There are only a few words I would use to describe this year. Magical. Joyous. Fortunate. Surreal. Why? Because my precious baby girl was born, and I fell in love for the second time in my life.
When I first declared magical as my word of the year and completed my 2015 Vision Board, I really hoped that my desire to be a mother would come true. I prayed and prayed that out of all of my intentions for the year that one would come true. Sure I traveled, got into my MJ in Health Lawn program, which I eventually lost interest in, and barely finished the 30 Day Barre Challenge, but none of that compares to me becoming a mother; that was/is my greatest accomplishment of the year.
My little peacock aka P was born on October 29th. Baby girl was a little early, but only by 2 weeks and a day. Please believe me when I tell you that I just stare at her sometimes and marvel at how awesome she is. I love to kiss her head, play with her feet, pinch her chunky legs, and just smell her. Nothing like a newborn baby smell. I can’t believe she’s finally here, and I can’t wait to see the person she becomes. I’m in love and so thankful that God blessed us with this precious, amazing person!
Pre-Labor: You may or may not know that I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy. Thankfully, I didn’t need insulin, and my g.d. was diet controlled. Every day I had to count my carbs and proteins, test my sugar when I first woke up and two hours after each meal, and walk for at least 15 minutes 1 hour after each meal. Since I had g.d., they labeled me high risk, decided to induce me November 1st (week 39), and scheduled me to come to the doctor’s office twice a week starting week 32. I had to do NST testing twice a week, complete a biophysical profile once a week, and see my doctor once a week. Oy vey! Anywho, on my Tuesday appointment (week 38), the doctor told me my blood pressure was high, and she wanted me to check it Wednesday and Thursday at home before my next appointment that Friday. Well Wednesday, it was high all day, and I finally called my doctor once B was home after work. She told me to come in and have it checked. B told me he thought they were going to keep me since they were inducing me anyway that Sunday and that I should be prepared. Translation = Lets go to Fridays first to eat so we won’t be too hungry while waiting forever at the hospital. LOL! We finally got to the hospital around 11 pm, and unfortunately, my blood pressure was still high. Turns out, I had preeclampsia too, and they decided to keep me. Go time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Labor: After deciding to keep me, they checked my cervix, which hurt like hell. I was completely closed and not having any contractions. Womp Womp! They decided to give me Cervidil, a tampon-like medication used to thin the cervix that had to stay in for 12 hours. As soon as they inserted it at 1:45 am, my contractions started and were 7-11 minutes apart. I tried to fall asleep but was so uncomfortable in the bed that I couldn’t. Truth be told, the contractions didn’t really hurt; they felt more like really bad period cramps. On a scale of 1-10, they only got to a 7, but my spidey sense told me that I should inquire about an epidural before it was too late. My contractions were bearable, but I had a feeling that when they took the Cervidil out it would be too late. I got my epidural half way through, and by then, my contractions were 4 minutes apart. Fast forward……my doctor came in at 1:45 pm on her way out to check on me. My mom kept saying that P was coming today, and the doctor insisted that she was wrong. She said the Cervidil doesn’t work that fast, and they planned to give me Pitocin to push my labor further along. Well, the doctor checked my cervix and couldn’t really tell how dilated I was. She had them prop my hips up so she could get a better feel. Well, to her astonishment, I was completely dilated, and she was feeling P’s head. See, its a good thing I got that epidural because it was go time. They had to rapidly get the room ready, and by 2 pm, I was pushing. 5 pushes and 19 minutes later, P was here weighing in at 7 lbs, 1 ounce. =) Love at first sight.
Post-Labor: This was so much harder than labor. I didn’t even sweat my hair out during labor. It didn’t hurt at all not even when she stitched me up because I tore. After the epidural wore off, I had chills, my lady parts hurt like hell, and I was so tired because of the continual blood loss. I was emotional and unsure if breastfeeding was for me. I had the baby blues and declared that P was going to be an only child. Fast forward…..we are doing better and getting to know P is a joy. I am still on the fence about breastfeeding. My supply was low, and she lost a 1 lb after birth. Now, we breastfeed and supplement, and she’s gaining weight. I drink a lot of fluids and mother’s tea and take Fenugreek just to increase my supply. Oh, she also had a lip tie so we got her frenulum cut too.
P will be 7 weeks soon, and I am loving every moment of it.
Hi world! Thanks for all of your kind words and well wishes.
What I love to do: Sleep, listen to mommy sing and read to me, and take pictures.
What I hate to do: Sleep in my bassinet, get my pamper changed at home (I’m good in public), and people with loud voices
Mom will post a few shots of me. So I’ll see you around……