C-Section Birth and the First Few Weeks

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Hey Everyone! I know I promised an update and here it is. The last time I wrote here I was preparing for a c-section on March 24th. We went to Mount Sinai at 5 am that day and got prepped for surgery. I was very nervous and anxious. Since I could not eat I was also very nauseous and so was Jon! The surgery got pushed back an hour due to an emergency c-section coming in so I got even more nervous and even more anxious. I was finally brought into the operating room and it all became very real and I was not as scared as I thought I would be. Once the spinal was put in I was ready to get this baby out and meet them finally. The whole surgery was not as bad as I thought it would be you really don’t feel anything. The worst part of it was the IV, catheter and getting the spinal. The actual surgery was fine for me. Jon not so much. He didn’t feel to great and the poor guy had to leave the room. I felt really bad that he missed the big moment we had been discussing all these months but we made it through. Since we had decided to not find out the sex, I was really dying to find out if it was a boy or a girl. I discussed it with everyone in the operating room and they all made bets on what they thought. Most were with me on a boy. Well I was wrong. Little Emma made her way into the world at 9:59am kicking and screaming. I can tell you I was beyond shocked that is was a girl. I thought a mother just knew these things but Jon was right all along.

After they cleaned her up a little, they were nice enough to bring her out to Jon. From what he told me he got to hold her for a bit and they had some really special alone time. I was so glad that they brought her out to him right away. Once I was stitched up and brought back to recovery we were all reunited as our new little family.

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The days afterwards are kind of a blur. That should be expected since I was medicated but what I know is that newborns sleep almost all day in the first few days and we thought this parenting thing was so easy! As for my pain it was once again not as bad as I had been expecting but the drugs definitely made it more manageable. We were able to keep Emma in the nursery at the hospital at night. If you have this option definitely take it, you will be able to get some sleep because you will not get the sleep you are used to once you get home.

Taking her home was awesome but totally scary. It was finally just the 3 of us. We had no nurses to help us out and since we live far from family that was also not an option. She was really perfect for the first 2 weeks or so. Sleeping, eating, changing was the routine and she never cried. Then came week 3. Then the real challenge started, she was more alert and cried a lot. We did not know how to put her down for naps because she never needed to before. In the first 2 weeks she could fall asleep anywhere. Now we were dealing with an over tired baby that cried a lot. So much that we nick named her “the Bear”. We had a challenging next couple of weeks but we made it and went through a lot of trial and error to figure her out when she was ready to nap and do not miss that small window they have to go down. That was our worst mistake, not knowing when we had to put her down. One yawn and she is changed, swaddled and put in her crib.

In the last 2 weeks we have discovered “Moms On Call”. This is an amazing app for parents, it creates a schedule based on your babies age. I was skeptic at first but I was so frustrated with her not napping properly I would give anything a try. The only thing is you have to be comfortable putting them down knowing that they will have to cry a bit to get to sleep. We let her cry 3 minutes and then go in and soothe her. We usually only have to do this a max of 3 times then she is out like a light. Since we started this she has been much happier, with the exception of an off day here and there. The best part she sleeps from 8:30pm till about 5:00am every night and then eats at 5:00am and goes back to bed till 8:30am. This has been a life saver for us.

We are heading into week 6 and although it has been challenging we are loving every minute that we get to spend with our little bear. She is the best! I would like to thank the awesome nurses on the 7th floor, Dr. Kassenoff and the team over at New York Obstetrics and Gynecology. Please come visit me at my regular blog NYC Fit Food Fashion!

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Week 36-39

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Hey Guys! This will be my last pregnancy post. I am all set to deliver by c section on Monday, 3 more days and this peanut is finally out of here! We have been back to the doctors every week to check the position of the baby and it is breech and has remained so this whole time. Being a breech baby the only option we have is to do a c section which is set for Monday in my 39th week. The last couple of weeks have probably been the hardest in my whole pregnancy. My journey has been a great one and I have loved being pregnant. I can say I have almost loved every part except for the pregnancy insomnia and back aches I have been experiencing over the last 3 weeks. Other than that it has been a dream pregnancy and I have felt fantastic.

I am very proud to say that I have been able to keep up my workouts through the whole 39 weeks. I wrote a post about exercising through my pregnancy on nycfitfoodfashion.com and you can find that post here. Exercise has been a life saver during my pregnancy and if we decided to do this all over again I will do it exactly the same. The weather has been getting better this week and almost spring like so I have taken my walks to the outdoors the last 2 days. I even managed to get in 6 miles on Tuesday, I feel great.

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Food and diet wise, I ate the same as I normally did before pregnancy. I added a snack or two to get in the extra 300 calories a day but did not go overboard on that but I did indulge a little more than I normally do. My favorite things to snack on lately are greek yogurt, humus, pita chips, mini eggs and the occasional bowl of ice cream. I switched out my skinny latte at Starbucks for a soy green tea latte at Starbucks instead and I love them. During my pregnancy as of today I have put on 28 pounds and I am happy with that and I am sure I will lose most of that fairly easily with breast-feeding and using my fitness pal like I always have.

