Archive: March, 2011

Wednesday
March 30, 2011

a trip to Costco…

for those that have 2 children that are less than 2 years apart…

when do they become the “best friends” that everyone told me they would be?? (Harper 27 months, Rex 11 months)

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Wednesday
March 30, 2011

Natural Birth


I’ve tried to write this story many times, but it never comes out as eloquent as I would like it to be.

Her birth wasn’t a beautiful birth and I wasn’t graceful about it, but it was a strong labor with a baby determined to come into this world. This is actually my shortened version of the story:

I received the natural birth I wanted. I was struggling not to pass out, and begging for an epidural– all while feeling incredibly ill due to a high fever, but I still managed a natural birth. I went into labor at 3:02pm– literally two minutes before I had found myself saying “Okay, you can come out now”.
I was in labor for 7 hours and 20 minutes. I started contracting at about 6 minutes apart and ended up having a minute between contractions for the next 6 hours until the moment Marlowe arrived. My doula, Mindy was my voice— I was unable to speak because of pain. She was able to read my thoughts and let the nurses and midwife know what I wanted. I couldn’t have done it without her. In the end I never got the epidural, which I truly find to be a miracle. I always wanted a natural birth and I thought I wouldn’t be able to have one because I pass out quite frequently from pain.
Marlowe was on a mission to be born, and I don’t blame her, I was sick and miserable all day with a fever. I was given an episiotomy and still had trouble pushing her out. As soon as I heard my midwife call for a c-section I pushed like the world would end if I didn’t. I had already been through so much pain, that there was no way I would let myself be taken in for a c-section– I needed to get her out. I didn’t find the relief I hoped for once Marlowe was born. I wasn’t able to hold her as soon as she was born like I asked for. She was born with a fever and was taken to be washed off immediately (luckily just a few feet away from me). Her fever relieved itself pretty quickly. I, on the other hand, was lying in the bed shaking in pain. My placenta refused to come out. There was a 2 person max rule and that had been filled by Mindy and my mother, but somehow Nicole (my sister-in-law) had snuck into the room…. followed by Mark (my brother), and Eric. I screamed in pain with every attempt that was made to get my placenta out– it wasn’t exactly the image they expected to see upon entering the room. I asked the staff to make them leave– I knew my pain would cause them unneeded fear. After a little bit over an hour with my placenta still deeply planted inside me and with my fever not subsiding I was taken to the OR to have it removed. I had asked to keep my placenta to bring home (but thats another story) and I was told I wouldn’t be able to because “it was infected” and would have to be taken to the lab to be tested, when in fact it was actually just thrown away. My surgeon was a doctor I had met with once before and I really did not care for him or his personality. The one visit I had with him he laughed at me and told me there was no question I would need an epidural. Well, I made sure to let him know how we had met before and how he was wrong, I never got the epidural. Unfortunately, I had to get stitches, not just once, but twice. I was stitched up after Marlowe was born and then cut again by the surgeon, only to be re-stitched minutes later. Instead of being brought back to Marlowe like I had hoped I was brought into recovery where they said it would be at least an hour until I could leave– I would have to be able to move my legs first. 20 minutes later I showed the nurse how I could move my legs… it was really only one leg, but still, I did it– I was desperate to get back to Marlowe. I was brought into my hospital room where Mark, Nicole, Carlitos (my step-dad), and Eric were waiting and Marlowe came shortly after with my mom. I don’t think I really have to say how happy I was to see her– it should be pretty obvious the joy I felt when she was brought to me. I was unable to walk after the surgery and was pretty out of it from everything that happened, but the happy feelings I had were incredible and never went away. Visiting hours were until 9pm, but everyone had stayed well past 1am. And because of the surgery I wasn’t able to spend the night with Marlowe in the room unless someone was able to stay with me and I was lucky to have my mom stay the night with us.
I know every mother probably says this about their child, but Marlowe came out a perfect baby. She was very healthy and incredibly beautiful. She wasn’t purple or blue like I expected and her only wrinkled features were her hands and feet. She slept peacefully, hardly cried, and only woke up to feed— and she is still very much like this. I’m still feeling the after-effects of labor, yes– 6 weeks later, and it still hurts everyday down there. I find myself complaining about it constantly– until I pick up Marlowe– she really seems to ease the pain. Everyday I am thankful I made the choice I did. Marlowe is such a joy and I swear everyone who meets her instantly falls in love— I know I did.

