Lo’s birth story: part 1

So. Here it is. Over 11 months late, but better late than never, right?  It is super important to me to have this written down somewhere, but it’s been a really hard thing to sit down and write out.  For a few reasons. Time, of course. and also? It was a really difficult week (yes, week) of labor and delivery and processing.  But my little baby is going to be a year old (!) at the end of the month, and it’s time to get it over with.

Fair warning: this will be messy and long-winded. If you don’t want to hear the details, just read my quick summary and skip on past the rest.

CN: “Totally boring pregnancy” until 37w5d when my BP randomly spiked.  I was induced a few days later for pre-eclampsia.  After two days in the hospital, nothing had progressed and I was given a few options (stay and keep trying, go home, rest and come back in a few days, or c-section.) I went home for a few days, went back for a follow up appointment the next week. My blood pressure was still high, so the sent me down for induction #2. After about 10 hours of real labor and less than an hour of pushing (on a failed epi), Lo was born the next day, healthy.

Ok. Seriously. Don’t read further unless you wanna know all about all that.

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We’re still here!

ohhey. We’re here still. Life, as a cliche, as been crazy.  I have a lot I want to talk about, but I figured the best way to get going is to just type something. I know I owe you all a 9 month update for real. But I wanted to at least drop her stats here before I forget.


Height: 29.5″ (50-75%)

Weight: 20.4 lb (75%)

Head: don’t remember, but I know it was 95%+ as always

Shots: nada!

Big milestones over the last month or so include crawling. and pulling up on everything. and not sleeping. and TEETH! two of them, on the botton to be exact.

Yes, we had her 9 month appointment almost 3 weeks ago, because my baby is almost 10 months old. no. not possible. Seriously. I’m having major issues coping with this.  I feel like I say that every month, but it’s just worse the past week or so. I dont ‘know what it is- maybe the teeth? the crawling from room to room? the pounding on doors and understanding that there’s someone/something on the other side she wants? Maybe it’s the glimpses of her stubborn, wise personality- you know, the one I’m going to dread when she’s a teenager.  Payback and all that.

Seriously though.  I feel like I’ve missed so much of her life, and it’s a hard thing to come to terms with lately.  All of a sudden I don’t have a baby anymore. I have a little person living with us. A little girl who already is so full of curiosity and opinions and love.  I often catch myself just watching her expressions, trying to figure out exactly what’s going on in that little noggin of hers.  Wondering what it’s like to start to really understand this huge world we’re all living in.  (goodness knows I, at 27, really have no clue what it’s all about.) I love watching her sneak up on Puckett and squeal in delight and pride when he jumps after she grabs his tail.

There are so many moments that make me catch my breath. So many moments that make me realize just how blessed we are, and just how much I have to look forward to.  But for now? I want my little girl to be a baby. To cuddle up and grasp my finger while she nods off to sleep.  If anyone has suggestions on how to freeze time, please send them my way.

Miss Lo- 8 months!

Oy. I’m late by a week!  Life is crazy these days.  Work is at its busiest point all year as we prep for school end close and start up the summer season. And gone are the days where I can set down little Lo and do something productive for half an hour.  My little baby is moving around so quickly and fearlessly- her new trick is to follow me into the kitchen.  So we spend a lot of time on the floor with her, playing with new toys and practicing ‘be nice’ to the puppies.  So far Levi is pretty unaffected- he just does his own thing, stopping by for a quick sniff once in awhile.  Puck though? Puck and Lo are going to be best friends, we can tell already.  When she cries, he’s there immediately.  When she’s on the ground, he’s lying next to her and he’s been so good as she starts to climb on him and give ‘kisses’.  (I just play oblivious to the obvious dog hair she’s ingested thus far.)

Puppy and Baby Games

Puppy and Baby Games

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aka the “what is wrong with this world” post.

edit: woah. this got really long.  Welcome to my stream of consciousness. I’ve split this into a second post that I started, with the intention of finishing tomorrow once I can gather my thoughts a little better.

I apologize up front, because this is going to be jumbled and probably not totally cohesive.  But I’ve been struggling to wrap my mind around all the shit going on lately and I need to get it down somewhere.  This is one of those days where I wish I kept a journal, but that’s sort of the purpose of this blog.  So I’ll spill some feelings here in hopes to help talk myself through my emotions.

