Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I'm a MUMMY!

Im blogging this from my iphone so i cant post any photos yet...

On June 23rd, 5 days early at 805pm weighing 8lb 4oz after 16 hours of labour... My little man made his grand entrance to the world!!

I will post up the birth story when I get a chance (sleep takes precedence at the moment!!!). But I am totally in love with my precious little guy and I'm doing just fine!

Weight on last day of pregnancy: 106kg
Weight today 29/June: 97.9kg

That's a loss of 8.1kg in 6 days!! 3.7kg of that was the baby :P

Once I get settled into the swing of things with little L I will get more serious about my weightloss! I would prefer to sleep than eat and I lost my appetite completely after the birth and while in hospital. And I am breastfeeding so that will help also.

LBG xx

Sunday, June 20, 2010

39 weeks!! 1 more week to go!!

Hard to believe that here we are 9 months later and on the last few days of the pregnancy. I am starting to have a bit of a freak out about the labour and birth. I mean, I know he's got to get out of there somehow.. and I REALLY want to do it without an epidural... but I just don't know what it's going to be like... I have NOTHING to compare it to.. and I think it's the unknown that is worrying me the most..

... and then once I have the baby, what then? I take him home and then what? Where's the instruction manual??? What did people do before the internet?!?!? I'm sure I'll be googling my way through motherhood *lol*

So this week will be pretty boring unless the baby decides to arrive early... I'm sticking close to home so alot of TV watching, napping and cleaning. I'm also enjoying the cooking side of things too.. and my hubby is reaping the rewards :) I have a large chain grocery store 5 mins walk from me, so if I need anything I can literally just pop over and get it.

I've completely lost my appetite... which has got to be a good thing for the waist line! (what waist line!!).

Finally, a BIG congratulations to Yvonne who gave birth to little Lucas on 12th June! Another PCOS lapband mumma who have me a smidge of hope when I first got diagnosed with PCOS.

LBG xx

Friday, June 18, 2010

38 weeks 5 days!

Holy Braxton Hicks Batman!! I've been getting alot today.. and they are mighty uncomfortable. What's worse is that inbetween them I've got my little one kicking the crap out of me cos I think he's going "WTF was that Mum? I'm already cramped enough in here as it is... cut that out!!" and then I get a foot in my ribs... The only thing that helps is the stretch out on the couch... oh gee darn, I think I just might have to do that!! :)

I've had a couple of readers ask me questions. If you have questions, I would be more than happy to answer them - so please e-mail me on lapbandgirl_aus@yahoo.com.au. Thanks!

So, what's happening in the world of the lapband and being very very pregnant? Nothing much.. the restriction is really strange. Morning is liquids only, not only because of the restriction but because I'm feeling nauseous because of the high levels of hormones. I imagine the nausea will go away once the baby is here and the restriction will also diminish because the baby won't be pushing up on my stomach so much anymore. So will be interesting to see what I will and won't be able to eat once the baby is out. I imagine I'll be alot less restricted after the birth, which I am not worried about because I really want to eat well for the first couple of months after the birth for breast feeding the baby. There will still be some restriction.. but the physical pressure on my stomach at the moment is giving me alot more restriction. So, at the moment, because of that restriction, I'm being REALLY lazy with my food. This morning I had a Vanilla Milkshake drink... 1) because I'm craving vanilla milk and 2) because it's easy to get down, it's a good source of protein and gives me an energy hit. It's now 2.5 hours later and I'm not hungry at all... but I do have some leftover wraps from dinner last night so I'll have 2 mini chicken wraps with salad for lunch... That will take me around 30mins to eat, which is normal for bandits. Dinner tonight is slow cooked lamb with bacon, onion and carrots with rosemary infused dumplings and mini boiled potatos... Yes, it tastes as good as it sounds. I've got the slow cooker going and the apartment smells AMAZING... The good thing is, is that the leftovers taste even better the next day... YUM!

Exercise has well and truely gone out the window. I've been walking to the shops each day and that has been enough to bring on a couple of contractions... so I can't even imagine what 30 mins of walking on a treadmill would do. I'm also waddling majorly now.. and my back is aching all the time, so I'm allowing myself to take the next few days off from the gym. I've put my membership on hold from 24June - End august... so I'm planning to do a whole lot of walking when the baby is here. It's such lovely weather at the moment that going for walks with the baby and hubby sound lovely... maybe not so lovely when it's raining or if I have a screaming baby... *lol*

OK, I've rambled enough for now.

Thanks for reading! 9 more sleeps to go until I have my little one in my arms :)

LBG xx

Thursday, June 17, 2010

38 weeks 4 days!

10 more sleeps!!! Time feels like it's standing still but it's not really. Can't wait to have my baby here..

