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The Hospital Birth Part 1
I was recently asked to tell my story of why I chose and choose to have a home-birth over a hospital birth. I know some people are skeptical as to the whys. Here are my whys and why nots. But first I just have to say this. A home-birth is not for everyone. If you have ever had a complication with a child during birth, the average midwife will tell you that she will not deliver in your home. She will be more willing to deliver in a birthing center or a hospital.
So here is our hospital story.
We have 3 children – 2 boys and little girl. Our oldest was born in the hospital. We thought about a home delivery with him but we had 100% insurance coverage because of the job I was working at. Our insurance was awesome we literally didn’t pay a cent for our hospital birth. Because of this we took advantage of all that money we spent every month. We arrived at the hospital about 1 o’clock and I was told by my doctor that he was going to go ahead and break my water. I needed to get on some antibiotics since I had strepB. Yeah!!! “sorry a little sarcastic.” So there I was laying down and I started to have contractions. I got up a few times and walked around sat a little bit at a table on an exercise ball to fill out some paperwork. But pretty soon the contractions picked up a lot! When I think back I wish I knew what I do now about birth. I wouldn’t have laid back down!!!
My contractions got worse and worse as they often do…. I couldn’t take it. The pain was unbearable but I refused to do an epidural… I had heard way to many things about epidurals and none of them were good. I decided to take a drug that would take the edge off. I still felt my contractions but they didn’t hurt as bad. I will tell you this, that drug made me feel a bit on the drunk side. At least that is what the doctor told me it would feel like, since I had never been drunk in my life I wasn’t sure what to expect. I guess I was also quite hilarious. The nurses, the doctor, my sister in-law and my hubby were laughing quite a bit I heard.
Isn’t he adorable?
Well the time had come. It took 40 minutes of pushing and my baby boy was born. Afterwards I was wheeled into my room where I got to snuggle with my newborn baby boy. By this time it was 9 at night I was exhausted. But my baby was WIDE AWAKE. We couldn’t quite figure out the whole breast-feeding thing and between the two of us we were both frustrated. But come 4am we both finally passed out! Needless to say those next 2 hours went by way too fast. Doctors and nurses came a flooding in between 6am and 12pm. No sleep for this tired mama…. I could have cared less about my blood needing to be drawn or eating breakfast or taking my vitamins. I JUST WANTED SLEEP! However I wasn’t going to be rude and not let my friends and family come and see the baby and I. I toughed it out. The next several days went by in a flurry. I was so glad when I got to go home.
My likes and dislikes of the hospital
- Beds were comfy
- Nurses were nice for the most part “Except for the ones that decided to talk about 4-H and their cattle in the middle of my pushing”
- The food wasn’t bad
- The whirlpool bathtub was great
- My doctor was great
So yeah that is about all I can think of that I liked about the hospital
- The nurses who couldn’t stop talking about 4-H and it took my husband to say something
- The contractions were really really strong – I found out later that they were stronger than normal since the doctor broke my water versus it breaking on it’s own.
- It didn’t matter what my birth plan was. I was still asked every so often if I wanted pain meds. “You would think they get paid more if the patient takes them”
- The fact that someone didn’t really show me how to breast feed
- I was woken up at 6am for blood work and everything else
- I almost didn’t get to eat supper at one point because I almost ordered food way to late – “I had a 5 minute window left to order”
- I was made to watch videos about Shaking baby syndrome and SIDS. Not that big of deal for someone who hadn’t seen them before. But I had just got done watching them 2 weeks earlier.
- Some of the nurses were rude about the videos – Ok that’s being nice. They were all rude about the videos. I finally just left them on just to make them happy.
- I really wasn’t comfortable. The hospital gowns really are not that conservative in the ways of apparel.
- I didn’t feel like I could relax.
- I was always worried that someone might walk in on me while I was dressing, going to the bathroom and so on.
- If it hadn’t been for our insurance we would have had to pay $10,000 just to have a baby in the hospital – Those fees also included all “baby well visits” as well. Not to mention the cost to have a premium insurance plan – a little over $480 a month Which came out to about $4,320
I was so glad to get home. Now not everyone’s experience is going to be like mine. Some of you may have had a great experience and some of you may have had it worse than mine. It will have to be something that you will need to weigh the pros and cons of before you decided to have a hospital birth, home birth or to have the baby in a birthing center.
What was your experience? Did you like the hospital or did you chose to have a home-birth? I would love to hear your feedback 🙂
*More Than Mommy received an outfit for review. Regardless, her opinion is her own and yours may differ.
Taco stew is one of those recipes that sounds weird to me but taste absolutely wonderful. I was given this recipe from a friend of mine and would love to share it with all of you wonderful people. The recipe is so easy and doesn’t take many ingredients. This recipe will feed about 10 or more people. Depending on how big your servings are.
To make Taco stew you will need the following
- 2lbs of Ground Beef
- 1 Onion – Diced up
- 2 Cans of Black Beans
- 1 Can of Corn
- 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes with green chilies
- 2 Large cans of peeled diced tomatoes
- 2 packets of taco seasoning
Now granted you will notice in my pictures I forgot to add the corn… Uh Oh! However even without the corn it still tasted fantastic.
Now the process for making this was incredibly easy.
Just cook up your diced onion and ground beef in a large pot
Once your onion and beef are all cooked up add your black beans, corn “Don’t forget the corn,” 😉 tomatoes with green chilies, diced tomatoes and taco seasoning.
Stir it all up and cook it until it is heated up or to a boil. Whatever hits your fancy.
Once it is heated up dish up and garnish with some cheese and sour cream along with a slice of cornbread.
Now eat your heart out 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this taco stew recipe. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.
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Have you ever thought of creating your own tees for a fundraiser, team, group or even just for fun? It is really easy and simple to do with Teespring. I love this site and I have had time to play around and mix things up and be very creative. This site is great if you are trying to raise money for a fundraiser, team and group. You can even design and sell them to make extra money.
With Teespring it is so easy to get started and it doesn’t cost you a penny to do it. So yes it is FREE to design a tee, set the price you want to sell it for, set a goal. Then advertise with facebook, e-mail and the rest of the world you decided to share it with.
It is so simple to do. It takes only 3 easy steps from beginning to end.
While you are working on the first step you need to decided what brand/style of a T-shirt you want to use. Along with what color. There are a lot of options to pick from, along with cost. You can also add your own art or use one of the art graphics they have available.
Want a design or wording on the back of your t-shirt? Well it is possible to flip your t-shirt around using the button below the t-shirt that says “see back”.
Go ahead and edit this side as well if you have something extra you want to do. You can write a saying, a couple of words & or even art If you don’t have anything to add just leave it blank. It really is all up to you. The options and possibilities are endless.
When you are finished you can click the green button that says “Next Step”.
Now you are on step 2. This is where you will set your sales goal – “How many t-shirts you want to sell”. How much you want to sell them for. Once you have set those 2 things, look at the bottom of the page the bright green digits will show your profits. This will tell you what your estimated profit will be. When you have everything set. Go ahead and click “Next Step”
Step 3 here we come. Next enter the title of your Campaign. Give a description of your t-shirt and or why they should buy it. You can also put a link to a website or a picture/design into the description. You then can choose your campaign length of time and choose your URL – This is not where you put your website name this is where you just put a simple name or team name for instance we used economicalmommy “http://teespring.com/economicalmommy” This way when you give the link out it directs people right to your campaign. Then decide on your shipping options. When you are all finished Click “Launch Campaign”
Once you have clicked “Launch Campaign” another screen will pop up showing you the buy it now tab along with how many you have sold compared to your goal. There you are all done.
Wait did I say you were all done? Not quite 😉 Now that you are ready to sell your tee. Make sure to share it with friends and family!
Once you have shared it you can sit back and watch your group, team, fundraiser or see the extra money you need come in.
It really is that simple and it really doesn’t cost you anything to get started.
Give TeeSpring a try for your next fundraiser, group or even to make a little extra money on the side. It is an awesome company. One that is worth giving a try.
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Ok I will have to admit, I used TO LOVE Fall! All the leaves changing colors and cooler temps. BUT I don’t love it as much as I used to because it reminds me that WINTER is right around the corner. Ugh for Winter. The only reason I can possibly love or even like that season is seeing the joy on my children’s faces when they see snow falling. That is the only reason. However with fall here and all the leaves changing color and the cooler temps it is time once again for a fall cleaning overhaul of the house! YEAH for cleaning… Ok I was a little sarcastic there, sorry. But I do love the house so much more when I’m all done. So here is my run down. Hope it helps you get your house cleaned and smelling great!
So for starters you should always remember this rule of thumb when spring cleaning. “Always start from the top and go down”.
In order to get a thorough cleaning “don’t do one room at a time” you will want to start from the top “ceiling” and go down “floor” Remember dust settles. Also base the following list on a one level home. If you have multiple floors always start on the top floor and go down following the cleaning checklist. Give or take depending on what you have on each floor. Remember clean from the top down.
Here is a run down for cleaning, but for a more precise cleaning checklist click and print the link below
- Dust cobwebs
- Clean all light fixtures and fans
- Remove all wall hangings and head to the washing machine and wash them. once they are done put them on
clothes line so they get that fresh spring air smell. **make sure to follow cleaning labels accordingly.
- Dust and wipe down all window frames
- Wipe down and wash all cupboards
- Clean your windows inside and in between if possible
- Clean your window sills – once windows are done leave open and let the fresh spring air in.
- Remove all pictures and wall hangings and wipe and dust them including tv’s and mirrors including the ones in the bathroom
- Wipe down your walls
- Wipe down and dust all appliances including your refrigerator, stove and microwave.
- Clean the inside of all your appliances “look below for how to”
- Dust and wipe down all other furniture
- Shampoo those sofas and vacuum under those cushions
- Wipe down and clean all cupboards and counter tops
- Remove all bedding from beds and place in the washer and keep cleaning – when the bedding is done place outside on your clothesline and let the spring air freshen them up. You will thank me later.
- Clean your bathrooms medicine cabinet, sink, tub and toilet.
- wipe down all baseboards
- now your floors
- Carpet – Vacuum and Shampoo those things “You will want to move furniture and possibly only do one or two rooms at a time so the carpet can dry before moving all the furniture back.
Hard wood floors – Sweep/wipe down or wax/buff
Linoleum/tile – Sweep and mop
Now take a deep breath your house looks and smells awesome!
For those of you that are curious here are some how to’s for your kitchen.
How to clean that pesky stove and oven – This link is one of the best that I have found.
“I have tried this and it works wonderfully. My only recommendation is to let it sit for a while.
Now to clean the inside of the oven doors.
How to clean your refrigerator
Don’t forget to defrost your freezer so you have more room in there.
Need a copy of the Spring/Fall cleaning checklist? Click this link for your free checklist spring and fall cleaning checklist
Let me know what you thought of our Spring & Fall Cleaning Checklist and if there is anything you would add to it that we didn’t think of. Can’t wait to hear back.
If your kids LOVE Disney Junior as much as my kids do. You will not want to miss out on this never-before-seen live show. My kids are so EXCITED to see Jake and the Never Land Pirates. They can’t stop talking about it. Read below to see who else is going to be there! Don’t forget to buy your tickets and use the coupon code below for a special discount!!! Hope to see you there!
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I’m not sure if you have ever tried juicing but in our family when cold and flu season start we bring out the juicer and we hit the store for fresh fruit and veggies. We have tried several different juices “Different fruit and veggies in our juice” but our favorite seems to always be Carrots, Celery and Apples and sometime a hint of pear.
Needless to say I’m the first to get the cold in our family this cold season…. Bummer I know, Right? Well This mama needs to keep up her energy and needs to get over this cold very soon and fast. Plus I can’t have anyone else catch a cold either.
Well This is what I’m doing to overcome this dreadful cold….. Lots of Vitamin C “I love Emergenc and Airborne”. Plus some Zinc Lozenges and I also Juice 2 to 3 times a day.
To make your own juice it is really important to have a juicer. We use a Jack LaLanne express. Now I will be honest over time it doesn’t work as well as it did in the beginning. We really want a vitamix. They are bit more spendy but I feel that it will be worth it in the end.
