Labor and Delivery: Meet Chiara Gabrielle Noojin

Labor and Delivery: Meet Chiara Gabrielle Noojin

I am so excited to introduce you to our newest baby angel: Chiara Gabrielle Noojin. She was born on June 1st at 7:41 am weighing 6 pounds 13.4 ounces. She is the most perfect, most sweetest, most snuggly little girl ever =) Matt and I are just over the moon in love with this precious angel.

My Very Long Early Labor

Early labor began on Monday, May 21st. I was stuck at 2 centimeters dilated at least until my last doctors visit on Wednesday, May 30th. On a scale from 1 to 10, I was at a pain level of a 4 since early labor started. Contractions were coming 5 to 15 minutes apart and the duration of each contraction varied. While Matt and I were watching the playoffs on Thursday night, I noticed my contractions were slightly more painful; so I went to bed and tried to sleep through them.

My Very Fast Active Labor (explicit)

I woke up at 545 am with contractions that I could barely walk through. Having a false alarm previously, I decided to time my contractions for an hour. I took a shower, and since the contractions were still steady, I woke Matt up and said that it might be go time–aaannnd that I needed him to go get toilet paper from the store. Matt left to the store, and then I had 5 painful contractions while he was gone before my water broke. I had only been timing my contractions for 20 minutes. I was so mad at myself for telling Matt to leave for such a useless item at that point. I went into the hallway, and the first post water breaking contraction came and my anxiety kicked in. I knew this was it–my body was telling me to push with every unbearable painful contraction, and the contraction lasted one minute or longer. Every time I contracted, water gushed out. I was so anxious at this point, the hospital seemed hours away and I knew I could not bear this pain and resist pushing for much longer. I called my doctor’s answering service and told her that we were coming to the hospital.

Matt got home super happy about bringing me the toilet paper that I requested. I told Matt that my water broke; and when he tried to go upstairs to retrieve his wallet and some other things, I had another contraction that caused me to scream (see Laura palmer black lodge doppelgänger from fire walk with me). So we left everything and we borrowed my mom’s car while she stayed with Paul. The plan was to call an uber; but now that bodily fluids were gushing out with every contraction, that was no longer an option.

We got in the car and I screamed with every contraction the entire way to the hospital. I was so anxious about giving birth in the car that I was clenching her in; making the contractions more painful and me more anxious. Matt, as safely as possible, got us to the hospital in about 15 minutes; and I was screaming through every contraction the entire way there. We got really lucky and pulled over into a spot across the street from the main entrance; and he helped me get in as quickly as possible. We entered the hospital and Matt went to go find a wheelchair; but another contraction hit and I fell on all fours in the main lobby and screamed “please get me a wheel chair I’m about to give birth!” Yes, I made a scene. Luckily, a labor and delivery doctor (again, we were very lucky) was buying her breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts before her shift started and she dropped everything to help me. She ran me to labor and delivery. I screamed for pain medication and clenched on the the side of the bed and screamed with every incoming contraction. The nurses checked me, they said that I was fully dilated and that It was too late to take pain medication, and that I was ready to push.

My doctor came in almost immediately, we were again lucky because he was already at the hospital! They prepped me as quickly as they could– but at this point I was so fatigued. I didn’t want to do anything but clench onto the side of the bed and take a few minutes– and I was so exhausted and dehydrated. Matt heard me keep asking for water so he went and got me some ice chips which made me feel so much better. I finally stopped resisting and got ready to push, although, I was not pushing correctly at first. When I finally did one push correctly; all I could hear over all of the nurses and my doctor’s shouts was Matt’s very calm voice encouraging me. And in two more pushes she was out. I looked at Matt as soon as I felt her leave my body and I just cannot explain the intense and overwhelming feeling of love that takes over in that very moment.

The feeling of pushing her out was incredible. My body told me when to push and I teared so little that I did not need stitches. In my opinion, pushing the baby out is by far the least painful part of labor– the contractions past my water breaking were the hardest part. As soon as she was born the pain was completely gone; and I felt great. Recovery has been great. Now that I have experienced natural childbirth, I see how beneficial it was for my recovery postpartum. I do not think that I could ever do a medicated birth again (at least an epidural). It was just so beautiful.

