1: The secret is out
Well, I just about let the cat out of the bag yesterday on Twitter, so I guess, though it’s early, I might as well share it with my closest friends on the Internet: we’re expecting Baby #3. He or she is due in early December, so we’re very much in the toilet-hugging, looking-for-the-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel stage of things.
Our five-year-old is ecstatic. She’s also convinced that Hershey’s Kiss is a viable name option. Our two-year-old will be ecstatic once she has a baby to carry. (No, we won’t let her carry the baby…intentionally. But something tells me we’ll have to have our eyes peeled for that little fan of all things baby.)
Prayers appreciated. Hugs welcome. Ginger ale not optional (it seems to be the secret ingredient to my mornings). 🙂
2: Recent reading
Last night I finished Mary Mother of the Son, Volume III: Miracles, Devotion, and Motherhood, by Mark Shea. Wow! It completes his Mother of the Son trilogy and I am so thrilled that we’ll be giving this set away as part of the May giveaway at CatholicMom.com, courtesy of Aquinas and More.
Everyone should read these books. They are among the few books I’ve read about Mary that are focused only on the facts, not on trying to win you over or convince you to love Mary with bells on your shoes.
Mark Shea has long been a favorite writer of mine, though this is the first of his books that I’ve read. As far as I’m concerned, he earns his place by Patrick Madrid and Scott Hahn as a Catholic writer for his work in these books.
I’ll be sharing a more in-depth review in May, but let me just say, real fast, that these are FABULOUS books.
3: The “s” word
It started as a humorous little post on Twitter and Facebook.
My mom just told me one of my first words was…sh*t. Does this explain my lifelong battle with saying it when I’m frustrated?
The reason I bring it up here is that I think a few of you need to know that you’re not alone in your struggle with language. (And, really, this isn’t the worst offender — not by a looooooonnnng shot — in my line-up.)
A few moms replied to me on Facebook and expressed relief that other moms used this word.
There was something in that that made me so…sad. I hope, y’all, that I don’t seem that holy or inaccessible or, well, inhuman. Language use is a special struggle of mine. In fact, it seems to be like a bit of a virus for me; when I’m around people with language I don’t necessarily want to emulate, I have to consciously restrict myself from falling right back into the habit of “f” this and “d” that and “oh ‘s.'”
I’m not proud of this struggle, and I don’t share it here to say that it’s OK. I share it because we can gain strength together, and though there are worse things, I find that so many of my sinful thoughts — the things that lead me into real trouble — start when my language heads down the toilet or into the gutter.
4: Speaking of language…
In fact, this week’s Mary Moment, on the Catholic Moments show, talks about how Mary remains a help to me in my language struggles.
5: Potty training
We’re serious. We’re committed. And…we’re not losing our mind (speaking for myself and the two-year-old only).
6: New on my playlist
My sister-in-law’s parish is hosting Lorraine Hess next week, and I’m thrilled to be able to attend the concert. I downloaded her album and am loving it.
7: Mississippi, here we come
For the weekend, we’re going to a part of Mississippi that, from my understanding, does not have internet. (Well, that’s not completely true: they have dial-up.) Though I spend large portions of my weekends offline when I’m at home, I’m out of town right now and things are all out-of-whack with my routine. I think an offline weekend, spent with some of my favorite girls and a pile of reading, will be therapeutic.
So, that said, I’ll see you Monday! Have a great weekend!
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Congratulations!!! After reading your comment for your small successes I thought you might be. I am so excited for you. Prayers will be offered up.
Congratulations and profound sympathy, from my standpoint at 18.5 weeks I so remember and would happily hold your hair and offer you sips of ginger ale.
Congratulations. I’d thought that might be the case in following your blog. I hope you feel better soon. If you’re in the DC area at all, the ginger ale is on me.
Hooray for new additions! I had wondered a little over some of your recent reading excursions, too – the raising boys book especially made me wiggle my eyebrows in suspicion. Congratulations to both you and Bob!
Blessings to you and your expanding family! I, too, have struggled with the slips of the tongue. I am better, and not sure how, or why. Not saying I never slip, but better. Moaning and grunting are good substitutes..just grit your teeth, and intelligible words do not come out!
Congratulations! As the mom of three kids, I can tell you it’s all blessings from here on out– though sometimes those blessings come disguised as trials and tribulations! I’m sending you cyber ginger ale 🙂
Teehee. another little lamb…sweet!
What wonderful news, Sarah. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.
I’m thrilled about your news! May you be blessed with health & happiness.
I was one who responded about the “foul language” thing. I hope you didn’t take it to mean that I think it’s OK to use that language. I don’t. I’d love to be able to clean up my own act–and it drives me nuts that it’s my first instinct to swear rather than to use some other word instead. I need to figure out how to short-circuit that!
Sarah, many congratulations! This is wonderful news. I found that chili garlic paste (from a jar purchased in the Asian food section pretty much anywhere) added spice to my food and strangely settled my nausea – all those peppers, I’m thinking. Truly wonderful news – thank you for sharing that.
Congratulations! All the best to you and your family.
YEEEEEHHHAAAAWWWW!!! Wow, what great news, Sarah!
Sorry about the praising the porceline god….that seems to be the one way I got through my 3 pregnancies….sheeesh!
So happy for you!
Quaffing ginger ale in your honor! Count it all joy!
Congratulations! And may 2nd trimester hurry up and get here!
I had to chuckle when I read your first word. My toddler’s lisp makes everything (and I do mean everything) sound like swearing. It’s tempting to announce, loudly, in church, “Yes, dear, that IS a FIRE TRUCK!” so that people don’t wonder at our language around the house, thus ending any attempts at play dates.
And, yes, language is a hard gear to change…
Congratulations to you and your family! I will be praying for you! I hope you start feeling better soon 🙂
Congratulations! My daughter-in-law is right there with you, due around the first of December. Will keep you in my prayers.
Congratulations and may the Lord continue to bless your domestic church
So, so happy for you! Congratulations!
Congratulations and many prayers. Eat lots of protein. That always helps me keep the queasies away. I found that if I had protein every time I ate and I ate frequently enough the nausea wasn’t quite so bad. I only threw up maybe three times total my last pregnancy as opposed to several times a day with baby #1.
Congratulations! Great news. I highly recommend Popsicles for the first trimester. 🙂
Congratulations! That is wonderful news. And as my seven year old said after dropping an infant someone gave him to hold, “Those babies are heavier than they look.” The infant was fine!
Sarah, congrats on your new addition and expanding family!! I’m a faithful reader of your blog though I don’t know that I’ve ever commented before. I kind of wondered from some recent posts if an announcement was on it’s way. Congrats again!!
I’ll be keeping you in my prayers. We also are expecting in December, though I don’t think I’m feeling quite as sick as it sounds like you are. I hope you feel better real soon. I’d also appreciate any prayers, this is my third pregnancy and hopefully will be our first living child. (Though we actually haven’t announced it yet, and as far as I know no one I know reads your blog, so I’m feeling safe mentioning it here!)
I love reading your blog and will be following as things progress. Prayers to you and your family!!
awesome! I’ll pray for you during this time when you want to be full of joy but are mostly full of puking…;)
Woo-hoo. So glad the secret is out. I’m so happy for you. Congratulations. You and your little, growing one have my prayers. Blessings.