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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Disney On Ice: Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey

Get your tickets for Disney On Ice: Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey coming to Scottrade Center March 17-20th.

A special deal for you: 4 tickets for $44, use promo code MOM for select performances (Thursday 7 PM, Friday 10:30 AM, Saturday 11 AM, Saturday 7 PM, Sunday 1 PM and / or Sunday 5 PM).

I hope to have more information about the show for you soon. I will post it as soon as I receive it.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Year and Birthday Party Prep

Saturday, January 1st, Kaitlynn and I slept until 12 or 12:30PM! What a way to start the New Year! We booked Kaitlynn's birthday party. We decided on RiverChase because Kaitlynn always wants to play on the Rainforest play area jungle gym. We were going to have a swim party as well, but decided against it. Kaitlynn picked out her theme. She chose Rapunzel / Tangled. We also ordered most of the food for the party.

We went to Old Navy to return some stuff from Christmas and then went to pick out party supplies for Kaitynn's birthday party.

We went to McDonald's for dinner and ran into Tia, Mike, Annabelle and Alayna. The girls played in the playland. Tia offered to make Kaitlynn's birthday cake, so we were able to scratch that off our list!
The girls enjoyed an ice cream too!

Sunday, the 2nd, I have been taking less and less of my pain medication. Only had to take it once on the 31st and once on the 2nd. I didn't take any on December 30th or January 1st.

We went to church. Our message was about change and why it can be so tricky and where the real transformation comes from.
In Kaitlynn's class, she heard the Christmas story (Luke 1:26-28, 2:1-20).

After church, we signed Kaitlynn up for Swim Class Level II which starts on the 8th and Start Smart (a sports class) which starts in February.

We picked up MawMaw, went shopping and then went to Alayna's first birthday party.

Monday, the 3rd, I had a headache all day. Kaitlynn and I picked up MawMaw and we went to our doctor appointments. On the way home, Kaitlynn started vomiting in the car. I had to pull over on the highway and get her and the car seat cleaned off. I was so thankful my mom was there with us. We went to MawMaw's house and I called the pediatrician. They said she has the stomach flu and to keep her hydrated.

A few hours after she vomited, she said she was hungry. We thought that was a good sign, but it wasn't. She was able to keep the fruit she wanted down, but then later had chicken nuggets and vomited soon after. Once she hadn't vomited for a few hours, I drove her home. As soon as we got home, she vomited (all down my back because I was holding her). Later that evening she had a popsicle and soup and was able to keep that down.

Tuesday, the 4th, Kaitlynn missed dance class since she was sick on the 3rd. I was afraid it would be too much on her. She hadn't vomited since 8:50PM the night before, but did have 1 episode of diarrhea that afternoon.

She went to MawMaw's house, so I could attend my OB appointment. Dave met me at the appointment. I had an ultrasound first. They were checking the cysts and the baby (of course). I still had the cysts, but they were getting smaller.
The baby's heart rate was 158. We could see the baby wiggling on the screen. We have a wiggle worm. The baby measured right on track.

Later, I went for all my first trimester blood work, which was all fine.

New Year's Eve

Friday, December 31st, I was 9 weeks. The BabyCenter weekly update said the baby is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. The baby's starting to look more and more human. The essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. The baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form —as do his/her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. The baby's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. His/her eyes are fully formed, but the eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. He/she has tiny earlobes, and his/her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that the baby's basic physiology is in place, he's/she's poised for rapid weight gain.

Kaitlynn and I woke up to tornado sirens. There were tornado warnings and watches all over the area. Kaitlynn and I went to the basement for a bit. Thankfully we didn't have any damage. Unfortunately some areas not too far from us did. I made some calls to check on friends and family in those areas and they were all OK. What a way to end the year!

We stayed home for New Year's Eve and celebrated by ordering Chinese food. We had our New Year's Eve tiaras and blow horns. Kaitlynn even had me wear a NYE tiara on my belly for the baby! We each had our 12 grapes at midnight and sent out "Happy New Year" text messages. Kaitlynn and I both enjoyed sparkling grape juice. She likes the white and I like the red.

At one point, Kaitlynn started saying she was tired right before midnight and we actually talked her into staying up! We were all up passed midnight. What a fun way to ring in the New Year!

