Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Christmas dresses

I decided against doing the typical red, green, or traditional Holiday dresses. I bought this wonderful orange fabric on sale for Veronica, along with an easy pattern. As my due date was approaching I asked a friend (Shelley) if she would make the dress for me, b/c she's excellent at what she does. She also made my bridesmaid dresses. When I got to her house today to pick them up she surprised me with a little dress that she concocted from a square of fabric leftover--a little matching dress for Cadence. I was more than blessed. Aren't they adorable!

Here's her other dress that Shelley made. It's like this is her peasant dress, while her other is her going to the ball dress. Veronica prefers her ball dress and didn't want to take it off.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sisters, sisters, sisters

The day after Cadence was born I was reminded of the song in "A White Christmas" called 'Sisters,' which made me think of my little girls. As I already wrote in yesterday's post, Veronica has been warming up to her new baby sister. Here are some things she has said or done to welcome her to the family.

1. Due to her 'Baby Happy Baby Sad' book, Veronica will continually say with much empathy, "Baby Sad!" What's funny is she might say it while Cadence is sleeping and Veronica is actually the sad one.

2. I asked Veronica if she would gently push the glider while Cadence was in it and crying. She did a great job pushing very gently. Later on she began to push the glider again, unaware of how strong she can be, I see Cadence's head going side to side. Still working on the gentle part.

3. She knows that you gently "pat" dogs & cats, and she puts her baby sister in this category. She'll inform us that she is patting her sister, which is a good thing, except when it's right on her face.

4. Every morning she runs into the bedroom and asks, "Baby?" while peering into the bassinet to see if baby Cadence is there.

5. Today was her most curious day peering at Cadence's shut eyes while asleep in the glider. Veronica would get close to Cadence and whisper, "baby quiet," or "Tadence quiet," or "baby sweet."

Monday, November 24, 2008

Quick one

Since giving birth I haven't had time to put up a new post. Life is going well in the Scellick home thus far. Today was my first day with the girls without any help from Ben or grandparents, and I have to say that it went rather well. We even got some painting time in (V & me) while Cadence slept.

It's been easy due to the wonderful constant sleep Cadence is in at this stage of her life. I've had people ask me what she's like and I can't help but want to say a bit sarcastically, "she's not even 2 weeks old--she does what most newborns do in their first two weeks of life do--SLEEP. How can I know what she's like?" So far so good, but I don't count on it to be a "sign" of her personality or of what to expect. They change overnight (literally).

She has been a good baby thus far...she sleeps, which means I sleep...she nurses well, she's gaining weight, she's beautiful, & we're all getting to know her more each day.

Veronica is still getting adjusted to having this little creature in our home (I think we all are). I call it the "Mumble Factor." When Veronica was first introduced to her talking dancing penguin she was a bit terrified. However, she also loved the little penguin, she just wouldn't touch it. This lasted for a couple months. If she wanted Mumble to talk again she would ask Ben or me to get it to talk. She has reacted the same way to Kali the dog and other animals. She is super intrigued, but also a bit cautious. She has shown this tendency toward Cadence. Every morning she asks about baby, but isn't quite ready to give the baby all of her attention or love.
She's reacting the way I suspected--cautious but curious.

We're all doing well still--celebrating our second child's life and daddy's 30th birthday yesterday--life is good and we're more than blessed. Thanks for all your wonderful comments on the last post--they were received with such gratitude.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Cadence Evangelina

Cadence Evangelina born November 14 @ 1:14 p.m. She came in as a small peanut: 6 lbs 2 oz,
19 1/2 in long. She bears a full head of hair with different features from big sister. Cadence means "rhythm," and Evangelina (Greek) means "Brings good news or bearer of good news."

Her Birth Story:

On November 12th in the evening my water started to leak, so I went to the Birthing Center to get it checked out. Sure enough that is what had happened, but it wasn't the gush feeling I had with Veronica's labor. However, I was still at 1 cm from my previous check up. I thought, "well I'll probably be having this baby tomorrow (the 13th)." We went home and slept in anticipation of contractions.

To my surprise this little one was still quite content in my belly and I rested on the 13th till 12pm to get as much energy for the birth that I was sure would happen before the day's end. I contacted my midwife and she told me different things that I could do to induce labor naturally. So, from 1pm to 3:30pm I used the breast pump, which started some contractions, but they didn't continue much past the point I stopped using the pump. I went on a walk, didn't really work. I drank a castor oil smoothie. It wasn't that bad, that is up until the point I drank the last part and had a gag reflux happen. Then, by the time we got home I felt super nauseous. I soon threw up.

I was going to go in at 4pm to have a folly put in my cervix to cause dilation, but I was too sick and actually felt like contractions were happening. I used the pump more, but then the contractions subsided. Veronica stayed the night with friends, so Ben and I went to the birthing center around 7pm or so to get the folly put in. At that point I was at 2 cm. The folly works best if I walked while having it in and it's suppose to fall out once I hit 3-4 cm. Also got the wonderful enema. Soon after that the folly fell out and it was 9:30 pm. We fell asleep thinking something would happen. Nothing did by the time the midwife showed up at 11:30pm.

We did all sorts of things to get this baby to come, but my body was just not contracting. One of the problems is that my cervix was tilted and her head was not pressing right on top of it. The second midwife came around 2 pm and by 3:15 or so, they decided it was time for me to go to the hospital to induce using Pitocin. We went to Island Hospital in Anacortes, because they are more favorable to having the midwifery model of care present. We liked our experience there even more than St. Joe's as well.

I liked how they slowly eased my body into the use of Pitocin, which started at 6 am. They started with the lowest dose possible and add one more each half hour, until the body is responding with contractions. I would get some contractions, but nothing that bothered me. When I was checked around 11:30ish I was at 6 or 7 cm, but wasn't really in any pain. Finally, I started having strong contractions that rose and rose. With Veronica my whole labor of when I started feeling any contractions was 4 1/2 hours total. This little Cadence wanted to be quite different.

Basically, I was in transition wondering when in the world it would be over and any time I was checked, it seemed like it was the same story (not quite yet). I kind of felt the urge to push, but not completely. Finally, I'm feeling like I need to push and the nurse gave me the green light. However, I would get contractions more like cervical contractions and not pushing ones. My midwives weren't allowed to check me, so they had no clue that I really wasn't ready.

When the doctor came in (she was great) to check me she said I wasn't ready. Remember how the midwives at our house said my cervix was tilted and the babies' head wasn't right on top--well this was the problem. I had an anterior lip over the head, which was blocking that whole 10 cm thing. Also, whenever I was checked throughout the night and day--they would say I was at a 3 or 4 but they could open my cervix easily to a 6-7. So, I was sitting on the birthing stool and Dr. Guard told me to let her know when I had a contraction. Right when I told her, she went in to move the lip of my cervix off the head, which I felt immediately the "real" need to push. I felt the baby drop so fast (Praise God!!!). I pushed for about 5 minutes and out popped this long awaited present known as our second daughter, Cadence.

I was the first to hold her and to announce that we received a second daughter. She was so much smaller than Veronica just by looking at her. I was thinking, how much does she weigh, b/c she definitely looks and feels lighter than Veronica.

I really don't think she was ready to come out, but once that water breaks, she couldn't turn back. We're so glad (esp. me) that part is over and we get to hold her and love on her. Having number two is an adjustment (mentally) for me. When I saw Veronica for the first time in two days I just cried. I am so glad we have Cadence in our lives and I know God is going to do wonderful things in and through her. I'm excited how Veronica is going to love on her little sister and Cadence is going to adore her--and even more how they cultivate a long lasting friendship.

One thing I've learned from this labor & birth is to never think you know what is going to happen or even get your sights upon how things will work out when people give you their opinion, b/c it's most likely wrong. Veronica was 4 1/2 hours of contractions and pushing total--Cadence was, well what seemed like forever. Veronica 8lbs 2 oz; 21 in--Cadence 6 lbs 2 oz; 19 1/2 in. I guess it shows me how these two are already so different!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Stalling at all costs

One thing that is quite remarkable about children is their capability of learning how to stall or freeze time to their advantage, especially when you think 22 months is too young to comprehend this notion. Ya see, Veronica knows that the word "pee pee" or "poo poo" has much power in this household. It means business for mommy or daddy when she says it. Here's a glimpse into this world:

Veronica: "Uh Oh...Pee Pees!"
Mommy: "Did you go pee pees?"
Veronica: (glazed stare) "YEEEAAAH!!"
Mommy: "That's okay--it happens!"

Veronica: "Pee Pees?"
Mommy: "Do you need to go pee pees?"
Veronica: "YEEEAAAHH!"
Mommy: "Okay let's go to the potty."

{Right before bed, while she's already lying down and we're about to leave}
Veronica: (with much enthusiasm and gusto) "PEE PEES, PEE PEES, PEE PEES!!!"
Mommy or Daddy: "Do you need to go pee pees?"
Veronica: (with even more enthusiasm and fast movement out of the bed) "YEAH!" as she's running down the hall.

