Monday, September 25, 2006

Here's another reason to do anything you can to avoid a c-section

Babies born via c-section are more likely to die during the first months after birth than babies born vaginally.

While I realize that c-sections are sometimes necessary to save the life of mom or baby, I don't believe that this is the case in almost 30% of all births. Something is terribly wrong with the way birth is treated in this country. So many women are under the (false) impression that the more interventions, the more medical the environment they birth in, the safer it is for them to give birth. "C-section saved my baby's life" is a phrase heard quite often. Well, I don't believe that 30% of babies would die were it not for the c-section. I wish women (and doctors alike) would realize that the more they interfere with the normal birth process, the more likely there are going to be complications that will eventually necessitate c-section. I'm not talking about necessary c-sections, such as with a transverse breech or placenta previa. I'm talking more about not allowing VBACs, automatically dictating c-sections for all breech presentations or multiples, and most of all, c-sections due to fetal distress. The more interventions that are used during labor, the more likely the baby is to go into distress. Use of drugs such as cervidil, cytotec, or pitocin to induce or augment labor increase the risk for fetal distress, yet not many women are clearly made aware of those risks. Artifical rupture of membranes is another common practice that, IMO, can result in fetal distress. Any drugs used during birth also have an effect on the baby. If women got more support in natural labor, their need for drugs would decrease, which would make birth safer for both woman and baby. There's a lot of work still to be done to make birth safer for both mothers and babies, and I don't believe the answer lies in even more interventions. I believe the answer lies in going back to our roots, in supporting natural childbirth, and in encouraging women to choose that route. Education, preparation, and support go a long way in making childbirth a positive, uplifting, empowering experience, WITHOUT the use of drugs. :o)

Friday, September 22, 2006

SNOW!

Yep, it snowed this morning. I stepped outside to go to the gym, and there it was. Not a lot, but enough to stick to the ground a little. Crazy. It's all gone now, and we're supposed to get temps back up to 70ish by the end of next week. I hope!!! I'm so not ready for cold weather...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

It's official!

I'm now a consultant for Usborne books. I don't expect to make tons of money off of it, but it'll be fun. I sure do love their books. :o) I'll have a website up for the first 6 months, feel free to check it out. I may do a party for a friend soon, too, so that should be fun. Dave won't have to be the only one listening to me rave about how great the books are anymore. :p

In other news, life has been crazy busy, as usual. Little Belen came home from the hospital on Friday, and is doing just fine. Yay! On Saturday, we went to the first USU football home game. They lost 48 nothing, haha. Good thing we sat there freezing off our behinds from 6-9 p.m. At least Kaylee had fun roaming around. :p Yesterday, I taught a class on cloth diapering, which was tons of fun. After that, I went to my women's singing group, and the music for our Christmas concert is going to be interesting. Life never gets boring around here, that's for sure. Oh, and I went to the store this morning, and got some walnut artisan bread. It tastes delicious with artichoke dip on top. I had to stop myself from eating the whole loaf all at once. :p

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

And isn't it ironic, don't you think, a little too ironic...

Know the tune? It's been going through my head today. It seems that's how life has been for little Belen. She had a sleep study ealier this summer to see if she could maybe be decannulated (get her trach out). The study didn't go well, so no decannulation. Though it seems like the study's interpretation may be subjective, so my friend is waiting to get a second opinion on that. Then Belen had a swallow study on Monday, to see where the food was going that the speech therapist was putting in her mouth. It turned out that she actually really did swallow it all, no aspiration (breathing in the food). That was awesome news. Last night at 12:30 a.m., I get a call from my friend asking if I could come over and stay at her house with her kids so her and her husband could take Belen to the ER. She was having a really hard time breathing, laboring hard, and needing lots of oxygen supplementation (way more than usual). At 2:30 a.m., my friend's husband came back, saying that Belen has pneumonia and has to be put on heavy duty antibiotics. They were going to take her and my friend down to Primary Children's, to probably put in a PIC line for the antibiotics. I haven't heard any other news today, but they'll probably end up having to stay for at least a few days. Now to the ironic part of the whole story: it seems as though the pneumonia was caused by aspiration... I really hope not, as that could have all sorts of negative implications as far as any future hope for decannulation and oral feeding. By the time I got back into my own bed at 3:30 a.m., I got to thinking that all the trouble we've been having with Kaylee's frequent night wakings seemes so meaningless and silly in comparison to what my friend is going through. Nothing like a little perspective...

