Archive: December, 2011

Wednesday
December 21, 2011

Capes

Why are capes so awesome?

Who was your favorite superhero when you were little? I used to dress up as Wonder Woman- by far the coolest chic! (plus, she was “real!”) & Wasn’t Lynda Carter beautiful?

Amy shares how you can make your child into a superhero with a personalized DIY cape! Check it out on her daughter at buggieandjellybean.blogspot.com.

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Wednesday
December 21, 2011

photo of the day

Hi Shari!

You posted my bump photos a while back but I HAD to share my very favorite photo with you… my husband and daughter Sienna when she was a couple weeks old.
:) Jenny thejenpen.blogspot.com

Would you like share your favorite photo on Spearmintbaby.com?
please email it to spearmintbaby@gmail.com (subject: “Photo of the Day”)

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Tuesday
December 20, 2011

Twin Nursery

I know a few of you that are expecting twins this spring, so I was really excited when Madison sent in her Twins’ nursery. I really love her soft, yet colorful color palette. The accent wall turned out beautiful- the baby blue works so well for girls & boys! The photo above is her inspiration collage…scroll down to see how she put the room together.  (& learn more about the details at thesimplystyledlife.blogspot.com.)








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Tuesday
December 20, 2011

photo of the day

i just couldn’t resist sending you this…bc it totally looks like he meant to grab and hold this little sign :) it was totally on accident! love your blog! Krista

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Tuesday
December 20, 2011

Birth Story

I went in to work on 5/14, knowing it would be my last day before our daughter’s arrival, I simply couldn’t do the crosstown commute one more time, and I was feeling beyond exhausted and ready to be a mommy.

The previous day was my weekly OB follow up and I was happy to learn that I had already made some progress, being dilated to 3cm and 75% effaced. My OB’s parting words were, “I don’t think you’ll be seeing me next week, in fact, I’ll be surprised if you make it through the weekend.” I was obviously excited by her words but after two long bouts of false labor, in the previous weeks, wasn’t going to hold my breath.

So back to Friday at work. I remember feeling a little anxious that day, and relieved. Around lunchtime I was a little worried at Zion’s lack of regular movement in my belly, so I decided I would try to get her moving. I went to the bathroom and after doing my business, got up to wash my hands, and was surprised to feel like I had just peed my pants. My water broke, at work, luckily while I was in the bathroom, and so it began, the clock ticking, baby Zion would be in my arms within 24 hours. Or so I thought.

I called my OB’s office, and let them know the news, they agreed to let me go home to labor for a while and requested I come back in 4 hours or so. When the water breaks before labor starts, medically speaking, observation and monitoring are necessary…especially because it only happens in about 11% of all pregnant women, and the physicians prefer to deliver the baby within 24 hours to prevent any risks of infection to the momma and baby.

So the clock was set, and here I go with my first labor experience. I had practiced and prepared as best as possible with Jerry to deliver all natural. I had discussed my wishes to attempt a natural – drug free labor experience with my OB, who was supportive. I had even been blessed with a Doula, Sarah, an amazingly sweet friend from church. I felt confident that I could do this, and with God on my side, I was sure it was going to go off without a hitch.

I left work around 1pm, and Jerry met me at home. We got our things ready, and began going through our little checklist of things to do in early labor. The contractions became very regular around 2pm, already consistent at 5 minutes apart and 1 minute in duration. I was still breathing through them, trying to keep myself relaxed and at ease as much as possible. By the time my Doula got to us, (She had been in Pennsylvania caring for her husband who underwent surgery a day or two before), it was around 3:30/4pm and I was still breathing through the contractions easily, but they were definitely increasing in discomfort. We left for the hospital around 4:45pm and arrived at 5pm, just 4 hours after my water had broken.

I was surprised at how quickly the contractions were coming and how strong they were getting. We got registered relatively quickly and headed into triage where I was assessed. Unfortunately all of the birthing suites were in use when we arrived and we spent over three hours in triage waiting for a room to open. During this time, I continue to manage the pain with breathing and focal points. I switched positions frequently and remained optimistic that things were going as they should.

We finally were moved to our birthing suite around 9pm, and I was hooked up to the monitors. Contractions began getting much stronger and closer, about 2-3 minutes apart lasting 1-2 minutes. They decided to put off examining me for as long as possible to prevent any increased risk of infection (due to the water breaking). The pain was increasing and I was getting very tired, around midnight I asked my Doula to let me lay down for a little bit to get some rest, I started to struggle as the contractions were coming every 1-2 minutes and lasting up to 2 minutes.

