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He’s Here!!

Contains TMI birth details, read at your own risk.

After an extremely fast labor, Baby Boy made his appearance on Monday, September 10th, at 12:43pm.

Seven pounds, one once and 20 inches long.

I didn’t even know I was in labor until I went to L&D after some vaginal bleeding that kinda spooked me. When they hooked me up to the monitor, they said I was in active labor. My contractions were 5-10 minutes apart, but lasting 3+minutes each.

Even in the delivery room, it felt like someone had pressed the fast forward button. It felt like each cervix check was only 5 minutes after the last. I dialated quickly. I went from 3 to 4 centimeters dialed during a cervix check. 😳 I don’t recall them ever saying that I was at 10. The last I remember was 7. Finn’s had to help me remember, because I apparently have some sort of labor amnesia.

At some point, my body started working to push on it’s own.

And one single contraction…

Three pushes…

And he was out.

We walked out of our front door at 0843am, took Z to school (yay for 2 hour delays. Fuck rain), and Sirius was delivered at 1243pm. Very fast labor.

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Still Pregnant…

38 weeks and 4 days pregnant.

1 week and 3 days until my due date.

10 days to go.

I. Am. So. Done.

Hot flashes, backache, headaches, contractions galore, major lack of sleep, nausea, ect…

It feels like The Bitch is trying to show, but uhh… That’s kinda not possible, considering I’m NINE MONTHS PREGNANT.

I keep watching for signs that labor is imminent, but this baby won’t come until he’s ready. All signs could point to labor today, but he’ll hang out for another week or two.

But, I will say, the backache and contractions are definitely stronger today than they have been. But, again, that may not mean anything. I’ll probably time the contractions once Finn leaves for work today. Just to get an idea what I’m dealing with.

Good News Today

Today was my growth scan. In the words of the doctor; “everything’s perfect”.

Sirius is perfect, I’m perfect, the placenta is perfect. We have a completely healthy baby coming soon. It was a relief. She even said everything’s good to go for a “trial of labor”. In other words, unless something drastic happens during labor, I’ll have my preferred delivery: Vaginal Birth after C-section.

He’s currently approximately 4lbs8oz. Perfectly average. There’s still a chance that he’ll have another growth spurt and be bigger, but we’ll see on delivery day.

As of today, I have officially “graduated” from being high risk.

Also, we got a surprise 3D ultrasound picture. He’s got some chubby cheeks.

25 Weeks, and other odds and ends

I hit 25 weeks Friday. I feel huge, but that’s the way it goes. GeneSplice is getting more and more active by the day. I’m feeling flips and kicks, and I swear, I think I felt him wiggling his toes last night. Finn’s been able to feel him as well. 

Onto other updates…

Last week seemed like it was a never-ending round of Murphy’s Law. It’s been raining almost non-stop (seriously,  #prayforWestVirginia), last Sunday, Finn had to replace the upper coolant hose in the truck (it looked like the radiator blew when we got home from grocery shopping that night), on Wednesday, we realized the truck’s registration had expired IN MARCH. We have absolutely zero clue how we didn’t know, or how he hadn’t been pulled over for it. We do, however, know why we never received the renewal notice: his uncle is still living at his grandmother’s and either hiding or trashing mail. If grandma sees it first, we get it, otherwise, no. So, he had to pay personal property taxes ($120, with the late fee), plus the registration fee ($62). On Thursday, my coffee maker decided to take a crap. Sooo, yeah… it was a rough time. 

But… there IS good news…

Our living room has been almost completely redecorated. Finn’s mom bought us a gently used recliner, and an entertainment center. It’s opened up our living room so much. On top of that, we found an amazing deal on an all-in-one washer/dryer. This thing is amazing. Seriously. Put the load in, add detergent, set it, and walk away. It takes care of washing AND drying. It’ll come in handy when GeneSplice makes his debut. 

Speaking of GeneSplice…

We told Finn’s parents and grandmother the name we’re planning on giving him. And they liked it. His mom even offered advice on the middle name (Sirius Orion). I think we’ve finally figured it out. 

Rant Time…

We’ve chosen a name for GeneSplice. It’s currently a secret, because we don’t want people trying to pressure us to change it. It’s not going to be very popular with Finn’s family, but we don’t care. 

Clues:

  1. It’s celestial. 
  2. It has Ancient Egyptian roots. 
  3. It’s the name of one of my favorite characters, from one of my favorite book series. 

Figured it out?

Drum roll.

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Sirius. As as in Sirius Black, Harry Potter’s godfather. As in the ‘Dog Star’, the brightest star seen in the North American sky, part of the constellation Canis Major. Taken from Osiris, Ancient Egyptian god/king. 

Sooo, yeah, there’s a lot of reasons behind the name. And we’re not willing to allow anyone to try to change our minds. 

I suck…

I’ve been struggling with posting pregnancy updates. Found this template, and going to try to update weekly. 

Keyword: Try 

Without further ado…

How far along? Currently 19w4d
How big is the peanut? Mango
Total weight gain/loss? Up 9lbs at last weight in
Maternity clothes? Just lots of formally baggy clothes
Sleep? Depends on the night. 
Best moment this week? Feeling/seeing GeneSplice move from the outside. 
Symptoms? Not many. I forgot I’m pregnant until GeneSplice kicks me. 
Food cravings? Meat and veggies
Food aversions? Sweets make me wanna vomit
Gender? Hopefully we’ll find out Thursday
Labor signs? Way too early for that
Belly button in or out? In
What I miss? Not much, really. 
What I’m looking forward to? Anatomy Scan Thursday 
Milestones? Halfway to term. 
Bump? No bump pic this post, I look like a troll. 

Crocheting for GeneSplice

My hands have been itching to get to work on crocheting for Baby since the test turned positive. I tired to wait until we found out gender, but the urge to crochet became too strong when I found some white and grey ombre yarn.  I didn’t like the “neutral” baby yarns, but fell in love with the yarn I’d found. 

My plan is to continue with this pattern, and then use either pink or blue for a border when we find out gender next week. 

Fifteen Week Bump Pic

I feel huge. Taken on 15w4d.

Fourteen Weeks!

It’s been a hectic few weeks. I was referred to a high risk OB because of my age. Ultrasound and blood work put me at low risk of any genetic birth defects, and I go back in a couple weeks for a redraw.

GeneSplice is surprisingly active. I’m not feeling full on movement just yet but friendly definitely feeling flutters. GeneSplice seems to like to curl up in the upper right side of my uterus. A couple weeks ago, I felt the tell-tell pressure, and when I looked, there was a very obvious bump on that side of my abdomen. I showed Finn, because I’d been trying to explain it to him for a few days.

During my ultrasound on 12w5d, Baby was extremely active. Sticking their tongue out, covering their face, even at one point doing what I called a “frog kick” (kicking both legs at the same time).

Ultrasounds these days are A LOT more detailed than when I was pregnant with my boys. We got to see all ten fingers, all ten toes, lobes of the brain, ect. The only thing we didn’t get to see was gender. But at 12w5d, that particular part of Baby’s anatomy isn’t developed enough to see.

Because it’s us, of fucking course, there has to be a dark cloud on our excitement; Finn’s brother and sister-in-law started trying to conceive when they found out we were trying. So guess who’s pissed off and jealous because we got pregnant “so quick” (notsomuch, we were actually on the cycle most doctors recommend to start testing). Within three months of trying, Finn’s brother thinks he’s sterile because it hasn’t happened for them yet. Well, ok then. Trying to explain to these people that out can take UP TO A YEAR for a healthy couple to conceive is like pulling teeth. Nevermind trying to explain that you only have about a 20% chance each cycle.

I’m dreading Easter, because after the way Finn’s sister-in-law looked at me during wedding planning, it’ll probably be ten times worse as my bump expands. I’m already noticeably pregnant, even to strangers, so there’s no “sucking it in” when I’ll be 16 weeks (four months).

I’ll **try** to start posting weekly updates.

No promises.

Emotional…

I forgot how emotional pregnancy makes me. It feels like my brain is going a million miles an hour. Finn and I are overjoyed, as are our families. 

I just dread making it publicly known. I know Z’s father is going to flip his lid. There’s no way I’m going to be able to hide it for long. I’m currently 5w4d and already showing a bit of a bump. It’s ridiculous. I’m going to be as big as a house come September. 



I have to plan our public announcement carefully, down to the minute. Because I know as soon as H’s aunt on his father’s side finds out, she’ll be on the phone with him to tell him immediately. She did the same thing with our engagement. I didn’t have the chance to tell my son I was engaged before she ran off at the mouth.  I currently have her, plus all of our mutual friends on my Facebook acquaintance list, and nothing I post is visible to any of them. I regularly double- and triple-check my privacy settings. At least once a week. And every time I make a post, I make sure it’s not visible to my acquaintance list. 
I seriously just double-checked my recent posts. Pregnancy brain’s got me good. 

On the other side of things, apparently Finn’s brother and SIL have been TTC as well, with no success. After SIL’s reactions during our engagement, I dread being in her presence with a baby bump. I’m not sure how long they’ve been trying, because that’s honestly not my business. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t start trying until after they found out we were.