Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Communion of Saints. Or a new baby. Same thing really.

On this the feast day of St. Pope John Paul II, who by the way is my favorite Saint and clearly was just the best Pope ever... I will be unable to eat pirogi and other delicious Polish foods because I am in the hospital with this little nugget:


Introducing Meredith Sophia, my little Feast Day friend. She is 8lbs, 9 oz and 20 inches long. 

She was born at 2:12 this morning and we are all doing great. THANK you for your prayers. 

I will write up her complete birth story when I have the chance but it was fast and wonderful and I am truly amazed at what the female body can do. 

God Bless St. Pope John Paul II. I am so thankful for his intercession in Meredith's birth. Again, it will be part of the birth story but when Bonnie posted her plans for today last Thursday I just knew somehow that it was destined to be her birthday. 

Thank you for your prayers, I truly felt them all and I feel so blessed to have my healthy daughter with me. (Though currently she is off getting her hearing checked with her daddy.)  

Monday, October 20, 2014

41+1

So.

I'm still here. And still very pregnant. 8 days past due now. I may be losing it just a little.

Baby Girl passed her ultrasound on Friday. (Enough practice breaths, fluid and movements.) She also passed her NST beautifully. And my body seems incredibly content to be an incubator. We go back tomorrow to see if there's any change and discuss the next steps.

My mind is over it though. And while I am trying to stay away from "Worst Case Scenario" mode, waiting is hard and sometimes those thoughts slip in.

Besides Castor Oil, if you name it, I've tried it to "naturally" induce. Okay, I haven't done Eggplant Parmesan either but you get the idea. I am trying to embrace the wait, I keep prepping things. I keep cleaning things. (My house is about as spotless as a house with a toddler can get.)

I try to stay away from prayer requests because there are people who need them way way more than I do. But I am asking, if you could spare a moment of prayer for me and Baby Girl we would much appreciate it. We are specifically asking for continued health and a BIRTH!

I may go silent. The internet has not been particularly helpful for keeping my mind busy. Know that every day I am offering up my wait for different readers and their intentions. If there's anything I can pray for specifically during labor, should it come, or while I wait please let me know.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Countdown is On

In my attempt to keep busy this week I am blogging all the randoms and information. So that brings me to my very favorite time of year... holiday prep time. I've got to try to stay ahead of the pack on this one!

C is kind of really into looking at pictures of dogs/cats with pumpkins. It is a very easy request to grant. 

I may have mentioned I've got the Halloween costumes all figured out. Thank goodness because with every passing day Halloween gets closer. At this rate Baby Girl will only be tops a 2 week old. We did start buying some candy for our Halloween bucket but um... it's possible we were robbed and the only thing they took was the Peanut Butter Cups*. So we'll need to buy some candy. But I am not going crazy. Since we had a total of zero trick or treaters last year I am not super concerned about whether we have a whole lot available.

We'll have to squeeze in pumpkin carving but we can wing that. Especially since we already know where the carving tools are and we have a pumpkin already!


The Cornucopia of Carbs.
Recycled picture from Thanksgiving 2012. We hosted that year too. 

Then just a few weeks after that is Thanksgiving. Not my favorite holiday or anything but we will be hosting my family so that we don't have to travel. (NICE! Totally worth hosting!) We'll make some food (TBD) and play some board games and take it easy. Ideally we will coincide Baby Girl's baptism with Thanksgiving weekend but we can't schedule it until we have a birth date for the form so... that's still up in the air.

St. Nicholas is going to bring pajamas and a book for each kiddo. The pajamas are penguin themed because I figure that is all encompassing to winter--they aren't super Christmas-y but they'll work until it's warm outside. These are ordered already because Carter's has their $8 doorbuster pajamas and that's pretty sweet.

We will be keeping our Disney on Ice tradition, of which I am super excited about. And then of course we will also be making our gingerbread house again this year. These are our favorite "Advent Activities." They really have nothing to do with advent of course but they get us in a warm spirit and they are something to look forward to.

2012 Gingerbread House
2013 Gingerbread House
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Then moving on to Christmas! Only 69 days away. Which sounds really really crazy when you put it that way. We are keeping Christmas simple this year: other than an additional stocking I am not sure that I am going to buy any new decorations. For our immediate family we are doing: something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read. Then just a few other people are getting gifts this year.

I already ordered the something to read and St. Nicholas books for the kiddos. They'll be here today. Probably every pay check I'll get a few items off the list I made a while back so hopefully Christmas is easy peasy and not stressful.