To start, today was a crappy crappy day.  Work sucked for a variety of reasons- people at work were annoying me, clients were asking ridiculous questions, partnering offices were being needy.  Basically, the usual crap I get paid to deal with, but on a heightened level.  That combined with an overtired, already-crabby and over-stressed me, and it was just not a positive day at the office.  I spent far too much time complaining with my coworker about lots of rational and irrational issues throughout the day. Then I left work. I got frustrated with about 95% of the people on the road who screwed up my commute home.

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Wanna break a world record?

Check out this fun chance to break a world record! I so wish we could be there, but we’ll be on a plane to Florida!

BUT if you’ve got a baby in diapers, you should totally do this.  Even if you don’t currently use cloth diapers, you can sign up and they’ll give you one to use for the event. Plus it sounds like they have a ton of awesome giveaways at this location! If you go, let me know how much fun it is 🙂

On Saturday, April 20th, join All Things Diapers and the Minnesota Cloth Diapering Mommies for the 2013 Great Cloth Diaper Change. There will be demos and activities, plus freebies and drawings! Both the GCDC and Expo are FREE to attend!The Expo is from 9:00 – 12:00. The Diaper Change is at 11:00 sharp.Join us and be part of a Guinness Book Record!You can get more info on our website:www.allthingsdiapers.com

The dedicated FB page: https://www/facebook.com/MNGCDC

Sign up at: http://www.allthingsdiapers.com/Allthingsdiapers/MN_Great_Cloth_Diaper_Change.html

Our First Easter… recap

Easter isn’t really a holiday we celebrate much, but it is a great chance to get together with family!  We decided lay low this year, and opted not to travel back to Wisconsin to visit my family. Instead we stay here to grab lunch with Jeremy’s family, who most certainly did not disappoint.  But first. Let’s talk about the loot.

The Easter Bunny obviously had a little birdie hanging around our house, so he knew there was a new baby in this home.  He showed up sometime Sunday morning with two baskets for the family- one for the boys and one for the girls. Jeremy and the pups got some candy, a few trinket toys, some Burt’s Bees lip balm (that is impossible to find in the stores, BTW), and some beef rib bones.  Lo and I got some candy, some plastic bath books, a set of baby PJs, and bubbles. Good job, Easter Bunny! The best part? The baskets were hidden behind our La-Z-Boy chair, which is where they were always hidden growing up. What a crazy coincidence!

Easter dress!

Easter dress!

Even though we didn’t have any fancy plans, we wanted to get the little one in a cute dress for Easter lunch. And, since she was wearing a dress, of course I had to torture her by taking a few dozen pictures. Thankfully, we got one really adorable one for the ‘baby book’ (aka, what you’re reading right now. Because clearly I’m never going to actually keep up a real, written baby book.)   Turns out she’s not a fan of headbands though; it lasted all of about 2 minutes before she was reaching to pull it off her head. She still looks ridiculously cute, eh?

We had lunch with Jeremy’s family, so we went over to his parents’ house for the afternoon. It was great to see his parents and uncle and little brother.  I was worried about being gone for awhile during normal nap time, but Lo did great!  She even napped for about an hour at their house while we ate.  She did wake up in time to try a little Easter meal though. We let her taste test a little watermelon and turkey, which she loved. She would’ve eaten the whole bowl of watermelon if I had let her, I think.

She chowed down that turkey, too.  Most of the afternoon we just hung around and caught up with the family.  A few more pictures that I snapped on my phone while we were there:

Hanging out with Uncle Evan

Hanging out with Uncle Evan

Chatting it up

Chatting it up

I should mention just how spoiled Miss Lo is, too.  Apparently the Easter Bunny visited the grandparents’ house too!  She got more goodies there- some toys and clothes, and a shovel and bucket to help dad outside this summer! All in all, it was a great dad with some delicious food 🙂

So that’s our Easter in a nutshell; we are truly blessed to have family nearby that we can visit.

BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Alright. One of these days I’ll make a post on our adventures in solid foods with Miss Lo.  I’ve had a few friends ask for recipes on foods we’ve tried with her, so I figured I’d add them here so I can reference them later, too.  On the old blog I had (that I failed at keeping up), I tried to post recipes a lot when I made my own version. It helps me to remember how I made it last time, because I have a terrible memory with things like that. But I want this blog to really focus on the baby and our learning to do this whole parenting thing. That being said, I really do plan on having a post about our approach to foods, because I know it’s an exciting, albeit concerning, decision for all parents!

A quick summary is that we do a combination of both homemade purees (i.e. ‘normal’ mushy baby food) and baby-led weaning (i.e. give the baby real finger food and let them have control of their eating.)  I fully intend of explaining our take on this in depth later, but a short Google search will direct you to lots of information on it. Onto the first recipe!

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