"Am I doing enough" is a question I have asked myself on too many occasions to count. When it comes to being a mother, the question is applied to things like "Am I reading to my children enough? Are they getting enough nutrients? Enough sleep? Enough love? Enough compassion? Enough of Christ?" There are many areas I am lacking and need to double down on. I am certain that if all parents took some time to think about it, they could come up with areas which they need improvement as well.
Today, "am I doing enough?" hit me like a ton of bricks when I was contemplating Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12, 14. My focus kept centering on the last verse: "it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost." (MT 18:14) Now, the question "Am I doing enough" becomes more serious. Are my actions, words and deeds enough? Am I a positive witness for Christ? Am I leading my children on a path to holiness? Or am I leading them to be lost?
For example, when I am driving in the car with my children and I say something uncharitable about someone who cuts me off on the road or if I decide to forgo a prayer before a meal at a restaurant because we don't want to stand out or look "odd," or if I decide to partake in some "harmless" gossip in front of my children, or if I decide to miss Mass here or there because there are other "more pressing" matters to take care of.
Before you shrug your shoulders and reassure yourself that these things and similar instances are not a big deal, stop. Heed the warning of the children of Our Lady of Fatima. Hell is real.
At the request of the Bishop of Leiria, Lucia described the vision this way:
“As Our Lady spoke these last words, she opened her hands once more, as she had done during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke now falling back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me).
The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals. Terrified and as if to plead for succour, we looked up at Our Lady, who said to us, so kindly and so sadly: You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace."
Now stop and really think about whether you are doing enough, if you could be doing more.
Enough and then more is what will shield our children from the onslaught of the evil one who prowls around the world seeking souls; the souls of our children. The father of lives does not rest and we shouldn't either.
I take and offer Pope Francis's advice to "be calmly vigilant against falling into spiritual mediocrity which corrupts us from within."
I promise and hope you will also do what is enough and then more. To attend Mass each week and days of Holy Obligation at minimum. To pray each day both alone and with family, children and my husband. To treat others with dignity and respect. To respond to those in need with time, talent and treasures. To shatter false gods and idols. To obey the law that God has commanded. To do the very best that I can and when I make a mistake to pick myself up, receive the Sacrament of Confession and try again.
Our children will never be lost if we continue to show them the way to Jesus in our words, deeds and actions. I pray, for you and for me, that when our children are grown and their hands no longer hold ours, He will open His hands and they will reach out and hold on tightly.
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One of my favorite memories of when my husband and I were dating is the “good morning” text messages that he would send me on an almost daily basis. These sweet messages were not only a wonderful treat to wake up to, but they also reminded me that he was thinking of me upon waking up.
For the past decade or so, I’ve gotten into the habit of sending God a good morning message each day, often before my feet touch the floor for the first time in the day.
I simply say in my head “Good morning, God. Thank you for another day. I love you.”
This “good morning” reflection to God takes only a few seconds.
When I first started to get into the routine of saying good morning to God, I would name the alarm on my phone with “Good morning, God” as a reminder to do so. It only took about a week until it became routine.
Now, I say the reflection the moment I wake up and usually before my eyes even open.
This short and sweet good morning reflection is especially helpful on mornings where I don’t have time for my regular morning prayer and daily Mass reading. Whether our children haven’t slept well the night before, we’ve slept through the alarm or when we’re running late for whatever reason, I am never too late to send a quick message of thanksgiving and praise to God, which helps me build a positive foundation for the day.
I have found that by just thanking God for another opportunity to be alive for another day helps to put other stressors in my life into perspective. God has gifted me another day and another chance to make a positive difference in my life and the lives of my family members, friends and every person that I encounter.
I hope you will try it out. Spend a few seconds with God in the morning, it can change your life.
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As I have been reaching the end of the pregnancy with our second child, a sweet baby girl, many have asked or have assumed that I “can’t wait for the delivery day.” It is understandable given the fact that pregnancy is especially difficult in the last few weeks and a women’s body is pushed to the limit: swelling, insomnia, back pain, joint pain, pelvic pain, heartburn, contractions and cramping, to name a few.
However, this 38-week pregnant mama is not ready and certainly not rushing to the delivery room.
I actually love being pregnant. Even through all of the symptoms that I had and currently have. I am enjoying each and every moment of this pregnancy. The good, the difficult and the painful.
Plus, babies don’t keep. It seems as though it was just yesterday that I was pregnant with our son and now he is already three years old. The saying "the days are long, but the years are short" is one I have continued to remind myself and one that can be applied to pregnancy as well. The days are long, but the months are short. Soon we will be holding our sweet girl in our arms.
Being pregnant with a girl has been especially special knowing that I am carrying potential grandchildren. "Every female fetus develops all the eggs she will ever have while that baby is still inside of her own mom." So, we all technically started out our lives inside our maternal grandmother's womb.*
My husband and I are especially enjoying the one-on-one time with our son before his sister is born and our worlds are changed forever. I think there are many other mothers, especially mothers who have more than one child, who feel this way. While we are overjoyed at welcoming our daughter into our family, we will miss this chapter of our lives and look fondly back at the memories we shared just the three of us.
So, for these last days as a family of three (with a blessing in my womb) we are savoring each, precious moment and remembering that the fruits of the Spirit are "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness.” (Galatians 5:22)
There is no need to rush, baby girl. Take your time. Finish developing those lungs and keep practicing your reflexes. We love you so much and pray that your entry into this world is just as amazing as you are.
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Guess what fellow pregnant or nursing ladies? The Catholic Church states that we are excused from fasting or abstinence for Lent.*
Personally, I try to abstain from eating meat on Fridays all year, even when I am pregnant or nursing. Sometimes I am unable to, but I especially try to abstain from meat during Lent on the penitential days.
While you can certainly abstain from meat if you’d like to and you have discussed and gotten approval from your doctor, you should not fast, at all, period. Pregnancy and nursing are hard enough on a woman’s body and the Catholic Church recognizes that. We should listen to Her.
Just because we are completely, 100% excused from fasting or abstaining from meat does not mean that we can’t have a meaningful Lent. Since I am very pregnant (third trimester), will most likely give birth and nurse our daughter before Lent is over, I am sharing some ideas for myself to make Lent more meaningful:
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“Whatever God wants.” ~St. Gianna Beretta Molla
I’ve been saying this quote a lot lately. I am officially in the ninth month of pregnancy with our sweet baby girl and for some reason I’ve been saying and thinking this quote a lot lately. Perhaps it’s my way of surrendering to the upcoming changes that our family will go through as we lovingly welcome our newest member.
There is so much unexplainable joy and excitement about having another child, another miracle, another gift from God that we are somehow worthy of receiving. But there are also fears and trepidation that come along. Such as many other occurrences in life.
Many mothers and fathers feel the same joys and fears as the family grows and another cherished member is added. Instead of succumbing to those fears, which I all too often do, I am instead acknowledging the fears, thanking myself for being aware of them and trusting God that, in the end. whatever He wants is what is best.
The steadfast commitment to our Faith and to our family has gotten us through both. God is with us through both trial and triumph. While it is completely normal to feel fearful and anxious, reminding myself that “God has our back, and we, as a family, have each other’s backs,” keeps me at peace.
He has blessed my life beyond what I could have planned for myself. When in college, I planned that once I graduated, my goal would be to eventually move to and live in San Francisco as a newspaper reporter. God, marriage and children were the furthest things from my mind. If you would have told me then, that in present-time I would instead: come back home to Catholicism, live in my home state, be married, work from home, have two children (one of which on the way) and home-school; I would have laughed in your face.
Now, I couldn't have imagined any other life than this. I have my dream come true. I realized this today as I looked out our window at our toddler and my husband playing in the snow. As I watched them play, I was preparing some meals for a “30 day meal stock up” for when baby girl arrives, praying the Rosary and listening to Benediction chant music. This dream realized is one I never knew I wanted to come true. Thank you God, for giving me this dream and knowing what was best for me all along.
This Saturday is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a feast day in the United States of America and a Holy day of obligation for Catholics to attend Mass.
