Friday, June 23, 2017

Ben's 3 month update!

Ben is already a quarter of a year old! He is growing so fast. He truly is an beautiful gift. He started smiling and cooing this month. He squeals when he's happy and it's the best! He sleeps through the night which Mama and Daddy love and he loves when people talk to him.




Exciting Times in Ben's Life this month:

I've been loving all the sun and the warmth because I get all kinds of baby skin! We love sitting on our porch and soaking up the sun. So the last several days this had been my view! :)


Lovin' the sun

We've had an exciting month. Grandma Lovey and Funcle came to visit for almost 2 weeks and he loved it! I had to work full time to wrap up a project so they stayed with Ben during the day, he loved all the attention and play time. Just looks how he looks at his Lovey.

There's a small smile hidden there

We went to the zoo over the weekend and Funcle carried around Ben like the great Uncle he is. We wet a light blanket to keep him cool and he was a happy camper. Kinda  looks like St. Joseph and Baby Jesus right?




Daddy's Favorites:
Making Ben smile
Finding new tickle spots
Cuddling Ben

Mommy's Favorites:
Ben's face of wonder
Listening to him talk
Singing with Ben
All the cute faces and smiles

Ben's Favorites:
Kicking things
Talking
Facing the world
His Duckie

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My labor story (pt 2.)

Welcome back for part 2 of my labor story! Hopefully part 1 was helpful and not too scaring.

So after meeting our nurse I labored for an hour or so on my own in the shower before deciding to get Nitric-Oxide (laughing gas). I breathed this in during each contraction to take the edge off. If you are hoping to do a natural birth I would recommend this. It was really helpful for the majority of my labor. Because Baby was posterior I couldn't labor laying down so I labored on the ball most of the time, a little while on my side in the bed and in the shower again. The contractions in the bed lying on my side were the worst, they seemed to effect my whole body. Our nurse Angie came in for a while during these horrible contractions and massaged my back to try and give me some relief. Tim kept working on my back during each contraction and even during the pauses the back pain was pretty bad. Towards the end of this stage of labor I was breathing in so hard on the Nitric-Oxide I couldn’t tell if I was high on the pain or the meds. Finally around 10:30 P.M. I started to realize that the Nitric-Oxide was working anymore and I got pretty emotional. I got checked and still had only dilated to a 6 but I was 100% effaced. They started trying to encourage me to break my water but informed me that since this was my first baby the contractions would intensify and become more frequent but it might not speed up my labor at all. This made me very nervous knowing that I could hardly handle the pain as it was and I could potentially have up to 9 more hours of labor (5 hours of labor after my water broke and 4 hours of pushing possibly). I really wanted to have a natural birth but I felt that was slipping away from me.

I decided to not break my water but I needed more help with the pain so I got a dose of Staydol. I was told that while Staydol stayed in your system for 4 hours it really only helped for 90 minutes and you couldn’t get any other medication for 2 hours. The Staydol put me in a weird dream state for most of the 90 minutes. I could feel the strong contractions but it was like having contractions while I was asleep and they didn't really hurt. Tim said that my response time was really slow while I had the Staydol. Unfortunately the worst part  of the Staydol was the 30 minutes between when the Staydol wore off and before I could have any other medication. These contractions were so intense. I couldn't focus on anything else. After my 30 mins were up I had Nitric-Oxide again. At this point it was 12:30 P.M. I had been in labor for over 24 hours at this point and active labor for 12 hours. I had not dilated any further. My OBGYN discussed with me that labor was not progressing and I was slowly wearing out. I needed to seriously consider breaking my water. I realized that I could not handle worse contractions without more medical aid so I decided to get an epidural and have them break my water. I felt really discouraged because I had waited so long and wanted to have a natural birth. I felt like I had failed. Nurse Angie and Tim each said something that brought me a lot of comfort. Nurse Angie reminded me that I needed to have enough energy to push and that with the epidural I could sleep and get rest to push my baby out safely, if I didn't I might run the risk of needing a C-section. Tim told me that all I truly wanted was to see how far I could go and I had proved that I could go a really long time. I was really worried about getting an epidural because I had heard how big the needle was and how painful it was. However the great thing about being in labor for so long was the epidural didn’t hurt at all compared to the contractions I had been having. With the epidural I finally got some sleep and really couldn’t feel the contractions for a while. I could feel pressure but no pain.

