2 Weeks PostPartum

Time flies when you have a baby at home! Little bean has already passed the 2 week mark (Sunday) and went for his 2 week check up yesterday. He is gaining weight like a champ and is up to 8 lb 15 oz or a whopping 4 kg. He is breastfeeding like a pro and the doc was very happy with him. We like that! We are still waiting for the last of the umbilical chord to fall off and for his dry newborn skin to peel.
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The week before I was in for my first pp checkup. My OB checked on the incision and was surprised and excited of how well it is doing in such a short time after the c-section. She said there will hardly be a scar once it is all healed, but to be careful since I am healing from the outside in. So even though it looks good, I am still broken on the inside. So I’m still on workout prohibition, although she said I can walk and do arm exercises, just no strain on the belly. The heavy lifting still has to wait for a little bit.

Bean and I have been walking around the block a couple of times. 10 minute walks. And today we went out for a 20 min walk in the stroller! Yesterday was the first time to drive after the c-section, which was exciting! All this and no pain meds for plenty of days now! Slowly but surely getting better and pushing toward normality.

My weight is almost back to normal too. On Sunday I had lost about 30 lb since delivery and have 4 more to go to pre-pregnancy weight. I did however lose a bunch of muscle weight, so I am opting to lose the 4 and another 10 within the next 4 weeks. And then start building my way back up again. Just can’t wait!

From 40 weeks pregnant to 2 weeks postpartum:
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Finally here!

Oh my goodness. Admitted at l&d in the early hours of 11/30. Baby bean born on 12/2 at 11:22 a.m.! Still in recovery with bean and hubby.

I will post about my crazy birth story once we get home and has had a little more rest.

Right now most things are a blur and we are all in a dreamlike state of being. BUT bean is beautiful!! And I am very lucky to have a family like mine 🙂

Pregnancy and the Bicycle

Many people (especially random strangers) have strong opinions about bicycling and pregnant women. A lot of them would advice any pregnant woman to put the bike in storage and let it collect dust until after the baby is born. But no, not this girl!

As I am nearing the end (very soon I hope) of this pregnancy I must say I feel fantastic. Despite the 31+ pounds gained so far, I feel physically in really good shape. I am attributing that to my workout routine throughout the second and third trimesters.

The routine might not have been very rigorous or tough, but it has been consistent and adapted to my needs. So I am happy and pleased to say that even though I am 40 weeks tomorrow I can still take long walks, bike around and get in to most yoga poses. [I do have trouble with anything that is bending over toward my toes since my belly is stopping me.]

However, a  lot of strangers that I meet are very concerned about my preferred method of transportation, the bicycle. I get a LOT of comments and frowns when I run my daily errands.

You know that is dangerous for both  you and the baby!
You probably shouldn’t bike anymore because you are getting quite big.
It is much easier to fall when you are pregnant.
Are you seriously biking? What kind of mother are you?

Etc. Etc. Etc.

People need to mind their own business. I think it’s funny how random people think they have a right to voice their opinion about my body and what I am doing. What the heck do they know?

From what I have been reading online (a lot) I didn’t think I would be able to bike beginning third trimester, mostly because the changes in balance that happens during pregnancy. As my third trimester started and has passed by I realized I was wrong. I can still bike, without a problem. Either my balance hasn’t changed much, or my body has just adjusted well to the balance change. And wow, am I glad I was wrong. It would kill me [figuratively writing] to take the car everywhere, because I just love moving by bike so much more!

Hospital Tour

Last night hubby and I went for a hospital tour, and I am way excited about giving birth at this place. I am so happy we changed hospitals and last night it was like all my birth-wishes came true…

First we got to see the delivery room. It was very spacious. Had a big fold out couch for hubby to lay on while we’re in labor and right after if needed. All of the rooms have the squat bars on the beds, birthing stools and birthing balls. Four of the rooms have showers for labor and two of them had tubs!

The nurse explained that everything was up to me. If I wanted to start out in the shower and then go to the tub, I would just let the nurses/midwives know and we would change rooms. And I LOVE it. Love the idea that everything is up to me. The options are there, whatever I want I get!

Nurse also told us that they will never take the baby out of the room, unless medically necessary. Everything will be done in the room. With me there. The baby will go nowhere, without me or hubby. LOVED that too!

We then got to see the postpartum rooms. They are also spacious and nice. Have a fold out chair for hubby to sleep on so he can stay by my side night and day. A bassinet for the a baby so he will be right next to us. A fridge in the hallway I can raid if I get hungry in between meals. And a TV in case we get bored. AWESOME!

The rooms are really like hotel rooms. New, clean and comfortable. No hospital-feel in them at all! I am way excited and really just want to go into labor and have a baby now!

SO. VERY. FRUSTRATED.

Went to see the delivery doctor today… or, more the doctor’s office. Didn’t get to meet him or her. Guess that won’t happen until I am actually giving birth…

BUT I did get to see a midwife that told me I do have Strep B. The last lady could not read a chart apparently. This has me extremely frustrated, because now it means I HAVE to be hooked up to an IV. I don’t WANT any hookups. I want to be free. But whoop, there goes that. And she also told me that at some hospitals they don’t let you walk around with the IV.. WHAT??!! My entire birth plan just got smashed into bits and pieces.

She then continued told me that they usually induce a woman with gestational diabetes, even though it is diet controlled, at 39 weeks… WHAT??!! Why has no one told me this before. I DO NOT WANT to be induced, unless extremely necessary. Not just because I happen to have controlled GD.

My birth plan got smashed again, in even smaller bits and pieces this time.

BUT then she also told me about a community clinic that does not do medical interventions as frequent as the bigger hospitals, and they will only do it if necessary. And they have midwives. And they let people with IV walk around. She gave me their number. So I am calling. Left a message, calling back tomorrow hoping I can get transferred!

A clinic that align better with my values and hopes and dreams, and is closer, and covered by my insurance. That would just be great. Keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for some positive news.

Last Day at the Clinic

Wohoo. My last visit at the clinic and next week I will FINALLY meet the delivery doctor 🙂 Means we are getting closer, very exciting! Next time at the clinic will be the 6-week check up!

Everything looked good today. I don’t have Strep B (yay), belly measures perfect and heartbeat was good and strong. And my blood pressure was great. Woot. Celebrating with a decaf 🙂

Practitioner said baby had not dropped yet as she was wiggling his head around. It felt so weird… so I guess I have that to look forward to. And she decided not to do a cervical exam, because as she said: it really isn’t necessary this early. There is nothing we can tell from it and it is really uncomfortable. Love that woman. Anything to minimize discomforts – count me in.

 

A Day of Firsts

Today was our first Non-Stress Test and baby bean passed with flying colors. Basically I was hooked up to a machine that showed baby’s heart beat and contractions. Whenever I felt bean move I were to press a button so they could measure his resting heart beat compared to his moving heart beat.

Well, he had me worried, because I pressed the button only twice. BUT the nurse said he had spurs of movements that I could not feel. So phew, I was thinking we would be stuck in that chair for hours! Resting heart beat at 155, and they wanted to see a 15 beat increase when moving, which they did. Yay. Good bean. And no contractions recorded.

They also measured the amniotic fluids and there were plenty. Good there too!

Now I am to go back once a week. So next Wednesday we are off again.

And my second first today, I did a craigslist deal! It was very exciting. I always browse but never  actually contact sellers. But, figured it was time and acquired a Boppy Pillow for $10! Happiness. They run $40 in the stores, and this one was never used. Thumbs up for bargains 🙂
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