Pregnancy Classes pt 2

Here’s my quick opinion of each class based only on my birthing experience with my first child. It’ll say yes or no along with a brief reason.

Early Pregnancy – Yes* but you can find everything online

Late Pregnancy – YES because the hospital tour really made hubby and I feel more at ease and prepared since we knew what to expect

Infant Safety and CPR (non-certified) – YES but thank goodness we haven’t had to use it

Prepared Childbirth – Yes but I could definitely skip this for any additional children unless it was 4+ years since having my first. I did use a technique from the class which was breathing in/ out slowly and deeply while closing my eyes and focusing on getting through each wave (contraction)

Breastfeeding – Yes* and no. I’m only torn because the class itself was good and told you how to contact a lactation consultant (LC) but I still NEEDED an LC and you could find all of the info online

Newborn Care – Yes (see memes below) unless you’re not a first time parent, are around a lot of babies or if you take care of babies for a living

*if the class is offered for free

LnD – Labor and Delivery

Done Being Pregnant

Labor begins but NOT how I expected. I’ll give the funny story then the highlights because thankfully my LnD was almost textbook 🙂

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Funny Story:

I’d been sick for about the last 2wks and my cough was lingering so one of my Pin(terest) pals said would’t it be funny if coughing made your water break?! After going to the bathroom for the millionth time because I was pregnant and coughing super hard, I grabbed tea from my Keurig and sat down to watch Netflix since I knew I wasn’t going to sleep anytime soon. Did I mention you basically can’t take anything when you’re pregnant especially if you’re paranoid? Anyways I had just sat down and was allowing my tea to cool when I broke out in a terrible coughing fit. I thought great on top of not sleeping I’ve now wet myself… The only bright side is I knew it’d happen since every pregnant woman I knew told me so thankfully I was wearing a liner. As the second wave of coughing started I knew I should go to the bathroom because this water kept coming. I went to the bathroom and sure enough the liner was soaked. I examined it for everything I was told to look for. I made note of the time, color, smell and amount. After I had all of this firmly in my mind I realized crap you could go into labor any time. I called to hubby from the bathroom letting him know my water broke. He slowly came into the bathroom partially not believing me (I’m sure); he’d just fallen asleep which was one of the funny things we listed would happen. He says why do you think it broke to which I respond “wring this out” referring to my liner. He wrings it out and immediately shakes the drowsiness. He says aren’t we supposed to wait? Are you having any contractions? I responded nope not one but I was told to immediately call/ come in if my water breaks due to increased risk of infection. He asks again if I’m sure so I tell him to call. I let him know he can use my phone since the number is programmed. He calls, they verify what I said then ask about time it broke (3:03am), color (clear), smell (none/ kind of sweet) and amount (filled liner/ still coming). Once they get all of the info they say come on in. The last funny part was my almost obsessive desire to take my dog to my mom’s home so he wouldn’t have to be alone. Needless to say hubby used logic to win that disagreement.

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Labor and Delivery Highlights:

