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childbirth Tag

First time parent shock and adjustment (it really does get easier)

Just 10 short weeks ago I was literally living in bed. Recovering from childbirth and around the clock newborn care left little time for regular person stuff like showering, getting dressed for the day and cooking. I was crying at the drop of a hat (for no particular reason) and I was sure I (as a person) was gone now that the baby had arrived. I particularly remember crying and feeling like the world was ending the first day N went back to work and left Everly and I alone for the day. Many told me that things would get back to normal following Everly's birth and I didn't believe them. I thought for sure I would forever be a sleep deprived, tunnel visioned shell of a person who was just living...

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Press Release: The Big Push for Midwives Campaign responds to ACOG's Newest Position Statment

Displaying a stunning lack of regard for patient autonomy, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a statement this week declaring that the group will “allow” laboring women to drink “modest amounts” of clear fluids during labor while continuing to prohibit access to solid food...

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I am back! Almost back to normal that is…

It's only taken me 25 days but I believe I am almost back to my normal self again. Dang, those postpartum hormones are killer! Add them to the 4th degree tear and to the normal new parent postpartum stress and healing and you've got yourself one bloody, stitched up, stress filled emotional mess of a person. It was a rough three weeks getting used to our new roles, especially for me and my crazy after birth hormones. I am feeling good now (hormonally speaking), the postpartum bleeding has just about stopped and my stitches (from what I can see) are practically healed up. As you can see from the photo, I am getting good at holding Everly in one hand while doing the internet thing with the other. I am still...

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3 weeks postpartum: Still in a daze trying to grasp it all.

Today Everly is 3 weeks old, we've been parents to our beautiful daughter for 21 days. 21 days seems like way more than it currently feels like. Shoot, I am still in a daze and haven't quite grasped that she came from me and how truly amazing that is. We've started printing out some of the photos from the birth and the first few days of her life. They help to make the birth seem that much more real in my mind but I know I still haven't totally grasped the entirety of it all. Eventually when I am feeling less depressed and emotional I'll watch the birth video and take stock. It's crazy how I was there birthing her totally unmedicated and I still don't have a complete grasp of how...

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Reflections on parenthood, 16 days postpartum.

Our baby girl was born 16 days ago. She is adorable and is very healthy. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing natural birth experience and she was afforded the best possible start in life. The crazy thing about childbearing is that after birth they really just hand the baby over to you to figure it all out on your own! It's crazy to think about how little guidance first time parents get before taking baby home and how scary that really is. I was in labor for about 18 hours and then voila I am responsible for another living, breathing being and on my way home 4 days later. I still think it all hasn't fully sunk in for me. Sure the love and attentiveness is there but the gravity of...

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Parenthood brings new perspective on bodily functions.

Before having a baby I never peed in front of N. Always made him leave the room when I needed to use the bathroom. I also never farted in front of him. Been fairly ladylike over the last 8 years with him. When I was on knees and elbows pushing out Everly and tearing wide open while N and 4 other women watched all my sense of privacy, bashfulness and desire to be ladylike went out the window. After delivery many unexpected farts were heard coming from me. They were shocking to me because I couldn't feel them coming and I certainly couldn't hold them back after a rectal sphincter tear. By the way Krystal, I didn't poop during delivery (LOL). It took several days following labor for the poop to come. Following...

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Everly is now 5 days old: A look back on the birth experience.

The last week has been a whirlwind! Everly Charlotte was born on June 23rd 2009 at 1:16am. She weighed 8lbs 12oz and was 21 inches long, her head measured 34 1/2 cm. She was way bigger than we expected her to be but as you'll see by the photos she is darn good and healthy! She was even born with hair which makes me so happy (I was born bald), her hair is red too. Her Apgar scores were 9 at 1 min & 10 at 5 min, which is great. She was feeding like a champ right after birth too, they placed her on my chest right after she was out and she found the nipple no problem. I was even feeding her as they wheeled me through the hospital...

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My water broke, baby is coming. A Twitter live blog

June 22nd 2009 7:45:15 AM: My water broke at 7:30 am! 39 weeks 5 days pregnant. Here we go! 9:40:53 AM: I'll do my best to keep sharing labor updates. Woot! Baby time! 9:49:13 AM: http://twitpic.com/83ov0 - Just finished the lettering. 10:46:21 AM: Blogged: My water broke at 7:30 am! 39 weeks 5 days pregnant. Here we go! http://tinyurl.com/koqacu 10:48:36 AM: Just had a big breakfast and am now laying dow 10:55:03 AM: Tried to say i am laying down for a nap now...

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Still not in labor.

6:16:46 PM: Well i am 39 weeks pregnant now and still waiting. All kinds of stuff is happening with us.6:19:24 PM: My mom made it here and is going 100 miles a min, thinks that is good for getting labor started. N is finishing his work day6:21:21 PM: He cant wait too get back here. He also got in a parking lot accident yesterday on the job.6:23:57 PM: He has whiplash now. I am uncomfortable and am even more ready for Tater to come. Tired of hearing about what I6:25:07 PM: should or shouldnt be doing to start labor.6:29:59 PM: It is a hot one here today. I am tired too but gotta have dinner and a shower before sleep.6:35:52 PM: Tater's due date is 6 days away...

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Tuesday update from The Farm

2:03:36 PM: Went in to Columbia to meet the back up doc today. Still gaining weight.2:20:27 PM: Pamela says we look to be on track for a short delivery. Not so short that N wont make here though.2:24:59 PM: I am almost 100% effaced, baby's station is about -1 and I am now 1.5 cm dilated.2:33:35 PM: Well, i am off to make crotchsicles and to read about breastfeeding now....

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Headed to The Farm Midwifery Center: Will be meeting my new baby soon!

Most of you already know, today is the day I leave for The Farm to have my baby with a midwife. I've got wonderfully peaceful accommodations right next to the home of my trusted midwife there in The Farm community. I am 38 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Tater could arrive any day now and we wanted to be sure I was there and settled just a tad early, better safe than sorry right? That way Tater can make her entrance either before or after her "due date" and I'll be exactly where I need to be, ready for it. So, given I have some cell phone reception I'll be live blogging via text message. These will be very short and sweet entries to keep everyone in the loop. I recommend you...

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Bags are packed, I'm ready to go!

Tomorrow I'll be at The Farm staying in my midwife's birthing cabin right next door to her. I'll be 38 weeks 2 days pregnant and at that point, Tater can basically choose her perfect birthday and come whenever she is ready. I wont be stressing about whether or not we'll make it to The Farm in time, my stress will shift to "will N get back to us in time when labor starts?" but I'll be much better off as far as anxiety goes (I think). Pretty much everything on my to-do list is done, I am ready to go and am slightly excited to arrive at The Farm. On the other hand I am sort of sad to leave the house, pets and N behind. It is going to be...

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LiveBlog: Tornado Watches give me contractions!

4:42 PM Sitting out the tornado warning, lights are flickering. Me and the cats are hanging out in the down stairs bathroom. Fun times! 5:00 PM: RT @Jeff_Lyons: "Tornado Watch for most of the tri-state now in effect until midnight cdt" That means me! What about the Evansville Birth Network meeting tonight? 5:11 PM http://twitpic.com/75cxo - I wanna go eat my brownies but not sure if I am clear to leave the bathroom shelter yet. 5:39:51 PM: Heading out for my birth network meeting, tornado warning is past, we are still under a tornado watch though. 8:15:17 PM: Home from the birth network meeting. Bad weather has passed and now I am ready to have a snack and a rest in bed. Whew, crazy day....

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Getting back to teaching, once Tater is born.

Life never ceases to amaze me! I am marveling at how easily some things just fall in to place in life and I am super excited that another door has opened for me. Remember how I was working with a few different colorguard/ winterguard units back in Flagstaff, AZ that we had to leave behind when we moved all the way to Indiana? Well I always knew something else would come along for me at the right time. We just weren't really sure when that right time would be. I had a few local contacts in Indiana and some possibilities to consider before making the big move but ultimately decided to wait on making any commitments until we were in our new city and settled. Offers came and went, possibilities were still...

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36 Weeks and 6 days pregnancy TMI update

12:05:17 PM: Just lost some of my mucus plug, 1 cm dilated as of yesterday.12:14:27 PM: Sitting down for pancakes and bacon with N now.1:07:57 PM: It is so exciting to know that progress is being made as far as having the baby goes.1:09:08 PM: N and I were talking about how Tater seems to be on board for an early arrival, about right when we get to The Farm I bet.1:10:05 PM: Having her when both N and I are at The Farm would be ideal. No stress of him trying to get to the birth in time, you know?1:14:46 PM: LOL, Heidi just said: "Wow! You should take a picture of it and post it on the Internet! TMI for the Internet!!!"1:15:05 PM: Glad I am not the...

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Today I am 35 weeks pregnant, another belly shot shared.

I am eating some nut & chocolate trail mix. Just slathered more goop on the belly and was thinking I should write a 35 week pregnancy post. Still pregnant as ever, feeling more and more uncomfortable as the days pass. Am still gaining weight despite all the talk in books about how weight gain slows or stops towards the end of the pregnancy. Captured this belly shot yesterday after getting off the phone with Krystal. She said "you must be getting so huge", I sure feel freaking huge but you can be the judge of that based upon the photo. My hormones are sure in full swing these days. Yesterday I had a blow up at the post office thanks to a rude postal worker. Super annoying situation, very irritating employee and I...

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