Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Took my daughter for her weekly OB check up - she was seen a nurse practitioner - and we agreed, she wasn't our favorite... anyway - still only about 3 cm dilated... so... at this point, unless she goes into labor between now and then, we see the dr next week Tuesday, and she's scheduled to be induced on Wed...
Stopped by my dr's office on the way home to weigh myself (I can't use my home scale for another 7 lbs). I haven't weighed myself since Dec 6... I knew I gained weight from Thanksgiving and New Years - didn't know how much, though... then I started back to exercising, water, and tracking... and I could tell that my clothes were fitting better... ANYWAY - I basically weigh what I did on Dec 6 - which means I've lost what I gained (whatever that was) and now, any effort in water/exercise/tracking should mean more weight lost!
Hubby had a young man over for Bible study today and then we (including my daughter) played a couple games of Catan (Cities and Knights)... I won the second one!
Then we received a phone call confirming that we MAY end up as kinship foster parents for our niece's two little ones... It will mean a huge change in our lives to start over again with a 3 yr old and a 4 mo old. There are other issues that we talked about tonight as well that were spurred on by this situation. We need to continue to pray for God's wisdom, direction, and leading... for His PERFECT will!
One of my set goals is to pray that God would help me to affirm my husband and build him up... not sure if I did that, but I certainly prayed for God to give me His words that would help hubby with the choices and changes that will need to be made. Thank You, Father, for Your help... Encourage my hubby tonight, Lord!
Another set goal I have is to pray daily for God to put a guard over my mouth . . . well, not sure that I prayed it consciously, but He did answer it today as I talked with my daughter... so... for this I thank God as well.
To bed we go... I'm sore tonight from using the Kinect to exercise yesterday. lol... I found that I can make the camera/brain think that I'm jumping if I use my arms with a lot of vigor (because sometimes my knees just can't take the jumping...) but boy, am I feeling sore in my ribs and shoulders!
Tomorrow I'm taking hubby to the airport... he's leaving us here in Wisconsin for a leadership retreat in California.... unfortunately, he'll be inside almost all the time, so he won't get to truly enjoy the warmth! Then tomorrow evening is AWANA (Bible Club), so prep and leading that will take the rest of my day.
Of course all these plans could change and be altered if baby decides to come tonight or tomorrow!... lol! As James 4:13-17 says, If the Lord wills, we will..... go to the airport, prep and lead AWANA, and wait for the baby! :-)
g'nite dear friends!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
It's a good night to be cuddled home tonight... freezing rain, ice, and snow coming. :-)
It's been a busy week - our daughter stayed here a few nights due to the possibility of the baby coming early (which - by the way - hasn't come yet!). We also enjoyed having our grandchildren here Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon, and then again Saturday evening.
In the midst of all this, our furnace went out... (this is while we're getting our coldest weather snap; single digit highs, negative lows...) However, it's working now - it no longer sounds like the house is going to explode! Have no clue how expensive this is going to be... this was service calls numbers 3 and 4. which followed numbers 1 & 2 about 3 weeks ago... :-/
Anyway- my January's journey so far...
DOING WELL ON...
+ Daily quiet time in the Bible/prayer journal - daily
+ Memorizing Philippians (done - now just firming up each chapter & finishing up by end of January - need to choose next portion to memorize)
+ non-fiction book - I'm ahead on my goal to finish it by the end of January
+ exercising (goal: 3-5x/wk) I've been averaging at least 20 min/day, up to 40 minutes some days - using the XBox 360 with Kinect.
+ stretch daily - 5 minutes - doing pretty good - sometimes have to stretch to just get moving!
+ 2000 steps/daily - almost everyday is above 2000. I'm averaging 2572 daily for January
-Made a new prayer list
-Made a list of ladies to encourage
AREAS THAT ARE OK - NOT GREAT, NOT TERRIBLE
^ 8 c water/day - most days I'm getting 8-9 c and some days a little less, but at least 2 cup if not the whole (which is a huge improvement over 6 mo ago!)
^ affirm my husband daily
^ pray for God to guard my lips
^ track all food - well, it's getting better 12 days tracked/22 days of January... 10 of those days were in the past 2 weeks
AREAS NEEDING MORE ATTENTION...
-post prayer list where I will use it daily
-wrote notes to two of the ladies-not yet sent (one of my downfalls! getting them into the mail)
-need to write notes to my daughters this week
Have a great week, friends!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
While I was with my daughter at the hospital today, sweet hubby worked on getting our (real) Christmas tree out of the house. (We got it up late, so didn't mind keeping it up a little longer.)
This event always brings to mind a song that was on a record (yes- I'm that old) of my parents' called Droopy Little Christmas Tree.
I'm not sure I remember all the lyrics right, so I googled it, and didn't find the lyrics anywhere... so here's what I do remember.
I'm just a droopy little Christmas tree.
Nobody cares what happens to me!
After the bright lights are taken away...
I'll be thrown in the alley to droop, wilt, and die.
All through December, I'm the center of the house.
Everyone loves me, even the little gray mouse.
Then comes the sad part, when I say goodbye.
I'll be thrown in the alley to droop, wilt, and die.
A side note: Our tree ends up on our outdoor burn pile instead of the alley, so that my sensitive guilty conscience sees it droopy and dead every time I do dishes and look out of the kitchen window - ok - I know I'm probably a little TOO sensitive about things like this... lol
So - alas - this Christmas tree is gone... and the corner where it stood is still empty looking, but life will soon fill the vacancy. . . probably grand-children's toys! :-)
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
It is precious listening to my grandbaby's heartbeat, and hearing every move he makes because there has been a baby monitor on him most of today... the accompaniment to my day!
There's a whole part of this story that I'm skipping, because it's just plain drama. . . enough said...
But I can say that my daughter had contractions all night- fairly strong, and they didn't abate... so this morning, we headed for the hospital. She's had contractions all day - about 1-3 min apart, getting a tiny little bit stronger as the day passes. She was 1 cm dilated last Tuesday, she was 3 cm this a.m., and around 2 pm, she was at 3 1/2 cm... not a lot of movement for the amount and intensity of the contractions. She's due to be checked again in 15 min (5:15 pm) to see if these contractions are changing anything.
So - here we are... She made a LOT of trips around the halls here, working any way she can to get this going. She's 37 wks, 3 days... She's technically considered "term" and they won't stop labor - but they also will not induce, break water, etc, until 39 weeks I guess...
She's in a tight corner... If she's not having the baby, she's supposed to be working. . . can't afford to be without the paycheck... but she's still having really strong contractions which will make it almost impossible to get any work done.
The rest of the family is saying, "do we come?" so hard to answer this... it just reminds us that we're not in charge of anything... God is... "Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him."
uh-oh.... dr is sending us home... she'll come to our house which is closer to the hospital... dr thinks that she'll be back within 24 hours... if you think of her, pray... it's so disappointing... especially when you're tired...
Either way - I walked the halls some with her - my shoes killed my feet after so many trips around... I've over doubled my step goal for today already. . . and I get to hear baby Benjamin's heartbeat and every move, kick, etc most of today...
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