Friday, July 29, 2016

Baby Names, Pregnancy, Food, and Boys {7QT}

1. For our girl, we have decided on a double first name with a single middle name for two reasons. The first being that the name Mary wasn't really on our girl name list, but we conceived this baby after finishing a novena to Our Lady of Lourdes after many years of infertility and miscarriage and just six weeks shy of my 40th birthday, so we want to recognize the Blessed Mother in our daughter's name. The second reason is that being that I am 40, and this is probably my first and last daughter, I wanted to use two names that have always appealed to me - Rose and Elizabeth. So we will call her Mary Rose. Her middle name is Elizabeth.

2. I am 25 weeks along now. Next week I have my one-hour glucose test. I did one in my first trimester and passed. I am hoping for the same results this time, but I am not feeling super confident. 

3. And because my doctor loves me so much (or not) I also have to do a 24-hour collection test next week. Sometimes my blood pressure is a bit high at my appointments. Not always, just sometimes. I take my blood pressure twice a day at home (doctor's order), and they are always fine. But I am overweight and 40-years old, so both my regular and my high-risk OB are just waiting for bad results. They have already told me that nonstress tests are in my future. I am enjoying the good results while I can.

4. So far I have only gained 18 pounds. Before conceiving, I lost a little over 20 pounds, so I still have not gained all the weight I lost back. I am considering that a win for my overall health!  

5. Over the last several weeks, I started incorporating Trim Healthy Mama meals and principles into my day to help control blood sugar levels and keep my weight gain at a slower rate. This week is the first week that I have fully stuck to the program. I am not sure how it has affected my weight or my blood sugar levels, but I have not needed as many Tums this week. Wednesday I didn't need Tums at all, and last night I only needed one Tums before bed. I think that is amazing! 

6. I made Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole for the first time this week, and it was a huge hit. 

7. I haven't said much about the boys recently. They are all well and happy. All three of them had birthdays this summer, as I have two June babies and one July baby. Here is a picture of them from last month. 

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Monday, July 25, 2016

My Sunday Best #4

Well, I didn't manage to link up with Rosie last week for My Sunday Best, but do not fear I have a picture and a story to tell from last week. 

Last Sunday I wore a hand-me-down dress from Motherhood Maternity. I have no idea how many years old it is, but I wish I could buy a few more in different colors. I love that it has sleeves. I do not like going sleeveless. I currently own five dresses that I can wear, but only two of them I feel comfortable wearing without a cardigan. It has been so hot that even my summer cardigans are too uncomfortable to wear. And I had to wear flip-flops to Mass again because my foot is still healing! 

Okay, time for the funny story that happened last Sunday. Chris has been dropping Ralph and I close to the entrance of the church because of my sore foot, and then parking the car before he and Thomas join us inside. Let me set this up properly, me a 40-year-old pregnant woman and a cute 8-year-old boy holding hands while walking into Church together. Well, as we were walking into the church, a man approached me and said "Good Morning." I replied with a smile and "Hello." Then he stepped a bit closer to me and asked, "Are you single because if you are, I would like to take you out to breakfast." His question caught me off guard, so all I did was chuckle at first. Then I politely told him I was married. He responded, "Oh well, it was worth a try", and then continued to walk us in while talking about the weather. After we had blessed ourselves with the holy water, we parted ways. It left me feeling bewildered and a bit embarrassed! But the feeling passed, and I was able to laugh about it with Chris after Mass. 

      23 weeks                                                /                                         24 weeks           

Yesterday, I decided to wear capris because of the heat and not wanting to wear a cardigan with a dress (as I explained above). Everything I wore was older Motherhood Maternity. I like the shirt a lot because it has just enough of a sleeve to cover my upper arm, but no so much sleeve that I would have been too hot. I finally got my foot into my brown sandals (from Kohls several years ago), but unfortunately, it is not comfortable to wear my black sandals yet.

Have a happy and relaxing week! 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

My Sunday Best #3

In last week's My Sunday Best post, I announced that I had three blog posts planned for last week, but I only managed to write two. By Friday, after such a sad week, my thoughts were low, and I found that I couldn't put the final touches on my 7QT post. It was full of family and pregnancy updates. I felt like those things weren't important at the moment, and I couldn't put into words my feelings, so I decided not to finish the post. At the time all I could do was pray, and not even deep, meaningful prayers, the kind I felt the were needed. Only sort quick prayers because the tears would come and I would be lost. But short prayers are enough. I know that. Sometimes I feel that I have to do something, that praying isn't enough, but prayer is powerful. It is only in my desperation that I forget. 

22 weeks, 4 days

Yesterday I wore the same dress that I wore in my first My Sunday Best post. It is still a little big, so I have hopes of being able to wear it through the rest of the pregnancy. The cardigan is from Target. I had to wear flip flops again because my foot is still swollen and painful and my sandals are not fitting. I wear an ace bandage every day, but I took it off to go to Mass. Hopefully, I will be completely healed by the end of the week. 

Father gave a wonderful homily yesterday about taking care of our neighbor through our actions - not just with words and not through government programs. For what good is it to say that we support a government program but look the other way when we come face to face with someone who is suffering and in need of care? We need to use our hands by being present with those who need care and making sure that their needs are met to the best of our ability. That isn't always easy for those of us with small children, but one of the things that we can do is to teach our children to be kind and charitable. I realized that I need to encourage the boys to pray An Act of Love every day and ask them how they want to help take care of those around us that are suffering and in need.  

I am praying for all of you to have a blessed week! 

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Yarn Along 2016 {one}

Yarning along with Ginny today. 

For months I could not knit. Morning sickness made it hard for me to concentrate on the stitches because trying to focus on each row made my nausea worse. Today I am 22 weeks into this pregnancy and thankfully the morning sickness is gone. Two weeks ago we got the news that our baby is a girl. I was shocked. I spent two days feeling uncertain. After all, with three sons and nine nephews, I have a lot of experience with boys. Then my excitement hit, and I began to realize all the new, wonderful experiences that this late in life daughter will add to our family. 

With the knowledge that I had a baby girl to knit for and with renewed energy, I started knitting again. Shortly after finding out I was pregnant in March, I started knitting the Julian Vest with Knit Picks Comfy Worsted that I had in my stash. I didn't get far before I had to abandon it to a basket on the shelf. I have since picked it back up, and will finish it before the weekend. Since I like to have more than one project going at a time, I also cast on the Garden Trellis Dress with G.Sheller Merino/Silk Fingering. I have knit this dress once before for a friend's daughter. I left the diamond eyelets out that time and decided to do the same this time. I think the muscadine color is pretty enough that the eyelets won't be missed. 

Currently, I am rereading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I listen to an audio recording of it while I knit, and then read the book late at night when I am in bed. Pregnancy has always been a time when I choose to reread favorite books instead of new books. I have found with my inability to concentrate for long and my heightened emotions it is best to stick with stories I know and love. 

What are you knitting or reading? I would love to know your favorite patterns to knit for girls. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

My Sunday Best #2

Happy 4th of July! 

I had every intention of putting together a quick blog post yesterday, but when it came down to writing or taking a nap during my free time the nap won. The funny thing is that while I napped I had a dream that I met Rosie for lunch at Panera, and we had a lovely conversation about Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and vodka. Obviously, my mind wanted me to blog and join Rosie's link-up, My Sunday Best

Almost every Sunday, I have one of my boys take a picture of what I wore to Mass, but then I never manage to blog about it. Once, I shared it on Instagram. I don't want to neglect this space,  and since I am finally starting to have more energy, I am making time for my three favorite hobbies, knitting, exercise, and writing occasional blog posts. I have three blog posts planned for this week. Although don't get too excited; they aren't thought-provoking, just updates on life.  

Now, on to my outfit. I recently purchased this Motherhood Maternity dress from Kohls. I love how comfortable it is, but I almost didn't buy it because of the unflattering stripes. But as the majority of the maternity clothes that I had to choose from at Kohl's were striped, I decided to get it. With my apple shaped body, I should probably avoid dresses, especially striped, flowy dresses.  But they are so comfortable, that my desire to be comfortable outweighs my vanity.

The flip flops are Skechers. I bought them a couple of weeks ago from Sam's Club. I never wear flip-flops to Mass, but I had to yesterday. You can't tell from the picture, but my right foot is swollen and very sore. I fell down a short flight of deck stairs on Saturday. I landed on my belly and managed to twist my foot/ankle pretty good. Thankfully, the baby is fine, and no bones are broken. But there was no way I could wear my sandals to church. 

21 weeks, 4 days

So there you have it. The non-fashionable, but very real me. Praying you have a blessed and happy week! 

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