Birthday Thoughts

Elijah is asleep in bed after a long day, so I don’t quite know what to do with myself. Usually I am rocking/walking/jiggling him in his baby carrier. I know I will miss this stage, but…A brief reprieve is nice now and then.

Luke is 40 today. Everyone says this, but it is so true; I didn’t know this would be what it was like to be 40, or in my case, nearing 40. I guess I thought I would feel old. There are days, but for the most part I do not feel old. I feel strong. Luke is completely immersed in planning his backpacking excursions for this summer, so I can conclude that he feels strong, too.

Sarah is 13 today. I remember the day she was born; I was there. It was a Monday that year, Presidents Day, Luke was off school, so he and I were at the mall when my labor began. It was scary because I hadn’t started labor naturally with Aliyah, and I didn’t know what was worth mentioning and what was worth ignoring. But labor progressed really quickly, from 11 o’clock at the mall to about 4 o’clock at the hospital. I remember being on my knees by a chair, waiting for them to fill a tub for a water birth. Sarah didn’t want to be born in the water, though, and came before the bath was ready.

Funny- the youth group was going swimming tonight at a nearby hotel, and Sarah didn’t want to go to that, either.

I am brainstorming birth announcements for this next one (NOT THAT I HAVE ANYTHING TO ANNOUNCE YET), as the twelfth child has to have some pomp and circumstance. Something really funny would be to give people a choice- should I use the picture of a smeared dry erase board with the number 12 written on it, or should I use the picture of the egg with the sharpie smiley face on it in the egg carton? That would cause laughs and news. In any case, my goal is for this to be THE BEST PREGNANCY EVER diet-wise, and am brainstorming ways to make this goal. Sugar? Out. Carbs? Out. Caffeine? Maybe. For the past few weeks I have been drinking a cup of coffee after lunch. It serves as a dessert -as I do not drink coffee without a lot of chocolate and a lot of cream- but also keeps me awake through naptime when my bed calls to me loudest. I noticed last week, however, that I have this nasty taste in the back of my throat, and am wondering if it is the coffee doing that. Yuck! I may have to come up with another treat to energize me in the afternoons.

Four of the kids saw the dentist today, and probably had a tougher time of it because they haven’t been since 2013. On my way out I scheduled next year’s, and they will thank me, I know they will. For this year it was four today, two on Tuesday, and one on Thursday of next week. Next year it will be two on each successive day of the first week of March. I was feeling all good about myself, calling insurance to see if flouride and x-rays were covered and finding out that they were, until at dinner I realized that our dentist is out of network and that might not apply. I will have to call about it tomorrow- I hope we don’t owe an arm and a leg for 4 flourides and 4 x-rays! Our church canceled its Wednesday night activities, so we were able to have a nice easy taco dinner cake-ice cream-movie night at home. I’m off to join the kids- they’re watching Annie.