Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Isla's Birthday Story. Part 2.

part 1.

my memory is very fuzzy, at best.  so i will hopefully remember everything. 

dave had just dropped me off at the er and had gone home to drop ian off with our friend nickie (who, bless her heart, was also very pregnant), and pack up some things for us.  a nurse had gotten me from the er and taken me to triage in l&d.  i was given my bracelets- name and allergy- which they put on very loosely for me, thank goodness.  when i got into triage, my bp was taken again and the top number was in the 190s.  i was immediately started on an iv of magnesium sulfate to prevent seizures and given my first exam so they could try and figure out where baby was.  the nurse couldn't "find any presenting parts", so they had to call someone in to do a quick ultrasound to find out whether or not she was head down.  luckily, she was.  i sat in the room alone in triage for a while and i remember the tv not working and a guy came in to try and fix it for me, but nothing happened.  so i just remember waiting alone and bored for dave.  my phone had died while we were at dinner and i was all alone.  dave finally showed up and i was moved into an actual l&d room because they were going to start the induction at midnight.  so at midnight on june 16, 2013, it was father's day, i turned 32 and my labor began.  since i wasn't dilated any more than a 1, i had to be given cervadil to soften up my cervix before the real stuff would begin.  that was pretty much the worst thing ever.  i pretty much had to be pinned down to be given the dose- it was awful.  i was induced (by choice) with Ian, and after having him and learning more about pregnancy and delivery I had decided that i absolutely did not want to be induced again- i wanted to go into labor on my own and have this baby on my own.  that was the first of many things that just didn't work out for this delivery- but then again- nothing was going the way i had planned.  sometime after the cervadil i was given a catheter b\c my urine output had to be monitored b\c of the preeclamsia.  that pretty much ties cervadil for the worst thing ever.  i had blood taken, which started 5 straight days of having blood taken 2x a day from the same place in my arm (also awful).  i am pretty sure we were able to sleep a little bit after this- the magnesium sulfate made me pretty drowsy, so it's hard to really know. 

my parents arrived sunday afternoon.  that day my friend kristen also came and gave my disgusting feet a pedicure.  i remember her making jokes about how gross my feet were before i passed out.  i also had my 2nd dose of cervadil at noon.  during all of this, i wasn't able to eat- so no birthday cake, which made me really unhappy.  at some point, i managed to talk a nurse into bringing me food- and i got a turkey sandwich from the nurses lounge.  when i ate this thing, it was like i hadn't eaten in years.  i still joke with dave about how it was the best turkey sandwich ever.  nurses kept changing shifts, and every time one would leave me, i would be so sad because i was going to have someone new.  at some point on sunday i decided i would also have an epidural.  this was another thing i had not planned on- i really wanted to wait and play things by ear with my un-induced delivery.  by sunday afternoon i was exhausted and in a lot of pain from the catheter, and the cervadil- i hoped the epidural would help something and it did- after getting it, i felt the most alert and awake i had been since arriving.  i think i had dilated to a 2 around this point and i may have started the pitocin (or maybe it was monday).  my blood pressure remained high, which i knew because i had to have it taken EVERY 15 MINUTES.  :(

my sister in law and brother in law had picked ian up at our house and taken him to fathers' day brunch and to hang out at their house for a few days.  this kept me from worrying and freaking out about where he was going to be, and he probably forgot we existed. 

dumb side story- it was sometime during this day that i had found out that kim kardashian had delivered her baby.  i remember i found out that she was pregnant shortly after i found out that i was pregnant and that she was due around the same time i was.  i knew she had to be delivering as early as i was- and i remember seeing that terrible picture of her swollen feet during the summer.  so we had the same thing at the same time and delivered a day apart.  too bad she has done little to nothing to bring awareness to pre-e.

i will have to finish this in a part 3 because i'm tired now.  here are some photos from my 2nd day in the hospital...

 me in my l&d room. hooked up to a blood pressure monitor and magnesium sulfate drip.  i am so swollen.

 i think as a pregnant person, i thought the rest of me looked like me.  when i see these pictures, i can hardly recognize myself. my face is so swollen i can hardly smile.  even my arms and hand look huge.

 preeclampsia gets a big ol thumbs down.  

 seriously.  my giant face.  i am so swollen that i just have slits for eyes.  ugh.

 i think i'm napping here.  or faking  my arm bracelets keep getting tighter b\c i keep getting more and more swollen.  

 i feel like crying when i see my feet... and what used to be my ankle.  


