(Lurking) I made and froze homemade chicken pot pies and spaghetti sauce and meatballs. I also baked some quick breads to have for breakfast. We've also had beef stew in the crockpot. That's gotten us through the first week. A friend is bringing some meals tomorrow and my MIL comes on Saturday to help for the week.
There's a website called once a month cooking that has good ideas of foods to freeze.View Thread
If you don't have it on your registry yet, I highly recommend the itzbeen timer. I didn't have this with DD1. We would just write down when we fed her or changed her. With this timer, I don't have to do that. It lets me keep track of four different activities - diaper changes, feedings, sleep, and an activity of my choice (I use it to keep track of when I take my meds). It's so nice to be able to look at it and know how long it has been since the last feeding or diaper change. Definitely handy when you are sleep deprived and don't remember anything.View Thread
Short: Ella Sue made her debut Wednesday, March 3rd at 8:06 am via scheduled c-section. She weighed 7 lbs 4 oz and was 19 1/4 inches long.
Long: On Tuesday morning, I went to L&D to fill out my pre-op paperwork. It was so nice to get blood drawn and fill out paperwork when I wasn’t experiencing contractions. I was given my arm band and told to return Wednesday morning at 5:30 am. I had a little trouble sleeping that night because I was excited, but I was also starting to get nervous.
On Wednesday, we woke up about 4:30 am to get ready. DH took his shower while I fixed his coffee. I was a little jealous b/c I wasn’t allowed to eat or drink anything. We went to the hospital and got checked into a birthing room. The nurse hooked me up to the monitors so we could watch Ella’s heart rate. I was given an IV with fluids. They went over all my paperwork again. The nurse shaved near my previous incision. I wish I would have shaved it myself. She kept pulling on my skin and it hurt b/c it was a dry shave. Then she put in the catheter. That was probably the most painful part of the whole birthing process. I wanted to just yank it out. Not long after, the anesthesiologist came in and explained the procedure for putting in the spinal. Around 7:30 am, my doctor showed up and they put me in a wheel chair and wheeled me down to the operating room. Once in the operating room, I started shaking because I was cold and really starting to get nervous. They gave me several blankets to warm up. I was given the spinal and then layed down on the table. The spinal went to work fast! My doctor did a few other prep things and then they allowed DH into the room. Since this was a planned c-section, it seemed to go a little slower than DD1’s who’s was an emergency. It felt like there was a little more tugging and pulling. Ella came out at 8:06 am. She started crying before her body was even out. The doctor said they usually don’t cry that fast. She scored a 9 and a 10 on her apgars. DH and Ella went to the nursery while I was stitched up. The doctors and I chatted about various things while they stitched me up. That was a difference from last time too – I don’t remember that doctor talking to me about anything. I was taken to a recovery room and DH and Ella joined me shortly after. I was able to nurse Ella before they took her back to the nursery for her bath. I was then taken to my private room. It was a while before they brought Ella back to me. She was a little jittery, so they had to check her sugar level. Anything over 50 was good and she was in the 60’s. However, they had to continue checking her sugar level throughout the day. Things went really well that day. I was surprised by how calm I was. I had very little pain. On Thursday, they took out my catheter and I was able to get up and walk. That was a little tough, but as they day went on it got easier to get up and move. I’m still amazed that I’m not experiencing much pain.
We came home Friday evening. The first night was interesting. On our way home from the hospital, DD1’s daycare called and said they thought she had pink eye. So I was a little freaked about having her around the baby. After seeing DD1, I was convinced she doesn’t have pink eye. When it was time for DD1 to go to bed, DH was reading her a story and I was sitting on the bed holding Ella. All of a sudden, DD1 starts vomiting all over DH. He ordered me out of the room which made DD1 even more upset. He got her cleaned up and into bed. I think she just had a little too much excitement.
I think Ella has her days and nights mixed up because she was up frequently last night and has slept quite a bit today. We took her to the pediatrician this morning for a weight and jaundice check. She has lost a little over 8 percent of her birth weight, but since I breastfed DD1, the doctor wasn’t too concerned. Now that my milk is coming in, I’m hoping that she starts putting on the weight and producing more wet/poopy diapers. The doctor also thought she had good skin color.
Tomorrow morning is my c-section. I have to be at the hospital at 5:30 am. My c-section is scheduled for 7:30 am. Right now I am excited, anxious, nervous, etc.
I'll post my birth story when I get home, which is probably Friday. After that, I don't know where I will post because I don't think they have the newborn boards anymore. Anyways, it's been great spending time with you ladies.View Thread
So, I've been at my current teaching job for 9 years. They planned a baby shower for me in 2008 when I was pregnant with my first daughter, but unfortunately I was put on bedrest before the shower. So, a co-worker just delivered the gifts to my house for me. I made sure that I gave out my thank you's as soon as possible.
Fast forward to 2009/2010. Back in December, we had baby showers for two of the other pregnant co-workers. It was the first baby for both of them. At the shower, the social chair asked me how I felt about having a diaper shower since I was having my second child. I said that sounded great. So, I kept waiting to hear about my diaper shower. Yesterday was my last day of work before maternity leave and I had no shower. I didn't feel that it was appropriate to ask what happened, but I am disappointed. To me, it's not about the gifts or anything. It's more about the thought and just socializing with everyone. I would have appreciated a few cards that said congratulations. Very few people actually said anything to me yesterday. I did have two co-workers give me gifts and I really appreciate it.
At the end of March, another co-worker is having her second baby. If she gets a baby shower, I will be upset.View Thread
If you go to this website and answer a few questions, Madame Zaritska will predict what your birth experience will be like. I remember doing this when I was pg with DD1. I tried it again this time around and it made me laugh. Especially since it said I will have a 35 hour labor (I'm having a planned c-section, I sure hope it doesn't last 35 hours, lol).
If you think a few weeks of no lovemaking is frustrating, just wait until after you have the baby. Most drs recommend that you abstain for 6 weeks. Plus with the postpartum bleeding, it's not exactly romantic.
I was on bedrest/ pelvic rest with DD1 for about 6 weeks. Once we got the green light, we were ready to go. This time around, I haven't been on pelvic rest, but we have been abstaining for the last few weeks b/c we didn't want me to go into labor early (had too much going on, didn't want to use more time off than necessary). Today was my last day of work and I go in for my c-section on Wednesday, so I told DH tonight is a green light.View Thread
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