  • Arrive at hospital
    • Finally get to use the cool spot right in front of hospital
  • Check-in completely calm (still no contractions)
    • Nurses even asked why I was there which isn’t how I pictured check-in going
  • Get to the triage room (correct name?)
    • wait there for about an hour while they test to make sure it was amniotic fluid and for general baby monitoring
  • Moving on up
    • 3.5cm and transferred to the delivery floor!!
    • Experienced first really strong conversation stopping contraction
      • After contraction, I mentioned being irritated when people used to simply say “You’ll know” when asked about how to tell real contraction from BH then I agreed that You’ll Know is the best way to say it
  • Meet and Greet
    • Met the nurses on staff, stated birth preferences (forgot birth plan in the car…) and went over what was going to happen
  • Hooked Up
    • IV line in hand, baby monitoring device, fluids prepared, other possible drugs that can be administered were explained to me per my request
  • Waiting and being monitored
    • This is when hubby went to the car to get the nurse gifts which allegedly went quickly because the nurses at my hospital weren’t used to getting nurse gifts
      • I only say allegedly because at that time I’d been there for a while and I wasn’t sure if they actually liked them or if they felt bad for me because I was still there (shrugs shoulders)
  • CONTRACTIONS ARE STRONGER!!!
    • 5 or 6cm
  • Thrill is gone
    • my contractions begin to slow down and almost disappeared
    • fluids were given because I wasn’t getting enough water
    • I was 9cm at this point…
    • TEARS
      • hubby was a rockstar. he calmed me down and kept encouraging me through the entire process
  • The Pit Talk
    • Gave contractions a chance to start back up but nothing and I was exhausted
      • about 19-20hrs at hospital and already more than 24hrs since I last slept (I didn’t go to sleep Saturday night because bad cough caused water break Sunday at 3:03am)
    • Pitocin given at level 1 (correct term?) to help contractions start back up
  • Over It
    • Before this I was progressing nicely, each check showed progress
    • This was turning into the never-ending story
    • I was angry and everything annoyed me to the point of homicide
    • I snapped at hubby but he stayed awesome and never snapped back at me
      • after the 1st few contractions I realized I didn’t want to be touched and needed silence during contractions. hubby tried touching me after a nurse suggested it so I bite his head off because he already knew better
  • Almost Caved
    • I might not have mentioned this in previous posts but I wanted to TRY going pain med free. I wasn’t dogmatic nor did I have any real reason besides wanting to experience everything and to see what my true pain tolerance was
    • I was 9.5cm, -2 station and completely effaced but told not to push because it could cause the cervix to swell (since I wasn’t fully dilated) making vaginal delivery harder or impossible
    • Nurse Jamie saved the day
      • the room was silent I was waiting for the midwife because Nurse Jamie thought I might be able to safely push but wanted to make sure
      • I felt an overwhelming need to push but was fighting hard so I didn’t but I lost it. I was practically screaming when Jamie very sternly said “what do you want me to do”. Well that was all I needed to focus and make it through the last part pain med free
  • Transition is awful
    • Jamie informed me that I was experiencing the transitional phase and was right at the finish line and all I had to do was hold out for the midwife.
  • MIDWIFE
    • She arrived and I’d never been happier to have a complete stranger check my privates!
  • Magic Words
    • Prepare to push
    • Followed pushing instructions
    • Felt baby’s head
    • Received episiotomy
      • didn’t feel it thanks to all the pain and pressure from his head
    • After 7min of pushing baby was on my chest
      • it felt like I pushed way longer than that but Jamie n hubby insisted only 7min (gives both of them side eye)
  • After delivery
    • Delivered the placenta and looked at it!
      • big deal because the placenta has freaked me out since I started researching pregnancy. made me horribly nauseous at the sight of it
    • Received local shots before being stitched up but after multiple shots I gave up and told her to finish. it was uncomfortable/ weird being able to feel the needle and each stitch

When all was said and done:

  • Didn’t care care about receiving pitocin
  • Midwife vs Doctor didn’t matter because only came in once before to introduce herself and at the very end during delivery plus the nurses were the ones that took care of me
  • Support was CRITICAL
    • my hubby as well as all of the nurses were very supportive of my pain med free delivery
    • no one was in the room that didn’t need to be there
      • I considered my mom necessary once labor started because mom can snap you out of it (encourage you) even when hubby can’t because she’s experienced it
    • one of my original nurses even came by to see me the next day and it was her day off 🙂
  • Losing control can happen but it doesn’t have to come in the form of the horrific drama fest they make it out to be on TV
    • when I said I almost lost it I mean wanting to get pain medication and speaking louder than what I planned
  • Find what you feel is comfortable
    • laying in bed, squatting, bouncing on a ball, standing, dancing, swaying, etc whatever safely gets you through it
  • Be informed and ask questions
    • only one nurse rubbed my hubby and I the wrong way but we set her straight by letting her know we’d done our research and were basing our choice on sound info. thankfully that nurse was off duty and we were turned over to someone awesome
    • know your options
      • preferred delivery as well as worse case scenario
    • make sure you can backup your choices with science not just XYZ said/ told me
    • if you don’t understand what’s happening or why, ASK
      • medical profs are there to help you besides most of us don’t have a background in the medical field so somethings we just won’t know
      • also this could help improve the way you feel about your LnD experience
  • Funny thing is your version of delivery and reality of what happened can differ
    • I was sure I was freaking out and yelling but hubby and nurses assured me I was fine and only rose my voice once but it was in general (not directed at someone)

Well if you read all of this thanks! If you only skimmed it thanks! If no one sees this then thanks (to me 😉 ) because this is something my son, myself and hubby can look back on and smile.

