Enough Chicken Tenders Already!

If you have read my last post you know I had an ultrasound last Tuesday. Well, things did not really go as planned. They started to measure my cervix, and I noticed right away that something didn’t look right in there. My cervix was barley there, and there was this “U” shaped thing pressing down against it. Turns out that the “U” shaped thing was Nora’s amniotic sac. They told me immediately that I needed to go to Fort Sanders hospital. I knew then that I would be going to see Dr. Roussis for an incompetent cervix.

I got to the hospital, and it took me a long time to figure out where I needed to be. When I finally figured out that I needed to be on the labor and delievry floor, I was tired and not feeling right. They got me into a room right after they talked to Dr. Roussis, hooked up the IVs and all the other stuff that they needed. I was so hungry when they finally got done with all their stuff, however the caffatiera was closed so we ordered pizza. I was so nervous and scared that I wasn’t able to eat very much. When they told me at midnight I couldn’t have anything else by mouth, I was thinking I should have ate more.

The next morning we went down to the Perinatal Center for another ultrasound. The first lady that done the ultrasound, seemed like she was in a rush to get things done, and she was not very good either. She done the test on my cervix, and I could already tell that it was smaller than it was the day before, and it just looked wrong. The lady took some pictures and printed them off. Then she went to do some measurements on Nora, and this is where she started to hurt me. She was pressing so hard on my tummy that I thought she was just going to push Nora out. She wouldn’t talk to us either about what she was seeing, and Michael and I didn’t like that. Then another ultrasound tech came in to review the pictures and realized that none of the pictures saved on the computer, and the person that took the pictures didn’t print them off. So we had to start the process all over again, but this ultrasound tech was much better.

We finally got back to my room upstairs, and Dr. Roussis came into the room to talk to us. He said that my cervix was shorter and the amniotic sac was actually coming through the cervix. He then looked at his nurse, told her to put everything else on hold, because I had to get into surgery now. That totally freaked me out, and I started to panic. The nurses would not let me sit up in bed, and started giving me drugs to stop contractions that might happen during the surgery. They came in a few minutes later and wheeled my bed down the hall and into surgery.

When I got into surgery they had me move over to the surgery table, then they let me sit up for a a little while so that they could inject some numbing medication into my back so I wouldn’t feel them doing the surgery or stitching my cervix closed. I will spare you all the rest of the details of the surgery since it is rather graphic.

When I got back to the room, I couldn’t feel my legs, hips or belly. That was so strange not to be able to feel or move my legs. The doctor came in and told me that everything went well, and they were able to stop my dilation (I didn’t even know I was doing that), get my amniotic sac back up into where it needed to be, and stitch everything shut. Michael and I were very happy to hear that. The nurses came in soon after that to start my antibiotics.

It was late that night before they let me eat, almost 7pm. It had been almost 24 hours since I had anything to eat. The nurse came in and asked me what I wanted, and I ordered chicken tenders. I kept texting Momma telling her how awesome they were. I think I was just so hungry anything would have been awesome.

On Thursday I had another ultrasound, and my cervix looked awesome. At 33mm it looked perfect. The cerclage (the stitch in my cervix) looked good, and it was holding. We were so happy. The ultrasound tech decided that she would try to check Nora’s gender since we have not gotten a good view and still don’t know 100% that she is a girl. Nora would not cooperate again, and crossed her legs.

When I got back to the room they still would not let me walk or move around much, but I did get to take a shower. Breakfast was nice to have, and then for lunch I had more chicken tenders. I also had to have another IV because the one in my hand started putting medication under my skin (SubQ) instead of in my vein. The only place that they could find the put the IV was in my left arm right where my elbow bends. That meant I could not move or bend my elbow.

So when Friday came around, my left arm was very stiff, I was tried of being in the bed, and wanted to go home. Dr. Roussis came in and told me to start increasing my activity, and that I could downstairs and outside in a wheelchair. Another thing was, they told me that I could put on my clothes again. Let me tell you, hospital gowns are not fun. So it was nice to take a shower and get into my own clothes.

