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What to expect… A cesarean section

by Juliemara

What to expect… A cesarean section and an infant.

Infants are so cute. I don’t think that newborn baby wonder ever goes away. Maybe that’s why Michelle Duggar had 19 kids. The fact that all the parts of a human can fit inside a tiny little body is amazing. And then the amount of anger that little body can display is truly unbelievable.

Recovery from a c-section is hard. After the surgery is over the epidural line stays in for 24 hours to administer pain meds. I think it should stay in for 48 hours. The pills just don’t cut it that second night (why I am up writing this and not getting sleep that I need) . Not only does the incision hurt but the epidural location is now just as painful.

Teaching a baby how to breastfeed is hard, even if you’ve taught a class of two babies before, it’s hard. You have to be very patient even when they are not. Nurses and other hospital staff are not buzzing around me giving me breast feeding advice and the babies formula like last time. This time I have been greatly encouraged to breastfeed only. Which is fine, I like the encouragement. I also have no problem giving a formula bottle if necessary. But it turns out that a woman’s body is smarter that one might think, mine remembered that the last time I supplies milk for babies there were two, so this time I have enough milk for two again!

A baby’s personality and habits change daily at the beginning. Day 1 is sleepy baby. Noa slept 8 hour stretches the whole first 24 hours. Day two was about eating. She breastfed on and off from one until one am with maybe an hour in between at times. Day three she seemed to get a pattern of 2 1/2 to 3 hours between feedings, but day four she decided every 1 1/2 hours was more fun.

This time around I have decided and have the flexibility to not try to figure everything out. Instead I’m going to go with the flow and adapt when necessary. I’ll get the musts done firsts and when there is time I’ll get to the rest, like blogging, and bath time (just kidding on the last one).


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Big Sisters

by Juliemara

Watching the playback of this video I really wish some one had told me the helium balloon voice was probably scaring the girls.

I don’t think they were really scared, but they were very mellow. They seamed so unsure about the whole thing. I read about how to make the experience as “normal” as possible, but I think they were just too young to really get it.
They likes looking at her, but enjoyed the gifts they for from her much more.
They said thank you for the gifts Noa gave them and told their nanny she should put her down when she picked the baby up.

I can’t believe we are really a family of five.


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by Juliemara

Noa Mechal Sack
Born February 17, 2014 at 8:35 in the morning. She weighs 7lbs 4oz and is 19″ long.

She is a chubby little girl with a ton of dark hair.

Thank you to everyone for your phone calls and text messages wishing us well. Everything went as planned.






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Toddlers and a baby

by Juliemara



I had high hopes of a cute toddler plus baby maternity series, but my girls are not exactly into siting still, following directions or looking in the same direction happily at the same time. So this is the best I could get. Maybe I will use this as my first of weekly post of toddlers and a baby. Just what I need another project!

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nine months pregnant

by Juliemara


35 weeks and 5 days pregnant to be exact, my belly is heavy and big and hard. It no longer gives when I bend or turn. It’s just there stopping any and every movement I try to make. Baby girl is moving  around a bunch, way more than the twins did, so much so that I though something was wrong because the movements at one pint were so dramatic. But the Dr. says any movement is a good thing. Being pregnant with one is a whole other ball game than being pregnant with two, I would almost say it’s easy, comparatively. I am not a big fan of being pregnant, one or two. I don’t like being restricted in food or movement. But I can move a thousand times better now than I could at the same point in my pregnancy with the girls and I don’t have any of the uncomfortable symptoms I had last time. All that being said, I’m done. I know the longer baby cooks the better but Talia and Jordan were born one week after the point I am now, so if baby girl comes early, I’m sure everything will be just fine, and I’d be just fine with it.

I am scheduled to have a cesarean section on February 17th. My Dr. did not give me another option for delivery since I had a c-section with the girls. And I confidently chose to stick with the her because I felt she did such a great job the first time around rather that looking into other options.  It was a little strange to choose my baby’s birthday, I chose not to have her on February 14th, I don’t think she would have liked to share her birthday with a Hallmark holiday especially when she becomes a teenager, but if she dose then it’s close enough that we can have a valentines themed birthday and a heart shaped cake every year.

Thank you to the incredibly talented photographer and styling team, who made these photos of this special time in my life  possible, I can’t thank you all enough. I adore how they turned out.

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A few months from now

by Juliemara

A few months from now I hope to read back on this post and see that I was right. That life is back to normal and things are easy to do normally again.

Right now I’m pregnant, in three months I won’t be, instead I’ll have a newborn.

This pregnancy is nothing like my first one, it is a walk in the park comparatively. At the same point last time I went on disability because the carpal tunnel syndrome had made it impossible for me to use my hands to work, or do anything for that matter. I wasn’t sleeping, I itched, I couldn’t breath, I could barley walk. This time I feel mostly great aside from a little lower back pain and the heaviness of the belly that makes doing everything more difficult and uncomfortable. And when I do try to lay on my back, even propped up on the couch it feels like Talia or Jordan siting on my abdomen, because I have gained exactly the amount of weight that each of them weighs.

I always knew I wanted to be pregnant more than once in my life, I couldn’t imagine never knowing how another pregnancy would be different. I was pretty sure I didn’t like being pregnant the first time, this time, I am completely sure of it. Not to say I wouldn’t do it again, I am a big fan of the outcome, but I am certainly not one of those women who loves being pregnant. I’ve been asked a few times if it feels different carrying one baby as oppose to two, and the answer is yes, very different. Kind of how bumping your shin or breaking your leg are very different. But the most fascinating difference of this pregnancy is the amount this baby moves. All day and all night every day, I can feel it high and low and see it most if the time. When I lay down it feels as though she’s going swimming, kicking her little legs as fast as she can. I was concerned because the movement seemed a bit erratic for a fetus so I asked my doctor about it. And she assured me that’s what babies do while growing, except when they don’t have enough room. The super quick movements is the babies startle reflex in action. The same one that makes them reach to the sky with a closed fist when laying down in the first few days after birth.

I know that the first two weeks after baby girl is born won’t be much fun. As with the twins I will have a c-section and recovery from this surgery is no walk in the park. I knew after the girls were born that this would be the case for any future births with my doctor. And although a part of me will always feel a little sad that I never got to experience natural child birth, with or without medication, I trust my doctor and her way of practicing and am ok with the plan as is. After the recovery period I am hoping that I quickly find my groove with three, and despite the busy schedule a newborn demands, try to enjoy the last two months of my maternity leave.





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30 Weeks

by Juliemara






20131213-095003.jpg30 weeks pregnant + twins + physically exhausting job = little to no blogging. I love blogging, I love keeping you all up to date on my sweet girls and what our family is up to, but I can’t seem to get my thoughts and photos organized enough to make it happen before I fall asleep as often as I use to.



I feel great for the most part, far better than I did at the same point in my first pregnancy. It’s not constantly on my mind, but I am quickly reminded of the baby growing in my lap when I try to stand, pick up toys or move through a reasonable size space that I no longer fit in. I have gained 24 pounds so far, that’s really the max and I still have two months to go, eek. People are so nice they say things like “you are all baby”, “you don’t even look pregnant aside form you belly”. Really? Because I saw my rear today, NOT PRETTY. I am so not into the pregnancy fatness this time around, and I was twice the size last time!  Baby girl kicks away all day long and goes for a swim around 10 each night, I wonder if that has anything to do with the ice cream and chocolate I eat right before I go to bed?



I have all these little bits of fun things that I want to share, but I feel so behind in sharing and the girls keep doing new crazy things every day I just can’t keep up.  Their communication amazes us daily. They have all these little fun things they say. Like “Plenty” what two year old says plenty when she has more than she can hold of anything (Jordan) or “hind you me” when something is behind her (Jordan). Talia uses her communication to clarify what she does and does not want “not my cup” if the cup of milk I hand her is anything but blue. “Close it” when I am not moving fast enough while changing her diaper, “more lovey” when one is just not enough. “What’s ‘dis called” When She doesn’t know the name for something.

They still don’t sleep all the way through the night most nights and now Talia has learned how to climb from her crib to Jordans’, head first, of course.  While away for the Thanksgiving holiday the girls learned how to climb in and out of their portable cribs which sit much lower to the ground than the ones they have at home. I knew this was the first step to the end of the crib. Which I’m fine with, since half the time they end up in our bed anyway. At least if they are in toddler beds they can come in my room themselves without me having to get out of bed to go get them. And, I LOVE their toddler beds, which have been patiently waiting in the basement since before they were born. Our doctor recommended that if they climb out of their crib to just put them back in, if they fall on their head they will probably only do it once.

They are the most loving little people, they love to snuggle and hug and I could kiss and squeeze them all day long.

More of my ramblings later and maybe a coherent helpful post someday too.

Thanks for following along!

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by Juliemara


I’m now 22 weeks with this little baby. Which we found out some time ago is a little lady. Lucky girl she is being born into a wardrobe that most adults would covet. Speaking from experience, being the youngest of three girls has it’s perks.

Since I have everything I could possibly need for a little girl, most of which is pink, new things for this baby are going to be things that I like right now. I need to find time to clear out our tiny guestroom to turn it into a tiny nursery. I’m going neutral, sweet and simple with this one. A natural wood IKEA crib, super soft over sized lambskin rug from Costco, an indulgent glider for me, the most adorable animal photography I’ve ever seen and a few fun and functional trinkets.


I could decorate and redecorate kids rooms over and over if I had the time.




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Looking ahead

by Juliemara


We are staring to think ahead to what it will be like to have a newborn baby in the house again. In about 20 short weeks we will will have just that. Baby #3 will be joining our gang.

Being pregnant this time is a very different experience than it was last time, at least so far. I’m much smaller now than I was at the same point with the girls. But the biggest difference is the amount of time I have to relax with my feet up. It’s not much more than it was before I was pregnant. I have chosen to relax on the couch rather than sit at the computer, hence the lack of blog posting lately. But for the most part life with two toddlers has gone on as usual. I tell the girls we are going to get a baby, they kiss my belly and call it ‘baby hallie’, which is the name of their friends baby sister.

This pregnancy has come with a twinge of bitter sweetness, we are so lucky to have two healthy children and another fairly easily obtained pregnancy moving right along. But all around us women struggle daily with the seemingly endless wait for the baby they want so dearly to grow inside them.

So for now we are enjoying Talia and Jordan’s crazy toddlerhood, I’m taking as good care of my self as possible and
Getting excited to celebrate the addition of a tiny human to our crew.

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Carter’s New Ad Campaign

by Juliemara

I work for a pretty special company Carter’s, we make clothes for babies and kids. But the special thing about this company is that they really actually love kids. The CEO has 6, as does the CFO. We get a half day on Halloween and they send an email to the whole company every time an employee has a baby.

In the wake of today’s third quarter results we had a company meeting where the CEO thanked everyone for their continued hard work. It’s always nice to get a pat on the back from the higher ups. Each quarter we have this meeting and hear the good, sometimes great news. Then they announce something, sometimes it’s bonuses all around, sometimes it’s 100% 401K match, sometimes it’s were all moving to a new office and today it was “we have a new ad campaign. Carters is launching a brand new ad campaign which will include television commercials, something the company hasn’t had in decades. But you can see it here first They start airing on TV Monday. If you want to see it live watch the Voice on Monday night. We saw it this morning in the meeting, the lights were dimmed and when they came up again I don’t think there was a mom in the room with a dry eye.


I’d love to know what you think.


And shop at carters! I’ll try to remember to keep my coupon updated, but if it’s not just email me and I’ll update it ASAP.


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