Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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God Bless you and yours!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Special Video Footage for Mikayla
Special Video Broadcast for Stanley
And even though Sabrina wasn't enthused about meeting St. Nick this year,
Friday, December 12, 2008
And with the spotting I wrote about before, we rushed to the ER on the feast of St. Nicholas. The doctor told us the progress of the hormones and ultrasound wasn't matching our dates. The Mass for the Immaculate Conception was just the boost of prayer I was looking for. I teared up the whole time.
So every 2 days this past week I've gone back for tests. Today was one of them, which also included an ultrasound.
Our baby is growing - 4mm, with a normal heartbeat -100bpm.... for a 6wk 5day baby (not 7wk 2 days as we thought). Who cares - he has a heartbeat, he's grown!!!!! So our new due date is about August 7, 2009. Though we will deliver c-section sometime in July.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
So, I wanted you to get in on the fun, since you've been such a comfort during this process. Go to my blogsite at the end of my blogs, and you'll find a pregnancy ticker and a poll.
I will be going for another blood test and ultrasound tomorrow afternoon (friday). Thank you for all your continued prayers!
God Bless you and yours!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
5th grader - Dalton Sherman, keynote speaker
I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to teach my children, and I am truly blessed to have a community of people I can turn to when I need ideas, motivation, encouragement, activities, or help.
Thank you & God Bless!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I noticed many of you have done this one, so I was curous who I was like... By the way - my grandma's name is Doris! And I happen to like watching Doris Day. It's amazing how true the results were.
Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...
You Are a Doris!
You are a Doris -- "I must help others."
Dorises are warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive to other people's needs.
How to Get Along with Me
- * Tell me that you appreciate me. Be specific.
- * Share fun times with me.
- * Take an interest in my problems, though I will probably try to focus on yours.
- * Let me know that I am important and special to you.
- * Be gentle if you decide to criticize me.
In Intimate Relationships
- * Reassure me that I am interesting to you.
- * Reassure me often that you love me.
- * Tell me I'm attractive and that you're glad to be seen with me.
What I Like About Being a Doris
- * being able to relate easily to people and to make friends
- * knowing what people need and being able to make their lives better
- * being generous, caring, and warm
- * being sensitive to and perceptive about others' feelings
- * being enthusiastic and fun-loving, and having a good sense of humor
What's Hard About Being a Doris
- * not being able to say no
- * having low self-esteem
- * feeling drained from overdoing for others
- * not doing things I really like to do for myself for fear of being selfish
- * criticizing myself for not feeling as loving as I think I should
- * being upset that others don't tune in to me as much as I tume in to them
- * working so hard to be tactful and considerate that I suppress my real feelings
Dorises as Children Often
- * are very sensitive to disapproval and criticism
- * try hard to please their parents by being helpful and understanding
- * are outwardly compliant
- * are popular or try to be popular with other children
- * act coy, precocious, or dramatic in order to get attention
- * are clowns and jokers (the more extroverted Dorises), or quiet and shy (the more introverted Dorises)
Dorises as Parents
- * are good listeners, love their children unconditionally, and are warm and encouraging (or suffer guilt if they aren't)
- * are often playful with their children
- * wonder: "Am I doing it right?" "Am I giving enough?" "Have I caused irreparable damage?"
- * can become fiercely protective
God Bless you and yours!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Since I found out I was pregnant, I spotted daily but not much to talk about. What has occured since I will discuss, but is only for motherly eyes...
Last Friday Tom and I dropped the kids off at my parents while we attended Tom's work Appreciation Dinner. We ate, laughed, and danced a lot. The next morning, on the feast of St. Nicholas, we went to the Stearns Electric Co Christmas Party complete with Santa, reindeer ride, music and snacks. We had a fabulous time. Mikayla decided to ask Santa for ...not toys... but that our baby be healthy. What an angel she is!
When I got home I really had to pee, and found a large clot. I immediately freaked out and didn't go to the bathroom - being haunted by the fact of my first two miscarriages which were flushed down the toilet before i knew what was going on. I called the nurse, who urged me to go to the ER to be checked out. Since we needed a sitter, we had to announce our pregnancy to Tom's mother in this way. Where just an hour before we had invited them over for dinner to make the announcement.
So we rush to the ER, I am of course bawling my eyes out and waiting forever. From Noon to 6pm I was poked and proded more than ever before. Blood test first, then rolled me down to Ultra Sound. Where my bladder was so full some 3 hours after I had to go, and they needed a clean sample, so they come in with a catheder and lets say there was a big mess which was a very humiliating experience. (We all laughed later.) Finally - the transabdominal ultrasound showed no heartbeat for a 6wk 3 day old pregnancy. It appeared as if I was only 5 weeks aprx. I told them I chart NFP, so I know my conception date well, and 1-2 weeks difference doesn't make any sense to me. [I even checked when I got home.] They said it really is too early to tell anything, so there is no difinitive answer at this time. But the good news was the baby was in the uterus where it should be, and looked great for 4-5 wks. For now, we will have to rely solely on the BETA Hcg tests and pelvic exam. And most of all, have hope.
Okay, to prolong the sorrow and confusion longer.... the test came back at 1200-something, which is in the good range for 6 weeks, and my cervix is closed. And what about the clot? This means that the clot probably formed before my cervix closed, just letting loose from my dancing? and the pregnancy is possibly viable. The only way to tell now is to watch my Hcg levels. But I'd have to wait til monday.
I cried the entire weekend. Unable to get over-excited either way.
So here we are at Monday - the feast of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. We have called out the prayer line, begging for a miracle. I wait not 1 but 2 hours to hear anything from today's test. I resolve that I cannot just sit around waiting, so I begin to pray the rosary on my fingers while hugging a pillow and watching my kids tear apart the house and my hubby laying sick on the couch.
When I finish the first decade, the phone rings! My hcg numbers doubled to 2500! This is good news. They will need to retest on Wednesday to make sure they continue upward - and we are leaning more hopeful on this miracle. For a 6 wk, we need that number to jump significantly- from what I understand. Here's a chart I just found...
What are normal hCG levels?
hCG levels during pregnancy
(in weeks since last menstrual period)
3 weeks LMP 5 - 50 mIU/ml
4 weeks LMP 5 - 426 mIU/ml
5 weeks LMP 18 - 7,340 mIU/ml
6 weeks LMP 1,080 - 56,500 mIU/ml
7 - 8 weeks LMP 7, 650 - 229,000 mIU/ml
9 - 12 weeks LMP 25,700 - 288,000 mIU/ml
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) levels can have quite a bit of variance at this point. Anything from 18 - 7,340 mIU/ml is considered normal at 5 weeks. Once the levels have reached at least 2000, some type of development is expected to be seen in the uterus using high resolution vaginal ultrasound. If using a transabdominal ultrasound, some type of development should be seen when the hCG level has reached 3600 mIU/ml. Although development may be seen earlier, these levels provide a guide of when something is expected to be seen.
So perhaps they couldn't see anything because the hcg wasn't high enough, but still good enough to maintain a viable pregnancy.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Click on this link above to find out more about St. Nick, kids activities , ways to celebrate and more! It's simply incredible what they have on this website for info and activities.
Who is St. Nicholas? and why do we hang stockings on our fireplaces?
Chocolate St. Nick is a great edible craft!
When I was 19 I went caroling in German with some of my friends and other kids, the first homeschoolers I'd ever met. One of my favorite songs was: Lasst Uns Froh und Munter Sein [Let's Be Glad and Full of Cheer] Click on the song for lyrics in german and english and the tune.
Let's be glad and full of cheer,
Soon St. Nicholas' Day is here.
Refrain:Happy, happy, happy as can be,
Soon St. Nicholas comes to me
Soon St. Nicholas comes to me.
When at last the school day ends,
Home I'll go with all my friends. R
I will shine my shoes so bright,
So St. Nick will come tonight.R
When I sleep, I'll dream of him
And the lovely things he'll bring.R
When I wake, I'll run and see
What St. Nick has left for me.R
Thankful I will always be,
That he's been so good to me.R
Nicholas of Myra - the movie coming in 2009!
