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    Nolan’s Birth Story

    Nolan's Birth Story

    I am very happy to introduce my baby boy Nolan to you!

    He was born on February 15, at 9:32 AM weighing 8 pounds 9.5 oz and was 21 inches long.


    On February 7, I had my 40 week OB appointment which I honestly, and my doctor too, didn’t think I would hit. At my appointment, I found out that I wasn’t dilated and clearly baby boy was very comfortable staying where he was. Since I wasn’t dilated and hit the 40-week mark, my doctor scheduled me for induction a week later and to be honest I was a bit sad as I really wanted to go into labour naturally. Still, there was hope that it may happen before my induction date but Valentine’s Day finally came and still no signs of labour. I was now 41 weeks and it certainly felt like it too and was ready to meet my son. I was told that the hospital would call me on my induction take and tell me when to come in and if I didn’t hear from them by 3:00 that I was to call them. I got no sleep the night before because I was so anxious, nervous and excited. I had my phone by me the entire morning waiting for it to ring, but 3:00 came and I gave them a call to see if there was any updates. I was told that there weren’t any available beds at the moment and to check back at 8 pm that evening. 15 minutes before 8, I get a call from the hospital saying that they were ready for me to come in and get the show on the road. It was finally happening!

    My fiance and I were sitting on the couch when we got the call, and we just sat there for a moment soaking it all in. It was time! We quickly put on our coats, packed our hospital bags in the car and off we went to the hospital. We arrived just before 8:30 and were checked into the Labour & Assessment unit and I was then hooked up to monitors so they could track babies heart rate. After that, a doctor came in and explained that they would be using Cervidil, a cervical gel that ripens the cervix, to try and get labour started. However, when they checked me it turned out that I was 2 cm dilated so they were going to put me into a birthing suite and go straight into breaking my water.

    Nolan's Birth Story

    Since there were so many ladies that went into labour that day, hence the late arrival at the hospital, I didn’t get into my birthing suite until after midnight. I was running off only a few hours sleep from the night before and I was very tired at this point. The room was extremely nice and I was then hooked up again to some monitors while I was waiting. At 1:20, the doctor came in and it was finally time for them to break my water. It was honestly the most awkward feeling ever and something I’ll never forget. About an hour later I was started on Pitocin, which is something that I was not looking forward to in the slightest, and my contractions picked up very quickly. It started off as light period-like cramps, very manageable, to excruciating pain in the span of 2 hours. My contractions were starting to come on top of each other and I didn’t even have a chance to relax.

    When the pain got to be too much I asked for an epidural and had the most amazing anesthesiologist and nurse anyone could ask for. I was told to lean forward while hugging a pillow, and to be extremely still while they were doing the procedure. My nurse held onto my shoulders and was extremely supportive, telling me that I was doing amazing and I can’t thank her enough for that. They talked me through the entire procedure, explaining what they were doing, and it honestly was not painful in the slightest. Almost instantly I felt the pain from the contractions subside drastically and I was finally able to catch my breath and relax.

    Nolan's Birth Story

    The epidural numbed me pretty well, mostly on my right hand side, but I could still feel a bit on my left which apparently is common, but this turned out to be an advantage in the end. If the pain picked up too much, I was able to push a button and give myself an extra dose which was really helpful and I was then left to try and get some sleep. I only got about an hour or so of sleep as I had nurses coming in from time to time, checking in on me and checking my dilation. I went from 3 cm dilated to 9 1/2 cm in just the span of a few hours and before I knew it I was told that it was time for me to start pushing. At this point I was feeling very ill from the drugs that I threw up quite a few times which wasn’t pleasant.

    I did a few rounds of pushing before my doctor came in and found that baby’s body was transverse and that he’d need to be turned. This was the most painful part of my entire delivery and caused me to bleed quite a bit. Once he was turned he was finally starting to progress down, but with every contraction I was having his heart rate was dropping. After about 20-30 minutes of pushing they said that they were going to get the vacuum ready because he needed to come out as soon as possible because of his heart rate, but luckily after three more pushes he finally came out without any intervention which was such a relief.

    When he was placed on my chest it was truly the most remarkable thing I have ever experienced in my life and I felt so complete. I couldn’t believe that he was finally here and I was holding him, staring at his beautiful face and him looking back up at me with his beautiful blue eyes. I couldn’t help but cry because he was the most adorable thing that I had ever seen, and I had never seen my fiance so happy. I unfortunately during delivery developed a tear (ouch) so recovery has been difficult for me, but I am working through it. It’s all been worth it now that Nolan is finally here!


    I want to thank all of you that have sent me such lovely messages on Twitter and Instagram wishing us well. I am so extremely excited to be starting this new chapter in my life and sharing it with you here!

    Thank you so much for reading!

     

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    Things I Wasn’t Expecting During Pregnancy

    Things I Wasn't Expecting During Pregnancy

    I recently had my baby shower over last weekend and it was an absolute blast. It was great to be able to see all of my family and friends and celebrate this very special boy that will soon be coming into the world. During my shower, I was asked a lot about how I was doing, how I was feeling and how I was handling pregnancy and truth be told I just take it one day at a time. Some really funny responses were shared, and it inspired me to create this post about some of the things I was not expecting during pregnancy. I wanted this to be lighthearted, but I am also keeping it 100% real. Pregnancy can be tough, but so worth it!

