Friday, February 29, 2008

Can Your Child do This?

We don't usually let Sarah Beth have a pacifier except when she is in her crib, but last week she found two. The next thing we knew, she had both in her mouth. Silly girl! But she knows that the blue ones are Daniels', and she always brings those to me or to him. Sweet girl!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Consignment Shopping

Do you have a good consignment sale in your area? We are actually blessed with two of them, and I love shopping them. Yesterday was my first day out by myself with both of the children. It went very well, especially because my good friend Laura kept Sarah Beth for me while I took Daniel to the sale. I spent $127 and received 35 items: outfits and separates, like shorts and shirts for Sarah Beth. Not bad, huh? That ends up being a little over $3.50 per item, and you know that you cannot buy things new for those kind of prices. I shouldn't need to buy anything else for Sarah Beth and Daniel until the consignment sales in the fall. I think I may have bought more than I needed for Daniel, but I just don't know how big he will be at the end of summer. Sometimes, we still have warm weather in November and December. Besides the low prices, the selection is a lot better at consignment sales; there are tons of different outfits to choose from instead of the few selections at stores. And children, especially babies, don't tend to wear out their clothes.

Let me ask it again: do you have a good consigment sale in your area? If not, maybe you could start one. The woman that puts on the one I went to yesterday does it to supplement her husband's income so she can stay home with their children. Here is her website if you are interested.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


I received my "big, fat check" in the mail last week from Ebates, and I thought I would tell you about Ebates in case you didn't already know. Ebates is a website that pays you back when you use it to order things on-line. There are tons of companies that you can order from through Ebates. I have ordered yarn that I cannot find in town, maternity clothes, and personalized notecards. Since I live 20 miles from town, sometimes it is actually cheaper to buy stuff on-line, especially if the company I am ordering from is offering free shipping. It doesn't cost anything to join, and you actually get a check in the mail with a percentage of the amount you spent. The percentage varies according to the company you order from. Right now when you join, you get to choose your sign-on bonus: a $10 gift card to Best Buy, Target, Saphora, or iTunes; or $5 added to your first check. If you decide to join, you could list me (jds_nps @ as the person who referred you, and I think I would get something, too, but I'm not sure what. If you do any on-line shopping, you may want to check it out. It's nice to get money back on stuff you were going to buy anyway.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Home Alone!

Today is my first day home alone. Of course, I'm not really alone because I have both children here, and it is not my first time alone with both of them, either. John ran a few errands last week and left me at home with the children. That sounds bad, like I wanted to go with him, but he abandoned me. That's not true. I wanted to be home and to practice having both children without him. Anyway, John went back to work today, and I have gone back to my work, also.

Daniel woke me up last night at 2:15 and again at 5:45. When I finished feeding him the second time, I stayed up to get a head start on my day. It didn't happen. I hopped in the shower, expecting to be able to eat breakfast, read my Bible, and possibly get on the computer for a few minutes before Sarah Beth woke up. Nope. She was awake and unhappy when I got out of the shower. We had some blueberry cream muffins for breakfast, and Sarah Beth is so funny because she picks out the blueberries and hands them to me.

Then I started on my chores. I wanted to do a few little things around the house to make it feel neater and cleaner. My to do list included:
  • emptying the dishwasher
  • wiping the counters
  • cleaning the kitchen sink
  • sweeping the kitchen and laundry room floors
  • wiping down the counter and sinks in our bathroom
  • cleaning our toilet

That's not much, and I felt I should be able to get all of this accomplished in an hour easily, that is, if I didn't have children! Thanks to my early start this morning (and Daniel's nice, long nap), I have gotten it all done. Now I can relax and enjoy the rest of the day. I still have laundry to fold and a few other little things to do, but I think I've gotten the bulk of my chores done. I do need to make some bread. Yummy! Ooh, maybe I'll make some strawberry bread. I need to go thaw the strawberries (you don't have to use fresh ones).

Friday, February 22, 2008

Bad News!

John just received a call from our realtor, and it seems that the bank won't lend the money to the couple who were going to buy our house. Apparently, the bank won't lend them the 100% they need to buy our house; I guess they don't have a down payment. We are so disappointed, as you can imagine. Our realtor is talking with theirs trying to find a way to make this work out, but we don't have much hope. It was such a perfect situation, too, wasn't it? As John said, he doesn't mind not selling our house, but he doesn't like to be teased. Please pray that something can be done so that this deal will go through. Of course, if it doesn't, God quite possibly has something better in store, doesn't He?


Poor Sarah Beth is sick. I think it's just a cold, but it's the first time she has run fever. I am so glad that John is home this week because she is being very needy. I really hope she feels better next week, or it's going to be rough. John was up with her twice last night.

Can you believe that my newborn is only eating once during the night? I feed him around 9:30, and he sleeps until 3 or 4, then he sleeps again until 7 or 8. I cannot believe it, but I enjoy getting all that sleep.

I am amazed at how many diapers we go through with Daniel. I don't remember it being like this with Sarah Beth, but I'm sure it was. Except that little girls don't spray. It seems like every other time I change his diaper, I end up having to change his clothes as well. Do any of you with boys have any suggestions other than stripping him every time I change his diaper? With Sarah Beth, we only had to empty her diaper pail once a week; it looks like we will be changing it this week three times. And Daniel's diapers are so much smaller.

I look forward to next week when we can start getting into a routine, but I am nervous about being here by myself. I keep reminding myself that lots of women have two (or more) under two, and I can handle it, too.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

This and That with a New Baby

I said that I would post some more pictures of Daniel, so here is one, at least. It just takes so long to upload them to the internet from our computer. What a sweet face!

I had forgotten how many diapers you go through with a newborn. The other night, John and I went through five or six at one changing. I stocked up on diapers when I could get them cheaply, and I have (rather, I had) two boxes of newborn diapers, plus what the hospital sent home with us. I thought that we had way too many, but now I'm not so sure. It seems that every time I pick Daniel up, he needs his diaper changed.

Sarah Beth is such a good big sister. When we leave his pacifier in the bouncy seat or swing and she finds it, she brings it to him. When I change his diaper, she brings me not one but five or six. I guess she remembers the other night's diaper changing fiasco!

I have discovered that it does not take twice as long to do something with two children; it takes four times as long. And now I understand why there are days when mothers just can't get anything done.

John has been such a good, sweet helper. Mostly, he deals with Sarah Beth, but he has done some other things as well. It's harder for him to do the housework-type things because I have been doing them, and he doesn't really know what needs to be done. And I am so independent that I have a hard time asking.
On a side note, the buyers of our house signed the contract today!! John and I figured out probably why they aren't going to buy our equipment: they probably don't have the money to buy it, and they can get a loan from John Deere (or whomever) to buy new. That makes sense. But one of our neighbors is going to buy most of our equipment and the tractor. Another woman wants the horse trailer. And we have found homes, I think, for two of our four horses. As one of my friends said, it is obviously God's will for us to sell right now since everything is coming together so nicely and quickly. Amen!

Monday, February 18, 2008

More News!

I know that you are wondering what else could be news with a newborn in our house. Well, you are not going to believe this, but last Wednesday when John came home to check on things, he received a phone call from our realtor. A couple wanted to come look at our house on Friday. Yes, Friday after we came home from the hospital on Thursday. Ugh! Thankfully, I had done a lot of touch-up cleaning (nothing major) and straightening on Monday, so there wasn't too much to do, or so I thought.

However, Friday morning I had a total break-down. The suitcases were not unpacked from the hospital; the house was a wreck as only a toddler can do; I had gotten very little sleep the night before; we had a doctor's appointment at 12:50 and Sarah Beth's naptime is at 12:30; and there was nothing I could do about any of it. My sweet husband took control and straightened up the house, and he did a really good job. My mom and I were impressed. That was the biggest thing bothering me.

When we got home from the doctor's office, the couple were still here, and they had some questions about our place. John took them around and answered their questions. Their realtor called ours the next day with an offer!! We are in the negotiation process, but basically our house is sold!! And you really won't believe this: they don't want to close until May. That means that I don't have to try to pack with a newborn. I don't have to scramble to get things done. I'm not stressed about moving.

