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Keira's Birth Story

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My daughter (man, feels weird to say and type that!) Keira Elizabeth was born on December 22, 2011 at 11:27pm, weighing in at 7lb 10oz and measuring 19 inches. Here's how she got here!

I was antsy during Thursday morning so I decided to help my grandmother find a Christmas toy for my cousin at Target and had lunch over at her house. When I got home, I was tired so I went to lie down at about 2pm.

At about 3:30pm, I felt like I wet my pants and went to the bathroom to check and it appeared to be amniotic fluid (my water breaking). Since I was Group B strep positive and would need to be on an IV for at least 4 hours before delivering, I called my OB even though I wasn't having any contractions. She suggested coming into the doctors' office first to make sure. The office is in Boston, so I asked if it'd be OK to drive since I wasn't having any contractions and my husband works closer to the office rather than coming home to get me and then driving back in rush hour. So yes, my water broken, I drove into Boston. Miracle of all miracles, I found a meter outside my doctor's office!

They hooked me up to the fetal monitor first and saw baby was doing well but didn't pick up any contractions even though by this point I think I felt a couple. Jon arrived and I was tested for fluid. Yes, my water had broken, so they decided to send me to the hospital. In the car at about 6pm, the contractions finally started and I counted them at about 6-7 minutes apart. When I got there, they seemed to be in no rush to admit me or check how far I'd dilated or put me on the IV. As a first time mom, they said it'd take some time and the hospital was extremely busy with pre-Christmas inductions. My midwife's shift was just ending at 8pm, so unfortunately, she was not there for my labor, but I was able to speak with her. I reminded them that I was 4 cm dilated at my appointment the day before so it could go quickly.

They put me on the fetal monitor and I was frustrated because I was told I could walk around and be monitored but instead, I was stuck in one position. The "walking" monitors were all taken. They brought me a birthing ball, but at this point, the contractions were coming fast and furious.

Well, by 8pm the contractions were unable to be walked through and I stayed on the bed, with vomiting and shakes, (they don't tell you about that!) and called for an epidural. They finally started the IV at 8:30 and checked me and found me 6-7cm dilated. At that point, the contractions were 1-3 minutes apart and I couldn't get into the right position for them to administer the epidural. By the time they sanitized and found the right spot, I was shaking and they needed to do the whole thing over again! I was sweating so much that the monitor wasn't working and needed to be given an internal monitor. Four tries and almost an hour later, I was finally given my epidural, but I was already 9cm dilated. Sweet relief! I was able to relax for an hour so I could get more of the benefit of the IV, but man I felt better!

A half hour of pushing and sweet Keira was here; her hand and her head came out at the same time. It all felt so surreal! I had been prepared for labor "downtime" but had none of it. Before I knew it we were parents! The cord was wrapped around her neck once and they placed her on my chest, but she was grunting and working hard to breathe so I only got to see her for about 10 minutes before they placed her on the warmer and gave her oxygen. She was still having trouble so the NICU came in to get her and Jon went with them. After the midwife stitched me up, I was alone in the room with a turkey sandwich and some juice. I just felt kind of vacant so I made some phone calls to family and yes, posted on Facebook.

Thankfully, Keira only stayed in the NICU for 90 minutes. She had swallowed a ton of fluid, hence the breathing issues and didn't want to feed until well into Day 2. Because of her rocky start and that I didn't get the full dose of penicilin, we stayed in the hospital until Christmas morning and I pumped and she was fed with a syringe. We finally got her to breastfeed the last day in the hospital and we're still having issues, but we're working on it.

I'm in love. She's such a funny and alert baby when she's awake, but she loves to sleep! They were worried about her losing weight in the hospital so we have already taken her to the pediatrician twice and I've been forced to wake her (and stay up worrying) at night to make sure she eats. She gained 2 oz in a day, so we're hoping she's on the upswing.

I never expected to only have five hours of contractions and go from 6 to 9 cm dilated in a half hour! Some might say I was lucky, but I never "got used" to it and my body DID NOT LIKE.

My little sprinter!

Our new family

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PEACEFULHOME11 2/28/2012 4:24PM


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CUTIECAT1 2/17/2012 5:09PM

    she likes to run like her mama!!!! Congrats!!! what beautiful pictures emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 2/13/2012 9:43PM

    Sooo adorable...and of course she came quickly...she's a sprinter too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZYFAN 2/2/2012 9:13AM

    She's beautiful! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon

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MOONBIRD 1/24/2012 9:59AM

    Congrats on your beautiful baby! My daughter weighed the same amount when she was born. If you ever have any questions about nursing, a great site is kellymom.com I found it very helpful when I had issues. My first child was a preemie and spent 8 days in the NICU and I pumped. I've been inspired by your running achievements and in November I did my first 8k in less than an hour. Thanks for being such an inspiration.

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NOAHQ2003 1/19/2012 2:38PM

    Congratulations!! She is adorable!

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DARLENE474 1/19/2012 12:46PM

    congrats. She's a beauty!

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MARATHON_MOM 1/19/2012 12:21PM

    Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful! And you are lucky, actually. The birth of my first... from first contraction to delivery... was 36 hours of back labor! LOL

You have a beautiful family!

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ELISEL 1/19/2012 11:33AM

    Congrats...a little late but hope things are going great.

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JENELOPE 1/17/2012 12:29PM

    Congratulations, Kristina! She's beautiful!

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    Congratulations!!! She's beautiful!!!!!!!

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TRAVELNISTA 1/11/2012 8:52PM

    She is adorable! I didn't receive your blog notification, so I didn't know until I saw the new pic in my Friend Feed. emoticon

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MARTHELLE 1/11/2012 2:23PM

    Congratulations! She is a beautiful baby girl. Enjoy every minute -- before you know it, she will be in college!!

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DIGISCRAPPY 1/10/2012 10:30PM

    What a gorgeous little sweetie she is! And born the day after my birthday! Congratulations!

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ELYMWX 1/10/2012 10:15PM

    Congratulations, all three of you!

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JBMT08 1/10/2012 8:03AM

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!She is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SWAZY33 1/10/2012 6:30AM

    Beautiful baby! Beautiful family!!

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LUEYGIRL 1/9/2012 2:31PM

    Congratulations! What a great Christmas present!

(And labor NEVER goes the way you expect it to!)

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KATHLOW 1/9/2012 8:00AM

    congratulations! Your daughter is beautiful!

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JBOWDOIN02 1/8/2012 6:31PM

    Congrats momma!!!!!!!! You all look soo great. Your baby girl is adorable.

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UNICORN212 1/8/2012 5:10PM

    LOL - That sure beats the 19 hours of 5 minutes apart back labor I had! Congrats on your beautiful daughter!

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TIGERJANE 1/7/2012 6:34PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! The BEST Christmas gift ever, huh? She doesn't even look like a newborn (that's a compliment!). That's a great shot of her in the bed - I would swear that was a 3 month old baby! Hope recovery is treating you well :)

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REMCMFA 1/7/2012 11:44AM

    Congrats!! :)

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/6/2012 9:42PM

    Congrats! She is so beautiful.

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DRAGONFLY79 1/6/2012 5:44PM

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family!! Enjoy this special time - it really does go by too fast!

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CARILOUIE 1/6/2012 4:57PM

    Yay!!!! Congratulations and much love to you and your family!!!

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    I am so excited for you! What a great story. She is gorgeous and your family photo is so precious. Congratulations to you and your husband. Happy New Year!

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VIBRANTVIC 1/6/2012 10:05AM

    Sweet little Christmas Angel. So glad you are all doing well. Relax and enjoy your time!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 1/5/2012 8:37PM

    The pic of the little family literally brings a little tear to my eye...so, so precious!!!! You guys are just beautiful...and yes, looks like you have a sprinter on your hands for sure! She's going to constantly surprise you and keep you on your toes! Much love to you all!

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JANLYNN32 1/5/2012 5:44PM

    Congratulations!!! She is perfect!!

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WYND10 1/5/2012 5:15PM

    Congratulations!!! She's a beauty. As are you!

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ROBYNROSE26 1/5/2012 4:27PM

    Congratulations, my sons birthday is December 22nd too, though he just turned 8.

Enjoy every moment!

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RYKEL22 1/5/2012 1:16PM

    OMG she is perfect! Congrats on the beautiful baby girl!

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    Congrats, she's beautiful!!!!! emoticon

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LAUREN129 1/5/2012 12:29PM

  Congratulations! Beautiful family picture!

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SAMSPARK1 1/5/2012 11:56AM

    That's crazy how fast it went! She is beautiful!

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JENN26POINT2 1/5/2012 11:55AM

    I love becoming a mom again! Such a great story! I am not at all sure how I missed this blog since I'm supposed to get emails when you blog!! Grrr...

So excited for you. Your pics make me want another one. She's absolutely beautiful!

With my son, my water broke as I rolled over in bed. My contractions started IMMEDIATELY after. I have enough time to tell Brad that I felt like something "popped" and then WHAM!!! First contraction. Sucky.

I'm glad her birth went well. Excited for your new journey in life and jealous that it's not me!! hahaha Enjoy your little one. You have NO clue how quickly the time will pass now.

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KITHKINCAID 1/5/2012 9:57AM

    Birth stories are so amazing. They're all so different - but the one thing that's the same with almost everyone is that it's never what you expect. But happy, happy, joy, joy that your little one came (and fast). She is SO beautiful! By now you've made it through your first holidays with her. Hoping that you guys are adjusting well and that you are enjoying all the ups and downs of being a mom. It looks good on you!

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KAKAKALI4 1/5/2012 9:42AM

    She is so precious! Congratulations - I have had 4 daughters and NONE of them were the same .. so you know it won't be like that if you choose to have more! You look so happy! Enjoy them while they are little .. the grow so very very fast! HUGS!

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ZENNITH 1/5/2012 9:03AM

    Sorry I didn't see your blog earlier, I ahve been a bit hit and miss on spark recently. It was lovely to read your story and she is so adorable. Hope you are both doing well, and dad of course. I like her name too (sounds a bit like mine, kelly elizabeth) but Keira is a lovely name. Can't wait to see more pictures :-)

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MADZOE 1/4/2012 11:56PM

    Congratulations! My daughter just had an emergency C-section on 11/15 and can definitely relate to your feeling of "uh wait, I'm not quite ready for this". Have fun getting settled into motherhood. You look like a very happy beautiful family.

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SUNSHINE084 1/4/2012 9:00PM

    Ah Congrats on the cute baby girl. I too had to wake my baby up to eat as well. Don't worry everything will turn out fine.

