today jane is 20 days old! a lot has happened in those 20 days, so much that it seems like it's been only a week. this post is to give a glimpse of what i have experienced in that short time.

in the past twenty days, i have... (in the order they pop into my head)

stayed in the hospital as a patient for the first time since i was born

needed stitches for the first time in my life

lost over 10 pounds in one day!

worn pants every day but today (because of my freak hives that developed shortly after delivery)

changed at least 90 diapers

switched to a 24 hour schedule - i decided to start a new day at midnight, just like the clocks do, so if i feed her at 11pm that is still today. if i wake up at 4am to feed her, that begins the next day.

learned to cram everything into 2 hour increments between feedings

not learned how to take shorter showers or save time getting ready

worn flip flops every day (mostly because of the hives/rash/itchiness)

been to the coffee shop 2x - once by myself and once with jane (maybe a 3rd time today)

only needed to fill up the gas tank once!

heard many, many, many people comment on how much hair jane has (yes it's true, God makes babies with hair too)

not made dinner once (my wonderful husband or other nice people have done that for me)

kept current on my Bible reading - for the most part. i am one day behind as of today (just started 2 chronicles, solomon is king and in acts, peter just healed the lame man "who went walking, and leaping, and praising God") yet fallen way behind on my journal of jane (currently still in the hospital delivery room as far as the journal is concerned)

realized that it is much easier to quickly update my status on facebook than write a whole blog post - sorry, it will get better, i hope.

slept through the whole night once! go jane

been blessed with the best family and friends who are there for us all the time

been given the best husband and new baby - and all the responsibility that goes with it will become normal with time

enjoyed cuddle time with jane after she eats, and bedtime kisses from me and pete

realized that now, more than ever, i have to really work at making time to pray and spend time with God. that part is becoming easier too.

so, there are many more things, but that is just a glimpse into what i have been up to the past twenty days! thank you for reading and good day to you.

the biggest loser

i went to the instacare this week - long story, you can ask me if you must know - and there was a moment that felt exactly like biggest loser the reality show. i was waiting for them to call my name, which they do not do they give you a pager that vibrates just like at a restaurant. anyway, the first thing the nurse asks me to do when she takes me back is to step on the scale so she can record my weight.

well, it was exactly one week since jane was born and i was thinking, i wonder how much weight i have lost? the scale was a digital scale too, just like biggest loser. so, i did not take my shoes off, but i should have just for effect. i stepped on the scale and the numbers went up and up but not as high as i expected them to (and no, they did not jump back and forth like on tv.) finally i looked and behold, i had lost exactly 20 pounds! yes, that must be a biggest loser record, 20lbs. in one week! granted, 8lbs. 20z. of that was baby, another maybe 6 or so of other "stuff" inside there, and i'm sure there was some water weight too. but still - pretty great. and all i had to do was go through an 8 hour "last chance workout" to get here. about 20 more pounds to go and i will be back to my "pre-pregnancy" weight!

5 days later

today my little jane is 5 days old! what a whirlwind it has been. we went to the hospital at 7 am wednesday june 10th and..... many posts later (i will tell bits and pieces when i can)... at 4:29 pm, jane annebelle gompert was born. (next few posts... people came to visit, i rested in bed, we were there two days, and friday we came home.) we have many pictures on multiple cameras and i will share them over time or on facebook. the first night was very tough and so far, becoming and being a parent is the most difficult thing i have ever done but we are having a great time with jane and we are so grateful to God for His many blessings and for our new little girl. it has been a great five days.

her cute rainbow outfit - about 3 hours after this photo she spit up - that is baby speak for vomit - all over it! i hope the stains come out.

this is her little smirk/smile and her "one eye check" around to make sure all is well

Lord, bless this girl and her life. may she grow to love You through us and all the people who love her. amen

well, it's time

yes friends, it's baby time. my doctor appointment was okay, but my blood pressure was high and i had other indications of a preeclampsia type condition. therefore i need to be induced before i become more sick and risk my health and the baby's. the date is june 10th! that is when we check into the hospital and, Lord willing, baby g will be born sometime tomorrow! please pray for a healthy labor, delivery, and most of all - momma and baby! we will try to let you know when you can come and visit. if you are wondering you could call pastor terry or my sister. thanks in advance for all your prayers. 

my pregnant friends

at church we have four of us that are pregnant - so far. we are all about 5 -8 weeks apart and i love taking pictures to document our progress together. three of us are close enough to be in the same trimester at the same time - if only for a week. 

at easter time we were all in the 2nd trimester - i was almost in the third, sarah right in the middle, and stacy just beginning
this is us just this past sunday - keri is in the 2nd trimester and feeling much better now. stacy is just starting the 3rd trimester - 28wks, sarah is around 33 wks, and i am almost finished at 39 wks! 
it is pretty fun to be pregnant at the same time as my friends. however, Lord willing, i won't be pregnant much longer and they will be taking preggo pictures without me. i think i'm okay with that. 

new favorite crockpot recipe

i am at home during the day now (which i have loved) and i was watching the ksl show that comes on at 11 studio 5 - anyway, they were talking about a crockpot recipe that did not sound good, but there was a website of this lady who has a recipe for every day of the year. so i found this on her site: the picture on the site did not look good, but i had all the ingredients already so i thought, why not? 

Creamy black bean salsa chicken:
2 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup salsa
1 can (15 oz) corn, drained
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained
1 pkg taco seasoning
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Place chicken in slow cooker. Pour broth, salsa, corn, beans, and taco seasoning over chicken. Cover and cook on low heat 6-8 hours or on high heat 3-4 hours. Remove chicken and shred. Stir sour cream and cheese into sauce in slow cooker, then put chicken back in. Serve with tortillas, rice, or tortillas or chips. 

~ okay, pete loves this dinner and i did too. i served it with mexican rice and we used the leftovers as a dip with tortilla chips. i am going to make some changes next time: probably a whole cup of sour cream (i realize that is not as healthy, but so tasty) and more cheese - you can never have enough. as for the chicken broth, i don't know if you need that much or any at all because the frozen chicken has enough moisture once it is cooking. plus you can't totally drain the beans and corn.