Sunday, April 29, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
My mom is on her way down here to stay with us for the weekend, and maybe until the baby is born. Hopefully that will happen this weekend!
I have been having lots of contractions but nothing too serious. The contractions are not very strong and they are not very close together or consistent. They are stronger and more painful than Braxton Hicks contractions though.
I have been reading birth stories online. I want to write out my birth stories so I will have a record of them for my children but I am not sure if I want to put them on my blog. Putting my birth plan on my blog was a big deal to me because it is so intimate and graphic. A birth story is even more graphic and intimate than that. A few y ears ago I would have written out my birth plan and birth stories and shared them with whomever wanted to read them, but it seems as I get older that I am way more modest than in the past. When I think about some of the things I have said and shared with people in the past it shocks me! :)
Today my children are out of school. It is a snow day that wasn't used. Having them here all day makes me fear the summer. Seriously fear the summer. I probably should start praying about this now and hopefully God will give me wisdom on how to handle 7 kids home all day every day for 2.5 months.
I searched "summer survival form moms" (because we all know the children will survive, it's me I'm worried about) and I found this cute article. I have only read the first few paragraphs, but I like it so far. I like that it stresses that moms need to savor the moments of summer. I know summer can be a fun, sweet time for our family. I just need to figure out how to control the chaos, for the most part, add some fun activities here and there, and keep the peace between siblings.
Will you please pray for the birth of this baby to be uncomplicated and "normal"? I do not want any surprises. I am also praying that the baby will be born in God's perfect timing. At the same time I am praying that God's perfect timing will be this weekend. :)
Please pray that the other children, especially Baby Girl, will adjust to Baby without a lot of problems. When Baby Girl was born, ds4 was 2 years old. He had a very hard time with anger toward me. He wouldn't let me near him for a few days, and then he still had anger toward me for several weeks. It hurt my feelings, but he got over it and everything was fine. Baby Girl is such a drama queen already. I hope she doesn't add more drama and tears to her already dramatic personality.
Dh is taking one week off after the baby is born. I am nervous about him going back to work and leaving me here with a newborn, a toddler, and a preschooler. I am mostly concerned about the toddler. She is hard to manage anyway, without a newborn to take care of as well.
Can you please pray about all of these things? I know God is able to take care of all of these concerns I am having. And I know He cares about every detail of our lives.
Beauty in the Common Things:Spring sunshine
Listen In:Boys talking and playing, Baby Girl saying "hurry, hurry"
Supper Plans:Beef Gyros
Today I Plan To:Try to hold on till Mom gets here, then rest and relax while she and dh take over
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
She did give a suggestion for a natural "labor starter." Let's just say my hubby will be very happy if I follow her suggestion.
Monday, April 23, 2007
I am glad it's Monday! I feel like I have lots to catch up on around here after our weekend. It wasn't a busy weekend, but we can make messes very quickly, especially when all 6 kids are home for 2 days. They clean up their stuff but the house still looks like a tornado hit it. I feel like a "stuff bomb" went off in our house!
I can't believe our baby is due in 6 days. Wow! He or she will be here very soon. I have to keep telling myself that this pregnancy can't last forever. The baby has to be born sooner or later, hopefully sooner. : )
I have been having contractions since Friday evening. They are not regular and they are not strong enough to count as real labor. But, they hurt! I have heard of women being in labor for days, even a week, and I wonder if this is what they experienced. I don't feel like doing a whole lot, and I want to be at home, but I know this is not true labor yet. My husband is getting more impatient than I am. Our 4 year old was born 2 weeks early, so we think every baby should be 2 weeks early now. Baby Girl was 2 days early. Dd12 was 8 days late and ds8 was born on his due date, or maybe 2 days early. I can't remember.
With dd12 I tried the old castor oil method to try to make myself go into labor. That was not a good idea. It did not make me go into labor. In fact, I was hoping I didn't go into labor because I was so miserable. My mom says she tried it with one of us and it worked. My aunt also says the castor oil method worked with one of hers. But I am not that desperate yet.
My midwives said they usually will let women go to 41 weeks, 6 days. That would be May 12th, which is a Saturday. I doubt they would induce on a Saturday, so they would probably want to do it on Friday, May 11th. That is my 5 year old niece's birthday. Ds8 and another niece (from the same family as the May 11th niece) share May 13th as their birthday. If I have to be induced I want it to be on Friday, May 4th or Monday, May 7th. Hopefully it won't come to that and this baby will arrive on his/her own in a few days.
Beauty in the Common Things:early Spring mornings
Listen In:Dragon Tales
Supper Plans: not sure yet
Today I Plan To:clean up house, do laundry, take a nap
View From the Kitchen Window: a misty morning
Friday, April 20, 2007
I decided to research this a bit, just for fun, and see if there is any truth to it. I have found lots of articles on both sides. This one says there is truth to this moon theory. This one says there is no truth to it.
I found this website, which talks about when babies are actually born, based on the date of conception. It says 2nd or subsequent babies are due roughly 269 days after the date of conception. According to my due date of April 29th, this baby was conceived on August 5th. That means Baby will be born on May 1st. This lady does not believe that there are more babies born during full moons.
Here is another website that explains the reason more women have their water break during a full moon.
According to the full moon theory and the date of conception theory, Baby will be born either April 30th or May 1st.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
So, I am going to try again. The reason I want to do this is because there are some things going on that I don't like. First of all, Baby Girl is into everything. It is chaotic because she has very little structured time. Meals and naptime are her only structured time. The rest of the time is playtime which means destruction time to her. Another thing is that ds4 is watching way too much TV. It is so easy to turn on the TV and let him sit there all morning while I chase Baby Girl around and clean up after her.
When we homeschooled, I did not let the kids watch nearly as much TV as I let ds4 watch now. I read to my kids more, we went to the park more, and they did their share of the work around the house. Of course, I was stressed to the max which is why the big kids are in school now. I want to find a way to have the kids in school and have a new baby and a toddler and a preschooler and still do the things I think are important.
I think it is important to do certain things with children while they are little. Things like teaching them to work around the house, playing outside with them, going on walks with them, reading to them, making sure their meals are nutritious and balanced, teaching them scripture, singing with them, and doing fun stuff like picnics and park days, fingerpainting and coloring.
This is what our day looks like now:
~Get big kids ready for school
~Take them to school
~Come home and eat breakfast, then ds4 watches cartoons while Mommy does chores and Baby Girls gets into stuff
~Mommy on computer and kids watch cartoons/get into stuff and have unstructured play until lunchtime
~Go down for nap/rest at 12:30-2:30
~Pick up big kids from school
~Play, eat snack
~Help big kids with homework
~Big kids do After School Jobs, Baby Girl and ds4 run around unstructured and make messes and fight until Daddy gets home
What do I want our day to look like?
~Get big kids ready for school
~Take them to school
~Come home and eat breakfast with little ones
~Do morning chores together (Mommy does Survival Morning Routine)
~Take a walk (ds4 and Baby Girl in double jogging stroller and new baby in baby carrier)
~Watch 1 cartoon (I will probably nurse baby during this time)
~Play outside/go to park/do something fun together until lunchtime
~Eat lunch while Mommy reads aloud (they LOVE this!!)
~Naptime/rest from 12:30- 2:30
~Pick up big kids 2:30-3:30
~Snack, play till 4:00
~Big kids do After School Jobs and homework (Assign a big kid to Baby Girl and ds4 while I help with homework- the twins do not usually have homework so they can help with them while I help the older ones with their school stuff)
~One more cartoon
~Daddy gets home and helps : )
My babies nurse every hour the first few weeks and then every 2 hours until they are 1. It sounds like a lot, and it is, but that is how all of my nursing babies have been so I just expect it.
I know I will have to tweak the routine a bit when the baby arrives but I think it will still work for us.
