Happy Birthday!

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It’s raining out. I love this time of year. Every year around my birthday it cools down and the rainy season rolls on in…. followed by the cool, crisp air of autumn apple picking, pumpkin carving, and Halloween. Then it gets colder.. hot chocolate, Christmas Trees, Presents, Parties….. The cusp of Autumn is upon us. Great time for clean slates and new beginnings… new school year, new pencils. Lots of stuff I love about this time of year. So exciting. I wonder what time of year will be your favorite. Well Miss Rachel, I am heading to bed. This *22* year old needs her sleep. :-)

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Almost my bday

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Well, it’s about 30 minutes until my first Birthday as a Mum. I love you. This year will be a very frugal birthday, but I have you and that is all that matters. You’re sitting across from me fast asleep. How sweet you are, I love you dear, sweet, baby Rachel. I only hope that you realize that I make every decision based upon your best interests. By the way… while I think about this… no more peeing on my hands. That was gross. You’re awake! Ja’nelle still hasn’t had the baby and I think they still don’t have a name. Just wanted to let you know how much I love you and thank you for sharing my birthday with me.

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3 Months!!

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Today is your 3 month Birthday!!! You now smile ALL the time and can recognize me, your Father and Grandparents. You LOVE eating cereal, banana and are still in size one diapers. I haven’t given you a bathtub since the day your cord fell off, you really enjoy coming into the shower with me. Last week we went to see Toni, Paul and Adam. You enjoyed interacting with Adam, he is a handsome baby. At 2 months you weighed 10.5lbs. You have got to be 2lbs heavier than that now. I have a TON of size 1 diapers, Toni gave me a bunch as Adam has already grown into size 2′s. You have a mild rash on your girl part so I am changing you a ton. Ja’nelle is due today, they still haven’t chosen a name for him…. they are considering Ryan and Tyler. Right now you are swinging in your baby swing and are as happy as can be. Adrian, Linda, Sarah and Haley are all living up the street until they find a house. Tonya is having radiation on her brain to try and get rid of the cancer. Clive just got a new job and will hopefully be moving with the animals and Tonya to New England. I am having a barbecue next weekend for all of the women I met on Parentsplace. That is all I really have to say for now. I regret that I don’t write more often…. I’ve just been busy and occupied. I love you.

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Through the night!

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Rachel slept through the night for the first time. (2 months 5 days)

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Rachel’s Short Birth Story

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Rachel’s Birth Story: I went in last Tuesday (May 16) and they admitted me to the Labor and Delivery Ward (Birthing Unit as they like to call it) where my OB met me and placed the cervadil around my cervix. At this point my cervix was long and thick.. but was soft. The next morning (May 17) they checked me and I was 2cm dilated and 50% effaced (it was again MY OB that checked me)… and they started the pitocin drip. The also told me that I was Group B Strep Positive and started antibiotics. I had contractions off and on at by 1pm I was up to 80% effaced and dilated to 3cm. My OB then broke my water which was the only painful part of the procedure. Water breaking (from what I have been told) doesn’t usually hurt.. But I was tense, not knowing what to expect. My contractions got quite uncomfortable and I broke down and let them play Pulp Fiction on my spine. The epidural was in… and to all the first timers – it really didn’t hurt at all. It stung for less than five seconds… and felt like someone tapping on the spine. All really painfree. Off and on, my OB was there for me – by far the best that I could have imagined.. warned me of the social workers pending arrival… and was just a very supportive person. The contractions came and went.. But I couldn’t feel them. Rachel Eileen was born @ 9:48am on Thursday (May 18th) and weighed in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces. The ultrasound was extremely accurate. She is a 20 inch, leggy, blue eyed blonde. I am currently accepting donations of sticks so we can beat all the boys away. It’s amazing how your view of dating changes when you have a baby girl. I will have a lot of penis’s to worry about. *L* We got out the next day (24 hours later) but had to take her to the Pediatrician the next day just to check her out. A visiting nurse came to the house yesterday (Sunday) to make sure I hadn’t gone ‘psycho’ with Post Partum Depression. We are doing absolutely great. The breast feeding is just not working out – but such is life. *S* Nothing ever works out exactly the way you planned. To the ladies that know me well… the Post Partum Depression has absolutely not hit me. That’s about it for now – I really think I just wrote an epic – but I just don’t care. I am lucky, very lucky. She’s gorgeous.

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Hold me!

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You are 19 days old today!! Had a client meeting this morning, Granny baby-sat you. Rainy day today, I love with weather. With each day that goes by, you become more alert. You are sleeping for longer stretches but in between you are awake and demanding to be held.

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13 Days

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It’s been 13 days!! Cat and Shawna both had their babies!! You are such a good baby, it’s unreal. You’re not fussy at all and I was even able to give you your first bath as your umbilical cord fell off some time in the middle of last night. I have been giving you medicine because you had a white tongue and mouth and the Pediatrician says you have thrush. The medicine is helping, it is clearing up really well. The swelling on the left side of your head (from the forceps) is going down. Tomorrow you and I go to see Dr. Iannessa, I bought him a beautiful rose plant and card to thank him for everything. You’re waking up… I better finish this entry.

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In Labor

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Well Lady, I have been at South Shore Hospital since 5pm on Tuesday. It is now 6am on the 18th. I am 90-100% effaced and 5cm dilated. I am laying here complete with Blood 02 tester, BP cuff, catheter, IV with four different things dripping in and the epidural I swore I would never get. But God Damn this hurts!

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5 More Days

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5 more days to go!! Saw you on the ultrasound yesterday when I got a high tech 3/D ultrasound. Granny was with me, it was so cool. I gained 6lbs in 2 weeks, that is a lot for me…. I have no signs of labor…. nada, zilch. I go in on Tuesday at 5pm to get a gel and stay overnight. I called Scituate Pediatrics today and have arranged for them (on Dr. Ianessa’s suggestion) and they will arrange to check you out after you are born to clean you for your homecoming.

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10 More Days

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10 more days to go!! 10 more days to go!! Then I get induced to give birth. Yeay!!! It is so very very hot… I just wish that your Father would finally install the A/C unit in the window. I thought I was going to sweat away to nothing today. :-) The day is so nice, I have yet to see a Wrangler with the top on. Well, except for mine, that is. I promised your Father that I wouldn’t ask for the top off anymore this month if he would get the A/C situated. Nothing like melting a nutcase. :-)

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