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    There She Grows

    Baby Scratch from birth to now…Ready, Set, Go!


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    Miss Sractch Says…

    Time for another installment.

    MS: (While squeezing Baby Scratch’s cheeks) “She’s the perfect baby we need.”

    Awww….she loves her so much.

    We’ve been watching a lot of Netflix lately. Everyone gets a turn to pick something…otherwise we end up watching the same this OVER and OVER. Just an FYI…My choice is usually a Disney movie. Miss Scratch picks are random…Lilo and Stitch is a recent favorite or Mickey’s Christmas. (This kid loves Christmas movies). Scratch Jr loves Elmo…but the Sesame Streets are so old and he really only like Elmo’s World…so we’ve convinced him to watch Super Why. It’s a PBS show about Super Heroes that save the day from learning about reading/letter/etc…Baby Scratch picks Color World. Ok…she really doesn’t pick. But there’s one show called Color World. It’s about crayons and there’s no talking, only music. It’s lame, but Miss Scratch loves it. lol. So, I mentioned that this was a show for babies…not for  big girls…to which she proceeded to tell me that it was Baby Scratch’s pick. lol. Lastly, Scratch likes the old school Disney/Mickey cartoons. One is Mickey and the Beanstalk. Anyway, this was a just a really long lead it to below.

    MS: (Singing song from Mickey and the Beanstalk) “Fee Fi Fo Fum I see the face of an Englishmun”

    Umm…her british accent is adorable. And I’m pretty sure the words are I smell the blood of an Englishman. lol.


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    On the day you were born

    Well…I finally had a kid who was born on her due date. I was hoping she would be born early, but I guess when all you have are kids born AFTER their due date…coming ON the due date is early.

    I was extremely anxious this time around because of how fast Scratch Jr came after my water broke. Luckily, my mom was in town and already staying at our house, so figuring out what to do with the kids wasn’t a worry I had.

    I woke up on Sunday, March 30th around 6:45am to use the bathroom. I peed (TMI? Well…this post will likely be full of it, so watch out.) and went back to bed to go back to sleep, at least until Scratch Jr woke me up with his “indoor” voice. As soon as I laid down in bed though, I felt a pop and then leaking. I was sooo excited, nervous, and a little worried. When my water broke with Scratch Jr it was A LOT. This time…not so much. Still, I told Scratch and my mom and grandma and started finishing the bag to leave. The kids woke up and Scratch and I said our goodbyes.

    I didn’t have any contractions the whole ride to the hospital. When I was getting out of the car at the hospital, I again felt a pop and more leakage. We checked into the hospital and I started walking hoping to start some contractions.

    Waiting to go to triage. No real contractions yet. Last pregnant picture!

    By the time I’d gotten to triage, it was about 9:15ish and my pain was at a 1. Very minimal contractions. I was between 3-4cm dilated. Once we were in my room (my water had indeed broken, so I was admitted), I was told that if I didn’t make any progress within an hour I would be put on pitocin since my water had broken and we didn’t want to risk infection. I did not want pitocin, so I asked if I could walk around. At this point, it was probably around 10:00am. I walked for an hour and my doctor came and checked me. He said I was about 4cm, but I still had a little bag left…so he broke it. He told me that I could walk around again for an hour and they would check me again.

    My nurse wanted to get some info on the baby, so she asked that I stay hooked to the monitors for a little bit before walking. Well…once my water was broken, the flood gates (pun intended) were opened and the pain shot up. I laid in bed for about 25 minutes, then started to walk around. It’s around this time that my memory starts getting a little hazy….so forgive me.

    I started walking about 11:30 and probably lasted about about 20-30 minutes. I was in too much pain and already exhausted. I wanted to lay down, but was worried that I wouldn’t progress without the help of gravity.  After a few really big contractions, I broke down and told Scratch I wanted an epi. He told the nurse and she came in to check my progress. I was at a 7 already…an hour after being last checked. She told me that the anesthesiologist would be there in about 5 minutes. It WAS NOT 5 minutes. I was in so much pain. I remember asking every 10 sec if the Dr was there yet. “I don’t think he understands the urgency!” Scratch says that he can tell when I’m going through transition because I start talking nonsense. lol.

    At some point (probably around 12:15), another nurse came in and said the Dr was coming and I needed to sit up, so they could give me the drugs. Only when I sat up I screamed that it burned. It being my va-jay-jay. Your welcome! :D She asked the original nurse what my progress was and she said 7. The new nurse decided to check me again. I was completely dilated…15 minutes after the last check. Well…yet again I wasn’t getting the drugs. :(

    When she told me that I was complete, I wasted no time pushing and luckily they didn’t try to stop me. They got the on-call dr in the room (that’s right…my Dr hadn’t gotten back to the hospital yet) and I pushed and pushed. At one point, I was told to pull up on my legs and push as hard as I could. After the fact, I was told that our baby had shoulder dystocia. Basically her shoulders were stuck on my pelvis. One of the nurses had to climb on top of the bed and me and push the baby out of my stomach . Yeeeaahhh…no idea that happened. My pain was so high and my eyes were closed. There could have been clowns and bears dancing in my room and I wouldn’t have known.

    Anyway, Mackenzie Jane was born at 12:33pm. 9lb 10oz and 21.25in. When my Dr (who was there at this point) asked if I wanted to know what we had and he said a girl, I shouted “I knew it!” lol Real motherly, huh?!


    She didn’t cry immediately after she came out because of the shock of being stuck and I was sooo scared. I kept asking the Dr over and over if she was ok. Obviosuly she was. I was happy to see the hair, let me tell you. She was pretty jaundice and swollen. She even had bruising on her face because of having to be shoved out. Luckily, she didn’t have any broken or dislocated bones due to the dystocia. She also swallowed lots of fluid on her way out and had really back spit up . Before we left we actually had to have her lungs suctioned. When they do this, they normally suck about 2-3 cc’s of fluid. Baby Scratch had 14 cc’s. Poor baby!


    Here she is right before we left the hospital. She was wearing this NB sized dress…only time she ever wore it. I basically had to stuff her in. lol. image

    2 Days old.


    She is my only baby to get dimples. Finally!

    I’ll do a “growing up post” soon…to catch up from 2 days to 4 months.


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    Yeah….it’s been a while.

    Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin. I actually have a post saved about being 36-40 weeks pregnant. I tried to post it back when it was actually relevant. I couldn’t for some reason. Tumblr was giving me issues. 

    Now it’s no longer relevant anymore though. We have a baby. SHE’s almost 4 months old. Yep. A girl. Mackenzie Jane. She was actually born on her due date. Apparently that only happens 5% of the time. She was 9lbs 10oz. And again I had no drugs. Not for lack of asking though. :)

    I feel like I should still post the birth story, so that it’s always here on the world wide web. The story and words always there when the memories start to fade. Of course, I’ll post some pictures too. :)

    Other than that…I might just jump ahead in time. Start fresh in the here and now. Nobody cares what happened 3…2…1 month ago. So, hopefully this week, we can get some new posts on here.

    IF you’re still out there…thanks for sticking with me. :)


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    35/35 Milestone

    It’s finally here. 35 weeks, with 35 days to go. Thought it would be fun to compare this round with my previous 35 week pictures. Here ya go!

    From the pictures, I feel like they are almost a cross between my 2 previous pregnancies. My belly is rounder this time, like I was with Scratch Jr. But I also feel like I’m a little bigger around the waist, like I was with Miss Scratch. It looks like I’m carrying this one a little higher then both previous rounds, but who knows. It’s just fun to compare. At least for me. :D

    Did I ever mention that all the gender prediction tests said 80/20 for girl? It did.


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    6th Installment

    This will hopefully be the 2nd to last installment. My mother-in-law thinks I’ll go into labor early. I hope she’s right and I didn’t just jinx myself. There are a few different reasons I’d like baby to be born early. 1) We finally booked our tickets to Houston and the earlier baby is born, the older baby will be on our flight. 2) Get off work sooner…meaning more time in the cooler weather during maternity leave. 3) I am ready to meet Baby Scratch (between 37-40 weeks, obviously…I want baby to be fully cooked). However, after the 25th would be the most convenient since my mom will be in town to watch Miss Scratch and Scratch Jr.

