Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I feel a full blown temper tantrum coming

Our home computer died. Like totally kicked the bucket. We have backed up files but I can't find the card reader to put my pictures on the laptop - hence no post for Ben's birthday - still.

A second hospital bill came putting the grand total for PJ's SIX FREAKING STITCHES - that were done poorly from a Physician Assistant with the WORST bedside manner ever to 1608.27. He has to do ER, his personality would not fly elsewhere! That means it was almost $300 per stitch. Add that to $600 for flu trip for two, and the $150 bug in ear and the $1500 I still owe midwife.

Dear Oyakawa children:

Next person to need stitches is getting super glue and steri-strips on the kitchen table. End of story.

Mom and Dad.

Seriously that is so much BS,because it is after our insurance! My midwife charges just at little more than double that for ALL prenatal care AND the delivery AND follow up care.

And speaking of this insurance. We pay five hundred dollars a month for insurance with a $6000 deductible per family (no individual deductible and $12,000 out of network) Meaning we pay $500 a month to pay for ALL of our healthcare out of pocket.  Kyle wants to drop and go sans insurance. I am thinking I might start to be on board with that plan.

In other news. Our van suffered some serious tire blow-out, bent expensive stuff, issues and today the shop called saying their original estimate was rather low - just take that number and double it will be more like it.

My mom needs major surgery. And I am worried about her and annoyed that her doctors can't get the act together.

I just spent an hour taking apart my carpet shampooer to shampoo the carpets I:
1. don't want anymore because I REALLY, REALLY want hardwood.
2. if I have to have them I'd rather a hired professional shampoo them.

After said hour the damn thing still doesn't work!

And my best friend is moving away.

so excuse me if I blubber on the floor for a while.

the dirty floor that is.

Its a good thing I'm mormon AND pregnant or I'd try one of those strong drinks I keep hearing so much about.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

If I designed children's clothes.

* There would be NO cartoon characters or other overt advertising on anything.
*Beading and glitter and other doo-dads would be few and far between.
*Only the rarest of wording would make it onto clothing. NO words on butts. Ever.
*Everything would be wrinkle free. everything - Please for the love especially girls dresses. I hate ironing, I really, really hate ironing little itty bitty dresses - with bows to boot.
*All tops would match all bottoms. Everything would be interchangeable!
*Pants and shorts would be gender neutral so hand me downs for either gender would be a-ok. Little girl jeans do NOT need to always include bedazzling or a bow.
*Shorts would be a little bit longer. Its hard to find kid shorts that are actually finger tip length (especially for girls).
*Sizing would be at least somewhat uniform. How come my kids can wear anything in a size range of 2 or 3 sizes up or down of their actual size?
*There would be magical socks that fit EVERYONE in the family and hence no more matching socks, just grab two, any two.
*Shoes: classy sandals with dirt colored soles to avoid the dirty toe prints that show up second week of summer. Sturdy church shoes - why do church shoes seem to disintegrate rapidly? Tennis shoes without glitter for girls or camo for boys.
*Bathing suits will no longer pill on the butt even if they drag their behinds across concrete for hours.

And that my folks is the dream wish list for clothing of a mother of five.

** my kids clothing breaks every one of these rules.

Inspired by this post at Renegade Mothering (one of my new fav blogs) *language warning

Monday, May 14, 2012

23 weeks and the great mystery...

Though it seems strange to say...
I've never been laid so low
In such a mysterious way...

The mother and child reunion 
Is only a motion away

Mother and Child Reunion by Paul Simon

The baby is the size of a mango. And when a mango kicks your bladder - you know it!
I am over halfway and in that period that I struggle with the most. I am 'better'. This bout with hyperemesis was... tough. It always is though. I got better sooner but it has lingered longer - if that makes sense. The other morning I missed breakfast in a rush to get to Ella's presentation at school. By time I got out of the school at 11:00 I barfed in the parking lot. - But there was nothing in my stomach so I just heaved up stomach acid. 

I am anxiously awaiting the energy surge of the second trimester to appear, but I may have to go hunt that down myself.

We have decided to wait to find out the gender until babe is in arms this time. Since you know we've done this before and have everything we need, we figured, why not?
Baby will be in our room to at least six months like all the rest have been, that gives us plenty of time to rearrange as needed. Plus it will be fun to buy some gender neutral layette items.