I used to have a job assigned to each day. Monday was Laundry Day, Tuesday was Kitchen Day (clean kitchen and cook stuff to freeze), Wednesday was Office Day (clean up desk, file papers, pay bills, etc.), Thursday was Town Day (run errands), Friday was Cleaning Day (deep cleaning), Saturday was Gardening Day (any outside jobs around the house), and Sunday was Rest Day. I didn't always stick to this schedule, but it was nice to have a focus for each day. I got the idea from Kim at Large Family Logistics.
(I have decided not to have a weekly schedule like this right now. It is one more thing to think about and I don't feel at peace about it. That may sound weird, but I am just not feeling like it is the way I am supposed to structure our week right now.)
Monday: kids' laundry, uniforms
Tuesday:Mom and Dad's laundry, uniforms
Wednesday: kids' laundry, uniforms
Thursday: Mom and Dad's laundry, uniforms
Friday: kids' laundry, uniforms
Saturday: towels, sheets, Mom and Dad's clothes
I have used this system for a few years. Occasionally (like last Fall until now) I try other systems, but this one always works best for our family. I always come back to it.
Part of my Morning Routine is to do laundry. If I consistently follow this schedule, I will only have 3 loads per day~ lights, darks, and uniforms. The loads are small and it is very manageable that way. I fold the laundry and then the kids put it away when they get home from school. That is, if Baby Girl doesn't get to it first and then I have to fold it all over again.
Of course, this is my plan. It is the ideal. I know kids, and especially babies, do not follow plans very well. There are interruptions and illnesses and all of that. So, this is what I am going to strive for and if it doesn't happen, then that is fine. At least I will have a goal to shoot for.
Another thing I want to change is the amount of time I am on the computer. I have email and blogging time built into my Morning Routine. I am going to take 30 minutes there and then check email again before bed. It is like being on the phone~ my kids get into stuff and bicker when my attention is on the computer.
I do so much better when I have a plan and a goal for the day. I used to feel very guilty and like a failure if I didn't get it all done like I planned. I have gotten over that in the past year. I now am able to be happy and content with what was accomplished. I am able to look forward to the next day without thinking I have to do all the things that didn't get done the day before.
I am more flexible than I used to be. That is what having 6, almost 7, kids will do for you. It will build patience and flexibility! I know that my routines and schedules are tools, not taskmasters. I am able to be flexible and go with the flow more, even while following a routine.
I love my new look! Thanks, Annie! You're so sweet. And very good at fancy-ing up blogs. :)
Shredded Chicken Burritos
I made these burritos last night and they were very good. Here is the original recipe. I was rushing around yesterday morning trying to get out the door on time, and I forgot to put it all in the crockpot. So, when I got home, in the evening, I modified the recipe.
I put olive oil in the bottom of my cast iron skillet. Then I put 4 semi-frozen chicken breasts on top of that. I sprinkled about half a package of taco seasoning on top of the chicken and then put a can of green chilies on top of all of that. I covered the skillet and cooked the chicken breasts on medium-low heat for 30-45 minutes. I really am not sure how long they cooked. I just left them there for a while and came back to check on them periodically. At one point they seemed fully cooked, but not tender enough yet, so I let them cook longer.
I shredded the chicken and added the juice from the skillet to moisten them a bit. Then we ate the chicken on tortillas with cheese, lettuce, salsa, and sour cream. Yum!
I saw Sue, one of my midwives, yesterday morning. It was another non eventful visit. Nothing exciting is going on to tell you about. Well, I am having prelabor stuff going on~ lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, backache, nausea, pelvic pressure, etc. Nothing major and nothing unusual for 38 weeks pregnant. I see Nancy next Wednesday and maybe by then something exciting will be happening...like, labor!
This morning I returned some books and videos to the library. Ds4 wanted to put the videos in the outside book drop, so I told him he could. Then I realized he didn't have shoes on. I carried him over to the book drop and held him so he could put the videos into the drop. When I got back in the van I noticed a sharp pain in my right lower abdomen. By the time I got to Braum's (needed to get milk, eggs, and bacon for Breakfast Casserole for dinner) I was in lots of pain. I got my stuff and started to walk out the door to go back to the van. I literally could not move. It hurt so bad to even take a step. I managed to hobble back to my van and crawl in. I sat there for 10 minutes or so, trying to relax so the pain would stop. I felt like my tummy was ripping apart.
