Monthly Archives: May 2009

3 hours – IN A ROW

I got 3 hours of sleep in a row last night.  I attribute it to an amazing husband, a cooperative daughter and a trip to the doctor’s office.

BabyMort was still looking jaundiced to us and she was eating every 1.5 hours or less, but falling asleep shortly into the feedings (and I’d read that being really sleepy can be a symptom of jaundice.)  So we went in to the doctor’s office yesterday.  We found out that her bilirubin level was 13 – and 14 is the level where they’d consider treatment.  It’s all indirect, which means that her liver is working just fine and she has breastfeeding jaunice.  That’s when a protein in  the breastmilk prevents her body from getting rid of the bilirubin because it’s reabsorbed in the small intestine.  Her levels should remain stable and then drop off in a couple weeks.  This information didn’t help me get any more sleep, but I did feel better knowing what was going on with her jaundice. 

The sleep came, because the pediatrician suggested that we try using a pacifier if it hadn’t been long since her last feeding, because she might just want to suck on something.  We’d been trying to avoid using one, at least until we knew breastfeeding had been well established.  Considering that the little lady had gained 14 ounces in 7 days, the doctor was confident that she had gotten the hang of breastfeeding though.  So when she started rooting around about an hour after her bedtime feeding, DaddyMort grabbed a pacifier and cuddled and rocked her until she fell asleep.  She made it 2.5 hours until her next feeding at that point and then 3.5 hours until the next feeding – with some more cuddling from her daddy!!  He actually apologized when he brought her in after “only” 3.5 hours – I was ecstatic though and definitely more energized to make it through the rest of the night.

We’re optimistic, but not terribly confident, that we might be getting this sleep thing figured out.  Regardless, she’s uber-cute!!IMG_1363

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BabyMort has arrived!!

Okay, so she arrived over a week ago, but as it turns out, babies are a lot of work!!  Her arrival went something like this…  (I don’t think there’s anything too descriptive in here, but read at your own risk anyways!!)

Tuesday, May 12 I got checked by my Dr. and was 4cm and 90% effaced.  That evening I started having mild contractions every 10 minutes or so.  This was big news for me, because I hadn’t even noticed a Braxton Hicks up to this point.  By Wednesday at lunch they were a lot closer together, about 3 minutes apart, but still not painful – more uncomfortable.  Still, being as close as they were, we called the  doctor.  They had me come in, checked me and monitored my contractions for a while.  They decided Iwas in labor and sent me over to the hospital.  Six hours later I hadn’t progressed any further, so I decided to go home and wait it out instead of having any sort of interventions done.  We didn’t think waiting it out meant waiting another 5 days….

Finally, after dealing with contractions that changed frequency and intensity all weekend long, they got stronger and more regular at about 9PM on Sunday, May 17.   At 11PM they were about 3 minutes apart and DaddyMort really wanted to call First Nurse and head to the hospital.  I didn’t want to go there and be sent home again, so I was reluctant.  I decided to take a nice hot shower to see if that changed anything.  When it didn’t, I gave in, admitted I was really in labor this time, and said we could head over to the hospital.  It was about 1 AM by the time we got all checked in and they checked me – 6 cm with the baby at +1.

As I’ve said before, I really wanted to go natural.  I tried walking around, using the birthing ball, the whirlpool – whatever I could.  By about 3:30 AM I wasn’t sure I could do it.  I was soooo tired and barely getting any break between the contractions.  I decided to try Nubain.  I was told that it wouldn’t really make the contractions any less painful, only a little easier in between.  That’s exactly what it did for about an hour.  Although I would have liked to go drug-free, I think this really was the best decision for us.  I think the hour of pseudo-rest gave me just enough energy to get through the rest of labor, but the Nubain still allowed me to get up and move around, we didn’t have to be continuously monitored and I didn’t have to be hooked up to an IV the whole time.

About the time the Nubain had worn off, I could tell I was in transition – I was sick, had the shakes, couldn’t really tell when the contractions started or stopped…  DaddyMort reminded me that this meant we were getting close and he knew I could do it.  (He was great the whole time!!)  At about 6:45 AM I started pushing.  At 7:32 they broke my water.  And at 8:07 AM on Monday, May 18, we met BabyMort for the first time!! 

My honest reaction was shock, for a few different reasons.  I didn’t realize she was that close to “popping” out, but from what I’m told, no one really did!! I guess she pretty much came out from head to toes all at once.   I think I heard my mom and Aaron crying before I realized she was out.  And when I actually saw her, I had a hard time believing that she had come from me. 

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But she had!!  She came in to this world exactly 2 weeks before her due date, weighing in at 6 lb 14 oz, 19.5 inches long and absolutely perfect!!

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I’m still pregnant

BabyMort changed her mind.  Friday night the contractions spread out.  Although we’re anxious to meet her, it was nice to be able to get a good night’s sleep after 3 days of regular contractions.  They were slow all day Saturday as well.  We thought we’d tempt fate and head down to Des Moines, thinking if we got further away, my water might break or the  contractions would get longer and stronger.  We seem to have odd luck like that, but not this time.  This morning  they picked back up a little – they’re about every 8-10 minutes, but still not terribly painful.

