Friday, March 20, 2009

Way to Go CJ!!!!!

CJ just got back from the last day of baseball tryout for the local high school baseball team. I am one proud Mama right now. He made VARSITY!!!!

They only took 3 Sophomores. CJ was shocked!!
God has truly blessed CJ in baseball. We have always felt that he has God-Given talent. He keeps his eye on the Lord and plays for Him.

Pregnancy update---Week 12 Doctor's Appointment

Wednesday I had my 12 week prenatal checkup. Things went very well.

Wt gain--0

Chris came with me to the appointment. The midwife we saw took her time with us and answered any and all questions we had. I really appreciated the fact that she didn't press the fact that I passed on the testing for down's and such. When I told her it wouldn't make a difference to us because we wouldn't do anything about it she said "Good, if it isn't going to make a difference with the pregnancy then your better off not having it. Just your age alone could make a false positive and who needs that stress." I am considering the level 2 ultrasound. The on downside is they make you go for genetic counseling before hand......again, something that could add stress.
I admit it.....I am a worry wart (which I mentioned to the midwife). I told her working as a nurse for 5 years on a surgical floor I saw too many things. My floor took care of the woman that had things go wrong with the pregnancies. The MW told me to put those things out of my mind and start enjoying the pregnancy.

So that is what I am trying to do. I honestly did not think I could get pregnant. It was a deep desire of my heart to have one more child. I believe God has heard my prayer. I am trying to now rest in Him. I keep telling myself that God already knows the beginning to the end. Me worrying about isn't going to change it. Worrying however will rob my joy.

BTW-----have you the countdown ticker to the right. It is so amazing how much the baby has changed in the last 2 months. What a wonderful God we have!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Supper Swap

I am getting ready to start cooking for my Supper Swap at co-op. Supper Swap....what's that? you may ask.

Here's the basis: 10 ladies (9 this time around for us) each make one meal.....times 10 (one for each family). Freeze each meal in an aluminum pan double foiled. Then on said date we bring 9 meals to our meeting place (for us it is co-op every other Thursday). Finally we switch meals. Each lady now has 10 meals for her freezer----9 that we got at co-op plus the one you made and left at home. This should cover Monday through Friday cooking. One less thing for a homeschooling mama to do.

Truth be told, this will only be our second swap. I don't have my opinion formed yet on this deal. You see, I am a chicken and pasta girl. Like literally we have chicken 5 nights a week, pasta 1 (sometimes with hamburg) and the pizza place down the street the other. Even when I do venture out and say make a roast on a Sunday, I throw a piece of chicken in there for myself. As far as pork goes, if Chris is lucky I will buy pork chops once a month for him to make on a night I am going to be out (can't stand the smell).

With the swap, there is a variety of dishes. Great if you like variety. In fact, I think Chris kind of liked it. But for me, not so great. I did notice that this time around there was more chicken and pasta.

So I guess like anything there are good points and bad to it.
Good---LOVED just throwing a dinner in the oven and then making a side to go with it.
Good---In theory, you cook once for a few hours and you have all those meals.

Bad---If you don't like a variety of foods.
Bad---After a few days of having other people's cooking I missed the way hubby cooked (that is why I still have 3 meals in the freezer from the last time around).

I will let you know in a couple of weeks how I think it is going. BTW, I need to send out a big THANK YOU to Kate from A Simple Walk because I used her Chicken and Bean recipe for the first swap (which went over VERY well). So THANKS KATE!!! : )

This time I am making 3 Cheese Manicotti. Yummy....can't wait for dinner tonight.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Trying to Get Back to "Normal"

Since I found out I was prego I haven't blogged very much. Not because I didn't want to. More like I didn't want to seem whiny and complaining all the time. Most days seemed to be going the same: NO energy, ALWAYS feeling sick (who said morning sickness is suppose to be just in the morning), and to tell you the truth, I have been a crabby patty. The hormones are raging!

I have been feeling like my house is so out of sorts. Chris has been doing a great job trying to keep up with cooking, laundry and the kids. He has been great. He doesn't complain. In fact, just the opposite. Most nights he sends me up to our room to relax by 6:30. He WANTS me to put my feet up. I am having a hard time listening. I want to keep going like I use to and I am not excepting very well my current need to need the help so much. Instead, I look around and see all the things I want to do (like wash my floors) and get aggravated with myself that I haven't or can't do it.

At this point life is starting to very slowly get back to normal. I have been taking the Zofran for the morning sickness. It has been a life saver. It hasn't taken the ms away 100% but it has taken it away enough that I can eat enough through the day to stop losing weight. Unfortunately, my blood sugar level has been wacky. It has actually been dropping (which happened when I was pregnant with Zachary). A normal level is between 80-120. Friday I had been reading with the kids when I started feeling awful like I needed to eat something. I started eating an apple and got shaky. I have a brand new glucose monitoring machine from my Mom. Sure enough I checked my level and it was 56------and I had already eaten half the apple!!! I spoke with the NP at the doctor's office and she said she wants me eating every 2 hours, preferring it to be a protein and carb together (easier said than done).

My energy level is still pretty low. By 9 am I usually wishing I was back in bed. However, I have been able to get some laundry done, vacuuming and give Emily a bath (not usually all done in a row). I even made a menu and went grocery shopping for the first time since January 16th this weekend. It's a start : )

I am hoping to start blogging more. I have some thoughts I would like to share on kids, large families and current events.

If you think of me, pray that energy, morning sickness and hormones all level out soon. I feel so blessed to be pregnant again. I didn't think it could or would happen again. I want to enjoy it all.