Friday, April 29, 2011

Change of Plans

Ok, so prayers are heard and answered... I just got a call I would never expect... The midwives had an opening and are taking me on!!!!!!! I can't explain how excited I am for this!!!! Baby Gallup is going to be born at home!!!!!!

97 Days and Decisions

We're in the double digits people!!!! I know it's still 3 months away, but I'm getting excited and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. As far as things go with me, I feel good. I have acid reflux often in the evenings and nights, but it is a pretty typical thing. The hardest part for me has been the hormonal roller coaster that comes after having a rough nights sleep (or lack there of), but I am learning better how to deal with them.

In fun news, Shane and I try to be as frugal as we can. I have been really passionate about cloth diapering for several years now and after looking at all of the pro's and con's, my pro's FAR outweigh the cons. I get LOTS of comments and looks like I am crazy when I tell people I plan to cloth diaper, but I am concerned about the environment and want a healthy bum for our little guy. 2 of my dear friends cloth diaper and absolutely love it One even has twins! Check them out here and here. So in line with being so passionate about this, earlier this week I was informed that Bum Genius was having a sale on their diapers. I jumped on that and am pleased to announce our little man will be diapered from 6 weeks until toilet trained for a grand total of $311.60. Not to mention, they are in fun colours and will last through this baby and baby #2 before needing replaced!

Shane and I have also been attending our prenatal class. I decided in the beginning that I want to have this baby natural, so I got in with a doula (who is more like a sister to me), and kept wrapping my head around the fact that I am strong and can deliver a baby! Jenny (my doula) told me that I really needed to take a natural birth class. I have a wonderful husband who at times thinks some of my ideas can be absolutely nuts, but looks into what I am interested in/wanting and then makes his decisions from there. Naturally he thought we would just take a class through the hospital, but after he found out it wasn't that much more for this class that I really wanted to take, he was 100% on board. I will do a whole post on my class at a later date, but I love it and we are reading books, exercising, sitting on the floor, and preparing to have a "Bradley Birth."

To wrap this post up, I have to say I am so grateful for my Heavenly Father for looking out for me, taking care of me and this baby, and answering my prayers. I have been praying that this birth can be a good experience and that my body can be prepared. In line with praying for all of this, I have had the impression that I need to switch what hospital I am going to deliver at. After having the thought several times, I contacted a friend who spoke highly of her doctor and the team that delivered her kids at the Rockyview hospital. I got the information back and typed the doctors name into google to get the information on her. The first thing that popped up was ratings on this doctor. I read through all of them and was pretty impressed... then proceeded to look up the OBGYN I was already referred to. I am SO grateful I did!!!!! I am passionate about someone listening to how I want my birth to go, and supporting my decisions. The doctor I was on board to see is a super surgeon, and does things his way or the highway.

This morning I called down to see if it was possible to get in with this new OBGYN. Her assistant was so sweet, looked into everything for me, and a few phone calls later, I am now seeing this new doctor. I am looking forward to meeting her and having her (or someone on her team) deliver this little boy! I am grateful for listening to promptings and having decision on who, where, and how I deliver a baby (YES even in a country where there is social medicine). I am also grateful that the prenatal care I have received, my small trip to the ER, and delivery and postpartum care of little man and I is 100% paid for and I will never see a single bill for it.

All in all I am looking forward to what the next few months have to hold. Our home is having the property staked out today and the foundation will be poured in the next couple of days! It should be finished just after the baby comes! LOTS more to come on our house as well.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Today I am blogging about a dear friend of mine. She is a wonderful mom of 3 and juggles this successful business while taking care of her kids. The beginning of December she started her own Etsy business selling knitting patterns. Today she hit her 100th sale and is having a contest on her blog.

Take a look at her blog

or her store

She is genius! She creates these knitting patterns in her head, knits them out, and creates the patterns as she goes. I have laid claim on a pair of baby Finkaas for out little man. I am determined to learn how to knit so I can buy some of these patterns and start knitting little boots and shoes.

She is having a contest for a giveaway to celebrate her 100th sale. Check it out, submit your story, and win something great!

Monday, April 4, 2011


I decided it was time for me to give up the junk food and take care of myself and this little boy. I have one of the biggest sweet tooths there is and chips go right up next to the candy. With Shane's Birthday weekend and surprise party (I'm a bad wife and took NO pictures... boo) we had so much junk! After a sore tummy yesterday from all the sugar, I decided that was it, starting today the junk needed to be cut in a drastic measure.

I wish I would have taken a picture. We filled a bag full of candy, chips, and junk food. It looked something similar to this...

I'm feeling good thus far. Shane was so cute today. When he came home from work he put a ziplock bag on the counter with 2 peach rings and said "here is your daily ration." I think it's going to be great!

Do you need to de-junk?