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December 31, 2009


This post is for my friend T.U. I liked to tell her how sexy my ankles were when I was pregnant.

This is the before photo, taken around the end of September. Looking back, I wish I would have taken weekly belly, butt AND ankle photos!

Here is the during pregnancy photo. This is just after I removed my socks!

It just creeps me out looking at these photos! Thankfully, 2 weeks after delivery my ankles are normal and I can now fit my wedding ring on my finger again!

December 30, 2009

Baby Everett G.

One of my good high school friends had her second baby boy just before Thanksgiving. Everett McIntosh is his name. He is joined by his big brother, Mason.

As I was sitting at my desk a few days before her scheduled delivery, I received a text message that said, "Mason just asked if the doctor was going to take the baby out with a screwdriver." This had me laughing so hard, I was almost in tears! Therefore, when the baby came, so near to Christmas, I had to act on the comment made by his big brother and send Everett a special, personalized Christmas ornament.

The search almost immediately began, I needed to find the perfect screwdriver AND baby's first Christmas ornament. I wanted a simple, flat baby's first Christmas metal/pewter ornament to attach to the screwdriver. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to locate exactly what I wanted, so I found this instead:

3 pack of screwdrivers at the dollar store, I just had to add the hole. 2 sided, Baby's First Christmas Ornament from Babies R Us. Personalized paper quote that captures Mason's curiosity forever. 

Put it all together and you have a one-of-a-kind, personalized ornament for Baby E. My friend reports that she received the ornament and has it displayed at the top of the tree because Mason wants the screwdriver!

December 25, 2009

Rachel Suzanne

Rachel Suzanne entered this world on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 1:09 p.m. She weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

She was named after her Grandma Suzanne Treat and was born on her Grandpa Fred Stroschein's birthday.

She spent her first night in the nursery due to my exhausting labor and delivery and this may have been a good thing because the nurse noticed she spit up some green stuff. That green stuff could have been anything - fluid, infection, obstructed bowel. But around 4:30 am the NICU doctor and nurses came to our door to let us know Rachel was going to the NICU to have her stomach cleaned out, and an xray was taken. Everything came back normal and we were able to have her in our arms again around 10 am on Sunday. Just in time for the visitors that were waiting to see her.

Otherwise she seems to be very happy and healthy. So far she and mom and dad and Rockwell are all adjusting to their new lifestyle. Rockwell is progressing pretty well, and we're working very hard on how he is reacting to a new baby. My husband has been a rock. One night in the hospital he got up with her every time. I was in lots of pain and very sore from the c-section and getting out of bed was the hardest part. At home he's been even better. Taking her for most of the time after she eats and letting me nap because I'm the one to get up at all hours of the night to feed her.

Due to my inability to sit still, even though I was cut open and stapled shut with 18 staples, My husband and I put Rachel in the nursery one afternoon and went downstairs to the gift shop and enjoyed a cup of hot cocoa while in the hospital.

She visited the pediatrician on Thursday, and has gained 4 ounces since she was discharged at the hospital. (She weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounches and now weighs 6 pounds, 3 ounces). When we stripped her naked to get her weight, she pooped on the paper covering on the table in the room and then she peed on the scale when we put her on to weigh her. It was very comical.

That same night, Christmas Eve, we gave her a manicure, and a bath. She didn't enjoy the bath too much and slept through the manicure (nail filing)

December 23, 2009

Batter Up

Why bother looking for a mini, pink Detroit Tigers batting helmet when you can make your own? 




After a coat of white primer, some raspberry paint, a new custom ordered/made D....


Too bad it won't fit on her head! Right now it's hanging out in her room on her dad's Tiger wall

December 20, 2009

Labor Details - Pregnancy Update #46

I was napping, chatting, texting and updating my twitter and facebook page in no time. Around 2 am my water broke and I continued to try to relax. Around 5am I was in pain. I knew from the nurse that my epidural would take care of contractions but not pressure on my "bottom." After talking with the nurse about my pain, she checked my IV lines and realized part of the epidural IV had become detached, which meant I wasn't getting any medication. It was quickly re-attached, but the catch up to get into a comfortable position took a while. Afterwards, the doctor came in to let me know I was at 10 cm and could push whenever I felt the desire to push. I didn't have the desire, so I began to wait out the pressure until I wanted to push.

A new shift change and my new doctor suggested we begin pushing when I was ready. I began just after 8am and pushed with all my might...for about 3 hours total. At first I was progressing, but my baby hit a point where she just would go through my pubic bone. She wasn't stuck, but she wasn't gaining any speed to get out. A c-section was discussed a few times by my doctor because it was possible my baby's melon was facing the "wrong" way. I was checked a few more times after being pushed and finally, the decision was made to have a c-section due to my lack of progression.

At some point in my pushing stage, the epidural became disconnected again....not fun!

The emotional mess began. I cried, I was exhausted, I was upset and then I was in awe at how fast this was taking place. A call was made, a new bed was brought in, people in blue scrubs, Dan in blue scrubs and a bonnet and mask, IVs being moved, more drugs coming...I was in awe at how fast things were moving, almost so fast that I began to panic, maybe this was more of an emergency than I was lead to believe.

I was rolled into the operating room, put on a very tiny table, my arms were stretched out in a T on tiny arm tables. I was given more drugs, I wasn't able to see straight, I was crying, I was falling asleep from exhaustion and there were people in blue moving all around me. My husband arrived and I could barely keep my eyes open to look at him. I do recall seeing him in full scrubs and mask with a nice "touristy" camera around his neck. I am grateful he brought the camera, but he looked so funny I think I smiled.

I vommited on the operating table into a little bowl, and I began to cry again because I hate getting sick, plus, it was this gross sour juice I had to drink before going into surgery and a cranberry juice I had while in labor. I wasn't allowed to eat anything so there was very little to throw up.

The c-section was virtually painless, just lots of pulling and tugging on me and pressure here and there. I had my eyes closed most of the time, I could hear things but was in a drug induced and exhaustion coma. I recall the nurses bringing our new baby to me and I was unable to even look at her with both eyes open. I saw Dan holding her and realized it was all over.

I'm not exactly sure what happened next, I was wheeled into the recover room and everything was a blur. I remember waking up a few times and seeing dan sitting in a chair holding a bundle of fabric. He seemed so happy. I was nodding off here and there and eventually began to come to.

Nursing for the first time was brutal, I basically just sat in the recovery room bed and the nurse helped me hold my baby because my arms were numb. I felt so bad but couldn't do anything. A few hours later I was "feeling normal" again and able to hold my child for the first time without feeling like I was on drugs!

But in the end, we came out on top with a beautiful 6 pound, 8 ounce, 19.5 inch long baby girl in our arms! Welcome to the world, Rachel Suzanne Perrine, born Saturday, December 19, 2009!



December 19, 2009

It's Time - Pregnancy Update #45

Currently I'm on the laptop, at the hospital enjoying my epidural. It's 12:35 am on Saturday, December 19th. I should be resting but I'm "too excited to rest!"

I have a twitter page: twitter.com/babyperrine
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Details will be short and sweet:

Woke up with a little bloody show around 6am. Freaked. Showered, Shaved, got ready for work while having "cramping." It was pot luck day so I had to go to work and enjoy food and was surprised with a baby gift from my boss and a nice gift from my boss for Christmas.

Left work around 3pm, got the truck fueled up - $2.72 a gallon for diesel. Stopped at the bra store to buy a nursing bra - just in time.

Dan arrived home - he had the day off, but was at the rental in Hartland checking in the new tenants. He came home and cleaned the bathroom while I mopped the kitchen floor, changed the sheets on the bed and made a meat loaf for dinner. And he timed contractions - which I must add he started an excel spreadsheet - with a chart - to track the progress. Eventually he gave up and moved to paper and pencil. But I'm sure he will transfer his data when he gets a minute.

We called the doctor at 7:25 pm and he suggested we wait until 9 pm to go to the hospital, if things continued to progress. He figured with first time labor the contractions would end. But they didn't so we began to pack the car and the dog and around 9:15 pm pulled out of the driveway to take Rockwell to the in-laws.

We arrived at the hospital around 10:20pm and because I was so far along (7-8 cm), we skipped most of the admitting questions and went right to a room. 11:26 pm I received an epidural. Numbness in my legs and toes, but all in all, feeling "great" at the moment. Off to "rest" as suggested by the nurse.

December 16, 2009

Belly Photos - Pregnancy Update #44

I had some belly photos done at a studio in the area when I was 38 weeks pregnant.

Just to rub it into a few women I know, None of these photos have been touched up...that's right, I still don't have any stretch marks, but I'm sure there is "still time." 

And those jeans are a pair of my favorite pre-pregnancy jeans...zipped, buttoned and loose in the butt! 








December 15, 2009

Santa Baby

Here's a photo of our current "baby" with Santa.


December 14, 2009

First Ornament


My daughter isn't even born yet, and she already has a Christmas ornament. We received this 2009 Hallmark Fisher Price Chatter Telephone Ornament as a shower gift and it is now adorning our tree. I'm sure I appreciate it more since I recall playing with the actual toy as a child.

December 11, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

This Christmas will be a very uncertain one! With my due date on the 28th, we contemplated getting a real tree, but we like to wait to put up a real tree until the middle of December. I figured that was "cutting it too close" and since we have no free weekends in December, I put up the artificial tree this past weekend while my husband was working. The tree is nothing too special, a small, cheap one that I purchased for my apartment while in college. It works for the occasion.

Rockwell wasn't too interested in helping this year, he did walk back and forth with me to the garage to bring in all the boxes, but mostly he just sat and watched or relaxed on our bed in the bedroom. I was able to get a few photos of him relaxing next to me while I decorated.



December 09, 2009

Wall Artwork

I've never liked that our kitchen and living room share a wall. It makes painting each room a different color very difficult. When we painted our kitchen a year ago, I had big dreams to put a large stripe on the kitchen wall - from floor to ceiling - to tie in my kitchen wall artwork.  But, I picked out a paint that had a sand paper texture and I was concerned it would be difficult to repaint the wall, if necessary, due to the different textures next to each other.

My next big dream was to "build a frame" around my existing wall artwork and paint the frame the same color as the kitchen walls. I always have "great ideas" but rarely do I know the "best way" to implement these ideas. I thought about using plywood as the backer and mounting my frames onto it, then the talk of that being too heavy made me think of luan and finally, after a good solid year of thinking, I decided my best, cheapest, and most lightweight idea yet would be canvas.

I picked up a roll of primed canvas at Blick Art Materials in Dearborn. I only needed about a 4'x4' piece to complete this project, but I had to purchase a roll of 63" x 3 yard canvas. With the help of a tape measures, chalk line and sharp scissors, I cut my canvas to size. Then, my husband cut a frame for me out of 2" trim we purchased at Lowe's. I used a staple gun to tack the frame together and to tack the canvas to the frame. I painted the frame and canvas the same color as our kitchen walls. A touch of measuring here and there, some laser level lines, a few nails, and voila, my wall artwork is complete, tied into the kitchen and looking rather sharp!

Here is the wall artwork before.



Canvas purchased for the project.



Ready to paint the new canvas frame.



The completed project!



December 07, 2009

I Caved - Pregnancy Update #43

I've told several people that my daughter has so much stuff that I am not going to buy anything unnecessary until after she is born. Necessary items such as a crib mattress and changing pad and wipes and nursing pads were purchased, but up until last Thursday, I haven't purchased anything we didn't need for her.

Then I went to Target. And while looking at the Christmas items, I saw the cutest stocking. I looked at it and said, "awwww" to myself as I touched it. It was so cute and pink and soft. I knew we didn't NEED this stocking, she may not even arrive before Christmas, but I wanted it. It took me about 30 seconds before I put the $2.99 stocking in my cart and immediately I felt guilty. I knew I should put it back because I made a promise to myself that I would not buy any unnecessary items. I couldn't even justify it being only three bucks!

As I walked through the store and nabbed a few more items on my list, I told myself when I get to the register I would just tell the cashier I changed my mind and didn't want the stocking. But then I said "the heck with it!" I have a gift card, she can get a $3 stocking and it will be fine. I was so excited when I got home and decorated for Christmas to hang it up with the other stockings on our shelf. It looks too cute!


December 02, 2009

36 Weeks & Counting - Pregnancy Update #42

Monday, November 30th was my 36 week prenatal check up. I had the standard Group B Strept Test, which is a test for pregnant women to check for a bacteria that may be living in their vagina. Harmless to the mother, but this bacteria can cause problems for the infant coming through the birth canal.

I was "checked" and told my baby is "head down, my cervix is "thinning," but I am "not dilated." The doctor also said, "you look great, Kari." I thanked her and asked her if she would ever tell me if I looked bad. She said, "no, I just wouldn't say anything to you at all!" That reassured me she was being truthful, that I look fabulous, for being pregnant. She also told me when a doctor says "cute baby" in the hospital, they really mean it. If the baby isn't cute, doctors say something like "listen to that cry, that's a good strong cry." I found this very entertaining and will probably be the first person to tell people my baby looks "odd." Not ugly, but funny, freaky or odd.

And to reassure my gym teacher, the doctor said it's fine for me to work out - even the 200+ jumping jacks we did in class a few weeks ago! 

The numbness in my hands during the night is normal, and I could have been given hand splints to wear during the night, but decided, since I (hopefully) have only 2 weeks of pregnancy left, I can tough it out.