Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires...courage.
-
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, December 31, 2010

We have returned...

We're back. We returned Wednesday, getting home around 10:30 p.m......we didn't leave my mom's until about 10 a.m., much later than anticipated. It was a decent trip home, though a bit less exciting since we had nothing to look forward to as we did on the way there. We were glad to be home in our own beds, though. We had a great time with our families, jut wish we'd had more time to spend with everyone. It's always such a whirlwind trip, trying to get in time with family from both sides. And it is hard to leave....I'm always a bit sad as we travel home that we don't live right near everyone. :(

We have slept in late the last two days, catching up on missed sleep. We've also celebrated a birthday, spent some time cleaning up, and played with many of our new things. We will be going through the house to get rid of some things...we will donate (hopefully A LOT) it to Goodwill. We've almost gotten rid of all the colds that have been running through the family. I was the last one and am feeling much better. We all have the remnants of a cough here and there, otherwise we're feeling fine. So far Autumn has missed it....I'm praying it stays that way.

Gotta go. I'll be back tomorrow.....the beginning of a whole new year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

A road trip...we think

Unless something changes, we are all planning to go to Alabama for Christmas. I have been getting things gathered up today, and if everything goes well with Karl's appointments tomorrow, we will leave here on Wednesday. We went ahead and decorated a small tree (decided to get one after all) yesterday and opened gifts with the kids last night. We did warn them that if we are unable to go to Nana and Paw Paw's for any reason they wouldn't have anything to open Christmas morning...they said it wouldn't be an issue....hopefully we won't need to test them on that.

I still need to wrap gifts for those I bought for back home, but that should be easy to get done tomorrow. We also need to go drop books off at the library, but I will do that when I'm out taking Hailey to her horseback riding lesson. Other than that, we just have to get all our clothing into a bin and load it on the truck, gather bags of travel activities for each of the kids, and prepare snacks and drinks for traveling and we'll be ready to leave as soon as we've eaten Wednesday morning. Everyone is anxious to visit with all the family and I'm sure our time for leaving for home will come all too quickly. We're going to savor it while we can.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Our purchases....and other pics

Corbin's teeny tree.
Emma helped me make cranberry bread this week.We had lots of fun!
We bought a mini tree for Hailey's room....here is what she did to it when we got home.
We found some boots too...I'll have to post a picture later when we are all wearing them.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

How busy is your Christmas season?

We have been busy, busy, busy around here....trying to get our cranberry muffins made for all the SAINTS coaches (I still have to get them packaged), took Hailey to her horseback riding lesson, went to the library, did some laundry, etc., etc. More I didn't list but you get the idea. Both days this week have been like that and I see no end in sight....too much to do before we have to leave for my parents' house next week. I have more gifts to wrap and possibly more to buy....have to check out what I have and make sure I didn't miss someone...I'm pretty sure I did. I need to pack...and figure out how we're going to take everything we'll need.

We are really looking forward to the trip though. We need to see some people we've been missing. I'm very excited that I'll get to see my brother and his family, whom we have not visited with since Emma was about 5 months old. Crazy! And now we have another baby girl for them to meet.

We decided not to put up a tree. I have mixed feelings about that. I have always loved Christmas and wrapping presents and at least decorating a little bit. Things have just been so crazy....and now we're so close to leaving, we decided we won't do it this time. I think next year we may stay home for Christmas and then we can really decorate. And of course we hope some family will come to see us here next year....

I need to go get a few things before we're ready for the cold weather in Alabama. Logan's jacket is too small, and Hailey's is too, so we're handing Logan's down to her and we'll buy a new one for him. I'm sure Corbin will need a new one too.....I've no idea where his is anyway, in a box somewhere. Emma got one that fits perfectly from our neighbor whose daughter is about 8 months older than her....along with about a zillion pieces of clothing that are too cute. She is set for winter....Autumn has plenty too. I have everything I need except some gloves, so I'll probably go to Target and hit their $1 section. Mmmmm, and maybe try to find some of those cute warm boots I never got in NY..and some for Emma and Hailey. We girls gotta have some cute boots for winter! I found gloves at Target for all the kids about a week ago. They're just cheap ones, but they should work for the short amount of time we'll need them...if we need them; the weather could be warm while we're there. Karl has hats, gloves, and a jacket so no need to buy him any gear.

I'm still trying to finish the novel I've been reading for about a month now....I still read pretty fast, just have much less time for reading fiction. Most of the reading I do these days is necessary...instructions, self-help, the bible, etc. Though those are still pleasurable. But I love to find a good series and read them all. Usually when I find an author I like I will read his or her books until I've been through all the titles the library has. Now, since discovering that I can request books from other branches (I know.....I must have been living in the dark ages!), I often put a book on hold and look forward to its arrival. If you have any great Christian authors you love, please recommend. I'd love to discover a new one!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Autumn's 2-month check-up...

I took Autumn in for her 2-month check-up today. She normally is sleeping in the mornings, not very alert, so it was fun to get to 'talk' with her this morning while we were waiting for the doctor to come in. Her weight is 10 pounds 10 ounces and she is 22 1/4 inches long. The doctor said her height and weight "are beautiful." Yay! She's doing great, and actually slept through the night again for us last night. That makes about 5 times she's done that so far....praying it will begin to happen more and more. I'd love to have her sleeping through the night by 3 months, at least most of the time, but she doesn't seem to be on board with 'the plan' yet. ;) It did feel good to wake up at 6:30 a.m......to the alarm.....and realize she had not gotten me up in the middle of the night. She had some more immunizations today. We don't go back now until her 4-month appointment in February. I can't believe she's so old already....she'll be 9 weeks on Sunday, and today is actually her 2-month birthday. We should make a cake or something.....


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A message from a 'local' boy...

Listening to Merry Christians this morning. Shawn Kennedy grew up in my home county and is now a pastor in San Diego, California.

Monday, December 6, 2010

A doctor visit...and more

Last week, after being home from Grandma and Grandpa's for a few days, Corbin's eyes were still bothering him (he has many allergies.....one of which is dust mites......and we had him sleeping on a carpet, which is typically full of them), so I decided to take him to the doctor. One of his eyes seemed especially bothersome and I wanted to make sure he had not developed some sort of infection. The nurse practitioner gave us some eye drops to use for a few days to get rid of the itchiness, and just as a precaution, put him on an antibiotic to get rid of any infection if it was there, though she said she really thought it was only irritated. His eye looked much better by the next morning and the itchiness stopped almost immediately. He is on the antibiotic until it's gone, which should be by the weekend. While we were there they checked out Autumn too, and she weighed 10 pounds 5 ounces. She goes back for her official 2-month check-up on Friday, so I'll be back then to post details.

Hailey has been working on a very special gift for some folks in our family. I really think you'll be duly impressed and especially blessed by her hard work. I'm very proud of her!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Some photos to enjoy...

I ordered some hair accessories for the girls....so far Emma likes putting them on and taking them off better than wearing them. Autumn doesn't seem to mind too much, though they are still a little large for her head.

Emma found a little friend at the dentist's office.
We love each other. ;)
Aunt Kristen had Thanksgiving Day crafts ready to go.....
Autumn with her slightly older (and BIGGER) cousin Gus....Emma got in on the action, too.
Karl's parents with all their grandkids.
Grandpa and Grandma with their newest grandbabies.
Grandpa and Autumn enjoying the evening together.
Emma loved the flowers.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Funny video

If you have a large family you understand...enjoy!


Monday, November 29, 2010

Too long away and other ramblings...

I was doing so well...just haven't seemed to be able to find much time for writing.

We had a good week for Thanksgiving. Karl was off all week so that was great. We spent the week with his family. We drove back and forth with Emma and Autumn...despite the 3 hours in the car each day it was still easier than trying to pack all of us into one bedroom each night. The oldest three kids got to stay with Grandma and Grandpa and visit with them and their aunt, uncle, and cousins. I think they really enjoyed that, and it was fun for us to see them each day too. We ended the week with an Auburn football win, hot wings, and pie. On to the SEC championship we go!

