Sunday, June 29, 2008

A story in pictures

Astros Game!

I failed to mention that we got to go see an Astros game on Thursday! We're not really baseball fans, and certainly would never pay $50 per person to go to a game. But when we get a chance to go for free, we take it! The secretary at Dave's work approached him on Thursday and asked if we'd be interested in going. We decided to be spontaneous (which is very unlike us), and said sure! So all of us, including my parents, went to see the Astros beat the Texas Rangers. The first two innings were quite exciting, and the rest was just for the "experience". :p We had awesome seats, and the kids got some cotton candy, so it was all good!

Whew, finally a minute to sit down and BREATHE!

Wow, what a crazy week we've had. I'll recount this one "list style". :p
  • Tyler's birthday was Tuesday. I think he had a great day turning 8 years old. We went to Taco Bell for dinner. It was my first time ever eating there. Wasn't too bad, for fast food.
  • We got lots of furniture put together. We now have some really nice bookshelves in the office, and some cool shelves in the gameroom and downstairs toddler room, as well. I'll have to take pictures sometime.
  • The garden bed has been restored! All the weeds are gone. Now I need to go get some compost to add to the soil. I found a planting schedule online, according to which I should be able to put tomato seeds in within the next couple of weeks. Anyone ever grow tomatoes from seeds, outside? Maybe I'll save some empty milk cartons or something to put around the seedlings so they don't get eaten? I need to really get me a gardening book, haha!
  • I read an ad I got in the mail, in its entirety, for the first time ever. It advertised a free rifle with the purchase of a new truck, or a free gun with the purchase of a new car. You see, I had to read it to see if it was serious. And it was! I told Dave, and he started to laugh. When I told him it was for real, he laughed even more. Texas is full of surprises!
  • My parents left yesterday. I can't believe how quickly those two weeks went by! I wish they could have stayed another week. Or two. Or three. Heck, I could just give them the downstairs bedroom to live in. It was really nice to have so much help, especially getting the yard all in order, playset painted, furniture put together, etc. etc. etc. And it was really fun to see just how much the kids love their Oma and Opa. Makes me sad we won't get to go visit them until next year. :o(
  • We went to IKEA a week ago, and it was so cool! It was my first time ever going, and wow, that store is huge. They had some really fun stuff, and now I want to go back. Too bad it's a 45 minute drive from here. But it sure was awesome, and we got lots and lots of stuff.
In summary, lots of firsts this week. And I'm now the mother of an 8 year old. I still can't believe that. And I'm sure I forgot half the things I was going to blog about. My brain is still trying to process all the happenings. Seriously. Life has been crazy, and in a way, I still feel like I'm just visiting someone's house, and it should be time to go back to Logan any day now. I feel like I'm going 100 mph, all day, every day, and I don't get a second to sit down and think about what on earth is happening here. One of these days! :p

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Today is my first baby's 8th birthday. Happy birthday, Tyler! I can't believe I'm old enough to have an 8 year old. Where has the time gone??? Since Tyler's is the only birth I haven't yet written about, here it is. This is where it all began. :o)

My original due date with Tyler was 6/25. That was fine by me. Then, at the 20 week ultrasound, they told me that it showed his due date to be 6/15. I kind of didn't think that could be right, but what did I know? While the doctor never officially changed the date, I figured the ultrasound was infallible, so I expected Tyler to come closer to the 15th than the 25th. Well, the 15th came and went, and nothing was happening. I think I may have been a centimeter or so dilated, which was exciting, but no contractions or anything. And so we waited. And waited. And waited some more. For those of you who have had babies, I'm sure you can relate to the misery I felt. :p Finally, on the 24th, I noticed some contractions when I went to the bathroom at around 4 a.m. I went back to bed, and they kept coming. Not very strong, but definitely regular. I was planning on having an unmedicated birth, and knew I shouldn't go to the hospital too soon, so I just kind of waited around all morning. Around noon, we decided to go in and get checked. When we got there, the labor & delivery unit was packed. We ended up waiting in the waiting room for about an hour. By the time I finally got a room and got checked, I was only 2 cm. Very disappointing. They told me to go walk around for a while, and so I did. By the time we got back to the room, I was 3 cm, and was officially admitted. What that meant, in essence, was I was put in bed with the monitors strapped to my belly, and told to stay there. Knowing what I know now, mistake #1. So I stayed in bed, and we watched the monitors and listened to the heartbeat galloping away for a while. At some point, a nurse came in and put an oxygen mask on me, though I don't exactly remember why. It helped me stay relaxed with the contractions, so I didn't mind it much. By about 7 p.m., the (on-call) doctor came in and checked me. I had never seen her before, but she seemed nice enough. She declared me to be 5 cm dilated, and said it was time to break my water. Mistake #2, but I didn't know that then. When she did, all hell broke loose. I was in such excruciating pain, I was starting to black out. All I can remember was crying out that I was dying, and I seriously thought I was. I kind of felt myself coming in and out of consciousness, while everyone around me seemed to be in a panic. They got an anesthesiologist, who gave me a spinal block. The relief was instant, and he placed an epidural catheter for continuous medication (a spinal block only lasts about 2 hours). All of this took maybe five minutes, but it sure seemed like an eternity. Once things settled down, the doctor checked me again, and I had dilated to 8 cm. Which explains why I was in such severe pain. I had gone from a comfortable 5 cm to transition in probably one contraction. Not fun for anyone involved! After I got the spinal/epidural, I was really comfortable, and got chatty again. We waited for a couple more hours, and it was time for me to start pushing. I pushed with all my might, while, I'm sure, someone counted to 10. After about 10 minutes, I received an episiotomy, the doctor yanked on Tyler's head, and out he came. I don't recall Tyler being in any distress, so why I got cut and the doctor yanked on Tyler's head is beyond me. At the time, I figured that's just what birth was supposed to be like, and I was very relieved the ordeal of birthing a baby was over with. We oohed and aahed over Tyler while he was being checked over by the nurse and I was stitched up. After a while, I finally got to hold him, and we couldn't believe how incredibly cute and chubby he was. 8.5 pounds and 21 inches, with some dark brown hair and big blue eyes. We instantly fell in love, and I swore that if I ever had any more kids, I'd most certainly get an epidural the second I walked into the hospital. You can read the other kids' birth stories to see how that went. :D Once my epidural started wearing off (which seemed to take forever), I got to make the obligatory trip to the bathroom. Where I promptly began to pass out. The nurse had just used her smelling salts elsewhere, so Dave got to run around looking for another nurse with the ammonia (or whatever it is they use). I think I ended up sitting on the toilet, with the nurse propping me up, while Dave came back with the other nurse to bring me back to life. What an adventure! My recovery was a bit slow, I didn't feel like even getting out of bed for a couple of weeks, but overall, I healed fairly quickly. I did get to go to the ER about a week after Tyler was born, where I was diagnosed with a uterine infection and put on antibiotics. But other than that, not too much excitement. Tyler certainly was all worth it. :o)


Some pictures

working hard


the cutest baby in town

Monday, June 23, 2008

What's your idea of the perfect birth?

Since birth is on my mind. :p If you could be guaranteed that everything goes exactly as planned, what would be your ideal birth? Comment if you like. :o)

ETA: Make sure you vote in the poll, too! :D

Whose choice is it, anyway?

Where to give birth, that is. Apparently, the AMA and the ACOG seem to think it should be their choice where women birth their babies. Read this article at the Huffington Post. I think it should be the parents' choice. If you think so, too, please consider signing this petition (even if you wouldn't personally birth at home).

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Since I live in the coolest city...

...or, at least, right next to it, I may as well make the best of it, right? I'm determined to stop whining. :p Instead, I'm going to focus on all of the good things about being here. Like, the fact that I can grow two gardens a year (if I can figure out how and what will grow here). The raised garden bed that was already present in our backyard is in the process of being restored, and I'm looking forward to Fall planting. Yay for gardening! We are also going to get the first part of our living room furniture tomorrow, which will hopefully make me feel more like I'm "at home", rather than just "in the new house". There's just something about furniture... Speaking of, we went to IKEA yesterday. We got tons of stuff. Now we just have to put it all together, and we should be able to empty the rest of our boxes (we haven't had anywhere to put all the toys and books). The pictures are next. Pictures on the walls will be good. And then I can finally have all of my friends come over. Sorry, friends, I know I've been whining and complaining a lot, but I really am glad to already have some friends here. And I will have you come over to play just as soon as all of the family visits are done with. :D

So there, a "life is good" post. I'm sure there'll be another whine down the road, but then it would get too boring if there wasn't ever anything to complain about, right? Haha!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Living the MOM life...

That is, the Me-Oh-My Ineedtogetinshapeandgetnewclothesandfixmyhair - anddomymakeupeveryday life. As cute as new babies are, and cuddly, and fun, and as much as I love nursing them, and holding them, and sleeping right next to them, today is one of those I-need-a-break days. I realized today that having big mirrors in your house is not a good thing, sometimes. I happened to get a glance at myself this morning, and I have to say what I saw looked utterly pathetic. I mean, really. I don't consider myself a vain person, but I really am in rather sad shape. I need to get some fat cells shrunk, and some muscles toned. Okay, more realistically, I should at least have a goal to get my hair and make-up done every day. Not lots of make-up, mind you, but just something to make me feel good. There's just something about putting on a bit of mascara that makes my day go better, you know? And I do have this awesome mineral make-up, that I just totally love! I should start using it again. Anyway, random ramblings of the day... On a positive note, we did get to spend more money today! On a new living room set. Should be here next week (except the back ordered parts, those will be two more weeks). :o)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Laundry Heaven!

Those of you who really know me will appreciate the following pictures, haha!

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Bryan and his head injury (I'll spare you the close-ups).

Our living room. Cool, huh? :p

A backyard visitor.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Two new babies!

Both born yesterday, both born at home. Congratulations, Kermit, on your sweet little boy, and Kelley, on your cute little girl. I'm so excited for both of you! :o)

When they say things are bigger in Texas...

...they aren't kidding. Did you know they make special Texas sized pick-up trucks? No kidding. Just about everyone here seems to own one, too. Makes my little van seem teeny, seriously. There are also Texas sized wasps, or whatever they are. I thought the yellow jackets in UT were big. These things are freakin' huge! And then there are the roaches, of course. I had read about those things, but didn't think I was going to encounter one quite so soon. Last night I was walking out of the bathroom, and there went a roach, scurrying across the bedroom floor. Yes, it was Texas sized, alright. In true Doreen fashion, I let out a Texas sized scream and jumped up on the bathroom vanity. Ha! I yelled for Dave, who promptly came with a paper towel in hand. That's how he generally kills bugs, just kind of picks them up with the towel and squishes them. I informed him he may need something a little bigger than a paper towel to kill that sucker. Once he saw it, he agreed, and got one of his shoes and went to try and kill the bug. Which is when we found out roaches here are quite smart, and know how to 'play dead'. He whacked the thing, and it turned right over on its back, sticking its legs up in the air. When Dave went to pick it up, it turned right over and tried to make a run for it! I think it took a total of 3 or 4 more whacks to kill the thing. Yuck. I'm in no hurry to make another encounter anytime soon... Must call pest control... So yeah, the fun continues... :p

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hey Ardis!

If you're missing a green plastic plate, it's in my kitchen...

Finally back online!

And oh what a crazy week it has been for us! My parents are coming to visit us in a couple of days, and I will be very glad for some help around here. Here's the short of what's been going on.
  • May 30 - closed on the house! there went most of our bank account...
  • May 31 - one fridge: $1000
  • June 2 - movers came, and everything made it in one piece (at least the stuff we've managed to unpack so far)
  • June 3 - the unpacking began, shopping needed to be done: $200
  • June 4 - Dave went and got a root canal in the morning (you guessed it right, insurance didn't start until 6/9): $866, we went to Lowe's in the afternoon: $2500
  • June 5 - Bryan had a little accident, two stitches on the head: $375 (yep, the only week with no health insurance)
  • June 9 - Dave's first day at work!
  • June 11 - internet is back!
Now, seriously, tell me again where I can find the money tree! We're far from being done spending around here. :p Yeah, it's been an exciting week alright. We're loving the new house, though. Can't say it feels like home yet, I keep thinking we're just here visiting someone. Maybe once we get all the boxes unpacked... Anyway, I'm rambling. It's getting late (ish). I hope to be back with pictures and such soon. Now that I'm online again. Can you tell I'm happy about that? :p

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Yes, we made it!

Sorry for the lack of posting, life has been a bit crazy lately. Our movers came at 9 a.m. on the 23rd, and it took them a whooping 7 hours to load up our little apartment. And the stuff had already been all packed the previous day! Yeah, it was slow. Needless to say, we left a lot later that afternoon than we had hoped. Fortunately, we had some awesome neighbors who helped us clean up, so we actually were able to leave before midnight! We drove to Green River, UT that night, and then on to ABQ on Saturday. That's where we stayed with Dave's sister and her family for a couple of days, which was tons of fun. Their little girl Madde and Kaylee just hit it off, it was fun to see them play so well together. Tuesday, we got back on the road, and made it to Wichita Falls, TX. We drove through a big thunderstorm, which was exciting. It ended up catching up with us, so we got to experience it twice. :p Wednesday, we finished up our trip down here. Thursday was spent with some shopping and lots of phone calls to get last minute details ready for the house closing. Friday afternoon, we got our keys! We went to check out the house, and sadly some of the landscaping didn't look as nice as it did when we first saw the house. I don't know if things didn't get watered or what, but we'll probably have to remove some dead little trees and shrubs soon. I did figure out how to turn on the sprinkler system, so things have been getting watered, hopefully some stuff will come back. There is a little lemon tree with some little lemons on it, which is exciting. The grapevine didn't look so great, though. We also have a little pear tree, but it's still too young for fruit. Maybe in a couple of years. Then there's a raised garden bed, which will have to be weeded and fixed up a bit, but I'm hoping to get it ready for Fall planting. Exciting times! Oh, and the lawn needs to be mowed badly. We're actually considering hiring someone to do it for the next few weeks, while we get all of our lawn equipment etc. Don't wanna get in trouble with the HOA. :p The kids are totally loving the house. Kaylee already proclaimed that she's going to sleep in her own room, we'll see how that goes. They're also excited about the big trampoline in the back yard. Overall, we're very pleased with the house, and how everything has worked out over this past month. After all the excitement, we're just glad to be here now. We're still staying at the hotel, which is nice with hot breakfast every morning. I'm getting spoiled, haha. Tomorrow, all of our stuff should get here and moved into the house. We're also going to get our new fridge delivered tomorrow. It's going to be another busy day. Tuesday, we're going to officially move in. Whew!

So there, that's what we've been up to. I do have some pictures from our trip down, so stay tuned. :o)