Friday, August 28, 2009

Things I need to get done before 3:00

1. Wash the dishes *
2. Fold and put up laundry *
3. Clean both bathrooms *
4. Give Haven a bath *
5. Take a shower
6. Change the sheets in the guest bed
7. Make Heath some lunch
8. Make the beds *
9. Get the fan ready to put up in the guest bedroom
10. Mow the yard .5*

And do I actually have enough time to do all this stuff?

1. Wash the dishes 1 hour (there are a lot!)
2. Fold and put up laundry 30 mins (a lot of this too!)
3. Clean both bathrooms 40 mins
4. Give Haven a bath 15 mins
5. Take a shower 15 mins
6. Change the sheets in the guest bed 10 mins
7. Make Heath some lunch 20 mins
8. Make the beds 5 mins
9. Get the fan ready to put up in the guest bedroom30 mins
10. Mow the yard 45 mins
TOTAL 4 hours and 30 mins!

That is exactly how long I have. I guess I will start with the dishes. Boo.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Embryo Adoption

Wow, I never thought I'd really be thinking seriously about something like this! I remember hearing about Snowflakes on Christian radio 5 or 6 years ago. Of course, I probably hadn't even met my husband yet so I really didn't think about it at all. In fact, yesterday was the first time it came back into my mind. I was talking to my oldest sister on the phone and she suggested that I might adopt an embryo with a negative blood type.

For those of you that don't know, I have Rh disease, which means that if I carry a baby with a positive blood type, antibodies in my blood may attack the baby's blood. My body created the antibodies during the 3rd trimester of my first (and only) baby. I had refused the Rhogam shot at 28 weeks and had planed to get it after the baby was born. If you have negative blood, get the shot at 28 weeks, the alternative is very difficult if you get antibodies like I did.

Right now we do not know if my husband has positive/positive blood or positive/negative blood. If the former is the case, we will never have a child with negative blood. If the latter is the case, we have 50% chance that each of our children will have negative blood.

As for now we have decided to try to have another child -praying for a good outcome! I still fear the worst, although I know I should give it to God. He is the one who opens and closes the womb. He is the one who knew I would have antibodies. He is the one who kept Haven safe from them while she was inside me.

I keep going back the the option of adoption. I've always wanted to adopt, since I was a teenager. I never imagined I might HAVE to adopt to have more children. I wanted to choose adoption just because I wanted to adopt.

From what I've learned about embryo adoption, I think it's amazing. You get to carry the child, give birth to the child, breastfeed the child... I was just curious if they would even let me into the program since I do have Rh disease and the embryo MUST have negative blood. So I sent them this question:

Hi, I have a D antibody that could cause harm to any child I carry that has a positive blood type. However, if I carry a child with a negative blood type, it will be a normal pregnancy. I was wondering if you work with women like me who would like to adopt an embryo with a negative blood type. (If both the parents have a negative blood type, the child will certainly have a negative blood type.) My husband and I are going to try to have another child on our own (we have one child already), but if the outcome is bad, we are thinking about adoption. A friend of mine just pointed out that I could possibly adopt an embryo with a negative blood type and I would be able to carry it myself and breastfeed it and have all those wonderful new baby experiences. Please let me know if you think this is even possible. Thank You, Summer

This is the response I received:

Hi Summer,
Thank you for contacting us. From the information that you have provided us, I see no reason why you would not be an eligible candidate for our Snowflakes Program. Our only requirement would be that your doctor provides a letter stating that you have no contraindications to pregnancy. I have attached our information packet for you to review if you would like. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
We wish you the best on your next pregnancy and hope that everything goes smoothly. In the future, if you do decide you are ready to adopt, we would be pleased to work with you.

I am really excited to have this option and I plan on learning as much about it as I can. These embryos are frozen in time, waiting for life. Their parents have decided not to have more children. I think it's an amazing program. What do you think?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009




¾ pound ground beef, lean
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
10 3/4 ounces cream of mushroom soup, condensed
3/4 cup sour cream, or yogurt

In medium skillet, brown ground beef and onion; drain excess fat. Stir in garlic salt, pepper, soup and mushrooms. Simmer covered, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in sour cream; heat through, but do not boil. Serve over rice, noodles or chow mein noodles.

Serving Size: 4


3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. milk
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (16 oz.) can whole kernel shoepeg corn, drained

Mix all ingredients, except corn; cook over low heat until cheese melts, stirring often. Add corn and heat thoroughly.

