Archive for January, 2010

Solomon’s birth story

just out

just out

Warning: This is a long and rough post.  Rough in both regards; open discussion of bodily fluids/pain as well as grammatically so.  Just glad to get it recorded & posted before Solomon’s 1st birthday.

Early morning Wednesday, December 16.  I think that I’ve peed myself in bed.  Just a little.  Just a little loss of control with all the pressure going on in that region of my body.  Oh well.  Later that morning when everyone is up and about.  “Hmmmm, you know that’s kinda how it felt when my water broke with Eli.  Nah, nothing is happening now so I’m sure it was just pee.”  Nathan thinks I should call the Dr. anyway.  So, I talk to a nurse, tell her “I’m sure it’s probably just pee but thought I should call just to be sure.  Plus nothing is happening now anyway.” ” Ok,” she says, “call me back at

fresh baby

fresh baby

noon to give me an update.”  Noon arrives, …”eh, just a little dribble perhaps, but again, I’m sure it’s just pee.”  “Well, can you come in at 1:30?  Dr. B wants to see you.”  (feeling crazy and like a total moron for calling my Dr. about peeing myself) “Ok, see you then”.  At the Dr’s we find out that if we go up to OB to take the test for amniotic fluid leak (a $140 test) and it comes back positive, they will hook me up to pitocin for induction.  I would have to have the baby within 24 hrs.  Mmmmmm, nope.  Well, of course, I first ask what is the risk of not haveing the test.  Basically, there is risk of infection to the baby and I should watch for signs of fever or achy feeling.  Many women have gone up to 7 days with a fluid leak before they have the baby and everything turns out fine, says Dr.  Thinking back on my labor with Eli, long painful drawn-out labor that snowballed into complications after I had pitocin, I decide not to take the test.  Besides, I’m still convinced it was just pee.

Thursday, early morning, “OH!  I peed myself again!”  Nope, this time I know it’s not pee.  I won’t go into the details of how I know, but I definitely know it’s not pee.  All day Thursday, no leaking, nothing.

Friday, December 18th – I’d been having Braxton-Hicks contractions fairly

we're done

we're done

regularly my last trimester and a few episodes during my second.  However, my first “real” contractions started while Grammy Kate, Eli and I were at Wal-Mart.  They started rolling in from my lower back and into the front.  This is exactly how Eli’s active labor started.  I kept my cool since Eli’s labor was 51 hrs. long, I knew it was going to get a lot harder before I was ready to go to the hospital.  But, about 20 minutes later everything stopped.  I had Braxton-Hicks the rest of the day all the way through our last date night (before Solomon) when we watched Avatar in 3-D on opening night.  That was awesome.  Later that night around 3 am I woke up with strong contractions, to the point that I had to really work to breath through them.  I think I had a handful and then they went away.  They were about 10-20 minutes apart.

Saturday afternoon, walking on the treadmill.  Lots and lots and lots of contractions.  Some right on top of others but not strong enough to warrant my concern.  I was still having no problem walking.  After an hour of walking I get off the treadmill and nothin’.  They go away.  I maybe have 1 an hour after that for the rest of the day.

Early Sunday morning, I wake up again with strong contractions.  Focusing on my breathing, they are about 10-15 minutes apart.  They last from around 3 am to about 5 am.  Then they disappear.  Sunday goes much like Saturday minus the treadmill.  Sunday night we watch Jim Gaffigan, King Baby.  Laughter is a good “downward” breath and our Hypnobirthing instructor told us to find things to laugh at to help encourage labor.  Btw, I think Jim Gaffigan is so stinkin’ hilarious.  Check him out if you need some good downward breathing. ;)  During the video I have a contraction about every 20 minutes.  Still, I think, this baby is never gonna come.  He’s gonna be a 43 week baby.

Sunday, 3 am, I wake up with a super strong contraction, move to the couch b/c the contractions seem worse when I lay flat.  Again, I wake up to a strong contraction and decide to get up and wake Nathan up too so he can share in my misery. :)  But as I’m walking I have another contraction.  Soon they are coming 2-3 minutes apart.  This is good.  I’m breathing through them but they still seem pretty tolerable, not as hard as they feel when I lay down.  So, we get up and pack and time contractions with the Contraction Master (so easy I was even able to time some of my own contractions).  But by 5 am I’m pretty exhausted.  Not getting much great sleep the 2 previous nights either and pacing the floor with frequent contractions for 2 hrs. makes a pregnant person tired.  So, even if my contractions are harder lying down I do it anyway cause I’m wiped out.  I lay and rest and practice my relaxation and breathing and eventually am able to fall asleep between contractions.  However, this isn’t the direction I want to be headed because soon the contractions are 10 – 15 minutes apart.  And by 7 am they are 20 minutes apart and hardly noticeable.  UGH!  Super frustrated.

Monday morning – we have a Dr. appt. scheduled – just one of the weekly check ups.  I go in and basically say, “I want some pitocin”.  I think (and after talking to a good Dr. friend of ours at dinner several night earlier) “a little bit of Pit will push me over into real labor”.  I also think I’m crazy for asking for the pit.  I’m just done, though.  Enough is enough.  The baby won’t let me sleep at night and he’s not even been born yet! (Interestingly enough, this was a foreshadowing and I had no idea!)

So we go for it.  Up to OB, get a room, talk to the nurse about the possible (definite in my opinion) amniotic fluid leak, watch some cable (like being in a cold and uncomfortable hotel room), get the test done, wait for results…they come back positive for amniotic fluid and then confirm that we’re going with the pitocin hook up along with antibiotics since my water has been broken for almost 6 days.  This basically took the whole morning.  They don’t get me hooked up to the IV until 1:15.  Btw, putting the IV in my hand hurt the crazy!  That was comparable to some of the harder contractions.  Anyhow, the pitocin starts to drip and I’m going along pretty well.  About 1/2 and hr. goes by and I plug in my Hypnobirthing relaxation CD’s and really concentrate on getting my whole body relaxed and breathing deep into my stomach, long breaths to expand and make room for the working uterus.  Then all the sudden I can hardly get control.  The contractions are really hard and fast and I’m hardly able to get control between them.  I switch to lay on my other side and all heck breaks lose.  No more composure, “I want the drugs!”.  Nathan keeps telling me to breath into it, etc-etc.  WHAT-EVER! (this is my thinking).  A new nurse comes in (nice timing for a shift change).  “I’m pushing!”  My stomach was pushing the baby down.  It felt just the same as when I wanted to push with Eli (but then I was only 5 cm. dilated).  So I listened to my body and let it push.  The nurse said, “No, don’t push yet!”.  “I have to – I’m pushing.  Can you check me?!  Nobody has checked me.”  I’ve not been checked since Dec. 5.  “OH!  You’re complete! You’re a 9, no, 9 1/2.  Go ahead and push!”.  She then frantically starts yelling orders out to “get Dr. B up here”.  Holy moly, I’m pushing and feel like I’m going to climb the walls.  All the sudden (it seems a matter of seconds to me) Dr. B is there and I’m on my back pushing like crazy.  I’m making some progress but the nurse (ours was a love-hate relationship) asks me if I want to “use the bar”.  Sure.  So I get up on my knees, hurl my large intense self over the top of the bar and push with the next contraction.  A huge huge difference in the amount of progress I make.  I’m feeling “the Ring of Fire”!  I think I had like 3 more contractions and Solomon was born at 3:51 pm.  A hospital labor of less than 3 hrs!  Awesome!  Above and beyond what I was praying for!  I still can hardly believe it went so well and so quickly.

I guess I tore pretty well and learned that with Eli’s delivery (assuming b/c they had to use forceps) they gave me an episiotomy (I had no idea – no one had told me).   So, with this delivery I tore down that very same line.  Cringe. Not even fun to think about after all is said and done and healed.  At some point while Dr. B was sewing me up, Nathan asked if I wanted to see the placenta.  No.  Didn’t even have to think about that one.

It was so nice to hold Solly and snuggle with him and then eat dinner and have a friend visit like an hr. after the birth and then actually walk myself down to my recovery room.  Total night and day difference in birth experiences between Eli and Solly.  I am learning too that it seems their personalities may be night and day different as well.  So far they are.

I praise God for all of these things!  He is so good.  So good.

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Fun with Food

Peanut butter train

Peanut butter train

We do still manage to have some fun around here.  I asked Eli if he wanted a peanut butter sandwich for lunch yesterday and he replied, “Peanut butter Train”.  I said, “I’ll see what I can do”.  Here’s what I came up with.  He seemed to enjoy it.

A week ago Nathan had Solomon (a rare time when Solomon was happy being held by dad) and Eli and I decided to play. We cleared out the living room floor and raced back and forth between the picture wall and the big green couch on the other side of the 20-ish ft. floor. We had a great time! It was probably the hardest workout I’ve done since before I was pregnant!

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1 month

Solomon is one month old today.  And….ugh, what happened as soon as I sat down to write this post?  Little sleepy guy woke up and started crying.  How do they know???!!!!  I love him.  I do.  But these last few weeks have been hard.  Not horrid, just hard.  And the roller coaster of emotions that go with it, man.  One minute I’m so in love with him and the next minute I feel like I’m about to fall apart if I can’t get to a tropical vacation where I am alone on the beach – ALONE!  No kids.

