Thinking Out Loud #19: Finding Balance

I have to be honest, past few days I have been feeling like crapola.

At least this little babe keeps me smiling. I’ve been nauseous, having massive migraines, very tired… I haven’t been sleeping the best either for obvious reasons.

Apparently there is such a thing as postpartum nauseau which can results from several things including dehydration, low iron, poor sleep and so forth.

Those three have just been horrible for me. I haven’t been taking my iron (and I’m slightly anemic) just because I simply forget and I remember as I am in bed and have no energy to take. Since my stomach has felt funny and the constant migraines, I tend to drink less water. I’m sure drinking water would help me much more but at this point, I am just so blah. I probably went back to work a week earlier then I should have, but I had all the energy and I was just ready for a routine change.

I hadn’t been working for almost 6 weeks and I wanted to get back into the grove. So now I am taking things down a notch and making some schedule changes. I am always a mom but I am a “full-time mom” 4-5 days a week. The 2 days that Pat is off, he takes care of her while I’ll work or study. Sometimes we split it if I am off that day. Most Sundays, my in-laws will watch Samantha while we both work.

Where is my off time? I need to really get into a groove of planning some time to myself to just veg on one of Pat’s days off. You definitely need the “you time” to keep yourself refreshed.

Even if you are not a mom, if you’re in school or working, you need to take a moment to yourself.

Me? I’m working on it. 😀

Sometimes just taking a few minutes to kick back, flip through Instagram and enjoy a cookie is all I need.Thanks Amanda for hosting Thinking out LOUD Thursdays. What’s on YOUR mind?

How do you take “me time?”

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Samantha Julia’s Birth Story.

The last couple of weeks of pregnancy were rough

My varicose veins were very swollen and engorged. It made simple things like getting out of bed, sitting and walking very difficult. I tried to keep active as much as I could for at least 15-20mins a day; walking, doing squats and prenatal yoga.

On Monday August 3rd, we had our almost 40 week check-up. Doctor said everything was great and that I was 2.5cm dialted and that I should deliver soon – so they said when I was 2cm dialted the week before.

Because of my growing issue with the vericose veins (one had even bled out), I was given the okay for an induction that coming Thursday the 6th at 9:30am. 

My heart sank. I already had been wondering when was she coming and now I knew she would be here no later then Thursday. The feeling was so surreal and I was unable to sleep over the next few days. The night before the induction, I was so nervous. I didn’t know what to expect and I went on a clean streak – doing last minute prep for our baby girl. Later that evening, I found my hips to be very sore and I figured it was from all the cleaning and standing. I decided to do some squats, and mix in some Warrior II, side angle and triangle poses. I even prepped a yummy bowl of protein oats for breakfast, but something deep down told me I wasn’t going to get to eat them.

I was waiting for Patrick to come home to have our “last” meal before officially becoming parents. After he came home and we ate dinner, we both had trouble sleeping from the excitement and wonder that was to await us at 9:30am tomorrow. I was also having a few painful contractions here and there, but nothing consistent.

Patrick was finally dozing off at around 1:00am, so I asked him to turn off the T.V. Then I felt leaking. I had been leaking “fluid” a lot in the last couple of weeks but I knew this was a little different. I honestly felt like I was bleeding. I turned to Pat and tapped him, mind you he was still half asleep, and he said “I can’t do two things at once.”

“Pat, I’m leaking.”

“Oh, did your water break?”

“I don’t know.” – At this point I sat up in bed and this gush of fluid came out.

“Uh, yes it did”

“Okay, what do you need?”

I asked for a towel and sat in bed in shock. I couldn’t believe that at 1:11am my water broke. I honestly didn’t think my water was ever going to break nor did I think I was going to have a sleepless 48 hours ahead. I called the on-call nurse and they told me to take my time and they’d have everything ready at the hospital. We had 80% of our things packed – we grabbed fruit and took care of the bunny before we left.

On the way to the hospital, my contractions were picking up and were every 3 minutes. I could feel the pain increasing and knew active labor was coming. We got to the hospital around 2:30am and by the time I was situated in the room and evaluated at 3:00am, contractions were ever two minutes and I was 3cm dilated. Contractions were getting more painful, I was very nauseous and exhausted.

The overnight doctor had asked me if I wanted an epidural, I said yes but I wanted to wait it out since I knew it could slow down labor. By the time 4:00am hit, I was in massive pain, still nauseous and shivering as if it was below zero degrees. Patrick wanted to help, but he knew there was nothing he could do to ease that pain. I asked him to just try to massage my lower back, which did help for a short while.

