January Craftiness…

Here is my January crafty, mostly in stitches and of course there are other projects I worked on that I didn’t photograph or that the photos went directly to FB groups. How was your start of he year? I already tackled February by jumping back in on a SAL. #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #crossstitch #pregnant #pregnantbelly #winter from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2klharG

It’s been 2 years since my miscarriage.

It’s been 2 years, 9 months, 2 weeks, and 2 days since I had a first-trimester miscarriage that was diagnosed as a blighted ovum and ended in bleeding and a necessary D&C surgery. Why would I remind you? Why would I dwell on it and bring it up again? Well… I’ve been a little quiet around here lately. Pretty much my only social online interaction has been my stitch therapy sharing progress updates on my WIPs and new starts. Now I’ll tell you the reason why. I’m pregnant! Well, sorta. After we got married we tried for two years without success to get pregnant, but were finally blessed with AppleBlossom in 2009. Just as soon as we wanted we gave her the Princess for a little sister in 2011. When we first started trying again, we had a miscarriage in 2013. However, that angel baby was followed by our very. . .

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Cardinal Health Perineal Cold Pack and Postpartum Recovery Recommendations {Review}

Postpartum advice on Creative Madness Mama

“Cardinal Health sent me this product to try, and donated to a charity of my choice.” This is a post for the mamas, and soon to be mamas, and not the kids. I intend this to continue to be a PG blog, however this post may need a bit more parental guidance. My best friend just had her first baby and I have been thinking a lot about babies lately as it seems so many of my friends are suddenly starting families and my own “baby” is 15 months old and turning into a toddler quickly. As the time was approaching for my friend I found myself recounting things that I experienced or learned and was glad to know and wanted her to know ahead of time. At this point in my life I have had three typical births with practically no intervention, thank the Lord. One of the things. . .

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Who wants to hear about a baby?

So… how many people think this post is long over due? Geez… I just haven’t been able to force myself to the computer… But I definitely have been writing blog posts in my head. (Man I miss my old G4!) Anyway. My son, Almond Blossom (probably shorten Almond) to all you blog folk was born on July 14th at 4:27pm, at least I think that’s what time it was… it was five and half weeks ago you know and a bit of a hectic day at that. Birth story in short: 38 weeks 3 days, less then ten but definitely more than five trips to the hospital for pseudo false labor, including 2-3 weeks of prodromal labor staying at 4+ cm. Following two girls with both silent labors that were fast after a water break, we were a good bit nervous. On a Friday, I saw my OB (after she. . .

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Thinking back for planning forward…

So pardon the lack of images and links as I type from my phone while lying in bed. (Lying/laying? – grammar is definitely a weakness for me). I was looking back at the “Birth Story” post where I recalled the awful experience of AppleBlossom’s birth and the “Had a Baby” experience of been there done that in OrangeBlossom birth to remind myself of what is to come. I’m a little curious about what I wrote on AB, because that’s not how I currently recall the statistics but maybe I was orally told something then and know it now from paperwork to differ. Who knows. I also recalled the time wrong with OB. So, history shows two girls delivered nearly naturally. Both vaginally with no epidural. Just IV pain and pitocin. (2009) normal visit found 5.5 cm dilation with unfelt contractions, pitocin added two hours later, manual water break (AROM –. . .

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Mending and preparing.

All repaired ready to go. The green is for a toddler rail, the khaki for crib rails. The sage bed skirt was also in the mending box. But I’ve run into an issue. The skirt has ripped from the body in two places. But not only has the safe fabric separated from the white, but the white has torn where the stitch line is. I’m not sure how to fix it. I think the fabric we used was just too thin. Rails covered. Not sure what to do about skirt.

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Having a baby…

Today 3 AM, we are checking into the hospital. There is an issue with my placenta. (I’m 37 1/2 weeks, and she’s estimated to be 6 lbs 9 oz by the ultrasound.) We’re going to be induced and handled by a high risk obgyn. I plan to post all missed posts when I’m back to it. Things will depend on whether or not we get our hope of a regular delivery or have to go with a cesarean. We just will not know until we see how things progress or not tomorrow. If you need me… feel free to email me at MJAChind(at)gmail[dot]com as this is the one address I’ll be checking while things are crazy… – Margaret (MJ)

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Pregnancy comparison…

  AppleBlossom was due August 15th and born July 31st. OrangeBlossom is due August 27th. Baby Shower for AppleBlossom in the yellow dress… Baby Shower for OrangeBlossom in the blue dress… both about the same time along… (May 2009, June 2011) 37 wks pregnant in the burgundy/pink shirt and green pants… AppleBlossom was born three days later… 34 & 1/2 wks pregnant in the blue belly shot (today! 8:40 AM)

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Bring Back Beatrice! by Jennifer Griffin

In a world where too many babies are named Ashley and Jayden and too many baby name books are saccharine pink and blue, here comes something singular: a book that brings meaning, taste, character, a little bit of attitude, and a refreshing lack of trendiness to the art of naming a baby. Bring Back Beatrice! is a clarion call for parents who know they are naming not just a cuddly newborn, but a human being— a person who will be proud to carry a name like Iris, meaning rainbow (after the Greek messenger goddess who connected the heavens to the earth); Bennett, the medieval form of the name Benedict, meaning “blessing;” Henry, good enough for eight English kings—after all, it means “home ruler;” Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting, the allegorical antecedent of the virgin Queen Elizabeth, and alterego of Wonder Woman; or Beatrice, an old-fashioned beauty with roots in both Dante and Shakespeare.

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