Another quick check in (my last till after the big day) to let you all know that all is well, things are still status quo ... I have about one more week to go.
Had my 38 week check-in with the midwife today, followed by an ultrasound to check on the wee babe - WHO, I'm so pleased to report, is doing quite nicely. He's active and strong, his head is down, and he weighs about 7 1/2 lbs!
Thank you so much to all who are praying for us and thinking good thoughts for us ... we appreciate it more than you know.
By the way, while I'm here, I had to share a picture of our beautiful lilacs which are in full bloom right now ... and they smell absolutely amazing!
Well I do hope you are enjoying these glorious spring weeks ... take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and I'll be back here again just as soon as I can!
I'm popping in very quickly to say hello and wish you all a Happy Mother's Day! I hope you're enjoying your May, and that you all have a wonderful weekend, however you celebrate it. :)
Now, last we chatted, Bookworm was in the midst of his college decision ...
Well, the sticker above (now on the back of my van) reveals his final choice. ;) Yes, he is now officially a "BC Eagle"! I can hardly believe it ... some of you may remember back when I first started blogging, just how little he was. (For instance, see this post!) He was just turning 11 then, which at the time seemed so big, especially compared to his two younger brothers ... but here we are now, a month shy of his 18th birthday, helping him prepare for his first year in college ... and expecting his third little brother ... it's all quite surreal ...
But so blessed!
As for that third little brother - well, we're still hanging tight here - with only 2 1/2 weeks to go! I'm feeling well - slow and awkward of course, but that's to be expected! I will be back here again once we've had the baby ... so please stay tuned!
And thank you for all your prayers and kind words of encouragement. I may be quiet here these days, but please know I carry you all in my heart ... and when I return we'll have LOTS to talk about!!
I'm afraid there will be no MM this morning - I was out like a light very early last night! And that was because we spent most of our Sunday touring Boston College, taking part in "Admitted Eagles Day." It was an absolutely lovely spring day - typical of April in these parts. I thought you might like to see some of the pictures I took ...
(I didn't actually take this one - a BC student took it for us.)
Note Crackerjack's hood ~ the air was a might chilly early in the morning!
This is Fulton Hall, where Bill and Bookworm learned about B.C.'s math program (math is his intended major) and to which BW and I later returned for the computer science presentation (his potential minor).
(For what it's worth, CJ was advised to wear something warmer than a hoodie but he assured us he'd be "fine.")
This is a cool spot inside Fulton Hall - a glass cathedral ceiling and huge hanging tin lanterns.
The campus architecture is stunning - most of the buildings look quite medieval.
School motto engraved on this feature: Ever to Excel
An impressive statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuit order (Boston College is one of the country's oldest Jesuit universities).
So we have come down to two schools - Boston College and Gordon College - both wonderful opportunities for Bookworm, and both fit him well in different ways. We have much to talk about, think about and pray over this week, as a decision (and deposit) is expected very soon. May I ask for your prayers towards our discernment?
While I'm here I wanted to also let you know that my blogging will we be brief for the next several weeks. We have lots going on, and I'm really slowing down as I near my due date. (I'm at 35 weeks today.) I will still pop in now and again, but I didn't want anyone to worry if I'm quiet for days at a stretch. We will, of course, be announcing our big news here just as soon as we're able!
Blessings to you all on this beautiful spring Monday ~ see you here again sometime soon!
We woke to the news that there is a manhunt underway in the Boston area. Overnight, the two marathon bombing suspects were found - after they shot and killed an MIT police officer, carjacked someone (who was thankfully released unharmed) and then engaged area police in a gunfight which left one suspect dead. The other suspect is on the loose (apparently with weapons and bombing materials in his possession) and the entire city of Boston is shut down today - as well as several neighboring towns. People have been told to stay indoors and lock their doors. Public transportation is shut down and many colleges have been closed for the day, urging their students to stay inside.
It's just unreal ... I fear for what is unfolding in our community. I am praying for the MIT officer who lost his life as well as our Boston community, and hoping this resolves quickly, with no further loss of life.
My friends, please keep Boston in your prayers today ... and wherever you are, be safe and well.
Good Thursday morning (afternoon?), my friends! I hope your week's going well. :)
How did you all like last Sunday's episode? I finally caught up last night and here are my brief thoughts ...
