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Penelope Rose Galan.. Birth Story

Unlike my son’s birth, Penelope’s was something we were ready for in the sense that we knew what date it would be and what to expect.

**No pregnancy is the same and this little baby girl sure did prove the truth in that.**

With both pregnancies I had no morning sickness, no nausea, and no pregnancy aches…. until Penelope started growing. This little girl had me swollen, gaining double what I did in my first pregnancy and overly exhausted! I was SO ready to give birth!

With Penny, I was going to have a repeat csection because of my first baby’s birth weight (almost 10lbs!!) and the complications that came with it. Doctors predicted her to be about the same size if not a half pound bigger. My original due date was June 27th, but they were going to deliver Penny a week earlier on the 20th.

To start off June was a VERY busy month for us! First Saturday of June was my baby shower( I know, so last minute but we wanted good weather!) Second Saturday was my birthday and the third Saturday…… Penny decided to make her entrance into the world. Yes…. this little girl had plans of her own and decided to come before any doctor made her. So out popped Penelope on June 16th,2018.

So, going back to Friday June 15th, we took our son Manny Jr to watch the Incredibles 2 movie- his first movie theatre experience and the last time we would have an outing as a family of 3. Again, all day I was fine, active and NO signs of labor, just the usual sluggish feeling ….until it was night time. I started feeling contractions at about 8:30 pm or so but I just thought they were Braxton Hicks and my body getting ready as my due date was approaching. I paid no mind to them, they were VERY light contractions that felt like light period cramps. I texted my boyfriend, “I’m having contractions” …. his response…” Penny better wait until the 20th I have two open houses tomorrow (meaning Saturday)”.I proceeded to put my son to sleep and lay down myself. My boyfriend got home and my cramps started getting a bit more intense. I don’t know why I thought it would just disappear if I fell asleep so I tried to sleep. At around 1:30 am I said ok I have to call my doctor because these contractions are 2-3 minutes apart and I’m suppose to have a csection! I called and was at the hospital within the next 15 minutes after leaving our son with my mom. I was hooked onto the machines, an IV and being monitored to see if maybe the IV fluids helped my contractions ease up- they told me it could be because I needed to hydrate more. Well, my contractions just got worse… I was dilated 4 cm and these contractions were coming 1-2 minutes apart- nothing I couldn’t handle right ? 😩 At all my appointments the prediction was that this baby girl would be at least 9.5 lbs at birth so I opted for the repeat csection. Even at my appointment for a growth scan I was told she was already almost 8lbs at 36 weeks! Since the baby and I were in good condition my doctor had to deliver another baby before going into surgery with me… so I had to wait another 30 minutes- no pain meds but extreme EXTREME pain! I even took this selfie pictured below πŸ˜‚

My doctor FINALLY came in the room, and asked me if I was sure about the repeat csection. Uh yeah Doc,my first baby was almost 10lbs. and I had complications! At last my doctor told them to walk me to the operating room and prep me for surgery … my little girl was coming. The anesthesiologist gave me my spinal and what a relief, pain free. They laid be on the operating table and up went the drapes….the doctors and nurses getting ready and the pediatrician who was going to examine Penny at birth all entered the room. I was ready! Yep I felt it all again, the pulling the tugging and more pulling and tugging and then I heard the cry that made my boyfriend and I bawl yet again. Our sweet Penny Rose was born! They took her over to clean her up and weigh her…. my baby girl was only 7.12lbs ( average weight for a newborn) but to us she felt like the tiniest little baby. I mean hello, I did give birth to an almost 10 lbs baby the first time! Once I was told her birth weight my immediate reaction was You mean the doctors were wrong about her birth weight estimate and I could’ve pushed this little girl out! A little upset to say the least, but my little girl was finally here. I wasn’t able to kiss or hold my Penny girl until after they wheeled me into recovery.

I fell in love with a new little human and my life got that much better. It was immediately filled with infinite love times 2. I had my baby boy at home and my baby girl was now here to join us. I felt complete.

Not only was Penelope born that Saturday but Manny Jr also came to meet her. When I say I can’t even explain the feeling of them meeting I really can’t. My heart was going to explode, my eyes were full of tears and I could not stop smiling. Honestly, he was terrified and confused. Manny Jr didn’t understand what was going on. See, we spoke about this ever since I told him I had a baby in my belly but I don’t think he fully understood. He was scared to come near me and even scared of his baby sister. But when he finally got over his little fear, after tons of baby talk from mommy, he kissed his baby sister and did not want to leave us at the hospital again. Then came a whole bunch of more tears I couldn’t hold back, I was so sad that my baby boy had to leave us at the hospital. I was sad that he might think I was trading him for his sister and didn’t want to sleep with him at home. I was sad that I couldn’t pick him up and it would be 6 weeks of me not being able to pick him up. But my heart has never felt so full, so happy, so in love. I had my baby boy and my baby girl-my forever loves.

Here are some pictures of the moments I talk about on the above post. My best memories. πŸ’ž

Halloween Crafts from the Dollar Store

Halloween Crafts from the Dollar Store

So my toddler is beyond scared of anything Halloween related and that makes me so sad because like come on!!!! It’s Halloween !! πŸ˜©πŸ˜… Trying to get him over the scare has been a little bit of a hard time but I’d like to think we’ve come a long way. All October we’ve been doing some Halloween related crafts to get him more accustomed to the idea of Halloween.

** When we do arts and crafts I make my own crafts while he imitates what I do OR like most times, he does it his way. I like to encourage his imagination so I let his crafts be his. I’ll only help if he asks or I see that he really needs it. ( For example, if the whole tub of glue spills…. you know damn right mommy is stepping in!)

Sometimes we sit at his table and create our masterpieces but most time he really wanted to sit on the floor… so we did. I mean really, what are rules !? To try and makes the least bit of mess I place cardboard from diaper boxes on the floor and let him work on top of it.

This is his latest work of art. A pumpkin mask made out of a plastic plate! We used two pieces of pipe cleaners, one plate, scraps of black foam paper and glue. As you can see he did all the gluing and placing of the pieces himself! He was entertained with this mask for about 30 minutes afterwards pretending he was a scary pumpkin… Halloween spirit? I’ll take it !

This pumpkin and bat were made out of foam paper as well! They were precut into the shapes already so all he had to do was place the eyes, nose and mouth. He refused to give the bat a nose and mouth but it’s ok! He was so amazed that his bat could “fly” once we glued them onto the popsicle stick. He went around the house flying his bat into everything and everywhere.

Halloween inspired crafts have been our thing all of October! The best part is that all these craft material were from the DOLLAR STORE !! Dollar tree had it all, and we could not say no to $1 craft materials!

Try out these crafts with your little ones and tell me how they went! Please share any and every creative crafts that you think we should try before Halloween is here!

Hello From Me to You

Hello From Me to You

Hello everyone! First and foremost I would like to introduce myself. My name is Pam and I am a mother of 2; my little sweet Penelope Rose who is currently 3 months old and my handsome boy Manny Jr. who is 2 years old. Let me tell you all, being a mom of 2 is beyond exhausting. Having to run behind a toddler who loves to explore, climb, run around wild, while still attending to a newborn is HARD work but it is something I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world- maybe a glass of a wine…..TOTALLY JUST KIDDING! Both of my kids are so different from each other that it just amazes me sometimes how different yet alike they can be thus far. With that said I know just like all moms, I experience lows and very highs of being a mom.

I know many of us are always wanting to share the good things about motherhood but I am here to share itΒ all. The tantrums, the tears, the laughs, the scary moments and the moments that we just want to climb into bed, lay on our bellies and hide from everyone- including our little humans. Being a mom isn’t always smiles and giggles. We have days where we literally want to pull our hairs out, we drop a few F- bombs without meaning to and we just want to scream- HELP! With my oldest son being 2 years old (turning 3 soon), I have learned SO much that I would like to share with new mommies and even second and third time mommies! I am NOT the perfect mother and I would never claim to be, I just want to share what has worked for me, what keeps me going, and the reason behind my three grey hairs…..Yes I have three strands of grey hair and I am only 26- that is mothering for you!

I look forward to sharing so much more with you all! I just want to create a space in which us mothers can speak on real life momming- not the type TV and media portray!

β€œThere’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” β€”Jill Churchill