Sunday, August 30, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Prayers please for quick results and delivery today. I am dying for a glass of ice water or Diet Coke!! I have not had anything to drink since 3am. My blood sugars are level so far, staying at 100 or so, with no food or insulin. I've never done that, so not sure how long that will last, but I'm such a wimp and very, very thirsty!!! I am offering it up...but I'm not very good at it!
Thank you so very much for prayers!!!
I hope the next time you see anything here, it will be Christine updating baby news!
God bless you all!
*The no food or drink is because of surgery
Friday, August 21, 2009
We do not watch the TV show. I have seen it once or twice so I do understand what it's about. Basically the TV show is about a girl named Miley who kind of has a double life, that no one knows about except her family and her closest friend. Her other life is as Hannah Montana, the pop music superstar. This way she can live a normal life as herself.
The movie was excellent!! I loved it!!! I loved the music. I loved that it was rated G and had nothing bad in it at all. This movie I'd like for our home collection. Really, it was that good. She goes home to Tennessee to visit her Grandmother and is humbled and must decide herself what is important, living the double life or just being herself always.
Now, we are not going to go out and buy a bunch of Hannah Montana garb, but the movie was a great family movie and I'd watch it again, except my hubby returns those Netflix movies so fast we never get a chance to watch anything more than once!! He'll have to order it again for us!!
Just to answer some of the many questions:
I have low amniotic fluid, not fluids in my body. SO, drinking fluids does NOT help. My doctor said it is caused by poor circulation, caused by age (I'm almost 40) My diabetes is under very tight control and baby is healthy. My uterus is not showing any aging or calcium deposits, which is good. She just needs that fluid inside!
Tomorrow (Friday) is Mary Hannah's early birthday party, so I'm just so happy we didn't have to cancel on her, she would have been sooooo disappointed. She's the last birthday of all the children (Sept 2) and has been waiting for what seems forever for "her" birthday! I'm doing a butterfly theme, but not my usual theme party where everything including the food is butterfly. I got Papa Murphy's pizza for lunch and we just have 3 or 4 things planned. I also picked up cupcakes from Sam's club today, so no special butterfly homemade cake, as SHE wanted Sam's cupcakes, not a special cake!! Ok, easy enough for me!! I'll try to post some pictures this weekend, if I get a chance...but I usually do not post on weekends so no promises here! She has wanted a "pilata" for over a year now, so we are doing a butterfly pinata!! She is only having 3 friends, but with our 3 girls, well, it makes a busy enough party!
When I DO go in the hospital, it will be a c-section, so I will be there for 4 days. I will not post from the hospital or probably much afterward, I will be enjoying my baby! I did put Christine in charge of posting a picture of the baby and her weight, etc on here, she will be my guest blogger! Her and her hubby are going to be godparents and I'm pretty sure she uses less explanation points!!!
Thank you so very much for all your prayers and concern, I am truly blessed.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
*this morning's appt was a NST (non stress test) but this afternoon, is another ultrasound where they will measure my fluid...hoping it is higher than the other day. I'll try to keep you updated, but after my appt, I have a Fall Homeschool Rally, and then my holy hour, so it might not be until tomorrow or very late tonight!
Here is Mary Hannah, singing with full hand movements to Our lady. She put together a song yesterday that was so beautiful, it was a line from every prayer I think we've ever prayed or sang in church, all put together. I can only imagine God looking down on her, blessing her and all the angels and Mary loving her beautiful song.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
They sat here like this for an hour!
Then in the afternoon, Jedi was teaching Babycakes all about birds.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I love this painting also, because of the babies. I know it shows baby angels, but a person can't help but imagine them being the souls of all our babies we've lost and how our Blessed Mother has them. I love how they have that beautiful, innocent, natural love for her.
Happy Feast day, I'm off to Mass this morning and Confession later!
Many blessings to you all!