Anyway, back to Solomon’s one month old post.  Despite the rough weeks I think things might be turning up.  I hope.  He’s probably still considered an easy baby, I just think Eli was super-duper easy so we are in Newborn Boot camp all over again.  He’s still wearing Newborn size but is starting to get some chub on him – thanks to some wonderful nursing.  That is definitely getting easier by the week.  The labor and the nursing are 100% better than Eli’s labor and nursing.  For those things I am extremely grateful.  (Btw, I plan to post Solomon’s birth story very soon – within the week).  God answered my prayers above and beyond what I asked for.  He is good.

Solomon can also lift his head pretty well.  He started practicing just days after his “outside” arrival.  He also is starting to talk to us a little bit.  It’s rare but happens about once or twice a day.  Just a short little “ooo”.  Although, one nap time he talked to me in his sleep, taking after daddy at an early age.  He said, “goa-goa-goa-goa-wa” pretty loudly.  Yes, very much like his daddy, repeating the same word over and over and sleeping right through it. ;)  And as if that wasn’t enough development for 4 1/2 weeks, he also has started smiling.  Both Nathan and I have received some responsive if not faint smiles.  He also really likes to smile while nursing, right as he’s drifting off to dreamland.  That’s got to be a nice happy place for him. :)

Happy 1 month, Solly!  We look forward to many-many more!

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Lookin for food

Lookin for food

Mental Note:  Nuk brand breast pads don’t work so well as breast pads but make wonderful coasters.

A few weeks ago, Eli was holding Solomon (with some assistance from mom, of course.)  Sol started rooting around for food – towards Eli’s shirt/chest.  I said, “Oh, looks like he’s hungry”.  Eli paused a moment and then proceeded to lift up his shirt…  Nathan and I got a good laugh out of that one.  Don’t worry, we stopped him before he got his shirt lifted all the way up and explained that he doesn’t come with the appropriate “equipment” to feed the baby.

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New Years Resolution

I would have been smart to have a New Years Resolution of “I will not make myself crazy by trying to have a New Year’s Resolution and a newborn at the same time”.  However, that is not the resolution I made.  My resolution is to be a more frequent blogger.  I’ve left the blog on the shelf for too long and now that we have a new wee one it’s important to be posting the photos.  But along with this resolution comes a little “tool”, a defining point, if you will, of how to make blogging approachable and not overwhelming for me.  I heard from a friend of another friend who posts every day with a photo and a little story from the day.  I’m pretty sure that friend has several more kids than I so there’s sure to never be a dull moment.  I don’t expect we’ll have as many lively tales as she but posting a story from the day or just a little mental note is something I can do.  Photos…, well, I will try my darndest to get those posted as well.  And it will keep me accountable to keep taking pictures of kid #2.  (Poor kid #2.)

This week (and I’m sure for several more weeks to come) I am super thankful for my Moby wrap.  I believe Solomon is a bit more colicky than Eli was.  Pretty much, minus a few 10 minute exceptions of simple bliss, Solomon needs to be nursing or sleeping to be happy.  And also, in order to be sleeping Solomon needs to be held.  This is enough to make someone who already has a 2 yr. old crazy.  And I am feeling crazy pretty often these days.  Trying to stay as sane as possible and perhaps get a few dishes done, vomit cleaned up, Eli and myself fed, etc., I put Solly in the Moby wrap and wear him.  I did expect that I would use the Moby wrap or Baby Bjorn more often with Solomon than I did with Eli but I don’t think I’d pictured it as a dire necessity to function.  Though, that is what it’s become.

Solomon in the Moby wrap

Solomon, Jan. 11, 2010 - Asleep in the Moby wrap.

We are re-reading the Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child book (a.k.a. “Happy Sleep” book) .  At this stage in Eli’s life we 1. didn’t need the  Happy Sleep book and 2. if we had needed it, we hadn’t even heard of it.  So now I’m sorta back tracking trying to find out information on sleep for the first few weeks of life.  Most stories in this book make me super thankful for Solomon even though he seems to be a bit higher maintenance.  However, he does sleep for more than 2 hrs during the day (if I’m holding him) and he doesn’t keep us all up screaming all through the night.  God’s mercy on those parents who have babies like that.

So, what I’m learning about weeks 2 through 6 is that the baby is likely to be fussy.  Even an easy baby is fussier at this time and that’s normal.  It’s expected to last and even perhaps worsen through the peak at week 6 and then start to gradually get better as the little brain develops.  Dr. Weissbluth says to do anything you can to help your child sleep b/c you don’t want to make your already fussy baby over-tired.  No, Dr. Weissbluth, we certainly don’t.  Thus, Solomon gets to eat, have his paci, get snuggled, sleep with mom and dad, etc-etc. whenever he wants.  I keep telling myself “they say” I can’t spoil my child at this young of an age.  I’m holding to that.

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It’s exhausting waking up my parents all night.

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