Archive for July, 2009

Gardasil Vaccine

Please think twice about giving your child this vaccine. Do research!


16 Weeks

I had my 16 week appointment yesterday. It all went well. My midwife said I measured about 11cm which is okay according to her. She says the measurements don’t actually matter until 20 weeks, but they take them anyway.

Snowflake’s heartbeat was a little hard to find, s/he wouldn’t stay still. We eventually found it and the rate was 140-153.

I made an appointment for my ultrasound in 2 weeks! I’m excited!!!!

The Things Kids Say

My 8 year old asked me today if dinosaurs went to Heaven. Um… I don’t know, I told her honestly. She said “Well, if they do, I’m going to ask God to shrink them so they won’t step on me.”

My heart smiled.

Potty Training Fun

NKJ has shown no interest in potty training whatsoever – until about a week ago. She asked for a piece of candy and I told her if she goes pee in the potty I’ll get her one. So, she walked over to her potty, took off her diaper and went pee!

Well, gee, if I had only known it would be THAT easy! Since then, she runs to the potty every hour or so and tinkles a little bit and comes out saying “I peep in the potty, I get chalk-lette”. LOL!!! It’s soooo cute. She has even started doing BMs in her potty, although she isn’t too sure of them. She just stands up and goes “Ew!”

My only concern is that she seems to go very little and then runs out for her treat – I don’t think she’s emptying her bladder. My husband just says it’s her way of getting more treats.

Next step – wiping!

My Heart Breaks

I found out this morning that a friend had passed away. I have known Todd since high school, although he was a few years older than me. He was my protector, my friend, my big brother. He kept me out of trouble – even put me in the trunk of his car once – only to keep me out of trouble!! LOL! He helped me through a lot of bad stuff.

We lost touch over the years and only recently – thanks to Facebook – did I find him again. And it was wonderful reconnecting with him, reminiscing, filling each other in about our families and new lives. He told me how proud of me he was (that I had turned out fairly normal). Even after 10+ years had passed, we had a special bond. I couldn’t wait to see him again and get one of his massive hugs. But, now, he’s gone… and that will never happen.

A heart attack took him away in his sleep while camping with a friend. A heart attack at the age of 37. Something nobody expects. I feel awful for his wife and son, what they must be going through. I cannot imagine losing my husband.

At least he died in his sleep…

July 11th

July 11th was my due date for the baby I lost back in November. I know the baby wouldn’t have come on that particular day, but it’s still hard. I know I will see my baby someday. I know s/he’s in Heaven and there is no better place than that.

I am so thankful for this pregnancy, just knowing this little snowflake is growing inside of me helped me get through the day.


The first house we built we unknowingly put it on a street that had no other kids. Most of the people who lived there were older, retired couples. They were very nice, but my kids were pretty bored.

The second house we built was in a very family friendly neighborhood. The street we lived on was divided into 2 cul-de-sacs, each with a ton of kids on it. But, we picked the wrong cul-de-sac to live in. Our kids were friends with the kids in the other cul-de-sac and I got along better with the people over there too. Sure, it was like a minute walk up the road – but far enough.

The third house, our current house, we did the same thing. We had 2 streets to choose from, almost all the lots were open. And we chose the wrong street… again. *I* chose this lot because it didn’t have any boxes on it – ya know the ones – the cable boxes, the phone boxes, whatever they are – the little (sometimes big) ugly green boxes. Well, THIS lot didn’t have a single one on it. All the other ones did. Now, I have to admit this was our second choice. Our first choice was a lot on the other street – the good street. But, someone had switched and put money down on it right before we tried to.

So, here we are on the blah street. I’m sure that my neighbors on this street would disagree. But, they all hang out together. They are all buddies. Why don’t I become buddies with these ladies? Well… they drink an awful lot. I don’t. They gossip a lot. I’m not into that. They talk about things I don’t care about (their weight, exercise, plastic surgery, going out, etc). When they do go out, it’s to clubs, dance halls, bars. It’s just not my kind of scene.

The other street? Much more my style. They are friendly, accepting, down to Earth, and helpful. When they have conversations, they are real conversations, things that I actually care about. When they go out, it’s to Bunco, craft stuff, a dinner out, or a movie. They have parties and it’s not all about drinking and being loud.

Anyone have a way to just pick up my house and drop it on the ONE empty lot left on their street??

My Blah Morning

I had one of those mornings where I just didn’t want to get out of bed. But, of course, the kids were fighting and I needed to step in. At first I felt okay, no nausea, no bad symptoms – but now, I feel like crap! My tummy started hurting, I have this foggy, almost dizzy feeling, my body aches and my legs are throbbing! I don’t know what changed. I guess I should have stayed in bed and let the kids work out their own problems.

Now, somehow, I have to pull my act together for piano lessons and swimming lessons in a few hours.

13 Weeks

First of all, a small vent, for some reason WordPress has stopped sending me emails when people leave comments. Weird. I still get the emails when I approve the comments. So, I apologize to those of you who left comments and I didn’t know.

I am now about 13 weeks. I am so close to being out of the first trimester, I can taste it. The morning sickness has lessened, but I am still completely exhausted. Even as I type this, my fingers ache. I just want to go to sleep.

I am thrilled to be this far along. I know how God has blessed us with another little baby. I still pray every day that I will get to hold this beautiful breathing baby. This pregnancy has been kicking my butt – first the morning sickness and the exhaustion, now my legs are throbbing every time I stand up. The veins in my poor legs are popping out and getting more colorful. How fun!

After many days of prayer and deep thinking, we decided that no matter what our insurance does, we want to go ahead and use a homebirth midwife. I went last week for my first appointment with her. My lovely belly measured perfectly, my uterus was nice and firm, and the baby’s heartrate was 156-161.

I went to the store today and bought maternity underwear and a bra. It was a big step for me. Everything I have is getting too small or tight. But, I just didn’t want to buy new stuff. I’m scared that once I start buying things and giving in, something bad will happen.

Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers!