Saturday, November 18, 2017

Our Failed Induction || Birth Story Part 1

Our sweet baby Theo is officially here, but I'll be honest it wasn't the easiest end of pregnancy to get here.  The weekend of 11/3 - 11/5 was a particularly rough one for us.  I think I cried more in those days than the rest of my pregnancy, I think the hormones are hit me hard.  This story is a long one, but it is part of bringing our son into the world.  This is the story of how we had a failed induction, part 1 of our birth story.

Thursday November 2nd: I wrapped up night 2 of parent teacher conferences which meant day 2 of being gone from home for 14 hours.  I came home with a slight headache that turned into the worst headache of my life within a few hours.  I tried sleeping but I was so frustrated with the pain I cried.  I was worried about popping more pills, so I showered at 2 am.  I was provided with some relief from the shower, but I caved and took more meds. I finally fell asleep about 4 am.

Friday November 3rd:  I awoke at 8 to get to my OB appointment.  Feeling and looking miserable no doubt, they were concerned the moment they laid eyes on me, my blood pressure was high in the 140/90 range I think.  Couple that with a headache and a few other signs, warning flags went up about preeclampsia.  I was given 2 options.

1.  Go to the hospital and be induced.
2.  Go get some blood work done and leave with a prescription for my headache, come back 4 hours later to take my blood pressure again.

First time in my life I said please take my blood & give me all the pain pills.  I was alone at the appointment, and overwhelmed at the thought of being induced at 37 + 5 was terrifying.  Our home was a mess, my sub-plans were not ready for school, I thought we had more time - so I cried.  I cried at the OB, in my car, calling Paul, again at the hospital getting blood drawn (oh those poor phlebotomist, they were so sweet comforting me and giving me juice - which I would later throw up...).

Once I took the pain meds I couldn't drive, so I went to my parents house to take the meds and for a nap before going back to the OB for the test results and to check my BP again.  I managed to fall asleep, the drugs took the edge off the headache, but it had not gone away. At the OB I pulled a scary high BP of 190/110.  They did a non stress test at the OBs office which looked good, baby was doing fine, but after a consult it was still decided I should go to the hospital for induction.

In order to get the ball rolling, or should I say my cervix ripening,  I opted to have a foley balloon catheter inserted at the office before going to the hospital.  OUCH.  I had a friend who this worked very well for... but holy hell I'm going to avoid it ever again.  Basically they got halfway though injecting the saline into the balloon, and I was writhing in pain and getting the shakes.  When they finished I ended up puking all over myself.  They only had the world's smallest puke containers which I promptly overfilled and splashed on myself.  I ended up wearing a gown home because I smelled wretched.

We got home, my mom helped me pack my hospital bag while we waited for Paul to come home.  I managed a shower during that time as well. My dad cleaned my car and brought it over from their house.  Basically my parents are amazing. 

We headed to the hospital finally having accepted that would we soon meet our son - earlier than expected but finally feeling excited.  The day before at work I had just been talking with my co-worked who had a baby 2 months ago about how I wasn't ready to not be pregnant.  I wasn't ready to not have him on the inside, I was going to miss all of his kicks.  It was all happening sooner that I thought.  In my mind that was the last car ride before we would meet our sweet boy. (wrong).   We got checked in, our room was ready no trip to triage,  we did the registration papers, took vitals, and placed my IV.  They started pumping me full of fluids, and hooked me up to the monitors.  This was nearly everything I didn't want.  The IV in my right hand made it hard to do much, it was very uncomfortable and I was swelling up quickly.  We ordered some dinner, and tried to relax.  I started having another bad cramp from the Foley, and ended up losing all of my dinner - thank God the puke bucket was bigger this time.

The nurses came in several times to re-tape the Foley tighter on my leg.  Sometime in the night maybe 2 am the Foley came out while I was trying to pee, which was a good sign because it meant I was dilating, and finally I was able to get some sleep.

