Saturday, January 30, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
This first blanket above is from a book called "Afghans By the Pound" and it is nice because it tells you how many pounds of yarn to buy, which is much easier than guesstimating how many skeins of yarn you may need for a project. This blanket uses large Granny Squares that you then hook together at the end and add the fringe after it is all put together.
This is from the same book as the one above, and it was called the "Bubblegum" pattern. It is the largest blanket I made of the three pictured here. The only glitch was the fringe instructions were a little hard to follow and I think I messed up on one of the sides (the very top), but it still turned out nice I think.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
It is very hard to catch Daniel on film because he would rather be behind the camera rather than the target OF the camera. He is finally getting better from the RSV and ear infection, but he is still very stuffy and this was taken right before bedtime, so he is pretty fussy and irritable. However, I got him to say a few words nonetheless. He insisted upon being VERY close to the camera because again he wanted to SEE the camera and not be filmed. I also have some very cute footage of Caleb walking around in my boots, but unfortunately it is too long to load onto blogger. I loaded it onto my Facebook profile though, so if you have a Facebook account you can click on my profile and then at the bottom of the page "older posts" until you see the video of Caleb.
Thanks all for the prayers for our family in this last week. We are all steadily returning to normality again! I am hoping for a healthy next couple of months! And as a side note, the pregnancy is going well. I have had no recurring contractions again, which is another answer to prayer and my leg pain is subsiding some as well!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Anyway, back to the baby shower! My mom came over to help watch the kiddos, (since David was sick and needed to finish some important stuff for work) so that I didn't need to feel rushed to leave the party. I was able to document Mara's shower with many pictures and some video for her as well. The video below is of Mara and I comparing belly size. She is due one month before me around Feb. 4th.
I was really glad that I was still able to attend the shower despite all the craziness going on here and Mom even did some cleaning (kitchen floors too) while I was gone, which was a real blessing (THANKS MOM!!) Mara got some gorgeous homemade blankets and lots of cute girlie clothes of course! She announced that the baby's name will be Melody, but they are saving the middle name for the big day. Mara looked to be doing quite well and it was fun to see her enjoying all the baby shower fun.
Monday, January 04, 2010
We have really been working with him to help out more around the house and it is really starting to pay off! In the mornings, I have been having him make sure his room is clean before he can watch his favorite TV show, which starts us off right and at nighttime, David and I both encourage him to clean up the toys in the living room. He sometimes resists helping, but we find creative ways to motivate him and it usually works. He has also been my little runner, getting me things that I need or taking thing away to various locations, and that has been really helpful in allowing me to stay seated and rest.
He has been paying more attention to the order of letters and numbers now and points out letters and numbers that he sees more frequently. The other day he brought over the magnetic letters B, S, and U and tried to spell the word "bus" by himself. His first attempt was actually "bsu," but having him sound it out, he figured it out. Then after watching Sesame Street and seeing that the number of the day was 17 and the letter was E, he later found those magnetic letters and numbers and brought them to me to show me. I have also taught him how to spell the following words: no, on, men, fun, sun, dog, God and others like that with the letters. He still isn't too interested in writing letters, but the fact that he is interested in spelling with the magnetic letters is exciting to me as that is definitely progress in the right direction! He has always been one to try things only when he is ready and then he is a real go-getter, so I am still waiting on this writing thing!
He has been loving playing his Leapster 2 and he has this "Rattatouie" game that he plays where he cooks various dishes by following the recipes. Out of the blue last night before bed he said, "Cream puffs and crepes are from France Momma," (he said France like "Fraw-nce" in an accent). I laughed at his cute little attempt at a French accent. He is certainly growing up and it is giving me hope to see the "light at the end of toddler-hood." It will be a neat new adventure for us all to explore together for sure!
Saturday, January 02, 2010
For some reason, on New Year's Day in the evening I started to get some recurring contractions that kept coming and coming (about every 10 minutes or less). They weren't super painful, but at the same time I had told myself before that I wasn't going to fool around this time and wait too long to get checked out when I had recurring contractions. I tried the usual drinking more water, resting on my side and such, but nothing seemed to stop them. I called the doctor on call and he said that since I had more than 4 contractions in an hour that I should come to labor and delivery and get checked out. One thing that made this more concerning for me is that the twins were born at 31 weeks gestation and I have just hit that mark in this pregnancy.
We went to the hospital after I had endured 2 hours of this at home and thankfully we had our friend Laurie to come at a moments notice to watch our kiddos while we went. I was hooked up to the monitors and sure enough I was still getting more contractions there as well. The good news through all of this was that the baby girl was kicking me a lot, so we knew that she was had plenty of oxygen and was doing well. The doctor prescribed for me to get a shot of Trebutiline at one point to stop the contractions. This is NOT my favorite thing to take as it makes me shake like I am super cold, makes my heart race, and makes me feel like I have a fever. Yet, it does its job and stops the contractions, which is what we needed. Following this, the nurse checked me and thankfully all was well and there were no other signs of impending delivery, so after all the tests and such we were sent home around 10:30pm.
I am very glad that we went in as who knows what might have happened if I hadn't gotten the contractions to stop early on! I waited way too long with the twins and that was why I ended up with an emergency C-section, and although this is a singleton this time, I still didn't want to make the same mistake twice!
I have been told to take it easy this weekend though I haven't been officially put on any kind of bed rest yet. The thing is though, every time I walk I have been getting either a contraction or some kind of tightness/pain in my abdomen that makes it very painful to walk, so this keeps me in a modified bed rest kind of situation anyway. I am concerned that the next two months will be quite difficult if this trend continues, so I am hoping for some reprieve and yet I know that all things work for good for those who are called according to God's purpose. And so I press on, knowing that help will come when it is needed and that the baby will come when she should whether early or later!
My prayer is that through all of this I won't despair (from sheer boredom and cabin fever) and that I would come closer to my Lord and Savior and rely on Him for all things. Please join with me in praying this if you would! Thanks all! Happy New Year!