Monday, August 15, 2016

2 Months!

Baby Girl,


You are 2 months old!

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It's going by so fast already! You weigh in at 12 pounds 12 ounces and are 24.5 inches long. You're in size 1 diapers and are wearing 3-6 month sized clothes.

We had your lip and tongue ties revised this month. You rocked your lip revision like a champ, but decided to give the Dr. a tough time with your tongue. She said you clamped down and refused to open your mouth. She finally got you to open up and you've done well with your recovery. We're going to do some more work to get everything working like it should and I'm sure you'll do great.

You still think your brother and your daddy are hilarious. You love when they pump your legs and make fart sounds. You also laugh when we have to bust your brother. I'm sure the two of you will give us a run for our money as you get older.

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You love up beat 90s music and rap. Not hardcore rap, but you get down with some No Diggity. You also like to be bounced and swung from side to side. You are an upright baby as well and don't really like when people hold you in a cradle position.

You are still not a fan of the car, but like when your brother gives you his fingers to suck on. you're otherwise really easy going and still enjoy your sleep. You usually only wake once at night, in the early morning, and then again around 7. You'd sleep til 9 or later if we didn't have to take your brother to school in the mornings. Just like your brother, you are not a morning baby.

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You have found your hands and know you have feet, though you haven't seen as shocked by them as you were your hands. You smile more and more and have started to find your voice.

You continue to make us all smile every day.

Love you baby girl!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

1 Month

Baby Girl,

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You're already a month old (well almost 2 by the time this is up).
You're such a sturdy little thing. You don't seem like a newborn, and it's probably because you're such a chunk a lunk. You are already up to 11lbs2oz and you're 23 inches long. You're in size 1 diapers and I'm already packing up the 0-3 months clothes since you only fit in them for a hot second.


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You are nursing well though we found out you have tongue and lip ties that will need to be revised.
Your light brown hair sometimes seems like it's getting lighter, and sometimes seems like it may be a coppery red color. You still have those blue grey eyes, but they seem to be lighter than your brother's were. We're wondering if you may have ever light colored eyes, but it will be awhile before we know for sure.

You are an awesome sleeper. I joke it's my reward after your brother waking 5+ times a night for 2 years. You only wake about twice a night. You make transfers to the cosleeper easy though I often fall asleep first and you just sleep next to me.

You're a happy and easy going baby. You love your daddy's singing, hugs from big brother, and being outside. Dislikes - your car seat and monthly photos.

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You are such a joy little girl. Your brother (and us) absolutely adore you, and we're so happy you are here.


Love you baby girl.

Friday, June 03, 2016

The lost pregnancy posts

As I work on writing squishy girl's birth story I thought I'd finally hit publish on a couple posts I wrote leading up to her arrival.

There were a lot of emotions leading up to her birth. I spent a lot of time talking to each of my midwives about my birth plan. I started to see an acupuncturist at the end of my pregnancy (who is also the amazing midwife that delivered Bud) and it helped to deal with my anxiety. Talking through it with her, my midwives, and a group I'm in with other women who have had an inversion really helped. So did writing these two posts which is why I decided to finally share them.

Squishy's birth story to come and spoiler alert, my uterus stayed put.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

My Final Pregnancy

At my 36 week appointment last week my midwife asked, "do you plan on having any more?"

From anyone else this would probably make any pregnant woman stabby. Like this one isn't even here and you're already asking if I want more? This came from one of my favorite midwives though, plus she's my healthcare provider so there's probably a lot behind that question - do you want your tubes tied if you have a C-Section, what type of birth control are you thinking of postpartum? I'm sure there are even more.

The truth is and what I told her is that I'm done.  This will be my second and final baby. Everyone assumes, oh it's because you've got a boy and a girl now, but that's the farthest from the truth. Two boys and I'd have been done. I've been lucky to once again have an uncomplicated pregnancy. Physically though? This one has been rough on my body. Round ligament pain started early on. Then I had this feeling that my pelvis was going to split in two that started in the 20ish weeks point. Not long after mid back and rib pain started. I was in physical therapy and have become best friends with my chiropractor. Seeing him weekly has been the only thing that has kept me mostly pain free. I keep ice packs on my crotch and for Valentine's day I bought myself the gift of bladder pads. Speaking of my dear old bladder, I've basically lost control of it. Having to pee in those tiny cups at my appointments is miserable. I joke that I'm basically like one of Pavlov's dogs, if I see a toilet I better be on it because I'm going to pee whether I want to or not. I can't fathom doing this again. I'm pretty sure my body would shut down if I even thought of having a third baby.

