Friday, April 3, 2009

7 Quick Takes


Well, Cecilia seems to be in the clear. Felicity and I are still sick though. We both are sluggish with runny noses, congestion and a persitant cough. The good news is I think I may be the only one to have gotten this lovely bug but escaped the fever. Of course, being pregnant, that is especially good. At the same time though, being pregnant adds its own elements to any illness.


Well, I finished the first border square for my quilt project. So I'm going to work on cutting out all the pieces for the remaining border squares. The total number of pieces just for those border squares is 435. Needless to say, given how this week has gone, I haven't gotten far but I did manage to begin tracing the templates for some of the pieces. All in good time.


There won't be any "Quick Takes" next Friday, so I'm going to share this here. There is a semi-secular (it is religious in context but certainly not for Mass) Easter song that I really really like. I haven't the foggiest clue how to put a song on the blog, but I did find the YouTube video of the song, which I can post here.


The baby continues to grow and kick and squirm. I swear I feel like I have to be almost as big as a nine-monther though. I've already re-entered that going-to-the-bathroom-every-15-minutes stage. The one thing about this pregnancy that continues to shock me is my weight gain ... or lack of it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I still have Cecilia baby fat and Felicity baby fat to lose, but I'm officially in my third trimester and have only gained about 13 1/2 pounds. And, no, I haven't been fantastically good in my diet. I haven't been horrible, but since February, a little bit of chocolate has be a part of my daily diet. (Not very Lenten, I know.) I can't help but wonder if part of the big difference has been that my troublesome thyroid has been controlled better. I think, being my third pregnancy, we may finally have figured out what levels we need to adjust my thyroid to and when. Of course, another big difference is this is the first pregnancy I've spent with two toddlers to keep me busy and keep making me get up and down and up and down, etc. Here's hoping I don't gain 20 pounds in the last trimester. lol.


Cecilia has been absolutely hooked on two Eric Carle books:

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Each book is a series of Eric Carle pictures of different animals. The Animals Animals spans your bumble bees through your yaks and Dragons, Dragons spans your mythical animals from Dragons to Unicorns. There are quite a few I was not familiar with and his mythical creatures span all cultures from around the globe. Accompanying each of Carle's pictures is a quote or poem. The authors include William Blake, William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Ogden nash, and Emily Dickinson. Cecilia absolutely loves both books and I must say I enjoy the cute poems and various cultures and ideas it introduces to her. Funny: Cecilia insists we read "Dragons" from beginning to end and "Animals" from end to beginning.



Felicity's favorite book at the moment is Ten Little Ladybugs. She enjoys running her fingers over all the ladybugs and pointing out all the different animals throughout the book and asking me to name them. Her other favorites are Where is Eeyore? and Where is Pooh's Honey? both of which are "Pooh Slide and Find Books." She has trouble pushing the sliding pieces out, but thoroughly enjoys seeing what was hiding and pushing the sliding pieces back in. And you can't beat Winnie the Pooh when it comes to fun.


I am so excited. Last year I planted four lily plants out front. I was doubtful they would survive. The soil is like clay, the drainage not good and it is beneath the shade of two trees. Yet there are undoubtedly about half a dozen lily plants popping up. I guess maybe it would be a good time to remove all the dead leaves from last fall from around them....although, you never know, those leaves may have helped supply that poor soil with some needed nutrition. I'll have to see what other on sale Easter plants I can get once Easter Sunday has passed.


  1. Well it isn't very Lenten either, but I actually have a prescription for cookies and milk at 10:30 every night to keep my blood sugar from crashing at night and getting the reactive hyperglycemia in the morning!

    I think being pregnant is sacrifice enough. :)

  2. domesticaecclesiaApril 6, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Why can't more prescriptions be like that! I can understand though. I must say, after this past week with a mean cold and being pregnant....I feel like I've done my penance. I was so happy to be on the mend finally, I happily cleaned our bedroom this morning just excited to feel able to get up and do something finally.

  3. I hadn't heard of either of those Eric Carle books. I'll have to check them out.

    I've been eating lots of chocolate too. Doesn't help that reward part of our potty training is a big jar of m&ms. So tempting to take one or two for myself when I dole them out. Or at other times because they are just sitting there calling my name. I do feel guilty for eating chocolate so frequently in Lent but it wasn't what I gave up. In fact I specifically stated I wasn't giving up sweets. Still, years of habit do get under your skin, don't they?

    I've been trying to make my sacrifice more positive, giving up more time for prayer and spiritual reading. Not always successfully, though. Some days I think giving up chocolate might have been easier after all.

  4. domesticaecclesiaApril 7, 2009 at 7:44 AM

    I know having time for prayer is a challenge for me just because anything and everything I do is constantly interrupted by the girls. I was joking the other day to James that having small children is distraction training. I hope your girls give you enough quiet time.