Monday, November 7, 2011

One of THOSE Days

Yesterday it was chocolate pudding on white couch cushions. I have pictures.
I was told not to buy a white couch. I regret not listening.

Today it's poop. All over the bathroom. (no pictures!)
I wish it was chocolate pudding!
I should know by now, that when your two and a half year old is quiet it's not usually a very good sign.
First clue was when I heard water running from the bathroom which I decided to check out.
I then found my little darling in our bathroom sink (it's one of those big laundry type ones because our main floor bathroom doubles as a laundry room).
Panty and pull-up were discarded on the floor - inside out I might add (more mess).
The child in question was in the sink with a cup!
I quickly got that away from her and began the clean up process. I'm very thankful for the sprayer that is attached to the sink, by the way.
Just as I was pulling her out and drying her off hubby makes his afternoon call. Of course he's getting the super frustrated, overly dramatic version of 'This Just In' news.
Then I decided to step out of the bathroom and check on the 8 month old, only to find her at the cats litter box. Of course I screamed and started shouting "NO, NO, NO!!!"
When I discovered she had a treasure in her hand. Again, poop!
This is when I washed her off with lots of soap and the hottest water I think she can handle all the while cradling the phone between my ear and shoulder. Yep, hubby is still on the other end and getting an even louder earful.
I told him I needed to get off the phone and I proceeded to do what any other average stay-at-home mom that is trying to raise her children well, in a loving and stable environment would do. I shut myself in the bathroom (WITH the 8 month old) and cried.
Not all days are like today, but I`ve had several such days.
I`ve even gone so far as to vehemently say ``Ì QUIT!!`` and march out the front door and sit on our front steps...again in tears.
Of course, that only lasted a few minutes and I went back inside, but it felt real good in the moment.
I`m trying a different tact today.

Today we have a vehicle so I have decided that it is time for some serious retail therapy!!!



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My First Thankfulness List

I have been reading other peoples thankfulness lists for the past few years on facebook or their blogs. I always read them, enjoy them, and think that it would be a good idea to make my own list. Well, I have finally set aside time and intent.
Here goes. (insert cracking of knuckles here)

I am thankful for:

-Having my husband home for the past (almost) 8 months.
-Our five beautiful children - we love our handful!
-Skype
-My Epicure frother (Chai Latte anyone?).
-Friends that you can chat with that no matter the distance and you feel like you saw them yesterday.
-Other people that blog about thankfulness and inspire me to do the same.
-Awana
-Our church family (old and new).
-For the people that look at me and my five kids and even if they think I'm nuts they keep those comments to themselves.
-For those that don't I am thankful to God for giving me the grace to smile at them anyway (most of the time).
-Mondays
-Decluttering
-Spending most of everyday with my family.
-Coupons
-Costco's pouches of instant mashed potatoes (they actually taste good and save LOTS of time).
-The discovery of price matching.
-That after 4 years of trying we finally had a lovely crop of home grown tomatoes.....and as a result...
-Homemade salsa
-Friendly neighbours that enjoy the sound of noisy children in the yard.
-That perseverance pays off and I can now make some pretty good pastry and therefore pies! (I love pie).
-Large bedrooms in a small house.
-Friends that drop in to visit that will look past the noise, mess and busyness of a large homeschooling family and enjoy a great chat, a cup of tea and little ones that will climb on thier lap.
-People in my life that encourage, challenge and inspire me.
-Finding blessings in everyday.
:)






Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Crash Course in Couponing




I am going to start this off by confessing that I am NOT a professional couponer and have fairly recently gotten into this thing of 'extreme couponing'.

Couponing takes some work, patience and observation but anyone CAN do it.
Really the initial start-up is what takes the most amount of time.

Ok here goes.
So, I've always really liked getting a good deal, seriously, who doesn't?
I've used coupons many times before but not like I am now.
Have you ever filled out those online surveys and they ask how often you use coupons? Well, I have and I was also clicking the "about once a week box". I don't even know if they have a "several per trip" or "1 coupon per item box" but that was my shopping trip today.

I did a small shopping excursion to Walmart today and I'll share my deals with you.

