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Archive for January, 2012

Edited to Add: I actually wrote this post yesterday and just now got the chance to post it.  So, yep- welcome to parenthood.

Whew! First… Hey (:

For those of you who don’t know, our little angel arrived on Friday morning kicking and screaming (although you wouldn’t know it from this serene face, would you?). I’ll tell ya all about that later, but wanted to update the site.

Esther Irene Andrews
1-27-2012
10:45 am
6lbs 6oz
20.5 inches

By the way- no castor oil needed. She started giving me contractions on her own at around 9 pm on Thursday eve.

I was feeling a bit disconnected from the AWESOME community that was here to support us at each step of this long  and often times- terrifying journey. It’s a love and support that I’ve never felt and I am confident that it was because of your prayers that we made it almost to the end of a 40 week pregnancy.

(So if that’s so true, Tanisha, how come you are being a huge meanie and hogging her all to yourself?)

I also wanted to come here to explain why we kept people away at the hospital and wanted to wait until we were settled at home for visitors. About a week before pregnancy I started to really process what giving birth would feel like and how I (and Jim) would feel upon first meeting our daughter. I knew that I wanted our little family to have, at the very least, a few hours to just get to know her- uninterrupted. Secondly, I knew breast feeding would probably take us some time to get down and I don’t know about you, but I’m not comfortable whipping my breasts out in front of even my closest of friends. Breast feeding is not like bottle feeding. You literally have to be engaged in it around the clock. I don’t even know why I even bother to wear a shirt. Seriously, ask Jim, for the past 3 days I look like I could be a double for one of the mommas you might see in National Geographic. I’m thankful that I fought for this privacy because we’ve needed it. Breast-feeding has indeed been a challenge for Esther and I. I know we’ll get it, but it hasn’t been an easy road (again, I’ll talk more about it later).  This difficulty has contributed to Esther developing a pretty bad case of jaundice. They almost didn’t let us come home today. She just barely made the cut off.  They delivered a “billibed” to our home and we were told she MUST stay on the bed whenever she’s not being nursed or changed. It breaks my heart, literally, as I could hold her all day long. Adittionaly, if you’ve had a baby recently you’ll know this. They jam pack all they can into the short hospital stay these days. Tests, shots, doctor visits, photos, nurses checks and questions.

Of course we want you all to meet our daughter. She’s the best! I’m not just saying that because I’m her momma. We’re just gonna need more time to get our groove down. Trust me, it will be more fun to visit her anyway when you can actually hold her and really give her a good once over. You couldn’t do that now-

We do thank you for all of the offers of visits and food and just overall a showering of love and support. WE DO APPRECIATED. And maybe I’m only speaking for myself, but I feel like a huge meanie and I wanted you to know why we’re cocooning for a bit. We promise to let you know when you can crowd our door and enjoy this little lady as much as we are. Right now, I’m being an aggresive momma bear and making she medically in a good spot.

We’re seeing the pediatrician tomorrow to make sure he jaundice is getting better, as well as a lactation consulatant. I’m still committed to breast feeding and I’m determined (now more than ever) to make it work. I’m currently taking a quick, relaxing tea break willing my milk to come in (: TMI? See?? told ya!

A special shout out to the ReyesLewis family for watching Sparky (and keeping him a bonus day) so we could deliver this girl and get settled a bit before Jim has to figure out how to juggle being a parent of 2 and a new MBA student.

Love,

Jim, Tanisha and Esther.

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Hiya everyone! Me here.

We had our 39 week appointment today. I am in a much better state of mind now than I was earlier today. I’ve been experiencing a wave of anxiety in regards to labor/delivery and making sure baby is fine these last few weeks. I’m not sure where it came from, just woke up in a panic one day and haven’t been able to shake it. The doctor says it’s normal and that most women feel that way at this point. That’s reassuring. I’ve been trying to meditate on relaxing and letting go. I know that this entire process is not something that I can control, although it doesn’t stop me from trying. Isn’t insanity doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results? Yeah- seems maybe I need a little more time to learn that lesson, right? (:

In other news, baby is doing fine. She is still moving around in there head down and she seems nice and cozy. I fear she never wants to come out . A few days ago I had convinced myself that she was never going to come. Jim just laughed at me. Next time, he’ll be the one to carry our child. I’m sure medical science will have figured out a way to make that happen by the time we have babes #2. The doctor checked my cervix this time (ouch!!!!!!!!!!!!) and it’s soft and I’m dilated  to 1 cm . What does that mean? Absolutely nothing (: I could go into labor 30 minutes from now or 2 weeks from now. The good news is, is that my cervix is soft and progress has been made. Also, she said that if I wanted, I could drink castor oil.  That’s probably because she could see the look of tiredness and desperation on my face. Well, and that fact that I said “This needs to happen soon!” I’m back at work now and while I’m not digging ditches, I’m usually exhausted by noon each day. In addition I have a TON of pelvic pain and pressure. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but our doctor was a doctor in India before moving to the states to practice medicine.  She’s done her residency twice and knows her stuff. She said that in India that is how they’d “induce” women. It’s worth a shot, no? Well, I’m going to try it! What can it hurt ? She told me to be patient though and that when the baby is ready she’ll send a signal to my brain to begin labor. I also asked her how much she thinks this little girl weighs at this point. She estimates about 7 lbs.  So, time will tell. We also talked about what happens if she doesn’t come on her due date. If she’s not here Monday the 6th, we’ll come in on Sunday the 12 for induction so she’ll be born that Monday.

So I can do it. I know that at the very most we have less than 3 weeks before we meet our baby girl.

Hope you all are well. Thanks for reading as always.

