Week 38 - Day 5 ~ the end and the beginning

belly happenings: 

Yay!  so today we welcomed Gavin Alan into the world at 3:11 am.  he is 5 pounds 14 ounces and 18.5 inches.  he is the most adorable little man I have ever met outside of alan of course.  alan is convinced he looks like me, but I think he will look like his daddy as he gets older....and lucky for him...maybe he'll get the dimples.  as for the labor it was not what all the books say....or i wasn't clear as to what a contraction was.  either way it started Friday evening with scattered contractions that appeared to cease at one point.  Saturday they continued getting to about 30 mins apart....increasing in the evening but never too close....UNTIL they were on top of each other suddenly.  after that everything happened really really fast.  my water broke which felt like a strange poop-sized object coming out of my well "place".  after that we rushed to the hospital were admitted at 2:45 and Gavin came at 3:11.  there was so much pressure in the car I really thought that would be where he birthed....I told Alan I had to push and he said NO NOT NOW YOU HAVE TO WAIT!!!!....it was hard to wait but I did my best...moaning away (like a dead cow according to Alan).

Alas.....here is our little man and this also ends this chapter in my journey as a blogger.  I hope to take on the new adventure of being a mother and sharing a blog about his childhood so he can look back when he is older and learn about his parents journey with him inside and out.   peace, love, and happiness....that's the "family" way.


P.S. Check out my new blog at http://raisinggar.blogspot.com



38 weeks ~ this is why i gallop at work

belly happenings:

how amazing that I am sitting at 38 weeks.....with only "technically" 2 to go...hummmm i wonder!
for a few days I was having contractions that were about 15 to 10 minutes apart with some mild cramping and sharp tinges of pain in the "down there" region.  most likely from little gavin pushing his head down there...silly boy.  he has been going through really active and passive stages.  my instinct says he is ready but patiently waiting.  alan and I have been taking some long walks which appears to increase his dropped position and cause mild contractions.  according to a variety of sources there are many things you can do to push labor along...who knows if any of it is true lol.  here are some I enjoy taken from another fun blog www.hisboyscanswim.com

1. Walking
2. Galloping (huh? See video below)
3. Acupuncture
4. Pressure points
5. Spicy foods
6. Sex and orgasms
7. Nipple stimulation
8. Pineapple
9. Dancing
10. Squatting
11. Relaxing
12. Meditation and/or visualization
13. Evening primrose oil
14. Red raspberry leaf tea
15. Castor oil
16. Herbs (such as black and blue cohosh)
17. Massage
18. Glass of wine (Consult your doctor!)
19. Stripping the membranes
20. Marching up stairs
21. Rent a sad movie and cry like crazy
22. A really bumpy car ride
23. Bouncing and stretching on a birth or exercise ball
24. Swimming
25. Mowing lawn or picking weeds
26. Jump on a swing and start swinging
27. Talk to your baby and tell him/her it’s OK to come out now
28. Watch a really funny movie and laugh until you pee
29. Get down on all fours and shake that booty


Week 37 - Day 3 ~ a place for gavin

belly happenings:

so alas gavin's room is pretty much all set!  just need to create some beautiful art to add to the space.  i have two large canvases and I am looking for ideas if anyone has some....thinking i may somehow tie in the bedding with the geometric shapes.  i just adore the bedding and the uglydolls make it that much better...smirks.  

as for me...im feeling great and just waiting for the big day.  all signs point to gavin being ready to go whenever he is ready.....i can't wait for alan and i to hold him.....:)


Week 36 - Day 5 ~ will it pop

belly happenings:

the belly has been very happy lately!!!!  full of moment and excitement!  i cannot wait to see Gavin and begin my life as his momma.  i feel so blessed each day to have so many wonderful people in my life.  Alan has been such a great support system to me....in my manic times....in my times where i feel overwhelmed....I owe him many thank you's and blessings.

on the home front things are coming together:

washed laundry for baby Gavin ....check
ordered some last minute supplies ....check (changing pad covers, car seat cover, mattress pad...)
checked bathing and diapering supplies ...check
paperwork to hospital ...check
birth plan ....check
baby room ...check 

and as an additional bonus my belly button is starting its big journey out lol
i wonder if it will get there or not....the ring may hold it back :)

will it pop or not?

happy 36 weeks and counting :)