Monday, August 7, 2017

Birth Story .... (6 months late)

On Friday morning Jan 20, I got out of bed at 8:30 am and felt a tiny trickle of fluid. Baby had been putting pressure down low so I thought that maybe I peed my self a little. I walked into my kitchen with my underwear in my hands to tell Jason about it when more fluid trickled out. I still wasn’t convinced so I lay down for 30 min with a pad on to see if anymore came out – nothing. I called my midwife’s office and let them know and they said to just monitor it throughout the day as I had an BPP (biophysical profile) at 3pm that day with my OB. I had another small trickle but nothing that made me really believe it was my water. At my OB’s office, she called the lab for a special test to be certain, as I am GBS+ so I waited for that to arrive until about 4pm. She did the test and then sent it off and proceeded to do the BPP. I had plenty of amniotic fluid at that point. Just as she finished up she got the call from the lab saying it was in fact amniotic fluid – she looked at me and said you are having a baby! - head to the hospital to get started on antibiotics. She also said that she wanted me to take cytotec so help soften my cervix. She didn’t want to check me until I had a dose of antibiotics on board but she did visualize my cervix when she swabbed it and said that it was MAYBE 2cm. I asked if I could go home and get my bag and she said no. So I called Jason and he didn’t answer (he was at the hospital working so I knew I could find someone to find him). I called my Hypnobabies doula and by about 5pm I was in a room with Jason and my doula.

At this point, I felt VERY anxious. My water had been broken for 8 hrs but I wasn’t having any contractions or even any cramping. The nurses hadn’t started the antibiotics and I was very hesitant to take the cytotec. My midwife was out of town but I knew she was with some friends of mine so I called them and asked her to call me. She reassured me that she would also recommend that I take the cytotec. (Just a little back story – I switched to my midwife because I wanted a water birth and my OB said I couldn’t have one but the midwife said I could. I absolutely LOVE my OB and was so thankful she was the one that was on call for my midwife). Feeling so unsettled without bags, I sent Jason home to get the bags and pick me up a cheeseburger and fries. At about 7:30 Dr. B (OB) comes into the room and I tell her I have yet to have antiobotics… she flips out and gets it going ASAP. I also get my first dose of cytotec. My doula heads home and tells us which hypnobabies tracks to listen to and to call her once things get going. Most importantly she says – get some sleep! 
I toss and turn until 11:30ish (Jason actually sleeps) and they give me my next dose of antiobotics and cytotec. Still NOTHING is happening so I take a benadryl that Dr. B ordered in hopes of sleeping. About 15 min later I am roused with my first contraction. I try and sleep though them and use my hypnobabies techniques until around 2am when I wake Jason and let him know I need to get into the tub. I labor in the tub for about an hour and Jason times my contractions – they were about 2-3 min apart. At 3am I tell Jason to call my doula and I get out of the tub (I was SO HOT). Miranda (my doula) shows up at 3:20 am and as she is walking in I am saying I CAN’T do this! I had my “bloody show” while peeing and then Miranda gets us focused and set up on the birth ball fully supported with a mountain of pillows. Over the next 2 hrs my water proceeds to gush several times followed by one big gush while Jason was pressing on my back.

I don’t think that I had back labor but I wanted counter pressure on my back during each contraction. At 5:30 I look at Miranda and say – I think I need to push. She says – ok, push. I was like – what? Shouldn’t I be checked or the doctor be here or something? Shortly after the nurse came in and asked if I wanted to be checked. I said no because I was afraid of feeling the way I was and not being very dilated. At about 6:15am I asked to be checked and the nurse said you are complete and ready to have a baby! 

Dr. B shows up maybe 10 minutes later and we got the foot of the bed dropped so I was in a squatting position with the bar on the bed. The sun was rising so we opened the blinds and we were having a snowstorm! It looked like we were in a snow globe. So amazing. My contractions spread out a bit and I was able to rest in between. We did mother directed pushing so I pushed when I felt like it and as long as I felt like. Dr. B was there the whole time and was such a wonderful support – telling me that I was doing this perfect. She was the perfect person to witness my baby's birth. I was able to reach down and feel her head just inside - then I was at a point where my body said it was time for the baby to come out and I pushed and out came her head and Dr. B unwrapped the cord and then the rest of her came out. She was placed on my chest immediately and got checked out. Shortly after she started nursing and continued to do so for about 1.5 hrs. My placenta was birthed about 15 min after Hazel was born. I tore so Dr. B stitched me up and gave my vagina a spa experience with warm water. After about 2.5 hrs they took her to weigh and measure her and she weighed 6lbs 13oz and was 20.5 inches long and was officially born at 7:59 am as millions of women marched for women’s rights. Such a perfect day to bring my fierce little one into this world.

Jason, in all his excitement accidentally called vernix (the white stuff) meconium (poop). Ha!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2 Months

Someday I'll find time to write again. Until then there's this smile to hold you over. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1 Month

I'm very behind on the updates but I'll just drop this here for now. I will post the birth story and a few more details about the last month sometime soon. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

38 and 39 weeks

"Are you at the point where people are picking up the phone saying “Is the baby coming?!” when you call?
It’s right around this time that there’s a slooow shift from you being perceived as a glowing woman that is creating life, into a fat husk that’s hoarding that adorable baby they all want to see.
Some people can actually start getting a little testy as if you’re not going into labour on purpose.
Very few women go into labour on their due date (fewer than 5%) so try not to do what I did and count down the days to your due date figuring that’s when the baby would get here because it rarely happens.
How do you know if you’re in labour though?
Passing your mucus plug. Ah yes, the mucus plug. Once again medical professions have outdone themselves with the most disgusting terminology they could come up with.
Essentially you’ve lost the seal that kept your cervix closed for the pass nine months. It may come out as a lump or as increased discharge over a few days. The mucus may be tinted with red or brown, which is referred to as “bloody show”. Yep, bloody show.
I think we should refer to it as a baby cork and womb sealant.
No need to worry because it just means that the lid is off – labour could start in a couple of hours or even a couple of weeks. Just mention it to your medical practitioner when you see them next. Unless there’s blood, like real bright red bleeding, which could indicate issues with your placenta so shuffle off to hospital stat if you spot that.
Contractions are a good hint but Braxton Hicks contractions are always lurking to make you feel like a dummy for hitting the “show time” button. Try walking around if you have them though. Braxton Hicks contractions usually fade if you’re up and moving around versus sitting. Contractions also tend to get more intense with walking so that’s a good clue. If they start coming at regular intervals and increase in frequency, you’re probably ready to rock and roll. What you’re waiting for is 1-5-1, which is having contractions that are 1 minute long, every 5 minutes, for 1 hour. If you’re high risk your practitioner will probably want you in sooner.
Water breaking. You know how in movies a woman is always standing at a party while she delivers her “Oh my God, my water just broke” line accompanied by a gush of water? Well, this doesn’t happen to many women. In fact, most women are well into labour before their water breaks.
It is more likely to be a leak rather than a gush although those are sometimes hard to distinguish from sneaky urine and vaginal discharge, which are two other delightful side effects when you’re this pregnant. Easiest way to tell if you’re leaking amniotic fluid is to lie down. The fluid will pool in your vagina and come out when you stand up – pee and discharge won’t do that.
If you find you are leaking, pack yourself up and assume that you’ll be giving birth shortly. Once your water breaks you’ll either go into labour in the next 24 hours or your practitioner will start it for you.
Oh, if the fluid is green or brown call your doctor or midwife right away because that’s a sign that your baby may have pooped in utero and you don’t want the little monkey ingesting that.
Until that time though, I suggest you change your answering machine to “Hello, we can’t take your call right now, no, I’m not in labour, just not able to come to the phone. Leave a message and we’ll call you back later when I’m still not in labour.” Beep.

Or send them to" - Pregnant Chicken

Size/Info: 20 in and 7.3 lbs is the current guess! Baby Hammitt is the size of a small watermelon, short hair cat, or box of Krispy Kreme donuts.  Her lungs are fully mature now and while she isn't growing in overall size so much she is still putting on weight and growing hair. Her brain size has increased by 30% over the last 4 weeks.  

What is new this week? (Last 2 weeks): I have still been seeing my midwife once a week and twice weekly NSTs and once weekly BPPs. Everything has been on track. My midwife has checked me a few times and at first she said that I was fingertip dilated but then said I was completely closed. Damn. Janet and Dr. B have been talking and decided they wanted to induce me at 39 weeks but as my cervix hasn't been opening - my midwife thinks we should wait. She consulted the notes from Maternal Fetal Medicine and they said I could go until 40 weeks. Then I got a phone call from my midwife and she said that her and Dr. B want to induce me on Monday at 39 weeks 4 days. Their reasoning is that it is a compromise between what Dr. B wants and what MFM wants and both of them are on call. I am really torn as I want no medical interventions BUT Dr. B's concern is still birth with my advanced maternal age. I am not sure how one decides when still birth is thrown out there and the ultimate goal is a healthy baby but I do worry that medical interventions will lead to a c-section. For now the plan is to get checked on Monday at 39 weeks 4 days and make a decision then.

Baby come out hike

We finished putting together the baby plan so now we are all set to have a baby and everything will go as planned, right?!?

Symptoms: The baby has dropped and I can BREATHE!! I have felt so much better over the last 2 weeks. I worked up through Jan 11. and since I have stopped working the swelling has all but gone away in my feet. Yay!! My acid reflux is still horrendous and my joints are killing me - my knees hurt with all this extra weight and squatting down hurts them so bad! Hands are still swelling and I feel like a walrus on dry land when rolling over in bed.

Food Aversions:  Just feed me and tell me I'm pretty.

Food Cravings: Cold beverages! If I had smaller ice I might even chew on it!

Fitness: Can I remove this already?

Bump: I think because she has dropped I look smaller at 39 weeks! My face is definitely not as swollen.

Medications: The Heparin is the WORST!!! I am SO SORE.
7:30am: 750 units of Heparin
9am: 1 Prenatal and 2 DHA
7:30pm: 750 units of Heparin

Baby Preparations: Car seat is installed. Baby changing pad made. Diaper pail liner made. I have been sewing like crazy! Yay for nesting. I replaced the batteries for the baby monitor. Jason installed the cloth diaper sprayer - what a pain in the as with our weird toilet - on a side note he fixed the flushing mechanism on the toilet and I am so happy (it's the little things!). He also built a shelf for me downstairs to help better organize our crowded space. He's so handy. We got a go-pro from a friend so we are ready to video the birth!! Now we just need baby to come out!