29 May 2009

Jane Roe's Pro-life Commercial

H/T to Paula

This is what happens...

when Mama is working...
(Alternately titled, "Thank God for washable markers!")

28 May 2009

Here she is!

I had my repeat ultrasound today. I am 24 weeks, and they confirmed, once again, that our baby is a girl. I feel really confident about that now! This is her profile. I think it is pretty good. You can make out her nose, and her little hands under her chin. I also had a 3D today, but the OB was unable to get any good keepsake photos for us. All of her measurements were great (she's about 1 pound, 4 ounces now, and all looks well!). I also get to have a repeat ultrasound on June 29. The OB who does the ultrasounds is really thorough and wants to take just one more look-OK by me! She'll also repeat the 3D, so, hopefully I will have pictures of that as well!

26 May 2009

In the mail...

I received these two beautiful knitting boards in the mail today.
The were a much appreciated gift, and I can't wait to
try them out.
The small one is 7", and the large is 26".
What I like about them is that the pegs are closer together than my other looms.
I feel projects coming on!!!


I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. We were busy but not... a lot of the weekend was spent cleaning out some much needed areas, and then yesterday was our day of fun!

We started out going to our friends' First Annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast. We had a great time, and the pancakes? Well, the were absolutely wonderful! Of course the morning was filled with a few mortifying moments, like Drew singing on the karaoke machine for about an hour ("We're gonna rock this house!" I have NO IDEA where he learned that from!). Then, there was Michael, who decided to come through the basement door to the main floor via the cat door! Yes. he got stuck, and they had to remove the cat door to get him out. (Luckily, they don't have a cat anymore)

Then, in the afternoon, we went to my friend Lisa's house. She has 3 girls who compliment my sons' ages very nicely. The kids play so well together. We had a really yummy grill out with burgers and hot dogs and the fix ins and smores for dessert. And my dear, sweet friend didn't let me bring anything. All we had to do was show up-so much appreciated as this Mama is very tired these days! All in all, had to be the best Memorial day yet!

19 May 2009

Happy Birthday, Peter!

Happy Birthday to our dear, sweet Peter! You were born 9 years ago today which hardly seems possible! You bring such joy into our lives!

You are a GREAT big brother and son! We love you! Happy 9th birthday!

15 May 2009


I am not here to complain about my stomach issues as of late, although I fear it may sound like it. I am looking for suggestions. I am really struggling here. EVERYTHING I eat is giving me heartburn, and my food aversions (particularly with meat) are causing great difficulty.

I just made taco meat for everyone else to have tacos. It was all I could do not to...umm...toss my cookies while I was making it. Andy just called because he was on his way home, and offered to bring me anything I wanted, but literally NOTHING sounds good to me. I just don't know what to do. I am trying not to sound whiny, I am just looking for some suggestions to get me through what I hope is a temporary issue. Any ideas?

14 May 2009

This Morning

Let me start out this morning by saying thank you for all of the prayers and kind words! I feel much better today, and have a more realistic handle on life as I know it. I am slowly working on laundry this morning, and will be content with what I get done. I did not score as much as I would have liked to yesterday, but it is a new day. After I finish this post, I am going to score until I have to leave for lunch duty at the boys' school.

Now for the fun if my morning! I had my OB appointment this morning. I drank the yucky sugar stuff (they gave me lemon lime instead of orange-think flat 7up), and gave blood after seeing the doctor. If I hear nothing tomorrow, it was normal and he will do a repeat at my appointment in mid-June. If it isn't, I will hear tomorrow, and will have to go for the 3 hour screen. Prayers for normal are always appreciated.

I had a good visit with my OB. When he tried to get the heart beat, he couldn't (he could pick up her moving, but not the heartbeat). I told him that I had been feeling her down by my bladder lately (joy, oh joy!). He moved the Doppler with no luck. He decided to do an ultrasound instead. So, I got to see my beautiful little girl and her heartbeat (because he picked up her moving I wasn't worried). The funny thing was her position-She was standing up! Her head was much above my belly button and her feet were indeed resting on my bladder. My OB was hilarious! He exclaimed, "Her head isn't supposed to be up that high yet!" He also took a peek at her privates, and indeed, no sign of a boy (so, in case you are counting, that is 4 professionals who have said we are having a girl!). He also confirmed what I have felt all along-that this is going to most likely be another big baby like Drew was (hopefully without an arm stuck this time!). I am glad the appointment was this morning because it has put me in a great mood! Have a great day everyone!

13 May 2009

Whiny Rant Ahead

I think this post is about to be a whiny rant, so, if you aren't in the mood, please move on for today. I promise to be better tomorrow, but I need to get this out.

I am tired absolutely exhausted. I know I am 4 years older than I was the last time I was pregnant, but gosh, it seems so much harder this time around. I am still sick. Yes, that's right, at 22 weeks, I still throw up every morning. I am also having some major food aversions. My mother-in-law made two roasts on Sunday and lovingly sent the leftovers home with us. I cannot even look at them! The store had a meat sale last week, and I stocked up on a lot including several roasts. Roast anything goes well in our house because there is pretty much anything for my picky boys. Meat for Drew, my meat-eater. Mashed potatoes for Peter and Michael, my starchy boys (they do have to at least try what they don't like), and whatever sides I make to go along with these 2. Well, meat, in the form of roast, is turning my stomach, as is mashed potatoes! I am seriously having issues right now!