Michael went home to spend some time with Evie and to get some things done around the house, and Linda and Sarah came to stay with me while he was gone. Later he called and asked me to come downstairs because he needed some help with some things. I told him that I couldn’t go because I had just been hooked up to the IV for more antibiotics. Then he told me that he brought Evie by to see me and she was outside with him. So Sarah asked the nurses if I could go, and they said yes, that I would just have to be in a wheelchair and take my IV poll with me. Seemed reasonable to me. After a little stress with the elevators, Sarah and I finally made it down to the garage to see Evie and Michael. I was so happy to see her that I started crying, and when Evie saw me she started crying too. I couldn’t hold her or pick her up, so Michael held her in front of me so that I could love on her. It was great getting to see her. She looked so stressed and tried, and I felt so bad that I couldn’t be home with her. We soon had to go back up stairs to my room, and Evie had to go home. Michael said that she slept most of the way home, and was such a good girl for him. That made me feel so much better.

When I got back upstairs supper was waiting on me, and guess what it was. CHICKEN TENDERS AGAIN!!!!!

Saturday was nice. Jamie and Ben came by then a little latter Jane dropped Abbie off and she came up too. It was so nice to be able to really visit with them. While they were there, Michael left then and went home to take care of things, and we visited and watched the last of the UT football game. They brought my supper while they were there, and you will never guess what I had…. CHICKEN TENDERS!!! I was thinking, ok the first day they were pretty good, but now they are getting old.

After the game, Jamie, Ben, and Abbie went home, and Linda and Michael were on their way to the hospital. Traffic was terrible, and Linda called from outside of the hospital, and said that she wasn’t going to be able to make it because she could not even get in the parking garage. I felt so bad that she had driven all the way out there, and couldn’t even find somewhere to park or anything. Jamie text me a little while later and said that they were stuck in front of Children’s Hospital. I looked at the clock and they had been gone an hour and Children’s is not too far from where I was. Another hour later, Linda just decided to go home, Michael decided to stop and do some shopping to let traffic clear out, and Jamie and Ben where finally on their way home.

Sunday brought no chicken tenders for the first time since I had been there. They decided to take out my IV in my left arm for a little while because it was getting old, so I was able to go a few hours without one. I took a nice LONG shower, and got to move my left arm like I normally do. It was so stiff I could barley move it at first. However, when they went to replace it, they had trouble finding another vein to put it in. It ended up almost in the same place on my right arm.

Monday, I thought I was going to have an ultrasound, but Dr. Rousiss decided to wait until Tuesday. Also, no chicken tenders, however there was a lot of waiting.

Tuesday, I finally got my ultrasound. My cervix was 25mm this time, and I was about to freak out. The tech also measured the fluid around Nora, and all of that seemed normal. Nora once again would not open her legs for us to take a peek. At about 11 or 11:30 Dr. Rousiss came in told me not to freak out about the cervix, and he would be back in a little while to talk things over with me. 3:00 came around and he still had not come, and Michael and Linda both needed to leave. About 4:20 or 4:30 Dr. Rousiss came back in and said that everything looked great, and that the little bit of shorting from last week’s ultrasound to that ultrasound was completely normal and he expected to see that. The he told me I could go home. I was thinking great, I have no one to take me home now. Luckily, I had just been hooked up to antibiotics that took an hour to go in, so they had to wait for me to finish that before they could send me home. I called Momma, and asked her if she would mind to come and get me when she got off from work. That worked out perfectly. When she got there, they were taking out my IV, and getting my discharge papers together. Then about 5:30 they let me out of there!!!

It has been a long week with a lot of scares and tears, but Nora and I are doing well for the time. The doctors are hopeful for the future, and think that Nora will be fine. We need to at least keep her in there for another 8 weeks, but if I make it to my estimated due date I would be very happy.

Thank you all for all the prayers, thoughts, and visits. You don’t know how much it meant to Michael and me. We are very great full to have such wonderful family and friends. Please continue to pray for us, as we have a while to go before Nora will be even close to ready to meet us face to face.

Ultrasound Tomorrow

Just to let my avid blog readers know, I have an ultrasound tomorrow. Hopefully everything will go well and I will be able to report on what we see. Our plan is to have Mexican before we go (and maybe a little caffeine) to see if that makes her more active. She has been a sleepy baby in the past 6 ultrasounds.

Baby Walkers: Helpful or Harmful?

When I first started doing doing research on baby products for things like our registry, I was thinking about things that we needed. For example, I thought about the crib, changing table, clothes, and things for Nora to play with. My thought first went to the baby walker. I remember playing with my little sister, Sarah, in one, and pushing her around everywhere. I could remember how much fun she had, and I thought that Nora should have the same. However, when I started researching which one was the best, I came across some disturbing information.

I have read that even though adults are watching children in these things, most injuries in baby walkers happen while the caregiver is watching the child. That happens because the adult just does not have the ability to act quick enough. Some of the things that have happened while parents are watching are: falling down the stairs, grabbings hot or heavy items and pulling it over on themselves, or little hands grabbing something poisonous and putting it their mouths. Children are very curious and when they can move and reach higher than they are used to, they are going to explore.

In 1997 safety standards were put in place for walkers. They are now made wider to not fit through doorways or they come with brakes to stop them at the edge or stairs, however, children are still getting injured.

Another issue walkers can cause is development delays. Some parents thing that the walkers will help children learn to walk quicker, however, this is untrue. Walkers will not teach children how to balance themselves correctly to learn to walk. Children will also not learn crawling, creeping, and scooting. Also, the child will not be able to pull up like they need to.

Some countries have even taken steeps to outlaw walkers, do to the dangers and developmental delays. Like in Canada where if you just have one in your home you can be fined $100,000 or face up to 6 months in jail. The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for a ban on the manufacture and sale of baby walkers with wheels.

So you might ask yourself what you can do to help your child. I think that HealthyChildren.org says it best. They say, “Throw out your baby walkers! Also, be sure that there are no walkers wherever your child is being cared for, such as child care centers or in someone else’s home.” They also recommend some safer alternatives such as stationary activity centers, play yards/play pins, or even high chairs.

Hope this information I have found proves helpful. If you want to read some of the websites they are listed below.
http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/22/the-dangers-of-baby-walkers/
http://www.drgreene.com/qa/baby-walkers
HealthyChildren.org
http://www.drspock.com/faq/0,1511,1654,00.html
http://www.seattlechildrens.org/kids-health/page.aspx?id=62446

A Little About Baby at Week 21

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Week Twenty One: Nourishment evolves

You are 21 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 19 weeks)

  • Length is now measured crown to heel.
  • The fetus has grown to 10.5 inches (27 cm) – 12.7 ounces (360 grams).
  • It is now gaining weight steadily, with fat being added to the body.
  • Bone marrow has started making blood cells.
  • Their small intestine is starting to absorb sugars.

    Your baby’s bone marrow has started making blood cells, a job done by the liver and spleen until this point. The placenta has provided nearly all of your baby’s nourishment, now your baby will begin to absorb small amounts of sugar from swallowed amniotic fluid.

    Based on the size of baby’s head, which is about 2 inches (5cm), the date of birth can be determined to within one week. The fetus is steadily gaining fat and has grown a whitish coat of a slick, fatty substance to protect skin in amniotic fluid and to ease delivery.

    In girls, the vagina is formed and the ovaries already contain over six million eggs which will be reduced to about 400 by the time of puberty. For boys, the testes begin to descend from the abdomen this week. (Boys don’t produce sperm until puberty).

    The baby can hear and recognize the mother’s voice, and may respond to some types of music.

    Baby Center

    Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like she’s practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you’re having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.

    Pregnancy Today

    Your baby now has fully developed eyelids and eyebrows, and her fingernails have grown to the ends of her fingers. Her skin still looks pink and wrinkly, but is no longer translucent, because fat is being laid down underneath. Your baby now opens and closes her mouth regularly, drinking the amniotic fluid. The waste products are passed back through the umbilical cord and into your bloodstream for your kidneys to dispose of.

    Her heartbeat is getting stronger every day, now beating at around 120 to 140 beats per minute. Her lungs are still developing and are too immature for her to survive outside the womb, but she’s practicing breathing movements already. When she inhales, her lungs fill with amniotic fluid, which helps her to develop the air sacs she’ll need to breathe after birth.

    The Bump

    Baby’s now the size of a banana!

    Baby’s digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion, and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, if baby is a girl, her womb is now stocked up with her lifetime supply of six million eggs (the number will drop to around one million by birth).

  • I Believe I Can Do This, Please Believe in Me Too.

    I know some people do not agree with the way that I want the birth of our (mine and Michael’s) child to go. All the practicing, exercises, gaining knowledge, and more makes no sense if I do not have a support network. During labor there will be times that I will questions myself. At this point, I usually only have a little ways to go. However, if I do not remain calm and relaxed, this point may happen before I am ready.