Thank you so much for reading! Here are some pictures! =)

Pregnancy Update: 38 Weeks Pregnant and Stuck in Early Labor

Good afternoon and happy Saturday! Today I am 38 weeks pregnant and we are counting down the days until we meet our little baby angel. I have been in early labor since Monday =) our little angel is indecisive on whether she is ready to come meet us or snuggle in mama bears tummy for a little while longer. This is a completely new experience for me as my labor with Paul was 13 hours from early labor to birth. With baby girl, I was a half centimeter dilated as of Monday when I saw my doctor for my weekly appointment; 2 centimeters dilated as of Wednesday after I saw my doctor again because I had some blood; and after contracting for days, I was still 2 centimeters dilated as of Saturday. I am having contractions every 5 to 15 minutes; and the duration and pain vary. During the last few weeks, baby girl has been super active all the time, and I love feeling her fetal movement! I treasure every roll, stretch, punch, kick, and hiccup. I am someone who loves to be pregnant, even with the difficulties that this pregnancy presented me with. The process is so beautiful and I love to enjoy every minute of the short 9 months. I am so excited to progress into active labor and finally meet our baby bear =)

Pregnancy Update: 35 Weeks Pregnant

Good morning and happy Saturday! Today, I am 35 weeks pregnant and love feeling baby angel’s fetal movement! She is always super active! Little baby angel is 5lbs 1 ounce  =) This pregnancy flew by, and I am so excited for labor! Seriously =)

At 35 weeks, I have gained 24 beautiful pounds so far. As I experienced with My first pregnancy, my appetite has drastically decreased. I get hungry less often and I become full a lot quicker. The four main symptoms that I am experiencing is exhaustion, leg swelling and pain, a swollen and very painful vericrose vein, and consistent acid reflux. The doctor officially advised against my routine workouts due to the swelling, and I am grateful that I was able to continue my workouts until 32 weeks as opposed to 17 weeks in my first pregnancy. He approved me to continue walking and stretching, so I plan on attending a prenatal yoga class to learn what is safe at this stage in pregnancy.

Here is a picture of my body at 35 weeks =D

Thank you for reading! I hope you have a happy Saturday =)

Pregnancy Update: Hello 8 Months!

Good evening and happy Monday! It is hard to believe that I am 8 months pregnant and that we are officially at the 8 week countdown. We are all so excited for baby angel’s arrival! =) I posted a 30 week update two weeks ago and there has since been some changes. Mama Bear is experiencing extreme exhaustion these days. Extreme. I also am having pain and swelling in my right calf, which I found out could indicate a blood clot. Luckily, through a extremity ultrasound, my doctors concluded that my muscle is swollen and no clots were detected! I also have some other very manageable third trimester symptoms. I have a decreased appetite, I get full very quickly, I have acid reflux, and I am experiencing difficulty breathing both because of shortness of breath and because I feel very heavy on my tummy. I am struggling with how heavy I feel because I am getting tired out quickly which contributes to how exhausted I feel. Despite these symptoms; I still love being pregnant and growing a life inside of me. I am exhausted because my body is growing another beautiful baby angel; and I would gladly welcome these symptoms over and over again to grow a life that Matt and I created.

During week 30, I decided to take a full week off from exercising due to the level of exhaustion that I was feeling. The need for resting allowed me to take a step back and really relax and feel just how strong my daughter’s strong and constant fetal movements have become =) On week 31, I resumed working out four days a week–but had to completely modify my leg and glute workouts. Up until this point, I was doing two supersets of three circuits that each had three or four exercises embedded in them. Now, I do one circuit consisting of four exercises twice. This week, I have to wait until the pain and swelling subside before I could continue exercising; so week 32 will be another rest week and hopefully I could resume exercising next week.

Now that I am in week 32, baby angel is moving all the time; my stomach shifts and jumps and it is just beautiful. The third trimester is definitely my favorite part of pregnancy because I get to feel every moment of this beautiful life growing inside me. Eight more weeks until we finally get to meet this baby angel =)

Thank you for reading, I hope you have a happy Tuesday!

Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks

Good evening and happy Saturday! Today, I am 30 weeks pregnant. Matt and I had our 27 week ultrasound and I am so happy to share that everything is going well; baby girl is 2 lbs and is in birthing position. We absolutely love going to ultrasound appointments =)

The experience of pregnancy is so incredible and it makes me so happy to be able to experience it again for a short 9 months. Baby girl is moving so much, and her movements are so strong. I love feeling this little baby angel grow inside of me; and I am really looking forward to the next 10 weeks of feeling her fetal movements grow stronger. It is so exciting that we can officially see her movements. =)

Reading through my posts during my pregnancy with Paul made me realize how different both pregnancies have been. With this pregnancy, the third trimester symptoms that I am experiencing are chronic heart burn, exhaustion, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, skipped heartbeats, and a swollen vein. While these symptoms are incredibly difficult–it is a beautiful difficult.

Body

I have gained 18 beautiful pounds during this pregnancy so far; and I expect to gain up to 10 more. I am someone who feels absolutely beautiful during pregnancy; I think that I even stated in a post while I was pregnant with Paul that I have never felt more beautiful than I do when I am pregnant. This remains true with this pregnancy. The duration of pregnancy is so short; so I embrace every second of ALL of the experiences it brings.

I am still able to workout and it is a regular part of my routine. I do a 45 minute workout for my lower body two days a week, a 30 minute workout for my upper body with weights two days a week, and lots and lots of walking. I really want to incorporate yoga into my daily routine, specifically for flexibility (and take advantage of that relaxin hormone!), but I am unsure of what is safe for me to do. Keeping up with my workouts are a priority for me; I have been able to maintain as much muscle mass as possible and I think this is going to make my postpartum fitness journey easier this time than it was the first time.

I have not been excessively hungry during this pregnancy. With Paul, I would wake up starving in the middle of this night; but with this pregnancy, I have a snack right after dinner and that’s all until the next morning (unless Matt and I are snuggling up and watching a movie and fall down the snack hole). The days that I am constantly hungry are the days that I work; my job is physically demanding so I stay physically active during the entire work sessions and I also walk a lot on these days. Overall, I am really happy with my food consumption and fitness journey during this pregnancy.

Thank you so much for reading and coming on this journey with me! =) I hope that you have a happy Saturday! <333

Sixth Month Pregnancy Update

Sixth Month Pregnancy Update

Good morning and happy Wednesday! It is hard to believe that I have already experienced 6 beautiful months of this pregnancy and that I am only one month away from the third trimester =) Baby girl has very powerful movements and she is very active. Her kicks are able to be seen on the outside of my belly now =) I have gained 9 pounds so far and my belly button has popped out. I still do not have any pelvic pressure, and I have been able to keep up with my workouts; which makes me feel so good. I workout four times a week; two days weightlifting for arms, back, and shoulders and two days a week for legs and glutes. I also walk as much as possible and my job keeps me physically active. Cellulite and loss of muscle mass is unavoidable during pregnancy; I am just trying to maintain as much muscle mass as possible for when I begin weight training my legs and glutes again and I know most of the cellulite will go away post pregnancy. Sleeping has become a little more difficult over the last few weeks. I am waking up to use the bathroom more often, from heartburn, and I wake up when baby angel is really active. Over the last month, I have been struggling with dizziness; I am still waiting to see if there is a source to the dizziness or if it is just a pregnancy symptom that I am experiencing. Feeling my baby move in my body is such a beautiful experience and I treasure every moment I have feeling these strong kicks. I love experiencing pregnancy and everything that comes with it! Thank you for reading! I hope you have a happy Wednesday!

Pregnancy Update: 21 Weeks

Good morning and happy Saturday! I am 21 weeks pregnant, and halfway through this beautiful pregnancy. This pregnancy is flying by. I feel baby girl’s movements very strongly all day (and night) long; I absolutely love how active she is–same as Paul was in my belly. Matt is able to feel her movements as well =)I have gained 8 pounds so far; I started gaining 1 pound a week as of week 13. Here is a picture of me at 21 weeks with baby girl:

I am a person who loves growing a baby. I think it is incredible what a woman’s body can do to accomodate pregnancy; and I feel so incredibly lucky to be carrying another baby angel. With this pregnancy, I have been significantly more lenient with myself when it comes to nutrition. I find myself drinking more caffeine (I just love iced tea this pregnancy), eating more store bought candy, and eating lots of bagels (those carbs really help me have enough energy to get through work)–these are things I completely avoided with my first pregnancy. While I am more lenient with myself, I still eat very nutritiously. With my pregnancy with Paul, I had to stop working out because of severe pelvic pressure; but I have not experienced that with this pregnancy (yay!), so I am still working out 3 days a week.

Paul and the Pregnancy

Paul is very excited about his baby sister. He was the first one to know (even before Matt and I) that I was pregnant. Paul started nursing more frequently in September, and he would point at my belly and say “baby.” That prompted me to take a pregnancy test and, I was pregnant! Matt and I had been talking with Paul for some time before I became pregnant about having a baby brother or sister and that a baby would grow in my belly like he did–so it could have just been a coincidence that he actually pointed to my belly and said “baby.” He did, however, increase his nursing for the entire month of September, which was my first month of pregnancy. Paul says good morning and good night to his baby sister every night and always kisses my belly. It is the sweetest thing to see how happy he becomes when we talk about the baby with him. I am so happy that these two baby angels will be two years and four months apart. I think it was perfect timing. And this month, Paul started sleeping in his crib for nap time =) He no longer needs to nurse before nap, and we just follow the night time routine before we place him in his crib to nap. I am so proud of my big boy.

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

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