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We just got back from our 38 week appointment. Things are good. She’s still comfy inside her home and I fear she doesn’t want to come out any time soon (HOPE I AM WRONG).  Jim seems to think it might happen next week once I’m back at work and moving around more (HOPE HE’S RIGHT). I don’t want to force her out, especially after telling her to “stay put” for so long. She’s just being a good girl already and doing what she’s told. So smart already!! (:

In other news my group b  we took last week came back positive. It previously was negative when we took it at 31 weeks. It’s no big deal. Most people have this bacteria on their body. For adults it’s no big deal, for babies it could cause issues. This just means that I need to have an antibiotic when I’m in labor.

No other major news here at the Minneapolis Andrews Household. We’re both just ready to have our baby and meet her. Making last-minute purchases and arrangements for Spark once the big event starts. I think we’re ready.

Tick Tock. Tick Tock…

28 weeks

38 weeks (see, I am getting bigger)

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Hi All!!!

Another week down. Now that I’m officially to term this little girl can come anytime she’d like. Jim is taking his GMAT  test today and I’m not to go into labor until after 4pm today (: I think I’ll make it.

Our appointment went well yesterday. It was pretty simple. We just went over my birth plan and did the strep B swab, which was easy and painless. Our birth plan conversation was pretty comical too. We basically told her that she’s the professional and in charge. We’re expecting to show up, have a baby and healthy mom at the end. I also made it clear that I do indeed want an epidural. That’s my only requirement. My hope is to move around a little, get an epidural, take a nap and wake up ready to push. We all (3 of us) agreed that that would be the perfect labor and delivery (: So, that’s what I’m hoping for.

Next week my doctor will fill out paperwork that allows me to return to work (pending I’m still pregnant then). Returning to work will at least give me something to focus on besides just waiting around for my water to break of contractions to start. Every day I feel like my body gets a little stronger so that’s really good. I still have some aches and pains, but overall I feel good- just BIGGER! Holy moly it actually feels like I’m carrying around a 10 lb bowling ball attached to the front of my body.

It’s surreal to be returning to my normal activities. It’s a great feeling and I’m glad I’m able to get out before the baby comes and I’m inside for a few weeks again. By the way, in case you are wondering, I plan to keep this blog after the baby comes. It started out as a project for me while on bed rest, but I want to keep it as a family blog so everyone can follow up on our Andrews Family Happenings throughout the years (:

Hope everyone is having a great Friday and enjoy your weekends!!

37 week bowling ball.

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Life was good before too, but now it’s good  good now that I can move my body!! The doctor released me from bed rest on Thursday and I could not be any happier. I got the “ok” to start moving around and building up my strength and endurance before little girl gets here.

After out appointment we ran a few errands. We went to Amma Parenting Center  (this is where we took our parenting classes) where we purchased our Moby Wrap and a Belly Bandit for me. LOVE Amma and also the helpful staff.  After Amma we went to a nice lunch at our favorite neighborhood restaurant, Tilia. It felt so good to be back in crowds again. After lunch though, I was definitely ready to go home and rest a bit. I have to remember to be patient and know that I have to walk again before I can run.

I’ll be 36 weeks tomorrow and that was our “make it to” date. Now, if I should go into labor before Feb 6th the doctor would not stop labor and if she looks good at birth she won’t have to go to a special care nursery. She can stay in the room with us. I like the fact that this is an area of concern for my doctor- meaning that she doesn’t like to separate the mommas and the babies if she doesn’t have to. I’m really happy to hear this because after this little one is born my main focus will be on establishing breast-feeding.

My plan here on out is going to be preparing for the little one and also getting out the house at least once a day. The little amount of walking I have done so far has done wonders for my body already. My hips feel much better. My back still needs some work but we’ll get there. I have a message scheduled on Monday and I’m really looking forward to that.

Our next appointment is on Thursday. We have weekly doctor’s appointments now that we’re down to the final weeks. At our next appointments I’ll do the Step B test so my doctor will also have a look at my cervix at that point to see if I’m dilated or effaced at all. EXCITING!! I know one can’t predict these things, but I just have a feeling that she will come sometime this month. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking though. After trying to keep her in so long, it feels odd to be wishing her out now (: I’m just ready to meet her and for the two of us (and Jim) to make it through labor in one piece.

Until next time!

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We have our 36 wk appointment on Thursday and I couldn’t be more  anxious/excited! Our doctor said she’d release me from bed rest once (if) we made it to 36. What I’m hoping is that she’ll count our appointment as that milestone instead of Sunday when I technically turn 36 weeks. When I say I CAN.NOT wait to be off bed rest I really mean it. It’s time. I need to start moving around a little. The big question people have been asking is if this freedom will mean I can go back to work. Probably not. One, it’s going to take time for me to build up my stamina and endurance. After almost 10 weeks of laying around I have lost a lot of strength. Just getting dressed and travelling to the doctor’s office leaves me winded and in need of a nap. At this state there’s no way I could survive an entire day at the office- even though I’m usually sitting at a desk for most of it. At our last appointment I asked my doctor if I’d be able to return to work once bed rest was over and her response was not promising, so I’m not holding my breath. It seems weird to think that after maternity leave I will have been away from work for almost 6 months! That’s crazy! Hope I will remember all of my passwords (:  I Never thought I’d miss working, but I do. I miss the purpose to my day and the interaction with my co workers. I’m lucky enough to have great ones that I enjoy and appreciate. Oh well, soon enough I’ll be back. I know once baby girls gets here unfortunately those 12 weeks off will FLY by.

I’ll be back on Thursday or Friday to update. Until then, be well. See ya next time.

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Next Product Review? The Belly Bandit (You’ll have to wait until after Baby A gets here though).

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