Sunday, February 19, 2017

Introducing Marc Olivier Lafond

On January 26th at 1:34AM, we finally met our baby boy, Marc Olivier Lafond. He weighed in at 6lbs 10oz and measured 19.75" in length. He is the sweetest, cutest baby I have ever seen (but I may be a touch biased)!

My water broke at 4:15AM on January 25th. My contractions didn't get started right away though, so I had a bite to eat, showered and got ready before we headed to the hospital around 9. Here's the last photo of my bump before we left that morning:
As you can see, I was super excited. My water broke on its own! I wasn't going to have to be induced! I would get the natural birth I wanted.

So we made our way to the hospital, and they admitted me to triage. The nurse checked... and the swab test found no amniotic fluid. They didn't think my water had broken. But I knew. There was no way the small gushes that had been occurring all morning were anything else! So they called in my doctor and she went to do another swab - as they lay me down, another gush of fluid came out and sure enough they confirmed what I knew to be true: my water had indeed broken!

But, since I wasn't having any real contractions, they sent us home. We were scheduled to come back in at 4PM to be induced (if things hadn't progressed by then). We went home. I ate and paced (and paced). I was having small contractions, but nothing consistent or really all that painful. Just a little uncomfortable. I took a nap around 2 and woke up at 3 to a much stronger contraction than I had experienced thus far. Progress!

We went in for 4 and were admitted to labour and delivery. At this point, no one had yet checked me to see if things were really progressing. When the nurse indicated that they would be starting the induction, I asked whether they could see if maybe things were moving along naturally. She was a bit shocked I hadn't been checked yet that day, so she did and sure enough I had dilated a little over a centimetre since the previous day. And since contractions were underway, they would let me labour naturally.

And so I laboured. Around 6PM, the nurse suggested I eat something light to keep my strength up. When Pat returned with the food, things got real. My contractions suddenly got WAY more intense. Close together, I would sometimes get 2 in a row and then a small break before the next one started. Through the next 3 hours of intense labour, Pat was awesome - rubbing my back through each contraction as I rocked/bounced on a birthing ball. Finally, after 3 hours, they checked me again... and I had only dilated another centimetre.

That was... discouraging. I was losing energy fast and didn't know how much longer I could take that amount of pain. As much as I wanted to have a natural birth, I also wanted to have a good experience - so I opted for the epidural. It was the best decision! Once in place, I was able to relax and dilated another 4cm in one hour! Everyone was so surprised - the nurses had expected me to deliver sometime in the morning but this was happening that night!

By 1AM, I was fully dilated and ready to push. They dialled back the epidural so that I could feel a bit more pressure and know exactly when to push. Again, Pat was right there, encouraging me the whole time. Once started, about half an hour later our son was placed on my chest. The moment we had been waiting for - words cannot describe how incredible that feeling was!

And here he is - a few hours after birth:
 And the next day, curled up in his daddy's arms:
He's already changed so much in the last 3 weeks. And I think we're all starting to get the hang of things, settling into some sort of a routine. Pat has been wonderful with him - such a great dad already! The biggest challenge now is to get him to sleep independently - he much prefers being in our arms. But we're getting there - as I type this, he's snoozing in his swing. Next up: the bassinet!
While our new life is quite hectic, and busy in the most mundane ways, it is very rich. There is so much love in our little house! I am so looking forward to watching this little man grow!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

2017 Goals: January

Yes, I have a big announcement to make... but that will have to wait as it is the beginning of February and I already had a draft of this post ready to go. So we'll review my 2017 goals and then (when I have a few spare moments again), I'll officially announce the birth of our son.

I must say - I'm really happy with how much progress I've made on these goals so far. Of course, it helped that I was home alone most of January with lots of time to kill. Still, I was very productive! My goals journal also made staying on top of things very easy (not to mention how easy it was to put this post together!).

17 GOALS FOR 2017:

  1. Read 30 books. (5/30)
  2. Finish 2 cross-stitch patterns. (0/2 - basically done the Woodland Sampler, just want to modify a few of the summer panels)
  3. Finish Amber art book and start a new one. (no progress)
  4. Take monthly baby and family photos. (1/12)
  5. Journal or sketchbook daily. (26/31 - missed a few days due to the birth of our son)
  6. Set a schedule for blogging (weekly) (4/4), crafting (daily) (26/31) and getting out of the house (3-4x weekly) (4/4).
  7. Make and freeze meals for post-partum. (done - will blog later)
  8. Gather 10 good crockpot recipes. (2/10)
  9. Set a routine for exercising (3-4x weekly). (0/4)
  10. Catalogue library. (no progress)
  11. Host Thanksgiving. (not there yet)
  12. Organize, declutter, minimize, purge. (small progress, mainly in kitchen)
  13. Figure out cloth-diapering (not there yet), nursing/pumping (working on both) and making baby food (not there yet).
  14. Stay in touch with friends while on maternity leave. (yes)
  15. Tackle a new "kitchen challenge" monthly (challenging recipe / technique). (0/12)
  16. Be intentional deepening relationship with Pat. Set weekly date nights. (4/4)
  17. Plan a family trip (overnight, not counting grandparents' house). (not there yet)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Week 3

This week, I was particularly productive in my sketchbook - most days I filled in more than one page and I'm really happy with how they turned out. I especially love all the collages!

1/15 Monochromatic mark making
1/16 Multicolour mark making

1/17 A gathering of friends

1/18 Green botanicals

1/18 Cozy linens

1/18 Waiting at home

1/19 Due date + book quote

1/20 Patchwork quilt + current mantras

1/21 Typography (neutral + bright)

List of Supplies:

  • various scrapbooking papers, magazine pages, book pages, stickers 
  • masking tape 
  • washi tape 
  • Uniball delux micro black pen 
  • Pilot Precise V5 pens in various colours 
  • Faber-Castell PITT artist pens (orange 113 and indanthrene blue 247) 
  • Sharpie paint pens (white, silver, gold) 
  • Prismacolor Premier (crimson red) 
  • Staedtler triplus fineliner (pink, blue) 
  • pencil crayons

Friday, January 20, 2017

Pregnancy: Week 40

Well, we are officially overdue! Our due date was yesterday and there hasn't been much progress since the week before. Our next appointment will be Tuesday when we'll get the paperwork for an induction (to be scheduled for Thursday)... I really hope it doesn't come to that. I've been trying my best to coax this baby out, but he is simply way too comfortable! Maybe we'll get lucky this weekend - I have been having some light, intermittent, Braxton-Hicks contractions, which could mean nothing but could also mean progress. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, I'm trying to relax and enjoy these last few days at home alone.

Here are a few photos from yesterday:
Whether he comes out on his own or we have to force him out, he will be here in a week's time! I can't wait to meet him!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Week 2

Here is the second week of daily sketchbook pages:

1/8 Savour collage
1/9 Circles within circles

1/10 Daydream, savour, rest, enjoy
1/11 Restful girl

1/12 a spread of collages: a bright 2017 + sunny blue boy

1/13 Mark-making with various pens
1/14 Lazy lines

List of Supplies:

  • Uniball micro black pen
  • Sharpie paint pen (silver)
  • Prismacolor Premier (crimson red)
  • Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen (indanthrene blue 247 & orange 113)
  • pencil crayons
  • various scrapbooking papers and stickers
  • masking tape