Biblical Equality Pin Board

In case any of you are on Pinterest, I want to let you know I have a whole board there dedicated to Biblical Equality. It’s not connected to this blog, but to my other one where I am journaling about all things homeschooling and Mommy-hood. I am blogging much more there than here, so you can feel free to follow me there. But, as it’s not the best place for me to stand on my Gender Equality soapbox, I will come back here to rant. 😛

The latest pins on my board have been thoughts about Mark Driscoll, and especially the reactions and reviews of his new marriage book. I’ve actually had three people in as many days come to me and ask me my thoughts and opinions on women in leadership ministry. Something is definitely stirring in the church. And I for one am going to continue to be a LOUD advocate for the restoration of the dignity of women.

Wont you join me? 

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Mom’s Family Desk Planner Giveaway WINNER

The official winner of the 2012 Mom’s Family Desk Planner is:

SWEETPEA’S MOMMY!

Congratulations! I will connect with you on getting you your new planner asap.

If you didnt get to enter this giveaway, dont worry! I know there’ll be more to come.

My Awesome Daily Planner

I stayed up all of last night creating my own personal daily planner. 

Yup. I’m officially insane. I think I’ve slept all of 4 hrs a day each day for the last three wks I’ve been home with a newborn. Those 4 hours are NOT consecutive, by the way. 😛

I just had to! I spent so much time online trying to find one to buy or more to download, but nothing seemed to fit ME! I wanted a daily to-do list with some built-in items, like my Morning and Night Routines, so that I wouldnt have to write the same things down each day.

Enter My Awesome Daily Planner:

Download the actual editable WORD file here: MADPlanner

Features:

  1. Black and white instead of color so that you can make multiple copies without wasting too much ink.
  2. Date on top and checkable day of the week.
  3. Proverbs 3:5-6 to remind you who’s REALLY in charge of your day.
  4. Two columns for Morning and Night Routines.
  5. Another verse I’m personally meditating on (Phil 4:6-7) so that I wont be anxious about getting everything done.
  6. To-Do List
  7. ONE Project for the day. (Anything more is unrealistic.)
  8. Miscellaneous Notes.
  9. Half the size of notebook paper so that it’s portable and easier to handle.

This daily planner makes me happy. If you want to use the template and create your own from it, just download it using the link under the image. And be sure to comment and let me know if you have and how it’s working out for you! 

Reminder that the GIVEAWAY for the Mom’s Family Desk Planner is still on! You need to comment on that entry if you want to try to win it.

Mom’s Family 2012 Desk Planner Review

I mentioned in my last post that I had purchased Mom’s Family 2012 Desk Planner.

And I had said that I wanted to really love it so that I could avoid having to make my own planner. Well, it came today and I’ve reviewed it, and I have to say….

I dont love it. 😦 

So sad. But, I really dont. I’m not saying it isnt cute, or even useful. It totally is! It’s just not what I wanted. Maybe I’m too picky? Here are some sample pages:

1. Generic calendar stickers

2. Calendar pages

3. List pages

4. Task List

It also has pockets in the inside covers and it’s a nice purse-sized planner so you can take it with you. My thing is that I really had hoped to have the calendar pages and task lists fused together. Not to mention that the Task List is really generic. I’ve been using Simple Mom’s Pocket Docket temporarily until this planner came. It’s much more specific. I like it better. I just didnt want to have to print multiple copies of it all yr! T__T I may go shopping for a new planner, or just create my own. (Yes, I love creating more work for myself! :P)

Anyway, I dont think I’ll be using this planner, but I know that there is someone out there who can use it and cherish it just as it is! so I’m willing to GIVE IT AWAY! Anyone who comments between now and Friday, the 13th will be randomly selected to become the new owner of this Mom Planner!

