Monday, June 30, 2008

Pour vos yeux ~

Mom always has great advise, so when she told me about Almay Eye Makeup Remover, I knew I had to try it. It has individual pads that already have the product on them. So, I got some this weekend and what can I them! Mom was right again! =)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Wii Fit ~

Rocks! Fo Shizzle! Clyde bought it shortly before Rowyn was born and I've been on a mission to use it every night. It calculates your weight and BMI (which we know can't be completely accurate), and it allows you to input how much weight you want to lose and calculates it all out for you. You can do Yoga, balance games, strength training, and stuff, except for the Lotus Focus, which could only be fun if you're burning one. :P Clyde is partial to the Soccer head butting game...check it out here

We give it two thumbs up...and the kids like it too!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mothra ~

My mother-in-law was well known for her love of sci-fi, monster movies; giant bunnies, killer bees, Godzilla. One of her favorite movies was Mothra vs really a giant moth goes up against Godzilla, seriously, who thinks this stuff up?
This morning after going out to retrieve the daily newspaper, I am *certain* I found the inspiration for the creature, Mothra. After running inside to snap some pictures, I had to Google it to see what the hell kind of mutant was parked on my front stoop. After looking at the pictures, I'm quite sure it's a female...and apparently a blond version at that...she was laying her eggs on my front door step. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, eh? It is a Hyalophora Cecropia Moth, also more commonly known as, a Robin Moth.

Here she active labor

Here is a borrowed picture of the male version, up close and personal...

Monday, June 23, 2008

How to Have a Meltdown
by Lumpy ~

Phase 1: The Work-Up

Phase 2: The Grunt, Growl, and Breath Holding

Phase 3: The 'Stop taking my picture, can't you see I'm trying to throw a good one here?!'

Phase 4: Fling Yourself to the Floor and Thrash All Extremities Up and Down

Friday, June 13, 2008

Mama Bargains ~

I'm a Woot fan, love that when I heard about which is the baby gear equivalent of Woot, I had to check it out! They've had items up like several Timi and Leslie diaper bags or a Uppa Vista stroller, Baby Star bedding...and at fabulous prices! I'm definitely going to be watching this site closely! ;)
First Years Swaddler ~

I bought a First Years Swaddler at Target, I believe it was $ worth it! We swaddle Rowyn in it every night for bed and she's been doing awesome with it! It's so simple to use (they even include a step-by-step instruction on the bottom of the swaddler), machine washable, cute, and inexpensive. Unlike swaddling with a regular receiving blanket which inevitably comes open after the baby moves a little, this is secured with two velcro tabs.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

June 4, 2008 ~

I'd been having
contractions on and off since 3am, they were painful, but sporadic. At 3pm we headed to the hospital for an induction. After getting admitted and getting settled in the room, the lab came to draw blood and my nurse, Shannon, started my IV with fluid and antibiotic. Shannon checked me and I was at 2-3 and 80% effaced. Finally, at 4:38pm, they started the induction with Pitocin. Shannon checked me again and I was now at 4. Around 5pm, Clyde ran to the cafeteria to grab dinner. The nurses had me up walking around to let gravity help...boy did it! I was having some helatious contractions that I could hardly stand through. Clyde was gone 15 minutes or so and when he came back, Shannon was checking me again...I was now at 6. Clyde called my mom and told her she'd better head over, things were progressing pretty quickly. My contractions were one on top of the other and I was begging and pleading at this point for an epidural. Shannon said she'd call them, but that I needed more fluid first. I apparently started a deep moaning, which Shannon later told me can be a sign of completion...all I know is I was in some wicked pain! Shannon called for help and the room filled with nurses. Shannon was squeezing the antibiotic trying to get it in me as fast as it would allow, another nurse was trying to get the damn mesh underwear off me, I guess I wasn't complying much at this point. lol My midwife had still not made it to the hospital, why hurry, she figured she would have plenty of time. Thankfully, Dr Tinsman happened to be on the floor, he came in and checked me and I heard him say, "I need a gown, we're going to have a baby in about 2 seconds." I remember asking him if I could push, he said if I felt the need, to go ahead. I remember pushing and Clyde said the bag of water was bulging, so the doctor broke it and out came her head. OMG, when they call it the ring of fire, I can see why...Yowza!! I'm pretty sure they heard me hooting and hollering 2 floors down! One more push and her body was out, thank you Jesus! Rowyn Camille was born at 5:26pm, 48 minutes after they started the Pitocin. Clyde cut the cord and just as he finished, my mom got there...poor mom, she so wanted to be there, but apparently Rowyn had other plans. The labor was the complete opposite of what I had planned. I had envisioned a nice relaxing 4-hour labor, my miracle epidural, some snoozing, some pressure, and then my little girl being delivered. So much for that, this little girl was in one helluva hurry to meet us! My midwife walked in about 10 minutes later in total disbelief...and disappointment, since she's been with us since the beginning and the delivery is the reason she loves her job. She commented that my body was made to have babies...maybe so, but the baby factory is having a going out of business sale now!

Rowyn Camille was totally worth it, and we are completely in love with her!