Sunday, November 28, 2010

One down, one to go....

This week has been kind of crazy. So here's my attempt to recap...

Thanksgiving was Thursday, we woke up and hung out around the house for most of the afternoon. We didn't have to be anywhere until 4pm so we had plenty of time to kill. So the hubs and I sat around watching football and relaxed a bit. About 345ish we loaded up the car and headed out to the Greene's for dinner.

Baby A was the main attraction as always, which I can honestly say I don't mind because I love that everyone loves her, and loves to hold her and take care of her, it gives me a much needed break.

I knew most of the people there (there were like, 20 people there btw) but you know it's always awkward when you're hanging around people you don't know. Luckily I knew the majority, so it was fine. Dinner was ready about 430ish and it was amazing. There was everything from turkey, tofurkey, sweet potatoes, and even a turducken (turkey/duck/chicken) which I didn't try, but heard it was good. I was super proud of myself for eating small portions, but I did go back for seconds on the sweet potatoes and green bean casserole (YUM)...I wanted to save some room for dessert...derr.

Speaking of, there was apple cobbler (I think), carrot cake, and pumpkin cheesecake. I had the cheesecake since it is fall, and there wasn't an actual pumpkin pie, this was the next best thing. Jessica made it and it was suuuuuper good. I couldn't finish it because I was still full, but Chad had no problem finishing it off for me.

I guess I should mention that the night before, the guys went to the liquor store to stock up on drinks. I'll have you know, I had 2 glasses of wine, and 3 margaritas (patron margs at that) I was a little buzzed, but knew I wouldn't be driving and was still able to take care of my baby responsibly.

Before and after dinner there was corn hole in the backyard being played. I didn't play 1)I was wearing a dress 2)I already know I suck so there was no reason so show everyone. They all had a good time playing!

Anyway, after dinner we all hung out in the kitchen had a few more drinks and then it was off to Jessica and Vann's for a little game playing. We played HedBanz (google it)... I hadn't heard of this game before, but it looked fun. We ended up playing it for hours and it was super fun, but also realllllly hard. You should definitely buy it!

And that, my friends, was Thanksgiving.

Black Friday. Boo. The hubs, bebe, Jessica, Lindsey and myself went to the Florida Mall to do a little browsing and shopping...Dumb. This was our first real outing with the kiddo, and there was about a million people there. We were there until Baby A started throwing a fit, which wasn't long, well maybe it was I don't really know. We did, however, purchase a super cute dress from baby gap for our family Christmas card! So I'll say it was a success.

Now Saturday....Awesome. Chad and I got new cell phones! My phone had been broken for a year. It was really sad. Chad inherited a phone from Linds after his old one took a shit. He got some LG andriod, and I got a blackberry. Finally. Now that they are no longer cool, I got one. Whatever, I love it, and it's super cute and not to mention purple! I thought it was going to take me foooooorever to learn how to use it, but after a couple of hours, I've got it down. Texting, however, may take a little longer than expected due to the size of the keys. Whatever, I'm a happy camper. They were early Christmas presents to ourselves, since this Christmas is going to be about the little one and not so much us.

That was our holiday week(end) now all that's left is to get a tree, some stockings, decorate them both, and do some shopping/wrapping for the bebe and we'll be ready for the next round of holidays. (That and mentally preparing ourselves for Christmas lunch & dinner with my family.) Wish us luck with that!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

There are so many things to be thankful for this year....

I'm thankful for my amazing husband, who turned out to be an amazing father, I swear some days I don't deserve him.

I'm thankful for my gorgeous, healthy daughter. She is the light of my life. I didn't believe in love at first sight until she came along.

I'm thankful for the most amazing friends and extended family a girl could ask for. I am truly blessed to have the people in my life that I do.
Enjoy your day and forget your diet.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Another holiday post? Check!

As of today, we have started the search for our first official family Christmas cards. While we have yet to actually take the photo for the front of it, I'm sure that will be less stressful than picking out the card itself.

