Thursday, September 30, 2010

Star Student

Yea, EK, we are so proud of you!!
All the times you have told me how hard you work to be very good at school paid off!




Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

I have been wanting to link up to this blog for a while, but never seem to remember in time.  My sweet friend Autumn participates each week and I love reading her answers.

I'm not sure anyone is really this interested in my thoughts, but just humor me...  :)

1. Growing up, what was one favorite item that you had to have with you at all times?


I don't remember being overly attached to a "lovey" or anything like that - kind of a boring start...I know. 

2. Being an adult, what is one favorite item that you have to have with you at all times, and what happens if you do not have it with you? Do you lose your sanity or just go back home to get it?

Sadly, my Blackberry.  If I leave it at home, I usually go back to retrieve it.  If I'm too far gone, I feel totally disconnected until we are reunited.  I am always worried that the one time I leave it, something will happen to my kids and I will be "unreachable".  I'm also pretty addicted to finding any needed information online when carrying it. 
3. Where is your favorite place to be to just hide away from everything and breathe for a moment?

My bed.  Hands down.  I've mastered the art of going to sleep to escape.  I usually wake back up soon thereafter, even if it is the middle of the night (thus this 4 am post).  Oh, did that say breathe for a moment?  Forget moments, I need good long breathers. :)
4. What is your favorite thing about your partner? (If you don’t have a partner, then someone who is very close and will always be in your life.)

Currently, it is how he has taken on practically all household/kid duties while I suffer from complete pregnancy exhaustion.  I haven't been grocery shopping since April.  No joke.  He hasn't even complained - which I would be sure to do if I were in his shoes.  I could list a ton of things otherwise, but this one overshadows them all right now. :)
5. What is your favorite thing about your job? (If you don’t have a job, then what is your favorite thing that you do during your day?)

Oh my, my job....seems to be a source of great stress lately, even though I do enjoy it.  I love that I work at a place I love - my church.  I love the people I work with and what I do, ultimately ( I am a Children's Ministry Assistant). 
6. What is your favorite lesson that your parents taught you growing up? Looking back, is it something that you want to use to teach your children when they reach that age?

Wow, I think my favorite lesson, or perhaps one that has stuck with me the most, is the importance of honesty and integrity.  I used to get so aggravated with my mom and dad (mostly my dad) because he was such a "rule follower" even in situations that seemed insignificant.  Now I find myself saying and doing things that sound so much like him!  Just because you can get away with things, doesn't make them "right"!  And I always respected that if he said it, it was true.  I never doubted his word.  That's something I would love for my children to be able to say about me.
7. What is your favorite song, that will always bring a smile to your face and make you think of something happy?

It's not my favorite song, but "Help Me Rhonda" always makes me smile.  Something about hearing a song with your name all in it...
8. What is your favorite thing about being an American? (If you are not American, what are you proud of in regards to your country?)

I think that freedom is the best thing about our country, but I know that I do not appreciate freedom like so many families that have lost loved ones in recent years, or that have given up family members for extended periods of time to serve our country.  I am very grateful, though, for those that have fought in the war to make our lives here what they are.

9. What is your favorite meal that reminds you of being a child?

HA!  Kraft Mac & Cheese and hot dog weiners - all with a little ketchup.  Classy, I know. 
10. Name 3 things that other people would say are their favorite thing about you.

Ugh, I do hate these questions.  It's like plucking eyebrows for me to say good things about myself...

I think I am usually a "doer" and get things done.  I love to organize anything and everything.
I'm always up for going out to eat with you....does that count... :)
Okay, let's just end this right here.  Nothing productive is going to come out of this last question!