The monitor was showing the contractions to be much smaller than the pain that I was experiencing, and I began to sense that something was off, the pain was much greater than it should be. So we decided now was the time to check on progress. The OB on service came in finally and checked me, and to the shock of every one in the room, husband, nurse and doula, I had only progressed to 4cm and 90% effaced. This was the most disheartening thing to hear, in fact, I became very discouraged.

I knew that with the current level of pain and severity of the contractions that I was not going to be able to continue for another 10 hours in that manner. I decided that it was time to decide on an epidural, hoping it would give me a chance to rest and regroup, and hopefully speed things along. Jerry knew that I had strongly desired to go drug free so it took about an hour for us to make up our minds about the epidural. He tried to reason with me, but I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to continue at that point. He finally agreed with me and the epidural was placed soon after.

For a little while I began to feel relief and was able to relax and rest. But it was short lived, the breakthrough pain I began to experience was indescribable. Several hours passed and I was struggling again even with the epidural to breath through the contractions. At my next check, there was hope, I had progressed to 6 or 7cm dilated. I continued to fight through each contraction, having the anesthesiologist paged frequently. I began to feel instinctively that Zion was somehow not fitting in my pelvis correctly, because the pain I was feeling was in my back and hips.

A few hours later I was checked again, this time measuring at 8cm dilated. We were getting close to only a few hours left before the 24 hour mark, so I felt happy that I should be entering into transition. I began to lay off the epidural so that I would be able to push soon. Usually transition lasts only 1-2 hours and you dilate quickly from 8 to 10cm. I expected this to happen. 4 hours later the OB returned to check me and I was sure she would tell me that it was time to push. Then she dropped the bomb…4 hours and no progress, none, at all. I broke down in tears, I had been giving myself even less pain relief for 4 hours for nothing!!

At this point we were at the 24 hour mark, and the dreaded word I never wanted or expected to have said during my visualized labor and delivery experience was spoken “Pitocin.” I knew at this point the baby had to be in a bad position, it just didn’t add up that things would be going this way. I can’t even tell you how stressed, and upset Jerry was at this point. He didn’t know what to do and felt completely broken for me. I knew that things were about to get from bad to much worse as the Pitocin would amplify and exaggerate my contractions, which were already unbearable to a whole new level.

A few hours later and many tears and broken cries in pain and frustration later, I was checked again, 9.5cm with a small anterior lip…almost pushing time. An hour later, Jerry couldn’t take it anymore and went to get the doctor to have me start pushing. At this final exam it was confirmed, 10cm, 100% dilated, but baby still high up and confirmed persistent occiput posterior. Translation—often the most difficult position for a natural labor, referred to as back labor—the pressure of the back of the baby’s skull pressing on the lower back bones and pelvis causing severe back pain.

We were finally ready to push, but the chances of getting her to move into my pelvis and out of the birth canal were beginning to look dismal. I pushed for 2 1/2 hours, agonizing through each contraction. Our OB came back in one last time and said, “the baby is not fitting well, you are coming down with a fever and we are showing some fetal distress…you can push for another half hour or we can do a c-section now.”

Jerry and I decided it was time to get little Zion out of mommy for both of our sakes, and at approximately 4:30pm, 28 hours later…I was brought to the OR and prepped for the surgery. At 5:19pm on 5/15/10, I heard the most beautiful cries of our little baby girl…and my tears flowed like buckets from my eyes. In the end, I immediately felt it was all worth it, and we ended up with a healthy mommy and baby.

Some people have wondered if I still want 7 children after such an event, and my words within hours after this delivery were, “Yes, of course I do. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.”
Courtney

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Monday
December 19, 2011

My Frugal Finds: Michele Watches ONLY $80, Ebates: FREE $10 Gift Card of you choice, Zoo Critter Hooded Towels ONLY $9, FREE Hand Cream at CVS & much more!

RueLaLa has some great Final Sales Going on! Well under Accessories and Hangbags and then under Michele, you can find an AMAZING deal on Michele Jelly Bean Tahitian Watches, where they are marked from $295 down to ONLY $79.90!! I just picked one up in Yellow after seeing that these really are selling for well over $200 everywhere. Amazon  has the same exact ones (in all the colors but yellow) and they are selling for $230+!! Norstrom’s is currently selling the Pink one for $325!!You might even have some Rue La La credits and/or FREE Shipping if you previously signed up. If not shipping will be $9.95, but you will get FREE Shipping on all orders for the next 30 days too! You can also get this delivered at no additional charge by 12/23!

ebates-gift-card-bonus

Reminder! I’m sure many of you will be doing some substantial shopping online, don’t forget about this awesome deal!

Wahoo this awesome offer is back & just in time for holiday shipping!! Ebates is offering up a $10 Gift Card when you sign-up. Ebates is awesome, and it is a nice way to earn cash back on your online purchases. I use it all the time.

To get the gift card, you just have to make a purchase of $25 or more through Ebates within 90 days of sign-up which should be very easy to do with the holiday season! Since most people shop online and spend $25 or more at sometime or another this is a VERY NICE added bonus to your everyday shopping. Your gift card will automatically come by mail once you make your first $25 purchase through ebates.

About Ebates:
Ebates is the pioneer and leader of online Cash Back Shopping. The company was founded in 1998 by two Deputy District Attorneys in Silicon Valley who used to prosecute online fraud & identity theft before starting Ebates (so you can be sure we are very into secure online transactions!). So go ahead, sign up and start shopping now. Joining Ebates is always free – you’ll never pay us anything. And four times a year or more, we’ll mail you a Big Fat Check, or transfer the money to your PayPal account if you’d prefer. We can even send the money to your favorite charity. All 100% free.

People often ask: “This sounds too good to be true, how are you able to do it?” It really is quite simple. Just like almost every other online shopping center, we get a commission from the stores when you make a purchase. Instead of keeping that money – like almost all other sites do – we share it with you!

So, as long as 1200+ of the world’s top online stores are happy to pay a bonus to attract the new, valuable customers we send their way, Ebates is going to continue to send Big Fat Checks to our satisfied customers across the globe.

Lands’ End has these Zoo Critters Hooded Towels marked down from $34.99 to $14.99. Use promo code DONNER and pin 1585 during checkout to save 40% and get FREE Shipping making the towels ONLY $8.99 Shipped! Go through ebates to get 6% cash back and if you are plan on spending $25 or more you will get a $10 Gift Card of your choice (if you haven’t yet participated in this promo).

Walmart has a $50 iTunes eGift Card for ONLY $40! You will be able to redeem your gift card within 60 minutes of purchase. Plus, shop through ebates and get 3% cash back and this also qualifies for the FREE $10 Gift Card of your choice if you haven’t yet participated!

Amazon has the Radio Flyer My First Big Flyer Redmarked from $45.99 to ONLY $24.99! Shipping is FREE with Prime or $25 Super Saver Shipping!!

Amazon has the Alex Toys Desk to Gomarked down to ONLY $9! Shipping is FREE with Prime or $25 Super Saver Shipping! It has GREAT reviews!


CLICK HERE and “like” the CVS Minute Clinic facebook page to get a coupon for a FREE purse-sized Essence of Beauty Hand Cream at CVS!

Rite Aid has Peeps on sale 2 for $1 this week. CLICK HERE to print a $1 off 2 coupon to get them for FREE!

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Monday
December 19, 2011

32 Week Belly Pics



Hi Spearmint Baby!
I’ve been loving checking your blog since before I was even pregnant for nursery ideas! Here are my 32 week maternity pics (taken by the amazing Kurt Kemling from Kemling Images!) We are expecting our first child: Lorelei Anna Belle. I haven’t had any really crazy cravings–outside of chocolate milk. I can’t get enough chocolate milk! Right now, we are super busy preparing for the holidays and getting ready for our home birth!

Meghan
megseggoispreggo.blogspot.com

are you EXPECTING?

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Monday
December 19, 2011

25 Week Baby Belly

Hi Spearmint baby!

Here’s my 25 week bump with baby number 4!

Thanks,
Rachael
www.myolsonfamily.blogspot.com

are you EXPECTING?

send a photo/s of yourself (and your BUMP) to Spearmintbaby@gmail.com

feel free to include wks pregnant, boy or girl, 1st/2nd/3rd baby, cravings, and/or something interesting about your pregnancy. we all enjoy reading fun pregnancy details!! if you have a blog, etsy store, or website we would love to give you some link love!

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