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29th-Mar-2011 09:49 am - Long time
It has been a long time since I've been here; doesn't look like many people are still on.

My life is...intresting...right now.
7th-Aug-2008 01:19 pm(no subject)
So much for posting twice a week; life keeps getting in the way.

People are dropping like flies. We've been to 2 funerals in 2 weeks. That makes 5 deaths in three months.

Amber starts school at St. Francis tomorrow; I need to iron her uniform and pack her a lunch/snack.

Ivy sleeps through the night. 7pm to 6am. whoo hoo! I am the lucky one. She is a wonderful baby. She coos and grins, giggles and squirms; and she is MOBILE. She can lift her tushie off the ground, but hasn't gotten her knees up under her yet. But she can roll in any direction and squirm forward, backward and sideways. she has moved herself five feet from where I put her down. MUST vaccume floor and childproof below the knee again.

My obsession of the day? Organization. I told E that chaos is just organization on an expanded scale. Give me point a and I can tell you what z will be. maybe not when z will be, but definately what z will be.

I'm starting to use a different username at yahoo and other places. Contact me if you want it. I haven't done anything different with lj yet.

very interesting site: Mrs. Survivalist
18th-Jun-2008 09:51 am(no subject)
Busy, busy, busy. Ivy is doing well, but having formula vomit issues. We had to stop breastfeeding after she started biting me hard enough to draw blood. :( I was very depressed about it at first, but I've resigned myself. She is growing by leaps and bounds. I am so lucky! She goes down about 8pm and sleeps all night. Unfortunately, she gets up around 6:30am...I can live with that. At ten weeks, she can hold her head up, roll over, and wiggle around in a complete circle. This is going to be an early milestone baby.

Amber is enjoying her summer, but wants to go back to school. We've been working on letters and numbers so that she will be ready; she can wright her name. :) Her fifth birthday party (my little pony theme as the craze du jour) is scheduled for the 28th of this month. I found a non-violent pony pinata so that there will be no fear of wacking bats. She has dance camp next week and is really looking forward to it.

We finally have it scheduled! July 8th. We're having a formal portrait made of the 5 generations of first-born daughters. Big Mamaw, Mamaw, Mamma, me, & Amber are all really excited. Yes, we really do call her Big Mamaw. Big Papaw passed about ten years ago.

I'm doing well. The diet is going so-so, but I'm working on it. Scrapbooking is the word of the day. I've got a sight obsession going and e-bay is definately my friend. I made e's scrapbook last fall, but I didn't really get overly into it then. About a month ago, I just became entranced by layouts and paper. Actually, I think it was the Paper Flowers that did me in. Notice the caps and the implied reverence. I love paper flowers.

My current goal is to update twice a week or more.
23rd-Apr-2008 08:22 am(no subject)
Ivy had her two week check up yesterday; Amber got her booster shots for school next year. Everyone is doing well. We're still trying to find an in-network provider who can draw the bloodwork and send it to the Tulsa lab for Amber's genetic testing (hearing.) It really shouldn't be this hard.

Breastfeeding is going so-so. Sometimes she eats for 25 minutes and passes out, but more often she nurses for over an hour until I am so sore I want to scream.

I've lost all of the baby weight plus seven pounds. It must be the breastfeeding, because I'm not really trying.

Elton has been wonderful. He is doing most of the housework and planting. We have 74 strawberry plants in the ground and our grapes are making this year. It looks like we will have an overabundance. Poor Elton, he still has about 400 bulbs to plant along with a dozen tomatoes and peppers.

We've been having severe floodinghere in Vicksburg. More than 1100 people have been laid off due to LeTourneau (makes off shore oil rigs) flooding. The crest was at 50.9 and was as bad as the flood of '73. Luckily, we live on a high part of town and are not affected.

11th-Apr-2008 04:44 pm - baby update
They induced the baby on Tuesday. We started at 5:30am and I labored completely drug free until 3:30pm (ouch!) when it was obvious that the baby was not descending past the bony pelvis. They took me off the pit, gave me a shot of stadol to dull the contractions, started a spinal and did a quick C-section. Ivy Rose came at 4:21pm on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. 8lb 3oz, 19.5 in long. Later, my doctor told me that the cord had tangled around Ivy's head; if she had descended, we would have been in worse shape (prolapsed cord) with an emergency C anyway.

All of the nurses and staff were wonderful; especially Rachel--my nurse on Tuesday. She was with me through the labor, C, and recovery. It is weird, but I wasn't scared through the C and recovery because I could see her there and she just seemed so competent and nice that I knew everything would be alright. I can honestly say that I've never met a sweeter woman. I was very lucky to have really good nurses for my entire stay.

We came home on yesterday, Thursday, right a lunch. Last night was hectic and tiring. My incision and belly HURT. OH MY WORD do they hurt. I do not recommend abdominal surgery. I would appreciate any advice on getting through the next few weeks after a c-section.

Breastfeeding is going extremely well. Ivy self latches for the most part and she eats for 20-60 minute intervals about every two to four hours. She is a little piggy and her suck is quite vigorous..

It wasn't the birth I had wanted, but reality is like that. What I got is really pretty good. Ivy is here, healthy, and happy; she passed her hearing test on the first round. I'm quite fortunate to have such a beautiful family. pics to come after upload.
21st-Mar-2008 02:35 pm - Veggie
If you aren't already a member, sign up at Meatout Mondays. Competely free. They will send you a nifty little recipe book/magazine (US & canada only) full of tasty veggie recipes and a recipe e-mail (wherever you are) once a week or so. I've been a member about 2 years now and haven't gotten any spam. Once a year they do send out a snail mail donation request. They are pretty far left wing, but the recipes are usually very good and they showcase new veggie/vegan foods.

type in euphrasyne in the 'how learned' field so I can get a free tee and such.
21st-Mar-2008 03:18 am - Baby
It is 3am. I am awake, alert, and cleaning. Tonight is the full moon.
14th-Mar-2008 05:56 am - Baby on the brain
I'm sorry that it has taken me so long to reply to some things; I havnen't been online much lately other than to order a few things.

The doc has me going twice a week now and my bpp is today. My usual doc is on vacation, so I'll be seeing someone else in the office. The baby is definately putting more pressure on my lower pelvis, hips, and low back. No real contractions yet, and I don't think I've lost my plug. My mom keeps going on about 'as soon as you feel a burst of cleaning energy...' but I can't even get up enough energy to care at this point. I feel like it could be any second now; I'm ready to have this baby.

The scale shows a 12lb gain this morning (total for pregnancy.) Since it was 15lb a week ago and I've been eating like a bear going into hibernation, I think I *might* be loosing fluid. Luckily the bpp is today.

I finished the white cardigan and mary jane booties I was working on for the baby. They are so sweet! I know that bringing her home is the start of the sleep-deprivation-feeding-issue-sibling-problem nightmare, but I'm really just wanting to hold my beautiful baby right now.
26th-Feb-2008 11:42 am - Baby rant
My doctor is sticking to her due date--4/17. I'm thinking that it could be any day now. I'm having braxton-hicks all the time. Sometimes it is hard to tell if they are braxton-hicks or regular contractions.

I dropped about 2 weeks ago--all of my waistbands fit again. Considering that I've only gained 11 lb, this means great things for my wardrobe. However, I still look like a cow.

Sugar issues abound. I've been referred to a maternal fetal medicine specialist for that and my high risk history/present. Tomorrow, I see Dr. Naef. Most likely I'll get insulin. ARGH!

How in the world can I have a giant baby (concern for GD and the reason for insulin) if I've only gained 11 pounds total? The baby is not showing up as being any larger than normal on the scans or such. And though I've had some highs, my sugar ISNT that high. And I've had lows (below 70) too. I have this vision of them putting me on insulin, my sugar bottoming out and going into a coma.

In general, I really, really do not like doctors. They see you for less than five minutes every few weeks and seem to call for tests randomly rather then what would match symptoms. Quite frankly, they should have done an A1C on me months ago rather than waiting this long. I told them that they might want to run it at the beginning, but nooooooooo...... they would rather I bleed myself 6 times a day so they can ignore sugar levels of 58 and tell me not to worry. (GD patients DO NOT have low blood sugar--pretty much ever w/o insulin. In fact, having low sugars is extremely uncommon in any pregnancy.)

We're ready for the baby. We still need a few more clothes, an infant tub, and various and sundry extras, but overall we are ready. E is putting the carseat, suitcase, and birthing ball in the van today so we won't have to worry about that when the time comes.

