Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
1. Location in Taunton
2. Verb ending in -ing
3. your name
4. verb ending in -ing
7. your name
9. person in healthcare field
Monday, September 21, 2009
3. date in Autumn
4. name of a hospital
7. verb ending in -ing
13. another family member
14. boy or girl's name
Sunday, September 20, 2009
FRIENDS AND FAMILY: No news is no news. If there is a birth there will be twitter, facebook, and a post here. There will also be plenty of chatter in the form of phone calls among you all. Vote in this week's poll. One of you is bound to be right about the birthday.
Until the baby comes, his/her kitty siblings are keeping the bassinet warm.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Everyone brought some food, and it was delicious. From goffong to "bitch"rice, Cape Verdean cuisine was represented, as were delicious brownies, cookies, and an amazing cake from School Street Bakery.
Ty and I danced to the 70's classic, "She's havin' my baby," and we opened loads of gorgeous presents, among them some lovingly crocheted blankets and clothing items, toys, survival kits, supplies, and oodles of gift cards.
Sincere thanks to all who attended and all who sent us things even though you couldn't make it. The baby is DUE IN 7 DAYS! It's exciting. We have the condo ready for our little sweetie. A swing, bassinet, rocker, diapers, toys, and snuggles are ready for the little body.
Please keep us in your prayers. Deacon John from Holy Family Parish blessed the baby today and prayed that I stay calm and patient in these final days of waiting. I am "jofantioch" on twitter. If you want to know when labor is on, just request to follow me. You can also follow Ty on facebook, he's going to use ping to keep everyone updated.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
BTW, ths priest has a wonderful podcast called "Word on Fire."
The next post will have pictures and information about the AWESOME shower last Sunday. We are still awaiting those pictures and will get them up asap.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
As most of you know, we have held off on knowing the baby's gender. I have been a bit impatient and last night tried to figure it out. I put my wedding ring on a piece of string and suspended it over my belly via a music stand. I waited for movement (circular for girl, linear for a boy). Guess what!
Bupkiss. Nadda. Ziltch. The darn thing just hung there. The baby was kicking and rolling the whole time, if there was an energy to move the ring, it would have done so. So much for that.
We found all sorts of myths about determining the gender, but alas, they all seem to contradict one another. The baby's heartrate is strong and within normal range, according to many predictors, it's a boy because of this. Other myths put this heartrate in the girl range. A friend of mine just had a baby girl and she carried a huge basketball-like pregnancy. According to "the old wives", she should have had a boy, but she did not. Ty's mom wasn't protruding very much when she had him, but was for Dorinda, this also goes against the prevailing myth of gender determination.
This week's poll will see how good you all are at guessing.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
According to my doctor, there are 41 days until my due date. According to the computer program that helped me figure out cycles so I could get pregnant in the first place, there are 33. Either way, it's getting close, Baby! The countdown is on.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Babies R Us and Target have our list of items. We've made sure that there is a large variety of cost and that everything on the list are items we really need.
We had a check-up this week and baby's heart is very strong. Baby's squirming and rolling kept me up (along with the heat) last night. Urgh. Thank God Dorinda has a pool. Gonna definitely use that resource to keep cool this month. Maybe I'll figure out a way to sleep in it!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
In Worcester, my old stomping grounds, a woman was murdered and her 8 month fetus was cut from her womb few days ago. The news just broke because her body was just discovered. I'm sure you can see why I, in my 8th month, would be a bit freaked out by this news.
The horrible truth is that many expectant and new mothers are murdered. Human life becomes less and less precious. Please pray for women who are pregnant under tough crcumstances. Pray for those who would take their children, that they find another way to deal with their stresses.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
While listening to the podcast "Light of the East", I was touched by the discussion of the plight of Iraqi Christians. I know that many of us think of Iraq as an Islamic country but Christian's have been in Iraq since the beginning of our church (this pre-dates Islam). The christian population in Iraq is a dwindling minority under constant threat of persecution and death. Many have been forced to flee in order to protect their lives and the lives of their families. They are now refugees in other countries living in poverty. If the persecution continues it is possible that there will no longer be a Christian presence in Iraq. I believe that if this is allowed to happen we will all suffer as a result. It has been said that Christians in Iraq are a buffer between the Islamic east and Christian West. If there are no longer any Christians in Iraq anti-western sentiment will grow unchecked. The Muslim families will no longer have a personal connection with Christian neighbors and Christian families. It is easier to hate the unknown than someone with whom you share a common nationality and history. I ask that you visit the Iraqi Christian Relief Council website to learn more. You can find this documentary on the site as well as others.
Tradition holds that the church in Iraq was founded by St. Thomas and these were the first people to convert as a nation. Christian's in Iraq have a special connection with our Lord Jesus Christ through their language; Iraqi Christian's speak Aramaic the same language Jesus spoke. As Christians living free from persecution I believe we have a responsibility to help in any way we can: through prayers, raising our voices, and if possible monetary support. As a Church we are one body in Christ and if one of us is threatened or wounded we are all threatened and wounded.
Please pray and spread the word.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Roe v Wade, the landmark supreme court decision of January 22, 1973, was not the banner headline of its day. The death of Lyndon Johnson lead the news, and the subject of abortion was not considered very controversial. Today some 30,000 pages of transcripts and hundreds of hours of tapes from January and Febrary of 1973 were released, , among them discussion of the Roe decision.
