Sunday, July 28, 2013

Slim Down Saturday

I forgot to post this yesterday so it's  really slim down Sunday, but o well.

I lost 2.4 this week so I now have 11 more pounds until my prepregnancy weight. I went on a walk Monday and Wednesday and yesterday. My goal for this week is 45 min walk 5 days. It's supposed to be super cool out this week so that should be do able.

Oliver was three weeks old yesterday!!

He loves going on walks

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Slim Down Saturday

I had my two week check up today to look at my incision. She said it looks good and that I can start doing some light walking. I've decided to do a weekly weight loss/exercise check in since I am now able to get out of the house more.

I gained 48! pounds while I was pregnant. Yikes! In two weeks I've lost 34.6 lbs. I have 13.4 more to go until I'm at my prepregnancy weight. Once I get there I will then decide if I want to lose more. I feel like I'm going to need to lose more than that to fit into my old clothes. My body shape has definitely changed.

I'm hoping posting every week will help keep me accountable.

Here are my starting pictures. And a picture of oliver because he's better looking than me.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

11 days old

Oliver is 11 days old and we are so in love.

He had his first Dr appt Friday and he's doing wonderfully. He weighed 7lb 6oz when he was born and left the hospital at 6lb 12 oz on Tuesday. Friday at his appt he was 7lb 2oz. In 4 days he gained 6oz! I wasn't too surprised though because he eats constantly.

Breastfeeding is going well. It's pretty stressful at night bc he isn't a very efficient eater. A nursing session usually takes an hour and then he'll sleep an hour and then he'll want to eat again. The past couple days he has been sleeping a little longer at night. We've had a couple two hour stretches and I'm confident that it'll keep getting better as time goes on.

We had his newborn pictures taken yesterday. I think they went OK. He was awake for most of the four hour session so it was hard for her to pose him. He is such an alert baby and really doesn't sleep as much as other newborns. He doesn't cry hardly ever though so I don't mind that he's always awake. I love seeing his big eyes. They are pretty much brown now, which we figured they would be since chris has dark brown eyes.

He also lost his cord sometime Sunday night! He has the cutest little belly button! Now we are just waiting for his plastibell from his circ to fall off and then we can start giving real baths instead of sponge baths. He hates the sponge baths so I'm hoping he'll like being in the water better.

I have a Dr appt on Saturday to look at my incision. It seems to be healing well. I feel pretty good. There is one spot that hurts pretty bad, but looks fine, so I'm wondering if something happened to an internal stitch. I'm just trying to do a little less until it feels better. It's hard for me to just sit though. I really want to go on walks. I took oliver on a walk around the block Thursday and that's when the pain really started so I've decided to just chill for a little bit.

Overall though, everything is going really well and we feel so blessed to have such an amazing little man.

Oooo and we've been using cloth diapers for  about a week and are loving them! Chris and I both like them a lot more than disposable. They are so easy and really keep the poop contained and off his butt. The poop just like sticks to the diaper. I wash a load of cloth diapers every other day. No big deal. Easy peasy.
July 9
Going home from the hospital!!

First day home

July 11

 July 12

July 13

July 14

July 15

Friday, July 12, 2013

Induction Day 2

I know this is way late, but honestly it's really hard for me to even type this out. After I got to 10cm my labor/birth experience was hell. It was not anything like how I had ever envisioned my experience being.

I last said that at 10:30pm I was 7-8cm and feeling wonderful. I had an epidural and was just waiting for 10cm. I text my parents and sister and told them it should be soon, but to just wait until chris or I text to come to the hospital.

At 11 I started shaking really bad so they decided to check me. I was fully dilated! This was it. Chris and I were so excited. Our baby boy would be born soon, or so we thought.

The nurses started setting up the room for delivery. Another girl was in labor the same time as me and actually got her epi right after I did and was now ready to push too. We both had the same Dr so she was going to go first bc she had the urge to push and I did not.

At about 12 the nurse decided I was going to start doing practice pushes. The Dr got there at that point to deliver the other girls baby. I was starting to feel a lot of pain. They had warned me that since I was having back labor as he moved down the epi might not work anymore, and it definitely wasn't.

