Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Short baby update

I'm still not online too much, but I thought I'd jump on and give an update after yesterday's doctor's appointment (yes, I did make it ), as well as catch up on some blog reading .
Since we did make it to the appointment, I fully expected to be scheduling a c-section for today.  But this little stinker just does not want to come out .  His non-stress test came out perfect, and I am now dilated to 4 cm, so my doctor wants to hold out one more week, since he thinks something will happen very soon.  He told me not too many women walk around at 4 cm for very long.  If I go into labor by the end of the day today, I can still leave the hospital on Christmas Eve…knowing this baby, I will go into labor Saturday morning and have him just before midnight Christmas day or something like that LOL.
Gosh, I remember when I was in labor with my Vincent.  My water broke at 1:30 in the morning and by the time we got to the hospital I was dilated to 3 cm, after being 2 cm for the last 2 weeks.  It took until around 3 that afternoon to get to 4 cm, and by that time I was asking for an epidural .  Now, I AM at 4 cm, and I keep wondering if the contractions I feel are “real” or not LOL.  My, oh, my…I know they say each pregnancy can be different, but with these two…I'm wondering how much more different it can get!
If I don't get back on with an update before Sunday, I want to wish you all a very blessed Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Taking a break

Hi everyone!  I am taking a blogging break until after the baby comes.  I won't have time to be online much, considering whether I go into labor or have a c-section, this baby will be here within a week!  There's still plenty to do at home, so I am limiting my computer time.
I hope you all have a blessed Christmas!!!!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Sometimes it's hard to Let Go and Let God

Posting a little late-night note here after a long day.  Nick had the whole day off today, but is working overnight tonight, so I haven't had much of a chance to get on the computer.  I managed to stay caught up on laundry and got the grocery shopping done and some errands done, too.  Now that it's getting harder for me to move around a lot and harder to carry much, I almost detest going to the grocery store alone, so I was so blessed that he wanted to come with .
I was almost positive I was going to go into real labor last night.  It's kind of hard to believe, with all the times this little baby has cried wolf so far .  But I was having some pretty good contractions, complete with pressure and pain in my lower back.  Nick and I went to sleep fully expecting to wake up in a few hours because this was really it, but I woke up in the morning with nothing again .
Anyway, since we woke up a little late (yes, on top of it, I actually got GOOD sleep LOL!), Nick said we would get some Chinese food for lunch, since that got his mom going with all 4 of her births.  Of course, nothing has happened yet.  I have caught myself lately looking for natural ways to “get things going,” and while I know that God is really in charge and that most of the things I have tried are just for fun, I have to think that God is reminding me that ONLY He is going to make this happen.
I know in my heart that I really don't want to try and take it out of God's hands, but sometimes my mind tells me “Hey, if this really works, we'll have that baby today!”  I have to constantly remind myself that only God knows the best time and He's already got it all figured out.  It's kind of like a diet you've been on before that has worked absolutely perfect…but somehow you still seem to fall off of it.  I know for a fact that if I just give this completely over to Him and stop being obsessed with this going MY way, the Lord will most likely work it out pretty close to what I am asking for anyway.  It's happened that way so many times with so many other things.  Things always go so much more smoothly when I just Let Go and Let God.  It's getting to the letting go part that's always the struggle, it seems.  That truly can be the hardest part, can't it?
If you find it in your heart, I ask for your prayers in this particular battle of letting go.  I do know what I need to do, but I ask for the Lord's peace to come over me in this, so that I don't have to keep reminding myself over and over again.
For nothing is impossible with God.
Luke 1:37

Thursday, December 15, 2005

I'm still here!

Ok, ok, I'm still here.  I admit, I did get a little excited yesterday (who wouldn't?), and should've known I probably wouldn't go right away.  I'm still excited, though, and am slowly getting some housework done around here.
I did get off to a late start today, but I am all caught up on about 2 days worth of dishes…shame on me for doing that baking yesterday and not even filling my sink with water!  I have recently gotten into the habit of doing that, and it has saved me so much time, so I don't know what I was thinking yesterday
Maintaining a clean kitchen is one of the most important things that I need to do as far as housework goes, because if my kitchen isn't clean, I can't stand being in it!  I cannot stand cooking or baking in a kitchen that is messy, even if it's just the dishes that need to be done.  One of the best things I had started doing is filling that sink with hot soapy water every time I started cooking or baking.  I had been told probably thousands of times by many different people that this will make a difference, but for some reason, I didn't start listening until recently.  Now, I love being done with the cooking or baking and looking at an empty sink!  I fill it with a fresh supply of hot soapy water right before we eat a meal, too, so that people can just drop their dirty dishes in and let them get a good soak.  Can you tell I don't have a dishwasher?  We had one before we moved into this house, and I only used it a handful of times over the period of a year, so it wouldn't do me any good.  Like my dear mother, washing dishes is actually soothing to me (as long as it's not too overwhelming!) .  Okay, I'll get off the dishsoap box, now.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Slacking on Housekeeping

Despite me being so excited about the doctor's appointment, I really have not been feeling up to par today.  I think the baby may have just dropped last night, as I didn't get very good sleep with pain in my hips, and I've just been feeling that lower pressure all day today.
I did manage to get up and make a couple of batches of cookies.  I dug into my Betty Crocker Cooky Book last night and made up dough for Chocolate Drops (to which I added Christmas Mint M & M's) and Pineapple Coconut Drops.  I refrigerated them and then baked them up this morning.  I pretty much just did that and packed dh's lunch for work and ironed him another shirt.  I am so behind on ironing…I've pretty much just been doing it as he needs it.  I would like to get all his shirts done and just have it over with for awhile, but prayerfully, he won't need that many for awhile because he will be on leave for the baby .
While I don't have all the laundry put away, at least it's all clean .  I know dh doesn't mind, he loves getting to take homemade treats to work…he has no problem sacraficing having a little housework done as long as he's eating good!
Well, hopefully, I'll get some good sleep tonight and will at least have the energy to get dishes done and keep up on laundry tomorrow.  OR, maybe I'll go into labor and won't have to worry about it for a couple of days!

Baby update

Well, I went to the doctor today for my ob appointment.  We were expecting to schedule a c-section for sometime next week.  Last week, the baby was not engaged, and I was not dialated or effaced at all.  Because I have gestational diabetes, there are a few concerns that my doctor had that made him lean toward doing a c-section, especially since my first was a c-section.  For one thing, this baby is getting awfully big…on Monday I had an ultrasound that estimated him at almost 10 pounds, and I was 37 weeks as of Sunday.  The concern is for his shoulders being too big…If I deliver “normally,” his head could fit fine, but his shoulders could get stuck, which would put both the baby and myself at risk.  Also, the placenta deteriorating soon is another concern because of the gestational diabetes, and they don't like you to go much past 39 weeks.  They can't induce me because the stronger contractions that usually come along with being induced could rupture the scar from my previous c-section.  So with me experiencing nothing different over the last week, we were really expecting to get everything in place for the c-section today.
All that to say, when the doctor checked me today, the baby had dropped, and I am now 80% effaced and 2-3 cm dialated!  Even he was excited, because unlike a lot of doctors I hear stories about these days, he would really like to avoid another c-section if at all possible.  He knows that dh and I are planning (Lord willing, of course!) to have a lot of children, and that he said he has performed many c-sections on one woman, he also knows that a second c-section in a row would pretty much diminish my chances of ever delivering naturally again.  But, I will do whatever is healthiest for the baby.  However he is born, I want him healthy and in my arms.
I am just so excited that it could happen any time now!!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Homemade "hamburger helper"

We had this for dinner last night with salad and garlic bread.  Yummy!
1 lb. lean ground beef
10 oz. egg noodles
2 14-15-oz. cans tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
salt to taste
Brown the ground beef and drain.  In a seperate pan, prepare noodles according to the package directions; drain.  Mix together the noodles, beef, and rest of ingredients; serve immediately.  Makes about 8 cups.

A rough yet productive day

Ugh, Vincent has decided to be cranky today .  I am trying my hardest not to go insane myself, but with all the preggo hormones in my system, sometimes it is truly a test.  It's a test even when you're not pregnant!  But, he is napping now, so I am having a quiet moment .

I have been doing pretty well on the housework this morning…I haven't done anything extra yet, but maintenance is good :-) .  The last load of laundry is in the washer, the bed has fresh sheets, the dishes are done, and dh is off to work with a good lunch and a freshly pressed shirt

Lunch is over, so I am just pondering my afternoon plans.  The main thing I want to do is go through the rooms and just get things put away and the floors swept.  We have hardwood floors, so this should be done everyday, but it doesn't always happen.  It would be nice to get them mopped, too, if I have the energy.  All I use for the wood floors is hot water with a touch of dishsoap and some lemon oil.  I would also like to get our bathroom tub scrubbed out, too.  I have been maintaining the toilet and vanity daily, so that's the only major thing left in the bathroom.  After that, I will just give the tub a good wipe-down with my poof after every bath, and I will hopefully never have to go through a major scrub session in the bathroom again !  We shall see how this goes…

Monday, December 12, 2005

Here I Go!

Okay, this is my first time blogging, so please bear with me! I'm very excited about this and cannot wait to see how this progresses.
First off, I will introduce myself. I'm Lisa, 27, a Christian wife and mommy, and live in MN with my dh Nick, and son Vincent, who is going to be 5 in March. I am also pregnant, due very soon with our second son, Andrew. Officially I'm due January 1, but due to his size and a few complications caused by gestational diabetes, we will most likely be getting a c-section done next week. We are all very excited to meet him!
This week, I am going to be working on getting this house in order. I haven't been doing a very good job for the last half of this pregnancy, but I think nesting is starting to kick in :-) . I am trying desperately hard to establish routines agian in our home, especially before little Andrew's arrival, so we will see how this goes. Today has been off to a slow start as I woke up this morning with some dizzy spells and being sick to my stomach that has left me feeling tired. We also had an ultrasound today and everything looks good…I am technically 37 weeks, but “little” Andrew is measuring almost 9 pounds! Everything is looking healthy, though, so that's all I care about :-) .
This school year, I have been doing a little preschool with Vincent. This month, we are “replacing” our school with an Advent calendar at This link was given to me by a wonderful woman on a list that I am on. This has really been fun and a wonderful learning experience for the both of us! Anyway, that's enough about me for today. I am off to start dinner…today we are having a homemade version of Hamburger Helper and some veggies out of the freezer. Going simple today :-)