I slept for a few hours until around 5. A.M. on Sunday morning. I started feeling like I could push so I woke Tim up and the doctor came in. Pushing was kind of a blur but this was probably the best part because I was actually working with the contractions instead of against them. They kept trying to get Baby to turn but Baby would turn 90 degrees then turn right back! I pushed about 8 times when Baby’s head starting crowning. My OBGYN asked if I wanted to feel the head! I said, "no thank you!" (Actually I think I just looked at him like he was crazy). He apparently then proceeded to make Mohawks in Baby's hair in between contractions!  I pushed a few more times and then they asked me not to push too hard for the next 2 contractions because Baby was coming! After my second push my baby slipped out sideways with his eyes open. We had a baby boy!! He was perfect and after getting all checked out and after we cuddled he nursed right away! I had 2 incisions and had to get stitched up but it was worth it. Baby Thomas Benedict was born at 6:05am on March 19th at 6lb 11oz and 22 in long.
Thomas Benedict


Tired but happy
Would I have another baby? Absolutely. I was so happy with how my pregnancy went and while my labor was very different than I imagined I did it! My baby was safely born into this world and he is perfect. So if you are expecting your first baby and you're nervous, just remember to pray and breathe. Baby will be here soon and your life will be forever changed!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My labor story (pt. 1)

I'm back! I know, I know, it's been a while since regular posting. But to be fair I didn't really start blogging until I was well and truly pregnant. So on March 19th when I gave birth to my son I didn't think it was a big deal to take a break. However I've taken time to write down my labor story so I can have the memories. I also wanted to write this post because I lived on blog labor stories before I gave birth. I'm not the type of person that is willing to go through ANY pain for ANY reward so I just got more and more nervous as I got closer to my due date. I want to write this post for those mamas.

And as my life is now focused on my son I'm going to be doing more posts about being a mama; month updates, working with a baby, balancing life and baby, balancing wife/mom roles, raising conservative kids in a liberal world, Catholic mama stuff. I'm excited for this new direction and I hope you'll join me for the ride!

So onto my labor story!

March 6th, 13 days before my due date I went to my OBGYN who told us that I was dilated to a 2! He went on to tell us that we would probably not make it to my due date and that Baby would be born in the next 7-10 days! That night Tim and I went out to celebrate thinking that this would probably be one of the last dates we would have before Baby made his/her arrival. OH HOW WRONG WE WERE!

Every day following I just kept waiting and waiting to start labor. I was one of the few lucky women who didn't really have any Braxton-Hicks so I kept thinking I was going to be eternally pregnant. Trust me every woman gets to a stage when she is just DONE being pregnant. She's tired of feeling huge and waddling around, anything would be better than this. That's when it's almost time for baby! If she doesn't feel that way yet, it's not time for baby. Just saying. You can tell from my picture that I'm feeling tired of this by now.


(SUPER PREGNANT)

The following Monday we had a follow-up appointment and I was sure that I would have dilated further and been ready to go. The doctor checked me and... NOTHING! I had not dilated even a little more! I was so frustrated I almost started crying in the room. So we went back home to continue waiting around for Baby to show up. I know that you're probably thinking, "hey, you're still ahead of the curve, you're due date isn't for another week!" Yes, but once you get an idea that you're going to be early each day that gets close to due date feels like you're late. Also my doctor had been predicting that Baby would be over 8 lbs and for a small woman (I'm 5'2'') already scared of labor pain this was just terrifying to think of a late/bigger baby. My husband and I started trying a bunch of old wive's tales on getting labor started. We had heard from a friend that being intimate had started labor for her but can you imagine trying to get in the mood at 9 months pregnant.

Finally Friday night (3/17/17) my husband got home from work and I decided it was worth a shot. We had invited friends over for DnD that night and around 7 P.M. I started having more intense contractions. They were intense enough that I couldn't focus on playing a game so our friends just sat around and chatted with us to distract me from the pain. Throughout the night the contractions were intense enough and I was excited that labor was actually starting that I couldn’t sleep much. I was up most of the night getting things cleaned and ready to go in case we needed to leave for the hospital before my clothes were folded! Contractions at this point were anywhere from 13-20 min apart.

