Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Birth Story: Since When Do Things Ever Go as Planned? Oh Right, Never.

After starting the Pitocin, the Doctor gave it about 6 hours before coming back to check to see how much I’d progressed and unfortunately it wasn’t what we had hoped for. I was up to 2cm dilated when they were hoping for at least 3cm so they could increase the amount of Pitocin being given. Since the medication wasn’t helping me to further dilate they decided that it was time to insert a foley balloon1 to assist with further dilation, and yes that is exactly as it sounds: a balloon inserted into my vagina, which was then inflated and left to do its work. Once the balloon fell out then I’d be around 5cm dilated and that’s when they’d really turn on the medication. Least to say it was a very uncomfortable experience but not as painful or awful as I’d read from other women online, thankfully. newmom

Once the balloon was inserted, it was back to waiting. At that point I was in and out of sleep due to utter exhaustion and poor R didn’t fare much better. While there was a place for him to sleep, it wasn’t entirely comfortable so the whole wait and see took its toll on him too, especially since the balloon took a while. At some point, the contractions started to make sleeping difficult so I asked for something to take the edge off. The doctor gave me Fentanyl because it was safer for the Goombas, but is probably one of my least favorite pain relievers. I can’t even say it relieved the pain, more so it just knocked me out but in a way where I felt like I was under sleep paralysis. I was aware of everything going on around me but I wasn’t able to move, talk, or participate because I was so far under. It was not a pleasant experience and one I do not hope to relive.

The balloon was taking longer than expected and when our nurses rotated, she thought it odd there was nothing attached to help the process along. Basically, they typically add an IV bag of saline to the end of the foley balloon and hang it off the edge of the bed as a means to add some more resistance and allow gravity to help the process along. After doing another cervix check, the doctor went ahead and approved the nurse’s suggestion and exactly 5 hours later the balloon finally came out, leaving me 100% effaced and 5cm dilated…

to be continued…
  1. Foley catheter balloons can be used to mechanically dilate the cervix and have been helpful to ready the cervix for induction. With this method, small rubber tubing is placed through the cervix and a balloon inside the tubing is inflated just inside the inner edge of the cervix.

Oh Snap! I Am a Mommy Blogger!

Oh Snap! I Am a Mommy Blogger!

Sleep deprivation isn’t getting any easier and with both babies in the midst of a growth spurt, let’s just say life in the Beckman household has been hell. I still am not quite sure how R is managing to function without a single nap during the day, but then I imagine that’s probably a result of the fact that he’s not getting up to pump in the middle of the night so his sleep isn’t as broken. Who knows? What I do know is I appreciate him taking the babes during the day so I can at least get one nap in. I’ve offered to take the kids so he can sleep but he’s stubborn and continually refuses. I don’t think he can go on much longer the way he is and suspect very soon we’ll have another day when he crashes around 5 in the afternoon, only to wake up around 9 at night to recharge. I just wish he wasn’t so stubborn.

I think, as much as we will probably loathe ourselves for saying this once they’re older, we are ready for the newborn phase to end. With the kids only sleeping in 2-3 hour chunks per night, I sometimes wonder why we even bother. They seem to sleep better AND longer during the day so I wonder if it just makes sense to adapt my schedule. R obviously can’t as he needs to be awake during the day for job hunting purposes, but I think I could probably modify my pumping schedule to work for being up all night.
sorrynotsorry It’s something worth discussing, I suppose, though it would mean we’d have absolutely no time to spend with each other and I know that bothers him A LOT. I just keep counting the days until we hit that 2-month mark, where there should hopefully be a marked changed. We will see.

I know that recently my blogs have all been about parenting, motherhood, and surviving the twinpocalypse. In essence, I’ve become a “mommy blogger” and while I know that many HATE those kinds of blogs, all I have to say is, tough. Presently this is the only method I have of an emotional dump that doesn’t involve crying my eyes out and completely shutting down so that I’m of no use to my kids and husband, so #sorrynotsorry. Funnily enough, it doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. Hopefully, soon, very soon, I’ll have a bit more to blog about that doesn’t stem completely from the motherhood side of things, but for now, I’m getting from my blog what I’ve so desperately missed in the last couple of years: release.

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion

If you’ve ever been to Arizona, especially during the summer, then you’re familiar with its dry climate. As a result, I end up with dry skin ALL the time so I’m constantly slathering lotion over my skin to keep it moisturized, which I wouldn’t mind if I didn’t have to do it so often. vaseline intensive care advanced repair lotion

Recently, Influenster gave me the opportunity to try out and review Vaseline’s intensive care advanced repair lotion. Admittedly, I used it a couple of times and then stopped but found that it was really useful after giving birth.

I have yet to relive my birth story on this blog, but to keep it short, it took 3 tries to get the epidural place correctly which meant that 2 of the 3 times, rather than the medication running directly into my bloodstream, it was running into my skin which caused A LOT of dryness. I’m talking sand monster dry here. In any event, my back felt disgusting and nothing I did seemed to work. Drinking lots of water and keeping hydrated? No. Trying to put on other products that boasted about keep your skin moisturized? Nope. Heck, even cocoa butter was no match.

Finally, after nearly giving up, I had R start rubbing Vaseline’s intensive care advanced repair lotion on my back and saw a marked improvement in just a few days. A week and a half later and the skin on my back is back to normal. I no longer feel crusty and gross and the nickname I gave myself no longer applies.

If you’re struggling with dry skin or skin that needs intensive healing after exposure to the elements or anything else that causes cracks and dryness, I highly recommend Vaseline’s intensive care advanced repair lotion. It did wonders for me and I have no doubt that it’d do the same for you too!