Jumping Jacks or Pineapple?

Last Thursday my blog was of me getting over that excited feeling of being so many weeks pregnant.   That night Ian made us a wonderful dinner of ham, mashed potatoes, and pineapple.  I can't remember if I mentioned it before, but I read on a couple of websites that pineapple can make you go into labor.  Bring on the pineapple right?  People had also been telling me to do jumping jacks.  Have you tried doing jumping jacks at 39 weeks pregnant?  It's pretty hard!  I managed to do about 5, with Ian doing them with me.  :)  Then I did 3 big jumps....just for that extra "Please let me go into labor!" soon. 

At 2:30 I woke up to go to the bathroom, something a pregnant woman does frequently.  This maybe a little TMI, but I was already wet.  Umm...so I peed myself or my water broke.....From the beginning I always wanted my water to break natural, not in the hospital with a doctor poking me with their hook thing.  I pictured it like in the movies though, that big gush.  Not so much.  Pretty exciting though.  Shortly afer that I started having contractions.  I woke up Ian and let him know that I thought my water broke.  He went into action quickly!  Calm, but very quick.  :)  We made it to the hospital.  We had to go through the ER.  Last time we did this I was taken by wheel chair to the triage, but the ride was bumpy.  There was no way I was going on that bumpy ride again with the contractions I was having!  

Once I was checked in and the nurse did her thing, she confirmed that my water did break.  Yay!  Once Ian came back, my contractions were close together and PAINFUL.  He was amazing though, and when I was breathing through them I needed him to look me in the eyes.  For some reason that helped me.  I felt those contractions for about 3 hours.  The nurse gave me meds for nausea and to take the edge off my contractions because the anethesiologist was else where and would be awhile to get to me.  Those meds made me loopy and tired.  When the anethesiologist showed up the nurse had to hold me upright, because I kept leaning to the side because I was falling asleep!! 

Can I just say that epidurals are AMAZING!!!  Once I got mine, I slept from 5:30 to about 10:00.  I was 10 cm by then but my labor nurse said we would let the contractions do some of the work for me and work Max down.  My mom flew in that morning and made it just in time!  10 mins after she arrived, I began pushing, which I have to say is hard to do when you can't feel anything.  Ian cheered me on with every push, which was cute, but made me want to laugh.  Holding my breath for 10 counts and wanting to laugh isn't the best thing!  :)  After 20 minutes, our beautiful baby boy came into the world.  There are no words to explain how it felt to have our son placed into my arms and to hear his first cry.  It was unbelieveable.  

I've said throughout the blog that all the bumps we've had this pregnancy would be forgotten once Max made his debut.  I would go through everything again.  Max is so worth it.  Plus my labor was only 8 hours and 38 minutes.  I can brag about that

Max Donovan Winklmann
August 20, 2010
11:08 AM
8lbs, 21 in

First family picture!

Max meeting his Uncle Antonio for the first time.

Max with his Auntie Alicia.

Going home!


Our beautiful boy doing what he does best.



39 weeks, 2 days, and STILL Pregnant

Oh how I use to love to say, "I'm ____ weeks pregnant!"  That love is slowly fading.  I don't want to say it anymore!  I want to say, "It's time!" or even better "Max is here!"   I've been having contractions here and there.  Today they were pretty consistent.  Every 10 minutes, but they wouldn't get worse.  Isn't it crazy that I want them to get worse?   Bring on the pain! I'm ready!

I went to my doctor appointment today.  They took me late so I guess I should have known things weren't going to go in my favor.  I was checked, which is not my most favorite thing in the world to have done to me, and I'm 4cm and 80% effaced.   Tomorrow I'll get a phone call letting me know what day next week I'll be induced...that is if he doesn't come this weekend.  I'd rather him come when he's ready, but at the same time I'm ready!

To be continued........



38 weeks

This week has gone by so fast!  On Monday the kiddos started school.  I started the week off with 33 kiddos, and now I'm at 31.  I know, it sounds like a lot of kiddos in one room, and at times it feels like it, but really this class isn't too bad....yet. :)  I have some chatters, but if that's the worse they are going to do, I'll take it!!  We're actually going to get another 3rd grade teacher, so my class size will go down.  It's nice to know that we're getting a new teacher, but at the same time I like my kiddos.  We'll see what happens!  I do have a few kiddos who are very interested in Max.  One little girl keeps asking if she can touch my belly, but it's always at times where she should be doing something else, like going to Music.  It's cute, and I'm impressed that she's even asking permission.  Everyone else just touches!    My kiddos did tell our Music teacher, Mrs. Hann, that Max was kicking me, and she thought our head custodian, Max, was kicking me! Haha...it was too funny. 

