Tall Mom tiny baby: June 2013
                                                                                           

Pics of the week

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Top Right: @jilldewes (fav color)

Top Left: @sunneybunney (your state --Georgia, henceforth the peach!)

Bottom Right: @catherineedge (friends)

Bottom Left: @teamninja (fan)

 

Join in the fun! Next week starts the July Photo A Day Challenge

Share your photos on Instagram, and add the hashtag #tmtbphotoaday

I will pick 4 pictures to highlight and share each week as "Pics of the Week"

July Photo A Day Challenge

Saturday, June 29, 2013

We had so much fun with June's Photo A Day Challenge - now it's time for July's!

What is a photo a day challenge?

I will post some photo suggestions or themes for each day of the month. Post a photo of what that suggestion means to you.

Join in the fun!

Share your photos through social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.

Add the hashtag #tmtbphotoaday so the rest of us can see your fun photos.

Feel free to tag me @tallmomtinybaby or @mary__larsen on your social media sites as well so I can see what pics you are sharing :)

The photo does not need to actually be taken that day.

Feel free to raid your photo library, or save a certain photo for a day later in the month. It's all up to you! Get creative, and interpret the theme however you'd like.

How can you see other people's photos of the day?

Simply click of search the hashtag #tmtbphotooftheday - and you will be sent to a results page full of other people's photos. Feel free to like & comment and share the love!

Play whenever and as often as you like!

Seriously, you can post a pic a day, a couple of times a month, or as often as you'd like. Knowing my crazy life, I'll most likely be missing some days ;)

Feel free to leave your Instagram name in the comments so I can follow you!

You can find me here:

Tall Mom tiny baby on Twitter @mary__larsen

Tall Mom tiny baby on Instagram @tallmomtinybaby or @mary__larsen

Tall Mom tiny baby on Facebook

Tall Mom tiny baby on Pinterest

 

Day 179: we love living in the ocean state

Friday, June 28, 2013

#tmtbphotoaday

My Birth Story, Part 8: Rebozo for Sifting Is Like The Big Lebowski Bowling Ball Scene

Author's note: This is the eighth of a ten-part series recapping and examining the birth story of my Itty Bitty. Birth is a beautiful experience, but some can find the contents of the topic a bit squeemish. In light of this, please note that these posts are neither too graphic, nor are they full of unicorns and rainbows. They're just the unfettered, unadulterated truth. And the truth is that birth is the most amazing experience of which I have been a part. By far. So, read on - learn, cry, laugh, but most of all, enjoy.

Not So Fun Fact: A woman in labor is generally admitted into the hospital if she is at least 4 centimeters dilated. 

Want to know how big that is? Take a look at the chart below.
After laboring all night and morning, I was devastated to hear that I was only 3 cm.   The difference between either a "slice of a banana" or "cracker" would normally have meant that I would have been sent home.

Lucky for me, my doctor allowed me to stay, so that I could try to turn my baby around from being "sunny side up".  She recommended that I spend some time in one of the large showers for an hour or so.  This would not only help with the pain, but might speed up my dilation.  Relieved that I wouldn't have to drive home (god, those potholes were terrible on the way over), I marched off to the bathroom, and asked my Hubby to join me.


For two hours I labored in the shower, with my hips high in the air, head down, and swaying my hips in a big figure eight.  I carefully moved, and danced, throughout each contraction, begging my tiny baby to turn around.

I was naked, hot, uncomfortable, and disappointed that my birth wasn't meeting my preconceived expectations. I felt vulnerable, alone, and raw. But, conversely, I felt more determined than I ever had in my entire life.  I was going to do whatever it took to get that baby out of me.


We left the shower after two hours, and were brought to my birth room. After by examined by my doctor, she told me that I was 5cm dilated (wihoo), but that my tiny baby was still sunny side up (boo.) Essentially, he was going the wrong way down a one way street - by being in posterior position, when he was supposed to be an anterior position.

Our nurses and doula helped guide me into many positions to try to turn Itty Bitty around.  The main goal was to keep my belly low - hoping that the little guy would move his back towards the low center of gravity.
In one position was asked to put one leg up on the bed,  and lean over.  I remember saying I felt like Captain Morgan.  God, I could have used a drink!
I didn't use the labor tub or birthing bouncing balls like I planned (and was really excited about), nor did I get into the yoga positions I had been practicing for weeks.
didn't get to go in here...
nor was I able to bounce on that green ball
I couldn't do any of this because of one reason: all of my preparations and plans were for a baby who was facing the right way.  Naturally my stubborn tiny baby was facing the wrong way.  The problem that faced me now was the fact that I had no idea what I was doing.  All of the moves my doula/nurses suggested felt foreign, and required a lot of physical exertion.  As a result, my labor was far more intense than any workout you could get a gym.  So, not only was I not prepared, and doing a hard workout with moves I didn't know, but I was doing them through contractions and back labor pain.

Hours passed, and unfortunately, all to no avail.


Finally, my doula whipped out the big guns.  She took out her rebozo - which is a ginormous piece of fabric - and began a technique called "sifting."




I leaned over a birthing ball, with my knees holding me steady, and focused as hard as I could to be calm during each contraction.  My doula took the rebozo, and pulled it back and forth - as if she was shining a bowling ball.



Honestly, it was like this scene from The Big Lebowski. Seriously, watch it, for just a couple of seconds to get the picture.
But instead of a bowling ball, it was my 8 pound, 2 ounce baby boy in my belly.

And guess what....

My baby finally turned around :)

This is the eighth of a ten-part series recapping and examining the birth story of my Itty Bitty.


Ways To Document Special Moments In Your Newborn Baby's Life {guest post}

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The fantastic Rachael McAdams of @livealittleNYC is sharing some fantastic ways to document moments in your tiny baby's life!  Rachael is new to the SAHM community but she has been a writer for years. Rachael enjoys writing about various subjects, but especially enjoys providing advice to new moms. Rachel is also an avid runner, and enjoys photography and cooking when she’s not chasing around her twins. If you’d like to follow Rachael, you can find her on Twitter at @livealittleNYC

And now, without further ado --- take it away, Rachael!


Let’s face it – when you have a baby, you generally spend most of your time taking photos and videos and sharing them with family and friends. There are a bunch of different ways, however, to take those moments and document them for the long term. Here are some great ways to keep those memories for all time as well as make some unique baby memory items.

Baby Book by Ruby Love

Growing up, I knew where my mother kept my baby book and would pull it out from time to time to look at everything she documented. When I became an adult, my mother gave me my baby book to keep. I love reading the notes my mother entered back when I was still in diapers. When I had my twin girls, I made sure to do two books! I included items like the socks they wore when they were newborns and their hospital bracelets. When they are older, they will marvel at how little they once were! For something with an artful approach, check out the Ruby Love line of baby scrapbooks. They are high quality books that you can specify the design and pages that are included. Definitely lovely!

iPhone Case by Tiny Prints
When you are taking photos of your kids, don’t just attempt to get them to sit still with their hands folded. Go for the silly! Leave their hair messy and their face sweaty as they run around at the playground. Show the memories of what a day out with your kids is really like.  Those are the really special moments.

When it comes to taking shots of your newborn, take up close/artsy-style photos of your baby’s ears, fingers, and toes. Those will be great (and unique) ways to document how your baby grows and develops.  

Once you have these great photos, use them to create a custom phone cases for yourself or even as gifts for family members. I always browse Tinyprints.com for all photo personalized items including iPhone cases. I gave one to the Godmother of one of my daughters and she just loves it!


Makin’ prints
We all made hand-print projects as kids, but I doubt if many of us know where they are today; if they lasted this long at all. A great way to make sure a print of your child’s will last is to make an ornament out of it. This way it is stored with the Christmas ornaments and will be sure to survive.


Stephanie Lynn provides step-by-step directions how to make this great fingerprint ornament on her blog. When you are finished, it will look like a professionally-ordered item instead of a home-grown project.



DIY Vital Stats Canvas
There are many different companies that will make an artful representation of your child’s vital statistics. Thanks to a post by A Kitchen Table for Two, you can now make your own “Baby Subway Art” as she calls it. With a little creativity, and patience as she reminds everyone, you can create a high-quality piece of art for your child’s nursery or bedroom. You can even make one like she did as a gift. I know I am making a note of this to create when the need arises!
DESIGNED BY ECLAIR DESIGNS