    Now all that being said, if people keep instilling self doubt into my head, that is how I will go into all this when the time comes.

    I have made the decision that if I am panicking or freaking out, that Michael had the right to ask everyone in the room to leave until I get control of myself again. Like wise, if there are any decisions that need to be made and I can not give my consent, Michael has the authority to make what decision is in Nora’s and my best interest.

    Testimonials About Cloth Diapers

    I posted a question on the forum that I am a part of about cloth diapers back at the beginning of August. Below are some of the responses I received about cloth diapers, the person’s name and screen name has been kept private. If you have questions for anyone of the people who wrote stuff, please let me know and I will find out which person wrote it and ask if it is ok if you contact them.

      Person 1 wrote:
      “I switched from ‘sposies to cloth about a month ago. Let me see if I can answer some of your questions. 1 – no cloth don’t leak – we rarely have leaks in the cloth diapers – unless we don’t change him often enough. 2 – You will probably want to have around 18-20 on hand – we didn’t start until DS was past the newborn stage; so we aren’t changing him as frequently as you would a newborn. 3 – We use the liners; but not that frequently – I haven’t actually used one when he had a poopie diaper; so I’m not sure how well it would have worked. We use pocket diapers – since DH is changing most of the dipes it just makes more sense for us. We currently have 15 dipes; and I’m planning on getting some more soon – I just need to determine which ones I’d like to get. I didn’t go with cloth b/c of the environment; I mainly wanted to go with cloth b/c of the cute factor – the environment was just secondary; plus everything I keep hearing about Pampers makes me angry. I also didn’t care for Huggies – it seems like ‘sposies are more for function than anything – and I wouldn’t want my baby in them for the next several years. Plus, they tend to train earlier if in cloth. I haven’t used pre-folds with covers – I just know DH wouldn’t do that – pocket seem to work best for our dynamic. I wouldn’t stock up on a lot of one kind b/c you just never know what you’ll like. Or what will work for your kiddo. and cleaning them is SUPER easy – it really isn’t bad at all. You just get a ‘wet’ bag to toss the diapers in – I have the FuzziBunz bag b/c i like the zipper on the bottom. Every two days you un-zip the bottom of the bag and the dipes just fall into the washer. You start a ‘rinse’ cycle and rinse out all the poop, etc. Then you run a HOT cycle with an extra rinse. I sometimes run a 2nd hot cycle w/o detergent – just depends on how I feel that night
      Then I toss ’em in the dryer and let them dry. I stuff ’em later whenever I have a few minutes. I would put the covers out in the backyard to dry – but I generally wash them at night. I am currently using regular powder Tide to wash them; but I have some Allen’s detergent to use too.”

      Person 2 wrote…
      “We’re doing cloth. my main reasons are economy and ecology. Not only are disposable diapers a problem because of the volume of diapers but also they don’t decompose. As a side I’m also not interested in having my kid exposed to the chemical desiccants in sposies-I’m always surprised when moms who are anti-vac because of the possible chemical exposure yet still use disposables. Anyway, I used to babysit and dealt with cloth then. It’s really not that much harder than disposables. And that’s using prefolds, if you go for the more expensive modern ones like pocket or all in ones it shouldn’t be any more work at all. Other than the laundry that is.”

      Person 3 wrote…
      “The cloth are nice and soft and my son has never had a diaper rash. We have the same stash of diapers we both 20 months ago and they are still in great shape..i will be reusing them with my twins. Cloth don’t leak unless they are on too long or have a detergent build up. I chose to go with bumgenius just due to all the positive reviews I read on diapers.com and amazon. (I literally spent hours and hours researching different types) We use flushable liners so we don’t have a poo mess in the diapers, but even when we don’t use them they always wash clean. For newborn I will use the small sized cloth or the chinese prefold with a liner. When my Ds was a newborn we changed his diaper every 2 hours practically….I would think minimum have 15 diapers and maybe keep some spare disposables in case you didn’t keep up with the wash.
      You just have to stay ahead on washing them. If you plan on putting your child in daycare…most commercial daycare centers probably won’t be okay with cloth.”

      Person 4 wrote…
      “You’d probably spend less on some NB size prefolds and nylon pants that a diaper service – and later nb dipes are GREAT for stuffing pockets or cleaning once you are done diapering. Prowraps makes a great NB cover, too – a little pricier than nylon pants but not too bad. Di-dee or Dy-dee or something like that diaper service in CA has them on line for the best price, or did 2ish years back… They have a gusset and hold newborn poo in really well. (We actually had WORSE issues with blow outs and leaks with disposables with my son, he was a power pooper!) We did prefolds and covers – mostly nylon pull on pants and prowraps – when my son was a baby. CD’ed him through potty training. Tried with my girls but by 9 months I gave up as I was up to my eyeballs in laundry between clothes and dipes and I had a broken dryer to boot – the backlog was killing me!!! If this pregnancy sticks and it’s a singleton (as it most likely is, no treatments) I plan to give cd’ing another go… I think I will try some of those bum genuis. I will need to sell off some dipes, though… I have enough prefolds for 2 kids which is actually way too many as, duh, it didn’t occur to me you still need to wash when the pail is full, which happens faster with more kids in dipes… luckily prefolds are cheap to start, hold up very well, and tend to resell well! Nylon pull on pants are so thin and comfy, and CHEAP… I liked these because it was easy to get clothes over them. Fitteds and pockets can result in weird bulk. The only downside is they have to come off over the feet for removal, which can be a pain if there are shoes and/or blown out poo.”

      Person 5 wrote again…
      “We have some BumGenius – and I want to give you a recomendation… We have only been using them for a very short amount of time and I can quickly see how we’ll have trouble with the aplix. I definitely would go with snaps – for a small baby they aren’t really necessary as the kiddo won’t be pulling open the diaper, but from what I hear it’s pretty common when they get bigger We have some FuzziBunz that I really like; and also some Smartipants – I am falling in love with the Smartipants; and definitely going to add more to my stash.”

      Person 6 wrote…
      “I’ve been using Flips since ds’s cord fell off (about a week old). He was kind of small, about 6lb 5oz at home so they were/are a little bulky but it’s not too bad – DH called him a pear. We start out with just 2 covers, the 6 inserts it came with and then about 15 or so just plain prefolds and it’s worked fine. If one cover got messy I just rinsed it out and used the other one. Just this past week I got two other covers – bummis smalls – so 4 total covers. I already like the snaps better since during a change the bummis’ velcro can get caught. It’s really been easy and we’ve had no leaks outside the covers. I’ve just been using Tide Free right now but will probably switch when we’re out.”

      Person 7 wrote…
      “We use a combination of both. I have 13 Kawaii cloth diapers. We use them during the day at home (which is every day because I stay home). We use disposables at night, when we are out and about, or when I am slacking and don’t have laundry done. With 13 diapers, I do laundry every other day. I highly recommend them (they are pocket diapers that fit all sizes). They are super cheap and are basically knockoffs of bumgenius diapers. Cloth doesn’t have to be all or nothing… theres no reason that you can’t do a combination of both. I just wanted to add, since many ppl on here have mentioned which brands they are going to use, that I recommend checking out the kawaii diapers. I have a friend who uses BumGenius and Fuzzibunz and was impressed with the Kawaii that I showed her. We chose them because the $ was right for us and they get great reviews and are (at least from my understanding) knockoffs of BumGenius. They sell on ebay under the name mayflower_garden and you can get 12 diapers with 24 inserts for $69.”

      Person 8 worte…
      “We sort of ended up using cloth diapers by accident. I had mentioned to my grandma with my first daughter that cloth diapers sounded interesting, and she went and sewed me five dozen without telling me. When our daughter was newborn she was small and the diapers were just too ridiculously big on her, so we used disposable newborn diapers for a few weeks. And when we were getting to the point of potty training, it was getting to the point where I had to double up the daytime diapers and triple the nighttime ones and we were still having occasional leaks, (and huge bulky diapered bottoms!) so we used disposables again for the last two months or so while we potty trained. (and besides, it was easier for her to take off disposable diapers herself) In between, we pretty much used cloth exclusively, except for the occasional time when we’d buy a very small package of disposables for a long trip somewhere out of town. I really liked my cloth diapers. We also exclusively breastfed, so between that and cloth diapers, it took care of most of the ongoing cost of a baby. We were not wealthy people and it really helped. I never found washing diapers to be much of a chore… I stayed home with my daughter for three years, and it was never much trouble to just chuck the diaper pail into the wash every three days. I didn’t really do anything fancy with the wash… I often added bleach, but that was the extent of the special care. And for our new baby on the way, my grandma has again sewed us cloth diapers. (we had none left… our daughter is nine now and all the diapers have long since been used as rags or otherwise worn out and disposed of) I like my cloth diapers, I did not find them that much more inconvenient, it saved me such an incredible amount of money, and it makes me happy to know that I didn’t make a huge disposable diaper mountain in a landfill somewhere. That said, I had no problems using the occasional disposable when it made sense to.”

      Person 9 wrote…
      “We’ve been doing prefolds and covers, and that’s worked out great… they do leak every now and then, but WAY less than disposables. We have maybe one poo leak a week, but it never makes it past the cover. I don’t think we’ve ever had poo leak on clothes from using cloth. We used sposies for the first month, and we had a blowout EVERYTIME she pooped, up the back. It was awful. We use BumGenius Organics all-in-ones when we go out because they’re just easier for travel, and I love them. We’re thinking of switching to them completely, maybe when tax time rolls around and we get a refund. I just wish they came in cuter colors/prints. Prefolds are nice and cheap though. Definitely a bonus As far as extra work, it’s not a ton. I’d rather do an extra load of laundry every few days than deal with leaks and the extra cost of buying dipes and wipes. (We use cloth wipes too, also not as much extra work as you would think.)”

      Person 10 wrote…
      “We started the whole CD thing around 6.5 months and I wish I started sooner! We are exclusively FuzziBunz one sized and I LOVE THEM. I use a pul lined bag and the smell isn’t too horrible. Usually the problem is the poopy diapers I have left and forgotten on TOP of the pail… oops. I just have the liner in a regular step can and it’s not bad. Laundry every three days. I have 16 diapers and we use a disposable at night or if we’re going to be away for a long time during the day. My daycare uses the cloth for me. I want to use cloth wipes, but that part throws me off. I don’t know why. I suppose its just the logistics of it all. Maybe I’ll get brave one day… maybe! I have one Kawaii diaper. I bought it because I heard it was good and the pattern (leopard!) was super cute. I HATED it. It didn’t last as long as I had hoped and the legs were weird. I had gDiapers with cloth liners. FAIL. They were just difficult to manage with a crazy squirmer. The WAHM diapers are nice. The ones I had didn’t fit my kid’s fat thighs though so I gave up on those. Another alternative is the AMP diaper. It’s another pocket and comparable in price point to the FB or the BG.”

      Person 11 wrote…
      “Just my two cents here…I have a son and I did both cloth and disposable. I have found bumgenius to be phenomenal diapers, and this time around will probably get some more and cut back even more on the disposable.”

      Person 12 wrote…
      “I absolutely love cloth… for the short time we had DD in disposables, she got rashes all the time, and blowouts every night. It always went up and out the back, every poo meant a bath and a new outfit 🙁 But once we switched over to cloth, they held in all the explosive newborn poops, and her rashes all but went away! (We still get one every now and then now that she’s started solids, but they go away pretty quick) There is a bit of extra laundry, but it’s really not that bad. I wash every 2 days, which means there’s about 15-20 diapers and 15-20 cloth wipes to put up afterwards, only takes a couple of minutes. It’s well worth the extra time compared to the money we’d be spending on disposables.”

    To help you guys with the abbriviations look at the list below.

  • DD= Darling Daughter
  • DS= Darling Son
  • DH= Darling Husband
  • WAHM= Work At Home Mom
  • CD= Cloth Diapering or Cloth Diapers
  • BF= Breastfed
  • FF= Formula fed

    If there is any more in there that I missed, please just let me know what it is, and I will tell you what it means.

    Please check out DiaperDutyKanas.blogspot.com for more on cloth diapers.

  • Pros and Cons of an Epidural Anesthesia

    I just want people to be aware of the pros and cons of an Epidural during birth, and to understand better why I don’t want to receive one as part of my labor experience. Please do not take any of this the wrong way, I am not bashing anyone for getting one, and I am not trying to stop you. I just feel women should be informed about what they are consenting to, what the benefits are, and what the risks are.

