-
FINE. #bleah
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Totoro, I mean, Snorlax, and pals Bulbasaur, Charmander, Eevee, and Pikachu. By Gloria
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Eating oatmeal and examining the encyclopedia.
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
That Prisma app is pretty cool. Clementine, Roland filter. You could crop the watermark easily, if you like. #prisma
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Me.
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Hangin with the Quine while the others PoGo.
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Small girl in sparkly tutu fell asleep on my ottoman.
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Double digits, I just noticed! #99daysto9kids
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
A #newworldcomiccon purchase, a post-apocalyptic children's book about finding a home. By Jörn Lofferty, who is on the Facebook. #theredthing #jornlofferty
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
I know the Eleventh Doctor is young, but wow. (He soniced us as we passed.) #newworldcomiccon
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Seen at New World Comic Con. #preach #geekpunk #newworldcomiccon
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
This handsome guy is hanging out on our porch today. I gave him some water. No collar, but he's neutered and generally in good condition. He also is indifferent to the cats – he and Madeline eyed each other and neither was hostile. I assume he belongs somewhere close.
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
It's so hot! This pregnant lady can't take it. We're staying inside from 10AM-8PM. #ugh #humidityoverload #heatindexeleventy
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Uh, good evening to you too, Facebook?
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Huh.
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
It was hot out!
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
A wild Clementine appeared!
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Oh no, better not play here! #pokemongo
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

Ultrasound recap

So we had that ultrasound a few days ago! Everything is fine as far as we can tell with the baby. He measures right for dates, no abnormalities seen, etc. That’s the last hurdle to cross medically and now I feel confident birthing at home.

In retrospect, I should have left the OB office after getting my fetal DNA results and not limped along to the anatomy scan. The scan we got at an independent lab for Dorothy and for Clementine was just as complete and much faster. We waited over an hour to be shown in at the scan yesterday, then an additional hour waiting for first, the technician and second, the doctor. Very unpleasant experience for someone by themselves, let alone with eight children in tow. This is the same place that tells you they will charge you if you are fifteen minutes late. Sean was pretty hacked off because he had to take time off, and then it dragged much, much longer than planned.

I had forgotten, because you do, how doctors are. After the tech scanned us, the doctor came in and talked for five minutes or so about my normal pregnancy. Absolutely no new information for me, the mother of eight. I just let him go on. I’ve learned that stopping doctors does no good but just makes it go on longer. I figure they have to tell you this stuff for liability reasons. Whatever. They’re like informative audiobooks you can’t skip through. He assumed I was giving birth at the hospital and I just let him think that. He wanted to see me for monthly scans “due to your age and grand multiparity” but didn’t give any reasons or evidence that they would statistically improve our outcome, so. No thanks.

If I have another baby after this one gonna do it different. No OB after the bloodwork, and an out-of-pocket ultrasound midway through. Done deal. If the ultrasound shows an issue then we’ll figure out what to do then.

It feels like such a relief to be able to drop the doctors. I won’t be getting the gestational diabetes test either, so I’ll just do one at home. I have a blood glucose monitor. I’ve never had GD and don’t expect to this time. And I can do kick counts and fundal height checks myself. I know preeclampsia symptoms, I’m monitoring my weight gain, etc etc.  And I have an awesome midwife on call, ready for Halloween or so when the boy shall emerge!

Oh, in case you missed it – his name is Peregrine. We’re calling him Perry.

Oh, there you are!

Perry the Platypus

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
The Pokémon desert that @mrgleeson, @megascops.asio, and I live in. This is why I'm Level 2. #likethisformiles #literally #alsonocellservice
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
A little Middle-Earth to round out the day.
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Little squishy baby boy made of clay. His name is Peregrine – oh, there you are, Perry!
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Playing Avignon: A Clash of Popes!
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Quine reading me a book. Love those peepers!
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
What a sad question to find in a (anonymized) pregnancy forum.
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Not a happy kid. Can't quite work out what's wrong, but I'll sit with her while she works through it. #shesveryloud
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Well I was gonna play Pokémon Go but that was before it was still as hot as the surface of the sun. #feelslike111 #44C #nope
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-
Quine covered Dorothy with toys and books.
Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

“We Know that We Are Going To Be Killed” 

One important thing to understand is the life there in Iraq. For Christians, we know what it is to live among others. This is not the first time. We grow up with persecution. So if you look to our history, I’m not talking about a couple hundred years ago, I’m talking even today, just yesterday. For priests, when they ordain us, we know that we are not going to die normally. We know that we are going to be killed.

http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/07/we-know-that-we-are-going-to-be-killed

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment

-

Posted by Intagrate Lite

Posted in thoughts | Leave a comment