Congrats Apil!!!! Baby Zoey is a cutie! OMG you poor thing...that is certainly a birth story...I hope you are recovering O.K and Zoey stays chilled :)
Me 31 DH 32TTC #118 Months off BCP no AF Diagnosed with Hypothalamus Ammenorheah-Clomid 50mg cd2-6 no AF-Clomid 50mg cd3-7and 100mg cd8-12CD12 E2 1968 US 2 BIG follies CD 21 P4 64.4 CD 30 My first AF in 19months -Clomid 100mg cd2-6 CD12 E2 400 US 1 Follie CD 23 P4 60.4 CD 29 BFP!! HCG 15DPO 287 HCG 18DPO 1337 HCG 23DPO 10471 Early scan 6weeks HB 105, 3mm HCG 30DPO 43316 Ella-Rose born at 38weeks 29/03/09 7lb 7oz TTC#2-Clomid 50mg cd5-9 CD13 E2 917 CD26 P4 29.9 CD 28 BFN Short LP -Clomid 100mg cd2-6 CD12 E2 205 CD 36 P4 58.9 CD 28 12dpo BFP!! Beta HCG 12dpo = 62 14dpo = 210 19dpo = 2295 26dpo = 220001st US 1 little baby bean! EDD 12th April measuring 8mm HB129 Khloe arrived 09/04/12 3 days early at 8lb 6oz
April! That is incredible! Congratulations -- Zoey is beautiful! Wow -- I just can't get over it.... what a scary (but exciting-in-a-scary/good-way) night! I'm so glad everything worked out so well and that your little princess is here at last! I am SO happy for you. Much love to you and your family
I'm 37, DH is 35 -- married since 2009.
1st BFP 02/2011 (first cycle TTC, thanks FAM!), but
2nd BFP 08/2011 (first cycle TTC post D&C, thanks FAM!) - born 05/16/2012.
TTA currently, TTC #2 probably September 2013
Related/relevant medical: 2 ovarian cysts [laparoscopy for one, Depo for other], numerous fibroids (all types) [abdominal myomectomy], abnormal pap - pre-cancer cells [laser surgery failed so cryo surgery], TIA likely caused by Yaz (no more BCP!), 1 miscarriage [D&C after natural m/c failed], C-section for DS. Also diagnosed with sigmoid ulcerative colitis, ocular migraines (aura), depression/anxiety (and severe PPD w/DS). I'm kind-of a mess but my DH loves me anyway....
My chart: http://www.tcoyf.com/members/Michelle763/charts/default.aspx
Wow! Congrats April! I was wondering today at work if you'd had your little girl and that is quite the story! I'm glad she arrived safely even though it was crazy. So happy for you!
OMG April! Congratulations on beautiful Zoey AND on winning the craziest birth story I've heard yet! My neighbors also had a "free birth" (totally unassisted) but they had planned on delivering at home and the midwife arrived about 5 mins after the baby came, so not nearly as dramatic as yours. So happy for you. Sorry to hear about the tears and pitocin (wtf!!??) and painful IV. My tearing with DD was pretty bad and the recovery was harder than the delivery by far. Just take it as easy as possible, and I also had this spray nozzle thing I could hook up to my sink - I would sit on the toilet and just spray warm water down there for like 10-15 mins a couple times a day, it really helped. I'll look up the brand to see if you can order one.
Big hug to you and your beautiful family!!
Me (35) DH (37) =
#1 - January 2009
#2 - May 2102
December 26, 2010 @ 7 weeks
OMG I'm so behind!
KRO - Well done on the birth and arrival of Khloe
April - WOW o WOW on Zoey's amazing arrival - what a story to tell her when she is older!!
New group - I'm okay staying here til all the ladies have had their babies. We could then go to another group or make a new thread and have this one locked maybe?
OneLastTime - thanks for keeping the round up so up to date.
Lava - thanks for the spport and advice how fun going to a old work party - I love catching up with people
Erin - hope he comes with good timing around your SIL's wedding
hb12red - I'm so so sorry to hear about your friend it does make you stop and take stock. And then also stp and think "when did I feel a kick last?" Such a frightening thing. No wonder you are feeling nervous
Karena - how did the midwife check go?
