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Pics and an update

What a learning curve our little family is going through... breastfeeding is not for the weak of heart I'm discovering. Over the past week my respect for nursing moms has become great. From all the soreness to lack of sleep and numerous other things that happen- some you just don't know why it happens. We did formula supplements one day and I had glimpses of just how easy it could be... but I know this is better for my baby, so I'm sticking with it.

Over the past week we've made it through Thanksgiving, my fever and night sweats, and his baptism yesterday and a house full of guests on little sleep. We have no set pattern yet, but he eats really well. We know his little quirks and funny noises now quite well. I know his cry from other babies.
We are feeling quite blessed... we are seeing God work in many ways in our lives attesting to his greatness... we were blown away by his gifts yesterday at Elijah's baptism... the church was packed... the congregation had all brought cards for us with gifts of love inside. Those gifts of love will help pay for our stay at the hospital. I sat holding Elijah crying while Dallas opened card after card, thinking who are we to receive such gifts... and I realized it isn't about us, but about God and who he is and what he does through his people. Just like Elijah received a great gift from God yesterday... the gift doesn't depend on who we are or what we do, it's about God and who he is, what he's done and what he continues to do. We are so grateful and in awe of our Lord.

And we're home...

So we actually got home yesterday morning and the day was so full of learning I didn't get to post. We went back in today and his levels are still high for jaundice, but they let us take him home and we just have to supplement some formula to help. But we are so happy to be home and now start figuring everybody out and how this all works. Some pictures for you all.

Still at the hospital

So wish I knew how to upload some photos, but hopefully tomorrow we will all be home sweet home and I can do that there. So we are still at the hospital. Elijah has jaundice and is getting his light therapy or suntan. He's been a trooper and is getting better. We were going to go home today, but it was still too high, so doctor ordered another day of suntanning. :) I am officially discharged as of tonight, but I am staying so we can keep up on the feedings... and how can you just leave him here?? So I've moved down the hall to guest room for the night. Weird moving down the hall... again just feel like we should be packing up to leave instead.... but all in good time. So over all, I'm doing better. Yes, I had C-section. Sure tried hard to have him come into this world without it, but after two hours of pushing and his head being in the same place... it was time to try something else. Dallas watched the whole C-section procedure... so you can get all those details from him. It was nice to actually have him tell me what went on- cause it helps me understand why in the world I am so sore. :) I got my staples out today and the incision looks great... but doesn't feel great. Liking my naps right now... today I napped pretty much the whole day. I can feel myself letting down now and it's kind of all hitting me at once. I've been going off on adrenaline for the past couple days, but now just feel worn out. But I'm finding time and ways to rest... one of those ways I've found to be really helpful right now is the First Word verse from yesterday... it's kind of become my prayer: Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for You are my praise. Jeremiah 17:14 (NASB). Well again thank you all so much for all the comments, etc. We are feeling loved!

Doin' good.

I'm gonna be in the hospital for a couple of days due to the cesarean. Feelin' good overall and thanks for all the comments and well wishes.

Elijah Thomas Rosin

Elijah is a happy healthy boy born around 6:30 PM November 18th 2009.

Elissa is recovering from surgery and is doing fine.

Elijah's baptism will be Sunday November 29 at the 10:30 service at Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown, ND.

All are invited to celebrate Elijah's baptism into God's Family and join us for lunch afterwords at an eating establishment of Elissa's choice. After lunch, everyone is invited to join us at our house: 222 4th Avenue, Montpelier, ND.

I think we're getting somewhere...

Woke up last night around 1:30am, having some stronger contractions... that were consistent for about an hour... and lingered around for about 3hrs total... but tapered off again. But I'm taking that as a good sign. So I was up from 1:30 to 6am... so I'm a bit tired and I'm going back to bed. If anything changes... I will post.

Happy Birthday...

Doesn't look like our little one is going to share the same one, but that's ok. It's your day. I'm so thankful for you and all that God has blessed me with in you. You're going to be such a great daddy... I like you a lot and love you even more. :)

A new book...

This is my new book...How to Mess Up Your Child's Life: Proven Strategies & Practical Strategies. It's proving to be quite interesting already. Definitely a challenge to read an entire book that is using reverse psychology. Here is what it says on the back:

    Lazy Parents, Look no Further!
    For parents intent on messing up their children in mind, body and spirit, this refreshing guide describes the "seven habits of highly defective people" (aka the seven deadly sins) that will slowly dissolve a child's character- guaranteeing an unhappy and unproductive adult. Each chapter tackles a different deadly habit and shows parents how best to instill it in their kids. For example:
  • Feed an enormous ego by always rescuing children from failure.
  • Encourage deep-seated discontentment by modeling resentment for what others have.
  • Kindle an expressive temper by showing children how to get even when they've been offended.
  • Develop a keen sense of greed by giving kids everything they want.
  • Inspire laziness by doing the children's chores yourself.

    As a bonus, also included are the precautions wise parents take to avoid messing up their children.

What else to say...

Again, thought I should update... still here. The appt on Wednesday, doctor informed me that I was still at 1cm, 50% effacement. A bit of a low blow. So if he doesn't come by next Thursday morning, we are going in for a scheduled induction to get the ball rolling. Thanks to all for your well-wishes and prayers via emails, messages, chats.