(This meal was a big hit last night. DH LOVED the corn. Haven ate a lot of the stroganoff)



boneless chicken breast
1 1/2 c. water or chicken broth
1 pkg. taco seasoning
2 chopped bell peppers (red, green, or yellow)

Cut chicken breast into strips. Simmer strips in water or broth until just about done.Place in skillet along with 1 cup cooking water or broth, taco seasoning, and chopped bell peppers.Simmer until chicken is done and sauce becomes thick. Add remaining water or broth (1/2 c.) and simmer 10 minutes. Ready to eat! Recommended Toppings: Lettuce, Tomato, Refried Beans, Sour Cream, Taco



¾ lb. ground beef
1 can peas
1 can sweet corn
1 medium onion, diced
1/3 c. sugar
8 medium potatoes
2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Boil potatoes, mash and season to taste with milk and butter. Brown ground beef and onion with salt and pepper. When cooked, add peas, corn, sugar. Let simmer until heated through. In 13x9 pan place meat and vegetable mixture in bottom of pan. Cover with mashed potatoes and sprinkle cheese on top. Place in oven on BROIL until cheese is bubbly or light brown.



¾ lbs. ground beef
1/2 c. onion, chopped
2 eggs
1/4 c. milk
1 tsp. salt
Dash of pepper
1 c. (2 slices) soft bread crumbs
2 tbsp. snipped parsley
1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed

Mix all ingredients well. Shape into 1 inch balls. In large skillet, brown meatballs in a little shortening on all sides. Drain off excess fat. Combine one (11 ounce) can condensed cheddar cheese soup, 1/2 cup water, and 1/4 cup dry white wine. Add to meat in skillet. Cook, covered, over low heat 15 to 20 minutes. Serve over cooked spaghetti, noodles or rice. Serves 6.



1 chicken, boil 7 deboned
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 sm. onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp. chili powder
1 can Rotel tomatoes with chilies


Grated cheese

Mix all the above ingredients in 9"x12" pan and pour over corn Doritos and top with grated cheese. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.



3/4 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. uncooked rice
1/4 onion, chopped fine
1/2 slice white bread
1 can tomato soup
Salt & seasoning salt, to taste

Take 1/2 slice white bread, add 1/2 cup cold water and mix. Add to meat, seasoning, onion and rice. Form into meatballs and place into ungreased, covered electric fry pan or heavy fry pan. Cover with 1 can tomato soup and 1 can of water which have been mixed together. Place cover on skillet or fry pan. Cook on medium heat (just so tomato juice lightly boils) until rice pops out like a porcupine. Can also be placed in heavy pan in 350 degree oven (covered) until rice pops out.



5 - 8 potatoes

Half a stick of butter

¼ cup of milk

¼ stick of Velveeta

Skin and boil the potatoes. Drain. Add butter, milk, and Velveeta. Allow Velveeta to melt.



1 bag chicken breasts

3 lbs ground beef


1 Cream of chicken soup

2 cream of mushroom soup

1 cheddar cheese soup

1 rotel

1 peas

1 sweet corn

1 refried beans

1 tomato soup

1 shoepeg corn


Bag of onions

3 bell peppers

1 bag potatoes


Chili powder



Taco seasoning



Grated cheese

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

Sour cream

3 oz cream cheese










(My total cost was $48.82. However, I also bought 2 muffin mixes, 1 can of salsa, and 1 can of chili. I did not buy tomato soup, Velveeta, butter, parsley or oregano.)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I Made My Own EC Diaper Out of an Old T-Shirt!

I love ECing, but I didn't know this is what I was going to be doing before I had my little one. That's why I bought 15 BumGenius One Size Pocket diapers (which are amazing). However, they aren't perfect for ECing. Taking the diaper on and off can be a hassle. I've been doing a lot of diaper-free, but my husband isn't a big fan of nakey-bum. I just wish I had one of those EcaWare flip-down, drop-front little learning pants!

But alas, they cost $18. You know my husband wouldn't hear of buying more diapers when I already have 15 perfectly fine ones.

I also needed a diaper that wasn't so water-proof, so I could tell when Haven had wet and change her quickly.

First I laid one of my diapers on the T-shirt

Next, I pulled the elastic tight.
After that, I marked around the diaper, an inch or two away from the edge.
If your little one is on the floor, she will want to help.

Then I cut it out. This was the hardest part because my scissors STINK!
Next, I laid my little one on the diaper and tied the back flap around her middle. Since I cut it so that the back flap was still a loop, I just pulled one side of the loop through the other side and tied it like that.
Then, I just tucked in the front flap. Now I can simply pull out the front flap whenever she needs to potty and stuff it back in when she is done! Misses will be easily seen or felt. The diaper is also easy to take completely off because the t-shirt stretches enough to pull it off without untying it.

Here she is on the go. She wasn't happy about being my model...

Here she is wearing the other pair I made before. They were a bit too small because I didn't stretch out the elastic before I traced the diaper. When I make another, I will probably make it even longer, just too make tucking it in easier.

Now, if you have a sewing machine and you are a great seamstress, you probably will not care for this diaper. I, however, have no sewing machine or any sewing abilities. In fact, my sister is hesitant to allow me to even use her machine for fear I might break it! If you have a fear of breaking sewing machines -this could be the do-it-yourself EC diaper for you. Happy ECing!