Last Christmas Celebration

Tuesday, December 28th, Kaitlynn didn't have school or dance. I just rested and took my pain med. I was still in pain, nauseous and had a headache that wouldn't go away. Kaitlynn was really good for me, even though I'm sure she was bored out of her mind. We pretty much stayed in my bedroom all day. Dave brought my favorite pizza home for dinner - Imo's. Dave also gave Kaitlynn a present we forgot to give to her. It was a replacement Dalmatian dog from the AB Brewery Tour and Lights Display we went on. We bought her a Dalmatian stuffed dog, that she named Dalmatian. One of our dogs, Lever, got a hold of it and chewed it's nose off. Kaitlynn was very upset by that, but wanted to keep Dalmatian. Dave decided to go back to AB and buy her a new one. She was happy to get a new Dalmatian. Poor girl, things have been so confusing for her lately.

With being on bed rest, I had time to reflect on our Christmas. At first I thought about the things we didn't do this year, such as write a letter to Santa, decorate the outside of the house, visit Santa at the Caboose and we didn't really decorate the inside of the house too much either. I quickly turned my thoughts to the things we did this year that we hadn't done before such as attended 2 breakfasts with Santa, welcomed Elfie into our tradition (Elf on the Shelf), attended Las Posadas, bought Kaitlynn a few nativity sets to play with and went on a carriage ride in Tilles Park.

Being sick or in pain on / around the holidays really does a number on your thinking. It's easy to allow yourself to get down, be sad or depressed, but I was happy that I was able to quickly turn my thinking to positive, fun memories / things we had done and want to add to our traditions.

Wednesday, the 29th, we had the last family Christmas celebration.

Thursday, the 30th, I was supposed to have an appointment with my OB, but she went home sick, so it was rescheduled. Kaitlynn and I were already at MawMaw's, so we just stayed, had lunch and then went to dinner.

Hospital Stay

On Sunday, December 26th, I woke up in pain somewhere between 12:30AM and 1AM. I tried taking a shower, but while in the shower realized it was time to go to the ER. The pain in my lower abdomen was not getting any better and I was getting really worried / concerned. Dave called MawMaw to come over to stay with Kaitlynn. MawMaw and Jeff arrived and Dave took me to the ER. I guess we got there about 2:30AM. I don't remember how long we waited in the waiting room before being taken back to a room. I don't think it was a long time, but I was in pain and exhausted, so I wasn't really thinking about that. They immediately thought it was my kidney stones. After doing blood work and checking my urine, they pretty much ruled that out. At first I refused any pain medication, but then the pain got really bad and I decided to give in. I was given morphine and an anti-nausea medication. The ER doctor was in contact with my OB throughout my stay in the ER. They decided to admit me so they could get some different ultrasounds done. I was admitted to a hospital room in the Women's Evaluation Unit around 5:15-5:30AM. I was happy to be in a room without a roommate (since those rooms are 1 person rooms - like the recovery rooms after you have a baby). I have to say this whole time I was extremely nervous to even ask the question about if the baby was OK. I guess I felt paralyzed when I thought of asking because of suffering the miscarriage in July. I just kept my faith and prayed to God that the baby would be alright. I had done a lot of praying and talking to God since the pain started on the 24th. The OB resident checked me and said they were going to do a renal and perinatal ultrasound on me. One of the OB's from my doctor's office came in to check on me and had to have someone called in to do the tests. They were worried that it was either my appendix, kidneys or that I had a baby in my uterus and in my fallopian tubes. I wasn't allowed to eat until after all my tests were complete, which sucked. I had a renal ultrasound on my left and right kidneys and bladder. The tech said things looked good. I had a perinatal ultrasound done of my ovaries and the baby. A high risk specialist oversaw this ultrasound. That ultrasound showed I still had many cysts on my ovaries. The baby was doing great. The heart rate was 163 and 160. Thank You God!!!
We saw the baby's arm and leg (which is marked in the top pic).
I went back up to my room where I was given some crackers and pain medication, which I became nauseous, hot, shaky and had a horrible headache. I ordered my lunch, but couldn't eat because I started vomiting. They started giving me different anti-nausea meds, because the other wasn't working. Finally I stopped vomiting. I wasn't able to eat my dinner until around midnight because I was so sick.

Monday, the 27th, one of the OB's in my doctor's office came to visit. She said they are assuming a cyst ruptured. She said I would need to basically be on bed rest at home and gave me more restrictions for the next 2 weeks. She said at that point they were worried I could twist an ovary. I was feeling better and they allowed me to take a shower on my own. After the shower, I started hurting again so was given more pain medication.