What am I doing with myself these days?well I'm up by around 930-10am then I potter around making tea and breakfast and then I might hop on the computer for a bit or go out and get some groceries. Around 1230-1pm I get myself some lunch and then plop my waddly butt on the couch and watch some day time TV. 3pm i'll have a nap until around 4:30pm, then I'll watch the news and then start dinner for 6pm. I'm usually in bed by 9pm and will read until 10pm. What a life! Feeling very very slobby at the moment but I really am finding it difficult to do any real exercise. I would swim, but do you know how hard it is to get into your swimming costume and get your butt to the pool when it's cold out?? I've stopped my gym membership from 24th June til end august.

Right now I'm just Cherishing the feeling of my baby moving inside me. My nails and hair look fabulous cos of the hormones but the downside of the hormones is my skin has gone crazy and I've got a few more pimples than i would like. Imagine hormonal skin all the time, not just once a month. Trying not to wear too much makeup at the moment as my skin is sensitive too.

Ok that's all from me. Have a good Thursday everyone!!

LBG xx

Monday, June 14, 2010

38 weeks 1 day!

It's hit me. The final two weeks of pregnancy have hit me like a tonne of bricks. I can't move properly, I need a hoist to get up, my lower belly aches, I'm waddling, my back is aching after standing for only minutes, I'm peeing every 30mins, I can't breathe properly, my hips are sore, constant heartburn and I'm so very tired. Wow! I was feeling pretty good before this week started and now I'm shattered. This baby can so arrive any time now.

...13 more sleeps and it will all be over.

LBG xx

Friday, June 11, 2010

37 weeks 5 days!

So now we wait...

I just did the last of my official jobs for getting ready for baby - fitting the infant capsule to the car.. just got to repack my maternity bag - cos I can't remember what I packed (bloody placenta brain!!) and then we wait...

... so ready... so ready to be a mum and have my body back. I feel old, clumsy, tired and just not quite right. I hate not having the same spring in my step. I hate feeling achy in my tummy and back, I hate the heart burn. I hate feeling slow.. taking my time just to get off the freaking couch! My pregnancy aches and pains have been pretty good in comparison.. so I can't really complain! :)

Another question came up regarding pregnancy and my band. Ames asked if the pregnancy caused any problems with the position of the port:

Nope, no problems with my port and being pregnant.. It's definitely more prominant and I can feel it, but no pain or problems with stretching or anything.

I have nothing planned next week, except to sit and home and wait. I have a feeling I'm going to drive myself crazy waiting, so I hope he makes his appearance early... but I guess he'll come when he's ready.

OK that's all from me, quite a boring post today I'm sorry! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

LBG xx

Thursday, June 10, 2010

37 weeks 4 days!

Good morning all!

Day 4 of maternity leave and I have nothing planned except to wash a whole heap of cute little baby clothes. My heart melts when I look at them, they just look so small but the scary thing is, is that my little boy kicking away inside me can FIT them now!!! *eeep!!!* So today just chillaxing at home... will watch some TV, have a nap in the afternoon and do some baking for DH's international day tomorrow. He's Canadian so I'm going to make this special slice that comes from Vancouver which I googled the other day. But have to pop over to the shops to pick up the ingredients now.

Thanks heaps to everyone for their comments. I had a couple of questions which I will try to answer:

Congrats on taking the first steps to get a lap band. It's the best thing I ever did (besides marrying my DH and falling pregnant of course). I'm not sure what advice you want from me, so perhaps if you could be more specific I will be able to impart my "words of wisdom" about my experiences with my band. But, GOOD LUCK! It is so worth it!!

I didn't have any fluid/fill removed during the pregnancy. Infact, I haven't had any fill removed for a year now.. since before I fell pregnant. Actually I was due for another fill at the beginning of November because my weight was getting harder to maintain... but then I found out I was pregnant at the end of October and my lapband doctor advised me to just "see how I went" and to come and see him if things turned south and I found that I couldn't eat because of increased restriction OR that I was eating too much and putting on too much weight during the pregnancy. I've been in touch with my fill doctor during the pregnancy, and my OB knows about the band too. I've gained 8kg (around 20lb??) and have continued to exercise throughout. I have to admit, now that the baby is quite big and I have no room left, I've felt major restriction in the last couple of months - which has helped my weight stabilise and I've gained 4lb (around 2kg) in the last 3 months. Also, another thing with me (and I don't know if this is the same for other pregnant bandits) is that my hormones have an effect on the tightness of my band, and I used to notice this when I had my period as well before I was pregnant. Both my fill doctor and my OB have been happy with my weight progress while pregnant and have been evaluating me closely, but have no cause for concern. I'm not going to look at getting any fill put in until I've figured out the whole breast feeding thing... so maybe 2-3 months after the baby is born I'll book an appointment to see my fill doctor and go from there.

