Eliza Thornberry World

You know life has officially changed when you you can’t run errands and end up using baby shampoo for your hair since there is nothing else left.

Sorry August, I’ll replace it whenever you would like to start using shampoo.

Sick Bear on the way to the doctors ­čÉ╗

Sick Bear on the way to the doctors ­čÉ╗

Almost 2 months. Almost 6 months.

Almost 2 months. Almost 6 months.

4 months. 2 days.

4 months. 2 days.

Editing with the Wacom at an early age

Editing with the Wacom at an early age

Excuse me?

Excuse me?

August’s Big Day!

Well things are finally starting to mellow out over at the Barrera household. (Just kidding, I started writing this blog post FIVE DAYS AGO, and am just now finishing it)

August has been in our lives for a month now! HOORAY!

So I thought I would share a little about his big day for anyone that was interested…

August was born on the 24th of August, which really was of no surprise at all. Before we found out we were expecting I was awoken one morning by the date AUGUST 24TH in my mind. I sat up in our bed and thought to myself, what was so special about that date? Who had a birthday that fell on that date? I thought it might have been my cousin Sean’s, but my Mum reminded me that his birthday was actually in September. That’s odd I thought.

Well a few weeks later we found out I was pregnant! Then after a visit with the midwives we were told our due date was August 23rd. “AH-HA!” I thought to myself, August 24th was our child’s birthday!

So when contractions started on the 23rd, it was no surprise at all. I had told Matt that he or she would be coming on the 24th and no other day. 

Contractions started mid day on the 23rd. We hung out and watched movies and I figured out comfortable positions to be in as I ┬árealized i had “back labor” Every time I had a contraction, August’s head would be pushing down on my back. How lovely.

I called my family to let them know, and they started booking flights. The whole time though, I was worried that this was possibly just “false labor.” I called my midwife two different times to explain what things felt like, and the second time she said, “why not just drive over and we will just check out what’s going on so you can have peace of mind?”

So off we went. We brought our bags in the off chance she would ask us to stay. The whole drive I was just praying that I would be dilated something. There is a scene in the show ‘Friends’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkTXPphx-uk) where Rachel finds out she is barely dilated, and this is what I thought would happen to me.

Well soon after arriving, we found out i was already at 5cm! HOORAY!

Our midwife suggested we should go and grab some dinner and walk about a little and then head back on over and have the baby. As Matt and I were on our way out the door, Rita looked at us both and confirms with us that this is our FIRST baby. We nodded. She laughed and said, “you two are SO mellow considering you have never gone through this before!” Matt and I looked at each other and smiled. We really need to work on acting more excited about things. We probably come across as though we don’t care. But we really do! We just knew this was going to happen eventually and we knew that my body would figure out how to do it on it’s own.

We drove to get dinner at none other than Whole Foods. I texted my family updating them. My Mum’s response, “Oh my goodness! Please do’t have your baby IN Whole Foods!”

We wondered around the aisles picking up THE MOST RANDOM assortment of food items.

Sushi, chocolate milk, soup (gross burnt tomato soup as Matt recalls), cornbread, popcorn, watermelon, smoothie drinks, cheese, edamame…

As I stood at the checkout line, while Matt went out front to get a sunflower plant for the delivery room, the cashier looked at me and smiled and asked when my due date was? I pause, trying to think of something witty to say, but instead just told it like it was. 

"Well…I’m actually in labor right now, we are just grabbing dinner then going back to the birthing center"

She looked at me for a moment, with a half smile, trying to see if I was joking or not. She then realized i was completely serious as Matt added the sunflower to the items being scanned. She looked at us as if we were both completely insane, but also had the biggest smile on her face. She asked us a few questions before we were on our way out the door to head back to the birthing center.

Once back at the birthing center my midwife gave me some homeopathic things to start kicking this labor into gear. Matt and i snacked on our food, walked around, I rested on a yoga ball for a bit and  basically just found comfortable positions as August took his sweet time making his way down. Once the nurse arrived, my midwife suggested we break my water. I had been in labor for a while now and it was nearing midnight so both Matt and I were getting pretty tired. 

After she broke my water it wasn’t long before I hit 7cm. It was at this point that I was allowed to get in the tub, as I had thought the idea of a water birth would be nice. I stepped into this giant jacuzzi tub and within a couple of minutes informed everyone that this was the last place I was going to have this baby. The back labor was more intense now so the tub was extremely uncomfortable.

My midwife gave me something to help me relax and hopefully get a little rest as I was starting to really tense up when the contractions came which was slowing down the labor.

Matt and I laid down and took a much needed nap. I would wake up occasionally from the contractions but overall we were exhausted and tried to get as much sleep as possible.

At around 3:30 4ish in the morning on the 24th I laid there and wondered to myself why no one was there. Matt was asleep. The midwife and nurses were in the other room resting and chatting, and I was feeling like August was about to come out at any moment. I kicked my foot behind me to find where Matt was and poked him in the shin.┬á

"Matt, can you do me a favor and get Rita, I’m pretty sure the baby is coming"

Matt hopped out the room and once everyone was back I was informed i was 10cm and ready to meet our baby!

After some figuring out how to push and then some actual pushing, Rita yelled, “It’s a boy!” and August was plopped onto my chest.

He was here! :)

Funny moments of the day:

Matt said I used the word “y’all” a lot. I would have a contraction and say, “y’all…y’all…he is really hurting my back!!” He laughed about it afterward. This little Scottish girl who is not even a tiny bit southern saying y’all over and over again.

Rita’s very expensive nurse shoes cracked from being in the car and then brought into the a/c and ending up walking around with shoes duct taped down the middle for the rest of the day.

When I started pushing, Rita told me to push when I had a contraction. So I did, but i had no idea what I was doing. Matt said he looked at my face, which was really tensed up and then looked to see what was happening with the baby. He said all he could think to himself was, “is she doing ANYTHING?!” Then when I figured out how to push, he realized the difference.

I liked laying on the edge of the bed during labor, but Matt said i was basically falling off the whole time, so they would all take turns standing next to me so I wouldn’t fall off.

I have seen photos of mothers being handed their babies for the first time, and their eyes are full of tears and they have this loving motherly expression on their faces as they meet their son or daughter. Well Matt has a photo of me with August shortly after he was born and I look absolutely perplexed. I’m just staring at August with a look of complete curiosity as I try and wrap my brain around the fact that he was inside me and that his tall self fit inside miraculously!

We have been watching WAY too much Jamie Oliver recently.

We have been watching WAY too much Jamie Oliver recently.

First shopping trip to whole foods with the bug was a success! @uppababy

First shopping trip to whole foods with the bug was a success! @uppababy

Stretching after a snooze at Foxy Loxy

Stretching after a snooze at Foxy Loxy