Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Rosalee's first 6 months in pictures!

It took me 6 months to write my birth story and another month to get my booty in gear for this post! I have taken so many pictures of little miss these last 7 months! She is not always the most photogenic baby as she usually smiles right before you get out the camera and then proceeds to put on her "serious baby" face. LOL. Anywho, here is a glimpse at the many faces of Rosalee for the first 6 months!


First family pic

Ready to go home! 1 day old!

First car ride to the dr!

First stroller ride

6 days old

First bath!

1 week old

2 weeks old in my favorite outfit!

First Christmas!

First Christmas family pic!

6 weeks old

2 months!

9 weeks in her minnie mouse outfit!

3 months!

First Valentine's Day

4 months old on St. Paddy's day

5 months with a grin!

First Easter family pic with Jenn too!

First Easter Bunny!

I found my toes mom!

6 months old! 1/2 a year!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Birth Story- Better late than never!

Now that baby girl is almost 6 months old...I finally got around to writing my birth story. It is really long, so grab a cold drink and get comfortable! :D

Friday, November 16th 2012 was my last day of teaching before Thanksgiving break and the start of my maternity leave. I was almost at 39 weeks (that Sunday) and was definitely glad that break had come. Baby girl’s due date was November 25th, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so I figured I had some time to get things in order and prepare myself and she would come sometime during the break. Little did I know she had other plans.

Break started on Friday night with a relaxing pedicure with my Aunt Janet. It felt good to be pampered and I was happy to get my toesies all pretty and ready for my trip to the hospital. I knew I would probably not get a chance to pamper myself for awhile once she was born.  I went to bed that night with no inkling of what was about to happen the next morning.

Up until I went into labor (which I did not know was labor at the time) I had had no Braxton hicks contractions at all, I guess I was one of the lucky women who never have them. I had lost my mucous plug (sorry for the TMI) the week before, but had read that it could grow back so I did not get too worked up. At my OB appointment on Thursday the 15th I told her I didn't want to be checked for dilation. I figured it was better not to know, especially since it really is no indication of when labor will start. Basically, I started break with the idea that baby girl would be born on her due date or after, as first time babies sometimes are. I was warned she might be a big baby if she went too long, but I wasn’t worried.

Anyway, back to my labor starting…it was 2:45am on Saturday the 17th of November. I woke up with some weird cramping that sorta felt like period cramps. I wasn’t too worried and went back to sleep, or tried too. The cramps continued throughout the morning and at some point, maybe around 4 or 5am I got the idea that this may be the real thing, though I wasn’t sure. At around 6am I had been timing the pains and they were around 7 to 8 minutes apart or so, but some were longer. Matt’s alarm went off to go on his run with SacFit and I told him he probably wasn’t going running that day. He turned to me and asked me “why?” and then he got it. He asked me if I was in labor and I am pretty sure I said “I think so”. I really had no clue what was going on. At this point it wasn’t really painful, just annoying.

As the morning went on the pains became more time-able and I knew it was really happening. The contractions started off at about 6 minutes apart and would last for 45 seconds or so. Matt kept asking me if there was anything he could do, but I was handling things pretty well and didn’t really need much support. At one point he looked at me and said “are you really in labor, like really?” I said “yes, I am pretty sure I am”, and we left it at that. At some point I called the hospital and talked to the nurse who told me that if I wanted a natural birth that I should stay at home as long as possible so that my labor didn’t stall once I was hooked up to all the hospital machines and such. She told me that once my contractions were 2 minutes apart to head on over. That sounded like a plan to me, so I labored at home using my birthing ball to help manage the pain along with a heating pad.

At about 9am I turned to Matt and mentioned that we had almost no food in our house since we hadn’t planned to have a baby this soon into break. He said he would go to the store and get some things. I went upstairs and came back down dressed to go with him. I think he thought I had lost it at that point. LOL. He asked me if I was really going to go with him and I think I responded with something like “what else am I gonna do?” so off we went to Walmart. When we got to the store I was doing pretty good, but as we started shopping and near the end of the trip I was having to stop every 3 minutes or so to lean on the cart and breathe through the pain. Once we got home it was about 11am or so and things had definitely progressed. I knew it was time to head to the hospital when I tried to call to update the nurse and Matt had to take the phone because I couldn’t even talk to her. Matt gathered up the dog and cat so we could drop them off at the vet hospital, grabbed my bag and off we went.

We got to the vet hospital and my aunt was working. She came out to talk to me and I could barely speak a whole sentence and had started doing this moaning noise when a contraction came. Later she said she could tell I was pretty far along just by my behavior. We finally left the vet hospital and were on our way to the hospital at around noon or so. The drive to the hospital was horrible. It was rainy and I was in more and more pain. Matt said later that he almost didn’t breathe the whole way there. I was moaning and tensing up and basically super uncomfortable the whole way. Cars are not comfortable when you are in labor, or labor is just not comfortable period. LOL. We finally made it to the hospital 20 minutes later and the expectant mom parking spaces were blocked off for construction. Really?! So we parked a little farther away and walked towards the hospital. In hindsight I should have made Matt go get me a wheelchair, but I was being a warrior I guess.

