Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Birthing Class-The New Lamaze

Husband and I recently started our birthing classes at the hospital that we will deliver at. We are using a midwife but this class is geared towards anyone using a doctor or midwife. When we initially signed up for the class I was very hesitant because I didn’t think it was something we really needed. My thoughts were “If we have the midwife, we are good to go” Husband nudged me into registering for the class anyways and I am thankful that he did. The class is taught by a nurse who is a certified Lamaze teacher and a doula. The students in the class are an even mix of first time parents and second time parents, isn’t that neat? I wasn’t expecting the second time parents. Another thought I had before starting these classes were “what in the world are we going to do for three hours in this class?” Yes this momma is admitting another assumption I shouldn’t have made. The three hours goes by extremely fast since the teacher does a variety of lecture, demonstration, video, and role-playing. The big difference in  this class that I have noticed is that it isn’t your typical LAMAZE class, it is a class that is based on the science of the women’s body, and new technique’s that are being used in delivery rooms across the country.  Breathing endlessly for hours isn’t what this class is about, but rather techniques that help progress the birth process and keep the mother focused on the final outcome-THE BABY. The final hour of the class has to be my favorite though, it is where the teacher instructs the coaching partner (AKA my hubby) on massage techniques through different points of labor. I encourage you to throw your assumptions about Lamaze and check out birthing classes at the hospital you are considering having your baby at, I can promise you this, you will learns something new, you and your partner will have a few good laughs, and you will go home relaxed from the massage time, and what pregnant mama couldn’t use that?

Friday, August 26, 2011

32 Weeks and Counting

Wow I cant believe I have been pregnant for 8 months overall it has gone by really fast and I hope these last weeks do the same because we are ready to meet Baby H!!!

Joe is plugging away on the nursery and it is looking GREAT I cant wait to show it to all of you.

I am feeling pretty good these days, it is starting to get a little harder to get around and sleeping isnt the easiest either but I can manage.
Here is a picture from our maternity photo shoot:

It was a great time and the pictures turned out great!!
So now onto the star of the show

What is going on with Baby H these days:
This week the baby is tipping the scale at 4 pounds and about 20 inches long. Growing isn't the only thing on the agenda these days. While you're busy getting everything ready for the baby's arrival baby's busy prepping for that big debut, too. In these last few weeks, it's all about practice, practice, practice as he or she hones the skills needed to survive outside of the womb, from swallowing and breathing to kicking and sucking. And speaking of sucking, your little one has been able to suck his thumb for awhile now. Another change this week:the baby's skin is no longer see-through. As more and more fat accumulates under the skin, it is finally opaque just like mom and dad's.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Have you heard of . . . .

Have you heard of . . . . .

Pinterest ?????????????????????

Well I did awhile back an decided to check it out. You have to request a membership and usually within a few days you get an email back from them allowing membership and your account information. Pinterest is where friends can follow you as you "pin" things to different boards that yo are creating. For example you could have a home decor, part ideas, books worth reading, my style, cooking, nursery ideas etc.

Well my email came through awhile back and I sat on it for 2 months and this week I decided to check it out and guess what I LOVE IT!!!!

It has so many creative ideas, I don't have the hang of it completely yet but I recommend you trying it out!!!! If you do let me know what you think of it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Shower For Baby H

Good Morning Bloggers,

It is a rainy, cloudy day here in the QC!! It is the kind of day where you want to sit on a screened in porch, read a book and sip on your favorite drink!!!

A few weeks ago my aunts, mom and grammie threw me a beautiful baby shower for Baby H. They really out-did themselves when it came to every element of the party. Enjoy all the pictures.

For lunch we had my favorite cold strawberry soup, a marinated vegetable salad, and a variety of mini sandwiches including chicken salad on homemade bread, brie, apple and honey sandwiches, an olive spread sandwich, and a caprese tomato, mozzarella, and basil sandwich. So delicious!!!

The table settings, the theme was polka dots in pink, blue, and yellow and my aunt actually made table runners for each table in the coordinated theme. She's so crafty!

Above each plate were these cute onsie cookies in  pink, blue and yellow and they were delicious!

My aunt made this wreath as the centerpiece of the room which was made out of onsies and washclothes for baby H. I love it! I wish I had someone to make one of these for because I think it is super cute!

A cute game that was played every guest took a guess at what thy thought they thought the baby would be, what date the baby would be born on and how much the baby would weigh.  Boy won out with just a coupe of extra votes, and the majority thought I would deliver on the 20th.

And for dessert the beautiful cupcake tree!!!! This was a big hot as cucakes are the rage right now!! Thanks Sue for traveling all the way from Chicago with them!
And now for the guest and some action shots!

                                                          CoCo, Me, and Jo Jo
                                                     Aunt Sue and Grammie Jo Jo
                                                      Caroline and Aunt Karen
                                                          Hannah and Grace
                                            The sweet bundle of gifts

                                                         Caroline and I
                                                   Opening up gifts!!!
                                                   Group Shot- thank you friends for attending and thank you to my family for the effort and love that you put into this shower. Not only am Joe and I loved but this baby sure is!

Monday, August 22, 2011

August 21st, 2010 1 Year Anniversary

Good Morning Bloggers,

Hope you had a great weekend. We celebrated our 1 year anniversary yesterday. It is hard to believe that a year ago I was walking on down the isle to meet my best friend and get married. It has been an amazing year. As we reflected yesterday we realized this has been the year of change for us in many aspects. Becoming married, having baby H on the way, changing jobs, family changes etc. This year has gone by so fast and sometimes we want to stop time but we are blessed with excitement and joy at what the future holds for this Haluska family.

Here are some pictures to remember that special day:
Kissing for the first time as Mr and Mrs Joseph Haluska!!

The cake which I loved so much, we tried the top layer last night and we had heard from alot of people that isnt so great after a year of being frozen but we were surprised it was really moist and you could taste the yummy lemon filling.

The wedding party having a great ime in between the ceremony and the reception! Love you all.

A beautiful little flower girl who did a great job at the ceremony and now is planning her wedding!!! with bagpipes and all!

Thank you Joe for this past year. I am honored each and everyday to be you WIFE. You are an amazing man and love unconditionalyl to all which is a priceless attribute to have. You contuine to work hard not only for yourself but for our family and I love you completly, and forever!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Can you guess who is in town?

Yup that is right the President is in Davenport, Iowa and is in the area for the next day.
The morning news shows have been giving hourly updates. I just heard how he ordered a New York Strip for dinner but then changed to a Pork Chop. He is staying at the new Hotel Blackhawk, which is beautiful. He is headed for ticket entrance only events the rest of the day. Thanks for visiting Obama!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

She She Turns 5

Yes you read the title of this post correctly

Little Madeline Jane Turner is now 5 years old. It is so hard for me to believe that the baby of our family is now 5 years old!!!

It feels like just yesterday she was laying on the bed and we were getting her ready for her baptism

You are a precious little girl Madeline Jane and you light up all of our lives!!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Good and Easy Read

HI Folks,

Today I have a book recommendation for you all!

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His T..., Todd Burpo, Paperback

This book was recommended to me by several different people and it took me awhile to get it but once I did I started reading it and loved it. It is a quick and easy read in my opinion. The book is written by a father who's son has a near death experience and then tells his parents over the course of a few years about his experience.

Give it a try-you wont be disappointed.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Haluska Family Wedding Weekend

Well this past weekend we headed to Des Moines for a family fun filled weekend with the Haluska's!!!!!

Joey had put together a surprise dinner for his Brother Mikey who just graduated from Iowa State University. We are so proud of him and his accomplishments!! Way to go Mikey!
 OF course Mikey the man of the night!!!! Acting a little bashful after the whole surprise thing!
                                                                       Half of the table
                                                            The other half of the table

Saturday we were able to hang out at the hotel for a bit which was really nice and relaxing!! Later on we got ready and headed to the wedding.
                                     The Ceremony  I loved the colors of black, charcoal, and a pop of red
                                                 Saying the vows, my favorite part of EVERY wedding!
In between the wedding and the reception we headed back to the hotel to hang out at the restaurant, lots of laughs were had
And finally a last minute picture before the reception ended which sums up what these cousins did most of the night:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Free Entertainment

Good Morning,

Hope you all had a great weekend!! We did!!

Who doesn't need to laugh on a Monday morning? I know I sure do! So enjoy these videos of Joey entertaining me around the house!!!! Honestly when he does this all I  do is LAUGH OUT LOUD!

And just because I cant get enough of it

Yes that is Joey chasing around Wrigley with our stroller for Baby H! Can you believe how crazy he acts when Joey starts pushing it around! Oh Wrigley!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

29 Weeks Baby H Update

Good Morning,

and Hello 29 weeks here is an update of what is going on with Baby H and Mom and Dad!

What Is Going On With Baby H This Week: Baby is at least 17 inches now and weighs nearly 3 pounds Though already pretty close of his or her ultimate birth length, baby still has lots to grow. In fact, over the next 11 weeks your baby will more than double in weight. As the baby grows the room in the placenta will start to feel cramped, making it less likely that you'll feel hard kicks from your little one and more likely that you'll be feeling jabs and pokes from elbows and knees.

What is Going on with Mama: I am feeling really good, I don't have to many complaints. I have started getting leg cramps at night but they aren't to bad and don't last to long.I haven't had to much swelling which I am grateful for. I have noticed that this week getting up and down is changing and becoming more difficult.  I am really getting anxious to meet this little baby and know if it is a boy or a girl!!!

What is Going on with Dad: Dad keeps going back and forth on whether this baby is a girl or a boy. His big project for the nursery just started. He has some big plans for what the remodel and has ensured mom that it will be done in time for the arrival of Baby H. Dad has got to feel Baby alot this past week kicking around and loves every minute of it!
Baby, fetus at 28 weeks - BabyCenter

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Piece Of My Heart. . . . .

A Piece Of My Heart . . . . . . .

Is In.. . . . . . . . .

Naggs Head, North Carolina

Every year the Turner family takes a family vacation. I have so many memories of them growing up with my cousins, aunts, uncles, and other extended family. Joe and I weren't able to go this year due to me being so far along in my pregnancy which we understand but sure are missing you Turner's!!!!

Love you all and hope you are soaking up the sun for us!!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Weekend Recap

Good Morning,

Another Bix completed!!!!!! Yesterday Joe announced "only 365 days till the next Bix" can you tell this guy loves to run!

It was a great weekend, beautiful weather, and lots of time with family!

Along with Joe's Dad and Tammy we were joined by his uncle Steve and Kim from the Haluska side and his Cousin Adam for the race. I feel great that I was able to complete the 2 mile Quick Bix!! The finish line looked so good!

It was great to see the Haluska's and cant wait for more family time with them this coming weekend!
Enjoy the pictures:

                                              Getting Ready for the Big Race!!!!!!
                                          Heading up the Hill, I love this shot and all the people!
                                         The Haluska's in the walking group with me heading up the hill
                                             After the race, feeling GREAT
                                             Joe, I and Baby H our first Bix as a threesome! NO I swear we didn't plan on matching outfits!!!