Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Baby #3

Baby #3 was born Sunday, just after noon. By duedate, he should have been 38 weeks or so, but he was actually more lik 35.... So he had a bit of breathing trouble at the start and had to be on oxygen.

It was a good 24 hours before I got to hold him or nurse him, and another 24 before I could have him in my room. I don't think I've ever been more miserable than the night one of the nurses told me that I couldn't even touch him or talk to him because he got too excited and couldn't breathe.....

But he's home now and fine except for some jaundice... so we've got a homehealth bilirubin blanket for him.......


Still, he nurses almost constantly (as he should... he's 2 1/2 pounds lighter than his sisters were! luckily, that still puts him at 6... ) so blogging is on hold...as is everything else.....

Monday, September 17, 2007

A Harsh Penance...

Sorry about the long blog-silence. Last Monday I went to confession and got one of the toughest penances of my life: A week's fast from the Internet! Not eating would have been easier. =) Which I guess was the point...

So, now that I've returned technology to a proportional (as opposed to way out of proportion, as it was before) place in my life, I'm back to blogging...

But I'll have to spend less time surfing, I think...

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Saturday Morning Musing

Ok.. I just finished my "Google News" reading for the day...

And apparently that British couple are now suspects in their daughter's death. Portuguese police are saying that they accidentally killed their four year old and then disposed of the body.

Here's my question. How could anyone accidentally kill a FOUR-YEAR-OLD?????

My daughters almost 4. She has a habit of trying to do "tricks". (Handstands on wagons, flipping off chairs, jumping from places that I don't consider safe, etc...) Thankfully, all of these attempts at acrobatics usually end with very little harm except to my heart and blood pressure.

Four-year-olds are INCREDIBLY sturdy. I think God made them that way on purpose, so that all their "tricks" and "experiments" can't keep them from making it to five......

So are the Portuguese police just crazy, or are they trying to be polite?

I admit, I've never understood a lot about this case from the beginning. For instance, the British thing about leaving three young kids alone in a hotel room. I can't even IMAGINE leaving my kids alone in a hotel room while I ran to the ice machine two doors down, much less for a leisurely poolside dinner....

And the fact that the couple are reportedly "very devout Catholics" yet all 3 of their kids were conceived by IVF (not allowed by the Church.) I assumed that was just another case of the media reporting EVERY Catholic as "very devout." After all, they're probably at least as devout as Guliani... (In my world, very devout means daily Mass, weekly confession and Eucharistic Adoration, among other things.... I would not call myself "devout" -- I'd like to be some day, but I'm so not there yet....)

Anyway, I'm not sure you can accidentally kill a four-year-old... But maybe the kids I know (all of whom seem to think "Death-defying feat" means "That's worth trying!" are unusual..... somehow, though, I doubt it.....

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

New Babies and sibling rivalry

My almost-two-year-old and I were looking through a cute little book about new babies... it started out fine.

Then the middle third turned into "you'll be cranky and left out and it's ok to be mad..."

So I started editing. Heavily. As in "Hmmm... the girl in this picture has LOTS of markers and paper.... so why is she sad?"

ATYO's answer: "She doesn't have baby!"

I pointed to a picture of a pouty, tantrumy toddler sitting alone while his parents fussed over a new baby. "Well, why is he sad?"

ATYO: "Mommy and Daddy not sharing baby!!!" (Not sharing is a VERY big issue with our toddler these days.... except when she's the one not sharing...)

So clearly, my "Baby's are great, you get to help love the baby" program of indoctrination is paying off.....

As long as I don't get accused of not sharing.....