Saturday November 4th:  They checked my cervix at some point, I don't remember when.  I was 4 cm dilated, at 5:30 the pitocin drip was started.  The contractions were minor, but they got fairly regular.  By no means were they hard.  We lounged, took a nice walk in circles before lunch.  Our midwife came in with her daughter who was there to observe a c-section to check my progress.  I was only at a 5.  Right before walk #2 a code blue alarm went off for the c-section that was going on, so we stayed in our room for a bit until the alarm was taken off.  Once it stopped we went out for walk #2, we came back after a few laps because I yet again had to pee.  While in our room the code blue went off again, so we stayed in our room.  Silently I prayed.  I thought I had seen the dad pulled from the OR, and the OB kicked his daughter out of the OR.  It felt like a very heavy situation.  All of the labor and delivery nurses were in the OR, and the postpartum nurses were covering both wings.  At 2pm a nurse came in and shut off my pitocin.  Basically they could not monitor everyone with so many nurses in the OR.  They were going to turn it back on asap.  Asap never happened...

We were out for another walk when we were asked to go back to our room at about 6, they finally had the c-section patient stable 5 hours later and wanted everyone out of the halls before moving her.  My parents came at 6:30 and Paul went home to shower, get more clothes and grab some dinner.  I can't remember when, but the decision was made that I would take cytotec in up to 4 doses to get labor going, and then start pitocin again in the morning if necessary.  The cytotec got contractions going well, they were close together, but still not hard I slept through the without a problem. I was hooked up to the monitors all night.

Sunday November 5th:  During the night the nurse checked my cervix, and I was at 5 cm.  I was failing to progress.  When our midwife came by that morning she laid out our options.  We could start pit again at 12 once the last cytotec wore off and hope it worked, or we could be discharged and go home.  If we started pit again, the concern was if it didn't work we would be officially labeled failure to progress and we were headed down the road to an unnecessary c-section.  We opted to be discharged.  Thankfully they never broke my water, and my blood pressure was lower.  I was discharged and put on modified bed rest, more appointments, and several times a day I had to monitor my blood pressure.
We left the hospital feeling all sorts of emotions.  I felt discouraged, and like I had failed.  The look on Paul's face was sort of crushed.  The truth is it was very hard to leave without him in our arms.  We went in not realizing an induction can fail, and we could leave without him on the outside.  It was hard to accept my body didn't fail and that we made the right choice. 

Have you had a failed induction?  I'd love to hear your birth stories!  Part II is coming soon, as I try and piece it all back together. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Theodore Dale

On 11/11 at 2:37 in the morning we welcomed our son, Theodore Dale, or as we like to call him baby Theo.  He was named after both of my grandfathers.  

19.5" long, weighing 5 lbs 6 oz

He is as sweet and cuddly as can be, which is a dream because I can't get enough baby snuggles.  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Makeover Monday || Hutch

This makeover is a long time coming, and I love a good makeover.  My mom wanted some more storage at the lake, and so she found this hutch on craigslist.  It was $40 so we hopped in the truck, and drove 30 minutes to look at it.  It fit the bill, so we loaded it up and brought it home.  That was the summer of '16.  Last fall I worked on the painting of the hutch, and got it almost done.  We took it up to the lake last fall to store it knowing I still had to finish the doors and a few details this year.  It technically isn't done yet, I have to finish the detail work still - touch up paint and caulk in a few areas will make it look more polished yet.  Maybe spring of '18 I'll finally call this one done. 

So here is the lowdown of what was changed, because this piece did get more than just a paint job.  However, I can only claim the paint job, my parents did most of the work.   
  • Took off the doors on the upper portion - this allowed it to function better as open shelving storage
  • Added bead board on the back to replace the crappy cardboard back - when the doors came off it also needed some reinforcing since the body is not real wood
  • Added real wood shelves for more stability
  • Took off the bottom trim, and added 1"x 4" around the bottom so we had something to drill the foot plates into
  • Added bun feet!  partially for looks, and the ability to level the hutch.  The kitchen floor is pretty darn uneven
  • Painted it white - primed it, and then used BM Ultra Spec 500 in base 1 which is just white
  • New hardware

It is now a super functional piece and has added so much storage.  I am sure I could style it so much better still, but the truth is we use the dishes almost daily so there has to be a functionality / pretty balance.
I hope you find a little inspiration in what you can do with a can a paint!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

They said what?! || 3

It is hard to believe I am in the middle of only having 4 weeks of teaching left before maternity leave starts, and I am ready.  I have hit that spot in pregnancy when sleep is elusive - partially because I pee all the time, and the heartburn has started to rear it's ugly head.  I quite literally cried this past Monday when I had to leave.  Cried real tears, and told Paul I don't know if I can make it.  But then my kids say funny (to me) things and I know I'll not only make it, but I'll miss them. 

