1 - So the BIG, super duper exciting news (which you've probably already heard) is that the Sheen Foundation will be submitting James' story as the official alleged miracle for Venerable Sheen's beatification. So a group of experts (doctors and theologians) will review the alleged miracle. If they can't find any holes in the case they will send it up to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Once that group of Bishops and Cardinals review it they will (hopefully) approve it and send it up to the Pope. Pope Benedict will then read about my homebirth, James baptism, the trip to the ER, his coming back to life, and all our prayers. And then he will maybe approve the alleged miracle as a true miracle. Talk about surreal!
You can read the Tribune's article about Sheen and James here. You can read the article in the New York Times here. In our opinion the Tribune's article is better. They summarize much more acurately what happened to James and they don't make me sound like a single mother.
3 - When I read the Times article for the second time I noticed two things: They don't mention Travis and they refer to me as Ms. Engstrom. I HATE being called "Ms." In my (perhaps small and judgemental little) mind that title is appropriate for divorcees and unmarried feminists. I am neither, and I want my husband to be recognized even if it is through my title of "Mrs." Being Mrs. Engstrom doesn't make me feel old - it is a title that shows respect for me and my marriage. End rant.
4 - Jennifer Fulwiler wrote a good piece on Gotye's song Somebody That I Used to Know over at the Register. She mentions my post, "The wait was well worth it" - which is awesome. Simcha and Jen, two giants of the Catholic blogosphere, giving me love at the Register.
5 - Let's go back to that picture for a moment. James looks awesome. I look fat, which I am and I knew that, but it was sad for me to see how bad I really look. At 6 weeks post partum I weigh 13lbs less than what I weighed when I became pregnant with Teresa and I'm almost half way to reaching my first goal. That's a really big deal and I need to be proud of myself about that... but it was still pretty demoralizing to see the picture. Losing weight is hard - made even more so by my love of sugar and my desire to not effect my milk supply. So... I don't know... cheer me on in the comment box or something. Thanks.
6 - And this is funny: