Archive for January 2012

7 Quick Takes (v. 59): 1st Trimester Highlights

January 6, 2012

We just announced this week that we are expecting Baby #5 in August.  Here are some highlights that didn’t make it into the original blog post.

1.  Literally thirty seconds after I saw the positive on the home pregnancy test, my husband called to tell me that he was going out to lunch with a colleague who wanted to pick my husband’s brain about parenthood.  I immediately burst out into hysterical laughter, and then had to explain what I had just learned.

2.  Advent is an interesting time to learn that you have a surprise pregnancy on your hands.  You constantly hear about how Mary was told that she was about to have a really big surprise pregnancy, and yet she trusted in the Lord and just said “yes”.  Let’s just say that I was feeling very un-Mary-like at first….until I went to confession and took it to my priest.  He recommend that I pray for Mary’s intercession to help me become an obedient daughter.  I really felt more at peace after that.

3.  Bailey (9) did not take the news of the new baby very well.  There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Then the next day she was so excited that she was hoping for twin girls and ready to pick out baby names.  Piper (6) was excited from the beginning, and she likes the idea of a baby brother.  Katie (3) wasn’t sure at first, but after a little bit she said she was glad we were going to have a new baby.  Sabrina (18 months) is blissfully unaware.

4.  My husband and I were actually trying to avoid pregnancy, and the reasons for avoiding still seem pretty valid.  But besides those worries, I must admit that I was a little embarrassed to have to admit an NFP failure, especially to my peeps that are skeptical of it to begin with.  I learned, thanks to ultrasound technology, that it really wasn’t an NFP failure as much as a failure of us following the NFP rules to the letter.  We bent the Day 6 rule.  And while the chances of me getting pregnant when we bent that rule were still extremely slim (like 1%), if we hadn’t bent it the chances of me getting pregnant would have probably been completely non-existent.  So, it wasn’t that the science was wrong; it was just our application of it.

5.  I’ve actually had to have two ultrasounds to check on the progression of the baby thanks to some small bleeding issues I was having.  The first doctor looked at me like I was crazy when I explained that I use NFP.  The second doctor, though, just took it in stride.  When I explained that our third baby was conceived while using artificial birth control, she said that she got pregnant with her first child when she was on the pill.  I think most people discount NFP because they have this illusion that surprise pregnancies only occur if one doesn’t use artificial birth control or because one is too stupid to use it correctly.  They don’t realize that artificial birth control is not as foolproof as they think.

6.  My pregnancy symptoms started to really hit the week of Christmas.  I would just get hit with these waves of exhaustion that would almost make me pass out.  My husband found me head down on the kitchen table next to my plate full of Christmas dinner.  He said, “Why don’t you just go lie down?”  “I’m so tired,” I cried, “but I am also SO hungry.”  So I would take a few bites, lay my head down, take a few bites, and lay my head down.  It was rather pitiful, but those mashed potatoes were so good.

7.  It was so great to see two of my three midwives this week (the third was on call).  They are just so much fun, and they always have a big hug for me.  Each one of the three has caught a baby for me, so it will be interesting to see which one will get a second chance in August.  I feel blessed to have stumbled upon an OB/GYN practice that keeps CNM’s on staff.  While I don’t exactly look forward to the actual act of childbirth, I feel confident that things will be good with any of them by my side…no unnecessary procedures, respect for my comfort level and preferences, and lots of laughter.


Don’t You Know What Causes That?

January 4, 2012

I present you this passage from Simcha Fisher’s latest hilarious blog post about her attainable resolutions for each month of 2012:

MARCH:  Have a sudden, irrational, and unshakable conviction that I’m pregnant.  Freak out, then feel horribly guilty that I’m freaking out instead of rejoicing.  Freak out even more.  Pray.  Through a tremendous effort and influx of grace, discover a place of peace.  Rearrange plans for the future (no garden).  Tell a few hundred close personal friends our news with sincere joy, mixed with only a few small grains of resentment and dread.

Find out I’m not, of course, pregnant. Cry.

Well, throw in some nausea, dizziness, hunger, and extreme exhaustion, and this pretty much describes my December.  Except for the fact, that I really am pregnant!!!

Cobb baby #5 is due August 8, 2012!  Don’t we know what causes that?  I don’t know what to say.  Ricky looks at me, and I get pregnant!  I guess I could gouge is eyes out, but the Catholic Church really frowns on mutilating healthy organs, especially someone else’s.

Be prepared for lots of Facebook posts complaining about nausea, dizziness, hunger, and extreme exhaustion, because I’ve really been holding back to avoid giving the game away.  And then come July be prepared for lots of Facebook posts complaining about back pain, heartburn, and extreme exhaustion.  But in August be prepared for sighs and coos over a sweet little baby.  Then we won’t be able to imagine how our lives could have been complete without #5.

The picture quality of this ultrasound isn’t the best, and it gets lost even more in scanning.  The little peanut of white inside the big black bean part is Baby #5.  You might be able to make out the little computer-imposed plus signs and dots that the doctor used to measure.

December 2011 Reading List

January 2, 2012

Oh, goodness.  I must admit that the month of December is kind of  a haze to me.  So, I will try to reconstruct what I read for the month.  I know it was mostly re-reads because I was too tired to really focus on anything new that required more attention and thought.  Let’s see.

1, 2, and 3.  Star Wars:  Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn:  These three books basically kicked off the Star Wars expanded universe and introduced many important non-movie characters such as Mara Jade, Talon Kaarde, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and Captain Pellaeon.  After reading the newer Timothy Zahn Star Wars book last month I felt compelled to go back and reread these favorites.

4.  Mr. Darcy’s Daughters by Elizabeth Aston:  I like Aston’s Pride & Prejudice sequels because I think they are in keeping with Austen’s style and give one a really good understanding of the time period.  I just kind of grabbed this off my bookshelf on the go for a reread.

4 1/2.  Star Wars:  Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn:  This is actually the second in a two-book series that takes place about ten years after Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy.  I’m only counting it has half of a book, though, because I just skipped through to read the sections about Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade.  I was surprised to realize for the first time that the closing scene of the book is a throwback to the closing scene of the Thrawn Trilogy.



It’s hard to believe that another year has passed, or that I’ve been keeping track of my reading for three years now.  I decided to take a detailed look back through three-years of books as I organized my stats for 2011.  I considered noting which books I had reread multiple times, and which genre or subject I had read the most.  But then I wondered how insane I was to even consider such a project much less think I had the time or energy to do it.  But I do like keeping track of what I have read.  It’s almost like a diary in and of itself.

In 2011 I read a total of 66.5 books.  My book count was down from the two previous years (90 and 91 respectively).  At first I thought this was because it took me an entire month to get through Anna Karenina, and then I gave up reading books for Lent.  Surprisingly I read more during the first half of the year (36) in spite of Anna Karenina and Lent.  June ended up being my biggest month with 12 books.  (Two of those were books that I previewed/read along with Bailey.)

So, I don’t know what happened in 2011.  In the end, though, reading is about enjoyment and learning and not just racking up tally marks.  We’ll just have to see what good books 2012 brings.