I started my diet today....vegetarian...until Christmas, then I'll take a hiatus again until the New Year probably. Well, not really a hiatus. I plan to continue to eat as healthfully as possible, but I also plan to indulge in some of my favorite holiday foods. I'm using the book Eat to Live, and just discovered this web site, too. I used the book several years ago and lost 7 pounds in one week. I'm hoping I can get the same results this time. I'll also be checking out the web site to see if it can help me.

I took Logan shopping for jeans last week...did not go out on Friday....I enjoyed that before I had kids and have gone a few times since too, but I was with family and I wasn't planning to drag 5 kids around from store to store anyway. I had checked all the kids clothing needs a couple of months ago, but somehow missed that his jeans and pants were all too short. So, we went to Old Navy and got three pairs of jeans and a pair of dress pants. Those should get us through the terrible winter here in Florida. I was tempted to go out to Old Navy at midnight Thursday (that's when they opened).....I do love their clothing.....but I resisted. I opted for the few hours of sleep I get each night.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Struggles....

Some of you probably remember this post. Let's just say that I've really had to hold onto those thoughts over the last 6 weeks. Though I realize that my challenges could be much worse, I have definitely been struggling with some trials in my life. During a time that should (and is in many ways) be joyful, I have had some joy stealers crop up and I have had to fight the temptation to wallow in self-pity....I have sometimes lost. It is tough to trust......even though I believe God has a wonderful plan and it is best......when I don't understand. I'm not going to share details, but I am still asking for prayer. My health is good....the infusions are over and all indications are that the infection is not gong to return this time....but still keep me in your prayers. Last time it was a week before we knew I had relapsed and the infusions just ended for me on Friday. Thanks.

There are some other issues that I need prayer for....personal struggles that I have to learn how to handle and that I need to give over to God. It's really hard...I can't see the point or the big picture....I know in my head that He does, but living it out is proving to be a challenge. I know this sounds mysterious but that's just because I'm not gonna 'air our dirty laundry' online. ;) Please know that I am depending on all of you for support in this area and I appreciate you all.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Her new ride...

For quite some time we have been looking for a bike trailer...you know the kind little kids ride in that is pulled behind your bicycle? When researching prices we fond they could be anywhere from $250 to more than $800 depending on how 'fancy' they are. So, we kind of figured that option was out for us....and we have bought a second bike seat (used for $3) in the meantime. However, last week I saw in an email from our home school group that a family was selling theirs for.....$55! I thought there would be no way we would get it, surely someone else would have claimed it, which is what has happened a couple of other times I tried to get something that way. But, we lucked out (God-designed) and were the first responders....meaning we got it! Karl and Hailey went to pick it up yesterday and Karl tested it out with Emma in it this morning. It looks great...almost brand new...and works perfectly. She had a blast taking her first ride with Daddy, her two brothers, and older sister. Check out the photos.



Thursday, November 11, 2010

Autumn's 1-month check-up

Karl took Autumn to her 1-month check-up this morning since I was in the middle of my IV therapy. There were no shots today. She weighs 8 pounds and 13 ounces....hasn't gained a lot but is gaining. Actually, she was just 7 lb 10 oz when we were there last, so she's gained just over a pound since then. She measured 22 inches long, so I believe she's doing much of her growing by getting longer. The doctor just said to keep feeding her every three hours, which we're doing anyway. His words according to Karl were, "She's not a hefty gainer." But that's okay, she's making progress.

Annoyances, too

I read a bloggy friend's post this week and her title was 'Annoyances'. I thought....I could really post about that too.....but didn't because I try to keep things positive here. However, I have often wondered if I give the false impression of perfection in our home. I definitely don't want people to read my blog and think things are always happy and that we have it all together, etc. WE DO NOT. We have many struggles just as anyone else. So, I decided that it would be okay to list some of my annoyances today. ;)
  • getting a call and the automated voice on the line asks me to hold
  • speaking on the phone with a representative for a company and being treated rudely
  • a peripheral line in the arm for an extended period of time
  • when one of my children decides to tell me "No" in her cute little toddler voice...cute, but still annoying
  • my husband can call the same company and get business done quickly...VERY annoying
  • The Cat in the Hat cartoon on PBS.
All of these things are balanced out by the following:
  • I feel no shame when hanging up on an automated voice.
  • The peripheral line is my 'life' line...helping rid me of this infection.
  • When my 20-month-old tells me no, I can just as easily tell her "yes" and she will (usually) comply.
  • The TV channel can quickly be changed to something we enjoy much more (maybe even to OFF).
  • My husband is 'the king' and I can use him to get things done when others don't listen to me...I love that man!
By the way...the true King is Jesus and He is ultimately the One who helps me realize these 'annoyances' are helping me to grow in my Christian walk and to rely more fully on Him.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Some encouraging words from one who knows...

Sharing this link I found on a friend's blog. Definitely worth a read.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Our weekend

Yesterday, it took over two hours for about a quarter of my antibiotic to 'drip' into my IV, so we suspected there was a problem. It should only take about an hour for all 250 ml. After speaking to the nurse and trying several different things with no change, she instructed us to just be done for the day and that she would replace my IV tomorrow (today). She put in a larger one this morning and the 'drip' is working just great. When she removed the old one she showed us the 'problem'.....the catheter was folded over, so not allowing the fluid to go anywhere. She said it must have gotten pulled somehow and that's what caused the issue. Anyway, now things should go better.

We've been having cooler weather this weekend. It was in the high 40's Friday night, in the 50's Saturday night, and has been cool and windy during the days....enough for us to enjoy wearing jeans. Real football weather. We watched a little football together, celebrated Auburn's 10th win of the season, and generally enjoyed a relaxed weekend.

I tried watching yesterday's church service online but I eventually lost connectivity. I plan to try again today. Karl dropped Logan off at the church for his service then picked him up when it was over. Logan did not want to miss a week....he loves church and I'm so glad. The others would have liked to go but aren't old enough to be on campus without parents also on-site. Hopefully things can get back to 'normal' around here soon.

Please continue to pray for me and my family. The stronger antibiotics appear to be working....my concern now is will this eradicate the infection or will we have to deal with a reappearance? I'm trusting that God will have favor on us and that this will put an end to it. Thank you for your continued concern for me and mine....I love you all and am so thankful for my friends and family, near and far.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The first all-nighter...

I forgot to mention that Autumn had her first all night sleep-fest, which means so did we! When I woke up Thursday morning to her cries and checked the time (it was still dark) I was amazed to see that it was 6:49 a.m. We had put her in her bed at 11 p.m., fully expecting to awaken and feed her between 1 and 3. It felt great and I had a silly smile on my face all morning...."this schedule thing is working!" was my thought. Of course, she has not had another night like that but I know they will get more frequent soon. That's why we always put our babies on a schedule......it regulates their eating and sleeping patterns, causing them to sleep through the night sooner...a wonderful thing all around. I'm sure formula feeding will help as well. Anyway, just wanted to share...I know you're all thrilled for me. ;)

Home care

Karl called the doctor's office yesterday to find out if they could send a nurse to our home each day instead of having me go to them. The answer ended up being yes...our insurance is pretty awesome apparently. Yay! So today Kristina came and got everything set up. She will come each morning for the next 12 days to get my IV hooked up, then Karl will flush it for me when it's done. She's very nice and I'm so glad we get to do it this way....much easier.

Friday, November 5, 2010

And so it continues....

