Hawaiian Luau

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Last year on my side of the family we all discussed how troubling it is to meet everyone for birthdays throughout the year. We decided that it would be fun to plan a one year birthday party for all the kids. There are seven all together. Ranging from age 14-1. We also live about 20 minutes to an hour away. Also, most of the older kids have so many activities going on its hard to plan for weekends that are free with summer school, dance, softball and church. It gets just a little crazy. So last year at christmas we planned that we would try it out this year in July. My parents and sister had most of all the decorations for a Hawaiian party so that’s what we went with. We were suppose to buy each child a present ten dollars or more. We also had since Christmas to get something. Which made it easier I think!! Since, most of the time I am a procrastinator when it comes to that and always buy last-minute. Well, it turned out great my parents decorated it perfect, we had grass skirts and leis and good food! Here are a few snap shots from the party!

There is a ton!! Lets just say it will be like you are there!

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The kids really loved getting together! My parents made up games and an obstacle course which was a blast. I helped Lyla through it but really she did great by herself! She kept up really well with the older kids. I cannot wait for next years party. We decided we are doing a pirate party! So fun!! Arrrrggg Matey! Well I may have to perfect that a little before the party. I have some time which is good! It had been fun already searching pirate ideas on Pinterest!!

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Celebrating Our Hero

Happy Father’s Day! It was a pretty uneventful day. Tony wasn’t feeling the best and he had to work this morning. What a way to spend a day dedicated to wonderful dads like him! I am pretty sure he’s the best dad that the girls could have. He’s absolutely so loving and cares so much about us. All of us, not just the girls. I think that makes him our hero! He truly is one of kind. I couldn’t of asked for anyone better.

Tony and the Girls

Camping With Kids

This summer we have decided to try to test out our pop-up camper. I am very excited to take the girls in the camper I grew up going camping in. I have been planning and prepping for a few weeks so we are ready to go when daddy has off work! We are going to go to a close state park so in case we have to come back home we haven’t spent a ton and also are too far from home. I am crossing my fingers that all goes smooth. I have started making some lists of what to pack with us. Just the girls alone need a ton of items. I will separating each area with its own large container. Mainly, kitchen, cleaning and miscellaneous, first aid and hygiene, kids activity bin, bedding, and each person will get their own personal bag or container.

Kitchen Container
Plates
Bowls
Cups
Containers
Measuring cups
Pots
Frying pans
Mixing bowl
Toaster
Paper towels
Egg holder
Napkins
Plastic wrap
Plastic baggies
Aluminum foil
Knives
Forks
Spoons
Serving spoons
Spatula
Can opener
Tongs
Marshmallow sticks
Water bottles
Water jug
Coolers
Whisk
Dish drain
Mini grill
Camp kitchen
Camp stove
Kids cups
Kids utensils
Kids plates
High chair

Cleaning and miscellaneous Container
Dust pan
Broom
Garbage bags
Bucket
Scrubbers
Wash cloths
Dish towels
Bath towels
Clothes pins
Laundry line
Flash lights
Batteries
Matches
Lighter
Camper table
Table cloth
Table cloth clips
Backpack
Carpet
Tarps
Duct tape
Chairs
Kids chairs

Bedding Container
Sheets
Pillows
Blankets

Kids Activity Container
Scooter
Balls
Chalk
Paint
Crayons
Paper
Bubbles
Sand toys
Tablet or Ipad(put into vehicle bag)
Charger for tablet or Ipad (put into vehicle bag)
Bug catchers
Books
Pool noodles
Beads
Tub for water
Scavenger hunt list
Paper bags
Glow sticks
Puzzles
Net

First Aid / Hygiene Container
(may put first aid items into a tackle box then put that into container with other hygiene items)
Sunscreen
Shampoo
Conditioner
Razor
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Body wash
Toilet paper
Hairbrush
Hair comb
Detangling spray
Mirror
Burn cream
Band aids
Gauze
Tweezers
Alcohol wipes
Baby powder
Butt cream
Diapers
Wipes
Antibiotic cream
Aloe gel
Butterfly band aids
Athletic tape
Neosporin
Insect bite cream
Ibuprofen
Makeup
Lotion
Chapstick
Perfume/cologne
Tissues
Listerine
Contact solution
Contact case
Mirror
Hydrocortisone cream
Cloth tape
Cold Compress
Gloves
Scissors
Roller bandage
Gauze pads
Oral thermometer
Bandaids
Vaseline
Aspirin
Anti-diarrhea medication
Laxative
Children’s Tylenol
Children’s Pepto
Orajel

Personal Container
T-shirts
Shirts
Tank tops
Underwear/ undergarments
Pants
Shorts
Pjs
Long sleeve shirts
Sweaters
Bathing suit
Baseball cap
Hat
Beach shoes
Sandals
Tennis shoes
Socks
Jacket
Poncho
Beach bag
Sunglasses

Items to Take into the Vehicle on the Way
Cellphone charger
Cellphone
Camera
Camera Charger
Cash and Credit cards
Maps
Registration info for the camp site
Camping binder
Ipad/tablet
Ipad/tablet charger
snacks and drinks
music

Other Items to Take for the Kids
Bouncer
Pack N Play
Favorite sleeping item

Printable list:
https://sites.google.com/site/wiscomomcampinglist/wiscomom-camping-list

Our Camper

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Sleeping area
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Smiling for the camera!
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Counter space
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Being silly with daddy!
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Tenley loved sweeping the floor!
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Lyla loves being in the camper!
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Day 10 Photo a Day May

Seriously I am obsessed with the word “Amazing!” I probably over use it and usually it’s for the small things. Sometimes I swear I am like a child in a candy store because I say really loud thats amazing, people are amazing, love and all different sorts are amazing.

Well pretty much I’d have to say my life is Amazing!!

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The second picture is my happiest memory. I can’t really pick just one. I am not sure how any one could do that. I have had so many. So I took three really easy favorites! The top of the list three! The first one is of course meeting Tony. He’s changed my life and really has been a blessing to me. The second is of course finding out I was pregnant with my first daughter Lyla! She’s 3 now and is completely amazing. The third one is last but not least my darling Tenley. When I found out I was pregnant with her it was so incredible. These three moments in my life are memories I’ll never forget! They will never become a distant memory. They will always be in my top list.

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Birthing Story: Tenley Rose

I had previously had a c-section with my first daughter Lyla. Around February 2011,  I found out I was pregnant again with my second child. We were pretty excited to find out that we were expecting again! I have always wanted my children to be close in age and they were going to be pretty close to about two and half years apart! Knowing I had options this time, I researched information on vaginal births after c-sections (vbac). The risks were much higher than a repeat c-section. I informed my doctor of my decision and she said we would discuss it later down the road. Kind of made me nervous to hear that. I really was completely against having another c-section.

 

During the second trimester around 22 weeks I had fallen down the stairs. I was rh-negative and was given rhogam. Rh-negative means I have negative blood and the baby possibly could have positive blood. In case there is a tear in the uterus they have to give a shot. This shot was the rhogam. The rhogam prevents my body making antibodies which attacks the blood from the tear. Meaning when there is a tear and blood is mixed (mine being negative and baby’s being positive). My body will try to make antibodies to protect the foreign object aka the baby. Not a good situation. The effects of the mixed blood can cause anemia (swelling of the brain and spinal cord). After I was hospitalized I had shown signs of slight mixture. The rest of my pregnancy was a constant check up to make sure no signs of anemia were present in baby. I was eventually put on bed rest the end of my pregnancy from on and off bleeding.

 

 

 

At this time we had discussed the chance of still being able to have a vbac. She didn’t recommend the vbac because my risk was too high. I already had a tear and she didn’t want to risk it.

We had a scheduled c-section for the tenth of October. I was originally due the 17th. Repeatedly I had gone to the hospital either for bleeding or having false contractions. I was miserable the last few weeks of my pregnancy and was constantly being stabbed with ivs each time I went to the hospital. Each time I went in with contractions they lessened and they sent me home. Soo disappointing.

 

On October 5th, 2011 I had woken up at about 6 am with contractions pretty close together. Estimating about 7 minutes apart. Mind you my hospital is still 40 minutes away. I called Tony who was already at work.(by the way about 2 hours from the hospital and he said for me to wait it out, it was probably another false alarm and reminded me of all the times I got sent home. I was very uncomfortable and decided to take a shower thinking things would settle down. Well, actually they got worse! They were now about 3-4 minutes apart. I made it downstairs and called Tony’s mother who lives here in town to see if she could drive me to the hospital. I didn’t want to end up going to the local hospital, and also I didn’t want to drive with Lyla. She was sleeping upstairs. I was nervous and worried! Tony’s mother was worried about me waiting to long and having the baby in her car. She rushed over and she put Lyla in the car as I packed last-minute items that I thought I would need. We ended up getting to the hospital around 9 am. I had called the hospital to see if my doctor was in and of course she was off that day. I had talked to the on call midwife who told me to go to the clinic that was attached to the hospital. When I got there my mother and father were at the hospital entrance waiting for me with a wheelchair. She didn’t know I had talked to the midwife and was not supposed to go straight to the hospital, but she called the hospital and they set up a room for me. My mom is always prepared! I wanted to walk which helped me concentrate on the contractions. When I got upstairs to the ob offices they had checked me saying I was only 2 ½ centimeters dilated. Which by the way I was like are you f’n kidding me! I was that two weeks ago!! They decided to hook me up to a NST which is a non stress test, it monitors the contractions I am having and how strong and the length that they are. About every 4 minutes and pretty strong. The nurse who was with the midwife, who I could have about punched. She kept telling me over and over that I was not going to have my baby and they were not contractions at all, it was just the baby moving. Well, lady sorry to break it to ya I have been carrying this baby for 8 months and this sure as hell wasn’t just movement!! She was just ruder than rude! When I got back to the room I was checked again and only was a little over 3 centimeters dilated. The midwife decided to send me to the hospital to be checked in because I had progressed very slowly but did progress. The woman took forever to get to my room with a wheelchair and then told my mom she could push me to the hospital. At that point, I didn’t care who took me I just wanted to go!! My mom and sister were just going nuts about the nurse!

Finally, I had made it to the hospital room! I was now about a 7 and Tony finally got to the hospital! Thank the Lord! The doctor came in and said “are we having a repeat c-section or a vbac?” I was completely stunned!! I was like my doctor said I couldn’t. Well, she said because I was progressing so perfect she was willing to give me the option but I had to choose quickly. If I would have had a c-section they would have to get me in quickly to get prepped. I looked at Tony and was soo unsure! I knew it’s what I have always wanted but really was it!? He knew I was nervous and said to me that he knew I could do it. He knew I was strong and that I have always wanted to do! He knew if I didn’t try I would have been disappointed forever! He was my hero that day!! He truly was! I decided to go through with it and try a vbac!

Last picture with my belly!! I will cherish this picture since I do not have one with Lyla.

They gave me the walking epidural and we had walked about once around the labor and delivery area and I felt a lot of pressure. I then went back to my room and had the final medicine for my epidural. Being a vbac patient I was then restricted to the bed after that because of risks involved. It was only taking to my left side and eventually after laying on my right side it took. That I think was the most horrible pain ever. I only felt all the pain in my right side. I felt it was much harder to control and calm myself being on one side.  After about an hour, I had felt soo much pressure and the nurse said since you were a 7 an hour ago I will wait until the doctor gets here. It was a little bit and I really was begging for her to check me, saying I think its time. She then gave in because the doctor had not come. She lifted my gown and I was completely crowned and at a 10. Tony got to see her hair and I just completely cried! The nurse had me start to push and about the 3rd push the doctor came and in and on the 5th push she was out! I got to hear her first cry, touch her and hold her immediately when she came out, just it was amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

Tenley Rose Hernandez was born. Seven pounds seven ounces.

The photos are something I cannot believe I look at the them all the time!! Right after I was stitched and cleaned up I was able to get up and walk.. Pee on my own!!! And change and shower!! I felt like a new woman!!  I could hold and carry my baby! So amazing. I felt soooo powerful that I could carry the world on my shoulders!!! I felt so incomplete with my first delivery until then!! I would never go back! I healed sooo quickly and lost all the weight I gained soo quickly!! I could take care of her like I never had surgery!! I truly think if you do your research and have faith and confidence you can do it!! I knew if I didn’t try I would have regretted my choice!! I know now you know your body better than anyone.. If you think you can you probably can and you will do it better than you thought!!

 

This is daddy!

That’s Me!

 

Mo Big sister Lyla with her new sister at home!

The vbac was the best decision I have ever made for myself. I know from now on to be your own advocate! it’s the only way. Intervention I swear is what most doctors know. I am a woman, I was meant to birth children. My body was made for it. All in all, I have experienced both kind of labors and got two beautiful girls as an outcome!! I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

My Stick People Family

I am currently obsessed with the cars that have the vinyl stick people family on their back windows. They are too cute! I know most people hate them, and yeah its annoying to some. But, I absolutely adore them! Ever since becoming a “mom” I am in love with “mom” things! Today my daughter was invited to my friends sons first birthday party! All I did was talk mom things. Diapering, naps, tantrums, to my sex life as a mom. Its been a great transition in my life having kids. Truly has made a better person! My kids are my life and I believe I was made to be a mother. I have a few friends who never want to be a mom. That seems sooo weird to me since I don’t even know what my life was like before kids. Yes, I do miss the occasional bar time and being spontaneous when it comes to plans but, I wouldn’t change it for anything. I just recently became a stay at home mom and I would say this job is the most difficult decision I have ever made. We don’t have money coming in like before (not like I made much) but it did pay a bill or two. I will gladly quit the cable and eat in more just to save a buck! Wish I knew more couponing.. anyone know how to?? Message me!! I could always use the help! So back to my stick people family. I was looking at the newspaper ads and saw the jewelry that has stick people. I am not really a jewelry person but have always wanted aka: a mothers ring/ necklace! I pointed hinting… Mothers Day is coming up soon! He said will the stick people for your car work! I almost died!! I didn’t think he knew I loved them soo much! Well, here’s to hoping in my future soon I too could have a stick people family!

 

Photo Shoot

Recently the weather was pretty decent in Wisconsin. It was sunny but a tad bit chilly. Tenley was taking a nap and Lyla had lots of energy to burn off so I had taken her outside with me to get the mail. She was running around like crazy so I ran inside to get the camera! Maybe it was a good day for a photo shoot! I absolutely love taking pictures of my girls!! Lyla is sooo sweet and loves having her picture taken as long as a few are of her jumping! Hey thats okay with me… take a few nice ones jump take a few nice ones jump! Well, here are few from that day!! Oh how I love my sweet little girl!! Where has the time gone?! Shes too big already!

 

isn’t she absolutely darling!?!