    Morning sickness isn’t just during the morning, oh no, it’s all day long. I have been extremely lucky to not have thrown up much during my pregnancy, however, my morning sickness manifested differently in the form of excruciating stomach aches. My morning sickness lasted up until 18 1/2 weeks, which is a bit longer than most, and I honestly thought it would never end. I would wake up in the morning feeling incredibly sick to my stomach accompanied by the feeling of it being extremely empty like I hadn’t eaten in days. Then I would eat two bites of food and feel insanely full, bloated and nauseous. It was very debilitating to the point where I couldn’t leave my bed and was hands down the number one thing I was not expecting while I’ve been expecting.

    Having a huge appetite, but a very small stomach. Why is this even a thing? Growing a human is hard work, and it takes up so much of your energy – that we all know. All I want to do is go to my favourite Chinese buffet and chow down on all of my favourites, but I know it would all be for naught. One plate in and I know I would feel like my stomach would explode. That saying “your eyes are bigger than your stomach” has never rang truer as it has to me in the past 7 months. It’s extremely frustrating. Your girl just wants to eat!

    Just how uncomfortable you REALLY get. I knew pregnancy was a very complicated process, but I was completely naive to how much your body actually changes. Hormones are running rampant, especially one in particular called relaxin (yet it is anything but relaxing!), that helps loosen up your joints in preparation for the months ahead. I had no idea just how badly your back, tail bone, stomach and pelvis really hurt during your 9 months of pregnancy due to this. Walking, sitting and even rolling over in bed is so uncomfortable and the amount of pressure you feel on a constant basis is mind blowing. If you’re unlucky you’ll even get this wonderful condition called Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) which makes even the simplest task of putting your pants on in the morning a painful chore. Oh the joys!

    So those are three things that I wasn’t expecting during my pregnancy. They seem like they’d be pretty obvious, but somehow they just aren’t. I am sure there will be plenty more to share as I am now in my 30th week of pregnancy – the final stretch. I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe even found it helpful in some way. Have a lovely day!

     

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    Pregnancy: It’s A…

    It's A Baby Boy! | The Beauty Collective

    I’ve wanted to sit down and share some updates a few times during my pregnancy, but I found it really hard to do so which is something I wasn’t expecting. Being extremely ill from the get-go was very unexpected and I actually took a break from everything completely for over three months. It was debilitating and very hard to live my day to day life, something you don’t really think about. I don’t want to focus on the negatives as this is such an amazing and exciting time for me and my fiance, but I also want to come back and read this in the future and want to keep things real. My pregnancy hasn’t been easy and I still find myself struggling, but slowly my health has been getting better bit by bit and I have been able to start doing the things I love again. My passion for writing, photography and many other things is starting to come back and I couldn’t be happier.

    I am now 23 weeks pregnant, quite a jump from my last post, and I can’t believe the 6 month mark is only a few days away. On one side it feels as if it has gone by slowly due to how poorly I was feeling, but then on the other hand it feels as if it’s gone by fast. In just a few short months I’ll be holding my baby and a new chapter of my life will begin. It’s truly surreal. Something I was anxiously awaiting for (and our families) was finding out the sex of my baby, and last Friday I finally did. I had my suspicions from the beginning, and just had this feeling deep down that I knew what it was. How could I possibly have known? Surely that’s impossible, right? But I called the doctor, and after her looking at my scans she gave me the confirmation that it was, as I suspected, a baby boy.

    It was so great to be able to tell all of my family and friends over the Thanksgiving weekend that my fiance and I were bringing a lovely baby boy into the world which made it all the more special. He is a very active little one and loves to kick, poke and make himself known. My belly is growing bigger and bigger by the week and I am finding it much harder now to do normal everyday activities with ease. I also get quite tired, so thank goodness for little afternoon naps!

    My fiance and I have a name in mind that we really like, but we still aren’t cemented on it. I knew deciding on a name would be hard, and in turn we’ve been quite indecisive, but I know in the end we will have chosen a name that we absolutely love. After finding out the sex of the baby I couldn’t wait to do some shopping, which I did a bit of this weekend. I picked up a few clothing items from newborn and up to 12 months that I think are just the cutest. I mean, look at those cute baby H&M jeans!

    So I think that is pretty much everything that I have to update you on! I hope to do some more updates in the near future that are a bit more in depth, and wanted to take a second to thank everyone who’s been so supportive and kind to me in the past few months. I truly appreciate it!

    Have a lovely week! x

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    I’m Having A Baby

    I'm Having A Baby | Read more on TheBeautyCollective.com

    It’s strange how things in life can happen at all once. You live your day-to-day life, going through the motions, to then have it turned upside down. I recently got engaged, moved into a new house and found out just three weeks ago that my fiance and I are expecting our first child. I am so overwhelmed with happiness as this year I’ve been given so many amazing opportunities – I’m truly blessed.

    I am currently almost 7 weeks pregnant and due for my first appointment with my doctor in two weeks time. I am very excited to go for my ultrasound and for my fiance and I to get a glimpse of our baby for the first time. I’ve been very lucky to not have very many pregnancy symptoms as of yet, apart from being quite tired and having a lack of energy. I’ve downloaded quite a few apps on my phone (280 days is a great one for couples!) that have been great for showing me how my baby is growing and developing week by week. It’s truly miraculous.

    I am very much hoping and looking forward to a happy and healthy pregnancy, and am excited to share this journey with you!

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