Thursday, April 17, 2014

Well, That Helps Explain It

So I went yesterday to get my thyroid levels tested. 

A normal TSH level is between 0.4 and 4.0. 



Yeah that would explain some of the exhaustion. 

Sigh. Stupid gland!

My doc is upping my dosage two notches and James will be picking it up this evening on his way to take Cecilia to Mass. 

Here's hoping the energy levels stabilize soon. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teresa and her Milk, Um, I mean Orange Juice

Teresa has been my milk addict. Seriously, she wants it for breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner. Of course, we don't let her have it that often, but that doesn't stop her from demanding it. And she will even go to the fridge and get the milk carton and bring it to me so I can give her some.

So it was with some excitement that I recently got her drinking OJ for breakfast instead. Except now she is turning into an OJ addict.

And now she will go to the fridge and follow me around with the OJ container and a cup. 

Sometimes she will even ask for it before bed! Acidic sugar before bed? I don't put anything past this girl. sigh. 

I did manage to get the OJ back in the fridge and give her water instead. Her pediatrician would be proud. 

Riding the Energy Roller Coaster

So.... I've been pretty exhausted lately. First trimester you know. Saturday I had enough energy and it was such a nice day out, so I built the monkey bars for Teresa but I think building the monkey bars doubled my usual exhaustion. Sunday I didn't want to move. At all. Ever. Which made Palm Sunday Mass more challenging than it might otherwise have been, particularly with Teresa.

It would have been more tolerable if Teresa hadn't used the palms as swords. I made the crappiest crosses ever I was in such a hurry to stop her from whipping me in the face with them. And about 45 minutes in Teresa just got more and more energetic. Even in the back of church she was running in circles... until she needed a diaper change. Our mass lasted an hour and 45 minutes and by then Brigid was hungry and cranky and Teresa unmanageable. The older three weren't any more difficult that one would expect at a long mass, but the younger two, compounded by how exhausted I was already, just made me want to quit.

Fortunately after a nap Sunday afternoon and a mostly full night of sleep, Monday I woke up actually feeling like I had slept. And I wasn't about to waste it.

So, I got Teresa a bath to get Sunday's lollipop out of her hair, washed the snow boots, put away all the snow boots, snow coats and snow pants, took all 5 girls to the mall and scored two beautiful Spring dresses at half off for Cecilia, had lunch, got Cecilia and Elizabeth new nightgowns and bought each of the girls a small toy of their choice at the Disney store with the penitential condition they couldn't have it until Easter. After coming home I put away all the Fall/Winter dresses and got out all the Spring/Summer dresses. Unfortunately, I had to return back to the mall when we got home and discovered a security ink tag still on one of the dresses. And then I took the oldest three to gymnastics. Take that, Monday!

It was nice to have such a productive day but by the evening, I was exhausted again.

I woke up Tuesday not completely exhausted but not energized either and, since Brigid got Teresa and myself up at 6am, it was only a few hours later my energy began to wane.

It is however a lovely rainy day, so while I can't toss the kids outside and expect today to be pretty simple (get laundry done and waste time) and laid back (hotdogs for lunch, anyone?), I am absolutely loving listening to the rain and getting a nice breeze through my window before the temperatures drop later today.

I will probably get my thyroid levels checked tomorrow just to make sure that isn't playing into my energy craziness, but it wouldn't surprise me if it is just the normal pregnancy stuff.

Hope your Holy Week is going Holily! :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

How I Spent My Saturday

Well, and part of Thursday as well...  I spent Thursday putting the larger sections together inside the house and then Saturday putting it all together outside. It took me about 3 or so hours just to put everything in place and then tighten all 130 bolts and then put the nut covers on. Needless to say, my hands are a bit sore today. But it was totally worth it.

Teresa was given this by my parents for her 3rd birthday. But we got so much rain the week after her birthday I wasn't about to sit in the mud and watch it sink while I built it. Fortunately last week things dried out and we got a warm, sunny day yesterday. 

I even managed to get a little sunburned. The girls have been having a blast on it though. 

Teresa absolutely loved it. She hasn't climbed all the way to the top yet, but I'm sure it won't take my monkey long to master her new monkey bars. :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cecilia Leads the AHG Opening Meeting/Felicity Color Guard

It has taken me forever to get this up. Cecilia loves leading her AHG troop opening and closing ceremonies. She loves reading in front of people. Don't ask me where she gets it - totally not me! She can't do it every meeting of course, but at this one she was able to lead while Felicity was in the color guard. Both of them in one video - score!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Five Favorites - Bedtime Edition


My girls love this thing! Of course, with 4 girls in one bedroom, who wouldn't want it showered in rainbows? But seriously, they even use it as a nightlight before they go to sleep or if they wake up during the night. And the best part? It has a timer and goes off in 30 minutes saving the batteries. 


