Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Verdict's in!

First off, a picture. We got some 3D ones, but they didn't turn out very well, so you get the usual black and white. It's a profile shot.



Next, how did you all know? Well, most of you? Because it's a GIRL! :o) Look for a name poll in the coming months. :p

Most important of all, everything looks great! The baby looks healthy, just the size she should be. The placenta has moved up, so no more worries about that! And the tech couldn't find the fibroid, either. Which means either it's disappeared, or if it's still there, it's not big enough to have any effect on the pregnancy or baby. Woohoo! :o)

It's Halloween

And we're probably not going to go trick-or-treating. Kaylee started throwing up last night, and is still having a hard time keeping down even just liquids. Bryan's complaining that he isn't feeling well, and I won't be surprised if he starts throwing up soon. This bug has been going around our apartment complex for over a week now, and of course my kids have to get it on Halloween... Our ultrasound is scheduled in 2 hours, and Dave probably won't be able to come now, since we can't exactly bring sick kids, nor can we leave them at a friend's house. I'm just sad for them, really, because they were so excited about wearing their costumes and going out this evening. Bummer. :o(

Monday, October 29, 2007

Lots of readers, few votes :p

I do encourage all of you to think about your feelings about the way birth is approached in the US, and cast your vote. If you don't see an option that fits your thoughts and feelings, or if you otherwise want to comment, feel free to do so on this post. :o)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Big Day!

Yesterday was a big day for Tyler. He finally lost his first tooth. He'd been working on that one for a loooong time (check out this post, note the date). In fact, the permanent tooth is already there, it came in behind. The best thing about this? He pulled the tooth himself! :p


Friday, October 26, 2007

18 weeks

And a couple of days. Getting close to half-way through! Had an appointment today. Baby's heartrate is in the 140's, nice and strong. I always love hearing that. :o)

Here's a belly pic, thought it was about time to post a picture of the bump. :p

Thursday, October 25, 2007

One week

That's how long it's been since we started our adventures in potty learning. And Kaylee is doing awesome! Yesterday, she started just going on her own whenever she needed to! We still have to make sure we keep the potty nearby, because you get about 30 seconds from the time she announces she needs to go until she goes. But she's actually recognizing the need to go, so that's great. She even got up one more time after going to bed last night so she could go potty, and she even had a diaper on. This morning, she woke up dry, and wanted her diaper off so she could go potty. Yay! :o)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

41

According to TIME magazine, that's the U.S. rank, out of 171 countries, of women who die from complications in pregnancy or childbirth. The U.S. death rate is 1 in 4800 women, compared to the average of 1 in 16400 in Europe. That's a huge difference. For a country that boasts itself on its medical advances, new and groundbreaking technologies, etc., that's quite shocking. With a c-section rate exceeding 30%, you'd think we should fare better, right? Or maybe, just maybe, are we overly managing pregnancy and birth? Could some of these deaths be prevented if women were cared for according to a midwifery model of care, rather than medical? Could the World Health Organization be on the right track if they say that if a country's c-section rate exceeds 15%, the risks of c-section begin to outweigh its benefits? Of course, the USA is also one of the leading countries for assisted reproductive technology. More and more women get pregnant who wouldn't normally have been able to, at increasingly advanced ages. Maybe that plays some part in why the maternal death rate is higher. There is a higher incidence of multiples (especially triplets and more), which bears more inherent risks. And the older the mother, the more risky pregnancy becomes, especially for first-time mothers. Whenever I see statistics like this one, I wonder what exactly it is that makes me so much more likely to die in childbirth here in the US than if I were to give birth in Europe. It does make me question the way pregnancy and labor are so activley/medically managed here. Technology has its place, no doubt about it, but is it possible to over-use this technology? Could routine use of IV's, pitocin, other drugs to induce and manage labor, epidurals, c-sections, etc. actually have a negative impact on maternal outcome? Or do women just die more easily here than they do in Europe? Is it coincidence that, generally, pregnant women in Europe receive care from midwives, and OB's are "reserved" for high-risk pregnancies and births? The majority of births in Europe are attended by midwives, be it at the hospital, birth center, or at home. If medical equals better, shouldn't the US rank number 1? Or, as far as normal birth is concerned, maybe medical doesn't equal better? There is no doubt that techonlogy has the power to save lives, but how much does it contribute to the loss of lives? And how much does the big dollar influence what's happening to maternity care in this country? I really want to see this movie. As well as this one, if it's ever released. Yes, we still do a lot better than other countries in this world. Yes, things do sometimes go wrong. But we can do a lot better. The birthing environment can be a lot better, and a lot safer, for women than it currently is.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Progress report

Do I dare hope? Kaylee has actually been doing really well with potty learning! We've only had a handful of wet undies, and all poopies except one have gone in the potty (and the one was pretty much right after she got up Sunday morning, and she went in her diaper). We thought we'd give her a break Sunday, it being church day and all. When we got home from church, her diaper was still dry. She started whining, we asked her if she wanted to sit on the potty, and she proceeded to take off her tights. We hurried and undid her diaper, and she went and put a big "waterboat" in her potty (that's what she calls her pee, no idea where it came from...). Later that afternoon, I was off at choir, and she did pee in her undies while I was gone. But Dave said she actually tried to make it to the potty, just didn't get there quite in time. This morning, I took off her diaper and put her on the potty, and she went pee right away. I think we're on the right track here! And we haven't even had to use any bribes or anything, except letting her have some gum so she would agree to sit on the potty the first day. Well, and letting her watch movies pretty much all day Friday, while she sat on her potty waiting for something to happen. :p I'm not sure how things are going to go this week, since we're going to have a really busy schedule (yes, I think I'm going to be one of those over-scheduled parents this week that I talked about in a previous post...). I hope we'll be home often enough to continue at least a portion of each day. It has sure been nice not having to change diapers over the weekend! :o)

ETA: Just had to give another little update. I was in the bathroom getting ready this morning when Kaylee called me. I ran to the living room, and she had gone poop in her potty all by herself, unprompted! Oh, and totally unrelated, but Bryan just came up to me and asked "mom, does 3+2 make 5?" Yes! What a smart little kid. :o)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Potty learning

So I've decided that I'm tired of changing diapers. I'm ready for a break, even if it's only going to be for a few months. Since these next few days are going to be cold and rainy, and we're going to just stay inside, I've decided to give it a try and put Kaylee in underwear. So far today, she's peed in two pairs. No, we haven't caught a pee in the potty yet. But the first couple of days are always the hardest, right? I'm hoping she'll catch on. Wish us luck. :o)

The Baby poll

Was broken. So I deleted it and put up a new one. If you've already voted, please vote again! :o)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Another plug...

...because I forgot in the previous post. :p

My friend Heather at Designs by Derby offers cute custom made scrapbooks, layouts, cards, frameables, and more. The perfect gift for grandma! Like to do the scrapbooking yourself? Karatemommy is a consultant for Close To My Heart scrapbooking supplies. They have cute paper packs and stamps, and accessories and scrapbooking tools that make preserving your favorite pictures a breeze! :o)

There, I'm done now. :p

Just a little plug

For my Usborne website. These books are truly wonderful, and would make great Christmas gifts (or birthday, or just for fun). :o) Go check them out! There are some really great Internet Specials up right now, some as much as 50% off. Worth taking a look! I'm also running a special right now where all internet orders placed by November 30th are going to be entered in a drawing for a $20 gift certificate. :o)

I also added links to a couple of my friends' websites on the sidebar. Brenda at Morgan Minerals has a nice selection of mineral make-up, and Jeannie at Fabulous Flipz has a wonderful talent for making cute bows and flip flops. Go take a look! :o)

Plug over. :p

Monday, October 15, 2007

Twins!

No, not me. :p My cousin's twins were born Sunday evening! Patrick weighed in at 7lbs. 8 oz., 21" and Mathias arrived at 6lbs. 15oz., 20". Both mom and babies are doing well (as far as I've heard). I always feel like new life brings new hope, so I thought I'd share. :o) Oh, and yes, they are both absolutely adorable. :o)
Patrick
Mathias

Thursday, October 11, 2007

And here's something that I really don't like...

Imagine you're in the shower. The steam from the warm water slowly heats up the room, so once you're done and step out, your body won't go into a total temperature shock. Just as you're about done, one of your kids opens the door and yells "mom, so and so is bugging me!" ARGH, close the door!!! Out goes the steam, in comes the cold air. You step out of the shower, and brrrrr.... Why did I not lock the door????? I know some people like to actually finish their shower with some cold water. I used to do that, quite refreshing. Well, I don't like it anymore... :p

The over-scheduled parent

First, I'm going to preface this by saying this post is about nobody in particular. It comes from observations I've made over the past few months. Some of you may find yourselves in this post. I think I sometimes find MYSELF in this post. Feel free to comment or not, don't feel the need to justify what you do or don't do. It's just a post about how I feel about over-scheduling. :p

So, we always hear about the over-scheduled child. I do believe this happens in our culture, a lot. Maybe it stems from the need parents feel to give their children a maximum of opportunities to choose from, maybe parents don't want to feel like they're cutting their children short. Maybe part of it is the "keeping up with the Jones'" syndrome. Maybe parents feel like denying their children the opportunity to participate in certain things is going to somehow negatively affect their development. I'm sure there are many reasons why children so often end up over-scheduled. But that's not the point of this post. This post is about something I haven't seen addressed a whole lot. The over-scheduled parent. It may work out wonderfully to give your child everything they want to have/do, if you have an only child. However, the more children you add to the mix, the crazier life tends to get. Sometimes, life is crazy for reasons we can do nothing about. But what about the things we CAN influence? Activities that are voluntary? Do younger kids always need to have/do the same things the older kids did at their age? Do we really need to provide the opportunity for our children to participate in three after-school clubs, sports, private music lessons, etc.? How do these things affect our quality of life? What happens to younger kids when they are constantly dragged around to older children's activities? When they spend half their life in the carseat (or so it seems)? Wouldn't it be wise to drop some of those activities? Prioritize? Maybe choose a sport OR after school club OR music lessons, instead of trying to do all three? Sure, our children may be exposed to fewer things, but isn't family time what's most important? Not to mention the sanity of the parents? What if we add activities parents are involved in to those of the children? Everyone deserves to have a hobby, right? I'm soon going to have my 4th child. I realize that my life is going to get more crazy as my kids get older. Even if each of them ends up being involved in only one activity, that's still going to be a lot of driving around I'll be doing. I guess that just comes along with having a larger-than-average family. But I do have a goal to choose wisely what is and isn't important for my kids, and myself. I have a goal to put my family first. I realize circumstances may arise that are beyond my control, and if that happens, I'm sure I'll be able to deal with it. But whatever control I have is going to direct my efforts to keeping my family together for meals and activities. I don't believe it's fair to cut time we spend with our younger children just so we can provide our older children with a whole array of recreational activities. It's surely sad when someone can say their baby does so well in the carseat because that's all s/he is used to...

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

New camera!

Well, I finally got a new digital camera, it arrived yesterday. I can finally take pictures again! Of course, I'm sure I'm going to find my old one within the next week... Oh, but I love love love this new one! Here's a picture of Kaylee. :o)

ETA: Had to make that two pictures of Kaylee. Notice she's wearing two different outfits. Yes, we do still change our clothes a couple times a day...



Friday, October 05, 2007

Baby kicks!

So I think I've been feeling little flutters for about a week now, but today I felt some definite kicks! I'm so excited, this is my favorite part about being pregnant. :o) Just wanted to share!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

You can never be too careful

Or can you?

Saw this in the one step ahead catalog I got in the mail the other day. Not so sure what to think about it...

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Thanks for all your input...

...on the breastfeeding poll. This website expresses quite well how I feel about breastfeeding in public. I personally believe that sometimes, covering up with blankets, or better yet one of these contraptions, actually draws more attention to what I'm doing than if I were to just pull up my shirt a little, feed the baby, and be done. :p Of course, if it makes a woman more comfortable, and more likely to breastfeed, then she should, by all means, cover up. But I don't think I should have to, just so everyone else can feel more comfortable. :o) (yes, yes, I know, we've all seen the woman who just "whips it out" without worrying at all about exposing herself, but the majority of women really are quite discreet, even without a cover)