Author: Kat

Rachel’s Birth Story: I went in last Tuesday (May 16) and they admitted me to the Labor and Delivery Ward (Birthing Unit as they like to call it) where my OB met me and placed the cervadil around my cervix. At this point my cervix was long and thick.. but was soft. The next morning (May 17) they checked me and I was 2cm dilated and 50% effaced (it was again MY OB that checked me)… and they started the pitocin drip. The also told me that I was Group B Strep Positive and started antibiotics. I had contractions off and on at by 1pm I was up to 80% effaced and dilated to 3cm. My OB then broke my water which was the only painful part of the procedure. Water breaking (from what I have been told) doesn’t usually hurt.. But I was tense, not knowing what to expect. My contractions got quite uncomfortable and I broke down and let them play Pulp Fiction on my spine. The epidural was in… and to all the first timers – it really didn’t hurt at all. It stung for less than five seconds… and felt like someone tapping on the spine. All really painfree. Off and on, my OB was there for me – by far the best that I could have imagined.. warned me of the social workers pending arrival… and was just a very supportive person. The contractions came and went.. But I couldn’t feel them. Rachel Eileen was born @ 9:48am on Thursday (May 18th) and weighed in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces. The ultrasound was extremely accurate. She is a 20 inch, leggy, blue eyed blonde. I am currently accepting donations of sticks so we can beat all the boys away. It’s amazing how your view of dating changes when you have a baby girl. I will have a lot of penis’s to worry about. *L* We got out the next day (24 hours later) but had to take her to the Pediatrician the next day just to check her out. A visiting nurse came to the house yesterday (Sunday) to make sure I hadn’t gone ‘psycho’ with Post Partum Depression. We are doing absolutely great. The breast feeding is just not working out – but such is life. *S* Nothing ever works out exactly the way you planned. To the ladies that know me well… the Post Partum Depression has absolutely not hit me. That’s about it for now – I really think I just wrote an epic – but I just don’t care. I am lucky, very lucky. She’s gorgeous.

You are 19 days old today!! Had a client meeting this morning, Granny baby-sat you. Rainy day today, I love with weather. With each day that goes by, you become more alert. You are sleeping for longer stretches but in between you are awake and demanding to be held.

It’s been 13 days!! Cat and Shawna both had their babies!! You are such a good baby, it’s unreal. You’re not fussy at all and I was even able to give you your first bath as your umbilical cord fell off some time in the middle of last night. I have been giving you medicine because you had a white tongue and mouth and the Pediatrician says you have thrush. The medicine is helping, it is clearing up really well. The swelling on the left side of your head (from the forceps) is going down. Tomorrow you and I go to see Dr. Iannessa, I bought him a beautiful rose plant and card to thank him for everything. You’re waking up… I better finish this entry.

Well Lady, I have been at South Shore Hospital since 5pm on Tuesday. It is now 6am on the 18th. I am 90-100% effaced and 5cm dilated. I am laying here complete with Blood 02 tester, BP cuff, catheter, IV with four different things dripping in and the epidural I swore I would never get. But God Damn this hurts!

5 more days to go!! Saw you on the ultrasound yesterday when I got a high tech 3/D ultrasound. Granny was with me, it was so cool. I gained 6lbs in 2 weeks, that is a lot for me…. I have no signs of labor…. nada, zilch. I go in on Tuesday at 5pm to get a gel and stay overnight. I called Scituate Pediatrics today and have arranged for them (on Dr. Ianessa’s suggestion) and they will arrange to check you out after you are born to clean you for your homecoming.

10 more days to go!! 10 more days to go!! Then I get induced to give birth. Yeay!!! It is so very very hot… I just wish that your Father would finally install the A/C unit in the window. I thought I was going to sweat away to nothing today. 🙂 The day is so nice, I have yet to see a Wrangler with the top on. Well, except for mine, that is. I promised your Father that I wouldn’t ask for the top off anymore this month if he would get the A/C situated. Nothing like melting a nutcase. 🙂

Ok Miss Rachel, I start my journal to/with you on a gloomy Sunday afternoon. Our cat, Nala is also in her late stages of pregnancy. I expect her to deliver any day now. On Monday, Granny and I are supposed to drive for a while and visit Florence (an elderly friend of Adrian’s). If Nala shows any symptoms of labor, I will have to postpone as Nala’s delivery history shows that she needs human assistance. I hope I am not the same way. (Comment on 1/24/02 – EWWWWWW) Adrian, Linda, Sarah, and Haley are coming for a visit next weekend. I can’t wait!!!!! I just wish they would come 5-6 weeks from now as I want them to meet you. As I write this, you are committed to inhabiting the left side of my tummy…… you have been there for most of this pregnancy. Your little bum is IN my ribs. OUCH! I just hope that one day your child does the exact same thing to you. It is almost indescribable to say what it feels like to be kicked in my bladder. 21 years ago I was kicking Granny, I guess this is her payback. I wouldn’t trade this for the world! I have no problem with acid indigestion (anymore) as Gail gave me some Titrilac. It has worked wonders!! At this stage of the pregnancy I am craving onion rings, strawberry milkshakes, sour patch kids, and Burger King chicken sandwiches. MMMMmmm. It has only taken your Father and I 6 months to agree on a name. Rachel Eileen. If you are anything like you’re Granny, I will be very damned proud.

I had another ultrasound today, the baby is definitely a girl. Woo hoo.

I had my third Ultrasound today, it took forever in the waiting room. Felt like an eternity because of my FULL BLADDER!!! It is just cruel to make a pregnant woman drink that much, hold it in… then place pressure on her bladder. Cruelty if you ask me. Not pleasant. Your father didn’t come with me despite everything going on. Said he was too tired. Well *I* found out that everything is PERFECT with the baby…… The ultrasound tech asked me if I wanted to know the sex but because I’m not *that* far along she really couldn’t be 100%. Your Father didn’t want to know, preferred to be surprised. However, curiosity killed the cat. It’s a GIRL!!!!!!!!! Ja’nelle told me she is also pregnant today. I am so glad to be on the Pink Team!

Who Am I?
I’m Katy Muir. I live on 336 Hurlbutt Street in Wilton, Connecticut. My Mother, my Father and I raise cats. I have three brothers: Adrian 20, Clive 18 and Chris 16. I am 12 years old. I go to Cider Mill and I am in the sixth grade. My teachers are Miss English, Mrs Kent and Mr Watt. I like to ice skate and raise cats. After school on Tuesday I go to sixth dimension. After school on Wednesdays & Fridays I go to Wilton Meadows, a Nursing Home. On Thursdays I go to Cider Mill Singers. On the weekend I babysit for a various amount of people, I enjoy kids a lot.

If I Could Change The World
If I could change the world it would be a hippy era for about one year. There would be a war on drugs and I would be the first woman president. There would be micro chips you could swallow so you would not have to go to school. Everyone would like everyone. No matter if you are fat or slim, black or white, poor or wealthy or what your race is. Every country would like each other and you would be free.

What I Want To Be When I Grow Up
When I grow up I want to be a chef. this is because my whole family (including me) are good cooks. My oldest brother Adrian and my Mom have taught me a lot of things about food. The chef’s cooking school of my choice is called Culinary Institute of America in New York. I would like to open my own restaurant. It will be in Chatham, Massachusetts on the main street near the church. It would be called Le cuisine even though their would only be some French food on the menu. My favorite dish is called Le’ Apples France’ and it is diced wet apples with a little cinnamon and ginger and raisins. I learned to make it a couple of years ago.

I Think My Parents
I think my parents are very nice people. They are very understanding and always listen to my side. If I do something wrong they will probably give me a lecture and help me correct my mistakes. My Dad works at Perkin Elmer. My Dad is also very smart because if I ask him something he will always know the answer. If I don’t understand something he will help me understand it. My Mom works for William Ravies and like my father she is very hard working. My Mother, my Father and I are the ones who really raise the cats.

People Hurt My Feelings Most By
People can hurt my feelings with they make jokes about my weight. Everyday I hear cracks like “Were your relatives stuck under the ice” or “Can I have the autograph of Porky Pig” or “How is Elsie the world’s most famous cow?” or “Make any earthquakes recently?” I do not like being overweight but if people don’t like me for who I am, don’t make fun of me. Whenever I get a grade everyone assumes its bad even though it might be good.

I Am Proud When
I am proud when I get a good grade on a paper that I have worked hard on, especially Social Studies. Social Studies is my worst subject even though it is my favorite. When I do a whole folder on Rome with a lot of essay questions and I receive an A- I am very proud. I am also very proud when I go to Wilton Meadows – a nursing home in Wilton. I am proud when a resident says to another resident “Isn’t she sweet” or “Isn’t she cute” or “Isn’t she nice.” That makes me feel very proud.

On Vacation I Like To
On vacation I like to go to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. My family has a house on Cape Cod in Chatham. I love to go to the beach and build the “Crem de la crem” of a castle with a mote. I always put seashells on the top. I love to go to the flea market because I normally buy something their. At night I go to the drive in movies and see a double feature with my parents. On the way home from Cape Cod I like to go to the water slides till 5 then drive home for 4 hours.

The Happiest Day Of My Life
The happiest day of my life was when I saw a kitten being born for the first time. It was really funny before the kittens were born because the mother Sheba could not reach her feet. Sheba looked like she was about to explode. When Sheba was in labor and about to have a kitten you could tell because her stomach was going in and out a lot. When the kitten came out and the mother cut the cord the kitten was all wet. About 3 hours later the coat was softer. About 3 weeks later the eyes started opening and the color started coming.

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