Saturday, September 27, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Delivery - I can beat Domino's

Thanks everyone for the congrats!!
That delivery was totally different than the Kid, it was unreal!! With the Kid it was 22 hours from start of contractions until he was out...this baby- 4 1/2 hours!
Seriously. I started some contractions around 5am. But they weren't bad, kinda like the Brax Hicks I had on Saturday. So I just went out in the living room to watch tv since I couldn't sleep. The Kid and Hubby got up just before 7 and by then they were getting a little stronger (but I could still talk through them) and a little closer together, so I called the doctor. By the time he called me back we were getting our stuff together and the Kid squared away to get to school they were super strong. I still thought we'd still have all day.

We left our house at 8am... there was a little traffic, so by the time we got to the hospital it was about 8:30. The nurse was AWESOME and was trying to get my blood work back right away to get me my epi...but it was too late. I was hooked up to the monitor at 8:42. She checked me and I was 5 cm. Dr G came in about 20 min later and I was 7cm!!!! And then my water broke and he checked again and he said I was ready to push. Hubby says I pushed for about 5 minutes and he was out (the Kid was an hour and a half!)

But, I am so glad I didn't get the epi. I was feeling great after and could walk around and wasn't as exhausted as I was with the Kid. I would never have picked an all natural delivery, but I survived. LOL!
This boy has a scream that is in the octaves that would piss dogs off!! And the Kid slept through the whole night!!! Thank goodness!

I will update with some more pictures soon.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

He's here!

Not but two hours after I got the text that she was on her way to the hospital, he's arrived!!

9:40 am, 7 lbs, 1 oz, 19 inches!

Mom and baby are doing fine!

On her way

This is AndreAnna reporting that I just received the text message that she is on her way to the hospital with contractions!!

Send her good, quick labor vibes!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Still Pregnant part 4

Everything is still looking good. Fluid? check. heart rate? check. NST (non-stress test)? check. My blood pressure? check.

Still 3cm and 90% effaced. That Saturday night of those darn Brax Hicks didn't do a thing to loosen that stuff up.

SO, here's where I am. IF I don't go on my own this week I will be going in at the crack of dawn on Friday morning to be induced at 41 weeks.

He is so nice and comfy in there. Why do my babies just don't want to come out on time? Am I going to have the boys that will live at home forever and I will never get them to move out?? LOL!

AA is still on standby for the txt messages I'll send her and keep you all updated for the big day. I'll even have my camera phone so I can send her pics! Stay tuned for cute newborn of these days this week.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Made it through another night.

I'm still home. Still pregnant.

Hubby actually went into work today. He works 5 days on and 5 days off and yesterday was supposed to be his first day back to work. He was off all M-F last week. He called out yesterday 'just in case' and he will be home tomorrow since we have another doctor's appointment, but he can't call out more than 3 days in a row without a doctor's note...and if I don't have this baby, he won't get one. So he went in. We figured it wasn't that big of a deal if I went into labor today. It's Sunday, all of our family is home and someone can take the Kid and someone can drive me to the hospital. Plus he could probably get to the hospital in about 45 min from work since it's Sunday and NOT the summer anymore (so he'd hit no traffic.)

Last night was kinda sucky though. I was on the couch watching tv and this baby just wouldn't stop moving, which made for a very uncomfy mommy. I was getting all random crampy (Brax Hicks) again really low when he was moving and I had to walk around the living room. It felt like he was spinning like a top. Hubby was watching my belly and was all freaked out. He thought I was doing something to make my stomach jump around. LOL! When he finally calmed down I went to bed and woke (for the 3rd time of the night) somewhere in the 4am range to a painful hip. I must have slept funny on my right side because now my hip hurts. ugh.

The Kid has been so amazing through all of this. He knows mommy can't bend over or sit on the floor and that the baby still isn't out yet. He kisses and hugs my belly and talks to the baby asking "When you come out baby?" And he has been great every time we leave him to go to the doctor and tell him we may be going to the hospital and then show up a couple hours later to bring him home, with no baby. He is just the best.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Baby Update - No Baby yet...

Well, as you can see since I am not a lucky one that has a blackberry (seriously, SO jealous of thos eof you who do!!) I am sitting at home on the computer.

We did get to see a shadow of his little face on the ultrasound yesterday, which was so cool.
The fluid level is still in the normal range, low normal, but normal. Nothing they were alarmed about. And the weight, they say, will be plus or minus a pound away from 7.11!! Holy crap. This baby could be anywhere from 6.11 to 8.11 a pound or 3 pounds bigger than the Kid. Crazy. Wish that could be more accurate. At least he should be at least more than 6 1/2 pound, so I am happy about that.

So, because of the normal fluid and normal size of the baby the nurse practitioner left it up to me if I wanted to be induced. I really don't want to unless I need to, so I passed and see what happens this weekend. I go back Monday at 1:15 if I don't go over the weekend. They didn't check me internally yesterday, but will Monday and re-check the fluid. If the fluid goes down, since it is already on the lower normal end, I will probably go into the hospital Monday. Especially since my cervix has already been going on its own for almost 2 weeks. So it's all the waiting game. I HATE not knowing!! LOL!

Send some birthing vibes my way!

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And yes, I am still here waiting for my sonogram appointment. I think if everything is still ok with him being nestled safely in my womb then I can hold out another week (NO more than that!) and wait. Mostly I have been more worried about where I will be when I go into labor and where the Kid will be. I have been too worried about childcare. It's amazing how much I worry about that. But I know I have my mom, my MIL, my grandmother AND my step-mom waiting in the wings and will drop whatever they are doing (even leave work) and come get him. I am not as crampy today and my back is a little better. So maybe my body is relaxing for the moment.
I also have an appointment scheduled for Monday for a non-stress test if I make it through the sonogram fine and through the weekend without going into labor. We are still in a holding pattern.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Q: Any baby yet?

A: Nope, I'm still sitting here.

Although, I have been feeling a little crampy all day. Off and on. Nothing steady or really painful. And it's not my whole belly, just really low. So, who knows. I am hoping he comes along this weekend. If I am still crampy tomorrow when I go for my sonogram I may take my doc up on his offer to induce. I don't know. I am very wishy washy about the whole idea.

When I had the Kid I was 12 days late. I ended up going into labor on my own on a Monday night... about 22 hours later had him on Tuesday night, and I was supposed to go in and be induced that Wednesday morning. They did give me pitocin to move me along, but I was already on some pretty good meds after I got checked into the hospital so I really didn't know the difference.

Wish me luck and I will keep you posted! :)

Oh and "The Women" was a cute little chick flick. I think if it was a bunch of no-name actresses it would have been 'eh'. But because there were a lot of familiar faces it was pretty good. I wouldn't have paid for the movie though. (A friend of mine has a card that she can get 2 free tickets at that theater every Tues.) I would wait until you are home with some girlfriends and a few glasses of wine and some cheese and rent it for a girls night in.
The theater was PACKED! We were in the 2nd row. There was nowhere else that had 5 seats together. It was mostly full of women...there were a scattered amount of men that seemed to have been dragged there by their significant others...except for the two men that were sitting in front of us. That was pretty funny.
I was cringing a little at the birthing scene at the end! LOL!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Back at Home

Well, I am back home. No hospital for me today (yet). The doctor said everything still sounds good (his heartbeat, my BP, etc). I told him about my back pain, swelling and how uncomfortable I am and he said if I wanted to be induced on Friday I could. I really don't want to do that unless absolutely necessary, only if the baby really needs to start coming out for whatever reason. So, he made an appointment for Friday for a sonogram to check for size and water level and go from there. Especially since the Kid was so tiny.

But, I am progressing nicely. I am now 3 cm, 90% effaced, but still at station -2. Which, like I said before, is really weird for me. I was in labor for hours before I got to the hospital with the Kid and at that point I was at 3cm. I like getting a third of the way to labor with out the contractions this time! LOL!

Tonight I am going to go out to see "The Women" with some girlfriends of mine. I can't wait! It's a nice and early movie (7pm) so I shouldn't fall asleep. hahhahaa

Don't forget to enter my first contest before the baby decided to come out!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Still Pregnant part 3

I know you are probably getting bored of my pregnant posts, but honestly there isn't anything else going on. Since I exhausted myself at that last trip to Target the only place I am going this week is to and from the Kid's school. I even sat on my ass and finished (from start to finish in one day!) a James Patterson book today "The Quickie" ... it was GOOD!