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    Congratulations and Happy New Year to you and your family! Its brrr cold here in MA today - hope you're all keeping cozy :)

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GOGOMAMA 1/4/2012 2:02PM

    Congrats!!! Beautiful girl and family!!! I love her name!

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THREADBENDER 1/3/2012 3:46PM

    Congratulations!! What a lovely family you have!!

Just a turkey sandwich after labor?!! I had a transition like yours (vomiting & shakes) and after the delivery I was ravenous. At that time, the hospital provided a steak dinner for the couple in recovery. I ate both dh's and my steak, and my potato, and green beans and milk.....and probably dessert too, but I don't remember what it was. If I had only a turkey sandwich, I would probably have eaten the first person to stick their head in the room!!

What a great Christmas present and wonderful way to start the New Year!

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NANASAMM 1/3/2012 1:49PM

    Kristina she's beautiful! Congratulations to you and your beautiful little family!

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_TRIXIE_ 1/3/2012 1:24PM

    Thank you for sharing your story! Little Keira is BEAUTIFUL--congrats to the new family!

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KAISERSOZE 1/3/2012 10:58AM

    Congratulations! She's beautiful!

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MERETHOMP 1/3/2012 10:51AM

    Congratulations! She's perfect!

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ALOFA0509 1/2/2012 6:05PM

Be Still My Heart!!! OMG is soo precious-- Cheers to you mama, you did Great emoticon

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The Waiting Game

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Less than a week til my due date! It's really hit home that she could be with us any day now, but yes, it is kind of annoying that I don't know what Christmas has in store this year: Will I be in the hospital? At home waiting it out? Or at home as new parents? Same goes for New Years Eve.

Everything is wrapped and underneath the tree, but I'm waiting for my present to get here!

I've finally started to feel that some things are out of reach: like bending over too much and spending all day out and about. I was in court on Monday and didn't get home until evening and felt past the point of exhaustion. I haven't been sleeping well because of increased pelvic pressure and hip pain. That being said, nesting definitely kicked in. I had a compulsion to clean out the fridge this weekend and to get everything as spotless as possible.

I have an OB appointment this afternoon, and I have no idea what they'll tell me. Last week they told me they'd be surprised if I went overdue because I was making such good progress. I think I'll put my bag and the carseat in the car just in case!

And that's about it! If I don't get back on here before the weekend, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

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SEEHOLZ 12/23/2011 9:42PM

    Sounds like you didn't have to wait too long after all! Congratulations on your baby girl- awesome you'll be celebrating Chtristmas together- whether that'll be and you still get to party on NYE-lol!

Merry Christmas!

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LINDAKAY228 12/23/2011 11:17AM

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too! I'm anxiously waiting to hear from you that your new present is here with you! Good luck with everything. The waiting at the end seems hard especially when you don't know what's going to happen around the holidays but your almost there!!! Soon you'll be holding that bundle of joy.

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NANASAMM 12/23/2011 1:10AM

    How exciting! My son was born on Dec 6th and it was the first year I was ever really ready for Christmas. Like you everything was bought and wrapped and under the tree. He was my third but it was my most relaxing Christmas ever. Now whenever she comes you can just relax and enjoy your new little baby girl.

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DARKFAERY 12/22/2011 10:26PM

    So flippin' excited for you!!!!!!!

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TIGERJANE 12/22/2011 3:19PM

    I've heard nesting kicks in when the baby's a week or less away. Fingers crossed for you! I have a feeling you're gonna have her here before Christmas!

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CALLIKIA 12/22/2011 2:00PM

    *taps her foot impatiently* ;) I have a feeling you'll be seeing that lil face soon! :)

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CHICAT63 12/22/2011 12:49PM

    so very excited for you and Jon !!!! She will be here soon enough:)

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 12/22/2011 10:10AM

    So exciting! Hopefully she's here soon. :) emoticon

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JBOWDOIN02 12/22/2011 9:10AM

    Good Luck!!!!!

Merry Christmas!!!!

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MAMADELIGHT 12/21/2011 8:16PM

    So those spicy foods aren't working for you?


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SEPPIESUSAN 12/21/2011 7:03PM

    Exciting times for you! Congrats in advance, Mommy!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 12/21/2011 5:56PM

    I am so excited for you! I had my first child on Thanksgiving. It makes for a very memorable year. Hope you get good news at your doc appt!

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BTINTERNET 12/21/2011 5:51PM

    Merry Christmas and enjoy your "present" whenever she arrives! :-)

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LALAFLOWERS 12/21/2011 5:16PM

    Merry Christmas! Hope you bundle of Joy arrives soon, and that you get to enjoy the holidays with him/her. Enjoy.

I was actually thinking alot about you in the last few days... wondering if you'd had your little one yet.... thanks for the update!

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JENN26POINT2 12/21/2011 4:59PM

    I remember those days... packing the bag in the car hoping the doctor would keep me so I could have the baby. Good luck at the doctor today and (hopefully) she'll keep you and you come home a Mommy before the week is over!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 12/21/2011 4:19PM

    Hope the Dr's appoint went well. Can't wait for your present and to see pictures of the happy family.

Smart move on the car seat and bag.

Fingers crossed!

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TRAVELNISTA 12/21/2011 3:22PM

    I know the waiting is tough. Just keep practicing those breathing techniques, they come in real handy. emoticon emoticon

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ZENNITH 12/21/2011 2:47PM

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and I'm sure your little one will be with you before you know it. I am not a patient person but it sounds like you have things under control, I can't wait to hear your story and see pics of your baby!

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SEATTLESIMS 12/21/2011 2:45PM

    Best wishes and get some rest! Have a wonderful holiday!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 12/21/2011 2:05PM

    oooooooooooooooh! I'm so excited for you! LOL

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RUNNER4LIFE08 12/21/2011 1:54PM

    Always good to be prepared because with your first, you never know.
Good Luck!!!! I will be thinking about you!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/21/2011 1:48PM

    Hoping for good news at the appointment today! And I hope it is the Merriest Christmas and Happiest New Year EVAH for you and your family!!!!! You deserve it!!

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LISAW/3 12/21/2011 1:33PM

    Good luck with lil K's arrival! It is definitely a good idea to keep your bag and car seat in the car! You never know when she'll decide it is time! She will such a wonderful holiday present!

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CHANGINGMORGAN 12/21/2011 1:26PM

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! Can't wait to hear!

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KITHKINCAID 12/21/2011 1:21PM

    Merry Christmas K! Hopefully Lil K arrives on time and is the bundle of Christmas Joy she deserves to be! Can't wait to hear the good news. Still shooting for Friday! (My B-Day) emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/21/2011 1:03PM

    Merry Christmas to you and your impending bundle! :)

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SLEEPYDEAN 12/21/2011 1:01PM

    I keep thinking your next blog will be you announcing her birth. Seems like you are well prepared for whenever she decides to make it happen. Take care and hope to hear from you soon that everything went well!

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STORMTMB 12/21/2011 12:39PM

    I know it must be so hard to be patient, but she'll be in your arms soon! The best Christmas present I could imagine! Merry Christmas, Momma!
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SARAHJ19 12/21/2011 12:38PM

    Merry Christmas!
Can't wait for your baby to come, I am so excited for you!
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Hope all goes well for you!

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GRACEISENUF 12/21/2011 12:37PM

    I am so excited for you and Jon....The last few days of waiting are the hardest. Your best "gift" EVER will be here so soon love.

Merry Christmas to you, your hubby and lil baby girl!

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MBSHAZZER 12/21/2011 12:36PM

    Hopefully she arrives before NYE so you can have some champagne! LOL! Good luck with the wait! Oh, and once you're done cleaning out your place, feel free to come by mine! :D

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FREES1 12/21/2011 12:28PM

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours as well!!!

May that little bundle of joy be here soon to enjoy it with you - at least to celebrate the New Year!! and enjoy!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon(for after her arrival!)

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TIME4AFITME 12/21/2011 12:24PM

    Merry Christmas to you as well. So excited for you!

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Lil' K Nursery Photos!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Here we go, the nursery is finally complete! All that is left is hanging her name over her crib and this will be her little space. I don't consider myself a very "decoratory" kind of person, but I saw the crib bedding set and drew inspiration from that. We decided on the pale green walls before we even knew we were expecting, so I always knew I wanted a colorful botanical theme for either a boy or a girl. I'm not a pink person.

The bedding, curtains, mobile and lamp are from the same company but everything else was happened upon by chance. It took awhile to get the room ready because I was waiting to find just the perfect pieces to bring the room together in the most cost efficient way. The dresser and storage blocks are from Ikea, the glider was a recommendation from RUNNER_TIFF_07 from Amazon, and I bought the crib/changer the same day I found out I was having a girl when Target was liquidating discontinued baby furniture. For my New Englanders, I found the pillows at the Christmas Tree Shop!

My favorite piece is the round rug, found on sale at Urban Outfitters. It brings the room together and I can't believe how well it meshes with everything else in the room. I fell in love with these wall cards because it has really unique words to depict the ABCs.

There are little touches from favorite people in my life. The teddy bear bank and picture frames are from my sister-in-law before we knew we were pregnant, the framed painting was handmade (a graduation gift from a friend), and the little mushroom toy is a reminder of my time in Japan and one of my dearest friends.

Finally, the tree is all wall decals. I found a traditional sakura (cherry blossom) tree and added modern touches to it to make it a little more whimsical.

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JOANIEBUG46 1/5/2012 3:29PM

    WOW!!!! What a gorgeous room!!! This is one lucky little lady!!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 12/27/2011 5:46PM

    Love it! Gorgeous colors and I really like the botanical theme

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CREATINGAMANDA 12/20/2011 11:30AM

    I love this, K! And ESPECIALLY the "you are my sunshine" art - my fave.

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TIGERJANE 12/19/2011 5:56PM

    omg I truly love it - your colors are so beautiful together without being over the top girly! The bedding your're using is the same one I initially had my eye on as soon as I found out we were pregnant, lol - so obviously I think it's a great choice :) So many things for baby girl to look at at - it's gonna be great for her. Good job!

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AGRLNKY 12/19/2011 12:37AM

    That is a great room! You did a fantastic job!

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DARKFAERY 12/18/2011 11:23PM

    It's a beautiful nursery!!! The three of you will make so many memories there!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 12/18/2011 11:12PM

    you did a wonderful job! it looks very zen and cute. Lil K is on her way!

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/18/2011 7:12PM

    Not "decoratory"?? WhatEVER - this room looks like it was decorated by a professional!! What a lucky little girl to have such a gorgeous room!!

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NEWJEWELS4LIFE 12/18/2011 3:48PM

    Beautiful! Love it!

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HOGFAN79 12/17/2011 11:05AM

    It is so cute!

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MAXFOCUS 12/16/2011 11:33PM

    Great job on the nursery!! It is beautiful.

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BETTERJULIA 12/16/2011 5:07PM

    LOVE this!!!

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FROGGERHKC 12/16/2011 4:56PM

    The nursery turned out lovely!!! I love how bright and cheery it is!

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NANASAMM 12/16/2011 3:23PM

    What a beautiful nursery! She's quite a lucky little girl...can't wait to "see" her.

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CHAOTICMOM4 12/16/2011 12:30PM

    So pretty, what a beautiful space your little girl will have to enjoy.

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MAGPIE17 12/16/2011 11:59AM

    Looks beautiful, K!

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GRACEISENUF 12/16/2011 11:45AM

    I LOVE IT!

sooooo CUTE

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CHASING-SATURN 12/16/2011 11:13AM

    That is so cute! I can't wait to move into our new house! I have two rooms to decorate. =)

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JENN26POINT2 12/16/2011 11:02AM

    Oh my! That room is beautiful! I love it! Great job!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 12/16/2011 9:37AM

    Adorable! She is going to love her room!

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CARILOUIE 12/16/2011 5:43AM

    So beautiful. I am so excited for you. :)

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RUNNINGOLLIE 12/15/2011 9:08PM

    Looks amazing!!!! Love your views- looks so peaceful! emoticon

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ALOFA0509 12/15/2011 8:56PM

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/15/2011 8:42PM

    That is so beautiful!! Congrats too!

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RUSSELLORAMA 12/15/2011 7:16PM

    This looks amazing! What a cozy, warm space. Lots of memories to be made here for sure!

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TIME4AFITME 12/15/2011 7:11PM

    I love it!!!

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CHICAT63 12/15/2011 5:45PM

    Ah, I love it ! Everything ties together, the cherry blosom tree, the You are my sunshine poster. Special touches for a special little girl:)

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MBSHAZZER 12/15/2011 4:48PM

    I love it! Especially the blik on the walls! I'm so jealous... that room looks bigger/ nicer than my entire apartment! :D

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TRAVELNISTA 12/15/2011 4:40PM

    The room is adorable!

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FLORIDASUN 12/15/2011 3:14PM

    Hey...who says you don't have some 'real deal' decorator's genes running around those blood vessels? You did an AMAZING job...really truly amazing. It is so awesome when the universe collaborates with you and an idea you have in your mind's eye...transforms into the material world...makes it ALL the better that you made it happen and cashed in on some real bargains in the process.

My favorite...oh I can't pick just one...the cards..so perfect and so decorative but also instructive for lil' K as she learns her alphabet....love that!

Love all the colors..remember my friends call me the Queen emoticonof ALL things color! emoticon

The cherry tree for sure, for sure...so whimsical and lady like and peaceful. emoticon

And yes...yes...the RUG...totally pulls everything together and looks stunning on those beautiful hard wood floors.

Lucky lil' K...she is coming into a room full of love and beauty...bless her sweet little heart...and her momma and daddys...too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 12/15/2011 3:13PM

    I LOVE IT!!! That baby girl is going to be such a happy baby in that room. Heck - I'd like that room for myself.

Getting so close now. I wish you and Jon the happiest and healthiest of deliveries and can't wait to see that little bundle of love when she comes.

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STORMTMB 12/15/2011 2:52PM

    It looks fantastic and lil K will be raised in love and there's nothing more important than that!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 12/15/2011 2:28PM

    This room is too cute and perfect. Baby K is going to love it!

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    sooooo adorable! I want that to be MY room!!! :p

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HOPEFULHIPPO 12/15/2011 1:03PM

    You should come do my house.


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HLTHYRNRMOM 12/15/2011 12:56PM

    LOVE IT!!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/15/2011 12:50PM

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the bright colors and wall art is awesome! There had to be a lot of measuring to make them all line up like that. Someone is more patient than I am! :)

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BOSOXPRINCESS 12/15/2011 12:44PM

    Beautiful... !

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BELIEVINGINME31 12/15/2011 12:36PM

    Beautiful room! Very lucky baby!

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SRVFREAK176 12/15/2011 12:32PM

    LOVE IT!! emoticon

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BOOTS1221 12/15/2011 12:08PM

    It looks amazing!!! Ahhh I can't wait to "meet" her, I'm so excited!


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SEATTLESIMS 12/15/2011 12:06PM

    just beautiful! how exciting!

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SARAHJ19 12/15/2011 12:03PM

    emoticon I love it!!! Very cute and creative!!! emoticon

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HIP-MOM 12/15/2011 11:53AM

    The whole room is gorgeous! The tree is also my favorite. lucky baby!


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FREES1 12/15/2011 11:51AM

    what a beautiful and welcoming room - she's one lucky little lady!!! you've done a great job with the room - enjoy all the time you will spend there with Lil K

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LOTUSFLOWER 12/15/2011 11:49AM

    Beautiful! Love the tree!!

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Getting Close

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lil' K is due in 2 weeks!

I got laid off from the firm last week, so I am DONE with temporary contract work. I didn't get the news until 10pm on Wednesday night, and I was so excited I couldn't sleep! Again, I'm grateful I was able to use the work to save money so that I can spend time home with my baby and concentrate on my business once she's passed the early newborn stage of needing her mama all the time...


I went to the doctor today and I'm already 3 cm dilated and the baby has dropped and is low. The midwife said she'd be surprised if I went over 40 weeks, so that's a great sign I might get my Christmas present. I've been having increased Braxton-Hicks contractions at night so I know my body is getting ready for labor.

I'm still feeling great though. I've gotta recommend running as a "getting body ready for baby" routine. I don't know for sure if that's what has made this pregnancy an "easy" one, but I guess it can't hurt, right? There are some nights where getting around (and up off the couch) is tougher and bending over can be a chore but for the most part I'm still pretty mobile considering I'm 38 weeks pregnant. I know I should be resting up now that work is over, saving my energy for those sleepless nights, but I'm restless! I guess nesting has kinda kicked in... I've been cleaning and cooking some meals to freeze. I still go for 2-3 mile walks (albeit much slower than I used to).

The nursery is pretty much done. I have a couple of wall decorations to put up and then I will post pics!

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MAMADELIGHT 12/17/2011 8:05AM

    I cannot wait to hear the news. You and Jon will be great parents.

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GRACEISENUF 12/16/2011 11:47AM

    Let the countdown begin! The 23rd keeps popping in my head...we shall see?

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LEAELLEN07 12/14/2011 11:04AM

    No matter when baby comes, what a wonderful Christmas present. Congratulations!

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FREES1 12/14/2011 8:47AM

    Its getting so exciting not only for you but for us who are in the peanut gallery! Enjoy this time - and may Lil K show up in time for Christmas!!!
Like your new profile pic

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HOPEFULHIPPO 12/13/2011 10:02PM

    love it :o)

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DARKFAERY 12/13/2011 8:20PM

    I'm so excited for you!!!!! Can't wait to see the bABy!!!

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TIME4AFITME 12/13/2011 7:07PM

    so excited for you

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ALOFA0509 12/13/2011 7:02PM

    Wonderful news!! I too had the most glorious easiest pregnancy,, I was sanding a dresser when my water broke!! LOL--9hrs later I naturally delivered a 7lb 6oz lil miracle.. Njoy this time,, it just gets crazy busy from here on out ;)

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_TRIXIE_ 12/13/2011 6:08PM

    AHHHH!!!! TWO WEEKS!!!

Man, I'm just so dang excited for this baby to get here already! Enjoy these last few "quiet days!

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CHANGINGMORGAN 12/13/2011 5:56PM

    Can't wait to hear how it goes!!!

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CARILOUIE 12/13/2011 5:30PM

    soooooooo excited!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/13/2011 5:07PM

    So excited. I can't say it enough!! I can't wait for your little bundle to arrive!!!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 12/13/2011 4:44PM

    This is awesome! This time flew by so fast. I know you and hubby are excited to welcome the newest addition to your family. Can't wait to see pics!

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/13/2011 4:33PM

    Do your best to rest up and get plenty of sleep now; little K will be here before you know it. So very excited and happy for you; I pray the labor and delivery go as well (or even better, if that's possible) than the pregnancy itself! I'll be watching for those nursery pics!!

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CHICAT63 12/13/2011 4:31PM

    Whoa, 3 cm dilated already....yep, I would have to agree Lil'K is ready to see her Maman & Papa !

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/13/2011 4:26PM

    Woo hoo! Can't wait to see pics of the nursery.

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KITHKINCAID 12/13/2011 4:25PM

    Ahh! I'm such a baby nut :) So excited for you to bring this little one into the world. And honestly - can't wait to do it myself some day. Hehe. I say that now, but I change my mind hourly on that little tidbit.

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MBSHAZZER 12/13/2011 4:19PM

    Homestretch now! I can imagine you are too excited to rest, and I'm sure that you and Jon will appreciate all those frozen batch cooked meals when you are wrapped up in the baby.

Good luck!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 12/13/2011 4:10PM

    I'm so excited and happy for you!!!! emoticon

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KAKAKALI4 12/13/2011 4:07PM

    It will be here before you know it! Enjoy .. that precious baby will be here soon!

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The Non-Temporary Chapter

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Yesterday was my last day at work. Yes, I know I said I'd quit before the end of November, but I decided to be patient and wait to be laid off in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. The last couple of weeks have been tiring and frustrating, but I hope at last that this is the end of my working at a job I hate. I want to finish decorating the nursery, packing my hospital bag, and get everything ready for finally bringing this baby home!

I am a little over 37 weeks pregnant! So full term! It feels so much more real now that I know that lil' K could come anyday now and not be premature. All the prenatal ed classes are over... it's just me and Jon now working for the benefit of this little bomblet!

This pregnancy has been fantastic to me, so I confessed to my OB that I'm scared that labor and delivery and/or those first few months are going to be a complete and total shock. But we shall see. I have gained quite a bit of weight, but I think the most recent gain has been fluid as there are days where the bloat is a little out of hand. The final stretch is here! I've finally started feeling more regular Braxton Hicks contractions; again, that makes this seem all the more imminent.

