May 11, 2011
I guess it was a little ambitious of me to think I could keep a blog updated, and interesting, and keep my sweet baby within my eyesight at all times. This year has flown by, faster than any of my previous years that's for sure! I've had so much fun getting to know my little princess and remembering what it's like to play and imagine. She's such a funny little girl. I'm impressed by her attention span and I'm almost certain that she understands everything that comes out of my mouth. She loves a good kitchen dance party and has a fondness for Elephant Love Medley from Moulin Rouge and Today Was a Good Day by Ice Cube, lol. The girl's got a wide range of music tastes just like her big sister, who Addy adores. They don't look anything alike, but they are more alike than I'd ever thought two half sisters could be. I guess that's because to me, Eve is mine, from my body just as Addy and Evan are. She's my junior ppp and it makes me so excited to have that kind of relationship with Miss Addison. I can only hope she loves me like Eve does!!!
We had such a good time last Saturday at Addy's first birthday party. It was owl themed for our little night owl, whooooo loves a good party. She played the day away with her closest friends and family. She was dressed to the nines in a personalized cupcake tee and multicolored toole tutu with matching bows. Her cake matched the festivities, lime green vanilla with a pastel pink vanilla frosting and shaped like her night-night owls. Her guests enjoyed chocolate and vanilla owl cupcakes, white chocolate dipped prezel sticks, pink rice crispy treats, fruits and veggies and each of her little friends adopted, and took home, their very own handmade Night-Night Owl. We also had a handmade, custom pinata made to match Addy's birthday cake and night-night owls. I've only spent this much time and effort into one other event in my life and that was my wedding which was equally memorable and timeless!!! As labor intensive as it was it was a labor of love and I enjoyed being able to do for my sweet baby. Reading Tori Spelling's books is probably what gave me such seemingly ambitious party ideas. Seeing in all written down it doesn't seem like all that much, but I spent a good two months planning and crafting to be sure that everything was just the way I wanted it to be and I don't mind admitting it, it really was just perfect. Just like our sweet, sweet punky girl...
November 1, 2010
Yesterday was Halloween and we celebrated by co-costuming with bubby, Evan. He decided, at the last minute, that he wanted to Trick or Treat, so we decided to wrap him in kerlix like a mummy. Addy had a black onesie with a pic of a mummy that said, "I love my mummy", so the co-costume was born. We had several ideas for Addy's first Halloween costume like a bat, a cat napper, and a hotdog, but when Evan became a mummy so did little Addybear. A little trick or treating and then home to watch Scared Shrekless...it was perfect.
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May 6, 2010
It's currently 430am, Josh is lying on the pullout sofa in the hospital room...the same hospital room I've now been in for nearly 72 hours. Yesterday was another frusterating one, but some progress was made so I can't count it out. They administered the cervadil at 330 am and the contractions began shortly after. I thought i'd surely made some cervical change, but at 1pm when my doctor came in to check I had only dilated to a 1 or 2. My contractions kept coming at 2-3 minute intervals, which backed my doctor off of administering a 2nd round of cervadil, but stopped me from eating, walking, or showering. The plan was now to begin a pitocin drip at 4am and here we are. I've already had a few minor contractions since this started and I have to admit this is the part of labor/inducement that I've dreaded for years...the pitocin drip. I hope this plays out better than I recall 11 years ago...more updates as I can.
May 4, 2010
April 29, 2010
So, yesterday we had our weekly OB visit with Dr. Brown. I can't say that I'm pleased with the way things turned out. I was a little emotional once we were roomed, probably because I knew I would be having my cervix checked as well as my strep B swab cultures done. Got a little teary and before I could suck it up the medical assistant was there to check my BP. They use an electronic cuff, which isn't the most reliable, but the reading was 166/88 which is well over what's normal for me. She told me she'd come back and recheck it in a few minutes, when I was calmer. Twenty minutes later she returned and rechecked it...138/86. Still high. Grrr. Well, after the exam Dr. Brown advised that I go on bed rest until Monday morning when he could recheck my BP and get my lab results back. Not really what I wanted to hear, but at least there was no protein in my urine and my BP lowered with rest...no preeclampsia. He did say that we could be induced early, but that I would have to have an amniocentesis that showed lung maturity first. I'm 36 weeks and 5 days today and 38 weeks seems like light years away. That's going to be my cut off point. If I haven't gone into spontaneous labor by then I will agree to the amnio and get the show on the road. There's no way I want to deliver a 9 lb baby. There are too many risks associated with it. So, that's where we are. I am going to see patients today and tomorrow and then reevaluate whether or not I feel like I can work this weekend. It's a light load and I can put my feet up between visits. I sure wish I had maternity leave at this point, but being a home health nurse I am going to have to deal with this the best way that I can. Back to bed for this girl...doctor's orders...