Once we got inside the hospital I had to stop at a bench in front of the gift shop to make it through a contraction. I was on all 4’s on a bench, moaning and grunting. Sorry to all the poor people who had to see/hear me! We finally made it up to labor and delivery at around 1pm. We got put in the admitting room and I had to undress and put on a gown, which turned out to be difficult with all the contractions coming quickly. The admitting lady came in while the nurse was getting me hooked up to the monitors and asked me questions. I was so irritated with her for asking me things they should already know, but looking back I was probably nearing transition at that point which explains the annoyance. Our admitting nurse and the on call nurse were super nice. The on call nurses name was Jess Hart. How weird! She got me all hooked up and said the midwife would be in shortly to check my dilation.

A few minutes later the midwife walked in and she just happened to be the one we had really liked after our meet the midwives class. What luck! She checked me and told me I was already at 6cm. I had gone through all of early labor and most of active labor at home and in the car! She asked me what my pain plan was and I said I wanted to go natural but if this lasted much longer then I needed the drugs. Matt looked and me and shook his head. I told him not to let me get drugs, so he was doing his job. The midwife left to set up my birthing tub and Jess the nurse got me in the wheelchair to head to the room.

Once we got in the room Jess the nurse had me take 2 wet wipes type things into the bathroom and use them to clean myself in case I needed a c-section…or at least I think that was the purpose. No one ever told me and no one I have told has ever heard of that practice. Weird. Anyway, things started to get really painful at this point and I am sure I had at least 2 contractions while in the bathroom. Once I was done cleaning up I finally got sat down on the hospital bed in my room. Almost immediately after I sat down I got a weird look on my face and made an “eeewww” sound. The nurse asked what was wrong and I said “something gross just came out of my girl parts”, and yes that is a verbatim quote. LOL. She checked me and told me that it had been my water breaking. Less than a minute after that I doubled over in pain and held on to the side of the bed and said “I feel like I have to poo”, the nurse said that it was just the baby pressing on the area, but I told her that it felt more than that. She checked me again after a pretty bad contraction and said “well, I guess we are having a baby soon”. I was fully dilated! I had been admitted to the hospital around 1:30pm and this was around 2pm! Talk about fast forward labor!

At this point the nurse had not even gotten my hep-lock put in and so she had to do it quickly between contractions, which were pretty close together and super painful at this point. My first 2 sets of pushes were done on my side, holding onto the side of the hospital bed. Once the midwife got there, she had me lay down on my back and I put my feet in the stirrups. I told the nurse I couldn’t do it, but she told me I was already almost there and it was just a few more pushes. I pushed another 3 or 4 sets of pushes and the midwife told me to stop pushing for a few seconds; that my baby girl was almost here! At this point I am pretty sure I was screaming and I did not want to stop pushing, but I did as I was told and a few seconds later I felt pressure and a gush and Rosalee Joyce Hill was born on Saturday November 17th, 2012 at 2:26pm. She was 8lbs 15oz and 21.5 inches long; a big girl! She was born less than an hour after I was admitted to the hospital! They cleaned her off and handed her to me and it was love at first sight. I was so happy that we had made such a beautiful baby and surprised at how fast she made her entrance into the world! Matt was by my side the whole time and I could not have done it without him reminding me to breathe!

No one ever tells you that after you give birth naturally, the after parts are worse than labor. The midwife had to stitch up my 2nd degree tear and it was not pleasant at all. I was also losing more blood than they liked so the nurse had to keep putting pressure on my uterus and I think I screamed louder when this was happening than the whole time I was in labor! But of course all that didn’t matter because I had a beautiful baby girl who was alert and nursing like a champ!

I could not have asked for a better experience. From my first labor pain until birth it was only about 12 hours and the worst of it was really from 11am to 2pm, so only about 3 hours. I won’t say that it wasn’t hard, but I am glad I stuck to my plan and did what I knew my body could do!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Welcome Baby Rosalee!

My baby girl has arrived! :D

Rosalee Joyce Hill was born at 2:26pm on Saturday, November 17th. She was 8lbs 15oz and 21.5 inches long!

We are doing well and happy to be home and learning new things every second of every day!

Here's a picture of my cute baby girl!

Monday, November 12, 2012

38 weeks

PICS:  This is me at 38 weeks.

How far along: 38 weeks! She could come anytime now!

How big is baby:
 The size of a watermelon! She is ready any time to make her debut!

Total weight gain: 30 lbs according to the doctor scale. Started at 174, am now at 204. 

Sleep: Sleep is ok when I don't have the worst acid reflux ever! Ugh! My throat burned all night last night and tums aren't helping anymore.

Maternity Clothes: Same old, same old. 

Best moment of the week: 3 day weekend! :D

Exercise: Getting out to walk Jenny a bit more and have spent a few days mall walking/shopping.

Symptoms: Acid reflux...bad...this could go away any time!

