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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Baby Buzz Blog Update + Give Away!!


Don't miss my story over at the Baby Buzz Blog this week! This week's topic is Labor and Delivery! Hear what I've got to say about the labor and delivery course my husband and I attended. Only six and half more weeks to go friends!

I've also got new questions over in the question and answer section! I would love to get your feedback! Also, if you have a question that you would like to get some advice or opinions on, feel free to shoot me an email or leave a comment here and I will consider it for following weeks!

I hope you'll stop by and read my new article... it isn't too long! It'll only take a minute! Thanks for all your support!

And just for those of you who will show me a little love... I've got a give away!

The No Squeeze Juice Box Holder!



I've got another product created by a mom! Those of you with toddlers you know that turning over a juice box or juice pouch over to your little one means the inevitable "juice box fountain!" You know what I am talking about. Those little hands press too hard and the next thing you know you've got sticky juice all over your little one, your kitchen, the car, the carseat... you get the idea!

Well, this cool little invention from NoSqueeze.com is here to save the day! And, the really cool part? This juicebox holder is designed to hold all types of juice boxes and juice pouches (like Capri-sun). It also has a soft grip around the middle to help little hands get a tight grasp. Even better is the fact that this cup fits in regular cup holders so it works great in your car!


Want it: For $15.96 you can buy a pack of FOUR at the No Squeeze™ website! These are great to take along in your diaper bag, in the car, for the stroller, and even at home! They would make great gifts too!

Want to WIN one?

Okay the awesome
folks at No Squeeze.com are giving one away to a lucky reader! There are lots of ways to win...

1. Go visit my Baby Buzz Blog HERE and tell me what you think of the article. Then come here and leave a comment letting me know you did so. That will be one entry!

2. Go answer a few of my questions HERE over at the Baby Buzz Blog... I need your advice! That is a 2nd entry!

4. Follow me on Twitter HERE and then "tweet" about this post! I'll even follow you back! You can keep up with my updates at Twitter too! Then come here and leave a comment letting me know you did so. That is a 4th entry!

5. Blog about this post and link back. Then come and leave me the link to your blog so I can check it out! No blog, you can post about it in a forum, on Facebook, etc. Get creative... then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you did so for a 5th entry!!

You can enter to win - all four ways - or just one way ... it is up to you! However, the giveaway will end on January 31 at midnight! I will choose a winner on Sunday, February 1st using Random.org and announce it right here on this blog - and on twitter. Be sure to subscribe to my feed so you don't miss the announcement (or any updates for that matter!).


72 Comments:

Ashley said...

You are soooo right. Knowledge is power. I am a Labor and Delivery nurse (just not practicing right now) and the ladies who did the best were the ones that weren't set in their mindset. They were open to what happened. You're going to do great!

Ashley said...

I left a comment under your gown/sleeper question

Jen said...

This is the best invention ever!! urbansjl@yahoo.com

lerinleigh said...

Great article, I left my 2 cents on the matter. And keep that open mind!

Cindy said...

Yes, knowledge is power, but I found I was still pretty "clueless" when it came time. Keep an open mind. And congratulations in advance.

Kristin said...
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Anonymous said...

The article was great, you'll be just fine. Thanks.
kristinsuefisher@yahoo.com

Am said...

Sounds like you are ready to go. Just left you some love at the baby buzz.
(famofstam@gmail.com)

Carey said...

I left you a comment over at BabyBuzz. I'm so excited for your upcoming addition to the family!

Tasha said...

Denise,
I was the same way about not reading all the birthing info out there and only reading what I needed to know as the birthing classes approached. I figured the less I knew about what could go wrong the less scared I would make myself fearing it all. I think it is only natural to be a bit scared whether it is your first or last delivery. But it will all be worth it when you hold your sweetie.

Thank you for entering me in the juice box holder giveaway.

Tasha

Anonymous said...

Hey, exciting new things ahead for you. One book I read with my second birth (all natural) that helped was "Childbirth without Fear". It helped me be a lot more mentally prepared for what was ahead. Highly recommend it. Also, of course, love the juice box idea.....how many little spurts in my van? LOL

Anonymous said...

I answered a couple of your good questions on walmart as suzamaruz.

Emily said...

I was one of those moms busting through the hospital doors begging for an epidural! Good luck, you'll do great!

Danelle said...

I did have an epidural all three times mostly because it was one of the few things I felt I could control. ;) Loving the juice holders, thanks.

Danelle
not_a1515@yahoo.com

cemoody379 said...

I don't think I'm just scared-- I'm terrified! Thank you for sharing your life with us. I left a comment at your article.

Tiffani said...

I think that this is great. This would allow my 2 year old to have a juice box without wearing 1/2 of it!

Catrina said...

After all the horror stories I've heard, I think I'd want to be stacked with as much knowledge as possible. That way, if I'm faced with any of the challenges my friends have had to encounter, I'll be prepared. Good luck to you Denise. We're all excited to meet your new little man!

Anonymous said...

hi, i just left a message on your blog:-)

Anonymous said...

I left a comment on your article. These juice box holders are such a genius idea!

Jessica said...

Left a comment on Baby Buzz so you can enter me in the giveaway.

We really enjoyed our birthing class. We recommend taking the book with you with post-it-notes on your favorite pages. It will help when you're overwhelmed with pain. ;)

Thanks!!

Kristy said...

I read your article. I appreciate your honesty. You'll do GREAT!

Kristy said...

I answered your question about the hardwood floors.

Allison said...

What a great product! I NEED this! I responded to your post about your childbirth class and now follow you on Twitter.

hayley said...

i read your article and left a note.
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hayley said...

i left a comment under the gown/sleeper question.
mrspotts0817(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lora said...

Just left a comment on the Baby Buzz post!

lora at mortier dot org

Lora said...

I answered your hardwood floors question and your socks question!

lora at mortier dot org

Lora said...

I also tweeted about it (my Twitter name is love2bmommy). I would so love to win these! I am so tired of juice boxes getting squeezed all over the place!

lora at mortier dot org

Pamela said...

Good article. I wish you all the best.

I am so happy that you posted about these cups. I have been looking for something like this for my grandson. He can not get the hang of juice boxes. Even my three year old granddaughter has a spill every now and then.

Gotta get some.

Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day.

pscole3467 at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

It's always best to be as prepared as possible and know your options. Personally, I tried it without the epidural, but was extremely thankful to eventually get it! It made such a difference! I reminded myself that I didn't have to be a martyr, there's nothing wrong with getting an epidural. :-)

Gina said...

Read your article. Hang in there & you'll do just fine!

Amy said...

I left a comment on the Baby Buzz site.

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Erica said...

Great article! I left a comment.

Erica said...

I answered the hardwood floors and pj's questions!

Brooke said...

I've left a message on the site regarding your article... excited for you in the weeks ahead... labor and the birth of a child is a miracle and quite and amazing experience- enjoy it!

Brooke said...

Also answered question about socks... joyfulmommyof2

Emily Anne said...

I left a comment under your article.

Emily Anne said...

I answered a question under hardwood floors. I used the nickname smile0104, since Emily was already taken. Thanks!

Rita T. said...

I just left you a comment at Baby Buzz. That was a well done article and hopefully it'll put some other new moms' minds at ease and inform them at the same time.

MomonPansy said...

I answered your question about the pjs as MomonPansy
johnson1032@netzero.com

MomonPansy said...

I left a comment on the Baby Buzz.
johnson1032@netzero.com

Anonymous said...

Great article! Even in my 30's I was so nervous, especially with being induced for 2 days and then had a C-section after all that. Good luck with your delivery and new baby!!

I love the juice box holders--my son squeezes juice all over himself. I would love to win!

christina.mba@cox.net

Steph said...

Your article was great, You'll do great in the delivery room !

Michelle said...

I left a comment. Being prepared is the biggest hurdle to having a natural birth. I recommend Bradley Way.

Michelle said...

Answered a question

Annie said...

I left a comment. Thanks, it has helped my decision process!

Anonymous said...

I love the article. It's exactly what I went through as a first-time mom. But I have to say, that you not stressing about it all is great because in the end you never really know ALL that is involved until you are living in that moment. Who's to say that you aren't strong enough to go without an epidural, right?! More power to ya! How exciting! This is truly one of the best moments in life! Good luck and stay healthy!

CC
littlebphotographycompany@gmail.com

Kellie said...

Hi! I just wrote this on the other site, but I wanted to make sure you saw it, just in case. Good LUCK!!! :)

Hi there! I just wanted to offer a bit of advice to you. In the comments someone mentioned that the nurses, midwives, doctors, whatever will ask you if you want meds. This is true. BUT if you politely ask them not to offer this more than once they will (or should) respect this and not offer again. However, make it known that you want to be told when the cut off point is for pain meds and epidurals. My labor was induced 4 weeks early due to complications and I received the FULL BLAST of Pitocin. However, I made it through 27 hours of labor with no pain meds or epidural at all. IT CAN BE DONE! I actually forgot that there was an option of medication until after the birth. AND I DID IT! Pitocin and all. Also, make sure your labor coach/es respect your decision to avoid the meds option unless you ask for it. Honestly, I wasn't in any pain that required meds until right before I needed to push. If you choose this option think about this: My best friend told me that the worst part is right before the baby's head comes out but that as soon as you get it out all the pain is gone. So, remember when the head is out everything gets warm and feels fine. Just keep telling yourself this and you can get through. And feel free to scream! It helps yourself deal with it. Also, I sincerely recommend watching a few baby stories and live births on Youtube. It helped me because it promised a good outcome everytime. I was afraid of dying in labor until the time came and then my body assured me that this was natural. Not the kind of pain you would expect. IT'S NOTHING YOU CAN'T WORK THROUGH!!!
Also - do your research on pain meds. They are helpful for a time, but from what I've read once they've worn off it's much, much harder for your body to deal with. This is because your pain threshold is lower from the numbness before hand and it sends your body into shock instead of slowly working up your pain tolerance.
Good luck! It's a fantastic journey!!!

Alli said...

I left a comment for you. I'm so excited for you and good luck!

Anonymous said...

I love the Nosqueeze product. I think labor is very personal. Everyone has views and opinions but you just have to do what works for you. And what works for one baby might not work for the next. I personally have had 3 c-sections. I was not wanting a section (in fact I was planning on not using anything which I had done for 6 hours and got to 7cm on my own) with my first child but after running a high fever for several hours a section was my only safe choice. My second c-section was b/c I had a large amount of scar tissue from my first and my third was a most after having 2. Only God has your the ultimate birth plan :)


MarionTYW AT YAHOO DOT COM

*LeighLeigh* said...

Def a great article hon! keep it going!

Kimber said...

I posted on your labor and delivery section. Guess what? Labor isn't as bad as I thought! You're going to do great.

Kimber said...

I answered your PJs question. (I am a fan of swaddling - I have a baby who sleeps GREAT because of it!)

Erin said...

I left a comment for you on your article. After my first delivery with minimal drugs (some IV) my second was a breeze, 5 hours from start to finish and the labor and delivery nurse told me I was her easiest patient ever!

Erin said...

I also left an answer for you on your pajama question.

Marin... said...

I left answers to your socks and pajamas questions.

Dani said...

I left you a comment on your Baby Buzz Blog. Having a delivery plan and knowing my options and what certain options lead to helped me with a natural delivery. I was open to medical interventions, but wanted to wait until it became unbearable. As difficult as labor was, I'm so glad (and a bit proud) I was able to do it on my own with breathing and turning "inward" when it became tough. Of course everyone's experience is different and if would have had a long delivery, it might be a different story. Knowledge is power when it comes to L&D. Best wishes for a easy and healthy delivery!

Mary said...

I read your article. Even when expecting my 4th I went back and read all the books to get mentally prepared. My advice is to relax, concentrate on relaxing and let your body do what it is supposed to do. I also like to walk as much as possible during labor.
Thanks for the giveaway!
savemycents @yahoodotcom

staciefrost said...

What a GREAT idea! I definitely NEED one of these! No more messes in the car!!!
Stacie
staciedfrost@hotmail.com

Ruby said...

Hi Denise,

Like the lady who posted earlier, God has your ultimate birthplan. No matter how many hours of planning and preparing you do. But it doesn't hurt to know what you can expect, surely.

There are 2 schools of thought (with or without pain meds), both seem to have valid points. If you choose to take the epdiural, esp if you are not progressing as expected or if you are very tense, it will help you relax and dilate better.

If you choose to not take pain meds, rest assured, you will be fine. Just think millions of babies are born all the time, women have done this for centuries. The pain is not bad. Think of it as a wave of pain that comes and goes. When it is time to push, a friend told me, she felt pretty woozy, the body's natural pain medicine kicked in. It would seem like it is unbearable, but amazingly you will find the strength to do it. That is the power God has given women, I think.

You can do it, just don't be afraid of anything. You are God's child, He will be watching over you and will not let you come to any harm.

Cortney said...

We took a baby class before our birth. I never expected in a million years I would need a c-section, but it happened. I'm glad I watched that video in the class!

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Tricia@onceamonthmom.com said...

I wanted to not burst down the doors of the hospital screaming epidural, but at the point of delivery that is EXACTLY what happened. Too long a story. Hoping you get to do things more naturally though, many women can, I just don't think I am one of them.

Veronica said...

Love your article and can totally related being seven months pregnant right now! You will do great :)

Thanks for a great giveaway :)

Pookeybee said...

I was the same way before my son was born. I was absolutely terrified about the labor process. I am the kind of person who is afraid of just getting a shot and can't watch when they draw blood. I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy and knew pretty early on that I was most likely going to have to deliver via C-section. A few weeks before the delivery, when my doctor was discussing scheduling the c-section. I got so scared that I cried after the appointment. My started to have contractions about 7 hours before my scheduled c-section and was so scared about the surgery that I was not even thinking about the constractions. I am so surprised to this day that everything went okay and that they were able to administer the epidural without missing my spine and paralzying me because I was shaking so much. But as I found out, our minds make this experience out to be much more frightening than it really is and in the end its worth it all when you see your little one.

Dina said...

You are absolutely right that knowledge is power - and that it is good to keep an open mind about anesthesia. You may need it, or you may not. Good luck with everything!

Crazy_in_MD said...

Knowledge is power is correct. However, you should also know where the ice chip maker is in the hospital. One other big thing is bring your own tp. Seriously :-)

Crazy_in_MD said...

I answered your question about hardwood floors

Jamie said...

It is great you are keeping an open mind about it all. Just know that you know yourself and know your body better than anyone. You know what you can handle and can't more than anyone else. I also left you a comment there at baby buzz. Also make sure to take chapstick or something for your lips to the hospital with you. Keep it handy during labor. They will get really dry. I hope this helps. I am loving the idea of the no squeeze juice box holders.

Jamie said...

I answered your sleeper gown question.

jenniferrush1974 said...

Hi! left you a comment and some info, but am having computer problems. Wanted to tell you about sleepers. The bags are best for home use, jammies with feet if you are going out and need the carseat. Carters has the best open ended bags, and you can find decent closed bags there too.

Elissa said...

It sounds like you are very prepared! I left a comment on your article. The juice box holder looks awesome!

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Elissa said...

I answered your L&D question!
elissa at huebert dot org