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42 Week Update

Things have been crazy the past 14 days. We have already learned so much. There was a lot that we had ready to use for baby and other things we hadn’t even opened/washed yet. Things I found to be used the most were his newborn onesies with the mitten cuff, swaddles, and boppy. I have also gotten a lot of use of my medela pump which was completely covered by insurance!

Speaking of pumping, breast feeding has been the hardest task so far. In the hospital, Luca kept falling asleep while I was nursing and then waking up every 30-60 minutes to eat again, and I felt like he wasn’t getting enough to eat. The nurse suggested I pumped to see how much we were getting and to feed him sometimes by bottle. We found that to be a little less painful on me and good because Andre could feed the baby too. Once at home, I pumped as well because it seemed to be faster and again, less painful. However, I ended up with mastitis possibly from overproduction from pumping or from not being able to heal from constant feedings. I ended up meeting with a Lactation Consultant which was amazing. She confirmed that Luca was latching well and that we were doing things right, but suggested we slow down on pumping after the infection was gone and focus on breast feeding. She also gave me a nipple shield to try and protect me so I could finally heal. 3 days later and I am feeling much better. I don’t think I will stop pumping completely because I like being able to have extra milk in case he doesn’t get enough at one feeding with me and so daddy can help at night as needed.

The other hard thing  for us was swaddling at first. It is definitely an art form! But Andre has truly mastered it and get Luca back to sleep easily when he swaddles him (not so much for me!!) And sleeping– Luca is sleeping in his crib all night long! Sometimes he sleeps 2+ hours at a time and we have even gotten some 4+ hours. We are really lucky as he’s an overall easy baby. Hopefully that stays true!

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40 Week Update 

Luca Jacques Lama arrived at 6:08 on 9/29/17 (40 weeks exactly). He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long.  We are so in love with him.

Here is how it happened:

Thursday 9/28/17 11 am: I had my weekly doctor appointment today with one of my favorite obgyns (we had seen 11 different doctors). I was going to ask her the protocol on how late they let people go after the due date etc. We had talked previously about inducing me at 39 weeks for my low platelets but since they had been stable, I didn’t think it was much or an issue. She walked right in and said, “why haven’t we induced you yet?” (As I had seen a different doc the past two weeks since you don’t know who will deliver you). She and I decided that the sooner the better in case my platelets fell any lower and I needed any kind of spinal anesthesia. She booked me for that night at 5:00 to begin the process at the hospital and said that she would be delivering him tomorrow. I called Andre and told him we had to get ready to go today. I had everything packed but still felt anxious about heading to the hospital. This was it- go time!!

2:00 pm we had a nice big lunch as they told me that I couldn’t eat once I got to the hospital. We hurried home to pack up the car and finalize things (who would watch the dog, etc). I called the hospital at 4:00 to confirm our time and was told to wait until 7:00 now because they had a bunch of deliveries come in. So here we were ready to go and now had to wait.

7:00 pm We got to the hospital and waited for our room. We had lots of questions, vitals, etc. before they began the cervical ripening agent. I had 3 doses every 4 hours over the night. I was only 1 cm dilated when we came in so we knew there was a lot to go. We watched a bunch of movies and tried to sleep but being hooked up to a million things and thinking of the day to come, sleep was hard to come by.

9/29/17 7:00 am Andre and I were finally asleep when my doctor came in and woke us up. She got right to work and broken my water. They started me on anti biotics due to being step-b positive and started the pitocin. The morning wasn’t too bad as I used my breathing exercises we learned in class as the contractions got worse. I slowly moved to 3 and 4 cm dilated as they upped the pitocin. We continued to watch movies and I did some crosswords to distract myself. Unfortunately as the afternoon came, my contractions were much worse and closer together. My nurse was really great and helped coach me through the tougher contractions.

2:30 pm I was 6 cm dilated at this point. I asked for an epidural. My plan was to try and do this without the epidural but I was absolutely miserable with the pitocin making the contractions so close together and strong. At that point, they had to re-draw my blood for a most recent platelet count as the anesthesiogt wouldn’t do the epidural if it was lower than 100. 30 minutes later it came back at 100 so we called the anesthesiologist who said he would do it.

3:30 pm The epidural was placed and I soon felt calmer. By 4:00 I was 10 cm dilated. My doctor was in a c-section so my amazing nurse placed a peanut ball under me to help the baby descend and make pushing easier. I took a little nap and prepared to start pushing.

5:15 pm The nurse and Andre helped me begin pushing. They each had to hold me up because I couldn’t feel my legs. By 5:45 the doctor came in. Everyone was really supportive coaching me and at 6:08 Luca was here.

Overall, the day was long and tough but it went really well and we got the greatest gift at the end of it.

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39 Weeks – Andre’s Thoughts

January 20, 2017 seemed like a typical Friday. Fridays in our house usually consist of Colleen preparing a charcuterie assortment with wine poured waiting for me when I get home from work. She knows what time I am coming home as she texts me and asks when I am coming. This day was very typical. She texted me, and I told her I was on the way. When I walked in the front door, she asked me to come in the kitchen which too is very typical. This time, there wasn’t charcuterie or wine poured, there was a onesie, a “coolest dad ever sign”, a pink cupcake and a blue cupcake, and a positive pregnancy test. Colleen recorded my reaction to the card she handed me which was a combination of awe, excitement, happiness, and joy. I was going to be a dad, and couldn’t have been happier.

