Thursday, April 25, 2013

Much needed family day out.

It's Thursday! One more sleep until my husband is home for the weekend. I can't wait. Tuesday night my sister ended up coming home for a couple of days. Yesterday My mom, sister and I ended up going to town for a while to have a girls day out with my LO and it was much needed family time. Especially since my LO has been fussy the last week or so ( we recently changed her formula from Nestle to Parent's Choice due to constipation. ) We ended up going out to Montana's for lunch. It was awesome. We started with the baked Spinach Dip for an appetizer, I had the Turkey Club sandwich with fries, my sister had Chicken Fingers and fries, and my mom ended up getting the Fish and Chips. My LO was fussy from the get-go. So we fed her, and then realized there was NO place to change her! No baby change station in the restrooms. Which I found odd because all other restaurants around her have them, why not the only one we decide to go to? So we put the baby change pad down on the bench of our booth and changed her there. She was happy after that, and sat in my sisters lap watching us eat. It's amazing how she's so curious about our food now.
After that we  continued on to the mall, my sister tried some new clothes, and then we ventured on to Toy's R US. Where we say the ridiculously priced baby toys. $50 for a singing dog ? Really?
Side Note: I was in a horrible mood at the beginning of the day, I was running off of 3 hours of sleep and didn't exactly want to go out.
Anyways, we then made a ( for my sister ritual stop ) at Starbuck's where she got us Frappuccino's. I ended up getting the Vanilla Bean one and my sister got the Green Tea one. Now I don't buy Starbuck's, especially when I'm on a budget. My sister thought it would help put me in a better mood so she got them. It kind of helped.... they are just so darn delicious!
After that we made a couple more stops then went home. My LO was fed, burped and changed, and fell asleep around 6:30pm.... wait for it............... she slept through the WHOLE night until 6am this morning! So needless to say I'm well rested and happy today. :) She's currently napping has been out for maybe half an hour. Happy baby= happy mommy!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Weekends go by way to fast.

Is it Monday already?  The weekends always seem to fly by and the week drags on.It's so nice when my husband is home for the weekends and I can do laundry, or shower and clean up a little bit more than usual, or get caught up on my e-mails. Especially lately, I've been trying to get my Scentsy business up and flying! If anyone is interested in it, shoot me a message. Don't know what Scentsy is? Scentsy is a wickless alternative to scented Candles. No flame, wick, or soot...and over 80 awesome scents. The warmers use a 25 watt light bulb to slowly melt the wax and it doesn't ever get hotter than body temperature. It's safe around kids and animals! Which is great because I know when our LO starts crawling she is going to be getting into everything. I have the Doodlebud warmer, it's adorable!In the picture I have Sugar Cookie bar in there, it always makes my husband hungry for cookies lol.

Also my husband wants to be a writer. He's been writing since before him and I even met. For about the last 3 years I've been pushing him to write more and more. He's amazing at it. Sometimes I feel that he doesn't have self confidence though, no matter how much I tell him I enjoy reading his work. He's been working on a story for my daughter and I recently, and it's turning out awesome. I was thinking of maybe weekly uploading what he writes and getting everyone's opinions about it. I know that if I push him to finish this book, he won't be disappointed and he can go far. Maybe for Father's Day I was thinking of getting what he has done so far bound and printed to show him what it could look like! I think he'd love that.Let me know if anyone would be interested in giving me feedback, brutal and honest needed!
On a side note, the last two days our LO has been super fussy :( Last night she screamed for an hour and nothing would calm her down. I finally had to put her in her crib and walk away, I felt horrible. She eventually settled and slept until 4:30am. Was up at 6am this morning and just recently went down for a nap after being very irritable. Recently she's been rubbing her eyes when she's really tired... too bad she fights sleep.
I hope everyone has a good Monday!

Friday, April 19, 2013

My almost daily routine.

I have a ton of thoughts bouncing around in my head, so I figured I'd do a post about my daily routine ( pretty much ), that I have with my little one.
6:00am- Little one is up and playing in her swing, so I take my 3 little dogs outside, and then go make a bottle.
6:30am- Change my little one, feed  her.
7:00am- Bouncy time ( By this I mean she sits in her bouncy seat for at least an hour or so while I bounce her. Otherwise she becomes a very cranky baby )
9:00am- Feed her and change her again, and she'll then go into her crib to talk to her mobile. :) ( I use this 30 minutes, to get a drink of water, check my e-mails and throw a load of laundry in the wash, as well as rinse out and sterilize her bottles.)
9:30am- She'll fall asleep in her bouncy chair or swing.
10:00am- She'll wake up and I'll read her a book ( she's 3 and a half months, so she laughs at the book and smiles ) I'll bath her if she's in a  good mood, and then we have a mini eating session ( 5 days ago we started her on baby cereal )
12pm- Give her a bottle, burp her, change her and she'll usually have another half hour or so nap. Today it's been raining a lot so she's been passed out for a while now )
2pm- More bouncy/ play in crib time, while I clean up a little bit and make something to eat.
3pm- Feed her, change her, she'll have another nap.
4:30-5pm- She'll have chatty time ( my husband or I will sit and talk with her... Although we always talk to her, lol we're trying to make her a chatterbox hehe. )
Up until about 6-7pm she'll be awake and playing with her toys or in her activity centre. 6:30-7pm I will make her a bottle, change her and feed her.
This is usually when she'll sleep for the night, until about 3 am.
Once she falls asleep I'll go and do the things I need to do, take out the garbage, shower, finish laundry, dishes, etc.
She's getting to be a pretty good sleeper during the night, and some nights she'll even sleep until 6am! I love those nights.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Need a change of...

So a month after having our daughter, I went and dyed my hair blonde. I missed having lighter hair. ( I'm naturally an Auburn red ) However yesterday I realized that it's too costly and high maintenance to keep up with. The Shimmering Lights Shampoo and conditioner that I buy to keep it from going brassy is great, and works awesome, but I'm trying to cut back on what I spend. My roots grow out WAY too fast while I'm blonde and let's face it, it fries your hair. I realized I need a change of colour. I'm thinking of going to a chocolaty brown, so I need to get out one of these days and buy filler and then I'm probably going to use a box hair dye. Not sure which one though, I have to find a shade I love, since it's going to be a drastic change. I'll update probably after I find a brand and colour to try, maybe by the end of the weekend, and it will be my first review.  Also in my spare time I sell Scentsy, it's these adorable wickless warmers, that use a 25- watt lightbulb to heat wax. The wax smells amazing and there are so many wonderful scents. If anyone is interested shoot me a message and I'll respond as quickly as I can.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Running on fumes.

I'm sure most parents, feel like this a lot. Being a first time mom, I wasn't sure what to expect. Lately however; I feel like I'm running on fumes. It could be due to the fact that my husband works away during the week, or that I don't feel like myself lately. To me it's like I've been fueled by lots of coffee and Monster energy drinks. My doctor told me to give myself 9 months to get back to pre-baby weight, and that I shouldn't rush it. I would just like a spurt of energy every once and a while, you know? I've cut out most junk food, I drink plenty of water, and eat healthy. ( I know energy drinks aren't necessarily the best for you, but they are my guilty pleasure.) The other day, my mission was to go through all of our daughter's clothes and sort through them. What fits, what doesn't and what she'll grow into. It took me two hours to do that, but it was a success.... only thing is, after doing that I was exhausted! It wasn't even lunchtime yet. Just from keeping our little one occupied during the day and feeding/changing her, doing some laundry when I can, taking out the garbage, feels like I worked a 12 hour shift. By 7pm I'm totally wore down. I want to sleep, but at the same time I feel the need to have a little "me" time, like attempt to read my book that I've been on for the last 2 weeks, or have a shower since my clothes usually have spit up on them or they are a couple days old. It's amazing the difference a quick shower can make. When I stop to think about it all, yes I'm exhausted, no I don't get that much time to myself and at the end of the day I just want to sleep, but it's totally worth it. To see our daughter smile her big smile at us, or to hear her laugh when we do something goofy, or just to see her sleeping peacefully and knowing that we are making her happy is worth it and then I wonder to myself why I wanted to complain .. maybe it was just to vent. The point is, even if I have to drink a litre of coffee to do the daily tasks and run off little or no sleep, it's worth it. I'm sure every parent feels like this at some point, or most of the time.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Our daughters birth story.

