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Changes and Stuff

Just wanted to tell everyone I’m still here. Since 2014 has started, I decided to make the one-photo-a-day challenge for this year. So keep an eye out on those posts from my Twitter feed on the sidebar of the blog. I am also trying to move my media blog to somewhere else than another WordPress site. I know, I know, I always change stuff. I need to stop! But I can’t! Hehehe! But anyway, I’m in the process of moving it from here to there.

In other news, I’ve been so busy at work. Operations is becoming more and more Service Desk, which makes me sad, and makes me so busy. And also, my manager wants to change my schedule. Again. Grrr. And yesterday, I learned a co-worker didn’t show up at all for the Operations shift! It doesn’t look like he was fired or anything, but this is the first time in my almost 13 years working here that a shift has not been covered. There’s something more going on in the “backend” that I am allowed to know. So much drama. I know more changes are coming. I think I’m going to wait it out for another 2 years and see if this job is still good for me. I’m not as happy as I was when we were still Operations. Maybe it’s time for a change soon. Sigh.

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Welcome, Leslie Samantha!

I’ve only now had a chance to post this. So last Friday, April 12, I was having contractions faster than normal. So I had Luci time my contractions. It was going around 5-7 minutes apart. I originally had a doc appointment with my OB/GYN to check the baby’s status if she was going to be cephalic this time, but I called them to ask if I should go to the hospital now or still keep my appointment.  They said to go ahead and go to the hospital. So, Luci and I dropped off Lauren to our family friend’s house to babysit and off we went to the hospital.

We went to a different hospital  from the hospital where I gave birth to Dani and Lauren. They didn’t have a Labor & Delivery department there anymore, which made me sad, as I wanted all my kids to be born in the same hospital. Ah well. So we went there, and it took us a while to navigate the area as it was a bunch of hospitals in one place. We finally found our way and went to the Labor & Delivery (L&D) area.  The process of me checking in and “suited up” didn’t take too long.

They monitored me for a while, checking the baby’s heartbeat and my contractions. There was a doc that came by and gave me the “fastest sonogram on earth” to check if the baby was cephalic. Sure enough, and thankfully, she was! It took about 5 seconds to check which made me laugh. So they continued with monitoring me and the baby. It took some time, and I was still at 1cm. At this point, my doc had recommended I go home for a while until I feel if my contractions were getting stronger. I had to call the doc’s office to make sure because she wanted to induce me that day anyway, if in case the baby is cephalic. She didn’t realize it was this day she wanted it, so she said to stay. Thank goodness for that, because I didn’t want to go back home. I wanted to have the baby already, hehe.

They gave me some induction medicine and my contractions started getting closer and I went from 1cm to 3cm in 2 hours after that. The contractions were getting a little bit painful at this time, and I asked if they could start my epidural, which they did. I forgot how painful the epidural is when first inserted, but once I felt the medicine go through my legs, it was all good. However, I felt all jelly-like and all relaxed that I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Fortunately, at this time, I went from 3cm to 7cm within an hour or so (so fast!). I could see the contraction monitor go up so high and I didn’t feel a thing. So thankful of the epidural, lol.

After a few more minutes, the nurse had asked me to start pushing. I could actually feel the baby push on her own already. Even though I had the epidural, I still felt the baby, which was good because I wanted to at least feel that part of the delivery. After 3 pushes, the head was starting to poke out. Then the nurse asked me to do a really big-deep-breath-raise-your-legs-up kind of push and they had to stop me quickly because the baby was ready to come out! The doc was called and after her preparations and such, one big final push got Leslie out. It was such a relief to hear her cry and cry, she did! Everyone was so surprised on how she cried (such big lungs) and marveled at her shock of hair. They put her in NICU for observation to check her blood sugar due to my diabetes.  While they did that, I was taken to OR to have my tubal ligation procedure done (I had requested it before delivery). This means Leslie is my last child to bring into the world. It took about 45 minutes to do my procedure and I slept through it all (they told me I was snoring, lol).

So, here is Leslie Samantha. Born April 13, 2013 at 1:08am, weighing 6 lbs. 10.8 oz. with 19 inches in length.  Welcome, Baby Leslie!

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Update on Baby Leslie

So, saw the doc last Friday and we learned that Leslie is breech. To those that don’t know this, it means the baby’s head is up on my belly, not head down where it’s supposed to be  especially this close to the due date. This concerns me, because I’m almost due in 3 weeks. I read somewhere that 4% of mothers have this predicament. If Leslie is still head up, I might have to get a C-section which I do not want. Not concerned about the surgery itself, but more of the recovery time.

I’m reading up on different ways for Leslie to turn. I read somewhere to put a bag of frozen vegetables or ice pack on top of the belly where baby’s head is supposed to be. Babies, like most, like warmth and they will turn away from the cold. Another one I read about was to sit up straight without using the backrest. There is a reason for this somewhere. Also, use a birthing ball, or exercise ball. Since I didn’t have the last one, I am trying the first two. Also trying to get hubby and kids to talk below my belly button, so Leslie can listen down there (kinda awkward, though, because it’s close to my crotch, lol). Also trying to play music closer to my pelvis so Leslie would listen there.  So many things to try, but silly me, not making too much effort. I guess it’s because I’m lazy. :P

The doc will monitor the baby every week with sonogram and hopefully by then the baby has turned again and stayed there. The doc also said she would like to induce me early than later, but I asked her to wait till after the 16th as I want to get enough PTO from work as much as possible as I might not be covered (paid) for my leave for the 12 weeks I requested (though my company listed my request for 9 weeks only, but no biggie).

That’s how it’s going so far. I’ll let y’all know if Leslie is head down after my doc appointment Friday.

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Some Random News

So here’s what’s been happening so far and things to come:

  • Already going into my 36 weeks of pregnancy on Friday, which means I have at least 2 weeks (given my record) OR 4 weeks left till Leslie Samantha comes! The girls are very excited (and, of course, Luci). They have built the crib and all and we are still wondering where I will “nest” after birth. I used to nest in the girls’ room but then that’s their room now, so I suggested our big living room. We have an extra mattress I can use with Sammy (I think that’s what her nickname will be).
  • Other pregnancy news, the belly is growing more and more. You wouldn’t have noticed I was preggers a month ago, but it is truly noticeable now. Also will have to watch what I eat more carefully now because of the diabetes and HBP. I’m starting to see some swelling feet, which isn’t good. I usually have a good record in not having it. So I have to watch myself.
  • Dani is having a school field trip to the Fort Worth Zoo in about 2 weeks! Hopefully, I will be able to go with her if Luci can’t. And hopefully, I won’t be in labor that week, eek, lol.
  • Memorial Day weekend, the family will be going to LA to bring Luci’s mom’s remains to its final resting place. Still making plans, etc. on it. Also have to decide on a memorial plaque for her.
  • One of my first cousins is getting married in August!  I don’t really know if I can make it, given I’m taking maternity leave for 12 weeks after I give birth. And I want to go so bad. :( I haven’t seen my beloved relatives in the US in so long, and it’s been a while since we’ve had a family reunion. Here’s praying I can at least just take the weekend off for it. I hope, Lord!
  • Deleted all of my Posterous Spaces now, except for my main one (because it doesn’t have the option to delete it, so I made it password-protected). I’m still very, very sad Posterous is closing. I really liked that concept of that site. It’s way easier to post there than anywhere. Why would you “fix” what’s not broke? :(

And that’s it so far. Will let y’all know what else if I remember any more. :)

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My Name Is Leiza…

…and I have gestational diabetes.

Well, the good news is that they just want me to watch my carb-intake and monitor my blood sugar for a month. Oh, joy. I shouldn’t complain. I’ve been given a chance to, hopefully, avoid doing insulin shots.

In other baby news, we just found out we’re having another girl, so we’re thinking up of names for her. The first name will be Lauren, but still debating on Michelle or Alexis for the second name. Luci is for Michelle, while I’m for Alexis. Maybe I’ll make a poll or something for y’all. That’d be fun. Dani’s vocabulary is growing, but still not quite comprehensible. She can, however, tell you if she’s hungry or she’ll understand some of your questions. She hates to brush her teeth, so as soon as she hears “brush”, she says “No!” (She’s been teething again, lately, so her gums have been really swollen.) We’re still trying to get her used to potty training. We’ll get there.

That’s it for now. I know I have more news, but I’m hungry and I have to eat. Cheers!