Gummy Bear’s Birth Story {Rated G}

Well it all started Thursday night, I was having contractions here and there but nothing consistant. I couldn’t sleep so  I got up and took a shower for some reason I really wanted to shave….anyway after that I got a few restless hours of sleep. Friday morning I just had this feeling we were close, but I didn’t know how close,  I told Mac and my Mom my guess was Sunday.

Contractions became a little more regular Friday morning (around 15 min apart) and I went in for my 38 Week check up at 10:00 AM while Mac’s cousin watched Apple.  Turns out I was 3 cm dilated and still having fairly frequent contractions. My Midwife went ahead and stripped my membranes to see if we could get things moving along little bit (so I didn’t have a long drawn out labor like I did with Apple .)

Luckily when I got home it was nap time and both Apple and I slept for about 2 hours!! Then my friend Meagan came over and we went out to lunch. I stopped Contractions were intense enough at this point that I had Meagan doing all the driving.  I would close my eyes during many of them, and focus on my breathing not really a good thing while driving. Anyway we went to Noodles and Co where I sort of ate some Japanese Pan Noodles….I think Apple at as much as I did. Then we went to Office Max where I geeked out as much as possible between contractions and bought a few things to organize my running magazine articles. Yep I’m weird, I wanted to work on that while in labor as a distraction (that didn’t happen.) Anyway when we got home I told Mac that I was no longer capable of watching Apple, and proved it by not only letting her play with a box of dog treats but almost letting her eat one.

It was about 3:15 and I laid down to try and accurately time my contractions. They were about 8-10 min apart and I just played around with my iPad and tried to sleep off and on until I couldn’t anymore. I got up and took a shower to see if that would help, it did a little but not enough, then I decided to take a bath. Thats when I realized that the contractions were getting closer together. I got out and did a little more timing and quickly realized they were getting closer and closer and didn’t seem to be slowing down or becoming steady at all (at that point they were between 5 and 6 min apart.) I called my midwife and after a quick chat we decided it was time to go in and get checked. Mac’s parents came over and picked up Apple and we were on our way.

1st picture as a family of four.

1st picture as a family of four.

We arrived at the hospital around 7:45 PM and after a quick assessment I was admitted at 6 cm dialated.  We moved up to the room right away (8:00) and I had to lay down for 20 min of ‘tape’ (monitoring the contractions and babies heartbeat.) I was laying on my side with my midwife and a delivery nurse at the foot of my bed and Mac up by my head. Two other nurses were diligently working on getting the water birth tub ready. Pretty soon it became apparent to me that I was not going to make it in the tub. I didn’t know if I was going to make it off the bed, but I thought I would try to use the birthing stool. This is when I kind of took over,  the lights in the room were dim, I asked Mac to grab two essential oils lavender and peace and calming. I liked the smell of peace and calming better so I  had him put it on my wrists. During each contraction I would bring my hands up by my head to either hold his hand or the bed rail and I could smell it, that was so helpful. I was back in the zone and started talking to the Midwife, I asked her what some other options were if I ended up stuck in bed (back was not an option so much more painful. She let me know that laying on my side was actually a great position, thats when I decided to not even try to move, good decisions because right after that my water broke.  With every contraction the nurse would talk me through and Ryan would hold my hand, her voice was so soothing….kudos to you Lindsey!

I realized it was time to push and after holding back for the first 2 or 3 times to make sure I told the midwife and  started pushing, about 3 pushes later I thought I had felt a head. Remember we didn’t know for sure girl or boy when I thought I felt the head I asked  “Did you see her?” Then we both knew…. SHE was on her way. 2 pushes later there she was! 9:07 PM we met our 2nd girl.

For more details, check back for the PG-13 version later this weekend.

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Apple meeting her little sis.

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Gummy Bear has arrived!!

Well folks I know I haven’t been the most active blogger towards the end of this pregnancy, but for the last few weeks I’ve gone silent but there is a reason for that. Gummy Bear made her arrival almost 2 weeks early!

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Baby Girl

6lbs 12 oz

19 1/2 inches

9/5/14

Come back tomorrow (or Friday depending on how tonight goes) for the birth story. I’ll save you the suspense, we made it to the hospital….barely.

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Quick and easy ways to boost your immune system naturally.

As always guys, I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV. This is not medical advice it is my personal opinion.

Check with your doctor before starting something new. 

 

With all the news reports on the new virus going around I’m extremely disappointed with the lack of suggestions on how to boost your immune system naturally so here is a quick list for you:

  • Eat more fruits and veggies (especially garlic)
  • Eat more probiotics
  • Increase your vitamin D3 and C
  • Cut out processed sugars
  • Drink lots of water
  • Keep exercising
  • Chiropractic adjustment

Want a few slightly more ‘hippy” suggestions try here you go:

  • Thieves essential oil- diffuse it, clean with it, use it under your tongue at the first sign of a cold.
  • Elderberry syrup
  • Raw honey
  • Raw garlic
  • Cut out processed foods entirely

See none of that was too scary was it?

 


What are you really eating? {A case for whole foods}

I’ve talked a few times about eating clean (by my definition real whole foods) but a part of eating clean for me has always included some processed foods that I felt were still ‘healthy.’ I had no research behind my choices just a simple look at the ingredient list. One of those foods I always thought was safe was yogurt. However I’m pretty picky about which ones I buy,  what that really means is I only buy plain yogurt. Until recently, I’ve been very tired and the extra step of prepping yogurt for myself and Apple was just an extra step I didn’t need. I went ahead and got her the organic whole fat kids yogurt but the amount of sugar in it is crazy!! So that is now a limited food for her, which is too bad because its one of her favorites.  Then I went about finding myself some pre packaged yogurt…wow why is there so much added crap? I just don’t understand why can’t yogurt be a few ingredients???

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But I found the best I could brand wise and decided that for now I don’t care, what I’ve found is still better than many options. Then I read an artical on how the amount of sugar on a major brand was false….a consumer reporting agency had done some testing and found it to be nearly 6 times what they have on the label

This just proves if you aren’t eating whole, real foods the truth is you really don’t know what you are eating, we are trusting companies to properly and fully disclose their ingredients on a label. The fact is there is a lot of irregularities out there and some down right lies. At this time companies aren’t required to list every little thing (more so on cleaners than food) and this can lead to us eating a lot of things we would rather not. The regulation of what few rules there are not enforced well and we are the ones who suffer for it.

This has renewed my desire for whole foods, real food no added stuff (unless I add it.)  My body wasn’t created to run off of chemicals, flavorings and additives it was made to get energy from food. A calorie is not a calorie the quality of that calorie matters.

What other ‘healthy’ foods have you found that have crazy additives?

Do you have any whole milk brands of yogurt you let your kids eat?

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Why do we start smoking? {Rant}

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Lets start with this, I don’t smoke and never have. In fact tobacco  smoke gives me an instant headache. However I do understand how VERY addictive it is and this post is not directed to anyone who already smokes. This is to those who don’t smoke already.

I don’t understand… I just can’t wrap my head around WHY people start smoaking. With all of the information out there about the side effects, addictiveness, and cost of smoking why do people try their first cigeratte? The number one reason I hear is peer pressure. I get that its hard to resist, what I don’t get is how did that person who is pressuring you get started? I also hear that its sooo stress relieving…really? Find a different way people!!!Exercise is a stress reliever and its healthy for you, or what about a creative outlet like painting or talking with a friend?

 A local gas station now gives a .20/gallon discount with tobacco, the coupon page it has two .10 coupons one .20  with any purchase and two .20 cent with tobacco purchase…..umm  WHAT? Now because I don’t smoke I only get one .20 cent coupon?

Doller General now sells cigeretts in over 11,000 locations, because it brings in sales.  I will admit I understand this from a business perspective but honestly why?

Smoking is bad for you period, there is no getting around that. So why would you even start?

 

 

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