The original due date that my husband and I were given was January 11th, 2013, then it was January 9. My husbands coworkers had made a pool bet on what day she was going to be born. His boss bet on January 3rd. I woke up at 6am that morning from a restless night, by the end of the pregnancy I was so uncomfortable I couldn't sleep, and had to make about 10 bathroom runs a night. It was frustrating. My pj pants felt a little wet, from 3am to this point I was having what I thought were Braxton Hicks contractions. Everyone always said "You'll know when you're in labour, you'll know."..... Uh, yeah... okay. I didn't know for sure, but I kind of figured when I got up and walked around and they didn't go away. By 6:30am I came in and woke my husband up. I told him that I was pretty sure my water broke and I was in labour. I called the hospital and asked if I should come in, I didn't want to do the 45 minute drive for false labour. They of course told me to come in. By that point I think it sunk into my husbands brain and he jumped out of bed and was ready to go within 5 minutes. I of course had to straighten my hair and do my make-up. I know, I was in labour and that's the last thing I should have been worried about. The contractions were bearable though, so I wasn't too worried. Oh yeah, it's funny that morning we were supposed to see my OBGYN at 10am to get induced! Apparently our daughter has always made things on her terms lol. We got to the hospital within 30 minutes. By that point the contractions were getting stronger and it was harder to walk, there was  A LOT of pelvic pressure. We were admitted into the observation room on the maternity ward. There were 6 other women in labour. They set up the belly band to monitor contractions and checked my cervix. I was 3cm dilated, and 50% effaced. They wanted me to wait a while though because my contractions were still 6 minutes apart, before they put me in a labour and delivery room. By lunchtime (12 noon) They checked me again, 3 and a half cms dilated and 90% effaced. At that point my contractions were 2 minutes apart and getting stronger. They were bearable but then it happened ( what every woman warned me about.... back labour ) It radiated across my lower back and I got an extremely sharp pain near my right rib, and started puking. It faded, but I asked for something to take the edge off. ( Keep in mind my original birth plan was to use NO drugs. ) Haha silly first time mom thinking birth plans always work out.... right?  So they gave me a shot of Morphine, and the contractions were bearable again. By 1pm I was 5cm so they had me go into a delivery room. It was so much better and relaxed in there. Plus they had a bed for my husband, at that point we were both exhausted ( especially since I hadn't slept in a couple of nights ), he was so good and supportive, rubbing my back when I asked, giving me ice chips and letting me squeeze the crap out of his hand when I needed too. He was a good sport. By 530pm my OBGYN showed up and checked my cervix, I was still only 5cm dilated and fully effaced. Apparently our daughters head was so far down into the birth canal only part of my water broke. So she went in and broke the rest of it. Grossest feeling ever! It was hot, and slimy. Yuck. Didn't help I was laying in it lol. They changed the sheet and within a minute that's when the contractions hit.... and oh my did they hit hard. They literally took my breath away, and I would tense up. I was not expecting that level of pain at all. At that point I wasn't even holding my husbands hand, I was gripping the bed rail and not saying a word. ( side note: before I went into labour women told me " labour is like being stabbed with knives, it's horrible, etc, etc. ) It did NOT feel like that . It hurt yes, but not how some people described it to me. Yes I know everyone has a different tolerance for pain. I'm well aware of that. Anyways, my contractions started slowing down so they hooked me up to an IV with Pitocin, ( after not being able to find my vein, finally an older nurse got one ) They got worse again and I felt like an ass, ( when my OB broke the rest of my water she was saying how she recommends to first-time moms to get an epidural as it helps you relax and  dilate faster. Since I hadn't gotten sleep she suggested I get it. ) Within the hour after telling her no, I wanted the Anesthesiologist in there with that epidural. They took my husband out of the room and he gave it to me. I didn't feel it go in at all, and he said to allow 20 minutes for it to kick in. Nope, 5 minutes later I felt soooo much better. It was amazing, if I knew his name I'd go back and thank him. I was finally able to get some sleep.
   I woke up twice and they asked if I felt the need to push, I told them there was pressure but I didn't feel the urge, so I went back to sleep. In an hour I was fully dilated, they let me sleep until 10pm. At that point I felt a lot of pressure so she called the OB that was on call to come in after she had me do a couple practice pushes. My husband watched the whole thing! It was good that he did, because I couldn't feel my contractions so he had to tell me when to push and it was motivating especially because he kept getting so excited and saying " I can see her head, she's right there, you're doing great beautiful." I love my husband. Finally her head came out, and the OB told me that because she was a bigger baby, he might have to use forceps or the vacuum. At that point I was telling them no . She was turned the wrong way so her shoulders became stuck. He put his hands in and twisted her, they had to keep telling me to push and stop and push and stop he also said that he's never seen that good of pushing in a while, especially with an epidural in. Also he said he wouldn't have wanted me to go another week pregnant because of her size. ( his face was going red, and he was a big OB at least 6'4 ) He got her turned and at 11:02pm on January 3rd, 2013 our daughter was born. She weighed 8lbs 15.9 ounces. 21 inches long. She was basically 9 lbs lol. She didn't cry much, my husband and I were in awe, I couldn't believe that I did it. I tore and had to have 4 stitches; but our baby girl was here. 2 days later after a crappy stay at the hospital we took her home. Our adventure begins.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Welcome to my Life.

Here goes nothing. This is my first ever mommy/wife blog. If my first few entries are all over the place, please excuse it. I'm 24, I married who I believe is my soul mate last October, 31st ( yes, on Halloween ). I, as well as our family believe that we seriously complete each other. He is my shoulder, my support system, and my best friend. We met, about six years ago online, playing WoW ( yup, you read that right.... World of Warcraft ) and to this day we still play. We had an instant connection, emotionally and physically. That's an entry all on it's own though. We are both first time parents. Our little girl was born on January 3rd, 2013. She is our world, and we can't get enough of her. She turned 3 months old yesterday. I never did believe people when they said "Time Flies", but it does. It feels like just yesterday we were waiting on her arrival. Since we are both new to this, we worry, we have moments of laughter and tears of happiness. Even at the little milestones she hits ( like her first giggle ) We laughed so hard, we cried. Our daughter is seriously amazing, and she continues to amaze us each and every day. I'm sure all parents say that about their kids though, just now I completely understand it. Life can get crazy sometimes and we're learning in strides how to deal with everything with a baby. Some days it's harder than others, but it's totally worth it. Welcome to my life and my new blog.