Saturday, March 5, 2011

He's HERE - Hayden's birth story!

It's official!  We welcomed our 3rd child February 20, 2011 at 8:56pm!  I am more then in love!  It's truly amazing how much you can love your children.  I always wondered if I could love another child as much as my first and then I had my 2nd and 3rd and realized that there is that same love!
Here is what happened - as I remember it:
Saturday (Feb 19th) I woke up with labor contractions.  All day I was thinking I may be in labor, so my husband kept the kids occupied in our playroom, doing artwork, riding bicycles (our playroom is our finished basement and its winter in NY so we cleaned the bikes and brought them in;-p)  The contractions were about 5 minutes apart, but I could stand them, so I just tried to rest.  I ended up calling my midwife in the afternoon to let her know what was going on.  She told me to do so, because my 2nd child's birth was 3 1/2 hrs start to finish.  When I called she told me to call back if there were any changes so I rested the day and was awakened Sunday morning at 5:30 with painful contractions.  By 10am I called my Mom to get my 2 1/2 and 5 yr old.  At this point I am almost in tears, trying to be strong in front my my little ones.  My son (5) asked, "Mom are you in labor?".    I was embarrassed that I was in pain.
I called my Midwife at 10:30ish am and I told her my contractions went from 5 minutes to 2 minutes.  She was already at the birthing center for another birth so she told me to come right in.  We got to the BC and I could barely walk.  I get situated, she checks me and I was at about 2 cm 75% effaced.  (this was the same amount as my other 2 births - so ironic!)  After getting the meds for being GBS + I walked around and rested, etc, and THEN MY CONTRACTIONS SLOWED DOWN..  I was SHOCKED!  My midwives kept telling my that 3rd children were tricky, etc.  I couldn't believe this.  I was in TEARS.  I was the only pregnant person in the birthing center, I heard babies crying.  I lost it.  Rewind to me having strong painful contractions since 18 weeks.  My midwife offered to have me go home for awhile if that would make me more comfortable, but we were expected to have a snowstorm that night (and we did) plus I told her honestly I wouldn't know when to come back.  Plus we live 20 minutes away.  So we stayed.
So after losing it, I found my midwife and cried.  I didn't care who saw me, I WAS OVER being pregnant, I wanted to see this little boy I have been carrying and I WANTED my other kids.  I just wanted it to be over.  With that being said, my midwife checked me and I was at 2.5cm and 90% effaced and asked if I wanted my water broken.  I said YES - I know some people will disagree with this.  That's fine, but both other child came within a few hours of my water breaking.  So she broke my water and not one contraction for 10 minutes! THEN - they came every 2 minutes.  Within an hour they were filling the birthing tub, and I was literally holding onto the walls because the pain was just too much.  I felt like I wanted to crawl out of my skin.
I got into the tub and within minutes I told her that I felt the baby moving down and I started shaking, the nurse was alone and she called for my midwife (screaming down the hall).  2 other nurses ran in and my midwife came in.  EVERY SINGLE PERSON I am sure heard me screaming, I was not that calm, collected and centered Mom that I wanted to be.  I was out of control!  From the time my water broke until the time Hayden was born was 2 1/2 hours.  So my body went from almost 3 cm to 10 in about 2 hours and I pushed maybe for 20 minutes.  Hayden was born with the cord around his neck and with his arm around his head!  My midwife, told me this while I was screaming, HELP ME!  My husband was holding my hand the whole time and this was the 1st birth it was just him and I and it was really nice to just have it be the 2 of us.  I think if my Mom would have seen me like this she would have freaked! 
So at 8:56pm Hayden Michael joined our family, and I said "I did it!"  My body was in a state of shock, I couldn't move, I was just so happy to have him with us.  We sat in the tub together and I was and still am in awe of him!
With Hayden's arrival, I get to experience new adventures, try new products and I hope you will take this journey with me.  I am going to be blogging more, having giveaways, maybe even adding new products that I am trying:)  I am happy, I'm a little worn out, but I feel so lucky and so blessed! 

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Less then a Month Until I am Due!!

Wow, this pregnancy has FLOWN by!  I guess that is what happens when you already have 2 little ones at home with you:)  We are so excited to meet our little boy!  My daughter and son knock on my belly daily asking for their little brother to come out.  It is more then adorable.  With our new addition, I look forward to adding to our store as well!  I LOVE that I get to try out products, see what works and I love, and then pass on this information to all of you! 

I will be writing reviews of some of the products I have tried, even if they are not in the store in the future.  I am the type of person that LOVES to spread the word on great products, great deals, MUST haves, what makes life easier, etc.  Let's face it, we are all busy and I do value others' opinions.  I am the type that reads reviews before I buy!

Some of the items I have bought/received are:

A Hot Mama Gown!  I am MORE then excited to be delivering in this Organic GORGEOUS gown!  The last 2 times I delivered, I did not feel beautiful, AT ALL.  It IS a beautiful time, but I just didn't feel comfortable in the generic gown.  Here is the site  I chose the Antoinette gown with the matching blanket.  I opened the package and was completely in LOVE!!  I of course ran into my bedroom to try it on.  The size is perfect!  And the blanket, it is so soft!  I will write my review along with pictures when the times comes!!!  Deidrea, owner of Hot Mama Gowns is a Mom of 2 (for now as her twitter bio says) and is not only an amazing business woman and inventor, she cares and offers so much knowledge about breastfeeding, natural childbirth and all things BABY! 

KnappSacks LLC
I already have my KnappSack packed in my hospital bag! I have to admit, that and my Hot Mama Gown is ALL I have packed in it at the moment!  Adorable, functional and Organic, I just love this infant swaddler!  It is a great photo prop, so for all of you photographers, this is the item for you!  She customizes colors, designers and just is a pleasure to work with!  Jennifer is a Mom of 3 and a great person!

Breastfeeding is VERY important to me.  With my first I had a hard time, but continued to mostly pump for about 7 months.  With my 2nd, I was more relaxed, informed and continued nursing her until 20 months.  I did not have a good pump with her, and it was hard for me to be away from her for longer then 2 hours, while I worked, etc.  So this time around I bought a pump and then I spotted a Pump Ease.  First of all, can you say..  SO CUTE!!!  I am QUEEN of multitasking, when I saw this product, I thought I MUST HAVE THIS!  I can sew and PUMP, PERFECT!!!!  The prints are adorable and also available in organic, I chose the Leopard print just because it is different.  I can't wait to tell you my thoughts and how it works for me!

Look for pictures, reviews and more insights coming soon!!  I can't wait to share this journey with you!