Thursday, November 29, 2007

Doctor Appointment

Yesterday I went in to the OB/Gyn office for my monthly check-up.
I'm not quite sure how much money Dr. M got from me and my insurance company for the 7 minutes he spent with me, but it wasn't quite worth the drive into Peoria.
I heard the heartbeat, which - okay - that was cool.
He then told me where the top of my womb is, which I already knew since I'm round and hard all the way to an inch above my belly button.
Finally he told me that I can gain 14 more pounds.
And that was it. We were done.
Oh well. I have a healthy baby and I've only gained 16lbs so far. I know I'll gain more than his stupid 14 but maybe not too much more. If I do 5lbs a month (which is what I've done so far this trimester) for the rest of it I'll gain less than 20. And I can be happy with that.

Oh - and I think I felt the baby. It only happened once, when I was laying on my stomach. It felt like a little fart just an inch south of the belly button. How sweet!

Siskel, Ebert and Engstrom

I encourage you to NOT go see The Golden Compass. Why? Because the movie is based on a book (the first of a trilogy) that was written to be the "anti-Narnia" books. Phillip Pullman, the author, is an atheist and is hoping his triology, His Dark Materials, will inspire kids everywhere to doubt the existence of God.

It looks like a wonderful movie, but I just can't give money to a man who dislikes my beloved C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien so.

However, I do encourage you to see the movie Bella. Great acting, wonderful script, vibrant portrayal of a loving hispanic family, message of love being the greatest. A delightful, character driven, independant movie.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Woo Hoo for R and V!

A married couple I'm friends with entered a video contest on "The View" - Caroling for a Caravan.

And they WON!

Check out their Dodge Grand Caravan winning video.

PS - How does one put videos from You Tube on Blogger? Do you have to download it first to your computer or is there a way to suck it right off the web?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Ode to Katie B

The day before Thanksgiving my good friend Katie came over. She spent a good chunk of the day with me. We baked cookies, had dinner when Trav came home, and talked and talked and talked.
Katie is a delight. She's intelligent, devout and funny. I have such respect for her and am thrilled she's a friend. This is a woman who knows how to give fraternal correction.
She graduates soon and will be looking for a job - my selfish hope is she will find one close to me. (Although we do have excellent schools in the area.)
When she left I felt completely refreshed - like I had been needing to be around someone who gets me and every little Catholic quirk I have.


This holiday weekend I:

did all of my Christmas shopping
primed & glued pipes for plumbing
ran electrical wire for outlets
installed insullation
improved my hammer swinging abilities
picked out the front, back and storm doors
selected a fridge and stove
finally watched the movie V for Vendetta
made super yummy mashed potatoes

It was a good weekend.

Live Simply

I encourage you to attend two upcoming events on the Eureka College campus that deal with sustainability - eating locally and organically produced food.

Congerville resident Terra Brockman, who is founder and executive director of The Land Connection, Evanston, will give a presentation on growing and eating organic foods at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. The free presentation titled "Chews Wisely: Do Good and Eat Well" will discuss benefits of organic foods, including improving personal health, environmental health and the economic health of the community.

Eureka College will host a free screening of the 2007 feature documentary “King Corn” at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in Becker Auditorium in the Cerf Center. The film discusses U.S. corn production, including government subsidies, fertilizers and herbicides, corn-fed beef and high fructose corn syrup.

For more information on either opportunity, please check out EC's website:

Also, a great online Catholic resource is Live Simply, a group that teaches that God calls us to live simply.

Monday, November 19, 2007

17 weeks, 5 days

Prego Bonnie in her cute maternity clothes and her ever growing belly.

Go ahead - tell me I look adorable! ;)

Home Birth

Saturday I went to a showing of The Business of Being Born, a documentary produced by Rikki Lake.

I know what you might be thinking, Rikki Lake and all, but it was brilliant. I loved the film and everything I saw and heard. The film follows a midwife and a few women as they give birth (at home and in the hospital). It shows OB/GYNs being interviewed, along with an assortment of parents and other professionals in the field.

Some of the info I found amazing:
- 70-80% of births in Japan and Europe are attended by midwives.
- one hospital intervention many times leads to another: picotine in the IV leads to an epidural which leads to more picotine, another epidural, a distressed baby and therefore a C-section. In the end you have an exhausted mother too tired to bond with her baby.
- over 30% of births are cesareans in the US - this is higher than in any other developed country and yet we have one of the highest mortality rates during birth.

But more than all that - it was truly wonderful to see the way the mothers looked and reacted once the baby was born at a home birth. Any pictures I have seen of women who delivered in a hospital always show them looking tired as they held their babies.

But not so with the home birth mothers. Any picture I have ever seen of a home birth mother shows her laughing, awake, involved, actively participating in the cleaning of her baby, etc.

My very good friend LB gave birth at home to her second son. When she did that a year ago I was shocked and scared and thought she was crazy. But now that I have begun reading different literature and talking with mothers about their deliveries I am certain that I want a home birth, too.

