Oh My Creativity.

 Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I don't know what is up with me suddenly feeling beyond creative lately. Maybe it is some switch that has been flipped now that I'm a stay at home mom and we have some sort of schedule. I'm ready to do any and every craft I see, and recruit DH for all sorts of DIY projects. Too bad money doesn't grow on trees. I'd never sleep! Pinterest does not help either. Anyone else on there? I know I'm a little late to the game, but add me to the addicted list.

I have a 'to-do' list a mile long and it grows by the day. About that money tree... haha

My latest creations are wreaths. I'm obsessed.

My next project is my daughters Halloween costume. Pretty sure my little cupcake is going to be a cupcake. I'll be sure to post pictures of that once I get it done.

Anyone else got a creative bug lately?

Until tomorrow. If you're still there.


I'm a terrible blogger!

 Saturday, August 27, 2011

So um...its been almost 2 months since I posted. Opps! I guess being a new mommy gets in the way. I like blogging though, so I probably need to work on that.

Whats going on with me? Not much new, or maybe a lot of new? I'm super busy in spurts with my baby girl.

I can't believe she is almost 3 months old. Talk about depressing and time flying! I find myself crying on occasion when I realize she has done something that proves she is in fact growing up and is no longer my little baby wrapped up like a burrito. I never knew being a good mom, could be so bitter sweet. Sweet because it means she is growing and advancing just like she should. Bitter, because it means shes growing up and won't be a little baby forever. Nothing beats being her mommy though. I love it more than I ever thought I would. :)

August 1st marked me getting back to my healthy lifestyle and working out. I feel much better than I did those first 8 weeks of just getting by eating junkie stuff. I'm down 29lbs since Rafi was born (not to bad for having only gained 2lbs while pregnant right?)...about 6-8 since the start of the month. Woohoo! I have about 13 more to go until my 'goal'. I don't know if it is my final goal or not, but its my first acceptable goal I suppose. I dunno how to explain it. Once I'm there I'll evaluate if I want to lose some more or not. I'm hoping to get there by Dec 8th...6 months post-partum.

I guess I told everyone that we are staying here at Ft. Campbell right? I can't even remember what I've blogged about in my past few blogs. Uh oh. haha

I'm going to try really hard to blog more often. Now I need to go catch up on the blogs I follow. :)

Until tomorrow. If you're still there.


The Story...

 Friday, July 8, 2011

So I've had some people asking about my birth story, so I thought this would be a good place to post it. Plus, I'd like to write it all out before I forget. 

So my due day came...and went, with no baby. Pregnancy is all fun and games until the last few weeks, then it becomes torture once you are overdue...especially in 90+ degree heat. 

40w Pregnant...and miserable.
At my hospital (Blanchfield Army Community Hospital) they won't induce you before 41weeks, and won't let you go past 42 weeks. It should also be noted, that most providers are Midwives, unless you are deemed "high risk" (I was, and has an awesome MD)...and unless you end up being a complicated delivery/needing a c-section, whatever midwife is on call delivers you. There is a doctor on call as well, but just to oversee things and deal with anything complex. This means, your provider isn't necessarily, actually isn't likely, the person who is going to deliver your baby. That is my only real complaint with the system. I just happened to luck out, more on that later.

41w belly. Day of induction.

So 40weeks came and went. I was ticked, depressed, sad, anxious, miserable, and well, any other emotion you could possibly think of. My family had been here for days, waiting on little Rafi to arrive. I walked, and walked, and walked. It didn't work. I think I was even more mad because I'd been dilated and effaced (2-3cm and 75%) for weeks. So, I never anticipated going overdue! 

I had been having bouts of contractions for days, and the morning of June 8th, the day of my 41w appointment I'd been up since about 1am having contractions off and on. My appointment was at 10:30am and my husband (and family sitting at my house), and I were all praying my doctor would induce me that day, knowing full well she would probably make me wait until at least that Friday, since I'd be told I was due on both June 2nd, and June 4th. With the military, you learn they like to be complicated. I just knew she would be obligated to go by the June 4th date, and make me wait until exactly 41w. She examined me, and said she was going to go call Labor and Delivery to see if/when I could come in to be induced. She warned that they might be busy and not to get my hopes up that they would even have room for me today. She came back with my file and told me to head on down! I told her she was my hero! She then warned that induction can take a long time, and to not expect a baby until probably tomorrow. Fine with me! I just wanted to get the show on the road. Even better? She was the MD that was on call for L&D, and she would be heading down there after her appointments that day.

Me getting my IV in place.

