I should write a real blog post with actual pictures soon and I’ll try, but this is just a
quick post from my phone to record a personal goal. I go back to work next week 3 days a week and I’d hoped to have 200 ounces of breast milk in reserve. Today we exceeded that goal!
The last week has been crazy to say the least. We thought we were nearly prepared for a semi-early baby like Capone, but we weren’t expecting a 35 week baby. My water broke at home last Thursday night and I spent the first half hour running around the house packing a bag and saying “we can’t have a baby tonight.”
11:43 pm 6 lbs 11 oz 19 inches long (born at 35 weeks)
So here’s the backstory.
Tuesday (34 weeks and 6 days) I had a doctor’s appointment. I’d had a lot of intense contractions that were closer the contractions I had in labor with Capone rather than strong and regular Braxton Hicks, I’d had with both boys since 30 weeks. My doctor check me and I was 1 cm dilated and 60% effaced. The anti-contraction meds were making my heart rate go up, putting our vbac in jeopardy and they weren’t really stopping anything, so we decided to cut back to only using them in the evenings with the plan of stopping them completely at 36 weeks.
Wednesday and Thursday the contractions actually seemed to ease a little bit. They were still very intense in the evenings, and had I not been in labor with Capone for weeks, I probably would have gone to the hospital, but after weeks of revolving door hospital visits with Capone, I had no desire to disrupt his world only to be sent home again.
Thursday morning, I lost my mucus plug. I called the doctor and she said it wasn’t a huge deal and probably meant I was just more dilated. I could still be weeks away from delivery. We decided that just to be safe we should schedule a tour at both hospitals for this weekend, so Capone wasn’t caught off guard and we could make some decisions about delivery.
Fast forward nearly 12 hours. A huge weather front went through. The temp dropped from the 80s on Wednesday to highs in the 40s on Thursday. By the time I got home from work on Thursday night, I was exhausted and had a ton of pressure. My mom, who was visiting, put Capone to bed and said goodbye and I really just wanted to go to bed. Shortly after 9, just as we were getting ready for bed, my water broke and things started moving quickly. We called my mom to come back to the house to stay with Capone and a few minutes before midnight, we had another baby.
To say we were surprised is an understatement. I’d planned on posting this week asking for blog name suggestions for baby #2, but he’s really lucky he ended up with a real name. Feel free to make suggestions in the comments.