Dave had been staying up at the hospital with me. Sunday he was there almost all day and stayed the night. Monday he had to work. I asked him if he would bring Kaitlynn up after he got off work. I was really missing her and down that I hadn't seen her since she went to bed on Christmas. After work, Dave came up with MawMaw and Kaitlynn. I ate dinner and was discharged a little while after that. I was in the hospital 8 hours shy of 2 days. Dave and I decided that I am not allowed to go back to the hospital until I am ready to deliver this baby, which will hopefully not be until late July / early August! What a way to end Christmas!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show Review

Last night, Thursday, February 10th, Dave, Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I went to the opening night of Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show. Kaitlynn chose to dress as Ariel, the Little Mermaid and looked adorable! We always enjoy the Disney Live shows. This one was particularly fun. Kaitlynn enjoyed the magic in the show. She said her favorite part was when Donald Duck did his magic trick. It was awesome to watch Kaitlynn's face as she so intensely watched the stage. She liked Alice in Wonderland, Belle, Snow White, Cinderella and Jasmine coming out on stage. She was very glad that the Beast didn't make his appearance!

You still have a chance to be part of the magic. Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show is at Chaifetz Arena one last night, tonight February 11th.

To purchase tickets, go to MetroTix and use code MOM for the 6:30pm show for $18. There is a limit to six tickets for this.

*Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to this event. This review was based on mine and my family's opinion of the show.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Saturday, December 25th I was in a lot of abdominal pain. Kaitlynn slept in and we didn't start opening gifts until 10:30. It was hard to really enjoy Christmas and Kaitlynn opening her gifts because of all the pain I was in. It really put a damper on things. Dave was upset I was hurting and I was sad because I felt like I was missing out because of how horrible I felt. I was just trying to suck it up and deal with the pain until after Christmas.

Kaitlynn had some special gifts to open. We always wrap a box of chocolate covered cherries in memory of Dave's dad and for the last few years we wrap a jar of peanuts in memory of my dad (PawPaw Dado). Kaitlynn opened those this year. Previous years, Dave or I have opened them. Also this year, Kaitlynn received a harmonica. I bought this for her because my dad loved playing the harmonica. I can remember him buying them and we would hide them because he would drive us crazy playing it and singing to us. Now, what I would give to hear him play that harmonica and sing "Daddy's Home." Sweet memories!

Dave's big gift from Kaitlynn and me was the Cardinals jacket. My big gift from Dave and Kaitlynn was a gift certificate for Ginger Bay Spa.

Dave took Kaitlynn out to try out the new sled. They weren't out too long before Kaitlynn wanted to come back home because she was cold (and probably concerned about me).

We went to MawMaw's, where I sat on the couch with a heating pad most of the afternoon / evening. Kaitlynn opened up the rest of her gifts from MawMaw. She really enjoyed the dress up trunk! She made Aunt Neese put her track together for her car. Kaitlynn gave MawMaw and Uncle Jeff their gifts.

Christmas Eve

Friday, December 24th, I was 8 weeks pregnant. According to the BabyCenter weekly update: "Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby's hands and feet, his/her eyelids practically cover the eyes, breathing tubes extend from his/her throat to the branches of his/her developing lungs, and his/her "tail" is just about gone. In his/her brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. The external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl. Either way, your baby — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it."

I woke up not feeling well. I had a pain in the lower right side of my back and knee. Kaitlynn had one of my chocolate chip with walnut cookies that morning. Soon after, she vomited and said my cookie made her sick! What a great feeling! Everyone else loved my cookies!

We went to MawMaw's then to Great Grandma's. As soon as we got to Great Grandma's, my uncle and aunt were dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus and Kaitlynn got freaked out. None of us were expecting to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. I picked her up, which I was not supposed to do per my restrictions from my appointment on the 15th, and I immediately felt abdominal pain on my lower right side. I knew I wasn't supposed to pick her up, but she was scared. What was I supposed to do? Well, in hindsight, I guess I could've squatted down and hugged her. Dave was not too happy with me for doing that.
The news of me being pregnant sure traveled fast. Everyone had already heard the news and were congratulating us.
The pain kept getting worse as the afternoon and evening went on. When we got back to MawMaw's I had to use a heating pad. We ate dinner and Kaitlynn exchanged gifts with Brandon and Uncle Jeff.