Bringing us all the way to the beginning of 2015. New Year's has never been a big one for us so as long as we're all together we'll call that a win.

So those are the beginnings of my holiday plans! Should be pretty good as long as I stay on track!

*I may have eaten the Peanut Butter Cups

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brain Dump 5 Fav and WWRW

I don't know if there's a 5 Favorites or WWRW today. It doesn't matter anyhow because this post wont exactly be link up worthy but I'm going to steal their format and let you in on some of the goings at our house while we're keeping busy.

1. Worst Book Ever

I have to tell you a story. My mom bought me a book for my birthday. She bought it very early. It lived on top of my fridge wrapped up for almost 3 months leading up to my birthday and I never peeked. I read the book in its entirety last night. It is the worst book I have ever read in my life.

I wish I could tell you the name of the book. Or the author but honestly I am a little scared that the author will do a search on her name or the title and see this post. And while I absolutely 100% stand by the assessment of "the worst book I've ever read" I don't know that I need any drama.

Because the book was purchased because we know the author. Actually there's quite a bit of history there and it doesn't help anything that she is my mom's second cousin. (But my mom has a lot of cousins so it's kind of a drop in the bucket.) The author is not someone we see often but I'm not going to rock the boat at all here.

When I started the book, it was laughable. By the time I finished I was jut sad because it is THAT much of a train wreck. My mom did the world a favor by buying Amazon's only copy. (It is currently out of stock now.)

The plot is pretty bad in and of itself. But the writing is atrocious. "A lot" is misspelled. Which is a major pet peeve of mine to begin with but certainly you don't expect that in a book. Not only that but the book tries to be historical but... it isn't well done. At all. It was painful. Painful I tell you.

There's certainly a reason it hasn't been reviewed on any single site it comes up on. People are being kind. It is an actual kindness for me to not tell you the name of the book or author.

2. A Boy and His Balloon


Husband brought C home a balloon from the big work event yesterday and it is pretty much the best present ever. It is apparently a very resilient balloon but I am anticipating the balloon to die shortly because 2 year olds are rough with balloons. But, cheap entertainment for the win. 

3. My Magical Blanket: An Update



Remember after my birthday I told you about my magical blanket? Well I have been able to test it in cold weather now and it keeps me exactly warm enough. I have gotten cold using just this blanket but that is more the whole windows open when the temp dropped into the upper 40s and I was wearing shorts and we had a fan on thing. In proper usage it has kept me plenty warm indeed. It is a magical blanket. And it just keeps getting softer. For real. 

4. The Baby Wipe Recall

This isn't a favorite exactly but I was in full out freak out mode when I saw a tweet from our local news that Sam's Club recalled their baby wipes. Since before C was born the only wipes we have bought have been the Sam's Club ones. And I am a planner so we ALWAYS have plenty on hand. Like I have an unopened box and a bunch of other packs just waiting to be used. LUCKILY I had a Pampers coupon for getting free wipes with purchase of a pack of diapers so I stocked up a while ago. So I had 2 packs of wipes in the house other than our normal to use until we could get a replacement. 

Target to the rescue! They were also having a diaper sale, buy 2 boxes get a $20 gift card. (That's like one box being $14.99!) So Husband went out last night to get a box of Target wipes and stock up on diapers. We still have to get ourselves to Sam's Club to return all the other wipes in the house but having even a little stock pile made my heart happy again. 

5. How C Says Manatee 


He calls them "Mom-a-tee" and really separates the syllables just yet. It melts my heart. The walrus is still his favorite though. No worries there. 


I am not linking up to spare the time of those who don't visit often and don't realize I am blogging to keep busy and not because any of this is particularly worthy of being shared.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hash Browns

Something you probably don't know about me is that I like most everything to be underdone. Or underdone by normal standards. I like gooey cookies. Toast that still has moisture in it. French Toast and Grilled Cheese with no brown. RARE steaks. I like things to be not burnt. Or even close to burnt.

Except for hash browns. I usually ask for extra crispy hash browns and have perfected making my own.


So it is funny to me that I apparently like extra crispy babies! In most everything I like I am an underdone kind of girl but I like to cook my babies for a long while. I've been reading birth stories on Grace's linkup and all these stories about 37, 38 and 39 week babies just make me smile. That's not my body. And I am pretty darn certain on my dates too. I just cook babies "low and slow" like BBQ I guess.

If you've ever been this pregnant I'm not sure of your coping methods but mine is to pretend I'm not pregnant anymore.

Really. It sounds weird. But all the lead up to the due date was my anticipation. I did the super prep. I've done the try to get the baby out stuff. I've done the super grumpy stage. I'm now at the "meh" stage. And that is a good place to be. I am just going about life.

By the Grace of God my strained ab muscles have healed up so it doesn't hurt to move anymore and I feel like a spring chicken. I had a doctor's appointment yesterday and we are both healthy and content. If nothing happens by Friday I have an NST/Ultrasound/Appointment scheduled because I don't want to worry something is wrong all weekend.

So I am just waiting for my extra crispy hash brown baby to decide to grace us with her presence and until then I am just living life and keeping busy. And though I am deeply looking forward to my postpartum strawberry margarita I am content to just see what happens at this point.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Due Date Baby Girl

Dear Baby Girl,

Who's surprised that you haven't made your grand entrance yet? I wish I could say I was but alas...

Your dad and I have done pretty much everything in our power to entice you to come out but you like your cozy water bed and have decided against joining us out here at this point. You seemed to respond to the acupressure on Friday night and the black and blue cohosh. (Also on Friday night) but since then... nothing.

Oh well.

You are just reminding me who is in control and that it is not me! I just have to accept that my babies like to cook a little longer than other people's babies. But really Baby Girl, all your friends I know about with similar birthdays to you are here already, just saying. (Though technically you're not even late for the party yet and who knows what will happen today.)





And like Michael Buble reminds us both: I promise you kid, that I'll give so much more than I'll get. I just haven't met you yet!

I love you very much and I'm so anxious to meet you. But no pressure.

Love,

Your now 40 week pregnant Momma


Friday, October 10, 2014

Those Pesky Friday QT Again

It's time for a Friday check-in. I'm going to do the whole quick takes thing because I have nothing really to share with you but I am also not trying to neglect the blog while we wait for this baby.

1. Waiting for Baby


She's not here. But she's healthy. So that's that. I don't know much more than that. However... I did find out they'd be willing to induce earlier than I thought so I have that option looming on the horizon if need be. 

As far as attitude goes, I switch between indifference and impatience about once every 20 minutes. 


2. Weird Birthday Coincidence Potential

My cousin is due on the 14 but they're inducing her on Thursday October 16. She's having a little boy. Funny enough, she has 3 year old twins who were born exactly a year before C so they share a birthday. While I hope to not hang on another week here the odds of us having our kids on the same day again is almost too funny. Except this time it would be the exact same day and year!

It would sure make it easier for my grandpa to remember the birthdays for the great-grandkids! 7 kids, 4 birthdays between them! 

3. It's A Small World

I know I have already written about how C likes watching the YouTube videos of It's A Small World. He asks for "Small World Ride" a lot. And sings the song. And pretend plays the ride. 
ANYWAY. I now consider myself a near expert at the differences between the Magic Kingdom version and the Disneyland version. The key difference in toddler world is that there is a walrus in the Disneyland version. Which, obviously, makes California a dream destination for him. 

From my trip in April. C wasn't there.
He calls both "Disney World" though. And he's going to have to wait until 2017 when he won't care anymore about It's A Small World because that's when we are planning on going. (Unless we win a trip I guess.) 

4. Irrational Fear

Ebola freaks me out. I know that I have like a zero percent chance of catching Ebola since there are no current cases in my state and even the current cases in the United States are quite far away and, at this time, confined. But it freaks me out. Really hoping someone finds a cure for Ebola real soon.

5. Fall Weather

We have had one of those really nice weeks where it feels like fall but it isn't too chilly at all. Lovely.



He is very much into boy things. Balls, trucks, sticks, rocks and dirt. 

6. Burning Question

Is it election day yet?! We really don't watch that much TV, really but the ads are driving me nuts! Plus we get both IA and IL ads. It's enough to make you hate politics. We watch Wheel of Fortune almost every day and I am not even lying when I tell you that commercial breaks are only political ads or prescription drug ads. Senior citizens we are not but the marketers think we must be. 

7. Of All The Ridiculous News Stories

I know Fox News has a bad rep. I get it. But good grief. "Gender Inclusive" language in a school district.  What on Earth is the world coming to that the b-word and g-word are boys and girls? I mean... seriously?! This is for real? Sadly, yes. Heaven help us.