Posted in Friends, Holidays, Note, Personal

Memorial Day

We went to South Padre Island with Maribel, Carlos, and Nick for Memorial Day. The beach wasn’t as crowded as I thought that it would be. When we got there, we got down, unloaded, and… It started to rain. We had to get back into the car, which made the kids furious, and then went to find something to eat. We had originally planned on doing a BBQ but obviously couldn’t do that with the rain.

We ended up not getting anything to eat and waited out the rain instead. We had almost gone home, but luckily we didn’t as the rain only lasted about an hour. Back on the beach once more, the kids immediately wanted to get in the water and the guys wanted to get the grill on immediately as none of us had eaten since breakfast. Note loved the water this time, which has been a first during all our time at the beach or at pools. It was great to see Note enjoying the water so much, even though it was a little stressful because the waves were so strong and Note is so light that they were literally sweeping her away.

The food was done in an amazingly short amount of time. We quickly gobbled it up before taking the kids back to the water once more. Note did not want to get out! Eventually we did have to get out however as it was getting late and Maribel needed to be home early because she worked the next day.

We got ice cream on our way home. It was so delicious! I haven’t had Dairy Queen in quie some time

Here are a few more pictures from our trip. I love the first two. The first one because I look pretty good pregnant and in a swimsuit. The second because I look so happy and the wave is going right up to my belly. I love the ones of Frank and Note as well because I love seeing Note and Frank make memories together since Frank works so much and he can’t usually make it to things like this.

Posted in Pregnancy

Birth Plan

I’m going to talk a little about our birth plan. It is fairly straightforward in my opinion, and the midwife said most of the things we want are done at the birth center anyway, such as delayed cord clamping. I’m going to put the birth plan that I made using this tool.

 

My delivery is planned as: Vaginal
I’d like…:

My partner Frank and my best friend Maribel

 

…present before AND/OR during labor.
During labor, I’d like:

  • Music played (I will provide)
  • The lights dimmed
  • The room as quiet as possible
  • As few interruptions as possible
  • As few vaginal exams as possible
  • To wear my own clothes
  • To wear my contact lens the entire time
  • My partner to film AND/OR take pictures
  • My partner to be present the entire time
  • To stay hydrated with clear liquids and ice chips
  • To eat and drink as approved by my doctor

I’d like to spend the first stage of labor:

  • Standing up
  • Walking around

I’m not interested in: 

  • An enema
  • Shaving of my pubic area

I’d like fetal monitoring to be:

  • Performed only by Doppler
  • Performed only if the baby is in distress

I’d like labor augmentation:

  • Performed only if baby is in distress
  • First attempted by natural methods such as nipple stimulation

For pain relief, I’d like to use:

  • Acupressure
  • Breathing techniques
  • Cold therapy
  • Distraction
  • Hot therapy
  • Massage
  • Meditation

During delivery, I would like to:

  • Squat
  • Lean on my partner

 

As the baby is delivered, I would like to:

  • Push spontaneously
  • Avoid forceps usage
  • Avoid vacuum extraction
  • Let my partner catch the baby
  • Let our voices be the first baby hears

Immediately after delivery, I would like:

  • My partner to cut the umbilical cord
  • The umbilical cord to be cut only after it stops pulsating
  • To deliver the placenta spontaneously and without assistance
  • To keep the placenta
  • Not to be given Pitocin/oxytocin

I would like to hold baby:

  • Immediately after delivery
  • Before eye drops/ointment are given

I would like to breastfeed: As soon as possible after delivery

I’d like baby’s medical exam and procedures:

  • Given in my presence
  • Given only after we’ve bonded
  • Given in my partner’s presence
  • To include a heel stick for screening tests beyond the PKU
  • To include a hearing screening test

Please don’t give baby:

  • Sugar water
  • Formula
  • A pacifier

I’d like baby’s first bath given: By me and my partner

I’d like to feed baby:

  • Only with breastmilk
  • On demand

If we have a boy, circumcision should: Not be performed

As needed post-delivery, please give me:

  • Extra-strength acetaminophen
  • Stool softener

If baby is not well, I’d like:

  • My partner and I to accompany it to the NICU or another facility
  • To breastfeed or provide pumped breastmilk
  • To hold him or her whenever possible

 

Basically, we want to be as natural as possible. We want very little medical interventions done, unless we absolutely need them. We do recognize the need for some procedures to ensure that baby and I are safe, but mostly we would like to be left on our own to birth and labor as we need and see fit. Frank and I are strong believers that the body of the person in labor will naturally know what to do. We were designed for this. There are times when things go wrong, but most of the time if a birthing person is left alone, the outcome will be wonderful.

So, this is more or less our birth plan. We have filled one out and put it in our chart. Only 25 days left!

Posted in Friends, Holidays

Happy New Year!

Time for a New Year post! We didn’t do anything special for the New Year since Frank had to work. He didn’t work on New Year’s Day, just New Year’s Eve, but that’s the more important one in my opinion! Frank went into work at around noon, so we didn’t spend much time together. I went to see our friend Maribel for a while. She gave me a baby wearing wrap, which is pretty awesome, and I can’t wait to use it. I really want to have my baby here with me already.

Frank sent me a text that he wanted to go get his phone. They got paid yesterday and he had a break before service began. We went to the store, but it was closed. Frank was a bit upset and I didn’t like how obsessive he was being over the phone so I became upset. I went home and spent the day writing, doing laundry, and playing Sims.

At around 11:30 pm I headed out to the restaurant to kiss the New Year in with Frank. I waited for about thirty minutes past midnight and Frank never came out to give me a kiss or say anything to me, so I just left. It wasn’t the best thing, but I was pretty upset. I don’t like having to spend the holidays alone.

I went to pick up Frank from work later, and we shared our New Year’s kiss then. It wasn’t the best New Year, and I don’t think it is going to be any better next year, but this is the way it’s going to be.

I’m not sure if I have already said this, but our ultrasound tech told us Note is going to have big ears that are sticking out. That always reminds me of Baby New Year from Rudolph.

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope this year is absolutely fantastic. I feel like it will be because it’s the year I become a parent.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!