Wednesday, April 16, 2014

25 Weeks Pregnant and Do I Own a TV!?!

See the cute profile pic of my baby boy? He is looking like his big brother already! I can't wait to kiss this sweet face! At 25 weeks and 3 days the baby was measuring a whole 3 days older than what he did at the last ultrasound. Which makes my due date estimated between the 21st and 27th. My due date was originally July 27th. So either this boy just has a big head (runs in the family ;) or he will be born early...yay for me. Either way he is healthy and growing and is close to 2 lbs already! I had a midwife appointment this week and everything is going extremely well at this point. I really am feeling great. Now if the kids were not waking up every night needing my attention, I would be sleeping like a baby myself. I am having mixed feelings about how quickly this pregnancy has gone by. Some days I am ready to meet the little guy and other days I think to myself there is no way I will be ready in time.

As I went to have some additional tests run at my midwife appointment, the lady drawing my blood asked me how many kids I have...since I had them all in tow with me during my appointment. I told her I have 5. Her response was "you have 5 and one on the way! must not have a TV." What in the world does owning a TV or not owning one have anything to do with having children? This is not the first time I have been told this same rude comment. I just smiled and told her that I think that children are a blessing. What else do you tell someone who makes such a statement. She certainly was being presumptuous and taping into my personal life where she has no business going. IT IS OK if you do not agree with me on the subject of having a normal relationship with my husband and having the children that God blesses me with, but sometimes your opinion is better kept to yourself!

This has been a common response to the amount of children I have in tow with me in many different settings lately. During my ultrasound, I had no choice but to bring my 5 homeschooled children along with me. My husband does have to work some of the time, and is unable to take off of work for all of our families appointments. Of course he tries to do what he can, but again he cannot take off all of the time. So I went alone with my 5 kids to an ultrasound. The ultrasound tech treated me with disdain and asked me if I thought it was wise to have all of my kids with me during the 20 minute long ultrasound. Seriously! I do suppose if my kids acted wildly and out of hand, it would be an issue, but my kids aren't like that. And even if you don't agree with what I am doing, IT IS a business AND the employees should be focused on treating each patient with kindness no matter the circumstances they come in with. Even though sometimes people do not know how to react to a family with 5 small children, I still try to always respond with kindness and a smile. If I am the example of what a family with 5 small children acts like, I want to be as patient and understanding as I can be. I always think, what if later on there is someone just like me who comes along? Maybe those same people will react a little differently. A man on the elevator asked me how many more kids I plan on having. I told him as many as God will give me. He smiled and told me that was great. I told him that children are a blessing from God...because they are and I wouldn't trade even 1 of my kids for anything this world has to offer.

On a happy note...our 4 1/2 year old son, Silas, was saved and baptized last week. We couldn't be more happy for him!

It is really heating up here in the desert. Since it is over 90 degrees outside almost every day now, I think it is time to break out the popsicles and have some fun playing in the water!

Ecclesiastes 11:5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

We Survived the Flu and Other News

Getting back to normal around here! Do you see Silas in the background?

For the past 2 weeks our family has been battling a nasty flu virus. We are finally all on the downward slope of things and finally the kids are sleeping through the night. This is probably the worst illness to affect our family since I can even remember. Being that I am 23 1/2 weeks pregnant does not make things easier. I have been very sick myself, but surviving each demanding day and night. 

Once this sickness has passed, I plan to start getting rid of unnecessary items in our house, to get ready for the move to Fort Worth. It could be that we move there sooner than expected and I want to get as ready as possible. I am also winding down our homeschool year. And looking forward to a fresh start for the new year ahead. I have yet to pick out new curriculum, but I have been trying a few different things out and I expect that I will have all of my planning done and ready to roll out the new year by the deadline in May.

As far as pregnancy goes, I am feeling really good at 23 weeks. My pains have subsided a lot in the past few weeks. I am not struggling with sciatic nerve pain every day and I am SO thankful for that. I have just barely started to think about what I need to do to get ready for this baby. I guess I have had too many other things on my mind. But I did pick up a few little baby items at the thrift store for him and I am trying to get into planning for baby mode. I have also been looking into what it's going to take cloth diaper this little one. Being that half of the diapers I already have are all pink and girly AND that they are still too big for the first few newborn months. I mentioned this in a previous post, but I will most likely use prefolds for the little guy at first, and then go from there. Also, some exciting news is that Mary is showing interest in potty training the past few days. I am so thrilled to start potty training her, I even got out the little potty seat for her to practice sitting on. I will do a blog post in the near future about how I potty train my children, and what my philosophy is behind the issue.

I have been doing a lot of self assessment (as I always do) and I am working toward spending more time with the kids and less time worrying about my messy house. Who has time for a clean house when you have children and a husband to care for? I have been spending a lot of time focused on other things and not focusing on some of the more important things. I am pushing the reset button over here. I need to get rebalanced and regroup. I do this often and it is good when your family has a lot of changing needs. I am thankful for my husband who has set me straight in a lot of ways and helped me to see clearly. I am sometimes too hard on myself. There has been many instances where my husband has said just the right thing to get me back on track. He is a huge help to me! Of course I want to be the perfect mom, but that will never happen. So I am relying on the Lord to fill in the gaps for me. And I pray daily that the Lord will give me wisdom concerning my children and my husband and also that He will lead and guide me in all that I do. So when I ask for this type of thing in prayer, I am sure to follow that up with Bible reading and singing praises to Him. If I am serious about wanting the Lord's leading than I have to put my own foot forward and find what I am looking for.

I also want to share a new documentary with you that my Pastor and Paul Wittenberger made about the King James Bible. It is called New World Order Bible Versions and you can watch the whole thing for free right here. It is a great film! Especially if you are a Bible believing Christian. Don't miss it!