One thing I am looking forward to is fitting back into my old clothing again. I have really missed my skinny jeans! I have not been able to do them up since December so it will be a nice to change to get out of my uniform of leggings and tunics finally. The other thing that I am looking forward to most is the obvious. Finally meeting this little one and finding out its sex! I have been feeling boy since day 1 but Jon has been thinking girl. I can not wait to see which one of us was right on this one and we do have a few bets going within my family. I know my brother is wanting to collect on his $5 dollar winnings when it turns out to be a boy!

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Thank you for sharing in this journey with me and I will for sure post an update once we are home from the hospital and settled in! Bye for now!

Week 34 and 35

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Hey guys! I hope everyone is doing awesome. I am now in my 36th week and I am dying to get this little one out into the world. I had the perfect pregnancy up until week 35. The little stubborn peanut has decided not to turn and is actually moving further up into my ribs instead of head down. That means it will most likely remain in breech position and this will probably end in a C-section delivery. We finished up the childbirth classes at Mount Sinai and now it turns out I may not have needed them hahaha!

My back aches have increased with the weight of the baby. The crazy part is the best I feel all day is when I am at the gym. I can not say enough about how important it is to keep moving. It is sitting that makes me feel worse. I seem to not be able to find a comfortable position for sleeping either. I will get back to the sleeping in a bit. I have been at the gym 5 days this last week. Elliptical is now a thing of the past because of the weight of the baby I have been doing slower incline walking for about 60 minutes a day on the treadmill. That hour is one of the best parts of the day!

We have been taking advantage of NYC Restaurant Week. It has not escaped us that we only have so many date nights left for a long while. It has been great to get out every Friday night, dress up and enjoy each others company. If you are expecting for the first time I can not tell you how important it is to make sure you do this. I am so glad even though I do not feel the best that I can still get out and enjoy a night with my husband.

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The thing I was not expecting was that I would not be able to sleep at the end of my pregnancy. I have been sleeping like a baby since the first trimester. We had hoped that in this last month we could get all the sleep we can in order to prepare for the baby keeping us up. Well my body and this baby has other ideas. I can not for the life of me find a comfortable position and I have tried many. This leaves me tossing and turning and keeping poor Jon up at night. When I do finally fall asleep little peanut rolls around or jams its head into my ribs and then I am awake again. Oh and I have to mention that I also wake up to hit the washroom in the middle of the night. We are both going on a small amount of sleep at this point and are pretty grumpy!

We have been finishing up our baby gear shopping. We have spent the last 2 weekends at BUY BUY BABY, looking at car seats, carriers and swings. So what did we get? We ended up getting a Cybex infant car seat, it was a little pricier than we wanted since it will not get much use. Living in NYC we do not have a car and walk to most places but Jon loved this car seat and was sold on it in the store. For a carrier we went with our favorite baby brand Stokke. You can tell we loved Stokke since they made our stroller, crib, second stroller at the in-laws and now our carrier. Also all of our textiles are from Stokke and I am so glad that we discovered them. They have an awesome car seat but it was not available in the United States. The last thing on our list was the swing, we ended up going with the 4 moms Mamaroo. I had heard so many great things about it we had to have it. I can not wait to put the baby in it and see how much he/she likes it!

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Jon just testing out the carriers at Buy Buy Baby

We will be visiting with our OBGYN practice this week and they will be letting us know if the baby looks like it may be turning or if we are scheduling a C-section. Since I can pretty much see the baby most of the time my money is on the C-section. I will let you guys know in the next week!

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Week 32 and 33

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It is hard to believe another 2 weeks have gone by. I am now 34 weeks + 5 days, I can not get over how fast this pregnancy thing has been going. I never thought it would go by so quickly and also with no issues. I had always feared pregnancy because in my mind what I had seen, heard or read was that it was going to be this excruciating experience. I know it is different for everyone so I am not saying it is the easiest thing to go through but for me this pregnancy has been truly amazing.

I credit a lot of that with the daily exercise that I have been able to keep up with. I had taken it back from 6 days a week to 5 but found that the less that I move I had begun getting back aches. I have now upped it 6-7 days a week at the gym. It truly has been saving my back. If I can say one thing it is that sitting has been the enemy for me. The more I have been moving the better I feel. I do not go 7 days hard-core but I make sure even on what would have been my rest days that I at least head in to the gym and do a 30 minute walk on the treadmill. The only thing I could complain about is how hard it is to put on my running shoes and tie them up these days. That is honestly the hardest part of going to the gym for me!

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The closer we are getting to the baby arriving the more my fur baby seeks attention. She loves to rest her head on my belly at night. We have also noticed that she has become a lot more protective of me when we go out for walks. If another dog approaches she get aggressive barking or snipping at them. This is concerning since she is tiny and has been barking at pit bulls. Hopefully she calms this down a little once I am no longer pregnant!

We had finished up our child-birth classes this past weekend. I am not sure if I feel anymore prepared. Don’t get me wrong the class at Mount Sinai was great but I think so far I have been in denial about actually giving birth. So the class kind of made me start getting paranoid about thing sI had already decided on. Like most women I have it in my head that I need an epidural. The more they explained the more anxiety I started to feel about it. Sometimes I think ignorance is bliss!

My diet has not changed at all in the last few weeks. One thing that was brought up in child-birth class was going low carb after week 36 in order to help the baby not be to heavy at birth. The goal is a 6.5 to 8 pound baby, going low carb should keep the baby in that range from what I understood in the class. I know that since we are looking at natural child-birth at this point, I would like the baby to stay under 8 pounds. We can only hope that it will turn out that way!

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What are your thoughts on changing your diet to keep the weight of the baby down? Is this something you have thought about or have done?

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Week 30 and 31

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Wow I can not believe how fast time is flying by. As I am writing this I am in my 32nd week and can not wait for this little one to make his or her’s arrival. We have been busy trying to prepare for the baby and things are coming along quite nicely. In the last 2 weeks we have now received our awesome Stokke Crusi Stroller. I never thought I would be crazy about a stroller but I am and Jon loves it too. It was really easy to put together and we can not wait to stroll around the city with the baby.

Stokke CrusiOur Stokke Sleepi has also arrived. I would love to say that it was easy to put together but we had a problem piece so we had to send away for a replacement piece. As soon as it arrives we will be putting it together and I will have pictures to share with you guys!

I have continued my workout and have been in the gym 5 days a week and usually twice a day. With the horrible weather still keeping me indoors it really helps to have a gym in the building that I can escape to for my walks. Here is one of my workout plans. I really can not wait to walk around the city again! I also find that exercise helps with back pain. The days that I do take off from the gym during the week I am plagued with back aches. The more I move the better I feel.

Fashion wise I have been wearing a mix of my regular clothes with some maternity items. I am leggings obsessed! I had a great opportunity through me blog nycfitfoodfashion.com to try out some new items from the Athleta spring line. I was able to still find some great items to fit over this baby bump and they were really comfy! If you are interested here is a look at the posts I did on them.

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We started out childbirth classes this past Saturday at Mount Sinai Hospital. We are learning quite a bit about the stages of labour and what we should expect. I do not know if we will remember all of this when the big day happens but it is helping us to feel a little more prepared. We have 2 more classes, I will be sharing more of this experience in the next couple of posts. I hope all of you have a great week and I will try to get photos of the crib as soon as it is ready!!

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Week 28 and 29

Pregnancy BlogWe are already beginning to count down the days. Is it acceptable to be doing that this early? Time had been flying by and then we hit January. This last month feels like the longest month of my life and it is still not over. It may be the fact that the weather has been horrible, which leaves me in the house a lot. I normally walk around the city a lot but with this polar vortex, I have been house bound.

I do still get out to the gym 5 days a week. My workouts have been a mix of incline walks, elliptical and some weight training. I have been putting a lot of thought into checking out a prenatal yoga class. I need a little something new and something to drag me out of my place!

I had the opportunity to try out another amazing Seraphine Maternity style. Thank you to the people over at Preggonista for letting me be a fit model. I have been really blessed with so many great opportunities over this pregnancy. Preggonista is a website where you can sign up for monthly deliveries of a maternity basic. The basic will be fashionable and versatile for your everyday life. Here is a look at the Seraphine Maternity dress that they had sent me.

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Over the last few weeks we have been debating strollers. I will admit I wanted something that was not only functional but that was stylish as well. Jon was more into just function and obviously price. Since we travel a lot we both wanted something that traveled, especially when it came to folding it down as compact as we could for flights. Well after lots of looking we made the decision to get the Stokke Crusi. It was my first choice and I finally won out haha. I love this stroller and one of the things we were looking for was if it would accommodate a second baby and it does. We do want to have another baby probably a year after this one. So, it was important that the stroller be able to have a sibling seat that you can add-on. I will admit the Crusi was not the easiest to fold down for travel. We were able to get a travel bag also from Stokke that will protect the stroller during flights. I think after peanut is not an infant we will probably travel with a cheaper umbrella stroller.

Stokke Crusi

Other than the stroller choice we also went with Stokke for our crib choice. Since we will still be in our NYC one bedroom apartment when the baby arrives, we do not have a lot of space. We chose the Stokke Sleepi because it can start out as a mini crib and can be built up all the way to a junior bed in the future. When it is mini you can roll it in and out of rooms quite easily, that was a bonus. I will add photos of the stroller and crib once we have everything all set up! I never thought I would be this excited over baby gear!

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What stroller did you go with?? Have a great week everyone!

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Thinking about giving prenatal yoga a try?

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Hey guys!! I hope you all had a great weekend. I have hit my third trimester and I am telling you the back pain that I had this weekend was so intense. I have been toying with the idea of doing prenatal yoga lately. I guess now would be the best time for me to start. This morning I got up and decided to do some research on it before starting out.

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Since I have been pregnant I have noticed that prenatal yoga is a very popular workout right now. When it is paired with cardio such as walking, yoga can be a fantastic way to keep in shape during your pregnancy. Yoga keeps you flexible, tones your muscles and improves circulation with little to no impact on your joints.

Another great thing is that yoga helps you to relax and work on your breathing. This…

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