Monday, August 23, 2010

English Trifle

I decided to have a natural childbirth this time around. I found a really good book, had my husband rent a movie so I wouldn't have to endure golf blaring in the background, and thought I was set. The book I chose was extremely good, English Trifle by Josi Kilpack, but it is a culinary mystery and I was starving during labor. It did help me get through some intense moments of pain, and I was very excited to get home and try out some of the yummy recipes in the book, but I wouldn't suggest reading it when you're hungry. If you haven't read Josi's culinary series - Lemon Tart, English Trifle, and the latest, Devil's Food Cake (can't wait for that recipe), you really need to check them out. The heroine is delightful and the plot lines are great. And as for natural labor? I would definitely recommend that as well. Insane pain but one of the coolest experiences of my life.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Phoenix Coats Checketts

Phoenix was born August 3rd at 1:55 p.m. 8 lbs. 8 oz. 20 inches long. He's so adorable. I wish I had a better picture. He has tons of dark hair and dark eyes. Within hours of his birth they transferred him to the NICU. It was a nightmare of crying and worrying. The doctor diagnosed him with hereditary spherocytosis. Once we learned more about the disease we were reassured that he will have a normal, healthy life. He may have blood transfusions or lose his spleen, but as you can imagine sitting in the NICU for six days I realized that things could be a lot worse. Thanks for all your prayers and concern. I'm thrilled to be at home with my baby and enjoying all my boys. Four boys! How can one mom be so blessed?

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