Wednesday, October 30, 2013

This and That

Well, as always things have been busy around here. I thought I would catch you up on the latest...

Last Thursday was quite an ordeal. Glory and Silas were playing sword fighting with a plastic rake and a broom when the rake struck her above her right eye. She ran in from outside screaming, I was in the living room feeding the baby. Once she came around the corner I saw blood and jumped to my feet! She was bleeding profusely (as head wounds do) so I pressed on it with my hand until we could make it to the bathroom. Once I was able to see the damage, it wasn't good...her skull was visible through the small hole in her head. Yikes! I yelled for Guinevere to bring me the phone so that I could call her dad. Thankfully, Donnie was already on his way home. I think I should also mention, that when this all happened Glory was pleading for her daddy the whole time. "I want my daddy, I want my daddy," she repeated. Poor thing! By the time we got to the urgent care, Glory was calm. They wrapped her up like a burrito and then asked me to hold her down. Good thing I don't have trouble looking at open wounds. The worst part was when they gave her the local anesthetic. She screamed through the whole process and ended up with just 3 stitches out of the deal. Afterward I took her to get ice cream. Yep, ice cream makes everything better! ;)


This past Sunday Mary officially took her first steps. I was the only one to witness it since it was during church on Sunday night. We were in the back, since Mary makes a racket during the sermon, that is my post for almost the whole time. I think because there was carpet beneath her (we have all tile flooring, except in the bedrooms) she was more comfortable taking steps. I was overjoyed! She is also well on her way to being miss independent, i.e. she isn't nursing as frequently now. Some of that is me pushing her to be a big girl. I love how snuggly she is and her adorable smile just melts my heart. I am sure to remind myself how few days are left that I will be able to hold her like that. She also becoming more of a daddy's girl.


As you might already know we have a puppy now. His name is Joey. I call him NO JOE! Ha ha ha! He is a typical energetic puppy and the perfect addition to our family. The kids have been asking for a dog for a long time.


A couple days ago, I made the kids some cloud dough. They had a blast with it. It was tremendously messy! I kept it for a couple days before throwing it out. After the last mess they made, I couldn't help it.  Here is the recipe :

Cloud Dough
8 cups flour
1 cup oil

Mix together with your hands until the flour and oil are fully incorporated with one another.

**I also used cocoa powder and cinnamon to give it some color and scent








Sometimes you have to let them make a mess just to brighten their day! Look at those happy faces! Worth a whole lotta mess to me!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Make Your Own Salt Scrub

It is starting to be that DRY, cracked skin, time of year again. So I have been making my own salt scrub. I use it on my face mostly. But it is good for your whole body. It is really very simple and costs very little to make and keep on hand.
 
2 Tablespoon avocado or coconut oil 
2 teaspoon sea salt
 

Mix the two ingredients together and store in appropriate container. Then, when you are ready to use it, just apply a small amount and gently rub the desired area. Then rinse off with warm water and pat dry. If my face feels oily I just rub in the extra oil. It wont hurt you to use this scrub everyday as long as you don't rub too vigorously. Your face and body will be glowing and be looking fabulous all winter long.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Over 1 Year Late...Mary's Birth Story

I have been thinking about telling Mary's birth story. I wanted so much to tell it to you. I know it has been over a year now since her birth. Lately I have been thinking about it. Some of the details may be a little off but her tale of how she entered into the world is too good not to share. So here it goes...
 

It was Tuesday morning and I was working on some mending that I had been putting off for too long. It was then, while I was sitting at my sewing machine, that I realized that I was starting to have those attention grabbing type contractions. In my head I thought, oh this is just too good to be true. Only 2 days until my due date. I wasn't in a hurry to have her, but the thought of her birth was welcomed because of the contractions that I had been having for over a month. Around that same time I got a text message from my friend, asking how I was feeling. I felt optimistic and told her that I thought I was in early labor and asked if she would pray for me. I continued on with normal activities the rest of the morning and afternoon. My contraction had not stopped by the time my husband got home from work. So we decided to load up all the kiddos and go to the store so I could get some good walking in, all while in a refreshingly air-conditioned grocery store! It was September her in Phoenix. So the temps were sky high and I didn't dare try laboring in that sort of heat. During my long shopping trip with the whole family my back started to hurt very badly and we had to beat feet out of there so that I could sit down. We were able to pick up a few things for when I was in labor while we were there. SO now I felt ready. I guess that is the word....ready. Ready to labor all night while everyone slept. Ready to hopefully have this baby in the morning. This whole time my contractions were still coming, nothing regular, about 10 to 15 minutes apart. The pain was still manageable so I decided to try to rest while I could. I can distinctly remember laboring thru the night with my other children. It is a time when I can really focus on what needs to happen and let my body relax. Before I laid down I texted the midwife to let her know I was in early labor and that I would probably see her in the morning. Things progressed, or so I thought, as expected through the night. I laid awake in bed anticipating each contraction and silently dealing with the pain. About 1 am I decided that I had to get out of bed and in the bathtub. It seemed a little odd that the contractions had not started to have some sort of pattern. By 5 am nothing had changed. I was still in pain and the contractions were irregular. I figured the baby was turned wrong. I got a text from my dad around that time. He was probably up getting ready for work. He was surprised to hear that I wasn't closer than when I let them know I was in labor the day before. He asked me if Donnie was going to work. At that point I had no idea if he was going to work or not. Or if I was even in real labor or not or if I WOULD EVER HAVE THIS BABY!! So at 6 am I got up and dressed and decided I would go for a walk by myself around the neighborhood to see if I could get my contractions going in some sort of pattern. As crazy as it sounds, my husband was up, getting ready for work. I do not blame him. I had been having Braxton hicks contractions for weeks now. Since he had slept through the night and had no idea I was up laboring. He probably thought it was another false alarm and I was starting to think the same thing myself. By the time I returned home from my laborious walk around the neighborhood my husband was standing outside waiting for me. Apparently when my dad got the text that Donnie was or was not going to work, it started an uproar. I guess, my mom, who was over 600 miles away, thought it was NOT a good idea. Given the fact that I have babies so quickly and I had been in "labor" since the day before. So she called my husband and my husband was rapidly making plans to stay home with me that day! Even though I had no real idea when I would deliver, I was relieved that at least while I was in pain, I would have my husband there with me. I was very discouraged and exhausted at this point. Having not slept all night and still nothing time able, nothing regular. A little later in the morning we all decided on another walk. When I am in labor I prefer to walk. Walk ,walk, walk. It helps me not only to relax, but also to feel like I am actually doing something to help the labor along. Once we got home I tried to just rest a bit and focus on other things, at least try to be distracted from the pain. At around noon I told my husband that the pain was getting worse and that I thought it would be best to have the midwife come. I also phoned my friend that was going to be helping out with the kids. I felt a little more hopeful and even excited. Knowing that I would soon deliver our baby girl. Once the midwife got there she checked me to see what progress I had made. I was dilated to a WHOPPING 5 cm. I couldn't believe it. Here I was, in labor for a whole 24 hours and still only half way there. After the check my midwife felt the baby and told me that she was most definitely posterior and that was why my labor was so wacky. She showed me a few different things that she wanted me to do to get the baby to turn into the right position. So for the next couple of hours my midwife stayed and waited with me, while I worked on trying to turn this stubborn baby. By 2:30 pm I had made little to no progress. My midwife had other appointments to keep that day. So she told me that she would come back that evening when she thought things would settle down enough to have a baby. The pain was still manageable and the contractions were still coming. I was feeling really determined, determined to get our sweet girl to turn around. It was not a surprise to me that she was turned wrong. Every other labor of mine had been the same way. I knew that once she turned that I would deliver quickly. So I chatted with my friend between each contraction. Donnie went on some sort of errand during this time. I don't know where he was, but I wasn't worried that he would miss anything. HAHA. Around 3 or 3:30 once Donnie returned home, I told my friend that she could go ahead and go home. Knowing that it was a church night and that she still had to feed her family before the service. She reluctantly took leave. I was really hurting as each contraction came, so much so that I felt like jumping out of my own skin. All the woman who have delivered naturally can probably relate to that feeling. My husband got me something to hold onto (instead of his hand) through each contraction. I tried laying down at this point...no good. So I thought I need ANYTHING to have relief even a little relief from the pain. So I got in the shower. It was while I was in the shower that I knew things had changed. I was not sure if the baby had turned but I knew that things had changed because now I was screaming out in pain. Whereas before I could take each contraction without much verbalization, now I was screaming. I couldn't contain myself. I was literally screaming at the top of my lungs. My husband was outside, the kids ran after him and told him that I was screaming and that I needed him, NOW! Once he barged into the bathroom I told him that I was feeling pressure and that he needed to call the midwife right away. Once the midwife was on the phone she could hear my screaming and told Donnie that she would be here as soon as she could. Right after he hung up the phone I told him that the baby was coming and that I could not wait for the midwife. The baby was coming and I DID NOT WANT TO HAVE HER IN THE SHOWER. So he grabbed me 2 towels and draped them over me as I climbed out of the shower. Once I was in my bedroom I looked at Donnie and said, "I am going to have the baby, NOW!" He asked "what do you want me to do?" I told him to grab something to put on the floor. He quickly grabbed some chuck pads that were on the dresser and threw them on the floor. I bent over the bed and screamed at him that I was pushing. And in 1 long hard contraction and push Mary was born. Dad had caught her and was smiling with joy. Right after delivery I literally forgot about all of the pain and my eyes were fixed on our baby. Our beautiful baby. We immediately wrapped her in a towel. Now that our senses were coming back to us a bit, I sat on the side of the bed holding her. I was massaging her chest to get her to take some good breaths. She had been born with the cord wrapped around her neck, so she was a bit blue. Soon she was crying well and the children were excited to meet their baby sister. It was a very sweet time as the kids all said their hello's to Mary. Just about 10 minutes after she was born the midwife arrived. I was relieved to see her. Now I could stop thinking about the details and focus on my sweet baby. This was our first home birth. And yes, it was planned that way. SO at 4:45 pm on Wednesday our baby Mary Allison Romero was born at home. She was 7 pounds 6 ounces and 21 inches long. Ahhh, it was a crazy time. It would take the next several weeks to soak everything in, all of what just happened. I was grateful that I had had a homebirth because I could rest in my own bed and snuggle with the baby, my husband and all of my kids at the same time. A couple days after she was born we learned how her name, meaning "bittersweet" would come into play. Those first weeks with Mary were definitely bittersweet as we found out she was born with what is known as Hirschsprung's Disease. But that is another story in itself. . God is so good to have given us our little Mary.