Monday, October 29, 2012

Breaking News!

Judah turned one a month ago, hard to believe. I ended up having some symptoms of PCOS flair up. My weight would not come off, my skin was breaking out, losing a ton of hair (long after the norm for postpartum hair loss). I had some strange spotting and then *finally* had my first period since his birth when he was about 11 months old.

Because PCOS can cause fertility problems or make it difficult to become pregnant, as you may not even ovulate when symptoms are going rampant, I never dreamed this was what I was going to get instead of my period the following the month...................


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Eek!

Since I have only had one period and they can sometimes be long cycles I was not sure when my next period was going to be due. I was testing in the hopes that my body would finally chill out enough and start the next cycle. I did NOT expect this. Daniel didn't either - he thought I was pranking him.

I am 7 weeks and due mid-June!

Friday, October 26, 2012

My Other Babies

A couple years ago we went to a local animal shelter. Daniel is a dog lover and I liked the idea of having a live burglar-detector. It was actually my idea to start looking for dogs. One shelter told me they only give puppies to families with small children. We knew we did not want a puppy. It hadn't worked for us in the past. We wanted a dog that was a few years old and already housebroken.

What I loved about the shelter we ended up going to was that they get to know the dogs. They have on-site veterinarians and a Bark Park and the facility is just beautiful. And again, they get to know the dogs! It especially helps with an owner surrenders and gives them special details about the animal, rather than a stray just coming in.

So we found Sam, a German Shepherd-Chinese Shar Pei mix.


Sam was surrendered twice to this same shelter by two separate families before we adopted her. The previous owners to care for her said they were surrendering her because their daughter suddenly became allergic after having her for a year. Whether that is true or not I do not know. What I do know is that when we had to take Sam with us to the shelter this summer to meet her new boyfriend before we adopted him it explained why she was so freaked out!

Meet Reno!


Reno is an Australian Cattledog mix. He was adopted by three other families before us due to his severe separation anxiety. You see the other families who adopted him were working families who left him kenneled all day. He loves people so so so much and is such a lover and so playful. Having to be locked up for hours on end is not a life. Being that we're home almost all the time and wanting a companion for Sam we adopted Reno. We got him from the same shelter as Sam and they made sure to tell us how severe his anxiety was and his foster mom (because of the separation anxiety he couldn't stay at the actual shelter and so they had a foster momma take him home with her), who is also a dog trainer, has given us tips for helping him when we do leave him at home. Not only do they make sure we understand his needs but they interview us to make sure we are a good fit for him!


We've had Reno since early summer. He has done fantastic. For the first several days we were home with him constantly. We practiced some of the tips on helping him to not be anxious if we left so that when Sunday came he could be left with Sam and be alright. He rocked it! It's amazing what time and love can do. We love him to pieces and I feel like I hit the "doggy jackpot" on such an awesome dog.

And then this week a friend of a friend was called to the mission field. They needed to find homes for 7 dogs as they couldn't bring them all along. Daniel and I said yes! I know, I know!!! Three dogs. I don't know if I'm getting more crazy the older I get or what.

So meet our BRAND new addition, 2-year-old Bullie Terrier (aka Mini Pitbull) Princess Fiona. She is a 3-time Champion in dog competitions for her breed, including best overall. How stinking fat and cute is she?! She's pure muscle!!!


Judah adores her. She is only 12-inches tall. She is, however, having a hard time adjusting to her new home. She's very nervous with all the new noises and smells. It will take some time. She's a lovebug and just a fat little sausage roll.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Anything you can do... I can do better!

Why does everything have to be a "Men versus Women" thing? Women hear that men do this or men have that and then it is WAR. "Well I'm woman so hear me roar! Louder and BETTER than a man!" Equality isn't about being MORE and trampling all over the opposite gender. WOMEN - it is time to be proud to be a WOMAN and stop comparing yourself to MEN! They were created in a unique way, just as YOU were created in a unique way. We weren't created to be the exact same. We don't need a world full of men and she-men. We need WOMEN! Yes, you can be mighty IN YOUR OWN RIGHT. Feminism began as a movement so that women had equal rights but it has evolved into this world of women believing they are somehow better than their counterparts. That's not equality. 

(Lest anyone try to "read between the lines" and think I'm saying something else entirely - I'm not talking about every woman leaving the workforce to go home and bake and iron clothes in frilly aprons - I'm talking about the attitude and spirit behind what feminism has become, this power struggle rather than equality. I love Stay-at-Home-Dads and I think it's great that women work and while there does seem to be some issues IN THE WORKFORCE in regard to pay based on gender some people are taking it to an extreme where it becomes this vein through their entire life, not just their job, affecting everything beyond their paycheck, including how they view men in general).

When women get divorced, such a tragedy especially if adultery or something seriously malevolent was going on, and the woman is encouraged by well-meaning friends and family that she can do it all and be all - to screw men! Who needs 'em anyway?! One bad apple doesn't ruin the entire tree. Why are all men suddenly placed in this bushel and marked off as terrible and no good? What if men did that to women? Well they have and do say that about women. And it hurts us as women. If it hurts us why would it not also hurt them? 

What started my little rant? Just saw a quote that said "The uterus is the most amazing organ. If men had one they'd brag about it - so should we". It became a MEN thing when it didn't need to. If you love your uterus and want to brag about how awesome it is, then go right ahead. But why do men always have to be thrown under the bus in order for us to be proud about something? Or for us to desire something? It's ridiculous.

I don't want to start a whole other war or issues. I just am tired of seeing this "Us versus Them" stuff everywhere I turn. I'm not a feminist but I am feminine. I do believe in equal rights but I also believe that our gender does play a role in our uniqueness at our core, though sometimes a couple finds that they are stronger in an area that may typically be attributed to the opposite gender than their partner. And that's fine. This isn't some outline for how you MUST be because you've got a penis or a vagina. My son plays with Barbies and dolls; my daughters play with trucks. I'm a workaholic and my husband likes to cook (I abhor cooking and dread it every solitary day). The point isn't that we fit into this One Size Fits All stereotypical box but that we begin to value one another as unique individuals rather than to try to outdo someone because they have different reproductive organs! It's just silly! In the words of my mom, "CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?!"

What I would like to say to kind of wrap up my seemingly oxymoronic thoughts on this is that regardless of the complexity of your unique individual self, whether you happen to be "one of the guys" as a woman or if you're a Metro Sexual male who loves manicures and baking - we need to respect one another. Not outdo one another. Our children are watching us. They need a loving, safe world now more than ever. Be proud to be a woman (or a man if you're a man reading this), but don't lord it over someone of the opposite gender in a battle to outdo one another. This is tearing relationships apart!

I can be feminine and powerful... without crushing men in the process. ROAR!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bedtime

Most experts will tell us new and unsuspecting mommas to develop what is termed a "bedtime routine". The same old thing every single night in order to pacify and lull your baby or child to sleep. Well we've had the same old bedtime routine for the past 7 years and we still have bedtime battles.

Judah, until recently, would fight going to sleep. I got him a nightlight and it's been better since that, though some nights he still can throw an awful fit if he's teething or not ready to lay down.

Zoe likes to come into my room around 2-3 in the morning and snuggles into my arm. Some nights she fights going to sleep, too, or sneaks up to her big sisters' room. I'll be nursing Judah in the glider in his room and see her peek around the corner to see if she's clear to sneak upstairs to her sisters.

The big girls, in their shared studio-style room, can lay awake giggling, fighting, laughing, talking, singing, getting up and pounding around... much to my dismay as it wakes up the younger ones *finally* asleep beneath their room.

My kids have the same routine, night after night. Dinner, free play, bath, brush teeth and hair (not with the same brushes, mind you), books, prayer, hugs and bed. But most nights it doesn't really seem to matter. For some odd reason it's always a SURPRISE when bedtime hits that they will be going to sleep!

Pics of Daddy and his boy from our trip to the pumpkin patch last night: