Monday, December 30, 2013

Free Printable Weight Loss Chart

Don't you just love a new year?! A brand new start. At whatever your heart fancies.  2014 is going to be a great year.  I've got BIG dreams for this year.  Let's all dream big no matter our past failures! OK? 
I made this pretty Free printable weight loss chart for you!! {Isn't it cute?} Click here to download!!!  Print it, put it in a pocket protector with a pen somewhere near your scale and USE it!

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Weight Loss Diaries

First of all...MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Late, I know I'm sorry. The days leading up to Christmas were crazy busy with fellowships, outings, parties, church, ministry, SHOPPING...and more! You know how it is. :) 

New Years is quickly approaching and I'm planning and preparing to get FIT and finally reach my goal weight in 2014!!! 

Even though I lost 80lbs before getting pregnant w boy 4...I'm nervous. I know I can do it. But I've gotten lazy. And comfortable.  Dangerous place to be. You know... Like the, "I look in the mirror and just don't care" type of attitude? DANGER. 

So what am I going to do about it? 
And TRY. I'm not going to expect perfection. I'm exclusively breastfeeding and my body holds fat like it's going out of style when I'm nursing. But I'm gonna try. I'm gonna start running again, maybe even sign up for another half marathon, and I'm gonna work on getting stronger. 

I got a Wii Fit {Merry Christmas to me}. Can't wait to use that too! I've been working on a meal plan with calorie counts that I will be sharing soon! 

Also...I've added a tab under weight loss up there ^^ called "The Weight Loss Diaries". I'll be updating my progress weekly of course with weigh ins and periodic progress photos. EXCITING! Right? Gulp. 

I'll be posting again soon with more details. Another goal is I WILL be posting at least 3 times a week. I need accountability! Not just in weight loss but homemaking, wifing (is that a word?) and mothering. 

"Mama, you're kinda like Santa because you''re.." 
"I'm what???!! Big?" 
Boy 1 gulps. "I didn't say it. You did." 

If that ain't motivation.. Than what is?! 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

My life is crazy. Here are some pics.

Photo family fail. And other highlights of life this last week. I have a clogged milk duct which is making me sick :( so be back soon!!!!!!!! Xoxo 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

All about cloth diapers and my cloth diaper routine

Several people have asked me about cloth diapers. Well, there are many other ladies that would be far better to ask but I'll tell you everything I know :) 

First off, I'm a lazy cloth diaper mom. I do it part time. Usually when we are at home I use them. For church and outings we do disposable. I actually try to time Reece's poops and only put him in one when I don't think he will poop :D but he's 2 TODAY!! {Happy birthday Reece!} so operation no more diapers starts now. 
Anyways. I use mainly ALVA BABY brand. ( I really like them. They have dozens of patterns AND they are only $3.50-$5.50!!! That's so cheap. Bum Genius is $20 a diaper.  All the diapers pictured above are POCKET diapers by Alva Baby. 

My favorite diapers are the Thirsties ALL IN ONE'S.  I only have a few of those because they are expensive.  

I also have a few Bum Genius ALL IN ONE's.  Do not like those at All!! The deal with those is, when you go to spray poop off the diaper in the toilet, it has TWO inserts attached at each end, so poop gets under those and one insert always falls in the toilet. Gross.  

The Thirsties ALL IN ONE'S have ONE attached insert. It is super easy to spray clean and if you have a heavy wetter like i do (Reece), then you can stuff an extra insert under the sewed (is that the right word or is it sown?) one {only sewed on the sides}. 
I should have taken a pic of ye pockets where you stuff the insert in. But it's right at the top of the diaper where it touches the baby's back. 

There are ALL IN ONE'S which are cloth diapers with inserts sewed in. 

There are POCKET cloth diapers where you stuff the diaper with an insert. 

Then there are PRE-FOLDS (pic below) which are the old style diapers you fold and use pins..or now they make these snappy things you put on it, and you need a water proof cover for these. I don't use these so I'm not too sure on them. 

There are BAMBOO inserts which are more natural for baby skin, and I know lots of moms that swear by them. I dont like them though :( They don't absorb well at all. 

There are MICROFIBER inserts, which are much better at absorbing. I use these. They are cheaper too. Alva baby diapers all come with one. you can upgrade to bamboo if you want. 

Microfiber can irritate baby's skin when it's wet if you place it right on the skin. So I have to Doulbe up on inserts for Reece, so I stuff TWO inside the pockets so it doesn't touch his skin. 

I have 18 newborn diapers for Will, and 24 diapers for Reece. (Not all shown in Photos). The Alva newborn diapers fit Will around 2-3 weeks old. He's gonna grow out if them quick I think, even though it says up to 18 lbs. here's a photo of Will in newborn Alva cloth diaper. Will is 11 lbs currently and when I took that photo. I don't have to snap the diaper down to make it it's smallest so i think it would have fit him right away. 
Ok so here's what I do: 

To change a newborn wet or poopy diaper I wipe him like normal and throw the wipes away in my diaper genie. 
Then I pull out the insert from the dirty diaper and toss the insert and diaper in the dirty diaper bin (a trash can with a lid and a cloth diaper wet bag).  
Exclusively Breastfed babies poop does not need to be sprayed. 
Super easy! 

For Reece's wet diapers I simply throw in the bin and wipe him, throw away the wipes. 
For his poops I take the diaper off, close it, slide it to the side (all while holding up his legs), then wipe him. Throw away the wipes in the diaper genie, and put a new diaper on him and send him in his way.  Then I take the poopy diaper to the toilet, spray off the poop in the toilet with a diaper sprayer (a must!!). It never touches the toilet (unless it's the dumb Bum Genius AIO grrrr and to be fair I'm sure Bum Genius pockets are amazing. The BG I have never leak.... ). Wring it out (my hand doesn't get wet because the outside is waterproof), walk it back to his room, over the bin pull out the insert (if it's a pocket diaper) and throw it all in the dirty diaper bin.  Side note: I hang my clean diapers to dry on that rack to the right of the bins----> 

To wash: 
I pull out the wet bag holding the diapers and pour them all in the wash. Turn the wet bag inside out, then soak it all (diapers and bag) usually only a couple hours (but I do soaked them overnight once In a while) In HOT soapy water.  I use about 2 tbsp of the soap I make myself (on my Pinterest board "cloth diapering" but it's: borax, arm and hammer washing soda and oxi clean). 

