Monday, March 31, 2008
Logan did get his carseat. We chose the Airbooster by Graco. I'll have to get some pics of him in it when he gets home today. He loved his new seat but he was asking where his seatbelt was (meaning his harness). He was locked in tight though so he'll be as safe as possible. It's still a sad, sad day. I'm just glad we have the Husky for the other 95% of the time he'll be in the truck.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
And now the dreaded part....I have to go buy Logan a booster seat today. :( He won't be using it very often but dh will be driving him to and from school this week and will need a seat in his car. We'll use it for Disney trips too since the Civic will get better gas mileage and there's just no way to fit Logan's Husky in the Civic with 2 other seats. I know he'll be fine but I still don't like the idea. He's so much safer harnessed. So that's what we're hoping to do today. At least I'll get out of the house for a bit. My butt is hurting from sitting in bed or on the couch. LOL Although I did get up and do some laundry yesterday. I'm even going to try Bella is her sling while we're shopping. It will keep all the germy people off of her. ;)
And a new pic from last night...
And this morning...
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
On the sleep front, I held her or attempted to put her down after feeding her every hour or two until 2am then dh took over and held her while he slept in the chair in the family room. She slept for a good 5 hours in his arms. I still didn't sleep well since I feel guilt over him not sleeping either but at least I got some rest. I'm sure we'll be doing it again tonight. She'll get it eventually.
I do want to thank everyone who has commented and congratulated! I love opening my email the one time a day I get to now (so hard for me!!). I have some wonderful friends!!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Took her back to the ped. today and she only lost a couple of ounces and isn't jaundiced. He still wants to see her again in the morning. Lovely. Can't a new mom sleep in for once? We went to leave and my car wouldn't start. I was supposed to be on my way to the birth center for a checkup too. So my mom had to come jump the truck and then we had to buy a new battery. We didn't get to the BC until late this afternoon which meant no nap for anyone but Bella. Anyway, everything looked good and I won't have to go back for 2 weeks.
Bella is crying- gotta go get her.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
So first thing this morning we had our first dr appt. Overall it went well. We have to go back again tomorrow and Friday so he can check her weight and watch for jaundice. I'm betting if this wasn't a BC birth, we wouldn't have to do all of this. Anyway, I made the mistake of saying it was a waterbirth on top of a birth center birth and boy did I get a lecture. I rolled my eyes thru most of it. You'd think I was taking business from him! He likened going to a BC the same as if I was a pioneer or indian woman giving birth in the woods 200 years ago. Are you kidding me? I am still worked up over it. He's a great Dr but really, I don't need his opinion on my births. He actually said I shouldn't "advertise" that I had this birth this way bc not all women are that strong. He's seen women die. Again- seriously?! I'm just not sure what the hell to say to that.
So we came home and just as I was finally getting a nap late afternoon(couldn't sleep earlier) we were invaded by the IL's. I had already told my gf it was okay to bring over dinner (yummy btw!!) and my IL's came over with 2 humongous pans of lasagna, salad, cake, and bread. I didn't even know they were coming and all of a sudden I had 5 addt'l people in my house. I may have been a bit rude but I napped a bit more in my room, fed Bella and ate my gf's food. I felt a bit overwhelmed that everyone was here. I was happy to see my Dad though. He didn't get to stay long as I was mid-nap but he got to see his newest grandbaby.
Last night was rough. Bella just doesn't want to sleep by herself. About 1am after I'd tried everything I could think of, I woke dh and he went to the family room with her. She slept with him til 6 this morning so I could get some zzzz's. Even now, she's up and I just fed her and put her down 10min ago. I have a feeling she'll be sleeping with me tonight.
Okay, here are some pics. I finally got some on the PC tonight. The boys held her for the first time and Logan looked so proud. She also had her 1st sponge bath. Thanks to everyone for their comments. I love reading them all!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Even though she arrived on her due date. she appears to be a week late. I guess there are several signs like peeling skin, creases in the ears and where certain creases on the feet start and stop. Plus my placenta was looking "old". It wouldn't surprise me I guess. Both boys were late too.
