Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Hannah was granted a clean bill of health, as her doctor said, "the trajectory of her head shape looks good." So siyanara helmet! (Although, we're going to keep the helmet because Hannah is going to dress up as a roller derby girl for Halloween.)

He did mention that her skull has started to fuse back together in the top part of her head, but at 7 months that's acceptable.

Here's a picture of us with Dr. Butler, her neurosurgeon. So weird to think he cut into my daughter's head.

Thanks be to God all is well! And thank you for all your prayers!!!

Neurologist Appt.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
If you have the chance, please say a prayer for Hannah today. We have an appointment with her neurologist this morning and are hoping to get the all clear from him. We're hoping (and expecting) to hear that the surgery was a success and that the soft spot that was created is still large enough to not need another surgery (that would be a worst case scenario). Also, hopefully he will also say that she no longer needs her helmet!


Mommy & Baby Yoga

Monday, August 16, 2010
Hannah and I went to a Mommy & Baby yoga class this morning. It was hilarious. She couldn't have cared less about the yoga, but LOVED seeing and interacting with the other babies. Our little social butterfly was laughing and talking and having a grand ol' time with the other babies there. Every time she was supposed to be doing a yoga pose, she would crane her neck so she could see the other babies. Haha. We'll definitely be going back next week.

Sidenote: Oh my gosh, I should have never said anything about our "new life plan." I'm so bad with secrets and to make it worse I probably won't be able to say anything about anything for like a year. We have to get a bunch of things in order first. But I can't wait. Ha!

Random Pic of my little yogi.


We went for a sail on the Newport Harbor last week. It was actually a Mimosa sail, which means they sold Mimosas for only $1 during the cruise. Yes, it was as good as it sounds. Needless to say, we had a ball. And Hannah enjoyed her first sail too.

The homes (mansions actually) along the Newport coast are simply unbelievable. It's hard to fathom that much wealth. I simply cannot imagine it. Sometimes I wish I was really wealthy just so I could give more money to charities. I would give it all to pro-life organizations and pregancy centers.

Anyways, the trip was a much needed respite from the hot and humid weather we've been having this summer. Good times.

The Catholic Company Reviewer Program

I forgot to mention that I'm now part of The Catholic Company reviewer program, which means I get to check out books, DVDs and other items (for free!) and then review them on my blog.

It's a great company and they tout themselves as the world's number Catholic store and they do have a lot of wonderful Catholic goods. Check them out here.

How To Stay Catholic In College: A Review

Saturday, August 14, 2010
(This review is is part of The Catholic Company Reviewer Program.)

How To Stay Catholic in College, written by Professor Christopher Kaczor, is a concise and comprehensive guide for any young person about to enter the treacherous waters of college. Kaczor manages to articulate in 17 pages what parents, teachers and priests spend years trying to convey. This booklet should be in the backpack of every young Catholic.(You can purchase it through The Catholic Company here.)

Kaczor begins by pointing out the college years are “a time of crisis, a turning point, a time of decision , where the direction of adult life is undertaken.” Make no mistake, the four short years spent in college have the capacity, for better or worse, to change a young person’s life forever. Therefore, he insists that students make the best of it, study well and make good decisions.

Professor Kaczor immediately launches into the prevailing pitfalls found in many humanities classes which incoming freshman are bound to encounter. Academia does not take kindly to religion, especially Catholicism, and anti-Catholic sentiment will inevitably be found within a liberal arts curriculum. Yet, he adds, “as a Catholic you have nothing to fear from embracing learning and acquiring wisdom.” With that said, students should be prepared to defend their faith and should therefore familiarize themselves with the great good the Church has accomplished throughout history, such as “the establishment of hospitals, the founding of universities, the upholding of the rights of young men and (especially) young women to consent, or not to consent to marry.” Every Catholic student should be armed with this information in order to defend against claims to the contrary.

