Wednesday, June 28, 2017

{baby d 2.0}: birth story

This pregnancy flew by and I still can't believe that Gabriel is here with us! Feels like we just found out that I was pregnant. I am a little sad that the pregnancy/birth is over as Gabe is more than likely our last baby. Unless someone can somehow convince Brian that three kids isn't that bad ;)

Gabe's birth story started on June 13, 2017 when I had my 40 week appointment at the maternity clinic. The week before, the doctor had asked me what I would want if I was to go overdue as they will only let you go to 41w3d at the clinic. The options were that I could be induced or I could have an ultrasound to check on baby/fluid levels and then hope my body would naturally go into labour if baby was looking okay. Seeing as I was already 40 weeks, I didn't see a point of waiting as baby was fully developed. At the appointment, I had my membranes swept and holy hell, it was way more aggressive than with Amelia! I think the doctor told me I was only 1cm dilated, so I crossed my fingers and hoped it would work like with Amelia. If not, they put in an induction order for Saturday June 17th. After the appointment, I was definitely uncomfortable and had a bit of bleeding. That night, I also took Harley for a slow walk in hopes it would help to get things going!

I went to bed that night and woke up around 11:30-11:45pm with contractions. I laid there for a bit to see if they were going to become regular, as I had been having a few random ones over the past week. Sure enough, they started coming on regularly and were painful so I started to time them. I woke Brian up around 12:30am to let him know and showed him on the app how close together they were. He wanted to leave right away for the hospital, but I was kept saying no. I finally gave in, so we packed up our hospital bag, got changed and woke my mom up to let her know that it was go time! The one wish that I had for this delivery was that I would go into labour either in the middle of the night or in the evening as there is lots of construction that affects parking at the hospital and I didn't want to deal with that. I got my wish! The drive to the hospital was terrible as my contractions were so close together (1-2 minutes apart and lasting 45 secs to 1 min). We got to the hospital around 1:30am and there wasn't a single other person in triage which meant we got seen right away. They were a bit concerned as I hadn't felt the baby move since my contractions started (not sure how I could focus on his movements when the contractions were so close together!). The doctor came in to check me shortly after that and I was 4cms dilated, so they admitted me. We were quickly moved into a labour and delivery room. 

Once in the labour and delivery room, the nurse got started on everything so I could get an epidural. The worst part was that she tried to start an IV on me twice in my left arm and failed both times, so another nurse came in to do it. Once it was in, I started to feel like I was going to throw up (and did twice), which never happened with Amelia. Felt way better after that! I think I got my epidural sometime after 2am and things were MUCH better. Gabe was handling the contractions well, so they didn't have me hooked up to the monitor constantly which was nice. I was checked every two hours and was progressing nicely, so we both tried to get some sleep (I didn't get much, but I know Brian was able to fall asleep for a bit). 

My water still hadn't broken, so when the doctor checked me sometime after 8am and I had only gone from 8cms to 9cms, they decided to break it. As soon as she broke it, I could feel the contractions like crazy and was so uncomfortable. The nurse could tell how much things had changed and guessed that I was fully dilated, so they checked me and I was. They had me start pushing shortly after 9am and it was intense! With Amelia, I couldn't feel any contractions and it was hard to push, but with Gabe, I felt WAY more. It was more of the intense pressure that I felt after each push. The pressure was so intense that I quickly started to cry (that's my natural reaction) and almost told myself that I couldn't do it. Luckily, Brian was there helping to count through the contractions and hold my leg back. I also had an awesome nurse who helped set me up into a position that made pushing much more efficient. 

Gabe didn't like the pushing very much, so the doctor said we needed to get him out quickly. That was all it took for me to push even harder and he was born at 10:02am. The relief that he was finally here was crazy and so amazing! The doctor quickly put him on my chest, and he stayed there for well over an hour before they cleaned him up and weighed him. Brian also got to cut the umbilical cord, just like with Amelia. I somehow made it out of this delivery without any tearing, which made recovery much easier. 

That face shows the relief and disbelief that he was finally here!

Gabe weighed 7lbs 10oz and was 20.5 inches long. We ended up staying in the labour and delivery room for close to two hours before they moved us to the post partum room. My mom brought Amelia up to the hospital later in the day and Amelia did so well meeting Gabe! She kept saying he was so cute and wanted to check him out. 

I stayed that night in the hospital, which wasn't too bad minus getting a roommate at 11:30pm. The next morning, we waited to get discharged, but the nurse practitioner thought she heard a heart murmur, so we waited to see the pediatrician. Luckily, she didn't hear anything (meaning it could have closed in the 1-2hrs we waited), so we were allowed to leave. It was way less scary leaving the hospital with a newborn this time!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Catching up

Obviously we've been busy since Gabe, but I thought I would do a bit of a catching up post. 

My mom flew in two weeks ago, but Gabe decided to take his sweet time coming, so we had lots of time to spend with Amelia. It included lots of trips to the park, getting ice cream, playing outside, planting flowers, daily naps.

I'm not sure who is more sad that my mom has left- Amelia sure loved having her here and we both wish that she lived closer :(

Monday, June 19, 2017

{baby d 2.0} Introducing...

Mister Gabriel Daniel finally joined our family (only four days overdue!) on June 14, 2017 at 10:02am. He weighed 7lbs 10oz and was 20.5 inches long. While he has hair (though no where near the amount Amelia had!), it's so blonde! 

Amelia is doing well so far as a big sister. She thinks he's so cute and has been giving him lots of kisses. My mom is here, so she has been getting lots of attention which I think helps too. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

{baby d 2.0}: week thirty eight and thirty nine

Feeling: pretty darn pregnant these days! Though, still trying not to complain because overall it's been a great pregnancy. I laugh when random people ask when I am due and I say this weekend and they can't believe it. I feel big, but maybe I'm not as big as I thought? My belly button is sure out and can't hide it!

38 weeks

I've been super tired the last week or so even though I have no problems sleeping at night. Luckily, I'm done work so have been having daily afternoon naps.

Big ol' naked belly
  • car seat and bases are officially in the vehicles!
  • baby laundry is done and mostly put away. A change station is set up in our room (easier for changing in the middle of the night since Amelia will be in her room and my mom in the spare room). I forgot how teeny, tiny the clothes are!
  • hospital bag is half packed. So far I have: towels, shampoo/conditioner, outfits, diapers, wipes, paperwork. Need to add: nursing bras, comfy pants, sandals, water bottle and snacks. What am I forgetting? 
  • had an appointment last Tuesday and my belly was only measuring 37cms. She didn't seem too concerned, so we will see what it's measuring today. I know I was measuring small the last week with Amelia and I was sent for an ultrasound that I never made it to (I went into labour before it). Heart rate was still good.  
  • I think Amelia is starting to realize that something is about to change. She is ALL about me lately and only wants me in her room at bed time (she tells me to sit down after I put her in her crib). I'm worried how she will handle me being gone to the hospital, but hopefully grandma being here will help.
  • starting to feel emotional about everything- when will I go into labour? What will it be like? Will it be faster than Amelia's? How am the heck am I going to handle having two kids?!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Scenes from the week + end

Happy Monday everyone! We had a great week last week and weekend. If you are wondering, yes I am still pregnant. 39 weeks and two days tomorrow. 

Let's rewind to last week:
  • Amelia went to the day home everyday except Thursday, so I was able to get lots done. Ie: grocery shopping, running around, cleaning the house, etc
  • Tuesday I had my doctors appointment and everything was still looking good. Bump update tomorrow.  
  • lots of naps were taken in the afternoon
  • the painter came and painted Amelia's big girl room, so we finally have the bed and everything set up. I'll finish decorating it after my mom leaves (she's going go to stay in there while she's here helping us)
  • got a much needed pedicure
  • Brian's rugby team had a game on Wednesday night, so I picked Amelia up and we went to watch part of it. She had fun chasing a rugby ball around and eating snacks more than watching, but that's okay :)
  • on Thursday, we had a play date with Alison (Delainey and Ryder) and Brie (Sully and Emmy) at our house. It was a nice day out, so we spent the time playing outside and having lunch outside. It was nice to be able to have a play date since we always missed out on them when I was working. Thanks again for coming!

On Saturday morning, Brian went for a bike ride with a friend, so Amelia and I hung out at home. The neighbours were outside, so we went to say hi and ended up hanging out in their backyard for a while. The kids had fun playing in the water again and Amelia was sad to go home (they had family coming over). I convinced her to leave by taking one of our daily trips to the park.

Eating snacks in the backyard
Wearing her "princess" dress before the park
Brian ended up getting home around noon, so we played outside for a bit more before Amelia went down for a nap. I'm going to be sad when summer is over and we can't be outside 24/7!

The rest of the day was spent hanging outside and we started watching Life in Pieces after Alison mentioned it. It's quite funny but wish some of the stories had better endings. 

On Sunday, we had a pretty slow start to the morning. Brian and I moved two dressers around and put stuff back in place before I headed out to the park with Amelia. She was pretty grumpy in the morning thanks to having to poop, but she finally had one and was way happier for the rest of the day. I apparently was tired from the park and moving a dresser because I ended up laying down in bed and falling asleep for well over an hour!

This picture of Amelia makes me laugh. For a girl who would only wear shoe boots forever, we finally got her to wear the purple shoes and now she wants to wear the princess dress all the time! It's the best outfit for sliding and playing outside of course ;)

Tell me: how was your week and weekend? 


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