The Broody Chick is Back

Wow. I haven’t posted or even looked at my blog for months. It’s been crazy here because on March 5, 2018, I had a baby BOY!!!!!

Wylie Michael Beyer was born weighing 5lbs 15 oz. If you follow my blog, you know that I have my babies early and that they are tiny. Wylie was born at exactly 37 weeks, which is actually what I guessed in this post, and he was perfect. His birth story is quite a ride, so I’ll probably dedicate a whole post on it very soon. It is quite interesting, actually.

Here I was, having fun in the hospital before he was born.

So, I’m going to try to post more regularly. Wylie turned 8 weeks two days ago & things are getting a little more normal & more predictable. I have loads to share & talk about, especially my wild hospital stay, so stay tuned. 💙 You can also follow me on Instagram!

Lisa

And the Winner of the Broody Chick's First Giveaway is…………

It’s November!!!  Finally.  If I see one more Halloween decoration that I forgot to put away, I may lose my mind.

Ahhhhh……so.  Before I get right to the winner of my very first giveaway, I just wanted to say that I’ve missed you.  I have not looked at my blog in a week because we had a very unexpected and uninvited guest show up at our house last Tuesday.  Her name?  Mrs. Stomach Virus.  And she decided to spend about 5 days with us.  She was the worse house guest imaginable.

And no, people……we didn’t get the virus because we no longer vaccinate.  I’m sure someone will snicker about that one.  😉

Alright.  Down to business!!

I have written all the names down on a piece of paper and they are all folded up.  I know, I know….I’m doing it old school.

Okay.   Drum roll please……………………………..

And the winner is….

LEAH ELLIOTT !!!!

Congratulations, Leah!  Thank you so much for reading my blog and entering the giveaway!!!  You’ll be getting an email from me soon!  🙂

And I also want to thank everyone who entered and/or has supported me as started this new journey as the broody chick.  Your love and support means so much.

Oh, and if you’re quite sore because you didn’t win this time, don’t blame me.  Rooster was the name drawer.

Lisa

And the Winner of the Broody Chick’s First Giveaway is…………

It’s November!!!  Finally.  If I see one more Halloween decoration that I forgot to put away, I may lose my mind.

Ahhhhh……so.  Before I get right to the winner of my very first giveaway, I just wanted to say that I’ve missed you.  I have not looked at my blog in a week because we had a very unexpected and uninvited guest show up at our house last Tuesday.  Her name?  Mrs. Stomach Virus.  And she decided to spend about 5 days with us.  She was the worse house guest imaginable.

And no, people……we didn’t get the virus because we no longer vaccinate.  I’m sure someone will snicker about that one.  😉

Alright.  Down to business!!

I have written all the names down on a piece of paper and they are all folded up.  I know, I know….I’m doing it old school.

Okay.   Drum roll please……………………………..

And the winner is….

LEAH ELLIOTT !!!!

Congratulations, Leah!  Thank you so much for reading my blog and entering the giveaway!!!  You’ll be getting an email from me soon!  🙂

And I also want to thank everyone who entered and/or has supported me as started this new journey as the broody chick.  Your love and support means so much.

Oh, and if you’re quite sore because you didn’t win this time, don’t blame me.  Rooster was the name drawer.

Lisa

The Most Scalarious Moment of My Life: The Night the Bat Flew Into My Bedroom.

I figured that since Halloween is knocking on our back door, now is an appropriate time to share this story with you.  It was the most scalarious (scary+hilarious) moment of my entire life.

August 17, 2013

It was just after 10pm. Our children were all tucked in their beds…it was finally quiet for the first time all day.

Rooster & I were just about to get into bed ourselves. I had just been downstairs minutes before, fixing us a yummy cup of yogurt with fruit on top (a phase we were going through at the moment). At the time, I was 29 weeks pregnant with Maddie Wallace, our 5th child.

After coming back upstairs with the goods, I handed Mike his dessert, walked to my side of the bed and climbed aboard, sitting up nice and tall–ready to indulge into the yumminess.

Just so you have a visual, this is our bed.  I sleep on the left.

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Mike was standing at his side of the bed, with his right leg in mid air, just inches away from getting into his sweet spot, when all of the sudden, something FLEW into our bedroom at a massive speed.

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Braxton Hicks vs True Labor Contractions

Every pregnant woman probably wonders about this at least a few times during their third trimester. Are these Braxton Hicks, or am I really going into labor???

I have been there way too many times. It took 4 pregnancies before I finally realized the true difference between the two.

I remember having my first contractions when I was 25 weeks with my first baby. I had NO idea what I was feeling. I seriously thought that the baby turned over & that the hard-as-a-rock area on my belly was her pushing her back against me. I was so clueless.

Braxton Hicks are real contractions, but they aren’t strong enough to change your cervix. They are the “practice” contractions. Your uterus starts contracting very early on, but feeling them at first is difficult. I mean, you probably would never notice.

I’m almost 17 weeks and I just had one. They don’t hurt. The uterus just tightens up and then releases. Just practicing for the big day.

But why do so many women confuse the two?

It’s very easy.

As you approach your due date, Braxton Hicks become stronger and more frequent. They can take your breath away & that right there is very concerning. They can come at regular intervals, too, making you wonder what in the heck is going on.

I have an irritable uterus, which basically means that I have contractions very early on..but they become much more regular between 25 and 30 weeks. I’ll have days when I contract 30-50 times. Some are mild, some are quite strong, and come anywhere from 20 minutes apart all the way to 1 or 2 minutes apart, consistently.

They have sent me to the hospital on several, several occasions, only to be sent home because my cervix was softened, but not dilating. This can get extremely frustrating, especially if you are beyond 37 weeks because by that time we WANT THE BABY OUT.

Having 3O contractions a day is not the norm, so if you are experiencing this, you must tell your doctor. Even if they don’t hurt. The problem with having so many, so often is that they can soften your cervix.

When you’re pregnant, your cervix becomes thick to protect your uterus. When you approach the end of your pregnancy, your cervix will begin to soften (efface). It must efface some before you can begin to dilate. Braxton Hicks contractions can help get this started. The problem occurs if the cervix thins out too much too soon because of these practice contractions.

When I was on my 3rd pregnancy, I was experiencing frequent Braxton Hicks. Some were strong, some weren’t, but I just felt like I was having too many. When I was 28 weeks, I told my doctor. He was concerned and wanted to check my cervix via ultrasound. I was 75% effaced….I should have been 0% effaced.

I was put on bed rest immediately and had to take medication. I also had to come in every week to have my cervix checked. It was very scary time. The medication didn’t help, nor did bed rest.

I ended up going to the emergency room at 30 weeks because the contractions would not slow down. That situation put me into the hospital for 3 days. It deserves its own post, which I will be writing very soon.

Ok. So, real contractions vs Braxton Hicks.

Before I get into this, please understand that this has been my experience. Every pregnancy is different and your situation may not mirror mine. If you are ever concerned, call your doctor.

Real contractions usually, but not always, hurt. They usually start out mild and get stronger and stronger & closer together.

Braxton Hicks usually don’t hurt. They are kind of all over the place. I have so many pieces of paper in my pregnancy journals that show the timing of my Braxton Hicks. They may be 6 minutes apart, then 3 minutes apart, then back to 6, then down to 2, then back to 7…etc. There’s little to no consistency.

Real contractions feel just like menstrual cramps. You will feel it start, peak, then go back down. They may start out 20 minutes apart or more, but they will get closer & closer together, not further & further apart. So, you could have your first real contraction at 1:00pm, the next at 1:20pm, then one at 1:40pm…all 20 minutes apart. But the next one may be at 1:55pm, just 15 minutes later. They will also gradually get stronger….they will eventually be much, much, much stronger than any menstrual cramp you’ve ever had. If you start experiencing anything like this, just go straight to the emergency room. Or immediately call your midwife if you’re having a home birth…etc.

I waited WAY too long the first time I ever went into labor. I was 38 weeks, so I wasn’t absolutely sure that this was it. Very soon, I realized that it was the real thing because my contractions made a drastic turn as far as pain was concerned. I made it to the hospital & had the baby 30 minutes after walking in the emergency room doors—without an epidural, which was not fun. If you want an epidural, I wouldn’t mess around with that stuff. Get to the hospital. The worse thing they’ll do is send you home if it’s not the real thing.

If you are having a lot of Braxton Hicks, there are a few things you can do to try to calm them down.

  • Drink a lot of water. Even if you are the slightest bit dehydrated, your uterus can become irritated. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn’t.
  • Take Motrin or Alieve and lay down on. Swap sides as you become uncomfortable, but being on your left side is best.
  • Take a warm bath. The heat helps calm contractions.

So, Braxton Hicks & labor contractions are different, but you can have a Braxton Hicks one minute and a true labor contraction the next. There should be something that sets them apart, but it may be more subtle than I have described. Just pay close attention and be ready to have that baby!

Lisa

I Know it's only October, but our Elf on the Shelf Is COMING SOON!

The Elf on the Shelf is BIG TIME in our family. Our elf arrived when our first born was three years old, so that was 9 years ago. Geez louise.

Maggie, our first born, named our elf.  His name is…………..(like I think this needs to be as suspenseful as it can be…………….) Okay, enough. I’ll just let you just take a guess. So, come on….just take a guess.

If you guessed “Elfie”, then you are CORRECT! However, I bet half of all the elves in the entire world share the same name.

Elfie started out as a sitter. A proper little quiet elf who was very sweet and polite and actually sat on a shelf or in the Christmas tree….He made no fuss for two years!, but that started getting boring…not for my children however, but for me.

I opened up a can of worms the night I cut Elfie’s stitched little hands apart.

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I Know it’s only October, but our Elf on the Shelf Is COMING SOON!

The Elf on the Shelf is BIG TIME in our family. Our elf arrived when our first born was three years old, so that was 9 years ago. Geez louise.

Maggie, our first born, named our elf.  His name is…………..(like I think this needs to be as suspenseful as it can be…………….) Okay, enough. I’ll just let you just take a guess. So, come on….just take a guess.

If you guessed “Elfie”, then you are CORRECT! However, I bet half of all the elves in the entire world share the same name.

Elfie started out as a sitter. A proper little quiet elf who was very sweet and polite and actually sat on a shelf or in the Christmas tree….He made no fuss for two years!, but that started getting boring…not for my children however, but for me.

I opened up a can of worms the night I cut Elfie’s stitched little hands apart.

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The Broody Chick's Take on Pregnancy Truths

So, if this is your first pregnancy, you may not know what I’m talking about here. Buuutttt, if you’ve been pregnant before, you know exactly what this means. As your uterus gets bigger, it presses on your bladder. It will get so heavy, that a little (or A LOT) of tee-tee can slip out when you sneeze. Or laugh. Or walk. Or breathe. I get to the point where I wear the heavy flow ones!

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The Broody Chick’s Take on Pregnancy Truths

So, if this is your first pregnancy, you may not know what I’m talking about here. Buuutttt, if you’ve been pregnant before, you know exactly what this means. As your uterus gets bigger, it presses on your bladder. It will get so heavy, that a little (or A LOT) of tee-tee can slip out when you sneeze. Or laugh. Or walk. Or breathe. I get to the point where I wear the heavy flow ones!

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I am the broody chick.

Instead of writing a well-thought-out post with the utmost intentions to impress you, I’ve decided that I’m just going to get right down to the point.  My name is Lisa and I love all most things about pregnancy, mothering, and everything in between.  I could write a list that could literally could go on forever…and ever…and ever….  Currently, I am 15 weeks pregnant with my seventh child.  Yes, you read that correctly… not my second…my seventh.  This is my seventh rodeo, which may sound crazy to you, or you may realize that I have nothing on Michelle Duggar.  Either way, my husband and I have six children, going on seven, and I am indeed, the broody chick.

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