Friday, June 24, 2011

Funny Friday {06.24.2011}

A woman was sipping on a glass of wine, while sitting on the patio with her husband.

She says, "I love you so much, I don't know how I could ever live without you."

Her husband asks, "Is that you, or the wine talking?"

She replies, "It's me...talking to the wine."

Leah

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wordless Wednesday {06.22.2011}

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Baby Classes

Wayne and I decided to take the parenting classes offered through our clinic/hospital. We went back and forth on if we really needed to take them and had heard from people on both sides of "they were helpful" to "you won't learn anything." Well, let me tell you as first time parents they were DEFINITELY helpful.I would recommend taking them.

The name of the class is actually "Childbirth Preparation," which I thought was a very appropriate name and it was a six-night series every Wednesday night. They recommend starting at 28 weeks. That way it's not too early where you forget, but not too late, where you probably won't finish. We started at 31 weeks.

Our teacher, Cherste, was a RN for many, many years and has now been teaching these classes for 5 years. She also was just finishing up her masters. I felt she was very knowledgeable on everything, as well as honest (didn't sugar coat parenthood) and a great resource for questions.

Weeks 1 (May 11th), 2 (May 18th), and 3 (May 25th) were all about understanding birth.

We learned and focused on preparing for a vaginal delivery. We went over the signs of pre-term labor, when to come to the hospital (511 rule), stages of labor and delivery, breathing and relaxation techniques, and medications for labor. We had to bring 2 pillows with us the first 2 weeks to practice labor techniques with each other. The third class my Mom actually came with me because Wayne had to work that night. That was the night where we reviewed all the different options for drugs during labor and delivery.

Week 4 (June 1st) was about Cesarean Birth, Postpartum Care and we took a tour of the hospital.

I liked that they went over both vaginal deliveries in the early weeks, but we also learned about c-sections as well. It was nice to learn about both and be prepared just in case. A lot of times you just plan for a vaginal birth and then unexpectedly, you need a c-section. That recently happened to a friend of mine after 19 hours of labor, they ended up doing a c-section.

It was fun to see the labor & delivery rooms as well as the Mom & Baby rooms as they call them at our hospital. We discussed the hospital stay, recovery time from a cesarean or vaginal delivery, and how to care for ourselves when we go home.

Week 5 (June 8th) was about caring for our newborn after birth

We learned the basics of infant care (such as bathing, swaddling, diapering and feeding options) and different skills for calming a fussy baby (the 5 S's).

Week 6 (June 15th) was all about Breastfeeding

I thought this class was extremely helpful. Our teacher was recently finishing up her masters and did her thesis on breastfeeding, so I felt like she was very knowledgeable about breastfeeding. We touched on how to recognize baby’s hunger cues, how to know and signs that baby is nursing well and getting enough, pumping, and breast milk storage information for time away from baby. I definitley think it was a good thing that both Wayne and I went to this class, becuase then he learned and now knows how demanding and time consuming for me it will be to breastfeed. She gave the guys tips on how to help the Mom's breastfeed, especially in those first few weeks.

Overall I thought all the classes were very helpful and I am glad we decided to take them. Wayne was joking that they should give out official graduation certificates so that when Hailey is 13 and starts talking back, we can show her the certificate of "parenting" and say..."See this, we are certified." If only it were that easy. LOL.

I'm grateful that my Husband wanted to take these classes with me and participate in them and learn just as much as I wanted to. I know he will be a great Father to Hailey and a great and supportive Husband as we welcome our first child into this world and learn to be parents together.

Love you Babydoll!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Life Lately {May 2011}

Monday, 04/25/2011

Just had to post this picture of my now 20 year old brother. I know it's from April, but I couldn't resist.

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His birthday is April 25th, but we didn't celebrate until the 28th, which also happens to be my parents wedding anniversary. Happy 22 years of marriage Mom & Dad.

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Monday, 5/2/2011

Baby Dr. Appointment. We now start going every 2 weeks.
(You can read any Dr updates in the weekly baby updates)

Wednesday, 05/11/2011

We started week 1 of 6 weeks of baby class at our hospital. I will be posting a separate blog post about this soon.

Thursday, 05/12/2011

The Woodbury city wide garage sales were today and I scored big-time! I took the day off and spent the day with my Dad and a few other family members. I will be posting a separate blog post about this day, all the great deals I got as well as a few other great deals from thrift stores and craigslist.

Monday, 5/16/2011

Baby Dr. Appointment. We are now going every 2 weeks.
(You can read any Dr updates in the weekly baby updates)

Wednesday, 05/18/2011

Week 2 of 6 of baby class - blog post to follow.

