Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Greatest Day of My Life-Cooper's Birth Story

Jon and I went to my doctor's appointment Tuesday, February 12th. We decided to do an induction because I wasn't progressing at all. We asked for the induction to be on Friday, February 15th. My doctor said he wasn't going to be in town over the weekend and he wanted to deliver Cooper so he wanted to set it up for Thursday, February 14th. Okay-great! He comes back in and says, "Okay guys...two options...either wait until Sunday, February 17th to start induction or do it tomorrow in which you would be going into the hospital tonight at 6:00 to start Cervadil. We looked at each other and said, "Okay-let's do it tonight."

I spent the rest of the day on the phone with my friends, packing our bags, and trying to come to grips with what was about to go down. Jon went back to work. 

He got off work at 5, we packed up the car, and realized we were a lot slower than we anticipated and we didn't have time to go to a sit down dinner like we we ended up at Wendy's. I could hardly eat I was so nervous. 

When we got to the hospital and got registered, they took us up to the L&D room and wanted to start the IV. Now....I hate needles...but I hate IVs more than anything. I had one one time and the entire pregnancy I kept saying I was more nervous about the IV than anything. Now it was here. I lost my shit you guys. I was sobbing. SOBBING. It was embarrassing. I kept asking Jon to call my mom. He used it as a bribery tool, "If you do the IV I'll call her babe.." lol Yeah.

Then there's a knock at the door...a nurse walked in and said,"Kari...your mom is here." 

You guys.

I LOST IT. I was bawling. I was so happy she was there. She came over to me, held my hand..and within 15 minutes I was calmed down with an IV in my arm. God bless those nurses who were so nice to me...I'm sure they all rolled their eyes..but I never saw it. :)

After the IV was put in, the Cervadil was next. OMG that sucked. That's all I have to say. But it was in within a minute or so and we settled down to watch TV. My mom left because we were just going to relax and take it easy then they were starting Pitocin Wednesday morning at 6.

Jon and I are relaxing and watching Pretty Little Liars and Tosh.0...all of a sudden I hear a pop...followed by a gush. I paged the nurse immediately. She checks me and says, "Your water broke!" I kept saying,"Shut up!! Shut up!!" She said,"No no no I wouldn't lie! I can't believe it myself." So then she checked me...I went from a finger tip dialated to almost an hour. 

I was hooked up to the monitors and showing contractions every 5 minutes but didn't feel any of them. Then....I started feeling them..stronger and stronger. 

I took deep breaths.

I cursed like a sailor.

I rocked my hips.

I held Jon's hand and just cried. 

The nurse came in and checked me again...4 and 80% effaced. Wait..what? The monitors showed minimal contractions but I was feeling HORRIBLE pain. We realized that Cooper had kicked off the monitor and it was on sideways. She puts it on right and there they were-every 60-90 seconds apart...some coming in clusters 30 seconds apart. 

I was ready for the epidural. 

And it was not bad AT ALL. Like at all. I was feeling relief within 15 minutes.

Then I noticed the nurse kept coming in and having me change positions a lot. She said she wasn't happy with how Cooper was handling the labor at this point and she was calling my doctor. Cooper's heart rate was dropping after each contraction as opposed to during the contraction like they want to see. 

The next hour or so was full of me freaking out and crying and praying that Cooper would be okay. 

My nurse comes back in and says,"Okay Kari..I talked to your doctor. He wants to do a c-section and he will be here soon."

I just sat there. Jon called our parents and my sister. I was laying in bed with an oxygen mask..crying again. My nurse just stood next to me, assuring me it was okay-she sees this all the time. I remember looking at her and asking,"Can you please come into surgery with us?" She had been there for me throughout this whole thing...I wanted her to see me through the end of it.

A few minutes later, the anesthesiologist comes back in to give me stronger dose of medicine. Then my doctor walked in looking calm as always and I felt instant relief and safety. I tearfully said to him,"I'm so scared, Doc." He said,"I know it's scary...but remember our rule." (He always told me if he's worried I need to worry-if he's calm, I can be too.) Then he sent Jon out to get changed into scrubs and kept me calm while he was gone. 

Next thing I know I'm in the surgery room and they asked if I could feel pinching...I said no not at all. My doctor said,"Okay good...your son will be here in a second. Go get Jon." A nurse goes and gets Jon who sits next to me. Looking into his eyes is something I remember vividly. Then I hear it...

"Here's a head...and's a boy!!!"

I started saying, "Oh my God." I said that so many times. Over and over again. Cried again. Jon's tearing up. He goes to get pictures of Cooper for me and my doctor leans over and says, "His cord was short, Kari. That was the problem...he's totally fine!"

Next thing I know, Jon has Cooper next to me..I wanted to kiss him but I couldn't. I just stared at did Jon and I make something so precious and perfect? What did we do to get blessed by such an amazing miracle?

Jon and Cooper went to go into our recovery room while I was getting stitched up. My doctor kept talking to me about everything and I just tried to soak it all in. In a few minutes I was back in recovery watching my son get a bath. 

Then they went to hand him to me. I hold him for a second...and bam...I start puking from the medicine. Ugh...really?

Jon takes him back and I just keep getting sick while my wonderful nurse is telling me it's okay that this happens and I will be fine in a minute. 

We get into the suite where we will be until discharged and I get sick a few more times.

Then our parents come in. Our son was passed all around and loved on. I was in and out of it at this point because I was so tired. I barely remember everyone being in the room at all. 

After things settled down, the nurse took Cooper to the nursery and Jon and I napped for two glorious hours. 

I woke up and they brought him back to us. I held him...without puking, thank you very much.

And I just stared at him. He looks up at me like,"Oh...hiiiiiii...." and I cry. A lot.

Looking at him makes every single thing we've went through completely worth it. 

I'd do it all over again. A million times over.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

He's here!!!

Cooper Joseph.

February 13, 2013.

4:21 am.

19 inches.

6 lbs, 15.5 oz.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Our Household-Menu Planning Updated

I did a post about our meal planning/grocery shopping here.

It worked for us but just so-so. I couldn't pin point why, but I just wasn't feeling it.

I read a link thanks to Pinterest that said that households that meal plan monthly as opposed to weekly and grocery shop twice a month instead of weekly save on average of $800/year on groceries. That was all I needed!!

I just started doing this new meal planning/grocery shopping about 4 weeks ago, but so far I love it!

The last week of the month I'll make a calendar on Publisher. I write days I know we're going to be out (birthdays, games, etc). Then I fill in the days with recipes. I try to make 3-4 new recipes a month-these can be breakfast, desserts, sides, or main dishes.

I plan the dinners day-to-day, then I set the breakfast, lunch, and snacks weekly and I don't assign specific days to them...I just make sure I have things on hand for what's on the menu.

This calendar stays on the computer so I can easily change it/refer back to it.

Before the new year started, I found new grocery list pads and weekly menu pads at CVS for $5 and stocked up. I use both of those weekly and I put them on the fridge.

Weekly Menu
Once I get the menu written out for both weeks (Remember, I only go shopping twice a month now.), I go through and write down every single thing I would need to make all of the meals.

Then I do inventory and mark out what I have already and what is left to buy. Then I start filling out our grocery list:

Then I go through my coupons. First thing I do is take out any coupons for things on the grocery list. Then I go through and pull out any that are going to be expiring before the next shopping trip. I decide which ones I can use and pitch ones I won't use.

The nice thing about this grocery list is that it has a spot to mark which items have coupons.
Then I go through the grocery list and try to get a rough estimate of the grocery list with and without coupons. I jot that down on the bottom of the list.

I must say I do pretty well. Total for two weeks worth of groceries: $103.16. Yes please!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

39 Weeks!

Alright, let's be real people...there's only so many of these I can possibly have left...right? The end is in sight and I'm thiiiiis close to meeting Cooper...right? RIGHT?

-Cooper is the size of a watermelon!
-Dr's appointment went more progression then last week. If nothing happens before next Tuesday we have to talk options. 
-No weight gain for mama this past week (SAY WHAT?!). Holler!!!
-Found a sitter for Cooper last week! Just waiting for Cooper to get here to see how she is with him before we make the final decision, but J and I like her a lot. 

That's about it until next week (or before...but let's be real...)!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What's better than Teen Mom 2?

I'll tell ya...

After I watch the episode when I wake up on Tuesday morning (9 month preggo staying up til 11? Pshhhh.), I get on the laptop and proceed to cackle at the newest entry of I'm Bringing Blogging Back. (Yyyyeppp.)

Say the title of that blog and try not to picture this:

I seriously..die laughing every time I read the recap. It can be slightly offensive, I suppose...there are times when I read it and go, "Oh my gosh...really?!".'s like me watching an episode of Daniel Tosh. (Krispy Kreme break it down.)

Enjoy the link!!

(In other news-I'm still pregnant. Cooper is in no hurry to grace us with his presence...he doesn't realize how bad Mama and Daddy wants to meet him! 39 week update tomorrow!)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Our Household: How It Works

It takes a lot of work, time, and effort to keep a household running smoothly, in my opinion. 

There's a lot that goes into it and we are still expanding our little family so I can only imagine it's going to get even crazier. 

Jon and I have a system works for us. It works for us really well. To the point where I really don't mind the household things anymore. It makes me smile and get all warm and fuzzy inside and think,"Damn, I'm loving this!". 

Here's the rundown on how we keep the house/household going:

1. Cleaning-Inside

Me. I used to clean one room a day Monday-Thursday. Then I got pregnant and there was no way in hell I was cleaning, period...let alone every day. Since I got past first trimester hell, I've been back at it ever since...only now I clean usually one day (typically a day during the week if I'm off or on Saturdays otherwise). I've got it down to where it only takes me about 1.5-2 hours to clean the entire house, with daily maintenance.

Every morning I make sure the living room area is cleared of tripping hazards (a/k/a Reggie's toys), I'll throw anything that needs to defrost in the fridge, and take care of the pup. 

After work I'll make dinner, then do the dishes and sweep the kitchen. I'll put the dishes away after that. It's a nice little system...takes about 20 minutes..I'll take that! Then I take a shower-after I shower I spray our daily shower cleaner and wipe the sink off with disinfectant wipes. That takes me all of 5 minutes, if that. It's wonderful. And makes when I clean the bathroom weekly a lot easier-no nasty soap scum in the shower, no nasty toothpaste spots on the sink, etc. 

About once a month I'll do a deeper clean of the house-baseboards, walls, cleaning out cabinets, etc. 

Every spring and fall I do a complete deep clean of the house-down to outside windows, wiping down the porch, etc. That takes me an entire weekend, usually...but J helps with that because he's awesome like that. :)

2. Cleaning-Outside

Jon. I've never been the type of girl to mow, rake leaves, shovel snow, etc. Just not my thing. If we plant flowers in the spring, I do take care of's all on him. And he does a great job at it so it works perfectly. I love days when it's really nice out and I can have the windows open and I'm inside cleaning and I can hear him outside working. Makes me smile inside. :)

3. Laundry

Me. I've always done the laundry since we moved in. Jon helps if I ask him to, of course...but laundry is one of the few chores that I don't mind doing...probably because it doesn't tie me down...I can do other things, like take a nap while doing it.

4. Meal Planning/Couponing

Me. I love doing it-it makes me giddy to find good coupons/sales and getting the most bang for our buck. 

5. Grocery Shopping

Both of us. We go together. We didn't use to-I used to go by myself usually on my days off (weekdays during the day=NO ONE IN THE STORE), but once I got pregnant, Jon wanted to go with me so I wasn't trying to wrestle bags/jugs of milk into the car and whatnot by myself. We go every week (usually Friday or Saturday) with a big trip every other time. For example we may spend $120 one week, then the next week spend $15 on things we ran out of (i.e. milk). 

6. Cooking

Me. I love to cook. I love that Jon likes my cooking. It makes me happy to know I'm taking care of him and taking care of his needs.

7. Finances

Jon mostly. I have 2 things that I take care of myself-my phone bill until we join ours and my credit card bill. The rest-all on him. We have a joint account so it's not like he keeps it from me by any means, but the boy has a finance degree. I don't worry about him taking care of any of that stuff. It's probably better for him to do it anyways. We're both savers by nature, so it works well for us.

8. Vacation Planning

Both of us-generally. We decide together where we're going to go. We make a budget together. We look for places to eat, things to do, and where we're going to stay together. Jon is really good at finding things to do and places to eat-he can Google with the best of them! He does most of those types of Pace's Pizza Balls in Charleston! When it comes down to it-I always make sure we have reservations printed off, a folder made, and all information we need before we head out. 

9.Gift Giving (i.e. Christmas, birthdays)

Both of us. We may pick up things for people individually, but generally we go out together and find things for our families. Our friends we do pick up separately usually. :) Birthdays/Mother's Day/etc, I usually make sure we have cards for them and get them sent out in time. It's not uncommon for Jon to ask me if we sent cards to his mom, Grandma, etc and me to say "I sent it out last week.". 

10. Date Nights/Social Events

Both of Us. Sometimes I pick what we do. Sometimes Jon does. It balances out quite a bit. Though usually I'm the one that picks where we eat...don't let him say otherwise. ;)