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, [livejournal.com 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.

Ross

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.

Salt

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.

TOLAC

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.
Part of me wants to have this baby now because I just don't want to deal with work anymore. I am not even worried about the loss of pay on leave this time, just I want to save as much for post-birth as possible. 12 weeks isn't very long at all.

Tired

Jan. 19th, 2016 09:46 am
I am really tired today. The BHs were insane last night, so I didn't sleep very well and toddlers don't sleep in.

Though Henrietta did come into bed with me and cuddled for 20 minutes this morning. That was awesome.

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.

Clear!

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.

Yuck

Oct. 8th, 2015 10:26 am
I am so sick of throwing up.

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.

Pregnancy

Aug. 18th, 2015 03:58 pm
I hate being pregnant.


That is all.

C-section

Oct. 2nd, 2013 08:44 am

The only sucky thing about a c section for me is I really want to take a bath but I have to wait a little longer to make sure I am healed up.

Good Things

Sep. 3rd, 2013 12:28 am

Today was the first day in ages where I physically felt like myself. I kept forgetting I was 38 weeks pregnant and ended up doing a ton. I cleaned a bunch, finished the laundry, worked on a couple quilts, went shopping, went to lunch and sort of helped my brother do yard work (I might have felt good but it is still awkward to try to rake with a baby belly).

I don't know if this is "nesting" or not but I want it to stay around for another day or two. I have a couple more rooms I want to clean and a quilt top I want finished.

In GD news, my glucose numbers have been excellent. We went to The Olive Garden for lunch and I had a big bowl of pasta for lunch and my number was about what they want my fasting number to be under. I haven't been following the diet all week and the only "high" number I had was after sushi on Wednesday. That wasn't even really high, just one point over. I am very okay with this and I might go get a peach tomorrow for lunch. Maybe a banana.

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.

Showers

Aug. 19th, 2013 09:54 am
Yesterday was Baby Buchan's third and final baby shower.

I am blown away by how generous people are. We pretty much have everything we need for the baby and we didn't need to buy much ourselves. We even have enough in GCs and cash to buy the crib (the last big thing we need). My siblings and parents went in and bought us a breast pump, which was an item I kept putting off because I couldn't think about how much it was or decide on what I wanted. My brother and sister-in-law picked it out because they had one with Kethry. It makes me laugh thinking about my brother comparing different models to get me the one that would work the best for me at work. Still, Jens has always been in touch with his feminine side.

Tonight we are going to buy the crib. I am not sure if they have to order it or not but it will be nice to have that off the list. Then the only thing I think we have left to do is pack the hospital bags and wait for the baby to come.

BTW, I was reading a list of things to bring to the hospital and one suggested bringing Lysol. This is why people think pregnant woman are crazy. I am not going to pack much because we only live 5 or 10 minutes from the hospital. If we need something we can get it from home.
I don't normally write about dreams because they are boring to everyone but me, however, some of these are cracking me up.

Last night I had a dream that I needed to get some business casual clothes to go to some client meeting tomorrow and Friday (which I do need to do in real life). All of a sudden, I was trying to figure out how to get a maternity Star Fleet Dress Uniform because it turned out that Gage was part of Star Fleet.

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!

Tour

Jun. 19th, 2013 10:33 am
Last night we went on a hospital tour. It was fun and useful. The lady walked us through what would happen, so we know where to park, where to sign in, which elevators to take, etc.

We also got to see the delivery rooms and the entrance to the OR in case we have to have a C-section. They supply balls, if we want to use them, and they have full bathrooms so if I want to have a bath during labor I could (likely). There is also a lot of options for alternative birthing methods but I am not really interested in most of them. It seems like the place is pretty friendly, so that is good.

Then we got a tour of the post-partum rooms. They are all private and have a place for Zach to sleep. The baby sleeps in the room with you and they have lactation people to help you breastfeed. So, basically everything I wanted without having to ask about it.

On the way out Zach asked about bike parking at the hospital. They even have underground bike parking in the ramp, so his bike will be protected if he needs to get it. If I end up getting a C-section and have to stay in the hospital more than two days the plan is he will go home and get his bike so he can go to his classes since they are just on the other side of the river.

Of course, I would rather not have a C-section since walking up our steps would suck (plus many other things).

PS, only three months to go!!!

Pregnancy

May. 26th, 2013 09:35 pm

I think the most shocking thing about pregnancy for me is how fast I get tired now. I am usually someone that has a food amount of energy and now I *need* naps and there are times when I just can't do anything else that day.

I am really glad we started on the baby's room when we did. We are mostly done with painting, just the window is left. Next is just setting up any furniture and putting shelves up.

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