Now in all the blogs I read there was much information about how contractions felt. Wave-like was about the most information I could find. Wave-like? We are not on a beach vacation, we are pushing a small human out of a tiny hole! So how do I describe contractions? They're not insurmountable, that's the main thing. Now I don't know about you but when I smash my toe on a table it doesn't just stop hurting, it throbs! So that's what I thought contractions would be like, an intense pain followed by a throbbing pain until the next contraction hit. But honestly between contractions I may have felt tired or worn out the longer labor went but I didn't hurt. It was almost as if I didn't have any pain at all in between contractions. I understood how women could actually rest between contractions. So if you are pregnant and reading this know that you can get through it. There is something sort of encouraging about knowing there is nothing to do about it. It's going to come, it's going to be intense and then it's going to stop. And honestly the most intense pain only lasts 30 seconds or so. Another really thing that was really helpful was having my husband timing contractions. Hearing him talk me through it was so relieving. He tell me when it was peaking and when it should be finishing. He'd warn me when the next one was coming. So ladies, get your men involved!!

By Saturday morning we knew we were officially in labor! We called our families to let them know Baby Bean would be here by the end of the weekend and they all got on the road since our families all live a minimum of 8 hours away. Tim had gotten a little sleep and I had gotten even less so we were both pretty tired. By 10 A.M. I realized that while I was handling the contractions pretty well I was having pretty intense back pain that did not go away in between contractions. I wasn't able to prepare for the next contraction because of the pain and it was wearing me out really fast. A friend told me that her baby was posterior during her labor and it caused her a lot of back pain and back labor. So I started thinking my baby might be in the same position. Even though my contractions were between 3-10 min apart at this point we called my doctor because I was in so much discomfort from the back pain. We were suppose to wait until my contractions were 5 min apart for 2 hours before checking in. He told us to head into the hospital to get checked out. 

We checked into triage and they told us that I had dilated to 4 cm. and that Baby was indeed posterior. My doctor decided to admit us to try and help Baby turn even though 5 cm. is considered active labor. We got checked into our room and met our nurse Angie around 11 A.M. She told us she had just clocked on for her 12 hour shift so she would be our nurse when Baby was born. So our family was on our way, we had met the nurse who would help us through labor and delivery. We thought for sure Baby would be here before our families got here and long before Nurse Angie clocked out... (to be continued)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Baby Bean is 2 months

My sweet baby is 2 months old already!!! How did this happen? He has grown so much already and I know it's just going to get faster! He is such a sweet and happy baby and makes it so easy to love him.

Exciting events of this last month in Ben's life:

He was baptized! My son is now forever a son of the Most High King. Both of our families were here for the baptism. I had the baptism scheduled 2 months before Ben was even born to make sure our priest would be able to make it. However the week of the baptism a funeral was scheduled right at the same time as our baptism. So we rushed to make changes and got our priest to confirm the time change for 7:30 P.M. that night. He and I had also been in St. Louis all week so he was off-kilter from all the traveling. On top of that there was a miscommunication the night of the baptism. We saw our priest at 6 at Mass with our families and he asked if we were ready for the baptism. He had moved his previous engagement to 7:30 to make room for the baptism! So we called his Godparents and they rushed to the church. We didn't have time to call anyone else so when our other guests showed up at 7:30 he was already baptized.  Ben normally goes to sleep around 8. Needless to say he was not a happy camper for his baptism. My sweet baby somehow became a banshee and screamed for the whole baptism and all the way home until he went to bed. Somehow though we got some good pictures. (See below)
Thomas Benedict welcome to the church!


We celebrated my first Mother's Day! Ben woke up early so after I nursed him Tim grabbed him and they needed off on a "secret mission." They went and got me flowers, chocolate covered strawberries and made a big breakfast. Ben was mostly cut moral support. It was a wonderful Mother's Day and I felt so blessed to be able to celebrate it with the 100 year anniversary of our Lady of Fatima.



He also took his first road trip to St. Louis and back to Michigan and he did amazing! He started back to work with Mommy and normally sleeps her whole shift. The office staff loves him and I feel very blessed to have a job and co-workers that allow this to be a possibility. I can't imagine trying to leave him at a day-care. He still has lots of visitors and company and he's really good with new people holding him.

I mean come on!!

Daddy's favorites:

How big he's getting and his cute fat rolls.
Talking with Ben.
His smiles.

Mommy's Favorites:


Cuddling and singing with Ben.
Taking pictures of Ben.
Seeing the world through his eyes.

Ben's Favorites:

Jazz music.
His bouncy seat.
The morning.
Going running with Daddy.


Sweet baby!
Check back in a month for another update! Hopefully I'll have a few other posts up before then but no promises. I'm getting used to this blogging thing.

God bless!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Papa's Famous Meatball Recipe

Hi Readers!!

Today's post is a recipe!! Getting back in the kitchen to get my hands dirty! Literally. :)

My Papa is a fantastic cook. He's the type of person who can go into the kitchen and whatever comes out will be amazing and he doesn't normally follow a recipe very well! He's the best. He's inspired me to get creative with my cooking, to not worry about the how to's and the what if's but to just have fun and let my creative flag fly!

Today's recipe is his meatball recipe which is fantastic and super easy!! It's also cheap and makes a bunch, which for a grad student's wife, is a huge plus! These are great to freeze and just pop a few out at a time and they are really good on meatball subs, as well. They're also really easy to be creative!

So here's the group from the kitchen.

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
1:1 ratio, It's so easy!

Preheat your oven to 350. Then throw all the ingredients together!

This is everything but the breadcrumbs. It's important to finely chop the onions. These aren't quite fine enough and the meatballs don't quite stick together if they aren't finely chopped. And I might have added a little more than a tablespoon of garlic but I'm a garlic girl, what can I say? No apologies. Like I said it's hard to mess this recipe up.






Dig in and get dirty! Mix all the ingredients up by hands and roll them into small balls. Don't they look so cute?

Bake at 350 for 10 min or so depending on the size of your meatballs.
See what I said about the onion fallout? But your house will smell amazing!!

Then dish up and you're ready to serve! I'm planning on serving these at a dinner tomorrow night
so I just had to sample a couple tonight. I'll try to post a full meal picture tomorrow!

Anyway that's the recipe! The great thing is you could throw these in a crock pot uncooked for a couple hours with a sweet and sour or bbq sauce as more of an appetizer/football party dish, although I probably wouldn't do the Italian breadcrumbs for those. Or you could fry them up if you like a more crunchy outside on your meatball. You can even play with the seasoning in the meatball themselves. The options are limitless! Let your creativity flow! I'd love to hear what kinds of recipes you like to cook in the kitchen!

God bless and see you next time. :)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Get to know me!

I was trying to figure out what to do for my second post and my husband recommend I fill in some details about me. But I figured instead of what eventually be on my "about" page I figured I'd have some fun. 73 questions are the cool things to do now I hear so I thought I'd give that a try!

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My paternal great grandmother

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
I cry all the time! I’m an emotional person. Probably sometime last week.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
My cursive is pretty good.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH?
Sushi.

5. INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER?
Instagram.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yes. I’d like to think so J

7. DO YOU BAKE?
Yes! I love to bake!

8. DO YOU LIKE FLYING?
I always think I do until I actually get on the plane. Then I can’t wait to get off!

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Ummm. Probably not.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CEREAL?
Granola , cheerios, rice krispies, raisin bran.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
No never ;)

12. DO YOU THINK YOU’RE STRONG?
Not in the least!

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ICE CREAM?
Mint chocolate chip or moose tracks

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their personality

15. RED OR PINK?
Pink.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My adult acne. TMI?

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My family lives in St. Louis and I live in Michigan. I miss them and my family’s dog.

18. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ BECAUSE EVERYONE WAS READING IT?
Hunger Games probably. I don’t normally like things that everyone else does so I normally avoid them.

19. WHAT FILM MADE YOU CRY THE MOST?
Recently Little Mermaid!! Since moving the father/daughter relationship always makes me cry.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
White beans and rice.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Poldark J

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU BE?
Any bright color. Maybe like an aqua.

23. FAVOURITE SMELL?
Depends on the season I suppose. Fall season- pumpkin, leaves, hot cocoa.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My mother.

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Beach house always!!

26. FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH?
Euro Soccer

27. HAIR COLOUR?
Brown.

28. EYE COLOUR?
Brown.

29. PUPPIES OR KITTENS?
Puppies!!!

30. FAVOURITE FOOD?
Seafood J

31. SCARY FILM OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings of course!

32. LAST FILM YOU WATCHED?
First wives club.

33. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Screwtape letters

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer!!!!

