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.

It’s Party Time

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

I’m participating in the 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party 2009. It’s a networking event where bloggers get to do some virtual visiting and share in conversation and blog visits for the week of March 20-March 27. They have several great events set up for the week as well as lots of prizes. If you’d like to participate stop by 5 Minutes For Mom to join in the fun.

For those new visiting here for the first time via the UBP I’m Yolanda, a SAHM who is also a photographer. I have 2 boys:

EBoy is my oldest and is 6 years old. He’s quite the sweetheart and loves everything about science. ETot is my little one and is 4 (although he swears he’s much much older). He’s also a sweetheart and holds daily conversations with my ever growing belly.

EDad is my very best friend and I am extremely blessed to have married him:

I am currently pregnant with baby boy #3 and everyone is so excited to be welcoming a new baby sometime in May. Here is my 32 week belly shot:

I consider myself to be one of the luckiest pregnant women ever. Want to know why? Because my husband happens to be an amazing baker who randomly bakes cheesecakes and things like this just to keep my belly extroidinarily happy:

So welcome to everyone visiting- feel free to grab yourself a slice of chocolate cake and enjoy the blog party!

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Disney Got Me Again

Internet I have a confession to make. I don’t tend to be a terribly overly emotional type of person with most things. But there’s one thing that brings on the tears every single time. Disney’s The Lion King. I remember seeing the movie when I was in college with some friends from my dorm. I had to shield my face a bit so they couldn’t see the tears flowing down my face from the opening Circle of Life sequence. Something about it just gives me chills and I can’t help but to cry my heart out.

Thankfully seeing it on video doesn’t have the same affect but years later when I was pregnant with EBoy and visiting New York with EDad I went to see the live Broadway show of The Lion King. Guess what happened? The tear factory opened up and just about flooded the second row seats we were sitting in. The dancers/puppeteers moving through the aisles just overwhelmed me with their beauty. Still the greatest Broadway show I’ve ever seen (not that I’ve seen many) but the Circle of Life got me again!

Moving on to our wonderful Mom blogger adventure to Disney World- we saw the live Lion King show at the Animal Kingdom. I somehow held it together, but I was so focused on getting pictures (which I have yet to share here but I promise they are coming) I managed to hold back my chills and not let the tears overtake me (but my eyes definitely watered a bit).

I had the privilege of taking the boys to see Disney On Ice (full post coming once I get all the pictures uploaded) and a piece of the show focused on The Lion King. I managed to not completely boo-hoo but definitely got a bit misty. I’d love to blame it on the pregnancy hormones but even without them I have a feeling I’d get caught up again. The show was wonderfully put together and we enjoyed it thoroughly- I highly recommend for a fun family outing that will keep the children and parents enthralled with the magic of Disney.

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