The doctor came back in and rechecked me and I was 5cm dialted – baby was ready to come. I told her I couldn’t wait any longer and wanted to epidural. It was around 4:30am when the anesthesiologist came in to administer the epidural. Everything went in fine and I just had to wait ten minutes.

After those long ten minutes contractions were getting closer and even more painful then I could imagine. The doctor rechecked me and said I was dilateing faster then the medication could reach me. They ended up having to give me two extra doses. It was almost 5:00am and I finally felt much better. The doctor came back one more time to check on me and told me that since I got the epidural my contractions slowed, which was expected.

She also said they called my doctor to come in at 7:00am, even though he was scheduled for 9:30am, and hopefully baby would wait until he came. I never felt more relieved between that news and finally being pain free. I wouldn’t have wanted any other doctor to deliver my baby girl. I was able to take a nap until my doctor awoke me at 7:00am.

“Ready to get this baby out?”

He told me that I was dilated enough and that were going to push soon through contractions. Push? I wasn’t feeling any contractions, how would I know when to push and why was everything so relaxed? I had seen child birth in movies or read about them and this was nothing like it.

I didn’t know entirely what to expect because Patrick and I watched a birthing class online through Baby Center. We both worked weekends and nights and knew that we’d never make an actual class. At the same time I was relieved because everything was unfolding as time went on and I think had I went to one, I would have been more nervous.

Back to pushing –  the doctor said that I just needed to push as if I was going to the bathroom. Two nurses came over to assist me and doctor said he’d let me know when a contraction was starting.

First contraction: “Push now!”

I pushed and didn’t feel anything except a massive migraine coming on.

“That’s it Sabrina you’re halfway there.”

I was semi-in shock. How was I half-way there, I couldn’t feel anything happening.

Second Contraction: “One more push and your baby girl will be out – push!”

Nurse: “Don’t stop Sabrina she’s almost out.”

By the end of that second push I thought my head was going to pop out and I felt a strange pain from her feet fluttering out.

Doctor: “All done Sabrina, congratulations.”

A huge relief came over me when the doctor said those words. I was so ready to be done with pregnancy and just meet my baby girl. He cleaned her up and placed her on top of me for our first skin to skin contact.She was so precious.I couldn’t believe this little thing was inside of me growing. The look on Patrick’s face when he first saw her was pure bliss. Seeing those tears of joy from him melted my heart. This was our baby girl and we couldn’t be happier ♡

MIMM #38: [New] Mommy Life

Since August 6th when Samantha was born, life couldn’t be any more marvelous. Sure it’s a lot of work, sleepless nights and the occasional forgetting to finish the laundry, but it truly is worth it. My mom has taken me out for treats. Of course Starbucks and Quest bars are involved. Samantha even had a little meet and greet party too! Complete with a marvelous giraffe cake! My dad came to visit Samantha and pick up my mom this weekend to head back to NYC.I can’t thank her enough for all the marvelous help during Samantha’s first 10 days of life.Thanks mom

I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous in my Monday. Hope everyone has a great week!

Question: What is YOUR Starbucks or Froyo order?

Shoulders Chest & Tri’s for the Third Tri {Workout}

Working out doesn’t get easier during pregnancy.

Between your growing bump, extra weight and aches – it can get difficult to get a good workout in. Luckily there are plenty of pregnancy workouts out there in the forms of classes, DVDs and even YouTube videos.I loved prenatal yoga during pregnancy but I do love to lift. I have various workout routines that can be modified during pregnancy. This workout I am sharing with you is one that I did during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Yes, I was almost 40 Weeks pregnant and doing this routine!

It’s low impact, yet builds strength. Strength training is important during pregnancy. Why? It helps strengthen muscles and build stamina, which you will definitely need during labor, trust me.I used 5lbs dumbbells for this workout, but feel free to use weights that won’t leave you out of breath or put too much strain on your muscles.

*Remember to rest for 30 seconds in between each set – Always consult your doctor or midwife before performing and exercise.*

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  {Shoulders Chest & Tri’s for Third Tri}

Warm-Up: TWO Rounds –  THREE Exercises:

  • Plié Squats (12 Reps)
  • Standing Leg Lifts (8 Reps, Each Side)
  • Sumo Squat (12 Reps)

The Workout: THREE Sets – Repeat 3 x’s Each

  • Plié Squats (Weighted) – 10 reps
  • Shoulder press – 12
  • Chest flies – 10
  • Standing Leg Lifts – 8 Reps, Each Side
  • Upright Row – 12
  • One Arm Row – 8 Reps, Each Side
  • Sumo Squat to Press (Weighted) – 10 Reps
  • Lateral Raise – 10
  • Tricep Extension – 12

Cool-Down: Stretch! (5-10 Mins)

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For a printable version, Click HERE!

Baby Gendron {36-38 Weeks}

Happy 39 Weeks 😀Let’s recap weeks 36-38:

Weight Gain: 27lbs; started out at 162lbs.

Workouts: Yoga, 21 Day Fix and strength training until 38 weeks, 3-4 times a week. Now it’s just stretching and walking.

{For pregnancy health and fitness, click here}

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Symptoms:

  • Migraines: All the time, but I am managing them pretty well.
  • Exhaustion: I definitely am getting more tired and have napped at least 2-3 times in the week. I do still managing to get at least 30 minutes of activity every day.
  • Nausea: All the time too 😦
  • Others: Lower back pain, groin pain, varicose veins enlarged, swollen and painful.
  • Food Aversions: None, just constantly hungry every hour.

Food Cravings: For the past few weeks it’s been:

  • “Protein Oatmeal”
  • Pretzels & Cheese (Babybel, Laughing Cow, etc.)
  • Bananas, Blackberries and Raspberries
  • Starbucks Iced Coffee w/ Soy Milk
  • Plain Cake Donuts

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Maternity Clothes: Still wearing my large leggings, tank tops and lately some of Pat’s shirts.

Stretch Marks: My old weight loss stretch marks have stretched a bit more but no new ones. Also have a few very bruised varicose veins on my right leg. Still with my daily cocoa butter!

Sleep: Sleep has been a struggle to get comfy between contractions and constant bathroom runs.

Gender: It’s a girl; Samantha Julia ❤

Baby’s Nursery: All set up and waiting for her!

Baby Items Purchased: Nothing new except this long sleeve onsie. I couldn’t resist, it was cute and on sale.

Looking Forward To: Meeting our baby girl and not having this big belly. Since she dropped (and hangs on right side), my right leg has a ton of pressure. The varicose veins are swollen and painful, making it difficult to walk or move, which is not fun

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{For all things pregnancy related; click here}

MIMM #36: “Day In The Life”

Happy Sunday friends!

It’s been a while since I posted a “Day in the Life of” postFriday’s were supposed to be designated for these posts but I also did mention it would be a day off or Friday Favorites.

Since having my last day of work almost two weeks ago, I decided to share what I do now in a typical day on leave. I plan to resume work [part-time] August 29th and instruct starting mid-September.

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4:00am: Samantha’s kicking wakes me up and she gives me the “bladder good morning hug.” After, I head back to bed.

7:30am: Officially wake up, brush my teeth and get ready to start my day.

8:00am: Breakfast! I’ve been on an “proatmeal” kick.8:30am: While finishing up, I read up on Yoga. I am starting a Yoga Teacher Training through Aura Wellness for my Vinyasa certification. It’s been two years that I have been putting it off… think now is a good time.

9:45am: Snack time!

10:30am: Stretch! Workouts have officially stopped during week 38, so it’s walking and stretching for this mommy-to-be.11:15am: Shower and get ready to head out for a few errands. 

12:00pm: Marvelous is a Starbucks stop. 2:00pm: I ended up at Subway for lunch and had a turkey, Swiss, cucumber, tomato and spinach on honey oat bread. I also had pretzels and a plum on side.

3:00pm: Come back home, do some laundry and torture play with Bun-Bun.5:30pm: Get started on dinner for Pat and I.

5:45pm: Smoothie break!6:00pm: Finished dinner and cleaning up kitchen. Time to relax with Netflix and wait for Pat to get home.

8:30pm: Pat comes home, we eat dinner and relax for the rest of the night.

10:00pm: Bedtime 🙂

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I’m linking up with Katie for an early MIMM, thanks for hosting! Hope everyone has a wonderful week 😀

Question: What do you typically do on YOUR days off?

Friday Favs: #3 Raspberry Picking & Maternity Pictures.

Good morning y’all.This week Patrick and I went raspberry picking aka my FAVORITE FRUIT picking! It was my “third pickingEVER. First was when we went peach picking, then apple picking. I also had an [cinnamon sugar] apple cider donut – another favorite.He also took a few cute maternity pictures.This one is my favorite {36 Weeks}I can’t believe there is less then a month to go!

Today I am linking up with Heather for Friday Favorites, thanks for hosting!Question: What’s your favroite type of “picking?”

What about donut flavor?