December 4th 2013
After a morning of laboring at home and carrying on about our day we thought it wise to head towards the hospital. Here is the rundown of how the day went…
Myself, Nathan, my girls, my doula and a lovely friend who was helping to look after the girls during labor all arrived at hospital registration at about 3:40/ 4 pm. I was found to be at 4 cm with fluids intact and debated weather or not to stay at the hospital or to head back home.
Since everyone deemed me a “wild card” in terms of birth predictability and also because I tend to quickly go from minor dilation to transition we thought it best to stay at the hospital and to get settled in a bit while things continued to progress. (more…)
Yes, I’m blogging in labor.
While I’m not live streaming the birth this time (hospital birth remember?), I know everyone is waiting to hear about the labor developments so I’ll update you while I am here at home laboring before we head to the hospital.
Labor began this morning (39 wks & 3 days pregnant) as I was getting the girls on track for heading off to school. I was having back to back, painful contractions and back pain. My water hasn’t broken.
I even remarked to my husband “gosh, am I in labor or what?!” at one point while prepping their breakfast but with the many contraction spurts that have gone nowhere since before Thanksgiving I was just over paying attention to things I guess.
So, Nathan went off to work and I continued to get the girls ready for school while drinking my coffee and waking up. By the time I needed to drive Everly to school I knew things weren’t quite like my previous, lame contraction spurts. Anyway, I drove Everly to school with 6-7 min spaced contractions, cam back home with Adalyn and got a bunch of our crap ready for the hospital. As I write this things are about 4-5 min apart. (more…)
In the last weeks of pregnancy women often find themselves simply DONE with the process and ready to meet their baby. Even crunchy ones that are aware of all the reasons baby should keep cooking! Pregnancy often leaves your mind and body conflicting on many things… meeting that sweet baby ASAP is one of those things.
I’m the first to admit to feeling DONE with pregnancy towards the end. For starters, I’ve never been a glowing pregnant woman that loves being pregnant. Pregnancy is a pain in the butt among other things, it is hard and inconvenient. Sure It’s also quite amazing but that doesn’t make it less of a pain, for me.
Of course I’d love to have the baby now if he was ready to come and the thought of waiting till 42 weeks to have the baby is a hellish thought. (more…)
It is looking to be a super weird day!
BOTH girls slept in our room last night. They were so restless & anxious they couldn’t fall asleep, even after some warm magnesium “tea” (aka Natural Calm) and some time to unwind in their room. Eventually we let them come to our room where they didn’t sleep much. They weren’t playing or anything, just laying there awake… tossing and turning. his is super uncharacteristic of them. We didn’t sleep much either and I was even anxious and wide awake for some unknown reason.
“Spontaneous delivery is related to barometric pressure: Many studies have shown that changes in the weather affect health. In the field of obstetrics and gynecology, several events have been empirically shown to be related to the weather. Labor pain is controlled by the autonomic nervous system and various hormones, and is expected to be influenced by the weather and environmental changes. Several studies have been conducted on the relationship between delivery and barometric pressure, which shows constant changes with changes in weather, but there is no generally accepted view on this.” Read the study performed on this here. (more…)
Each time around the holiday season a number of people in my crunchy circle (what the hell is “crunchy” Talina?) find themselves upset when trying to mesh with non-crunchy loved ones that are often downright rude and generally not accommodating.
Year after year I hear about…
- People that insist on hosting a holiday celebrations but whom refuse to acknowledge an attending family member’s food allergy or food preference.
- People that downright un-invite you to events because of your crunchy preferences or food requests.
- People that accost you at events for parenting choices.
- People that just ridicule you behind your back.
- People having to prepare their own meals to take along to events where eating choices, needs or food allergies aren’t considered by the host.
- Children being slipped no-no foods, drinks or toys behind parents backs just to make the parents angry.
- Children being snubbed because of their parents crunchy choices about foods or toys.
While I don’t usually have to deal with meshing our own crunchy beliefs with family members around the holidays (since we live so far away from all of them and we celebrate by ourselves) but I do get my share of online “crunchy hating” or “crunchy flaming” so I can relate… (more…)
Things have been pretty non-stop around here lately, I’m guessing it’s just going to continue until our newest family member has joined us in a few short weeks.
Everly and Adalyn are practicing for the arrival of their baby brother and for the excitement of Christmas. Some days they are bundling baby dolls (that they usually never play with) in blankets. Other days they are wrapping toys in blankets and pretending they are gifts to open. Everly just grilled me on baby care techniques like carrying, holding and soothing. “Can we swing baby brother like this?” she asks while holding a doll by it’s arms…
Adalyn is always asking me about baby brother in my belly, she likes to try listening to him with a stethoscope and she hugs my belly and likes to lift my shirt to check it out often. She also always asks if he’s coming out now, then she does her baby having squat and makes a serious face. LOL. We keep telling her it’s not quite time yet but it will be soon.
We just had our “birth plan negotiations” with our delivering doctor last week and I’m happy to report, things seem to be smooth sailing for this “Homebirth in the hospital” that we are planning. The doctor isn’t giving us a hard time about our unconventional wishes and plans and I’m feeling really good about the upcoming birth. By the way, we wont be live streaming the birth this time but we’ll probably have a birth video to share afterwards… if we have enough hands to get a recording of it.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is fast approaching? We’ve been doing some Thanksgiving related home schooling these days and I can’t believe how darn fast time is passing! (more…)
The girls are sure interested in the upcoming arrival of their baby brother. We’ve been watching Call the Midwives some days and discussing how babies come and all the various things that are related.
You see, when Adalyn was born, Everly (who was 2yrs old and asked to be woken up so she wouldn’t miss it) was present and it was such a special family experience. A stark contrast from how we experienced being left with a relative for a day or two while our own parents went off to have their babies… Now that we have two girls under five years old we are prepping ourselves and them for the experience, should they wish to participate. (more…)
Can you believe I’m now 30 weeks pregnant? I’m thinking I am just a bit too large and pregnant to be tromping around various Indiana farms and visiting the local theme park like I normally would. This last weekend is the proof.
We enjoyed our first few nights of cool autumn night temperatures last week and the gardening season is winding down… well actually, my motivation to garden and stay productive is winding down. It’s no wonder.
I am now 28 weeks pregnant and the prenatal stats are in following my recent appointment. Despite my tiny frame, my food sensitivity flareup and my seriously lacking appetite these days, I’m measuring two weeks ahead and am still managing to pack on the pounds. (more…)