Peter is a month old today. I’ll be honest, he hasn’t settled into much of routine and some days he’s awake and alert all day and some days he’s a sleeper. Some days he’s super fussy and pretty much needs to be held all the time (usually on a day I have things to do and he won’t permit being held by any other person.) Some days he’s just happy as a clam and thrilled to have his big brother or sister hold him.
The kids love him very much, to the point where I need to shoo them away because they are always touching or kissing him and it is keeping him from sleeping.
He got to meet his godfather on Monday, the 4th and was baptized on Tuesday. His godmother was not able to be here, however he was able to talk with her on the phone that evening.
Going back to routine, now that I think about it, if I nurse him around 11pm, he’s usually good until about 330 or 4 and then he’ll nurse again, then sleep until about 730. So I guess he’s getting a good chunk of sleep during the night (which means, in theory, that I am as well, ha.)
His favorite activities are snuggling, sleeping, and talking to the ceiling fan. I’m sure I caught him have a deep philosophical conversation with it today.
So there you have it, a sleep deprived mama blogging about her youngest 🙂 It’s not profound, but I’ll be happy I did this so that I can remember the things he did at this point.
When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist,others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and bloodhas not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:13-19)
Happy Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul! Today we are going to celebrate this little guy with homemade Tikka Masala and ice cream. 🙂
Welcome to the outside, Peter! As is tradition on my little corner of the internet, I’ll share with you the story of his birth.
On June 7th, I received a phone call from a real estate agent that a couple wanted to look at our house at 9am on the 8th. I agreed to the showing then let the agent know I was 39 weeks pregnant, so there was a slight possibility that we might have to cancel if I go into labor. I didn’t think I would but you never know, right? So we spent the day getting things in shape and ready to show the house. Joshua came home from work and spent the evening mowing the lawn and we all went to bed exhausted.
I would say that labor probably started around Midnight, maybe 1230. I woke up to use the bathroom and noticed some contractions. I wasn’t trying to time them, mainly because I was in denial about being in labor, after all, we did have a showing in just a few hours. I tossed and turned for a while and went back and forth to the bathroom all while unofficially timing the contractions. They were only 10 minutes apart, so I figured I was just dealing with the “pre-labor” that my body likes to do before getting down to business a few days later.
I continued the tossing and turning and going to the bathroom for a while longer, then I just couldn’t get comfortable at all. I was willing myself to sleep in between contractions and praying the Divine Mercy chaplet during them, still denying the fact that I could be in labor. I had a showing at 9am folks, I want to sell this house!
I think it was around 230 I decided to move around a bit more, to stop the contractions. When I stood up, my water broke, except I didn’t think it was my water breaking, I just thought I’d had an accident. Then the sharp pains started. I stumbled over to Joshua, startled him awake and told him I was having some pretty hard contractions and that I just needed him to time them.
We laid in bed timing them for a good long while and they were irregular but getting closer together. I was also shaking a bit during them, having a hard time breathing through them, and sweating as each one came to an end. We still tried to deny that I was in labor (showing at 9am, showing at 9am!!). Another trip to the bathroom confirmed that my water was in fact broken (because no one has that much water in her bladder, no one) and I said to call the midwife.
After calling her, we moved to get the birth stuff set up the rest of the way. Realizing that it was nearing dawn and not sure how much longer I had, I asked Joshua to move the birth pool into the bedroom, so I could labor without the kids around when they woke up. He moved it and began to fill it up. I wasn’t in denial as much at this point and I was hoping it was real. With each labor, I have a hard time making the call to the midwife, because I’m afraid of not really being in labor, so I was hoping I’d made the right decision in calling her. (Thinking, for me, in labor is very interesting, panic about one thing, not worry about another, it’s strange.)
I got into the pool and just sat there for a bit, working through each contraction, and trying to hurry it along and then trying to slow things down, so the midwife could make it. Honestly, I knew that if I moved to my hands and knees, I’d have that baby in about two minutes, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it yet. The midwife arrived, she checked me and said I was an inch away from having a baby. Thank goodness. I was still terrified about that part though, so I stayed put on my back. After some encouragement, I moved to my hands and knees, pushed once, pushed again and had a baby. (I may have yelled at them to get the baby out of me (like hey, pull it if you have to, I can’t do this!). Then he was here. Peter René, born at 645am.
