February 11, 2018

Our sweet Baby Girl was born at 4:17am this morning!!  She is 9lbs 2oz, our biggest baby so far!  We are working on the birth story and also on her name.  It seems that some people were confused and thought that we named her Amelia because they missed our post on saint names!  The name I was chrismated with is Amelia, and that’s the name I use on our blog, not the baby's name.

We still do not have a name for Baby yet, so you will have to be patient with that!  I will also put our names and the reasons behind them on the FAQ page for people if they get confused. 

As you can also tell, there was no live blog.  Iakabos actually tried to log in and post when I went into labor, but there was just no time.  She came too fast; the midwife didn’t make it either, so don’t feel too left out.  :)

While you wait for the birth story, here are some adorable pictures to tide you over!!

February 7, 2018

Hey folks!  We are trying this again, and hopefully Baby will decide to cooperate this time!  As with the last live blog, either myself or Iakabos or my lovely mother Crispina, will be updating approximately once every 15 minutes.  Each update will be underneath the previous update, so scroll down for news!  Enjoy!

9:44am by Amelia: It's been a bit of a whirlwind 24 hours.  I went to my midwife yesterday.  I am measuring 42 weeks and she thinks this baby is competing for Stephen's title of biggest baby (8lbs 8oz).  My due date was also yesterday, and since I'm still having crazy contractions we decided to go ahead with an herbal induction.  The midwife wanted to try acupuncture first but they don't have an opening until tomorrow, so we are going to try the herbs today.

I was planning on posting all that for you yesterday, but came down with a terrible migraine and spent most afternoon and evening in bed, so I didn't get around to updating anyone or getting anythi...

January 30, 2018

Yes.  I'm still here, and Baby isn't.  

I have been having contractions every day still.  Saturday they were also really intense (60-90 seconds and 1-2 minutes apart, more painful than on Thursday) but they puttered out again.  I went to my chiropractor today for an adjustment because everywhere was hurting.  She said my ligaments were really tight and agitated and it seemed like I had been having lots of pretty good contractions.

Yes.  Yes I have been.  I asked her if she had an adjustment to induce labor.  No.  No she doesn't.  I've always had lots of pre-labor contractions, but this is way more than I've had before and I am exhausted.  Iakabos is also exhausted because, when I'm in bed most of the day, he's with the kids most of the day. 

But Baby is still happy and comfortable, so we have nothing to complain about.  We are grateful that positioning looks good and there are no signs of complications; and yes (I know) babies always come...

January 25, 2018

Hey everyone!  Today is the day!! Welcome to our live blogging adventure! 

Here's how it works: Every 15 minutes or so either I or Iakabos or my lovely mother, Crispina, will be updating this post.  In order to see the updates refresh your browser.  We won't be updating more often than 15 minutes on average, so feel free to compulsively refresh every two minutes if you like but... you probably aren't missing anything.  ;)

Each update will be posted underneath the previous update.  Every new update will have the time, to help you keep track, as well as the name of the person writing the update.  Hopefully there will be some pictures along the way too! 

Are we ready?  Here we go!  

3:49pm by Amelia: Contractions started in earnest after I went for a good walk today, strongest yet!  They weren't regular, but with how strong they felt we decided to go get a last-minute chiropractor adjustment just in case this was the real thing.  They petered out so I w...

January 25, 2018

Today's update is that there is no baby yet.  We are apparently still quite content to stay in the quite cramped quarters of Mommy's tummy :)  My contractions are still increasing in intensity, but nothing that suggests labor is imminent.  I'm a bit exhausted from all this pre-labor stuff, but I've also been able to drum up enough energy to get a lot of cleaning and cooking done this week!

The next thing I want to do, if I have time, is to get some birth supplies for the kiddos; little things they can do to help with labor.  If I get around to that I'll be sure to post my ideas here for anyone else who has little ones that might be attending a birth.  

Other than that, my midwife is back from Bangladesh, my birth tub liner is here, the birth kit arrived and I have my labor and delivery snacks and drinks handy so I'm pretty sure we are ready to go!  Any time little one...

I also wanted to be sure to let anyone know that the current plan is to live-blog the birth.  There...

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...

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