Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Meaning, THE end is in sight. There is light at the end of the tunnel. There's a tunnel! I finally have a date to be INDUCED!! Which is really good, cause after being pregnant for like 13.5 months, I was beginning to wonder if this baby would ever come out. Apparently all babies eventually do....who knew?!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Although I've been telling myself all along that I'll probably be overdue, I still had hope! Pretty much everyone I know is overdue with their first baby, so I fully expected it. But talking myself out of disappointment doesn't always work. Deep down I wanted to be exempt from the norm and have this baby early. Or at least on time!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
So, I don't want this blog to turn into one of those "My life is so Miserable that I need to Vent the negative things all the time" blogs. I consider myself a generally happy person and wouldn't change much of anything in my life if I could. For some reason though it seems like "the woes of life" are more entertaining to share - and perhaps that's true. And venting is permissible on occasion, but I'll try to limit it.
Anyway. Yesterday's post got me thinking about things ARE wonderful about being pregnant. (Plus I don't want to scare anyone out of having children.) There are far more blessings than fears, but I will only list a reasonable amount.
My Pregnancy Blessings:
- I’m creating a human being inside my body! How amazing is that?! miracle.
- I don’t have any stretch marks….yet.
- I have a wonderful, loving husband who is just as excited about the baby as I am! I seriously don’t know how single women handle pregnancy by themselves. I completely rely on my husband for so many things. Emotional and physical support, massages, etc.
- My husband has a great job with excellent health insurance (both of which we did not have when I became pregnant. Blessings!)
- Enormous support from family and friends. We’ve hardly had to buy any baby stuff thanks to the carloads of hand-me-downs.
- I like being able to eat as much as I want/can without guilt.
- I like being able to sleep in as late as I want/can without guilt.
- Ice Cream.
- My abs often do involuntary belly dancing and it's quite entertaining.
Okay, I’m pretty blessed. What are your blessings of pregnancy?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Okay, so I have to admit that I had fun fooling ya'll with that last post! Don't feel bad, I would have totally fallen for it too if I hadn't happen to be the one writing it :) But now that I've published my worst case scenario, I feel completely jinxed out of the possibility (I will NOT be having this baby on the front porch for the entire world to see!)
Which brings me to this post...
I've had some weird fears while being pregnant. Perhaps talking about them and admitting them will make them go away. Or at least I'll realize how normal (and ridiculous) some of them are.
My fears while being pregnant:
RAW MEATS - Eeeeww! I was totally fine before, but for the last nine months, the sight of raw chicken fat makes me want to gag, puke, and then gag again.
MISCARRYING – Who isn’t afraid of this?? Especially in the first trimester.
STAIRS - I'm scared to death of these! Not so much falling down them, but just thinking about the energy required to go up them makes me tired! Being in a townhome, we have TWO sets of stairs. Often, I stand at the bottom, stare up at the daunting incline, and try to mentally turn it into an escalator. It never works. I once had a dream/nightmare that I was in labor, and the only way to the devilry room was up a long set of stairs. I was petrified. "You have got to be kidding me!" was the overall feeling.
KNIVES - Every time I walk across the kitchen with a knife, I can't help but wonder what would happen if I fell and the thing just so happened to jab me in the stomach. When I told Kirk about this fear he just about started to cry. It is a morbid thought - but really, my belly skin feels so stretched out that the tinniest prick would surely bust it open. Ok, don’t' think about it TOO much...
LEAKING - So, this is more of a reality than a fear – remedied by constant insulation. I'm afraid of that white shirt unexpectedly budding wet eye balls while I’m out in public. I’m sure the best it yet to come.
AN EPISIOTOMY - 'Nuff said.
AN OUTIE – I’m still waiting for that thing to poke out….and I’m okay with that.
STARVING TO DEATH - Sometimes I'm so hungry that I don’t even have the energy to eat. Pathetic. Especially since I’ve probably just eaten about 20 mins before.
I know that some of you reading this are pregnant or have been. What are/were your pregnancy fears??
Monday, May 18, 2009
He's here! The little guy clocked in at about 10:45am on Friday May 15th at 8 lb. 8 oz! And it is QUITE a story!
