Thursday, January 24, 2013

28 Weeks

I'm pretty sure my tummy is the biggest.

Well, I had a dr's appointment today.  It wasn't just any appointment.  27 weeks is the week with my other pregnancies that I started preterm labor and was hospitalized, medicated, bedrested... etc, etc.

I stocked my freezer with dinners, cleaned and organized my house, did my laundry, arranged a babysitter, and even packed an overnight bag anticipating a visit to the hospital.  Well, let me tell you, if you're prepared, it may just not happen!!  That's right.  Although I'm a little dilated, my doctor didn't see any signs of labor and we happily cheered together in the little exam room.

I hesitate even celebrating for fear of jinxing it, but even if things change in the next couple of weeks, I've made it farther than the last two and each week that passes gets a little less scary if things were to happen. And anything less than 10 weeks of bedrest is very welcome. :)

I'm enjoying this pregnancy.  Well, physically, not so much. I have a lot of aches and ligament pains, can't sleep well, can't walk well, whine whine, whine, but I love that it's going fast, that our family is expanding and that the kids are excited.  Madeline loves to feel him move around and Charlie will randomly give my belly little kisses and ask if Baby Weed is sleeping. It will definitely be a transition, but I'm hoping it won't be too terrible adding a third, especially since Matt will be working in a different city all summer.  We may be in for it.  We'll see.

As you can tell from the picture, I tend to stick pretty far out in front.  I'm already getting the questions if I'm due soon and I'm fibbing a little and telling them I have a just a couple of months left.  I don't want to see their faces if I told them how much longer I have. :) I got my mother's genes and carry big and low.  At an ultrasound today they said our little guy was measuring big with a big head.  Great....

Thanks for all of the prayers and positive vibes.  I'm feeling giddy that things are just fine for now.  Here's to taking it easy and telling Matt I need to rest so he has to do the dishes.  I'll be sad when I can't use that excuse anymore.....  :)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Big 5 already?!

It's feeling a little weird to have a five year old.  On a health insurance benefits page, it categorized 5 as being "middle childhood".  Crazy!

I'm not one of those moms that plans a big birthday party every year.  In fact, Madeline has never had a friend party.  This year we wanted to do something social, so we gave her the choice of having a friend party or taking one friend to go and do something special.  She chose to take a friend to Build a bear since she had never been.  I was happy about that. :)

On the day of her birthday, I took the kids out to lunch, and we had her requested dinner - Tuscan Tomato Soup with grilled cheese.  (what five year old asks for that?  We love that recipe. You must try it.) We also made her requested cake - a butterfly with white cake and pink frosting.  I let her decorate it how she wanted.  We played "pin the bow" on Hello Kitty and opened gifts.  Watching her this Christmas and birthday, I have loved that it's not hard to please a little five year old. She was absolutely thrilled with the pink balloons I snuck into her room and put on her ceiling during the night. :)

The next Saturday was the big friend part.  We picked up her friend and headed to the mall. They chatted excitedly on the way. Charlie and Matt became bored quickly, so they went to play on the playground while the girls focused on shopping.  Picking out their stuffed animal was easy.  They both wanted the gingerbread hello kitty and they both wanted to name theirs Ginger.  It was picking out the outfit that took forever!  Watching these two girls made me laugh.  They went back and forth and back and forth.  At one point, her friend said, "you can't put a winter hat with a spring dress!"  Watch out teenage years... But with some help, they both walked away pretty happy and excited.

It has been really rewarding to watch Madeline's social progress over this last year.  A lot of you were so kind with suggestions to this post about starting preschool.  Well, now she absolutely loves it, and loves her friends and the activities she does there.  A few days ago, Matt accidentally took her booster seat to work and by the time I realized it, we were too late to figure out an alternative and just skipped preschool that morning.  Madeline bawled.  I thought that was a good sign. :) I also picked her up one day and three separate teachers said she had had them all laughing during snack time telling them about a crazy day we'd had where things kept going wrong.  She is still reserved in new situations and big groups, but she has grown a lot in confidence. She gave this little talk in church a few weeks ago.  Matt and I were so nervous for her - funny, when we both have been in some nerve-wracking situations with work and harp. It's weird how much you get nervous for your kids.  We thought she did great and are really happy she is feeling more comfortable expressing herself.

Madeline is such a great little girl.  She can definitely still throw a pretty good, irrational, dramatic tantrum now and then, but most of the time she's a big help, so thoughtful, a great big sister and our really good friend. Happy Birthday, Madeline! We really love you!

A Merry Christmas

We had a wonderfully quiet, relaxing Christmas, despite getting hit with several nasty viruses.  We were all pretty sick for the full two weeks. I was glad to have an excuse to hibernate and stay in pajamas.  Matt got a long weekend off, which was fun, and much needed because I'm not sure an eye doctor should be seeing patients when he has bright red, goopy eyes. :)

I loved watching my kids on Christmas morning.  Madeline was up several times the night before asking if it was "time."  It's probably a good thing one of her Christmas gifts was a Hello Kitty clock!
When we all got downstairs, there were some larger presents from Santa, but our kids went straight for the gifts they had given each other. They loved them and were content with just playing with those.  We had to keep reminding them they had more gifts to open.  I'm not sure that will happen when they are older...

We finally got snow, so we got our white Christmas. Both of our families were all gathering at "home" and although I would have loved to be with them, I felt perfectly happy and content with Matt and the kids, which made me feel very blessed.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!  I'm feeling excited about the coming year with a new baby and Matt's last year in residency.  My new year's goal is basically to survive three kids.  We'll see... :)