Why I Love Having Babies

July 29, 2007 at 10:15 pm (Dougisms, Family)


When I was pregnant with my first child I was worried that I would never want to have another baby, because I so hated being pregnant. I was grumpy and sick and huge. It was the hottest summer ever in Utah and we were living in our first house which had no cooling system except for the mini swamp cooler that Doug made for me (The window unit ac that we bought, didn’t work in the extreme heat).

However, for whatever reason (probably the epidural), I absolutely loved the experience of giving birth. It didn’t hurt, people are constantly telling you what a great job you’re doing, and at the end, someone hands you a baby. What’s not to love?! I remember driving home from the hospital thinking, I could do this again right now.

After baby number two, I wasn’t ready for a third on the drive home, but a couple of weeks later, I was thinking how great the whole birth experience is. Again, I still hate being pregnant, but it’s worth it at the end.

With baby number three, I thought things might be different. This was the first time I had to be induced, and this was my first baby in Texas. I wasn’t sure how different everything would be. I am happy to report, however, that it was still a great experience. The hospital was a little more boring, so I didn’t stay the full two nights, but other than that, I still came out with a great little boy.

Just in case you think that I don’t appreciate all the work that Doug does during these times I thought I’d leave you with some lovely Dougisms:

1. “make sure you’re sensitive to people who don’t love having babies” when writing your blog

2. “why didn’t you pack me some snacks in your hospital bag? just because you can’t eat, doesn’t mean that I can’t eat!” 

3. The day after the baby arrived: “I’m so tired. You don’t know what a long day I had yesterday.” (Yes, he was serious)

4. “don’t even pretend like that was hard work. I was there the whole time. You didn’t even push. The baby just popped out.”

Who says my husband isn’t super sensitive?!

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Before and After

July 27, 2007 at 10:18 pm (Uncategorized)


This is me at 8:00am yesterday morning, and this is what happened just a few hours later:


Now, here is a word to the wise: if you are feeling something strange that is unsimilar to the rest of your labor you need to speak up…. quickly! When little benjamin entered the world, he was all alone except for his mom and dad! No doctors or nurses necessary! I say, that’s the power of the epidural. You can’t even feel the baby come out!

Does anyone else think there is a similarity between baby Benjamin and Mr. Burns from the Simpsons?!

 Oh, and Liz, sorry for stealing another name from you.One day we’re going to come up with our own names!

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It’s the Anniversary Sale!

July 20, 2007 at 8:50 pm (Things I love)

So, today was the first day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. We got there nice and early so that we could participate in the Krispy Kreme donut fest! At least the boys participated; I just had to watch! We bought Samuel some church shoes. Proper shoes that lace up. Doug thinks that proper shoes are going to make all the difference in his church behavior! They also had some Robeez on sale which is an awesome deal since they never go on sale!


  They also have some cute pink ones, but those are unnecessary for my situation! After shoes and a couple of balloons (gotta love Nordstrom!), we made our way over to cosmetics and ladies shoes.

 Here are the shoes that I bought:


Now though, I’m torn, because I also like these shoes:


What to do? What to do? Should I return the green ones and get the MaryJanes? I can’t buy two pairs, that would be overkill, but I can get one pair, because I’ve been a Harry Potter widow for he past three nights (obviously Doug has to re-read book 6 so he’s ready for book 7), and it won’t get any better until Monday! In fact, he’s downstairs napping so that he can go to the bookstore at midnight, and stay up all night reading!

So, help me out. Which shoes do you like better? There are also a cute pair of Kate Spades:


The picture doesn’t really do them justice, and they’re out of my price range anyway, but I thought you’d all enjoy the fun sale shoes! There are also some great gifts with purchase at the cosmetics counter. The great thing about Nordtrom is that if I’m feeling guilty next week, I can return everything. I’m keeping everything in their boxes until I’m sure!

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Sh… don’t tell Doug!

July 18, 2007 at 7:42 pm (Uncategorized)


This is what happens when twelve year old girls spend a lot of time with little boys with great hair! I’m pretty sure that there will be a manicure session while I’m at the doctor tomorrow!

Now, I need help. I want this baby out now! I know they’ll induce me whenever, but I like to think my one concession to my babies is that I let them come when they want. However, I’m not above trying non-chemical inducements! I’ve tried walking around Sea World again, and of course, thinking lots of happy thoughts, but nothing is working. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

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Pride Goeth Before Sea World

July 15, 2007 at 2:10 am (Uncategorized)


Yesterday, I thought I had a great idea. I figured now that we have the girl here we could go and have a fun morning at Sea World. I had driven down there with the boys once before, but it had started raining so we never went inside. I thought since I had driven there once, I would be able to find it again no problem.

Ha! Ha! Ha!

I knew the park was only 18 miles from my house. So, after about 40 minutes driving and a roadside stand for Fredericksburg peaches I deduced that we were officially lost! At this point, the girl suggests that we stop and ask for directions. I said I would be too embarassed. Then the girl says that she’ll save me my embarassment and ask for directions for me. I said no way because then I would be embarassed by proxy. It wasn’t like we made one wrong turn, I went in the opposite direction for 40 minutes!

So, I thought I could call my sister and she could find me some internet directions, but she wasn’t at home. Then my mom wasn’t near the computer, and Doug wasn’t picking up his phone (don’t even get me started on this; I keep telling him that he has to keep his phone with him always just in case the baby comes, but he leaves it!).

A few miles back we saw a sign for San Marcos which is where the outlet mall is, so I figured we might as well do something. Little did I know that it was the 35mi. scenic route to San Marcos! Oh well, the scenic route was lovely. This is texas Hill Country! The outlets were fun, but it was huge. We only went to a few stores. No matter how much help you have, an outlet mall is not for toddlers!

After we got home, we loaded Doug into the car, and once more headed out to Sea World… in rush hour traffic! We made it there in time for two roller coaster rides and one beluga/dolphin show! I also got a great idea to get rid of th veins in my legs… just cover them with really ugly tattoos (I would have taken a picture, but the lady could have totally beat me up!)!

Anyway, I’m now off to Harry Potter. It is my sinister plan to go into labor half-way through! Think happy thoughts for me!

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Summer Fun

July 12, 2007 at 2:23 am (Uncategorized)


                          A couple of months ago, while we were househunting in Texas, I had a mini nervous breakdown. It finally hit me that we would be having a baby, in Texas, where we know nobody. I freaked out! What would I do if I went ito labor in the middle of the night? Who would watch my kids? Doug’s parents are in Mongolia and all my family is in Canada in the Summer. I thought that maybe my little sister might want to come spend a month with us,but aparently 15 year-olds have better thingd to do with their summers! Then, a couple of weeks after the breakdown I was talking to the mom of one of our SLC babysitters, and she mentioned how her daughter would love to come to Texas. I didn’t know if it would all work out, but she arrived on Monday, and already it has been worth every penny!


                         Doug wasn’t really too keen on the idea, but he has warmed up to the whole thing. The best thing is having someone to play with the kids so that I can actually get some stuff done. It’s only been three days, and she’s here for a month, but so far, I would highly recommend this to everyone!

                          On a side note, I mentioned a while back about my creepy doctor’s office with all of the crosses everywhere. Now this isn’t my OB who will be delivering the baby, this is my perinatologist. He doesn’t even deliver babies, yet in his office alongside all the crosses there are many OB type figurines. Who knew there were so many ways to commemorate the birth of a baby with ceramic and wood. I kid you not, there were at least twenty mini statues with women with their legs in the air! If you don’t believe me, I’m including the C-section carving from the bottom of the waiting room curio cabinet. Please notice the red blood on the belly, I couldn’t get close enough to show the big cut!


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Happy Birthday Christina!

July 9, 2007 at 4:00 am (Family)


Today is my sister, Christina’s birthday, and so I thought I’d do a top ten tribute.

Look out David Letterman, here are the Top Ten Things I love about my Sister:

10. Even though she had only been married 6 months, she let me come live with her for almost three months!

9. She’s literally half my size (see photo above), but she still offers to lend me clothes!

8. She sends fun, random packages in the mail.

7. She never judges my griping about my in-laws.

6. Even though she hasn’t had a full night’s sleep in over four years, she would drop everything to help anyone. She is one of the most selfless people I know.

5. She was always helping me with little home improvements.

4. She throws a rockin’ shower! If you’re lucky enough to be having a baby or getting married and you’re her friend, there will be an awesome party for you.

3. She’s a great doula if you have a husband who might ‘hypothetically’ want to take a nap or do a school assignment while you’re in labor!

2. She’s always outdoing herself in the kitchen.

1. Even though we weren’t that tight when we were younger, Christina is definitely one of my best friends now.

Happy Birthday!

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Books I Love

July 7, 2007 at 2:26 am (Things I love)


The other day I was surprised in the mail by  package from my sister Christina. sometimes I’m a little leery of Christina’s taste in literature (I didn’t personally enjoy A History of Love), but these books look great. One was a children’s book that she got off Mrs. Cropper’s site all about US presidents. So far I’ve been loving reading it to Samuel. She also sent me a burlap bag for the farmers’ market. The best part about the bag is that it’s a fundraiser for a UN children’s charity, which kind of annoys Doug. It’s always fun to put on an accessory and hear one of Doug’s UN tirades at the same time! I’ve probably been using the bag more than I should, but it’s very amusing for me!!

After receiving this lovely bonus during my first trip to the neighborhood mailbox (don’t even get me started on the USPS down here!), I’ve decided to write about a few of my favorite books.

This year at my old book group we read Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. I can’t say enough about how much I loved that book. The best sign for me is that I slow down my reading as the book is nearing the finish because I don’t want it to end. After i finished with Crossing to Safety, I went on a Stegner binge. I think I finished almost every piece of fiction that Stegner wrote, with the exception of Big Rock Candy Mountain, which I had to return to the library before we moved. I do have to say though, that I don’t enjoy Stegner’s non-fiction quite as much.

I also just finished These is my Words, which Amy F. does nothing but rave about. I don’t know if ever had an in depth conversation with Amy F. where These is my Words wasn’t mentioned! This one is written in journal form, and it’s addictive.

I will always love anything by Edith Wharton and Maeve Binchy, who are completely un-alike except for the fact that I have to read everything written by them.

Right now I’m reading My Life in france by Julia Child, and it just takes me back to a lot of the experiences that I had when I first lived in France. I love reading books that take places in places where I’ve lived, especially in a historical setting. I love picturing a place I’ve lived as something completely different. For that reason, I really liked reading Barometer Rising, which might be enjoyable for those of you heading off to NS in August.

I love to read. It’s something I have to do every day. I’m interested to know what your favorite books are, and why you choose the books you choose. If I didn’t have kids (and sometimes even now), I could spend whole days doing nothing but reading. Let me know. Now that I have no Book Group I need to have some help creating my back-up list of books to read.

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What was I thinking?!

July 3, 2007 at 2:24 am (Uncategorized)


I have gone Samuel’s whole life trying to avoid going to Chuch E. Cheese’s the way I try and avoid th Chuck-A-Rama. Samuel knew who Chuck was because he’s a sponsor of PBS kids, but he had no clue who Chuck really is. Every time we passed the Sandy location, we just told him that we didn’t like Chuck E. Cheese’s house.

Then we move to Texas! There is a Chuck E. Cheese right beside our local Costco, so it’s something we see fairly often. One time Doug decides to tell Samuel that there is pizza inside, and that is not all, there are also games. Well, we have heard nothing much since except how Samuel would like to go visit Chuck E. Cheese at his house! We make Samuel a deal and tell him that his grandma will take him when she comes to visit. Needless to say, he was very much looking forward to Grandma’s visit!


Well, today was the big day. My oh my! I don’t enjoy Chuck E. Cheese’s on a good day, but when everyone else is enjoying pizza, and I have to settle for the salad bar, it doesn’t make all the loud noises and flashing lights any more enjoyable! Needless to say, Samuel had a blast. Even William had fun playing some of the little games. I just hope that Samuel realizes that this is something that can only happen when Grandma is in town!

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