Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekly Minutiae vol. 15 ~ A Gender Reveal, of Sorts

We said a premature goodbye to our babysitter, Lynde.  She was going to move this Summer, but life got in the way, you know how that is, so off she goes! She has been such a blessing to our family!   The first time she babysat for us, a year ago last November, she did the girls' hair in French braids and impressed us! She was so good with our kids and always brought out the best in them whenever she came. I asked if she could start coming twice a week, and a beautiful friendship was formed!  She is moving to Nashville to be near her family, her boyfriend, and her new job! This is the girl who made me cry- hard- when she told me that she was planning to move this Summer. She told me "You better send me that picture, and I'm gonna print it out and frame it, and hang it on my wall!" Can you hear me crying?  Bye bye friend!

Multiple people have told me we look alike. The guy who built our fence called us twins. The lady who cleans for my Mom thought we were the same person. She started talking to me and then realized it wasn't Lynde! Haha! 
Tea time!

We had a tea party, so the girls had to recreate it for their dolls;)

from our garden!

No no!!!!

Warning: Lollipops are a highly addictive substance.

On Thursday, I went to see my Ob-Gyn.  This pregnancy has been sort of strange, in that I have had extra tests and things because of my 10-week subchorionic hemorrhage.  They had to do an ultrasound at that time, and they did one again on Thursday, and they will do one again in 5 weeks
(April 16th). This pregnancy has been sort of strange in that I just kinda feel terrible oh AND my amnion/chorion aren't fused and that's kinda bad.

The funny thing is, at 10 weeks, they joked around that they thought “if we had to put money on it, we’d say a boy.”  Just like anybody would, I started having thoughts of Anders having a brother, and how even our family would be … 3 girls, 2 boys, etc. Or at least it would start to even out, you know?  Well, I went in on Thursday, and they checked it again. And I don’t know. It was just really…. humbling I guess? First of all, the doctors were really jolly and glad to see me.  They also seemed eager to do the ultrasound to check and make sure everything was alright with me.

They checked me, and saw that the complete underside of the uterus had a gaping area that they called a bleed or a hemorrhage. So, unfortunately we are not in the clear 100% in terms of risk of miscarriage. And I am not completely or normally healthy; I will almost certainly have more bleeding in the future. The doctors assured me that the size and weight of the baby, and the fact that I’ve made it this far (something like 14 w, 6 days on the day of my appointment actually) is a really good sign. And then, they did the anatomy check...

BUT the other shock surprise was that this time they thought they saw three lines, AKA a girl. I say humbling because … I don’t know. I just wasn’t expecting that.  I felt like saying, “Don’t tell if you don’t know! Don’t tell me I MIGHT have a miscarriage. Don’t tell me I MIGHT have a boy...or a girl If you don’t know then just don’t tell me!!”  I was really struggling to claim that my ignorance wasn't bliss in all of this, and that all of this extra information wasn't just making me feel really foolish and worried. Why in the world would anyone be disappointed in hearing they might have a healthy daughter, when only one short month ago I was worrying about the baby’s life? Grrr. It’s all so up and down, and sorta exhausting to have to worry about…That’s all I can say! Please offer prayers for a healthy delivery for this baby. I hear what I'm experiencing isn't normal, but it is common. However, that doesn't make it any less discouraging right now to think that I'm not perfectly healthy this go 'round.  I guess I've been spoiled with healthy pregnancies? I don't know. For some reason this has been hard. Like I said. :-) Hopefully soon I'll be shining.

I promise to let you know how my third ultrasound goes. Maybe we’ll all be surprised, but I kinda doubt it...the "three white lines!" was confirmed by multiple doctors and one technician.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
"I tell you, Dickey, this nation cannot exist half-slave and half-free."-Abraham Lincoln

Well, dang! This is a really, really good book.
Stephen and I went to see Lincoln in the theatre and boy, we were not disappointed. The book that inspired the film is fascinating. It is a multiple biography about the people who were vying for political power during Lincoln's time, focusing on his political genius and the reasons for his... I don't know, how do you say it without downplaying it? Greatness? Sounds sort of euphemistic. She focuses on his storytelling, sense of humor, and the other pearls he just left laying around for anyone to grab. If you've seen Lincoln, you probably get it. The movie did a great job bringing out his quirks and his genius.

So many lines to highlight! 
Another gem:
"Lincoln's stories provided more than mere amusement. Drawn from his own experiences and the curiosities reported by others, they frequently provided maxims or proverbs that usefully connected to the lives of his listeners. Lincoln possessed an extraordinary ability to convey practical wisdom in the form of humorous tales his listeners could remember and repeat."

… Frances put a doll in her shirt.
Madeleine: Mommy, where’s my pregnant? Can you get my pregnant?
(a few minutes later)  ... Look Molly’s it’s my pregnant.

Anders: doo dee doo dee doo…. hoo hoo. (over and over and over again, imitating the yodel)

Madeleine: (referring to Sneaky) That's the white boy. And that's the kitty that girl gave me for my birthday. Her dog died. He's up in heaven. (referring to our dear friend Terry, & her dog Bessie).

Molly: Mommy, can I go to the bathroom?
Me: ....
(Must be another first grade-ism). Another Molly quirk is her slight obsession with turning a toilet paper roll into a cast. She plays "nurse" all the time with her sisters, which explains toilet paper in her room, on our lawn, and occasionally in the living room, library, master bedroom... you get the idea.

Stephen: Girls, do you have any prayer requests?
Madeleine: Cheese, tea, milk, and sugar.

I heard they’re making Frozen 2.  Around our house, we’re constantly reinterpreting Frozen quotes…

Me: For the first time in forever, nothing’s in my way (after picking up the living room)

Madeleine: They’re will be actual, real live people, it’ll be totally strange (on her way to the playground)

Madeleine: (on the potty…) let it go, let it go, don’t hold it back anymore…

Frances: (Hiding) Don’t let them in, don’t let them see… be the good girl you always have to be.

Have any Frozen quotes repurposed from your life (I know you do!!!) ?
And/or do you have any female name recommendations for me? ;)

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Mary @ Better Than Eden said...

Congratulations on your baby girl! Prayers that this bleed clears up on its own and that God will grant you peace and joy in this pregnancy. I feel a bit similarly with this current pregnancy. Though things are looking healthy (I did have a small SCH in the beginning but they only saw that through the u/s and it cleared up on its own), I keep wondering if this baby will be healthy. We've been so blessed and it seems like we've "had our share." I know it doesn't work like that but I can't help but think it!
(And would you believe we've never seen Frozen? I know! Four boys here so…)

Laura {a spoonful of joy} said...

Prayers for you and baby that there are no more issues! So sorry that you've had such a difficult pregnancy!

Your girls' tea party looks absolutely precious!

Tacy said...

Mary- I'm encouraged to hear your SCH cleared up on its own. I hope you have a healthy baby as well! Prayers!

Tacy said...

Thank you, Laura!

Therese Ptak said...

Your family is so beautiful! You guys look like you have so much fun! :D