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Phew! Finally!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Young Gavin Stuart finally decided to arrive on Dec. 5th at 11:29 pm. My poor daughter had a rough time of it - they decided to induce her and right from the beginning her contractions were unbearably painful. Her labor was unproductive (stuck at 3cm for almost 12 hours). She had an epidural at about 3pm, then around 7pm babies' heartbeat went dangerously high. The nurse got that regulated, the doctor checked Gavin's blood oxygen level (which was quite amazing...she did it while he was still inside, and I got to see that he had dark hour hours before he was born!), and determined she'd finally dialated up to 9.5cms. They decided to leave her an hour and then determine if she could push. Well, babies' heartbeat ramped up again, so the doctor checked his position and discovered he was facing the wrong way which would have made pushing a distress on him. With his heartbeat already erratic, they all decided a caesarean was the correct option.

So off she went at 10:45pm to surgery. I'd been with her all day, and only her partner was allowed in with I had a quiet little cry and then got myself collected. Eric (daughters' partner) brought Gavin to show me at about midnight. What a little darling! We finally both got to hold him in the nursery a few minutes later, then I got to snuggle him for an hour while Eric was with Sofia in recovery.

He's such a sweet little guy. I'd forgotten the sweetness of a newborn...the darling little sounds they make and the funny expressions. He's growing as he should, gaining weight and my daughter is healing up. I get to see them every other day or so, and he's always changed even in that short amount of time! I am a besotted Grandma, that's for sure.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/18/2014 6:13PM

    emoticon that is great news love.hope your daughter recovers well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOPYLOU0363 12/15/2014 12:08AM

    Congrats on the birth of your beautiful grandson!

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TEXASFILLY 12/14/2014 8:47PM

    Awww~ he's an angel, Shelli! Congratulations, dear heart! *hugs* I know how in love you are with this precious babe~ he is so beautiful. As is your lovely daughter, whom I pray is on the road to recovery as I write. This is a joyful time indeed, and I pray for him only the very best in life. Congratulations, again, sweet Grandma~ *hugs* BB~

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HWNHMMBRD 12/14/2014 7:17PM

    Happy times, Grandma! I am wishing your daughter a speedy recovery, and best wishes to you all. emoticon

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2DAWN4 12/14/2014 6:27PM

    Congratulations! There is no better feeling than holding a child in your arms! Shower him with kisses! He is adorable!

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Babies sure like to take their own sweet time....

Monday, November 24, 2014

We have been on Baby Alert here since last night. My daughter has been having contractions all morning, about 20 minutes apart. She told me this and i did my immediate freak-out, so hopefully I can be calm and collected when we get our clue to head to the hospital.

She already had a doctors' visit scheduled for today. The doctor stretched her to 3cm....which I don't believe midwives and doctors were doing 20 years ago when I was having babies....said her cervix is very soft, and she's likely to have this baby within 24 hours.

Her fiance and I are going to be her support team. Send me any ideas you might have for helping her through her labor, please!

Exciting and nerve-wracking. emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/28/2014 4:45AM

    good luck and all the best.i was in labour for 36 hours and fully open for over 17 hours but zakariya was stuck on my hip was only when he started having breathing dificulties did they decide a emergency c section lol.hope all goes well. emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 11/26/2014 1:35AM

    O my! I'd be a basket~case, no doubt! Hang in there Grandmama~ you'll know what to do at the right time. xoxoxoxoxoxo to y'all~ Can't wait to see that baby boy! *hugs* BB~

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ALIHIKES 11/26/2014 12:35AM

    Best wishes! Baby will come when he/she is ready. Hugs and best wishes to you, your daughter and family, and new baby!

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WENDYJM4 11/25/2014 7:16PM

    best wishes

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CTURCOTTE 11/25/2014 9:37AM

    Oh how exciting! My mom was in the room when I had my kids and I truly enjoyed her being there. AS it is the one and only thing I have that my sisters didn't. Advice. Just let her do her thing and just be there for her. Enjoy the moment its hard to see her go through pain but be beside her and let her know you are there to help with whatever she needs. Back rubs are nice but only if that is what she wants as some people do not want to be touched during this time. Water or ice chips and just encouraging that she is doing a great job and that the baby will be so worth it when its finally here! Hope this was helpful. Cant wait to see pictures of the final results :)
PS Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/25/2014 12:24AM

    Best wishes....and try to enjoy the experience, I am sure she is in good hands and
Your being there for her is enough!
Will be looking for the announcement!
Love & Hugs!

