Thursday, September 27, 2012

Quick update

I'm trying out posting from my kindle for the first time.

It isn't fun or efficient but I can sit in the couch. :)

I think the profile picture of me in the sidebar is time I'm at the computer I need to change it.

I had an abscessed tooth last week. Worst pain in my entire life. The infection was so bad they left it open for 6 days to drain it. They finished the root canal yesterday and sealed it up but it hurts today. :(

School is going ok. We hit a major snag with a too tight schedule but I'm learning to be more flexible. The kids seem to enjoy school.

The weather has turned colder and I'm finding it harder than ever to adjust. Wearing jeans and a sweatshirt when the house is 75?!? Really?!? Darn pregnancy hormones!

I see the doctor for the first time on Monday. I'm excited. The past six weeks have been longer than I thought they would be (I saw a nurse practioner for an "initial visit" at 10 weeks...didn't listen for the baby's heartbeat then but we'll definitely try on Monday!

I NEED to take more pictures. Seriously.

Time for a lab experiment with Micah and Eden!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Quick Update on Obadiah's Diarrhea

Hi!  I wanted to give a quick update on Obadiah and his diarrhea issue that I mentioned a few weeks ago.  I had an appointment with a pediatric gastroenterologist on Monday.  About a week before, I started documenting his poops and what he had been eating.  Wouldn't you know it, from the time I started documenting he only had ONE day with diarrhea?  :)  I still kept the appointment.  It was very good.

The physician's assistant that I saw was very caring and very thorough.  She listened carefully to his history, didn't get any facts mixed up, and was great at helping me piece together and sort through details, adding in education.  For example, it is ok for a toddler to have a little white blood cells or mucous in his stool occasionally.  It is also normal for a toddler to have a little higher motility (meaning that food moves faster through their intestines) than older children.  Obadiah just seems to have it on the high end, but since he IS gaining weight, it's not a problem.  Oh and did he ever gain weight!  This is really good--he gained (there could be scale difference) a pound and a half to bump him back up into the 46% for his weight...which is really good and puts him back in his growth curve.  I can hardly wait to get him back to the doctor and have him weighed on her scale at 18 months.

The p.a. didn't stop there, though.  She also ordered tests, which I was grateful for.  She said she expected them to come back normal, but ordered them just to check.  She ordered a test for celiac disease (yay!), his thyroid, a complete blood count, and another stool sample to cover a test my doctor had missed.  All came back normal.

She gave me some probiotic samples and also suggested that I could give him a fiber supplement to help bulk up his stool.  I had noticed that when he ate high fiber foods during my period of documentation, that the next stool would be a really "good" one.  She also wrote up an action plan for if diarrhea starts again.

All-in-all it was a good, thorough appointment.  I am relieved that nothing is wrong!

Another issue that Obi has is he often wakes up at night crying.  It is frustrating for me, because I'd really like to have a stretch of time with consistent sleep myself.  His cry is an "angry" one.  He will hit or kick or even throw things.  It's really weird.  One night I got up to give him some tylenol, wondering if he was in pain.  He refused the tylenol, but pointed and asked for a banana ("nan-nuh, nan-nuh").  When I gave him the banana, his body instantly relaxed, and he even started to fall asleep while eating it!  So I wondered if he's sometimes not eating enough calories in the day to hold him over through the night.  I can see how waking up hungry, only to have a nuk shoved in his mouth and be shushed, could make him angry.  So I'm now testing this theory (and having a hard time keeping bananas around!).

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


I received an email from my favorite publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah, about a new book being released soon.  It is called Unstoppable, and is written by  Nick Vujicic, who was born with no hands and no arms.

When I watched this video, I couldn't help but tear up when the words flashed across the screen, "I keep a pair of shoes in my closet, because I believe in miracles."

It totally reminded me of what happened when a different man met Jesus 2000 years ago:
"Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand."  And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other.  Matthew 12:13
Read the first chapter here:

Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic (Chapter 1 Excerpt)
I'm really looking forward to reading this book and being encouraged in my faith! 

Thursday, September 13, 2012


I wish summer could last forever...

Though I get tired of the endless mess and giving baths to dirty children, dirt under fingernails, dirt under toenails, dirt on clothes, dirt on my floors, dirt, dirt, dirt!

Though I won't touch the creatures that they bring home...

There is SO much to see and do and explore when the world outside is warm.

Tirzah's New Shoes

Tirzah is a shoe girl.  She loves shoes.  I had some new shoes (that I bought on clearance months ago) stashed in the top of our entryway closet.  Tirzah and Malachi have both taken to "plundering" while I am otherwise distracted teaching school.  A little over a week ago, Tirzah found the new shoes.  They are still a half size too big for her, and I told her this.  I asked her to put them back.  The temptation was too great, however, and she wore the shoes first, then put them back.  She has continued to get the forbidden shoes out, wear them, then return them to the box.  Just this morning I walked past the coffee table and saw them lying in their box.  They don't look quite "new" anymore!  I just get the biggest kick out of the fact that she keeps putting them back in the box as if that will keep them new.  :)

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

An Important Announcement

A few weeks ago the kids were planning a trip to ValleyFair.  I told them sadly that I couldn't go along because of a "medical condition."  They skeptically questioned me to see what medical condition I might have.

They figured it out without the help of this sign.  Can you guess??

Happily, I don't have a "negative" medical condition such as a recent surgery or heart condition or back pain.  It is quite a positive reason to be excluded from the roller coasters.

As it turns out, I get to do this again:

The kids were thrilled.  And so are we.  We are thankful to God for his abundant grace and his many blessings!!

The new little one is due in March 2013.