Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting ...

.....Squeezably CUTE!

I have so much to do, I am trying to enjoy my little munchkins, and still keep Christmas traditions going too. Here is my poem of Holiday to do's:

Keep Baby crawling away from the wood stove
Big Brother cough to cure
Green snotty noses to dry up
Presents to wrap
Cards to put together, address, and send
A few more gifts to buy
A few more gifts to make...yikes!
Cookies to bake
Home goods to put in baskets for neighbors

Plus the usual...
A house to keep clean
Laundry the size of mountains to wash
Keep dishes washed and put away

Oh, and did I mention I still haven't...
tried to get the baby to drink from a glass
been working on sounds, numbers, or geography with Truitt for quite some time
been reading with Truitt like I should be

And please, please, despite it all, please don't let me forget to...
Laugh, snuggle, giggle, and smile with my babies
be kind to my husband
and appreciate all I have this holiday season!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Half a Year Gone

6 months ago


1 month

4 months:

2 months:

6 months:

Truitt on his real big boy bike

Truitt on his first day of pre-preschool

4 months:

6 months:

5 months with Aunt Stacey

4 months (first time eating)

It's been a whirl wind of a half year! I hope to keep this thing updated now, I just needed to get going again!

Stay tuned...

Thursday, March 5, 2009

It's a Boy!

Finley Frederick Bjorlin

Born Saturday, February 28, 2009
5:09 pm
5 lbs. 4 oz.
18 inches

Finley's birth was an awesome experience! With the help of five amazing women and one wonderful and strong husband I was able to have a natural birth even with pitocin. After four hours of labor, nine minutes of pushing, and zero tearing, Finley came out screaming, pink and adorable!

He is eating like a champ, and sleeping pretty well too. Now if only I could sleep! We are adjusting to the care of two little ones, and luckily, for now, Truitt is pretty patient with the needs of his brother, and seems to think he is pretty cute too!

I am so happy to have two little boys! I should have listened more during my pregnancy...five dreams about tiny baby boys, and an unexplainable attraction to the name Finley, I think he was trying to tell me something! But now he is here I am just so happy. I already feel an amazing connection with him, just as strong as with Truitt, but different too.

Joyeux Anniversaire mon petit bebe!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Baby is coming!

Well, I just wanted to send out a quick note...I have to be at the hospital in 45 min to be induced! I had a large amount of protein in my urine and my blood pressure was 172/ 110! So baby is coming... a February baby, can you believe it! I meant to update with the cute little video we made last night of Truitt kissing my belly, nursery pics, etc., but you'll just have to wait. I have to eat dinner and take a shower before we get over there. Wish me luck, I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Blushing Buttercream Pettiskirt GIVEAWAY!!!!

We have had a busy couple weeks trying to finish up house projects for Baby B. I will post more soon. In the mean time
look at this amazing giveaway! I just love this blog!

Blushing Buttercream Pettiskirt GIVEAWAY!!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

All's well...

Well, just got back from the doctor and everything is fine! My bile levels are smack dab in the middle of normal, so phew! I am relieved but also mystified and amazed at how pregnancy puts your body through the ringer and how all these little subtle changes in your body can totally be unexplainable!

I feel like I have been on an emotional roller coaster this week! If this is a girl I would totally not be surprised! Wow, the ups and downs of this pregnancy are just crazy! So different then with Truitt! We could have our hands full with this one!

So the doctor is starting me on some anti-anxiety meds this week. We were going to do it at 36 weeks, since I had some post-partum after Truitt, as a preventative, but she and I both agreed that now seems like a good time to start.

I hope that I can maybe relax a little and actually enjoy the end of my pregnancy...what a concept that would be!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Update, 33 weeks and Obstetric Cholestasis

So this past week has been an adventure for us. I haven't been feeling all together since last week (lots of bowel issues), the day of hunger did not turn out well and my appetite has been hit or miss ever since. Dairy is definitely off limits now! I am making a run to the natural food store today to get some alternative milk and cheese, because my life without these all together is just too hard!

Tuesday night I woke up in the middle of the night with intense itching all over my body, but no rash. I called in the morning and they assured me it can happen and was normal and to take some Benedril. It seemed to get better as the day went on, but on Thursday morning it was pretty intense again, so I took some Benedril with dire consequenses...I totally forgot it makes you drowsy! I was so tired I could not keep my eyes open! I really felt drunk, it was awful and I really should have called someone for help! Luckily Truitt went down for an early nap and when we woke up I felt much better.

That afternoon (Thursday still) the clinic called me to check in, again confirming that all was normal, and to only take the Benedril at night (a friendly reminder of this BEFOREHAND would have been nice!) So after dinner on Thursday, the itching was pretty intense again, so I thought "if this is so common there has got to be other itchy moms out there!" I was on the search for blogs or websites for itchy moms! Well, what I found was there are not alot of itchy moms out there late in pregnancy that do not have a rash. I did find these websites for Obstretric Cholestasis, interestingly most based from the UK:

  • The Obstetric Cholestasis Support Website:
  • Baby Centre UK:
  • Itchy Moms:
  • Pregnancy
After reading all this info. I was very alarmed. I have a lot of these symptoms. I realized that I had actually been itching for the past two weeks, it had just been isolated to my hands and feet and I wrote it off as puffy, stretching, dry, winter skin. I had actually itched my foot until it bled two weeks ago, which freaked me out, so then I made a conscious effort not to scratch so much, but like I said it didn't seem like that big of a deal. But when combining this with all the other problems too, it just seemed too much at once. I knew that something could be wrong and that I needed to see my midwife right away! I could barely sleep Thursday night from worry (and itching!).

Friday morning I called and got an appointment for that afternoon. As soon as my midwife saw me she knew exactly why I was there and what I wanted, without me even having to say! I am wondering if the nurses didn't completely fill her in that I had been calling everyday, or if she knew I must have researched this on my own and would know what I would want done. From now on I know to just ask for her or just get an appointment, well actually from here on out I am suppose to call the birthing center with any major problems or concerns after hours or just go in!

So they ran the tests. The first liver function test came back slightly elevated, I guess this is common in pregnancy, but this test is not the major indicator of a problem. The bile test won't be back until Wednesday, but we are pretty sure there is a problem. Even if the test comes back negative, as long as the itching persists I will have to keep testing and keep checking in on this issue. Then that evening they had me go in to the birthing center for a non-stress test and to get a base line of activity for the baby. Everything came out great. So we are glad the baby doesn't seem to be affected at this point. The nurses there were very nice, and gave us a tour afterward and made sure we knew to call or come in if we have any concerns. She also confirmed my suspicion that this all over itching is not common, and something to definitely be keeping a careful eye on. I am so glad that I stuck to my guns this week and listened to my body!

I will be sure to post more as we know more! Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we get through these last few weeks of pregnancy!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Must EAT...NOW!!!!

Oh my lordy be! I woke up starving and haven't stopped eating pretty much all day! I'm still a little nervous to eat dairy, and fish (things that seemed to send me over the edge). I can't stop thinking of this new burger place in Beaverton ( If I had a car today I would drive to Carl's Jr. as soon as Truitt woke up and get the biggest hamburger (sans cheese) I could! Maybe I'll have to ask hubby to make a stop on the way home....

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

31 weeks!

Wow, oh Wow! I just saw my own ticker "8 weeks 2 days to go" (or less!) and I just can't believe it! My "Braxton Hicks" (although they are painful!) contractions have been getting stronger and I have been having one every two hours or so now for a week or so, sometimes more in the evening. But I just go lie down and drink some water or tea and they lighten up if that happens. I have also been feeling so nauseated, and tired (probably mostly from lack of food!). The only thing I can keep down is crackers, chicken soup, Gatorade, ginger ale, basically the BRAT (banana, rice, applesauce, toast) diet. This evening the only thing I wanted for dinner was French Fries, so after my doctor's appointment we went to happy hour at McMenamin's so I could have fries and hot orange tea! Great dinner, I know! But it stayed down and hit the spot! All I want to do is sit on my birthing ball, let my body purge itself, and be in my own little cocoon, classic end of the line feelings! But isn't it too early for these feelings? My mid-wife says she is not concerned about a pre-mature delivery, and if the baby comes at 36 0r 37 weeks (Truitt came at 37 weeks 6 days) that it will be okay, and that there is really nothing we can do about it anyway. So I am trying to just relax with that thought, that whatever happens is going to happen, and I just need to keep listening to my body.

I also have decided not to read anymore pregnancy magazines, because at every turn I seem to find stories on pre-mature birth. This is the last thing I need to keep reading right now!

We are pretty much ready for this little one to come out and join us. There are a few minor projects that I would like to get done, only one project that must get done, and just a few odds and ends to replace/ stock up on, and we'll be ready. I have been feeling the need/ urge to get the hospital bag packed, along with a bag of goodies and necessities for Truitt.

It is so funny because this baby already has a definite schedule and a definite way of how it wants things. Up at 6:15 almost to the minute, lots of kicking until I eat something. Then very quiet until about 11 am, time to eat mom! the baby seems to say, the baby starts kicking and my stomach starts to feel hungry (pavlovian response at this point!?!) Quiet again until it's time to put Truitt down for his nap, likes to kick/ move towards Truitt as we cuddle! Then at around 3pm, baby and Truitt are up together, everyone wants to be on my lap and my body feels like a jungle gym inside and out! The baby remains active until after dinner, when at about 8pm it gets very still. We settle down for the evening. The boys go to bed, I stay up and putz around getting odds and ends done, then finally decide to go to bed, at around 10 pm, at which point the baby gets SUPER active for about thirty minutes, but is then quiet, with no kicking until 6:15 in the morning! Not too bad of a schedule! Maybe just maybe the baby will stick with it even after birth? For some reason I am guessing I shouldn't count my chickens (or chicks) before they hatch!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A Birthday Poem

Today my wonderful hubby turned 42. I think he looks great for his age, if I do say so myself. We celebrated by having a mid-west favorite, Tator Tot hot dish (they don't say "casserole" back there, but use "hot dish" instead. Also his wonderful "hot dish" is 20 WW points per 1 cup serving (and you cannot eat just one cup!!!), so needless to say I make it only once a year! I have not stopped chugging the water since dinner, and I still feel parched!), and Apple Upside Down Cake. He recieved a great Packers golf shirt from his Dad and his wife, and I got him a bird book he has been wanting for months (we get quite a large variety of birds here, so it should be fun to have around). He also received this fabulous poem from his brother Kris. I had no idea you were so poetic Kris!!!

Happy Birthday Honey! And thanks for doing the dishes on your birthday so I could post on the blog and check my email!

Forty two. Whooo!

By Kris Bjorlin

What do you do at forty two?
Logistics/Sales at a berry farm that's what you do.
Shovel snow until your face turns blue.
No more bike rides like when you were thirty two.

Forty two will make you a father for two.
More diapers with poo.
Disposable income goes kaploo.
Muscle definition in your body is few.

What you will miss later on looking back at forty two.
Your kids laughed at a sound ending in moo.
The economy blew.
Your town should own a snow plow or two.

Advice for forty three.
Be careful of increased frequency to pee.
Watch out for soccer leagues who increase their fee.
Your wife will most likely be expecting number three.

Happy Birthday!
Your much younger brother

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happiness for 2009

I love the start of the new year, and usually love the fun of making "resolutions". However, this year seems different. Being pregnant means it's not the year to resolve to lose those lingering 20 lbs. We have already been working on a financial budget for the last two years that has kept us secure and stable, and is now finally a way of life for us, so check mark on that one too. As a mom, I finally have a daily schedule down for me and the little guy, which I am hoping the new baby will just slip into without too much disruption. Life is good overall: stable and steady. It feels like a good year just to resolve to continue to be happy with what we have, and look forward to the little things that bring great pleasure.

I am currently just finishing up Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I started it early in 2008, but got stuck in the middle section of the book. Last week I decided to just skip the middle section and finish reading the last part of the book. It has been wonderful! I have really been looking forward to getting into bed every night and reading (it also helps that dish network and our local ABC channel are having a dispute, so I am not able to watch all my favorite shows). I am so tired though that I can't read much at a time. Anyway, a few days ago I read this passage on happiness. It definitely sums up how I have always felt on the subject, and how I have tried to live my life. Every night since, I have had a dream about telling this passage to someone different, and people I haven't seen in quite a while. It has been great to not dream about having a preemie, but I also think my brain is telling me to share this already. So, I hope you enjoy as much as I did, and here's to a very happy 2009:

"...people tend to universally think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will maybe descend upon you like fine weather if you're fortunate enough. But that's not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you achieve happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don't, you will leak away your innate contentment. It's easy enough to pray when your in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainments."