Friday, May 24, 2013

Arianna Regina

Sorry I have not blogged in a while. I have been quite busy. I had a beautiful daughter.  Here is her birth story.
On Monday the 8th I went to my OB appointment at 9:30 am.  They did a non stress test on me and the baby wasn't really moving alot. They were going to send me for an ultrasound. I told the doctor that I don't know if this means anything but I have been having more watery discharge all weekend. Could it be my water?  He checked and sure enough it was. I was leaking fluid.  He said well you are going straight to the hospital. I said I don't have my bags can I go home to get them. he was like umm no.
My husband was working in NH.  Poor thing he left work hit traffic and ran out of diesel. When he finally arrived at the hospital is was so stressed. He thought he would miss something. Little did we know the long haul we had in front of us.
So they started antibiotics and pitosin. I had to have antibiotics until I delivered. There is risk of infection when your membranes rupture and from what I could notice and remember I was leaking for a good 4-5 days.
The first round of pitosin took about 6 hours and I wasn't progressing.  Doctor said ok lets stop and have you eat and we will start up again at midnight.  Second round, 6 hours didn't progress.  He said ok were stopping let you eat and then we will start up again at 4pm. So this is now Tuesday.  He sent me for an ultrasound and it showed little fluid. So he did an internal and moved the head and all the fluid came gushing out. He said her head was like a cork.
So we did pitosin a third time. He felt confident this would work because now my fluid was really leaking.  So we started it at 4 pm Tuesday. I was progressing much better. By 9pm I was ready for the epidural.  What a relieve. best thing in the world. they checked me at 10:30 and I was 7 cm dilated.  The doctor came at 11:15 and checked and he said I was ready.  at 11:30 I was ready to push. One push  and she was out.  She was born at 11:35 pm.
I tore very minimum. Recovery was awesome. better than with Luca.  I felt fine the next day just a little sore.
She was born 8 lbs 6 oz and 22 inches long.
Luca is an amazing big brother. He loves her. Calls her his baby brother. We are like shes your sister! Every morning the first thing he says is I want to see my baby!
He is very much into helping me with her and loves to watch me breastfeed her.
I am in heaven.  My family is complete.
I cant help but think of the long road it took to get here and how blessed I feel. I have what I always wanted. I have a son and a daughter.
Here is a picture of Luca with Arianna. My two angels, my two miracles.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Week 38- 2 more weeks!

Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

I thought for sure I was going this weekend. I felt like crap all weekend. I remember feeling like this when I went into labor with Luca. But I'm here at work. Bags are all packed and ready to go.
I cant wait to meet this little one. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Week 37- 3 more weeks!

Congratulations! You've got what is officially considered a full-term baby, even with three weeks to go. That doesn't mean he's finished growing — in fact, he's still packing on about a half pound a week (at this age, the average fetus weighs about 6.5 pounds). That makes it a little crowded in your uterus, so he’s probably not kicking as much, though he’s probably stretching, rolling a bit, and wiggling (all of which you’ll be able to feel!). Right now, your little superstar is busy rehearsing for his big debut, inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid (to get the lungs ready for that first breath), sucking his thumb (to prepare for that first suckle of milk), blinking, and turning from side to side.

Whats going on with Baby S:
I have been in full swing of nesting for the last few weeks. This past week I did everything we needed to do. We are all ready for Baby S to arrive!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Week 36

Forget your aching back (and everything else!) by trying to focus on your baby, who is now about six pounds and 20 inches long, with soft bones and cartilage to allow a safer journey through the exit door. Most of her systems (from circulatory to musculoskeletal) are ready for prime time, though her digestion system — which has done only practice runs so far — will kick into gear as she takes her first suckle at the breast or bottle.

Lets just say I'm pretty much done. Its tough!  Back killing me and trying to keep up with Luca. I have so many shows recorded on DVR but at night I am too tired to watch them.  Sleep seems more important to me now.

4 more weeks to go!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Week 35- 5 more weeks!

Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he'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, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

I am been feeling off all week. Back aches, hemorrhoids, pressure in the pelvis and exhaustion.  I am definitely done with being pregnant. I cant wait to meet this little one. 

5 more weeks to go!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Week 34- 6 more weeks!

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantalope) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers – which she'll need to regulate her body temperature once she's born – are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Week 33

 This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Week 32- Breast cyst is gone!

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

I have been dealing with an infected sebaceous cyst on my breast since about my 3rd or 4th month of pregnancy. They had to give me 4 rounds of antibiotics, they had to open it up and let the infection drain and now last week they finally were able to take it out.  I now have a 2 inch scar but I am so happy its gone. I was so worried it would effect my breastfeeding. But now its healing and all should be ok.

8 more weeks and I will be a mom of two! I can't wait!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Week 31- Great article

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He'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.

Great article:

10 fast foods a pregnant woman could love (and five to avoid)

Convenience foods that taste good are one of the luxuries of modern living – it's just unfortunate that so many of them are full of preservatives and other ingredients you should steer clear of during pregnancy. But there are a number of quick and easy foods that are genuinely good for you, especially if what you need is a light meal or snack to tide you over until your next full meal.

Here are ten tasty foods to try – and five to avoid – all recommended by Heidi Reichenberger, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, and Elizabeth Somer, a registered dietitian and the author of Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy: The Complete Guide to Eating Before, During, and After Your Pregnancy.