Michelle - Thanks on Audra's name. I'm not sure if the end of my labour experience was too much for Doug or not (yet). But the labour overall was awesome. Feeding-wise I just couldnt give her the first feed myself because I was too cold. I know before the labou Doug was worried about being bored (he brought a game console with him) and he was worried there would be too much work involved. Not sure now what he is thinking.
Sorry the insurance stuff isnt totally sorted for you, but its god you have the law on your side
AFM: I havent had a chance to talk to Doug further about labour. I had a scan on Wednesday to check growth again. Baby is still in the 10th percentile, long and lean. M/w is concerned, about my fundus not increasing in size over the last week or so. And is talking about possible inducing around my due date.
Meanwhile, today was my last day at work. The boys put on a shout of donuts (not something we normally have in the office). So that was neat. It doesnt feel real that I have finished up.
Kym 33 married to Doug 34
april - WOAH! I'm SUPER jealous of your amazing, crazy, semi-scary-but-very-cool birth story! Sorry they had to ruin it with pit... And YAY on baby Zoey being here! She's perfect! Does she "feel" bigger than Finn?
kym - Congrats on being done with work! Kind of scary about baby's growth tho. Have they suggested why growth might be slow? I really hope you can avoid an induction...but that's just because I had such a bad experience. My midwife also said that my baby was only measuring 34.5cm instead of 36cm, which is only half cm growth in 2 weeks. She wasn't concerned, but I've been a bit concerned... I hope both our babies have a giant growth spurt soon!
afm - ...After an uneventful, easy pregnancy, of COURSE I would wind up on bedrest RIGHT when I'm nesting. My midwife came early for my appointment because Id been having persistent and semi-painful BH contractions, and she was worried that they might actually be causing dilation. My BP was up a little bit, my weight up a little bit too much, and my fundal height only went up half a cm in two weeks, leaving me 1.5 weeks behind. Midwife didn't seem concerned about any of this, tho I"m sure she's being watchful. Anyway, the contractions have made me 50% effacted, but not dilated at all, so she put me on bedrest at least til 37 weeks (next Thurs/Fri) to keep the contractions under control until it's safe to deliver at home. I don't think baby will come at 37 weeks, but I don't want to risk earlier than that! I'm still thinking like 39 weeks...but who knows... In the meantime, my FB friends are going to get sick of seeing me...LOL
DH (29) + Me (28) Married March 2010
Karena - ugh, bed rest! How boring! And with having a kid at home as well. Not fun. I hope you have some movies or tv series you can catch up on. that your baby stays put for another week or so. For me, the slow growth has't got a reason as such, but it doesnt mean she is small. She is 'small' compared to my BMI and she won't reach her ENORMOUS potential. But she is curently 6 pounds or 3 KG and she will get close to 8 pounds, which to me is purfectly average.
No I dont want to be induced via drugs either, but hopefully we could do a water breaking and go from there. That actually worked out fine last time and labour started right away for me so I didnt need any other interventions. Yeah at 34weeks I think my fundus was 40cm, the at 36 weeks it was 38cms and then back to 40 at 37 weeks. So it could just be bad measuring, but it did make my midwife concerned.
Leandra's birthday party is tomorrow and its the middle of school holidays so hardly anyone is getting back t me and the rest keep declining. Got to make a special dinosaur cake this afternoon
Party today went really well. We arrived at the indoor playland, and the guests arrived (not all of them, but nevermind!). We had loads of food supplied to us, and Leandra got a certificate for 10 free visits (which is fantastic, because its her favourite place but quite expensive for us to afford visits especially now I'm not working). She got some nice presents, ate a lot of cake and played heaps with her friends. Once her friends left, she made friends with other kids and kept going for an hour more
Got her home late afternoon, and she opened some toys. Then she had an impromptu nap. And woke up like a bear with a migraine. Not a happy girl at all. Took her an hour to get over it.
