Friday, February 29, 2008

ah yes, milk!

it's here. not the painful squirting engorgement, but it's definitely in there. we were up about every 3 hours, which is pretty good. Isabelle and I woke up a bit after 7 and she ate, then i got up and ate and then we came in here and she ate again and then she zonked out. she was awake for about an hour and a half, so maybe she doesn't think night is day. knock on wood.

one of my midwives will be visiting in a bit. i think i'm going to go lie down until she gets here.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

when night is day and day is night

she was up off and on until 3 this morning, then i've barely been able to rouse her to eat all day. and yes, i tried to sleep, but it's daytime and it's not that easy you know? my milk's just starting to come in and she's a bit lethargic and i'm worried about her. but now i have the feeling we're going to be up all night again.

dh is at a meeting. which is good, because he's getting more active in selling his software, but when he kept setting appointments last week, i told him each time that i could very well be in labor at that time and even if i wasn't, we do have 2 other kids. luckily, our neighborhood coop set up a meal for us tonight. there'll be another saturday. still, i don't know when he's supposed to be home, so bedtime might be interesting.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

First pictures of Isabelle

One of the midwives dressed her when they were done poking and prodding and weighing.

Wrapped like a burrito or maybe one of those Russian nesting dolls.

Whatta you expect? I was a bit tired. It was about 5 am.

These two are from this afternoon, after we slept and slept and slept.

Trying to get some milk from Daddy while Mommy uploads pictures....

Forgot to say....

For my book group that I missed last night: I wasn't actually in labor till about the time I would have got home or a little after. Dh needed the car.

The kids slept through the whole thing. They woke up when she was crying about an hour and a half later when the midwives were measuring and poking and prodding, not when I was saying "ow! ow! ow!" rather loudly or even when she was crying and had not yet figured out where to get the milk out.

So anyway, it was almost 5 and the door handle turned. DH went and looked out and DS2 took back off down the hall and went in his room and locked the door (!) and went back to bed. He doesn't seem to remember it this morning, so I bet he was just wandering off to Mom and Dad's bed, just barely awake. I didn't even realize it was him because right on the heels of that, DS1 came in and took a look around for a couple of minutes. He went back to bed, too, but came back a little later when the midwife had swaddled the baby and DH was holding her.

So DH's alarm went off at 6:30 because he had forgotten to turn it off - he had intended to go to some breakfast meeting. My alarm went off at 7 and I poked at DH to get him to get the kids ready for school. I made a couple of local calls, including for a friend to give the boys a ride to school (DH called my mom and his mom in the middle of the night - which was morning in my mom's time zone and early afternoon in his) and had to get up to use the facilities, so went and sat on the couch until the kids' ride got here. Then went back to bed for 3 1/2 hours.

Isabelle's still sleeping. She woke up briefly to cough up the mucus and such and rooted around like she was going to nurse again, but went back to sleep instead. I was lying on my side and having too many after pains to go back to sleep. I was also hungry, but now I've had some cereal and I think I'll go back to bed, too.

I don't think I got any photos of the horse trough and the midwife packed it up and took it with her. Rats.

Yep. Had her.

The ultrasound was right and it's a girl!

7 1/2 lbs, 21 inches long.

Born at 3:21 am 2/26 after a 4 or 5 or so hour labor, which went relatively easily and quickly.

Named Isabelle Helene or something like that.

Pics to come later :)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Hey, I'm trying, OK?

Not much all day, then they're getting stronger tonight and closer together. I didn't really want to have her in the middle of the night, but I'm starting to think that I just may. Maybe. Maybe not, too.

So do I wake the kids and send them off to someone's house in the middle of the night? Or try to do this quietly?

Nope, no progress

I even slept pretty well, only a few contractions woke me up. Not much going on this morning, but DH is taking the kids to school anyway.

DS2 was in my room half dressed telling me the baby's due today. Yes, exactly right dear. Then he got all weepy because I told him he needed a school shirt instead of an ancient Cincinnati Reds shirt so he could go to school. Apparently, it's not fair that he has to go to school when the baby's due today. It should be a national holiday or something, I know.

Anyway, I need to wash laundry and sort laundry. We already have two huge basketsful of laundry waiting to be sorted in our bedroom, AKA the labor and delivery ward. Maybe I'll clean the kids' bathroom, too.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


Well, I went back to bed and slept off and on for a while. Took a shower, read a book, napped. Some contractions, but nothing major and generally far apart. Nothing close and regular and grunting or anything.

And then.... slight bloody show. SOMEthing's happening in there.

Due tomorrow.

Maybe I should go clean that bathroom....

All that nesting I haven't done?

Well, I'm getting a start on it this morning. I couldn't stay in bed with contractions every 6 or 7 minutes, but not hard enough to think they're doing anything. Now that I am up and sweeping and baking cinnamon rolls (from a can. I have failed my mother.), and making raspberry leaf iced tea and picking up some of the toys, I am still feeling some of the contractions, but not as intensely.

Woah. Spoke too soon. This one as I'm sitting here - still not really hard, but crampy. Definitely crampy.

Oh hey. Rolls are ready. Gonna get up again.

Maybe I'll clean the kids' bathroom next.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


On a cloth diapering group I'm on, I heard about a fabric co-op that was selling organic velour. I bought a couple yards a year or two ago and have used most of it for little projects. So today I am the proud owner of two more yards of it and some of the softest sherpa ever. It's washing now and I will dry it and then proceed to wrap myself in it naked and never sew anything with it.

That'll be me in the velour toga and sandals, picking the kids up at school.

Shoulda struck while the iron was hot

Last weekend, I kept thinking "We really should take the kids to the Folsom Zoo and to ride the little train." And it was sunny and pretty and we never made it anywhere.

"Ah well, next weekend," I said to myself.

Today? "Rain and Wind: 90% chance"

Tomorrow? "Rain and Wind: 90% chance"

Friday, February 22, 2008


Stayed up late reading because I was having crampy Braxton-Hicks contractions. Not enough to make me think there's anything *really* happening, just enough to be uncomfortable. Had to get up with the kids. DS2 must have thought it was Saturday because he GOT UP at 7:15 and wanted to play a computer game. School days, it usually takes a crow bar. But he's Person of the Day and is taking a book for sharing and a snack for everyone.

And now I have to get dressed so I can drive them in and then do copies and spelling tests in DS1's class. Not sure of their schedule today. They read and tested on 75 books in the Accelerated Reader program so are having an ice cream party at some point today. DS1 has read at least a dozen, but last I knew, he had only taken the test on three - two right when they started the program and one right before grades came out. Sigh.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dangly belly pics

39 1/2 weeks here

Doesn't look that much different from last week, actually. Feels it, though. They were wiggling the babe around in there, searching for parts and I could feel her bumping one side of the pelvis, then the other.

Huh. Wearing the same clothes as last week, too!

Midwife visit

They were here for an hour and a half, almost. Just chatting :) They missed yesterday because they had already spent the whole night at this birth and then it took most of the day, too. As one of them said, they weren't needed the first part of the night, but then she agreed that if they hadn't already been there, they would have been driving over at 3 am.

The other midwife was glad that I have tea with caffeine in my house, because the people they were assisting didn't have any caffeine in their home. Huh. healthy people really mess with you, don't they? ;) I promised her strong coffee if she needed it while I am giving birth.

Oh, and I told them that the baby dropped and they poked around and measured my belly as a couple of inches smaller than before and said "Yep, the baby dropped."

She still seems to be in there all crooked. No way to know if her head is turned to the back until the fireworks start. Hoping it's the right way so she'll just come shooting out of there. (yeah, that's gonna happen...)

Otherwise, nothing really to report. Regular visit scheduled for next week, if it's still needed ;)

DH keeps scheduling things for next week. I keep reminding him that I might be in labor that day. Oh. Yeah.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Minor update

My main midwife called at a bit after 5 PM. Finally had that baby and she sounded beat, plus her phone wasn't giving a very good signal. Anyway, they're trying to catch up and we have an appointment tomorrow noon.

Everyone here is healthy. Knock on wood for tomorrow and going to school!

That's it.

So I'm sitting here,

Waiting for my midwives to come for my 39+ week checkup. Happily surfing the email and Google reader and not doing much of anything. DH wanders in in his underwear and I say they're coming so go put some pants on and he tells me that they called to say they're not coming because they're out catching someone else's baby. Good thing I didn't have any other plans, because I had been back home after dropping off DS2 at school for almost an hour before this news filtered through to me. So I'll hear from them when the other baby's popped. It's all waiting game at this point, so a few days extra between appointments doesn't bug me.

And yes, only DS2 at school. Isn't flu season over YET? DS1 threw up rather completely and dramatically (all in or near the toilet! Yay! New milestone!) twice last evening. It doesn't seem to be what their friend had this weekend, so who knows if we still have that one coming up (so to speak). He's not feverish and he announced he's hungry this morning. He's had some water and some cranberry juice today, but I am waiting to see how the juice is sitting before giving him anything else. He's playing the Toy Story 2 activity center games and just announced that he likes the movie better.

DS2 said he has a headache and his neck (his throat) hurts. But he claims sore throat and headache really often in the mornings, so I can't keep him home based on that or he'd have even more than his current excessive absences. I asked his teacher to keep an eye on him. No call so far, but it's not even 10...

Oh, and the baby's kicking away happily. She has dropped. My belly is just dangling down there, now, looking weird and semi-deflated. I should take a compare and contrast photo to put up next to the ones from last week. I waddle, but yesterday I only took 2 or 3 Tums instead of my usual full dose.

Ah, and I can see my feet somewhat again. Still a distant relationship, a nodding acquaintance, let's say. A friend complimented me on my lovely toenails last weekend and I had to laugh. I went to a salon where for $20, I got to sit in their massaging chair for almost an hour, have someone file down my callouses and massage my feet and calves, and oh yeah, slap some polish on the old toesies, too. By the end, I really don't care what color they put on. Well, I should, because I mostly wear my Birkenstocks with no socks because it's a lot of work to reach my feet. I wear boots when it rains, but otherwise am very grateful for the climate here in winter.

Oooh, I've been upright for over 2 1/2 hours. Must be time for a nap....

Monday, February 18, 2008

PG & J (s)

My mom emailed to say there wasn't anything on my blog so she's going to call.

Lots of happy baby news around. Not mine. Well, mine is happy as in she's still kickin' and cookin', but no progress - unless you call waking up several times last night with minor contractions "progress".

DS1's teacher from 1st grade, Ms. J. - whom I really like and hoped to have DS2 in her class next year - is expecting a baby in the fall. Messes up school plans, but I really am thrilled for her! For her DH, too, but I don't know him.

Then a friend of mine from college, Je., told me that her (non-identical) twin, Ja., and her DH (whom I don't know either) are expecting a baby in July. And if anyone I went to college with doesn't know who I am talking about, I'll be very surprised. LMK if you want her contact info ;)

Basically, a good month for my friends whose names start with J :)

Tomorrow after I get the kids to school, I am going to my chiropractor - my usual appointment but especially well timed because I tweaked my neck when tossing and turning last night.

After that, I am going to go to a La Leche League meeting. I haven't been in a few years now. I guess I'll rejoin now that I'll be doing the breastfeeding thing again!

Oh, and the kids were playing at a friend's house yesterday, having a grand old time squirting their dog (and yes, he loves that sort of thing. Odd dog.) and at some point DS1 was sword fighting with their host and hit him and the boy melted down. His mom went to console him and realized that he was burning hot. So she called me and I came back to get my kids. Apparently the poor kid (and his poor mom!) was up most of the night and at one point his fever was at about 105 in spite of ibuprofen. We're really hoping he didn't give it to anyone...

OK. I think that's about it!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

These are a bit scarier

biiiiig belly and useful sewing

Oh my good gracious me! 38 weeks. (quick update from midwife visit yesterday: baby's a bit more turned with her back toward my front, though she's still pretty far over on the left side. My midwife delivered the birthing pool and hoses. Getting psyched and/or scared!)

Utilitarian sewing today. I seem to have spent a long time on it, and there's not much to show. That's a travel changing pad (flannel and PUL - polyurethane laminate - and a deeper purple than that looks like on my screen), just one menstrual/postpartum pad - I need to make some more - and six milk-leakage pads. The latter have the inner layer made of organic cotton velour. Soft!

I have a bunch more PUL and want to make a couple of mattress protectors, one for my bed, one for the crib mattress, because eventually the baby will sometimes sleep in the crib, I suppose.

A friend from our old playgroup came by with some baby clothes today. She has 2 boys, so a lot of it is more blue and boyish, but there are quite a few really nice things. And I hadn't realized how very long it had been since I had seen her and her kids. The older one is a slightly taller version of how he's always been (nice kid, very quiet), but the little one was crawling last time I saw him, but I opened my door today and he came striding up, chatting away happily in short sentences. I'm not sure how he got to be two.

Monday, February 11, 2008

This is a lot harder....

Having a baby at 38 is a lot more work than it was when I was a mere slip of a girl at 30.

I've been falling asleep every night by 8:30, except for today when I went to lie down for a bit at 5-ish and read for maybe half an hour before sleeping for an hour. Then waking up hungry with massive heartburn. And I still might be asleep well before 10. Dh is cooking some rice and... I don't know what else, but I saw the rice. Smells like mushrooms? Maybe onions?

I also seem to have a sinus infection. Sore face, sore teeth, need to keep blowing my nose or it exacerbates the cough I'm still getting rid of, and a new one for me, constant low-level nose bleed. Like anyone wanted to know about my nose bleeds, I am sure. Just whining. A friend who is just into the beginning of her 2nd trimester has full-fledged pneumonia - and two very active kids.

The other karate mom who is expecting just moved her daughter to the "big kid class" (junior beginner instead of 4-6 year-olds) where DS2 started at the beginning on January, so I got to talk to her today. She's 3 weeks behind me and I think her bump is as big or bigger than mine. She said she had a talk with the baby the other day about staying in for at least 2 more weeks, because she's been having a lot of Braxton-Hicks contractions that are a little too strong and a little too regular for peace of mind. They mostly go away when she lies down, but how often does she get to do that, with a homeschooled 6 year old? So our early jokes that she'd go early and I'd go late and we'd have karate twins just might come true.

The karate school started a new 5-week cycle today. DS2 knows most of basic blocking set from the little kid class, but they didn't do it all together, so there is some learning curve. DS1's class is doing defenses against 2 attackers and I have to brag and say that my kid learns these things really quickly. Sad news is that our favorite teacher is at another location now. No word on if he's coming back if they can find another teacher for that school. I like the other teachers just fine, but he is so good and enthusiastic with the kids that it's just missing something when he's not there.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Nice morning :)

I got the kids to school on time, which was a miracle, considering we got up a bit late. They were *gasp* cooperative in getting ready this morning!

I have been helping out in DS2's Kindergarten class Thursday mornings, being the snack micro-manager, and told them that this morning I was only staying for an hour. So I got the take-home folders taken care of, got to listen to/watch a short presentation on the Chinese New Year, got the first few kids going on snack, and then left.

I was leaving early because one of my book clubs has been having a hard time getting everyone together and a few people had this morning free, so we said we'd meet at Starbuck's. So I get there and instead of a latte and a book, they haul me into a van and drive to a cute little tea shop in the historic district and bought me a Devon cream tea and gave me a card and gift card to Babies R Us. Surprise baby shower :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Baby update

Strong heartbeat, a little fast since it was taken right after a major coughing fit (mine) so baby was wiiiiiide awake.

She's more to the left now, still not as far forward as one would hope, but not far off course.

Since last week, my abs have separated. Midwife hypothesizes it's due to coughing, but it happens a lot anyway, so maybe it was just time.

Glucose, protein, etc etc all normal. Waiting for results from Group B Strep culture. Discussed Vitamin K, eye drops, and newborn screen (yes, no, yes)

Midwife dug through and organized birth supplies, explained how to drape my bed in plastic sheets, told me (gently) to get the rest of my stuff together and make maps to get to the hospital from here.

She was going to bring the birthing tub, but forgot it. It's clean and ready to go, so even if I go into labor before my next appointment, she can shove it in her car and bring it along.

Two and a half weeks to go!

Useless quiz of the day

You are breakfasty, like a pile of pancakes on a Sunday morning that have just the right amount of syrup, so every bite is sweet perfection and not a soppy mess. You are a glass of orange juice that's cool, refreshing, and not overly pulpy. You are the time of day that's just right for turning the pages of a newspaper, flipping through channels, or clicking around online to get a sense of how the world changed during the night. You don't want to stumble sleepily through life, so you make a real effort to wake your brain up and get it thinking. You feel inspired to accomplish things (whether it's checking something off your to-do list or changing the world), but there's plenty of time for making things happen later in the day. First, pancakes.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

hummingbird webcam

Monday, February 4, 2008

Flu, day.... Oh I don't even want to think of it

DS1 back to mostly full health. I last posted Wednesday morning and when I picked him up from school that afternoon, he was so tired he was swaying, then he fell asleep in the car on the way home and other than when I woke him up to eat dinner - he ate about two bites - he slept until the next morning. He has developed a runny nose and a bit of a cough, but seems to be fine.

DS2 back to mostly full health, too. His tummy was better, but then he and I came down with a horrid chest cough and fever Wednesday evening/Thursday overnight. So he didn't go to school at all last week. He was well enough to go to a friend's house for a few hours yesterday and well enough to go to school today, though he looked a little pale when I saw him at lunch time.

I spent the rest of the week and most of the weekend in bed coughing up a lung and shivering, taking a tylenol, then sweating the fever back down. Yeah, it was fun. Oh, both DS2 and I saw doctors and though it felt and sounded like bronchitis, it wasn't. Cough syrup all around. I went and helped in DS1's class today and did half of the grocery shopping (the non-refrigerated half, because I did it before helping in class since there wasn't enough fruit for both kids to have some in their lunch this morning). Then I came home and collapsed for a couple of hours.

Then DH, who rarely gets more than a stuffy nose came to bed on Saturday night saying the house was really cold and proceeded to shake the whole bed with his shivering for a good fifteen minutes. Just a mild fever, no dramatic puking or barking cough. He's run down and slept until after noon today, but he went and picked the kids up and took them to karate - they have class at the same time today, which makes everyone's life easier.

I need to get to the library and turn in a huge stack of books and find a bunch more. Someone also needs to do the milk and cheese portion of the grocery list. Maybe I'll have my strength up by the time Dh gets home with the boys and the car. I was going to make homemade chicken soup for dinner, so I'll have to get my strength up right away if I want to have time.