Monday, January 31, 2011

A Natural Birth Story - by Emily Frame

Hey guys. Check out this wonderful story from the amazing, talented, beautiful Emily Frame. It's enough to inspire me to {attempt} birthing my next child naturally.

My husband Russ and I went to my 37 week appointment 1:30 p.m. At my 36 week appointment I was already dilated to a 4 and 80% effaced. We were so anxious to hear if I had progressed further, and Russ said a few times on the way there "I bet you're a 6 now."

He was right. The doctor checked me and confirmed that I was now dilated to a 6. The doctor looked shocked, and I tell you, you never get used to that reaction. He and the nurse questioned me about my contractions. I told them, truthfully, I had false labor contractions the night before for a couple hours, and I thought I felt like what might have been a contraction waddling through the mall the day before, but I wasn't sure. Everyone says, "you'll know" and I didn't, yet.

The doctor said it was time to get to the hospital. He let me know that I also tested positive for Strep B and that it was imperative I get a treatment of penicillin before the baby was born. He said the treatment takes four hours and at this point we've got to get down there and get it started. He told us to go home get our gear and to not take more than an hour because-- "that's one bulgy bag of water you've got in there." Three weeks early or not, Hayes was on his way.
Russ and I drove home to get our bags. He gave me a blessing of comfort, stamina, strength, and the will-power to do this according to my goal -- naturally.

At 3:00 we got to the hospital. The admitting nurse stared at me blankly... "So, you're not having contractions, but you're dilated to a 6?" Yeah yeah lady, I know, it's not normal. By 3:00 I had heard PLENTY of non-believers express the utter impossibility of it all.
They monitored my contractions for awhile... they were coming consistently but once again, they're standing there puzzled because I am sitting there smiling, talking, and cracking jokes and shouldn't I bet yelling like Tarzan by now? They FINALLY start my round of penicillin, and tell me that it needs to run its course for 4 hours [4 - 8 p.m.] At this point I am dilated to a 7, and my water is still hanging in there.

During this treatment they started pitocin to establish a consistent pattern of contractions. I know it was probably the worst decision for someone planning a natural delivery, but with the promise of an even speedier labor, I was for it. By the time the penicilin was done, they were happy with my contractions and we agreed to break my water and get the show on the road. In walks the doctor with the largest crochet hook you've ever seen.

The moment my water broke, I felt what I had been waiting for: a crampy, wringing-out contraction. I had definitely had contractions before, but holy smokes, this is what "you'll just know" about. Time to start Lamaze breathing, except I can't remember any of the techniques. For the first hour of full-blown contractions I felt pretty good, I was staying on top of them, resting in between, staying relaxed. 

At 9:00 p.m. the nurse checked me and I was now dilated to 9 cm and 90% effaced.
The second hour of contractions (transition) are causing the worst pain I have ever experienced, thirty seconds at a time, each a minute apart. They are coming down on me like waves, every time I get pushed under and can't find enough time to come up for air before the next. I can barely hold my head up in between, I'm so tired. So, Russ holds me.
The baby's oxygen is dropping so they make me wear the mask.
I feel completely defeated.
Russ and my mom are saying "hee hoo hee hoo hee hoo." and I am saying "heehooahheahahoahaouchhh."
Somehow in a blur, I get through the next hour.

10 p.m.
BANG. Every muscle, bone, and vein in my body tells me it's time to push.
The nurse confirms that I am now at 10 cm then says, "The Dr. went home but I just paged him and he'll be right back."
As soon as this overwhelming need to push comes, there is really no stopping me now. The nurse says we can start pushing without the Dr. and at this point I'm like "
Who? Give me the stirrups!" Every time I feel a contraction coming, I hold my breath and push my heart out. Finally, after two hours of helplessly breathing through contractions, now I finally get to put my back into and actually do something about it, and I love it!

With every push I feel mounting pressure, but it's the most amazing feeling in the world! For the next hour, it's three rounds of pushing per contraction and then literally gasping for air.
My mom sees his little head first and I feel like a million bucks. I know I can do this, and we're all so ready to meet this little guy. At this point I am totally owning this push-fest. In fact I own this whole room, this hospital even, I am on a serious high. I've got a group of nurses watching my every push, and they're all cheering me on. I know what a good push feels like, and I know what a useless one feels like. If I don't get a good push in, I make myself do an extra one. 
[If only I had this motivation at the gym.]

After the quickest hour of my life, finally Russ catches a glimpse of Hayes' face. The Dr. says "Stop Pushing!" At this point I don't know if I can, my body is doing all the work, I am just guiding the pressure it's creating. I figure out a way somehow and then he says "Push now! Hard!" and I hear a cry.
Russ is sobbing and can barely see to cut the cord, but he does, and Dr. lays Hayes on my chest and I feel like I've known him forever, and he is mine!

I know it is not the popular choice to have a baby the way I did. But, it was a choice, and I am so grateful for the people in my life that supported my goal from the beginning. So, was it worth it? Absolutely. But, not because it was a natural delivery, because I don't think that one way is better than another, they're simply two different choices. But, because it was for Hayes. And I've come to learn real quick that I would do just about anything for that little man.

story and photos here
P.S.  Go check out her great news she announced just today :)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Funnies - Lucy

Welcome to our first Friday Funnies. These are real life moments in the life of real mamas. I'm telling you...I've got some funny ones, and I know you do too. This one is to die for awesome. 

Ellen is the wife of a hottie named Jared and the Mother to an amusing (beautiful) daughter, Lucy who is 2. Here is their moment.

 "So we were in Nordstrom looking at suits when Lucy turned to a young, African-American businessman speaking to a salesman. Immediately, Lucy started yelling at us, "Look! Obama! Obama!" and would not stop until Jared hurriedly picked her up and took her out of the store. Normally, she has a pretty good Obama-radar so we were surprised by her lack of deciphering skills.

Even better, however, was right after this encounter she saw an old white man and exclaimed, "Ron Paul!" (It's now very clear to me what Jared and Lucy have been up to while I've been at the gym.) Jared then had a talk with Lucy about how all black men are not President Obama and all old, white men are not Congressman Ron Paul.

Overgeneralizing is how toddlers attempt to make sense of their world so categorizing people according to which political figure they most closely resemble is to be expected, right? Well maybe not, but at least she's bipartisan." - Ellen from 

Happy Friday!
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Attention all you SLR Mamas

Let me share with you a new love of mine. Kelly Moore Bags.

I have finally found a bag I can throw my SLR in...lenses and all...AND diapers, wipes, changing pad, diaper cream, extra onsie...the whole rigmarole. Not only that, they are gorgeous.

Here are the features I love: 
The messenger style design 
Two zippered pockets
The magnetic closures
Separate large zippered pocket
3 adjustable dividers
Laptop divider (that I'd use for a changing pad)
Adjustable strap
The color

Go check em out, y'all

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


And in my dreams I like to dress myself in EmersonMade. Oh? you've never met? Well, without further adieu...

Amazing, right?

Each piece is so feminine, simple and versatile too. Get on over there and check it out. I'm also loving her flowerpins and clutches...perfect gifts for a wedding party!

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Flora and Henri

In my dreams I like to dress my child in nothing but Flora and Henri. He wears them well, I must say. If you've never been properly introduced to this clothier....allow me.

They are actually having quite the sale right's to hoping those dreams come true :)

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Finn's Corner

Go ahead and fall in love with sweet Finn's little corner, because I sure have! What a haven miss Lillie has made for her newborn baby boy. From the wall color, to the fabric choice, to the is just perfect. The simplicity of it is what I love so much. It's usually newborn fingers and toes that make me want another baby, but these photos do just the trick.  Find the details of the room here

Lillie is also an amazing photographer. Check out her work here

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The name game

It’s no secret that celebrity baby names have been a little, uh, out there. From Nicholas Cage’s son Kal-El Coppola to Jason Lee’s son Pilot Inspektor to Geri Halliwell’s daughter Bluebell Madonna, there is no shortage of craziness. For the rest of the world, the classics seem to always take top.

Here are the top baby names of 2010:

1. Aiden
2. James
3. Max
4. Liam
5. Ethan
6. Jack
7. Dylan
8. Caleb
9. Oliver
10. Benjamin

1. Ella
2. Ava
3. Grace
4. Emma
5. Elizabeth
6. Grace
7. Genevieve
8. Isabella
9. Charlotte
10. Lily

Saturday, January 22, 2011

All you need is love

I don't know about you, but I think about valentines day weeks before hand. I buy the candy, switch the wreath on the door, and then on February 13th at 8:00pm I panic that I haven't done anything for my loves. I always like to do something handmade, or heartfelt. Here is some sweet inspiration I found for your lovie dovie day.

For your little ones.

More details on these beauty's here

And of course you can never fail with Martha . I'm lovin' the face cards, and the "I" "Love" "You."

What do you think? Too much work for 30 classmates?

And for the one you're wild about

1. DIY and free printable matchbooks...matchbooks, can you believe how cute?... from Benign Objects
2. A little pie from Family Fun
3. Free Udaman download from Jeanne Winters
4. Romance fortunes found here

Friday, January 21, 2011

Favorite things

Lets get started with a few of my favorite things

These beauties are a-dor-able. I'd even love a pair for myself! They are sweet, buttery, soft, handmade moccasins by Freshly picked So hip even the Kardashians are sportin' a pair...right here

This knit mobile from blabla kids is so dang cute. The colors are unisex and perfect to boot. Find them on sale  here

Aden + Anias swaddles...and let the hallelujah chorus ring. If they would only just stay little and swaddled forever.

Precious, precious, precious...all I can say about these prints from the dear Sarah Jane . Love em!

These Boon bath toys are a must for every mother on planet earth. Cute, tasteful and fun for the little ones. They never mold, smell, and have yet to get bite marks from my little lad. Cheapest here

How cute are these backpacks? I never want to send my boy away to school, but with that little puppy dog staring back at me I just might.

And for the tweens. Blue found here, yellow found here

And last but surely not least...Check out these darlings from Crewcuts for kids. Boy howdy, I can't wait till my little one reaches 2T.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Children's Corner

Welcome to our little corner where we talk about fun, dream about style and do it all for our precious little ones. Here is your daily guide to pregnancy, newborns, babies, toddlers and big kiddos. We hope to inspire with DIY's, fashion, home decor and real life stories from moms just like you. As we all know motherhood is different for everyone, please let us know how you feel, what you're thinking and how you did it better.

Thank you for stopping by, and we hope you'll come back again soon!