I’M PREGNANT… + PRETTY SHEER, LACE DRESSES | Claire Pettibone’s Romantique Collection + No, Seriously, I’m Pushing a Baby Out My Vag Soon. (Even Though My Doctor Wants Me To Have a C-Section.)

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Hey everyone!

So Wednesday I went to Claire Pettibone‘s runway show for her new Romantique collection.  I bout died.

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Anyways not much to say other than THESE ARE AFFORDABLE DRESSES Y’ALL.  LIKE, I CAN ACTUALLY BUY ONE AND WEAR IT.

But before I get into it– remember this?  Well I want to expand on that news I sort of nonchalantly dropped in the title.  I am like a zillion months pregnant.  Just thought I’d tell you?  Sorry that I’m just now getting up the balls to announce it.  I’m 37 weeks, tomorrow, with my first (and last, if I’m unable to erase from my brain how bad this pregnancy has been).  Also, I just looked up “nonchalantly” to make sure I spelled it correctly and it says “feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety” – hehe, which is FUNNY, you guys, because I AM NOT AT ALL THOSE THINGS.  I am light years away from the things in that definition.  In fact I think in order not to be constantly tense about it I’ve convinced myself that this is just my new body and a baby isn’t actually going to be coming out of it.  Because HOW DOES THAT WORK.

Also, today my doctor told me there’s so much pressure on my tushie right now that I might want to consider a c-section to avoid UNIMAGINABLE HEMMIES, which she’s convinced are going to murder my behind if I have to push this infant out.  High kick, woot!  (Do let me know if you’d like me to get even more TMI about this, I’m poised and ready..)

Also please tell me it’s going to be ok……… please

How Bambino feels about it

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It still looks cute in utero, we’ll see how long it takes for certain genes to kick in..

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Do you guys want to see a pic of me with my gigantic belly?  Happy to share, I literally have no shame at this point.

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Also, is childbirth painful?  My google research hasn’t yielded anything definitive..

xo, Alison

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27 comments

  1. Adrienne on June 19, 2014

    Shut the front door! Congrats on your pregnancy! I hope the birth goes as well as it possibly can and I also hope you consider sharing your experience. As someone who is also terrified of everything child birth, I would love to hear an experience from someone who I know won’t sugar coat and will tell it like it is. That is, of course, if you feel like sharing.

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    • Alison on June 19, 2014

      If there’s interest in hearing about it then I definitely think I’d be down for sharing my experience….. and it would definitely NOT be sugar coated to say the least. And perhaps even more honest than the world needs/wants to hear?

      And thanks :)

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      • Ashley on June 20, 2014

        There is no such thing as too honest!! People want to hear it, some need to hear it, and new moms LOOOOVE to compare gory notes!

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  2. Karen Patnou on June 19, 2014

    Congratulations! My baby is 4 months old. Born on February 11. My birth was natural and not so bad. I will not lie-,it did hurt but nothing over the top. Remember a HUMAN is coming out of you! I got an epidural. Don’t be a superhero and try to go without. I had many doctors say that my baby was going to be a peanut under 7 pounds and was 7 pounds 14 ounces. My husband’s best friend delivers babies and he reccomends them. I hurt more after giving birth mainly to sit so I laid down a lot. I can give you a play by play if you want it.

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    • Alison on June 19, 2014

      Play by play! Play by play! If you don’t mind, I would love to hear about it Karen :)

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      • Karen on June 20, 2014

        Here you go… it is long so be prepared. I would say grab some popcorn, but you will probably have to go to the bathroom soon so you can just get popcorn then! 
        Let me preface this by telling you a little about myself for the story’s sake. I am the youngest (of 11 children) of my mom’s children (it is extremely large), my mom LOVES babies and wants everything to do with them, I am a teacher (6th and 8th grade), and I had an uneventful pregnancy… no complications.

        Part 1

        The date is February 10, 2014 and I call my husband on my way home from work (at school) and ask him what he wanted for dinner. He says just to stop and get food at the local hotdog/sandwich shop. He wants hotdogs, I get a gyro, and cheese fries. I am already large so indulgence is key right now! So it is around 6 pm and I start to feel my contractions getting stronger so in my head I make a mental note of how far apart they are. They are about 10 minutes apart; at work, (while I am teaching) the closest they were was 20 minutes apart. I start to make a To Do list of all of the things I need to do before the baby comes. Laundry, dishes, assign my students a test (I have a digital classroom and their tests are online.) etc. Meanwhile, my husband is staring at me because his typical chatty wife is quiet and has stopped eating. Two unusual tasks for myself. He asks me what is wrong and I shrug him off and tell him that I am going to do laundry. I walk to the laundry room and he follows me.
        Cutting to the chase, he asks me, “How far apart are your contractions?”
        I say, “I am not having any.” (I think they are Braxton-Hicks and do not want to go to the hospital and then be sent home.) Seeing my smile through my white lie, he calls me out and asks again. I reply, “5 minutes”.
        “Call the doctor!”
        “But, honey. The doctor last week said at our appointment that the baby was probably going to be late, I do not want to get to the hospital, and they tell me to go home. What if these are Braxton-Hicks contractions?”
        “Call. The Doctor.”
        So I call the doctor (why does he have to be right?!). The receptionist takes all of my information and tells me that the doctor that is on call will call me back in 20 minutes. I tell this to my husband and he proceeds to tell me that we have to leave. Like now! I say we have time and the doctor is going to call me back in 20 minutes.
        “What phone number did you tell her to call?” he asks.
        “My cell phone.”
        “Well then… Let’s GO! She won’t know if we are in the car when she calls and we will be already on our way if she says to go to the hospital and if she says to stay home then I will just turn around and go home.” (We live about 45/50 minutes from out hospital.) But, first I had to assign a test for my students to take. Tomorrow was their test day.
        On our way to the hospital, my husband is, of course, speeding and has me text his friend who is a police officer to ask if he is working in case, we get pulled over. His friend has duty on one of the roads that we are driving on and put out a “do not pull over this car” memo out to the other police officers on duty. Smooth sailing all the way to the hospital except for the one railroad crossing that stopped us and it wasn’t only a Metra (local passenger train), but also a freight and Amtrak (long distance) train.
        Once we arrived at the hospital, we checked in through the Emergency Room and the security guard wheeled me by wheelchair to Labor and Delivery.

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        • Karen on June 20, 2014

          Part 2

          I arrived at Labor and Delivery and was taken into a room. This room would serve as our home away from home for the next three days. (FYI: I am not opposed to medication including an epidural. I do not have a birth plan as my doctor’s goal as well as mine is to keep us both safe and healthy.)
          Right away, I was hooked up to all of the machines necessary for the nurses and doctors to keep an eye on the baby’s movement and my vitals. (A belt goes around your belly and tracks the baby’s heartbeat and your contractions. I also got a blood pressure wrap on my arm.) I looked at the clock and it said 9:33 p.m. (I guess we made good timing since we left at 9:02 p.m.)
          The nurse said everything looked well and that they would keep an eye on me. She then checked to see how far I was dilated by shoving (I swear this hurt worse than the contractions.) her entire fist up my vagina only to tell me that I was 2 centimeters. Thank goodness because I was 1 cm at my doctors appointment 4 days ago. This was some progress. Just before leaving the room taught us how to view the movies they have on demand.
          My husband and I look at each other and agree that it is going to be a loooong night. We decide to watch a movie-Monsters University. The movie ends and I am checked again-ugh. 2 centimeters. This time the nurse made me bleed-it hurt so bad. The nurses gave me the option of walking around the Labor and Delivery wing to possibly get things moving around. Yes! So my husband and I walked. The hallway was boring as there was only myself and another lady there. I was glad I brought my own robe.
          After walking for about 30 minutes we returned to our room. My husband and I were both tired; the nurses told us to get some rest. HA! Easier said than done, but we tried. I was getting contractions closer together. They were now about 3 minutes apart. I was in pain. These hurt worse than period cramps (but then again I have not had my period in over a year at this point). I was given some pain medication…I think tylonol of some kind. All I care is that it works. I think I was able to get a bit of a nap in.
          At 1 a.m. I was checked again by a different nurse. This time it was a little less painful. My contractions are 2.5 minutes apart and I was at 5 cm! I was asked if I wanted an epidural. I said, “Yes, please!” If my contractions were hurting me so bad I was griping the side arm of the bed, I was going to need the epidural to get this baby out of me. By 1:15 I was almost pain free and able to finally relax. I already had texted one of my co-workers to tell her that I was going to the hospital and the test was ready for the students to take so I put in for a substitute teacher for myself. My husband and I watched some television (the Olympics were on). We slept a little too.
          At 5 am, my husband decided that he should probably call work and tell them that he was not coming in. While he was on the phone, my water broke. In a panic he hung up on them to help me. He couldn’t help as I was just leaking out water from my vagina. It felt like I was peeing the bed, but couldn’t stop. It was all a mess. I was also checked again- 7 cm. We decided it was time to call family since once your breaks the baby should come out within 24 hours. He calls his parents and I call mine. We then go back to bed to get some rest before I am able to push. My husband gets awoken by his phone going off. Family members (from my side) congratulating us on the baby and asking for pictures. OMG, mom the baby is still in my belly!
          We must have fallen asleep (again) because the next thing we both know is there is a knock at the door. (We knew it wasn’t the nurses or doctor because they had been just walking in and if I was sleeping just checked my charts and left.) It was my mom and she brought my dad and 5 year old nephew. My dad and nephew were in the waiting room so my husband went to entertain them while I humored her. She had come to see the baby. He is still in me! She thought I had him already. Really?! OMG, mom!
          My mom leaves the room once my doctor comes in the room. He also checks me and tells me that I am 10 centimeters and ready to start pushing. Wait WHAT?! It is 8:30 in the morning and he tells me that I can start pushing in half an hour. My doctor leaves and my husband comes back into the room. He asks me what my mom said and starts to tell me about my dad and nephew and I interrupt him to tell him the doctor came in too. I tell him that I am going to start pushing in about half an hour (well now 20 minutes). We are beyond excited! At this point I have no pain and cannot feel my legs either because of the epidural. We share a kiss and chat a bit about our baby that will soon be here!

