I gave birth.

Baby was born four days overdue on January 31st at 3:02 PM. And what a rollercoaster it was to get him out. All worth it though of course but holy crap !

I will write a more detailed post soon while it’s still fresh in my mind.

I’m doing ok, 9 days PP. I barely bleed anymore which is a nice surprise. I thought it was going to last 6 weeks or more. Maybe it will return. I had to be cut open to get him out (oh the horror I feel when I say that) so I’m still pretty sore and on pain killers but I’d say I’m coping well.

We had first pediatrician visit yesterday and all is good.

I love him so much and the whole experience is going even better than I thought it was going to go ❤️

I’m being induced?

I guess this is my official last pregnancy update, oops.

My due date is tomorrow. The 26th. After a check up today my body is (still) showing little signs of labor and I was offered an induction on Tuesday if he hasn’t come on his own by then. I agreed and we scheduled it.

Obviously I hope he decides it’s time before that and I’ll do everything I can for him to come naturally but I don’t want to risk going more overdue then Tuesday already is. I also have to go to a monitoring on Thursday, Saturday and Monday. Before I got pregnant I had no idea they monitored pregnancies this well. I’ve been to so many check ups these nine months that I’ve lost count. I can’t imagine what having a twin or high risk pregnancy must be like when it comes to hospital visits. Sigh.

Has any of you guys had an induction? I’d love to hear stories and experiences ♥

Anyway. I’m very happy that the wait is almost over < 3

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My last pregnancy update.

Today I am 39 weeks and 3 days pregnant. There is no sign of labor yet. I’ve been told that your first pregnancy usually goes past it’s due date and I suspect this will apply to me unless my boy decides to make his appearance in the next five days. I can’t do anything but let him take his time, he has been calling the shots in my life for the past nine months and will continue to do so moving forward.

I’m feeling good. I’ve noticed that my appetite has decreased a lot in the last two weeks which I am welcoming. I probably did overeat slightly in the last two/three months and I gained most of the weight during this time. The weight gain doesn’t bother me, I know that I will be able to lose it with the right attitude and exercise but it’s not a priority for a while anyway. All I want to focus on is him until it’s time to take some time to myself.

Apart from my appetite things are pretty much the same and I don’t know what could change at this point that would be worth sharing unless it was labor signs. Hmm..

I have a feeling that he might come on his due date exactly or one/two days after. My nervousness and anxiety around the birth has gone down in the last week also. I just feel ready now and I think I can handle it with a decent result. It’s not something I can run away from, it’s something I’ll have to face. I’ve almost considered going natural but I don’t think that’s going to happen, he he. I wish I could say that I’ve mentally prepared to go natural this whole pregnancy but that would be a lie. I have always said I’ll see what happens but I have filled out the form that I had to fill out in order to get an epidural so if I decide to get one I will have one. Always better to be safe than sorry.

I’d also like to thank anyone who has read these pregnancy updates that I’ve posted for the last seven months. I have learned a lot from reading other mothers blogs here on WordPress and I’ll continue to do so as I reach the finish line and become “mom” myself. I adore the inspiration, motivation, the tips and tricks. The internet is really a great place and I’m so happy to live in this day and age where any question I might have can be answered within seconds.

I hope some of you will stick around for the next chapter of this blog 

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A nervous visit to the hospital.

Yesterday turned out to be a little more dramatic then I thought when I woke up in the morning. Throughout the day I felt very little movements from baby, so little that it made me worry. I have had a small scare before but it was earlier in the pregnancy and it was most likely because I couldn’t for the life of me get any food down. My morning/all day sickness didn’t end until about 7.5 months in. Anyway; I decided to call my husband at work, tell him to come and pick me up to go to the hospital. I’d rather be safe than sorry.

After and hour of monitoring he started moving normally again, he even gave me a few hard kicks as I was laying down being monitored. It was a big relief. I read that as we’re approaching the end of the pregnancy (I’m 38 weeks, 6 days today) it can be normal for babies to move less. I knew this but still it’s not very reassuring to do all you can to make baby move and not get any response. I felt a million times better after leaving the hospital. We had an ultrasound also just to verify everything and he’s all good. His head is down and “locked in” as they put it. I guess that means he’s ready very soon. I can’t wait.

38 Weeks Pregnant.

Due date: 26th of January 2017. Days left of the pregnancy: 15 days (more or less. Probably more to be honest).

Baby’s size: As of yesterday my ultrasound technician said 3520 grams. So 3,5 KG. I asked my mom and I was 4,3 KG at birth so I’m suspecting he’ll end up in that similar weight range.

Purchases: Last weekend we went on a big shopping spree, my husband and I. Since it’s January there is tons of sales all around and we really took advantage. I found a lot of clothes for half the price which I was so excited about, and still am actually – hehe. I absolutely love a good bargain. Not having to pay full prize gives me a little rush.

We also got small towels, bibs, soaps and lotions, a changing pad, more sheets for his crib and small drawers to put his clothes into. Since I didn’t want to buy him his own dresser just yet because I don’t think we will be living in this apartment for long it was easier to get some okay looking drawers with wheels underneath. Cheap and easy.

Mood: Better then last week. I feel calm and ready, I’m saving up my energy.

Next ultrasound/doctor visit: In two weeks, 24th I believe. Which is 2 days before my due date.

Anything else you want to add: I’m slowly coming to a state of mind where everything around me doesn’t matter and all I try to focus on is what’s going to happen in the weeks ahead. I know it’s important to be ready mentally and even though I’ve had nine months to prepare but it really hits you hard in the last weeks. I believe I can do this and I have never been more excited about anything. I know birth and recovery will be tough and I’m usually someone who runs from the difficult things in life but this is something completely different. I’m so ready to meet my little man and be a family with my wonderful husband ❤

37 Weeks Pregnant.

Due date: 26th of January 2017. Days left of the pregnancy: 21 days (more or less).

Baby’s size: I can’t really give an accurate weight or length because my baby doesn’t fit into the size and weight that’s given by the pregnancy app that I use. That has been my main source of info for my pregnancy but I now realize that it hasn’t been accurate. My boy has always been a little bit ahead, which is fine. It’s not really that important.

Purchases: We have almost everything we need now. He could come tomorrow and be fine but I still need a few things. I do know that I can’t be 100% sure that I have everything I need because he’s not here yet and I haven’t gone through a trial and error period. I might have too much stuff or too little. We will see. The essentials are there at least.

Cravings: Nothing. I haven’t had a big appetite and I’ve been very nauseous.

Annoyances: Lower back pain. Heartburn. Can’t get comfortable anywhere. Walking is uncomfortable. Little to no bladder control. I’m just exhausted.

Mood: Not the best. I could really use a good laugh. 

Next ultrasound/doctor visit: 10th of January.

Anything else you want to add: I started taking the labor inducing pills yesterday. They are very small and have a sweet taste. They are to be put under my tongue three times a day. Hopefully they work. Apparently there are a lot of mixed information about this. Some people say they don’t do anything at all yet doctors recommend them. I’m willing to try anything at this point. Since my body hasn’t progressed at all on it’s own I don’t see the problem with trying to push it slightly. It’s not harming me or baby.

36 Weeks Pregnant. Advice needed !

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Due date: 26th of January 2017.

Days left of the pregnancy: 29 days (more or less).

Baby’s size: We had an ultrasound/check up yesterday, apparently he weighs 3000 grams. That means he gained 500 grams in two weeks, since the ultrasounds now come with two weeks space instead of a month. Help. I need some advice actually:

I have a bigger baby. My doctor doesn’t want to risk me going overdue so she actually prescribed me pills that I’m supposed to put under my tongue to start my cervix softening. I don’t really know how I feel about this. I’d really like some advice on it. Is this better than getting an induction at the hospital with pitocin and all that? I haven’t taken the pills yet, she said I could start doing it at 37 weeks. I kinda want to because I don’t want to go overdue at all. He is already big now, imagine the state of it at 41 weeks if I did go that far. Does anyone out there have experience with this?

Purchases: Baby boy got a bunch of clothes for Christmas this year from my family. My grandmother has knitted a bunch of stuff for him. I will dedicate a complete post to those outfits because that’s what they deserve. I love them.

I got his crib the Butterfly Dreams 3 in 1 projection mobile from Fisher Price and I’m so in love with it. I’ve read all over the place that a white noise maker is a must have and this thing has that along with cute music and a rain forest sound. I also love that it can be used three different ways. It’s very helpful.

He also got an adorable outfit from my sister, I’ll insert a photo of it at the end of the post along with the mobile.

Cravings: There has been a Christmas market going on in town and as we were walking through it the other day my husband and I got some Churros to share. Amazing! I haven’t had that in years. But now it’s become a huge craving. I might have to go back for another round, he he.

Annoyances: The annoyances this week is definitely sleep and bathroom breaks. I can’t for the life of me get comfortable at night. It takes me SO long to get to sleep. And don’t get me started on how many times a day I have to pee. I hate leaving the house now because it means I won’t have a toilet nearby. Sigh. Also, lower back pain has kicked in for me. Not surprising but certainly not welcome.

Mood: I’ve been really sad these last days because I missed out on the Holidays with my family. I actually cried on Skype with my parents the other day because of how badly I miss them. I can’t wait to see them when they come here to meet my baby.

Next ultrasound/doctor visit: 10th of January if I’m not mistaken.

Anything else you want to add: Hair loss has stopped now since last week. At least decreased tremendously. I’m very thankful for that. I’d like to have hair after this is all over.

At the ultrasound yesterday we saw that baby’s head was down, he had his face once again smushed into the placenta (nothing new there, he always does that so we can’t see his face, he he) and we got to see that he has hair. Wow. Hearing that was just another mind blowing thing to add to the list of firsts. Being pregnant has really opened my eyes to what life is about. I feel like being this little boys mother is my destiny. I can’t wait < 3

Here is the mobile and the cute bear outfit: