myheartcreative sling #review

I’m excited to share my first experience using a sling as a baby carrier! This is the review of the myheartcreative Baby Ring Sling Classic.

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I knew before I had Hayden that I would depend on baby carriers a lot more than I did with my first baby. Thankfully, Hayden has been a great sport at always being on the go and riding in the many baby carriers that we have. With my children, I have tried the following baby carriers:

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The popular sling that I had heard of before was the Sakura Bloom. My friend Audra uses hers all the time and makes it look so comfortable. I never even considered owning a sling until myheartcreative came to me and offered for me to try one. I was quite excited to give it a try!

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The myheartcreative sling is a standard linen sling with an aluminum ring, made in many different colors (color shown here is the Ginger Cream). It comes in a gathered or pleated shoulder. I have the gathered version. I love that it’s easily washable and folds down to be quite compact. I can keep it in my diaper bag to carry Hayden wherever we go!

Hayden seems to like riding in it, too!

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Since I had never tried any other sling, I reached out to myheartcreative to ask the differences between their sling and the Sakura Bloom. Here’s how they differ:

  • The myheartcreative sling comes with a tail shaped end that allows it to be easily threaded through the rings whereas the Sakura Bloom has a square end.
  • The myheartcreative has a large pocket on every sling and Sakura doesn’t. I’ve found keeping a spare pacifier in the pocket is very handy (as long as it’s in the case…the linen sheds some).
  • In regards with price point, the myheartcreative runs for $80 whereas the Sakura can be purchased for $88-$240.

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Now, here’s what I think of it after trying it for a few weeks:

I tend to lean more towards structured carriers like the Bjorne and the Ergo, but I do like the cuddliness of the myheartcreative sling. I think I enjoy the structured carriers more because it is simple to get them on and off. The sling is just like the structured carriers in that way. However, unlike the structured carries, I feel like I have to have one hand on the baby in the sling at all times (this might be because Hayden is still so little).

The fabric is very breathable, easily washable, compact when folded and I love the pocket.

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The two things I don’t like about the sling (and I guess slings, in general) is that your non-dominant hand (the one that has the shoulder covered) is pretty much useless, except to hold the baby, book or phone. Also, it’s hard to keep my shoulders back and have good posture. The way the sling lays on your shoulder makes you want to slouch.

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Like all baby carriers, it takes practice for you to get the hang of using it. I’m still trying to get a fast rhythm down when securing Hayden in the sling, making sure he is secure with his feet out of the sling, the sling ring at my heart or higher and making sure he is ‘kissable’. I feel like I don’t trust it or him to stay in the sling without wiggling out. I know TONS of people of wearing slings…I guess I just need some more practice.

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I’ll continue to use the sling for that close cuddly time with Hayden. I’ll also make sure it’s not necessarily while needing to be accessible to my toddler, i.e., not while we’re grocery shopping…it’s near impossible to lift the toddler in/out of the cart while wearing the baby in the sling.

Can you believe you can use the sling for babies 8-35 pounds or up to 48 months old? I have yet to try to wear my almost 3 year old. I don’t think Mr. Independent (i.e. Liam) would like that very much.

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You can find myheartcreative on facebook, twitter and instagram.

So what do you think? What’s your favorite baby carrier? Do you have a sling that you like?

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This post was created in partnership with myheartcreative. I received no compensation, but was sent the carrier to try. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclosure policy for further information.

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before & after pregnancy gif

Before and After Pregnancy | crackersandcarrots.com

I attempted doing a before and after photo with my first child, Liam, but didn’t get the before shot positioned correctly to accommodate the baby in the after shot. However, with Hayden this time around, I learned that the before shot needed to have my hands out, not even touching my stomach but giving the impression that they were. They also needed to be out far enough to safely hold the baby in the after shot.

I think it turned out pretty good! What do you think?

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earth day activity

I’m honored to be a Stonyfield Ambassador again this year, bringing you fun and creative ideas for you and your family. This fun activity is in celebration of Earth Day 2015!