Over Being Pregnant

So I’ve been trying to write this post for a while. The furthest I got was writing the title and that was weeks ago… Here’s what I remember.

I’ve been saying the whole time that I’d be overdue while hoping he came around 39 weeks exactly. I figured 39 weeks would be when I was completely over being pregnant. And I was right! It didn’t help that during my last appointment my OB/GYN said she didn’t think I’d go past my due date but scheduled the induction anyways because I was so over being pregnant and I insisted.

After my last post (which was posted way late), I was trying to remember all of my random annoyances and issues during the 39w1d – the start of labor but my brain was drawing a blank as I’d just had a baby… Long story short everything annoyed me including anything I did. The only time I was even semi pleasant is when I felt a cramp or pain and thought labor might be imminent. Other than that I felt as though I was crabby all of the time. Well in walks 39w5d which was Saturday when hubby and I were just over me being pregnant so we started getting silly/ sarcastic.

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Saturday 2016:

  • Morning – Being lazy and didn’t really do much
  • Noon – Realized we never ate so we went to brunch then went back home to relax
  • Afternoon – Ate too much and was in need of a nap but couldn’t get comfortable to sleep. Ended up talking about LnD
  • Later – Hubby and I laughed about how labor would actually go and which one of those classes would be the most useful or if I’d completely forget everything we learned and scream through the whole labor
  • Night – I lost it…
    • I couldn’t sleep because I was still sick and huge
    • Extremely silly (read as delirious from not sleeping)
    • Hubby and I start joking about how labor would start
      1. He would wait until 11:59pm on Monday to come so he would technically be born on time but make us wait
      2. He’d wait until his father was driving to work then he’d come
      3. He’d wait until Tuesday to come so he would be late but not super late
      4. He’d wait until right before his scheduled induction then he’d come
      5. He’d never come and I’d be pregnant forever (my theory)
    • I was talking to my Pinterest Pals about my horrible cough when one said “hey wouldn’t it be funny if you coughed so hard your water broke?” I said I don’t care how this kids come as long as he gets out
  • Super late (technically the next day) – I was in the bathroom praying and whining about wanting to be in labor no matter how it started but hoping it started like it did in the movies
    • I was actually crying and partially hysterical because I was so tired and hubby was sleeping soundly and I just stopped cramping which meant yet again I was having false labor (non-useful contractions)
    • Big mug full of tea in my Keurig and Netflix
    • Things got real!!

39 Weeks – Contractions?

 

Mood: Varies (over being pregnant – impatiently waiting – given up because I’ll be pregnant forever lol)

Energy: Varies (nonexistent – forcing myself to adult/ be responsible)

Appetite: Normal

Baby Movement: Yes

Contractions: I started getting strong contractions in my lower back. It was exciting on Monday when it first happened but considering I’m still pregnant I’m over it and am confused as to whether or not these are considered false labor contractions or Braxton Hicks.

Other: Car Seat Inspection 3/1 and Doctor Appt 3/3

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Car Seat Inspection went very well. Shout out to Officer B at the CHP in my area! I called super early in the morning and she wasn’t in yet but I was able to leave her a message. I missed her call but she let me know she’d be out the rest of the week (which wasn’t too bad because I called Wednesday) and could call Monday to schedule an appointment or give one of the other resources (which she provided info for) a call. Well I procrastinated so I ended up just calling her on Monday which was risky considering I’m due in less than a week… She asked my EDD, car make/model and whether or not I already installed the car seat. I told her I installed it already and wanted to make sure I did it correctly. She then made an appointment for the next day. I went to the appointment with my car seat, base and instructions for both my car seat and car. I arrived early because well she’s a police officer and I figured she might be busy or have more pressing matters to attend to. She came out, had me fill out paper work, explained what we were going to do and off we went.

