Friday, October 26, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

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I've been in super nesting, high speed get-everything-done mode around here.  Last night I sewed two dresses (that match the one I made for myself the night before) for Sadie and Mae, finished all but one of the orders I need to send out this week (thus almost completing all the orders I have in right now), sewed another State Blanket that I already had pinned since everyone in the house wants to have their own satin and fleece blanket to snuggle under, and designed and created a bath time apron (like an apron that's also a towel for infants) out of the blue terry cloth I had around, complete with minky edging, velvet ties and a matching Winnie the Pooh pocket.  

Since I've gotten out of the hospital I've managed to organize the upstairs, for the first time since we moved, with the sewing room, girls room and bedroom all being clean at the same time.

I would like to reorganize the laundry room one more time and cook a few more freezer meals... but essentially everything that needs to be done is done.

Except for one thing... For some reason I've avoided repacking my hospital bag... so today that is my number one goal.  You'd think I'd have learned after last time... but apparently I have some sort of aversion to hospital bag packing.  Today I'll just have to force myself to do it.  

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This cute baby squirrel from back home is nothing like the
giant super squirrels that hang out in our yard here...
If you're on the blog facebook page you may have read about the "Squirrel Incident" earlier this week.

The Squirrel Incident was the pinicle of the weirdest week ever.  The day went something like this:

Mae Bae wakes up.  She's sick.  Paul takes her downstairs.  I go into the bathroom to get ready for the day.  Upon getting dressed my super-pregnancy-super-senses pick up a horrible smell.  I go into the girls bedroom.  I find poo covering Mae's bed.  I barely manage not to get sick and run downstairs and tell Paul.  Since Mae is wearing a footed zipper and didn't have a dirty diaper we realize it's not her.

Paul investigates and declares that the poo is rodent poo.  Sadie announced that a squirrel came in their room and then starts talking about rats with fluffy tails.

This causes a call to public health who tells us to take Mae to urgent care ASAP.  We drive over and discover that a) squirrels here don't have rabies b) squirrels here don't have diseases communicable to humans and c) Mae has the flu.

We drive home and tear the house apart.  The girls room is emptied.  It's sterilized.  There's no sign of droppings of the offending squirrel anywhere (except when we drive down our street and a fluffy squirrel with a red tail jumps out in front of our car and Sadie says "oh look!  There's the bad squirrel that slept on Mae Bae's bed!").

The rest of the house is cleaned. There are no droppings anywhere.  It's been days now and still no sign anywhere.

It doesn't seem to be an infestation and I'm wondering if a squirrel could have somehow gotten in (and later out?) while everyone was going in and out of the house the day before?  I have begun to relax my "Squirrel Checks," throughout the night and instead listen for squeaking on the monitor.  Sadie's been instructed to yell for me if a squirrel (or animal of any kind) somehow appears in their room.  And I'm really hoping that the "squirrel sleeping in Mae's Bed" that Sadie keeps talking about was her imagination and that the squirrel slipped in there when the room was empty and the girls were down stairs.

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Reece's Rainbow is still in the running for the $50,000 grant... but while they've regained some ground, they're still in second place.

So if you have 10 seconds and a facebook account, click on this link and your vote can help bring 5 orphans closer to their homes... and if everyone who visits this blog on an average day clicks just once, they'll easily retake the lead (it's really easy too, you just click login so they can verify you've only voted once today and then vote and you've helped an awesome cause!).

If they win 5 orphans like Nico will be $10,000 closer to living with their families, so I'm really hoping they catch up!

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I walked into the bathroom this morning and realized that I had a bruise on my belly button, presumably from the wild and crazy soccer games that are going on in my tummy.  I think that this is my first bruise from an internal baby kick.  I'm guessing the whole suddenly being anemic thing played a part in the bruise too... but really?

The doctor's are hoping that The Boy arrives Now.  Phrases like "sooner rather than later" are bandied about quite a bit in our home.  But while it looks like things are close (I'll spare you the details)... still no actual labor has begun since I've been released from the hospital.

Personally, with a First Day of Summer baby and a Forth of July baby, I think he's holding out for All Soul's Day or All Saints Day.  

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On the upside, The Boy seems to sleep through the night.  This gives me hope.

When I was pregnant with Sadie she kept me up all night, every night, with her wild antics.  When she was born she spent the first 18 months of her life keeping me up with hourly wakings (literally)... every night...

When I was pregnant with Mae she was quiet all night, every night and was super active during the day.  When she was born she slept soundly and I worried about needing to wake her to feed and change her.

Could I possibly be blessed with two night time sleeping babies?  That would certainly be a treat!  I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high... but I think this does bode well for the baby not being an up-all-night sort!

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Sadie had become pretty hilarious as she's begun to absorb social pleasantries like a sponge.  Earlier in the week we accompanied Grumpa to Home Depot to pick up a few things.  As we left the store she amused everyone by telling the check out assistant person "Thank you for having us."

When Grumpa left for the airport (Nani has been here taking care of us!), Sadie yelled after him:  "Drive carefully!  Stay out of trouble!  God Bless You!" along with about another 30 pieces of advice for his trip.

Although I could have done without her seeing the two year old tumbling class earlier this week and announcing:  "Mae Bae's better at doing all of this stuff!" in a proud (and loud) big sister voice...  No, no... definitely not true (or nice... she was on a roll that night with a preschool age commentary...).  We're just lucky that Mae left the class voluntarily and wasn't expelled... she excels at knocking over little boys with hugs... and made it through two half classes before we gave up (marveling at how the other two year olds in the class stood still and quietly listened to instructions!).  

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I'll be 38 weeks tomorrow!  Any guesses on a due date/weight/ height?

For reference:  Sadie was born at 40 weeks and was 9 lbs 4 oz and 22 inches long.

Mae was born at 39 weeks and was 9 lbs 1 oz and 21 inches long.

And The Boy?  My personal guess is that we won't make it to 39 weeks... and as for weight... at the moment I have no idea!  Although the "grape with legs" pictures from yesterday suggest he might be in the same range as his sisters!

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  1. You would be surprised how small of a hole the squirrels need. We've had them in our walls but luckily not in the house. Have Paul check around, we often find a hole in the eaves that they use for a door.

  2. I'll take a wild guess at the due date/stats: Nov. 2, 9 lbs. 3 oz. 22 inches.

    (My DD is still hanging in... "bored, bored, bored", as she says). She's been cooking and freezing, and the house is spotless. The doctor thought there had been some progression last week, but nothing new now. She is just huge... all in front... and has about had her fill of folks guessing she's having twins. Given her previous difficulties, this is an incredibly exciting time!


  3. Yeah! I love babies and I guess that your boy will be 9lbs 8oz!

  4. Be thankful for your squirrel problem, we had bats! We had to get an exterminator come and plug up any holes he saw then drill a hole in our attic and put a tube with a one way door in there that let any bats escape but not get back in. No more problems after that.

    I'm guessing 39 weeks, 2 days and 9 lbs 9 oz :)

  5. Thank you for posting the link for RR. They need this money!!

    Nov 4th is my 3rd daughter's birthday! It'd be fun if he was born that day! :)

  6. My random guess for the baby's birth: the night of Tuesday October 30th, weighing 8 lbs 13 oz. I can't wait to "meet" him!

  7. My guess is 9lb 12 oz, 22 in long and 39 weeks. heheh sorry :)

  8. Oh my! A bruise on your belly! He's tough. 9lb 3oz at 39 1/2 weeks.

    Good luck!

  9. I'm guessing a Halloween baby, 9.5 lbs.

    You'll be able to vote still, right?

  10. I'll guess November 3, 8 lbs 14 oz and 21 inches long. I never got a bruise from an internal kick but I know I felt that way. For your anemia try taking a tablespoon of black strap molasses in a glass of warm water every day. If you're low on vitamin k2, which helps with blood clotting and bruising, see if you can get your hands on grass fed butter and/or grass fed meat. Don't eat dairy or bread when taking iron (it'll bind it up and you won't absorb it). I have to be careful myself since I'm anemic. :)

  11. Oh how exciting! I'm guessing 9.6lbs and 21 1/2 inches born on Nove mebr 1st.


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