Wednesday, February 26, 2014

March Meal Plan

I decided to skip the meal planning in Feb since that was when Cassandra was born. I am ready to get back at it now!

March 1st - 2nd
Saturday
Breakfast - Cereal or Oatmeal
Lunch - Sandwiches and soup
Dinner - Pizza
Snack - Gone

Sunday
Breakfast - Cereal or Oatmeal
Lunch - Chicken nuggets, applesauce and string cheese
Dinner - Spaghetti and meatballs
Snack - Cinnamon cookies

March 3rd - 9th
Monday
Breakfast - Cereal or Oatmeal
Lunch - Scrambled eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn
Snack - Ice cream

Tuesday
Breakfast - Cereal or Oatmeal
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Beef roast, potatoes and carrots
Snack - Jello

Wednesday
Breakfast - Cereal or Oatmeal
Lunch - Pizza rolls and carrots with ranch
Dinner - Ham, potatoes and corn
Snack - Apple sauce

Thursday
Breakfast - Cereal or Oatmeal
Lunch - Mac and cheese and grapes
Dinner - Cheesy au gratin potatoes and green beans
Snack - Grapes

Friday
Breakfast - Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Ham and bean soup
Snack - Pudding

Saturday
Breakfast - Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Cheesy ham scrambled eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Salsa chicken tacos, refried beans and rice
Snack - Birthday cake

Sunday
Breakfast - Cereal or Oatmeal
Lunch - Chicken and cheese quesadillas, carrots and ranch
Dinner - Beef stew and rolls
Snack - Orange slices

March 10th - 16th
Monday
Breakfast - Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Sloppy joes and carrots with ranch
Dinner - Salisbury steaks, mashed potatoes and corn
Snack - Apple slices and peanut butter

Tuesday
Breakfast - Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Chicken breasts, potatoes and green beans
Snack - Pineapple

Wednesday
Breakfast - Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - PBJ sandwiches and fruit
Dinner - Ham, potatoes and veggies
Snack - Jello

Thursday
Breakfast - Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Scrambled eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Scalloped potatoes and ham with veggies
Snack - Cupcakes

Friday
Breakfast - Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Chicken nuggets, string cheese and grapes
Dinner - Ham and bean soup
Snack - Snickerdoodles

Saturday
Breakfast - Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, fruit and toast
Dinner - Meat loaf, potatoes and corn
Snack - Orange slices

Sunday
Breakfast - Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Pizza
Dinner - Gone
Snack - Gone

March 17th - 23rd
Monday
Breakfast - Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Chicken nuggets, string cheese and grapes
Dinner - Whole chicken, celery, carrots, potatoes and gravy
Snack - Apple slices and peanut butter

Tuesday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Grilled tuna and cheese sandwiches, carrots and ranch
Dinner - Chicken and noodles and green beans
Snack - Chocolate chip cookies

Wednesday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Mac and cheese with veggies/dip
Dinner - Biscuits and gravy, eggs and fruit
Snack - Orange slices

Thursday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Hamburgers, french fries and veggies/dip
Snack - Ice cream

Friday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Cheese quesadillas, carrots and dip
Dinner - Roast beef sandwiches, carrots and potatoes 
Snack - Snickerdoodles

Saturday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Pizza
Dinner - Beef and noodles with corn
Snack - Apple slices and peanut butter

Sunday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Scrambled eggs, toast and fruit
Snack - Graham crackers and nutella

March 24th - 30th
Monday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Chicken nuggets, string cheese and grapes
Dinner - Crock pot chicken over noodles and green beans
Snack - Applesauce

Tuesday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Scrambled eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Chicken Stew
Snack - Ice cream

Wednesday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Sloppy joes and carrots/dip
Dinner - Hamburger gravy over potatoes and corn
Snack - Applesauce

Thursday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Mac and cheese with veggies/dip
Dinner - Cheesy beef burgers, french fries and carrot sticks
Snack - Grapes

Friday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Chicken nuggets, string cheese and applesauce
Dinner - French toast and fruit
Snack - Snickerdoodles

Saturday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Ravoli
Dinner - Chicken and cheese quesadillas, rice and beans
Snack - Orange slices

Sunday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Salsa chicken tacos, refried beans and rice
Snack - Ice cream


March 31st
Monday
Breakfast -  Cereal or oatmeal
Lunch - Chicken nuggets, string cheese and carrots/ranch
Dinner - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn
Snack - Applesauce


Monday, February 10, 2014

Cassandra Lynn's birth story

This story is more of a pregnancy and birth story then just a birth story. I do not feel like I can just post a birth story without talking about the pregnancy as well.

Cassandra was a surprise baby. Chris and I had talked about having another one but we wanted to wait a few more years and talk things over more. Well, you know what they say about telling God your plans?
I was happy to be having another baby but after all the complications I had with Amelia, I was also scared. We did not know if I would get cholestasis again, if I would have to deliver early or have all the complications that I had after Amelia's birth. I tried to set those fears aside and just concentrate on my newest pregnancy.
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The beginning of the pregnancy went pretty well, I had some morning sickness and other normal pregnancy related symptoms. Soon we were at twenty weeks and found out we were having our fourth girl. My son was a little disappointed about not getting a brother but he got over it pretty quickly.

Time continued on and it was shortly before 30 weeks that I started noticing the itching. Itching is the first sign of cholestasis. I called my doctor right away and the got a blood test done. It came back normal but I knew we would have to repeat the test soon. You can itch for a long time before your blood tests will reflect the condition. A couple weeks later the itching was still there, not real intense but still there. They did a redraw and things were slightly elevated, not enough to confirm cholestasis. A couple more weeks went by and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I had cholestasis again. I was scratching myself raw, I made myself bleed, my urine was the color of soda and overall I felt unwell. They did another test and it confirmed cholestasis. My blood levels went from slightly elevated to severe in this time. I was only 33 weeks pregnant at this time, my doctor put me on medicine called Urso ( to bring my bile acid level down and help with the itching ), ordered weekly biophysical profiles, two stress tests a week and weekly doctor visits. She also set up an induction date for 37 weeks, if something went wrong before hand, they would have to take her earlier. Cholestatsis can be very dangerous to a baby, the rate of still birth increases after 37 weeks.  I felt like I was practical living at the hospital.

Time seemed to drag on, I was so miserable from itching and not sleeping. Slowly, the medicine started to work but nothing completely took the itch away. I wish I could think of a way to describe it to you but honestly, nothing can. It is the worst itching I have ever had in my life. You want to scratch, even when you are making yourself bleed, you still want to scratch. Your skin feels like it is on fire. I would sit down and just cry. I felt so terrible, I was not able to keep on house work, I was not being the mom I wanted to be to my other kids and I was just desperate for relief.

The weeks went on, they kept testing my blood. There was a week that my doctor was concerned they would be sending me for immediate delivery, my liver function came back very bad, she told me she stayed up for hours waiting for lab to call her, telling her the level was critical. Thankfully, between prayer and medicine, it got better. All the tests on Cassandra kept coming back great. We really were just counting down the time until they could induce her at 37 weeks. I prayer every single day that things would continue to go well. I can not tell you how scared I was that something bad was going to happen to my baby.

The day finally arrived for her to come. I went in on Thursday night ( Feb 6th ) for cervical ripening. At the time I had a cervix that was unfavorable for induction. I was only dilated to a one and 30% effaced, cervix was still very high. They started me on cervidle that night around 7pm. I contracted every two minutes most of the night. I was hopefully something had happened over night but was very disappointed come morning. After twelve hours, I was only a two and 40% effaced. They went ahead and started pitocin at around eight oclock that morning. They upped my dosage several times before checking me again, by 11:30 I was 50% effaced and still a two. I kept walking the halls, upping the pit, walking the halls and trying to stay positive. It was very draining. Three oclock rolled around and I was a three and 50% effaced. They wanted to break my water but I told them I was not doing that unless I got a epidural. I wanted an all natural birth but I could not keep doing this all night. I was beyond exhausted, had been contracting without change and just needed a break. They let me get up for awhile, take a soak in the bath and then I got my epidural. She broke my water at around 6pm. I was still a three and 50% effaced. Two hours later she came in and checked again, I was a five and 50% effaced. She told me that we would keep doing this for a little while longer and then we would need to discuss other options. I knew this meant she was thinking I was going to need a csection and I started praying hard that my little girl would come on her own. About twenty minutes later I started feeling pressure during contractions, at first I just ignored it. They had just checked and I was not thinking I could be anywhere close to ready. The nurse came in about twenty minutes after that and I told her I felt some pressure. She told me that she would go ahead and check me just to be safe. I don't think she was thinking I was close either, we were both wrong. She went to check and was rather surprised to say it was time to have this baby. Her head was right there and I was ready to push. They got the doctor, quickly got everything ready and then it was time to push. Cassandra Lynn Walters was born at 9:05, she was 6lbs 10oz and 19 inches long. I had no issues after her birth beyond the normal soreness and cramps.


Cassandra is our last baby, I would love to have more but I know the risks are high. Cholestasis is nothing to mess around with and I can not risk something terrible happening. She is a perfect way to finalize our family. The journey was rough but it was worth it in the end. She is amazing, beautiful and so loved.

New post, life update

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