Friday, January 29, 2010

Sophie's Birth Story

Sophie arrived on Friday January 22 at 11:39pm weighing 8lbs 13.5oz.
After over 3 weeks of prodromal labour, I finally had some "show" on Thursday night at around 11:30 (just as Conan was starting) and told Dave this is it, I'll be in labour in no time. He didn't believe me and was convinced that I'd end up being enduced the following Friday (I've never gone into labour on my own, always induced). Parker woke up so Dave went to crawl into bed with him and I started getting fairly strong contractions every 15-20 minutes that increased in strength and frequency until they were about 4-6 minutes apart by 530am. I told Dave I'd have another shower and then we'd call the m/w and my MIL but by the time I got outo f the shower, they slowed down until they pretty much petered out. I was very disappointed as I thought for sure it was it, contractions were real and very strong, lots of bloody show, etc. So I sent Dave to work and went on with my day.
By 9am they picked up again but were still far apart. I called Dave to come home at aroud 3 because they were getting closer together and were quite strong and I was having a hard time getting through them and taking care of Parker. By 5pm they were 5-6 minutes apart so i went upstairs to get some rest when they started to get really irregular from 4 minutes to 15 minutes apart. Grr! By this point I was feeling very frustrated and worried because I knew the baby would be born the next day and I had no sleep and would probably have another night of no sleep so I called my m/w to talk about options. She came over around 830pm and said I could do a few things... she could check me and if I was 4 or more we could go to the hospital and have my waters broken to get going or I could go to the hospital to have some pain meds and sleeping aids or I could just go with it and see what happens. I asked her to check me and I was a very stretchy 4cms and baby was station -2 and had a decision to make. Being that my goal was to avoid an induction, I decided to stay away from the hospital as I didnt want any interventions. Instead I decided on taking a few gravol and a glass of wine in the tub to slow down labour so I could get some sleep.
She left at 9:50pm and within 5 minutes of her leaving I had a big contraction and thought... hmmm... maybe I shouldn't have taken that gravol. Parker woke up so Dave went in to lay with him and I had a shower. IN the shower I had 5 very strong contractions and came out and instantly had two more with an urge to push. Woke up Ally to lay down with Parker and told Dave it was time to go NOW. We left the house at 10:40 and I fought hard to breathe through the contractions and urges to push. My m/w had a room ready for me when we got there and she checked me, I was 10 cms with no cervical lip (had that issue with my previous births and was a huge worry for me this pregnancy). I cried I was so happy that my body was doing this and that I didn't "need" medication like the other times to cope with fighting the urge to push for up to two hours.
Sophie was born within 40 minutes of arriving at the hospital and it was just beautiful. I instantly fell in love with my daughter and although it sounds weird, I fell in love with what my body was capable of and the whole birth. It was perfect.
But... then I started to hemmorhage really badly and it got scary. An OB was called in to manually check my uterus for clots and remove them and I was worked on for about 1.5 hours to try to stem the bleeding. They would get it under control with oxytocin, some other meds (can't remember the name) and massaging but then it would start up again. And just as the OB was getting worried, it all stopped and didn't return!
My recovery has been very easy though and I attribute that to a natural labour and delivery without augmentation or pain meds. Adjusting to life with a newborn has been easier than I thought although Parker has been having a hard time sharing momma and specifically momma's milk.
Sophie is an absolute blessing.. she's so calm and breastfeeding has been going great. I couldn't be happier and more content with my life than I am right now. She has completed our family and I'm just in absolute love!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Now that life is slowly returning to normal again...

I love Christmas and New Year and look forward to it all year long but man, it really wears me out! This year even more so but I think that's from a combination of being 9 months pregnant and dealing with financial stresses.
But it was nice... every Christmas Eve we go to my MILs with the rest of the family and have appies and open up our gifts. This year was a little bit somber as my FIL passed away in August but it was nice nonetheless.
Then Christmas morning my MIL and youngest SIL came over for brunch and to watch the kids open the gifts. Normally we do it ourselves but as I said earlier my FIL passed away and I think it was nice for MIL and SIL to be with family. Plus Dave and I plus the kids loved having them here.
Usually we have a big brunch as we don't eat again until dinner and it has always consisted of pancakes, eggs, bacon and hashbrowns. But I got tired of all the dishes so this year I did a hashbrown casserole using this recipe: and I also wanted to try Kate's (Jon and Kate plus 8) Christmas Sticky Buns ( as I had watched a rerun a few weeks before and they looked SO good!
First I made the sticky buns which was really easy as the recipe called for refridgerated bisquit dough. The only problem I had with the ingredients is that it's impossible to find the Grands size that it called for so I used the regular sized country bisquit dough. I'm not sure about the recipe or maybe I did something wrong but my smoke alarms started going off because I forgot to put a pan underneath to catch all the drippings. Oops! When it's done, y ou're supposed to turn it over onto a plate and pull it apart. Well... that didn't work as the top was very done but the bottom was still raw. Grr!! But we salvaged what we could and it was yummy. I don't think I'll make it again though.
Then I made the hashbrown casserole and omg.. that was sooooo good. Next time I'll use less butter though as it was pretty greasy. Very heavy too but that's okay since it was our only meal until dinner. I will definitely use this recipe again but next year I'll prepare it the night before so I can pop it in the oven when we wake up.
The kids had a blast opening up their gifts, they both got spoiled of course. Parker was cute because he really didn't get that he was allowed to rip the wrapping paper. He'd rip a little piece off and then look at us like he was doing something naughty. Because we're now living off just my husband's income as I'm now on Maternity Leave (I won't even go into the details of why I'm not getting EI for mat leave as it's just one big headache!!) we decided to do mostly handmade gifts. Which I love doing!

Here's a few pics of the kids and their mamma-made gifts:
I made this framed photograph for Ally using alphabet photography. I have been seeing these online everywhere but they're so expensive so I did it myself. Parker and I went for walk one day and took pictures of objects that looked like letters to spell out PEACE. I printed them off at walmart in the mini-size for less than a dollar for all 5 letters and bought a cheapo frame for $4 and matted it myself (read: taped the photos onto black cardstock). Not too bad if i do say so myself! I also made two PEACE framed photos for my SILS (bigger size though) and one for Dave's uncle with his surname.

In addition to the silk playscarves I posted about earlier, Ally and I made a set of wool felted balls for Parker. I took lots of pics of the process so I'll do a seperate entry about that. He loves them and best of all when he throws them, they're soft so they won't break or hurt anything!

The above is of a handmade gift but not by me. These adorable knit hats are from I absolutely love this shop and have boughten from her several times and plan to again in the future. Last year I bought Parker the eggplant hat and this year Ally got a chocolate dipped strawberry hat and I bought the cutest smallest green apple hat for the new baby. You'll have to wait for pics of that one though!

In addition to these, I also made homemade chai tea kits for my MIL and Dave's aunt (AIL?) and a tea cosy for the both of them along with some yummy baking. I had plans on doing more homemade gifts but then I realized that I'm too knackered for that! Even though I'm not working right now and in theory have lots of time on my hands, I really don't. So I think next year I'll get started a little earlier!