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Ian’s Birth Story with Pics

I am sure it is obvious with all the passed time that I have had my baby. So it is time to change my blog name and drop the “Back to Round again” off the title. In two more weeks the doctor should approve me to start to be more active and time for me to work on losing all the baby weight.  And I am sure there is quite a bit to lose. After being put on bedrest the weight gain got out of control. Watching what and how I ate went 100% out the window. I hated bed rest and used food to pacify myself. I know it wasn’t the best thing to do but I had to have something that made me happy. Now, it is time to fix that. By the end of the pregnancy I had gained 49 pounds! As far as what I weigh now, I have no idea. Until my 6 week check up I refuse to weigh myself. The good news is that I am a size 14 so only a size up from pre-pregnancy. It is definitely a snug 14 and I have a muffin top but I can get in them, button them and still move freely and breathe so I say they fit.

Our little bundle was born at 39 weeks 5 days gestation on April 13, 2013 at 2:13am. He was 7 pounds – 6 ounces and 20 inches long. So the bed rest worked and he was only 2 days from his estimated due date.  We named him Ian Patrick.

Three days before he was born my Midwife stripped my membranes and said he would be here in 24 to 48 hours. He decided that she was not going to be right and so I took to lots of mall walking and bouncing on the exercise ball. After 2 days of walking 5 hours and bouncing for 2 hours my contractions were holding steady at 10 minutes apart. No different from the previous weeks. Let me tell you having them for weeks on end was such a pain. So on Friday i walked another 2.5 hours with a friend and bounced her little one on my belly. Once I bounced him on my belly it really seemed to get things moving so I headed home and bounced on my ball for an hour, took a break and had dinner then all of a sudden… NOTHING! Not a Braxton Hick, contraction, cramp, nothing! So Pat and I went back to the mall, did a little shopping and walked another 2.5 hours, headed home and I spend another wonderful hour bouncing on the birth ball. My contractions were back and 10 minutes apart. After a couple more hours nothing changed so I decided to go to bed. Around Midnight I woke up to use the bathroom and they were still 10 minutes apart, so I headed back to bed. What a disappointment! At 1:20 I was awakened by a really, really strong contraction, and the next one came 2 minutes later. So I woke Pat up and had him call my OB while I got dressed. They said to head on in on the way my contractions moved to 1 minute apart. We got to the hospital and they eased up for 4 minutes then once in my room they picked back up to 1 minute apart. The nurse checked me immediately and I was at 10 and 100% but she thought she could feel the cord wrapped. So the OB and what felt like a billion other people rushed in. Right then my waters broke.

His cord wasn’t wrapped, he was breach! The thing is he was not foot down breach, he was (this is hard to explain) kind of horizontal but bent in a U shape but face down, so he was bent backwards in a way. So after they quickly contorted my body in some ungodly painful way I all of a sudden had 4 people’s hands in my trying to flip him. I at this point have no clue what was going on. I can just hear things like, c-section, breech  cord, emergency and stuff that would put any woman in labor in a panic. I don’t remember but I was told that about this point I all of a sudden said to the medical team “What are you doing in there? Please stop it” I would’ve thought that anything I said would have been all profanity and fun stuff like that but nope, I used my manners. HAHA!  They were able to flip him out of breach position and I was given the okay to push, after one crappy push and one real good one he was out. The poor thing was transverse though. His poor little face was one big bruise and the nurses said he looked like Mick Jagger because his lips were so swollen and weird-looking. His face scrapped along my pelvic bone on the way out and that caused the bruising. The plus was that he was perfectly healthy and had all 10 finger and toes :).  The crazy thing is he was born and all this happened after I was in the room for only 13 minutes (50 minutes from when the doctor was called from home)! They hadn’t even gotten any of my info or checked me in. There was no time. So needless to say the birth plan was thrown out the window. That’s 7 minutes faster than Emma!

My hips are still messed up from them overextending my lower half to make space to flip him but other than that recovery is going quite well. His bruising is gone (but caused some major jaundice, that is now gone). We had a hard time getting breastfeeding going because his swollen lips make it hard for him to latch. We have got it down now and all is good. Also, Emma has taken on her role as a big sister wonderfully. I am so very proud of her!

So here is the little guy! Pictures are by Ashley Nicole Photography. I was lucky enough for her to be in the States and able to come to our home and take pictures. Thanks Ashley we love you! You can check her out on Facebook here.

BabyGate 2012/13

Hello there readers new and old! I know I have been gone for quite some time now. Things have been crazy with this pregnancy, not so much in a good way. But just so you don’t worry. I am okay and so is baby lovingly named “The Fetus”.

So here is the pregnancy run down:

  • Tomorrow I will be 15 weeks
  • I have the okay to work out within restrictions
  • The due date is April 15, 2013
  • I have been sick as hell
  • Pregnancy with Emma was all fun and games compared to this one
  • This is considered a High Risk Pregnancy

The morning sickness (who am I kidding ALL DAY SICKNESS) has been getting a bit better. I am still sick as hell at night but I am getting some relief during the day. My appetite is coming back more and I am able to eat more healthy fare. It is not clean it yet, but it will be one of these days! After I got the okay to go back to being active I just was not up to it. No point in making me feel worse and making more stress for the baby.

