Mar. 10, 2007

Pics that make me pee...

This is the number 1 funniest pic of all time. Every time I see it I laugh my head off. We were at the lake and neither Carmen or I could help Megs get her goggles off cause we were laughing to hard!!

Yes, its another Meg pic. This time, we had gone to the lake and she had swam in her clothes and this was the only thing we had to put on hoodie! But its her pose for the pic that I love!!!

This is David, my new cousin-in-law, who in fact looks nothing like this at all!! I'm actually quite amazed that he can do this with his face!!

I love this one cause Mark is looking at Chris with such affection...HAHAHAHA!!!

This one is sooo funny...Devin looks like a wounded animal!!

Mar. 9, 2007

10 Tips for Birth Coaching...

I'm soooo excited....I get to go in with Jenna when she has her baby!! So I've been researching some info and I'd thought I'd share it!!

1. Know what to expect
Labor is not the right time to be flipping through a pregnancy book or notes from childbirth classes, so bone up on your reading beforehand. And go to a childbirth class with an open mind — you'll get solid, basic information, as well as a sense of how other coaches are planning to get through the event.

2. Be ready to wait
Unlike what you see in the movies, most women labor for hours before they even go to the hospital. Indeed, many couples find it more comfortable to spend the early stages of labor at home. Besides, many hospitals won't let you check in until your contractions are regular and coming about every five minutes. So be available to do whatever your partner finds relaxing at this point, such as watching TV, taking a walk, or cuddling on the bed. This isn't the time for finishing up last-minute projects or doing household chores.

3. Be flexible
Labor strategies that work for some women might not work for your mate. Well before your baby's due date, take time to discuss with your partner her expectations and options. Later, you can take the initiative with her wishes in mind. But be prepared to change course — part of a labor coach's job is to discern what works and drop what doesn't.

4. Don't take things personally
Your partner may seem to be in her own world during labor. Giving birth is a long, hard job and some women cope by reaching deep inside themselves. And she may become outwardly irritable at times, too. She may love having you massage her early in labor, for instance, and then during transition find being touched intolerable and let you know that in no uncertain terms! It's important not to misconstrue her behavior as a rejection of you.

5. Bring a few things for yourself
Your partner is the center of attention, but you may be spending the night at the hospital, too, so don't forget to pack some things for yourself. Essentials: A clean shirt, comfortable shoes, and a sustaining snack (one with no strong odors, please!). Bring a bathing suit, too, in case you decide to join your partner in the tub or shower.

6. Ask questions
Medical professionals should, but don't always, explain what they're doing and whether it's mandatory. Don't be shy about seeking out information, whether about medical procedures or about helping your mate get more comfortable — especially if she's not up to asking questions herself.

7. Be her advocate
Only you and your partner know what you both want, but she might not be in the best condition to make hard decisions. Be ready to step in if the situation calls for it. You may need to request that her healthcare practitioner be woken from a nap, that an anesthesiologist be paged, or that a mirror be brought in. And if your partner plans to breastfeed, help make sure that she has a chance to do so soon after the baby's born, and that someone's there to help her if she's having trouble.

8. Help her stay focused and relaxed
Suggest different coping techniques when necessary, drawing on the methods you've both learned in childbirth classes. For example, suggest position changes or help your partner find something — such as a breathing pattern, your face, or even a foot rub — to focus on during the contractions, and bring her back to it whenever she starts to think she won't make it.

9. Know your limitations
A lot goes on in the birthing room. Be aware of what you're willing to do during the process, and what you want to leave to the professionals. Maybe you're comfortable cutting the umbilical cord — but not helping to "catch" your baby. If that's the case, say so.

10. Just be there
This is one of those events for which showing up is the most important thing of all. Even if you want to — or have to — leave most of the hands-on stuff to the pros, your presence matters. And no matter how you really feel, project a sense of confidence and calm reassurance: "You're doing great! Everything's going fine." There'll be time for you to unravel later.

Saving the Moo-lah!!

These are the items that I am saving for....only one comes in plus size, thats cause I'm determined!!!
P.S. I love Old Navy!!

Mar. 6, 2007


Christy & Liv’s Shower

Monday, March 12th
7:00 pm
Moe’s House

(Appetizers or Desserts are awesome if you can!!)
There isn't a group gift since Christy is pretty set up already, but feel free to
go together with someone if you'd like!

Call me for more info!!