ETA: So my friend just called and said that Belen is doing much better. They're still not sure what exactly it was that caused her problems, but it sounds like instead of pneumonia, it may be pneumonitis. That's an inflammation of the lung that can happen when food is aspirated. It's usually sudden onset (which it seemed to be), and generally rapidly improves. So that would be good news. Still not sure that the aspiration would be, though... I guess it's wait and see for now.

Internet troubles

Ugh. Our internet has been down since Monday. I guess I never realized how much I use it, hehe. They said it'll still be off and on until at least Friday, possibly even through the weekend. Fun...

Friday, September 08, 2006

What a busy week!

The book party was on Tuesday evening, and it was a huge success. I have all but one order in now, and we're up to $552. I don't expect the last order to be very big, we'll maybe get up to $565 or $570. That's almost twice what I expected to make. With all that we got, I'm going to end up getting $150 worth of books and $30 worth of kid kits for free (only pay s&h). I also get $125 worth of books for half-price, though I got pretty much everything on my list in my free allowance already. If I get everything I want the way I figured it out, I'm going to end up getting $240 worth of stuff for $50 total. I'm very excited it turned out so well. :o)
On a not so good side note, Tyler was sick on Wednesday, and Dave has been sick today. It's a stomach bug. Tyler only threw up once, and was kind of tired for a day, but Dave seems to have it a little worse. Though that could be due to the fact that instead of resting when he started feeling sick, he still went to play basketball and went to school today. So by the time afternoon came around, he wasn't feeling well at all. It's a bummer, because tonight is our neighborhood camp-out, and Dave and the boys were going to sleep outside in the tent. Not happening. Instead, the kids and I enjoyed the campfire and some s'mores, and the boys are sleeping in their little tent in our extra bedroom. I would have slept in my own bed, anyway, so whatever... :p

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I survived!

My weekend of sore muscles and canning fruit. Yeah, I was pretty sore from ice skating. I swear you use muscles you never knew you had. Doesn't help that I'm a little out of shape, too. Did I mention I started an exercise routine last week? It's been really fun, and a good reminder of just how much out of shape I am. They have really nice weight machines at the fitness center, so I used one to work my triceps. So besides my legs, my arms were sore, too. I could barely move yesterday, haha. My friend and I did manage to can the rest of the peaches and nectarines, as we didn't think they'd last all the way through Saturday. We got another 1.5 dozen jars filled up. Yum! I also decided to brave preparing a Labor Day bbq. I made potato salad, hamburgers (filled with cream cheese and cheddar, yum!), and peach cobbler. It was excellent! Today we get to have leftovers. I told Dave I wasn't going to cook for the next few days, as I swear I spent ALL DAY yesterday in the kitchen. That's just too much for me. :p It was worth it, though. Today has been a little less busy. Went shopping this morning, and we're having the Usborne book party this evening. That should be fun, I'm excited. :o) So anyway, I'm still alive, so far... Ready for more exercising and ice skating to tone those muscles I never knew existed, hehe.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Peaches and ice skating

Well, we sure had an exciting day today. We spent several hours at my friend's parents' house picking peaches and nectarines, and started canning them. We got about 1/3 of the fruit canned, the rest has to ripen just a little bit more. So we have another canning party planned for next Saturday. We got a dozen jars done today, and they look so good! It'll be nice to have freshly canned peaches and nectarines to eat in the winter. :o) I also went to my first ice skating lesson today. It was just a friend of mine, the instructor, and I, so a really small group. I'm pretty sure my legs are going to be sore tomorrow, hehe. It was lots of fun, though. The kids had a great time today, too, and were all pretty exhausted. So everyone's in bed asleep, and it's only 8:30. Love it! Just gotta go do dishes, and then maybe we'll watch a movie tonight (and I can get a good foot massage, hehe). :o)