Friday, April 29, 2011

Secret Mommy Society

Since having Emma, I have gone through some issues that I knew nothing about... that is, until I asked an "already Mom" about it. Interesting how all of a sudden I get a plethora of information that would have been useful weeks ago! I believe there is a secret mommy society where no one really tells you all the problems you can have after becoming a new Mom. Maybe it's because there are too many things and Moms can't think of everything unless you bring it up, OR maybe Moms are keeping mum because you might not go through with pregnancy and childbirth if you really knew everything that happens to your body.  I would like to post some things that I found to be useful after the fact of going through them. This way I can't be condemned by anyone who says I didn't tell them anything. Here's a couple FYI's about pregnancy and Mommyhood (MEN, beware in advance if you read this):

After the epidural wears off is when you really realize that a baby just came out of you, because of the pain you feel. Especially if you tear down there. 

Your Uterus bleeds constantly for days after you have a baby. DAYS!! 

While your uterus is having fun bleeding, it's also shrinking, which causes some gnarly cramps, similar to cramps during your period. These cramps also come during breastfeeding. AWESOME.

You can't hold your pee in.

Babies and Mommy's can get yeast infections. Who knew that yeast grows on tongues and nipples?! You do now. 

You think that your boobs just fill up with milk and then you breastfeed? So did I. No one tells you that your  boobs turn into rock solid stones that start dripping with a drop of a hat, and if you don't get that milk out you'll seriously contemplate popping them yourself.

Your abdominal wall muscles separate to make room for your baby to grow. After you have the baby, these muscles are still separated. You'll most likely have to work out to get any kind of stomach back. Again, AWESOME.

Those are just some that I thought of right away, and I'm not trying to scare off any of my friends who haven't had babies yet. These are just some things that would have been "nice to know" before they happened, so you know that it's normal and you don't panic. Turns out new moms and babies don't know what the crap we are doing, so any info is good info!

Post Baby Fat

Can I just say, that it's hard for skinny girls (who never had to work out in the past) to have post baby fat! Is there a quick, "lose the weight in a day" miracle pill that I can take, because working out stinks. No one told me that my abdominal muscles would SEPARATE! I think there is a secret mommy society where no one really tells you anything except how wonderful motherhood is, so that you don't back out of getting pregnant. I have found out things that would have been very helpful if I would have known them SOONER!! Thanks Moms.

I found some pictures online, and thought I'd share:

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Photo Shoot

We had a little photo shoot today after Emma woke up from her nap, so I thought I'd post some pictures. She is figuring out her coordination a little bit, and is really trying to reach for things. Grandma Esau bought her a lil chick toy for Easter that she loves to stare at and focus in on. You can tell she wants to grab it, and almost has the hand/eye coordination down. She also loves to stare at her legs and feet while she kicks, and can keep herself entertained for a while doing that.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Death by Chocolate

 I've  had a couple people ask for this recipe, so here it is- courtesy of Matt's dad :) 

1 lb. semi-sweet chocolate chips (I bought 2 12 oz. packages)
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 pint heavy cream
6 extra large eggs (room temperature)

-Spray spring pan with oil
-Whip eggs in blender and set aside
-Melt butter over stove until liquid, then add chocolate slowly and reduce heat so chocolate doesn't burn (I used about a bag and a half of chips for this part)
-When chocolate and butter are combined, add to whipped eggs
-Pour mixture into spring pan and bake at 375 degrees- 6 minutes uncovered and 12 minutes covered over a shallow pan of hot water. (I put tinfoil under the spring pan so no water got in).

-While that's baking, pour cream into a pot and heat just until scalding- remove from heat and add the remaining chocolate chips (I had a little less than half a bag, and only used about half of the cream) It should be a medium to thick consistency. Add more milk or chips until you get it to that point. 

-Remove spring pan from oven when finished, slowly pour cream/chocolate mixture over cooked chocolate

-Refrigerate until cake is firm (it takes a couple hours, I let set up overnight) and enjoy!!

I've only made this once, so hopefully it works out for you! It may take a couple of tries to get it just right. I am about to make a second one soon!

Grandparent's visit

The weekend of the sealing and Emma's baby blessing, Matt's parents were able to fly in and visit from Illinois. They were so excited to see Emma (especially Matt's Mom). Matt took a video, but it's not uploading here. I'll see if I can get it working so I can post it up. 

They were here for 10 days, and it was so great having them here-- our dishes and Emma's bottles were always clean! Matt's dad made me "death by chocolate"cake, which was amazingly delicious. I ate the whole cake pretty much on my own. We miss them so much, and hope they can move out to Utah soon!! Here are some pictures from their visit:

Matt's Mom

Emma and Grandpa watchin' TV

Ryno loved being loved by Grandpa

Up at Silver Lake to show them all our snow

Entwistle Sealing

On March 26th, 2011, Matt, Emma, and I were sealed to eachother in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. It was such an amazing experience- the whole day was wonderful. Matt and I were able to sit in the celestial room together while we waited for everyone to arrive, and it was a very surreal moment. I loved listening to the promises of the sealing between husband and wife, and when they brought Emma in I about lost it. She was such a good baby and didn't make a peep, just gave Grandma Entwistle a huge smile at the altar. I am so thankful that we are able to be with our families together for eternity. Thanks to everyone who came to support and help with everything, we appreciate and love you all! We had a couple pictures taken, but it was pretty windy and cold, so we are going to reschedule and do an official family portrait when the weather is nicer. Here's a couple from the temple: