a quiet room
Luke practices his typing by chatting with Brian while he’s at work.

Luke practices his typing by chatting with Brian while he’s at work.

Your son was born at 28 weeks!!!!!? Was that scary? Does he have any complications now?
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No, he was born at 39 weeks. I went into full blown labor(2 cm dilated and 90% effaced) at 28 weeks which was scary. For a good portion of the night it looked like I was going to give birth because they couldn’t stop my labor and there was talks about giving him steroids before sending me to a hospital with a better NICU. 

Thank God, before that happened they were able to stop my contractions. My midwife wanted me to stay on full hospital bed rest until I gave birth but thankfully, Brian worked full time from home so I was allowed to go home but I was only allowed to be vertical 15 minutes a day. I got to take lots of fun medications and injections though so that was cool ;)

I don’t much care if you breastfed your kid until they started kindergarten, or if you fed them formula from day one. I don’t really care if you turned your infant car-seat forward-facing prior to age 2, or if you homeschool, or if you send your kids to daycare while you go to work. Do you cosleep? Did you circumcise your son? I DON’T CARE. Do you babywear? Push your kid around in a stroller? Use a leash for your kid at Disneyland? Whatever. Good for you.

When it comes to issues of motherhood, there is one issue I care about: some kids don’t have one. All of these petty wars about the choices of capable, loving mothers is just a lot of white noise to me, Quite honestly, I’m often astonished at the non-essential parenting issues I see moms getting their panties in a wad about. Particularly when there are so many kids in this world not being parented at all.

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Bless this.

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I truly don’t understand how mothers don’t come together more and instead are tearing one another down. It saddens me. This right here. Let’s support one another no matter OUR choices.

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lavenderxrosemary:

melissabegins:

myangeljames:

melissabegins:

Just unfollow me now cause I’m gonna be live blogging my period.
I started this morning and used my diva cup for the first time. Like I said, it was so easy.
I’ve had almost no cramping. Usually I would have changed my tampon(tampax pearl) a couple times. Mid-morning, I convinced myself that my period must have stopped. I took the cup out and it hadn’t. Rinsed it out and re-inserted. Still so easy.
I’m officially a convert and owe my SIL an apology. She’s been trying to convert me since before Luke was born.

I was just thinking I wanted to order one. Where did you get yours?

Amazon. Basically the only place I get anything lol.

They have them at all health food stores too. I know I’ll be running out & getting one the day I start my period again.. If that day ever comes.

I am so jealous that you’re period hasn’t come back. Luke was formula fed and he was at least 8 months old before my period came back. Isaac was exclusively breastfed and nursed non-stop his first few months but my period for real came back when he was 6 weeks old and has been pretty regular ever since….

lavenderxrosemary:

melissabegins:

myangeljames:

melissabegins:

Just unfollow me now cause I’m gonna be live blogging my period.

I started this morning and used my diva cup for the first time. Like I said, it was so easy.

I’ve had almost no cramping. Usually I would have changed my tampon(tampax pearl) a couple times. Mid-morning, I convinced myself that my period must have stopped. I took the cup out and it hadn’t. Rinsed it out and re-inserted. Still so easy.

I’m officially a convert and owe my SIL an apology. She’s been trying to convert me since before Luke was born.

I was just thinking I wanted to order one. Where did you get yours?

Amazon. Basically the only place I get anything lol.

They have them at all health food stores too. I know I’ll be running out & getting one the day I start my period again.. If that day ever comes.

I am so jealous that you’re period hasn’t come back. Luke was formula fed and he was at least 8 months old before my period came back. Isaac was exclusively breastfed and nursed non-stop his first few months but my period for real came back when he was 6 weeks old and has been pretty regular ever since….

robot-mama:

courtorderedcake:

a-queen-named-kingsley:

z0mbiitch:

takeatumsforthat:

lovemarriagebabycarriage:

beaudom:

renewinglauren:

laurensglitterbabies:

What’s one thing you found out about labor/giving birth that you didn’t know before you experienced it?

It’s realllllllly boring. No but really. Early labor hurts sure, but after twelve hours you’re like…nope this is boring.

That…

There will be huge chunks of time you just can’t remember at all. No one told me that sometimes contractions don’t get closer together.

The biggest thing I wasn’t told about was how frickin hard you have to push. Like hold your breath and pray you don’t push your insides into outsides. I didn’t know it was possible to push as hard as I did.

That back labor was a thing, and that if it happens to you, everything you were taught about contractions and how to breathe through them goes out the window because holy fuck there’s no breathing through that shit.

I don’t know why, but I didn’t expect the huge gushes of blood during labor. There was a lot.

That it’s okay to receive pain medication. I thought I was going to die from how bad back labor hurt. Even though it only helped me a little, the epidural was magic.

Some of these really made me laugh, they’re so accurate. I think the thing that surprised me the most is just how much water there is when your water breaks. In the movies it looks like a 16 oz. water bottle is emptied out of the lady’s cooter and she’s done. In real life, it’s like an entire warm ocean pours out of you and then keeps pouring out of you every time you move or have a contraction for a long time after. It was like a bottomless bag of waters. 

That and how much it feels like being incredibly constipated. 

When I went into pre-term labor with Luke at 28 weeks. I had all back labor which is why I didn’t recognize it as labor earlier. All day off and on, I had intense back pain. I didn’t even feel like my uterus was tightening or anything like the braxton hicks contractions I had been having. 

Finally in the middle of the night, I was in tears because my back hurt so bad and the pain was so intense that I could barely move, Brian made me call my midwife. Thankfully she was a wise sweet woman and said, “I think you ought to meet at the hospital so we can look at your back”. Nurses were waiting for me and thankfully I was too naive to even suspect that I was in labor.