Wow, things change quickly. After seeing the doctor earlier in the week I thought everything was fine. However, when my incision (beneath it actually) began to look red and feel hot again, I called the OB. She had me go in to see her this morning...and she said the infection is back. She actually sent me to an infectious disease doctor, to find out if he thought I needed another round of Bactrum or a stronger IV antibiotic. We're going with the IV antibiotics....14 days of office visits to have antibiotics 'infused' into my IV. They are leaving the line in......it's covered to stay clean and dry while I'm home. The good thing is, the office is open every day so I can go on the weekends too...which will help since Karl is the one staying with the babies when I am not here. This is causing quite a disruption to his work (and to our family in general) but we have to do what's necessary. More prayers are sought on our behalf. Thanks so much.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

His ways are not our ways...

Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

There are many plans that I've made in my life. I have always been a big planner...and I still prefer to know what is coming. However, I have learned to go with the flow a little better than I used to (still a work in progress, though!). I have learned that often, my plans do not include the best things for me...even though I may think they do. God knows what is coming, what His plan is, and even though when I look at what is happening, it may seem 'messed up'....He has designed my life perfectly. He orchestrates everything to work for my good...even if others' intentions are not so good or at least were without His counsel. Just because I've learned these things, that doesn't mean I don't still have moments (or days or months!) where I struggle with His plan. I do ask why...I do shed tears....I do sometimes feel helpless and even hopeless. But I so trust my Lord. He is the one who has made such changes in me...He is the only one I can credit for any good found in me. My successes are all because of Him and my failures...well, those are all me.

Once again (it seems like I am constantly needing to learn this lesson...) I am at a place where I am questioning, wondering why, and just having to trust that His plan will prevail...despite how things may look. I can ask why this is His plan, or is it His plan, but ultimately I have to let things go....and let God. So please keep me in your prayers. We are enjoying our new addition and she is doing well...the family is doing well overall, so no need to be worried. I just need some support through prayer and I'm asking my faithful readers. Thank you...I know you all really do remember to pray for me and I am so grateful.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Infection Update

My visit with the OB today went well. Though I am still having some pain it is normal....not from any remaining infection. Apparently the 'lump' is quite common and I have one on each side of the incision...it's just the left side that hurts. My doctor said the pain will gradually lessen and that by about 8 weeks postpartum the 'knot' (as she called it) should be gone. As far as the incision goes, things look great. All infection is gone....no redness, drainage, or chills remain. I'm thankful that the antibiotics did their job and I can now stop worrying about that part of my recovery...and move on to just letting my body heal. Thanks for the words of encouragement and prayers. ;)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fall Fun...and other ramblings

I finally made it out to Walmart yesterday to pick up some things I needed. I was able to get some more bottles and nipples, some 'gas' drops for Autumn (really could have used those days ago), some nursing items, and a few groceries. Thanks to a friend and a couple of my aunts, $30 worth of that was at no cost me! Logan came along to help me lift things, such as the case of cokes and the 10 lb. bag of potatoes we purchased. Even thought it was just grocery shopping, it was nice to spend some alone time with my oldest son. :)

Last night was the Fall Fest at our church. It began right after the Saturday night service, which lets out at about 7:15 p.m. Typically, Emma is in bed by then, but we made an exception and all went together....the kids wore their costumes. I'll post pictures of them soon. There were several games to be played with candy as a reward...also a dunking booth, a blow-up slide, and a bounce house. The kids got free popcorn and Karl bought each of them a cherry-flavored Italian Ice...well, Emma shared with Logan. She kept wanting "mo-uh!" from everyone. I think they all had fun...and got some candy. Emma even played one game and got a few pieces. We plan to trick-or-treat tonight, so I'm sure they'll have more 'booty' after that! We're planning to be here for a little while to hand out candy as well...we'll see how many kids stop by.

We have not made our Halloween cookies yet, though I did get the needed ingredients. I think those will have be done after the fact...they'll still taste good, no matter when we bake them.

I see the doctor again tomorrow. I still have a tender spot where they said last week there is a remnant of infection. I have not had any fever, chills, drainage, or redness, so hopefully the tenderness will go away soon as well. I'm not sure if the OB will want me to have more meds for it, but she said previously that the next step, if needed, would be IV antibiotics at the hospital. I'm praying that will not be necessary.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Random thoughts for today....

Several years ago, when we still lived in Central Florida, our VCR finally broke. We had a LOT of VHS movies that we gave away or sold in a yard sale because we already had a DVD player and were not going to buy a new VCR. Amongst those were many Disney movies as well as most of the Veggie-Tales movies that were out at the time. We had LOVED watching those with our kids! My intent was to replace them with DVD's. However, I never did....we have 2-3 that we've been gifted over the years, but that's it. Anyway, I keep saying I'm going to buy them but I never do. Well, now I don't really need to. The library has tons of them that Corbin has discovered. He comes home with two or three each time we visit the library....and Emma enjoys them too. It's fun to watch and remember seeing them with Logan and Hailey....and I'm so glad my next two are getting a chance to enjoy them as well. Maybe by the time Autumn is old enough to watch I'll actually have bought a few more!

Today is a gray day, though the sun is beginning to peek through the clouds. We have all had breakfast, done chores, and are now just lazing around....reading, watching Veggie-Tales, and playing video games. Logan spent some time on the computer at a new web site.........here....that he saw on the back of one of his Lego magazines. After many weeks off he's 'into' his Lego things again. Hailey is still reading through the dragon books she got from the library. Corbin has been playing with Emma, watching the movie, and watching Logan play his video game....alternately. I took Emma outside and let her play in a mud puddle, in her jammies.....gasp! She loved it. ;)

I was thinking of taking the kids to the library again today...but I'm not sure I have the energy. I could do it, but I don't know if I want to. Karl is working in Miami today, and it takes all I have to get everything done here when he's gone...it's not so much the extra child (though sometimes that is hectic) but more that I am still limited in what I can do....no lifting Emma, no heavy cleaning or laundry, etc. And if I do more than I should I get tired and sore...so I try not to do too much at once. Karl has been wonderful...very helpful and accommodating....doing all that he can to make things easier on me. Thanks, darlin'!

Monday, October 25, 2010

More doctor visits...

I had a visit to the OB again today...to re-check my incision. It is much better, though the infection has not completely disappeared yet. I go back on Monday for another look. My round of antibiotics will be finished on Thursday and I can get back to breastfeeding by Sunday morning. I am thinking we'll try nursing again, to see if she does any better, but if not we will just continue to give the breast milk to her in a bottle....supplementing with formula if and as necessary. We've had a few 'gas' problems with Autumn, mostly over night. This has caused her to spit up quite a bit. Otherwise she's doing very well. When we saw the doctor on Friday he didn't say a thing about jaundice...it is gone....and I am amazed. We were told by the NY pediatrician that any future babies would "definitely be Coomb's positive." Guess that goes to show my God is greater!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Family Fun...and other stuff

Autumn had her two-week check-up today...a bit early. She now weighs 7 lbs. 10 oz. She isn't gaining fast but is at least gaining. I think our struggle with breast feeding probably had something to do with the lack. Her length is 20 1/2 inches. She received her Hep B shot....and the doctor says most babies have no reaction to it so hopefully that's the case with her...so far, so good. We will go back November 11 for her 1-month check-up and a second round of shots. I fully expect her to be past her birth weight by then, especially since she's on formula now.

We also had to take Autumn to the hospital to have her hearing re-tested this morning. While in the hospital she did not pass the test....most likely due to extra fluid in her ears because of the c-section (babies born via c-section don't get the opportunity to have the mucus squeezed out as those born vaginally do). We were only there for about 20 minutes and she passed with flying colors. We already knew she could hear, but now it's 'official' and the doctors are happy to have their certificate documenting it. The woman who performed the test was very nice...it was a different lady from the one who did it while we were in the hospital(who was friendly as well). We chatted about her kid's school, and how she hates it. She's looking into putting him into a private school but they are very expensive....when she found out that we home school she said "Maybe I could send him to your school! How much would you charge?" ;) We talked some more until we were done, I wished her good luck in her decision, and told her she could call me if she wanted to talk more about home schooling. She said she'd write my number down and thanked me. I can't imagine that anything will come of it, but it was nice to be able to encourage someone who's struggling that there are other options available to her. Sometimes people don't realize that or think "I could never do that!" I was one of those people not too many years ago, and now we're in our fifth year of home schooling. Anything is possible.

