Saturday, February 28, 2009


Theodore Stephen Tidrick Stearns
Born February 28th at 4:07am
8lbs. 15 oz.
21.2" long.
We love you Theo! Welcome to the Family!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Baby day

Is Friday or Saturday. I'm going in Friday morning. We'll see how long it takes.

I have a lot of thoughts/questions to post about Lent, but I'm too tired to be coherent right now. I'll post on that later...or maybe not.

I'm sorry I've been so sporadic lately...


Quick funny story:
I was at our friend's house the other day, and their driveway is kind of strange, there's a miniature cliff on one side that goes straight down, and a big hill on the other. It's situated so that you can pull straight up to the house, but you have to back out. I've never had a problem with it. Well, before leaving I talked to Mark, and he said "Be careful backing out...I'm always afraid I'm going to drive off the cliff." I'd never thought about this before, so I was being extra cautious. So, I'm backing out and manage to get myself stuck half way up on the bank, and the back tire is spinning and we're stuck! I'm laughing so hard because I'd never had a problem until Mark said something. We were able to get unstuck because my dear friend Gayle came and helped me out.
Well, today we're pulling into Gayle's driveway and Tate says,
"Momma, don't stuck the car on the road!"
Thanks, Tate.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Nothing New to Report

He's faking us out.

It's ok. I'm just thrilled to have seen some sort of progress. I'm going to head to the gym today and see if we can get things going again.

Thanks for your prayers!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Maybe, baby!

I may be in the very early stages of labor. I have had contractions all day long, even if I'm sitting and relaxing.

Here's hoping something develops in the next couple of days...:)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

My projects

I'm sorry it's been forever since I've blogged. I'm overwhelmed with 'important' tasks, and too exhuasted at the end of the day to put anything together.
Anyway, I've been trying to organize everything lately, and part of that organization is my yarn closet/drawers. So, I figured the best way to organize the one skein things would be to use them up. Here are a few of the projects I've been working on the past week or so. I've finished about 12 total, but these are just the first few.
I go back into the doc on Thursday and we'll be making an induction plan just in case I haven't had the baby by the 5th. He's not letting me go over because of my BP, and he said he will have compassion on me and induce before my birthday. We'll see. Maybe I'll just do a shot of Castor Oil...I haven't ruled it out yet. I'll keep you posted on that one.

Anyway, sorry for the lack of posts. I'll try and do better.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

It's a Great Day!

Spring Training Starts Today!
We aren't big on Valentines, but we always celebrate the beginning of Baseball Season!
Go Mariners!
"Let there be Baseball"

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Still here, still knocked up

We're hanging out with family this weekend. We'll be celebrating Mark's birthday and just relaxing! I hope you have a great long weekend!

Monday, February 9, 2009

I'm not having a baby today.

I kind of hoped I would.

I'm ready to meet Sam.

I'm tired of being pregnant.
I am just plain old tired.

I have gained 30 pounds. (Which I'm ok with, btw. I gained over 50 last time).
I have another Non Stress Test on Tuesday the 17th.
I see my doctor the 18th.
I like him better than the lady I saw today.
A lot better.
For the first time, I'm a little anxious about Mark getting out of the Navy.
I think (hope) it's just hormones.
The renters for our Virginia house (our only house, really) signed the lease.
We have our Dave Ramsey study tonight and I'm really looking forward to it.
I am not looking forward to registering at the hospital with Tate.
My house is a disaster from the weekend, but laundry is done.
Instead of doing other productive things, lately I've been knitting a lot.
I'm in a confession minded mood.
I ran on the treadmill today to try and get labor going. It's not going.
We woke up to snow, and I'm ready for Spring.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Tomorrow, sigh

Is another busy one.

Especially tomorrow.

I have an appointment at 8:45, and possibly another at 2:30.

At the morning one we are rechecking BP and hoping it's gone down with the extra medicine. If not, I'm not sure what exactly will happen. I'm practically full term, so maybe an induction? I will be honest...I am tempted not to take my medication simply so we can have this baby, but I realize that isn't wise, and I would never do anything to intentionally hurt myself or Sam.

I'm a little stressed, though, because between now and when we have the baby I have to be ready for the possibility at EVERY doctor's appointment, that they are going to want to induce me. That means childcare for Tate that is open ended, everything packed and ready to go in the car just in case, new sheets on the bed in case my parents or Mark's are staying the night with Tate, house clean and ready to go, etc. I've decided to ask the doctor about the likelihood of being induced since I have PIH. If it's not a matter of if, but when, then I'm just going to try and schedule an induction. That will give me a lot more peace of mind. Hopefully the doctor will agree.

The afternoon appointment is to check into the hospital for my birth. I wish I could skip it, but it has to be done. If I have to go and get monitored for a few hours, though, I'm going to just try and check in then. No reason to make two trips when one will suffice.

Tomorrow night we have our Dave Ramsey FPU group, and I'm really looking forward to that. It will be great fun to go and meet again.

So, tomorrow will be a long day. Hopefully, though, we will get some answers. I'll keep you posted!

Love to you all,

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Some good news, some bad news, and more really really good news!

Ok, first off, Praise Jesus!
Sam is head down and engaged! I don't have to think about that anymore!
The bad news is that my BP is up even higher-even with the medication.
The Doctor said it's just going to get worse until the baby is born. All we can do is increase my dosage of meds until it's not working well and then induce.
I go in on Monday for a check, and if the increased dose isn't working, well, we may have a baby.
Not exactly how I wanted to do things, but I'm not worried.
Also, in huge news...
We Have Renters!!!
They are moving in next week. We are so excited! It's such a relief to have something happen with the house.
So, that's what's up! I'll keep you posted on everything as it happens!
Jenni and Sam

Monday, February 2, 2009

Quote of the day

"I'm not a Stearns, I'm a good boy!"
-Tate, when being prompted to say his last name.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Not much

I wish I could say that there is a good reason I've been neglecting my blog.
There isn't.
I just haven't felt inspired in this particular area lately.
Or, really, in any area aside from incessant planning, cleaning and organizing.
Seriously. I'm going a little crazy.
But, because someone out there might actually care a little, here are the recent Stearns Haps:
Tate: Sleeping a lot better and completely over his cold. Also doing well with potty training. We're still having accidents in the afternoons, but mornings are going great. He made a picture today in the nursery and was so excited to show us...I could hardly believe it was our kid. He's not big into artistic stuff even though I do try and encourage him in that general direction.
Mark: Still sick but feeling a bit better. Hopefully this week will go better for him. He has a job fair on Wednesday in Seattle and he is very excited about that. He's lived on chicken soup and 7-up for the past 10 days or so, and I know he's ready to move on to some real food. We'll see how that works out for him.
Me/Sam: We're still inseparable, but that time is coming to an end. Mark and my mom even think the baby has dropped. I'm not so sure that he's head down yet, as I have a large round thing in my side. I guess it could be his bum. We'll find out on Wednesday if he's head down yet. I go in for my Group B Strep test which involves a full, ahem, exam. Color me excited.
Other than that, we're just chugging along. It was kind of a discouraging week last week. I don't know's not like things have changed. I'm still Jenni...a child of the King who has been saved by GRACE through faith, an adopted and cherished member of God's chosen people; a woman lucky to have married the best man on earth, and mother to the most fun and lovable little guy (almost guys!) in the world, but circumstances have been getting me down lately. I'm waiting for word on our Nicaragua trip, and I'm getting a little discouraged that we haven't gotten a final go ahead with that. We're still going to Central America even if the mission trip falls through, but I'd really like for those doors to open. I'm discouraged that no one is in our house. It seems to me that there are tons of people that need decent housing and our house is just sitting...can't it be used for something worthwhile? We do have a family coming to look at it on Tuesday to rent, so I'm praying about that. Their circumstances are difficult and I'm hoping and praying that they find what they need, in our house or somewhere else.
Anyway, our circumstances are the same they've been since October, but this week I have had a hard time finding peace in the middle of the uncertainty. I've been faithful with my Bible reading and I know peace will come, I just need to relax and stop planning so much. It's hard at this part of the pregnancy! So, if you think of it, please pray for peace for us, and that our discouragement from last week will be gone this week.
Ok, I need to go to bed. Tate's been up early these last couple of days.