Sunday, May 17, 2009

Landon's Birth Story

Tuesday May 23, 2006 I went in for my regular check up at the doctor’s office. I had mentioned to him that I thought I may be leaking amniotic fluid, so he took a test to determine if I was. He said if it was positive then I’d have to go to the hospital. To my disbelief, it was positive. I was 35 weeks - I hadn’t even had my baby shower! I was very scared and nervous; all of these thoughts of not being ready came flooding in. Paul’s mom, Connie, drove me to the hospital while I called him to tell him what was going on. When we arrived at the hospital (luckily we were already pre-registered) I was put in a room and later induced at 4:00pm.

Since I’ve decided to wait 3 years to write this, my memory may not serve me well. I’m going to go back to the following Sunday before my Tuesday appointment. Paul, I and some friends, decided to go swimming at Gator Joes. We stopped at a store where a lady had mentioned that it looked like I had dropped and should be having the baby any day now. Little did I know how right she was! Before going to my appointment on Tuesday, I had a meeting with a woman, Shawn, who works with Healthy Families. As she was leaving I jokingly told her that this baby might even come today if he wants! Boy was that the wrong thing to say.

I had made a conscious decision on going through the labor and delivery with no medication. No matter what the pain, I definitely did not want an epidural. Shortly after being induced the contractions started coming on. They were strong and painful but I managed to get through them to the best of my ability. Come 12:00am nothing was progressing, I had not dilated any farther then the 2 cm I was to begin with. I chose to break my decision and get a pain medication that went through my IV. It made me feel like I’d had about 5 glasses of wine! It’s a blurry memory of what all went on in between that time since I was woozy at that time. The main reasoning behind choosing the medication - I needed rest! You see, I’m a BIG worry wart, I have been my entire life. I don’t think I slept or even rested at all while in the hospital. I was too worried about my baby to sleep! Then, around 4:00am I had the dreadful epidural. I was being prepped for a cesarean. If I hadn’t had the epidural 2 hours before the surgery, the contractions would’ve prevented me from getting one, leading to me being put under anesthetics. I was NOT going to be asleep when my child was brought into the world! I don’t remember much of what happened between 4 & 6:00am.

I remember the nurses coming in in a hurry, saying something about the babies heart rate was dropping and that we needed to get into surgery. The OR was a scary place. Laying on my back not being able to move, starring at the ceiling and all of the lights. I had Paul by my side which was helpful, but I was still very scared. After Landon was brought into the world, the nurses quickly showed me that he was OK and rushed him to be put on oxygen. I didn’t even get to give him a kiss! :( His face was purple from pushing on my cervix. But, he was one beautiful baby! :)

After the surgery I was put in recovery, where again, I wasn’t able to rest because of the thought of my baby being OK. The nurses continually told me that if I didn’t get any rest I wouldn’t be able to see my baby for awhile. I tried to act like I was resting by closing my eyes! I was brought back to my room shortly after being in recovery. They brought Landon to me minutes after getting to the room. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, he was perfect. Absolutely perfect! I thank God for him every day and now with another baby on it’s way, I pray things go smoothly and we’re blessed with another perfect baby. :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Landon's 3rd Birthday Plans

Landon’s 3rd Birthday Party Plans
(Sunday, May 24th, 2009)

Place- Our house!

Pizza: 4 should be enough - I hope!
Toppings: Cheese, Pepperoni, Ham, & Bacon? That sounds like a good choice to me. I’m thinking maybe 6 pizzas and just get 2 Cheese and 2 Pepperoni then Ham & Bacon. Or maybe just 2 cheese and 2 pepperoni, that sounds more appealing as I type.

Chips and homemade salsa (Still need to find a recipe. My friend Kate made some fantastic dip at her St. Patty’s party, I need to ask her about it!) I’ll also probably get some regular variety chips and dip. Not sure yet.

Kool aid
Punch (Should try and get recipe from Memaw. She has the best punch at holidays!)
If the punch idea doesn’t play out, even if it does possibly, I’m thinking of getting some cola. Of course not just cola but stuff like Mt. Dew, Sprite, etc. I really need to remember ICE the day before!

I’ve thought about making some homemade chocolate chip cookies, but with the cake, I don’t know if I should.
I’m still not sure if the idea that I have of a cake is going to be the one I choose. There’s a cake on the bake of the Betty Crocker Cake mix box. It has a round pan cake on the bottom, then has 4 or 5 cupcakes on top of that. Then 3, and then 1. You should get the drift!

I don’t exactly have a theme for the party either, which I’m thinking I’d like to rethink. It’s going to be outdoors. There will be a small pool for the young kids along with a small swing set. We have a sand pile and a octopus water toy. We have some horseshoes also. I’d like to have like a slip and slide for the bigger kids. We’ll have the food inside on the kitchen table and outside on the table under the canopy. We have a picnic table and umbrella by the sand pile also. I think we’ll have to set up the other green umbrella just for some extra shade.


The Dollar General down the road from our house has quite a few birthday party favors. I skimmed through and grabbed a few things. Since I’m going to be just about 34 weeks come the 24th, I want to try and not over do myself for all of this. I wanted to do more, but the reality really is, I may not feel up to doing too much. My friend Kate, who is giving me a baby shower, had a family member involved in a horrible car accident. They are not sure if he is going to make it or not. We were planning on having it June 13th or 14th but with the current events, I’m not sure it will play out! It will be a busy next few weeks here in our household.

Back to the party update, I still don’t really have 1 clear theme, and I don’t think we actually HAVE a theme. It’s an outdoors party I suppose. We have a pool, swing set, & big sand pile. We’re wanting to get a Slip N Slide to allow the bigger kids to have some fun! I’m also thinking more of baking cupcakes and shaping them together? I just haven’t decided! I am steadily trying to keep myself from breaking down and buying one pre-made! STAY AWAY! Just STAY AWAY!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Baby shopping

Today, my grandmother took me baby shopping! I love my grandma so much, she and my grandfather adopted me when I was little and raised me, they are my parents. As soon as I got home I knew I was going to need to make a space for all the baby supplies. I have a 3 drawer wheeled storage cart I got a while back but used for junk drawers, so I decided to make this like a dresser to store all of baby's clothing. Here's a picture of a shelving unit I decided to get when taxes came around:


Nothing on these shelves is really organized. I have those clear containers on the bottom there that are labeled and pretty much organized. Nothing else had an exact place!

I'm so happy I got this shelving unit in order! It looks fantastic! Well, compared to what it was before! The bottom shelf did not need any changing (that filing container is filled with some medical items, medicine, etc. I really want to find another place to put it so no little hands can get to it). The shelf above that one has all of L's supplies. Diapers for naps, bed time, and pull ups for the road. There are also containers for his play dough and supplies, as well as arts and crafts. The next shelf is specifically for the baby! Baby diapers and supplies simply put. The top shelf has all the cleaning supplies needed for our bathroom and first aid supplies.

Aside from organizing I vacuumed out the jeep. It needs to be cleaned a little more, but is nicer then it was before!

Don't you love messy rooms?

I love walking into a 3 year old's bedroom when it looks like this:


Problems in this picture: The train set in the bottom right hand corner had been torn apart, that needed to be fixed. Also note the 3 tier wheeled storage cart, that used to be in the bathroom but I decided to put it in L's room in hopes of teaching him how to put away toys in their correct spot. The top is off and toys are scattered across the room from every compartment. There were also clothes that needed to be put away.

Obvisously, you can see that the bed needed to be made. All the stuffed animals on the ground there needed to be put away.

Ahhhh...what I sigh of relief. I can see so much floor now! The train set was put together, his bed made, toys in their correct spot. I put all of his clothes away and placed his reading books atop the storage container. He was thrilled to be able to play with his train set again!

Here, all the toys are put away, stuffed animals in place on the bed, the bed made, oh, and a happy boy!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Closet Clean-Up

Organizing Blog
This month Laura, over at I'm an Organizing Junkie, is hosting a Monthly Organizing Round-Up. The main focus: Closets & Cupboards. I took it upon myself to join in on the fun and see what I could do with our master bedroom closet. So, here goes:

Before (DH's Side):

Before (My side)

After (DH's Side)
Notice I have all plastic style hangers. The top is still a little rough looking, but I DO know where everything is. I ended up throwing some Easter baskets up there and not putting them up. Really, I just need to find a place for all those pictures!

The blue bag has all of DH's boxing equipment. The storage container next to that holds all some of my sewing supplies.

(My side)
I had DH put up 2 hooks, one on my side and one on his. I have 1 hook left that I need to hang somewhere. I also went out and bought a couple more storage containers. You see my lovely wipe off calendar. Yes, we have that in OUR room not the kitchen!

I also bought a closet organizer so I could put some of my clothes in. It works out great! I love having all the same type of hangers and I LOVE my hooks!

There are still a few more things I'd like to do with the closet, but I'll wait for now. It's a major turn around for ME and I'm content for now. I'd like to move the dresser into our room and put another closet rack up, but we'll have to see when we have time to do it. It's OK for now!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

31 Weeks

30 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going. As the due date nears, I'm getting more anxious, nervous, and excited. It's amazing how many different emotions a woman can feel at one time while being pregnant. Men surely will never understand! I feel as if I have a list a mile long of things to get done before Eliza is here. My list only seems to get longer and longer. I know deep down inside that I've actually accomplished a lot of what I started out with, but things seem to keep piling up in this little head of mine. My grandmother told me the other day, that I've always been a worry wart. The nurses at the hospital when we had L even called me a worry wart, mostly because that's ALL I did while I was there, worry. I hate worrying so much all the time, it takes time away from my family and enjoying things in life. I think most of my worrying comes from anxiety. I've had a full blown anxiety/panic attack before, and ever since then my worrying seems to be off the charts. I really think I've done fairly well this pregnancy and it may be because I have a young child at home keeping me busy. One thing I must say about being pregnant, I've never really had to complain much! I know a lot of women who, when pregnant, would complain about how much they wish their pregnancy would hurry up and get over with. They just could not stand being pregnant. I, on the other hand, haven't had any major complaining to do. I was blessed with a good and healthy pregnancy with L, with the expectation of going into preterm labor at 35 weeks, and so far with this pregnancy, things are going smoothly. I continue to pray for a healthy pregnancy and baby, as that's all I want for now. I have also been asking God for his guidance as a mother of soon to be 2 children. I'm not sure I understand fully, just how much our lives are going to change with 2 young children at home. Maybe, I do understand I'm just taking it better then I expected.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Today's Schedule

So far today, I've gotten a few things checked off my list I've had for quite sometime.

I stopped by the W.I.C. office and even though they were closed, there were still people there who were able to give me the paperwork I needed to get myself and L signed up. I stopped receiving W.I.C. about 2 years ago because of the hassle. All the appointments and having to keep up with them was just getting to bothersome for me. I was also working, so that had an impact on my decision. Now that I'm staying at home, and that's one less income, I'm hoping to get back on track.

I also stopped by the Pregnancy Care Center to drop off some of L's old clothes, get some bible studies, and pick out some clothes and baby items needed for baby. I like the PCC because they are a big help in the community. I can take all of L's old clothes and give them to people who need them. While I'm there I can browse around and see what they have for the new baby! A great way to recycle and reuse, as well as save money!

I have decided to make Monday & Thursday's laundry days and it seems to help having set days for laundry. I still need to wash the 2 big comforters, but have to take them to the laundromat. This HAS to be done before baby is here.

We will be going to the grocery store shortly and our budget is $100. I hope to get enough to last us for at least 2 weeks. I will be glad once I can get W.I.C. again. It is truly a big help and we do use a lot of cheese and milk. L does not drink milk at all, he won't even eat cereal that's been put in milk, only dry cereal. He does however, eat food that contains milk, like cheese! So I know he gets his calcium.