We stopped at the grocery store on the way home to pick up a few things and of course came out with way more than I had intended. It's all stuff we needed, it just wasn't on my list. Both of the babies were great at the appointments and in the store, so I'm thankful for that. The other kids stayed home, did their chores, and watched a movie, so they wouldn't have to be dragged back and forth to doctor appointments and suffer from boredom.

Now, we're all relaxing a bit...except for Karl who had to get right back to work, of course...while both babies nap. Tonight is Family Fun Night and we'll be having pizza, semi-homemade (using packaged sauce, packaged pizza dough, and packaged toppings), and playing board games.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

An interesting article...

Here's the link.

Some more pics to enjoy....

...since there's not much time to write.

Playing video games with Logan.
Relaxing in her bouncy seat.
Watching baby Autumn sleep.
Enjoying time with Daddy and Autumn.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

More news for everyone...

We've made some more changes around here. I am now feeding Autumn by bottle. I was giving her breast milk that way because she was really struggling with nursing and it was getting both of us very stressed. However, my OB called yesterday, after getting the results back from the culture they took when I was in last Friday, and said I need to stop breastfeeding....because they switched my antibiotics to a stronger one and the baby doesn't need that. I needed a stronger antibiotic because the one I had was not working for the bacterial infection I have, which is MRSA. I saw them today (all three actually came into the room to see me) and they said not to worry, this one will work. They all agreed that the incision seems to be healing well, but we just need to knock out this infection. I am to call them if there are any changes for the worse, but I really think I'm over the worst of it. I have not had any chills since last week, no fever, and I am able to get around better every day. Actually, the itching of the incision is the most bothersome for me right now.....and the fact that I still can't pick up my Emma, which neither of us is happy about. I'm afraid she's going to stop wanting me to hold her before I can actually pick her up again. If that happens I will be very sad.

Autumn is doing pretty well with the bottle, and her sleeping patterns are getting better...though she is a bit of a fusser at night. I'm sure we'll soon get that under control. Otherwise she really only cries if she's hungry or has a messy diaper....and she's not the biggest fan of a bath, but I bet that will change as she gets bigger.

Tonight we are hosting our first of a weekly Life Group for Logan's age group. He signed up for this Wednesday night group.....he'll meet with 8-10 kids plus a couple of youth leaders for a bible study each week. Apparently the family who was planning to host cannot do it and Logan volunteered us....which is fine. We've been wanting to get involved in the church in some other way besides Sunday attendance. So now we are the hosts.....only having to provide a place to meet. Karl may need to step in occasionally to help lead, but otherwise the youth leaders cover that. The parents will be rotating each week to bring snacks, but this week (since it's the first) we are providing snacks. I hope we got enough....I really don't know how much 8-10 middle school kids will eat and drink. I'm excited for Logan...this should be a great opportunity for him to make some close friendships....and for us to get to know some folks in the church.....as well as the very important fact that they will be studying the bible.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Some more pics of Autumn...

Before, at 36 weeks:

After:


Bigger sister lovin' on littlest sister...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Autumn






A new kind of busy...

Even though we haven't really gone anywhere or done much of anything this week, it feels like we've been very busy. ;) Keeping track of feedings, messy or wet diapers, making sure baby spends a little time by a window (to get rid of that tinge of jaundice), 3 doctor appointments (2 for me, 1 for baby), and trying to spend some time with all the other kids....I guess that makes for a busy life. And I guess I should have said we haven't done much of anything exciting....well, besides having a baby, of course!

The kids have spent a good amount of time with their nana and pawpaw....shopping, playing outside, etc. It was nice, the three mornings we had to get to doctor appointments, to be able to just get up and leave with Autumn...knowing the others were taken care of by my parents. I'm not sure when they're planning to go home....and they can go whenever they want...but I'm secretly hoping they won't leave anytime soon. It's been a great help having them here, and I'm enjoying our time together.

The kids have been reading a lot of books, using the computer, and playing video games to keep themselves busy. Hailey made brownie bites (from a package) for our Family Fun Night dessert last night, the boys have been acting as 'gophers'....getting diapers, blankets, wipes, the computer....helping in whatever way has been needed. Hailey, Corbin, and I even fit in some game time yesterday...just playing a simple matching card game together for a few minutes. It was nice.

I remember the busy-ness and exhaustion after Emma...falling into bed so tired that I did not hear a thing all night...until Emma was home (since she went back into the hospital for 4 days), then of course it was night-time feedings and sleep that was very deep until the next feeding time. It lasts a few weeks, then we're in a routine and the exhaustion moves to just generally being tired, gradually improving each day. The busy-ness becomes 'normal' after a while and we all can't remember a time when 'the baby' wasn't here. I love it.....as tired as I am and as difficult as things are sometimes, I love my large family. I'm so thankful.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A cute quote...

I have not had time (Imagine!) to blog as much as I would like, but I know I'll get back to it eventually. I did want to get back on though and post this quote for you.....from Tuesday.

Corbin came back to the hospital with Karl to pick me and Autumn up on Tuesday when they discharged us. As we were getting things ready to go, he picked up a plastic bag from the table....

much like this one:
and asked me if he should "get this." I told him to just put it in the trash. He hesitated and then asked, "Is this the bag Autumn was in in your tummy?" I did manage not to laugh at him and answered, "No, she was in a bag of water." His response, "Oh! I thought she was in a bag of water inside that bag."

I just love the things little kids say out of complete innocence...and I'm so glad God has seen fit to bless me with these children to keep my days interesting and full of joy. ;)



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Quick Update....

The days since Sunday have been pretty uneventful...well, compared to Emma's birth, anyway. It's been really nice getting to know Autumn without too much interference from hospital personnel....it was probably our most pleasant hospital stay as far as that goes. She was able to room in with us the whole time, and actually the only time I've been without her was when Karl took he for a walk last night and then when he took her to the truck when we were leaving the hospital today.

Yes, we're home now! It only took us 5 tries to be able to leave the hospital on the actual 3rd day AND to leave with a baby that has no jaundice.

More later....

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The birth of Autumn Elle Woerner...


I woke up this morning at 5:25 a.m. to go to the bathroom....I have been making multiple trips a night.....and ended up having some 'real' contractions. I stayed awake and timed them. They were anywhere from about 4-10 minutes apart. After about an hour and a half of moving around without the contractions stopping, I woke Karl up and told him I was going to call the doctor. Normally, if I was going to labor naturally, I would probably not have called in yet, but since we were planning a c-section I wanted to find out if they wanted me to go ahead and go in to be checked out. She did...so by about 7:45 a.m. we were heading to the hospital, which is only about 4 miles from our house. We were put into triage and I was started on I.V. fluids. When the nurse checked to see how dilated I was, things were the same as they had been when I was in the office last. However, after that my contractions seemed to get more constant and a bit stronger. The doctor was on her way and though I don't really know what made them decide to go ahead and do the c-section today, she said we were just going to go ahead. So, they admitted me, had me fill out paperwork, and we were heading into the OR by about 9:10 a.m. Karl joined us after the spinal was given and they had me prepped, and by 9:35 a.m. our baby girl had made her entrance into this world. It was strange...the sensations that are felt during the procedure....but I have to say it was much less unpleasant than I expected. I barely felt the 'pinch' when they numbed my back and when the spinal was administered there was no pain...though I could tell that he was working back there. It was the same with the actual surgery. I could tell by their movements that they were working and even what they were doing, but felt no pain. It went quickly, besides the sewing up when the baby had been delivered. My doctor was kind enough to tell me she was going to sew my incision twice (for reinforcement) so that "with your next one, if it's a 35/36-weeker, you have the choice to have a VBAC." ?????? I thought it was funny, but it really was nice of her to think of that, because you never know what a person may decide to do....if they may change their plans. ;)

Oh by the way, we have named her Autumn Elle Woerner, she weighed 8lb.4oz. and is 19 inches long. Smaller than expected but still a good size.
We have spent the day getting to know our newest daughter. She's beautiful, and knows how to nurse well already, which is a wonderful bonus! She is such a little peanut, even though she is a bit bigger than Emma was at birth....only just. She has not cried too much, seems pretty content, but we'll find out over the next days, I'm sure. She sleeps well so far too...but we'll see how the night goes.

Karl brought all the kids and my parents up to see her. Emma was sad that I couldn't hold her, but she did okay. She was enthralled with her sister, as we expected, and wanted to "hab it" when she saw me holding the baby. It will be a challenge, I know, but I'm looking forward to getting home and figuring out the logistics of it all.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

An awesome quote...

Here is a quote from a Facebook friend...who is actually a 10th grade girl that I had in after care when I worked at the kids' school in 2006 (she was a 5th grader then!). All I can say is "Wow!"

I had to place it here because it goes with what I blogged about this morning....

"Play your position, not God’s."~Erin Beck

DO or DIE

I often lie in bed at night, or in the wee hours of the morning, when I can't sleep...'blogging' in my head. I am up numerous times a night right now and sometimes I just have a hard time getting back to sleep, so then my mind begins to churn and I will worry about things. About the birth mostly. I worry that the baby will not be healthy, that we won't get to the hospital in time to have the very strongly recommended c-section, that the baby is not actually as big as they say and that the c-section is not really necessary, that she is actually as big as they say and that there will still be complications because of it...worry...about things that truly are not within my control. So, I blog. It helps me to get my thoughts out. I think more clearly when I am writing...I can explain my self WAY better on paper (or cyber-paper) than in real life.

Some phrases, or sayings, have been coming to mind this morning......

"Do or die"
"The proof is in the pudding"
"Put your money where your mouth is"

This is what I must do. I need to go back to the beginning...to what I actually believe....and put it into practice. Do I truly believe that God is in control....do I trust Him? Am I going live in peace with His way or am I going to continue to struggle with His plan? When the doctors first began talking about a c-section early on, I had one prayer.....that God would make it painfully obvious, if I should go with that plan, that it was absolutely necessary. I did not want to make such a big decision out of convenience for me or because of fear (either mine or the doctors'). I think at this point He has done that....it does seem to be necessary. Now, I need to just trust.

I recently heard a radio personality on a local station say something that has been sticking in my head. He said something along the lines of, "Being a christian is not really about what you say, it is about what you DO." Now, that could be misconstrued as him saying that deeds are the important thing and if you just do enough then you're a real Christian. However, that is not what he meant. He was talking about "putting your money where your mouth is". He was saying "the proof is in the pudding", that our testimony and the true test of what we believe as Christians, and really just as people in general, comes when we must put what we say we believe into action. It's time for me to do that. I have been saying that I believe God gave us this baby (He did), that He will get us through this birth (He will), and that I trust Him (I do). Now, I need to stop talking and worrying and just DO.

When I chose a name for this blog, I did so with the thought that I wanted to convey my belief that God is the ultimate designer and that no matter how things may look to us, He has the most wonderful, perfectly designed plan. Will I trust Him?

Will you?

Friday, October 8, 2010

A tragedy....

Many of you probably already know about the tragic accident that took place this week with Brooke. However, if you don't know who I'm talking about, just know that a precious life was taken this week and the family will need lots of prayer. She was a mama of two young children, and though they have wonderful, loving grandparents and great-grandparents, plus their father, to take care of them....it will be such a struggle. I cannot imagine losing a child or having to leave my children behind...even with the joy there must be in being with Jesus. My human mind just can't comprehend. This was a woman who is a bit younger than me, whom I babysat for as a teenager, and who later took part in my wedding. I haven't seen her much in recent years, but I do have sweet memories from our years together in church, etc. She will be sorely missed by many. I am praying that God, our healer and comforter, will surround the entire family with His love in the coming days and weeks..would you join me?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Newest ultrasound results..

I had yet another ultrasound today...at 37 weeks...and it showed that baby is about 8 lb. 12 oz. I know the technician can be off by around a pound either way, but I have to admit I am amazed that she seems to be so large. Obviously, as already stated, we will be having a c-section. I wouldn't be comfortable trying it any other way at this point, just in case she is bigger than estimated! We've been there....done that......and have no need or desire to revisit that experience. I think the only thing bothering us now is the fact that they will not schedule a c-section before 39 weeks...which is fine if I go into labor on my own soon. (though we are a bit concerned just because my deliveries tend to move quickly) I just can't imagine that it is good for any baby to wait that long....when it is probable that she will be pushing 10 lbs. or more by then. But, I am not a doctor, so I have to trust that they know what they are doing. I can't imagine that I'll go that long anyway, since I never have, but only God knows.

All prayers are coveted for the safety of mama and baby when delivery does happen, as well as the steady hands and minds of the doctors involved. We can't wait to see her. That's one of the fun things about having all of these ultrasounds lately....we have seen her face several times and it makes me long to meet her now more than ever. We are told she has lots of hair, and besides being so large, looks fantastic. I'm hoping all those cute little baby clothes I have will fit, since she's going to be so 'grown' at birth. ;)

A link to an interesting devotional....

Something to think about...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Surprise visitors (not!)...and a doctor visit

Today my parents arrived. They were supposed to have left their house in AL this morning, but I was not a bit surprised when my mom called at about 8 this morning to tell me they were almost here....typical of them to change their plans, which is just fine with me! ;) After some help navigating to get them on the right track (they had taken a wrong turn) they were here within the hour. The kids were thrilled, as was I, and we spent the day just hanging out together. Emma warmed up quickly to both Nana and Pawpaw...and absolutely loved spending time outside with her PawPaw. It's gonna be a great time for her, and all the kids, to have two extra adults to lavish attention on them. And it will definitely be a bonus for Karl and I as well....who couldn't use some extra help with the kids? I think Mom and Dad will be happy to hit the hay tonight though, as they drove all night to get here....so it will be kind of any early night for them. I'm looking forward to talking and visiting some more tomorrow. I've missed my mama.

I went to my weekly doctor visit today. The baby's heart rate was great. I was actually having a contraction while my doctor was listening to the baby and she said it's a great sign to hear such a strong heartbeat during a contraction...as that indicates baby is handling things well, which we love. I am dilated a bit more, 2cm, but still not 'in labor'. I haven't really had any other regular contractions like I did last week...just a few here and there. But, things are starting to happen. Now that my parents are here I'm happy to go anytime....no worries now except the birth itself. I am 37 weeks tomorrow, which means I'm considered full term. They will not schedule me for delivery before 39 weeks (let's hope I don't go that long!) but they will go ahead with the c-section if I end up going in with real contractions or if my 'water' breaks. Having someone in the house now to be with the kids, so we can just leave as soon as needed, eases my mind A LOT. I was worrying quite a bit about leaving them all here for an extended period of time without an adult present. Karl's parents would have been on their way but we didn't really know how long it may take them to get here....so, now things are settled. We will definitely let people know once the baby makes her arrival...and I'm sure my mom will make some calls once we even head to the hospital. Just waiting now.....God knows the perfect time, so I'm trying to wait patiently. ;)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

That's MY King!

A video shown at church this morning. I had seen it before and loved it! Hope you all enjoy....what an awesome reminder of WHO HE IS.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Early morning, sewing sorrows, and date night...

I woke up at 5-something this morning. When I couldn't get back to sleep I got up, went downstairs, and began cleaning the floors. The whole main floor needed to be swept and mopped, so that's what I did. After that, I de-cluttered the kitchen counter...we had lots of 'stuff' sitting on one end that just needed to be thrown away or put away. Now, we just need to finish the island and the bar, and get the box of photos off the breakfast table that has been sitting there FOREVER.....we'll be good to go. I'm planning to do that tomorrow. We also need to rearrange a few things to prepare for my parents' visit. They are planning to arrive Monday evening sometime. Part of our play area is going to serve as a bedroom for them while they're here because it's a bit much for my mom to try to go upstairs several times a day. So, we will move the craft table over near our dining table...we'll need it there anyway so we can seat everyone during meals....then we'll put Logan's queen bed in the spot where the table was. Logan will sleep on an air mattress in his room while they're here. It's fairly comfortable so he won't mind. I also need to get some diapers and wipes into a decent spot downstairs. That way no one will have to trek upstairs several times a day to change Emma while I'm in the hospital. I'll do the same with some clothes for her. I still want to make at least a couple more meals for the freezer but I don't think I'll get that done tomorrow...possibly Monday morning.

Tonight I made a dress for one of Emma's dolls...she got a new one at Goodwill the other day and it had no clothes. So, I took some old fabric scraps and threw something together. I am not a good sew-er by any means. I do know how to hem fairly well, but I haven't tried to make much so I am very inexperienced. It definitely does not look good, but it's good enough to satisfy Emma. Of course, she probably would not have cared had I left it without any clothing. ;) It took me about six tries to get it right....I spent some time cutting and re-cutting, sewing and re-sewing. And that was AFTER I had to get Karl to help me figure out the directions for threading the machine and inserting the bobbin! Apparently I did not have the upper thread done correctly, even though I was looking at written directions as well as a photo of how to do it....takes a bit for me sometimes. Anyway, he finally got it figured out for me and I was able to accomplish something....no matter how pitiful. My hope is to begin trying to fit in some sewing time regularly...several times a week maybe. That way I can learn my machine's ins and outs and gain the experience I'm lacking. I really wish I had taken the time to learn from my mom when I was living with her. My stubbornness back then is causing me problems now. Live and learn, I guess. :{

Karl and I had our date tonight instead of waiting until tomorrow evening. I just wanted to get out tonight. We went to Outback and it was incredibly busy. The wait was going to be 50-60 minutes. However, they had a lot of outdoor seating overlooking the lake and fountain, so we sat out there and were able to be served immediately. Many of the patrons did not seem happy to be sitting outdoors, but we were thrilled. It was a beautiful evening, cool, and we had a nice view. It was a nice time together, and we were still home in time to tuck the kids into bed, which they love.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Ramblings.....

Well, still no baby...it is a bit early but you know me, I am always one to be early (well,when it comes to birthing babies!). Who knows when things will really happen? I'm just trying to prepare as much as possible and enjoy the time with Emma as 'the baby', though she will still be "one of the babies". I can't make her let go of that status quite yet. ;) Each time I put her to bed I think, "This could be the last time I put her to bed before I have the baby." So bittersweet...she's growing up really fast, but still a baby in so many ways. I can't wait to see how she interacts with her little sister.

I just ordered a sling from www.diapers.com. I have never ordered diapers from them, though they are supposed to be cheaper than what you find at the store. I had no idea they even sold things other than diapers, but there you have it...they had the lowest price AND free shipping for the kind of sling I wanted. Here is what I ordered, and it should arrive Tuesday. I already have two baby carriers, but this is the brand I wanted and could not find the right size after I had Emma....even better, now they have an adjustable one! I used the ones I have for Emma off and on but I feel I'll need to use a sling even more once baby is here since Emma is still so young too, so I wanted to get the one I've really been wanting. I think it will be great. Plus, it's prettier than my other ones....I'll save those other ones for the times Karl needs to carry her, that way he can have a more 'manly' sling to use. ;)

Well, not much else to tell. You can check here for details about our school day. I'll post again soon.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Depression....Tropical, that is

We have a tropical depression moving through here...started sometime yesterday. Fortunately there has not been any severe weather, at least not for us, but lots of rain. The sports class was cancelled due to flash flood watches, etc. so the kids are home. They have been reading old National Geographic kids magazines, collecting the animal cards that come in them, and quizzing me and each other about the various animals listed. I actually knew all of the bear facts...yay me! They have also played Webkinz this morning. It's just a lazy, rainy day.

I was able to get some more baby clothes put away and I finished packing my hospital bag. Hailey noted that "last time you got your bag ready it wasn't very long until you had the baby." She is correct. I told her I was getting it ready because it probably won't be too much longer and I need to have it ready to grab-n-go. I teased her that I'm just waiting on her to tell me when I'm gonna have the baby. With Emma, she said when I was tucking her in that night, "I think you're gonna have the baby tonight." And lo and behold.....I went in to the hospital during the wee hours that very next morning! So, she's become our prophetess....;) By the way, she said today, "I think you're gonna have the baby tonight or tomorrow night." So, we'll see what happens.

I also got the floor in the downstairs bathroom mopped...it is always the dirtiest because it's used the most....and yesterday I cleaned the shower because it was NASTY.

Nesting? Yes. :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Update from Dr. visit...

Okay, after a loooonnngg wait at the office his morning I am finally back. Everything with the baby looks fine...I am dilated 1cm. Her heart rate is good, my blood pressure and weight are good (only gained 1 lb), but I am going to be having a c-section. After seeing the perinatologist last week and then talking with my OB this morning, we decided it is best. The baby is measuring at 7 lbs, but more than that her abdominal measurements are about two weeks ahead of where I actually am, so that is an indicator that shoulder dystocia could again be a problem. Not only would that be a nightmare for Karl and I (no desire to experience that again) it is a physician's nightmare as well. We want a nice, peaceful delivery....Obviously, there are risks with any type of delivery, but I am trusting in my God to see us through. I admit I am a bit fearful, just because it is unknown territory for me. But, I do also trust my doctors and I know things will be fine. Now, if we can just make sure Karl is here (and not in Miami!) when I need to go to the hospital, my worries will be minimal. ;}

Some 'me' time...

I love being up in the morning before everyone else (well, I DO wish I could sleep in)...listening to the pattering (stomping!) feet above me, as they all get up, one by one, and begin their day. I sit and eat my breakfast, read the blogs I regularly visit, check my email, and pray. It's kind of peaceful, and it's my 'me' time. I don't set the alarm so this doesn't happen every day, but I'm learning to cherish the days I awaken early and can't go back to sleep.

Today I have another OB appointment. I'm going weekly at this point, though it has been 10 days since I saw her last. It's supposed to be once a week. We will discuss my ultrasound results, c-section possibilities I'm sure, and just general pregnancy things. I'm planning to ask her about the logistics of the c-section, if I end up having one. Since I've never gone that route I know nothing about what happens, only what I've read. I expect it to just be a normal visit.

My parents are planning on coming to be here when I have the baby...hopefully they'll make it before her arrival. If not, I'm looking forward to having them here afterwards to visit. We have not seen them since April, which is a long time for us. We typically see them every 3 months or so, but I cancelled our trip 'home' over the summer due to difficulty traveling long distances. We were really bummed....and my parents had already planned to go out to CA to see my brother and his family for several weeks, so they weren't able to come here beforehand. Anyway, I'm excited about their coming visit, as are the kids. It will be nice to have extra helping hands as well as getting in the bonding time with everyone. ;) And I think, as long as things go well with me and the baby, that we will probably go to Alabama for a visit during the Christmas holidays. We're looking forward to seeing extended family then and introducing the newest addition

Well, my breakfast is done and my time is about up. I have to go get Emma up, feed her, give assignments to the kids, and get ready to go. I hope everyone has a great day!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Our Saturday....

