Sunday, July 27, 2008
Why do kids do that to their parents? Are we really dumb? It reminds me of something my little gnomes would do.
I did get accepted into Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. I will be attending orientation in Kentucky the week of Sept 15. Yes, with a newborn, and some helpers. I have registered for my orientation program, my computer training, and fall classes. I have started reading one of the prereq books, and am going to order my textbook for Physical Assessment tonight. Apparently, I have to read up on that before I get down there. I filled out my FAFSA, and today, got my master promissary note in the mail for my student loans. You know, as a gradute student, you qualify for a maximum for $138,000. Scary, huh? Thank God school won't cost anywhere near that.
I feel like things are moving forward and am getting pretty excited about the whole thing, which is good, because I was second guessing the returning to school with 5 children, one of them newly born idea.
I also plan to tackle a few things on the to do list tonight, so I'm hoping that list will look a little shorter tomorrow. Feeling slightly productive....
She did offer to check my cervix since we collected the Group B Strep culture. I declined since she was going out of town that afternoon and I didn't want her stirring anything up.
The last 3 kids have all come 8-11 days early so I am aiming for the weekend of Aug 8-10. I was looking at the to do list, and mentioned to Bobby that we potentially only have 1 MORE WEEKEND to get things done. Eeeek!!!
My next appt is Friday.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
"Why did she kiss a girl?"
"Because she wanted to try it."
"Why did she want to try it?"
"I guess to see if she liked it"
While I haven't really knocked anything else off my to do list, I have done a few things. Despite the fact that I hurt my back again yesterday. I swear the chiropractor did it. I didn't do anything differently or anything directly that made me think that I hurt it. I went to the chiro in the morning and within a few hours, I noticed that when I stood up, the same pain that I had a couple weeks ago was back. The only thing she did differently at that visit was drop the foot of the table down to stretch my lower back. So the only thing I accomplished yesterday was taking some extra strength Tylenol, alternating heat and cold, and lying around whining about how much my back hurt. I hope it's pregnancy related and will soon end. I'm getting back to the "unable to relax my butt muscles" stage, which was not comfortable.
Anyway, today I baked some banana bread. Mmmm.
And here's my first cucumber! Isn't it huge? It's bigger than the ones I got at the Farmer's Market last week. Of course, the vine has taken over the garden fence, which means that some of them grow on the outside of the fence. Which means this isn't actually my first cuke. More like the third or fourth.
Meet the cuke stealing mutt. She either really likes veggies, or she thinks they are chew toys. She steals pumpkins too. Maybe it's a squash fetish.
I did get the diapers and the baby clothes put away. So, I think we are a little closer to being ready for this little girl. We have the clothes, diapers, car seat, and boobs, so I guess, we're good. Well, not really. That's all we have. I suppose I'll need a diaper pail to put those dirty diapers in. Oh, and baby socks. I have one pair. Hmmm, do you really need receiving blankets? I don't have any of those either, or diapers or pacifiers, or baby butt stuff, or wipes. Okay, so maybe I'm not ready. Darn it.
Hey, you know what's really gross? When you're drinking a nice cold glass of grape Kool aid, and just about the time you are ready to tip your glass up for the final sip, you realize there is a huge, dead fly floating in the bottom. Ewwww, I feel sick.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The patio chairs and the changing table were painted by my darling husband, so the list is getting a tad shorter.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Where did the time go? So much left to do. And considering that the last 3 babies have come 8-11 days early..... maybe only 20 days left????
Does my to do list look like it's getting any shorter? NO! In fact, I think it's just getting longer. Must. Get. Busy.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I have attempted tending a garden the last few years. I started off really slow, with just a couple tomato and pepper plants, just to be sure I could grow something. Last year, I was lazy (which doesn't go well with the whole homesteading thing, hence, the wanna be tagged onto the end). I did manage to weed and prep the garden area, and planted a small fall garden. Unfortunately, the laziness crept in and the frost got to my beans and lettuce before I did. The bastard.
This year, I actually have a decent size garden with tomatoes, lettuce, green beans, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, and corn. I know, there are a gazillion different kinds of veggies but considering that I have little people who are veggie resistant, why waste my time? I'm too self conscious to show you a picture of my garden. Since I hurt my back a couple weeks ago (and I'm lazy), my lettuce looks like a hedgerow. I'm sure most of it will be split between the rabbit and the compost bin. But, now I know, if you ignore it long enough, it will reach epic heights, so I will be prepared to plant the fall round and harvest it in a timely manner. Besides, what the heck was I thinking planting two rows of lettuce for 2 salad eating people?
On to my adventures in home preserving. I couldn't believe the amount of green beans we had growing. I could have sworn when I weeded around them a couple weeks ago, I only saw a few beans.
Here's my short tutorial on freezing beans, but don't take my word for it because this is the first time I've done it. I got the directions from the Pick your Own website.
Step 1: Wash your beans. Then cut or snap the ends off, and break them into about 1 inch sections, or however, big or small you like them. I prefer snapping them.
Keep in mind, if you are 8 months pregnant, and you stand at the sink long enough, you will no longer have ankles or feet for that matter. Just big fat pads where your feet used to be. A better idea would be to sit at a table and prop your feet while doing this. Step 2: Blanch your beans. Boil for about 3 minutes, then.......
Step 3: Submerge them in an icebath to stop the cooking process.
Step 4: Bag them up in serving size portions. Yeah, mine are just quart size. Remember the veggie resistant gnomes that live here? If you have a food saver, you can get the air out that way, or you can be like me and use the old fashioned suck the air out with a straw technique. As long as you don't mind sucking green bean flavored air.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Baby sounds good, all systems within normal limits, even minimal swelling. The surprising part, I lost 1/2 pound since my last visit four weeks ago. It shouldn't be terribly surprising since I gained 7 pounds at that visit and I had massive swelling. I suppose, now that I have something resembling ankles, there is less water weight to haul around.