{Tonight before bed while she's already lying down}
Veronica: "POO POOS!"
Ben: (asks with hesitation) "Do you need to go poo poos?"
Veronica: (hurries out of bed saying) "YEAH!!"
She gets onto the potty and starts grunting, but only farts, which makes her say with a smile, "Fars, fars."

Her other methods of stalling are to try to get more books to be read to her, even though she has a two book policy before bedtimes.

The other method is to be as sweet as possible and start talking about the baby's arrival. She will go and point at the crib and say, "Baby Soon?" She then babbles on about the baby.


Today marks 17 days before my due date and I told Ben if I was a betting woman, I would say there is a 80% chance of the baby being born this week. I'm basing this on how I've been feeling these past couple days. We've decided on names for our daughter or son in the womb, but you'll just have to wait to find out the name once this little one arrives (or if I get too antsy to keep it a secret then you'll know before).

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Oatmeal Carmelitas

I don't make these too often, mainly because I would probably eat too many of them; however, there are never any leftover if I bring them to parties, or complaints from people who eat them. The only semi-complaint is, "Man, these are rich." I sold these at the Craft Bazaar and are a definite hit. So if you're looking for an easy, but absolutely fabulous dessert bar, you need to try these out. Just remember that a little goes a long way.

Crust ingredients mixed together (I say use your hands to mix--clean of course)

After baking for 10 minutes

Adding the caramel filling

Chocolate chips added

The remainder crumb added on top

And the caramely, chocolate goodness!

Crust Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups oats (the recipe calls for quick-cooking, but regular are fine)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups softened butter
Filling Ingredients:
  • 1 (12.25 oz) jar (1 cup) Caramel Ice Cream topping
  • 3 Tb flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I typically omit the nuts and they taste great w/o)
  1. Heat oven to 350. Grease 13x9-in pan. Combine all of your crust ingredients into one bowl. Mix at low speed if using a mixer, or combine all the ingredients by hand, so they look like a crisp topping. Reserve half of the crumb mixture (3 cups) for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  2. While crust is in oven, combine caramel sauce and 3 Tb flour. Mix well.
  3. Remove partially baked crust from oven. Drizzle evenly with caramel mixture. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly on caramel topping. If you use nuts, sprinkle evenly now. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top of the caramel, chocolate goodness.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or till golden brown. Cool 1 hour or whenever it is completely cooled. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or till filling is set. Cut into bars.
**Recipe makes 36 bars, which aren't huge, but they are a perfect portion.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

better than any election

As a mother of a toddler, my child's accomplishments are always more important than the nation's state of affairs. As a citizen of America, I think I would say being a mother is still more important. So with all this talk about this election and how "excited" people are about "change" and some more "change" as I peruse facebook; I am much more excited to throw a party for my daughter's accomplishment from simply going pee pee in the potty to crossing the threshold of going poo poo in the potty. I'm sure you're also very glad that I didn't take pictures--just a story!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Scellick Weekend Update

I realized how I've posted every Sunday night for the past couple weeks to give updates of pregnancy and possibly other things, so to continue with the it goes.


Prenatal Check-up: I had my 36 week check-up, where one of the midwives came to my house instead of me going to their office. They want to make sure they know how to get here during daylight and to ensure there is working space when delivery time comes. The baby is head down, everything is still looking good and on Wednesday I become full-term.

Baking: It was also busy for me as I prepared (via baking) for a Holiday Craft Bazaar I would be selling my baked goods and soup at on Saturday. I made Rice Krispy Pops as one of the goods. One thing Ben would say about Veronica is she doesn't have much guile in her person (not a bad thing), b/c when she gets into something that she isn't suppose to be in, she makes it very apparent. For instance, I had the cut squares of Rice Krispies on the tray on the table. Now I thought they were far enough from her little hands to reach--SO wrong. While in the kitchen I turn to see a happy little girl so proud to show me the treasure and accomplishment she had found and done. Two big Rice Krispies in her hands lifted up to show me, along with a great big smile. I had to tell her that they weren't for her and she wasn't suppose to take them. So sad to break the news!

Harvest Party: We went to our church's annual Harvest Party and only stayed for about 15 minutes, b/c Veronica needed to go to bed and she wasn't too sure about the whole event. However, when she played two of the games she thoroughly enjoyed it. She especially liked the part where she could pick a candy from the bucket after playing; however, she never ate one of them (there were only three candies).

Holiday Craft Bazaar:

Two blurry pictures of my taken by Ben at my booth!

I had to wake up to finish some baking for the Bazaar and head off to set up my table and sell. It wasn't a very eventful day for myself, in terms of profit. I based my output of goods on last year's sales, which didn't prove helpful. Needless to say, the day after Halloween doesn't prove to be a great day for Holiday Craft Bazaars, especially for the vendor selling baked goods. Also, it seemed like the majority of people who walked through the doors were 50 years and over and most of them weren't buying my stuff that day. Here's what I made!

Rice Krispy Pops (kudos to my friend Lindsey for making all the wonderful tags!)

Yummy Oatmeal Carmelitas!

My Favorite Ginger Cookies

Fabulous Cream Scones (I forgot the blueberries in my freezer)
& my savory scones were already gone by picture time.

My homemade jams for the scones

Toddler Bed & Prayers: Daylight savings! One thing we've been working on in our house is Veronica sleeping in her big girl bed. We started a while ago, but then she got sick and we wanted to make sure she got enough sleep, so crib made more sense. Well back to the drawing board it would seem. I started with naps. I have found that I have prayed a lot more in the past two weeks for our daughter. Here is a glimpse into my prayers, "Holy Spirit, give her your peace...Lord, break her will to conform to yours by conforming to be obedient to me...Quiet her body and soul...let her know that you're always with her and watching her, even when mommy is not...etc."

As a mom of a toddler, I am leaning more on Jesus and asking him to do a work in me, in order to be a model that my daughter should emulate (hard stuff). We've given her grace and grace, and eventually have to toughen up so she knows where the line is in life. It's so hard, but I know it will pay off.

Yet we also get these sweet moments with her in this sleeping bed transition. This morning she woke up crying from a bad dream (4am) and came to our room. I heard her come in, but I didn't give her my attention in hopes of her returning to her room. With my back turned, I heard our door shut and the shuffling of a little body turned silent. I eventually shifted to find my sweet girl laying on her soft blanket she brought with her to sleep on the floor of mommy & daddy's bedroom. I could see the thought process in her brilliant head, "I don't need to wake mommy or daddy or even climb into bed with them, I just need to be near them to feel safe." Just before writing this I peeked my head into her room to find the bed void of her little body. As I peeked around the door, there she was laying on top of her blanket on the floor. We have yet to see her sleep in her bed, she prefers the floor. (Below is only pic I have of her sleeping on the ground)
Land of 'dip dip': One of Veronica's favorite things is to 'dip dip.' She first saw Grandpa Scellick dipping his fries into ketchup, so she imitated him by dipping her burger onto her empty plate saying, "dip dip." Since that point she loves anything to 'dip' her food or fingers into. Here she is dipping pancakes into blueberry syrup, while this morning it was potatoes (even toast with jam) into ketchup.

Hence why finger painting is a favorite activity!

Johnny Appleseed...She pulled out this book 'Johnny Appleseed' to read, which happens to be a beginner readers book but loved it. I read it about 10 times to her and through the process she would repeat words and such. Tonight I was astonished at how much she can repeat. For instance:
  • I started asking her, "can you, pie, auntie, nana, amber, grandma, grandpa...etc, etc." She started saying all of those things and more.
  • I then said, "say Grandma." She looked at me and then raised her hands in the air and said, "ganma!"
  • I also realized I missed my prenatal yoga class tonight (memory loss) and I exclaimed, "OH SHOOT!" After which I said, "Oh I'm sorry Veronica I shouldn't say that." She said, "oh shooet." Good thing I didn't say the other word--need to watch what I say.
  • This morning at our church service Veronica was with us during the music portion (this isn't related to what she repeats, but more about her language). She loves music and loves to say, "more song," as well as sign "more." After the song was over and our worship pastor was talking, Veronica very clearly said, "More, more song?!"
New style: I also got my haircut today, which might seem like nothing to most people, but considering I probably only get my haircut about two times a year and my hair feels considerably lighter and there was a good six inches cut off for some of the layers--it's a big deal for me. It's a bit of a mourning process when I go beyond the "trim." Here's pics of it, along with my pregnant belly.

This is the only picture I could find (taken in early July) of me with my pre-cut hair.

And here I am with my cheesy smile, beautiful belly, and new "do."

When I go to bed at night I will wear a camisole, b/c I'm always hot come 1:00, so before bed I look at myself in the mirror with my camisole not covering my whole belly and just LOVE it. I love my pregnant belly and love looking at it protrude. I know some women don't, but I proudly say I LOVE IT!!!