Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kennedy's Birth Story

Baby girl will be a month old soon so I figured I should share her birth story now or it may never get done! Both kiddos are napping so let's see if I can get this written before I'm needed again. :)

Ever since I had an emergency c-section with Walker (story here) I knew I wanted to try for a VBAC the next time around. Unfortunately, the hospital where I delivered Walker has a VBAC ban so I had to go elsewhere. After doing some research I found the provider in my area with the most natural VBAC friendly reputation and and hoped for the best! I have to say that throughout my whole pregnancy/labor I was never once pressured/scared into anything. I was pretty much treated as a regular patient. I am soo soo happy with my whole experience! Anyway, on to the exciting part…

Around 37 weeks I started having stronger and more consistent contractions that would eventually stop. I thought I was in labor several times only to wake up the next morning still pregnant. Needless to say, by the time my due date rolled around I was tired and frustrated. I just knew I would be pregnant forever. ;) 

Anyway, around 1:30 am on March 27th (the day after my due date) I woke up to contractions that were coming 10 minutes apart. They lasted the rest of the night and stayed consistent. Then once I got up for the day and started moving around they slowed down a lot. *sigh* I was so grumpy about this! My husband ended up coming home early because he knew I was having a hard time and by lunchtime the contractions started picking up and were around 5 minutes apart all day long. We debated whether to call the Dr or go to the hospital for forever! I didn't want to go too soon and be sent home, plus I was going for a natural delivery so I didn't want to be admitted too early. 

Around 4:30 pm we finally decided to take Walker to my mom's house and head to the hospital. We got there around 6 pm when my contractions were getting hard to walk through. When they checked me I hadn't progressed at all since my appt two days earlier!!! Ahh I was so frustrated!!! I knew this was the beginning of the real deal though so I didn't get get too upset.

We ended up getting food on the way home and I labored in the bathtub for awhile. Contractions were definitely getting stronger and closer together. Then around 10 pm my water broke and we decided to head back to the hospital. When I was checked at 11pm I was 4.5 cm, but she said my water hadn't broke yet. What?!? I didn't just pee clear liquid all over the place! Anyway, apparently I had a fore bag of water which is like an extra bag or something. 

By this time contractions were coming 2-3 minutes apart and I was progressing fairly quickly until about 2 am when I hit 7-8 cm and my dilation seemed to slow down. I knew that around 7 cm is when you go through transition (i.e. the hardest and normally shortest part of labor) so I figured things would pick up and I'd have my baby soon. 

I. Was. Wrong.

By this point my contractions were 1-2 minutes apart and becoming really unbearable!! I was having a hard time managing them and I was screaming lots of crazy things. Somewhere around 3 or 4 am I decided to get a shot of medicine that would calm me down and help take the edge off of the pain. Let me tell you I am so glad I did! It helped just enough to relax me (and let me eat a yummy orange popsicle) for about an hour or so and by the time it was wearing off I had progressed to a 9. Also, baby was low and my bag of water was bulging so I asked for them to break it. 

Soon after they broke my water I was a 10 and it was time to push.
I pushed through 4 or 5 contractions and at 5:48 am my baby girl was born! Let me tell you pushing a baby out is completely surreal and crazy!! 

I was so relieved that it was all over and I couldn't believe that I had done it without an epidural! Thank God that everything went smoothly and everyone was healthy! My two biggest prayer requests for this birth was that I would go into labor on my own and be able to have an intervention free natural VBAC which I did. God is so good!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Ultimate Blog Party 2014

Hi y'all! I'm so glad you stopped by to get to know me a little better. My name is Missy. I'm a sinner saved by grace who is trying to live a life that honors God. I'm married to my best friend and together we are blessed to have one two year old boy and one one week old sweet baby girl. I spend my days taking care of my family and home. I enjoy gardening, cooking, sewing, crocheting, painting, reading, thrifting, hiking and pretty much anything else that gets me outdoors. This blog is about my life and what inspires me. I hope you will follow along.

Much Love,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Kennedy Faith is Here!!

Our sweet baby girl Kennedy Faith made her arrival at 5:48 am on Friday March 28th, 2014. She weighed 8 lbs 15 oz and was 21 inches long. 

She is absolutely perfect in every way and I can't wait to share her birth story soon!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I Want to Remember

I want to remember...

the way you suck your thumb and grab the edge of my sleeve while you watch TV,

the way you snuggle close to read books and at the end say, "mo pease?"

I want to remember…

the way you say "mum mum" a million times a day because your obsessed with all things with motors,

the way you look at me and say "Mommy?" while holding up a car because you want to play.

I want to remember…

every little thing about you because one day the precious, adorable and challenging two year old boy in front of me will be nothing but a memory.

