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C-Section Scheduled

19 Dec

So after many different doctor’s appointments and crazy flipping baby techniques. We still have a breech baby.  We went ahead and scheduled a c-section on December 29th when I am 39 weeks.  We saw last  week on one of my many ultrasounds, that her lungs, which are usually the last organ to develop, are already functioning. 🙂

I am beginning to wonder if I will last until the 29th.  The last two nights I’ve had ‘false labor’ a mixture of braxton hicks (fake) contractions and real contractions lasting for hours  (from about 6pm to 2 am) and coming every 4-5 minutes.   These episodes are so uncomfortable and slightly painful, that I am hopelessly nauseous for hours. No fun!  It is tricky to know if this is real labor or not but there  are two reasons why I doubted the authenticity: 1. The pain did not get increasingly worse 2. When I lie on my back there is no pain during the contractions.  I only feel the pain when I am walking, sitting or lying on my side.  True contractions will hurt no matter what position you are in!

With a normal pregnancy all this is normal and fine, just extremely annoying and uncomfortable.  However in my case, it makes it a bit difficult to know what I should do, stay home or go to labor and delivery since we do not want my labor to progress as I need to have a c-section. I think there is only a fine line between what I’m experiencing and the beginning of real labor and how do I know when I’ve crossed that line?  I’m scared I’ll labor too long at home and Hazel will start to come out the wrong way and get stuck!

I’m dreading this evening and hope it is not a repeat of the last two nights.

On another note, I think my stomach has tripled in size in the last 3 days!  I’ll try and get a photo up soon 🙂

Has anyone else had false labor like this?  Did it last for weeks?


Baby Shower

1 Dec

I just got back from the doctor’s.  Our little girl has still not flipped.  The doctor is  confident she will flip and tells me to ‘just wait’.  I’ve tried so many things to flip her, I’m wondering if I should back off a little.

Last Friday I went to an acupuncturist/midwife to have an ancient Chinese technique called Moxa performed.  While  I was there, the midwife checked the position of baby and she was transverse or lying sideways.  But she is now back to breech.  Christian has been burning the moxa (mugwort) by my little toes every evening and so far it has not helped but we’ll keep trying until the little sticks burn up!

Saturday was my baby shower. I had a great time and Hazel got lots of great gifts!  One of my best friends, Linnea, came all the way from Sweden  (  Just a reminder to the Americans, we are living in Switzerland not Sweden and they are not right by each other or remotely the same thing)! I forgot to take any pictures but I was clever enough to set out the camera and some helpful hands picked it up and took pictures. However, all the pictures are of me and not many of my friends 😦

We  played a few different games including; guess the flavor of baby food (the chicken flavor was a real winner !) , guess the size of my belly with a string and then I  had a list of different scenarios one encounters with a baby and asked the players to find a solution to their problem in their purse/handbag.  Whoever had the best solution won.

Some food:

I swear he likes me!

Michelle, explaining that inside this bag is a T-shirt with our daughter’s future occupation on it.

She will be a game show host.

Playing with toys.

Moxa by Linnea:

Happy Thanksgiving!

24 Nov

We had some friends over for dinner last night and boy am I glad I hired a caterer. After cleaning all day, I was in so much pain in my stomach and my back. Guess I’ll just have to lie around for the next few weeks 😉  I meant to take pictures but completely forgot!

Today I am 34 weeks pregnant.

Hazel is probably about 5-6 pounds and 17-19 inches long.  I am up 18 pounds from my starting weight but after last night’s Thanksgiving Dinner it might be more 😉

I think our little girl is still in the breech position, I am still trying to make her flip.  I held an ice pack by her head for an hour yesterday and she moved it a lot but did not flip. However, last night there was an elbow or shoulder or foot where her head used to mainly be and I’m not sure now if the hard part I’m feeling up high is her head or her bottom. Tomorrow I have an appointment with an acupuncturist who will burn moxa by my little toes which should help the uterus relax allowing for breeched babies to flip.

Saturday is my baby shower, I’m very excited.

Thank you so much to those who sent gifts for the baby shower!  It is so thoughtful of you and I wish you all could come! I’ll try and remember to take pictures.

Operation Flip Baby

21 Nov

At my 33 week appointment on Thursday, Hazel was in the breech position.   Only 15% of babies by the 33rd week are breeched.  She still has until approximately the 37th week to turn head down and then after that the chances goes down drastically as the baby is usually too big to make such a big transition.  In the US,  at this point, they will manually turn the baby from the outside, it looks extremely painful for the mother but works about 50% of the time.  This procedure can also lead to an emergency c-section. They do not preform it in Switzerland.  I don’t know whether to be happy or sad about that because the procedure looks so awful for the mother and the baby.

It is possible for babies to flip right before labor.  I asked my mom if she had any experience with a breeched baby and apparently one of her kids flipped the night before she went into labor.   If Hazel does not flip, I will have to have c-section. Which I do not want.  I am so excited to go into labor and would be disappointed to miss out on that experience.

After reading much information, the most common reasons a baby is breeched is due to a ligament in the mother’s stomach being too tight, a sacrum that is not in its correct position, stomach muscles that are too strong, if the mother’s thyroid is low-functioning  or a heart shaped uterus.  A chiropractor is very helpful in fixing the first two problems with something called the Webster Technique, which then creates more room in the uterus allowing the baby to turn head down. But of course the chiropractors here do not do preform that technique.  I will seek out a acupuncturist Today which also may help.  As well, as someone to preform moxibustion (burning incense by my little toes. It should help the baby flip?)  I’ll try anything!

