Saturday, February 28, 2009

Garden at the end of February

Time for another garden post! I spent a lot of time out there today. With the heat wave we've been having (okay, not really hot, but definitely a heat wave for it being February), everything has been growing by leaps and bounds. Including the weeds, of course. I also tore out all of the old spinach today. I now have a better idea of how many rows I really need, and hopefully won't be wasting so much next time around. I put in some humus and composted cow manure where the spinach used to be, and put in a couple rows of lettuce seeds. The kohlrabi I put in a while ago hasn't been doing so great. I have seven plants left, and decided to put little cups around them to try and protect them from the caterpillars and snails that have been munching on the leaves. Hopefully I'll be able to save the little plants, and they'll start growing better. I do like kohlrabi every once in a while. :o) The potatoes I put in a couple of weeks ago are starting to take off, and I filled in the little trenches today. I'm going to have to keep putting soil/compost around the plants every few weeks to make sure the little potatoes stay covered. I also put in a few marigolds throughout the garden bed, as I've read they tend to keep the bugs away. The bad bugs, anyway. We'll see if it works. I think my neighbor had trouble with them attracting aphids last year, so if that becomes an issue, I may have to take them out again. For now they add a nice touch of color to all the green. As for the pea plant, it seems to have finally slowed down with the upward growth, and is growing lots of foliage and flowers. We've been able to harvest more than just two or three peas over the last couple of days, which has been fun. I love to garden! :o)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Little Artist

Bryan brought this home from school yesterday. I love it!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

One smart cookie

Yes, I have cookie on the brain. Or rather, in the stomach. Got some girl scout cookies yesterday. Can you blame me? But this post isn't about that. It's about Elly, of course. :p A few nights ago, I was getting her ready for bed. After I put her pj's on, she looked at me and signed "sleep". Then she signed "nursies". Putting words together! She's also working on her speech. Her first word? "Nein." Told you she's smart. :p

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The trouble with repeat cesareans

So I still get Time magazine. Every so often, there's something really worthwhile to be found in there. Like this article on repeat cesarean sections, and the trouble more and more women are having trying to find a care provider who will agree to attend a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). In the 90's, VBAC was actually encouraged. But the trend has reversed. Fewer doctors are willing to attend VBAC, and some hospitals have right out banned them. Why?

"It's a numbers thing," says Dr. Shelley Binkley, an ob-gyn in private practice in Colorado Springs who stopped offering VBACs in 2003. "You don't get sued for doing a C-section. You get sued for not doing a C-section."

Often, the risk of uterine rupture is cited as a reason to avoid VBAC. However, there are lots of things that can lower that risk, including avoiding induction or pitocin augmentation during labor. And lets not forget that repeat cesareans come with their own set of risks.

With each repeat cesarean, a mother's risk of heavy bleeding, infection and infertility, among other complications, goes up. Perhaps most alarming, repeat C-sections increase a woman's chances of developing life-threatening placental abnormalities that can cause hemorrhaging during childbirth. The rate of placenta accreta--in which the placenta attaches abnormally to the uterine wall--has increased thirtyfold in the past 30 years. "The problem is only beginning to mushroom," says ACOG's Zelop.

Ultimately, the choice should be up to the parents. They should be presented with risks and benefits of both VBAC and repeat cesarean, and able to make an informed decision. Often, this is not happening.

Dr. Stuart Fischbein, an ob-gyn whose Camarillo, Calif., hospital won't allow the procedure, is concerned that women are getting "skewed" information about the risks of a VBAC "that leads them down the path that the doctor or hospital wants them to follow, as opposed to medical information that helps them make the best decision." According to a nationwide survey by Childbirth Connection, a 91-year-old maternal-care advocacy group based in New York City, 57% of C-section veterans who gave birth in 2005 were interested in a VBAC but were denied the option of having one.

Pamela Paul, the author of the article, wrote the backstory to it in the Huffington post. Go read it here.

Even if a repeat cesarean section is necessary, care should be taken not to do it too early. Read here about the risks associated with early c-sections. The bottom line is, if you've had a cesarean section and are faced with a decision about what to do for future births, make sure you're well informed. Discuss the issue at length with your care provider. Find out not only their stance on the subject, but their actual VBAC and c-section rates. And if you do decide to (or need to) go for a repeat c-section, wait as close to your due date as possible, preferably even a trial of labor before to ensure baby is ready to be born.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Second portrait

This one is of Tyler. I think it turned out great! I love all the detail she puts into the drawings, makes them look so real. :o) Head on over to Tearese's blog to see the work in progress.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Attack of the Giant Pea

It's probably close to 6.5 feet now. Will it ever stop growing???

Speaking of growing...

...look who's 11 months old today!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Belonging. Somewhere.

I'm trying to like living here. I'm trying really hard. I love our house. I love our backyard, and I love that I have a winter garden. Which is producing copious amounts of yummy veggies. I have quite possibly the most friendly neighbor in the universe. She's been so welcoming and nice ever since the day we moved in. I have the coolest double stroller ever, which I frequently take for a walk around our nicely groomed neighborhood. With two of my four awesome kids in it. I got a wii for my birthday. (Okay, that one was really random) But really, I'm so blessed. I should be happy. So what's my deal? I don't feel like I belong here. I don't have any real friends. You know, the ones you'd sit and watch a movie with all hours of the night. The ones you sit and eat chocolate with, and talk until the wee hours of the morning. The ones who listen to you, and the ones who will talk to you about anything. Friends who share your laughter and tears. I don't have them here. And I miss them so dearly. I know I need to just give it all some time. I know it takes a while to really feel like you belong somewhere. But I hate going to playgroups and church activities and whatnot, and feeling like I'm just the new person. Everyone else already knows each other, and you're just there, kind of like a third wheel. I try to participate in conversations. But you know that feeling when you say something, and you realize nobody's listening to you? Yeah, I've been having that a lot during the last few months. Things just haven't "clicked". So, I feel isolated. And I just don't feel at home. If that makes any sense. Now excuse me while I go and cry myself a river.

Post #555

Was that "First Five" post. Totally random, I know.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

First Five

I got this off my friend's blog, and it sounds like great fun! Won't you play?

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

1- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2- What I create will be just for you.
3- It’ll be done this year.
4- You have no clue what it’s going to be. It may be a story. It may be photography or an article on properly cleaning your face before a masque. I may sew or paint something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!
5- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog. The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me! Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Diggin' in the dirt

Elly and I had a grand time out by the garden today. She loves to help me! I think I'm going to need to get her a sandbox or something. The kid is really diggin' the dirt! :p Hope you enjoy Elly's adventures in gardening!

Hey, what are those?

Mmmmm, carrots! (okay, no, she can't really eat those, she only has one tooth!)

I'm not so sure this one passes inspection...

Let's see, what else do we have? Spinach is good for you, right?

Uh oh, what's that I see???!!!

Better pull those weeds!

Whew, that was hard work...

Saturday, February 07, 2009

There she goes!

Elly has been getting much better at walking over this past week. She's a lot more secure now, and is beginning to transition from just crawling wherever she wants to go to actually trying to walk there. So cute!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Fun times

I had a great birthday yesterday. Went for a playdate at a friend's house, which was really fun. The kids had gymnastics in the afternoon, and after that we went out to dinner. Mexican food. Yum. It was good, but of course I ate way too much. Good thing we don't do that every week. Today I went to another playdate. I found and joined a natural/gentle parenting group on meetup a couple of days ago, and they had a park playdate today. It was close by our house, so I decided to go. It was fun to meet with some other moms who homebirth, breastfeed past one year, cloth diaper, etc. You don't feel quite so strange, haha. I think this is going to be a weekly activity, and I'm planning on going again next week. It's definitely nice to get out of the house and make some friends, it's time for me to come out of hiding. Always takes me a while after moving to a new place, but I'm ready to make some new friends. :o)

Thursday, February 05, 2009


Today is my 31st birthday. I think I feel like I'm officially in my 30's now. Wow. I remember when my cousin turned 30 (he's 6 years older than I), and I thought that sounded so incredibly old! Haha. Here I am. :p No gray hairs yet, but then my family is pretty late when it comes to getting gray hair, so I'm sure I'll have at least 10 more years. Like that really matters, anyway. No big plans for the day. I'm going for a playdate with the girls at around noon, and then it's gymnastics this afternoon. We may go out for a birthday dinner on Saturday. Yeah, we're really low key around here. :o)

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


I have the most talented friends, can I just tell you that? Check out what my former neighbor Tearese is up to. She does have a very cute model, I must say. :p

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

15 weeks!

And the kids and I will be OFF to Germany! I'm so excited! We'll be there for 7 weeks. Yay! :o)

Sorry I haven't been around much lately. Life has been getting in the way of blogging. :p Plus, my brain has been in somewhat of a fog, and it's been hard for me to organize my thoughts to write up a meaningful post.