Since this Holy day of obligation falls on a Saturday, it essentially means that Catholics must attend Mass twice in one weekend to satisfy both the Holy day and Sunday obligation.
This infographic provided by Old Fashioned Girl explains the various scenarios in which one would satisfy both obligations.
Unfortunately, there are those who gripe about attending mass twice in one weekend.
While I usually try to refrain from blog posts such as this, a reading from my 'Give us this Day' daily devotional sparked this entry.
I understand there are many people who do not gripe about attending Mass twice in one weekend and that there are many who attend mass daily.
(Also, there are those of us who want to attend mass each day but are unable to due to personal reasons.)
So who am I speaking of that griped about going twice in one weekend?
Before you start the canonical process to have me excommunicated, allow me to explain.
This pregnancy has caused some new, surprising and exciting (note: sarcasm) side effects. While the daily nausea has subsided, it was quickly replaced by carpal tunnel syndrome.
While the pain comes and goes, when it comes it is excruciating, debilitating and can't be alleviated. Leaving me to rely almost 100% on my husband and mother to accomplish the simplest of tasks.
When the pain subsides, it leaves a constant ache that, like the pain, can't be alleviated. Since I am pregnant, I am unable to take medications that will help reduce the pain and can only rely on ice and wrist splints that I have been wearing almost 24/7. More to come in a later journal when my hands hurt less to type.
So, when I recalled that this Saturday was a holy day of obligation, I griped.
Then, as usual, I was gently reminded to suck it up and deal. The gentle reminder came after I read about Saint Crispina, a Saint that I had heard about before but clearly needed a refresher on her history.
St. Crispina was a wife and mother of several children in Africa. She was arrested for being a Christian and in December, 304, she was put on trial before the proconsul of Theveste. During her trial she was ordered to deny Christ and worship false gods. St. Crispina refused.
“The proconsul told her she could either live a long life, or die in agony before being beheaded. Saint Crispina told him, “I would thank my God if I obtained this. I would gladly lose my head for the Lord’s sake, for I refuse to offer sacrifice to those ridiculous deaf and dumb statues.”
She was then “ordered to be executed by the sword.”
“Saint Crispina said, “Thanks be to God, Who has deigned to free me from your hands.” She made the Sign of the Cross and stretched forth her neck to the executioner.”
To read the full record of Saint Crispina (which I pray you will), please visit: https://oca.org
Saint Crispina is not the first, nor is she the last person killed for professing the Catholic faith. There are many, many people who have been persecuted and killed in the name of Jesus Christ.
Reminding myself of this makes the most severe carpal tunnel pain that I have endured seem like a scratch.
Here are just four examples of those killed or persecuted in present-day:
We are blessed in this country, beyond measure, to be able to attend mass whenever we please. We can attend mass each day at various times of the day.
So while I was ashamed at first about griping for having to attend mass twice in one weekend, I hope my humbling experience inspires you. I pray that Saint Crispina and the endless others who have died or been persecuted in the name of Jesus Christ inspire you to not only live out the Gospel but share the Good News with as many people as you can.
As, St. Pio of Pietrelcina said: "If we only knew how God regards this Sacrifice, we would risk our lives to be present at a single mass."
So, share that with someone you know. Invite them to attend mass with you.
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The Feast Day of Saint Nicholas falls annually on December 6th! While much of what is known of St. Nicholas is derived of legends passed down over the years, Saint Nicholas of Myra, like many other saints, has a rich and extraordinary history. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, children, students, among others. Here is how our family celebrates Saint Nicholas Day!
Leaving Out Shoes
Last year was the first year that my son and I celebrated St. Nicholas Day. This year, like last year, my son will awake in the morning to a special treat. Before he goes to bed at night, we set out his shoes by the fireplace. In the morning, my husband and I place some treats (trail mix, a few chocolate coins, etc…), a candy cane in his shoes and an apple and an orange beside them. He was so excited last year, and I can’t wait for him to enjoy the surprise again this year! While we do tell him that mommy and daddy fill his shoes with the treats, he knows that it is because it is St. Nicholas day!
We try to attend daily Mass as much as possible, with as much as possible being the operative phrase here. If we get to daily Mass a few times each year, I consider it a win. We try extra hard to get to daily Mass on feast days. Last year we made it to Mass on St. Nicholas day and intend to try to go this year as well.
Saint Nicholas Children Book
I checked out the book, “Saint Nicholas” by Ann Tompert from the library and plan to read it during snack time. It is one of our favorite books and another that I think we may have to add to our library at home.
Candy Cane Blessings
The candy cane represents Saint Nicholas’s crozier, otherwise known as a staff or a Bishop’s staff. We said a ‘St. Nicholas Day Blessing of Candy Canes’ and our little love will get to put it on our almost bare Christmas tree.
Saint Nicholas Cookies
My son and I love to bake together, and I especially love to bake when the recipes are easy to follow and there is minimal cleanup. I used this recipe for ‘Super Soft Sugar Cookies’ by Six Sisters’ Stuff and not only is it easy to follow but the cookies are scrumptious. If all goes as planned, I will use a “Santa” cookie cutter to cut out individual cookies.
Fun and Fast Facts About St. Nick:
Saint Nicholas was born during the third century in a small village called Patara which is now a city in southern Turkey.
Nicholas was the only son of two wealthy, Christian parents but they passed away when he was young.
Nicholas learned much of his pious, generous ways from his devout parents and after they passed away, he gave away his inherited fortune in gifts to orphan children and others in need.
His uncle, a Bishop, raised him after his parents passed and continued to guide Nicholas on a Christian path.
By the time he was 19, Nicholas was ordained a priest and then eventually became Bishop of Myra.
Due to his young age when he became Bishop, Saint Nicholas was called the “Boy Bishop.”
There are many legends attributed to this great Saint. To read more, please visit the Saint Nicholas Center’s website, here.
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*Please note that this journal contains information about abortion and the subject may be sensitive for some.
This past weekend, my husband and I enjoyed a rare treat: a trip to the movie theater.
It has been several years since we’ve gone to the cinema and several weeks since we had a date sans our loving, rambunctious toddler.
While we were excited to spend time together, we both had trepidations about our movie selection.
We had decided to see Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer.
If you have not heard about the movie, don’t feel badly. It is a film that the mainstream media has largely (if not completely) ignored.
Gosnell is about “the shocking true story of the investigation and trial of [abortionist] Dr. Kermit Gosnell - his 30 year killing spree and the political and media establishment that tried to cover it up.” GosnellMovie.com
Everyone should see this movie and regardless if you are pro-life or pro-choice, you should do so with an open mind.
Not just because it is an excellent film and deserves as much recognition as possible.
But, because while the events that the film details are chilling and the nature of the violent crimes that Gosnell committed are horrific, the children and women that were his victims deserve to have their story told. The film powerfully details the atrocities committed by Gosnell without gore or any overly graphic or sensational scenes.
Also, as George Santayana once said: “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” and Winston Churchill quoted Santayana and stated: “those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” Now, I am saying it: we need to ensure that something like this never, ever, ever happens again.
Background on Gosnell
Since 1979, Kermit Gosnell ran an abortion clinic called the Women's Medical Society in West Philadelphia. Within that clinic, Gosnell, who was not a licensed obstetrician or gynecologist, committed various, illegal and horrific acts until 2010 and was arrested in 2011.
In 2013, Gosnell was convicted of murdering three infants who were born alive during attempted abortion procedures and one woman during an abortion procedure. He murdered many, many more babies and perhaps even more women for three decades.
Not only that but, "the medical practice by which [Gosnell] carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels - and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths." *
So why didn’t any patient, employee or anyone else try to stop him?
Even the National Abortion Federation (NAF) deemed Gosnell’s clinic as “the worst abortion clinic she had ever inspected” but “never told anyone in authority about all the horrible, dangerous things she had seen.” *
In fact, according to the grand jury, The Pennsylvania Department of Health has records as far back as the 1980s documenting Gosnell’s dangerous practices.
“Several oversight agencies stumbled upon and should have shut down Kermit Gosnell long ago. But none of them did.” *
So how was this monster finally stopped?
It wasn’t until 2010 that Gosnell was “originally investigated for illegal prescription drug sales.”*
As the film details, a raid by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and local Pennsylvania law enforcement revealed crimes they could not have expected within the [abortion] clinic.”*
The reason no one came forward to charge Gosnell before the illegal prescription drug sale investigation and subsequent raid is that no one was willing to be viewed as interfering with a “women’s reproductive rights.”
In my opinion and that of others, even though many agencies knew about the various illegal practices within the abortion clinic, no one said anything because it was not “politically correct.”
So instead, the very laws and agencies that are established to protect women and babies turned their heads and allowed this monster to continue these crimes.
While I am proudly pro-life and long for the day when no child is aborted and all children can be treasured and valued as the miracle and blessings that they are so that they can live life to their fullest potential, if I saw this movie 10 years ago, when I was proudly pro-choice, I can’t say that I would continue to be so.
Every person who vows to be pro-life should see this movie.
I also challenge every pro-choice advocate to see this movie and I also suggest those who pledge themselves to be Switzerland, or neutral, as neither pro-life nor pro-choice, to watch the film.
You should see this movie even if it makes you uncomfortable and even if it pops the bubble you’ve cocooned yourself inside of never thinking about abortion.
Yes, abortion is a hot topic, and controversial, but there is a reason for that.
Slavery and the Jim Crow laws were controversial.
“An abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy. It uses medicine or surgery to remove the embryo or fetus (aka baby) and placenta from the uterus.”* Controversial? Yes. Should we pretend it does not exist? No.
History Can Repeat Itself
As I watched this film, while 18 weeks pregnant, I asked myself: could this or something like this be happening at other abortion clinics in the world? In the United States? In Rhode Island?
Before you shake your head and say “no, you’re just a hormonal, pregnant woman; there is no way,” remember that Gosnell was finally shut down only in 2010, which is less than 10 years ago.
The truth is that it could very well be happening elsewhere.
The truth is that since 2017, Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinics in Pennsylvania have failed 14 health inspections.*
The truth is that in 2018, Planned Parenthood sued the State of Indiana for its new law requiring annual inspections of abortion clinics. *
The truth is that many perceive abortion to be a “controversial, hot topic” and want to avoid it as much as possible. Let’s remember that is the very reason that Gosnell was able to carry on his horrific crimes for three decades.
Will citizens of the United States allow so-called “women’s rights to choose” or “women’s reproductive rights” to overshadow both a mother’s and child’s right to life?
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Find a theater near you: gosnellmovie.com/theaters
“Gosnell | The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer.” Gosnell | The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer, www.gosnellmovie.com/.
Friedersdorf, Conor. “Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell's Trial Should Be a Front-Page Story.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 17 July 2013, www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/04/why-dr-kermit-gosnells-trial-should-be-a-front-page-story/274944/.
“Abortion | Medical Abortion.” MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 6 Mar. 2018, medlineplus.gov/abortion.html.
“Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinics Have Failed 14 Pennsylvania Health Inspections Since 2017.” LifeNews.com, 7 June 2018, www.lifenews.com/2018/06/05/planned-parenthood-abortion-clinics-have-failed-14-pennsylvania-health-inspections-since-2017/.
Caralle, Katelyn. “Planned Parenthood Sues Indiana over Law Requiring Annual Inspections of Abortion Clinics.” Washington Examiner, 24 Apr. 2018, www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/planned-parenthood-sues-indiana-over-law-requiring-annual-inspections-of-abortion-clinics.
My son is in a stage of his toddlerhood where he wants to hear stories, repeatedly!
One story is how our cat hated our dog when they first met almost 9 years ago and how she would wage war on him any chance she got.
Another story is how our dog ran around our house on the day we closed and before we moved all our furniture in.
He also loves hearing how my mom had to clean up rotten watermelon off my grandparent's kitchen table when they went to Block Island for a week and forgot to take it with them.
His favorite story ever is how a few years ago, our dog jumped into the tub while I was showering because there was a thunderstorm outside. (Yes, I know it can be dangerous to shower during a storm, but it started after I got into the shower.)
Our son wants to hear these stories ALL DAY LONG.
He also wants to hear new stories from present-day as well and will demand that we repeat things over and over again.
Our little love listens intently to daddy when he comes home from work and demands that daddy not only look ONLY at him while telling us about his day, but will demand that daddy repeat various parts of his story.
In order to combat this onslaught of demands which I KNOW is totally normal and a good sign of brain development (according to his pediatrician), I came up with an idea.
I've started to talk about bible stories and tell them to my husband in front of my son.
When my son first started hearing them, he stuck to them like a moth to a flame and now constantly wants to hear the same bible story over and over again.
While it can still be maddening to repeat the same story over and over again, at least he is learning about Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Here are some of his favorite bible stories to hear again and again and again and again...(you get the picture!)
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If you follow us on social media, you may have noticed my inactivity as of late. More likely, however, you probably didn't even realize said inactivity because who do I think I am. Regardless, for those who are interested in hearing about this pregnancy with sweet baby number two, continue on!
As of October 4, 2018, I am 15 weeks pregnant and the baby is the size of an APPLE! It has been such a delight to share these fruit comparisons with our toddler who (for now) loves to hear all about the baby and especially likes to hear what a great big brother he will be. One of our favorite weekly activities is to take a picture with the corresponding fruit of how big the baby is measuring during our trips to the grocery store.
Seeing the fruit comparisons each week reminds me of just how miraculous each child is and makes me think of Luke 13: 18-19. "[Jesus] said, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a person took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and ‘the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches." The baby starts as small as a mustard seed and, God willing, develops and continues to grow strong.
While I am finally in the second trimester, looking back, the first trimester was rough. I had unending nausea and "morning sickness" that paradoxically lasted all day. The nausea was coupled with soul-crushing exhaustion that caused me to fall asleep promptly at 8:00 PM each night.
When I was pregnant with our little love three years ago, I had some nausea and felt tired but experienced nothing like I did this time around. Needless to say, I was extremely excited for the second trimester and prayed that these symptoms would subside.
While I know that these symptoms pale in comparison to many of the other symptoms I could have experienced, I still looked to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Anne, Saint Gerard and Saint Gianna (to name a few) for some strength.
This prayer for expectant mothers has been one of my favorites to pray during this pregnancy.
Luckily, my prayers were answered and the nausea and exhaustion have subsided.
What took their place instead is carpal tunnel syndrome. "Wait, what? You've got to be kidding me!" That was my first reaction when my husband searched online and explained the probable cause of the sudden pain in my hand, wrist and forearm. My doctor confirmed his "Dr. Google" findings the next day. Yes, carpal tunnel syndrome can be common in pregnancy and while it typically occurs later in pregnancy, it can occur earlier as well. Yay!
A wrist splint, ice and daily stretches have helped the pain subside and I am certainly more aware of how I am using my hands throughout the day. It has also caused me to scale back a bit in my journaling and social meda-ing (if that is even a word.) While I am not swollen and even though I have not gained a lot of weight, I am trying to ease the symptoms by limiting my sodium intake and drinking more water.
While we are unsure if the baby is a boy or a girl as of right now, we will be finding out within the coming weeks and are excited to call the baby by name instead of "baby" or our "newest little love." We plan (for now) on having a small gender reveal gathering and plan on bringing our son to the ultrasound to see his little brother or sister again. He went with us to the first ultrasound at 9 weeks and since then has told us the baby is "MY BABY!" and loves to point out the ultrasound photo on the refrigerator.
Overall, this pregnancy has been significantly different than my previous pregnancy. Unlike last pregnancy, we declined all genetic testing, I have a new OBGYN doctor and I will be delivering this baby at Kent Hospital instead of Women and Infants Hospital. Earlier this year, and before I was pregnant, I found out that Women and Infants Hospital performs abortions. The moment I found out I changed doctor immediately as my former OBGYN only delivered babies at Women and Infants.
Our son is excited that his nonna (grandmother in Italian) will have to get a car seat for her car so that he can visit the baby once the little miracle is born. Actually, our son's real excitement in grandma having a car seat in her car was explained by him exclaiming: "Nonna, we go get food!" Toddlers!
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