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March 1, 2012

Birth Story

Saturday, November 12th (38 weeks, 5 days)

Nick & I had planned to spend the day watching football and lounging around the house, so in the morning I ran to the grocery store to get ingredients to make chili and some other game-day snacks. Around 2pm and after getting everything together, I was relaxing on the couch when I felt an uncomfortable leak. I [waddled] into the bathroom where I noticed a difference from the normal pregnancy discharge and when I wiped the paper was more pink than clear. At this point I was concerned, so I got onto my laptop and googled what had just happened. I got mixed messages on what I should do next and if in fact this was the start of labor. At this point, Nick had come upstairs to get something to eat and I explained to him what had happened. He asked if we needed to head to the hospital and I said, “not yet.”

As I was laying on the couch, I continued to feel a slight leak and decided to call my doctor’s office. Surprisingly, Dr. McTaggart picked up the phone herself and as I explained what was going on, she said that we should head to the hospital and she would call and tell them to expect us.

I went downstairs and told Nick that the doctor wanted us to head into the hospital but I was going to shower and get ready first so he had about an hour before we needed to leave. After getting ready and washing up the dishes, we packed up the car and headed to Bergan Mercy. On the way down we were debating calling our families to let them know we were heading in – my biggest fear was that I was wrong and they were going to send us home because we weren’t going into labor yet. We decided to call our parents and, of course, my sister Tessa. We also sent a heads up text out to our brothers & sisters. At this point, I started feeling slight contractions.

Once we got to the hospital around 4:30pm, they immediately checked us into a birthing suite where our nurse, Sheryl, started examining me. This is when my water fully broke and she confirmed we were going into labor. At this point, I was only dilated 1cm. A while later Emily, a resident, came in to examine me and predicted that we wouldn’t have the baby until 4am. (What…4am?!? But my water broke, isn’t it time to have this baby?) Around this time, the anesthesiologist happened to be in our wing so they asked if I would be ok if they started the epidural process. Surprisingly, Nick watched as they stuck the needle in my spine (surprising because two of his biggest fears have always been childbirth and needles!)

From there it was a waiting game. Nick went between pacing the room and being on his iPhone watching football and texting family & friends and I was on my iPad and phone doing the same. Tessa was the first to make it to the hospital and came up to hang out with us in the birthing room, followed soon after by my parents, Josh, Ashley & DeLaney, and Nick’s mom Carol & her boyfriend Duane.

Around 7pm, Sheryl left and introduced us to our new nurse, Maelene. Right before 9pm, the contractions were coming more frequently and were more painful, so I asked for the epidural and our families left for the waiting room. The epidural was amazing. As soon as the anesthesiologist put it in the catheter, I could feel the cool, soothing sensation flow down my back and almost immediately the pain went away (though I still had some slight pain with each contraction). Shortly after, Maelene examined me and told us that I was only 3cm dilated…that was such a deflating feeling, it seemed like it was taking forever. At this point, I felt bad that everyone had been waiting for so long and it looked like it would take a lot longer before Little Mango was going to make his appearance. When Nick’s dad John got to the hospital, he came into our room to quickly say hello – and that is when he saw the dry erase board on our wall where Nick had written “Welcome Cruz John Manganaro.” We hadn’t told him we had decided his middle name would be John and you could tell he was moved. He then sent Janice up and then they went back home to put Sicily & Dominic to bed since they were babysitting them that night.

The waiting continued until my 11pm examination. When Maelene told us that I was fully effaced and 9cm dilated, we were ecstatic – it was game time! Maelene and a few other nurses started prepping the room. We were excited to think that we would be having our baby on 11/12, however, the nurses had other things in mind and we stared at the clock as it ticked closer to midnight. Finally, Maelene came back in, verified I was 10cm dilated and prepped me. I hoisted my legs in the stirrups and she helped me practice pushing during the contractions, which consisted of her watching my contractions on the monitor and having me take a deep breath and push for 10 counts. I would be doing this three times during each contraction.

Sunday, November 13th (38 weeks, 6 days)

Around midnight, a doctor and a couple of nurses came into our room and we were all waiting for Dr. McTaggart who had been paged, but hadn’t yet responded. Finally they found her (she had been asleep!) and we were ready to roll.

With Nick up by my head, holding onto my shoulder, I started pushing through each contraction. Since I couldn’t feel anything it was hard to tell if I was making any progress, but all of the nurses and doctors were great at giving me positive feedback after every push – at least making me feel like we were getting somewhere. After some time, they explained that Cruz was being stubborn and wasn’t progressing as quickly as they hoped and they thought they would have to use the forceps to help pull him out. I was praying that wouldn’t happen and after a few more pushes, he was out!

It’s difficult to explain how I felt as soon as I saw them take him from me and bring him over to get cleaned up. He was bluish in color, with a little cone head from being in the birth canal a bit longer than anticipated. Immediately I broke down in tears and took one look at Nick who was smiling through his tears. What an amazing moment. While they removed the placenta and stiched me up, Nick walked over to where they were cleaning Cruz up and grabbed his tiny little hand…almost immediately, Cruz squeezed his finger back.

Finally after what felt like forever, they brought him over to me. With tears pouring down my face, I looked into my little boy’s eyes. He was perfect and for the first time I felt like a mother. This moment was truly the best of my life.


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December 8, 2011

34 Week Baby Bump

I’m currently 37 weeks pregnant with our first baby – a son named Cruz. This picture was taken when I was about 34 weeks. I’ve been very fortunate to have had a relatively easy pregnancy thus far and we are so excited to meet this little guy!

By the way, I love checking out Spearmint Baby – whether it was for nursery ideas or simply to check out the great pics of other preggo mamas and little kiddos.


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November 28, 2011

photo of the day

Hi Shari,
I have loved Spearmint Baby since I discovered it early in my pregnancy – thanks for all of the great information and fun pics! We had Cruz John eight days early on November 13th and are just loving every minute with him. Prior to bringing him home we were nervous about how our first baby – our puggle, Maya – would react to not being number one any longer. As you can see here, she is curious but has been so great with him!

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July 30, 2010

updated Bake-N-Blog list

here is the updated Bake-N-Blog list. thanks, Staci for keeping up with everyone’s cupcake choice! there are still cupcakes left for any others who want to join 🙂 (click here for more information.)

Cupcake # 1 – Esspresso Fudge Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing: No one has signed up for this one yet… Can you believe that?
Cupcake # 2 – Yellow Cake Cupcakes with Cream, Meringue and Strawberries: Another delicious looking cupcake with no baker… Sad.
Cupcake # 3 – Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Cream: This cupcake belongs to Tanja at Tanja’s Cupcakes!
Cupcake # 4 – Red Velvet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Vanessa at Decor Happy and Lindy at Crafted By Lindy!
Cupcake # 5 – Sis’s Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Kristin at Kristin Pot Pie!
Cupcake # 6 – Banana Cupcakes with Maple Brown Butter Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Andrea at The Hip Hostess!
Cupcake # 7 – Lemon Cupcakes with Jam Filling: This cupcake belongs to Angela at Out Of The Moment!
Cupcake # 8 – Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Marshmallow Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Cristin at Simplified Bee!
Cupcake # 9 – Mango Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting and Coconut: This little cupcake needs a blogger… Come on, you know you wanna!
Cupcake # 10 – Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Shannon at What’s Up Whimsy!
Cupcake # 11 – Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache and Cream Filling: This cupcake belongs to Jaimie at Mom’s Page!
Cupcake # 12 – Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting: This carrot cupcake has no owner, don’t you think thats a little silly?
Cupcake # 13 – Sour Cream Fig Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Natalie at Oven Love!
Cupcake # 14 – Red Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Tricia at Life At The Zoo!
Cupcake # 15 – Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Kim at Living With Little People!
Cupcake # 16 – Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Nick at Cupboards!
Cupcake # 17 – Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate Ganache: This cupcake belongs to Xine at Xine Thoughts!
Cupcake # 18 – Sour Cream Apricot Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting and Toasted Almonds: This cupcake belongs to no one… Gasp!
Cupcake # 19 – Blueberry Cupcakes with Maple Brown Butter Frosting: This cupcake belongs to The Sweet T Family!
Cupcake # 20 – Coconut Sponge Cupcakes with Chocolate Espresso Buttercream: This cupcake belongs to Plum Tree Studio and Steph atThe Granite Gurus!
Cupcake # 21 – Parsnip Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting: This cupcake has no blogger, parsnips need love too you know!
Cupcake # 22 – Sour Cream Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Molly at A Foreign Land!
Cupcake # 23 – Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Filling and Meringue Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Ms. Pink at The Pink And Blue Blog!
Cupcake # 24 – Coffee Chocolate Cupcakes with Baileys Irish Cream Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Christine at The Glam Blog!
Cupcake # 25 – Sour Cream Raspberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting: This cupcake belongs to me, Staci!
Cupcake # 26 – Port Wine and Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting: Sigh. Another cupcake with no one to love it… Do you realize there is wine in this one?
Cupcake # 27 – Vanilla Almond Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Julie at My Life Inspired!
Cupcake # 28 – Gingerbread Cupcakes with Fluffy Cream Cheese Filling: This cupcake belongs to Jacqueline at Marbles Rolling!
Cupcake # 29 – Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Filling and Milk Chocolate Glaze: This cupcake belongs to Joy at Chat Your Mouth!
Cupcake # 30 – Coconut Rum Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Shari at Spearmint Baby!
Cupcake # 31 – Flourless Beet Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Cream: This cupcake needs a baker… It is by far the most designer looking of all!
Cupcake # 32 – Graham Cupcakes with Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting: This cupcake belongs to Kelly at Design Ties and Sara atThe Coyote Family!
Cupcake # 33 – Chocolate Cupcakes with Chambord Chocolate

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