A Risky Subject

Gun control.  And all of the good and ridiculous conversations that are currently going on in this country.  I’ve seen both of the following images on Facebook recently, and both are completely ridiculous to me.

When your children and mine are likely to be specific targets of gun violence, or violence of any kind, then, yes, they should also have 11 armed guards at their school. Until they are (and I hope they never ever are), that argument is null and void.

The same goes for this image.  The President of the United States, Vice-President, and numerous others are likely to be specific targets of gun violence, terrorist attacks, and assassination attempts.  So, yes, they have many armed guards and teams solely dedicated to their safety.  Are you?  If not, stop using that as your argument.

We have a serious problem with mental illness in this country and there is just not enough help for those who suffer from those diseases, or support for their family members.  The system needs an overhaul.  I will not argue that point.

The new regulations that President Obama proposed today pretty much make perfect sense to me.  We keep a list of people who buy Sudafed, but we don’t think it’s a good idea to keep a gun registry????

No one is proposing taking away guns from law abiding citizens.  If you have money and a clean background check, you can get a gun.  Your 2nd Amendment rights are not being violated.  You can still protect yourself and your family.  Stop whining.

Also, check out what Jon Stewart has to say on the subject.

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This morning I finished reading Echoes by Robin Jones Gunn, a novel about a woman named Lauren, whose heart is broken and then finds love again on in the internet.  Think You’ve Got Mail kind of story.  It’s actually modeled after the romance of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, who fall in love through letters.

It’s a very sweet story, and a quick read, with lots of wisdom and encouragement from the Bible.  It’s also a part of a series, although you wouldn’t feel at all lost even though this is the third book in the series.  It’s appropriate for teens and adults (with the caveat that teens, & sometimes adults, should not head to the internet for love), and just really enjoyable overall.

You can pick up a copy for yourself at Amazon.com, where you can also preview the first chapter.

I received this book for free as part of the Blogging for Books program through WaterBrook Multnomah.  All opinions are 100% mine.  Don’t forget to rank my review on their website!!

The Little Onion

We had a great appointment last week and were able to hear the baby’s heartbeat loud and clear.  It was a strong 148, so let the gender guessing begin 🙂

I am sooooo thankful that my friend Jen told me that Ross carries maternity clothes!  I went crazy there last week and bought a bunch of things that should last me the whole pregnancy.  I still need a pair of jeans, but I just wasn’t impressed with the selection they had the day I was there.

In other news, I know get to experience the joy of wearing support hose every.single.day.  I already have one varicose vein and a few more developing, so keep them at bay, I was instructed to wear them every day.  This means investing in a few more pairs, and wearing only long dresses, long skirts, and pants.  ‘Cause let’s face it, support hose and shorts just aren’t too cute.

This morning while we were in church the baby started moving around a bunch and I could feel him/her from the outside, so I tried to have Andrew feel, too, but I don’t think he was truly able to discern the movements.  Bummer, but the kicks will be stronger before we know it and I’m sure he’ll get to feel our little onion kicking up a storm soon.

The Haps

I am now 17 and 1/7 weeks pregnant.  The baby has definitely created a little bump for itself, but when I look in myself in the mirror, it still looks like belly fat.  I’m guessing that a little closer to 20 weeks there will be a more noticeable “pop”.

I am praising God that it seems I have passed the throwing up part of pregnancy, although on days when I work, I always need to eat a second breakfast around 8 AM or I feel like passing out.  I am definitely thankful that I am usually able to take a break around that time and everyone is really understanding.  I wore maternity scrub pants for the first time this week and liked them about as much as I liked the Bella Band.  I think I’m just in the awkward phase where regular clothes (of any kind) are too uncomfortable, but maternity clothes are too big.

In the first trimester, I lost 7-8 pounds, and I have finally gained 3 of those back.  I’m so thankful to have an appetite again, but I’m starting to wonder if I will ever gain weight like I should?  My mom says (and I know she’s right) that it will definitely come and I shouldn’t worry, but the NICU nurse in me still worries that the baby won’t get enough nutrition if I’m not gaining weight like I expected.  And tonight when I took my prenatal vitamin I read (for the first time) that the recommended dose of this brand is two pills three times daily!!!!  Woops!  Guess I should have read that more closely.  The good news is, I was taking a different brand in the first trimester that only required one pill per day.

I’m still always amazed at how many people feel comfortable touching my abdomen.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I hate it when people don’t ask first!!

The people that I’m close to, and even those who know me very casually, know that I have pretty “granola” views on many things, and childbirth is no exception.  My mom gave birth sans epidural twice, and I know several people who have done the same, or who have used birthing centers or done home births.   I didn’t expect much support for natural childbirth from my co-workers, but it’s still a bit frustrating to have people really try to discourage you from doing what you think is best for your baby (and what the evidence actually supports).   I work in a place that sees only the worst outcomes of childbirth, so I do understand where a lot of my co-workers come from, but I still think people shouldn’t be so quick to give their unsolicited opinions.  There was one girl at work who was encouraging me regarding natural birth, and she successfully had a VBAC last year, and I was so thankful to hear her give a positive viewpoint. Thank God for my close friends who are supportive!

At 15.5 weeks I was able to feel the baby move for the first time!  It felt like two little pops of popcorn in my belly and it was one of the most exciting things ever!  Now I’m feeling the baby with more regularity, though he or she tends to be most active on the days that I work.  Last night I actually felt stronger movements, though they still can’t be felt from the outside.   I can’t wait until Andrew can feel the baby; that is going to be a really exciting day.

Can’t wait to hear our little onion’s heartbeat again tomorrow!!

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