The next 9 months really went by fast. Colleen has been a trooper and overall has had an easy pregnancy compared to the horror stories we have heard from others. We made it a point to work out 3-4 times a week together. The looks she gets at the gym are priceless, as people cannot believe a pregnant woman is working out, but I love it, and just goes to show how determined Colleen is, and indicative of what a dedicated mother she will be. We made it a point to maintain our lifestyle; minus Colleen having wine of course 🙂 . We went out often, had dinners with friends, and stayed active. One thing that really surprised me about the over all process is how much your pregnancy is a part of society. People feel compelled to come up to you and ask you if you are “due any day” at 6 months, ask to feel your belly or simply just walk up and start touching, which has actually happened to Colleen! It has been a journey and was exciting to finally start to see the little guy kick, and move, and swim.

Now, we are at September 28, 1 day before his due date, and Colleen went to the Doctor who said “it’s time”. She is getting induced tonight at 7pm and he will likely come tomorrow! Now that the day is here, I can’t wait to meet the little guy and raise him to be a great human. I know I have a fantastic partner to embark on this next chapter of our lives, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. There are many emotions that are taking place right now, but most of all, excitement.  Next time you hear from us we will be Lama Table for 3! 4 including Harvey if we go to a dog friendly restaurant but 3 most of the time! 😉

 

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38 Week Update 

9/15/2017 – 38 Weeks

All systems go! Baby is ready for life on the outside now. His organs are mature, with the lungs having produced “surfactant,” which keeps the air sacks open during exhalation, making breathing effortless for baby like it is for you. Appearance-wise, baby continues to shed the “lanugo,” or body hair, along with some of the vernix on her skin. This shed material goes into the amniotic fluid, which in turn goes into baby, which in turn will go into a diaper sometime soon as meconium, the tarry black poop baby has for the first week or so. On average, the baby could weigh in at almost 7 pounds now, and is 19.5 inches long. 

We have been busy trying to do all the things we may not be able to do for a while with this little man on his way. We had a nice dinner Friday night, just the two of us.  Sunday, we went to a Bears vs. Buccaneers game. I was excited for the game, but wanted to also plan ahead considering walking long distance and heat are both hard for me. I tried to find a fan that I could take into the game with me, but they had a clear bag rule and I wasn’t sure that they would let me bring it in/ the fan I have didn’t fit in my wristlet. I also made sure to find a parking lot nice and close to the stadium. I called ahead to see what our best options were. They have golf carts that take people from the ADA lots, but I found a lot even closer that wouldn’t require a cart. We got there about an hour before the game and had a nice, close parking spot. They offered to let me use the elevators as well which was nice. However, they had an escalator right at the entrance, sow e just used that. I made sure to drink tons of water while there, too. Luckily, our seats got in the shade within 20 minutes of the game starting, which made sitting there so much nicer. I only had to take a few bathroom breaks which was good because we had some stairs to climb to get to our seats. I made it to the middle of the 4th quarter (my goal was to make it to at least half time!) The bears were terrible and lost the game, but Andre and I had an awesome time. I got so many sympathetic, feel-bad-for-you looks from people which was funny to me. One woman even told me how sorry she felt for me. I laughed and told her that coming to the game was my idea, so there was no reason to “feel bad for me” (other than my team losing!!!)

Here are some pictures from this weekend:

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37 Week Update

9/8/2017 – 37 Weeks

Years ago, the medical world would have considered baby to be “full term” this week. But “full term” now falls between weeks 39 and 41. Still, if baby were born this week, he would most likely thrive. Plus, you could probably still have a natural delivery at this point! But let’s get back to baby. He is 19 inches long and more than 6.3 pounds on average, and still gaining about an ounce each day. Baby continues to plump up, with fat accumulating in all the right areas to make him perfectly squishy—just in time for his birth day.

We had a very busy week preparing for what was supposed to be a category 4-5 hurricane coming to Tampa. We bought a lot of non-perishable foods, got water, filled up with gas, filled sandbags, etc. We moved around a lot in the house in case of flooding or if any windows were broken from anything flying around in the wind we expected to get. Thankfully, the hurricane was just a 1-2 by the time it got to us, there was no flooding, and our home had no damage!

I had learned the week before that dropping in barometric pressure could cause a woman to go into labor. The last thing I wanted was to be stuck somewhere and to have baby Lama on his way. We heard about women having babies on the bathroom floor at home and in shelters so I am really glad that wasn’t me! We are hoping for a little more of a relaxing week this coming week as we prepare for the arrival of this baby!

