Hilary’s Birth Story – Part 1

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything – sorry about that. It’s been a busy few weeks with our newborn, Christmas and having company from across the pond.

I feel like this could be a long-winded post, so I’ve decided to break it up in to a few parts and compare part from our first born’s birth too.

Welcome to Part 1.

Baby number 2 was due December 11th 2012, which also happens to be my sister’s birthday. And, our first daughter, Lillian (Lilly) was due on my birthday, July 10th 2010 – but she came 4 weeks early to all of our surprise.

I decided to finish work around 35 weeks pregnant and believe that was the best decision for me. I was able to rest a lot, get a few things done around the house and prepare for baby #2’s arrival.  Once we got past 36 weeks 2 days (the day we had Lilly), I was able to relax a little more and hope to make it to 37 weeks or term. And we did. We made it to 38 weeks 6 days before baby #2 arrived.

It’s amazing how much 2 weeks can make for a baby. Lilly was considered a premature baby and had a few challenges that we had to work through to get her to nurse properly. I’m not just talking a few days/weeks of challenges but more like 2.5 months to get her to latch/nurse properly with the help of a lactation consultant and a osteopath. With baby #2 it was like she was born to nurse – completely different.

Sai and Anna Dec 2nd 2012

Sai and Anna Dec 2nd 2012

Back to the birth.

On Sunday, December 2nd I was feeling a little frustrated and beyond exhausted from being pregnant. I had a little nap in the morning and then had lunch with Lilly and Sai. Once Lilly was down for a nap I was going to go shopping and get a few Christmas items we needed. As Sai was putting Lilly down for a nap I got up to go pee and thought I felt my water break! I surely wasn’t peeing myself but comparing it to my water breaking with Lilly, it wasn’t quite the same. This was around 1pm. At 2:30pm we went into the hospital after calling with my  symptoms – they just wanted to check me over. They couldn’t get a clear sample if my water had broken or not but I was clearly dilating – Was 4-5cm at 4:30pm. They admitted me.

Lilly was hanging out with our friends after her nap and then Grandad came to hang out with her for that night. She was in heaven and my Dad was too.

I figured we’d have the baby by 8:30/9pm as Lilly’s birth was extremely quick (less than 4 hours from my water breaking to her coming out). When 8:30 hit and I was only 6cm, I was rather discouraged and the pain was increasing fast.

Sai and I walked the hallways a lot and I sat on an exercise ball for a long time and then things started to get more painful. I really wanted a natural birth as I had one with Lilly and thought I could do it again. (Man OH MAN – talk about painful!!!).

There was a point when I just couldn’t handle the pain anymore but was confident I didn’t want an epidural or narcotics but was thinking about the “laughing” gas as an alternative. As the contractions grew stronger and more painful I was convinced I wanted the gas and made Sai go tell the nurse that I wanted it. It arrived not too long after and on went the mask when I had a contraction.

Nothing happened 😦

I was expecting to have a little relief of pain but it didn’t happen. So, I kept at it. Inhaling the gas like it was the most enjoyable product known to man kind. After about 5-6 contractions and inhaling the gas, I felt extremely light-headed and sort of fell back in my seat. Ahhhhhhhhh, it was working. I felt a little drugged/drunk as the nurse described I could be. She was right.

My water still had not broken at this point and the contractions were getting closer and closer and MORE painful. Seriously, how more painful can it get – apparently a lot more.

My Doctor arrived at the hospital around 12:30 am and we started discussing my options. At 1:45 am and 8 cm dilated, I decided to have my water broken. All I remember is how warm it was, my contractions still painful and the gas permanently stuck in my left hand for when I needed it.

All of a sudden, it was time to push. I had to push, I couldn’t hold back…this baby was ready to come out and join us.

To be continued….

Oh Baby!!!!

Our family at Piper’s Run is happy to announce Hilary Elise came into this world on Monday December 3rd @ 3:07 am. She was 7 lbs 14 oz and 19 1/4 inches long. She was a great birthday present for her Daddy who celebrated his birthday on Dec 4th by bringing his family home.

Hilary Elise:

Hilary Dec 3rd 2012 - A

Lilly is now a big sister and loving it:

BIG sister lilly 2012 - A

One happy Momma, Anna from Piper’s Run:

Mom, Hilary and Monkey Dec 3rd - A

Upcoming post this month:

  • Hilary’s birth story
  • Piper’s Run turns 1!!!
  • Postpartum update

{guest post} Eating Naturally is Better All Around

Katie from “Moore from Katie” is our guest blogger today.

The idea of a natural lifestyle is one that many people are a little nervous about. Living a more natural lifestyle does not mean you have to give up the great things you currently have. You can live a more natural lifestyle while still enjoying everything you already love, just in a more natural manner. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I made the decision to live a more natural lifestyle because I felt that it would promote healthy development and growth for her during my pregnancy. I was nervous to make the change, but it ended up being the best decision I ever made.

