Sunday, January 31, 2010

February Hopes


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January was a very trying month. I'm hoping for a more pleasant and relaxing February. Granted, I am starting the month still ill with Campylobacter Enteritis, (a type of food poisoning) I am much improved. I also start the month with a trip to the OB/Gyn! I don't know about you, but I look forward to my appointments. For one thing, it's a happy trip to the doctor's office. For another, it's one of the few times I get to go somewhere completely on my own.

The baby has been moving more and more during a certain time of the evening. I look forward to the rolls, bumps and wiggles.

February is normally a cloudy month where I live, but when the sun does shine, I love where it is in my house. In the morning, it pours into my bedroom and splashes across my bed. I like to indulge in a cat-like state and spread myself across the quilt and feel the sun and heat. Although, I often have to fight the dog for it.

February is also the month hubby and I got married in. It almost feels that the Valentines decorations are meant for us and not for the masses. We don't generally bother with Valentines day since it falls so closely to our anniversary.

So, I hope February is a brighter month and less crazy than January. I hope it is full of fond memories and relaxing mid-winter times with the family.

Friday, January 29, 2010

I take back my last post

It's not viral, it's bacterial.....from contaminated milk. After an evening of calls to a ton of doctors and a trusted midwife friend and fears of the worst, I found out that we're ok and with this bacteria, we can just have to let it run it's course. There is a slight risk of delivering the baby preterm, so please pray that the baby lives and stays safely in my womb.

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The title of this post is sarcastic in tone. I know that today's culture and society aren't conducive to someone staying home while ill or contagious, but I wish they would! Someone was careless enough to be out and about sick and passed it on to my daughter and the disease ripped through this household like a tornado. We're all STILL sick. What gets me mad is that I was SO sick the other night that I should have gone to the hospital, but hubby was away at work and I was too sick to get to the phone. This careless person could have harmed my unborn baby. As it is, I'm still quite ill. Thankfully, my mother came to care for the children so I could rest. She wore a surgical mask and we practiced careful sanitation. Despite how sick I was/am I wouldn't let her change any diapers.

I am saddened on two counts:

1. That today's culture and society don't make it easy for someone to stay home and recover. Have you ever cringed at the check-out line because the cashier obviously has a bad cold? I remember having to drag my sick self to Walmart (when I worked there) because they would threaten me if I called in sick or spread rumors that I was just goofing off.

2. That so many women work, whether willingly or forced to financially so it is hard for someone to find help in their time of need. Thankfully, my Mom was able to alter her schedule to come lend a hand. I hope that when I am older I will be able to be available for my family and friends to help them when they need it.

And for those who may be wondering, yes I called the doctor. They said it's viral and let it run it's course. So long as the fever doesn't get above 102 and we don't get dehydrated, we should be fine. I wish doctors still made house calls, though, because I can't be away from the bathroom for too long, otherwise, I would go to the office anyway.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Quarantined


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Ok, so the title of my post may sound a bit dramatic, bringing to mind the black plague, scarlet fever, leprosy, pox, etc. Really, we only have a stomach/intestinal bug, but I am doing a quarantine of sorts to avoid spreading it. Someone carelessly spread the disease to my little girl, who gave it to brother and I (despite my constant efforts at handwashing, etc). Keep in mind that sometimes the disease is still contagious after the symptoms have abated....like rotavirus, which we may likely have.

I'm doing all right. Mine isn't that bad. My son is greatly improved, but my daughter is still ill. Of course I'm taking her to the doctor if this continues onto tomorrow, or sooner if I feel it is needed. She's thankfully not dehydrated, but I am worried about lack of nourishment and the fact that this is so on-going. I've never seen a stomach bug last this long.

Please keep us in prayer. This winter has been one thing after another and I'm feeling rather defeated, exhausted and weak. I do have enough energy to smack the living you-know-what out of anyone who thinks motherhood is easy. :b

Monday, January 25, 2010

Strange Changes


You can get this print at www.art.com The Bath by Mary Cassatt

Mud, wind, rain and hardly any snow this morning. It feels more like March than January. While I don't mind this early spring teaser when we should be buried in 3 feet of snow and dealing with temperatures in the teens, I wonder what the rest of winter will bring.....and summer. With such a lack of snow (we haven't had a storm yet) we could face a drought. Will we be more temperate this year instead of the usual extremes of arctic in winter and tropics in summer? How will all this affect the farming industry and my own little garden? Is this milder weather the cause of so much sickness going around?

Yesterday my daughter caught a stomach bug. She was tired, listless, feverish and vomiting. She even put herself to bed at 6pm. Looks like it is just one of those random 24 hour bugs, though. She's much improved this morning. My son, on the other hand, has just started his 24 hour marathon. I'm praying I'm not next. Fevers and vomiting and taking care of two recovering children while pregnant is not exactly my cup of tea. Here's hoping the power doesn't go out with all this wind.

It's pajamas and camping out on the living room floor today.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Miss Potter and Homeschooling


Thank goodness I was never sent to school;
it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
~Beatrix Potter~

Tidying and organization

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I spent a good half an hour in Target hemming and hawing about which storage unit to purchase. Should I get the metal shelves that cost more than I was planning on spending, or should I get the Sterilite drawers that I could stack and cost much less? I finally settled on the drawers since I could stack them, they already offered enclosed storage and they're made in America. If I went ahead and bought the metal shelving, I would have still had to purchase loads of boxes with lids.

The purpose of all this is to make room in the children's room and closet by removing many of their toys to designated storage in the basement play area. I'm already pleased with the results. This morning my son followed me downstairs as I started a load of laundry and was thrilled to explore the drawers. He settled on pulling out the drawer of plastic revolutionary war soldiers and dinosaurs and playing a game where the soldiers kill the dinosaurs. (He has it made up in his own mind that the reason the dinosaurs are extinct are because his Daddy shot them and killed them!) Easy-peasy for for little guy to clean up and with a little help from mommy, put the drawer back in it's slot.

We are experiencing our annual January thaw and I must say it's quite refreshing. I'm also pleased because this temporary respite from winter warms the enclosed porch up enough that I can tackle some tiding. It tends to become a catch-all in the wintertime, especially as I go through my yearly household purge and pile the "get rid of" piles in the porch until Spring when they can go in a garage sale.

Well, now that I've given the porch a chance to warm, I best get on with it.

Monday, January 18, 2010

For Us Girls

I've been feeling the tug more lately. I have mentioned before my desire to give my daughter her own feminine space. Now, I know this isn't the be-all-end-all of her feminine development. Daily, I can marvel at the natural femininity God placed within her as soon as she was conceived. For example, the other day she joined her brother on the floor to play with his toy cars, trucks and tractors. My son has one of those little area rugs that has a scene on it, roads with houses, a farm, police station, school, gas station, post office, firehouse, etc. While my son raced his toy cars with an emphasis on noise and possible accidents, my daughter carefully guided the toy car in her possession along the roads as if running little motherly errands just as I do. While my son and daughter both play with her dolly, their roles in play are naturally different. A male family member teased my son for pushing dolly in the little stroller as if we were harming his masculinity. My husband responded, "He's practicing to be a good daddy." After all, my own dear husband is one of the most masculine men I know, yet he proudly owns his own diaper bag! (It's camo.)

Anyhow, I've gotten a bit off topic. Yes, I'd love to give my daughter a little place of her own. After all, since we only have 2 bedrooms, she shares a room with her brother. But the room is pretty much her brother's room. I've decided to relinquish my sole possession of our sun porch. This spring when the sun warms it again I will transform it into a girlish sanctuary for my wee little miss. Although, if it's in the Lord's plans, it would be quite nice to have that second story put on the house and then my little girl would have her own room! That is, unless she has a baby sister.....but it would still the "the girls' room."

Martin Luther King Jr.

For homeschooling today I really wanted to emphasis to my son not only the history of Martin Luther King Jr. but also the importance of how we're all created equal in God's eyes. We discussed people's skin color and other attributes. I sang "Jesus Loves the Little Children" to him several times. I printed out two coloring pages of Martin Luther King Jr. I colored one while he colored the other. Being the realist that I am, I immediately grabbed a brown crayon and started coloring in Dr. King's face. While doing this I handed my son a brown crayon and told him how skin color doesn't matter. Well, he took me quite literally and rejected the brown crayon and colored Dr. King and handsome green and blue combination! I started telling him that Dr. King's skin is brown, but after all, I did just tell him that skin color doesn't matter!! Gotta love 3 year olds!

He also colored a picture of Jesus surrounded by children of different ethnic backgrounds.

I just love the purity of outward sight children have. While at the local library a few months ago, an African-American mother and her daughter arrived soon after my son, daughter and I did. Her daughter was close to the same age as my son. I looked, smilingly to see how my son would react. He's seen people of many different ethnic backgrounds before, but to have an opportunity to play with a little girl with darker skin was new to him. The mother and I glanced at each other and I daresay we both had similar thoughts of the reality of "racial issues." (I put that in quotes because while I don't deny that some people are bigoted, or what is politically called "racist," I believe there is only one race...the human race.) Was she wondering if I had a problem with my white son playing with her black daughter? I wondered if she was wary of her daughter playing with my son. It made me so happy to see my son, innocent of the idea of racism, segregation, etc etc etc, race to the little girl and try to play with her, showing her the table full of crayons and papers to color.

Jasmine at Joyfully Home (link on my sidebar) has an excellent post that echoes my thoughts and beliefs on such matters. Check it out!

On my son's Martin Luther King Jr. coloring sheet there was a little blurb of history about Dr. King. In it, it said that he did so much for the African-Americans. I have to disagree. He did so much for ALL OF US.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I'm Back!!

Or, should I say that my computer is back!! I can blog again! Although, I have to admit that I really did enjoy my time away from the computer. I'm already wasting time now that it's back, but I do have so much catching up to do!

January offers me very little to do with few outdoor chores. I've returned to knitting, luceting and sewing. My daughter and her dolly now boast matching nightgowns.

Speaking of my daughter, she just woke up rather grumpy, so I better see to her.