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  1. Christan/MamaBearPing
    December 15, 2010

    What a great post! Stopped by from Parenting By Dummies and am so glad I did!

    And I get the whole long-enough-to-be-a-doctorate-thesis-birth-plan thing that completely misses the mark. It happened to me with my first too.

    Thanks for sharing (and the smiles are so great!).

    • Daria
      December 16, 2010

      Lol- it is pretty humorous in retrospect. I remember when I said that I wanted the epidural and the nurse and midwife were comforting me with…”I think this is a good decision. I think you’ll be happier in the end. Yada, yada..”

      My response? “You don’t have to talk me into it, just give me the damn drugs!” :) It is really funny now…at the time I was sure I wasn’t going to survive.

    • Daria
      December 16, 2010

      Isn’t it funny? I don’t know why I thought a doctoral thesis/birth plan would protect me from the chaos or whatever, but it surely didn’t mean squat to me once the hard labor had been going on for an hour or two…

      • Christan/MamaBearPing
        December 18, 2010

        I wanted an all-natural birth. I even paid to go to Bradley Method classes and drug my poor husband to them (where he learned how obsessed some people are with their placentas). I poured over books and spent hours upon hours preparing the perfect birth plan. I was so proud of it.

        Then my baby stopped moving. Induction would probably been too traumatic for her. I didn’t even go into labor, just straight to an emergency c-section. Many nurses at the NICU (she was in for 8 days) said we probably saved her life by going in when we did.

        I ended up having two more c-sections when my other two were born.

        So I kind of laugh at first time moms when they show me a birth plan. Inwardly, of course. I just always tell them to be prepared to be flexible.

      • Daria
        December 18, 2010

        LOL – your comment about the placenta made me giggle. I was intent on seeing it. I still don’t understand how it works, but I do now know what one looks like! Again, not very sexy! :)

        Yep, there are some that have the births that they plan for and luckily I didn’t have any trauma or other scary circumstances with mine. But there really isn’t a way to actually prepare yourself for it. For one, it’s different for every woman and with every child. I LOVED seeing those newborn faces though – as messy and scrunched as they were – it was still a relief to know they were born (labor was over) and they were whole.

        Great to meet you! Thank you for your comments. I am glad we got introduced via this contest!

  2. Linda
    December 15, 2010

    Daria–your brood is beyond gorgeous–they’re so fortunate to have an awesome mom like you ;.

    Thanks for sharing,
    ~Linda

    • Daria
      December 16, 2010

      Thanks Linda! Btw – Executive Image Series intro going up today…

  3. Bethany Cousins
    December 16, 2010

    Love the two-front-teeth! I think we’ve had a few kids that looked like that at Christmas. Surprisingly enough, none of them were as worried about their “two front teeth” as they were about the toys and games! LOL

    By the way, I managed to “squeeze out” twice as many kiddos as you! (and was not too happy to find out that I couldn’t get an epidural with my 4th child – some people almost died that day!)

    • Daria
      December 16, 2010

      Oh my! I do have to admit it got progressively easier each time, but the epidural is a night and day difference! There was actually laughing and joking going on with it – versus, full blown panic attack that I am not going to survive this prior… :)

      Nope, Tev isn’t nearly as interested in his front teeth as I am, but I LOVE it! Perfect timing to get the pics for a scrapbook with that as the title.

  4. Allison @ Alli ‘n Son
    December 17, 2010

    Your kids are beautiful and they all look so happy. Merry Christmas!

    • Daria
      December 17, 2010

      Thank you Allison. So are your boys! Merry Christmas to you too!

  5. Rachel May
    December 17, 2010

    Oh man I think your post just kicked my post’s butt!!! LOL But isn’t it amazing how once you have children your life really does change. It took me 8 years till I was “ready” to have kids with my husband. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Good luck with the contest!!

    • Daria
      December 17, 2010

      lol – thank you Rachel! And yep, there are the obvious big changes that happen, but for me the emotional ones are the largest.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Good Luck to you too!!

  6. Elaine
    December 17, 2010

    I LOVE your oldest daughter’s expression in the top photo – and your entry is awesome. I love reading about moms who embrace being a mom. Those wee ones hold such power! Thanks for pointing me to your blog.

    • Daria
      December 18, 2010

      Thank you Elaine! I really appreciate you stopping by and taking a look. I was bummed not to win, but there were such great pics! Lots of fun to write the post too…

  7. Jes
    December 19, 2010

    I love these smiles! Your babies are so pretty, and your words are so true. . . I was loling pretty hard when you were talking about your birth plan. *shakes head* I guess it’s a rite of passage!

    • Daria
      December 19, 2010

      Hi Jes,

      Thank you! LOL – yes, the entire concept of expecting anything about being a parent to go according to “a plan” cracks me up now that I’ve been here. :)

      I LOVE your gift pics and interview of your daughter. What a great idea! And I do have to also admit you had me loling pretty hard too with the Christmas tree decorated from toddler level down. That was so classic I had to share with other women in my office. Your photos are amazing. Thank you for sharing!

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