July 31, 2013

Girly Things

Stella is not even two months old yet and she has a plethora of hair accessories. I can't help it, they are so cute. Etsy, of course, has a ton of options for headbands and hair bows, especially if you want something unique. The pink headband with the feathers in the picture below, I got from Etsy. The white headband with the orange flower and the all pink one are from this website Funny Girl Designs. I just wanted to share because sometimes we have to find these things out on our own as mommies and it stinks when you find out too late.

July 17, 2013

Sibling " love"

Everyone tells you and you think you are prepared for your first child to be a little jealous of the new baby. Now, I'm wondering if people who have little girls first, experience the "jealousy" as much as with having an older brother. 

I thought I had prepared myself for Noah being a little jealous but his whole behavior has changed over the last couple weeks. I REALLY hope that once he gets use to the fact that Stella is not going anywhere, that he will come back to his Pre- baby behavior and attitude. 

He has been seeming like he is being sweet by saying, "baby dister cwying" or " Noah, hold"but then when he goes to run her face he will pinch or squeeze her really tight. I have to watch him like a hawk. Yesterday was the first time he wanted to feed her and actually sat there and watched her ear; he didn't try to hurt her. Hopefully, this is the start of the jealousy dying off.

July 9, 2013

No One Tells You

I don't want to be gross, but there is a lot that happens during labor and post labor that No One, not even my mother, told me about. The second time around doesn't make it any better. Now some women have it worse and some ( like my best friend) have it better. I am going to venture into the unspeakable and share some things that happen. 

1. No matter how much cocoa butter or bio oil you smear all over yourself, if you are destined to get stretch marks you will; Nothing can stop it. 
     * I use to have a relatively in shape stomach and wore a belly ring... Now my belly is stretched out and looks like a road map- gross. I mourn over the Victoria Secret bikinis I'll never wear again.
2. Your stomach goes down a bit directly after labor, but you will be in maternity pants for several months. (Unless your a lucky bitch and are super model skinny right after but usually it's because you were super model skinny before) with my first I was in maternity pants for 8 months and than a few sizes larger than my normal size after that. It took me over a year to feel decent about myself and I still never went back the way I was. 
3. An epideral is a catheter, not a needle. I am no martyr... The epideral makes labor so much more doable. However, I thought that it was a huge needle that went into your back- not true. First they numb your back with a couple big needles and those can pinch a bit or hurt depending on how good the doctor is doing the shots. The actual epideral is a catheter( long wire pretty much) that goes into you and stays there during labor and they pull it out after labor. 
4. If your water doesn't break before you get to the hospital, it will when you get there or they will break it for you. It will gush out and continue to trickle or gush the entire time you lay in bed. When you sit up to get the epideral, it may even pour all over the floor- so gross. The nurses are use to it, but it doesn't make it any better. They put these amazingly absorbent pads underneath you and change them out when they get saturated. They also wipe you like a baby. To clean you off. 
5. You will bleed( especially with your first) for weeks. With my first I bled for almost the full 6 weeks. This time, by 3 weeks, it trickled off. But you have to wear enormous pads and it just makes you feel so gross. They give you a squirt bottle to wash with when you go to the bathroom. They give you a spray to help if you tear and need stitches too. Going to the bathroom is such a process. In fact, 
     * they put a small bucket in the toilet and it catches your first 3 bathroom trips. Yes, so disgusting! You have to tell the nurse and they look at your bloody pee and they empty the bucket. You can't shower or have your IV removed until you have utinated 3 times( at least that happened to me) eeeww. 
6. One of the more painful post partum symptoms for me... Hemorrhoids! I had no idea what they even were until I had my first. You push so hard during labor that the veins around your butt get engorged and stick out. The most disgusting thing ever. If you look down there, it looks like 3 or 4 peanuts around your butt. It feels like rocks down there and it hurts to sit and walk. They give you Tucks pads and an ointment but it really doesn't  help.  Then, at home, you might want to drink gallons of water, take fiber AND stool softeners, not laxatives, softeners because it will hurt to go to the bathroom. Any straining at all will cause them to flame up worst. They eventually will hurt less and then start to go down. You can get them after baby if you push too hard to go to the bathroom later on. It's horrible!

Well, if you read all this and don't want to have kids, please don't think that way. Just consider yourself more prepared. You may be lucky and not have any of this, but I wish someone would have told me about this.

Oh, one more thing. Once you experience all or a few of the things above, there is one phrase people will say that will send you into murderous anger.... "But, it's all worth it." Yes, it clearly is, but that is not what you want to hear at all! Why does having a cute bundle of joy mean that your once tight body has to droop and sag- it's not fair. And although you will go through it all again to have more children that doesn't mean you need to be told this very obnoxious phrase. Good luck and try not to punch the person who tells you this with your post baby hormones. 

July 2, 2013

Fair Game

My mom said, when my brothers, sister and I were born, the only infant pictures you did were the one (and she meant 1 One) picture they did in the hospital. She wishes taking fancy pics was in at the time. My husband doesn't like to spend the money on pictures, but even he will admit they come out so freakin' adorable.

I got Noah's pictures taken, but for some reason having a girl made me go crazy. I had/ have an obsession with searching baby photography on Pinterest. I had 6 different looks put together to try. It's a little crazy how intent I was about recreating some of theses images I found on Pinterest, but dressing up my little doll and seeing some of the results made it so worth it. 

Here are some of the sample, preview pictures!