Archives for September 2008

September 30th

Zander was copying his spelling words this morning. He asked me why he had to write the same words over and over. I told him that it was so he could remember how to spell them for his test on Friday.

He kept writing and mumbled under his breath, “I’m only 5. I don’t know why I have to write these words a billion times. It’s not like I need to know this stuff.”

And so it begins….

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I ended up calling…

And I waited 3 1/2 hours for a response, but I finally got one.

Doc says it does sound like I pulled a muscle, so she called in some muscle relaxers. I went and picked them up, but I’ll wait until a little closer to bed time before I take it. If nothing else, I should sleep good tonight!

If it’s not any better in the morning, I need to call her back and she’ll figure out what’s going on. Here’s hoping this works just fine and I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

I’ll let you know how I feel in the morning!

Do I call or do I not call?

I am about at my wits end. This pain in my side is getting worse by the day. I’m thinking that I just pulled a muscle or a ligament, and there’s nothing the doctor can do, but by the end of the day, I just want to sit and cry because it hurts so bad.

I know that if I call the doctor, she’ll make me come in. It’ll waste my time AND her time for her to tell me it’s a pulled muscle and there’s nothing we can do.

BUT, my next appointment isn’t until next Wednesday. That’s a whole week before I can talk to her about it.

I just don’t know. I don’t want to be one of “those” women who complains about every little thing, but I REALLY want this pain to go away.

What do you think? What would you do? Be honest. If I’m acting like a baby, tell me. LOL.

September 29th

Tonight, after putting the boys to bed, they were up to their usual antics. All of a sudden, I look up and I see Zander crawling out of his room on his belly. He spots me looking at him, and he says, “I just needed to tell Daddy something.” So, Gene asks him what he needs, and he says, “Daddy, I am always so cranky in the mornings because I just don’t get enough sleep. It’s all Jace’s fault, too, because he keeps on talking and talking to me and won’t let me just go to sleep.”

And that’s why we put them to bed at 8pm and not later. LOL.

35 week belly picture

I feel bad that I never posted a belly picture last week, so I asked hubby to grab another shot last night before we left for the movie.

So, here it is, my 35 week belly picture:

Yes, I am huge. Please don’t tell me I look like I’m pregnant with twins, or like I’m ready to pop. I hear that every.where.I.go. Seriously. I am PREGNANT with #5. I’m gonna look HUGE. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

But, there it is. The most recent belly pic. At least I got it up there.

September 28th

Our church hosted a baby shower for me after church this evening. As we were walking into the fellowship hall, Zander saw the gift table. He turned to me and asked me whose birthday it was. I said it’s wasn’t anyone’s birthday, and that this was a baby shower for Parker.

He got a puzzled look on his face and said, “But Parker’s not here yet. Why does he get all the presents and he’s not even born yet? I’m right here. I can take the presents instead.”

Baby Needs List….

Ok, I need to get myself organized. I have 29 days until this baby is due, and now that I’ve had my baby shower, I need to keep a list somewhere of the things I still need. I’ll just add to this list as I think of things. I’m going to put a link to this post on my blog, JUST for me. I need to keep myself organized, and this way I can mark off things as we get them.

Car Seat (infant and convertible)
Stroller
Pack -n- Play
Swing
Burp Cloths
Nursing Gowns
Nursing Covers
Bibs
Nursing Pads
Nursing Bras
Breast Pump
Bottles (Playtex drop ins)
Pacifiers (mam)
Diaper Bag
Baby Monitor
Crib & Mattress
High Chair
Exersaucer (not a necessity, but would be nice to have)

Of course it’s mostly the big, expensive stuff. Figures. 29 days is not sounding like very long to come up with enough money for all of this stuff.

The baby shower was awesome!

This baby got SO many clothes. He certainly won’t need to worry about having anything to wear! I think he’s set for the first few months anyway! 🙂

We also got lots of diapers and wipes. Tons of baby wash, lotion, baby care items, blankets, onesies, towels, washcloths… Stuff that will really help out.

Mandy (yes, THE Mandy) gave us the most amazing Spiderman Quilt. I’m hoping Gene got a picture of it. If he didn’t, I’ll snap one and post it soon. I absolutely love it.

Sabrina (aka Mandy’s mom) gave us the cutest Spiderman Outfit. I’m taking it to the hospital with us. So stinking cute.

There’s still a bunch of stuff we need to get, but we’re SO much closer now. I can’t express how much this shower helped us out. Our church is full of amazing people.