She went to bed early, and we read her one of her birthday presents "The Ugly Duckling" she loved it. Though it was very long text and some of the animals die in it. She worked out the duckling was a swan around half way through. And she was so excited to be right too. I've lost the camera cable so I can't upload photos just now. Cake was a success - green dinosaur which made all the kids squeal with delight. (I'm not that flash, but I have these puzzle cake tins that make brilliant shapes and always make me seem real clever )
Here are some photos
The party room. Leandra about to high 5 Lollipops the cat
Present opening. She loved her Zoobles. But was a bit sad about not getting any Walkables LPS (I know she is getting some from my mum for her actual birthday). Didn't help that every present she opened, she had her best friend saying "maybe there will be one in this one!" She is absolutely LPS obsessed, and has well over 100 of the critters.
What happens when high excitement and sugar run out
Kymmage - Looks lke Leandra had an awesome party! Love the pics!
Well my little Khloe is one week old today! She is a real screamer nothing like Ella-Rose...she will have me sit and feed her for 4-6 hours straight with only screaming inbetween making it really hard to do things for DD.. but on the flip side is sleeping 5-7 hours at night!
We are back in the perenatal unit as I have suspected cellulius of the breast and have been soooo sick today...not cool!
Can't wait for more baby news!
Here is a pic of khloe 1 week old and off to save the world...lol
Ugh KRO, that cellulius thing sounds nasty. I hope that the infection goes away ASAP. Not what you want or need when you are dealing with such a demanding cluster feed schedule during the day. Great that she is having nice long night stretches though!
This evening Leandra informed me that she has changed her mind on baby coming anytime soon. She wanted me to have a needle put where the baby is, so she can't come out until after Leandra's birthday. I explained that wasn't going to be happening. Yesterday she was desperate to have baby arrive, but now she doesn't want her to turn up before her birthday. Frankly I want her to come well before the birthday because I dont want anything to upset the start of school or Leandra's birthday special-ness either.
KRO, you're little girl is just adorable! Thanks for sharing the picture.
Kym - Glad Leandra's party went well. The dinosaur cake looks great. I'm sure Leandra will be excited no matter when baby comes. Once she sees your sweet little girl she'll be in love I'm sure!
Well, we had quite the storms on Saturday. A tornado came through and caused some damage, but no deaths I've heard of. The tree in our front yard was knocked down and landed in our driveway, so thankfully no damage to our house. Finally got it cleared up today (both our cars were in the garage so it's nice to not feel confined!), but we're still without electricity and not sure when it will be back on. I was really hoping for today, but it seems it may be another day or to. I joked with my DH that it would be a great time for baby to make his appearance so we could have electricity at the hospital and it'd be back on when we got home. It seems that baby hasn't got the message though lol. I've been quite frustrated with the whole situation. I think all the pregnancy hormones are really getting to me.
hb12red - I'm glad tat no one was hurt in the storms and tornado. I hope everything is back to normal for you soon!! frustrated with the storm or the waiting for bubs to be ready?
I think Leandra will love Audra for at least a couple of days. But she has some strong ideas of what Audra will and won't be allowed to do. So I'm going to have to be quite careful especially with Leandra's special things. I believe whole-heartedly in sharing, but I don't believe kids should have to share their most precious things. I think her concerns about baby coming was around all that stuff.
AFM: I have spent two days so far cleaning Leandra's room and the lounge - not complete yet! I have to admit to be a bit lazy and sitting watching a lot of tv. But I'm getting stuff done as well. Doug doesnt mind, he tells me that this week and next are for relaxing before everything changes. But I had high hopes of this place being up to MiL scratch before they arrive and start with the judging.
Tomorrow I have midwife appointment. I dont feel anywhere near ready to pop yet. Doug is getting asked every morning if I have had the baby yet. He and I laughed about that because if I had, he wouldnt be at work at all.
KRO - oh man, that sounds like a crazy feeding schedule, and cellulisis sounds horrible. I hope things start to look up soon. How is Ella-Rose adjusting to Khloe being around? Love the picture!!!
hb12 - That was one crazy night of storms. My family lives in KS, but luckily there weren't any near them, but 75 in one night across several states is absolutely insane! Glad you guys are safe and hopefully everything settles down and babe comes soon for you!