So lap band remains the same - liquids in the morning, then slowly introducing small snacks throughout the day mainly because of my heartburn. Dinner is still the best meal of the day for me, so trying to get a good amount of veges and protein during that meal. I'm thinking of making a chicken and vegetable pie for dinner... Mmmmmmmmmm!

Getting very very excited about becoming a Mummy now... he can come anytime now... I've sent an eviction notice so hopefully he gets the message and makes an appearance a couple of weeks early.

Happy Thursday everyone!

LBG xx

Monday, June 7, 2010

37 weeks 1 day - 20 more sleeps (or less!!)


First day of maternity leave was excellent. Had a hair appointment in the mornning and then came home for a nap mid afternoon. I could totally get used to being a lady of leisure but I know that this me time luxury will soon end once bubs arrives. Tomorrow I've got a waxing appointment to make sure all my bits are in good "condition" for the birth (sorry Brent, I know - TMI - heheh). Wednesday is coffee with some girlfriends who have already had babies, Thursday nothing and Friday I'm getting the car seat infant capsule fitted.

Thanks everyone for your comments. I love that I have 112 follows. Totally COOL that you actually are interested in what I have to say...

37 weeks 1 day - the heartburn was pretty sucky today and I was pretty restricted. Considering I haven't had fill put in the band in over a year, it's definitely got to be the hormones and physical pushing of the baby on my stomach that's lead me to increased restriction. I was able to eat a bit more for dinner, which is kind of normal - the band gets looser over the course of the day. The baby is moving every day and he is so strong now... feels like he's going to poke a foot through at any second. My husband laughs when he sees the alien movements in my belly. One of the things I will miss about being pregnant will be the movements - except at 4am when I'm tring to sleep.

Kat - you had a question regarding insurance but I'm probably not the best person to ask as I am from Australia and you (I'm assuming) are from the US? The way insurance works is probably totally different between countries... I'm sorry but I can't help you with your question, but good luck finding the answers you're looking for :)

OK, that's all from me today. Thanks for reading.

LBG xx

Sunday, June 6, 2010

37 weeks!! Officially full term!

So our little guy could come at any time now and everything would be ok! Can't believe we're finally at that point in the pregnancy. Seems like yesterday I was peeing on a stick and seeing 2 pink lines pop up clear as day. I'm still a little bit in denial about the whole labour and birth thing. I mean, I know he's got to come out somehow but I still don't feel like he's huge enough to cause me any pain.

I am definitely feeling slow and tired now. I finished work on Friday and am now going to take it easy until b-day. I did go to the gym yesterday and managed 30mins on the bike but it was tough going. I'm not sure if I'm going to get to the gym unless it's for swimming from now on cos I felt quite a few BH contractions while on the bike.

My band is now super tight as I enter the last few weeks of pregnancy. The morning is the worst. I drink water or tea and it sits there for half an hour. I either throw it up or try to let it go down. If I throw it up the band seems to loosen a bit but I can still only get porridge or coffee down until lunch. Lunch is a cup of soup and half a cheese sandwich mainly because the heartburn has kicked in and i need something fairly bland. Then I have some chocolate or something easy to get down in the afternoon like yoghurt or a glass or milk just to give me some energy. When I get home from work I grab myself a small bowl full of corn chips to munch on. Dinner is probably the only proper meal I can get down but it can take me up to an hour to eat. I make sure I have a good portion of vege at dinner. Then I have a glass of milk before bed. I'm supposed to be eating up to 2400 cals per day during this part of the pregnancy! Crazy. Looking forward to relieving the pressure of the baby on my stomach and lungs when he's out. My portions are tiny at the moment!! I guess on the flip side i'm maintaining my weight which is great considering this would be the time when most women gain the most weight cos bubs is putting on 30g of fat/day or around 250g per week!

Anyhoo, thanks for reading. Hope everyone has a great Sunday. I'll be sure to post a little more often now that I'm off work and will have more time on my hands (well until baby gets here)!!

LBG xx

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

36 weeks 3 days

I have a 7lb 2oz baby in my belly with 3.5 weeks to go. It's going to be a 9lb'er or come early. I hope he comes early otherwise I'm in trouble!!!

Appetite has completely gone, nausea is back except that now I have monster reflux that just doesn't let up. Looking forward to getting my body back that's for sure. I've gained some weight now at 104.7kg but I'm feeling like I've been retaining alot more fluid recently which shows cos I can't wear my wedding rings any more.

Induction date has been set for 27th June. Doc won't let me go past 40 weeks so if anything I have a definite date and won't have this baby in July.

It's our 2 year anniversary on Sunday. Going out for lunch and a movie. And this Friday is my last day of work for 7 freaking months!!

It's all happening. There is definitely a light at the end of this tunnel. Can't believe it's gone so quick and yet so painfully slow. Can't wait to meet this little guy now. I'm totally ready :)

LBG xx