Wednesday, January 28, 2015

{baby d}: the birth story

I apologize in advance as I have a feeling this may end up being a long post as I don't want to miss any details!

My birth story started on Thursday January 15, 2015 when I had my 39 week check up at the maternity clinic and I chose to have the membrane sweep done. I had heard that it didn't work the first time for many women, but I figured I would give it a shot. Later that day, I had a couple cramps and some spotting, but nothing major. Later that night, I woke up around 1am to let Harley out and noticed that I was having some cramps/contractions. They continued throughout the night, but I was able to sleep. I woke up that morning and mentioned to Mr.D that I was having some cramps/contractions, but he headed to work and to let him know if anything changed. I started timing my contractions around 9am, but there was no rhyme or reason to them (they were going from 5 minutes to 3 minutes to 1 minute back up to 6 minutes and lasting between 30 seconds to almost a minute). 

Just a small sampling of the contractions

Some of the contractions were super painful and I ended up in tears through them. I contemplated calling Mr.D at school around lunch time, but I knew he was in supervision (it is exam time at school right now) until 2pm and figured I could make it until he got home. He ended up getting home around 2:30pm and saw how much pain I was in and tried to convince me to go to the hospital then. For some reason, I was in major denial that I was in labour and was scared they were going to say I was only 2cms dilated at the hospital.

We finally headed to the hospital around 3:30pm and were lucky enough to hit traffic on the way there! Not fun when the only way to work through my contractions was to bend over something. At the hospital, we were checked into triage and was checked out very quickly. The nurse let me know that I was already 4-5cms dilated and the tears quickly started flowing! I was just so relieved that I wasn't going to be sent home. The nurse sent Mr.D to get me admitted to the hospital and I stood up to work through a contraction. As soon as I stood up, my water broke all over the floor! I was like oh no, what the heck am I going to do! Luckily, a nurse walked by and was able to help me get cleaned up. Shortly after that, we were moved into a labour and delivery room. The unit was pretty busy that night, but I was luckily able to get an epidural pretty quickly, which made the world of difference. The epidural itself wasn't too bad... a bit of a pinch. Mr.D was able to stay in the room as well, which was awesome as I thought he was going to have to leave.

Relaxing in bed and texting friends to let them know I was in labour
 The doctor didn't come into our room until 8:30pm and I hadn't made any progress, so she said she would be back in a couple of hours. We spent the time trying to relax and get some sleep. Around 11:30pm, the doctor came back into to check me again and I still hadn't made any progress, so we decided to start oxytocin. We tried to get some more sleep, but our room was right across from the nurses station, so it was quite loud. The doctor came back in around 1am and I had luckily progressed to 7cms. We were left again to make some more progress and get more sleep. Around 3:30am, we were given the great news that I was finally 10cms dilated and it was time to start pushing! I started to push around 3:45am. We had the best nurse that night, who was so supportive as I was pushing and I couldn't have done it without her! Mr.D was also fantastic during this time as he would count to ten and get me cold wash clothes.

My contractions were all over the place and because of the epidural, I couldn't always tell when I was having one so the nurse had to tell me when to push. It was such a strange feeling! After three hours, Amelia still wasn't coming out, so we decided to have the OBGYN come in and see what options we had. After a contraction, he said that she would definitely come with the help of a vacuum so we gave the go ahead. As soon as we said yes, it seemed like the room filled up with some many people! The vacuum was quickly put on Amelia's head and about 5-7 contractions later, she was born! I was so tired that I had my eyes closed for the whole thing, but Mr.D said it was a little horrific watching her be born with the vacuum if I am being honest. But, as soon as she came out, it was such a relief! The doctor put her on my stomach before they whisked her away to be cleaned up. 

Amelia was born on January 17, 2015 at 6:59am weighing 7lbs 4ounces and was 21.25 inches long. Once she was cleaned up and checked out by the doctor, Mr.D took her and did skin to skin as I was being stitched up (I ended up with a first degree tear). Poor girl had a bit of a cone head from the vacuum, but it went down by the next day. My mom and Mr.D's mom ended up showing up at the hospital that morning not knowing I was about to give birth and were able to see Amelia shortly after she was born. Shortly after birth, we were moved to the post partum unit. 


I just want to send a little note to Mr.D to say thank you for being so, so, so supportive throughout my whole labour and delivery. It was quite the experience and I know that I couldn't have done it without him. I also know that nothing will beat the kiss we shared after Amelia was born and that our relationship has only gotten stronger since she was born.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

{baby d}: week thirty nine

This recap is just a wee late, but I wanted to post it so I can look back on it one day :) 

Well, this is definitely not my typical weekly picture! I usually had Mr.D take my weekly picture on Saturday, but I didn't quite make it there. I was in way too much pain that day to take a real picture, so this is what you get. Real life :)

Feeling: feeling very pregnant but overall still good.

Workouts: I'm struggling to remember now, but I am guessing walks with Harley was the name of the game this week

  • I had my 39 week appointment on January 15th. I was measuring small, so the doctor put in a request for me to go for an ultrasound on January 19th to check on baby D's growth and fluid you know, I didn't quite make it there! I also decided to have the membrane sweep done that day. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Over pretty quick and not as painful as I thought- don't get me wrong, it was uncomfortable!
  • I made a bunch of freezer meals, so I could have easy meals to make once my mom leaves

Monday, January 26, 2015

Just a little update

I apologize in advance as my next few posts might be all baby related. Well, let's be honest it's going to be a lot of baby related stuff now that Miss Amelia has made her entrance into the world :)

Life has definitely been busy since we got home from the hospital on January 18th. I'm still not sure where the heck the last week went, but it sure flew by! My days have been filled with feeding, pumping, changing diapers, cleaning bottles/pump parts and napping. I'm not complaining at all either!

We've had a couple of doctors appointments (Miss A is doing well and is almost back at her birth weight), a couple visitors and lots of down time around the house. I'm slowly working on my birth story and hope to have it up later this week. 

Her milk drunk face

Falling asleep on the job
My BIL and nieces checking out Amelia

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

{baby d}: introducing...

Miss Amelia Eleanor decided to make an early arrival into the world! She was born on January 17, 2015 weighing 7lb 4oz with a full head of dark hair. Life has definitely been busy the last couple of days, so I will post her birth story in the coming week. Sometimes it's just too hard to stop staring at her and to stop watching Mr.D be an amazing and supportive dad :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

{baby d}: the nursery

As my due date nears closer and closer, I figured I better hurry up and finish the nursery! It's finally done, so I thought I would share it with you.

I had the hardest time picking a paint colour for the room, which meant it took me forever to start. I knew that I didn't want pink (nothing wrong with pink, but that's just not me) and I wanted something that wasn't super girly. I finally decided on a colour and set to work! I decided that I wanted the colour scheme to be the wall colour (not sure how to describe it!) with grey, cream and yellow accents.

View from the doorway
View of the left side of the room
The gallery wall- still going to add a few things
The right side of the room

Her closet

Overall, I am pretty happy with how it turned out. It's not an over the top type of nursery, but that's definitely okay!

Where I found things:

Crib- we were gifted it to us by my BIL & SIL
Dresser- found that last Christmas at Leon's for $200 as there was a couple scratches on it. So glad Mr.D convinced me to buy it then as it's the perfect size!
Curtains- Wal-Mart
Ubbi diaper pail- West Coast Kids
Chair- IKEA that we've had for a few years
Grey lamp- Wal-Mart
Square ottoman- Canadian Tire 
Frames- Michael's and Winners
Lamp- Wal-Mart
Crib sheets and bed skirt- Target
Giraffe print and 'love' print- made myself
Chalkboard labels- Michael's
Change pad cover- Tara's cozy creations

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

{baby d}: thirty eight weeks

 Just a friendly reminder that I am posting my weekly recaps a week behind

Feeling: there was one day this week that I was just wasn't feeling 100%. I was supposed to go for a walk with Erica and Quinn, but ended up cancelling on her and spending the afternoon laying on the couch. Luckily, I felt better the rest of the week. Starting to feel like I have to pee all of the time even though I just went. 

If I am being completely honest, I went shopping for nursing bras and that was not fun at all. I've enjoyed being pregnant, but I walked out not feeling great about myself or my pregnant body. 

Workouts: lots of walks with Harley still when it wasn't too cold out for it. I went for a walk with Erica and Quinn as well. 