I feel like none of the birth books or classes had really explained back labor well.

myangeljames:

melissabegins:

Just unfollow me now cause I’m gonna be live blogging my period.I started this morning and used my diva cup for the first time. Like I said, it was so easy. I’ve had almost no cramping. Usually I would have changed my tampon(tampax pearl) a couple times. Mid-morning, I convinced myself that my period must have stopped. I took the cup out and it hadn’t. Rinsed it out and re-inserted. Still so easy.I’m officially a convert and owe my SIL an apology. She’s been trying to convert me since before Luke was born.

I was just thinking I wanted to order one. Where did you get yours?

Amazon. Basically the only place I get anything lol.

myangeljames:

melissabegins:

Just unfollow me now cause I’m gonna be live blogging my period.

I started this morning and used my diva cup for the first time. Like I said, it was so easy.

I’ve had almost no cramping. Usually I would have changed my tampon(tampax pearl) a couple times. Mid-morning, I convinced myself that my period must have stopped. I took the cup out and it hadn’t. Rinsed it out and re-inserted. Still so easy.

I’m officially a convert and owe my SIL an apology. She’s been trying to convert me since before Luke was born.

I was just thinking I wanted to order one. Where did you get yours?

Amazon. Basically the only place I get anything lol.

I just posted a picture. Not within an inch. But close.

It is close! My boys are tall. Luke was always off the charts and Isaac has always been in the 90th for height(and weight). I really like Britax seats. both boys are in one.

Isaac is in the Marathon and could still rear face if we wanted him too. He’s been in it from birth and technically, Luke could ride in that seat too. Well, he could when we first got it. I know his weight is ok for it but he may actually be too tall now.

Luke is in the Frontier which is one of the 2 harness seats that would still accommodate his height. even though he’s 5 1/2, we’re not comfortable with him using a belt booster. He’ll probably be in it with the harness for at least another year.

Brian is crazy about car seats being installed perfectly(we have multiple friends that bring their seats to Brian to install) and loves how easy the Britax are to get in tightly. I like that they’re roomy for our tall husky boys.

New bed!

Now they’re in there “sleeping” which is code for Luke reading on his kindle and Isaac saying Luke’s name over and over and over and over and over….

Can someone explain WTTC to me? Doesn’t that just mean you want kids one day, does that need a label?

You can spiral kale?

No, sorry that was confusing now that I re-read it. I spiralized the zucchini. The kale I just cooked down and put in the sauce.

Watching Isaac eat a plate of zucchini and kale makes me so happy. It was disguised as spaghetti but it all went in his mouth.

Go buy a spiralizer now!

For a work at home mom who usually doesn’t have a vehicle and lives in a small town(we have Publix and walmart), amazon and vitacost(now) are life savers.

I had been driving 45 minutes to go to Trader Joe’s every couple of weeks for things not available in town. Now I can get those on vitacost even cheaper, with free shipping and not driving 45 minutes when gas is $3.79.

Everything else I subscribe to through amazon. Except meat and produce which I try and buy from a local place. I got local organic lettuces for $2 a bunch there yesterday. I also bought organic wheat grass because it was cute. I threw it in my green drink this morning. Can you just eat it in salads?

Anyway, my ups man thinks I’m nuts. For real, he’s mocked me more than once for all my amazon orders.

Just unfollow me now cause I’m gonna be live blogging my period.I started this morning and used my diva cup for the first time. Like I said, it was so easy. I’ve had almost no cramping. Usually I would have changed my tampon(tampax pearl) a couple times. Mid-morning, I convinced myself that my period must have stopped. I took the cup out and it hadn’t. Rinsed it out and re-inserted. Still so easy.I’m officially a convert and owe my SIL an apology. She’s been trying to convert me since before Luke was born.

Just unfollow me now cause I’m gonna be live blogging my period.

I started this morning and used my diva cup for the first time. Like I said, it was so easy.

I’ve had almost no cramping. Usually I would have changed my tampon(tampax pearl) a couple times. Mid-morning, I convinced myself that my period must have stopped. I took the cup out and it hadn’t. Rinsed it out and re-inserted. Still so easy.

I’m officially a convert and owe my SIL an apology. She’s been trying to convert me since before Luke was born.

Brian and I stayed up way too late. Way way too late. Worth it, especially since I started my period this morning.I’m using my diva cup for the first time. It was so easy to put in. Maybe too easy. How do I know if I did it right? Watching the Big Foot episode of Ancient Aliens with Luke. He won’t focus though, just wants to discuss Chewbacca. Does this count as a science lesson?

Brian and I stayed up way too late. Way way too late. Worth it, especially since I started my period this morning.

I’m using my diva cup for the first time. It was so easy to put in. Maybe too easy. How do I know if I did it right?

Watching the Big Foot episode of Ancient Aliens with Luke. He won’t focus though, just wants to discuss Chewbacca. Does this count as a science lesson?

The boy’s room is clean and Luke’s old bed has been disassembled. This bed will be in there tomorrow and hopefully that means Brian and I will have our own room. OUR OWN ROOM! 

We haven’t had our own room since Luke was born(5 1/2 years ago) which never bothered us, really we preferred it, until a month ago. I want a kid free space. I love those boys but I want a room that’s not full of random mattresses and where I’m not constantly stepping over kids…

This is not where we ordered it from, we got it from a local furniture store but this is the first one that came up on google.

We’ll see how it goes getting them to sleep in there. I’m prepared to strap them down if I have to ;)