Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
As a help to myself, I'm going to have a weight loss journey blog. It's going to be private, so if you are female (yes, I'm being sexist) & interested in weight loss, then post a comment or email me, and I'll let you in.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
- Babe was born on Friday morning
- Labor lasted about 3 hours, and she was born at 6:14 a.m.
- She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces
- She is 19.5 inches long
- She has short blond (hint of red) fuzz for hair. It looks like Chick's did.
- (By the way, Chick weighed 7.7 and was 20.25 long with an 8 hr labor)
Here are some pictures!
Here's an approximate timeline of the birth:
2:00 am - Chick woke us up & went back to bed. I worked on the
computer for an hour.
3:00 am - I took a bath
3:30 am - Woke HH up and started doing housework
3:45 am - Called Grandma N & Charlotte (our midwife)
4:45 am - Got into the birth pool
5:30 am - Got out to have water broken
5:45 am - Started pushing
6:14 am - Our little Babe was born!
Here's a detailed story of the birth...read only if you are interested...I won't be offended : )
Chick woke us up for her 2:00am hug, and went back to bed. I was having slight cramps & didn't feel the baby move after I moved around a bit & I got nervous about things being ok...so I got up and went to do some design work on the computer. The baby did move some, which helped me to feel more at ease, but after an hour the cramps were getting a little more annoying. So I went and got into the bathtub for a little bath. That's when I decided that they weren't CRAMPS but actual CONTRACTIONS...that were getting stronger. After only half an hour I decided that this was IT, and I woke HH up to start filling the pool.
Honestly, with several false alarms, I'm surprised that he listened to me and got up. But he did. While he started filling the pool, I picked things up & swept, etc...figuring that if it was false labor then the change in activity would get rid of the contractions. But it didn't--they got stronger. Strong enough that when a contraction came I'd have to get down on my hands and knees and focus on relaxing. Then I'd get up and walk around & clean some more. During that time of activity I called my Mom & midwife.
Finally I couldn't take walking around anymore--the contractions were too close. So I went into my bedroom and draped myself over my physio-ball & rocked on my knees. I did that for a few contractions--my Mom arrived while I was doing that. I didn't do that for too long, though--contractions were too strong and the pool next to me was too alluring.
I had a rule to not get into the pool until I was dilated to a 5, and there wasn't any of the midwife team to check me yet, but I couldn't stay out. I got in and was SO grateful for the water! While I was in there the assistants & then the midwife arrived. By the time the midwife arrived I was going crazy inside. I was playing mind games like, "I know that a sign of transition is the feeling like you can't take any more...I feel like I can't take any more, does that mean that I'm going through transition? Or does it just mean that I WANT to be going through transition?"
The funny thing is that one of the assistants met Charlotte, the midwife, outside and told her that I was really calm and it looked like they had a long time left. Little did she know! I felt like all I could do was hang on until Charlotte arrived and checked my dilation.
So Charlotte came in and checked and said that I was at 4. "FOUR?! NO, IF I'M AT FOUR, THEN I CAN'T DO IT. I CAN'T DO IT!" That's all in caps to let you know that I said it frantically, pretty much crying. I just melted. I couldn't believe it. I had totally expected her to say I was at a 10 and could push!
Thankfully Charlotte said that if I felt like that, then there was a good chance that I was really in transition (sort of) but not dilating because my water hadn't broken. She said that she couldn't guarantee it, but often after the first baby the water doesn't break but if you break it things will go quickly afterwards. She thought that it was possible that if I let her break the water then I'd probably go from 4 to 10 quickly.
I had HH come in (he was off doing stuff...I think he liked being busy and getting things done, rather than sitting by helplessly. I'm coherent enough during labor to be ok with that). I held his hand during a contraction & had Charlotte tell him the option, and he thought we should do it. I was ok with anything to speed things up, so I got out of the tub.
They discussed whether or not to take the quilt off the bed--I said no, because from the pool I wanted to see my quilt rather than the ugly sheets that we'd put on for the days after the birth. So, since I was just getting on there for the water breaking, they put down a bunch of pads & towels on top of the quilt. Charlotte waited for the next contraction and broke the water during it.
The next contraction got me to 8, and the next after that was 10 and I was able to start pushing.
The plan had been to get back into the water, but the baby's head started crowning immediately & Charlotte encouraged me to stay put and just push the baby out quickly. So I did.
Pushing Chick out had taken 1.5 hours and was exhausting and my least favorite part of the birth. With Babe it was nice to be able to do something & helped to make the contractions less painful. We don't know exactly how long I was pushing, but think it was about a half hour. It was very dramatic--I was a lot more noisy than with the first birth, and I wasn't doing it on purpose. The plan had been to have Chick watch, but she slept through everything, and given the drama of the scene I'm glad she did. I don't think she'd have understood.
Anyhow, then the baby was born. I got to help pull her out & call the gender, which was cool. HH cut the umbilical cord & weighed the baby.
So far things are going well. Yesterday was busy with a steady stream of visits from family, which was so much fun!
