Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thirsty Celery Experiment- Science

The girls had a fun time watching the celery veins change colors over night.  This science experiment is an example of absorption.  They learned that the stem of the celery stalk soaks up water through the ground to survive.  When we cut the stalks in half the girls noticed that the colored water was sucked up through little holes in the stalk. The veins in the leaves also turned a color.

The data was recorded over a three day period using this data record observation form from ABCteach.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Me On The Map

This is a great way for kids to get an idea of where they are in the world.

Each circle zooms out into the big picture:
home, street, city, state, country, continent, planet

I have seen this over at Counting Coconuts, Finally in First, and the Activity Mom.  This is a fun activity to do with an atlas and we now have a good understanding of where they live.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Haddie's Beautiful Birth

6 weeks
I had a beautiful birth, I never thought I would say that, but baby number three was magical.

The details leading up to Haddie's birth:
Little Haddie kept us guessing up until 40 weeks and 1 day.  She was a "flipper"- one week breach, next week transverse, the following day head-down.  The word C-section was mentioned a few times, but my babies usually come late and I was in no hurry.  I did many head stands in the pool, used hot and cold packs on my belly, and crawled on all fours to get her to turn.  My girls got the biggest kick seeing me perform these tricks.

I had a regular doctor check-up at 40 weeks and 3 days.  I was doing well and so was baby.  It was finally confirmed with an ultrasound that little girl had followed directions and was head down!  My doctor knew how much I wanted things to happen naturally, but thought it was a good idea to be induced that evening as she was in the right position.  I agreed, but had second thoughts, but my hubby assured me that I was doing the right thing.  I was already 3 centimeters dilated, but not effaced.  With my previous births,  I was 2 weeks late, and only 1/2 centimeter dilated so this was big news for me.

To the hospital:
Everything was going as planned...I was still able to go to my daughter's swim meet at 5, eat a good dinner with hubby, and arrive at the hospital around midnight. Well, the swim meet was a rain-out, my parent's took the girls, and hubby and I went home to relax.  Shortly after arriving home I used the bathroom I had a bloody-show. I was happy that things were happening naturally this time.  Then about an hour later, mild contractions began.  My contraction progressed to about 5 to 4 minutes a part for a short time and I started getting nervous.  I never had contractions prior to being induced with my other children.  I told my husband that if these contractions continued after a hot bath, we were heading to the hospital.

Well, they slowed, and we went to the hospital as scheduled.  Since labor had already begun they had me labor on my own during the night (I could have stayed in my own bed for that).  The next morning, the doctor broke my water, not much happened, and my good "nurse" friend arrived to help labor and deliver me!  She started pitocin around 7 in the morning and I progressed well.  I was now around 4 centimeters and asked if I wanted an epidural.  I was doing fine with the pain, but the hospital was getting busy, so I caved.  To me, the epidural, is one of the scariest parts.  I started shaking, and crying, and asking a ton of questions, like, "are you sure that needle is in the middle of my back?"  It turned out well and it felt like a walking epidural, which was fine with me.

I'll jump to the end now....The doc arrived, it was time to push.  I asked for a mirror so I could see what was happening, BIG gulp.  It was noon and I was starving!  I totally understood how to push this time, I was told to push like you're on the potty.  I got it, and in about 13 minutes out came Haddie.  The cord was wrapped around her neck and she was greyish in color.  They laid her on my chest and I kissed her.  It seemed like forever, but my hubby says it was about 30 seconds until she started breathing.  She had a lot of fluid in her lungs, but her color perked up fast after being placed under the warming lights.  She weighed 7lbs 1oz and was 19 1/2 inches long, with a perfect little head.  That little head was a blessing, it was so perfect and round since she never settled into position until delivery time.

My recovery was much faster this time, did I mention she has a lovely small head, and nursing is going fantastic.  I have nursed with each baby, but this time it's with out any supplementing.  I was nursing constantly the first 6 days, but it was worth it, and I am making an abundance of milk now.  I was never able to pump before, but now I hold up my 4 oz bottle like a kid at Christmas, "look what I got!" This fascinates my girls.  At 6 weeks she is sleeping for 6 hours and I am so happy.  The third times a charm for me.

Thanks for reading about my little miracle.  I am thankful she turned head down, I am thankful for patience,  the blessing of a beautiful birth, the support of my husband, and a healthy joyful family.

Big sisters and Haddie 2 weeks

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Homemade Doll Car

My girls fell in love with a big plastic pink doll car at a big name store, but the problem was it was a big plastic pink car that cost way too much.  When we arrived home they decided to make their own with items from our recycled craft box.  I just love how creative my girls can be!

We used: a box for the car, canister lids for steering wheels, foil to cover side mirror, bottle cap for horn, wheels from plastic totes, ribbon for seat belts, cupcake wrappers for headlights, and the wind shield is a piece of clear plastic.  Hot glue holds everything in place.
So far our American Girls have traveled to China, Florida, and California in their new car.
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