Oliver’s Birth Story

1374786_10151637665191770_1229388708_nMy last entry was on October 11 and 2 days later, Oliver was born on October 13th! He surprised us and came 2 weeks early just a day shy of 38 weeks. Today is his 1 month birthday and I finally have a moment to blog. Needless to say, our lives have changed forever.

Here is his birth story.

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On Sat night (10/12/13) contractions started and progressed through the night to about 6-7 mins apart. On Sunday morning (10/13/13) my water broke but it wasn’t a gush, it was like a dribble so I wasn’t sure but Todd insisted on taking me to hospital anyways. The whole time I was in triage I was sure they would laugh, call us newbies and send us home but they confirmed my water broke and I was 3cm dilated 90% effaced so moved me to L&D room where I labored for 4 hrs only to get to 4cm.

Since the external monitors weren’t consistent enough for my dr she decided to use internal heart rate monitor and contraction monitor. I also had a catheter and another tube to replace lost amniotic fluid in me too. Next I was gonna get pitocin but they tried to give me epidural first. Anesthesiologist stuck me 4x but every time I sat up Baby’s heart rate would drop so they told me to lay on my side in fetal position but each time epidural never took. My bottom half never got numb. Then one contraction, his heart rate dropped to 40 and didn’t go back up.

All the sudden dr told Todd (he was the closest to it) to push the red Code C (C=Crashing) button on the wall and they raced me down the hall to OR. Now my dr is a very mellow person but she was running and kicking doors so I knew it was serious. I was out under general anesthesia (since there was no time to get localized anesthesia). There wasn’t even time for Todd to put on scrubs to come with me so he had to wait in recovery. Todd told me that I was in surgery for about only 10 minutes before they brought Oliver to see him. Dr said he came out of me screaming which is a good thing! They said the reason heart rate kept dropping was the umbilical cord was wrapped around neck, lack of amniotic fluid made it less buoyant and each contraction was like pulling it tighter around his neck. I stayed in surgery for another hour while they stitched me up. I came to about 45 minutes after they wheeled me into recovery room. I stayed at hospital for 2.5 days.

My only regrets are that Todd wasn’t in the delivery room with me, he did not get to cut the cord and I did not get to hear my baby enter the world. Not exactly my “birth plan” but Baby Oliver is here and healthy so that’s all that really matters.

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37 weeks

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How far along: 37 weeks 4 days
Total weight gain: +33.6 lbs (0 lbs from last week)
How big is Baby Osborn: size of a bunch of Swiss chard (via Baby Center)
Sleep: daily afternoon naps, interrupted night sleep b/c I have to pee, weird dreams and Baby Boy kicks me all night long(!), pelvic pain makes it hard to find a comfortable position to sleep in
Movement: YES! It’s getting stronger everyday. Baby Osborn loves to flip, kick, roll, punch, jab and has crazy hiccups all day!
Food cravings: diet dr pepper
Gender: BOY!!
Symptoms: fatigue, cramping while running, tailbone pain when I sit in one place too long, charlie horses, gestational diabetes, hands & fingers are achy/numb/stiff, pelvic pain from Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction (maybe?), carpel tunnel syndrome *new*
Activity: walking dog
Best moment last week: Now that Baby Boy is almost here, Todd has been very excited, anxious and attentive. At least once everyday he talks to my tummy so that Baby Boy know that he can’t wait til he’s here. Even though I’m on the opposite spectrum (let him cook for as long as he wants!) I love hearing how excited Todd is to be a Daddy. Makes my heart happy. ♥

36 weeks

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How far along: 36 weeks 4 days
Total weight gain: +33.6 lbs (0 lbs from last week)
How big is Baby Osborn: size of a head of lettuce (via Baby Center)
Sleep: daily afternoon naps, interrupted night sleep b/c I have to pee, weird dreams and Baby Boy kicks me all night long(!), pelvic pain makes it hard to find a comfortable position to sleep in
Movement: YES! It’s getting stronger everyday. Baby Osborn loves to flip, kick, roll, punch, jab and has crazy hiccups all day!
Food cravings: diet dr pepper
Gender: BOY!!
Symptoms: fatigue, cramping while running, tailbone pain when I sit in one place too long, charlie horses, gestational diabetes, hands & fingers are achy/numb/stiff, pelvic pain from Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction (maybe?)
Activity: walking dog
Best moment last week: I’m in the decorating phase of “nesting” so I am painting a little art for Baby Boy’s nursery. I haven’t painted anything in a long time so it was fun to get artistic again. And I love incorporating our first “baby”, our dog, Dorra, into the artwork.

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Appt #7 and #8

I need to play a little catch up with our doctor appointments so you all get a 2-for today!

Appointment #7 – September 23
Per the usual at every appointment, Keri, OB nurse, took my weight (+1lb), blood pressure (normal), asked for urine sample (normal) and then we waited for Dr. Chong. We talked about my GD food journal and she told me me NO MORE JAPANESE FOOD b/c there was one day that I just really wanted some rice, chow mein, tempura and teriyaki chicken and my blood sugar was 175!! I’m suppose to be <130. Oops. After the "lecture" she swabbed my hooha for Group B Strep. It wasn’t anything worse than a PAP. I’ll find out at the next appointment if it’s positive or negative. If it’s positive, all they have to do is give me antibiotics before labor so that Baby Boy doesn’t contract it when he is being delivered. No biggie. As always she checked my fundal height (on schedule) and Baby Boy’s heart beat (135 bpm). I love hearing his heart beat…

Appointment #8 – September 30
We drove to Kaiser Anaheim Kraemer instead of Kaiser Lakewood (where we see Dr. Chong) for a growth scan to see how big Baby Boy is. Since I have GD I guess it’s pretty standard. For these ultrasounds they want you to have a full bladder so I drank 24oz of water 1 hr before coming in and I had to pee REALLY bad. Our tech, Debbie, was very nice and took a few cervical measurements via ultrasound and then said I could pee since she didn’t need a full bladder for the other parts. Aaawwwww…! We found out Baby Boy is measuring 3 days early (new EDD 10/25) and weighs about 6lbs 6oz +- 15oz so I guess he could be 5lbs or 7lbs with that margin of error. Then Debbie let us see him on the screen for a few minutes towards the end. He’s curled up in a ball and I can see why I keep getting jabbed on the right side b/c that’s where his foot is. He’s running outta room in there but Debbie said my fluid levels still look good so I hope he will keep cooking for a few more weeks. I would really like to get to 39+ weeks before delivering.

36 week Ultrasound

36 week Ultrasound

Next appointment:  Oct 8 @ 3:50pm

35 weeks

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How far along: 35 weeks 4 days
Total weight gain: +33.6 lbs (+1.0 lbs from last week)
How big is Baby Osborn: size of a honeydew melon (via Baby Center)
Sleep: daily afternoon naps, interrupted night sleep b/c I have to pee, weird dreams and Baby Boy kicks me all night long!
Movement: YES! It’s getting stronger everyday. Baby Osborn loves to flip, kick, roll, punch, jab and has crazy hiccups all day!
Food cravings: diet dr pepper
Gender: BOY!!
Symptoms: fatigue, cramping while running, tailbone pain when I sit in one place too long, charlie horses, gestational diabetes, hands & fingers are achy/numb/stiff, pelvic pain from Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction(maybe?) (new)
Activity: walking dog
Best moment last week: We installed the car seat in Daddy’s car and assembled the BOB jogging stroller!

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34 weeks

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How far along: 34 weeks 3 days
Total weight gain: +32.6 lbs (+0.4 lbs from last week)
How big is Baby Osborn: size of a cantaloupe (via Baby Center)
Sleep: daily afternoon naps, interrupted night sleep b/c I have to pee, weird dreams and Baby Boy kicks me all night long!
Movement: YES! It’s getting stronger everyday. Baby Osborn loves to flip, kick, roll, punch, jab and has crazy hiccups all day!
Food cravings: pizza (I miss pizza. Stupid GD!)
Gender: BOY!!
Symptoms: no morning sickness (yay!), fatigue, cramping while running, tailbone pain when I sit in one place too long, charlie horses, gestational diabetes, hands & fingers are achy/numb/stiff (new)
Activity: walking dog
Best moment last week: Getting Baby Boy’s clothes organized! I know that doesn’t sound very exciting but seeing the clothes in the dresser drawers instead of garage bags and boxes in the closet is making me happy. I’ll probably dedicate a whole post about it later but here are a few pictures until then…

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33 weeks

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How far along: 33 weeks 2 days
Total weight gain: +32.2 lbs (-0.4 lbs from last week)
How big is Baby Osborn: size of a pineapple (via Baby Center)
Sleep: daily afternoon naps, interrupted night sleep b/c I have to pee, weird dreams and Baby Boy kicks me all night long!
Movement: YES! It’s getting stronger everyday. Baby Osborn loves to flip, kick, roll, punch, jab and has crazy hiccups all day!
Food cravings: fried zucchini (GD friendly and probably helps my french fry craving)
Gender: BOY!!
Symptoms: no morning sickness (yay!), fatigue, cramping while running, tailbone pain when I sit in one place too long, charlie horses, gestational diabetes, hands and fingers are achy/numb (new)
Activity: pilates and walking dog
Best moment last week: Baby Boy and I ran our last race together – Disneyland 10K – on Aug 31st at 7 months pregnant. I promised Daddy that this would be the last one b/c he was really worried but there was nothing to worry about! Baby Boy and I did great! We started slow by walking, enjoyed the company of BRF (Best Run Friend) and the Disney characters around the park and then ran the last 2 miles. And we got so many nice compliments on our “costume”!

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Appt #7

Actually I’ve been kinda slacking on blogging about my OBGYN appointments.
It’s probably more like Appt #10.
Since I have gestional diabetes (GD), I have OB appointments every 2 weeks now.

Yesterday…

My OB nurse, Keri, did her usual routine – check urine, weighed me, took my blood pressure, confirmed my known allergies etc. This time she also asked me if I wanted to flu shot. I get it every year so I said sure. Todd also got one too. That was nice of them to ask him so he could get it done at the same time.

Dr. Chong also did her usual routine. Checked my GD journal and told me sugars look good and I can continue on with diet control vs being on insulin (whew!), weight gain looks good, fundal height measuring on schedule at 33 weeks, Baby Boy’s heart rate is 145 BPM (normal) etc. We also talked a little about testing for Group B Strep at my next appointment. She kinda compared it to getting a PAP smear. That test does not sound fun. Then I asked her if it was normal that my hands and fingers are kinda numb and achy lately. At first I thought it was b/c I had the pertussis shot (left arm) but it wasn’t just my left hand. She said it might be some fluid retention/swelling so I guess no more rings until after Baby Boy is born. Since I have GD, she ordered a growth scan for 36 weeks to see how big Baby Boy is b/c a C-Section is a potential option if he’s bigger than average which can happen if you have GD. We talked a little about labor and delivery too. I have to admit I’m kinda scared! I did tell her that I am not against an epidural…

Next appointment: September 23rd @ 320pm

32 weeks

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How far along: 32 weeks 4 days
Total weight gain: +32.6 lbs (+0.6 lbs from last week)
How big is Baby Osborn: size of a jicama (via Baby Center)
Sleep: daily afternoon naps, interrupted night sleep b/c I have to pee, weird dreams and Baby Boy kicks me all night long!
Movement: YES! It’s getting stronger everyday. Baby Osborn loves to flip, kick, roll, punch and has crazy hiccups all day!
Food cravings: SF/FF butterscotch jello pudding
Gender: BOY!!
Symptoms: no morning sickness (yay!), fatigue, cramping while running, tailbone pain when I sit in one place too long, charlie horses, gestational diabetes
Activity: Running and walking dog
Best moment last week: We bought our crib! I know it sounds silly for it to be THE BEST moment but I had my heart set on Ikea’s Gulliver Crib but when we tried to buy it weeks ago at Ikea Costa Mesa, the guy told me they were sold out all over Southern CA but I could try to buy it on online. So I went home and got on Ikea’s website but just couldn’t stomach paying $40 shipping fee! I called Ikea Customer Service to see if they would waive fee or ship to store for me but I got nothing! A few days later I finally just caved and decided to suck up the shipping fee and it was SOLD OUT online! *cry* I finally came to the realization I had to just look at another crib. Since we still needed to buy a dresser, we went to Ikea Carson and I happen to see the Gulliver crib as a floor model there. The tag on the crib said that they were OOS so I asked the guy if I could buy the floor model. Lo and behold, the guy checked the computer even though the tag said OOS and they JUST got a small shipment of Gulliver cribs in! Happy Day! We bought that sucker, came home and build it, added the crib mattress, crib sheets, blankets, pillows and it looks perfect.

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Nursery Part 3: A little setback

photo 2 photo 3 I wish this could be Nursery Part 3: Reveal! But instead something totally unexpected happened. And not in a “YOU JUST WON THE LOTTERY” way.

We finished the hard part – clearing out bedroom #2 and painting (See Nursery Part 2). All we were doing was hanging up some shelves for a cute little reading nook in the corner. Todd was on the last shelf (of course it was!) when his drill hit a PVC pipe and water shot him in the face like seltzer water at a bad comedy photo11 photo club. For a split second we were in shock before Todd ran outside and turned off our water. Our beautiful nursery was dripping wet, our perfect paint job was bubbling where the water had settled and the carpet was damp as a puddle of water formed. All I could do was cry!

We called a plumber, Jerry, and he explained that it looks like the PVC pipe that Todd hit is attached to our emergency sprinkle system and we were actually really lucky because usually you can’t turn the water off of those pipes. You actually have to call the photo 22 photo 1 fire department and wait for them to come. I can’t imagine how much more water damage there would have been if that would have happenedo_O He couldn’t just go to Home Depot to get a replacement PVC pipe b/c it was a CPVC pipe for emergency sprinkler system. So… 18 hours later our water was back on. He had to cut a gaping hole in our wall to fix the pipe and allow the insulation dry to avoid any mold growing before our handyman, Scott, could patch the hole. Luckily our neighbor had a huge industrial fan we could borrow to dry out the insulation faster. So $500 and 5 days later we were able to paint the wall again good as new. Todd just moved the shelves over a few inches to avoid the pipe.

Even though it was not in the “plan”, I guess shit happens.

… and in the end, I still got my little reading nook. Isn’t it adorable?

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