I had an ultrasound last week because I've been measuring 2 weeks ahead but apparently she's in the 67th percentile for size and they estimated about 6 lb 15 oz but that could be off by about a pound. They said she did perfectly when they observed her movement and practice breathing. We didn't get a very good sonogram photo because she was wiggling around so much!

The only piece of bad news that I got was that I tested positive for Group B strep, which means I will have to be on an IV of penicillin during labor and she will be monitored closely afterwards, but if that's the worst news I get, I'm still in fantastic shape. I haven't been in the hospital since I was 2 years old, so I'm not thrilled about having to stay for the full 48 hours, but whatever is best, I'm going with it. That's kinda my mantra for the rest of this pregnancy and labor and delivery... The best laid plans can fail, so I basically confirmed that my wishes for my hospital stay are pretty much the default for the excellent Boston hospital I'm delivering at, and I'm going from there. I'm even undecided on a midwife or OB and will see who's there when I get there. I have an open OB practice, so I have no idea whether the OB or midwife who will be delivering lil' K will be someone I have met before!

I'm still doing quite a bit of activity, walking lots and running Christmas errands. I don't know whether I'll be a mom for Christmas or not! Everybody is saying they'll think I'll go early, and I hope that's the case, but time will tell.

I am excited to become a mom and to get on with the next chapter of my life. I know it's going to be an exhausting one, but I want to meet this kiddo so much!

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WORKINGSTIFF 12/12/2011 1:31PM

    I am so wishing the best for your new little family!

Yes, labor and delivery and the first few days may have you feeling like you're in a daze or having an out of body experience, but I think you have a great mindset and calmness about you that will override your fears.

Don't be afraid to ask questions (especially at the hospital), GET HELP!, get LOTS of rest!!! because you and your baby are undertaking a lifetime journey together--the laundry and dishes will ALWAYS be there, so they can wait. And (most importantly) trust your instincts...

Take care!

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NIELSENSLADY 12/10/2011 11:27PM

    Less than 20 days!!! Ack!! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 12/10/2011 2:55PM

    Almost there, Kristina! So excited for you!

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LOOKY-LOU 12/10/2011 11:34AM

    Such an exciting time in life! I am so very happy for both of you!

I have a 13 year old daughter and a 16 year old son, and I can tell you it is the BEST! And it gets better every day!

I think my only surprise was how tired I was at first, how I didn't know what the cries meant...I thought I was failing when I couldn't figure out WHY the baby was crying...let me tell you, sometimes, they just cry!

I envy your amazement at finding out how much you can love someone! I heard a saying once when I was pregnant and it was "you will never love your mom as much as your mom loves you!" It's true! Be prepared to watch your heart walk around outside of your body!

Every good wish for an easy delivery and a healthy baby! What a wonderful Christmas present!

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TIGERJANE 12/10/2011 10:32AM

    wow, I can't believe the time is here already! I dunno about you, but it seems like time has been flying . . . . glad to hear you're still feeling great, no major symptoms or complaints. You seem positively zen about the whole thing! I hope you have a super easy delivery and recovery, with a healthy, adorable little girl all your own to take home and adore :) You've done great Karvs, you're a tough cookie lasting so long doing something you hated so much. I know you're gonna be A-OK girl! So excited for you!!!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 12/10/2011 6:52AM

    This is such an exciting time in your life! The anticipation of your precious first born just rewound the clock 20 years for me! I need this this morning.

This is one lucky lil baby to have such a good example for a Mommy awaiting her arrival.

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LAURIETAIT 12/9/2011 8:41PM

    Not planning too much or expecting things to go a certain way is a good idea in my experience. Nothing ever went the way it was planned or expected. Every birth is an adventure. I hope you get the Christmas present you want. You will be an awesome mom. emoticon

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_DASH_ 12/9/2011 7:21PM

    very excited for you. :D

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CHICAT63 12/9/2011 12:00PM

    Woohoo, finito with the temp job !

I cannot wait to meet little K', rest-up Maman ! Wishing you all the best for your delivery and stay at the hospital. Turning the page onto a new whole chapter for sure.

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REDRUNNER82 12/9/2011 7:49AM

    Glad to hear you're feeling good and seem to have reached a zen place about delivery :) Last year my sister-in-law was due to have my niece on December 8 but the little one waited until December 22 to arrive! A Christmas-ish baby can be super fun!

Best wishes during these last few weeks!

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PSALM42 12/8/2011 2:50PM

    very exciting! I had never been hospitalized before but enjoyed my stay in the hospital. I enjoyed it more the second time. Someone to clean up after me and bring me food? yes, please!

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BOOTS1221 12/8/2011 2:20PM

    I am sooo flippin excited for you!! I cannot wait to "meet" Lil K, and I'm sure you can't either LOL!! I'm so glad you were able to get laid off.. now you can spend this time focusing on getting things ready for the baby and relaxing during this final stretch. Hugs to you!!!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 12/8/2011 1:47PM

    I'm so excited for little K to arrive. What a wonderful gift you guys are giving yourselves.

Congrats on the job front. That's so much stress and disdain off our shoulders. Now you can focus on family!

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-CORAL- 12/8/2011 1:30PM

    I worked 8 hour days up until the day I went into labor. My pregnancy was super easy, though, so it wasn't a big deal. The first two weeks after you bring the baby home are kind of hectic and your nether regions are killing you with the stitches and having to use the squirt bottle and not being able to sit right, it's all a fuzzy haze to me lol. And then never having more than 3 hours of sleep at a time for MONTHS is a little crazy-making! We all get through it somehow, though!

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PAPER_WINGS18 12/8/2011 12:08PM

    I'm super duper excited for you guys! =) Ahhh!!! Finally those jerks let you go! After you texted me saying you weren't doing ANYTHING, I was like WTF are these people doing?! It was like they were purposely trying to stress you out! Ugh. @$$hats. emoticon

Anyway, I heart you & I cannot wait to see little pictures of your new addition soon!! eee!


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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/8/2011 12:00PM

    So glad you are finally done at the temp job!! That is definitely the last really big piece of the puzzle that needed to happen to open up this next VERY exciting chapter for you!! Little K will be here before you know it and you will be completely 100% smitten with her!

Exciting times!!

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SLEEPYDEAN 12/8/2011 11:41AM

    Glad you've finally been able to put that workplace behind you. Wow has your pregnancy seemed to fly by.

Hope you've got smooth sailing ahead in the delivery and acclimation process.

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LINDAKAY228 12/8/2011 11:32AM

    First of all, you are already a mom although you don't get to hold her in your arms yet. But I do know what you mean LOL! Hopefully everything will go smoothly and although there will be definite adjustments after she comes you'll be able to work smoothly toward having her there with you screaming and crying and waking you up at night and all that other good stuff that is part of parenting. But the joys so outweigh the inconveniences! And when kids get to the teen years it makes the early days and years seem so mild in comparison LOL! The 48 hours in a hospital is not what any of us want but in the grand scheme of things it's a very short amount of time. As someone else said, take advantage and get some rest during that time. I've had 5 kids and 12 grandkids so I speak from experience LOL. Back when my mom was a kid women were kept in the hospital for 10 days so we've come so far from then thank goodness! That would have driven me insane. Enjoy these next few weeks of "nesting" and maybe your Christmas bundle will be here before then. Or maybe she'll be the first baby born on New Year's day in your hospital. Some places that baby and mother gets gifts and other things to commemorate it. Don't know if they do that there or not.
Get lots of rest, enoy finishing up things, and celebrate every moment!

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MANLEYSANDY 12/8/2011 11:29AM

    You'll do great!!! The pain is worth it in the end....your life will change for the better in every way!

Can't wait to see pictures!!!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 12/8/2011 11:14AM

    Sending good thoughts your way for a wonderful delivery, I also tested positive for Group B Strep with my first daughter and it was just fine. emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/8/2011 10:40AM

    I am excited for you! Congrats!

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KITHKINCAID 12/8/2011 10:40AM

    I wanna start placing bets! Only cause I want her to be born on my birthday! Haha - December 23rd baby - let's go Lil K!

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GRACEISENUF 12/8/2011 10:37AM

    Oh those last few days are so exciting. I hope lil K comes before Christmas so you can meet her face to face. For me there hasn't been another day ever as special as meeting my lil Kate for the first time. Her little brothers birth is the only one! :)

My children were induced labors a couple weeks early as the amniotic fluid was getting low both times.


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MANDA_MICHELLE 12/8/2011 9:54AM

  yay! happy you get some time 'off' before baby!

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SAMSPARK1 12/8/2011 9:35AM

    SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope all goes well with labour and delivery!!! emoticon

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KAKAKALI4 12/8/2011 9:34AM

    Those last few days will pass by in a flurry! I had OBs at my deliveries and I loved them - just go with what works for you! Also, enjoy the 48 hours ... it will be the only time you can send lil k back to the nursery and get some rest .. you are going to need it when you get home! I did it with my last and thought I would feel terrible, but I know she was loved and I needed the rest! Congrats and I am praying for a nice delivery for you!

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_TRIXIE_ 12/8/2011 9:25AM

    I can't wait for you and Jon to meet her! I'm super happy to hear you don't have to go back to that awful job. Now you truly can "relax" as much as possible for the next 3 weeks until she gets here.

I'm so excited for you!

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THEANGRYGNOME 12/8/2011 9:15AM

    yay! Hope your delivery goes well, I'll be looking for the birth announcement on Spark when she arrives. :)

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/8/2011 9:14AM

    Well, HURRAY for finally being done with that job! I understand waiting to be laid off; being able to draw unemployment is worth enduring a few extra days. So very excited for you and your hubby to start this new chapter of life; it changes everything, but it's absolutely worth it. Praying for a safe, easy delivery!

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FREES1 12/8/2011 9:13AM

    you are going to be a great mom too! enjoy the 48 hours while you have them - take it easy and get rested for when it is again only you and Jon!!! and enjoy

all the best to you and your growing family! she's going to be one lucky llittle girl to be a part of it!

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CRYSBROWN1 12/8/2011 9:11AM

    So excited for you! I am glad things are progressing well & now you are full term...any day now!! Enjoy every minute & I wish you a safe delivery.

Just to put in my $0.02, I had a midwife for my oldest son, LOVED it they are so attentive & they kinda give you the play by play during the whole delivery which is nice first time around.

Best of luck! Can't wait to hear about lil'K's arrival!!

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STORMTMB 12/8/2011 9:07AM

    How exciting! Best wishes for an "easy" delivery and for your new addition to the family!

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