We left the BC around 6:30 this morning. It's nice to relax in your own space after giving birth. We walked in the house and Logan was just getting up about 5min later. He was full of smiles when he saw Bella. He's visited her a couple of times today but other than that, he's been blase about it. Ian, OTOH, has been all over her. He wants to "pet" her and keeps saying she's so cute. He wants to know why she's crying and says Poor Babe. LOL It's a role reversal for sure. I expected Ian to be more jealous. We'll see how it all changes in the next few days.
She has her first pediatrician appt in the morning. I was talking to the office and when I said she was born this morning, the girl was incredulous. She couldn't believe it and was asking all kinds of questions once she found out I went to a birth center and had a waterbirth. Most people only have seen it on TV. I'm sure I was the talk of the office this afternoon.
We got home around 7:30am this morning so between nursing and attempting to nap, I haven't been on the PC.
I went to bed around 11pm but was up with surges for the entire hour I tried to sleep. Around 12/12:30 I was feeling like I just couldn't do it anymore. I kinda figured it was transition but wasn't sure. Surges were really close together at 3-4min. Around 1am we left for the birth center and when I got there I was at 5cm and 80% so I was able to stay. Yea!! I knew if I hadn't stayed, I probably would have ended up at the hospital again. Melissa (MW) allowed me to go ahead and get in the tub. Surges were still coming fast and furious. I wasn't able to get very comfy in the tub. The minute I sat down, I was right back up on my knees hanging onto the edge trying to get thru it. Less than an hour later, I was feeling really pushy and bearing down. They must have been intense bc the girls came quickly. They added hot water to the tub as it hadn't warmed up to the 100 degrees it needed to be at and dimmed the lights. I kept saying I needed to poop but it was really Bella starting to crown! That was fast! I really didn't think I could do it anymore at that point. It was so intense. Once her head popped out, I had a moment of relief but then came her shoulders. She apparently whooshed right on out. She did have to get some help pinking up. Why must all my babies need help? She also had a knot in her cord. She is a healthy newborn though and is nursing like a champ. She's always wanting to nurse too- makes it really difficult to take a nap. I think she's gonna be a binkie baby for sure. Jen and Julie got to the birth center about 10-15min after she was born so we didn't get any pics of the actual labor but they took TONS of other photos. I'll post some soon!
It's taken me forever to just get this posted so bear with me. I'll be back.
Monday, March 24, 2008
The surges are def. getting stronger and more painful. To the point where my HB was not working while I was laying in bed. It's gonna be a loonnngg night! Last time I unofficially timed them, they were 12min apart. Still not sufficient enough to get me anywhere I'm guessing. Too far apart to be considered active labor.
I did call my MW and let her know. She already had a mom laboring in the tub so hopefully by the time I get there, it will be all ready for me. I'm staying hydrated and eating. I'm sure I'll be getting into the shower soon. That hot water will feel good. All the surges are felt in my back and butt so hopefully she's not turned. I've been on hands and knees for a while so if she is, hopefully she'll turn back. Posterior babies lead to long labors which I DO NOT WANT!
Any ideas what I can do besides walking to get things moving? There's just no way I can take these 2 rambunctious boys on a walk right now. LOL
Right now everything is still in the early stages. Nothing consistent. I was having some surges 10min or so apart and around 53sec. each but then I had a few mild surges only a few minutes apart and 30+sec. each. So I'm sitting on my birth ball rocking and bouncing. My labors tend to be long (the last was around 23hrs start to finish) so I'm really not expecting anything to happen this afternoon. Who knows though? If I were to count from last night to now, we're looking at almost 17hours so far but I slept thru most of that and it's all been mild. I have to go get Logan in about an hour and then I plan on napping while Ian is napping so I won't be back to update until after 3pm at least.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Dh finished painting the boys' room and has nearly finished 3 walls in Bella's room. It's taking 3 coats to cover the baby blue in there unfortunately. So now we need at least another gallon. It's so weird to see PINK in that room! He's decided he'd like to put up some crown molding and frame out her window to break it up a bit. Sounds good to me!
