Jaxon’s Birth Story

DSC_0236 - CopyHe is here!!!

Jaxon James Giesbrecht arrived on January 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm weighing 8Ibs 2oz and measuring 20.8in long!!

Now let me tell you my labour story (WARNING this could be TMI)

It was very early Sunday morning when I started having what I thought were Braxton Hicks contractions (I went through probably 6 rounds of being woken up by the cramping and then falling back asleep). During the last two of these episodes I was awake enough to be in discomfort and that’s when I finally looked at a clock (It was about 6:30am) and that’s the time I base the start of my labour on. I’d had BH contractions before and knew if I took a warm bath chances were they would go away so that’s exactly what I did; only they didn’t go away they got a little stronger. They weren’t really painful just very uncomfortable, at this time I still didn’t really think I was in true labour. So for the next hour I switched between walking around and soaking in the tub. My contractions were coming speratically but most were less then ten minutes apart lasting maybe 35 seconds each. I didn’t want to wake Sean because I knew if this was the real thing chances were it was going to be a very long day and I wanted him to get as much sleep as possible. So I messaged my sister and she asked me all the questions and told me to just keep timing them and try kneeling against the couch to see if it helped ease the pain…

At 8:30 I had a nice little surprise of throwing up this gross colored mess… By now I knew this was real and I just remember thinking to myself “Can I really do this” “I wish I hadn’t been in such a rush for him to come”. Throwing up took some energy away from me so I layed down on the couch and tried watching some TV to see if it would help distract me, that’s when Sean woke up and I explained to him today was going to be the day. He looked a little apprehensive and nervous (poor guy) I also let my sister know she should probably get ready to come over (she lives in Victoria so she has to take a ferry in order to get here).

Sean took a shower right away and we called our parents to give them a heads up. I then called the nurses line and the lady said I sounded like I was still far away from needing to come in (this was at nine forty five) she told me to just keep timing them and do a kick count. I layed in bed a attempted to do what was told of me, Sean came in seeing if there was anything he could do but of course there wasn’t. I finally got up again and just felt like we should be heading to the hospital (it was now ten thrity). I attempted to call the nurse back but no one answered so to the hospital we went.

I don’t remember much of the ride there other then I kept my eyes closed the entire time and I had non-stop contractions. Plus it felt like the whole drive was taking forever!! And then I had to walk all the way from the parking garage to the birth center (seriously birth centers should be the first thing you walk into at a hospital, making a lady in labour walk that much is just plain mean!!). I had to stop about three times before we actually got there and when we did the lady at the counter attempted to ask me questions and I couldn’t talk. Thank goodness Sean knows all my personal info! We sat in the waiting room for maybe ten minutes when the nurse called us back. She acted like I was horrible for coming in without calling her back first, so I told her well I did call back but no on answered (seriously do you have to be so rude). She then pretty much said well we will check you out but chances are you will just be turning around and going back home (It is now eleven) The intern doctor checked me out and I was already 4cm dilated and not going anywhere but to a room (so much for you being so smart nurse lady, who by the way looked pissed that I was staying).

It was eleven thirty when we got to our room, by now I am in some serious pain and so ready for anything to help ease it. The labour nurse (not the same as the mean nurse) told me to try laughing gas first and to see if it helped any (Let me tell you it didn’t do a darn thing other then make me super super thirsty). So the next thing was putting an IV in and giving me something stronger like morphine or some such which still didn’t really help much. At this point Sean’s mom showed up which was nice to see another face and she put a cool cloth on my forehead which did make me feel a tiny bit better. That is until I threw up again and I am talking about a huge amount of throw up. I was then placed into the shower because even though I was far enough along for the epidural the doctor was in the er and I had to wait. So I sat in the shower with Sean placing the shower head on my back to help me. I was in pain and all I really remember about this time was keeping my eyes closed so I could focus, everyone else showing up within the time frame I was in the shower and the stupid nurse lady making me stand up every ten minutes (not sure if that is accurate but it felt like it) so she could check on the baby. I was not a fan of the standing up thing, that was by far the hardest part of the whole thing. I could hear everyone talking outside in the room and the one thing that stayed with me was that everyone was shocked that I was being so quiet. Sean says that I moaned a lot but other then that there was not much more coming from me.

After over an hour in the shower I finally got out because they got word that the doctor was out of er and I was first on her list. From what I understand this was around one thirty or so. Now I am not going to lie I was terrified about getting an epidural, and the worst part is that there is so much prep work before the doctor even starts putting that huge needle in your back so you just get to sit there is horrid anticipation. The doctor told me to sit as still as possible so otherwise she could poke me in the wrong spot. Now I am already afraid of needles but telling me that really freaked me out. So I literally didn’t move a muscle the whole time (and that was crazy hard because I had to sit through about three contractions while the whole process took place). Now here is the truth that will make all of you happy to hear if you haven’t had a baby yet, getting the epidural didn’t really hurt!! Once all was said and done the doctor told me I was one of the best patients she has ever had, which of course was such a nice thing to hear when I was feeling like hell.

After ten minutes I was feeling nice a numb and nothing was going to bother me for a few minutes. I remember different family members asking me questions and I just kept saying I don’t care I am feeling good. We all just kind of hung out for an hour or so when the doctor came back in to check on me and that’s when she decided that she would break my water to maybe help things move along a little faster (now note that I just said the word a little faster). She stuck that funny hook thing in me and broke my water which I didn’t feel at all other then the fact that her hand was down there. Then she told me to just relax and she would check on me in a few hours. Now this has to have been around three pm and within fifteen minutes I started feeling some pressure down in my bum. The nurse didn’t really believe me but it kept getting stronger so she finally checked to see if I had progressed any. She didn’t say anything other then she needed to go get another nurse just to double check because she wasn’t so good with checking progress (seriously lady why did you not get her in the first place then). The new nurse came in and I was then informed that I was fully dilated and only had a little more effacement on my right side to go. So she had me lay on my right side and said it would probably take a half hour or so for it to be gone and then maybe we could start practice pushing. Well five minutes later I started having this great urge to push.

The doctor was called in and sure enough I was good to go and attempt to start my “practice pushing”. So I did as asked and pushed like I was suppose to with my eyes closed tight to get Jaxon pushed down enough to start the “real pushing”. I remember hearing the doctor say she would watch a couple pushes and then come back once we were ready for the “real pushing”. Well let me just brag for a moment that after my three or four practice pushing the real pushing was ready to get underway and the doctor never left the room. Now the actual delivery of Jaxon is mostly a blur with the exception of me remembering having my eyes closed the whole time and not being strong enough to hold up my own legs so Sean and his mom were on either side of me helping me keep my legs up high. At one point I was told to stop pushing and then do tiny little pushes and let me tell you that part burned like hell (of course that’s because his head was coming out I later learned)!! Then there was just one more big push and that was it Jaxon James Giesbrecht had entered into the world and I finally opened my eyes to see him. He was born at 4:11 pm and he weighed in at 8 pounds 2 ounces and was 20.8 inches!!

The first thing I noticed was that the umbilical cord was by his neck. They let me hold him for a moment and then took him away from me to measure and weigh him in or so I thought. Here’s what actually happened… During his delivery the cord was around his neck and those little pushes were so that the doctor could get her finger in between the cord and his neck so he wasn’t strangled. Once he was delivered they took him away because they had to do a full exam to make sure everything was alright with him. They even shoved some tube thing down his throat!! Thank goodness the doctor taking care of Jaxon was smart and blocked all these happenings from me with his back. During all this Sean was by my side holding my hand and we were just crying in joy about the fact that he was finally here!! They did let him “cut the cord” once Jaxon had been checked out and let me reassure anyone reading this he was perfectly healthy so the cord around his neck wasn’t as scary as it sound. While Sean got to do that I just got to lay in the bed and let the doctor give me a couple stitches from the small tear I had.

The whole birthing experience was not what I was expecting. I had it in my head that I would be in labour for hours and hours but instead it was less then 12. I thought it would be the most painful thing I ever experienced but honestly having kidney stones hurt way more (though getting the stitches was very painful). I thought I would scream like you see happen in the movies but I was told I hardly made a sound with the exception of a few moans here and there. And of course even the small amount of pain I did go through was so so worth it because I now have the most perfect little human in my life!!

And now here’s my little secret, I already miss being pregnant so don’t be too surprised if baby #2 is on its way within the next year or two!!

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Baby Shower Weekend

Happy Monday Everyone!!!

Hope your transitioning back into normal life after the crazy holiday rush well!! I just wanted to do a quick post share about my two baby showers this weekend. (WARNING this is going to be very photo heavy)!!

On Saturday I got to pick up my sister from the ferry and we drove down to my Aunt’s house in the states (I live across the border in Canada if you didn’t already know that) where we had a very nice and small family baby shower. When I say small I mean small there was just my Aunt, Grandma, Mom, Sister & Niece there, but it was still fun and it was really nice to be able to just sit and visit with everyone. Afterwards my mom took Val, Keira & I out for dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant!!