You can't wash it with regular soap!! The suds won't wash out right making the diapers lose it's absorbency and it wears the outside lining. 

Then I rinse in COLD water twice, sometimes 3 times. 

If diapers start to leak its time to STRIP them.  I watched a You Tube video (sorry no links here I'm on my cell!).  They used a little bleach and rinse the diapers several times after.  

To PREP the brand new diapers, you HAVE to wash them and rinse them first so they won't leak. I use baking soda only with hot water then rinse once or twice with cold water. 

I hang them to dry but you am tumble dry on low. I know hanging them In The sun Gets rid of any stains but my dogs would tear them up :( so I hang to dry inside. 

Ok, that's it I think...? 

Sorry I don't know more :) and I know everyone does it different so it may be way off what you've heard before. 

Thanks for reading :) 

Love, The Curvy Housewife 

Monday, December 2, 2013

My daily routine with 4 little kids

Happy late Thanksgiving and Merry early Christmas! Turns out I have one fussy baby.  I spent a week trying to figure out if he has colic or gas, if he is hungry or tired, or if he just likes to cry.  He is a great breastfeeder. Little porker is getting chubby and is hungry all the time! I think he does get gas too, but I've found that, if he gets overtired....forget it.  He won't go to sleep and nothing helps. Not even nursing.  So I am really working to make sure he takes a nap before he gets too tired. 

I tried gas drops, probiotics, cut out caffeine, and even formula.  Non of it helped, and he wouldn't even take the bottle at all. It was just making him mad and he gagged when he tasted the formula :(

But he does really really well when he takes nice long naps.  He's like a happy calm baby when he nurses, has wake time, then takes a long nap.  I'm working on getting him in this routine better. 

So you know me....I NEED a routine.  Thank God we are finally falling back into a good routine with a baby in the house.  Honestly a routine makes me feel happy, calm, and thankful.  Here is what I am aiming for.  I am 4 weeks postpartum now and want to start doing C25K next week.  This isn't listing times, or every single time I nurse the baby, because I nurse him often :) as he gets older, scheduling becomes easier and more predictable. Also on days I have errands to run, schedules go out the window. No biggie.  Church nights/days are a bit different too.  

Mom's daily routine with 4 little kids 


Wake up
Brush teeth
Get dressed
Get coffee
Pray/Read bible
Nurse baby
Start breakfast/lunches
Empty dishwasher (I always want an empty sink!)
Get 5yo ready for school
See husband and 5yo off
Throw in load of laundry
Get 2 & 4yo situated & fed
Nurse baby
Put dinner in the crock pot 
Home school 4yo preschool, 2yo color (T/Thurs)


Go on walk/run w 3 little ones, 2 in stroller 1 on bike (Couch to 5K, M/W. Saturday daddy watches boys while I run.)  
Pick up 5yo from school
Make/serve lunch (leftovers, already made stew, or frozen burritos I made earlier in week or sandwich and fruit) 
Nurse baby
Put 2yo & baby down for nap
Big boys quiet time while mommy works 1-1.5 hours (boys watch movie or color/read) 
Nurse baby
1 Chore (bathroom, dust, iron ect)
Big boys outside time, baby back down for a nap 
Switch loads, fold clothes RIGHT away at the dryer (do daily smaller loads so this is easier), damp a rag & wipe down washer and dryer, let whites soak in bleach overnight/soak cloth diapers/or do a regular load
2yo wakes up, give boys a snack
Put laundry away, boys play time 
Clean up time! Boys and mommy clean up (all toys, boys room), light a candle, put on music
Vacuum (put Arm & Hammer baking soda carpet cleaner on carpet first...smells amazing!)
Fold blankets
Tidy up


Set table
Any dinner prep needed
Fill sink with hot soapy water, put any pans or crock pot in it
Dad's home!
Serve dinner, give everyone vitamins
Clean up dinner table, wash w soapy rag
Put all dishes in soapy water
Wipe counters
Sweep floor
Prep coffee, set timer on coffee pot for morning
Soak beans in crock pot or stew bones for bone broth over night (a couple nights a week) 
Rinse dishes, load dishwasher & start it
Boys play time (usually playing with daddy)

Bathe all 4 boys
Brush teeth, comb hair
Story time
Read boys bible
Lights out for boys
Mom & Dad read, watch a movie or show on Netflix with hot apple cider or tea :) (well I drink a hot drink!!) 

Feeew. Sounds tiring.  But this is my life right now! And it can change and will change as we add in sports next season and as they get older!! Also want to sign up for another half marathon so training will really throw in a change! Not everyday goes according to plan...obviously :) 

 I am still adjusting to four boys, and some nights the baby is up a lot and I sleep in and let daddy do breakfast and lunches and get Shane ready.  It happens.  But this is my goal :) otherwise I get so behind on everything in life. Ehum....Like right now there is a huge pile of laundry waiting to be folded...wish I would have folded all 3 loads right when they were out of the dryer! LOL ;-)

"Let all things be done decently and in order." 1 Corinthians 14:40
Something I've been learning since I got married 7+ years ago and realized I was far from orderly! :)


Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Have you ever had a virus or bug go through your WHOLE house? Ugh it's the worst!!!!! I am recovering from the stomach flu. Being sick w a newborn is awful.  I HATE the stomach flu! Seems like we get it at least once a year.  After the first boy threw up, I was using my essential oils.  I was taking Airborne.  I was taking Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Disinfecting everything.. But after two boys getting it, indeed I got it.  My 2yo did drink out of my cup right before he threw up, then I drank out of it not knowing he was going to be sick..