Richard Nixon is a fascinating character. He dedicated himself to integrity and honor, yet is remembered for neither. Nina Totenberg reported on the contents of the tapes, specifically on Nixon's reaction to the Roe decision. We think you will find it both enlightening and disturbing. Take a listen. I don't think Mr. Nixon would be pleased with our baby, or with the whole of the Cape Verdean population for that matter.
Be careful about becoming a one-issue voter. Keep in mind that all issues flip flop between parties and that constancy belongs to God alone. All great presidents fail, and all failed presidents have their greatness.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Tyrone and I attended our first childbirth class. It was extremely basic. We heard instruction like this...
"The female body has ribs and lungs, the male body has ribs and lungs too."
"The female body has three holes, the urethra, the vagina, and the anus."
We learned some good positions for comforting during contractions, but I was hoping for more detail. We'll see how next week goes. We'll get a tour of the hospital and see the environment.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The central question of my letter was "How can I go into a situation of intense pain, i.e. labor and delivery, without fear?" I asked what kinds of life situations also share this paradox. He was wonderful. You'd love to hear it. He even addressed my Bohemian Rhapsody earworm.
Thanks, Father Joseph.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
/ˈvaɪəbəl/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [vahy-uh-buhl] –adjective
capable of living.
physically fitted to live.
(of a fetus) having reached such a stage of development as to be capable of living, under normal conditions, outside the uterus.
Botany. able to live and grow.
vivid; real; stimulating, as to the intellect, imagination, or senses: a period of history that few teachers can make viable for students.
practicable; workable: a viable alternative.
having the ability to grow, expand, develop, etc.: a new and viable country.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tyrone communicates mostly through non-verbal communication. My silence put us on even footing and made us closer. I learned to say "I love you" with a hug or a gesture. I learned to read him better instead of asking what he was thinking or doing. Sometimes God shuts us up to make us listen!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
A 47 year old Scottish spinster named Susan Boyle blew the judges of "Britain's Got Talent" away. Click this and see this wonderful video. IT WILL UPLIFT YOU, IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY, IT IS A GREAT THING TO HEAR. This is for all of us who have felt washed-up, dumpy, and past our prime. Listen and be amazed. Our best days are ahead of us!
Some other little gems, though not quite as serious and fine as Ms Boyle, are now included. Some Greek/Celtic dancers, a stripper who brought Simon to his feet, A group of friends who are flawless dancers, Singin' in the Rain by a tween boy dancer, a 13 year old boy who had suffered bullying and loved singing Pie Jesu (see his final performance in the sidebar).
Monday, April 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
We've all heard this mantra from adults, government, and yes, Nancy Reagan. But let's make a decision to not use illegal substances until they are legal, regulated, and taxed.
There are probably 10-100 or so readers of this blog, most of them have probably tried pot and other illegal drugs in their lives. If we all choose not to use this stuff, a huge financial incentive for drug lords will vanish.
The recent uptick in violence at the Mexico/US boarder shows the kind of people we support when we light a joint. We support kidnappers, mass-rapists, and torturers. We support the corrupt Mexican police, child slavery, and other horrors that we never see but cheerfully fund.
I remember driving around several sheet-covered bodies with new sneakers peaking out, during my life in Los Angeles. These kids ran drug deals for older drug lords. Kids are used because their jail sentences would be less harsh. Taking drugs kills kids.
Save your money. Save your health. Save lives, M'kay?
Friday, March 27, 2009
We are trying to sell our condo. Please pray for us.
I wrote to my Washington DC representatives. So far, I've only heard back from Barney Frank. His rep, Lisa, agreed that families like ours, buying larger homes, are exactly the types of people who will help the economy get going again. She also said that there are no pieces of legislation that could help us, since we are current on all bills. She said that "if Countrywide drags its feet answering you, should you have a buyer, please contact the Congressman's office. We can call them. This can be very helpful."
The Obama administration is allowing citizens to submit questions. I was going to contribute one, but there were already many people who had submitted questions that were similar. There is outrage among our people about responsibility and home ownership. Some of them were...
"Why do I need to fall behind in payments before I get help?"
"Why do banks still approve people for mortgages that they cannot afford. We were approved for $450,000 and we know we can only afford $230,000"
"Where is the help for people who have been current with their payments, but are underwater?"
Let's see what happens. The first order of business to to stop people from becoming homeless. Help for our family will be in phase two, getting the economy rolling again.
Friday, March 20, 2009
The seasons roughly correspond to the trimesters of my pregnancy. The baby was conceived around the Winter Solstice. Spring marks the beginning of trimester #2, and the end of June will be the beginning of trimester #3.
The baby is due on September 20, 2009. (the Autumnal Equinox)
Right now, the baby is about the size of this little chick! He/she is about 3 inches long, cute, and precious.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Our little one is healthy, and there is almost no chance of a chromosomal abnormality! Hurrah! There are pictures. Here is our baby waving "hello".
I think he/she has Tyrone's hands. I think we have a pianist on our hands! I also think he/she has my Dad's profile. Hmmmmmm
Here's a nice profile.