Brandon / Aunt Neese gave Kaitlynn a necklace. She said the necklace has magic powers. It's funny that she is into "magic" now. She has an imagination! Uncle Jeff gave Kaitlynn a Fur Real black and white kitty. MawMaw gave Kaitlynn one of her gifts, too (the Rescue Pets Train and Play Puppy).

I had to wrap a few more of Kaitlynn's gifts that evening. They were gifts I had bought and left at MawMaw's.

First of the Christmas Celebrations with Family

Thursday, December 23rd, I was having a rough day, but managed to bake chocolate chip cookies with walnuts and a Christmas tree lemon cake (which was Jesus' birthday cake).

We started our Christmas celebration with going to my brother and sister-in-law's house. MawMaw, Jeff, Denise, Hanna, Adam and Brandon were there also. Kaitlynn likes going over there because they have 2 dogs and 2 birds (and she likes them too). We shared our recent news with them and they were excited for us.

We visited mainly, opened presents and had dinner. Kaitlynn received the Barbie Puppy Swim School and Pool from Nate and Sis. From Hanna and Adam she received a McDonald's gift card, MP3 player and Spongebob Squarepants bath set. She enjoyed the gifts she received. We gave Uncle Jeff his birthday present since we didn't see him on the 21st and gave Nate his birthday gift since his birthday is the 24th.

16th Week of Dance and 19th Week of Preschool

Monday, December 20th, Kaitlynn and Dave were supposed to go Christmas shopping for me, but Kaitlynn didn't want to go. She didn't feel well. She told Dave to get me a lion because that's what I wanted. I thought that was so cute! I have no idea where she got that from though. Dave also did some shopping for Kaitlynn. Very sweet! I called Kaitlynn's pediatrician's office about her cough. She'd been coughing for about a month. We tried adding the cough medicine, Delsym back in on Wednesday the 15th but by Sunday the 19th she was hyperactive and having sleep issues. The nurse suggested giving her 1/2 tsp of honey, using a humidifier and sitting in a steamy bathroom. We were using the humidifier already and occasionally doing the steamy bathroom, but had not gave her honey.
We picked MawMaw up from work. Hanna came over to cut Dave's hair.

At this point, I only had 3 more Christmas gifts to purchase and they were for the men in my life. They are very hard to shop for.

Dave went out very late to make a Toys R Us run to get the Barbie Dream House that Kaitlynn wants for Christmas. It's for someone else to give to her since we already have her shopping done.

Tuesday, the 21st, was Uncle Jeff's birthday. Kaitlynn had dance class. Kaitlynn received a thank you note from Mrs. B for the Thanksgiving goodies.
It was observation week. Kaitlynn took Ms. Julie her Christmas gift.
After dance, we ate lunch and Kaitlynn got ready for preschool.
I picked Kaitlynn up from preschool and the daily schedule said they continued acting out the story of "The Gingerbread Man," worked on a surprise for their families, built a gingerbread village in the block center, played outside on the playground and sang / listened to "Frosty the Snowman."
Kaitlynn received a goodie bag from her teachers.
She decorated this bag.
This adorable picture and frame was inside!

Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I ran some errands. I was determined to finish up the Christmas shopping, even though I was hurting and Kaitlynn was not interested in shopping. Thankfully Dave came to pick her up and took her home.

Dave received his grades. He got all A's! So proud of him!

Wednesday, the 22nd, Kaitlynn got to preschool early and played in the Commons area. We took her teachers' gifts in. While Kaitlynn was at preschool, I had to get some blood work done, then picked up MawMaw.
MawMaw and I went to Kaitlynn's Winter Party at preschool. I brought the cups, napkins and a game.

Kaitlynn made a candy cane, a snowman, played a game and then wanted to help me with the game I brought. It was a cardboard snowman and you threw the snowballs throw the hole. The prize was a mini candy cane. The boys loved the game, 2 in particular. It actually got pretty rowdy, so we decided to put the game up. It was so cute, the kids (and teachers) sang along to a recording and did movements to "The 10 Days of Winter!" It was absolutely adorable!

I talked to Ms. Maureen about Kaitlynn's behavior lately. I told her about being pregnant and thought that maybe Kaitlynn was anxious about that. I told her we hadn't told Kaitlynn I was pregnant because we had been told (in classes we had previously taken) to not tell a preschool-aged child until closer to the due date. Ms. Maureen suggested that we might want to tell Kaitlynn. I guess we had kind of mentioned it or maybe she had overhead us talking about it, but we never directly sat her down to talk about it.

That evening we went to our church's Christmas service. MawMaw went with us. Our message was about the miracle of the Christmas child. It was a beautiful service and such a wonderful way to start this Christmas.
Kaitlynn attended her class. They heard the Christmas story from the Bible (Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20). They learned that God loves us so much, that He gave us baby Jesus! "We celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas! Baby Jesus is born. Luke 2:1-20."
We had hot chocolate and coffee afterwards.

I wrapped gifts after Kaitlynn went to bed.

St. Charles' Christmas Traditions

Sunday, December 19th, Dave, Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I went to St. Charles. We had lunch at Trailhead and then walked around Main Street looking at stores and collecting the character cards for Christmas Traditions. We enjoyed watching the parade and Kaitlynn met some of the characters afterwards. Kaitlynn played in the snow and we enjoyed some chocolate chip cookies.

We had a great time! We missed MawMaw Tommy, who was unable to go this year with us because we had to change the date due to the weather.

We had dinner, came home, I cleaned out the guest bedroom and wrapped Kaitlynn's teachers' gifts.

The Announcement to My Family

Saturday, December 18th, we met MawMaw, Hanna, Brandon and Adam for lunch at Applebee's to announce our big news.

Kaitlynn wore her shirt announcing "This little princess is going to be a big sister" and we put a jacket over it (and had it zipped up). We were planning on having Kaitlynn take her jacket off once everyone arrived and then see how long it took for someone to notice her shirt. Well, Kaitlynn had other ideas! She refused to take the jacket off. She started to at first and then decided against it. I think I was finally able to get her to unzip it after going to the bathroom with her and telling her it was her princess shirt. Dave ended up just telling the news since she didn't want anyone to see her shirt / wouldn't let anyone read it. Then of course, she didn't mind showing her shirt off. She called it her princess shirt.
MawMaw cried when she heard the news. We passed the ultrasound picture around and announced the due date. The baby is due August 5th, 2 days after my older brother's birthday and 1 day before my nephew Brandon's birthday.

After lunch and running an errand, Dave, Kaitlynn and I went to church. Our message was one of hope and God's promise through the prophet Isaiah that one day this child born in a manger would suffer as the Lamb of God.
Kaitlynn attended her class. They heard the Christmas story from the Bible (Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20) and learned about the angels, shepherds, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. "Thank You God, for baby Jesus."

Later, Kaitlynn helped bake cookies.

One thing I forgot to write in my previous post is that on November 24th, Kaitlynn and I were laying in my bed watching tv. Kaitlynn told me that I was going to have a baby. I said, "I am." She said, "Can we go pick the baby up from the hospital?" I told her we would have to pray / talk to Jesus about mommy having another baby. Little did I know she was correct and I would find out 3 days later!

The Announcement!

Saturday, December 18th, we made an announcement to my family.

And I am finally making the announcement to you....

We are expecting!

We actually found out we were expecting the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 27th. I took the test that morning and instead of waiting for the results went back to bed. Dave went in to check the results and said I might want to go look at the test. I thought he was being silly. He said there are two lines.
I went in and looked and was very excited to see 2 lines. That explained my sickness (nausea) that week! I had also been having heartburn. At that point, I was 4 weeks and 1 day pregnant. I called the doctor's office Monday the 29th and they had me go in for blood work. They called me back later that day and said my HCG was strong, as well as progesterone. Tuesday the 30th and Wednesday, November 1st, I felt some fluttering. I had to go back for blood work again on the 1st. My HCG and progesterone were still good. They wanted to track my HCG because in July we had a miscarriage. It was an early miscarriage, probably around 4 weeks. Since things looked good, they said to call and schedule the first ultrasound for 2 weeks.
Of course, I immediately added the new baby to my BabyCenter account to read the updates on development. According to the 4 week update: "marks the beginning of the embryonic period. The baby is an embryo the size of a poppy seed, consisting of two layers: the epiblast and the hypoblast, from which all of the organs and body parts will develop. Present now are the amniotic sac, which will house your baby; the amniotic fluid, which will cushion him/her as he/she grows; and the yolk sac, which produces your baby's red blood cells and helps deliver nutrients to him/her until the placenta has developed and is ready to take over this duty."

Wednesday, the 2nd, I made my first Etsy purchase. It was for this adorable shirt for Kaitlynn!
I couldn't believe how quick we received it. And I couldn't wait for Kaitlynn to wear it! I read the 5 week BabyCenter update when I turned 5 weeks on December 3rd: "At this point, the baby's about the size of a sesame seed, and he/she looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. The baby's now made up of three layers — the ectoderm, the mesoderm, and the endoderm — which will later form all of his/her organs and tissues. The primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already on the job."

December 8th, I had to get blood work done, in which the results were good. I read the 6 week BabyCenter update on the 10th: "This week's major developments: the nose, mouth, and ears are beginning to take shape. If you could see into your uterus, you'd find an oversize head and dark spots where your baby's eyes and nostrils are starting to form. His/her emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head, and his/her arms and legs by protruding buds. His/her heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute — almost twice as fast as yours — and blood is beginning to course through his/her body. His/her intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his/her lungs has appeared. His/her pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his/her brain, muscles, and bones. Right now, your baby is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil."

We had our first ultrasound and appointment with the doctor on Wednesday, December 15th. I was 6 weeks and 5 days. We had the ultrasound first. The baby's heartbeat was 122. It was so awesome to see and hear the heartbeat on the ultrasound screen! Dave and I recognized the baby on the ultrasound immediately and could see the yolk sac as well. We saw the nurse and then the doctor after the ultrasound. They said I had a lot of follicles / cysts on my ovaries, which can be common in the first trimester. For this, they wanted me to take it easy. The doctor said that the baby measured right on track and that the measurements of the yolk sac and length of the baby indicated no chromosomal abnormalities. I had to go for more blood work at the end of the appointment.
First tummy photo at 6 weeks and 6 days.
I read the 7 week BabyCenter update: "Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of his/her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry. If you could see inside your womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering his/her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of his/her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are growing, and his/her liver is churning out red blood cells until his/her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. The baby also has an appendix and a pancreas. A loop in your baby's growing intestines is bulging into his/her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from his/her tiny body."

15th Week of Dance and 18th Week of Preschool

Monday, December 13th, Kaitlynn practiced writing the letter "K".

Tuesday, the 14th, Kaitlynn was up coughing at 3:30AM. Anytime she has a cough, I always worry about her getting Croup again. After getting more rest she seemed fine, so she attended dance class. Her focus was much better than the previous weeks (when she was taking those medications). I paid for her dance costume. This is the costume her class is wearing for the recital.

After dance, we came home to eat lunch and get ready for preschool. We packed Kaitlynn's snack (a clementine and raisins) and headed to school. The December Healthy Kids Newsletter was sent home about Pertussis (Whooping Cough).
When I picked Kaitlynn up from school her daily schedule said they practiced their play "The Gingerbread Man," made pictures for their friend / classmate David who is moving and made scenery for the play, they played in the gym and sang "The 10 Days of Winter." Ms. Maureen said Kaitlynn had a good first part of the day, but then started spinning around, got tired and was laying down. She was able to play a game with the class and did sit still during reading even though she wasn't paying attention. I wasn't really surprised to hear that because of her waking up coughing and not getting her full amount of sleep. I took Kaitlynn to get her special drink.

I finally ordered checks. I did the silliest thing - used the last check without ever ordering new ones. Oops! I was sure we had another book somewhere. Oh well.

Wednesday, the 15th, our puppy, Lever, ate a tennis ball. That's right, actually ate almost the whole thing! Kaitlynn got ready for preschool and packed her snack (2 oatmeal cookies and an apple).
When I picked her up, the daily schedule said they performed the story of "The Gingerbread Man," built a gingerbread village in the block center, changed characters and performed "The Gingerbread Man during centers, played in the gym and sang "The 10 Days of Winter."

Dave had finals for the masters' classes he was taking. Kaitlynn and I made it an Imo's night!

Thursday, the 16th, Kaitlynn had her first snow day! Actually school was closed due to the ice. Kaitlynn had swim class. They had 1 instructor for 4 kids. Kaitlynn actually went down the slide. For some reason she had been boycotting the slide the last few months, but finally decided to go down it again. She went down it several times before class started. The kids dove for rings, played red light / green light. poured water on themselves, popped the bubble and sang "Ring Around the Pool." They went to the deep end and floated, used a noodle to swim, used a noodle to float, worked on arm circles and jumped in to the pool to the instructor.

