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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

He is here!

After 14 hours of labor and a unplanned c-section...our little miracle is here! Still in the hospital and will probably be out tomorrow...

Heres the stats:

Keyser Maddox
9lbs 8 oz
born at 1:11 am via c-section
beautiful and breastfeeding like a champ!

Here are a few pic to hold everyone over :) I will post my birth story when I get a chance to finally breath :) He is such a good baby though, he barely cries!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

So in 15 minutes, it will be tomorrow, and then...

It (may) be my son's birthday! Yep, you heard correctly...I am getting induced tomorrow, October 26th! I will call at 5 am to see if they have a bed avaliable, and if they do, its show time :) They want to induce me since they think the baby will be too big by or after his due date and dont want to risk laboring with a big baby and a small pelvis... wasnt sure at first, but doc seems to think its a good idea, and I would like to keep myself from having a c-section. I still may need one, but I'd like to give myself a shot at a vaginal birth. Eek! I am so ready to meet the little boy we have been trying, hoping and praying for over 2 years for!

With last survey, and I will post my last belly pic I take tomorrow sometime this week...although Keyser's pics will be the most important now :)

How far along? 39 weeks exactly

Total weight gain/loss: 36 lbs...and anything else now doesnt count :)

Maternity clothes? always

Stretch marks? I have new ones, courtesy of Mr. Keyser Maddox when he dropped at 36 weeks

Sleep: well, who thinks I can sleep tonight?! haha not me!

Best moment this week: the anticipation to meet him and my last day of work today for 9 weeks!

Movement: painful! Hes so cramped...

Food cravings: donuts! burritos! Pizza!

Gender: BOY! Handsome and adorable!

Labor Signs: yes. O have BH and real contrax a lot!

Belly Button: still in and a lot flat, but it wont ever pop out

What I miss: nothing...I am so excited!

What I am looking forward to: Having this handsome boy in my arms!

Weekly Wisdom: Enjoy time with your DH or SO. Oh an sleep! I know I wont be getting much soon!

Milestones: Induction set...lets go!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Prodromal labor...I haz it.

We spent our first time in Labor and Delivery yesterday afternoon. I was awake at 9:30 or so Friday night, calmly watching Project Runway on DVR and I started having some contractions. They were anywhere from 10-11 minutes apart and weren't too bad, but I kept a eye on them anyway. Well, they started coming closer together, slowly but surely every 3 hours or so, until, after a full night of no sleep because they were pretty uncomfortable, we decided to leave the house around 11 am on Saturday to get checked out. The contractions were close to 4 1/2 to 5 minutes apart at this point, and I had to breathe through them.

So, we thought, well this is it! We were pretty excited, we even called Travis' mom and dad, who were visiting friend in Tennessee, so come home because we for sure thought this was it! We get registered and triaged in Labor and Delivery, and then it happened. My contractions petered went from 5 minutes to 7 minutes to no minutes apart. I really wanted to cry...I felt like I let everyone down. The nurse explained that when we are at home and we feel contractions, they get us anxious and worried...and she sees a ton of girls come in to the hospital to only have them slow down, because they are in the presence of professionals and feel more at ease. This is what happened to me. She told me not to be disappointed because I was in very early labor, or prodromal labor, which means I was definitely having real contractions and real pain, it just means that it could take a bit longer... I did however dilate at least another 1/2 a cm and am now completely 50% effaced, so I guess it was worth it :) The nurse expects to see us back soon, and we sure hope so!

On a better note, my husband was amazing. He was attentive, excited, and calm. I love him so much.

Heres a little info on what I have been going through. I never heard of prodromal labor, so maybe it will help some ladies out there. It is not to be confused with false labor...considering it feels very real :)

Prodromal Labor

Often in the past prodromal labor has been given the misnomer "false labor", yet every woman experiencing it has said in frustration "There's nothing false about what I'm feeling!" The misunderstanding has arisen because prodromal labor can feel very much like active labor, yet is not consistently progressive; it does not lead without a break to the birth of the baby. It does, though, serve an important function in the birth process. Prodromal labor does the preliminary work of preparing the uterus, baby and cervix for birth. All of this work has to be done before the baby can be born. Some women's bodies do it all without her being aware of it. However, some women's bodies draw a great deal of attention to the work being done. Too much sometimes.

"This is driving me crazy," one pregnant mother sighed. "I've been having contractions off and on now for three days. Just when I think it's time to call my midwife, they completely stop again!"


* Prodromal labor contractions may begin hours or even days before active labor.


