40 Weeks

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How far along?
40 Weeks (I’ve carried this baby for 3 days longer than Carter)

How big is baby?
19-22 inches, and around 6-9 pounds. The size of a watermelon.

What is Baby doing this week?
Babe’s lungs are fully functional! Babe has enough fat under his skin to keep warm.

Weight Gain?
32 lbs. (I gained a total of 26 with Carter)

Belly:
Continuing to grow!! Im measuring a bit smaller as baby has dropped down into my pelvis.

Maternity Clothes?
Oh yes, and Brent’s.

Stretch Marks?
I noticed my first mark…. its small tho, but yes, I have one.

Sleep?
I seem to have lots of energy in the evenings, maybe its because I’ve been napping when Carter naps. I’ve been going to bed around 10, waking up once to twice to pee and then sleeping till 630/7am (when Carter wakes)

Symptoms?
Just the normal, heart burn, having to pee all the time.

Best moment this week?
Having Brent home for 6 days, he’s busy nesting too (I’ll be blogging about his project)

Miss Anything?
When bending over to pick something up wasn’t so hard and I kind of want my body back.

Movement?
Jabs more than anything, babe has ran out of room.
Food Cravings?
Nothing
Food aversions?
Nothing

Anything making you queasy or sick?
Nope

Have you started to show yet?
You betcha!!

Gender?
Unknown.

Labor Signs?
Nope, none yet.

Belly Button- In or Out?
Still an innie.

Wedding Rings- On or Off?
Still on, I have no swelling.

Mood?
Feeling good, went to the Chiropractor and RMT this week, my hips are all inline and my body is nice and relaxed.

Exercise:
Walking, playing with Carter.

Looking forward to:
Meeting this little one, although after Easter, or after Good Friday.

Preparing for Baby by:
Cleaning up around the house. I have all my “lists” ready, the hospital bags are packed (except for the electronics and snacks). Carters stuff is all ready incase he needs to go anywhere. Frozen meals are all done, crib is up, diapers are washed and ready to go, so are the NB clothes. Got the City Select stroller all ready to turn into a double. Not much more I guess, although I’m sure I could always find something.

I’ve also been really enjoying my one on one time with Carter, I know that my attention is going to be shared between the two of them, so for right now soaking in all the little moments that I can get.

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Maternity Photos

With most of February raining I was nervous when it came to doing our maternity photos. I wanted them to be outside and was wanting a green background. But of course its “winter” and nothing has started to bloom yet, with nonstop rain for days, the parks were full of puddles, and we were searching for a place that would work with a non-walker-toddler.

And we found the perfect spot. The Steward House in the Cresent beach area. And in the end, it was a cooler, sunny day! So thankful.
Thank you to Heaton Photography who did our maternity photos and will be doing our newborn/family photos.

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36 weeks

Poor baby #2- I haven’t even done one blog post about this pregnancy. I have been keeping up with the journal tho! Just no time to write everything down twice these days.

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How far along? 36 weeks, 1 day

How big is baby? 20 inches, and around 4.8-5.5 pounds. The size of a honey due.

What is Baby doing this week? Babe’s lungs are almost fully functional! Since all of the growth and development has been done, babe is busy putting on weight before making their grand exit.

What is my body doing? With babe being head down, there’s lots of pressure on my bladder, that means lots of trips to the bathroom. It’s important not to cut back your fluids but just to make those trips.
I also this week got screened for Group B Strep. For adults its harmless, 30% of us carry it. But if it is passed onto baby and they get infected its bad news. To avoid this, if I’m positive I’ll just get IV antibiotics while in the hospital during labor.

Weight Gain? 25 lbs. (I gained a total of 26 with Carter!)

Belly: Continuing to grow!! Im just inbetween apts, I saw my midwives last week and will see them this week but Ive been measuring right on track.

Maternity Clothes? Yes, and this time around its not as easy to find normal clothes that will still fit. Winter you really need to buy maternity clothes. Since Im near the end Im rotating between many of the same outfits.

