Adeline’s Birth Story

I was due with our second baby girl on June 6, 2015.  Now, her sister was 10 days over due, so even though I was REALLY hoping  she would make an early appearance I knew in my heart of hearts that it would not be the case.

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Large and in charge at 38 weeks

Her due date came and went and still no baby.  I was doing everything in my power to get things moving.  Yoga, walking, spicy food, sex, EVERYTHING.

On the morning of Sunday June 7th we woke up and, after a few text messages back and forth with some friends, decided to go out for a picnic lunch at 1230.  Spoiler alert: we never made it on our picnic.

I felt my first contraction at 10AM.  It was not much, but it was something and it was much more intense than the braxton hicks contractions I had been feeling.  Stephen immediately asked if he could go mow the lawn (this is SO a second kid birth story, right?!) in case we went to the hospital later.

I told him to go ahead while Ella and I got suited up to take a walk.  We went for a short walk and this was when things really started to pick up.  My contractions started becoming really hard and intense, but they were still between 15-20 minutes apart.  I texted Stephen’s mom to come get Ella when she had a chance, and started getting her things together.

Around 11:30 Ella was picked up, and Stephen and I were in the house laboring.  I asked if we could head to his parents house and labor there since it was 10 minutes closer to the hospital and I really wanted one final picture with Ella as a family of 3.

As soon as we arrived at Stephen’s parents house my contractions came on fast and furious.  I got through each one by leaning my head into Stephen and swaying my hips back and forth while humming.  We had a great thing going and really fell into a nice rhythm.  Just like the first time around , Stephen was an incredible coach and I do not think I could have gotten through it without him!

After about an hour of laboring in Stephen’s old bedroom we took our last picture as a family of three and headed to the hospital.

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One of my favorite pictures of all time.  I am so glad we took it between mind numbing contractions.

This is where things get hairy.  I had no idea that the Puerto Rican Day Parade was happening in Hartford that day, but it turns out that most of the city was shut down for the parade and after party.  Every where we turned streets were either closed or so full of people that we could not get through.  Meanwhile, I was getting slammed by contractions every 3 minutes that were lasting 45 seconds.  I finally cried to Stephen that I absolutely could not have this child on the side of the road during the parade. He immediately pulled over to ask a police officer what was the fasted way to the hospital around the parade route.  This officer, aka: my new best friend, dropped road barriers and radioed to his colleagues to let us through all closed roads on the way to the hospital.

Everything started to go REALLY fast as this point.  We got to the hospital at 3PM, we were checked at triage and checked in by 4PM .  At this point I was already 5 cm.

We labored in the hallway, in the room, on the birthing ball, everywhere!  Since the epidural all but stopped my labor last time, I was trying to wait as long as possible before getting one administered this time around.

At some point my contractions were coming on so hard and fast that I could not catch my breath in between and I started to alternately hold my breath and hyperventilate during the contractions.  At this point, I knew it was time for the drugs.

I had the epidural administered at 7CM.  Immediately after I closed my eyes to sleep and my water broke.  Within a half hour I was checked again and was 10 cm.  I started to push and less than 20 minutes later our baby girl was born.  Seriously, it happened that fast.

I was so shocked when she was born and even uttered the words “Wait?  That was it?”.  It was such a different experience than with Ella.  The epidural was still in full effect and the only thing I felt was intense pressure as Addy moved down in the birth canal.

Immediately 7 pounds and 7 oz of pure perfection were placed on my chest.  I got her to latch immediately as the placenta was delivered and I was sewn up.  Again, this was so different.  I did not feel the placenta being delivered and only needed 2 stitches as opposed to 15 last time.

She was so calm, and so wide eyed.  Every worry I had about not being able to love another child as much as Ella immediately vanished.  This baby proved to me that love truly grows, it does not divide .  She was my second born, my Addy, and I was so in love with her.