Pull-ups on Sale for $14.97 - $1.50 coupon = $13.47
Oasis Juice on Sale for $1 - 0.50 coupon = $0.50
Goldfish crackers on Sale for $2 - 0.50 coupon = $1.50 x 2
Crest toothpaste on Sale for $0.88 - $0.75 coupon = $0.13
Betty Crocker snacks on Sale for $2.50 - $1 and $0.75 coupons = $1.50 & $1.75
Toothbrush on Sale for $1.47 - $1 coupon = $0.47


I also had a coupon for $3 for Purex laundry detergent. Unfortunately, I forgot my Zellers flyer where it was on Sale. I was going to price match at Walmart and get it for free! (I do have to go to the mall tomorrow so I'll try to remember then).
Maybe you're wondering why I don't just go to Zellers and use the coupon there, which I could do. The reason being that it's easier and less costly (fuel) to shop at the store that is closer to me and carries most of what I need.

Total bill was $22.53. Total coupon savings $6.50 So with 6 items that's more than a dollar saved for each item. Yes, I'm obsessing.
This is not my most impressive trip but that's not what I'm going for here. This is an average trip and still I'm saving.
Notice that each item purchased was ON SALE and had a coupon.
This is the most important tip. Wait for the sale, then coupon in hand, make your purchase.


Mail to Home Coupons and Printable Coupons
save.ca
websaver.ca
brandsaver.ca
gocoupons.ca
smartcanucks
mrsjanuary
Get yourself registered on these sites and remember your password...or pick one that's easy for you to remember...nothing like getting locked out on a limited time coupon!
One tip for websaver - you must have a MINIMUM of 3 coupons chosen to have them sent to you. This is a site that many companies will go through with new coupons so don't 'click' on all of them or you may not have enough available when something comes up that you really want. Choose wisely.




Tear Pads


These are ones you have to actually go 'out and about' to look for.
If you have a YIG (Your Independent Grocer) or something similar you will find inside the doors a large board with tear pad coupons. The ones at YIG are specifically for those store chains (Loblaws). Other store like Shoppers Drug Mart and Foodland also have tear pads. Some of these can be used at any store because they are a manufacture coupon - others are store coupons.


Free Samples
Links to these can also be found on some of the sites mentioned. Recently there have been many pages on facebook that if you 'like' them you can get a free sample or you are linked to one of the other sites to receive a coupon.
You can also try Free Samples Canada

Price Matching
I was seriously scared to do this the first time but I did it. I also had an awesome cashier ;) You can save so much just by price matching alone!
Here's how: If you're doing your regular shopping at say No Frills but you see great deals available in the Metro and Food Basics flyers, take said flyers with you (please make sure they are current), pick up the items (same as in the flyers, pay attention here too) and have the store 'MATCH' the price in the flyer. INSTANT SAVINGS! Note: Not all stores will price match. It does say on the store flyers if they price match. FYI No Frills, Freshco and Walmart DO price match.


Swapping
Here's where it gets fun! Find some people in your area that would also like to start couponing in earnest. A mix of people at different stages of life is great! Not everyone needs coupons for diapers and dog food, this means you will have coupons that others would love and vice versa. I have been getting together weekly with a bunch of fabulous ladies that are keen on scoring deals and sharing tips. It's also a fun evening out. :D

Online sites and Groups
So the mrsjanuary and smart canuck sites apply here.
Also, if you're on facebook you can 'like' Canadian Coupons / Free Samples Canada which will update on your newsfeed. Their website is Savealoonie This site will also link you to hidden coupons that are on some of the sites previously mentioned.

Flyers
If you don't get these delivered with a weekly paper then you may have to find these yourself like I do. Check your local variety store for a news stand or call your local paper. Flyers should be free. Yes, you can check them online, but then you cannot price match because you need to have flyer in hand to do that. Besides, there's something nice about sitting at your dining room table flyers spread out in front of you Sharpie (or colourful crayon in my case)in hand as you scour for deals! It's especially exciting when you find a deal that you KNOW you have a coupon (or two) for! SCORE. I unashamedly admit that this totally excites me! Seriously though, personal info here but we are a single income family of seven, we home school and my husband is currently on parental leave. Nuff said.

Etiquette
Please be honest.
Please be kind.
Please be considerate.
HONEST
Make sure that you KNOW what your coupon says.
Check the date. DON'T try to pass off expired coupons.
Check to make sure the product matches the coupon.
For example: My Betty Crocker fruit snacks $1 coupon said "For ANY Betty Crocker fruit product" Even thought it had Lightening McQueen on the front I was able to buy Spiderman. If it says ONLY for Lightening McQueen then that's what you buy.
Also check sizes or packaging. If it says 250mL or larger you can't get away with travel size. If it says ANY then ANY it is :)
KIND
This would apply to the cashier and to other customers.
Cashiers WILL read the coupons, it's part of their job. Don't get snarky.
If the customers behind you start huffing and puffing perhaps you could smile kindly and offer them a coupon.
I've given people coupons when I've noticed they're purchasing an item that I have a coupon for and will not be using. They've been nothing but pleasant. Would you refuse money in your pocket?
CONSIDERATE
Last month coupons came out on one of the online sites for a FREE box of Chocolate Cheerios. They were only available on June 21st. I had my trusty coupon in hand and got my free box. (not something I would regularly purchase but they were FREE, ahem).
I later heard on a facebook group that there were some women that got DOZENS of these free boxes. Ok, so to me that's kinda ugly. Don't go making up ALL KINDS of fake alias's and email accounts.
I'm pretty sure these things do get monitored and it would really suck if the people that are abusing these policies got caught and ruined it for the rest.
Find a friend, neighbour family member that you can send coupons that will share with you!
Also, when it comes to tear pads, please don't rip off half the pad and shove it in your purse. Yes, take more then one, take 6 even (always good to get a COUPLE extra to share or trade with others )but don't take the whole thing. That's greedy! There are other who would like to use them too. Consider that when your heart rate increases, your pupils dilate and your palms get sweaty as you spy the untouched tear pad just waiting for it's first rip!



A Few More Tips
You can sign up on sites like Pampers and Huggies and they will send you valuable coupons in the mail periodically.
Check magazines, for example "What's Cooking" from Kraft had a whole pamphlet of coupons in the last issue.
Mrs January had a list of when the Smart Source and Red Plum flyers come that are in the paper.
Also, many sites have free samples. Along with these free samples often come coupons - that $3 Purex coupon is one such coupon.
If there's a company that you like the product and can't find a coupon send them an email or call them...they might just send you one. It doesn't hurt to ask.
Remember that not all stores price match and several do not accept printed coupons.
Some stores (Walmart again topping the list) will even give you money back if the amount of your coupon exceeds the amount of the product.
Another helpful tip, if you have a coupon, but the item you want is not on sale and you don't NEED it right that minute....WAIT. It WILL come on sale again. What I've been told is that items come on sale roughly every 3 months, maybe even sooner. (Do you know how much toilet paper and toothpaste I'm starting to stockpile because it keeps coming on sale and I keep getting coupons?!)
Another tip from my master couponer friend A. Take along a roll of Scotch tape. When you pick your product of the shelf tape your coupon onto it and voila! Ready for check-out!
Remember - just because you Have a coupon does not mean you Have to use it. It may not always be a deal.
If it's not something you're going to even use then it's probably not worth the purchase.

You might want to get yourself a little accordion type folder....or...
When you start getting quite the stock pile of coupons invest in a binder and some trading card holders (3 ring). You can find them cheap at Dollarama (sorry no coupon) like my shown here.


Like I said before, I am in no way an expert...I'm still learning but enjoying the journey to "Master Couponer" (kidding).
I'm sure there are things that I've missed and others that I have yet to learn. It will come. Maybe after a while there will be a sequel blog to this one about new experiences and stories that you share with me.

If you have any questions or words of wisdom I would love for you to share.
Let me know if you start up your own coupon swaps too! I'd love to hear about it.

