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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Un Update & My Birth Story

Well, little Hudson is now 3 weeks old. Time sure does fly by! He's growing like a weed but I'm not too sure how much he actually weighs right now.. at birth he was 8lbs15oz and at the week 2 check up he was 9lbs 12 oz.. so yeah, doing just fine here in the milk department. I think he actually gets overwhelmed and starts to choke during my let down because there's just too much milk! We're still in the baby acne phase and I'm so ready for it to be over.. this poor little guy's face is a mess :(

Landon is doing well and slowly adjusting to life as a big brother. He definitely loves him and shows it with cute kisses and hugs. I'm pretty sure however that when my hands are full feeding or changing he still wants mommy's attention a little more so than he would have before. I'm thinking this is a pretty normal reaction for a two year old :) Thank goodness for feeling good too because we've been out and about I think four out of four days this week! Landon has his friends to play with, Hudson sleeps in the carrier, and Mommy gets to visit!

As for me, I feel pretty good :) I'm feeling fairly healed up and have been back on the keegle train. When you realize that you are peeing your pants you know it's time to start exercising again :-p I've also started going for walks this week (like 30-40 min walks) in hopes that next week I can start running and/or going up and over Mt.Tolmie like I did after I had Landon. It's a huge hill that we can see from our place and I know it helped get my bum back in shape last time around :)

Now on to my birth story.. I better get it written down before I start to forget (yea right, like I could forget an experience like that!).

My Birth Story
Well, on Tuesday July 5th I had a midwife appointment, my cervix measured super soft and 3cm dilated. The midwife suggested that I try the castor oil route (I was 5 days overdue). So that night I mixed up my orange juice and castor oil concoction in the magic bullet and left it in the fridge ready to go for my early morning drink.

I set my alarm for 4am (as suggested by the midwife. Get a big long sleep in before you try it!) and mixed up the concoction once more before I gulped it down. I was told it would take an hour or two for anything to happen so I should just go back to bed. Well.. that didn't work so well. Instead, at 4:05 I had my first contraction. Freaky! Maybe it worked a little too well? Not sure.. or perhaps my body was just so ready it just tipped it over the edge very quickly? Anywho.. contractions continued, and so did my visits to the washroom(this is what castor oil does - causes contractions of the uterus and bowel area). I didn't mind it too much as it was manageable except for the light nausea that I had for a few hours. Contractions started pretty intense and were 4-5 min apart right off the bat.

Labouring through contractions for the first 4 hours or so was almost.. I hate to say it, but.. easy!? The contractions hurt so much, but this little baby of mine was not posterior, and therefore, I could actually relax between contractions. Landon had been posterior, so even between contractions I had intense back pain. At 7 or 8 my friend Michelle came and took Landon to her house to play(Thanks Michelle!), and Jeff and I talked to the midwife and decided it was time to head to the hospital. By this time the contractions were a bit closer together.. maybe 2.5-3 minutes apart and getting pretty intense. The car ride was yucky, and I got a little freaked out when Jeff yelled back saying that he had missed the exit! AHH! It turned out fine, but was definitely a moment of panic.

We arrived at the hospital, got our room, hooked up to the monitor, and our midwife met us there. I was checked and measured only 5cm, but went up to 7cm during contractions. I'm not sure exactly what time this was at.. but I laboured for a bit more (maybe an hour.. ?) and suddenly started feeling the urge to push. The midwife checked me again and I was 10cm! Woo! She then broke my waters with a chopstick like object and then I was ready to go! I just love how I could actually talk and joke between contractions!

Pushing was interesting.. it was like it was my first time since with Landon I had had an epidural. Surprisingly it didn't really hurt.. until later on of course :-p I pushed in quite the array of places too.. washroom, beside the bed, on the bed, squatting.. After 2 hours of pushing they were obliged to call in an obstetrician. I'm not sure if that was only because it was a VBAC or if that is standard for all births.. Anywho, they told me that they were going to get him in 15 min, and that could mean using alternative methods of getting baby out. So out came the mirror to urge me on.

Thankfully I started making some good progress pretty quickly and the obstetrician was okay with me continuing on. He suggested using a vacuum but once he heard about my previous vacuum experience he held back. I was considering it even though I knew that if it didn't work I would end up with a c-section.. Thankfully Jeff was there to talk some sense in to me and pretty much tell the midwife and OB to zip it and that I had loads of energy left! Thanks for believing in me hunny! :) Anywho.. onward I went and after 2 hours and 45 min little Hudson began arriving.!? I don't mean to be too graphic.. but the image that will never leave me is while in the pushing stage, looking at the mirror and seeing his head there.. eyes closed. I said something like " ahh! What if there isn't another contraction and he doesn't come all the way out'!? .. the OB responded with "well then I guess he only gets half a name" :-p... I think another quote of mine was " Who does this!?!?" (i think that was during the ring of fire :-p ) .

Out our baby boy came, and his beautiful slimy body was put on my chest. The feeling that I have longed to experience.. pushing out a baby and holding him skin to skin, me crying with a huge smile on my face and Jeff there at my side :)

I'm so happy that you are in our life Hudson. I cannot wait to spend countless times feeding you, gazing at you, smiling with you, tickling you and just being with you :)

I hope there weren't too many spelling mistakes in there! :) Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mommy's Little Photo shoot :)

Today I had a professional photographer come in to our house and take some lovely photos of our new little bundle. I've always wanted to be a good baby photographer, and really wish I had some great newborn photos of Landon. So this time around, I splurged a bit and hired someone. However, I can't help trying some things on my own.. and after watching what she did I gave it another try. I know I only have about the first 10 days of his life to really capture that newborn look and put him in all kinds of funny arrangements, so I thought I better get started!

Here are a few photos that that I got from our little mini shoot today :)








Welcome Baby Boy Hudson :)

He has arrived! This past Wednesday we welcomed the newest addition to our family, our beautiful baby boy named Hudson Oscar Mottishaw. He weighed in at 8lbs 15ounces and was 21 inches long. I am also so excited to say that I had a drug free VBAC! I still can't believe it :) So far both baby and momma are doing great!

Perhaps I'll write the official birth story on here in a few days for whomever is interested. All I can say for now is boy oh boy was it sure different than my first attempt :)

Here are a few photos from the exciting day!



Monday, July 4, 2011

Inducing Labour... or so I thought!

Well, I'm still pregnant! I've heard so many different ideas from everyone on how to get labour started and/or to get your body ready for labour and boy have I tried a lot! I was lying at the acupuncturist today trying to think of all of the things I've tried thus far and I thought I would write them down. It just goes to show.. baby will come when he wants to :)

Things I've done to either get my body ready(cervix) or attempt to induce labour:

- Went for long walks
- Ate spice food
- Had sex
- Pushed on acupressure points
- Went for massages
- Had several acupuncture induction treatments
- Drank litres of red raspberry leaf tea
- Taken homeopathic remedies daily for a month now (black and blue cohosh)
- Scrubbed the floors
- Finished big projects around the house
- Baked cookies and cupcakes
- Weeded the gardens.. again.. and again..
- Went for a pedicure
- Went to a super funny movie (good belly laugh to induce labour)
- Had four stretch and sweeps (midwife going internally to move things along)
- Rubbed castor oil on the belly before bed (5 nights now)
- Forced myself to do the stairs before bed sometimes.. up and down 5 times lady!

I'm sure that I've forgotten something.. but you get the picture :) I'm 40 weeks and 5 days now and I think at 41 weeks 1 or 2 days I'm going to try the lovely castor oil drink and perhaps have another stretch and sweep. Let's hope that it doesn't come to that!

Yes I know a lot of people can just wait it out until the medical induction. With me however I've got a c-section looming ahead on the 14th of July as I've had a previous c-section and am not allowed to be induced here in Victoria, hence why I'm trying everything!

Perhaps now I'll just take a friend's advice and lie on the couch and eat some ice cream :)