I'm ready for this to be over. I have no energy, I feel disjointed and out of it most of the time, can't concentrate, and am generaly achy all over. Soon. Soon my newest munchkin will be making me tired in another way. Sighs. I can't wait.
I detest the color pink; I'm talking serious HATE here. But somehow, someway hormones have twisted my little brain into mush and I've been buying pink everything. Pink beribboned bassinet, pink carseat/stroller, pink clothing, pink & white flower embroidered curtains, even a pink nightie and bathset for me. And I'm thinking: You know, pink really isn't that bad; I can't remember why I didn't like it. Only I DO remember that I seriously hated it.

Maybe I've been replaced by a pod person.

Everything is going fairly well; we're all glad to get back into a post-holiday routine. I've taken everything down, E just needs to haul the boxes back up to the attic. Mamma rented a house just a few miles away and is keeping Amber while we go to childbirth classes. I am so lucky that she is willing to do that; it makes life much easier.

I thought I might get buy w/o buying any more maternity clothing, but the elastic waist skirts are uncomfortable. They are plenty big enough, but anything on my belly is uncomfortable. Jumpers only. On the bright side--I've just discovered that JC Penny carries up to 4x maternity and up to 46G nursing bras. Yea Pennys! I'm only in a 2X and 42DD / 42F, so I can definitely find what I'm looking for.
9th-Jan-2008 09:54 am - name memeage

What Cheryl Means

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.

You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.

A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.

Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.

You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.

You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.

You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.

Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

7th-Dec-2007 01:13 pm - Mostly food
I can barely update one journal--two is not going to happen. euphrasyne_diet will bite the dust as soon as I download what I need off lj.

Last Friday, Amber knocked over the x-mas tree and broke the stand. Most of the ornaments remained intact. Yesterday, she was trying to put a jingle bell on the cat and knocked a crystal bowl off my dresser. When does it end? Can I have things after she goes to college or is she just going to show back up with grandkids to kill my things?

My mom is moving this weekend. I'm supposed to go look at a rental today for her. :) I know where Amber will be when I have this baby...who will probably be named Ivy something with an R. Ivy Rose, Ivy Raine, .... something like that. Although I love Gabriel, I just don't like the ah sound in Gabrielle. And Gabby is right out.

I've lost some more weight; I cannot decide if this is good or bad. I'm big to start with, so I know my doctor doesn't care--she told me so at the begining. That puts me at 5 months and +3 pounds since baby. I must have actually lost more, b/c my belly is huge and I look like a cow. Moo. I can hunch over, but I can't bend at the waist. This means that I get stuck everytime I sit on the couch. It is not funny!!! Everyone keeps laughing at me.

Yesterday, my breadmaker went kaput. The new shipped today. :P I had a Breadman Ultimate. My new one is a Breadman Corner Bakery. I was sincerely tempted by a Zojirushi, but I mainly just make dough or dipping loaves anyway...so no real advantage to the horizontal pan.

I actually cooked yesterday. ::shock:: I made pot roast in the crockpot, a cake, and biscuits. OK, the crockpot thing was one of those frozen dohickies.

I was out of eggs, so I made a very interesting cake: Combine 1 box of BC black walnut cake mix with 1 can of soda and bake. It actually wasn't bad. I used just over a cup of Sams Choice cola from a liter bottle. I made peanut butter frosting for it b/c even dog food would taste good with peanut butter frosting. Eggs were 1.86dz today--the .12 worth of soda made the cake very cheap compared to eggs, oil, etc...

The biscuits were very interesting. Elton said that they tasted a bit like my cornbread. I was almost out of every flour buy soy, sour cream was going bad, and cheese is on the edge...so I made use it up biscuits. Combine 1 1/4c white flour, 1/4c wheat flour, 1/2c soy flour, 2 t baking powder, 1/2 t baking soda, 1/2 t mustard powder, pinch turmeric, pinch dried pasil, pinch sage. Mix in 4 T really butter, 1 c shred cz, 1/2 c runny sour cream, 1/2 c full fat bulgarian style buttermilk. Pinch off and pat into 12 biscuits b/c there is no flour to roll them out. Bake 450 15m. They were very large and very good--heavier than usual, but still fairly light.