Chick does have some jealousy moments, but generally she loves to give Babe her lovin'! I'll definitely have to be on my toes, but at least she likes the baby. And we are all very impressed that at 22 months she can pronounce Babe's name perfectly! That's something that most people have yet to master!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I should be productive anyhow, but I'm really glad I got to watch a free movie in the middle of the day--rain or not. I'll be productive in a little bit (after blogging...and then napping).
Anyhow, Chick and I just watched Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. Since it is g-rated I can recommend it without any reservations. I will warn you--it looks all happy-go-lucky in the preview, but it was a tear jerker. Honestly I cried off and on all throughout the movie. You can blame it on prego hormones if you want, but the movie does a good job of putting the Great Depression on a personal level. It is an "American Girl" movie, so of course it ends happily (a little too happily, really), but I like happy endings. Whenever I'd start crying Chick would look up at me like,
Not with either pregnancy.
We prefer to be surprised about the gender, and aside from peace of mind, don't see any big reason to do one.
We would, of course, if there was a medical indication for one.
I haven't researched all of the reasons for getting an ultrasound as much as I have researched other things.
my question is:
NOTE: I'm not talking about a medically recommended ultrasound--if it was a high risk pregnancy to begin with then that is TOTALLY different. Or if your caregiver suggested it because something didn't seem quite right, then OF COURSE that's different.
I'd also like to add that just the peace of mind that seeing your baby would bring is CERTAINLY a valid reason, and I don't think that ultrasounds are bad in ANY way. I think it would be a nice way to bond with the baby. I'm asking these questions because sometimes people act like we're bad parents & endangering the baby by not getting one.
Monday, November 24, 2008
That's what I told Handsome Handyman when I woke him up at 1:15 a.m.
About 10 minutes to 2 a.m. I debated calling my midwife, but decided to wait out a few more contractions so that I'd know better how far apart they were.
I fell asleep before I called her, though, and it's a good thing. By 5:50, when HH woke up (when he's supposed to be walking in to work!) I had to ask if I really had had contractions or if that was a dream.
So we're still waiting.
I changed the prego ticker due date--It was bad for my morale to see it add on days! So now it will go to Thanksgiving, which is my last possible due date (then of course there are 2 weeks of overtime before the baby is evicted).
Yesterday Chick and I stayed home from church. She got a cold (from Nursery) so she couldn't go (to Nursery)...ironic. Anyhow, we napped, so it was nice and relaxing.
HH's birthday was on Saturday, and was totally uneventful. I hadn't really PLANNED anything, because I didn't know if I'd be in bed with a new little one or not. He renewed his license at the DOL, we ran errands, he worked in the yard and on the car...that's about it. He'd been planning to watch the apple cup, but then gave the tv up to Chick so that she could watch "Movie...Bear?" (Bernstein Bear video). The most birthday-ish part was a brownie cake and cuddling up to watch the new Indiana Jones movie. Oh well, I'll make next year's b-day extra special.
But let me tell you about my grocery shopping--I love Albertsons sales. Here's what I got:
brownie mix & frosting,
2 bottles of cooking oil,
3 other baking items,
4 cans broth,
8 cans cream of mushroom,
and a 20# turkey
....all for $24.54
($78.84 savings, according to them)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sometimes it seems that nothing is easy.
But that's really the only black spot in the past couple of days...
Yesterday Grandma & Grandpa N called and said that they were going to stop by for a visit. I got to look at their cruise scrapbook, Grandma & Chick vacuumed the stairs : ) Then we all went to Value Village. It wasn't a sale day, so really no great DEALS, but cute stuff (all for Chick except for extremely comfy slippers that were in the New Gift section). We stopped at a kid's consignment shop too, where I got some shoes for Chick (if she has anything thicker than tights on she signs "Hurt" when I put on her brown shoes). We went to McDonalds for lunch (my choice--I don't get out much and like to have fast food every once a month or so). Anyhow, it was really fun, and Chick (who woke me up and was signing "Play with friends" right away) was happy to be with G&G & to get out of the house.
I also got an email from Grandma & Grandpa J, who are on THEIR cruise. I was happy to hear that they are loving their cruise. Honestly, who DOESN'T love a cruise?! And G'ma J won $100 at bingo. Yay. When we took a cruise a couple of years ago, HH played a bit of bingo too...that was practically his only expenditure (I bought stuff).
The good points of today were:
sleeping in--Chick and I both slept until 10!
I got the birth pool fully inflated (I've been procrastinating that)
& put the liner inside & one underneath.
And I changed the knobs on our bedside tables.
As for my due date: I might have explained this already... I have a 2 week window of when the baby is due (13th to the 27th). I used the middle (20th) for the prego ticker. I don't know what the ticker does when you go over, but I may not even be overdue after today. I might not be really DUE until Thanksgiving. We're still all just waiting.
I'm attaching another video of Chick, because she's cute.
Please ignore the boyish pj's...long story but she likes planes anyhow.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I finished all of my freezer cooking, though I might continue to add to it as I go.
My dishes are clean, and my laundry isn't mountainous.
The cradle is set up, and the birth pool is inflated but not filled.
Oh, and yesterday I decided on the post-birth meal! I'm going to do a crock pot potato chowder with diced ham and some corn added in. The recipe has good reviews--and rightfully so, because it is not low fat in the least! I'll let you know how it goes : )
I feel a little bad saying that I'm impatient. I have a pretty good time being pregnant, I think--I actually like it. And with all that I wanted to get done before the babe came out, I should be happy to have more time. But for about the past week I've been ready.
I'm ready to start trying to get my body back to normal.
I'm ready to meet this child--what color hair will it have? What is the gender?! etc.
I'm ready to just suck it up and deal with Chick constantly wanting to hold the baby & all the random changes that we'll have with her.
I'm ready (and excited) for the birth. Hard, yes, but such a thrilling thing. Last time, due to hypertension, I had to stay in bed for almost the entire time (except for 1 hour in the birth tub when I dilated from 5 to 10)...this time I should be fine being more vertical and moving as I'd like. I really can't wait! (I know I'm weird).
But I'm just waiting.
Probably in an hour I'll be happy to not be dealing with a baby. I won't bother posting when such a swing in opinion occurs--just assume that it'll happen!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The baby doll also comes with a red cradle, but I guess I didn't take a picture of it. The cradle was made by my cousin as a gift for me when I was little, and I repainted it.
This is the baby doll's blanket. Green, white, & red are the colors of the nursery. I had the leafy fabric & white binding already, and bought the green fleece to make a cover for the baby bjorn potty...I had extra, though, so I was able to use it for this blanket & the gift below.
This is a rattle textural baby block...so I don't feel like I'm treating the new babe like a stepchild. Green fleece (already mentioned), all other fabrics, bell, stuffing, & a white washcloth--I already had.
Not pictured (because it's not homemade): play-doh with lots of cutters & design rolling pins (cutters & rolling pins from Value Village), a pint-sized broom & dustpan set (Chick loves to help sweep, but the broom is too tall for her), and a Sandra Boynton book.
I also made something for some extended family, but can't post it because I don't want to give away the surprise. And I'm making something for HH but it's not done and (while I don't think that HH reads this blog even when I ask him to) I don't want to risk him seeing it. It'll probably be for his birthday anyhow, so I can post a picture in a couple of weeks.
I spent much of yesterday muttering under my breath about WHY I was getting the final edits for the magazine on the day that we send to the printer, rather than the day BEFORE. Nerds...did they really have to take so long in sending them to me & thus making me a day late for getting it all to the printer?! I did feel bad that several of the edits were just because I didn't pay close enough attention to what I was doing during layout (I like it better when the edits are THEIR fault). That was airhead moment #1.
Airhead moment #1: This morning I got an email from one of the aforementioned nerds. She said that she was confused why I was acting like we were running late, when (per the production schedule that I had sent out) we were right on schedule. Hmmm...I looked at the schedule, and then I realized that I had written the "final approval & submit to printer" on the 11th, rather than the 12th on my calendar. We were, indeed, supposed to submit to the printer today NOT yesterday. I'm so embarrassed.
The good point is that I wrote a very diplomatic email to all involved (all the nerds) last night, and as I was writing it I complained to HH that I didn't want to be diplomatic...I wanted to give them a piece of my mind! I'm sooooooo glad that I was diplomatic, since I would have looked like a cranky #$%& who couldn't keep her days straight!
Monday, November 10, 2008
- 92 items purchased
- $100 spent
- The average price was $1.10. That's the average, but some things ended up being free, and the most expensive was Breyer's ice cream for $2.50 each...we have our priorities straight.
- Everything was on sale except for 3 cans of Tuna (Fred Meyer sells it for $.59 a can for the first three, which seems to be the best deal, regardless of sales)
- In addition to sales, I used $20 worth of coupons : )
- $15 credit to spend at Albertsons next time we go
- a free loaf of Albertson's french bread
- a free DVD rental from Redbox (we watched Get Smart...pretty funny!)
- a free 8x10 from Walgreens
Saturday, November 8, 2008
In the past week or two she has learned to add an "S" for possessives & also plurals. Her "S" sounds more like "sh" so she says things like "Mama'sh towel" or "More pigsh."
But the cutest thing to me is "Yeah." She just started saying it about 3 days ago. She's been saying "Nope" for quite a while, but "yeah" is new and she says it so emphatically most of the time that it just cracks us up.
Of course I feel a little guilty--I picture Michael Caine saying, "Always YES, never yeah" to Sandra Bullock (in Miss Congeniality)... oh dear, I've already tainted my daughter!!
Anyhow, here's a video of her....
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The day before Halloween we went with Stacy, Lea, & Luther to visit Craven's Pumpkin Patch. The kids all had a great time--they have all sorts of displays and attractions for kids to explore, and a few animals to pet & look at.
Chick loved the tractor!