Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Progress! And I forgot about Baseball...

So my appointment today was a little fun. I only gained 0.4 lbs--yay! That's more like it. :) I'm also 2 cm dilated so far, but that doesn't surprise me...I usually begin dilating early on. Yep, doesn't look like I'll need a 39-week appointment. I'm still kind of focusing my sights on 2 weeks from now, the week after Easter, because that would be good timing for us. But I know I'm not the one who calls the shots. I'm really, really, really praying she is under 9 lbs (8 lbs 15 oz does NOT count!!!). And again, I know I don't get a say in that really. :)

I forgot to mention earlier that Mitch is coaching baseball for St. Cloud Christian School. He just finished up the basketball season last month, don't know if I mentioned that either. He loves coaching. The baseball team is 5th and 6th grade boys, so we asked Micah if he wanted to play. This is his first-ever opportunity to be involved in a sport. We haven't had our kids in sports for some pretty obvious reasons: 1) cost and 2) convenience. There's no way we can cart kids all over the place just for sports. Afterall, I grew up just fine without all those extracurricular opportunities. :) Well, this is just plain old convenient for us since Mitch is going anyways. The cost is a little high--ouch--$45 to play, $55 for a glove, a couple used baseballs, and some cleats, and we still need to buy the...ahem...cup. Yeah, I'm glad that we don't do sports very often. Micah has had two trainings so far and really seems to love it. He loves seeing his old classmates from SCCS, too. I'll never be a "soccer mom" because I just don't have that level of commitment, but I am really excited for this unique opportunity for both Mitch and Micah. :)

36 Weeks

I'm getting pretty excited!! I see the doctor again today...let's hope not too much weight gain. I have to go every week now. I had to post my pg progression again, to me it looks like she's dropped. If so, that would be a dead-on ringer that she's a girl--the boys never drop! I got some new shampoo and conditioner...my hair is so curly (another dead ringer for a girl--with the boys I chopped my hair off at this point and straightened it, cause it was mostly straight anyways) and I love it! It was cheap--Tresemme curl moisturizing. It makes Eden's hair look gorgeous too. :)

We're having ourselves a nice little "winter" storm here today. Reminds me of April 1st last year. We're expecting around 6-8 inches. I like these snows, they don't last long. I am looking forward to warmer weather more than anything, though.

That's all for now...will update later if it's anything interesting!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Well, rain is certainly different than snow! We've had a couple days straight of rain. Isn't amazing how a couple days of overcast skies can feel like it's been cloudy forever??? I do like sunny days! With all the thawing of snow (I think it's all gone now...maybe a trace of our huge piles in the front yard), we had to use our sump pump for the first time ever in living here (6 years)...not counting the time we used it to water our lawn from the huge puddle. Mitch ran the pump several times yesterday and this morning as well. It took a long time to empty all the water out. We are very thankful--we have no water in our basement, the sump pail system prevents that. We also don't live in a flood plain, so it's unlikely that water will come up to the house from anywhere. We know that there are many other people who are starting to fight the rising waters, and they remain in our prayers!! Apparently it's supposed to snow the next couple days--ish--what a mess that will be.

I picked up a head cold/runny nose. Mitch had it last week. I thought I had it a few days before him, but this is something much worse. I've been out of commission pretty much all day. Thankfully Mitch has done a lot of the "work" around the house while I've laid around with a cold washcloth on my face. Also I'm thankful I don't have a headache--just overwhelming pressure in my sinuses and constant draining. If I follow Mitch's experience, coughing comes next...I'm not looking forward to that with my big 'ole belly on me!

I'm really uncomfortable moving around. It's hard getting up and down, changing positions, etc. By the end of the day my hips feel all out of place, I have lots of lower back pain, and my inner thigh muscles are SORE! I'm not sleeping well at night, either. Baby *loves* to punch my bladder.

