Monday, October 13, 2014

Abraham Tiberius

When skies are dark
And hope seems fled –
With only tears of sorrow shed
When His love is hard to find
In the chaos of my mind
In the darkest of the night
Yet the world is full of light
I see the Love 
of God’s own Lamb
In newborn baby Abraham.

~Jenny Cahoon

My sweet friend, Jenny wrote that, only knowing half of the struggles I had with this pregnancy and not knowing any details about my Sweet Abraham's birth. I probably won't give most of the pregnancy details here because that's not what you came for. You came to read about the birth!!

Alright, we're going to start at our appointment on Monday, Oct 5th. I had my regularly scheduled Dr's appointment. Dr Barney asked if I wanted to be induced this coming Monday (the 13th). I explained that I had originally planned on going into labor on my own, which he completely respected, but reminded me that he was going out of town. I decided I was done being pregnant, so I agreed. Unfortunately- well, no- FORTUNATELY, the hospital was BOOKED solid on that Monday with inductions. Barney suggested coming in on Sunday instead. We agreed and made sure both doulas and my parents were ok with that.

All week, I had LOTS of contractions. I tried everything I could think of (except canola oil, ew) to start labor during the week. I even jumped on a trampoline. However, nothing worked. It made for a very long and boring Saturday.

Eventually, however, Sunday, October 12th came!!! We were told to be at the hospital at 11:00 AM, so we were. Dani, my sweet friend who is deciding whether or not to be a doula, came right away and stayed with us. (READ HER ACCOUNT OF THE BIRTH HERE: We had decided that I wanted to do as much as possible of this birth as naturally as possible. That meant not using pitocin unless we felt we really needed.

Ok, here is where our story gets interesting (already, right?!). Roger recognized our nurse, Michelle, as the same nurse who had helped us with Vaughn's birth. At that birth, she and I had NOT clicked, at all, and I was a bit apprehensive. I decided to see how things would go this time, and I'm SO glad I did. This lady was one of the best L&D nurses I've had ever. You know, maybe THE best. But anyway, back to our story.

We started the antibiotics for Strep B and waited for word from the Dr. We were told he probably wouldn't be there til around 2:30. Roger and I watched part of Star Trek while we waited. Dani left for a while to go to church since we knew that things wouldn't be happening for a bit. Kristy, my main doula, got there about 2:00 and we were so excited to see her. I love this lady so much and it means the world to me that she has been there for so many of my babies entrances into this world!! At 2:30, Dr Barney had another Dr come in and break my water. We were chuckling a little bit because it was NOT breaking easily. Finally, however, it did.

Now, up until this baby, the longest I had EVER  gone between water break and giving birth was 1 hour 10 minutes. So, me being me, assumed this would be the same. Yeah, not so. Now, the beauty of not having pitocin is that you don't have to be stuck in bed hooked to monitors. I was allowed to go potty, get on the birthing ball, whatever. I took advantage of that and it helped pass the time. At 3:45, over an HOUR since my water had broken, Michelle checked me and I was only dilated to a 6. I was pretty disheartened.
Kristy had Roger put music on- a very inspired decision I think. We put the Mormon Tabernacle Choir channel on Pandora and it really did calm me. The contractions started to be long, hard and miserable. I tried every position- leaning on the back of the bed, standing next to the bed, sitting on the birthing ball, laying down and having the doulas do leg counter pressures... I finally got up and went potty, then came and sat on the birthing ball. Roger was such a great support letting me squeeze his hands when I felt things were getting overwhelming. Kristy talked me through my breathing while massaging my back. I was to the point where I was just done. I decided to ask for an epidural. I felt like such a failure, but I just couldn't handle the pain of those contractions anymore. Kristy suggested that I have Michelle check me first, but one- I didn't know if I could get onto the bed to BE checked and two- I didn't want to wait ANY more.

Michelle went to ask the anesthesiologist to come in, then ran an errant for another patient. We were notified that the anesthesiologist had just gone into another room to help another patient. Something happened while she was gone, though. I had a particularly hard contraction and just couldn't sit anymore, so I stood up, but I hurt too badly to just sand there, so I crawled up onto the bed with every intention of laying down, but before I could, I just felt like I was going to completely explode, so I yelled really loudly and guess what happened?!?! There was Abraham's head. Kristy was supporting it and directing Roger and Dani to go get the nurses. One more yell/push and I had a brand new baby boy. Apparently we like to create chaos on the delivery floor. :D Abraham was born at 4:14 PM. I went from being dilated to a 6 to baby in 30 minutes. It was insane.

This was also the first time I was aware of delivering the placenta. I had to push more times for that than the baby. This was also the first time that I got to SEE the placenta. Very interesting, but that sucker was HUGE.

They whisked Abe away because he was not turning as pink as fast they wanted him to. There was fluid in his lungs. Kristy told me that actually, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck once, but it was very loose and not a big deal.

Once they got him breathing ok, and after my strong boy kicked part of the rolling crib off, they announced that he weighed 8 lbs 15.7oz (and we had permission to call it 9 lbs). At 19.5" long, he's a BIG kid!!! They finally brought him to me and we got to do some skin to skin. The kid latched on like a champion. We are so grateful he is here and that he is safe and healthy.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Radio Silence

Things have been pretty quiet here, but not because I've abandoned my blog. No, no. Turns out, I'm having a baby! And this baby has a serious list of no-no's for mommy.

Things that currently make me puke:
Smelling a pot heat up to boiling
Talking about Laundry
Thinking about laundry
Changing my clothes
Did I mention Photoshop? Can I tell you how big of a dent this puts in my digiplans?
Seeing template packs
The smell of food in the car
Saltine Crackers

I am 9 weeks along, so hopefully, in the next 3 weeks, some of these (photoshop) will stop making me sick because this is ridiculous!!

Good things about this pregnancy-
I crave fruit
I want veggies
I'm having a baby!
I'm realizing HOW helpful my older kids are!!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Super Saturday and Dough Much Fun

We have selected two fun kits for our Super Saturday Sale. Carving Pumpkins and Cowboy Up, you can get either the kit or the Quick Pages set for only $2.00 each. Images are linked to our SNP store.


 Scraps N Pieces is super excited about this fun new kit they have this week! What child doesn't love play dough? Use this kit to document your little artist's doughy creations. The colors are bright and the elements are fun and a bit crazy, just like play-dough! This kit is so great, you'll want to let the kids make a mess just so you can scrap it! The kit will be 1/2 off at both Scraps N Pieces and My Memories the first week. If you purchase at Scraps N Pieces, it will include an additional solid creased paper pack FREE WITH DOWNLOAD. After the first week, the extra pack will only be available separately. Take a look at how super fun this is.

 Here is the additional paper pack you get FREE the first week.
 In addition, Memories by Digital Design made a couple coordinating cluster packs that go so well with this kit. They will be on sale this week as well, so be sure to grab them. Their CT had a lot of fun with this kit as well. Take a look at these super cute layouts!

 and a freebie from Sheri plus a freebie from Lindsay

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 1st!!

Even though the calendar says March, it still feels like winter in so many places right now.  When will we ever start to feel some warm spring air?  Around Scraps N Pieces, we have been keeping ourselves warm by designing some amazing products for you, our awesome members and customers.

Are you a fan of the art journaling style of scrapping?  If you are, then you are going to LOVE the store's March collab kit.  It's called Express Yourself, and it is awesome!


Do you know the definition of earworm?  It's defined as, "a catchy song or tune that runs continually through a person's mind."  And I think the music-themed Bits N Pieces for March will be running through your mind all month until you snatch them all up.  The pieces are just $1 each the first week, and then will regular price and possibly bundled up into full kits.  And don't forget our Bit N Pieces month-long challenge; snag some great kits at a low price and earn forum points in the process.


Our members mean so very much to us.  The 3-year old son of one our members was just recently diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Cancer last week. This is something they would have never thought would happen to their family.  It is Stage 4, as this type of cancer is often not symptomatic until that time. He will have to go through some aggressive chemo, then surgery to remove his tumor, then more chemo. There is a 40-50% survival rate, but his doctors are very optimistic. This family has 3 other small children and a new baby on the way. Together, the Scraps N Pieces designers developed an amazing kit called Little Warrior, to help raise funds that will cover some of their costs at this time. This kit is a beautiful children’s hospital themed collab that chronicles the journey that this little warrior is facing. All proceeds from the sale of this kit will go to this little family to help with expenses.


Be sure to add the March speed scraps to your calendar, or better yet, go to the forum calendar and set a reminder.

Here are some closer up parts of the BNP!

Is your favorite part of the football game, the marching band? Or maybe your daughter is in her high school's color guard or your son plays in the drum line. This kit could even be used for those concert band or orchestra photos you have. It is fun, but elegant with doodled instruments and flags and the gold and silver give it a hint of sparkle. Scraps N Pieces has an element pack, paper pack, cardstock pack, and Glitter pack all for just $1 each this week. Plus there are several other designers that have coordinating packs that you can grab. Go take a look at them all HERE SNP_HT_SNPpapers SNP_HT_SNPelements SNP_HT_SNPcardstock SNP_HT_glitters   Amy Fullmer made these adorable clusters to go with this kit and make your layouts easier. HalfTimeClusterPreview Here is a look at our CT's layouts with this kit.  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hey, Mister!

Do you have a hard time finding kits to scrap the men in your life? Well, look no further. Hey Mister is the perfect kit to scrap all your guys and their antics. Fathers, Brothers, Sons, we've got you covered. Pretty blues, oranges, greens and browns come together to create a kit that's manly enough to document your men, yet versatile enough to scrap the girls too.

All packs are 25% off for the first week.

(All previews linked to product in store)

Want even more savings? Grab the whole bundle!!

Check out these Lovely layouts for our talented CT members...


And we have a freebie for you this week...


Triple J Designs is the Featured Designer this month over at Scrap Takeout and has a couple specials that you don't want to miss!! Sales end tomorrow (2/28)!!

And don't forget to join us for the Sunday Lunch Special...

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Get a new piece to this add on kit all month only in the newsletter!!

Happy Scrapping in 2014!