Labor and Delivery: Meet Paul Raffaele Noojin

Good morning and happy Sunday! Life has been amazing at the Noojin residence =D Matt and I have been living in bliss with our now 2 week old son; we are completely obsessed with him =D Paul has brought me so much happiness. He is my little snuggle muffin.

Labor

My little Paulino was born early Sunday morning on February 7th. I went to the hospital on Saturday morning because I had light bleeding when I woke up. When I got there, it turned out that I was having contractions and I was 2 centimeters dilated. They kept Matt and I there for four hours, but since I hadn’t dilated any more in those four hours, they decided to discharge me. Within two hours, we were back at the hospital to find out I had dilated 4 more centimeters. The contractions were intense at 6 centimeters, but I was so determined to give birth without medication that I dealt with the pain. That plan ended when I was having contractions at 8 centimeters. I decided to request an epidural because I could not deal with the minute long contractions that were coming every 2 to 3 minutes. By the time the epidural was administered, I was 9 centimeters dilated. The epidural worked on my right side, but not fully on my left. I still felt the contractions on the left side, but they were not intense anymore. At 3 am, my water broke, they turned off the epidural, and I started to push.

Delivery

The delivery took about 25 minutes. At this point, the epidural wore off completely. Truthfully, pushing did not hurt until the last 5 pushes. During the last couple of pushes, the pain was indescribable, with each subsequent push more unbelievably painful than the last. After the last push, I heard my baby cry. I removed the towel that I had covered my face with during delivery and looked up at Matt. As I was looking at him, I was not prepared for the intense love that I felt for him. I didn’t think it was possible to be able to love him any stronger prior to this since I had already thought my love was at its strongest. This love was so intense. Then they put Paul on my body.

If I was a Saiyan from Dragonball Z, I would have powered up to Super Saiyan 3 in that one second. Except the power up would have come from intense love instead of anger for my two favorite boys  😉

Paul has given love a new meaning. Matt and I created this little being. He is perfect.

Meet Paul Raffaele

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Thank you so much for reading =D  I hope you have a happy Sunday! =D

36 Weeks Update

Good evening and happy Monday! I am now 36 weeks pregnant and have 28 days left until my due date. My tummy is feeling incredibly heavy, like I am carrying around a 20 pound kettlebell; a very adorable and active kettlebell of course =D I have been getting a lot of cramping and Braxton hicks contractions this week, which has me thinking about my birth plan. The plan is to go natural if I can, I would like to experience medication free childbirth at least once. If the pain is too intolerable, I will be getting an epidural, which is a little frightening to me. I really dislike the idea of having a tube sticking out of my back and a catheter inserted into my body. I also dislike the idea of feeling paralyzed from the waist down, so I am hoping I can tolerate the pain enough to experience childbirth. =D

Matt and I have a few names picked out; we have been calling him one of the names for the passed few months, but we are not set on it. A few days ago, Matt called out the names that we were discussing to my belly, and our son responded to the name that we have been calling him over the passed few months by giving us a big movement. It was incredible =D

Body

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Here is my body at 36 weeks pregnant. I am now 140 pounds, so I gained a pound and half this week. This time, eating empty calories is not to blame for the extra half pound of weight gain =)

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a happy Monday <33

 

Hello Ninth Month of Pregnancy

Good afternoon and happy Saturday =D I hope everyone is enjoying the new year <3

Today, I am officially 9 months pregnant, and the feeling of reaching my last month is bitter sweet. Pregnancy has been such an amazing experience; my favorite part of it has definitely been feeling my baby boy’s movements grow stronger. At the end of 35 weeks, I no longer feel kicks and punches, rather, I feel full stretches, twists, turns and body movements. Once I give birth, I know I am going to miss these active movements that have become so soothing for me. Truthfully, I do not remember what it is like not to be pregnant, so it is going to be interesting to see how I readapt.

At the same time, I am at a point where I am so eager to meet him that I can not wait to go into labor. I am full term in a week and a half, so I find myself fantasizing about going earlier than 40 weeks. Also, after growing a baby for 9 months, my body is incredibly tired and could use rest. The transformation my body has gone through during this pregnancy has been astonishing, and though I enjoyed every moment of it, I am excited to get back into my physically active hobbies that I was told to stop during my pregnancy. Interestingly, washing the dishes for 5 minutes makes my heart beat as fast as working out used to do to me and I am equally as out of breath.

I have had 5 ultrasounds done throughout my pregnancy, and I want to show you the progression of my little marshmallow man.

This is my little man at 13 weeks and 3 days <3 When I first saw this, I instantly knew that he has inherited Matt’s lips =D

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This is my my man at 27 weeks and 3 days =D He weighed about 2 pounds <33

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Here is my little marshmallow man at 34 weeks and 6 days =D He weighed 5 pounds 4 ounces, and this ultrasound confirmed that he has definitely inherited Matt’s lips! We also saw his hair flowing in the fluid. I wonder if he has inherited my thick hair.

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This is the little man who gets the hiccups a few times a day because he is practicing breathing. This is the little man who responds to my touch and voice by giving me a strong movements. This is the little man who has been a part of me for the last 8 months. This is the little man who will soon be able to live independently from my body. I can not wait to meet him.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have a happy Saturday! =D

35 Weeks Update!

Good afternoon and happy Tuesday!! I am 35 weeks pregnant and I could not be happier. My insurance has a new policy where everything needs to be preauthorized before patients are able to get tests done, and after a month of waiting for an approval for a fetal echocardiogram and a routine ultrasound, I finally got both of the tests done yesterday =D

I needed to get a fetal echo because I had the Coxsackievirus during my third trimester of pregnancy. This virus, also known as the Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease, is a prevalent childhood infection, but if a pregnant woman is exposed or becomes infected with the virus during pregnancy and it crosses the placenta, the virus attacks the fetus’ heart. (Some other childhood infections that could cause serious damage to a fetus is Fifths Disease and Chickenpox). My cardiologist said at first glance everything looks normal and he does not see anything that is life threatening. I waited so long to hear this, so I am ecstatic. =D

At my last few doctors appointments, I was told that my stomach was measuring small and they were concerned about my son’s growth, and today, I was told he is currently 5 pounds 4 ounces and everything looks great! Yay!

And! He is in birthing position; I was told to be prepared to give birth at 37 weeks, that is 2 more weeks =D

Body

The transformation that my body has undergone throughout this pregnancy has been astounding. I can’t believe I started here (the two left pictures are pre pregnancy and the two right pictures are 17 weeks):

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and now I am here (35 weeks):

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I currently weigh 138 pounds. This week I gained 1 1/2 pounds (I should be at 137), and it is because I over indulged on empty calories throughout the holiday season. That extra 1/2 pound was worth it. =D

Now that I am nearing the end of my pregnancy, I realized that I forgot what it feels like not to be pregnant. Over the last few weeks, I have become accustomed to the soothing feeling of my son’s movements inside my body. It truly brings me so much happiness. As I enjoy the last 2 to 5 weeks of pregnancy, I am excited to give birth and see how my body transitions from being pregnant into being unoccupied. I find myself asking these questions: How long will it take to lose my pregnancy weight? Will my body look as it did prior to pregnancy, or will I embrace a new shape? Will my belly button remain an outie (because seriously, that button is completely out), and will it be stretched out? I do have more questions, but, I will just have to wait and see =D

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a happy Tuesday! <333

34 Weeks Update!

Good afternoon and happy Saturday! I am so sorry that I have not updated in a while =( I am now 34 weeks, and each week since my last update has been full of new surprises. My baby boy is super active and has taken control of my tummy; especially the left side =D Little cutie. I feel every precious movement he makes, and my favorite has to be the sensation of him rolling around. It is also super adorable when he gets the hiccups, which feels like a heartbeat =)

It is so exciting that I only have 6 more weeks to go. =) It is amazing to experience how different my body feels and looks from one week to the next. An interesting symptom that I have been experiencing over the last 3 weeks is a decrease in appetite. I am not hungry all the time anymore, and I get full incredibly fast.

Here is me at 34 weeks pregnant:

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My total weight gain so far is 21 lbs. I am now 136 lbs, which is exactly where I expected to be =D

Hospital Tour

Matt and I went on a tour of the hospital this week =D We both feel very much at ease now that we know what to expect during our 2 or 3 night stay. There is an ER just for women who are in labor, which is the first place I will go when I arrive to the hospital. After I am admitted, I will be transferred to the delivery room, which is a private room where we will stay for the rest of my labor. After I deliver, we will be transferred to another private room where we will spend 2 or 3 nights. Being there and seeing what my experience is going to be like was so invigorating; I’m ready!

Labor Pains

The day after Matt and I went on our hospital tour, I started experiencing intense cramping. I have a relatively high pain tolerance, so I was unable to accurately judge the urgency of the pain. The cramping started in my lower back and made it’s way around my entire stomach. I was also having contractions, but they were so irregular that I knew it had to be braxton hicks. I experienced these pains constantly for 6 hours before finally falling asleep. I still had them when I woke up in the morning, so my doctor is testing me to see if I am at risk for premature labor. I am on bedrest until the results come back on Monday =0 I am hoping that baby boy waits until 37 weeks so his lungs and brain have more time to develop.

Words can not express how amazing it is to be pregnant and to experience a human growing inside of you. In the third trimester, you feel every movement your baby makes; every twist, turn, stretch, kick, and hiccup, and since I love feeling him, the third trimester has been my favorite part of pregnancy. Thank you for reading and enjoying this experience with me <33333 I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

 

Responding Positively to Novel Pregnancy Experiences and Necessary Lifestyle Changes

Good morning and happy Wednesday! I am officially in the third trimester of pregnancy =D Just 12 more weeks until I meet my little baby boy. =D When I first found out that I was pregnant, I had no idea what to expect from pregnancy. No matter how many women one speaks with, it is important to recognize that each pregnancy is an individual experience. Pregnancy can impact and change one’s lifestyle in many ways, but I believe it is how a woman responds to these impacts and lifestyle changes that may influence her attitude towards pregnancy.

Impacts of Pregnancy and My Response to Them 

I generated a list describing the way pregnancy has impacted me so far and how my lifestyle has changed as a result to these impacts. Each of these took some time getting accustomed to, but each impact is positive! =D

  1. Since the first trimester, I have had food aversions to foods that I previously loved. This has proven to be positive since I substituted these items with nutritious meals and snacks that have made me a lot healthier. Thank you food aversions!
  2. Throughout all three trimesters, my body has had strict dairy consumption limitations. If I eat too much dairy, I become very ill. This has not only made me healthier, but I finally learned will power and am able to consume cravings in moderation. Thank you dairy limitations!
  3. Since week 17, I have been experiencing severe pelvic pressure, which required me to adjust my exercise routine. Since I have been advised against toning exercises, I started walking 2 to 2.5 miles a day five days a week. To my surprise, with the combination of eating  healthy and walking, I have barely lost any muscle or gained any fat on my legs and butt. I have lost muscle on my arms, but have not gained any fat. The only place I have lost muscle and gained fat is on my belly. Another benefit to walking is enjoying the beautiful fall weather and fall scenery. I absolutely love this time of year, everything looks beautiful. Thank you pelvic pressure!
  4. During the first trimester and now again in the third trimester, I am experiencing extreme fatigue. I think it is more difficult in the third trimester because I developed insomnia during week 24. Since I have never had sleeping difficulties prior to this, this new symptom took some getting used to, but I am embracing all of the hours that I am awake. I get around 3 solid hours of sleep a night without getting up. When I wake up and can not fall asleep, I have been getting up and being productive. I have been really taking advantage of the extra time I have awake. Baby boy is more active at night, so I am happy that having insomnia has given me more time to feel him kick and squirm in my belly. Thank you insomnia!
  5. Before I even knew I was pregnant, probably since week 1, the need to pee throughout my entire pregnancy has been frequent and intense. This is one of the factors keeping me up at night. Having this need to pee often gives me set breaks during a busy work day to just relax for a minute. Thank you frequent urination!

Thus far, this is how pregnancy has impacted my lifestyle. I am responding to each impact with a positive attitude and am finding the benefits of each of them. I absolutely love being pregnant. I am one happy pregnant woman =D

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday <3

27 Weeks Pregnant!

Good morning and happy Sunday! It is so exciting to be 27 weeks pregnant and officially in the last week of my second trimester =D Just 13 more weeks until I meet our little man <3 As eager as I am to meet him, I am truly enjoying pregnancy and all the experiences that have come along with it.

Baby <3

It is amazing that since October 27th (our wedding day), I have felt our baby boys movements non stop. I literally feel him all the time. He shifts positions often throughout the day, and based on his position, I think I know when he is sleeping. He likes to put his head in my belly button, and during this time is when I feel the least movement, so this is when I think he is asleep. My stomach gets really hard and tight, and you can feel his head! He will stay in this position for about 6 hours, usually from early afternoon until the evening. When he is in this position, my belly button looks like it is going to pop out. When he wakes up, he moves to one side of my stomach, my belly button goes back in, and I am able feel his hands and feet move simultaneously. I love how active he is =D

Body 

 

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Here is my body at 25 weeks =D I weighed 128 lbs.

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This is my body at 27 weeks pregnant =D I currently weigh 130 lbs, which is right on target. =D

New pregnancy changes are accompanying the end of the second trimester. One of the newest experiences is the development of insomnia which has been occurring over the last 3 weeks. I have never had difficulties sleeping prior to this, and on a regular basis, I only get around 3 solid hours a sleep a night. When I fall asleep, I am awakened shortly after by the need to use the bathroom or by heartburn. Heartburn is another new experience for me as I have never experienced heartburn prior to pregnancy. I do not have heartburn every day, but I get it a few times a week. I am not sure what is causing it. I am also limited to eating a certain amount of dairy and sugar. If I eat too much, I become extremely ill. It is very interesting as these were two things that I used to binge on, but now my body can only handle so much of it.

There is something that I find beneficial about not being able to sleep. My baby is super active at night, and not being able to sleep gives me more hours to embrace and appreciate these movements, as well as appreciate my body for the work that it is doing to support this baby.

