May 30, 2008

40 weeks

I am due today, and apparently my baby did not get the memo. Time to come out little one! Mommy, daddy and your brothers want to spoil you rotten!s

May 29, 2008

Wow, mainstream homebirth promotion!

I got an email from one of the gals in my homebirth support group of a couple interesting articles on a mainstream parenting website talking about the pros of home birth. I found them very interesting, especially after my prenatal massage with a gentleman who is also a birth doula. He told me that only 1-3% of all hospital deliveries are completely natural without epidurals or other pain drugs. We also talked about how our local hospitals have a 30+% cesarean rate, with homebirth only having about a 3% rate. Anyways, check out the links below, they are very interesting. I have posted the overviews below, they are quotes from the articles and not written by me.

Check out the full article here: Home Sweet Home Birth

Home births are not just for granola loving Earth mamas. There are plenty of advantages to giving birth in the comforts of your own home. It may surprise you to know that approximately 75% of women worldwide choose a home birth as their delivery method of choice. That is except for here in the United States where, according to Ricki Lake’s documentary “The Business of Being Born,” hospital deliveries are encouraged over home births because they’re more advantageous to doctors and insurance companies rather than mother and child. But now, more and more expectant American mothers are doing the unexpected and choosing home births over hospital deliveries.


And then better yet, check out this Q&A about the safety and pros of homebirth: Homebirth: Making it Happen

If you have thought about delivering your baby at home, you probably have a lot of questions! Are you wondering what exactly a midwife is, and whether midwifery care is right for you? What about homebirth -- is it safe? Is it legal? Is it what you want? This article, an excerpt from "Homebirth: Making it Happen," will help you find answers to these questions -- and more.

Bits and Pieces

My children have entitlement issues. They made a list of summer activities and on the list was visiting expensive arcades and Six Flags this summer. Ha! I told them summer is for riding bikes and playing outside.

Christopher has had three days worth of enrollment and testing for the charter school he is on the waiting list for. I was hoping that would prompt Sophie to make an appearance since babies are so anti-schedule, but she decided to be a good little sister and let him finish, darn it!

I just got home from a 90 minute prenatal massage. O.M.G. Was heavenly!! For good measure I made sure to hit every bump and pothole on the way home. I am contracting a bit, but what else is new. LOL I finally feel at peace with the world though, I hope this does not wear off anytime soon, I am loving this pregnancy zen.

My husband came home this morning to take care of some stuff he needed to do for work. He ended up making me a nice brunch of eggs and sausage. YUM!

My cats have lost their minds, I think they have all decided to put their differences aside so they can keep me under 24/7 surveillance. I cannot leave a room without at least 2 of the 3 furry beasties following me.

May 23, 2008

39 weeks and YES I am still pregnant.

I know people mean well, but seriously, I am getting sick of people asking if I am still pregnant.

Rest assured, when Sophia arrives, I will let everyone know, I promise I will. Well, more thank likely you will get a phone call, text message or email from Bobby saying "she is here, mom and baby are resting, you will be updated later".

I tend to bake my babies longer than the magical 40 week due date, so I am not particularly excited that I am due in a week, because, really, that just means it could still be another 2-3 weeks after that date before I have my little girl.

Yes, I feel huge, thanks for the reminder, it was not clear enough last night as I was trying to shave my legs that my belly prevents me from seeing any part of my body below my breasts, not without olympic type maneuvers of trying to flex my body in ways it is not meant to flex.

An yes, apparently I *AM* very bitchy... :) I think I have the right to be! :D

May 22, 2008

School's out for summer!

YAY! The kids are out for the summer, no more worries about getting them to and from school or not being able to give Matthew a nap at 1:30 because I have to leave in 90 minutes to get Austin.

Both boys made honor roll, way to go guys!!

Speaking of school.... BOBBY will have his associates degree next week!! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU HONEY!! :)

May 19, 2008

Sabey the baby

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Oh thank goodness. I got a knock on my bedroom door at 6:30 am from my oldest son, so I asked him what he needed and he told me he had found Sabin! I guess he heard meowing and looked in the back ans saw him, so he grabbed him right as he was ready to run off again. Poor kitty was scared out of his wits.

We had Austin leave him in our bedroom with some food because Isis, the Great Dane, would NOT get her head out of his butt. He "talked" to us and rubbed all over us for the next 30 minutes before he finally was ready to roam the house again. Jacob, my 4 yr old orange cat, was NOT happy to see him back at all, but he will get over it.

I woke Matthew up this morning by laying Sabin down next to him and letting him wake up and see him, he was so cute he said "Sabin! You came home!! Now lets get out of my room..." Matthew hates the cats in his room because they bug him when he is trying to sleep and have scared him on several occasions when he woke up to find something moving in his room.

He is now resting all over the house, in all his favorite spots and enjoying the easy life once again.

May 17, 2008

Freaking YUMMY!!

A while back on Good Morning America I heard about a restaurant in Georgia that had a recipe that sent women into labor. I filed the information in the back of my mind, and did not think about it again until a couple nights ago when I decided to google foods that are supposed to trigger labor.

I came across the article from GMA about the Eggplant Parmigiana in Georgia and almost drug Bobby to Olive Garden to see if their recipe did the same, but then I noticed they made the recipe available to the general public! I figured, if anything the recipe looks like it tastes good, so what would it hurt to try it? So today we went to Safeway, picked up the ingredients and I slaved over a hot stove to make it.

OMG! Labor or no labor, this recipe is SO worth it!! It turned out perfect, there is no way it could have tasted any better. My husband and kids devoured it also. I would have made a few changes though: I would have started cooking earlier, this took a long time to make. I would have halved the recipe, it made two HUGE pans of food, enough for our large family to have it as three full meals (thank goodness Italian food makes the BEST leftovers and anything in red sauce usually tastes better the next day). I also would have skipped the rich bread I served with it (the frozen, pre-buttered, garlic toast) and opted for a plain white french bread.

If you are looking for a GREAT recipe, make sure you check out Scalini's Eggplant Parmigiana recipe. The legend is pretty cool and I guess we will know soon enough if it works for me. Also, if this recipe is any indication of their other meals, and you are in the Smyrna or Marietta Georgia area, you should check out Scalini's Italian Restaurant; let me know if it is any good!

May 16, 2008

Mom Brag Alert!!

*Disclaimer* This is going to a mushy mom-brag post because I am so dang proud of my child. Read on only if you you don't have diabetes, this is likely to be sugar-filled.


Yesterday afternoon around 3:30 I got a phone call from Austin's school saying he would be getting an award at an assembly the next day at 1 and said they would love for me to attend. I asked Bobby to take a long lunch so he could come with me, but he opted to work a half day instead. So we get to the gym today at 1 and the very first name called is Austin, for an award for best in his class for fine arts. Nifty. They then proceed to call out names of other students broken down in 4 categories for each subject.... "Outstanding Student Award - Boys", "Outstanding Student Award - Girls", "Most improved - Boys", and finally "Most improved - Girls". They did all the subjects for 6th grade, and then 7th grade.

At the end of the ceremony, the Dean of Students said he had a surprise for the students. He went on to say that he got some extra grant money and decided that he wanted to award one student from each grade for overall excellence. Someone who maintained great grades, attitude, attendance, and went above and beyond as a citizen of the school.

He then went on to say that the first student awarded has demonstrated excellence in many ways, not only by being a friend to all in his grade, but by being cheerful and courteous at all times. He is the student who at the dances stands in the middle of the gym and rocks out the his air guitar all by himself without a care in the world. The student who demonstrates honesty by returning the snacks to the Dean when the machine accidentally gives him two because he "only paid for one", the student who is always asking if there is something he can do to help his teachers, his peers, and the Dean.

Bobby and I looked at each other because that kid sounded a LOT like our goofy, care-free, honest little guy, but at the same time there are a LOT of great 6th graders at his school. The Dean went on to say that he could not imagine a more deserving student than Austin to receive the award!

You should have seen my little guy, he was SO proud of himself and his classmates were all so excited! His teacher and I were bawling our eyes out and Bobby stood up to grant his permission for Austin to receive the iPod (since the school will not give a student big ticket items without the parents permission). Since it was so close to the end of the day, the teacher told us to go ahead and take him home with us, and on the way to the car Austin says "You know, my iPod I just bought with my birthday money has a 30 day return policy!" LOL So we went home to get the reciept and took him Best Buy to exchange his iPod for something else. He picked up Guitar Hero III (a game where you play songs on the XBox on a life-sized wireless guitar), he then also got two games for the Wii, Super Smash Brother's Brawl, and Sonic vs. Mario Olympics, as well as an iTunes gift card.

Right now the three little boys are playing the Smash Brother's game, even though Matthew has NO clue what he is doing, his brothers keep praising him for doing well.

In other news, Austin and I went back to the Humane Society, and still no Sabin. On the way home we picked up some neon paper to print out some missing signs to hang around the neighborhood. Hope fully we find him soon.

May 15, 2008

Updating

Tomorrow I will be 38 weeks pregnant. Wow. I have 15 more days until my due date, which means I *should* have my baby in my arms within the next 29 days. Hopefully sooner than later, come on out little lady, mama wants to meet you! I am so crampy.

Sabin is still missing, we are now on day 5. I have filed a report with the humane society (and looked at all the kitties to see if he was there), contacted the company he is microchipped through. Talked to neighbors, call for him daily, Bobby walks the block with a flashlight each night after sunset. I set out some smelly food, but a neighbor kitty ate it all up. Now we just wait, and hope, that he finds his way home soon.

I had my home visit with my midwife on Tuesday, all is well and she seemed to get along well with Bobby. She told me that they way I was coughing, she could tell I did not read the manual that states I am not allowed to get sick at the end of pregnancy. LOL I am feeling a little better today, so hopefully I am not coughing when I am pushing.

The older boys only have a week left of school before summer vacation, I am really looking forward to having them home to help. Usually I dread it because they get *so bored*, but they are older and more mature and are SO helpful around the house.

My mom is coming to visit in 2 1/2 weeks, I am so excited to see her, it has been 3 years since her last visit at my house. Normally we all drive up to visit her since all my family is up north and I can visit everyone.

Bobby's boss is coming next week to visit him from Texas. I told him I will try to wait until after his boss leaves and after the kids are out of school to have this little one, which is May 23rd, but realistically, this will probably be a June baby. I am just hoping she decides to come sooner than later so Grandma can meet her.

May 12, 2008

Oh where or where did my kitty go??

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Yesterday, when painting, we had the windows open to let in the cool air, and I guess one of the screens was damaged, because my Maine Coon mix kitty, Sabin, snuck out and he has not been seen. I hope his tummy gets hungry and he comes home soon, we all miss him so much!

May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day....

...or as my kids know it... "Mandatory Slavery Day".

So today DH painted the wall around our fireplace and finished painting the kitchen so now 100% of my two main floors are finished.

Austin and Christopher scrubbed doors, counters, and trim.

I vacuumed, shampooed carpets, shampooed my dining room chairs and living-room furniture, fixed a hole in the back of a sofa cushion and puttied a hole in my window from where Isis ripped down the blinds.

When DH was done painting he made a super yummy dinner for Austin's birthday of BBQ steak, pasta salad, corn on the cob and mashed potatoes. I also made him the cake he picked out. OH YUM!

We got SO much done, I am exhausted and we are going to go lay in bed and watch movies, if we can stay awake.

Happy Mother's day to all the mothers!

May 10, 2008

*Cough* *Cough*

Oh yay, as if I don't have enough to complain about... I am sick! :( The hacking cough that DH and the kids had last month finally made its way to me. So now I have this fun cough that sends me into tears each time because every time I hack up a lung it rockets a baby onto my cervix. OUCH!

I.AM.SO.DONE!

May 9, 2008

There comes a time when....

....every child expresses his or her creativity by modifying their personal appearance. Depending on the child, depends on the medium they use. Some use markers, some use makeup, and some use scissors.

Or, like my children, they use all of the above at one time or another. Last night, Matthew used them all, except when I was scraping aftershave out of my heating vents and scrubbing lipstick off his cheek I did not notice his new hairstyle.

This morning it became a little more apparent
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So after Austin's trip to Best Buy to spend his money he has been saving since Christmas, I dropped off Bobby and the kids and took Matthew to get his hair cut for the second time this week. The after looks almost as bad as the first because there is only so much you can do to fix someone else's mistake.

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As soon as he was finished with his haircut he ran behind the counter and said "I need a lollypop" and he had it in his mouth before I could even say no. Ugh.

37 weeks!

Ok, so it's been a while since I did a belly pic, so I figured I would go ahead and update and share the ginormous belly.

So, I had my 36 week appointment on Tuesday, all is well, I am measuring right on schedule. Sophia is head down in my pelvis with a good strong heartbeat and a stronger stubborn streak. Blood pressure was 112/68, so perfect. I still weigh less than pre-pregnancy by 5 lbs, which is right where my midwife is guessing Sophie's weight... around 5 1/2 lbs. Next Tuesday I have my home visit, which I am really looking forward to.

However, today's milestone of 37 weeks is exciting, because by all medical textbooks, today I am considered "term", meaning if I have the baby today, she would not be considered premature... do I see her coming today, tomorrow, or even next week?? No, but hopefully soon, and definately in the next 6 weeks! :)

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May 8, 2008

Happy Birthday to Austin!

My baby boy is 12 years old today, I cannot believe I will have a teenager next year! This birthday was pretty low-key, we had a nice dinner of lasagna, spinach salad and french bread. The "party" will happen this weekend when we have cake and ice cream and Austin wanted to have a BBQ, so we will let him pick his own steak and decide what sides he wants.

Austin decided back at Christmas time he wanted to save his Christmas money to buy himself a nicer camera, well this week we talked and he decided he would probably use an iPod more than he would a camera, so tomorrow we are heading to Best Buy to let him pick his Nano. That just shows his dedication to saving... he has managed to save over $200! Way to go kiddo! :)

*Update*

Here is a picture of Austin, age 12, holding his brand new iPod! :) Way to go kiddo!

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May 1, 2008

Ups and downs

What an odd day.

Yesterday it was 80 degrees, freaking ROASTING hot and beautiful. I noticed our trees all had little blossoms on them and the kids were having a blast playing outside.

Today, DH brings Matthew to our bed at 6am, he is feverish and sick. On his way to work he tells me "make sure you bundle up Mr. Sick when you go outside, it is snowing" It is WHAT!?!?! It is May and it is snowing? WTH!

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Mr. Sick laid in bed with me cuddling until 2:30, poor little guy is leaking snot and has a low grade fever. Around 5 he comes running around the corner saying "I am a pirate!" And then runs screaming into the other room, and then comes running back again.... his fever has finally broke.

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On the way home from getting Austin from school, I decided to drive to Starbucks and get a Mommy's Little Helper AKA a Venti Chai Tea Latte and I get up to the window with my $4 and the girl hands me my tea. The second lady says "Oh crap" and the first girl says "Oh wait, I think we need to trade" and the second lady says "no, we made an extra" so the first girl goes "want a free tea? We will just dump it so you can have it!" Hell yeah! I empty out my change container from my van into the tip jar and drive off.

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Bobby is getting ready to go to the premiere of Iron Man with a friend.... what a dork! :P