Two weeks ago I was in so much pain that I could hardly walk. I had shooting pains down the insides of my legs and excruciating hip and pubic bone pain. I've had back pain before when pregnant but this was awful. I honestly felt like I was splitting in half. I talked with my midwife and she thought that I might be developing something called "Symphysis pubis dysfunction" (SPD) which is where the cartilage that holds your pubic bone together starts to separate. Horrible sounding, huh? She suggested I go see a chiropractor and wear a support belt. I got the support belt but was a bit wary about going to see a chiropractor. For some reason I always assumed they were a bit quacky. I mean how can someone popping your back make you feel that much better? Yet I was in such pain that I finally scheduled an appointment with a chiropractor who specializes in pregnancy. It was such a good decision; she has helped me so much. I've had to go back several times in the last couple of weeks but finally I am feeling normal again. I still have some occasional pelvis pain, and I'm not going to be able to run or dance this pregnancy, but at least I don't feel like I'm splitting in half any more!
Oh, and if you (or someone you know) has back or joint pain during pregnancy I found this post about lecithin at Birth Faith and this one about cod liver oil at Mamas and Babies to be very helpful.
Baker is a lawyer and a scholar of ancient history and uses 12 ancient codes and legal documents to paint a picture of what rights women may have had in Old Testament times and to clarify parts of their stories that are confusing or contradictory to modern readers. For example, he explains things like why Sarah banished Hagar, the consequences of Laban tricking Jacob into "marrying" Leah, why Ruth laid at Boaz's feet, Tamar's sexual relations with her Father-in-law, and why Rahab is called a "prostitute" but is also one of the women in Christ's ancestry. His insights really shed a lot of light on women's stories in the Old Testament and if you are at all interested in increasing your understanding of these stories I'd recommend this book in a heart beat. You can also read it online here.
My husband and I have officially decided that we are going to do home school pre-school for Asher this next fall. I don't know yet if that means we will keep home schooling him for other years, or if we will do the same with our other kids, but for right now this really feels like the right thing for our family. Yet, I have to admit that I feel grossly inadequate and am worried about being able to pull this off. Part of me worries that after a few weeks I'll give up and we'll be watching movies every morning instead. I know that lots of you are homeschooling families and and I would love to hear any advice you have for a family just wading into this new territory-- or any good curriculum suggestions or resources. I need all the help I can get!