i'll try not to take 3 months to write the next part...
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

isla - 5 months

i am not sure what i've been doing for the last month, but it hasn't been blogging.  we moved into a new house just over a month ago and we love it.  we are almost completely finished unpacking- and if we ever finish peeling the wallpaper border down from the master bedroom- we might actually paint in there and move our furniture in instead of sleeping on the floor on our mattress. i might write a post about our house one day- so stay tuned!

isla turned 5 months old on november 17th.  this was a rough month for us.  i don't know if it was the move, a wonder week, or what, but she was crazy.  things have settled (esp with her) and now she is just the happiest baby ever- but this past month her sleep schedule was all jacked up, she was fussy and just plain crazy.  no doctor's appointments this month, so i am guessing that her weight is probably around 12 lbs.  she finally mastered rolling over from her back to her belly- but the first time she did it was in her pack n play at 1 am in a fit of rage.  she's let us see her roll over since and now, just like ian, she prefers to sleep on her belly.  she is still nursing well- but is starting to show an interest in what we are eating.  she doesn't really sleep much during the day, despite my efforts, but she does sleep at night for maybe 10 hours?  we almost have her room ready- so i think she'll be moving in there pretty soon, but we've got to figure out how to get it warmer in there.  it's an icebox! 

i can't believe it's been 5 months already.  it seems crazy that it's been that long, yet it seems like it's been forever.

 someone did not like trying out the chair for the first time...

 almost 2 feet tall!

 halloween cheerleader

 post-trick or treating exhaustion

 cute little georgia fans during the auburn game!

5 months old and full of smiles!
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Monday, November 4, 2013

isla - 4 months

now that isla has had her 4 month appointment, i feel like i can write her 4 month post.  first off- how does this time just fly by- i swear, even faster than it did when ian was a baby. 

isla turned 4 months old on october 17th.  at isla's appointment she weighed in at 10 lbs 12 oz.  she had previously been below the 5th percentile- she is now below the 2nd percentile.  her length is 23".  she was previously below the 5th percentile and is now in the 15th-25th percentile.  her head circumference is 15" which moves her from below the 5th to the 25th-50th percentile.  there is no concern about her weight as she has gained 3 lbs in the last 2 months.  we did 2 shots- completion of dpt and the rotovirus.  i am still undecided about vaccinations as i feel it's a damned if you do and damned if you don't situation.  i really just don't know.  we also got the ok to start rice if we wanted, but were told it wasn't a necessity.  we're going to skip it.

she is still sleeping well at night- i have gradually moved her bedtime forward, and right now she seems content to eat around 10:00 and then go to sleep afterwards.  her wake-up time varies between 7 and 9- which is so crazy to me b\c ian never slept that late until he was at least a year old.  her sleep during the day is a crap-shoot.  she takes at least 1 good nap, but the rest are catnaps.  she definitely prefers to be in someone's arms, which makes it nearly impossible to get anything done (like packing boxes). 

she loves to "chat" especially while she is nursing and she is usually full of smiles.  i've even gotten 1 laugh out of her!  she loves playing on her play mat and she pretty much has full control of her head- so i've retired the infant insert in our carrier.  she prefers to lay on her belly to look at things, but normally flips herself over to her back.  she's trying really hard to flip over to her belly, but can't quite get over her arm.  she's still pretty indifferent about sitting in her swing or bouncy seat.  her big thing right now is standing.  she likes to stand on your lap or any surface you put her on- i'm so surprised at how much strength she has in her little legs. 

after having hardly any photos last month- we did a lot better this month.

 Isla & me before the Braves/Cubs game

 Ian wanted to pick out Isla's outfit and i think he did a good job!

 wearing one of my baby dresses

 sunday after church

 blue steel baby

 baby llama drama

 so serious

 daddy trying to get Isla to smile- it worked, but she was looking at him

4 months!
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

isla - 3 months

since isla is going to be 4 months old in just a couple days, i should probably do a 3 month post.  we have been so busy getting ready to move and just with 2 children in general.  it's been a little crazy. 

isla turned 3 months old on september 17th.  she was probably around 8.5-9 lbs (i know i weighed her around both of those numbers).  she started sleeping through the night at some point during that time (i feed her around 12-12:30) and she slept until around 6.  she's started sleeping even more now.  she's more awake and alert during the day and she's gotten super chatty with me.  she also smiles all the time which i just can't get enough of.  she has nearly full control of her head and loves to play on her mat.  she still prefers to be held if she can help it, but she will sit in her swing or bouncer.  i'll have more details in her 4 month post!  it's all running together.  man, time is flying.

also, i just discovered that these are the only pictures we took with our actual camera of Isla from 2 months to 3 months.  we are terrible parents!

 Disney on Ice!

 a smile captured on camera!  she looks like a fat little buddah!

 3 months old! 
no more photos!
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Friday, September 27, 2013

mama style - 3.1 phillip lim for target

i wanted to start doing some "mama style" posts- posts that will show you that becoming a mom doesn't mean you get to just wear yoga pants and a tshirt forever.  i won't front- i do wear yoga pants and a tshirt- at home.  moms- get cute, and get out of yo house! 

so, like most people in the world- i love designer collaborations.  the chance to own designer goods for a minimal amount of money is something that i think anyone can get behind.  i believe target started it all with their go international collection- which i owned a few pieces from long ago, but now they're everywhere it seems.

everyone on the interwebs seemed to be freaking out over the 3.1 phillip lim collection- me, not being able to pass up a good bargain went down to check it out.  let's say i no longer share that enthusiasm.  maybe it's because i just had a baby, and i've still got a little bit of baby weight.  maybe it's because i'm short- and i can't afford to carry extra weight.  i don't know- but i'm beginning to think these collections are made for skinny people only.  this one was certainly a punch in the proverbial crotch of my self-esteem.  i don't know what it is, but the sizing is ALL OVER THE PLACE for these collections- at least on me.  i tried on nearly everything my store had - my thoughts follow!

thoughts:  the sweater was super-thick and would be perfect for winters up here, but i felt like it just hung on me and made me look dumpy.  plus, you can tell the sleeves have extra length on my arms, but i wish the sweater itself had more length.  maybe the sleeves are supposed to be scrunched up though?  this sweater was a medium and i felt fit me just fine.  the skirt- i really liked, although i don't wear a lot of skirts b\c i never know how to style them and i don't like how they sit on my waist- i would go back and buy this skirt on clearance.  i needed a 14 in this skirt (yes) which is 2-3 sizes bigger than the jeans i am currently wearing.  i like the skirt though, so i wouldn't let the number sway my decision.  i really wanted to try on the leopard print dress- but they didn't have it in the store on opening day- however, they did have it when i went to target yesterday, but i didn't get the chance to try it!

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Sparkle Tank -Grey

Price: 24.99

 thoughts:  this tank was probably my favorite thing that i tried on, but i'm not paying $25 for one.  i'd definitely pick this up on clearance though! a medium worked for me in this style

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Sparkle Dress - Blue
Price: 49.99
 thoughts:  this dress obviously didn't work for me.  on the left is a large, which hung on me like a potato sack.  on the right a medium- which was snug all over.  oh well.  a definite no.

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Sweater Dress
Price: 44.99

thoughts:  this is the worst picture of me of all time to go on the interwebs.  the dress on me screamed "hey everyone, i just had a baby..."  ugh.  this was a medium.

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Pullover -Navy/Emerald
Price: 34.99
thoughts:  i really liked this top, but i tried on a medium and a large and couldn't lift my arms up.  if anyone knows what that means- tell me, b\c even in my pre-baby days when i was much smaller i had the same issue with tops/jackets.  target had an xl when i was there yesterday, i might try that b\c this was my favorite thing from the look book. 
3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Silky Skirt -Navy
Price: 29.99

thoughts:  this fit well.  was the same as the animal print skirt. 

thoughts:  cute floral shirt dress, but i tried a large AND an xl and couldn't lift my arms up over my head- seriously.  wtf.  i don't have broad shoulders... what is up?

so overall, this collection was unfortunately a bust for me.  did you give it a try?  buy anything?  maybe i'll have better luck next time- and by next time i mean- today!  catherine malandrino for kohls!
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sharing the Love!

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Friday, September 20, 2013

kairos:  an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment).  a moment of indeterminate time in which something special happens!

something that's really scary to me is the thought of losing my photos or videos- especially the ones i have of the children.  it's really a recurring nightmare that i have.  i especially have gotten really scared about it after my brother & sister-in-law had their apartment broken into- the thief stole their camera and laptops (among other things) and the camera and laptop contained their honeymoon pictures that they had not printed yet.  jeez.  dave & i have been married for 6 years and i still haven't printed our honeymoon photos..  however, i have everything in several locations- computer, external hard drive, and i'm still trying to print my photos as well.  i'm always looking for an extra place to store things, you know- just in case. is a new site that lets you store your digital memories for the future.  When you are ready, you can set a date and then release the photos to your children or loved ones- it's like a digital time capsule of your photos.  You choose the date, and then on that date an email is sent

KairosLife is still in their beta phase, but they are currently looking for users to test the siteYou can get your complimentary membership by visiting the site at and registering your email address. As soon as the site is ready to launch, you will receive an email! 

How does KairosLife work?
  1. Upload photos, videos or letters from your PC or mobile device to a “KairosMoment” which is the album or capsule that will be delivered to your loved one on a future date.
  2. Tag your loved ones to that KairosMoment and set a reveal date when it will be delivered.
  3. As the reveal date approaches, if desired, other family members and friends can share their thoughts on that KairosMoment to add to the memories for that loved one.
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Get your complimentary membership today and be one of the first to test the site!  Just visit and enter your email address!  It's that simple!
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Isla's Birth Story. Part I

Three months ago my world was completely turned upside down.  I was 34 weeks pregnant, and I was exhausted.  I really was wondering how i was going to make it to the end.  The weekend before (June 8th), we had a lot going on.  I went to a baby shower, and then headed to my in-laws for my father-in-law's 60th birthday party.  By the time we got to the party, i was completely wiped out.  Sunday was the same- we went back over for my nephew's baby dedication, and that night the 3 of us went to dinner together for pizza- not knowing it'd be our last meal with just the 3 of us!  Dave was headed to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin that night for an all-week work conference, and although he was only an hour away, I still felt very nervous.  I had been to the doctor the prior week, and everything was great- the following week I would be starting my weekly appointments- when he got back we planned to start setting everything in motion:  getting meals prepared, getting the crib ready, washing clothes- our baby was going to be here in about 5-7 weeks!  I joked with him about having the baby while he was gone- i knew the week might be rough, but i'd make it.  I spent most of the week at my in-laws' house- I was watching Ian and my nephews Wednesday morning, so we just planned to stay there Tuesday night.  I was going to take Ian back home Wednesday and come back Thursday evening and then we were going to go to the Children's Museum with my mother-in-law, nephews and sister-in-law Friday morning.  Dave would be back Friday afternoon, and we would do birthday and father's day stuff over the weekend. 

i was really excited for dave to come home on friday- it had been a long week and i was ready to have a break.  i had made plans to have dinner that night with my friends beth, kristen and melissa.  we had decided to have dinner at a place called claimjumpers, that i had never been to before.  these dinners had become a regular thing for us, and with kristen and i both being pregnant they had become sort of an indulge-fest.  so, of course, i indulged.  when i got home, i felt over-indulged.  i talked to dave for a little bit and then i tried to go to bed.  1 AM rolled around, then 2, i was starting to feel worse.  i had terrible heartburn, a headache and my back was killing me.  plus, i was having my usual contractions.  i chalked it up to the food, but still was a little worried.  i started downloading pregnancy apps, contraction counters; i googled "back labor", and i looked to see if my acupuncturist was available (she wasn't).  3 rolled around and i had had enough.  i had been to the bathroom many times, had water, taken tums, and gas-x and nothing seemed to help the heartburn.  finally i decided to buck up and take the mylanta i had- oh, that stuff is the most terrible stuff of all time.  i poured it up and took it like i was taking a shot, and as i swallowed it something terrible happened- i could feel my heartburn drop from my sternum all the way down to my belly button.  i felt absolutely miserable and had no idea what to do.  finally, i decided around 4 AM that i would call the 24-hr nurse line provided by my insurance- the nurse suggested that i drink 2 big glasses of water and lie down on my left side for 30 minutes to see how i feel, and if i wasn't feeling better, i should call my doctor.  i guzzled my water, and went to lay down, and i finally got still enough that just as the sun was coming up, i finally fell asleep.

i really don't remember much about saturday- i'm pretty sure i got up and had breakfast with dave & ian.  before i knew it, i was back in bed asleep, and i slept for quite a while.  i felt better, so i just figured i was tired from the lack of sleep.  when i woke up, dave & ian had left a note that they had gone out for a while- i was so out of it, i had no idea they had even left.  i decided to pull myself together and shower b\c i really wanted to go out to dinner for my birthday- i really wanted thai food!  before we left to go, i spoke on the phone with my friend katie- she called to see how things were and i had told her about my previous night.  she asked if i had had my blood pressure checked recently- and i told her not since my last appointment.  she then asked if i would go have it checked on my way to dinner- and i agreed, so i told dave we needed to stop at walgreens.  we headed out to dinner and when we were almost there, we stopped and i made my way to the pharmacy.  they didn't have have a machine, so i waited while some guy picked up his $1000 prescription (no lie!).  i asked the tech about having my bp taken and he said i would have to fill out some forms and wait for the pharmacist, which i did.  finally the pharmacist took my bp and this conversation took place:

rx:  your blood pressure is 210/106.  that's high.  are you going to see your doctor soon?
me:  yes, on tuesday.
rx:  be sure to tell them when you get there that this was your blood pressure.

so i left walgreens and i told dave in the car.  i guess i didn't think anything of it b\c the pharmacist seemed so ok with it.  when we got to the restaurant i texted katie, my mother in law and my sister in law.  of course, my phone is about to die (per usual) and i am getting a barrage of texts about getting it checked elsewhere for a second opinion (walmart, the er, etc), but we decide that we'll check it at my in-law's house b\c my father in law has his own monitor.  so we order dinner and wait.  while we're waiting i google blood pressure, and i get these graphics... it was my first warning...

