The Long and Winding Labor

On the afternoon of September 20, 2014, Shannondoah and Kat came over.  Kat examined me and she thought I had a lot of amniotic fluid.  She got in contact with Dr. Wilkes and asked if he could check out my amniotic fluid and placenta.  He said he would come and meet us on his day off and check it out.  He also put a bed on hold for me at Summerlin Hospital just in case.

Later, we all went to Dr. Wilkes’ office Desert Perinatal Associates at the Summerlin location which is right next to Summerlin Hospital.  He did an ultrasound on me and my amniotic fluid was 3.1 which is really low.  My placenta was getting old at a grade 3 and it was calcified.  He said I should be admitted to the hospital where I would be medically induced.  He knew that I really wanted a natural birth. 

We went to the hospital and I was admitted.  We were thinking of eating, but thought I was fine.  I should have eaten.  I filled out paperwork and was taken to my room.  Ivan said he was going to get stuff at the house.  I told him things to get.  Ivan and Shannondoah left to head to our house.  Kat stayed with me.  I talked to my parents that I was being admitted.  They wanted to come visit.  I told them the room number.

I chatted with Kat and played Candy Crush Saga on my phone. 

My parents came to visit at 7 pm.  I had an energy bar. 

Shannondoah came with lots of things from the house that she thought would be useful to have.  Ivan came later with a big suitcase of stuff and food from Whole Foods.  I wasn’t able to eat for a couple hours after taking the Cervidil.

Motivation pictures

I had a photo of Ivan and me after hiking Machu Picchu for 3 days.  That was  the hardest thing I’ve ever done physically since I am short and the stairs are really big.  I also have ankles that hurt from so much walking.  Ivan and Fatboy Slim music helped me get through the hard hiking.  The photo would help motivate me.  I also had a funny picture with a mouse working out on a mousetrap with the quote “What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.”

The nurse Melissa, a Southern girl, came to put the Cervidil in.  It’s a strip that was put in my cervix.  I had to pat dry when I went to pee.  I was put on an IV drip which I could get medicines in.  I was given water through the IV.  I also had monitoring on my stomach, so they could make sure the baby was fine.  They could also track the intensity of my contractions through the contractions.  It was weird and a bit annoying with the pads on my stomach and the IV drip on me.  The contractions started happening one right after each other.  Shannondoah was there and helped me go into hypnosis.  She was giving me massages on my back since it hurt so much. 

Having a contraction

My midwife Kathya wasn’t there since one of her other mums was in labor.

Melissa checked me out and I was only 1 centimeters dilated.  The contractions still kept coming hard.  They were painful, but I was very focused on getting through each contraction because of the hypnosis.  I kept talking to Baby George trying to get him to move down.  I remembered my friend Carrie telling me to talk to the baby during my labor.

I finally got to eat, but food didn’t taste that good.  I ate what I could though.

Ivan was so worried that I was in pain for so long.  He was so thankful that Shannondoah was there comforting me.

I wanted to sleep, but once I was nodding off… I would get another contraction and it would keep continue on.  Shannondoah told the nurse that I couldn’t sleep and I was in pain.  I took Tylenol for the pain.  There was an option to take Benadryl or a sedative. 

So tired

A few hours later, I took Benadryl to help me sleep, but it didn’t work.  It did make me sleepier, but the contractions kept coming strong and I couldn’t drift off to sleep. 

I kept coughing.  It continued and I threw up a lot.

At 5:35 am on September 21, 2014, I decided to take the sedative since I would only be on it for a few hours since I had to wake up at 10 am to start the Pitocin.  The sedative can be bad since it puts the baby to sleep which can be bad if he doesn’t wake up and we go into a Caesarean section. 

Thankfully, the sedative worked right away and I slept for 4 hours.  I think I slept only 5 hours that night. 

At 9 am, the Cervidil was taken out.   The new nurse Emelie measured me and I was 2 1/2 centimeters dilated.  She was a very sweet nurse.   I would be put on Pitocin later.  I had to shower and eat.  The nurse recommended eating something light.  I was so hungry though.  I knew I wouldn’t be eating for awhile on Pitocin in case I do have to have a Caesarean section.  Your stomach has to be empty when a C section is done.  I ordered a peanut butter and honey sandwich, a fruit plate and Cheerios. 

