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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brenik Arli's Birth Story Part 3 (of 3)

As you are about to see why, the most appropriate way for me to record the events of Brenik's birth was by a time log. I originally tried to type it up in paragraph/story form like Gabriel's birth story but that just didn't fit or feel right...

2:00/3:00am- I started to stir in bed from what I thought was just some annoying pelvic pressure/pain.
5:00am- Got out of bed and headed down stairs to sleep thinking I could get more comfortable on the couch.
5:12am- Messaged a friend on Facebook asking if she discovered any tricks on how to reduce pelvic pressure pain while sleeping. Turned on Hulu to distract myself.
5:23am- On my blog's Facebook Page wrote, "Well it's official, unless this baby comes in the next 18.5 hours we're going to have a September baby (at some point). So crazy to realize that all month we have thought this was the month all to see it come and go sans baby."
5:30am- Started to realize that the supposed pelvic pressure/pain was actually coming somewhat rhythmically, began tracking it and discovered it was every 4-5 minutes for 60-90 seconds. Got up and made some eggs to see if eating settled or changed them.
5:50am- Sat on the birthing ball, increased the discomfort in my pelvic, decided to stick with just walking around. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Brenik's Birth Story Part 2 (of 3)

Saturday August 30th marked being 41/42 weeks pregnant depending on which country we were following (once again, gotta love due dates). Chris had taken Friday the day before off as the beginning of his maternity leave anticipating baby by end of the holiday weekend but also having the freedom to reset his maternity leave and go back to work Tuesday if baby still hadn't arrived. Friday was spent as a low key, no pressure day just enjoying ourselves at home. It was fabulous just lazing around the house but come Saturday we were already feeling cooped up and looking for something to do. We live in an incredibly beautiful part of the country where mountains and the ocean are just a short drive away. I honestly couldn't imagine calling any other part of the country home base. To get us out of the house we took a last minute afternoon trip (like 10 minutes before nap time we said, "lets go north!") up to Port Townsend.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Brenik's Birth Story Part 1 (of 3)

I was just a few days shy of 40 weeks pregnant (or 39) and learned through an e-mail from my doctor that I once again tested positive for GBS. I had tested positive several weeks ago but requested to test again since women can bounce between positive and negative up until birth. I tested positive with Gabriel in my first pregnancy and though GBS is a serious bacteria if baby contracts it while descending through the birth canal, it's very common and testing positive wasn't what bothered me. What did bother me was the way in which GBS is typically treated and that's through an IV administered with a Hep-Lock. I've had a Hep-Lock on several different occasions (including my first labor), I can technically handle it, but having one in my arm is extremely emotionally and mentally taxing because it feeds off my claustrophobia. I have no issues with needles, it's the idea of having something taped down and remaining stuck inside me for an unknowing number of hours. If I knew exactly how long I'd need it I imagine I wouldn't have as big of an issue with it but the length of labor is so ambiguous. Even after having Gabriel I had a hard time getting the nurses to remove the Hep-Lock from my arm, since it was planed for me to stay 48hrs to monitor Gabriel they had wanted to keep it in 'just in case.' I'm sure some of you are having a hard time understand my fear, which is why it is considered a phobia- it doesn't make sense to others who don't have the phobia, but to me the fear/stress/anxiety is all too real.

Monday, August 25, 2014

41 Weeks Pregnant

Well folks, we did it again! Here we are once more at 41 weeks pregnant. As I mentioned before though we were given 2 due dates but either way I'm now officially passed my due date no matter which date you use (8/16 or 8/23). Honestly neither of us were too terribly surprised that my due date came and went without a baby, after all the whole date of baby's birth is based off a bell curve ranging from 37-42 weeks and since I went 10 days passed my due date with Gabriel we kind of figured in the back of our minds we'd be about the same this time around too.

In my first pregnancy I remember every day passed my due date to be very emotionally draining and exhausting since not only was I reminding myself every day that there still was no baby but so were about 20 other people through texting, phone calls, social media, and the likes! There was no escaping it and that was hard- it was as if everyone and their brother was afraid I was going to have the baby and they weren't going to find out. This time however though friends and family are just as excited, it's not my first child and it's not the first grandchild for some of the parents thus the number of 'check ins' is significantly less. This has been such a wonderful change since it has allowed me to go about my day focusing on enjoying the present and not be bothered/reminded by the fact that there still is no baby that everyone so terribly would love to meet.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Blueberry (Spinach) Snack Muffins

I love blueberry muffins, who doesn't?! In our household we go through muffins like no one's business because muffins tend to be our easy grab snack (between meals, on the go, in the stroller) yet most blueberry muffins are usually more of a dessert (i.e. Costco's 'cake' blueberry muffins, YUM!). Before I continue I want to make myself clear, there is NOTHING wrong with a scrumptious, sweet and oh-so delectable normal blueberry muffin but I'm not sure my stomach (or my toddler's stomach) could take 2-3 of those a day... which is how much we can sometimes eat. 

Because of this I decided to alter my Spinach and Carrot muffins to make some tasty yet somewhat nutritious (compared to other recipes) blueberry muffins! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gabriel's Second Birthday

Depending how long you've been around these parts you might remember that I put in a little work into Gabriel's first birthday. I didn't necessarily feel like I should, I did it more because it was a good excuse for me to finally try my hand at a crafty, DIY, themed birthday party!

Since I had so much fun putting it together and seeing how much everyone else enjoyed it, a few months ago I started daydreaming about what I'd get to put together this year for Gabriel. I had all these big and fun ideas for throwing a train themed party because our Japan frequenting child can't seem to get enough of them. Well, with my due date being the day after his birthday I had to get real with myself and accepted the fact that there was a high chance that after putting time and energy (neither of which I had much of being so pregnant with a toddler) it might not actually happen due to labor or recent labor.

I wish I could say it was easy for me to let go of the idea of gifting my son another lovely party but it wasn't. Making things, baking, and cooking for people is one of the ways I show love and not being able to do that (to the scale I was hoping, i.e. like the previous year) was hard for me. Why though? After all it was Gabriel's birthday (hello, not about me) and he was turning 2, and how much work does it take to make a 2 year old feel loved? Not much at all.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

An Open Letter to Gabriel


It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating your 1st birthday and the day before that we were just meeting and introducing you to the world, and now tomorrow you'll be two. I don’t know what’s harder for me, realizing how fast the last two years have sped by or knowing that time is just going to move faster and faster. Though you’ll always be my baby boy, you most certainly are not a baby anymore.


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