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Postpartum shedding is a B****!

10 Jul

I’ve been experiencing
postpartum shedding like no other. Postpartum shedding is normal months after giving birth but I have never experienced this much before. The worst part is, it is shedding and thining in the front of my head, making me feel self conscious.

The only thing I can do is to roll with the punches and not put too much too stress on my hair.

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             Top pic is postpartum
              Bottom pic is before

Did anyone experience this?
Any tips?

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UPDATE!!!!!!
My edges have been growing back but sadly my baby girl’s hair is shedding : (

VBAC, It CAN BE DONE!

25 Feb

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I had my baby GIRL going on almost two weeks ago! I didn’t want to know what we were having but my husband did, so at the 20 week ultrasound the tech told him while I went to the bathroom. All of our family and friends were kept for knowing until the big day as well. My husband did a great job at keeping it a secret. This was the most stressful pregnancy so far due to things unrelated to the pregnancy, so when she did arrive she was the great light at the end of the tunnel.

On to labor and delivery. About a month before my due date the doctors tried to scare me into having a scheduled c-section because I had a c-section with my last baby. I had a vaginal with the first. Check out more My Birth History. I really had my heart set on the another vaginal birth but im flexible. They tried to scare me into a scheduled c section a week before my due date. I was not happy. I wanted the baby to come on its own. At my next appointment I talked them into giving me a week after my due date. My due date was feb 16th, my c section was to be the 21st if i didn’t go into labor on my own. I was more ok with that option.
About a week before I gave birth I started spotting and having inconsistent contractions. That week at the doctors I was 2cm and 50% effaced. More spotting and contractions but nothing to be alarmed about just super annoying. The next week, tuesday The office calls to change my appointment from thursday to later that day because there was a big snow and ice storm coming wed and thursday. I washed and did my hair thinking I had a couple days before I went into labor. While doing so I was having some pretty strong contractions and they were getting closer together. On my way to the docs I was having them, walking to the office I had to stop because of them. While Waiting, more contractions. While the nurse was taking my blood pressure I had more which raised my blood pressure. When I got examined I had a couple. I had only dilated one more cm since the last visit but they wanted me to get observed. So to labor and delivery I went. I was told to walk around the unit for an hour and the contractions got stronger and painful. I was only 4-5cm and they were thinking about sending me home. I didn’t want to go home because the contractions were really bad. Then they decided I was in active labor. I got a bag of fluids before my epidural (orignally I didn’t want one but the pain was so bad at only 5cm than with my last baby, the 9 ponder at 9cm. I really wanted one). I got the epidural and the doc broke my water and gave me poticin. I was so happy and relaxed. I got a couple hours of sleep and rest before i was awaked by painful contractions. The contractions kept getting stronger and more painful. That epidual failed me!!!! It was push time and too late for another epidual. There was so much pain and pressure it made it hard to think and push. After pushing for a little while I was allowed to take a 30min break. Which helped alot with bringing the baby down. I pushed for around 30-45 more mins. I felt that ring of fire they tell you about when the baby’s head crowns. The nurses had the nerve to tell me to stop pushing and to wait for the doc. It felt like a boulder in my vagina. I clawed at my husband’s arm and said where is she (the doc) she needs to hurry up! I told them I can’t hold it and pushed that baby out! They put her right on my chest and thats when the doc came in. Wow! THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!! I held my baby up to see if it was a boy or girl. At first glance I saw the umbilical cord and thought another boy but was like look around it and seen a vagina!!!! I finally got my little girl!!!! I cried happy tears!!!!

I didn’t even tear! Which was even awesomer lol.

That was my third time giving birth, it was the easiest, fastest but the most painful. Everyone was for sure I was having another c section (even myself at times). I believed in my body and I had, I guess a natural vbac! Yay me. My body always knows how to surprise me and be amazing. Thank God for everything!!!!

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                       Baby J
                      8lbs 1oz
                         20in
                      2/12/14

Little men need love too!

10 Dec

It just came to me… I’ve been neglecting haircare for boys. I don’t know how that got past me? Well maybe because my little guys are so low maintenance.

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My boys don’t have the long hair, all braided up and what not. We keep it cut and maybe let it grow to little curls but that is it. I feel now this is me… I don’t have any girls, I have boys and they will have short hair not long, I will not be braiding, twisting, locking or ponytailing my son’s hair and my husband feels the same. My husband does cut their hair and his own and does a great job.

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Even though their hair is low maintenance problems do arise, like find the right shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, dry scalp and haircuts.

I will be adding boys hair care to my blog because little guys need love too and who doesn’t love a guy with a great head of hair…short or long.

Relaxer Update

7 Dec

I usually wait 4 months (16weeks) before I relaxer my hair again. This time it was 19 weeks.

It did come out alot better than my last one, I think it was because I only relaxed just a little bit of my hair (new growth) instead of my entire length.

I am going to change my relaxer next time to optimum because dark and lovely gets my hair too too straight.

Overall I really like my results but not love.

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My next relaxer date is in march but I might wait a little longer not sure because hair goes through crazy changes after giving birth (due in feb)…we will see.

Turning Back…and I’am Ok With It

6 Jul

Soooooo Guys! I decided to start relaxing my hair again. Don’t freak! Lol. My husband almost had a fit and protested when I told him. He watched me struggle with my hair during my transitition and supported me along the way. I did get on his nerves alot lol…sorry boo.

I have thought long and hard about relaxing again. I also don’t feel that my 1 year and 5 months without a relaxer was a waste or that I’am giving up. I got alot out of my journey. I learned how to take care of my natural hair. I got a better understanding of my hair and hair in general. I learned so many different styles and technqiues that I can apply to my relaxed hair. Like roller sets and bantu knots. I feel like I have more options because I can do most of the same styles with relaxed hair that I could with natural.

I will try to relax only 3 times a year, every 4 months. I’m used to stretching that long anyway and with me not having a relaxer for over a year… I know I can.
I found some good blog post on how to prep hair for relaxers that I will be following. I think my only problem is this first relaxer. Like finding where my natural and relax hair meet and with one side of my head being almost relaxer free this should be interesting.

I still will focus on healthy hair, products and hair styles. Until next time.

Happy Hair : )

Catching Up

6 Jul

Hey! Been awhile. I’ve been busy with moving and morning sickness. My husband and I will be expecting our 3rd child in feb! I gotta say this is the last child I will be popping out. I never really enjoyed being pregnant and morning sickness (but who likes being sick). I just love end result the baby smell, the chubby faces, tiny feet and watching them grow. We plan on having foster childen  and I don’t want to take attention away from them that need us with morning sickness and aches and pains and such. I think I will be happy with our 3 and giving to children who need love and comfort.

Happy Hair : )

Hair Candy

11 Jun

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Just some headbands I made to keep the tresses looking pretty.

Maybe I’ll do a give away soon!?!

Or if you can’t wait you can buy them here

Happy Hair : )

Your welcome! From the heat!

25 May

It has been around the high 70s to mid 80s with lots of humidity around my area for the past week and you know what that does to the hair.

FRIZZY! PUFFY! HUGE! Just to name a few. Usually this would drive me crazy but not anymore. I’am loving it! I was tired of flat hair. I like my hair thick and huge and with some body….thats what I’ve been getting all week. Yes!

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Looking forward to summer! I might change my mind when it gets too hot…who knows, we’ll see.

Happy Hair : )

Breathe Oklahoma

22 May

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Sending my love and prayer to      Oklahoma

Happy Hair : )

A Very Hershey Sunday

22 May

This past sunday. My husband, the boys and I took a trip to the Ronald McDonald house in Hershey Pa to drop off donated items. Thank you to everyone who donated! Every year we try to give something to them.

If you don’t know the Ronald McDonald House is an awesome charity for families who need a place to stay while their child or children are ill or injured and need to stay in the hospital or near. It allows families a comfortable place to stay free of charge. So they can stay close to their child.

Our Connection

Two days before Thanksgiving 2009 early in the night. We were awaken by a loud thoud. My husband ran out of our bedroom (we were sleeping) and yelled call 911 the tv fell on Josh. Dazed and confused I jumped up and was quickly snapped out my sleep, to see my son laying on the floor with  with blood coming out of one ear. That’s when I knew it was serious. The ambulance came and took him to lancaster hospital. When we arrived, It was like a movie with a team of doctors and nurses waiting to take care of him. There I  was waiting in a little room for word on what was going on with my only child and waiting for my husband to arrive. I was praying and crying…I was beside myself. My husband and his parents finally came and a little bit after that they came in and told us they were going to fly him to hershey medical to their children’s hospital. They let us go see him before they took off. It was heartbreaking my baby (4years old at the time) was all strapped down and ready. He had two black and swollen eyes and was put into a medically induced coma. We drove to the hospital in hershey and was met with our good friend and his father in law who is also the pastor of the church we were going to.  Once we were told were to go. It was another long wait with phone calls to family and lots and lots of praying and crying. The doctor finally came and told us they had him stable and they were not sure the outcome. He had skull fractures and swelling. We went up to the icu to see him. After awhile they told us for now everything seemed ok and they would give us a call with any changes. We stayed in a Ronald McDonald  room for family to stay at in the hospital but eventurally went to the car and fell asleep for what seem like two mins.

In the morning he still wasn’t wake. The doctors said he may not recognize you. He may not be able to speak, walk etc… I was so happy my child was alive and we would take one thing and day at a time.

They set us up at the Ronald McDonald house such a blessing! We got a room. Then went back to the hospital. Where the nurse told us he woke up and that he made them take him to use the bathroom because he did not want to go in the diaper he had on. Lol thats my child I knew he would be ok. He was still a little weak and groggy and could barely see. When we came in to see him we called his name. He said mommy, daddy? GOD IS GOOD!!!!!! We stayed with him until he went to sleep and went back to the RMH. We took showers, ate a little and got to rest and sleep in a bed. It was great to be able to relax and have a place to do so in and not have to worry about money during a trying time.

The next day was Thanksgiving and boy did we have soo much to be thankful for. My husband and his mom went back to our home which is a little over an hour away to get us some clothes while my father inlaw and I stayed with lil Josh and ate Thanksgiving lunch. After my husband came back my inlaws drove back home and we walked around and played with our son until he fell asleep. He was down graded that night and could go home the next day if everything went well. We went back to the RMH where we ate Thanksgiving dinner made by wonderful people who volunteer to make meals for the families who stay there.

The next day we got to take our baby home where we were meet with family and friends with so much love and support. The church preschool he went to some of families made dinner for us for a week. They sent cards and a big poster of all the kids hand prints, full of get wells.

Life is so presious and you don’t know when you will be called home. Never take it for granted. We all know life is hard but you got to trust god and walk with him no matter what. I’am learning each and everyday. Always help out and give what you can and in anyway you can. You never know when you will need support.

We were extremly blessed because alot of children don’t make it out of that situation.

On A Lighter Note

We went to the RMH. They are all done with their renovation and it is wonderful! They added more rooms, another laundry room, another kitchen, another dining room, a kids play area, computer room, and craft room.

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                     Great Job!

After that we decided to go to Hershey park well chocolate world. I Love that place and so did the boys. It was Jere’s first time going.That place never gets old…lol.

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Sorry for the long post

Happy Hair : )