At 10:45 I was sitting in the waiting room of L&D waiting to be called back and put in a room. I was so giddy with excitement. The fear of labor and pain had long sense faded from my brain, and I was just ready to meet my little girl and no longer be pregnant! I was put in my room by 11, hooked up to the monitors and an IV in place. Something really odd happened while/after the IV was in. I started to feel extremely weird and like I was under water. I told my nurse who was a little concerned. Within about 5-10mins and a cup of water later I was feeling fine. They chalked it up to me being on my back too long, but remained a little cautious. At 12noon they started Pitocin to get my contractions going and regular. Brian and I were obsessed with watching the little screen that showed my contractions. I have no idea why...maybe just because it was confirmation that I really was in labor, and our little girl was on her way. We spent that time in my room mostly just the two of us talking and watching TV, with the occasional visit from my mom and sister when Brian would need to go eat or make a phone call. At some point here, they had to put me on my side, where I remained about 98% of the time until it was time to push, because Rafi kept coming off the monitor.

Honestly, the contractions weren't nearly as horrible as I'd hyped them up to be in my head. Don't get me wrong, at some point...around 5ish cm dilated they did start to hurt. It was about that point they said they wanted to break my water, and that if I thought I'd want an epidural then would be the time to get it since the contractions would get much more intense and closer together once my water was broke. I made the decision that I'd go for it, no need to be a hero, and since I'd been up since 1am, I wanted to rest, or at least be able to relax before having to push, whenever that may be.  

Here is where I should probably note that I have a fairly low blood pressure. 100-108/50-60 is about tops for me. Its completely normal for me, and I don't suffer any side effects from it. 

The Nurse Anesthetist came in to put my epidural in. My heart rate started to sky rocket during the procedure, but everything else was smooth. Until my blood pressure dropped to 80/31. Every nurse on the floor ended up in my room, as did the midwife and my MD (who was on the floor by then). I think Brian was about to pass out...and all the nurses were trying to figure out how I was even still functioning. My nurse told me she had seen people with a BP that low and lower, but they were comatose, and there I was, talking to them. Of course this lead to me being pumped with IV fluids, more laying on my side, an oxygen mask, and my nurse on edge the whole time. At the same time, or shortly after, Rafi's heart rate started to drop. They ended up putting in internal monitors...3rd time was a charm? And then they ended up going back to external monitors too. I also ended up getting an amniotic transfusion in hopes that it would help with Rafi's heart rate if she was being too compressed with no amniotic fluid as a buffer/cushion. At least we knew the nursing staff was on the top of their game and ready to respond at a moments notice. I'm sure they were glad once I actually had her and got moved to the Mother-Baby Unit. We made them really work for their pay check that night.

My mom thought we needed a photo to document the drama.

I went from 6cm to 10cm in about 1 1/2-2 hrs. I started pushing at 9pm, and Rafi was born at 9:20pm. I even got to feel her head before she came out. The whole pushing experience was nothing and honestly a great experience. Of course, the drama couldn't stop then. The cord was wrapped around her neck once (probably explains her heart rate issues) and she swallowed/inhaled amniotic fluid. Shortly after she was plopped up on my belly, she was moved to the warmer, the Pediatrician was called and they moved her to the Special Care nursery (there is nor 'normal' nursery at our hospital because all healthy babies stay in the room with mom...so Special Care is like the NICU, but not AS serious, because they don't have a NICU either). I got a quick look at her and a kiss. Brian went with her to the nursery while they finished working on me and the rest of my family sat with me. He came back to give an update and her stats. Everything seemed to be going well, and she was off oxygen by about 1am. 

Getting to kiss her before they swept her off to Special Care.
I was finally able to go down and see her at about 2am. Much to my surprise, the brown haired, brown eyed girl I'd imagined for the past 10 months was no where to be found, and that little blond haired, blue eyed, cherub baby was mine! What?! I guess Brian failed to mention that to me when he reported her weight and length to me. I asked him when we walked in "that is her?" He laughed and said "well, yeah." 

Holding her for the first time.
Daddy holding her the first time.

All in all, I'd do it all again, minus my sweet girl being 'sick' and having to spend her first 36hrs in the Special Care nursery. All the rest of it, was nothing, and way more stressful on everyone else while I laid there cool as a cucumber. Brian says if either of us (Rafi and I) cause him that much stress again he doesn't know what he'd do. lol

Who wouldn't do it all again when you get to wake up to this every morning?

Until tomorrow. If you're still there.


The past month...

 Thursday, July 7, 2011

Has been the best month ever. Why? Because I get to wake up every morning to this sweet face, and be her mom.

Raphael "Rafi" Celine was born June 8th, at 9:20pm. She was a whopping 8lbs 1oz, and 21inches long ( yeah, I hid that well in my little bump and 2lbs weight gain!).

She has a head full of blond hair, and big blue eyes.

And faces like these make getting fat, labor pains, and late nights all worth it and then some.

Until tomorrow, If you're still there.


Happy Birthday...To Me!

 Monday, May 23, 2011

Well today I am 22. No more big milestones to look forward to in the way of Birthdays...minus my car insurance going down when I'm 25...but today I'm holding out hope maybe a baby will be my gift?

At my appointment on Thursday I was 2cm dilated and 50% effaced. Yesterday I went into Labor and Delivery because I was worried about leaking amniotic fluid (I wasn't) and was 75% effaced, so hopefully we will be back at L&D soon and not leaving without a baby! My family is heading up here this weekend in hopes to make it in time to meet our little blessing. I'm praying to go sooner though! Ha!

Today Hubby is off work so we get to spend my birthday together. I'm thinking lunch out and lots of walking!!

Until tomorrow (or whenever?). If you're still there.


Rite Aid Extreme Couponing Trip

 Monday, May 16, 2011

Okay, so I waited to long to post about my other "extreme couponing" trips, but I'll post about my Rite Aid one today. I'm actually planning on going back tomorrow for a few other things (mostly duplicates of some of today's items).

Transaction #1

Purex Detergent- $1.97
Crest Toothpaste- $2.99
Oral B Toothbrush- $2.99
(2) Ziploc Bags- 2/$4.00
Sure Deodorant- $1.49

$1.00/1 Purex
$1.50/1 Crest
$1.50/1 Oral B
$1.25/2 Ziploc
$1.00/1 Sure

Paid: $8.47 (w/tax)  Got: $5.00 R+ Rewards

Transaction #2

(2) Huggies Diapers - $10 each
(2) Finish Powerball Tabs- $6.79 B1G1

(2) $2.00/1 Huggies
(2) $0.75/1 Finish

Used: $5.00 rewards  Paid:$18.51(w/tax)  Got: $7.00 R+ Rewards

Transaction #3

(2) Glade Carpet Refresh- 2/$4.00
(2) L'oreal Excellence Hair Color- $8.50each
(1) L'oreal Eyeshadow- $3.39
(2) L'oreal Vive Pro Shampoo- $3.00

$0.50/1 Glade Carpet Fresh
$5.00/2 L'oreal Hair Color (Rite Aid in ad coupon)
$5.00/2 L'oreal Hair Color
$2.00/1 L'oreal Eye Product
(2) $1.00/1 L'oreal Shampoo

Used: $7.00 rewards  Paid: $11.78(w/tax)  Got: $11.00 R+ Rewards

I spent a total of $38.76 for $77.01 worth of stuff, and I have $11.00 of rewards to use on my next purchase. 

Tomorrow my plan is to go back for some more diapers (found $3 off coupons), laundry detergent, and Ziplocs.  It should look something like this.



(2) Huggies- $10.00 each
Purex- $1.97
(2) Ziploc Bags- 2/$4.00

(2) $3.00/1 Huggies
$1.00/1 Purex
$1.25/2 Ziploc

Use: $11.00 rewards (from today)  Pay: $6.72 (before tax)  Get: $6.00 R+ Rewards

Until Tomorrow. If You're still there.


Oye Vey! Update needed?

 Saturday, May 7, 2011

Well it seems like the past week has been just a big blur of trying to figure out what is going on or what is happening next. Frustrating for anyone; super annoying for a pregnant lady about to pop! Brian and I made the decision that we were going to just give everything to God (as we always should) and not worry. We know His plan for us far surpasses any plan we could ever have for ourselves, or the Army could have for us.

As of now it looks like we will, in fact, be staying put here at Ft. Campbell. It really was kind of a 50/50 good/bad situation. Yes, we really wanted the opportunity to see another place before Brian leaves the Army in 2 years (assuming he doesn't change his mind again, and stay in), but the timing really just wasn't ideal to be honest. After all the, eh....crap, we went through to even try and get those orders pushed back even a month, it just really seems like it might be a "God Thing" that they got deleted out of no where. I won't pretend I know, or try to predict, what the reason behind it all is, but I have faith that God has it figured out and we will only be reaping good things from this change rather than bad. 

Housing here at Campbell was also beyond helpful and understanding to our plight. They put us back on the wait list where we were when we got off. Meaning we will be able to move on post towards the end of June (our lease is up July 1st), thus saving us at least $300 a month in utilities that we pay now living in this house. With a baby on the way, I'm even more excited about the idea of saving money than I would have been in the past. Mostly because I know it just gives us even more extra to spend on her, and on fun family things. Not to mention Brian will be getting a truck! Yay!!

It also seems I'm about to pop at anytime! At my appointment this week Miss Rafi is head down and ready to go. I've also started to 'drop', and have a huge baby booty sticking straight out front. She must have gotten her hiney from her Daddy, because she certainly didn't get it from me! lol Next weekend Hubby and I are going on our last little day trip to Nashville before the big day in honor of my birthday, about a week early, because we have a feeling the next weekend might be pushing it a bit since I'll be almost 39 weeks at that point...assuming she isn't already here!

You should also all know that I am now full force trying to be a Krazy Coupon Lady. Keep your eyes open over the next few days for my post about how I have saved almost $100 in the past 2 days. :)

Until tomorrow. If you're still there!


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