June 7, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday (Volume 55)

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I just changed the name of my blog to Savor His Goodness - inspired by this Bible verse: 

"Learn how to savor how good the Lord is;
happy are those who take refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you holy ones;
nothing is lacking to those who fear him.
The powerful grow poor and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing."
-Psalm 34: 9-11

I have been thinking about changing it for a while now because I got bored with Catholic Cookie Jar and I just haven't been posting recipes.  Also,  God has been pouring out blessings (the biggest one being our sweet, growing baby)!!!  This seems to be a more fitting title for what I am writing about - enjoying the big and little things in life :) There are still a few quirky things I'm trying to work out, but we're getting there! Speaking of which, does anyone know how to shift a gadget to the left?? I can't figure out how to get that "About Me" moved over...

Although we don't know the baby's gender...I maybe kind of sort of bought a little skirt that was on clearance for $3.   We went to Target to buy a gift card and of course had to browse through all the baby stuff.  The skirt was so cute and the price was so good that I couldn't even help myself (I did save the receipt though)!  And I'm not the only one...I told my mom thinking she would think I was crazy, but it turns out, she has done the exact same thing! ;) 

This series on contraception is so, so good!  It's definitely worth checking out!  I am so eager to read the last two posts! 
And speaking NFP, here's a new blog by a Creighton instructor! 

I am just loving the patients on my rotation.  Pretty much all of them are sweet, southern, and elderly.  I got scolded this week by one of them because I've never made biscuits before.  She told me with a husband and a baby on the way, I have GOT to learn how to make them! Hehe! :) 

I might not be able to make biscuits, but I did make us this braided, seeded bread this week! I felt so fancy haha! And it was GOOD! 

I need some pregnancy/birth/baby book recommendations...anyone know of some good ones? 

We are off this weekend to my parent's house!  We are going to my cousin's graduation party, and my grandma will be in town!  I am looking forward to seeing everyone and also to getting back my camera! 


  1. Love the new name and the new look, Caitlin! Looks great!

    As for baby books...there are a ton...but once your blessing is born...I HIGHLY recommend "The American Academy of Pediatrics Caring For Your Baby And Young Child Birth To Age 5 "

    That book is the best one I have see. In my 16 years of mommy hood. I get it for every baby shower I attend and sooo many people tell me after they use it all the time!

    One more thing, get the hard cover...it is worth it! : )

  2. I love the new blog :) and I love the fact that you bought a skirt. I'm so excited to see you next month! We'll have to make some plans :)
    Thanks for linking that series! I read the first few posts last weekend and looking forward to reading the rest!

  3. The Baby Book is my only baby book I have. And Your Pregnancy Week by Week (by Glade Curtis) gets read through pregnancy!

    1. I second Colleen on the Baby Book (Dr. Sears). It is mellow and has lots of different kinds of suggestions. It is also an amazing resource on child development in the first 2 years.

      The thing to remember with any books (or websites!) is that no one way works for every baby. Sometimes experts can be very forceful with their opinions...one thing I like about Dr. Sears is that even though he focuses on attachment parenting, he often repeats the phrase, "If you resent it [any aspect of the way your parenting is going], change it!"

  4. That series on contraception looks great, I'll have to read it more closely later tonight :)

  5. Love the new name! Somehow I stumbled onto that same contraception series this week, too. If you're into doing a no-drugs childbirth, a friend recommended to me Natural Childbirth the Bradley way and I've been slowly working my way through. The pictures are pretty hippie and outdated, but the information's good; their basic approach is preparing your body and mind for a more comfortable pregnancy and labor with simple techniques. I've been looking for a book on nutrition and fitness that's balanced and not to extreme--let me know if you find one!

    1. I second Stephanie, too! The Bradley book is outdated in some ways, but it is really helpful in terms for practicing relaxing and cooperating with your contractions (and understanding which stage of labor you're at), a good skill to have even if you anticipate having an epidural, since the more you can relax in early labor, the better. It focuses on a method that relies on the husband to coach the wife through each contraction. It worked so well for me and my husband and really made it a team effort. It is a little alarmist about some things, but I asked my O.B. about all of them, and he put me at ease.

      I have heard that there is an updated version, "Husband-Coached Childbirth," by Robert Bradley. I haven't seen it, but I bet it's more updated and might be an even better resource.

  6. I just love this look/layout! The bread looks totally amazing. The birthing book I loved was Mindful Birthing. It's slightly (maybe a little more) slanted towards drug-free childbirth, but really helps with working through pregnancy aches and pains, parenting, and, generally: things-not-going-the-way-you-expected/wanted. Highly recommend. Totally peaceful read (definitely in combo with other resources that cover the ins and OUTs...haha!).

  7. Love the new blog name! I gave up on pregnancy books when we moved during my pregnancy (around 20 weeks). Most of what I read was online: Dr. Brewer (pregnancy diet), KellyMom (for breastfeeding), Dr. Jay Gordon (big attachment parenting guru, which I don't follow all the way, but still like his advice) and then Baby Center for just basic week-to-week updates. Also, the Bradley Method book (the one by Susan McCutcheon) is excellent.

  8. I read What To Expect When You're Expecting the most consistently. I also signed up for the babycenter.com emails, which still come after baby is born.

    Love the new name and look!

  9. I agree with Francine! Plus, sign up for The Bump newsletters. I also LOVED this book: http://www.amazon.com/Heading-Home-Your-Newborn-Reality/dp/1581104448/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370630118&sr=8-1&keywords=bringing+home+your+newborn

  10. Hi Caitlin,
    I'm new here, found your blog through Paige Kellerman. When I was pregnant I read a really wonderful book by a Christian woman but I can' remember the name of it. She talked about how birthing is truly labor (hard work) but nothing to be afraid of. Going into it with that mindset was really helpful. I also got massage therapy every week and learning how to relax that way was a big bonus, too!
    God bless!

  11. That bread looks amazing!! Way to go :) Book suggestions...I read Babywise and have followed it with all three little ones. It has changed our lives. I know it isn't for everyone, but we love it!

  12. #1: My guess is that there's something in that particular widget that has an align=center tag instead align=left. Email me and I can maybe go in and look and fix it. I'm jen at grace-filled dot net.

    #5: Yeah, I think that braided seed bread counts for biscuits.

    #6: "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is good. I'm also a fan of whattoexpect.com

  13. I second Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way for actual tips on how to prepare your body for birth. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth really helped me overcome my fears of childbirth. It's half birth stories, half guidance. If one lady could naturally birth an 11 pounder without a single tear, I figured I had pretty good odds. :)

    Also, my husband read ONE baby book: Father's First Steps (Dr. Sears again). It motivated him to be really involved in our son's life from the start-all procedures at the hospital, changing diapers (he was prepared for the meconium!), and defending my breastfeeding preferences.

  14. Also! I used the journal Prayerfully Expecting during pregnancy. It has nice prayers and reflections on motherhood for each month.

  15. Cartoon books, "Baby blues, For Better or for Worse" ;p

  16. These books have intrigued me (I have wanted to get them but never have yet):
    Happy Baby Growing! God bless you and your family

  17. Thank you so, so much for all of the book recommendations! I don't know how I'm going to decide which ones to get haha!

  18. Wonder Weeks was the only parenting book we read. It helped us remember "this is just a stage." I found "what to expect while you are expecting" had a bit of fear mongering to it. I did use the Mayo Clinic Guide to Pregnancy but to be absolutely honest, most pregnancy websites/books made me more nervous than reassured.

  19. My ob/gyn recommended "The American Academy of Pediatrics Caring For Your Baby And Young Child Birth To Age 5" to me and so far it's been a very helpful book!!! It doesn't go into great detail about different childbirth methods, but it covers all the important basics of pregnancy, childbirth, and your child's development. It's definitely an invaluable resource during pregnancy and well beyond.