Ultrasound(s)

Things we learned at our anatomy ultrasound on August 31st:

-  Baby is measuring right near the due date of 1/14/78 - about 1 pound in weight.
-  My placenta is anterior meaning located between my belly button and baby.  This makes movement less noticeable due to the extra cushioning.
-  Baby is breech. I know, I know...plenty of time to move between now and January, BUT STILL....would be nice to not even go there.
-  Baby has an echogenic intracardiac focus.  This is a big name for a light spot seen on the ultrasound on the baby's heart.  This can be an indicator of certain birth defects, namely down syndrome.  Because of this, I was referred to a high-risk OB/GYN.  This was a little scary, but after reading more about this, I wasn't too concerned yet.  Combined with no other "markers," this basically means nothing.  It just prompts them to check several other indicators to make sure nothing else looks abnormal. 

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Two weeks later on September 14th, we visited a high-risk OB/GYN.  This in itself was a little unnerving for me.  Despite being very sick, I've never had an issue with either of my pregnancies. 

The wait was more than long, but once called back, the tech was super nice and very eager to tell me everything she was looking at.  I told her that we did not want to know the sex, so I did have to close my eyes for portions of the scan.

She checked out tons of differnent things and took lots of measurements and commented the entire time that everything was looking very, very normal.  She even said that the EIF was very, very light and she wasn't very impressed by it.

Good news.....her due date showed me a solid January 8th!!  (I have insisted to my OB since Day 1 that my due date is closer to January 7th than January 14th.  My original ultrasound showed a range of dates from 8-14, thus my first date of 1/11/11.  My doctor later changed it to the 14th - not sure why - just informed me of that one day.  I didn't argue.  I figure the baby will come when he/she is ready!  ANYWAY, this ultrasound date made me more confident in my prediction.)

After talking with the doctor, his opinion was that everything was perfectly normal and the "spot" meant nothing.  He said with better ultrasounds, they pick up more than they used to, and that could be the case with these spots.  He said they see them very regularly and are 95% of the time, absolutely nothing.  He said there may not even be any follow up at my regular doctor and he didn't see the need to see me again at his office.  Yea!!  Glad I didn't get too worked up!

So, all is well, although initially your mind goes in a thousand directions when told you could have a baby with a serious birth defect.  It's a lot to digest.  Thank goodness we were given a good report and have not had to seriously consider the possibility.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

22 Weeks

Wow, so much has happened pregnancy-wise since 15 weeks.  Apparently right around 20 weeks is my turning point.  Thank goodness things started to get better.  I did add a daily reflux medicine that seemed to be the secret trick!

I have started to feel the baby move on a regular basis.  Although, I told the ultrasound tech that this one doesn't move nearly as much as the other two.  She said that could be because my placenta is "anterior" meaning located in the front of my belly between me and the baby.  This might absorb some of the action. 

I think she's right as we watched Baby Waddell punch me the entire length of the ultrasound and I didn't feel a thing! 

I had my ultrasound kind of late at 20 weeks.  If we had been waiting on a sex verdict, I might have been getting antsy!  Since we weren't, I was fine with waiting it out.

The Baby looked good - the profile seems to resemble Jake's if that is possible at this age.  He had the roundest nose and no chin when he was a baby - I distinctly remember that - and this profile seems to be a lot like that. 

We were able to watch the entire time with no danger of knowing the sex.  She told us that even if we had asked, it would have been hard to determine because Baby W was not cooperating at all.  Must be a boy. :)

The kids were not terribly impressed, as I had imagined.  Black and white fuzz isn't really their idea of "seeing" the baby.  Even after printing the pictures and showing Ella Kate, she had trouble identifying the parts.  She pointed to the stomach and thought it was the eye, and so forth.

All is well and we went to Babies R Us for the first time last night to see what we'll need to start buying.  Since literally the only thing I have left from my first two is a crib, we'll be making our selections wisely. :)
Some sweet friends have gifted me several things already and I found several more essentials at our consignment sale for some great deals!! All in all, we don't need too much more. 

Maybe next time I'll have a picture to add to the post.  Pregnancy pics aren't my cup of tea. :)

Library Book

Jake's library book for the week.  Needless to say, Daddy was pleased.  He told him to take it back and ask for one from the boy section.  I suspect my precious boy had some ulterior motives in choosing this one.  :)