When I was a kid, I always had a really hard time making friends. I was ugly, weird and changed schools when I was eight after my parents broke up. Two years after moving I finally made friends and was so excited to bring them over to my house after school and have sleep overs. But they all stopped coming over fairly quick.
So, I'd keep inviting them over and they'd either decline or suggest we do something else. Finally after asking why they never wanted to come over, they admitted that they felt awkward coming over just to hear my parents scream and they didn't like it when people yelled. More Here...
Getting your period when you are not expecting it is inconvenient, and sometimes downright embarrassing, for even the most seasoned period-getters. Remember being nine and wondering when your first ever period would come. Will it be soon or in another few years? Where will I be when it comes? What if I am at school?
A lot of young girls get their first ever period when they are at school, which is not surprising considering the amount of time children spend there. However, if they are not prepared, this can be an embarrassing experience they may never forget. It need not be. Here is how to make your daughter’s first period a more pleasant experience.
Did you know that there may be “pink slime” in the beef you and your children are eating? Sound appetizing? Perhaps it sounds better and more nutritious referred to by its proper, more appetizing name – lean finely textured beef (LFTB) or boneless lean beef trimmings (BLBT). Regardless of what we call it, it exists, and most of us are eating it unknowingly.
So what exactly is “pink slime”/LFTB/BLBT? Simply put, it is processed beef trimmings. In the past, these trimmings were primarily used for the production of pet foods and cooking oils. In the early 1990s, however, “pink slime” technology was invented and we have been consuming it ever since.
No new mom ever feels completely ready for the birth of their first child, but I was feeling pretty good about myself by the time I hit 30 weeks. My husband and I had finished our childbirth class and our childcare class, and had signed up for a breast feeding class (he was really excited about that). The nursery wasn’t ready, but the crib was together and the rest of the furniture was on its way. All that and I still had lots of time before the baby arrived! Boy, I was good!
At 31 weeks 4 days I had my monthly check in with my OB/GYN. I heard that beautiful heartbeat again and left feeling excited about my 3rd trimester. He did recommend that I get another ultrasound, just to check in, and I was elated to have another chance to see my little girl. Looking back, I know that he had a feeling that something was not right, and that his instincts saved my baby’s life.
After my first birth, I had pretty much decided how this birth was going to go. Walk into hospital, epidural, baby. I should have known better as a 2nd time mom that nothing pretty much goes as planned, but hey, a girl can hope right?
Delilah was less planned, much like her brother, but that is how her dad and I roll it seems. After the birth of our son Seth, we agreed that when he turned 2 that we would start planning our wedding so that he could be an active participant in walking me down the aisle with my dad. When he turned 2, we picked a date, which was a little under a year out and started planning. We managed to get 2 weeks in and everything was turned upside down.
40 weeks & 3 days pregnant with my first child, a boy, I waddled myself into Labor and Delivery to prepare to evict this little alien from my body. This would be trip #6 that I’d made to the hospital during my pregnancy and I was NOT going to leave this time with an occupied uterus.
My pregnancy had been nothing except exhausting. Not only did I manage to survive 9 weeks of constant puking, and when I mean constant, I mean CONSTANT. I was unable to lift my head from the toilet for more than 5 minutes at a time it seemed, and everything made me sick, especially poultry. I remember sitting at Thanksgiving dinner, taking a bite of the delicious turkey that I had been anticipating for months (Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday—a day of nothing but eating and football for no other good reason besides we can? HECK YEA!) and immediately saying “Oh s***!” and taking off running toward the bathroom. That was the moment I knew something was up. 1 week later, I gathered up my courage, went down to the local drug store, bought the cheapest Home Pregnancy Test I could find, called up my best friend and did the most awkward thing I had done to date… peed on a plastic stick. Three minutes later I was designated pregnant and puking again.
Our story starts not with the boys, but long before that. As a newly wed couple (and small family including Vi -8yrs at the time), we thought it would be great to wait a year before trying to conceive; get settled and all that jazz... So, in preparation I started taking prenatal vitamins, and switched my birth control so that I would get regulated again. 9 Years of Depo Provera made it so that I had not had a menstrual cycle in all that time. Several months go by and still no cycle to speak of; so I make an appointment with the OB. At this point we still weren't trying, we had only been married for a few months, but I just had a feeling things weren't going to be easy.
This is a note from mom: This birth story is a bit graphic, so if the thought of blood loss (and lots of it) is something you can't handle, you may not want to read any further.
At about 11:20 pm Tuesday night, I went to the bathroom. I pooped a little and then felt like I had to pee. I wasn't sure, but I thought my water broke (it did). Being the compulsive toilet paper checker that I am, I checked the paper and there was blood EVERYWHERE. I could feel LOTS of gushing as I sat there on the toilet, in shock. Since I didn't have the slightest idea any of this way coming, I didn't have a phone on me. It took me a few minutes to compose myself (I was freaking out) and grabbed a pad and shoved it between my legs. I also grabbed a towel. (I was not dressed at the time, so there was nothing to attach the pad to.) Managed to leave the bathroom and grab the phone and Chris's work number off the fridge. I made it back to the bathroom and sat on the edge of the bathtub. First, I called Chris and told him to get home NOW. I then called my OB. I was shaking and terrified by now because the blood just kept gushing out. I was also losing tissue - I was scared it was placenta. I decided while on the phone with the OB that I would call 911 and go to the nearest hospital via ambulance (not the hospital I was planning to deliver at - my OB is 20 min away).
Have disappeared for sometime because there are so much things happening in my life. It was hell and miserable for the last 10 days.
09th Feb: 9.20pm
Took a walk in the park with WH and the contractions started. I thought it was a false alarm again but half an hour later, the show came. We called the doctor and he told us to wait till the contractions were more intense for an hour before coming down. At 1am, we check into the hospital.
10th Feb: 1.30am
I request for epidural, there were slight relief of pain but I could still feel my legs, they were not heavy or numb fully. I requested for higher dosage and was only 1cm dilated, the anesthetist claimed my threshold level is too low.
If you're following Momaroo on Facebook you'll already know this, but just in case you're not we wanted to share the good news. Momaroo Editor Mandi had her baby earlier today!
Please welcome Haley Joanne!
Precious, little Haley came in at a healthy 7 lbs 14 oz and 21 inches long. Both Mandi and baby are doing well! We're so happy for Mandi and her family and hope that recovery goes smoothly.
As Mandi shared, this week is Birth Week here on Momaroo. We're featuring birth stories from our readers and would love to feature yours! It's not too late to submit your story, so please do so here (or just click the "submit post" tab in the header).
Thank you to everyone that has submitted posts so far and for supporting Momaroo, especially while Mandi is out on maternity leave!