ad·ven·ture [ad-ven-cher] noun, verb, -tured, -tur·ing.
1. an exciting or very unusual experience.
2. participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure.
3. a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.
Baby Number Three - Announcing Malachi Alan - just a few months late....
So, life has been busy for the last six or so months.
First, I was pregnant. And miserable. I truly hate to say that I was miserable, because a new baby is a huge blessing. But for the sake of transparency and honesty, I was not a happy camper for the last few months of my pregnancy. Some people love to be pregnant, would be pregnant all the time if they could be... I could not WAIT to be NOT pregnant and to hold and see my sweet baby boy. Each of my pregnancies has been rough in its own way, but one thing that has been constant is a weird pain under my ribs toward the end. With each subsequent pregnancy, this awful pain comes earlier. I tend not to be a complainer when it comes to pain, as I consider myself to have a pretty high pain tolerance (I mean, I did take on a minivan with my head)... But this pain was bad enough that I was taking Tylenol almost constantly, and my ribs were still tender about seven or eight weeks AFTER we had Malachi.
So add some toddlers to chase, and I was a huge, hormonal, in pain, pregnant mess who counted down the days until September 5 - our scheduled C-section date. I hoped my water would break sooner, and I really thought for sure it would... But he was cozy and held on inside the womb until our scheduled meeting day. Which was also a good thing, because my mom and dad were in Ireland, on a trip scheduled months before John and I even knew we were expecting. A trip which ended a week and a half before my due date... So thankfully, my mom made it through the trip, and safely arrived stateside, to help me at home the last few days before we became a family of five!
On September 5, John and I went in to the hospital super early in the morning, excited to meet our baby boy. am not sure why, but somewhere in my mind, I was thinking that the more C-sections you have, the easier it gets. And I must tell you, while it may be true for vaginal deliveries, it's simply not true for C-sections. At least not for me. I was nauseous again this time, and for a change, John was too. :) What a pair we were in the delivery room, as I'm nearly dry heaving, while John is out in the hall, taking a break so as not to pass out. At 8:14 am on Friday, September 5, our son, Malachi Alan, was born, measuring 21 inches and 8 pounds 14 ounces.
Malachi at two days old
He was certainly a chunky little guy, and his chunkiness got him into a bit of trouble right away. He surprised everyone when he presented breech and then got a bit wedged inside mom during delivery. He took a bit of tugging to get out and in the melee, he ingested some amniotic fluid. Also, because he was so big, the nurses had to check and recheck his blood sugar, as he was having a bit of trouble regulating his blood sugar. So our first few days were certainly not without excitement...
His siblings came to the hospital on Saturday to meet the new little guy. It's always interesting to see how kids respond to certain situations, and I guessed that both of them would be ecstatic to meet Malachi. Isaiah was. Annika was not. She started bawling in the hall on the way to meet him, and declared that she didn't want to meet him. She has since grown to ADORE him, so it's all good! The kids have adjusted nicely, and in some weird little way, three kids almost seems easier than two. Maybe it's their ages, maybe it's their desire to help, maybe it's all in my head. Who can tell?! I can tell you that Malachi must be my easiest baby so far, he's serious, but loves to smile and sleep. What's not to love?
Malachi at Christmastine, my chunky little monkey!
We had just a few things going on since his birth - holidays, hospital stays, and a wedding. Yep, four weeks after he was born, my little sister got married! It was exciting, and I was in all my post partum glory. But to get from Malachi's birth to the wedding, we had four solid weeks of fun and excitement. I won't touch on it now, except to say, hospital stays suck! More on that soon!
So I have this friend who gets a ton of ridiculous stuff for free with coupons all the time at places such as CVS and Rite Aid. I was inspired and totally impressed with her couponing, and I LOVE a good deal, so I decided that I wanted to try it. I rounded up my coupons and some tips and pointers from my friend Heather, and gave it a go. After trying a few stores, I thought I'd share my thoughts and experiences for the average person considering couponing. Before we start, let me help you with a few terms that you need to know, starting with the most important term first. Coupon matchups or coupon match up is the term for when a couponer goes through a store’s circular and “matches up” coupons to deals. These “matchups” are available everywhere on the internet. Try searching Google for “CVS matchups”, “Rite Aid matchups” or even “Giant Eagle matchups” and you will have more hits than you know what to do with!! One site that has a lot of matchups and is still user-frien
Sex, erotica, mommy porn, BDSM, intimacy, kinky sex, and fantasies. If you consider yourself a Christian, you probably are blushing. These topics are generally not discussed in many church settings. Growing up in a mainline denomination, my church seemed pretty silent on sex and any surrounding topic, except the one sex rule - "don't do it". Not up for discussion or conversation or even explanation, it was pretty much a forbidden topic. Nevermind anything kinky. It's apparent that the church still isn't talking enough about sex or erotica, because when the "mommy porn" book series, Fifty Shades of Grey came out, o ver 70 million copies were sold in the first year, making it the fastest selling books of all time. Many who partook in the reading surely identified themselves as Christian women, whether they were teens to moms and even grandmas. When no one is talking in church circles about "how to better your sex life", how to get y
So it's been an incredibly long time since I last posted on my blog. Like a really, really long time. It's actually been a gift from me to you, a gift of silence and reflection on my blog. It's hard to go many places and find that these days, especially with kids! I hope you enjoyed it, and are feeling refreshed! Here's what's happened in our household since February 2015: 1. We went on vacation to Florida in April 2015 to watch my brother-in-law compete in a Half-Ironman race. 2. I found out I was expecting bundle of joy #4 (due to arrive in December 2015) on that particular trip to Florida. Note: My #3 was 6 months old at the time. Do you feel a wave of terror and insanity wash over you? I did! 3. I resigned myself to the fact that life would be crazy for a while, at least until baby #4 was six months old-ish. Knowing this, I stepped back from everything in life that I could, including blogging, volunteering, and most (not all!) homeschooling. 4. I began