At about 1:10am the other lady was done pushing. That was the longest hour ever. I remember asking like every 5 min if she was done yet. I was in so much pain and was so ready to be done.

1:15am my Dr comes in and I start pushing. The epidural is doing nothing so they just shut it off. They also upped my pitocin two more times. The pain was so bad, but pushing seemed to help and I was just so ready to see him that I was trying not to focus on the pain. I ended up pushing for two hours. I would push and then when I would stop he would go right back up. My pelvis is too small. Pretty sure I could have pushed for 50 hours and he never would have made it under the bone. I was crying from the pain and was so tired from being awake almost 24 hours. I just couldn't do anymore.
We then decided I was going to have a c section.

At 3:15am we started getting around for the c section. My pitocin finally got shut off. I was still having contractions but was no longer pushing so I pretty much wanted to die. Around 3:45 the anesthesiologist came to give me two bolus of the epidural. I signed my consents and chris put on his surgery outfit. At this point I was pretty much delusional. I was so tired plus the narcotics in the epi made it worse.

They wheeled me down to the OR and set me up. At this point my blood sugar was 286 so I got a shot of insulin. They checked it again a little later and it was 254 so more insulin. I got positioned on the table and chris came in. They did poked me with the knife to see if I could feel it. I could. They waited a few minutes and tried again. I could still feel it. Epidural wasn't working. They then had to rip everything down and start over. I then got a spinal and they set everything back up.

I was so tired/drugged I remember thinking I was going to die on that table or I was going to go into a coma. It was horrible. I kept falling asleep and honestly don't remember much of the actual surgery. I remember hearing him cry and then looking and chris and seeing that chris was crying. Baby was finally here. They showed him to me and it didn't even register in my brain that he was mine. I didn't really feel any emotion. I just looked at him and then fell back asleep.

The next thing I remember was being back in my room. We did skin to skin and I breastfed but I really don't remember much of that.

Oliver Charles Botts was born at 4:52am on July 6. He weighed 7lb 6oz 20.5in long and was perfect.

Things were still not good the next day. I ended up getting a blood transfusion bc I lost so much blood. I'm also taking iron three times a day for the next three months. I was also super nauseous and kept throwing up.

It was just an overall horrible experience. We finally got to leave the hospital Tuesday afternoon and things have been great since we've been home. My blood sugars returned back to normal so I no longer have to worry about that. Oliver is doing great with breastfeeding and is the most amazing baby I have ever seen.

I still don't have my computer so all the pictures I post will have to be from my phone until I can upload off my camera.

I also just want to quickly mention, bc it's also something I had to deal with emotionally, July 6 last year was the day we found out our baby no longer had a heartbeat at 11 weeks and was the day of my d&c. Its interesting how much can change in a year and that's really all I want to say about that.

July 6

July 7

Friday, July 5, 2013


I'm writing this from my phone and will update this post as I can throughout the day. This is mostly for me so I can remember things.

I woke up this morning at 4:45 and made Chris waffles and eggs. I knew he wouldn't be able to eat if he was staying with me so I wanted him to have a good breakfast. I had oatmeal.

We left for the hospital at 5:30 and arrived a couple minutes later since the hospital is only 0.3 miles down the road.

Check in took about 5 min and I was in my to by 5:45. The nurse tried to put an IV in my left hand, but that didn't work so she switched to the right. They checked me and I was 2cm 50% effaced and -3 station. My cervix is very posterior and the checks hurt so bad. I have the heart rate monitor, contraction monitor and blood pressure cuff on continuously. Baby is moving so much and hates the monitor so they have to come move it all the time. The nurse said after my water is broke they will probably do an internal lead so they don't keep losing him.

The pitocin was started at 6:30 and is increased every 15 min. It's 9:25 right now and I'm at 24. The contractions are definitely there but not too bad.

The Dr just checked me at 9 and no progress yet. She will be back after lunch. Right now chris and I are just watching Kelly and Michael and I'm trying to stay relaxed.

Pit is now at 33 and contractions are definitely stronger, but not bad. We are watching I didn't know I was pregnant. I think a baby story will be on soon. I'm getting really excited to meet baby! Chris's parents should be here soon so he's going to eat lunch with them in the cafeteria and my sister is going to come sit with me so I'm not lonely.

Contractions are every 2-2.5 min now and definitely stronger. I'm really feeling them in my back. They are during hour glucose checks now too. I just had my first one and it was 75. They want it between 75&100. Above 100 and I have to get an insulin drip. I just ate 1/2 a jello and I'm hoping that doesn't make my sugar go over 100 at my next check.  Dr should be here around 1 to check my cervix again.

My BS is still good, 77. Pit is at 42. I was checked and have made no progress. Pretty discouraging. I've been on it for 7.5 hours and it's done nothing. I'm not sure when I'll be checked again. The nurse said my Dr may even send me home. I sure hope not. I'm already here. I'm not leaving without a baby!

8pm update
At 3 my BS was 63 so I was given a popsicle. It was amazing. I was also having contractions every 1-1.5 min but could barely feel them. The nurse said she could only increase my pitocin two more times and then Id be at the highest does they are allowed to give. She said even at the highest does I probably wouldn't progress much. I was having contractions but they weren't doing anything bc they weren't strong enough.
At 4 my BS was 84 so the popsicle worked. Dr came and checked me at 4:30. It hurt so bad. I was 3cm but still very very posterior. She decided to break my water. The actual breaking of the water didn't hurt, but her reaching up there and grabbing my cervix almost killed me. I definitely cried.
By 5 the contractions were horrible. I was having insane back labor. I decided then that I was going to need an epidural. The nurse turned up my fluids and said it'd be about an hour. It was actually two hours. Those two hours were horrid. Chris was great through it all, but there really was nothing he could do. I was having contractions every minute, all in the back.
At 7pm the CNA came to do my epidural. It was in around 7:20 and started working immediately. The nurse warned me that it may not work well for back labor, but its been amazing. She checked me around 7:45 and I was about 4cm and a lot more thinned.
BS at 8 was 105. She's going to recheck it in a little bit bc she really doesn't want to start an insulin drip, and I really don't want one.
One more thing, I gushed so much fluid! It was insane. For two hours whenever I would have a contraction it would pour out. She was changing the bed pad about every 5 min and it was puddles. I already feel so much skinnier. Nurse said I probably lost 5lbs just in fluid. So crazy.

I was 5cm at 9:30 when she checked me. I also got a catheter put in. Baby hasn't been moving as much as they would like so I ate a popsicle and am on my left side. Also, in case anyone wondered, if you have an epidural you have no control over farting. Chris thinks its pretty funny. I think its kind of embarrassing. I feel like an old man.

7 maybe 8cm! Baby could be coming soon!
Last bump picture
39 weeks!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

3 daaaaays

This is going to be super short because my computer is in getting the screen fixed and I really hate mobile blogging.

I had a Dr appt Friday at 4:30 that landed me in L&D overnight. My bp was high, my pulse was super high and I had a fever. They immediately started monitoring baby and his heart rate was in the 180s and 190s. Super scary. They had to poke me twice for my IV and then I also got poked for labs to be drawn. All my labs and urine ended up coming back fine and by Friday at 10:30pm baby and I were both back to normal. I'm not really sure what the problem was, maybe dehydrated?  I got to leave Saturday morning and I was definitely ready to get out of there. I slept about two minutes all night.

Yesterday I had my last NST and baby passed that sucker in 15 min. After the NST at the hospital I had an appt with my Dr for a BPP. When I peed in the cup I noticed I lost my mucus plug and was also bleeding. She checked me and said she couldn't see where any blood would be coming from, so maybe just from losing my plug. I was also 2cm dilated and thin and soft. Baby got an 8/8 on the bpp.

My induction date got changed to Friday at 6am so I have less than three days until we get to meet him! I can't wait to see what he looks like, but also to share his name. Its been hard keeping it a secret this long.

I guess that ended up being longer than I thought! I will try to update Friday, hopefully my computer will be ready by then.