BumGenius Diaper Giveaway!

Go here:
comment and you could win 3 BumGenius 3.0s and baby leg warmers!

Here's Havey in her blue BG

Here she is in her pink ones!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

BBC believes most people have read less than 6 books in this list.
How many have you read?
The ones I have read are in red font.
My total: 18
(A lot of these, I read the short version of when I was younger, I didn't count those... that would have given me 5 more.)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Total: 3

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faul
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

Total: 2

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carrol
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

Total: 1

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma-Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossein
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

Total: 2

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

Total: 2

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Total: 0

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

Total: 1

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

Total: 2

80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

Total: 3

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Total: 2

Monday, August 10, 2009

Diaper washing

I just put the diapers in the wash and there were 25 used diapers. That means over the past 6 days, Haven has used an average of 4 diapers a day. That's about half of what she used to wear.
plus I used to have to wash diapers every other day. This is great!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Another Dry Spell

No, I'm not talking about the weather.

August 5 misses: 0
August 6 misses: 4
August 7 misses: 0 (so far)

This includes night time. She hasn't peed in bed in 3 nights.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Let the Misses Commence!

We had 3 misses within an hour (or maybe a half hour) while I was washing the dishes. Discouraging, but it was bound to happen. They were easily wiped up off our laminate floor. Actually, it was way easier than changing a diaper...

Haven was giving me vocal signs with 2 of the 3 misses. I took her to the potty, but she was arching and whining. I must be more persistent in the future.


We are still on our accident free 2 day streak (well, it hasn't been exactly 2 days yet...). Very exciting.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Can you believe this?

0 accidents! All day long!

Diaper Free? Isn't that gross?

Today, Haven has not had an accident (it's 12:47 pm). She has used the potty 6 times already today!

This morning I had an "aha moment." I've been reading and she is so inspiring! She talks a lot about "part-time diaper free." I have been very skeptical of diaper free. The first time I ever heard of diaper free was about 5 or 10 years ago when I saw a special about it on the news. My reaction was "That is so gross! I would never let my baby pee all over everything like that!" Of course, I didn't have a baby, or even a husband, at the time.

Starting Infant Potty Training was not planned at all for me.
Haven was about 4 and a half months old when I was about to put her in the bathtub. On the way, she pooped on the floor -right next to the potty! I thought, "She could have pooped in the potty..." And that's how it started. You can imagine my shock when, after only setting her on the potty about 3 or 4 times, she actually peed in the potty! I was hooked!

However, I did not want to try diaper free. I was so scared of my baby peeing all over everything! For 3 months I just took off her cloth diaper to potty her and put it back on when she was done. This became an annoying task, especially when she would refuse to go. Then there was the problem of misses. I wanted to change the misses as soon as possible so that she wouldn't get used to being wet. I was getting sick of diaper on-diaper off-diaper on-diaper off!

Suddenly, I thought, "Hey, she could go diaper free while I wash dishes or cook. She would be in the kitchen and any misses could be quickly wiped away. Taking her potty would be a cinch, since there would be no diaper to mess with." So I tried it this morning and I couldn't have asked for better results. Thank you, part-time diaper free!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I just got done putting the diapers in the wash and we've had 27 misses in 3 days. That's an average of 9 misses a day. Most websites say that a 6 month old wets 6-8 times a day. She's obviously wetting more than that. The website that had the highest number of wets for a baby said 12-15 times per day. If Haven is wetting 15 times per day (which is very likely), then we are catching about 6 wets per day. That's not half, but that's pretty good. I guess I should start counting the catches. I'm good at counting the poopy catches. We've had 2 today. Those are the ones that matter the most anyway.

Monday, August 3, 2009


Haven only had 4 accidents over a 24 hour period!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

UPDATE 7: Training up a child

Baby's condition: Fussy
Put her in crib: 11:53 am
Head raises: 3
Kicks: about 25
Baby's reaction: whining and crying
Asleep: 12:01 pm

UPDATE6: Training up a child

In the middle of the night last night I put Haven in the bed with me to nurse. She nursed for a while then she started patting me with her hand. I read yesterday that that could be a sign that she needs to potty. I took her potty, but she had already used her diaper. I took her and laid her in her crib and said, "Go night, night." I only had to lay her head down once at first (my memory of this is hazy). I had to stop her kicking several times, then she tried raising her head a few more times. Finally I was satisfied she wasn't going to try to move anymore. The light was out so I could see if her eyes were closed. I don't know what time it was because I didn't have my glasses on. I laid down in my bed (which is right next to her crib) and waited to see what she would do. I couldn't go to sleep. She was tossing and turning a bit. Finally, after about 5 minutes, I bent over her crib to see what she was doing -she was looking right at me, lol! So, I picked her up and put her in bed with me... I couldn't resist.

I would call it a success because she didn't get up or cry, even though she was still awake.