Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Birth Story Part 2

Baby Bear’s birth story continues today.  Not into babies..skip this post and know that I can workout in 1 week meaning we’ll have some great fitness posts soon.

We arrived back at Winnie Palmer at 6:30am on Sunday, May 31.  I knew that my OB was at the hospital that day, so with the events of the day before I felt like it was a good idea to go back in and check everything out.

The wait at triage was MUCH less and within 30 minutes we were having our contractions monitored.  After 30 minutes my wonderful doctor came to check on me and we were 5 centimeters!  We were going upstairs baby!  My contractions were still irregular, but my dr felt it was best to be admitted and get this baby moving along!
We waited about 2 hours for a labor and delivery room to be ready and made it upstairs around 10:30.  Before we went upstairs a nurse came a told me that my platelets were low.  Platelets need to be 90 for an epidural and mine were 87.  They said they would redraw when we went upstairs.  I clearly remember saying, "Oh well if I can't get an epidural, we'll be ok"...ha!  HA!  ha...HAHAHAHA!
Are you really flexing honey?
Once upstairs we started Pitocin around 11:15 and by 11:45 my dr came and broke my water.  This party was getting started.  I was having contractions, but they were still not terribly painful.  I asked my wonderful nurse if I should sit on the exercise ball to help things along and she agreed.  She went to get the ball cleaned up and ready and that’s when it happened.


The world went from “let’s get on our sweatyband and listen to Pandora” to me gripping the side of the bed wondering how I could make it stop.  Oh hey contractions.  That’s what you feel like.  You feel like a bad word that I don't want to write on my blog.  The contractions hit me fast and they kept coming.  I’m thinking we were like 90 seconds apart.

Around this time the anesthesiologist came in with her paperwork.  She said a LOT of things that I’m sure were important but I didn’t hear them.  What I did hear was that it was that the lab tech was at lunch and my results weren’t back yet so I couldn't yet get an epidural.  I had a preliminary platelet count that was high enough for the epidural, but we weren’t sure that was enough.  I guess I looked a little worse for wear and my blood pressure was rising so they called for approval for the preliminary results to get me some help with the pain.  In the meantime Kyle patiently let me squeeze his hand and I think I only cursed one time.
Did I get an epidural?
When did Bear arrive?

One more chapter left in our baby story…  

Did you get an epidural?
What do you remember about your child's birth?

Love and ouch!
Carissa & Kyle

Monday, July 6, 2015

Birth Story Part 1

Hi – We’ve been busy!  Balancing baby, running 2 companies, breastfeeding, and life has been A LOT!  A LOT!  I love it, but it’s been a lot and there’s not much downtime or brain power leftover when the to-do list finally runs down.  I want to keep blogging and I will when there’s time…so here…5 weeks later is part 1 of the Bear’s birth story.
As Baby B’s due date approached I prepared myself that she would be late.  I mentally shifted my mindset from the predicted June 7 to June 17.  That’s how my brain operates.  I need to be prepared to wait or I get too impatient.  So I expected a late baby…I was ready for a late baby…but when I found out I was 3cm dilated at 37 weeks my mind began to spin and wonder when she would make her debut.  At 38 weeks I was still 3cm, so I started some of the fun, labor-inducing wives tales.  Pineapple, spicy foods, lots of walk..bring it on!
Last bump pic! 
Saturday of that week, at 38 weeks – 6 days, I did an hour on the treadmill at the gym and then noticed that I had an increase in fluids down there.  TMI- sorry but it is a birth story! I called the triage at my doctor’s office fully expecting them to tell me to keep an eye on it and call back if it increased.  Nope.  They told me to go to the hospital.  So we packed up and headed in…at 2pm on a Saturday. 

Worst. Time. To. Go. To. Triage. Ever.  After 2 hours we were taken back to be seen by a nurse.  They did a test to check if it was amniotic fluid leaking and to check my cervix.  Well it’s wasn’t amniotic fluid (we never actually found out what it was), but I was dilated to 4cm.  Typically hospital policy admits at 4cm, so the nurse said that I probably wouldn't be going far and she’d call my doctor’s midwife since it was a Saturday.
Kyle and I were nervous all of a sudden.  I was having some contractions, but they weren’t regular and weren’t that painful.  We had planned to be sent home, so we were trying to wrap our heads around the thought that we might not be.   Just as we were about to send out texts the nurse came back with the news.  They do admit at 4cm….once you’re 39 weeks.  I was about 8 hours away from 39 weeks so I wasn't going to be admitted.  She told me to go walk for 2 hours and then come back.  Maybe something will have changed. 

Ok.  I can walk…more.  We went to Kyle’s parents house which was about 8 minutes from the hospital and in 90 degree heat we walked.  By the end of Saturday I was up around 6 miles and tired.  We headed back to the hospital unsure of what would happen next.  We were taken back swiftly and checked by the same nurse….still 4 centimeters.  She left saying that she was going to call the midwife and see what to do.  I was just 4 hours from 39 weeks….hmmmm….
Last pic as a family of 2
We anxiously waited…and waited…the next time the door opened it was not the doctor we expected but a different nurse.  Shift change.  The new nurse spoke directly to Kyle and said that I wasn’t proving that I was in “active labor” and that she wouldn't even waste the time to call the midwife.  We were sent home. 
The famous Winnie Palmer cup!
Now I have no problem being sent home.  We never went to the hospital claiming to be “in labor”.  I was just concerned about said fluid and then everything else happened.  But that nurse made me feel bad.  And sad.  So after an emotionally draining 6+ hours we headed home…still pregnant.

After an uncomfortable night, we woke up early and went where…yup…back to the hospital….

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Baby Bear Arrival Story J

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Giveaway - Core Hydration Water

The heat is on this summer and today we have a giveaway for some of the freshest, crispest water.

Hi Fit2Flex friends!  It's Kyle and I wanted to pop in while Carissa is busy being a super mom and share a fun summer giveaway.  She's working to balance her new job as Mom, her real job, and keeping me fed!
So I wanted to talk about a new product that is perfectly balanced...

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How do you strike balance in your daily life?

Love and drinks for Mommy,
Carissa & Kyle

Friday, June 12, 2015

Baby B has arrived

Baby B has arrived! You might have seen on social media, but we wanted to make sure it was officially announced that Baby B is here and our world is forever changed.
Our little CBear arrived 1 week early and swiftly and Mom and baby both had a relatively smooth delivery.  Those contractions are no joke though!
We are working on finding some type of schedule that lets Kyle and I both get "some" sleep and spend all our time loving our little girl.  We'll be back with a birth story and update soon and Kyle has a fun giveaway coming next week.
Thank you for all the kind words, texts, social media shout outs, and general merriment!
What advice do you have for the parents of newborns?

Love and #CBear,
Carissa & Kyle

Monday, June 1, 2015

How to Prep 8 Freezer Meals

Cooking at home is a key way to control what you eat, eat healthier, and help reach your weight loss goals.  One of the biggest deterrents to cooking at home is time and energy, but with a little planning and some prep work you can conquer those obstacles....even with a newborn baby and a busy work schedule!
With #BabyB's arrival any day (really..any day kid....we'd love to see ya), I wanted to share some of the freezer meal prep that I did to get ready for her arrival.  My mother-in-law offered to come help cook, but I don't think she was ready for the intensity of my food prep process. You say fill the freezer...I'm going to fill the freezer. Thank you Nancy for all your help!
Today I'm going to walk you through the process and recipes I used to make 7 prepped dinner meals (12 dishes, at least 40 servings) in about 3 hours.  To meet our personal preferences (I don't love re-heated chicken and Kyle doesn't do casseroles) there's a lot of ground turkey and crock pot recipes that aren't cooked, but just need to be dumped.

Here are the meals we made:
- Skinny Turkey Lasagna x 2
- Raw turkey meatballs ready to be cooked x 2
- Veggie marinara sauce (zucchini, green pepper, onion) with ground turkey x 2
- Crock pot buffalo chicken x 2
- Crock pot salsa chicken x 2 (I guess this recipe needs a blog post!)
- Crock pot pesto chicken (chicken, jarred pesto, green beans)
- Crock pot Italian chicken (chicken, Italian dressing, broccoli)
- Crock pot ropa vieja

Pre-cooking prep work was crucial.  I scribbled down all the recipes and made a word document with the needed ingredients.  I also had time for 2 shopping trips, so I chose Sam's Club for the meats and Target (love that red card discount) for the other items.  Also make sure to stock up on freezer bags, freezer dishes for the lasagna, and slow cooker liners if you like easy clean up once you start cooking the meals.

My next task was to create a timeline of what to do when to make the process as smooth and easy as possible.  I started with the turkey lasagna since that was most time consuming.  As an RD I wanted to get as many vegetables as possible into the recipes, so my first task was dicing and sautéing a lot of zucchini, onions, and green bell peppers.
Here's a rough outline of how we did the entire process:
- Dice onions, zucchini (4), bell pepper (3)
- Sauté each vegetable individually
- Brown all turkey
- Combine turkey for lasagna with onion and zucchini, combine with store bought marinara sauce
- Combine leftover turkey, onions, and bell peppers. Combine with marinara for pasta sauce.  Cool and spoon into freezer bags.
- Make ricotta mixture for lasagna.
- Assemble 2 lasagnas.
- Assemble 3 dozen raw turkey meatballs.  Freeze flat before adding to a ziplock for storage.
- Remove raw chicken from the freezer.  Trim any fat and separate into ziplock with 2-3 chicken breasts depending on how much you want for the recipe.
- Once the chicken is in the baggie then you're just adding the ingredients for that particular recipe and labeling the bag.
- Prep ropa vieja using diced peppers and onions from the store (short cut method!)

That's it!  Minus cleaning a lot of dishes and counter space. Make sure when you're freezing the food that you don't stack everything on top of each other.  You need the cold air to circulate to freeze everything fully and then you can stack.

Our freezer is VERY full at the moment, but there's still room for our usual frozen fruit for smoothies, waffles, and Amy's organic meals. We also had a member of our Evo family bring us an awesome pesto veggie lasagna that we froze for later and another 8+ meals.
BabyB - the freezer is ready...are you?

In other notes week 38 of pregnancy has been interesting.  As we get closer the anxiety definitely increases.  Every "ouch" or "what was that" has visions of my water breaking and dashing to the hospital running through my head.  I'm 39 weeks, 1 day today and interested to see if there's any progress at my doctor's appointment.  We've been walking a lot, squatting, bouncing on the ball, eating pineapple, and I had 2 acupuncture treatments. We are so ready to meet this little girl!

Do you make freezer meals?
Do you believe any "labor inducing" wives tales?

Love and freezer burn,
Carissa & Kyle