quick takes

September 27, 2013


So, this happened at the beginning of the week:


Apparently I’m prone to stomach viruses because I seem to catch one every year at least. But catching one when you’re pregnant is a whole different ballgame. It’s super easy to get dehydrated (especially when one doesn’t drink enough water to begin with – I’m working on it, okay) and when you get dehydrated you start contracting and that’s no bueno all around. I spent the night in the ER on Monday night receiving fluids and getting the contractions to stop (they gave me terbutaline and that stuff is weeeiiird). For some reason they refused to give me anti-nausea meds until I was still vomiting at 3 a.m. even though I begged to the best of my ability. Somewhere in the middle of it I think I decided that I don’t want to try for a natural birth this time around. I’m kind of over pain and discomfort at this point, no matter how worthy the cause. Anyway, I took the next day (obviously) off work to sleep, and the next day to regain my strength. Fun times.


One slight positive to the ordeal is that I had some extra time to lie in bed and work on my stitching. I probably should have used it to work on my niece’s stocking (I have made progress on that, but I forgot to take a picture this week) but instead I was way too excited to start on the autumn sampler. Here’s my progress so far:

sampler progress

It took me way too long to get this far (can I blame my weakened state?) so I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up with it in real time but I’ll do my best. It’ll be ready to display next fall. :)


This stuff already has me in holiday prep mode. I have so many plans, but most of them involve making things and I think I just need to check my expectations at the door right now because 1) I don’t have much time to begin with, 2) my extra time right now is devoted to the stocking, and 3) I have a baby due in January so I probably at some point need to focus on that a little bit. Not to mention my goal of getting our bedroom halfway set up before then. It feels like I have forever to get ready but this time of year flies by.


I listened to a really interesting Freakonomics podcast this week about the impact parents have on their children. Turns out that obsessive parenting regarding things like having your kids in a bunch of activities & educating them super early doesn’t make much of a long-term difference, but things like behavior modeling (whether you smoke & drink, if you are kind) do. That was a relief to me because I am not into the rugrat race. I don’t care if my kids are the smartest or highest educated or earn a lot of money later in life. I want them to be happy and I want them to know they are loved and I want them to know Jesus. So I’m going to keep on keepin’ on with my “lazy” parenting ways.


I’m sure glad I didn’t decide to do seven quick takes each week because that’s just too many for me.


Weekend plans: chores, lunch with another couple from church, do a Project Life spread, get together with my MIL and SIL to work on the stocking, maybe take a trip to Lowe’s to pick up some things for our bedroom, hang out with the fam.

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Comments on quick takes

  1. 1

    From Sarah:

    Three cheers for lazy parenting! I hope you get to feeling better soon — drink your water, girl! It’s really important. And good for you. Plus, you might as well get into the habit if you’re planning on nursing/pumping.

  2. 2

    From kapachino:

    I know, I know – and I’m still nursing my 2-year-old which probably doesn’t help the hydration situation!

  3. 3

    From yours truly, melissa:

    Ugh! So sorry with your bout with the stomach virus. Hope you’re all recovered and feeling much better because I bet you “don’t have time” to feel bad.

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