Baby Blanket Cheat

I was so relieved to finally finish a mini quilt I made two years ago, that I got the nerve to make a new blanket for Little Sis, my full term, not yet born baby. I have made each of my children one so far, so I felt like it was only right.

I bought this awesome spray that adheres batting to fabric without using a hundred safety pins! It was on sale for half price, otherwise it would have been a bit pricey. I paid 7 USD.

To make this super easy baby comforter, all I did was cut two pieces of cotton fabric the desired size and two pieces of batting (I like extra loft). I sprayed the batting pieces to each other and the fabric on either side of the batting.

All was left to do was sew the quilting lines and add the binding.

Now when Little Sis is born she has a Mommy made blankie like Addy and JJ!

Here is her baby comforter, and pics of my earth-side children (at 2 days and then day of birth) and their blankets.

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My 3rd Pregnancy in a Nutshell

I have not kept a pregnancy journal and honestly I’m not sure there are enough interesting happenings to put in one. But I thought I would jot down all the things I remember about this pregnancy.

I first suspected pregnancy toward the beginning of November. We were not trying to conceive so it was a surprise, but we have never tried before so it was not a huge surprise either. I took me a week after my missed cycle before I could test positive and the wait was tough!

Early in the pregnancy, about 5 weeks, I started having trouble eating. I was super nauseous my first pregnancy, and just a manageable sickness with my second but this time was different. I did feel nauseous sometimes, but I just couldn’t eat. I could not bear to put food in my mouth at all, everything made me gag. I tried to eat healthy anyway, but ate so little that I lost about 14 lbs the first trimester.

I started making smoothies to get some calories and vitamins and drank a few a day between my scant meals.

The only major issue I had my first trimester was extreme exhaustion. I was super tired my last two pregnancies but this felt like an other worldly kind of tired. Maybe because I had two children, some people blamed my age (I’m only 25, so I doubt that), but baby growing is tiring, do we really need another reason?

At about 16 weeks that awful gag reflex went away and I was able to eat like a normal person. This is also when I was less tired, still not normal, but operable. The second trimester was not eventful, we spent it traveling the States from church to church, so much of it is a blur anyway!

There was some issue with a due date at my 17 week ultrasound. The baby measured small for gestational age. The difference in age was between 7-13 days and the tech told us she would put 10 days different on the report, but ended up putting 9 days instead. The midwife would have changed the due date if the difference was 10 days, but could not because it was 9 days on the report. I was a little worried because my last two babies were off by two weeks and even after changing my due date two weeks farther away, my son came over a week past his due date.

I did not have my due date changed despite the evidence my first pregnancy and did not enjoy being induced. I do worry about induction this time around in case the due date is faulty, but my new provider, a midwife, would not induce until 42 weeks so I would still be at least 40 weeks, and that is okay. My last induction was 38 weeks and baby was not ready, even if it does happen, baby will be ready at 40 weeks no doubt.

One interesting issue I had this pregnancy is insomnia. I went several weeks where I could not for the life of me sleep more than 6 hours. This made me very productive in the very early hours, but sleepy the second half of the day!

Eeesh! My back does not like being pregnant! I try not to complain because I feel like ignoring pain makes it more tolerable, and I really don’t like admitting pain to people. Talking about pain builds it up and gives a sort of anticipation that makes it less than easy to handle. But it is another one of those symptoms that has been harder every pregnancy. Makes me nervous to have a fourth, or maybe the third one reaches capacity…..?

I am currently 37 weeks 3 days pregnant. We are trying to get every cupboard and drawer organized in the next few days just in case. We had a scare two days ago when I had some false labor for a few hours. It was rougher than the real labor I had last time and sent pain clear down to my knees from every contraction! I sure hope this labor does not feel like that when it really comes!

But I doubt it will, one day of false labor with my second child was a day of back labor. Yes, a whole day of back labor. Luckily my mom was in town visiting and knew how to use a rolling pin effectively!

I believe we have everything we need for baby to come, we may buy a few pacifiers, we used them a tiny bit with our other two, but they both suck on their fingers or thumb so it was not necessary (and I’m lazy). This girlie has been sucking her thumb since 17 weeks and if that is what a baby is inclined to do, can you really stop them? I tried with my son, and it just goes back in so I quit trying. He’s almost 2 now and he still does it.

I have not written a birth plan. Maybe I should? I’m not sure. All the things I would put on a plan are not customary anyway since I am delivering out of hospital. IV’s are only used if absolutely necessary (and GBS +), there are no pain medications to decline, they do not do episiotomies and are excellent at preventing tears with counter pressure. They ask before doing anything to my child, so I get to choose whether I desire the K shot or eye ointment. There is no where to take my baby to, and the newborn exam will take place in my arms’ reach and they will share every detail with me.

They do not bathe the baby because it is not necessary, and will place the baby immediately in my arms. Honestly, I don’t know what else there is to choose. I can choose to birth in land or water during labor and I can labor any way I desire.

As long as my blood pressure stays in range and there is no prolapsed cord or other emergency, I don’t believe I need a birth plan with my provider. On the other hand, if I do have to get transferred, what good is a plan in an emergency?

Wait, while you rush to save my baby’s life, will you please read this paper?…..I don’t think so.

About that baby’s name. WE STILL DO NOT HAVE A NAME! Is that horrible? We try and try to come up with the right name but cannot seem to find it. I am full term so maybe we should start trying a little harder.

Our current favorite name would leave her the nickname Jolie, and I love it, but my husband is worried people would always think of a certain actress or think we named her after the actress. But I feel like one person shouldn’t have the monopoly on a name and that people can learn new associations with names.

We already get asked all the time if we named our daughter Adelle after the singer Adele.

Most of pregnancy topics are about how uncomfortable Mom is, or how long pregnancy is and I do not want to go into all the uncomfortable details. Besides, time, and your patience, would fail before I finished my woes on my back, hips, swelling, headaches and painful BH contractions ;)

I am super excited to have baby number 3! I do worry tad about being outnumbered parents to children, but we love children and probably are not stopping at number 3 either. We will see what God wills is :)

34.5 weeks

34.5 weeks

Good News!

I am expecting #3!!

It has been quite some time since I have posted! I found out about our new baby in mid-November and have been a thousand times more exhausted this pregnancy than my last two! The first few weeks I intended to blog, but just could not find the time since I had trouble staying awake until my kids’ 7:15 bedtime. The next few weeks were technical difficulties, and the last few weeks I just did not feel like I was supposed to blog.

But today I just KNEW it was time. I am way excited to enter into this world again and I have a MILLION posts forming in my head.

Our third child is due on July 23 rd, but I know that date is only an estimate! Babies are always full of surprise and excitement.

Look for more posts from me, until then I will catch up on the blogs I follow!

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Doula Certification

English: Doula (L) with newborn and mother

That first moment when a mother receives her newborn baby into her arms is one of the most special moments in a woman’s life. To see the wonder of a brand new baby, the innocence, the dependance is simply amazing. This short time period should be protected, embraced and cherished since it will be remembered for a lifetime, but this is not always the case.

Labor can be long, difficult and discouraging at times and husbands do not always understand what his wife needs or how she is feeling. Medical staff buzz around taking vitals and offering medical help and sometimes leave the laboring woman feeling nervous, powerless and confused.  Husbands do not always understand what helps are necessary from medical staff and just desire their wives to be comfortable and happy again.

Many woman go into labor with no idea of the normal procedures that take place in hospitals and can take the slippery slope offered to her by medical staff. The feelings of fear, anxiety and stress can prolong labor can create the need for more interventions changing that moment of bliss into a feeling of I-am-so-glad-I-made-it-alive.

Sometimes interventions are necessary, but having an informed person with a laboring woman can change that helpless situation of making  uninformed decisions into a labor of patience and security.

This is where a doula comes in.

A doula is a trained, or experienced, woman in the art of labor. She is available to help the new mommy feel comfortable and teach her about options of ease in childbirth. Doulas are up to date on common hospital procedures, and should be familiar with medical terms surrounding labor and delivery to help a laboring woman (and her husband) understand the buzz going on around them.

Doulas exist to protect mommy, baby and that sacred moment of introduction.

