Here are a few pics of
Sorry for not posting! No posts means I am playing with my baby!
Here are a few pics of
Sorry for not posting! No posts means I am playing with my baby!
Thank you to everyone who has posted comments! Thank you so much for your prayers. I am feeling better today than I did yesterday, but am not quite over this. I did get my kitchen cleaned and reorganized yesterday. I had really been wanting to do that…
Now, let’s start praying up some contractions…
Yesterday was my official due date. There was no sign that this baby is getting ready to do anything. Other than feeling it lower in my pelvis, everything seems pretty calm. I am thankful, on the one hand since
I don’t know if the person that this thank you is for reads my blog or not, but if not I know that there are those that do who can get it to them! (hint, hint)
Last week, we received a box in the mail from OR marked ‘Baby…’ Inside were some very sweet and essential items. The gift blessed our whole family. So, to the giver, (or givers?), thank you. Thank you very much.
Maybe I won’t get to use swaddling clothes after all… =)
Well, last night and this morning I have been having contractions. Nothing major, but enough that I am taking notice. It seems like the baby has dropped some more and so I am having someone banging around on my pelvis…
I would covet the prayers of those reading this out there in blogland. We are all still dealing with some head cold stuff. I am fighting congestion and pressure in my head. Not really the way I would like to go into labor. I know that the Lord will give me grace in all circumstances, but I am asking for healing! And for healing for our family.
And, I will try to post if things pick up and I go into labor. Or maybe I can show
…is that if you were talking to me in real life, I would be exposing you to whatever bug is circulating at our house. As it is, the only thing that viruses affect in the virtual world is computers. So, be thankful for your buffer…
We are still battling this junk, although I think we are about to see the last of it. No one has fever anymore, (I had a round of fever last night), and the coughing does seem to be subsiding a bit.
Speaking of coughing, my syrup pic on the post below does look rather awful! As I have though about it, I think it looks more like a bowl of worms… Actually, the only part of that concoction that is used is the juice that the honey draws out of the onions. We did try to eat the onions, and they were gross.
I do think that this baby will be coming soon now. As I am feeling better, I am having more contractions. In the past, I have not monkeyed around too much with contractions days and weeks ahead of time. I think I did some with Keilah, but not with the others. It seems to me that things are just waiting for a good excuse to get going.
I hope I am right…
I have been asked about my cough syrup.
Yes, the one mentioned in my previous post was my own invention, although I was drawing on things that I had tried or read before.
Although the kids did like that one, I don’t know if it did anything major to help or not. I know that it didn’t hurt. :) I think it was about as effective as many commercial syrups, without the yuckiness.
I did look up and try a few recipes. Of course, I always have to monkey a bit with the ingredients… At least I am learning more about things that are helpful.
One interesting syrup that I have been messing with is very simple to do. And it tastes great. You simply slice up some onions and dribble honey or sugar over them and let the mess sit for 5-24 hrs. The honey draws the juice out of the onions and makes a very tasty syrup. It does seem to help, esp in conjunction with some of the other concoctions. Do a Google search for ‘homemade cough syrup’ if you are interested in several ideas for dealing with the different types of coughs. I found that adding butter or coconut oil to them helps to coat a sore throat as well.
BTW, if anyone has any interesting info to share, I would love to hear things that have worked for you and your family…
I stayed at home today, even though
No, I haven’t had the baby.
All the kids are coughing and doing the sniffle thing. And, one by one they have made the thermometer throw a fit and give a reading that lets me know that they’re bodies are fighting something. Right now, the girls are reading normal and Jakin has a low fever.
So, we are listening to
Actually, I made a cough syrup this morning that everyone seemed to like. I melted some coconut oil, honey, lemon juice, a pinch of cayenne, a tiny sprinkle of garlic powder, a bit of vit C powder and a small dribble of apple cider vinegar over low heat, just enough to melt the coconut oil and warm everything up a bit. I also added a few drops of peppermint extract. They requested more so I am assuming that they liked it. :)
I am also not feeling over the top. But so far no fever on my side. I’d like to keep it that way.
The baby seems to be doing fine. That is if kicking and spinning are any indication. :) The way I am feeling this morning makes me think that it won’t be long. I am starting to have contractions off and on. And, while the baby hasn’t dropped, I am feeling more movement and pressure in my pelvic area. I think somebody is starting to play with the idea of getting out of there.
I was thinking this morning about how my labors have been in the past.
As far as I know, all my mom’s labors started at night. She usually had the baby in the middle of the night or early morning.
I have, so far, started labor in the middle of the night or early morning.
Also, my mom seemed to be more affected by the moon phases. I have not been.
Just randomness that I was thinking about this morning…
Today I am 38 weeks pregnant. One week closer to having the baby.
Last night I had some contractions. Nothing major, but contractions nonetheless. I was happy to be having them, but at the same time, trembling.
My sister is also pregnant. She is due before me by about 2 weeks. In a conversation the other day, she warned me about having my baby before she has hers. According to her, it just better not happen.
Of course, I can’t promise anything.
But, I was wondering what the consequences might be if I have my baby early…
Sunday at church, nearly all the women suddenly surrounded me. I knew something must be up.
It was so sweet to have the prayers and support of my sisters in
I am very blessed and thankful for loving support and help from our family in
I just had to post this. Some will not see the humor, but I think it is hilarious!
The other day my midwife was planning to stop by my house and do a prenatal since she was going to be passing through. Well, things didn’t go as planned, and she ended up leaving way late. That meant that she would be passing through at about 11 pm.
As she had some things to give me and equipment to leave at my house, and since she needed to do a check up, I agreed to meet her in the parking lot of a convenience store on her path through.
Yes, you read that right. I met my midwife for a prenatal appointment at 11 pm and did my prenatal check up in the back of my Suburban.
Who else gets to do crazy stuff like this?
Next time someone says to me in reference to home birth, “Oh, you’re brave!” or “I could never do that!” I am going to grin inwardly and think,
“You don’t know the half of it!”
I got out of bed about 2 minutes before 9 am.
I was going to get up sooner, but fell back asleep. I really didn’t want to stay in bed the whole morning. Oh well, maybe I won’t need a nap later…
Hmm. As I was typing that, I yawned. I see a nap in my future…
Okay, I don’t think that is how the song goes…
But, I did get the yucky webs wiped off my walls today. Ah, THAT was a good feeling! We had a hatching of spiderlets down here that invaded everything. I thought I better get all the webs down before someone mistook my house for the haunted house event! :)
Now if I could get my windows washed…
We had a wonderful time at the conference in
There were more people in attendance than last year. I am not sure what the ratio of increase was, but it seemed pretty significant. It definitely seemed like they have outgrown the facility were it is held.
The sessions were just as good as last year, and even better. So many of the questions that we had going down were answered. We came back refreshed and challenged. Hopefully, I will get a chance to write more about what we learned later.
We had planned on camping, which we did, but in a modified way. When we got to the campsite, we were informed that there was a cabin available. It was very nice, and comfortable for a lady with a big belly. :) We spent one night there and then one of our friends from the church invited us to stay in their home on Saturday night. That was a blessing as well. We had a good time of fellowship that evening.
Now I need to get to work on my to do list. Lots of things are screaming for my attention! Pray for me today if you read this post… I am heading to war and I intend to be victorious over the enemies of clutter and piled up chores! :)
Well, it is official. We will all be attending the FIC conference this weekend.
I am so excited!
For several reasons.
One being the conference.
The other being, this will be my first trip to
I have a lot to do to get ready, but come time to leave, ready or not, here we come!
I am planning to cook a roast, make some bread and then make up sandwiches ahead of time to take. Adding a few fruit type snacks and maybe some chips to that should work nicely. I may also take some of the old standby peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. With peach jelly, of course. :)
We are planning at this point to camp while we are down there. It will be a different way to experience
We are looking forward to the FIC conference that will be in
The deadline for the conference registration has been changed! So, as long as the registration is in by the 7th of Oct, there will be a meal included with the conference fee. (A very nice meal, I might add!)
At this time, we are not sure if the whole family will be going or not. While we would really like to take everyone,
Please pray that the Lord will show us what to do.
If there is someone needing/wanting to go with
If we just need to go as a family, pray that we will have clear direction and provision to do so.
If you are interested in info about the conference, click here.
For a direct link to the registration page, click here. This page says that lunch is not included for registrations after Sept 26, but we received an email from Grace Family Baptist stating that registrations received by Oct 7th will include the lunch.
BTW, if you are reading this and are planning to be at the conference, leave me a comment! :)
Today I had one of those experiences.
You know, I had a plan and something got in the way.
I tried to print a picture for
After digging here and there, I finally found the manual.
I looked up the error.
The manual didn’t know what was wrong. It said to check the manufacturer’s website or call customer service. This was an advanced error.
So, still trying to do something else and a bit disgruntled that I was going on a hunt for a solution to an “advanced error” I logged on to the website of the manufacturer. I searched this way for the answer, that way for the answer.
The website didn’t know what was wrong, either.
Finally, I called to speak with a human.
After going through menu prompts, I got to a human. He asked me info about my issue, then offered to sell me more print cartridges, (at a better price, of course), before transferring me to a technician who would help me.
No, thank you. I am having a cartridge error. I think I will wait to see if it can be resolved before I buy more cartridges…
After I was transferred, the technician took info that I had already given…
We worked through a series of steps to try to resolve the issue…
As I was trying pulling my cartridge in and out, unplugging my printer, etc, the technician made polite comments about things unrelated to the printer issue. I asked where he was located. He was in
At one point, I decided to tell him that I had 3 kids and was pregnant with my 4th. I then told him about how I had been diagnosed with cancer and how I am now healed.
My technician friend was getting a bit excited at this point.
I am not sure, but it really seemed to me that he was a believer. He said that he would pray for a safe delivery for me in Nov.
I also told him about the fire and how we are now living in the house that God saved in the fire.
He was very encouraged, it seemed like. He could see how God was taking care of us.
I got off the phone having gained a friend on the other side of the world.
Thanks to my printer throwing a fit today.
Oh, yeah. The printer.
It still isn’t working. They are going to send me a free cartridge and see if that resolves the issue.
It is going to be inconvenient having the printer down. But somehow, I don’t really care that much.
Because of my stupid printer, or stupid cartridge, whichever is to blame, I made a connection with, I am assuming, a brother in
I think I can handle a messed up printer and plan.
There has been some concern expressed that this pregnant momma will not be able to see over her belly and will trip on her new rug.
I would like to lay all such fears to rest with one question.
Have you ever seen a pregnant cat trip and fall?
I never have.
This momma is like a cat.
I may moan and groan in the bed like a cow, waddle like a duck, and even resemble a hippo in appearance.
But, when it comes to balance, I think I can be compared to the cat.
Just thought I would ease the concerns out there. ;-)
Okay, I am admitting right up front that this is a weird way to be nesting, but here I am. I have the rug bug.
I started this rug yesterday afternoon and this morning got it finished.
As I was putting the edge on it, I ran out of jute! So, as you can see, the right edge looks a bit rough. Otherwise, I am so pleased with it. It worked up quickly, (I just crocheted it), and it seems like it is going to wear well.
Anyone have a scrap of heavy jute lying around…?
…about the bailout package being rammed down our throats, follow this link.
If you agree with the plan that is laid out, send it to your Senator’s and Representatives.
I don’t know if
“By the People, for the People…”
I very much appreciated this post, again from Jess.
I have never heard anyone bring out this point on this issue. I agree very much with the thoughts of Jess and pastor
Wow. This is my 100th post! Okay, so 100 posts is not that many for a little over 3 years. But I have stuck with this blog and am very glad that I have done so.
I hope to do better at posting more frequently with the next 100 posts…
BTW, thank you for reading!
I failed. I didn’t get anything except the dishwasher run and supper made yesterday.
I did get some baby-building done, but what about that multi-tasking thing?!
I did do a few other misc. things, like got
Pray for me when you read this? J
I am pleased to report that I am no longer the lady with the spotted belly. J The spots have been fading for the last few days and my skin is almost back to it’s pre-spotty state! So, sorry, I can no longer post any spotted belly faces.
Sorry to disappoint everyone…
I have conquered the back half of my house and am hoping to conquer the front half today. Or maybe half of the front half… J
I have quite a list to get done, but am going to give it a shot.
I am superwoman. Why wouldn’t I be able to do it?
I got this update from the Free Market Foundation today.
Judge Rules in Favor of
With today’s ruling, PVBC will now be allowed to use their worship in their new building, beginning next Sunday.
I would like to bring attention to this blog post by Jess that I thought hit on some very true points regarding birth control.
I do not consider our family large by any stretch, but have definitely dealt with comments that are derogatory about having kids. Everything from, “You need to figure out what makes that happen…” to, “Oh, now you have a nice LITTLE family!”
Jess did not touch on this, but I have a bit of a peeve right now. I personally have dealt with it some, but also just see it in the lives of friends and family around me.
What business is it of everyone else in the world how many children we have or don’t have? I am increasingly aware of how NOSY everyone is. If you have kids, everyone has an opinion. If you don’t have kids, everyone has an opinion. And family seems to be a main source of the opinions in many, although not all, situations. “Oh, they are too young to have kids.” “Oh, I wouldn’t stack a baby on right now.” “I don’t even want to hear about any grandkids for 10 years.” Or the flip side. “So, are you pregnant YET?” “I keep trying to tell my son/daughter that I am wanting grandkids and I am getting tired of waiting.” (On this side of things, who knows what is going on? Maybe they ARE trying and for whatever reason haven’t been able to conceive yet. In this case such comments and pressure would be very painful…)
As far as I know, it is still a pretty private business getting pregnant. So, why is it okay to peek around the corner and try to direct the outcome of a couple’s intimacy?
What is that saying? Oh, yeah.
Mind your own business.
That one should cover it.
Today I got some things done, in spite of swollen feet and a belly in the way! (I rested my feet…see,… I have them propped up right now.)
First, I attacked my bedroom. It was still clean really but the floor needed sweeping and a few things put in order. Then I swept the girl’s room and then Jakin’s room. THEN, I plunged in on the hall. Yeah, the one that was piled with stuff that I had thrown out of my room when I cleaned it up before, along with other misc. items. So, the back half of my house looks great right now. I am happy for now. I got some other misc. things done as well this morning…
Now if I could borrow a snow shovel from someone for the front half of my house…
BTW, I have some awesome helpers. They can make some awesome messes, but when it is time to clean up, I have a crew that can get in and get it done. I feel very blessed. And hopeful. With a new baby on the way, having big helpers can be very encouraging to think about! Thanks, guys!
I went to see my midwife yesterday for a full check up and all. Baby is doing great! She thinks, and I agree, that this looks like PUPPPS, minus the itch! Okay, I am not going to do any complaining or arguing here. No itch with this thing is just fine with me!!!( I do have bumps on my ankles now as well.) I am praying for all the symptoms to leave… itch or no itch!
The strange thing with this is that it usually associated with first pregnancies. But, hey, when have I ever been accused of being normal… I have thought about it though, and one theory is that this is the first pregnancy after my battle with cancer. Things are probably different in a lot of ways. Which ever or why isn’t really that important to me, but I did think it was interesting. I have definitely felt like this is like my first pregnancy… J
So, what do you think? Should I make a face on my belly? I could have a cool belly pic with acne…
I saw my midwife last night and she said that nothing about this seemed serious to her. The fact that there is no itch is a pretty good indicator that there is nothing seriously wrong. But… I was wanting to take belly pics sans spots!!! I am to the point now that I could make some good ones, but not with spots all over!!! There is just nothing that sweet about a spotted belly! :)
So, here I am. Pregnant, getting kicked and pounded, my back hurts, I can’t breathe right, heartburn, two more months of this to go….and spotted. I think it is time for me to get the sympathy I deserve! :-)
Last night I noticed these spots on my belly. I wasn’t sure what it was, but thought maybe they had something to do with the tummy panel on my pants. Well, they are still there this morning. They don’t itch or anything, but I don’t get it. What are they? Anyone want to take a guess?
If anyone thinks that I have misdiagnosed the symptoms, let me know! :)