Baby, Me, News

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!

Baby, Me, News

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.

Baby, Family, Me, News, Posterous

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. :)

Me, News, Ponderisms, Work Drama

Officially Official

So, they’ve (work) been saying this for months now, since the start of the Service Desk (SD) move back in November last year that my department (OPS) is FINALLY moving to the SD location.

I knew it was inevitable. Despite our protests, negotiations, and discussions (MEETINGS!), we will still be moving. And that move starts tomorrow. It won’t  really truly make an impact on me until I come back to work on Saturday, but I know some people (her) will be feeling the brunt of the move of it tomorrow. And she’s all “awone”. Awww.  Well, unless one of the other staff is staying till late. I’m just waiting to see what she will rant about tonight after everyone is gone after business hours. I know I don’t like it, but I have no choice but to listen to it.

I’m always positive about changes. I know they can be a pain sometimes but there’s always a sense of “adventure” that adds to it. I know I’ll be happy I won’t be sitting next to her (and hopefully not smell her smelly farts – yes, it’s terrible). And I will have my own computer and desk (cubicle). Even though I have a positive outlook, I still have misgivings on this move. Because it’s not common sense. It’s hard to explain but yeah.

Also, I’m sure after all this is said and done, there will be more changes on the way. Maybe…just maybe…there will be something like, “Oh, this didn’t work, let’s go back there.” Well, here’s hoping, or not? I’m just torn in between “two worlds”.

So, here’s looking forward to Saturday.

Blah, News, Slumming, Work Drama

Migrations

So, I finally got some posts from my Livejournal blog imported to here. Wow, I didn’t think I had so many posts and from way back in 2003! I was reading some of them and I must say they are pretty interesting. Lots of dream posts, too.

On another note, I have barely slept. I think the most I’ve slept since last night so far is 20-30 minutes. And now, I’m awake again. Why, oh why, does this happen to me? I just want a decent night’s rest, without interruptions and sleep straight on.

Today is my yearly review at work, what they call, PEAC. It’s not my anniversary date this month but my company decided to move everyone’s PEAC, and I mean, EVERYONE IN THE COMPANY (more than 50,000 employees!!) to the month of February. It must be chaos for HR, the managers and employees. Sheesh. I had a bit of a problem with my PEAC schedule, though, since my manager wanted me to come in on my day off. Hell no! Thankfully, after I explained to him the situation he had rescheduled for today.

Also another meeting to go to today is to discuss “roles and expectations” with my team leader and manager. Hm…we’ll see how this turns out, hopefully it’s good!  I tell you, with my group’s new management and my years working in the same position, I’ve never seen soooo many meetings. Meeting this, meeting that…I think they’re bored.  Pretty soon, they will come up with lame excuses just to have a meeting.  I can’t wait to see that, lol.

Well, here’s to another day of busy, busy me. And it’s just Tuesday. Oy.

Blastball, Creating, Hipstamatic, News

Blastball, Hipstamatic and Websites

It’s been a while. Since I have this new website I’m working on, I might as well update.

Websites. I’ve been tinkering with my old domains again.  I was getting tired of using WordPress for some reason or another. Maybe it’s also why I haven’t been updating lately either.  However, I discovered Posterous from looking at an application developer’s website.  I was so intrigued, I just had to test it and try it.  After a few minutes, I was hooked.  I loved it so much, I decided to make it my main website for I Have Cramps.  So, for the past couple of days, I canceled my web host account for I Have Cramps, then had my domain point to Posterous, and voila!  Now, I’m happy.  And now, I can update my blog more and faster with just emailing.

I did the same for my Kaligrafix domain name.  I haven’t used that name in ages.  I don’t really know what to do with it yet.  We’ll see how it goes for now.

I’m also helping out my mom set up her praise & worship website.  They have this gathering one Sunday a month, to just share testimonies, have good fellowship and just being there for each other and their love for God.  She used a flash-based web host, which is really interesting in the backend, because there are so many tools and toys you can use.  The website is called Mabuhay Ministries.  Check it out if you like.

Hipstamatic.  I’m hooked with Hipstamatic.  If you haven’t heard of Hipstamatic, check out their website. It has the history and everything.  It’s really amazing how a couple of guys made a camera plus lens out of plastic in their own home.  Very amazing.  And this was back in the early 80’s.

Anyways, as I was saying, I’m hooked with Hipstamatic.  Well, at least for my iPhone. It’s an App. You can’t really buy Hipstamatics anymore unless the 154 owners of them are selling them in eBay or Sotheby’s for a high price (157 were actually produced and 3 of them are owned by the inventors’ family). I really love this app, just because of the effects you get when you take a picture. The effects it makes are just amazing to me.  I like it so much I might use it all the time when I take pictures.

Blastball.  What is Blastball?  It’s like T-ball but it’s geared for 3-4 year old kids. Dani just joined our local Blastball league.  She’s in the Green team, we don’t really have a name for the team yet, but we’ll figure something out.  So far, Dani has been enjoying the batting, but catching…not so much.  It’s because she hasn’t been able to run faster than her teammates to catch the ball.  Every time she misses, she starts crying to Luci.  Luci is the coach, by the way.  Originally, we had a different coach and team mom, but they had to move at the last minute due to the coach’s work. So Luci volunteered to help out. Which is cool of him since he works so much. But it should be good for him and Dani.

I guess that’s all I can say for now.  I hope to post more soon.

Baby, In Awe, News

Oops!

Sorry, I forgot to update again. Oops!

So the good news I was talking about from my last entry: I’m having a new baby! I didn’t want to say it before because I wasn’t sure (even though I took 2 pregnancy tests). I wanted the doctor to tell me the “official” word.

Well, last Thursday I didn’t see the doctor but I did see the baby for the first time (sonogram) and heard her/his heartbeat. (So there really was no doubt I’m preggers.) Dani was there with me and she saw and heard the baby, too. She said, “Wow!” Very cute. We also found out that I’m due on November 2nd.

I’ve been slacking on the ‘puter lately. I haven’t even played some of my online games for the past 2 weeks. People might be wondering if I’ve grown tired of it. I just want to assure them that I haven’t. I just didn’t feel like playing lately or be on the computer as much. It’s good to take a break once in a while – I was able to spend more time with my family. Luci was even surprised that I’m not playing as much. But hopefully, my slacking will come to an end soon. We’ll see. Might be the preggers thing, hehehe.

Anyway, that’s all I can think of right now. Toodles!