I was so depressed today.  Being home w 4 boys all alone while being sick. Not fun! But we made it. 

In all honesty.... we have not been eating that good.  Serious lack of vegetables and fruits.  Since Will was born we've had a lot of Pizza, muffins, convenient foods, and processed foods.  I know.  Shake my head. 

My husband has been getting more headaches, I have not been feeling my best, and I feel so bad for my boys that I haven't been giving them what they need. I know. I just had a baby 16 days ago. 
But I am so ready to get back on the cooking from scratch and eating real food wagon!! Also super ready to start losing weight again. 

I've been vegging out watching "Extreme Weight Loss" with Christ Powell on Hulu :) It's great motivation!!! I've started logging into My Fitness Pal, and even though my food isn't spot on, logging it helps a lot. 

I was really thinking of all the people I know with chronic illnesses.  Cancer and MS.  People that have to endure chemo!!! I so feel for them.  My heart hurts for them. And I was whining over the stomach flu. 

Whenever I get sick I say, "God why!!! Why me!!!!" as I cry.  Serious.  Sometimes I may even get a little angry.  But then I think, well, did GOD make me sick? No.  Did He allow it? Yes.  Some people believe God gives us sickness as a trial.  But I don't know.  In my heart, I think He didn't make us sick, it wasn't His will for ANYONE to ever be sick.  But because of the fall of Adam and Eve there is sickness and pain and death.  But because He is a good God, He gave us healthy foods to eat and plants and herbs to use as medicine.  So when I get sick because I've been eating crud, is it God's fault? Or mine? Did I take care of my body as the temple of God?

I know I'm being dramatic here, but it honestly got me thinking.  What if I continued to eat like this and I got very sick, with a serious disease?? We all know our diets effect our health, and a poor diet can lead to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more (I am not saying everyone with cancer and sickness got it because they had a poor diet...not true I know!!).

Maybe God allowed me to get this little bug to warn me to take better care of myself and my family.  

Or maybe not. LOL. Maybe I would have gotten sick no matter what.  But it did make me think of all this and motivate me to take better care of us all. 

Ok I'm done with my super hormones gone wild, emotional, sad face post.  :) G Nite.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Breast feeding my 4th Baby

Breastfeeding little 12 day old Will is going amazing! With my 3 other babies I had to use the nipple shield for a time. My first son I used it for 6 weeks. Second son for 2 weeks, third son 3-4 days, and in thrilled that I didn't need it at all with this one! 

I totally attribute it to the natural birth. He came out so strong and alert and latched on perfect right away.  I got a little sore but nothing compared to what I normally am. Yesterday I returned the nipple shield  I bought :) yay! 

He was getting good colostrum from the get go, and my milk came in on day 2. I also think that's because it's my 4th baby in 6 years :) 

Will eats A LOT. He wants to nurse all the time.  I don't have a very sleepy baby (except at night...which is a blessing!).  But I do get tired during the day. 

Yesterday at an appointment he weighed 8 lbs 13 oz! That's 4 oz over his birth weight. 

Today has been rough over became a disaster while I was trying to do Will's newborn photos...which are super difficult by myself w the boys present.  Reece was into everything, and Will wanted to nurse all day. He's nursing right now actually!! 

I am really looking forward to feeling myself again and getting on a routine (I keep saying that but it's true!!) 

Also some BIG things are coming up for our family (maybe)...and it scares me. More on that later. 


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Mom I want to be

Since having Will, I really have been thinking a lot about the great (and awesome) responsibility it is to be the Mommy of 4 boys.  I am so thankful and blessed!!!! God is so good!
 There are a lot of things I want/need to improve on.  Some I've talked about in past posts about creating habits.   The rest I need to get on and do already. 

My grandma was here for 3 days, and what a blessing that was.  I am so thankful for her help!!!! She did tons of laundry, cleaned our bathrooms, always kept the kitchen clean, cooked, cleaned out my fridge and freezer,  took care of the 3 older boys, bathed, fed, changed them, mopped, bought us stuff at Target, let me and the baby sleep in, ect.  It was so nice.  I am so bummed she's gone :( but also ready to get into a routine with our family of 6 :)

Do you ever just watch some ladies that are always helping, cleaning, serving and think sheesh I want to be like that?  I do want to be like that!! My grandma had to do so much more work when she had her kids.  She had 4 kids 5 and under just like me.  She had no dryer, so she had to hang out all the clothes, then iron them all.  She had to hand wash all the dishes, and didn't have convenient things like a baby swing or a Moby wrap ;) And when she was a girl it was even harder! No wonder she is a hard worker, and no wonder most ladies in their generation are.

When we first got married I really didn't know how to cook, keep house, do laundry, ect.  I did have to do chores as a girl/teen but I was so busy with cheer-leading, and my social life that honestly I wasn't home much.  My mom kept the house clean and food in the cupboards and cooked. 

There are some a lot of things I still struggle with.  Like how to keep the flow of laundry going! I always ALWAYS get way behind on laundry.  It's awful....
Also, keeping an organized kitchen (fridge, cupboards, counters ect).  They always seem to get so messy, and I'm the queen of mail piling up....No bueno.
 A while ago I heard The Fly Lady on a podcast.  I had never heard of her.  But that was right when I was starting to implement new habit goals in my life, like going to bed with an empty sink. 

Ovbiously with a newborn all that has gone out the window... lol.  I am still all hormonal, and I think starting a routine again will help me feel back to normal again.

I bought the book "Large Family Logistics" off Amazon, and it's good so far.  It talks about so many things, schedules, cleaning, organize, food, ect.  I want to make yummy healthy food for my family.  I want to be healthy and active myself so they have a healthy outlook on food and fitness. 

There are other things I really want to do for my boys, like keep up on scrapbooking so when they are older they can look back at every year and have memories.  I also want to start saving money for them, and work on making some extra money so they can do more sports, piano, ect.  I want to be the hospitable Mom and friend that always has cookies and coffee.  I want people to be able to stop by with out being embarrassed about the house ;) I want to have my house beautifully decorated so my boys and husband always feel warm and cozy at home.  I want my house to be organized not frustrating...which it is sometimes, I admit.  I also really want to show my boys how to be a blessing to others.  And most important, I want my boys to know Jesus, and I want to teach them more about Him, instead of them learning the most about Him at church and school. 