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          • Karen on June 20, 2014

            Part 3

            The nurse comes in my room around 9 am and tells us that I am going to start to push; first just with her in the room since the head will take the longest to get out and then the doctor will join us.
            Pushing is not at all what I expected. I did not scream, yell or swear. I was making jokes between pushes and cracking up the nurses and other staff members. No lie.
            Around 9:15 my nurse grabs my right leg and my husband grabs my left leg and my nurse tells me to push like I am going to the bathroom. Ugh so embarrassed to have my husband right there watching me and seeing this but I love him so hopefully he will forget or not bring it up again. I am sitting at a 45 degree angle and push as much as I can to get this baby out. I feel nothing at this point.
            The nurse tells me good job, but that I need a bigger push to get his head out. I take a deep breath and try to push him (the baby) out. Since I cannot feel anything the nurse is the one telling me when to push. According to her the contractions were on top of each other, less than 30 second apart. I am taking a deep breath and pushing as hard as I can. In between one push she looks down to see how I am progressing and says, “Aww he has hair!” and proceeds to touch his head. My husband looks too which I am ok with since I think that it is one of the coolest, grossest things ever! I wanted him to watch the birth. I continue to push even though my doctor isn’t there yet. We were told by another nurse that he was waiting on a call. At this point I have my husband, my nurse, two nurses for the baby (he popped while in me and ate it), and a few students (it is a teaching hospital.
            At 9:35 ish the nurse goes to look for the doctor who still isn’t in the room yet. By this time the baby’s head is out to his forehead and the nurse does not want to proceed until the doctor is in the room. She comes back in the room to tell us the doctor is walking down the hall as we speak and since I was checked in last night 4 other women had come in the hospital almost all at once and he couldn’t deliver all the babies so he called for backup. The doctor comes in and being smart-alecky I ask if he needs a pass since he was late (since I am a teacher). LOL all around and I go back to pushing. Once the baby was most of the way out (at chest) the doctor tried to turn the baby so he could put him on my stomach, but the umbilical cord was too short. Like I said earlier, I did not feel anything that I is until I had only my baby’s legs inside of me, then I felt it and it was so weird. Get him out! I had my baby, Anthony Matthew, at 10:05 a.m. and then delivered (just one simple push (like peeing) the placenta shortly after.
            Note: Even if you have your husband/significant other watch the birthing process DO NOT let them watch the placenta come out of you. Even if you have a C-section. Its gross and the placenta just flops around.

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  3. Sandy on June 19, 2014

    AHHHHH OMG! Alison, congratulations! That is amazing. I am 4 days behind you pregnancy wise and feeling the exact same way. Terrified of the whole ordeal and right now only coping by Googling, which is basically the worst thing one can ever do. My doc wants to induce me at 39w because of gestational diabetes – also no fun. Will be thinking of you and anxiously awaiting both the news and the recap. Oh and YES to the belly pic, obvs!!! xoxox~

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    • Alison on June 20, 2014

      Googling is bad bad bad! But I can’t help myself :| I hear gest diabetes is the WORST, had a couple of friends with that. I’m so sorry to hear you have it :( Still, congratulations!

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  4. Carol on June 19, 2014

    Allison, Congratulations on the bebe! I could barely keep my mouth shut for 4 months..much less almost 10! Child birth is different for everyone but don’t try to be SuperWoman. There are options if you shall choose. Cheers to you and Honey! What you are getting ready to experience is beyond words. My love to you all…and Bam of course! Xo Carol

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  5. Koru Kate ⎨Koru Wedding⎬ on June 19, 2014

    Wow, congratulations! I am 37 weeks pregnant today :-) So excited but so nervous too. Here’s to hoping we both have the best birth experience possible~

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  6. lena on June 20, 2014

    Holy shit, you’re growing a person!! CONGRATULATIONS, LADY! And that is one lucky kid.

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  7. Ashley on June 20, 2014

    OMG OMG OMG!!!!! I was so excited by your title and then as I scrolled through your post all I could think was “What a quaint, intimate venue for that show!” Then I got to the end and I was again like OMG OMG OMG!!!

    I’m the one that wrote you novels upon novels (explicit ones) when you first talked about pregnancy. So first… CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can’t believe you’re so far along without telling us. And yes I would like a picture and more explicit talk about your potential hemorrhoids.

    You hinted that it has been a hard pregnancy, please expand! I’m had a relatively easy one, but with acne and heartburn and all manner of little annoyances. How huge are you?! I gained 50 pounds (yikes!!). I now have an 18 month old, man how time flies, when we first canvassed this subject I was two weeks from my due date!

    I was very briefly recount my experience just because you asked if it was terrifying. The reason Google is of no help is that I think there’s a special hormone in our brain that after we have the baby erases a lot of the scary shit that we felt directly before. I honestly don’t remember pain, expect when they were giving me my five stitches – funny story though, I had never had stitches before, I just didn’t know what it would feel like, I think I was just surprised. I had an epidural, I recommend them highly, I wish they were a regular drug that could be prescribed anytime you had any aches and pains. I waited 10 hours for it, and while uncomfortable, those 10 hours were not terrifying, and they took me off the epidural right before I started to push, so I think there were some epidural after-effects that probably made squeezing a grapefruit-sized human head out of my vag less traumatic. I had one hemmie (TMI?) that did not and does not bother me at all.

    Please don’t be scared, it’s so so so worth it. Please reply with any other concerns (not that I’m some expert, just it’s still fresh enough in my mind). Oh, and we’re planning to try again soon, so… obviously I’d do it again. You will be awesome!

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  8. jessica on June 20, 2014

    OMG GIRL! I can’t believe your preggers…. that’s amazing. one million congrats!!!! hemroids aren’t that bad… I pushed the lower third of my small intestines out with my first and while it was like having a large cluster of grapes hanging from my ass at first… to my surprise they all eventually went back from whence they came. 3 kids later and my ass is still all good… forever off limits… but still 100 good ;) go get um tiger

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  9. Congratulations my friend! I’m so excited for you and will be touching base with you in the next few weeks!

    PS…gorgeous gowns as well! xoxo

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  10. Isabelle Selby on June 20, 2014

    Congratulations!!!!!

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  11. Em on June 21, 2014

    Yaaaas. This is fabulous. You’re gonna be fiiiine. Labor was not so bad, and truly I had the quote unquote worst labor. It’s all mental. I would love to chat with you more!! I’d write out more now but I’m currently breastfeeding and my baby is squishing my thumbs.

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  12. Heather on June 21, 2014

    Congratulations! Thats great news! Fab dresses as well :)

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  13. Lindsay on June 21, 2014

    These dresses are so lovely — feminine, flowing, and lacey … love them

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  14. chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day on June 23, 2014

    hooray! I’m so glad you finally spilled the baby beans :) and I’ve got ya, I’m doing it for a second time, so it can’t be that bad (and you know I had a tough labor). This time it’s been a tough pregnancy so I’m hoping for a kinder labor. Either way, STOP GOOGLING SHIT ON THE INTERNETS! Don’t read birth stories. Put the laptop away. Everything will sound worse, or way easier, than you’ll have it. you can do it and your vag will be fine. I promise.

    my bump misses your bump :) xx

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  15. Linda Thomas | CMYWedding on June 23, 2014

    First things first, CONGRATS! Sounds like you will have your hands full soon :-)

    …These dresses are so carefree and boho. I’m so glad to see a renowned designer like Claire Pettibone hailing Boho designs to the mainstream.

    Linda xx

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  16. Corinna on June 25, 2014

    Congratulations and please do your best to enjoy all of your before and after moments with the kiddo. I have 2 daughters and they’re the most wonderful little ones, but I lovingly remember life pre-kids too. Oh and whatever the outcome, whether it’s natural or C-Sec, I hope you’re both healthy and happy. Mine didn’t ever work out as planned, but my plan just wasn’t meant to be.

    As for the dresses, Claire Pettibone just makes me want to smile and twirl. All of my love of the Georgian era and Austen are wrapped inside of her dresses. Every design is perfection.

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  17. Dresses Plaza on July 11, 2014

    Another Great Post.

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  18. Wedding Dance Lessons on July 17, 2014

    Ha, love this post! Congratulations on your pregnancy and thank you for the pretty dresses! I’II tell you what I’ve told my expecting friends. It’s no secret that natural childbirth hurts, but if it wasn’t worth it, people wouldn’t have siblings.

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  19. Claire on July 25, 2014

    Watch The Business of Being Born!!! Read the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding! You’re going to be great. No c-section. Your body knows what to do!

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  20. Meredith - Love & Lavender on September 15, 2014

    Very exciting new! Congrats!

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