Saturday, February 6, 2016

February Mortgage Update

We only have 4 months to go until this year is over! Not sure we are going to meet this goal for this year. 

This month has been rough for us. I ended up having surgery and being in the hospital for 6 days. Why didn't this come last year when we had already met our deductible? Super thankful for an emergency fund, not super excited about paying for all the bills. I am thankful for getting rid of the pain that I had before surgery. Also, super thankful that all this happened to me and not to one of the girls.

Breakdown of Extra Money 
  • $28 selling on facebook
  • $43.32 selling on eBay
  • $4.35 selling on etsy

Since our update in January, we have been able to pay $485 from our principle. Giving us a total of $2678 for our year. Leaving us with $3322 in order to reach our 6k for the year. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

 What I really liked about The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership: The Power of Leading from Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength is that the book is well divided into sections. I have to admit that I did some skimming of this book, and I was able to pick out things that were applicable to me.

Jenni did include some great information in this book that came from a unique direction. She talked about leading from you heart, soul, mind, and strength. She said how these four areas need to be balanced and all included or a leader won't be as great.

 Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of this book.

Magdalene's Birth Story

Sometimes I share things on here as a way for me to remember them. Maggie's birth story is something that I want to remember. So, here it goes.

At 37 weeks, I went in to the OB and saw the midwife. She told me that I was 3-4 cm dilated and basically could have the baby any day. So, I got myself prepared for that potential. I had been having contractions for a while and they continued, but the contractions weren't painful or regular.

I texted a friend to tell her congratulations that she was pregnant, and she told me she was 3 cm dilated for the last 3 weeks of one of her pregnancies. I started to realize that I might not go into labor any day, and started to fear that I would go past my due date.

My 38 week checkup, that midwife said I was only 2-3 cm. Still no contractions that led me to believe that anything was going to happen, but was still having them. They just always led me to wonder when.

Three days before I was due, I woke up in the middle of the night having contractions about 20 minutes apart. Many people told me that labor with my second would be faster than my first, and I wanted to make sure that Esther was taken care of just in case. My parents came over and waited. I squatted and walked some. I eventually went and tried to take a nap, during that time, my contractions stopped. Frustrating. Scott took the day off work just in case and both my parents ended up going to work after a very non restful night of sleep.

Nothing happened that day that led me to believe that delivery was imminent. Talk about frustrating.

The next night, I woke up at about 1:30 with more contractions. What is up with the middle of the night contractions? Thankfully, I was able to make myself go back to sleep. The next day, I kept having contractions about 20 minutes apart, and these were a little painful, not horrible. The contractions continued all morning, but didn't progress. My mom came out and took Esther, and Scott and I went to walk laps around the yard. 68 degrees in December in Ohio? Made nice lap walking weather. My contractions would come about every 5 minutes out walking, then we would come inside sit down and they would slow down to about 20 minutes. About 3, I was just ready to have this baby and Scott was focused on the fact that some contractions were about 5 minutes apart, and he convinced me to go to the hospital. We stopped at Arby's to get food on the way. Probably a good sign I wasn't ready to deliver!

When we got to the hospital, contractions really slowed down, but I had progressed to 5 cm. I was a little discouraged because I knew I had a while to go yet, and I just wanted this baby to be here. I was tired of waiting! They said they would keep me because I had progressed and they thought this was the real deal.

They asked if I wanted an epidural. I told them that I really didn't but would sign the paperwork just in case. The anesthesiologist that came in was who I had for Esther and I really liked him. I had said if he walked through the door, I would be more likely to get an epidural.

The doctor who was on call came in to check on me. He decided to break  my water in order to get things moving. I was a little nervous about having my water broken since my water broke with Esther and I didn't go into labor for a while. Shortly after the doctor broke my water (I was surprised how much water there is in there), I started getting more intense contractions. This felt promising. The doctor told me he wouldn't predict when the baby would come by, but that I would have one by midnight. It was currently around 5pm and I thought that was a long ways away. I just wanted the process to be over.

I look unimpressed by this goopy baby...

The nurse got me a birthing ball to sit on and I held on to the chair in front of me through contractions. Scott was right there beside me and as contractions went on he would put a cold washcloth on my head with each contraction. I was so glad to have him by my side. I don't know how women do it whose husbands are not with them for delivery.

I remember thinking that I had a pretty intense contraction right before the nurse came in to tell me she was leaving, so right before 7pm. I remember thinking that I wasn't sure I could do this much longer, especially til midnight. She told me that she would have the nurse who was coming to relieve her come check me so that she knew how far along I was.

About 7:15, the nurse still hadn't been in. I told Scott that I was starting to feel some pressure, but I didn't really know what I should be feeling since I had an epidural with Esther and couldn't feel anything. Scott went out to get the nurse. She came in and told me to get in the bed to check me. My contractions were pretty close at this point and I wasn't sure I would be able to make it into bed.

One proud daddy

She checked me at this point and said I was around 8-9 cm. She went out to call the doctor. I was still thinking that I still had a little to go before I would have this little one and I didn't know I could do it.

They put the foot of the bed down so that I could just sit in bed, but then it took away my chair to hold on to. I grabbed Scott's hand. He told me later that I was twisting his hand. Gotta get him in on the pain!

The meeting of the sisters

Shortly after, the nurse told me that I could practice pushing until the doctor came in. I really had no concept of pushing since I hadn't felt anything with Esther. She told me that I was only pushing through my face. Second time, I had more of an idea of what I was doing. I think I pushed 4 times before baby came out. My second to last time I pushed, they thought that baby might come out. She didn't and I remember feeling like this huge thing was stuck inside and it hurt. I looked up at the doctor and asked him if this was the ring of fire. He said it was and then I finally got to push again. Seemed like those two contractions were super far apart. Of all contractions! Once baby was out, the doctor was laughing about the fact that I nonchalantly asked if that was the ring of fire.

First of many kisses
Magdalene Kay was born on December 12, 2015 at 8:07 pm . She weighed 8 lbs 5 ounces and was 21 inches long. She immediately started chowing down. What a blessing since my first wanted nothing to do with eating.

My precious girls

Friday, January 1, 2016

January Mortgage Update

We are only $16 from marking off our next thousand on our chart on the fridge. I really need to just get online and sell something so that we can mark that off. One of the things that I love about goals is that they are motivating. I can feel that last $16 and it makes me want to do something about it. 

However, I look at what our goal is for the year, and I think are we ever going to be able to get to the 6k. I should have pushed a little harder before little one came, but we still have time to push. 

Breakdown of Extra Money 
  • $36.50 selling books
  • $174 selling on eBay

Since our update in December, we have been able to pay $422 from our principle. Giving us a total of $2193 for our year. Leaving us with $3807 in order to reach our 6k for the year. 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

Sometimes when a book is written by someone famous who isn't known for writing, I get a little leery. I did however really enjoy this book. Very well written.

Korie talked in Strong and Kind: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed about different character traits that she thinks are important to instill in children. She and Willie also give some practical ways to instill these principles. I need to start thinking about how I want to instill these principles in my girl's lives. Good character isn't going to just happen, I need to be intentional.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of this book.

The last month, I have thought a lot about how Mary must have felt about giving birth to Jesus. I can't really imagine the things that she felt. Thinking about these things, Dear Mary: Lessons From the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mom held some interest for me.

I was not a big fan of this book though. I felt more like this was an autobiography than teaching me lessons. I was looking more for lessons that Mary might have learned. Guess I need to read a little more about what a book is about before I decide to read it!

Thanks to Bethany House for a copy of
Dear Mary.

Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy is a fun journal to use. There is a quote on each page and the layout is fun. If you want to do a quick journal for everyday of the year, this would be great for you.

Thanks to Blogging for books for a copy of Instant Happy Journal.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Fun Adult Coloring Book

Not gonna lie, I was a little excited when the UPS man brought me this book today, Whatever Is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship has pictures that all have verses, hymns, or quotes on them. The pictures would be perfect for framing. I probably will just hang mine on the fridge when I am done coloring.

I do want to add some Scripture to my home, but I will use this technique instead. I bought my first canvas the other day so that I can add a verse to my house.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of Whatever Is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

39 weeks

We have now reached 39 weeks. Phew!

Went to the OB yesterday. I just feel like a ticking time bomb ready to go off. They did strip my membranes yesterday, but so far that has accomplished nothing.

I have had this gut feeling that I am going to go over my due date. My midwife assured me that I will not make it to 41 weeks. Just a waiting game!!

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