The 23/5 meme
wacky
enigmaticfox
Okay, this cheered me up a bit. The meme goes:

1.Go into your LJ's archives.
2.Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3.Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4.Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.

So here it is:

"Turkeys."

That is all. :-)

Things you don't know about before becoming a parent
wacky
enigmaticfox


  • Babies can propel a stream of poop far enough to hit a wall more than 3 feet away, but only if you've forgotten to leave the diaper in place while you're cleaning their butt.


  • Breastfeeding may be the best way to feed your baby, but babies need to eat at least every two to three hours. So you don't get to sleep in increments any longer than two to three hours at a time.


  • Sleep deprivation can really affect your judgement. We've had 3 kitchen accidents since Dorothy was born, and the last one filled the kitchen with smoke and ruined a pot.



Photos!
wacky
enigmaticfox
Okay, I finally grabbed a free minute...here are some photos of Dot (most taken between birth and 1 week old). The photos are pretty sizable, so I'm lj-cutting for your convenience. :-)

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We're smitten, we're exhausted, and we're a bigger family now
wacky
enigmaticfox
I probably won't have time for any big updates for a while now, but Dorothy Cecelia Alexander arrived safe and sound promptly on her due date (January 10th) at 11:34 AM. She weighed in at 7 pounds 9 ounces, and she's going to be a "Long Tall Sally" as my Mom says...she measured 21 inches long at birth.

There were no serious complications during labor or birth, though she scared us a few times when her heartrate went down during contractions. And I now realize exactly how naive I was in hoping for a non-medicated childbirth...as it lasted about 13 hours total, I'm very glad that I opted for an epidural after making it to about 5 cm dilated (which was only a few hours into it). Contractions are REALLY REALLY painful, and nothing I've ever felt (even acute appendicitis) comes close. I will probably post as much as I can remember (with Don's help) about the birthing experience later, but it'll be lj-cut for your protection and restricted access.

But anyhow, Don and I and Dot are home now, and are adjusting to a new schedule, and not very much sleep...Dot does most of her sleeping during the day, whereas we prefer to do ours at night. Tough luck for the new parents, eh? I can hear her beginning to rouse from her nap now, so I'd better get going. Thanks to all who sent their LiveJournal well-wishes...they're very much appreciated! We'll have to post some photos later, so everyone else can see how cute she is too. :-)

38 week checkup
wacky
enigmaticfox
This past Saturday marked the 38-week mark of my preganancy...Dorothy would now be considered a full-term baby if she was born now! And despite my hopes, the checkup on Monday revealed no progress whatsoever since last week (well, besides gaining a few more pounds...ack!). My blood pressure is still nice and low, and the baby's heartbeat sounds very happy.

In fact, the doctor mentioned that he's going on vacation next week, returning around next Friday, which is only 1 day before my due date. He said that we should be fine while he's away, darn it. I'm getting very impatient...I want to see her, to hold her, to meet this new person I've been carrying around! Mysterious wigglings and pokings from inside just aren't enough to go by.

So, in short, no tax break for us this year. :-) It's likely that I'm going to be following in the footsteps of most new first-time moms, and delivering later than the due date. It's getting so hard to wait!

Apparently, it was practice.
sad
enigmaticfox
Much to my dismay, the contractions gradually petered out and disappeared. Darn. Just when things were getting interesting. Stupid false labor...

Practice, or the real thing?
sad
enigmaticfox
I noticed on one of my usual trips to the bathroom during the night that I seemed to be having more practice contractions (have had a lot of them in the past 2 days). Then around 6:30 or so I woke up in some discomfort, to find that my tummy muscles were feeling a little sore, and more contractions seemed to be happening.

So I'm taking a sick day today, in case things develop further. Of course, since I got up and started writing all my sick day emails, the contractions have tapered off. Might be a false alarm...who knows? But I'm eating light, just in case (and unfortunately my tummy feels kinda queasy, which I've heard is also a symptom of labor).

Babytalk: 37 wk checkup
wacky
enigmaticfox
Today, we went in for our 37 week checkup! The doctor performed the internal exam to see how things were progressing, and asked if we were shooting for a tax break for this year! Apparently, I've progressed to 50% effaced, and between 1.5-2 cm dilation!

I think the progress is because Dorothy is trying to escape from the inside, based on her movement patterns! She keeps whapping up against the exit hatch pretty hard. The resulting sensations are...interesting...to say the least!

So anyway, the doctor said that things are proceeding along quite nicely, and that he'll see me next week at the same time...unless something happens first! Needless to say, even though we're trying not to get our hopes up too high, Don and I are ramping up our preparations big time! Organizing our little nursery area, packing our hospital bags, etc...so much to do, so much to do!

Babytalk: 36 wk checkup
wacky
enigmaticfox
Today, we had our 36 week checkup at the obstetrician's office. Results: I've gained 5 pounds since my last checkup 2 weeks ago (yikes!), my blood pressure's fine, baby's heartbeat is happy around 150 beats per minute, and I'm roughly 40% effaced, no dilation. The countdown has begun! :-)

Been Reeeeeeeally Sick
sad
enigmaticfox
*pulls self up to computer for a while to update journal*

I've been really really sick, with either a cold or a virus, I'm not really sure. I guess I'd just heard about how awful it was to be sick in one's third trimester of pregnancy, and being the skeptic I am, just had to find out for myself. Now I know...it's AWFUL.

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I might be too optimistic, but I think I'm starting to pull out of it now. Napping is still very much on the agenda for today, though...I am so beat!

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