Thank you for reading, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday! <333

I am 23 Weeks Pregnant and Loving It!

Good afternoon everyone and happy Monday <3

My Baby 

This week has been incredible. This was the first week that I have been able to feel so many different movements of my baby boy. In a matter of days, his movements went from some flutters and some kicks here and there to strong kicks and noticeable twist and turns. The cutest thing he has been doing is putting his head in my belly button. When he does that, not only can I poke his head with my finger, but my stomach becomes so tight that I am unable to bend over. I probably shouldn’t be poking his cute little head, but I can’t help it =)

His movements are strongest when I am sitting or laying down. The feeling is indescribable. It still amazes me everyday that my body is growing a human life; and I can feel him. He is his own being yet he is a part of me. I am a lucky woman to be able to experience something so wonderful. =D

My Body

Week 1 to 17:

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Week 23

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So far, I have gained 10 pounds =) Since the first week of the second trimester, I have been gaining about a pound a week. I still have not resumed doing any toning exercises due to pelvic pressure, but since the weather has been so beautiful, I have been walking a mile five times a week. I feel absolutely incredible =D

I have started to experience braxton hicks contractions over the last week. They occur completely randomly and last between 1 to 2 minutes. Only 17 more weeks until I experience the real thing =D

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have a wonderful day! =D

 

 

My Number Two Pregnancy Craving: Jalapeño Sauce!

Happy Friday everyone! I have always loved spicy foods, but ever since I became pregnant I can not stop eating hot sauce with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! My favorite hot sauce is Trader Joe’s Jalapeño Sauce. It is perfection in a bottle. It is especially delicious with my scrambled eggs and toast in the morning =D The best part is I can understand every ingredient that is in this bottle. The ingredients are red ripened jalapeños, hot chili peppers, distilled vinegar and salt. I highly recommend this delicious sauce. I hope you have a wonderful night! =D

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19 More Weeks!

Good evening and happy Sunday =D For me, getting ready to go to the doctors for an ultrasound is like getting ready to visit someone special who I have not been able to see for a really long time. I absolutely love being able to watch my baby on the ultrasound screen and to see how his brain, organs, bones, and extremities are developing. It is so amazing to see how much my baby has grown over the last 6 weeks. He is now 11 ounces and is the length of a banana =D My big boy <3

Over the past 20 weeks, my body has undergone some transformation =D Here are a few pictures.

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The two pictures on the left were taken on Week 1, and the two pictures on the right were take on Week 17. I gained 4 pounds (115-119) from Week 1 to Week 17.

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These two pictures were taken on Week 20. I gained a total of 8 beautiful pounds so far.

There is such a tremendous difference with the way I feel now from the way that  I felt during the first 8 weeks of pregnancy. Week 15 through Week 17 were by far the easiest weeks. My all day sickness completely subsided, I was no longer living in the bathroom, I was sleeping for a solid 6 hours a night without waking up to use the bathroom (I also cut back on how much water I was drinking before bedtime), I was experiencing very mild cramping, and my energy came completely back. I was also able to complete leg and butt toning exercises for 30 minutes four days a week without any hesitation.

Week 18 is when my stomach starting feeling particularly heavy and I started feeling severe pelvic pressure. The pressure is not painful at all, it is just very uncomfortable, gave us a big scare, and it prompted me to change my expectations about completing toning exercises during pregnancy. To accommodate the pressure, I have discontinued toning exercises, I walk much slower, and I take it as easy as possible when engaging in movements such as bending, squatting, and transitioning my body from sitting to standing or laying to sitting. Due to the heaviness on my stomach, I am finding it hard to stay comfortable throughout the night. I try to only sleep on my side because there is a risk of the baby laying on an artery if I lay on my back which will reduce blood flow to my brain and therefore to the placenta. Every transition I make while sleeping wakes me up. So far over the course of this entire pregnancy, the pelvic pressure has been the only symptom that I have found difficult, and it is mostly because I have had to make so many accommodations because of it. I promise you though, the pressure is worth it and for me has been the only nuisance in pregnancy thus far. If my baby needs room, he can give me all the pressure he needs to be comfortable =D At the beginning of Week 20, my pelvic pressure became less severe and was no longer continuous. I feel this pressure a few times during the day, sometimes for a long duration, but is no where near as uncomfortable as it was during Week 18.

Week 18 was also the week that I was first able to distinguish his movements from everything else going on within my body, and it is by far my favorite part of pregnancy! Every day, his movements become stronger, more frequent, and longer in duration. Every time I feel him is as amazing as the first <3 I actually feel his kicks now, I love it so much!

I have to say, I really love my maternity pants. I bought three pairs of MAMA Skinny Maternity Pants from H&M, and I must show you what they look like =D

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Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have a wonderful night =D

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