Ahhh Time is flying 

I had hoped to write a weekly post about my daughter but it just hasn’t happened. She’s 7 weeks old we’ve moved to Hawaii and so much more has happened. The only thing I can remember right now is how tired I am. I’m determined to get back to writing. 

But all of you thatbhave no kids or have older kids and get sleep please think of me! Please! There is only so much sleep a 7 week old baby allows you to have when she’s a premie and her doctors won’t let her go more than 3 hours of time before eating again. (Most full term babies have started to sleep longer than 3 hours by now).

Talk soon,

Marena

Very Excited to Tell You…. 

I had my daughter!!!! 

On March 9 (2 days before her planned induction) I had my daughter. She was born 4 pounds and 5 ounces! That just 2 ounces more than me at birth and half my husband at birth (he was 8 pounds 5 ounces). 

I had pre labor signs about 2 weeks prior (if you remember from my weekly pregnancy updates). Then the Saturday before she came they REALLY picked up. They actually picked up so much I made my husband getvthe car seat ready. I was sure she wouldn’t make it to the following Saturday. (Guess I was right. All I really wanted was my momma to make it here the next day before my daughter came. Thank goodness my mom got here first). Then Wednesday came and by 4pm labor had really started. 

My mom and I went with a friend of mine to the San Diego zoo for 2 hours that morning. I was feeling great. But by lunch I desperately felt the need to nap. So we went home and I got a relaxing nap in! Then we decided to drive to La Jolla and see the seals. By 4pm (as we’re driving) I started to not feel good. My mom stopes twice on the 20 minute drive so I could use the bathroom. We stayed a short time then drove back home. By 7pm I was throwing up and contractions really started to pick up. Every 10 minutes. By 9pm I called my doctor and he told me to make a choice come in right then or wait 2 hours and come in. I’m not one who likes to come in to the office/ER and have it turn out to be nothing. So I stayed home 2 more hours. Then we headed in where they said I was only dismayed to a .5 and I’m sure my mouth dropped because I was sure I had to of  been more dilated. In the end baby girl was in some distress so they went ahead and admit me until shift change where the new team would decide. 

Fast forward 6ish hours. My doctor comes in not only did he let me get food (I had nothing in me since 11am the day before) he also was very sure she’d be out within the next 12-24 hours. He also informed me he wasn’t on call that day or night but he gave me 100% reassurance that both doctors on are amazing and I could trust them to take great care of me. (And thank goodness he was right because it definitely helped me stay calm).

Anyways through the day they let me try to progress naturally all while monitoring baby girl. By 4 pm at shift change they started the induction meds (pitocin) to help me progress. They also did a catheter and man was I miserable for that. Shortly after I also got my epidural (I mandatorily had to get one due to my heart). I was very proud of myself I had very little meds and I only pushed the button for extra 2 times. But we found after the fact it wasn’t working so the doc came in and manually inserted just a little more about 30 minutes before I started to push. It helped take the initial edge off but let me tell you it still was a lot of pain and pressure and I felt it all. But I wouldn’t change that for the world because I wanted to be as close to drug less as possible. 

The doc came in told me it’d be probably 2 hours before she would be ready to be delivered. He no more walked out of the room I had a contraction and just knew she was ready to come out. The nurse didn’t really believe right away. The next contraction came and if I wasn’t sure she was ready before I knew she was this time. The nurse stayed with me (watching my daughters head start to crown) while my mom stuck her head out the door and asked the doc to come back in. He does right away looked at me and said “yup that’s her head let’s get this party going” I laughed they helped me get comfortable and away we went. I pushed for 3 cycles of 3 (push breath push breath push breath break do it again). I didn’t push for anything more than 10 minutes (that includes pushing my daughter and the placenta out).

Unfortunately though my best friend and mother in law did not make it in time to see her be birthed. But for me I was very happy just having my mom and my husband with me. I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted anyone else with me as when I’m in pain or doing something stressful the more people around the more nervous I get. And I love my best friend and mother in law but I knew I wouldn’t be as calm if they were there. However I knew how much they wanted to be a part of this so I was willing to put my concerns aside to allow them this experience. I think in the end God knew what I really needed and he allowed me to have the perfect experience. And it really was perfect because aside from not having MY doctor all my birthing preferences were upheld and I never had to make a decision that didn’t go off the path of what I already pre decided I wanted. (Granted I do need to point out I didn’t write my plan down and I was willing to go with the flow and trust my doctors if needed and trust my husband to make decisions that I would want if I wasn’t able to).

Well I guess that’s all I have to say! I’m sure you wanted a picture long before my story. So here they are! 

Meet our beautiful daughter Kairi Mae!

They had me on oxygen on and off to help Kairi. 

The epidural being placed actually really sucked. They had someone training so it. :S 

You might not be able to tell but this was my face through most my contractions. Until the last hour before she came. 

Here is the very beginning right after they checked and told me I was dilated to a .5. I was contemplating if I was actually in labor. Turns out I was I just didn’t want to dilate. 

Well thanks for joining me through this process! Next up join me for the story of her life! Although bear with me if I’m not as quick to post. (I’m making this post as she’s now 19 days old and I still feel like I’m recovering).

Oh side note I didn’t tear and the doctor told me she was one of the easiest deliveries he’s ever made. Not to mention I was the most calm mom he’s had. I think my chest puffed up like a proud momma lion!

Talk soon,

Marena

Week 36 Pregnancy Update 

Hey everyone sorry I’m late posting this. But it’s all for good reason. My baby girl decided to make her arrival!!!!

Wow 36 weeks already! Baby girl should roughly be 18.7 inches and 5 pounds 6 ounces. 
This week I’ve started to have tons of cramping and discomfort in my back. It’s actually hard to move without complaining. If it weren’t for the fact I know I should get up and move around I’d stay in bed watching tv. :/ This week I’ve craved tons of food but by the time it’s made I throw up or just simply no longer want food. Same goes for drinking water or any fluid. It’s hard to keep anything down. 

Yay my mom arrived! I’m so excited she is here and we can finish preparing for baby girl! While she is here we purchased a few last minute items like snacks for labor and baby essentials for a bath. (A cute runner ducky that tells the temp of the water. A must have in my opinion). While my mom is here we also went to the San Diego Zoo with a friend of mine and her kids! I never thought I’d enjoy being in the fresh (zoo) air! I felt so relaxed and I truly enjoyed my time. (Maybe it was the company I was with or the fact my body knew baby girl was on her way out. Or maybe both).

That’s right baby girl was on her way! That’s why my 36 week update is roughly 3 weeks late! I had my daughter the last day of 36 weeks. Pre labor as we found out probably started Saturday (based on my symptoms) but true labor started Wednesday evening and by Thursday night I had my sweet baby girl! She didn’t want to wait till my planned induction Saturday. 😂

I’ll share the events leading up to and the during and after of her birth in another post when I “officially” announce her! But that might be another day or so. She about 3 weeks old and I’m still finding only small amounts of time to do something that isn’t eat, sleep, take care of her , or heck take care of my husband. 😂 Granted I have my mom here till baby girl is 2 months old and she’s taking care of a lot of things to help me out. But like I said there is still a lot I’m doing!

Talk soon,

Marena

P.s. Here’s a sneak of our little family!

Week 29 Pregnancy Update 

Baby W is the size of an acorn Squash! She comes in at around 15.2 inches and 2.54 pounds. She growing like a weed!

Just like the previous weeks I’ve had Braxton Hicks. However they have increased in amount and intensity. Not to mention I still have trouble sleeping, backaches, and a sore stomach. I did find that when I wear my belly support leggings I’m in less pain and I sleep better. So I started wearing more belly support. This week I’ve also started having increased pelvic pain. She literally cradles herself in my pelvic are and it’s not comfortable what so ever. It also makes it hard to walk. This week I’ve also noticed an increase in itching. I don’t just mean on my belly. It’s literally my ENTIRE body and I haven’t found anything that has helped relieve the itching. But I have a few more things to try before giving up and seeing my doctor. 

This week I’ve enjoyed a lot of red meat, salad, and pasta. Red meat has mainly been ground beef but I went grocery shopping this week and picked up spare ribs and steak! I can’t wait to eat them! 

Exciting news we signed up for a birthing class, I signed up for a breastfeeding class, and my husband signed up for a 1 day 4 hour new dads class! We’re mostly excited to do the birthing class together and we hope to get a lot out of it. My husband isn’t big on taking classes but he’s excited (for the most part) about the dads class as they are helping dads prepare to take the big step into fatherhood. Most the things they are talking about are things he’s never had to do. I’m just proud of him for signing up for a class. Makes my heart melt! I’m also excited for the breastfeeding class just to understand the basics but I’m not feeling as worried because for the first 4-6 weeks (roughly) my daughter is alive my mom will be here and she will help me a lot with understanding and finding techniques (if I struggle) to help. But mostly she’ll be there to help my husband encourage me and help as much as it’s needed. 

Well how was your 29th week? Anything exciting happen?

Talk soon,

Marena

24 Week Pregnancy Update 

This week we announced to all our family and friends we were having a little girl! We also had our baby shower that our sisters put on for us (with help from our moms. Thanks moms)! If you saw my earlier post you’d have also seen this week (that day specifically) I had a rough emotional week. 


Baby Girl is the size of a cantaloupe. Coming in at a respectable 11.8 inches and 1.30 pounds. (Wow baby girl you sure are growing).


Goodness this baby sure likes to move around a ton. I’m good with the kicks and the jabs but man when she flips it hurts. When she wants herself know she isn’t afraid to show it. It’s funny because as much as I can’t get comfortable I think she has it worse. And she still has extra room for now. I swear she’s indecisive because she can go to being on her stomach, to her back, to sitting straight up on my left side, then sitting up on my right, and back again to any kind of crazy position. I will say it is cool to feel my belly and tell exactly what body part is where. It causes me to have such a large smile. 

When this girl moves like I said it hurts. Basically if her whole body moves positions that whole area of my belly hardens. Sometimes it hardens to the point it’s hard to move positions and I usually have to have someone (most likely my husband) rub my belly. You know how I said she likes to move from one side of my belly to the other? Well feeling the hardness travel as she moves is the strangest feeling. But like I said a few weeks ago I’d take any pain if it means I’m helping her grow. She’s to special to me not to be willing to put up with the pain. And let’s face it if I can’t handle the pain I probably shouldn’t have tried getting pregnant to begin with right? 

Now the coolest thing I’ve found is being able to physically see her kick. It’s crazy to see my belly bounce up and down. I notice it a lot when I take a bath but I notice it laying in bed or whenever I’m relaxing as well. However because I notice it best in the bath I haven’t gotten a good video of it. Another cool/cute thing is she kicks you back if you tap on my belly. My husband was tapping his thumb on my belly and she kept tapping back. It was like they were little kids on opposite sides of a door knocking and playing around. Then later this week I was holding my niece and she fell asleep on my belly. (Surprisingly it wasn’t all that uncomfortable). Every time she’d hiccup or get a hitch in her breathing so she’d shake she’d push on my belly. And again this little girl would push back. Although this time I think she was a little jealous. I’m not sure if that’s possible but it hurt more when she pushed back at my niece than it did with my husband. 

Alright enough about baby girls movements I’m sure you’re tired of reading about it. 

This week I had such an emotional week. The other day I went from being angry to crying sad in a 5 minute time span. (Read back to my previous post “Pregnancy Emotions are Tough”). Then I cried about the situation about 3 more times. I proceeded to have a few more emotional moments about unimportant things as the week progressed. I cried with worry my little dog wasn’t going to the bathroom properly. (Dang dog doesn’t like getting wet and that means he plays in the snow for a minute but then is ready to dry off. Not to mention my hometown right now is anywhere from -17 to +30 at any given time). Then I cried because I wanted pizza two days in a row but it gives me awful heartburn. Not to mention I cried no one would come to the baby shower because of the snow storm. So as you can see I haven’t really mentioned I’ve been overly emotional the past 23 weeks but Week 24 it all hit. And it hit HARD. I just hope the next 14 or so weeks left are not as rough. 

Good cravings are still anything salty and smarties. I’ve also enjoyed lots of pizza and Italian salad. I’ve also been excited to head to my father in-laws place during week 25 because I like his yummy potatoes. The basic cravings are still the same though. 

I guess that’s about all that happened this week. 

To end it with a happy note my husband and I took a few cute photos!


How was your week 24?

Did you have one week where your emotions just all of a sudden came without warning?

Talk soon,

Marena

23 Week Pregnancy Update 

This week has been such an exciting week! My husband and I finally found out our baby’s gender!

My husband wants a boy but he guessed that the baby is a girl. 

I had no intuition so I guessed boy because it’s what I wanted. 

Although even for wanting a boy we would also be happy with a girl. Just like everyone else says we just really want a healthy baby. 

IT’S A GIRL!!!!


Alright on to the update!


This week baby is the size of a grapefruit. 11.3 inches and 1.10 pounds. Baby finally hit a pound and honestly I can tell the baby is heavier. Well I feel like my belly is heavier that’s for sure. 

This week we physically saw baby move. I thought feeling baby move on the inside was strange but seeing it on the outside was stranger. But my husband and I have been enjoying the changes. It’s great experiencing this together 

I haven’t really had any special cravings and that feels a little new. Salty foods are still good. Although I did go to my favorite restaurant for my birthday! BD’s Mongolian BBQ. 

I also found my body is still always sore but I figured that’d happen. Nothing new here. 

So all in all besides finding out the gender of our baby nothing has happened. 

Talk soon,

Marena

Week 22 Pregnancy Update 

This week was long. Very long!


Baby biscuit is the size of a coconut. 10.9inches and 15.1 oz. 
It’s so great how much my husband feels the baby. It makes my heart feel so warm. 

This week has been all of the normal stuff sore back, sore stomach, and headaches. The other thing I have noticed is my belly has started to feel heavy. Especially after I eat. It can be very uncomfortable but it’s just nice knowing I’m helping baby grow. Cool thing I’ve noticed is when I lay on either side I feel the baby drop to that side. It’s weird being able to feel a very full side and an empty side. I’m interested in how it’ll feel when baby stops having so much room. 

This week besides wanting salty foods I’ve also enjoyed a lot of smarties. The biggest craving was for lasagna. I have a sweet husband, while I napped he went to the store and picked me up two personal sized lasagnas. I proceeded to eat both within 2 hours of each other. 

This week baby and I took an easy flight home to family for the holidays. Daddy and Marco the dog will follow later. By the time my 4 hour flight and 3 hour drive were done I was very sore and tired. I think I’ve hit a point when traveling for long periods of time are hard. Good thing this is our last long trip of the pregnancy. All we have left is the travel back to San Diego. 

This week I also met with my high risk OB and I’m officially transferred over to her. We saw the baby and all looks great. I have a heart condition so we checked baby and all looks good for baby’s heart. 

My husband and I are extra excited because next week (on my 22nd birthday) we are officially finding out the sex of the baby! I’m getting impatient. 

Talk soon,

Marena Wenzlick