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  • A little disappointed

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    11/3/11

    I'm feeling a little disappointed after my doctor appointment today. The last two weeks the doctors have told me that I'm 1cm dilated and 50-60% effaced. Today was the same though Dr. Jamison, a new doctor to me, told me I was much less effaced. I really don't like the sound of moving backwards.

    At the beginning of the exam she talked to us about when to call the hospital. She said it's much more comfortable to labor at home so we shouldn't call the hospital unless my water breaks or when my contractions get so bad that I'm crying or want to cry and they are 5 minutes or less apart for at least an hour. I was a little concerned about this timing since we live 20 minutes from the hospital, but she said that's not going to be a problem. She's never had anyone not make it to the hospital.

    I'm wondering if my water will break. I know that not everyone experiences this. Sometimes the doctor has to use this hook thing that looks kind of like a crochet hook to break the sack that holds the amniotic fluid before delivery. Sometimes the sack breaks high so there's a slow leak and sometimes it breaks low and it's a gush of fluid. Sometimes contractions start before your water breaks, sometimes they start after and in rare cases they don't start at all and that means the doctor needs to give you pitocin to induce labor and start contractions. Once your water breaks the baby needs to be delivered within 24 hours or there's a risk of infection.

    So now we're all ready to get ourselves to the doctor, but it looks like we have to wait a little longer. She did try to make us feel better by telling us that most babies are delivered between one week before and one week after their due date. Our due date is next Saturday so between the 6th and the 19th we'll most likely meet our baby.

    On our way in to the appointment today we ran into a lady that we had Lamaze and Breastfeeding class with who is due November 10th, she said that she's not dilated at all nor is she effaced. She also said that her baby hasn't started dropping yet. She is showing symptoms of preeclampsia though so they're probably going to induce her next week.

    I wish I could know when she's coming, but I don't want to be induced if I don't have to be.

    I hope that by next week we'll see some progress. I'd really like to meet our baby soon. We're both so excited. Everytime I take a deep breath Josh reaches for his contraction timer.

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  • 5 Things to do before giving birth

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    11/2/11

    Babycenter.com has been a very informative site for me to use throughout this pregnancy. Surfing it today I found a list of 5 Things To Do Before Giving Birth.

    1. Have your house cleaned. Perhaps this is why we go through the nesting stage? Josh and I are trying to stay up on the house work because we know that when we come home from the hospital we won't be interested in doing it and we're expecting visitors when we arrive home and will probably have no energy to do a quick clean.
    2. Prepare food. Josh and I have some meals prepared and in the freezer knowing that we won't feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen once baby arrives. Besides I'll be so busy feeding her I will probably need to be reminded to eat.
    3. Indulge in a little pampering. I won't be spending much time doing my nails or curling my hair once baby comes and my visits to the salon will probably be much shorter. I actually mentioned today that I really need a manicure. I should probably schedule that in the next couple days so I can fit that in before baby comes. I won't be getting one after she comes. The doctor also suggested I get a massage because that will help ease my back pain from baby dropping.
    4. Have some fun. Arrange a date night is what the website suggested. We actually haven't gone out in a while. We've been staying in a lot trying to save money knowing that we're going to be spending a lot more soon between hospital bills, daycare and diapers. So maybe we should take a night and splurge a little. Dinner and a movie maybe.
    5. Find a doctor for your baby. Last week we set up a consultation with a pediatrician that was recommended to us which was really nice. We got to ask him about his practice, his family and his beliefs and got to determine whether or not we agree with his views before we make him our baby's doctor. We decided that Dr. Locher at Saint Michael's Hospital is just fine with us. He has lots of experience and he is right on par with our ideas of what we'd like for our children. I felt kinda weird at first setting up the appointment I actually asked the woman on the phone if it was strange of me to request a meeting with the doctor. She told me that a lot of parents do it and that it's perfectly acceptable. Thank goodness because I feel much better now that we have a doctor and we know what to expect from him.
    What do you think of these tips? Do you have any to add?

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  • Happiest Baby on the Block

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    11/1/11

    The next class that Josh and I are taking through Ministry Health Care at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital is called "Happiest Baby on the Block." Two years ago the ladies of "The View" had Dr. Harvey Karp the creator of "Happiest Baby on the Block" check it out: 

    At the class we'll get a copy of the DVD and we'll be putting these techniques to the test.

    Did you take this class? Do these techniques work?

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  • How to Swaddle Your Baby

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/31/11

    I have learned in all the parenting classes that the most effective way to calm a baby is by swaddling. In fact we got a swaddle sleeper at one of the classes and they tell me that I'll get one at the hospital too. 

    Here's a video that explains how to do it from babycenter.com:

    Did you swaddle your baby? Did it calm your fussy baby?

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  • Hidden dangers for newborns

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/28/11

    Josh and I are trying to figure out how to make our house baby safe. In doing so I found an article that talks about hidden dangers for newborns. Here's what we learned:

    • SIDS. We've heard a lot about SIDS in all of our parenting classes and how important it is to make sure baby is safe when sleeping. There shouldn't be anything in the crib with baby at all. Baby can be wrapped in a swaddler at night (not a swaddling blanket, but a swaddle sleeper) and should aways be placed on her back. The crib sheet should fit tight and the bumpers removed (mesh bumpers are fine). The baby should be placed with her feet near the end of the crib. Never use a positioner, babies won't choke while sleeping. If they spit up they have a natural reflex to swallow.
    • Diaper changes. You're probably thinking how are diaper changes dangerous? If you're using a changing table baby can roll off. Make sure that everything you need is at arms length and ignore all other distractions while changing baby. Josh and I don't even have a changing table. We have a fold up changing station that lays out on the floor that holds a few diapers and a travel pack of wipes.
    • Bathing. Baby shouldn't be submerged in water until after she looses her umbilical cord so while we're sponge bathing her we need to keep a hand on her at all times so she doesn't roll off the table. Once we can bath her in the tub or sink we can't leave her unattended for even a second. It only takes a couple of inches of water for a baby to drown. Those bath seats give parents a false sense of security. It is possible for those to tip over.
    • Falls. Eliminate any chance of falling down while holding baby. Use night lights, put carpet grips under rugs, remove all trip hazards like cords and clutter, and make sure that you have tight railings. I find myself tripping on the baby gate we have set up for the dogs, because I try stepping over it instead of moving it out of the way. I gotta get out of that habit.

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  • Baby Clothes

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/27/11

    baby's closet

    Baby has a lot of clothes. The good thing is they range in size from newborn to 24 months. Babies grow out of things so fast I want to be ready with the next size at all times. 

    We have 5 newborn outfits. However, if this baby comes out over 8 pounds like the doctor is predicting they are all for naught. She will be in 0-3month right away or at least we hope. If she's bigger like my brother was we may be brining her home in 3-6month clothes. I should probably wash a bunch of those to be safe. All of baby's 0-3 month and newborn clothes are washed and ready to go. 

    Little girl clothes are so cute! Lots of people bought her clothes for the shower, which is where most of her new clothes came from. My mom and I also bought a ton of clothes at garage sales over the summer. In my opinion there is no point in buying new clothes for babies or little kids because they grow out of them so fast. Lots of the clothes we bought at garage sales still had price tags on them from the stores!

    The one outfit I did buy our daughter new was a Santa suit! It was so cute I couldn't resist and this will be her first Christmas. It has red and white striped leggings and a little fuzzy red dress with white faux fur trim and a stitched on black belt. It even comes with a Santa hat! I hope we have her in time to do family pictures for Christmas cards!

    I am so excited to dress her up. It'll be like having a living doll. Just like when I was 8 and had a new baby sister to dress up, feed and change. I loved tending to my baby sister. There were many mornings I'd have the baby up, changed and dressed before my mom even got out of bed. The only thing I couldn't do was feed her. This is why my mom was so surprised that it took me so long to have a baby of my own.

    What are some tips for shopping for baby clothes?

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  • Back aches

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/26/11

    So now that baby has dropped my back has been killing me! When I walk I feel sharp twinges in my back. I went to my chiropractor and that helped a little. My doctor suggested I put a heating pad or a warm corn bag on my back. That helps for a little while. Doc says it's pretty normal to have back pain at this point in pregnancy.

    The worst part is that it's so hard to get comfortable at night. I have my body pillow, but I want to roll over on my back. I also find myself putting the body pillow behind my back and sleeping on my right side instead of my left. The ideal position for a pregnant woman especially one as pregnant as me is on her left side.