Kym - Good luck with Leandra and Doug accepting the new little one. And here's hoping the start of school goes smoothly for all of you. Her party looks like it was a blast! I hope you do take the time to relax, though. It is hard having the in-laws visiting (sometimes more additional work than help it seems), and the transition to two kids is a tough one for sure, so try to rest and relax now :)
AFM - I really think pregnancy should be listed as longer than 40 weeks, because the postpartum time is just as hard on your body as the pregnancy. It just seems a bit unfair that you spend the last trimester preparing for baby, being exhausted, uncomfortable, anxious... and then you have the baby only to also have a whole new slew of discomforts along with a new batch of hormones running amok. Ack, I really shouldn't be complaining so much, I know, because my situation isn't that bad - it could definitely be worse, but I feel like I need some outlet to vent! Most of this TMI stuff really can't be vented on facebook ;)
Zoey's doing well, but she's an aggressive nurser. I feel like we have a pretty good latch going with the feeding, but with my oversupply she coughs and gags causing her latch to slip, and if I don't get her off to relatch right away she can cause a lot of damage - and has caused a lot of damage. My nipples feel like they've had cheese graters taken to them, and yesterday they were actually bleeding while she was nursing causing her spit up to actually be pink :( I can't give my nipples a rest, either, because they both hurt. I am block feeding to try to curb the oversupply, so that does give each side a bit more time to rest, but then there's the engorgement pain -- which hopefully we're on the tail end of now at day 5 postpartum. I was using my natural nipple butter from earth mama angel baby, but it wasn't seeming to help AT ALL, so I broke out the lanolin samples they gave me at the hospital - lanolin really helped me heal after I had the cracked/sore nipples with DS, but I feel like healing with Zoey will take longer, because she nurses for longer periods of time and has a CRAZY hard suck - she also, I think, bites down a bit if the flow gets too crazy. We did introduce a paci to her yesterday which has made diaper changes and swaddling a bit easier on all of us, and it doesn't seem to be hurting her nursing at all. I just really really really really want this initial breastfeeding pain to go away soon. Last night it was so bad, I actually started into the narcotic pain killers my OB prescribed (which I scoffed at) because I needed to get some sleep.
She is absolutely a mellow baby just like DS was. She only cries when she's hungry, getting changed, and getting swaddled (and the paci fixed the last two ;)). She loves to sit in her swing and watch everyone before she konks out. She's a very sweet baby, and I think she will be that kid who instantly wins over everybody she meets.
DS seemed to be adjusting to Zoey alright. But I think having his gramma here visiting at the same time - while a great distraction and help to us - causes a bit more excitement for him. He's been starting to act out a LOT more, which leads to him just getting disciplined so much. Also, holy crap, seriously, after 4 days of holding a 7 lb baby, every time I go to pick up DS (who is only 27 lbs), it feels like I might as well be trying to pick up DH or our big dog! I am so surprised at how much older and bigger DS seems now after just a short time with the new baby around. I feel like I've lost my little boy, and these hormones aren't helping me emotionally in that regard ;) I woke up early today in hopes that DS would wake up at his normal time (he hasn't), and we could have some quality mama-son time like we used to have in the mornings. I'm going to attempt to take him and Zoey to my bible study today (even if we don't stay the whole time), so that he can have some semblance of our old routine. He does really love Zoey - loves to give her hugs, kisses, toys, etc. So I am super grateful about that, for sure. I just get sad that he's no longer my baby, and I really didn't expect to feel that way at all. -- Ha ha, he just woke up and instead of wanting to snuggle with me on the couch, he asked for gramma to wake up and play trains with him. So much for mama bonding time. But I guess we'll have plenty of time for that when Gramma heads home.
MIL is here until next Tuesday morning, and there have been a couple times where it's just been more work than help, but luckily she's had 5 kids of her own and she remembers how hard it is to deal with all the postpartum stuff. I'm just glad she's so understanding about my mood swings.
Anywho - here's a picture :)
My Previous Charts --- Currently TTA while BFing.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. ~Romans 12:12~
I really think pregnancy should be listed as longer than 40 weeks, because the postpartum time is just as hard on your body as the pregnancy
I totally agree!! What with the uterus still contracting when you breast-feed, the wear-and-tear on your breasts themselves and your vulva being sore when you sit (whether or not you've had the added trauma of tears/ stitches), it's not exactly one big party, is it ?
I remember after our first baby, that I needed to take a paracetamol (tylenol) half an hour prior to breast-feeds for a couple of weeks just to cope with the after pains etc.
And yet, we do 'pull through' physically, we do find our new equilibrium with our new family member; and for many of us, we do it all over again - what is with that ??!!
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Hey April - sounds like everything is going mostly okay for you, which is awesome. Argh, MiLs - it sounds like yours is at least understanding, which is really great. Mine is driving me nuts at the moment and she isnt even here yet. From posting on my facebook telling me to relax, put my feet up, don't worry about the housework (yet she will be the first to complain if the place isnt up to scratch). Oh and she won't tell me, she'll tell Doug that I'm doing a crap job. And then I'll get a passive aggressive email from her when she gets home listing all the things I need to improve on....This woman emailed me after I had Leandra to list all the things I was doing to "destroy her grandchild" (her words!). Yesterday I said I was sorting out Leandra's toys because her room had gotten out of control. She tried to tell me I was wasting my time and shouldnt have bothered. I think I have to start using my custom lists for posting to facebook again, so she can't see or hear of anything I'm doing or not doing!
The photo of your two is so cute. Its so clear that DS is stoked with his new baby sister. Long may it last. I am worried about having similar feelings too, with realising our firsts are no longer babies . I got PND with Leandra and having that added anxiety of saying goodbye to my first baby is going to be really hard. Especially as she is off to school! I hope you get lots of quality time with your DS. I know you will, because you are very aware of it and you'll make that effort.
Ouch on the feeding stuff. It sounds really hard work! I hope the lanolin starts to work a bit faster for you. Would you consider expressing off some of the supply? or do you think that might make the oversupply issues worst? I know we had a similar experience with Leandra. She would be choking when I had letdown and there was one breast that I would have to express off, because she just couldn't drink from it without almost drowning. And she would spill heaps, almost an entire feed because of gas and shock I think. We had a LOT of changing of clothes for me and her.
One Last Time/April - I remember in our antenatal class with Leandra, they talked about four trimesters. Three when you are pregnant and the last being the first 12 weeks of baby being in your life and all the adjustments you have to make. I know after Leandra was born, the first 6 weeks was just a blur of feeding and changing. Not to mention all the emotions and saying goodbye to who you thought you were, etc.
Thanks for the concern over the storm/tornado. We got our power back last night and I couldn't be more happy. Since then I've done laundry and cleaned a bit, finished my thank-you's for my work shower and a few other things. Now I feel like baby can come whenever he wants and I don't need to be stressed!
April - The picture of Caleb and Zoey is just adorable. He looks like he loves his little sister! I hope things smooth out for you soon, but I appreciate hearing how it is going for you (the better idea I have of what postpartum will be like, the better I think). Do you like the Earth Mama nipple butter? That is what I got so I'm hoping it works.
Funny after venting about all the BFing pains this morning, today went much smoother. I felt like my engorgement was finally tapering (although by the time the next feeding rolls around I'm back to feeling pretty full). hb12 - the nipple butter was OK, not the miracle I thought it was. The lanolin actually helped make me feel like I was healing a bit better, but it also caused me to stick to my nursing pads which was not fun at all when I had to peel them away. I have spent most of the day doing the tried-and-true trick of rubbing expressed milk on the cracks which is to help prevent bacteria from invading and help aid in the healing process. I'm hoping to get past this painful phase soon. With DS it lasted for about a week, at which point I got hit with mastitis and continued to have issues for another week after that. I'm just really looking forward to the times when nursing my little girl will be a joy and a blessing and not a toe-curling cringe-fest.
Onelasttime - if I didn't have such fast labors, I might admit that I will probably change my mind and have more kids. Whenever I say "I'm stopping at 2" people just look at me, smile-and-nod, and remind me that all new moms say this ;) But when I remind them that I birthed in the car... they quickly say "oh, right". I just don't want to have to plan an unassisted home birth for future kids, so here's hoping DH and I can use FAM successfully to TTA for the rest of our marriage ;)
Kym - eek, yea, your MIL sounds like no walk in the park for sure. That's horrible :( How long is she staying with you?
Hope everyone's hanging in there and can't wait to see more babies!!!