Just a little birthday giggle…

More birthday photos hopefully soon.  Just came across this in my photo editing software and had to share…

Bubby at his first birthday party…

Beanette at her first birthday party…

Hmmmmmmmmm…………  Apparently we make thoughtful babies…  hee hee

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Beanette’s Birth: finding out and telling people

Merry almost-Christmas! It’s zoooooooooming up to Amy B’s first birthday, much more quickly than I’d like, so I thought I’d best be documenting her birth story soon-ish!

It was late May, 2012.  Bubbaroo had just turned one, and school had ended for the year.  We were on vacation, but I was so tired, all the time…  Hmm, that felt familiar…  So we dug out a leftover pregnancy test (and of course confirmed with as many other different pregnancy tests as I could buy), and received a wonderful surprise!  It had taken so long to get Little Man, we were shocked when Beanette showed up so quickly, but we were also thrilled. As much as people liked to tell us we were nuts for trying (and succeeding) to have a second baby so soon, we had our reasons, and it was a lovely, planned-for surprise. :-)  We had had such a positive experience with Bubby’s birth that we decided to keep as much the same as possible for Beanette’s birth.  We immediately hired the same doula, made appointments for my doctor, and began spreading the word that we were expecting again.

This was such a fun way to announce our news.  I just chopped up and hand-stitched an old onesie, then used my foam stamps and some acrylic paint for the design.  This was our best picture (man that photo shoot was frustrating! LOL) and we first sent the picture to be developed at the one hour photo at the WalMart in my hometown.

My parents were on their way to a family gathering, and I sent in about a dozen of the latest pictures of Little Man, including this one, and then told her to stop and pick them up before she went to the family party.  Then we waited…  That phone call is, I think, my favorite one to ever have received–her in the car, with Dad driving, her sputtering, “You’re kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!”, and explaining how perfect it was, as it was the last picture in the stack. While we waited, we skyped with my in-laws.  I came on first and told them I wanted to show off a shirt I had made Bubby, then pulled him into the frame, wearing the shirt. :-)  Later, I emailed a couple close friends with the picture, too.  One of them hadn’t opened the email after a few days, so I finally called her and said, “I’m really sorry to bother you, but I have to insist you go look at that shirt I made Little Man!” She laughed, and said, “I know, I’m sorry, people like to show off when they’ve made something new.”  Then it was my turn to laugh, and I said, “You are more right than you realize!!!”  So she opened it up while on the phone with me, and that was a fun phone call, too.  When I hit the three month mark, I uploaded the photo as my new profile pic on Facebook, and tagged my husband in it.  So we definitely got our mileage out of this one shot!To be continued…

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The Birth, Part 3 (and the end!)

I never did get around to finishing the story of Bubby’s birth.  (Here is Part 1 and Part 2 if you’re interested…)  I figured now was a good time to finish this story, because in less than a month, I will have yet ANOTHER birth story to share with you! :-D


Really, there isn’t much left to tell.  I was well into the transition phase, verging on being able to push, and was beyond comfort measures, I just needed to get in a position and GO.  I felt like it was time to push before they would let me–my doctor hadn’t arrived yet, and they wanted me to wait for him, but that’s just ridiculous.  When it’s time, it’s time, and especially without an epidural, I could definitely understand what my body was telling me!  {436737f2-c9b8-4377-9c43-59a6e685f49b}_5BW

I had a hard time pushing.  By the time my doctor arrived, I was beyond ready to get down to business and get this baby out…  I had many uncomfortable and intensifying Braxton-Hicks leading up to the birth, and so had a little technique down for breathing through the tension and peak of the contraction.  I used it well during early labor.  The problem now was that I was continuing to use it.  It took at least a half hour of me pushing ineffectively before someone finally told me I needed to hold my breath and use that to bear down during my pushing.  Oh!  That would have been good to know!  I was still having difficulty, just could not figure out the correct muscles to engage.  Our doula finally whipped out the rebozo, tied a knot in it and told me to hang on.  I would pull with all my might during the wave of the contraction against her weight on the other end.  This helped so much!  It was still a long process, one which I hope to be much better at this time, but those two things helped immensely.  I wore her out, eventually the nurse had to switch out with her to keep going.{436737f2-c9b8-4377-9c43-59a6e685f49b}_6BW

All in all, it took 2.5 hours of pushing to bring Izzy into this world.  (He is of course, worth it!)  We found out that would have been ample time to have an epidural after all!  But I did feel pretty dang “I can conquer anything” after giving birth without drugs…  Overall, my doula was so happy about my birth, and the more I have reflected on it, I realize how right she is.  I got everything I wanted in this experience!  I got to use my music, I had the majority of my early and even active labor at home, no drugs, wear what I wanted, etc.  This was an amazing, magical time for our family, and I absolutely love looking back at these pictures…  I can’t believe so much time has passed already.  He will be 21 months in a few days!



