So what is Halloween without ghouls and goblins, witches and werewolves? I am really looking forward to seeing all of the spooky costumes in my neighborhood this year! But MY daughter is going the cutesy route. After all, this IS her first Halloween, and she is the very epitome of a girly girl. This year, our little Sophie-Monster will be going as the cutest little bunny in the whole wide world. Just look at her chowing down on her carrot! She’s a natural! We cannot wait to take her out and show her off. Hopefully, Elmer Fudd will be nowhere in sight, cause her Daddy, Dan the Ninja, will take him out in a second if he just happens to be out “huntin’ wabbits”! Isn’t she the cutest?
Feel free to “like” this page on FB, and please go to the UPrinting.com Facebook page and “like” Sophie’s picture! Why, you might ask? Because I am entering this photo in the Spook-A-Look Halloween Photo Contest, hosted by
Top Prize: $100 Target Gift Card plus an 18×24 Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print
Runner Up: $50 Target Gift Card plus a 16×20 Rolled Canvas Print
I know that my blog is new, and I don’t have a ton of followers, but I think Sophie is cute enough to have a shot at this! Not to mention. we don’t have any family photos hung yet, and I would LOVE to have such a wonderful canvas print from UPrinting.com to proudly display in my home!
Thanks, and Happy Halloween!
That’s All, Folks!
So Dan and I went to the hospital the other night due to the pain I have been experiencing. We figured it was better safe than sorry, and wanted to rule out the possibility of preterm labor. I had spoken to a nurse on my insurance’s OBGYN nurse-line, and she urged us to go in, just to get checked. She said all of my symptoms could have meant something was very wrong.
So a good friend and Sophie’s God-Mother was nice enough to come and get the kids, and Dan and I headed out to the hospital. Luckily, the on-call doctor assigned to that hospital was MY doctor. We were in the room, and he walked by, poked his head in, and gave me a “What the hell are you doing here?” look. I adore my doctor. He is the absolute BEST. Anyway, they took my urine, hooked me up to the fetal monitor, and checked to make sure my water hadn’t broken and that my cervix was closed and in the proper position.
Luckily, everything was fine. My doctor told me that basically, my body is pissed-off at me for getting preggo again so quickly after a c-section, and that while severe, the pain I am in is normal. He also said that the fact that I am carrying much higher this time may have a lot to do with the pelvic pressure and severity of my pain. He also said I can expect to feel like I’ve been hit by a train for a few weeks, but that it should let up eventually. He also said I need to take it easy, get a lot of rest, and that I should carry Sophie around as minimally as possible for now. 😦
But at least everything is okay, and I know that while I feel like I am about to keel over, it’s to be expected and I need to just deal with it for now!
I am officially scared now. My pain has just gotten worse rather than better, and this just does not feel normal to me. I am really hoping that I am not going into preterm labor, but we knew we are at a greater risk of this as I have already had a bacterial infection while pregnant that tends to reoccur, and also because we got pregnant again SO quickly after having Sophie.
Here is what I am experiencing:
- CONSTANT back pain that is debilitating and does not ease up with heat, rest, or hydration.
- BAD abdominal pain constantly similar to severe menstrual cramping that does not ease up.
- Abdominal cramping similar to food poisoning or awful flu-like cramping accompanied by diarrhea.
- HORRIBLE cramping in my thighs.
- Severe pelvic pressure that will not go away. It literally feels like there is a cinder block in my belly that is just pushing downward.
- Standing up HURTS. Walking hurts worse. I can’t even hold Sophie without feeling like I’m about to buckle over in pain. I cannot bend and lift her at all without having shooting pains in my whole back/abdominal/pelvic area.
- Nausea. That says it all. But this is nausea with pain. Not like the morning sickness I have pretty much gotten used to.
- A weird, watery discharge….Not like regular preggo juices. More watery, although NOT in huge quantities, than God. Not sure if it’s just pee, or if it’s fluid….
- Speaking of pee…When I use the restroom, there is incredible pressure and pain. Not like burning, but like something is pushing downward.
So needless to say, I am pretty worried. I don’t want to rush to the hospital and be the silly woman who jumps the gun and just gets sent home with no issues found. No one wants that kind of embarrassment! But at the same time, something just doesn’t feel normal. I know all pregnancies are different. I know that symptoms can be different in severity. But this is just so incredibly painful and odd that I feel like I SHOULD go get checked out. I mean, even when I was 8 and 9 months pregnant with Sophie, which wasn’t too terribly long ago and still quite fresh in my memory, the pain wasn’t quite like this. So I am going to call the doctor again and the hospital and when Dan gets home, we may just need to figure out what to do with the kids and head to labor and delivery. I pray that nothing is wrong. i know that at this point, Xander has an excellent chance of survival if born now. But he would more than likely spend months in the NICU. The longer we can keep him in, the better. Please keep is in your prayers. I am really worried. Guess I should pack a bag now, just in case.
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I was recently sent a product called the Bryton Pick to review. I must admit, when it arrived, I was a little scared to put this in my mouth, let alone allow my 10 year old to try and use it. It is basically a tool used as an alternative to flossing, convenient for those who are constantly on the go. Here is some product info taken from their website:
Bryton Pick makes cleaning between teeth easy, fast and discreet
Designed, developed and tested by dental professionals.
Solution for on-the-go or alternative for those that are unable to floss
Made of flexible stainless steel and plastic holder
Blunt cleaning edges are thin as the finest floss (0.0019″)
Re-usable up to 30 days (germ-resistant stainless steel).
Cleanse with napkin or water. Store in its carry-pouch.
Bryton Pick is 100% produced in USA at FDA registered facilities (QS-9000 / ISO9001 Certified)
I can see where this may be a good tool for those who may not have time to brush and floss after every meal….But while it is convenient in that sense, and very portable, I will say, I was not overly impressed with this product. It is made of very thin stainless steel, and looks like an emery board for teeth. Just the idea of sticking metal between my teeth made me cringe. It just sounded a little bit hazardous. Well, I tried it out anyway, and gave the spare to Kyle to try. We BOTH ended up cutting both our gums and our tongues with the Bryton Pick. (Even AFTER viewing an instructional video on how to properly use this.) It is very awkward to use, and the stainless steel is a lot sharper than it appears to be. If you are brave enough to take your time and s-l-o-w-l-y learn how to maneuver this tool, then maybe it would be beneficial to you. I DO see where it can be a great tool for after eating out, or for those who frequently eat on the go. I just feel that maybe a little more care in the overall design of this product should have been taken before putting it on the shelves. It may be good for some people, but it caused me to have a bloody mouth after using it, and I was careful!
Overall, like I said, not impressed. I would not give up my regular floss in favor of this product. Heck, a regular flosser is much less hazardous in my opinion. I wish I could have given this product a more favorable review, but I just can’t. Maybe you would have better luck with this gadget. If you’re interested in trying it out, the Bryton Pick is available at many retailers, including CVS, as well as on their website. I feel just awful giving such a bad review, but I owe it to my readers to give my honest opinion.
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***I was not compensated in any way for this review. I DID, however, receive a sample of the product in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.***
As many of you know, we recently made the decision to switch to cloth diapering. With Sophie in diapers, and Xander due in January, it was really a no-brainer decision! It will save us a TON of money over disposables for 2 babies, and it is much better for the environment. Plus, I am a firm believer that cloth diapers are comfier for baby. I mean, would you rather have your butt covered in something soft and plush, or in scratchy, chemical-laden paper?
So while the decision to make the switch to CD’s was inevitable, I found it very intimidating initially. There are SO many different styles and types to choose from! There are fitteds and pockets, AIO’s and AI2’s, OS dipes, prefolds and covers….It was literally enough to make me go nuts from confusion! Which types were the best, and which would be best for my babies? So I decided I was on a mission to find out as much as I could about cloth-diapering, and I was determined to find dipes that are not only affordable and cute, but highly functional and would last while my babies are in diapers.
I am all for WAHM businesses. Not that I have a problem with big name brands, of course. I just tend to think that items that are handmade with love by women who actually USE and have extensive knowledge of the products they make generally tend to not only have more character, but tend to also be of much higher quality than those that are mass-produced in a factory somewhere in China.
While I was scouring the web looking for cute diapers to try, I came across Dimple Buns diapers! These are so cute, and there is a HUGE variety of products on this site. The diapers are made by a very nice and helpful woman named Krystal. She was amazing to deal with. I explained my situation, and how we’re basically CD virgins, and she was kind and helpful enough to take the time out of her busy day to answer all questions I had regarding cloth-diapering,(and trust me, I had a ton!) as well as offer many tips and tricks I may not have thought of before. She really took a lot of time to reply to me, and was very thorough in the information she gave me. And she was just a sweetheart!
I was very impressed by the look of the diapers she has made. She has many styles and sizes, mostly fitteds and AIOs. These are all absolutely gorgeous, and she uses the best materials, like suedecloth and hemp on some diapers! The designs and colorful prints are just so unique and full of personality, as well. She has a NB dipe that is blue flames that I have my eye on for Xander, and a very cute purple leopard print diaper I would love to buy for Sophie! Just LOOK at how adorable these are!
This is just a small sample of Krystal’s work! She has TONS more styles, and has even partnered with another company to offer some pretty awesome diaper covers and other amazing products. I decided to order one of Krystal’s fitted diapers in medium, which is gender neutral and absolutely adorable with cute little turtles and multi-colored polka dots on a light blue background, as well as a Wallypop Fleecy Wrap cover in Raspberry Furry. These covers are VERY generously sized and adjustable, and will fit Sophie for quite some time! And it is SOOOO soft. Although the color is stated as raspberry, it is more of a red than pinky. Therefore making it beautifully unisex. Here are some stock photos of the fitted diaper I purchased taken from http://dimplebunsdiapers.com
Let me tell you, I was in love with this diaper as soon as it arrived! It was very well constructed, with no loose threads or anything, and it was soooo unbelievably soft to the skin. It was also extremely plush. I just knew it would be like sitting on a cloud to my princess. SO much more comfy than the disposables she has been used to since her birth. I couldn’t wait to put Sophie in it and see how well it held up to her heavy wetting tendencies. I was also eager to see how well it fit on her very fat little legs. Even disposables have been known to leave uncomfortable looking redness on her chunky little thighs. I was worried that I should have purchased a large, but Krystal assured me that a medium should be just fine at her weight, despite the thunder-thighs. She was absolutely right! The diaper fit beautifully, and didn’t cut into Sophie’s skin at all. It is also somewhat size adjustable due to the snaps at the waistband area. She actually should have a little room to grow and use this dipe before I have to stash it away for Xander when he is big enough. Krystal recommended that with a fitted diaper, I should use a cover. Well, I did buy and use the cover, but before I put the cover over this adorable diaper, I let Sophie crawl around in it for about 3 hours, just to test its absorbency. I was quite impressed! When I went to change her, she had definitely peed quite a bit, but the outside of this diaper was not at all damp. Let’s just say I was sold,haha. Here are some photos of Sophie proudly playing in her Dimple Buns diaper!
I did elect to try the cover out as well, after a quick wash of the fitted. i figured I would try the fitted + cover combo for overnight. I honestly think the fitted diaper would have been fine on its own, as it was highly absorbent, but I decided to go ahead and try both together. Sophie is a good sleeper. She usually sleeps a good 8-10 hours at night. When she woke up the next morning, I was surprised to see that while she definitely peed a lot, both the outside of the fitted and the cover were absolutely, 100% dry! No leaks here! So while I am sure the cover adds extra protection, when I pair it with the Dimple Buns fitted diaper, it has been more for looks,lol…Maybe I will try it with other fitteds once I buy some and see if it holds in leaks, but Krystal’s diapers are so well made that there have been no leaks to contain yet. So I do use the cover, but it’s because I love the look of it. There is nothing cuter than Sophie crawling around with a furry butt!
I am so glad I decided to give Dimple Buns a try! Not only are they excellent, lovingly handmade diapers, they are truly very high quality. And the customer service you will receive from Krystal is top-notch! She was a pleasure to deal with, and I look forward to buying more of her diapers, just as soon as the hubby will let me. (hint, hint to family and friends…These would make wonderful baby gifts for Xander!)
Her prices are also very affordable. Most fitteds range from 10-12 dollars a piece, depending on size, and the AIO’s range from 12.00-15.50, again depending on size and options. The covers are equally affordable, as well. For something so well-made, I think the pricing is a steal!
Also, for the month of October, Dimple Buns Diapers has the following sale going on to save you even more!
OCTOBER IS 10% OFF SALE ALL MONTH LONG
SPEND $30 OR MORE AND GET FREE SHIPPING
*excludes Wallypop, Lovey’s, and Lunapads products*
Doesn’t that make you want to run over to http://dimplebunsdiapers.com to try these awesome diapers out? I know you won’t be disappointed. Take a look around, and let me know YOUR favorite designs and features. And be sure to sign Krystal’s guestbook and let her know you stopped by!
A special thanks to Krystal at Dimple Buns for all of her help and being so willing to answer my questions. I definitely love her products, and plan to place another order soon!
Also, Dimple Buns is on Facebook! Be sure to visit and leave some comment love on their page!
****No compensation of any kind was provided for this post. I purchased these products myself for the purposes of reviewing and stocking my CD stash. All opinions are 100% truthful and my own.****