So, I ended up in the ER, had a bunch of blood tests (My iron is back to normal, yay!) and some ultrasounds. The IUD was out of place but wasn't embedded so out it went. I was still in pain when I got home but this morning everything is better.

So, the ER at Mayo is in the St Mary's hospital. This is a catholic place so... I couldn't get a new IUD placed or any birth control prescription filled there. So annoying.

I decided to go on the mini-pill for now. Zach will be getting a vasectomy, so hopefully it won't be long. I would get another IUD but I just need a break from thinking about my uterus.
So, first some background. The week before Ross was born was pretty stressful. We had to put our cat Emerson down (his kidneys were shutting down) and that made everyone really sad. Also, [ profile] gwangi had a really bad cold. Through the week, I missed two days of work because I had a cold/sinus infection and Zach missed 1.5 because of his cold/cough/whatever. On Thursday, at my weekly checkup, the doctor asked if he was tested for pertussis, and all night long we couldn't think of anything other than "what if he has it and I go into labor, would they even let him on the floor?". On Friday, he woke up and realized he injured his rib coughing, so he went to the doctor to get tested for pertussis and asked to be started on the treatment for it without the results because I was so close to term with the baby. He also got cough syrup with codeine in it, which we decided he would test out that night because I didn't think I would go into labor and we wanted to know how badly it would effect him.

Long birth story )

So, in the end, I had a baby, which is all that really matters.


Feb. 27th, 2016 10:57 am
We had a baby! Yay!

James Ross Buchan, Ross to his friends, was born 2/20/2016 at 3:30 pm. He was 9lbs 12 oz.

The birth was tough and I'll write that up later. I did end up with a c-section and that had complications.

I am happy he is here and he is awesome but right now I am feeling really fragile and unsettled. It is a weird place to be at right now and I wish I could just process this and move on. Because Ross is amazing.


Feb. 11th, 2016 03:16 pm
The last week all I have wanted to eat was salt. I seriously thought about just eating salt straight at one point. It was weird.

I put salt on carrots. I bought McDonald french fries just for the salt.

This is the weirdest craving I have had in my pregnancies.

I talk to the doctor and she said it was in the range of normal but to watch it because it will make me swell up (she isn't concerned about my BP) and make me uncomfortable.

Still, weird.


Jan. 29th, 2016 08:22 am
So, with Henrietta I ended up with a c-section. I had a lot of things that lead to that, being induced at 39 weeks, having too much fluid, having sub-optimal pelvis shape, getting an epidural*, etc.

While the doctor was stitching me up, I asked her about my chances of having a VBAC. She said that I could try but she didn't think it would work. There is a calculator that is used that gives me a 46% chance of success, which, is mostly due to my age. The doctors at the Mayo seem supportive of me me trying a trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC). They will recalculate my chances when I go into labor, which will depend on how dilated I am and how fast I am dilating but I am not really worried about that. For me, that was the easy part. I had an arrest of descent, which means I was fully dilated but she got stuck on the way out.

I am starting to get a little worried about the risks to the baby. I know that the chances of something terrible happening is very low, and there is just as many chances for other things to happen with a c-section. However, with a c-section most of the risk is on me, not the baby. Also, with a c-section, I would get an additional two weeks of pay, which seems silly to even think about.

I am not sure why I am so dead set to try a TOLAC. I sort of feel like Henrietta's pregnancy was so medical that I didn't get a chance to see how my body would go into labor naturally and I would like to know that. Then again, I realize that this is only one or two days out of my life, and it really doesn't matter in the long run. I just don't know. I am sure I'll do it, I don't usually change plans once I decide on something but I am still not fully sure what is making me want this so badly.

*Honestly, I don't think it was the epidural. I was still able to move and get into a ton of positions, so, I don't feel like that cause the issues.

Baby stuff

Jan. 18th, 2016 05:02 am
I still hate being pregnant but that is okay, I am in the home stretch, so I just think about having the baby in my arms and try not to focus on all the other stuff going on with my body.

I am still throwing up, just not as much. I have some weird pain in my right butt check that makes me walk like a sloth. I also feel giangantic, my belly is getting huge.

This weekend we got things set up for the baby. We have a crib, lots of baby stuff laying around and most of the clothes sorted and ready to go. I can't find a few things but that is okay, they will turn up.

Henrietta has a class in being a sibling next weekend. I am excited to see how she reacts to it. We have been trying to prep her for the baby but who knows how much she understands. Two years olds.

This weekend Kethry spent the night and it was really nice to have her around to watch Henrietta. Part of it was her age but also Kethry is a rule follower, so she will tattle when Henrietta breaks them. It makes me hopeful about the future with two small kids.


Nov. 19th, 2015 02:02 pm
bertine: (fat noodles)
I don't have diabetes, which is good because I don't want to have to pay to use that icon. Ha!

Not having diabetes means:
1. Less doctors visits. I went way too much with Henrietta.
2. No need for medication.
3. No need to check my blood every few hours.
4. No need to eat a snack in the middle of the night so my body mess with my blood sugar.
5. I can eat foods.
6. No induction at 39 weeks, I can just go into labor.
7. I can do a trial of labor and hopefully push this baby out the normal way.

Seriously, I am super happy with this.

15 weeks

Sep. 8th, 2015 10:25 am
I was telling Zach the other day that this pregnancy is going a lot faster than Henrietta's. Then again, I am busy at work, and we moved. I don't really have any down time lately.

Where 15 weeks pregnancy looks a lot like muffin top.

So, I am down 15 pounds. Which is about what I was down with Henrietta at this point. I look like I have some muffin top going on, which wouldn't be so bad if I would just switch to maternity pants but I sort of hate maternity pants. I like a waistband.

Anyways, food is still a struggle. I am looking forward to when the morning sickness lifts and I can eat again. Rather, when I want to eat again. It is so weird to be hungry but not to have any appetite at all.

Oh, I am not sure I told LJ but we are having a boy. We know this early because we elected to do a Cell-Free Fetal DNA test for chromosomal abnormalities (which the baby screened as very low, so we aren't going to worry about it) and part of that is they can tell you the sex of the baby. I am pretty happy about that, but I would have been pretty happy about girl also.

So, I am tired, can't eat and am pretty happy about most things.


Jun. 23rd, 2014 09:25 am
bertine: (plinko girl)

Lately Henrietta hasn't been as interested in nursing. She is eating more regular food and it is hard to want to nurse when you have so much to look at. This means that at least once a day I get engorged. It hurts and I leak all over the place.

Somedays I am so ready to be done with this.

Today I went to my post-partum visit. They did a pregnancy test, which made me laugh but I see why. I also got an IUD installed.

This time I decided to go with the Mirena. The Paragard was okay, though the bleeding was insane. I decide to use that one before because it didn't have hormones and I didn't need any more migraines than I was already getting. Since this one will only be in for a year or so, I decided to take the risk. The up side of the Mirena is that I might not get a period at all, which would be nice. Maybe it will help with the migraines.

Actually, it is likely I won't get a cycle for awhile anyways because I am nursing. So between nursing and the IUD, I might be good until next year.

The downside? It takes a couple months when you take it out to get your cycle and be fertile again.

Hey, my OB told me that I am not *that* old, which was nice to hear since I turn 37 on Monday. Baby #2 doesn't have a chance of coming until I am at least 38.


Sep. 21st, 2013 03:19 pm

Henrietta is sleeping on my lap right now. It is so amazing that we made a baby. It took a year and a half for us to get pregnant and pregnancy sucked for me but it was all worth it.

[ profile] gwangi is an amazing dad. Henrietta already has him wrapped around her finger.

I can't believe she is already a week old. This last week has been a roller coaster. Not enough sleep, healing from a c section, learning how to be parents and worrying about Henrietta all the time.

She is actually a pretty easy baby. She nurses like a champ, she has been sleeping for one four hour chunk over night and she only is fussy when there is something she needs us to do.

I am so in love.

This last week has made me love Zach even more. We have gone through so much together in the last week. He literally held me up during labor. We cried together, and not always happy tears. He makes sure I follow the rules so I heal well. I have to say that I am pretty happy right now.

On Friday I went to both the MFM and the OB. They decide that if this baby doesn't pop out by September 13th, they are going to induce. That would put me just short of 40 weeks.

I have mixed feelings about this. Right now I sort of just want the baby out. I am uncomfortable, hot and sick of being pregnant. Then there is the part of me that wants to know how my body goes into labor.

So... I am hoping that I just go into labor before September 13th.


Jul. 3rd, 2013 11:35 am

Dear baby, I missing being able to breath. Please move down a bit.

Your mom

28 weeks!

Jun. 24th, 2013 11:14 am

28 weeks!, originally uploaded by bertine.

This is a picture of the "baby bump" I took this morning. Only 12 weeks to go!


May. 19th, 2013 11:08 am

This morning I was laying in bed and I was feeling the baby moving like crazy! I could see my belly moving. I called for Zach so he could feel it. About a minute later the baby must have made a huge kick because it was a big old jolt. Bam! It was awesome because that was the first time Zach was able to feel the baby!

On a side note, the baby goes crazy whenever I eat/drink a bunch of sugar. It is crazy!


May. 13th, 2013 04:01 pm
Buy SFGH Buttons (Just need the other Classy Bitchez to approve of them)
Pull out the hole and shorten the top braces and cover them in foam
Finish Space Invader quilt
Fix my Poison Ivy Dress since all the green washed out
Make a skeleton dress with fetus (I really want to do this but I worry about time)
House of Toast stuff

Paint Touch-ups
Paint Woodwork
Paint Electrical Cover
Rehang the shelves
Change out electrical outlets
Put covers on the electrical outlets
Redo the drawers in the cabinet so it will fit baby stuff
Call insurance to figure out how to pre-approve delivery and if breast pumps are covered.

Sell Nest Magazines
Get glass in bathroom window
Fix weights/ropes in two windows


May. 5th, 2013 07:21 pm

I got three walls of the room painted, which is awesome. I overbought on paint, by a lot but that is okay, I am sure I'll find some use for it. I need to do some touch up on the ceiling because painting along a popcorn ceiling is tough. I also need to make the transition between each other to be cleaner.

I really want to paint the last wall but I am so tired. I have been painting all day. I went to the store, walked to the May Day parade, and walked around the park. Usually this wouldn't be too much for me but I guess I get tired faster than I used to. Plus, as Zach tells me, it isn't like the baby is coming tomorrow. I have time to finish this stuff up!

This week I want to get this done:
Second coat on the blue wall.
Both coats on red wall.
Ceiling paint touch ups.
Paint transition bits and top of half wall (white).

Next weekend I want to get the color transition spots redone, the baseboard cleaned up and painted. Also, we have an electrical panel in this room, I am thinking about painting that.

That would only leave some baseboard that needs to be added, new electrical outlets and switches, and steam cleaning the carpet!



Apr. 28th, 2013 04:39 pm
bertine: (condo fun)

I got the baby's room primed! I got the ceiling that needed paint, painted. We picked out colors for the walls so I could start buying paint and painting each wall one night this week! I might be able to paint some trim and do the clean up next weekend!

I am so excited to have made such progress! Painting is so much easier when you don't have to repair so much!!!

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bertine: (condo fun)
I won't post any pictures because it doesn't look different but last night Jens & Serinia came over to help me sand and patch the walls. We got everything we wanted done. I just have to put a second coat on a couple spots and sand them to be finished. Yay!

Tonight my plan is to do that and start the clean up. There is so much dust everywhere, even in our bedroom. However, it is spring cleaning season so I can combine the two.

Anyways, I am really happy with the progress. I am so looking forward to the more fun parts of the baby room like getting a crib and decorating. Yay baby!


Apr. 21st, 2013 11:33 am
I guess the hormonal feeling I have while pregnant? Crabby. I am sort of sick of myself. I am also sick of sanding walls. I think I might call in the Holmborg and see if we can knock out the rest of the walls in an hour or so. Well, other than the huge patch, though if I just get the right tools today that won't take long to get ready for sanding.

I am going to be so happy when we just have to prime and paint. I can't believe how bad these walls are, though I guess it doesn't make sense to make walls smooth if you are just going to hang cabinets or wallpaper on them. At least I already took the wallpaper off 8 years ago.

Our next house is going to require less work like this. I don't mind plaster, I just dont like wallpaper over plaster.

What I have left:
Patching big hole
Sanding patches
Dusting walls
Priming walls
Painting ceiling edge
Picking wall colors
Painting walls
Replacing electrical outlets
Reconfiguring cabinet innards
Steam cleaning carpet
Baby stuff!!!!

Painting and priming shouldn't be so hard and Zach should be able to help with that. He is going to do the electrical outlets because I hate electrical work.

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