Once we have our juicer put together we gather our fruit and veggies that we plan on using.
We cut everything up a bit. It just fits in the juicer easier.
Then in the fruit and veggies they go and out comes the juice. 🙂
Once it has all been juiced I place in cups and in the mouths it goes. Yes my kiddos LOVE juiced carrots, celery and apples.
And Juice just wouldn’t be the same without those mustaches!
This batch made about 3 1/2 cups of raw juice…. No sugars added, no preservatives added and non of the other junk that you find in juice bought in a store. Raw Juice is SO MUCH better for you!
Here is an idea of the nutrients that are packed in this awesome drink
This was one of the best websites I could find for this recipe for nutrients.
Do you juice? If so what are your favorites recipes and why do you do it?
I love pizza. However it has become expensive to feed my family with frozen or from a pizza joint. $10 for one pizza is extreme and it nearly takes 2 to feed my family. so $20 for one meal? That is way to much for our small budget. especially when we only allow $20 every 2 weeks for out to eat and only about $35 – $45 in groceries every week. “yes it is tough at times” But we don’t starve and we eat fairly good. It just comes down to bargain shopping and only buying items on sale. Pizza is one of those things that I can make that taste awesome “I also think it tastes a heck of a lot better than what you can buy in the stores, but hey I might be a little bias too.” 😉 So here is my favorite homemade pizza recipe.
I got this recipe from a church cookbook. “I love those cook books.” I had to tweak it a little bit since the dough was way to sticky for my liking. This recipe will make 2 12″ pizzas and it only takes about 20 – 30 minutes to make. This recipe makes a very soft and tasty dough.
Ok so grab everything below first
2 pizza pie pans or 2 cookie sheets
1 cup of Warm Water
1 yeast packet
2 1/2 to 2 3/4 cups of Flour **start with 2 1/2 and add a little bit more depending on the stickiness of the dough.
2 Tablespoons of Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Salt
4 Tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil
Tomato sauce *I like using leftover spaghetti sauce
Plus any toppings you want to add to your pizza *We love onions, cheese and pepperoni.
Turn oven and set it for 425
Start with placing your yeast, sugar and water into the bowl
Next whisk it all together and let it sit in a warm spot. *I usually place it on my stove top*
There is no time limit here. You just need to wait until the yeast has started to foam. It takes between 5 to 10 minutes
This is what it should look like after it has started to foam.
Next you are ready to add all the other ingredients – Flour, Salt and Oil. Mix it well with a spoon. Once most of the ingredients have been stirred in you will have to knead the dough. I usually just knead it right in the bowl.
You won’t need a rolling-pin – I just split the dough in half and press it between my hands to get it to be a little flat. I place it on a well-greased pizza pie pan and press down with my fingers until it is completely flat.
Once you have completed that place your toppings on in the following order
anything else that is bulky
Put your pizzas in the oven.
Once your pizzas are brown around the edges and little bit on top. **About 8 – 15 minutes
Take them out and enjoy. If you want a crispier crust leave in the oven a little longer.
I tried many different pizza crust recipes and this one was by far my families favorite.
Homemade pizza is the way to go.
The total cost of this pizza recipe will depend on the ingredients you add to the pizza
The yeast packet .33 cents
Tomato sauce – .50 cents
*Free if you use leftover spaghetti sauce
Onions* .19 cents
We only use half of one
Cheese $1.76 *we buy the extra-large bags to save money
a 7 ounce package will make 4-5 pizzas
Flour – about .66 cents
Salt – Less than .10 cents
Water – Free. we usually use tap
Total Cost for the recipe above?
$5.03 not bad for 2 12″pizzas
I LOVE saving money! You will also find that the pizzas recipe above is more filling then what you buy in the stores. Usually 1 12″ pizza will feed 2 adults 1 schoolager “who by the way is in another growth spurt” a Preschooler and a toddler.
Homemade pizza made from scratch is so worth it in the end. These freeze really well. So if you don’t have time to make some later on in the week. Make these and freeze for later just make sure you wrap them good.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think.