MY labor story!

On June 26th 2013…. I was feeling contractions every 10 minutes. Since I am a first time mom I did not know what to expect when going into labor. I was already 6 days past my due date and desperate to have my precious baby here on earth with me. I arrived at Northwestern Memorial Hospital that day at about 11pm. I walked into the triage registration and waited until my name was called. The nurse then came in told me to get into the hospital gown so that I can be checked. The first thing they did was a pelvic exam to see if my water or amniotic sac had broken (which it had not). Then they checked to see how open my cervix was. Surprisingly it was 1 cm 60 percent effaced. I was happy thinking wow today may be the day I have looked forward to for 10 months!  Well the nurse came back and said we want you to walk around for 2 hours! I looked at my husband and said lets go home!! I don’t know how they expect me to walk for two hours in pain its ridiculous. So we went home and I dealt with more frequent intense contractions until 8 am on June 27th. My body felt exhausted and something signaled me to go in again because the contractions were 3 minutes apart. Again I went through the whole procedure another time except this time I was 3 centimeters. At that instant they said they were going to admit me to labor and delivery because I was indeed in labor! They put IVs in my arm and monitored the baby’s heartbeat. I was in triage waiting for a room for about 4 hours. Finally transport came and took me to the 8th floor! The view of my room was fantastic! I had a corner birthing suit so I could see the lake and the city. I was checked again at 1 pm to find out I had progressed  to 5 centimeters! I was stunned my heart was racing because finally I was going to meet this little person who had already changed my life tremendously! My mother in law and mom were there along with my husband and a good friend of mine. They were all playing the guessing game of when the baby would be born. As time passed by everyone was getting pretty tired. I was checked again at 5 pm and had gone up to 6 cm. I felt frustrated because although I did get the epidural it wore off on one side and I couldn’t drink fluids. Everyone was shocked but still waited at my side. By 8 my doctor came in and checked me I was still the same but she broke my water! It gave me some hope that I would progress and have her that same night! I was wrong! With a big scare of my baby’s heart beat dipping a whole team of doctors/nurses came in the room like if I was in danger. That was a false alarm but for the rest of the night I couldn’t focus on being calm I was worried sick to my stomach. Well June 27th passed and I was still waiting for the arrival of my daughter. It was 3 am the next time I was checked and was 8 cm. The nurse kept telling me that I would have to feel “pressure” and that’s how I would know its time to push. I laughed because helllllllo an epidural numbs you how was I going to feel pressure?? Anyway everyone at this point had camped out on the hospital floor because it was obvious I wasn’t going to have her right then and there. 6 am rolled around my doctor checked me and says oh wow your at 9cm but I still feel cervix all around. So that was good and BAD news. Guess what was next?? An emergency C-Section! Yes after 19 hours of labor I ended up in C-section. As they told me I needed to get a C-section I got so many mixed emotions and was scared! I was also tired. They took me to the surgery room and handed my husband scrubs and a hat and everything he needed to be there by my side. I remember looking up at him as he walked through the door and I saw the nerves and the scared look on his face. He was so quiet all he did was give me his hand and squeezed me almost like he was reassuring me I was going to be ok as long as he was by my side. That made me feel safe. After that I felt the urge to vomit and began vomiting! My poor husband sat there holding a small bucket as I vomited all over his hands he didn’t mind at all he laughed it off. I’m so lucky to have a man like him in my life. well after that I just heard them say Happy Birthday to my precious little girl and once I heard her cry I began to cry. They called my husband over as they cleaned her up and I followed him with my eyes. He was so nervous. They put her in his arms for the first time and he says that’s the most nervous feeling ever because he never held a baby that new. Well it was time to transport me to my room they finally placed the baby in my arms and I immediately fell in love. The love I feel for my baby is unexplainable. Only mothers can understand. I am so excited to raise this baby and watch her grow up.

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Its time to get your body ready for summer!

Wouldnt you like to have that rockin body everyone looks at??
Hey loves! So as I was watching the snow fall today I started to think and normally the snow makes people lazy and not want to go out anywhere but it did the complete opposite for me! Its already mid January! Spring and summer are already around the corner so that means its time to start whipping back into shape and getting your body bikini ready! If any one is an expert in weight loss I would definitely say I have first hand experience because I was once a “BIG” girl but after following the steps I am going to provide you with I lost an incredible amount of weight and it has stayed off! I am no longer ashamed to share my story!


The First Step to losing weight!

The first step to losing weight involves getting your mind and body ready for the long journey ahead. Safe and long-term weight maintenance requires a lifetime commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Start your new lifestyle by analyzing your habits and determining where you want your weight loss to take you.

System Cleanse
Yes! I mean a colon cleanse I do this 4 times a year to eliminate toxic waste and help slim down my stomach! Go to your local health store like GNC or VitaminWorld and pick one up! Once your system is cleansed you can start a fresh diet by eating healthy. Add more vegetables,soup,salad and fruits and water into your diet!

Food and Exercise Diary

The very first step to losing weight involves determining what bad habits you have. Keeping a food and exercise diary can help you see your poor eating habits and track the amount of exercise you do each week. Write down everything you eat or drink throughout the day, including small bites taken while cooking. Your journal may help you identify emotional eating and other bad habits if you also write down how you felt when you ate, how full you were after eating, what you did during the meal and who you ate with. Continue keeping your journal throughout your weight loss to help you track progress and to remain accountable for your eating and exercise habits.
I have an app in my iphone that does all of this for me I just have to put in the information and it keeps track of my weight what I eat my calories etc. If you have a smart phone try downloading the app Lose IT! Trust me it helps!

Goals

Goals help you plan your weight loss step by step as you transition into a healthier lifestyle. Plan to reach your goal weight slowly through small weekly changes to your diet and exercise routine. Analyze your food and exercise diary to determine areas you can change. Set realistic targets that promote gradual changes to your lifestyle. Make your goals achievable. For instance, make aim to lose 1 lb. each week by exercising 30 minutes each day and reducing your portion sizes to one serving. Goals that aim for things like losing 10 lb. in one week tend to undermine your weight loss attempts.

Emotional Readiness

Major life distractions and emotional issues may interfere with your weight loss success. Common emotional barriers include marital stress, financial difficulties, illness, anxiety, depression, job stress and eating disorders. Try to eliminate emotional issues as part of your analysis of your weight loss readiness. Some issues, such as past eating disorders, anxiety and depression may need professional intervention.

Support

Support provides the final part of the analysis phase prior to starting weight loss. Think about the people in your life that may help or hinder your weight loss attempts. Temptation and setbacks occur frequently during weight loss. Make sure you have someone you can turn to for support and encouragement. If no one in your life can fulfill this role, consider joining a support group for weight loss or find ways to keep your motivation high.

MY BEFORE AND AFTER PIC!

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I helped my hubbie lose weight as well here are his before and after.
                                            BEFORE!!!

    
AFTER!

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