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Our Birth Story

First, let me remind you of what we anticipated our (non) birth plan to be, prior to this day and what we had already updated it with prior to everything happening.

Quickly going through what we had anticipated and what actually happened, it's comforting to know that we actually were able to accomplish A LOT of things on our list that we had "planned" to do.  I was offered an epidural and continually denied it; I labored off the bed, on a exercise ball; I labored with dim lights and minimal visitors; the use of breathing techniques to get me through my labor and we didn't have visitors for almost 8 hours after he was born.  Oh and yes, I was (still am) able to breastfeed, exclusively.

With all of that said, things didn't pan out the way we had thought.  But the way it all worked out, we couldn't be more thrilled and we really wouldn't change a thing.

This is the birth story of Coen...

June 9, 2011

9:00am - Scheduled Dr. appointment for an ultrasound and non…

It finally hit me...

I'd been really strong through our pregnancy.  I hadn't really expressed a lot of emotions through it all that would show how grateful I was to finally be pregnant and no longer struggling to become pregnant.

I hadn't really cried about it, because I was so overjoyed that excitement always overpowered tears.

Then Coen arrived and I lost it.

I lose it, just about every day.

I look at him and think, Oh. My. Gosh.  This baby is mine.  This beautiful little being, my husband and I created.  This little boy loves me so much that I will never know any other kind of love.  My little sweet baby, that I carried for 9 months, is here.

And then I just cry.

Tears of joy that I just cannot stop.  Tears that I had kept inside for so many months because I just wanted to be strong.

It's just an emotion that I've been dying to express and now I get to look at my little boy be reminded of this joy, daily.

It's overwhelming.  My husband always reminds me that I'm allowed to b…

Happy 1st Father's Day...

To my husband, who sat by my side for 11 hours of labor, coached me through every breath, told the nurses repeatedly that I didn't need an epidural, fed me ice chips, applied chapstick, held my hand,  kissed me over and over.... and was the most supportive person I could've asked for through my labor.

To the father of our child, thank you for changing every diaper (except for a few), reminding me about breastfeeding steps, keeping me awake through the middle of the night feedings, loving our son with all of your heart and being the best father anyone could ask for.

Happy 1st Father's Day!


Coen Thomas (aka Sprout)

Born June 10, 2011. Weighing 7 lbs 7.8 oz. Measuring 20 inches long.
Absolutely the love of our lives.
More details to come soon, for now, I'm soaking up every moment I have with this little one.

Sprout | 40 wks 4 days

To eliminate all negative, I thought I would start naming my posts as the weeks/days I am pregnant, verses the days that I am beyond my due date.  Just makes me feel better.

Yesterday wasn't a very happy day.  I teared up and then cried at the pediatrician's office.  It wasn't his fault.  He was saying how he heard about me wanting to come in and it was just dependant of me going into labor last weekend or not.  Since I didn't, he was happy to see me and all.  He was funny, but I wasn't having a good day.  When I said that my due date was last Saturday and that I was just a little frustrated that I was still pregnant, the tears just started streaming.

What I have to remind myself of is that this is totally normal.  Just because some women go early, doesn't mean that all should and will.  I had such confidence last week and even early this week, but boy do the people just bring you down.

My doctor is confident in me and my body.  She's seen and heard how he&…

Sprout | -3 days past EDD

I'm here.

I'm pregnant.

My appointment yesterday was good.

I had my membranes stripped and my dr. said that the baby is in good position.

She said I'm about 80% effaced and 1 1/2 dilated.

I bled a lot following my appointment (because of the membranes) and I'm still lightly bleeding this morning.

We were really hoping that something would've taken off last night, but it didn't.

I'm a little frustrated this morning, but I'm home resting/working and enjoying my day.

I plan on walking in about 1 hour and then again around 1pm... just to see if that will help goose things along.  We'll see.

Anyway, no baby.  Just getting closer...

Sprout | -2 days past EDD

I'm still here.

