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Disney on Ice Adventure

We had a wonderful time at our Disney on Ice Adventure. The magic of Disney is something I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow (and certainly never want to) and this show incorporates characters and displays in a most phenomenally magical way. The show kicks off with Micky, Minnie and friends doing an introduction sequence which soon segways into the Lion King.

I’ve already shared my ridiculous reaction to all things Lion King and this was certainly no exception. Between the music and the graceful movements of the ice skaters the boys were enthralled with each and every scene. Surprisingly my usual anti-princess EBoy said the next sequence for The Little Mermaid was a favorite. Rather than overwhelming with the whole Princess ideal much more focus is spent on a splendid display of sea creatures - which seems to appeal to boys and girls alike. Lilo and Stitch were very entertaining and shared a message about the importance of family. The final act was Peter Pan and featured both energetic sequences on the ice as well as the characters floating in the air. In the pictures above you can even see the huge blowup crocodile which jumped out in order to eat Captain Hook right off the ice. This show was certainly Disney magic at it’s best, and makes me look forward to the day when I can share the entire Disney Worl experience with my family.

For those in Houston, Miami, Kansas City, Phoenix or Chicago you can still get a Mom Central discount to Disney on Ice:

Ticketmaster will still allow you to use the code “MOM” to get 4 tickets for just $44. A great value for a very entertaining experience.

Offer good on all performances, minimum purchase of 4 tickets required; additional tickets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each. Offer not valid on Gold Circle Seating, Front Row and VIP seating or combinable with other offers. Other restrictions may apply.

Dates and cities where families can use the national MOM code are:

Houston
Disney On Ice presents Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey
April 15-April 19


Sunrise/Miami

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy
March 26-April 5

Kansas City
Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey
April 1-April 5

Phoenix
Disney On Ice presents a Disneyland® Adventure
April 9-April 12

Chicago/Rosemont
Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic
Sept 8-Sept 13

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In Support of VBACs

After reading this Time magazine article about just how uncommon VBACs are in the United States I was saddened at just how difficult it is for women to have true choice in their birth experience. I had a successful VBAC with ETot’s birth (then referred to as EbonyBaby) and soon after found out the OB group I was with in Atlanta was one of the few remaining that would even allow patients to attempt VBAC. The hospitals here in Dallas are unfortunately bound to the same litigation and insurance fears the Atlanta doctors face, but I was still stunned to find that one of the top hospitals in my area has a 2% VBAC success rate. Thankfully I won’t be giving birth at that particular hospital, but my heart truly goes out to the women who give it their best only to wind up with another cesarean (not that anything is wrong with cesareans, the healthy baby at the outcome is by far the most important thing).

I have multiple friends who are pregnant and the majority of us have had previous cesareans. Of the single previous cesareans only 1 friend (other than myself) is attempting a VBAC. Most have been firmly convinced by their doctors that their uterus is going to rupture if they even attempt it, which is not necessarily true. Others remember the severity of the pain of their previous labors and have no interest in repeating that process. But what so many don’t realize is while labor hurts, induced labor with pitocin takes your body’s control over how much and how often to contract and instead of gentle progression you get maximum compression (and pain) with each contraction. The excruciating experience of pitocin contractions in my first birth in no way compares with the natural nonmedicated labor I experienced with my VBAC.

My own experience recovering from the cesarean of my first birth was even more painful than the pitocin contractions, so VBAC was definitely an option I was very determined to make have happen. The nurses turned off my pain medication immediately after the surgery but didn’t bother to give me anything to reduce pain for another hour afterward, so I sat crying and waiting for someone to help me as my entire midsection burned in pain. I also had severe back spasms and wound up in physical therapy, which in some part was thanks to my botched epidural (it took the anesthesiologist 4 times to place the epidural needle correctly and yes I was in the midst of painful pitocin contractions at the time). My VBAC recovery was so much faster and less painful than the cesarean so going for a repeat VBAC this time is a no brainer.

I’ve still got quite a ways to go when it comes to preparing a nursery and gathering everything together for bringing my newest little EbonyBaby home but I have a very clear birth plan and have thoroughly discussed my concerns with my doctor. Another key thing that encouraged my choice of hospital for this birth is the fact that each room has a gliding rocking chair (which was my favorite thing during ETot’s birth) as well as birthing balls.

For women who do read this seeking VBACs I want to encourage you that it is fully possible. Research and know exactly what you want to have happen. Get in touch with support groups to further your knowledge and get encouragement. If possible try to labor at home as long as you can and I can’t recommend highly enough employing a doula to make sure your needs are met. I used aspects of the Bradley Method and Hypnobirthing for my VBAC birth as well but a supportive doctor and partner are huge benefits to the process. I hope to share a brand new VBAC story in just a matter of weeks- hopefully in the future more women will also be able to share their own positive experiences.