I know, and accept that I may never have a girl.  I'm okay with that.  But I want to be the Mom/Mother in law that my kids want to help and be around.  I pray my daughter in laws will like me haha. ;) Long time away I know. 

Life goes by so fast..  I mean, Will is already 10 days old! It's time to "Redeem the Time" because before I know it my boys will be grown and all the things I wanted to do with and for them will either be undone, or I can get on it and do it.  :)

I know this post is ramblings ha.  Sorry :) Just on my heart a lot. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Life with 4 Boys

Breast feeding, changing poopy diapers, breast feeding, changing poopy diapers... 

Sums up my days :) 

Today is my first full day alone with all four boys. I was very nervous, but I'm managing ok.  Our almost 2yo is the one I really worry about. He climbs everything, gets into everything, is very curious about the baby, and randomly decides to take off his diaper and pee on the floor. 

Thankfully my husband gets to come home every evening and is a big help. My mom left yesterday and did a bunch of laundry for me. Who hOo! My grandma is coming down tomorrow for a few days and she gets things DONE. Know what I mean? Thankful she's coming :) 

I'm really looking forward to getting into a routine.  Will slept really well last night, so thankful. 

I feel good, not too sore but one spot in my back is really hitting. I think it's a attained muscle or something. I can't sit for two long because if it. Ugh. 

My hormones are a bit wacky. I randomly get weepy. But for the most part I'm good. I just wish my husband could be home all the time!! 

Ill be weighing in Fridays. Weighed yesterday and since giving birth I've lost 19 lbs. I'll start really trying in a week or two once my body feels back to normal! 

Ill also be recording my weekly weigh ins! Excited to get fit and finally reach my goal weight!!!! I'm sure it'll take me a year or so but I'm determined. And I look forward to sharing it with you all :) 

Ok gotta go. Toddler is crying...

Love, The Curvy Housewife 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

William Noah's Birth Story

I am still so amazed that Will is here.  I am so happy and thankful! I know I could still be pregnant right now, but instead I'm holding my precious 3 day old while he breast feeds and I type this. 

I am so thankful for how Will's birth went!! It was truly amazing, and everything I prayed for!! It was the HARDEST thing I've ever done.  Yet so very amazing. 

Here is my natural, hospital birth story.  

I'll start with Saturday night. We were going on 6 days "late".  I walked for a couple hours earlier that day. I was feeling crampy, nauseous, and sweaty. I had a feeling it was soon. So once again, I started cleaning just in case. We put the boys to bed, then sat down to watch The Biggest Loser. During the show my husband massaged the pressure points on my ankles that are suppose to help induce labor.  I didn't think they helped and we went to bed. I woke up around 1am to pee and no labor signs. I woke up again probably around 3, still nothing.  Then I got up at 5:10 am to pee, thought "Well there goes another night and no baby! Almost time to get up for church." 

I sat down and peeped, then felt my water break!!! I was so shocked! I immediately got scared and panicked. You all know I desperately didn't want my water to break first.  I stood up and water gushed everywhere and I yelled for my husband! He jumped outta bed and was dazed and confused lol.  I immediately called my mom. Then I called my doula. She asked if contractions had started and I told her yes so she headed right over.  She, and we, thought it was going to be fast.  I sat on the toilet while I called and texted people, trying to arrange where our boys would go. 

My husband got dressed and got everything ready. He packed our boys clothes and bags.  I went and laid in bed and updated Facebook and Instagram.  Contractions were about 4 mins apart. My husband drew me a bath. Ellen (my doula) got there about 40 mins after I called her (she was So Fast!) :) 
When Ellen got there she called the hospital and found out the bad news that the one doctor, the mean doctor, was working!! Noooooo!!!! 

My husband took the boys to my friends and made a Starbucks run. When he got back I got in the bath and contractions slowed down to about 10-12 minuets apart.  So I got out and walked around. We talked and watched a movie.  I relaxed through the contractions and felt like I was managing them well, but also was anxious to speed things up. This was also VERY new to me...usually once my water breaks it becomes intense very quickly! I enjoyed the long breaks through contractions but also felt anxious about not being in labor with a broken bag too long especially because I needed antibiotics.  Ellen would give me a massage through contractions, and my husband would tell me to relax my body, and let the contraction work.  Each contraction brought me fear of what was to come, but my husband did a good job at reminding me "just focus on one at a time" which really helped.

Davey and I laid down for about an hour and I rested between contractions. They started to come stronger and more regular.  My sweet friend that picked up Reece from our other friends brought us a pizza for lunch. I hugged Reece and told him the baby was coming but he wasn't interested ;) 

We ate lunch then contractions picked up to 7 mins apart. My mom and sister were getting very anxious for me to go to the hospital! They kept texting me to "GO"! But I knew I would know when it was time.  I decided I better take a shower before we go, and asked my husband to sit on the ball outside the shower in case I needed him.   Before I got in the shower I sat on the toilet to pee and WHOA a big contraction came.  I knew it was from sitting on the toilet, so I sat there a while and they started coming every 3 mins, and STRONG.  I was definitely moaning through these and Davey knew it was getting close.  I quickly got in the shower where the contractions came every 1.5-2mins apart. They were really hurting now.  Ellen didn't even know what was going on at this point so I told Davey to tell her to get ready to go, that we had to leave NOW.  I stayed in the shower for several contractions, the water was very soothing on my stomach.  I didn't want to leave but knew we had to.  I could feel the baby moving down.  I got dressed as best I could and we left.  I had to stop out front and hang on Davey while another contraction came.  I started to cry because I was getting scared yet excited, and nervous and all these floods of emotions.  The car ride was quick.  I text my family we were on our way to the hospital.  

