Starting My Birth Plan

birth plan

So my wonderful fiance has been doing his daddy reading and told me that we should start making a birth plan. Obviously I’ve been working on one but it was absolutely the sweetest thing that he brought it up. I know birth plans don’t always go the way you want them to but if I’m able to have a successful VBAC these are my hopes. If it comes down to a caesarian then I guess we will take another route.



- I prefer a private room in the hospital

- I would like to give birth in the hospital

- I would like to have subdued lighting if possible


- I only want my partner, doctors, nurses and midwives in the room

- I would like my partner or companion(s) to be with me during labor

- My family and children can visit me in the hospital

Photos & videos

- I would like to have pictures or videos taken during every stage of labor and birth


- If necessary, I am ok with my waters being broken to induce labor but I would like to try natural methods first

Pain Relief

- If possible, I would like to start with just pain meds and if needed move to an epidural

Tearing & Episiotomy

- I would like to avoid any episiotomy, unless it is an emergency

During Labor

- I would like to be able to move or walk around freely

- I would like to be free to eat and drink when I want to

- I would like to try various birthing positions

- I would like to use spontaneous bearing down and not forced pushing

- Please remind me to drink regularly and use the bathroom

Caesarean Birth

- Do not perform a hysterectomy, unless it is the only option to save my life

- I would like my partner or companion to be with me if I have a cesarean birth

- I would like the baby to be given to my partner immediately after delivery

- If an emergency cesarean is required, I would like to stay awake

- If possible, I would like to avoid a cesarean birth


- I would like to push when I feel like doing it rather than being told when to push

Birthing Equipment

- I plan to use a labor ball

After Delivery

- If possible, I do not want to be separated from my baby after delivery

- My partner will stay with our baby if there is an emergency

- We would like to have skin-to-skin contact and time to bond with the baby as soon as possible after delivery

- We would not like any Vitamin K to be given to our baby, unless our baby is born by cesarean

Umbilical Cord

- I don’t want the umbilical cord to be cut immediately, but want to wait until it stops pulsating, so that the baby gets all the remaining cord blood

- I would like my partner to cut the umbilical cord


- I would like to breastfeed my baby as soon as possible after birth


BakeItFun Baking Mat Review

baking matI have used baking mats before and liked them since food normally didn’t stick to them and I didn’t have to use tin foil on my pans every time I wanted to bake something. Eventually though the hassle of having to scrub the baking mat with soap and water after every use to get the food residue off, waiting for them to dry, and them just not being durable became a hassle so I would ditch them.

Lately I’ve been considering getting another one however and stumbled upon the BakeItFun baking mat. I liked the designated circles for your cookie dough as well as the measurements on the side to start, then when I read that they are made with fiber cloths covered with the best food grade silicone I was definitely interested and placed my order through amazon(you can buy it here). baking mat

When the baking mat arrived I was immediately impressed with the way it felt. It was flexible but way more sturdy than any other baking mat I used before. I rinsed in warm water and soap since it was new and I’m weird about that then I decided to put it to the test by cooking bacon on it. I figured if it could handle bacon then it could handle anything.

I popped it in the oven with the bacon I needed for my breakfast casserole. Twenty minutes or so later my bacon was crispy so I pulled it out and examined it again. Didn’t see any damage or signs of wear and tear but I knew the next challenge would be cleaning it. Once the bacon cooled I decided to just wipe up some of the grease before washing it and that’s when I was sold. Just rubbing the baking mat with a paper towel wiped it clean. I was completely in love with it at that moment.

I know I’m gushing over something as simple as a baking mat but for anyone who uses them or who has used them in the past, come over and try this thing out. I will never buy another baking mat again!

Here is a before and after of the mat just being wiped down!

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Riding the Fence on Vaccinations


I’m a believer in many things with science being one of them. I went to school for two years for a science degree and now I’m taking biology classes for fun pretty much. The vaccine argument is one that I always take time to read about on both sides and I’m always on the fence. I don’t believe everything on either side. With Evan I had no problem having him vaccinated as I was vaccinated and thought it was absolute ridiculous that his father wanted to delay his vaccination schedule. I eventually agreed and we spread out his vaccinations though 2-3 years instead of so many in the first year. Now that quite some time has passed and I have gained some knowledge on both sides I feel differently.

Science has paved the way to everything in our lives so why would I stop trusting it now? Vaccinations were created to cure potentially deadly diseases and other ailments in which it succeeded greatly in helping to eradicate these diseases but now I think vaccines have gone a bit overboard. Every person is exposed to different things in their environment and react different ways to vaccines and medications. I do believe that vaccines have been tested numerous times for their safety. At the same time though, I also believe there are negative side effects to the vaccines that happen so rarely that they just added a tiny warning label or have hid them due to the low rate of those who were effected by the vaccination.

The thought of pricking my newborn with multiple needles as soon as he is born makes me shudder. Why would anyone want to inject a virus (dead or not) into a child with really no immune system yet? Not to mention all of the “inactive” ingredients that are in vaccines such as aluminum, formaldehyde, and mercury. This just blows my mind. I’m not saying that my second son will never be vaccinated but I am saying I will investigate every vaccine that I consider giving him.

Which side of the fence are you riding? Why?

Second Pregnancy | 26 Weeks

26 weeks pregnant

How far along:
26 weeks

How big is baby:
The size of an eggplant.

