February 6, 2015 - It's A Boy!

So, we had a baby boy!! There isn't a whole lot to tell about the labour and delivery, but that's what follows.

On January 9, 2015, we were told to call our Dr. after 6p.m. to see if he could fit us in while he was on call that evening. So we called and were told we could come in at 8p.m. We packed up, loaded the car and went to dinner at my parent's place until we had to leave.

I don't think I've ever been that scared in my life. My pain tolerance is average to slightly above average. Still, knowing you are in for a night of pain? That frayed my nerves. we arrived to the hospital on time, which is a feat in and of itself since we are both late all the time. We registered and got set up. Then we waited... and waited... and waited. We chatted with some nice people in the waiting room; a man who's wife had twin girls. At around eleven we were told they finally had a room for us and if no one came to get us by midnight to go and ask. No one came to get us. So we asked. Finally, around 2:30 a.m. we got a labour and delivery room. I was so lucky my sister was in town - baby waited for her! We called her and my mom and they came right over. I was told I was between 3 and 4 cm dilated and they were going to break my water. I hadn't felt any pain yet. They broke my water, which was also painless. For some reason, I was shocked that the water was warm. I didn't expect it to be cold, but I guess room temperature? Anyway, after that there was more waiting. I was 41+3 so one my water was broken, I stayed put. The contractions started becoming painful shortly thereafter. I had always planned on having an epidural. Around 4a.m. I asked what the wait time was for an anesthesiologist and was told it would be an hour. I told them to put me on the list, because in an hour, I was going to be in a lot of freaking pain. Around 5a.m., I got the epidural.

Oh. My. Freaking. God. That was amazing. Seriously, I felt amazing. I couldn't feel anything and managed to get about 2 hours sleep. When I woke up it was because I was feeling... something.

It gets very TMI after this point. Reader beware.

Around 7 a.m., I called the nurse because I felt the need to push. I thought I needed to use the washroom. Turns out, the waves I was feeling were contractions and that need to push, well that was my body telling me to push baby out. The nurse checked me and said I was only 7cm dilated, but the need was so intense that she called someone else (I can't remember if she was a nurse or a resident, but her name was also Michelle) to check me. Michelle checked me and said baby was at +1 and I was ready to go! That felt like the best news all night. So, they get me all set up, I push my epidural button for another quick hit (didn't realize it at the time, but the button wasn't dispensing meds) and started pushing at 7:15 a.m. It was at this point my overnight nurse went off-duty and my new nurse came in. They were both amazing! The new nurse said, "if you feel the need to push, you push! Never wait." It was difficult not pushing when I was told I wasn't ready yet.

I have the most amazing Dr. He had an emergency c-section (at least I think that's what the nurses said) and he came in around 7:30a.m. - after he was officially off! - when I was pushing and delivered my baby! Things happened very quickly at this point. Between my Dr. and my sister, I found the right rhythm for pushing and at 8:09a.m. on January 10, 2015 I delivered a healthy baby boy! Husband cut the cord and everyone cried. My dad and brother were at the hospital already and they also got to meet the baby right away. Having everyone around was really amazing. I tore a little, so the Dr. stitched me up. The first prick of the sutures was unexpected and painful, so they told me to push the epidural button. That's when we realized that it wasn't delivering anymore, so I got some local.

Thoughts on the delivery: I think I had a bit of PTSD. My reaction after I delivered my baby was shock; happy shock, but still shock. I cried but in a "holy fucking crap! what now?" way. Husband and I named him right away and I got my hour of skin-to-skin while I delivered the placenta. Best feeling ever to deliver the placenta - such a relief! I felt so much better when I was officially postpartum.

I was not a happy pregnant lady. I was much happier after delivery.

I hesitate to say the delivery wasn't painful, but pain wasn't my first memory. The epidural took amazingly well. I had total pain control without being unable to use my lower half. I still had enough feeling in my legs, something I was worried about, to still be able to move them. I wasn't going to be able to stand mind you, but still felt good to more or less feel like I had the use of them.

Post-delivery there are all sorts of gross things they do - all of them felt pretty good. Baby got cleaned up, we got transferred to a private room (so worth the extra money!) and commenced being parents. Husband was amazing. He took to fatherhood immediately and he took great care of me since I couldn't really do much for awhile. I was really sore afterwards. I fell like a huge "DUH" is in order there. We stayed in the hospital overnight and then left on Sunday.... where Husband, baby, my brother and my dad started watching Sunday football. Yeah. Ridiculous!

January 6, 2014 - 40+6

So, I'm overdue. Surprise! (Yeah, not really.) 
On December 29, 2014, the Dr. told me I was 1cm dilated and he could feel the baby's head. terrifying I know. 

This week: I'm 2cm dilated and he can still feel baby's head. 
The good news: baby is perfectly fine and still moving around in there.
The "bad" news: baby appears to be comfortable. Or stubborn. Or both. 
The other good news: baby is coming this weekend one way or another. I'm being induced unless baby decides to show on its own. I doubt that will happen. 

