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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Welcome to the world, Audrey!

Audrey Sophia Magtanong

Born March 11, 2012 at 11:40am

6.7 lbs 19 inches long

She's here!!  After 39 weeks of waiting our baby girl has finally arrived.  And the labor story goes like this...

I was originally scheduled to be induced on March 13, even though my due date wasn't until the 16th.  My OB thought it would be a good idea since I had Gestational Diabetes, but based on my ultrasounds there was really no need to do it.  Audrey was healthy, my placenta was fine, amniotic fluid levels were perfect etc. -- So, I told her that I would prefer to cancel my inducement and give Audrey a chance to come on her own since I really wanted a non medicated birth.  I had pitocin (drug that starts contractions) with Jacob and I hated it.  I actually hated both the pitocin and epidural.  I didn't like how different my contractions felt after being given the pitocin, and I didn't like being strapped to a bed with a catheter attached to me because of the epidural.  My recovery afterwards was rough, as well, so this time around I decided that I would try to deliver without any of it.  I didn't know what to expect and I was scared, but hey...who isn't??

I had been having frequent braxton hicks contractions on Friday and Saturday, but I didn't think anything of it.  My water broke first, without having any contractions, when I was pregnant with Jacob, so I was convinced that it would happen the same way.  Early morning on March 11 around 6:30am I started having contractions that felt different.  They felt "crampy" and would go away as soon as my contractions were done.  I timed them....10 minutes apart.  This went on for a while till 7:30am.  Cramps became a little more intense....8 minutes apart.  I woke up Sam and told him that I thought I was in labor and to start getting ready.  At 8:30am contractions were 7 minutes apart.  I took a shower, got dressed (while bracing myself with each contraction), and left the house by 9:15am.  They said that you shouldn't leave for the hospital till your contractions are 5 minutes apart, but my OB told me not to wait too long since I was already 5 cm dilated at my last appointment.  She was afraid I wouldn't make it to the hospital in time with us living about 20 minutes away.  We arrived at the hospital by 9:30am and were checked into a room by 10am.  They did some fetal monitoring for a few minutes and then checked to see my progression....I was already 7cm.  Holy moly!!  I really was in labor!  This gave me a boost of energy and confidence to keep on laboring.  Sam and I hired a doula this time around to help me achieve a natural birth.  She was AMAZING and I highly suggest having one.  We were lucky because our insurance actually covered a doula, otherwise we wouldn't have been able to have one.  I walked around, used a birthing ball (my favorite) etc.  By 11am the contractions were incredibly intense.  They were coming so quickly, only leaving me with 30 seconds or so in between each one to breathe and get ready for the next one.  The doctor wanted to break my water, but I knew that breaking the water before it happens naturally could really change my contraction patterns.  I told the doctor I would rather wait.  At one point the only way I could get through my contractions was by breathing deeply and pushing.  I told the nurse that this was happening and she told me that I was probably fully dilated.  She checked me and I was definitely 10cm and my water had just broke.  Thank God!  The doctor came in, I pushed 4 times (holy crap that part hurt!!!) and she was out!!  Talk about the greatest relief in life.  I don't even remember delivering the placenta.  Haha.  

Minutes after Audrey was born.  My family! 
 Big brother!

As soon as she was born they put her on my chest and I was able to hold her for a good hour or so before they took her and weighed her.  The whole experience was amazing, and I couldn't have asked for a smoother delivery.  My last delivery with Jacob was a little stressful.  We were new parents in Colorado with no family around, and we pretty much went along with whatever the doctors and nurses told us we should do.  This time I felt in complete control of my labor.  I knew what my choices were and I wasn't afraid to fight for things I wanted - from laboring in my own clothes instead of a gown to how much fetal monitoring I wanted to what medications I wanted my baby to receive once she was born.  It was an incredibly empowering experience and I wouldn't mind having more babies if all my labors were like the one I just had.  After they took Audrey to weigh and measure her I was up walking and had so much energy!!  I really couldn't believe it.  My recovery has been very easy.

