Thursday, September 20, 2012

Rowan Marie Kronholm

Our little angel was born at 12:20am on 9/17/2012.  7lb 11oz, 20.5in, and a head full of dark hair like her mama.  We didn't get the home birth we were hoping for, but after 27 hours of labor with a few unexpected twists, she arrived healthy and perfect.  And surrounded by so much love and support.  We are truly blessed.
Race report (aka birth story) coming in a few days.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Week 40

Week 40
9/3/2012 - 9/9/2012
Milestones: It's due date day.  Ken and I celebrated by sleeping in, relocating to the couch for the majority of the day (football season!!!), and then heading to one of our favorite restaurants for possibly our last nice dinner as just the two of us.  Although, if I make it to 41 weeks, then I think I'm entitled to another nice date night!
Size of Meatball: As far as I'm concerned, she's big enough and ready to come out.
Baby Position: Head down and looooow.  I have the most awesome waddle happening these days.  At my last appointment her head was transverse, but I can still feel her shifting around down there.  She keeps trying to shove her butt out the top right side of my belly.  Or maybe she's just mooning us.
Labor Signs: Infrequent (but persistent) contractions, lower back pain, and a bitchiness that I haven't exuded since my teenage PMS days.  I'm super fun to be around right now.
Exercise: Walking, bouncing on the birth ball, and yes, even some swimming.
Weight gain: I don't know.  Somewhere around 35 pounds.
Other random crap:
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions these days.  My apologies for the salty tone.  See "Labor Signs" above.
  • Yes, I'm still pregnant.
  • No, I don't mind getting texts & emails. (I actually love that my friends are thinking of me, but I'm sorry if I don't respond.  I'm either really busy or really lazy - it totally depends on the day.)
  • No, I have not scheduled an induction. (Seriously people, I just now hit my due date.  As much as I would love for her to arrive right now, I'm not going to evict her for my own convenience.)
  • Yes, home birth is safe.  Yes, I will have medical professionals attending the birth (my midwives are very qualified).  No, I won't be receiving pain medication.  But thankyouverymuch for the series of horrific birth stories that you insist on telling me.  Those are helpful, really.
  • Yes, I'm quite sure there's only one in there.
  • No, I still can't tolerate coffee or chicken.
  • I plan on taking off 8-12 weeks.  But I'm not sure yet, as it really depends on how the birth goes, baby's health, my recovery, etc.
  • No, we still don't have a name picked out.  But based on your reaction last time I told you our ideas, I certainly wouldn't tell you even if we have decided on a name.
And then my favorite...
  • WHAT???  Our life is going to change?  Why didn't somebody tell me this like 9 months ago?!?  That's it.  I change my mind.  Make the baby go away.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Week 39

I'm only including 1 week in this post, in hopes that there won't need to be a "Week 40" update.  Wishful thinking, I know.

Week 39
8/27/2012 - 9/2/2012
Milestones: Wowie, it's September!  Our official birth month!
Size of Meatball: Well that's one of the million dollar questions right now.  But I'm pretty sure she's in the normal range of sizes.
Baby Position: LOT at my last appointment.  Her head is down, but sideways.  Not ideal, but better than posterior.  She'll likely turn in labor.
Labor Signs: Same old stuff.  We amped up the volume at acupuncture this week.  And while it didn't get labor going, I'm hopeful that it is helping with stress/relaxation levels and certainly can't hurt when it comes to an easier birth experience.
Exercise: Again, lots of walking and bouncing on the exercise/birth ball.  Sadly, I didn't get to the pool this week.  It sounds nice, but when it comes down to it, I'm just not that motivated.  Heh, a lot like when I'm training for Ironman.
Weight gain: Well...there was the "peach pie incident" this week, so I decided to avoid the scale and see if everything evens out next week.
Other random crap:
- I seriously should not be allowed in Joann Fabrics whilst pregnant.  My preggo hormones do not mix kindly with the grumpy hate-their-job workers (nor with the clueless crazy-cat-lady shoppers who insist on pushing their overloaded shopping carts down each and every crowded isle), but at least I didn't make anyone cry this week.
- I keep rewriting my emergency birth plan (in case of a hospital birth) and realize that I feel really really sorry for whatever hospital staff has to deal with me in that situation.  I'm already difficult and demanding under the best of circumstances.  Crossing my fingers that cookies go a long way with them.
- I stuck it out for 39 weeks, but finally caved this past weekend.  Yes, I went and bought some big girl panties.  Like BIG big.  There may have been tears and an emotional breakdown involved, but my undergarments are no longer cutting off circulation to important body parts.  Success!