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I’d like to call myself a closet (eating) hippie. I’m always on a mission to raise a happy and healthy family, feeding them foods I feel are as unprocessed and natural as possible. I’m all for trying new foods (chia seeds, coconut flour, kale chips, cashew milk, etc.), especially if it’s grown in the ground.

I love living in the south and within 5 minutes of our local farm. We pass by it most days and stop frequently to get produce and flowers. Seeing the evolution of crops is such a wonderful educational tool to getting your children to eat healthier. What’s more, is creating a little backyard garden of your own!

We lived in rental houses and with family for 2 years before purchasing our current home, causing us to be unable to create a garden that we longed for (plus Liam was a little too young at the time to understand gardening). However, now that Liam is almost 3 years old and we have a house (yippeeee!), it was prime time to grow our garden!

We’ve already got all sorts of goodies growing in our garden, like cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries and herbs. But, I usually take the short cut route and buy the little sprouted plants ready to be planted in a garden. However, this time I’m excited to show my kids the entire process of growing something from a seed.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this process, you have to start out slow, planting your seeds in small containers indoors, allowing them the best environment to begin growing before transplanting them outdoors to mature.

To start, I took Stonyfield Oh My Yog! yogurt containers (they’re clear so we can watch the roots!) and filled them with a mixture of dirt and compost.

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Then, Liam did the honor of poking a few holes in the dirt for the seeds.

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Then, he sprinkled seeds in the holes.

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I helped him cover the holes up with more dirt and we watered our little seeds!

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He was so excited! We placed them at the shaded window by his table, so we can watch them grow every day!

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Once the seedlings have sprouted and matured for your cups (3-6 weeks from planting), transplant outside in your garden and watch them grow to maturity!

This is a wonderful activity for toddlers to participate in, especially while learning about Earth Day (April 22, 2015)!

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This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield and High Mowing Organic Seeds. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclosure policy for further information.

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Hayden is 2 months

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Hayden is 2 months | crackersandcarrots.com

  • Date: April 5th, 2015
  • Height: 23.25 inches
  • Weight: 11 pounds 13 ounces
  • Sleeping Pattern: Hayden is more alert this month. He will go to sleep for the night at 10pm and sleep in 3-4 hour stretches until 7am. He’ll be awake for an hour and sleep for 1-2 hours, repeating this all day. So far, the longest length of time he’s slept has been 6 hours…and that was a one time occasion.
  • Eating Habits: He is fed breastmilk with 1-3 supplementary bottles of formula during the day, every 2-4 hours all day and night long.
  • Development: His strength has grown by leaps and bounds this month. He spends most of his waking hours standing and sitting up with assistance. Even his pediatrician was shocked over his wonderful head control.
  • Mischief: Hayden has been on his best behavior this month! He down has less frequent poopy diapers, but when they happen, they happen BIG. He is not a fan of the car seat, but if we can simultaneously get him sucking on his pacifier (his life line!) and moving, then we’re good.
  • Cuteness: He’s started to smile every once and a while!
  • Talking: Nope, just cries and a few coos. So cute!
  • Favorites: The side-to-side swing is our lifesaver. He sleeps in that all day long. He also loves his floor mat while laying on his back, looking at the toys above. He also loves the pacifier and the bottle.
  • Firsts: Hayden got the flu for the first time at 6 weeks old. He smiled for the first time at 8 weeks and 1 day old. Hayden also took his first road trip at 7 weeks old to see his great grandparents (his maternal father’s parents) on Hilton Head Island. We made the trip in one day, so it was a total of 6 hours in the car. Phew!
  • Concerns: Nothing except I think since he’s started to supplement with formula, he’s gotten lazy at breastfeeding. He starts crying when he has to work for it. Silly boy!
  • A Day in the Life: The day begins around 6:30am when Hayden feeds and decides it’s time to play. He’ll stay awake for about 1 hour and then sleep for 1-2 hours (depending on if we have errands to run). Then, he’ll be awake for 2 hours and sleep for 1-2 hours for the rest of the day. There will be at least one 4 ounce supplementary formula bottle in the late afternoon, if not two. Once it’s around 6pm, he’ll stay awake until 9:30 or so when he has his final feeding before bed. During the night, he’ll sleep for 3-4 hours and repeat this twice until we wake up for another day!
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treat yourself

I’m honored to be a Stonyfield Ambassador again this year, sharing deliciousness including one of Stonyfield’s newest products, Oh My Yog!. A special treat for you, mama.

