Welcoming Mr. Man

FYI- this is the last of the catch up posts! Starting Monday- frugal tips galore!

I desperately wanted the baby to be born on January 4th. It held no importance to me, other then the fact that it was convient for EVERYONE. My Mom was going back to work on the 6th, the 5th was my husbands last day off, my mother in law was leaving for Germany on the 14th and the midwife that I wanted to deliver the baby was on call. It HAD to be the 4th!

So I woke up the morning of the 4th around 3am with some pretty serious contractions. They were coming every 12 minutes or so and quite painful. I fell asleep at about 6am, and then everything stopped. I woke up at 8:30am and it was lame. I was only having the odd contraction and when they did come, they were very irregular and not lasting very long. They started to come again around 11am, about 1-2 an hour and they were painful. I talked to a good friend and told her that I thought I might be in labour, but that I wasn't sure and it was probably nothing knowing my past. We had some people from our church over for lunch and after they left we decided to go walking.

We got to Costco at about 2:30pm and started walking around. I was getting contractions every 20-30 minutes at that point and I wasn't able to walk through them. We moved on to Ikea, where they picked up to about every 5-8 minutes. We decided to leave around 4:20pm and head over to my parents house for dinner. By the time we got to their place, I was contracting every 4-6 minutes and they were lasting a solid minute to a minute and a half. Thanks to a wonderful app. on my iPhone I was easily able to keep track of my contractions. Everyone ate (I had a few homefries and some salad) and then we had to leave because the contractions were getting more intense and I was getting really anxious about not being at my house.

We got home at 6:47pm and I had one HUGE contraction so I decided to go upstairs and hop into the shower. I made it to the bathroom and then my water broke. It was a huge gush and my clothes were soaked. Immediately following that I had a huge contraction and called for my husband. He called my Mom and my bestfriend while I called the midwife. I got into the shower and laboured there until the midwife got there. She checked me and I went from 5-6cm during one contraction. That was the one and only time I was checked. I was officially in active labour.

I continued to labour, in a variety of positions until I had the urge to push. I gave birth to my son 3 pushes later. My mom, mother in law, and my bestfriend were all present. He was immediately given to me and I was able to lay with my new son on our bed. We had skin to skin contact for almost an hour before the midwife checked him. I showered and he was passed around those who attended his birth.

Mr. Man (FLRB) was born at home after a short, drug free labour, on January 4th 2011 at 8:51pm. He weighed 6lbs 10oz and was 20.5 inches long. He is the perfect baby and so completely different from his sister.

He is now 5 weeks old and growing like a weed. He probably weighs just over 8 pounds- which is what Miss C. weighed at 2 months of age. He LOVES to eat, and is very efficient which I appreciate in the middle of the night. He sleeps for 3-4 hours at night and is up every 2-3 hours during the day. Miss C LOVES her little brother and is always up in his face talking, kissing, hugging, yelling at him. I sometimes wonder how he can sleep through all of her noise- then I remember that he heard it the whole time he was in utero and that it is probably comforting for him. Go figure!

I am doing really well and have found adjusting to having two kids wasn't as bad as I had worked it up to be in my mind. There are challenges and days when I don't think we will all survive, but we do...and tomorrow always comes. We've had a lot of love and support from our family and friends and everyone has been really good at sharing the love.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Day Ten

Day ten: One confession.

1. The majority of my friends I've met online and with the exception of a handful, I've never met most of them in real life. Yet, these ladies are the greatest friends and they are so supportive and loving. The only problem- they are wide spread across Canada. It is great for travelling, but not so awesome when you need a ladies night! Even though I have all of these virtual friends, I'm feeling utterly friendless at the moment. This seems to be a trend in my life. I had a falling out with a number of friends after I got married, because we were no longer at the same point in our lives. After having Miss C I experienced the same thing again, loosing more friends because I had a baby and a lot of responsibilities. However I was able to make some new friends in Lethbridge and they were great. We moved to Calgary. I started teaching full time. I got pregnany AGAIN, and it seemed like I was all alone again. Aside from a few special people I literally had zero friends in Calgary. I started teaching again...and was working 40+ hours a week, I was pregnant and exhausted when I wasn not working and wanted to spend time with my family- yet even those friendships seemed strained now. I just had no extra time or energy to commit to those I considered friends. So fast forwarrd to now. It is the middle of winter, I have a newborn baby, a couped up 2 year old and I only have access to a car once a week and sometimes on weekends. We cannot afford another car or for my husband to take transit every day. I only have 2 friends who have more then one child. I am literally stuck in my house! I am not someone who loves to spend all my time at home. Miss C is not the type either. I am social, I like to go out and do stuff, but I am extremely limited in what I can do right now. I need friends who live by me, within walking distance- a heafy request I know.
That is my confession....
Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Day Nine

Day Nine: Two words that describe your life right now.

1. Absolutely

2. Perfect

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Day Eight

Day Eight: Three turn on's.

