Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Abigail and her calf

I was very surprised that Abigail didn't give birth before me! It seemed she would have the calf "any day now" for months. Then 4 days after our little one made his debut.....we woke up to a cute wet calf laying in the field. Its a bull, so he's a bit darker than his mother....So we settled on "Snickers" for a name. Snickers had a very difficult first few days and we were unsure if he was going to make it. It was over 95 degrees when he was born and he laid out in the heat while we were at church. Thankfully Buck was home to bottle feed him for a couple days. Now he is full of energy and back to normal.

We've made ice cream and butter....mmmm.....I sure did miss that fresh milk. We're making up for lost
Abigail and wet Snickers


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My Birth Story

I promised an update and here it is :) Sorry it took so long. Little Man is one week old today!

At about 5:30 on Tuesday, July 8th, I started feeling stronger contractions and when Buck got home I went to our bedroom to focus. After timing for a little while, I realized that I wasn't getting a break in between contractions....they weren't super strong yet. So, I called my midwife and she asked if I would go to the hospital to be checked out....she feared my placenta may have been failing. I agreed, but was a little afraid they wouldn't let me go home once I was there.
Once at the hospital (7:30pm), they monitored me for about 20-30 minutes and said everything was fine and my uterus was contracting normally again.  Whats really funny is all my contractions stopped as soon as I walked through the hospital doors and picked back up again. My contractions were 3-4 minutes apart, but my midwife said I could go home and come back when I was ready...yay!!!  I was so relieved to be headed home :)
As soon as we got home (8:45), things really picked up and I decided to eat a Salmon Patty while I still had the chance.(I didn't eat earlier....only The contractions stayed about 3-4 minutes apart and I went from the tub to the bed a few times. Nothing was soothing me....I was just trying to let the contractions do their job. I'm not going to lie, contractions are uncomfortable, but it's more like these huge powerful rushes that come and take over your body. You can fight it, but everything works so much smoother if you just let them take over. Normally Buck rubbing my back is all I need to make it through the waves of contractions, but for some reason that just wasn't doing it this time, even Elsie tried. All the sudden I was very vocal and Buck kept telling to to be quiet or I may wake the Sorry, can't help I asked to get back in the tub and Buck knew it was time to head to the hospital. I DID NOT want to leave, I was afraid that I wasn't very dilated and I'd have to finish laboring at the hospital, but Buck said I had no choice a loving way :)We grabbed a couple last minute things and hobbled to the truck. Elsie called my SIL, Michelle, and my Mother....both wanted to be at the birth.
(12:30am)I laid on the back seat with Elsie at my feet. Buck did his best to go slow down our bumpy driveway and off we went down all the curvy roads. The contractions were spreading out a bit, but I was getting a little worried that it may be close to pushing. Poor Elsie was down by my legs and I feared she may get soaked if my water broke. She rubbed my feet and legs while we were flying down the roads and it felt so good....why had we not tried that earlier!!! As we got onto the Highway, I started feeling like I had to go to the bathroom. Then all the sudden I realized.....I had drank that castor oil!!! What if this was the castor oil kicking in?!?! I really didn't want to have an accident in the car! With every contraction my body was pushing (I thought is was a BM, but it was the baby), it was uncontrollable!!! I kept telling Buck that I had to go to the bathroom and just kept yelling "Don't push, don't push". We were about 20 minutes from the hospital, but he managed to get us there in 10.(1:05am) My SIL was there waiting at the hospital door with a wheelchair....she's so awesome! Michelle ran ahead and pushed the elevator button and Elsie pushed me.....I don't think I have ever seen artwork fly past so We got to the room and my midwife checked me ...."Complete, time to push", she said. I didn't expect to be ready to push, I kept telling them I just had to use the My waterbag was intact, so she broke it and I pushed. Once the head was out, I wanted the rest of him out too....I heard my midwife explaining to Buck how to hook under the arm and ease the shoulders out.....I started yelling "You should have talked about this earlier.....get him out of me!!!" Then, he was born and I was soooo relieved. You really just can not explain what a release and peace you get when all the contractions stop and you have control over you body again. Little Man was 7lb 3oz and 20"long....born at 1:22am....17 minutes after arriving! Buck handed me my sweetie and my midwife said to put him on my skin (to keep him warm). I delivered in one of my maxi dresses ( second time I delivered in my clothes), so that was a lot of fabric to list As I put him close to my chest, he latched on and started nursing....before the cord was even Michelle was taking pictures and is always so helpful and encouraging. Elsie did great but, got a little faint when I delivered the placenta and there was a good bit of blood. She thought the delivery was "nice", but my yelling was "different" But where Oh, where was my mother when all this was going on? Well, when she got to the hospital, she was disappointed that she missed the birth, but she had to take a shower!!! (It was her birthday after all) And made some She probably needed the coffee to stay awake, though. So, Little Man and my mother share the same birthday....yay! After everything slowed down, I kept thinking...if Buck hadn't forced me to leave the house, this little guy's birth certificate may have said...Place of Birth: Red Ford F-250!

Fast forward a week, we are all doing well and enjoying the new baby. He's a sweet little guy and we can't wait to see who he looks like, as he gets older. We're also enjoying Buck being home, for 2 weeks....boy I really needed his help this past week. He's so awesome....I haven't cooked once and I've had a nap everyday. We are beyond blessed!!!!

Oh, and I beat Abigail (the cow) woohoo!!!
Me while I was being monitored earlier..
notice the smile? Obviously not in active labor :) 
My midwife and Buck catching

Knot in the cord...first time for that

Mom and her "birthday buddy" does she not look tired?!?! 

Me after delivery....there's no pics of me and the baby that are "appropriate"

Little Man and his bonnet Elsie made him...Aww
Sucking his thumb

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Quick Baby Update

Here's a quick update for anyone who doesn't already know....

My due date was July 5 (midwifes guess) or July 7 (my guess)...obviously its  only a guess, because he still isn't

 I'm 2cm dilated....which I've been for a week +. Today my Mom and I had Eggplant Parm (has helped induce twice in the past or was just a coincidence) and I just tried the dreaded.......CASTOR OIL!!!! I had to get Elsie to mix it up for me.....yuck. I feel kind of queasy, but other than that I'm fine. I am not going to be induced, if I can help it.

And tomorrow is Mom's birthday, so he has to come....right? LOL

I'll update when I get a chance.

Around the Farm

Elsie and Mary with our last lettuce harvest
Everything has been very, very busy around the farm. The garden is in full swing with ripe cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, and squash. We just finished harvesting the last of the carrots, lettuce, and turnips. Which means we are enjoying lots of fresh produce and trying to put some up for the winter. There is nothing like fresh from the garden. We don't put anything on our plants, so we can just go out and eat cherry tomatoes. We learned our lesson with we have settled with the fact that the pests will get half and we'll get the rest :) With our lettuce, the Romaine did the best and the Red Romaine did the worst.

We are also expecting a calf any day now. Abigail, our heifer is due to calf her first and everyone is waiting patiently (or at least trying). We are all looking forward to that fresh milk and homemade ice cream again! We are all excited to see who will go into labor'm betting the cow!

The geese have been outside since our trip to Texas and have gotten huge!!! They are almost full grown, except the runt, which we call "Franny". They are so beautiful out in the green field and it is so peaceful watching them swim and play in the pond.

Then, there's the chickens and ducks..... I think everyone of them on the entire farm were trying to be  mothers. We were getting 2+ dz eggs day from the farm and after we came back from Texas, there were days we got none! The Blue Fawn call ducks hatched out 7, Whites hatched 8, Magpies hatched 5, and the poor Buffs hatched 0....I guess the male wasn't doing his job. It was so sad for the 2 female ducks to sit on eggs for a month and hatch nothing while all the ducks around them had hatched ducklings. So, they laid another nest and they're trying again! I candled a few and they are developing this time. The chickens did well and hatched a ton of chicks. Thankfully we have NO broodies and we are starting to get eggs again. We also have some Silkie chicks in the basement to replace some of the ones that the dogs killed. They should be the tamest chickens ever with Posie handling them everyday :)


Chuck and one of his carrots. He got some seeds for his
birthday and this is some of his harvest
geese...see Franny in the front?

Posie and Gus gus with Silkie chicks in the basement

These are a Few of My Favorite (pregnancy) Things

Thought I'd do a short list of my favorite pregnancy/baby things.


clothing item- long maxi skirts or dresses. I prefer the skirts, but dresses are so put them on and you have an outfit :) They are both soooo comfy and they last your entire pregnancy. I'm not a "name brand snob", but I won a few maxi skirts on ebay and the most comfortable, soft skirt is GAP brand.

meal- I haven't had a ton of food cravings this time, but if I had to pick one thing it would be meat.....yes, meat. Steak, Salmon, Fajitas....if it has meat in it it's gone. I haven't been eating nearly enough fruit and veges compared to the meat. We tried Sushi for the first time  a couple months ago and it is great (didn't have the raw things since I'm preggo)

snacks- my stand by snack is....sardines in olive oil, with buffalo flavor pretzel crisps....mmm (see...more meat)

ice cream- Talenti Carribean Coconut. Not too sweet and sooo creamy. I also have went to TCBY a couple times this pregnancy and tried some international frozen yogurt.....mmm...I'm going to miss my prenatal appts by myself.
dessert- Tiramisu....Olive Garden has the best....IMO. Not too sweet and full of flavor.
pregnancy/birth method book- "Bradley Method". There are 2 books, one is for the coach/husband and the one for the mother. They are both wonderful to read and get familiar with every pregnancy if you want to have a natural/drug free childbirth.
childbirth book- Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth...awesome book filled with birth stories and info on how a women's body works during labor.

baby wash- Burts Bees baby bar soap. It smells great and lasts, it doesn't have SLS in it, which my children have had trouble with in the past.
diapers- Pampers Swaddlers!!! With baby #5 the cheap diapers were chaffing and rubbing her belly raw, so we went back to these diapers. They are very soft...almost like cloth. Now after this little one is born, I can try out all my cloth diapers and have another opinion.
baby blanket- Aden and Anais...they are super soft blankets made from muslin and are awesome for swaddling. Plus they're light weight, so perfect for summer babies or great layered for winter babies. My friend introduced these to me....thanks Robin!!!

~I'll probably add to this list once I get rid of "pregnancy brain", which I'm hoping is soon~