Weston Alan: A Birth Story

A few of my friends are either really close giving birth or just recently found out that they are expecting… it made me wanna share my birth story.. Tomorrow is Westies first birthday and I cant believe how fast it came. so here it goes..

 

 

The day before Westie came

The day before Westie came

I was due September 28th 2013. I absolutely loved being pregnant. I was lucky. One of my best friends had uncomfortable pregnancies. Don’t get me wrong mine was no comfort ride, I was ready for it to be over and want it to be a while before I get pregnant again. I mean who likes swollen feet, indigestion, and back pain. However, I did love the attention, big boobs, and an excuse to eat everything and anything ( I used that excuse a lot ). I knew I wanted a natural birth. I didn’t want a C-section. I don’t do well with surgery and I heard that the bounce back from vaginal delivery is quicker.  When I was 14, I had a cyst and needed to get my ovary and fallopian tube removed. The surgery I got is similar to a C-section and that sucked! I just didn’t want to do it again and also take care of a newborn while healing. I had also watched a documentary that convinced me that natural (No pitocin, No epidural, No C-section) was a better choice for me. I’m not saying one way is the right way. Whatever makes you feel comfortable during birth is what is best. That was one of the most meaningful things I learned in my birthing class. My teacher explained it this way: The more comfortable the mother is, the faster the labor will progress. So your partner should know before hand how to calm you and make you feel safe. Weston’s father was not really involved during the pregnancy. We saw each other a handful of times and he came to first doctors appointment and none after that. My sister was my partner at the birthing class. That served as an awkward introduction, since every one else in the class was a couple. I cried about it then but I laugh about it now. No one knows me better then my sister. She can look at me and know what I am thinking. I have said it before and I’ll say it again I wouldn’t have it any other way. So whoever your person is just make sure they know how to make you comfortable during your labor. Pretty much the thought of the epidural scared me more then giving birth ( I know, I’m Weird) I hate any type of medical procedures and I did not like the thought of a HUGE needle and catheter inserted into my spine. This is going to sound even weirder but I wanted to feel everything. I wanted to have control of my body and feel when I needed to push. I wanted to be able to walk after.  I trusted my body to do what it was meant to do.But I had no idea what I was in for so I didn’t completely rule out the epidural.  I was aware that things happen and I was willing to do what I needed to do. All I wanted was a stress free labor, however that happened. So I planned for what I could and expected anything to happen. I packed my hospital bag and awaited the big day. I wanted to work up until the day I gave birth so I could use all 3 months of my maternity leave to love my baby but by the beginning of September I was ready to stop working and just relax and take care of things that I needed to before Weston came.  I compromised and decided my last day would be the 23rd.

If you’re weak stomached you may not want to continue..because I’m about to get graphic…

Around 2am I woke up to go to bathroom and when I got back to my bed it felt a little wet. I figured maybe I peed a little when I sat up. The thought did cross my mind that maybe my water had broke, so I sat there in bed for a bit to see if I felt contractions….NOTHING. So I went back to sleep. My alarm went off and it was time to shower… I felt a little wetness between my legs but thought eh its my last day lemme just get through it. I took a shower, got ready and went to work. On my way into work I decided to call my doctor’s office to see what they wanted me to do, they didn’t open till 8, it was 7:45am. I wasn’t in any pain so I thought eh whatever…I worked as I normally did. Finally on my lunch break around 2pm I thought I’ll give them a call..see what they say…I explained the wet bed at 2am and the wetness in the morning and the nurse told me I needed to go to the hospital ..like now.

” wait like now? I said.

“yes, now.” She replied.

” So it’s time?”

“Yes, you need to go now”

“really?”

I hung up the phone, spoke to my supervisor, and was on my way home to pick up my packed bag and my sister.

all packed and ready to go

all packed and ready to go

When we got to the hospital they said they didn’t think that my water broke but they were gonna check the fluid for good measure… I was convinced that I was going home. The results were in.. my water had broke. OH! MY! GOD! it’s really time. Since my water possibly could have broke at 2 am they said that they needed to start the contractions and get Westie out before infection could set in. I had expressed to my doctor that I did not want any pitocin or any type of intervention. My doctor was very understanding and made me feel like my opinion mattered. She gave two choices  (and explained them very thoroughly) I could take a pill that would start contractions or I could get an IV with pitocin. I had heard that pitocin contractions were waaay worse than regular contractions But my labor and delivery nurse explained that if she gave me the pill  then there was no turning back. If I was put on pitocin she could stop it any time. I liked that option better.  So they brought me from the waiting/ receiving area to labor and delivery.

waiting for pitocin

waiting for pitocin

So they brought me into labor and delivery (I picked an awesome hospital..it was like a fucking resort) and they hooked me up to the monitor for my contractions and gave me the pitocin. Weston’s father had met us at the hospital and joined us when we got to labor and delivery a few months prior to getting pregnant I had a procedure done because I had per-cancerous cells in my cervix so they did a leep procedure to cut out those cells. I was watching the contraction monitor numbers go up but I wasn’t feeling anything, at this point I was getting really anxious because I knew I was in for  a lot of pain but I wasn’t feeling anything! then I heard a POP and I jumped. The L&D nurse came back to check on me and I told her that I heard a pop. She told me that it was my scar tissue breaking open from my leep procedure (well that’s gross) since my cervix was opening. Once we heard that pop, It was on! ooohhh man the pain!  I had put OZ: The Great and Powerful as entertainment when the contractions were weak and the last thing I was paying attention to was the television. I labored for 6 hours. Each time the L&D nurse came into the room the check I had dilated more and more and very quickly.  One of the final times she checked me she had said I was 9 1/2 centimeters and there was no doctor in sight. “We need you to hold him in  until the doctor gets here. She is on her way. about 20 mins”.  At this point every three mins Westie was pushing lower and lower down and I felt him coming..there was no stopping him. After 6 hours of trying to get him out.. I was supposed to hold him in! all I remember was screaming at the nurse to get a fucking doctor in here now because he is coming and I cant stop him ( she later shared that I was funny, I guess I had a rather foul mouth. Can you blame me?!?) Westie’s father was good at letting me squeeze his hand and giving me small sips of water every two mins because trust me you need it.  I even remember her being on the phone and saying “someone has to get down here now”. For what felt like an eternity of holding him in my doctor burst through the door had just enough time to throw on the smock/gown and catch Westie. It took two good pushes and he was out. Weston’s father got to cut the cord and then they immediately put Westie on my chest and I got to hold and kiss my little guy even with all the gross stuff all over him. I didn’t even care.

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This is gonna sound weird but it felt so good. As soon as he was out I got this rush. This unbelievable high that I could never explain. I finally got to meet the little man that was growing inside of me and It was the greatest feeling in the world.

 

Its been a year now and I love every second of being a mommy.  Duh, its exhausting and my bank account is empty most of the time. Plus I feel like I’m doing every thing wrong but then there’s those moments when he snuggles up to me or even just flashes me his brightest smile I cant get enough of it.

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Thanks for reading!!

 

XOXO Mama Mia

 

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Shit Happens…

We had just got back from New Jersey the night before and I had to get up for work the next morning. Since Westie was still on jersey time (3 hours ahead) He sounded his alarm around 5 am. I could still get about an hour of sleep before I had to join the real world and leave vacation land. I quickly changed Westie with one eye open and put him back in his crib. I downloaded an app where Westie could pop balloons and gave it to him to keep him busy while I closed my eyes one last time before responsibility came knocking. I heard Westie laughing and giggling and I thought to myself “sounds like he is enjoying himself”. I tossed and turned for a little bit longer then my alarm went off. When I got up and looked in his crib his back was to me but I got a good whiff. I went to go grab Westie to change his diaper and I realized why the smell was so strong. Westie had literally pooped outside of his diaper(more like I put his diaper on wrong!) and smeared it everywhere possible. On his sheets, on his legs, stomach, FACE!, in his mouth ALL OVER MY KINDLE! After trying to wipe off his hands with a wet wipe and knowing that time wasn’t on my side I just decided to bring Westie in the shower with me and kill two birds with one stone. To say the least I think Westie enjoyed himself. I think it was his own personal way to say “Welcome back Mommy, Vacation is OVER!”

Baking Soda: My (new) Favorite Cleaning Solution

Over the weekend I fell in love… with Baking Soda. I don’t really like using chemicals or “over-sanitizing”. I believe that if you don’t expose yourself or your children to germs then you don’t build antibodies and you and you kid are constantly getting sick. Also with a crawling, putting everything in their mouth baby I get nervous with what I’m exposing him to, so I try to steer clear of chemical cleaners.  I also have a naughty doggy that likes to sneak into the bathroom.. instead of telling me he needs to go outside( he’s got the right idea but its a little flawed since he can’t sit on the toilet) No matter how many times I have cleaned up the pee I couldn’t get rid of the the smell and it infuriated me. I ‘m big on smells and like my house to smell fresh, not like a dog kennel.

I saw a post on pinterest about how to get rid of the Boy bathroom smell… and I was intrigued. The post I read instructed me to make a paste with baking soda and lemon..let sit and then hit it with distilled white vinegar from a spray bottle. This worked well however I needed a large scale clean. So I found another post that described a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and dish soap and putting it into a spray bottle. I tried it but the spray bottle kept getting clogged. I ended up just unscrewing the top and pouring it all over the floor. I grabbed my spray bottle of vinegar and thought lets put two and two together. I got on my hands and knees and sprayed then scrubbed ( I should probably mention I have all tile floors.) I focused on the grout lines. Once I scrubbed the floor I got out my mop and bucket and used water with a little bit of vinegar to finish the job, THE SMELL IS GONE!! THE SMELL IS GONE!! and the crowd goes wild! (envision me running around my house with hands in the air chanting)

Once I saw how well the baking soda worked for the floors, I hit pinterest in search of all the many things I could do with Baking soda. I found out I could use it to clean my electric stove top . I had ran out of stuff that came with the oven when I first bought it and hadn’t cleaned it in a while because I thought I could only use that stuff. When I saw I could use baking soda I couldn’t wait to see if it really worked. Oh, It worked. and it was so easy. Just sprinkle the stove top with baking soda, wet a rag with hot water ring it out (soggy not soppy) and place on top and let sit for 15 mins. Mine was really grimy so I did two rounds.  I’ll never go back.

I also used baking soda and vinegar to recharge my towels. It was as simple as running the laundry once with vinegar in the fabric softener cup and then running it again with half a cup of baking soda placed in the drum. Good as new. I think from now on I’m just gonna put a scoop in every time I do laundry.

I also read a post on a baking soda underarm scrub that’s deodorizing and can whiten the skin too. aaaaaand guess what you mix it with… Coconut Oil! my fav! I’m thinking I’ll just remake my scrub but add some baking soda to it.

I’m pretty sure what needs to happen is I have a jar or coconut oil and baking soda in every room.

 

I’ll put my “recipes” and instructions below even though they are not set in stone… . I wish I took pictures. Oh well, lesson learned… next time.

Urine Smell remover:

10 oz. of Hydrogen Peroxide

3 tablespoons of Baking Soda

a spray bottle of white distilled Vinegar

A few drops of dish soap

  1. saturate floor with mixture
  2. take spray bottle of vinegar and spray floor and scrub as you go. spray then scrub.
  3. mop with water/vinegar solution ( 1 part vinegar, 9 parts water)

Let air dry.

 

Electric stove top cleaner:

  1. Sprinkle baking soda on affected area.
  2. take clean rag and soak in hot water- lay out flat on stove top
  3. wait 15 minutes
  4. use wet rag to scrub and clean off baking soda
  5. repeat if needed
  6. rinse rag off and wipe down with clean rag until  streaking is gone.

Recharge Towels:

  1. Run the laundry with vinegar only, run the hot water. (I put my in the fabric softener cup, but I also read you can add it directly to the drum)
  2. Run it again this time with only 1/2 cup of baking soda in the drum.

 

 

So there it is. That’s what I did Saturday night. I’m so cool these days. I’ll always have a vat of baking soda on hand for any of my cleaning necessities and I’m happy to throw away all my different kinds of cleaning products for one simple easy solution. From now on my cleaning supplies will consist of : Baking soda, Vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide.

 

Thanks for reading. Please feel free to leave me a comment on how useful baking soda (or any natural cleaning product for that matter) is to you. I’m always looking for new ways to do things.

 

Thanks again! XOXOXO

-Mama Mia

What I did while Westie was gone…

Westie has spent the last two weeks at Grammy and Grampy’s (We call it G&G summer camp). This was the longest I have gone without my baby since the day he was born. My parents live about 6 hours away 😦 I started crying the night before I had to leave him. Watched him sleep like I was leaving him forever, I felt like it was going be forever. I cried in the shower. I choked back tears the whole morning.

Even though I would miss my baby terribly I was looking forward to having the time off to get some things done without distractions.

I wrote out my list:

Fix broken lights

-Bathroom

-Hallway

-Front door light

Go through Westie’s clothes

Lower Westie’s Crib ( I can’t believe how fast he grows!)

Organize and Clean

-Kitchen

-Bathrooms

-Storage Closet

Deep Clean Floors

Cut Chewy (my annoyingly charming Shih-Tzu with the personality of an old man and a baby all at the same time)

Make beauty products out of Coconut Oil (my new favorite obsession)

-Body Scrub/Shave Gel

-Make-up remover

Make self-watering herb planters

 

 

I felt like 2 weeks would be an ETERNITY!

It was a blink of an eye and I don’t think I completed half of the things I wanted to do.

 

Here is what I did:

Mon-Thurs: Work-> laid around with chewy til I was ready to go to bed(around 10)

                     Mon: Made Coconut products

                     Wed:Cut chewy

Fri: Work-> Transformers in 3D (Loved it!) ->walmart for some late night shopping -> hung out with my friend and his buddies till 7 am.

Sat: slept from 9am-4 pm-> Sushi and a comedy show (fucking hilarious)-> home by 10->passed out

Sunday: Woke up at 6 am (The one and only day I could have slept in these 2 weeks, Figures….) tried to go back to sleep til 4 pm —> food shopped->  Attempted to fix my lights in the bathroom-Got hot and sweaty balancing on the counter trying to install tube lighting (the bane of my existence- I will never own a tube lighting fixture again!) Is it turned right? Maybe one is but not the other..why won’t it turn on! I have tried every type of combination..UGH!..to get to the point they are still not fixed.

Mon: Work -> Laid around with chewy-> Bed

Tues: Work->Dishes(please note I DID NOT do the dishes for nearly two weeks…eek, I’m gross- but they were rinsed cleaned :/)->Started my blog- bed at 11

Wed: Work-> Had a friend over for dinner->sort Westie’s clothes for what doesn’t fit him (which is everything!) -> lowered Westie’s crib->worked on blog

 

 

SO JUST AS A RECAP THIS IS WHAT I ACCOMPLISHED AND WHAT I DID NOT

 

Fix broken lights-tried and failed!

-Bathroom

-Hallway

-Front door light

Go through Westie’s clothes

Lower Westie’s Crib

Organize and Clean

-Kitchen

-Bathrooms

-Storage Closet

Deep Clean Floors

Cut Chewy

Make beauty products out of Coconut Oil

-Body Scrub/Shave Gel

-Make-up remover

Make self-watering herb planters

 

I started this post with intentions to show that I didn’t get anything done this week when I had such high hopes to complete things. But when I actually sat down and crossed off the list. I did a pretty good job.. even if most of it was done in the final 2 days 😉

 

I still need to organize this place, fix the lighting (its a dungeon in here), and make my herbs- which I think all those projects are pretty big projects. I’ll let you know how the Self- Watering herbs go. I saw it on pinterest and I plan on posting about it. Stay tuned for more…..

 

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Thanks for reading! XOXOXO

-Mama Mia