It has been almost 2 weeks since we've been home and everyone is doing well.  Tired...but well =)  Audrey is a much calmer baby than Jacob was.  She only cries when she is hungry and she is a great sleeper!  Jacob always needed to be held, which makes sense because he is an extremely affectionate love bug!  Audrey, on the other hand, doesn't mind sleeping in a bassinet by herself.  Haha!  Big brother is great.  He loves his baby sister and always wants to help.  Every time we go out to run errands he wants his baby sister to come with us.  Sam and I just make sure that whoever is not with the baby pays attention to Jacob.  

Thank you to everyone for the well wishes!  We feel so blessed and are thrilled for our new family of 4!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Full term!! 37 weeks

Tick tock, tick tock...when is baby Audrey going to come?  We've made it to 37 weeks, so she is good to arrive any time now!  I can't believe we'll be meeting her so soon. =)

Having gestational diabetes is a big deal.  I feel like I live at my OB office half the time.  Twice a week I go there for a regular check up, non stress test to observe the baby's activity, and an amniotic fluid check.  It is taxing, but I am thankful for the quality of care.  It is reassuring to know, every few days, that she is doing well.  On Tuesday I was 3cm dilated and my cervix was 70% effaced!

This past Friday I had a growth scan appointment with the perinatologist at the hospital.  This last ultrasound was to make sure that the baby isn't too big for me to have a natural delivery.  Thankfully she is measuring right at 37 weeks.  She weighs about 6.7lbs and they don't think she'll be more than 7 1/2 lbs at birth!  Woohoo!  She is head down with very little room in there.  I'm hoping she decides to come soon because the perinatologist doesn't suggest going past my due date.  If I don't go into spontaneous labor they would like to induce me right before March 16th.  I'm not thrilled about that, as I think the baby should come when she's ready, but we'll see.  I have some time.

Overall, I have been feeling great.  There have been a couple days where I have been DEAD TIRED, but good quality sleep has seemed to fix that.  I have no swelling going on, which is different from when I was pregnant with Jacob.  I was swelling up quite a bit around this time.  I'm sure the healthy eating, since having GD, has helped a lot with that.  I'm not feeling too anxious...just getting last minute things together and enjoying the sleep while I can.  =)  Hopefully my next post will be pictures of our new bundle of joy!!

Here's a 37 week picture with the boys!
How far along?:  37 weeks and 2 days
Gender:  Baby girl

Feeling anything new?:  More contractions, more cramps....blah
Cravings:  Nothing in particular this week.  Ham & cheese croissants have been so yummy for breakfast, though!

Dislikes:  Not hating anything right now, but I can't eat as much as I could a few weeks ago.  I get full so fast!
Sleep:  I'm sleeping okay right now.   I just wish I had one of those wedge pillows so I could sleep more upright.  Laying flat on my side isn't very comfortable.  

Things I miss:  Walking faster, non maternity clothes.  Haha

How is Sam feeling?:  Excited!!  He can't wait to meet his little girl.  

How your baby's growing:

Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, her lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.)
Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

Monday, February 13, 2012

35 weeks!

It's been a while since I last posted.  Sorry crazy nesting issues have kept me from updating.  We're in our final stretch and my stomach can feel it.  I'm kind of complaining right now, but in all honesty this last trimester has been pretty fabulous.  I don't remember feeling half this good at this stage with Jacob.  I'm definitely moving slower and getting tired easily, but not to a point where I can't get certain things done around the house.

What has happened in the last few weeks?  I had my baby shower the last weekend of February, which was awesome!  My older sister planned the whole thing with my mom and it was so much fun.  Audrey is stocked with clothes, diapers, wipes, bathing supplies, and books!  Thank you to everyone who came and to everyone who sent gifts from afar!  We are so blessed.  

My appointments have been going great.  I'm measuring a week ahead as of right now, but the baby is healthy and active.  I have a long appointment tomorrow that will consist of an ultrasound, non stress test, and regular OB check up.  This is all normal for patients with GD.  The ultrasound will check her position and amniotic fluid and the non stress test will check for how active she is and how she responds to contractions.  At 37 weeks I'll have a final ultrasound with the perinatologist over at the hospital.  This last scan will determine how big she is.  They just want to make sure that I have the best chance for a vaginal delivery.  If she's too big for some reason then we can discuss the possibility of a planned c-section.  As of my last perinatal appointment she was measuring perfect and would probably be about 7lbs.  We'll see if that is still the case in a couple weeks!  She is definitely head down and in position.

