Thursday, June 30, 2005

Sleep--Oh, how I loved you...

Sleep is becoming hard to come by these days. I guess I should just get used to it since that's not going to change for a long time to come now! Last night I was so exhausted after working all day to finish a deadline--but I couldn't sleep to save my life.

Between heartburn, back pain, sore, stretching tummy muscles, having to pee every 30 minutes, and legs that felt like something was crawling all over them--plus what feels like a small brook trout swimming around inside me--I didn't finally drift off into any quality sleep until 5:30 this morning. I finally went down and laid on the couch at about 1:30 since I figured I was keeping Myron awake with all my tossing.

At about 8 AM a rip-roarin' thunderstorm hit and I was once again done sleeping. Sigh. Guess this is God's way of preparing me for motherhood of a newborn! Thanks...I guess.

On a happier note, check out this cuter than anything video made by my brother's pastor of his kids dancing. If it doesn't make you smile then you are in need of some serious therapy! ;)

Monday, June 27, 2005

Stinky beans

We just got back from picking up a loaner car from the body shop where they are fixing the SUV. We also pulled all the stuff out that was still in the back of the truck (we were coming back from a cookout so there were all kinds of cookout stuff--including some leftover brats!) STINKY!!! But thankfully the worst casualty of the wreck were the baked beans splattered all over the back...and the body shop said they'd steam clean the insides before we get it back. Whew!

We hadn't really seen the damage because we stayed on the opposite side of the truck from where it hit after the accident. It crunched one corner pretty good, but there was no engine damage...the fender and headlight took it all. Strangely the windshield is really cracked right in front of the passenger was just from the impact but it sure looks like a head hit there. Thankfully mine didn't!

After surveying the damage we feel thankful all over again. God is truly good to us!

Friday, June 24, 2005

God is Good

Just got back from my regularly scheduled doctor's checkup. It was good to get checked out again after the accident. Everything is good--even my blood pressure was normal the first time instead of high until they had me lay down for awhile like the last two times...yeah! And my glucose test was normal so I don't have to do the other longer glucose tolerance test...yeah! God is certainly taking good care of me and little Baby Bee. Thanks, Lord!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Another first tonight...

First childbirth class. Pray that Myron doesn't run screaming from the room...or pass out...or throw up...

He's going to get me for saying that... :)

I'm from Indiana

These are so true it is scary. Please don't think any less of me after you read them. I now live in Michigan and am a recovering Hoosier! ;)

You Know You're From Indiana When...

You drive for three hours and the scenery outside doesn't change.

There's three feet of snow on the ground and school is still in session.

You only go to the mall once a year 'cause it takes too long to get there.

While driving all you see is corn.

People still have Christmas decorations up at Easter.

You start saying to yourself "More than corn in Indiana my butt."

Anyone with a cell phone looks out of place.

Walking through Wal-Mart with two carts full of kids is normal.

Wnyone with a tan is rich.

The hip hang-out place is McDonald's.

There really is more than corn in Indiana. There’s soybeans, too.

When you plan an orgy and a Euchre game breaks out.

A restaurant has an invisible wall in the non-smoking section and you believe it works.

Speeding consists of 2 miles over the speed limit.

You think you don't have to use a turn signal on your car because you don't use it on your tractor.

You build your dream house on a cornfield, and you considered it posh.

You warsh your clothes and you think George Warshington was the first president.

You're proud to be called a Hoosier, even if you don't know what one is.

You have no problem spelling or pronouncing "Terre Haute"

Detassling was your first job. Bailing hay, your second.

You can stack hay, swim in the pond to clean off, and then have the strength to play a couple of games of hoops all in the same day.

You say things like "catty-wumpus" and "kitty-corner".

You own a dirtbike or a ATV.

You live in a city ... and there's a cornfield in your backyard.

High school basketball game draws a bigger crowd on the weekend nights than movie theaters.

You can see at least 2 basketball hoops from your yard.

You can name every one of Bob Knight's "exploits" over the last few years.

You shop at Marsh.

Damon Bailey was your childhood hero.

The biggest question of your youth was "IU or Purdue?"

Indianapolis is the "big city".

"Getting caught by a train" is a legitimate excuse for being late to school.

People at your high school chewed tobacco.

Everyone knows who the town cop is, where he lives, and whether he is at home or on duty.

You actually know what the CART vs IRL debate is about and have taken a side.

To you, a raccoon is simply a "coon".

