40 weeks, 5 days

Thursday, February 20, 2014

On Thursday, February 13th, I went into labor! 

It started with mild contractions at 4am and then slowly they got more intense throughout the day. At around 8:00pm, we headed over to the hospital, as they were 3 minutes apart. 

After getting to the hospital, we were put in this awful triage room for three hours and laboring there was the worst. Eventually, we were moved to a beautiful birthing suite where I was able to relax in a hot tub. 

The next morning, around 9am, I was fully dilated and ready to push. We started in the birthing suite and moved to an OR once I got closer. After two hours of pushing,  at 11:34am, our little Mars came into this world weighing at 7 pounds and 6 ounces, measuring at 20 inches long!

I cannot even begin to describe how it felt and how it feels now. I am in absolute LOVE with this little baby and no words or photos I can possibly post here will do it justice. We are just so in love! :)

40 weeks, 1 day

Monday, February 10, 2014

Baby was due yesterday!

Right now, we're just waiting... This morning I had some contractions about 20 minutes apart, but they went away. In between contractions, I told J to go to work, but during, I told him to stay home. So he's home now and we just got back from a walk to the store. 

39 weeks, 2 days

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Five more days until our estimated due date!

These past couple of weeks have been slow and filled with ups and downs. I keep going back and forth between being ok with having a natural breech birth and freaking out about whether or not he'll come before they want to schedule a c-section. Feeling ok, freaking out, feeling ok, freaking out. And by the end, I just wish for him to turn so that all of this can be avoided. 

More things I'm doing to help turn the baby:
1. Listening to a "how to turn a breech baby" hypnosis track daily.
2. Going to a chiropractor for the Webster method.
3. Going to a different (and more intense) acupuncturist for more moxa treatments.
4. Sitting in more upside-down positions while watching TV.
5. Acupressure on certain points.

Some things I'm doing to help induce labor so that if he doesn't turn, he will at least come in time to avoid a c-section:
1. Eating supposed labor-inducing foods: lots of hot sauce, eggplant, pineapples...
2. Drinking raspberry leaf tea.
3. Bouncing on a yoga ball.
4. Taking evening primrose.
5. And I think my acupuncturist is doing stuff to help induce, but the language barrier makes me not so sure...

I feel kind of bad because I just don't think the baby is ready to come out :( and I don't really want to induce if he's not ready, but I also don't want a c-section. See what I mean about the ups and downs? 

In terms of how I'm feeling, everything feels great! I still have a lot of energy and I don't feel much discomfort. Everyone asks me if I'm "ready". Strangers at the check-out line ask if I'm "ready". I think I am! Look, our bags are packed!

 And the nursery is half decorated...half because I just got kind of lazy and the baby won't be sleeping there for a while anyway...

Clothes are washed, diapers are ready: 

And here I am with my 39 week belly:

38 weeks, 6 days

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year!

In about a week or two (hopefully!), our horse baby will be born.
According to some sources, babies born in the year of the wooden horse will be "strong-willed" and "unbridled"... However, being that it is a wooden year, he will be less impatient and more reasonable than the other types of horses. I guess we'll just have to see if any of that is true!

Last night, I prepared a traditional Chinese New Year dinner for two. I wanted to continue the tradition of eating all the symbolic foods, as well as burning incense to offer it to the kitchen god. Now that we're our own little family, it's pretty much up to me to keep up these traditions alive. I remember going over to my relatives' houses for CNY in Taipei, having a table covered with food, and eating it nonstop from morning to noon to night. It was nice to spend time with family and to do nothing much but eat. I hope that in the years to come, our son will have the same memories. 

Being almost nine months pregnant, I obviously did not cook all this food. Instead, I ordered from different restaurants and made the easy-to-prepare stuff that was pre-cooked.

I used lots of oranges to decorate the table since oranges look like balls of gold, and the word for orange in Chinese sounds a lot like "luck" or "wealth".

J is gluten intolerant, so instead of long noodles to symbolize longevity, we had rice noodles that weren't that long, but noodles nonetheless. (I didn't make this)

I actually prepared this 年糕 (nian gao) by dipping it in egg and sugar, then pan frying it. Eating this is supposed to raise ourselves higher in the coming year.

This turnip cake, or 蘿蔔糕 (luo bo gao) was also cut and pan fried by me. It is supposed to symbolize a good omen.

Again, because of the gluten free diet, I only made five of these frozen dumplings. Dumplings look like little gold ingots, so they are eaten to bring wealth into the new year.

Buddha's Delight is a vegetarian dish that is usually served on the first day of the new year to cleanse out the body. This dish, along with the rest, were all ordered.

A whole fish is a symbol of prosperity, and the word "fish" in Chinese sounds a lot like abundance.

I think string beans also symbolize longevity, but mostly, I just got it cause all the other food was brown, beige, and yellow. 

And lastly, crispy roasted pork just because it's yummy. 

This was a lot of food for two people, so we're going to be eating this for days...Happy new year!

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