Saturday, July 5, 2014

Prayer Request

 Our summer seems to be flying by; and it seems like the plans I had in my head are definitely not want God wants of us.  He has some other ideas.

  I had hoped to get us to a family reunion in MN this July.  A big trip, driving with our littles, but it hasn't come together and I was getting frustrated.

 However, this past week my Father-in-Law was diagnosed with colon cancer.  This, shortly after my my MIL retired from her teaching career and our summer plans can be adjusted as well.  So God and his timing...

I am so grateful that we have the time now to be present and available to my in laws.

Please keep Bob and our family in your prayers as we face this together.  Thank you.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Almost 2 months later

A moment sitting down finishing lunch's leftovers. Yay:)

J man turned 8 weeks old on Tuesday.  I'm still sleep deprived, but I feel like I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel that is newborn exhaustion.

This time around I felt like I had to jump back in so fast with olders to care for and DH recovering from a month long sinus infection and a big mentally exhausting work transition for him.


Thank goodness for holy energy and the Sacrament of Confession, and an abundance of grace.  Buckets of grace.

Also some great reads and resources I'm delving into including Auntie Leila's book--The Little Oratory.  Love it.  Love the podcasts that Elizabeth Foss and she are putting together.  I would put links to these, but ...yeah...sleepy no think-itus.

But happy news.  We are planning J's baptism for this weekend, the Feast of Pentecost.  Awesome!  So excited but also a little nervous.  Princess is quite the handful...aren't all 2 year olds?  She pretty much launches herself everywhere she goes with intense enthusiasm.  And J wants to eat.all.the.time.  So having to interupt him for the actual baptism part is going to be interesting.  I've thought about if I could just uncover his head from under the nursing cover and make that work....

Say some prayers!

meeting Sr. Giovanna for the first time

sweet smiles for Daddy

last day of kindergarten.  I think Pearl's hair has grown 3 inches this year!

building legos

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A month later...

We are settling in and learning the ropes with a new addition.  This past month have seen a lot of changes, challenges, and joys for our family.  Some discipline issues with the olders and (hopefully) getting J Man to sleep better.

I haven't been online as much or reading as the thick of things here.  I have some goals for the summer time as we emerge out of newborn survival mode:

-summer bucket list to-dos
-prep the school room for upcoming school year
-get curriculum ordered for Pearl's first grade year
-2 homeschool conferences to attend
-visit with family nearby
-J's baptism!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

J Man

Baby J arrived Tuesday morning at 9:05am safe and sound.

8 days late just like Princess.

He was 9lbs 15 oz, so quite a big guy for our family. The girls were both under 8 lbs.

It was a wonderful birth experience for us at the birth center; truly amazing.

Settling in together and the girls are over the moon that he is here.

Thank you for your prayers!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Slowly upward

I think the infection is clearing. Whew!  The girls are much better. DH seems to be making slow progress and I am getting there as well.

Still using mucinex to aid drainage in my head and hopefully break up the chest congestion.  Just a little bit remaining, but it does still stall my breathing a bit.

Little man is putting lots of pressure in my hips; I feel like things are starting to get ready.  Yay!  Still praying for a fast efficient labor once things start actively progressing, but just doing lots of stretching to get comfortable and aid his positioning.  He has been flipping from posterior to anterior randomly.

Pearl was a posterior birth and Princess was an anterior birth.  Much prefer the anterior:)  So lots of stretching and such to get him to be in an ideal way to exit.

Today was nice since we got to Mass together.  First time in two weeks due to the sickies.  We also made it to Confession this week with our Parish Priest.  Hurray!!  That was awesome.  He met with both DH and I and did a special blessing for healing for the whole family since we've been sick pretty much all of March.  He also did an anointing and special prayer of blessing for me as I prepare for childbirth.

Even though we still struggle physically, I felt so much peace after Confession and Anointing.  What a gift!

Keep us in prayer!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The colds continue

This spring has done a  number on my family.  DH is on his second round of antibiotics and steroid shot; the girls are coughing and goopy; and now I am coughing...

My stomach muscles are so sore and the struggle to breathe got to be too much this close to delivery that I called the birth center and they got me some antibiotics to get started on quickly.  Hopefully this will take care of this mess so I can be rested and ready for labor when it does start.

Signs of things getting set into motion the last few days, so hoping I have a little time to recover before little man decides on a birthday.  I think everyone is ready....except me.  This coughing is wicked and I really don't want to go into labor this way.  But God is Good and His grace is sufficient and sustaining.

Please keep us all in prayer for speeding healing!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

38 weeks-ish

Feeling pretty good. Had our 38 week check-up yesterday with the midwife.  I think DH is more anxious than I am about little man arriving.  He was asking the midwife when she thought I'd go into active labor and whether I wanted to be "checked."

I said, No thank you.  Midwife agreed.  She doesn't like to do checks until mama is at her due date; and particularly for someone who has delivered before, she doesn't like early checks.

Her guess is next week, but would like to be proven wrong:)

I am having a lot more contractions, pressure and now feeling like things are effacing and getting ready.  Yay. He definitely feels lower this week and she commented on that as well.  Outwardly checked his position and he is head down and low in the pelvis.  Good position!

The girls are super excited.  Albeit, they started coughing yesterday so I'm not happy about that.

My bag is ready to go with us to the birth center and I've been alternating between bursts of energy and getting things done around the house with feeling super tired.  The heat is just now creeping up and I am starting to swell a bit.  So much better than my summer girls though:)

Today we went out to gather ingredients to make homemade lactation cookies and also stocked the fridge with fresh produce and lunch foods.

Keep us in prayer!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

35 weeks

This was at 35 weeks (I'm now 37).  Not too far to go!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Right Now

Late Afternoon; Saturday.

Seeing--Sun filtering through the front picture window bathing the living room in late afternoon light. Two girls snuggling on the couch enjoying Daniel Tiger.

Hearing-DH watching Top Shot from his office.

Smelling--Tomato-Spinach soup simmering on the stove and baked potatoes in the toaster oven.

Tasting--orange juice.  So cold and quenching my pregnancy craving.

Touching--cushy pillow and our leather couch.  Wearing my softest maternity tee and yoga capri's.  So comfy.

Soaking it all in, this moment. Just sweetness surrounding this life.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The "Big Baby Stock-Up"

With this pregnancy I have made a few priorities that I feel the NEED to get done so as to be ready when little man picks his birthday.

The biggest priority has by far been stocking the pantry and freezer for postpartum meals.

With the girls' allergy patterns well established and our adherence to certain dietary avoidance's, I really wanted to be prepared for when I'm not able to be on my feet too much or things are a little crazy in those early weeks.

We avoid gluten and most dairy.  If we do dairy, it is mainly as a topping for DH and Pearl.  Princess and I are completely dairy-free.

Here is what is packed away:

Ground Beef in 1lb. portions
pork loin cut into chops or pieces for stir fry
chicken breasts
pulled pork, already cooked.
Boston Butt Roast, ready to go into the slow cooker
Guacamole single packs (easy to pull out for dips or toppings)
Hearty Hamburger Soup
Pumpkin Pucks
Tater Tots and French Fries
Vegetable Soup
Vegetable Chowder-- sub coconut milk and hold cheese till end and top individual bowls.
Gluten Free Waffles (a treat)

Canned Tomato Products
Chicken and Beef Broth (also some homemade in the freezer)
peanut and almond butter
Applesauce (jar and squeezy packs to take to co-op)
GF and regular noodles (ordered the GF ones from Amazon)
spaghetti sauce

Still to get or make for the freezer:
Gluten Free Chicken Tenders
Grain Free Coconut Flour Muffins--Blueberry
Garlic Soup
Lactation Cookies
Spinach Tomato Soup
Breakfast Egg Muffins
Steam-able Veggies (love when these go on sale; so easy for DH to put together a meal with them)
GF bread (waiting on a deal)

Other items to have on hand:
Toilet Paper
Paper towels
laundry detergent
cleaning wipes
updated medicine cabinet

Fun treat:
I made GF chocolate cupcakes and stuck them in the freezer so we can pull some out when little man is born and have a little birthday party together.  I think the girls will enjoy that.