Only thing worse then a sick baby….

Two sick babies!!! Yup it just been one thing after another here lately! First Carly had bronchitis and was put on a 5 day antibiotic and steroid! She healed up pretty quick with that… Thank god! Then little Emma had a cold which developed into a double ear infection so Thursday she was put on amoxicillin. Saturday her butt was back at the doctors with a cough and wheezing… You guessed it…bronchitis!!! She was put on albuteral nebulizer treatments every 4 hours! Then Monday I brought her back to the doctors since her breathing seemed to be getting worse. After a quick listen of her chest and an oxegen level of 87 it was off to albany med er for us!!! Thank god her chest X-ray was clear… Speaking of that if you ever have to go through this it’s terrible just google the contraption they place babies in for that!! Terrible!!! Someone please invent a better device!!! Now Carly has a very high fever like 103.9 ish and is sick as hell again!!!!!!! Please send healthy thoughts this way!!

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Birth story number 2 part 2

I knew this was real labor when tj and I were headingqq\
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out of the hospital parking lot. We were excited to walk around the village, Cooperstown is truly one of my favorite places. all of the memories I have of going there with my papa, seeing all the Yankee buyytuuigifts in the shop windows as I waddled by really made me feel like he was there with me. It put calm in my very nervous soul. Tj and I decided to grab a slice of pizza and enjoy one last meal before becoming a family of 4. I could tell he was nervous and second guessing if this was actually the big day or not. I seemed fine to him not in pain, talking and walking through contractions and just didn’t seem like a crazy lady about to have a baby! He kept saying are you sure this is it? Do you feel any different? Are you still having contractions? When we got back to our hospital room I was hooked up to the monitor which showed my contractions still coming every 5 mins… My nurse kept saying she was amazed at how well I was laboring with no complaints. I was checked by the male ob since my midwife was at lunch and sure enough I was at a 4!! Whoo I was being admitted and this was in fact the real deal! He wanted to do an ultrasound since I was so big, and little Emma was either breech or transverse my entire pregnancy! The ultrasound showed she was in fact head down and weighing in at 9lbs 5 ounces… Yikes!! Thank god I knew how off those numbers can actually be… Because that sounded painful!! I was admitted and we made ourself comfy in our hospital room. The room was more like a hotel room with a big jacuzzi birthing tub right by the bed it was gorgeous. Shorty after my sister arrived to keep us company as we waited. My contractions were still 5 mins apart I was still able to talk and walk through them perfectly fine. My midwife checked me around 2pm almost 3 hours since my last check. We were fully expecting to be close to delivery. I went from 1 to 8 with Carly in less then 2 hrs!!! Since this was my second I figured, and was told numerous times how much faster things go!!! My midwife looked at me and said ” your at about a 5.” Omg what?!? My labor pretty much stalled, hardly any progression in the last 3 hours?!? I was shocked!!!

Birth story number 2 part 2

I knew this was real labor when tj and I were heading out of the hospital parking lot. We were excited to walk around the village, Cooperstown is truly one of my favorite places. all of the memories I have of going there with my papa, seeing all the Yankee gifts in the shop windows as I waddled by really made me feel like he was there with me. It put calm in my very nervous soul. Tj and I decided to grab a slice of pizza and enjoy one last meal before becoming a family of 4. I could tell he was nervous and second guessing if this was actually the big day or not. I seemed fine to him not in pain, talking and walking through contractions and just didn’t seem like a crazy lady about to have a baby! He kept saying are you sure this is it? Do you feel any different? Are you still having contractions? When we got back to our hospital room I was hooked up to the monitor which showed my contractions still coming every 5 mins… My nurse kept saying she was amazed at how well I was laboring with no complaints. I was checked by the male ob since my midwife was at lunch and sure enough I was at a 4!! Whoo I was being admitted and this was in fact the real deal! He wanted to do an ultrasound since I was so big, and little Emma was either breech or transverse my entire pregnancy! The ultrasound showed she was in fact head down and weighing in at 9lbs 5 ounces… Yikes!! Thank god I knew how off those numbers can actually be… Because that sounded painful!! I was admitted and we made ourself comfy in our hospital room. The room was more like a hotel room with a big jacuzzi birthing tub right by the bed it was gorgeous. Shorty after my sister arrived to keep us company as we waited. My contractions were still 5 mins apart I was still able to talk and walk through them perfectly fine. My midwife checked me around 2pm almost 3 hours since my last check. We were fully expecting to be close to delivery. I went from 1 to 8 with Carly in less then 2 hrs!!! Since this was my second I figured, and was told numerous times how much faster things go!!! My midwife looked at me and said ” your at about a 5.” Omg what?!? My labor pretty much stalled, hardly any progression in the last 3 hours?!? I was shocked!!!

Sweater scrap projects

GPa took Carly today so I’ve had some free time to wrap up some projects! I hate throwing fabric out so I try and use every last bit! Remember my sweater pillows? I still had some sweater left I decided to make Emma some cute warm hats!
First cut out the size and shape of hat you want to make…

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Sew around and flip it right side out… You can be done now but using some more scrap fabric I added some little flowers to ya know girl it up a bit!!

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To make these flowers simple cut 5 round pieces of fabric and 4 pieces a bit smaller, fold in fours and sew them into place…

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Emma seems happy!

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It’s beyond cold today so using the sweater sleeves I made these super warm socks!! I’m in love
Cut the sleeves about the length to want your socks

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Sew a round end and cut off the extra fabric

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And now I’ve hot this super warm pair of socks!

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So two pillows, two hats, two socks for two bucks!!!

Birth story number 2 part 1

I feel like its only fair to post Emma’s birth story… It is the most important post of a baby blog!!

I was 4 days past my due date and beyond huge and ready to pop! No one ever thought I’d make it that far with the size of my belly… Anyway.. Tj was working second shift so I put Carly to bed and climbed into bed myself, I tossed and turned for awhile and decided I’d try listening to this hypno birthing cd a good friend recommended. Ill Admit it was a bit strange at first but it did make me relax and I finally drifted off to sleep. It was the best night of sleep I had gotten in the past 3 months! I woke up refreshed with lots of energy. Around 7 am contractions started out of no where they weren’t too painful but consistently 5 to 7 mins apart. I timed them for an hour while I got Carly ready for school and did my normal morning stuff! Around 8 am I woke tj up saying ” are you ready to go have a baby today?” He jumped right out of bed, we then decided to call Gma and GPa and let them know it was the big day! Thankfully Gma had the day off and decide to just come and pick Carly up ASAP! It was surprisingly emotional for me to say good bye to Carly, I never saw that coming but I did do a lot of crying as they drove off. Knowing that her little life as my only baby was about to change and she had no real clue, she was just sooo happy to be with her Gma. I was all if a sudden sad I wasn’t going to see her for awhile it just broke my heart!Tj and I stayed home for about an hour more timing contractions and finalizing hospital bags ect. My contractions were still 5 – 7 mins apart but no change in their strength. I phoned the hospital and they told me to come right in since my first labor was so fast, this was my second baby and she had a history of being in the breech or transverse position. That’s pretty much when it hit me… Up until that point I was doing ok, pretty excited and thrilled I was at the end of this journey. I hung the phone up and had an oh shit I don’t want to do this attitude… All the memories of pain and fear from Carly’s birth came rushing back and I was petrified! Tj was able to relax me by saying a bunch of encouraging words.. And off to the hospital we went! When we arrived my contractions were still 5-7 mins apart I was hooked up to the monitor and in a much better state of mind… Excited and ready to meet my baby girl! After about 30 mins my mid wife came in and checked me.. She said “we’ll your def in labor no doubt about that but your only 1 cm.” I was so confused, shocked.. You name it!! With Carly at this point in my labor I was already 8!! How could I only be at 1?!? All those contractions… Doing hardly nothing?!! Was this false labor!! Our midwife knew I was beyond discourage, she was also very familiar with my record fast labor the first time around since she delivered Carly. She suggested we had down town relax, walk around and grab something to eat.

