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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Birth Position

With the imminent arrival of my nephew and several friends that are due this spring, I've been thinking a lot about birth position and the effects it has on labor and caesareans. Before Cecily was born, I was terrified she would be posterior like Ewan and it would result in another c-section. In doing some research, I discovered that Ewan was right occiput transverse, posterior with his head in my hip.
ROT - second from the bottom.
This is a difficult position for labor, and if you're stuck laboring lying down and not given time, then it almost always results in a c-section. While I feel a little better knowing that this is a really difficult labor position, I'm still so angry that I wasn't allowed out of bed, much less given more than 24 hours in the hospital. I know it was over two years ago now, but I don't know if I will ever get over it. It makes me so angry when someone says all that matters is that you have a healthy baby, especially if it's coming from a woman who hasn't had a c-section Yes, of course I'm glad Ewan was born healthy, but that's not all that matters. Unless you've been through it, you have no idea.

I have deep rooted feelings about Ewan's birth. I know that not everyone feels the way I do about c-sections, but I want to share the knowledge I have gained in the off-chance it may help someone else that is in the position I was in. If I can save one woman the agony I went through and the anger and disappointment I still feel about Ewan's birth, I would do it. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Thunderstorms

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I used to love thunderstorms...until I had kids. Now I cannot stand them, especially when they come through at night. All I can think about is how there's the possibility of tornadoes. Especially when they come through in the "off season." We've had awesome, way above normal temps here the last few days and now a line of storms is coming through that's going to make the temps drop dramatically. Normal temps for January are fine with me, as I love winter, but I'm terrified of the storm. Every time we have a storm come through like this, I stay up until it's over, just in case. I know Alan probably thinks I'm nuts, but I can't help it. Hurry up storms, I gotta work tomorrow!

Monday, January 28, 2013

January Cara Box

I participated in the Cara Box exchange again. The January theme was resolution and I received a box from Sarah and sent one to Lola.

Probably my biggest resolution this year is to take time out everyday, even if it's only 10 minutes for myself, with no interruptions. While I love my family dearly, I feel like I have lost part of myself since Ewan was born. I'm so focused on being a good wife and mother that I've forgotten to take care of myself to an extent. So, Sarah sent me some goodies for just me to enjoy.

I hardly ever get to wear jewelry anymore, so I'm really enjoying the bracelets. In fact I plan on wearing them tomorrow. And, I don't know how she knew, but I'm a chocoholic and have none in the house currently! I was so excited to open up my box and see those Ghiradeli Squares!

Thanks so much Sarah!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Trash Cans!!!

Finally, my much anticipated trash can post.

Starting at the beginning of the year, the City of Evansville started this new trash program. We got these GIANT 96 gallon trash cans, one for trash and one for recycling.
While I'm glad that we don't have to separate our recyclables anymore...I'm so pissed about these trash cans! They're GINORMOUS and almost as tall as me! We can't park both cars in the garage with them there, plus we can't park both cars in the driveway and pull them through to the curb. There's an option to get the 48 gallon size, but when I called about it, I was informed that we have to wait until all of the new cans are delivered for the entire city...so sometime at the end of March/April. From the lady's tone, I could tell that I wasn't the only one who had called, it sounded like a lot of people have actually. I just cannot believe that the city didn't put out a survey regarding the size people wanted, give the choice of size, or give everyone the smaller ones with the option to upgrade if you want. We don't even fill one of our small trash cans in a week, so what the heck are we going to do with these behemoths?! We've had these eyesores for a week now and every time I see them I get so pissed off about it. Alan thinks I'm nuts for being so mad about it because there's nothing we can do besides what I already did, call the waste company. It gets even better though because there's a new automated system and they have to be a certain distance apart from each other, cars and trees and such. Well, our hooligan neighbors, who throw their trash in our yard, play their music obnoxiously loud at all hours of the day, think it's ok to just walk through our yard whenever they feel like it, and let their kids dig in our flower beds while they're outside with them (honestly, while I love our house, if we had known the neighbors suck so bad, we wouldn't have bought it), park their cars in front of our house all the time so we have nowhere to put these ridiculous trash cans. So, I don't know what we're gonna do with these horrible things. I really just want to leave them in the middle of street for them to be picked up.

Thanks for letting me vent!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Three Months!



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Friday's Letters

 

Dear Cecily: I cannot believe you are three months old today. My sweet baby girl, where has this time gone?

Dear Ewan: Please stop taking off your diaper and going to the bathroom on the floor. It was funny the first time, but now not so much.

Dear Domino Cat: Please stop throwing up hairballs all over the playroom. 

Dear Cold/Flu: Please go away. I really don't like using my sick days in January...I still have a year to go.

Dear City of Evansville: What is up with the GIANT trash cans? I will be posting about you when my camera battery is charged.

Dear Money: Please start growing on trees!

Dear Chocolate: Why must I want you all the time? Eating you will not help me lose 40lbs of baby weight!

Dear Rachel: I just bought some stuff for your Baby Sprinkle and would love to tell you about it but it's supposed to be a surprise. It's killing me!

Dear Downton Abbey: I can't wait to watch you on Sunday!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fun Friday Blog Hop

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ewan's Photographs: January 2013

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Our budding photographer :-)

Ewan Montage

One of the things Alan wants to do this year is have a little photo shoot with each kid every month and create a montage. Here are a few he's made of Ewan with photos he's taken.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hearty Tomato Soup

I love soup. Every fall and winter I make several batches to freeze and take for lunch later on. Since I didn't make a lot of food to freeze for my maternity leave this time, the soup I still had was a lifesaver!

I've been making a big batch of this soup every winter since I first saw it featured on Giada De Laurentis' show Everyday Italian years ago. If you have vegetable haters in your family like I do, it's a great way to sneak them in. My extremely picky 2 year old just loves it.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini (white) beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, plus 1 teaspoon, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup creme fraiche (Sour cream will also do - I use Greek yogurt since I don't like either - or you can go without - still just as yummy!)
  • Zest of one lemon

Directions

In a large soup pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and garlic and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the beans, tomatoes, broth, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon rosemary, and red pepper flakes. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, covered.
Puree the soup in a blender in batches, being careful to remove and discard the bay leaf. Return the soup to a soup pot and keep warm over low heat. Season with salt and pepper.
In a medium bowl fold in the lemon zest and the remaining teaspoon of rosemary to 2/3 cup creme fraiche. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and dollop each bowl with the lemon rosemary creme fraiche.

I do make several substitutions, however. I add 2 cups chicken broth and 1 cup red wine. I feel it enhances the flavor so much when you add it. This time I used Satek Winery's 101 Lakes Red - probably my all-time favorite wine and if you ever happen upon Northeast Indiana, I highly suggest you make a stop and pick some up - but any semi-sweet or semi-dry red will do.
I also add a chopped stalk of celery to the vegetables. Finally, I puree it in my Magic Bullet. I have used an immersion blender like the recipe calls for, but I prefer a smoother soup that what the blender does.

Enjoy!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Photo Shoot With Daddy

Cecily had a photo shoot with Alan while I was making dinner last night.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Field Work in Photos

Remember how I mentioned that I was in Illinois for work last week? Well, today I had to do field work again, so I thought I would show you what a day of field work is like in photos. But first, let me explain what I do. I work for a cultural resources consulting firm doing Section 106 work. What that means is that I primarily survey historic properties (at least 50 years old) to determine if they are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. This is only for clients utilizing federal funds or needing a federal permit, for work such as coal mines, wind farms, transportation projects etc. In a nutshell, that is what I do. Due to the nature of my work, I can't tell you exactly where I was, just that it was somewhere in Kentucky.