First she verified I had the manual/ instructions/ directions for both car seat and car. I did. She checked the type of car seat and my car (she was familiar with my make/ model so that was easy). She then proceeded to go over all the things I should look out for as well as how to make the LATCH system tight on the base (there was wiggle room even though up to 1 inch is considered acceptable). She also let me know how to safely put baby in car seat, how to adjust the straps, what’s acceptable for seat position and how to install the base in the event someone else’s vehicle doesn’t have the LATCH system. She answered all of my questions, highlighted the important parts on the copy she gave me, told me I can schedule a separate appointment in order to be shown exactly how to install it in hubby’s car (no LATCH system) and she let me know that everything looked good before she made adjustments. That last part made me smile the most because I read all of the directions before I installed it so it was nice to know I followed the directions correctly even though she was able to tighten it. She said it was perfectly fine the way it was since it had less than an inch wiggle room but that tightening it adds to the safety. All in all it was very quick, helpful and worth the time. If you have any questions at all regarding your car seat installation I would encourage you to look up local places that will do the inspection for free. It is easier to start with Highway Patrol and Fire Stations but be aware that not all of them have a car seat inspector (Officer B is the one who let me know this because it requires classes to get certified).

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A lot has gone down since I started writing this draft. Sorry son mommy won’t be able to tell you what happened during that appointment but know that I love you and the next post will be the important one 🙂 Hopefully you (or your future wife) will enjoy the funny meme I’ve put in place of your appointment update.

38 Weeks – 3rd/ 4th Trip to L and D

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WARNING: Long post but oh so necessary in case I forget after giving birth.

Mood: Excited but anxious

Energy: Varies

Appetite: Normal

Baby Movement: Yes

Contractions: First real contraction; I think… It happened after lunch on 2/23 then I had one more over an hour later. I believe these are considered false labor contractions rather than Braxton Hicks. But only time will be able to confirm this.

Other: Labor and Delivery

We had yet another scare but this time it wasn’t due to lack of movement. The first trip to L n D was due to not getting 10 kicks in 2hrs when our kid (at that time) used to get all of his movements in about 30ish minutes. All turned out well and he started moving the minute they hooked us up to the monitoring device. The second trip we waited longer because we were trying a bunch of different things to get him to move. Once all of our efforts failed we went in. This time he didn’t move until about 30-40 minutes after he was hooked up to the monitoring device and I had consumed 2 cold beverages (apple juice and water). Then we get to 2/22 which was an all too familiar scare…

On Monday February 22nd around 5:20pm, I went to the bathroom before leaving for dinner. I felt slightly strange so I looked at the toilet paper after I wiped and there it was. The tp was completely covered in blood reminiscent of the days when I had a period. It also reminded me of the bleeding scare we had in the beginning except there wasn’t any reason for the bleeding to be triggered because nothing had irritated my cervix. I was completely terrified. It didn’t help that I’d recently read about a lady losing her baby at 38 weeks (stillbirth). I tried to calmly call my hubby but I completely lost it as soon as he came in the bathroom. All I could do was hold out the tissue while crying hysterically. He didn’t even flinch. He immediately grabbed his phone and started looking up the number to L n D. Somehow I managed to direct him to our kick counter card that had the number on it. As I was trying to pull myself together so I could calmly speak, he was on hold with the nurse. I couldn’t seem to stop so he did all of the talking. I answered questions between sobs but wasn’t much use as I wiped a few more times only to see the same horrific sight. I could hear the instructions from the nurse so I got an actual pad to put on. When the whole conversation was done the nurse informed hubby  to proceed to dinner and that if I filled up the pad in an hour to call back or come in immediately. He hung up then relayed the message to me as I stood there dumbfounded that we weren’t instructed to come in… He told me everything she said and reassured me that if it was really bad they’d have said to come in like they did before with the movement. I couldn’t really argue as I knew I was considered full-term and wasn’t having any other signs of losing the baby so we went to dinner.

Upon returning home I couldn’t stand the suspense so I went straight to the bathroom. Imagine my horror when I continued to see red blood. It was true that the amount had greatly decreased but it was still there. I called to hubby again to tell and show him what was there but he reminded me of what the nurse said so I tried to calm myself. I even went over all of the reasons everything was okay. Well none of that stuff worked so I went to the hospital website. Once on the website I searched and searched for something that  would bring me comfort but to no avail. That’s when I did it… I’m not proud of myself but I consulted Dr. Google. Of course I got exactly what you would expect. A whole lot of useless info that ultimately led back to every pregnancy is different and consult your doctor. The only difference is that now hubby was searching equally as hard for an answer so both of us were using Dr. Google. Still unsatisfied I called the one person that I knew would either calm me down or suggest I go in. My mom listened anxiously as I gave her the recap. She said I should listen to my husband but keep an eye on it. She’d gone through the same thing when she was pregnant with my sister and come to find out she was dilated 8cm by the time they went to the hospital after discovering the bleeding. I felt so much better after she said that. I was getting ready to completely relax but I couldn’t shake the paranoid feeling and the what ifs. What if I only have enough time to make it to the hospital before I lose him? What if all I need to do is go in for something simple to stop the bleeding and save him? All those thoughts and more ran through my head.

I finally cracked. I called L n D, explained the situation and was informed that the original nurse that took my hubby’s call was in with a patient so they couldn’t ask her why she made the assessment she did. This nurse went through all the same questions and I told her the bleeding slowed down and was no longer bright red but she said she still wanted to consult the doctor. After what felt like years, she got back on the phone and said the doctor invited us to come in because he wasn’t comfortable with the fact that I had bright red blood without any disturbance to my cervix or any previous issues. The nurse ultimately left the decision to us considering it was no longer red but she did advise we come in. I of course was already getting ready and hubby followed suit. We drove all the way there in complete silence as I was trying to focus on not bleeding or spotting (like I could trick my body into not having an issue). When we finally arrived hubby was stopped at the front and they required him to check in which was new because they usually just let him back and reminded him that he’d need a badge if he decided to leave and come back. So as I walked back there alone I began to cramp. I figured it was due to nerves so I continued on my way. Hubby was finally with me by the time I finished signing paperwork. Once I was checked in I gave the standard sample and was escorted to the room while hubby waited in the lobby. When I was undressed and hooked up to the monitoring devices he was brought to my room. We chatted then turned on the TV as a distraction. When the doctor came to our room quickly I became even more nervous. He asked me questions, verified what the nurses already wrote on my chart and explained to me what he was going to do.

I was a little freaked out that a guy was examining me but I quickly got over this as my back pain was increasing. He brought in a female nurse and started checking everything. He was extremely nice and took the extra step to explain everything as he was doing it so I didn’t get nervous. It truly helped to calm my nerves. He said baby looks fine and there was no active bleeding but he noticed that during my last appointment I was about 2cm. I asked why he noted that and  he said “Oh because you’re about 3cm now and might be why your cervix was irritated”. He continued saying the speed of my dilation along with almost double the amount of blood is probably why I was experiencing the bleeding. He also let me know that I still need to come in any time I see red blood because a diagnosis shouldn’t be given over the phone. Then he and hubby had a quick laugh about how much nicer it’d be if he could examine people remotely without having to come in or get out of his pajamas 🙂 I left the hospital relieved but nervous that it would happen again before delivery. But like always Mr. Incredible (hubby) was calm and comforting. I love this man.

4th L n D trip on 2/26. Long story short we weren’t sure if I were leaking amniotic fluid so we went in. Everything was fine. I was still 3cm with baby in head down position. After this trip I told hubby I am determined to stay away until I believe I am in labor.

Random no picture this week. I took some but they are on someone else’s phone and I’m too lazy to ask them to send it to me. Next week I shall be better. This was just a long crazy week.

37 Weeks – 1st Appt Alone

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Mood: Excited but over being pregnant

Energy: Varies

Appetite: Normal

Baby Movement: Yes

Contractions: Braxton Hicks/ Cramping

Other: Doctor’s Appointment

Dr Appt: This was the first doctor’s appointment I went to alone. Hubby was exhausted (unable to make up time at work) and my mom wasn’t feeling well so I had to go solo. It was very strange for me. I was so used to having someone to laugh and joke with while I waited on the doctor/ nurse practitioner that I was never able to get worried. Well not after the initial scary first appointments. This time however there was nothing but silence so I had the fear of getting bad news and having to process it alone. Granted I had no reason to fear the worse but it is always in the back of my mind because this pregnancy seems too good to be true. Anyways everything was fine.

