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still blah
  • I'm still not feeling fabulous, but I also am bored, so here I am back on LJ. I don't have anything really interesting to blog, though. Bleh.
  • Julian played with play-doh yesterday. So much fun. He's getting so smart! He used to be afraid of play-doh. Well, not afraid, exactly. But he hated having things on his hands. He still does. But he was totally willing to play with the mushy play doh. And he was good about copying me when I rolled it between my palms, or squished it under my thumb. I made a bunch of play-doh circles (not spheres...more like disks) and he stacked them all together and squished them. Okay, I know these don't seem like really monumental things, but he really was doing so well with manipulating the play-doh that it was impressive. For a toddler, anyway. So there!
  • He is also getting better with crayons. It used to be he didn't like crayons because he didn't get that he would have to apply pressure to get color out of it, unlike markers. Now he seems to have figured that out and he's really learning how to use them. Again, I know it may not seem monumental to all you college-edumacated folk out there, but this is a big deal! :)
  • I had mikveh duty last night. Supposed to be a quiet night, but one person called to see if she could come that night. Turned out that I knew her, which is always weird for me, but she didn't recognize me...it's all about context, I guess. And as I was locking up and leaving, another woman came up and asked if she could go in. Not a problem, of course. She was nine months pregnant and had heard that it was a segulah to go to mikveh in your ninth month. My question (and I didn't ask her this) is, segulah for what? I've heard that if a woman in her ninth month goes to mikveh immediately before a woman who wants to get pregnant, that's supposed to be a segulah for the woman who wants to get pregnant. But I don't know what the segulah for the pregnant woman would be. Weird. Anyway, so it was a much later night than I expected, but that's okay. I was still at work by 7:30 this morning, so it wasn't TOO bad. (I might post this question to chayeisarah, or maybe not)
  • I've lost six pounds in five days. Weird. Not that I'm complaining or anything, but it's not like I was doing anything special.
  • I often wonder why people bother reading my journal. I certainly wouldn't if it weren't MY journal.
  • I had a nice, productive day at work yesterday. I'm hoping for the same (or similar) today. Obviously, I'm not off to a brillian start on productivity.
  • I want to see SW again. Jo and I are having a girls' night out Wednesday (thanks to my mother for babysitting...hooray!), so maybe we'll go see that.
  • I believe that is all.

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  • 15 comments or Leave a comment
    From: lola100 Date: May 24th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I think going to the mikvah in the ninth month is a segulah for an easy labor. I went once, since a friend of mine wanted to go after me. It felt a little weird going to the mikvah with a big belly.
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 24th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Also, she toiveled like 15 times or something. I lost count. Maybe it was more. But it was more than 9 or 10.

    Also, I'd have a hard time asking a friend to go to mikveh in her ninth month so that I could have that segulah. I'd feel really weird about it.
    From: lola100 Date: May 24th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    It was a VERY close friend. We were friends in high school and I boarded at her house for 2 1/2 years (I lived out of town and went to high school in Brooklyn). We were practically sisters. Now, we speak to each other a couple times a day and live in the same development.
    From: lola100 Date: May 24th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
    By the way - I LOVE the icon!
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 24th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks. He's a cutie.
    leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: May 24th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
    At least Julian is not eating the Play-doh :)

    I am home sick today--going to the doctor at 11:30--I pushed myself too hard yesterday. That's a surprise.

    It's always a shock to lose a bunch of weight in a week. Are you just not eating? Did you give up your drug of choice, Coca Cola?
    When I stop drinking soda I lose that much weight in a week.

    I love reading your journal. You are simply me in a different body.
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 24th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    he did attempt to eat the play-doh a couple times. but he never actually chomped down on it.

    Good luck at the doctor. Feel better. Ick.

    I did not give up my drug of choice, though I've cut back a LOT. I am eating. A lot. Too much, really. I wish I weren't!
    From: onasamaya Date: May 24th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    mikvah ect.

    ( i could not reply in chayei sarah even though they are my freinds ;-) so here is my ansewer to your mikvah expirience:
    to go to the mikvah in 9th month i think is not a segulah- it's a spiritual prep. also in this case a women does not need to make a brocho.
    about being a kvater for a bris and eating at the bris- this way u get a merit (by participating in a mitzvah) and hope it will effect a judgment from Above for you to have children.
    basicly any mitzvah is a segulah :) but some mitzvos are more connected to children and some to parnoso and so on.
    also check out www.imamother.com
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 24th, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: mikvah etc.

    I called the woman I took kallah classes with, and she agreed that it is a segulah for an easy labor. I think the woman last night said a bracha. Now I'm wondering if it was a bracha in vain. Hrm.

    I get that being a kvater for a bris is a merit by way of participating in a mitzvah (though by that logic, I'd think me being a mikveh later would be an even bigger segulah for having children), but it certainly hasn't affected any judgment from above, that's for sure. Not that I'm ungrateful or anything. It's just that I hate that when I'm at shul at a bris (kvater or not), everyone on the planet reminds me about all the segulahs I'm participating in by being there. It's starting to drive me mad.
    From: lola100 Date: May 24th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: mikvah etc.

    I was told not to say a Bracha when I was tovel in my ninth month.
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 24th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: mikvah etc.

    argh. So should I have stopped her?
    From: lola100 Date: May 24th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: mikvah etc.

    Well, at the time you didn't know it was a Bracha Levatalah, but if you would have known, you probably should have questioned it.
    ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: May 24th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I know someone who toiveled in her 9th month, so I asked her about it. She said:

    "considered a segula for an easy birth and a healthy child, as well as a fortuitous time to pray for infertile women"

    i looked for a good source for you, but of course mr.benyamino acid decided to wake up! i'm guessing i got the idea from the book expecting miracles by chana weisberg, but i just looked and it has no index, so i'm at a loss there. i found the above quote on this webpage:
    but that is just a random find. i looked on nishmat but only found this:
    which is basically of no help whatsoever!
    From: gittygiggles Date: May 24th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I often wonder why people bother reading my journal. I certainly wouldn't if it weren't MY journal.

    i feel the same way about my journal!
    either_or From: either_or Date: May 25th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)
    i read yours (and gitty's, too) b/c you *seem* to have such a different life from me, but...i still don't feel all that different at all! i mean, the activities and things are different, but the feelings, fears, joys, hopes, and other emotions are the same...

    does that make any sense?
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