I feel pretty okay; hungry a lot. The house is finished and that's great. I'm bored out of my mind though. There's nothing to do but wait. It's killing me. Husband and I went to the mall yesterday and wandered. It was nice just getting out of the house!

Excited to finally meet baby! News next week!!!

December 23, 2014 - 38+6

One more week until my due date! I can't believe we are almost there!!!

This photo was taken last week, but it's still pretty accurate.
Yesterday, my dad took me on a pre-maternity leave lunch at my favourite restaurant here, The Chase. He even ordered a special dessert!

Tomorrow is my last day of work before I take maternity leave. I can't believe it's come so fast! It feels like just yesterday that we learned about Baby. Now, baby will be here in less than a month!

My feelings about maternity leave are mixed; I'm excited to be able to stay home with baby, but I know I'm going to miss my job. I hope to have time to blog, etc., but I keep hearing how that won't be the case. Somehow I doubt that. Yet, it's still of concern that everyone keeps telling me.

Even though Husband and I don't celebrate Christmas, this time of year is so fun for us. The plan is to play some Cards Against Humanity and Monopoly with family, see a movie and eat some yummy food. Next week is a pretty big day, since we're getting some of the last furniture pieces we need, I'm looking forward to sitting in front o four fireplace and just relaxing. This would be better with some alcohol, but since I'm not okay to drink yet, that will have to be put on hold.


December 11, 2014 - 37+1

I'm term!

I should just leave it at that, but I won't.
Still craving so many sweets - today, it's jelly beans. Also: LEMONADE IS LORD. But, it must either be homemade or Simply brand.

I'm starting Mat leave on Christmas eve barring any early appearance of baby. (Please child, stay in there until January!) House is prepared; we even unpacked the change table, mattress and bassinet. The crib, etc. are in place and the hospital bag for baby is packed. My stuff isn't, but at least we have baby basics. Except wipes, I have to remember to get some portable wipes, the ones I got at Costco are way too massive for Husband's diaper bag.

Since I'm so type A, I've even started some draft baby announcements on Paperless Post. The e-mail list is pre-populated and we can announce baby as soon as we are ready.

What's left to do? We still have some furniture being delivered December 22. Ugh, the rugs are ... I don't know what they are, but they haven't come yet; it's irritating. Also, finishing off the last minute reno stuff is taking FOREVER.

December 3, 2014 - 36 weeks

Well, I made it: We're in the home stretch!!

Let's see: I'm measuring perfectly according to my Dr. Love my Dr. and his staff. I've checked off almost all the bits and pieces I needed to get ready for baby:

Nursery furniture is in. Crib, bassinet, change pad, change pad covers, diaper genie, diapers, wipes, towels, sleepers, bath wash, bath tub, and receiving blankets are all washed and in place. Cord blood banking (yes, we opted in.) kit is ready to go. Just have to pack the hospital bag, which we are planning on doing this weekend.

All but four and a half of the boxes have been unpacked and all the furniture that has been delivered (still waiting on a couple pieces) is set up and ready to go. It only took us a month and I may have worn myself out a couple of days, but we are done or as nearly done as possible all things considered. I can't unpack the last four boxes, all books, because our house painter is still using that cabinet to store paint.

The last four weeks have been crazy. My office staff threw a double baby shower with my colleague who left for maternity leave already. I am planning on working until Christmas. Frankly, I'm probably going to be working while on leave.

My appetite has returned with a force. Baby is growing and moving. OMG, is baby moving around in there. It's so weird; it's not quite painful, but sometimes very uncomfortable. Labour is imminent. Thankfully, between my Dr., my husband and my sister (the OB/GYN resident), I'm about as informed as I could possibly get. Baby sister is planning on coming in to the city as soon as my labour starts, if it's possible for her. She'll be number one on our call list. How cool would it be for her to deliver her niece/nephew?

Still don't know the gender; Husband is really into this surprise thing. I'm freaking out, since we don't have a boy's name (we have mostly settled on a girl's name). Surprisingly, my dad is also pretty adamant that we should opt for the surprise. Thus far, it's a surprise. I strongly suspect our little soccer player is a girl though.

Morning sickness has abated but not disappeared, so that could suggest a girl. Cravings have been insane too. Today, it's fruit; sour, tangy fruit like gooseberries and pineapple. And lemonade. All the lemonade in the world. It makes baby move around though; weird, right?

I even bought a few non-essentials for baby, like a keepsake book. Husband and I are both excited to fill that out. He's positively beaming with excitement. And worry - the man worries about me ALL the time. It's... unusual, but pleasant. He's been doing an amazing job taking care of me. I have a hard time getting in and out of bed, putting on my socks, etc. I can do it, but it's easier with a hand.

Once we finally got his man cave sorted out (this place is amazing!), we started watching movies and stuff down there together. My craft room is up and running too, so I can spend the last week of my pregnancy (or before) sewing a new blanket for my own little baby. Need to pick out the rest of the fabric for that one. Might wait until after baby is born and stick to "girl" or "boy" colours and then embroider it with baby's name. I have a patterned fabric all ready for the front.

Finally, a belly pic from yesterday:

Getting close! Getting large - I feel like a cow, seriously.