Showing posts from June, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday - June 28, 2013

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Three days until vacation!!!!!!! We leave for Mexico on Tuesday and I cannot WAIT.

Besides Collin's kidney stones last Friday and what turned out to be a sinus infection on my end (my OB gave me a pack of Zithromax and I am SO GRATEFUL), we've also had a nonstop running toilet, a leaking garbage disposal, a broken sprinkler head in the front yard, something funky going on with our van's sliding door that's causing the interior lights to stay on, TWO scorpions, and a broken bed (the bed actually broke a few weeks ago, but we need to get it fixed before Monday so my dad has a place to sleep). God willing, we can get everything fixed or jerry-rigged before we leave on Tuesday morning.

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Please continue to pray for my twin niece and nephew! Axel & Lyla are still in the NICU but are getting better by the day.

Here's a sweet pic my sister posted on FB - the twins getting some daddy time. :)

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As I mentioned above, I had an OB appointment on …

7 Sleep-Deprived Quick Takes - June 21, 2013

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So tired. I managed a solid three hours of sleep last night, about 9pm-midnight, before I woke up to Collin's loud moans. I thought he was having a nightmare (extremely unusual for him) so I started shaking him awake. He told me that he was awake but in severe pain and he thought he had to go to the ER.

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I called my MIL, who saved the day and came to pick him up and take him so I could stay home with the kids. Thank goodness she was willing and able to come, otherwise I would have had to wake up all the kids and load them into the van or call an ambulance.

Of course, once they were gone decent sleep was impossible due to my anxiety. After saying a decade or two of the rosary I managed to doze off and on, but didn't really sleep all that well.

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Collin got home about 5:30 this morning. Diagnosis: kidney stones (yes, multiple). He's had them once or twice before, so it's what we suspected, but the ER staff did an ultrasound and CAT scan to rule ou…

The Babies Are Here!

That's right.... I said BABIES!

My twin niece and nephew arrived tonight!
Lyla Alene is 5lbs 6oz, and Axel Rand is 5lbs 8oz. They were born at 35 weeks and are in the NICU, but they are doing quite well and shouldn't be there very long. 
Congratulations to Bethany, Andrew (my little sister and BIL), Mason, & Adlee (big brother and sister)!

My New Philosophy

I've decided to become a practicing, respectful vegetarian. However, I'm still going to eat meat, because meat (especially bacon!) is my "sacred ground." 

But remember, I'm vegetarian!

I call it the "Pelosi Philosophy."

Seriously, can anyone explain that logic to me? I don't see how anyone with a modicum of intelligence can hold this view and not see the inherent logical contradiction.

Another Peek at Tiebreaker

This morning, I had a Level II ultrasound at a local perinatalogist's practice (as I mentioned last week, my OB referred me for the ultrasound so we could make extra sure that Tiebreaker's club feet were his/her only issue).

The ultrasound technician was very kind, very thorough, and very accommodating about my desire not to know the baby's sex. I wrestled with the dilemma of finding out his/her sex versus not finding out for a few days and ultimately decided that I want to make this pregnancy as similar to the other kids' as possible -- years down the road I don't want him/her feeling like s/he was an exception to our gender surprise tradition just because of his/her birth defect.

I've never had an ultrasound that was so detailed or so long before, so in that regard it was a wonderful experience. The baby most definitely has bilateral club feet, but otherwise s/he is perfect! It was a relief to find out that there are no other indications of a larger syndrome…

June 3rd is World Clubfoot Day!

From the Ponseti International website:

Ponseti International Association (PIA) has designated June 3rd as World Clubfoot Day.  The date was chosen to commemorate the birthdate of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, (1914-2009) the developer of the Ponseti Method to treat clubfoot. The goal of World Clubfoot Day is to raise awareness about clubfoot disability and its prevention using the Ponseti Method, a non-surgical treatment that includes gentle manipulation of the feet followed by the application of plaster casts and temporary bracing.
Dr. Jose Morcuende, CEO and Medical Director of Ponseti International, says this day is an important step in furthering global awareness that clubfoot is a treatable deformity.   “By designating June 3 as World Clubfoot Day, not only do we celebrate the life and contributions of Dr. Ponseti, but we help further his belief that every child born with clubfoot is entitled to treatment using this low-cost, non-surgical approach.” [Note from JoAnna: Donations…