Friday, August 14, 2009
He was missing since yesterday evening and I saw this update on Margaret's blog:
"We are so very sorry to have to share the devastating news that Ryan Barrett has drowned. Our heartfelt love and prayers are extended to Mary Ellen and Dave and all the Barrett family. Words cannot convey the depth of this sadness. We pray that God will grant them strength and peace in this horrible time of loss."
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I was very thankful to have my non-stress test appt today and to have the opportunity to hear her heart and watch it for 30 minutes, knowing she is doing fine. Really, these appts are a blessing, I have 2 weeks left and 7 appts left. The appts are to make sure the baby is fine.
A few nights ago, I worried all night about the night before the c-section. I will not be able to eat or drink anything after midnight. It's the no drinking thing that I worried, literally all night about, see, I have a water bottle by my bed and every time I get up to go potty, which is every hour to 2 hours at most, I take a big drink. I know, it makes me go more, but hey, if I'm going to go anyway, might as well drink, right?
I've been worrying about the day and night before the c-section. I will be cleaning and trying to do everything I won't be able to do for weeks all in one day. I will feel sick to my stomach the whole day and night. I will be worrying about all the throwing up I will be doing during the surgery, I will be worrying about having low blood sugar and not being able to eat or drink anything, I will be worrying about whether she will have birth marks, and the list goes on and on. I will especially be worrying about having this 5th surgery in the emergency surgery room, on the main floor instead of the maternity ward surgery room, which is silly really, because it is a good thing, they will be prepared if something goes wrong....but what if something does go wrong?
All this and so much more. So much more.
I keep telling myself God is here now, He will be there when it all happens, and He knows how everything will all turn out. He knows all and in 2 weeks it will all be over. He is already there.
I am going to run to Jesus tonight for my holy hour. My holy hour keeps me grounded. He will take away this anxiety, at least for tonight.
Jesus, I trust in Thee.
Divine Mercy, the perfect prayer to pray during this "anxiety time" ! I'll be praying that!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Christine gave me this giant zucchini from her garden (she has a super garden, I want her to blog it!) I didn't feel like making zucchini bread, and it was too big to cook or cut up to have with dip, as I'm the only one who would eat it, so when Tracy blogged her recipe for chocolate zucchini bread, it was all I needed to bake it! (I love zucchini by the way, but the deer ate ours this year!)
½ cup oil
1 ¾ cup sugar
½ cup sour milk (add 1 tsp. of vinegar)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
4 T cocoa powder
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
2 cups shredded zucchini
½ cup chocolate chips (or more!)
¼ cups brown sugar
Add first four ingredients alternately with milk. Add all others and mix in zucchini. Spread in a 9x13 pan. Sprinkle top with chocolate chips and brown sugar. Bake at 350, 40-50 minutes. Yummy!!! Thank you Tracy!
Monday, August 10, 2009
This was the 3rd annual Blogger's Tea and it was a really good time! Tracy organized and hosted this lovely party we had, complete with prayer cards, chocolates and door prizes. I think Margaret was in cahoots with her on this one too. The waitress literally had to kick us out of there, as they needed the room for other guests. We would have otherwise, I think, stayed all day! What do you get when you put together 7 Minnesota Catholic Homeschooling Bloggers? Non-stop chit chat!! Poor Sarah and Josefa could not get in a full sentence. I hope we didn't scare them away! (Sweet Sarah will probably never ride with me again, I talked her ear off)
A word of warning: If a certain someone with a camera asks you to put your hand on your belly and snaps away, well...just watch out!
Really, the cameras were a flashing, and if you wanted something to not be in the "blogworld" you had to say, "This is not for the blog" kind of like saying "off the record" as if we were big stars being interviewed or something. (thank goodness, the main flasher's camera battery died)
Just kidding Margaret, you know I love you too!
It was really nice though, to share such lovely company with such beautiful women. I was honored to be there.
We really do hope if you live in MN, ND or even WI, that you will join us next year if you can make the trip! You don't even have to be a homeschooler!
(pictured above: The big blue whale....I mean me, Josefa and her sweet baby, Daniel, some lady pretending to drink her tea...oh, that's Margaret, Tracy, Kristina, Meredith, and Sarah. (click on the picture if you want a closer look!)
