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Thursday, November 09, 2006

"Elephant"'s obituary

The beloved Flickinger family hamster "Elephant" died today at 1:25 PM. She was suffering severe trauma to her intestines - with no hope of recovery. She enjoyed a few minutes of sunshine outside before she was quietly put to sleep with the aide of a shovel.
Funeral arrangements are being made - with a sour cream container as a coffin. The family is planning to bury her today. She will be missed.

Elephant was named after "Little Bill"'s hamster of the same name. We believe her official diagnosis was rectal prolapse.

As a dad, sometimes I get the "dirty" jobs. This is one of them.

Monday, November 06, 2006

People of faith should vote yes, not no

Just to clarify for people:
Voting "Yes" ammends the constitution to define marriage only between one man and one woman. Voting "No" does not ammend the constitution. This allows a judge to rule that marriage can be between two men or two women.

Most of the people I have explained this to have thought they were supposed to vote vice versa. This is because of many confusing factors.

One confusing factor is signs/bumper sticker that state "People of Faith Vote No". There are several churches in the Milwaukee area that do not interpret the Bible that homosexuality is sinful. I have read the Bible and I think it is very clear on this issue. I have also read their arguments, and my opinion is that these churches are willfully deceiving themselves because they love the world, not God. I do not hate homosexuals and if you care to talk about this issue I'd love to discuss it.

The second confusing factor is billboards and commercials that tell us that we shouldn't change the constitution. However they don't mention the reason for the ammendment. The purpose of the ammendment is to protect what was common knowledge when the constitution was written (that homosexuality relationship is wrong) from being rewritten by an elitist judge. The real issue here is that we have seen these judges rewrite the rules based on their viewpoints, often times contradictory to the public they represent. The public has lost their say on vital issues. The idea really represented by these people is "don't ammend the constitution so a judge can do it for you".

That's my 2 cents. There are many other things to vote on this Tuesday (Nov 7th) - but this one hits closest to home. Hopefully all my friends who read this and have differing opinions will be open minded to different info, and not just hate me, which tends to happen sadly. Again, if you'd like to discuss this then I am always open for new info/opinions.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Clay's curiosities

The questions are from my son Clay. Here is his effort to gain wisdom on the important things of life.

Q: Would your tummy hurt more if you ate a tall lady or a fat lady?
A: It depends on how big or how tall the lady was.

Q: Is it better to be a mommy or a daddy? Because daddies have to go to work, but mommies have to push out babies.
A: Because you're a boy - it's better to be a daddy.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

4 weeks later

Today Nadia is 4 weeks old. Hooray. She is a sweetheart. She sleeps through the night and has gathered up cute baby chubbiness. Unfortunately we still have not settled on a middle name - it is currently up between Neviah, Myra and Amara.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Nadia (Hope) Is Here

Nadia Flickinger was born today at 1:12 PM. She weighs 6 lbs 12 oz and is 19 1/2 inches long. Danielle's labor started at 4 AM - but did not become consistent until 11 AM. Danielle pushed twice - about 2 minutes. Nadia is beautiful and a wonderful eater. Baby and mom are doing fine. She was born at the home of Peter and Danielle Flickinger in Oak Creek. There were signs that she might be slightly overdue - but only by a few days.

Praise God and thanks to everyone for their prayers.

"Within 24 hrs"

I got a response from Jeremy to update - so here we go.

Yesterday my sister took our kids over for a "sleep over". Great time for Danielle to go into labor - right? That's what we were thinking. She started her dinner with leftover eggplant parmesan (see last post). Then I made her "Chicken Tikka Masala" which is a favorite Indian dish with lots of spices. You can probably guess that spicy food is rumored to help bring on labor. We went for a long walk (to help bring on labor). Then, lastly, we watched "Ferris Bueller's" since we were recommended to do so by the accupuncturist (laughter to help bring on labor).

So Danielle woke up at 4AM this morning with contractions. I am at home with her. However, the labor is not progressing much. This is a very weird labor. We sit down and they get very infrequent (every 10-14 mins - but very long). When she walks they get more frequent (like every 4-5 minutes). We were walking for almost an hour but it hasn't seemed to help much.

The other 2 labors progressed much quicker. Danielle's labor with Anya went took 2 1/2 hrs from the first contraction. Her first labor (Clay) seemed to progress much faster than this is going too. This labor seems to be like the end of her pregnancy - a guessing game of waiting and confusion. We are getting pretty frustrated - and are worrying that the labor will just die off.

If your read the last post you will recall that the accupuncturist thought Danielle would go into labor within 24 hours. We are hoping this is the real deal and that it doesn't go away.

If you think of it, prayers are welcomed.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Accu push

Yep. No baby yet.

Yesterday I took Danielle to eat eggplant parmesan. Supposedly eggplant is listed as "downbearing" by ancient Chinese science. Which in our case means it's helpful with inducing labor. I guess a restaurant named Scalini's captitalized on this and stated that if an expectant mother does not deliver within 48 hours of eating their dish they get a gift certificate for a free meal. See info and recipe. You will see all sorts of websites out there that seem to discount their claim - stating that it is just the basil and oregano. Uh - who knows. It has not been 48 hours yet - so all judgements are out.

Today I took Danielle to an accupuncturist (Sulema De La Rosa). Yes, the kind with needles.

A friend referred us to go. Our friend went to an accupressurist (similar to the needle kind, but think massage). After our friend's visit the practitioner stated that she should go in labor at about 2 or 2:30 AM. She went to labor at 2:30 AM. Needless to say - this sounded good to Danielle - since it seems to help induce labor in a much more gentle, natural form. Here is more info and there's tons more out there.

So the "visit" took over an hour - she looked at Danielle and checked the baby's heartbeat. She then put some small needles in Danielle's ears, shoulders, palm and above the ankle (8 needles). We sat in the quiet room and listened to some quiet Chinese-sounding music which was soothing. Then the lady came back to the room and would move the needles until Danielle could feel them again. After the second or third "rest" she removed the needles and put on small magnets. It was all very interesting - although I am not sold on the ying-yang philosophies behind it. I do believe that there are many complexities of the body that are overlooked and not understood by most modern science however.

Sulema told Danielle that if after 2 days (48 hrs) she was still pregnant that Danielle could come back and get another free visit (2 days later). This is how confident she was that Danielle would go into labor (she believed within 24 hours). When speaking with Sulema she told us that the soonest she had someone start labor (after the accupuncture session) was after removing the needles. The longest it has taken for her is after the second accupuncture session.

It will be interesting to see if this provides a "push" and Danielle goes into labor within 24 hours. Here's hoping it is.

Friday, July 07, 2006

The Birth Day

Today is my birthday. It is also my niece's Skyler. It is also Lee Bozeman's. ..and most importantly it was the (2nd) due date for baby #3.

For those who are completely uninformed on my life - Danielle had 2 due dates for the baby. One was based on the ultrasound and the other based on 40 weeks from period. Although it might seem rational to just go with the ultrasound date there are times when the other due date is much more accurate (ask a midwife and she'll tell you it can go by either date).

but anyway... The non-ultrasound date was back on June 18th. We were dearly hoping this was the date - and there were several signs that this could be the date. However it has come and gone - and now we are at the 2nd due date. Needless to say we have been pulling our hair out for the last month with anticipation of the baby.

Can I ask for a birthday present God? :-)