Weight gain this week (followed by total weight gain for this pregnancy thus far):
3 lbs (-10lbs roughly)  Finally gained some weight, however when I’ve been stepping on the scale the last couple of days, I think I’ve lost it again.

Maternity clothes:
Moving into nothing but dresses soon, I’m outgrowing everything!

Stretch marks:
Nothing new, only old.

Belly button:

Sleep is getting better but still having hip pain and now knee pain occasionally. I’m also sub-consciously sleeping on my back in the middle of the night. =X

Best moment(s) of the week:
Evan finally got to feel Max kick!

Food cravings:
Sandwiches! I’ve hit up Charleys and Cheba Hut so far! Oh and brownies! nomnomnom!

Food aversions:

Indigestion. Starting to get sleepy more often. Feeling like a whale already.

Fairly active this week, he loves waking me up with his kicks. I think he is starting to get into my ribs now though!

Max is a BOY!!!

What I’m looking forward to:
Maternity photos and a 3d/4d ultrasound!

What I’m nervous about:
How much more uncomfortable I could possibly get still and not being able to successfully have a VBAC.

What I miss:
Alcohol and being about to do more active things like water parks and horseback riding.

Next appointment:
2 weeks though I have my diabetes screening sometime this week or the next.

26 weeks pregnant

6 Things I Wish I’d Known About Having a C-Section

having a c-section

This was originally posted on Scary Mommy and was so legitimately true I HAD to share it! 

My first son was delivered via c-section at 35 weeks after an ultrasound revealed he ceased growing due to placenta previa. I knew early on in my pregnancy that it was a possibility I wouldn’t be able to deliver vaginally, but being in denial, I never bothered to ask what the recovery process was life if I did indeed go under the knife.

I figured, by comparison to pushing a baby out and getting ripped from the rooter to the tooter, a c-section would be a cake walk.

Sitting in my OB’s office, hearing that I was heading over to surgery and would have a baby by happy hour, I was scared and ill-prepared.  I didn’t know what I was in for, exactly. I just figured they’d wheel me in, I’d lay there like a corpse, and then hours later I’d be sitting up in bed, holding a baby, looking glowing and happy in an adorable robe like Rachel in Friends.


This is, after all, major surgery. I mean, my husband saw my intestines being pulled out, for crying out loud. If that doesn’t buy you a night out by yourself when the baby is older, I don’t know what will.

If you’re thinking that a c-section is a possibility for your next birth, perhaps my ignorance can spare you a few headaches and worry. Here are some things I learned:

1. The operating room is as cold as the polar ice caps and the stuff they put in your IV only makes it worse. With my first c-section I was shaking so much I was convinced the anesthesiologist would miss his target with the spinal block and I’d come out of surgery a paraplegic. I had absolutely no idea my body was capable of shimming that fast. Watch out, Shakira, those hips don’t lie. They’re scared shitless.

2. Think you won’t feel a thing? Think again. While you won’t feel them cutting or feel pain, no one told me I’d feel all this tremendous pulling as they pried my son out of my body cavity. My OB warned me “Okay, you might feel some slight pressure.” Slight? This is not a flu shot, people. I don’t call the sensation of someone yanking a bowling ball out of my loins a slight sensation.

3. Don’t say no to drugs. They get you pretty doped up in surgery and at first I willingly took the hard core pain meds they give me. But at around 28 hrs post surgery I felt pretty good and though “Nah, I’ll skip meds this shift.” Bad idea.  Worst idea I’ve ever had. You’re not only dealing with the pain of getting your insides ripped open and sewn back together, but you’ve also being visited post-delivery cramping because the baby isn’t paying rent anymore. They tell you to stay one step ahead of the pain. I prefer to be a football field ahead.

4. Your ability to laugh like a normal human being will be put on hold. Ditto for sneezing, pooping and coughing.  The advice is to hold a pillow over your incision if you need to perform any of these actions, and though it may help a tiny bit, you’ll still find yourself making modifications. Your sneezes will become the tiny, restrained kind that only Disney Princesses can attain. While in the hospital with my son, my husband cracked a hilarious remark that caused my body to produce such a high-pitched hyena snicker that the nurses went running to call the psych ward.

5. Think your intestinal tract was screwed up when you were pregnant? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. With my son, I didn’t take a dump for seven days. SEVEN. POOPLESS. DAYS. Mass quantities of fiber didn’t get things moving along. Five days after delivery I finally got the urge and 50 sweaty minutes later, I came up empty. It was as if the kids climbed up the ladder of the high dive, tip-toed out to the edge of the board, took one look down and said “No way in hell, lady” then made the slow, shameful climb back down. Arm yourself with some goodies like apricot nectar and prune juice.  Think “retirement home beverages”.

6. The area around your scar will never, ever, ever get feelings back. The skin around my incisions still has very few nerve endings, four years after my last c-section. That area will still get itches that I can’t scratch, but I power on, digging at it like a meth addict. I have high hopes I might regain sensation, but at this point, I have as much chance as Lindsay Lohan staying out of jail.

Yet, despite knowing all this, after my first born, I still had another baby via cesarean. Being prepared for what was to come definitely helped ease my jitters. That, and sneaking a case of prune juice in my overnight bag.

About the Author…

Gina holds the titles of wife, mom, former dancer, blogger, butt-wiper, paper-airplane maker, princess costumer, snack connoisseur, pillow fort architect, and house D.J. You can read more of her babbling at Full of it, follow her on Facebook and Pinterest, or holler at her on Twitter @totallyfullofit.

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