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Not looking forward to tonight.....

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We are just about to wind up the sale of our house. Everything seemed to be going swimmingly....til today.

Not gonna be a good time when my husband gets home. He's going to be furious. There will be drama. Oh, he won't take it out on me or anything, but I don't do drama very well because of issues lingering from my first marriage.

We got an email from our property conveyancer with an addendum to the contract from the buyers. We were expecting a lease-back rent of roughly 400$ a week. They've stated they want 480$. Wow. Market value is roughly 10% of the property value, so they are way out of line here. My husband is going to be furious because we only wanted to sell to an investor, or someone who would allow us to stay as renters. We were going to rent through April 1st, which was going to be a tight enough squeeze as it was.

Well, there are two scenarios....we either vacate in 42 days from exchange of contracts, or we tell the buyers the sale is off.

Big sigh. Gah. ick. Eeesh.

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TEXASFILLY 11/20/2014 7:46PM

    What a pain! I hope y'all get it resolved to your satisfaction. That's just flat~out greed on their part. Since you're in a hot RE market, you could cut these jokers loose and find a legit buyer in a heartbeat. However it goes, I'm praying it comes out to your good. Love ya, gal~ emoticon BB~ emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/19/2014 9:54PM

    Oh, so sorry! Sigh! I hope something good comes out of it
Best Wishes!

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WENDYJM4 11/19/2014 3:10PM

    wow, hope you got this all sorted out.

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SUNSHINE6442 11/19/2014 12:48PM

  You have a contact and no one can change the original contact unless you let them.....tell the realtor sorry no addendum. The contact can not be changed mid stream unless done so in writing and if your contact clearly states that you were allowed to stay until April 1st and the have the right to so.

If the contact did not state the time period and the amount they can charge you anything they want. I hope you have a good deposit on the house because if they do not adhere to the initial contact you can keep their Deposit. Contact an attorney who specializes in Real Estate or if your Real Estate agent will not assist the Broker at the Real Estate office.

It does not sound like your Realtor is working in your behalf.

Comment edited on: 11/19/2014 12:53:09 PM

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RDEE22 11/19/2014 8:30AM

    What a bummer. Just when everything was going so well. I hope it all works out. That sounds so greedy.!!

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DO4FIT 11/18/2014 10:09PM

    Oh yikes! That's not cool. Hope everything gets sorted!!

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Just for fun....

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This one always makes me laugh. emoticon

Having a blah kind of day. I had a good workout, but I got to the point right at the end where I was out of steam and I had to quit. I must be at that point now where I've used up the energy reserve stores, or fat stores, or something. Well, not the fat stores...still got plenty of insulation. I've used up something, anyway! And my blood sugar isn't happy, and I'm not sure why. I hate the spacy heady weak feeling.

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TEXASFILLY 11/20/2014 7:41PM

    Hahahahaha~ I can identify with that cat! As for your running outta steam, I bet you were dehydrated. Gotta keep water handy when you're workin' out, gf~ *hugs* Sure hope you're better now. Keep up your diligent efforts~ emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINE6442 11/19/2014 12:57PM

  Eat oatmeal before a work out with slivered almonds or walnuts...Having good insulin sensitivity means that the body can more easily take sugar from the bloodstream, allowing muscles to use it for fuel.

Don't overdo and you need to hydrate...Thirst, dry mouth, dizziness, headache and muscle weakness are common for mild to moderate dehydration...To prevent dehydration, drinking before, during and after exercise is advisable.

Protein helps repair and rebuild muscles especially when eating 1/2 hour after exercise. Brown Rice cereal provides and replenishes depleted glycogen.. After a workout half some dark chocolate which will bring more oxygen to replenish any muscle soreness. The 70% kind of cocoa.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/18/2014 8:51PM

    LOL...LOVE THIS....

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GEORGE815 11/18/2014 8:45PM

    Worthy words from the feline.

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Going pretty well, actually!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Gave in to temptation and weighed myself. The scale might well need a new battery, or I am finally flushing all the excess sodium out of my system. Funny how we forget certain things...for a long time I was using baking soda in water two or three times a day for rampant heartburn brought on by wheat consumption. I've quit eating wheat no need for the baking soda. Just realised this morning that baking soda is a big sodium bomb. Duh! Anyway, down a couple kilos suddenly. So it's water retention messing me up.

Didn't go to the gym today. I missed a friends' birthday back in August, as I was in Kansas with my dad and husband. I told her we'd go out for lunch for her birthday, then off I went to Kansas again before we could. Well...while I was there, the poor woman ended up in hospital and rehab. She's just now been given the all-clear to get out and about, so we did a jailbreak today and she finally got her birthday lunch.

She suggested having coffee when we got to the mall as it was still a little early for lunch. So we went to Max Brenners' Chocolatier, which is not real great for what you get....but it was her birthday and I wasn't gonna rain on the parade. emoticon
She had a classic chocolate milkshake, I had a cappucino with one sugar. She bought some chocolates for her dad and we had some samples, but it was a miniscule amount.

We had Guzman Y Gomez, which is a Mexican franchise. It was carb-heavy - the soft tacos have two small tortillas for each taco, but it was fresh and good and I tracked it all. Plus I stuck to a single serve of tortilla chips and guacamole. Now I'm drinking water like a fish to counteract all that salt. :)

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TEXASFILLY 11/18/2014 5:47PM

    Hey gf~ *hugs* After doing some research on bread~ that stuff that lines the grocery shelves~ I quit it altogether. Now the only bread I consume is Ezekiel bread and I love it and my body loves it. Glad you got to have fun with a good friend. Keep up your diligent efforts, sweetie~ it will pay dividends. emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALIHIKES 11/18/2014 2:54PM

    Great job! good food choices, and glad you figured out the sodium issue

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SUNSHINE6442 11/18/2014 12:41PM

  I stopped eating wheat bread a long time made me bloated ...I had this info saved on my computer and have posted it several times.....

Rye bread may be better for you, though, because of the way the sugars get absorbed into your blood. For some reason (that scientists are still looking into), the sugars in rye flour are absorbed into your bloodstream much more slowly. This makes rye bread a great choice for people with diabetes and dieters, because their blood sugars won't peak and crash (a.k.a. the effects of white bread, wheat bread) Two slices of whole wheat bread now raise your blood sugar more than two tablespoons of table sugar. I tested after and that was the end of wheat bread.....
Pure rye bread contains only rye flour, without any wheat. Toast it up!

Heartburn ...Lemons, grapefruits, oranges, limes and tomatoes have the highest acidity and are more likely to cause heartburn and chocolate is also among the top foods that contribute to heartburn....also food intolerance can cause heartburn, nausea, stomach pain, etc.Your body may not tolerate the proteins in gluten....Whole dairy products are high in fat and consumption of fatty foods tends to increase the frequency and intensity of heartburn.
These may not seem like a likely culprit of heartburn, but they can be.

I also saved this article and it may help you.... I found it very interesting

Applied Nutrition and Food Chemistry at the Lund University Faculty of Engineering
Wheat bread
Not all wheat breads contain pure, whole grains. For example, even those with labels of “multi-grain” or “seven-grain” may still use refined flour; “whole wheat” or “100% natural” breads may have few real, whole grains. Worse, many contain partially hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives to improve shelf life and even food coloring. Don’t rely on the labels—search the nutrition facts and make sure the first ingredient is either “whole grains” or “whole wheat

Go beyond the labels and scrutinize the ingredients. Breads labeled as “whole wheat” or “whole grain,” for example, can pack as much as 70 percent refined flour. But because it includes some whole grains, it can advertise itself as the real deal.
--By Anthony J. Yeung

Hoe you feel better

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SHANTODD420 11/18/2014 10:00AM

    Way to go on making healthy choices.

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