The reason I say ABOUT 10:45am is because it all happened sooooo fast! Kirk left for work as usual at 7:00 that morning while I was sound asleep. I woke up just after 10:00 and felt these sharp back pains and wasn't sure what was going on. I could hardly move! And what I was hoping were just normal Braxton Hicks contractions became quite regular and intense. These were REAL contractions! OK, I admit that I'm a heavy sleeper, but how the crap did I sleep through that!?!
I finally made my way over to my cell phone on the other side of the room (crawling) and started calling people right and left. I called first Kirk and told him to start his 45 min commute on the MAX train right away! I then called the hospital and they said to come right in. Thanks, I kinda figured that I was in labor. So then I called my sister (who lives next door and was my planned ride to the hospital if Kirk was at work), however, she was not home and at least 3o mins away. Figures.
So there I am. In excruciating PAIN, all by myself! Needless to say.....I was freaking out! I was trying to remember all the breathing techniques I'd learned at the childbirth classes. I had been a great breather. I was top of the class! I got a diploma in breathing! But now, when it was time to use it, it all went out the window! I just did whatever I could to stop the pain. I had totally planned on having an epidural, so this was NOT in the plan.
And then...I feel like I'm about to the have the biggest bowl movement EVER! And I know what that means. I'd been warned. It means BABY IS COMING RIGHT NOW! NO!!! I tried to tell him to go back in and that he couldn't come out yet because Kirk wasn't here and there were no nurses and this was going to be waaaaaay too messy to clean up!!! We have white carpet!!
So I manage to at least make it out the door onto our front porch, collapse, and start screaming for help!! We live in townhomes so I have lots of neighbors (not that I've actually met any of them), but I'm sure that someone was bound to hear my cries for help! "HELLO! SOMEBODY! ANYBODY! I'M HAVING A BABY! HELP! HELP!" No body was coming! What kind of world do we live in!?!
Finally, after what felt like forever, this woman comes out and runs over and then stops dead in her tracks as soon as she saw me. I didn't blame her. By this point I had ripped off my pants, spread eagle, and was ready to somehow have this baby by myself! I was sooo glad to see her, first of all because she was FEMALE, but mostly cause I wasn't alone anymore. We didn't have much time for formalities ("Nice to meet you Ashley. My name is Angie. Where are you from? Yes, it appears that I am about to have a baby. Could you just do me a huge favor....")
This was a high class emergency! Of course, she was more flustered than I was and didn't know what to do. (I don't think she'd been this close to a birth before). In between my own panic breathing I yell at her, "JUST CATCH THE DARN THING!!!" She also called 911, something I probably should have done if I'd realized how fast this baby was going to come. Luckily they were able to kinda walk her through it over the phone. Poor girl.
I don't really remember everything that happened. It was all soooo FAST! All I know is that I was in tremendous pain, I was screaming at the top of my lungs, and I hear a huge RIPPING sound! And then I suddenly had this remarkable little baby in my arms. He was all covered in gunk and nasties, but he was here! And he was my baby!
After the ambulance got there, they rushed me off to the hospital and Kirk finally got there and everything was fine....until the baby started turning green and growing huge calves and biceps, getting bigger and bigger until he was the size of the Incredible Hulk!!!
......Oh wait. That's not what happened. In fact, I don't think any of that actually happened. Was it all a bad dream? Or just some horror story that I imagined in my head? Worse case scenario thoughts perhaps?? Yes that's it. I just confessed all my worst fears of labor and delivery online for anyone and everyone to read.
Sorry, but I couldn't resist. No baby yet. Still waiting. So, where'd the picture come from, you ask? Oh yeah, my sister-in-law had her baby boy last week and I just had to get a shot of me in the hospital bed holding her new little guy. I was going for authenticity. I think it turned out well. You can't even see my huge belly!
I'll be sure to let you know when the baby really comes. And I'm hoping that it's not as terrible as that CRAZY story J
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I've never seen a belly button look quite so much like a...well....belly button before. It totally looks like a tufted pillow. Or maybe the end or a giant hot dog. Ok, yeah, let's stick with "pillow."