Archive for January, 2006

Breastfeeding

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Sunday evening we stopped to visit Duff and Amy on our way back to Vermont. In the couple hours we talked about all kinds of good stuff. I found the conversation on breast feeding totally humorous!!

Duff, Amy and Darren find breast feeding to be one of those things that’s on the top of the do-not-do-in-public list. Our family rule, as of Sunday night, is breastfeeding outside of the house is not ok unless I wear a blanket over myself so that, “nothing shows.” That’s fair enough. The other option is using formula when out in public which I’m not so interested in. For how strongly Darren feels about public feeding I’m surprised that we’ve never talked about this. I suppose this whole baby thing will be a process of learning about each other’s ideas. I can hardly wait until the baby is here!

More 4

Monday, January 30th, 2006

I was “tagged” by Amy Here’s the additional questions that she had:

4 things I hope to see or do before I die:
1. I hope to be a super-duper awesome mama
2. I hope to be financially resourceful
3. See the nations of the world come to Christ
4. Learn ASL

4 Things I Cannot Do:
1. Get good grades without trying
2. Put on eye makeup
3. Swim
4. Draw

4 Things that Attract Me to my Spouse:
1. He’s a Christian
2. He’s silly and loves to annoy me
3. He likes staying up late talking
4. Darren’s a good cook

My 4 Favorite (or most listened to anyway) Songs in the Year 2005:
….I guess I haven’t listed to any new music!

4 Things I Say Most Often:
1. Groovy
2. Boy howdy
3. Sweet
4. Yeah really

4 Books or Series that I Love:
1. Somebody Else’s Kids by Torey Hayden
2. The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie
3. What to Expect When You’re Expecting
4. Sign With Your Baby: How to Communicate with Infants Before They Can Speak

We’re going to have a baby!

Friday, January 27th, 2006

How do people prepare for having a baby? Besides eating and sleeping a lot I also enjoy reading other peoples pregnancy and birth stories. It’s amazing how many different methods of delivery there are! The hospital here in Brattleboro just finished a brand new birthing center where woman can go through labor, the birth, and recovery all in the same room. They have whirlpool tubs for labor and water births. There are also showers, birthing balls. Who could ask for anything more? Um, except maybe all that for free! :D

Remember how I got my dress and veil online? I thought it’d be nifty if I were able to do something like that for the baby. Wouldn’t it be cool to have an ebay baby? Totally! So about a week ago I went on ebay and looked under their Baby section. Oh boy! Super awesome finds! And of course I couldn’t resist. I’ve bought maternity clothes, lots of baby clothes, a baby carrier, and a beautiful crib bedding set (I don’t know if that link will work, but thought I’d try). I’m hoping to get a crib last minute, like a month ahead of time. We have very little room where we’re living now but I’m sure things will work out somehow. As for Darren, he’s been buying lots of camera stuff. He says that he must have a really good one before the baby comes! Heh. I suppose we have to follow in Dor’s path and take reams of pictures of Bethany Anne (or Dylan Dale). :P Pictures or not, I think that I’m looking forward to having a little person to spend my days with.

My Wish

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Lyd asked me to post my birthday wish lish. You know birthdays do come only once a year. It’d be fun to go to Macy’s and get a make over, and maybe get a new hairdo too. Then have my husband take me out to dinner and buy me flowers! That’d be a good birthday for a pregnant girl turning 21.

Other than that I’d like something that I can do. It’d be super cool to take a class, like a lit class maybe. The only problem is that it’s kind of expensive, $73 per credit! With $500 bills for blood work every month that’s not the most practical thing to wish for. Wah!

Darren

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

In this area everyone seems to know what, “travel nurse” is. Back home I’m pretty sure no one has ever heard of travel nursing. Being a travel nurse is a pretty sweet deal if you want to try out all the different philosophies of taking care of sick people. There are actually quite a few travel nurse agencies out there. Each nurse gets a recruiter who keeps track of their paperwork and finds them new places to work every three months.
Once those three months come to an end the nurse has three choices: 1.) extend their contract for three more months; 2.) be reassigned to another hospital, usually in another state; 3.) apply for work with the hospital where they’ve been assigned for the past three months. Working here in Vermont at The Retreat has been Darren’s second travel job. His contract officially ended two weeks ago. These past few weeks have been full of talk on which option Darren should take. He was offered the chance to apply for a permanent position as head nurse for the evening shift. I’ve had mixed feelings about this but after quite a bit of prayer decided that staying is what would be best. Darren loves work here and would be happy to stay which is great. On Tuesday he put in his application and is hoping for an interview.

Oh hey, Darren got an “Extra Mile Certificate” at work the other night. Apparently there was an accident and the nurse on duty called for extra help. Darren was the first to respond and even got to do CPR. He was so happy about the note that he told me to make sure that I tell my mom! It said,

“We had an emergency situation where a patient’s actions required a Code Blue to be called. Darren was instrumental with helping things go smoothly. He was the first nurse responder after I called out for help. He was professional and extremely helpful and supportive during this crisis. After the patient was transported Darren asked ‘Are you OK?’ This meant a lot.”

Cool, huh? The note even had a happy face on it! :D Anyway, I’d appreciate it if you’d keep dear husband of mine in prayer as he’s hoping for this interview.

Speaking of prayer and changes, we’re also needing to sell Darren’s trailer back in New York. It would be such a blessing if we could get that sold.