  • Measuring right on
  • Dilated 2cm
  • Effaced 50%
    • not sure how I went from 90% to 50% but I guess all of this is subjective depending on someone’s hand size/ opinion/ interpretation
  • Next appointment scheduled for 3/3/16 which is 2 days before the hospital’s EDD
    • I say hospital because according to the app I used (Fertility Friend) his EDD is 3/7

36 Weeks – Baby Shower

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Mood: Excited

Energy: Not sure

Appetite: High 😦

Baby Movement: Yes

Contractions: Braxton Hicks

Other: Paranoia & Baby Shower

Paranoia is intense. I keep feeling like the next appointment will be the last and not in a delivery type of way. I blame my obsessive research for signs of stillbirth. Anytime he doesn’t move when and as quickly as I think he should I automatically turn to YouTube or Google in order to see if someone else’s signs match mine. Realistically I know what the signs are and that stillbirths can’t usually be predicted during a normal uncomplicated pregnancy. They are just unfortunate freak things that happen. Some times they can anticipate it if there are other signs like heavy bleeding, lack of movement, illness, genetic defects, etc but I don’t have any of that as far as I know. I just keep worrying that I’ll be the rare person who has an unexplained stillbirth. Call it paranoia, being morbid or grime, etc. but I am hoping he comes soon so I can physically see him and have a better idea of how he’s doing. Granted I realize the last few weeks are important for brain and lung development but I would much rather he be born preterm (36-38wks) than for me to keep driving myself insane with worry. Okay so I’m not going crazy with worry but I do get concerned whenever he doesn’t move like he normally does. Who knew all the pre-pregnancy research I did would be practically useless when I was pregnant. Well logically it was great but sadly enough I still worry and have to remind myself of all the things I know from said research…

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Baby shower!!! Our baby shower was awesome. I was freaked out about two drastic outcomes. One being no one showed up and it would be hubby, parents and my sis and her hubby. The other being there would be a ton of people and I’d get anxious because of the crowd. Well as it turned out we had a perfect random outcome that I didn’t anticipate. Some were there early while others came later so the amount of people rotated! It was absolutely perfect. I got to see all those who could make it and chat without feeling overwhelmed. The food was great and the was only two games both of which where done while everyone was chatting and hanging out. It was the perfect chill shower for hubby and I. The decor was enough to make me want to cry because they got every detail perfect yet it wasn’t over-the-top 🙂 My hosts (mom and sis) rocked!! They made sure everything flowed and they even had an abundance of assistance with putting food out and cleaning up at the end. All in all I would say everything went smooth. Most of all we felt the love and I pray that I have enough pictures to add to Ethan’s (pre-birth) book so he can feel the love as well!! We love our friends and family.

Pregnancy Classes pt 1

This post was kind of boring so I figured I’d insert funny memes that go along with the name of the class 🙂

Early Pregnancy

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  • Review of what to expect in the coming months
  • Other classes they recommend taking and when to register for them
  • Nutritional Info
  • Ways to ease “morning sickness”, aches and pain, exhaustion, etc

Late Pregnancy

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  • Handouts
    • preparing for the hospital
    • things to report to doctor
    • signs of preterm labor, pre-eclampsia, infection
    • contractions
      • Braxton Hicks vs True Labor Contractions
      • Timing
  • Review of third trimester symptoms (common, unusual and when to call/ alert care provider)
  • Recommendations for easing certain symptoms such as heartburn, mild swelling, etc
  • Postpartum Care for you and baby
  • Hospital tour
    • Visitors policy
    • Admittance (pregnant belly gets you in but all other guests including father must register at the front desk)
    • Parking
    • Additional details which include but aren’t limited to security procedures, food, duration of hospital stay

Infant Safety & CPR (non-certified)

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  • Handouts with important phone numbers
  • Infant CPR
  • Hazards inside and outside of home
  • Infant and pet safety
    • suggestions for introducing both safely
  • Car seat safety/ proper installation
  • Poison control number
  • Preparing for emergencies

Prepared Childbirth

  • Handout (it was recommended to put this in hospital bag so I don’t remember what’s in it) with good info
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Birthing positions
  • Birthing partner and others who might attend the birth
    • things to think of when/ if you decide to invite others
  • Videos of different types of births
  • Different types of pain medication
  • Difference between Braxton Hicks Contractions and Contractions that prepare cervix for delivery
  • Effacement & Dilation
    • the importance of knowing the difference

