Thursday, June 25, 2009

Random Stuff You Don't Really Want to Read About and That's Okay...

I just entered a contest to win a year's worth of Kirkland Signature Diapers! Cross your fingers for me. I may have children in diapers for 10 more years...
I am in Idaho for a few days. I am relaxing peacefully while my parents do some of the child-rearing for me. No worries, I'm not taking advantage of their spoiletry upon their grand kids, but I do admit it's nice to have less physical work to do! And holy cow, my kids are spoiled here. Corn dogs, fruit snacks, water guns, movies, fun "new" toys, reading sessions, etc. I almost feel guilty making them still do "school" this morning...yeah, right! No guilt, here.
I met FoxyJ on Tuesday. And I have to point out that she is purely awesome!
That is all.
Speaking of Tuesday, I had to go in for a Non-Stress Test for the baby at the hospital.


No, everything's fine. I was measuring 4 weeks ahead and so they had to test the fluid levels.
And they found out that the fluid levels are fine.
And they saw that I'm having a big baby.
But they still want me to do an ultrasound in 2 weeks.
And even though I cancelled it already, I had to reschedule another one.

I'm sick of this. In fact, I'm calling my midwife on Monday and telling her that I'm not doing it. I'm so frustrated with them not listening to me or believing me. Plus, we have to pay for these things --and yes, I'll admit it! If money was no object, I wouldn't care as much. However, my gut is saying "everything is fine" and I already know the answers to these sudden growth spurts. Wanna know what it is?
I'm having growth spurts.
(pausing for effect)

Here is the evidence:
1. At 24 weeks, I suddenly "popped out" and everyone noticed it. I end up measuring 6 weeks ahead. The ultrasound shows my amniotic fluid levels at 20, which is very high for 24 weeks.
2. At 29 weeks, my weight and measurements even out. My fluid levels are at 16. Everything is fine.
3. At 32 weeks, I'm measuring 34 weeks --no worries.
4. At 34 weeks, I'm measuring at 38 weeks --but I also had gained 5 pounds in 2 weeks (which was weird). The NST shows my fluid levels at 22 --not low, but not over (they panic at 24 or above).
5. Who wants to make a bet that at 36 weeks everything will have "evened out"?

Blah, I'm so tired of this.
I've been thinking a lot about how life throws us curve balls. I really should dedicate an entire post to this, but I'm not wanting to wax philosophical right now. All I know is that in the last few years, I have seen:
*People divorcing for various reasons
*Abuse of all kinds inflicted on children and spouses
*Physical illness taking the toll on people's faith and hope
*Mental illness robbing people of their happiness
*Very little room for the "benefit of the doubt" from people who have been offended
*Less time for real relationships, and yet plenty of time for perceived ones
*Manipulation and Dishonesty

But I've also seen:
*Friendship healing hearts
*Prejudice breaking free into understanding
*Realization that we are stronger than we think we are
*Pictures of many generations, which have proven that family relationships really haven't changed much over time --they evolve and ebb and flow, but they do not change. Which is not a bad thing.
*Simple things bring the most joy (i.e. smiles, laughter, service, helpful compliments, music, sunlight, water, a kiss, and "I love you", toddler hugs, hearing a child read, rain, green grass, knowing God loves you, canyons, blue eyes, a touch of apology, prayer, books, long eyelashes in the face of a brown-eyed 4-year-old, blooming daisies, long phone calls, memories of the past, good decisions, I could-go-on-forever...)
*Not letting Time and Distance become a deterrent for everlasting friendship
*Service with a smile that outlasts any hurt

I have my own curve-balls. So do you. Mine include all that stuff I blog about all the time --you know, financial crud and Depression; children and husband-in-school; two callings and lots of aspirations/dreams.
What do yours include?
I'm going to post all the pictures from May. But not today. But probably tomorrow! Because I was able to use my parent's computer to finally download all of 'em.


Courtney N said...

10 more years?! How many kids are you planning on having?! Or are you just going to keep #5 in diapers until he is in 5th grade?

FoxyJ said...

I meant to ask how the NST went. Go ahead and cancel the next one; no point in unnecessary tests. It's your body and your baby.

And I also meant to tell you that you are awesome too.

Alison Wonderland said...

Curve balls? What? I don't know what you're talking about my life is exactly where I planned it would be *snort* I'm not even where I thought I'd be six months ago.

Tammy said...

I remember having all three of my kids in diapers at once...and people wonder why we didn't have any more children...hmmm. Anyway, I am hoping and praying and crossing every single one of my fingers and eyes for you to win. I'd take a pictures, but now my fingers aren't able to grasp the camera!!!
Good luck!!!

Cardalls said...

Curve balls=health issues, financial woes, death of loved ones, health problems of loved ones, watching families fall apart

But also have seen...
selfless service, testimony strengthened, strengthening my family, humility, learning to be more Christlike

Julie said...

Love you. Love Idaho. Love your parents.