Then on Sunday, Sean’s family hosted another baby shower for me!! To be honest this one was WAY more fun!! There were more ladies there and it was just a complete different vibe. Anna (Sean’s step-mom) hosted the party and her house and she did an AMAZING job!! She decorated and made all kinds of food and bought a cake!! My mom, other Grandma (mom’s mom), Val & Keira all got to meet most of the ladies in Sean’s family!! I was most excited about the fact that his mom was going to get to meet my mom!! I was spoiled rotten with presents (my two favorites being my mom making a baby blanket for Jaxon that is exactly like the one I had when I was little & a letter my sister wrote to me about sisterly advice) and it was a great time!!

So there you have it my whole weekend in pictures… Just a little side note today my goal is to finish my December Daily foundation pages which means tomorrow’s post will be all about what it looks like without the pictures (they are in the mail)!! I have also started my resolution about picking 5 things and getting them done or put away!!

Have a great day everyone!!

Maternity Picture Share

Happy Saturday Everyone!!

0105I just realized I hadn’t shared my maternity session with you (oops pregnancy brain strikes again). At first Sean and I were going to hire someone for the photography but after doing some research decided that it would be in our best interest to invest the money we would be using on a photographer towards a new DSLR!! So on cyber Monday I got online and purchased this very pretty Nikon D3200 for a pretty good steal of less then $500. When the time came to do our actual photo shoot my parents met us at my Grandma’s house. Someone was looking down upon us that day because it had been grey and rainy all morning, but when we went to take the pictures the sun came out!! My dad was the one taking the actual pictures and my mom kind of placed us according to some pictures I had found on Pinterest… Here is the final results (I used some of my very limited editing skills on every picture)…

They are obviously not taken by a professional but I still absolutely LOVE them!!! Plus as an extra bonus we now have a fancy new camera to take lots of pictures of Jaxon when he is born. Definitely worth not spending the money on a photographer for me!!

Anyways I am off to my first baby shower of the weekend (will have a post probably tomorrow about it)!! Hope everyone has a great Saturday!!

Hello January

0003Hello New Year

Hello last month before becoming a mommy

Hello last few weeks of it just being Sean & I

Hello not being able to sleep

Hello major nesting phase

Hello gigantic belly bump

Hello Jaxon’s due date month

Hello major water cravings

Hello weekly Dr. apt

Hello major pelvic pain

Hello January Hello!!

Looking on the Positive Side

Happy Monday Everyone!!

DSC01782It’s snowing here for the first time this winter!! It started around nine this morning so it will be interesting to see how much is accumulated throughout the day. Sean hates driving in the snow especially considering we haven’t driven our new car in it yet, so I am sure he is not looking forward to his commute home tonight. I on the other hand am enjoying watching it fall outside my window while I catch up on all the things I need to do today.

One of those things was write this post about looking on the positive side. Now I am just going to be talking about my pregnancy but honestly it’s something I could do about any subject. I was sitting with Sean last night taking my pile of pills I need to keep me and baby healthy when I realized I hadn’t taken any Tylenol in FOREVER!! Now I am not a big pill popper to begin with but I will take something when I have a headache. Headaches are the one thing I can’t stand and of course I don’t just get little headaches I get full blown migraines. But I was trying to recall the last time I have had a migraine and I honestly can’t recall. I know I had them back during the summertime but within the last month at least I have been headache free. So for this I am super thankful.

This simple thought got me thinking about all the other things I could be thankful for at the moment, which isn’t much when you are (33 almost 34 weeks pregnant). So I came up with a list:

  1. No Headaches
  2. I have only gained 14 pounds (which is great news for me because I was expecting to gain a lot considering my mom ended up gaining like 50 pounds when she carried me)
  3. I don’t have any stretch marks yet (I realize they will come but I am going to enjoy the lack of them while it lasts)
  4. I can still take a bath without needing Sean to help me out of the tub
  5. Not being able to sleep at night gives me time to watch lots of YouTube videos

So even though there is a lot of painful negatives going on right now, there is also so many positives that go with them and of course this all is a sacrifice made to bring a healthy and beautiful baby boy into the world in less then  two months!!

Talk to everyone tomorrow!! I have a scrapbook post all planned out so I am excited to share it with you!

OMG PRESSURE!!!

So it is the 5th of December already and all I can say is these next 7 weeks need to FLY by!!! On Monday I all of a sudden started feeling a little pressure down in my pelvic area; didn’t think too much about it because it normally goes away within a few minutes. Well not this time!!! I had a constant and painful I might add pressure that got worse on Tuesday and lasted until just this morning around eight. SERIOUSLY!?! I had a doctors appointment today and asked about it just to make sure it was normal and lucky me it is… I was secretly hoping it meant I would be given something to numb the pain a little. So for the next 7 weeks I get to expect these pressure pains to come and go and I just get to deal with the pain. This of course wouldn’t be all bad if I was able to take a nice bath in the evenings to help ease away some of the pain but our lovely neighbors are now home everyday and they like to run a lot of water so by the time I am ready for a bath there is no hot water ready for me to enjoy.

Other then that everything has been going really well!! Sean and I have been doing some fun Christmas type things and I am even creating a December Daily of this year to show a comparison of what life was like before baby. I would go on more about that but like I promised I will only talk scrapbooking on Tuesday’s and I missed this week so I will have to wait till next week to share.

Hope everyone is doing well, sorry I haven’t posted much lately I will try and get back into it. Though we all know as soon as this little guy comes the chances of me being on top of blogging are probably going to be thrown out the window. LOL!!

What A Difference 17 Weeks Can Make

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!

I can’t believe that I am already 31 weeks pregnant, where on earth has all the time gone?? This means I have 9 weeks and its most likely more like 7 if I get induced early like my doctor said might happen!! YIKES! My little guys room is still a storage unit and I haven’t had any baby showers yet (I am having two one in the States and one in Canada so everyone can make it). Thank goodness my loving mother (and father) will be home next week (Just in time for American Thanksgiving I might add) so we can get to work on bedding and everything else I have planned. I think this week I will be buying a wreath and old picture frame so that I can make this…a4bdabe1d9bb72d1cae8b90f4156cf9c47f1b62204d01e5446a05de2050ccdacOf course maybe not so girly with all the flowers… I might attempt to incorporate some woodland animals on it instead!! Speaking of woodland animals I also will be making my own mobile for his crib and once again this can’t be done until my mother gets home from her fall work trip. She is a professional seamstress so I am in luck when it comes to anything to do with sewing. I think I want to make the animals be a fox (obviously), deer, bear, squirrel and owl or the bird. So basically it will look exactly like the big picture to the left!!4914a184e866b43b270b46c21ee05a16

Then other then getting my dresser/change table painted I think I will be in good shape and not freaking out so much! I am hoping in the end the dresser will look like this:

I have a plan now I just need to execute it!! LOL

Well as much fun as rambling on about what the nursery is going to look like that really has nothing to do with what I wanted this post to be about. On Monday Sean took my week 30 picture and I am wearing the same outfit that I wore at week 13 so I thought it would be fun to do a comparison about the difference 17 weeks can make (hence the blog title)

Let me start by sharing the photo:

Pregnancy 20131Let me start with the obvious…

  • He was only 2.9 inches and .81 ounces during week 13 (or the size of a peach) and now he is 15.7 inches and weighs 3 pounds (or the size of a cucumber) Holy smokes that’s a HUGE difference.
  • And I seriously thought I looked pretty darn pregnant back at 13 weeks when obviously its nothing compared to being at 30 where everyone I see asks me am I having a boy or a girl and when is it due? (Seriously EVERYONE will be asking you this if you haven’t experienced it yet) One bonus is that at the moment my boobs have stayed the same size!!! (I know this will change once he is born but I am soaking it in until that moment comes)
  • Back at 13 weeks I was just starting to get the faintest flutter kicks from him that only I could feel and now he is a non stop moving machine that anyone can see let alone feel by just looking at my belly.
  • I could still fit into some of my non maternity clothes back at week 13 now I doubt I would even be able to pull my non maternity pants half way up! (LOL that would be a funny sight)
  • I was blissfully unaware that I had gestational diabetes at 13 weeks so eating junk food was an everyday occurrence, now I am just happy to be able to eat pudding for a treat every once and awhile! (Seriously someone better bring me a flippin huge chocolate chip cookie after I deliver)
  • One thing that has stayed annoyingly the same is the leg cramps I experience almost on a daily basis

I find it funny how every step in a pregnancy is such a big deal. I think we all want to rush through it so that we can meet our child but in reality I think its super important to take the time and cherish the phase you are currently in because if you haven’t experienced already trust me you will miss the stage you had once you are in a new one.