Have fun and Happy Couponing!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Adjectives

The other day I was discussing with my husband how I sometimes feel liked I've missed out on things (or others may perceive that I've missed out) by not going to college or university. I did go to Bible school but not so much for educational purposes as for personal and spiritual growth.
I suppose it was a 'woe is me' moment that my wonderful hubby was quick to discern and dispel.
Also, I still fight with caring too much of what others think.
Jed was fabulous for pointing out that I should be happy to be a 'life learner'.
Also the Bible is the only book that you can read over and over again and constantly be learning new things from. It convicts and instructs, encourages and challenges and draws us closer to our Creator and His purposes for us.
As Aslan says (Chronicles of Narnia) also another favourite of Jed's to quote...we are not to ask "what if". That's not the path we have chosen so it's not for us to know(this is not the direct quote but my paraphrase).
This is the path I have chosen and most days I love where I am.
It's just like God to throw in some humorous encouragement and proof that I am doing well in this path. I do not take credit for teaching my children everything that they know...believe me, they absolutely ASTOUND me often!
Here's one such story.
We did much studying on grammar this year with both Dane and Adelaide working with .First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind
While Winter did not do very much'school' this year as in book work, she was around often enough to pick up quite a bit of information.
We also borrow videos like School House Rock and DVD's from the library. The children were watching one just the other day.


Yesterday my parents came for a visit. My dad and Dane were playing Cribbage together (I've been teaching Dane and Addie...it's great for math ;D) and the rest of us were here and there. Winter brought an alphabet puzzle to the table and was playing with it. Elsa and my dad joined her at some point and they were naming the letters and making sounds. (my dad multi-tasks) At one point Winter tapped Jed and said "Look! I spelled adjectives!" Of course it's not spelled correctly but I was flabbergasted just the same. I've often said that Winter has been learning by osmosis and this is just more proof. I love it!

Perhaps if I had gone and gotten that higher education we may not have as much debt, but we may have more.
Our children wouldn't have to wear hand-me-down clothes and ride hand-me-down bikes and live in a tiny house.
But I may have felt an obligation to have a 'good' high paying job so we could both make lots of money and live comfortably instead of us making the choice for me to stay home with the kids.
I'm not bashing education, having a second income, or women working out of the home, truly I'm not. I guess that's the "what if" that doesn't need to be known.
I love learning with our kids, seeing the 'aha' moments and teaching them that adjectives are the words that describe nouns.
I'm also pro higher education. I just don't think that I should feel like lesser of a person or unqualified to educate my children because I don't have a degree.
I am a domestic engineer! Even more that that though, I am striving for a higher goal and a higher calling. Check out Proverbs 31.
If you need to learn about adjectives...try some School House Rock.
If you need to learn about everything else...try the Bible :D

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

32

So tomorrow is my birthday.
I thought I would share some things about the 'me' that I am right now.

I already told you how old I'll be.
I kinda make faces when I say thirty-two but really it's just a number. I don't think it has actual implications on how 'old' I feel or what types of things I should be allowed to do/not do. Yes, there are extremes to all situations but I don't think my age should define what music I listen to, which clothes I choose to wear, how loud I might laugh (I've been told I'm pretty loud) or which people I choose to spend my time with.

I'm always learning new things...and I love it!
Yes, this includes learning about life but we are always learning about life.
This also applies personally because we're a homeschooling family.
I'm learning too that this is not just "what we do" but it really is "who we are".
It may sound strange but it's the best way I can define HSing for us right now.
I'm learning how to reduce fractions to their lowest number, I learning to diagram sentences (this is a first time learn for me), I'm learning about seeds and how they grow and that all caterpillars have 16 legs (who knew?...not me, or if I did it certainly wasn't information I retained for very long).

I'm also learning more about myself.
I am an emotional person. Very.
To be truly honest about this I always felt that my emotional part of me was my weakness. I hate confrontation and often cry in such circumstances. Little things make me tear up and if you dare put heart tugging music to a sweet or sad video clip I guarantee I'll need a kleenex.
Recently though, I've come to realize that my emotions are not a fault, a weakness or something to be ashamed of. They are a very big part of what makes me, me.
If I try to hold back in this area then I am holding back and suppressing a large part of myself. I'm not saying that I should allow my emotions to lead me, not at all, but I don't have to be sorry for tearing up when I read a sappy card or when I watch a favourite movie or when the Pastor shows a video clip that's intended to make half the congregation bawl I'm right there with ya! and it's really ok.

I'm mommy. I'm mommy to 5 beautiful little people. They are all very much their own selves which brings both challenges and huge rewards. They love me, they love my husband and they love each other. This just warms my heart. I love to see them interact with each other. They work out difficulties, the older ones help to dress the younger ones, they giggle and tickle and read to each other. They finish each others sentences! They know how to share.Seriously, a large family living in a very small space HAS to learn this quick!
Sometimes I find the responsibility overwhelming but not for long.
I once asked my grandmother - a mother of 6 - how she 'did' it.
At one point she had 4 very small children at home and my grandpa worked out of town for a week at a time or longer. Her answer to me was "you just do what you have to do." It's seems simple but that's just the way it is.

