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Monday, April 30, 2007

Okay, BIG drum roll!

This morning we finally had our BIG ultrasound.

You know, there's a lot to be said for women's intuition. A lot to be said for a mother's intuition. Sometimes, you just know that you know something.

Yesterday in church, The Coach and I wrote down some great boy names that we were really happy with and very excited about. (important to note we weren't doing this during the sermon or anything juvenile like that . . . just during the pass the plate portion of the service . . .) I have been shopping little boys' clothes and found some darling sports-themed bedding. I've been watching my friends interact with their sweet little boys and observing that special bond between mother and son. You know, just really getting into this whole baby boy thing, because I really, really knew that in September we would be bringing home a baby boy of our own.

But then again, there's something to be said for being surprised. Really, genuinely, truly surprised.

It's a girl.


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Drum roll, please . . .

Well, not the BIG drum roll yet as we are still waiting for our BIG ultrasound where we will *hopefully* find out the gender of this little nugget. But we do need a drum roll nonetheless because at today's check-up, I got to choose baby's birthday! That was a really surreal thing to get to do, let me tell ya. I live life very much knowing that the best laid plans of mice, men, and pregnant women often go (astoundingly) awry, but if by some grand miracle everything does work according to our plans, then this next babe will be delivered on September 5th!

I was really excited and surprised to get to choose a date this early, but I sure did jump at the chance to pick a date today! Speaking of today, here's me this morning at just past twenty weeks:

(Yes, that would be Mommy's Little Shadow happily playing on the bathroom floor. Good thing I keep my house spic-and-span, huh? Ahem . . .)

And speaking of The D, here's a few pictures from our nature walk at the river center yesterday. It's actually a floating wetlands walk, and as you can see, D thought the wetlands look awfully inviting!

Not much else to report here. As always, I have some bloggy ideas rolling around in my head (and now being recorded on paper), it's just finding a few spare moments to getting them written up that remains the challenge. My friend Laura turned me on to Bloglines and that little helper does an amazing job of allowing me to stay caught up with all my favorite blogs. I may not always comment, but I really am reading! I have a number of friends who have just recently entered the blogosphere, and I have also just stumbled across many in the past few weeks that are really great reading! I may never open a bound book again.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Running behind!

Yes, I rolled over 20 weeks yesterday - the OFFICIAL halfway point. We are having a super busy week, but I promise to come back tomorrow after my doctor's appnt with a better update.

And no, the ultrasound is not tomorrow! Soon though! Very soon . . . ;)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - first one!

I found Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie to be SO very helpful last week, I decided to contribute my own little plans this week.

Here's the plan:

Monday: Fish sticks, corn on the cob, other veggies
Tuesday: Baked potato soup and sandwhiches on foccacia bread
Wednesday: Kids' Choice Yummy Peanut Noodles and baked sweet potatoes
Thursday: Chicken nuggets, fries, cucumber salad
Friday: ??? not sure yet!
Saturday: Chicken pot pie
Sunday: Wonderful recipe from my sweet friend Keara (actually, Sweet Friend Keara's hubby Joe!)
Joe's Famous Breakfast Tacos
2 to 4 potatoes chopped
4 eggs with milk and cheese
Kilbasa- (they like the spicy kind. Bacon works, too, or you can make them meatless with just potatoes, eggs, and cheese!)
refried beans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a pan put olive oil and potatoes in to fry. Cut sausage into semi thin slices put in with potatoes. Add olive oil as needed. Fry until potatoes are soft.
Scramble eggs with a little milk and cheese.
Move potatoes and sausage to the side and add eggs. Fry to the way you like and as they are getting done mix with potatoes and sausage until done.
Remove from heat when done.
Heat another pan and warm up 6 to 8 tortillas. Get 6 to 8 sheets of aluminum foil. Spoon or spread refried beans inside tortillas. Add potato, sausage, and egg mixture into tortillas and fold and put into aluminum foil and wrap then put onto a pan and into the oven for 15 to 30 minutes or until warm then eat.

I made these last night and they were so, so, SO delicious!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Reduce, Reuse . . . you know the rest

Are you ready for Earth Day? I wasn't, until I read this from Sara at Walk Slowly, Live Wildly. This amazing post will surely inspire you to take a step beyond recycling and work towards really eliminating the amount of trash that comes into and goes out of your home. I am amazed at all she and her family are doing! I hope you will be inspired and motivated, too.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


So, here we are - 19 weeks! If all looks good, we will aim for a delivery around 38 or 39 weeks, so I like to think at 19 weeks that the nugget and I are halfway there. YES!

It occurs to me I need to change my description of what this blog is about, as I have sort of wandered from the natural family living discussions that inspired this blog to begin with. (Much of that wandering has taken place since January . . .)

Life with D becomes ever more interesting as her flair for drama reaches new heights daily. I was telling my dad the other night that her (frequent and puzzling) tantrums bring to mind phrases from the Bible where great tragedy and pain are spoken of . . . you know, things like "wailing and gnashing of teeth" and "sackcloths and ashes." I am fairly confident that given the chance, she would gladly don a sackcloth and smear ashes on her face to symbolize to all who meet her that verily, verily, she is to be pitied among all children, for her mother hath commanded that she shall not eat of the cat's food from the cat dish, and she shall not use the dry erase marker she foundeth on the refrigerator to color the kitchen floor. Woe to her! Woe to her!

Yep, it's a hard life. Pobricita!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Hard to say

So, here we are at 18 weeks. WOO HOO!

Miss D had a wonderful Easter holiday, as this picture will attest to:

I want to do something today I have been meaning to do for weeks. I want to share my reasoning for choosing a scheduled repeat c-section for our September baby.

As I shared in my entries back in January when we got our Big Fat Positive, I was extremely interested in exploring a VBAC delivery this time. I am thankful that at the time I had the chance to do a LOT of reading and a lot of research. I felt very strongly at the time that this was something I could do, that I wanted to do, and in many ways - that I needed to do.

Then I found out our (small-town) hospital doesn't allow VBAC deliveries. I was so crushed. So my husband and I began a series of discussions about what path to take with this birth.

Bear with me, because this is literally our pro and con list:

* Statistically safest for me and the baby
* Greatly improves chances for future VBAC deliveries
* No limit on number of future births
* No significant help needed for extended post-partum recover time

* Have to switch OB practices (DH is not open to a midwife delivery)
* Must find OB in Austin
* Must deliver in Austin hospital (30-45 minutes away, depending on traffic)
* DH (football coach) *could* be out of town when I go into labor
* Best chances for "sucessful" VBAC delivery seem to come with little or no pain management through medication. I asked for, and got, an epidural at 4 cm with D's delivery. I don't know if I could labor all the way to the end with no pain medication. Just being honest.

PROS for ERCS (elective repeat c-section)
* Scheduled delivery - DH will definitely be there for birth
* Can stay with my (beloved) OB practice
* Can deliver at hospital here in town
* Can plan MIL's visit for post-recovery time (SIL is having a baby around the same time we are due. My own mother is not able to help me, so MIL is my main resource)

*Chance/risk of infections/complications for me or the baby
* Can't lift D for 6 weeks
* May be limited in number of children we can have (not that I can envision having more than three . . . still, I just don't like the idea of being told I really shouldn't have more than three).
* Vastly reduces chance of VBAC (VBA2C) delivery in the future
* Need significant help to recover

So there it is, all on the table. After lots of prayer and LOTS of discussion, we both feel at peace with choosing a ERCS. For now. We are also both open to the possibility that we may have a change of heart or a change of circumstance between now and September that takes us down another path. One thing that has been so helpful to me is to do some reading of women who have had scheduled c-sections who were able to create birth plans that were very personal and very respectful of this being a birth, not a surgery. I look forward to creating that kind of experience this time around, because at least I know what to expect.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


GOODNESS! I am awful blogger!

Here's the thing . . . I have dozens of ideas rolling around in my head for things to post about, but then when I sit down to write, I find it has all evaporated somewhere. BUT I just ordered these darling little scribble pads from Becky's Paper Creations so hopefully I can jot down some notes when I am out and about and thoughts of sheer genius strike.

Additionally, I am really, really trying to limit my computer time to times when Dacey is asleep and/or engrossed in a movie . . . errrr, um, I mean diligently and quietly playing with her lacing beads all by herself which she does a LOT. Really though, the main gist of the speech therapy we are working on with her is to encourage her to be verbal through play. So I feel super guilty about jacking around on the computer when she is up because I know there are really are things we should be doing together.

But seriously, I want to be better about blogging. I am really going to try to post at least one entry a week, and I think Tuesdays are a good day because I start each new week of pregnancy on each Tuesday. Seventeen weeks today! Hooray!