Building Our Story: October 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

{Guest Post} We Got The Funk!

Hi!  I'm Laura a high school teacher, wife and most importantly mommy to a perfect little boy and another on the way!  I own a little piece of the web we like to call We Got The Funk!  It's just our life, trials, tribulations and triumphs!   I write mostly about my family and my hysterical students but I dabble in couponing, scrap booking and some reviews and giveaways here and there!

Censie graciously opened up her blog to me and I am so thankful and honored to have this opportunity!

So what do I have to offer?  Only the best for you ;). I figured that a few funnies from my everyday life as a high school science teacher would be a great laugh!  Some days we are on task and other days they drop all filters ever invented and well, I am sure you will get the idea.

1.  I once had a student that did not speak or understand English very well.  He continues to be one of my most favorite students of all time.  He also very much enjoyed taking long walks to the restroom for way over my 3 minute bathroom allotment.  So when he lost his bathroom privileges this was very tough on him and he tried every excuse to go to the bathroom.  One day my student was talking to a bit of a trouble maker student who told him that if he wanted to go to the bathroom all he had to do was tell me that he had to take a Vajayjay.  So my precious student says, "Mrs. Funk, I have to go to the bathroom, it’s an emergency!"  I replied, " No student" He said, "But I have to take a Vajayjay!"  (Cue the whole entire class and the pregnant teacher laughing so hard I almost peed)  He then says, " A Vajayjay cant wait!"  I finally just had to let him go so I could compose myself and wrangle the class in.  He comes back in actually in the 3-minute timeframe and troublemaker student turns to him and says "Ah man, a vajayjay is a vagina!"  Oh boy my precious student was SO mad...we all just giggled.  He never asked to go to the bathroom the rest of the year!  

2. My precious students were learning about evolution and some evidences for evolution.  One of those is called embryology.  Basically the evidence is on the similar development of vertebrae organisms.  I put a picture similar to this up:

A student very honesty was like "that's cool we go through a fish stage then salamander stage, then turtle then chicken!  I would love to see me with a beak!" I corrected him about the fact that we have similar developmental patterns and that we don't actually go through different animal stages...we all cracked up!

3.  Never and I mean NEVER start a genetics lesson with “Alright were making babies today!”  This could lead to a certain student (who also does not understand English very well) starting to strip down.  Literally the kid thought I was going to teach him how to physically make a baby.  Um no!  Try explaining that to a half naked freshmen boy who really just does not understand enough to get the point.  Between 6 girls and myself we finally got him to put his shirt back on and button his pants, but I was pretty positive a classroom evacuation was eminent if he continued on the path of nakedness to which he was going.

Well my lovelies, I hope you enjoyed this little giggle.  Hop on over to the blog for more funnies, or just to get to know me a bit more.  Oh and GOOD LUCK CENSIE, cant wait to see that beautiful baby girl!

Thank you for guesting Laura!!!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

{Guest Post} The Heart of a Homemaker

Hi! I'm Kari from The Heart of a Homemaker and we just recently looked like this!

We were preparing for our family of 3 to become a family of 4! I think we all had different ideas of what it would be like. Mixed emotions about what was going to happen. Of course we were all excited! Yes, even Rex was thrilled to be having a baby brother to play with!

But then there were those moments that we questioned how great it would be. We'd ask Rex, "Are you excited to have a brother?" and sometimes he would answer 'No'. I'm sure he wondered what it would be like too.

Being a homemaker I was worried about how I would share my time with both of them. I knew that I would have plenty of bonding time with Pilot because of nursing, rocking to sleep, and diaper changes but my main concern was getting that time with Rex.

He had 3 whole years with just Rex and I! I did do daycare through out those years with other kids close to his age but this would be different. I couldn't send them home at night and I needed to make sure that I had a special bond with Pilot too, unlike the bond I had with other peoples kids.

Well then this happened...
 And there was no turning back (not like we could have before). Baby Pilot joined us on July 25th and it was time to stop wondering how things were going to go and to start figuring it out.

We were lucky that he joined us first thing in the morning so Rex could come right down and meet him! He loved him right away just like the rest of us.

 He was so excited to hold him and to be a big brother!
Once we brought Pilot home after a few extra days in the hospital Rex was ready for him to get on the floor and play with him. Well he couldn't exactly play 'with' him but we wanted to encourage a bond between them so we laid Pilot on the floor and let Rex play along side of him. Rex was happy but not exactly thrilled that Pilot couldn't really play.

 I also tried to keep up with Rex's routines through out the day and include Pilot when needed and when Rex wanted him included. I read stories to Rex every night before bed. Once I was back home this was something I wanted to start doing right away. Daddy helped him get ready for bed and then I gave him the option of reading stories with just Mommy or with Mommy and Pilot. This helped Rex feel like he could chose to have some alone time with Mommy.

 Another thing that I started was date nights! Date nights are important for both my husband and myself but also for Rex. We had our first official Mommy son date night getting frozen yogurt together. Rex really enjoyed having time alone with me. He also gets to go out to breakfast with Daddy on Saturday's when he isn't working.

And here we are now! A perfectly happy family of 4 that can't imagine life without our new addition!

 I think the main things we did to help encourage a smooth transition was to prepare Rex and help him be excited before Pilot's arrival. We evolve Rex in activities that help build a bond with his brother and we make sure to continue to build a bond with Rex individually.
I really can't imagine a more smooth transition that we could have had. Pilot just fit right into our family like he was always apart of it!

Thanks for guesting Kari!  


Friday, October 26, 2012

Teagan's Birth Story and Pictures!

Introducing Teagan Evelyn...

This beautiful little lady decided to be so on time that she waited for her due date to let us meet her!  

October 20th was my due date - she was born at 2:15pm!  Right on time I suppose!  ;o)  

We are doing really great at home and feel complete and so blessed to have two healthy and happy kiddos. 

My birth story:

Jeremy and I had been mall walking like crazy days before delivery.  I was determined to walk her out!  We went to a local mall on Friday the 19th for dinner, walking and for Jude to play at the indoor playground.  We walked fast and hard and I was feeling just fine.  Every once in a while I would feel a little contraction but nothing to be concerned about.  We headed home and went to bed. 

Looking back I am so thankful for that evening with my boys.  It was our last night out as a family of 3 and we had fun.  Jude got to play and run and had us laughing at dinner.  Something that we will remember forever as a family of 3.  

October 20th, 2012

4:00am:  Was woken up by a pretty hard back contraction.  Took note of it but went back to sleep.

4:30am:  Another one!  I got a little excited!  But went back to sleep.  

4:45am:  Well that feels weird - something woke me up and then I felt like I had to pee.  I get up and boom, must walk quickly to the toilet.  I sat down and I wasn't real sure what it was.  But when I felt the amount of fluid coming out I just was my water. I called to Jeremy.  He agreed.  It had to be my water. 

5:00am:  Called the hospital - they told me to come right in due to me having the Strep B and my water breaking.  Those contractions started coming.  I was feeling them every 4-6 minutes.  They felt just like they did with Jude.  All in my lower back. 

5:30am:  We are on our way!  My mom went with us and my dad stayed at our house with Jude since he was still sleeping.  

6:30am:  My nurse checks me.  I am ONLY at a 2!  STILL!!  I was that on Thursday - it is Saturday!!  They monitor me for awhile and they see the contractions.  I get my first round of IV antibiotics for the Strep.    Having my water break was crazy.  The amount of fluid I was feeling come out of me after a contraction was CRAZY!!  I never felt that with Jude.  

9:00-10:30am:  Walking and laboring.  Painful but pretty much what I remembered with Jude.  The nurse checked me again.  I was only at a 3.  My doctor told me my window before Pitocin was running out due to my water being broken and the Strep B.  I was not happy but of course I understood.  So they allowed me to walk it out until 11:30am.  In hopes that I would go faster!  

11:30am:  Pitocin and last round of antibiotics administered.  I really wanted to walk and not be in bed so they hooked me up to a cordless monitor, which was great.  However, once that Pitocin kicked in I couldn't walk!  OUCH!!  Those were some crazy contractions.  

1:00pm:  Called the nurse to get checked because I knew I was close to not being able to handle the pain anymore.  I was at a 6.  Not bad but I decided it was time to call for the Epi.  

1:35pm:  Epi!  Thank you!!

1:45pm:  I can still feel the contractions but they aren't as painful.  BUT I felt like I had to push!  Yikes!  I do not want to feel it!  LOL  I asked the nurse if we could wait until I was numb.  She laughed and said "sure but I don't think you are going to last long!"  She was breaking down the bed and getting everything ready.  And she was right...can't wait!

1:55pm:  Doctor comes in.  I am at a 10!!  WOOT!!!  That went really fast!

2:00pm:  Time to push.  

2:15pm:  SHE IS HERE!!  

As I sit here writing this I cannot believe how fast the last part of labor went.  So thankful and happy that my labor and delivery was fairly easy and with NO complications.  

Snuggles - the best part about having a newborn!!

Happy Daddy!

Teagan Evelyn 
October 20, 2012
7 pounds 6 ounces
19 inches


Jude meeting his sister for the first time.  Kisses for Teagan!

Our family of 4!

Ready to head home!  You really do forget how little they are!

Her cute little going home outfit.  Her daddy picked it out!  Very special!!

We are in LOVE!!

Okay, that was a long post.  If you made it through it all you are a rockstar!!

Thank you for all the support, love and prayers during our pregnancy, labor and delivery.  


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Baby Milk for Teagan

Jude has really wanted to feed baby Teagie for a long time - even when I was newly pregnant.  

He got his chance yesterday!  

As he calls it - "Baby Milk"!  

Big Brother Jude and Little Sister Teagan. 


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Teagan Evelyn

She is here!! Teagan decided to meet us on her due date.

October 20th 2012
2:15 pm
7 lbs 6 oz
19 inches

Healthy and perfect! :)

Friday, October 19, 2012


On Wednesday afternoon Jeremy's Grandfather, better known as Papa, was released from his pain and suffering on this earth. 

While it is hard to say goodbye to a loved one it is a relief for{most}of the family because he was really ready to be done with his life here on earth.  

Jeremy is 31 years old - he knows how blessed he was to have a grandparent still alive and now we focus on the last 2 years and 4 months that Jude had with a great grandparent!  

Jude was able to visit and play with Papa a number of times and thankfully we have a picture of one of those moments.  Precious!!  Something that we will share with Jude. 

Rest in Heavenly Peace Papa!  You will be missed and thank you for the memories. 


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Time to get OUT!!


The time has come baby - you must leave your first home.  

Eviction Notice has been served!  

If you are not here by 8am Saturday October 27th we will be heading into Labor and Delivery to make sure you are sweetly removed.  

I had my 40 week appointment this morning and left with instructions for an induction, I seriously did not see this coming!  Jude was 2 weeks early!!!  This is crazy.  My due date is on Saturday the 20th - 2 days away. So we have 9 days to make this happen naturally, which is what I am hoping for!!

I am currently 2 centimeters dilated and 60% effaced   Progress from last week so that is nice to hear.  After our appointment I went for a LONG walk through the mall in hopes that it would help things along.  I also went for a massage and told the woman to hit those "forbidden" prenatal points!  So lets do this!!  

So that is the update for now.  I really, really do not want to be induced - do you hear me Teagan?!?!  


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Guest Post {Baby Shmizz}: Mommy Rules

My name is Shannon, and I am the genius behind Baby Shmizz.  I am a full-time mommy to my son Jack, (oh yeah, and I have another job too, I'm a Physician Assistant working in Emergency Medicine) and MILF to my pastry chef husband Mike.  We live in our overpriced little home sweet shack just north of Boston with our quirky rescue dog, Tessie.  We're a little bit crazy and a whole lotta fun, but fair warning, we don't have a filter!

Mommy Rules

I know you've all heard of them before, those mommy/parenting "rules" that you are supposed to follow.  I know I felt like I had to follow all the rules in the beginning when Jack was a newborn, but shortly after I kinda said screw it and did things my way.  And I kinda think he's turned out all right so far.

So here are the "rules" that I've broken, and been happy that I did.

Don't let your baby nap in your arms, he'll never nap anywhere else!
Oops.  Definitely did this.  I'm sorry people, but those 3 months of maternity leave are precious, and if I want to hold my sweet baby while he sleeps in my arms, then so be it, I'm gonna do it.

You have to keep on making noise when the baby is sleeping, otherwise he'll only sleep when it's quiet.
Yeah right.  If you've just struggled to get your kid to sleep, trust me, you are going to be quiet as a mouse if that's what it takes to keep him sleeping.

You really should feed your kid only organic food.  
Say what?  Yeah, that didn't happen.  I try to buy organic and all-natural when I can, but frankly, that shit is expensive and I can't afford it all the time.  You know what he had for lunch today?  Kraft Easy Mac with peas.  And he loved it.  Sometimes, you just want the kid to eat, know what I mean?

You have to ditch the pacifier at 3 months, otherwise you'll regret it.
Not in this house!  We had a paci on the regular until about 10 months, and then he ditched it himself.  I know this doesn't happen for everyone, and that I was damn lucky, but really, 3 months?  Just when your kid is probably starting to sleep in longer stretches you are going to take away his method of self-soothing?  Nope, not gonna happen.

What kind of "rules" have you broken with your kids?

Thank you for guesting Shannon!! 


Monday, October 15, 2012

No baby yet...39 weeks and still waiting

How far along?
39 Weeks

Weight gain/loss?
+16 Less than what I gained with Jude! 
Maternity clothes?
Oh yes!

Nothing new.

Not great…really hope I go back to sleeping normal after the baby comes.

Best moment this week?
Hearing Jude say “Teagie (his nickname for Teagan) COME OUT, you watch Buzz movie with me!”  Adorable. 

No baby!  That’s all.  No baby yet!!

Yes but it is slowing down a little.

Food cravings?


Labor signs?
Crampy feeling and just some Braxton hicks. 

Belly button in or out?
in but getting kind of shallow.

What I miss?
Sleeping on my tummy and SLEEPING!

What I am looking forward to?
Not coming to work!  Come on baby!!  I am done working!!

Weekly wisdom?
I have nothing...

 Car seat installed, bassinet put together, and making it to my 39 week appointment

October 18th - 40 week appointment

Doc says no induction until 41 weeks.  Which is good because induction scares me!!

I feel like I am over due but I am not (Due Date is October 20th) but since Jude was 2 weeks early it just feels weird because I totally expected to be at home with a squishy newborn by now!!

We also put together a BIG BROTHER gift bag for Jude.  Hopefully we can give it to him soon!!

Get your guess in...when will she come???


Thursday, October 11, 2012


Today is October 11, 2012 – OR 10-11-12!  Fun right?  Perfect day for a birthday?  I think so.  The only problem is that it is 10am here and I am sitting at work feeling just fine.  14 hours left in the day.  Will it be today?  Probably not, I feel nothing different. 

Funny that I was so prepared to go until 40 weeks with Jude but when he surprised us and came 12 days early I just sort of assumed that it would be the same way with baby girl.  So I know I am not even close to be overdue but it sort of feels like it because I totally felt the baby would be here by 38 weeks like Jude. 

Here are my reasons that she hasn’t come to visit yet:

*I am caught up at work!  My “To Do List Before Maternity Leave” is complete! 

*The hospital bag is packed and ready to go!

*The car seat is installed. 

All 3 of these things weren’t even close to being done/completed when Jude came.  So maybe I prepared too much this time?  ;o) 

Well, I will keep you updated.

Have a great 10-11-12 day!!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Head of Steel!

You wouldn't know it from looking at his forehead now or even in the picture but that hole in the wall is from Jude's head! 

A few tears and some Motrin and he was back to his normal self in 10 minutes!  Our bedroom wall on the other hand...not so much! 

Such a little BOY! 


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Guest Post: Pdx Momma - Newborn Photo Tips

Hi everyone! My name is Jenn and I blog over at Pdx Momma about being a working momma, my 2.5 year old son, all things Portland, and my eternal struggle to lose weight and be healthy. I am also a professional photographer (photo blog). With Censie out having her new baby girl I thought that giving some tips for capturing great images of your newborn would be perfect!

When I had my son one of my biggest regrets was not having great photos with the first few weeks. Any mother will tell you how much they change in the first month. It's mind boggling actually. For my clients I strongly advise that we get scheduled within 10 days of the birth whenever possible. This is to help ensure a sleepy curled up baby as well as capturing that newborn face, hands, and feet that are just not the same even 30 days later.

If you cannot afford a newborn photographer you can get some great shots yourself and below are some tips and tricks to do just that whether you are shooting with an iphone, a point and shoot, or a DSLR! - Pick a spot in your home with excellent natural light. You want to avoid using a flash whenever possible. I know... some houses are just terrible for light, but even if you have to be RIGHT NEXT TO a window then so be it. Natural light is your friend (this is true for all photography). - Remove any distractions from the area if possible. This means toys, bags, bottles...etc. You want to focus on the wee one and not your pump in the back ground (RAISES HAND... GUILTY!) - Keep it simple. Naked babies (keep the diaper on!) photograph the best. Simple white onesie's are also a good choice. There is plenty of time to get snapshots with that "Daddy's little slugger" onesie, try and focus entirely on the baby for newborn shots. Keep swaddle blankets on hand if he/she gets chilly or fussy.

- Pick a simple light blanket/fabric to use as your background. You can use your bed (if the light is good in your room). Just like the tips above, simple is key to beautiful newborn images. If you choose a fleece or knit fabric you will not have to worry about pesky wrinkles either!

- Focus on the details. Belly buttons, hand, feet, hair...

- Let big brother/big sister in on the action. Just remember... safety first! Have a helper with this one. Trying to make sure a toddler doesn't scratch, drop, or squeeze too hard is difficult to do behind the camera.

- Get in on the action. I know you feel gross, fat, and you haven't showered in days. Trust me on this, you'll appreciate them later. Tell the person behind the camera to focus on the baby, use creative angles, and when all else fails... it's a good reason to take a shower and put yourself together a bit?? Abide by the same technique above though. White or black camisoles work best. Nothing distracting from the adorable little one. Also, converting to Black and White is also a great tip... flatters almost everyone! You can do some great simple edits using PicMonkey such as black and white conversions.

As a pro I cannot end this without a plug for professional services. If you can afford a professional... do it. If not then maybe you have a friend who just loves photography and you could ask for some (free) help?

Thanks for having me Censie! I'd love to help and answer any questions you and your readers may have. I can be reached at jenn(at) Happy shooting!


Get Widget