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I was able to walk within an hour, and had a turkey sandwich in my hand within two!  I could not believe how great I felt despite having just given birth!  It just goes to show that each pregnancy, delivery, and baby can be so different.

The next day is one I will never forget.  Ella was able to meet her new baby sister and I thought my heart would literally explode.  She was obsessed with this new baby and I honestly felt like Addy had always been a part of our family, and had not just been born within the last 24 hours

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We really tried to enjoy our time in the hospital.  We rested and nursed and took full advantage of the nursing staff and lactation consultants.

Eventually we made our way home to begin our journey as a family of four. As we were leaving the hospital I was reminded of what it was like to drive home with Ella as a newborn.  I was so scared, so nervous, and felt like I was in way over my head.  This time I was scared and nervous but also eerily calm.  I was armed with the knowledge that everything about babies is so fleeting.  The hard times pass just as fast as the good, and you do EVENTUALLY find your footing in everything.

As we drove home that day I decided to simply surrender to this season of life and take it as it came.  I knew I would be tired, I knew I would be overwhelmed.  But what I did not know was the amazing love I would feel for my girls and the calm I would feel walking into our home.  I could not wait to see what would come, and I could not wait to see Addy evolve into her own little person .

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Hey there!  Lets dive right in shall we?

How is it almost October?  I swear this year has flown by in a flurry of change.  Both good and no so good.  Remember when I said 2014 would be a year of settling and routine and being content?  Yeh, not so much .

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When I last blogged I was teaching a few yoga classes and week and was home with Ella the rest of the time.  I was merely teaching yoga, and not really involved in the running of any of the studios where I taught.  We went on a lovely Naples vacation in March, and when I got back a big opportunity had fallen into my lap.  One of the studios where I was teaching, Downtown Yoga, was in serious need of a manager.  They needed someone who could manage not only the studio and the yoga instructors, but also the money and the “business” side of things.  Cue music and hallelujah angels and lights.  DREAM JOB.  Yoga AND accounting?!  Pinch me.

I started working at Downtown Yoga just 1 day a week to help clean up their books, and bring a little organization to the studio.  While I was doing this I was still teaching at all my other studios.  I slowly by surely fell in love with Downtown Yoga and its mission.   We want to bring yoga to the masses no matter their income level, and want to create an enlightened society by using yoga as a medium for community out reach.  By the end of May I was managing Downtown Yoga and had left all my other positions .  I was teaching a 6AM “Rise and Shine” yoga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then staying the rest of the day to work on the business side of things.

Over the summer I revamped the studio completely.  New software system, new payroll system, interviewed new instructors, created a new schedule for the fall, volunteered our time at tons of yoga events, and laid all the ground work for a successful fall.

Well my hard work paid off.  On September 5th Downtown Yoga hosted a big open house, and man alive was it a success.  New yogis, new memberships, lots of amazing energy surrounding the studio.  I could have asked for a better  culmination of all my hard work over the previous few months.

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Now I can finally say that I am the happiest and most fulfilled I have ever been.  I have been given an amazing gift and I do not intend on wasting it.  Through my work at Downtown  Yoga I am able to help the Hartford community, run a small business, teach yoga, and DO ACCOUNTING.  And the VERY best part?  I am home with Ella most days of the week.  The days that I am home are not broken up by rushing to teach this class or that class.  I can 100% concentrate on her and what she needs.  And then two -three days a week I get to concentrate 100% on my studio and what I need.  Its a win-win if I have ever seen one.

Since leaving SS&C over a year ago my life has changed and evolved in so many ways.  I now get to live my passion and work with people who are committed to leaving this world just a little bit better than how they found it.  Leaving my corporate job was easily the best decision I have ever made.

And this little girl?  I literally can’t even.  She is 19 months old and thriving.  New words everyday, running, smiling, laughing, and being so so silly.  She loves Elmo something fierce, and gives the best hugs in the universe.  She is a creature of habit and does best when we stick to a routine.  But is also easy going enough that sometimes the routine can be put aside.  She is the light of my entire life and I find so much joy in that smile and those blueberry eyes.

