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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,…

No Quick Takes Today

No quick takes today because I spent the evening working on an informational post for The Clubfoot Chronicles, summarizing the most helpful resources I've found so far.

It wouldn't have taken nearly so long to compile if four little rascals who shall remain nameless had been a little less rambunctious, but alas, they were in top form tonight. I didn't want to wait until after bedtime because I was afraid I'd fall asleep at the keyboard if I tried. Third trimester fatigue in all its glory...

Speaking of, I had a prenatal appointment today and it was very boring. BP was good, Tiebreaker's heart rate was 136 bpm, and I'm measuring right on target (I almost asked her to measure again because I feel gigantic, but the midwife assured me that her measurements were correct).

Tomorrow is a rare Saturday that Collin has off, so we're taking the kids to The Children's Museum of Phoenix, a place we keep intending to go but never have. Should be a fun time!

On Sund…

7 Quick Takes Friday - August 9, 2013

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Collin and the kids had a good time camping last weekend, despite the torrential rainstorms that plagued their campsite. The kids helped set up the tent and were very proud of their work. (William brought his gun so as to defend the campsite from any wandering bears.)

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Unfortunately, on the way home, Collin stopped at a scenic overlook to show the kids the scenery and somehow managed to nearly tear the front bumper off the car. (There was a piece of metal sticking out of the concrete barrier at the end of the parking space, and it caught on the bumper as he was backing out.) The bumper was dragging on the ground so he couldn't drive it home and had to call a tow truck.

After the first towing company changed their minds about going to get him (half an hour after they said they'd be there -- apparently the employees were unable to LOOK AT A FREAKING MAP when they accepted the job and didn't realize how far it was to our house), he called a second company a…

7 Quick Takes Friday - August 2, 2013

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Ahhhhhhh, so glad it's Friday. This has been a long week. Tiebreaker has developed an affinity for jumping on my bladder in the middle of the night, sigh.

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We had "Meet the Teacher" night last night and met Elanor's teacher and William's teacher, saw their classrooms, etc. William is SO excited to start school on Monday - he didn't want to leave! We liked both of their teachers, and Elanor's teacher was already familiar with her IEP - she offered to meet with us prior to the initial IEP meeting to discuss any concerns, and it was a good sign to us that she took the initiative to do so.

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I had a prenatal appointment today and met with the new midwife! She was great. I hope she's on call when Tiebreaker is born. :) There's another midwife starting in mid-September and she may be on the call rotation by then as well.

Things look good baby-wise - I'm measuring on target and Tiebreaker's heartbeat was 138. I've als…