A nurse who knits…

October 29, 2008

The wedding!!!

Filed under: Travel,wedding — yarnnut @ 6:26 pm
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Here are a few pics and a story for you.
Matt and I got married on October 16.  The night before the wedding, we agreed that we’d sleep separetely.  So Matt went to his parents’ condo and I stayed at the Westin with my bridesmaids.  Two of my old friends from Cal Poly also came over to hang out for a while.  We had the best time talking, laughing, and reliving old times.  At 10 pm we called it a night.  (I know… we felt really old when we realized what time it was.)  Ben and John left and we girls started getting ready for bed.  The guys were gone for maybe 2 minutes when I got a call from Ben.  “Gail, your neighbor came out and said you are being too loud.”  Opps.  We had heard a loud thump on the wall about half an hour earlier while John was in the bathroom.  We though maybe he had fallen in the bathroom and just laughed about it.

After that, I got into the shower.  When I got out, the girls told me that security came to the door and said there was a noise violation.  I couldn’t believe it!  I told the girls, we had to go to sleep so we wouldn’t be kicked out and homeless the night before my wedding.  I had to get my beauty sleep, lol…

So we woke up at  8 am and went downstairs for breakfast.  When we got back, our hairdresser/makeup lady was at the room.  So… the beauty prep begins.

Here’s Michelle getting her makeup done.  Our hairdresser Regina is a crackup and she did a great job getting us gussied up.  I highly recommend her if you’re in need of make up and hair on Maui.

Elsie is getting her eye makeup done.

Here’s me getting my makeup done. This is a great pic of my eyelash extensions.

Here’s a picture of my dress, shoes, and veil.

We don’t have pictures of the wedding at the church. The photographer said that it would take him a few weeks to get them to us and our friends took tons of pics at the wedding. If you’re on Facebook and have friended me, you can see tons of wedding pictures that my friends have taken.  This one is of me and Matt arriving at DT Flemming beach which is where we took our beach pictures after the wedding.  This beach was voted the best beach of 2006.  Very impressive scenery and waves.

Here’s a picture of me and my little junior bridesmaids.

Me and Matt walking on the beach.

A picture of me at the beach.   I’ll post more pictures of us at the church when I have it.

If you’re planning a destination wedding, Maui is the perfect place.  Lots of romantic locations like old churches and lovely beaches.  There are tons of wedding coordinators who can make the day run smoothly.  I utilized the wedding services offered by my photographer.  If you have your wedding at a resort, there is usually a coordinator offered as part of the package.  Our church,Maria Lanakila Catholic Church also had a coordinator that we worked with. Maria Lanakila is a 150 year old church that has so much character. We got lots of compliments on the location we picked out. You might have some reservations about getting married by a priest who doesn’t know you. But, it went much smoother than I thought. Father Gary make us feel very welcome and comfortable. His first words were, “I’m here to take care of you.” It was a bit warm in the church because there wasn’t any air conditioning. But I handed out little fans for your guests and everyone was ok.

The Plantation House, where we had our reception, had a wonderful events coordinator named Amber. I could have had my wedding coordinator plan the reception but I chose to do it myself because of cost. Everything went very smoothly at the reception. I’ll post about that next time because this post is getting unweldy. I’ll post more tomorrow:)


October 26, 2008

I’m married!!!

Filed under: Travel,Uncategorized,wedding — yarnnut @ 7:48 pm
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Matt and I got back from Maui on Friday night and spent Saturday doing laundry. Matt did all the lawn stuff. We were gone for 10 days so we have tons of pictures and I have a whole bunch of things to share. I think I’m going to tell the saga in 2 day segments so no one gets lost.  The wedding went smoothly and the honeymoom was relaxing.

We left San Diego on 10/14/08 on Hawaiian Airlines.  That was my first time flying Hawaiian and it was a very positive experience.  Unlike United, the flights are on time and they actually serve you food that doesn’t include cheese and crackers.  I couldn’t believe it, a free meal of food I will actually eat.  Thumbs up, 5 stars, etc for Hawaiian.