The vehicle of choice in your area is not a car, but a pickup.

Someone you know is BIG John Mellencamp fan.

You've been to the Covered Bridge Festival.

To you, a tenderloin is not an expensive cut of beef, but a big, salty, breaded piece of pork served on a bun with pickles.

You call a green bell pepper a "mango".

Sometimes, you call the toilet the "commode" or the "stool".

In the fall, one of your favorite pranks was corning cars.

You know what FFA and 4H stand for.

You know what chip-and-seal is, and your high school was located on just such a road.

You go the county fair every night of it's week-long duration.

You can say "French Lick" without laughing out loud.

There's actually a college near you named "Ball State."

The last "g" is silent in any word ending in "ing."

You think the state Bird is Larry.

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Indiana.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

An interesting night of firsts

Last night was the night of firsts for us....

First day of summer...

First get-together with the newly graduated seniors who will be joining our college group at church (had a fun cookout at the big lake)...

Then, on the way home at about 11:30, we had our first car accident! Not nearly as fun as the other two firsts.

I had my first ride in an ambulance. (No sirens, just lights.)

I had my first experience with being wheeled on a stretcher into the ER (it's nothing like the show! Things are pretty quiet at 12:30 am in Grand Rapids).

Had my first few hour stay in the OB ward (at least we got a first hand preview of where we'll be having the baby!)

Whew...what a night.

We were heading down Chicago Drive back from the lake (for those of you familiar with the area) and were going through a flashing yellow light when the other driver pulled out in front of us on a flashing red. Wow is it loud when cars crash! And then there was an airbag magically appearing before my eyes and lots of stinky airbag smoke. Myron was so sweet...he jumped out and was opening the door and undoing my seat belt before I could even think to do it myself. He practically carried me out and away from the car. It was really overwhelming to see that protective love in his face. What a wonderful husband I have!

The other drivers looked to be a young teenage couple. The boy had hit his mouth and was bleeding, but the girl was okay. Thankfully I don't think his injury was serious. We had people coming out of the woodwork to check on us and I bet 911 got about 6 calls between us and them. Everyone was so kind.

When the ambulance showed up they suggested that I go with them to get the baby checked out. I didn't feel hurt but felt a little tight in my tummy so after some thought I decided to have my first ambulance ride. The baby was moving around again by the time we arrived which was a big relief to me!

At the hospital they checked me out and asked lots of questions and then put a fetal heart monitor on for 20 mintues. After that they took me up to a room in the OB wing and monitored the baby for another couple hours. Myron finally got there and we both sat there feeling sleepy and watched the end of Spaceballs. :P

They told me at once time that I would be monitored for 2 hours. Then they said 4. Then they said my doctor might want me to stay 24 hours...they would have to call and find out. Thankfully we were home by about 3:00 though, since everything was checking out absolutely fine. The baby was rolling and bopping around like usual and making the heart monitor make loud noises with every move. I don't think Baby Bee felt anything but a big slosh! :)

After quick showers we were in our own bed and asleep...and oh so thankful to our watchful Father in heaven that we were safe and together.

This morning (well afternoon, since I slept until almost noon!) I was watching Myron through the kitchen window playing with the dog in the yard. You realize how very precious life sweet every day things like playing with your pets or hugging your spouse truly are when you see how quickly something could happen to change that forever. Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to be reminded of that--and for your protective hand.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

IT'S ALIVE...IT'S AAALLLLIVVVEEE! I feel like I have a bit of a weird science experiement going on inside me these days. The baby is rolling and bouncing around like some kind of large trout or something. On the one hand I am very glad because I always know it's doing okay. On the other hand sometimes it feels really weird and is downright painful (especially when little feet/hands/elbows/knees poke me). Oh well...that's okay Baby poke all you want. Not like you can probably help it since you're living in a place the size of a small soccer ball! :)

Had an AWESOME baby shower this past weekend. When I have more time I'll post some pics and details. Right now I have to go get ready for our big summer kick-off at the lake with our LifeStream gang. The newly graduated seniors are joining us for the first time tonight, so we want to make a good impression and keep them coming back for more.

Better go shower and see what summer clothes I can fit my odd shaped body into! :)

Monday, June 20, 2005

I Love the 80's Lyrics Challenge

Try your hand at this quiz of 80's lyrics. I got a 73.5, but probably would have had at least 75 without some spelling errors...oops! Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Baby has started getting the hiccups this week. This can vary from feeling like a little tickle to me to an all over stomach convulsion. Poor thing had the convulsion kind at 2:30 am last night. If the activity level of this child at night right now is any indication of its sleeping habits come September we are in for some LOOONNNGGG nights!

Sunday, June 12, 2005

The Molly Show Week in Review

Highlights in the week of Molly:

Worked most of the week on an editing project for Zondervan. Then on Thursday I was copied on an email from the author of the project. He was unhappy about his stuff getting cut so much and other various issues. I am determined if I ever become an author in my own right I will not act like most authors I've worked with as an editor. Blah...they tend to be annoying. So, even with a deadline of June 22 looming I was told to hold off until they could work things out with the author's attorney. Ugh.

One good thing about not having to work this weekend was that the nursery got cleaned out finally. It's not terribly organized yet, but I cleaned out about 6 boxes of miscellaneous junk so that there is actually room in the nice walk-in closet now to, well, WALK IN! :) I had kept so many weird things from my past that I finally said "so long" to--dead, dried flowers given to me by someone I don't remember, all my notes from college classes, letters from old boyfriends (sorry, guys, they went bye-bye), craft projects from Bible name it, it was in that closet. I must be growing up...I was able to toss a lot of it without feeling bad at all! :)

Friday night Myron and I went to TGIFriday's for dinner over at the "big mall." It's been stormy off and on all week and while we were in there it started thundering pretty loud. Then we saw on the TV in the bar that there was a possible tornado in the area. When we finished dinner and started to go walk around in the mall we noticed that several stores were closing and people were being ushered into the side hallways where deliveries come in. It was very weird...we weren't sure what to do, so we left. There wasn't even any rain on our way home. On the news later it said that a funnel cloud was spotted right over where we were, but it didn't touch down. What a strange experience!

The least fun part of the week came last night. I didn't feel very well...felt like I might be getting a bladder infection, but thankfully the feeling passed after a few hours. But then I couldn't sleep to save my life last night. I ended up reading in the living room until 3:30 (Rumors of Another World by Philip Yancey...very good read!) The baby kept me company--bouncing around like Tigger in my belly at 3 AM! (I was spooning with Myron when we first turned out the lights and the baby kept kicking him in the back. I had to move so he could sleep!) So, poor Myron went to church alone today so I could sleep in. Poo. I hate missing church.

At least I'm feeling pretty okay now that I'm up. No naps today! Maybe that will help me sleep better! Why is it that I can sleep fine during the day, but not at night? Perhaps it is just God's way of preparing me for what's in store come September! Oh boy.

Coming up this week: Road trip to Indiana for my second baby shower! Woo-hoo!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Heading for the home stretch

I hit the 27 week mark yesterday so I'm about to enter my THIRD trimester. I have to say that so far it has gone really fast. I hear that time seems to slow down toward the end since you're so uncomfortable you feel like popping, but so far, so good!

Pregnancy symptoms at 27 weeks now include:

Acne (just call me Mrs. Craterhead...ugh)
Occasionally feeling either sad or irritable for no good reason (I've had very few mood swings during this pregnancy which is a miracle for someone as emotional as me!)
Trouble sleeping--even my gianormous body pillow isn't really helping. It's hard to get comfy when you feel like you have a beachball strapped to your front--a beach ball containing a hyper squirrel. :)
I have to pee about every half hour from the time I get up until about 2 or 3 AM. That doesn't help the sleeping problem either.
I'm eating like a pig these days!

The most fun "symptom" though is this gymnast of a baby flipping around all the time! This morning Myron rolled over and put his hand on my tummy and the baby was just going felt like it was pawing at me with a hand or pushing its little elbow out. Myron was fascinated and put his face down by my belly and asked the baby what it was doing. It immediately stopped moving! It knows Daddy's voice already! :)

What a miracle this is...we are truly fearfully and wonderfully made! I know that full well even more now!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

I love presents!

Last night we showed up at a barbeque for the young adult group we help lead at our church and it turned out to be a surprise baby shower instead! Super fun! We got a ton of great stuff...I felt so spoiled! Baby presents are so fun...everything is soft and cute. Interestingly there seemed to be a bit of an accidental giraffe theme. Lots of the clothes we got had giraffes on them. Probably because we don't know if it's a boy or girl so we got lots of yellow clothes.

I have a deadline to work on today and all I really want to do is go spread out all my new baby stuff and look at it! I'll try to work first and let that be my reward for getting something done. Sigh. :)