    Pros

  • Less pain during child birth
  • Allows mom to get some rest

    Cons

  • Increased probability that the mother will have to have a c-section
  • Mom may need to receive pitocin (an artificial hormone)to restart labor.
  • Requires constant electronic fetal monitoring.
  • Moms sometime feel disconnected from the birth.
  • Baby may require a dose of naloxone (a drug for an overdose).
  • Mom may get a fever.
  • Mom’s blood pressure may drop or become low.
  • Mom has to basically lay flat on her back.
  • Baby can develop fetal distress
  • The anesthetic solution could accidentally be injected into the blood stream, which can cause mom to twitch, have convulsions, or lose of consciousness. This happened in 12 our 1000 women.
  • Could be trauma to mom’s blood vessels in her back causing persistent backaches or headaches or even permanent paralysis.
  • Mom could develop bacterial meningitis from the injection site.
  • Mom may loose the desire to push baby out.
  • From the low blood pressure, mom may experience a heart attack or the spinal cord will suffer damage.
  • Asthmatics can get suddenly worse during epidural anesthesia with more wheezing and inability to breath.
  • Mom could stop breathing all together.
  • Moms, about 30% of the time, experience nausea and vomiting.
  • Mom’s heart rate may slow, which runs the risk of cardiac arrest.

    Click here for case examples with mild problems from epidurals.

    Click here for examples of permanent disability from epidural anesthesia.

    Click here for cases of DEATHS from epidural anesthesia.

    I have read these results in many places, however, I really found this website Healing-Arts.org very helpful since they have all the information in one place, and they have the statistics on the site as well.

  • A Little About Baby at Week 20

    BabyCenter.com

    How your baby’s growing:

    Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby’s legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the “crown to rump” measurement. After 20 weeks, he’s measured from head to toe.)

    He’s swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He’s also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you’ll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

    Baby2See.com

    Week Twenty: The halfway point

    Congratulations!
    You are halfway through your pregnancy, 20 weeks marks the midpoint. Remember, pregnancy is counted as 40 weeks from the beginning of your last period if you go full term.

    You are 20 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 18 weeks)

    • Baby now weighes about 11 ounces and is roughly 7 inches long.
    • Baby is 17cm long crown to rump, and weighs about 310 grams.
    • The baby can hear and recognize the mother’s voice.
    • The mother will probably start feeling the first fetal movements.
    • The toenails and fingernails are growing.
    • The growth of hair on the rest of the body has started.
    • The skin is getting thicker.

  • The heart can now be heard with a stethoscope.
    Your baby may react to loud sounds. Baby can actually hear noises outside of the womb. Familiar voices, music, and sounds that baby becomes accustomed to during their development stages often are calming after birth. This is an important time for sensory development since nerve cells serving each of the senses; taste, smell, hearing, sight, and touch are now developing into their specialized area of the brain.

    Your baby now weighes about 11 ounces and at roughly 7 inches long they are filling up more and more of the womb.

    TheBump
    Baby’s now the size of a cantaloupe!
    Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they’ve already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you’d like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

    Pregnancy Today
    At 20 weeks, your baby now has perfectly formed ears and is able to hear sounds from inside and outside your body. Studies have shown that she’ll learn to distinguish your voice from other people’s long before she’s born, and be soothed by it after the birth.

    All the major structures of your baby’s body are now formed, from her major organs right down to her fingers, toes and facial features. From now on, her main job is to pile on the pounds. She’s already roughly half the length she’ll be at birth.

    The next eight weeks will be your unborn baby’s most active time. She’s in full control of her movements, and has enough space inside you to move freely. She’s even developing her own daily routine, with periods of sleep, activity and quiet but alert wakefulness.

  • Evie


    I am more worried about leaving Evie when we have to go to the hospital than anything else I have to worry about. She has never stayed with anyone other than Michael’s dad, and I am not sure anyone I know is willing to take on her as a responsibility for a few days. I don’t want to board her for 1) she will not handle being in a kennel very well, and 2) she can’t have vaccines so I would be putting her at risk for a bunch of stuff.

    If there is anyone out there that might be willing to watch her for a few days here is what you have to do for her.

    • You have to make sure she gets her medication every day. She gets everything at night. Medications include Azathioprine, Prednisone, and oral Ivermec.
    • You will need to make sure she has access to water at all times.
    • You will have to let her sleep in the bed with you.
    • She normally gets up every two hours to go potty
    • She likes to be fed between 4am and 7am, and if you don’t feed her she will cry.

    There are other things that you will have to do for her, and I am not sure how she will do with out Michael and me. She has never been away from us for more than a few hours. She really is my baby, and would have to be treated as such.

    So, if there is some brave person out there that would be willing to take her for a few days when I go into labor, than please email me at [email protected]

    Baby Powder a No No?

    In my reading yesterday I came across this.

      Risks of Talcum Powder

      PreventCancer.com
      Q. What is talc?

      A. Talc is a mineral, produced by the mining of talc rocks and then processed by crushing, drying and milling. Processing eliminates a number of trace minerals from the talc, but does not separate minute fibers which are very similar to asbestos.

      Q. What kinds of consumer products contain talc?

      A. Talc is found in a wide variety of consumer products ranging from home and garden pesticides to antacids. However, the products most widely used and that pose the most serious health risks are body powders Talc is the main ingredient in baby powder, medicated powders, perfumed powders and designer perfumed body powders. Because talc is resistant to moisture, it is also used by the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture medications and is a listed ingredient of some antacids. Talc is the principal ingredient home and garden pesticides and flea and tick powders. Talc is used in smaller quantities in deodorants, chalk, crayons, textiles, soap, insulating materials, paints, asphalt filler, paper, and in food processing.

      Q. Why is talc harmful?

      A. Talc is closely related to the potent carcinogen asbestos. Talc particles have been shown to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. For the last 30 years, scientists have closely scrutinized talc particles and found dangerous similarities to asbestos. Responding to this evidence in 1973, the FDA drafted a resolution that would limit the amount of asbestos-like fibers in cosmetic grade talc. However, no ruling has ever been made and today, cosmetic grade talc remains non-regulated by the federal government. This inaction ignores a 1993 National Toxicology Program report which found that cosmetic grade talc, without any asbestos-like fibers, caused tumors in animal subjects.1 Clearly with or without asbestos-like fibers, cosmetic grade talcum powder is a carcinogen.

      Q. What kind of exposure is dangerous?

      A. Talc is toxic. Talc particles cause tumors in human ovaries and lungs. Numerous studies have shown a strong link between frequent use of talc in the female genital area and ovarian cancer. Talc particles are able to move through the reproductive system and become imbedded in the lining of the ovary. Researchers have found talc particles in ovarian tumors and have found that women with ovarian cancer have used talcum powder in their genital area more frequently than healthy women.2

      Talc poses a health risk when exposed to the lungs. Talc miners have shown higher rates of lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses from exposure to industrial grade talc, which contains dangerous silica and asbestos. The common household hazard posed by talc is inhalation of baby powder by infants. Since the early 1980s, records show that several thousand infants each year have died or become seriously ill following accidental inhalation of baby powder.3

      Q. What about infants?

      A. Talc is used on babies because it absorbs unpleasant moisture. Clearly, dusting with talcum powder endangers an infant’s lungs at the prospect of inhalation. Exposing children to this carcinogen is unnecessary and dangerous.

      ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE:

      1. Do not buy or use products containing talc. It is especially important that women not apply talc to underwear or sanitary pads.

      2. Contact your pediatrician and/or local hospital and find out if they have a policy regarding talc use and infants.

      3. Write to the FDA and express your concern that a proven carcinogen has remained unregulated while millions of people are unknowingly exposed.

      References:

      1.National Toxicology Program. “Toxicology and carcinogenesis studies of talc (GAS No 14807-96-6) in F344/N rats and B6C3F, mice (Inhalation studies).” Technical Report Series No. 421. September 1993.

      2. Harlow BL, Cramer DW, Bell DA, Welch WR. “Perineal exposure to talc and ovarian cancer risk.” Obstetrics & Gynecology, 80: 19-26, 1992.

      3. Hollinger MA. “Pulmonary toxicity of inhaled and intravenous talc.” Toxicology Letters, 52:121-127, 1990.

      CONTACT:
      Cancer Prevention Coalition
      c/o University of Illinois at Chicago
      School of Public Health, M/C 922
      2121 West Taylor Street
      Chicago, IL 60612
      Tel: (312) 996-2297
      E-mail: [email protected]

    So I guess that is another product that we will not be using.
    Alternatives to use instead of the traditional baby powder:

    • BNG Enterprises Gentle Care Butt Dust Talc Free Powder
    • BURT’S BEES Baby Bee Dusting Powder Talc Free
    • Summer Hill Talc Free Powder
    • Lavender Talc Free Powder by Crabtree & Evelyn
    • Freshscent 2 oz Talc Free Baby Powder

    That is just a few of the options available.