Monday, March 31, 2014

Alina: Weeks 1-3 update

I loved that I did these updates during the first year of Emerald's life. It has been immensely helpful as I go through the newborn stage again. I read back through them and say "Oh yeah, I forgot about that". Also when it comes time to fill out the baby book (because let's be honest..I am so not doing it as I go) I can just look back at these updates and fill in the details.So with that said,  I will be doing the same for Alina. 

Weeks 1-3 

Weight: 8 lbs 5 oz - 1 week
9 lbs 14 oz - 3 weeks

Height:  20.5 -1 week
22 inches- 3 weeks 

We are breastfeeding and it is going so well. She had no problems latching and obviously no problems gaining weight (see above weight...she was 7.14 at birth). She is eating every 2 hours around the clock. Every now and then she will go 3 hours between feedings but that is few and far between. I pumped for the first time today and we will try a bottle in the next day or 2. I am slightly nervous due to the fact that her sister refused a bottle until about 9 months. We will see. 
Despite the fact that she is eating so frequently I consider her a good little sleeper. She takes lots of naps during the day and goes back to sleep after feedings at night. She likes to sleep in the Rock and Play, the swing, the ergo, the happy baby wrap and of course on anyone who will hold her. 
Going through about 10-12 diapers a day
Use Vaseline during the day and Desitin Creamy at night
She outgrew newborn diapers at about 2 weeks and that was pushing it. Now we are using Size 1 Huggies (which I hate, they leak). And size 1 Luvs (which I love). 
Alina's skin is very vascular ,according to her pediatrician. Meaning she is more prone to breakouts and sensitive to more things. She has a "storkbite" on her face and neck. I think it's cute but it should fade as she gets older. She also has a little baby acne that I'm just cleaning with a washcloth and warm water. 
Loves taking warm baths
Use Johnson and Johnson Baby wash but thinking of trying Earth mama angel baby since I have some
I'm not using much lotion until her acne goes away. 
She has grown mostly out of her newborn clothes already! wearing some 0-3 months. Right now I love anything with zippers. Easier and quicker to change. 
Family time
She loves to be held. She gives us smiles every now and then. When she smiles her whole face lights up. Makes me so happy.She mostly just lays and looks around during her awake time. I know that will quickly change. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Alina's story : A VBAC


Disclaimer: This is a birth story, so if you do not care to read about “blood ‘n’  guts”  turn back now. Actually, there are no guts but seriously it gets kind of gritty so…oh and…Also it’s very long.
You've been warned.

You may be wondering? What the heck is a VBAC ? VBAC = Vaginal birth after Cesarean. If you care to read about my Cesarean birth with my first daughter you can do that here. It’s a good story.

From the moment I found out I was pregnant with baby #2…scratch that..from the moment they rolled me out of the operating room with my first daughter Emerald, I vowed never again. Never again would I be the bystander in my own birthing experience. I would educate myself and be my own advocate. For me this meant that I wanted a VBAC. I wanted to experience birth the way women have been doing it forever.

I decided to stay with my OBGYN that delivered Emerald for more reasons than I have time to go into. Basically he was my best chance at having a VBAC at our local hospital. This hospital is a great hospital overall, nice, clean, excellent staff but gosh darn it if they don’t have the highest induction/C-section rate in the state. (I actually don’t know that, just how it feels).

 So my OB is what you call “mildly VBAC friendly”. But I knew this going into it and was fully prepared to fight my way to the end. Turns out I didn’t really have to fight that much. He pretty much just went along with whatever I wanted to do. My pregnancy was super uncomplicated and there was no reason for him to object to anything.

Around 39 weeks I started having false labor. Contractions that would last for hours and hours..we’re talking 12-24 hours at a time. They were super uncomfortable and exhausting but not bad enough to go to the hospital.  They would always taper off just about the time I was ready to call L+D. We did everything to get these contractions to turn into full blown labor. We tried all the old wives tales to no avail. By 40 weeks I was done. Put a fork in me. I was so tired physically and emotionally from the labor game my body was playing. To top it off all of my progress checks from 37 weeks on were the same. “High, tight and closed” (If you don’t know what that means, ask your mom).

At my 40 week appointment my OB gave me the “talk”. Any mom trying to have a VBAC knows the “talk”. It’s the one where they try to convince you that your time is running out and it would be easier to opt for a scheduled c section. I left that appt so defeated and cried to my husband that I didn’t think it was going to happen for us. I thought maybe I should just go for the c-section, and then this baby will be out of me and all this stress over having a VBAC would go away.

After I had a good cry I thought about what I truly wanted. I wanted a vaginal birth. I wanted to get to hold my baby immediately, not hours later. I wanted to be able to pick my toddler up and hold her in my lap when she came to meet her sister. I wanted to feel like a human…not a drugged up crazy person. These are the things I wanted. I didn’t mind so much what it took to get her here. I was never trying for an all natural birth but I wanted her to come out of me the old fashion way.

I had an appt at 40 weeks 5 days and I knew this was it. I had been having contractions since 4 am and these were pretty intense. More intense than any before. I actually pulled the towel bar out of the wall during a contraction if that gives you any clue. My appt was at 8 am. We had already made arrangements for my mom to keep Emerald and all of our bags were packed. I knew this was it and he was going to send us over to the hospital. I was ready.

 I had an NST done at his office where I stayed hooked up for an hour, the strip was pretty nonreactive, which my Dr was not happy about and it made me nervous as well. I knew it was time to get this baby out. She wasn’t happy in there. So we were sent to L+D with plans to augment my labor by AROM (breaking my water) and a small dose of pitocin (aka..The devils drug).

We arrived, got checked in and I was hooked up. My OB came and broke my water and started the Pitocin at 12 noon. I was 2 cm dilated. I was happy…things were moving along. I had a wonderful nurse that hunted down the yoga ball for me to sit on. I labored on that and in the bed sitting “Buddha” style. They gradually bumped up my pit until the contractions were 2-3 minutes apart. I was managing them well. They hurt like none other but I was managing. I tried to stay moving as much as I could hooked up to those darn monitors. While I wasn’t a fan of all the wires they did give me a peace of mind knowing that we would know immediately if anything went wrong with my labor.

I was checked again about 3 pm..still 2 cm. The contractions are pretty grueling right now. If you’ve ever experienced pit contractions you know they can be unbearable. I was breathing through them…I was having hot flashes..then I would be freezing. Then I started throwing up. That was lovely. I puked and puked. Ok I was starting to get tired of this.

I was checked again about 5pm. Still 2 cm. It was at this point that I thought “I can’t do this”. 5 hours of Pitocin contractions and no progress. I was trying to be strong. But I thought to myself “my body is broken and won’t dilate”.  My doctor said don’t give can do this. I had a good cry…a good pep talk from hubby and I was ready to go again.

This is where it got intense. Stuff hit the fan if you know what I mean. Right after my Dr left my contractions jumped from about a 4-5 on the pain scale to a 9-10. Oh my goodness! I cannot describe to you the pain I was in. My poor husband was trying to help me but I could not deal with them. I was crying and moaning and basically acting exactly like I said I would never act. Like a crazy person. I could barely breathe and was hyperventilating. I couldn’t focus or stay calm. I told Jonathan that I wanted the epidural. I couldn’t continue with these contractions that were 1 minute apart! He said he understood and agreed I should get it.
 I felt like such a failure. I felt like I would be known as the woman who got an epidural at 2 cm.

My nurse came back and said the Anesthesiologist will be here at 730 pm. It was 630 pm. Instead of being upset I was just relieved that he was coming at all! During all the commotion of the contractions my OB and several nurses came rushing in because they could not track the baby. With all my moving around they couldn’t pick her up. So I had to have an internal monitor put in. Fine. But that meant I had to lie down. Have you ever tried to lay down flat on your back during the most intense pain of your life? Yeah. That was fun.

As my OB was putting the monitor in he smiled when he checked me and said “you’re 5cm!”. I could have cried in relief. I had dilated 3 cm in 1 hr. All the pain wasn’t for nothing and I wasn’t broken. I could do this.

That blessed man the Anesthesiologist came and gave me the epidural. I am not afraid of needles and he did an awesome job. I can’t tell you the relief I felt physically and emotionally. It took about 20 minutes to take full effect but I was a different person immediately. I was smiling and laughing. I apologized to my nurse and hubby for acting like a lunatic. After that I got to lie down and rest…sweet rest. We watched Duck Dynasty..dimmed the lights and just relaxed.

9 pm I was 7cm.

About 1030 pm my ob came in and said he was going in to assist with a c-section for me not to have the baby while he was away. Haha. Right after he left my monitor stopped picked up contractions. We turned every which way trying to get them to pick up until my nurse said “wait let me check you”. I was complete. 10 cm. Apparently, your contractions can slow down when you are complete.
10 cm! 

Nurse had me lay on my side to bring baby down some more. About 1130pm my ob came back in and before he could check me I said “I’m a 10..can I push this baby out now”. The room was set up and I was instructed how to push.  Before we started I said “Is this it?” referring to the amount of people in the room. It was just me, hubby, ob, and 2 nurses. My Dr said “Yes but I can go find some more people if you like”. That made me laugh. I loved how small and intimate it was. The lights were dimmed and it was so…peaceful.

 I pushed for 30 minutes and out she came. Just like that. No problems or complications of any kind. I kind of just laid there in shock after she came out thinking “I can’t believe I actually did it”.  I didn’t cry like I thought I would. I just smiled and smiled and held Jonathan’s hand and kissed my new baby.

 This was what it was supposed to be like. I felt amazing. I got to hold and nurse my baby immediately. The next day when Emerald came I picked her up and snuggled her in my lap like I wanted to. I wasn’t drugged up on painkillers. I could think clearly. I could eat and walk. I thank God every day for giving me this wonderful, restorative, healing birth experience. It healed my heart.

Alina Dawn Hutto
12:16 am
7lbs 14oz
20.5 inches

Saturday, July 13, 2013

June Cara Box Reveal

I have been seeing posts about "Cara Box" since I started blogging. Several months I came close to joining to find out what it's all about but changed my mind. In June Kaitlyn over at Wifessionals announced the theme as "Take me to the Fair" and I knew I had to try it, no more excuses. I love fairs!

I was matched with Julia and Barbie . I loved getting to know these 2 ladies, so fun that you get matched with 2! To see the box I sent Julia click here. I had loads of fun shopping for stuff. I love buying things for other people so this was a good outlet for me haha.

Here is the box Barbie sent me! I was blown away at how perfectly everything fit my personality. I could have picked every item in the box myself. She went above and beyond and I am so grateful!

she included

-Plastic Mason jar with lid and straw -You just don't even know how much I have been wanting one of these! I use it everyday now.
-Paper straws- again, one of those things I've been wanting to buy! love the aqua
-Caramel popcorn- nothing screams fair like popcorn
-Saltwater Taffy- delicious and it may or may not have since been devoured ;)
-2 popsicle themed glass jars with lids- so cute and practical.
- Framed Picture of a Ferris wheel! this one made me tear up. I love Ferris Wheels and this one is so whimsical and old fashion. This picture now sits in my daughter's room. 

I loved every single thing you picked Barbie! Thanks so much.

Cara Box

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Trendy Little- Mixing Patterns

Today I am linking up with Chelsea to show off my Trendy Little. 

It is hot hot hot here in Georgia! We are all about shorts and tank tops. If we must wear shoes it usually a pair of jellies because let's be honest they just scream SUMMER....ICECREAM...IT'S HOT! And when it's hot who cares about matching..we just put on whatever's coolest. Stripes, plaids, all works. 

Ice Cream Tank : Old Navy
Jellies: Old Navy
Plaid Shorts: H+M
Striped Headband:  Jennifer Ann


Friday, June 7, 2013

1st Birthday theme ideas

I don't know how this is possible but Emerald's first birthday is right around the corner. I am so happy that she has a summer birthday. I have been pinning like crazy trying to get an idea of what I want to do. 
It will  be a small celebration with family but I would still like to have decorations because that is part of the fun! 

Here are some ideas that I love. 


linking up:
Raising Imperfection


Monday, June 3, 2013

10 Month Update

This is an update for Emerald's 10th month. I don't even want to think about how close to a one year old she is. 

Weight: 19.5 lbs
Height: 28.5 inches

Hair:  Starting to get curls in the back. Probably the most adorable thing I have ever seen
Eyes: Blue like the summer sky

 Skin: You had your first skin reaction to s new soap that I tried. You developed a full body rash and almost gave this Momma a heart attack. Needless to say we switched back to our old soap.

