Sunday, December 31, 2006

Catherine (5)

Saturday, December 30, 2006

A Beginning Schedule for Your Baby Two Weeks Old (1943)

6:00 a.m. Nursing (or bottle feeding) 10 to 12 minutes at first, but increasing as your nipples toughen and Baby gets stronger. After the feeding, make bed and Baby dry and clean, then put him back to bed.

9:30 a.m. Bath.

10:00 a.m. Nursing or bottle feeding, same as above.

10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Nap in his own room, with door shut and window open. The temperature shouldn't be below 60° F.

2:00 p.m. Nursing or bottle feeding, as above.

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Airing, out of doors when the baby is past 3 weeks of age and the weather isn't stormy or too cold. Otherwise, in the bedroom.

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Exercise period. Fun for all! Put Baby on your big bed with all his clothing but the diaper removed. (Have a large thick pad over the bed to protect it.) The room temperature should be 75° F. Let Baby kick freely. It's a fine idea to massage his back and hold him during the last half hour of this period. Visit with him, love him, carry him about the house. This will rest him for the night. Don't bounce or throw him around, however. That comes under the head of over-stimulation and interferes with the sleep and digestion of most babies.

6:00 p.m. Nursing or bottle feeding. Put on his nightgown, and return him to bed in a room by himself with the door closed, light out, and window open. Have the temperature not lower than 60° F.

10:00 p.m. Nursing or bottle feeding.

2:00 a.m. Nursing or bottle feeding when the Baby wakens. Don't wake him for it. This feeding is usually eliminated when he's 6 to 7 weeks old.

Friday, December 29, 2006

O, she is my dear my darlin' one my smilin' and beguilin' one.

Can y'all just tell I'm far too smitten to have time to blog? :D

Friday, December 22, 2006

Seven Weeks!

"Here is a little mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery.
Here is a soul to train for God, and the body in which it dwells is worth all it will cost, since it is abode of a kingly tenant.
I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all.
Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to your mother's heart, welcome to her time, her strength, her health, to her most tender cares, to her life-long prayers!
Oh how rich I am, how truly, how wondrously blessed!"
- Elizabeth Prentiss, Stepping Heavenward
Please keep Melissa and her family in your prayers. Things have worsened since her last Caring Bridge entry and they would really like the girls & little Isaac to have one more Christmas with their mama. Hospice is now involved.

Pray for Melissa Snow

The Death of Motherhood

In the London Daily Mail, forensic child psychologist, Melanie Gill, explains that the true reason for teenage deliquency is the devaluation of parenthood.... Click here for article

Monday, November 13, 2006

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

She's here!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Zero?? What about me? I have my name...
LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Friday, October 27, 2006

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

100 Year Old Cookies

From Kelly's Great Grandma's recipes! These are a big hit in our home! Molasses Cookie Recipe

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A Small Quandry

Some of you who know me personally know I use ficticious names for my daughters on this blog. You may also know I borrowed the names from five daughters in one of my favorite books. Now I'm trying to think of names for six daughters. ;) I won't name them after George the III's six daughters, for George was a madman and Steadfast is not. Tevye had six daughters in some of Sholom Aleichem's books... five in one, seven in another... but Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze, Bielke and Teibel may mislead people into thinking that we're Jewish and Steadfast is a milkman. ;) - So I may just scrub the literary and historical references and make up some. Just be forewarned... if you arrive here and the names are different, it's still me and my gals (and Steadfast) ;)

Steadfast in Graz

Monday, June 12, 2006

Do you think your husband is an idiot?

Read This: It's kind of thought provoking. ;)

Friday, June 09, 2006

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (of the TV program "Shalom in the Home" and of this article) will be on Oprah on June 26th. I'm not an Oprah fan, but I think I will be tuning in for this one!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

"Women knew that a land where men were contented, uncontradicted and safe in possession of unpunctured vanity was likely to be a very pleasant place for women to live. So, from the cradle to the grave, women strove to make men pleased with themselves, and the satisfied men repaid lavishly with gallantry and adoration."

~Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Another great article from World Magazine

To a Young Mother

(I haven't forgotten about "A Mother's Rule of Life"... now that I'm nearly through my fourth month of pregnancy and feeling better, I've found I've misplaced the book! And this is a house positively overflowing with books... it could be anywhere.)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Hope is the Thing with Feathers

by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Name polls

The name polls are finally updated with new names. ;) Please post comments and opinions here.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Love this article...

The Contempt Shown to Parents of Large Families by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (World Net Daily)

An excerpt: By just looking at my children, I become more innocent. By loving them, I become more noble. By spending my money on them rather than myself, I find transcendence. And by being a father and liberating all of the love in my heart, my spirit soars free. I work hard to support a large family and I give up no pleasures in doing so because my children are my foremost pleasure. - Rabbi Boteach

Thursday, April 13, 2006

While I wait out the first trimester nausea....

I will point y'all toward something beautiful to read (in my humble opinion): Perfection

In a day or two I will change the name polls with some fresh names to vote on. ;)

Monday, March 20, 2006

Spot to comment on name polls

If you would like to comment on my name polls in the right-hand column, you may do so here. ;)

I will be changing the polls in a few weeks. The poll software only allows 10 choices each time, and I have 40+ names I'd like to know opinions on. ;)

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A Mother's Rule of Life

In comments on an earlier post Amy asked what I thought of this book by Holly Pierlot. I've decided I'm going to blog about it bit by bit.

One may wonder what a Protestant is doing reading a Catholic publication. ;) Mrs Pierlot grew up in a Catholic home... Went astray for a bit... Had a "born again" experience and started attending Protestant churches where she felt people understood her experience more... Then, at her mother's pleas she started attending Mass again... And found Jesus was there, too, and so she returned to her Catholic roots. I think Mrs Pierlot is well positioned to speak to the heart of all Christian women, be they Catholic or Protestant... And touch that heart profoundly.

I've always found Catholicism to be a comforting religion. Growing up my best friend was Catholic... We had fun comparing our Bibles and seeing which books hers had that mine didn't. I loved how her fiery Mexican grandmother, who lived with them and spoke only Spanish, had that gentleness that would come over her when she'd return from Mass, wearing her mantilla and clutching her rosary. I was confused at how all their Christmas presents would be under the tree for days before Christmas, how they'd go to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and come home and unwrap gifts before going to bed... I wondered why Santa didn't visit Catholic houses. ;) In her book Mrs. Pierlot mentions having questions about life that she couldn't find answers to in the Protestant church.. Questions I have... And she mentions finding those answers in the Catholic church. And that's what I love about the Catholic church... The Catechism holds tenets of faith that have been tried and tested over hundreds of years... So much of it based on solid Bible teaching. Everything is black and white. While in Protestant churches there seems to be so much division... So many people still seeking... So many people discovering "new" truths... And you read the Catechism and find they are OLD truths and I find that very comforting. It's comforting to realize that some profound revelation I have had about God and Christian living is not something of my own imagination... but something that many other people through history also knew.

It's not that I'm about to convert.. ;) My husband is decidedly Protestant and I have promised "wither thou goest, I will go" so I'm decidedly Protestant too. Though I have to admit, Steadfast has a Protestant colleague with a Catholic wife and we often joke "we could do that!" ;) The fact is there are some things in the Catholic church I can't wholly embrace. But yet, I feel that "kinship"... I identify with Catholic writers like Danielle Bean and Holly Pierlot... My heart recognizes theirs. But it also recognizes the hearts of Beth Moore and Elizabeth George. ;)

Anyway... In this book, Mrs Pierlot creates a guide for moms to create priorities in their lives. She focuses on the five P's... Prayer, Person, Partner, Parent, and Provider. Over the coming weeks I will blog my thoughts on each "P" -- they will probably be rambling as my thoughts usually are (as you see here) ;) And there will probably be random blogs/photos/quotes in between the P's... But I do intend to cover them all. While I was reading "A Mother's Rule of Life" I was also reading "Lies Women Believe" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, "A Woman's High Calling" by Elizabeth George, and "Created to Be His Help Meet" by Debi Pearl. (See Thing #1 in "5 Weird Things About Me") An amazing thing is that so many times I would read some truth in Mrs Pierlot's book that I had read, or would later read, in one of the other three books! It really made some things click for me, so don't be surprised if I draw pearls from those books, as well, while blogging on the first book. ;)

Friday, February 24, 2006

"Do you know that the harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing?" - Michael Caine as Robert Spritz in The Weather Man

Jane - born in Holland, land of the tulips.

Jane is nearly sixteen (gasp) so I took her to take the exam for her drivers permit yesterday. She passed, missing only two questions. To celebrate we went to lunch at O'Charleys... one of her favorite restaurants and amazingly inexpensive when you don't have the entire crew along. ;) I love watching her grow into a young lady, and I love spending time with her. All you moms of only littles, longing for grown-up conversation in your day-to-day lives... hang in there... almost far too quickly they're old enough to engage in charming, witty and intelligent conversation. It makes for a pleasant ladies day out.

More Mary

Friday, February 17, 2006

You can never have too many flowers.... or babies! Take a look at this gorgeous bouquet of giggles:

Thursday, February 16, 2006

"How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone?"

- from What's Wrong With the World? by G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

"How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose . . !
You drove them from me,
You who are the true, the sovereign joy.
You drove them from me and took their place,
You who are sweeter than all pleasure, ...

You who outshine all light,
yet are hidden deeper than any secret in our hearts,
You who surpass all honor,
though not in the eyes of men who see all honor in themselves...
O Lord my God, my Light, my Wealth, and my Salvation."
-St. Augustine, The Confessions, Chapter 9

Church signs revisited

A couple of weeks ago I drove to my dentist in The City and I saw a sign on a church that said:

If your Bible is in good shape, chances are you're not.

Yesterday while driving the same route for the same purpose, I saw a sign on a church a little further down the road that said:

If your Bible is worn out, chances are, you're in good shape. ;)

(And yes, the winky smiley was there too!)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

5 Weird Things About Me

I was tagged by Paula at full of life.

Five weird habits of yourself:

“The first player of this game starts with the topic ‘five weird habits of yourself,’ and people who get tagged need to write an entry about their five weird habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next five people to be tagged and link to their web journals. Don’t forget to leave a comment in their blog or journal that says ‘You are tagged’ (assuming they take comments) and tell them to read yours.”

1. I often read 4-5 books at a time, but usually on the same topics or in the same genre.

2. I hate ketchup and I hate eggs... But I love the two together.

3. I can only eat meat if it's fruity. I love Indian curries with fruit in them. I really don't care for meat, unless it's cooked with fruit... I love pineapple chicken... And this I'll serve with Orzo with cranberries and apples... And baby spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette. I think I'm a Fruitarian.

4. I have to wash dishes in a certain order, and I have to wash my dishes before I can clean anything in the house. If I've washed all the glasses and I've started on dishes, and someone brings me a glass, it completely throws me for a loop. (I don't visibly show it, but really, it does!)

5. I'm always creating schedules and lists and organizing things, but I'm not organized... But I think I will get organized by osmosis or something... If I keep making schedules and lists...

Now, I'm not going to tag anyone in particular... I'd tag Penni but I see she just did another tag... And I'd tag Amy, but I don't want to interupt her meltdown at a bad time... So if you read this and you want to play, consider yourself tagged. Leave a me a note in my comments so I can come read what you wrote. ;)

Just an aside... I have a question. (Thinking of Penni and Amy reminded me.) I'm reading an excellent book called "A Mother's Rule of Life" written by a Catholic woman, Holly Pierot... In it she often includes footnotes that refer to CCC followed by a number (usually three digits). What does CCC stand for? Is it perhaps the Catechism?

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I don't blog much lately... busy with life and all. Paula, I am working on that meme. :)

But there is a prayer burden on my heart tonight, and I know some of my favorite prayer warriors read this blog even when I'm going through a dry spell... so I thought I'd put this prayer request up. Please pray for my friend Anne and her family. The doctors have said her dad has just days left on this earth. Please pray that Anne will be able to get to see her dad, and please lift up her entire family and her dad... that they will have strength, peace and comfort through this time and beyond.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Mary had a little lamb...