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7 Quick Takes Friday - December 27, 2013

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Miracle of miracles, I have time for Quick Takes today! It's been a while. I'm still gonna throw up a bunch of pictures and call it good, since that's how I roll. ;)

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Peter got his last set of casts off on December 12 and received his boots and bar brace.

He hated it for the first few days, but quickly adjusted and is back to his happy self. After a rough couple of nights, he's sleeping better, too.

We're getting used to the brace, too. Collin and I are getting pretty adept at doing up all the buckles, and snapping his bar off and on when needed. I've started using the Beco Gemini carrier as it's easier to use with the boots and bar than the Baby K'Tan.

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Peter smiles and coos a lot now, and it's so much fun! He had his 2 month appointment a few weeks ago (he's 12 lbs, 9 oz!) and was flirting like crazy with the nurse.

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Christmas was a lot of fun. My MIL invited Santa to come! He handed out gifts and read &quo…

Merry Christmas!

(Tried posting this yesterday, from my phone, but it didn't work...)

A blessed Christmas from our holy family to yours!

Back to Work

I went back to work yesterday and Peter did great at his first day of daycare. He was a little clingy last night, but that's okay because all I wanted to do was hold him. I missed my sweet boy!

Brief Update

I know I've been quiet lately - I've mostly been posting at my Clubfoot blog, as we're nearing the end of the casting phase of treatment.

Peter had his tenotomy procedure yesterday and it went smoothly, praise God!

I go back to work on December 2. Not thrilled about that, but unfortunately I don't have a choice. I only had six weeks of paid leave and I'm using vacation time to cover the remaining two weeks. I was hoping a miracle would happen and Collin would find a new job with better pay that would allow me to be a stay-at-home mom, but that hasn't happened.

I know Peter will be in good hands with our daycare providers, but I'm still dreading having to leave him. :(

7 Quick Takes Saturday - November 2, 2013

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We've had a lot going on the last few weeks! I'll start most recently and work my way back.

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William had his first T-ball game this morning!

He did really well and had a great time. His team name is the "Lansing Lugnuts." No, I have no clue how they come up with those names, but it could be worse. The opposing team this morning was the "Sand Gnats."

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The kids had a blast at Halloween. William was a cowboy, Gabriel was a Cow Boy (heh), Elanor was Dorothy Gale, and Violet was, as she described, "a pwetty pwincess."

Peter and I stayed home to hand out candy, but he still got into the spirit of things in his mummy costume:

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Kara's little Samuel was baptized last Sunday, and Collin and I were honored to be his godparents. Welcome to the Church, Samuel Francis!!

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Peter was baptized last Saturday, and Kara and Kyle were his godparents! Originally we were thinking of waiting until Kara & Kyle got back fr…

Peter's birth story - October 2013

The birth story of Peter David
10/07/13, 4:27am MST
Weight: 9lbs, 0oz; Length: 20.5 in.

I had prodromal labor for weeks leading up to Peter's birth, starting around 38 weeks. On two separate days I had contractions that were 30-45 seconds long and coming 10-20 minutes apart, for twelve hours. As soon as I went to bed, they'd stop. As my due date approached, I was getting more and more frustrated. I was huge, uncomfortable, constantly exhausted, and sick of working. (I started working from home full-time at 37 weeks, so thankfully there wasn't a 90-mile round-trip commute on top of it.) 
I was also experiencing bouts of insomnia, to the point where Collin called in sick to work on October 5 because I'd been awake since 3am for the third night in a row, and I was too exhausted to function. He took all the kids out of the house to let me have a day of complete rest; I took a three-hour nap and spent the rest of the day watching episodes of One Born Every Minute on YouTube…

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

I received an e-mail asking if I would help publicize this campaign on International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and I'm happy to do so. The following is cut and pasted from the email, as my blogging time is limited at the moment. :)
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 officially marks International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death which includes miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn.  The National Institute of Health estimates 26,000 stillbirths out of the 4 million births per year in the United States, meaning one in every 160 births results in a stillborn.  These statistics can change dramatically with your help!
After learning that Norway had effectively reduced its stillbirth rates by one-third by conducting a public health campaign on kick counting, five Des Moines-area moms who each lost babies to late-term stillbirth or infant death founded a non-profit organization called Healthy Birt…

Tiebreaker is here!

And the winner is.... Team Blue!

Peter David Wahlund 10/7/2013, 4:27am 9lbs 0oz, 20.5 inches
Super short version of the birth story: Holy sh*t.
Short version: woke up to hard contractions at 3am. Water broke in the car. Got to the hospital at 4:15 after dropping off kids. Midwife didn't make it in time so he was delivered by a nurse. 
We're all doing great. :) His feet are definitely clubbed but otherwise he's 100% healthy.
Longer version coming soon!

No baby yet case anyone was wondering.

7 Quick Takes Saturday - September 28, 2013

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No baby yet. I'm 38w4d today. Elanor was born at 39w0d and Violet at 40w3d, so I have a ways to go before declaring this my longest pregnancy, but it sure as heck FEELS like my longest pregnancy.

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I had two bouts of prodromal labor last week - one on Sunday, one on Wednesday. On both days I was having contractions averaging about a minute long and 10 minutes apart for about 12 hours (around 10am-10pm). Some contractions were more painful than others, some were Braxton-Hicks. We gave our doula a text to let her know what was going on each time, but didn't head to the hospital or anything. Once I fell asleep, the contractions either stopped or were so mild that I slept through them. Since then, I've had sporadic Braxton Hicks but no more of the prodromal stuff, thank goodness.

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I had an appointment on Friday and asked the midwife to do a cervical check, as I was curious to see if the prodromal labor had effected any changes. I'm still not dilat…

Examining Scouting Choices - A Letter from My Husband

My husband wrote what I consider to be a kick-ass letter to our parish the other day, and he gave me permission to post it.

Greetings [Parish] Scout Leadership and Pastors,

My name is Collin Wahlund, I have been a parishioner at [Parish] for several years.  I have had a great interest in sharing the experiences that scouting had brought to me with my children at our parish, especially with my oldest son who has just entered Kindergarten this year.

Unfortunately, in light of the recent decision by the BSA to allow open and active homosexual behavior to be declared acceptable I simply cannot in good conscience allow my children to be involved with that organization.  This stance that the BSA has taken is even more disconcerting given that the incoming president of the BSA, Randall Stephenson, is on record in a homosexual activism publication for being committed to allow actively homosexual men as scout leaders.

Since homosexual activity is gravely sinful by the teachings of our…

7 Quick Takes Friday - September 20, 2013

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Still pregnant. Boring OB appointment today (which is a good thing). I declined a cervical check because I didn't feel like it. My group B strep test was negative. I'm at 37w3d and so far it seems like Tiebreaker is content to stay where s/he is for now. That's kind of a good thing, as I still have quite a bit at work that I'd like to accomplish before I go on leave, but at the same time I'm anxious to meet this baby.

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I'm now working from home full-time until labor starts, hallelujah. Not having to commute 90 miles per day (round trip) has helped a lot.

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I'm happy to report that the doula drama is over. After the last doula's no-show, we set up interviews with two other doulas in the area. The first interview went extremely well, but we didn't want to officially hire her until we'd met the other doula and given her a chance to knock our socks off. Well, other doula ended up cancelling due to illness (she sent me an e…

Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism

To see how, check out my latest at Catholic Stand. ;)

(Also: no baby yet.)

7 Quick Takes Friday - September 6, 2013

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 Collin and I celebrated 12 years of marriage on September 1! 

We hired Kara to watch our kids and spent the whole day playing Dungeons and Dragons. It was glorious.

Our joint gift to each other was an iPad! I've wanted one for years, so I was very happy when he proposed that idea. It'll come in handy when the baby's born; we can FaceTime with relatives and show him/her off.

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Quick word of warning - the rest of my quick takes are all pregancy/birth related, so if that bores you, feel free to skip them. :)

I could very well have a baby this month (I'm full term as of September 17!). Whoa.

Last week, my ExpectNet game appeared gone forever (the domain had expired and was redirecting users to a bunch of Internet ads), so I created a new guessing game at Then ExpectNet came back up, so now I guess I have two. Sigh. Feel free to guess on one, the other, or both.

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On that note, my to-do list for this weekend involves packing my hospit…

11 On Her Own

I can barely manage four (well, five) kids with the help of a fully present and supportive husband, so I can't fathom how Kristin manages as well as she does.

Please help her in her goal of going to nursing school so she can support her family!

Financial support is awesome, but I know prayer support and social media sharing are also much appreciated.

A Working Mother's Prayer

For those of us working outside the home when we'd rather be at home with our kids...

"O Lord, since I must now entrust my precious child into the arms of another so that I may go forth to earn bread for our table, accept my offering of tears and deep regret.

Take my child, Lord - and my aching heart - and lay them together in your dear Mother's lap where both may rest secure until I come again to claim my treasures.


from "Prayers to Form a Mother's Heart" produced by the Women's Apostolate to Youth, accessed online here.

7 Quick Takes Friday - August 23, 2013

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I took a leaf out of Kara's book and created an guessing game for Tiebreaker's arrival. (She won Gabriel's game, so we'll see if she can go two for two!) Winner gets bragging rights. :)

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Speaking of, allow me to indulge in a short, shameless brag:

William took the DIBELS reading assessment at school this week. The benchmark composite score was 23 and he scored a 60. Yes, I know that assessments and test scores and whatnot aren't necessarily an accurate gauge of learning or retention, but still. After years of IEPs and so forth with Elanor, it's a pleasant change of pace to have a child who scores above average on reading tests.

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We had a fantastic time at the Children's Museum of Phoenix last Saturday! What a fun place. Gabriel was simply bowled over by the fact that he could run around and do pretty much anything he wanted without being constantly told not to touch anything. They had a room just for kids 3 and under,…