I am tickled with her movements. It is such a joy and a miracle to be pregnant. It amazes me how different each pregnancy is. In spite of all my complaining, I am blessed beyond words.

The kids are working hard on school. They are on lesson 132 today, and their work goes up to lesson 170. Believe me, I'm counting down those days!! Micah and Eden are working on their 9-week exams this week, then I'll have their grades. It looks like they'll hold steady with the pattern they've had pretty much all year--Eden with A's and Micah with B's. I'm hoping Micah will improve some of his B's to A's, though! :) Right now he is working on a pretty major language project. He had to pick a topic from a list for a library research paper. He picked Davy Crockett. He checked out 3 books from the library, plus read the wikipedia entry online. He made notecards, an outline, a bibliography, and now he has to write an 800-word paper. He's been working all day on the rough draft. I don't remember doing anything of this caliber in only 5th grade, so I'm pretty impressed. It's hard for him--he likes writing least of everything in school. I don't blame him, I dislike grading it most of all too because it's ambiguous and I have nothing to compare it to (like a classroom full of other 5th graders). I do have a rubric to go by at least. And can't forget wonderful hubby teacher!!

Well, this is about all I can stand for now. Malachi the theif just stole my camera and is enjoying taking pictures of his feet. He's not really getting the whole point-and-shoot thing. It's one durable camera, though, that's for sure!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Pregnancy Dreams

It is common to have crazy dreams when you are pregnant, and more vivid dreams--or at least, it is common to remember them more than you remember dreams at other times. Some common themes are dreaming about losing/misplacing the baby (related to one's doubts about being a responsible mother), the baby being born painlessly or in a weird way (related to thoughts/concerns about the impending birth), or dreams about water (related to amniotic fluid and an expanding abdomen).

Well, I have a lot of dreams. Kristin says she thinks I have more dreams than anyone she knows. ;) The other night I woke up from a particularly disturbing dream around 2 a.m. I will spare you the ridiculous details, but something very funny did happen.

In my dream, Hope was sleeping on the couch and snoring. When I woke up, Mitch was snoring (he has a cold--normally he does NOT snore). I gently rubbed his cheek hoping to disturb his breathing pattern without waking him. It worked.

I decided to get up and go pee since I was awake and baby was "fluffing the pillow" that happens to be my bladder. Hope was still awake playing on the computer. Feeling a need to vocalize my bad feelings about the dream, I shared it with her. As I did, I realized that each aspect of my dream was easily explainable by either thoughts I had been having or events of the previous day. Suddenly the bad feelings dissipated and I felt much better.

I headed back to bed, where I found Mitch comfortably snoring once again. This time I shook him to wake him up. I said, "Mitch, you're snoring."
He half-mumbled, "What?"
I repeated myself.
He said, "No, I'm not!"
I said, "No, you're right, it was Hope."
To which he arrogantly (if not sleepily) said, "See!"
He has no recollection. :)

My doctor appointment went very well yesterday. I'm moving along quite normally, and thankfully only picked up 2 lbs over the past 2 weeks. Whew! That brings me up to an official 39.6 lbs...so yes, there's 40 lbs extra there (hint: lots in the backside). When I climbed up on the table and laid down, I had an inconvenient braxton-hicks contraction (ouch when you're on your back!). I've been having lots of those, so maybe the baby will be nice and head out early like the rest of her siblings (an average of 10 days early). The baby's heartrate was in the 130s. We joked about what might happen if "she" turns out to be a "he." I teased that perhaps the doctor could find a reason for another u/s, then also expressed my gratitude that nothing is concerning enough to really warrant an u/s. I go back in 2 weeks, when it should start to get more interesting!

Click on the expectnet link in the sidebar to the right to enter your guess on the baby's date of birth and stats!!! (You do not have to register for an account).

Thursday, March 19, 2009

34 Weeks!

I'll update after my doctor's appointment later! That is, if there's anything newsworthy besides my weight gain. =S

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

CPSIA--This is the Song That Does Not End

I just can't help but sing as I come to my keyboard this morning. A headline on FoxNews.com caught my eye: "Lead is Feared in Children's Books."


Apparently the CPSC is urging libraries to remove any books on their shelves printed before 1986. The libraries' response? Yeah, right. I love this line in the article: "Few, if any, libraries are complying, and many librarians are ridiculing the recommendation as alarmist."

And this one:

'We're talking about tens of millions of copies of children's books that are perfectly safe. I wish a reasonable, rational person would just say, "This is stupid. What are we doing?"' said Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association's Washington office."

I'm a reasonable, rational person. This is stupid. What are we doing?

Ok, but then the next line, we got to squeeze this in there to be fair to the special interest groups, and it is entirely true: "
Lead poisoning has been linked to irreversible learning disabilities and behavioral problems."

So what does our national authority, the Center for Disease Control, have to say?

But Jay Dempsey, a health communications specialist at the CDC, said lead-based ink in children's books poses little danger.

'If that child were to actually start mouthing the book — as some children put everything in their mouths — that's where the concern would be,' Dempsey said. 'But on a scale of one to 10, this is like a 0.5 level of concern.'"

Like the math on that? 0.5 isn't even on the scale.

The last paragraph is is an opinion from someone who didn't research it enough.

"Nathan Brown, a lawyer for the library association, said libraries should not even be subject to the law. He argued that Congress never wanted to regulate books and that libraries do not sell books and thus are not subject to the consumer products law."

Um, yes, there were a lot of things that Congress did not want to regulate with this law. However, they didn't have time or support to write limits or guidance. In fact, special interest groups got the law in place and kept limits out of it. Now they refuse to amend the law. I wonder if perhaps the CPSC is attempting to force the hand of Congress by picking on libraries? If libraries refuse to comply with the law, what will happen to them? Well, technically speaking, the CPSC will have to go in and test books themselves (all the while they are testing millions of other products) to be sure they are in compliance, then when the books are not in compliance will prosecute the libraries. Riiiiiiggggghhhhtt. And for the record, some libraries DO sell books. Even if they don't, they are definitely subject to this law, which is regulated by the CPSC. Read a little more!

I love the irony. A good dose for the day!

If you want to read the entire article at FoxNews, you can find it: here.

Oh, I have to add--Mitch said he wants to write to the Library of Congress and notify them that he'll take any of their books printed before 1986. Gutenberg Bible anyone??? I mean, technically, that book was intended to be used by children, adults, everyone! (Nevermind that you can't actually touch it now, I'm trying to make a point here.) It doesn't matter WHAT library it's in, or where the library places the book, books are for children!

Monday, March 16, 2009

A little fun for today...Malachi surprised us with this new word: Gogurt. Motivated by food, of course.

Kristin bought me this shirt (what a sweetheart!) for fun, and Hope says that today I only look like I'm 6 mos pg. Dude, I think I'll wear the shirt more often! The shirt says, "This too shall pass, but it might hurt."

Remember this 99-cent Motherhood Maternity dress? I wore it to church yesterday for the first time because it finally got warm enough outside (I'm such a wimp in the cold weather and wear pants all winter). I let Mitch take my picture because my step-mom (Hi Mom!) requested an updated photo. Poor Mitch got me giggling with his photo techniques. I deleted the photo he took from a really bad angle just before this one--it made me look twice as big. :)

My sewing machine has finally been doing some work after all these months. I worked over the weekend on some new diapers. When I got pg, I said that this baby would get all sized pocket diapers (versus the one-size that Malachi mainly wore) because I needed to work on my patterns. So I got started on that. Already the patterns need tweaking (guess I shouldn't have made so many right off the bat), but they are still quite beautiful and will work well at some point. They are just a tad too big for a newborn, but not quite big enough for a small. The purple one on the left is the new newborn size that I drafted. The other four in front (on bottom) are all-in-twos like my one-size all-in-two. I drafted a new small and made one today, but it didn't make it into the picture. Another thing I said I wanted to do was to make all identical shaped inserts for each pocket diaper I sew. The inserts are what you stuff inside the diaper to make it absorbent. Right now I use such a hodge-podge collection of inserts in Malachi's diapers that I'm the only one who can fold them when they come out of the laundry. Having identical inserts for every diaper will not only make it possible for other people to help me with laundry, but it will make the job faster and easier as well. So every diaper I made got a shaped insert (no matter how much I dislike making them!).

We are staying super busy. I see the doctor again on Thursday. Hopefully I haven't gained 7 lbs in 2 weeks!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Around here, a "wordless Wednesday" apparently means that I don't post. :)
At any rate, here are some fun pictures.

Malachi got into Hope's stamp pad. He couldn't have done a better job if he'd tried!

Diapers for the new kiddo...finally!!

Covers too...

Booties I crocheted...

Hats too where I'm learning to knit...
(knitting is SOOOO slow)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

32 weeks!

This is a quickie...I hope...I'm exhausted!

I saw the doctor today for my 32-week visit. Depressing news: I've gained 7 lbs in 4 weeks for a grand total of 40 lbs. I think it might be a little harder to lose this time around. Sigh. Good News: I go back in 2 weeks now, so hopefully it won't be as much of a shock when I step on the scale. More good news: I scheduled out the rest of my appointments through 38 weeks. I realized that I probably shouldn't schedule a 39-week visit since I've only needed one of those ONE time (with Micah, my oldest). We can wait and see.

That reminds me--there's a poll in the menu bar to the right where you can put in your guesses on date/time of birth, weight, length, and even a guess on the gender again if you so dare.

Aaaackk--I scheduled my appointments through 38 weeks--that's only SIX weeks from now!!! I was still working along focused on having EIGHT weeks left and *poof* just like that 2 weeks disappeared.

The baby was pretty cute today. The doc likes to have a good steady listen of the heartbeat...you know, like 10 seconds or so...but she refused to cooperate. You'd think that since her heart is so BIG now (ahem, compared to when they are, say, only 12 weeks along) and there are LESS places to hide since SHE is obviously big, that it wouldn't be so hard to get a quick heartrate. In the end she lost the battle and gave it up at 144 bpm.

No diapers made yet. It's coming. I hope. Taxes first. That's not going so well. Very, very slowly. I'm overwhelmed and stressed out.

On a very fun note, though, we have friends, The Hamans, from out of town visiting us this week. It has been so very cool to have them here!! Tonight we went swimming at the Holiday Inn where they are staying. The kids had a blast. We are looking forward to doing a special project with Stacy tomorrow. Homeade stickers. :)

Monday, March 02, 2009

Not About Wings

One of my favorite music groups is the band Downhere. I have a few of their songs loaded on my mp3 player for listening when I need to relax. I listen to my music on the computer also. One of my favorites as far as music goes is the song "Not About Wings," and I've wrestled recently to grasp the theological meaning of the lyrics (cause if it's not good theology, I'm not going to listen).

Here is a small excerpt of the lyrics:

"It's not by work you find your escape,
but in your defeat when you seek his face;
that's when He lifts you high.
Believing is not about seeing,
Faith is not about reaching,
and on this journey I keep learning,
Flying is not about wings."

Typically I don't think the kids are listening much. This past week Zeke (5 yo) stayed home alone with me from Wednesday night church. I played my music and we just "hung out" together. Later Zeke was talking with Mitch and Zeke's side of the conversation went something like this:

"Dad, flying is not about wings, right?"

After Mitch's response, Zeke then said, "It's about motors."

So much for theology! =D

Sunday, March 01, 2009

How Do You Know That You Believe?

Sermon by Paul Washer, set to video by a youtube user. :)