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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Must not kill the kids.

Some days I feel like chucking my kids out the window.  Be free! I say to myself.
You know, it isn't bad when one kid is acting up, but both of them?  I only have so much patience, and though it has grown tremendously since Afton was born, there are times when it just shatters into a trillion little pieces.

Kind of like the budget deficit, har har har.

Anyway, it started with my nap, or what was supposed to be my nap.  All of sudden both girls woke up crying.  Totally random, that never happens.  Rudy brought Afton to me and she started to fall back asleep, but Delaney kept on crying.  Lord did I try to wait it out to see if Delaney would fall back asleep, but then Afton decided it was officially time to wake up, so up we all got.  Le sigh.

Then Delaney decided it was time to scream a bunch, again.  I discover she has blown out her diaper from the back in a super nasty way.  I clean her up and slap on a new diaper, then she starts screaming.  Again.  Turns out some poo got on the couch, and again on her.  $%@*!

Following the poo scandal, Afton decides she no longer needs to listen to me.  Repeatedly.  So she spent a lot of time crying in her room.  We take off to the store and both kids decide they are just going to give me hell.  Afton screams if I take something away from her, and Delaney cries simply because she can.

I hate when people stare at me at the store, like I'm a bad Mom or something.  I always want to tell them to shove it where the sun don't shine.  And then some.



See what I'm talking about.  Satan's Spawn today. 


Oh yeah, I also forgot to mention that after the poo incident, Delaney decided to basically projectile vomit everywhere.  And I mean everywhere.


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Wee Bit of Me Wednesdays





{one} have you ever seen a ghost?
Yes, many in fact.  I feel have a special connection with the spirit world.  But don't get me wrong here, some ghosts do still scare the crap outta me.  I think Afton can see them too, because every single morning when she wakes up she points to a very specific place on the wall and says "Look".  That creeps me out.



{two} when was the last time you dressed up for halloween?
I have dressed up to some extent every year.  I think this is the first year I will not be dressing up; the girls and I are going to just lay low this year.





{three} what’s your favorite candy?
If it has sugar in it, I probably love it.  But truly my most favoritest candy ever is the special Easter edition peanut butter cups.  Sooooooo delish.





{four} did you have a favorite costume growing up?
No, not really, but one year my neighbor friend and I dressed up as dice that we made ourselves from giant cardboard boxes.  She was a white die and I was a black one.





{five} did you carve pumpkins this year?
Nope, and we probably won't.  I don't trust my neighbors to not come steal them and smash them somewhere.





{six} what’s your favorite scary movie?
I do not like scary movies, because I am a totally wuss.  But I do have a favorite, and that's Poltergeist.  Scariest.Movie.EVER.





{seven} haunted houses or corn mazes?
I've never been in a corn maze, but haunted houses are fun.





{eight} are you superstitious?
When the mood suits me.  I do have an OCD tendency to avoid all cracks in the pavement.





{nine} have you ever owned a black cat?
We actually have two right now, sisters, and they are evil.  Spaz is 100% black, and Fizzle has a little white on her.





{ten} what are you plans for this coming halloween?
Man the door with some candy, and hope no one comes by so I can eat it all myself.  And maybe I'll share a piece or two with Afton.  If she's good. =D







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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Making Friends Mondays!




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I like sugar.

You know what's sad?  I'll tell you: it's baking your most prized dessert only to not be able to have a single piece of it.

Sigh.

That's what happens when your husband tells his coworkers that you make the world's best red velvet cake.  Oh, and he tells you he wants you to make it when he gets home at 11pm, but forgets to mention that he wants it by noon the next day.  Sometimes I just want to kick him.

But I guess he felt bad, because he went to the store and brought me macadamia nut cookies.  Yum!  So for now I suppose he is redeemed, but only so long as he comes home from work tonight telling me how everyone fell head-over-heels for my cake.  I refuse to accept anything less, and if he's smart he knows this and will lie if need be!




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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fairy Garden Effect

After I attempted the fairy garden effect edit in my previous post, I took it upon myself to try it again and see if I could create a better result.  Well, I did it two more times, so I will show you the progression of my work, starting with the SOOC image.

SOOC:  Just my Afton being her cute little self.  Shot with my Fujifilm JV100 point and shoot.


First fairy garden edit.  I didn't quite understand how to use the paint brush to paint off effects, so she became really washed out.




Second fairy garden edit.  After messing around for awhile, I finally figured out how the paint brush effect worked, plus I did a couple extra edits before I started to make the photo a bit darker to begin with.



Third fairy garden edit.  In this one I actually tweaked a few steps of the tutorial, just to see how it would turn out.  I added a black fill to a second layer mask, which really helped to keep the photo from getting too bright.



All in all, I am pretty proud of how much I was able to figure things out for myself, and I will definitely use the effect again in the future on other photos!

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Fun

We went to Grandma's yesterday to just hang out and enjoy the magnificent weather.  Oh it was so nice outside, in the 70s, with just enough cloud cover and breeze to keep the sun from getting too hot.  I took the opportunity to get some photos of the girls, and I think I found one of my most favoritest photos ever.

I love love love this photo.  It came out so freaking perfect.  Catching that cute little smile of Delaney's can be hard.  We were sitting out on the patio for this one; Delaney loves all the fresh air.  And, she is not terribly scared of Grandma.
Unlike when she's with Grandpa...

Eh heh heh.  She is absolutely terrified of Grandpa, as in she can't see him or hear him or she'll start screaming.  Heelarious.
I also tried to get some shots of Afton around the water feature outside, but she is not very cooperative anymore.  She just won't stand still for more than one second, nor will she look at me!  So frustrating!


On one photo I decided to try out the Fairy Garden effect, and I like the way it turned out, though I may try to do it once more, darkening the photo first to try to keep Afton's face from getting completely washed out.  I love the way her eyes look, though.


Today I feel like getting back in my baking groove, mostly because I don't have a damn thing to eat in the morning (I love eggs, but they are on my can't stomach list right now =( ).  I managed to get Mom to give me the Jewish Coffee Cake recipe, so I am going to whip that up here in a bit.  And then I will probably eat the entire thing.  I'm starving!


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Flashback Friday: BMT

In 2006 I took a fateful journey into the United States Air Force.  It was by far the best experience I have ever had in my life, and I miss it every single day.


I would have to say it is probably the one thing I regret in life; not trying harder to fight my discharge.  It was such a mess, but I was fine until I was shipped off to the 319th, where those losers broke my spirit.  But! I can definitely say my defiance in that place helped shaped the future for Holdovers, and they were soon treated properly by the TIs, rather than like the disgusting loser Trainees who would do anything to get out.

And look at how tiny I was!  130lbs!  I would give anything to be that little again.  Being 200lbs makes me want to throw up, repeatedly.  Oh wait, that's just the pregnancy talking.




I made great friends in BMT and beyond.  One of my bestest friends in the entire world was a holdover with me at the 324th.  We ruled that place, it was such a great time.  I love you, Chronic.  Now we're both civilians, living way too far apart and both with kids.  I will never forget my life on Lackland, and I actually do plan on writing a book about it, because it was so unique (and because I was a total badass ha ha ha).

And it was the that fateful journey which put me in San Antonio, TX, where I lived and met my husband.  I wouldn't give that up either.  Thus ends my flashback friday.


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wee Bit of Me Wednesdays







{one} have you ever crawled through a window?

I have crawled through far too many windows to count.  Sometimes because I've locked myself out, sometimes because a friend locked herself out and was too scared to crawl through a window, and once I broke out my car window to get into my car because I didn't want to call to a locksmith (that was a very long night).

{two} what’s one subject that you wish you knew more about?
Politics, because I'm damn opinionated, but I won't share them if I don't feel I know as much as I should about the topic at hand.

{three} who’s your favorite villain?
Tomo from Fushigi Yuugi, because he looks funny, talks funny, is a little on the gay side and gets tricked into killing himself.

{four} have you ever hit a jackpot on a slot machine?
Never anything big, but when I turned 18 my parents gave me a roll of nickles for my first slot experience and I won $100 within three pulls.

{five} what is your favorite disney movie?
The Little Mermaid, hands down.  At a family reunion one year when I was a kid, we did a little reenactment of the movie for everyone.  It was a blast!

{six} if the whole world were listening, what would you say?
Hi, I'm Karly.

{seven} if you could choose one song to describe you or your life, what would it be?
"Learning to Fly" by Kate Earl

"I've made mistakes,
But I won't be ashamed,
It feels like fate has lifted me,
I can't seem to keep my feet on the ground.
I no longer hide,
So I let the sun wash over me,
Cause there's no darkness left to hold me down.
And I feel its light now I've found the spark
That was missing in my life...
And I earned these wings,
I was not born with them,
And it's not accident,
How I walked through the rain and the fire,
Cause it taught me how to love,
It taught me how to play,
And finally I'm learning to fly"

{eight} your desk: messy or organized?
A messy sort of organized.  It's part of my of my signage, the Libra part.  Things could be strewn everywhere, but I could find any item instantly within the chaos.

{nine} have you ever had surgery?
Several, wisdom teeth removed at 17, gallbladder at 18, hymenectomy at 20 and 2 C-sections.  Plus, a surgeon had to reattach a finger I decided needing removing by a sofa bed.


{ten} if you could have any animal as a pet, what would you have?
A dwarf hampster!  Or a bunny!  I like little fluffy things.







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Entertainment gone wrong.

Sometimes I have to get creative in finding a way to entertain the kids long enough for me to do something as simple as using the bathroom. This morning, Afton and I noshed on fiber bars, so I gave the torn-up, crinkly wrappers to Delaney. Of course she loved them. I mean, what baby doesn't like the slippery texture and fun noises of a wrapper?

Thinking I was safe to take a ten minute exodus, I grabbed a book and closed the bathroom door.

Needless to say, when I emerged, Delaney was screaming because her wrappers somehow made it out of her reach, and she fell over. Then Afton comes up to me and I see she has a vast assortment of matches sticking out of her mouth.

What the hell? Where did she get matches? I'm seriously going to have to kill my husband. Between matches and Rolaids, this kid is going to be constipated and on fire because Rudy can't manage to put his crap away properly!

And as I sit here, I see Afton has yet one more match, and it appears that she has eaten the tip off. Gross. I seriously can't wait for them to be just a little bit older so they can entertain each other and I can use the bathroom in peace.

That's not so much to ask, is it?




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Monday, October 18, 2010

Show and Tell Photo Challenge

I am loving all these photo challenges.  They really get me up and moving and working on improving my photography skills.  This week's Show and Tell challenge at Paper Heart Camera is From Your Heart.

I wanted to make this really special and unique, so here is my photo:

Show:


Tell:
Of course, my kids are in my heart.  They literally come from within, from love.  The change in my body is the love I give to them, and though I may no longer look so smooth and slim, my kids are that perfection.  Two on the outside and one on the inside, they are my heart, my life.

Amazingly enough, I am not terribly scared to post such an overwhelmingly naked photo of myself.  For this moment, I accept my body for what it is, because I'm a Mom!

Now, go see what's in the heart of everyone else!


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

My kids are special. Really.

Afton is going through a phase in which she hates being touched by Delaney.  She freaks out; drives me crazy.  If I give Delaney a toy to play with, Afton steals it away.  But for some reason, this morning, she suddenly decided to share.

This is the result:





It is super hilarious to me, because before Afton put all her toys on Delaney, Delaney was being a total punk, crying and wanting constant attention.  But as soon as Afton put her purse on Delaney's face, she fell asleep.  Ha!









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Birth Story

My family looks at me crazy, and calls me crazy, when I say I enjoy being pregnant. Honestly, I do enjoy being pregnant. You know, during the ten or so minutes when I’m not nauseous, having terrible leg cramps, water-induced indigestion, and raging uncontrollable diabetes and preeclampsia. Oh yeah, and that horrifying bout of food poisoning that left me puking in the bathtub while simultaneously diarrhea-ing everywhere (it was quite traumatizing, seriously), and eventually landed me in the ER.

The fun stuff was feeling Baby move and kick and roll, and it was fun to see people get angry when I told them I had no idea what a rib kick felt like, because I was never kicked in the ribs. I was kicked in the cervix, though, a lot, by both Afton and Delaney. They’re jerks. But, it was also fun being fat, because when you’re pregnant, you always look cute no matter how gigantic you are, cause there’s a baby in there!

So, at about 6 months pregnant with Afton, I was put on modified bed rest because I developed diabetes fast and my blood pressure went up and neither felt like responding to conventional medicine or me yelling at myself. I swelled up like a dead, beached whale that had been in the sun for a good three days. Even my nose plumped up like a Christmas plum. I had a rib that was killing me, because it apparently couldn’t take the stress of my greatly enlarging body (it broke years earlier when I was victim to a hit-and-run beer bottle), and I couldn’t find a single comfortable position to exist in. Needless to say I was scheduled for induction at 36 weeks.

Induction sucked. For three whole days I laid in a hospital bed while nurses put little pills on strings up my hoo-haw every four hours and made me lay prone for an hour after each insertion. I stared out the window and watched a giant snowstorm hit the town and I was sad because I wanted to go drive and play in it.
Each day I wasn’t allowed to eat because no one knew when I would go into actual labor, until I begged the doctor every night and finally I was allowed a small meal at like…nine pm. Because my blood pressure was so high, I was constantly forced to lie on my side, but all the while I tried to explain that my contractions would actually occur if they let me lay on my back. My doctor almost quit and sent me home, but I put my heels in and said Hell no, I am NOT leaving this place without my kid!

I entered the hospital on the 8th of December, 2008, at six am, and at three pm on the 10th of December, labor finally began. The doctor had started giving me Pitocin earlier in the day and I knew it was going to be trouble because lying on my side was masking my true contractions. The moment the doctor came and broke my water I started having contractions almost every single minute and they were so intense they took the breath right out of me. I had told everyone I was going to do a natural birth, but in that instant I changed my mind and started begging for an epidural. I even forced my husband on a couple of occasions to find a nurse to check my progress so I could have my epidural.

I looooooooooove epidurals. It was great because it was inserted during a contraction, so I felt nothing. And then I really felt nothing. It was weird not being able to move my legs; they were like dead logs made of jello (jello because three days in the hospital made my already swollen-ness triple).

I was relaxed and ready to go, and by seven pm I was pushing. It was weird trying to push when you couldn’t really feel anything. And there were three people counting for me at the time, but they kept starting off from each other which messed up my pushing, which REALLY pissed me off. Like, I almost blew a gasket kind of pissed. I was moved into several different pushing positions and I was making progress; the doctor finally joined the group and could feel the head making way.

Things seemed to be going smoothly until all of a sudden I felt like I ripped in half. Through a fully working epidural I felt a pain unlike any I had ever felt before. I instantly started to freak out and cry and I was turned on my back. The doctor started asking questions but I couldn’t really answer them and he couldn’t figure what was going on, so they pulled the plug on my delivery and prepped for an emergency C-section.

Now, most of the next part comes in bits and pieces, and I am sure I don’t remember things as they may have actually occurred, but this is what it was like for me:

There were nurses running around everywhere, and the pain I was feeling was forcing me to push even harder, even though I was repeatedly told not to. I couldn’t help it. I am fairly certain I was screaming, but I do distinctly remember calling out Mommy, mommy, help me mommy, over and over again.

I was placed on the OR table and made to sit up, and then to hunch over, because my epidural was going to be replaced with a spinal. I felt absolutely nothing of that, but it was difficult for them and for me, because I kept trying to push, and scream.

Shaking uncontrollably, they laid me back on the table and prepped me for surgery. Within a few minutes I had the scariest experience of my entire life. I couldn’t breathe. I was suffocating, and I couldn’t get the words out to say I was suffocating because I had no breath to say it. I couldn’t focus on anything or anyone because I was panicking to the nth degree. I was certain I was dying. The anesthesiologist seemed to understand what I was trying to convey and held an air mask over my face while telling me I was fine and not to worry because I was breathing.

I think my doctor got Afton out in less than two minutes after I was placed on the table, but it felt like an hour. I couldn’t hear my daughter, but I could hear concern from the staff in the room. Afton was purple, and the cord was wrapped around her limbs multiple times. She had an Apgar of 3. I honestly had no idea what was going on, because I was still struggling violently to breathe. Finally I heard her cry, and relief came in a rushing wave. Rudy brought Afton over to me, but I couldn’t even look at her because I was still in too much distress. Her Apgar improved rapidly after that and most of the staff and my husband went out of the OR with the baby.

Slowly but surely I was finally able to breathe, and talk. The doctor told me he was uncertain of what exactly happened, but he believed my placenta was tearing. He sent pieces of it off to pathology, where it was confirmed to be such. He told me that feeling something so quickly probably saved my life. I have no idea, I can’t fathom it.

I was stitched up and taken to my room, where it was discovered my IV had corrupted. It took three nurses, two hours, twenty failed attempts, and a weird vein-finding light before the anesthesiologist had to be called in to get me a working IV. He was awesome, and got it on the first try, at the bottom of my thumb by my palm. I was so swollen my skin was damp, cracking, and a little weepy.

I was sooooooo over everything. Afton was jaundiced and almost not allowed to leave the hospital, but we finally got the OK on day three. A few weeks later I developed a super gross infection in my incision which had to be opened and drained three times. Yuck yuck yuck. But I had a beautiful baby girl and I was happy.

Thankfully, my pregnancy with Delaney was much smoother. I did develop diabetes again, but my blood pressure stayed in check, and I didn’t swell as much. I did, however, have an overabundance of amniotic fluid, which turned me into a pumpkin. I looked 40 weeks at 30 weeks and expanded from there. I had a scheduled C-section for 39 weeks, and I was terrified of it because of how poorly my first one went. I knew I couldn’t handle another breathing problem. So when I brought it up, I was reassured everything would be far better, and it lessened my anxiety, until we got to the OR and it took two people six attempts to get the spinal in place. My back is still messed up from that. The C-section itself went off without a hitch and I had my second daughter on May 13th, 2010. Delaney had some breathing problems and had to stay in recovery for a few extra hours while I was brought to my room. For the next 24 hours, I drifted in and out of a Benadryl-induced coma as the spinal gave me a crazy itchy reaction. I itched off almost all my skin; it was awful! Then, after I was sent home, I began retaining so much fluid I had to be put on Lasix, and after that my incision refused to fully close for almost two months. Annoying.

But I have two beautiful girls, and Baby #3 is on the way. Here’s to hoping for an even smoother experience this round!

Me at the beginning of my first pregnancy, and me after Afton was born.  I looked like John Goodman!
Me during labor with Afton.  You can see the terrible swelling, especially in my hand.
During my C-section with Delaney.  I'm smiling because I can freaking breathe!



Afton on the day of her birth and Delaney on the day of her birth.  I love my baybehs.




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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Shop Love

I am a window shopper.  A huge window shopper.  I love to look at anything and everything, and then fantasize about having all those things in my life, somehow.  I want to share a couple of my finds today, because window shopping with a buddy or two is so much more fun!

Etsy is such an amazing shopping revolution, I think.  Pretty much everyone knows of its existence, but not everyone has taken the time to explore and digest its wonder.  So many one-of-a-kind items, so thoughtfully picked out, created, and displayed.  It's great.  Makes me drool with desire.

From Hungry Heart Recyclers:

Vintage Nantucket Purse

This purse is soooooo cute, almost like a mini picnic basket.  I can see myself walking through a field with it, my camera tucked neatly inside with all my other little goodies.  And because of the grapes, I think about a lovely trip to Napa, with a bottle of wine poking out the top.  Yum yum goodness.


Black Velvet Evening Dress

And because everyone needs a little black dress, this one is just gorgeous!  Vintage, velvet and totally sheik.  If I wasn't a giant pregnant woman, I would be all over this dress, because this is a standout dress.  Perfect for all those upcoming holiday parties (Oh no!  It's that time of the year again!)!

My next stop is over to JooJoo Land, which is full of fun little delights!
First off, who doesn't love a tiny kitty or twenty?


Black and White Kitty
Seriously, is there anything cuter in the entire world?  No!  I love cute, tiny things.  I want to decorate the girls' room with these, everywhere.  They fit in the palm of your hand, that's how adorably little they are.  And the detail in such a small item is great.

But joojooland isn't only tiny, cute kitties.

Coral Reef Necklace

What a cool, unique necklace.  I want it.  I want to wear it all the time, everywhere.  It would look awesome around my neck, and yours too.  You should get it.  All of it.

Remember folks, the holidays are quickly approaching, so start browsing shops and placing orders before all the good stuff goes!  So show your locally-owned retailers some love and go crafty!

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