* The contractions may feel like Braxton Hicks contractions or they may be quite a bit stronger.

* They are irregular in length, frequency and intensity. The key word here is irregular. In general though, they are not longer than a minute and not more frequent than 7 to 10 minutes apart. They shouldn't be so intense that they take your breath away.


They may or may not be affected by your activity. The wisest course is to vary your activity level, alternating periods of mild activity with rest.

Physical Effects:

* The cervix is moving from a posterior (back) position to an anterior (forward) position.

* The cervix is softening.

* The cervix is beginning its effacement or thinning. It may thin anywhere from 0% to 50% during this stage.

* You may lose your mucous plug from the cervix.

* Your cervix may begin to dilate, opening anywhere from 1 to 4 centimeters.

Emotional Effects:

* You may be quite excited when you first feel these contractions, especially if they are stronger than any you've had until now.

* As time goes on and the contractions continue without any apparent progress you may feel let down and eventually become quite tired and discouraged.

How To Cope:

* Resist the urge to call everyone immediately and tell them you are in labor. That way you will feel less like a watched pot waiting to boil. You should be able to handle these contractions with some relaxation techniques and concentration. If they are any stronger than that or you just aren't sure, you might want to go ahead and call your doula, she can help you to evaluate exactly what is going on.
* Use these contractions to get to know how your body feels as it begins the hard work of labor. Prepare mentally for the challenges you will shortly be facing.
* Now is not the time to hike ten miles or tromp through the mall for hours in a vain attempt to get labor going. You will just wear yourself out and have that much less energy for active labor.
* Be sure to eat well. Complex carbohydrates like whole grains are especially good now; they will provide you with plenty of energy reserves. Try to stick with foods that are easy on your digestion, you don't want to be dealing with heartburn on top of labor.
* Get plenty of rest. Even if the contractions are keeping you awake at night, nap as much as you can. Again, you want to conserve your energy for the hard work ahead.
* Resist as much as possible the urge to focus too much attention on these contractions. The more you watch, the more time will drag. Try to find some distracting activities to participate in.
* Keep your spirits up; remember that these contractions are doing important work!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hi all...remember me? : )

I have been so busy lately, between school and freaking out about becoming a mommy (a good kind of freaking out :) that I kind of have neglected my blog... But I have lots of pictures and stuff to say so I am excited to get it out! First,. lets start with the pictures!

Here is his finished nursery!

His crib still isn't in, so he will be in his bassinet in our bedroom until further notice, or well, until mommy and daddy are ready for him to sleep in his own room :)

Here are his going home outfit(s)...I just couldn't decide! The hospital bag is officially packed and put in the car, as well as the car seat base! We did this on last Sunday, 37 weeks and full term!!

So now onto my survey and so much has changed :)

How far along? 37 weeks 5 days...eek!!

Total weight gain/loss: ugh I am beginning to hate this question...34 lbs so far :(

Maternity clothes? always

Stretch marks? I have new ones, courtesy of Mr. Keyser Maddox when he dropped at 36 weeks

Sleep: I have insomnia some nights, I think caused by stress and excitement...but some days I sleep for 12 + hours!

Best moment this week: Seeing my little boy on the ultrasound again! I couldn't really make out what was what because he is so squished, but at 37 weeks and 4 days, he is weighing in at 8 lbs 3 oz. and is expected to gain possibly another lb and a half before his due date. Big boy, just as we expected! :) Hes such a cutie :)

Movement: slowing down to rolls and pushes, but I do know now where his bottom is and his feet are so I know what I am pushing back in when he stretches out.

Food cravings: donuts! caramel apples! snickers! You think this is why I have gained 34 lbs?! :)

Gender: BOY! Handsome and adorable!

Labor Signs: Oh yes. At 35 weeks I started feeling menstrual cramps and back pain. This has only intensified and this week I thought I was seriously going into labor. I am only 1 cm dilated and possibly 50 % effaced, so I don't think these contrax are doing much, but I am definitely feeling them!
Belly Button: still in, I dont think it will ever pop out!

What I miss: I am nesting definitely so no more being lazy for me, lying around the house saying the chores can wait for tomorrow! I miss that! Good thing is that I have not had one dirty dish in my house for the past week, and I have now washed all bed linens and the shower curtain :)

What I am looking forward to: Having this handsome boy in my arms!

Weekly Wisdom: It goes by so quick...I am relishing each and every movement and moment we have together while he is still a inside baby. I am also enjoying my husband a lot because I know that it will no longer be "us" in just a couple of short weeks!

Milestones: Full term and less than 3 weeks until D day!

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