At the end of every day my feet hate me.  I've been wearing shoes because my flip flops don't quite fit when my fit swell.  I can hardly wait until I can wear my shoes without being in pain!  10 days or less!!!!  Well I guess it could be 10 days or more, but we're hoping with less days.  :)

I went to my weekly appointment on Thursday.  I saw Kim, the nurse practitioner, who is so very nice.  I really like her.  She checked me and said I was still 3 cm, but she could stretch me to 4....umm I didn't like the way that sounded.  Please don't stretch me!  Eek!  I was still 75% effaced.  So she brings up casually that she can strip my membrane.  Now remember, Dr. Suarez mentioned doing this at my appointment when I'm 39 weeks, so I wasn't expecting to hear this.  I let her know that I was scared it would hurt....yes I'm worried about that and I know labor will be worse, but at that moment I wasn't in labor....so stripping my membrane sounded more painful at the time.  She said she could try it and if it hurts she would stop.  I won't go into detail at what the procedure is, but it happened so quick and I didn't have time to tell her to stop.  It did hurt though, but after I felt so brave. :)  Aww the little things that make me feel brave.  Wait till labor right?    Anyways, with doing the procedure I had a 50% chance of going into labor within the next 24 hours.  We waited, waited, and waited.  NOTHING!  Boo!! 

At 35 weeks and 5 days, he was ready, but the Dr. Suarez said no.....so now that everyone wants him to come, he's letting us know that we had our chance, and now we'll have to wait until he's ready!  Oh my little boy is so stubborn.  :)

We do have one more person waiting for Max to make his debut.  On Tuesday at 7:46 pm, his friend, Kaylee Madison, came into the world!!!  We can't wait for these two to meet!  10 days or LESS!! 


Let There Be Progress!!

37 weeks!  Does it look like I lean forward? Haha!

Now for a happier blog! :)

I had a doctors appointment on Thursday, and I went in telling myself there would be no change in my dilation, because I didn't want to get my hopes up. Well, I was checked and I'm now dilated to 3cm and 75% effaced!!! Woohoo!! I was all smiles after that. Dr. Saurez told me that if I haven't had Max by 39 weeks, at that weeks appointment he could strip my membrane to get the labor process started. Ummm....strip my membrane? That just sounds painful. So I asked him if it hurts. His response is, "It's not excruciating, but it's uncomfortable." After asking him though, I thought how the heck would he know how it feels. He's a man who has never experienced it himself. IF I make it to 39 weeks and Max isn't here yet, then maybe I'll consider it, maybe. 

Last night was Meet the Teacher Night. I met 20 of my 28 kiddos. 28 so far, but I think I'll be at 30 on Monday. They were so adorable!! All the parents seemed to want to be involved as well, so that's always good. I had quite a few of my kiddos from last year come visit me. One girl pointed out how big my belly is, and then called her mom over to show her. I had to laugh at that.   One of my new students asked if I was having a boy or girl, and when I told her I'm having a boy she said, "Boys are icky."  Guess I can't please everyone. :) 

Today our nephew, Jaden, sang Itsy Bitsy Spider to Max.  It was so adorable.  Jbo's excited to meet his cousin, which he'll be able to do in December when Ian and I go to Alaska for Christmas!  We bought our tickets this week!  I have no idea how I'll handle the weather....eek!

Next appointment is Thursday, so I'll update after that...or if anything exciting happens!

APW Part 2

So the past couple days at work I've had co-workers say the following to me: 

1.) You're breathing like Bandit.......Bandit is a friend's dog. 
2.) I'm fat....always a pleasure to hear.
3.) Cheeks...my personal favorite.
4.) I need to dye my hair. 

Who would have thought that being 37 weeks pregnant means that you would become a walking punch line? 

1.)  Being that Max has grown and is the size of a watermelon, you can imagine what it's doing to all my organs.  My lungs are smushed, so breathing is a bit difficult.  Do I realize I'm breathing hard? No.  Do I need to be compared to a dog?  Do I even need to ask that question?

2.)  Really there are no words for this.  Being called big is one thing, but fat....really?   Can you say rude?  I would say something much worse, but my brother reads this, and it's not appropriate for him to read such words. 

3.) Cheeks....aww my favorite.  Not so much!  I even said that was a mean thing to say, and I was called it again! 

4.)  Okay....white hair is something that happens as you age.  Yes, I have white hair.  Shocker right?!  So dying my hair isn't a priority right now, but thanks for pointing it out. 

I guess being called big isn't so bad after all....never thought I'd say that.


Angry Pregnant Woman

I'm 37 weeks and 1 day!!  Tomorrow I have an appointment with Dr. Suarez, so we'll see if there has been any change.  I'm crossing my fingers there has been some progress!

I'm back at work....sadly.  The week before I wasn't really on my feet, because the doctor told me to take it easy.  Being back at work my classroom isn't the closest to the library (where our meeting are held) or the work room.  Not that I've ever really considered it far, but now that I'm 37 weeks pregnant, the places I have to walk seem like miles away!!  At the end of the day my poor feet are swollen like no other! I really think they double in size! 

It's really nice to see everyone, but seeing everyone after two months away comes the comment, "You're big!"  Ohhh I really love when they add in a so..."You're so big!"  That's awesome.  I'm towards the end of my pregnancy people.  There is a child growing in me....ummm what do you expect?  It makes me feel like a hot air balloon or something.   I guess you can tell it makes me a little angry? :)  I just don't think it's nice to tell a pregnant women, who already feels ginormous, that she's big.  Nope, doesn't make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and happy to see you. 

I think I need to prepare myself for the students though.  They certainly don't filter what comes out of their mouths.  Tomorrow night is Meet the Teacher Night, so I'll get to meet my little kiddos for the first time as 3rd graders.  They are so cute when they come in.  Of course, I'm sure the cuteness will fade quickly, but hopefully I'll be on maternity leave when that happens. :)