Wednesday, August 29, 2012


I'm very excited to report that Madeline did not have any screaming fits last night, and only one the prior evening!!! Success! I'm still not getting much sleep, but hey, I'll take 3 hours over nothing.

Yesterday ended up being an extremely busy day. I had an OB check up in the morning, Madeline's pediatrician appointment (which also led to an hour trip to Target), along with our typical daily routine. It was nonstop. Plus, I took Madeline with me, so it was my first adventure out alone with her....and it was fine. I don't feel so confined now know that I can actually successfully take her out on my own.

She now weighs 5 lbs, 11 oz and is 19.5 inches long. Another great appointment. She also has been violently spitting up the past 2 days, so the doctor prescribed her Zantac (hence the Target run) and stated that it's probably due to reflux, which is also common during this age, and can explain her nightly screaming fits. She said to try it for a week, if there hasn't been any progress, then she's just crying just to cry. Plus, it will take a few days to really start working. I'm hoping it helps with the spit up. Anyway, she goes back to the pediatrician in 2 weeks, unless the spitting up continues, then they'll do an ultrasound late this week. Here's are two photos from yesterday:

She also lost her stump last night. And, her hair has significantly lightened since birth. It was dark brown, and now it's turning into a medium to light brown. I'm just hoping she doesn't get my natural hair color, which is an ugly ash color. Seriously, there isn't much color in's not dark blonde, it's not light's just ugly ash.

I haven't lost any more weight since my last post. At the weight I'm currently at, I usually have to workout pretty hard and really watch my diet to get down where I want to be. So, still 6.5 lbs to go. I'm not sure if breastfeeding will help with the last pounds, since I haven't lost since my last post. I have lost 1 inch, so only 1 more inch to go, too. I was hoping to start walking this week, but I'm still way too sore, so maybe next week? I certainly hope so. I hate being inactive!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Peace what we are needing right now. The past few days have been extremely difficult. Madeline's screaming sessions have turned into 24 hour screaming fits. Which means, absolutely no sleep. We can get her to calm down if we hold her, but I'm trying to figure out if she's screaming just to scream or if it's because she wants to be held. And, we can't hold her 24 hours per day, plus, I don't want her screaming to be held...I don't know, I'm at a loss. I'm just exhausted.

"Sleep when the baby sleeps" can go out the window. She's gotta be exhausted, too, since she might be sleeping 6 hours in a 24 hour period. Every time I try to nap, she starts screaming again. It's like she knows I want sleep and she spoiling it for me on purpose. Of course, I'm kidding, but that's what it feels like right

Mornings and evenings have also proven to be difficult because of all the basic things that need to get done like cooking, eating, bathing, feeding Madeline, pumping, etc. Some are better than others depending on how the day goes. If I didn't get any sleep the night before, by the time 4pm hits, I am so tired and hit a wall of exhaustion.

I really don't know how working moms go back to work 4-6 weeks after delivery. I think I'd go insane or have a nervous breakdown. Seriously.

Breastfeeding is so challenging, too. It's just so darn time consuming. I completely understand why some mothers choose formula feeding over breastfeeding. It's 100x easier. In the morning, I've been giving Madeline a bottle of my pumped milk to save a little time, but it's not always a time saver. I'm going to keep pushing through. My goal is to breastfeed for a minimum of 3 months, max of 6, but I'm hoping I can stockpile some pumped milk so it can go longer.

Speaking of breast vs. formula feeding..something odd I came across while pregnant. Everyone always asked if I would be breastfeeding or formula feeding. This is such a personal question. I just find it odd that most people think that it's an appropriate to ask. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't care if close family/friends ask (I don't mind at all), but I would have random people ask me..some that I hadn't even met before. And, it was always the first question. I guess it's just not something I ever thought to ask someone before. I just find it bizarre.

Each day has flown by. Most days I don't even know what day it is. Tommy goes back to work this week, but he's off tomorrow and works from home on Tuesday/Wednesday. That being said, Thursday and Friday should be interesting for me. But, at least he has a 3 day weekend so I kinda get a small test run before having to go a full week by myself.

For a weight loss update, I've lost another 3lbs since my last post. I'm 6.5 lbs away from my goal weight. I also went ahead and pre-ordered Tracy Anderson's Post Natal Workout (available Sept. 4) and Tracy Anderson's Cardio Dance (available Oct. 2) to help get toned again. I would like to start walking this week, but I'm still pretty sore...not sure if I'll be able to do it just yet. I might give it a trial run this evening if I find the time for a brief 20 minutes.

Of course, I can't blog without adding photos of Madeline. I'm trying to take photos daily, but it's hard with the way things are going right now. I know eventually things will calm down (I pray), but right now is such a challenge.  Here are a few photos I took of her the other day:

I'm really hoping that tonight goes much better for us. We shall see!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

So Happy!

I posted yesterday about my Bellefit garment and the 1 inch inside latches that I'd like to get to...well I'm there! I noticed yesterday afternoon that it was loose on the current setting, and sure enough, I was able to move it over to the final 1 inch. It seems kinda crazy since when I first attempted to wear it on Saturday, I literally was stuffing myself into it like a sausage. It barely fit me.

I also lied. I wasn't going to jump on a scale until next Tuesday, but during our Target run, I decided to go ahead and just buy one. Guess what? I'm back at my preconception weight! I ended up gaining 20 lbs during the entire pregnancy. Now, I still need to lose 5-10lbs. I'm aiming for the 10lbs. I had a gained a little weight last fall.

Of course, I know I'm also retaining a lot of water right now due to swelling. It can take weeks to go away. I'm just so thrilled. I know the last pounds are always the most difficult to lose, so it may take me some time.

Our Target run was successful. Although, on the next run we need to use the stroller. This time, we just set the carrier/carseat inside the shopping cart (The Chicco Keyfit doesn't allow you to put it in the upper purse area).

These are photos taken before our run to Target!

I also want to share my favorite photos from Madeline's hospital photoshoot. It's amazing that she already looks so different since last week. I just picked out my favorite photos and posted them below. The hat in first photo was actually made by Sandra (aka So-So)!

It's feeding time for me. And I'm off....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

1 Week, 1 Day

The past two nights have been significantly better. However, Madeline is still colicky during the evening. The screaming is lasting around 1-2 hour periods, instead of the full 6-8 hours. I'm still exhausted. Her feeding schedule is just wearing me out. We definitely think she has her days/nights mixed up. It makes sense, because she was most active in my stomach between 9:00pm-Midnight, and that's generally when the screams begin.

The explosive poops have also begun. She dirtied 3 outfits I'm just hoping the poop stains come out of her clothing. I washed them, but you can still see the stains. We have to use baby detergent, so if anyone has any recommendations for the stains, please send them my way!

Yesterday, Madeline was 1 week old. Below is her 1 Week photo. I had originally planned a super cute outfit, but she pooped all over it. So, this is what we get. She still looks adorable.

I'm also really liking my Bellefit compression garment. I can tell a big difference in just a couple of days of wear. It's recommended that you wear it at least 12-24 hours per day. It's comfortable during the day, but I've been taking it off at night because it's digging into my ribs because of the way I lay down. It barely fit me the first day I started wearing it (Saturday, I think), and now it's stretching out a bit. There is another closure I can use 1 inch tighter...I'm going to be so excited when I can use it! There are three different styles: pull up, zipper, and corset. I went with the corset because I didn't know whether or not I'd be having a c-section (corset is recommended for c section mommas).

I reluctantly decided to take my measurements this morning. Since I don't have a scale at home (on purpose), I need a baseline. Basically, I need to lose 2 inches to get back where I want to be. I think it'll be totally achievable if I'm able to start getting workouts in next week. I think I might weigh myself at Madeline's pediatrician appointment next Tuesday. Surely, they won't mind? Or, they might think I'm absolutely crazy! At least, that will give me a full two weeks since delivery just to see where I'm at.

I know I probably shouldn't be too concerned about the weight, but I want my body back so bad. And, I know it can go either way with breastfeeding. Some women gain weight, some women lose. I hope I am one of the lucky ones who lose. Everyone tells me I'll lose, but every person's body is different. I've also been eating much better, too. I've really only been craving healthy foods, which is a big help. I haven't even wanted the cheesecake, cupcakes, cookies, etc. Of course, if it's sitting in front of me...I'd probably want it.

Tomorrow, Tommy and I are going to attempt a Target run with Madeline. I need a practice run with him first, before going out on my own. I'm going to be so nervous the first time I have to go out with her by myself.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Where Does the Day Go?

Oh my goodness. I cannot believe how unbelievably busy a newborn keeps you. Granted, I knew it would be work, but wow. It also doesn't help that Madeline has been up all night the past two nights with severe colic. It's awful...nothing works. She screams bloody murder....hours and hours on end. I'm really hoping this phase does not last long. We are exhausted. The screams are so loud that we can't really take "shifts." Sunday night the colic lasted for 8 full hours, and last night 6 hours.

To give you an idea of how busy each day is...I thought I'd outline today for you. Keep in mind, Madeline feeds around the clock every three hours...and a feeding usually takes one hour long. In addition, everything is taking me longer to do since I'm still weak. I'm not included normal everyday tasks in here, either.

7am-8am: Diaper change, feeding
8:am-8:30am: Pumping Session
8:30am-9am: Shower (thank goodness)
9am-10am: Breakfast, light cleaning, laundry
10am:10:40am: Blowdry hair, get myself dressed, fix hair, etc.
10:40am-Noon: Sponge bath for Madeline, change diaper, clothes, feeding session
11am-Noon: Feeding Session
Noon-1pm: Lance and Shellie visit 
1pm-2pm: Feeding Session
2pm-3pm: Pediatrician Appointment
3pm-4pm: Naptime (FINALLY)
4pm-5pm: Feeding Session
5pm-5:30pm: Pumping Session
5:30pm-6pm: Dinner
6pm-6:30pm: Bathtime for myself (I have to take a nightly bath)
6:30pm-7pm: Laundry
7pm-8pm: Finally a Break (Hence that I'm blogging now) 
9am-10pm: Feeding Session
10pm and onward: Attempt Sleep, Calm Colic (hopefully, not), Feed every 3 hours

And Repeat.

See? Pretty busyIt's difficult to even get a phone call in and taking Sophie out. I'm pooped.

Lance and Shellie were kind enough to bring us both lunch and dinner from Puffy Muffin today. It was so delicious! Thanks, guys!

At today's Pediatrician appointment, Madeline gained 2 ounces since Friday, so that's great! Other than the horrible colic, she doesn't have any other issues/concerns.

I also said that I was going to start posting my post partum photos. Well, I took two today. I haven't jumped on the scale just yet. I know I've probably lost at least 10 lbs, but I want to wait it out before I actually start weighing myself. I'll start working out again slowly in another week and a half. (I have no idea when I'll be able to fit workouts I also started wearing a Bellefit compression garment to help my tummy get back to normal.  So, I'm cheating in my photos, really. I'll start taking bare belly shots next week. My stomach has drastically gone down...I look how I did around 20-22 weeks pregnant, I guess. And my stomach is pillow-y. I know it's not going to get back to how it was. I'll probably have the standard Mom pooch - just part of it!

6 Days Post Partum Photos:

For some reason, my iPhone makes my face look long and

Speaking of post partum, my hair is disgusting. It's greasy at the top, then dry and stringy throughout. The night sweats have also kicked in, and meltdowns again. My hormones are just going bonkers right now. Hopefully, my hormones will calm down in a few weeks.

I know I keep bouncing around, but Nana bought Madeline the cutest bracelet. It's adorable. See below:

And that's it for now. I get to relax for another 10 minutes, then it's feeding time!


Friday, August 17, 2012

We're Home!

Madeline Kate and I were able to arrive home yesterday afternoon. I really thought I'd be able to udpate my blog throughout the week, but I ended up having major complications after labor and delivery.

But, first, let's get to the most important information - Madeline. She was born Tuesday morning at 11:36am, weighing 5lbs, 12 oz and 19 inches long. A perfectly healthy little girl! We were so thrilled that she didn't have any issues (other than low blood sugar right when she was born, but an easy fix).

Since there's been a lot that has happened during the past week, I thought I'd start by telling Madeline's Birth Story..beginning Monday night.

We checked into the hospital at 5pm on Monday evening. I was nervous, anxious and excited. They hooked me up to all the necessary monitors before they decided to start the induction process with the first dose of Cervadil. Everything looked great, and we began the Cervadil at 7pm. I didn't really feel anything, except a few contractions here and there, and I was having horrible indigestion. The nurses kept a close eye on me and were monitoring my progress. My blood pressure was high (abnormal for me), but I was convinced it was due to nerves. Hours later, my indigestion was absolutely awful, so they gave me an IV of Prevacid.

During the night, my indigestion became quite painful, my blood pressure was still high, and the contractions were picking up. At 6am Tuesday morning, my OB came in and decided to check on me. I was 1 centimeter dilated, and we went ahead with the Pitocin induction. My contractions started to pick up about an hour after the Pitocin, and my heartburn and indigestion had subsided.

Around 10am, my OB decided it was time to break my water. At this time, I was 3 centimeters dilated and making steady process. And oh my gosh, getting my water broken hurt so bad because I was fully effaced, and not on any pain meds at this time. Next, my OB said to go ahead with the epidural.  I was thinking, that this was probably going to be a very long day.

I was nervous about the epidural, but they hid everything from me so I couldn't see anything. The epidural took about thirty minutes from start to finish. The hardest thing about the epidural was staying still during contractions. They were picking up significantly and becoming pretty painful. But, as soon as the epidural was in, I didn't have any more pain. It was amazing. I was checked again for dilation and at this time I was 5 centimeters. My blood pressure was still unusually high.

After the epidural, I felt great. It was a weird feeling everything being numb. About an hour later, they decided to check again, and I was 10 centimeters dilated! We were so shocked. The nurses asked me to do a practice push, then made me stop because Madeline was on her way! They called my OB, prepared my room, and we were getting ready. We made the calls to our parents to head to the hospital asap.

I pushed 3 times, and Madeline was born. It was not painful at all since I couldn't feel anything. I didn't even know that I was pushing...I just kinda had to guess how to push.

After Madeline was born, the nurses checked her out, and decided that she needed formula due low blood sugar, so they whisked her away for a few moments, then layed her in my arms. Tommy and I were so excited. I was able to feed, get cleaned up, then our parents were allowed into the room.

Everyone was so excited. The doctors and nurses were still monitoring my status, and I was fine (actually, I felt awesome), but my blood pressure was still unusually high. Our parents stayed for awhile, then gave us some privacy. Then, the horrible indigestion and heartburn kicked in again. And, I mean horrible. I couldn't talk, much less open my eyes much. It was seriously the worst feeling I have ever encountered. The doctor immediately ordered me a cocktail of Lidocain, Belladonna, and Maylox, as well as a pain medication through my IV. The cocktail was definitely potent, and would give me immediate relief. However, it took over an hour to get the meds, because the ER was having to mix it by hand for me. Let me to tell you, I have never experienced pain like this before. I seriously would have rather been in a coma. It was awful.

As soon as the drugs were administered, I had instant relief. The doctor came back in, and told me that I was going to have to be placed on magnesium and blood pressure medication. I ended up developing HELPP, a rare and most severe form of preclampsia. The indigestion and high blood pressure beginning on Monday night were signs that I had HELPP, but they weren't aware that it was as severe at as it was until I got my blood work results back.

I was put on the magnesium, and felt okay until the next morning. On Wednesday, I was so loopy and out of it, it was seriously awful. The side effects hit me all at once when I was attempting to eat breakfast (prior to breakfast on Wednesday morning, I hadn't been able to eat anything since Monday night, plus once I started the magnesium, I could only drink 50mg of water per hour). I could barely even hold my fork. And, I started to cyring, and freaking out. I just didn't think I'd feel that bad.

I was given the highest dosage of magnesium available, and once I was off of it, it slowly started to fade. I was told that evening that my HELPP Syndrome was so bad that if I hadn't been induced, I would have likely had liver failure and/or bled out by Thursday. Sometimes, things happen for a reason. All this time, I was so worried about Madeline, and I never thought anything would be wrong with me. I'm so thankful that everything is okay. It's very scary to know that both of us could have easily died, had I not been induced Monday. I'm sure if I wasn't, I would have just assumed that my indigestion and heartburn wasn't a big deal and just dealt with it...that is until Tuesday's episode.

They continued to monitor me, and decided to release both Madeline and I on Thursday (my labs  significantly improved and my blood pressure lowered). Tommy and I were both exhausted and anxious to get home. Since we've made it home, I still feel loopy, exhausted, and I'm quite sore from the delivery. We are all taking it easy. Madeline is doing great, feeding well, and is just absolutely a joy. Sophie is doing well with Madeline, too. She's still not quite sure what to think.

Tommy has also been excellent during everything. He's been such a great Dad and big help. I'm thankful to have such a loving and attentive husband. Our parents have been wonderful, too. We are truly, truly blessed.

We haven't had any other visitors just yet - I'm still feeling pretty crappy to be honest, but I know each day will get better. Today, we had Madeline's pediatrician appointment, and all was well. She's now down to 5lbs, 4 oz, but it's completely normal to drop during the first week. We go back on Monday for a weight check. By then, my milk should come in and her weight should be increasing.

Going forward, I'll definitely be able to post more often! I've only spoken to our parents, my grandmother, and Bran and Michelle. Oh...wait. I have to share a video that Brandon and Michelle made for Madeline. Actually, I'll post it tomorrow. It is seriously the coolest video ever...and if you know my's so him. We love it!

Until tomorrow...I'm off to rest!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Here We Go...

Well, it's official. Tommy and I will be parents no later than tomorrow afternoon. I'm checking into the hospital this evening at 5pm to start my first round of induction medication. Unfortunately, they are not going to allow me to go back home...I'll have to stay at the hospital for the duration of the labor process.

From today's growth ultrasound, we found out that Madeline's abdominal measurements dropped back down to the 7th percentile (previously was 8th, then 20th, now 7th), so with the drop, they have decided to go ahead and attempt an induction.Her estimated weight is 5lbs, 12 oz (4lbs, 12 oz last month)...which would be only 1 lb gained if accurate, and is at the 8th percentile. During the last month of pregnancy, babies should be gaining anywhere from 1/2 lb - 1 lb each week. Of course, weights can also vary higher or lower.

I'm effaced, but not dilated at all, so we're not sure if the induction will take. There's a chance that we'll have to proceed with a c-section early in the morning (5-6am) if my body doesn't respond to the first round of medication. If it does, then they'll start with the Pitocin. If not, I'll go in for the dreaded c-section.

Oh, and guess what? My OB delivered on Friday. So, I'm delivering with a different OB whom I've met with beforehand. Thankfully, she's the one on call tonight and tomorrow, so at least I feel comfortable with her. But, today's appointment was a complete mess. First, they just had me down for the biophysical ultrasound...then the tech asked because she thought it was supposed to be a growth...then of course did the growth. Next, since my OB was out, they had me seeing the nurse practitioner since they thought it was just going to be the biophysical ultrasound results, etc. So, then after that, we had to wait on the "on call" doctor to make the ruling on the new measurements. It was frustrating...I haven't had any issues with my doctor's office and today was just not the day to have them. Thankfully, we have everything settled, scheduled, and I feel much more confident.

Tonight won't be too eventful. Tommy and I will just probably watch television in my hospital room all night and attempt to sleep. There is a chance that the first round of medication could go ahead and induce the labor completely (best case scenario) and we'd have her tonight, but I don't think that's going to be likely.

I'll try to update my blog when I can and post photos of Madeline!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

This Is It!

Since my last post on Friday evening, I've been feeling much better. I'm still up at night with random contractions, but I have been able to get a few hours of sleep here and there. I'm getting more and more uncomfortable each day - the back pain is ridiculous by the end of the day. So much so that I'll just go to bed because it's so painful.

Yesterday, Tommy and I did enjoy our brunch outdoors at Vittles. I ordered lunch, he went with breakfast. Tommy made the better choice. Mine was just okay...but his pancakes were really yummy. Later in the afternoon, we headed over to my parent's house. My Dad smoked a pork loin, sausage, corn, and we had mashed potatoes and brownies for dessert. It was delicious and also my dinner plans for this evening. After dinner, we ventured into a furniture store to walk our food off, plus, Tommy is insisting that we need a new couch upstairs. Okay, I'll give him some credit, I've had that couch  for 7 years or so and it's not exactly great quality.

The couch he wants is literally the most comfortable couch I've ever sat on...even my parents agreed. But, we've got to wait to see these medical bills roll in for Madeline before we can even consider getting a new couch. At first, I wasn't on board with a new couch, but we literally spend 90% of our time in our bonus it would be nice to at least be comfortable. Plus, our dining room is still empty. We need a dining room table, too! We're probably just going to have to wait awhile on both.