First up I was telling my kids about ligers, because cats are awesome, and we were defining what a species is.  I brought up a few photos, and the on liger looked like she had spots on her.
One of my kids asks "why does the liger have spots if it is a a lion and tiger mix?"  
Another kid responds "Because she was cheating with a cheetah!"  

Not quite how that works, but quick and often witty thinkers they are.

We later in the week were looking at a photo of an ecosystem and they had to pick out as many abiotic and biotic factors that they could going back and forth between teams.  One of snakes in the image was a scarlet king snake, a classic example of a mimicry.  I always teach the phrase "red next to black safe for jack, red next to yellow kills a fellow" 
I was going to give massive bonus to the group that could finish my statement
"Red next to black..."
The response I got was "racist!"
Puzzled I looked back at her, and realized she heard "redneck's black"

Next up two quotes from one of my favorite girls.  First up in the middle of class, taking notes she has this epiphany. 
"Oh my god, I just realized Pumba is not a puma!" 
How much of her life did she spend thinking Pumba was a puma, and the whole "When I was a young warthog!!!!! part of Hakuna Matata.  
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And mere minutes later after picking out her invasive species she comes up to me and asks if I can google her species so she knows what she picked.  
I said "Sure what did you sign up for?"
"The zebbbra moosell"
  My co-teacher and I can't help it, we bust out laughing "Any chance you mean the zebra mussel?"

In other news,  things that had to be said to high school kids this week are "Don't throw the scissors"  and  "Did you just put the dried beans in your mouth?!  You know that every class has used those for the lab today and you just ate them!"  

And for my education this week, I learned that rap snacks are a thing. Chip flavors with rappers on them.  
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fall Porch + Paint It!

I'll admit to never doing the best job at decorating the outside of our house for fall.  I see all these lovely front porch decorations and I just get paralyzed and don't do anything.  My mom bought me mums for my window boxes this year which really livened the place up, but I have more fun decorating their porch every year.  Last year they painted their front door a lovely shade of teal.  After picking up some free crates from a closing quilt shop, and leftover pumpkins from my mom's classroom I set out to make a fall front porch for the cheapest I could.  

Here is what he porch looked like last year.  
We dug up some mums from their yard - they have them spread to all sorts of crazy locations & we cut some grasses from their yard to add height to the crate in the back.  We flipped the front crate upside down, and we added a pile of pumpkins.  The only thing purchased for the porch last year I believe was the rug.  I'd love to see another rug layered underneath it for more of a visual impact. 

And here is the porch this year. 
We used the free crates again as well was the same rug, and cut more grasses from their yard.  We did buy pumpkins specifically for the porch this year, but we found some for really cheap.  I think my mom spend $1 each for the orange ones.  We bought the white pumpkin for $2, and green one I believe was $4. She grew plenty of gourds and mini pumpkins in the garden, and at one of the local stands we stopped at the older man who grew them said we could take as many mini pumpkins as we wanted because he had grown so many.  In the front crate I flipped some pots upside down to place the pumpkins on.  Instead of digging up mums this year, I cut some of their hydrangeas to fill in around the pumpkins. I didn't put them in water or anything, because they dry nicely on their own.  

So you know how it is always easier to make decision for other peoples' houses?  I could do that all day, but decisions for my own house eek.  I am terrible at it, plus I like spending other peoples' money.  So back to their house... sorry ma, but I have always felt like it wasn't balanced without the sidelight painted as well.  So this year I finally mocked up what it would look like if they pained it as well.  
Ah so much better right?!  Now I think there are plenty of instances where the sidelight can be left unpainted or match and the trim and it works well.  But in this case with one sidelight, and the fact that the trim and sidelight color matches the house color I think it really brings some balance.  Oh, but I don't stop there.  
I would love to see another rug layered to add more visual volume, and you won't ever go wrong with a fall wreath.  Have I convinced you mom?
So here would be my recipe for a perfect fall porch
1.  Layered rugs
2.  Some sort of height in grasses or corn - cut from your own yard or maybe a neighbor would be nice and share since you cut back grasses in the fall anyway. 
3.  Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!  We have found a few local stands that are really cheap that we will visit again next year.
4.  Old crates or baskets - keep your eyes peeled at garage or estate sales.
5.  Fall flowers (mums or hydrangeas are lovely - again see if a neighbor would share if you don't have any hydrangeas)

So maybe next year I'll be taking more notes from myself and get my own house in order.  This year I just have not pulled myself together enough.  Next week our new carpet gets installed, so I am taking down all the fall decor I had up for a week, and cleaning out the living room and moving furniture.  After almost 4 years I can't wait to finally be rid of our carpet, and share our lovely indoor fall decor.  Because that I can do. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

They said what?! || 2

I swear it is always at the end of the week that my kids say some of the funniest things.  Maybe we are all starting to lose our minds?  I have a particularly awesome 4th period class, and I can always count of them for a good laugh. 

This week we were looking at populations and characteristics we can use to describe a population.  We tied in some information about the human population because it is a bit more interesting than animals, and really grabbed their attention. 

So one girl asks, "You know how there is the baby boomer generation?  What are we?"
Her peer responds "Ain't we generation Y?"
"Maybe we be Generation Y can't you keep your legs shut"

I looked at my co-teacher and we about died laughing, it is just so true.  The number of girls pregnant right now is off the charts.  I have 3 current students who are pregnant, another 4 former students pregnant.  I know some of my currents already have kids, and several of the boys are Dads.  Between last year kids that are pregnant or have a kid total at least 20 - it is hard to know all of the boys because they don't often talk about it.  So yea, maybe I agree with the whole Generation Y can't you keep your legs shut?!

A conversation I try not to hear is when kids are talking about their parole officers coming to take their drug tests at school.  Some of these kids are very open about buying clean pee and they have learned how to sneak it.  Anyway, I catch the tail end of a conversation talking about sucking on pennies... the kid looks at me and says "I test negative for everything, I swear - except for life.  I'm high on that" and creepily smiles.  Again, I barely keep myself together.  I'm glad he is clean, and also oh so cheesy.  

And now after not wearing compression socks today and feeling all the rage of being almost 33 weeks pregnant and teaching all week - Leslie Knope knows how I feel.  

Saturday, September 23, 2017

My favorite low maintenance lip colors.

With school in full swing, I'm back into wearing very low maintenance lip colors.  I don't want to be worrying about if I have lipstick wearing off poorly or transfer onto the teeth.  The problem is I sometimes still look a bit young to be teaching high school kids.  Just this week during a fire drill I told a kid to get out of the street he responded with "Oh sh*t I didn't know you were a teacher!"  I have had plenty of kids come in to my room and can't find their teacher... in my head I say "seriously you think a student wears dress pants and a blouse to class?"  Anyway, I like to wear a bit more makeup, usually involving a brighter lip color.  I don't want to age myself but I try to look more polished.  I keep the rest of my makeup simple because at this point I take sleep over eye shadow, most days.  So I wanted to round up 5 of my absolute favorite no fuss lip colors.

TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint - $6  I am such a fan of a red lip, but I fear the maintenance it takes to pull it off.  This Tony Moly tint is perfect for creating a red lip that wears well.  I reach for this all the time during the holidays and for evenings out.  

ARROW BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm - $14   Applies like a chapstick, no mirror needed.  I received this in my Birchbox subscription ago and I love it.  This claims to automatically adjust to your body's pH to create a unique to you perfect pink.  On my I usually get a really pretty pink with a bit of a sheen, it didn't swatch well on my arm but trust me this is a great lip product.  I keep this in my bag at school all the time, it is my daily go to.  

Elizabeth Mott Tint and Sass - $15   Sometime I forget how much I love this color.  I received it in my Ipsy subscription a few years back, and it lasts forever.  This red tint has the prettiest blue undertone that works perfectly with my skin tone.

Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - $9.49 These Revlon lip colors are great from the drugstore.  I love the colors sweetheart & honey.  Sweetheart is a bright pink, BRIGHT.  Honey is a really pretty mauve neutral pink.  It is perfect if you don't love bright color.  This starts glossy and wears down to a wonderful stain. 

Peripera's Tint Water - $12  This is a bright pink lip stain that lasts until lunch for me.  It is a bit on the runny side, but it builds nicely.  My absolute favorite lip stain was by a Korean brand that suddenly stopped selling in the U.S., so this is the closest that exists on the market.

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