Leave a comment to enter this giveaway! 😀

Pregnancy Meme #2

Pregnancy 2011 – “Baby Ruth”

Baby #: 2
Gender: Girl
How far along at birth? 40 weeks / 6 days
Total weight gain? 24 lbs
Maternity clothes? Motherhood Maternity / A Pea in the Pod
Stretch marks? Same as last time
Sleep: Lots of heartburn (started earlier this time), and very painful soreness in the left hip and lower back / There’s a bone that keeps cracking in my left hip whenever I turn from my right side. Because of sleeping with Jelly Bean, I’m often on my right side. When I try to get up, I have to step gingerly for a few moments because my left side is so sore.
Best moments: Singing praise songs with Jelly Bean and knowing Baby Ruth is listening to me and her jie-jie!
First Movement: 14 wks
Food cravings: Anti-craving – no Chinese food for dinner!
Sickness: Afternoon/night for the first trimester only, yay!
Labor signs: At 38wks 3 days, the doc says I’m 50% effaced. The night before I’d had tremendous pressure down below where the baby’s head is. So much that it was hard to stand or walk. He says that’s because the baby has descended to the point where he feels her head through the uterus!
Belly button in or out? In, but more out than last time, I think.
Wedding rings on or off? On, even though I had taken them off during summer as a precaution.
Mood swings? None, but my husband says he gets some! 😛
Preparation: Decluttering the house and setting up for Christmas. We have our first tree! 🙂
Baby Shower: None. (My mom had planned on one, but it was getting close to the due date and I told her not to. Besides, we dont need anything, and people still insist on buying tons of baby clothes! >_<)
Delivery method: VBAC! 😀
Delivery Doctor: 
Dr. Richard Rindfuss
Breast or Bottle?
Both for now. She was born a bit jaundiced, so we were told to supplement with bottle until my milk fully comes in. However, she’s having digestive issues even with the Soy milk we put her on in the hospital. We switched her to Alimentum. I’m hoping to get the hang of this breastfeeding thing soon, (problems latching on), so that she can be off the bottle completely in a few days.
Baby stats: Born 12/22/11  / Wt: 9lbs, 2oz!  / Length: 20.75in.

STILL Waiting to Exhale

I cant believe I’m still pregnant! I’m 40 wks and 3 days. But at least I’m progressing. I’ve been feeling slight contractions here and there, but nothing steady. If I dont go into full labor by tomorrow nite, I will be induced on Wed. However, this shouldnt lead to another csection since my body is in ‘labor-mode.’

In the meantime, I started a new blog to keep track of my homeschooling journey with my girls starting in March. I probably will lessen some of the posting here, but that’s no big loss! 😛 And I wont be using my real name or my kids’ real names on the other blog, just because I have a feeling more people will be reading it. I wont link back to here either.

Anyway, those are the updates. I’m having another contraction…

Waiting to Exhale

Just read a great book review on Her.meneutics called Birth Pangs: When God Shows Up in Pregnancy. It centers around this book which talks about the holiness in giving birth. (I also love that the author is a female ordained minister, yay!) Of course this speaks to me at this time for the obvious reasons! My due date looms in front of me, just 3 days away. I’ve already added a sample of the book to my Nook and will definitely buy it if I ever get around to reading it! 😛 But, if it’s as good as this, I’ll buy it now!!

Countdown to Due Date

Sigh.

Waiting in anxious anticipation for labor is somewhat maddening. I’m due in FIVE days. If I dont go into labor soon, I imagine another c-section is in my future. That’s something I dont want to think about. So, I’m walking, drinking water, and the hubby and I are trying a tried and true old-fashioned method of naturally inducing my labor. As of last Monday, I was 50% effaced, which is great. Farther than I was able to get last time. I’m hoping by now – about a wk later – that I will be almost 100% effaced and starting to dilate. I still havent lost my mucus plug, though, and my water bag is still intact. It’s making me feel impatient. I really really want to have a successful VBAC this time.

Otherwise, I’m satisfied with Christmas prep this yr. Last yr, I was very sleep-deprived due to having a newborn at the end of Sept, and by the time Christmas came, we hadnt settled enough at my in-laws to have space for much. I did manage to do a few simple decorations, which I had to contend with even though not having a tree was disappointing. This yr, I begged my husband (who did not grow up celebrating Christmas much) to get a tree – even a small one. Four and a half feet is half the size of the tree I’m used to growing up with, but it’ll do. And the best part is that my 1-yr-old now says “tree!” much better since having one in the house!

