January 30, 2015
by Nikki
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My C-section Nightmare

Surgery can be a scary thing to prepare for, but knowing when you will get your child in the outcome.. makes it a little easier. When I found out that we were pregnant with my daughter I knew that I would be having a repeat c-section. I wasn’t scared or even gave it a second thought.

As the weeks creeped closer and closer to our special day, I began to get heart problems. My husband and I were getting ready to take our 3 year old to see Santa at the mall when I first recognized my symptoms. As we were going down the road, I started to sweat, get dizzy, nauseous and my lips even went numb!! I thought I was just getting sick so I brushed it off and layed down for the rest of the night. The next day I couldn’t get out of bed, my heart was racing, coming close to fainting, dizzy and just really sick to my tummy. I called my ob, they sent me to the er immediately. As we spent hours hooked up to fetal monitors, having EKOs, EKGs, and ultrasounds to make sure I didn’t have a blood clot. They finally sent me home with a diagnosis that the baby was putting stress on my heart. They told me that if I didn’t feel better to come back.. 2 days later I was back in the er. Sent me home in 2 hours… refusing to do anything more for me saying “the tests wouldn’t change over 2 days”.

I am miserable… my husband pushed me every day to go to the er at a different hospital. He saw how sick I was and miserable I becoming. So over the next 2 weeks we ended up at a different hospital twice. They didn’t do anything but make me comfortable and pump me full of fluids. My heart rate spiking up to 159 at the highest. My husband was hoping that they would just take the baby to make sure that my health was ok. But they said she was ok and she wasn’t coming early.

We finally got into the cardiologist and they said that I had sinus tachycardia with abnormal rhythms. Wouldn’t affect the baby at all, only make me uneasy.

As 38 weeks, we took another trip back out to the delivering hospital with strong contractions every 5 minutes apart. I thought that she was finally going to come… 9 hours later and no dilation.. I got sent home, again. They said that if I am not dilating, I am not in full active labor. By this time, I was already scheduled for a c-section for the 22nd (Thursday). I spent the entire week with strong contractions, but we had to wait.

Finally!! This was the day we would meet our little girl. I arrived at the hospital at 5:30 in the morning and my c-section was going to be 7:30am. I was a little nervous, but more anxious to finally meet the little thing I have been growing for 9 months. They took me back to the OR and gave me the spinal, which went beautifully. I had a great team of nurses and the anesthesiologist was amazing to make sure I was comfortable the whole time. I was a little worried about my heart, but she assured me that I was ok. When my husband was able to come in, I think I was squeezing his hand so hard from nerves. They had my daughter out at 8:22. By this time, I had been under the spinal for about 30 or so minutes (keep in mind that they only last about 3 hours). They got her out with no problems. I was so relieved that it was over, I bawled. I knew she was ok, I heard her cry.. it was time to relax a little. As I am laying there, I keep hearing the drs talking about needing more sutures, its not holding, lost some more blood…. OMG!! What the hell am I hearing?? I ask my dr if everything is ok, she said they are having some problems getting my stitches to hold. I know my dr is a good dr, I wasn’t going to worry. I could see my little girl, I was happy.

My husband kept getting called my the family in the waiting room, so I told him he could go talk to them. THAT is when the nightmare began. It took them so long to get me sewn up! She said I have 2 more layers to go.. I started to feel my toes again… ummm… I don’t think I am supposed to feel my toes yet, they aren’t finished. I tell the anesthesiologist that I was starting to feel pain so shes pumping me so full of pain meds.. I am getting sick, so shes giving me anxiety meds and nausea meds. But the more they pull and stitch, the more I feel. I’m flipping out trying to tell them that I feel everything they are doing. So they try to give me a local but it didn’t help, I was already in excruciating pain. I true nightmare I only seen on an episode of Greys Anatomy. They rush to finish me up, as I am laying there screaming and crying from pain. The dr sat down and explained to me that my uterus was “tired” and that every stitch they did kept popping, they wouldn’t hold.  They transfer me to the bed to go to recovery and I am puking all over the place- literally. From there its a blur- everyone comes back to see the baby in recovery, but I am throwing up so much I don’t even know which end is up. I still haven’t got to hold my new baby.

They bring us up to our room, allowing me to hold the baby, but had to take her because I am still throwing up. My cousin stayed with me most of the day to help care for the baby. I don’t remember her being there. But they said I had lost all my color. They came in and did bloodwork and said that I had lost so much blood during my surgery that they may have to do an infusion the next day. Thank the Lord that the next day I was ok, besides the pain. I will never EVER forget the pain that I endured to have my daughter. I don’t see these as complications during surgery, I see this as a nightmare, and wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

I wanted to share my story, mostly to be able to get it out there and help me move past it. I was so scared and so grateful that I have an amazing husband to help me recover.

January 29, 2015
by Nikki
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Art Town Gifts Review

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I came across Art Town Gifts while I was searching for Valentine’s Day gifts. I try to find unique gifts especially for my boyfriend. Art Town Gifts is a site that has pretty much anything for everyone on your list. They have pretty awesome gift baskets and they also have games for couples which look like fun. They even have an option of getting certain things delivered that same day like balloons and flowers.sign1

There were so many wood signs that I didn’t want to just choose one. I know I wanted something for the living room. My walls aren’t too decorated just pictures up so I wanted something that was inspirational. I ended up getting Dance in the Rain pink with white lettering. When I received my package in the mail I was amazed by how well it was packaged the box was the same size as my sign and they taped all around the box. Let’s just say I had trouble opening it but I’m glad they do it like that so many times I’d receive my packages open at the corner. They also had the sign wrapped plenty of times in bubble wrap my sign came out looking great. Even my boyfriend was amazed at how well this sign was packaged and he was even more amazed when I brought my  sign out. The pink and white look amazing in the living room plus its mine and my baby girls’ favorite color.Sign2

The sign isn’t cheaply made either I can tell they took the time on their work. I don’t think the pictures actually show how awesome this product is. Art Town Gifts also have things for kids including their very own sign. Art Town Gifts is just a neat site for finding any kind of gifts even St. Patricks’ Day. They have unique things like gold trimmed roses and the wood signs. The wood signs are perfect for a wedding gift or even anniversary.  Be sure to check out Art Town Gifts I know their prices are high but for how well the products are made it’s worth every penny.

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January 29, 2015
by Nikki
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Bombas Review

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Bombas is a wonderful company for each pair purchased they also donate a pair. The inspiration for Bombas was when they read socks are the number one most requested item at homeless shelters.  They wanted amazing socks especially for athletic performance.  You’ll have to get on their website just to read how amazing this company is. I know I feel better buying things I need from a company that actually gives back and does good. When you donate money you never know if it actually gets to that cause just buying a pair of socks will help someone in need.bombas

I love my Bombas socks and have plans to buy more for me and my baby girl. These have got to be the most comfortable socks I’ve ever owned. They apply pressure in just the right spot on my foot which is right in the arch. I know when my boyfriend gives me a foot massage the arch is where I want more pressure applied. On the ankle socks they have a blister tab which prevents painful rubbing and chafing. Usually I hate calf socks because they always fall down but these actually stayed up I was amazed. The padding on the bottom of these socks are perfect and not too much. Would be prefect for you runners I don’t run so I couldn’t test that out for you guys. I do a lot of walking in my apartment though and the extra padding feels nice my feet don’t hurt as bad as usual. The invisitoe is a great touch it gets annoying having to adjust other socks so they won’t bother my toes.

These Bombas have everything performance foot bed, Y-Stitched heel, Honey comb support system and Invisitoe. I love my Doctor Who socks but since getting these Bombas my other ones have been stuck in the drawer. I would love to give whoever came up with Bombas a big hug as a thank you for making these amazing socks. If you’re not happy you can always call them or send them a message. Be sure to check out their website where you can learn more information especially about the donation of socks.

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January 29, 2015
by Nikki
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Dei Fratelli Sauces Review

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About (taken from website): Hirzel Canning Company, a fourth generation family-owned business, has developed the reputation of a strong, honest, family-oriented brand that maintains integrity in the quality of products produced. With our Dei Fratelli brand, we take great pride in using only the finest ingredients to make our tomato products. We’ve never waivered in our commitment to produce the very best gluten-free all-natural tomato products, pasta sauces, salsas, tomato juices, sauerkraut and other tomato products. Our team works together to bring the very best, most trusted products to your kitchen. To us, there is a great deal of pride being part of so many family meals each day.

Review: Our family loves tomatoes of all kinds; From pizza to spaghetti to chili with tomatoes. One of our favorite things to make is our own recipe, Pizza Grilled Cheese. One of the things we were sent was a pizza sauce so we had to try it.

Pizza Grilled Cheese:

  • Bread (Works Best with Texas Toast)
  • Your Favorite Pizza Sauce
  • Slices of Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Any Other Light Toppings You Want
  • Butter
  1. Butter one side of each slice of bread like you would with a regular grilled cheese and put one butter side down in the pan.
  2. Put a spoonful, or maybe a little more, on the bread that you put in the pan. Follow that with the cheese and the other toppings. Then put the second piece of bread butter side up on top of that.
  3. After the bottom is a golden brown, flip it until the other side is the same way.
  4. After both sides are done, put it on a plate and enjoy! You can even use the pizza sauce as a dipping sauce if you desire!

We were pleasantly surprised at how good not only the pizza sauce was, but also the spaghetti sauce and the tomatoes we used in chili. Seeing that Dei Fratelli makes these homemade, it shows with how good all of the products are. I know the next time I want to make my family a good meal with tomatoes, I’ll be using the brand I know we all like!