Stretch Marks? Still none!! Please stay that way!

Sleep? I wake up around 3am wide awake but I can fall back asleep within 15 mins or so. I’m getting up twice a night to pee, and since Carter sleeps through the night these sleeps seem amazing.

Symptoms? Just the normal, heart burn, having to pee all the time.

Best moment this week? I went back to the OB and he has given me the all clear to try for a VBAC!

Miss Anything?  When bending over to pick something up wasn’t so hard.

Movement? Little movements, theres not much room in there anymore for large kicks. Babe continues to have hiccups 2-3 times a day.
Food Cravings? A&W rootbeer

Food aversions? Nothing

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope

Have you started to show yet? You betcha!!

Gender? Unknown.

Labor Signs? Nope, not yet.

Belly Button- In or Out? In – for now, but its not as far of an innie as it used to be.

Wedding Rings- On or Off? On

Mood? Feeling good!

Exercise: Walking.

Looking forward to: Meeting this little one, although not too soon. After Easter, thats the date I want.

Preparing for Baby by: Nesting!!
The crib is put back together, I’ve made another 2 crib fitted sheets (one boy and one girl) The mobile is almost done (once again just need to add the last bit depending on gender), yesterday I pulled out the newborn clothes, they seem so tiny!
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Im more puffy in the face this time around….

Why Midwives?

Today is such a bitter sweet day, Carter is now 6 weeks old, and we had our “graduation/discharge” appointment today with our Midwife group. He now weights 10lbs and is at the 48th percentile.  We had to pack away all of his newborn clothes yesterday.

I’ve had a few people ask me/us, “how come we went the midwife route?”. I think I’ve always thought of doctors as being the ones to deliver babies but once I got into nursing school and saw that lots of moms had large tears and c-sections because the babe was born “on the doctors time”. This made me even more nervous about having a baby. But my friend had a baby with a midwife group and only had positive things to say (this was just over 5 years ago), until then when I thought midwives I only thought of home births, and yes many people still think this way. When family members heard that I had a midwife their next question was “are you doing a home birth?” I then explained to them what Im going to tell you…

Before we even got pregnant we had lots of friends get pregnant and go the midwife route here in Vancouver. Each one had their own reasons but the one group that we always heard wonderful things about was South Community Birthing Program.

So once we got pregnant we knew that the midwife way was what we wanted. We contacted South as soon as we returned from our trip from San Diego. They booked us for our 9 week (dating) ultrasound and an apt at the office the following week. It was a 45 min apt, we met two midwives and a doctor. (South Community has more than just midwives, its a team of doctors, midwives, duals, lactation consultants, nurses, nurse practitioners a nutritionist, and councillor).

Another reason why we love South are for their group sessions. (Some people are not real big fans of group) but I love being with other couples who are within a week or two of your due date. You meet once a month for the first 4 sessions then every other week until a month postpartum. We discussed nutrition, stages of labor, labor complications, breastfeeding, roles of duals, and then go into post babe care. We tell our birth stories as each baby comes along and of course its a great way of building community and meeting other moms. At group we also get our “tummies checked” (get babes heart rate, measure how big our bellies are, do our blood pressure, check our weight, and check our urine for protein and glucose. Once the babes are born they also get checked over (height weight, talk about any problems that you are having, ect)

I will say that I did have to call the team on call one morning (I was 37 weeks along). I was in so much pain all night, my lower left abdomen (more like just under my belly on the left hand side) the midwife called me back right away and was able to come over to my house to check me over. I had a feeling on what it was, and turns out I was right, Round Ligament pain. Not so much fun, and there isn’t too much that I can do, just wait it out. But none the less it was amazing not having to make an apt at the clinic. Her advice did help buy getting a supportive belt.