Movement: She is rolling around it there a lot these days. Surprised since she has little room...

Sex: Girl! Rosalee Joyce!

What I’m looking forward to: Meeting her! She could come anytime now!

What I miss: Not having a dr appt every week...I know its all for her, but its annoying...

Next appt: Thursday and every Thursday after that til she is born! I have a growth u/s this Thurs as well.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

37 weeks! Full term!

37 weeks! I made it to full term! She can come anytime now!

PICS:  This is me at 37 weeks after our long adventure day!

How far along: 37 weeks! She is officially considered full-term!

How big is baby:
 The size of a watermelon! She is ready any time to make her debut!

Total weight gain: 29 lbs according to the doctor scale. Started at 174, am now at 203. 

Sleep: Still happening more than I thought it would be. I do a lot of tossing and turning but am still sleeping well thank goodness!

Maternity Clothes: Same old, same old. 

Best moment of the week: We recorded her heartbeat at our Thursday appt for grandmas to hear. That was special! And today we spent all day together on a nice little outing that Matt called our "last hurrah".

Exercise: Not a whole lot, but more than last week. Doc told me to take a 10 minute walk after every meal so I can try to get in at least 30 mins a day, so I am trying to get out more.

Symptoms: My back...especially the part right above my butt...sciatica I think...

Movement: She is rolling around it there a lot these days. Surprised since she has little room...

Sex: Girl! Rosalee Joyce!

What I’m looking forward to: Meeting her! She could come anytime now!

What I miss: Not having a dr appt every week...I know its all for her, but its annoying...

Next appt: Thursday and every Thursday after that til she is born! Also, a growth ultrasound at 39 weeks.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

36 weeks!

36 weeks! 1 more week until she is considered full term!

PICS:  This is me at 36 weeks.

How far along: 36 weeks! Next week she will be considered "full term". This could happen any time now! Ahhh!

How big is baby:
 The size of a honeydew. Her liver and kidneys are fully functioning and she is thisclose to breathing on her own. She was measuring at 6lbs 13oz at my ultrasound on Wednesday! Big girl!

Total weight gain: 27ish pounds. I weighed myself at the veterinary hospital and was very sad....but she is gaining weight like crazy, so that's a good thing. 

Sleep: Lots of tossing and turning to get comfortable, but still sleeping. So thankful that I have been able to sleep well this whole pregnancy!

Maternity Clothes: Same old, same old. 

Best moment of the week: We got to see baby girl at our ultrasound appointment on Wednesday and found out that the cyst on her spleen isn't any bigger and will not cause her any problems when she is born! Such good news! They also guessed her weight and she is a BIG girl already!

Exercise: Nada. I feel lame, but walking hurts my back. I take Jenny on short walks, but that's it. I think all the walking I do in my classroom should count at this point!

Symptoms: My back still hurts...getting up from sitting on the couch is painful, tossing and turning in bed is painful, walking around in general is getting painful...must be near the end!

Movement: She has slowed down a bit, probably because she is all cramped up in there. She is most active when I drive. She rolls around like crazy!

Sex: Girl! Rosalee Joyce!

What I’m looking forward to: I have a doctor's appt on Thursday, so I will get to hear her heartbeat, get measured and possibly see if I am making any progress towards labor!

What I miss: Not walking like an old lady...being able to do normal everyday activities without being in pain...I want my old body back!

Next appt: Thursday and every Thursday after that til she is born!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

35 weeks!

35 weeks with 35 days left! Magic numbers here people!

PICS:  This is me at 35 weeks.

How far along: 35 weeks! Kinda freaking out cause this could happen anytime now!

How big is baby:
 The size of a coconut. Her hearing is fully developed and she will put on about another pound of fat before birth!

Total weight gain: 20-24lbs I am guessing. Haven't been near a scale in awhile and honestly I don't care. Most people say I don't even look pregnant from the back. I am ALL belly!

Sleep: Getting sleep still. Thank goodness. Minor aches and pains and lots of tossing and turning, but its happening. 

Maternity Clothes: Some of my shirts are too short now! Belly is getting bigger!

Best moment of the week: My brother got married yesterday! Not baby related, but it was good to see all of my family and be there for my little bro as he married a great woman!

Exercise: Nada. Walking makes me feel like a 90 year old woman...

Symptoms: My back....ugh...getting from sitting to standing hurts...walking is getting painful...oh, and my wonderful acid reflux is back...tums are my friend!

Movement: She is crazy wiggly as usual. Running out of room, so she does lots of flips and pushing up against my ribs with what I am assuming is her butt. She also kicks me in my side when I lie down to go to sleep at night!

Sex: Girl! Rosalee Joyce!

What I’m looking forward to: Our u/s appointment on Wednesday! So excited to see baby girl again and see how big she might be!

What I miss: Drinking at weddings...being the preggo DD at my bro's wedding last night was disappointing...though there is a good reason so I'll get over it.

Next appt: Wed is our u/s appt, thurs the 1st is the next regular one