Thursday, December 31, 2009

My Rant

I had my appointment yesterday and had the blood drawn for the Lenetix test. I should hear back about that some time next week.

I still haven't had an MCA scan, I'm 22 weeks. They did the anatomy ultrasound and the tech doing it said that they usually do not start the MCA scans that early. I told her that everyone I'd heard of started at 18 weeks... so I don't know what's going on there. She said the baby looks perfect (it's a boy!) and has no signs of hydrops, which made me feel better. I even asked her why should couldn't just go ahead and do the MCA scan, since she had already told me that they do them in that room, but she never gave me a straight answer.

I'm praying so hard that the baby has negative blood! I don't know if I can stand going to that clinic for the entire pregnancy!

I was also told by a nurse that my titers were NOT checked at my last visit, which is so upsetting because I called and they told me that the number was 1:16, which is the same number it has been all along. I feel like I was given a false sense of relief because I thought the number was simply staying the same. So I guess my titers have not been checked for 2 months. They said they would check them yesterday, I hope they did. They also scheduled my next visit for 4 weeks again. I decided not to say anything, just in case the baby's blood turns out to be negative. If it's positive, I will be calling and insisting on a sooner appointment.

Do you think that I'm overboard and just a big complainer? Or does it seem like things aren't being handled very well in my situation?

Monday, December 28, 2009


Well, I thought I would have a hard time night-weaning. However, it just seemed to happen all by itself. At about 8/9 months we moved Haven into her own room and she started sleeping through the night. Over this past month, she started day weaning herself. I still offer at night and in the morning and I still have some milk, but I am more worried about weaning too early now, instead of not being able to wean whenever I want to. Now I don't even know when I want to wean. I just feel better knowing that she is getting to nurse. I know that it is good for her and it's easy for me.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

This is scary stuff! How soon will this be happening in the US?

Homeschooling in Germany

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Homeschooling in Germany is illegal with rare exceptions. The requirement to attend school has been upheld, on challenge from parents, by the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. Parents violating the law have most prominently included fundamentalist Christians who want to give their children a more Christian education than that which is offered by the schools. Penalties against these parents have included fines (around €5,000), successful legal actions to take away the parents' custody of their children, and jail time for the parents.[1]

In a landmark legal case commenced in 2003 at the European Court of Human Rights a homeschooling parent couple argued on behalf of their children that Germany's compulsory school attendance endangered their children's religious upbringing, promoted teaching inconsistent with their Christian faith – especially the German State's mandates relating to sex education in the schools – and contravened the declaration in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union that "the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure education and teaching is in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions". In September 2006 the European Court of Human Rights upheld the German ban on homeschooling, stating "parents may not refuse... [compulsory schooling] on the basis of their convictions", and adding that the right to education "calls for regulation by the State". The European Court took the position that the plaintiffs were the children, not their parents, and declared "children are unable to foresee the consequences of their parents' decision for home education because of their young age.... Schools represent society, and it is in the children's interest to become part of that society. The parents' right to educate does not go as far as to deprive their children of that experience." The European Court endorsed a "carefully reasoned" decision of the German court concerning "the general interest of society to avoid the emergence of parallel societies based on separate philosophical convictions and the importance of integrating minorities into society."[2]

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Weaning my baby from nursing; weaning myself from

Hey there, everyone.

I have decided to become a minimalist. To me, this means:

  • I only keep what I need, no duplicates
  • I keep floors and surfaces clear of clutter and dishes
  • I do not buy anything that is not necessary
I have already started with my kitchen cabinets. I am going to toss a bunch of kitchen knives that I never use. That is about as far as I've gotten. I don't have a whole ton of junk because I already was somewhat a minimalist, but I'm just wanting to crack down on it a little more. Having 4 closets full of junk is not my cup of tea. It bothers me just knowing that stuff is there... just sitting there... doing nothing but taking up space.

Why do I keep junk?
  • I think I might need it someday
  • Someone gave it to me
  • I've had it for a long time
That's about it.

I might need it someday
This is a BIG one. What if I need those 10 little candle holders someday. If I throw away the ones I have, I might have to buy more and that is a waste of money. I CANNOT waste money! Yes, I really do have a bunch of little candle holders under my kitchen sink that I cannot bring myself to get rid of... I also have clothes I haven't worn in over a year that I cannot get rid of because I might want to wear them someday. I have to find a way to realize that I will NOT use these things in the future. They are just taking up valuable space in my home. Cluttering up my style! Crowding and wrinkling the things I do love to wear.

Someone gave it to me
Oh the gifts! How can I get rid of something someone GAVE to ME??? Someone cared about me enough to give me something. How could I just get rid of it? But, if someone really loves me, they will be happy with whatever I want to do with the gift, right? They wouldn't want me to keep it if I don't want it, would they? Plus, they are probably never going to find out anyway. I am still clinging to many useless things, just because they were given to me.

I've had it for a long time
This one gets me a lot. What about all those birthday cards I have kept (or my mother kept for me) since I was born? I need to keep those forever, right? What about the comics that I kept from 1996? How can I throw those away now? What about the t-shirt I got when I was 12? It still fits. For some reason I believe that the longer I've had something, the more valuable it is to me, making it much harder to get rid of. Many of these things are also gifts -making them even harder to part with. Yes, there are things that are old and are gifts that I would NEVER get rid of. For example, the quilts my grandma gave to me. I LOVE the quilts! I cherish them AND I use them. I guess I'm not a "keep collectibles pristine in a box" kind of person. If I can't get it out of the box, it's of no use to me. I've tried collecting things before and it's never worked out for me. I collect boxes. Boxes are very useful to me. I can keep all my junk in them!!!