    At last week’s appointment I had gained 30 lbs..which is actually less by about 1.5lbs that with Miss Scratch or Scratch Jr. I’m guessing next week’s appointment will more than make up for that difference. :)

    So, here’s my growth pictures. I feel huge. I’m told I’m not. But when maternity shirts start not fitting over the belly…it’s a sign.

    Is it wrong that I want to start buying non-maternity clothes? Like pants and such? I’m really into shopping right now and I really don’t want to buy anything that I won’t be able to wear in 2 months. Is this a part of nesting? Building my closet? lol I like to think so. I did buy some shoes recently. TOMS was having a sale…plus I hear nude and leopard flats are in…big time. So, I got some of those too. :D

    Gender prediction this month? I still say girl. But there arr some folks that say I’ve only gained weight in my belly again…which would seem like boy again. Not too much longer before we find out though. FYI…picking things for baby, like pacifier holders and crib sheets, are that much harder when you want them to be feminine and masculine. lol

    We did have our last ultrasound a few weeks ago and baby is looking good. Head down, healthy, lots of hair (thank goodness), and long. Very long. How do we know? Well, baby’s feet were 7.3 cm and an average baby at 32 weeks would have feet around 6 cm. Also, an average baby’s femur at that age would be one week behind the rest of the body. Baby Scratch’s femur is a week ahead of their body…so 2 weeks longer than average. Yikes!

    Heartburn is still crazy there. Not pleasant.

    Baby Scratch is a mover and a shaker for sure. Constantly moving. If I am sitting…baby is moving. Nothing like Baby Scratch’s siblings. They only moved during parts of the day. I hope that doesn’t mean that Baby Scratch isn’t going to sleep. Momma needs her sleep.

    According to the websites, Baby Scratch is about 5 lbs and is about 18 inches long now. Think honeydew melon size. She’s just putting on weight now. Oh and she’s peeing. Eww! Oh and hearing is totally developed.

    With Scratch Jr’s bday out of the way, we’re moving on to all things Baby Scratch. I’ve asked Scratch to pull down baby clothes from the attic, so I can start washing. Then I need to put away..somewhere. Not sure where that is yet. I’ve got to stock up on some misc things that we’ll need too. We moved the carseats around this weekend and managed to fit them all in the 2nd row of our car. Woo Woo! It will be interesting for sure. Now we just need to come up with names. I think we have a boy name picked out…but I hesitate to say it out loud. I know the minute I do, Scratch will change his mind. Again. Ugh! Still no agreement on a girl’s name yet. Although I’m trying. :D


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    Scratch Jr’s 2 Yr Interview

    Welp….that’s right. Scratch Jr is 2 yrs old. He has changed so much in the last year…let alone last 6 months. We celebrated his big day with an Elmo themed party, which I’ll post pictures of soon. It ended up being a perfect day though, so we were very fortunate.

    That said, it is tradition (and lord knows I love me some traditions) that I ask the birthday kid some questions. You can see Miss Scratch’s interviews here and here.

                                             Picture c/o Auntie D

    1. Favorite Color? Purple (or puple)

    2.Favorite Food? Elmo

    3. Favorite Song? Elmo

    4. Favorite Movie? Elmo

    5. What do you love? Elmo nine

    6. Best Friend? Bella (our dog…he is NOT a fan of bella. lol)

    7. Favorite Toy? Evie (or Ewie) (Evie’s response, “Evie, the talking girl.”)

    8. What does momma always say? Book (or boo)

    9. What does daddy always say? Car (or caaaar)

    10. Favorite Animal? Moo (aka Cow)

    11. Why did the chicken cross the road? No! (apparently done with the interview)

    Obviously, these are my interpretation of his actual answers. lol. At least every answer wasn’t “Ehhh” :)


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    One Night Stand

    We’re talking about a DIY nightstand project, people…get your head out of the gutters. :D

    When Miss Scratch got her new bed, it left her without a place to put her humidifer, clock/nightlight, and sound machine. We moved the bookshelf (which originally held these things) into the playroom for extra storage. Plus, her twin bed now took up more space in her room.

    Here’s the “before” of her room…back when she was just a baby.

    Knowing that she needed something to put her things on, I scoured the internet. I need something pretty thin since the twin bed was quite a but bigger than the crib. I looked at all my usual places for cheap furniture, i.e. Target, Walmart, random google, Ikea, and Craigslist. Well, my search paid off when I noticed a listing on Craigslist for the nightstand I was looking for, albeit a lighter shade of wood. It was only $20…woo woo!

    So, Scratch picked it up and brought it back to it’s new home. I forgot to take a photo of it when we first got it. :( But here’s it disassembled to start the beautification process. Sorry for the dark pictures. I was in a rush to get the process started. No time for before picts. Obv!

    My intention was that I would stain it to match the rest of her furniture. However, when I finally saw it in person I knew that wasn’t going to be possible. It wasn’t real wood, as I hope it would be. :( So I started thinking what else I could do.

    a) leave it alone and it would just be a different wood color

    b) paint it dark brown to try and match the furniture

    c) paint it something fun

    I went with Option C. I started looking at paint options and decided on going with Chalk Paint. Not chalkboard paint. Totally different. Chalk Paint is totally safe to use while pregnant, and it’s totally easy to use.

    Why chalk paint instead of regular ol’ latex paint? Well…like I mentioned before, this wasn’t real wood. Which meant that i would have had to sand and prime the furniture before painting to make sure it didn’t chip off later. And primer + latex paint (in sample sizes) are preggo friendly.

    Chalk paint was super easy. I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint and all I had to due was paint 2 coats directly on the nightstand and then seal it with a soft wax. That’s it. This could all be done in a day. There are only really 2 downsides to chalk paint…1) it’s kinda pricey, but a little goes a long way. I was able to get by with just a sample size for $13 and still have a little left. But the soft wax only comes in 1 size, so that was $27 and I still have TONS left. 2) The soft wax takes 3 weeks to cure. Now…if this wasn’t going in Miss Scratch’s room this wouldn’t be an issue at all. The lady at the store said you could use it as soon as the wax wasn’t tacky, but you shouldn’t move things around on it. Welp…I knew that things would get moved in Miss Scratch’s room. She can’t keep her fingers off anything. lol. So I waited.

    Also, something to note. This doesn’t bother me…but it does have a matte finish, unlike her other furniture which is slightly more glossy.

    Ooh…and I went with green. One of her favorite colors. :D So, in all her newness, her is the new nightstand. Again…sorry about the pictures and the shadows. My only excuse? I sat down to take the photos and this pregnant woman did NOT want to stand back up to open the window. lol. Lame, I know.

    Also, to make it more fun….I “modge podge’d” scrapbook paper on the inside. All about the details, right?

    And here’s Miss Scratch’s (and Scratch Jr’s temporary) updated room.

    Ohh…and books are a big part of our life. So, when we took the bookshelf out of Miss Scratch’s room, we replaced it with 4 book holders attached to the wall and painted to match her pink wall. They are awesome. They are spice racks from Ikea that were $4 each (I think) and they hold quite of bit of books.

    So, that’s another DIY project down.

    I did take pictures of the complete-for-now playroom…but need to get them off the camera.

    I’m in party planning mode for the next 2 weeks for Scratch Jr’s 2nd bday. Elmo, here we come!


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    5th Installment

    I was definitely better this month is taking pictures. With only 9 weeks (approx.) left of my last pregnancy, I suppose I decided that I needed to be better about documenting it. That includes taking pictures.

    As of last week, I had gained 26 lbs I think. Which is over the “normal” weight gain range by 3 lbs. But I’m not stressing. When I was pregnant with Miss Scratch, I was about the same. In fact I think I was 1lb more. I gained 40lbs with both previous kids…and didn’t have any troubles. So whatev.

    So, here’s my growth pictures. I’m getting huge. And unfortunately (unlike with Scratch Jr) it’s not just my belly. My butt is huge too. :(

    Also, please disregard the dirty mirror…I’ve explained that issue in this post.

    Note to self…dark colors, make you look less huge. lol

    So, I’m loving the leggings right now. I bought some through a blog suggestion and they are awesome. They are non-maternity, so that I can wear them later too. They just fit under the belly for now. They are perfect though. They don’t stretch. I don’t have to continuously pull them up throughout the day and they are completely opaque. Woo Woo! I’ve been buying a lot of clothes lately..but mostly I’ve been buying non-maternity stuff. Especially cardigans. I can wear them with my leggings now and later. With only 2 months left, I’m trying to hold out on buying any more maternity clothes (except for the 2 shirts I just bought from Gap for $15 total…I mean seriously…that’s too cheap to pass up).

    Gender prediction this month? Hmmm…my gut is still girl. But…2 things may sway that.
         #1 At my last Dr appointment he said, in a teasing voice…” I know what you’re having!” Then I can’t be sure…but during the appointment he might have said “he”. Coincidence? My imagination? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
         #2 With both Miss Scratch and Scratch Jr, names were pretty easy. In fact with both, really, we had a pretty definite idea that if they were that gender that would be their name. If they had been opposite genders (i.e. if Miss Scratch had been a boy), we would have been lost. We have no really ideas for boy names at the time. Same with Scratch Jr being a girl. Fast forward to now….we still don’t have any names picked out…but it seems that Scratch can agree (or not immediately veto) more boy names that girl…so are we having another boy?
    Our next ultrasound is next week. Maybe I’ll spy something accidentally. ;P
    Heartburn is worse than it was with Miss Scratch. I take medicine at least 2 times a day. Sometimes 3. I take Gas-X about 2-3 times a week. I wake up gasping for air when my stomach acids come up and choke me. lol. TMI?  It’s not fun.

    This baby is sooo much more active at night that either Miss Scratch or Scratch Jr. It’s not painful (yet)…just prevents me from getting to sleep sometimes.

    According to the Dr last week, Baby Scratch is still in breach position. There is still time for him/her to move…but that window is getting smaller and smaller. Dr said at 36 weeks, we’ll have to start talking options since at that point baby only has a 10% chance of turning themselves. Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do at this point to encourage baby to flip. At the ultrasound next week, we’ll confirm one way or the other though.

    Baby Scratch is about 3.3 lbs and is about 16 inches long now. Think coconut size. She is getting plumper in her arms and legs and she can turn her head from side to side. She can also use all 5 of her senses now…although apparently smelling only happens when she comes out. Smell doesn’t travel through amniotic fluid…which is probably a very good thing.

    We’ve been keeping busy lately, that’s for sure. We’ve finished Miss Scratch’s dresser. Temporarily finished the playroom. Scratch Jr’s bday is coming up…the big 2. So, we’re I’m in party planning mode. We’ve got friends coming to visit this week and a Superbowl Party to enjoy. Whew…no wonder I’m exhausted. Just talking typing about it all is getting me tired. :D

    No more than 9 weeks, 6 days left. Even though I’m sure (based on past experience) Baby Scratch will be late, I hope he/she is early. Like maybe mid March.:D Too much to ask?


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    DIY Chevron Curtains

    In my attempt to redo the guest room into a more functioning playroom, I had to ditch the original curtains for more playful, coordinating ones. If you’ve never seen this room before, it has french doors (with windows) that open to the living room. Perfect for a playroom…spy on the kids. Not so perfect for the guest room.

    So, I started my search for curtains. That was not an easy task. I didn’t have a specific pattern in mind, but I did have colors. I wanted white background with a mostly turquoise pattern. The room wall color is a light grey with turquoise and pink as the accents in the room. (I’ll share pictures VERY soon…I want to have 2 more pictures hung and I have been fighting with my printer for 2 weeks to get them printed. Not happy about that.)

    Anyway, room darkening curtains was also important, as they do need to provide privacy and block some light since the doors open up to the living room.

    Some things I learned along the way: (1) curtains are expensive (ii) turquoise patterns are not popular and (c) trying to find my curtains was impossible.

    So…I looked into making them. Normally this would involve fabric and a sewing machine. I am NOT a good seamstress, by any means…but these were not curtains that were going to be used a lot, so I wasn’t worried. However…fabric is expensive and I have no idea what I’m looking for when it comes to type. All I know is in “upholstery or drape” fabric…turquoise patterns are rare.

    I did see several chevron prints though and thought that they looked fun and playful. However, I was hoping to have some pink in the curtains too.

    This lead me to google DIY curtains…then DIY chevron curtains. And I hit jackpot. Boy, do I love me some google. Most of the tutorials out there  were for painting curtains and I loved that idea. Easy to do, cheap, and exactly what I was looking for. Perfect!

    These are the sites that I looked at and were helpful.

    While they Snooze, Ashley Taylor Photography, and KFD Designs.

    Anyway, here’s pictures of my curtains and the process.

    Oooh….and I bought $28 curtains are Ikea. They are even room darkening and white.

    Step 1: Tape Off (accidentally started painting prior to picture. lol)image

    This was definitely the most time consuming. I spent several days prior to the start of the project sketching what I wanted in regards to how many chevrons (peaks) and how many rows, how big the turquoise rows should be, the pink rows, and the gaps. Then I made a template using cardboard (that ended up being too small…but I made do). I used the template to tape the pattern with frog tape. Most of the tutorials I read used Blue Painter’s Tape. I didn’t know if it was because that’s what they had, or if it was important. I had Frog Tape…so I went with that. 

    Couple things about that…

    1. Painter’s Tape can be found in 2” width. I assumed Frog Tape was as well…it is not. It’s only 1.41”, so all my measurements from the previous days were thrown out the window.

    2. Can’t compare to Painter’s Tape, since I didn’t use it…but I did get some bleed in my paint. Maybe that’s why Painter’s Tape is used? I also read a tutorial about putting Modge Podge over the tape edges prior to painting to seal better. Maybe I should have tried that?

    Step 2: Paint


    I used a roller for the turquoise and a brush for the pink. The Blue tended to leave pretty crisp lines…I’m assuming because it was a a thinner and more uniform application. The pink bled through more often. However, because the blue was thinner, there are some “lighter” spots when it’s hung.

    (don’t pay any attention to the blue dot on the white bottom. :( I was SOSOSOOS careful the whole time not to drip or mess up. Then as I “ziploc”d the bag with the roller in it (for future use)…the bag dripped. Gah! Oh well…it’s for the playroom.

    Step 3: Wait 24 hours and rip the tape off to check out curtains.

    Not too bad from far away, eh?

    Apparently, it’s 24 hours til dry and 72 hours til cured and you can wash them…but no thanks. I don’t plan to wash them for awhile. I’m not risking it.

    Step 4: Hang’ em up!

    Pay no attention to the mess beyond the doors, pleaseandthankyou. :)

    Also, sneak peak of the playroom.

    Now…these curtains aren’t perfect…they look handmade. But I’m ok with that. For the most part they’ll be hung like the first picture, where the imperfections don’t really show.

    Plus…I hemmed them with Heat ‘N Bond. Awesomeness!

    So, in total…I spent


    2 hours sketching.

    4 hours taping and painting 2 panels

    48 Drying time (24 hrs each panel)

    30 minutes to hem.

    Money (approx):

    $28 for curtains

    $7 for tape. (I used at least a whole roll…I had 1/2 a roll, then had to buy another roll and have about 1/2 left)

    $16 for paint (sample size and quart size. However, I have 1/2 the quart left…so I might have been able to get away with 2-3 of the sample size.)

    $2 for hem tape.

    Therefore…6.5 hours of my time and $53 for 2 curtain panels that were originally (before hemmed) 92” long. That’s pretty dang good, if you ask me. :D

    Next up…Miss Scratch’s nightstand and the “finished” playroom.


I'm newly married to an amazing guy, Scratch. We have a baby girl, Miss Scratch who's quite the handful. I'm an engineer and very OCD about things. I love being a wife and mom, my dog (Bella), shopping, playing poker, and the Twilight Series.
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