Mmm mmm good

ETot has been helping me in the kitchen lately and has a brand new favorite addition to snack time. Check the review blog to see what it is!

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32 Week Update

Another week has flown by and I learned just how exhausting it can be to be 32 weeks pregnant and have 2 boys home full time thanks to Spring Break. I was able to enjoy spending time with the boys but definitely did not get as much accomplished as I would have liked. I had grand plans of heading out to visit with a different set of friends every day, head to the science museum, and take a train ride to a local stockyard. Most of these plans didn’t quite come to fruition but we definitely had fun examining the new plants they are growing (hopefully I’ll have an awesome herb garden in my kitchen), catching up on reading books, and creating our own books and art projects.

On the pregnancy all is well- my chiropractor was very pleased at how well my back is holding up even with the constant counter weight and pressure from the baby sticking straight out. No Doctors visit this week but EDad and I finally went on a tour of the hospital where we will be having the baby! We adored the staff and were very pleased with the large bright birthing suites and rooms. Each of our boys has been born in a different state so it will be very exciting to have our first little Texan in the Ebony family.

We had several questions for the hospital and used this primer to help us develop what we really wanted to know:

Labor & Birth

* Do you offer any type of classes? Who teaches them? What is the cost? Do you have specialty classes?

* Where do I go when it’s time for labor? Is there a different place at night?

* What paperwork needs to be completed prior to admission for labor? Is there other paperwork to be done? Can it be done prior to labor?

* What will I need to bring with me when I’m in labor? Will my chart be sent over or will I need to hand carry it?

* Do you have a triage system? How long does one usually stay in triage?

* What types of birthing rooms are available? Can I labor, give birth and recover in one room?

* What types of comfort measures do you encourage? Is there a tub or shower in the birth room? Do you have access to birth balls, music, squat bar, etc.?

* What type of food or drink is allowed? Is there a kitchen area for myself or my family? Am I allowed to bring food or drink from home? Do you provide clear liquids like popsicles, broth, Jell-o®, etc.?

* Are IVs required? What about a saline lock to provide access to my veins instead? Who would make this provision if it’s not a standard policy?

* What type of medications are available should I choose medication? What IV medications are used? Do you offer epidural anesthesia? Is there a special class to take for the epidural? Do you have anesthesiologists who only do obstetrical anesthesia? Do you have 24 hour anesthesia available on site? Can I have a pre-labor consult with the anesthesia group if I have special concerns?

* Do you have visitor policies in labor? Do you have policies about siblings?

* Are cameras and film equpiment allowed? Are there any parts for which we should turn it off?

* What type of fetal monitoring do you offer? External? Internal? Doppler/fetoscope? What are the hospital policies on monitoring in labor?

* How often do you experience an overflow of patients? What happens if all of your birthing rooms are taken?

* Do you utilize students or residents in any way?

* What is your hospitals induction rate? How many patients receive augementation in labor? What is your episiotomy rate? Epidural rate? Forceps/vacuum rates? Cesarean rates? VBAC rate?

* Do you have doulas on staff? Do you have a listing of doulas?

* To whom should I send my birth plan? Does it need to be signed by my doctor or midwife? My pediatrician?

Cesarean Birth

* Can my partner stay with me for a cesarean birth? My doula?

* Can we have photos of the birth?

* Will I be able to watch the surgery via mirror? Could the drapes be lowered?

* What is the policy about pre-operative medications? Post-operative pain relief?

* Will the baby be available to me during the surgery time? In the recovery room? When can I begin nursing?

* If the cesarean is planned, what is the admission procedure?

* Will my partner be able to go with the baby, should s/he need to leave the room?

Postpartum

* Will I have the same room postpartum that I did for labor and birth?

* Are all your postpartum rooms private? Will I ever be moved from my room?

* Do the rooms have showers or tubs? What about sitz baths?

* Can members of my family stay over night? Is there an extra charge for this?

* What pain relief options are available postpartum? Does that differ if you’ve had a cesarean birth? What about nursing moms?

* What is the average length of stay for a vaginal birth? A cesarean birth?

* Is there a policy for early discharge?

Baby Care

* What is your policy on rooming in? Are there times that the baby cannot be in our room?

* Do pediatricians do their visits at the bed side? When would this not be appropriate?

* Do you have a lactation consultant? Is she available seven days a week? What are her hours? Does she see every nursing mom? Is she certified?

* What are the policies about breastfeeding babies and bottles/pacifiers?

* Are their sibling visitation policies?
Questions quoted from about.com

Everything is going very well and I’m going to be making a huge announcement in the next few days about something I’ve been working on. Scroll down to my Ultimate Blog Party post to see an updated belly picture.

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