Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mommy Fitness: 2 weeks 3 days Post Partum

I have decided that since I didn't post much about my pregnancy, I want to make sure I document my post-pregnancy recovery so that I can at least remember that. I know that this was my last pregnancy and I also know that this is going to be a struggle for me that I want to remember so that I can be proud of myself.
So, with LC I lost all of my weight in 8 weeks. I can already tell you that is not going to happen this time. It is two weeks and I am only down 20 pounds. My highest pregnancy weight was about 222, and I am currently 201. I was hoping to be less than 200 right now, but that hasn't happened.
I can honestly say that with LC I felt like shit for the first two weeks and was in a lot of pain. I couldn't walk for more than about 10-15 minutes without feeling intense pain in my lady region. This time around I have felt amazing! Once my epidural wore off I was able to walk around and I didn't even require pain medication in the hospital. I started walking Sunday. I am not yet walking every day, but I have walked three times this week so far, and I plan on walking again today. I'm not walking very fast, or far, but it's better than nothing. The only annoying thing is that I because the street we live on is not paved, I have to put the kids in the car and drive to a trail we can walk on. It's much easier to do when Mr. P is here, but 5 days out of the week he is not. Also, it has gotten pretty hot here so we have to go EARLY so that it's not to hot for SJ. One good thing is that we have decided that one day a week LC will go to hourly daycare on post. This will allow him to have time with other kids, me time to bond alone with SJ, me time to nap when SJ is napping, and finally a break from me having both kids all day. So, on those days (today is the first one) I plan on walking on our treadmill in the afternoon. This way I don't have to worry about not getting out the door so early.

So here are my my fitness goals for post partum week 3-4. I don't see the point of doing week 2-3 since I am almost over halfway done with it.

1. Drink more water
2. Quit my new found starburst addiction
3. Walk 5 days

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SJs Birth Story

On Sunday May 11th, Mother's Day 2014, I had determined that I was going to go to bed early because I was so tired. LC goes to bed at 7:30 and I had told Mr. P that I was going to go to bed immediately after LC went down. So I was pretty excited when I was in bed at 7:41 pm. I had my Ipad with me because Mr. P and I had decided that we really needed to come up with a name for this baby boy. So we went over a few names and about 8:30 we finally came to a decision. Mr. P and I were watching TV and around 9:40 I decided that I had had enough and that it was time for me to go to sleep. I went to roll over and I felt a sudden gush of discharge. I turn to Mr. P and said "either I just pee'd myself, or my water just broke". Honestly, I thought it was the former as I didn't hear the "pop" I hear so many women speak of when they say their water breaks. So Mr. P asks if I'm sure and I said that I wasn't. I didn't know. So I sat on the edge of the bed afraid to get up, and when I did, there was a wet spot on the bed so I told him I was pretty sure, but still not 100%, but we should probably go to the hospital. So I called my mom and asked her if she wanted me to bring LC to her house, or if she wanted to come to mine. She asked me to bring LC over there so I jumped in shower while Mr. P packed up LC and the dog and off we went.
We got to the hospital a bit after 10:00 and I was fully admitted by 10:30. While I was admitted to the hospital and my water had broken, my nurse let me know that I might get sent home. This was a shock to me because once your water breaks you usually only have 24 hours to deliver. She checked with the on-call doctor and I wasn't leaving. Since I wasn't leaving and I had issues with my epidural not working with LC, I asked for my epidural. The nurse suggested that since I wasn't really having contractions yet that it might be best for me to wait on the epidural until I was uncomfortable. - I still don't understand that, because why the fuck do I WANT to get uncomfortable? But, like a dumbass I listened to her.
Around 2:00 am my contractions had started to pick up so I again asked for the epidural. The nurse checked me told me I was at a 3, 75%, but baby was still really high, so she suggested again that I wait. It was also at this time that she informed me that the dr wanted to start me on pitocin because I was progressing so slowly. I was okay with it, but I wanted my epidural first because I knew how fast I progressed with LC on the Pit and my epidural didn't really work and I didn't want that situation again. My nurse told me that the pit was going to be on the lowest dose, it would take an hour to work, and she would call the anesthesiologist to come as soon as she was done with the emergency c-section that they were doing.  So at 3:00 they started the pitocin. Prior to starting the pit I was able to rest between my contractions but around 3:27, that stopped. I told my nurse that I was uncomfortable and I needed my epidural. Unfortunately everyone was still tied up in that c-section. I was getting pissed and looking over at Mr. P sleeping peacefully didn't help.
4:30 I finally got my epidural and I was so disappointed when they checked me and I was only at 4 cm, and the baby was still really high. Once I got my epidural I laid on my left side and was able to relax. Around 6:00 I noticed that my right side seemed to be feeling everything but my left side was numb. I asked the nurse about this and she contacted the anesthesiologist. Apparently laying on my left side allowed the medicine to pool on that side so they flipped me to my right side and gave me some more drugs, but I was in an extreme amount of pain (on one side of my body) by this point.
I don't remember who it was, but at this point someone had the bright idea to check me. I was already at a 9, and baby was fully engaged. Since I was moaning and groaning in pain I asked if the pain would let up when I was complete and was sad to find out they don't. Evidently I had forgotten that you push with each contraction. So, they got everything ready and by 6:28 I was doing my "practice pushes". At 6:35 the doctor came in and I asked for the mirror. 4 pushes later at 6:43 am SJ was born peeing! My initial reaction was that he was so tiny, but yet his cries were so much louder than his brothers had been.

After everything we went through at the beginning of this pregnancy, I NEVER thought we would get   here. Honestly, that is why I haven't said much about my pregnancy on this blog, is because this whole time I have felt like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. I am so greatful that everything
turned out okay and that I have another seemingly healthy little boy to complete our family.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My Little Man is Here

My little man made his arrival yesterday morning at 6:43 in the morning. I am over the moon. I will post his whole birth story later today when I have a few more minutes as I'm expecting Mr. P and LC to arrive any minute and I don't want to be interrupted. I never thought this day would come. This pregnancy scared the shit out of from my first ultrasound and I honestly doubted that I would ever make it to an outside baby, but he is here, and he is healthy!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Nearing the End 37w4d

I can't believe that I am finally nearing the end of  this pregnancy. After the way things started out I never thought I would get here, but here I am. And, I am ready to meet this little guy. In the past couple of days I have started to get extremely uncomfortable and irritable. Not to mention that my AF levels have been all over the place this past month. They got so low last week I was sent to the hospital for an IV and told that if they didn't go up by Thursday I would be induced that next day. Thankfully they did go up because Mr. P is out of town for training right now. In fact, he's been gone for the past month and I think that has a large part to do with how uncomfortable I am. When he's here he's able to help with LC and I get a bit of a break in the evenings. Now, I get no break and that little fella has SO MUCH energy!!! I feel horrible because I am so tired (I do not remember being this tired last time) and as a result of my tiredness/laziness, LC has watched way more TV lately than I would care to admit to anyone. I really pray that after this baby comes, and I get used to having two little one (8 weeks PP I hope) that I get some of my energy back. I miss rolling on the floor and playing with toy cars with my little man.