Most of our friends and family had flown into Maui the day before.  We planned a luau at the Old Lahaina Luau. Matt and I flew in at 3:30 in the afternoon and we were very worried about making it on time to the luau which started at 5:30.  We were warned about rush hour traffic by everyone.  So we get into the airport and I send Matt to get our rental Jeep while I wait for our luggage.  While I waited, two friends of ours from Chicago and my godparents and their daughter arrive at baggage claim as well.  My mom picks up my godparents and two other friends pick up the Chicago friends.  It was a reunion at the airport.  LOL…

We drive at breakneck speed to the Westin in Kaanapali.  (Breakneck for Maui anyway.)  Kaanapali is about 30 miles from the airport which in Maui time equals 1 hour.  Yikes!  But we make it with time to spare.  While we’re driving, I make phone calls to everyone making sure that everyone has what they need.  My friend Gloria volunteers to pick us up at the Westin.  We were guessing that parking was horrendous at the luau and Matt and I wanted to be responsible citizens while we partook of the open bar at the luau.   The show was great.  The Old Lahaina Luau is supposedly one of the more authentic luaus on the island.  All you can eat food, open bar, and a great show.  What more could you want???  Here are a few pictures of us at the luau and some of the show.

The last picture is a view from our lanai at the Westin Maui. I took that on the morning of my wedding while I was getting my hair and makeup done. Black Rock is right in front of the Sheraton and is a prime snorkeling area. Matt and I did not get to do any snorkeling while we were in Maui so it’s at the top of our to do list when we go back so that bit about Black Rock is third hand information.

The Westin at Kaanapali is at a prime location but we were kind of disappointed in our experience. We were super excited to stay here because I booked the Deluxe oceanview. I had never spent this much money on a hotel until now. Now when you read about deluxe ocean view and see pictures of it, you think decadence, luxury, a treat… It was in reality, a large hotel room but the carpet was worn out. Nice bathroom but nothing special. The bed was king sized and very comfortable. There was a sofa bed and a small coffee table in the room. It was so uneventful, I didn’t take a picture of the room. That’s not the worst part about it. When we got there, the Westin gave us a 4th floor Deluxe Ocean View room. We got up to the room and found that it was facing the Whaler’s Village and the Hula Girl restaurant. Bummer. We woke up the next morning to the lovely sound of delivery trucks backing into the parking lot. I couldn’t believe that this was deemed acceptable for the Deluxe Ocean View room. We asked to be moved and got a room on the 11th floor which was much better in terms of noise and view.

Next post will be about the wedding… Stay tuned.

October 7, 2008

My wedding hair

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 2:03 am

In case anyone is wondering what my hair is going to look like, here’s some photos for you to look at.  You can also see my eyelash extensions for those who are curious. They are great. No upkeep other than brushing them and no mascara!

I’m sure I’ll look much prettier with a few orchids in my hair and my dress on:)

October 6, 2008

10 days to go!

Filed under: Nursing,Travel,wedding — yarnnut @ 6:42 pm
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Just 10 days to go until the big day. Actually, I’ve been counting down with work shifts. I have two more shifts to work in Friday and Saturday before I leave for Hawaii. I know a lot of brides are extremely stressed out in the days before their wedding. (I think my fiance is more stressed than I am because he has to work this week in addition to me bossing him around.) But I’m sitting here watching the Golden Girls and The View.

These are the things I have left to do.

  • Pack.  I have favors to pack as well as all my clothes.
  • Download our first dance and dance with mom/day songs to an IPOD.  We’re not having a DJ at the reception since it’s at the restaurant and we did not do a buyout.  So we’re just doing a dance with me and my dad/ Matt and his mom.  Then our dance together.  The song I picked that I am going to dance with my dad to is called, “My Little Girl”.  It’s on Wedding Music Central.  Matt and I are going to dance to either “Beautiful” or “You are the love of my life”.  Both songs are by Jim Brickman.  Jim Brickman has a special place in our hearts.  We went to a concert for his first birthday that we spent together which was only a few weeks after we started dating.  We try to to go to a Jim Brickman concert once a year.  So Jim, if you’re reading, please come to San Diego.  We haven’t seen you in a few years.
  • Decide on either leis or corsages for our mothers.  I want leis because we’re in Hawaii and Matt doesn’t think leis will look nice in pictures.
  • Buy a pair of earrings for my wedding day.
  • Print my programs and add the ribbons to it.
  • Buy an outfit for my wedding night.  I got a few things from my wedding shower but I think I need something really spectacular.
  • Pedicure-  Matt and I are going on Monday next week.  I am insisting that Matt gets a mani/pedi and I’m going to get a pedi here.  I’ll get my mani on Maui cause my nails will just get messed up before the wedding day.

I think that’s about it.  Everything else is pretty much set.  I do have some worries about the weather.  Matt looked up the 10 day weather forecast for Maui and it’s going to rain the 2 days before.  The day of our wedding is not forecast yet.  I have to wait until tomorrow to find out.  Keep your fingers crossed that I’ll have a rain free wedding day:)

I have a cool story to tell about a patient I had yesterday.  She came into the hospital in labor 30 minutes before I got into work and wasn’t planning on an epidural.  She had whopping contractions on 1 mil unit of pitocin and wasn’t planning on an epidural.  So I used positions like the birth ball, sitting, and squatting to keep her comfortable.  I check her cervix only once because I know how much pain those cause.  She was 4 cm dilated  but had a bulging bag of water. (I went to see my gyn last week and got my ovaries checked.  Talk about pain. ) About 11 am, the doctor comes in and breaks her water.  She tells me that she’s still 4 cm and to keep increasing her pitocin.  I ask if she’s alright and she smiles at me and says yes.  About 5 minutes later, she crys for an epidural.  I ask, do you want me to check you first?  She says I can’t wait.  I remind her that she wants to do this without drugs and she says “No… I need the epidural.”  So I get her one.  She’s numb and comfortable before I go to drain her bladder with a cathether and check her cervix again.  Ugh… she’s completely dilated.  The woman was in transition.  She could have pushed the baby out if she hadn’t had the epidural.  Note to self, check the woman anyway even if she’s begging for an epidural.  She may thank you later.

I get the room ready then alert the doc about her being ready to push.  I give her some time to relax then we start pushing.  2 hours later, despite flipping her from side to side and pushing, the baby is still at the same station and is getting caput (which is a spot on the head that gets swollen).  Oh no… So I call the doc and ask her to evaluate.  I had my suspicions that the baby was turned the wrong way.  For those of you who are interested, babies are usually born occiput anterior which means that the back of the head is facing the front of the mom’s pelvis.  Occiput posterior babies have the back of the head facing the backbone.  These babies either take longer to come out or not at all because the largest circumference of the baby’s head is at the mom’s narrowest point of her pelvis.  They sometimes come out with position changes.

The doc comes in and evaluates.  She tells the mom it doesn’t look good that the baby will come out vaginally but that the baby looks good and that she can continue to push because mom wants the baby to come out vaginally.  I ask if the patient can “labor down” which means to rest and allow contractions to bring the baby down.  Now a lot of docs don’t believe in laboring down but I’ve really seen allowing moms to rest bring the baby down significantly.  She says that I can let her rest for 30 minutes but start pushing with her after that.  I turn my patient on her side and tell her to rest and that that I will be back in 30 minutes.

30 minutes later, I walk in the room.  My patient tearfully ask me if I think she can have her baby vaginally and if her doc is the only one who can deliver her baby.  I check her baby’s position again and it’s still high.  I tell my patient to get on her other side and I tell her, I’m going to do everything I can to help her have her baby in this room instead of the OR.  I tell her, “rest for 30 more minutes.  I’m going to get you on your hands and knees to turn this baby.  Don’t push your epidural button.”

So after she rests a little longer, I get her on her hands and knees and get her to rock.  She rocks back and forth for about 15 minutes and her baby is moving around her uterus.  She says she feels her baby shifting in her pelvis so I rest her on her side and have her start pushing.  20 minutes later, her baby is at the outlet and ready for the doc to catch her baby.  The doc couldn’t believe that and OP baby had turned and is going to be delivered and in that short amount of time.  My patient cried when her baby was born and told me that she couldn’t have done it without me.  That made me cry and thankful that I was there to help her.

Still working on my shawl.  It feels like thousands of stitches must be knit before I get to the end of a round.  Ugh….