DIY sweater pillows!

I found some sweaters at a local thrift store for $1 yes one dollar!! And decided to make some pillows…
First cut the sweaters the size you want your pillow…

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Then sew, leaving a small opening so you can flip it and stuff it

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Fluff and stitch the opening shut! Simple, cheap and cute its a win win!

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Back by popular demand

Hey!!! Remember us?!? So many people have told me that they miss the blog so much… So here we go again! I really can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my last post!!! Crazy!! Carly’s almost 3 ( I know right?!?) and little baby emmie is nearly 8 months old!! I’ve thought a lot about how I would just randomly start writing again, where do I start… I don’t think I have a good way to fill in a whole year long gap! So I figured I’d start with filling everyone in on my newest but not so new bundle Emma G! She is about the sweetest little thing ever made! Just so laid back loves to snuggle, quite and content! Which is a breath of fresh air with her older much crazier sister. She’s a breast feeding, co-sleeping babe who doesn’t like me out of her sight even for a second! I’ve only left her once since she’s been born and that was only for 4 hrs…i know right?!? crazy no date nights or anything!! I was a bit nervous on how Carly would deal with the new babe in our world, I heard countless horror stories about jealousy and acting out… I was scared! Foolish me cause big sister Carly took her new role seriously and gracefully with hardly a bump in the road.. She loves her Emma doo doo as she calls her more then I could have ever hoped she would! I’m so excited about the bond, friendship and sisterhood those too will have for a lifetime! Life with two kids under 3 is a little crazy at times but not as hard as I thought it was going to be. Emma just seemed to be the perfect piece this family puzzle was missing, she just fits in perfectly!! She is just a gorgeous baby, I know she’s mine and I have to say that but seriously this is one pretty baby girl.. If I do say so my self!

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2 going on 20

It seems like since the moment Carly jumped out of bed on her 2nd Birthday she has a new-found independence. Shes a diva, a boss, and pretty demanding all of a sudden. She no longer needs or wants my help doing anything, trying to get her dressed turns into her saying “no Momma!” as she rips her shirt from me and pulls it over her head, of course its backwards..but you cant tell her that, and she def doesnt want any help fixing it. She wants to get the cereal out of the cupboard, and feed the dogs and get the pans out for dinner. I love it, it’s also kind of helpful since bending down has become a bit more challenging lately. My only complaint is the way she talks and tells me what shes going to do…I thought I was in charge? So we are working very hard on manners and the right way to talk and say what we want..but boy is it frustrating. At the grocery store, I started letting her help me put the grocery in the cart awhile ago, counting as we went so she would feel helpful, and it would keep her happy. Well now she just takes random things of the shelf and throws it into the cart, and when I go to put it back she yells “no Momma, buy!” And then will throw a tantrum if I take her item out of the cart..im still trying to find ways to avoid this and deal with it when it happens. I know she is acting out a bit and doing things to get attention so I try to ignore most of these outburst, but its soooo hard!!

My friend and neighbor Joie FINALLY had her baby!!! She is the cutest, little thing like EVER..im in love! Ive only brought Carly over to see the baby once, since shes still soo new and itty bitty. Carly LOVES going over to Aunt Boie and Uncle Matts house and will run after poor Gus the dog for hours if we let her, but the moment that baby went into my arms Carly was at my leg, arms up screaming “Momma, Momma, Momma!” It really made me realize I need to start preparing her more for her future as a big sister. Not to mention hearing Joies amazing birth story, which was/is incredible now has me a bit terrified to bring another child into this world, because lets face it you do forget about a lot of the pain and such as time goes by…so I will now be preparing myself to face that all over again as well…only 3 more months to go!!