Can you tell I’m 9mths pregnant?! 😀

Pregnancy Meme

I saw this on Vale Design and thought I should have done it for my last pregnancy. I modified it a bit. I’ll fill in 2 – one for each of my girls – since I’m at the end of this pregnancy anyway. But first, Baby #1:

Pregnancy 2010 – “Jelly Bean”

Baby #: 1
Gender: Girl
How far along at birth? 39 weeks, 5 days
Total weight gain? 28 lbs
Maternity clothes? Motherhood Maternity / A Pea in the Pod
Stretch marks? Yes! 😦
Sleep: Lots of heartburn and very painful soreness in the hips and upper thighs
Best moments: Feeling my baby kicking, except when she kicked my right rib!
First Movement: 17 wks
Food cravings: Dumplings in the first month when I didnt even realize I was pregnant. After that – no more dumplings, ever! >_<
Sickness: Afternoon/night for the first 6 mths. T__T
Labor signs: Braxton Hicks in the 9th month. But no real labor since I was induced.
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? Off since the 6th/7th month (summertime)
Mood swings? None
Preparation: Mary Esther’s BRADLEY Method childbirth course.
Baby Shower: FOUR! 1. 318 (Mom’s job), 2. CCNY (Dad’s job), 3. Family, 4. CLL
OB: First 5mths with Dr Doris Tan / Switched to Bklyn Birthing Ctr until 8th month when they dropped me as high-risk due to gestational diabetes / 34 wks – end with Dr Mark V. 
Delivery method:
C-section (unplanned due to failed induction)
Delivery Doctor: Dr. Irina Mikheyeva / Partner: Dr. Bubucea
Post-partum emotion:
14 days of daily blues because I didnt get the natural birth experience I’d planned for and wanted.
Breast or Bottle? Bottle (also not planned). However, Jubi turned out to have digestion issues with the Similac Advanced and started pooping blood! T__T We switched her to Similac Alimentum at 3wks and kept her on it til 7mths when we transitioned her to Similac Soy. At 14mths, we are transitioning her to organic low-fat regular milk.
Baby stats: Born 11:20pm / Wt: 8.2lbs / Length: 20.75in.


Goals for 2012

The FlyLady is really inspiring me these days. I feel like I’m thinking about nothing else, which is evident in how many times I’ve mentioned her in my last few blog entries. I am starting very slowly, taking each day of baby Steps and stretching them over several days until I complete them. Though I did realize that I never actually accomplished Baby Step #1, which is to Shine Your Sink. For some reason I never clicked on the link with the actual instructions. I just thought it meant cleaning your sink… 😛 Oops! Well, must do that sometime. For now, though, I’m working on building my Control Journal and getting used to settling into daily routines.

But, as I’m also planning to close up shop here at work and at church in the next 6 wks, I was thinking today that I should really set some concrete goals for myself in the coming yr. Goals are hard because they can be very overwhelming. We all know how the typical New Yr’s Resolution goes — NOWHERE! 😛 Yea, I really dont want that to happen because I feel like I’m on a good track with the FlyLady and I dont want to be disappointed in myself when it’s a yr from now. I’m hoping that I’ll be well adjusted to my FlyLady routines and Control Journal by the time I give birth in 2 months. I may need more time, but hoping to be at a better place than today!

With that in mind, here are some goals I’m contemplating:

1. Dec-Feb: Give birth, rest and recovery period

2. Feb/March: begin daily exercise (15mins-30mins/day) – possibly a combination of home workouts (WiiFit and exercise DVDs) with a dose of a gym class somewhere, or the YMCA. <– That’s the better option since I can probably bring my 1-yr-old with me and she can have some kiddie class. Gotta look into it.

3. March: Take advantage of our hired help and ask her to teach me some Chinese cooking. (Hope to be sleeping better by this time so I can focus!)

Let’s leave it here for now!  I’ll keep thinking, but I dont want to get too ambitious. My perfectionism gets in the way and then I end up not doing anything! 😦 In addition, I’m still working on the Big Project. 😀 I need time for that, so I cant take on too much at once. Plus, getting in shape and eating healthily are my biggest priorities. I have to learn to be a good cook for my growing family.