    Some people commented saying that their labor started as back pain. My doc doesn't think this is the case for me. At least not yet.

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  • Another Doctor Appointment

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/25/11

    We have another doctor appointment today. I'll get checked for more dilation and effacement and we'll get an idea of how close we're getting to D-day. I've been thinking a lot about D-day. What are the signs that it's actually here. My biggest fear is going into labor while I'm at work and not having anyone to drive me to the hospital. Josh is an hour and 15 minutes south of Wausau and our hospital is 45 minutes south of Wausau. I'd really like some warning so that I don't get stuck in that situation. However, everything that I've read says there really aren't any clear cut warning signs. The signs of labor can start occuring weeks before the baby actually comes. Here are the warning signs that I've found:

    1. Baby drops. This happens a few weeks before baby comes. My baby has already started dropping.
    2. More Braxton Hicks Contractions. I feel them sometimes, but not real often. Some women start feeling them in their second trimester.
    3. Cervix begins to open and soften up. We know that's already started from my last appointment and we'll get an update today. But I could be 3cm dilated for 2 weeks before I actually go into labor.
    4. Pass your mucus plug. This is the thickened mucus that's been sealing the cervical canal for the last 9 months. This sounds really gross. When this happens it could still be a matter of several days before labor starts.
    5. Water breaks. Some women need to have their water broken at the hospital while some women have a slow leak and others have a big rush before or after labor starts. If contractions don't start right away after your water breaks you have to go in to have labor induced because that puts the baby at risk for infection. So this is a sign that you are in labor.
    The best way to know if labor has started is by contractions. When contractions get stronger and more regular you are in labor. I expect with this being our first baby that I'll be in labor for a long time. My mom was also in labor for a long time which is a clue that I probably will be too. 

    My dad said to me on Sunday, "I sure hope you're little girl doesn't give you the scare you gave us." My poor parents had no family here to support them or help them through the crazy ordeal of my birth, their first baby. My mom was in labor for a long time with me and the fetal monitor that they had straped to her belly stopped. They were all alone in the room no nurses or anything so my dad had to run out and get someone. I was under stress and my heartbeat kept stopping so they had to put a different kind of fetal monitor inside her womb and into my scalp. They thought they were going to have to take me by C section which of course freaked both my parents out, but I ended up being born the old fashioned way and I was fine. They did rip the fetal monitor out of my head though instead of twisting it giving me a nice scar on my head that I still carry around with me to this day. It's about the size of a dime and perfectly round. We lovingly refer to it as my bald spot. The doctor told my mom they could fix it by stretching my scalp and stitching it. I told my mom that I'll wait until I start getting wrinkles then have them stretch my scalp to see if it helps :)

     

    How did you know that you were in labor?

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  • C Section

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/24/11

    I'm so jealous of my sister and Charli at our sister station in Green Bay they are both able to plan exactly when their babies are going to arrive while I sit here and wait for the surprise. They are both having a planned cesarean. I'm not sure what Charli's story is, but I know my sister's. When my sister was in labor with my nephew Hayden nearly 5 years ago they tried to make her deliver vaginally. Well that didn't work out so well. My sister is tiny and even though the baby was just over 7 pounds he was too big to fit through her pelvis. Finally after making her push for hours they decided to do an emergency C-section which freaked everyone including her out. When Hayden was delivered his poor little face was so swollen up and black and blue that they couldn't take his birth picture until the 3rd day and even then he still had two black eyes. So after that epic fail the doc told her they're going to schedule her C-section for 10 days before her due date so she doesn't go into labor. A planned C-section is still major surgery so not ideal, but so much less stressful than an emergency one. 

    There are a few reasons a woman could have a planned C-section.

    • You've had one before or you've had another uterine surgery before that could put you at risk for your previous incision to rupture during vaginal delivery. 
    • If you are carrying more than one baby. 
    • Your baby is expected to be very large which is most common in diabetic mothers. 
    • Baby is breech instead of head down and can't be turned. 
    • Placenta previa which is when the placenta covers the cervix. 
    • Some sort of obstruction like a fibroid. 
    • Mom is HIV positive. 

    These are the reasons for an emergency C-section.

    • Your cervix stops dilating or your baby stops moving down the birth canal.
    • Baby's heartrate becomes a concern.
    • The umbilical cord slips through the cervix before baby which could cut off the baby's oxygen supply.
    • The placenta starts to pull away from the uterine wall before the baby is delivered cutting off the oxygen supply.
    • You have a genital herpes outbreak when you go into labor or when your water breaks. A C-section will protect the baby from getting infected.
    Though it may sound nice to be able to schedule the birth of your baby a C-section is really not the ideal way to give birth. It is major surgery and the recovery time is longer than a vaginal birth. You're also put on a lot of restrictions after such a surgery that you don't have after a vaginal delivery.
    I know you can't predict how your delivery will go, but I sure hope mine doesn't include a C-section for my husband's sake more so than my own. That's a lot of stress on dad when it comes down to an emergency C-section even though in most cases he can be there for the surgery it's still freaky to see your wife and unborn child be wheeled away in a hurry to the operating room because something is wrong. 
    I know that no matter what happens I'll be in good hands with the doctors and nurses at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point.
    Did you have to have a C-section? Planned or unplanned?

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  • Waiting game

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/21/11

    babySometimes it's kind of strange to think that there's a miniature human being in my belly. She no longer looks like an tadpole or an alien, she actually looks like a baby in there. I imagine she has my eyes and Josh's nose, my smile and Josh's ears, and Josh's blond hair that will eventually turn brown.

    This amazing little creation can hear, see, swallow, suck, move, grab, feel warm and cold, and even breathe. All of her organs are fully developed and ready for the world outside the womb.

    This little person is going to be born soon and she'll recognize our voices, but see our faces for the first time.She won't be able to see much more than 8 inches in front of her face for a while and she won't be able to see colors right away either.

    She'll be out of her tight surroundings so she'll like to be swaddled so she doesn't startle herself with her wild arm movements. It will comfort her to be held close so that she can hear the sound of my heart like she did inside the womb. 

    She'll give us clues that she's hungry and hopefully we catch them before she starts to cry. She'll need us for everything. Especially love. And after how long we struggled to have her we have more than enough love to give. We are so ready for this new chapter of our lives and so excited for the challenges ahead.

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  • Nursing apparel

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/20/11

    questionIs it inappropriate for me to blog about nursing apparel? I know that nursing makes some people uncomfortable, but I've blogged about breastfeeding in the past and no one has complained. I'm not sure where the line is so I'll apologize in advance to those who are offended by this discussion and if I get complaints I'll remove this blog. I hope I won't have to though because I really need some advice from other nursing mothers. 

    Here's my situation. I have purchased 3 nursing tops and one pair of nursing pajamas. I don't want to go overboard because I don't have a clue what size I'll be once the baby is born. I have some button down tops that I know will work too that I wore in early/mid pregnancy. The real issue I have is purchasing nursing bras. As if my boobs haven't swelled up enough now I understand that they'll get even bigger once my milk comes in. If this is the case how do I buy a nursing bra? I would like to try to buy at least 2 before baby comes so I'm not trying to pack up a new born and run to the store in my first few days home or worse guessing at a size and buying on line. Is buying early going to be okay? Do you have any tips that could help me?

    My due date is November 12th and the doctor said I'm pretty much ready to go whenever baby decides she wants to make her appearance so time is of the essence. Thank you for your advice in advance.

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  • Baby Update 36 Weeks

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    10/19/11

    Ministry

    We saw the doctor yesterday for our 36 week check up. My regular doctor, Dr. Keegan, has the best attitude. He's always upbeat, and yesterday he seemed as excited for us as we are. We're getting really close now. As part of the exam he felt the baby to make sure she's in the right position and as he did so he put his hand on her head and his other hand on her rump just over my belly button and told me he thinks she's about 7 pounds right now and head down. He asked us each what our birth weights were because that does factor into the size of our baby. Well, I was pretty average 7 pounds 2 ounces and Josh was tiny at just over 5 pounds. Dr. Keegan says he's guessing our baby will be on the big side of normal, which is around 8 pounds.

    By Dr. Keegan's assessment this baby is ready to make her appearance any day now. I'm 1cm dialated and 50-60% effaced. As we were leaving the doc said, "We'll see you next week. Unless you have that baby before then." I was betting on her being late, but I'm starting to think Josh may be right we may have this baby early.

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