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Reading the rest of The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. Must read for some personal development!
Playing baby lullabies and white noise.
Watching Netflix pretty much all the time. What else do you do when you’ve got a baby and you pump, change, snuggle & feed all day long?
Trying to get back into blogging.
Cooking not as often as I should. #whoops
Eating at Great Sage for the first time. All vegan food. It was heavenly and I can’t wait to go back!
Drinking hot tea and water all day erry day long.
Pinning all things organization. I didn’t nest as well as I wanted to so I am on a mission to KonMarie everything I got.
Going to sleep as much as we can.
Wearing Q in our Solly Baby Wraps
Loving every minute of this nugget now that were past the first 2-3 weeks. Those first ones were rough.
Hating that there really aren’t enough hours in the day.
Realizing just how quickly time goes by. It always seems to be gone in a blink but now so more than ever.. Q will be 6 weeks on Monday. #crazytalk
Feeling tired. and I assume that’s how I’ll be for the rest of eternity.
Hoping that the next 4 years don’t go up in flames. Man, our world is becoming a scary place.
Celebrating all of Q’s milestones and growth.
Smelling probably like baby spit up. What’s it like to shower on the regular? I don’t remember that…
Thanking everyone for their love and support and help with Q.
Finishing some oatmeal and tea right now while I wait for Chan to come catch up on our shows.

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It’s so hard to believe Quentin is one month old already. Where did the time go? This boy weighs 9lbs 2oz and is 22 1/2 inches long. Q loves to sleep on momma and daddy’s chest. And when he’s fussy he loves to be bounced. He sharts really loud and makes the craziest faces while doing so. He’s starting to sleep once or twice for 5 hours and sometimes it just happens to be during the night. Quentin hates getting in his car seat but loves riding in the car (SO THANKFUL)! He’s changing constantly so we’re excited to watch him grow over the next month.

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The past three weeks have flow by all while time has felt like it completely stood still. Quentin had been on the fuss bus while I was on the hot mess express headed straight for struggleville the first two weeks. Luckily this week is going better and I feel like we’re making our way to the other side with some air to breathe and I’m finally able to carve out some time to share our water birth story.
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The last preggo baby bump picture was taken at 6:30pm on January 1st. I posted on Instagram about how we were ready for Q whenever he wanted to make his appearance and he heard us loud and clear. After watching Secret Life of Pets and getting ready to fall asleep I felt a sort of pop, and I wasn’t convinced it was anything other than Quentin pushing his head and hands all up on my cervix like he had been doing for the past few weeks. Until a few minutes later I coughed and then felt like I had started to pee myself. Thinking… oh shit that could be my water breaking.. I stood up in order to save my sheets and Niagra Falls occurred. It for sure was my water breaking. For those of you who’ve never had your water break, especially before any contractions started, it’s one of the weirdest feelings.

I quickly grabbed some doggie pee pads that I had stashed by my bed to save my carpet. Chandler rolled over after only being asleep for like 15 minutes and asked what I was doing. I said “uh, I think my water broke.” And so it began. After the flood of 2017 stopped I ran to the bathroom to make sure things were okay and then called the on call midwife. At this point, I had no contractions and she told me to try to get rest and to call back once the contractions were close together like we’d already discussed or by 7am if no contractions had started.Welcome to the World Quentin Michael | Water Birth Story | www.amylorraine.com

Being the procrastinator that I am, and being convinced he wasn’t coming early, let alone on time… we still had to pack our bags and tried to not totally freak out. It started to sink in that we were going to meet our boy. Contractions started shortly after but it really wasn’t until 2am when I felt like I should time them because they were starting to feel consistent. They were about a minute to two minutes long and three minutes apart. I could talk through them so I just made it through for the next few hours swaying and breathing and keeping on.

I had decided on waiting until 8am to call again and they remained one to two minutes long while staying three minutes apart but by that time they definitely started to intensify. The midwife on call at this time, Melissa, agreed that we should come in to get checked to make sure I was progressing since my water had already been broken. So Chandler and I headed up to the birth center and got there at 9:15am.Welcome to the World Quentin Michael | Water Birth Story | www.amylorraine.com
The nurse, Sara, took my vitals, checked Q’s heart rate and asked some questions. She then told me she was thinking I was still probably in early labor but once Melissa came in to check I was already 5cm dilated and getting closer to 6cm. Baby boy was surely on his way.

At around 11am I took a shower to help with contractions, and by 12pm the birthing pool was set up. I was checked again and I was 8cm, pushing closer to 9cm and Melissa wasn’t sure there would even be enough time to fill up the tub but we decided to fill it up and try any ways. By 1pm I was in the pool.

Welcome to the World Quentin Michael | Water Birth Story | www.amylorraine.comOne of the things about having a water birth in the inflatable pool was that I didn’t have much leverage to counteract my efforts to push. And then the combination of having no sleep, and barely eating led for an hour of pushing. There were a lot of “I can’t” and “I’m trying” while feeling pretty exhausted and not sure how I would actually be able to push this kid out. The hour is a bit of a blur but I remember the encouragement from Melissa and Sara and Chandler being so supportive. (Side Note: because I needed leverage I ended up with Chandler basically in a headlock while I pushed. hahaha) I later found out that when Q came out his right hand was up by his face and the cord was wrapped around his neck which made pushing that noggin out a little more difficult too. So thanks kid!

But at 2:16pm, Quentin Michael, all 7lbs and 6.5oz of him was born via natural water birth and placed right on my chest. We made our way to the bed, after 8 minutes Chandler cut the cord and we spent the next few hours skin to skin and soaking in our new family. Eventually, we let our family come in to meet him where they proceeded to show him so much love and sing happy birthday. We relaxed for a few more hours, I took a shower, we went over discharge information and were headed home by 9:45pm.

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Neither Chandler or I got much sleep that night but I was thankful we were home and I could relax (kind of) in my own bed. We’ve been trying to find our groove in between tongue and lip ties and mastitis and baby blues which I’m going to write more about in a different post but we are so in love with this little man. If you’ve messaged or texted and I haven’t gotten back to you, I’m sorry. Most of the time I don’t know which way is up, but I do appreciate all the love and support we’ve received already. And for anyone curious who he looks more like?

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These are a few pictures of me and Chan from our newborn days. He definitely came out looking just like I did as a newborn but every day he’s looking more like his daddy. So we’ll see what happens 😉

Welcome to the World Quentin Michael | Water Birth Story | www.amylorraine.com^^ This blanket ^^ was made by my sister-in-law Kelley. It is a replica of the constellations on the night Q was born. HOW COOL IS THAT!?

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Those lashes and lip. I die.Welcome to the World Quentin Michael | Water Birth Story | www.amylorraine.com
He’s getting more alert and changing every day. We’re loving every minute of it.Welcome to the World Quentin Michael | Water Birth Story | www.amylorraine.com
I’m sorry but is there anything better than baby feet? No. I didn’t think so.

Welcome to the World Quentin Michael | Water Birth Story | www.amylorraine.comAnd to save the best one for last 😉 To infinity and beyond, Q.

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Christmas is so close and as much as I’m not a fan of the cold weather getting colder I am excited for this winter for obvious reasons! 😉 While we wait let’s play This or That? Winter Edition!

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real tree x fake tree
In theory I like the whole real tree concept, but adding the lights and having to water it on the regular… makes the fake tree win everytime.

staying fireside x playing in the snow
I’d rather be warm and freezing my butt off.

christmas movies x christmas music
Ugh. This is hard because how can you have a real Christmas without either one? But I guess if I had to really choose, it would be movies over music becaue technically their is a bunch of music in movies 😉

wrapping presents x using gift bags
Eco friendly Amy AND lazy Amy agree on gift bags. But they both will admit there is something better about presents being wrapped. I have a feeling I’ll get back into it once Quentin can unwrap things because we all know wrapping paper and boxes are more fun than gifts for little kids anyways.

christmas eve x christmas day
Once Quentin is old enough to understand Christmas and have the magic and wonder of Christmas Day I’m sure I’ll change my mind, but currently Christmas Eve is more fun to me than Christmas Day.

christmas x new years
New years is just not fun to me. Must be the grandma status but staying up to watch the ball drop or going out to party are no longer ideal situations in my book.

snowmen x reindeer
Forest puppies that can fly? Clear choice here.

the grinch x buddy the elf
Both. Depending on the day. I probably related more towards The Grinch but catch me on a good day and I’ll surprise you with my Buddy The Elf personality.

sugar cookie x gingerbread man
More options in terms of shapes and decorations. #ArtisticInterpretation is really important to me 😉

hot chocolate x hot tea
Hot chocolate is Christmas. Tea is Fall.

candy canes x gingerbread houses
Gingerbread houses are like candy leggos puzzles. More fun to put together and to eat while you decorate.

snow angels x snowmen building
I don’t have the patience to build a snowman to be completely honest.

sledding x skiing
I’ve never actually been skiing, only snowboarding.. but I’d still pick sledding. You can sit on your butt and enjoy the ride.

peppermint mocha x gingerbread latte
It’s been my go to for quite a few weeks. And when you swap with coconut milk and get no whipped cream, it’s totally vegan at Starbs.

winter olympics x super bowl
Super bowl and strictly for the halftime show. I don’t even care about the commercials anymore.

 

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Reading Bringing up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. I’ve read raves about ‘le pause’ so I’m hoping this will help give *some* insight
Playing #ALLOFTHECHRISTMASMUSIC
Watching Christmas movies now that I’m done rewatching Gilmore Girls & the revival 20,000 times.
Trying this 25 Days of Wellness challenge!
Cooking Mac & Cheese on the regular. Thanks Daiya.
Eating vegan sushi and lots of french fries too.
Drinking Peppermint Mochas and Steamed Apple Cider with two pumps of Cinnamon Dolce Syrup from Starbs.
Pinning food and baby shtuff.
Going to weekly midwife appointment now and childbirth classes! The countdown is on!
Wearing yoga pants but photographing myself in cute outfits the rare times I get dressed up.
Loving being able to buy baby clothes. We were showered with SO much but it’s still so fun to get some cute pieces!
Hating nothing really. I’m grateful. That’s it.
Realizing that 2016 is almost over. It flew by and I’m scared for 2017 to do the same.
Feeling anxious and excited.
Hoping that the rest of this month continues with a healthy pregnancy and we have a safe and smooth delivery.
Celebrating holidays and happiness.
Smelling Christmas Spirit and Northern Lights Black Spruce.
Thanking everyone for their love and support.
Finishing getting everything ready for Q’s arrival. #Nesting

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