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steadily rolling in May 23, 2010

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the contractions are coming a lot faster now and they’re really working hard.  i feel pretty good but may need to get in the pool soon.  so exciting!

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think this is it!

Filed under: Birth! — ourlife @ 8:03 am

I noticed whenever I woke up to go to the bathroom last night that I was having contractions, but they weren’t bad at all. Then around 5:45, one woke me and before I could drift back to sleep, there was another one, and another. All equally intense and long. I woke my mom up around 6 (she arrived yesterday evening) because I knew that I couldn’t be getting the boys up while having contractions. Fast forward to now and Trina’s here for the boys, mom has been to the store for food, I’ve showered and dressed, Matt’s up and supporting me, and Abby and the midwives are on the way! It’s a great day to have a baby!!!

 

a new addition April 29, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life — ourlife @ 1:12 pm

We welcomed a new addition to the family late last week. She’s tiny, pink, and just what I’ve always wanted. She was delivered late in the afternoon, so Matt and Walker were both home to anticipate her arrival and unveiling:

Yes – she arrived in a cardboard box

…from Dell, no less!

And when we opened it up and saw her for the first time,

…we were all overjoyed! Isn’t she cute?

I just love her – so portable and stylish! Thanks babe for my sweet new mini!!!

 

updates April 28, 2010

Filed under: Birth!,Daily Life — ourlife @ 7:52 pm
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So I was gone for a while – sorry about that! Things got a little crazy ’round here. My midwife came for my home visit on Thursday and we had a nice time together eating lunch and catching up (I made a yummy chicken salad with grapes and served it with some gluten-free potato chips and organic strawberry yogurt with blueberries and raspberries – my sweet midwife is on a gluten-free diet). Matt came home about halfway through our meal and it was nice to have lunch with him at home in the middle of the day (even though he pointed out that the yogurt resembled a placenta when we were discussing that aspect of the birth). Then we went upstairs so she could listen to the baby and check on me. Have you wondered what goes into a midwife appointment? Maybe how it’s different from appointments with obs? Here’s what we do at a normal appointment:

– I weigh myself and report my weight back to the midwives to be recorded in my chart.

– I pee on this little stick that shows if I have any glucose or protein in my urine and report the results to the midwives.

– They measure my fundal height, feel for the position of the baby, then listen to the baby’s heart tones (and since they figure out the position of the baby first, they aren’t putting u/s gel all over my belly for the doppler – they know exactly where to listen every time). They record her heart rate and listen for accelerations/decelerations.

– They also check me out for any swelling, take my blood pressure, and listen to any concerns or questions I have – this could be anything – weird symptoms and things that could help remedy them, fears about the birth, logistical items (such as the best way to fill up the birth tub), any concerns or questions Matt has, etc.

The biggest difference between an appointment with my midwife and my old ob is that I generally spend about 30 to 45 minutes with my midwives, sometimes longer, and I never spent more than 10 with my ob or even the nurse practitioner. Usually it was closer to 5. Another big difference – no cervical checks! I suppose that if I wanted them to check my cervix, they would, but since it tells you absolutely nothing about when labor will start and can introduce bacteria to the cervix, I don’t have them done (and let’s be realistic – who really WANTS to undergo that repeatedly anyway? If I had to go back to an ob at any time in the future, I’m pretty sure I would decline all cervical checks with him or her as well).

So back to this particular appointment – when she checked the position of the baby, her head was definitely down and was only barely “floating” – so nearly engaged! Plus my fundal height was 34, but I was 36.5 weeks pregnant, which *could* indicate that she’s “dropped”. They’ll measure me again on Tuesday to see if it appears that she definitely has dropped since a baby’s positioning can change the measurement. So while that information could all amount to nothing and I could go to 41.5 weeks again like I did with Jostin, it could also mean that the baby is getting ready to make her grand entrance sooner than I’d anticipated. I spent the rest of that day and the next cleaning, organizing, washing her clothes etc. just in case she decided to surprise us.

So here is an updated copy of the list with most of the high-priority items checked off. I do need to get going on the rest though!

1.Get her room ready, hang clothes, prep diapers, wash her newborn clothes (this looks like several items, but for the sake of my sanity, it’s one)

2. Finish knitting her blanket

3. Finish curtains for our room

4. Get final few items for the birth kit

5. Get contact numbers for all members of our birth team and talk about our plans for the birth with them

6. Make duvet cover for our bed

7. Purge, purge, purge our belongings (srsly – when all of our clothes are clean, which is only when I’m about to have a baby, there isn’t room for them!) – nearly done with this. The closet has been purged and now I need to go through a few drawers.

8. Pack up all the things that the boys have outgrown in properly-labeled boxes.

9. Knit a hat and booties to match the baby’s blanket

10. Embroider her gown and hat

11. Inventory her wool diaper covers and sew or knit more if needed.

12. Thoroughly clean all bathrooms (two little boys makes for messy bathrooms).

13. Sew a few wool liners for my mama cloth.

14. Cover canvases in fabric to decorate our room.

15. Buy and enhance all celebration supplies for her birthday party

16. Reorganize pantry

17. Make birth skirt

18. Clean downstairs carpet

 

losing my triple coupon virginity

Filed under: Daily Life — ourlife @ 10:58 am
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Today is the first day of triple coupons at Harris Teeter. Wow. I’ve never participated in any triple coupon specials – in fact last week was my first time taking advantage of Farm Fresh’s “double coupons up to a $1” Wednesdays. But here I am, eager to skip at least a couple trips to the grocery store when the babe arrives, so it’s the perfect time to stock up! Just some background info on what I’ve done so far, couponing-wise. I got the inserts from Easter Sunday’s paper from my in-laws (so that was 4 weeks ago), then bought 4 papers the next week, forgot to buy any the next week, so I only have the inserts from my in-laws, and then bought another 4 this week. So I’ve spent $8 on Sunday papers at the dollar store. I’ve made several couponing trips – the first week I spent what we normally would have, but got twice as much food. The next week I only picked up essentials, so we basically cut our bill in half for those two weeks. Then last week I didn’t do so well because I was nesting like a madwoman. So that brings you up to date.

I know the burning question on your mind is “How did she prepare for triple coupons?!” It’s riveting, it really is. 🙂 I subscribe to a few blogs, one of which being Southern Savers (at the recommendation of my sweet homebirthing friend Kristin in FL). Even though we don’t have a lot of the same stores or prices, it’s an AWESOME blog for getting started and for general info. I also subscribe to one called Dolly Domestic. I think she’s nearer to me geographically, so the sales and prices she posts are more accurate for me. Anyways – they both posted suggested items to buy with matching coupons on their blogs. Southern Savers posts the Harris Teeter sales and any valid coupons, plus where to get them (Red Plum, Smart Source, an online link, etc.). Dolly posted items you could get for free or really cheap, whether they were on sale or not. So last night I spent some time going through Dolly’s list to see what coupons I had. Of course if something is going to be free, I’m going to get it, so I referenced the source she listed and cut out the coupons I planned to use. I stopped when I got to about 25 because you can only use 20 coupons per day (3 like items, so 3 of my 20 were for Tabasco, for instance). The extra 5 were in case the store was out of something I had another coupon for – I didn’t want to leave without using my max of 20.

Jostin and I set off bright and early this morning for Harris Teeter and arrived at about 8:45. I picked up just the items I had coupons for because I think we’re pretty good on food for this week because we stocked up 2 weeks ago. Plus I knew I would be back to HT several more times this week and could pick up anything else on another trip. It was cool to be part of the couponing brigade – you could tell who else was looking for deals because of their binders and multiples of the same things in their cart. I had to stop myself several times from commiserating with people – I was excited for my first time, but knew that these experts would think I was lame if I started comparing deals :). Jostin was patient and we wrapped up around 9:30 or so (it took a while because I didn’t take the time to make a list and wandered back and forth across the store several times, plus I had to reference Dolly’s price list to make sure I was getting the right things).

So here is what I got, all $39.98 worth of groceries:

and guess what I paid?

twelve cents.

Yes – that’s right – $.12 (with the decimal BEFORE the one). Pretty amazing huh?!?!? I was stoked! Then I realized that I might have to use my debit card for a .12 cent transaction and was immediately embarrassed, but I managed to dig a quarter out of the depths of my purse. Shew! Pretty awesome – and I’m going back later today or tomorrow to use my next 20 coupons!

 

proof! and crafts April 20, 2010

Filed under: Craftastic,Daily Life — ourlife @ 11:26 pm
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First an update on Robin and Kelly. Robin gave birth to a perfect baby boy yesterday and both are doing great! Kelly did an AMAZING job in the marathon, beating her personal best, and qualifying for Boston again next year! Thanks for your prayers and cheers for both of them!

Jostin obliged me with photo evidence of my previous post yesterday at nap time:

Note that he actually took the door stopper thingie off the wall so that he’d be comfortable in his chosen nap spot. I was also impressed with the self-defense tactic of blocking the door shut with his feet.

I didn’t get a chance to post last night because I was burning some thread with my sewing machine, sewing the last of the necklaces that we made for our craft today at MOPS. You can buy similar necklaces on etsy for upwards of $20 and there are tutorials out there on doing them, but for the most part all we did was

-pick fabrics

-cut them into 4 inch strips, maintaining the original width

-fold them in half with right sides facing, matching the ends up, and iron to make sewing easier

-sew the ends together with a machine, creating a long fabric tube

so that was the prep, and then when we got together today, the ladies picked a tube and used a large safety pin to turn it rightside out, then slid wooden balls that are 1 inch in diameter to the desired location and tied knots tightly on either side of each ball. You can center the first ball and then add as many as desired on either side with a tie in the back, or go for a side bow and place the wooden balls off-center. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and I love my new necklace!

the materials we used

Risa and Meg

Check out the food in the background – chocolate fountain = YUM.

Liz and Stephanie

This was our spa day and we had some awesome local professionals volunteer their time to give us massages, facials, apply our makeup, and give hair consultations. I think we all left feeling pretty pampered (and wanting a nap).

And finally, because I’ve done a horrible job of documenting this pregnancy with photos, a couple of belly pics, taken tonight – 36w 3 days.

Progress on the list (and some additions):

1.Get her room ready, hang clothes, prep diapers, wash her newborn clothes (this looks like several items, but for the sake of my sanity, it’s one)

2. Finish knitting her blanket

3. Finish curtains for our room

4. Get final few items for the birth kit

5. Get contact numbers for all members of our birth team and talk about our plans for the birth with them

6. Make duvet cover for our bed

7. Purge, purge, purge our belongings (srsly – when all of our clothes are clean, which is only when I’m about to have a baby, there isn’t room for them!)

8. Pack up all the things that the boys have outgrown in properly-labeled boxes.

9. Knit a hat and booties to match the baby’s blanket

10. Embroider her gown and hat

11. Inventory her wool diaper covers and sew or knit more if needed.

12. Thoroughly clean all bathrooms (two little boys makes for messy bathrooms).

13. Sew a few wool liners for my mama cloth – I’ll go over this in a future post also.

14. Cover canvases in fabric to decorate our room.

15. Buy and decorate all celebration supplies for her birthday party

16. Reorganize pantry

17. Make birth skirt

18. Clean downstairs carpet

One step forward, two steps back. Hopefully I will stop thinking of more things we must do and concentrate on getting these things done. And just because I like to check things off lists :), let it be known that I have done a TON of work outside the things on the list. Today for instance, after having leftover Indian food for lunch, I went into the kitchen to get a piece of toast with apple butter (great combo, huh? Indian food + apple butter). I emerged 45 minutes later after scrubbing the microwave and toaster, rearranging our counter-top appliances, and fully scrubbing every surface in the kitchen. It’s really a bizarre thing for me and while Matt likes the “new” kitchen and the banishment of all clutter, he says I seem so wholly focused on getting things clean that I can’t entertain any other thoughts. That’s about right. I’m sure I’ll be back to normal in a few weeks though.

 

houdini April 19, 2010

Filed under: Daily Life — ourlife @ 7:10 am
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So my post last night was oh-so-appropriate considering what happened this morning (and it’s only 6:55am as I type this). Matt was getting ready for work and noticed the boys’ door was open, so he went inside and didn’t see Jostin. He told me and I literally leaped out of bed (which was quite a feat considering I needed his help to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night – darn round ligaments) and ran to their room. Since he has lots of “friends” who sleep with him, we gingerly patted down his entire bed – no Jostin. Moved to Walker’s bed – no Jostin. Looked between the beds and he wasn’t there either. We already knew from experience that his big cloth-diapered booty couldn’t fit under the bed (he got stuck a couple of weeks ago and I heroically lifted the bed and pulled him out by his ankles). We ran down the hall, glancing in the bathroom, the baby’s room, and then looked over the balcony to see if we could spot him downstairs. There he was in the playroom, pulling things out of the trash can. He heard us and said, “HEY!” and then ran to greet us with a huge smile. It doesn’t appear that he got into much and there was nothing accessible to him that could have hurt him, but man – that was scary. I guess I’ll spend naptime today watching reruns of Prison Break so I can stay one step ahead of my toddler.

Today’s a big day – say a prayer for my high school friend Robin who is being induced this morning. They will welcome their 2nd child (2nd son) into the world, hopefully today and quickly!

Also my BFF Kelly is running the Boston Marathon today!!! So give a cheer for her too – she’s worked long and hard to qualify and train all while raising her 2 young children, working full-time at a way-more-than-9-to-5 job AND attending nursing school. She is superwoman!!!