I've been having cx for the past 2 hours but nothing consistent. They are def. "real" though as they are starting in my lower back and coming around the front. I think I ended up timing maybe 2 of them. LOL they were 13-15min apart and 86sec long each. This is a very cool tool to save. I've already fielded at least 3-4 calls today to see if she'd come yet. Okay, just because today was my "guess" date (unofficially before the u/s), doesn't mean she'll come that day. According to my u/s, I'm not really due til Tuesday so I still have time. I promise when I'm in early labor, I WILL let you know!
The boys woke up to see the easter bunny had been here. By the time dh and I had gotten out of bed, most of the eggs had been opened and dumped out by Ian already. We didn't hide the eggs this year since it rained all day yesterday and overnight. They were supposed to go over to a neighbor's house this morning for an egg hunt too but I'm betting that's cancelled.
Right now, the boys are in the dining room playing with their huge new box of Legos. Dh was always a Lego fan so now he has someone to play with. Hehe. All Legos are banned to the kitchen table unless dh says otherwise and is supervising. WAY too many tiny, itty bitty pieces to lose. And I'm talking TINY. They are having fun and that's what matters though.
Yesterday we finally got started on Bella's room. Nothing like last minute right? Dh scraped off the wallpaper border (bye frog prince) and using a vinegar/water solution, the glue came right off. No chemicals! I went thru all the baby clothes that were still in there and am giving them to friends or charity. I'm sure I'll have more if we ever go thru the attic. Today he's supposed to start painting in there and finish the last wall of the boys' room. We'll see if anything actually gets done.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I did find some cool new baby/mom stuff while surfing the blogs last night. Why couldn't I have thought of THIS? So much easier and hands free. No offense to the company though, but I don't pay $24.99 for a regular bath towel. I can't do it for a baby bath towel.
And then I found THIS. You can turn any bra into a cross strap or it can hold your straps into place. I could def. use this one. I hate bra straps showing. And going without a bra just can NOT happen- trust me, it wouldn't be pretty.
And if you're in the mood for a bargain this morning- Get US magazine (52 issues) for only $5.97 today! Go HERE and when checking out, use coupon code SLICKDEALS. If you get an error message, hit refresh. I'm sure there are a lot of people trying to get on this deal.
Friday, March 21, 2008
a) I can breathe again!
b) all her movements are def. lower and closer to my belly button
c) it feels like she's clawing at my bladder
d) there's much more pressure down there
Come on Bella- prove Miss Jen wrong!! LOL
According to Logan's teachers today, I've dropped some. I hadn't really noticed but maybe they are right. I don't feel her so much up in my ribs even when I slouch. That's a good sign! :)
Speaking of school, at least 8/18 students were absent today in Logan's class. There wasn't even a line at the other entrance where the rest of the school picks up for car line (we have a private car line since we're in a seperate building). I wonder what the numbers will be tonight on the news.
Ian is 100% better too. (and no vinegar was used Scarlett LOL) It's like he was never even sick.
Despite so many kids/teachers/bus drivers being out of school today, I sent Logan. We don't celebrate Good Friday. Plus he and Ian were already fighting over stupid stuff as soon as they got up this morning. He'd have more fun at school anyway. As I drove by the high school this morning, I checked out the parking lot. Holy moly! There were maybe 20 cars there. Guess they all got permission to skip school.
I got my diaper bag in the mail yesterday. It's so nice! I can't wait to get it all filled up. It is bigger than I expected but I'm sure it won't take me long to pack it full between diapers, wipes, snacks for Ian, sling/mei tai, and extra clothes.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Ian has a fever today and is refusing to eat anything. I just got him to drink some watered down juice for the first time and he's usually been thru at least 2 sippy cups by now. He's clingy and keeps telling me he's sick but other than that, he appears fine. Hopefully it's just a 24hr thing.
Logan had a Easter party at school yesterday and they lost Ian. I was in panic mode for a few minutes. Ian followed the kids out to the playground while I stayed and talked to some moms inside. The teachers knew he was there and he even followed them inside but apparently he decided to walk back OUT the door and back to the playground. I was checking all the classrooms when they saw him outside. Good heavens that boy will be the death of me. He could have easily walked out to the parking area. It's just as much my fault though so I certainly don't blame the teachers.
What else.... my MIL brought over a bunch of baby stuff last night. Too bad it all reeks of cigarette smoke. Blech!!!! I may have to return some of it because there's a ton of newborn stuff and Bella may not fit into it if she is as big as expected. We'll see. I can't just wash the stuff either and I can't put it in her room until it's washed. She also bought a mobile but I'm not sure if I want to keep it. It's a jungle theme and while it's brightly colored, it just doesn't "go" with the pink PBK room. What to do?
My girlfriend Kelly from TX sent me a package that I got in the mail yesterday. I've "known" her over the internet for a few years now. We both have Sept 02 boys and I met her and her family in person when they came to Disney. Inside was a couple of cute baby outfits and even a pair of pink baby water shoes! So adorable! Thanks again Kelly!!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
It's a Ju-Ju-Be Be Mine. It's kinda like a mini purse/wallet I can keep in my bag or grab and go if I need to run out without the baby. Here's the inside. The color in this pic is a little off I think. It's more of a limey green and brighter turquoise. The good thing about all this stuff(slings/diaper bags) I've bought recently is that only a small amt actually came out of the bank acct. The rest was money I had made and was sitting in my Paypal acct!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
My appt went well overall. Iron is perfect. I did have trace amts of protein and ketones but I didn't have any water this morning, only a little oj and milk so they aren't worried about it. BP was fine and Bella's HR is great.
To my sweet little girl snuggled up so content inside my belly, this is your eviction notice!! It's time to come out and meet the world.
Monday, March 17, 2008
ETA: Here's a pic of last year's leprechaun visit. They got toothbrushes, green jello, Lucky Charms, new forks/spoons, bubbles and gold coins (which I couldn't locate this year). The leprechauns also left dirty footprints on the train table. Naughty things!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
And if you ever want to see someone make cakes like these- go check out Ace Of Cakes on the Food Network. They make some awesome stuff!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Btw, they STILL don't have the freakin Radians in and don't know when they will. I talked to them last year about it! I'm going to have to give in and buy the darn things online and hope they fit.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Episode 2 is great. While he wasn't allowed to run off on the plane, I've SO been there! It was horrible, embarassing and there was nothing I could do. That is why I'll never take my kids on a plane again until they are much older!
Here's their link too. In The Motherhood. Check it out for Season 2.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I did buy a new baby carrier today. It's an Octi Mei Tai made from turquoise solarveil. I can't link you to a pic so you'll have to wait for me to get it and I'll show it off then. You can look up Mei Tai though and you'll get a general idea. Mine also has a hood on it to keep the sun off baby's head. I can't wait to get it. It was used by another BW mama so I got it at a great price.
Dh is working tonight so I have the boys all night long. Ian is being a wild man as usual. He's so cute though. Right now he's wearing a tiger halloween costume a friend gave me years ago for Logan. He's running around yelling ROAR. He discovered a new stunt yesterday. He really wanted some candy off the countertop so he pushed a case of pepsi over (not the stunt), stood on top and climbed the closed door of the dishwasher while I was standing there watching him using his Crocs for traction. He's a monkey I tell you! Logan is begging for food again even though he just ate dinner. Where does he put it all?? I'll BBL.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Read it, just read it....I have no words.....
Linds, I know you mentioned PPB but they can't be washed or even dry cleaned and supposedly they stain easily. Just FYI!
I'm not wired to make all these decisions!!
- Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer, as can the salon owner.
- If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
- It is illegal to sing in a public place while attired in a swimsuit.
- Men may not be seen publicly in any kind of strapless gown.
- Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal. (who the hell actually did this for it to become a law??!!)
- When having sex, only the missionary position is legal.
- You may not fart in a public place after 6 P.
- It is considered an offense to shower naked.
- You are not allowed to break more than three dishes per day, or chip the edges of more than four cups and/or saucers.
- Oral sex is illegal.
- Florida law forbids rats to leave the ships docked in Tampa Bay
- In Florida it is illegal to fish while driving across a bridge.
- Tampa Bay: It is illegal to eat cottage cheese on Sunday after 6:00 P.M.
