Monday, October 10, 2011

Violet Adele's Freebirth Story (10-07-11)

Thursday morning started with me waking up to more bloody show. I had some 2 days earlier, along with losing my mucus plug. I had some random contractions throughout the day that caught my attention but nothing too strong to make me think labor was soon.

After cooking a hearty steak dinner I put Lucy to bed. Later I randomly told Eddie that I was going to have a baby by this weekend. I just felt so "weird". I knew labor had to be close, I just didn't think it was going to be THAT close. He feel asleep right away and I stayed up watching Mythbusters. It was getting late so I decided to lay down and try to fall asleep even though I was barely tired. About five minutes after laying down I was hit with an intense contraction. I was relaxing and breathing through the contraction when I felt a "POP". It was so strange, it was like a shock wave! I completely froze at that point because I was honestly scared to move. I really didn't want my water to have broken so I was searching my brain for other possible things that could cause such a feeling. Like, did the baby just give me some kind of super hard kick? Then I felt another contraction coming which caused the fluid to start leaking out. I said out loud "OH SHIT" as I jumped out of bed, which immediately woke Eddie asking what was wrong. I told him my waters broke and that he could go back to bed if he wanted because it might be awhile. Of course how could he sleep after that so he got up and started prepping the room for the birth. I looked at the clock, it was a little after 1 am. I put on a pad and laid back down in bed to start timing a few contractions.

I figured since Lucy's birth had started in a similar fashion, I should have a baby by 8am. Little did I know what a mistake making that comparison would be, this wasn't going to be anything like Lucy's birth! Contractions started immediately, about every 4 minutes, lasting a minute. They were INTENSE. Like whoa. I did my best to stay laying on my side but that wasn't working. Laying down HURT. In fact, everything I had done to cope with the contractions during Lucy's birth was NOT working for me during this one. Breathing through contractions wasn't cutting it either, I ended up vocalizing through them instead. I walked around the house, sat on the toilet, sat on the birth stool, squatted on the floor. I couldn't stop moving or the pain was too intense. At one point I got out my fetoscope to listen to the baby's heartbeat, I found it right away and it was nice and strong. That brought me a lot of peace as I had a little worry about how much fluid I was leaking and maybe the baby no longer being engaged causing a possible cord prolapse.

At around 3 am I needed to get in the shower. I was trying so hard to hold off because I still thought birth was 4-5 hours away. The shower was amazing! I stood hanging on the shower bar with the water pouring down my back. I don't know how long I stayed in the shower but at one point I got out and sat on the toilet. I eventually made my way back into the bedroom to sit on the birth stool.

This is when things got really intense and I started to get super discouraged. I looked at the clock and it was only a little after 4 am! Contractions were coming on top of each other now and relaxing through them was becoming very difficult. I had a lot of pressure in my bottom but no urge to push. So I waited and continued moving around hoping that the urge to push would come earlier than I had orignally thought. I was already starting to freak out a little because I didn't see how I could make it to 7 or 8 am like this! In hindsight I think this might have been transition because I definitely hit a wall where I didn't think I could handle this anymore.

Sometime before 5am, maybe 4:45?  I got back in the shower. I wasn't in there for long before it became obvious it wasn't going to do anything for me. The water wasn't helping with the pressure or pain. I started having some intense pain in my legs with every contraction. I was no longer relaxing with my contractions, in fact I was running away from them! I thought I should check myself to see if birth was close but I couldn't feel anything in there. So very discouraging.

At this point I have no idea what time it was but I decided I would get out of the shower and sit on the birth stool and try pushing gently with a contraction and see if anything happened. I immediately started to feel relief when pushing with the contractions. I had no idea if this was a good thing to be doing but it just felt right so I went with it! After making myself push with a couple contractions the urge to push hit me and my body took over. I could no longer NOT push! Eddie went to get a mirror and a flashlight(yes, he had a flashlight, this totally made me laugh), he took a look and said "I see a head!" to which I replied "really?!" and looked for myself and said "oh thank god!". The head slowly moved down with each contraction until I hit the "ring of fire", as they call it. I moved off the birth stool and squatted on the floor, trying to breath through the contractions to allow myself time to stretch. WOW was that difficult! I didn't realize how incredibly hard it is to not push when the urge is so strong. My body was bearing down all on its own!

I remember saying to Eddie that the baby was coming or the head was coming, something that was completely obvious! He had a towel and asked what he should do, I said "nothing". Shortly after that the head came out and the body came with it, right into my hands! I placed the baby on the floor for a second to look her over before quickly picking her back up. She was crying right away and she was indeed a she! I said "you're a girl!", which we already knew but it's always good to be 100% sure! Eddie took a couple pictures and started taking a video when we noticed the time was 5:42am, so we guessed 5:40am was the time of birth.  Then he ran, literally, to get Lucy and wake her up to meet her new baby sister. (which we caught all of video tape!)

Then we called my parents to tell them they could come over now. The plan was for them to come immediately after the birth in case we need help with Lucy, and honestly I wanted my mom to make me some breakfast! It was after 6 am now and we decided to cut the cord. It was longer than Lucy's had been but it was still bothering me and I thought it would be easier to squat over the bowl to deliver the placenta without holding the baby. Eddie clamped and cut the cord, then he took the baby for me. I squatted and gave a little push and the placenta came out with ease. My bleeding was looking good so I sat on a clean chux pad on the couch and nursed the baby.

My parents showed up after that and everyone chatted about the birth and doted over the baby. Ed made a bunch of phone calls, he was on as much of a birth high as I was! The baby was still nameless at this point so we were all throwing around the names we liked, Stella and Violet were the main two. I wanted to get cleaned up so I gave my mom the baby and took a quick shower. After I got out Eddie said he wanted to name the baby Violet and I asked if he was sure because we originally thought it would be Stella Rose. He said he no longer liked Stella. I said Violet was great *if* her middle name could be Adele! After a short pause he agreed and yay, Violet Adele it was!

Finally we tried to weigh her, which apparently we did completely wrong because we got 6 lbs 7 oz and when we weighed her the next day it was 6 lbs 14 oz. Awesome huh? So we are going with, 6 lbs 14 oz and 19 inches long! Everyone hung out a little longer. My mom made us some breakfast & helped clean up everything before leaving with my father. It was absolutely perfect.







Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sisters

This photo makes my heart feel like it's going to explode!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Introducing...

Violet Adele Bopp
Born free into her mommy's hands
on October 7th 2011 at 5:40am.
Weighing 6 lbs 14 oz and 19 inches long.


Birth story to follow...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 39

How Far along? 39 weeks and 1 day

Size of the baby? a mini watermelon! YUM :D

Any new symptoms? No not really. Still having random contractions at night. I did lose my mucus plug the other morning. Exciting and gross!

What are you craving? sugar.

Total weight gain? 25 lbs!

Baby bump?


Movement? yuppp still dancing around in there.

Gender? GIRL!

Nesting? no. I'm officially over nesting.

Sleeping well? Okay I guess. I wake a lot to pee or because of a painful contraction.

Buy anything for the baby this week? Nope.

What are you looking forward to? my due date! Once I hit my EDD I will start begging this baby to come out. LOL

What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? I'm enjoying my alone time with Lucy. We don't have much longer. Not enjoying how hard it is to wait for baby to get here!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 38

How Far along? 38 weeks and 1 day

Size of the baby? as long as a leek!

Any new symptoms? yes, nightly contractions that eventually peter off. Exciting!

What are you craving? sweets. I am eating WAY too much sugar lately.

Total weight gain? 23 lbs!

Baby bump?

Movement? yup, still wiggling around in there.

Gender? female

Nesting? yes, I've been a clean freak lately.

Sleeping well? Not really.

Buy anything for the baby this week? yeah I bought a couple more sleepers.

What are you looking forward to? having a baby.

What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? I'm enjoying my increased energy. Not enjoying the increased discomfort. lol

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Prenatal Update: 38 weeks

  • Weeks: 38 weeks.  
  • Weight gain: 23 lbs. 
  • Blood Pressure: 112/74.  
  • Fundal height: 37.5 cm.  
  • Fetal heart tones: 130 bpm.  
  • Position of baby: LOP

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 37 (full term!)

How Far along? 37 weeks and 1 day

Size of the baby? about 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches (says babycenter)

Any new symptoms? I have slightly more pressure "down there", feels like there is a bowling ball between my legs. lol.

What are you craving? everything. My appetite is insane right now. I CANT STOP EATING. Help me.

Total weight gain? 23 lbs!

Baby bump?

Movement? yes, still plenty of movement.

Gender? girl!

Nesting? yes, did some major nesting yesterday. Prepping prefolds!

Sleeping well? I am sleeping good right now, I hope it stays that way.

Buy anything for the baby this week? yes. I bought a little vibrating baby seat thing and some more diaper covers.

What are you looking forward to? My edd. I will feel officially ready to have a baby after October 11th. lol

What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? I'm enjoying nesting. Not enjoying the increased braxton hicks with the increased pressure. I'm pretty uncomfortable. :-/

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 36

How Far along? 36 weeks and 5 days

Size of the baby? crenshaw melon

Any new symptoms? I'm slightly more moody lately and my appetite has really increased.

What are you craving? nothing particular, all food is yummy. lol

Total weight gain? 22 lbs

Baby bump?

Movement? yup, she is a wiggly little thing.

Gender? girl!

Nesting? yes, I need to stop cleaning so much.

Sleeping well? yes!

Buy anything for the baby this week? Nope, nothing this week.

What are you looking forward to? having a baby.

What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? I'm enjoying everything about being pregnant, I'm really gonna miss it when the baby comes.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Baby Names for Blueberry

The short list:
  • Stella
  • Adele
  • Scarlett
  • Vivienne
The LONG list:
  • Penelope
  • Violet
  • Annette
  • Cecilia
  • Cleo
  • Camille
  • Adeline
  • Adelaide
  • Evelyn
  • Ella
  • Amelia
  • Marlo
  • Marcella
  • Patricia
  • Celeste
  • Annabella
  • Ava
  • Charlotte

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Prenatal Update: 36 weeks

  • Weeks: 36 weeks.  
  • Weight gain: 22 lbs. 
  • Blood Pressure: 105/70.  
  • Fundal height: 35 cm.  
  • Fetal heart tones: 138 bpm.  
  • Position of baby: head down and posterior.

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 35

How Far along? 35 weeks and 6 days pregnant, as of right now!

Size of the baby? Honeydew melon!

Any new symptoms? some leg cramps the last couple nights but nothing too bad. I had horrible Charley horses with Lucy!

What are you craving? fried chicken. Yup.

Total weight gain? 20 lbs (when I did my 35 week prenatal)

Baby bump?

35 weeks


35 weeks & 3 days

Movement? plenty, there must still be a lot of room in there.

Gender? GIRL.

Nesting? absolutely! I've been a bit of a clean freak lately.

Sleeping well? Yes I am sleeping pretty good right now, it's really nice.

Buy anything for the baby this week? YES!

What are you looking forward to? being full term on September 20th! That will be a huge milestone for me considering my 4 previous miscarriages. Also, no more sitting in salt baths while drinking Gatorade trying to ward off contractions that I don't want yet! Lol

What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? I'm enjoying the Internet(Twitter) break I've been on. I have more time to focus on Lucy, reading, listening to music & meditating. It's been VERY nice.
Not enjoying the on-going baby name saga. We still have nothing.

Monday, September 5, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 34

How Far along? 34 weeks and 6 days(I'm getting a little behind on these updates)

Size of the baby? cantaloupe!

Any new symptoms? Yes, some indigestion.

What are you craving? chocolate. I've got a major sweet tooth these days.

Total weight gain? 18 lbs

Baby bump?

34 weeks


34 weeks and 5 days

Movement? yup.

Gender? babygirl.

Nesting? yes, lots of cleaning and organizing and ordering the rest of my birthing supplies. We are officially baby ready!

Sleeping well? WAYYY better than last week. Hip pain is almost gone! Stopped taking my Omega 3 supplements and I've felt so much better. They were definitely contributing to the pain.

Buy anything for the baby this week? yes, I bought cloth diaper detergent and a wet bag.

What are you looking forward to? dressing a newborn baby girl. Lol. I'm getting really excited about having another little girl again.

What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? I'm enjoying everything about being pregnant this week. I'm very grateful and happy to be so close to holding my baby. No complaints here! :)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Prenatal Update: 33 weeks & 5 days

  • Weeks: 33 weeks, 5 days.  
  • Weight gain: 17 lbs. 
  • Blood Pressure: 104/73.  
  • Fundal height: 31 cm.  
  • Fetal heart tones: 140 bpm.  
  • Position of baby: LOT

Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 33

How Far along? 33 weeks and 4 days!

Size of the baby? baby weighs about 4 pounds (as much as a pineapple)

Any new symptoms? Nope. Same old ones.

What are you craving? Falafel sandwiches.

Total weight gain? 17 lbs

Baby Bump?


Movement? yes. I think the baby has too much room in there because she still moves A LOT.

Gender? girl.

Nesting? nope. But I need to start prepping my newborn prefolds.

Sleeping well? no way. I dread sleep. Rolling over HURTS. Stupid hip pain.

Buy anything for the baby this week? yes I bought another newborn fitted cloth diaper. (I'm addicted.)

What are you looking forward to? Going to the chiro soon and maybe not having hip pain. :)

What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? Enjoying Lucy's reaction to the crazy belly movements. This age she is at has been really fun.
Not enjoying my bitch of a left hip.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 32

How Far along? 32 weeks and 1 day!

Size of the baby? baby weighs about 3.75 pounds and is about 16.7 inches long

Any new symptoms? Yes. Strange pressure in my "area". Feels like the baby could just fall out of me!

What are you craving? York peppermint patties. It's bad yo.

Total weight gain? 17 lbs

Baby Bump?


31 weeks and 6 days


32 weeks

Movement? yuppp! Lots as always.

Gender? girl.

Nesting? nope. Not really. I've been too focused on birth prep & getting all my supplies together this week.

Sleeping well? no. Pelvic pain is makings sleep suck.

Buy anything for the baby this week? no but I did get some great baby items from friends! I got a big box of baby girl clothes from a Twitter friend & an awesome red-orange Moby wrap from a good local friend(whom I also met via Twitter, man I love Twitter) :


What are you looking forward to? Birth! I've gone a little birth obsessed again. Which is a good thing. I'm excited to start prepping, mentally and physically! I even started drinking my RRL, Nettle and Alfalfa tea infusion! I made my first batch the other day and surprising in doesn't taste as awful as I had imagined.


What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? Enjoying the excited feeling of preparing for a birth. EEEk!
Not enjoying the discomforts of pregnancy.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Prenatal Update: 31 weeks & 5 days

  • Weeks: 31 weeks, 5 days.  
  • Weight gain: 17 lbs. 
  • Blood Pressure: 107/73.  
  • Fundal height: 29.5 cm.  
  • Fetal heart tones: 132 bpm.  
  • Position of baby: LOP(Left Occiput Posterior).

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 31

How Far along? 31 weeks!

Size of the baby? baby measures over 16 inches long and weighs about 3.3 pounds. (says Babycenter)

Any new symptoms? HEARTBURN. It finally decided to show up. :-/

What are you craving? right now, a thai iced tea. I'm so thirsty.

Total weight gain? 16 lbs

Baby Bump?

Movement? yes lot's of movement. I don't think this baby stays in the same position longer than a day.

Gender? girl, I think.

Nesting? a little, but mostly just resting.

Sleeping well? Kinda, but heartburn has been waking me up a lot.

Buy anything for the baby this week? Yup, more newborn prefolds and covers. And these 2 cute polka dot onesies:

What are you looking forward to? naming the baby. I can't tell you how depressing it is for me not having a name for this baby. I HATE it!

What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? Enjoying my awesome new birth ball. I've been using it a lot and I really think it's helping my pelvic pain. Not enjoying heartburn, but at least it showed up later this time than it did with Lucy.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 30

How Far along? 30 freaking weeks :D

Size of the baby? baby is about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds.

Any new symptoms? yes, a return of nausea in the mornings. Boo.

What are you craving? cannoli's, so yummy.

Total weight gain? 14 lbs

Baby Bump?

Movement? yup, moving and rolling all around.

Gender? girl

Nesting? yes, lots of cleaning this weekend. My back is hating me for it. lol

Sleeping well? I little better than last week. The fan blowing on me all night is helping.

Buy anything for the baby this week? yes, I bought some more long sleeved onesies.

What are you looking forward to? I'm looking forward to the awesome salt bath I'm about to take tonight.

What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? Enjoying feeling well and healthy. :) Not enjoying all the baby name issues. We just cannot agree on a name!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Prenatal Update: 29 weeks & 5 days

  • Weeks: 29 weeks, 5 days.  
  • Weight gain: 14 lbs. 
  • Blood Pressure: 103/70.  
  • Fundal height: 29 cm.  
  • Fetal heart tones: 140 bpm.  
  • Position of baby: maybe ROP(Right Occiput Posterior), but not 100% sure.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Venice Beach with the BFF











My Pregnancy: Week 29

How Far along? 29 weeks :)

Size of the baby? baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel.

Any new symptoms? no new ones. Lots of pelvic pain this week though. It sucks.

What are you craving? RIBS. They are in the oven right now.

Total weight gain? 15 lbs

Baby Bump?


Movement? yup, loving all the movement! Enjoying feeling hiccups a lot too.

Gender? girl

Nesting? yes I am trying. I have an urge to nest but if I do too much it makes my pelvic pain worse. :-/

Sleeping well? No. I hate sleeping. I'm hotttt and uncomfortable all night.

Buy anything for the baby this week? Nope! Saving money for more birth supplies right now.

What are you looking forward to? being 30 weeks next week. haha

What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? I'm enjoying how connected I feel to the baby right now. Not enjoying pelvic pain. :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 28

How Far along? 28 weeks and 4 days!

Size of the baby? baby weighs two and a quarter pounds and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels

Any new symptoms? no, but my pelvic pain is getting worse.

What are you craving? pot stickers. Oh man have I been eating a TON of those.

Total weight gain? 12 lbs

Baby Bump?

28 weeks


28 weeks and 3 days

Movement? lots of kicks all over again. Baby WAS head down earlier in the week but now I have no clue!

Gender? girl

Nesting? nope, just resting. :)

Sleeping well? No. Very uncomfortable sleeping lately.

Buy anything for the baby this week? nope. Nothing this week.

What are you looking forward to? getting henna on my belly with my BFF this week! :)

What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? I'm enjoying my time with Lucy before the baby comes. Not enjoying all the internet dramaz.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 27

How Far along? 27 weeks

Size of the baby? baby weighs almost 2 pounds and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended

Any new symptoms? No, same old ones!

What are you craving? Ho Sum Bistro. Like bad. I'm still mad DH didn't take me there tonight. We had sushi instead. :(

Total weight gain? 12 lbs

Baby Bump? yes ma'am!


Movement? yup, moving a lot lately. Movement is starting to happen around the same time everyday. A lot of kicks on my right side this whole week. I think she is comfy in this position, hope it's a good one!

Gender? girl

Nesting? not really. We were on vacation all last week so mostly just relaxing.

Sleeping well? yes. I slept great last night now that we are home again!

Buy anything for the baby this week? yupp


What are you looking forward to? birth, breastfeeding, newborn cuddles, sleeping on my tummy again and painting my toenails with ease. :P

What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? enjoying many baby kicks. Not enjoying the hugeness.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My Pregnancy: Week 26

How Far along? 26 weeks

Size of the baby? about 14 inches, head to heals and weighing around a pound and two-thirds.

Any new symptoms? yes! Fetus has hiccups now. Swoon. :) Also, swollen feet. Boo.

What are you craving? Oh man. I am craving FRESH food. Salads, veggies, fruits.

Total weight gain? 11 lbs

Baby Bump? absolutely!



Movement? yup, she's moving as I type this! lol

Gender? girl

Nesting? nope, none lately.

Sleeping well? A little. We are staying with the in-laws in New York right now so the time change has effected my sleep.

Buy anything for the baby this week? no not this week, I think I need a week off. ;)

What are you looking forward to? seeing how big my belly is gonna get because it is feeling pretty huge lately.

What are you enjoying the most/least about being pregnant this week? Enjoying fetus hiccups!! Not enjoying swollen feet. :(