The STUPID hospital parking lot was being re-done so we had to park kinda far.  I didn't want to be dropped off, I wanted to walk, so Davey and I started walking in and I got like 4 massive contractions in a row in the parking lot.  I had to just hang on Davey and moaned quite loudly through them.  Ellen beat us into the hospital, and they made Davey stay back to go through security while I got checked in. 

We got in quickly and the lady doing our paper work was fast.  I had a few more big contractions while sitting in the chair signing papers.  That was fun.  She could tell I was close I think so she really rushed, and got us into triage.  I could no longer talk, I was leaning on the counter in triage being very vocal and crying.  Davey was holding me answering all their millions of questions.  They wouldn't let Ellen into triage which was a bummer, but they were pretty quick.  The nurse at the desk said to Ellen, "Her water broke at 5 this morning and you all didn't feel the need to come in until now?!" In a snotty tone.  Ellen said, "Nope!"  ;) 

I was so dreading being touched.  I was so hot and felt like I was going to throw up.  The nurse checked me right away and at first she didn't say anything so I thought I was only a 3 or 4.  I finally asked and said, "What am I?" She said, "You're an 8."  WHATTT! I was shocked! I didn't know my body could go to an 8 with out an epidural! I was so happy, and so was Davey.  And so was Ellen once we text her! I was truly scared of what I would have done if I was only a 4 and in that much pain.  When I found out I was an 8, I KNEW I was doing this.  

The nurse asked if I wanted pain medication and I immediately said, "No".  She told me she was gonna get my IV then get me in a room.  I asked for a room with a shower, and she said they only had one but she would ask if it was free.  It WAS! Praise the Lord Almighty! :) She got my IV started and wheeled us back right away.  I couldn't stand being in bed! Sitting or laying it was awful.  Any position was awful but those were the most painful.  My husband or Ellen told my Labor and Deliver nurses I wanted to get in the shower and they said ok as soon as I had the antibiotics.  Which really really burned by the way.  

Anyways this whole time I'm getting contractions that are becoming more and more intolerable.  They monitored the baby while I was laying down getting the antibiotics and he looked good.  Once the IV was done I was about to rip off all my clothes and the monitor and get in the shower when the doctor comes in.  He asked the nurses where I was at and wanted to check me himself.  Ugh. Ok back on my back, he said, "You're still a 7-8". When the nurse in triage said I was actually a little over an 8.  The mean doctor is just so negative.  The nurse told him I wanted in the shower and he said he didn't want me out of bed.  Then took about 10 minuets to tell my husband all the things that could go wrong if I was off the monitors.  He actually said, "You're baby could die....." and "We would be liable...." I wanted to punch him in the throat.   

But actually his tactics were tiring me out and I was ready to say "ok whatever just get out of here!', when Ellen and Davey discussed us signing a paper releasing liability.  Wowsers.  Yup, the nurse basically wrote notes on an "against medical advice" form saying I was getting in the shower.  So all this took like 15 minuets and I was dying sitting in the bed.  The doctor said, "If you sign that I am going to be very hands off."  Um Thank you! Then he left.  

I got in the shower and had a tiny bit of relief from the hot water on my stomach.  I hung on Davey during contractions or put the water right on my stomach while swaying back and forth.  I asked Ellen to run and get our birth ball, and she grabbed hers out of her car since it was closer.  As soon as she got it I went on my hands and knees in the shower and rested my upper body on the ball.  Davey sprayed my lower back with hot water and during these AWFUL contractions I tried to focus on breathing, which did help a little.  I was so hot and so thirsty Ellen was amazing, she kept bringing me ice water, cool rags, and fanning me while Davey held me or sprayed my back and comforted me.  

I started to feel pushy so the nurse wanted to check me.  I got in bed and she said I was a 9.  She wanted to see if she could stretch me to a 10 during the next contraction, which she couldn't.  So I knew what I had to do.  I had to sit on the toilet.  I'm telling you...the toilet REALLY works.  You're body just naturally releases everything and I definitely felt baby move all the way down.  I got up and into the shower for a few more contractions on my knees, until my body started pushing and I couldn't help it.  We hurried to the bed where she checked me again and I was a 10, fully effaced and baby at 0 station! It was pushing time! 

I so looked forward to pushing because I always read it was relief, but they lied.  LOL. It was NOT relief for me it was agony! Not to scare anyone....;)  The doctor came in and geared up.  I started to push, and he stood in the back of the room with his arms crossed.  No joke.  The nurse was telling me to hold my breath and push and I kept saying, "No! It hurts! Wait!".  She kept saying, "Yeah it's gonna hurt! You gotta push!" which wasn't very encouraging.  LOL. She should have said, "You're almost done!".  I felt like I wasn't making any progress with the first few pushes because I was scared and didn't accept the pain yet.  Finally the doctor came over and the nurse said, give me a big push! Don't stop! Hold your breath!" I was getting so confused with how to breath I gave up and did what was natural.....SCREAMED.  They kept telling me not to scream with the pushes but it helped me so much I kept doing it.  

I heard them say the baby was so close, give another big push.  So I did and out came his head! I was so tired and it HURT SO BAD {ring of fire?? More like bomb of fire where it feels like your insides are exploding...}. I remember at this point I thought, "Ok I'm gonna take a break..." yeah right! It was burning! I finally realized there was only one way to get relief...So I gave a huge push and screamed so loud and out came the rest of his body, and they put him on my chest.  BEST. FEELING. IN. THE. WORLD.  

I did it.  I'm amazing.  JK JK but seriously it was so amazing!!!  The cord was wrapped around Will's neck and the dr unwrapped it.  He didn't cry right away but was moving and making noises.  I was crying and shaking and couldn't believe it! My baby!!! It was so worth every minuet of pain I felt.  I felt like I could do anything after that!!! But I did say, "I don't ever want to do that again."  :) I still mean it.. as of right now. LOL.   The doctor began cleaning me and checking me and I kept telling him to stop touching me, ha! He announced that I didn't tear at all {BRAVO me!} and I felt like saying, "ha! I knew I could do it Dr. Butthead!" {He was the one telling me my baby was going to be big and I may need this or that intervention.}.  

He listened to our wishes and didn't cut the cord until it stopped pulsing.  Then he started digging around for the placenta and I said, "Stop it! Can't you wait till it comes out on it's own?" He said it already detached and to push, and ugh....I gotta push again! One big push and it was out.  NOW I was done.  And so thankful.  And on top of the world. 

We got checked in at the hospital at 1:45pm, and Will was born at 3:23pm! My water broke at 5:10am, and active labor began around 12:30pm, so only 3 hours of active labor! 

My Mom came in the room just maybe 7 minuets after I delivered Will.  She barely missed it! 
 Will was perfect.  APGAR 8-9, beautiful pink color, strong cries, and as soon as he felt my skin he began looking to nurse.  And MAN has he been a fantastic nurser!!! I seriously can't tell you the difference between how easy breastfeeding has been this time.  He just knew what to do.  My milk came in on day two, he had huge poops and pees in the hospital, and even spit up colostrum so I knew he was getting a lot.  I'm so thankful.   

Will weighed 8lbs 9oz and was 21.5 inches long.  My biggest baby by almost a pound! Thank you protein and Eggnog. 

It was honestly the hardest thing I've ever done.  But also, wow, the most amazing.  My husband cried, and he was so proud of me.   The nurse later told me I only pushed for 5 minuets, but I'm sure it was more like 10.  God is so good to have helped me.  When I think of the difference of this birth and Reece's, I know it was laboring at home, walking into the hospital, sitting on the toilet, actually relaxing all my muscles, having a doula, and of course my husband and I being more prepared. And most of all Jesus for answering all our prayers!! All those really made a huge difference.  With Reece I was in the hospital so early, I didn't feel safe, I felt scared, and I did NOT move once they big contractions came.   I really hope I didn't scare anyone from having a natural birth! I'm a wimp, so if I can, you  can.  And it's so amazing and so worth it.  I am just so thankful and over the moon in love with our 4th boy.  Life is complete. :)   
A big thank you to Ellen!!! Check out her website! She has brought us food, baby sat our boys, bought them gifts, seriously gone way above a doula's duties :)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Still Pregnant?!! YES!

YES I am still pregnant.  Even though I'm only 3 days "over due" I feel like I'm 2 weeks over due.  I am SOOOOO uncomfortable.  When I get out of bed to pee or get up for the day I can't walk for a few seconds because my round ligament is so tight.  I wish I would have bought and worn a belly band or wrap thing for support!

My husband had today off.  You all know we breed our labs right? Belle our oldest is in heat, and she needed to be taken to the breeders TODAY.  What timing right?

I was very nervous about him going because it's a 3 hour drive one way! But if we didn't take her today we would miss this heat, and we'd have to wait 6 months. I woke up with my husband at 5am and made him breakfast and packed a lunch for him. I went back to bed, and intended on waking up at 7 to take Shane to school but I didn't wake up until the boys did at 8am! Ack! I felt terrible! I would've rushed him off to school but was feeling very yucky and nauseous.  Poor Shane missed school because I didn't feel well.

 Luckily my husband is on his way home now and all seems to be ok ;) I've been getting contractions all morning/afternoon but they go away when I get up to clean or walk around.  So frustrating! Remember my dream birth? Well I am suppose to go into labor today!!! Come on baby! ;) Also, my mom isn't here so who would take the boys trick or treating?

My Mom was going to come yesterday but after my Tuesday appointment where I found out I'm only 1cm w a pretty hard cervix I decided to have her wait.  What a bummer that was! 3 weeks ago I was 1cm %80 effaced! Apparently it can go backwards...what the heck.   OH AND omgosh...I gained SIX pounds last week! How?? I have hardly any room in my tummy! I barely eat, my appetite is so odd! Seriously I don't even crave food. Except Eggnog. And Chocolate.  Oh and that In & Out Burger I had yesterday.....Ok whatever....

I love Dr. Hikakah though, (the only dr I like!).  He was like, "Hmmm have you started swelling a lot in the last few days?"  He didn't even mention my weight but I know he was like, whoa....6 lbs.... then he checked my ankles and said, "Wow no swelling! Well good!"  That means I gained 6 lbs of FAT!?? Oh geeze.   I am so ready to lose this weight.  Loving my weight loss journal I made. I am motivated!!!! I went to the chiro yesterday and then to Target and walked.  Day before I walked Costco and Target.  Come on baby!

Dr. Hikakah said he knew I didn't want an induction but he really didn't want me going passed 41 weeks 4 days.  I told him to schedule me for Nov 7 when he is working, 40 weeks 3 days. BUT he said I can always push it back and he is okay with my decision (so nice not to be pushed!).

Which I will push it back unless the baby needs to be induced. I have non stress tests scheduled until then to monitor the baby.  So far baby looks great though Praise The Lord!

 I really don't want to be induced at all.  But honestly I can't bare the thought of being pregnant another week from today! Going anywhere is like, "You're STILL pregnant!". Ya know?
 Not getting sleep, limping, no motivation to do anything...OKAY enough complaining! I am BLESSED!!!!! I have friends that have trouble carrying their babies to term! I am so lucky! I just can NOT wait to hold him and see his face :)

Say a prayer this baby comes soon! I know he will come in God's time!

Evening primrose oil and Red Raspberry anyone? :)

Love, The Curvy Housewife

Monday, October 28, 2013

40 weeks!

I can hardly believe the big "D Day" is here!!!! It went by so slow, yet so fast.  How? Idaknow. 

I am beyond ready, but truth be told, I could be pregnant for another two weeks!!! Especially since my due date is based off  ultrasound, not my last period.  Because I was nursing I had one cycle, then didn't get another one.  Based on my cycle it would have been Oct 7 due date, but obviously that passed!

I'm worried about the doctors trying to push me to induce.  That would really put a damper in my natural birth dreams.  The doctor I love said as long as all is well we can go to 42 weeks.  

