Handprint and Footprint DIY  Father’s Day Gifts 

Want something personal to give for Father’s Day? How about something made by your toddler or even your baby? Well here’s some easy ideas below (although messy!). Also, you can use these for birthdays and other occasions! 

Handprint ideas: these are easy to make for any age! Just make sure you use waterproof nontoxic paint! 

This was an easy one I made with my daughter and sons participation. My daughters handprints and my sons footprints! 


I bought nontoxic paint and a pack of canvases at my local craft store that were on sale! I used fabric marker on it! I dated it and labeled with the kids names.

I made the next two pictures for Father’s Day for my dad and father in law. My little ones went crazy with hand and footprints and then I put some pictures up on it and wrote a special message. 



https://www.etsy.com/listing/152950937/fathers-day-printable-fathers-day-gift

This is a picture from an Etsy site for 2.00 you can get the template. Or for free make your own!! 


Here is a Father’s Day card that you can make using construction paper,  scissors, glue sticks, and marker! For all the directions visit 1Here


This one is very cute and perfect for all the fishermen dads out there! Easy to do in a jiffy! Check out the tutorial Here


Here’s a variation. SourceSource


This is creative and you can use both the footprint and fingerprints! Source


This tutorial is for a card, but it would make a wonderful canvas as well. Tutorial


For the hunter in the family. Source


Love this one too! Monsters
You can really make any animal you want just get creative and have fun! 

You can also do the traditional handprint or Footprint to hang on the wall. You can buy a kit at any craft store, or make your own. 


Here’s a free tutorial Here
Enjoy and have fun! Happy Father’s Day! 

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One Year Since it was just you…

I remember being so frightened that my one year old daughter would be devastated when her little baby brother came along.  I’d sometimes even cry to my husband that she will hate me over it. Boy, was I silly, and also pregnant (yes, I’m trying to blame hormones). I tried my hardest to savor what could be the last just her and I moments. How will she react to the baby needing attention? Will she be able to sleep through the crying? Will she be mad at me for not paying attention to her? So many questions and worries swirling through my head at night keeping me up (not to mention the baby kicking, back pains, and all the other fun).

Once number two came, I realized what a waste of time all that worrying was. Cece now has a beautiful brother to share all her moments with and a playmate for life. I’m not going to lie, at first it was rough, but I luckily had a lot of help from my family. After a couple months, everything became easier, and a routine started occurring. My firstborn was now a big sister and a great helper. As with all siblings, sharing is not a top priority, and jealousy does occur, but the way they laugh at each other, smile and stare at each other, babble and talk to each other, is quite amazing and melts a mom’s heart. If you don’t have kids, you probably shouldn’t bother reading this, you won’t know what I’m talking about and I’ve been on that side too. But once you have kids it’s a whole new world and perspective.

So here’s my letter one year later…

Dear Little Bear,

It has been a year since it was just you and me (and daddy of course). I remember the night I figured out my water had broke and how I hoped I just peed my pants (I knew better). I was in denial but knew in the morning I would have to make the phone call to the specialist to let them know. So I sat you on the table and drew pictures with you and you laughed with your daddy’s sunglasses on your head. I packed a small bag for myself and for you, just in case. In the back of my mind I knew my waters had prematurely ruptured the evening before, but I didn’t want to admit it. I was only 30 weeks and was hoping for a normal delivery and to have much less excitement as with your emergent c section breech birth 4 weeks early.

I thought I still had 10 weeks to laugh, cuddle, hug, play, run after, give one hundred percent to, and enjoy with you and daddy. I remember getting out of the car I drove down to the hospital, and having my parents take the car with you in it. I kissed you goodbye and hoped I would see you soon.

The news that my water had broke was devastating since I was told I’d most likely go into labor in 48 hours and my baby would not have developed the lung capacity to breath on his own. I was also devastated because I knew I’d have to stay in the hospital away from you and daddy.

However, I beat the many odds against me and ended up being induced at 34 weeks with a mostly healthy baby boy, your little brother.

Over those four weeks, I looked forward to your visits everyday. When I knew you were coming I’d peak my head out the door waiting to hear the pitter-patter of your feet and laughter coming down the hall! We would cuddle in my bed, eat snacks (and boy did I get snacks and food from everyone!), color, watch a teletubbie DVD grandma found at a yard sale, and eventually take wheelchair rides to see guy, man with boo boo, and the train. You loved going on the rides and I loved being able to go with you. We even had a Father’s Day picnic in a conference room! You have fantastic grandparents on both sides who helped every step of the way and love you so much! Mommy’s friends and family also were great support and help over the long hard 4 week stay. Daddy really missed everyone together at home and missed his little Cece too. Daddy was working hard and also dealing with big home renovations to get your brothers room ready!

When we all were finally at home together, the feeling was wonderful. We struggled with little sleep but didn’t mind since we were all together as a family again. Once your brother was home, you automatically became attached to him. You are a great big sister and helped right away. Of course, there were jealous moments, as with any toddler, but now that he is one and you are almost 3, I can see how much you love him and our family. I worried for so long for no reason at all, in fact, I think you two will be best buddies (most of the time). I know you still sometimes yearn for the one on one full attention I could give you constantly, but the look on both your faces when you see each other is priceless. I do my best to give each of you some full attention time each day if possible.

You already are looking out for him telling mommy not to forget him and asking where he is. And don’t worry he is getting his own letter in his time capsule. I’m so glad you have a sibling to go through life with and share and enjoy. Mommy and daddy are so proud and love you so much!

So if you are a mom struggling with the worries of how your firstborn will react to a new baby, don’t waste your time, enjoy your one on one time and look forward to the enjoyment of two loving children.

 

 

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Get your dog protection…

Yes that’s right, protection. Protection against tick borne diseases and other transmitted diseases. 

You may shrug it off and say, “we check our dog for ticks,” or maybe the classic line of, “it’s too expensive to take the dogs to the vet or buy tick medication.” Or maybe you forgot or choose not to vaccinate your dog. 


Well, let me tell you what happened to my family yesterday. 

Rewind to earlier this week, our German Shepard who is normally rambunctious, playful, goofy, and needs his water and food dish filled every time you turn around, suddenly became lethargic, not eating or drinking, depressed looking, and groaning. 


We thought maybe he got into the trash again and ate a baby diaper. But, this behavior continued. A trip to the vet in the evening proved that he had three super tiny ticks lodged into his skin that were almost impossible to get out. 

Blood tests, pain shots, and three hundred dollars later, we don’t have an answer yet. We are still waiting for blood results. Two days later our dog still is not eating or drinking. I’ve had enough, I call the vet and am told the first lymes test is negative, but I can make a recheck appointment for my 80lb dog today. So I do, after checking with my amazing parents to see if they can watch my almost one year old boy and almost three year old daughter. Dragging my kids and dog to the vet would be quite a challenge since my 80lb dog tries to run towards the door to escape the office.  Meanwhile, I’m sure my daughter would want to pet everyone’s animals! 

So I finally pack everything up and head into the garage to my SUV. My little one is packed up in his seat, and my daughter has pushed her way past his car seat to jump into the front seat and pretend she’s driving the car. Okay harmless enough I say, since I have the car keys and she keeps jumping from the front of the car to the backseat when I try and get her to her seat. 
I go to the trunk and open it up and try and get my 80lb dog to jump in. He is struggling with his pain to jump up.  Meanwhile, I hear and see the garage door coming down on the trunk above us. “Stop,” I yell to my daughter who had innocently found the garage door remote and had no idea what she was doing. She hits it again and it stops, phew. Then, suddenly it comes down again and I quickly escape the trunk from smashing me and the dog; however, the dog is confused and scared and in the direct path of the closing garage door (we need to invest in sensors).  I scream come to him and pull his collar and he is frozen. And again, he is 80lbs, so it is not an easy task to move him. Finally he runs out from the door that has almost crushed him and we are safe, for the moment at least. I looked into the car and loudly told my daughter to get into her seat. Since she isn’t quite 3 yet, she still doesn’t understand exactly what she did and that she could have seriously injuried us. (Also now the garage opener is hidden).  