How is big brother doing?  He's excited for his baby sister to come.  He knows the due date and tells everyone that Baby Audrey is coming March 16th.  Let's hope so.  I was so anxious for Jacob to come out, but with this one I am in no rush.  I want more time to get our house ready and I am enjoying my last few weeks of just mommy and Jacob time.  People are always saying that the transition from one to two is hard, and I have no doubt that it's challenging, but with everything else in life I am sure Sam and I will transition just fine.  I just don't mind if that transition doesn't happen till March 16th!  Haha.

Here are a few pictures from my baby shower.  I don't have a recent belly pic, but I'll post one soon!

How far along?:  35 weeks and 3 days
Gender:  Girl :)

Feeling anything new?:  Feeling lots of hiccups from the baby!  I am definitely having more braxton hicks contractions, too. 
Cravings:  Nothing in particular, but my best friend's Nutella cupcakes are on my cravings list these days.

Dislikes:  No dislikes as of right now.  Everything is tasting pretty good!
Sleep:  Not too bad, although I keep waking up to go pee!  Gotta love when your bladder is being used as a trampoline. 

Things I miss:  Being able to move faster

How is Sam feeling?:  Excited and anxious.  Not only is he going to be a father of two very, very soon, but he is starting a brand new job this Wednesday!  He's my hero. :)

How your baby's growing:
Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that she's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, she isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

Monday, January 16, 2012

31 weeks!!! 9 weeks (or less) to go!

Wow, it's been a while since I last blogged.  Happy new year from the Magtanong family!  The holidays were busy and so much fun.  Jacob had the best time counting down the days till Christmas.  On Christmas Eve he kept asking (literally every 5 minutes) when he would be able to open his presents.  This year's present theme:  Lego!  He's becoming quite the builder, so I don't mind all the little lego pieces that have occupied space in every. single. room. in my freaking house.  =)  Time for a Lego organizing project!!

Magtanong Christmas 2011

My mom's decorations are one of the best parts about Christmas!

Lego mania!

Baby girl is doing great!  I'm in my last trimester and feeling good.  I had an appointment with a perinatologist last Friday for another anatomy ultrasound.  1.  She's still a girl woohoo!  2.  She is healthy and awesome.  I get quite a few ultrasounds because of my gestational diabetes.  Even though it's fun to see her often it's also very nerve wrecking.  All you want at the end of the day is a healthy baby.  She is weighing 3lbs 5oz right now, which is right on schedule.  GD babies (when sugar levels are not controlled) tend to get big, particularly in the upper body, which can make for a difficult labor.  Basically they can look like baby linebackers.  She is head down (yay!) and will probably stay there, according to the doctor.  Let's hope so.

We have our 3D/4D ultrasound on Saturday!  Hopefully she cooperates because on Friday she had both hands in front of her little face.  The sonographer couldn't even take a profile pic for us because she was being so shy.  Haha.  Pictures to come! 

Lastly, here is a pic of my 31 week belly:

How far along?:  31 weeks and 3 days

Gender:  Girl!

Feeling anything new?:  Surprisingly, I have a ton of energy!  Definitely a lot more energy than second trimester.  At this time with Jacob I didn't want to do anything but sit on my couch!  The baby is moving so much and loves to scrape the inside of my belly with her heel, knee, or elbow.  Fun stuff!
Cravings:  I'm always craving sweets.  Lately I've been loving these chocolate protein shakes with a banana, ice, and almond butter.  Yum!!

Dislikes:  Fast food, with the exception of In n Out, is so incredibly disgusting to me right now!  You would think it would be the opposite, but makes me want to puke.
Sleep:  Really great these days!

Things I miss:  Bikram Yoga

How is Sam feeling?:  He really can't wait for his little girl to arrive.  I keep telling him to enjoy these last few weeks of not being a total sucker.  ;)


How your baby's growing:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long.  She weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt.  She can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin.  She's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.