First off Happy Christmas Everybody!!
A little belated but still heartfelt.
Lynsey- I am soo sorry to hear about your "Pa". Senseless deaths are so hard to deal with. I'm thoughts are with you and your family.
My thoughts on C-section. I've been blessed with three uncomplicated vaginal births so I don't have the perspective of experiencing a c-sect firsthand. I am thankful that they are possible and "relatively" safe. I do think they are used way to often and unnecessarily. Using MAJOR abdominal surgery shouldn't be a first option and unfortunately too many women are informed that it is their first and only option.
My SIL had two c-sects. Her first was because my niece was "breech". The doctor gave them the choice of "attempting" to force turn her which could result in breaking her arm (????) or c-sect. The thought of possibly purposely hurting my niece was unthinkable for my brother and SIL. Now the possiblity of breaking the baby's arm is very remote but that isn't the impression that they were given.
: And my SIL was only at 38 weeks. They didn't even give her the option of wait and see. So she had a scheduled c-sect and then fought infection afterwards.
: She also had difficulty establishing a strong breastfeeding relationship because she was so ill after the c-sect. She didn't have any intention of getting pregnant again because the experience was so rough. They did eventually decide to have another child. She had my nephew earlier this year. Again she had a c-sect because he was "breech" and the doctor told her he wouldn't turn. Because her first child didn't.
(they didn't give her time to! lots of babies turn between 35-40 weeks.) And because she really "shouldn't risk" a vaginal birth because she'd had a c-sect.
: And she was only 37 weeks that time. The whole thing makes me angry!! But not at my SIL and I would NEVER EVER say anything to her to imply that she made a mistake. I would never hurt her that way. I'm just so angry that a doctor took all her options away from her.
ANYWAYS, I'd never begrudge a woman's informed decision to have a c-section. I do think they are offered way too soon and way too often and unnecessarily.
Okay what did they get for Christmas...
I've tried to mention that the kids like wooden toys and I'd really rather not get a bunch of LOUD obnoxious toys. Most of the family on David's side did pretty good (his grandparents, 2 aunts and an uncle). One only bought them wood stuff.
Tori got mainly clothes from us, I knew the Grandma's would get her toys. Her princess doll hasn't gotten her yet.
: My mom decided to play the martyr (about her computer) and didn't get get the doll clothes that Tori wanted for "Baby" from American Girl and instead bought her some clothes instead (in pink which is now Tori's favorite color). She did get Tori the Mary Poppin DVD. Tori has only seen a couple of advertisements for it and couldn't stop talking about Mary Poppins all week. MIL got her a pink scooter, would have been nice if she'd asked us first but at least it has 3 wheels so it's stable. I'm glad we decided to wait on getting her a bike this year. David's grandparents & Aunt/Uncle sent two awful little princess play castle sets. It's really cheap plastic with LOTS of little tiny pieces (hello have to little ones in this house!)... and it plays horrible music and of course the battery is dying so it sounds even worse. I don't think you can replace the batteries. I was hoping to donate them and maybe get her a better quality castle set (at least something with pieces bigger than my pinkie... but alas MIL had to tear the packaging open and lots of little pieces went everywhere with Jack looking for them.
: I'm still thinking the set is going to disappear pretty quickly some night. (I've found most of the tiny pieces and stashed them away). The other Aunt sent a wooden puzzle set with bears where you can change their clothes. So far its a big hit.
Jackson got a Bright Eyes doll from us from JoysWaldorfdolls.com I was hoping he'd stop trying carry Tori's Baby around. Not that I have a problem with him carrying a babydoll its that Tori has a problem with him carrying HER babydoll.
He seems to really like it. And a couple of wooden puzzles & some wooden blocks. He got a wooden barn sorting box from the aunt. He LOVES that, something about putting stuff inside other things... :LOL My mom got him some really neat tub toys and a couple of sweatshirt jackets. MIL got him this horrendous let me say that again HORRENDOUS powered truck with huge tires that moves back and forth. That wouldn't be so bad but it makes loud reving noises and saying some obnoxious saying over and over and over again... The Raminator!!
She and her husband thought it would be funny, they knew I wouldn't like it but got it anyway... just wait until they move up here near us... that will be a wonderful housewarming present for them. :LOL It has already been designated an outside toy.
Need to mention to her about wooden trains and trucks for when Jack's b-day comes up...
Aidan got a baby bunting doll also from Joyswaldorfdolls.com and a couple of Haba wooden teethers from us. A small set of wooden blocks from the aunt. A couple of wooden puzzles (that I've put away from when he's older and they won't be all roughed up). He also got a couple of plastic rattling toys. And a couple of cute sleepers and a cotton blanket.
Oh my mom also acquired this HUGE animal chair for the kids. It's a big lime green dragon.
It will be going into the playroom. Really fits in nicely with the red, white & blue american theme in there.
Well, it's hard to believe that Christmas is over. It didn't really feel like Christmas until this past week and now its over. We've been so busy trying to get the house situated and unpacked to really decorate. I only got the tree done, my snowman collection and few odd decorations here and there. I didn't get to all the garland or the wreaths at all. Or the lights on the house (though that was David's job).
And I didn't get to any baking either. I usually bake a ton of stuff for Christmas.
I can't believe it snowed in Houston!!
: It hasn't snowed there since the really bad ice/snow storm in Jan '97! Of course it would happen right after we leave Houston.
When MIL and her husband got here Christmas Eve from Houston, there was still snow on the back of their truck. Tori got to play with it a little bit. Hopefully it will snow here in Austin sometime this winter. It was certainly cold enough this past week, just not enough moisture for snow. I miss white christmas's. I lived in New Jersey when I was in elementary school so snow was normal at Christmas. Talk about culture shock moving to Texas when I was 11. We had the A/C running on Christmas Day that first year (it was about 70 degrees out) so that we could have a fire in the fireplace. Just isn't Christmas without a fire!! :LOL
Well its late and I should got to bed while Aidan is sleeping.
: Oh I crack myself up.