Thursday, September 27, 2007

Interesting quiz....So anyone know who this guy is?

Duncan Hunter
Score: 29
Stem-Cell Research
Line-Item Veto
Health Care
Social Security
Death Penalty

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Monday, September 24, 2007

13 weeks Pregnant/Pregnancy Update

I felt the baby move Saturday (Ok I tried really hard and was able to feel the baby) but it's not something I feel on a daily basis. All is going really well, I feel my belly/uterus getting bigger, so I'm confident that the pregnancy is going well. I took my b/p at work on Thursday, and it was well within normal 119/69. I'm not finding out what this baby is, and not planning any ultrasounds unless something is out of the normal. I really don't want them to find something they are concerned about, only to have me worry about it the whole pregnancy (negatively affecting myself my blood pressure and the baby), and then have it be nothing. I've been checking and most midwifes don't recommend any routine US unless there is a problem. The safety of US has never been proven, and I'd rather not take any needless risk.

I've been having great dreams about the birth of this baby too, and had so much peace about it. In my dreams it's just me, Rob and Tommy who welcome the baby into the world in our peaceful home (Yes I'm planning a home birth with this baby). Rob is a great support for me during the labor and birth, and hugs me and gives me the comfort and presence I need, just being with me as I labor. And then after the birth we get time (a day or two) together as a family to bond and really share that special moments with just each other before we open our home to visitors, even extended family.

Tommy's 18 month Appt

Tommy had his 18 month appointment with the Dr on Friday, and it went well.  He only gained about 2 oz, but he grew about 3 inches, as is evidence by him being able to reach almost anything in site that he really wants.  The main other thing we discussed was his food allergies, and the reaction he had to cashews.  (Last sunday he blew up like a balloon).  I asked her if we should get him an Epi Pin just in case he has a bad reaction again and needs something to help him, she said that it wasn't a bad idea.  The Epi Pin is for use only if he's having trouble breathing.  She said if you are afraid to wack them in the leg with the epi pin and hurt them, then you probably don't need to use it. You only need to use it in a case where you need to call 911 anyway.  So we have one in his diaper bag, and one in my purse.  I have another 2 to pick up at the pharmacy, and I haven't decided where we'll keep those.  I'm thinking one in the backup diaper bag, and one with daddy, maybe in daddy's truck.  

Another pic of the Breaker

IMG_4715, originally uploaded by conradzone.

Bad Breaker that Caused Electrical Problems

IMG_4716, originally uploaded by conradzone.

Friday/Saturday's Happenings:
We've got an electrical problem, several sets of lights are dimming/dim when we turn them on or severely flicker when we turn on something else in the same circuit. It just got worse than it was, and my dryer (GAS) won't even start if it's plugged into the kitchen, but if I plug it into the living room (long extension cord) it works fine!

Has anyone ever seen this before and have an idea what we are looking at?

We need someone bad, my refrigerator is now plugged into the living room via extension cord because it's on the same circuit as my laundry room and now that's not working at all. And the master bath and pool yard aren't working at all either!

Today's update:
Well finally got someone out this evening, the Son-In-Law of a Lady at my church. Turns out was a bad breaker, and a small electrical fire (in the electrical box) cause by a croded(sp?) line. He rigged everything where it would work tonight, and will be out Wed Morning to replace the whole box. YEH!! We've got power in our laundry room and kitchen, and master bath again! I took pictures of the bad breaker, but I don't really have time to download them to my computer tonight.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tommy in a Wrap on my Back

IMG_4704, originally uploaded by conradzone.

Have I ever mentioned how I love wraps! They are great and versatile for carrying baby in all different positions. To check out how to carry baby in wrap check out It's a great web site.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Daddy and Tommy Watching the Game

IMG_4702, originally uploaded by conradzone.

Here's daddy and Tommy watching the game! You can see his ears are kinda red from his allergic reaction. We kept an eye on him instead of putting him in his bed because of the allergic reaction.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Benedryl vs Homeopathic Medicine

Tommy had an allergic reaction to cashews that his mom screwed up and gave him. And boy did she feel bad when his ears swelled up to twice there normal size! Yes it looked like red Rouldof Dumbo ears! I should have taken a picture.

That totally freaked me out he's never had a reaction that bad before. The homeopathic I tried first didn't work. So I sent a message to my chiro and resorted to benedryl while I waited for a call back.

When she called back he was sleeping peacefully and seemed better. She recommended a different homeopathic. I debated not getting it because we were watching the cowboy game. But decided I should get it before the store closed in an hour.

When I returned tommy was awake again and itching bad again. Only 1.5 hrs after the first dose of benedryl, and too soon for another dose. So I gave him the homeopathic and it calmed it right down IMMEDIATELY!! It worked much better than the benedryl had.

He was able to go right back to sleep and in the AM showed no signs that his ears were twice there size the night before!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Peanut Butter and My Mom

IMG_4608, originally uploaded by conradzone.

I finally figured out why my mom is so careful to barely put any penut butter on the sandwiches she made us growing up. I gave tommy one of my sandwiches today, and he pulled it apart and ate it from the inside out, and had penut butter all over his hands and face, and almost in his LONG curly hair too.

Wow Mom boy were you smart! Darn I just said last week I'd never say that.

What did your mom do that you have discovered was SO SMART!

Mother of a "Special" Child

When I was young, I'd often say,
I'd like to be a mom someday
While playing with my baby doll,
I thought that job's not hard at all

I'd have a baby, maybe two,
a girl in pink...a boy in blue
Well I grew up and sure enough,
I'm now a mom and gosh it's tough

The baby that was sent to me,
was born with disabilities
At first I'm frightened through and through,
there's much to learn to care for you

This wasn't in my plans at all,
when I was young and played with dolls
Your mind and body were so weak,
you might not ever walk or speak

So much special care required,
I'm often scared and often tired
As months and years go slowly by,
I smile a lot but sometimes cry

To watch you grow and not complain,
though you endure your share of pain
Oh, how I'd hold you and I'd pray,
that you'd be healed and whole someday

But I knew that was not to be,
not physically or mentally
And so I taught you best I could,
your progress wasn't very good

But then one day I realized,
as I gazed into your loving eyes
That I had learned so much from you,
determination...courage too

A love so unconditional,
it floods my soul and always will
I'm proud to say I gave you birth,
for you're an angel here on earth.

God Choose a mother for a "Special" child

Most women becaome mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressure and a couple by habit.

This year nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen?

Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

"Armstrong, Beth; son. Patron saint...give her Gerard. He's used to profanity."

"Forrest, Marjotie; daughter. Patron saint, Cecelia."

"Rutledge, Carrie; twins. Patron saint, Matthew."

Finally He passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a handicapped child."

The angel is curious. "Why this one God? She's so happy."

"Exactly," smiles God, "Could I give a handicapped child to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel."

"But she has patience?" asked the angel.

"I don't want her to have to much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she'll handle it."

"I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has his own world. She has to make her live in her world and that's not going to be easy."

"But, Lord, I don't think she even believes in you." God smiles, "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect - she has just enough selfishness." The angel gasps - "selfishness? is that a virtue?"

God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less perfect. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a 'spoken word'. She will never consider a 'step' ordinary. When her child says 'Momma' for the first time, she will be present at a miracle, and will know it!"

"I will permit her to see clearly the things I see...ignorance, cruelty, prejudice....and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life, because she is doing My work as surely as if she is here by My side".

And what about her Patron saint? asked the angel, his pen poised in mid-air.

God smiles, "A mirror will suffice."