  • we put together the swing that my BIL & SIL got for us. It's strange to see it in the living room!
  • Mr.D installed the car seat into the SUV, so it's finally ready to go :) 
  • we picked up the last few baby related things that we needed. Ie: a diaper pail, etc
  • enjoyed my first week off of work. Stayed busy with appointments, doing stuff around the house and visiting with friends
  • had my 38 week check up and things are still looking good with baby 
  • we finished hanging up the pictures in the nursery, so it's finally complete 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DIY closet dividers

Since I'm off work now, I have way more free time and wanted to do a quick and easy DIY project for the nursery. 

  • scrapbook paper
  • craft foam
  • mod podge
  • paint brush (I used a cheap black one that I could throw out after)
  • numbers
You can easily find a pattern for the dividers on Pinterest, but I found that they were just a bit too small for my liking. I ended up making my own using a plastic lid.

1. Once you have the pattern you want to use, trace it onto the scrapbook paper. Then using the mod podge, glue it onto the foam (I found that a regular glue stick wasn't strong enough).

2. Once the glue has dried, cut out the dividers.

3. I put a layer of mod podge on the top to help make them a bit more studier, but this step is totally up to you. Add your numbers and hang up in your baby's closet.

Total cost: $8 for the scrap book paper, foam and numbers. I already had the mod podge and paint brushes on hand, so those weren't included in the price.

A totally easy and quick DIY project!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Five on Friday

{one} Happy Friday everyone! Not being at work makes it tough to tell the days apart, but I'm definitely not complaining! Friday means that Mr.D is home for the weekend :)

{two} sorry for being quiet lately, but I just don't have that much to blog about. So far this week, I've napped, watched tv, walked Harley, went to the doctor, took the car in, and visited with Nicole. It feels like I've been busy, but nothing that exciting is going on. I'm trying to enjoy these days as I know they are getting more and more numbered :)

{three} I don't know what's going on this week, but I have seen some really weird stuff. Like:
  • a middle aged lady explaining a pregnancy test to a teenage Asian girl who barely spoke English while at Superstore the other day
  • an older lady touching all of the buns in the bulk bins at Superstore without buying any of them
  • a lady at Winners who was shopping with her dog in a stroller
{four} I feel like we are in a weird limbo state....not quite baby time, but then again she could come at anytime now.

{five} since my life isn't exciting right now (well, not quite yet!), tell me something that is happening in your life. Reading a good book? Watched a good movie lately? It can be anything!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

{baby d}: thirty seven weeks

Just a friendly reminder that I am posting my weekly recaps a week behind

Holy moly, we've made it to full term! It was way too snowy and cold out when we were taking the pictures, so inside it was.

Feeling: still feeling pretty good minus some groin pain that comes and goes. Besides feeling large and pregnant of course ;)

What I wore to the wedding on NYE
Workouts: still lots of walks with Harley and a couple strength training workouts at home

Only because Alison asked, here is a front belly shot. Wow nelly!
  • had my 37 week appointment at the maternity clinic and things are still looking good with baby. I had the group b strep swap the previous week and thankfully it came back negative, which means no antibiotics for me during labour. 
  •  Erica, Curtis and Quinn gave us a gift when we were over at their house on Sunday for dinner. Baby d sure is a lucky girl to have awesome friends and people in her life already!

    Question for the mom's:
    • I asked this on Twitter, but for those of you not on Twitter how many newborn diapers (if you had to use them) did you buy?
    • my doctor mentioned to me that I could have the membrane sweep done anytime now. Did anyone have this done? If so, would you have it done again with your next pregnancy?

    Monday, January 5, 2015

    Scenes from the weekend

    How is everyone's Monday so far? It feels weird not to be going at work, but also super nice at the same time! Let's see what we were up to last week and this weekend:
    • went to Mr.D's hometown for a wedding on NYE. It was a small, but nice wedding. We ended up leaving before 11pm...this pregnant lady can't hang out that long!
    • helped move Mr.D's grandma into a new nursing home
    • ended up coming home a couple days early because the weather was supposed to turn super nasty and the highway is not fun to be driving on when it's snowing and blowing out
    • hibernated while the weather has been so snowy and cold (it's been in the -20'sC for the last couple of days)
    • went to see The Imitation Game, which was really good!
    • took many wonderful naps
    • had dinner at Erica's on Sunday night- thanks again for having us over!
    The only picture we took at the wedding
    Tell me: how are things with you? What's new?


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