Friday, 27 November 2009

And 3 Became 5....our twins birth story




I'm finally getting around to writing this now that our boys are nearly a month old....time sure flies faster now.



Halloween was my first day of partial freedom from my 13 week stretch of bedrest. After taking my son out to trick-or-treat at a few relatives homes, I went home to pass out candy to the neighborhood kids and my husband went the ER. (that's a whole other story) By the time he came home my contractions were 2-4 mins apart and we decided to head to the hospital to see if it was really happening this time.



I was 4 cm when we got there at 10:30 pm and progressing slowly. We decided to start pitosin right away to speed up the process. After all, after such an uncomfortable pregnancy and so much preterm labor, I was not thrilled with the idea of a 24 hour labor.



Our doula, Kristina arrived soon after we got there and the timing was perfect. Jason was wiped out after taking a bit of Benadryl earlier. So lucky Jason got to take a nap while Kristina helped me through the contractions. I couldn't have asked for better support. I was also blessed with an amazing nurse, who I had got to know during my various hospital stays in the past few months.



This experience was very diferent from my previous birth. I wasn't able to move around much because I was attached to the fetal monitors the entire time. We made due though and I did get to use a labor ball for a while.



Once my contractions were stronger the doctor broke my water and started monitoring A with an internal monitor, which was so not a big deal at all. After that point everything went really fast. The contractions became very strong and before I knew it I was getting an epidural...which is when I decided it was time for the hubby to wake up.



Soon after at 2:47 am I was moved to the operating room to deliver. After only a few pushes, at 2:55 am Luke (4lb 15oz) was born. Baby B was breech and once A was out, my doctor was able to turn him...I guess I should be very thankful for that epidural. At 2:59 Alex (5lb 10oz) was born. I was able to hold both of them before they went to the NICU. I'm so thankful to have been able to deliver both without a c-section and better yet, without ANY stitches!



Both babies needed assistance with breathing. Alex was on a ventilator and Luke was on cpap for only 12 hours. After 5 days in the nicu we were able to take our little boys home and enjoy the crazy happiniess that is having 3 boys under 2.









Monday, 8 June 2009

Cheesy Ham and Asparagus Mac and Cheese



Leftover ham and fresh local asparagus makes for one yummy toddler friendly dinner! Definitely not a recipe for dieters. :)
Ingredients:

Leftover ham-about 1 cup (diced)
Fresh Asparagus
2 cups whole wheat pasta
1t salt
1/4t pepper
1/4 c butter (or margarine)
1/4 c flour
2 c milk (I used organic whole milk this time, normally I use 1% but we were out this time)
2c sharp grated cheese


1) Preheat oven to 350. Cook noodles according to the directions on the package.
2) Wash and break bottom ends off the asparagus. Chop into 1 inch pieces. Add to noodles and cook until tender then drain.

3) While noodles and asparagus are boiling away melt the butter in a saucepan over med-low heat. Once it is melted add flour stirring constantly until it is smooth and creamy. Stir in salt and pepper. Add milk. Stir constantly until it starts to bubble. Once bubbling starts continue to cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in cheese.
4)Combine ham, noodle/asparagus mixture, and sauce in a casserole dish or oven safe bowl. Cook at 350 for 20 minutes.




Monday, 27 April 2009

Reusable Sandwich Baggie Tutorial



These super easy and cute reusable sandwich sacs are sure to save you money and keep more trash out of the landfills.




Materials:
cotton print
pul
velcro
thread

1) Cut 2 8x8 inch squares of your outside material (I prefer cotton prints), and 2 8x8 squares of a coordinating pul. Pul is a waterproof material that is often used in diaper making. I buy mine here: http://74.52.140.226/~kidsinth/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=4_11_12_20&zenid=c099292be1a7a15703a4af51829bcd1b To cut them uniformly I use a quilters cutting mat and a rotary cutter.

2) Pair one outside piece and one inside piece with wrong sides together. For pul the wrong side is the side that is not shiny. Serge together along top edge only. Repeat with the other fabric.

3) Sew a piece of the hook side of the velcro (strip app. 7 inches long) along the top edge of one of your serged together sides. Sew a piece of the loop side of velcro (same length as the first) along the top edge of the other serged side of your sack.

4) Put the pieces together so that the velcro matches up and serge along the three raw edges. (you should be serging through 4 layers of fabric: two of the cotton print and two of the pul)

5)Enjoy your baggie!

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

This Weeks Best Online Giveaways

  1. Mommies with Cents: So Easy Baby Food Kit Giveaway http://www.mommieswithcents.com/search/label/Giveaway?max-results=25
  2. Mommies with Cents: UMI Shoes Giveaway http://www.mommieswithcents.com/2009/04/review-giveaway-umi-shoes.html
  3. On Our Way: $25 Outback Steakhouse Giftcard http://blog.onourwayonline.com/2009/04/25-outback-gift-card-giveaway-recipe.html
  4. Pink Lemonade of Life: Pitter Patties Giveaway http://www.pinklemonadeoflife.com/2009/04/pitter-patties-giveaway.html
  5. Piece of Me: Shooshoos Giveaway....These are so cute and can be seen at http://www.shooshoosusa.com/ Enter the giveway here: http://makingmyamericandream.blogspot.com/search/label/Giveaways
  6. Simple : Auraknits (a lovely etsy shop) newborn hat giveaway http://simple-reviews.blogspot.com/2009/04/aura-knits-and-more.html

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Yummy Yummy English Muffins


This may not be the greenest recipe...but you are still making it yourself!
1 cup milk
1 T white sugar
1 T honey
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup melted butter
6 cups flour (you can do half white and half wheat if you wish)
1 t salt

  1. Heat the milk over medium heat until it bubbles. Make sure to not scald the milk. Remove from heat. Mix in sugar and honey and stir until dissolved. Let cool until lukewarm. In the meantime dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let sit 10 mins. or until creamy.
  2. In large bowl or mixer combine milk mixture, yeast mixture, butter, and half of the flour. Combine until smooth. Add salt and remaining flour and knead into a soft dough. Place in greased bowl, cover, and let rise.
  3. Punch down the dough and roll out to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into rounds using a glass or biscuit cutter if you have one. Set on wax paper that is sprinkled with cornmeal and dust the tops of muffins with cornmeal as well. Allow to rise as before.
  4. Heat greased griddle to med. heat. Cook on griddle 10 minutes each side.

Enjoy!

Monday, 6 April 2009

Welcome to my awesome new blog!

I finally decided to start a crunchy mommy blog. Expect to read ramblings on cloth diapering, composting, gardening, cooking, chosing organics, sewing and making your own anything, ect. I hope to set up some awesome giveaways...cloth diapers maybe!

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