Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Four

     He's here! We welcomed Thomas Ignatius early in the morning on May 23rd. He was 8 lbs 8 oz, and 21 inches long, which seems to be our standard baby size. Labor was quick and intense, recovery is going amazingly, and he is just so chill. Which is nice, because 4 is more than 3, and it's making the transition just a little bit easier. The other three adore him, for the most part. And today he's started to coo!
I think I might type up all their birth stories next; for now, here are some cute pics.
She was trying to console him with toys.



For some reason, they like to look at the toys,
even though they know we won't buy them.
True of all of our babies.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Mother Henn Fitness

Does anyone else have trouble remembering passwords that they never ever use, because all your devices are always logged in? And then completely flip out when you actually need to use it, but said application denies it 100 times, only to not let you use it as the new password, because you already used it recently? It's the story of my password life. And I never need them when I'm at home, so saving them on a desktop or whatever would do me not good. Why must everything be so complicated? Anyway, that's pretty much the reason my Mother Henn Fitness posts will be showing up here, until I take the time to remember my other google password, and set up the other .blogspot blog I have dedicated for those posts.

I signed up for Jessie Mundell's Postnatal Fitness Specialist Academy! If I'm diligent, I will have a certification in pre-and-postnatal physical training roughly 10 weeks from now! I am so excited! This is something I've been contemplating for a while now, and I can't believe I'm doing it! I've kind of been avoiding any type of hardcore learning, pretty much since I graduated college in 2010, mostly due to laziness and an irrational fear of failure. This time, my fear isn't so much that I won't pass the test, but that I won't know or retain enough to actually teach or train someone else. I really want to be able to help myself, and at the very least my friends, to have the best physical life they can while in their childbearing years, and really want to have credible knowledge and skills to impart. This certification is a step closer to being able to achieve that goal. And! The Girls Gone Strong have also put out a program specifically for women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant, or are postpartum called Moms Gone Strong, and they're working on making a certification in that available too! I don't think Jessie's certification is accredited, but the GGS one is going to be, so I'll feel more confident knowing I have that, once I get it. I'm excited, and nervous, and can't wait to share this journey with you!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

#March4Life2017

     I wasn't able to go to the March For Life this year, but I was able to listen to the last few of the speeches while cutting sweet potatoes, which I then proceeded to not cook. Anyway, I liked a lot of what I heard, mostly. Maybe I don't fully understand the purpose behind the March. Maybe it's just supposed to be a show of numbers, of the people who oppose abortion in our country. Maybe it's not to make persuasive arguments as to why we are pro-life and anti-abortion. If that is the case, then my objection is no issue at all. However, if we are trying to change minds and hearts, then I think we should stop "God bless"ing everything, and stop "Jesus is Lord"ing, and stop praying for the conversion of specific people during our speeches. No, I don't want to erase God/Jesus from the March, but I have family, friends, and people I follow who identify much, much more with the reasons for the Women's March, and their hearts are not being swayed by the religious talk. Quite the opposite, actually. Our message is being drowned out by the insistence on bringing God, specifically the Judeo-Christian God, into everything. It's fine if you are able to say "Abortion is wrong, and I know it because the Bible/the Church/my Faith says so", but we need to remember not everyone has the benefit of the supernatural gift of Faith informing their life. To me, that is the part we are missing. We seem to assume that "Jesus talk" is the quickest and most powerful way of changing hearts, because we already see with the eyes of Faith, so it all makes sense to us. To someone without that grace? Badgering them about the right thing to do because God said so just causes them to stop listening. We need to focus more on the natural reasons why abortion is wrong, good scientific and philosophical reasons, and let God quietly do the rest. There is nothing we can do or say to change the mind and heart of someone who is not yet ready to accept our message, and it is all too easy to do or say something which hardens their heart more. If it is true that we are living in a post-Christian age, then our approach is going to have to change to reflect that, and appeals to matters of Faith will only become more and more irrelevant and useless. We need to meet them where they are, on the solely natural plane. Maybe then, will our message really be heard.