I want to remember…

that I took the time to really get to know you and love you.

I want to remember…

that I chose spending time with you over being distracted 
because you are what matters, not social media or crossing things off of my to-do list. 

My precious little boy turned two last week and I'm doing my best to soak up every little moment that I have with him because I know tomorrow isn't guaranteed and that this phase in life will soon be gone. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Taggie Blanket Tutorial

Did you know that March is National Craft Month?? 

To celebrate I'm sharing a fun new Taggie Blanket Tutorial with y'all! You can purchase all of the crafting materials for this and many other projects at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. They make crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website

I never got around to making a taggie blanket for Walker, so I knew I wanted to for this baby! It was pretty easy with minimal sewing and I'm considering making these as my new go to baby gift. It's much quicker than crocheting a blanket. :)

2 -12.5" X 12.5" squares of contrasting fabric
Several types of matching ribbon of different sizes/textures

First, cut ribbon pieces to around 5" each and pin folded in half to right side of one piece of fabric. You will match the edge of the ribbon to the edge of the fabric so the folded part of the ribbon is facing inwards.

Next, baste stitch 1/4" over all of the ribbons and remove pins. If you are doing an applique you will need to complete that before the next step. You can refer to my applique tutorial for more information.

Next, pin pieces of fabric right sides together and sew 1/2" all the way around edge leaving an opening to turn your material. (Not pictured)

Once project is turned right side out pin opening shut and stitch along the edge of project all the way around. 

Now you have a beautiful handmade taggie blanket!

This tutorial is part of the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores National Crafting Month campaign. I received compensation for this tutorial, however, all ideas and opinions are my own. 

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

10 Encouraging Verses for Labor and Delivery

As I come to the final weeks of this pregnancy I'm attempting to prepare myself physically, mentally and spiritually for labor. One of the things that I feel will help me is using scripture as a means of comfort and strength. I have no idea when or how things will play out, but I do know that God is in control and I have to trust in His promises. 

I put together this set of verses to review and meditate on as the time for labor draws near. I thought I would share them here just in case anyone else is looking for some encouragement in this area as well.

10 Encouraging Verses for Labor and Delivery

"You keep him in perfect peace 
whose mind is stayed on you, 
because he trusts in you." 
-Isaiah 26:3

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
-Philippians 4:13

"But you, take courage! 
Do not let your hands be weak, 
for your work shall be rewarded."
-2 Chronicles 15:7

"Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you."
-James 4:8

"Cast your burden on the Lord,
and He will sustain you;
He will never permit 
the righteous to be moved."
-Psalm 55:22

"I have set the Lord always before me;
because He is at my right hand,
I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad,
and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure."
-Psalm 1:8-9

"God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear
though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved 
into the heart of the sea,
though it's waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at it's swelling."
-Psalm 46:1-3

"I lift my eyes up to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth."
-Psalm 121:1-2

"The fear of man lays a snare,
but whoever trust in the Lord is safe."
-Proverbs 29:25

"Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
-Isaiah 41:10

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Review: "When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up"

I just finished reading, When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up by Jamie Janosz and it was a fascinating short read. I must confess I was first drawn to this book because I loved the cover art.

This book tells the stories of eight different Christian women from the turn of the century where "skirts trailed the floor, hats were a must, and corsets were commonplace." This time period has always fascinated me so to be able to peak into the lives of women who lived and served God in this era was really interesting. 

The eight women in this book come from hugely diverse backgrounds with various ranges of abilities, but they all had a strong faith and determination to live a sacrificial life of service for their heavenly father. 

Two of the women in the book include:

Fanny Crosby, a women who was blinded as an infant, but was determined to keep a positive spirit and make her life count. She went on to write many famous hymns. 

When told it was a "great pity that the great master did not give her sight," she replied, "Do you know that if at my birth I had been able to make one petition to my Creator it would have been that I should be made blind?"

When asked, "Why?" she replied, "Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my savior."


Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American women born just after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation declared her family free who eventually went on to open a school for African American girls. 

One night the KKK visited her school where she quickly ordered all the lights across the campus to be lit so the men couldn't hide. She also told her students to sing, "Be not dismayed, whate'er betide, God will take care of you," and they sang the men right off of the campus!

In the conclusion of the book, Janosz encourages her readers to "become a women who doesn't shudder in the face of fearful or uncomfortable situations, but who does the right thing and bravely steps forward in faith."

I would highly recommend this book to any woman of faith. It will not only entertain, but challenge you to live a life in service to your creator! Reading it has definitely challenged me and given me things to think about. 

**I was given this book for free from Moody Publishers for this review, however all opinions are my own. 
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