Just recently I had a bacterial infection that is common and usually no big deal but in pregnancy can be bad ie: cause low birth weight, cause miscarriage or early birth. The doc put me on a killer antibiotic that made me so incredible sick and gave me terrible migraines. The antibiotics are done and finally leaving my system and I am feeling so much better. Of course I am now getting mystery fevers. So if it is not one thing it is another. I can still function with the fever bouts so I can totally handle this for now.

The pregnancy is considered high risk due to the fact that I have Reynaud’s phenomenon and Reoccurring Bell’s Palsy. Apparently there is a slight chance that it can affect The Fetus so I now have to see a specialist for all of my ultrasounds. I am not worried so much about that though just because my doctor is very positive that things will be fine and is assuring me that this is precautionary. My D vitamin levels are dangerously low so they have added a 50,000 unit vitamin D pill to my vitamin D regimen. So much D, it is kind of harsh on the stomach. Yay more things to make me feel like I am going to vomit! For the vomiting I have been on Zofran for quite some time now, but we upped the dosage to every 4 hours and that is making a world of difference. Now I just feel like I am going to puke but actually don’t. Not so comfortable for me but it is better that Fetus gets nutrients from what I consume. I really did not want to be drug dependent for the pregnancy. But, sometimes things just can’t go your way and you have to suck it up and put on your big girl panties for the greater good.

I put on 12 lbs so far with this pregnancy, most of it right away then I quit gaining. The doctor thinks that the quick gain was because I went from being very active to sedentary, food was not the issue, you have to keep food in to gain weight from it. She said once I get more active I may lose a little but to keep an eye on loss. She wants me to gain 35 lbs with this pregnancy.

So all in all things have been rough and I did not have anything fun, workout inspired or related, food related or anything that would be something other than me whining about how sick I was. So I choose not to spread my yuckyness all over WP. Things are starting to look up a bit and I hope it continues so I am back.

During the pregnancy I think that I should alter the blog name, Round to Ravishing doesn’t seem to work when I am getting round again! So I am brainstorming to figure out what to do about that. After The Fetus is born I will be back to Round to Ravishing!

Seeing Monday’s are the official start of a new gestational week I will do Belly Picture Mondays, starting tomorrow. I am definitely showing but still in that “cheeseburger” phase.  You know the stage when you are getting bigger but it looks more like you have been splurging on cheeseburgers instead of growing a human inside you? Included in Belly Picture Monday’s I will give example of what size The Fetus is compared to everyday household items and a few quick facts. It should be fun!

Included in the blog will be updates on physical activity/workouts. No weigh or measure in’s though. You are all well aware that my weight will continue to go up as well as my circumference. As my diet improves you can look forward to more healthy food related posts and also information on physical activity during pregnancy. Of course there will still be my usually pointless ramblings too. Like The Zombie Dash this coming Saturday! Of course some Les Mills Pump too!

I really look forward to sharing the remainder of this experience with you all as well as reconnecting with my fellow bloggers! Have a great week and I will see you all tomorrow!!

Week 9 Ultrasound, I will post my other and more current one soon. I am lazy and take forever to scan this stuff!

Sorry I have been absent

Between vacation, the basement flood, my bum knee, the bruised heal, getting ready for another vacay, a bachelor/bachelorette party I am hosting and a wedding I am in, and things that just are not ready for WP, I have been gone. Too much life and not enough time in the day. Workouts are really suffering but I am doing somethings to stay active. So it could be worse. I am not being a total bum 🙂 Anyhow I hopefully will get back to things soon. Miss you all!

Life is great and so are you!

Today there is definitely some sown time so it is time for me to follow through accepting some lovely awards from fellow bloggers. With summer comes a plethora of fun and exciting activities, vacations, weddings, yard work and other busy work to do. This being said I have gotten behind on my blogging. With all the inconsistent posting here I am very glad so many of you have stuck with me and have kept reading. you all are the best! And let’s not get started on how I haven’t been able to read your blogs as much as I would like to this summer.

Starting this blog was more of a selfish thing. I needed a way to keep track of my get fit and healthy journey. Also a way to be kept accountable was needed. Falling off the wagon is to easy when you feel that there is no one watching in the first place. So thank you readers for helping to keep me on track, motivated as well as supported. It is wonderful that I have found so many people who are so much like myself and working toward the same goals. It is like Weight Watchers meetings without counting points or paying fees. 🙂 After so many months of being here my motives have changed a bit. Getting messages/comments about how I can inspire, support and motivate others to get fit and be at their best has been more than flattering. Hearing about how others enjoy reading my random ramblings is amazing.

