Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hello baby Robert Nesta!

Brief announcement Scott sent out...

Although not the relaxed home birth we had envisioned... Because
Erin was past her due date, she went to have a routine ultrasound
and they determined that she had very little amniotic fluid... So
after consulting with our midwife, we ended up going to the
hospital for monitoring and possible induction... After
monitoring and discussions with the doctors and midwife for
several hours, we elected to have the baby delivered by C-section
at 12:01am today (2/19) at 9 pounds, 4 ounces... Mother and baby
are doing ok... Erin is in recovery and baby in the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
(receiving oxygen and fluids)... They will be there for several

Pictures will follow soon. Please send continued good thoughts and prayers our way. Robbie is getting very stressed and tachy trying to nurse and breathe at the same time. I think once my milk comes in it will be easier and he will not have to work so hard for a few drops of liquid gold.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I've been a baaaddd blogger

And I really have no excuse. Rather then trying to make an excuse or use the whole, "but I pregnant and tired" line, I am just going to admit it. Oh sure, I mean, I have had lots I wanted to blog about but just no real desire to get on here an blog.

2010 ended and 2011 started much the same. Calm, low key and happy to have this little munchkin kicking away inside me.

Right after the new year, I had my first of two baby showers. My friends and some family came to my house and we got to celebrate that very soon, baby boy will be here. The food, the guests and the gifts were all so wonderful and completely overwhelming (in a good way)! I loved sharing such a special day with so many awesome people in my life. The downside was that it was so big that I feel like I did not get to spend much time with each guest. Munchkin made out like crazy and this little boy will always know just how loved he really is by so many.

A week later, baby shower number two was at my sisters house with my bio-dad's family. It was much smaller but still so sweet to be surrounded by family, most of whom I haven't seen in over a decade. There is nothing like a baby to bring cousins close together. Although, I do have to thank Facebook for helping.

Last weekend, I sorted, washed and organized baby clothes. If Munchkin is over 10 pounds, he will be very naked. LOL!

So here I am, approaching my due date (check out my ticker on the top!!) and celebrating my birthday. I was really not prepared for my birthday this year. Oh sure, I can handle the ageing but know that Munchkin can make his grand appearance anytime now is just unbelievable. I am really hoping to make closer to his due date and not give birth anytime soon. I mean, I would like at least a full week for maternity leave so I can have some down time and more importantly, "me time" (or Me and Daddy time). These last two weeks of work have been pretty hard and even though I am working 1/2 days and leaving early, my entire being just wants to be home.

The good news is that Scott has installed the car seat and set up the co-sleeper. Our generous neighbor loaned us a glider and ottoman. Our clothe diaper order has been placed and Munchkin has enough clothes washed and put away for at least a week or two, depending on his size. I did not wash more than 3 newborn outfits and I am sure he won't be able to wear them long, if ever. Of course, I washed some because he just may be smaller the predicted. Now I have to assemble my birth kit, make sure we will have food for the midwives, write my thank you notes, prepare the donations for the drive by day and I am good to go. Whew! The list still sounds long.

Monday, January 3, 2011

A late meme to wrap up 2010

Yeah...I's late.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

I became a phlebotomy student and begin sticking needles in people's arms with kind of joy usually reserved for serial killers and masochists. I am neither but I loved learning new medical and laboratory procedures.

I took and passed my EKG exam and my Phlebotomy exam.

We got to see Anthony Bourdain live. Very cool!

I found myself unexpectedly pregnant and was able to actually stay pregnant. Actually, I still am pregnant.

I hired a midwife and educated myself on homebirth, cloth diapering, breast feeding, circumcision and vaccinating.

Scott and I (and some friends) went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I have been to Mexico a few time but never to PV.

I purchased a first ever "big ticket" item for our home.

Whew! 2010 was quite a year.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don't make New Year's resolutions because I think its just a good idea to strive to be a better person all the time. But one time, I made a resolution to always untie my shoes before I remove them. That was about 2 years or so ago and I am proud to say that I am still doing it.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

A few of my IF friends gave birth. I was so very happy for these ladies and cried tears of joy for them.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thank the good Lord!

5. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

My EKG license and my phlebotomy license.

My son in arms.

6. What countries did you visit?

Mexico. I love Mexico and I am already looking forward to my next, although unplanned visit.

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why:

June 2, 2010: It was not only the one year suck-aversary of the loss of my little fishstick but the day I found out I was pregnant.

March 5, 2010: Scott and my 5 year anniversary. I am not a big celebrator of anniversaries unless they are "big" ones. To me, 5 years was a big one and we celebrated. Here is to another 500 years. ;)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Passing the National EKG and Phlebotomy exam.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I don't think I "failed" anything this year. At least, nothing sticks out in my mind as "Oh, that was such a failure" with the exception of my complete inability to maintain my weight where I want it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Let's no talk about that damned kidney stone...'nuff said.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Our new couch! A bliss and comfort. I love the recline feature and the cup holders.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

I just don't have an answer to this question. Moving on...

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Do I have to answer this? Can I plead the 5th?