Today we had several places we wanted to visit, but of course only made it to some of them. We have been looking at a catalog of costumes as well as online...but we told the kids we were going to try a local store first because we thought the outfits would be cheaper, plus we could avoid the shipping charges. So, we went there first. We did find costumes for the three youngest. Logan decided he's creating his own costume this year with some things he has, so that saved us a bit of money...it was still expensive enough though. I picked up a long-sleeved Onesie for the baby last week at Target. It's orange and says "Daddy's under my spell.....". We'll just pair that with some little pants and she'll be set. I would have liked to get her a cute costume too but she'll still be so tiny....and the costumes start at 6m size anyway. Next year....

Corbin will be Darth Vader, Hailey an Indian Girl, and Emma a Pink Fairy. We'll post pictures of them in their costumes when the time comes, though Corbin has been wearing his all afternoon. He really still gets into dressing up, and I love it. ;) Logan is going to be a sort of mis-matched guy, wearing a jester's hat that he's had for a while. I thought that was actually a great idea, and a good use of his creativity.

We also went to the post office to mail a birthday gift to a friend of Hailey's and then to the library. We had movies due, and needed to pick up another week's supply of books as well.

The kids did play some video games for a short while today. Later, Corbin played some football outside with Dad, while Hailey and Logan read some books. Now, Karl is watching a football game, and Corbin is writing his 'book' while watching with his dad. Hailey is still reading...Logan is in his room, presumably reading or playing with his Legos. Emma has just finished her snack, so I need to take her outside for a while to play.

Until later.....


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Some pics...for those who MUST see me ;)

Just remember........



.....it's been quite some time since my 'modeling' days!

An interesting blog...

I've been reading over a blog that a friend on Facebook linked to....and I agree with SO MUCH that the woman who writes says in her posts. I was just reading this one and had to post it here. So many times have I felt 'less than' because I am 'only' a mother. Hoping this can encourage others as it did me. And take time to look over the rest of the site...very interesting, enlightening reading.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The latest from the perinatologist....

Well, the ultrasound I was supposed to have on Friday was moved up to this afternoon due to scheduling issues. I actually called this morning because I had not heard from the office, and they told me today was the only time they could get me in. So, Karl did not get to go. :( He was planning to be there but he's working in Orlando today and there was no way he could have made it back in time for the appointment. Plus, the reason we were doing the u/s was to check baby size so we can make a decision regarding a c-section and we did not want to wait any longer. So, I went by myself. The baby still seems to be a girl...actually the technician said, "Oh, it's definitely a girl!" The bad news is she is measuring 2 weeks ahead (37 weeks) and is 7 lbs already. So, this makes us more likely to have a c-section. We just do not want to go through the trauma of another shoulder dystocia. I know it's possible that it may not happen, but having already experienced that once and now this baby is big....kind of indicates there could be a problem. I'm okay with having the c-section, as the doctors are strongly recommending it and I need to trust my doctors. It does make me nervous just because I've never given birth that way before, and I know it means I'll have to have an epidural (needle in my back, UUGGHH!). But the main thing that concerns me is that my labors move fairly quickly once my water breaks....and I don't want to get into a situation where we've made too much quick progress and can't really deliver by c-section. However, I do realize that God has given us this baby, He has seen us through all of the other pregnancies and deliveries, and I trust He will see us through this one as well. A lot of this depends on when I go into labor, too. Earlier and things are probably okay for a natural delivery. Later, and we need to do a c-section. Anyway, I'm trying not to worry myself too much over it. I go back to the perinatologist for another u/s October 5 to see if she still measures large.....if I have not gone in on my own by then. I also talked with my doctor last Friday about possibly doing an amniocentesis around October 8 to see if the lungs are mature, and if so then having the baby on or near the 11th.....things will become more concrete the closer we get. Another bonus is at least baby's little head will be round and beautiful. ;)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Learning time for me...

Today, while Emma napped, I did my usual....reading some homeschooling books. I keep finding new ones I haven't read yet at the new library branch we've been frequenting, so it's keeping me entertained and learning. However, there was a dress I got for Emma at Goodwill several weeks ago that was missing its buttons. I had been avoiding sewing them on...I'm not the most skilled at sewing, even simple things, so I typically avoid doing it by having Karl (the better sewer in the family) do it. Today I decided that if I am ever going to get better at it, it is going to take practice. I dug out the thread, a needle, and found two matching buttons and got to work. It took me longer than it probably would have taken Karl. My fingers are not that nimble since I don't sew often, but it didn't take too long....maybe 10-12 minutes. I'm proud of my accomplishment, even if it is something that is simple....it should be easy for me, my mom is a very skilled sewer after all, but since I never let her teach me as a kid I did not 'catch' her skills. Now that I'm out of the house and close proximity I am regretting my lack of interest then....now I must teach myself. :} Anyway, I did it, and I plan to try to take on more tiny projects like that just to improve my ability. No more pushing it off on Karl. I was supposed to try to sew a baby blanket before the baby arrives. Of course I have done nothing with that....there is still a little time but it is growing short. If I get motivated maybe I'll do it. I noticed they have kits for that at Joanne's Fabric. I would like to try to make some things as Christmas gifts this year..that was my plan when I got my machine last Christmas. Not a thing has come from that either....well, besides the little bags I made for Corbin and Hailey in the spring. If I don't get to work that won't happen either....it may have to wait until 2011. I'll have to brainstorm some simple ideas to see what I can come up with.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Music Makers...

One thing I forgot to mention that I found at Goodwill this week was a kids' keyboard....just a little one that has probably 25 keys and can be carried easily from room to room. We found one several years ago at a yard sale for $3 and it was a big hit. Unfortunately, it got dropped a few too many times and ended up falling apart. So, when I saw this pink one at the Goodwill, I had to get it. It was only $2.99 so I was willing to buy it not knowing if it worked. As I checked out the cashier told me to keep my receipt...electronics are exchangeable within 24 hours, so that made it even better. I got home with it, put in some batteries, and it worked. All of the kids wanted a turn, and they have each spent hours playing with it since then. They love making music and finding out what they can do with all the different keys and buttons....even Emma loves to sit down and play. I am planning to get out some of our piano books for them to use with it if they like. And as soon as Karl can get new casters on our piano we plan to bring that in so they can continue tinkering around on it. Eventually lessons are in store for everyone I think, but we've been waiting...first to get the piano from NY, now until we know where we'll be living. In the meantime, this keyboard has been a great entertainer...I'm so glad I invested the $3 once again!

Friday, September 17, 2010

More house-hunting

Yesterday we went to see another house, only this time it was locally, not in Miami. We decided to at least look here and see what we could find....turns out we can get a bit more house for the money here. The one yesterday was kind of funny because we really didn't expect to be wowed by it. The pool looked awesome though so we wanted to take a look. Well, let me just say, it is better than any others we've seen here or down south. It is not perfect...there are some cosmetic fixes that would need to take place, but overall it has all we were looking for, minus the large yard. So, we are considering making an offer. We have not completely decided yet, though. The pool area was better in person and the inside was nice. It seems to be set up well. The kitchen is way smaller than the one in our NY house...but then who has a kitchen that large? Anyone who ever saw it knows it was humongous and not your average kitchen. The one here is probably on the average to small side for what we've seen. Anyway, just wanted to fill you all in on what we're doing int hat area, an ask for continued prayers for us. Thanks a ton. ;)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My latest find....

