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Everly is now 5 days old: A look back on the birth experience.

The last week has been a whirlwind! Everly Charlotte was born on June 23rd 2009 at 1:16am. She weighed 8lbs 12oz and was 21 inches long, her head measured 34 1/2 cm. She was way bigger than we expected her to be but as you'll see by the photos she is darn good and healthy! She was even born with hair which makes me so happy (I was born bald), her hair is red too. Her Apgar scores were 9 at 1 min & 10 at 5 min, which is great. She was feeding like a champ right after birth too, they placed her on my chest right after she was out and she found the nipple no problem. I was even feeding her as they wheeled me through the hospital...

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Live Vlog Broadcast Info: Everly's Homecoming

We'll be doing an hour long live broadcast/ chat right here in this post to share Everly with everyone in real time (it can also be accessed here). The broadcast will start June 27th 2009 at 3pm CDST, Evansville, IN time. That is 1pm Arizona time. The broadcast will appear below once the live show starts (old recorded videos will play both before and after the actual broadcast). You'll be able to see us via the video box and using the chat box just below it you can chat with us and ask questions, etc. We hope this is a fun and interactive way for us to share Everly's Homecoming with everyone who is following it! Also, did you see our funny test video? I was changing her diaper right before hand and...

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Hotfessional interviews me… The 5 question blogger meme.

Way back in January I thought it would be fun to participate in another blog interview meme. This one was started over at: http://maggiesmind.blogspot.com and I got in on the action via Hotfessional's post offering to interview some peeps. I knew it would be a good meme to save and schedule for posting while I am away having Tater so I sat on it for about six months and am finally posting it now. Here are her five questions for me and my answers to them: 1-What is the very favorite piece of clothing you ever had? Hmm, this one is hard because my clothing rotation right now is pretty slim due to the pregnancy. I love my wedding dress very much and can't wait to wear it to our wedding some...

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My water broke, baby is coming. A Twitter live blog

June 22nd 2009 7:45:15 AM: My water broke at 7:30 am! 39 weeks 5 days pregnant. Here we go! 9:40:53 AM: I'll do my best to keep sharing labor updates. Woot! Baby time! 9:49:13 AM: http://twitpic.com/83ov0 - Just finished the lettering. 10:46:21 AM: Blogged: My water broke at 7:30 am! 39 weeks 5 days pregnant. Here we go! http://tinyurl.com/koqacu 10:48:36 AM: Just had a big breakfast and am now laying dow 10:55:03 AM: Tried to say i am laying down for a nap now...

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Counting our blessings: Slideshow and Linky Love!

I am honestly amazed at how blessed we are. I've got a slew of blogging buddies I want to give a "shout out" to because they rock. So many unexpected gestures from so many people have warmed our hearts. You know when you build relationships with people it is easy to forget how truly special friendship is. Sure you chat from day to day and you really do become involved in each others lives but rare is the occasion when you realize just how blessed you truly are by their friendship and companionship. This whole having a baby thing has totally opened my eyes to how many unexpected blessings we have in those friends and family around us. Now since I am away waiting for labor to begin I thought sharing a...

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My Own Church

** A guest post courtesy of Teeni from The Vaguetarian Tea Room Disclaimer - this is NOT a religious post. My husband and I sometimes look through the real estate magazines when we are happily munching away on our vegan grinders at the local sub shop.  Recently, I saw not just one, but two churches for sale for a reasonable amount of money in a nearby town.  Immediately my mind went into overdrive with all the creative possibilities that could be derived from such buildings. One of the churches was advertised as having a large fellowship hall with a large kitchen on the first floor and seven bedrooms on the second floor.  In addition, it had three half-baths.  Although I'm not a good church-going person, I do however, appreciate the architecture of a...

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Still not in labor.

6:16:46 PM: Well i am 39 weeks pregnant now and still waiting. All kinds of stuff is happening with us.6:19:24 PM: My mom made it here and is going 100 miles a min, thinks that is good for getting labor started. N is finishing his work day6:21:21 PM: He cant wait too get back here. He also got in a parking lot accident yesterday on the job.6:23:57 PM: He has whiplash now. I am uncomfortable and am even more ready for Tater to come. Tired of hearing about what I6:25:07 PM: should or shouldnt be doing to start labor.6:29:59 PM: It is a hot one here today. I am tired too but gotta have dinner and a shower before sleep.6:35:52 PM: Tater's due date is 6 days away...

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Some awards to pass on and some linky love

Teeni awarded me the Honest Scrap Award sometime ago. The idea is that I am supposed to tell you ten honest things about me and then tag seven victims/ friends to do the same on their own blog. So, my 10 honest things are: 1. I have a very tiny tattoo that my little brother gave me one thanksgiving. It is the smallest one in history I think! 2. I've only ever lived in 2 states, Arizona and now Indiana. 3. I am the oldest and have 2 younger brothers. 4. My mom had me, waited 5 years, had my brother, waited 5 more years then had my youngest brother. How is that for perfect spacing? 5. I died my hair green in 6th grade to win a contest. I love contests! 6. N and I...

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Tuesday update from The Farm

2:03:36 PM: Went in to Columbia to meet the back up doc today. Still gaining weight.2:20:27 PM: Pamela says we look to be on track for a short delivery. Not so short that N wont make here though.2:24:59 PM: I am almost 100% effaced, baby's station is about -1 and I am now 1.5 cm dilated.2:33:35 PM: Well, i am off to make crotchsicles and to read about breastfeeding now....

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Headed to The Farm Midwifery Center: Will be meeting my new baby soon!

Most of you already know, today is the day I leave for The Farm to have my baby with a midwife. I've got wonderfully peaceful accommodations right next to the home of my trusted midwife there in The Farm community. I am 38 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Tater could arrive any day now and we wanted to be sure I was there and settled just a tad early, better safe than sorry right? That way Tater can make her entrance either before or after her "due date" and I'll be exactly where I need to be, ready for it. So, given I have some cell phone reception I'll be live blogging via text message. These will be very short and sweet entries to keep everyone in the loop. I recommend you...

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Bags are packed, I'm ready to go!

Tomorrow I'll be at The Farm staying in my midwife's birthing cabin right next door to her. I'll be 38 weeks 2 days pregnant and at that point, Tater can basically choose her perfect birthday and come whenever she is ready. I wont be stressing about whether or not we'll make it to The Farm in time, my stress will shift to "will N get back to us in time when labor starts?" but I'll be much better off as far as anxiety goes (I think). Pretty much everything on my to-do list is done, I am ready to go and am slightly excited to arrive at The Farm. On the other hand I am sort of sad to leave the house, pets and N behind. It is going to be...

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LiveBlog: Tornado Watches give me contractions!

4:42 PM Sitting out the tornado warning, lights are flickering. Me and the cats are hanging out in the down stairs bathroom. Fun times! 5:00 PM: RT @Jeff_Lyons: "Tornado Watch for most of the tri-state now in effect until midnight cdt" That means me! What about the Evansville Birth Network meeting tonight? 5:11 PM http://twitpic.com/75cxo - I wanna go eat my brownies but not sure if I am clear to leave the bathroom shelter yet. 5:39:51 PM: Heading out for my birth network meeting, tornado warning is past, we are still under a tornado watch though. 8:15:17 PM: Home from the birth network meeting. Bad weather has passed and now I am ready to have a snack and a rest in bed. Whew, crazy day....

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Late pregnancy, early labor symptoms. Blunt and graphic talk ;-)

Yep, you guessed it I am doing some more pregnancy TMI posting! If this is not your cup of tea or if you are having breakfast or whatever feel free to skip the post. I'll understand. Today I am 38 weeks pregnant and last night was the first night I've been in actual pain with regards to contractions. You know that cervical pain I've been mentioning? Well I've now decided it feels like Tater is poking or clawing at the cervix and that I'll pop and gush water at any moment as a result, lol. I know it is kind of a strange way to describe it all and technically Tater isn't touching my cervix since my bag of water/ membranes are separating her from the actual cervix right now. She isn't...

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Less-words Wednesday: Pregnancy Home Stretch Edition

There are only two more days until I leave you all and head off to wait on my little girls arrival. I am totally feeling ready for this and am very anxious for labor to begin. Saw the chiropractor yesterday and was all out of whack again. Even more so now that Tater's bones are grinding against mine in just about every position I am in. Felt good to be adjusted and all put back in place. Here's hoping all stays that way for the delivery. With chiropractic care labor and delivery are supposed to be quicker and easier. Yesterdays adjustment was my last before heading off to The Farm. Before I head off I've been sure to write many advance posts and get them all scheduled here to tide you over...

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Really, 5 min cake in a mug? You becha!

Yeah, so thanks to Witchypoo's talks of birthday cake and wine I was having my own cake craving yesterday. She recommended I search for the 5 min cake in a mug recipe for some instant chocolate goodness and I found it here. Calls for tablespoons of sugar, flour (specifically cake flour), cocoa powder, milk, oil and an egg. Seems simple enough but then you microwave it. Sort of strange if you ask me but what the heck? So I combine my all purpose flour (didn't have cake flour, is there a difference?) , sugar, cocoa and the egg. Then I added the milk and oil and mixed the heck out of it as directed. Popped the mug in to the microwave and stood back. Our microwave makes this strange sound when you nuke stuff,...

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Still pregnant and still preparing for baby Tater's arrival

I am 37 weeks 4 days pregnant today. Things are still going as planned and all is well, I've just been less energetic and basically I am irritable and restless at this point. My mind is going 100 miles a minute but my body can't keep up. I try getting out and doing stuff but am quickly forced to retreat back to the couch or bed. Haven't had much to say here on the blog because all is still going fine and as expected, I feel like I've been sharing the normal updates for 9 months and they are the same ole shit, different day- LOL. Tater is still moving like a mad woman, I am still mucus plug loosing. Contractions are now hurty and tight at the same time but never...

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