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My birth story…and it didn’t go as planned

Whooooooo, it has been a long and somewhat exhausting 3 months. Yes, that’s right, 3 months!!! Our precious baby girl, Francesca Elizabeth Lombardo arrived 3 months ago, on March 5th, 2013 at 10:37 pm. She weighed in at a whopping 6 pounds and 10 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. It was truly the most memorable day of my life and I will never forget the feeling of seeing her for the first time and holding her in my arms.

It was an emotional roller coaster of a day to say the least. Nothing went as I had hoped or planned. I was reminded, yet again the rules about life from this experience. Life is like that you know, you just can’t always plan for what you want to happen. Even when you do, ¬†life throws you curve balls left and right. You become set on an outcome but life lets you know that there is always another way, the way that is meant for you. Looking back, I would not have changed a thing. We got what we wanted, a healthy baby girl!

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Here is how it all went down…

I had my regular doctors appointment scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th, 3 days over my due date. Dom and I went to the doctor’s appointment in the morning as scheduled to check my progress. I had been having some irregular contractions for the past day, timing anywhere between 6-12 minutes apart. At the appointment my doctor checked me out and informed me that I was dilated 3cm. It was good news. He sent us over to the hospital to get hooked up to the monitors for a half an hour and then walk the hospital for an hour.

At the hospital we did just that. The hardest part was the walking, I was feeling so heavy and the baby was feeling so low at this point. The walking helped move me along to 4cm though in just an hour. My contractions were still irregular but they were certainly there. My doctor decided to admit me to the hospital around 2pm. Shortly after I was admitted, my doctor broke my water to help assist with the labor. As soon as my water was broken, I was at 5cm. Around 4pm my contractions were still irregular so my doctor decided to put me on pitocin to help induce the labor. For a while this helped move me along to 6cm dilated in just 2 hours. I was starting to feel the contractions more intensely as the drug kicked in. The pain was lingering in my lower back and I was having a very hard time relaxing. My contractions were becoming more intense every time but they were not following any pattern, they were still irregular. At 6:30pm I decided to get an epidural to ease the pain that I was having. Great decision! I could finally relax and stop clenching all of my muscles.

Once the epidural established, my contractions died down and my doctor became concerned about the baby. They put internal monitors on me to better read the baby’s heartbeat. It was frightening watching the monitor. Each time I had a strong contraction, her heartbeat would dip very low. Over the course of the next 2 hours I was monitored very closely and my labor wasn’t progressing. It was actually slowing down. My contractions were very intense but I was still only at an 8cm. At one point every nurse and doctor came flying into our room. They had to give me a shot to stop the contractions because the baby was in distress. That was a very scary moment…

A c-section was recommended at this point. I was very upset! I thought I had failed. I was so set on having a natural delivery that my emotions were clouding my judgement and I was putting off having a c-section and doing the right thing. After some quick discussion with my nerve wracked husband, I was convinced that a c-section was necessary for the safety of the baby. I was an emotional wreck as they prepped the OR and while they wheeled me down for surgery. I couldn’t believe this was happening. I was so focused on the negatives in that moment and I was being so selfish.

Once we were in the OR I realized that the health and safety of our little girl was what mattered the most, not my pride. I couldn’t believe I was so foolish to be thinking that way. The surgery was quick. She was literally out in no time. The umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck and was the reason she was in distress.

As soon as she was free, the doctor held her up and said, “it’s a girl”. All I could see through my tears of joy was a mound of black hair. Just like mommy, I thought! My husband was able to watch them pull her out of me and cut the umbilical cord. He went over with the nurses to check her out and watch her be cleaned, weighed, and wrapped up.

As soon as they could, they handed her to me. It was love at first sight! That moment when you see what you have created is indescribable. I was sobbing all over again! It was such an emotional moment. I knew then that nothing else mattered, we were a family now.



My Pregnancy: The Full 40 Weeks

It’s been a couple of months since my last post…

Phew…Well, here you have it. A quick recap of my growing belly during my pregnancy. I made it the full 40 weeks before our precious baby girl was born on March 5th, just 3 days late. I can’t believe that when I was 21 weeks, I thought I was so big already. That bump was nothing compared to the way it bulged out toward the end.

