Rich got back into town (from fighting the fires in Big Sur) last night -- so he came home late in the evening and we all had a nice day together today. He was super glad to be home, after being gone 15 days from us. And me and the kids, of course, were glad to have him home! Bummer that he goes right back to work tomorrow! Yep, just one day home. But, the good news is that he will just be doing his regular paramedic/fire fighter shifts for the rest of the month at his normal station. They more than likely will not send him out on another fire because 1)he has a baby due in just 20 days! and 2) he has vacation scheduled at the end of July and beginning of August. He will have 3 weeks off when the baby comes, so that's going to be so nice!
So my lab results came back to show that I am anemic. No real surprise, actually. My mother has always been borderline anemic and I think I've always been the same way. We are both very healthy people, so I think it's just the way our blood is. But, with me, since this is my 8th pregnancy & delivery, being anemic is dangerous because I could bleed excessively after the birth. Although with the other births I had minimal bleeding afterwards (so little that my doctors and my current midwife are always so surprised at how easy I recover) so to tell the truth, I'm not even concerned about it. Nonetheless, I am now taking a liquid iron supplement along with alfalpha tablets and eating two green salads a day with mandarine oranges (the vitamin C in the mandarine oranges helps the body absorb the iron that is in the green leafs of the salad) and I'm also drinking 2-3 cups of Pregnancy Tea, which has Red Raspberry leaves that will help stregthen my uterus, along with three capsuls twice a day of Red Raspberry Leaves. So -- I'm doing all I can. I can't believe I'm down to the last 20 days of this pregnancy! I sure hope I am a few days late. I'd love to have an August baby....but, she will come when she's ready. I have been having those "stretching" feelings whenever I have a slight tightening of my belly....like I can feel myself dilating. Usually I dilate during my last month, so this is normal for me. I typically go into labor being at least 2-3 cm dilated already, if not more than that. That is why I have 3 hour labors, I suppose!
Shay, my horse, started his training this month! He is 4 years old now and it's time to have him trained to ride. It's so neat to see him being worked with. He really is a beautiful mover, and I suppose if I were a different horse owner I would enter him in Arabian shows. I know he'd win ribbons. Everyone who works with him says he's an elegant mover, and it's true. But, I didn't get him to show him -- I got him to simply love him and to ride him. He's so darn cute.
I took the kids to Las Vegas this weekend, even though Rich was supposed to come with us but couldn't because he was at the fires. I didn't want the kids to miss out on our planned vacation because of some natural disaster...so we went dispite of being one parent short! The kids were all well behaved and I'm glad we went. We stayed at a hotel and then spent time at different pools during the day while visiting family. Both the drive to and from were easy and uneventful. I was sore by the end of the days....my hips get stiff and my sciatic nerve acts up...but all in all, I felt good and had enough energy to do what I had to do.
I took the three older kids to the library today -- it's so much nicer to go when I don't have my younger five with us!! The four of us separated to look for our books, and the met up to compare what we had found. Tony and I were in the same area looking for books to read. I really wanted him to get Gone With The Wind, but they only had ONE copy, and it was out! Can you believe they only had one copy?!! He's looking forward to reading it because of the history element of it...but not looking foward to the "love" or romance. He has seen the movie and didn't like it at all, but I'm hoping he'll find the book much more entertaining. He loves anything that has to do with history. I remember when I first read Gone With The Wind...it was when Rich and I started dating. I remember it shedding a whole new light on the Civil War for me. I hated history in school and wouldn't learn much in class because I wasn't interested, but this book made the Civil War so much more clear for me, and I really enjoyed the book because of that. I'm hoping Tony likes it was well. I'm thinking I'm just going by a copy for our home. I have enough kids coming up in rank who will be "next" to read it :)