Honestly I can say that recently I have been falling off track. Workouts have suffered due to vacation and my knee, food I did well at until I got lazy last week. It has not been terrible really but not as clean as it should be. So that do-over that was blogged about is definitely going to happen. And very soon. So watch out world (and interwebs)! You won’t even know what hit you.

Over the past few weeks I have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award as well as The Very Inspiring Blogger award by Your Truth Diet and Girl of the Hour. Be sure to click their link and check out their amazing blogs. These women rock!

So now it is time to fulfill the obligations of accepting these awards. Here is what I have to do:

  1. Display the award logo somewhere on the blog.
  2. Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
  5. Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated and of the award’s requirements

So here we go!

1. Display award logo: Already done (see above)

2. Link who nominated me: Ditto!

3. Seven things about myself:

1. I hate getting dressed for the most part and would wear PJs all day if I could. But I think wearing PJs in public is a crime against     fashion and nature. Don’t do it. I will mock you.

2. Speaking of getting dressed when I do get dressed I prefer to wear dresses. One of my favorite things about losing weight is that I can wear more dresses, in the summer they are cooler than anything else and more flattering than shorts (for me).

3. I love sushi and sashimi and can eat it daily, maybe even for three meals a day. So yummy!

4. My daughter is the girliest tomboy ever. Girl clothes, make up and perfume but no girlie toys minus Hello Kitty and Monster High. Everything else is dinosaurs, dragons, pirates, ninjas, baseball and video games. She also loves hunting for frogs, toads and bugs and loves snakes and lizards. I am glad I get to frilly pretty clothes and bows but am glad she is not afraid to get out there and get dirty. And honestly, I don’t know if i would want to sit and play Barbie for the next 6 years on a daily basis.

5. Sally my bearded dragon is giving me the evil eye right now because she wants me to get her more lizard salad instead of blogging. I love lizards.

6. I love beer and wine, even when clean eating at full force I can not give up my occasional glass of beer or wine (sometimes the entire bottle). Just.Can’t.Do.It.

7. It is really nice to have friends who are cleaning up their diets and working out more. It has made going out to dinners and socializing much easier. When you can agree on a place that is no longer all burgers, fries and heavy foods it is really nice. having to be the odd man out and order like a crazy person just to get a mediocre meal sucked. it really made me feel like I was putting everyone off, including the staff at the restaurant.

4. Nominate 15 other blogs: Wow, this is a tough one, I love so many bloggers.

  1. joyfitnessandstyle
  2. Journey To Awesomehood
  3. Lipomachia
  4. Transventure
  5. Idiot Runner Girl
  6. loseitbig
  7. Couch to Tough Mudder
  8. Everyday is the First Day
  9. Fit for a year
  10. Fork in My Eye
  11. 100 Pounds in 1 Year
  12. lauralovesfitness
  13. The Weight Run Down
  14. proactiveoutside
  15. [existential detective]

5. Notify my nominees: Getting on that right now 🙂

It’s the freakin’ weekend!

No workout for me today. If am having fun doing laundry and getting prepped for the weekend. Heading out-of-town for the night, I have to pick up our race day packets so we used it as an excuse to spend the night in Ann Arbor. I think dinner at Pacific Rim may be in order, and cocktails, Mm-mm drinks. I will get plenty of walking in down there so I won’t feel bad about not walking at home today. The weather is kind of strange today (as well as yesterday) so I had to figure out how to dress and not have to change in the evening. So I am thinking a light dress, belt, tall boots and a jean jacket. That way I can just add or remove the jacket as it gets chilly tonight. The low is in the 60’s brr but is in the 80’s right now. The upper 90’s suits me better, even with the humidity. Cold turns me into a big baby. Why am I in Michigan?

Outfit for tonight, Just bought this dress yesterday, tried on the Large and had to ask for a Medium!! Even the sales girls were shocked. They were used to me going in for XL and L earlier this year.

Saturday I will return home and have Schmitty’s wedding reception. Can’t wait! Get to bed at a semi decent hour then head back out-of-town before the sun rises for The Color Run. I have my race day outfit prepared and ready to go! I am sure that even though I will not be running that it will be a ton of fun and I will get to spend time with a friend I do not see often.

Everything is ready for The Color Run, Ann Arbor!

The knee is feeling even better today, the stairs at home are easier to climb and that is a good sign. I am itching to get back to my workouts. I am not looking forward to seeing where this hiatus has left my fitness level. Getting back to where I was shouldn’t be too much of a problem or take long , well lets hope so.

After the weekend I have 2 nominations/awards to blog about. Vacay, injury and laziness has kept me from keeping up with my blogging duties. :p I have not forgotten and will get it done! Promise!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Happy Friday!

Returned from vacation

Well, I am back from vacation. Getting caught up on some every day things and dealing with some medical stuff has kept me away the past couple of days. I will be back and posting on a regular basis again starting tomorrow. I know it is weigh in Thursday, I am doing this quick so I will tell you there has been no change, no pounds lost and no inches lost. I will post the stats in my usual format tomorrow. Not bad going on a vacation and not gaining, if I do say so myself. Hope you had a great Fourth!


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