Archive for September, 2008

Old Navy Sales
September 30, 2008

I just LOVE Old Navy Sales!

Harold and I, unsuspectingly headed to the mall for a relaxing evening after a hectic (not so) day off.  As we stumbled through the Old Navy to return 3 shirts previously purchased, we found that all of their maternity clothes were 50% off!!

One hour later, we walked out the door with 13 new shirts, a new pair of pants and $0.20 of store credit remaining!  Now that’s how to shop!

You should have seen Harold hunting through the shelves and racks for all the cutest shirts in just the right size!  He is quite the hunter!

Even Hannah Bear was impressed with our amazing accomplishments!

Even Hannah Bear was impressed with our amazing accomplishments!


Pitocin and Autism
September 11, 2008

California just announced a 33% increase in autism diagnosis.  Researchers are beginning to connect the use of pitocin during labor to the onset of autism.  One study found that 60% of children with autistim were exposed to pitocin while in utero.

Nearly 100% of epidural births require the use of pitocin . . .  is an epidural really a “safe” option?

Pregnancy Pic
September 11, 2008

ok, so people have been asking for “belly pictures” but when we were looking through our camera to find some to post, we found that we didn’t have many that were, um . . . “modest.”

Here are a couple from 6 and 5 months respectively.  We’ll work on taking more “family friendly” pictures in the future!



Our Lawn’s First Hair Cut!
September 11, 2008

What a special day!!  Now I know how new parents feel!!  Today was our yard’s first hair cut!!

Ok, so Harold wasn’t so excited . . . here he is hard at work:

He told me not to take any pictures, but I snuck in a few.  We borrowed our friend’s lawn mower from church and now our grass is no longer 1 foot tall and Harold is convinced that he needs a big bad lawn mower, not a little wussy one.  I think he enjoyed the hard work, sweat and tears (okay, so maybe my tears weren’t so helpful).  But now our grass is beautiful, edged and short.  I love my husband!


Belly Buttons
September 8, 2008

What is the purpose of a belly button?  Why do we have belly buttons?

Now at 6 months pregnant, my belly button has “popped.”   Many consider this a right of passage for pregnancy as I’ve heard many people ask pregnant moms “Has your belly button popped yet?” (is it really any of their business?)

So this new belly button is it something of which to be proud and show off or hide and cover?  Should I now band-aid it every morning so as to not be exposed to the world or display it for all the world to see?

Flooring Dilema
September 8, 2008

Just when Harold was so close to finishing the flooring, Home Depot has one piece of the flooring that is special order and NO ONE can seem to find it.  Without it we can’t finish the living room or move anything onto the floor.  If anyone knows where we can get a transitional piece of Brazilian cherry flooring for sliding doors, let us know. . . .

Our New House
September 6, 2008

Through blood, sweat and tears we are slowly making our new “Fixer” home livable.  Right now only two rooms are up and functioning (the master bedroom and the dining room) and I’m slowly working on the kitchen.  It’s a challenge moving from this:

Our old kitchen
Our old kitchen

 to this:

No, it’s not your eyes deceiving you – those really are almond colored tile countertops.  And yes, those are aluminum crank windows and 12×12 floor tiles – but hey – it’s a house, right?
So, in the meantime it looks like the dog urine smell is beginning to dissipate and Harold is laying the flooring in the living room – red Brazillian cherrywood and I just finished the last of the painting.  Oh, wait – we haven’t even begun with the bathrooms.  We’re debating over ripping everything out and starting over verses how much we can just “cover up.”  Both toilets are currently broken but at least we have running water and one semi-working shower (which is more than we had when we moved into our first home).  Just don’t take too long in the shower b/c it will overflow – it doesn’t drain. 
Oh, and that’s before we touch the dry rot out front, the termites, the broken front door, the windows that don’t close or latch, the crooked cabinets, the sprinklers that spray in the windows, the rock roof or the ant colony upon which the house was built.  But, hey – it’s a house.  Right?  right?   

Epidural and Effects on Baby
September 6, 2008

So, it’s been said that an epidural is the only drug that is “safe” for the baby.  Friends have said that an epidural has no effect on the baby. 

The American Pregnancy Association (you know, the gung-ho pro-medicated, pro-medicalized organization) published on their website:

Side Effects of an Epidural

Causes baby to become lethargic

Fetal Malpositioning

Respiratory Depression of infant

Decreased Fetal heart rate

Increased need for forceps, vacuum, Cesarean deliveries and episiotomies

Difficulty latching on and other breastfeeding problems

That’s not to mention all the other research showing the risks to the mother and baby including hypertension and hypotension, spinal damage, permanant nerve damage, long term back problems, convulsions and seizures, severe headaches during labor, jaundice, incontinence, asthma attacks, fever, heart attack, naseau, vomitting, increased use of internal fetal monitoring, and permanant disability.  Don’t those sound like fun?

Apparently, many patients are not given informed consent when an epidural is administered.  At the very least, the patient should be given the option to read the back of the box of the medication which reads:

“Local anesthetics rapidly cross the placenta, and when used for epidural, caudal or pudendal anesthesia, can cause varying degrees of maternal, fetal and neonatal toxicity….

Adverse reactions in the parturient, fetus and neonate involve alternations of the central nervous system, peripheral vascular tone and cardiac function….

Neurologic effects following epidural or caudal anesthesia may include spinal block of varying magnitude (including high or total spinal block); hypotension secondary to spinal block; urinary retention; fecal and urinary incontinence; loss of perineal sensation and sexual function; persistent anesthesia, paresthesia, weakness, paralysis of the lower extremities and loss of sphincter control all of which may have slow, incomplete or no recovery; headache; backache; septic meningitis; meningismus; slowing of labor; increased incidence of forceps delivery; cranial nerve palsies due to traction on nerves from loss of cerebrospinal fluid.”

Who would willing subject their baby to these potential side effects?

Pregnancy Pictures
September 6, 2008

Here’s our latest Baby Growing (About 4 months):