Saturday, February 23, 2013

A real date

Evan and I went on a date last night. We went out to eat at Typhoon on Main Street in Middletown. I accidentally ordered exactly what I wanted and it was delicious! I thought I wanted soup, but I ordered red curry, and it turned out that red curry is the soup I wanted to order in the first place.

Then Evan and I left the restaurant. Then we found twenty bucks!

Daisy's birth story

Our baby arrived on her due date, Monday, February 11th, at 6:53am and weighed a whopping 7 lbs, 7oz. (10oz more than Calvin, which explains all the stretch marks and too-small maternity clothes.

It turns out it was really good that we went to the hotel because they still hadn't cleared out our parking lot by the time we went to the hospital and our car would have been stuck.

Here's the story:

I woke up at 1:45 Monday morning with back cramps and contractions 3-5 minutes apart and figured I was in labor. Evan woke up too and packed Calvin's bag and an hour later we called my doctor to let her know. Only, it wasn't my doctor that answered because apparently my doctor was on vacation that week and no one bothered to mention it to me.

That wouldn't have been a big deal, except this other doctor told me not to come to the hospital yet and also said she didn't like doing VBACs. When I questioned whether it would be wise to labor at home, she basically said that if my uterus were to rupture, it wouldn't matter if I was at home or the hospital.

Since I was under the impression that I would be monitored closely during all of labor and they would do a quick c-section if something bad were to happen, her attitude made me feel pretty uneasy. In fact, I pretty much started sobbing when I got off the phone with her. I didn't want to have another c-section for a number of reasons, but after talking to Evan about it, we decided that it would be better to just go in and do another c-section since this doctor had such a bad attitude about VBACs. I decided that even though the chance of uterine rupture was only one in a hundred, it was still too high if they weren't even going to try to save the baby.

So we called the doctor back and she seemed a little annoyed to have to come in at all, but we arranged for a c-section. We dropped Calvin off at a friend's house around 3:30 or 4am and arrived at the hospital well before the doctor. In fact, I don't think she showed up until 5 or 6am.

Meanwhile, they hooked me up to the heart rate and contraction monitors and every time I moved, the heartrate would go to zero. It really stressed me out! Finally, around 6:30 they took me to the operating room, gave me a spinal tap, and started surgery. I think no one wanted to be there. The nurse, though nice, looked like she was still half asleep. The anesthesiologist must have been about to get off his shift because he was on the phone for part of the time and talking to another anesthesiologist another part of the time. In fact, I think they started the surgery when I could still fell my toes. I think another nurse left in the middle of the surgery to go home.

This c-section was way worse than my last one. I could feel TONS of tugging. I heard the doctor say that this baby must be way bigger than my last one and then ask for some scissors, which I assume she used to cut the hole bigger. Though I couldn't feel any sharp pain, the tugging was REALLY uncomfortable. I think someone must have sat on my ribs or something because I felt like I couldn't breathe. Then they showed a purple Daisy to me and I heard her cry, which was a relief. After that I got really nauseous and started dry heaving. The anesthesiologist gave Evan a bowl for me to barf in but didn't do much else for me. After that I started shivering and moaning for some reason. I think I was just really uncomfortable and nauseous.

Finally they finished and took me back to my room and a nice nurse put Daisy on top of me and I pretty much immediately felt better. Then she nursed like a champion! The nurses kept trying to put more blankets on me, but I was sooooo hot and sweaty. Finally, after a few hours someone checked the temperature in the room and it was 78 degrees. No wonder!
The rest of the time at the hospital was pretty uneventful. Evan picked up Calvin that afternoon and he met Daisy for the first time. I think Calvin was about as excited about his Happy Meal toy as he was about his new sister. My mom got in that night so Evan picked her up at the airport and she went home with Calvin.

To be honest, I wasn't super impressed with the hospital. The food was awful except for the chocolate chip cookies. The nurses always gave me a phone number to reach them, but whenever I dialed it, they wouldn't be there. One time I had to wait two hours before a nurse brought me my pain meds. The lactation consultant told me that nursing was painful because Daisy was sucking and I couldn't really do anything about it. And they seemed really inconsistent about checking my vitals (which I actually kinda liked because I got to sleep longer.)

In all fairness, it wasn't a terrible experience, but I definitely prefer Utah Valley Regional to Midddlesex.

Since I was there several days, I heard a lot of people in labor and it sounded awful. One lady in particular must have been doing it without pain meds because I could hear some kind of recording repeating the same thing over and over and I could hear her moaning every few minutes, which eventually turned into a grunt/yell/swear. While I was listening to her I was at least temporarily glad that I had a c-section.

Daisy and I went home a day early on Valentine's Day. Fortunately my mom is still here. I'm not sure what I would do without her here since our bedrooms are upstairs, the kitchen is on the main floor, and our laundry is in the basement and I'm not supposed to use stairs.

In some ways this time around the recovery has been easier and other ways it hasn't. I think it will be quite a while until I'm back to normal though.

After everything, we are so glad to have Daisy! She is such a good baby (so far) and we love her full head of hair.

Did I mention we had our baby?

I started writing a post about Daisy's birth story while we were in the hospital but it isn't finished. In the mean time, I'll tell you that Daisy is a way better baby than Calvin so far. She eats in 10 minutes!!!! He took 45 minutes to an hour. Her umbilical cord stump already fell off and she isn't even 2 weeks old yet! Calvin kept his until he was 4 weeks old. She hardly ever spits up! Calvin did ALL THE TIME.

What a blessing.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Blizzard + 9 months pregnant

View out the front of the hotel on Saturday morning. Main street in Middletown is buried out there.
Want to know what is even crazier than getting 2-3 feet of snow in one day? Getting 2-3 feet of snow while 9 months pregnant and planning a VBAC. That's crazy. I suppose it isn't as crazy as if I had actually had the baby during the blizzard or if our power had gone out too... but here's the story so far:

Earlier this week the weather people began predicting a blizzard that would bring 18-24 inches of snow and lots of wind. The more they talked about it, the more worried we became that I would go into labor during the blizzard. And our power would go out. Home birth was not an option. First (and least important), I NEED that epidural. Second, if my uterus ruptured (there is one in a hundred chance it will with a VBAC), our baby would die without a quick c-section. So on Thursday night, we decided that even though we live less than three miles from the hospital, we would spend Friday night at the hotel across the street from the hospital so we could walk there if we needed to.

View out our hotel window on Saturday morning.
Evan took the day off of work on Friday and it started snowing in the morning. We left all our faucets dripping to keep our pipes from freezing in case we lost power, then we checked in early at the hotel and hung out there all day. I started having tons of braxton hicks about 3-5 minutes apart so we kept thinking we might end up walking over to the hospital, but they never got strong and eventually stopped.
Outside the hotel on Saturday afternoon.

By the time we woke up the next morning, everything was buried in snow. I think the official measurement for our area was about 24 inches, but with all the wind and drifts, some places were much deeper.

Calvin standing by the window of the swimming pool with the snow behind him.
 We ended up having to stay a second night since the roads weren't plowed and the governor placed a ban on all travel. We waited until the last possible minute to extend our stay since it wasn't a cheap hotel. We hoped I would just go into labor so we could stay at the hospital instead, but that didn't happen, although I had about a million braxton hicks and was convinced it was going to happen any time. Since we only brought food for one day and none of the stores on Main Street were open, we had to eat at the hotel restaurant for lunch and dinner on Saturday. We tried to ignore how much this was costing us, but let's just say that ate up a big portion of our vacation budget for the year. But I suppose we were glad to pay for that peace of mind.
Outside the hotel on Saturday afternoon.
Apparently we were one of three couples in the same situation. I met one other woman that was due two days before and the hotel receptionist told me there was one more staying there, waiting to go into labor. The woman that I met lived in Middletown too and they also were a little annoyed to have to extend their stay another night.

Meanwhile, my mom was supposed to be flying in from Portland that night. The airport was closed all day but her flight wasn't supposed to arrive until 10:30pm, so they were hoping that she would be one of the only flights to make it in that day, but she ended up just flying to Denver and then back home again since they cancelled her flight to Hartford at the last possible second.

Today we waited until checkout at noon, hoping we would be able to make it home to avoid paying for another night.
Main Street on Sunday afternoon.
 Fortunately, the roads were all plowed at least with one lane right up until we got to our street. This  is what we found when we got to our street:

 Since the road our condo is on is a private road, it hasn't been plowed yet. We had to park on the street and wade through the 2+ ft of snow to get to our house.
Our deck
 Fortunately someone cleared some of the sidewalks, including the one up to our front door.

 And about two hours after we got home, a bobcat showed up and started clearing the street, but I think it will be a long time before they are done.

 We are glad we went to the hotel since we still wouldn't be able to get out of our parking lot. All of our neighbors are stuck in here but we can walk to our car and get out if we need to.

I'm also glad I didn't go into labor while we were there since I got to sleep on a good mattress two nights in a row (We are long overdue for a new mattress). Plus, I don't even know what we would have done with Calvin since we couldn't drive him anywhere.

I'm still having tons of contractions, but no baby yet! So that is the excitement so far. I'm sure there is more to come.

Pictures for those of you that don't follow me on instagram...

I went to Target a few weeks ago and this little girl coat that I pinned on Pinterest way back at the beginning of October was finally on clearance enough for me to buy it. And I also found a coat for me that was half price that kinda matches it, so I had to buy them both! That took all of my play money for several months, but it was totally worth it.
 One of my amaryllis finally bloomed the other day. I was afraid it was going to bloom and die while I was in the hospital since they always seem to bloom while I'm on vacation, but I lucked out this time!
 Here's a picture of Calvin trying to copy this adorable picture of his new cousin who he calls "my baby Sam."
 I decided to practice my swaddling skills the other day on Calvin. Let's just say I am an awesome swaddler. Calvin just rolled around on the floor yelling "help! I can't get out!" Haha. Eventually I let him out, but I think this may be a good technique for time-outs now. Haha.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Nursing cover

Though I don't nurse in public very often, I have found that the normal nursing covers that tie around your neck don't really offer enough coverage. So when I saw this and this, I decided to try to duplicate them.

I didn't want to go buy any fabric, so I just used some light-weight non-knit that I had on hand, and I think it will work just as well as a knit, although it will probably get more wrinkly.
It also works as a car seat cover!

And a maternity shirt? Haha. Not really.

And a scarf!

Friday, February 8, 2013

A pillow and a skirt

After I got a feather throw pillow from the thrift store the other day, I washed it and dried it and then made a new pillow cover for it. Here it is! The fabric was supposed to line up perfectly by the buttons, but I forgot that pillows aren't flat. Oh well.
 I also made this skirt for the baby. Pleats are hard to make! And I think I got my dimensions off so instead of being a knee length skirt, it will probably be full length and super puffy. We'll see. I'm hoping it fits in the fall though. Aren't those good autumn colors?
Find the tutorial here. (Although I found it to be pretty confusing)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Changing pads

The other day after my brother and sister-in-law reminded me that waterproof changing pads are a way better idea than non-waterproof ones, I decided to make a few. Each of them have four layers. One pretty fabric, one padding, another color of fabric, and clear vinyl.

Main floor changing pad.
 An old changing pad we used for Calvin, but made with new vinyl and new (clean) bias tape. This one is for the diaper bag. See the original post about it here.
 And one for upstairs.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentine's decorations

I was inspired by pinterest the other day and actually did a project within a day of pinning it! That never happens. Our credenza was feeling a little empty so I whipped up these heart cone trees. They are made of felt and the cones underneath are made of cereal boxes and an old bendy cutting board.

Tutorial/idea here.
 Calvin also wanted to make a valentine craft so he we made these heart dangly things. And by "we," I mean he helped for a couple of minutes and then did a puzzle or something.
Idea/tutorial here.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Baby Shoes!

The last few weeks of pregnancy have turned me into a nesting machine. Or a sewing machine. Or something. In fact, for a while, I didn't even want to have the baby early so I could finish all my projects. But now I am getting some pretty bad stretch marks so I think I'd be glad if the baby came any time now.

In the mean time, prepare yourself for a bunch of sewing-related posts.

First, I made these baby shoes. Adorable, right? I looked for fabric like this everywhere (meaning Walmart and JoAnn) and couldn't find any, but when my friend gave me all that fabric a while ago, there was a jacket made of this stuff. Perfect!
Find the pattern and tutorial here.
 Then I made these little Tom's look-a-likes. Cute, right? I still kinda want to make more in different colors, but each pair takes about 3 hours to make and let's be honest, babies don't need shoes. So we'll see if I do or not.
Find the pattern and tutorial here.
I did make a pair for my newest nephew Sam though, since I had the perfect fabric for his stripes-loving mother. These ones turned out even cuter than the ones I made for my baby! I'm kinda jealous!

Friday, February 1, 2013

What to do when you don't have electricity

Wednesday night we had a CRAZY windstorm. As we were trying to go to sleep, we could hear the wind blowing through all the little cracks in our windows and something in our attic right above our bed was creaking non-stop. When I couldn't fall asleep by 2am, I finally went down to the basement to sleep. Evan stayed upstairs with Calvin.

When we woke up in the morning, our power was out. Evan called at 4am and they said it would be on by 6am. When it wasn't on by 7am, he called and they said noon. By 12:30, they changed the estimate to 2:30 and a few hours after that, they changed the estimate to 8pm.

Fortunately, it was a really warm day yesterday. Our outside thermometer said 60 degrees! So we didn't have to worry about pipes freezing or anything, but by 5pm, I was getting worried about the food in our fridge and the freezer above our fridge, so I told Evan to get some ice and dry ice on the way home from work. He spent 20 minutes calling around and trying to find a place that sold dry ice with no luck. He did find some regular ice though, but probably less than two minutes after he bought it, our power came back on. Haha.

There were some benefits to having our power out: I was actually motivated to clean the bathrooms. That is a pretty big deal! And I didn't over-eat yesterday since I couldn't open the fridge or freezer whenever I wanted. And since it was a warm day, I finally got around to cleaning out our bbq grill for the winter. I should have done that in October or November! Plus, I actually let Calvin play outside (which I have been pretty bad about all winter).

There was one more benefit to having our power out: we got the mail yesterday and found our January electric bill for $326. That means we saved $10 by having our power out, right? Ha. Then we went around and turned down all our heaters. Guess we are going to be wearing coats inside until April! Note to self: buy a house with energy efficient windows and good insulation. Or gas heating.