Ups and Downs

The last month has been full of ups and downs.

The biggest up of my life: my son was born, 10 days late, on April 11th. He was 9 pounds 6 ounces and 21.5 inches long. He is a beauty. This is Kurt Edward (Kurt because we liked it, Edward after my dad):

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{Kurt: just a few minutes old, 4/11/14.}

I had a difficult labor. A planned natural, home birth, we ended up transferring to Mt. Sinai for failure to progress. I’m not sure how much detail I’ll go into later (I did write out my birth story but it’s long), but here are the basics: I went into labor late Tuesday night (the 8th). After no progress for nearly 2 days (Thursday afternoon) we went to the hospital because I was exhausted (since I went into labor Tuesday night I had already been up that whole day). I got the epidural (and will get it again – it was amazing) and pitocin and Mr. Kurt arrived in the wee hours of Friday morning.

Still Pregnant! 40+ Week Bumpdate

So, I am still pregnant! My due date was Tuesday (April 1st) and today I am 40 weeks and 4 days preggo:

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Stats:

  • Baby size: 8+ pounds
  • Mommy weight gain: ~26-27 pounds (I was up to 30 about 2-3 weeks ago, but have since stabilized around 26-27 – no gains or losses in the last 2 weeks).
  • Swelling: I had foot/ankle/calf swelling for most of weeks 38-39 but this symptom also disappeared around the end of week 39. I’m glad to have my feet back (this might also explain the slight weight loss). My midwife was speculating it might have something to do with the weather/barometric pressure because a few other pregnant ladies also reported less swelling this past week.
  • Gender: Still a BOY!
  • Cravings or aversions: nothing in particular.
  • Baby position: head down since ~32 weeks.

Link Love – Monday, March 24th 2014

Have been meaning to get this out for the last few weeks – but at 39 weeks pregnant (tomorrow) there has just been so much other stuff that had to come first.

A few weeks ago my sister sent me this interesting NYTimes article on antibiotics and how they may possibly be affecting growth in humans. Research is inconclusive. What we do know is that antibiotic use does have the potential to impact growth (to increase it) and that it’s important to only use antibiotics when they’re really needed.

I just ordered this post-partum compression girdle. (As seen on SkinnyMeg - hers was for a c-section though.) “Girdle” may not sound very appealing, but compression after birth actually has a longstanding history in many cultures. Here’s some more info on post-partum girdles. There is currently a $10 OFF code on the site or you can get it on Amazon.

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