Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


So, I am a member of BzzAgent. And as one you get to work on trials, test products and do some promotion. This is that time. Please check out the trailer above for a new film called BABIES coming Mother's Day weekend! Please Click and share this from my blog! The more people that look at it..the better chances are I can win prizes!!

Everybody loves... BABIES. Coming to theatres this Mother's Day Weekend (May 7th), this visually stunning new movie simultaneously follows four babies around the world - from first breath to first steps. From Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo, BABIES joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.


Bayar from Bayanchandmani, Mongolia

Bayarjargal, who lives in Mongolia with his family, is one of four babies followed from birth to first steps in Thomas Balmes' BABIES, a Focus Features release. Photo credit: Focus Features

Hattie from San Francisco, California

Hattie, who lives in the United States with her family, is one of four babies followed from birth to first steps in Thomas Balmes' BABIES, a Focus Features release. Photo credit: Focus Features

Mari from Tokyo, Japan

Mari, who lives in Japan with her family, is one of four babies followed from birth to first steps in Thomas Balmes' BABIES, a Focus Features release. Photo credit: Focus Features

Ponijao from Opuwo, Namibia

Ponijao, who lives in Namibia with her family, is one of four babies followed from birth to first steps in Thomas Balmes' BABIES, a Focus Features release. Photo credit: Focus Features

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Toddler and a Newborn

How does a mom of a toddler and newborn do it? Have some sort of sanity going to the store or throughout the day? No really...please tell me?

It has become so interesting around here. Lena is getting on some form of a schedule and Ryden is just Ryden. He has his good and bad days. There are days where he is helpful with Lena wanting to get her diapers or bottles. Then there are days when Duct Tape is needed to hang him from the wall.

Last week, I had to take care of my fear of taking the two of them out on my own. That was a interesting day. We had a WIC appointment, as in I needed to add Lena onto the plan we have and have our re-evaluation. You know, tell me how Ryden is too fat ( 40 inch 38 lb toddler that is all solid and not fat) and how even though I JUST had Lena, I am too fat also.

Ryden did NOT want to be helpful going to the car. He decided that after I started the car and got Lena in, was a PERFECT time to run AROUND the house. So that lead to a chase. Nope, not fun.

Finally got him in the car and head over to the office. Yes, I have this thing where I am always early. I hate HATE being late for an appointment. So getting there early apparently means I am a bad mom and that I should be treated like a idiot. ' Well we are closed for lunch right now but you can hang out. We just can not see you until 2pm' Yes, I did figure that out all on my own but thanks for telling me that is what your sign meant! Also, the lady that acts like she is better than you and you don't know how to undress your baby or control a 2.5 year old who does not sit still. You really thing lady that while you want these stupid forms done he is going to sit still? Ugh.

And then the nutritionist had to inform me how we are all overweight. I turned around and told him to pick Ryden up and tell me where the fat was. He did not like that comment. Ryden is big. We get that. He is a big kid. But he is active and there is NO fat on this child!

So after taking their advice and just ignoring him, we get our checks and leave. Go get some formula for Lena (yay free formula!) which was a whole other pain. Just remember that if you want formula at Giant you must wait for them to get the key from Customer Service at <--- that end of the store and then bring it over to the completely OTHER end of the store to get the said formula out of the case and bring it back <--- way to give it to you to ring up! think they would just give the key to the guy that is standing in FRONT of the case near the shelf check out. But that would make sense and be simple right?

My adventure will continue tomorrow... husband wants to goto bed and well... he is a horrible snorer in which I will not sleep if he crashes before I get there.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Due Date...

Today. I woke up this morning and realized that TODAY was my Lena Fetus due date. Today, if I was still pregnant, meant that Lena Fetus would be completely cooked and needing out. It is a odd thought though. I did not make it to my due date with Ryden since I Medically Evicted him (induction) at 39 weeks but still... it is as odd thought that I could have still been pregnant at this point.

Lena however, has a cold. Ryden decided to start sharing early and gave it to her. It really sucks having a sick toddler but then to have a sick newborn on top of it? Atleast with Ry I can give him something to help but all I can give Lena is a booger sucking and snuggles in hopes it helps her feel better. If you have kids, then you know how much it sucks to see them sick. Hopefully, it will pass quickly.

And now she is fussing to be wait she stopped...

But yes, nothing really exciting going on right now. Ryden hopefully is napping and man do I love when he naps! Gives me a much needed brain break! I love him to pieces and I know that he is acting out due to feeling replaced by Lena. I try so hard to give him the extra love and attention I need to but it is so hard with Lena being sick and so small. Any advice a mom of a toddler and baby can throw out at me is more than welcome!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Birth of Lena :0)

Yes. Lena has finally made her appearance! Not on 3/2/10 like I hoped but it is okay because I can finally see my feet!

And its a funny beginning of a story let me tell you. It all started Saturday morning. I am exactly 38 weeks pregnant. Took my belly picture early just in case. Jameson's head was in it since he was going into the shower. The plan of the day was to goto Walmart and just pick up a couple things. Nothing else. No plans the rest of the day except maybe laundry. Had a great GREAT BOGO coupon for our detergent and wanted to get it before it expired. So had to get it done. Oh and shoes for Ryden. He needed new sneakers.

We get ready to head out the door. Now you must visualize this. We live in an apartment. It is the top floor of a converted twin family house. So four apartments total. When you walk into our door, you are greeted by 15 steps. I keep Ry shoes down there w/ his coat so I always know where they are. Mine stay down there also to keep it easy.

So, Jameson took Ry down and got him all shoed and jacketed up. I was sitting on the steps putting on my shoes. They headed out the door and I leaned over to tie my last shoe. GUSH! I felt something. Now, lucky me I was smart and put a pad on just in case. I looked up and saw Jameson already left. I ran back up the steps to check and thought ' maybe it was just discharge' and headed out.

I didn't mention it to Jameson as I thought nothing real of it but kept my mind on just in case. So there we are in Walmart picking out shoes. I was looking at some clearance when I turned one way and felt...GUSH. Again. In which I turned to Jameson since I stopped dead and went " We maybe going to the hospital"
"I believe my water just broke..."
"what?!? Are you serious?!"
" Let me goto the bathroom and check but meet me over near the detergent and Ill see"

Somehow that translated into hims stalking outside the bathroom until I came out. But yup. I believe I sprung a leak.

So, out the door I went and told him. He started to get REALLY nervous and rushing around telling me we HAVE to leave. I was like no, let me just get the couple things and then we can call the doctor from the car. So, he is freaking out worried and rushing me and I am just taking my time.

Check out. Get to car. I called my mom and told her and then said I would call her back after I call doctor. Call doctor answer service and left a message. Naturally, the on call doctor was not one of my OBGYN's so I get to have some stranger look at my hoo haa. Nice. I described what happen and he was like ' Yup defiantly sounds like it!'

We run home. Get last minute things and then head to St. Lukes Hospital. That is about 30-45 minutes away. Jameson is driving as we stop to get some food since it would be my 'last meal' until she was born. Ryden is sitting in the back in his seat just chowing down on french fries while we text people and let them know.

We get to the hospital. Triage yay! Strip down and put on sexy gown. Put on annoying belly band that holds monitors. The resident doctor checks me and I am 3-4 cm and 80% effaced. They swab to check and see if it was fluid. Now please tell me how a test for amniotic fluid can come back inconclusive? No is either a yes or no. But they wanted me to 'put on a pad and walk around' in hopes more may leak out. Jameson is trying to wrangle a Ryden who is missing his nap. I called my mom and told her I needed a extra set of hands here w/ Ryden since Jameson is NOT doing well.

45 minutes of walking around the halls and then another 20 pacing my triage room, GUSH again. This time the fun trickle on my leg! But the nurse FINALLY came back in to hook up monitor and take the pad. The resident doctor checked me again and said was more towards the 4cm. Then she said she would be right back and let me know if I was staying or not.

5 minutes not even...she popped her head in and goes ' Your STAYING!' So after my WOO HOO! I began my texting again. Letting people and FaceBook know that Lena Fetus would be born within the next 24 hours.

Then the waiting began. Now granted this all started at around 12:30pm on my steps. I laid in Triage until 1030pm that night! It was baby night and everyone was popping them out! So there I laid. I had my computer and was talking to friends while waiting. And waiting. And contracting small ones. And waiting.

FINALLY the on call doctor for my doctor's office came in and introduced himself. Nice guy. I was really worried he would be a douche and I would not want him near me. But nice friendly guy.

We moved into the room. YAY! Getting all set up for them to recheck me and pop some water. They didn't want to keep checking me since it broke on the side and keep infection out. But when they did, the flood gates opened! And if you EVER had a doctor break your bag of water you know what I mean! After that, I believe I hit 5 cm.

They wanted to hook up some Pitocin. In which I replied, " The Epidural man better show up before that!" and he did. He was a AWESOME fun guy! We laughed and joked the ENTIRE time he was doing his magic.

Then, my blood pressure went funky. This was after I was back in the bed waiting for the fun of not feeling my legs. At one point my top number was 83...yeah low. Light headed, dizzy, ear ringing...not fun. But things got better so on w/ the show!

Apparently, the epidural had other plans. It decided I needed to feel a bit of pain at one point. So my right hip became a 'window'. A small pocket that no matter which way you lay, you had pain. It would come and go. But it stayed open and painful during one of the worst times... TRANSITION time! Ugh the pain. I puked at one point during it. It SUCKED ASS. This was at like 2 or 4 am? Not sure but it sucked.

Lena did not like the contractions either and there was a scary point during the above mention window that her heart rate kept dropping. Each contraction it would dip below the safe line. So, the oxygen was put on me and the Pitocin was shut. She got better thankfully.

I want to say around 430am or 5am they checked me and I was complete! 10 cm, 100% efface and -1 station. They got the room ready for Lena!

The nurse had me do some practice pushes. Mom on the left leg, Jameson on the right leg. 2 sets of 3 and the nurse told me to stop as she was RIGHT THERE! Quick break down of the bed, fast dressing of the doctors and at 5:41am Lena came FLYING out! No really I am serious. I pushed for a hour w/ Ryden...Lena was barely 20 minutes!

Perfect head of hair. 10 fingers. 10 toes. And.. A GIRL! I was very happy about that part haha.

So there I am, legs in the air, doctors in my hoo haa and me texting and posting on Facebook she was here. Well what else are you gonna do while your numb from the waist down in that position?

There it is. From water leaking at 1230ish pm to 541am sunday morning 2/28...and now she wakes for food...

Friday, March 5, 2010

Crazy Week....

...but I wanted to put up to my followers that Lena was born at 5:41 am this past Sunday the 28th. We are all fine and wanted to put this up here fast! Ill type up the whole story when I get a chance.