The Belly Pics
Getting pregnant changed my life. It made me realize what truly mattered; where I fit into life. I was blessed to have a great pregnancy and even more blessed to have a great partner in the biggest adventure of my life. Here's a look back and my belly days...
How I found out... I was in Washington DC for a restaurant opening with my company. I was "late" but I insisted that there was absolutely no way that I could be pregnant (boy was I wrong!). My friend/coworker told me to take a pregnancy test just to be sure. To appease her, I took the test. I wasn't new to pee sticks - I had used them before. Movies make it seem like you have to pee on the stick and then wait and wait and wait before you can know the results. Let's just say that I knew I was pregnant before I was able to flush. I was flooded with mixed emotions. I had just recently received a raise at work, my home base was Las Vegas and two weeks prior, I had confessed to Nick that I wanted to wait until I was 30 before we started having kids. Oh the irony!
How I told Nick... I immediately called Nick and I asked what he was doing. He told me he was golfing with friends and he asked if he could call me back later. I couldn't wait :-/ I blurted out that I was pregnant. Oh how I wish I could go back and redo the whole reveal...
1st Pre-Natal Visit: January 5, 2009
Dr. Sara Ramirez
Dr. Ramirez confirmed I was pregnant with an ultra-sound. She set my due date for August 14th and said that if I believe in wives' tales then I could expect a girl. I was currently 8 weeks pregnant and weighed in at 132 lbs.
This was by far the best doctor visit I had ever experienced. Not only did I get to see my baby for the first time, but I got to see Nick's reaction also. It was priceless - he jumped out of his chair when he saw the little bean on the ultrasound screen and he professed that it was "the coolest thing [he'd] ever seen!"
Month 1 - Fried pickles! Oddly enough, these are a huge staple in Washington DC and all of my coworkers teased me saying "You like those pickles a little too much! Are you pregnant???" And this was before I even knew! It was funny to look back at this :)
Month 2 - Lemonade & tangerines
Month 3 - Los Golondrinas chips & salsa (I even made Nick bring a full supply to the airport when he picked me up after my trip to Washington DC)
Aversions: In the first trimester I couldn't stand the smell/sight/thought of eating chocolate, eggs or guacamole! Yuck!
Misc Details: I didn't ever experience morning sickness - I was absolutely in love with The Kings of Leon - I could button my size 26 jeans until I was 8 weeks pregnant - President Obama was inaugurated during my 1st trimester - I visited Washington DC, Las Vegas, Orange County and San Francisco in my 1st trimester.
I get a kick out of you already!
At 22 weeks I felt my first REAL kick from baby. It was amazing! I had felt movements before but this solidified that I wasn't alone - I had a lively little guy always at my side :) On April 11th, I felt the baby have hiccups for the first time... I couldn't help but laugh. I was watching Shark Tale at my home in Las Vegas (the typical thing to do when you're 25 and living in Sin City) and I was at peace. My little guy was pretty good about being on my schedule - he'd be totally still trough the night and then he'd wake me up around 7am with some twisting and kicking.
Month 4 - Sour Patch Kids (especially the red ones!)
Month 5 - Grilled cheese sandwiches :) I ate at least one a day...
Month 6 - Chocolate. I never ever ever liked chocolate before and I especially disliked it in my first trimester. At this point, I preferred chocolate candies over any other variety. So odd!!
**My BIGGEST cravings were for sushi and margaritas but I couldn't have either :(
My Big, Fat Public Pregnancy...
Someone walked up to me at the SC Fiesta and rubbed my belly. She said, "it's ok because I'm friends with Scott." Kinda weird... But in reality, I had a lot of nice "stranger" encounters. A lot of people gave me compliments on how I looked, they would give up their seat for me in the airport or give me the right of way. I felt really special :)
I'm in labor!!!! NOT!
At 39 weeks, I had enough. Eight days before Caden was due, I got stretch marks. I literally went to sleep without them and woke up with them :( I was uncomfortable at all times of the day, especially when trying to sleep. I wanted my own house but escrow was a never ending process so Nick and I spent 4 tiring months at my parents' place. I finally decided that I was going to give nature a little push start... and I attempted to induce labor in any way I knew how.
Six hours after downing some castrol oil with lemon-lime gatorade, I woke up to contractions. I laid awake with excitement and timed them. When they were 5 minutes apart, I began to get excited :) And after an hour of 5 minute segments, I called the doctor and asked if I should go to the hospital. He said yes and I rushed right in at 2am! I had adrenaline flowing through my veins... the nurse told me to walk around the halls three times, so I walked them 6 times. I was determined to have my baby on August 8th!! My contractions got within 2 minutes of one another but I just wouldn't dilate. The nurse eventually told me to head home, take a shower and wait until the contractions were too painful to breath through. 8 hours later... nothing. 15 hours later... same state. 2 days later... panicked that something was wrong. 5 days later I found myself in the doctor's office, hooked up to monitors checking the vital signs of the baby. "Everything seems fine." WTF?? If everything was fine then I wouldn't still have this baby inside of me! After an ultrasound... they discovered the problem. My little bundle of joy wasn't so little... he was a 10 pound beast! There was no way that nature was going to win this battle... I needed a c-section.
I actually cried about this. I cried because I thought that I would miss out on the right of passage of becoming a mother. I wouldn't experience real labor. I wouldn't experience pushing. I wouldn't have a reason to squeeze Nick's hand and say hateful things about him getting me to this point in my life. It just wasn't going to be the same.
In the end, the c-section worked to my advantage and if I had the option... I'd do it all over the exact same way.
