Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 33 - the boy and the girl

The boy - 4.5 yrs

The girl - 11 weeks

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 32 - my little hallow-wieners

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

not so wordless WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 31 - an update

Frankie is 7 weeks old now and WOW beautiful if you ask me. She is a delightful baby... smiling, cooing, and being generally awesome in every way.

Lyric started school in Sept. He's 4 and the big man on campus now. Every time I look at him he looks older, taller, more mature. He needs to stop that.

Frankie and her big brother are kindred spirits... they absolutely ADORE each other. Each one brings pure joy out in the other. We are blessed with 2 of the most incredible children that ever graced the earth.

A birth story.

August 23rd, 2011

Our day started early... 4:30 am. I hadn't been sleeping much then anyway. A giant belly made sure of that!
Taken the day before her birth... 38 weeks pregnant.
We rushed to the hospital to be there for our 6am pre-op check in, and then waited... and waited. The c-section was booked for 8 am. At 7:50 they called me to get prepped (so much for schedules). This is when the trouble started. 

Let me take this opportunity to give you a little history.

I have a "Bicornuate" uterus. That means "two horned"... or heart shaped. The birth of my first child ended in an emergency section because of this. My babies are carried to one side and are unable to enter the birth canal. They seem to present with the side of their foreheads. 

With my first, the epidural was offered after 20 hours in hopes of relaxing me enough to dilate. It didn't work. Other than a portion of my right leg, it had no effect. I finally did dilate and pushed for over 4 hours. Once I was taken into the OR for the section, I was given a spinal because the epidural hadn't worked. The spinal did the opposite... it numbed ALL of me. I couldn't feel myself BREATHING.

So this time I was having a planned section. I was kind of looking forward to not having the drama of last time. Nice and relaxed right?

My veins were so restricted from dehydration due to my almost 12 hours of no food or drink that they couldn't draw blood. I was poked and prodded so many times. They finally tried to go through the IV in my hand. There was blood everywhere except in the tube they needed it in. Needless to say, I got super woozy and almost fainted. They called a lab tech in who was able to get blood on the 1st try. Note to self: ALWAYS CALL A LAB TECH. Just saying.
Once in the OR, the anesthesiologist went to work. Knowing full well what happened my 1st time around, he went right to the spinal. Better to be totally numb than not at all. 

I had very weird tingling in twinging (yes I just used "twinging" as a word) in my back and right leg as he was inserting the needle. He seemed concerned and asked me to tell him when it stopped.. which it did. He finished up and laid me down.... no numbness. We waited 10 minutes.... mild numbing but still could feel and move everything. He then informed me that it should have happened by then and that if it didn't in the next couple of minutes, I'd have to go under. I started asking questions about what that entailed. I was informed that:

- My husband would not be present for the birth.

- The baby would not be taken to him at the time of birth. Meaning the opportunity for her to be with family or go skin to skin with someone immediately would be gone.

- I could be out for several hours and therefore unable to nurse immediately. 

- I would be very groggy for most of the day... further delaying breast feeding. 

- I would likely have diarrhea and vomiting for up to 48 hrs. AWESOME with a c-section.

As exciting as all of that sounded... I was seriously hoping that the spinal worked. After over 20 mins... I started to numb. The surgeon poked my abdomen with a scalpel and asked if I could feel it. I could.... but it didn't hurt. So they went ahead with the section, telling me I'd be knocked out if I started to feel pain. It was uncomfortable, but not horribly painful. That is until they started pushing on my belly to get her out (SEE ABOVE - my babies are in weird positions). The anesthetic had started to ware off. The pain was getting worse and worse with every passing minute. I could feel everything. 

Finally they pulled this AMAZING little person from me. We cried tears joy. Unfortunately, the pain got continually worse. I was offered laughing gas to take the edge off. It didn't even come close to helping. I shut my mouth and held on for dear life. I was not about to be put under. I DID NOT want that for either of us. It was excruciating; the worst pain I've ever felt. Worse than the 26 hours of labor and pushing with my 1st... by far

The hubs has video of Frankie's first moments. I have yet to watch it because you can hear me in the background making sounds I didn't know I was capable of making.

It's hard for me to look back now at what I missed because of the immense pain I was in. I wish I could have been able bask in the glow from the moment she entered the world.

We certainly made up for it in the hours following her birth though. Every moment spent with her is heaven sent. My heart is so full.

So there it is... Frankie's birth. Not what I thought it would be... but I'd do it again in a heartbeat to have this little girl in my life. Obviously.

And then there were 4...

On August 23rd at 9:06 am, a miraculous thing happened. Our little family was blessed with a new member...

Frankie Miggs
8 lbs 6 oz, 21" long

She came into the world bright eyed and beautiful with auburn hair and blue eyes. Aside from a slight resemblance to her brother... I think this one looks like Mama. *wink wink*

Thursday, August 18, 2011

BABY THURSDAY - 38 weeks - the last installment

I can't believe this is the last "BABY THURSDAY"! It has just flown by... seriously. I feel like I JUST announced that I was building a baby. Then POOF! She's gonna be here in 5 sleeps!

I'm so excited to meet this little girl... to watch my son become a big brother... to see how my family evolves from 3 to 4. I've been a little weepy this week thinking about all the amazing things ahead and saying goodbye to the things that will no longer be; the movements of a child inside me... the time my boy was an "only".

I want to thank all of you that have followed along on this preggo journey with me. You've all been such a support. xoxo

Catch you on the flip side - MOTHER OF TWO!


Weeks pregnant: 38

Time left: 5 SLEEPS! 

Weight gained to date: 19.5 lbs total

Gender: girl

Baby's approx. length: Supposed to be 20" long...

Baby's approx. weight: Supposed to be about 7 pounds... Doc thinks she's over 8lbs. Eeep!

Veg/fruit size comparison: watermelon

Cravings this week: tortilla chips dipped in refried beans and sour cream.

Movement: Stretching pushing and rolling movements. It feels like it's pretty cramped in there... especially at night... Oy... the nights are getting brutal. I've started sleeping in the lazy boy.

Chicken's name suggestion this week: "Fire Elastic Man". It really does have a certain ring to it.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

BABY THURSDAY - 37 weeks


Weeks pregnant: 37

Time left: 1 weeks 4 days.... 12 SLEEPS PEOPLE! 

Weight gained to date: 19 lbs total

Gender: girl

Baby's approx. length: Supposed to be 19.5" long...

Baby's approx. weight: Supposed to be about 6.5 - 7 pounds... 

Veg/fruit size comparison: watermelon

Cravings this week: This: Although I have yet to actually make it... I can't stop thinking about it!

Movement: Not a lot of kicking these days... More stretching pushing and rolling movements. I can only imagine how cramped it must be in there. 

Chicken's name suggestion this week: "Snook Head". Don't ask... I have no idea.

Friday, August 5, 2011

BABY THURSDAY... on friday - 36 weeks


Weeks pregnant: 36

Time left: 2 weeks 4 days.... OH. MA. GAH. Not counting today... that's 17 days. 

Weight gained to date: 16 lbs total

Gender: girl

Baby's approx. length: Supposed to be 19" long... but she's measuring over.

Baby's approx. weight: Supposed to be about 6 pounds... but she's measuring over.

Veg/fruit size comparison: small watermelon

Cravings this week: also WATERMELON. :)

Movement: Pushing down on my bladder... Hello bathroom! 

Chicken's name suggestion this week: "Lola". Although he pronounces it "Whoa-wa"... so funny!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 29 - "this is you mama, and that's baby sister in your tummy."

BABY THURSDAY - 35 weeks

This pregnancy is FLYING by!
Seriously, I have 26 days left.

I've continued to feel pretty good throughout. The AC has made the heat a little easier to take. My only complaint is the night. Sleeping has become a real challenge the last couple of weeks. There aren't enough pillows on earth to prop me comfortably! My hips are a real bother... tossing and turning to try and find a good position. Not to mention having to get up to pee at least twice a night... I guess I'll be prepared for little miss' feedings!


Weeks pregnant: 35

Time left: 3 weeks 4 days

Weight gained to date: 16 lbs total

Gender: girl

Baby's approx. length: Supposed to be 18.5" long... but she's measuring over 19".

Baby's approx. weight: Supposed to be about 5.5 pounds... but she's measuring over 6 lbs.

Veg/fruit size comparison: Honeydew Melon

Cravings this week: milk and cereal.

Movement: Lots of stretching and pushing her bum into the right side of my ribs. 

Chicken's name suggestion this week: "Little beautiful". Ahhhhh.... ;)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

BABY THURSDAY - 33 weeks


Weeks pregnant: 33

Time left: 5 weeks 4 days

Weight gained to date: 10.5 lbs total

Gender: girl

Baby's approx. length: Supposed to be 17.5" head to heel. But she's measuring over 18".

Baby's approx. weight: Supposed to be 4.4 lbs... but she's measuring over 5lbs. O_o

Veg/fruit size comparison: Honeydew Melon

Cravings this week: ICECREAM.

Movement: Still TONS of movement... it's getting painful! LOL!

Chicken's name suggestion this week: "Skull Head". Yikes!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 28 - The baby... she's cute... and she's chubby.

BONK! Foot in face!

Smiley girl!

Aaaand giving us the finger. Nice.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

BABY THURSDAY - 31 weeks

A crappy photo of a tired, somewhat crabby mama. I'll try harder next week.... maybe.


Weeks pregnant: 31

Time left: 7 weeks 4 days

Weight gained to date: 10.5 lbs total

Gender: girl

Baby's approx. length: 16.5" head to heel

Baby's approx. weight: 3.5 lbs

Veg/fruit size comparison: Squash

Cravings this week: Cucumbers and tea.

Movement: I think she went head down this week. I'm a little lower and I can't feel her head on my lower left side any more.

Chicken's name suggestion this week: Ninja style. O_o

Thursday, June 23, 2011

BABY THURSDAY - 30 weeks


Weeks pregnant: 30

Time left: 8 weeks 4 days

Weight gained to date: Well... it happened. The big FAT shoe dropped. I went to the OB on monday and.... DRUMROLL... I gained 8... yes EIGHT pounds this month. For a grand total of 10.5 lbs total. OY.

Gender: We received our 3rd and final confirmation at our ultrasound tuesday that she is in fact still a girl. :)

Baby's approx. length: 16" head to heel

Baby's approx. weight: 3 lbs

Veg/fruit size comparison: Squash

Cravings this week: Still mango milkshakes.

Movement: She sticks her bum out one side of me and her head out the other... interesting looking... not some comfy for mama.

Chicken's name suggestion this week: ZORTAN... He's just making stuff up now. Sounds like a warrior princess... or an antidepressant.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The baby girl she grows... BIG.

I had my 29 week OB appointment on Monday. You know how I've only gained 2.5 lbs as of my 25 week appointment... and how I was totally stoked about that. Well... now? Not so much. I stepped on the demon scale and was up:

Yes, eight lbs. IN ONE MONTH. Are you kidding me!?!?!

Anyhoo... That's a total of 10.5 lbs in almost 30 weeks. Nothing to sniff at. I'm totally fine with that. But I gotta tell you... 2.5 sounds WAY better. On top of that, the belly is measuring 2 weeks ahead, 2 months in a row. So we had an ultrasound last night. The tech was friendly but in a BIG hurry. We barley got to see her, only got one crap ass picture, and no indication of her size. We have to wait for my next OB appointment in 2 weeks to get the results. You read that right. My appointments are now every 2 WEEKS. Holy crap this pregnancy is going quickly.
Side profile of face. The umbilical cord is running across her mouth and along her cheek.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

BABY THURSDAY - 29 weeks


Weeks pregnant: 29

Time left: 9 weeks 4 days

Weight gained to date: As far as I know... still a total of 2.5 lbs. (next weigh in is on Tuesday. I'll keep you posted :P)

Gender: Still a girl. :)

Baby's approx. length: 15" head to heel

Baby's approx. weight: 2.5 lbs

Veg/fruit size comparison: Squash

Cravings this week: mango milkshakes... YUM.

Movement: We can now see her whole body move around in there... its amazing and a little "Alien" like. LOL!

Chicken's name suggestion this week: Eye Ball. *sigh* This kid is no help at all.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


One thing we love SO MUCH about grandma running an antique/vintage shop... is all the little treasures we get to experience! Today's photo shoot consists of a vintage cowboy outfit with all the paraphernalia! I don't have to tell you it was a BIG hit with the little chicken. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

BABY THURSDAY - 28 weeks


Weeks pregnant: 28

Time left: 10 weeks 4 days

Weight gained to date: As far as I know... still a total of 2.5 lbs. (next weigh in on June 20th. I'll keep you posted :P)

Gender: Still a girl. :)

Baby's approx. length: 14.8" head to heel

Baby's approx. weight: 2.2 lbs

Veg/fruit size comparison: eggplant (Really... she's been an eggplant for like a month. Maybe they could switch it up a bit.)

Cravings this week: Asian pear, ginger snaps.

Movement: BIG movement now... not big as in LOTS... but big as in it looks like she's trying to escape my belly.

Chicken's name suggestion this week: Selba.... I still prefer "Juice box".