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It's a God-story

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Yes, my son's name is Lincoln and yes he was born on Abraham Lincoln's birthday. But that fact is NOT why we named him Lincoln. This is a God-story, so sit back and be in awe of God and His mighty works.

We were married 5 years before our daughter came along. It was another 5 years until our son came along. I don't do pregnancy well. I puke for the whole pregnancy all hours of the day and night and then in the final months, I develop pre-eclampsia.

Because of the pre-eclampsia with our daughter, she was induced 2 weeks early. She is C____ Reagan. 5 years later, we learn we were having a son, due MARCH 12. We want a name to go with daughter's, just for fun and since we are a political family, the name Lincoln was chosen.

The puking isn't as bad this time, but I do have a 5yo to care for and develop pre-eclampsia early. I am put on complete bed rest. Friends step up and help with the care of daughter, keeping her most of the day when she is not in preschool.

The pre-eclampsia is getting worse and so is my kidney function. At my weekly doc visit, stress-tests are the norm. At 36 weeks, my body begins uncontrollable shaking. We are admitted and labor is induced. There's wires and tubes everywhere on both me and the baby. It is obvious that he is in distress. But my labor won't progress. More measures are taken to urge the labor along. Even I could see the concern on the doctor's face. The measures work! No surgery needed!

At 11:28 pm, on FEBRUARY 12, Lincoln D___ is born....at only 36 weeks and weighing only 5lbs 3 oz.
But that is just heavy enough to go home 2 days later! He's made the 5lb cutoff weight!
He had no premie complications either! (a bit of jaundice days later, but some rare warm Feb. sunshine took care of that!) His apgar score is fine!
He was perfect!
He was no bigger than the size of a bag of sugar. His tiny perfectly shaped head fit in the palm of your hand and he stayed in that tight newborn fetal position for a month. That made his rolled-up length about the length of a VCR-tape cassette. We have pictures! LOL

Today, Lincoln is 16 yo. He's nearly 6ft (won't be near Abraham Lincoln's height) and he's bulking up muscle-wise (won't be rail-thin like Abraham Lincoln), but he loves the outdoors like Abraham Lincoln and he loves freedom and justice and peace. He has developed a pretty sharp wit as well.

It obviously was in God's providence that Lincoln be born on Feb. 12. We still don't know the reason why, but every year, it causes me to praise Him for how He saw us through a very difficult time.

I wonder what Abraham Lincoln would think of Lincoln's Honda XR100 motorcycle.


Happy Birthday, Lincoln!



  
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LINDAF49 2/21/2013 9:44PM

    Precious story and well told ...Lincoln, you are blessed to have an awesome mom...I pray you grow in the ways of God and serve him all of your life.

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REALLY_ROBIN 2/13/2013 1:22PM

    Thank you for sharing your story! What a blessing that God saw you through this very difficult time and He gave you such a beautiful blessing!


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MIPALADY23 2/12/2013 8:01PM

    Awesome story, through Gods Grace!

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CINDHOLM 2/12/2013 1:57PM

    GREAT blog emoticon Lincoln..

emoticon for sharing your wonderfully inspiring story.. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/12/2013 1:32PM

    Happy birthday to Lincoln!!

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STILLWATERSSB 2/12/2013 12:01PM

    Great blog! Happy Birthday to Lincoln!

I think Abraham Lincoln would say "sure wish they had things like this when I was a kid."

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 2/12/2013 10:54AM

    Happy Birthday, Lincoln! emoticon

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Feb Goals

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I had some great January fitness goals and I hit them as much as I could. A nasty virus did sideline me a week and some days I gave up my fitness to have the energy to do something else (hypothyroid and fibromyalgia still dictate too much of my life, but it is what it is right now.)

The fitness routine fit me and worked well for me so, I am going to continue it for Feb.

Sunday--rest day
Monday-- 1 mile power walk with Leslie Sansone dvd and some upper body and core strength training (elastic bands or no equipment, mix it up)
Tuesday-- Toning Yoga routine
Wednesday-- 2 Mile Praise! Power Walk dvd
Thursday-- Toning Yoga routine
Friday-- 1 Mile Power Walk with dvd and upper body and core strength training (weights or big ball--mix it up)
Saturday-- whatever got missed or power cleaning the house. LOL

An evening session of De-stressing or bedtime yoga routine whenever I need it.

As far as nutrition goes....
I am de-caffeinating and exchanging those drinks (diet soda pop and tea) for water. emoticon Trying to not get that horrible headache, so I am taking it slow.

My gut is still a mess from the virus and whole wheat products are really causing me issues. Not sure what to do except increase the yogurt and water, which I have. I bought a different bread--more other whole grains, so hopefully that will help. emoticon

As the weather warms up (it has to be above 40* or my muscles cramp) my goal is to get outside every day for at least 10 minutes and walk the woods or check the flowerbeds or just enjoy a sunset or sunrise. Even better will be the outdoor power walks!! emoticon

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MIPALADY23 2/11/2013 11:10AM

    This is a great list!!!

Keep it up....!!! Can't wait for spring and 40's!~

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1CRAZYDOG 2/5/2013 3:34PM

    Hope you get to feel better. For sure, the virus making it's rounds is nasty, nasty, nasty!

You are taking the best care of you that you can, and that's what counts. HUGS and feel better.