Not having to move until May gives us time to get several things done. We still have four horses that we need to sell. We have a tractor and equipment that we need to sell; this couple doesn't realize that they should buy our equipment to maintain the farm. We need to find a new house to buy. I need to recover from childbirth. Isn't God good and amazing at how He arranged all of this?! And because they don't want to close until May (which for most people would be a bad thing), they offered us full price! It gets better and better, doesn't it?

So, in less than a week, we added a new child to our family and sold (or almost) our house. How exciting!!

If you did not know that our house was for sale and are wondering why, check out this previous post.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

My Sweet Husband

Today is our seventh anniversary. We actually celebrated on Monday night before I went in to be induced on Tuesday because we knew that we would not be able to do anything too much today. But my sweet husband did get me a small gift, a Precious Moments figurine of a family -- mommy, daddy, little girl, and baby boy. It is perfect! I didn't expect anything because we don't usually do anniversary gifts. How sweet!

John has also been amazingly helpful this past week. He has done most of the taking care of Sarah Beth which I need since I am not supposed to pick anything up heavier than the baby. Of course, she also prefers him to take care of her because she is daddy's little girl. I like to tease him that he is her favorite parent. He doesn't like me saying that, but it is true. However, for right now, I am Daniel's favorite parent. I feed him!

John gets stir crazy when he is cooped up in the house too long, so I knew that these two weeks (yes, he took two weeks off to be home with us!) would be hard for him. He has been so sweet and helpful by only leaving the house while Sarah Beth is napping or when he can take her with him. They have had a good time together this week.

I am so thankful that God gave me to this man. He is truly the best husband in the whole entire world! I cannot wait to see what our future together holds.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Birthing Story

I think I have time now to write my birthing story. John took Sarah Beth out for a while, and Daniel is asleep. But you know how quickly things can change. By the way, so far he is a very good baby. Thursday night -- our first night home -- was rough, but last night was pretty good. He went 3 1/2 hours the first time and a little over 4 the second time between feedings. Yes, that means that I only had to get up with him twice. Oh, how I hope that continues! My sweet husband offered to get up with him if I needed him to. But I didn't since I only had to get up twice!! Thursday night I was up four or five times with him, and John was up once, too. It was bad. And, yes, Babychaser, sleep is so much more comfortable now. I can sleep on my belly again!!

Tuesday morning we arrived at the hospital at 6:15 for me to be induced. They were really busy; they had 6 or 7 planned inductions, 6 or 7 planned C-sections, and 5 people had come in that night in labor. It was 7:30 before my nurse got my IV in and the Pitocin started. My doctor came in at 8:30 and broke my water. At that time, my nurse put my name on the list for an epidural which I received at 9:30. I was just starting to wish for one but wasn't desperate yet. It was a great epidural; I could feel a lot, but there was no pain. Oh, and my parents arrived around 9:00.

Things progressed fairly rapidly. I can't remember exactly when I was what, but I was fully dilated around noon. My nurse called my doctor who told her to have me "practice" push a few times, so I did three or four times. Between lying flat on my back and my epidural, those pushes were not very effective, so my nurse sat me up for one. Just one because that one was very effective. She called my doctor back and told her that she needed to get there. I could feel Daniel's head, and I wanted to push him out, but I waited for my doctor. However, Daniel did not want to wait. I could feel him moving down the birth canal, and I warned my nurse that here he comes! I felt his head pop out and then his body. When the doctor arrived, the nurses had suctioned him, the cord was cut, and he was getting cleaned up on the warming table. Oops! I didn't think it was a very big deal because it just happened and nothing went wrong.

Daniel was 7 pounds, 15 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long. That is exactly how big Sarah Beth was when she was born. She was born at 12:01, and he arrived at 12:18. Isn't that funny?

The thing is that my parents were in the room for all of this, and my dad is a physician. He was extremely upset by the fact that the doctor wasn't there, one of the nurses didn't have sterile gloves on, I wasn't draped sterilely, etc.. I cannot tell you how many people came in my room later to apologize for my labor going the way it did. Honestly, I still don't think it was a big deal because everything turned out all right, but I know that they were just trying to cover themselves. My doctor told me that I tore less than she would have cut for an episiotomy, so I'm glad she wasn't there. I don't hurt nearly like I did with Sarah Beth, and I'm sure that's part of the reason.