Korczor warns students to gird their minds and to beware of false philosophy, most notably that of relativism. “There is no truth,” is a phrase commonly heard on most college campuses. In response to such a claim, Korczor quips:

“Similarly to say that “there is no truth” is to assert that it is true that there is no truth, but if there is even one thing that is true, then it is false to say that there is no truth. You’d be hard pressed to find a relativist who actually believes what he says in real life. If his grandmother dies, he does not act as if she may be dead for me but not for you. If grandma has died, then grandma is dead for everybody.”

Yet, Korczor insists it is simply not enough to be able to defend the faith. Students must resolve to grow in their faith and deepen their relationship with God. Korczor offers several key components to spiritual growth: attend Mass each weekend, pray each morning and evening, look for opportunities to volunteer to help others, strive to live an apostolic life and finally, go to confession at least once a month. By adhering to these habits, a young person can develop into a man or woman of character and faith.

Perhaps the best advice Kaczor offers is found in the middle of the booklet in which he encourages young people to put as much energy into their spiritual life as they do their academic endeavors. “As your worldly learning increase, let your spiritual learning keep pace.” He instructs them to learn as much as possible about their Catholic faith and culture. Read Dante, study Augustine and Aquinas, recognize renaissance art and architecture and learn to appreciate Gregorian chant. Keep the Bible and the catechism handy and learn to use them. By doing so, young people will not only develop their minds, but their hearts and souls as well.

Moreover, Kaczor acknowledges that college is more than just academics. Every good apostle needs a friend, St. Paul had Timothy and Titus and St. Peter had Andrew and James. Kaczor recommends the type of friends to look for and where to find them. “Be discerning and picky” when looking for friends he advises. He suggests attending meeting of solid Catholic groups, on campus or off. Pro-life groups are generally good bets for likeminded people, as well as “faith and reason” groups, parish organizations or service clubs. Establishing friendships rooted in the faith will last not only through college but entire lifetimes.

The title makes a bold claim and one which is based on the premise that the reader actually wants to remain Catholic in college. While Kaczor offers many excellent suggestions on how to maintain a vibrant faith life despite the wickedness and snares of college, I would add (and I’m sure the Professor would agree) that many of these lessons must be learned prior to university life. Parents cannot simply hand a booklet to their 18 year old and expect that in four years he will graduate college as a good and faithful Catholic. The work must be put in ahead of time. In an ideal world, Augustine and Aquinas would be studied before college and young people would graduate high school with a solid catechesis foundation, armed with arguments in defense of their faith. Alas, we do not live in an ideal world and many young people enter college with only a working knowledge of the basic Catholic prayers.

As someone who came to know the faith in college (and at an extremely liberal university I might add), I kept nodding in agreement with Korczor’s points. Yep, that will happen, yep that will help, yep that’s great advice.

Cloth Diapers For Sale--Updated

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Before I had Hannah I had great plans to cloth diaper her. While I still think cloth diapering is a good and noble goal, it's not terribly high on my mothering must-do list.

So, I'm selling on Craigslist my set of cloth diapers that I spent a small fortune on, but I thought I'd post on my blog too in case anyone out there is interested.

These are Green Mountain Pre-Fold Diapers--NEVER BEEN USED!!!

I did wash them 3-4 per instructions, but I never got around to using them. Ha! Anyways, I'm selling:

24 Newborn Size Diapers
12 Small Size Diapers
4 Bummies Covers

All for the price of $50. Email me if you're interested!

These sold on Craigslist already, after only a couple of hours. Awesome. Although, maybe I priced them too low. Oh well, I just made 50 bucks.

A Few More Ice Cream Pics

Sunday, August 8, 2010

I couldn't resist, here are a few more pics of Hannah enjoying some of her Dad's ice cream cone.

First Ice Cream Cone

Brewster Scoop, Brewster, MA (Cape Cod).


Saturday, August 7, 2010
This site is giving away FREE nursing covers in honor of National Breastfeeding Week!!!