Thank You Global Warming. Sunday I wore a sleeveless shirt to teach advent crafts, and yesterday I picked two windowsills full of tomatoes and bell peppers while admiring my neighbor's reindeer display.
28th-Nov-2007 09:00 am - Food, Life, Death & Planners
We are back from Thanksgiving. It was nice to see everyone, but I love my home. We were given several containers of frozen okara-tomatoes-&onions (dry gumbo,) and 12 pints of home canned string beans.

Earnest Jr., Kelly's cousin, died of cancer on thanksgiving day. K, FIL, left for the funeral on fri, and so we didn't seem much of him. MIL had pelvic reconstruction surgery on monday and is doing well.

I have more energy in the mornings, but very little in the evenings. The lab tech tells us that we are having a girl. names, names, names... I'm partial to either Ivy, Elenore, or Helen.

It is that time of year again. Planning systems. I was using a wirebound planner this year, but I didn't really like it. My old ring binder has about had it, so I need the whole kit-n-kaboodle. I use more open scheduling, so an hour dated planning option is out. I prefer to see a week at a time, need room to make to do lists, grocery lists, and plan menus. Classic or Folio? Franklin Covey, Day runner, MomAgenda, BusyBodyBook, TruelyMom... too many options. What to buy? I have no idea.
12th-Nov-2007 07:54 am(no subject)
We're doing a nesting deep cleaning project on the house. We pick one room/area and work on it until it is done. This weekend, we cleaned the living/dining room. I even dusted the wineglasses, rotated the china, and ironed the table cloths. There are still a few things left to do, but I'm very happy with our progress. I think the kitchen may be next.

Mamma finally sold her house. She'll move back to MS on 12/10. We're not sure where in MS she'll be moving, but most likely it will be the cost or V-burg. Tunica, Natchez, & other casino areas (Gary works in the gaming industry) could also be possablities. They have been trying to sell and move for over a year now. I'm glad that they are finally able to move back, but I hope that they don't miss Vegas too much.

I'm more than passing fond of the name Gabriel--still not why I think this is a boy.
9th-Nov-2007 05:12 pm(no subject)
Dear Amber,
I love you, the baby loves you. Now stop kissing my belly. 100 times is enough in one hour, really.
Love Mamma.

This baby feels like a boy. I don't know why, but it just does. We had a boy name picked out for Amber b/c we wanted gender surprise. I'm really stuck on it. The date needs to be the 27th so I can find out the sex and figure out what I need to do/get.

I shall NOT go on hospital rest this time. If my water breaks early, I'll just start doing the tried and true old wives tale contraction starters and wait until I'm too far into labor to stop it. Otherwise, my doc and I are on the same page: unmedicated, natural delivery at Woman's in Jackson.

I'm working up my list 'o baby things to do/stuff to find. Having Amber was a real eye opener--most of the 'necessities' list should go under the only-buy-to-stimulate-the-sale-of-overpriced-junk column. I'm thinking of a green, gold, & cream nursery with brown accents. The walls are willow paneling, so I can't/won't paint. I'm thinking about hanging floor to ceiling curtains along one solid wall. It would bring some color, lighten up the room, add some sound dampening, and be a bit different.

Things to do, things to do. I got the party plates, candles, etc. Now I just need a gift... I've got so many christmas presents to work on: scarf for step dad, doll dress for amber, that thing I'm doing for E, mending a blanket for mamaw, lace for linda.... I'm not sure that I'll ever finish.

I've volunteered to teach a craft at family advent day. I'm thinking cloth or felt nativity banners. It is mostly smaller children (with family) and I want something they can touch, but not break... I've got a bit more energy, so I'm thinking about helping out on wednesdays or sundays again. I don't think I have enough energy to teach by myself every time, but I could assist or fill in occasionally. As much as the kids drive me nuts, I really miss them.
8th-Nov-2007 03:19 pm - rolling along
I've got a bit of a cold, but otherwise everything is going well. I'm still pretty tired, but I have a bit more energy. Elton is just waiting for me to feel up to cooking again; everyone is sick of frozen dinners and veggie burgers. I have this sick craving for salami--so much for the veggie diet. This pregnancy doesn't seem to be conductive towards a meat free lifestyle. Perhaps I can get back to it once the baby is here.

Because nothing can ever be calm: the dishwasher is broken, the guest tub is still stopped up--we think from one of A's toys, and now our bathroom sink is stopped up beyond any form of drain cleaner.

We found the major source of bugs. Behind the fridge??? It was fine two months ago when I last cleaned back there. At that time, we'd ripped the wallpaper off the wall behind it, bleached everything, and caulked all the cracks. When we looked yesterday, it was roach-a-palozza (small german roaches.) It was almost spotlessly clean, there was nothing the least bit dirty or bug-inviting about it. Apparently, they were eating the caulk or something?? Orkin was out and we got it. I really need to just replace all the countertops, backsplashes and floors in the kitchen and laundry rooms. I cannot live with bugs!

My grandmother's 70th B-day is in two weeks and I need to get my act together. I'm making a cake (lemon w/ lemon glaze per her request,) getting fried chicken from church's(her favorite--otherwise ick! I'm not a chruches fan,) and putting up decorations. My brother is bringing pizza and such (he manages a pizza joint.) I have NO idea what to get her.

We should find out the baby's gender the week after thanksgiving. My belly is huge, but I'm still down 2lb. I don't think this baby will be small like Amber was, thank goodness. Elton has been really wonderful with this pregnancy.
12th-Sep-2007 05:33 pm - Update
This has been a hellish year. If it isn't one thing, it is another. I officially declare that I cannot take one single more thing. The buck will be passed if it taps on my door.

We have air, we're back from vacation, and things are not to bad right now. I do not like California. I am glad that I went, because now I know that I never want to go back--to each his own. If you want to see Seaworld, go to Orlando; it is the best of the three.

Amber swallowed her hearing aid battery last week. She passed it after an ER visit and a bottle of laxative.

We had a bit of a surprise: I'm pregnant. We're not quite sure how far along I am. The sonogram places me at 9 weeks, but I'm showing (which is how I figured out I was pregnant,) and I have a family and personal history of low birth weight babies. E and I think I'm closer to 15 weeks. Anyway...somewhere between Feb 23 and Apr 17.

They're running some tests because I have several symptoms of being very anemic. I've been advised to limit my activities. It is likely that I'll be put on bed rest before this is over. We're happy about the pregnancy, but also worried and a little lost. We had not planned on having any more natural children and I don't have any insurance.

I'm trying to catch up on everyone, but it may take a while. Please let me know if I've missed something I shouldn't have.
12th-Jun-2007 09:02 am - Air

We finally decided to turn on the air on June 2nd. It didn't work, and the compressor is out. Joy. We've moved into the sunroom where there is a window unit. The sunroom is also under construction with a half painted ceiling, tape everywhere, unfinished walls around a kitchen passthrough, and no actual door in the doorway to the laundryroom. We stapled several layers of heavy fabric around the kitchen passthrough, put up makeshift curtains to help cut down on solar heat gain, and stapled overlapped layers of fabric to make a makeshift door to the rest of the house. it is staying around 77--78F back there which is much better than the 90F my hallway gets in the afternoon.

Yesterday, it hit 98F outside with a HI of 101F.

It isn't any more expensive to replace the condensrr than the compressor, and uncle M (did HVAC for years at a local hospital) told us that we probably need to replace both or the compressor might just burn out again. We've gotten several quotes, and we're looking at $1500. eeep! Elton knows a guy who used to be in HVAC repair and now does automotive--he has reliably fixed our vehicles at cost in the past. Anyway, he told E that he could get us a unit for $600 if we can find someone to put it in. OH MAN, please let uncle M be able to do it! I'm going to call and beg later today.

The trip to my mom's house is dependent on the cost of the air repair.

6th-Jun-2007 12:53 pm - vacation
It looks like we may be going to see mamma in Navada then SeaWorld San Diego the week of the 4th.  It would be  a combination vacation/birthday present for Amber.

Now comes the fun decision; it is a 22 hour drive from my house to my mothers (1582 miles).  We will leave at 5pm, and take truns driving until sometime after 1 pm the next day (we gain 2 hours going.)  It is another 4 hour drive to San Diego, but we'll have a day of rest before and after making that trip.

Environmental reasons not withstanding, do we take the car (toyota corolla,) or do we spend an extra $240 in gas to be comfortable in the van (town & country?)  The car gets twice the fuel efficiency of the van, but it is very cramped.  The car truely is a sardine can, and I'm more along the lines of a beached whale.  If we were only going to Texas, there would be no hesitation on the car.  However, 22 hours in it may be a bit much...
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