We’ve been trying to come up with the “silver lining” to this, because it’s been very emotionally and physically draining for both DaddyMort and I.  They’re all pretty meaningless and I’ve just tried to convince myself they were important, but I keep making my list none the less. Examples include:  ‘I got to watch the Grey’s Anatomy finale uninterrupted on Thursday night’ and ‘We went garage sale-ing on Saturday morning and found some good deals.’  My favorite so far, however, was when DaddyMort pointed out that due to the weather, if BabyMort had arrived earlier this week and we’d had her at home this weekend, we would have had to turn the heat back on!!

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I want to go natural

I want to go natural.  I want to avoid a c-section.  I want BabyMort to come out when she’s ready.  I have to remind myself of these things every 5 minutes (or more often) when I have another contraction.

On Tuesday, I was 4cm, 90% effaced at -2 station.  Shortly after my appointment, I started having contractions.  By about noon on Wednesday, they were 3 minutes or so apart.  I didn’t think they were terribly painful, more uncomfortable.  When I called the doctor’s office they said I should come in and get checked out.  I was 5cm, 100% effaced at -1 station.  So, they put they set me up to monitor my contractions.  When my Dr. came in, he said I was in labor and they wheeled me over to the hospital.

Then…6 hours later, nothing had changed.  My options were to 1) wait it out at the hospital, 2) go home and wait it out or 3) have them break my water to (hopefully) speed things up.  It was not an easy decision to make, but in order to stand by our goals of letting BabyMort arrive in her own time, not using pain meds and avoiding a c-section, we decided that coming home was our best option.

So now, I’ve been having regular contractions for over 48 hours.  For the last 30 hours or so, they’ve been about every 5 minutes or less.  But they’re not staying a consistent length apart and haven’t gotten a whole lot more intense since last night, so I wait some more…

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I’m a dangerous woman.

We had our 37 week check up on Tuesday afternoon.   It was the first time I’d been checked to see if Iwas making any progresss and to figure out how BabyMort was laying.  I’m never quite sure what to expect from our doctor in terms of conversation – during the majority of the exam he was talking to me about my tattoo, previous conversations have centered around my shoe choice and toenail polish – or even “real” medical stuff.  He has a very dry sense of humor and sometimes I can’t tell if he’s being serious or not and he tends to mumble.  When we heard the heartbeat for the first time, he said, “There’s the first one.”  To which I cautiously replied, “What was that??”  He informed that it was just one of his favorite OB jokes. 

So, yesterday when I heard him say something about ‘4 cm, 90% effaced…’ I asked him to repeat himself.  He said “You’re 4 cm, 90% effaced, at -2 station.  You’re a dangerous woman.”  He then speculated that I wouldn’t make it to my due date and told me that most first time moms labor for an average of 20 hours and he was guessing I’d be at about 8.  He said to make an appointment for a week, but he wouldn’t be surprised if he saw me before then.

And wouldn’t you know it – I hadn’t had any noticeable contractions before my appointment, but last night they started up.  I wasn’t sure at first, because I’ve never had a contraction, but after a while, I figured they must be contractions, because I couldn’t come up with any other explanation.

Now we wait…

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Good News

My doctor informed me that I have the correct color of nail polish on my toes.   Apparently, women with red toenails have more successful vaginal births versus women who have pink toenails, who are more likely to have a c-section.  I’m not really sure what sort of science this is based on, but he’s a doctor and he claims he has cosmetologists who back him up, so it looks like I’ll be sticking with OPI’s “I’m Not Really A Waitress” for a few more weeks!!

Then he asked if we were going out of town this weekend.  I said no and asked why.  He said if we were, then he’d check my progress, but since we weren’t, he’d wait until next week.  Then I said we were going to Des Moines, but he said that didn’t count.  Oh well…I guess I can wait a few more days.

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27 days?!?

I should remove the ticker on the side, because when I see how many days are left, I’m always shocked!!  We’ve finished our childbirth classes and the breastfeeding class.  Although I’m fully aware that there’s still plenty we don’t know and plenty we’ll have to figure out specific to BabyMort, but I feel like we’re as intellectually prepared as we can be.  We have her nursery and all her ‘stuff’ ready to go – Aaron even cleaned out the car and installed the car seat over the weekend.  I’ve been on Craigslist like crazy and we’re planning on going to garage sales over the weekend to try to get a few last big things – a stroller, swing and pack & play.

My heartburn has been a lot worse for the past week or so.  I’m also having more trouble sleeping, but luckily I can take naps during the day now!!  I start my weekly doctor’s appointments on Thursday.  I’m looking forward to this week’s so I can find out how she’s ‘hanging out.’  I feel like she’s sitting really low and sometimes it feels like she’s laying sideways, because I think I can feel her head on one side and her butt on the other.  I don’t have anything to back that up though…

At the end of this week, BabyMort will be considered full term.  She’s losing all the fine hair that’s covering her body and is gaining about an ounce a day now.  She doesn’t seem to appreciate it when I use my belly as a shelf – for a plate, a book, or even my arms.  She gets extra squirmy when I do.

36 weeks

36 weeks

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