Friday, September 21, 2007

I'm back!

Ok, sorry for the long delay but computer problems turned out to be bigger than expected. We gave up on dial-up and switched to DSL which took time to get hooked up then dh has had to spend the better part of 2 days to get everything reconfigured and operating properly. Wow, DSL is so much faster than dail-up. :)

Because of the mess all of my picture files have to be reloaded so, unfortunately, I don't have any pics to share just now. Maybe this weekend.

Patty asked when the little guy is due. We're now down to no more than three weeks from today. For better or worse, I've schedule an induction for Oct. 12. For anyone keeping count, that's a week earlier than my official due date. Three out of four kids have been a week or more past their due dates, so based on that, it'll be two weeks early. Why the rush? Normally I would let the baby come when he's good and ready, but I have pretty fast labors. How fast? Last time, I was ready to deliver by the time I got to the hospital, about 2 hours after the labor started. DH has to commute 1 1/2 to almost 2 hours to and from work. A few days ago it took him almost 3 hours to get home. No family lives close by and friends work during daytime. So, things could get very tight timewise if I let things flow naturally. I've had an induction once before and I am not looking forward to going through that again but it's alot more appealing than ending up on the morning news because M. delivered his baby brother at home. Just about everything is ready for the arrival. I've got about a dozen meals in the freezer. I'd like to get some more put away but temps will be near 90 for the next few days so I'll hold off until it gets cooler again.

I'd also like to get a few projects finished up beforehand but we'll have to see how that goes. I've finished knitting scarves for both girls as well as piecing 3 quilts tops minus borders. I want to get the quilt for R. finished as well as make one for M. for their Eid presents but I'm running out of time and I only have early mornings or nights to work on them so, even doing everything on the sewing machine, I'm not sure I'll get them done in time. For those who don't know, Eid is the Islamic celebration that marks the end of Ramadan (the month of fasting). This year, depending on the moon sighting, it will be either Oct. 12 or 13. The timing of the induction means that I'll be in the hospital for Eid, so we'll probably give the kids their gifts on Thur. night. I don't think they'll mind missing a more active celebration in exchange for having the anticipation of waiting for their baby brother satiated.

Oh, I almost forgot! My best friend, who has been dealing with infertility, is pregnant!!!! So prayers had been answered all around. One friend is about to deliver twins any day now and the other has gotten the best surprise diagnosis that you could ask for after such a long wait. I know that they will both make great moms!


Jodie said...

All the very best for Oct 12.

Patty said...

Not much longer Shellie ! Sounds like you have been very busy. Do you have a name picked out for the new blessing ? Are there special naming customs in Islam ?