So, Still at home. Still pregnant. Even MORE uncomfortable today.

I have my doctor appointment tomorrow (Tues) at 2. I will be bringing my packed suitcase, just in case. My back has been hurting for the last 2 days more than it has this whole pregnancy. A few friends suggested I could be in back labor. oh boy. My hands were so swollen today that it hurt to take my rings off. I still have the marks on my fingers. The heat is just not helping. It bites. Luckily tomorrow it is supposed to cool down around here and hopefully it will stay that way.

Hubby and I (and the Kid) went out to dinner tonight because I was just not up for cooking, and I wasn't in the mood for pasta. (The only thing Hubby cooks. lol) The whole time we were sitting there I was feeling SO uncomfortable. But I think it's because he is so low and has dropped so much and was moving around and punching things that he couldn't reach before. But I had my favorite petite filet mignon with mozz cheese on top at one of my favorite places in town. Heaven.

I have invited AndreAnna to be a guest poster here so I can txt her when I am on my way to give birth and she can update all you guys. It sucks that I don't have a laptop or internet on my phone. But now I won't get the roll of the eyes from the paranoid husband if I sit here on the computer while I am going through contractions. Which I totally would have done. But just in case this goes quicker than my first, I can just txt in the car and not worry that you my friends will be out of the loop. :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Painting is very therapeudic.

I had a really nice (and much needed) mom's night out tonight. A group of women I hardly know met up at a pottery painting place and sat and painted and chatted for 3 hours. It was so relaxing and fun. The reason I hardly know them, is because I am new to their meetup group online. I am so glad I went. They are local and they seem like such a fun group! I can't wait until I am out and about more and can meet up more often.

I made a beautiful picture frame that is beach themed with both the boys names on it. I can't wait til it's fired up in the kiln and I can take it home and get my perfect shot of my 2 boys.

Well, the one boy has to be evicted from the premises first! LOL!

Still no progress. Still uncomfortable. But we were able to make a birthday party at the Little Gym today and the Kid had a blast.

I made it ALL summer feeling just fine...but today. Today was the hottest day and the most grossest day. I came out of the shower and was sweating. It was the worst day all summer. I can't WAIT til it gets cooler and all those damn skeeters die and we can play outside without melting.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Still Pregnant part 2

Last night I went to bed so early. It was nice...except for the fact that I was up for half of it. But, it was still nice to go to bed at 8:30 instead of 11:30 (damn computer keeps me up late!)

But, from around 4am I could feel that my belly was all hard. Don't know if it was contractions or not. I really didn't feel a thing, besides the hardness of my belly and the fact that I was super uncomfortable. I can't wait for my doctor's appointment on Tues to have a better idea of what is going on in there. This has been the longest week ever.

Don't forget to add your comment for my very first contest!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Canoe Day

I meant to load these to the end of the last post, but they went to a new one by accident.
These are from Aug 3rd when the Kid and I went canoeing with his grandpa and Aunt (my FIL & SIL)
It was the most perfect gorgeous day.


That is the sound of a very pregnant woman having a wonderful massage.

UGH! Is the sound of that very pregnant woman trying to get up from said table she is having that massage on after lying on her stomach (with the cut out hole) for the first time in months.

I miss lying on my belly.

Still pregnant. Carry on...don't forget my contest a couple posts down. I am going to bed and too lazy to find it and link it, I'll do it tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hoping I can Make my Massage Tomorrow!

Nothing much happening today. Just an update: Still pregnant. Still tired. Still peeing every half an hour (or more.) Feels like the baby is just breaking my hips apart when I walk, I mean waddle.

I am hoping I can make it at least through tomorrow. (Actually I am hoping I can make it through the weekend.) Not just because I don't want to have him on Sept. 11 ... but I have my pre-natal massage at a really nice spa at 9:30 after I drop off the Kid at school. I can't wait! I never had one before. Hell, the only 1 hour massage I ever had was at Sandals on my honeymoon...5 1/2 YEARS ago! Hubby gave me a gift certificate for it way back on Valentine's Day and I am FINALLY cashing it in! Nothing like waiting for the last minute, huh?