Much needed food

It was so good to eat. 

Kathya came and made sure I got a shower.  I took a shower and then the waiting began. 

Ivan told me later that he thought Kathya was mad that I took a sedative since she believes in natural methods.  If I didn’t take it, I would have been really tired.

I didn’t get the Pitocin until 1 pm.  At first, the contractions were light.  Then, they kept coming.  Thank goodness for Shannondoah, she massaged my lower back constantly. 

The contractions were quite intense.  The hypnosis did help me focus, but the pain was still there.  Shannondoah was there for support and it helped me tremendously.  Every time I had to get out of bed, either her or Ivan would help me take off the monitoring and go to the bathroom.  Sometimes the contractions would come when I was on the toilet.  I would just sit and ride it out. 

Ivan played songs from my slow playlist.  I could hear it slightly.  I kept focusing on getting through the pain of the contractions.  It was like going up a mountain and then going down with the hardest pain at the peak.  It was hard at times since sometimes it was just one after the other.  Sometimes you get a break which is nice. 

Shannondoah asked if I could go walking.  It was nice to walk around the halls.  It wasn’t that easy and I held on to the railing which is along the walls.  I bet I looked silly walking around in my white Victoria’s Secret robe which reached the ground since I’m so short (4’9”).

Walking in my robe

Ivan started playing fast music at one point, but it wasn’t helping, so I asked him to stop it.  I think it made my pain seem even more intense.

The Asian nurse went through my birth plan to cover things that didn’t make sense like conflicting information.  It was nice to know that they actually went through my birth plan.

I don’t know why but I kept thinking about Pam and Jim from the tv show The Office.  Ivan was by my side and I wanted to yell Big Tuna (Jim’s nickname), but I stopped the urge to do so.

I got to shower which felt good with the warm water.  I would by on all fours and sucking on a popsicle.  It helped with pain, but I could only do it for 20 minutes at a time since the nurse didn’t want me off the monitoring for too long.

At almost midnight, I thought my water broke but it was my mucous plug.  The nurse checked me and I was 3 centimeters dilated.  The contractions started slowing down after 1 am, so I got some sleep. 

The nurse Crystal talked to Dr. Wilkes and he thought I should do 40 milo units of Pitocin, but she wanted to do internal monitoring of the cervix or she can break the water.  She decided to break my water.  It didn’t really hurt when she broke it which I thought it would.

I was at maximum Pitocin at 4 am.

I kept having hard contractions throughout the  day on September 22, 2014.  I wasn’t dilating much more.  The nurses kept stretching me to make me more dilated than I really was. 

I was 5 centimeters dilated.  Shannondoah and Kat said that labor speeds up after being dilated at 5 cm.  They said usually an hour per centimeter.  I thought to myself I don’t know if I can do 5 more hours of this.  But, I did.  Contractions are really tough when they keep coming at a constant pace.

I don’t remember the time, but I think it was around 8:30 pm when the nurse told me that she talked to Dr. Wilkes and he said that he thought my pelvis was too small or the baby’s head was too big.  I would be having a Caesarean section soon. 

I really tired my hardest and it was time for Baby George to come out.  It was good to know that we would soon meet him for the first time.  They took me off the Pitocin after 9 pm.  I called my parents and brother to tell them and I texted my sister.  I was still feeling contractions.  I even had one when talking to my brother, but I kept talking even though it was uncomfortable. 

My brother’s son was hoping that George would be born on his birthday September 23.  We weren’t sure if that would happen since it was still before midnight. 

We waited awhile for Dr. Wilkes to come for the C section.  I was so exhausted and starving at this point.  I was relieved that I didn’t have to feel all the pain from the contractions anymore. 

Kathya asked the anesthesiologist if she and Shannondoah could be in the room while I had the C section.  He said no because they didn’t want anybody unplugging something since it’s a small room.

Dr. Wilkes said that my pelvis was like a cone and the baby wasn’t able to come out.  There was no way George could have come out naturally.

Ivan and I were given blue scrubs to wear.  Ivan got a hat to wear.  I was thinking of wearing my birthing outfit, but the nurse said it might get bloody.  So, I put on the scrubs. 

In our scrubs

Ivan and I were asked to go at 11:20 pm.  I went in first, so they could prep me while Ivan waited outside the room on a bench.  Ivan told me later that it was the longest 15 minutes just sitting there not knowing when he would be allowed to come inside the room. 

The room was pretty spacious.

I asked Dr. Wilkes if Ivan and I could be the first to talk to Baby George when he came out.  He said that’s fine as long as he was the first to give the baby a high five.  I agreed.

The room was a lot more spacious than I imagined… probably since the anesthesiologist said it was small.  There was a high table in the middle of the room.  There was a stepstool and I still couldn’t get on the table.  Somebody found another stepstool to put on top of the one already there.  Dr. Wilkes said I’d be the shortest person to give birth here if I couldn’t get up with 2 stepstools.  I made it up onto the table. 

They placed things on my legs to make sure I didn’t get blood clots… they inflate with air and buzz.

The anesthesiologist poked me twice with a needle for the epidural and it barely hurt at all.  I thought it would be really painful.  It was nothing compared to all the contractions the last 2 1/2 days. 

Dr. Wilkes put my legs on the table and told me to lie down.  My legs were already numb.  The epidural worked so fast!  They put a sheet over my body up to my neck.  Ivan came in shortly after.  It was great to see him. 

My head during the C section

Dr. Wilkes and the medical team started doing their stuff.  I thought it would take awhile to get the baby out.  But, George came out a few minutes later.  Dr. Wilkes held him up and I said Oh, George!  I thought he looks really Asian like I knew he would.

Ivan and I were so happy.  I wish they were able to put him on my chest after, but they had to clean up the baby (since later we found out meconium was found).  Ivan was able to take lots of pictures. 

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George even held his finger in his tiny hands.  Ivan got to cut the cord.

George was born on September 23, 2014 at 12:03 am.   He was 7 pounds 2 ounces and his head was 42 centimeters. 

Shortly after, Ivan took the baby and went back to the room. 

The nurse put a binder around my stomach.  Two of the staff put a blanket under me and I had a magic carpet ride.  I was lifted in the air somehow and put on a gurney.  It was really cool and reminded me of the scene in Beatles Love where the bed floats up above the stage.

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I started breastfeeding with the help from Kathya and Shannondoah.

Dr. Wilkes came by and thanked me for allowing him to deliver my baby.  I said thank you so much.  He’s such a sweet man and a wonderful doctor.

Later, the nurse came in and said that I had Hepatitis B.  I didn’t know about this and Kathya looked shocked.  I figured they got the results from blood that was taken from me.  But, it was the medical records of blood work I had taken during my pregnancy.  I don’t know why Kathya never told me I had Hepatitis B.  The baby would have to have two shots, so he wouldn’t get it as well.

The nurse said George would be taken to the nursery to get his shots.  Kathya tripped out about this saying the baby should stay in the room to get his shots.  She said that George had to take another shot since there was meconium around my placenta.  She thought the nurse was lying about the meconium.  Kathya and the nurse got in an argument about being an advocate for me.  The nurse said she would ask the charge nurse on duty if the shots could be done in the room.  Kathya said nurses from Summerlin Hospital have been known to take the baby for many hours for shots.  She said there was videos online about it.  Shannondoah agreed.  Ivan and I were already tired from the birth and labor that we didn’t want to hear an argument about this.  Plus, we didn’t believe the nurses would take George away for so long for no reason.  Kathya has really strong views on things and doesn’t like to be challenged on her views.

Ivan and I asked about the placenta since I wanted to take it home to do placenta encapsulation.  The nurse said it had to go for testing since meconium was found around it. 

The nurse said that somebody would be by shortly to give George his shots.  He would have to take a bath before taking his shots.  I wasn’t too keen on that since that was in my birth plan, but it had to be done.

I was so happy to have my baby out of my body and we would be able to take him home sometime soon.  I’m glad that we were both healthy after dealing with such a long labor.

I was being moved to another room.  It turned out that it was a quarantine room, so it was at the end of the hall. 

Kathya said bye.  Shannondoah helped us move to my new room.  It was great that the new room had a proper bed for Ivan to sleep in.  Dr. Wilkes said earlier that I would have to stay in the hospital for two days to heal.

I was hooked to a urinary catheter so that I could pee through that.  My bed could move so that my bottom or top part of my bed could move.  This made it easy to eat.  It was such a challenge getting out of bed since I had to support my weight onto a bar while getting out of bed. 

The nurse showed me how to change my underwear with the padding they provided  since I was bleeding.  I was on the clear diet which meant I could only have clear things to eat or drink like soup, water and apple juice.  It doesn’t sound appealing and it doesn’t taste good. 

George had his own little bed in a plastic container.  It was on wheels, so we could move him close to my bed.  There was plenty of diapers and wet wipes, so we could change him.  The nurse showed Ivan how to swaddle the baby.  The nurses were so fast swaddling George.  I’m sure they do it so often that they could do it in their sleep.

It was time to get some rest for me, Ivan and George.  It was a bit annoying though, since the nurses would periodically come in to check on George or me.  I was in pain, but opted to not take anything too strong.  I thought I could handle this pain after laboring for 2 1/2 days.  The pain was tolerable and not as bad as I thought it would be.

***Update***

My midwife Kathya missed that I tested positive for Hepatitis B.  The SNHD (Southern Nevada Health District) called a few weeks after the birth and tried to figure out why George had shots for Hepatitis B. I got a free shot to test for Hepatitis B and it turns out that I don’t have Hepatitis B. Kathya ordered the wrong test and I was tested to see if the vaccine was in my blood.  I had the Hepatitis B vaccine shot a few years ago, so it was present in my blood. 

Still Waiting

The top of my left leg hurts a lot especially when I’m sitting or lying down in the same position for awhile. 

My stomach is so heavy at times.   I had thought I stopped gaining weight, but I’ve actually gained a few pounds.  I’m now at 168 pounds.  We’re not going out as much. 

I’m still doing the natural induction methods like nipple stimulation (once for 45 minutes a day), eating pineapple and bouncing on the exercise ball.

I saw my midwife Kat for a prenatal visit on Sept. 16, 2014.  She said the baby sounded good and he was in the LOA position.  She tried to strip my membranes, but she said my cervix is closed shut.  I was not dilated, the baby is at –3 station and I’m only 10% effaced.  If you have no clue about dilation, station and effacement, check out this website.  The teacher in our Lamaze class mentioned dilation and station, but dilation, station and effacement were all fully explained in the Laugh and Learn About Childbirth DVD we watched. 

Baby George is further down than last week.  Let’s hope he moves down even more soon.  Kat will try to strip  my membranes on our Thursday prenatal visit.  She recommended seeing an acupuncturist or a chiropractor to further induce labor.  She also thought castor oil would be good to take to hopefully bring on labor.  I did some research online to find about castor oil.  The castor oil acts as a stimulant to the bowels, which irritates the uterus and causes contractions.  It does have side effects of diarrhea, vomiting and contractions that may or may not be related to labor.  If it’s done too early, it may be a long, painful labor.

I do feel frustrated and anxious.  I really want the baby to come out soon.  I know he’s not ready and he will come once it’s time.

Ivan and I took our nightly walk on Sept. 17, 2014.  I felt more Braxton Hick contractions with pain during walking.  It wasn’t anything that lasted long (only a few seconds) and it didn’t have a regular pattern to it.

I couldn’t sleep when I tried to sleep that night.  I only ended up sleeping 5 1/2  hours.

On Sept. 18, 2014, I saw my midwife Kat.  She said the baby is moving a lot and sounds great.  I asked to try to strip the membranes again.  She did a pelvis exam and I wasn’t dilated again.  I’m now 50% effaced and the baby is lower at –2 station.  She said things are happening slowly.  She wasn’t able to strip the membranes. 

Kat says the baby likes to do the sausage dance which  means he rolls from side to side.  He reacted to Ivan’s piano playing.  Maybe he’s trying to dance! 

