Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Feeling crafty

Yes, this is my dining room table right now....

In March me and my grandma went to a craft store and they had patterns on sale for .99 now I have not sewn anything in years but a really cute pattern caught my attention. I bought said pattern and put it on my desk. Fast forward to October 1st I find pattern hidden under tons of paperwork and it inspires me.. So I went to the fabric store (where I found this gem) 
No no no I didn't buy it and I'm definetly not using it in babies costume...

Anywho, it turns out my sewing skills are not too bad! Perfect? Hell no but I have managed to get this costume 85% done. All I have left is embellishing  

I would be finished with the costume except I was browsing Pinterest and saw these really cool mesh ribbon wreaths, then I went to the new craft store in my neighborhood. The craft store had a huge display of materials to make these wreaths so I bought them all and started that project also...

If this cute one would give me a little more free time I might be able to finish...
Pictures of finished crafts coming soon....

Friday, May 24, 2013

Baby food

With my first son i was so excited to start every new milestone with him. At his 4 month dr app they dr said i could start him on cereal and I did that day in fact. I never made any of his baby food from scratch because I tried apples once, it was a disaster and I purchased all the rest.
With my 2nd child Im doing things much differently. At his 4 month appointment the dr gave me the go ahead but i decided I would take his cues and wait for him to be ready. I did start him a week before 5 months. I also am making his baby food. So far we have made sweet potatos seriously so easy, I put them in the oven when they are tender I peel the skin off and put in a food processor. i then freeze in ice cube trays  and then transfer the cubes to freezer bags taking out what i need each day. i have also made butternut squash the exact same way. Pears was a bit different I had to peel and core then steam them. i steamed them in the microwave then ran through the food processor. All very simple and it makes me feel like super mom feeding my son home made food.
This weekend I will make apples and green beans.
hoping they are just as easy and liked.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wedding Planning

I have been very busy with Wedding planning and taking care of Alex my now 3 month old.

I have always wanted to get married and me and my Fiance have been together for almost 15 years. i had no idea how much planning and money went into a wedding! I went dress shopping on Saturday and even though I am not the size I am going to be on my wedding day, I had to order my dress and it will be in one week before my wedding! EEEK I really hope it comes in early because it is going to have to be altered.
I am on a mission to get back to my pre pregnancy weight. This means I am doing the couch to 5K program again. I found that I hate running with a stroller maybe its the fact that I just have a regular stroller not a jogging stroller but I really dislike it. In a perfect world a Bob jogging stroller would just appear on my front porch and I could run with Alex but it hasn't yet, so I have been running on my treadmill. On the other 3 days i am doing 30 day shred or a similiar video and extra arm exercises since wedding dresses really show off your arms and shoulders.
I am also following Weight Watchers and since I am exclusively breastfeeding I get a ton of points to eat each day.

I will keep updating my progress :)

totinos Pizzeria rolls

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to try the new Totinos Pizzeria Rolls thanks to General Mills and Myblogspark. 
They come in 3 flavors
My family tried all 3 for dinner one night. The Meatball marinara was my favorite. My 7 year olds favorite was the cheesy Garlic and Daddy well he liked them all!

Check out the Totino's website for some tasty dip recipes
Find them here on facebook and get a .50 off coupon while supplies last

Monday, February 4, 2013

Im back

Im back and Im a mom of 2! Right after Christmas I gave birth to a wonderful 7lb 1oz baby boy, via emergency C-section.
   My first pregnancy was full of complications, my blood pressure got high around 26 weeks, I was put on bedrest. I developed gestational diabetes and ultimately ended up having to be induced at 34 weeks and had a 5lb baby who had to spend 16 days in the NICU.
  Needless to say it took me a long time to decide to try and have another child. I didn't want the same problems I had with my first pregnancy so I decided to get healthy before getting pregnant. I was running 6-10 miles a week, eating healthy and was at a healthy weight. My dr gave me to go ahead ot start trying and said the chances of my blood pressure going high were slim.
  A few days after mothers day I got my positive pregnancy test, I was so excited to bring new life into this world. The beginning of my pregnancy was great no big problems, my blood pressure was even low. I didn't even develop gestational diabetes this time.
  At our 18 week ultrasound we found out we were having another boy.
On Dec 23rd I just didn't feel right so i took my blood pressure and it was high. I called my dr and they told me to go to the hospital since it was a Sunday. I had been through this with my first I was pretty sure they would run tests, then send me home on bed rest. Boy was I wrong I got myself admitted to the hospital. They wanted to do a 24 hour test so as much as it sucked i was stuck in the hospital, but i figured once the 24 hour test was over about 8pm on Christmas eve I would be good to go. Unfortunately my blood pressure had different ideas. It would not go down so the dr wouldn't release me on Christmas eve. I made the choice to check myself out against medical advice so I could spend Christmas with my family. The nurses all seemed to understand but the dr was no happy. I had a mellow but dizzy Christmas and checked myself back into the hospital around 5pm Christmas night. to every ones surprise my blood pressure was normal. I thought whooo hooo we solved the problem I will be going home and having a full term pregnancy. My labs showed my potassium levels were really low so they wanted to keep me just to get my levels up. Im not sure why but my body was resistant to getting my levels up, i had 5 IV bags of potassium and it barely got to the normal level. Of course my blood pressure shot back up again so after 5 days in the hospital they decided to go ahead and induce me. I was moved to a beautiful delivery room and given Cervidal. I only had about 2 contractions when my blood pressure shot up to 215/115 so they ordered IV meds and more IV meds and it would not go down. The dr came in and said it was time to do a C-section for mine and the babies safety. I had never been more scared in my life. I had never had a surgery, I wasn't planning on an epidural needles in the back are not appealing to me at all. thank god for a wonderful nurse who calmed me down and eased my fears and a wonderful anesthesiologist who kept me company in the times my fiance wasn't allowed in the room. At 11:11 Alexander was born unfortunately when they showed him to me he was blue and headed to the NICU. He was 36 weeks and 6 days one more hour and he would have been considered full term. His lungs didn't get that memo though. Daddy followed baby and they sewed and stapled me up. After 2 hours in recovery they wheeled my whole stretcher to the NICU so I could see and touch my baby. He was doing good except needing a little oxygen. I was hopefull he would be out by morning.
That night was the longest night I got no sleep because I had those stupid leg pumpers on my legs inflating every minute or so and my blood pressure was being taken every 15 min which I of course failed and the alarm would sound. I was put on magnesium for 24 hours to stop me from having a stroke. Magnesium is the worst drug ever it makes you feel horrible, not to mention I just had major abdominal surgery. After 24 hours I was taken off of it and started to feel better but the pain of a c-section is unbelievable I would take a vaginal birth any day over a c-section. Once I was allowed to get out of bed it was time to concentrate on my little man. Unfortunately I had to leave the hospital without him. Something I had to do with both my kids.. The dr assured me he would not be in there as long as my first. He was right he was released 7 days later.
I think my family is complete it is just to big of a risk on my life to go through another pregnancy. i would love to try to add a little girl to the mix but would never do so with the risk of making my boys motherless.
I would like to thank the wonderful nurses at my hospital. I have a whole new respect for nurses after being put through this ordeal. My nurses and the NICU nurses were all a great support system for not only my physical needs but my emotional needs as well.

Coming home day
 My boys
 My chunky Monkey at one month old.