Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What had happened was...

I know that several of you had heard that the baby and I were recently in the hospital for an extended stay. The good news is that she is still baking away and we are now home but let me catch you up on the details.

Wednesday started as a rather typical day. She felt a little low and was SUPER heavy but not much of note. As the day went on, she got heavier and started getting rather achy. By 4:30ish, I was having serious contractions. I still wasn't too concerned. After all, I have been on bed rest for 3 weeks because of contractions but had yet to have anything happen "down below". I chugged my water and started a second glass, laid over on my side, the usual. Things didn't change. Joey gave me my "little blue pill" (the Tylenol PM that had, thus far, been relaxing me enough to slow contractions) but rather than slowing, contractions were getting stronger, lower, and closer together. By 8, they were on top of each other; every 2 minutes. They were also VERY strong and low. We went to the hospital.

At the hospital, they got me all hooked up and checked me out. I was at 1 1/2 cm and 50% so they checked me in for 23 hour observation. After 3 doses of terbutaline (breathean) and dimerall (sp?) the contractions finally slowed. On an up note, an ultrasound showed that the baby was indeed measuring 32 weeks and was a whooping 4 lbs!! Man, those steroids and all the calories Joey has been feeding me worked!

I slept through most of Wednesday night but by around 5 Thursday morning, Bridgette (one of my wonderful nurses) and I were fighting contractions AGAIN! Dr. Hinton checked me and I was 4cm and 70%. By the look of it, the baby was coming whether we wanted her too or not.

We were finally able to slow contractions and progression stopped. WHEW!

Contractions have yet to stop completely for more than several hours at time but overall, they have remained sporadic and I have not progressed past 4cm. SO, on Monday morning, I got to come home. THANK YOU HEAVENLY FATHER! I'm still extremely restricted; I can only get up to go the bathroom and come back  to bed. However, I am using my own bathroom and coming back to my own bed. I was able to watch our backyard squirrels through the window, read the kids their night books and sleep in the same bed as Joey. Life is good! I will be 33 weeks tomorrow and pending nothing major happens, we'll go in the be checked out again Thursday.  We need her to get to 36 weeks. Come on sweet baby, hang in there!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Wanna-Be Crafty Mom

Thanks to my beautiful mother, I have an optimistically artistic, crafty side. She is an amazing painter, sketch artist, doodler and even drafter. She can sew an entire wardrobe to exacting standards that not only fit the wearer perfectly but far outdo the finest shops around. In fact, she did just that for many years in order to stay home and raise my brother and I. She would have one of us in her lap while yelling at the other and talking on the phone; all the while sewing an intricate seam. AMAZING!

I got all of her ambition and only a quarter of her talent. My brother, on the other hand, has all the talent but only about a 30th of her ambition... but that is neither her nor there.

Fabulously grand ideas are rarely able to fulfill my exacting standards, budget and time limitations or desperate pleas from my children to help. Some issues are out of my hands. Take the walls in my children's rooms. Granted, I was trying to update both rooms at the same time but the wonderful wall art in both rooms will not be finished for quiet a while because of best rest.

Kendall's Dr. Suess quote is much closer to completion than Murphy's railroad crossing.

I also have this bad habit of seeing something in Hobby Lobby, at craft fairs and the like and thinking "I could SO make that!" Well, yes, most likely I could in fact make it but... is it going to look as good? (probably to any one's eyes other than my own) Am I really going to make it for less? Including the time required? Oh, and the kicker; am I actually going to find/make the time to see it through? Betsy, just buy the damn craft at the fair!

Have you ever suffered from crafter's block? It is a bit like writer's block only it leaves you with a closet full of half finished knit blankets, unpainted canvas, polyfill and scraps of material with no where to go. I am currently suffering for an idea to finish these crosses...

As you can see, Kendall and Keegan's are complete but Murphy's is still just green. I am at a complete loss as to what to do. In the mean time, however, I was able to make this art line for the kids in under an hour, including drying and hanging. It helped ease the blow...

Maybe someday I will give in and start buying from the fabulously skilled crafters whom deserve major props. Until then, however, rest assured that my home will be filled with incomplete treasures and you can always find a selection of yarn, ribbon and and what-nots to fit any project.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I'm writting a book!!

Not anything that will ever be published or anything but a book (of sorts) none the less.

Ok, so let me explain...
I can easily wax poetic about many topics and one of favorites is food and nutrition. When my most wonderful, best friend, Carrie, asked me for some ideas on changing her families eating habits, I pounced. "I can write you a book... no wait, I really can". 2 1/2 days later I had 10 pages of rambling, tips and recipes and was no where close to out of things to talk about. Another day and several pages later, it is in rough draft phrase; I'm still not of words. I will, also, be typing it up and spell checking, putting it in an order that makes more sense. It is totally a blast to work on though.

My biggest challenge is turning my "recipes" into something resembling an actual guide that someone else can follow. I rarely do anything the same way twice and usually just go off instinct, smell and taste. However, that doesn't translate well to paper. It's pretty funny, too, because I love to read cook books. Looking at the glossy pictures of prettied up food and reading how they went about doing it. I will often start out with a recipe from someone else but rarely actually follow it unless I'm baking which is far more of a science than an art so I'll let them waste ingredients making it turn out correctly. Joy of Cooking is a great resource and mine is well worn.

Anyway, that is currently what is taking up my brain cells. Maybe I'll type out some of what I have written in here so you can follow along as well. Oh, Oh, that is a good idea!! I'll post some of the pages on here and see what you think too. Knowledge is best spread to the masses, right? It's settled then. Tomorrow, you will start reading my "book" too.

As a complete side note, I tried some of that crackle nail polish. You know, its like a top coat that spreads out on its own to give a crackled effect revealing the color beneath... not really a fan. But, hey, if I never tried I would have never truly known.

Good night!

Monday, May 7, 2012

"We're off to sing the lizard...

The wonderful lizard of oz." (currently one of Kendall's favorite songs)

I can't think of anything to write so I thought I might post a few pictures of my silly children.

Fashionesta Kendall...

Loves to pose, Keegan...

The picture of happiness, Murphy...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Gotta Brag...

The other night, Joey made some wonderfully tasty chicken strips for supper. He ran out of breading with two strips left so he saved them for me to use later. I came very close to suggesting them for our eggs this morning but I'm glad I didn't!

INSTEAD, I used them in my lunch. Here is how:

I marinated the chicken in spicy mustard while I chopped and sauteed red onion, mushrooms, spinach and cherry tomatoes. I sauteed the chicken and put it and the veggies on top mixed salad greens to which I had added a few chopped broccoli florets. I topped the whole thing with cracked black pepper, a little more spicy mustard and some raw red onion (I just the bite). VOLIA! 

Gotta say, I was either way more hungry than I had though or it was just that super delish because I SCARFED that salad. Totally deserves a repeat performance. Maybe next time I'll make a bigger version to serve for supper.