Kat recommended seeing Dr. Wilkes for an ultrasound and a biophysical profile of the baby.  She said they had to grade the placenta to see if it’s fine for me to stay pregnant or to induce me to give birth.  I was going to let my placenta know it should start studying now.

Later that day, I made an appointment for the ultrasound and monitoring for tomorrow morning.

That night, Ivan and I made eggplant parmesan.  My friend said her friend swore that eggplant parmesan helped put her into labor.  Ivan found the Eggplant Parmesan recipe that helps induce labor.  They call the ladies who went into labor from eating the eggplant parmesan Eggplant Babies.  It’s worth a try!  I love pasta, so I was all for it.

Eggplant Babies Eggplant Parmesan

The eggplant parmesan was tasty!

I went to Desert Perinatal Associates on September 19, 2014.  I was taken to a room for the ultrasound.  I had to give a sample of my urine. 

The sonographer looked at the baby.  Baby George was being stubborn and moving around like he usually does.  She asked if I was leaking water and I told her no.  She said my amniotic fluid was low.  Maybe I had leaked water and didn’t know it.  She showed us his feet, but I had no idea what I was looking at.  It just look like a big blob on the screen.

I was taken to the monitoring room once a room was free.  The nurse was trying to find the heartbeat.  She asked if I remember where the sonographer found the heartbeat during the ultrasound.  I couldn’t remember though.  I was strapped to the same machine from the last monitoring.  Baby George does NOT like the noise and he was trying to kick the straps off my body again.  She said I would be monitored for 20 minutes.

I was sitting there for 10 minutes and Dr. Roberts and an intern doctor entered.  Dr. Roberts said that my amniotic fluid was very low and the placenta was 3.1.  He said that I needed to give birth today or as soon as possible.  He asked for my midwife’s number.  He said he would call her and let her know.  He said that if by Monday I didn’t give birth, which he didn’t recommend, I would have to come in for an ultrasound and monitoring. 

I didn’t know what Kat would do to try to induce me.  I would call her after I got out of the appointment. 

We saw Dr. Roberts on our way out and he said the number I gave him didn’t work.  Ivan said it was right, but maybe you dialed it wrong.  He got a hold of her and told her that I needed to give birth today or as soon as possible. 

I called Kat and she said I should start taking castor oil.  She had some natural castor oil that she would bring me.  We set up to meet in 20 minutes at a coffee shop near our house. 

Ivan and I met up with Kat.  She gave me the castor oil.  She said to take 1/4 cup of castor oil in orange juice.  She said to blend it and then drink it.  I read the same thing and to plug your noise since the smell is very strong.  She said to take a bath after and drink water.  She said after 3 hours I should give her a call.  She said if the contractions got too uncomfortable, she would send over the birthing tub.

We drove back and Ivan made the orange juice-mango castor oil blend for me.  It’s best to drink the mixture right away since castor oil doesn’t really mix that well.  All I could taste was the mango which was good.

I drew a bath and relaxed in the water while I drank water.  It’s good to drink a lot of water when taking castor oil since it can dehydrate you.

An hour and 5 minutes later, I started going to the toilet and had diarrhea. 

I bounced and did exercises on the ball while Ivan and I watched a show on the tv.

I called Kat at 4 pm and told her that I was getting diarrhea and Braxton Hicks more often.  She told me to take more castor oil and call her in 3 hours.

Shannondoah arrived after 4 pm for my hypnomassage.  She was also going to do acupressure (pressure points) to help induce labor.

Ivan, Shannondoah and I went for a short walk.  Then, I had my hypnomassage which relaxed me and I fell asleep.  I had diarrhea again after I woke up.

Shannondoah listened to the heartbeat, placenta and cord.  She said he had a healthy heartbeat.

At 7 pm, he had moved down 2 inches.  We went on another walk around the neighborhood.  I was having feeling more uncomfortable with Braxton Hicks, some were with no pain.

I called Kat and she said I didn’t have to take any more castor oil for the night.  She said to bounce on my exercise ball and keep hydrated with coconut water, water and water with Emergen-C in it. 

I bounced more on the ball and later took a short nap.  We went on another short walk. 

Shannondoah left and she said she would be over tomorrow.  Kat will be coming by as well to see how my progress was.  We’re still waiting for me to go into labor. 

Jen at 41.4 weeks

I’m now 41.5 weeks pregnant.  I just wish I would give birth already!  I hate waiting.  I’m worried about the baby’s health.

Pineapple Induction

My due date, September 7, has come and gone.  We’re still waiting for Baby George’s arrival.  It’s normal for first time mums to be a week late.

I haven’t been going out very much to get lots of rest.  I take a nap everyday to make sure I’m well rested in case I go into labor.

My boobs started getting sore on September 9.  I guess my breasts are getting ready for breastfeeding.  Kat said my milk may be coming in.

I looked up natural ways to induce labor. This website lists 40 different ways.  Walking is one of them, so we always get in our nightly walk.  I do notice tightening when we walk and sometimes it feels like cramps.

Ivan bought a pineapple since eating pineapple is another natural induction method.  Fresh pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that is supposed to work like a prostaglandin, ripening and softening the cervix.

In the middle of the night, usually around 3 am, I wake up to go to the bathroom. Some nights I’m so thirsty and I go downstairs.  I get a glass of sparkling water and eat something like an egg or banana bread.  I practice my breathing and then go to the toilet and go back to bed.

I saw my midwife Kat on September 10, 2014 for my prenatal visit.  She said George is starting to engage (drop).  She recommended taking Replenish which contains black and blue cohosh.  She said to take 3 capsules and then rest for 45 minutes to an hour.  Use the breast pump for 45 minutes for nipple stimulation (another natural induction  method).  Then, she suggests trying to take a walk and then have a meal.  She wants me to take the capsules 3 times a day.

If I still hadn’t gone into labor by our next visit which would be 2 days after being 41 weeks pregnant, she would strip my membranes which separates the uterus wall and the amniotic sac.  It’s best to soften the cervix with the Replenish pills before stripping membranes.

Ivan bought the Replenish pills for me at Herbally Grounded.

On September 11, 2014, I saw my doula Shannondoah for my weekly hypnomassage.  She did acupressure focusing on pressure points during the massage.  This is another natural way to induce labor.

We practiced breathing with breathing in for a 5 count and then breathing out like blowing bubbles for a 5 count.  She said this can be used when I go into early labor.  It’s similar to the Lamaze breathing technique I learned.

At the end of the massage, she showed Ivan how to do 3 pressure points on my foot and one on my shoulder.  She showed me how to do two on my wrist.  She said that once the acupressure is done and regularly done a few hours a day, labor usually starts 24-72 hours after if the baby is ready to come out.

I started taking the Replenish pills and they make me so very sleepy.  I started pumping with the breast pump for 45 minutes.  My breast pump is called Purely Yours by Ameda.

Ameda's Purely Yours breast pump

Kat said it’s a good breast pump.  I feel like a cow when I do it.  It’s loud and beeps every few seconds.  I wish there was volume control on it, but there’s not.  Kat said that I might get some colostrum coming out, but no milk has come out when I’ve pumped so far.  My nipples feel sore after pumping for so long.

I felt like I couldn’t breathe when I was pumping.

I have noticed that my stomach gets tighter more often now after two days of eating pineapple.

I’ve been doing exercises and bouncing on the exercise ball.  Bouncing on an exercise ball while spreading your legs is another natural way to induce labor.

I’ve been doing so many natural induction methods, but Baby George still doesn’t want to come out yet!

On Friday the 12th, well actually Saturday morning, I was lying in bed and felt a heaviness on my chest like something really heavy was on me.  Before bed, I felt the heaviness again, but it seemed to travel from one side of my chest to the other.  I think the Replenish pills are effecting me.  I will text my midwife Kat about it when I wake up.

I texted Kat and told her about my trouble breathing and the heaviness in my chest.  I let her know that I had taken two full day of pills.  She thinks that my body is sensitive to the Replenish pills and that I should stop taking them immediately.  She said I should drink plenty of fluids.  We would try another natural induction method.

Jen at 40.6 weeks pregnant

I’m now 40.6 weeks pregnant and I’m feeling great.  Most of my maternity clothes don’t fit.  I haven’t been bothered to buy anymore clothes since I’ll soon give birth.  I still wear the shirts that don’t cover my whole belly, only a little of the belly shows.  Hopefully, nobody notices my stretch marks on my belly.

My Labor and Birth Playlists

I asked friends and family for suggestions and searched through women’s labor and birth playlists.  I also remembered all the good music that I have enjoyed throughout the years that I thought I’d want to hear during my labor and birth.  I decided to break it up into four categories: Slow songs, Fast Songs, Time to Push songs and Baby’s Here songs.

Labor Slow songs

May It Be- Enya
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing – Jack Johnson
Mea Culpa – Enigma
Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey
Shanti/Ashtangi – Madonna
Orinoco Flow – Enya
Hey Jude – The Beatles
Baby Love – The Supremes
Rocket Man – Elton John
The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
Imagine – John Lennon
Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
Call Your Girlfriend – Lennon and Maisy Stella
Something – The Beatles
In This World – Moby
Clementina – Xymox
Angels – Robbie Williams
Porcelain – Moby
Our House – Crosby, Stills & Nash, Young
They Live in You – Samuel E. Wright from The Lion King
He Lives in You – The Lion King
More than Words – Extreme
(They Long to Be) Close To You – The Carpenters
I’ll be There – Jackson 5
In My Heart – Moby
Feel – Robbie Williams
Wish You were Here – Pink Floyd
Bubble Toes – Jack Johnson
Wonderwall – Oasis
Everytime – Britney Spears
Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
Hold On – Wilson Phillips
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmic
California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas
Twin Peaks Theme from the Twin Peaks Soundtrack
Across the Universe – The Beatles
Calfskin Smack – Cocteau Twins
Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
Young Folks – Peter, John & Bjorn
Ready or Not – The Fugees
Always – Erasure
Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Caught in A Moment – Sugababes
Let it Be – The Beatles
Bizarre Love Triangle – Frente!
Englishman in New York – Sting
Stan – Eminem & Dido

Labor Fast songs

Insomnia – Faithless
Electricity from Billy Elliot the musical
Live and Let Die – Wings
Hakuna Matata – The Lion King
Jump Around – House of Pain
Barbra Streisand – Duck Sauce
Hella Good – No Doubt
To Be With You – Mr. Big
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke, TI and Pharrell
Karma Chameleon – Boy George
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
Basket Case – Green Day
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) – Shakira
Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira
I’m Gonna be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
Pitch Perfect soundtrack
The Launch – DJ Jean
Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliott
What is Love – Haddaway
Breathe – The Prodigy
Apache – The Sugarhill Gang
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Hey Ya! – OutKast
Honey – Moby
Everything is Everything – Lauryn Hill
Written in the Stars – Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner
Zombie – The Cranberries
Paranoid Android – Radiohead
The Loop – Morrissey
Perfect – Fairground Attraction
Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
Imma Be – The Black Eyed Peas
Shout – Tears for Fears
Santeria – Sublime
Song 2 – Blur
Bad Boy Good Man – Tape Five
Elktrobank – The Chemical Brothers
I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
It’s Tricky – RUN-DMC
A Day – Clan of Xymox
One More Time – Daft PUnk
Without Me – Eminem
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters
Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus
Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
Stronger – Kanya West
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
Lovefool – The Cardigans
Whole Again – Atomic Kitten
Diamonds Remix – Rihanna and Kanye West
Bigmouth Strikes Again – The Smiths
Frou-frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires – Cocteau Twins
Sing – Ed Sheeran
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Faith – George Michael
Wake Me up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Funkytown – Lipps Inc.
Dance Wiv Me – Dizzee Rascal
You & Me – Flume Remix – Disclosure
Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order

Time to Push songs

Push It – Salt-N-Pepa
We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister
We Will Rock You – Queen
The Final Countdown – Europe
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
Let’s Get It Started – The Black Eyed Peas
Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams
Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie
I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
Break On Through (To The Other Side) – The Doors
At Last – Etta James

Baby’s Here songs

Circle of Life – The Lion King
It Must Be Love – Madness
In My Life – The Beatles
Sweetest Thing – U2
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
All You Need is Love – The Beatles
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
Never Tear Us Apart – INXS
Everything I Do, I Do It For You – Bryan Adams

Good Releasing

I’ve been getting heartburn after I eat a big meal.  Sometimes it’s painful, but it doesn’t last very long which is good.