I almost always start my day out with a visit to Starbucks to fuel my addiction. I used to get it everyday when I worked at Target, but now it's a special treat. Especially when I had a coupon!
Once I got my yummy Cinnamon Dolce Latte, I was on my way. I was a little worried because all the schools were closed due to a winter storm that came through last night...but the roads looked like this:
Oh Kentucky!

Once I arrived at the project area, I got to work, surveying properties.
Horrible picture I know, but under the hard hat I was actually having a really good hair day! I also realized that I should probably put my fleece on because it was cold! Basically, I go door to door and take photos of all structures on a property located withing a certain radius of the project area. Today, I got to see horses!
Once I was finished with the survey, it was time to head to town to grab lunch and go to the courthouse to do property research.
I got lost on the way and had to break out Google Navigation...thank goodness for technology!

I stopped at Fazoli's for lunch and had a yummy pasta dish, Bruschetta Chicken.
I had planned on pumping for Cecily after lunch, but the adapter plug in the car didn't work :( So, I headed on to the courthouse to do property research. Bet you didn't know that that's public record!
Once, I was finished, I crossed the bridge and headed home.
As I was returning the rental car, I snapped this gorgeous sunset...rare for January!

There you have it, a day of fieldwork.




Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ramsey Christmas and Ewan's Birthday

This past weekend we headed up to the Fort to see my family and celebrate our Christmas and Ewan's birthday. The weather was awesome on Saturday and we took the kids to the park near where I grew up and to see Johnny Appleseed's grave since Ewan is learning about him in daycare. I know he doesn't understand yet, but I feel it's important to expose him to things he's learning about if given the opportunity....Alan thinks I'm weird for showing my two year old someone's grave...but I digress...

at Johnny Appleseed's grave
Anyways, we spent awhile at the park and Ewan is fearless! There were a ton of kids there and of course he wanted to be just like them. He was climbing up the slides (with help of course) and he went up to the highest slide and went down headfirst. I was freaking out that he was going to be hurt at the bottom, but he was just laughing. I love seeing him grow and experience new things!

I thought it was funny that it was 60 degrees and the pond was still frozen.
Later in the day, we had Christmas with my family and celebrated Ewan's birthday. He got a kids' digital camera and it was the best present for him. He LOVES it and has been taking pictures ever since.
reading with Great Grandma Pat
So excited about his camera...cheese!
Cecily with my mom
We also got to see my friend Mary and her husband Dustin and finally meet her son, Dwight. We met up with them at Olive Garden and it was good to see her. Unfortunately, Ewan didn't get a nap and was horrid so we weren't able to visit very long. Hopefully next time!
Mary with Cecily
Me with Dwight

Monday, January 14, 2013

Where Am I?

I know I've been MIA this past week. Sorry! I was out of town for work in the middle of nowhere Illinois and I visited my family to do our Christmas and Ewan's birthday this weekend. More to come once I get the pictures off my camera!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013

My Baby Boy is Two!

Well, he will be at 11:18PM EST.
Holy. Cow. Where has the time gone?!It seems like just yesterday he was my super cuddly baby boy who wanted no one but his mommy (and Papaw!). Now he's my always active toddler whose language has exploded and says words I had no idea he knew.

He had a Mickey Mouse themed birthday party with family and close friends at our house this afternoon.
He got a ton of toys too...I think everyone we know now owns stock in Disney! It was a great day and I'm glad everyone could come and help make his party a success!


Friday, January 4, 2013

Two Month Checkup

Cecily's two month checkup was this morning. She weighs 12lbs3oz and is 23.5 inches.

I took this this morning - I just hated waking her up!
I took the afternoon off to get things ready for Ewan's birthday party and it was so nice to spend the day with my girl. I know I've only been back at work a week, but I miss our time together like crazy!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Years Eve


 We went to the house of friends of ours and had dinner and hung out and played games for NYE. The kids were able to play together all evening and we all made it to midnight, Ewan and Cecily included!

It was a good time and I'm glad we got to hang out. 

What did you do for NYE?

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