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She’s Here

Well, after laboring for 17 hours, and pushing for 30 minutes, Khloé Felicity was born into this world on August 15 at 7:26 a.m. She was 7 lbs 5 oz and 21 inches long. After 38.5 weeks of gestation, she’s here.
Its been over a week now, and we are happy but TIRED. Khloé is definitely a character. I will be back to update on our progress and add pictures, but she’s napping now and this is my only chance to clean up. Till then, I’ll leave you with a picture of my little Diva.

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Progress!!

Welp, I went to my Dr. appointment yesterday. After having contractions the day before, he checked my cervix. I’m 1.5 centimeters and 80% effaced. Finally, progress. Its not much, but at least there’s an end in sight.
I’m still contracting off and on, so hopefully I’ll have more news soon. Till then, I’ll be resting and taking long walks.
See you next post.

38 weeks

Maybe I shouldn’t do this to myself, but I’ve been watching a lot of labor and delivery shows lately. I suppose I’m trying prep myself for what’s about to happen. I watch these women who decide to go au naturale… God bless you. I am not one of these women. Give me drugs. I have nothing to prove, I’ve been through this twice already. Why change now?
13 days (or less) to go. I’ve gained 60 lbs (good grief).
We are packed and ready to go. Diaper bag is ready and my bag is packed (now only if daddy would pack his stuff). I’ve been walking daily and using my yoga ball to help move this baby along. Sleep is a thing of the past. I pee every hour. Plus, my pelvic area is still in pain. Getting up from sitting or laying down… Its a task.
Nesting is difficult because I can’t move the way I want.

We are hoping this is the week she wants to come out. My doctors appointment is Wednesday and I better be dilated.
More updates soon, I hope.

*My favorite outfit. Bought it from thredup.com for less than $4

When??

Dear Khloé,
When are you coming out? Mommy is exhausted and your kicks and stretches are beginning to hurt. I’m sure you are comfortable and warm in there, but I’m overly anxious for you to come out. Your sisters and grandparents will be here soon, and they’d like to see you soon. Plus, daddy heads back to teaching soon and he wants you out before he starts. Now, hurry up little one.
Love, your overly anxious mother

P.S. Sorry about all of the spicy food lately.

Welcome to week 37

Dear Khloé,
You are 37 weeks old today. We’ve been through a lot these past few months. Finally, we are at the homestretch. Now, I know you are nice a cozy inside of me, but feel free to make an appearance any time. I am ready for you to be out. My body is tired, and your constant jabs are beginning to hurt. So, whenever you are ready…so am I.
Love,
Your mommy
P.S. If you can come before the kids start before school, that would be great.

Quick Update

I’ve spent my entire pregnancy having early morning doctor visits. Yesterdays appointment was at 4pm. It was wonderful! I barely sat in the waiting room. I went right in. I’m thinking afternoon appointments are better.
Well on to the technical things.
Baby Khloé (yes we’ve changed the ë to é) is growing just fine. 34 weeks. Normal heart rate. Cervix is completely shut. Doctor suspects she’ll be out around 37 weeks since this isn’t my first. They weighed me. I cringed. This blog may turn into a weight loss journey afterwards. I’ve gained a lot. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.
My significant other asked the doctor if there’s any chance that Khloé may actually be a boy. She laughed so hard and told him no worries. Khloé had better be a she… All these girl items that she has already accumulated…

I’ve had enough relaxin….

– Relaxin: A hormone that is produced during pregnancy that facilitates the birth process by causing a softening and lengthening of the cervix and the pubic symphysis (the place where the pubic bones come together). Relaxin also inhibits contractions of the uterus and may play a role in determining the timing of delivery.
From MedTerms.com

You may be wondering why I started off this post with a definition. Well, Relaxin is hindering my nesting process. How, you may be asking? My pelvis hurts. No, not your normal pelvic pregnant pain. Im talking about the ‘I can’t move at all without assistance pain’.
My doctor, of course, wasn’t any kind of help. After some questions and help from others, I now know what is wrong. Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction.
What the hell is that?
Basically too much of the relaxin hormone softened and separated my pubic area. I’ve had two kids….this has never happened before and I’ve never been in this much pain. Just taking a shower is agony. Standing and trying to walk, I better have help. Tylenol helps a little, but not enough.
I would love to just lay in bed and try to avoid the pain, but there’s a problem with that. Nesting. I want to clean. Push a vacuum, wash the baseboards, scrub the bathrooms. Yep, not going to happen. If the significant other finds me laid out on the floor from vacuuming, it’ll be the last thing he’ll let me do before the baby comes.
Now here’s my other concern. Don’t laugh. When I tell people they laugh. I’ve had two kids, both vaginal. And now, I have a very relaxed birth canal. Is this third baby going to shoot right out when it’s time? Seriously? I don’t want to be on the way to the hospital and have her shoot out in the car.