Wednesday, April 11, 2012

She's TWO!

I was going to start off this post complaining about the terrible twos but thought I'd focus on the positive instead.

Say Cheese!
Two years ago today, I woke up in the morning with no clue that I would be having a baby that day.  In fact, I really didn't want to because I was starting my medical leave from work the following day.  Around 9 am, I started to feel some mild cramps and thought I was in early labour but didn't concern myself with it.  I went about my daily routine for a Sunday which included doing some laundry and making beef stew in the slow cooker.  Around  2 pm, I knew I was having contractions and spent an hour or so breathing through them with an exercise ball, chair, and Ina May's hypnobirthing book all while watching the Masters golf tournament on TV.

I knew then that I was in labour and decided I should probably shave my legs.  Didn't want to scare off the doctors and nurses with hairy legs after all!  I took a bath around 3:00 pm and barely felt anything as far as contractions went. Then..within a matter of minutes, I was suddenly in excruciating pain and we called my mom-in-law to come look after Connor.  She lives an hour away though and there really was no time..or it felt like it so we called my friend Heather as well.  She rushed over in the nick of time because we had decided to just take Connor with us to the hospital after I told Jeremy I needed to push! 

It was around 4:40 pm when we finally left for the hospital and I was doing my best NOT to push and making sounds I didn't know I could produce.  We hit every stop light on the way...well, it sure felt like we did.  Jeremy finally took a side road with only stop signs and we rushed as fast as possible.  We parked in front of the hospital when we realized it was Sunday and we were supposed to go through emergency.  We decided to ignore that little rule and Jeremy pushed me quickly through the hospital in a wheelchair...we got lost because Labour and Delivery had moved since we got there.  It only delayed us by a minute or two but I was getting desperate by that point.

We finally found Labour and Delivery and we told them we hadn't registered yet.  One nurse asked for my medical papers and another took one look at me and rushed me in without the paperwork.  She pointed out the obvious which was ...There was NO time!! 

I was so relieved to finally put a hospital gown on and start delivering the baby!  They broke my water for me and the doctor said I could start pushing right away.  With no medication whatsoever, I pushed for maybe 3-4 minutes and delivered a healthy baby girl!  Don't hate me because I have fast labours...I would have preferred a much more relaxed approach to having a baby.  We arrived at the hospital at 4:55 pm and Aleena was born at 5:08 pm. 

A perfect example of how hectic it all unfolded was when Jeremy asked a nurse if he had time to move the truck and the nurse told him he'd miss the baby being born.  He said he had to go because the truck was running with the keys in it!  Yep, he left it running with keys in it in a not so safe neighbourhood in Regina.  We are likely one of the few people who have taken advantage of Regina General's unofficial valet service that day.  Hospital security moved the truck for us.

Aleena's birth was an adventure and life with her has been an adventure as well..but a lovely, fun, and exciting one.  She's such a happy, smiley toddler and we love her to bits.  Happy Birthday Leena are my beautiful little girl and I love you.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Winners of the Regina Baby Expo Ticket Giveaway are...

Entry #21  Kimberly B.
Entry #45  Andrea N.
Entry #11  Marni L.
Entry #38  Sarah K.

Congratulations to all of you!  There will be a pair of tickets for each of you waiting at the door.  Thanks to everyone that entered to win tickets for the Regina Baby Expo and hopefully we'll see you there. 

Once again, here's the information for the show:

The Regina Baby Expo is a huge event for families.  It will feature plenty of local and national products and services for expecting parents and parents with young children up to preschool age.  There will be lots of great shopping, informative seminars, a children's play zone, a family rest lounge (that you will need after everything else) along with the concessions of course.  You can find a whole schedule of events on the Baby Expo Website.
  There are also lots of draws and prizes to be given away so make sure to enter!

As mentioned, the show has plenty to do for the kids like the Dino Bouncers and a sing & dance with Senkow Sing-a-Long.  I am excited to take my children again this year and see if they have overcome their fear of Bouncers yet.  If not, they will certainly enjoying the music portion of the show with Kerri Senkow and Kindermusik.  If you're curious about Fit 4 Two or Baby Salsa, you can check out their demonstrations on the Education stage.  Expecting mommies can listen in on the "Tips for a Better Birth" from Birth Bliss.  I took my pre-natal yoga through Birth Bliss and can assure you that it will be well worth a listen!

I also wanted to mention that half of all admission proceeds go toward the Hospital of Regina Foundation in support of the Rawlco Centre for Mother Baby Care.

Here are the details for the show this year:

Date and Location:

Sunday, April 15, 2012

11am to 4pm

Conexus Arts Centre
, 200A Lakeshore Drive Regina, SK. 


Admission $7 at the door
Kids 12 and under are FREE!
$5 advance tickets are available at Hello Baby and Zippity Zoom Toys or online at 

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