1. Breakfast in bed.

2. Doing the dishes.

3. Sleep ins.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.

Day Seven

Day Seven: Four turn off's.

1. Bad breath.

2. Long toe nails.

3. The smell of alcohol/cigarette smoke etc...

4. Cold hands.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Day Six

Day Six: Five people that mean alot to you.

1. My husband.

2. My children.

3. My parents.

4. My godmother.

5. My bestfriend.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Day Five

Day Five: Six things you wish you could change or wish you have never done.

1. I would change the hair cut that I got last April- it goes down in the books as the WORST hair cut I've ever gotten. I'm still trying to grow it out.

2. I wish I'd never been so careless with money when I was 18 and had a lot of it. I would have put it in savings and been more responsible with it.

3. I wish I'd never gotten my nose pierced.

4. I would have stayed home and cleaned my house the day Mr. Man was born instead of going to Costco and Ikea.

5. I would go back to my wedding day and made sure that the music for our first dance didn't cut out halfway through.

6. I would change the amount of effort I put into my final semster of University (class wise) so that my GPA wouldn't have dropped. That being said, I did the minimum because I also had a 13 month old baby...so considering that I'm happy.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


Day Four

Day four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.

1. If I'm raising my children right.

2. How it is possible to love two little people as much as I love my kids.

3. If tonight I'll get to sleep for longer then 2 hours.

4. What my kids will be when they grow up.

5. What should I make for dinner?!

6. How does my tail bone STILL hurt- I'm not pregnant anymore!

7. Should I just move on...?

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.

Day Three

Day three: Eight things you couldn't live without.

1. My husband.

2. Miss C.

3. Mr. Man

4. My iPhone- I do not know how I survived before it.

5. My PVR- I cannot watch regular TV anymore.

6. Aveeno Products.

7. My lululemon pants

8. Headbands.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.

Day Two

Day Two: Nine things about yourself that most people don't know.

1. My husband is 100% in charge of all of our finances and I'm so happy it's him and not me.

2. 28 days after giving birth to our son, I can wear ALL of my pre-pregnancy clothes and weigh less then I did before I was pregnant. I'm not bragging...

3. My goal is to train and run a half marathon this summer.

4. I miss my Gramp all the time, and it breaks my heart that he wasn't able to meet his newest great grandchild. I'm glad we were able to name our son after such a great and wonderful man.

5. I don't know ANYONES phone number, everything is on speed dial.

6. I'm a grudge holder...for big things and super small silly things.

7. I bite my fingernails.

8. I rarely buy ice cream because when I do, I eat it all in a very short time span.

9. While teaching grade 6 math, I realized that I had no idea what BEDMAS was and never remembered using it or learning it myself!

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.

Day One

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.

1. I wish you would sleep a little longer at night so that I could sleep a little longer at night too.
2. I don't really know what went wrong, but I'm sorry.
3. Thank you so much for talking me down on so many occasions. Wish you lived closer so we could hang out more.
4. You have no idea how much you have helped my family. I really appreciate it and love you because of it.
5. I miss seeing all of your smiling faces every morning. You were so awesome and reminded me why I love teaching.
6. I want to be like you, you are my biggest role model and I thank my lucky stars every day that I have someone like you in my life.
7. I'm so lucky to have had such a wonderful birth experience with my son. I'm so glad that you were able to be there and catch my baby as he came into this world.
8. If I were you, I'd get a second/third/fourth opinion.
9. You are Miss C's favourite person. You are one of mine too. Thank you for loving her and giving her as much attention as you give Mr. Man.
10. Thank you for loving me, even when I'm cranky.

Frugally Yours,
Erin B.

Re-Launch of Frugally Yours

Well, I'm back!

Here's a quick recap of what has happened since my last post.
1. My daughter turned 2!
2. I graduated University with 2 degrees!
3. I had a baby!

Those are the highlights!

I'm going to get back into the swing of things and start this blog up again. I know a lot of people were upset when I stopped blogging, but life got in the way. That being said, now that we've found a sort of routine and now that I'm a full time stay at home Mom again, I'm ready to do a FRUGALLY YOURS REVIVAL! Please stay tuned for many many many frugal tips (I just had a baby and I probably have only spent about $500 on EVERYTHING that I've bought for him before and after his birth). My goal for 2011, to cut down on our monthly expenses by at least $200 if not more. We'll see how I do.

In light of the re-launch of Frugally Yours, I'm going to do a "Get To Know Me" 10 day challenge. My beautiful sister in law started doing it on her blog, and I've decided to give it a try on mine. Here is how it goes:

10 day challenge.

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself that most people don`t know
Day three:Eight things you couldn't live without.
Day four: Seven things that cross your mind alot.
Day Five:Six things you wish you could change or wish you have never done.
Day Six: Five people that mean alot to you.
Day Seven: Four turn off`s.
Day Eight: Three things that turn on`s.
Day Nine: Two words that describe your life right now
Day ten : One confession
Frugally Yours,
Erin B.