Since this will be our first Christmas with our brand new baby, I've been searching high and low for good deals on Christmas cards. And guess what I found?! is doing a promotion and giving away 50 free holiday cards! Don't be jealous, you can get 50 cards for free too, if you blog that is! If you're interested (and lets face it, who wouldn't be) you can check it out for yourself here

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Monday, November 22, 2010

How I love the holidays

As of today, Thanksgiving is 3 days away.
Christmas is 33 days away.
New Years Eve is 39 days away.

I LOVE the last 2 months of the year. I love the changing weather, the smell of fall (granted it's usually in the form of candles) the changing leaves (although that really doesn't happen here) all of the holiday decorations around town on the light poles, and the fact that Walmart has Christmas decorations up the day after Halloween!

I am a holiday FREAK! I want to decorate my place with crazy amounts of decorations, and a big ass tree, and I want to sit on the couch, wrapped in a snuggie (hahanotsomuch) sipping on some hot cocoa with the windows open reading a book...does that make me a nerd, maybe. Do I care, nope.

Annnnnnnyhow. Thanksgiving is Thursday (derr) we'll be spending A's first turkey day with the Greene family....and I am suuuuuper excited about the redonk amount of delicious food, and of course, the booze!! Woot! I can officially drink again!! YES! Pie eating contest? Maybe....we'll see. I, however, will not be participating, I have currently lost....ahem, 33 POUNDS and just because it's the holidays does not mean I am going to fall off the wagon. Nope. Not happening.

This past weekend was spent at an amazing restaurant with amazing friends. We were celebrating Lindsey's 25th birthday, and I had my first post baby liquor. Mmm mmm. Sake, and shots. Didn't even get a buzz. I was quite surprised, but oh well, it was still yummy. SN: I had sushi for dinner sushi I've ever had. Honestly. Here we all are, before the festivities began. *Please excuse the quality of this photo, it's from an iPhone.

This post has been all over the place, so I'll come back after Thanksgiving and give you something real. Until then, for your viewing gorgeous child.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A day of pictures..

My bundle of beauty!

One of the first pictures of mommy and baby


Such a pretty little diva!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

No more puppies and/or rainbows

Baby A is apparently going through a growth spurt.
I knew it was coming. I guess I didn't quite prepare myself for what it would entail.

I suppose it started the night before last. Kiddo sucked down 4oz as opposed to her usual 2, right before bedtime. She slept like a champ. It.Was.Wonderful.

Sadly, when she has a good night, it is more often than not followed by a terrible, horrible, very bad night. Believe me when I say, this rang true last night. (Insert sadface)

Little miss drank (ate, whatever) her 4oz at about 10:30. Got all snuggled, and swaddled, and I put her to bed around 11ish. Usually she will sleep 2 1/2 to 3 hours at a time before waking up to eat. HA! She woke up for her first night feeding at 12:30. It took her about an hour to eat and get all snugly again, and I put her back to bed. Previous nights would lead me to believe that she wouldn't wake up again until 4 or 4:30....again, ha! She was up at 2:45. Repeat cycle; eat, snuggle, swaddle, bed. 4:00 rolls around, she's up again. Repeat cycle. Daddy comes home during this feeding, and the 3 of us hit the sack, it's now 5:30ish. 7am...little miss is up. We get up, and eat. I try to put her to sleep...she is wiiiiiiiiiiiide awake. She is grumpy. She wants to eat every hour, and in between if she isn't fussing, she is straight up crying.

I am miserable at this point. I haven't had nearly enough sleep as one needs to function. She stays awake. No break for momma. Daddy gets out of bed around 1 (he's working nights this week by the way) and I hand over the kiddo, and get in the shower. This is "me time." I'm in the shower for maybe 20 minutes, I get out, and low and behold....she is sleeping on her daddy's chest. SERIOUSLY?! You make mommy suffer for 6 hours being a fussy, crying baby, only to pass out immediately when your daddy takes over? Why little girl? Why do you enjoy making me miserable?

So, of course, she has spent the majority of today sleeping. Trying to keep her up during the day so she will sleep at night...ha. Not happening. I'm not looking forward to tonight.

Wish me luck.

Friday, November 12, 2010


This may be a little TMI for some...well most actually, so if you have a weak stomach, turn back now.

Seriously, it's not too late.

OK here goes...
Why the hell don't people tell you what it's like after you have a baby?
No, I didn't expect it to be all puppies and rainbows, but seriously! Here comes the TMI.
I feel like someone has kicked me straight in the lady parts whilst wearing a steel toe boot. No I didn't expect it to go right back to normal, actually to be quite honest, I didn't even think about the repercussions of having a vaginal delivery. Never again. Never. I promise you that. I don't remember exactly how the contractions felt, but I remember telling the Mr. that it was the worst pain I had ever experienced in my life. (This is how people have more than one kid, they forget.) Of course I had some Stadol, followed by an epidural, so the delivery itself didn't hurt, but now....if I stand too long, or sit too long, so sit in an odd position, I feel like my pubic bone is going to fall out of my body. I'm not exaggerating.
And of course, I tore. So I have God knows how many stitches holding me together, and holy shit, get some pee on those suckers...I'd rather not drink anything for days just so I don't have to go to the turlet EVER.
So I raise my glass, to all the women of the world who have children, and those who are brave enough to have more than one, this toast is for you.

Of course, I'd do it all over again to have my amazing baby girl.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sorry for the delay...

So life has taken quite the turn. For the better, of course. Since we've been home, we've all been adjusting very well. Baby A is amazing. I'm trying not to jinx myself with this, but she is such a good baby. We are definitely blessed to have been given such an amazing little one. She hardly ever cries, only when we don't feed her fast enough or when we're changing her diaper and she's not in the mood. A binky usually solves that pretty quickly though.

We had our first doctor appointment today. She is, believe it or not, perfect. She is in the 50% percentile in both weight and length.. I'm one proud momma. She lost 7 ounces before we left the hospital, but gained it all back. Today she weighs the same as she did when she was born, 7lbs 7oz. This means I'm doing a good job as far as feeding her, she's getting just enough!

Speaking of feeding, I am, unfortunately, having to supplement formula because I am not producing enough milk myself, to satisfy her needs. I was pretty devastated at first...we had been home not even a day, and I had to give in. I couldn't handle her screaming because she was hungry, and there was nothing I could do to make it better, so she got some formula. She still gets formula, but I try to give her as much breast milk as I can. I'm only producing about 10 to 12 ounces a day, but hopefully, if I keep doing what I'm doing, I'll up my supply. So keep your fingers crossed for us!

She also got her first shot at the doctor today. While I'm sure it wasn't the first time she had been pricked by a needle, it was the first time it happened while I was there to see it. Actually, I didn't even watch, I turned away. She was fine, then she started screaming. It breaks my heart when she cries, especially when she's screaming like she did today. So of course, being the mom that I am, I cried..more than she did. The Mr. said it was because A)I'm a good mom, and B)Because baby A is tougher than me.....which is definitely true when it comes to situations like this. Anyhow, she's been napping since we left the doctor's office, and I feel after her traumatizing day, she can sleep as long as she likes. That's all I have to say about that.

For your viewing pleasure

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

She's here!!

That's right folks, no more weekly updates, or belly pictures. I'm going to attempt to give you the best birth story I can, but keep in mind that I was drugged, tired, and in pain all at different times during my labor and delivery, so if not all of the facts are correct, I'm sorry, I'll try to come back and edit.

Friday (10/29)