14. Where did most of your money go?

Tuition and then medical expenses. Yeah, it seems like 2011 will be much of the same...OK not tuition but student loans.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Beyond finding out I am pregnant and actually staying pregnant? I am not sure much can top that.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?

I don't know. Although I did get a new iPod Nano this year I don't think any one song on my iPod is standing out as the "song of 2010."

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Very, very much happier. I don’t think it even compares. (Stealing this answer because it is just so damn true for me too.)
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter but it's really all baby. :)
iii. richer or poorer? I am guessing poorer but richer in so many ways that does not include money.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Drinking booze. Kidding!! Nothing really. 2010 was really a great year.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Eat less yummy food from the roach coach at school but damn all those Mexican dishes were hard to turn down when my belly was growling.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Well, Christmas 2010 is over and I can't even begin to predict Christmas 2011.

21. There was no #21. I don’t know why there was no 21.

It seems like every time a meme gets passed around the internet, it starts to lose questions.

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?

With this little boy growing in my belly, on a daily basis.

23. How many one-night stands?


24. What was your favorite TV program?

No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Probably, but why dwell on it? That takes too much energy.

26. What was the best book you read?

I am still ready Scarpetta and The Lost Symbol but so far they are both good books.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Down loading full soundtracks off iTunes. Sweeeeettt!

28. What did you want and get?

Yes and no. I mean I wanted a baby but I tried really hard in 2010 to focus on a new career and less on wanting kids. After all, we were done trying, right. So yeah, I got the baby but not the new career. But in the grand scheme of things, I have to say it was a damn good trade off.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Uh...I don't think I had one. Favorites and I don't go hand and hand.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I am thinking it was low key but everything I wanted it to be. Dinner and hockey? Dinner and a movie? Something along those lines.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Winning the lotto? Winning the Stanley Cup!!!

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

Scrubs and then anything that I could squeeze my pregnant self into followed by maternity clothes. Or any big clothes that covered my bump.

34. What kept you sane?

Scott, wine, chocolate and my midwife.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Anthony Bourdain. He was really into my bump.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

I was taught never to talk about politics or religion at the dinner table and since I am sitting where I ate my dinner I am not going to talk about politics...or religion.

37. Who did you miss?

No one. Thank you Facebook for making easy to not miss too many people. Really, I miss my Aunt Jenifer. Her death hit me way to hard and I miss her. She was such a freaking awesome Auntie to me and I know she would love Munchkin with all her heart.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

My IBT classmates. Can you networking?

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:

Hives + Romantic vacation in Las Vegas = Pure hell.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

"Here come the sun..."

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Almost 29 week Belly Shot

I had Scott take this photo just a few days before Thanksgiving and the 29 week mark. I think I look smaller then the 25 week belly shot. :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

25 Week Belly Shot

A little old but it's one of my favorites. I will hopefully post a Thanksgiving belly shot soon. This Thanksgiving, I am so very thankful for my little man growing inside me. Kick away baby boy, grow healthy and strong!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hello 3rd Trimester

Where has time gone? I can remember being a child thinking that this holiday or that event was so far away. But now as an adult? It seems like time is flying. I can't believe that I am 2/3 through this pregnancy already. I must admit that my pregnancy has be fairly easy*.

My first trimester seemed to go by slowly, yet oddly quickly too. I wanted the first trimester to pass me by so I can tell people the goods news. I wanted it to fly by because I knew making through the first trimester meant I had a greater chance to making to the end with a live baby.

Then came the second trimester. The beginning of the second trimester was a little hard. The pregnancy symptoms almost went away but I had to wait for baby movements. I purchased a Doppler to listen to munchkins heart beat to keep my sanity. Then, somewhere around 17 weeks came those blessed little flutters that all mommies can't wait to feel. I was hooked! Even those sudden movements that feel like you are on the descent of a fast roller coaster and your tummy just fell are welcome.

As my belly grew and my son moved inside me, I made it to 24 weeks** more importantly viability.

5 weeks later (ok, I am shy by a day) and I am now in my 7th month of pregnancy and have already spent 2 weeks in my third trimester.

Summer passed us by which is funny because we really did not have that warm of a summer then fall showed up. We had some nice warm days but now as winter approaches (according to Dr. Google) and the year is coming to an end it seems like the year just passed us by at break neck speed.

So, hello 3rd trimester. Let's continue with the easy pregnancy. Let's agree to no preterm labor scares and keep discomfort at a minimum. Baby boy can bake as long as he wants as this Momma is enjoying life with him inside me.

*I loathe to mention the kidney stone that sent to me the ER and L&D a few weeks back. The pain so indescribable. The ER and L&D visit, while not pleasant wasn't too bad either. The morphine hangover sucked big hairy monkey balls.

**I know many doctors and NICU's are now saving babies born at 23 weeks. I am not sure on the statistics of survival but traditionally, 24 weeks in considered viability.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Holy smokes!!

Check out my ticker on top: double digits until my due date. When did that happen?! Where is time going? I guess all the nesting is proof that before I know it, there will be a big arrival in my house!