Anyway, I finally relaxed enough that I could drive home. I got home, parked in the driveway and suddenly I was paralyzed with pain again. It was bad. I couldn't get out of the van. So I was just sitting there in the driveway crying. I called Corey to come home and get me into the house. He has a 30-minute drive from work to home, so I planned to just sit there until he got home. Then I decided that was not a good plan, so I drug myself into the house and crashed until he got here.
He's here now and I am resting. Nancy, one of my midwives, thinks I pulled something (ligament?) and she told me to lie down all day with a heating pad. So that is what I am doing.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Monday: Cream Cheese Chicken (Thanks, Michelle, for this recipe), mashed potatoes, a vegetable or salad
Tuesday: Crockpot Morning Casserole (Thanks, Sandra, for this recipe), cantaloupe, biscuits
Wednesday: Shredded Chicken Burritos, toppings
Thursday: Spinach Lasagna, salad, garlic bread
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Listen In: Jay Jay the Jet Plane
Today I Plan To: get kids prescriptions filled, work on Home Management book, pack hospital bag (this is getting to be a joke~ maybe I'll wait and pack it when I am in early labor), clean my bedroom
View From the Kitchen Window: sunshine
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I am going to start making crockpot meals three days a week. To do that, I need lots more crockpot recipes! I have searched through all of the Slow Cooker Thursday recipes and copied the ones that look good into a file. But I still need a few more.
Can you all email me your favorite crockpot recipes or post them on your blog so I can copy them down?
I know it will be easier to use my crockpot in the Fall and Winter because hot food tastes so good when it's cold outside. But there has to be a way to use my crockpot during the Spring and Summer. I am going to try new recipes that don't sound so "wintery" and see how we like them.
I will post the recipes as we try them. I am also going to use the crockpot recipes that I already use, like Annie's Garlic Chicken Spaghetti and Roast.
Thanks for helping me out with this!
Our pediatrician sent us over to the hospital to have all of Baby Girl's labs done. We spent 4 hours there getting blood drawn and getting a urine sample. It turned out to be strep throat. No urinary tract infection and no other infections. I am so thankful it is something that is easily treated and that we caught it fairly early.
Tomorrow morning I am taking ds6#1 and ds4 in to the pediatrician's office to get their throat tested for strep. They had a 24 hour thing that included high fever, sore throat, and vomiting. The dr. said they could have had step throat and it could have spread to another part of their bodies. I would rather be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to my children's health. My sister knew a boy in her high school who died from a strep infection that started in his throat and spread to another part of his body. Since hearing that, I have taken strep infections very seriously.
I missed my midwife appointment and my ultrasound this morning. I rescheduled the ultrasound for Friday and I am just going to skip the other appointment. I am going to get tested for strep on Friday just to be sure I don't have it. Today I have had a sore throat, but I dismissed it as allergies. I would hate to have strep throat and go into labor while sick. So I am going to see the dr. so we can treat it early, if I do have it.
Hopefully our family life will improve in the next few days. It has been a stressful week! And it's only Wednesday! My parents want to come down to visit us this weekend. That will be wonderful! I really hope no one else is sick and they are able to come down. My dad hasn't been to see us since we moved here last July. We haven't seen him since Christmas and we haven't seen my mom since early January.
I am excited about watching American Idol tonight. My sister Christina and I have decided that we need to get a life because we get so excited about American Idol. ha ha
But then we decided that we do have lives, very busy ones in fact, and we can watch whatever the heck we want and get excited about American Idol if we want to. So there ; )
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
All of those things set me off a little bit and I have been on the verge of a nervous breakdown all night.
But I have a plan!! My plan is to go to bed at 9 tonight and wake up dh if Baby Girl gets up tonight. Hopefully sleep will help my attitude and tomorrow will be much better. Prayer will also help me and I plan to do that, too, tonight before bed.
Listen In: Baby Girl working on taking all of my Target purchases out of the bag
Supper Plans: Well, we're not having chicken fajitas because I forgot to buy tortillas and I don't feel like going to the store. We'll have pork chops, mac and cheese, hot rolls, and a vegetable
Today I Plan To: Work on laundry (first priority), deep clean my bedroom (we'll see if that actually happens), pack my hospital bag (yes, I am going to get this done eventually)
View From the Kitchen Window: overcast sky
Like my new signature?
Monday, April 09, 2007
Monday:Garlic Chicken Spaghetti, garlic bread, corn on the cob, salad
Tuesday:Chicken fajitas, guacamole, Spanish rice, chips and salsa
Wednesday:Pork chops, mac and cheese, hot rolls, vegetable
Thursday:Oven Stew, cornbread
Beauty in the Common Things: sisters
Listen In: Kids talking about Easter chocolate, Baby Girl crunching Cheerios
Today I Plan To: do laundry, rock Baby Girl (she has a fever and is puny), pack hospital bag and put it in van
View From the Kitchen Window: it just looks cold out there
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Tonight it is supposed to drop pretty low and we are supposed to get a wintry mix overnight. So much for that sleeveless, cute Easter dress I bought! I did buy a sweater to go over it but it sounds like I will need a big coat. Guess those sandals won't really work either...
It's very different for us to get snow on Easter weekend. I remember one time getting snow on my mom's birthday, which is April 16th. That was years ago when I was a little girl, so April snow is rare around here.
The kids are already outside, bundled up, enjoying the snow! How fun!
Listen In: Baby Girl saying Dada over and over again :)
Supper Plans: Taco Meatloaf
Today I Plan To: pack my bag for hospital, take a nap, dye Easter eggs, send dh to the store for groceries
View From the Kitchen Window: the wind blowing the trees and trashcans outside (word for word from ds6#2)
Annie chose me as one of her 5 to give the Thinking Blogger award to. Thank you, Annie! Now it is my turn to nominate 5 bloggers who make me think.
First of all, let me tell you about my blog. I began this blog a little over a year ago. I really started it just for fun, for family and friends to read and see what was going on in our lives. Then it became more of an online diary for me. I like writing about my days and knowing that one day I am going to have my blog bound so I will have a hard copy of it . Instead of journaling in a “real” journal, I write on my blog. One day my children will have a record of my life (at least this small part of it) and they can read it. Hopefully they will laugh and learn from it! I enjoy reading other blogs, mainly to see how other people live and think.
The first blog I read and my absolute favorite blog is Large Family Logistics. Kim Brenneman, a mother of 8, is the owner and author of this blog. She makes me think and evaluate my home and life each time I read her posts. I first came upon this blog when my 6th child was a week old. Kim has given me so much godly advice through her writing, and I still read this one daily.
Annie’s blog always makes me think. Annie’s thoughts challenge me in several different areas. My spiritual life and the way I view God, scripture, and truth is the main area Annie makes me think. I also love her recipes and menus and all of that fun stuff! I have learned a lot from Annie over the years, most recently from her blog. Did I mention that we have been very close friends for 13 years? We met when my first child was almost born and her 2nd child was a couple of weeks old.
Natalie’s blog is another one I love to read! Nat writes about all kinds of different things, and they are usually things I would not have thought of if I had not read her blog. She is a very gifted writer and I love to read anything she has written. Natalie is my oldest sister and we have obviously known each other for a while.
You’re Doing What? is the blog of Melissa Nelson. I met Melissa through an online group of Christian moms called MOMYS (Mothers of Many Young Siblings). I met her a few years ago via MOMYS and then we emailed a few times. Then Melissa, her husband, and their 9 children moved from the city out to the boonies J and they started this blog to chronicle their adventure. I love reading about the challenges they have encountered and how they have learned step by step how to live this new life of theirs. I recently went back and read their blog from day one and it is so interesting and funny! You should check it out. Go back to the beginning to get the full story.
Organizing Junkie is a blog I found through Annie’s blog. I love this blog! Laura is the author of Organizing Junkie. She truly is an organizing junkie and is very talented in organizing her home and others’ homes. Laura makes me think about my home and the different ways I could organize this or that. I have never actually “met” Laura through comments or email, but I do enjoy reading her blog and she does cause me to think!
There you have it!
Thursday, April 05, 2007
This is what mine looks like, minus the basket on the bottom. You can see the handles if you look closely on the sides.
So, mine is actually a bassinet. But it is portable, so I can move it from room to room like a Moses basket.
As soon as I put the bassinet together today, Baby Girl tried to climb in! She can now climb baby gates and open doors. We have some babyproofing to do in the next week or so.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Listen In: the ceiling fan going really fast
Supper Plans: meatloaf, baked potatoes, broccoli
Today I Plan To: go to 3 Easter parties, pay bills, go Easter clothes shopping, close credit cards accounts that I paid off in March
View From the Kitchen Window: dark
Today I saw Brenda, one of my midwives. I think she is my new favorite. She is super sweet. She sat and talked with me and went over my birth plan for about 30 minutes. Everything was agreed upon except the external fetal monitoring. I requested to be monitored for 20 minutes maximum in the observation area and then no more. But it is hospital policy that they have to monitor me for 20 minutes in observation and another 20 minutes in labor and delivery. Ugh! I hate having that belt around my tummy. It makes it so difficult to relax and be sane through hard contractions. I have decided to make the best of it and use my birthing ball during that time instead of lying down in bed like I have in the past. Maybe being upright will help.
I asked her about inducing if I go past my due date, and she said the longest they let mothers go is 41 weeks, 6 days. That would be May 12th. I told her I am not comfortable going that far past my due date and I would probably want to be induced right at 41 weeks. She agreed to that, so we know this baby will be here by at least May 6th! Of course, I am not planning to go past my due date at all. We'll see if Baby has a different plan. ;)
I borrowed a Moses basket with a stand today from my friend, Jill. It is so cute and I am excited to have it. I have never had a Moses basket and I like the idea of taking it from room to room with me if I want to. With the stand, it looks like a bassinet, but it has handles and it lifts off easily. I will take a picture of it and post it soon.
The baby is doing great. The heartbeat is normal, I am measuring within normal range, and I lost 2 pounds this past 2 weeks. That makes me happy because it means I am getting closer to birth day. I always lose weight the week or two before my babies are born.
I still feel patient and content. There are times when I wish this whole thing would hurry up and be over, but they are few and far between. I am trying to focus on the children I have right now and enjoy time with them and with my hubby. Last night we went on a mini-date to Chili's for dessert. It was very relaxing and we got to talk about nothing in particular. Actually, we talked about blogging and the different blogs I read. He wanted to hear all about it. Isn't that sweet? He really is the nicest, most loving husband and daddy in the world. :)
Monday, April 02, 2007
***I checked the date and it is Dec 2007. Looks like we're not getting a new one.
Aren't there lots of factors involved to determine the safety of a car seat? This one has been stored in our shed (not climate controlled) between babies. The one I want to get is the one Consumer Reports rated the highest in their latest study. I know their study was recalled, but I want to follow the recommendations of that study anyway. The reason it was recalled is because the tests they did were done at a speed of 70mph. They were supposed to test the car seats at a much slower speed, 35mph, I think. It makes sense to me to test the car seats at 70mph since that is closer to the speed we actually drive on interstates. ***
Beauty in the Common Things: getting things accomplished
Listen In: PBS cartoons
Supper Plans: see Menu Plan below
Today I Plan To: see above
View From the Kitchen Window: a cloudy, windy morning
Monday: grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup
Tuesday: Chicken and Pasta with creamy sauce (crockpot), salad, rolls
Wednesday: Spinach Lasagna, green beans, garlic bread
Thursday: Meatloaf, baked potatoes, broccoli
Friday: Garlic Chicken Spaghetti (crockpot), mixed vegetables, rolls
Saturday: Chicken Fajitas, Spanish rice
Sunday, April 01, 2007
We took these at a park close to our house. Cheerful took pictures of her girls, too.
Maybe she'll put her pics on her blog so we can see them. hint, hint, Cheerful!