I spent all day with Lindsey. We went to lunch with her mom, and then off to Mall at Millenia to walk around to get some contractions flowing. I had a few but nothing compared to the night before. Thursday I had them every 10 minutes, and GOD did they hurt. I knew labor was on it's way. So we went back to her house after the mall failed us, and we did some acupressure, and she had some black cohosh pills, so I took one. Well, that kind of got things started. I was having them about every 20, or 30 minutes. We all went to dinner at Alf's, and I ordered some hot wings (just in case) and some DELICIOUS sweet potato fries. By the time we got our food, I was having SERIOUSLY painful contractions very regularly. By the time we were done with dinner I was ready to go to the hospital (about 8pm), this was it! Lindsey and Wes dropped us off and we went in, got hooked up, checked, and sadly I was only about 2 to 3 centimeters. They said I could either walk around for 2 hours to see if that would dilate me more, or I could go home. There was no way in hell I was leaving, when people tell you contractions hurt, they are NOT lying. I had to breathe through them, and concentrate on something to keep me from crying. So, Hubs and I walked around the hospital, and Linds came back to keep up company and to stay updated. After about 2 hours we went back to get checked. I hadn't changed; BUT my blood pressure was through the roof, which was unusual since my BP was always good, and under control. They took some blood and sent it off to the lab to check for pre-eclampsia and to see if I would be able to get an epidural if I was admitted. HOURS later, they came back and at 4am they moved me to LABOR & DELIVERY!!! This was seriously it, it was time, I was going to have a baby soon!


So like I said, around 4am we got a room in L&D and I was introduced to one of my many nurses. She was super nice, Christina I think. I told her I needed meds, I was in pain and it was bad. She checked me and again, I was dilated to 5! No shit I was in so much pain, I was in active labor! So she told me I could either have the epidural now, or I could have a shot of Stadol in my IV to take the edge off. I chose the Stadol because I've heard horror stories of epidurals wearing off right when labor starts; I was not down with that. So about 10 seconds after she added that to my IV I felt drunk! And the pain was almost gone. It was awesome. So we hung out, updated FB, watched some TV, and tried to sleep. I should mention my poor, poor husband had been up since 5am Friday morning, so here we were, all of us had been up for 24+ hours. I couldn't sleep. I tried, but my mind kept wondering. So after a few hours, the Stadol wore off, and I was ready for the epidural. The anesthesiologist came in, and asked if I knew the complications that could arise from getting an epidural, I said yep, and he said ok, here we go. I was not scared of getting it. I hear some many people say they are terrified of getting one, and I just don't get it. He stuck me with the numbing meds, that kind of burned, but that was the worst part of it. He inserted it into my back and it was in a blood vessel so he said, so he had to re-do it. The second time he got it right. Within minutes, I felt amazing. It was kind of odd, not being able to move my legs, they were like, dead, but whatever, I was no longer in pain! Hubs called the fam and let everyone know what was going on, and some of them decided to come on up. Way too early, if you ask me, but whatever. They decided to give me Pitocin to speed things up, and came in a while later to break my water. Here's where things get fuzzy. I don't remember times for anything after that. I got checked again and was 9 & 1/2! Hold Crap! This was happening really fast. They said I would probably deliver by noon! NOON! Well, I had progressed pretty well, but the baby was not moving down into the birth canal. She was still really high up, so I sat up to try and let gravity do it's job. Next time they checked me I was fully dilated, don't get too excited, I couldn't start pushing because she was stillllll too high. So I had to lie on my right side for 30 minutes, then on my left side for another 30 minutes. Everyone had arrived except my dad's side, and some of them even had to leave around this time (that's what they get for coming so early). After the hour of flip flopping they checked and it was time to push. I did a couple practice pushes to make sure I knew what I was doing, apparently I did. So with each contraction (which I couldn't feel, even though the nurses kept asking... the nurse was also Sarah by this time) I pushed 3 times. I pushed for about 20 minutes (thanks to Lindsey for keeping track of this) and then they told me to stop! They had to get the doctor because she was coming! The doctor came in, and I pushed one, maybe two more times and out she was at 3:02pm on October 30th 2010! They put her up on my belly and we had some skin to skin time for a minute. She was here. I was a mom. I was crying, Hubs was crying, Linds was was amazing. She was so alert, looking around with her big grey eyes, then they took her to clean her up and get her weight and length. She was 7lbs 7oz, 19 & 3/4in long. She got 9's on both of her Apgars. Healthy, tiny, and beautiful.
The proud poppa! She looks just like him, you can't even tell she's mine.

I'm sorry this turned into such a long post, but it was a long weekend, and I wanted to document as much as I could remember.

I am so in love, and so happy and excited to be a mom.