Friday, February 22, 2008
Waiting...
We are still in Yellowknife waiting for the arrival of the newest member of our family. Thankfully, the baby is no longer breech so a VBAC will likely happen for us. It has warmed up nicely since we first got here so we are enjoying the warmer temperatures but are getting bored and are really missing the kids. Baby was due yesterday so any time now...

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Saturday, February 16, 2008
Change of plans
I went in for my regular prenatal check-up with the midwives on Thursday afternoon and the midwife picked up that baby's position had likely changed. She had one of the doctors do a quick ultrasound. Sure enough, it confirmed her suspicions - the baby had turned breech.This meant that I was no longer a candidate to stay in my community. I had to leave either that night on a medivac flight or the next morning on the scheduled flight if there was room. As I wasn't in labour, I requested the morning flight so I could pack and get the kids ready to go to my parents'.

I left at 6:30 am on the plane and spent most of the day at the hospital. I had an appointment with a local midwife, a locum obstetrician, followed by an attempted version (trying to turn the baby from the outside - it didn't work), and then another ultrasound to make sure that the baby was still in the position they thought it was.

If I have the baby before Tuesday I will likely have a breech VBAC (unless baby turns back on its own) but if the baby comes after Tuesday I may not be given a choice but have to have a c-section as the doctor on call for the rest of the week is not as VBAC or breech friendly. I REALLY DON'T WANT TO HAVE ANOTHER C-SECTION. The recovery takes so long comparatively and I have 2 little ones to chase around plus the new baby on the way. There is still a chance the baby could turn back on its own and that would likely allow me to have another VBAC as well.

Please pray that all will work out for the best. My husband left this morning to start driving up here to meet me and should be here sometime this evening (it's about an 8 hour drive). The kids are home with my mom and dad. I know they're in good hands but I sure miss them!! I have extremely limited internet access at the hotel but will let you know once baby arrives!

THANK YOU!!

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Sunday, February 10, 2008
Maternity clothes
One of the more frustrating things about being pregnant for me is finding clothes that fit. Emily was wondering if I wore maternity clothes or not. Yes and no. :) I found that for the first part of my pregnancies I would wear my regular clothes and would usually switch to maternity pants before I would switch to maternity shirts as my belly would make doing up the waist of my pants very uncomfortable.

In the second trimester I definitely needed both pants and shirts in maternity sizes but found that even size smalls were baggy until I had a definite belly. I had a selection of small and medium sized shirts but found that the mediums would hang off me in the shoulders even though they gave a bit more ease everywhere else.

The challenge as I got bigger was to find a way to keep my belly from sticking out of my shirts. This pregnancy I discovered Diviine ModesTee tanks. They are long and stretchy and hold their shape very well. They are non-maternity so I just ordered a size larger than I normally would to accommodate my belly in the third trimester. They go back to their original non-stretched shape after every wash. (They actually have a sale on right now.)

Pants are another story altogether. It is almost impossible to find maternity pants that fit. They either fit in the belly and are huge in the butt and legs or they are snug in the belly and fit well everywhere else. For each pregnancy I've had one "good" pair of black maternity pants and then made do with ones that don't fit as nicely. I've had some luck at Thyme Maternity (a Canadian company but you can find items on eBay), Liz Lange Maternity (from Target originally, but again, bought on eBay), and one very expensive pair of maternity jeans bought new on eBay (Seven For All Mankind I think...they have lasted me through 3 pregnancies so far).

The last month or so I tend to spend a lot of time in loose fitting non-maternity yoga or fitness pants and, if it's winter, flannel p.j. pants around the house. Basically anything that can sit under my belly. :)

I hope that helps Emily! If you have any more questions let me know. :)

On a side note, if you want really comfy maternity and non-maternity underwear and bras check out Bravado! Designs. They also make really great nursing bras.

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Saturday, February 09, 2008
A different sort of Saturday afternoon
Today I went to town alone. I haven't been doing too much alone lately, mostly because I can't haul the kids around by myself and we have been busy sorting out hiccups around here and just trying to avoid going out in the cold wherever possible. Today was VERY cold and as Dwayne didn't have anything pressing to do house-wise, he volunteered to keep an eye on the kids for me so I could go and do some errands.

It was a nice break but it took me 3 HOURS(!) to go to 4 stores that are less than 30 seconds away from each other. I am SO pregnant and SO slow right now. (Funnily enough I ran into someone who hadn't noticed before today that I was pregnant despite my being in her grocery store at least twice a week!) I think this will be my last trip to run errands alone before the baby is born. It's takes so much energy!

While I was gone Dwayne washed all of the dishes that I haven't quite been able to catch up with! It was so nice to come home to a sparkling kitchen. He even cleaned the stove top and all of the burners. :)

This evening Dwayne has made a quick trip into town and the kids and I are hanging about watching kids' cartoons, eating soup, making pudding, and painting Hendrik's cardboard box garage that we made yesterday. Everyone is looking pretty sleepy so I am going to get Hendrik and Riley ready for bed so that if they drift off before Dwayne gets home he can just carry them up to the loft without us having to disturb them too much.

Hopefully we'll be able to relax by the fire later and watch some TV on DVD.

Off I go to snuggle with my babies!

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Friday, February 08, 2008
Bedtime conversations with Hendrik
This past week sometime...

"Mommy."
"Yes, Hendrik?"
"Big lellow generator needs diesel. Little blue generator needs gas."
(Slightly stunned silence.)
"You're right baby."



Last night...

Hendrik rolls over to Dwayne.
"I love you."
"I love you too Hendrik."
Hendrik rolls over to me.
"I love you."
"I love you Hendrik."
Repeat several times.
(This is a new development for him. :) )

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Thursday, February 07, 2008
Belly photos!







Not only is my belly big enough to hide my feet, it can hide a toddler too!



Hendrik finds taking pictures of the baby in Mommy's tummy very entertaining.

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2 more weeks - give or take 2 weeks...
Two more weeks to go until the baby's due date. Before I became pregnant with our first baby I thought that obstetrics was a fairly precise science. Then you find out that your due date is accurate to plus or minus two weeks. Hmmn. Not so much.
We are quite certain of our due date though and I am really hoping that the baby is not going for the "plus two weeks" side of things. :)

I had an appointment with my midwife today and she feels that all is going really well. She doesn't think the baby's birth will be imminent but likely closer to the due date. So far the trend for me consists of the babies arriving 1 day before or 1 day after their due date. The midwife gave me some more homeopathics to take over the next couple of weeks to help prepare my body for the birth. I am relatively comfortable for being so large, aside from leg cramps at night and the awkwardness of moving around, and am trying to take advantage of that by doing some chores around the house that I may or may not get to right away after the baby arrives.

Speaking of chores, I better get to work. There are dishes calling my name, Christmas decorations to pack away (still! - they've been sitting in a pile for weeks now...), a bunny cage to clean and laundry to fold and put away. No excuse for boredom today! :p

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008
New-to-me Regency gown
Today I received a Regency gown in the mail that I ordered from a lady on the Sense & Sensibility Forum. I took a chance that it would fit and am I ever glad I did! I love it. The lady who made it found it a tad too small and as she had only worn it once, put it up for sale on the message board. Here is a picture, the dress even accommodates my pregnancy belly. :)
(Please pardon the slightly spaced out expression!)


I have always wanted a Regency gown since watching A&E/BBC's version of Pride and Prejudice (1995). I have a couple of the patterns put out by Sense & Sensibility Patterns but have yet to complete one. I have one in the works but won't be able to finish it or fit it until well after the baby arrives! This way I get to enjoy the dress and someone else's handiwork.

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Some new things to read!
Yesterday I received a box in the mail from Mary Janes Farm. I ordered a set of 5 back issues of Mary Janes Farm magazine. I recently bought the book "Mary Jane's Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook" by Mary Jane Butters. It is a fascinating read about self-sufficiency and being a farm girl at heart whether you live in town or country. I thought the magazines would be nice to curl up with during this crazy cold snap we've been having.

I think I will go and pour myself a cup of tea, curl up in a comfy chair with a blanket, and think about something other than cold and snow!

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Essential daily companions

I bought these work gloves this fall when we were out purchasing other supplies for the house. These were the first pink work gloves I had seen and when I saw them I knew I had to buy them. There is a strange phenomenon at work in my family - work gloves usually disappear unless they are quite distinctive. Everyone tends to end up with similar looking gloves and they get forgotten and reclaimed and make the rounds before some recognizes them and says, "Oh! That's where those went." I figured this way the menfolk wouldn't mistake them for theirs and likely wouldn't even borrow them if they couldn't find their own. So far so good!

I use these gloves at least a dozen times a day when I am loading or checking the wood stove or when I am filling up the pots and kettles to heat up dish water or if I have to grab something from outside quickly and don't need the warmth of my winter gloves.

Mine are the "Petal Pushers" from this page. Technically they're gardening gloves but they are great all around gloves as well. :)

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008


What type of Mother Hen Are You?
by Montessorimom.com: Educational Resource

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Fortune cookies
Yesterday the kids and I were over at my mom and dad's for the day as we were having some ice issues in our drainage pipes outside. While there, I discovered a box of fortune cookies that a friend had brought over Sunday when my mom and dad had a bunch of friends and family over for lunch. I grabbed a cookie, cracked it open, and found not one but two fortunes inside.

They read:

"Follow your heart for success this week."

and

"Soon a visitor will delight you."

I had to laugh. Baby is not due for another couple of weeks or so but I thought this would be really funny if the baby did decide to make its appearance this week! :)

Then Dwayne opened one at lunch and his said,


"You will soon receive a unique gift."


It was too funny.

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Birthday cake! At last...

It has been over a month since Riley's first birthday. On her actual birthday we were all still getting over a horrible stomach bug. Then we moved. Then it was Christmas. Then we had major plumbing issues and our oven wasn't working either. This Sunday we finally had her cake. My mom baked it at their house and the decorating was a team effort by my mom and my sister Christen, with Hendrik as their eager assistant. ("You want some icing Grandma?" = "I want some icing Grandma.")


Poor little girl. It was not her afternoon. She wasn't feeling one hundred percent and she was fussy and crying a lot. She was quite happy once everyone started singing "Happy Birthday" to her but then she dissolved into tears when everyone stopped singing. So, we sang again. She ran her finger through the icing and then wiped it on my face. We got a couple of pictures of her looking relatively happy anyway!


Later on in the afternoon she discovered chocolate. Lindor chocolate to be exact. She loved it. That happied the little girl right up. Yesterday she saw me eat a piece of chocolate and immediately tried to pry my mouth open to get to it. Another chocoholic in the family! :)


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Saturday afternoon "fixing"

Dwayne spent part of the afternoon on Saturday adding a bit more insulation where the walls and the roof join to seal up some air leaks we had found. This involved taking down some of the wood trim, insulating with spray foam or fiberglass, and then nailing the trim back up. Hendrik thought the hammering was something he should help with so he found his little plastic hammer from his toolbox and went to work just like Daddy. After they were done, Hendrik noticed Dwayne had foam insulation stuck to one of his fingers. Hendrik tried to rub Dwayne's finger on his so that he could have some foam on his finger too! Somebody sure wants to be just like his Daddy. :)

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Sunday, February 03, 2008
What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.
~Pearl Bailey

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Saturday, February 02, 2008
New infant snack?
Yesterday when Dwayne got home from work he picked up Riley for a little cuddle. She instantly became fascinated with his face. Dwayne hasn't shaved in a couple of days and she thought that his stubble was quite interesting. She pinched a bit of his skin between her fingers and then homed in for a lick! Apparently she thought this might be some new, previously unknown food source. LOL! :D

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Friday, February 01, 2008
Confronting ones mortality
I don't know about the rest of you moms out there but each time as I draw near to the birth of a new little addition to the family I can't help pondering my own mortality. I know that even though we live in a modern age with modern medical conveniences and technologies that there is still a chance that I may not live to see my own children grow up. Life and death are forever entwined in our world and for me this most joyous time will also bring sobering thoughts as I am reminded of my own humanity.

Psalm 139:1-16

1 O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

5 You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

This last verse is of great comfort to me. God cares for us so much that not only did he know us before we were born but he also knows what is to come in each of our lives. If God knows each of our days, then why should we worry about a single one of them? (see Matthew 6:25-34)


"Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Exerpt from "His Eye is On the Sparrow"
Lyrics: Civilla D. Martin
Composer: Charles H. Gabriel



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Do the Next Thing
At an old English parsonage down by the sea,
There came in the twilight a message to me.
Its quaint Saxon legend deeply engraven
That, as it seems to me, teaching from heaven.
And all through the hours the quiet words ring,
Like a low inspiration, do the next thing.

Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from heaven,
Time, opportunity, and guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrows, child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus, do the next thing.

Do it immediately, do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care.
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand,
Who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing,
Leave all results, do the next thing.

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
Working or suffering be thy demeanor;
In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance, by thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing.
Then as he beckons, do the next thing.

Author Unknown

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Bloggy Award!

Yesterday I was given my very first bloggy award by the lovely Rain at Rain's Musings.

I'm honoured and quite tickled by this nice surprise. :)



It's my turn to pass on the honour!

The rules are:
1. Awarded parties must nominate five people who have not received the award.

2. The blogs that receive the award must serve some purpose.

3. In their post about the award they need to link back to the original entry.


In no particular order:

Emma at Charming the Birds From the Trees for working toward her goal of creating a lovely life for her family and inspiring the rest us along the way.

Lindsey at Red Letters for her fascinating insight into Biblical characters and stories and her inspiring intercessions (a challenge by a friend).

Lauren Christine at with humility, thankfulness, and rejoicing for her sweet spirit and dedication as she works at being a home keeper and new wife.

Anna at Pleasant View Schoolhouse for a peek into her family's life as they homeschool and grow together. She makes everything seem so effortless!

Joslyn at Simple Lovely who reminds me to look for beauty in everyday things.

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