there are no rooms available at the moment, and that they will either give me a call before midnight if something comes up.  Otherwise, we should be able to go in the next day at 5pm.

Cool.  Ain't no thang.  We still had new bedroom furniture to put together anyways!

The next morning rolls around and I get another call from the charge nurse saying that there was still no rooms available and that this has never happened.  Apparently, they even had women set up in the triage room?! 

Whatever.  I was definitely totally for sure set up to be there at 7am the next morning.

Adam and I arrive at the hospital, I get my gown on (b-t-dubs, my best friend got me my own cute hospital gown and I got SO many compliments on it!)

Then the waiting game began after they gave me the Cytotek! I was slowly dilating, but still didn't have any Pitocin.  It was in my birth plan that I didn't want Pitocin if I didn't have to have it, and thank God I didn't!

I was basically dilating one centimeter an hour and was having pretty consistent contractions that were about 3-4 minutes apart, but not painful.  

Around lunch time, Adams parents made it by the hospital and stayed for a while.  That's when I got out of bed and we did a little walking around for a while.  My contractions were getting strong enough where I had to stop and breathe , I definitely couldn't talk through them at this point!

Adams parents left to go get Presley from school, then brought her by the hospital to visit for a little bit! I was so happy to see her :)

I got back in bed, we are all just chatting and watching Presley, I'm contracting....and then...

MY WATER BROKE!

(stay tuned for Part 2, tomorrow!)

Turns out, we didn't take too many pictures during this time! But, here are a few.  Adam did a lot of videoing that day, so once he gets the time he will put all of that together!






July 4, 2014

3.5 months later...

Talk about total blog abandonment! Isn't going 3.5 months without one. single. post some sort of crime in bloggyland? 

So much has changed--for one, I had a baby last week.  DOH!

Sadie Belle was born on June 26th at 3:24am.  Coming in at a whoppin' 7lbs 12oz and 20 inches long! She was a week early, so I would imagine if I had gone to my due date she would have been even heftier!
Obviously, now that I am on maternity leave and have a little spare time (my Mom is here until the end of July!) I plan on doing several posts to catch up a little.  I will get a recap of Sadie's birth up soon, because I definitely don't want to forget it!

Spoiler alert: this labor and delivery was four hundred and eleventy times better and easier than it was with Presley. 

 Oh my lanta, y'all.  I am so happy with how everything went this time around!

This pregnancy absolutely flew by.  And talk about being completely different than my pregnancy with Presley?! Wow! 

So, to get a little caught up with how the rest of my pregnancy went, lets look back on some lovely pictures taken by my iPhone.  I obviously didn't have the time or energy to whip out our nice camera at all during the remaining weeks of this pregnancy. 
(The last update I did on the blog was at 25 weeks.)

 This is around 26 or 27 weeks.  Keeping it classy by wearing Adams sweats.  Then there's the Drama Baby sticking something down my badonk.  Thanks, Presley!


 Clearly, 28 weeks in this picture! 

 Jump to 33 weeks

 39 weeks, just a few days before being induced!

 And BAM! There she is--Sadie Belle!

So much to catch up on, get ready! But, for now I have to go clean up poop off the carpet thanks to Presley Grace.  

ISN'T BEING A MOM GREAT FUN??!!??!!

March 17, 2014

25 weeks- Baby #2!

HI!

Still here.  Still pregnant.  Still snow on the ground in the middle of March.

I wish I had a really cool excuse as to why I suck at updating every week about life & pregnancy--but, the truth is that our computer is located next to a sliding glass door and it's just really cold when you sit over here.  So, um..yes.  That's why I've been a big fat failure at blogging.  Also, Adam is home approximately 30 seconds every week which leaves me with the Drama Baby who apparently tells everyone she meets the she "loves beer" so I'm basically just trying to not kill either one of us.

That's my life these days, y'all! Just a lot of explaining everywhere we go and then also a lot of crying because I am just so daggum cold.

But, don't fear--I am here to do a 25 week update because HOLY HANNAH MONTANA I'm 25 weeks pregnant tomorrow!  Why does the 2nd pregnancy go by so fast? 

Also, Kate is back.  You don't even want to know what my face looks like today.  Also, somebody please tell Kate to tan her face to match her body, and for Heaven's sake get rid of the camera remote! What a Trashy McTrasherson she is!




How far along:
25 weeks tomorrow!

Size of baby:
Around 9 inches long and about 1.5lbs.  My midwife said I'm measuring big though, so that's just great.

Total weight gain:
I think I'm up around 10 lbs so far.  I go to the doctor on Wednesday (I think) and will find out then! I eat everything in sight so it should be no surprise if I'm 400 lbs by the end of this gig.  Today, Adam told me that he didn't care if I spent all the money in our bank account at Whole Foods, but by God I better stop eating Taco Bell.  Womp Womp.

Maternity clothes:
During our trip to Alabama my Step Mom and I basically bought out the maternity section at H&M.  Mainly just the tops/shirt section though because my Sister In Law gave me about 12 pairs of maternity jeans/pants.  Not even kidding--skinny jeans in every color and the most non-Mom looking blue jeans in almost every size!

Gender:
Still a girl--I guess! We haven't had another ultrasound, so I'm really hoping that ultrasound tech was right on the money when we checked ;) 

Movement:
All the time!  We are entering the "let me see how many ribs my unborn child can break" stage of the pregnancy, but I'm trying to enjoy every little movement and kick--that's what I missed the most after I had Presley! 

Sleep:
So SO good lately!  Most nights I don't even have to get up to use the bathroom! WORD BIG BIRD!

What I miss:
Being able to bend over,  the occasional glass of wine/cold beer, breathing...you know, everyday stuff that's a little more difficult to do when you have a volleyball for a stomach!

Cravings/aversions:
Nothing in particular.  Basically, if it's in my view I will eat it.  So, what out if you see me--I may eat you and your children.

Symptoms:
Just heart burn!

Best moment this week:
I can't really pin point just one good thing that has happened.  It's been going great lately!  Now, if you'd like to talk about the Drama Baby--then that's a WHOLE different story!  Wowzas!

Well, that's all I have for this update!  Let's keep this thang going every week from now on, mmkay?

February 14, 2014

Vaseline "Spray It Forward"

As most of you know, I'm halfway through my second pregnancy! The second time around things grow much faster and larger than it did during the first pregnancy--resulting in the aches, pains, and obstacles to do everyday tasks.

For me, at this point, the difficult task is bending over to do, well, anything that requires leaning or bending over!  When I got the opportunity to review the new Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer I jumped all over it, because anything that requires me to do less work is right up my alley.

The Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer is awesome because I can literally stand up straight, hold out the bottle and spray, then do this weird little leg-rubby-thingy and get all of the lotion rubbed in without even using my hands.

I would video it just for $hits & giggles, but just imagine a pregnant girl doing that weird dance that Ariel did when she was trying out her new legs in The Little Mermaid.  That's me when using this spray moisturizer.  It's just what works for me! And the great thing about this product is that it instantly absorbs into your body, so there's no need to sit around and wait to put your clothes on!

WORD BIG BIRD!

I also really like the scent of the Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer.  I was sent the Total Moisture to try out, but usually use the Aloe Fresh scent.  I tend to go for scents that smell "clean" rather than "fruity or flowery" so these are perfect for me!

And and AND they have made two scents specifically for men! Ladies, you KNOW how lazy men are when it comes to moisturizing after a shower.  With the Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer, it literally takes seconds to spray and soak in...so easy, even a man can do it! VASELINE FOR THE WIN!


Right now, you can receive a nifty little coupon for your own bottle! Just click HERE to get it!


 **All opinions are my own, although I was provided with this product while participation in my partnership with Vaseline and One2One Network**

February 6, 2014

19 weeks


How far along:
19 weeks!
HERE is my 19 week update with Presley

Size of baby:
About6 inches long (or the size of a mango)

Total weight gain:
Probably still around 5 pounds total still.  I don't feel like I'm putting on a ton of weight.  For the most part, it's all in the belly still! And, ahem, the boobs.  Oh my lanta.

Maternity clothes:
Yep.  And since we're talking about "clothing," I officially reached another first in my life: I had to special order a bra.  SPECIAL ORDER, y'all.  Like, the woman was all, "We don't typically carry that size in store but can order it for you!"  Frownsmile.

Gender:
It's a girl! Pretty flippin' excited about it, too :)

Movement:
Not too much movement, yet!  Although, I do think at this point in my last pregnancy I was feeling more.  I'm hoping this means that this baby girl will be pretty calm and mellow :)  I had some shaved ice last night and that must have woken her up, because there was some surefire movement going on!

Sleep:
Sleep has been much better! I usually just get up to use the restroom when Adam comes to bed (around midnight.) 

What I miss:
Sleeping on my stomach, for sure.  I think that has a lot to do with why I don't sleep soundly when I'm pregnant.  

Cravings/aversions:
Chipotle! And pasta! 

Symptoms:
Heartburn is in full force these days! That's really all I have to complain about, so far :) 

Best moment this week:
Hmmm, well, not really pregnancy related but last weekend Adam had a lot of time off.  We spent some much needed family time together, went out to eat a few times (and P actually behaved), and just lounged around on the couch! I can't wait to have a newborn to snuggle with during weekends like that!