We still haven't had our mid pregnancy anatomy scan - that won't happen until the end of the month. I'll be 25 weeks then, a bit later than 18 weeks but that's cool with me, I'm in no rush. Thinking about it has made me reminisce about our gender reveal parties we had with the other kiddos. We were having those before the pink or blue icing in the middle of the cake was "in".

Benjamin - Our ultrasound was on 12/30 so we revealed his gender when the clock struck midnight on New Year's. And then called extended family and friends in the middle of the night to share the news.

Ella- we didn't have a party, we had recently moved and didn't know many in the area, we found out at the ultrasound - and she didn't cooperate well, so we left 75% sure it was a girl and had dinner with Aunt Meg. I remember announcing in therapy room the next morning to all my co-workers and patients that I was having a girl. Everyone was so happy for me and said how nice it was that I could be "done" since I had both a boy and a girl. HA on them!!

Maiya - Big shrimp boil with our friends in Va Beach. I remember feeling immediate relief when we found our it was a girl. I was a bit stressed to provide a sister for Ella (silly I know)

Cora - Our first texan baby - we revealed here on video countdown style.

Parker - Our fortune cookie reveal - It was fun to make tons of fortune cookies!

So now I let my mind wander to this baby growing and wonder and enjoy that wonder...


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

I was ignorant of my faith.

why didn't I turn to the scriptures?
  Most Christians today who claim to be pro-circumcision (even if for "religious reasons") have no idea that the New Testament Epistles are riddled with anti-circumcision rhetoric.  The apostles were very clear that if you were circumcised when you converted to Christianity, it didn't count against you.  But requiring it of new Christian members, doing it to children, or even to one's self was repeatedly and unwaveringly condemned.  Paul explained that if you believe in the atonement of Jesus Christ, that circumcision avails literally nothing. (from here)
Galatians 5: 2-6
 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Galatians 6:13
 13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
Titus 1: 10-11
 10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
Philippians 3:2-3
 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
 3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Doctrine and Covenants 74
 1 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; else were your children unclean, but now are they holy.
 2 Now, in the days of the apostles the law of circumcision was had among all the Jews who believed not the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 3 And it came to pass that there arose a great contention among the people concerning the law of circumcision, for the unbelieving husband was desirous that his children should be circumcised and become subject to the law of Moses, which law was fulfilled.
 4 And it came to pass that the children, being brought up in subjection to the law of Moses, gave heed to the traditions of their fathers and believed not the gospel of Christ, wherein they became unholy.
 5 Wherefore, for this cause the apostle wrote unto the church, giving unto them a commandment, not of the Lord, but of himself, that a believer should not be united to an unbeliever; except the law of Moses should be done away among them,
 6 That their children might remain without circumcision; and that the tradition might be done away, which saith that little children are unholy; for it was had among the Jews;
 7 But little children are holy, being csanctified through the atonement of Jesus Christ; and this is what the scriptures mean.
Book of Mormon
3 Nephi 15:4-5
 4 Behold, I say unto you that the law is fulfilled that was given unto Moses.
 5 Behold, I am he that gave the law, and I am he who covenanted with my people Israel; therefore, the law in me is fulfilled, for I have come to fulfil the law; therefore it hath an end.
Moroni 8:8
 8 Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Behold, I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them; and the law of circumcision is done away in me.
Bible Dictionary - Circumcision:
The Jewish part of the church membership, especially in Jerusalem, appears to have been very reluctant to cease from the rituals and ceremony of the law of Moses (Acts 21:17–25). This is a marked contrast to the Church among the Nephites, in which there seems to have been a cessation of the law immediately upon their awareness of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  
"The Brethren are impressed not to take
a firmer stand, trusting, as did Church
leaders in New Testament times, that if
the basic revealed principles are
known, the Holy Ghost will
eventually lead the adherents to
forsake their tradition, or academic
popularity, or peer pressure in favor of
the word of God.╩║ From here

Please see Here for more information: The Book of Mormon on Circumcision
And Elder Christofferson discusses the law of circumcision ending in the New Testament in this most recent General Conference