Thursday, January 31, 2008

I've got that queasy feeling

There is nothing I can eat or drink without feeling ill. I can barely leave the couch at times. This is going to be a terrible, long first trimester. The only time I've ever even felt queasy during pregnancy was with the twins. You KNOW what I'm thinking, right?

If anyone has any super remedies for morning sickness, please pass them my way. The only thing I can think of that I haven't tried is the Sea Bands bracelets. Maybe I need to run out and get one? Nothing else is helping and I've got 4 kids to take care of here!

Monday, January 28, 2008

We're home!

We got home Friday night and we are all recovering from our exciting trip!

Saturday my dad arrived from Denver and he is spending the week with us. The timing is perfect because morning sickness has hit like a truck. I am exhausted and so sick I can't each much of anything. It has me a little concerned that it could be twins again since my twin pregnancy was the only one where I felt so sick. (Or maybe it's just another girl?)

More details coming soon... and pictures...

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Matthew has been praying for months that God would make it snow in Georgia. Last night, his prayers were answered. It only lasted for a few hours but it was enough to make both boys excited. They played outside in it and Jason even brought the girls out to experience their first snow EVER. It actually just made me homesick... My mom told me this morning that they are getting 6+ inches back home today.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Random Pictures

We made another gingerbread house for my birthday, courtesy of "Granddad with no hair."

The boys both stayed up until after midnight on New Year's Eve. Here's them watching the ball drop on TV as the new year started.
The boys are loving this new game we got for Christmas. It's called Cranium Hullabaloo and it has these little mats that you put on the floor and a game player that tells you where to go. It's like Twister!
We had so much fun!
Elbows on a food!
Seriously, one of the greatest games!


Sometimes this is the only way I get things done around here....

Homeschooling Stereotypes

This gave me a good laugh a few weeks ago and I don't think I've posted it here yet. The part about the conversion van really hits home for us!

A Homeschool Family

Saturday, January 12, 2008


For some reason (and despite the queasiness that has recently taken hold) I have this terrible, nagging feeling that I am going to lose this baby. Then I have another little concern that is haunting me... twins. I know the odds (1 in 70,000 of having 2 sets of identical twins)are in my favor that this would NOT be twins but I can't help but wonder because of how I feel. And the moms at my MOMs meeting all scared me on Thursday with tales of other MOMs who have had 2 sets of twins, even 2 sets of identical twins.

So why am I worrying so much? I don't remember worrying this much with my last pregnancy and that was my first pregnancy after a "chemical pregnany" or very early miscarriage. I just hope this worrying is all for nothing, especially since the boys are so excited about another baby. (Why does Matthew insist it's triplets?!)

Leila was playing around and kicking me in the belly yesterday and I told her to be gentle because Mommy has a baby in her belly. She immediately pulled down the neck of my shirt and peered into it to see where this baby was hiding. I think she thought I stole one of her dolls!

Attachment Parenting & Celebrities

It's no secret that Ricki Lake had a homebirth, but have you seen all of the celebrities who practice Attachment Parenting? The Celebrity Baby Blog recently featured celebrities who use cloth diapers or wear their babies and other AP practices. I thought it was very refreshing to see how many celebrities made the list. I'm not into celebrities or anything but I think a lot of people see them in the media and the more press AP gets, the better! You can read the full post here:
AP Celebrities

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Spilling the Beans

I'm too tired to think of a cutesy way of saying this... so I'll just spill the beans.

I'm pregnant!

Please, no "hands full" comments or I just might lose my mind. That would be why we aren't telling any of our family yet! It's a little secret for now!

And guess what decided to start last night when I was at a birth? Morning sickness. Yay! At least it makes me feel better about this little one sticking around in there.

I have the distinct honor of being hugely pregnant in the awful, humid, nasty Georgia summer. And just so you know the least weight I've ever gained is 50 lbs so be prepared to see a bigger, badder me in any future pictures. And I have big, bad babies too. I secretly wonder if this baby will weigh more than Joshua (11 lbs, 1 oz.) Wouldn't THAT be something?

So there you have it. I have lost my mind. M will be 5, J will be 4 and the girls will be 2 when this baby arrives. And I'm betting I'll be nursing 3 again!

(I'm so excited!!!!!)

Monday, January 07, 2008

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Beautiful Slideshow

This has got to be the most beautiful slideshow of a cesarean that I have ever seen. Mom labored at home and transported after several hours of pushing. The baby was never taken from her which makes it so special to me. My cesarean baby was 4 hours old before I held him and nursed him for the first time. This slideshow is very powerful... you have to watch!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

A New Year, A New Beginning

I am sad and somewhat relieved to see 2007 go and I am excited and nervous about seeing what 2008 has in store for our family. I hope you all have a wonderful year!!!

Soon we will find out about Jason attending OCS. Soon my brother will go to court and hopefully put his legal mess behind him. Soon I will attend my 10 year high school reunion!

This week has been very difficult for me. It started on Sunday with a mom in labor. She had a beautiful, peaceful hospital birth and had an 8 lb, 10 oz baby boy with a nuchal hand. Her doc was very hands-off and it was the least interventive birth I've ever seen in a hospital.

I came from the birth and "celebrated" my 28th birthday. It was yet another disappointment for me when my dad did not call. My brother did not call either. The ONLY call I got all day was from my mom and she called in the evening so the entire I wondered if she had forgotten again too. (She has only forgotten once in 28 years.) My dad forgets every year lately and this year it was just because he was skiing and was busy. He called yesterday-finally. I'll never forget the first birthday he forgot (that I noticed.) It was my "Sweet 16" and he was skiing and left me home by myself for the weekend.

Anyway, Jason and I were supposed to go out to dinner & a movie for my birthday. I called my friend who had offered to watch the kids and suddenly she refused to watch them saying something about me paying her. I was dumbfounded. Needless to say, I was very hurt. I emailed her and told her that she hurt my feelings and received no response.
ETA: We finally talked and she never got my first email. The whole babysitting fiasco was just a misunderstanding. Hopefully sometime before the kids go to college Jason and I will go on a date again!

On Monday Joshua had his post-op appointment with the surgeon who did his frenulectomy. She recommended we get him back in with the speech therapist ASAP because they may want to do the surgery again. He has a very visible improvement and can now extend his tongue past his teeth but still has a limited range of motion and cannot extend his tongue past his lips. His tongue also still pulls back in the center making that heart shape that is the typical indicator of tongue-tie. Hopefully the speech therapist will be able to work with what he's got because I really don't want him to have to get it fixed again!

On New Year's Eve both boys stayed up until midnight and watched the ball drop on TV. Then we watched some great fireworks courtesy of our neighbors. Joshua played games on the computer all night and never got tired at all. He was so proud of himself!

This morning I got a phone call from my dad. I knew something was up when he called at 8am (which is 6am in Denver.) My heart was pounding as I answered because I thought it was about my brother. (My parents were worried he may commit suicide.) My dad was just letting me know that he totaled his truck last night. He was leaving his house in the mountains and driving back to his home in the suburbs of Denver when he went off the mountain road his house is on and flipped his truck over a few times. He and his wife and cat were in the truck and thankfully they are all ok. It was a little traumatic for all of them though!

Later this morning I get an email from my mom and there is a forwarded message attached from our church's former associate pastor's wife. Her daughter's friend is a 26-year old mom of twin girls who just turned one. On Monday she was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphoma. It is on both sides of her neck. This mother and her family need a tremendous amount of prayers. I can't even imagine what they are going through right now.
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