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Saturday, April 30, 2011

100 Days of Giving

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

26th Week of Dance and 29th Week of Preschool

Tuesday, March 29th, Kaitlynn attended dance. It was observation week. I signed Dave and Kaitlynn up for the daddy daughter dance (for the recital). I also signed up to help backstage at the rehearsal and recital. I can't believe it is getting so close to the recital! Dave came to watch after his run. He was able to stay for about 15 minutes. The summer dance schedule came out. We went home, ate lunch, prepared for preschool and packed snack (grapes and vanilla yogurt). After I dropped Kaitlynn off at preschool, I picked up MawMaw. We ran an errand and then picked Kaitlynn up from preschool. The daily schedule said they read "Jack and the Beanstalk." worked on a bean mosaic project, used a variety of tools to sketch at the art table, played in the gym and in music listened to "Everything Grows." Photobucket Kaitlynn's Perfectly Pink set of books came in from Scholastics. She brought home a few memos: 1 was about Cardinal's home opener celebration, Dress for Success benefit clothing drive and Hats on Day for Kids fighting cancer. We went to several different Targets searching for the Tangled 4 disc set and book. After dinner, we went to one more and I got lucky and found it! Kaitlynn fell asleep in the car around 9PM. I signed up for a Target baby registry. I had previously (like on March 21st) registered for a Babies R Us registry. It seemed a little weird registering for anything since this is our 2nd baby, and we actually were not going to, but family has asked us to. Plus it is a way to help us organize what we have and still need or want. Baby moved around some. Wednesday, the 30th, Kaitlynn and Bailey had a sleepover. Photobucket She got ready for preschool and packed snack (apple and raisins). While Kaitlynn was in school, I ran some errands and put up a purse organizer in her room. I picked Kaitlynn up and the daily schedule said they read "How a Seed Grows," practiced writing tally marks to keep score while playing Hot Hoops, searched for magic beans in the rice table, played outside on the playground and in music listenend to "Music, Music, Music" and "Everything Grows." We went to the mall and did some shopping. Kaitlynn had fun shopping for baby and me at Macy's. We ate dinner at Elephant Bar. Kaitlynn kept wanting to help the waitress take the dishes to the kitchen. She also liked passing out the appetizer plates and taking our menus. Baby moved around some. Dave did the bedtime routine with Kaitlynn. She was asleep by 9:50PM. Thursday, the 31st, we were going to the Easter Bunny's arrival party at the Mills Mall, but Kaitlynn didn't want to go. She said she was tired. Baby was moving around and seemed to be doing flips. Kaitlynn prepared for preschool. She wore her Cardinals shirt to celebrate the Cardinal's home opener. Photobucket I also wore my Cardinals shirt. It's a youth XL. I was surprised it still fit. We took 6 purses up to preschool for the Dress for Success drive. Dave and I both took Kaitlynn to school and then went to lunch. I picked Kaitlynn up from preschool and talked to Ms. Maureen about how the brush was working out for Kaitlynn. She said it had lost it's appeal. Kaitlynn wasn't really interested in it anymore. The daily schedule said they had yoga, made Cardinal flags and colored Fredbird pictures, played a baseball bean bag toss game, went outside to play on the playground and in music listened to / sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." The March / April Newsletter came out. Parent Conferences are coming up. Photobucket Kaitlynn told me that Max married her on the playground. She also said she wasn't beautiful because she forgot to put makeup on. I told her she most certainly was beautiful and didn't need makeup to make her beautiful. I reminded her that God made her and that he doesn't make junk. I was totally shocked and wasn't sure where that came from. She never wears makeup. She isn't even allowed to play with my makeup. The only thing she is allowed to wear / put on is lip balm or lip gloss (if its clear or a very light / pale color). I am so not ready for the pre-teen years! Kaitlynn fell asleep on the way to MawMaw's. She was so tired. She slept for about 2 hours. We went to the mall to exchange some clothes previously purchased. Kaitlynn conned MawMaw into taking her in to Build-A-Bear. She got that bunny from "Hop." PhotobucketPhotobucket We had a late dinner and therefore Kaitlynn got to bed late. I ordered the baby's coming home outfit / newborn pictures outfit. So cute!!! Boy clothes are fun! Earlier that day at some point, Kaitlynn got an unsalted butter stick out of the fridge and took it out of the wrapper. I found the wrapper in her room and thought she ate the stick of butter. Yeah, gross, I know. She likes butter. That evening when I was getting her to bed, I left the room and when I came back she was hiding something behind her back. It was the butter stick. I asked her where she had it hid. She hid it in our room behind the TV!

Spring Break and 21 Weeks

Tuesday, March 22nd, I woke up with pains on my right side of my back, knee and stomach, similar to the original pains from the ruptured ovarian cyst in December. I took some Tylenol and it felt better through out the day. I goofed and misunderstood Ms. Julie's voicemail about dance class. Originally they were not supposed to have dance due to spring break, but there was talk they the class might meet with the Thursday class to practicie recital stuff. I got Kaitlynn dressed and went to class, but it was closed. Upon listening to the message again, I realized she didn't have class. Ooops! Kaitlynn didn't have preschool this week either due to spring break. We went to MawMaw's. Kaitlynn had her read the "Diggingest Dog" before we could leave for the Zoo. Parking was crazy at the Zoo. It seemed everyone must have had the same plans. By the time we found a parking spot, it was lunch time, so we headed to the cafe. After lunch, we saw the bears, penguins, Kaitlynn and MawMaw rode the carousel, we saw the sun bears, apes, went to big cat country, saw the zebras, giraffes, went through the bird cage and saw the apes again. We had a good time and had nice weather for our first spring trip.
Kaitlynn fell asleep after we left the Zoo. I took MawMaw home and Kaitlynn and I headed home. When Dave got home from work, we left to go meet MawMaw, my brother, his wife and kids for a birthday dinner at Red Robin's. At first, Kaitlynn hid from them when they got there. She doesn't get to see them very often, probaby 3-5 times per year. Nate and Sis asked if she wanted to go play games with them and that got her up and running around with them. We had a good time celebrating Sis's birthday. After dinner, we went to the store for a quick errand. The cashier gave us a bag that wasn't ours, so Dave and Kaitlynn took it back in. Kaitlynn ran out of the store by herself into the parking lot. Dave came running out after to grab her. We couldn't believe she did that. We had a long talk about that on the way home. Since we got home so late, Kaitlynn didn't get to bed until late. Baby was moving around. Wednesday, the 23rd, Kaitlynn and I just hung around the house. Kaitlynn went to bed early that evening. She was asleep by 8:15PM. Thursday, the 24th, I worked on clearing out Kaitlynn's armoire, dresser and closet and organized her hair things. I also started clearing out the dresser, chest of drawers and closet in the extra bedroom. We are moving Kaitlynn to the bigger of the 2 bedrooms. Later that evening, Kaitlynn and I picked up Cecil Whittakers for dinner and met Dave at home. Kaitlynn had a hard time falling asleep. She didn't fall asleep until about 10:15. Baby was moving around. Friday, the 25th, marked 21 weeks. According to BabyCenter, the baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. You may soon feel like he's practicing martial arts as his initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to hisr activity as you get to know him better. In other developments, the baby's eyebrows and lids are present now. Photobucket I continued cleaning out the dresser, chest of drawers and closet in the extra bedroom. I also moved some of Kaitlynn's clothes out of her closet and into her new closet. We ran some errands - groceries. We were in desperate need of fruits and vegetables! Baby was moving around. Kaitlynn fell asleep on the couch around 9:30PM. I just let her sleep there all night. Saturday, the 26th, Dave ran 10 miltes in his training for the half marathon! How amazing! I can't believe he ran 10 miles. Well, actually I can. I guess I mean, I can't believe after training for only 3 months he was at that point. Kaitlynn attended swim class. Mags and Joy were her instructors. There were 7 kids in her class. They dove for rings, practiced kicking, arm circles and floating. Kaitlynn and this boy were splashing each other while waiting for their turns to go out individually with the instructors. They practiced pushing off the wall, did torpedos and jumped in to the instructors. Kaitlynn got a pair of new goggles - Speedo ones earlier in the week. She wore them at first, but then later decided she didn't want to wear them. After lunch, Dave and I moved the bedrooms around. We moved furniture for over 6 hours. We treated ourselves to El Nopal for dinner. Kaitlynn slept in her new room. She was in bed about 9:30. Sunday, the 27th, I woke up at 3:30AM and couldn't go back to sleep for a few hours. I had heartburn and baby was moving. Later I worked on organizing and getting Kaitlynn's new room set up. She had input as well. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket We went to McDonald's for dinner and so Kaitlynn could play. She has been kind of stuck in the house the last few days with us moving furniture around. Kaitlynn has been asking about PawPaw since his passing, either every day or every other. She mainly asks if he is OK. We just go through what happened to him and remind her that he is dead. Since she had been bringing him up, I thought I would read a few books from the Grief and Loss bag from the lending library at her school. We read "Goodbye Mouse" and "Lifetimes." She was excited about the books at the beginning, but by the time I was done reading the 2nd book, she was done hearing about death. I let her watch a movie before bed. She was asleep by 9:20PM. Monday, the 28th, Kaitlynn and I worked on a few worksheets. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketKaitlynn is not big on writing. On the way to MawMaw's, Kaitlynn napped in the car. She slept about an hour and a half. After MawMaw's appointment, we went to the mall. MawMaw got her a special cart / stroller. At Macy's, Kaitlynn got upset about something and ran off whining. When I asked her what was wrong, she said she missed PawPaw. We talked about her feelings and she was fine. Dave did the bedtime routine and got Kaitlynn to bed. Baby moved around some.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

20 Weeks and First Day of Spring

Friday, March 18th, marked 20 weeks. According to BabyCenter, the baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)He's swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system. He's also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery). Photobucket I've hit the halfway mark. The top of my uterus is about level with my belly button. According to BabyCenter, it's commonto have gained around 10 pounds. Expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on. I am happy to report at this point, I have about 7lbs. I am still wearing my wedding rings and many of my regular clothes. I still can't wear maternity pants, but do like maternity tops because they are longer. Friday was the funeral service and burial. As I got Kaitlynn ready, I tlaked to her about what was going to happen at the funeral and the burial. We picked up MawMaw and then went to the funeral home. Kaitlynn asked many questions. We made sure she understood he was not sleeping. She eventually felt comfortable enough to go into the chapel (where the casket and body were) for the service. She did excellent through the service and sat very still taking it all in. She did great at the burial / grave site as well. We took MawMaw home, went home to change our clothes and went to the dinner / family gathering afterwards. Baby moved around some. Kaitlynn was asleep at 10PM. Saturday, the 19th, Kaitlynn attended her last Start Smart class. Kaitlynn received a book about being a good sport. Ms. Tori, a previous swim instructor, taught the Start Smart class. They played catch with their mitt / ball glove, soccer and hit the ball. Kaitlynn helped Ms. Tori clean up after class. She ate a snack and then went to swim class. She had her previous session's swim instructor Sarah and Mags. There were 6 kids in the class. They got their face wet right at the start. Kaitlynn said hi to Coach Kim. Later Coach Kim asked Kaitlynn to show the new boy how to get his face wet and blow bubbles. Kaitlynn showed him. After class, she took a shower in the locker room. We went home, relaxed, ate lunch and I napped. Later, we went to Babies R Us so we could take advantage of a great deal they had on Pampers. Kaitlynn fell asleep in the car. When we arrived at church, she had a hard time waking up and didn't want to go to her class. Betsy took her and showed her the new stage and fish. She had a great time. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketKaitlynn learned "We can learn about God at church." They read The First Church (Acts 2:42-47). The "Life Audacious" series continued with a look at how we can have the endurance to press on (as Paul did). After church, Kaitlynn had hot chocolate. She played outside with Lever while I cleaned the dining room and kitchen tables off (and of course kept an eye on her outside). We ate dinner. I finished putting Kaitlynn's old clothes in space saver bags. Many of the clothes were clothes she wore when my dad (PawPaw Dado) was still alive or when he was in the hospital. It brought back many memories. I went through all of her old clothes and pulled out the unisex clothing. I was surprised by how much we actually had because I didn't remember Kaitlynn having many clothes that weren't pink or purple or very girly. Kaitlynn went to sleep about 9:55PM. Baby moved around some and I had heartburn (from the pizza for lunch and ravioli for dinner). Sunday, the 20th, was the first day of Spring. Dave had school work to do, so I cleaned out Kaitlynn's room (the nursery) with totes. I bought more space saver bags. Kaitlynn fell asleep in the car, when we headed out to run errands. She napped for about an hour. Later she rode her bike and jeep in the front yard. She was in bed by about 9:30PM. I felt baby moving around. Monday, the 21st, it was a beautiful day I tried to get Kaitlynn to go to the park early in the day, but she didn't want to. She wanted to stay inside and play with her toys and watch some tv. Later we picked up MawMaw to take her to an appointment. While she was in her appointment, Kaitlynn and I went to Yo My Goodness and took our frozen yogurt to the park. Kaitlynn liked swinging at the park. She took a short nap in the car. When we got to MawMaw's, she played outside with Daisy. We went to Target and to Applebee's. PhotobucketPhotobucketMawMaw bought the baby another outfit. PhotobucketKaitlynn and I picked these out for the baby. Kaitlynn kept asking what the baby's name is and she also asked if the baby was going to be a puppy. At bedtime, Kaitlynn was complaining of her stomach hurting, so she didn't get to sleep til about 10PM. Baby was moving around.

25th Week of Dance and 28th Week of Preschool

Tuesday, March 15th, Kaitlynn attended dance class. All 5 girls were in class. Kaitlynn seems to be the class cheerleader. They are going to soon be working with the Thursday class to prepare for the recital. Kaitlynn did a good job in class. We went home, ate lunch and prepared for preschool. After I dropped Kaitlynn off, I called to change Kaitlynn's preschool registration for next year to AM from PM. They only had 2 days available, but put us on a waiting list for 3 days and said we should most likely get in. I made some other calls, checked emails and ran some errands. I had to buy more Tangled Thank You cards for Kaitlynn's birthday gifts she's received since her party. The daily schedule at preschool said they read "The Night Before St. Patrick's Day," played with rice at the sensory table and played in the gym. Ms. M said that Kaitlynn enjoyed playing the hoops gmes, which Kaitlynn had to take me over and show me the game. Ms. E said that her and Kaitlynn read some Cat in the Hat books like "Green Eggs and Ham." PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket After school, I cut up some strawberries for Kaitlynn, we played Connect 4, ate dinner when Dave got home, Kaitlynn took a bath and we had ice cream for dessert. Kaitlynn went to sleep at 9:35. a few hours later, she woke up crying from possibly a dream, but went back to sleep. The baby was moving around a little that evening. Wednesday, the 16th, after we got to school, Kaitlynn was excited to see Dominic and Ms. E. As we were walking into school, she was saying "Mommy has a baby in her tummy!" She had to tell Ms. M again, too. I am glad she is so excited about the baby! While she was in school, I did laundry, checked emails and made phone calls. When I picked Kaitlynn up, I talked to Ms. M about talking to a preschooler about death. She gave me some good resources and also suggested I call the Family and Community Coordinator at the school. I left a voice message for her. The daily schedule said they read "The Night Before St. Patrick's Day," created a long paper chain to decorate the bulletin board, listened and matched similar sounds in listen sound tubes at the science table. went outside to play on the playground and in music listened to "Music, Music, Music" with rhythm sticks. Kaitlynn brought home the last Scholastic order forms for the school year. Kaitlynn and I went to get special drinks and then went to MawMaw's. She fell asleep in the car and napped for less than an hour. We took MawMaw to order flowers for the upcoming visitation / funeral. We went to the library to find books on talking to a preschooler about death. We borrowed a few books, but they didn't look too promising. Kaitlynn wanted Chinese for dinner. I reminded her that MawMaw doesn't like Chinese. She told MawMaw that she need to try it first before she says she doesn't like it. Good lesson from "Green Eggs and Ham." We ate dinner and ran some errands. Kaitlynn took a bath and I read her 2 of the books we got from the library - "Max and Ruby's Bedtime Book" and "City Dog, Country Frog." We got home a little late, so she wasn't asleep until after 10PM. Baby moved around a little today. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. After Kaitlynn went to bed, I made some Irish Soda Bread. We read this St. Patrick's book to her that mentioned Irish Soda Bread, she made a few comments about it, so I thought it would be a good idea to make some. The recipe I found in Family Circle magazine (I think) called for a different take on it. It added icing on it. The recipe was super easy to make. PhotobucketPhotobucket PhotobucketI bought our traditional snake bread from Schnucks. PhotobucketI also thought these brownie cookies shaped like shamrocks looked yummy. Thursday, the 17th, St. Patrick's Day, Kaitlynn made 8 scented shamrocks for her teachers at school and some family members. Photobucket We had Irish Soda Bread for breakfast. PhotobucketIt was good, but not something I would crave. I will probably look for a different recipe for this next year, as I want to keep it a tradition. Anyone have a yummy Irish Soda Bread recipe to share with me? I talked to the Family and Community Coordinator, Ms. D at Kaitlynn's school. She had some wonderful information and advice. Basically she said to tell her the truth and keep it basic and simple. She gave me some words to use and told me to describe to Kaitlynn what she may see at the visitation and funeral. She said that the school has a Grief / Loss bag with books that I could check out of the lending library. She reserved the bag for me. It was so great to get to talk to her about how to handle this situation age-appropriately! Kaitlynn and I met Eileen, Gabe, Merci and Mauve at the park for a playdate before Kailtynn went to school. For lunch, I packed sandwiches for Kaitlynn and I, made from the snake bread. Photobucket Kaitlynn went to preschool and took her 4 teachers the scented shamrocks she made them. I picked up the Grief / Loss bag from the lending library. I picked up MawMaw and we went to the mall. We picked Kaitlynn up from preschool. The daily schedule said they learned a new pose in Yoga - river, rode bikes outside, played a shamrock game - looking for "gold" hidden in the classroom and played outside. Kaitlynn made a book.PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket We went home and as I was dressing Kaitlynn to attend the visitation, I talked with her about death and what she can expect from the night. I printed out a few pictures for Kaitlynn, so she would know who had died. At the visitation, Kaitlynn had a good time playing with her cousin. She refused to go in the room where the casket and body were, which was totally fine and her call. Afterwards, we attended Disney On Ice: Mickey and Minnie's Magical Journey. I reviewed this show in a previous blog post. We had a late, late dinner at Applebees with Tia, Mike, Annabelle and Alayna. Kaitlynn didn't get to bed until late. Baby moved around a bit that day.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Start Smart and Swim