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Both!

36. FAVOURITE DESSERT?
Icecream on a hot cookie!!

37. FAVOURITE ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE?
My bedroom. We have a huge bookshelf over our bed and I love how it looks!

38. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ON FACEBOOK?
7 years
39. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COUNTRY TO VISIT?
Italy or Venice

40. WHAT WAS THE LAST COUNTRY YOU VISITED?
Mexico

41. DO YOU HAVE A SIBLING?
Yes, younger brother and sister and 1 sister-in-law

42. FAVOURITE SOUND?
Laughter

43. ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?
Beatles.

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Croatia

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I like to think I’m pretty creative.

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Louisiana

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Michigan

48. FAVOURITE HITCHCOCK MOVIE?
Rear Window

49. WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU READ AGAIN AND AGAIN?
Rose in Bloom

50. FAVOURITE TV SERIES THAT’S ON NOW.
Bones or Grimm

51. DARK CHOCOLATE OR MILK CHOCOLATE?
Dark chocolate!!

52. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK?
Long Island Iced Tea

53. WHO IS YOUR HOLLYWOOD CRUSH?
Benedict Cumberbatch or Colin Firth

54. WHAT WAS THE FIRST FILM YOU SAW AT THE CINEMA?
Maybe Toy Story 2

55. HEELS OR FLATS?
Both.

56. FAVOURITE BED TIME STORY?
Goodnight moon

57. BATH OR SHOWER?
Shower

58. WHATS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A WIFE?
Learning to listen and respect a different idea than your own.

59. FAVOURITE BAND?
I’m not a big band listener, I’m more of a musical kind of girl

60. FAVOURITE SOLO ARTIST?
Adele, Matt Maher

61. TO BE OR NOT TO BE?
To be.

62. WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY?
There’s always a light ahead.

63. BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
My husband

64. BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER GIVEN?
Probably tickets to a concert on the music of John Williams

65. FAVOURITE FRUIT?
Any fruit in season

66. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PET?
A dog named Roux

67. FAVOURITE BOARD GAME?
Clue or Trivia Pursuit

68. HOW DO YOU HAVE YOUR COFFEE?
With some really sweet creamer

69. BEST INVENTION?
Cars

70. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS?
Diamonds.

71. BLOW DRY OR AIR DRY?
Air dry

72. CHEAP OR EXPENSIVE SHAMPOO?
I don’t use shampoo but cheap conditioner

73. HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?
Not too bad!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

My first post.

Hi.
This is my first post. Honestly I'm not sure if I'm ready for anyone to read this yet but I have to start somewhere right?

Growing up I was raised in a very creative/artistic household. We would have family song nights around the piano and my sister and I were always in one play or another. We were always singing and dancing and crafting in my house.

Then I moved out. I moved to a different state, got a job, got married and settled into reality. Recently I've come to realize that I have completely lost of creative juices in the last year. It isn't a bad life. I'm married to the love of my life who stands by me thick and thin. I fall in love with him more everyday and he makes me better. However he is also 100% engineer. No creativity at all. So it's been hard to explain why this loss creativity leaves a gap in my identity. We recently had a conversation where my husband pushed me to find a creative outlet again. 

Hence Ordinary Green Musings is born.

I've thought about starting a blog for a while but something kept standing in my way. Fear. Fear of rejection, fear or not being good enough, fear of judgement, fear of pushing myself to try something new and failing. I love blogs. I have found support and encouragement in reading blogs. One of my best friends is a great blogger. I've thought before, "I could blog, I have things to share." This is immediately followed by, "I could never be as good as them."

As a child comparison never even entered my mind. I never thought, “I’m sure the other kids’ are better than mine.” “It really isn’t that good.” I created for the joy of it, for the joy of sharing. I painted my dog orange and blue and I had fun.


Well I’m taking back that reality. I won’t be the best and I don’t need to be! It might get messy but it’ll be fun! I might not color in the lines but that’s not the point! The point is to create and share! So I’ll be sharing; recipes, day in the life; bible reflections, lifestyle hacks, etc. Thank you for listening and thank you for letting me share my creations with you!