Monday, September 26, 2011

Motivation Monday/ BBBW Week 2

This past week has been good and bad for working out and weight loss. I lost one pound and almost got all my workout goals accomplished and had a great weekend and ate a ton. So I am not too shocked that I only lost a pound. I'm feeling great and today ran a mile and a half non-stop! Whoo go me! It felt great, and also I might add that was pushing the jogging stroller. I felt great and this week I plan on running 4-5 times. Might be a little tough because my in-laws will be here Thursday- Monday and I don't think working out will be in our schedule. Jacob is also working 12 hour shifts this week so the gym will also be a no-go, but I am sure as I sit here with the baby all from 7-7, I will have time to work out a little. I also am going to look into doing a 5K, it will be my first race besides running track in high school and I am nervous and excited all at the same time. I think it will really push me and I hope I love racing. One of my big goals since I was about 3 months pregnant was to run the Disney half marathon at Disney world. I think it would be a great vacation opportunity and a huge accomplishment after having a baby.

Today before my run I really got inspired by Ashley at The Domestic Wannabe with this post about running. She also had a baby and now is out running like a champ. It is very inspiring and her before and afters are definitely an inspiration. I love reading her posts about running and really all her posts are great reads!

Total weight loss: 26 lbs
Weight to go: 18lbs

Goals this week:
Run 4-5 times
Do yoga and at home plyometrics at home

I hope everyone had a great weekend and of coarse I will leave you with some pics of Vince from our weekend and today.

Blurry but I love his face when he stretches

Vince and Daddy

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A weekend of yummy food!

I don't know what got over  me this weekend but all I wanted to do was cook. It started Friday with oatmeal-coconut balls and coconut chicken for dinner. Then Saturday we woke up early and I made us chocolate chip pancakes and dinner we had orange chicken. All of these except the oat-meal coconut balls were new to me and they all turned out awesome! But my favorite was my new pancake recipe, I have made them before but I have been cutting my dairy back a ton because it make Vincent fussy. And we both thought the new recipe tasted better than the old, so here it is for you.

My dairy-free pancakes


1 cup coconut milk
1 egg
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 tbsp sugar
1tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Mix it all together and you have yourself some great pancakes! Now you can add a number of extras to it to change up your pancakes, some of my favorites are chocolate chips and blueberries. I hope you guys give these a try. I am sure you won't be disappointed!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Fall Everyone!!!!!!

So growing up in Tucson, you really don't get the four seasons. Today the high is 100 and plans on staying that warm all weekend. Where in Albuquerque our high is 86 and with us living a little closer to the mountains I'm guess we won't get over 80. I am trying to embrace this time before it gets cold. Last winter was my first winter here and let me just say, I was not a fan. So this winter I am going to have a more positive outlook and enjoy my winter! So here is to the start of a wonderful fall and fabulous winter.

Today has been a low key day here at our house. Vince and I went for a Run/walk this morning, which was great, I ran a mile non-stop. First time about 7 months into pregnancy, it felt great and Vince got a nice little snooze. The leaves haven't fully started to change, but I did see a few that were beginning to change color. We got back and had a nice lunch with Jacob. He is working a weird shift this week so we got to spend the morning with him. I used to be excited for TGIF because it meant almost no more work, but now its to spend time with Jacob as our whole new little family!

 Also I decided to re-vamp my fall wreath. Last year it was mostly orange, golds and yellows but this year I wanted more browns and white and I am so happy with the turn out. It was my first time DIY-ing flowers and I love how they turned out. I also added some fall decor around the house, but I'm holding off on Halloween decor till the first, then its bring out the skull heads and head stones.

Fall wreath!

Vince even had on his fall color pjs

Well I hope everyone is having a great Friday, and is getting ready for a fabulous weekend!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Birth Story

o the moment I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted a NUCB (Natural unmediated child birth.) I started doing tons and tons of research and decided that "The Bradley Method" was the way I wanted to go. So to amazon I went and bought myself "Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way." I loved the book, although it was a little old being revised in 1996 it gave me so much information. I learned all about the birth process, which to be honest I had no clue about. I did the exercises in the book and had Jacob read the parts that were more geared to him helping "Coach" me. I learned relaxation techniques and I was committed to this natural birth. I read a ton of birth stories and couldn't wait to have my NUCB.

Well come August 16th (my due date) I woke up and was having some contractions and had been for a couple days, but they weren't painful and weren't close enough to even time. That morning I had 2 doctor appointments, one to check my fluids to see if I needed to be induced, since it was my due date. Then my normal OB appointment at 9 am. My fluids were fine and my OB checked my and I was 1 cm and fully effaced.  I asked her to strip my membranes (OUCH) and that really got the ball moving. My contractions were coming about every 10 minutes but not too painful so I thought I would go home and get some things done since I knew that this baby was on its way! The night before we bought a new sectional off Craigslist and I wanted to steam clean it. So there I was 40 weeks pregnant steam cleaning our new couch. This made the contractions come every 5 minutes and starting to get a little painful. I kept taking little breaks and making sure I was drinking enough water. Some time went on and Jacob came home from work and I told him that this was it. I had been too nervous to tell him because he was at work and I knew he would freak out and want to come home, which I knew we still had time. He suggested that we take a nap and I agreed I was pooped from the couch! The nap brought my contractions back down to every 8-10 mins and after about an hour of "napping"(5 pm) I started getting a sharp pain in my hips. I guess I did not read enough birth stories with hip pain because this was very uncomfortable. I kept trying to get in different positions to help but nothing helped but walking. It was still too hot to walk outside so I paced back and forth. They went back to every 4-5 minutes and the pain was increasing fast. Jacob cooked dinner and I tried everything to try to be comfortable, which was very tough. So many things I read said the yoga ball helped but mine just intensified my hip pain. At around 8pm we went for a walk which made my contractions go to every 2-3 minutes and for about 45 seconds long. There were times I had to walk really slow threw them. We went home and I took a bath , boy did that feel great. It took away a lot of the pain in my hips. I didn't have any back pain and the if it weren't for the intense hip pains I feel like I would have been okay. My hips felt like they were ripped apart and stabbed with an ice pick. At 11pm we went on another walk this one I had to have Jacob squeeze my hips with his hands during every contraction. We went home and I did alot of hands and knees on the floor where Jacob would squeeze my hips with his legs. I kept trying to nap but laying down was too much pain for me. I took another long bath at around 2 am and after being in there for an hour I decided that it was time to go to the hospital.

In between contractions

The ride to hospital was HORRIBLE. I could not get comfortable and I was so tired at this point I was having a very hard time focusing on my breathing and trying to relax. We got to labor and delivery and they asked me to lay down on the bed to hook me up to the fetal monitors. This was not going to work, laying down was not an option for me. Also at this time my blood pressure was 156/95. My whole pregnancy I never had any BP problems. This scared me because a close friend whose BP was high was put on magnesium. The nurses let me get on my knees leaning over the bed to do the fetal monitoring. I was only at 4 cm and that's when I really started asking myself "Can I do this?" I had been up for 23 hours, the pain was so intense I was in tears and I knew I had a long way coming. Then I decided that I would not be able to go natural. I needed to calm down, I needed to get my blood pressure down and most of all I needed my rest. I told the nurse I would like something for pain and he said yes. He gave me my iv and gave me fentanyl. It didn't take away my pain completely but it totally zoned me out. I couldn't even keep my eyes open.

It was finally time to move into the room I would deliver and it was almost shift change so 7 am. They asked if I wanted the epidural and I said yes. I got and I didn't think it was painful at all. I was still very drowsy from the fentanyl so it was easy for me to stay still, I thought my IV hurt worse than that. After that I felt great, the only thing that was bothering me was the blood pressure cuff going on every 2 minutes. It was so tight I had bruises on both arms for a couple days. At around noon I was 5 cm so they broke my water to find that there was meconium in it. So they told me that there would have to be a NICU team for when I delivered just to make sure he did swallow any. My parents got there at about 3 and it was so nice to see them. This is when I told my mom she could be in the room. With my natural plan, I just wanted it to be Jacob and I but now that I didn't need to relax, I wanted her there.

So puffy from all the fluid

At 5 pm the Doctor came in and checked me and said "Your 10 cm lets start pushing."  I was shocked, it was finally the time I had been waiting for for so long. I started pushing and realized it was alot harder than I thought it would be. He crowned right away but it took a while to push his past the pelvic bone. After an hour and 11 minutes of pushing Vincent was here. He came out and let a huge cry, which they told me that if he was crying that he wouldn't need to go to the NICU. They put him on my belly with his back facing me and I just rubbed his back and the NICU team took him to the warmer just to do some checks. Jacob face was priceless and we were both in tears and both so happy. My mother was also in tears and I was glad to have her there. After about 5 minutes which felt like forever to me, they gave me my little boy. 8 pounds 6.9 ounces and 22 inches long of pure perfection. We started breast feeding and he latched like a champ right away. It was amazing.

Our first family picture

My big long boy!

Going home!!!

We only had to stay 24 hours which was awesome. We were so excited to be in our home with our new family. Vincent Van forever changed our lives. A very long 32 hour labor we were blessed with a son. He is perfect and more than anything we could ever ask for.

Now as for not having a NUCB, I do not regret it or wish I would have had it any other way. I'm glad that I was able to relax and lower my blood pressure before it got serious. The baby never had any heart rate problems and we both came out healthy. Next time I am not sure if I will want to try the natural way again.

Thanks everyone for reading the best day of my life. I know how much I loved reading birth stories I hope you enjoyed mine.


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