Friday, November 28, 2008
We had a great Thanksgiving day! I am extra thankful this year. I was especially thankful that we did not have to spend Thanksgiving day in the hosiptal. We drove up for lunch at the club in Spartanburg. It was delicious and Jackson was starving so he did great during dinner. However, the reason you have not seen many pictures of Jackson recently is because he is never still long enough to take a picture. I was so glad we got to spend some time with my sister (KK as Jackson calls her), it has been months since we have seen her! I was so happy all day yesterday that we were able to spend Thanksgiving with my family.
Jackson is still very attached to my mom. He would even stay still and smile with a picture with her. Jackson also got in trouble with his daddy because he wanted to ride with Gigi so bad and did not understand why he could not ride with her. He pitched one fit and fell on the ground and started swatting at people....fun times (he got a spanking). I was so sad that my dad got food poisoning and was not able to go to lunch with us! It was not the same without him. We left Spartanburg around 4 pm after I had some contractions. I have been dilated since 35 weeks and am now 38 weeks. It is amazing how long it takes for my body to get ready to have a baby. I do not even get excited any more when I have contractions (I know if they are real by laying down on my side and drinking water...if I still have them after that then they are real contractions).
Pray that we stay well! Jackson has a little cough and Charlie had a fever of over 100 last night. It will be really stressful for any of us to be sick while I am giving birth. I cannot believe in 7 days I will probably be induced. I feel a lot more ready than I did last week, but I am still not 100 percent ready!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
- I am now 1 or 2 centimeter... last week I was just still 1/2 a centimeter. I am still 50 percent effaced like I was last week
- Her heart beat was good - in the 140's
- The doctor was concerned because she could not feel her head and wanted to know her exact position (I think she was concerned that she was sideways). She sent me to the ultrasound room for them to check out her exact position. Her head is down and in a great position but she has not dropped into the birth canal. She looked great and my fluid was good. I wanted the ultrasound tech to measure her but the doctor did not request it so they did not want to (I do not know if insurance covers it when doctors do not request it). Her head looked large! Pray that her head is not too big to get down the birth canal! Jackson was not a big baby so I would be shocked if she was larger than him. They saw yet again that she is definitely a girl. She looked great and was waving her hand at us.
- Because she has not dropped down unto the birth canal she said it was OK for us to go to Spartanburg just for the day on Thanksgiving and have lunch. I am so happy!
- I go back to the doctor Monday first thing in the morning (8 am) and we will see how I am progressing and then they will probably schedule an induction that day. I think as of now it might be that Friday December 5th as long as she drops into the birth canal.
- I have been having contractions off and on since Sunday night and I am sleeping fine from 1 or 12 till 5 or 6 am. I think God is just getting me ready for little to no sleep. My contractions are only about 15 or 20 minutes apart and then will go away for some hours and then come back...fun times
- Keep us in your prayers over the next 10 days. I am fine if I have a c-section, but it would be great not to have to go through induction and lots of fun contractions and then have to have a c-section. I just really think she is not ready to come this week and I am not ready for her to come either. I will be ready December 1st...wish I could let her know that...haha!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Charlie was able to buy FBC's wonderful choir's CD in the our new church bookstore. On the CD Jessie sings this great song but I cannot find the song or the lyrics online. It is called "I Will Trust in Thee." Trusting God is an action that I have to do...even when things are uncertain and major life change is about to happen. I trust God by taking every one of my crazy thoughts captive to God (especially in the middle of the night when I have crazy thoughts this week) and dwelling on Him and His strength in me. It is not my strength or power, rather it is His, and nothing is going to happen to me that he is not allowing to happen for my good and His glory.
Here are the words to this wonderful song:
When my path is dark before me
I will trust in Thee
When thy face is hidden from me
I will trust in Thee
When my burden's weigh upon my heart
and hope seems far from me
I will lift my hand to thee my God
I will trust in Thee
When foes encamp around me
I will trust in Thee
Clinging to the one who will save me
I will trust in Thee
Before the earth and heaven formed
Before you made the sea
You knew my name
Oh Lord I will trust in Thee
Lord you found me you surround me
Lord I love you, I will trust you
You are my strength
You are my shield
Jesus you are my strength
Oh for Grace
clinging to the one who saved me
Does anyone know the origination of this song?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I do not know how many times a certain verse has rung in my head. Knowing that all Scripture is God-breathed it’s fascinating to read this:
“He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” Proverbs 13:24.
Wow. The Bible says that if you spare the rod you hate your own son. That is really strong language. It is hard to spank your children, but if you do not use the rod on your children, ultimately, you are not showing them that you love them. I tell
Additionally, using the rod is not really a choice for me.
- Consistency, Consistency, Consistency. I try not to start spanking him when I am frustrated. I say, “
if you do that action again, you will get a spanking.” I give him a chance not to sin. I always warn him so he knows it is coming and it not out of the blue where he does not understand where it came from. He knows where the spanking spoon is located and nothing is unexpected. Guess what? Sometimes he chooses not to sin! However, most of the time he continues to do it, and I lean him over my lap and spank him with the rod three times. He usually tries to cover his hands over his bottom (my dad said that I used to do the same thing). Many times it is worth it for him to get spanked just to continue in that certain sin…I think it was “worth it” for me as well as a child. Recently, he is hardly even fussy when I spank him, and he does not continue the action. Jackson
- If it is an action that could harm himself or others then he definitely gets a spanking.
- If he throws a fit and falls on the floor, I say “if you continue this you will be spanked” and he gets a spanking and usually stops. He has to know that throwing a temper tantrum is not loving and does not bring God glory. Letting him just cry in his crib (for some sort of time out situation that God does not call for me to do in the Bible) and not spanking him is not loving for me as a parent. I will say I have given countless YMCA children time out and have seen it “work” in a public school-type setting, but I am
’s parent and it is my responsibility to use the rod on him. Time-out is mere behavior modification and rarely changes the heart. Somehow the rod does. Jackson
- Recently, he has been doing so much better since he is now able to communicate with us through signs. He does not get frustrated as much now…he hardly even throws a fit on the floor…and some days he does not even get a spanking (but most days he does)
- I do not dare do it in public. My goal in using the rod is not humiliation but saving his soul from death. Charlie has had to go to the bathroom and spank him a few times while out to eat.
- It is hard to be a parent. It takes work and I just cannot sit on the computer or on the phone and let him be defiant…although many days that seems like a very good idea.
- It’s biblical. Whenever God commands us to do a certain thing, He does so because he knows that we are prone to do the opposite.
Proverbs 23:13-14 states, “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.”
We are called to discipline our children with the rod to save our children’s soul from death
I am reading the New Strong Will Child, by Dobson and am having a hard time getting through it. Many times, I feel (and know) that Dobson integrates psychology with the Bible and often times that approach just does not work. The Bible’s world view is to die to self and depend on God, and the world view of man (psychology) is to build up self and to depend on self not on God.
Still the best book I have read on parenting is “Don’t Make Me Count to Three” by Plowman…I want to read it again.
Do you have any books that you would recommend?
Saturday, November 15, 2008
We have been looking forward to this Wiggle concert for a long time. We went with a group from FBC. I am so thankful that I was able to go at 36 plus week pregnant. Jackson loves the Wiggles and so does Charlie (he was just as excited as Jackson). It was a great concert, they even had ballet dancers, and Jackson was so excited...he was dancing a ton even before the show started. I was concerned about the time since it was during his nap time, but he did great and was glued in the entire time. We made it for the entire show but he was asleep pretty quick at around 3:15. We had the best time with everyone!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, the children's ministry at the church threw us a wonderful baby shower. Lynette, Ashley and Kathy worked so hard and did such a great job...we are so thankful for them! The only thing that was missing was my family. It was my grandmother's 90th birthday celebration in Raleigh and so they were not able to come (and I was sad I was not able to travel to Raleigh for it). I was glad Charlie's mom, Mimi, was able to come.
God really knows all our needs and will provide our needs so perfectly. We were overwhelmed by all the love and gifts. We received so many great outfits which was our major need. We already have a car seat, pack-n-play, crib, dresser, etc. Now all I have to do is get everything organized and write thank you notes and then we will be ready for our little girl!
Saturday, November 08, 2008
(In the above picture Jackson is watching Baby Signing Time and signing "Water.")
Jackson is beyond obsessed with bubbles. First thing, when Jackson wakes up he says, "daddy, bubbles." When he gets hurt, he runs and asks for bubbles...all day long he asks for bubbles. We cannot bribe him with food but we can sure bribe him with bubbles. It is crazy. The Babynet coordinator gets him to do things by using bubbles. On Wednesday night, he sees Kris at church, asks for bubbles and does not even get upset that we are dropping him off. I have even started calling him "Bubbles" and Charlie has started to call him "Bubba" (I guess that is a cool version of "Bubbles").
Anyway, here is an update on his speech progress:
He is almost as obsessed with bubbles as he is the Baby Signing Time dvd's. I was able to get volumes 1 and 2 on amazon for a good price as well as the original Signing Time dvd, but the last two volumes of Baby Signing Time are so new that I ordered volume three today for $20 on Baby signing time's website: http://www.signingtime.com/. I am going to wait a couple of more weeks to order volume 4.
Regular Signing Time has about 15 volumes along with flash cards. Even if your child has no problems communicating, one mom says that Signing Time dvd's have helped her 17 month old to learn to read. I would highly recommend these dvd's!
Anyway, after watching these dvd's every day for multiple times, Jackson's speech therapist said that he made the most progress in one week just by using the videos of any child she has seen. He can sign and say "cracker, dog, eat, eat food, etc." When he wants food he says and signs "eat, food." He will say "shoes" now, but he will only sign "socks." He even will sign "Pj's." It really is unbelievable.
He went from only doing like 15% of what the speech therapist wanted him to say, to 40% in one week. She knew the video's would help but she did not think just in one week he would have 15 to 20 signs as well as signs with words down. He is really starting to understand the power of communication through signs and words. The dvd even teaches him how to sign and say "hurt," which I cannot wait for him to tell me when his stomach hurts or when he is not feeling well. He loves to dance so and do hand motions with the Wiggles so I think he thinks signing is like dancing. He still has a hard time drinking through a straw so the speech therapist is going to check his mouth for weaknesses there. Yesterday he signed and said "airplane" which is a huge accomplishment for him. Again, I tried and tried to teach him unsuccessfully but these video's taught him. What are you favorite educational DVDs?
At church, he officially hates the bye bye buggy. This is very unfortunate. However, Lynn said that since he loves to clean he stays back now (while the rest take a ride) and helps them sweep crumbs up. He really loves to clean, sweep, vacuum....I now know this is very unusual.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I also went to CVS this week and did the best I have done in a long time. I bought $10 worth of candy (my 4th grade girls will be happy), 4 pack of coke for $3 each, and a Colgate spin brush toothbrush for $4.99. I had $19 worth of extrabucks that I used on this purchase that I got from last week, and then I earned $5 for the candy, $3 for the coke, and $2 for the spin brush in extrabucks.
So, I only paid $7.99 out of pocket for my purchase and earned $10 to spend at my next trip. Techinally, I earned money on this trip. CVS said my total savings was $35.61 for this purchase....yay! This is the best I have done in a while. CVS and couponing have made grocery shopping fun for me and I am so thankful!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I tag Jennifer O. and Alyssa!