Dave had more finals for his masters classes.

Friday, the 17th, Kaitlynn and I had a pretty easy going Friday. I did make a pretty good grilled cheese with tomato on it. I used olive oil, spices, mozzarella and american cheese and slices of tomato. It was pretty delicious!
That evening, she played with her yo yo,
danced with daddy
and posed for some pics with the Santa hat.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Wild Lights and Breakfast with Santa

Friday, December 10th, we got more make up bags (that I had made with Kaitlynn's pictures on them) in the mail. Not sure why we got the extra ones, but it was a cool surprise! Dave, Kaitlynn, MawMaw and I met Tia, Mike, Annabelle and Alayna at Subway for dinner and then went to the Zoo for Wild Lights. We met Teri, Hayden and Quinn there. Kaitlynn and Annabelle had a good time decorating cookies. We walked around and looked at the lights. The kids rode the carousel with MawMaw. I think 1 person riding the carousel with 4 kids was too much. After the ride the scariest thing ever happened. No one knew where Kaitlynn was. She must have ran off in a different direction as they were coming out of the gate for the carousel. It was really dark out and hard to see, let alone trying to search for someone, especially with there being some many places to get lost or hide at the Zoo. It's just a huge place. I can't even come up with the words to say what was going through my head as I was trying to stay calm while looking for her. I just kept praying to God to give me the strength to know what to do and to find her and most importantly to keep her safe. After a second or two of surveying the scene and asking the group if they saw her, I ran to the nearest food place and told them I had a lost child. They called security and as I was giving security a description, someone (I can't remember if it was Dave or who) said they found Kaitlynn. Quinn actually looked over and told Teri she saw Kaitlynn. Funny thing is she was right by us apparently the whole time. Thank God! I know God's hand was all over the situation and I know He kept her safe. Even as I recount the story, my heart gets heavy and I just can't imagine what I would have done if the situation would have ended differently. I am so extremely thankful that she went back to the area where we were originally (when we got in line for the carousel) and am so thankful that she was safe the entire time. She didn't even realize we didn't know where she was and I was grateful for that because I didn't want her to be scared. I'm done reliving the scariest, most horrible moments of my life and I hope I never have to have that feeling / be in that situation again.

Saturday, the 11th, Dave, Kaitlynn and I went to Breakfast with Santa at Riverchase. We ran into Jess, Helen and Jess' parents. It was great to get a table with them and hang out with them. The breakfast was catered by Andres. Santa and Mrs. Claus came out and visited with each table for a little while after breakfast and before pictures.

We were going to go to St. Charles' Christmas Traditions Parade but decided against it because it was supposed to rain. It was a little wet out and it was probably a good decision not to go.

Dave got free tickets for the Blues hockey game, so we picked up my brother Jeff and went to the game. Kaitlynn enjoyed it and did really well in the seats.
Kaitlynn made some pictures for Dave and me.

Sunday, the 12th, we went to church even though it was snowy and icy. Our message was about God's promise to us and how He set the stage for the arrival of His Son many years before with a simple and profound promise, a promise that touched history forever.
In Kaitlynn's class, she learned "God wants us to celebrate together! Baby Jesus is Born" Luke 2:1-7. They learned that God loves us so much He gave us baby Jesus.
After church, Kaitlynn and I stayed home and rested the rest of the day. Kaitlynn had hot chocolate, we worked on puzzles, did dishes and made chili for dinner.

Later, that evening, I had contacted the girl I was babysitting for because last week was the last week I watched her child. She was supposed to bring the money she owed me on Friday. She claimed she put the money in my mailbox (without telling me that's what she was going to do). I told her I didn't find any money in my mailbox. She went bonkers on me and basically decided to screw me out of the money. i can't believe someone would stoop that low in regards to someone who watched their child for them. I value my child and anyone who takes care of her too much to do that to anyone. Thankfully, she only owed me for a few hours, so it wasn't too much of a loss.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show

Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show is coming to Chaifetz Arena on February 10-11.

To purchase tickets, go to Ticketmaster and use code MOM for the Friday the 11th 6:30pm show for $18. For the Friday the 11th 10:30am show use the code MOM 2 for $15. It is also available for kids tickets for the Thursday the 10th 6:30pm show. There is a limit to six tickets for this.