Aside from you know the cute snuggly baby I get from all of this, I'm most looking forward to not being pregnant anymore and finally getting my bladder prolapse repaired. I'm not sure exactly when I'll do it, but being able to at least catch my two year old, sneeze, cough, and maybe even jump without peeing myself is pretty damn exciting. Plus I will likely opt to have a hysterectomy with the procedure (higher success rate for long term with the bladder repair), which means no more periods. Who wouldn't be excited about that?

Monday, March 28, 2016

Impending Birth

At 32 weeks I've thought and not thought about giving birth.

Not thought about because it can be overwhelming. The emotions from my last birth can still be overwhelming at times so not thinking is sometimes easier than dealing.

Thought about because I want to have a plan in place. I want to know the contingencies for all the what ifs. There are already a lot of what ifs in a normal birth, but birth after your uterus jumps ship can add in even more what ifs.

I know that not every what if has an answer. Many of the what ifs are likely to not happen. Just because the same what if happens this time, it doesn't mean that it will have the same result. I can dwell and over think and stress myself out, or I can focus on the good things and the things I can control.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Why You Should Pass on Le Tote Subscription Service

So back in August I decided to try out this subscription service called Le Tote. The concept is that you create your closet full of items that you like, then your stylist picks 5 items - 3 clothing pieces and 2 accessories and sends them to you. You can wear them, purchase the item and keep it if you like it, or return it. No washing on your end either! You would receive as many boxes as you could during a 1 month time frame. The idea of getting to try some new things and not have to do additional laundry was really appealing to me. Plus I waited so long on deciding they kept sending me percentage off offers so I only spent about $30 for their $60 a month subscription service.

My first box was ok.


I think I didn't wear the gold necklace because I had nothing to go with it. The pink sweater was about 2 sizes too small and turned out to be SUPER itchy.

My second box was a complete failure.



I couldn't get either of the black shirts over my boobs. The bag was "meh," and while the blue shirt fit it was crappy quality and had weird leather shoulders. I realized I needed to do better at looking at the picture details from that one. I sent this box back the next day.

As soon as I rated all of the second boxes items poorly I immediately had an email from Le Tote telling me they were working on it and they would include an extra item in my next tote to make up for it. I was impressed by their customer service at least.

Here was my 3rd tote.



I debated keeping the green sweater, but could tell the quality wasn't great and that it would pill quickly. The green tank was nice, but kind of expensive for a tank top (you get a slight discount on purchases). I didn't wear the scarf because it was way too hot in Texas at that time and didn't use the purse because I'm too lazy to switch bags. I kept the blue necklace. It was my ONLY purchase and has actually become a favorite. The aqua shirt was a huge miss. It was this weird faux wrap what just did not work for me at all. I again made note to take a closer look at the pictures.

My final tote that month was a hit aside from the pink shirt. It had a few tiny holes and a couple of spots on it where something had bled onto it. I actually debated purchasing everything else in here, but decided the pricing was a bit more than I wanted to spend.


I decided to go ahead and do another month because this last box was so great. If only I had known what was to come.

The next box had some things I didn't quite like. I think one was a jean cropped vest. Who the hell wears jean vests anymore? I know I switched it out and something else. Well it turns out that neither of those items were available so they subbed in two items in their place. You basically get an email upon shipping telling you this and they throw in an extra item for you. Except what they don't tell you is that you only get 1 extra per tote. So I had purchased an item (there's a lag of 1 tote) so I already had an extra item coming. So much for the bonus.



The green top was really cute and I debated keeping it. It was more emerald color in real life which I loved. The tunic (one of the substitutions) was really nice as well, but a little big. The other items were all ok, the scarf wasn't quite the same colors as pictured, but the kicker was the red sweater which was another sub. It was awful. It was also orange and not that tomatoey red pictured here.

When you create your profile you put styles you like, things you don't, colors you don't want to receive. Orange items, dresses, and rings were all on my no list. In this box they sent me an ugly (there was weird ruching on the sleeves and the back) orange sweater. Not cool guys. Everything else in here was alright though so I wasn't that upset.

Then my next box came.




You're probably thinking, Faith you're crazy. Look how cute it all is. It was. At least until you had the items in had. The first shirt was such poor quality. It was this super faded t-shirt material. Nothing like pictured. It was also too big. The blue sweater was two sizes too big. The necklace I had gotten before and liked. The blue shirt? Too small. The other necklace was ok, but goes with nothing I own. I had hoped to pair it with the items in the box, but seeing as how none of them fit, that wasn't happening. Then that last one. Do you know what it is? It's kind of hard to tell. It was a substitution to the box. It's an ORANGE DRESS. Yep. A combo of 2 of the 3 things I had specifically not asked for. This box went right back into the mail.