When I went into labour they were amazing, in fact I don’t even think amazing is the right word. I called them let them know that my water broke (because I was Group B Strep negative I was allowed to labor at home longer than most people) they told me to check in with them that evening if things hadn’t progressed or to call sooner if I would need them. They called me at 4pm that afternoon to check it, I was doing good so they said to call the on call person if I needed anything overnight. By 2am I called who was on call and told them wasn’t coping well with the pain that well. I also wanted to be checked over and get a Morphine/Gravol shot, because I wanted pain meds (they are not allowed to give them outside of the hospital), I had to go into Womens to get checked over. Once there I was put onto the monitor to get babe checked over. Found out that I was only 2cms, got lots of positive feedback from the team that I was doing well, (I really did need to hear that from my medical team) and that all I needed was some sleep, got my pain meds, and went home. They told me to call in the am once I woke up.

Now over 24hrs since my water broke, I went into clinic to meet with the midwives, they once again had lots of positive words for me and gave me a recipe for a cocktail to induce labor. That evening at 5pm they came over to my house to check me over (I love it when I don’t have to go anywhere and they come over, so convenient!) By 9pm I wanted to go to the hospital, I called the team and they met us there. I don’t think I can really describe the feelings that I had when you go into the hospital not really knowing what is going to happen and be greeted by people who you really trust, it’s like you know everything is going to be ok, even though in that moment you’re in so much pain with the contractions

Unfortunately I hadn’t progressed, so the discussion of an epidural took place. At South they lay everything out on the table and really let you decide what you want (to a point, unless your health or babes health is at risk). I didn’t feel forced to get the epidural and was comfortable with my decision to get one.

The team stayed with me the whole time (obviously not in my room but if I wanted them, they were there within a few minutes). When I was frustrated and disappointed that I wasn’t progressing like I wanted to they comforted us, and were always positive. I had my full trust in them, and not once did they disappoint. I was also so happy and relaxed (well a bit more relaxed) when I found out that they would be present in the OR for my c-section, I wanted not only Brent’s support, but the team who had been with us since babe was 9 weeks old there with us as well.

Once Carter was born they would check on us daily at the hospital, and even came to our house when Carter was 4 days old. They continued to see us weekly until today. Today he’s 6 weeks and we graduated from the program. It’s such a bittersweet moment. To leave them feels like I’m loosing my security blanket. If there was any questions or concerns over the last 6 weeks all I had to do was page the on call number and I could get help/answers 24/7. But I do have to end on a positive note, one of the doctors from the team, the LC and the NP opened a family practice that we are now apart of. So Carter will be seen by them, get all of his immunizations from them and will continue to take care of his, mine and Brents medical needs while we are in Vancouver. It feels so nice to have a GP, and to have one who we really love and trust.

And thats why we choose a midwife group over a doctors group. We wouldn’t have done it any other way and will be going back to South for baby #2 (when ever that happens).

 

 

38/39 Weeks

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How far along? 39 weeks, 2 days
This photo was taken Nov 5th – Baby Carter was born Nov 6th. Yes, I’m already in labor and have been having contractions for 30 hrs at this point.

How big is baby? Around 20 inches, and around 5.5-7.5 pounds. The fruit is starting to be pretty limited. This week is supposed to be a pumpkin, but we did that last week. So no fruit photo this week.

What is Baby doing this week? Babe’s lungs are almost fully functional! Since all of the growth and development has been done, babe is busy putting on weight before making their grand exit.

Weight Gain? 26 lbs.

Belly: I don’t think that the belly grew this week, maybe a bit. But I didn’t put on much weight.

Maternity Clothes? Yes, only really fit in them and nothing else. Well I do now wear Brents jackets and sweaters.

Stretch Marks? Still none!! 🙂

Sleep? Not like it used to be. Now waking up every hour and a half to two hrs to get up to pee. Also having ligament pain so thats keeping me up as well.

Symptoms? Round Ligament Pain.  Abouts as much fun as it sounds.

Best moment this week? Knowing that if baby comes anytime now that it’s ok! Can’t wait to meet the little one.

Miss Anything?  The regular movements that I used to be able to do. Bend, pick up items, put on my socks, not having to pee every hour.
Movement? Not too many kicks, babe is running out of room, lots of hiccups, and the occasional big movements.
Food cravings? Nothing.

Food aversions? Nothing new.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope, no nausea this week.

Gender? Unknown.

Labor Signs? Nothing other than my hips starting to open.
On Nov 4th at 5am my water broke!! I did make an acupuncture apt a few days prior to help prior to delivery, and I still went. I’ve never been to acupuncture before, not sure if it helped or made a difference but it was worth a try.

Belly Button- In or Out? It’s a flatty….. not in, not out.

Wedding Rings- On or Off? Off- took them off 2 days ago. My hands are starting to swell, although if I do go outside they go back to normal.

Mood? About ready to get this baby out. One of the moms in our group said that she’s sleeping better now that babe is out.

Exercise: Walking Izzie.

Looking forward to: The arrival of this baby.

Preparing for Baby by: Trying to get as much sleep as possible.

Maternity Photos

They’re here!!  
Our Maternity photos.

After seeing a “sneak peak” on facebook I was so excited to see the rest, then two weeks later we got a little “teaser” on Tanis blog.

and now… we have our photos!! There is only one problem… we have so many favourites, which ones do we print and frame?!?!

Like I’ve said before, I would recommend Tanis to anyone!! For brides, families, maternity, kids, ect (she doesn’t do newborns or else she would be doing ours) with that, I do respect her even more for saying that she’s not a newborn photographer.

Here are a few… ok, maybe more than a few.

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37 Weeks – Officially Term

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How far along? 
37 weeks 6 days.

How big is baby? 20 inches, and around 5.5-6.5 pounds. The size of a watermelon, but now its off season, so a pumpkin it is! Which is actually week 38. So there wont be a fruit next week, just a picture of me instead. 🙂

What is Baby doing this week? Babe’s lungs are almost fully functional! Since all of the growth and development has been done, babe is busy putting on weight before making their grand exit.

Weight Gain? 25 lbs.

Belly: Continuing to grow!! Measuring right on, 37cms.  Some of my maternity shirts are not covering up my stomach anymore….

Maternity Clothes? Yes, my mat jeans still fit me that I bought months ago, but shirts are no longer covering up my stomach.

Stretch Marks? Still none.

Sleep? I’ve started to have some troubles sleeping. It’s not falling asleep, its staying asleep. I’m not waking because of pain, I’m waking to get up to pee, and then feel that I have energy (as if I slept 8 hrs) and I’m ready to start the day. I’m usually awake from 1-3, or 2-4 every night.

Symptoms? Not much.

Best moment this week? I love going to our midwife appointments! We found out that babes head is really low, so thats good! We also had a group class as well, this week we discussed and learned about breastfeeding.

Miss Anything?  When bending over to pick something up wasn’t so hard.
Movement? Not too many kicks, babe is running out of room, lots of hiccups, and the occasional big movements.
Food cravings? Nothing.

Food aversions? Nothing new.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope, no nausea this week, and with babe being so low I can eat regular meals again.

Have you started to show yet? You betcha!!

Gender? Unknown.

Labor Signs? Starting to get some cramping this week, but no Braxton-Hicks.

Belly Button- In or Out? It’s a flatty….. not in, not out.

Wedding Rings- On or Off? On

Mood? Feeling good! I’m officially done work (on 3 weeks of Vacation, then Mat leave starts) I have nothing to complain about.

Exercise: Walking Izzie.

Looking forward to: The arrival of this baby, although the earliest that I hope babe arrives is Nov 2nd.

Preparing for Baby by: Made nursing pads, made some gDiaper inserts, made the crib bed skirt, and made two pail liners.

Here are a few more photos from our Maternity Session

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