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Hi there

 Im really REALLY going to try much harder to write and update more…Ive just been sooo busy soaking up as much one on one time with Carly as possible since she only has 3 more months with just Momma…(how is that even possiable…3 months what!?!?). Speaking of that, im now about 26-27 weeks pregnant and really starting to feel the strain of it, I dont think having a toddler is helping. By noon my back is usually hurting soo bad from picking Carly up, or sitting on the floor, or running and chasing her…and I know this discomfort is only going to get worse as the weeks pass. Baby girl #2 has been measuring just the right size for her week at every single appoitment..this is great and scary news all at the same time..Carly was always measuring 2-3weeks bigger so say at 26 weeks Carly and my fundle height measured 29 weeks. This baby if probably going to be alot smaller than Carly (so they say anyway). This makes me alittle nervous, im thrilled at the fact that I will have a teeny tiny baby…but at my last appt my midwife stressed the fact that My labor with Carly was super fast..like she would have been born in the car if I waited one more hour fast…soo second babies come faster, and smaller babies come faster…so this should be interesting. Plus to complex this situation even more…this time around T.J. doesnt own his own business 2 seconds from our house anymore.  We have Carly, so when labor decides to go from small simple contractions to intense ones in 2.5secs its going to be alot harder for me to get ahold of a person to get Carly, wait for TJ to get home and then go the 45min drive to the hospital….can you tell im nervous?!? My midwife told me this time around I need to go when I start feeling contractions and not to wait around, but last time I had BH that were somewhat time able for weeks before so it was really hard for me to tell early labor apart from those…I would hate to have tj leave work, get someone to rush over and take Carly and be sent home for false labor…we will just have to see how all this goes.

Carly will be 2 in less than a week!!!!! I cant believe that!!! She is growing soo fast and seems more like a kid these days then a baby 😦 . I would say aside from coloring and painting her favorite thing in the world is music, she walks around singing into her mic, playing songs on her keyboard and breaking out in dances at every beat. So needless to say she is having a rock star party fit for a diva. I will post lots and lots of pictures.

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I havent wrote in forever…I know. Mainly because I havent felt like it too much and because alot has been going on. Carly is getting crazy big and is talking up a storm lately, shes been alot of fun to hang out with, but will also flip in a second and be alittle tantrum throwing monster (you gotta love terrible 2s). I have been feeling pretty good, im def. showing now and feeling the effects of that growth in my hips which are pretty much killing me non stop. At least the fatigue and morning sickness have given me a break for awhile so I cant really complain. TJ started working second shift which has been alot harder to adjust to then I thought it would be, Carlys schedule seems to be all over the place and im hoping we will get into some sort of normal routine again very soon. My Papa passed away on thursday, it doesnt even feel right typing that. He was healthy and fine and then hes just gone…not fair. I called them Wednesday night and Papa answered the phone, usually he isnt one to talk on the phone but we had a whole 15 minute convo and it was amazing..little did I know it would be the last time I ever spoke to him, if I had known I would have said alot more. He died exactly a week after his 78th Birthday, a week before we had a wonderful Birthday dinner with him…he was an amazing man. Nunny didnt handle his passing very well and ended up having a heart attack, she spent days in the hospital and so did all of us…im soo thankful we didnt lose both of them. After nearly 60 years of marriage, I cant even imagine what she is going through and the thought of it breaks my heart even more. It kills me to know Papa wont be here to see baby #2, but im soo grateful he was able to enjoy Carly soo much with us. I know she wont remember him, but I will cling to those memories. This morning is my ultrasound, followed by Papas wake its going to be a roller coaster of a day and I hope I can get through it. We weren’t going to find out what the baby is, but my whole family really wants to know so Im going to have the ultrasound tech write it down and seal it up and give Nunny the envelope to announce when she feels up too it. I hope it will brighten some spirits on such a hard day.