I’ll post the pictures soon. I am really, really hurting tonight, and I just want to go to bed. I’ll be calling the doctor first thing in the morning.

Oh, Lulu….

My two year old is swearing like a sailor. Not on purpose, mind you, as it’s a word that she’s never heard from any of us around here.

Let me explain… Lucy is watching the boys play a “Shrek” video game. She’s jumping on the couch yelling, “Go, Shrek, Go.” Only her little mouth can’t form the word “Shrek” properly, and it comes out sounding exactly like the F word.

SIGH. I MUST make sure we don’t bring any Shrek toys with us to church.

I’m still really hurting today. The pain in my side has not subsided at all, and my feet a freaking HUGE. They ballooned up bigger than they’ve been before, and they were already big and swollen before this. I’m planning on spending the rest of the afternoon on my couch, not doing a darn thing until I go back to church tonight.

My baby shower is tonight after church, and I’m really excited about it. I’ll post later and let you know how it goes!

Enjoy your Sunday!

GO SEE FIREPROOF!

Yes, I am shouting. This was, by far, the BEST movie I have seen in a VERY long time. I laughed, I cried, I laughed so hard that I cried, and I cried so hard that I couldn’t control it. It was that good. Even hubby came pretty close a time or two.

It was SO nice to get out with friends and see such a good movie. I definitely needed tonight. Couldn’t have come at a better time.

I am having an awful pain in my side, though, and I’m not sure why. It started yesterday afternoon. It’s a constant pain, never goes away, never fluctuates in the amount of pain it brings, and it’s on the left side, just under my ribs. I refused to call the doctor today, because I didn’t want to miss the movie, and I can’t call tomorrow because I can NOT miss my baby shower, so if it still hurts on Monday, I’ll be calling then… if I can make it that long. I feel like such a baby, but it hurts! Hubby thinks I pulled a muscle or something, (no sympathy after 4 pregnancies together), so he just said to suck it up. I’ll do my best.

Ok – now I’m off to bed. But, PLEASE go see Fireproof. It is definitely worth every penny.

September 27th

The boys were sitting at the table, waiting for me to bring their lunch over to them. Here’s their conversation:

Jace: Do you think chicken pops (pox) itch?
Z: I bet they do. Mommy says so. I just have no idea where chicken pops come from.
Jace: DUH, Zander. They come from CHICKENS.

Didn’t get my "pajama day" today…

But, that’s ok. I was really hoping to just hang out in my pj’s all day today, but my friend Holly said that she had 4 tickets to go see Fireproof tomorrow night. I’d give up PJ day to go pick up tickets to that! 🙂

Apparently, the only way that our local theater would bring the movie in is if local churches bought out the weekends it was playing. Tell me that’s not the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard. They’ll play any kind of garbage you can think of, but a decent movie, they need petitions and large churches to buy them out. Ridiculous.

Well, Holly’s church bought them out for this weekend, using donations from church members. Then they gave out the tickets to members in the church. Holly couldn’t use her tickets this weekend, so she offered them to me & hubby. Isn’t that SO sweet? I’ve been wanting to see this movie so badly, and if hubby and I had tried to go tomorrow night without these tickets, we probably wouldn’t have gotten in. So, thank heavens for Holly!

I’ll let you know what I think of the movie tomorrow night or Sunday – depending on when I get the chance to post. I’m a HUGE Kirk Cameron fan, though, so I may be a little biased. I’ll do my best to be honest, though.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. I’m going to do as little as possible tomorrow. I think I deserve it. 🙂

September 26th

Zander had me laughing so hard today that I had tears streaming down my face.

We were sitting at the table for homeschooling, and I told Zander he was going to have a Spelling test today. He asked me what a spelling test was, and I said, “It’s where you write down the words I say without looking at them first.”

So, I give him his first word, “Cat.” I look over, and he has his head turned to the side while he’s writing on the paper. You could see him physically straining not to look at the paper, but still get the word on the line. When I asked him what on earth he was doing, he replied, “Mom. You told me I couldn’t look at the words!”

September 25th

We were driving to the doctor’s office this afternoon, and Zander says to me, “Mom, you might think this is funny, but there is invisible talking in my head.” I asked him if he was thinking about something, or if someone was actually talking to him. He replied, “I don’t know. It’s invisible.”

One uneventful day…..

Is that really too much to ask for?

Last night, Zander was complaining of a sore throat. Jace was still miserable from Tuesday’s shots, so I kept both the boys and Lucy home from church. (We were supposed to attend a revival that was being held outdoors. With it getting so chilly after the sun goes down, I thought it best to keep them home.)

Well, this morning, Zander woke up and was feeling much better. Thank heavens. Jace was still grouchy from his shots, but he’s been grouchy since he turned 4. About 11:45, he started complaining that his arm was really bothering him. I looked at his arm and it was bright red, swollen, hard as a rock, and hot as fire. The doctor’s office is closed for lunch from 11:40 – 2pm (ridiculous, right?), so I gave him some Motrin and waited until 2 to call. They asked me if I could bring him in. Sure. Let me jump on that with 2 little boys running around in their underwear, a little girl stripped down to her diaper, and an 11 year old trying to work on school work. But, we got it in gear, and we were at the doctor’s office by 2:20. We sat and waited until they could squeeze us in, and we finally get back to see the doctor.

What do we hear when we see the doctor? “Oh. This is a very normal reaction in some kids when they get their DTaP shot.” So, I rushed over there for something they could have told me over the phone? SERIOUSLY?

I was told to put an ice pack on it, and force him to use his arm as much as possible. Getting him to use his arm isn’t a problem. The kid broke his arm last summer and used it like it was just fine. Getting him to sit still and put an ice pack on it? So not going to happen.

The motrin seems to be helping him. I think I’ll stick with that and PRAY that the effect of these shots wears off soon. Very soon.

One day. Just one day of calm and nothing to do. Is that possible?

We got another award!

A very dear friend, Dawn, was kind enough to grace me with this award:

Here are the rules of the award:
Leave the following message on their post when they pass the award on to their chosen eight blogger buddies.

“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

But, alas, the last time I gave out awards, not many put them on their blogs. (Sniff, sniff) So, this time, I’m only giving it to one person: Chris (aka Sissy) over at What’s in Sissy’s Head. She has become such a good friend and I always enjoy reading her blog posts.

Thank you for the award, Dawn! 🙂

September 24th

Zander was working on his schoolwork this afternoon, and I was helping Ashley. All of a sudden, he puts his hand on his head and said, “Mom, I really don’t feel good. I need to go to bed.”

So, I told him that if he really didn’t feel well, then he needed to get in his bed and take a nap.

He went to his bed, with absolutely no fighting, and got under the covers.

5 minutes later, he comes out of his room and says, “Ok, I took a nap and I feel so much better now. I think I can get back to my tracing.”

Oy.

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34w5d Doctor Appointment Update

It was my turn to go to the doctor today. Since hubby had last night off, he went with me. He’ll start going from now on, since we’re getting down to the wire.

My regular nurse (the doctor’s assistant) wasn’t there, and I did not care for the lady I had today – AT ALL. She took my weight (GASP! Up 7 pounds from 2 weeks ago!), I gave a urine sample, she took my temperature… Then, she took my pulse. OH.MY.GOSH. It takes Jessica (the regular nurse) 10 seconds to take my pulse. This woman stood there for the entire minute counting every.single.beat. She took my blood pressure, and then she left the room.

A few minutes later, the doctor came in. I told her that the contractions have started coming strong and steady. She said she wanted to check me, and I told her exactly what she would find: A very tightly closed cervix. She did all the other stuff first…. listened to the heartbeat (in the 140’s and just perfect), measured my uterus (right on track), and then she started poking my feet and my legs. I told her that the swelling was ridiculous, and that everything just hurt so badly. She agreed, and said that she could tell the 7 pounds I’d gained was all fluid. She left the room for a minute and then came back in to check my cervix. I told her that I could quote what she was going to say: My cervix is “closed, and still long and thick.” She said, “Well, it’s definitely closed, but it’s VERY soft.” Now, that could just be because this is baby #5, and things have been stretched out several times before, but she did say that there is a chance that I could go on my own before the induction date. I’m still not counting on it. I’ve never dilated past a 2.5 on my own before, even with constant contractions, so I don’t see it happening this time.

October 27th is officially the day, though, and I’m pretty sure… no, I’m positive that that will be Parker’s birthday. As much as I would LOVE to go all on my own, I honestly would not know what to do if I did! I called Gene at work on Monday night and told him that I was contracting like crazy. His response? “Well, if your water breaks, and it’s not just you peeing on yourself, call me.” See, we’ve btdt so many times, I get no sympathy from him at all.

We go back in 2 weeks (so that I’m over 36 weeks) and then it’ll be every week until the induction after that.

So, mark your calendars! October 27th it is!