Monday, June 29, 2015

JohnMark's Birth Story Part 1

*Please forgive me for this novel of a story. I want to remember all the details..*

My mom came into town on my due date, May 11th. It was hard to decide when she should come since she had to buy a plane ticket, but the timing was perfect. She helped me finish the nursery, which was so unorganized, we ran some errands, and I was able to show her around Auburn since it was her first time visiting. We had so much fun!

On my due date we cooked dinner for our teammate's birthday and had five people over for dinner. I was so thankful for my mom's help! 
Getting snow cones! 

Each day came and went passed my due date. The braxton-hicks kept coming and my feet kept getting more and more swollen. Every morning I woke up disappointed that I didn't go into labor in the middle of the night. (I was convinced my labor would start at night for some reason)

The morning of the 15th Drew and I went to 8am mass. I was having a lot of braxton-hicks, but after googling countless times how to tell the difference from the real contractions I still thought labor was far far away. Then I heard the Gospel reading....

"Jesus said to his disciples: 
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,while the world rejoices;you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;but when she has given birth to a child,she no longer remembers the pain because of her joythat a child has been born into the world.So you also are now in anguish.But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,and no one will take your joy away from you.On that day you will not question me about anything.Amen, amen, I say to you,whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”     John 16:20-23

....then I thought well maybe it will happen today! After mass my preschool class had their end of the year program. I had taken the whole week off of work because I was so done bending over to pick things up off the ground. Going to work was physically hard on me.. and being very largely pregnant in a teeny preschool room with teeny chairs and tables... not fun. It was adorable to hear them sing their song and all of the parents were amazed I was STILL pregnant.

Then we went to Barbeque House for breakfast with two of Drew's students and then off to my doctors appointment at 10:15am.

I was anticipating a uneventful visit since that is how all the previous ones went.

My doctor came in and wasted no time. To summarize: high blood pressure, protein in urine, not dilated at all, and baby still was extremely high. I had to go to the hospital to get some tests done and I might possibly be staying to have a baby or I might be sent home....... I would either be induced or have a c-section. He said if I chose the induction it would most likely be very long and could still result in a c-section. He also said I would probably have the baby Saturday night or SUNDAY MORNING. (it was only Friday morning at that time) The choice was up to us and he would be our advocate for whatever we wanted. We asked if we should go home to get our hospital bags. He said yes, but don't waste anytime we needed to get to the hospital asap.

It was a very surreal trip home, telling my mom about the appointment, finishing packing up my bag, and driving to the hospital.

We got checked in at the hospital and I went into an observation room. They had me put a gown on, hooked me up to the monitor and drew some blood. It sure didn't feel like there was a chance I would be leaving.

Part Two

2015 Reading Goals

I used to be really bad at starting too many books at once and never finishing one. Then last year I decided not to start another book until I finished what I was reading... that led me to getting stuck on some books for wayyyy too long. This year I decided to try to read one book a month.... which sounds extremely easy. And it probably is for most people, but I'm not a huge reader so I thought it would be good motivation to give me a time frame to finish each book. This is what I have read so far:

       This book was amazing. My parish gave them away for free sometime last year. It is a short biography of JPII and then it goes into his five loves: the Eucharist, young people, Mary, human love, and the cross. The stories are incredibly interesting and it hits on some of his main teachings. I highly recommend this one!

February: Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler 
      This is the conversion story of Jennifer Fulwiler. She was an atheist and then through quite an interesting journey became Catholic. I couldn't read this one fast enough! Her story is remarkable and I was constantly telling Drew every detail from the book. This has probably been the most enjoyable book I've read so far. 

March: Brideshead Revisted by Evelyn Waugh 
     I bought this book on our honeymoon so it was about time I finally read it. I initially bought it after seeing Haley's book club read it and then a few really good friends also recommended it. It was good, but I had to force myself to get through this one. 

April: The Mother of the Little Flower by Sister Genevieve (Celine Martin) 
     A good friend bought this book for me. It is about Zelie Martin, St. Therese's mother, written by St. Therese's sister. It was so inspiring and a great book to read right before I became a mother! Zelie was super holy and her and her husband, Louis, will be the first married couple canonized together. One of my favorite quotes: "In a word, always active, always devoted, constantly smiling, our mother never appeared to be doing anything extraordinary, but with remarkable simplicity and humility, she tirelessly spent herself for others, and lived always for the good God." I think I will need to read it again to pray and meditate over it more. 

May: Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
     So... I am only about 30 pages in.. but hey I had a baby in May! 

And I plan on reading: 

June: My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell
    I just realized there is only one day left in June and I still need to finish May's book too... I have some catching up to do!

That's all I have so far. Any suggestions what I should read next?

Friday, June 26, 2015

JohnMark's pictures

My friend Alex came and took pictures for us when JM was a few weeks old. I love how they turned out! I can't believe how fast he has changed so I am glad we got these when he was still so little.

not a fan of his stuffed animals..

For Father's Day, I had these magnets made.