One thing that I have learned through this process is that you worry WAY more than ever before!! From the first trimester worrying something will happen to the little guy, to genetic screenings, diagnoses that aren’t that big of a deal, and so on. Even driving makes me more nervous because I have someone else in the car with me! There are so many things that can go wrong in pregnancy, but the good thing is, is that most of them (for us) are no big deal! We learned about what circumvallate placenta is (fetal membranes “double back” on the fetal side around the edge of the placenta), gestational thrombocytopenia (low platelet count), low B12, gestational anemia, and much more. Each time a new topic was brought up or discovered, it appeared scary and a little nerve-racking, but in the end, both the baby and I are healthy. We are so lucky and grateful that things have gone smoothly for us.

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36 Week Update

9/1/2017 – 36 Weeks

Baby’s still about 20 inches long, but he’s probably up to about 6 pounds in weight this week. And it’s just about all systems go for baby. His lungs and respiratory system are just about ready for the outside world. If baby were born today, chances are good she’d be able to breathe on her own. Baby’s digestive system is ready for action too. Up until this point, baby’s only been drinking amniotic fluid, but once the first drops of colostrum hit baby’s system, the digestive system kicks into gear.

We’ve got just about 4 weeks to go (or until the due date!) So Andre and I decided to take one last weekend away to the beach for Labor Day Weekend. We went to Siesta Key and rented a cottage that allowed our other son (Harvey) to join us. It’s much harder to walk to the beach at 9 months pregnant, but I did my best and Andre was patient with my slow walking. It was so nice to have time to relax on the beach, sleep in, and not worry about anything. The water felt amazing and to enjoy some nice book-reading time was great too. We are some delicious food and had a little too much ice cream! I got one more maternity swim suit as things are starting to become too tight again (lol). This one I got off of amazon and I loved how it fit!

Here are this weekend’s pictures:

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35 Week Update

8/25/17 – 35 Weeks

Babies are on average 5.5 pounds and 20 inches long this week. Back at 20 weeks, baby was only about 2% body fat. Now that number’s closer to 15%, and it will reach around 35% by birth. Expect a soft, squishy little chub! Something else that stays soft is baby’s skull. This is to accommodate baby’s rapidly growing brain, but more importantly, to make it easier for you to birth the little guy! The soft skull will change shape, or “mould,” during delivery, which accounts for the cone-headed appearance some babies get. But don’t worry, baby’s skull reverts back to its normal shape within a few days.

One thing I started was packing the bag for the hospital. Anywhere from 35-37 weeks you should start packing your bag just in case the little one comes early. You can pack two bags- one for the delivery room and one for the baby/mother suite following. But what is it that we actually need to pack?

  • Photo ID, insurance info, hospital forms and a birth plan (if you have one). Most hospitals will let you pre-register online!
  • Eyeglasses (if you wear them)
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Two or three pairs of warm, nonskid socks (for walking the halls before and after labor)
  • A warm robe or sweater you don’t mind sacrificing to the cause
  • Chapstick and lotion (hospitals are very dry)
  • Headband or ponytail holder
  • Sugar-free hard candy or lozenges to keep your mouth moist during labor (candy with sugar will make you thirsty)
  • Non-perishable snacks and change for the vending machines
  • Toiletries and personal items: hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact lens case and solution (remember, travel-sized products are your friends)
  • Loose, lightweight clothing (maternity wards can often be hot)
  • Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity sizes, and flat shoes

Other Optional hospital bag checklist items for mom

  • Very light reading (think magazines and newspapers, not War and Peace)
  • Earbuds to listen to music or speaker system
  • A comfy pillow from home (with a case that can get ruined, in a pattern distinguishable from hospital white)
  • A few pairs of maternity underwear; hospital should give you some disposable pairs
  • A ruin-able nightgown (you can use those lovely hospital gowns, but your own might help you feel more human)
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Nipple cream
  • Some basic makeup and make up remover if you want some pictures taken
  • Sandals for the shower
  • Swim suit for the shower if you want the nurse or someone to assist you.
  • Medications (hospital provides you with them, but you can also bring your own).
  • Dry shampoo
  • Portable fan
  • Exercise ball (the hospital should have some, but you may want your own).

Hospital Bag Checklist for Baby: the hospital will have a lot of the stuff that you “need” but here are some things you still need and some that you may just want.

  • Approved infant car seat
  • A coming-home outfit (bring clothes in different sizes to make sure they fit!) Remember the hospital will be cold and so will baby!!
  • Warm blankets (for the ride home)
  • If you have a preference on diapers, formula, bottles, bring those things as well.

Hospital Bag Checklist for Partner: You’ve meticulously gone through the hospital bag checklist for mom and baby—but don’t forget about packing a bag for your partner! Since you’ll both likely be spending a night or two (or more) in the maternity ward, gather up some overnight essentials—plus a few things to keep your partner occupied (labor can last for a good long while). Here’s what to put in your partner’s hospital bag:

  •  Cell phone, laptop, chargers
  • A change of clothes (underwear, pants, shirts, jacket in case it’s cold)
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, contact lens case and solution
  • Snacks
  • Entertainment, whether it’s something to read, listen to or watch
  • Camera or video camera with batteries, charger and an extra memory card
  • Any daily prescription medication

Here is this weeks photo. What in the world is a Durian?!

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