Now that Rainbow has arrived, I’ve been trying to keep the Princess amused as I cannot move as fast as I once did. We had craft time over the weekend and I had some seashell’s laying around and I thought, why not make these into a craft.
- Assorted Seashells
- Assorted decorations such as buttons, sparkles and ribbon
- Wash the shells and let dry
- Paint the desired colour and again, let dry
June – and school is over soon!
Then all we’ll do each day
Is play and play – hooray!
Summer arrives June 21st – the longest day of the year.
We’ll laze on the grass and listen, and hear:
Bees buzzing! Hummingbirds whirring! Worms wiggling!
June is laughing, golden, giggling!
Today I’ll visit the book and di in my toes.
I’ll perch at the edge, and hope a butterfly lands on
By Patricia Scarry
Giving birth can make you exhausted so it’s not surprising that women sigh with relief after it’s all over. Here are my top 5 favourite things after giving birth.
- The Baby. Obviously, this is number 1. Seeing the face of your little one and counting all the toes and fingers and giving kisses. Seeing my children’s faces for the first time was simply unforgettable.
- Showering. OMG! This is easily my second favourite. I cannot tell you how good it felt to finally have a shower. You feel so sticky and sweaty and to have that hot water wash it all away is just spectacular. After 32 hours labour and a C-section with the Rainbow, it was almost 3 days before I could shower. I was afraid that after my shower he wouldn’t be able to recognize me. “You’re not my mom. My mom smells like sweat, blood and local anaesthetic.”
- Eating. With epidurals and chances of caesarean, more often than not, the only thing you can eat while in labour is ice chips and we all know how filling they are. After my C-section, I made hubby to a food run. It had been 2 days of no food and I was HUNGRY! And let’s be honest, hospital food isn’t that great.
- Laying on your Back. I’m a back sleeper. I have my pillow under my neck and one under my knees and I have to say sleeping on my side was one of my least favourite things about being pregnant. Too bad now I barely sleep because I have an infant who has his days and nights mixed up.
- Sleeping in your own bed. I was so happy to finally get home and crash into my bed. After soaking my hospital beds with amniotic fluid, blood and sweat, I just wanted my nice clean sheets, with my nice fluffy pillows in a room that didn’t smell like a sterile hospital.
It is supposed to rain this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy all that Toronto has to offer this weekend. Here are just a few of the many things happening this weekend that you and your family can enjoy.
- Toronto Jazz Festival Free Music Series at Don Mills. This weekend at Shops at Don Mills, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival Free Music Series will be showcasing free concerts from a wide array of talented artists. This event will be continuing right through until June 30th, a day longer than most venues throughout the city. Come stay dry and listen to some fantastic music!
- Nature Play at Evergreen Brickworks. Do you have a budding environmentalist at home? I know I do! At Evergreen Brickworks, located at 550 Bayview Ave, Nature Play invites children to play and engage their growing minds with weekly activities based on changing seasons and weather as well as the environment around them. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 – 4.
- The Redpath Waterfront Festival. This weekend only, the Tall Ships come to Toronto! A free event for people of all ages, there will be food, boats, an after-dark lights and multimedia show as well as a War of 1812 interactive theatre taking up over 2 km of the Toronto Waterfront.
- Under the Sea at the Ontario Science Centre. Does your child love Finding Nemo? Then the Ontario Science Centre is where you want to be this weekend. This IMAX film takes you on an incredible journey through the locales like the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Triangle to see some of the spectacular inhabitants that live there.
“The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.” – Robert Burns
Turns out that this will be the Rainbow’s mantra from here on out. As of last Thursday, we had gone forward and booked a C-section for this upcoming week, but low and behold, the Rainbow had plans of his own. I don’t know if he thought me saying “It’s time to get this over with” were mere idle threats, but maybe after booking the c-section, he realized I meant business. Early on the weekend, I went into natural labour. Hubby and I found care for the Princess and made our way into the hospital. We were checked and monitored but as we were only in the early stages, we were sent home to ride out the contractions until they were 5 minutes apart. So we got back home and waddled until the pain was just to much for me. We tried the bathtub and eventually I just laid in bed and laboured until we hit the 5 minute mark. I originally wanted a VBAC and since I went into labour naturally the on-call doctor agreed to let me trial labour.
It was loooonnggg. After 32 hours and lots and lots of drugs, I finally made it to 10 cm and got to push. It was not easy. For some odd reason, this labour made me vomit every time I moved so having to make myself hunch over my belly only made this worse, not to mention apparently me and epidurals don’t mix since I still felt some. However, after 20 minutes, Rainbow’s heartbeat began to give out and the doctor informed us that he wouldn’t last if we continued. Up until that point, he had tolerated the labour well, and while I vomited, had my blood pressure drop, and had tachycardia, I had managed quite well too. But within 5 minutes, we were being wheeled into the OR. And to be honest, thank god. As I had mentioned in a previous post, Uterine Rupture can happen with VBAC’s and when the doctor cut me open, it turns out I was well on my way to one. After 32 hours of labour, my uterus had thinned out so much that the doctor merely touched it with his finger and it tore. Also, because Rainbow was so big, a bit of damage was done to my bladder causing a lot of blood to fill my insides. Needless to say, if I had continued on with natural labour, both him and I may not be here today. The C-section was longer than usual to repair all the damage, but both Rainbow and I are doing much better and are being very well taken care of.
Born only 4 minutes after Father’s Day, we welcomed our 8 lbs 8 oz little boy into this world. Hubby, Princess and myself couldn’t be happier. He is a wonderful eater, great sleeper and all around cute! Him and I have spent many hours cuddling and at the hospital where we delivered him, they have a service where they provide professional photos on the day of their birth. The shoots themselves and the discs are all provided the day of so there is no waiting. Hubby and I had no intention of getting professional photos done this early, but hey, who can beat same day service?
So it looks as though our Rainbow will be finally making his appearance soon. Originally we had intended to deliver him via VBAC however life doesn’t always go the way you plan. At 37 weeks, my doctor ordered an additional ultrasound as I was measuring 2 weeks ahead of schedule and he wanted to ensure that the baby was in the correct position and determine his weight. Well, boy oh boy, he is big!
At 37 weeks gestation, our Rainbow was estimated to weigh 9 lbs. already and was in the 90th percentile for babies of his gestational age. My doctor has been very supportive in our decision to attempt a VBAC, but after the last 2 check ups, things have changed. Turns out that our Rainbow is so big that he is unable to drop into my pelvis thus not engaging and triggering labour. Our doctor said that if we truly wanted to do a VBAC, he would let us go to 41 weeks, but he warned me that it would likely be a long, hard and complicated birth that may end up in a C-Section anyways. He also said that since our boy hadn’t dropped yet, it wasn’t exactly a good indication of things to come. So after much deliberation, we have booked a C-Section for next week.
I was hopeful that we would get to have a natural birth, but I also do not want any complications causing undue harm to myself or our baby boy. We have been through so much just to conceive him that putting myself and him in a situation that could cause complications, uterine rupture or him getting stuck and then having to make emergency decisions in the throe of things seems unnecessary and not in our best interests. I’m not overly ecstatic about the idea of a C-Section, but with all things considering, it’s the very best option. Thankfully Hubby will be taking 2 weeks off of work to stay home and help me with our Rainbow and Princess as well as letting me recover. Also, by mere coincidence, Rainbow will be born on his due date. Now how often does that happen?
A father is someone that holds your hand at the fair makes sure you do what your mother says holds back your hair when you are sick brushes that hair when it is tangled because mother is too busy lets you eat ice cream for breakfast but only when mother is away he walks you down the aisle and tells you everything is gonna be Ok! ~ Anonymous
The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, “Daddy, I need to ask you something,” he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan. ~ Garrison Keillor
It is impossible to please all the world and one’s father. ~ Jean de La Fontaine
Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves. ~ Marcelene Cox
Be kind to thy father, for when thou were young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee. ~ Margaret Courtney
All fathers are invisible in daytime; daytime is ruled by mothers and fathers come out at night. Darkness brings home fathers, with their real, unspeakable power. There is more to fathers than meets the eye. ~ Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eyes
The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother’s always a democrat. ~ Robert Frost
My son and daughter tell me where they are in very different ways. I know where my son is because I hear him. I know where my daughter is because she tells me. ~ Anonymous
A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. ~ Enid Bagnold