Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I wrote this down the day after giving birth in order to remember it - and I can't bring myself to re-write it more poetically. My apologies for the blandness.
Baby's Name: Graham
Date of Birth: 10-18-09
Original Due Date: 10-10-09
Weeks Pregnant: 41w1d
Baby’s Weight: 6lbs 12oz (guess he needed that extra time)
Baby’s Height: 21"
Contractions began Saturday at 5pm, were 10 minutes apart. By 4am, they were 6 minutes apart. I wasn't supposed to go to the Birthing Center until 5 minutes apart, so I thought I'd wait it out in my tub. The tub slowed the contractions back down to 10 minutes. Bummer. I waited till my husband and 4 year old woke up at 8am and had them take me in. Contractions were back to 5 minutes apart and I was dilated 5cm. After laboring through stronger and stronger contractions for 4 more hours, I was devastated to learn I hadn't progressed at all.
I was pretty tired by now - I'd been walking around for nearly 15 hours straight (at least a half marathon, right?) and had so much farther to go.
My midwife said, you can take the hard, faster route or the slow, easier route: let me break your water and bounce you on the birthing ball for some intense contractions or wait it out. I broke down crying at the thought of choosing for it to get harder or been seemingly never-ending.
Before labor, I told my husband that there is going to come a time when I'm going to say that I quit and that I can't go on. I asked him to remind me that I'm strong enough and to help me through it. He totally came through.
She broke my water, manually stretched me from 5cm to 7cm. I bounced on the ball for 20 minutes or so through the intense sensations. "Contractions are only 1 minute - I can survive one minute of this" became my mantra. One step at a time. Even with only a 1 minute "break" in between.
I got into the warm tub, labored for 20 more minutes and felt the urge to push. I was only dilated to 8 or so. Again, my midwife helped manually stretch me and move the rest of my cervix. I pushed for about 20 minutes and out he came! What's remarkable is that from the time I had to chose my path until he was born was only 1 hour, and despite the assisted stretching, I didn't tear at all.
I'm very thankful for a knowledgeable midwife and my supportive husband. It was hard, but we did it and I'm so very happy with my decision to go natural.
Friday, October 9, 2009
- I'm trying to enjoy this pregnancy, each movement, and stretch and punch because I don't suspect I'll ever be pregnant again. I really miss the freedom of my own body (and all the vices I have to cover up its faults), but I appreciate the strange sensations and the relative safety/ease of growing someone inside me.
- I won't crave pregnancy again once it's done. Last night, I tried to roll over and sit up at the same time and feel like I pulled a muscle in my stomach. My poor husband - the look of terror when I yelped out in pain and couldn't vocalize that I was going to be okay in just a few moments.
- I've never been a 'damsel-in-distress' kind of girl, nor have I ever demanded ridiculous things of my husband just because of the baby, so it's nice to lay on the couch this rainy Friday morning, sipping coffee....and take advantage of the fact that it's too dangerous for me to drive my son to school during this monsoon.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
BUT my husband is still out of town and I don't have a stroller to take the boy with me.
Might have to convince him to take his bike out with me again...see if he can make it farther than 2.5 miles this time.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Wahoo! 2nd Trimester! Feeling a bit more secure about the baby's well-being, and my appetite is back!
And I mean BACK.
Breakfast? No problem.
Mid-morning Snack? Sure!
Lunch? Just say when.
Another snack? Why not!
Dinner? Dessert? Count me in.
You know what else is back? My pre-pregnancy weight...plus one or two or three. Not that I don't think weight gain isn't part of the process, but (sick as this may sound) I did enjoy" the "lightness" of food-aversion.
As our kids started to play near each other at a park, a pregnant woman saw me holding my belly and said that we must be around the same week. Ah...I thought - this is going to be embarrassing. I'm 14 weeks, I said, and you? 22, she replied.
Yes, I feel huge.
It's a bummer really. I thought I really worked my abs to get them back to pre-first-born, but apparently, it was all a facade. My stomach said - RELEASE THE TENSION - and every bite of food that goes into my mouth pushes my belly out farther. I guess it's fun, though. Fun to jog around with my gut sticking out of my "Beer Run" dri-fit shirt when I run.
Anyway - this week's workouts so far:
Sunday: short bike ride
Monday: 30 minutes elliptical, 15 min weights/arms, 3 sets of: 20 wall ball, 20lb lift thingy-whose-name-I-have-no-idea.
Tuesday: 3 miles, in a not-very-impressive 12 minute miles.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I woke up...and get this...I didn't dry heave in the sink. Oh, glorious morning! The lack of my routine demoralizing episodes inspired me to hit the gym with a vengeance!
5 minute crossfit warm up
30 minutes on the elliptical machine keeping heart rate around 130-145
30 minutes of weights: leg curls and pull ups and dips and calf raises and more!
Followed by a WEIRD craving of peanut butter on celery (on celery, I tell you, that's not me).
As if I needed more evidence my body is occupied by another: I made chicken noodle soup for family dinner last night. I guess that's only odd since I've been a vegetarian for, oh, a decade.
Friday, April 3, 2009
My 4 year old boy and I participated - and he was certainly more excited than I was! I hadn't run 6 miles since the first week of January, so I was certainly nervous.
It was PACKED, so there was lots of walking. No problem! My boy wanted to run, too! And pick flowers. And collect rocks and drink at every water station. 1:29:00 My record for longest 10k. That's okay. We had a blast - and I shouldn't have entered a race that long after not running anyhow!
I've been out running twice since then. My pace is SLOW, but I can't blame it all on the wee weed growing in me. Lack of milage is MY fault. But I felt GREAT! After one day, I didn't even need to nap...and went to bed at 11:30pm!
Oh, Running - I've missed you. Thanks for letting me back into your life.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
So I'm back to swimming. Done with weights (for now) and back to my second favorite pastime: swimming. For a while there, I was in the pool 3 times a week swimming strong for an hour. But that was pre-pregnancy. Actually, that was pre-Austin. Not since last August have I jumped into a pool strictly for laps. And although my endurance has slipped, I'm comfortable going back and forth and back and forth and back and forth for a little while. Today, I swam 25 minutes, 5 x 200 meters with 1 minute breaks and treaded water for 5 minutes.
*Awesome photo from John Carleton's Flickr account, from random google image search - sadly, it's not me.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
- Mexican Restaurant bathroom
- Thai Restaurant bathroom
- Japanese Restaurant bathroom
- My son's school...in a church...just barely made it to the bathroom.
- My front yard
- Neighborhood park, by the treeline.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
5 Push Press with 55lb bar
3 full hang pull ups (purple band)
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday morning is usually my CrossFit morning, but starting Tuesday night at dinnertime, my body revolted to any idea other than laying down. I had to skip dinner and go straight to bed at 7pm. Not only did I sleep through my workout, I dropped my son off at preschool at 8:30am, then came back to sleep until pickup at 12:15. I forced down some food then came back and napped 3 hours with him. Back in bed by 9pm.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
- I was in a theater performing improve/prop comedy while in the audience. Then for Act II, I was in an ensemble of actors who were all tiny and I was supposed to wear a Tinkerbell costume, but I couldn't find it anywhere backstage. I went through box after box searching, but never found it.
- I was in my street, in my car, and the wind began to blow - harder and harder and harder - until it was visible and it suddenly iced over the entire street and neighborhood. I was stuck in my car on a small raised patch of pavement that was untouched by the weather.
Friday, February 27, 2009
15/12/9/6 Sit ups on crazy hanging contraption. (sure - it probably has another name).