Friday, March 11th, Kaitlynn woke up at her new normal time (7:30AM). She played with toys in her bedroom before coming into our room to watch some morning TV. After breakfast, she played outside until lunch. PhotobucketPhotobucketFor lunch, Kaitlynn wanted salami, white rice and green beans. She put the rice and green beans on top of each slice of salami and ate it that way. She's creative! We picked up the car that was in the shop. Brakes are expensive! Kaitlynn practiced writing her Ks. She went to asleep at 9:30PM. Saturday, the 12th, Kaitlynn attended her Start Smart class. They did t-ball (without the stand), soccer, practiced throwing a ball into a hula hoop and throwing a ball at the wall and catching it. At the t-ball station, Kaitlynn hit the ball a few times. She is very hard on herself, which she gets from Dave and me. Kaitlynn played catch with her teacher Kate. Kaitlynn attended her swim class. Tess and another girl were the instructors (Tess was a new instructor to Kaitlynn). There were 8 kids in the class. They worked on getting their hair wet, getting totally in the water, diving for rings and played red light / green light (with yellow being blowing bubbles and purple being going under water). Coach Kim helped Kaitlynn to go under the water. Kaitlynn cried after she did it. I think it was kind of a relief / proud cry. They practiced floating, using the kickboard and doing arm circles. She would only go with Tess, she refused to go with the other girl. She also didn't want to wear her goggles because she didn't want them to get wet! Lastly they jumped in the pool to the instructors, going under water. After swim, Kaitlynn and I went to MawMaw's and then went to lunch. We attended a baby shower at Babies R Us. I looked at baby bedding (crib bedding) and at cribs. Later we went with Hanna, Adam and Brandon to Toys R Us and the mall. Hanna was taking Kaitlynn out to get her a birthday gift. At Toys R Us, she bought Kaitlynn the Barbie Pet Vet Care Center and a Rapunzel / Tangled bowl, cup and plate set and bought the baby an outfit. Photobucket MawMaw also bought the baby some more things.Photobucket At the mall, we went into several stores, then Kaitlynn and Brandon played at the play area. Hanna treated us all to dinner for our birthdays at Applebee's. Dave met us for dinner. He got out of the shopping part. He was the lucky one! Let's just say Brandon does not listen and likes to get Kaitlynn amped up and tries to get her into trouble. It was just kind of a disaster! Hanna also bought Kaitlynn an outfit. We did appreciate Hanna's generousity. Kaitlynn was asleep about 9PM. It was spring forward, so we lost an hour (of sleep). Sunday, the 13, after Kaitlynn got up, she went into the kitchen and got the parmasen cheese. It ended up all over our bed! Kaitlynn painted with water colors in her Tangled book for a lot of the day. Dave put the Barbie's Pet Vet Care Center together and Kaitlynn enjoyed playing with that. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket Kaitlynn went to sleep late. I felt the baby moving. I was so tired through out the day, but the night I couldn't sleep. Monday, the 14th, we woke up to snow and rain. Kaitlynn was happy to see the snow, probably the only 1 happy to see it. Kaitlynn and I attended a focus group at the Zoo for their new exhibit Sea Lion Sound. Only a small group of us showed up. First we went into a room to explore what the Sea Lion Sound exhibit is possibly going to be like. We were watched and videotoaped while exploring the exhibit. Then the kids went to a Zoo classroom and the parents went into a meeting room to discuss what we liked and didn't like about the exhibit. It's so exciting to know that we will be a part of making Sea Lion Sound what it will be. Our opinions will actually shape what Sea Lion Sound is going to be. I just can't wait for the exhibit to open. For our time, we got to chose between several different options, but we chose a free Zoo membership (at our current level). Kaitlynn had a great time in the classroom. She wanted to go look at animals. We went out to look at some, but decided we would go to MawMaw's instead for lunch. It was wet, slushy and slippery. Not a good day to walk around the Zoo. Photobucket That morning on the way to the Zoo, Dave called to tell me that his grandpa had passed away. We took MawMaw to her appointment. Kaitlynn napped in the car. After MawMaw's appointment, I went to Babies R Us to take advantage of a special Pampers purchase. We had dinner and then came home for bath and bed. She didn't go to sleep until late again. She woke up from a dream that she lost her family. She was sad when she woke up, poor baby. Her dreams have not been happy ones lately. I'm not sure what's up with that. I was tired on Monday. I guess it's from the time change. Baby was moving, too.

Oh Boy 19 Weeks

Tuesday, March 8th, I had my monthly ob appointment. We were supposed to have the big ultrasound too. I received a call from the office saying that the tech went home sick while I was driving to the appointment. My ob still wanted me to come in though. The appointment went well. My weight and blood pressure was good. The baby's heart rate was 133. We talked about my almost fainting spell over the weekend and she said it was normal and to make sure to carry snacks with me and stay hydrated (especially as we get into warmer weather). We were able to schedule the ultrasound for the next day. Wednesday, the 9th, Dave and I attended the ultrasound appointment. The baby was measuring 19 weeks and 1 day (which was 3 days ahead), but the tech said they weren't going to change the due date. The heart rate was 142 and baby was moving around alot. The tech was able to get all the views that were typically the hardest almost right away, but was not able to get one of the easiest views until the end (the heart). Baby kept moving around. The baby loved flaunting that he was a boy. You read that right. We are having a boy! I teared up when the tech told us that the baby had a turtle. At first I wasn't sure if that's what she was talking about, but when I figured it out, I starting tearing up a bit. He showed us his kidneys, his brain, his bladder, etc. She was able to get all measurements with the exception of the heart. He was not ready for that yet, apparently. He is / was head down and the placenta is posterior. With Kaitlynn it was anterior, so I didn't get the pleasure of feeling all of her movements. He weighed 10 ounces and was in the 83 percentile. The tech had me go to the bathroom to see if that would help to get the views she needed of the heart. He was still flaunting his boyhood and not interested in showing his heart. Finally, just as she was saying that I would have to come back for another ultrasound to get the heart views, he showed us his heart was perfect - all 4 chambers. I was relieved! We asked the tech to see if I still had any cysts. I had 3 on my right ovary and 1 on my left ovary, but they were 1/3 of the size they used to be. PhotobucketPhotobucket Dave and I had both thought the baby was going to be a boy, but didn't want to say anything when people asked because we would have been just as thrilled if we were having a girl. We just kept praying for a healthy baby (and still keep praying for a healthy baby). I had a dream very early in the pregnancy that at the first ultrasound the doctor told us that we were having one baby and it was a boy. Twins run in both of our families and actually on both sides in my family, so it was a bit of a "concern." When asked, Kaitlynn has always said she wanted a baby sister or that the baby was a baby sister. I was a little afraid to tell her that her baby sister was going to be a baby brother. After the appointment, I called my mom and Dave called his to tell them the news. I texted my siblings and niece. When MawMaw and I picked Kaitlynn up from school, she was not in a good mood - she was tired. I jokingly told MawMaw that we may not tell Kaitlynn she is having a brother for the first year of the baby's life and just dress him in girl's clothes. After a nap and some dinner, Kaitlynn was in a better mood. Dave and my niece, Hanna, texted me after Kaitlynn got out of school, to see what she thought of the news. I think everyone was a little worried about how she would handle the news. I ended up telling her at Denny's (which is where we had dinner) about 2 hours after school. She was cool with the news. She said "a baby brother!" I think she is just excited to be a big sister and would be / will be happy with a brother or a sister. She is going to be an amazing big sister, I know that for sure! MawMaw, Kaitlynn and I went to the store and we let Kaitlynn help pick out an outfit for the baby. MawMaw bought these cute little things for baby boy. Photobucket Dave and I talked about boy names before bed, but didn't agree to a name. We did like the same ones though. Thursday, the 10th, one of the ladies in my Women's Group, Kathy, gave me the cutest knitted strawberry hat for the baby. It was so super sweet! I just couldn't believe she knitted a hat for the baby. I was also glad to share the news of the gender with the group. They are all so supportive and such wonderful women. They talked about me bringing the baby to our monthly lunches. They are all so excited for us and I really appreciate them. Kaitlynn loved the strawberry hat and tried to put it on. She is always wanting to hold it or look at it. Photobucket We think we are decided on a name (first and middle), but have agreed not to tell anyone yet. Friday, the 11th, marked 19 weeks. According to Babycenter, the baby's sensory development is exploding! His brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that he may be able to hear my voice now. The baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. His arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of his body now. His kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on his scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on his skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid. I am definitely having round ligament pain, achiness in my lower abdomen and sometimes an occasional brief, stabbing pain on one or both sides, as the Babycenter update talked about too. I was tired on Friday. Baby was moving around some and my lower abdomen was still sore. Photobucket