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Samuel's birth story

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Two weeks ago, Feb 13th, I was 38.5 weeks pregnant.
I started having some contractions that evening around dinner time. As they became more regular I began to think this might be the night but I was really hoping not since I wanted him to come closer to his due date. As it got closer to time for Josh (who works graveyard) to go to work, The contractions were still a little far apart and not that strong, so I sent him to work and went to bed to try and get some sleep. I managed to sleep on and off for a couple hours, but about 2:00am They were still coming regularly and I couldn't sleep anymore, so I texted Josh and told him to come home and called the neighbor to come stay with the kids.
We got to the hospital about 3:30 and got registered (whoops,  didn't realize I wasn't registered!) and got into triage, they checked me and I was only at 2cm. So, we set off to walk the halls for an hour and get re-checked. After an hour of walking, I was at 3cm! Progress! Another hour and I was at 4! finally got admitted and got put into a room!
Finally got settled into the room at about 7:30 and they sent for my epidural (All you mamas who do it med free, my hat is off to you!) I think I got it at around 8-8:30. At that point, I was 5cm.
after I got the epidural, I progressed pretty quickly. My water broke shortly after and there was meconium in the water, so they alerted the NICU team to be present for the birth to make sure there were no issues.  I knew it was time to push when I couldn't bear the pain anymore and felt like I could feel everything!
My nurse got everything prepped pretty quickly and  asked me to do a practice push and see if I was a good pusher. My husband and I told him that we didn't think I needed to with how quickly our last one came, and as I started to push, he goes "Ok! ok! yo uare a good pusher, hold on!" and they scrambled to get the Dr and the nicu people in so I could push him out! I finally just said I have to push, I have to get him out! Luckily right at that point, they were ready! 2 pushes and he was out! Sweet relief! He came at 9:46 am on Valentines Day!
I knew right away that I had torn a little, so the dr. had to put in some stitches and the placenta came really quickly after. They took Samuel over and sucked him out and he started crying pretty quickly! yay! After a few minutes, they brought him over to me and I was able to hold him skin to skin for about an hour and a half before they weighed and bathed him. =) 8lb 5oz and 19 3/4 inches long! My heaviest baby! And he has beautiful red hair that I am praying stays!
After the birth, the nurse was concerned that I was bleeding a little more than I should be and kept pushing on my stomach (very hard! ouch!) and the Dr came in and dug out some clots (OUCH!) and they talked about possibly needing to go in and do a D&C to see if there was anything left, (Even though they had inspected the placenta and it was completely intact) Luckily, they weighed the pads and there wasn't as much blood as they thought, and then It tapered off, so They were satisfied that everything was ok. But, I definitely wouldn't want to deal with that again. That poking and prodding was painful!
After that, they got us up to the postpartum room and we were able to settle in and Samuel nursed like a champ and still does!
We are all completely in Love!

Yummy Paleo apple mug cake!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I just made a super yummy paleo apple mug cake and I have to write it down so I don't forget it!

1 tbs butter (grass fed preferred) or coconut oil
2 tbs apple sauce (unsweetened)
1 egg
2 tsp maple syrup or honey
1 tsp water
1/4 tsp vanilla
2.5 tbs almond flour/meal
.5 tbs coconut flour
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt

melt butter/coconut oil in a microwave safe mug. add other wet ingredients and mix well. add dry ingredients and mix together. microwave for 1 min 20 sec. Enjoy!

And the crazy continues...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Well, God must have a great sense of humor! But the craziness is only going to get crazier around here. Not only is Charlotte almost 7 months old, but Baby #4 will be making his/her debut in the end of february 2014!


Monday, May 20, 2013

At the Woodland Park Zoo, one of our favorite places!

Jack's first T-ball game

Enjoying a baseball game!

Daddy had a little too much fun...

loves her exersaucer!

My kids are awesome!

best thing ever!

Sitting up! (5 months old!)

My Thoughts on blogging

Sunday, May 19, 2013

This blog started as a place for me to organize my thoughts, write out what I was feeling and journal what I was doing. I can't believe it has been over 7 years since I started it!
Over the years, my focus for this blog has changed. I started working on growing my readership and doing product reviews and giveaways, because I loved the blogs that did giveaways and I enjoyed doing that for my readers! After baby #2 was born, my blogging slowed down, and then with the arrival of baby #3, It really took a nosedive! (not to mention the cross country move with a 1 week old, living in a cramped apartment and then moving again into our new house!)
I think my focus has shifted again. I want to start blogging again, and I have been a little convicted to set my alarm and wake up before my kids get up. So, I am going to be getting up at 6am every morning, making my coffee, sitting down with my bible, and hopefully having a little time after to blog. I want to journal our lives. So much is changing and it's all happening so fast that I want to capture it somewhere!
Once I get into the habit of blogging again, I will start working on trying to get more product reviews and giveaways going again. My question to you readers (If there are any even out there still) is are there any products you'd like to see me review and/or give away? Any certain types of products?
I think part of my lack of blogging was because I got too wrapped around the fact that even though I have so many followers, I was lucky if I got one comment on my blog. I had to accept that fact and realize that many were probably reading in a reader, or like me just didn't have time to comment... and also just blog for myself. Not focus on how many comments I'm getting (or not getting, rather.)
So to all you who are still reading and following, thank you! I know google reader is going away, so please update your new reader (I will do a post about a few options) or subscribe to my blog on Bloglovin. The buttons for bloglovin and my feed are on the right sidebar!
Have a great Sunday all!

Weight loss Journey, Day 31

Well, I haven't really posted about this since day 1, so I apologize. It has been a frustrating month! After the first day, the scale said I lost 4 pounds, then I discovered that our scale was temperamental and would only work in certain places on the floor. Maybe the bathroom floor is uneven? who knows. Anyways, I had posted my starting weight was 256, but I went with the 252 instead, since It remained consistent after that initial weigh in.
So I have been following the paleo  lifestyle, and doing pretty good with only a few off days. I am down to 246, so I have lost 6 pounds. Not great, but not too bad. I am trying not to get discouraged because At my weight I should be losing more, and last time I did this I lost double that the first month. But I probably haven't been as strict this time around (like my daily cup of coffee with cream...haha) I have to remind myself that I am losing... slowly, but surely!

Starting weight: 252
Current weight: 246 (day 31)
Total loss: 6 pounds!

4 months old

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Charlotte is 4 months old, ellie turned 2 a couple weeks ago, and jack will be 4 in july! They grow so fast!


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