Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tauts Belly Wrap...

Before even beginning this post, I must first apologize for not writing sooner. I know I promised an update almost a week ago. Little Aubrey has kept us on our toes and literally away from the computer. We have been nursing a very bad tummy ache for several days. Poor Baby Aubrey. It breaks our hearts to see and hear her in pain. At the moment, she is calm and sleeping in her swing. Our hearts melt to see her so peaceful and only hope this will be the case more often. Horrible tummy aches are not welcome here.

A little more than a week ago I promised a post about Tauts Belly Wraps with photos included. I originally wrote about this product and how excited I was about using it. I have unfortunately since changed my mind. I have tried several times to wear the wrap. On the belly baboosh website they instruct you to wear the wrap immediately after delivery for 40 days and 40 nights. I could not even get the wrap around me! I left the hospital still looking 6-7 months pregnant. I was freaking out to say the least!! I decided I would start using the wrap as soon as I could get it to fit. I was able to get it around me after losing half the pregnancy weight at the end of the first week. I could not breathe and was so uncomfortable! I could feel excess skin rolling over the wrap on my back...something I've never had a problem with. I felt disgusting and was still hurting so much from the delivery, I decided it was not the time to start the 40 days. I again tried it the following week when Bryan's family came to visit Aubrey. I wore it for most of the day under a long strapless dress. Everyone in his family commented on how great I looked, however, I felt my secret was out every time they hugged me and touched the wrap. No one said anything but I felt so uncomfortable. The wrap rippled and buckled in places. If I made any movements other than standing or sitting the velcro would release a little bit and the noise would be obvious. I had had enough.

As of this week I am down to 129.5 pounds. I have lost more than 25 pounds in three weeks thanks to my amazing baby girl!! I still have a few to go but am well on my way. Bryan took a few photos to show the before and after effects of the tauts wrap. You will see I still have a little bit of a belly. This last part I think I'm going to have to work off with Tyron at the gym. Hopefully I'll be back in a couple weeks!

Below are a few photos of my tummy bare and tummy wrapped. To be honest, I can't tell that much of a difference. It held my tummy pretty tight but it is still so uncomfortable. It's actually hard to breathe. Enjoy my humbling photos!! Haha....

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Grinch to Belly Baboosh...

Just two days ago as I was about to step into the shower, my oh so very loving husband looked at me from the side and said, "You know, you kind of look like the Grinch! You're thin, but you just have that belly." Such a kind and loving statement. Haha. Thank goodness I know how to laugh off his silly comments.

Today marks day 11 since Aubrey finally arrived. My sweet, sweet girl is absolutely eating the pregnancy weight off of me! I am loving it!! So far I have dropped 21 pounds of the 30 ish gained. I never thought it would fall off of me this quickly. I thought for sure Tyron was going to have his work cut out for him! Me too of course! So we have roughly 10 pounds to go and unfortunately I know they are probably going to be the hardest. I am so ready to get back into my workouts, but am not able to quite yet.

As I was leaving the hospital about a week and a half ago, I was given a list of what I could and could not do for the next six weeks. I was stunned at the list! Most everyone knows the obvious, which is not being intimate with your partner for six weeks. With the pain I still feel at this very moment, I will have absolutely no problem with that! Sorry Bryan. :-) I do still love you very, very much!! Some of the other " do not do's" on that list were no climbing stairs for six weeks, no driving a car for three weeks, no household chores such as carrying laundry, vacuuming, or sweeping for six weeks, and no strenuous exercise for six weeks! Now to be honest, I pretty much ignored a good portion of these instructions in the first week. I was up and down the stairs, carrying laundry, cleaning the bathroom, and walking my dog. So with the pain I'm going through right now, I probably deserved it for not listening. I just felt awful needing so much help with everything. The last thing I wanted to do was ask Bryan to do the laundry or cook dinner after his long day at work. He has been wonderful and has been helping so much! Now if only he could go to the gym and work out a little for me!

I thought for sure I was going to be that girl that had a baby and two weeks later was destroying her body in the gym to get back into her old shape. I figured I'd made it through 8.5 months of the pregnancy in 3.5 inch heels...why not tough out the gym workouts a little early?? Not so much! In the mean time, I have been attempting to use a product called Tauts Belly Wraps. The celebrity Brooke Burke promotes the product. It is a belly wrap that is supposedly helpful in reducing the size of the swollen uterus and reducing water retention in the belly, making it helpful with losing inches fast, all while supporting the excess of unwanted baggy baby skin! This wrap is to be worn immediately following delivery for 40 days and 40 nights or however long it is felt necessary. I took this wrap with me to the hospital planning on wearing it immediately. Ha! Not a chance!! Even with ordering the correct size I could not even get the wrap around me. I could get parts to close but then my belly and excessive skin in other places would bulge out in funny places. Bryan thought it was hilarious! I even had him try and wrap me in it without any luck. My belly has been shrinking at quite a rapid pace, however it is definitely still there! I am going to again attempt to wear the wrap starting on Tuesday, which marks two weeks from delivery of Aubrey. By then I should be able to work my way into it. I promise pictures for sure!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Finally...She's Here!

Monday, March 8th, Bryan and I had our final baby doctor appointment. I was officially 10 days late and so eager for some good news. I struggled through a not so fun exam which led to our doctor giving us two least to start. She honestly thought my water would naturally break on its own within the next day or two and suggested I just head to the hospital once it happened, ready to go. She also gave us the option of inducing me the next day. Oh I was so confused! Dr. Gerber gave us a few minutes to discuss our options and I immediately started tearing up. Bryan was wonderful and extremely supportive of any decision I made. He wanted this pregnancy to be perfect for me. Originally Bryan and I had decided to go through this pregnancy as naturally as possible. However, being 10 days late I was starting to get just a little nervous and started paying very close attention to my baby's movements. When Dr. Gerber returned to the room I was still more confused than ever. She then asked the magic question that made up our final decision. She asked if the baby had kicked at least 10 times that day. On Sunday, baby Aubrey was going nuts in my tummy all day! I loved it!! All of Monday leading up to my appointment I could barely feel her move. Instantly Dr. Gerber did an ultrasound to check the baby and make sure everything was ok. Our final decision was made up for us and in a hurry. Baby Aubrey was not moving as much as she should have been. Dr. Gerber said it was time and I needed to check into the hospital that evening to monitor the baby. I was scheduled to be induced early Tuesday morning. I was scared and excited all at once! Things were not happening at all the way I had planned them, but then again, things were finally happening!

Bryan and I headed home for my final big meal before a day of yummy ice chips! Haha. I've kept up my healthy eating habits so I stuck with a salad with grilled chicken. I knew my tummy would be full and I'd still feel great if things started to move along quickly. We showered, double checked our packed bags, kissed our doggie Emma goodbye, and headed to the hospital.

Once checked in at the hospital and shown to our room, I was given the dreaded hospital gown with no back. I honestly thought I'd be a little comfortable for at least a little while. Not so much...and it was only the beginning! I quickly changed into the gown and hopped into the hospital bed. I then had two fetal monitors strapped around my belly, blood pressure monitor strapped tightly to my arm, heart monitor taped to my finger, iv inserted into my other arm, and blood drawn. When I thought the worst was over, our nurse said she had to give me a quick exam to see if I'd progressed any further than when Dr. Gerber had seen me earlier that day. I hadn't. I was still only 2 cm dilated and not showing any signs of anything changing any time soon. Because of this I was given cervidil to get things moving along. Our nurse said I'd feel some cramping and contractions soon. With my husband curled up in a semi reclined chair next to me attempting to sleep I watched the hours tick by on the clock, still feeling fine and a little too nervous to sleep. Finally around midnight I drifted off to a very light sleep. I was too uncomfortable hooked up to all the different machines and monitors to get comfortable. Around 1am the contractions finally hit me. The pain was instant and so much worse than I expected. I fought through it as long as I could. The last bearable contraction hit around 2 am and squeezed Bryan's arm so hard he woke up from his semi sleep and went to find Ellen, our wonderful nurse. She checked my progress only to find the cervidil had fallen out and I was only 3 cm dilated. I was so disappointed. She said she could help with the pain a little to help me sleep through the rest of the night and prepare me for my big morning right around the corner. At this point I was all for it. Unfortunately Aubrey's heart rate then became a concern to the nurses. I again fought through the pain until she was given the ok at 3:30 am, 1.5 hours later. Ugh, that was not fun! Once medicated, I was immediately able to fall asleep and finally get some rest.

At 6:30 am I woke up just slightly to find Ellen hooking my iv up to the pitocin. I was extremely groggy and quickly reminded as to why I hardly ever take medicine. I hate not feeling in control of my own body. Ellen told me her shift was ending and to try and sleep a little longer. It was going to be a big day. I was so frustrated trying to control my speech. I was thinking so clearly but couldn't seem to get my tongue to produce the thoughts in my head. I'm sure it was quite amusing to everyone in the room. I was able to close my eyes for about 20-30 minutes longer before the pitocin kicked in and Terri, our day shift nurse arrived to introduce herself and check on my progress. As it turns out, Terri works out at MegaFitness and was actually at the gym training with Tyron the day of the MegaMommies photo shoot. Bryan and I were so excited!! It was so nice to have a familiar friendly face taking care of us. She was amazing!!!! She checked my progress and said I was dilated to 6 cm. Finally! I was so happy to hear something actually happened while I was sleeping. She asked how I was feeling and if I wanted an epidural. I thought I was dying from the pain the pitocin was causing me to go through. I quickly told her yes in hopes that the anesthesiologist would stop by our room first before heading off to the 5 other surgeries he had to administer epidurals for just that morning. Things got a bit fuzzy for me over the next hour. The contractions were extremely painful. I kept an eye on the monitor and focused on my breathing. Terri kept reminding me I could do anything for 1 minute...and to just act like I was working out. It made perfect sense to me and helped tremendously. Dr. Gerber then arrived to break my water. Aubrey still didn't want to come out! Dr. Gerber was wonderful and had the nurses call again to get the anesthesiologist to stop by our room before the others. He arrived within the next 15-20 minutes and went to work. It took maybe a total of 10 minutes and two numbing pokes in my lower back before the contractions were no longer painful, just a lot of pressure. Terri then decided to check on my progress and told me I was 10 cm. I couldn't believe how quickly everything was happening! Dr. Gerber was called to update her on my status, but Terri said I was ready to start pushing. At this point it was 10 am. The morning was flying by! And then the excitement began!

About 20 minutes into my pushing the hospital power went out! Terri, Bryan, and I kept watching the monitor to determine when it was time for me to push. I could feel the pressure when it was time, but it was nice seeing how long the contractions on the monitor were lasting. For some odd reason the generator did not kick in. I asked if I could continue pushing because I could feel the pressure of the contraction and knew when they were hitting. I kept on working until the power finally kicked back on. For some reason the computer and monitor in my room following every detail of what was going on with my body would not turn back on. This turned into a very humbling experience for me. Tons of different people were coming in and out of our room trying to fix the situation as I was pushing. I tried not to think about it and honestly still do a little, haha. I vaguely remember Bryan sprawled out on the hospital floor trying to turn the computer off and then back on and things finally working correctly again. He was Mr. Fix It! I was in another world though and still so focused on seeing my baby girl. At this point Dr. Gerber had arrived and was ready to deliver Aubrey into my arms. She was born 10 minutes later at 10:49 am. Aubrey Elizabeth Pallone 7.05 ounces 20.5 inches born March 9, 2010. Every emotion imaginable ran through my body in that very moment. Bryan and I had created this beautiful little crying girl sprawled out on my tummy. She was gorgeous. I instantly saw she had Bryan's eye shape and lips. Her eyes were a deep stormy blue just like her momma's. She was absolutely precious.

Dr. Gerber said I did amazing and everything went just perfectly. She apparently was planning on a quick delivery the entire time because of the shape I had managed to keep myself in throughout the pregnancy. She smiled and congratulated us then told me to rest up a little while Bryan and the baby went to the nursery.

During all the craziness of the night and morning Bryan never left my side. He was the perfect husband. He never complained once even though I know he was so uncomfortable and completely exhausted. I remember asking him if he was ok constantly. I was so concerned about him being ok. Being so heavily affected by the pain medicine was so frustrating to me. I wanted to remember every specific detail, take in every special moment, and admire how well my husband was handling the entire process. For all of you that know Bryan personally, you know just how much he constantly talks about how much of a weak stomach he has. This day is obviously a day that will contradict that statement. He handled so many things I never imagined he'd make it through. He even assisted Terri in some pretty graphic and humbling moments. I couldn't imagine him doing anything more perfectly. He is my perfect husband and I love him with everything that I am.

I must apologize for not updating the blog as much as I should be. It's been a long week getting used to being a mommy and adjusting into a new lifestyle. I promise to update again very soon and post a bunch of pictures from our special day and our new little addition to the family.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Taking After Daddy...

Though we certainly cannot hold off to have little Aubrey once spring arrives, she's sure pushing for it! She is taking after her daddy's love of the heat and sunshine. She has chosen to continue to stay in mommy's warm tummy for the time being.

We had our very uneventful doctors appointment this week. Not much has changed in the progress of her being ready to meet the world. Our doctor was hopefully still that it would only be a few days. She truly felt we wouldn't make it to another doctors appointment. Our next appointment is scheduled for Monday, March 8 just in case. If we do make it to that appointment, I will most likely be admitted to the hospital that evening to be induced.

Until then, Bryan and I will continue to try all the little tricks to start the labor process naturally. Trust me, we have tried everything!!! All this extra walking and cleaning has thankfully kept my weight exactly the same the enitre last month. I can't tell you how excited I am to get my weight back under 150 lbs again!!!

Once again, we will keep you posted on any changes.