- Pensacola: Citizens may not be caught downtown without at least 10 dollars on their person; It is illegal to roll a barrel on any street, fines go up according to the contents of the barrel; A women can be fined (only after death), for being electrocuted in a bath-tub because of using self-beautification utensils.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Can you imagine wearing THESE at the local pool? LOL Wouldn't you just be uber-cool! Not! (Upon further reading, these may be just an art display)
On the "plus" side, check out these real women models! Click on the gallery link for more pics.
Monday, March 10, 2008
To any of my BBC gals or internet friends (I know who you are!), I'll ship for free!!!
Cross your fingers these sell!
Sunday, March 09, 2008
- Moved filing cabinet into closet.
- Moved Ian's clothes from dresser into cabinet (they fit really well btw!!). Still need one more which is on backorder.
- Cleaned up boys' room.
- Moved Bella's clothes and stuff into drawers.
- Took down and gathered most of Ian's crib set for auction. :( I love his frogs and hate to sell them.
- Put up the pack n play where Bella will sleep for the first month or so in our room.
- Finished packing my birth center bag- well 99% of it.
- Did umpteen loads of laundry. Still not quite done.
What's left? So freakin much!
- Painting Bella's room which also means tearing down the wallpaper border in there first. (DH's job)
- Putting the nursery together. Buying curtain for her closet.
- Buying all the snacks/drinks I need during labor and packing them.
- Gathering all the last minute essentials like contact stuff, cameras, etc the day I'm in labor.
- Finish painting the boys' room. (DH's job) Buying curtain for their closet.
- Buy a baby bathtub, sleepsacks and diaper holder thingy.
- Possibly buy new carseat for Bella.
- Oh and last but not least....have a baby!
I'm sure there's more that I'm forgetting but there's your short list. See, I did accomplish something today. Of course, I also stalked the FSOT board on thebabywearer and inquired about a Mei Tai that was for sale and also I blogged and read everyone else's blog (that actually wrote something today!). I feel no guilt!
I'm going to enjoy it for a few minutes more then it's back to work. It's peaceful work though!
Saturday, March 08, 2008
So we ended up walking around the park several times as Ian fell asleep and I was actually having some painless cx on the way home. At one point, I started timing them just to see and they were about 10min apart but then they pretty much stopped. I was probably just dehydrated or something. At least I know my body is working! LOL
This was more than likely the last time we'll get to head to Disney before the baby gets here so I'm glad we got to go. We'll be back though soon!
Friday, March 07, 2008
I think I'll still be buying a K'tan and eventually a Mei Tai. I like that I can buy them used though and can always turn around and resell them on the same site later. Now I'll probably be stalking the boards trying to find my next buy. LOL
There is SOOO much info on this site about babywearing! If you ever thought about BW, you have to go check it out! Lindsey, I bet you could even find info on wearing your twins! It would give you your hands free to handle the other boys!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
I do not need or want to hear about pain meds.
I do not want or need to use them.
Hell, I CAN'T use them. What should I take, Tylenol??
I'm going to a free standing birth center. There are no OB's. There are no anesthesiologists. There are no nurses.
There's only me, my dh, my midwife and her assistants. And anyone else I may want to come along.
I am working with midwives with years of experience who never leave my side to check on other patients. I have birth assistants who never leave my side. I plan on being in a warm pool of water to help relieve pain. I plan on going inside myself while listening to my Hypnobirthing scripts and relaxing. I plan on having a calm, gentle birth.
Women were designed to have babies. We've been doing it for years and years and years. Having a baby is not medical, it's miracle.
Whether my Bella is 6lbs or 10lbs, I want her to have the best entrance into this world she can. A calm, gentle birth. Not one with harsh lights and cold air. No poking and prodding the minute she's out. It's hard being in a warm, dark womb and all of a sudden thrust into those conditions. Wouldn't you feel the same way? Think about it like living in a warm cave for 9mo and having no sunlight only to be thrust into a sunny but cold world with no warning.
This is the birthing experience I want. Do not throw stones in my calm blue ocean.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
it's almost over,
it's almost over,
it's almost over....
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
I've heard all these great things about it from the girls on the bargain board so I bought one at Target. My feet aren't that bad really, but I do get that dry skin on the heels sometimes. It looks like a cheese grater. Kinda scary to think about. But it really does work and doesn't hurt at all. You just rub it against your dry skin and it leaves your feet really soft and smooth. It even collects all the "shavings" in itself so you can just dump them when you are done. No mess! So if you can't make it to the salon to get a pedicure, do yourself a favor and go grab one of these! You'll thank me for it later. :)
Oh and if you want a bargain price, go look for it at Bed, Bath & Beyond or Linens & Things and use a 20% off coupon. It's only $9.99 regularly.
Monday, March 03, 2008
I got a nursing bra at JCP and 6 little outfits for Bella. Only $10 OOP after my gift cards. The outfits were supposed to be 2/$20 and at least 2 of them had clearance tags for $8.99 so she rang them all up for that price. Saved me some money!
Then I went over to Motherhood and got 2 night nursing bras, 2 day nursing bras, a Glamourmom tank and 2 nursing tshirts- after GC I think it was still like $80+ OOP.
Next I went over to Target. I didn't use my GC there since I wasn't buying baby stuff. I did get a pack of Luvs practically free after coupons though. There's a web coupon for $5/3 packs plus there was a $1.50 coupon on boxes. I should have pulled 2 more of those $1.50 coupons. Oh well! I got the boys 2 of the talking big non-transforming Transformers as a gift from Bella when she arrives. They are safely hidden in the trunk of dh's car. Ian is way too nosy to leave it in the house. They both love that movie. I know they'll love these.
I took the new car tonight. This was pretty much the first time I've driven it any distance. (I drove it from the dealer to Sweet Tomatoes when we got it). It drives really nice! Very smooth and has good pickup for a 4cyl. I can't wait to get the radio and speakers switched out though. They sounds like crap compared to what I'm used to now. Haha! I'm spoiled in my truck.
And an article about itfrom the NY Post.
Okay, so I guess if you have real medical reasons, it could be good for you but for vanity- it just gives me the willies! This is definately not a fad I'll be getting into!
PS: Don't forget to check out the "worst" tattoos ever either!
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Today we had our annual playgroup Easter Party at Andrea's. She's hosted nearly every year except last I believe. We had an awesome turnout and since we did it on the weekend for the first time we even had some Dads there. All the kids had a wonderful time! We let the 3 and under crowd go Easter Egg hunting first and then the older kids. They loved it. After that, we had lots of sugary snacks and the kids got to run around the yard and be wild. I think Logan brought most of her sand box home with him. He was covered! Thank you Andrea for hosting yet again, you always throw a great party!
Saturday, March 01, 2008
So I'm so not a celebrity stalker which is why I don't have an actual picture of her but guess who I saw at the mall?? Brittany Snow!! I recognized her (at least I hope it was her but if it wasn't she was a twin!) and I did a double take to make sure but I'm 99% positive it was. She was inside Starbucks with a friend although she wasn't actually drinking the Starbucks, she had a Smoothie King cup in her hand. Her hair was kinda messy but that's all I remember. I couldn't even tell you what she had on. LOL How's that for details! Dh wasn't impressed and didn't even know who she was. I do though! I loved her show American Dreams and she was in the remake of Hairspray. I think this was my 1st ever celebrity spotting!
While at the mall, we ate at EVOS. Yummo! Can we put one of these in our town please???? I even had an organic chocolate shake with my dinner. Mmmm. It was low in calories too(when compared to fast food places). Their ketchups are good too. I like the garlic one.
I also had my SIM card for my phone upgraded. I can now send text messages. Woohoo! My card was the original I got like 10 years ago. Ha!! The guys at Tmobile were loving my new phone. Said it was the best phone out there right now. I guess to them cell phones are like car seats are to me. It's just their "thing". So now if anyone needs to text me, I can actually reply!
Would you believe we didn't buy anything else? You're surprised aren't you? I know, the Queen of Shopping, didn't shop! I found a cute dress at TCP for Bella but it was on "sale" at only $1.50 off regular price. Not what I was looking for. I'll wait.....