Saturday, 05/21/2011

MOVING DAY and let me tell you the day did not start out well. I promptly got up early to finish the remaining little packing that needed to be accomplished and was ready to go pick up the moving truck with my Dad at 9am, when one of my pups got into RAT POISON and had to be rushed to the vet to get his stomach pumped and be kept for a few hours for observation. He stayed there the whole time while we were loading up the truck and cars and while the guys left for the new house with the moving truck I went to pick him up at the Vet. Here he is in the car with me after his Vet visit, on our way to the new house:

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Look at that face. : ( They said he vomited quite a bit, so that is good and then they prescribed him Vitamin K pills for 10 days to regulate his blood clotting. Wayne took him back into the vet after that, they drew blood and they said it was not clotting in the range they like to see, which could be normal for him, but one never knows, so they wanted to do another 10 day round of the Vitamin K pills and see him back again after that for another blood test. He went back in this morning and we will get the results tomorrow. One positive thing the tech said this morning was that it was a good sign that he was still alive. Well, thank you for that positivity. I was hoping my dog wouldn't just fall over dead. Please pray for my little pup to continue to get better!

Wayne got out of moving because he had to work and by the end of the day I told him I was NEVER moving without him being there again. It wasn't just the stressful morning with Tony and the Vet visit, but also just moving in general. It rained off and on for most of the day; I couldn't do a whole lot to help being 33.5 weeks pregnant; it was so muggy and I was so swollen it was ridiculous and uncomforable! I just thank the heavens for my wonderful family and in-laws that moved us and my wonderful parents, who pretty much put our house together. You will see some of the new house pictures in the months coming up as we continue to get organized and ready for baby.


Tuesday, 05/24/2011

My long time friend Wendy was in town for a long weekend and so I met up for dinner with her and her Husband, Pat. It was great catching up. They had just bought a new house, moved and were still getting settled. I didn't tell her this, but I totally thought they were going to tell me she was pregnant. I was anticipating it. She's not...yet. They did tell me that they are probably going to start trying this fall, which is super exciting!

Wednesday, 05/25/2011

Week 3 of 6 of baby class - blog post to follow.

Saturday, 05/28/2011

I headed to Clara City with my Mom and sisters for a couple family graduation parties.

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This is us at Jorun's grad party. She is the foreign exchange student staying with my Aunt & Uncle.

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This is cousin Anya hanging out at Brittney's party. Her Uncle Nate tied balloons onto the back of her outfit, which she thought was hilarious!

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She ate her food, while we ate Taco's in a bag...SO GOOD!

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We hung out for the day and ended with a bonfire:

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Even though I didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked, it was a fun day with family and others that I hadn't seen in awhile.

Sunday, 05/29/2011

It was the actual graduation ceremony day:

This is cousin Brittney and her parents...Jeff & Cari:

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This is me and the graduate:

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Monday, 05/30/2011

Memorial Day. I had come home from Clara City the night before, because I really wanted a day to just relax and get some stuff done before going back to work on Tuesday. It was a great, low-key day spent at home with the Hubby.

Tuesday, 5/31/2011

Baby Dr. Appointment. After this appointment we start going every week.
(You can read any Dr updates in the weekly baby updates)

That is May in a nutshell. Can't believe it went so fast and now it's the middle of June. Stay tuned for June updates and the above mentioned follow-up blogs.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Lil D's 3rd Trimester {Weeks 35 & 36}

Thursday, 6/2/2011
(Week 35)
 
HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of a honeydew!
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Thursday, 6/9/2011
(Week 36)
 
This is me and Lil D this week:

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HOW BIG IS BABY?

Baby's now the size of a honeydew!

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I don't feel like she has dropped at all, but the other night I did feel like I had to take more bathroom breaks than usual. So maybe she is on her way down. We'll see.

I am definitely feeling her very HEALTHY punches and kicks. It's very noticeable now when my tummy gets super lopsided because she is just so out there.

I have been feeling Braxton-Hicks contractions more and more, but none that have been on a regular basis. It happens usually when I'm walking.

I am definitely waddling and feeling my leg ligaments shift. There has been a couple times when I have moved my leg and my hip has a shooting pain.

We are now going to the Dr every Tuesday. This past Tuesday they did the Group B test. I will find out the results this next Tuesday. They also drew blood to check my hemoglobin. Another thing they start checking is effacement/dilation, which was none this week. I am ok with that being I am only 36 weeks and she still has some growing to do.

Full term next week! Yay!