She is a Baby Alligator!

 

Well, Elena has two teeth now! At not even 6months old, She is a baby alligator. So far she is doing good with not biting “too hard” but it still feels like an alligator on my nipples.

We are in full swing of baby lead weaning so far Elena has tried…

  • Avocado (not a fan)
  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Green Beans
  • Mashed Potato’s (not a fan)
  • Yogurt
  • Gerber little crunchies (baby Cheetos)
  • Gerber Puffs
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Buttered Toast
  • Asparagus

Her favorites are mango, yogurt and shredded cheese!

We also began cloth diapering using Alva Baby Diapers. So far I love them, I need to order more. I only ordered 6 to try them out before purchasing my stash. This is one of the ways we are cutting costs. I did not have time to do the laundry associated with cloth diapering while working full time but now that I will be a stay at home mom I will have plenty of time.

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I Did It…

I did it finally.

On May 4th I will move from 50+ hours a week at my corporate job to a measly 12-16hours a week to be home with my baby girl. I will go from making $500 a week to barely scraping $200.

Why am I doing this, putting my family in such hardship?

Happiness.

I am doing this for happiness. Overworked, Overstressed me is hurting my marriage and therefor hurting my child.

Now I will be available to love on my husband in the evenings, because I will have already done my errands and housework.

This is going to be an exciting adventure where we do a lot of learning and growing.

I am excited. I am terrified. I am nervous. I am delighted.

To The Working Mama…

To the working mama who wants to be a stay at home mama… I see you. I am you.

From the minute they placed that tiny bundle of joy in my arms on October 26th my world was forever changed. I knew from that moment that I wanted to be a stay at home mom until she was old enough to attend school.

But here I am… lunch time at my grueling corporate job. I wake up at 5am every morning to prepare to be at the morning board meeting by 7am  Armed in my business suit, with coffee in hand.

I don’t want to be that women, I do not want to be a part of an international corporation. I want to be a mom and a wife and that is it but our finances won’t allow for that. Unfortunately there are far too few articles and blogs addressing this. I know there are more than just 4 or 5 of us working mamas that would rather be at home with our babies but are forced to work.

I have no tips or advice on how to become a stay at home mama because I am still trying to figure that out myself. I even wrote a mock resignation letter today that I won’t be submitting anytime soon.

I have fought depression and anxiety since returning to work that is starting to take a toll on my health and even my marriage.

In a conversation with some clients this morning I started crying… the topic of discussion was “what type of mom do you want to be?” this really got me thinking. I want to be the type of mom I needed when I was a little girl. Don’t get me wrong I love my mom dearly, but we had a rocky relationship for along time. I needed a mom that was present and not working 16hrs a day. My mom was a single mom who worked her butt off to give me everything she could and she taught me to be an independent women, not to rely on anybody for anything.

But I am not a single mom. I am a married mom who has a wonderful husband. I want to be there for every milestone with my daughter. I want to do fun outings to the library and the park, to spend as much time with her as I possible can building a bond that cannot be broken. I want to be more than just the person that makes the milk.

It breaks my heart that if given the choice she reaches for my mother in law her has her while I am at work.

We as working mamas need to figure out how to be home with our babies. We need to break the stigma that this generation has been placed in that all women must work now. There is not a damn thing wrong with aspiring to be a stay at home mom like our grandparents were.

 

We Tried Avocado…

Elena is 4 months old this week and has been showing an interest in grabbing food off our plates.

We decided to try baby lead weaning, which is essentially giving them what is on your plate if they show interest.

Any food before 1 is just for fun so we had a blast exploring texture and taste with the avocado. Elena wasn’t quite sure what to think of the texture at first because she grabbed it and it immediately squished in her first. Eventually she decided to taste it and wasn’t quite sure about the taste which I expected.

We will try again another day.

Next to try is Banana, we know she enjoys broccoli cheese soup and peanut butter and before everybody looses their mind it was not intentional for her to try those foods yet. I was eating and she stuck her fist in my soup and In the peanut butter that dropped of my sandwich and put it in her mouth before I could stop her.