April 23, 2010
I've been, as of late, the hungriest hippo you've ever met. Starving, like those kids in the feed the children commercials, minus the flies, the distended bellies, and general impoverished conditions...so, basically nothing like that at all. I'm just saying I could eat a meal at 7 and go back for the next 2 hours later. That generally isn't my style, so thankfully the rumbling has subsided. I'm glad though since Monday we have our growth scan...need to quit fattening my little creep up! I'm looking forward to getting a rough estimate of her weight though. I can't wait to see her little face. Sometimes I'll look at Josh sleeping and really look at his features and mix and match them with mine to see what I can come up with. It's not very cute, but it's fun, lol. Anyways, just a quick status update before the nightly nesting commences...oh how i'd love to just sleep...better get used to it. Night!
April 21, 2010
I'd rather just eat cereal...
April 17, 2010
I think I see stretch marks on the ol' feet today. Not really, but I think if that were a possibility I'd have a few. Anyways, here we are, at week 35 and some change, and I am getting anxious. We had an appointment last Wednesday and my OB requested we see a perinatologist for a growth scan, as he feels my uterus is measuring the size of a 39 week pregnant woman. I'll have that appointment on Monday, April 26th and then followup with my OB the 28th. Let's hope he miscalculated. I'd really prefer a baby on the smaller end of the spectrum, but it's too late for that now. I've been spending the nights that Josh is at work washing and hanging all of Addison's newborn to 3 month sized clothes. We really have some cute stuff. Last night at Target I found the cutest romper! It's green and white striped with a big doe-eyed pea holding up his first two fingers that says, "give peas a chance"...so adorable! Not very girly, but sometimes the witty stuff can't be passed up! So, what else? Oh, Rachel, Emma, and Gavin came by to visit today. We got the cutest picture of Gavin riding one of our boston terrier hippos in the front. He was so cute holding on to the hippo's ears really riding him! Such a cute bebe. Anyways, Rachel dropped off more goodies for Addy, which is always appreciated, and we talked diapers and breastfeeding...ya know, mommy stuff. During our conversation we had a couple of always-welcome unannounced visitors, Andy and Laylia! They came to Austin from Victoria to see a movie and we ended up catching dinner. It was a good time. Sadly, Josh is getting ready for work so I've got sign off so I can spend some hubby time. Catch up soon.
April 12, 2010
This is her wardrobe we refinished...love this.
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Fold a piece of newspaper in half and cut out or trace half of a disposable "shaped" diaper.
Take pattern and pin to 2 layers of fabric of your choice. I have been using flannel, as I've heard it has good absorbency. Leave about 1/4 inch of fabric overhanging the pattern.
Use the pattern to cut out waterproof fabric of your choice. This is an unused ikea shower curtain I had.
On the bottom of this stack put your 2 layers of flannel, then the waterproof layer, then take a prefold cloth diaper and lay on top of stack, fold excess or overhang up toward the center of the diaper. Pin it on 4 sides.
Trim prefold overhang.
Sew along the edges of the "stack", leaving the bottom open. Don't forget to backstitch to keep stitches from coming undone. When you've sewn all edges, excluding the bottom, fold the diaper in half and with a yellow highlighter make where the elastic will go.
This is where I'll start and end elastic band.
You'll do the same for the leg elastic...
Notice the slight yellow marks...
Using a zigzag stitch, pull elastic taught, and stitch in elastic.
Here you can see the elastic sewn in the back...
All elastic in...
To turn inside out, go in between the flannel layers...
After the diaper has been turned inside out and there are no open areas that need to be re-stitched you'll want to close up the front of the diaper by folding each piece inward and pinning. Backstitching is very important here...stitch it closed...