It's still a little surprising...... considering my recent obsession with iced coffees.
Monday, July 07, 2008
The tailbone pain I've been having for weeks he attributed to some of my L's being out of alignment. Was it 4 and 5? Anyway, my butt muscles were overcompensating and staying tight to stabilize the joint. Hmm, that's the first time I've been told I have a tight ass. :op He massaged the muscle and asked if it was sore because it felt really tight. Uh, sore is an understatement as I lie there flinching and holding my breath. Massage isn't supposed to hurt, is it?
Secondly, the back pain that has put me out of commission for the past 5 days, is a pulled muscle, with some really fancy name, that is basically connected to my rib from my spine. Surprisingly, it wasn't near as tender as my left butt cheek. Apparently, that is the only muscle I use in my entire body so it compensated for the low back pain by tightening even more. That would be my sacro illial joint, or something like that.
I did feel better walking out of the office, but then I had to sit down to drive, so it hurt again by the time I got home. I have another appt with the wife in the morning. He didn't think one adjustment would do it. Uh, yeah, me neither.
I think I may be able to work tomorrow though, as long as I don't sit for too long. Tonight was the 4th night that I called out, which is causing me some psychological stress. One, because I haven't called out in a looooong time, and two, because I sort of need my sick days for maternity leave.
Or, maybe I don't. ;op
I found, in my inbox this morning.....
Welcome to the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing! I am pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to our school via the ADN-to-MSN Bridge entry option. You will enter as part of Class 62, and you will attend the August 25-29 Frontier Bound.
Hooray!!! Needless to say, I don't think I'll be continuing full time employment after maternity leave. Speaking of, do you think Aug 25 may be cutting it too close to my due date of Aug 19?
Oh, and I lost my manny. Yeah, Bobby went back to work today. He was getting a little burnt out at home all day. Although, he kept pointing out to me that in the Fall, I'll only be home with 2 of the kids all day because the rest will be in school. His previous employer called and asked if he'd be willing to come back. So with that, combined with my inability to work for the last week, and his belief that I'll be starting maternity leave sooner rather than later, he decided to go back.
Friday, July 04, 2008
I pulled a muscle or pinched a nerve in my back on Wednesday morning and have been suffering since then. It sucks because it is constant pain. I'm okay if I sit still or stand still, but trying to change position or walk, is painful. And it's not getting better.
I've tried taking Tylenol, big help that is. Both hot showers and stretching help during, but as soon as I'm done, there's the pain again. I've already taken two days off of work and tomorrow's not looking real promising. Which really sucks because I haven't called out sick in over 2 years. I thought about just going and sucking it up. I mean, it's just pain, right? But, thankfully, I stuck with my plan and stayed home, because it just got worse through the day.
I'm hoping I can get in to see a chiropractor tomorrow, even though it's a holiday weekend. I think if I saw my family doc, he would just give me pain killers. Yeah, that would help with the pain, but it wouldn't fix the problem.
If anyone has any suggestions, or sympathy, feel free to send it my way.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
On top of that, I am 33 weeks now. The US tech, who is just great I should add (not the same as last time), said we could have got clearer pics at about 28 weeks. Well, that was when the first US got cancelled. Anyway, the little one has her head wedged down in my pelvis without alot of fluid in front of her face, which made it difficult to get a really clear picture. On top of that, she apparently likes to stick her arms up by her head, and her hands in her mouth. Here's her little face. Like I said, she is a little squished. Her eyes are closed, her nose is right there in the middle and her pouty little mouth is there under her nose. :op
This is the typical 2d pic. I wish we could have captured the profile on video. She kept opening her mouth and sucking her lips. We discovered why towards the end. She managed to get her fingers in her mouth, which meant the end of trying to get pics. All we could see was her fist in front of her face and her thumb.
These two pics aren't as clear. You can see she has her hand up on the left side of the pic, and her other arm is down in front of her chin. Bobby said she looks like a cat in the pic above.
The tech estimated her to be about 4 1/2 pounds now, which would make her about 7 1/2 by her due date. I know that doesn't sound all that big these days, but Teagan was only 6 lbs 5 oz. Tatum was a whole pound bigger at 7 lbs 5 oz, and I sure could feel the difference. I guess I grow my girls bigger.
She is still nameless. There are two names that I am leaning towards, but I may put up a little poll to get other opinions. Bear in mind, it will not affect my ultimate decision. :op
Invest in a portable DVD player with multiple screens. It will be your saving grace. Modern, technologically savvy children quickly tire of "I spy".
Avoid Chicago, at all costs, especially with small, potty trained children, unless you're crazy, or feeling really adventurous. Keeping them occupied with the above mentioned DVD player may save you from having to take a potty break in downtown Chicago, you know, if you're feeling adventurous.
If you're planning a picnic lunch at a rest area, just forget the whole state of Illinois. Apparently, a "rest area" in Illinois is actually an "oasis" consisting of an exit ramp with a gas station and strip mall type set up with multiple eating establishments. Not a picnic table or grass in sight. Rest areas with grassy areas are essential when traveling with children, or pets, for that matter.
I had to pull this one off another shot since Teagan was looking particulary ornery.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Playing with Legos, Teagan is still back there, waiting for the cuckoo to come out.
Playing ball, with lots of bug spray! The mosquitoes are horrendous. I don't know if they are always that bad, or they have just increased because of all the flooding. But they are out ALL DAY LONG! Which is unusual mosquito behaviour for us Ohioans, who are used to the little buggers coming out at dusk.
Travis is not a morning person.