Monday, July 18, 2011

Holy cow, is it ever hot!

Today, it's 102 degrees in Albuquerque. Inside our house, it is currently 85. This is, indeed, 17 degrees cooler than outside, but my god, my god it is hot.

And here I am with this 2 day old baby who wants to be right up against me, skin to skin, and I can't take it and it looks like she can't either, given how red and blotchy she gets after just a few minutes.

We're closing on our house on Thursday and take possession on Friday. The new house has a new swamp cooler. We'll try sleeping there on Friday.

Anyone got a pick up truck?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

New pictures of Bronwyn Rose

As promised, some better pictures of Bronwyn and the run up to her birth can be seen at our Picasa album. Just click the photo above!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Presenting Bronwyn Rose Bannerman

Artificial membrane rupture (crochet needle to the amniotic sac: pop.) No pitocin during labor. 10 hours of significant labor. Epidural in the last two hours. Vaginal birth. I caught her and cut the chord. With my teeth. With an appropriate medical implement.

8lbs 5oz. 20 and 1/4 inches long. Long black hair. Alert, good disposition. Beautiful and clearly a genius.

Better pictures tomorrow. The good camera is out of batteries and can't upload; she's hungry and we're tired.

Epidurals are kind of awesome

That may be a controversial a statement, and maybe for good reason, but when the white knuckles and clenched teeth give way to a serene nap, I just can't help but reflect positively on the wonders of modern science.

The contractions, obviously, reached a high level of intensity about an hour ago, and Courtney grimaced her way through them until she decided to say "screw it" and call for the comfort men. All went well, and continues to go well.

Sometime soon?


Hard, slightly painful contractions coming at about 3 minutes apart!

Passing the time

A few hours after the water break, Courtney bounces on the ball and feels something.

For real this time

Suited up, brought the computer, the iPad, the camera... but forgot the camera cable, so I'm afraid you're just going to have to visualize Courtney in her pink gown, reclining in the wood paneled birth room, monitor sensors affixed to her bulging, rippling belly.

Sometime in the next few minutes, the midwife will flutter in and break the water (we swear!) and give Bronwyn her notice that the time has come to vacate the premises.

Will update!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fog of war

Well, it turns out that pregnant ladies sometimes think their water breaks when it doesn't. After about half a day of waaaaiting for something else to happen and getting nothing but some very low-grade (but noticeable!) contractions, we went to the hospital to see WTF, man. A bit of poking and prodding and a few tests later the midwife determined that no, it hadn't really happened after all.

How could such a mistake have been made, you ask? My answer is simply "fog of war", as anything else would be TMI, which probably still exists somewhere out there beyond the boundaries of pregnant land (or so I've heard it rumored.)

Anyway, so other than the aforementioned low-grade contractions, not much is going on, and here we sit, 10 days after the due date. Tomorrow, then, we will go back to the hospital and magic Dympna the midwife will start to... um... nudge things along with a series of increasingly serious intervention techniques.

Unless, you know, a certain infant girl would like to surprise us all with an earlier appearance? HINT HINT

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Something else broke.


WAIT! The situation is developing... Turns out that there is now an induction slot open on Saturday, which was the day we wanted originally anyway, mostly because our midwife is on schedule then. And if you're going to submit to medical inducement of unknown complication and length, you may as well do so with the assistance of an English cunning woman with a Blue Peter demeanor and Christopher Eccleston's accent. Also, it will give kiddo another couple days to shake herself loose.

So now we are sitting at a table outside the Pete Dominici Building, drinking coffee and eating donuts while we wait for a "non-stress test" to determine Bronwyn's current health.

And then the fridge broke...

It's been a hell of a week.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Induction tomorrow

Tomorrow, the midwives will break my water with a crochet hook (sort of) and then time me to see if I have contractions. If I don't I'm going with epidural + pitocin. Epidural + pitocin worked beautifully for me with Bryce, after 20+ hours of trying to do it myself.

Going in at 7:30 a.m. Feeling a little anxious about it all, but it's also really good to know that there is a foreseeable end to this pregnancy! Besides, I have wasted a lot of days of my leave time.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

Had an excellent birthday today! Started out with a long walk through the zoo with Bryce and Ty. I really like the Albuquerque zoo - but of course I had an ulterior motive... shaking this baby down was definitely on my mind. Bryce was freaked out by the spider monkeys, but he really enjoyed the parrots today. He also was REALLY into the crocodiles. He was also a little unnerved by the duck following him around, wanting to be fed. Poor kid has PTSD from his own chickens, I guess. When we got home, I had a lovely nap.

