Well, I have been sitting on bed rest since Monday afternoon, and I have to say I am really running out of patience. I thought it would be nice to hang out in the bed for a few days, but wow! How quickly I have become bored and sore. I am looking around and thinking of all the things that need to be done or that I want to do with Rebekah and Ethan before their little sister arrives.
I am trying to enjoy this time alone and rest since I know that in just a couple of days I won't be resting for quite some time. :)
Also, I mentioned earlier, that my feet and legs were like tree trunks and that I wanted to take a picture of my feet. However, I didn't take a picture that night and in the morning...I had my "real" feet back! Bummer. Now those of you who didn't see them, won't believe how gigantic they really were. Oh well.
Monday sometime, hopefully early in the day, we'll meet our little "Thumper". Stay tuned for pictures of her.
I went to the doctor today and was put back on bed rest until Monday at 6:30 AM when I am to report to Labor and Delivery. I want to know why in the world they want you to be there so stinkin' early in the morning. You'd think they'd give you a few minutes peace the day you are having a baby instead of rushing you in. Anyway, the new date is September 29th instead of October 15th. Now, if we could only figure out a name. :)
There is never a dull moment at our house. Rebekah and Ethan always keep themselves entertained. On this day, they were measuring and building houses with some left over pieces of wood from the deck Daddy-O and Grandpa built. When that became boring, they decided to move on to something a little more challenging to measure, Spike Dog.
Any suggestions? I am looking for a Biblical first name, since our other 2 children have Biblical names, and we don't want this one to be left out. Some of the names that have been thrown into the hat are.... Bethany, Hannah, Joannah, Rachel, and Jessica. If you have any suggestions, or want to put your vote in... now's the chance. Time is ticking and we can't decide. :)
Well, as most of you know, Rebekah and Ethan didn't wait until their due dates to make their way into the world. My blood pressure decides to creep up the closer I get the expected date. For the past 3 weeks it has crept up...120/70 (normal), 130/80(hmm not so good), 136/84 (look out!), and today 144/94 (YIKES!)! So, I am now on bed rest for the next 2 days until I can go back to the doctor and have it checked again and go over the blood work they did today. I knew it was going to be high, since my legs are now officially tree trunks. (They feel like they are the same size from hip to ankle and the feet aren't far behind.) I can't wait until I see MY feet again and not the ones that someone swapped with me. I think I'll take a picture or two of these things, just so I remember when they are gone.
Tomorrow Rebekah and Ethan will get to spend the day with Daddy-O and Popa while they work on the yard and I work on staying calm to see if my blood pressure will go down.
Through all this, God is in control and I marvel at how He works things.
As if soccer and having a new baby sister this fall wasn't enough, we decided to put the kids into an AWANA program close to home. AWANA stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed and is a Bible based program that helps the children memorize Scripture, learn about Missionaries around the world, and interact with children their own ages in game time and craft time. Rebekah and Ethan have been to the first 2 meetings and have really enjoyed it and are excited about learning their Bible verses and going back to see their new friends.
Rebekah is a Spark this year and Ethan is a Cubby. I am really excited about this program because I was also in this, let's just say several years back ,when I was Rebekah's age. ;) We are proud of what they have learned so far and can't wait to see how much more they will learn this year.
This fall we are playing Soccer!!! Rebekah and Ethan are both playing for the YMCA down the street. Rebekah is a proud member of the Panthers team and Ethan is an equally proud member of the Dukes team. They started their first practices last week and had their first game on Saturday, September 13th! They are starting to get the hang of it and Ethan really enjoys it! Rebekah is taking a while to adjust to it. She likes to do things "just right" before performing in front of others. It is great to see them try new things and Daddy-O and I are so proud of their effort.
Daddy-O was recruited to be Rebekah's coach this year. A first for him too! Never did I think I'd see Daddy-O on a soccer field, but he's doing great! Way to go Team Bollander!
Just 5 days after our return from the beach, Rebekah turned 6! Hard to believe that our sweet little baby girl is 6 years old.
She had a great time at her party with lots of friends and family there to celebrate. She took her friends over to the park to play after cake and ice cream. It was like a little parade going down the street as everyone brought their scooters or bikes to ride to the park.
After the party, Rebekah told me that she wanted Thumper to be born in September too. Now we are anxiously waiting to see what the Lord has planned for her arrival.
We made our annual trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this September. We go every year the week of Labor Day. (Consider it our 1st field trip of the school year.) ;)
This year was interesting as we watched and waited for Hanna to show up on our doorstep and just like they promised...she did. Our lights went out for about 45 minutes in the middle of the night, mid night to be exact. Not terrible in normal circumstances, but when you are almost 8 months pregnant and your hotel room is on the 14th floor... well you can only image the thoughts that immediately flooded my mind as I tried to figure out how I was going to "waddle" down that many steps in the dark, with 2 children, and sweat falling into my eyes. Needless to say, I spent the next 44 minutes and 30 seconds praying to our Almighty God to provide a way to make it bearable. At 12:45, the lights came back on (along with the air conditioner!) and praising God I drifted off to sleep again, without another thought about the Tropical Storm.
Another thing that I thought was going to come out of the Tropical Storm knocking our lights out was that we'd actually have a name for this sweet little girl who we'll be meeting very soon. But that didn't work out, or at least not yet. :)
Hanna wasn't the only excitement we had! Rebekah and Ethan had a blast and kept us on the go! From diving for rings in the pool, to floating in the "Lazy Crazy River", to throwing the football on the beach, to splashing in the waves, these 2 didn't stop until they were pulled upstairs for lunch and rest, and then for dinner and bed.
One sunny Sunday morning, Rebekah and Ethan were outside almost ready for church when they saw Raven, Audrey's cat, smack a butterfly. When they saw the butterfly get injured, they ran to it, chasing away Raven, and picked up the butterfly. Ethan and Rebekah knew they needed to get it to Resa's Butterfly Bush so it could get some food and try to heal. They carefully carried it over to the bush and left it there to "get better" as we left to finish getting ready for church. We didn't see the butterfly fly away, but we also didn't see it there after church either. Amazing how 2 small children care so much for the world God created.
Daddy-O planned a day trip with Rebekah and Ethan to Kings Dominion, while I went to the Home Educators Association of Virginia's Homeschool Convention, to plan for this school year. The kids had a wonderful time at Kings Dominion, despite the 100 degree temperature that day. It was so hot that the double stroller Daddy-O took to cart the kids around in literally had a melt down. The wheels got so hot that they melted and broke. Now that's a hot summer day!
I chose the song Cinderella as my opening song because how important I feel it is to spend time with your family and friends now. After hearing the tragic story about the singer and songwriter's family, in the sudden death of his 5 year old daughter, the song means even more. As you look at the blog, listen closely to the song and remember, only God knows how long each one of us has here on Earth.