My First Birth Story

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So I guess it is finally time to do a post about MY FIRST BIRTH STORY. I know a lot of people enjoy reading all the details of how a special little baby came into the world… So here goes:

So I had just turned 29 years old and started thinking about how the next birthday coming around for me was going to be my 30th. This made me think that if I was going to have a baby I had better start to seriously think about it. I had been laid off from my job (which I didn’t love anyway) the Christmas prior to my 29th birthday and that spring started to discuss seriously about getting pregnant with my husband. We hd been together for 9 years and married for 2 so it wasn’t an outrageous thing to talk about. My husband was on board and we started trying in March of 2013 and to my surprise we got pregnant pretty well right away. We can’t be sure but we think he was conceived while we were on a March Break trip to Myrtle Beach SC. My original due date was January 10 2014. So began my first experience with being pregnant.

So this magical journey of being pregnant started out PRETTY rough. I had extreme morning sickness (I liked to call it ALL DAY sickness) from morning until night, bedtime started being 5:30pm some nights, for the first 15 weeks. I would say the first trimester was my least favourite time in my entire life. The second trimester I started to feel less sick and had a pretty easy time. The third trimester was very uncomfortable. I had a very long baby inside me that had a knee or a foot in my ribcage at all times. I can say honestly I didn’t LOVE being pregnant but I enjoyed the experience of learning what it was all about.

Some of the books I read included:

What to Expect When You’re Expecting is a GREAT book that walks you through pregnancy. My mistake was putting it on my Kobo and syncing it to my Facebook for all to see. I got a message from one of my husbands cousins asking if I was pregnant and I was horrified LOL I immediately took down all my Kobo settings ha ha ha. This book I highly recommend! It is a great gift to a friend who is pregnant for the first time.

Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy by Rosie Pope was another book I read and LOVED during my first time pregnancy. She is very knowledgeable and I had watched her show Pregnant In Heels and enjoyed her British ways. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who is pregnant.

One THING I highly recommend if you are pregnant or planning to be:

The Jolly Jumper Mama Sleep EZ Body Pillow was a life saver and ABSOLUTELY worth the money. I used this sucker for both my pregnancies and I wouldn’t be able to sleep if I didn’t. I was so grumpy as I was getting less and less sleep and this was a life saver!

I was originally due January 10th but when I had my ultrasound the tech changed the date to December 27th 2013. I really wanted a January baby. December babies are the youngest in their classes and a baby born at the end of the month has to share his/her birthday with Christmas. My doctor was planning on being on holidays during the Christmas season so he agreed to leave me unchecked while he was away to hope to stretch out the date until January.

I worked up until the last day of work before the Christmas season. Everyone made the holiday plans local so I didn’t have to travel. My mother in law came for a few days and left Christmas day. I was so tired I decided to leave the dishes until Boxing day, ate a turkey sandwich and went to bed early as I was exhausted. Above is the last picture of me before the big event lol a little blurry but real lol. I woke up about midnight on Boxing Day with my first contraction. I wasn’t sure I was actually in labour, I thought for sure they had to be WAY more intense and if I went to the hospital they would send me home. I went into the spare bedroom and laid down to try and go back to sleep. I also used my phone to start timing the contractions… it didn’t take long for me to realize they were about 5 minutes apart. I called the hospital and the nurse in the maternity ward told me to have a hot shower and then head in. I took this advice. Then I went and woke up my husband. It was about 3am at this point and I thought for sure we would still be sent home or have HOURS and hours of labour to deal with so I wasn’t anxious or in any sort of rush. My husband sprung up and we jumped in the car. It was a brutal snow storm so it took us a slow go to get to the hospital which is normally a 25 minute drive. We got to the hospital safe and sound about 4am.

My first question was “When can I get drugs?” the nurse checked me and said “Oh you are already 8.5 cm dilated so you are too far along.” I couldn’t believe it. This meant I would be doing it naturally. I laid on my right side for an hour and progressed quickly. My doctor was on holiday so I had the doctor on call deliver my baby.   I was pushing by 6amI also did get an episiotomy to help with the delivery. My beautiful baby boy was born at 7:05am. He was an amazing 7lbs 1oz and 21inches long. AND I WAS IN LOVE. We had to call my mother in law to drive back the two hours and all my family was up north at the cottage. They all came back to meet the bundle of joy we had on Boxing Day 2013.

I learned that it IS possible to give birth without drugs. If I did it anyone can. Not everyone is as lucky as I am with a 7 hour start to finish labour and delivery but women are strong. You are stronger than you think but that doesn’t mean you CAN’T have the epidural. I went in wanting to have it but wasn’t able to get it. Choose a birth plan that suits you and if you have to change your plan during the event don’t worry Mama once you have that baby in your arms you won’t have time to regret the things you did or didn’t do… all that matters is your baby is healthy and you are happy. I know I was.

Writing this post brought up ideas for other posts… the days and weeks after having a brand new baby for the first time was a whole other learning experience. Let me know if you have questions or ideas you want me to write about.

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A Slight Delay To My Blogging Adventures

So I tried my very hardest to be extremely prepared with this blog. I have set up the rough templates for over 72 posts starting back in April 2017. As I got progressively more pregnant my energy level depleted and I got all of a whopping 2 posts complete and scheduled to start posting July 1st 2017.

My plan was to get more done than I ever possibly could but FEAR NOT! I will be back at it soon because…

Early in the morning July 1st 2017 SHE CAME! Without warning and faster than expected a whopping 8lbs 9oz my second baby arrived! A full head of dark hair that I never expected and I’m totally in love!

That being said it will take me a few weeks to get used to this juggling act that is having two kids! After that I should be able to fire out 3 posts a week as I have them all set up and ready to finish!

Thanks for reading what I have done so far and stay tuned! I promise it will be worth it!

MEG

Why I Wanted a Second Baby

So I am due with my second baby this week! As any of you other moms who have had babies know the last 4 weeks seem to be the longest of your life! This pregnancy seemed to fly by in comparison to my first. Although I have been reminded almost daily how much I’m “not really that into” being pregnant. I’m ready to welcome my next miracle into the world and start this new phase of mothering.. being a parent of two!

So both of my kids were “planned” and in that period of time there were a lot of check lists and mental notes that were made. The one that I’m going to talk about in this post is “Why I Wanted a Second Baby

When I was the ripe old age of two I became a big sister. I do not remember this time in anyway at all LOL that being said I don’t remember a time I didn’t have my little sister in my life. We of course went through our normal sibling issues of jealousy, bickering and physical violence. I know that there were some bad fights (especially in our pre-teen years) where we both decided we would never be able to live knowing the other and could never forgive one another for some horrible fight. After some maturing we both made it out the other side as best friends. I know that my sister is the one person in the world who has been through a lot of similar experiences and no matter what she will be there to lean on or just to listen to what I have to say without judgement. I don’t have a lot of friends still kicking around from elementary school… except her. I have a few high school friends I keep in touch with but NONE that I talk to as much as her. When I had issues with my parents at anytime in my life the ONLY person who could relate this with was my sister. My baby sister is my tried and true shoulder to lean on. My husband was an only child until he was 20 years old. He went through all of those same experiences without someone to be his “forever buddy.” The security of having that person who is a piece of you but a different person completely is something that I have always wanted for my children. I can’t fathom a world in which I didn’t have a sibling so I think it is only fair to my offspring to have that same relationship in their life.

When August 2016 rolled around and I realized that my first born son would be heading off to kindergarten in September of 2017 I realized how the stars were aligning for my second child. I had a very similar realization with my son when I saw my 30th birthdayon the horizon and planning for baby #1 became a serious discussion for my husband and myself. Both times I got pregnant pretty much right away thankfully (so many people aren’t so lucky) almost quicker than expected or planned! Timing will work out this time that as precious baby #2 arrives I will be home for 6 weeks with both kids then Mr. Baby #1 will head to kindergarten. This will be hard as I’ve been home for the majority of his 3 years but also good for myself and Miss Baby #2. I think I would be a lot more lonely with him off to school (even if I went to back to work full time) if the timing didn’t work out this way than I would be able to admit.  I’m hoping to have posts up in the coming months that address these feelings and topics more!

I am naturally a long term thinker. It may sound morbid but I do on occasion contemplate a world after I am dead and gone and more so since becoming a mother. That brought up feelings of what if tragically my husband and I were gone at the same time leaving my son behind. I would want him to have that “forever buddy” to continue family traditions with. Extended family like my parents and sister would of course be part of his life but I would “rest” easier knowing that he had that one (or more…) person in his life that had childhood memories and rituals to relate to. I’m not delusional and realize they may not get along and they may not see eye to eye their whole life but I hope that I can teach them about how important and rewarding a sibling relationship can be.

The last point I’m going to make about this topic is that OF COURSE I had baby fever and this played a part in my choice to have a second baby. My sister, two cousins and a few friends all were pregnant. I longed for that sweet sweet smell of a baby in my arms again. Of course I could have subdued this urge with one of the many babies around or on the way but there is nothing like having your own sweet sweet babe in your arms or snuggled into your chest in a baby carrier. I could not imagine NEVER feeling that feeling of embracing my own brand new child close again. Now that I’ve been THIS pregnant for what seems like forever I have come to terms that this is most likely my last baby. I don’t think I can manage being pregnant again… and come out sane on the other side. I’m not going to say never or its impossible but I think that two babies is a good number and a family of four is a pretty perfect round number. Stay tuned though… you never know when that baby fever is going to hit again!