Yesterday I thought it was it.  I woke up at 5:58 am by a strong contraction (that never happens).  They came 15 mins apart for over an hour.  I decided to get up and shower for church and they went away.  Then they came back.  At church I had a few good ones, got up to walk the halls and they stopped.  What a bummer.  My friend that is a nurse said the barometer pressure is dropping today a lot and they expect a lot of babies being born tonight.  So this morning I called the hospital and asked who the on call doctor for Kaiser is and she told me it's the Dr. I reeeeaaaaallllyyyyyy DON'T WANT. 

I told the baby to stay put today ;) 

I never mentioned why I don't want this dr did I?  Well, a couple weeks ago I had an apt with him, and I had requested a Group B Strep test because they were already planning on giving me antibiotics based on a urine sample at 9 weeks.  I treated it naturally and wanted a real test.  The nurse emailed that would be fine.   I get there, get undressed (blah) sit in the cold room with the tiny paper sheets on trying to hide my bum and he comes in.  He doesn't even mention the test.  He started lecturing me on my weight gain and telling me my baby has a higher risk of diabetes and so on.  He also asked if I was contracting and started to tell me my baby was big (no ultrasound or anything).  This was 38 weeks, he said I measured 40 weeks and I could tell he was going to suggest an induction soon to avoid a "Big baby".  Well I nipped that in the bud by telling him I've gained more with my other sons and they were all a healthy 7 pound range.  Even my 9 day late baby.  

Then he goes to check me, which I was undressed for the GBS test, and I told him to please be careful that with Reece the doctor accidentally broke my water.  He said, "Well I tend to be rough.  Not gonna promise it won't happen." as he begins checking me!  Rude. 

Still 1cm, and the week before a different dr said I was very soft and %80 effaced.  This dr said I was maybe %20 effaced and my uterus was posterior and began discussing the size of the baby again.  Now I'm annoyed. Ask him about the GBS test and he refuses to do it.  He said it doesn't matter if it said negative now because I had it at 9 weeks I AM getting antibiotics. Like he owned me! 

 Ok, I get over that quick, then I tell him I hope to have a natural birth.  

He began telling me all the reasons that would hinder me from having an unmedicated birth.  "The best way for you to have a natural birth is to stay home for a long time but YOU can't do that. You have GBS and we need to give you antibiotics at least 4 hours before the baby is born."  Then he said if my water breaks I'm not allowed out of bed, even to pee...I can't walk around period, and these words actually came out of his mouth: "I can't have you in labor for two days.  It's a hospital not a resort.  We want you in and out. You're taking up someone else's bed."  UNBELIEVABLE! I've never encountered a dr like this! I was almost in tears! I wouldn't be in labor two days anyways...this is my 4th baby and they have all been rather quick.  He was suggesting I can't labor with out pitocin.  

When I told my husband he was so upset.  He wished he was there.  He said, "It's not a resort, it's a factory!" 

So now you know why I don't want him to deliver my baby ;) and he will be there another 18 hours from now.  

Oh a happier note, I am so excited to see my baby's sweet face! I can't wait to kiss him and hug him.  I pray everything goes smoothly.  I'm also so ready to start losing weight again.  I have been eating way too much chocolate and eggnog.  

Ok, maybe the last post before baby?? 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

39.5 weeks!!!

So. I am so ready to have this baby! I know I keep complaining every post, but I cannot believe my muscles keep tweaking out on me! and I'm so uncomfortable.

Every night I clean my house, I tidy up all the toys, clean the kitchen, vacuum, and I fold all the blankets, just in case it's the night and someone has to come watch the boys.

Last night in church, I got a huge contraction! I really thought WHOA. 

I went to Costco yesterday, and finished grocery shopping today. So now I have a full tank of gas, a clean car, a fullfridge, a full  freezer, and all my bags packed. I'm ready to go!!!! 

But I'm actually happy that the baby hasn't come yet, my mom has a party to go to Friday night that she really doesn't want to miss, and I would feel so bad if she had to miss it. I have friends to watch the boys while I'm in labor until my mom gets here, but no one to watch them for the couple days that I would be in the hospital. 

I'm really so excited for the birth!! Although, I am very nervous! I'm just not sure if I'm going to be able to do it naturally the way I want to. I know I can, but I just keep thinking about Reece's birth and how much pain I was in!  you can say "I'm going to do it!!" but really once you feel the pain, that's when I  decide.

I do feel much more confident this time. I have a Doula, my husband and I are more prepared for the horrific pain, ;) and mentally i am ready. I just hope and pray that it goes smoothly and how it want it to.

I've been so tired I've been getting fast food a couple times a week the last couple weeks. Not good!! I hate fast food, but I'm just so tired and don't have the energy to cook. It's bad for us, and breaks the bank. No excuse. 

Also, I'm addicted to eggnog. Also expensive. So if my baby comes out 11 pounds you can directly attribute it to eggnog.  

Thanks for reading this whiny post. 
39 weeks 3 days today!!!!!! Went into labor this time tomorrow (39 weeks 4 days) with Reece! 

Not getting my hopes up. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Weight Loss Journal

I have been desperately trying to distract myself from the fact that I'm still pregnant. And probably will be for at least another week. Sigh. 

So, I made a new weight loss journal for after the baby comes. 

I love it. It's pretty and it's full of blank pages that I can't wait to fill in! 

I got the Smash book on sale. Score. I am IN LOVE with the "Weekly weigh in" section i made. That alone was worth the buy. I am such a sucker for journals, notebooks, scrapbooks, calendars, and planners. Seriously I have so many. :-) 

I am not planning on starting trying to lose weight until a week or two postpartum. We will see how I feel. And even then I am starting really slow, counting calories. My goal is 2,000 a day because of breastfeeding. But more than that, I NEED to stay up on my fruits/veggies, protein, and water to ensure a good milk supply.  

I did get a postpartum stomach wrap. I researched them and they are really suppose to help your stomach shrink down. I didn't buy an expensive one. Just a cheap one with good reviews off amazon. Ill post pics of before and after I wear it. I think I'll start that when I get home from the hospital. 