Yesterday, while the older kids were at their sports class in the morning, Emma and I had some time to ourselves. We came home and played a bit and had a snack...she watched some of Sesame Street while eating. Then we decided to head out to Goodwill. I had a bag of clothing to donate and I wanted to look around as well. While in the store I found a bicycle seat...you know the kind that bolts onto the rear of your bicycle, for babies? We have one already but I knew we were going to need to get something for the new baby....because Emma will not be able to keep up with us on a bicycle of her own for quite a while yet. So, for $3.99 I got a second one and now Karl and I will each have a baby seat and child attached to our bikes. We have not gone biking at all since moving, well I haven't. Karl and the kids have gone a few times. Once the pregnancy is over and baby is big enough to sit in the seat, I'll be able to join in. There are a couple of larger parks in the area that might be good for bike rides, not to mention just going in the various neighborhoods. I'm looking forward to spring and getting out to do that....that's probably about when the baby will be ready to sit a little. I also got a few books for the kids and a Christmas night gown for Hailey while there. As always, I added to my stock of little girls' clothes because we'll be needing a lot with the two little ones running around. There are quite often some great outfits to be found. I picked up a very pretty Laura Ashley dress for Emma yesterday. So, a very productive shopping trip overall.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A beautiful morning...

It has become a regular thing for me to wake up around 6:30 every day. So, instead of fighting it, I usually get up and get my day started. Most days, I get to see the sun rise and it's a beautiful reminder of my Creator. While eating breakfast I will catch up on all of my cyber-things....Facebook, message boards, email. But one of the main things I've been trying to do is pray. I've kind of always been one to pray off and on throughout the day, but this is something that I'm really trying to focus on. Starting my day by saying, "Good morning, Lord." instead of "Good Lord, it's morning!" is important. (our pastor spoke on exactly that this weekend)It helps me to get a right heart and a great start to the day. I still have much work to do...God has not perfected me yet. Many days I get a good start and do not finish well. My goal is to be able to rely fully on Him for every moment....making those choices that are best, that He would have me do....in what I say, what I do, my attitude.

We've really been enjoying our church, and learning so much. I'm so thankful that we've been able to attend and be a part of the growth and learning that's taking place. The kids love it too...which is a HUGE thing. They've always enjoyed church, but it's so nice to hear them talking about what they're learning and who they're meeting, and having a desire to get involved with some of the activities there.

Monday, September 13, 2010

New life.....

My brother-in-law and his wife just welcomed their 2nd baby boy into the world today. I'm so excited! I wish I could be there to hold him but I guess that will have to wait until Thanksgiving (no traveling long distances for me now until our baby is born). Our newest will be here by then too, so we can just take turns trading off. :) He looks absolutely beautiful and peaceful, and I am told Mom, Dad, and baby are all doing well. I'm thankful for God's many blessings and miracles, and I cannot wait to meet this bundle of joy! Congratulations Jason, Kristen, and Charlie.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Update

An update on Emma's visit to the doctor.....

She was very happy the majority of the time, sitting or standing quietly near me while we were in the lobby. She enjoyed watching the other kids in the office. Once we got into the exam room, she was fine until the nurse came in. She did not enjoy having her temperature checked, her head measured, or her length taken, and let us know it! A great bonus today was that Emma is caught up on all of her shots, so she needs no immunizations until her 2-year visit in March. That made things easier. Her weight was 26.8 pounds and her height 33 inches. She's just a little bit above the norm for her age, which is strange because she just seems so tiny to us. ;) It was a pleasant visit, mostly, but I am glad she does not have to go back for a while. We will have plenty of trips to the office for the baby this fall without having to take the other kids for well-visits. Hopefully they will stay well and not need to go for anything.

Early morning ramblings...

I'm up early today...actually, it seems to be becoming the norm. I guess my body is preparing for the baby's arrival. ;) I am eating breakfast while looking out our window over the lake, just glimpsing some pink on the horizon. The sun will rise soon and I know it will be beautiful.

I am planning to get my bag ready today. It should still be a little while before I will need it, but it's something that's been nagging at me and if I just do it I can relax about it. Yesterday I did some 'nesting' by getting the baby clothes hung up, finding the ones that had been missing (they were in Corbin's closet), and doing a little bit of cleaning. Since Karl was off it was easy to get to those things I haven't had time for. I still have more to do, and I want to get some meals in the freezer. I'm hoping I can plan for that sometime today and get some shopping done this week so we can begin.

Emma has her 18-month visit with the doctor today. She'll need more immunizations, have her height and weight checked, etc. Hopefully it will be a quick visit. I'll post here again when I get all her stats.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A day with family, and football

Today we went a bit north to spend some time with Karl's parents. We hung out a bit, Karl cooked burgers on the grill, then Emma went down for her nap. While she napped, I read and the rest of them went next door to swim in the neighbor's pool. I think they had fun....they said the water was nice and cool. I ended up dozing off and on too while they were gone. ;) When Emma woke up it was snack time...she actually had more of a meal-type snack because she barely ate her lunch, but the rest of us had pound cake and ice cream...pretty yummy. We ended up packing up our stuff and leaving around 5:15 p.m. Karl had to get back home to watch the first Auburn game of the season, plus we needed to have Emma home in time for bed. Once I fed her and got her tucked in, the rest of us munched on chicken fingers and chips with dip...typical football game fare. Logan enjoys the game with his dad, but the other two really just watch to get the snacks...then they're off to do other things. They are now in bed, and Karl and Logan are watching the game and discussing the plays, etc. I will be reading about homeschooling...my usual obsession.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A fun pic

The two middle kids have been planning ever since last Sunday to make 'silly' hats and wear them to church for the 'silly hat' contest taking place this weekend during the Back to School Blast going on during the services. Here is a picture of the results from their work with Daddy.

When we got to church we did not see any other children with hats on their heads...besides a boy or two in a baseball cap. Our two quickly removed their hats...embarrassed, I think. It turns out Hailey misunderstood, and we never checked her info.The silly hat contest was for the teachers....but, everyone liked their hats, and Hailey said the kids and teachers kept wanting a demonstration of how hers works. So, they had fun anyway. I guess next time we'll know to call the church or check online before gathering supplies for hat-making.....

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Beach Day...for some

Today is a beach day...at least for some of us. There was one who did not want to go, and that got me out of the mood to go, so I stayed home with Emma and 'the one'. We have gone through baby clothes to get ready for the new little one, found some much-needed hangers that were on the shelf in Emma's closet, washed a load of laundry, and packed some things in a box that don't belong to us and need to go back to the owner. Right now Emma is having a snack (me too!), then we'll play some...maybe out in her pool, we'll see. It is still very hot here, but I can feel a hint of a cool down. Instead of 96 every day it's been about 91. I know that isn't a whole lot but it actually makes a difference. It hasn't been as miserable to be pregnant during an entire Florida summer as I expected...maybe because I've been inside a lot.....but I am looking forward to the milder temperatures that are on our way. It's all down hill from here..yay!

My due date is October 26...I'm a bit over 31 weeks right now. Officially I have about 8.5 weeks left, but if I stay with my usual pattern I don't have more than 6.5 weeks....I've never made it past 38 weeks and that was only once. So we'll see what God has planned for this one. Honesty, sooner rather than later is better for me. Obviously I want the baby to make it to a good gestational age but once that happens I am ready....I love being pregnant, but it does get difficult to move around. I'm freezing everybody out of the house...they are always wrapped up in blankets around here. You would think we were still in NY! I have difficulty reaching my feet or even seeing past my belly to my feet! But it's all good....it's been a great pregnancy. I really could not have asked for anything better. We're just waiting until I get to my 35 week visit to have another ultrasound, the we'll have to begin making some decisions. My prayer is still that the baby will be a 'normal' size, not too large, and that she will make an appearance on her own before the 38 week mark. Once we get there is is MUCH more likely that we will have a c-section. I know many, many people do that and things go fine, I'm just nervous about it since I've never done that. There are pros and cons about each scenario....God will be there either way so I know I'm covered. ;) As always, prayers for us are coveted.