From my Journal.....
For the last few weeks of pregnancy, I started keeping a journal, sharing my thoughts with my sweet baby. This is a thought I had, which I wanted to share with you, from 4 days before I gave birth....
I am so fatigued right now, that I wonder how I can ever give birth this way. Now, I don't know exactly how I will feel when I give birth, but I know the following to be true. The weaker I am, the more I need to derive all of my strength from Him. That way, in my pride, I can never say," I birthed a baby, naturally, by myself." Rather, I can say, "I was weak, weepy, and hopeless, of my own accord. But Christ poured His Strength into me, and made it possible."
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
From my Journal.....
Posted by Christine at 4:28 PM
Tiany is hosting a homeschool open house, tomorrow. I cannot wait to participate. There will be a multitude of incredible prizes, as you can see here. It will be so much fun to take a peek into several homeschools. Blessings, dear friends.
Posted by Christine at 2:36 PM
Monday, July 30, 2007
Please Pray for Us
Lily might have chicken pox, which is fine, but I am a bit worried about Anastasia getting it. My midwife said that Anastasia should be alright, since I had a bad case of chicken pox when I was 12. When you get a childhood illness like that, you make antibodies for life against it. Getting the shot only protects you for 5-7 years, postponing the onset of chicken pox till you are older, when it is more dangerous to get it. Lily and Stevie both had the shot, yet it does not seem very effective. I have been worried about the dangers of vaccines, and this causes me to worry that much more. Sometimes, in this sin-cursed world, it is very difficult to make decisions for your family.Thank you for your prayers!
Lily still has the same bumps, yet they have not increased in number or gotten blistery. So, I am unsure of what this might be. I would love anyone's input who might have a suggestion what this might be. Thank you so much for your prayers.
Posted by Christine at 2:39 PM
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Show and Tell Friday
On this Show and Tell Friday, I wanted to share with you a picture of my two sweet girls in their matching strawberry nightgowns. Lily adores having a little sister to enjoy life with.For more show and tell Friday posts, visit Kelli's Blog.
Posted by Christine at 8:31 PM
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Two Weeks Old!
I marvel at the fact that my little Anastasia is already 2 weeks old, today. The pictures of the two girls and I, are from before church on Sunday. It is so much fun to dress up two little sweeties in pretty dresses. Sunday was Anastasia's first out of utero trip to church. Today, my midwife is giving her and I, a check up. Also, my friend is coming over to get her check up done here, too, by our midwife. So it should be very busy today! I am about to put a sign up on my door that says "Midwifery Services". My midwife says that if she gets any more births from my area, she is going to have to move here. I cannot thank God enough, for this little bundle from heaven!
Posted by Christine at 8:56 AM
Monday, July 23, 2007
Joel's Journey Movie Trailer
Posted by Christine at 7:08 PM
Congratulations, Jackie !
My dear friend, Jackie, just had her baby girl! Way to go girl! I am just so proud of her; she placed her trust in God, and He carried her through, beautifully. I cannot wait to hear her birth story. I heard that she had her baby from her mother. To see pictures of Jackie and the baby, visit here. It is amazing what God can do, in the lives of His dear children.
Posted by Christine at 5:58 PM
Two Teachers Die from Cesareans
My heart just broke when I read this. It is so sad that these dear ladies will never get to watch their precious babies grow. I am not certain if these were necessary cesareans or not, but the story is just so tragic. America's c-section rate has soared to 30.2%. Only about 10% of these are true emergencies, which require c-sections. C-sections have a 3-4 times higher maternal death rate, compared to vaginal deliveries. The more you educate yourself in birth, and select a birth team which rarely performs c-sections, the better off you will be. Some interesting information on this topic can be found here. I have such a passion for encouraging others to birth naturally; God can help you! The more one interferes with birth by augmenting it (by Pitocin, inductions,etc.) , the more likely she is going to wind up with a c-section. Having a midwife assisted birth really keeps you from having an unnecessary c-section. My midwife knows warning/danger signs for a woman who may truly need a c-section, and she makes sure her clients get proper care. I pray that c-sections become much more rare in our country.
Posted by Christine at 1:37 PM
Please Pray for Jackie!
A dear blogger friend, Jackie , is in labor right now, and could use your prayers. She is having a VBAC homebirth.She is an amazing lady, and a godly mother and a missionary wife. Thank you for your prayers on her behalf. Blessings!
Posted by Christine at 11:21 AM
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Bundles of Blessings from a Friend
My dear sister-in Christ, Rebecca , has blessed me so much, by sending a lovely package of goodies! She crocheted the most beautiful bonnet and booties for my little Anastasia. I also love the scrumptious looking jam, candle, and tangerine orange zinger tea! If you have not visited her lovely blog yet, please do. She is an incredibly talented homemaker; she excels at all domesticities. I wish she were my neighbor; I would certainly be learning something new, every day! Thank you so much, my dear friend. You have such a kind and generous heart. May God abundantly bless you!
Posted by Christine at 5:08 PM
I am so hopeful that my family and I can go to the Creation Museum this year.When we do go, we are hoping to stay at Nana's Victorian Cottage, which is only $55-$65 a night! It is simply beautiful, and is a lovely Christian, Victorian home.I was so blessed by seeing this lovely review of the museum. So many evolutionists are baffled at the professionalism of the museum; they are so fearful that people might believe that the Bible is true! I marvel at what God is doing, through this museum.
Posted by Christine at 4:31 PM
Thursday, July 19, 2007
My Little Darling
Anastasia just loves being in the sling. I am amazed at how well she can sleep in it, close to mommy's heart. She is such a joy!
I marvel at this precious gift from heaven. Please pray that I will be the godly mother that she and her siblings need. Blessings, dear friends.
Posted by Christine at 3:33 PM
Friday, July 13, 2007
A much loved baby sister!
Lily and Stevie came home to be with their baby sister, on Wednesday. They absolutely love holding her. They are always begging for me to let them hold her on the couch. She is a precious doll! I am trying to just savour every minute with her; by your third child, you really realize just how fast these moments go.
I am so proud of how sweet Lily and Stevie are toward Anastasia! I am still hoping to post her birth story soon. I am just really enjoying this babymoon! My midwife came to give Anastasia and I a check up, yesterday. I am simply amazed by what a wonderful blessing my midwife has been to us. She truly loves the babies that she assists in bringing into this world. As she was checking Anastasia over, yesterday, she could not help giving her kisses. It was so sweet! Stephen has been so amazing taking over the household tasks of watching Lily and Stephen, cleaning, and cooking. I am simply in awe of the amazing blessing that God has given me in this wonderful husband. He has been a faithful labor and birth partner, and continues to help me everyday. It is very critical that for at least one week after birth, that I take it easy, so that I can allow my uterus to get back to normal size, and to prevent strain. I hope you are all well, dear friends.
Posted by Christine at 4:08 PM
Monday, July 09, 2007
Some Exciting News
This morning (sorry if this is too much information), I lost my mucous plug and it was twinged with blood. My midwife said that most women go into hard labor within 12-24 hours of having "a bloody show". I have been contracting all day, pretty hard. My contractions are not super regular, yet. I have just been trying to go on with daily life, in the meantime. These contractions are feeling more intense all the time; I now feel a lot of tightening around my abdomen and in my lower back. I am really getting excited about meeting my little one (hopefully) within these next few days. Lily is so sweet. When I just had a strong contraction a few minutes ago, she held my hand through it.I am going to try to go to sleep in a little bit, hopefully the contractions won't wake me up too much, unless it is time "for business". Stephen finished pumping up the pool a little while ago, so at least we are pretty much ready. Thank you so much for your prayers. Blessings, dear friends.
Posted by Christine at 8:08 PM
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Menu Plan Monday
Stephen and I spent a long time on Saturday evening, making some food for after the baby is born. Our Seal a Meal works really well! So far, we have 1 manicotti dinner, 1 stuffed shells dinner, 1 pound of taco meat, 4 browned beef packets, and 1 cooked chicken packet. Not shown are two freezer meals, which we purchased, that are easy to cook. One is cheese tortellini and the other is ravioli. We are going to try to make a Spanish rice casserole to freeze, also. We need to buy some more freezer bags, so I can make and freeze some homemade pizzas. I am so grateful for all the work that my husband went to , to help make some meals for us. It is so refreshing to open one's freezer to a plethora of meals, rather than scrounging around for something. Once the baby is born, I will still try to plan out my menus, I will just be using what is in the fridge, primarily. I need to still plan my weekly menus, so I will know what to thaw the day before. My menu for this week is very tentative, since I could go into labor at any time, and I won't be doing regular cooking once that happens.
Monday- July 9- Breakfast for Supper (Hashbrown Casserole, French toast, Eggs)
Tuesday-July 10th- Chicken Fettucine Alfredo
Wednesday-July 11th- (due date) dinner at sister-in-law's
Thursday- July 12th- Beef Linguine and Salad and Bread
Friday-July 13th- Homemade Pizza
Saturday-July 14th- Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
I hope that you have a very blessed week with your family. For more menu plans, visit Laura.
Helpful Birthing Posts
I just had to share with you a few things which have been helpful to me regarding birthing. I am sure many of you followed Kim's live blog labor, last June. She is a tough cookie, and I don't know how she posted so much, during contractions! For those who are expecting soon, you might enjoy taking a look at her laboring recommendations, here. I was also so encouraged the other day, when I read Jackie's post about homebirthing, which can be found here. She makes so many great points, I particularly loved it when she mentioned that when Eve was in labor, God did not create a hospital. Her post is most encouraging, indeed. I also love reading this homebirth story from Birth Dynamics.
I am doing well; I am very grateful for a good nights sleep! I started feeling a lot of pressure in my back, last night. I am just trying to keep an ice pack on it. Maybe there is an increase of pressure because baby is sinking deeper into my pelvis. Thank you for your continued prayers. Have a blessed Sunday!
Posted by Christine at 9:22 AM
Thursday, July 05, 2007
If your littles are anything like mine, they tend to be rather sloppy eaters when they are around 2 years old. Regular bibs did little, if anything, to protect our childrens' clothes. So we started using a Crayola art smock to protect their clothing. This saves a lot on having to change and wash clothing after every meal and it makes clean up a breeze. For more Frugal Friday ideas, visit Biblical Womanhood.
Posted by Christine at 5:49 PM
Our 4th of July
Lily and Stevie had a blast playing outside while Daddy cooked a scrumptious breakfast for everyone!
We had a great time at Stephen's sister's house. Her pool is so relaxing and refreshing. My tummy always feels so different in the water! The baby's movements are really strong in there! Stevie was pretty brave and he tried to be very independent. We tried helping him to realize that he cannot do everything by himself, just yet.
Lily has improved so much in the water, this year. She was even holding her nose and going under the water. She loved swimming close to her Daddy.
Afterwards, we had a delicious cookout dinner with hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, and corn on the cob. It was scrumptious. There were about 25 people at my sister-in-law's house. Then, rather than drive to the local fireworks, where we always get stuck in traffic, we lit some at the party. Thankfully, Stephen's sister lives in the country, so you can do a lot more there! It was a lot of fun; there were about 10 children sitting on a bench watching fireworks. It was just precious. I hope your 4th was a blast! Blessings!
Posted by Christine at 5:28 PM
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
My Pre-natal Appointment
Everything went rather well, this evening, at my midwife's office. She said that it did look like I had an infection which I was recovering from, by looking at my urine sample. It is probably due to fatigue, so it is good that Hubby put me on bedrest on Sunday! She said that I can wait to take more Red Raspberry Leaf tea till after my due date, since I was getting painful Braxton Hicks from it . My uterus is obviously rather toned if the slightest thing tends to trigger it, right now. My next appointment will be the day before my due date, next Tuesday, July 10th. If I go overdue, she will visit me at my house, the following week. I love how laid back she is about it. It is so nice not to be bullied into being induced or any other craziness. That was all just too much of a headache for me. I hope that you all have a wonderful 4th of July! I will keep you posted if Baby J. decides to surprise me, and comes soon. Blessings!
Posted by Christine at 9:13 PM
4th of July plans
Since baby seems content (At least for the moment) to stay snuggled inside of mama, I am trying to continue to enjoy these last few days pre-baby. It is so easy to just want to get birth over with, and not to feel 10 months pregnant any more! But I remember all too well how it felt to go to sleep one night, with just one little girl, and another baby on the way. I was despairing of ever going into labor, when suddenly, it happened. Our little girl was whisked away to Grandma and Grandpa's, and life was never quite the same again. If only I had savored more of those moments with Lily. As an (almost) third time Mom, I really am beginning to see the brevity of every stage with these sweet youngings. I want to so enjoy them, as I know soon , that I will be in a "baby fog". Those days, I will wonder what more than 2 hours of sleep in a row feels like. I really feel called to enjoy these moments with my two sweeties, as I anticipate this little one on the way. I am very excited to meet him/her, I just need to be content with where I am at. Everything will certainly change, soon enough. Tomorrow, we are planning on attending a 4th of July party at my sister-in-law's house. I am very excited, as she has a huge inground pool, which is always a blast to swim in. Everything is very laid back at their house, and they always find a way to make things enjoyable. I am looking forward to lots of good cookout treats, and swimming. (By the way, besides walking, swimming is like the best pre-natal exercise, ever. I love how it helps me feel light.) I am debating about whether I should make this Creamy Lemon pie or this Fruit Smoothie No Bake Cheesecake.
Last night, I did not have any painful Braxton Hicks contractions, probably due to the fact that I avoided my evening Red Raspberry Leaf tea. I still had a difficult time sleeping, mainly because of needing a million bathroom breaks. I am trying to be content, right where I am , and to rest in Him. I appreciate your continued prayers. Tonight is my appointment with my midwife, so I will try to update, later on. Blessings, dear friends, as you enjoy the 4th of July. I hope it is a joyful holiday for you!
Posted by Christine at 11:32 AM
The Blessing of a Loving Husband
My sweet hubby not only bought me a Seal a Meal, but he worked diligently to prepare a meal, as well. We are starting (though a bit late) to store some food for after the baby's birth. I cannot wait to eat Stephen's stuffed shells; they are always simply delicious. Now I just have to add sauce and bake! It is just so handy to have homecooked meals on hand for after baby is born. Otherwise, it is just too easy to resort to something yucky and processed.
Last night, after a long day at work, Stephen finished putting together the swingset for our littles. I am convinced that they would play on it all day long, if it weren't so hot outside. They are overwhelmed that their Daddy put it together out of love for them. I am so blessed to have such a loving and generous husband, who is constantly putting him family first. Please pray that he gets some sleep before the baby gets here. Having a pregnant wife, who gets up all night, does not make for peaceful rest. I try to be quiet, but I am sure it feels like a minor earthquake because of the way that I roll out of bed. :) Blessings, dear friends.
Posted by Christine at 9:24 AM
Monday, July 02, 2007
I feel so blessed by all of you dear blog readers, for all of your prayers! I know that they are helping me to get through this. Last night, I was having (I guess) painful Braxton Hicks contractions about every five minutes. This was different to me, because with my other two labors, I never had painful contractions, unless it was the real thing. It hurt, but it did not feel as strong as regular labor. (Maybe I need to lay off the Red Raspberry Leaf tea before bedtime; it seems to give my uterus a real workout. lol) Today, I am worn out, but I am mainly having some warm sensations in my back and I am having the painless Braxton Hicks. Every time I feel my abdomen, it is as hard as a rock. Today, my doula is coming over to discuss some comfort measures that she can help me with, during my labor. Tomorrow is my pre-natal visit with my midwife. I would so appreciate your continued prayers. Have a joyful day in Him!
Posted by Christine at 11:14 AM
Sunday, July 01, 2007
I would appreciate your prayers, as I am extremely fatigued. For a few nights, I barely got any sleep, mainly because the baby was moving deeper in my pelvis, and it felt very strong. I am getting regular Braxton Hicks contractions, all the time now. I am trying to get to bed earlier, as knowing my past history, I am likely to go into labor at night. At least if I go to bed around 9:30 pm, and I go into labor around 1 am or 2 am, I will have had what feels like a decent nap! I am trying to do minimal work around the house right now, per my husband's request that I get some strength back. I really want to have as much energy as possible for labor. Thank you so much for your prayers.
Posted by Christine at 3:44 PM