September 6, 2012

“Should you go check on her?” My dear husband asked nervously after about three minutes.

You see… our beautiful, nearly two and a half year old, daughter was upstairs all by herself.  Not making a sound.  I had just come downstairs after trying to put her to sleep.  We did our bedtime routine, as usual, and I laid down to nurse her to sleep… just as I had hundreds of nights before.

Evangeline has nursed to sleep since she was a newborn.  There have been few instances that Daddy has put her down, or the car… but on her own?  Never.  Not until three nights ago.  She wasn’t falling to sleep nursing, and her new brother downstairs needed his Mommy.  So what’s a girl to do?  I told her good night and that when she was ready to go to sleep I would come back up… and then I left.

I quickly nursed Stephen in anticipation of her calling for me.  We waited… and waited… and waited… but all we heard was the sweet sound of sleep.  Nothing.  After about ten minutes a m...

August 7, 2012

I knew from the time we got pregnant that I wanted to start elimination communication with this baby right from the beginning.  We did it with Evangeline, but not consistently until she was 15 months old.  I’m so glad we potty trained her this way, but I wish I had started earlier!  So this time around, we started at 3 days old.

I had my dear hubby go pick up some cheap prefold diapers from the store, and we used those instead of disposables.  We haven’t gotten our nifty prefold belts yet, but I did find a long piece of felt fabric that was used to wrap a baby blanket from when Evie was born (who says being a pack rat is always a bad thing?) and we have been using that to keep the prefolds around Stephen.  Using the prefolds (or another similar material) is important.  You have to be able to tell when they are going potty.  Often with disposable diapers it is very easy to ignore or miss when they are eliminating, making it difficult to communicate with them abou...

August 4, 2012

If you haven’t yet… read Part I first!


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The thought that I might actually be ready to push still had not crossed my mind.  I didn’t know why my body was telling me to push, but I figured it couldn’t possibly be because I was actually ready to push.  I had only been in labor for about 35 minutes at this point.  Regardless, the urge to push just became more and more pronounced.  My body started pushing on its own.  Three or four contractions after the phone call I knew I couldn’t help it anymore.  I told Jake, “I can’t do this anymore!”

I thought perhaps I needed to go to the bathroom and that’s why my body felt like it needed to push something out?  I wasn’t having much time in between contractions, but I needed to do something.  So, when my last contraction ended, I got up and walked to the bathroom.  I didn’t say anything to Jake; I was still in super-focus mode and needed to stay there.  Evie followed me, but Jake stayed in the living room, slightly...

August 3, 2012

Stephen Patrick

July 19th 2012 – 4:08pm

8lbs 8oz – 19 in.

We hadn’t had rain in months.  It was one of the driest summers the area had seen, but that night we had a marvelous thunder storm, complete with plenty of rain.  In the back of my mind was the thought that many labors begin during a storm; I think it has something to do with the change in air pressure that can trigger labor.  And sure enough I had plenty of contractions through the night.

I was awake much of the night, whether from the contractions or from my mind’s inability to slow down, I’m not sure.  I was cautiously optimistic; this was not the first night I had been visited by plenty of contractions; in fact, I had been having similar contractions for two weeks.  I tried to sleep and waited to get excited until the morning.  They always disappeared by morning.

And, as anticipated, these ones did too.  I woke up the next morning with no contractions and no real sign of labor.  I was slightly disappointed, bu...

July 25, 2012

As you may have already guessed… we didn’t end up live blogging the birth…  I promise that I will post a birth story as soon as I have it written down, but with a labor short enough that even the midwife missed the event – I hope you won’t feel too left out that the blogging world missed it too!

In any case, I wanted to post an update for everyone.  Stephen was born on the 19th in the afternoon (his grandpa’s birthday!) and he is doing absolutely wonderfully.  He has nursed like a champ from the beginning, no pain or soreness at all!  With Evangeline it took over a month to get to a comfortable point.  When I think about it, almost everything is different this time around.  They are both equally enjoyable and lovable, but definitely unique!  I suppose if you know one baby you certainly don’t know them all.

We are looking forward to learning more about our Little Man as he continues to grow.  Evangeline is doing marvelously with her little brother.  There is...

July 9, 2012

I have officially sorted, packed, organized and repacked every single item we own.  Isn’t moving great?  It at least feels good to purge so much clutter!  And moving twice in two years sort of gives you that little bit of extra motivation to throw out those things you just couldn’t bring yourself to toss the first time.

One interesting piece of nostalgia I ran across was my old high school basketball warm-up CD that my dad put together for me.  I had to laugh at many of the songs on the mix… but good memories nonetheless.  And that was the inspiration for the name of my post today.  Although, it has absolutely nothing to do with my topic!  Well, maybe not nothing.

Music has a very strong ability to induce certain emotions and attitudes for the different situations in our lives.  That’s why I put together a birthing playlist this time around.  And although I don’t think my high school warm up CD and my birthing playlist will have even one song...

July 3, 2012

I have been waiting all day for my dear hubby to get home so we can try our first ever batch of Kombucha Tea!!  I have been slaving over it for a week… well ok, really I did a tiny bit of work one day and it has been fermenting for a week   Nevertheless I still feel SUPER excited to taste the fruits of my labor and patience.

What, you wanted to hear how it tastes?  Hubby isn’t home yet!! I still have to wait another hour.  

You’ll have to come back then to find out!  I just wanted you to be in suspense with me 

Come back in an hour for the update!!!

UPDATE:  And the moment we’ve all been waiting for…. was the Kombucha any good??

I caught Jake’s initial reaction on camera:

The picture may be a little misleading.  I neglected to tell him it would be a little fizzy!  It’s got a nice, light carbonation to it.  Which, after the initial shock, Jake said helped the tea a lot actually.  He mentioned that it smelled a little like beer… and when I told him it has a tiny a...

July 1, 2012

Got her very first ponytail today??!!??

June 28, 2012

So… tomorrow is an important day.  Starting tomorrow I will officially be in full-on countdown mode for baby’s arrival.  Three weeks!  Tomorrow my midwife can legally assist me in a homebirth should I go into labor, although I do hope Baby waits a little longer than that.

Don’t get me wrong, I am SO excited to meet the little one!  But we have quite a lot left to do before then… or at least a lot that I want to get done before then.  Most importantly my oils haven’t arrived yet…  Oh, have I not told you about my oils? 

You see at my last birth a good friend came and sprayed some nice smelling water on a damp washcloth, and when I used it to cool off it took the edge completely off of my contractions.  It was heavenly.  I had stumbled upon the wonderful world of aromatherapy.

Unfortunately, at the time, I was not in a frame of mind to make sure they kept the damp washcloths coming!  I was a little distracted if ya know what I mean… but afterwards, when I remem...

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