 (yes.  i am basically dead).

i didn't say anything to dave, but i was a little worried at that point.  everything kind of went crazy after this.  my friend katie calls me, and she was freaking out.  she said that she had just talked to her mother (a midwife) and her mother was worried and she was worried, and did i call my doctor?  then she said what scared me: "people die from this."  i promised her i would call my doctor and i hung up.  so i told dave i was going to call, just to be safe.  i had to have the doctor paged since it was saturday, and luckily my doctor was on call.  she got back to me pretty quickly and we had this conversation.

me:  hi, sorry to bother you, but i had a really bad night last night- i thought i ate too much- i had heartburn, a headache, back pains- i just felt bad, so a friend told me to have my bp checked and i just did and it was 210/106

dr: ohmygod

me: uh, yeah, and i think i've also gained about 10-15 lbs since the last time i saw you (at this point i was up at least 55 lbs).

dr.  i need you to come in right away.

me:  i'm at dinner right now

dr.  you don't have time to finish dinner- you need to come straight in, i will let them know to expect you.

me:  i don't have a bag packed, we have ian with us

dr.  dave can drop you off and pack a bag for you, you need to be here right now.

so i went back in and told dave.  commence both of us freaking out.  we let ian finish eating while dave had our meal bagged to go and paid.  we headed to the hospital frantically calling for someone to watch ian.  i was making a list of things i might need on a scrap piece of paper for dave to pack while he was at home.  i was freaking out about leaving ian so soon.  we were all pretty scared.  i kissed ian goodbye as dave dropped me off at the er, and i just remember being so sad.  i felt like he was really being cheated out of these last few weeks, and then i waved goodbye to them and walked in... and i went to the wrong place.   oops.  i was supposed to go straight to l&d, so they called a nurse down, put a bracelet on me, and she came and wheeled me to the l&d triage, and that's where my journey began.  i feel like i've typed so much already and nothing has even "happened" yet.  i'll leave you a picture of what my feet looked like.  don't look at this while you're eating, or before you eat.  seriously though:  if you are pregnant and your feet ever look like this- call a doctor.  

my poor feet.  and my poor toenails.  i was supposed to get a pedicure the next week.  they were hideous.  luckily, i had a friend fix them before delivery...  those marks near the big toe- my flip flop indention. 

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Disney on Ice

This week, my family and I had the opportunity to attend Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic.  We decided not to tell Ian beforehand, and let it be a surprise for him when we arrived!  So he knew when we were heading to the uc that he was going to a surprise, but he kept saying we were going to an "animal surprise"... whatever that is.  If you have been to any other events at the uc, you know that parking can be pricy and you usually have to walk.  That wasn't the case for Disney on Ice!  Since parking is free for all events- we got into a lot right in front of the center- 2 steps and we were there!

when we got inside, we went to a special meet & greet- Mickey & Minnie were there!  Ian refused to have his picture with them, but Isla was more than willing to comply!

Ian did however go crazy for the sword he got!  He's pretty much played with it non-stop since he got it- he even sleeps with it on his dresser.  It has pretty much made his 3 year old life!

Now, onto the show!   Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic!  Sixty of Disney's unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic.  There were appearances by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and many Disney Princesses.  Plus on ice reenactments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films.  This was my first ever Disney event, and my first ice skating event!  The show was about 2 hours with a short intermission in between.  I thought it was the perfect length for kids- Ian paid attention from start to finish without getting restless- which NEVER happens!  The pyrotechnics scared him a little (though they were few and far between), but he was mesmerized by everything else!  I asked him after the show what his favorite parts were and he said Toy Story, The Incredibles and Pinocchio.  My favorite part was Mulan.  If you have kids, or you're a fan of all things Disney- you will LOVE a Disney on Ice event- it's definitely one of the best deals in town!  We can't wait to go again!!!  Here are some photos from the show!!

Mickey, Minnie, Chip & Dale!

Aladdin and the Genies 

Finding Nemo

Toy Story

It's a Small World!



Lion King

The grand finale!

Disclaimer:  I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided  me and my family with complimentary tickets to Feld shows as well as opportunities to attend private Feld pre-show events.  All opinions expressed in this blog are mine and mine alone Pin It!