cute videos from the hospital

Here are two videos of C from the hospital. He was just a day old here...


My big belly is a distant memory

Remember when I was pregnant? It seems like forever ago, but really it's been less then 10 days.  I still have a little belly, but it's nothing compared to what it once was when C was hanging out in there. My friends Shannon and Jake and I took some yoga/pregnancy photos in mid-February (I was around 35 weeks) so I'd be able to remember what I looked like. Here are a few....


C's first ride in the Bob

We took the BOB for a spin the other night with C and Red. The weather has been beautiful here and was perfect for a lap around Colonial Lake.
C seemed to enjoy his new digs. He even has his fists up and is cheering :) I'm nowhere near ready to start running, but it seems like it will work really well on hard surfaces and on grass. Awesome baby and an awesome ride!


Connor - the birth

Last Tuesday (march 16) I arrived home from work at around 6ish. I was feeling ok, but had noticed some cramping while at work. Kyle and I were both sitting in the office and at around 6:30 I mentioned I was feeling what I thought were contractions, but couldn't tell if they were real or false labor. I mainly felt them in my lower stomach, which usually means false labor, but wasn't sure. After a few had passed we decided we might as well start to time them, just in case.

For the next hour and half or so they increased in intensity and seemed to consistantly be 5-6 min apart. I also started to feel a lot of pressure - almost like my water could break at any moment. We learned in our baby clases to wait until contractions are about 5 min apart for roughly an hour before calling you doctor, so finally at around 8:15 we called the doctors office. The on call doctor called us right back (Dr. Osborne) and told us to wait another 45 min to see if they stayed the same and we would go from there. I'd had an appt the day before and was only a centimeter dialated, so we likely had some time to kill before it was really necessary to head to the hospital.

We were both starving, so Kyle ran out to pick up some food and I started to get all our things together and add some last min items to the hospital bag. By the time Kyle got back I was really feeling the contractions and could barely talk through them. I just wanted to get to the hospital as soon as possible and when the doctor called us back the contractions were about 3 min apart so he told us to get in the car and he'd meet us there.
I was checked in and in a bed by 10pm and decided I definitely wanted an epidural. I'd been undecided about it and wanted to see how things felt, but at that point couldn't imagine not getting one. I think I have a relatively high threshold for pain, but this was intense. The nurse checked me at 10:20pm and I was a centimeter and a half dialated and almost completely effaced. She called the anesthesiologist for the epidural and told us once that was all set we'd probably be able to take a nap and would likely have the baby early the next morning. Most women typically dialate a centimater an hour, so we had some time.

The anesthesiologist arrived and gave me the epidural (he's on the left and our first nurse, Connie, is on the right)
Overall, it was a little uncomfortable, but not bad. As he admistered the test dose, it seemed to have little effect and I could still feel my entire left leg. As he was figuring everything out, Dr. Osborne arrived and checked me again at 10:45. I was suddenly 6-7 centimaters dialted and completely effeced. He was shocked - we all were - and said he was going to go change because this was probably going to happen pretty soon.

The anesthesiologist quickly gave me a second epidural - if you wait too long and are too dialted they can't give you one. Luckily the second worked and instead of breathing through intense contractions, I was able to watch them on a monitor (two monitors were hooked up to my belly - one to monitor contractions and another to monitor the babys heartbeat). So when he was done Dr. Osborne checked me again a little after 11pm and I was fully dialated and almost ready to start pushing. My water still hadn't broken, so he went ahead and broke it.

Our nurse Connie was done for the night and Tricia, our new nurse arrived. She started to get some info from me for hospital records but everything was happening so fast, she wasn't able to finish and instead quickly got everything ready for the baby. Two other nurses wheeled in a baby warmer, a scale and some other equiptment.

About 20 minutes later, I was ready to start pushing. The epidural took care of the pain, but I could still feel sensations from the contractions, so as each one started I took a deep breath, held it for a count of 10 and pushed. We did three rounds of taking a deep breath and holding it with each contraction. Tricia and Kyle were right there with me the entire time - I think Kyle was actually taking the breaths and holding it with me :) I felt like I wanted to just keep pushing but they made me rest between contractions. After about an hour of pushing the contractions were back to back and finally at 1:39am on Wednesday, March 17th (St Patricks Day!) our sweet little baby arrived and screamed his head off. They immediately handed him to me and he promptly peed all over my hands.

Dr. Osborne clamped the umbilical cord and Kyle cut it. A few minutes later the nurses took him and wiped him off and began to weigh him, check him, give him an apgar test, etc.
he passed the test with a 10/10 and looked so cute and tiny!! He was 6lbs 3oz and 19'' long. They swaddled him and handed him to his Daddy as the doctor was cleaning me up.
Finally, after what seemed like hours, I was able to hold him again.
We were both starving - I actually never ended up eating before we went to the hospital - so Kyle ran out to pick uo some food and Tricia began to fill out all the paperwork we never got around to earlier. Kyle said he ran into the anesthesiologist in the elevator and he said " just so you know, that was not the norm". From the first contraction to Connor's arrival, I was in labor for seven hours total, with less then four of that in the hospital.

The epidural took some time to wear off and I remenber being freezing and shaking for awhile afterward. I nursed Connor and then they took him back to the nursery so we could get a few hours of sleep. Kyle stayed in the room with me and we finally fell asleep at around 4am. Three hours later they brought Connor back to nurse again, and we were up for the day.

We eventually moved from the labor and delivery room, which is pretty nice and large, to a sleeping room, which is not nearly as nice and tiny. We spent the next two days in the hospital hanging out with Connor, though he actually still didn't have a name at that point, and getting to know him. We decided we liked the name Alex and started calling him that to see if it seemed right. By the next day, we both decided Alex just wasn't right and finally decided on Connor as his first name and McIntosh as his middle nme. We went home on Thursday afternoon and it's been great ever since!
Kyle's very uncomfortable chair/bed
Going home!


A week ago...

....this was about to happen

We've had quite a week! We took C on his first walk in the BOB stroller tonight. He looked a little confused the entire time, but overall I think he liked it. About to head to bed - look for more pics tomorrow.


He's here!

Born at 1:39am on March 17, 2010 (St. Patricks Day!). 6lbs, 3oz and 19'' long. He is healthy and beautiful with big, deep blue eyes. He likes to make funny faces and seems to be a very happy little baby. We are home now and getting adjusted to having this little guy around, which isnt too hard because he is just so cute! He's turned into a nursing machine and is doing great with it - I almost can't keep up!

Will post more pics soon...


Crazy Pregnant Lady

My emotions and hormones have been fairly stable for most of this pregnancy.....until now. I thought it was the first trimester hormone surge that typically sent you into random pregnancy-induced craziness? Well, apparently it comes back at the end, too. Needless to say, I was completely not prepared for the ups and downs I've been feeling for the past few days. I feel like I could cry (and have started to) at the tiniest little things. I accidentally left my towel in the bedroom the other day and almost started crying when I got out of the shower because I had to go get it. My phone deleted the list of outgoing/incoming calls and it almost drove me to tears. And that's just the start of it. I've been a little less then pleasant to Kyle a few times recently and have had a pretty short fuse when it comes to reacting to situations.

Lots of women warned me that the last month or so is torture, but I just assumed they were talking about "other" people who simply can't handle it for whatever reason. I shrugged it off and just assumed I would be fine. Honestly, this pregnancy has been pretty easy and I am extremely grateful for that, but these last few weeks have really pushed me to my edge. Maybe "torture" is a little too strong of a description, but "challenging" definitely applies. I know once the baby arrives my swollen feet, sore hips, bloated face and unstable emotions will eventually fade. Hopefully I'll even be able to laugh about them. In addition to those physical symptoms, I've experienced an overwhelming anxiety about when/how it will all happen, fear about how intense the pain will be and how long labor will last, concern for the baby being healthy and strong, compete amazement that this all really happening - soon! - and that in a few short days I will be a mother. Combine all that while still working and living your everyday life and I now understand how the last month can really take it's toll.

I'm 39 weeks today and the due date is just a week away. We had a doctors appt today and ended up having an ultrasound because she was concerned about the level of amniotic fluid. Everything looked fine, though, and the baby is measuring at 6lbs 9oz, which is an estimate and could be off by as much as pound in either direction. She also asked (again) if I wanted to be induced this Friday and we said we'd rather wait and let it happen naturally. I have a feeling that when my water breaks (if that happens first) I'm going to be so excited that it's finally happening I might not be as afraid as I think. I'm still having contractions but nothing too serious or in any sort of pattern. I'm now 1 centimeter dilated and 90% effaced, so that does mean progress since my appt last Wednesday.

We'll keep you posted!


Well this is a familiar sight

Just kidding. We FOUND these swords in the closet (Kyle thought they were mine??) and we are assuming the guys who used to live here forgot about them and left them behind. Kind of a bizarre thing to just forget about. So, now we have no idea what to do with them. They seem rather authentic but neither of us knows anothing about swords, so if you do, let me know. 

Anyway, our living room is full of more boxes! And more Pottery Barn Kids nursery things! The glider arrived earlier this week - well, the glider frame and ottoman arrived but apparently the cushions come from another vendor and can 4-6 weeks to be shipped??!! So, in the meantime, Gary lent us his glider (thanks, gary and lisa!).
Only took a few minutes to put together. We moved the cushion from the other glider to the new one just to try it out. Looks great and can't wait to use it!
and then a few days later ANOTHER box arrived with the bedding. I laughed so hard when I saw this outside our front door I had to take a picture. We wern't home when the UPS guy delivered it, so he tried to disguise it with the welcome mat outside our front door. Totally hidden, right?
So, still working on what to hang on the walls, but here is the nursery so far. Can't wait until mini-mac moves in!


Full Moon Babies

Now that my belly is big enough to be noticeably pregnant, strangers frequently offer unsolicited advice/thoughts/comments and it seems as though the most popular topic is how I'm going to have my baby on a full moon. I actually keep ending up in the same check out lane in Whole Foods and the cashier has been keeping tabs on the full moon dates and my progress. My friend Shannon was convinced I was going to have the baby on Feb 28th (a full moon). Thankfully, I didn't, but it definitely get me interested in all this.

In some yoga practices it is recommended you do not practice on either a full moon or new moon because the energy of how the moon and sun are aligned can either be too grounding or too uplifting. Personally, I don't schedule my practices around the moon cycles, but I do believe there is some truth to it. Here is a link to an good summary from Ashtanga Yoga http://www.ashtangayogacenter.com/moon.html.

So...the new moon is scheduled for march 15th and the full moon for march 29th. I'm curious to see what happen :)


Any day/hour/minute now....

At least I hope so....

I'm 38 weeks and 2 days. I just got home from the weekly doctors appt and I'm now 85% effaced and 1/2 centimater dialated. THANK GOD! Basically that means (sorry for TMI if you are grossed out by this) my cervix is 85% thinned and beginning to open. You must be 100% effaced and 10 centimeters dialated for the baby to come and I was only slighgtly effaced and not at all dialated last week, so this is progress. My doctor said she could actually feel the top of the babys head and he is extremely low - even lower then before (and he was pretty low, then) so she thinks I will likely have a pretty quick/easy labor because he doesn't have very far to travel. That's all a guess on her part, however, so I'm hoping she's right, but you never really know for sure.

For the past two days I've had random mild contractions, lots of lower back pain and overall just feel different. It seems as though my body is getting ready, but it's so hard to predict. Some women can be fully effaced and a few centimeters dialated for weeks....

Every time I feel something new I wonder "is this it" but then it subsides and nothing happens. It's a game of hurry up and wait at this point. So frustrating at times, but I'm sure he will arrive whenever he's supposed to. My doctor did say I could schedule a time to be induced next week if I'd like, but I would much rather have this happen naturally. Of course, a different doctor is on call this weekend so if mini-mac does arrive my doctor wont be the one to deliver him.

As I was driving down King Street earlier I couldn't help but think, next time I drive this way I will probably have a BABY in the backseat - how bizarre!!


Bag are packed and we're and ready to go!

38 weeks down, 2 to go! Our bags are packed for the hospital and are ready to go. The car seat is still sitting on the dining room floor, but we're definitely planning to take care of that :)

I honestly never thought I'd see the day when the baby's room was organized and free of all the "extra" stuff we didn't know what to do with when we moved, but it's organized and all set for mini-mac. I do want to hang a few more things on the wall, but I'll take care of that over the next few days and if it simply doesn't get done before he arrives, then that's ok. I might even be feeling a little over prepared, which is kind of nice because whenever I over prepare it usually means things will go smothly and I don't end up needing half of the things I've brought with me. Plus, we are just heading to the hospital - not another planet - so we (or rather, Kyle) can still run to the store if we are in dire need of something we've forgotten.

Now we just wait....and wait.....

We had lunch with some friends yesterday and it was mind blowing to think the next time we see them we will have a BABY. We are so excited and can't wait for him to arrive, but its still INSANE to think an entirely new person will be joining us within the next two weeks. Hurry up mini-mac!!!


Wunder Unders have saved my life!

I'm sitting at work in my yoga pants. Yup, that's right. Luckily I have a job that is fairly casual so I can get away with it, but even if I didn't these pants are so versatile I could probably still wear them in a more formal office setting. I've had them for about a year and wore them to countless yoga classes before I was pregnant. They've been a staple all throughout my pregnancy and now finally - at 37 weeks - they are just about the only pair of pants I own that are still comfortable. I LOOOOOVE them!!!

What are these amazing things? They are Lululemon Wunder Under Crops in black. They even have a little pocket built into the back of the waistband for a spare key or a mini ipod if you are planning to go for a run. The fabric is comfortable and a little heavier then most leggings so there is zero risk of an underwear peep show- though they are still comfortable to wear in a hot yoga class. The waistband is wide and sits low, which is perfect for my growing belly.

Sorry for my random lululemon advertisment, but I truly love these things and had to share just how awesome they really are. What other pants can you wear before, during and after pregnancy AND to either the gym or to work in??? Amazing!


37 weeks = full term

37 weeks today (woohoo!) so the baby is officially considered full term, meaning if he was born today his lungs (the last thing to develop) are now fully mature and able to adjust to the outside world.  From this point on his primary function is really just to gain weight. He's probably slightly over 6 lbs and will gain about 1/2 oz a day until he is born.

We made a belly cast on Friday and it's still drying. Here is a small pic of it from my phone, but it prob looks a little weird to you...

Not sure what to do with it yet. Probably wont hang it on the wall, but I wanted to have it just to remember how big my belly was.

Another doctors appt on Wednesday, so we will probably find out more then....


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