Archive for the ‘Pregnancy’ Category

New Year, New Baby!

Monday, January 6th, 2014 by by

‘Cause why the heck not?! Some people plan their kids so they’re spaced out evenly over every couple of years.

Those people have the luxury of time. So if you can do that- more power to ya! Just for the record, I planned this baby too. I planned for it not to be still inside of me in the sweltering summer heat. (more…)


Spark’s Birth Story Part 2: How I Got the Birth That Healed My Heart

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by by

At the end of Part 1, I had just gotten to the hospital and walked past the NICU to Labor and Delivery Room #4. I changed into a gown and laid down to get hooked up to the monitors. At 1:30 a.m., the nurse checked me and I was 4cm dilated and 100% effaced. Progress! B excitedly crossed out the numbers on the little countdown board. The nurse also checked to see if my water was broken. She really didn’t think it was, but did a test for amniotic fluid and sure enough, it had. Apparently, baby was so low that it created a seal in my pelvis and didn’t let anymore fluid out.

The doctor came in to talk to me about my high blood pressure. It was running about 130/93ish and they were concerned about pre-eclampsia. I wasn’t feeling any other symptoms of pre-e and I was sure that it was just high bp, but she ran labs anyway. They took some blood and checked my numbers. She also talked to me about an epidural. She said that epidurals can often lower blood pressure and it would make them a little more comfortable to have me already tapped so that if I needed a c-section it could be done quickly. I knew that I wanted an epi, but wanted to progress a bit further since epidurals can sometimes cause things to slow down. She said “oh honey, your contractions are every 3 minutes, nothing is going to slow down your labor.” I decided to hold out a bit longer.

Labs came back completely normal and about an hour later at 3:30, I got 3 contractions within about 3 minutes and They. Were. Doozies. (more…)

Spark’s Birth Story Part 1: Why Did You Wake Me Up After Only 30 Minutes?!?

Monday, October 14th, 2013 by by

Spark’s birth story is going to come to you in installments — I would like to say that it is because I am great at planning blog entries…but, really, it is because I am exhausted and am crouched in a corner typing furiously before the blonde-haired dictator toddler discovers that I am not giving him my full attention.

Oh, and this gets a little wordy and I don’t have any pics before we got to the hospital — so I will keep your attention with pics of my squishy little Spark.

Sleepy, Squishy Baby

Spark’s birth story really begins in mid-July. While my friend Normie was here I had a full night of regular and painful contractions. I was only 35 weeks 6 days, but for us that felt pretty far along. So, we weren’t at all worried and thought maybe it meant an early arrival. I went to the doctor and found out I was 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced. It was exciting and scary at the same time. I knew I wanted a shot at a VBAC (vaginal birth after csection) and this was definitely a step in the right direction. My body was already starting to do what it was supposed to do. But. But. BUT. I had no idea what to expect (more…)

Smither’s Birth Plan-ish

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by by

Because. You know. All the cool blogging moms have birth plans.

Here was my official Birth Plan as of 35 weeks, and by “official” I mean that I made my doctor type it into my chart this way.

1. Healthy Baby
2. No Magnesium Sulfate
3. Get Baby Out

Not what you expected? Let me explain. (more…)


Butterflies and Unicorns : Courtney’s V-BAC Story {GUEST POST}

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 by by

Today’s guest post is a friend of mine from Elementary School that I reconnected with over the internet. Courtney Jorgensen is the loving wife of TJ, mother of two spirited little girls with a third on the way, and step-mother to four children as well. When she’s not stuck in the laundry room, you can find her baking Tastefully Simple or on the local FOX affiliate station as the Weekend Meteorologist. This is her birth story and her journey to reclaim her birth for her 3rd daughter.

Written by: Courtney Jorgensen
35 weeks, 5 days along with Baby Girl #3
As we came upon our “5-year plan”, we sat and discussed the pros and cons of bringing another baby into our family. We already had a 6 year old and a nearly 5 year old together. In my mind, there was one underlying issue that really would determine it all… can I have a vaginal birth? (more…)

Mommy Meme Monday: Hee-Hee-Hoo These Memes Are For You!

Monday, July 8th, 2013 by by

Have you ever talked to anyone about natural childbirth, only to have them look back at you like you are an alien. Well, if you loved your natural childbirth experience or are hoping to have a natural childbirth, these memes are for you.

We should all labor on our back, because the hospital’s way I always the right way.



How Much is That Baby in the Window? Actual Prices for Labor and Delivery

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by by

I just finished making baby numero dos. Wonderful to have two children, but, as everyone who has had children can attest to, it is also wonderfully expensive. I tried to prepare financially for both births, but had a difficult time finding reliable information online- all I could really find was general, “Your labor and delivery could cost over $10,000,”.

Well, ok.

But how much to the hospital?
How much to the doctor?
How much for my epidural?
How much will insurance REALLY pay? (more…)


Why Water Births Rule!

Monday, April 1st, 2013 by by

It just dawned on me that I had yet to REALLY write about how Baby Bean came into the world and why my husband, CJ, and I chose the all natural water birth route. Now that she’s been out of me almost half as long as she was inside I realized it was time to share before it becomes a foggy memory.

Although I seriously doubt the birth of your kid, especially the first one, is ever foggy- unless you were higher than Keith Richards on any given Saturday night in the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s or 90′s- oh hell, who are we kidding that man would probably drop dead if he didn’t still get his groove on- now it’s just probably laced with calcium and Metamucil. (more…)

Everyone Should "Do It" In Water

Monday, January 7th, 2013 by by

Hello my amazing followers please forgive little hiatus I’ve taken from this blog. If it’s any consolation I’ve missed you as much as you’ve hopefully missed me. But I’m back in full force so, let me catch you up to date- but don’t get overly excited, it’s going to take a few more blogs to do so.

On October 19, 2012  at 9:10 a.m. my life changed forever in the grandest way because I had THE BEST birth I’ve EVER had!!! Granted it’s the ONLY birth I’ve had, but since I have nothing to compare it to I’m giving it that ranking and two thumbs up. Seriously, on a scale of 1 – 10 it was an 11! But- especially so considering some of the horror stories I’ve heard.

Exactly 10 weeks and a day ago (more…)

Dr. says “C-Section”

Friday, November 23rd, 2012 by by

I am frustrated with what transpired today and had to share: After all of the due date dilemma, they wanted to double check the size of the baby to see how big she is getting.  Today was the ultrasound day and Mr. BBH came too.  She is in the correct position, but she is still measuring really big.  She is estimated to weight 9lbs 3oz already.  Her head is in the 97% and my belly is measuring 34 weeks.  With all of that, they want to wait until closer to the original due date (since early ultrasounds are more accurate) and scheduled me for the 29th of November.  They said that the risks of things happening to a large baby (by getting stuck) are greater then the benefits of a vaginal birth.  I am not totally convinced, but since Baby Bear didn’t want to come out either (she took 6+ hours of pushing) there is cause to think that this will also be a problem with #2.

One one hand, I think “wow, that would be so great- long labor, pushing, risk of tearing, etc.” on the other “I really want her to come out the natural way since it is so much healthier for both of us (if there are no complications).”  Mr. BBH is much more calm and level headed about the whole thing.  He had to watch me go through L&D with Baby Bear and had a hard time seeing me go through what I was with Baby Bear (I didn’t have an epidural).  He even broke down and had to leave the room to compose himself. I think things would be easier with #2 if I just get the epidural and have a natural delivery but he Dr. says that he doesn’t agree with that option.  A good friend of mine did have a great suggestion though.. Wait until I go into natural labor so that the baby and I get all of the benefits of oxytocin and other hormonal changes that happen and then go to the hospital for the c-section if that is what they have to do. I think that might be (more…)