Anyway, that's my birthing story. If you have any questions about something I may have forgotten, let me know. Just please don't hate me for how easy it was; I already have one jealous friend!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Daniel John

Well, he's here. Daniel John arrived Tuesday February 12, 2008 at 12:18. Everything went very smoothly and easily, so much so, that he got here about 5 minutes before the doctor. But I will write my birthing story later. Mostly, I just wanted to let everyone know that my new little baby boy is here and that we are doing fine. However, I could use more sleep.

Thank you for all of your prayers and well-wishes. And I want to give Laura a great big thank you for keeping you informed about Daniel's birth on her blog.
I will post more pictures later, but isn't he cute?!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

A Little Bit of Trivia

I heard a little piece of trivia this morning on Neal Boortz's radio show. I don't listen to him very much because he is pretty crude, but he does have an interesting perspective on things. Anyway, he had a guest on today who wrote a book about all the different presidential candidates. Two of them have grandfathers who had five wives. Can you guess who they are? I won't keep you in suspense, and you can probably guess who they are anyway. Barack Obama's grandfather lived in Kenya, and I can't remember if he was a Muslim or not, but he was a polygamist. Of course, the other one is Mitt Romney whose grandfather was a Mormon who practiced polygamy.

I'm off now to pack my bags for the hospital tomorrow. Sarah Beth is still napping, so she should be a sweet girl for her Aunt Sherry tonight. I will be back as soon as I can this week WITH PICTURES!! Meanwhile, please do check Laura's blog as she will let you know what's going on. (In case you hadn't figured it out, we are real-live friends and have been for a long, long time.)


Tomorrow is the big day!! I'm not too nervous about being induced because my last one with Sarah Beth was so easy. I was induced two days after my due date; they started the Pitocin at 7:00 and broke my water at 7:15, and I had Sarah Beth at 12:01. The only trouble I had during the labor and delivery was waiting for the anesthesiologist to give me an epidural, but he was right next door, so it didn't take him long to get there.

Today I am trying to get the house straightened and cleaned a little without over-tiring myself. Sweet Sarah Beth slept until almost 8:00 this morning, so her mommy got to sleep in as well. John took the day off, and he is keeping her occupied this morning while I get my chores done. They have gone into town to do some shopping right now. I'm taking a little break before I tackle the kitchen. It is so nice to have such a sweet and loving husband who is willing to help. As a matter of fact, he vacuumed for me Saturday night. I told him that I needed to do it after I bathed Sarah Beth, and the next thing I knew, the vacuum was running. What a sweet man!

I am looking forward to tonight. We are going to drop Sarah Beth off with my sister who is going to keep her over night. Then we are going to try out a new restaurant called Bone Fish Grill. John has heard that it has good food, and that it is a little nicer than Carrabba's which is where we usually celebrate. Oh, yeah, our anniversary is February 17, but I don't think we'll be ready to head out with a five-day old baby! So we're celebrating early. Besides, I want a really good, filling (over-filling, if you know what I mean!) meal since I won't be able to eat anything else until after I have this baby. That may not take long, if it goes as easily as it did with Sarah Beth. We can always hope, can't we?!!

Thank you for all of your prayers. I don't know if I will be back yet this afternoon or not, but I will let you know as soon as I can how things went. I may have Laura at Four Little Arrows let you know what happened, if she doesn't mind posting about my baby on her blog. So check over there in the next couple of days, if you don't already read her blog.

Saturday, February 9, 2008


Did you notice the new button I have on my side bar? Babychaser at Stay at Home Mommy is having a contest to give away the Healthy Body Cookbook here. You ought to head over there to read ways to get your toddler to eat and to enter the contest.

Today's Work

I feel pretty good so far today. Usually, at this time I'm tired and don't want to do anything else for the day. It helps that I don't have to worry about fixing dinner -- we're having leftovers!