Another tough one to watch - Maeve Carter had a very scary experience birthing her daughters. What a strange situation that was - am I to understand they were both married to Mr. Carter, but only Maeve conceived? Or is she the true Mrs. Carter? And how old were those women supposed to be? I think Maeve was referred to as "elderly?"
Meg was very hard to take - I was really incensed by her nasty attitude and behavior. But I was glad all ended well for Maeve and her children - though it got pretty harrowing (and graphic) there for a bit. Bill had to run out to pick up Bookworm so I was watching that scene alone ... not a good idea!!
And poor Jenny - and Jimmy, to a degree. I hope he'll find happiness not just in doing the right thing but in his marriage itself. Francine's certainly no Jenny, though, and I do think he honestly loves Jenny. But what about Jenny's feelings? Do you think she loves Jimmy (romantically) or is it just hard for her to let go? I think she did the right thing, knowing Jimmy's feelings and desire for her - that could only lead to trouble. But still, a sad ending to their friendship.
And what do we think about Sister Bernadette and the Doctor? Are there some feelings there, too? I've long suspected she has a crush and that perhaps her vows are a struggle in some ways for her. I wonder if something will happen here ...
The new nursing assistant, Jane ... wonder what's her story. She's certainly a meek one. I wonder how she'll fit in? She's nice enough (or at least, acquiescent) but I'm missing Chummy something awful.
Oh, and before I go - I must mention how much I just LOVE Jenny's clothes! She wears the most darling outfits and the sunny colors are so perfect for her. So lovely.
Ok, I think I touched on the main points of the show ... I'd love to know what you all are thinking!
If you have a moment, please leave me a comment below ... and enjoy the rest of your Thursday!
Hello, my friends! I'm a bit behind on posting because it's been a busy (and somber) few days, but I wanted to tell you all about the lovely weekend I had. Because thanks to these two amazing ladies ...
*Mum on the left and Aunt Marcia on the right*
... Baby-O and I were treated to an absolutely beautiful baby shower! It was a spring afternoon shower, and there was a delicious array of fruit, finger foods and assorted savories ...
As well as a wonderfully refreshing BLUE punch:
(Non-alcoholic of course, even if Crackerjack does look a little droopy-eyed in this pic!)
All this was followed (after presents) by coffee and tea ...
Blue was the theme of the day, natch. ;)
And for dessert - fruit & cream pastries, pecan turtle cookies, fruit salad (with a vanilla-orange zest syrup) and THE most adorable cupcakes!
My aunt ordered these beauties - chocolate, vanilla, red velvet and carrot - from a local bakery. All of them topped with soft, whipped frosting made up like little booties!
The day was just perfect for April ~ a mixture of clouds and sun, a bit cool in the high 50s. And inside everything looked so cozy and cute!
How adorable are these window stickers?!
Balloons, banners, etc.
Shower favors: blue Hershey kisses and "It's a Boy!" pencils. :)
And there were, of course, presents!
I love wrapping paper and pretty bags, don't you? Every gift was so beautifully wrapped and so thoughtfully chosen ... Bill and I felt so treated! We joked that waiting 12 years to have another baby really paid off, lol!
And look at this gorgeous package ...
This was hand-painted by our dear friend Vicki ... and I only wish I had snapped the other sides of the box - they were just as pretty!
Here I am with Vicki's two daughters, Kristel and Tiffany ...
Dear childhood friends ... it honestly doesn't seem that long ago we were running around in bathing suits, making crafts and riding bikes ... with our moms close by, keeping watch. And here we are now, all mothers ourselves, doing the same thing with our own kids!
And though I was certainly surrounded by presents, more importantly I was surrounded by many loved ones ... what a happy day.
The main event was held in my parents' family room.
Mum, me, Marcia and my Aunt Pat in pink.
While Marcia kept a record of gifts, Mum kept the cards organized.
Bill's mom (aka Grandma Barbara) and Aunt Anne, as well as his sister Ami.
My godmother, Kathy, with her daughter Barbara and granddaughter Allison.
Ami and Eric - such a cute couple!
My cousin Kate (who will be Baby O's godmother) and her boyfriend, Paul, alongside my cousin Kara (Earlybird's godmother) and my Uncle Karl. In front is my cousin Mark's daughter, Anna.
My older boys were there, too ...
As well as our Earlybird ...
And let's not forget the little "man" of the hour ... Baby O himself!
34 Weeks ~ just a few more to go!
(By the way, I would like to say thank you to my Bill and Bill's Dad (aka Grandpa Bill) for the pictures they took - very few of these photos were taken by me.)
And oh my, we received so many cute things for Baby O!
And many necessities, too! Such as wipes (seen above), diapers, onesies, washcloths and receiving blankets ... as well as a baby tub, changing pad, bouncer seat, car seat/stroller system and a play-pen equipped with a bassinette and changing top ...
This is one lucky laddie, I tell you!
(We're the lucky ones, though - lucky, blessed, and so very, very grateful.)
Well, my friends, I thank you ~ for indulging me in this very long post and sharing in our joy. While I'm here today, I would also like to express my very best wishes to my friend Nissa, who delivered a beautiful baby boy of her own this very morning! So happy for Nissa and her whole family ... Welcome, little George Christophe!
So I'll wrap up for now, but I also wanted to mention that though I have not had a chance to watch the most recent episode of Call the Midwife, I'm hoping to do so tonight. So my Masterpiece Monday is looking more like a Masterpiece Thursday this week. ;)
I hope to have the post up early tomorrow morning ...
Have yourselves a good evening, everyone ... see you here again sometime soon!
The Boston skyline, viewed from a north shore beach.
Waking with a heavy heart this morning, realizing there are so many layers to this tragedy ...
The tragedy of those killed, like the 8 year old boy who was waiting at the finish line for his dad, a marathon runner. (God bless him and keep him.) His mother and sister were also seriously injured. How does this family go on?
And the tragedy of the 140+ injured, some critically, by the blasts - like the two brothers, both laid-off roofers who were there to cheer on a friend. They each lost a leg.
As well as the tragedy of all who were there at the scene and will be forever impacted by the horror they witnessed on what was supposed to be a proud and historic day.
And then of course, there's the Marathon itself which will forever be tainted by this tragedy.
There are so many levels of grief it seems impossible to grasp ... I guess all we can do is lend our support in whatever way we can.
And so please join me in praying for all those affected by the tragedy, and for the beautiful city of Boston. In the midst of all this, I watch in pride and awe at how the community is responding ... local and worldwide ... coming together in strength and support.
Dear friends, thank you for your concern. We are all safe and sound here, although shocked and deeply saddened by the tragedy unfolding in Boston. Bill was actually not at work today (we toured a campus with Bookworm) and we learned of the situation shortly after returning home. It all still seems unreal.
We are saying our prayers for all those injured by the explosions today ... and thank you all for your prayers for our community.
Their birthday was yesterday (April 11th), which also happens to be National Pet Day (how neat) ... so of course I have to post a picture or two.
Hard to believe they were once this small ...
(August 13, 2011)
We also celebrate their adoption day which is in August, but according to their records, they were born - in a back alley, part of a litter of nine - on April 11th. Their mother was missing and the whole litter was taken in, fostered and put up for adoption through a local feline rescue operation. We're very grateful to have found them ...
And we just love these two so much!
Now, if you are cat lovers like us, here is a link to the numerous posts I've done on our Archie (Archibald Fred, left) and Ollie (Oliver James, right):
(And by the way, Crackerjack took a look at this picture and first marveled that Uncle Matt was once so much smaller than me and then asked, "Is that really what girls wore back then?" Lol.)
And here we are today - or really, last Christmas - but at this age, who's counting?
Matt and I had *a wonderful* childhood, and I'd say we had a pretty typical "big sister-little brother" kind of relationship. Though I've also heard it said I was a little more like a "second mother" to Matt from the get-go. Today he's a great uncle to my boys as well as Crackerjack's godfather.
So I grew up with one younger brother and now I'm raising three (soon to be four) brothers. I guess all that "mothering" was good practice. :)
And in the spirit of the holiday, I'd also like to say that I am very proud of my boys and the brothers - and friends - they are to each other.
They are genuinely kind to, and caring of, each other and I hope that carries on throughout their entire lives. And I can't wait to see how Baby-O fits into all of this ...
Bill and I were just saying this morning that Baby-O was always meant to be ... he just had to wait for the right time to sneak into the lineup!
Do you have any siblings? Where do you fall in the family lineup?
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great Thursday, my friends!
Good morning, my friends! How did you like last night's show?
It was a tough one - lots of emotional stuff, and even heartbreak, too. I really had to turn off my mind (and turn away from the screen) in the beginning when the Kelly's suffered their loss. Very difficult to watch that scene ... for any parent, but perhaps particularly so if you're pregnant yourself.
You know, I'm always impressed with how well this show balances sadness with sweetness and even silliness. But that's life isn't it? It's never all one way or the other. It feels good to be reminded of the lighter things when our hearts are heavy with loss ...
I felt so badly for Cynthia and all she endured, and what a terrific job done by that actress. Cynthia was so in control and professional, and yet you could see how shaken she was. And then she just slowly lost it - her composure and trust in herself. Thankfully the findings cleared her of any responsiblity in the death of little Thomas. (Anytime there's something awful that happens on tv - to a mom or a newborn - I remind myself that today they have much better prenatal care and testing. Just as they would have caught a mother's preclampsia, they would have hopefully caught, such as in the case of Thomas, a newborn's undeveloped lungs.)
Now, on to Jenny and Jimmy - holy crow, that was a shocker! And of course, disappointing. I was sure he had a girl from the beginning because of course, Jenny had seemingly changed her mind regarding her feelings for him. I just knew that would not go too smoothly - and yet, you could tell he was still smitten with Jenny and probably would have dropped everything (even Francine) for another chance. But his life is now bound to another (two others, actually) and Jenny has promised friendship but nothing else. I guess they're just not meant to be. (And the previews for next week look scary for Jimmy, don't they?)
As for Chummy and Peter - are they really gone for six months? Will this be the least we see of these characters this season? Or maybe we'll see them in Africa? I thought the sendoff by the Cubs was adorable.
Oh, and Sister Monica Joan! What a dear lady - I was glad we got to revisit her character - it's been a while. :)
So I'm curious to know how you enjoyed last night's show and what your thoughts are on the plot and character development. If you have a moment, please leave me a comment below!
Have yourselves a good Monday, everyone ... see you here again sometime soon!
I saw this on the internet, and these words are such a balm to my heart right now ... I thought I'd share them with my readers who are also parenting an autistic child. I hope this little blurb makes you smile and brings you some encouragement this morning. Goodness knows we need it, don't we?
"What you'll need to find is the right fuel, the right environment and the right supports. With those your child has great potential."
How I love this "prescription" for success!
Have yourselves a wonderful weekend, my friends ...
Well, it may be hard to believe (I know it is for me!) but, as of this posting, I am 32 weeks pregnant ...
Time sure is a-tickin' away!
And it's been nearly 12 years since we last had a baby in this house, so needless to say we're a bit out of practice! So I'm trying to formulate a "plan" for those first weeks home with our little one ... what he'll need as a newborn, what I'll need as a "new" mom, and what we'll need as a family (re)adjusting to life with a baby in the house.
So far I've written out a layette list and I'm working on streamlining our household since I'll probably be out of commission for a little while. But I'd love your suggestions ...
What helped you most in those first postpartum weeks?
What did you do to prepare your nest (feathers and family) for a new baby?
(Some things we have already, some things we're borrowing, and some things we still need to pick up.)
Other "Babymoon" Ideas:
household "how to" binder for helpers • posted family schedule with rides arranged • lesson plans through June • list of easy meal ideas • meals prepared ahead • a well-stocked pantry • favorite plants in before end of May • spring/summer clothes sorted • comfy/easy spring bedding
I'd love to hear your thoughts, advice - brand name suggestons? - on this subject. If you have a moment, please drop me a note below.
(Of course, it's "Autism Awareness Day," every day in this family!)
A few words from a post I did last year ...
"If you know someone who has an autistic child, please pray for them today ... maybe take a moment to learn something new about autism or think about how you can help. And if you are blessed to know an autistic child yourself, please let that child know how much you love him ... but also, how much you LIKE him for who he is. It will mean the world to him, and his parents."
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Three beautiful deer in the neighbor's yard very early this morning! They were grazing beneath the bird feeders and my cats were positively glued to the window watching what I'm certain they thought were monsters of some kind. ;D
Another gorgeous day - after morning thunderstorms rumbled through, the skies cleared up and the sun came out. Should reach 70 today! We've been hearing peepers from the woods - really have to get out there to visit the vernal pool. :)
Beautiful spring day! Sunny and 60 degrees. Just had a wild turkey walk through the yard! Also spied a brownish butterfly floating past the kitchen window. :)
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