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May 20, 2014 4:59 pm

Birth Story Extras

There were a few things that happened during and right after Thora was born that didn’t seem like they fit into the birth story, so here’s the down low on those things: Double Placenta At my 20 week ultrasound, the tech thought I had an accessory lobe on my placenta. Usually, accessory lobes are like… Read more > Comments Off on Birth Story Extras

May 20, 2014 10:02 am

Thora’s Birth Story

I woke up at 8am on Saturday the 3rd having infrequent contractions. They didn’t seem worth timing, but they also didn’t go away after several hours. Right at about 1pm, I decided to time them to see if there was any kind of pattern. Timing revealed they were about five minutes apart and were lasting… Read more > 1 Comment >

May 7, 2014 1:06 pm

Thora Pauline

Thora Pauline was born at 7:49pm on May 6th, weighing 8lbs 2oz and measuring 20 inches long. She’s lovely. I didn’t get my VBAC, but it sure wasn’t for lack of trying! I labored at home for nearly twelve hours and made it all the way to the pushing stage, but baby’s heart rate reacted… Read more > 1 Comment >

April 22, 2014 5:21 pm

37 Weeks

Aaaah! This is the most pregnant I have ever been! I’m 37w3d and Wesley was born at 37w0d so this is all uncharted territory for me. I had a prenatal today and things are still looking good: BP was 126/78, baby’s position is LOT, and I was given some “Dr. Christopher’s Birth Prep” capsules to… Read more > 2 Comments >

April 3, 2014 12:04 pm

34 Weeks – Relief

THE BABY TURNED!!! Well, more accurately, I went in for a baby positioning check on Monday and we tried to turn the baby again. This time instead of pushing her head to my right, Denise pushed it to my left, and I guess once we got the baby sideways/transverse, she slipped right into vertex position…. Read more > 3 Comments >

March 25, 2014 2:24 pm

33 Weeks – Mini-ECV

Today at my prenatal appointment, my midwives tried to do a mini external cephalic version turn the baby into a more favorable position. It was weird and uncomfortable (and, yes, parts of it were painful at times) but we got the baby into a horizontal/transverse position before we decided to stop. Baby’s heart tones were… Read more > Comments Off on 33 Weeks – Mini-ECV

March 21, 2014 3:26 pm

Still Breech but Less Panicked

On the advice of a friend (thanks Meag!), I called my midwives today to have them talk me down a bit and see if they would be able to confirm baby’s position before the weekend. That way, if I was wrong and baby was head-up, I didn’t have to spend the weekend upside down. However,… Read more > 3 Comments >

March 20, 2014 5:33 pm

32 Weeks – Breech

I’ll just go ahead and start off this entry by saying I AM FREAKING OUT. At my last appointment (31 weeks), the baby was out of transverse position and into a tidy up-and-down position, but the midwives weren’t quite sure if she was head up or head down. I was kind of guessing head up… Read more > 3 Comments >

February 25, 2014 3:15 pm

29 Weeks

Oblique (Again!) I had a really nice prenatal appointment today! Baby is currently diagonal-ish with her head up in my ribs and her butt over by my hip. Denise (midwife) wasn’t concerned; she said there’s lots of time for baby to move around and I have a lot of fluid so it’s not an issue… Read more > 2 Comments >

February 6, 2014 3:19 pm

26 Weeks

Prenatal I had a prenatal appointment on Monday, and no news is good news! My blood pressure was good at 118/68, baby’s heart rate was around 148-158, and weight gain is still totally under control, somewhere between 10 and 13lbs depending on the scale. Next appointment is in three weeks, and then I think they’ll… Read more > 4 Comments >

January 24, 2014 2:00 pm

Foot In Mouth

A couple of weeks ago, I was at work when a resident and his caregiver came in to have me make some photocopies. When I stood up to walk to the copy machine, the caregiver, L, remarked, “Oh! You’re expecting!” I responded cheerfully that I was. She then did a double-take and said, “So— wow…. Read more > 6 Comments >

January 23, 2014 5:08 pm

Dressing A Girl

Since finding out that Baby #2 is a girl, I’ve started browsing for clothes online and I’m realizing I apparently don’t fall into the marketing niche all manufacturers think I’ve fallen into. I’ve been pinning stuff on Pinterest that I like and it’s all neutrals or navy blue and maroon or gray and teal and… Read more > 3 Comments >

January 23, 2014 4:29 pm

Ultrasound – 23 Weeks

In a dumb series of events involving insurance coverage (or lack thereof), we had to travel to Spokane to get our 20-week anatomy scan ultrasound done, and we accidentally arrived about 45 minutes early. This was on the 15th, and I was 23 weeks along at the time. The ultrasound tech lady did her measuring… Read more > 3 Comments >

December 6, 2013 7:13 pm

17 Weeks

I had my second prenatal appointment today and it went really well! My blood pressure was great (94/70) and I’m only up a couple of pounds. Fetal heart rate was 140-150 and we had a nice talk about me eating more protein and taking more walks. Given that it’s currently six degrees outside and windy…… Read more > Comments Off on 17 Weeks

November 30, 2013 6:05 am

16 Weeks

I’ve been kind of terrible at documenting this pregnancy. I just have so much other stuff going on! I re-read a bunch of my posts from when I was pregnant with Wesley and I seem to be doing way better physically this time around. I don’t have nearly the ligament pain (though sometimes sneezing or… Read more > Comments Off on 16 Weeks