Wednesday, February 20, 2008

$uper $aving$ Wednesday!

So I am borrowing Mel's Super Savings Saturday a few days early because my "super savings" was too good to NOT share!!!

I went to Target today for printer ink (on the business), invitations for my soon-to-be-sister-in-law's Bridal Shower, and a hoodie (so sue me, I'm STILL not yet back into my pre-preggo clothes and I am seriously SICK to death of wearing the same 3-4 hoodies over and over and over again! Besides, mom bought me a shirt for Valentine's Day that I just didn't care for, so I returned it and the hoodie was practically free after that!) and I accidentally stumbled upon a FORMULA $aving$!!! I mean, we're talking HUGE!!! Gigantic! Enormous!!!

They had a 30.8oz cannister (20% more than the regular size!) of our Similac Advance on sale for $18.20. Regularly $26. Costco normally has the 36oz for $29.99. I snagged up two cannisters. So super deal, right?? Well, it gets better!

I happen to have in my Coupon Wallet...5 (yes, FIVE!) coupons for $5.00 off of any purchase of Similac...thanks to signing up on their website before Maddie was born, due to Mel's urging! So I used two of my precious coupons...bringing the total for EACH cannister of 30.8oz formula down to...$13.20!!!! WOO HOO!! So see, I paid $26.40 TOTAL, which is .40 MORE than their regular sized (25.7oz for those who care to know!) almost 62oz of formula!!!! WAAAAAY cheaper even than Costco's 36oz!!!!

So that made my day!!! I don't know if it's just my Target that's got it on clearance but if you have a store near you or need to make a trip to one anyway, you might want to swing by the formula aisle and check it out!

Oh...and be SURE to sign up on the websites for $uper $avings for Similac, Enfamil, Pampers, Huggies, etc. It really does add up and put money INTO your back pocket!!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

More Madison pics!

Madison is FINALLY here!!!!

Hi everyone!!! As you will see here in a moment, this is another long past due post!! I apologize for that, however and still adjusting to working from home and being a new mommy!!

On January 10, 2008 at 3:16PM we welcomed Madison Reese into this world! Maddie was born via emergency C-section and weighed 7.0lbs and was 19 3/4" long. She is BEAUTIFUL!

I went into labor early Thursday morning (Jan 10), at 1:48AM. By 3:30 the contractions were steady enough and 10-minutes apart, to call the hospital. They instructed us to come in when the contractions became 5-minutes apart, for one hour. We left home a little after 5AM and arrived at the Hospital around 5:30-5:45 (after checking in at Registration) and were put into the "large" birthing room. My mom and dad showed up almost immediately, followed by Doyle's mom and my "other mom" Sharon, and my brother Mike and sister in law, Steph. The nurses checked me and hooked me up to an IV. I was dilated to a 5. Around 7:30, the anesthesiologist arrived and gave me my Epidural. I felt nothing! Then we all just sat in the room and waited. And waited! We were making bets on what time Little Miss Madison would choose to make her grand entrance into the world! Around 10, we were starting to get bored...and sleepy! And around noon, I was starting to feel the contractions!!! Not good. The Epidural was wearing off and the anesthesiologist was tied up downstairs in the OR with an emergency. We waited about an hour before she finally arrived and was able to "refill" my Epidural. I was dilated to an 8 at that point, and let me tell you, those contractions for that hour were the absolute WORST! Ugh. Dr. Dickson had to break my water, because it hadn't broke yet and I was dilated so far, and once she did that, with every contraction, Madison's heart rate began to drop---at one point it was down to 85 (normal is anywhere between 120-160). Dr. Dickson told us that if we wanted to have a healthy baby, a C-section was the best option at that point. Otherwise, we might run the risk of brain damage. We, of course, opted for the C-section with no hesitation. Within minutes, they were prepping me for surgery and I was being wheeled down to the OR. Doyle, my mom, and his mom, were going to be in the room with me and they were rushed off to "scrub up".

At 3:16PM, Madison was born! Doyle was able to video tape the birth on his digital camera and also cut the cord! He was really excited!! Madison is so beautiful and perfect and we are enjoying every minute of her!

We were discharged from the hospital on Sunday Jan 13th--her actual "due date" and have spent the time since recovering and getting to know our little girl. Both mom and baby are doing great!

New Family!

Her first official hospital pic, minutes after she was born!

So pretty!

In the hospital!