My Birth Story – One Year Later. PART ONE

So I never made a ‘birthstory’ and its not for any reason, i will say however even the day after Oakley was born, i just remember it feeling like such an out-of-body experience. I believe if i told this story a week later or 6 months later or now it wouldn’t have changed, cause it was SO out of it and really don’t remember timelines, i just remember events! so i’m going to write it all out, and it might not be all that good, but hay! thats my story!

As many know i was a beast when i was pregnant, i gained an average 26lbs but i was so swollen and retained SO much water i couldn’t bend my feet or really do anything! i took my wedding rings  off at 26 weeks and i was just, a hot pregnant mess!! At 35 weeks my OBGYN sent me for an ultrasound to see why i was measuring so big, was it water? was it baby? etc, at that ultrasound O was already 6lbs so that was my reason for measuring 4 weeks ahead, well that at because my belly went straight out! At my 38&39 week appt my dr swept my membranes and stretched me as i was already 1cm dilated since 37 weeks, I was SUPER hopeful as i knew a couple people that went into labour just that day or the day after they had their membranes swept. However it didn’t do anything for me unfortunately! My 39 week appt was really about 39+4 as my dr was on holidays, so at that appt we discussed what my options were going to be i had NO signs of labour ahead really other then i had lost some weight which some say is a sign and my BP was getting a little high for me (regular 70/120 higher 90/150) but nothing like this is defiantly happening i feel something going on!… and since i was already measuring 44weeks pregnant when she was measuring my uterus, she said she was going to call the on call dr that was going to be on, on the weekend and to look forward to a call from her later that day. Well it was just a couple of hours later and she called me to tell me that the on call dr told the hospital to call me on sunday [39+6 which was also CANADA DAY!] morning and as soon as they had a bed for me i was to come in to get induced! i was so excited to meet my little man and to just be a mom and not be pregnant anymore. I called my hubby right away and he shared my excitement as we were just happy to have an eviction date for him. Sunday morning i got up at 6 am and showered and did my hair and my makeup and got dressed etc, i didn’t know when they were going to call me so i wanted to be prepared to leave the house the second they called cause i was so anxious! haha on a side note we only live 5 min from my hospital too so its perfect. At about 11 am i got a call from the hospital to come on in ! so Tyler packed up the car and off we went. We walked into the hospital at about 1115 and went up to labour and delivery they took my papers and got me weighted in and got my height etc. they put me into my room and there i was, i remember looking around thinking oh my god! this is where i am going to have my baby, what?? crazy talk! Anyways they hooked me up to the monitors to check the heart beat and to check my contractions, my nurse then asked me all the question that they usually ask, if i had a birth plan, if i wanted pain medications, who i wanted in the room etc. about an hours later my OBGYN came in to my room by surprise since she wasnt on call but she came in to start my induction, she insert my first dose on cervadil, which BTW totally hurt for a woman she had big hands! AND i was so posterior and i wasnt effaced at all so it wasnt fun being put in. So 1pm ISH i was 1cm dilated, 0%effaced. At about 230 they came back to check on me they had said that Oakley wasn’t responding to the cervail very well and they have to remove it as i was have contractions back to back to back [which werent doing anything because i couldn't feel them at all but again was making Os  heartrate go way down then way up] So she took the cervadil out and they said they would put me on pitocin. so they put my IV in and got me rigged up. i was still have contractions every 3 minutes but again they wernt painful or doing anything as when they came to check me a couple of hours later i was STILL only 1cm dilated and 0%effaced. At this point i was SUPER sad that not one thing was working, so my OBGYN came back to visit me and said ok its 530 I’m going home for the night we have 2 options keep going with the pit or break your water and keep on the pit. So i was really trying everything to move it along so i told her to break my water. Just as she told me it would, it felt like i was peeing myself and it was warm and she told me it was clear fluid and that all looked great, i remember her telling me she thought i would have a lot more water than i did  because my belly was just so big! Anyways, she cleaned up and changed my pads and wished me good luck, and on her way she went, about 15 min later i decided to get up and walk around and bounce on the birthing ball. As i was bouncing i was in my hospital gown with a bra and tank top on underneath.. can’t remember if i had underwear on?? bounce bounce bounce and all of a sudden Oakley’s head must of been going up and down and all my water came flowing out on the floor!! i was like oh my god ! it’s everywhere! and when i say everywhere i really mean everywhere it was like a puddle the size of like a 4 foot x 4 foot area around me, i was so lucky thought i was able to keep bouncing and my husband and my wonderful SIL cleaned it up.. haha, suckers. It was maybe but 5 minutes later and i got my FIRST contraction that i actually FELT. well i thought it was a contraction but i wasnt sure, it was really painful in my back and it just wasnt fun, that was about at 6 pm. i contracted for a couple hours every 3 minutes which were super painful again all the pain in my lower back, and at about 9 they came in and checked me and, defeat. i was only 2cm dilated and like 20%effaced. SRSLY?! was this real life. I walked the halls and was just in so much pain i couldn’t believe it. i mean i could but i breathed through every contraction and kept walking. One of the nurses came over and showed him some pressure points on my back and seriously when i had a contraction she took the pain away, you think my hubby could recreate that? nope. wonk wonk. ha! Any who, hubby and my SIL were a great support system, i alternated between the sitz bath and the birthing ball etc. I remember wondering when it was going to end, when i was going to have him, what he was going to be like, who he was going to look like, and that kept me going, i truly was in so much pain but i had my eye on the prize and i tried to keep going. At about 4am they checked me and i was 4cm and maybe 50%effaced, so really i hadn’t made like any progress, i was so hard-core pain for already 11 hours and i felt like nothing was happening, they asked me if i wanted an epidural, i hummed and though i went in here opened minded not wanting one but if i needed it then i would, i still felt a little defeated when i said yes please. about 45 minutes later the anesthesiologist came in and did his little blurb made me sign the papers and then i got the epidural. immediately after, they gave me the catheter and it didn’t hurt going it but it hurt when it was in, like BAD, i told the nurse and she said to wait and the epidural should help take that pain away and it should kind of adjust itself in there and it will be better, so 1/2 hours later it was still killing me, so i called the nurse and she took it out. and it was instant relief, she said it looked like it was placed perfectly and it looked good so she wasn’t sure why it was hurting, so right after she gave me another catheter and all was good, no pain, it was great. Apparently after that i slept for 2 hours ( so my SIL and husband said ) but i dont remember doing that i felt like i closed my eyes for a second and then i opened them saying ‘oh no not again, no please no’ my epidural didn’t work, like legit it didnt work, i could still move my legs and feel everything, so there i went i laboured in bed, my contractions went like this for the remainder of my labour: 45 second break, contraction for 90 seconds, 45 second break, contraction for 90 seconds, so on and so forth. i couldn’t catch a break and i remember about 8 am they checked me and i was 6 cm, not sure about effacement. while i was in a contraction it felt like my labour was taking FOREVER and NOT progressing at all, i just kept telling myself i can do this i can do this breath breath and as another contraction came my famous labour words came out each time ‘oh no not again, no please no’ Which, not sure why i said it i knew it was coming each time, must have been my way to deal with it. about 11 am they told me i was 8 cm dilated and boy, i felt it. Because my epi didn’t work, i truly felt like i was feeling the transition state, at this point i kept saying i need to push i need to push and my OBGYN and the nurses said Nicole we JUST checked you, you were only 8cm and 90% effaced you can’t push you’re not ready if you push you can do more harm then good!! i was like well i’m not pushing but my body is! something inside me was trying so hard NOT to push but i couldn’t stop it from happening. When the nurses checked me she could feel Oakley’s head and said he was head down but he was facing sideways instead of the face down or up that they like, so lucky me (not) i got to go into all sorts of positions to try to rotate him, i was on all fours hoping gravity would move him, i squatted, etc you name it i did it. unfortunately nothing was working, so i just laboured on for a couple of hours till about 130pm when they checked me and told me i was 10cm dilated and 100% effaced. i was so happy i think i cried a little! i was thinking YES this is it! i can push and meet my little man…..

Oakley’s 1 YEAR old!

SO crazy talk right there! number one i’m late on this post because my laptop battery AND power supply crapped out, what the?! so i finally got my replacments in the mail, so happy! anways — i’m going to get right into Oakley bears update!

How Old: ONE YEAR on July 2 {pure insanity}

Height & Weight: 33 1/2 inches (95%) & 21.5 lbs (45%)

Teeth: 3 bottom, 4 tops, 1 more bottom coming in on the bottom, and 2 more tops coming in on the top, so 7 now, soon to be 10!

Sleeping: pretty well the same as the last update…TYPICALLY you sleep through the night. Except when teeth or belly aches wake you.

Drinking: completely weaned from breastfeeding to whole milk

Eating: still everything! loves all food, ive come to learn though it has to be fresh ie. fresh fruit or fresh cooked, he refuses to eat left overs.. what the?

Diaper Size: still cloth diapering in a size 1 applecheeks, when hes being babysat hes in size 3 swaddlers

Clothing Size: i need to do some serious shopping, he’s in all 12 month clothes only i dont have very many so some stuff hes in 9 and it doesnt fit. {shamefull i know!!} still in 18 month sleepers although those are now getting tight and soon hell be in 2T sleepers… and i did actually buy him some big boy jammies in a 2T and they fit great, and he looks SO cute in them!