I will admit to feeling great for most of the pregnancy though. I credit that to attending pilates 5 times a week up until week 38 when it was just embarrassing to go to classes. I would show up each week and have my workouts modified for me by the best instructors in the business. I felt so thankful that pilates kept my weight in check and me feeling great and energized.






I was so over it by the end and couldn’t believe that I actually was pregnant the whole time. I never thought that I would last 40 weeks being pregnant. Heck, I never thought I would actually be pregnant!

In the end, I had the worst edema ever and was super bloated in my hands and feet for 3 weeks before the delivery. Thank GOD it was winter time or I would have literally died. I never thought I would see my feet and or ankle bones again. I did eventually!

Overall, I actually loved being pregnant! I wouldn’t change a thing. I loved feeling my little one kick me, even in the middle of the night. It was fun to watch my body grow (a human) and change to prepare for the baby. It was fun to pig out on sweets and blame it on all the hormones too.

Up next…the birth story! It was so not what I thought it would be, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. The best part about it is that we are enjoying every minute with our newest family member. You will get to meet her soon!

A Baby Shower

I had my baby shower a couple of weekends ago. It was hosted by the BFF, she really went all out for this one. She turned her home into an Alice In Wonderland inspired vintage tea party. Every detail was well thought out and executed perfectly. I can’t say enough about the ladies in attendance and the generosity of their gifts and wise wisdom.¬†shower_01 shower_02 shower_03 shower_04

Seriously, how gorgeous is the tablescape? I just loved the napkin bows, flowers, vintage clocks & doilies on the table. There were about 10-12 different types of tea to choose from and warm scones served before lunch.

For lunch we had 3 different types of salad, and 4 different types of tea sandwiches. The desert bar was complete with chocolate covered strawberries, dipped marshmallows, & cupcakes.

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One of my favorite activities from the shower was the “make a onesie or bib” station. Everyone who painted an item for me was very creative. I can’t wait to share with you how great they all came out.

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Here are just a few more detail shots from the party! I just loved the gold painted mason jars used for the flower vases and the quotes from Alice In Wonderland around the room.

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As a parting gift, all the ladies were given a shade of pink nail polish.


Here is a picture of me sporting the pearls that I lost during the first minute of being at the shower for saying the word “baby”. I always lose that game, this time I just couldn’t help it, obviously! Most everyone came with their tea hats too! I borrowed mine from Miss Terrie who pretty much has everything you would ever need in life! A lot of the decorations came from her home. On the right is a copy of the invitation that I made for the shower. I honed in on my previous graphic design skills and created these custom invitations.



Thanks again to Kelly B. for hosting! It was definitely a day to remember. I just enjoyed every minute with my friends and family who came. We are so thankful to all of you and can’t wait for baby girl to arrive soon!


My 2012 Library Review

Well, I finally accomplished one New Year’s Resolution! I set a goal in 2012 to read 35 books throughout the year. I actually read 36, not including the quick children’s story books, when I was nannying for Weston.

I am currently involved in 2 book clubs. One of the groups meets in person, once a month at a member’s home to review the book selection and enjoy some home made food and girly chit-chat. The other club is an open forum style book club on Facebook. The members vote on a primary and secondary book once a month and it’s your choice to read one or the other or both.

I have really enjoyed both book clubs and have bulked up my reading shelf with a ton of books that I am looking forward to reading eventually. Here is what I read in 2012.




Most of the books were read for book club, although I did branch out and read a few pregnancy books and I read Charlotte’s Web to the baby each night for a few months. All of the books were enjoyable, some more than others. Some were pure guilty pleasures or fast reads. Some I had read before but loved reading again.

The top 5 books that I read this year were:

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

3. Mentor: The Kid & The CEO by Tom Pace

4. Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

5. A Discovery of Witches by Debroah Harkness

My goal for 2013 is to read 25 books. I had to step it down a notch because I’m not sure I can keep up the reading of novels with a newborn baby in the home. We shall see how this all pans out. Wish me luck!

What are your 2013 reading goals?