A few of the kids were up and we sent Karol up to get the other ones so they could meet their new baby brother. The cord was cut and then Joshua took Peter out to the living room so they could look at him and the midwife and her assistant could attend to me.
So there you go, the birth of Peter René. Joshua did call the real estate agent and cancelled the showing. They had a good laugh together because I had told her I didn’t think I’d have the baby this week.
After I was cleaned up, the midwife and her assistant left and I snuggled with Peter. I would say that I was pretty much in shock that he was on the outside already. I’m very thankful that labor and delivery went as smoothly as it did. I didn’t feel like it has been 7 hours, those went by pretty quickly.
I normally pray or try to pray during contractions but this time there was something different and as we prayed a Hail Mary or the Memorare, or invoked the saints, the contractions though strong, weren’t as painful as they had been with previous children. It was awesome to know that I was wrapped in Mary’s mantle and the whole communion of saints were praying for me.
I had my midwife appointment today. Everything is going well and I’m at 37 weeks, so this baby can come at any time. (No really, kid, come out soon, please!)
We did an impromptu trip to the park after my appointment and since I hadn’t planned for it, we stopped by Joshua’s office for ice and water. It’s always fun to stop by “work” and hang out for a bit.
The kids told me they were bored at the park. I can’t even. 😉
I spent the morning working on plans for the next school year. We’ve used Kolbe for the past five years, however this year I’m making a switch to Memoria Press for most of the subjects. I really like the way that Memoria’s books look and how their subjects are laid out as well. We’ve used it for Latin, Composition, and History for a few years now, so I’m making the plunge for a few other subjects. I still plan on using Kolbe for Math and Religion though.
I do think I’m crazy for making a switch like this for a school year that begins a month after I have a baby. However, if we are making lots of changes, why not with schooling as well?
Have I mentioned that the baby is hanging out on my hip? Have I mentioned that it’s not pleasant? It gets worse after driving because of all the moving my leg has to do.
Last night, while we were praying our family prayers, I glanced over at Scholastica to see her looking sternly at Benedict and doing something strange with her thumb. I quickly realized she was trying to snap at him so that he could see that he was not folding his hands properly. She confirmed this by yelling across the room at to him and telling him to fold his hands right.
This evening we said prayers earlier than we normally do so that she could go to bed before the rest of the kids. She was dozing off while we were singing the Salve, but she kept singing along.
I’m sure my friend Andrea appreciated my text messages from yesterday’s marathon grand day out, so I’m going to share it with you all now.
As you know our kids participate in the South Georgia Strings Project. This program is supported in part by generous donations from many people in the South Georgia area. At the end of the semester, we are invited to play for the Symphony Guild, so off we went. Practice started at 10 am at Valdosta State, so I dropped of the three big kids and took the two little one to Joshua’s office for a morning of fun having. I headed back to campus to collect the other kids then head to the country club where they’d be playing.
They played their pieces beautifully (check here and here to hear) and then we headed out to find lunch then collect the little kids. Karol ended up staying at Joshua’s office, helping out with a mailing while I took the rest of the kids to my midwife* appointment and then to the park for a half hour. Oh, have I mentioned that I’m 35 weeks pregnant and that it was 90 in the Swamp yesterday. To me, anything about 68 is hot right now.
So, after playing at the park for a bit, we picked Karol back up then headed to the Little Flowers meeting/end of the year tea party. The girls finished wreath two and did a great job this year. We modified the program a bit so that all the kids from our family and the other family could could participate as well, so the tea party was for all of them.
After visiting for a while with our friends, we headed back to Joshua’s office where he was catching up on work (as we’d invaded his space for a good portion of the day). I left the kids with him and headed off to get my hair cut as I probably won’t be able to again until December.
So for us homebodies, let me recap that we left the house at 915 and didn’t get home until 630 (the kids and Joshua) and 8 for me. It was a long day.
*The midwife appointment was great. Everything is on target but I’ll admit that I’ve had a lot more body pain with this one and I’m ready to have him/her at any point now. (Holding on for 37 weeks though.) The baby has sat low for a long time, so my sciatic nerve feels permanently pinched, I have an awesome zombie walk right now.
I keep having dreams that I had the baby already and slept through labor, that’s a nice dream to have, eh? I’m a bit nervous to go through labor again and fear that I won’t be able to do it. How is it possible to be in transition a month before my due date? So if you could offer a few prayers for me that my anxiety won’t get the best of me, that’d be great.