Frugal Friday- My Little Tax Deduction

sam Ok so obviously you shouldn’t have a kid to get a tax deduction. I am pretty sure the cost outweighs the deduction by a LARGE margin. But look at that little face. He is priceless. And worth all the frustration and pain of his arrival.

He will be known as Silas. It isn’t his name, but I don’t use my real kid’s names and Silas is one of my hubby’s favorite boys names so we are going with that. If you regularly read my blog, you might have remembered that last weekend I spent the night in the hospital in false labor only to be sent home frustrated. It wasn’t that Silas was late. In fact when I did in fact deliver him I was one day away from 38 weeks. It is just that I had enough of the false labor. On Mon night I was up from 2:30- 5:30 am with false labor and I was so freakin tired and annoyed.

By the grace of God on Tuesday morning, my hubby brought Lily to school only to realize he had left his work bag at home. By the time he got back home, I had started to bleed a little and although it didn’t look that bad I called into my OB. Then as I was trying to figure out what to do, my water broke. FINALLY I thought, they can’t send me home. We got to the hospital with me still feeling nice and comfy and they tested to make sure my water had in fact broke. Apparently people lie about such things just to get admitted. How very sad. And genius. Wish I would have thought of that last Friday. Just kidding of course. Mostly.

Anyway, I get the golden ticket in the form of a puddle on the floor and I finally reach the coveted labor and delivery room. Seriously, it was coveted. The corner room was HUGE. So I settle in with some bad daytime TV and try and get my contractions started. While my hubby eats a gigantic burger and fries and takes a nap. Apparently watching me pace, squat and try and get labor moving along is very exhausting for him. Payback is a b*tch as later on he will be forced to spend the night in a “chair bed” that should replace waterboarding in terrorist interrogations.

Anywho…contractions are happening, but that last hurdle of 8-10 is taking forever and darn it if Silas is not still stuck way high up refusing to make his appearance. I turn to Twitter where I have been “live tweeting” my birth so far and am feeling the love of the Twitterverse who are praying for me, cheering for me and giving me fantastic labor advice. I stopped tweeting right about then because it is “transition” time which still makes me think of the diagram from Lamaze class 6 years ago of a face with a very angry face.

Now, let me say for the record, I have always wanted to do birth naturally. I am not a fan of medications despite having a ridiculously low pain threshold. I ended up getting an epidural with Lily after hours and hours of back labor and although I begged for one with Hannah, she came so fast (5-10 cm in 19 minutes and 2 pushes later) that I missed it. But this time I am really aiming for a natural birth. A decision I immediately begin to question the sanity of as I realize I have hit 10 centimeters, need to push, and this baby ain’t coming out like Hannah did. So midway through, I do what any sane person in the middle of labor does and announce that I am quitting thank you very much.

My hubby and nurses were the best coaches and the doctor keeps encouraging me by saying, “there you go, push like you have to poop!!!” over and over. Labor is such a sexy process. Finally Silas, who apparently was a little cockeyed in the canal, makes his appearance and just like they tell you, I forget. Well I don’t forget cause I am still a big ole mess, but I don’t care cause I am madly in love. Talk about “having me at hello.”

We are home and I am tired and overwhelmed a bit and did I mention tired. The post birth uterine contractions make me want to scratch my eyes out and I am still a little sore, but he is a nursing champ and the most gorgeous little thing. His two big sisters love on him and then forget about them and go there own way. His daddy currently has him snuggled on his chest sharing in their first father-son hockey watching extravaganza. So exhausted? Yes, but so, so full. Welcome Silas. Welcome home.

*this post was written after three consecutive nights of around 3-4 hours sleep so I am just going to assume you will forgive all grammatical errors and talk of poop. Just like you usually do when I post after a full night’s sleep. Thanks for being the best readers in the blogosphere!!


  1. Congratulations again! I love the name Silas, even if it’s his stage name :)

    Enjoy that precious babe, so incredibly beautiful!
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  2. He’s just beautiful. Congratulations!
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  3. I am so happy for you! Congratulations mama – and GREAT job!

    Love ya!

  4. Congratulations!!!!! I love labor stories… and like you said, you forget – so my memories of labor are oh-so nice. :)

    Turn off the computer and get some sleep!! ;)
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  5. I so hope you are sleeping right now!!

    Some major congratualtions! I can’t get over how cute he is. So glad you didn’t get stuck watching baseball (my team won by the way lol).

    Hugs and wishes of fast healing!
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  6. YAY for you. And he’s so very handsome!
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  7. Silas = love. If we ever have another boy, this might be the name we pick. :)

    You tell this birth thing so well. Nathan was sunny-side-up so I know what you mean about being in the birth canal the wrong way!

    I DON’T know what you mean about wanting the natural labor, though. Not gonna lie. :)
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  8. Loved reading this! When I had my baby back in January, I also announced that I was done and ready to go home about halfway through pushing. Finally after 1.5 hours of pushing, my baby was born.

    Congrats again!
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  9. He is beautiful, and I loved your story. I was cheering you on via Twitter, and I’m glad things went (relatively) well. :)
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  10. Love a good birth story. Thanks for sharing!
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  11. Congratulations on your beautiful boy!
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  12. Congrats!! I love hearing baby stories! I was in Grand Rapids with Jenny last week so I stalked :-) on Twitter until the news! YAY! I love boys!
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  13. Very exciting news! Congratulations to both of you!


  14. CANNOT! STOP! STARING! AT! HIM! Seriously! I know you’re supposed to tell people their babies are cute but little ‘Silas’ is cute times a million!
    Thanks for sharing your story. :)
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  15. Awww…congratulations :) He’s so sweet. My ovaries are glowing.
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  16. Love it! I’m so excited for you!! I just told my husband the other night that I was thinking of a drug free birth this time and his eyes got big and I’m pretty sure he was stifiling a laugh. :)
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  17. LOVE the wit in this post. And Silas… what an angel! Congrats on your newest addition!
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  18. the best kind of tax deduction. congratulations.
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  19. I’m so proud of you…you did great! Congrats again–he’s a really cute little guy!

    Wishing you sleep whenever you can manange it,
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  20. Congratulations. He is a beautiful little baby!
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  21. Congrats! What a sweet story!
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  22. We love you already, little buddy! Welcome to our world!
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  23. Congratulations, Jill!!! Silas is ADORABLE!
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  24. Congratulations!! Thank you for sharing your birth story. I hope you’re having a relaxing weekend with your family!
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  25. You did awesome! I went natural with my first, and did the whole go to the hospital and after the whole day of being induced, they sent me home. In fact, that happened for 2 days! You are too funny “push like you gotta poop.” My middle and youngest, I had epidurals, which I was glad b/c they were both 10 lbs. 4 oz!
    He is absolutely adorable! I’m so happy for you!
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  26. Congratulations!! He’s adorable!! What a blessing. I’m so happy for you. :)
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  27. He’s completely adorable! Congrats!
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  28. Oh. My. Goodness!!!!

    That little bundle of joy is soooooooo Handsome! Congratulations!
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  29. He is just precious with that sweet little hat and cute nose! Congratulations and so happy for your family! :D
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  30. I LOVE it when you talk about poop, you know that! Still can’t believe you went natural. You’re amazing!
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  31. Congratulations! He is so adorable.

    I’d better not let my wife see that pic or I’ll be in trouble :-D (one is enough, right? :-P )

  32. I have not been keeping up my blog reading here lately and so I just saw this today!! I am so happy for you and he is a cutie!! I have to stop reading now because my ovaries are twiching, I feel it, really. :o)

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