Lo’s birth story: part 2

“Not only did I fail at being pregnant, I failed I giving birth”

I left off with the pee in the fridge. That’s quite the way to start a blog post, eh?

So I hung out at home for a day, because really? Who wants to go to work and figure out how to discretely store their pee… in a bright orange container… in the communal fridge? yeah. *oh. at this point I should mention WHY they wanted me to do a urine collection in the first place.  Because of my headaches and high blood pressure, my midwives were concerned about the onset of pre-eclampsia.  The only definitive test for pre-e is a 24-hour urine collect to test for protein. My quick test in the clinic was negative, but they wanted to run the more accurate 24-hour test.

So I stayed home on a modified ‘bed rest’ until I dropped off the sample at the lab on Thursday (8/23 if you’re keeping track) before going to work for the morning. I had an early-afternoon appointment that had been scheduled for awhile anyway, so I headed over after lunch.  They took my blood pressure, which was a little elevated, but nothing severe.  My lab results weren’t back yet, so my midwife wanted me to go home and stay on bedrest through the weekend, and follow up the next Monday to see how I was feeling.  I called Jeremy, gave him the scoop, and went home.  Minutes after I walked in the door, my phone rang. It was the clinic, and my midwife sounded concerned. My heart sank, because I knew what she was going to tell me.

Sure enough, she wanted me to come back in for an induction immediately.  My lab results came back with a concerning level of protein in my 24-hour sample of urine. Combined with my high blood pressure readings (and headaches and blurry vision), I officially had pre-eclampsia.  I was late enough in pregnancy that it was going to be safer for Lo to be outside than inside.  I remember trying to stay calm and asking what time she wanted me to come in. “as soon as you safely can get here.” I hung up, called Jeremy and told him I was coming to pick him up from work.  Somewhere in all of this, I organized to have my sister come watch the dogs. Then I called my mom to tell her and I completely broke down. I can vividly picture myself standing in the kitchen between the wall and the counter, crying, begging the dogs to come over and give me a hug. Knowing it was the last time I’d see them before our whole house, our lives, changed. Somehow I gathered up my stuff and walked out the door.

Jeremy and I got to the clinic around 2pm, got checked in and tried to get settled.  It was a very mixed-emotions experience; excitement over meeting our daughter, and terror over having to go through the whole childbirth thing for real.

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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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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

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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She’s starting to get mobile!

Oh man. As much as I am excited to see this little girl grow up, I’d be more than content to have her stay stationary a little longer.  Yes, I know it’s a great thing that she’s gaining motor skills and developing on schedule. But I gotta be honest- it’s really convenient to plop her on the floor, walk downstairs to get laundry or go to the bathroom, and come back to her still lying in the same spot.  That’s all changing.

Although she’s not actually crawling yet (as I mentioned in her 7 month update), she’s starting to figure out this whole moving around business. She can get up on her hands, up on her knees and has the movement down. She’s yet to get all of that in sync to crawl for real, thankfully.  BUT she is starting to get her own method of transportation. She rolls over back and forth, scoots on her front and back, and turns herself around in a circle.  I was finally able to capture a little bit of it on video, but I trimmed it down. It was originally a 5 minute clip, but I thought you’d all get bored with that!

One of the best parts about her being more mobile? The dogs. I think they’re starting to realize that she’s a human, too. Between the blabbering and pulling their tails and now moving around a little- they know something’s up.  Puckett is always lying next to her when she’s on the ground. I think it’s half “play with me!” and half “don’t hurt yourself!” intentions. Either way, I love watching the dogs and Miss Lo figure each other out.

First walk in the Big Stroller

You know you’re a Minnesotan when 40 degrees is a heat wave… at the end of March. We finally snapped out of this awful winter (for now, *knock on wood*) and we’ve been hanging out in the 40s for the week. Enough snow has melted so the streets are mostly dry at this point.  I convinced Jeremy that we should go for a walk after work.  Doesn’t sound like a big deal, huh? Well. Add in the fact that we’ve never before used her stroller without the infant bucket seat… and the two dogs that are far from leash-trained, and it was an adventure. BUT we all survived and I think everyone even enjoyed it a little. I was much impressed by the pups. They both seemed to realize that walking next to the stroller required better manners and neither tried to run away or really even pulled at the leash much.

Levi was behind the camera....

Levi was behind the camera….

Miss Lo even seemed to love it! She had the biggest eyes the whole time, just taking it all in.  I took her for a few quick walks when she was a teeny baby, but they were few and far between. And then it got cold. really really cold. So our walks were put on hold for a few six months. But now it’s a little nicer out, and I am determined to make a post-dinner walk part of our routine.  Lo was enthralled with all the new things to look at, the pups were taking in all the different scents, and it just felt awesome for us all to get a bit of fresh air.

P.S. if you’re wondering, we have the Graco LiteRider stroller, and so far I like it. It’s a bit bulkier than other expensive strollers, but it fit with her infant carseat and it really is light and easy to fold up with one hand.

Miss Lo- 7 months!

So we meet again, monthly check-in.  Again with the cliches, but where has the time gone? My baby is now forreal closer to a year old than she is to her birth.  And, oh, how she’s grown. I can’t believe how much has changed just in the last month!  Miss Lo’s becoming more and more of a little person every day.  She’s showing us pieces of her personality daily, and while I am so excited to see the person she becomes, I’m a little terrified too.  It’s probably no surprise that Jeremy and I have a daughter who is strong-willed, opinionated, and independent. But I never thought we would be dealing with these traits at a mere 7 months of age.

You're taking my picture?!

You’re taking my picture?!

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