Eating: Still nursing 3-4 times a day and chowing down in between on whatever you can get your hands on. Your current faves are blueberries, watermelon, cheerios, bananas and corn. You also had some coconut milk and loved that too. 

Sleeping: I am the proudest mom. Baby girl you are sleeping so well. You go to sleep about 8-9pm and wake up between 8-9 am consistently. I NEVER thought I would say that sentence. Ever since we made the switch to the crib we are all much happier. You have a few stuffed animals in your crib and I often find you in there playing with them after naps...melt my heart.

Teething:No new teeth this month. You have 1 on top and 3 on bottom. Lopsided but cute.

Bath time: We are switching to the big tub, the whale tub that has served us so faithfully cannot contain you anymore. You love the new freedom in the bathtub. It's like a new world was opened up. You super love water! 

Diapering: Still a huge fan of Target diapers but this month we have tried a few new kinds to see if you can move better in them. So far we like Huggies little movers and we are about to try Pampers cruisers. I'm sure we will always be a Target Brand Family. Oh and you are in a size 3.

Play time: Play time is fun! You crawl everywhere and pull up on everything. We have had to put up barricades to keep you from getting into certain places. You love to crawl to the front door and look out the side window. I'll hear you over there jabbering away at the outside world. You love the Kiddie pool that you share with Cousin Liam. You would stay all day if I let you. You also like to push things around, for example a box of diapers or the laundry basket turned upside down. You stand up and push it all over the room...good practice for walking. Every morning I say, "Let's find Paris" (our dog) and you get so excited. You love to chase her around as she runs from you. 

Clothes: It is getting hot hot hot here is Southeast Georgia. Most days its a tank top and soft shorts...and some days we just go without the shorts. You are wearing mostly 12m and 12-18 m clothes. 

*Tried blueberries and watermelon!
*First Memorial Day
*Started giving kisses when asked

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Etsy Features (volume II)

*This is in no way, shape or form a sponsored post. These shops do not even know that I am writing this post. This is simply because I love to shop. I love to shop handmade and Etsy. These are my own opinions. 

To see my first Etsy Features post click here

 These are a few of my favorite Etsy shops or items right now. Go visit, like, heart and shop because it means the world to shop owners. Let's get started shall we?

1. Little Hip Squeaks. To say I have an obsession with this shop would be an understatement. This shop is run by Amy and she is one amazing lady. I follow her on instagram  and am daily drooling over the things she comes up with. She makes headbands, blankets, leggings, bloomers, hats...and other things as well. She designs her own prints and for me that is the draw. The prints are unique and very "one of a kind". My suggestion, follow her on instagram and when she says something has been listed...RUN to her Shop and snatch it up because it will sell out within minutes. You're welcome.
the above picture is property of Little Hip Squeaks, I am merely showing off her handiwork (and also the amazing headbands I purchased)

2. The Bathtub Bakery. I was lucky enough to win a giveaway which included a gift card to this sweet shop! I had a hard time picking what I wanted because everything looked (literally) so good. Carol makes bakery style soaps, and bath and body treats. She even has soaps that look and smell like doughnuts! In the end I went with some amazing cotton candy whipped sugar scrub which I am obsessed with, some lotion and chap stick. I love it all and can't wait to run out so I can buy some more. You will love it I promise!

property of The Bathtub Bakery

3. Frosted So Sweet. Here are some earrings that I spotted awhile back and they have been on my favorites list ever since. My plan is to purchase them for myself to wear at Emma's 1st birthday party (which will include real ice cream). How unique and fun that you get to design your own ice cream cones...sauce, toppings and all!! 

Property of Frosted So Sweet

4. Little Side Kick. Here is a shop I just discovered as I was browsing through looking for a doll to get my daughter for her birthday. I came across this shop and LOVED what I saw. Not only the dolly's but she has adorable stuffed owls, elephants, bunny rabbits and more! 
Property of Little Side Kicks

5. Aidie's Hideaway. I love this shop! Andrea makes the cutest bows and headbands for little girls. I have purchased a few and I love them on my daughter. I follow her on Instagram to keep up with her new items. She always has the cutest fabrics and styles. My favorite though, is the garland that she makes. Currently she has the 4th of July Garland and the Flower Garland which I really want!! These don't stay in her shop long so hurry!

Now go Shop!