Living naturally is not exactly what it sounds like. I remember people asking me if that meant I had stopped shaving under my arms and wearing deodorant, and laughing. Living a more natural lifestyle simply means that I choose more natural substances to put into my body. Instead of taking medications when I was pregnant, I used exercise and alternative methods of pain management. Of course I knew that many medications were off-limits while I was pregnant, which is why I decided to make them all off-limits for me. I decided that through exercise, I could manage my lower back pain at the end of my pregnancies. I could also manage the periodic headaches I suffered from with exercise.

I learned very quickly that yoga was a great way to make my entire body feel better. It helped me with the occasional headache I had because it forced me to relax and concentrate. I also found that yoga helped alleviate my back pain because it kept my muscles strong and toned. One of the most enjoyable exercises I did was walking, it helped clear my head and relieve some stress. With less stress and anxiety in my life, I suffered from fewer headaches. Additionally, I also learned that I could use massage therapy as an alternate form of muscle pain relief and headache relief, even if it was just my hubby giving me the occasional massage! These were great, natural ways to ensure my body was in the best shape possible for delivery day.

As far as food is concerned, the only change I made to my diet was to start purchasing most of my grocery items in organic form. I thought this might be a difficult thing to do. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to find all the foods that I love in organic form, but I was pleasantly surprised to find everything I already loved to eat plus so much more in organic form. While I already ate a healthy diet, I learned that by eating organically, I was not subjecting my body or my developing baby to the chemicals and pesticides used to grow foods that are not organic. Organic foods are all naturally grown, which means that I wasn’t risking putting any chemicals into my body. For this, I was very grateful. I never felt better, happier, or more in tune with my body than I did when I was pregnant. I like to think it’s because I made a conscious decision to be healthier and more natural, and that’s what made me feel so good.

Learning about your body, what you put into it and the effects different things will have on you is very important. Talking with your doctor, doula or midwife about your diet, as well as pain management, cord blood banking, breastfeeding and all other things pregnancy will be the best way to ensure you are doing everything you can to give your baby the best start in life.

A BIG Thank you to Katie from Moore with Katie – thanks for helping me out and being a guest blogger on Piper’s Run. Take some time to check our her blog 🙂

Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26.

Pregnancy: 38 Weeks

I am a little surprised we’ve made it this far but thrilled to know the baby will be a little more stronger and bigger then when Lilly was born at 36 weeks 2 days. Note to baby – I’m ready for you, come out, come out whenever you are ready.

Week: 38

Baby’s Name: “Four”. Named by Lilly as when we ask her what the baby’s name will be she says “4”. Interesting!

Baby Items I Found: When I packed away all of Lilly’s clothes she out grew, I apparently forgot how many boxes there were. Found a box with all kinds of stuff on the weekend.

Challenges: I’m exhausted all the time, night-time seems to be the worst.

Exercise: Up and down the stairs, house work, a little walking and prenatal yoga.

Food: Not craving anything but in the evenings I don’t really want to eat dinner. I do eat, but it’s a struggle – maybe it’s because I am running out of room.

Gender: Still a surprise.

Maclean: (our dog) She has been hanging around my side of the bed at night and I just realised she’s been hanging around me today. Hummm….does she know something I don’t?

Mood: I’m ready for baby to be out and am over the whole fear of giving birth again.

Preparation for baby #2: Making a list of things we need to get once baby arrives, talking lots with Lilly about the baby. As I mentioned before, she includes the baby in everything now.

Random: I can’t handle some songs on the radio and have figured out that when I was in my first trimester (and extremely nausea) these songs where playing on the radio constantly. When I hear them today I get this extreme ill feeling and have to leave the room or turn the radio off.

Sleep: Really not much these days but I am taking advantage of being able to nap.

Photo:

Me and “the monkey” at 38 weeks.

Anyone want to guess when the baby will arrive?

Leave me a comment below.

Sweat Pink Giveaway here (ends Friday).

Life goes by fast

I remember when Lilly was born at 36 weeks, all I could think of “is this really happening”. I couldn’t make any decisions because it was happening so fast. We were ready but not really READY, if you know what I mean.

We took pictures the day she was born and pretty much every day after that! Then finally when she was around 3 months I started taking “monthly” pictures until she was 12 months old.

I recently came across a post from  7x7xMommy about her two daughters and how they captured their first daughter’s life and now with their second. You can check out a recent post on what they’ve done for their girls here – The Raffi Report.

 Lilly during her first year: 0 – 5 months

And 6 – 12 months:

This past weekend, we had to run a few errands and decided to purchase an ‘animal’ for the baby. Lilly made the final decision and will be giving it to the baby when it arrives! So, you’ll see a few random photo’s over the next year with this little guy:

The Monkey:

Hanging with our hospital bags….just waiting patiently.

The monkey has no name, yet.

If Lilly had her way, she would name it “4” as she has named the baby “4”.

Any suggestions for the monkey’s name?

Indulge me, what workouts are you doing today?

Anyone running a race soon?

Don’t forget about my little giveaway here.

Monday IS the beginning of the week, right?

Well, here I sit on another Monday morning, been awake since 5am.

Off work officially for 2.5 weeks, waiting for baby that could arrive “anytime” now and feeling like I have almost everything done before baby arrives. Yeah, right!

I still haven’t written my birth plan. It’s not like I don’t know what I want  during labour, I think it’s just the last major straw that i need to pull and finish.

It sit’s in front of me along with the pen….guess I’ll get at that after this post.

Learnings from this weekend:

1. Tractors aren’t just for boys. (Real life John Deere Tractors – Lilly loves them).

2. When your child is sick you get to snuggle with them a little longer than normal. Is it bad that I like that?

3. I am ready for winter, especially after our little snow fall this weekend 🙂

4. Baby, it’s time to come out.

5. Colds that don’t go anywhere just suck your energy out as they linger on to your every move or attempt to move.

6. Two naps in a day is normal for an almost 38 week pregnant lady, right?

7. I’ve lost misplaced my favourite Smartwool hat a mitts that belong to Lilly. Frig.

8. It’s Monday morning and I’ve got my to-do-list started but already managed to go in another direction.

That’s it.

You may see another post from me today, pending how the day goes.

Oh – and don’t forget to enter my little giveaway here.

Pregnancy: 37 Weeks!

Weeks: 37

Age of First Born: Lilly: 29 months (almost 2.5 years)

Baby’s movements: Still extremely active especially in the evenings.

Baby items we bought: Nothing!

Challenges: I could list so many things here but I’ll keep it simple. Picture having a “beach ball” under your belly button.  This past weekend, someone at the Farmer’s Market told me I had a perfect beach ball belly – I felt flattered – seriously.

Okay so you have a beach ball attached under your belly button  that will not move without you. It kicks and punches you when it wants to, hardens periodically, stops you from bending over in any direction, put’s pressure on every bone and joint in your body like someone is trying to hurt you on purpose. gives you heartburn and indigestion, jumps on your bladder and other organs in your body, cramps up, demands food and water like you’ve never eaten before, takes all your energy until you pass out asleep, keeps you up all night until you check 1-3 items of your to-do-list,  invades your rib cage like it’s playing on monkey bars and makes you want to throw up if you don’t take medication to combat the daily nausea.

But, it’s all good. I get a beautiful little baby out of this 9 month commitment – not a beach ball 🙂

Exercise: What’s that? Sad to say it’s minimal walking outside and have been told I need to rest more throughout the day with my feet up.

Food: Still loving red grapes. I’ve been baking and making extra foods to freeze so I can have meals ready to go once the baby does arrive – heck even before the baby arrives.

Foods I’ve made/making:

Gender: Unknown – lots of guesses from family members. You can guess here.

Mood: Rather thrilled that we’ve made it to 37 weeks and that our baby will be considered “term” if born anytime now. I’m not bored but am starting to get a little anxious to meet this little one.

Preparation for baby #2: Daily conversations with our daughter, Lilly about the baby. It’s like the baby is already here and Lilly tries to include it in everything: car rides, bath time, cleaning up her toys, folding clothing.

Sleep: I nap every day. It’s the only way I can catch up on sleep from the night before. On weekends, I nap when Lilly naps for 2 hours and week days, I nap when ever I feel like it or happen to fall asleep randomly in the rocking chair.

Still to do: The baby’s room is a disaster. I decided to take a stab at our pile mountain of papers to be shredded yesterday. We’ve (I got my husband involved) managed to overheat the paper shredder three times, fill one blue recycling bag full of shredded paper and make a mess of the baby’s room. Dang! It needs to be cleaned again.

I still need to get my newborn cloth diapers – they are on order and being shipped as we speak. Can’t wait to get my hands on them, wash them a few times (prep) and have them ready to go for baby’s cute little bum. There is nothing cutie then cloth diapers on a tiny bum.

What I am looking forward to: Meeting baby and not being pregnant anymore.

What I miss doing: 

  • Running
  • Being more active with Lilly
  • Sleeping all night (I know, I know, I won’t see sleep for a long long time but it WILL happen again)

What I am worried about: I totally forgot how small a newborn is and how to do anything newborn related. When you have a toddler running around, you (I) forget what it’s like to have this small, little baby who’s needs are so different then a 2 year old’s. I think I’m in for a little awakening 🙂

And…..I’m a little freaked out about given birth again! Why, I don’t know. I just am. Lilly’s birth was really fast (less than 4 hours) and it was all natural – no meds. Can I do that again? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.  I seriously need to write my birth plan ASAP or I’m not going to be focused when the big moment comes.

Photo

37 weeks with baby #2

What did you worry about when having your second, third, fourth (dare I go on) baby?

Did you worry about given birth again?

Did you find out the gender of your baby(ies) ?

Happy (early) Thanksgiving to my American family, friends, bloggers and followers. Enjoy!