Love’s: loves his big cousins! when my SIL watches him my neices and him have a blast, he loves to play with them, just the other day i went into the room where he was playing and he was kissing one of the girls’ doll’s. Jezz better be kissing only boy!

Loathe’s: i cant say he really hates to do anything, however lately he has shown signs of little tantrums in we tell him no, which i thought never came till like 18+ months buttt apparently not!

Words: mama, dada,  hi & no,

Personality: hes just the sweetest little toddler ever, he is so go at loving and showing it by kisses and hugs, and is really getting to be a smart little cookie!

Milestones: hes a walkin’ machine! loves to walk walk walk! and hes so cute when he does it! Also, he knows how when i sign to him for eat, milk, more, all done, thankyou, and please, and he can sign back to me milk, more, and eat. ALSO were working on matching words to pictures, so in his books he knows where the puppy is when i say wheres the puppy? he also knows kitty, fish and bird!

We didn’t do much for his birthday, we just went to my inlaws and had a little sunday BBQ for him, he was just getting over his FIRST real sickness {which was NOT pretty & involved a trip to the stollery childres hospital, many doctor appts and alot of vomit} so just BBQ and a little cake! which ill post photos of soon…more to come soon, like i said i’m so happy to have a new charger and battery for my laptop so expect more posts and pictures!

Oakley’s 11th Month Update!

are you for reals? my BABY is 11 months old? i mean how? i just had him yesterday? i feel like the time has just gone by so fast and i know everyone says that but its just so true. everyday he learns somthing new and he just never seizes to amaze me. Hes all around a SUPER happy baby.

How Old: ELEVEN MONTHS on June 2 {pure insanity}

Height & Weight: 32 1/2 inches (95%) & 21.5 lbs (45%)

Teeth: 2 bottom, 4 tops, 2 more bottom coming in, and 2 more tops coming in, so 6 now, soon to be 10!

Sleeping: TYPICALLY you sleep through the night. which ive always loved you for ;) but there are a few bumps in the road that arnt so pleasant in which when a tooth is about to pop out, you dont sleep, but i still love you. xoxoxoxo

Drinking: were still breastfeeding, and have started to transition to wholemilk with the AOK from his pedi

Eating: everything and anything insight! including lint and carpet fuzz…. sigh!

Diaper Size: we use out favorite applecheeks diapers and hes still a size 1, and when we have to use a disposable hes in a pampers swaddlers size 2

Clothing Size: all clothes are 9-12 month except sleepers which are 18 months thanks to those long legs of yours!

Love’s: he still LOVES bath time, and food, pretty well anything, hes a superb eater and if you follow me on instagram you can tell by his pictures hes quite the foodie, loves to feed himself and makes a giant mess too. ahh well.

Loathe’s: diaper changes, this is just a recent thing as we are starting to transition to whole milk and its making him a little constipated. poor boo!

Words: still just saying mama and dada

Personality: he still isnt a fan of any men but daddy. and hes a serious ladies man SUCH A FLIRT, were in trouble!

Milestones: soooo close to walking.. he walks along furniture, gets up and down off of furniture and does a little bear walk on all fours with his bum in the air (which is SO cute in his little cloth diapers hehe). OH and since 9 months hes been doing stairs by himself with me just standing behind him and well he’s perfected them now, hes so fast chasing kiwi (our pup) up them!

so make sure to again always be following and checking out my instagram which is linked to the side –> for updated pictures of Oakley cause they are usually up daily! mucho love

My Eleven Month Postpartum Update

well i usually don’t talk about me. or the way i look. ESPECIALLY since i had a baby. but here it goes.

Pre/Post Preg Weight: 124lbs pre, 11months out 114lbs

Pre/Post Pre Cup Size: 34C pre, 34C/D post

Postpartum Period: i got this at 6 months PP. & i still get it, however it’s not normal.. i have sometimes 26 day cycles and other months 34 day cycles.

Contraceptive: at my 6week PP checkup my OBGYN prescribed me the pill & the IUD. i went on the ‘mini’ pill (safe for breastfeeding) for 3 whole days, and it made me SICKER then a dog, i was so dizzy, nauseous, headache etc.. needless to say i stopped taking it. We are definitely practicing SAFE sex haha ( i’m 23 and practicing safe sex, i know COOL LIKE THAT )

Clothes Size: shirts small, sometimes medium, Pants depending on the brand a 2-4 is typical

Feel: i FEEL pretty good, i have good and bad days. Some days i feel like i look pretty good after having a baby, other days i still hate my postpartum body. You may or may not know i got a few hundred stretch marks which are silver and they don’t bother me, but what bothers me is the saggy skin it left cause i got SO many of them. it sucks. but i would do it 300 times over to have my sweet baby.

Other: Since i had Oakley, other things have changed. my hair is STILL falling out, it is slowly growing back too ( i have those awesome horns of hair on the top of my forehead ) but mostly falling out haha. My nails wont grown with the crap!! i had really long nice beautiful nails and then i had a baby.. ive noticed i started breaking out again, which sucks, its like i’m 12 again getting my first period which i’m sure coincides with the fact that PP i’m super oily. i think maybe my hormones are still outta wack?

Baby No. 2: HAHA, yea, right ;) im SUPER DUPER content with my baby boy right now, and maybe down the line we will think about another one.. not any time soon for sure. although my husband definatly wants another one, im just not convinced…

I think that’s about it for me as for an update, if you have any questions feel free to leave a question below and i’ll be happy to answer :)

heres me about 10 3/4 months out..

11 Month Postpartum

HAPPY Mothers Day!

HAYYYYYY! So although I’m still posting from my phone :( I wanted to show you all these amazing little photos of my lil man and my sweet nieces. My sister in law & i got this done for mothers day, and think they turned out fabulously. It’s easy when the kids are so darn cute to photograph. Here’s just a few of our favorites. They were taken at a local park just 10 minutes from my house! And although it was cold the kids did great! Photos were taken by Tricia Moskal Photograhy & we couldnt be any happier! I Hope everyone had a magical mothers day and hope you all got spoiled rotten. xox

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Ola Movember

Well Movember is here! Although I personally don’t know anyone affected by Prostate Cancer, Canter effects someone each and every day. Movember is not just about that though. Movember is about men’s health awareness and mental health initiatives too. Typically ‘mo’vember first men from Canada and all around the world register their face online clean-shaven, and throughout the month grow their moustache in support. To show my support I have went ahead and made a moustache button that I encourage each of you to copy&paste on YOUR blog to show your support for this great cause. To find out more information about Movember, please go to Movember Canada to read all about it, and if you choose to donate you can do that there too! I’m a huge supporter for a healthier happier you, and think that this is just a great way to show just that. So if you’re a Man grow that moustache!, if you’re a woman grab that button on the side bar and show your support!

*This is my opinion of ‘mo’vember. I am not affiliated nor have I been paid for this

October Favorites!

ahhh! i feel like I’ve been seriously slackin’ in the posting department & I’m so so so so sorry but the plague hit my house and we’ve all been sick with the stomach flu! started monday and im finally starting to feel better! Any who i just wanted to give everyone my October Favorites as well as leave a pic of my cute lil bambino on Halloween! WHICH BY THE WAY I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A FANTASTIC DAY! Like always leave a comment below and let me know some of your favorite October items!

  1. UGG Classic Cardy Boots (approx 200$): forreals INLOVE with my uggs. I have been since the first time I seen them in 2006. I have I think 5 pairs that i rotate in and out of, they are perfect and keep my toes toasty warm with the cold winter weather that we’ve been having here. and the 10cm of snow we just got today… gah =(
  2. Rimmel’s Stay Matte Translucent Powder (approx 5$): I think this is the PERFECT setting powder. it keeps my face from being shiny! I’ve been using this powder for about 3  months now and it’s just overall my fav of any I’ve ever used.
  3. ERGO Baby Carrier (approx 120$): I’m in love with baby wearing, I put Oakley in it and he instantly falls asleep, I just got this about 2 months ago and use it ALL THE TIME. to walk to the corner store, to get groceries, for a walk around the lake, anything! I love that the material is thick, so its keeps baby warm against the cooler elements!
  4. MAC’s Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish (approx 30$): I love how this gives your skin a perfect little glow and shimmer. I’ve been using this in place of my blush and I think it gives you a beautiful luminous bronzed shimmer look!
  5. Aden + Anais Sleep Sack (approx 40$): Now that it’s so cold here as an extra layer for Oakley at night, these sleep sacks come in super handy, since blankets are a nono these are perfect to keep him warm at night! I’m a a+a lover, there’s no denying that! bwaha I have I think almost one of every one of their products! I love the muslin cotton!
  6. Prince Lionheart Wipe Warmer (approx. 40$): Again because its cold a perfect little warm me up for his little bum is this wipe warmer, I love it and I know Oakley does too!

annnnnd for my baby love!
thought it was perfect as he was born ‘year of the dragon’ : )

*This is my opinion of these items which I’ve purchased myself from one of their retailers. I am not affiliated nor have I been paid for this