I'm flawed. Yes, it's true. But I'm not alone either ;)
There are areas in my life where I think I am very obviously flawed and there are some that are not so visible. Regardless, I'm trying to work out all areas but these things take time, love, hard work and a whole lotta Prayer!

From reading the blog of a friend I realized that I also have hugging issues.
You can read about hers here.
This is something that I am working through because it hasn't always been the case but I think I may have found the cause - or at least a big part of the cause.
Shortly after my first child was born, we took him for a visit to see some family members. On arrival one of these family members (my family member) hugged me. As this person's arms were wrapped around me they gave me a pat and said "My! You're a big woman now!" No joke. Those are the exact words and they have been seared into my heart and mind for more than eight year now (remember those emotions?? yup, suppressed).
Unfortunately, I am still a 'big woman' but I am seriously trying to get myself to a healthy place. It's a long road and the kitchen is my main battle ground but with God as my help and with my very supportive friends I will do it.

Just a few days ago my husband and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary!
It has definitely been a time of tremendous growth and change and I've had such a wonderful man to share them with. I love you Jed! Even though I'm not always huggy ;)

It's been nice to take this moment to reflect today because as I look back over the last 11 years I see how much I have changed. I often think 'we were SO young' and 'who would have thought we'd have 5 kids!' Now I will be able to check back at this blog and smile with satisfaction when I have rock hard abs (major lol's here).

You might ask "How do you have 30 minutes to sit down an type this uninterrupted?"
Ah, well, the hubster is out with the 3 oldest (shopping for my birthday!!) while the two youngest are NAPPING!
You see, they may be few and far between but I do get the odd cherished moment to myself.

Blessing to you! Hope you enjoyed my reflective thoughts.
Care to share yours?

Friday, April 1, 2011

Naming Blythe

I have had several people ask me how I came up with the name "Blythe" for our youngest daughter. So I thought I would write it down and share it with you.
The decision process didn't really start until after our 19 week ultrasound when we found out we were having a girl.
In truth it took a long time until I came up with any names at all.

I began by narrowing down to letters. We decided that each of us had our own letter so far J,K,D,A,W,E so we would do the same again.

I think I actually began looking at meanings of names that I liked after going through lists and lists of random names.

Blythe is Old English meaning "happy, cheerful, joyous". Literally translated it means "bliss". Pairing this with "Melody" seemed like a sweet combination. This was the first name we came up with and ended up liking it the best.

There is another part that I will share, though.

In January we took one of our cats, Doug (our only 'boy' cat) to the vet because he did not seem well. He never put on his winter weight over the fall and for the past few weeks he had stopped eating the crunchy kibbles. My hubby was nice enough to go and buy the canned food which he just gobbled up.
Anyway, the news from the vet was not good. Our 4 year old cat had a tumor on one of his kidneys. After bringing him home he was not the same and went downhill very fast.
It was so tremendously heart-wrenching having to explain to the children about Doug.
Even though I had steeled myself for the bad news it was so hard to tell the kids, especially Dane. The two of them seemed to have a special bond. Doug would sleep on Dane's bed and would 'tuck' Dane in each night.
Little more than a week later Doug passed away. Again it was extremely difficult for all of us and I took it very hard.
I did have some comfort though. That was January 21st. That morning I had read in my Joyce Meyer daily devotional this verse:

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. - Psalm 30:5 The Message.
you can find it here

We were definitely going through the weeping (other versions say sorrow) but we knew that our beautiful baby girl was on her way and would be joining our family on the 'outside' very soon.

The "joy" coming in the morning really solidified my decision to call her Blythe "joyous".

So on February 18th (after much waiting being 10 days past her due date) at 8:12 in the morning our Blythe Melody (Joyous Melody) arrived! How fitting to us that she arrived in the morning making our joy complete.