Mother and child union, immediately after birth

Why a doula, and not a sister, mother or husband? — Good question ;) Natural labor is not common anymore, and the average person is no longer knowledgeable about how to handle a laboring woman. Hospitals try their best, but most of their policies are in place to ensure the hospitals run smoothly and efficiently. Mommies need a mediator to understand both parties involved in labor; someone who understands that labor is not a procedure and every labor should be handled uniquely.

Birth is a wonderful miracle. A woman’s body was created by God, and labor and delivery is one of its many functions. A woman needs someone in the room with her who is informed; someone who is not afraid, someone who believes she is capable of delivering a child.

There are some exceptions to the rule, some woman NEED help. That is okay too, doulas are educated in many areas to be a help to any kind of delivery with encouragement and help.

Since the birth of my 2 children (one drug free hospital birth, one natural birthing center birth) I have decided that labor and delivery is a passion of mine. I struggled for a few months about what to do about this passion. God has called me into the ministry and our family is working on moving to Namibia where we will be sharing the message of salvation. Where does delivery fit into this picture? After months of praying  I realized that the birth rate in Africa is high, and delivery is a place of need for them. Undoubtedly I will meet and befriend many pregnant mothers, many of which will have no supporting husband or partner attending their births. I do no know their birth culture yet, but I will be getting my certification and find my place in their culture. I cannot wait to get started!

Doula's Notes in Story form

Doula’s Notes

 

Addy Rose’s Birth

 

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My husband and I worked at a church day camp the summer after we graduated Bible college.  I absolutely LOVE working with children, but after a few weeks of working 14 hour days (almost 12 with children present) I began to be a little short-tempered with the children.  My cycle was also very late but it always felt like I was going to start any day, so I didn’t give it a second thought.  My eating habits became rather random because nothing ever sounded good. One day, another man who worked on the property walked by and saw me eating a pickle (I thought they were extra yummy that summer) and then walked by again a half hour later just to see me eating ice cream. My husband finally had me take a test (I was in denial and really had no expectations of being pregnant) and the result came back positive!

Fast forward several months and my OB decided to induce me on my due date because I was showing no signs of going into labor. (I knew nothing about doctors or birth and have since learn to educate myself!). I went into the hospital at 6:30 to be induced on Feb 25. They started me on pitocin immediately and the cramps were awful!!! I made the best of it, and actually had a ton of friends come to visit and I managed to play some card games and watch Lady and the Tramp (I have no idea why that movie). At about five o’clock I was not feeling like having ten people in my room (literally 10 at one point) so most everyone left because after all day of laboring *nothing* was happening!

At about 9pm the doctor pressured me into breaking my water (I never actually consented, I really only looked confused and scared and asked if it would increase my risk of c-section, he lied and said no.) At that point the contractions were more than unbearable and were topping the scales of the internal monitor (as they had been almost all day). From their readings the contractions were strong enough to push, I just was not dilated.

At about 11pm I wanted to quit, laboring for 17 hours with contractions  1 1/2 mins apart was exhausting, and asked my awesome nurse what the worse that could happen if I got an epidural. Her response was simple, “You could die.” She was right, and that was enough for me to continue in my sorrow saying to myself, “Pain never killed anyone!” Even though I felt like I was dying. Lol!

From midnight to about 4:30 my husband and I were both falling asleep between contractions (How that’s possible with 1 mins contractions 1.5 mins apart is amazing to me.)

At 3:30 I felt an incredible urge to push and the nurse said I was only an 8 or 9 and made me wait. An hour. LONGEST hour of my life. The strength it takes to keep your body from what it wants to do is incredible.

At 4:30 I was fully dilated and the nurses called the doctor and told me to wait to push until he got there. Yeah right, I was already on the bed and not waiting. I told the nurse that I didn’t care if he ever got there.  After about an hour of pushing I had my baby girl.

We had her name picked out since the second trimester, but waited until we saw her to decide for certain. It’s hard to explain how we knew, but when we saw her we knew she was our little Addy Rose.

I was so excited about her birth that I didn’t sleep for 24 hours after her birth, and that was after 23.5 hours of continuous pitocin induced, un-medicated labor. THAT is excitement!
She was found after her birth be only 38 weeks gestation, but still weighed in at 7 lbs 8 oz s and was 21 1/4 inches long.