So today I spent most of the day browsing craft blogs. I so enjoy doing that. I just need to break away to actually try making stuff myself. I did make some changes to my craft link. Still need to update my photos and projects, but I did share a lot of my bookmarked craft pages and other sites I get inspiration from.

More randomness...

Ok, so still here. Baby boy is just not ready yet. So we'll move on to other randomness to keep my mind from going insane! :)

So to bide my time I've been doing random things. One of those is going through my old journals, especially the ones I took while in Japan. I came across a small random note that got me wondering. So the above picture is how I mentally envision the year going. It's in a oblong circular fashion. No definite corners. It was hard to draw, but I wanted to get it as close as I could- minus the color that goes with it in my head. (that was a bit more than I cared to attempt) The months are spaced out as I see them in my head... winter and summer being the longest seasons, fall and spring the shorter seasons. I was realizing how much this mental image of the year affects how I go about my year. The spring/fall seasons always seem so rushed in my head, but then take so long... cause really there is so much time crammed into those small areas. I get dates and times messed up a lot more in the spring/fall too cause internally they feel so rushed. It's just weird. And the whole turning of the corner means a new season. Winter doesn't start until January for me. Spring in April, June starts summer, and September means Fall. Anywho... I'm sharing all this cause I am curious to know how you envision the yearly calendar in your head. Circular, linear, square, triangle, in calendar format...

And on another note, I'm liking the First Word today: "Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10 (NASB) I'm not really grieving, but the reminder that the Joy of the Lord is my strength... is a good one. What really matters, no matter what the circumstances... joy in the waiting, peace knowing that God knows and it's all good.

New Slippers and other randomness...

My favorite slippers ever took a dive yesterday. I noticed that they had a huge hole in the bottom. It was a sad moment... cause I wear these 24/7... well almost. That is probably the reason why they wore out though. So Steph and I found this website which led me to the above pictured slippers. They look simple enough. But we shall see. We had craft/game night at my friend's house last night. Good times... and my sister is learning how to crochet... so soon we'll get her addicted to patterns and yarn, etc. :)
In other news, the appt went well. I'm only at 1cm... but having plenty of activity yesterday afternoon and evening. That's when my body seems to always start up more so. I'm trying to be better at noting the time when I have a contraction to see if there is any sort of pattern. Last night we clocked them at 1/2 hr increments. This morning... haven't gotten back on the clock just yet. So, still slow going for the moment. Next appt scheduled for Wednesday. Can I just say how crazy it is that contractions can be timed!? I don't know why this baffles me so... it just seems all so random to me and then when we time them, voila! it's like clock work. God's designs are amazing... and just thinking about when the little guy is born. He goes from one point no breathing- getting his oxygen from me... to one little flap in his heart closes up and starts breathing on his own. If you are ever looking for a great scientific video about the whole birthing process from conception to birth check out Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.


So still here... starting to seem like we are going to go at least until the 9th until we see him. I'm trying to wait patiently, finding little things to do here and there. And when I done with each one, I keep thinking, "ok, you can come now". :) Both D and I are ready. D will come home from events or work and jokingly say to him, "What? You didn't come while I was gone?" My movements have slowed considerably. I've been mastering the waddle for a few days now, not rushing, just taking it slowly. It's kind of nice. I'm usually such a speed racer when it comes to walking, or really doing any kind of activity. Hurry up and get it done and move on to the next. But now, it's all about going slow, watching for signs. D is going to go hunting this weekend. I really want him to go... last time, a month ago during early season it was so nasty weather-wise. This weekend is supposed to be beautiful. And plus, it's a huge tradition of family. So I called my sister and she is going to come up and hang out while he is gone. We've got our emergency calling plan set up... but I really don't feel like it will be used this weekend. Have my next appt tomorrow. Maybe the doc will be able to tell more this time. Well I'm off to wash a blanket and hang it out to dry... such lovely weather!

Fall leaves...

We got the camera back last night! Yahoo! So I can share these little fun guys with you all! I wanted to decorate this year (now that the house is in some order). So this is what I came up with...

They were super easy. Here's a small and simplified tutorial...

1. I used 4" x 4" polyester squares from my never-ending stash.

2. Draw several patterns to your liking that will fit in your 4x4 square.

3.. Grab two identical pieces of polyester, place back to back with the side you want to see on the outside. Pin your pattern and two layers together. Then sew around the edge of the pattern.

4. Remove pattern, trim edges off. Then sew the veins down the middle, starting at the "stem". You will go down, turn around, and end up leaving through the "stem" again. Leave extra string at the end to hang with.

They are quite fun to make. The sewing machine can be tricky to maneuver around the pattern, but go slow and it works out well enough! :) If you have questions, leave a comment and I'll do my best to help.

Lasagna Gardening...

So I really want to try my garden again next year... right now it's a mess and I'm not too excited about it. However, I was reading a blog that mentioned lasagna gardening and I became intrigued. From the sound of it, it's pretty low maintenance, and I don't have to pull weeds or put down icky chemicals to get rid of weeds! Yahoo! Ofcourse this is months away and we'll see how the little guy changes things... but never too late to start mentally planning right? You can click on the photo to read more about lasagna gardening.

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