Violet + Jack = Cute Kids.

y Ali at Divine Domesticity on June 29th, 2009

It cannot be denied.

Scheduling a c-section: Was it worth it?

by Ali at Divine Domesticity on June 29th, 2009

Sidenote: Both kids are napping at the same time! This is the first break I've had all day. Wee!

I had a lot of anxiety about planning my c-section. It felt like the ultimate cop-out. My first labor experience was so horrible that a big part of me wanted to bypass that entire process. The doctors did tell me that my second was going to be at least 9 pounds, so I worried that my bad experiences would reoccur this time around with another large baby. When it came down to it, I went with my gut instinct, which was to schedule the c-section.

I had two very different c-section experiences.

C-section #1: After 25 hours of hard, excruciating labor (with bad sciatic back pain and an epidural that didn't work), I was out of my mind with pain, had been starving for over 36 hours, and could barely think straight from exhaustion and pain. Emergency C-section followed, with complications with my daughter's breathing and blood circulation, from having been stuck for 2 hours and having gone into distress. I wasn't able to see her for a few hours after she was born, and it frankly just sucked.

The recovery: Laboring for that long, having no food, and all that pain took an incredible toll on me. Walking was hell. Using the restroom was hell. The first few days following the c-section were incredibly painful. With lots of medication I was functional after returning home, but still in a good deal of pain. I waited as long as I could to check out of the hospital.

C-section #2: I checked into the hospital rested, nervous, but comfortable. I ended up waiting a few hours before getting into the operating room as my doctor was pulled away for an emergency surgery. The surgery was quick, painless, and out Jack came, at 10 pounds 8 ounces. The nurses, anesthesiologist and doctor all said, "He's a tank!" Other than having some extra fluid in his lungs that needed to be suctioned out (common for c-section babies), he was great!

The recovery: Dare I say it, it was a breeze! Don't get me wrong, I still took the pain medication, but I seemed to manage my pain much better. I had to stay alone at the hospital at night, since my husband had to stay at home with my daughter, but I managed just fine. By the next morning at 4 am, I was requesting to have the catheter out and to try to sit up and walk around the room. Walking was pretty easy actually, and the pain was entirely more manageable. I checked out early from the hospital, after about 2 days. For the entire stay, the nurses and doctor were telling me that I was doing exceptionally well and recovering very fast.

So, was it worth it? I speak only for myself when I say that for my special circumstances, scheduling a c-section was the best choice.

Knowing that we have very large babies, that seconds babies are typically larger, and that male babies are typically larger, I took a bet that Jack would be larger than Violet, and he sure was, by nearly a pound.

Do they look alike? What do you think?

by Ali at Divine Domesticity on June 14th, 2009

Do Violet (left) and Jack (right) look alike?

My husband and I immediately thought that Jack looked a lot like Violet when we first saw him. It is hard to pinpoint which features exactly...the nose a little bit, and of course the round, chubby faces and cheeks.

Now that he has been home a few days, he just looks like Jack. :)

Happy Weekend!

Introducing Jack Henry!

by Ali at Divine Domesticity on June 11th, 2009

Jack Henry. Born June 9th, 2009. 10 POUNDS 8 OUNCES!

We are all doing good! I was released from the hospital Thursday afternoon so I'm having a very easy recovery so far. More details to come, but I just wanted to let everyone know that we are doing great.

Thank you for all the well wishes!

Cookie Dough Pie

by Ali at Divine Domesticity on June 5th, 2009

Are you ready for a dessert that is crazy easy and delicious? Look no further! Many thanks to Big Red Kitchen for this recipe. We loved it!

After the initial freeze, I kept my pie in the fridge and the cookies took on a much more 'cookie dough' like consistency by the next day. If eaten straight from the freezer the cookies are more of a crunchy consistency. The recipe author mentioned using half coffee and half milk for her dipping, which sounds like a delicious twist to me.

I added chocolate sauce on top, and might do a combo of caramel and chocolate sauce next time around. Delicious.

Cookie Dough Pie
Makes one pie, serves 6-8

15.25 ounce package Chips Ahoy Cookies- Original kind
8-12 ounces Cool Whip
2 cups milk for dipping cookies (I only used about 1 cup of milk)
Chocolate sauce for topping

1. Quickly dip cookies in milk, shake off excess liquid, and layer in 9 inch pie plate, breaking cookies to fill any gaps. Once the first layer is complete, top with a thin layer of Cool Whip. Repeat twice more making last layer of Cool Whip a bit thicker. Garnish with chocolate syrup if desired. Place in freezer 2-3 hours before serving. After serving the frozen slices, I kept my pie in the fridge where it took on a much softer, cookie dough like consistency. You can keep it frozen or in the fridge, whichever you prefer.

Recipe from Big Red Kitchen

Seven days to go...

by Divine Domesticity on June 2nd, 2009

The date for my c-section has been set! The morning of June 9th is the plan, which means I have one more week of waiting left. If I happen to go into labor beforehand then I'll just have the c-section at that time.

As of my 38 week appointment, this dude is estimated to be almost 9 pounds, so by next tuesday he could very well be over 10 pounds (keep in mind she told us he could be up to a pound and a half larger than the estimate). I am feeling very full of baby at the moment.

This last week is a strange one. It is the last week of it just being the three of us in our family. The last week of being a mom to just one kiddo. The last week of only having to chase around one kiddo! I'm a little nervous at the prospect of all the stinkin' work it will take having two kids, but I know I'll manage just like everyone else.

Before I got pregnant with this guy, I had pretty much decided that I was done having kids. Don't get me wrong -- I use to go on about how I wanted LOTS of children. Once I had a child, things changed. Violet had a hard transition into the world. A horrible birth, colic that lasted an eternity, acid reflux, problems with her digestion, that all led to the first 6 months of her life being one giant scream fest. I'm not even exaggerating. It took a toll on me, I felt depressed and like I was a failure at the mom thing.

The idea of going through that again was enough to scare me off of planning to have another child. So it was hard for me to accept that all of the sudden that I was pregnant again. It has been hard for me to imagine what this little guy is going to be like and what life will be like with two children.

The pregnancy itself has been much easier on me than it was with my first, and I keep trying to tell myself that this guy is gonna take it easy on his momma, that HOPEFULLY we don't have colic and acid reflux and everything else to contend with this time around. Who knows, though.

I do know, having gone through some hard times with my first that we can get through it. It was HARD the first time, for myself, and for my marriage, but I know we can get through it. All I have to do is get through this week!