Breastfeeding

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  • Handout (details about what is discussed in class as well as helpful resources)
  • Benefits
  • Recommendations for bottle feeding, pacifiers, pumping, milk storage and returning to work while breastfeeding
  • Bottle and nipple options
  • Formula vs Breastfeeding
  • Positions
  • Supplies
  • Helpful resources

Newborn Care

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  • Handout
    • Details on class/ slideshow
    • Colic
    • Circumcision
  •  Class
    • Resources for
      • Postpartum Depression
      • Lactation Help
      • Car seat safety
    • Feeding (breast & bottle)
    • Burping, diapering, SIDS, sleeping, soothing, swaddling, bathing, safety
    • Newborn care (cord care, circumcision & signs of illness)

35 Weeks – Progress

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Mood: Excited

Energy: Low

Appetite: Varies

Baby Movement: Yes but only twists and turns not a lot of kicks and punches*

Contractions: Braxton Hicks

Other: Doc Appointment (2/5/16)

Nursery: We bought the letters for his nursery which I was originally going to stencil until we remembered the price of the frames… It went from stencils with a nice frame around each letter to fake wooden letters that I’ll be painting and hubby will be mounting/ hanging. I hope it’ll be just as nice but we shall see. When his due date gets closer I’ll put his rug down then the nursery will be complete.

Surprises: We received a glider, an all-in-one convertible car seat and a pack n play which officially completes the big items we needed/ wanted for our little man. Not that all gifts aren’t appreciated but I honestly didn’t expect any of these to be purchased because of the price. We planned on buying these items using the registry discount that the stores give you at the end. We never guessed anyone would buy these for us! Such a surprise and blessing. We also received a quilt that has pieces from 3 generations of women on hubby’s side which truly brought tears of appreciation and joy.

Appointment: We went to the doctor 2/5/16 and got some really exciting news that translates to hurry up and wait 🙂 I called my mom and his mom to tell them the news and I couldn’t control my excitement so I told his dad too.

  • Mucus plug is gone
    • This is exciting because I actually saw it!! I wasn’t positive what it was and didn’t want to get excited but OB verified when I described it to her. Well she told me it was gone then I described what I saw to her.
  • 90% effaced
    • Only 10% left before cervix is completely thinned out
  • 1cm dilated
  • Measuring right at 35wks
  • Head down position
  • Baby’s estimated weight is 7-8lbs
  • My weight gain so far 23lbs
  • GBS (Group B Strep) Test

Now for hilarious memes I found on Pinerest!

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*The day after our doctor’s appointment I started his kick counter and right as I got the final movement I noticed the app told me to wait an hour and start again as I didn’t get 10 kicks (movements) in two hours. I waited a full two hours, ate dinner, drank something sweet, walked and used the doppler all in an effort to make him move but he didn’t budge. I wasn’t too worked up this time considering we’d already been through this and we both assumed he’d start moving as soon as I was hooked up to the monitor. When we arrived at Labor and Delivery I was pleasantly surprised to see our OB walking out of someone’s room. I called out a friendly hello to her and with a giant smile she beams “Are we in pain?” I said no we’re here about fetal movement. She looked slightly disappointed but considering the conversation we had the day before I knew why. After the standard checks we went into the room, talked with the nurse, got hooked up and let out a sigh of relief upon hearing his heartbeat. All seemed fine until 20min went by without so much as a hiccup… As I started to worry the nurse came back to give me water and apple juice in hopes that the cold plus the sugar would wake him up. Another 20min and nothing. By this time, our doctor came in did a check of everything on the screen and informed us that all was fine but she wanted to get him on ultrasound to verify he had enough amniotic fluid and to show me his movements. She pointed out each movement to see which ones I could feel. She then informed me that these smaller movements are what I needed to be looking for because he’s running out of room so that’s about all I’d be getting out of him. But with her being the wonderful individual that she is she let me know I could come in for NST (none stress test) if I couldn’t establish a pattern for his kick counter. She explained how it would work and said to email her immediately on Monday if he still wasn’t forming a pattern. Thankfully he’s trying to get back on track. His movements still aren’t coming as quickly as they did before but I’m guessing his whole pattern is changing because of his growing size and his super low head. I’m hoping all of this is pointing to him getting impatient and gearing up to come out soon but only time will tell. I still think he’ll be overdue but maybe I’m wrong.