We didn't have the baby yet.

I am at work and if I could just get my co-workers to stop coming by my desk and asking, "no baby yet?" that would be awesome.  But they won't.  It's annoying for me especially since I still have a baby in my belly, but from what I understand it's especially annoying for my husband since he doesn't have the physical appearance of a pregnancy with him daily.  His response is going to be, "I'm here and decided that it would be best to be start out as the absentee father..." They'll love it but maybe stop asking him about it if he starts there.

The comments and things surrounding him not arriving are much more annoying than the fact that I'm still pregnant.  I'm really okay with it.  Seriously.

I know that I'm just prolonging the inevitable, but we chose to be here and we are.  This week will answer some more questions for us and we'll see how things have changed.  I'm hop…

Sprout's Route | 39 weeks (1 day until EDD)

Yes, I'm still here.

I have 1 day left until I've reached my due date.  Crazy to think that just weeks ago I was saying, "it could be any day now..."  But then that didn't happen.

Today, I'm wearing a portion of this outfit.  It's funny to see what it looked like at 26 weeks and now at 39 weeks.

So, since this is probably (hopefully) my last update for my week to week updates... I thought I'd go back to the format I used for so many weeks and then stopped using for whatever reason...

How am I feeling? I'm feeling pretty good still.  Earlier this week wasn't the best few days for me, but I made it through and I'm still feeling pretty darn good.  My heartburn is back, my chest (where my belly meets my boobs) doesn't feel all that great, I have feet in my ribs again, my feet are ULTRA swollen, and I'm ready to either retire to the couch or bed at a moment's notice.  But in effort to get this baby moving, I've been taking walks,…

Brown Dress

I need your help.

I'm in my sister's wedding in the first week in July and I need a dress.

We're supposed to wear brown.  Chocolate brown and in any style that we pick.

I've looked but honestly, haven't had much luck.  Plus, with a big 'ol belly, it doesn't make it easy to know how it will really fit, when I try it on.

This is what I had found so far...

A t-shirt teared dress that is really cheap and light weight.

Outside of that, I haven't had much luck.

Aside from this Merona Women's Artist Dress in Rumcake from Target...

Could you help me find something?  Please.

Sprout | 2 days

While holding a 9 month old this morning at my desk (because her grandma was coming to pick her up and not there yet...), I had her sitting on my non-existent lap.  I was surrounded by her mom, another co-worker and the owner of the company.

These are the comments I got, in under 5 minutes of having her in my arms...

Mom talking to baby: "She's got a baby in her belly.  Find the baby.  Where's the baby?"

Owner, shouting across the hallway to me: "This is how it's going to be for the next 9 years... you ready?"

Co-worker, who is younger than me and while I ADORE her... I was sad to have her comment hit a nerve to day too.... She says to me, just as the baby leans to grab something on my desk while "sitting" on my lap: "Oh, first time mom FAIL."  Made me feel like a failure and I hadn't even had a chance to prove myself yet.  Dammit.  Oh well, just in good humor, right?

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I know that I'm just a hormonal bitch r…

Sprout | 3 days

I had my scheduled 39 week appointment with my doctor yesterday and while we saw her on the way back to our room, she wasn't able to meet with us yesterday.  She had to leave to deliver a baby just after we saw her in the hallway.  Sort of bitter sweet, but don't fret... we still were seen.  This was the first and only time that we were seen by someone other than my dr. 

We were seen by the Nurse Practitioner.  She was nice, but boy was she aggressive.  The appointment went well, even though I was literally sore afterward.  She answered our questions and even said that as my dr. was running out the door that she wanted to know if I would want to schedule my induction for next week.  I told the NP, no.  I didn't want to do that.

I want to wait.  I want to wait for him to make his appearance and if my dr. will let me wait... I'm going to do it.  I don't want to drag him out if he's not ready.  Plus, if I feel him move and know that he's doing alright, then I…