If you have not yet, please check out their blogs, they are all quite wonderful women!
They all have their own "take" on the party!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Mary Hannah, our kindergartner, not only expected the whole day to be focused on her, but she insisted it being focused on her. By yelling and screaming, hitting, throwing toys at certain sisters, throwing Lego's all over the living room, throwing all the doll clothes all over the play room and starting to throw everything off the shelf in the school room, before we caught her, which took all 3 other kids to do so, for me to bring her to her time out. Now, with most kids, this would be a moment where probably a hug and little lap time with mommy would help. Not with our Mary, she is not like that, that type of thing must be done on her terms.
inbetween that, Babycakes also had 3 poopie accidents in her panties. I now have a mixed solution in a jar, of bleach, soap and water for my hands after cleaning out these poopie panties. The last half hour of school on that first day, the littles turned on channel 2, and I let them. Ballerina Rosie yelled, "they turned on the TV" to which I said "so?" "Just let them!"
I'd planned on baking chocolate chip cookies (the pre-made dough kind, fast for snack), but had no chance to do that and was not exactly in the "happy baker mommy" mood. (we did bake them the 2nd day)
I, do have to admit, I was very patient though, considering, and everything else did go as I said, the bigger kids did great, they actually loved school! Except for Ballerina Rosie not liking to wait for me when I was working with someone else. Little Mary Hannah, did do great in what she did do.
I always have these huge guilt feelings for my littles. Maybe sending my kids off to school would be better. But I know that our reasons to choose homeschooling far outweigh the reasons to want to not do it. I do get that feeling of "it would be great to send them off to school" but I know that feeling would wear off by the end of the first half hour of them being gone. I think a real kindergarten setting where everything would be focused on Mary may be better, but would it? It's hard, homeschooling steals away time I'd like to spend with the littles. But, then I tell myself that those littles get to spend time with their siblings and learn such a multitude all day because of that, and because I am homeschooling. We truly are blessed.
I just want to say it's not easy. Homeschooling is hard. Period. It's hard. Catholic guilt? No such thing, we have Confession, but homeschool mom guilt? Yes, we have that!!! I truly believe that homeschooling is a calling. It's not for everyone. But it is for me. I have always had this strong calling, knowing I am supposed to be doing this. That is what keeps me going. That is what keeps me praying and begging for God's help some days, knowing this is what He want us to do.
The second day of school went completely different, first of all Babycakes was all pooped out, so no messy panties to clean up, and Mary, I think knew what to expect the 2nd day and wanted it to be a "happy" day. In which it was. I just wanted you to know that not all days are like that, not all days are "happy" days. Not at all.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Yesterday, we got our swim suits on and thought it was going to be nice to go to the pool (we've only made it 4 times this year, because of cold weather) and it started to rain as we were getting in the van! I had some crabby girls when we went back in the house...including me, do you know how long it takes a big prego lady to get her swim suit on? It's a long time and quite a workout!
Since the baby is coming August 27th, and I will be in the hospital for 4 days recovering from the C-section, and will need more time to recover once home, I will be taking off 3 weeks. This year school starts around here after Labor Day, which gives me an extra week, so somehow we need to do 2 weeks of school in August. When I looked at the calendar, I had no idea how or when we'd have 2 weeks, with all my appts! SO, I decided, since we do 4 day weeks, we'd do 2 days a week for the next 4 weeks, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, schooling right up to the day before baby comes! Then starting again mid-end of September. The kids are excited, I'm excited, so we start tomorrow!!
Notice the MN Zoo day? Since we needed to cancel our vacation this year, my husband is taking the kiddos to the zoo next Monday. Way too much walking for this mama! SO mama gets to stay home that day....I'd rather go, really I would!
We have to wait another whole year for the next season to be released! Half of these people pictured are dead now, but are they really? I'm off to take care of my hostiles. Uh, I mean kiddos! Any "24" fans out there?