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Rockabye LO

This was the magic anti-colic swing that enabled you to finally take naps during the day without having to be on our chests (though we still did that pretty often since we often needed a nap, too).  You had a hard time getting to sleep, and staying asleep, and when you were awake, you were often not feeling so hot at this point…  so being able to watch you sleep, peacefully, for a good stretch, made this swing worth every pretty penny it cost.  (In fact, every once in awhile, we still use it, as it holds up to 26 lbs.  I don’t think you’ll be outgrown of it before Sissy arrives in February!)

I used this sketch by Jana Eubanks. The buttons, sentiments, scalloped circle, and alpha were all from a sticker pack my friend Ali gave me when she met Bubby.  I mounted them on white cardstock since they were slightly translucent, and added 3D detailing where possible (like the stitching and banners), to dress them up.  I put a lot of banners on this layout, and used plenty of foam tape to make the layering a bit more fun.  The silver chipboard swirls were $1 at Target, and I barely made a dent in the package!  TFL. :-)


Cool, I won! LO: “The ‘Berg”

Amy over at 4x6Photo Sketch Blog had a giveaway and I just found out I won! :-)  To celebrate, I found a one photo sketch on her site that I liked and whipped up this layout one night after Bubby went to sleep.  Funny story about that…  The next morning I showed it to T, and uh…  it turns out that this picture was NOT taken at the Heidelberg.  ::blush::  It was taken at John’s Upper Deck, in KC!  Not even in Columbia!  ::double blush::  Whoops.  He suggested I fix it by adding a little strip directly above the title that reads “reminds me of…”  HAHAHA  I might!

Anyway, I used some older products but tried to mix in some new stuff and techniques to update them a bit.  The main paper is some very old Love, Elsie, with some older AC letter stickers, silver punchinella, and Maya Road sheers for the journaling.  All older stuff that was trending at least 4 years ago…  The new stuff I added was wrapping the ribbon and floss around the layout, similar to how designers are wrapping twine around everything nowadays.  I also added some bling by using sequins like confetti, a current popular trend, and adding some Studio Calico silver spray ink along the same line.  The last trendy item–can you spot it?  I finally caved and bought some washi tape.  It was less than $2 for the roll, and you know how I am with polka dots, I’ll definitely use it.

This is the sketch I used–I changed up a few elements.  First, I rotated it.  Next, I subbed washi for staples, and fussy-cut hearts for the scalloped border strip.  For the long thin line, I used the wrapped grosgrain and embroidery floss.  I kept my background as one solid color cardstock sheet (LOVE that color, Bazzil Blue Jean), added some sequin waste (or punchinella, whatever you’d like to call it) and I didn’t get all layered with the title.  Loving this layout, and hate that I messed up where it was taken at!  LOL

Everyday, Multiphoto, Scrapbooking, Uncategorized, YAWYK

Why? ‘Cause! Layout

I made this layout before I was placed on bed rest, actually.  Just came across the pic and wanted to share.  It is, quite honestly, not the most meaningful layout. I had printed out pictures for a class mini-album a few years ago–one that we were supposed to be able to complete in class, but that didn’t remotely happen–and I never finished it.  I didn’t really like some of the supplies we were given for the mini-album, either, but I still enjoyed the pics I had taken of my stash.  So I made a fluff layout to use up my stash and record it for posterity’s sake, all at the same time.  ;-)

Nothing fancy, just paired some BG rub-ons with MME epoxy stickers and strips of MME (I think) pp.  Simple, quick, easy.  TFL!

OH, and real quick, an announcement–I have decided to discontinue YAWYK.  Not in the sense that I won’t continue to purge, because I have and I will.  But mostly because keeping track of all the items I am purging/using, just so I can list them on here, has become cumbersome, and I feel, pointless.  I’ve continued to downsize, a little bit with every project I undertake.  And I feel comfortable that I’ll definitely get rid of/use at least 2011 things this year.  But I also know if I don’t have time to write it all out now, no way will I have that time in a month or so.  ;-)  For those who are doing it, have fun and good luck!  I am to the point where I really enjoy the process of dumping old stash that I no longer love, and find it very natural, hope you do, too.