Monday, January 26, 2009

Shoot me

My poor baby had his first vaccinations today. Right after he cried for just a few seconds and then I fed him. He was fine until late afternoon and then pretty grumpy! Hopefully, he will sleep well tonight! Since we selectively immunize he has had a bit of a break from the norm.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


I have put up a very serious poll on the right side! Please answer. This is very scientific! Really! Well maybe not but I am curious!

Naughty Dog

I am in love! With who? Hank the Cowdog! It is a great series of books by John Erickson. Hank lives on a ranch as the Head of Ranch Security. Anyone who knows farm/ranch dogs will immediately identify with Hank. Absolutely hilarious. The books are geared toward readers 9-11 but can be read aloud to 4-6 year olds. Bella also LOVES Hank. We borrow mainly the books on CD from the library. Once again, the library rocks! Hank has his own vocabulary that has found it's way into our language. The bonus on the CDs is that the author sings a song or two. Hilarious! (Could I possibly use hilarious one more time?) Quick, check your library, Amazon or whatever you have and listen or read one of these books today! You will thank yourself.

Monday, January 19, 2009


Sorry this is a little late. I had needy kids all weekend!

Bella's Birth
We found out I was pregnant in May 2002. From that first day I was convinced the baby was a girl. I just knew. I had promised back on my wedding day that as soon as I got pregnant I would tell my medium sister first. She was babysitting for a family so I hurried over to let her know. I handed her the pregnancy test and she asked what it was. I should have known a junior in high school wouldn't have a clue! It finally clicked and she was super excited. We went to tell my mom later. She was very excited also. The news trickled down pretty quickly. From weeks 6-12 I was incredibly sick. The rest of the pregnancy was very uneventful thankfully. I felt great minus those six weeks. On January 15th I had my last prenatal visit. I would be 42 weeks on Saturday and my midwives said it was time to get the show on the road. I decided to try a castor oil induction the following morning. For those of you who don't know you drink 2 oz mixed in with juice take a hot shower and repeat. I started this just before lunch on Thursday. I had to drive to Walgreens just a few minutes away in the middle of a huge snowstorm! The girl who rang me up said her mom did the same thing to go into labor with her. That made me feel a little better. The rest of the day was pretty boring. I was anxious for something to happen. My darling husband painted my toenails for me and we went to bed around 9pm. I woke up at 1am thinking I just peed on myself a little bit. I hurried to the bathroom and peed but it felt weird kind of like a UTI. I thought, oh great I won't go into labor but I will have a UTI. After another one of these sensations about 5 minutes later I realized they were actually contractions. They didn't feel how I expected them to feel. I woke DH about a half hour later. We timed the contractions for about a half hour. They were coming every five to seven minutes and very mild. I couldn't sleep so we started a movie "About A Boy". That movie will always have special significance to me! We finished the movie and by the end I was getting uncomfortable. We called our midwife to let her know what was happening. A friend (nurse/doula) who photographed the birth for us came around 6 am to start my antibiotics for Group B strep. She also checked me. I was at 4 cm. That was easy! We called my mom to come over and a dear friend who was acting as a doula for us. I labored in the tub for quite a while. The contractions were easy at this point just requiring a bit of breathing. Around 10 or 11 our midwives came. Baby was doing great so they went to the other room and just periodically checked the baby's heart rate. I sat on the birth ball for a while and then back into the tub. Around 3:30pm I was tired and really uncomfortable through the contractions. I thought I couldn't possibly do this any longer I was so tired. My support people were amazing! I had to do lunges with my foot up on the tub to help the baby descend. This was extremely difficult. Thank you R for encouraging me and telling me you had to do the same thing! I got back in the tub and after a few minutes told my midwives I needed to push. It is such an incredible feeling for your body to take over! I pushed for about 45 minutes. After not being able to do anything pushing was wonderful! I felt focused and ready to see my baby. I was able to sleep between contractions. Finally, they could see a good portion of the head. I reached down and felt her head. "I can feel hair!" One more push and her head was out. I had another contraction right away and pushed her body out. I caught her and brought her up out of the water. "It's a girl. She looks just like Dad." Everyone (but my mom and DH) mistook this comment to mean she looked like my DH. She looked a lot like my Dad. Definitely my side of the family. She was so beautiful and perfect. Covered in vernix! I don't think she was as late as everyone though. She weighed 8 pounds even and was 21 inches long. She was very content and alert from the beginning. My sweet baby! I love you sweet girl!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sleep Deprivation

I am so tired I feel sick! Mr. Biscuit has decided to not sleep. He has a bit of a stuffy nose but no other symptoms. I took him to the doctor in case he had an ear infection. Nope! If this is any indication of future illness behaviour we are in for some serious trouble! Later today I shall post Bella's birth story in honor of her sixth birthday!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Hey all of you friends, family and stalkers, I am looking for a pressure canner and any canning jars you may have. We are planning on a bigger garden this year and I am hoping to can and freeze as much as possible. Any gardening tips would be great also. Last year we had zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, and bell peppers. Delish! This year we are planning on all of that plus asparagus and snap peas.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


I can't believe how big he is! Almost 4 months!

The girls with my small collection of Snow Village houses!

Sweetie Pie, Honey Bunch

Major pet peeve of mine...salespeople who are the same age or younger calling you sweetie, honey, hon or any other term of endearment!!!! I want to kick them in the shin! Now if it is an elderly person I can handle that.

Monday, January 5, 2009

And I shall name you George...

Bonus points if you can tell me where the title comes from! I have decided to rename my children! Not in real life...only on my blog! These new names are based on things I actually call my children! Eldest - Bella Middle - Matilda Monkey Baby - Mr. Biscuit. I really love nicknames for my children and have about twelvity-three names for each of them.