*******Rachel 1465 Posts | Joined BG: Apr 04, 2009 Last Visit: 2 years ago
Age 26
Gender Female
Status Married
Work student
Location Arizona
Kids 2
On 10.29.09 I gave birth to my beautiful daughter at 7:07pm. She weighed 8lbs and 6oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. I had planned to have a drug-free childbith but late on the 27th I began having contractions but they stayed at 8ish minutes apart. So on the morning of the 29th my OB broke my water and by that point I was exhausted so I agreed to an epi. After the epi I was given pitocin. she was born after 1 hour of pushing and I wasn't cut and didnt tear! She has a lot of hair but its thickest in the back, just like mommy. She is so beautiful!
I have been breastfeeding since an hour after her birth. By day 3 I had cracked nipples and they wanted to have her back in the hospital for jaundice for 24 hours and asked me to stop breastfeeding for that time. I was unwilling to do that so eventually they bent and allowed me to stay and nurse her every couple of hours. I stuck it out in the hospital with her and through the pain of the cracked nipples. Now we are both doing much better and successfully BFing :)
Originally we started out in a bassinet next to the bed but she started having breathing problems. I thought it might have been my two cats so my parents took them to their house and we cleaned up. She was still having some problems and I noticed it was worse after being in the bassinet, so I dont know if it was the plastics, but we returned it and now she is sleeping in a co-sleeper either on the bed or on a table next to the bed, depending on if my SO is home.

I have been with my fiance since high school and we both couldn't be happier with our beautiful little girl. Unfortunately his job keeps him gone too much. :( We decided against getting married during my pregnancy because it would seem as if it was only because of the pregnancy. We have loved each other a long time and didnt feel the need to "rush" into a marriage now just because of having a baby. We would like to be married before the next one though.

About the pregnancy!
When is your due date?: October 26
How far along are you?:17wks
Your pre-pregnancy weight:151 Your weight now:147
Have you had an ultrasound?:yea
Have you heard the heartbeat?:yea
What was the heartbeat?:160+
Sex of the baby! What do you want?:girl
What does the daddy want?:boy
What do you think you're having?:no clue
Have you had your big ultrasound yet?: no
If so, what are you having?:just a little more time!
Are you happy with what you're having?:n/a
About the birth! Do you know what you're taking with you?:i have an idea, but no need to start packing right now
Who is going to be with you?:idk definitely the BD and myfamily, I would assume his family too..
Are you going to videotape it?:no
Natural or medicated?:hopefully natural but ya never know
Do you think you will need a c-section?: no
Will you cry when you hold your baby for the first time?: yes
Do you know what you will say to the baby when youu first hold him/her?:idk, hi?
Are you scared about the labor?: yes
Names! Do you have a name picked out?:no
Girl names...:Alexandra maybe?
Boy names...: Benjamin maybe?
Is your baby going to be named after someone? no
Other random questions! Where was your baby conceived?:either the bed or in the kitchen
Have you felt the baby move?: not yet
What race will your baby have?:a lot
Do you have stretch marks?: not yet
What was your first symptom?:b**bs hurt really badly
What religion will the baby know?:im not sure
What music or interests do you want the baby to know?:whatever interests the baby
Will your baby have godparents?:probably
What is the baby's room theme?:idk i kinda like ducks or lambs
What was the first thing you bought for the baby?:a little vibrating chair thingy, i think its called a bouncer but it doesnt bounce :-S
Are you ready to be a mommy?: no, but i will do the best i can