For me, losing weight while breastfeeding is veeeerrrrryyyy slow.  I'm accepting that. But I know me, and if I don't try* then ill go in the opposite direction. 

I'm excited to start walking/running again too when I am physically able!!! 

So. I updated my weight tracker. Sad face. I updated it, and it looks like I've gained 55 back, but remember my lowest weight was after I lost 9 lbs while super sick in the first trimester.  So I actually have gained about 44 pounds (I was down 2 yesterday!) either way...I'm back to needing to lose 75lbs or so to reach my goal weight of 144. 

I have good feelings. It's gonna happen. This is MY year. These next several months are going to be including some very busy, very exciting changes in our family. Not just adding a 4th boy, but other BIG things as well. And reaching my goal while I'm 28 will be one! 

I have a prenatal appointment tonight. Opting out from being checked. I have been 1cm the last two weeks. Did I tell you all about my horrible awful doctors appointment last week??  If not ill save it for next post. It's long. But let's just say I saw the rudest dr. He said awful things, and if he's on call when I go in labor I'm driving down to LA to deliver. Praying that doesn't happen! 

I'm so done being pregnant. I can't sleep, i pee ALL the stomach is muscles are all tweaking out!! My sciatica, my groin, my round ligament, my calfs and my jaw. All super tight and will cramp up randomly!! Also. I can't get up. Seriously. If I lay down it takes me at least 30 seconds to get up. I'm a turtle on my back. 

I've been using my magnesium oil to help my muscles.. And stretching. Here's to praying the baby comes soon! 

Love, The Curvy Housewife 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Super Easy Freezer Meals

Again!! Been almost a week!!! Gah. Yesterday I felt very icky. Then suddenly had a major nesting spurt. 

I prepared 12 freezer meals (6 more cooking today to make 18! I had to bake a whole chicken for these).

I cleaned the kitchen. Rearranged a messy cupboard. Did lots of laundry. Vacuumed the whole house. Baked a pie. And wrote our birth plan. 

I've also been working on Birth Cards to read and prepare and to have Davey or my doula read to me in labor. 

I have several verses written on the cards, as well as relaxation techniques like: "Drop your head into the pillow, don't hold it up with your neck muscles." 

Also "emotional signposts" from the Bradley method (great book!). The book says, you can tell where a woman is in labor based on her behavior. For instance:
 1st signpost is Excitement. Smiles, talking, packing. This is early labor. 

2nd Signpost is Seriousness. Not talking much, concentrating, no more smiles. About the time to go to hospital. 

3rd Signpost is self doubt. Baby will be here soon! THIS IS WHERE I WAS WITH REECE!! Wish I would have read this book!! The author says, these emotional behaviors show more accurately where a women is than checking dilation. She says, if a women is in Self Doubt, and is having contractions 60-90 seconds long at least two mins apart (mine were 70-90sec every 60 seconds w Reece), the baby will be crowning very soon. She specifically said if a lady is at 4cm and in Self Doubt (I was stuck at 4) it doesn't matter. You can go from 4-10 very quickly!! Which I did once I got the epidural lol. I just had to STOP tensing and stop fighting the contractions. 

I'm not sure how I feel about labor being right around the corner. I'm scared. I'm anxious. I'm excited. I am SO ready to not be pregnant. So uncomfortable. 

I'm also sad!!! Sounds crazy but it's like when you prepare for a huge event and suddenly it's over. Although I know it's not's just the beginning!!!! I feel like I need a goal or something to work towards right away to keep me from being blue. Of course losing weight, but also.... Like a race....uh oh....I may on impulse buy a race spot. ;) Jk 

I'm SO excited to see my baby. What is he gonna look like? How big will be be? Hair color? Prayerfully %100 healthy!!! :)

Due date is in 12 days! AND.......don don don. I'm going to update my weight tracker -----> gah.

I've gained 46lbs!!! I'm ok with it though. My weight tracker will say I've gained more because I lost 9 lbs being sick, but i don't count those ;-)

Anyways. About the freezer meals! I made 6 (so far) and doubled them =12. I plan to use one for before baby one for after and keep making some until the baby is born. Somehow it saves us money to do this!! I think I should always do this! 

Super Easy Freezer Meals 

Doubled each: 
Sweet & sour chicken w carrots (crockpot) will serve w rice. 

Teriyaki chicken w pineapple for sandwiches (also crockpot) 

Garlic & Herb chicken w carrots & green beans will serve w rice (crock pot) 

Those three chicken ones are just raw chicken w veggies & marinade. SO EASY. 

Italian sausage w broccoli & sauce already cooked just need to heat and serve w noodles

Chicken & dumplings already made just warm in crockpot (an easy favorite: three cans cream if chicken/mushroom, milk, frozen veggies, chicken, and cut up tortillas all in crockpot! Yum. 

Chicken burritos- black beans, chicken, corn, cheese and Mexican rice. Already all cooked just need to warm. 

And breakfast burritos- eggs, sausage and cheese. 

Also making crockpot chicken fajitas, and chicken casserole :-) 

I spent about $250 on groceries..that includes items I didn't use for the meals as well and we got MORE meals than usual! 

I bought the huge bag of frozen chicken from Costco for $20 which made 9 meals! Also bought a package of tortillas at Costco $4 and you get plenty. Cheddar cheese block from Costco $4, ground sausage from Costco $6, spicy sausage links from Costco for $7, Marinara sauce from Costco (was on sale) $6 for two huge ones. I also used organic carrots from Costco (huge bag lasts forever! $6-7 I think). 

The canned soup and sauces I bought at Winco (a cheap store here, like an Auldis). 

Now I KNOW the sauces and soups aren't from scratch, but I'm 9 months pregnant. Give me some slack :-) 

Although I did just make a berry pie from scratch, including the crust. Yum. 

Ok maybe next time I post ill have a baby :-) follow on Facebook or Twitter for updates!