And the best part about Saturday is that I found out it is covered on my insurance. We'll see what happens!

Once again.

Once again I was so annoyed with Travis and all the football. (I'll say it - damn football.) As soon as we got home from church it was football. And if a game isn't on then he's playing the college football Nintendo game.

Yet, last night when I got home from visiting my parents I found that he had put clean sheets on and made the bed, along with doing another 3 loads of laundry.

Good man. Good man.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

You might be Catholic if

your husband tells you,

"I love you more than anyone else in the world. Well, excpet for Jesus in the Tabernacles. I love Him more."

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The baby in my belly

I look wonderful today. Like a smokin' hot pregnant lady. If those two things can go together.
One of our student workers was last minute shopping for a dress and bought a $1 dress at Wal Mart without trying it on. When she got home she put it on and noticed #1 - all the extra material on the belly #2 - that it's a maternity dress. So she gave it to me.
And I look thin and pregnant in it - a great combonation. :)

Anyways - this is to let you all know that my baby is about 5" long. She's moving about and soon I'll be able to feel her, as I'm in my 17th week. His little heart is pumping, he's taking practice breaths, sucking his thumb and getting bigger all the time.
It is absolutely amazing being pregnant and having a living person inside of me. Every day it become more awesome (and perhaps more real) and every day I am blessed by becoming more pro-life. Motherhood is such an honor and I am so thankful that God has called me to this.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Birth Documentary

Rixa Freeze, the wife of one of Eureka's professors, is bringing Rikki Lake's documentary on birth, and especially home birth, to the college.

If you are interested - mark your calendars!
Saturday, November 17th at 1pm in Becker Auditorium of the Cerf Center.

There is a $10 suggested donation, $5 if you're a student.

For more on Rixa, who herself is a trained midwife and delivered her child unassisted, check out her blog: The True Face of Birth.
I linked to one of her posts on the documentary.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Me and Mr. Darcy

I met a girl once who had made a shirt that said, "I am Elizabeth Bennet; where is my Mr. Darcy?" I loved that shirt and felt that way myself, I must admit.

I love Pride and Prejudice. I love most of Jane Austin's work. And I especially love Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Of course I love him most when it's Colin Firth playing him in the BBC production.

So I was pretty excited to read a book called Me and Mr. Darcy. But I should have just listened to my friend Margaret. It was disappointing. Part of the problem, I'm sure, is that I'm not a "modern" girl who's okay with having sex with someone you've only known for a week or two. And I think it's quite alright to have a woman at home with the kids and I support men who want that in a wife. And honestly, if the main character were a real person I don't think we'd be friends. And finally, the similarities between what happens in the lives of people in the book and in P&P is way too obvious and therefore you know exactly how the story is going to end. Really, Me and Mr. Darcy is just a poor, modern retelling of a fantastic story.

In the end she makes statements about how Mr. Darcy isn't really that great of a guy, but again, those are mostly based on her modern feminist ways. Which I don't agree with. I mean - it's Mr. Darcy!

He's kind, generous, noble, does what's right, apologizes and very, very handsome.

And then there's Pemberly and all his money.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Dan in Real Life

Over the weekend Travis and I went to see Dan in Real Life, the new movie with Steve Carell. The movie is about a widower and while it's supposed to be a comedy I cried through most of it. Big crocodile tears streaming down my face. It was a good movie (if you liked The Family Stone you'll like this one) but the whole widower thing made me think about how horrible it would be if Travis was gone. On the way home I balled. Travis burped and said, "Well, you won't miss that at least." Which made me cry harder as I admitted, "I was just thinking about how I'd even miss that damn football Nintendo game you always play."

It has to be the pregnancy hormones.


Sundays Travis and I lead our parish's youth group. Our goal is to be personable and straight forward. We do not believe in (what I call) Fluffy Bunny Jesus and want to give these kids the Truths of the Faith which our parents never learned and we discovered only through our college Newman Centers.

Yesterday we discussed the Communion of Saints:
-the Body of Christ
-the difference between a saint and a Saint
-prayers for the poor souls in Purgatory
-praying through and with the saints
-how one gets to Heaven
-what Purgatory is
-why people go to Hell.

Our students were engaged and attentive but one of the girls really struggled with the teaching that people go to Hell and there are no second chances once you're there. We tried to stress the difference in mortal sins and venial. That one ends up in Hell because they have denied God and not repented. That life is full of second chances - every moment is an opportunity to to say "yes" to God and seek out a confessional. That we are held accountable for what we know. That God is Just and Merciful.

She left unsatisfied, though we encouraged her to talk to her school's chaplain (12 years of Catholic education and this is the first she's heard the hard truth about Hell.) and to tell God what she thinks of it all.

What I found most interesting was the comment it seems to make on our society and perhaps how she was raised. Did her parents ground her and then take away or lessen the punishment? Why is it that the only thing that's "fair" is for people to get out of trouble once they realize the severity of their sin? Are they really contrite or do they just not want the punishment? Unfortunately, I've noticed a lot of young people who are only sorry that they have to be punished.