Of course we will be visiting St. Nicholas at our church (St. Francis Xavier) on Dec 7th. We had so much fun last year, we can't wait to visit him again and thank him for the gifts that were found in our stockings.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I am still trying to believe it and be happy - but every cramp, blood spot, every worry in my head is keeping me from that happiness of this pregnancy. Before my youngest was concieved, I had miscarried twice. It was very traumatic because I was going through an emotional breakdown already. After we announced to everyone we were pregnant I lost the baby the next day, and the second miscarriage I didn't tell anyone out of embarrasment. So I was very hesitant telling everyone this time, even though Sabrina (born just 14 months ago) turned out just perfectly. There are still all those "what if's." In Shower of Roses' blog who recently miscarried, she mentioned:
I read here that it is normal after having a previous miscarriage to have these feelings of fear. This is the only medical hope that I have:
"Usually, by the time bleeding begins your baby has already died, unless it is around the 6 weeks period when only a small
amount of blood is lost and then there is an 80% your baby will be
fine. Sometimes a small amount of blood is lost when the placenta matures at
about 7 weeks and takes over the progesterone production. This can be
frightening but is quite common and in most cases your pregnancy will continue
as normal without harming the baby at all. These situations only lead to a
miscarriage in 20% of cases."
The majority of my hope comes from God, that he will take care of me and this child. My faith is the main factor in me still being here and my ability to come through even the roughest of times. Many of you have read about our hard times earlier this year dealing with unemployment and facing many financial and emotional lows. But only by the Grace of God we made it through.
I am frightened for more reasons that this. While we were being open to the possibility of life, we were NOT trying to get pregnant. We left it in God's hands to decide. And now that He has made His decision for us to be pregnant, I am doing all I can to accept it and be joyful for His special Gift of Life to us. My physical and mental health are in desperate need of care. It is very soon for me to be getting pregnant after having 3 c-sections, the last just 14 months ago. I was trying to wait 3 years and 100lbs of fat less. There is a risk of rupture in the third trimester, and I am scared as heck to go into surgery. The last surgery was very traumatic. Luckily I have a great faith, supportive family, and caring therapist. My therapist had just suggested I go back on my antidepressents, and now I realize my breakdown I spoke to her about was caused by the fluctuating hormones from this pregnancy. Luckily something in me said to wait to go on the meds until I was certain if I was pregnant or not.
I have been in a constant state of prayer since last night. I had numerous nightmares while I slept restlessly. Then I awoke back into prayer, begging God to help me through this time. Begging God to let me keep this baby, so that he or she may know me in this life as we are already planning for. But at the same time, allowing God to take him or her into heaven if He really needs this baby there for a greater purpose that I could ever imagine.
So here we are - in this moment of realizing God's unexplainable mysteries. Praying and begging God to help us accept whatever his will is for us. Today I pray. I keep my mind busy with my three beautiful children. And I try to stay confident that God knows exactly what He is doing.
Thank you for your time...
Please keep us in your prayers!
Some beautiful link's I've found lately:
- Baby Center - my favorite spot to watch my baby grow and learn more about my children!
- Here is a link about someone who lost their baby at this stage of life.
- And here is a link to fellow Christian who wrote about her acceptance of God's Will for her baby.
- Understanding Miscarriages
- Natural Family Planning
- Information before you have a Cesarian birth. A must read!!! I wish I had a long time ago.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Enchanted Learning = A plethera of printouts!!
Thanksgiving Crossword Puzzle
These people below are too cute, you can color them first, then use google eyes, yarn, noodles, glitter, etc to decorate their faces and outfits. I'll probably be printing them onto cardstock.
^I am thinking of making these next year with my kids to help them recognize the attire of natives and pilgrims. But it uses toilet paper and paper towel tubes, which I need to save up.
About.com Links has one of the the best link lists I think to kids activities.
Oriental Trading.com has great craft kits and ideas, some are easy enough to pull out of your own craft bin.
^I got these placemat kits from Oriental Trading Co. My 4 and 6 year old did very well with it. It's a great weaving project, and it is only $0.86 per placemat. They have snowman ones too!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Well, here's a final cheers to my youth. I have only one year left as a "young adult" as I celebrate this - my 29th birthday - today Nov 13th. I know I can still be youthful, but not young.
I've always been about birthdays and parties. Celebrating with all the enthusiasm and spirit I got. But the older I've become, and the less I've been celebrated, the less enthused I've become about the whole birthday thing. I swore I'd never let that happen, and here I am wondering why I'm even writing about it. It's really just another day. Right?
I can however look back today and see so many happy moments that I am proud make up such a big part of my life. From baby/kid milestones, to teenage achievements, and to marriage and parenthood joys.
^ Something I put together quickly - click to enlarge.
It makes me realize that I need to make CERTAIN that I do the same for my children, every year, so that they can look back on their 29 years and know how much I loved them and how special they are to me and the rest of this world. That their lives were a gift from God, as was my own. And we all need to live each day appreciating those in our lives. And reminding them every chance we get that "WE LOVE YOU" dearly.
So while today, the focus may be on me just having an especially good day. I am going to make sure that everyone around me knows they are special too and I love them right back!
May God Bless you, friends. May His face shine upon you, and bring you peace.
Love you all,
I know, I know - I had a dorky phase too! And for some weird reason I went from white blonde hair to light brown?
Please share your birthday memories or traditions in the comment box!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Leonard with his navy buddies. He is on the far right.
A special THANK YOU to my dad who signed up and served in the US Navy for 8 years during the Vietnam War. Following in the footsteps of his father. My dad may not have had to run through the muck of Vietnam jungles as some brave military did, or suffer the damaging mental effects that so many veterans endured. But he trained and schooled, manned his post where he was stationed, stayed honorable and obedient to his Commanders, and was ready and willing to fight if the call came. He learned a lot about pride in our nation, justice for all, and about standing up for what you believe in. There is certainly guts and glory in that. I am so proud of him for MANY things, including his service to our nation.
Fortunately I have time to talk to my dad about his service in the Navy. I can talk to him about his feelings about war - and how lessons of wars past can be taken note of during the current war. It's still the same fight - the fight for freedom. Have you talked about this with a veteran or soldier lately?
Thank you to all who serve us so bravely.
The NAVY song by Billy Talent
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
A Proud American,
Thursday, November 6, 2008
WebMD: Holding Hands May Reduce Stress
New York Times: Holding a loved one's hand can reduce stress
Women's Health Magazine: Helping Hand
Tom and I hold hands all the time. And it's amazing how many times we get comments from older couples.
Some are sarcastic in nature, saying that we'll grow out of that. To them I say, we've been holding hands since date #2 and that was nearly 8 years ago. I don't think so. It's one of those little things we'll never let go of.
Then there are the other comments that are so positive. Just a few weeks ago, at Tom's union dinner, a retired carpenter noticed us holding hands as we walked out to our vehicle. He said "you're still holding hands? You rarely see that these days." I said back, "I don't get to very often because I usually have 3 smaller hands in mine." Of course the two couples who heard this smiled brightly. I like to think we're a reminder to other couples that PDA (public displays of affection) don't have to be disturbing - rather setting an example of love for your spouse.
I am often stressed out, especially with social anxiety, and I do feel calm in social situations when Tom and I hold hands. When I have nightmares, I reach out for his hand to calm myself. We hold hands in church if we can. I notice when Tom gets nervous, he almost forcably holds my hand and stands really close to me. It's kinda cute really and flattering. We also hold hands in restaurants across the table when we are waiting for our food. Waiters seem to like that. Of course that is on those date nights we know are so important for us. Date nights usually consist of dinner and some activity such as playing pool, ballroom dancing, or a movie. Activities that require conversation and closeness.
Do you hold your spouse's hand often? Do you have a date night at least once a month? Maybe you should try it - and see if it calms you after a long stressful day. See if it helps refresh your marriage.
If your marriage needs a little extra something, or some major change... I highly recommend the book I am reading now. It is from the movie Fireproof. It is called The Love Dare book. Just in a few weeks it has done amazing things for our marriage that was a little rocky nearing the 7 year itch. It is biblically based, and challenges you every day for 40 days.