Healthy "fast foods"

1. Fruit
Grab an apple, banana, pear, orange, or another favorite fruit. Or if you prefer, try those handy little 4-ounce fruit cups, which count as one serving toward your daily recommendation for fruits and vegetables during pregnancy. Choose varieties packed in their own juice rather than in sugary syrup.

2. Raisins
A small (1 1/2-ounce) box provides a little boost of fiber, iron, and potassium while satisfying a sweet tooth.

3. Yogurt
One 6-ounce container of this classic nutritious-and-convenient food can provide 25 percent of your daily calcium requirement, as well as protein and several necessary vitamins and minerals. If the label says "live and active cultures," you'll also get the benefit of probiotics – helpful bacteria that aid digestion and protect your digestive tract.

4. Make-it-yourself trail mix
Add a cup of whole grain cereal to a handful of your favorite dried fruits and nuts (try dried cherries and almonds, or dried cranberries and walnuts). Keep it in a resealable bag in your desk or car for a handy, crunchy snack.

5. Salad bar
Some fast-food restaurants and many grocery stores have salad bars where you can serve yourself practically a whole day's worth of fruits and vegetables. Load up on spinach, carrots, tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, and zucchini. Add nuts, chickpeas, and kidney beans for a protein boost, and top with raisins for iron, fiber, and potassium.

6. Baby carrots
Carrots are full of vitamin A and fiber, and you can find them in single-serving bags. Dip them in hummus or yogurt for an extra dose of nutrition or add a dab of salad dressing for flavor. Look for other prewashed veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach to make a quick dinnertime stir-fry.

7. String cheese
If you don't know about string cheese now, just wait until your baby is a toddler – this food is likely to become a favorite snack. Low-fat mozzarella sticks are full of calcium, and one stick provides the same amount of protein as an 8-ounce glass of milk.

8. Orange juice fortified with calcium and vitamin D
Just half a cup provides half the daily requirement of vitamin C and about 15 percent of your calcium needs. Grab a juice box (check the labels for maximum fortification) when you're on the go.

9. Whole grain cereal or instant oatmeal
Stash a few single-serving packages in your desk at work for a quick, filling snack. Almost all breakfast cereal is now fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, including folic acid.

10. Fat-free or low-fat cottage cheese
Cottage cheese is a good source of protein and a fair source of calcium. Look for single-serving containers in the dairy section of most grocery stores. Top with fruit or throw in a handful of nuts and dried fruit to make things more interesting.

Foods to avoid

1. Packaged ramen noodles
Read the label: These quick-cooking noodles are packed with salt, fat, and little else.

2. Soda
If you fill up on empty calories and sugar, you won't have any room for more nutritious drinks. Low-fat milk, water, and juice are better choices.

3. Shelf-stable commercial lunches
Sure, they're a quick fix for hunger pangs, but preservatives, salt, and fat make most of them a poor choice. There are some okay packaged lunch options out there, though, so check the labels!

4. Too many frozen prepared meals
There are some good choices out there, but many have astronomical amounts of salt and fat. Instead, pop a potato in the microwave, then top it with cheese and steamed broccoli for a fast, healthy meal. If you can't avoid the occasional frozen meal, look for organic brands that are low in salt and fat.

5. Iceberg lettuce
When it comes to lettuce, choose greens, such as romaine, that are full of fiber, A and C vitamins, folic acid, calcium, and potassium. Iceberg lettuce has only trace amounts of these nutrients.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Week 30

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision – which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

Not much new to report.  Just getting really excited I will be the mom of two in 10 weeks!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Week 29- Fitness

Your baby is growing rapidly now.  This week he weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash)  and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is getting bigger to accommodate his growing brain – which is busy developing billions of neurons. Every day, about 200 milligrams of calcium is deposited in your baby's skeleton, which is now hardening. With this rapid growth, it's no surprise that your baby's nutritional needs reach their peak during this trimester.

I am a workout junkie. Always have been.  Now I am still keeping up with my workouts and do something everyday. I am still teaching my muscle classes.  I feel good when I workout. My vericose veins feel so much better because I workout.
I am also a big fitness DVD girl. I have always had a huge fitness library.  I have quite a few prenatal DVDs as well.  Here is my fitness regimne right now. I am hoping to teach until the end. I worked out until the end with my son and because of that I had a quick labor.

Sunday: Prenatal Yoga DVD-Shiva Rae Prenatal yoga

Monday: Walk on treadmill, outside, or Summer Sanders prenatal dvd

Tuesday: Teach a muscle class

Wednesday: Walk on treadmill, outside or Lindsey Brin prenatal DVD.

Thursday: Off

Friday: Prenatal yoga DVD- Crunch Yoga Mama

Saturday: Prenatal DVD- Buff Moms to Be- Full Body toning and sculpting.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Week 28

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Some great news to share. I went for my followup ultrasound.  The choroid plexus cysts are gone! Thank god. I had my long appointment last week. Glucose test, ultrasound and then I saw the doctor.

Ultrasound tech took a while. but the good news is they are gone! The baby is about 2 1/2 pounds. I swear the profile and head shot looks how my son did.

12 more weeks to go! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Week 27

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Week 26

The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches from head to heel. If you're having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take two to three days.