Had a prenatal appointment early in the morning - baby is posterior - ugh!
The kids and I baked cookies and brownies to make the "Vermonster" as a birthday treat for a friend, plus also made corn dogs and fries for her birthday dinner, and went swimming in the afternoon.
That's 20 scoops of ice-cream in five flavors!
Went for a chiropractic adjustment in the evening in hopes of making baby turn.
Friday, July 20
Went to the homeschool convention all day.
Saturday, July 21
Went to the homeschool convention again all day - my husband and the kids joined me in the morning.
My contractions start regularly at 5 pm.
Sunday, July 22
Stayed home from church all day with regular contractions.
My husband's mom comes to town to help.
Monday, July 23
We did more last minute errands and shopping.
Still having regular contractions all day.
Tuesday, July 24
Baby Stephen is born.
We had a double birthday dinner in honor of my husband and Stephen.
Wednesday, July 25
Midwife and her students come for 24-h checkup, serve dinner and cake.
Thursday, July 26
Kids made juice popsicles.
I sewed a lion mask for John while stuck on "bed rest."
Friday, July 27
My husband chops his finger open at work with a drill, requiring a trip to urgent care to get it all stitched back up. This renders him incapable of helping with anything that might make his hand wet, such as diaper changes, cooking, bathing kids, etc. - talk about bad timing!!!
Saturday, July 28
With my husband's help, I was able to do the weekly produce split again. Otherwise, an uneventful day, as my husband is feeling ill, and his injured finger is hurting a lot.
Sunday, July 29
I went to church for the first time since giving birth - morning service only.
In the afternoon, my husband and baby Stephen go to Ikea to pick out some additional storage solutions for the school room.
Monday, July 30
My husband bought and installed a huge wardrobe system for our bedroom, giving us more much-needed storage. New, this particular combo would come out to about $1200. We bought it used on craigslist for $200. Besides a nice chunk of change, this also saved us hours and hours of building the whole thing from scratch.
Enjoying a bath
Becky loving on Stephen
Tuesday, July 31
My mother-in-law went back home - eek! It was a bit scary not having another adult here 24/7. My husband was trying to take as much time off from work as he could, but he did have to work some.
Wednesday, August 1
Our entire family went to Chick-fil-A for the "appreciation day."
The line wrapped around the outside of the building - in spite of bright sunshine and 107 degrees heat outside. We opted for the drive-through instead, which only took about 15 minutes.
This being a Wednesday, we had also ordered a catering order for church to be delivered after the evening service. However, this was cancelled after the restaurant ran out of food in the late afternoon.
Miriam and Becky playing midwife with a jump rope and a white noise machine that makes gurgly sounds.
Thursday, August 2
My husband has to leave on a 2-day business trip. Things go surprisingly well without any help here. The kids are all adjusting well to the new family addition.
Solomon teaching Miriam to play his favorite board game
Isaac holding Stephen
I sewed a dress for the American Girl doll is getting for Christmas. My goal is to make about 20 outfits for her, Becky's, and Anna's dolls. So far, I have made two dresses and one skirt.
Saturday, August 4
I sewed a nightgown for Miriam while Stephen slept in the sling in my arms. The sewing machine seems to keep him asleep really well.
Sunday, August 5
Went to both church services with all seven kids - given that I am the only adult taking care of all of them, it went pretty good.
In the afternoon, I sewed a new skirt for Becky. Usually, I never have this much time to sew, but I am still trying to take things easy after just having had the baby, and he is content to sleep in my arms as I sew.
Monday, August 6
I cut out matching aprons to sew as Christmas gifts for all the girls.
Tuesday, August 7
Stephen is two weeks old today.
Our new organic mattresses were finally delivered - these were ordered six weeks ago. They are not manufactured until after they are ordered, so it took a while to get all the ones our family needed. Unlike conventional mattresses, these do not contain carcinogenic flame retardants, or any chemicals for that matter - only cotton, wool, and steel springs.
Did you know that the flammability requirements for mattresses in the US are something crazy like not igniting for 90 seconds after being exposed to the 1ft-wide open flame of a blowtorch???!? Don't quote me on the exact numbers, but it was something along those lines.
Did you know that the off-gassing from conventional mattresses has been linked majorly to the occurrence of SIDS, which is why putting baby to sleep on his back, and having a fan on over the bed, help greatly reduce SIDS? Both the flame retardants, as well as chemicals used in the manufacture of these mattresses, have also been linked to cancer. You can find much more detailed information on this subject online.
Later, I went out by myself for first time with baby Stephen - Wal Mart and Costco - exciting, huh? :)
We are starting school four weeks from today. I am all done buying curriculum, and have finished cleaning out and organizing most of the school room. Pretty much all that's left to do now is to write the lesson plans for the year. Solomon is going to start 7th, Isaac 5th, John 3rd, and Miriam 1st grade. Becky will keep working on her kindergarten workbooks, and learning to read.
Hope you are enjoying your summer!