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Monday, September 14, 2009

A Birthday Trip to the Zoo and Frozen Custard

So yesterday (9/13) was the fiance (who will now go by J)'s 25th birthday. BooBoo sang Happy Birthday to daddy as soon as she woke up. It was super cute because normally she is very cranky when she wakes up! We went to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with our best friends and their daughter. I felt this was a great way to spend a birthday. I think J just enjoys the way BooBoo's face lights up at the sight of all the animals. She was very excited today because she got to see Dora! Bug spent almost the whole day sleeping in the Peanut Shell and the stroller. Bug definitely enjoys the sling more and slept very peacefully in it.

After the zoo we headed over to Culver's for frozen custard. J got a banana split and a butterburger, BooBoo got a small sundae with Oreo pieces and I got the most amazing pumpkin shake. It was like liquid pumpkin pie and I LOVE pumpkin pie! It was such a nice way to end the day with our friends.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I want to win 6 new "fluffy" products!!!

So I'll be the first to admit that I've become a little addicted to entering cloth diaper giveaways. But who doesn't love the chance to win free fluff? So I was very excited when I learned that The Cloth Diaper Whisperer is giving readers the chance to win 6 new "fluffy" products being revealed at the ABC show in Vegas. And the best part is that it could not be easier to enter to win. All you need to do is head to The Cloth Diaper Whisperer @ http://www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com/ and follow the rules of entering their "Vegas Contest". Contest ends September 17 @ 8pm est. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for some free fluffy goodness!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Simply Amazing

Wow. That is all I can say about my girls. They amaze me everyday.

Bug has managed to roll herself to her back 3-4 different times this week during her tummy time. She starts to cry and when I look over she reminds me of a turtle stuck on its back. I cannot believe that she is only a month and can roll onto her back. She also does so well with her neck control that Daddy thinks she's going to be a natural in sports.

BooBoo is always so excited about learning that Daddy and I bought a couple of preschool workbooks to do with her. She can already count to 30 when she sees the numbers written down but we're working on reciting from memory now. We ahve also been learning the alphabet. BooBoo prefers to sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Hush Little Baby rather than the Alphabet song. She is such a drama queen sometimes and I think that will grow up to be an actress. She may not know her alphabet yet but she can act out scenes from movies by memory.

Now it's time to get back to the girls, BooBoo is trying to wake Bug up from her nap as usual :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

No two birth stories are ever alike

I constantly read how every child has a completely unique birth story. However, I did not realize how true this was until my second daughter was born.

With Grace Ann (aka BooBoo), I didn't even realize I was in labor until my water broke. BooBoo put me on bedrest at 6 1/2 months due to contractions that had me already dilating. Then when the doctor finally gave me the ok to get up and get things moving, BooBoo decided to arrive fashionably late.

What I believe set labor in motion was having to stand for 1 1/2 hours in line at Red Lobster b/c no one could give up their seat for the extremely pregnant woman and b/c someone else said that they were us and took our table for 6. Come on, seriously? It amazes me how rude people can be. Anyways...That same weekend the fiance and I took a 2 1/2 hour car ride down to visit my family. When we got back the next evening I was feeling icky but I just assumed it was from the car ride.

At 1am on Monday, March 6, 2006, I woke up with what I thought was a stomachache. I got a glass of water and went back to bed. Then at 2am I awoke with a start b/c of wetness all around me. I actually thought that I had peed the bed before I realized that my water broke (with meconium in it)! So after yelling at the fiance to wake up b/c it was time, we headed to the hospital.
(the best part about this was that I had an appointment set for that morning with my ob/gyn to set an inducement date)

At 10am I was in so much pain that I finally agreed to the epidural that I had not planned on due to my ginormous fear of needles. Finally a few hours later when I was finally dilated 10cm I started to push. For 2 hours I pushed before the ob/gyn decided that BooBoo was not going to budge from her spot in my left hip. So the ob/gyn decided that we were going to have to do an emergency c-section (thank goodness I got the epidural). So at 5:03pm, BooBoo was born weighing 9lbs, 4oz and measuring 20 3/4 in.

Right after the c-section they knocked me out and moved me to the recovery room. I at least got to see BooBoo for a couple of seconds after they had cleaned her up. She was so beautiful that I couldn't help but cry. B/c I was so out of it from the drugs I didn't even get to feed BooBoo in the first hour. Breastfeeding and my recovery were both very painful but thankfully nursing got easier.

With Brynley Eleanor (aka Bug), things were so much easier. The ob/gyn and I scheduled my repeat c-section for 38 weeks. On Wednesday, August 5, 2009, I went in at 5:30am to get prepped for my c-section. At 7:30am I was wheeled into the operating room to receive my spinal and have my baby. I had to hold the nurse's hand while getting the spinal and I felt bad b/c I squeezed it so hard! But she was really nice about it which helped calm me down. After getting my spinal and getting prepped on the table, the fiance was allowed to come into the room. I was completely awake throughout the entire process. When they pulled Bug out and I heard that first cry I automatically started to bawl. When the doctor held her over the curtain and I saw her little face I cried harder. Bug was born at 7:54 am weighing 6lbs 15oz and measuring 19in.

Thankfully this time they did not knock me out after so I had the opportunity to nurse Bug within her first hour of life. I had a much smoother recovery in the hospital with Bug than I did with BooBoo. I was practically dragging the nurse own the hallway on my walks. I am still so glad that I was awake for so much.

So I think the biggest difference between BooBoo and Bug's births was their size. BooBoo was about 2 1/2lbs bigger than Bug which makes Bug seem so tiny all the time. As different as their births were I am just so glad that they were both healthy