Last week we went to Disneyland as a family and we were on our feet all day every day. I was exhausted (to say the least). My back and feet were killing me! My Fitbit had even recorded close to 30,000 steps taken on that first day.
This routine was my go-to routine during the week. It brought me the relief I needed in my back and feet from standing and walking all day. Not only is this routine great for the 'theme park attendee', but it is also great for those who have demanding jobs that require them to be on their feet all day (or those who are at home chasing after their toddler). Also, if you are pregnant, these are great poses to do (with the exception of the inversions... see prenatal precautions blog post here). When I was pregnant my back and feet killed me most days. These poses help move stiff back muscles and help exercise the ankles and feet and loosen the tension that has been built up throughout the day.
When it comes to back pain, inversions and twists are the best. Twists loosen up the muscles around the spine and pull them in a different direction than they are used to. Inversions take the body upside down and then with the use of gravity, pull at the spine and the muscles (including the hips) in the opposite direction. This relieves an incredible amount of pressure and tension.
Now for the feet... any of these poses are great. Downward dog stretches out the ankles one way while pointing your feet in three legged dog creates the counter pose to downward dog, creating that ankle stretch in both directions. Then also moving from being on the balls of your feet to balancing on the tops of your feet, create an intense and deep stretch in the top of your foot as well as the bottom of your foot. It also gets the toes moving around and relieves stiffness after being stuffed inside of a shoe all day long.
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Around 8:00pm I want this little boy to come early. I took castor oil and took a tbps every half hour up to 2 tbsp today - I want to shoot for the doc on-call today, but I think I missed it. I still want him to come earlier though, because Rich only has next week at home due to our move to California. He will have to go back to work in Cali after that.
11:00pm Went to bed
12:15am Moved from our bed to the couch due to feeling very nauseous, hot and dizzy. Fell asleep.
1:20am Started to feel cramps
2:00am Started to time contractions on my app
2:30am Rich got up to take Advil for his headache and checked on me and then went back to bed
3:00am Contractions still going strong and getting stronger... moved around and changed positions to test if they continue... and they do.
Trying to focus more on baby movement - knowing the contractions will come by themselves if it's true labor and switching my attention to the baby moving in between. He is moving well. He actually makes a big move right before a contraction. Poor little guy feels it before I do.
3:15am Contractions about every 4 mins and about 1 min long and my breathing is starting to get heavy in between. Think it's time to wake up rich.
3:30am Tried to wait out a few more... but getting too intense and making me dizzy. Now I'm unable to talk during a contraction. Woke up rich and called mom to come over to babysit.
3:45am I've started bleeding. Very grateful for the breaks in between contractions. What a blessing!!!
4:30am Got to the hospital. Dilated to a 4 and 90% effaced. Nurse said baby is right there. Have to wait for an hour before she comes and checks me again to be admitted and have the doc called. Still having very strong contractions and bleeding a little bit.
5:25am Was in too much pain and getting nauseous so we called the nurse in. dilated to a 5.5 Moving rooms and being admitted.
6:30am Epidural, IV and catheter finished. IV was rough. Tried my left arm a few times, then my right, then settled on my left hand. Blood on the bed and arm made me a little nervous. (Tender mercy: the moon was outside the window and was so pretty). Took a bit for the epidural to get in because of my scoliosis but it worked and feels so much better. Rich got a little wheezy and had to sit down as the epidural was being finished. Contractions were getting extremely bad. But the epidural kicked in quickly. Just about peed my pants (due to the pressure) but the catheter made it all better. After the nurse finished the catheter she checked my cervix and I was dilated to a 7. She will be back in a half hour to check again. Got a big window in our new room and the sun is coming up! It is beautiful with the Utah mountains there.
Feeling a little dizzy and having some heart flutters. Feeling pressure where the baby is but not wanting any more meds... just feels like I have to pee really really bad when there is a contraction. And the poor little baby's heart rate changes when the contraction happens.
7:10am The doc came in to say hi (he is the doc I wanted!! YAY!). Said he could break my water now but there is no rush. Also Doctor said the next doc on call will be in soon and will be taking over the on-call. He is doing a C-section then will come break my water after. That'll be in about 3.5-4 hours. That'll give me enough time for my antibiotic that I need for my strep to get into my system. For now... we shall sleep. :)
7:30am Feeling lots of pressure and burning. Called the nurse. She checked me and I'm at a 10! Doc came in and set me all up!! He was about to leave because it was past his shift but he stayed to deliver me!! YAYYY!! I started to push and it was really hard and painful. It was so painful and burning so bad I didn't think I could do it. I felt everything and pushed only a few times. The meds helped a lot because I couldn't feel most of the pain but the pressure and the burning was enough. I wanted to be able to feel some of it this time and I was able to. It was intense but great at the same time.
7:45am He was out! I pushed for maybe 5 mins. I saw (and felt) him as the doc pulled his body out and then placed him right on my stomach as they cleaned him off. It was the most beautiful moment I have ever been apart of. I will NEVER forget it.
Then Rich cut the umbilical cord and then they put him on my chest for skin to skin contact. Doctor said everything looked great and I didn't tear at all! "Just a skid mark" is what he said. We cuddled for a bit then they took him to weigh him and measure him. He weighted in at 7 lbs. 10 oz. and measured at 20 inches long.
Then they brought him back to me and I tried to nurse him. He latched on right away and nursed for 15 mins each side!! It was amazing!
8:45am There was an earthquake! The ceiling and walls cracked and swayed as if the wind blew it a bit. The earth was welcoming him.
9:30am Nursing is going great. Resting a lot. We love this hospital so much more than the last one. The nurses are a lot more personable and their procedures are tons better. (Ex: they like to see the baby feed twice before the give them a bath...stuff like that)
6:00pm Last night went fine. I let Rich sleep and I wheeled the little guy (no name yet) in his bed close to me and nursed him every time he woke up which was about every hour or so. I was really tired in the morning but made up for it later in the day.
We had a great lactation specialist come talk to us for a bit and I wish she had helped us back with my first... she could have helped me a lot then.
A massage therapist came and gave me a foot massage for a bit too. That was fabulous!!
Our nurse for the most of the day today was my mom's friend Melinda from the gym.
I have been feeling great! Just some aches and pains and really the stomach cramping during nursing is the worst pain so far. I get up and walk every now and then and I feel fine.
Nursing is going great. Just a bit tender but ok.
They want me to stay in the hospital until Tomorrow morning, but we would like to be home tonight.
They are sending dinner to us now and my mom and BIG SISTER :):) will be here soon to bring the baby's car seat. Then we will be going home!!! Yay!!
9:00pm I seriously feel so blessed for the way everything has gone the last few days. I have been praying and praying the baby would come before Rich needed to go back to Cali for work. I wanted to have Rich home for a bit with me after the baby came and now we have all next week. It has all worked out so well and I have really felt God's hand in it every step of the way. Especially with how fast he came and when he arrived. I was even able to get the doctor I wanted and felt the most comfortable with. It gave me strength when things got hard or painful. And now I still feel the strength and comfort and confidence in all that is coming our way as far as the recovery, moving to California, packing, Rich being gone, etc. I can do this. I can do hard things.
I found this article online the other day when I was searching for something completely unrelated to this topic.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I have never been the entertainer or someone that one would even consider ‘funny’. In reality, I don’t like a lot of attention and I usually stray away from anything that will put me in the spot light. Because of his I really look up to people who are outgoing and can make others laugh. I really enjoy being around those types of people, because really they make me happier!
In my sociology class back in college we studied about a term called ‘facial feedback’. It’s basically the idea that if you smile, your brain thinks you’re smiling because you are happy, and then it sends triggers to the rest of your body saying, “Yes! I am happy!” I wouldn’t consider this lying to myself... it’s more like ‘faking it until I make it’ or just staying positive, finding hope, and being optimistic. I know that happiness is contagious and laughing really is the best medicine. When we are happy and optimistic it sends messages to our brain helping us to become happier in our situation no matter what the situation may be.
Now, like I said before, I love to be around people who are positive and make others laugh because their positivity rubs off on me! When we are happy, that positive energy rubs off on those around us. This then creatives a positive and uplifting environment. Now why wouldn’t we want to live in an environment like that?
Even though I may not be the class clown or find it easy to put a smile on someone’s face, I can always strive to find ways to be happy and uplifting. And if I am able to lift someone’s spirit by doing so, then that’s totally worth it!
I want to create a happy, hopeful, uplifting environment for my kids to grow up in. I want them to then take this philosophy into the world and help others find happiness as well. This is just one simple way to make the world a better place. And really the most simplest ways can be the most powerful.
Usually during my little boy's morning nap is the time I get my personal yoga practice in. But today's was extra special because I surprised my little girl with a new toy that she gets to take with us next week on our trip to DISNEYLAND!
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