I got everything on my to to list done: baking cookies, watering the plants, washing the car seat cover, even making the mousse. Yummy! I cannot wait until I can eat it before bedtime! One added bonus was that I finished this blanket. I could not believe it. I was crocheting the last row, and I realized that it was long enough, and I didn't need to do anymore. I love it when that happens, and it doesn't happen often. Remember that it is small to be used in the car seat or bassinet. Now I just need to wash it. I can't believe I got it done in less than a week. Wow!!

Only Three More Days!

I only have three more pregnancy days left. I'm trying to get things done and keep them done so I don't have too much to do Monday. However, I know that I'm going to be pretty busy that day.

I went to the grocery store this morning for the last time for a while. I did not spend very much at all since I have been stocking up slowly for the last month or so. I cooked supper last night for the last time for a while, also, which was nice. I don't usually cook on Sunday; we have leftovers or sandwiches. And Monday night we're going out to dinner. I've got a freezer nicely stocked with several casseroles I've made and one from my good friend Laura. I've also got plenty of muffins frozen to eat next week, and I had to verbally slap John's hand last night as he went for the chocolate chip muffins. Not really. I'm planning on making some chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies (be sure to use the modified recipe) this afternoon, too, and maybe some chocolate mousse for tonight. One last treat!

I've got a little cleaning and some laundry to do today, and the standard things like watering the house plants and gathering up the trash. But that's about it.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Valentine's Day

Addendum: I will probably ask John to run up to the convenience store and buy some ice cream for Valentine's Day. That will be good and tasty!

I am curious how everyone is going to celebrate Valentine's Day. Of course, we will be bringing home a new baby boy and probably won't have time for anything else. Usually, we don't do much, just cards and maybe a small gift. Our anniversary is the 17th so we go out for dinner then. This year we will celebrate our anniversary on Monday; we are going to drop Sarah Beth off with my sister who is keeping her that night. Then we are going out to eat a nice meal (with dessert!!) before my induction the next day.

What about you? Do you have plans for Valentine's Day?

Only Four More Days!

I have only four more days until my second child arrives. That is, of course, assuming that I do not spontaneously go into labor before then. That would be nice. Thankfully, I think I am about ready. I am going to straighten and neaten up the house some on Monday, but I am not going to do a deep clean. I do not need to wear myself out the day before I go into labor. John is going to take Monday off, and he will keep an eye on Sarah Beth while I do my straightening which will make things so much easier and quicker. No little hands trying to "help" clean the toilet.

Yesterday afternoon, I made some chocolate mousse. It was really good, and it wasn't too hard either. Here is the recipe. The best thing (or worse, depending on how you look at it) is that it only makes two servings. Of course, it would be easy to double or triple the recipe. It calls for using whipping cream and sugar; I did this and beat the cream until soft peaks formed. Then I tasted the concoction, and it tasted just like Cool Whip. My recommendation is to save a step (and a lot of work) by buying Cool Whip and using it instead. Using that, the recipe would also be really easy to make. It would make a great Valentine's Day dessert for you and your husband. I may have to make it again before Tuesday!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Today -- Errands

I got up a little early today so I could run a few errands this morning. It was a good thing I set my alarm, too, because John forgot to set his. Who knows how late he would have started his day without my alarm. We both enjoyed the extra 30 minutes of sleep, however, so it was worth it. I have to get up a little earlier than usual when we run errands so I can eat breakfast and get my shower before Sarah Beth wakes up. I was also able to read my Bible before getting her up this morning, so that was an extra bonus.

My goal today was to get Sarah Beth's hair cut. It has been needing it for a while, and I've tried twice to get it done. But I just don't have the time to wait half an hour to get her hair cut. I got there this morning right after they opened and was seen immediately! She cried the whole time. She was afraid that the lady was going to pull her hair trying to get out tangles. Poor thing! She hates me brushing her hair. Hopefully, with it shorter, she will have fewer tangles. I even use the Suave product for children that has shampoo and conditioner it in and promises to be tear-free. I didn't need much at Wal-mart; as a matter of fact, I spent a little over $10. How many times do you do that at Wal-mart?!

Then we went to Walgreens because I had a $2 Register Reward (like a CVS ECB) that was going to expire before I could use it after this baby comes. I didn't get much, just 3 Renuzits that were on sale for $0.99 each, so I only spent $1.18.

Then we went to CVS. I was hoping to find some good deals because it seems like everyone else has. But I didn't. Oh, well.

Then we were off to Rite Aid to pick up John's prescription. I didn't even go in; I just went through the drive-through. I hate doing that because it makes pharmacy feel so much like a fast food joint. I worked once at a Walgreens with a drive-through, and let me tell you that pharmacy folk HATE drive-throughs!

After that, we came home and got here in time for lunch. I just put Sarah Beth down for a nap, and I hope she gets a good one. Her hair cut ruined her morning for her. Usually, she is a joy to run errands with, but today she was needy and fussy. Crying wears me out, and I bet it does the same to her.

I try not to schedule too much else on days when I run errands because I usually don't have the time. I do need to call this baby's doctor to make an appointment since I know when he will be born. I have a couple of other things, but I am looking forward to sitting on the couch, crocheting, while Sarah Beth naps!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Pregnancy Follow-up

I feel much better this afternoon. I didn't even need a nap, but it really helped that Sarah Beth took almost a three hour nap. I was able to sit on the couch for a good while with my feet propped up, working on another blanket for her little brother. Michaels has a bunch of baby yarn on sale, and I stocked up Monday. Of course, my ankles still look like tree trunks, and I think I will wear tennis shoes to church Sunday.

I finished paying the bills, got the laundry folded and put up, and started packing. There's just so much that you can pack this early. Some things just have to wait until the day before, like underwear.

I had a couple of people request this recipe, so here it is. It is from Crystal at Biblical Womanhood's Fresh from the Oven e-book.

Blueberry Cream Muffins
4 eggs
2 cups sugar (I think they need more; I tried it with 2 1/2 this time, but I think I'm going to try 3 cups next time)
1 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups sour cream
2 cups fresh blueberries

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs. Gradually add sugar while beating; slowly pour in oil; add vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add alternately with the sour cream to the egg mixture. Gently fold in the blueberries. Spoon into greased muffin tins. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Freezable.

She says that it makes 24 muffins, but I got 30 this last time I made them. It may have been the extra sugar, and I put in 2 1/2 cups of blueberries because what else are you going to do with half a cup?


I'm tired. I did not want to get out of bed this morning, but there was someone else who was awake and wanted breakfast. I would like to crawl back into bed. I'm going to try to take it easy today. My goals for today are to start packing for the hospital and finish getting the bills paid.

I woke up this morning with my face swollen. It may have been swollen yesterday, but I didn't notice. John thought my arms were last night, and I haven't been able to wear my wedding ring in weeks. My ankles look like tree trunks. I'm glad I'm staying home today so I can stay barefoot. Barefoot and pregnant. Do you think I can get away with wearing tennis shoes to church Sunday?

I'm sorry I'm so depressing this morning; I just needed to get it off my chest. Sarah Beth did get a good night's sleep despite her runny nose, thanks to a little Benadryl. Her nose is still dripping, but she is really being sweet this morning. It's funny how she may look and sound bad but remain in a good mood.

Oh, I do need to call the vet today. We need her to come out during the next couple of weeks to give shots and draw blood from the horses. John needs to be here when she comes because our not-quite-two-year-old horse probably won't stand still for all of this, and I am in no condition to help.

Maybe I'll take a nap this afternoon. That sounds nice.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Today's To-Do List Continued

Addendum: I just got back from voting, and I sent the e-mail about my pony. And I found the checkbook where I left it in the car. I'm sorry, Sweetie, for blaming you!

Well, I did not get everything done today, but I did wear myself out this morning. I thought I could rest up some while Sarah Beth napped, but she slept less than an hour. Poor thing has a runny nose, and I think it was making it hard for her to breathe. Right now, she's being sweet, but I think she will not be this evening. Thank goodness it's bath night; she loves taking a bath. Then I can just toss her in the bed early. Hopefully, she won't get up early; she's been doing that lately. Do you see how much she loves baths? She got in there by herself.

I got the house straightened up fairly well. I don't have any pictures of that.

I set the baby's bed up as you can see. I even hung his comforter. I know, I know. I'm not supposed to be climbing on things right now, but I was very careful. I'm going to work on the rest of the room tomorrow and the rest of the week. My mom made that blanket on the right before we got the crib set, and it matches perfectly. I don't know if you can see it or not, but it has the moon and stars on it as well.

I even got the muffins made. Does anyone know why the ones on the right have flat tops? It must have something to do with the pan, but I have no idea what. It happened last week with the chocolate chip muffins, too. It is not a big deal; they taste just as good! Can you guess why there are two missing? Sarah Beth and I just couldn't resist.

I did not get the bills paid because I cannot find the checkbook. I think John had it last, and he might have left it in the truck. I may have had it last and just don't remember where I put it. I didn't get the phone calls made, but I think I will be able to do them this evening. I didn't get my pony posted, either, but I did discover that I need to e-mail someone first, so I will try to do that this evening, also. As soon as I get off the internet, I'm heading to vote.

Today's To-Do List

Yesterday I had another doctor's appointment, my last before this baby is born. We agreed to have me induced on Tuesday the 12th. My doctor is concerned that this baby is a little big for me to deliver vaginally. Since I don't want a C-section and my induction with Sarah Beth went so well, it's fine with me to be induced again. Besides, I can drop her off at my sister's house Monday night and go out to eat to celebrate our anniversary (it's the 17th) without having to worry with taking her somewhere in the middle of the night, if that's when I spontaneously go into labor.

Needless to say, I have a lot to get done in the last pre-baby week. I am trying to divide it out over the days so I don't wear myself out. That's the last thing I need to do. So here's my list:

  1. Straighten the house. You know how it gets over the weekend, and I just didn't get anything done yesterday because of my appointment and running errands.

  2. Vote! Don't forget, those of you who live in Super Tuesday states!

  3. Make the baby's bed. My sweet husband moved the Nordic track out of the new nursery last night, so I can get the baby's room ready for him. I will post pictures when I'm done.

  4. Make blueberry cream muffins. Ingles had a sale on blueberries last week, and these muffins are pretty good, so I'm going to make them and freeze them. Then I can enjoy them next week when I get home. I will try to post this recipe later, also.

  5. Make a couple of phone calls about the horses; one to the vet and one to someone who will, hopefully, help us sell them.

  6. Post my pony on a for-sale website for her breed.

  7. Pay the bills.

That is it for now, but I'm sure that something else will come up. I also need to finish getting things ready for a local consignment sale that is two weeks after this baby will be born, but I think I will wait to do that tomorrow.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Folic Acid and Pre-Term Birth

I heard about this on the radio the other day, and so I looked it up this morning to see if I could find it on the internet. (Can you tell that Sarah Beth woke me up early this morning? She doesn't seem to understand that her mommy is pregnant and needs her sleep!) I know that I have several readers who are of child-bearing age, so I thought you might be interested.

January 31, 2008 (Dallas) — Folic acid supplementation for 1 year before conception might significantly reduce the risk for preterm delivery, according to a new analysis involving more than 38,000 women.

The rest of the article is here if you are interested.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Laundry Detergent

Laura at Four Little Arrows blogged about cheap laundry detergent a few months ago. Because some of my readers did not see her post about it, I thought I would blog about it myself. Here is her original post.

This is a homemade laundry detergent. The recipe is really simple; the hard part is finding the ingredients, but most places have them in the laundry aisle. You just have to look.

1 bar of Ivory soap grated finely
1 cup of Borax (20 Mule Team)
1 cup of washing soda (Arm and Hammer) -- this is not baking soda!

It only takes one tablespoon to do a whole load of clothes.

Laura figures it costs her about a nickel a load. I did my own calculations (sorry, Laura! I'm just that way), and it's the same for me. I used to buy laundry detergent from Sam's, and I got about 200 loads for $10 which is the same price per load. So I'm not saving anything directly, but now I don't have to make a special trip to Sam's. Also, when I am at Sam's, I tend to spend more because I find good "deals." You know what I mean?

I have been using this recipe for a month now, and I really like it. It gets the mud out of John's jeans when he's been outside working just as well as our old stuff. Like Laura says, it doesn't leave any smell on the clothes, but I don't mind. She recommends using some essential oils to give it a fragrance.