Halloween Costumes!

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Here’s my pink poodle!  How cute is that?  Too bad she says the costume is too small.  A friend gave it to us awhile ago, and I was really hoping it would fit this year.  But my little poodle says it’s “TOO TIGHT!”  Oh well, at least I can post a cute picture of her. 

“Too Tight!” – have you ever felt that way about your clothes?  (Yeah, me too).  Let’s use that little phrase “Too Tight!” to our advantage as we enter the calorie laden holiday season.  Keep thinking “too tight” as you pass on the second piece of pumpkin pie and throw the extra Halloween candy in the trash.  Better the trash than your hips!  For more tips on what to do with that Halloween candy, check out my article, “Halloween Survival Guide.” 

P.S.  Thought you would enjoy seeing my son’s costume.  He made it himself with great excitement.  Can you guess what animal he’s supposed to be?

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Answer:  A Lion

Wearing a Cesarean Support Garment

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No…this is not a picture of my post-baby body!  Not yet at least (you must think positive moms!)…

But it is a picture of a garment that I really love.  It’s made by Design Veronique and I heard about it from my ObGyn’s office.  This cesarean support garment is an FDA approved medical device, ideal for recovery after c-sections.  What does it do?  It provides support, stabilization and comfort. 

When I opened it up from the box, I thought, “Will I really wear this tight, corset-looking thing?  And how hard is it going to be to take this on and off to go to the bathroom?” 

The first time I tried to put it on, it was comical.  You want to order it a little tight so it will do its job.  But the very first day, I couldn’t quite zip it up.  I waited about 2 days for the swelling from the c-section to decrease and then tried again.  With my husband’s help, I could zip it up.  The next day, I could zip it by myself.

I have been wearing it all day for 3 days now.  I am amazed at how comfortable it is.  I actually prefer wearing it because it gives me back support and protects my incision site.  Plus it gives the appearance of being slimmer, so when I look in the mirror, I have hope. 

I highly recommend Design Veronique’s cesarean support garment.  I’ll keep you posted about how long I use it and its benefits.  Corsets…no.  Comfortable Design Veronique…yes!

Zucchini and Potato Bake

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Halloween is days away, which means you should eat lots of vegetables to make up for that candy – ha!  Today’s Monday’s Meal comes from allrecipes.com and looks yummy:  Zucchini and Potato Bake. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchini, quartered and cut into large pieces
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • paprika to taste
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • In a medium baking pan, toss together the zucchini, potatoes, red bell pepper, garlic, bread crumbs, and olive oil. Season with paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and lightly brown.
  • What’s Really Important

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    Today I heard on the radio that times of crisis can help us see our priorities clearly.  Although having a healthy baby is hardly a crisis, it has helped me to see my priorities clearly.

    –To be a wife who loves and respects her husband.

    –To be a mother to three treasures (one pictured above, two pictured below).

    That’s pretty much it in a nutshell.

    The simplicity of this is freeing.  The other things I may accomplish in life are icing on the cake, but being a wife and mom are my priorities.  When I stare at my baby’s face, I am amazed once again that God has lent me this gift from heaven.  It’s more than enough to be a wife and mother, even in our culture which says you must be a wife/mom/plus something else to really be a success. 

    Just remember when you feel knee deep in laundry and diapers…when your jeans still don’t fit…when you miss those corporate free lunches…Motherhood Rocks! 

    Ethan-and-Noelle

    5 Tips for New Moms

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    After your baby is born, there are a few things you can do to feel more human (versus a milk machine) and enjoy your new baby…

    1.  Take a shower every day.  You will feel refreshed.  Clean.  Like you’ve accomplished something.  Don’t worry – your baby will survive for 15 minutes while you shower. 

    2.  Put on a little makeup every day.  You don’t have to go glamour, but do something.  I just put foundation, lip gloss, and eyeliner on.  It makes me feel a little better when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror.   

    3.  Sleep when your baby sleeps.  Force yourself to take care of yourself. 

    4.  Record your baby’s firsts.  You won’t remember many details a year from now.  Keep a journal of the special moments.  I keep mine on the computer.  Take lots of pictures (do I even need to say this?) and video too.  Even if it’s baby #5, take lots of photos.  My husband was baby #4 and there weren’t too many pictures of him.  His sister always told him he was adopted 🙂

    5.  Slow down and keep life simple.  The first weeks with baby are your special time to enjoy your  newborn.  Don’t host parties or dinners.  Say no to volunteer commitments.  Keep your focus at home and save your energy because you will need it 🙂

    First Week with Baby Lucy

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    We’ve had a great first week with baby Lucy!  It takes a little bit to get back into the feeding schedule after not having to do that for awhile!  But Lucy is right on schedule…feeding every 3-4 hours and even sleeping up to 4 hours at a time at night already.  Think that’s amazing?  Read the book On Becoming Babywise which has helped us with all three of our babies.  You basically want to have your baby eating, then some activity time (this is the hardest to get a newborn to stay awake), and then sleeping.  That cycle continues throughout the day.  Eat, activity, sleep.  Then of course, when baby sleeps, mom should too.  But we typically find something to do, don’t we moms?  🙂   

    Lucy seems like an over achiever, as she has cried the least of our 3 kids and been the most easy going.  We feel most blessed!   

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    Welcome Baby Lucy!

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    When a baby wants to come into the world, there is no stopping him or her! 

    Two weeks before her due date, and one week before my scheduled c-section (my prior baby was delivered c-section because she was breeched), I started having contractions in the middle of the night.  Not a big deal at first since I’ve been having Braxton Hicks contractions for several weeks.

    But unlike other times, these contractions were steady each hour and at 3:00 a.m., they started increasing in intensity too.  Oh boy, I thought, this could be it! 

    I had just packed my hospital bag that same day and I had done my last minute shopping that same day (diapers, etc) and purchased small gifts for my kids from their new baby sister.  God knew I would be going into labor because at least those things got done!  I checked into triage at the hospital.  Yes I was having contractions and was 3 cm dilated.  Everything moved very quickly from there.  I arrived at about 4:00 am, and by 6:00 am, I was on the operating table, and by 6:44 am, I was looking at a beautiful, chalky looking, baby girl!

    Lucy-and-Ar-hospital

    Now the fun part I haven’t told you about is that my husband missed the birth of the baby.  No, we’re not military, but my husband flew to the East Coast for 2 days to attend his grandmother’s funeral.  We figured it was a little risky, but with the due date 2 weeks away, we thought it would all right. 

    Just hours after he left, I went into labor.  I’m happy to say that God provided everything we both needed.  Peace and calm even though we were apart and the circumstances were not what we expected!  My dad came with me into the operating room and my mom watched our kids.  Everything went smoothly except of course, I missed my husband terribly in the hospital.  I stayed at the hospital for 3 days, and thankfully, my hubby made it to the hospital before I was discharged. 

    Now Lucy has her own dramatic birth story!   She came into the world as my husband was saying goodbye to his 88 year old grandmother.  It is the circle of life from the cradle to the grave.  God is with us throughout the journey of life and His presence can make each moment sweet, whether in birth or death.    

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