Axton’s Birth Story

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Today I am getting personal and sharing Axton’s birth story with you.  I always love hearing other women’s birth stories.  The drama and anticipation of a baby’s arrival just sucks me in every time!  I am planning on sharing the details of Shepherd’s birth in a few weeks and so I thought it would only be fair to share my other son, Axton’s, arrival as well.  When he was born I wasn’t blogging full-time so it will be nice to have all of the details documented here – that way he can come back and read them someday.  As much as I blog for you guys I love having our memories on here to reflect on forever!

birth story7 I am already getting choked up just thinking about the events leading up to Axton’s birthday!  Let’s back this train up and start from the beginning.  In 2009 Scott and I had been trying to get pregnant for almost 2 years.  I would say the first year was a casual “let’s see what happens” sort of trying and the second year was an escalation of monthly worry that we would never be able to have a baby.  After several different fertility tests and medications I was exhausted from always focusing on “operation make a baby”.  I eventually decided to put our family planning aside and focus on my career.  After working at the same bank in Commercial Lending for 8 years I had become burned out and began looking for another job.  I was offered a position in Treasury Management with another bank and I was thrilled about starting my new job.  I finally felt like something in my life was moving FORWARD!

To my shock 3 days after starting at the new bank I found out I was pregnant.  I had to laugh – I had just left a job where I had 12 weeks of maternity leave and awesome benefits and now I was working where I had not even one single vacation day accumulated!  None of those details mattered because we were completely thrilled!

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Axton’s pregnancy was a rough one.  At 14 weeks pregnant, while in Albuquerque, NM for a work trip, in the middle of a meeting with the President of the bank I worked for, I had leaned forward in my chair and felt a huge gush of liquid.  I excused myself from the meeting and when I went to the restroom I found I was bleeding lots and lots of bright red blood.  I immediately panicked.  My boss drove me to the emergency room and I called Scott barely able to choke out the words to tell him something was seriously wrong.  Being at the hospital alone, not sure what was happening, with no family and without my husband, was one of the scariest moments of my life.  I was admitted to the hospital and after hours of testing and waiting I was finally told I had a 2 centimeter tear in my placenta.  I was at the hospital until 3 am and at 6am I boarded a plane back to Oklahoma to see my OBGYN.  There were little answers as to what would happen next.  I was monitored throughout the remainder of my pregnancy watching closely for early labor, which is the most common side effect of placental tears.

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With God’s grace I made it full-term in my pregnancy.  The week of my due date I wasn’t dilated and my uterus was locked up like Fort Knox.  My doctor ordered an ultrasound and per it’s measurements Axton was weighing a little over 9 pounds.  They urged me to schedule a C-Section that weekend because he didn’t want Axton to continue to grow larger and larger and he was convinced I couldn’t deliver a 9 pound baby.

I completely refused a c-section and begged him to give me the weekend to go into labor on my own.  He agreed but scheduled me to be induced on Sunday night if I didn’t go into labor on my own over the weekend.

I was determined to go into labor naturally.  I spent the entire weekend doing any and every activity to get me to go into labor.  I walked for an hour every night – despite the fact that it was mid-July in Oklahoma and almost 100 degrees.  I went and had acupressure done on my feet and pressure points.  I did some other activities that I won’t mention because it’s meant just for a husband and wife – but is supposed to help get labor started.  You get the picture –  I was desperate to get the party started naturally.

By Sunday night nothing had worked and we headed to the hospital.

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I still wasn’t dilated or effaced so they put cervidil on my cervix and had me stay over night.  The next morning at 6am they started the pictocin and meeting our baby boy was officially in my near future!

Fun fact:  I had a ordered a custom hospital gown off of Etsy to wear during my delivery.  I don’t know why I am not wearing it in this picture, but all of the nurses had to come into my room to see it for themselves.  I just couldn’t imagine wearing a ratty old hospital gown during one of the most memorable days of my life. My labor and delivery nurse was amazing and made sure it stayed in pristine condition throughout my entire labor and I am planning on wearing it during this delivery as well!

Anyway, by 12pm I was still only dilated to a 1 but the pictocin was causing me to have extremely painful contractions.  My L&D nurse, after a lot of convincing, told me I needed to get my epidural so my body would relax enough to dilate.  Say what?!?!  Wouldn’t my epidural wear off if I got it so soon?  Was I really such a weanie I had to get my epidural while I was only dilated to 1cm?

I ended up trusting her advice and allowed them to administer the epidural.  And guess what?  It worked like a charm.  Soon I was fully dilated and ready to have a baby!  After only 30 minutes of pushing I had my brand new baby in my arms.

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Axton weighed 8lbs 1oz and was 21 inches long.  He had tons of long black hair (yes I had terrible heartburn and I am convinced the old wives tales are true) and he was absolutely perfect in every single way.  I remember just staring at him in disbelief that I was going to get to keep him forever.  It was a love I had never experienced and only a mother could understand.

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Reflecting back on my deliver I was SO glad I didn’t let my doctor convince me to have a c-section.  I listened to my gut and stayed true to what I wanted to do.  I would have been totally fine with a c-section if that was what needed to happen once I was in labor.  I have nothing against c-sections I just personally didn’t feel comfortable electing to have one without a reason.  I also still find it funny I got my epidural when I was only dilated to a 1.  People usually giggle when I tell them that and probably secretly think I am the biggest wimp.  Oh well,  maybe I am and I don’t care.

Thinking about my delivery in a few weeks I think I might be even more nervous than before.  Maybe it’s because I know what to expect this time around.  I hope and pray my delivery experience is as amazing as it was the first time!  Whatever happens I can’t wait to see this little guy’s face.

Please don’t judge for being honest but I keep wondering if I will I love him as much as I do Axton?

Yes, I know in my heart I will, but it just seems crazy to imagine.

Will I be able to handle being a Mom of two boys?

I keep envisioning myself boarded up in my house for the next year, walking around pale-faced and lifeless, as a mother of two.  Dramatic, I know.

Whatever happens I know he will be loved and cherished and make our family complete and I can’t wait to meet him.

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DIY Closet Dividers

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This post is part of a paid campaign with Martha Stewart Crafts ® and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.  I only blog about products I love and want to tattoo on my bottom.   I think you will love them too. http://cmp.ly/3/FdAzcC.

Chalkboard art is all the rage!  They might as well rename Pinterest into www.chalkboardartinspirationthaticant’getenoughof.com because that is where all of the awesome Chalkboard Art projects go to live a long and fruitful life.  The only problem with creating awesome chalk art is a steady hand and an extreme amount of patience is required to achieve an awe-worthy, Bible verse inspiring, piece of artwork.  Insert the new  Chalkboard Paint from Martha Stewart Crafts®.  No talent required!

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This week has been busy with me sorting through and laundering mounds and mounds of hand-me-down baby clothes in preparation for baby #2’s arrival.  One way for me to feel a sense of control amidst the clothing chaos was to make some DIY closet dividers for Shepherd’s miniature wardrobe.

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Martha Stewart Crafts® has an sweet new line of water based Chalkboard Paints and Erasable Liquid Chalk as well as Adhesive Silkscreens allowing anyone the ability to easily create gorgeous, custom chalk art for your home.

 

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For this project you will need:

Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Erasable Liquid Chalk in White

Martha Stewart Crafts ® Adhesive Silkscreens – I used the Carolyna Script Alphabet

Martha Stewart Crafts ® MultiSurface Chalkboard Paint in Ink

4 Wooden Boards – found at Michael’s in the woodworking area

Jute Twine

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First paint your wooden boards with the MultiSurface Chalkboard Paint.  This was my first time to use Martha’s Chalkboard Paint and it was smooth like buttah and dried quickly.

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Next, cut out the letters you will need from the Adhesive Silkcreen.  The silkscreens are much like a stencil that has netting where the stenciled cutout would normally go.  This allows for the Liquid Chalk to absorb and create highly detailed painted designs on fabric, wood, and even glass.

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Since the silkscreens have an adhesive back it was easy to stick the letters to the chalkboard and not worry about them moving out of place.

closet dividers Using the Erasable Liquid Chalk I pounced it onto the silkscreen.  Erasable Liquid Chalk is more durable and long-lasting than regular chalk.  It applies like a paint, doesn’t smudge, and washes away with a damp sponge.  I really loved the pouncer applicator which made the whole project quick and easy.

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After my pouncing my first board I immediately lifted up the silkscreen only to smudge my project.  Lesson learned:  allow your freshly pounced liquid chalk to dry for about 5 minutes before lifting up the silkscreen.

closet dividers    Using a damp Q-tip I was able to quickly clean up my mistakes.

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Drill two holes and tie your jute twine through.

closet dividers  I labeled my closet dividers by infant clothing sizes but you could also labels these as sweaters, t-shirts, jackets, etc.  Or if you are really taking your closet organization seriously you could also label  your dividers by clothing color and label them green, yellow,Gold-lamé , jet black, and whatever other colors your clothes need to be organized by.

I might make some for my closet since my husband is in charge of laundry (be jealous!) and tends to hang my clothes in weird places.  Plus, this would be a great way for school aged and high school kids to (try) and keep their closets nice and tidy.

closet dividersI keep staring at these tiny clothes in disbelief we will be welcoming another little guy to our family in just a few weeks!  At least if he comes early I will know where all of his clothes are!

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Wanna Guest Post in October?

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It’s no secret my uterus has been cookin something the last 9 months.  And in October I will be blogging at a little slower pace while getting adjusted to life as a Mom of 2.  In the meantime I would love to have YOU as a featured guest post in October.  If you are interested in moonlighting a project or tutorial here in October please email me at allison@refunkmyjunk.com.

 

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Posts can be anything from a recipe, DIY, craft project, furniture painting tips, or anything creative you would like to share with a new audience!  Check out my Press Page and Media Kit to learn more about my blog and what our readers love to learn about!

Can’t wait to feature some new faces in October!

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Furniture Painting Tips on Tuesday 2

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It’s Tips on Tuesday!  In case you are new here I share one tip from my eBook: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting every Tuesday.   I am so passionate about teaching you how to paint furniture the easy way – I want to share with you my trade secret tips here on my blog.

furniture painting tips collage Since there are over 119 tips in the book it is gonna take me over 2 years to get through the entire book of time saving tips!  If you don’t want to miss a tip you can subscribe to have my posts sent to your Inbox daily and you can follow my Furniture Painting Tips Board on Pinterest!  I will pin each of these tips on the board as they are published so you can follow along!

distressing tool 1 (e)At first glance this blog post looks straight outta 50 Shades of Gray – but this isn’t that type of blog!  Today’s tip is about the art of distressing furniture.  Usually the go-to tool for distressing furniture is sandpaper to rough up the edges and highlight the curves and edges of a piece of furniture.  One of my favorite ways to age a piece of furniture is to beat it up prior to painting it.  You can use nails, chains, or any number of tools to give your piece an authentic time-worn look.  One of my workshop students-turned-into-a-dear-friend had this disressing tool made for me.  It has keys, nails, screws, and all sorts of fun stuff attached to it.  Get creative and release some stress by beating up your furniture before you paint it!

Get access to all of the time saving tips in my eBook by downloading it here or purchasing it on Amazon Kindle here!  Have you read the book?  I will be your bestie forever and give you a foot rub if you would leave a review on Amazon!  Share your tips and successes with the Lazy Girl method online using #lazygirltips !

See you next Tuesday!

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