Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Happiest Day

On June 14th 2011 my beautiful daughter Chloe Madison was born. She arrived into this world via c-section at 11:26 pm. Chloe weighed 9lbs 1oz and was 21 3/4 inches long. Chloe is such a blessing to Mike and I and we absolutely love being her parents!

The birth of my daughter went nothing as planned. My husband and I planned to labor and deliver at a birth center with our midwives but, instead we ended up at the hospital with doctors and nurses we had never met before, we had planned to have an un-medicated birth but, ended up needing to be induced and then later on needing to get an epidural, we had planned on me delivering vaginally but instead ended up having a c-section. Mike and I always agreed though that the most important thing to us is that our daughter would be safe and healthy, and in the end that's exactly what we got. Chloe is so beautiful and is as healthy as can be! The day my daughter was born was the sweetest day in the whole wide world  for me!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

9 Days Overdue

Today marks exactly 9 days past my due date. This past month has been such a challenge for me and as each day goes by that I am still pregnant I feel more and more frustrated and hopeless. It feels like there is no end in sight. I try to remind myself over and over again that this will be ending soon, that all this pain and discomfort that I am feeling will all be worth it when I finally have my daughter in my arms. Any day now my beautiful Chloe will be here, any day now.

The good news is that this week we have a plan. At my appointment with my midwife on Thursday we talked about our plan of action for this week since I cant go past 42 weeks. On Monday I have to go in for a BPP ultrasound to check on Chloe and make sure she is still healthy and growing properly. If everything looks good with her then I wouldn't have to worry about an induction until I get to Friday. On Tuesday I have another appointment with my midwife, at that appointment they will do a nonstress test, check to see if I am progressing, give me a membrane sweep if they are able, and then send me home with a mixture of castor oil and lemon verbena to drink that will hopefully put me into labor. If that doesn't work then they want me to take a stronger version of the mixture again. My midwife also suggested that this week I really focus on all the natural ways to induce labor even though nothing will actually put me into labor unless my body is ready it will still help get my body to be thinking more about labor.

If by Friday I still have not gone into labor then I will have to be induced and labor and deliver at the hospital instead of at the birth center. We are really hoping that doesn't happen and that we will be able to have the natural un-medicated birth that we planned at the birth center. In all honesty though I will be ok if we have to go to the hospital and be induced, whatever it takes to have my beautiful healthy baby girl in my arms! I know that no matter what God is watching over us!

Monday, June 6, 2011

3 Days Overdue

Today I am 3 days past my due date. I'm not surprised at all, I figured Chloe would be late. I'm really hoping that she will be here by this weekend!! Today I feel pretty good so far, I actually got a couple hours of sleep last night! These past couple weeks have been very difficult for me. I haven't been able to sleep much, I'm so uncomfortable, I was having really bad heartburn everyday, and my stomach is so itchy and sore from stretching so much. Some days seem harder then others to get by. I just cant wait to be done being pregnant!

On Thursday if I am still pregnant I have my 41 week appointment with my midwife. I get to be checked for the first time, which I am kinda excited about. I have been having contractions almost everyday for the past 3 weeks so it would be very exciting if I was actually progressing along. I will also be getting a membrane sweep as well and hopefully that will put me into labor  If I make it to 42 weeks then I will have to get induced which is something we really want to try to avoid.

 I just have to share something that's really cute. Chloe loves to stick her little butt straight up in the air all the time. It's so funny to see, my stomach gets all lopsided and you can totally see that her butt is just sticking straight up. Mike and I think its so funny and cute! Every time I have an appointment with my midwives Chloe always has her butt in the air for them to see and everyone thinks its the funniest thing. I think its pretty darn cute!