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Now that things are settled I really am hoping to start blogging again.  About both our family life and things we do, and about the studio and our different initiatives.  I am still striving for balance and still trying to be a mom and be me, and I cannot wait to actually start documenting this as 2014 winds down.

Making November Fabulous

I cannot believe today is October 31st!  This month has literally flown by in a whirlwind of weddings, yoga teacher training, and a little thing I like to call Hurricane Sandy.  I try to re assess my goals and my New Years Resolutions at the beginning of every month.  I find its easiest to achieve big goals by setting mini- goal at the beginning of each month and taking baby steps towards the bigger picture.  My biggest New Years Resolution’s this year involved getting pregnant (check!) and saving enough money so I can take an extended (and unpaid) maternity leave.  We are already pregnant and are ahead of the game on the savings front!

Below are the 10 ways I plan to make November both productive and fabulous!

  1. Continue to save for maternity leave.  Even if we are ahead, stick with the savings schedule just in case there are any “surprises” leading up to maternity leave!
  2. Finish Christmas shopping so December will be as stress free as possible .  I did this last year and I was really able to get into the holiday spirit all December long!
  3. Continue to run 2-3 miles until the beginning of the 3rd trimester (November 10th). Complete my pregnant running career by running the Race to Fill The Pantry 5k the day after my baby shower with my friends and family!
  4. Make at least one home made pie.  From scratch.
  5. Finish Baby Girl’s nursery
  6. Celebrate my birthday!!!!  My birthday falls the day before Thanksgiving this year, so I will be spending it working and traveling to PA for the holiday.  But I’m sure it will still be amazing 🙂
  7. Celebrate the first of two baby showers!
  8. Finish at least 2 of my required readings for yoga teacher training.  Tedious reading that just has to be done.
  9. Celebrate “Friends-Giving”!  Stephen and I have made an awesome group of friends where we live and every year we get together for a potluck style Thanksgiving dinner.  It is always a lot of fun with an amazing amount of wine and food.  I plan on making up for my lack of wine consumption this year with extra stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn casserole, and everything else that is brought.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
  10. And of course, celebrate Thanksgiving with my family!  We are spending Thanksgiving in PA this year with my side of the family and I am thrilled to have 4 full days of family fun.  I am most looking forward to a turkey leg, stuffing balls, Middlesworth BBQ chips (a central PA staple), LT Evans Wings, seeing my niece and nephew, hanging out with my siblings, early morning talks on the porch with my Dad over large mugs of hot coffee before the rest of the house is awake, and so many other wonderful things 🙂

Cheers to wrapping up October and to a FABULOUS November!

Do you track your goals?  Do you make large goals or mini-goals?  How do you accomplish them?

Spreading the News

One of the best parts of pregnancy so far has been telling our friends and families.  I wanted to do something special for everyone to tell them this extra special news.  After Stephen returned home from his fishing trip we invited his family over for dinner.  Little did they know that the napkins at their place settings were actually onesie’s that said “WE ARE PREGNANT!”.  Stephen and I have 2 nieces and 2 nephews as well (a boy and a girl on his side, and a boy and a girl on my side), and for each child I made them a t shirt that said “Cousin to Be”

Stephen and I live about 5 hours away from my family in Pennsylvania.  It just happened to work out that the weekend after we found out we were expecting my parents were moving my brother into an apartment in Connecticut for a summer internship and I had agreed to take a half day from work and help with the process.  Little did they know they would be getting an awesome surprise!

Needless to say, my parents and brother were thrilled when we told them the news.  Unfortunately, I have no pictures from that weekend!!

Since my sister lives 3 hours away, I shipped the t shirts for her two children.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the best at keeping secrets.  So when the shipment of the t shirts was delayed I ended up telling her before they arrived!  The shirts finally made their way to Pennsylvania about 2 hours after I told her about the pregnancy.  I am so impatient.