Sunday, December 14, 2014
Young Gavin Stuart finally decided to arrive on Dec. 5th at 11:29 pm. My poor daughter had a rough time of it - they decided to induce her and right from the beginning her contractions were unbearably painful. Her labor was unproductive (stuck at 3cm for almost 12 hours). She had an epidural at about 3pm, then around 7pm babies' heartbeat went dangerously high. The nurse got that regulated, the doctor checked Gavin's blood oxygen level (which was quite amazing...she did it while he was still inside, and I got to see that he had dark hour hours before he was born!), and determined she'd finally dialated up to 9.5cms. They decided to leave her an hour and then determine if she could push. Well, babies' heartbeat ramped up again, so the doctor checked his position and discovered he was facing the wrong way which would have made pushing a distress on him. With his heartbeat already erratic, they all decided a caesarean was the correct option.
So off she went at 10:45pm to surgery. I'd been with her all day, and only her partner was allowed in with her...so I had a quiet little cry and then got myself collected. Eric (daughters' partner) brought Gavin to show me at about midnight. What a little darling! We finally both got to hold him in the nursery a few minutes later, then I got to snuggle him for an hour while Eric was with Sofia in recovery.
He's such a sweet little guy. I'd forgotten the sweetness of a newborn...the darling little sounds they make and the funny expressions. He's growing as he should, gaining weight and my daughter is healing up. I get to see them every other day or so, and he's always changed even in that short amount of time! I am a besotted Grandma, that's for sure.
Monday, November 24, 2014
We have been on Baby Alert here since last night. My daughter has been having contractions all morning, about 20 minutes apart. She told me this and i did my immediate freak-out, so hopefully I can be calm and collected when we get our clue to head to the hospital.
She already had a doctors' visit scheduled for today. The doctor stretched her to 3cm....which I don't believe midwives and doctors were doing 20 years ago when I was having babies....said her cervix is very soft, and she's likely to have this baby within 24 hours.
Her fiance and I are going to be her support team. Send me any ideas you might have for helping her through her labor, please!
Exciting and nerve-wracking.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
We are just about to wind up the sale of our house. Everything seemed to be going swimmingly....til today.
Not gonna be a good time when my husband gets home. He's going to be furious. There will be drama. Oh, he won't take it out on me or anything, but I don't do drama very well because of issues lingering from my first marriage.
We got an email from our property conveyancer with an addendum to the contract from the buyers. We were expecting a lease-back rent of roughly 400$ a week. They've stated they want 480$. Wow. Market value is roughly 10% of the property value, so they are way out of line here. My husband is going to be furious because we only wanted to sell to an investor, or someone who would allow us to stay as renters. We were going to rent through April 1st, which was going to be a tight enough squeeze as it was.
Well, there are two scenarios....we either vacate in 42 days from exchange of contracts, or we tell the buyers the sale is off.
Big sigh. Gah. ick. Eeesh.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
This one always makes me laugh.
Having a blah kind of day. I had a good workout, but I got to the point right at the end where I was out of steam and I had to quit. I must be at that point now where I've used up the energy reserve stores, or fat stores, or something. Well, not the fat stores...still got plenty of insulation. I've used up something, anyway! And my blood sugar isn't happy, and I'm not sure why. I hate the spacy heady weak feeling.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Gave in to temptation and weighed myself. The scale might well need a new battery, or I am finally flushing all the excess sodium out of my system. Funny how we forget certain things...for a long time I was using baking soda in water two or three times a day for rampant heartburn brought on by wheat consumption. I've quit eating wheat again...so no need for the baking soda. Just realised this morning that baking soda is a big sodium bomb. Duh! Anyway, down a couple kilos suddenly. So it's water retention messing me up.
Didn't go to the gym today. I missed a friends' birthday back in August, as I was in Kansas with my dad and husband. I told her we'd go out for lunch for her birthday, then off I went to Kansas again before we could. Well...while I was there, the poor woman ended up in hospital and rehab. She's just now been given the all-clear to get out and about, so we did a jailbreak today and she finally got her birthday lunch.
She suggested having coffee when we got to the mall as it was still a little early for lunch. So we went to Max Brenners' Chocolatier, which is not real great for what you get....but it was her birthday and I wasn't gonna rain on the parade.
She had a classic chocolate milkshake, I had a cappucino with one sugar. She bought some chocolates for her dad and we had some samples, but it was a miniscule amount.
We had Guzman Y Gomez, which is a Mexican franchise. It was carb-heavy - the soft tacos have two small tortillas for each taco, but it was fresh and good and I tracked it all. Plus I stuck to a single serve of tortilla chips and guacamole. Now I'm drinking water like a fish to counteract all that salt. :)
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