Had a little lunch, then off to my birthday midwife appointment! Dympna asked me whether we wanted to go ahead and schedule induction. I asked a lot of questions about how it would go, and she figures the best option is to artificially break my water, then give me some time to hike around the hospital and see if we have any progress. Then, I'd opt for epidural + pitocin if nothing happened. We talked about what the most current research indicates for outcomes with labor induction. Apparently, it increases risk for emergency C-section for only 15% of women whose cervix is not favorable. OH! Well, mine is apparently favorable, so sounds like decent odds. She then stripped my membranes - a charming procedure that I won't describe in detail today.

Back home, mom and I took Bryce for a tricycle ride around the block - in 98 degree weather. He did a great job! Mom only had to push him about half the time. When we got home, I had a lovely nap.

Had dinner with mom and Julie at St. Clair Winery, and it was great. Lemon meringue pie at home after, and I probably don't need to spell out my wish.

Right now, I am having braxton hicks contractions, I think. Everything's getting all tight and hard every 15 minutes or so. Also feeling crampy in a way that reminds me of the very earliest part of labor with Bryce. We'll see... certainly, this kid and I will not share a birthday, but hopefully she's coming soon.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Waiting, still.

No baby yet! She is quite comfortable, apparently.

Back at work today.

Friday, July 08, 2011

At work

Well, I am back at work today, because really - why not?

There's no indication that this baby will EVER be born. I have already cleaned the house and all of her clothes and receiving blankets. My bag for the hospital is all packed and has been for over a week. I even organized all the baby clothes into piles: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6+ months. The diapers are loaded and ready, and the diaper champ pail is in its designated location ready to receive the inevitable.

I know that she WILL be born, I just can't stand not knowing when. I used up 3 days of my leave to get the house ready, and that was good. Now if I stay home I'll just be sitting around waiting (and probably driving Ty nuts), and that's not productive. So, here I am at work today trying to get some manuscripts up to scratch, pounding out a conference proposal abstract, and... well... sitting around waiting. But hey! At least it's air-conditioned in this building. It's been getting up to 83 degrees in the house every day from 3:00 until about 7:00. Misery for a huge pregnant woman.

Really, Bronwyn, you can come any time. I want to get a look at you, love.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

These entries will all be entitled "Waiting"

Because that's all that we're doing. It's like life has stopped. Courtney is off work and more or less paces the house with a weary look in her eye. I spend way too much time on the computer, sometimes working, sometimes "working", but really, all we are doing is waiting.

Waiting means that we have more time to consider this coming child than we seem to have had the whole pregnancy, distracted as we normally are by Bryce and work and school. Unfortunately, that mainly means we have time to whip up anxieties and full blown fears, pausing from time to time to take a few breaths and realize that everything will probably be fine, but what if...? And back to the breathing.

This heat is ridiculous and really not helping. I suppose that when we get tired of waiting for a baby we can start waiting for rain instead, and then when that gets old we can try waiting for the closing on our new house. It's a sweltering sort of limbo.

Good lord, are there people out there actually living their lives? Getting things done? Could that be possible? Please tell me what it's like.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


It's a hot, hot day in July and Courtney is due tomorrow. Of course, that doesn't mean a darned thing about when the baby is actually *coming*, but July 6th has a symbolic importance. It means that shit is about to get real.

And this baby, Bronwyn, she's ready. I see the ripples moving across Courtney's belly and I can't help but think that she's going to arrive not only walking and talking but also ready lead to a world wide revolution. Consider this fair warning: the kid's going to be trouble.

In the meantime, yes, it's so goddamned hot and the whole state seems to be bursting into flame every time I turn around. This is an antagonistic summer, no doubt, one that leaves you no choice but to hunker down in place and wait for it to swelter itself red and bursting until the fabled monsoon season sees fit to send a rain shower or two. But no, as of yet, only heat and fire and smoke and waiting waiting waiting...

Introduction to Sewing

I took a sewing class through the University of New Mexico Continuing Education program. Unfortunately, they've decided that this will be the last year employees can use their tuition remission to cover "personal enrichment" classes, so it was my last chance to take the class for free. I made a single-strap, drawstring bag with a front pocket and inner zipper pouch. It turned out pretty well! I selected a really loud fabric to hide my less-than-perfect stitching. Hey! First thing I make - it's functional and pretty neat! I learned to make button holes, sew in a zipper, use fusible interface, and do binding. Behold! My creation!