Friday, February 19, 2021

Hot topic quick takes!

 Linking with Kelly for some quick takes about all the hottest topics, hit it.

1) SNOW. Well after my despair over NEEDING it to snow and wanted and praying for it to snow, it snowed. And snowed. And snowed. And snowed some more. I blogged a little less than 3 weeks ago and since then the snow has not left the ground and just keeps piling up. And the thing is, I know it’s all my fault- this is what happens when Ana prays for things. I apologize to you all, I will start praying for spring.




I think Fred’s feelings kind of capture how everyone is feeling about winter now. We’re done.

2) PREGNANCY. I know you’re all (all 2 of you reading) dying to know how this pregnancy is treating me so I will indulge you with some deats. It’s great. I mean terrible. I mean terrible and great. It is so great that this sweet boy is growing and healthy and I think I finally felt some legit kicks in the middle of the night last night (my absolute favorite thing ever!!!) but it turns out that being pregnant this many times is hard and my body seems to hate me for it. I tried to be “healthy “ recently and be consistent with some prenatal workouts and as a result I think I did some major pelvic floor damage. TMI? Sorry. But seriously, as a long-time blog-complainer over all things pregnancy related I can say that young 20-something Ana had absolutely nothing to complain about. Getting old is no fun. With that said,  since my belly is finally catching up with my body in growth I’ll go ahead and document the bump at 18 weeks:



3) LENT. Very fitting, very fitting indeed. Pregnancy during Lent, that is. I woke up this morning to this little reading in my prayer book and it was... timely. 

The daily cross. No day without a cross; not a single day in which we are not to carry the cross of the Lord, in which we are not to accept his yoke. Let this opportunity serve to remind us again that the joy of the resurrection is a consequence of the suffering of the cross.”

That Saint Josemaria is always good for a timely reminder. It’s from Christ is Passing By.  

4) MORE LENT. And we’re only 2 days in! I woke up Wednesday fully intending to kick lent off right with morning mass with the kids. I was attempting to have everyone fed early and dressed when all of the sudden, sweet Annie took a huge fall down our stairs resulting in a trip to the ER, a mild concussion and one extremely terrified and stressed out mother. Right after the fall she seemed like she might lose consciousness and it was one of the scariest moments of my life. So we did not get to mass after all but after reading that above quote I decided I was ok with that being the penitential way God wanted us all to start lent. And Annie is doing great! Or else maybe I wouldn’t have been fine with it...

5) BLOGGING. Getting back to blogging sans social media has been strange because I’m fairly certain 95% of the people who read my blog were reading it because I posted that I blogged on social media. The nice thing is that it totally takes all the pressure off of caring too much about what exactly I write and whether there are typos because I know those of you stopping by are here because you know me and want to be here. With that said though, I’d love to know who is reading and if those of you reading are also blogging so I can check in with you too, so let me know! And thanks for being here:)

6) MORE BLOGS. There are a few blogs I’ve been checking in with of other friends who are still blogging it old school (or who never stopped) and it’s been lovely. Laura, Colleen, Rosie, Jenny and of course Kelly, are my current frequent reads but I’d love to add yours to my brain feed, since I’m not using any actual feed online. 

7) Alright my Freddie Friday idea is kind of a flop since I stink at writing down the funny things he says and also mostly stink at taking good pictures but I’ll still feature at least one recent phone photo to give him his due on the blog. 



Happy Friday!!!

39 comments :

  1. I’m reading! Yea for your new baby!

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  2. I don't blog or have IG, but I have been reading your blog since my 9 year old was a baby and I am so tickled that you are blogging again. We went through several miscarriages and a stretch of unexpected secondary infertility some years ago and I remember finding so much encouragement here. I am now pregnant with our fifth (this side of eternity) and I love seeing your prego updates. Please continue!

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! I’m so sorry to hear about your miscarriages, congratulations on #5!! And I’m so happy you’re here :)

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    2. Oh and I hear you on pregnancy in your mid-thirties. It is stupid hard and I am tired!

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  3. I’m reading! In terms of technology I am around 95 years old and I literally still follow my favorite bloggers by typing in their website into my search bar. I MISS the old school blogs so much! And now that I am off social media totally I am loving reading blogs again

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  4. Oh my gosh but can we talk about how HOT you look for a geriatric grand multipara? You’re right it feels like (swear words) from beginning to end, but you look great!

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    1. You’re the nicest person ever. Honestly this angle does me far too many favors. At my 13 week (you read that right) appointment the nurse looked at me and said “you’ve gained THIRTY pounds already??” To which I responded with a middle finger (kidding) But seriously the pounds are being PACKED this go round!

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  5. Im reading!!!! I'm here, a non blogger who is also off social media but still faithfully checking my blog app for the posts no matter how infrequent they are!!! You look lovely and I'm so happy you are feeling the joy amidst the suffering of pregnancy.

    Keep 'em coming!

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  6. I read everything you write Ana!!

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  7. Reading! I’m waiting for my bebe to give me a kick. I (think) I’m 17 weeks today - with #7. I’ve resurrected blogging www.ourabclife.com

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    1. It feels like it takes soooo loooong!! I’ve still only felt a few “maybe kicks”, but it is just the best! Congratulations on #7!!

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  8. So happy to see you blogging again!

    I know exactly what you mean about pregnancy and age. I had my first two kids in my mid-twenties, and now I’m expecting #4 in almost my mid-thirties (4 year gap between #2 and #3). My last two pregnancies have been so much harder. My exercise right now is slowly pedaling on a cheapo exercise bike while watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, a show so soporific that it has an entire Reddit thread dedicated to people who fall asleep watching it. I’m not even kidding.

    I’ll get back to you in March about snow. Right now I love how much my older two play in it, versus when it’s just cold.

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  9. Thank you, Bethany! I’m glad it’s not just me!!

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  10. Hi!! I’m here reading and was so excited to hear you’re expecting again.
    I am also still blogging but without Facebook or Instagram, and I agree, it’s odd, but also kind of freeing. The only people clicking on ye old blog are those who are checking on us or are subscribed.

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    1. Thank you, Shelley! Off to look for your blog now!

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  11. I think I found you through camppatton years ago? Anyway I love using the blog follow feature and anytime anyone posts from blogs I used to read back in the day I get excited! I’m currently pregnant with #5 and I also am feeeling it. I blog about mothering and kids and homeschool and foster care at happyhunts.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you, Courtney! Definitely heading over to your blog now!

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  12. Hi Ana, I love your blog and have been reading it since 2014 when my oldest was a baby. I don't have a blog and am taking an extended facebook break. I'm pretty sure I first found your blog through reading 7 quick takes. I probably should have introduced myself awhile ago. I'm a mom of 3 in the Chicago suburbs. Whenever I read your blog I cant help thinking that if we were to know each other in real life we would become friends. :) Congratulations on the new baby and please keep writing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Carolyn- it is lovely to e-meet you! Blog friends are real friends too!! :)

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  13. Aww, thanks for the shoutout. ☺️

    I’m always psyched to see a new post from you! I follow the same people you do, and really hope blogging is going to make a big comeback!

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    1. Always love reading your blog, Laura! Long live the blog!!!

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  14. Did you all end up with decent, snow-like snow this past storm? We got a couple of inches and then freezing rain for the day of the day, so it's just thick crusty ice everywhere! Definitely no fun...

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  15. I'm an old-school blogger that read all of you Catholic mommy blogs while I was still single. Now I'm married and having babies (first one at 29...currently babywearing my third a 34) and everyone quit blogging, including me. haha. So this year I am THRILLED to see the rise of old school bloggers, but I'm also wondering how did you find the time and brain cells when you were in my season? lol! I always go back and forth about how much to share, too. The internet feels like a different place than it did 10 years ago! All this rambling to say, I'm reading. ;)

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    1. Yes it was hard in those days to find the time and brain cells but I did find that it kept me sharper to just write. My age limit for sharing about kids to age 5:) Now that I’ve got so many older kids that I’m also schooling I won’t be able to keep the blog posts any more frequent than 2 a month, but I will try hard to stay consistent with that! Just so what works for you and what brings you life, and thank you for reading!!

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  16. I love The big white farmhouse blog

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  17. I see your blog updates in my feedly reader. Does anyone use that any more? Congratulations and praying for your pregnancy! I'm due with #9 in four weeks, yes,pregnancy as an older mother has it's challenges but also beauty. Thanks for blogging.

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  18. I always love your honest & hilarious updates! I blog in fits and starts at meltedsmoosh.blogspot.com and am also excited for the resurgence in old school blogging. Way back in high school I had a Xanga blog if anyone even remembers what that is anymore... and I fondly remember the joy in clicking through to my friends' sites to see if anyone had posted! (The same used to be true of Facebook -- there never used to be a feed. You had to creep on your friends' profiles the old fashioned way!)

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  19. I've been reading since I had my first baby is 2013. I've had all my babies in my 30s. #4 will arrive just after I turn 40. I still feel like a new mom with only 4 kids. We live in a small town in Michigan and I'm attempting to homeschool my kindergartener. I love your humor and faith, and how real you are about homeschooling. I read my favorite blogs by typing the names into the search bar.

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  20. I’ve been reading your blog for years now-no blog of my own, I’m just one of those lurkers �� I’m 37 weeks with #7 and less than two months out from turning 36 and I’m with you 110%—pregnancy in your mid-thirties is no laughing matter!

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  21. Your blog has been in my RSS reader for many years now (I think you only had two kids when I started reading). I enjoy hearing about your life and family, and am glad you are writing again! I'm 41 (and had five children, mostly in the my late 20s and early 30s) and I can tell you the wheels come off the bus somewhere around 39. Ha!

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  22. I'm reading!

    Check out a pelvic floor physical therapist. Worth their weight in gold during and after pregnancy. Ask me how I know :)

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  23. Ana, I'm reading! I'm subscribed so my 'Reader' tells me when you've posted. And it always makes me happy! I've been reading for years and I'm glad some people are still blogging old school. Please keep writing! I have a website-cum-blog thingy called www.marriagepossible.com where I would love if you could contribute some day.

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