Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
So Desmond will be six months in ten days, and I'm just now getting around to writing this. Better late than never, I guess. Desmond was born on April 9th at 1:22am in our home. It was a beautiful, amazing, incredibly empowering experience and it could not have gone any better. We quite literally woke up, had a baby, and went right back to bed. What more could you ask for, right? So, that's the short version of the story. Here's the rest....
Somewhere in my mind, I had April 8th in my mind as the day that Desmond would join our family. So when I woke up April 8th to contractions about 12 minutes apart, I really wasn't surprised. I went about our normal day expecting for things to pick up, but.... they didn't. All day long, mild contractions somewhere between 10-15 minutes apart. We went to Target and walked around, I cleaned the house, and made sure all of the birth stuff was in order... just incase. Around 7pm, I decided it would probably be a good idea to give the midwife a heads up, just incase labor started overnight. The midwife assistant came out and checked me. I was barely dilated and only slightly effaced. She timed my contractions for an hour and there was no progression. So, around 9pm, she sent me to bed and told me to call if anything changed. She really didn't sound optimistic, so I didn't expect anything to happen. Though, before we went to bed, we did decide to put the additional sheets /mattress protector on the bed. We put Charlie to sleep and climbed in bed around 9:30. I fully expected to wake up the next morning still incredibly pregnant.
|Desmond Gene, April 9, 2014, 1:22am; 7 lb. 10 oz.|
Friday, May 16, 2014
Hello from Van’s Natural Foods! May is Celiac Awareness month and the perfect time to let our fans know about all the delicious gluten-free offerings from Van’s Natural foods. As you may know, we at Van’s pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of tasty, wholesome food choices – flavorful, simple, whole-grain snacks (including new multigrain chips and PB&J bars!) and a wide variety of whole-grain breakfast options – many of which are gluten-free. Our celiac-friendly snacks and breakfast offerings are made with gluten-free oats, brown rice and hearty whole grains like quinoa, amaranth and millet, with an emphasis on great taste. We’re committed to providing gluten-free offerings so delicious the whole family will enjoy them. But even with tasty packaged foods like Van’s, we know prepping and making your own food is still a big part of living without gluten. So, in celebration of Celiac Awareness Month, we’re offering fans a chance to win a KitchenAid stand mixer. To enter, just use the widget below, which will prompt you to opt into the Van’s e-Club. Van’s e-Club Members get access to exclusive content – news, nutrition advice, recipes and special offers – that isn’t available anywhere else. Membership is free and easy, so whether you’d like to be the first to know about new products or be first in line for promotions, just sign up and you’ll be all set as an official Van’s Fan. The fun doesn’t stop there – visit Van’s Facebook page before Monday, May 19th to sign up and receive a $1.50 coupon valid for any Van’s product.
P.S. – Want to learn more about celiac disease and living gluten-free? Make sure to join our Facebook Q&A with registered dietitian and gluten-free expert, Silvana Nardone from Silvana’s Kitchen, on May 22 from 10-11 a.m. PT.
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