We have one of these in the girls room too. They take turns using the remote to set whether it is a quarter moon, half moon, waxing, waning, etc. It too has a 30 minute timer to turn off by itself. 


Now, the rainbow works awesome for my 8 year old, 6 year old, 4 year old and 3 year old, but the button on it is simply too small for the 1 year old. She has a Sea Turtle. I love this thing. Each of the pictures lights up a different sea creature image and the two other buttons, which are a good size for little fingers, light up the ceiling with blue, green or aqua stars and a crescent moon. She uses it to go to sleep and to calm herself when she wakes up during the night. I know this one runs a bit much on Amazon, but there are plenty of similar bedtime turtles that look like they would do just as well. 


When Cecilia was born, someone (I can't even remember who) bought her a turtle fur blanket embroidered with her name on it. They are super soft and simply lovely. Since then, at ever First Christmas, each of my girls have received one embroidered with their name and birthdate on it. It is their baby blanket. Some sleep with them. Some hang them over the rail of their bed as a curtain or banner. But all of them treasure them. 


Each of the girls read a couple of books before going to sleep. Most of them pick different books every night, but Teresa is absolutely addicted to this one and finds it absolutely hysterical every single time it is read to her or she "reads" it herself. And while she has known the names of the colors for a while, the book is helping her remember which is which while it makes her laugh before going to sleep. On each pair of pages animals wear different colored items of clothing but a turkey always puts them on wrong. "Blue Hat, Green Hat, Yellow Hat, Oops." Those "oops" get her every time. 

More Five Favorite's at Hallie's Moxie Wife

Liebster Award

Joy at Joy in the Morning has kindly nominated me for the Liebster Award.

The Liebster Award is for bloggers with less than 200 followers.  Liebster is a German word meaning dearest. The award is given to up-and-coming bloggers who deserve recognition and support to keep on blogging.

Here are the "rules":
1. Answer the 11 questions given to you
2. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
3. Choose 5* bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate.
(I'm abbreviating a bit to try and avoid tag-backs)
4. Go to each blogger's page and let them know about the award.
5. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog!

Joy's Questions:

  • Favorite breakfast? Bacon, Egg and Cheese sandwich with OJ
  • First presidential election you remember? George Bush, Sr. 
  • Home decorating style? favoring which time period? Log Cabin. I love unpainted wood and rich colors, generally hunter green, burgundy, royal blue, etc. 
  • Favorite ice cream flavor? Vanilla Bean
  • And what is going on top? (Fave toppings?) Caramel
  • What country/culture fascinates you most? Working West: Japan, Russia, Poland, Austria, Norway, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, England/Scotland, Ireland. One day.... one day. 
  • Planner or spur of the moment personality? Planner
  • Favorite board game? Scattergories 
  • White, milk or dark chocolate? White, then milk. Never dark. 
  • Favorite Easter basket candy? Cadbury Eggs
  • You are hosting a 3 movie marathon: what is the theme or featured artist? Hmmm... Either Lord of the Rings or Jane Austen. 

  • Now the tough part... thinking of 11 original questions. Well, here goes:
    1. If you could choose another name for yourself, what would it be and why?
    2. What is your favorite book you are least happy to tell others about?
    3. What is your favorite season and why?
    4. What is your favorite thing to wear and why?
    5. What is your favorite prayer/devotion?
    6. Where do you like to eat out best?
    7. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    8. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
    9. What kind of books do you like best?
    10. If you could recommend one current TV show or film, what would it be?
    11. Favorite card game?

    How are those? :)

    Now, for my nominees...

    Kari at With His Grace ... she's only 30 weeks pregnant... plenty of time on her hands to do this, right? ;)
    Theologian Mom, an acquaintance of my husband rocking both the mom and theologian in one blog!
    Kristen at St. Monica's Bridge... if you aren't reading her, you're missing out. :)
    Laura at Planted and Blooming... if you're skies are gray, there is no way checking out what her kids are up to won't brighten your day!
    and, because I can't resist tagging Brigid's godmother's blog, Lisa over at *Walk In His Ways*, with her own amazing group of kids. 

    Thanks to Joy for sharing this award and hope everyone enjoys exploring hers and these other wonderful blogs! I promise, between all of them, you will never run out of awesome kid stories. :)