In the meantime there are many things I can ‘try’ which some ladies have sworn work.  These include:

-Holding a frozen bag of peas at the top of the stomach so the baby will go away from the cold

-Playing soothing music at the bottom of the stomach to attract baby

-Shining a bright light at the bottom of the stomach

-The pelvic tilt: I lay on the floor, put my hips on the couch, support my back with pillows  3x a day for 5-20 minutes

– Chest to knees: Also 3x a day 5-20 minutes

-Inversion: done for 30 seconds at at time, many times a day. This helps stretch the ligaments.

Techniques are encouraged to be combined and best done when the baby is active.

I still have a few weeks left, and am hopeful she will flip.  Only 3% of babies do not flip by labor.  But if the umbilical cord is wrapped around their neck, there is nothing that will get them to flip.  Hopefully, we are just dealing with a stubborn baby  who will eventually flip 🙂

32 weeks

14 Nov

We haven’t been up to much the last few weeks, just relaxing and preparing the nursery.  I don’t know if it’s because I am getting old or because I am quite pregnant, but when it turns dark outside at 5pm, all I want to do is watch TV/movies and crochet. We went to Germany on Saturday to stock up on diapers and wipes.  I think we now have everything we need.  Of course there are many more things I want…

I am in the 32nd  week.  I feel fine during the day but at night my back aches very badly.  I literally can not find a comfortable sitting position and have to lay down.  The hour walk/hike (5.5 kms)  I  do several times  a week on the Zugerberg (the mountain we live on) is getting more difficult and I find myself walking slower and slower but I am determined to continue with it!

This week baby is the size of a squash or a jicama (whatever that is?) She is getting much bigger and cramped so her movements don’t feel as frequent as a few weeks ago when she had plenty of space for her kung fu moves. However, her hiccups are still occurring multiple times throughout the day 🙂

Due to my poor state in the evenings, we hired a caterer for Thanksgiving!  We’re having a few friends over to enjoy the meal with us and I could not be happier that I get to be a hostess without all the stress and unfortunately, pain, that goes along with multiple hours of cooking.

Here are some projects I’ve been up to:

After a long search for twine, the bird mobile is finished!

It’s slightly blurry as the birds didn’t want to stop swaying!

I’ve improved my limited knowledge of crocheting.  I still have much more to add before this baby blanket is completed. This would have been impossible without videos 😉

And here are the new curtains for the nursery. I did not make these. These come from Urban Outfitters.

The next doctor’s appointment is Thursday morning.  I think we’ll just have the typical ultrasound without any measurements.  I also should get  a new box of  baby samples! Last time they forgot so maybe I’ll remind them this time 😉

Pregnancy: 30 weeks

27 Oct

I just got back from the doctor and the baby is not too big or not too small, just right in the middle of the average heights/weights. Everything (her femur, head, stomach, etc.) was measuring at her estimated due date of January, 5th. She is approximately 3.5 pounds and 13.5 inches long.

We’ve finally toured both hospitals and made our decision. Both were quite similar but one offered a family room, we can pay extra for, which is more like a hotel room than a hospital room and Christian can stay the night there, too. Since we’ll be staying there for 3-5 nights, we wanted to be comfortable 🙂

It also offers a nice view of the mountains (not shown in the picture).

I do have a little belly but I am still quite small for someone who is 30 weeks pregnant.  I was at a baby store with my friend yesterday, who is due about 3 weeks after me but is much bigger than me, and she was approached by a lady who offered her a free box of baby supplies.  The lady did not even look at me, so I shyly asked if I could have a box too as I was also expecting.

Hello Third Trimester!

13 Oct

I can’t believe that I am now 28 weeks and officially in the third trimester!  I don’t know where the second one went  (Ah! A little panic as I remember we still have no where for the baby to sleep!) ! I have, however, noticed a big change which happened in one week.  I am so tired, out of breath and achy.  I still have a pathetic stomach for someone who is officially in the third trimester but I feel like it is huge.  This last week, I’ve had SEVERE round ligament pain.  The ligaments in my stomach have to stretch and move away for my growing stomach.  It hurt so badly, some days I could hardly walk and the pain almost made me throw  up a few times.  I guess this  occurs in some women when they are undergoing a growth spurt.  But my growth spurt is not visible yet…

Saturday we went and toured a private hospital’s birthing unit.  It was a nice hospital. I guess I really have nothing to compare it to as I’ve never had to stay in a hospital before.  The food is really good there, though.  Overall, it was very nice but I found out I’d have to get a different doctor than the one I already have which sounds like a pain and I like my doctor.  So we’ll go tour the other hospital at the end of the month and see how that one compares.

Here’s another purchase we made for the nursery.

One of the only rocking chairs available in Switzerland.  And gliders?  Forget about it. Non-existent.

But do you see the little thing sitting on the rocking chair?  That is the owl I made for Hazel 🙂

Today,  I  got a package of American food from a supplier here in Switzerland!  In the mix;  Canned pumpkin, so much easier than roasting a whole pumpkin!  Peppermint extract, Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Banana Cheerios, Seriously they DO NOT have Cheerios here! Of all things!  I also got, a little teeny can of eggnog,  pre-made graham cracker pie crust, Helman’s mayonnaise  and candy corn.  Which may be a mistake because they are so addictive!  I was sooooo happy when I received my package!  Now if I could just find some maraschino cherries……..

Tomorrow we are off to Denmark for an early Christmas celebration with Christian’s family.  In a few weeks I will not be able to fly!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’m having difficulty dealing with this fact.  I may not get on another airplane until March or April! Yikes!