Posted by: Katherine | May 8, 2009

7 Quick Takes

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Well, I think #1 should be an explanation. Basically, I got some virus last week that has resulted in my becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can cause preterm labor but, fortunately, my OB confirmed yesterday that I am not dilating or in any way in preterm labor. It does mean I’ve been physically drained of energy, had episodes of dizziness/lightheadedness, occasional nausea and some mild cramping. What really confused, and worried, me was that this virus has, literally, one symptom, so I didn’t think I was really sick and the list of occasional symptoms left me very confused as to what was going on. But basically the intestinal virus is causing me to be dehydrated enough to cause all the other symptoms. So basically I need to take it easy while my body fights this virus and make a valiant effort to keep hydrated. I keep trying to explain to Cecilia that my Gatorade is not fruit punch for her but important medicine for mommy … I need the electrolytes. I’ve been warned if I cramp 4 or more times in an hour, to go straight to the hospital, but, fortunately, I have not gotten that dehydrated yet (the closest I got was 4 cramps in 2 1/4 hours).

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That said, my 32 week appointment went well. Baby’s heartbeat was strong in the 130s. I am actually measuring a week ahead, which, I suppose, shouldn’t surprise me too much as I haven’t made it to a due date yet. My question is, does that mean the baby is measuring a week ahead? I have no idea, but Cecilia was born 3 days early and weighed 7 lb. 8 oz. and Felicity was born 1 week and 4 days early and weighed 6 lbs. even. Then Felicity spent her first few weeks nursing non-stop playing “catch-up.” Personally I prefer the baby be over 7 pounds considering there is always that initial weight loss, but, of course, I have little say in the matter.

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Any homeschooling mom, or even stay-at-home-mom to small children has heard concerns from people about the socialization of their children. Of course the anti-homeschoolers bring it up but I’ve even had our pediatrician ask me if the girls have play dates and chances to play with other children. Cecilia and Felicity have had times where they have played with other children, particularly those from my TORCH group, but it is only so often depending on circumstances (illness, weather, pregnancy, etc). I cannot say it worries me the way it seems to worry some people, but I know Cecilia is very much a people-person and likes to have people interact with her.

Yesterday, after a week of rain, we took the girls to Chick Fila for lunch and to play on their indoor playground. While we were there, a woman came in with three little girls, aging from about 1 year to 4 1/2 years. As soon as they walked in the door Cecilia stopped and said, “Hi. My name is Cecilia. I am three years old.” I was impressed. These were perfect strangers and Cecilia greeted them, introduced herself and answered the most common question asked of her, namely, her age. Then, she and the 4 1/2 year old proceeded to go up and down the playset together, talking and even holding hands. They played hide and seek together and made noises together and just had a wonderful time. When it was time for the other family to leave, Cecilia waved and said goodbye. No day care. No pre-school. And yet Cecilia clearly had no problem socializing. She was better at it than some adults!

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Well, I finished Kimberly Hahn’s Graced and Gifted. It has been a while since I read anything fiction that wasn’t a children’s book, of some level. So I picked up Oscar Wilde’s The Portrait of Dorian Gray. I am not far into it and yet the themes and philosophy of the work has been wonderful and refreshing to read. I have an idea how the story progresses, but I’m really looking forward to the rest of the book.

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No word yet from the Apple store. We will call them today to at least find out what is going on.

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James and I are interested in getting a grill. The problem is that we really want a charcoal grill, not a gas one. And it seems the market is much smaller for charcoal grills than gas ones. The sales and selections all seem to focus and revolve around gas grills. We think Sam’s may have a charcoal grill we may like but we haven’t gotten there yet to look at it. I don’t have anything against gas grills but prefer charcoal. Is the fan club of gas grills really that much bigger than charcoal? Which do you have? Anyone have a charcoal grill they’d recommend?

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We watched the movie Australia this week. It was better than I thought it would be though, in my opinion, too long. Why are modern films always so long? One thing that boggles my mind, both from Australia as well as Rabbit Proof Fence, is why the white people would feel the need to try to “convert” the mixed aborigine children? I mean, I can understand, “they are different from us” or “we don’t understand them” but then why not just keep a distance? The sheer arrogance of kidnapping “The Lost Generations” of aborigine children to “train” them to be useful and civilized, etc. just blows my mind. I’ve tried to put it in the context of America’s history with African slavery (which, I find likewise to be unbelievably disgusting). White Americans regarded Africans as property, as objects, and treated them as such and traveled across an ocean to bring them here. The Australians lived on the same continent and brought the aborigine children to camps to learn how to be white American men and women. Obviously both are insulting, degrading and sinful and both require the perpetrator to regard the other as less than themselves. But I had never even heard of Australia’s “Lost Generations” until these two films. Had anyone else heard of this having been done in Australia? Apparently Australia’s official policy on the subject didn’t change until the 1970s. I don’t think of Australia as a 3rd world country where one tribe abuses another and yet the 1970s weren’t that long ago.

I don’t have any real interest in ever going to Australia, but I LOVE the kangaroos. So cute. And I imagine the Great Barrier Reef is gorgeous.

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Responses

  1. I would suggest the Weber Performer 841001, you can get it at Home depot, or anything weber really.

  2. We prefer charcoal grills, too. We like the char-taste better, I guess. I wish I could recommend a good grill, but I can’t. We have yet to find one that has a strong, solid frame that doesn’t come apart, but is in our price range. We’re thinking of building our own grill with brick, though. We’ll see…

    We read a book about the socialization myth some years back which has been continuously and firmly supported by our experiences through the years. We love our children to have friends who are “unsocialized” home schoolers! I looked for a link to the book we read, but not finding it, found some good other good takes on it: http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/zysk1.html
    and another one:
    http://school-is-hell.blogspot.com/2007/12/socialization-myth.html

    So nice visiting with you!

    • Much thanks!

      We are interested in the Weber Performer, but worry how much we are paying for that gas function that we don’t want to have to use or worry about. I think I need to go see one.

      Lisa, I’d love to build our own, but we still rent, so it will have to be a dream for the future for now. Thanks for the links. I’ll have to bookmark your blog when I get a computer again. 🙂 P.S. – I don’t think any state can compare with the beauty of Colorado.

  3. I definitely believe, after much reading on the subject to combat my own fears about homeschooling… the homeschooled children are MUCH BETTER “socialized” than their peers! It depends on how you measure t hat success… but I think the fact that homeschooled children generally do much better withstanding peer pressure, have less “social anxiety” and :low self-esteem” problems, are bette at relating to all generations/ages rather than only their peer group, and are self-motivated in college is enough for me. 🙂


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