The Kid went to school and had a great time...he even ran right in the door without a look back.

Don't forget to comment on a date you think the new little man will be born for my contest! I KNOW I have more than 3 readers out there.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

My First Contest! Guess the baby!!

Well, I was going to wait until Friday to post this. But at my OB appointment today I was checked. And I am 2cm. Not that it really means much, because people can walk around a few cm dilated for weeks. But, I wasn't dilated at all at 40 weeks with the Kid and when I went into the hospital (LATE) after about 4 hours of contractions I was only 3cm. So I really don't know what this means. I am really clueless right now. All I know is after my doc appt I walked around Babies R Us today in a panic trying to get everything I 'think' I will need! LOL!
Oh, and I am also apparently 80% effaced and at station -2 ... for all of you who know what the heck that means. But I haven't had a bit of contractions, not even Brax Hicks. Soooooo, here is my contest a bit earlier than I planned, guess away:

I asked her back in July and got permission to borrow this contest from AndreAnna that she had when she was ready to pop with baby Sawyer.

Rather than sit here wondering all day when I will have this baby, I decided to let you guys guess for a prize! So I'm going to run my very first contest. The winner gets a $25 gift certificate to Target or Barnes & Noble (your choice), which as we all know is like pure crack. (I pretty much cut and pasted most of this from the contest at AA's blog. I figured people love Target and/or B&N, so, whatthehell.)

Here are the rules: In the comment section, leave the date you think I'll give birth as well as the weight you think the he will be. You must comment...NOT email me! I know I have a few friends and family that lurk around and read me, you know who you are! ;) Leave me a comment if you want a chance at the prize! And make sure you let me know who you are and/or your email address so I can find you if you win.

The winner will be chosen by the date and the closest in weight. You can pick the same date as someone else and the closest in weight will break the tie. We all know he's a that's not part of the contest.

Hint: I gave birth to The Kid at 12 days late (due July 8, born July 20) and he was 5 lbs, 13 ounces. I realize that may mean nothing but I figured you might want to know.

Bonus: If you link back to this contest on your blog and are the winner, I'll up your prize to $30. I'll take entries until next Friday night (my due date Sept. 19th) or until I send out the alert that I'm en route to the hospital, whichever comes first.

No Show and Tell for You!

This morning I was a bad mommy. The Kid asked me if he could bring something in for 'show & tell' I told him no, he can't bring toys to school. I was never told that they have freaking 'show & tell' Oops. So, my poor Kid didn't have anything. And it's not like he will blend into the class of 12...nooooooo, today there are only the 5 kids there. I feel so bad I told him no. To get me back I am sure he is going to want to bring in his toy handcuffs tomorrow.

Here is one pouty picture that I meant to post yesterday, but forgot. It was the first picture I took before all the happy ones sitting there on our steps. And then the next one is just minutes later in the (NEW) car happy to go to school. (He looks SO big in the seat!!)
Me thinks the pouty face is all an act!

Monday, September 8, 2008

First Day of Pre-School

So, I have FINALLY downloaded all of my pictures (all 380+) from my camera into my computer. The first ones were from the beginning of June! I really needed to do it asap since i only had room for about 25 more pictures in my not enough to take of the baby to come!

I waited until after I took the pics for the Kid's first day of school. It went really well. He was still a little clingy, but he didn't cry! I am so proud. Of course, we'll see about tomorrow. He is going 5 days a week this year. So I anticipate a few tears every once in a while.
He said he had such a fun time in school. The playground was his favorite. He doesn't remember any other kids names in his class, or anything else he did, but I guess I need to get used to that! hahaha!
His class is M-F...but only some of the kids are 5 days they rest are MWF. So Tuesday & Thursday he will be in a class of only about 5 kids. Which I am very happy about. With a teacher and an aide they will get much more one on one attention and get to do a lot more
On our front steps in the morning waiting to go.
Running out of school very determined to go home!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Mixing it up a bit

I just changed up my site a bit. A new picture, some new colors. The green just wasn't doing it for me anymore. I also FINALLY got motivated and added the blogs that I read onto the side of my page! So if you aren't there, and you'd like to be, please let me know. I hope I didn't miss anyone. And if I was on your site as 'Tales of a Preschooler and a Pregnancy', you can change that to 'Jersey Beach Mama'. That title won't be changing. :)
Now I NEED to go to bed!

Still Pregnant

I am still watching the calendar...only about 11 more days to go...hopefully!

The Kid has his first day of pre-school tomorrow, well, kind of his 2nd first day of school. He was in nursery school last year for 2 days a week and had a wonderful teacher. But this year he will be there 5 days a week for 2 1/2 hrs a day. Wow. I am really really hoping I can make it through this week without giving birth. There is not a doubt in my mind that the Kid will cry everytime I drop him off for at least the first week. Which makes it better for me to do it than Hubby. Hubby wouldn't leave him crying. He is such a push over. We get pictures and hugs and kisses before we leave and then I leave Hubby home to bring the Kid to school. It's just easier that way.

Hubby and I finally went to storage and picked up the bassinet with sheets and the bin on 0-3 month clothes, the receiving blankets, etc. I just went through it all today and washed everything. It's all SO tiny!! I can't believe when I brought the Kid home at less than 6 pounds all these clothes were too small for him! You really forget how tiny they are. They grow SO fast.

So, we are on our way to being 'ready'. We have all the baby essentials. Now we just need our own bedrooms! We have the insulation people coming tomorrow! YEAH! And then the next step will be putting up the sheet rock and picking out floors, carpet, paint... oh boy...I hope I will be able to pick out some decent stuff/colors for upstairs on no sleep in a couple weeks! LOL!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Help Me!

In about 2 weeks, give or take...I will no longer have a Preschooler and a Pregnancy. I will have a Preschooler and an Infant. But that just doesn't have a nice ring to it.
I am thinking of changing the headline to Jersey Beach Mama since I will always be a Jersey Beach Mama, and just change the little tag line underneath to my current mommy status.
Anybody have any suggestions or ideas?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Beach Wednesday - Hurricane's a'comin

Today we spent what will probably be our last day at the beach this summer. (Unless I can squeeze in a couple hours in the afternoon tomorrow or Friday, it's supposed to get cool and rain all weekend.) It was a hot breezy day and gorgeous!! A friend of mine came over from Philly with her 5 year old daughter and we spend hours playing in the sand...well the kids were in the sand, my ass didn't get up from my chair. My friend was SUCH a great sport. She went down to the water's edge everytime the kids wanted to go and let me sit my ass on my chair. Of course, she was super paranoid that I could go into labor at any moment. LOL! She doesn't do real well in an emergency...her words, not mine!

Unfortunately, the kids really couldn't go in the ocean today since the hurricane is coming. Much to the happiness of my paranoid friend. She didn't have to worry about them getting pulled away in a rip tide when they barely put much more than their toes in. It was really rough and since it's past Labor Day there were no lifeguards.

We had a yummy dinner at the place right there on the pier, walked around on the boards. My friend is obsessed with the claw games, but couldn't get anything. The rides were closed (they were only open 12-6 so we missed them) but the line for the ice cream place was a mile long. So we went to another place that I have been going to since I was a kid and it was oreo....mmmmmmm. Of course, that could have been the reason the baby was tweaking until 1am and I couldn't get comfortable and fall asleep. Ooops.

The Kid starts school on Monday. Friday we have a meeting with his teacher. Oh and it's my turn at the dentist tomorrow. ICK!
That's my friend and her daughter....all the way by the water on the left side.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Kid's First Cleaning ---teeth, that is...

So, I brought the Kid to the dentist for the first time ever today. He was amazing. I really didn't know what to expect. I didn't know if he'd even open his mouth or kick and scream. But he just sat there and opened his mouth and took the cleaning like a little man!
At first when the doctor came in the Kid rolled his eyes at him. He was a pediatric dentist for pete's sake and he was a little dorky. But that was just what he needed. He showed the dentist that he was a big boy. He didn't need x-rays because mommy has been doing a great job brushing his teeth for the last 4 years and they looked great.The Dr gave him cool shades to block his eyes from the bright light.
So proud of you Kid!!