I finally get to the vet and more blood tests, a pain shot, and a couple hundred more dollars spent, and we find that our dog has two types of tick borne diseases including lymes disease. I’m told the medication for large dogs is very expensive (like 200 dollars for a month), and the dose is very high. Also I’m told the medication is best taken on a full stomach; however, my dog has not eaten in days. The doctor warns me the majority of dogs cannot tolerate the medications’ stomach side effects including vomiting. The doctor then assists with using a pill gun to get the medication down the dogs throat. Don’t worry it’s nothing like a gun, it looks more like a tampon inserter! 

We are done at the vet and my dog walks me to the car. It takes him a little while but he finally makes the jump into the car. We head back to my parents to see how well they are surviving with the kiddos. 

Nap time rolls around and I am balancing kodi trying to make a bottle and whoops, it spills all over the floor. At the same time, I hear a loud thud from the other room and then my daughter screaming. 

My daughter was playing kitchen with a fake birthday cake and runs around the table when grandma sings happy birthday. She was running, and unbeknownst to everyone, the dog vomitted on the other side of the table. 

I run in and see my daughter in her pink dress covered in yellow bile dog colored dog vomit. She stands up and it is dripping down her hair. This is serious dog vomit, a huge puddle of yellow bile that has now been slid through. 

Immediately I pick her up and take her to the bath. She plays in the bath and repeatedly asks what was behind the table. Once she understands, she feels compelled to tell everyone for the next couple of days, that she fell in dog vomit. 

The dog is now feeling better, his appetite is back, he can keep his food down, and he’s back to his old energetic self. 
This could have all been avoided with a vaccination. You can bet I’m getting him his vaccinations and medications now. Don’t be stupid, get you’re dog protection. Your dog, kids, parents, and wallet will thank you. 

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Dear Mom…

Dear Mom, 

Now that I am a mom, I want to thank you for all you’ve done.  Before I had kids I had a totally different perspective of my parents, life, and children.  I never thought “oh you’re baby is so cute.” What I thought was thanks for posting a million pictures of your baby online I don’t care about. 

My mom was just my mom, someone I took for granted.  I expected her to help me in everything I need anytime. 

Now that I have two children (a toddler and infant!), my whole perspective of the world has changed. It’s something you can’t describe to someone who does not have children. Just like you can’t describe how it feels to have a sibling to a single child, or what it’s like to have a chronic disease to a healthy person. Becoming a mom is forever changing in every way. 


So, on this Mother’s Day, mom, I want to thank you for dealing with the long pregnancy (of twins), the nausea, cravings, mood swings, weight gain, stretch marks, turning dads hair grey when he heard about twins, and whatever else may have happened (the list is never ending).

I want to thank you for the long sleepless nights of feeding screaming babies and protecting us from killing ourselves and each other. I want to thank you for giving up most of your free time (who am I kidding, all of your time) to us.  I want to thank you for giving up your full time job to care for us and help us grow.  

Oh my goodness, let’s not even talk about the toddler tantrums and meltdowns! I’m not sure how you did it with a boy and twin girls! I guess that’s why you don’t remember most of it! Thank you for changing poopy and pee diapers with a wrestling monkey (or whatever we were), because it sure is hard sometimes. 


I want to thank you for all the great experiences you provided to us.  All the wonderful vacations, day trips, toys, and playtime you provided have made me and my sister and brother who we are (which by the way is awesome). 

The list goes on and on, and would take forever to write it all out.  

 Now that I’m a mom I understand what it’s like to wake up every hour to make sure my baby is still breathing. I know what it’s like to yearn for a nap and sleep but then toss and turn worrying if the baby is okay without you. Or finally get free time and just wonder how the kids are or have nothing left to talk about but how the baby babbled or crawled (at one time I would have completely rolled my eyes at this). I know what it’s like to want your child to have everything but also know you need to limit and teach them about the world. I know the struggle of balancing work and caring for kids, trying to keep friendships alive, having date nights and trying to talk about something besides the kids. 

Thank you for holding my hand, drying my tears, spending all your hard earned money to take me on trips and experiences to help me grow. Thank you for rocking me to bed, reading me countless books, and never giving up on me. 

Again, the list goes on and on and will continue to grow as the children and I grow. 

I also apologize for all those times we hide in the clothing racks while we were shopping. The teenage years in general and the lack of appreciation I have given you before having my own children. 


I am very blessed and lucky to have a mom (also dad- but it’s not Father’s Day yet) who are willing to help whenever needed. Besides the amazing mom support you provide, we always joke about the services of mom and dad including but not limited to: babysitting, laundry, yard work, food shopping, dog sitting, painting, bed and breakfast and many other jobs now that you are retired. 

So on this Mother’s Day I say thank you for all you have done and continue to do for all our families. Love you mom! 

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Easy Easter crafts for toddlers 

My almost two and a half year old isn’t ready for a lot of the crafts you see on blog posts. 

So I decided to create some easy crafts for toddlers who don’t have the dexterity quite yet to use scissors or exercise caution with sparkles. 

So let’s start really simple with painting. For each holiday we have been painting an object related to the holiday and punching a hole in it and hanging it on door knobs or suction cups or using tape and sticking on doors. 

But for this holiday we painted eggs and bunnies using the washable sparkle paint, put in an old plastic egg carton. Then we took them all and made a paper wreath out of it to hang by cutting out the middle of a paper plate and gluing the pictures, Easy peasy! 

Another easy project is buying this under two dollar cardboard egg kit! I got mine at Walmart but I’m sure there are lots of different ones at craft stores. Now you can paint them yourself or they come with a dye kit. 


Next is the cotton ball Easter bunny! Sure, I had to help with the glue and the eyes a bit but she loved sticking on the cotton balls everywhere and placing the face! You can go more detailed with an old child as well. We used a carrot Easter ribbon we had and then a loop ribbon on the back to hang it on the door.  This also makes an easy gift to a grandparent or family member. 


What you need is a paper plate, cotton balls, glue or glue stick, ribbon, pink construction paper, scissors, googly eyes, and any other decoratons(nose whisker mouth). 


And get creative! It’s a cheap project too! 


Glue the pink ears on and then use cotton balls to line them! 

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Breast is best? 

I’m sure you’ve all seen, heard, and been drilled that breast is best. Breast is best. Breast is best. 
So what about moms who can’t or choose not to breastfeed? What type of message does this send?  


This letters for the new mom, the mom struggling to breastfeed, the mom who chooses not to, or is unable to breastfeed, and to the moms who are strictly breastfeeding. 
Dear Mom or mom to be, 

Congrats! You will soon or have a little cutie pie! You may have noticed the ads, commercials, and educational information that says breast is best and tells you how fabulous your baby will grow up to be if they are breastfed. Or maybe you heard you will lose weight and still have big boobs?  
Or maybe you have hit reality. To the mom struggling with breastfeeding, I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to feel the intense pressure To breastfeed and are unable to produce enough milk damnit. stop looking at all the forums giving advice or the moms asking what to do with their abundant amount of breastmilk overflowing from the their faucets, it will only make you feel worse. 

Yes you can try supplements, you can pump before and after and all night and day and still not be able to make enough milk, but there’s no shame in giving formula, that’s what it’s made for, feeding a baby! Maybe you work and can’t pump, or have a sick baby, or whatever reason or not you are having difficulty, stop feeling like a failure.
I’ve been there, twice! Two preemies with poor underdeveloped latching skills in the nicu. Or maybe you were sick  or developed mastitis or one of the many fun side effects of breastfeeeding you weren’t told about. I’ve been there. 
Maybe it’s gotten to the point you’ve developed anxiety or depression and are no longer enjoying the precious moments with your beautiful baby. You just don’t understand why none of the supplements medications gallons of water pumping and all the other tricks aren’t working. They said it would be easy? All my friends are having no problems, why can’t I just do it? There must be something wrong with me.
Maybe you see all these photos of moms breastfeeding or posts about milk overproduction and you feel like strangling someone. I’ve been there. 
 Maybe you’re afraid of the looks you get in public feeding your baby a bottle. Maybe you change the topic when someone talks about feeding your baby. 
On the other hand, maybe breastfeeding came easy. Maybe you don’t understand why everyone complains about breastfeeding? Maybe you scoff at formula feeding moms and just don’t get it. Maybe you enjoy every moment of breastfeeding and having the freedom to whip them out wherever and whenever you want.  

To mom who feels like a breastfeeding failure and cry over not being able to feed your baby, YOU ARE FEEDING your baby. A happy mom makes  a happy baby. Whatever you feed your baby, breastmilk, formula or both, you should be proud. Proud you are a mom, proud you are doing your best, proud you are making the best choice for you and your baby, proud to be you!
When you look back at this short period in your life you want to be proud and happy, not miserable. Do what’s best for you there is no shame in any choice.
To the mom to be, don’t be afraid do your best with whatever choice you choose and if it doesn’t work there’s always help or another choice, don’t feel stuck in a corner. You’ll do great and be proud. 

To the happy breastfeeding moms, I hope this article helps you understand it’s not easy for everyone and be understanding.
Finally, to the struggling moms who feel like failures, you are amazing, stop killing your self and be happy. Looking back after my first I can’t believe I put myself in such a tail spin over breastfeeding, I wasted time worrying instead of enjoying. The public and healthcare puts far too much pressure on a new mom and sends the wrong message. Enjoy the free time your using for pumping googling and crying instead for snuggling with baby and reading books

You are an awesome! 

Mom no matter how you feed your baby, formula or breast, keep Up the good work and smile!  Your baby will grow up to be smart and happy because you are happy and you spend time with your little one. 

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Homemade Paint!

Looking for an easy homemade nontoxic paint for your little one to be creative?  Well, look no further!  We experimented with several types of homemade paint and below are our favorite recipes!


Kids of all ages love painting!  You can have your little one finger paint, use brushes, sponges, or even potatoes!

So we started off making completely edible finger paint with only a couple ingredients!

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Here is what you will need: (this makes enough for about 4-5 different colors depending on how much you want for each)…

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • extra water to thin out
  • food coloring, watercolors, or natural colors such as beet, carrot, tumeric

Instructions:

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  1. Place pot over medium heat and pour flour and water into pot and continuously stir the ingredients until it becomes a thick paste.
  2. Take the pot away from the heat when it no longer sticks to the sides
  3. Add cold water to the blob until it reaches the consistency you like and place the amount you desire into separate bowls to color.
  4. Add food coloring, watercolors, natural colorants such as beet or carrot juice, turmeric spice
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  6. These can be enjoyed right away or stored in the fridge!!

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This paint works well for fingerpainting or sponge painting.  You can also use brushes but as you see in the photo, the colors come out thinner and lighter than traditional paint.  The color dries on without fading. We used the paint several days in a row.

 

And who doesn’t love watercolors?  The problem with watercolors is that the colors can mix and you only get very small amounts of each color.  However, this can all change with homemade watercolor paints!

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tbsp. baking soda
2 tsp. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. light corn syrup
2 tsp. corn starch
food colors*
containers for storing paints*
something to stir with (toothpicks)

photo from happyhooligans
photo from happyhooligans

You can use a muffin pain, disposable cups, egg cartons, or any other container that you aren’t going to use for a couple days.

Instructions:

1)Mix baking soda & vinegar in a cup with a spout.  I used my Pyrex measuring glass.  Let the kids watch as it fizzes

2) Add in light corn syrup and stir.

3) Stir in the corn starch until well combined.  (If it gets too thick, add a little more vinegar.)

4)Pour into your paint containers- not too full, you need room for the food colors.

5)Add the food colors and stir until you reached your desired color!

6) Now if you want them to harden into hockey pucks you have to let them sit almost two days!  If you plan on using it right away that’s fine too!

 

Sponges and potatoes!! 


You can cut out designs in potatoes or out of sponges and dip into paint and press just like a stamp! I remember doing this as a child! 


You can also use cookie cutters and paint the potato. This picture was taken from Fun stuff
Dollar store sponges are great to cut out designs for painting! 

Enjoy! 

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10 DIY Baby Costumes under 10 dollars! 

Since you generally don’t take a baby trick or treating, you don’t want an expensive costume. You also want a costume they won’t immediately pull off or scream because it’s uncomfortable. 

So here are 10 costumes you can make for under 10 dollars! 

1. For your newborn! Prisoner. Make yourself with a sharpie or sticker. Use a black hat. 


You can also use a striped outfit if you have it and a black hat.

2. Biker baby! 


3. Harry Potter!! 

Picture from tumblr 

Just use felt and draw ears on! 

4.Popcorn baby holder- how cute! Just buy some felt and glue or sew it together! 

Photo is from this placeisnowahome 
5. Here’s and idea- Charlie Brown!!! Although I don’t think I’d draw on my baby’s head, still a cute idea. You can use a hat to draw on

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6. I had to include this one since I love Dwightschrute from the office 

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7. Animals! Animals! Animals! 

You only need a white onesie, some disposable nipples and felt! Moooo! 

From really awesome costumes. Again, you need felt and some glue or sewing 

You can also take advantage of any winter animal outfit you were given! Such as the bear….

Again, green outfit and some felt. You need a green hat and either fake eyes or make your own! 

8. Garden nome

Costume-works

9. Farmer! Overalls and a straw hat! I had a toy hat I used! 


10. Gum ball machine! All you need is a hat and glue or hot glue on colored cotton balls! You need the red shirt and black pants. 

This one is cute too so I put it in…ghost! You need a white nightgown and felt 

Whats you little one going to be?

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My PPROM experience..and crocheting

You may be thinking, “Did she spell prom wrong?”  No, not that type of fun prom.  I’m talking about the preterm premature rupture of the membranes type (PPROM).  The not fun, not good, and potentially fatal for your baby type.

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What is PPROM? Essentially, pprom occurs when your water breaks before 37 weeks gestation.  Generally, your water breaks and you will go into labor within 48hours.  If your water breaks before 37 weeks you will have gushes of clear or light yellow fluid with a sweet or no scent.  You need to immediately call your ob doctor and/or go to the emergency/labor delivery room.  Your fluid will be tested to see if it is in fact amniotic fluid.  If so, you most likely will be admitted to your perinatal floor until delivery.

What are the complications of your water breaking early?  Besides premature labor and delivery, there is a very high risk for infection for baby and mom.  Prolapse or compression of the umbilical cord and placenta abruption are also possible complications.

Why does PROM or PPROM occur?

In most cases, the cause of PROM is unknown. Some causes or risk factors may be:  Infections of the uterus, cervix, or vagina, Too much stretching of the amniotic sac (this may happen if there is too much fluid, or more than one baby putting pressure on the membranes), Smoking, if you have had surgery or biopsies of the cervix, if you were pregnant before and had a PROM or PPROM

Or, like me, there is no known cause.

What happens next?  It is essential that you receive a set of two steriod shots to mature your baby’s lungs.  These take at least 24 hours to take full affect.  However, most women give birth before then.  Anywhere from 75-90% of women give birth within one week of their water breaking.  You will also be on bedrest and be given antibiotics intravenously and pills.  Ultrasounds will be done weekly to measure fluid which can vary greatly from day to day. If you start having contractions your doctors may give you magnesium sulfate through your IV to try and stop them.

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My Story:

So I wake up around 2am and noticed a puddle in my bed.  Very unusual since I have had no leaking problems.  Then I proceeded to get up and go to the toilet.  Of course I was concerned; however, I thought maybe I just peed my pants for some reason.  I heard that happens with pregnant women.  Nope.  I walked around and each time I stood up a gush of fluid came out.  I had no cramping or pain anywhere and ended up going back to sleep after my husband sleepily mumbled to call the Dr in the morning.  I was tired, so I agreed.

 

Having a medical background, I figured this could be my water that broke so in the morning I packed a small backpack of basic supplies and clothes as well as a bag for my 22 month old daughter who I was going to hand off to my parents at the hospital entrance.  My ob doctor of course informed me to go to the triage department in the hospital for labor/delivery.  Luckily, my husband was able to meet me there and I had support.  The Dr tested the fluid and informed me I would have to stay until delivery which was likely within 48 hours.  I received an IV, fluids, ultrasound (my fluid level was 4 at admission) and a steroid shot.  At first, this was all very overwhelming.

 

So, I expected my baby boy to be born within 48 hours at the gestational age of 30 weeks.  However, days past, then a week, then two weeks.  The antibiotics were finished, the iv was removed, and I was informed if I make it to 34 weeks I will be induced.

 

The first few days I was mostly in bed except using the bathroom.  The baby’s heart rate was listened to four times a day with a nonstress test every morning. I had weekly ultrasounds for just fluid measurement.  After a couple days, I was allowed to take wheelchair rides outside to get some sunshine!  I am lucky to have great family and friends who kept me entertained, took me on rides, brought food and entertainment for me.  I sorely missed my daughter, but luckily she was able to visit daily and got into the routine.

IMG_4764Today I am 33 weeks and 2 days.  I am set to be induced at 34 weeks since after then the risk of infection is very high and would cause the baby and mom to possibly be very sick.

 

So the biggest help was keeping busy.  I crocheted away, hot air balloons for a mobile, baby hats, gifts, butterflies, blankets, hearts, and other creations.  If you have little to no experience, well use YOUTUBE!  That is what I did!  I have crocheted in the past; however, I decided to try many other new projects and simply watched videos on youtube to make the creations! Also, make your room friendly, put up pictures, wear your own pjs and clothes, and get comfy.

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Another activity is adult coloring! I was given several books and colored pencils.  Word puzzels, reading, tv, computer games, whatever you need to do to keep busy!  The staff was very friendly and answered any questions.

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So far that is my experience with PPROM (no, not the fancy get a nice dress and dance type), but I thought I would share in case anyone else is going through it!  There are also support groups out there on facebook, babycenter, and many other places if you need to reach out and join.  Word of caution: googling it too much will cause anxiety and you may find all negative things instead of positive!

IMG_0006I was induced at 11pm August 31st and gave birth at 924am to our son Kodiak!  So glad I went with a vbac!

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P.S. this is why I haven’t posted any new projects lately!  It may be a little while yet!  But keep tuned!

Disclamer: This is not medical advice and is only an experience by one person that is shared on this blog and is not meant to be used in any medical way.

 

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Easy Sock Snowmen!

What’s an easy gift that can be personalized and made in 15mins?  A sock snowman of course!

IMG_3866A what?  A Sock Snowman? What is that????

Well, let me tell you.  A sock snowman is a snowman made with rubber bands, rice, men’s socks, a hot glue gun, and personalized items.  It is easy, fast, and I love that you can personalize it any way you want for any time of the year!  I made 10 of them for Christmas gifts.  You can see the harry potter and eagles one above.  I also made a hunter, patriots, and princess snowman.  Then I made the usual Christmas snowman for decorations as well.  I even got most of my supplies at the dollar store!

Snapshot 1 (1-23-2016 2-55 PM)

As usual, there is a youtube video tutorial and the written instructions below.  These make great gifts for any occasion and are quick and easy! Enjoy!

 

What you need:

-Hot glue gun
-Crew socks or longer
-Any type of rice
-Rubber bands
-Decorations such as eyes, stick ons, felt, buttons, bows, pins

  1. Take your crew sock and cut below the ribbed area (the bigger the snowman the lower you want to cut (the bottom part will be the hat of the snowman).
  2. Turn the top ribbed part inside out and place a rubber band tightly on one end
  3. Snapshot 1 (1-23-2016 6-23 PM)
  4. Turn it right side out and pack with rice. Make sure you continuously pack it down with your hands to give the snowman a fuller shape.  Leave a small area on the top and then close it with another rubber band.
  5. Put a rubber band on the top then 1/3 of the way down place another rubber band as tight as you can and adjust the rice to form the body and head of the snowman.
  6. Snapshot 1 (1-23-2016 6-33 PM)
  7. Now time for the fun part- decorating!
  8. The scarf can be made out of felt, scrap fabric, or even a crocheted or knitted scarf!  I did this with camo yarn for a hunter snowman.
  9. I used the hot glue gun to make sure everything stayed in place including the scarf and hat!
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  11. Take the bottom part of the sock and fold top of it and place on top of the snowman’s head for the hat!  Feel free to decorate the hat as well.
  12. Snapshot 2 (1-23-2016 6-49 PM)
  13. I made my sister a harry potter snowman.  I also made a hunter camo snowman, princess snowman, patriots snowman, soccer player, and Christmas themed
    snowmen.
  14. Congrats you are done!  Good job!  Post your pics!
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