Thursday, February 25, 2016

Pregnancy: round four

I'm so neglectful in pictures this pregnancy, but here are a few, although they're outdated by now.

Pregnancy has gone well and has been a normal for me. I have the usual heartburn and things like that and of course my hip problems that unfortunately are getting worse with every pregnancy.  I see an osteopath which really helps, I wear really supportive sandals (WellRocks) as much as possible and I'm layering on the essential oils which really help! I can really tell when I haven't put them on the night before.

I had a rather unfun gall bladder attack in January which brought me to the ER. It came out of nowhere and I didn't know what the pain was at first since it started in my upper back. I dealt with an hour or two of pain, but as it progressively got worse I got Ben to come home, drop the kids off at my parents and drop me off at the ER (I couldn't drive at that point) and when I was finally seen (3 hours into the attack) my pain had reached a 10 and I would have rather have given birth! Thankfully all was well with the baby and they put me on morphine and I got a bed to lay in. The morphine brought the pain down from a 10 to a 9.5 and then after another dose, brought me to about an 8. When Ben came a few hours later I was still breathing through the waves of pain and not able to talk much. Thankfully shortly after that it started to subside and I was able to go home again with managable pain which then ended an hour or so later. The attack was a doozy and lasted about 6-7 hours, with 3-4 hours of "I'd rather be in labour" pain. I've had a few minor attacks since, but nothing that I could handle without pain management. I had a followup ultrasound the day following but that showed no stones, so it's most likely I had stone(s) that passed on their own.  Hopefully that's the last of it!

Other than that, I've been healthy with a just a cold shortly after the busy Christmas season. 

The girls are very excited about this baby and kiss my belly goodnight every night. They love coming to my midwife appointments and always full of chatter and love to hear the heartbeat.

 This was NewYear's so, 20 weeks.
 This January 16, so 22.5 weeks
This is my "for real? four kids?" face. 


We went on a fieldtrip to Fanshawe Pioneer Village in December. The kids got to experience some "old-time" things.


 Little pioneer girls!
 Learned about gingerbread cookie history and got to decorate their own!
The print shop, or should I say "Ye Olde Print Shoppe"
 Dipping candles in a one-room cabin.

It was a fun, cold day and the girls had lots of fun doing all their activities! Maybe we'll go back in the summer when we can walk around outside in a little more comfort!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Katie kept calling a fishing lure worm a permanent worm--no idea where she got that from.

Katie after running from somewhere: "One of these days my heart is just going to pop right out because of all the running I'm doing!"

Katie's string of questions at the supper table one night:

"Are garments, clothes?
Are there pirates in the United States?
Dad, did you know Laura Ingalls was a real person?
Did she love God?"

Emma: "I have a rotten nose."  She meant runny

Katie wondering what a smudge was. "You know a smudge on your cheek!" Oh you mean a smooch!

Emma had a bad dream in the middle of the night; she came running to our room so upset. Her dream? A cow was sitting on her.

Katie woke up crying one night. Her dream? A skunk sprayed her.

Have a conversation about Daddy and how he's handsome, even though he has a beard. I explained that he wouldn't look like Daddy if he shaved off his beard. Katie turns to me and says, "Mom, do you shave off your beard?"  thanks, thanks a lot child.

Having another conversation about certain boys in church who they're "going to marry."  I posed the question to Emma that maybe the boy she chose would get married to someone else. Katie says wonderingly, "Maybe he just wants to be an uncle."

Katie pretending something, "Oh, I just can't believe it! A bad man came and threw me down on the grass and left me for dead!"   My kids are a little morbid. They also like to pretend that someone died (dad, grandmother etc) and they are going to the funeral. They take small blankets or cloths and "wipe" their tears away as they walk weeping to the funeral.

Katie, "Mom, when you're dead, can I have your phone?"

Emma, "Why doesn't Uncle Wayne come to our church? Probably he keeps our house safe."

I was telling a friend that Emma was our little Dutch girl and she overheard and piped up, "I'm not Dutch, I'm Canadian!" 


We bought a new couch and chair! Yay! First time we've ever bought new furniture (with the exception of a bed and mattress) so it was a big deal for us! We've only ever had free castoffs, so this is quite lovely!

I got a cold. Not a big deal, but it's the first time I've been sick in over a year, so to me it was junky.

I did a couple information session for Young Living. It's getting easier each time and it's so fun to share about these amazing products! It's so rewarding to hear testimonials from folks who have gotten the oils and just love them too!

I got to spend an afternoon with my galpal, Hanna all the way in Niagara region. It's been WAY too long since we've hung out in person and our littles could meet and play together too.

Emma turned four so we celebrated her birthday and consoled Katie that her birthday wasn't too far away. Waiting is hard for little kids.

Ben finally moved into his new shop at work. He finally has a nice, new, warm building with lots of space and ability to do lots of things! Also, that means his stress level went way down since the project is pretty much wrapped up. It's been a stressful last half a year! We're thankful to have a more relaxed husband and dad back.

Katie had a few dentist appointments: one for sealant done on her 6-year molars and the second for a filling. She did ok. She loves the idea and no issues before hand, but once it starts, she's pretty upset. She did pretty well considering past visits and now it's done and over with, she's on her way, merry as can be.

Ben started on renos again, this time in the attic. There's not a ton of work to be done, mostly cosmetic as the previous owners didn't have much sense of finesse. Lots of drywall mud going up along with some electrical and a new floor in the attic bedroom.