Birth Story

October 25th 2017

40weeks 2 days.

Induction Day!

  • 4pm…
    • arrive at Baptist Health Richmond,
    • get checked in
    • change into my hospital gown that I brought from home! Best decision ever was bringing my own hospital gown that I ordered on amazon.
  • 6pm…
    • Come in and determine that I am at 2cm dilated and still have a ways to go.
    • Start slow drip of Pitocin
    • Insert Foley Bulb
  • 8pm…
    • Go to pee… Foley bulb falls out
    • Gina (Dr. Land) comes in and determines that  I am at 5cm
    • We up the Pitocin since I am not feeling any contractions and I am told to relax for the night and let the Pitocin work

October 26th 2017

Game Day!

  • 6am…
    • I wake up, uncomfortable with contractions and decide to pay some bills and read a book.
  • 7am…
    • Robin (midwife) comes in and informs me that she is going to break my water
    • Break my water
    • Up Pitocin
  • 7:15am…
    • Hard rocking contractions begin! No time to change into contacts from my glasses this is go time!
  • 11:30 – Noon
    • I feel like I am being split in half from back labor
    • Robin checks me…still only 5cm.
    • At this point I am contracting every 2 minutes lasting 2 minutes a piece. So absolute no break in between. Crying in exhaustion.
  • Noon
    • We discuss Epidural.
    • I agree to the epidural to give my body a break
      • Bless Phil (he did the epidural) he is an angel! He walked me through everything and was gentle as a feather because he knew I was terrified of an epidural and that is why I wanted to go without one.
  • 4:00pm
    • Robin comes in to check on me
      • Holy cow we are at 9cm!
  • 5pm
    • I start to feel pushy so I call my nurse
  • 5:15pm
    • We are at 10cm! It’s Go Time!
    • Phil made sure that with the epidural I could still feel enough that I knew when to push and had movement in my feet so I was not totally numb
    • Everybody is gowned up and ready to go
    • After a few practice pushes we realize that little miss is sunny side up and needed to turn to face my back.
    • Robin felt confident leaving me with the nurses to push while she attended other patients.
  • 6:30pm
    • The Nurses can see hair!
    • Robin, and the labor team are called in!
  • 7pm
    • Still pushing but now it is shift change!
    • My labor team quickly does their update for the new team and we keep on going.
    • At this point all of my day shift nurses decided that they are going to stick with me till the end, we had been through too much for them not to see little miss born!
    • Gina (Dr. Land) who happens to be my aunt comes in pushes the nurses out of the way and coaches me the rest of the way through labor!
  • 7:28pm
    • Elena Antoinette Gautreaux makes her arrival, perfectly healthy in a room full of 12 nurses and 2 doctors cheering us on .
    • 7lbs 11oz, 20.25in long with a head full of dark curly hair
    • 2nd degree tear but didn’t even notice it.

 

**Was in active labor of 22hrs with actively pushing for 2hrs 28minutes. **

**Picture is Elena and I, when she was 4 days old. We had been home from the hospital for 2 days.

Momma and baby

Day in the Life of a Pregnant Lady

This is the truth of being 22 weeks pregnant, no filter!

Panties no longer fit, so commando it is till this baby decided to come out!

Boobs leak and get engorged… blessing and a curse. Means I will have no issue with my  milk coming in but is also incredibly annoying and painful

I waddle…yes like a duck. My husband says its cute but it definitely works your butt and thigh muscles!

We have officially decided that once my maternity leave is up I will become a stay at home mom and not return to work. Instead I will be going back to school full time.

119 days until my maternity leave is scheduled to begin!

I have a low lying placenta, I am terrified I will have to have a c-section. We wanted a home birth but the home birth midwife’s due date is the day after mine so I had to settle for a hospital birth now I can;t bear the thought of a c-section!

20 Week Bump

Baby update:

Name: Elena Antoinette Gautreaux

Currently 21 weeks 2 days!

10.5in long

Approx weight 1lb

I kick mommy a lot!! All day long!

I love loud music and when mommy dances it’s the only way I’ll stop kicking so hard.

I have been head down and as low as I can be since I was conceived.

Mommy update:

Weight gain: 6lbs to date

Complications: low lying placenta, Already in full blown lactation mode!

No cravings! I love fresh fruit and fresh veggies though.

Summer pregnancy is rough y’all! I have to wear a black business suit and stand for 8hrs a day. Let me tell you… not fun!

Colbert has been absolutely amazing through my whole pregnancy, constant foot rubs, massages, encouragement, surprise treats and suggested naps when he knows I need one etc.

Its a Food Baby… Just Kidding

I have not posted anything since January, that is due to the fact we found out we are expecting a little bundle of joy in October. We did not tell the family until last week after we made sure we were in the clear of any issues that could possibly arise. So to not risk spilling the beans to the internet, I have stayed away! So here is an update

 

Baby Gautreaux:

Current Size: 2.9in so about the size of a peach

Age: 13 weeks 4 days

Heart Rate: 168bpm at (11 weeks 4 days)

Due Date: Oct. 21st

Gender: ??

Momma:

Midwife: Robin Higgins at Richmond Women’s health, she is absolutely wonderful so far

Complaints: Already having to buy maternity clothes (yes,cute baby bump pic to come), lower back pain, inability to handle the heat, many many bathroom trips

Morning Sickness: Only lasted during week 7

Severe Acne: None, skin is actually impoving

Medical Issues: Absolutely none so far.

Favorite Snacks: Fresh Fruit, Fresh Veggies with ranch, yogurt and sour patch kids

 

My plan is for this pregnancy and birth to be 100% natural, no inductions, no c-section, no medications what so ever. I would prefer to have baby gautreaux at home but in Central KY it is very difficult to find a home birth midwife.

 

 

 

Today In Science 01/18/17

Solar cells
In 1994, the U.S. Department of Energy announced production of solar panels giving nearly twice the efficiency of existing panels. Made by United Solar Systems of Troy, Mich., these amorphous silicon submodule (1 ft2) panels converted 10.2% of solar energy into electricity, as compared to 6% previously possible. This was possible by using new thin-film photovoltaic technology. The company has subsequently produced flexible solar shingles based on thin film photovoltaics that can permit the roofs of ordinary commercial and residential buildings to evolve from simply providing protection from the weather to becoming a source of much-needed electric power

Legionnaire’s disease
Thumbnail – Legionnaire’s disease
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In 1977, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, first announced* that they had sufficient laboratory evidence to implicate a bacterium as the cause of Legionnaire’s Disease, now named Legionella pneumophila. An outbreak of this disease in Philadelphia in 1976, largely among people attending a state convention of the American Legion, led to the name “Legionnaires’ Disease.” After the bacterium causing the illness was named, the name of the illness was changed to legionellosis. The scientific paper describing the isolation of the bacterium as published 1 Dec 1977 in The New England Journal of Medicine. [Image: Legionella pneumophila multiplying inside a cultured human lung fibroblast. Multiple intracellular bacilli, including dividing bacilli, are visible in longitudinal and cross section. Transmission electron micrograph.]

Credit to todayinsci.com

2017…

As you all know, my car was totaled in December and we are down to just my husbands car. Well as of 2 days ago, his car breaks (no car wreck or anything, just older and needs some tlc). On the same day, EKU informs me that instead of owing $300, I owe $3000.

It has been a rough start. So I will not be returning to school this semester, going to try for next semester.

Now the Truck Hunt begins! I refuse to own another car. We are checking every car lot within a 100mile radius to try and find a vehicle for me. It must be a 4 door, 4×4 truck. Oh, and I have no cash for a down payment.

We have yet to figure out how much it will cost to get the hubby’s car fixed.

The final step is to start paying EKU 😦

 

Baby Steps.

It really sucks when you start to think you are ahead in life and then get knocked back 1500 steps.

Here is a link to our wedding registry which I reopened so people could possibly help us get a vehicle without having to go through gofundme.

https://www.zola.com/registry/emilyandcolbert