"For this to happen, everything must go perfect Jennifer" said Dr. 'Z. Dr. 'Z., was at least entertaining the idea of a VBAC after 5 sections. What a blessing! Jen and I knew the odds to even find a doctor who would be willing to allow for a natural delivery after so many C-sections to be very rare indeed. We also new that to even get at a chance at this we would have to become very knowledgeable about the subject to show the doctors we where not jumping willy-nilly at a desire of ours. Dr. 'Z, who has been Jennifer's doctor since 1996 and has delivered 4 out of 5 of our children. We trusted him and he trusted us in making wise decisions.
"For this to happen, everything must go perfect."
Wow! perfect, what are the odds at having a perfect birth?.... I mean even Jesus was born in a stable, where Joseph's and Mary's midwives and doula's were sheep and cows, hardly a perfect circumstance. After some discussion and some definitions from 'Z, we new that perfect really meant "conditional". So far we were inside the conditions set. We were both excited and nervous. We prayed for this to happen, but also prayed that if this was God's will, he would keep open the doors or if not, he would shut them.
A day less than 3 weeks to go and we had a nervous moment. Jen went to Labor and Delivery for observation just to relieve the questions at hand. Everything was great, however she had some stronger "contractions" so they kept her till noon. It was a rough go, we had run into a bull of a female doctor who caused a lot of excitement to say the least until Dr. 'Z put a muzzle on her from his vacation no less!
At our next appointment doors were starting to shut. Jen and my desire to have a natural birth was beginning to dissolve in front of our eyes. Jen's blood pressure was up but up to that point he had wanted to give us a 48 hour window to go into labor, and/or we could schedule a C-section date due to him leaving to go out of town after that. He was the only doctor in the practice willing to allow us a trial of labor barring no complications.
"Dr. 'Z, it's just because I am nervous, after the events of the past few days". Dr. Z was pretty sure that was the case, but as we stood up to leave he said, "lets just take your blood pressure one more time". It was still up, Jen had to stay until 11PM for observation, then had to come back the next morning for more... That morning her blood pressure was still up and her PC levels had climbed, the trend was toward preeclampsia. That was the last door shut and we knew it, part of us wanted to renegotiate our terms with God, be stubborn and ride it out. The other part said, it is better to listen to God, even if the answer goes against what we desired. Jen shed some tears, but after she and I had some discussion knew what God's answer to us was, and we must be content. The C-Section would prove that listening to God's answer was very wise and the blessing was not just that Jesse was here, but also assurance that God's hand was over us the whole time. Looking back, I think sometimes our desires are misplaced, when what our true desire was to trust God and to have Jen and Jesse with us safe and sound.
Jesse, who's Hebrew name means "Jehovah Exists" was born at 3:07, Wednesday, June 3rd 2009. He was 9lbs. 5oz and 21" long. He and mommy are at home and doing great.
About 2 years ago my oldest Son, Joshua, got up early and entered into my wife's and my domain and interrupted our peaceful slumber. I don't even think I was snoring....
"Dad, Dad... Dad, you awake"
6AM, I was horrified!
What creature with foul breath waketh me up from my slumber I wondered?
"Dad, Dad, let me tell you something, today the Japanese Beetles are coming!" Joshua said with excitement in his voice. He would get to kill some that day. "Horah, now go back to bed, Joshua... pleeeeeeaase"
Sure enough, they had come. Joshua has predicted "Japanese Beetle Day" ever since, and has done it well, but he is doing it better, he waits till I wake on my own now. So this past Monday, Joshua gave me the warning that they where coming, sure enough by the end of the day they where here...
So, what do you do?
Here are some tips to help your battle against these pesky little pests.
Plant, other plants that repel them: Catnip, Rue (be careful with these, read closely), Larkspur (never heard of that one, but its pretty), cloves (you won't be able to grow that in Alabama), garlic, tansy, or geranium.
For you who have chickens, Japanese beetles are at least a free food high in protein.
Pick them off and drown them. That could be a perfect past time for the boys, similar to the fun of killing fire ants with a magnifying glass.
Insecticidal soaps.. on the cheap, make your own. 2 tablespoons liquid soap to 1 quart of water.
All purpose pesticide soap.. on the cheap, homemade. Use strong smelling roots and spices like garlic, onions, horseradish, ginger, rhubarb leaves, cayenne or other hot peppers. Put ingredients into a mason jar, boil water and poor over just enough to cover. Screw on the cover or lid and let it stand overnight. Strain and add the insecticidal soap spray. Freeze unused portion.
Commercial traps, however I don't really recommend them very highly as the trap actually attracts more to the area than there are naturally. IF you do use a trap, make sure it is not very close to your own garden. Put it close to your next door neighbors yard or even better, closer to their garden... mwhahahahahahaha. ::evil grin::
Cheap trap: Take a plastic bottle, cut the top off, fill it with water, sugar, rotten fruit, and yeast mixture, hang it near your neighbors yard ::snicker:: I really mean on the edges of your own yard. It works just as good as a commercial trap.
Leave some dead Japanese beetles around, they really stink bad, not just to you, but also to other Japanese beetles.
Call a professional and ask for biological control like fungi, parasites, or nematodes or purchase and apply yourself. I recommend these for Japanese Beetle grubs, but they work on other things such as ants, termites, cut worms, fleas, ticks, other grubs and more. Warning, they are not cheap, but once they are established they should be good to go for years.
Why 2 different nematodes? Well, used together they have a wider range of pests they kill. They work differently, and overlap each others way of transmission. For Japanese beetle grubs, use the bacteria (Milky Spore) with the Nematode - H. bacteriophora. Note: this is a preventative, killing off the grub not the beetle.
I personally spray with Neem Oil spray. It will kill on contact, however it works on sucking or chewing insects by "stopping" them from eating. One of its properties actually makes insects "forget" to eat and the starve to death.
For beneficial insects and organisms check out this website.
UGG! It has rained for 10 days off and on.... I had to put two 4'x4' boxes for my Ground Cherries, Celery, and Cayenne Peppers that are finally coming up, a raised bed for my black berries (Apache Thornless), put in my Sea Buckthorn, put trellising up for my melons, AND attempted to redo my strawberry beds.. all with the help of my boys of course. Then at about 3:00, it started raining again. We worked in the strawberry bed for a while until it started thundering and lightning....
The sun will shine again... they say maybe even this weekend.
This year I have planted some really cool "stuff". I know I have been asked about and or told about this melon. Its called the Tigger, its a musk melon with brilliant colors, they are about 1lb and very fragrant...
It is supposed to be vigorous plants yield heavily, even in dry conditions. I have 2 of these plants that I will trellis as per instructions from my square foot gardening book. I will keep you posted on this gem (mb). I hope it tastes as good as its noted fragrance.
My garden began in 1994, when I married my wife Jen. In 1997, our first child was born and since then our garden has continued to grow to number 6 due very soon. We have / will have 4 boys and 2 girls, all homeschooled and growing fast. Over the past 5 years, our family has turned our backyard into a culinary of herbs, fruits and veggies. At first, we planted Crepe Myrtles and some other things that looked pretty. I had to step back a little when I noticed that some of my little ones started eating leaves, grass and dirt. Hmmm, mb I should be more careful with what I plant with kids around? To make a long story short, everything I plant must be able to be eaten. I first started with Rosemary, Sage, Oregano, Lavender, and blueberry bushes. Quickly followed by grapes to this years addition of Sea Buckthorn and Blackberries. In addition, we added square foot gardening to the mix, and experimenting on ways to garden with out the use of lingering pesticides. Please take a moment and share tips and tricks plus a little story or two of your own as I will with you.