The covers are delightful and I ordered the one below. Okay, I can't seem to upload the picture, but check 'em out, they are cute.

Just enter the codeword "BREASTFEEDING" and you get a $32 nursing cover for free. I'm a sucker for anything free. (You will have to pay $10 for shipping, so I guess it's not entirely free, but still).


Mouse in the House

Yesterday we had another mouse in the kitchen. I saw it scurry underneath the oven. Not a great way to start the day. A few hours later I heard this squealing and couldn't quite figure out where it was coming from. I thought it was one of Hannah's teething toys. I walked all over the apartment trying to figure out where those squeals were coming from. Turns out they were coming from underneath the oven. IT WAS THE MOUSE-GROSS! I called Matthew and made him come home immediately (although, not exactly sure what he would do, but he would save us somehow) and then grabbed Hannah and ran out of the house (not sure why, but it seemed like the sensible thing to do at the time).

Unfortunately it was sweltering yesterday, which didn't make our outdoor adventures all that fun. But we did walk to the beach and then go for a swim. (We're so lucky to have a pool in our apartment complex).

Matthew came home and concurred it was indeed the mouse squealing from underneath the oven. It must have been caught on one of the sticky traps and was calling for its friends to come save it.

I went into the apartment office and told them our situation. The maintenance men came right up and fished out the dead mouse on the sticky trap. I stayed in the other room with Hannah.

So that was a fun day.

I feel like Verunca Salt, but I want my own house now.

Hannah & Her Food

Monday, August 2, 2010

She likes it!

It's Been A While

Summers are a hard time to have any semblance of routine or order, which is fairly evident with my lack of blog posts. I apologize to my few but faithful readers out there. We've been from one vacation to the next and while it's been fun, it was also slightly exhausting. Normalcy is underrated.

A few quick takes.

1. Our trip to California was wonderful. Too much to say about it for one single blog post. But it was very nice (for lack of a better word) to have my entire family finally meet Hannah.

2. Speaking of Hannah, she is now 6 months old. Can you believe it?!? My little baby sits up, says Dada (well, it's more like dadadada, but we pretend she's referring to Matthew), eats real food and wants to crawl. She's going to be a little girl before I know it.

3. I'm going to be coaching soccer again this fall and I'm really looking forward to it. The team won't be nearly as good or as competitive as those I'm used to coaching, but that's okay. It's easy and not much of a commitment, which is perfect for this mama of 1 these days.

4. I've been trying to figure out all the logistics of Hannah's Baptism. We're planning on having it in California, but that's turning out to be more of a headache than I originally thought. I'm having to jump through all these hoops just to have my child Baptized. And technically she's already been Baptized (we had her Baptized when she was 6 weeks old right before her surgery, but the priest said to have her Baptized again, more formally once she recovered from the surgery). Anyways, I feel like both churches (ours and the one we have to have her Baptized in) are acting like I'm some bum off the street who randomly wants to have my kid baptized. I want to tell the church office assistants, deacons etc. to quiz me, ask me any question about the faith and I swear I'll answer it correctly. Geez.

5. Our house hunting is still happening. I'm at the point where I don't really care anymore, any house will do. But our endless hunt has led us to come up with another life plan, which I'm really excited about, but can't say anything about yet. I repeat, I'm REALLY excited about it. No, it's not another baby.

6. Hmm, what else, Hannah has two little teeth on her bottom gum. Thank goodness they finally broke through, it's been a torturous month for her and for us.

7. I've been reading more about temperaments, spurred on by the book The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse. I started reading it because sometimes I swear I do not understand my spouse at all. Turns out we are both classic cases of certain temperaments. I'm a Choleric and he's a Melancholic. To a T. I'll write more about this later.

Bonus: 8) I accidentally waxed off some of my eyebrow. Awesome. Lesson learned, no more self-waxing.
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