In other news, I finally got a new phone. I switched from a Droid X to the iPhone 4s. First, I will admit that I am not the most technologically advanced person, however, I do have a few gripes about the iPhone. In a phone, I just want the basics requirements nowadays: quality camera, apps, recorder, voice, email, text, music, internet, etc. I don't need anything super fancy. My one gripe about the camera is that it only allows you to directly upload to a few items. For instance, I cannot directly upload a photo to Facebook or Photobucket...I have to go into the app, then upload. I find it odd that I can directly upload to Twitter, but not Facebook. It's just an extra step that I'm not a fan of (my Droid allowed me to upload to any app directly from the camera). However, the camera is 10x better than my Droid, which was one reason why I wanted a new phone. My next complaint is the voicemail access. There's a voicemail tab under the the "phone" icon, however, you cannot directly dial to voicemail from the tab, it just shows you the phone number that left the voicemail. Just another annoying step, really. Overall, I like it, especially since it syncs with my iPad. Siri hasn't been super helpful just yet, but I haven't needed her assistance just yet, either. And, I had to post my new case. I understand it's a tacky and gaudy, but I love it.

Of course you know that tomorrow is the big appointment. My appointment will last around 2 hours, so I'll get done around Noon. They could send me immediately into labor and deliver or we'll schedule induction/c section for this week. However, Madeline will be arriving no later than Friday!!!

I'm posting my final 38 week belly photo! This is it!

Friday, August 10, 2012


Basically, describes my day/night. I was up all last night with constant contractions. I really thought I might be heading into real labor. Some contractions were very painful, and would wake me up if fell back to sleep. But, no, not real labor. The contractions decreased after I got up for the day. But, then, the constant nausea decided to set back in. I felt horrible. And, I still have the typical braxton hicks, constant pinching pains, back aches, exhaustion, etc.

Randomly today I felt the sudden urge to devour a cheeseburger. Not a food I typically crave at all...but Tommy went and grabbed me one along with a big Sprite to settle my stomach. Actually, I haven't had a strong craving in a long time. Meaning, I need to have it right this second. So much for my "health quest," right? Ha...well, I've been good so I'm not going to worry about it.

Along with everything else today, I had a few meltdowns. I'm hormonal, tired, anxious, and well 9.5 months pregnant. To sum it all up - today was definitely not my day.

I'm still not feeling well. I feel very sluggish. I tried to nap a few times during the day, but I could never get comfortable. I'm hoping tomorrow will be much better.

I'm so ready for Monday's appointment to get here already so we can have a final plan nailed down. Of course, we've been over every possible's just determining which one will be the course of action.

I'm actually pretty calm about the whole labor and delivery process...for now. I'm sure once it's scheduled or if I'm rushed immediately to labor and delivery, I'll be a nervous wreck. I think choosing to skip Thursday's appointment was a good idea. While the biweekly appointments have given me peace of mind, they also make me anxious. But, I'm down to the very last one!!!

Plus, it's not like I can really have a birth plan of my own. Not that I really have anything out of the ordinary. I definitely want the drugs, and I want Madeline to get all the necessary shots, medications, etc. It's also important that Tommy and I have about an hour or so after Madeline's birth to bond, feed, etc. to ourselves before our parents come in to meet her. Hopefully, since I'm pretty far along now she won't be whisked off to the NICU ward. Otherwise, no one will get to see her for quite awhile...not even me! (With the exception of being held up to us after delivery).

So, that's pretty much all we know for now.

As far as this weekend goes, Tommy and I are going to try a southern style restaurant nearby for brunch tomorrow if I'm feeling better. My parents also mentioned grilling out either Saturday or Sunday evening. The weather right now is actually fantastic. It's in the mid 80s, lower humidity, and a nice breeze. I'm hoping to enjoy some of the weather.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Operation Health Quest

I've posted before that I don't believe in radical diets, but a healthy lifestyle. I call this a "Health Quest," and my journey is about to restart. I have to admit, I pretty much gave into eating unhealthy around 26 weeks, along with the inability to no longer workout - which is not exactly a great combination.

Not being able to workout has been extremely frustrating for me. I enjoy working out. I've always worked's just apart of my lifestyle. I am so ready to get back on the bandwagon. Of course, I'll have to follow doctor's orders post partum, but I think I'll still be able to at least go for walks. And, I plan on working out at home for awhile doing DVDs, but I am eventually going to have to get my gym membership back. I just have to have it, especially in the winter months.

I've already started eating healthier the past two weeks. No more daily cupcakes, pies, and cookies for me. I haven't gone full blown healthy just yet - but I'll get there. I'm trying to do it slowly so I'm not shocking my body. And, I still have to make sure I'm eating enough for two. Even on my "Health Quest" meal plans, I do allow myself a couple cheat meals and dessert within reason. I don't believe in just cutting everything out completely, otherwise, I'd fail miserably. My main issues are cutting back on sweets, carbs, and meal portions.

I know it's going to take some time to get my body back to pre-pregnancy shape. Although, I haven't gained a ton of weight, so I think I will be able to lose it all within 3 months. But, I know things are going to shift, and my hips and rib cage may take longer to fall back into place (If they actually go back to normal. They may not). I would like to lose an extra 5 lbs from where I was back in December. I had gained a little last Fall, and I *hope* to lose it. Of course, I'm being cautiously optimistic. It might end up being a PITA....and having a newborn along with a healthy diet and exercise isn't exactly easy. I'm just hoping I'll be able to juggle it. 

I also plan on posting weekly progression photos of my progress. Mainly because it'll be a motivator for me and I'll have to have some type of accountability.

To change the subject, my contractions have actually lessened the two days. However, my upset stomach, nausea, and constant zinging pains have taken over. I felt awful all afternoon. I just ate dinner, so I'm hoping that will help.

Zach and Leia graciously decided to bring us take out last night (I was good and had a soup and salad), and came over and hung out for awhile. It was so nice to have social interaction and catch up. They really are the best.

I have no idea what's in store the next few days. I'm trying to keep myself busy, but I'm out of ideas for now. Perhaps, I'll have a baby. That'll for sure keep me busy :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Another Week

I had my biophysical profile and OB check up this afternoon....and no induction this week! Madeline passed all of her testing again, and my fluids, placenta, etc. all look great. I'm 80% effaced, Madeline is engaged, and is getting herself ready. With that being said, she can still come on her own this week.

We went over the game plan again for next Monday....since it's the BIG ultrasound and it will determine c-section vs. induction, and what day I'll go. My OB said to plan on being induced next Monday night starting on Cervadil and they'll allow me to go home, then early Tuesday morning, I'll check back into the hospital and they'll start the remaining induction with Pitocin.

In the best case scenario, they'll let me go to next Thursday/Friday with the Cervadil/Pitocin routine, but no further. And, there's still the chance of the c-section, and immediately being induced after my ultrasound on Monday, depending on many factors.

Of course, the induction itself can always fail, resulting in a c-section. So, I'm curious to see how everything plays out. I'd like her to just decide to come on her own.

I also spoke with my doctor about how her pregnancy is progressing, and she said she doesn't predict herself going into labor within the next week. That definitely makes me feel least if she's there on Monday's ultrasound to nail out the final details. I understand if someone else has to deliver.

Overall, I feel a lot better after today's appointment. There's just such a fine line on how far I'm allowed to go, and still wanting Madeline to stay in as long as she can, too. My OB reassured me that they are watching me like a hawk, as well as the high risk OBs, etc. and I'm in great hands.

I'm actually going to skip this Thursday's appointment, too. My OB gave me the option, but since Madeline is so active, I'm not worried about it. And, my OB said that if anything does change, or my contractions worsen, call and they'll fit me in asap. So, I feel pretty good.

I did have more pinching, zinging pains last night along with Braxton Hicks contractions, but not any real contractions. And, I got around 2-3 hours of sleep which is better than nothing.

I have a feeling I'm just going to be induced next Monday/Tuesday as my OB indicated. I could be wrong...I've been completely wrong thus far on arrival predictions.

I just know I'll be an official mommy by the end of next week!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Full Term!

I'm very excited that Madeline has now made it to full term at 37 weeks! Also, over the recent 48 hours, Madeline has descended down even further and is now fully engaged. How do I know this? Constant stabbing, pinching, and pressure pains. Also, I'm getting these awful, startling, zinging, sharp, shooting pains going down my leg at random moments. They are extremely painful, however, it's a great sign that she's even more ready now. I'm still having some contractions on and off, but mainly Braxton Hicks for now.

I was thankfully able to catch up on much needed sleep Thursday night, but that all went downhill last night. As soon as I went to bed, my adrenaline started pumping (no idea why), and I was wide awake. So, I might have gotten maybe an hour last night? Hopefully, tonight I can catch back up.

Tommy and I went to dinner last night, then came home and I crashed on the couch. Today, we have the drywallers and painters making the final repairs on our roof damage. They were nice enough to squeeze us in on a weekend since they know I'll be giving birth in the next 9 days. (OMG - single digits now).

While they're painting, Sophie and I are going to head over to my parent's house so I can avoid the fumes. Plus, my hair is needing a much needed highlight.

Okay, so I've been cheating. Cheating on my hair guy, Wayne, whom I love. However, time, money, bed rest, etc. has prevented me in seeing him. So, my Mom has been filling in as my personal colorist. I actually took cosmetology for fun in high school, so I do know a thing or two about coloring. Plus, I use exactly what Wayne uses on my it makes it easier. I'm saving a load of money, but, I do need to go see him soon, plus I miss him. Nonetheless, my Mom really does a great job. I still recommend Wayne to everyone...he is so awesome!

I'm trying to decide if I'm done rambling this morning. Honestly, I'm just trying to pass the time for now. I'm anxious for my appointment tomorrow. It's around lunch time, so later than normal. I'm sure Madeline will pass all of her testing again on her ultrasound, but I'm anxious to see my progress. And, I was completely wrong about my predictions on her arrival. Of course, now I know it will be within the next 9 days, but I'm still crossing my fingers that she comes on her own...before the 13th to avoid the induction and/or c section scenario. And selfishly, I'm hoping my OB doesn't go early, either. I'd just hate for another OB to have to step in on my final appointment on the 13th and make a call. Of course, they have all my detailed information, etc., but it's still nerve wracking.

I did start drinking my raspberry leaf tea, and I've tried a few spicy foods. The raspberry leaf tea doesn't help induce, but it's supposedly supposed to help with labor. Of course, these are all old wives' I take it with a grain of salt.

Alright, I'm sick of hearing myself I'll call it a day!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sleep, please?

I ended up being up all night again due to contractions. However, this time around, I can distinctly tell the difference between a Braxton Hicks contraction and a real contractions. My real contractions start out low, then radiate and tighten my entire belly, then wrap around my lower back. I had both kinds on and off all last night, but not in any particular pattern.

I was anxious to go to my OB appointment this morning, and of course, after I got out of bed the contractions started to dissipate. My NST looked good, and I am slightly more effaced more than I was on Monday, and barely dilated. Some progress, I suppose.

My OB made sure to ask if our car seat was in the car, hospital bags packed, and everything was ready to go. Of course since I have to be prepared for everything, this was all done weeks ago. She also advised Tommy and I to have a "date night" this weekend (if Madeline doesn't come in the next couple of days), because it will most likely be our last for awhile. And, she prepped me again for when we need to go to the hospital if something happens between today and my appointment  Monday morning.

I mentioned my upset stomach, and she said it was my body's way of preparing for labor, and it's actually quite common, and a great sign. Now, if I can just get some sleep! While I'm happy I am making progress, I am in desperate need of sleep.

The reason why my contractions are more frequent during the night, is that while we are in darkness, sleep states, etc. our bodies produce oxytocin - which is what is released during labor and triggers contractions and dilation. This is also why many women go into labor more during the middle of the night, instead of during the day. Interesting stuff, huh?

Anyway, I'm cranky right now, and I'm going to go lay myself of on the couch and call it a day. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I cannot believe it's finally August. I've been counting down to August since I found out I was pregnant! We definitely know that Madeline will be an August baby.

*TMI Alert* My stomach has been so upset the past few days. I'm so nauseous, too. I almost feel like I caught some type of stomach bug. I haven't eaten anything out of the ordinary, I'm not worried/ I don't know what the deal is.

Today, I have had a sudden rush of energy come at me out of nowhere. I decided to deep clean the entire house, give Sophie a bath, do all the laundry, and organize. I know I'm on bed rest, but I couldn't resist the urge. Nesting is in full swing at the moment. I'm sure I'll end up crashing this afternoon.

I tried a new product this week - Suave's Milk and Honey Body Splash bodywash. I actually scored 3 of these for free a few months back when Publix had them on bogo, and I had $1 off coupons. I just got to open a new bottle this week. I really didn't think I'd like it too much, but it's actually great. The scent is hard to describe, but it's nice. Also, it is extremely moisturizing. I'd compare it to Bath and Body Works version. I'll be a return customer on this one...but I think I have awhile before I'll go through my 3 bottles!
Tomorrow I have my weekly NST appointment, and I'll update how that goes tomorrow afternoon. Also, it's a full moon tomorrow. There is an increase in births for some reason on full moons. My brother and I were both born on full moons. Maybe Madeline will make an appearance? And here's a little trivia for you...the phrase "Once in a blue moon" is based on a month that has two full moons (the second moon is called the blue moon which doesn't occur often). This August, we have 2 full moons. Tomorrow night, and another August 31st.