Some of my relatives don't seem to like the name but we're really not surprised or bothered by that fact. Actually it's kind of funny the conversations I've had ;)

We love Blythe and we love her name and if you do too I think that's grand!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Reading Thing 2011- My List

I read about this for the first time a few months back when "Fall into Reading" (the same thing but in the fall) was just about over. I really wanted to take part in it this time around. It looked like fun and the level of commitment is totally up to me, which is fantastic.
The Spring Reading Things goes from March 20th to June 20th.
I was going to try to choose 12 books (1 for each week) but I'm stuck on eleven right now.
One a week might be a tad ambitious at the time what with getting back to homeschooling this week and working around a newborn...we'll see. I usually manage to find snippets of time for reading somehow :)

Here is my list:

Fiction

Hind's Feet on High Places ~ Hannah Hurnard
While We're Far Apart ~ Lynn Austin
Thorn in My Heart ~ Liz Curtis Higgs
Fair is the Rose ~ Liz Curtis Higgs
Whence Came a Prince ~ Liz Curtis Higgs
Grace in Thine Eyes ~ Liz Curtis Higgs

Non-Fiction


Soldiers with Little Feet ~ Dian Layton
Passion and Purity ~ Elisabeth Elliot
Know Why You Believe ~ Paul E. Little
Knowing God Intimately ~ Joyce Meyer
Revolutionary Parenting ~ George Barna

If you are interested in joining me here is the link (I hope)

Spring Reading Thing 2011
So click on over to Callapidder Days, choose some lovely reads and curl up with one them today!


Time to get reading!

Birth Story: Blythe Melody

On Thursday February 17th I was sitting in front of our tv playing Super Mario Bros.
At one week overdue and facing the possibility of induction the following morning I was willing to do whatever it took to get things moving!
The past few nights sitting and playing this game on our Wii seemed to actually bring on contractions so I decided I'd try it again. Anything to keep from being induced, I thought! As before contractions were about 20 minutes apart. Also as before..they stopped. Discouraged, I decided to try to get some sleep since I needed to be at the hospital to meet the OB at 7:30.
At 1:25 I had another contraction and then went to sleep. At 2:00 I was awakened with a very strong contraction so I decided to get up and move around. I was pretty sure that this was 'it'.
By 3 the contractions were about 7 minutes apart so I called our midwife. We left for the hospital shortly after.
By 4 I had been assessed (2cm)and was getting in the shower.

Things seemed to progress well in the shower. I paced back and forth to try moving things along. Jed timed contractions and they were down to 2-3 minutes apart.
After awhile thought I became very tired after having only 20 minutes of sleep so I decided to get out.
After this my contractions slowed to 10 minutes apart and my midwife joked about sending me home ( I didn't find this funny).
At some point we were approached by one of the nurses to see if we would be willing to have a student nurse come in and observe. I think it was just before 7 because a shift change was coming up. We discussed this and decided it was fine. Our midwife said it was ok but she wanted the student to participate and not just watch. The student was very agreeable to this and was able to do a lot while there.

I was now 4-5 cm but the baby was still high so my MW didn't want to break my water. Contractions were still slow and it looked like it would be a long day.
Our midwife suggested....get this...nipple stimulation! This was where I laughed and asked "and how am I supposed to do that???" The mental pictures were quite amusing.
Then the electric breast pump was wheeled in. My MW said we would hook me up for 10 minutes and see what happens. When I was hooked up I really started to laugh. I was cracking jokes when all of a sudden I was hit with a mega contraction! Yikes! The student nurse was in charge of timing contractions. The first one hit at 7:29 (am) and then every 2 minutes after. They were very intense and I was no longer laughing. Our MW was explaining to the student nurse that she hooked me up on the pump to try to naturally break my water and get contractions moving. Just as she said this (after about the third contraction) my water indeed broke. Shortly after I was taken off the pump (boy was I thankful). Contractions continued to increase in intensity and duration and it seemed all I could do to remain focused and not freak out.
I felt the urge to push around 8-9cm so I had to breathe through a few more contractions. I was 10cm at 8:10 and Blythe was born 8:12.

Immediately my little girl was placed on my chest. I always find this to be such an amazing moment. It can be overwhelming, exhilarating and very emotional. This little person that you have nurtured and grown and felt move inside for so long is finally born and you get to meet them and look in their little face. To finally be able to touch them and hold them is the exact moment that you wait for from the very beginning of your pregnancy.
I was surprised by how big she looked. How this little person had moments before been inside my belly always amazes me. They must really be tight on space!
As we cuddled her our MW clamped the cord and was busy doing other things. We had discussed before that I might like to cut the cord. At that moment though, I thought maybe the student nurse would like the opportunity. She had never done that before and this was the second birth she had been able to attend. She seemed thrilled at the prospect so she got to cut her first cord.
On a side note: I had been praying before Blythe was born for the opportunity to be a blessing to someone else during this time. I wonder now if allowing this student to not only observe but actually participate in this event was that blessing?
Perhaps. This is our midwife and our student nurse.

Anyway, we were allowed to just cuddle Blythe for quite a while. When they did weigh her and check all her vitals we discovered she weighed 8lbs 13oz and was 21 inches long. Blythe is our heaviest newborn outweighing both Addie and Winter by 2oz. Dane still had her beat in length, though.

We left the hospital shortly after 2, stopped for a coffee and headed home :)

All of her siblings and my mom (who had been staying with us for 2 weeks)were very excited to finally meet her.

I've had a few people ask me about her name but I plan to get into that in another blog.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

25 lbs.

25 lbs is approximately what I have gained so far this pregnancy.
...with 4 weeks to go.

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about this new little person lately.
That's what I call her, a little person.
She will grow, learn, form opinions and be influenced by the people and places around her...just like the rest of us. She's a member of our family already...she is perfectly formed (fearfully and wonderfully made) and is spending the next few weeks putting on weight until the time that she is ready to join us on the outside. Already she has grown so much.
She is already such a part of the family even though we don't call her by name...and no, I'm not sharing that yet ;)

The voices of her siblings, her daddy and especially her mommy are well known to her already.

I was talking to my husband this morning and remarking that if I had gained 25 lbs on my own it certainly would not look the way my protruding abdomen looks now!

I decided I should take a few more 'before' pictures. I don't think I'll be wanting to post, nor will anyone be wanting to see 'after' pics of my belly!
Just the beautiful little miss that will most likely be another cookie cutter of the rest of her siblings.

I'm getting really excited now. I think it's more of a preparation and anticipation. It's not quite the same as having my first, the not really knowing what to expect. I think I pretty much know the ropes now, even though every one is somewhat different, much of it is the same. I am much more comfortable with the itty bitty stage than I once was.

We are still in the rooting stage with all of them.
You know that quote "There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings."

I like this even better though.

"that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God." Ephesians 5:16-19 (emphasis mine)

I've been very blessed with my 25 lbs!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A 'Wooly' fun afternoon

I'm back!
I had some technical difficulties but thanks to my wonderfully talented husband who is not ONLY handsome but also Handy, I can blog away!

I've decided to blog about knitting! Yay!!! (think Kermit the Frog)
Ok, so maybe it's not so exciting for everyone.

My 3 oldest kiddies have been after me for quite some time to teach them to knit.
I did begin teaching Addie last year but we didn't get too far.

So last week I finally went out and bought them their own 5mm bamboo needles (bamboo is less slippery and 5 mm is good size for small hands).

I'm actually letting them use some of my real wool. Aren't I fantastic!? Ya, well,it gives me a reason to buy more ;)

So I've cast them each on 24 stitches because they want to knit themselves scarves.
That works for me, this way they can work on just plain knitting - I don't think I have the patience at this point to teach them to purl.

So as they sat watching an old Muppet Show video Dane and Addie are furiously knitting away at their scarves.
I got Winter started on a scarf for her Barbie. She excitedly said "Thanks Mommy! Can you do most of it?" Gotta love her honesty.

Well, over the course of the day Dane and Addie have visited me several times for help but I think they're getting the hang of it...and enjoying themselves!

Dane even said, "Maybe we can knit instead of watching tv that way we'll save more hydro." To which I giggled.


Now as I'm typing this up I'm taking a break from my own current project - a pair of felted slippers. 1 down 1 to complete. Then comes the felting. This will be the first project that I have felted...on purpose!

If you want to check out a great knitting book try Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.Her blog She's very witty and loves knitting. There are patterns in the book but it's not that type of knitting book. Who knows, you might be inspired.

Even though I seem to knit in spurts and mostly during the cooler months of the year, I have discovered something about myself. I am a Knitter with a capitol K!