Tomorrow I go for my OB appointment, as well as my gestational diabetes test. They are running it early because apparently I am at higher risk because of my ongoing ovarian issues. I have never had a problem in the past, but with the issues I am having this time around, I feel like it is one more thing that could go wrong. So, first thing in the morning, I get to skip breakfast (great for the morning queasiness!), and drink that super sugary stuff. YUCK!

I am also feeling terribly at odds with the to-do list in my life. I had an interview over the weekend to be a personal assistant to a graphic designer. This was yet another work at home opportunity. I didn't get the job, but the woman had commented on how organized she knew I must be to run a house with 3 boys and another baby on the way. Glad she couldn't see the chaos around here.

I ran out of detergent 2 days ago. I had a dream last night that we had dirty clothes piled to the ceiling and my in-laws came over. Thank God it was just a dream! The reality is, however, that I am once again behind. I did laundry on Monday which my husband lovingly folded and put away, but I have a TON to do all over again! I am also working on a scoring project right now and should be parked in front of the computer reading all the time because it pays really well (I have got to finish this and get back to it!), but I also want to be finishing my book club selection (due Monday), and starting on a new crochet project for a friend having a baby. I, for the life of me, cannot get into a routine. This exhaustion is getting the better of me.

OK, rant over. Thanks for listening!

Wordless Wednesday-King of the Castle!

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12 May 2009

Tired on Tuesday!

I've been light on posting as of late because of how busy life has become, and it is making me very tired!

Mother's Day was good. We spent the day at the in-laws which was lovely, but my father-in-law has had a stomach bug since Sunday night, and right now, I am really praying we don't get it. We had a bad run of stomach flu in February, and I want to be done with illness for a while.

I was asked which phone I was given for Mother's Day. It is a T-Mobile G1, and you can check it out here. Getting a phone like this means I also have a data plan now, and I am having fun getting email pretty much just about anywhere. The boys love that it has the original Pac-man on it (I don't dare show them the Mario app that Andy downloaded on it!). Technology is truly an amazing thing!

I attended my godson's confirmation last night. I will post the picture of he and I when my brother emails it to me. John is 17 and just an amazing young man. The Mass was beautiful! I loved how the bishop explained all of the similarities between Baptism and Confirmation and how they are related. This bishop is also known for loving to use chrism (I still remember from my own Confirmation!). He is very good about the girls' hairstyles, but the boys get chrism not only on their foreheads but through their hair as well. The young man who was unfortunately last, got the last of the chrism literally poured on his head!

I should also mention that my nephew chose to take Rocco as his Confirmation name (check out more on St. Rocco here). St. Rocco is a big saint to those of us who are Sicilian, and my brother actually wanted a son named Rocco. My sister-in-law said no to that one, however, John took Rocco last night. There was beautiful music during most of the Confirming, but it stopped just as my nephew was confirmed (switching songs), and the entire congregation heard the Bishop say, "Rocco, be sealed with the Holy Spirit!" There was some giggling in the crowd over that one! All in all, it was a great night.

This morning, I am reminded of the circle of life as I think back to last night and pray and prepare for our newest god-daughter to be baptized this Sunday. Friends of ours have asked us to be godparents to their daughter and we are thrilled! It is the first time that friends have asked us to do this, and we are honored and excited about it! Looking at John last night, it is hard to believe that 17 years from now we will be sitting at her Confirmation.

10 May 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day everyone! This post is going to be short as I am typing it from my new cell phone and I am not used to the little keyboard. I hope everyone has a wonderful day. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

07 May 2009

While I was at Walmart...

Michael asked me a question, "Mom, how DID that baby get in your tummy?" I have expected this from one of the older boys, but not my 3 1/2 year old! I told him that the baby was a gift from God, and that God had put the baby in my tummy. Thankfully, that was enough for him!

06 May 2009

Musings on Tiramisu

In case you don't know, Tiramisu happens to be my all time favorite dessert (kind of funny for someone who doesn't drink coffee).

When I was pregnant with Peter, I craved tiramisu all.the.time. Andy used to get a kick out of it because about 30 minutes after I ate it, Peter would kick for a really long time. One of my friends (who doesn't have kids) reprimanded me when I was pregnant with Drew because my favorite dessert contains a tad bit of coffee liqueur. After that, I stopped eating my favorite dessert when I was pregnant. Truly, there is not a ton of alcohol in it, but I would always remember what she said.

Last night, I indulged in some tiramisu frozen custard (no alcohol). I fully expected this little one to start jumping about 30 minutes later. Guess what? NOTHING! My thought was, maybe there's not a lot of caffeine in it. Well, about an hour and a half after that, as I had just crawled into bed, she started to kick, so much so that I couldn't sleep. The best part about it was that Andy felt her kick for the first time. She settled down after about 20 minutes, and then I went to sleep. Today we are back to regular baby movement.