I again received an email saying sorry we messed up. I explained that I was really unhappy with the service with the following email:

At this point I'd actually just like a refund. I asked for no orange in my boxes and this is the second time in a row I've received it. I also asked for no dresses and I received an orange dress of all things. The sizing I've received has been all over the place. I got a stained item with holes in it. Yes, customer service has been great in dealing with all these things, but receiving a free item in my next box just isn't cutting it. Especially when one item is something I would have never agreed to, but I only got it because what I wanted wasn't available. Then another item doesn't fit. So I'm left with 1 maybe 2 that I only kind of like.

The response I received was an apology and an extension of my subscription for another 10 days. I was told if I wanted a refund I'd need to call.

Life happened, I couldn't call, and I thought what the hell. One more chance before I'm done. I received the following.




Again, they all look cute right? I've even gotten the green tank before and liked it. That scarf was super cute, and it was finally in the upper 70s around here. I could probably wear it. Except for one thing. These clothes REEKED. I'm not one that is very sensitive to smells either. I opened this box and was immediately hit with the smell of whatever these had been washed in. I packed them all back up and sent them on their merry way.

I immediately sent the following email:

I had decided to give it one more chance, and the clothes I received were alright, but they REEKED of whatever it was they were washed in. I'm still extremely unhappy and will be calling to request a full refund. Unfortunately the rating system that is used does not allow for any verbal type of feedback.

I received the following response:

Hi Faith,
Thank you for following up, and for giving us another go! We look forward to sending a new tote your way, and to make this up to you!
Please let me know if there is anything I can do to ensure that your experience with us is nothing but perfect. Have a great day!
Cheers,
Paige
LE TOTE, Customer Loyalty
Hey Paige? Do you even read? I received a questionairre the next day or two wanting to know how the service was regarding my email. I pointed out that Paige obviously can't read and still would like a refund. 
I went online and put my subscription on hold because I did not want to deal with another charge. When I finally called to ask for a refund I was told no because I had received 4 boxes that month. Umm....well, it was actually 3. Seeing as how you can't read I'm not surprised you can't count either. I pointed out that with my final two boxes I didn't even wear a single item in there, but no. Sorry. We can't refund you, but I'm happy to cancel your subscription. I thanked her for wasting my $60 and hung up.
Thinking about Le Tote? Well I'd think again. Save your $60 and buy something you'd actually like.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

14 month update

I get asked a lot if I'm going to continue doing updates on you Bud. Considering that this is the closest you'll ever get to a baby book, yes. I plan to. Probably not with as much frequency, especially since we would have technically missed a month.

Since you're first birthday a lot has gone on:

You took your first plane trip and pretty much rocked it. Everyone commented on how cute and good you were. I'm sure they were happy about it because it turns out half our flight out was on the same flight with us back.

You took your first major trip - to San Francisco and Sonoma.

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You now have a total of 11 teeth. That's 5 teeth in 2 months dude. I'd like a repreve on that and I'm sure you would too.

Your vocabulary has grown. A few of your new words:
Hi
Uh Oh (it's a favorite)
Bubble
Doggie
Bird
More (you also sign for more)

You also took off running after your first birthday. You are always on the go. You can even walk up and down steps if you hold onto the wall.

You give people high fives, pounds, and blow kisses. You also wave Hi and Bye Bye to people.

You love to explore. You will wander the backyard, chasing chickens, closing up their coop, and picking up acorns. Every time we leave the house or come home you are walking to the neighbors yard to chase deer or to say hi to their doggie.

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You have gotten so great at following directions and I really thank daycare for that. You help pick up toys, you wipe your hands, you blow your nose, you know when it's time to go and will head to the door. If I move to slow you bang on the door to let me know to hurry up. You will come when we call you, unless you're being mischievous which is really about half of the time.

You are also a great eater. You pretty much eat anything though it's funny when you sometimes refuse typical kids foods. You were so mad at us for giving you hot dogs and french fries the other night. The dogs pretty much ate everything on your plate. You can eat with a fork and are really good at stabbing your food and putting it in your mouth. We didn't know you had learned this at school and were shocked at how good you were at home. You still have a preference for fruit over any other food.

You went to your first Trunk or Treat and you were a pro:

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Other stats - you weigh in around 23.5 pounds. I have no idea how tall you are because you won't sit still long enough. You are wearing 18-24 month clothes and the regular 18 month clothes are getting a little snug. You wear a size 5 in shoes.

Happy 14 months Bud!
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