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I never intended to take this long of a break from blogging!  I can’t believe its been nearly 9 months (do I have any readers left?) I have no good excuse for not getting on here more but what can I say, I have been enjoying every minute with my two beautiful girls. :) skinetrin

As far as weight loss goes, its coming along. I’m back down to my pre- (second) baby weight and I’m still working to reach my goal. In total I have lost a total of 57 pounds. I’m getting really close to my goal weight and I feel great. skinetrin

I’m hoping to be on here more often again although I’m going to be completely realistic, its not going to be everyday and sometimes probably not every week. hu.skinetrin.net

I hope you are all doing great and look forward to hearing from you soon!

A look around

Jun
2012
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Kayla loves her bedroom!

At least I would like to think she does :) . And its about time I share it with you. 

Its not a very big room but I think we did a good job making the best of the space we had. The dresser in the closet seems to be working very well for us. Most of all I love the fun colors with the neutral background. I was going for the total opposite of Abby’s room (although I love her room as well!). 

I spent a lot of time looking around for unique details that would add the perfect touch to the room. In addition to the things I found… can you believe my mom made those curtains, the pillows and a changing table cover in each of the fabrics? She also covered the boxes I already had in fabric making them the perfect addition to the changing table. Thanks mom!

And this beautiful frame… Was a gift from my cousin. I love it! It goes so well with the room , Thanks Crystal! (Now I just need to put some pictures in it.) The only thing left to be done is putting on the new closet doors. They are in the basement  waiting to be painted.

Over all I love how it turned out!

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We arrived at the hospital just after midnight.

It was strange walking in the hospital. I hadn’t had contractions in hours and I felt no pain. This wasn’t how I had imagined it. I went into triage and they confirmed that it was my water that broke and was still leaking.

Once I was admitted the doctor came in to talk about what our plan was going to be. Basically I had two choices; either start pitocin right away and get this show on the road, or,  give it a few hours and see if I progressed naturally. I decided it was best to wait and see if I started contractions on my own. The doctor agreed that waiting was the best option and told me that he would give me four or five hours. If I hadn’t started contractions by then then it would be time to do something to help things along.  Since my water had already broke, they didn’t want to check me for progress until necessary to help prevent infection.

Matt and I watched a little TV and talked while we waited.

Right around 3am I started having contractions.  It didn’t take long for the contractions to be intense enough for me to call for my epidural. My doctor waited to check my progress until the epidural was complete and I was feeling more comfortable. I was 4cm dilated and 75% effaced.  The epidural did the trick and I no longer felt the contractions. Matt and I decided to try and get some sleep. I did my best but despite how tired I was I couldn’t fall asleep.

We waited… and waited.

The nurses kept telling me to try to sleep but that was easier said than done. I got little bouts of sleep here and there but nothing substantial.

Once the sun came up we had a few welcomed distractions. We realized what a beautiful view we had to enjoy. and had a few visitors to chat with but no progress :( .

Just after lunch the doctor came in, she checked and confirm that I had stopped progressing. By 1 we started the pitocin. Nurses came in often asking if I felt anything how I was doing etc. They slowly started increasing the pitocin.

Once I had been on the pitocin for a while with no further progress I began to worry. One of my big fears was having to have a C section and although this wasn’t even talked about it was lingering in the back of my mind. Was I going to have to have one, was the pitocin helping?

I don’t recall what time it was exactly but I remember a nurse coming in just to check on me and asking if I was feeling anything. I told her I was kinda starting to feel contractions. The monitor was showing that I was having contractions regularly by this time. She sent in the resident in to check me to see what kind of progress I was making.

The resident checked my cervix and told me it was almost time. She gathered a few things in preparation, and only seconds after she walked out of the room I felt an intense urge to push. There was still a nurse in the room so she jumped out and grabbed the resident before she could get too far. only moments after she came back the attending came literally running into the room. (They were aware of how quickly Abby had made her appearance.) I wish I knew exactly how long I pushed but it couldn’t have been more than 15 minutes before I was holding this beautiful little baby.

Welcome to the world Kayla Elizabeth!

The days before

Jun
2012
04

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As you know I’ve been a bit busy lately with an adorable little baby, but I didn’t forget about you guys!

I know some of you are dying for a birth story, but there are a few days in between my last pregnancy post and Kayla’s birth that we should catch up on first…

(For those of you that aren’t familiar with pregnancy and labor I will try to put a link that explains any terms you may not understand.)

My last update was on a Tuesday and as you know I had a doctors appointment scheduled for the following day. On Wednesday I went my appointment feeling pretty comfortable and confident that Kayla wasn’t going to make her appearance anytime soon.

When my doctor did the check I wasn’t surprised to hear I was 2cm dilated and 75% effaced. (With Abby I was further along for weeks and still had to be induced!) But my doctor did catch me off  guard when she gave me the option of getting my membranes swept. I was familiar with what it was but honestly didn’t think it was an option yet. I thought about it for a minute and decided to go ahead and to it.

I didn’t have this done when I was pregnant with Abby so my doctor went over with me what to expect. She explained that it doesn’t work for everyone and would only work it my body was ready. She also said that I may experience  cramping and contractions over the next few days even if it wasn’t going to work. If it wasn’t going to work the cramping and contractions would eventually fade but if it was going to they would gradually intensify until I was in labor.

Immediately afterwards the cramping started, so the rest of Wednesday I took it easy. The cramping was intense at times but nothing “timeable” that sent me running to the hospital. Thursday, I was feeling much better though I was still having mild contractions and cramping.  I spent the morning working on my yard with my parents help. (yard work is pretty tough when you are 39 weeks pregnant!) Just after lunch I lost my plug. Suddenly things started to feel very real. For the first time through this whole thing I felt like I actually may have a baby in a few days. Friday and Saturday came and went, nothing happened.

