Thursday, March 15, 2018

Talia's Birth Story

Before I dive right into Talia’s birth story, I want to share this quote from January Harshe: 
“I don't care what kind of birth you have... a homebirth, scheduled cesarean, an epidural hospital birth or if you give birth alone in the woods next to a baby deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices and that you were respected."

Boston came at 38 weeks and 2 days. I was expecting this baby girl to come early too. I went to the doctor when I was 38 weeks and 5 days. He said he would induce me, if I wanted, at 39 weeks. I turned 39 weeks on a Saturday. My doctor didn’t work that weekend and it was also a long weekend because of President’s Day. So the soonest he could induce me would be Tuesday the 20th. I was unsure about getting induced but I had him put me down on the list just in case. 
Here was my hesitation with being induced. As I said before, my water broke and Boston came almost two weeks early. He had an inguinal hernia and had to be operated on when he was only one month old. If he would have stayed in the whole 40 weeks would he have still had the hernia? I don’t know. And he came on his own so there was nothing that could have been done. So, if I was induced and baby girl had a problem, would I blame myself? Also, full term is 40 weeks. What is the point in forcing her out early? In reality, what difference does one week make? I also had serious anxiety about having to rush to the hospital when Braden was at school and I was freaking out about who would watch Boston. So the idea of being induced and having a semi-plan really sounded good when this anxiety started taking over. And like I said, I had him put me on the list and I would decide last minute if I wanted to be induced or not.

Okay. On with the birth story.
On Tuesday the 20th I woke up at 5:00 am to call Labor & Delivery to see if I could be induced. I was 7th on the list so there was a chance I wouldn’t be seen. When I called they said they expected that I’d come in around 9 or 10 that morning. I was actually pretty shocked because I though that IF I got in, it wouldn’t be until later. I tried to go back to sleep but I was too anxious for the day. Boston woke up and I spent the entire morning just focused on him. At 8:15 I got a call asking me to come in at 9:00 to get things started. I hurried and got ready and took Boston to a neighbors house while Braden scraped snow off the car from the night before. (Boston was born during a snow storm!) Braden and I went to the hospital, got checked in, and when they hooked me up to the monitor. I was already having pretty consistent contractions and was dilated to a 3. They told me I was already in labor and asked if I was feeling the contractions. I had been having contractions all weekend long but I didn't think they were strong enough to go into the hospital. They said it was a good thing I came in because I was already in labor. I probably could have gone in earlier that weekend and they would have kept me because at certain moments my contractions were A LOT worse. Ha. Oh well. So I went in to get induced and was already in labor! (I was really happy about that because of all of my hesitations about being induced).

At 9:40am they put me on a little bit of pitocin. The nurse put me on the minimum dosage since I was already contracting on my own. My contractions were about 3 minutes apart and once they put me on pitocin, they were basically right on top of each other. I was in a ton of pain and didn’t have a lot of resting time in between the contractions. I told the nurse that I could hold off on the epidural until about 11:00am. At about 10:15am The nurse came and and asked how I was doing and she could tell I was pretty miserable. I told Braden that on a scale from 1-10 my pain was at 1 MILLION! Ha. (Those of you that do it without an epidural... I don't know how you do it!) The nurse turned the pitocin off, gave me some pain relief through the IV, and then called down for my epidural. I still didn't end up getting the epidural until 11:00am anyway but I felt MUCH better after getting it. The nurse then put me back on the minimum amount of pitocin again. My doctor came in to check on me, I was dilated to a 5/6 and 100% effaced and he broke my water at 11:23am. He told the nurse he was going to go home and shovel his driveway haha. The nurse kept an eye on my contractions, I was having a lot of pain in my bum so she had me sit up so the epidural could run down. She decided to check my progress at 12:00 and she quickly said that she needed to get the doctor because baby's head was right there. Turns out he never actually left the hospital to shovel his driveway, he had a feeling I would have the baby soon. 
They set everything up for this little girl to come. I pushed through two contractions and she was out! Oh. And did I mention that amniotic fluid shot all over my doctor’s face?! And what did he say? “Just in case you were wondering, it tastes salty”. Oh my heck. So embarrassing! I have no idea how he didn’t throw up all over! He was so chill and so professional about it. He said he hasn’t had that happen to him in over 15 years. So there’s that!
Little baby Talia was born healthy and with a FULL head of dark brown hair. We did skin to skin and she was a natural at breastfeeding.
Once I was in the MB room, Braden’s dad came and brought Boston over. When he walked into the room he knew exactly who this baby was. I asked him and he said “sister, come out”. I then asked him what sister's name was and he said “Georgina”. (A few weeks before Talia was born we were asking Boston what we should name sister and we started throwing out all of these ideas. Georgina was his favorite.) He wasn’t too interested in her though. We had a little present from Talia to him and he loved it! She gave him a shirt, Nerds, and some hot wheels. Boston also got her a present but he was too busy playing around to actually care to give it to her. Towards the end of his visit he finally got on the bed with me and touched her face. And that was it! Ha. Braden went home with him and apparently Boston kept saying “Talia, cute” and he wanted Braden to show him pictures of her. I face timed them before Boston went to bed and he loved seeing her and was asking for us to come home. (Also, that was the first night that Braden and I have spent apart in our almost 6 years of marriage!)

How did we finally decide on a name?
We had the name "Boston" and a baby girl name picked out since before we were married. Our first boy would be named Boston and our first girl would be named ______. Well... Braden served a mission in Russia and a few years ago we were talking about how cool it would be to give one of our children a Russian name. After talking about what seemed like a million names, we finally agreed on the name Talia. So our first girl would be named _______, and our second girl would be named Talia. As time got closer to the due date we were really struggling on which name we wanted to use. What if we only have one girl? Which name would we regret not using more? We didn't officially decide on a name until she was born and Talia was the winner. So if we have another baby girl then her name will be ______.

Here are some of our family pictures and newborn pictures of Talia. (Be prepared for a picture OVERLOAD!)
Newborn outfits for Talia are c/o LilMissSweetPea. She has so many different options and colors and is AMAZING to work with. Talia's outfits were both custom orders, we mix matched headbands from other collections and I am in love with the two outfits we got for her!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bottle Feeding feat. Stork Landing

Good morning!
I am really grateful for the opportunity to be a product tester for Stork Landing. There are a few other moms in Logan that are a part of this team and I am so excited. We had our first meeting last Saturday to talk about what is required of us and we got our first goody bag of products to test out.
The first product that I will be talking to you about today is a Lifefactory 4 oz Glass Bottle.
I breastfeed Talia but it is always nice to be able to leave the house for a little and let Braden be able to feed her. I am really impressed with this bottle. It is made of "thermal shock resistant borosilicate glass". What the heck is that? Haha. Basically, it lets you be able to transfer the bottle from extreme temperatures without breaking the bottle ex. freezer to boiling water. There is also a silicone sleeve that gives you a good grip on the bottle to help you from dropping the bottle. All parts of the bottle are dishwasher safe! That's a huge deal for me because I hate washing things by hand ha.
Another really cool part about the bottle is that you can change the caps. It can be more than a bottle. You can buy different caps to grow with the baby. They have nipples for bottle feeding, then you can buy a different cap to make it a sippy cup or just a flat lid so that it can be a little water bottle.
And the BEST part about it is that it is compatible with most major breast pumps. So you can pump right into it!
Stork Landing is currently working on their website so you may not be able to find the exact bottle on their site but it IS in their store. If you are wanting to buy it you can either go straight into the store or call them and place the order over the phone.
Use the code KIANA to get 15% off. Again, if you are going into the store or ordering over the phone just mention me and the code and you will get the discount!

I can't wait to show you the other products that I was given. Let's just say that the next one hasn't left Boston's hands since I brought it home ;)

OH! And if you are local they are having a fun even this Saturday, the 17th!
They are turning 16 years old and will be having a store wile Sale-A-Bration! So be sure to pop in for some amazing deals!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Crochet Accent

Everyday feels like a Friday when you're on maternity leave. 
Is that how stay at home moms feel? I swear tomorrow is Saturday every single day. I love the feeling. Today Talia is three weeks old and being a parent of two is so fun. It was a little rough at the beginning, just seeing Boston's whole life change but he has adjusted pretty well. He has his jealous moments but they don't last too long.
I have mentioned PinkBlush before and I think it is my go-to shop for just about everything. Their clothing is soooooo transitional. I have some pieces that I wore during my pregnancy that I can still wear now! And they are nursing friendly! The piece I am showing you today is not a maternity piece but it is super flowy so it is very nursing friendly. I nursed Boston for 14 months and I remember having to think about every shirt I put on and think about how nursing friendly it would be. Once I was done nursing him I was able to wear anything I wanted and I didn't have to think about if it would be nursing friendly or not. I love that the style these days is oversized everything because that makes nursing super easy. I don't know about you, but after having a kid and having to wear maternity clothes for MONTHS I get so excited about being able to wear my normal clothes again. But then my normal clothes aren't in style anymore. Then I feel the need to revamp my entire wardrobe. This pleated crochet blouse is the perfect addition. It is nursing friendly but I also know that I will continue wearing it even after I am done nursing. It is so cute and comfy. They have it in two colors; beige (the one I am wearing), and mint green!