I pee so much  more now during the day.  It’s funny how I know where the restrooms are in the usual places we visit like Wal-Mart or Smiths.

I sleep great during the night usually getting 9 or 10 hours of sleep a night.  I always try to get a nap in during the day since Kat said it was important to get plenty of rest.  Plus, we never know when the baby will come – it could be during the day or the night.

We watched The Greater Good documentary which talks about people getting sick or even dying from vaccinations in America.

On September 3, 2014, I saw my midwife Kat and her intern Felicia for my prenatal visit.  She said everything looked great.  I showed them the nursery and they liked it.  She said that Baby George is lower down, but he hasn’t dropped yet.  My uterus is still high up.  The baby likes to stick his butt up.  I told Kat that I feel a sharp pain every now and then when I need to pee.  She said that it’s dilation.  He’s was in the ROA position again.

I’m still waiting and I really wish I knew when he was coming.  It’s wonderful being pregnant and feeling his movements and kicks.  But, I would love for him to come out and meet us.

I feel so excited that he’s coming, but I’m trying to enjoy my sleep and this time of being pregnant because I know soon that my life will dramatically change.

I keep reading up on the signs of upcoming labor since I always seem to forget what I learned in the classes we took.

I saw my doula Shannondoah on September 4, 2014 for my hypnomassage.  She feels my stomach and George before the massage.  Baby George sticks his back up waiting for a massage.  He really likes massages.  She only touches my stomach and George for a few minutes and after he started kicking like saying Where’s my massage? That was just a teaser!

I told her that the top of my legs hurt.  She said that’s my abductors.  It’s from the pressure on the pelvis.  My left top leg hurts more and it usually hurts when I stand only on that leg.

Shannondoah did fear releasing, but in a different way this time.  She had me imagine myself talking to a future me.  I asked myself about my fears about the labor and birth.  I said the unknown and the pain.  I asked myself what I could do about my fears.  The future me said to relax.  Shannondoah said what else I could do for an easy birth.  She said that I should have a calm environment and listen to my body.

She had me repeat things about the pain of labor like the pain would be worth it to hold Baby George in my arms.  Anything is worth it for him.  She also had me imagine George as a kid who was 5 years old.  He was holding newborn George.  He told me that everything would be just fine and to let go of my fears.

We practiced bearing down together.  It’s where take a deep breath in and make a C with my back putting my head towards my breasts.  I would push when I had my head down.

I love hypnomassages since they’re so relaxing and you can do cool things like fear releasing.  I like going to the beach that Shannondoah takes me to during the hypnomassage and seeing the water, the cliff and the house.  I always imagine a beach house in Boracay, Philippines with lots of palm trees around.

I still feel Braxton Hicks contractions especially when I’m walking.  My friend Kori said she had painless contractions during early labor.  She also said her water broke 2 out of 3 of her pregnancies.  Some women go into labor without their water breaking – everybody is different.

Ivan and I have been going out with friends and keeping active.  We usually take a walk around the neighborhood, so I get some exercise.

Jen is now 40 weeks pregnant!

I’m now 40 weeks and I feel great.  I don’t think Baby George will be making an appearance just yet.  I think I’ll give birth sometime this week.  Ivan did ask George when he was coming when I was hypnotized the other night.  He said a week from September 4th.  So,according to George he’ll be coming on September 11.  I started a contest with my family and friends to see when they think Baby George will be born.  The dates are varied from September 5 to September 13.

I still hear the heartbeat in my right ear.  Sometimes, when I sleep on my left side,  my left hand will go numb.  Having a baby really takes a toll on your body.  My esthetician says babies suck the life out of you when you’re pregnant.

Ivan thinks I shouldn’t be going out anymore.  I should be taking it easy at home and getting lots of rest.