Saturday night I was feeling better than I had in days, my cramps had nearly disappeared. but I was feeling  pretty discouraged. I knew there was a chance that nothing would happen over the weekend but I really thought it might. By this time in pregnancy I was beyond uncomfortable and I was so excited to meet my little baby girl! It was really hard to wait. I was feeling pretty sore and tired so I decided it was time to go to bed. I crawled into bed and as soon as I  put my head on the pillow I felt a gush of water. I immediately jumped up “I think my water just broke!” I called my doctor and they told me to head on in. We packed up Abby, drove her to my parents house, and headed to the hospital.

The rest of the story with be up by next week… :)

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Meet Kayla ElizabethShe Arrived on May 13th 2012. (Mothers Day! <3) 8 pounds 9 ounces and 21 inches long.

My heart is overflowing! We love her more than words can express!

Abby is super excited about her little sister and has adjusted to all the changes perfectly. It’s also apparent that we have another daddy’s girl on our hands :)There are so many things to tell you about but I’m afraid for now, I must sleep.

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Its so surreal 39 weeks… Wow! Any day now! I still have a few things to do in the nursery but I thought it would be fun to do a little sneak peak. Don’t worry, once I have everything hung I will show you the whole thing! How I’m feeling

Pretty much the same; sore, uncomfortable, ready and excited :) . Come on baby we can’t wait to meet you!

The bump

Still growing!

I haven’t had a doctors appointment to talk about this time, I’m scheduled for tomorrow morning so more information to come.

With any luck the next time I check in I will have a baby to talk about! Have a fabulous week :)

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I can’t believe this baby could show up at any moment.

How I’m feeling

Ready! I’m uncomfortable, tired and sore but hanging in there. After all no one is comfortable at 38 weeks pregnant!

The bump

Baby girl continues to grow. She’s so strong now its amazing!

I had my 38 week appointment today and everything is looking good. Baby’s heart beat sounds great and she’s measuring above “average” but that’s what we are expecting. My doctor doesn’t routinely check the cervix until next week. She gave me the option in case I wanted to know where I was at but I chose not to.

I have this feeling that I’m going to either have her late or be induced. Maybe I only feel that way because I was induced with Abby, but I guess we will find out soon :)

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Guess who’s full term!

How I’m feeling

I’m feeling like its a little easier to breathe this week. Hopefully that means that baby girl has dropped some more. Even though I’m sure I will still be pregnant when my due date comes around, I still get excited every time there is even the slightest sign I will get to meet her just a little sooner.

The bump

According to my babycenter app at 37 weeks my baby weighs about 6 pounds 5 ounces and is a whooping 19 inches long. Can  you believe how big she is?

I didn’t have a Doctors appointment this week so nothing new to report there. My next one is on Wednesday and I will have one every week from there on out.

As far as my plans for this week goes, I hope to finish that flower bed behind me. It’s looking a little silly with flowers only in half of it. :)

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Holy cow only 4 weeks left! Mentally I’m totally ready but I still have things I would like to do before our baby makes her debut. Hopefully I can get those done this week.

How I’m feeling

I’m feeling really good this week! There isn’t much to say about symptoms or cravings since not much has changed since my last update. Its been a busy week filled with friends, family and lots of fun. I couldn’t ask for a better week and I’m so grateful that I was feeling good and able to enjoy it all.

The bump

I had a doctors appointment this morning and she said that she’s guessing if I go full term my baby girl will be 8 or 9 pounds. When Abby was born she was exactly 8 pounds so this isn’t a huge surprise but I’m hoping its closer to 8 than 9.

Other than that the baby and I are looking healthy :) .

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My website has been giving me some trouble this week, not allowing me to upload any pictures and what is a pregnancy update without a picture? So I asked Matt to work some magic, I’m not sure if he fixed it or if its just suddenly working again but, Yay! (and thank you Matt if you fixed it!)

How I’m feeling

Pretty good considering how far along I am! I’m still taking pepcid complete everyday and so happy its still working! Its been about two weeks now and I have only been sick once! Simply amazing!

I feel like my body and baby have started preparing for labor. Not that I think I will go into labor tomorrow or anything (in fact I’m sure its possible I could be induced again) but I can feel a difference.  I feel the baby lower than ever this week, which makes me notice the size of my belly more often. Also Its very apparent that although I have a ton of energy at times I need to take longer breaks and I need to take them more frequently.

What I’m craving

I really haven’t had  many cravings during the pregnancy so you haven’t much on this topic but this week I have a definite craving for sweets, (mostly chocolate). I would love to sit here and say I only enjoyed a small amount of dark chocolate to get over the craving, but that would be a lie. I typically don’t keep sweets  in the house but since Easter just pasted there was a chocolate bunny calling my name. Whats a girl to do? Like I said before, in my experience its more difficult than I thought to remain 100% healthy during pregnancy.

Since I know the importance of keeping a nutritionally balanced diet while being pregnant I went back to logging what I’m eating on My fitness pal a few weeks ago. Not to lose weight, but just to ensure I’m not going overboard. Even if I make a few not so healthy choices its important that I’m still getting plenty of those necessary  things like protein.  (It would be incredibly easy for me to live off  of bread sticks alone!)

The bump

Baby girl is getting really big and strong, I can feel it in every movement, and yes she’s still moving ALL the time!

Speaking of sleeping I’m rather impressed with how well I am sleeping these days. I remember at this point when I was pregnant with Abby I was up just about every two hours! If that wasn’t bad enough It took me forever to fall back asleep.  Yes I wake up a few times a night, mostly to use the bathroom, but I have been falling asleep much faster and that really makes all the difference.

I will be at 36 weeks in no time! I can’t believe it!

I hope everyone has a great weekend :)