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CINDHOLM 2/5/2013 2:48PM

    emoticon plans..Keep up the GOOD work!! emoticon

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EMMAEKAY 2/5/2013 12:48PM

    Nice! That looks like a faaaaaabulous exercise plan. The weather will improve soon, too.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 2/5/2013 12:39PM

    emoticon keep up the good plans!

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Getting Sick or Fibro Flare-up?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being childbirth

Pain level today---7

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being sick with mono

Fatigue level today--- 7


I do have 2 sick children so I could be getting their virus or it could be a fibro flare-up due to the weather (sub 0 with wind chill) and/or my new exercise routine.

Either way....I don't feel good today and just want to snuggle up in bed with some hot cocoa and a good book. But since I have no fever, sore throat, headache, digestive issues, nor congestion, I'm reluctant to do so.

If it was a friend or family member, I'd tell them to rest. Why can't I follow my own advice?

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Edited at 1:20pm....just fed husband leftovers for lunch during his lunch half-hour and am now headed to bed to snuggle under the electric blanket. LOL emoticon My brain is too mushy to even read or think.

  
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BROWNCOFIDDLER 1/25/2013 9:32PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Sure hope you're feeling a whole lot better now!! Get well real soon!!!

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LINDAF49 1/24/2013 9:00PM

    Take good care of you so that you are healthy enough to care for others....
How many times to mother wives, daughters hear that? How many times do we do it? here are gentle hugs for you, take that hot drink, rest a specific amount of time by the timer, get up and be honest as you evaluate your health then do what is best for YOU!!! Pray for wisdom and energy to make good choices. HUGS!!!

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KYLIESCHELLE 1/22/2013 8:18PM

    I hope you feel better really soon. Fibro flares are awful. Get some extra rest too when you can. Sending you hugs!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/22/2013 3:33PM

    Well, whichever is going on, I'm glad you're resting and taking care of yourself. **SIGH** It's so much easier to tell others what to do than to do it ourselves, isn't it!

HUGS and rest up! Take care. There are so many germs going around! Drive me nutso!!!

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TOPAZ-TURTLE 1/22/2013 1:10PM

    Be kind to yourself... get some rest!!!!



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EMMAEKAY 1/22/2013 12:20PM

    Rest, rest, rest! There is no shame in taking care of yourself.

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CINDHOLM 1/22/2013 11:38AM

    I think you should get some well needed rest!! emoticon

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 1/22/2013 10:34AM

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Take some time to rest so you can nip it before it really gets out of hand. I hope you feel better soon!

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My January Fitness Plan

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Just this past week, I've come to realize I'd been neglecting a major part of my healthy lifestyle....yoga. I'd put it aside as time got tight and then I quit doing it in favor of more cardio to try to stop the weight gain I've had since stopping the Cymbalta in July (it had been suppressing my appetite). In 6 months, I've gained 12 lbs. And now it is winter, and the Fibromyalgia is causing my muscles to be extra stiff and achy. I don't like how I look nor feel.

I need some yoga!!

I need a more balanced fitness plan.

Sooooo
Sunday--rest day
Monday-- 1 mile power walk with Leslie Sansone dvd and some upper body and core strength training (elastic bands or no equipment, mix it up)
Tuesday-- Toning Yoga routine
Wednesday-- 2 Mile Praise! Power Walk dvd
Thursday-- Toning Yoga routine
Friday-- 1 Mile Power Walk with dvd and upper body and core strength training (weights or big ball--mix it up)
Saturday-- whatever got missed or power cleaning the house. LOL

An evening session of De-stressing or bedtime yoga routine whenever I need it.

I can do it!!!


  
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JANEMARIE77 1/13/2013 10:40AM

    Well of course you can do it sometimes we just need to mix it up good for you you are figuring out what works best way to go

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DAYHIKER 1/9/2013 2:13PM

    A good plan; not too much or too little! You go girl!!! emoticon

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DMSPEER93 1/9/2013 9:26AM

    You can do this, Heidi! Great plan! If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 emoticon

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KYLIESCHELLE 1/8/2013 6:51PM

    Sounds like a solid plan. I'm wishing you all the best in your weight loss endeavors. Hugs! You can do it!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/8/2013 6:08PM

    You have a sound plan. Wishing you luck. HUGS

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HANDYV 1/8/2013 1:39PM

    YES emoticon - and it sounds like you are pretty determined so YOU GO. emoticon

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TOPAZ-TURTLE 1/8/2013 1:32PM

    Great plan! I'm trying to work yoga back into my routine too.

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 1/8/2013 12:33PM

    That sounds like a pretty reasonable plan. I hope the yoga helps with the fibro stiffness.

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A shout out to all my gardening buddies....

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A shout out to all my gardening buddies......

Happy Fertilizer Day! 12-12-12


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DAYHIKER 12/30/2012 8:11AM

    Very clever!! emoticon

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    That's SO funny!!!! You're so creative!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/12/2012 5:55PM

    And a happy Fertilizer Day to you too! HUGS

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SARAHTAIT 12/12/2012 3:20PM

    I am so wanting it to get warm where I can start working on my plants and out in the yard...I hope to do some container gardening this summer. It will be nice having a yard after being in an apartment.

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DMSPEER93 12/12/2012 11:24AM

    I imagine you have beautiful flowers! Do you raise and garden and can as well?

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