Drea
ohdeardrea.blogspot.com



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Wednesday
March 30, 2011

Wall Stickers

for a lot of us it is hard to know where to begin when decorating a nursery/toddler room. i love the idea of picking a fun wall sticker and then decorating the entire room around that theme/color. check out 41 Orchard for some of the cutest wall stickers!

just a few of my personal faves…

this Hello Mr. Fox set is so playful- perfect for your playroom! & comes in 3 color choices.


Owls, Owls, Owls, & more Owls! so so sweet :)


Giraffes for your little guy’s room or sweet singing birds for your girly girl!


& the cutest woodland scene- an adorable gender neutral option, perhaps?

are you using wall stickers in your nursery? if so, what is your theme?

**41 Orchard designs are made in Australia from a low-tac self adhesive fabric specifically designed for wall graphics. This premium scuff resistant material offers many benefits over traditional vinyl, like better durability – no curling, stretching or distorting over time. You can be 100% confident our wall stickers will stay where they are stuck but also be removable without any wall damage. We use eco-friendly non-toxic inks.

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Wednesday
March 30, 2011

photo of the day

These are my fabulous “twins” Eva Carlene and Ian. They were born four days apart to fraternal twins Josh (my husband) and Jenn (my sister-in-law). They have spent every day of their 8 months on this earth together. God truly did bless us with the best kind of twins.
Kari

soooo cute, Kari! i had to reread this about 4 times to get it, LOL! i love Eva’s matching tank and bonnet, and Ian’s fab OP shirt- what a stud! xo, shari

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Tuesday
March 29, 2011

Baby Shower Ideas


mini cupcakes via Amy @ shewearsmanyhats.com. for the flags she printed the text, cut flag shapes, and attached them to toothpicks with a little craft glue.


Ducky Punch via Cheryl @ tidymom.net. the blue Kool-Aid makes it look like bath water and the sherbet mixed with the ginger ale gives it “bath bubbles”.

Tuesday
March 29, 2011

good morning


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Good morning! hope you are having a nice Tuesday. It is always such a bla day, but today we have a bunch of fun things planned.

first, we are enjoying breakfast together. i am making Harper and Rexford toad in the holes (the American dish, not the English version!)

then, we are headed to the gym. Harper loves to play with all of the Barney toys in the babysitting room. after the gym we’ll come back home for naps. & after naps we are headed to the Children’s Museum.

it is still too cold here for the park, but i am soooo anxious for springtime walks!

what are your plans today?
shari

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Tuesday
March 29, 2011

a low stress 1st birthday party








do you ever get overwhelmed when thinking about birthday party planning? well, i do! there is sooo much cute party inspiration online nowadays. sometimes i wonder how moms actually have time to plan all of these details!

this morning i want to share this low-stress 1st birthday party that Morgan hosted for her daughter, Shilah. i love that she called the birthday “a birthday HAPPY HOUR!” it looks fun and relaxing- there is lots of space for kids to run around and lots of seating for the adults to sit down and chat!

here is a little description from Morgan about the party:

I went against my very-detailed-party-planning self and hosted an outdoor gig. I thought your readers may appreciate the thought of an airy, low-stress party.

I appreciate the details and the sentiments but the thought of talking to thirty people at your own house while you’re keeping an eye on your perfect cookie tray to make sure you shouldn’t replenish with round two of snacks yet, and trying to make sure a toddler doesn’t try to scale a floorlamp or trip over the back door threshold, and… where is the birthday girl, anyway? all that…sounds exhausting.

So, my husband and I set out for a birthday bash outside at a third-party location. My only decor was a half dozen helium balloons that I purchased on a whim the day before. They had lost all helium by party time.

Our goals were:
*To be able to invite a lot of people
*To have a low-stress celebration
*To keep our costs reasonable

Check, check, and check! We headed to Central Market, an upscale grocery store with a park, playground and tons of outdoor seating. Jon and I arrived about 15 minutes early, bought equal parts beer, bottled water, and cupcakes, and pushed some tables together outside while all four grandparents dressed and transported the birthday girl to the fiesta.

This birthday was made possible by Texas weather, where we get 70-degree spring days in January :)

morgannorris.wordpress.com

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Tuesday
March 29, 2011

photo of the day

This is our little gentleman Jonah @ 3 months. He’s so fancy!
Jam
sweethomegrown.blogspot.com

Jam, this photo downloaded soooo slow and i was waiting with so much anticipation. Jonah’s eyes came up and then the rest of his face slowly appeared- i was not expecting the hilarious mustache. i literally LOL’ed! XO, shari

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