I feel like all the "hype" of blogging has slowly faded + I just don't have any extra time to sit and write.
SO much has happened since my last entry and since Hazel is now 5 months, I figured it was time to catch up.
My pregnancy with our new sweet babe was different in e v e r y single way than it was with Hadley.
Like I said in my last entry, I was sick, but it wasn't as bad as it was with Hadley. I never threw up, which is always a bonus! I never slept. I had horrible acid reflux. Pretty much everything I ate caused me to have constant acid in my throat.
I also get this "condition" called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) while pregnant. It's only present in some pregnant women.
"The symphysis pubis is a stiff joint that connects the two halves of your pelvis. This joint is strengthened by a dense network of tough, flexible tissues (ligaments). Your body produces a hormone called relaxin, which softens your ligaments in order to help your baby pass through your pelvis. Your pelvic joints move more during and just after pregnancy. This can cause inflammation and pain, and may lead to the condition symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD)." (http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a546492/pelvic-pain-spd#ixzz3LGqnjKXH)
In other words, it's completely and utterly painful and it gets worse with every pregnancy. It hurts to walk, go up/down stairs, run, roll over in bed, and even to get up off the couch/chair.
It was 100x worse this time around. It probably didn't help that this baby seemed a lot lower from the very beginning which caused more pressure on my pubic bone. I really don't know how I will be able to have more babies (while taking care of two others). It is really the worst pain!
I had to quit my job at the bakery the end of August (26 weeks) because
1. the SPD
2. There was a lot of lifting heavy items.
3. I was having braxton hicks contractions like crazy!
I was kind of bummed out, but pretty excited to stay home with my sweet Haddie. I also started watching my nephew so my brother and his wife can both work full time. It's nice being able to stay home but still make a little money.
This was a little bit of a rough pregnancy for me. I was really stressed out, the spd, not being able to sleep, the constant acid reflux, school, money, etc, etc. I'm sure you all can relate.
My due date was December 4th but we really wanted this sweet baby to come a week early during Thanksgiving Break, that way, Kyle (along with our siblings) would have school and work off so that they would be around to help with Hadley.
I went to my 36 week appointment with high hopes that some progress was being made. This was the first appointment that I would be getting checked & was trying really hard to not get my hopes up. Well, it went great and I got awesome news that I was 60% effaced and already dilated to a 2! I was ecstatic. My hopes of having this baby during Thanksgiving Break could actually happen.
Who knew that a week later I would be having a baby!
Who knew that a week later I would be having a baby!
Sunday, November 9th I got my maternity pictures taken and was pretty uncomfortable, but that was nothing new. The same day I kept saying how it's not very common for your water to break and that it would never happen
Monday, November 10th around 5 a.m., I woke up to a huge gush.
I woke Kyle up and told him I either pee'd the bed or my water just broke. He jumped out of bed and threw on his clothes ready to leave. I, on the other hand, was nervous to even move.
I have heard that it keeps gushing as you stand up. I had Kyle grab a towel so I could go into the bathroom and clean myself up while he took the sheets off the bed. I called my sister and my brother that live in Logan so they could come over and watch Hadley while we went into Labor & Delivery to actually see if it was my water that broke. Kyle and I hurried and packed a hospital bag (thank goodness I made the list like the night before!). Surprisingly, I wasn't having any contractions, which is why I wasn't sure if it was my water that broke or not?!
We checked into Labor and Delivery around 5:45-6 a.m., they had me change, hooked me all up to the monitors and then did a test to see if it was actually my water that broke. Sure enough, it was! I couldn't believe that we were going to have our baby that day.We called our parents/siblings to tell them what was going on. I couldn't get a hold of my parents and was worried that I was going to have a baby before they even knew I was in labor.
My sister and her husband came to the hospital once Hadley woke up. I was missing my sweet Haddie Shay so I was happy to see her before the baby actually came and explain to her what was happening. Kyle's brother also came to the hospital. We all hung out for a couple hours but we figured I would be in labor for quite a while (like I was with Hadley) so we told everyone to go do whatever they needed to do and we would keep them updated. Right after everyone left (about 10am), they checked me again and I was a 10! I went from a 6 to a 10 in one hour!! The nurse had me push and baby girl started crowning. My doctor wasn't even there yet! They called her and she came running in about 15 minutes later (thank goodness her office was just down stairs). She threw on all her gear and I only pushed twice and at 10:39 a.m. Miss Hazel Audrey Hawk made her grand appearance screaming at the top of her lungs!
She weighed 5lbs. 15oz. and was 18 1/2 in. long
(and had a little tooth bud)
It was seriously the easiest/best labor ever! I was up walking around, going to the bathroom myself, etc about an hour after I had Hazel. I also had hardly any bleeding (sorry, TMI, but so awesome) I would birth babies all day long if I knew it was going to be like that every time.
Because Hazel was born almost a month early (and because I was strep B positive), she had to go to the NICU to be monitored.
Our siblings and extended family really stepped up to help us since this was a bit of a surprise. My aunt came up, cleaned my house, did my laundry, made me freezer meals to last a month, took care of Haddie, bought me groceries... I was so overwhelmed with gratitude that I broke down in the hospital.
I'm so grateful that we have some family close since my parents & in-laws live out-of-state. It was such a relief to not have to worry about what to do with Haddie while I was stuck in the hospital.
I was hoping to go home the day after I had Hazel but again, because she was early, they wanted to monitor her for 48 hours.
Wednesday, Novemer 12th we all got to go home. Kyle had to take Hadley to her appointment down at Primary Children's. We would have rescheduled, but we made the appointment 3 months prior. I was pretty bummed to go home and be alone but I got to catch up on some sleep and cuddle my sweet new babe.
When they got home we finally got to be our family of 4. The first few days were rough and we were both pretty sleep deprived but our sweet Hazey girl is the best and we are so happy she's here.
At 5 days old she weighed 5lbs 9oz but has been a GREAT eater and has stayed right on track with her weight.