Cravings: Anything SPICY!! Thai food, Chinese food, Mexican... if it was spicy, then it was mine!
Aversions: I didn't like broccoli and chicken at this point. They started as two of my favorite foods and by the 3rd trimester, I didn't even like the thought of them.
Important Dates in the 3rd Trimester:
Week 27 - 5/15/09: Nick and I were legally married at Laguna Hills Courthouse
Week 31 - 6/13/09: My mom, Vicki, threw me the most amazing baby shower ever :)
Week 37: My mother-in-law Debbie threw me a baby shower at her house
Caden Michael was born on August 14, 2009 at 9:31 AM.
That day was unlike any other day of our lives. We were nervous, excited, thrilled... I could keep listing adjectives but they wouldn't truly describe how amazing it felt to meet our baby boy.
I was scheduled for a 9 AM cesarean at Mission Hospital with Dr. Ramirez. We had to get up extra early (which wasn't a problem for me since I couldn't sleep anyway) and be to the hospital at 7 AM. When I arrived, I changed into a gown and was hooked up to monitors to make sure Caden's heart was doing ok. Nick changed into scrubs and helped me fill out all of our fun hospital paperwork.
Just after 8:45 AM, a nurse walked me into the operating room to get my epidural. Within seconds, I couldn't feel my legs and soon after that I couldn't feel much below my chest. The cesarean went perfectly (minus my mini-anxiety attack because I thought I couldn't breath) and I had delivered a healthy, baby boy by 9:31 AM.
The doctors had placed bets on whether or not Caden would be as big as the ultrasound had suggested... Dr Ramirez lost the bet as Caden had proved be to an over-sized newborn at 9 lbs. 11 oz. It was hard to imagine how he had fit inside my belly - he was HUGE!
Nick helped cut the umbilical cord and give Caden his very first sponge bath - taking pictures all along the way. We were taken to a recovery room where we bonded with Caden for a little over an hour. My anesthesiologist had gone a little overboard with the epidural and Morphine, so it took me quite a while to feel ANYTHING.
Around 11:30 AM we were taken to a corner suite in the maternity ward of Mission Hospital. Kiki and Oompa were Caden's first visitors - Kiki was overwhelmed with joy and Oompa was so nervously excited that he wouldn't even hold Caden on his first visit. Grandpa Jim, Grandma Debbie and Aunt Alicia weren't far behind; spending the afternoon with us.
We had nurses around the clock, meals were delivered every few hours and we were able to send the baby to a nursery at night in order to get our rest (although I only took advantage of this 2 times... for a total of 6 hours sleep in 4 days). I was so excited to have a baby - my VERY OWN baby - that I refused to put him down unless it was to allow a visitor to hold him. Nick was a huge help and changed almost every hospital diaper, snuck Rubio's fish tacos to the hospital for me and snapped pictures every second that he could.
On our fourth day, we were discharged from the hospital. A nurse took us to our car and helped us load Caden in his car seat and we were off; Caden's very first car ride (and yes, I even got a picture of that).
My second pregnancy was not as seamless as I'd hoped. While I didn't suffer any complications, I also did not enjoy it nearly as much as the first time around. My previous miscarriage made me a wary of every cramp, and my crazy toddler made all the fun pregnancy stuff (naps,
relaxation, etc) nonexistent.
How I found out... Nick and I had been trying to get pregnant but "trying" is really tough to do. So I was happily letting go of the "trying" and knew it would happen when it happened.
I was having my best friends over for a girls night and indulging in cheese and wine. Plenty of girl talk and laughter when I noticed I had drank 2 glasses of wine and didn't even feel a hint of a buzz. I know this sounds really motherly, but I knew something was up. I immediately excused myself and went to the bathroom to take a pregnancy test. I didn't even tell my girlfriends what I was doing - ha!
The test wasn't exactly clear... one line was super dark but the other line was very faint. So I recruited my friends to help me read it. They were totally stoked and convinced it was positive. They even had me take a picture of them holding it (we're obviously super close!).
This pregnancy reveal was pretty anti-climactic. Nick was standing nearby when I took the test, so he knew right then. And my future sis-in-law was having her bachelorette wine tasting two days after I found out - so it was a dead giveaway when I wasn't drinking.
1st Pre-Natal Visit: June 30, 2011
Dr. Sara Ramirez
Dr. Ramirez confirmed I was pregnant but told me it was still too early based on my history to see if the pregnancy would last. She asked me to return a week later to check on the progress of the baby. At that point, she confirmed I was approximately 7 weeks along and she was 95% sure all would continue as planned without risk of miscarriage. It was a big relief to have that milestone under my belt.
The following week, it was time for my brother's wedding. I didn't plan to tell anyone about the pregnancy because I was still only 8 weeks along but it was pretty hard to keep quiet! Everyone kept asking 1) if I wanted a drink and 2) when we were planning to get pregnant again. A simple smile usually gave away my secret :)
Month 1 - Juice it Up smoothies (Lava Flow flavor) and sushi rice with soy sauce
Month 2 - Bagels with cream cheese, avocado, tomato, onion and lemon pepper
Month 3 - pickled beets, Frosted Flakes cereal
Aversions: In the first trimester I couldn't stand the smell/sight/thought of most foods. I hadn't experienced morning sickness (which by the way, should be called all-day-sickness) with Caden so this was a new feeling for me. It was AWFUL! I felt sea sick and nauseous all.day.long. Spaghetti sauce was a HUGE turn off and I would gag at the sight of it.