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It’s a rare moment that a mother gets alone time. It usually comes in the form of a small moment of quiet. Whether it’s because the children are sleeping, playing quietly or watching a movie, the moments of silence should be rewarded. It’s a way to escape for a few moments and regroup. What better way than with a sweet treat.

I eat much slower when I don’t have a baby crying or a toddler playing race cars on my lap. The quiet time does wonders for my brain and my indigestion! Haha! It’s a bad habit to gulp down the food, but when you have the smallest window of time to get a few calories in, you do what you have to do. So, when I get a chance to have some quiet time, I’m usually taking that time to finally eat something.

With my sweet tooth, that food is usually sweet. And this sweet treat, here, is Stonyfield’s new Oh My Yog!. It’s a trilayer yogurt with whole milk cream top, yogurt and fruit on the bottom. I love to savor it spoon full, by spoon full, getting each layer in each bite. Delicious.

Here are the flavors of awesome:

  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Gingered Pear
  • Madagascar Vanilla Bean
  • Orange Cranberry
  • Pacific Coast Strawberry
  • Wild Quebec Blueberry

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And shhh….sometimes I throw a few chocolate chips into the vanilla and strawberry varieties. So good!

My other favorite guilty pleasures to mellow out are watching a few minutes of a favorite show (currently: Mad Men), running on my treadmill or just taking a hot shower. It’s the little things, you know?

It’s these small moments of time get me rejuvenated and ready to put on my happy mommy face again.

…back to motherhood!

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5 Must Haves for the Perfect Nursery

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Of course, there’s the typical nursery essentials of having a crib, changing table and glider chair, but having set up our second nursery, I’ve decided there are 5 must haves for the perfect nursery. This list is both minimal and essential, compact and not going to break the bank.

Plus, here’s the sneak peak into the new nursery! It’s smaller than Liam’s nursery was in our old house, but I think we made it work perfectly!

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I would love to hear what nursery items you can’t live without! Spill the beans in the comments below!

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Be sure to head over to Inspired Home to see the full list of nursery must haves!

I have been selected by the International Housewares Association to be a contributor for Inspired Home. While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own. Please read my disclosure policy for further information.

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encouraging words and support for a new mom

I’m honored to be a Sisterhood of Motherhood partner, a sponsored blog partner this year and I’m excited to talk about something as simple as support for fellow mothers!

The emotional roller coaster new mother’s experience from being pregnant to delivery to surviving those first few weeks with a newborn can take a toll on you. Having the support of people that are closest to you during this time allows you the strength you need to push through and become the best mother possible. I’m in the midst of this transition myself, having a 5 week old and I don’t know what I would do without the support of the people in my life.

Having experienced some very dark days before I had my first son, Liam, and then again for many weeks after he was born, I was terrified that it would happen again with my second son, Hayden. I had to mentally prepare myself for what was to come. I poured my heart out the night before Hayden was born (a planned induction) just a few weeks ago in hopes of releasing my fears and to help myself process what was about happen. I was also secretly hoping to seek some encouragement from my wonderful friends, you! And I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your silent and written words of encouragement that night. They meant more to me than you’ll ever know.

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I actually received an email after I had already gone to bed the night before my induction with Hayden from a dear friend of mine, Yana. It was the first thing I read when I woke up on the day of Hayden’s birth. The words she wrote to me were so honest, real and encouraging it brought me to happy tears and excitement to bring another child into the world. Her words like, “you are giving them a lifelong friend…or even better, something closer than a friend.” and “I’m sure it’ll be a bit tough for a little while, especially since Liam is young and can’t quite understand what’s going on, but after only a little while seeing Liam be a good big brother will be as magical and heartwarming as watching your husband be a dad.” Those words were so supportive and just the words I need to hear. It was the most meaningful thing that happened on that beautiful day besides the birth of my son.

Sending a mother some words of encouragement and support mean more than you will ever know, especially when they’re completely out of the blue. We’re all struggling to be the best mothers possible for our children and to do that, we need all the help we can get. These little nuggets don’t know how hard it is to be a parent! I surely took my mother for granted growing up. My appreciation and gratitude for her grew by leaps and bounds when I became a mother.

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In these first few weeks of Hayden’s life, I’ve made it a goal, in hopes to refrain from feeling those baby blues again, to write down all of the encouraging words that I’ve received from women like my mother and grandmother, as well as words I read and write along the way. Here are just a few that I have collected and now have placed on sticky notes around my house to be encouraged by daily.

“Better days lie ahead so hang in there.” – my grandmother, Moms

“Don’t forget to take care of you.” – my mom

“You are not alone.” – me

“How would your children describe you?” – I read this in a middle-of-the-night feeding and can’t remember where. (Maybe Babble.)

“Enjoy them every day, even on the days when it’s tough and you’d really like to give ‘em away.” – Moms

“Deep breaths.” – my husband

“The days are long, but the years are short. Motherhood is the best thing I will ever do.”Chaunie

“You are alive.” – me

So far, my daily encouragement from my friends and family has worked wonders! My emotions seem to be relatively in tact, which is a miracle considering that I’m getting even less sleep than I did when Liam was a newborn. Let’s build the Sisterhood of Motherhood! It’s as simple as support.

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This post was sponsored by Similac and has partnered with bloggers like myself for its Sisterhood of Motherhood program. As a part of this program, I have received compensation for my time, but all opinions are my own. Similac believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Similac’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. Please read my disclosure policy for further information.
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Hayden is 1 month

Hayden 1 month old | crackersandcarrots.com

  • Date: March 5th, 2015
  • Height: 21 inches
  • Weight: 9 pounds 3 ounces
  • Sleeping Pattern: He pretty much sleeps all day and night long. There are 30-60 minute time frames where he’ll be awake and happy followed by 30-60 more minutes of me trying to comfort his crying, which turns into him falling right back to sleep. So far, the longest length of time he’s slept has been 3.5 hours.
  • Eating Habits: Exclusively breastmilk, every 2-3 hours all day and night long
  • Development: His head is getting stronger. He holds it up while burping and can turn it side to side when he’s laying on his stomach.
  • Mischief: He is just like his brother was at this age, where I will be changing his diaper and he’ll start going again. We’ve had pee to the face and poop get to the new diaper underneath during the change. Thankfully, I’ve gotten really quick at diaper changing and I’ve learned that when he starts to cry or get upset, he starts peeing and to keep the diaper on until he’s calmer.
  • Cuteness: He’s got the cutest little dimples! I’ll occasionally see them when he smiles in his sleep.
  • Talking: Ha…not so much. Just crying…that usually escalates to what sounds like a piglet squealing.
  • Favorites: Lucky for us, he likes his pacifier. He also loves being rocked to sleep.
  • Firsts: He went on his first stroller ride at 3 weeks old.
  • Concerns: At his two week check up he still hadn’t gained weight back to his birth weight, weighing only 8lbs 3oz (birth weight: 8lbs 7oz). The pediatrician recommended longer feedings (10 minutes on each side), doing everything we could to wake him up enough during a feeding to get him to eat and only allowing him to go a maximum of 3 hours from the beginning of the last feed before feeding again. Two weeks later at his 4 week weight check, he gained a full pound, bringing him up to 9lbs 3oz. Yay!
  • A Day in the Life: The day begins at 6am when Hayden is wide awake and ready to start the day. He stays up for 1-2 hours before napping for another hour before his next feeding. Then, he’ll be awake for another 30-60 minutes and he’ll go to sleep for another hour before he feeds again. This usually knocks him out and he’ll sleep for 2.5 hours until his next feeding, followed by another 2.5 hour nap before yet another feeding. (Of course, Liam’s nap falls around this time and Hayden is usually not napping, so I don’t get to nap myself.) At this point, it’s early evening and he wakes up again and is hard to keep from crying. We’ll finally get him to sleep and I’ll feed him on and off until 10-11pm when he feeds for the last time before bed. Then, he’ll feed every 3 hours throughout the night, sleeping beautifully in between until around 4am when he thinks it’s time to wake. At this point, he does 5-10 minute stretches of sleep until his pacifier falls out. This continues until I finally decide to fully get up with him at 6am and we start another day.

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birth story

This is the birth story of my second child. You can read more about our 2nd pregnancy announcement, see week by week pregnancy updates and even read the birth story of my first born!

A Birth Story | crackersandcarrots.com

I knew the day was coming and the weeks leading up to the ‘big day’ I did everything I could think of to help encourage the baby to be born. You know, loads of housework, painting our new kitchen cabinet doors, running loads of errands, walking around the neighborhood with Liam and you-know-what. I even started having menstrual-like cramps every night while I was trying to sleep for five days prior to the day. But, alas an induction was inevitable…again.

After a terrible night’s sleep, I woke up at 5:30am on February 5th, 2015 to take a refreshing shower to start this exciting day. My mom came over to stay with Liam and by 6:45am, we were on the road to the hospital.

7:01am We headed straight to the maternity ward to get checked in. They had me get into my gown and answer some last minute registration questions. Meanwhile, the anesthesiologist came in to ask if I would be wanting an epidural. I told him I was not opposed to the idea, especially since I had one (unknowingly) with the birth of Liam and it was delightful! No pain whatsoever, not even pressure.

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7:30 – 8:00am I warned the nurses as soon as they were preparing the IV that I was going to be terribly hard to hook up to the IV. After numerous attempts at finding a vein, several minutes of digging around in my arm, (multiple times I was close to passing out…even Logan was feeling faintly) they finally got me hooked up on my hand. Needless to say, it was a rough way to start the day.

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8:30am The Pitocin starts to flow! Eep! Every 15 minutes, the nurses came in to increase the amount of Pitocin being administered. They told me that this would be the case until contractions picked up.

8:45am Within just 15 minutes, my contractions were about 5 minutes apart and pretty manageable.

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9:53am By now, contractions were up to 3 minutes apart, slightly painful, but still manageable, so my OB came to break my water. I had never had my water broken before and didn’t know what to expect. To tell you the truth, I was a little frightened and didn’t know how common it was. My OB assured me that it was a common procedure and there was nothing to be worried about. It was a quick pain (nothing like the pain of the IV placement!) and the water was broken. At this point, I was around 80% effaced and 2.5cm dilated.

Almost immediately, contractions became more intense and there was constant pressure. Again, every 15 minutes the nurses came in to increase Pitocin amounts and checked every time to see if I was ready for an epidural. I was constantly having a debate with myself over seeming like a whimp and getting an epidural or sticking it out a bit longer and being brave. After saying it out loud, both of the nurses quickly said, ‘If you’re planning on getting an epidural anyway, you may as well get it now and have less pain!’. My husband agreed with the nurses and was in full support of doing whatever I wanted.

10:30am I requested an epidural.

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10:37am The epidural is administered. Since I was half asleep for the administration of my epidural with Liam, I had no idea what to expect here. It wasn’t painful, just shocking and surprising when I felt the needles and sometimes sudden pain down my back when it was being administered. Of course, this was all while dealing with strong contractions. Fun stuff.

11:37am I was starting to feel some relief from pain, but was still feeling contractions. The catheter was put in place and I was measuring 3.5cm dilated. The nurses then got me to lay on my right side for 30 minutes.

12:00pm I was having a lot more relief from the pain at this point, to the point where I thought about closing my eyes for a little nap when everyone left the room the next time.

12:28pm Laying on my back, the nurses checked me again and I had reached 6cm dilated and 90% effaced. Then, they helped me turn to lay on my left side. At this point my legs were numb.

12:45pm Within minutes of turning to my left side, I was suddenly feeling pain. It was a lot of pain that went from strong pressure at my pelvis to full-on painful contractions, way worse than what I was experiencing before the epidural. So much for that nap! The nurses decided to check me just in case and I had already progressed to 8cm in just 15 minutes! Whaaat?? At this point all I could do was breathe through the INSANE contractions and try to ignore all the commotion that was now going on in the room. I just kept closing my eyes and taking deep breathes, trying to remember that the pain would be over soon. This was completely and utterly NOT how it was the first time I got an epidural with Liam’s birth. I don’t know what in the world happened because the epidural seemed to have stopped working. All that was left was residual numbness in my legs…I felt everything else. Nurses were texting my OB updates, nurses were prepping a delivery table and my delivery nurses pushed my epidural button 3-4 times to help my pain…with no avail. The contractions were every minute and quite painful. Totally opposite that of my first epidural! Ouch!

12:55pm The nurse checked me again when I told them I was feeling immense pain and I was pretty sure I felt the head. Sure enough, I was measuring 10cm and +2. The nurses called my doctor for delivery.

1:05pm My husband was texting our family that we were starting, all while holding my hand through the pain.

1:08pm Doctor arrived with not a minute to spare! I immediately started pushing at the first sign of my next contraction. I pushed through a total of two contractions (about 4-5 total 10 second pushes) and…

1:13pm I delivered a baby boy! Hayden Blaise Edwards was born.

Hayden's Birth Story | crackersandcarrots.com

The hospital is a ‘Baby Friendly’ hospital and wants skin to skin contact with the mother as soon as the baby is born. I got to hold him for a few seconds on my chest, but he wasn’t breathing like he should, so they took him over to the baby unit in the room and got him breathing. They said it doesn’t happen often, but when it does the health of the baby is priority, of course! They went ahead and weighed and measured him and he was:

8lbs 7oz and measured 20.5 inches long!

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While the nurses were working on Hayden, I delivered the placenta (which was also not very fun sans epidural). Then, Hayden and I were reunited once again. He took a while to latch on and was quite sleepy…and still is to this day (3 weeks old).

I was so fortunate to not tear during this delivery like I had with Liam, making my recovery a lot smoother than my first delivery. So, I guess that’s my ‘reward’ for going through a painful delivery? I’ll take it.

Hayden's Birth Story | crackersandcarrots.com

Overall thoughts from Hayden’s birth:

  • I’m still in shock about how quickly the delivery went. From the time I began induction to delivering Hayden it was less than 5 hours, whereas with my induction to delivery time with Liam was 14 hours.
  • I didn’t ever expect that the epidural wouldn’t work and I’m still unsure why it stopped working.
  • I feel like I’m a stronger person having experienced the pain. I think it’s a right of passage thing in my brain or something. Plus, I didn’t have even close to normal contractions in my delivery with Liam, so it’s nice to say I’ve experienced it.
  • I’m equally as happy at how quickly I have already forgotten the pain.
  • I miss being pregnant, but I’m incredibly thankful to be able to walk and sleep ‘normally’ again.
  • I still can’t believe he’s here!

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40 weeks with baby #2

40 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

How far along? 40 weeks
Total weight gain: 
18.5 pounds
Maternity clothes? For sure.
Stretch marks? Just a few.
Sleep: I’ve been a nervous wreck, so sleep hasn’t been good. I’ve also had menstrual cramps for the past 3 nights from 2am-6am, causing it to be very uncomfortable to sleep on top of the braxton hicks contractions.
Best moment this week: 
The support and love I’ve received from friends and family, checking up on me.
Miss Anything? Sleep.
Movement: Still lots of movement. I’m going to miss this.
Food cravings: Grilled cheeses and tomato sandwich…mostly because I don’t feel like ‘cooking’.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Gender: It’s a surprise! And I can’t wait to find out today!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks contractions, and still 2 cm dilated and 85% effaced. Being induced at 7am this morning.
Symptoms: Feeling heavy, pressure in the pelvis, menstrual-like cramps.
Belly Button in or out? Flat.
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting loosely.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Nervous.
Looking forward to: Meeting the baby and getting into a routine as a family of four. I can’t believe this is my last pregnancy post!

40 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

40 weeks compared to pregnancy #1:

40 weeks comparison between two pregnancies | crackersandcarrots.com

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