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Sunday, May 22, 2011

23 Weeks and Half Marathon

Friday, April 8th, marked 23 weeks. According to Babycenter, the baby's sense of movement is well developed. Since he's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see him squirm underneath clothes. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that the baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing him for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as the dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when he hears them outside the womb.

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I slept in, we ate lunch and I did some laundry. Kaitlynn worked on some worksheet pages.

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Kaitlynn played with Bailey outside. When Dave got home from work, we went to church for a TLW dinner. Dinner was catered by Viviano's. We talked to several people that Dave had been training with. After dinner, there was a program in the auditorium. It was so cool because Dave was honored with an award, "The little engine that could." He actually received that book, which was signed by many of the people he trained with since the end of December. It sounds silly, but it really meant so much to him and to me. It just showed how much this group supported him and kept him going. Before signing up for this in December, Dave had never run more than a few miles. Now he was able to run 13 (well 13.1 to be exact)!

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It was a bit of a late night for us, so Kaitlynn didn't get to bed until after 10PM. Baby moved around some.

Saturday, the 9th, Kaitlynn was supposed to start t-ball. It was canceled. We didn't realize that until after we arrived at the ball field. A few other families were there, too. Finally, one of them called the weather line and it said it was canceled due to the fields being unplayable, too wet. Kaitlynn played on the playground at the park, even though it was wet. She had a good time.

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We came home and rested until Dave got home from work. We ate lunch and went to the Go! St. Louis Expo. I saw a friend at the LWI table from Monday Makeover. It was nice chatting with her. We weren't at the expo too long. Dave had to get his bib number, his Go! St. Louis jersey and bag. Kaitlynn napped in the car for about an hour. While she napped, we sat in the car at a park not too far from church, looking at the marathon information. We attended church service. It was about contentment / gratitude. The TLW runners were acknowledged during the service.

Kaitlynn enjoyed her class. They learned "God wants us to help others" and heard the story about the First Church (Acts 2:42-47).

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The message at church made me realize that I need to start being more grateful. I am going to start including what I am grateful for each day. Of course the list could go on and on because we all have so much to be thankful for, but here is my short list for the day: grace, Jesus dying on the cross for me, my family, our health, this pregnancy, our home, food, our car, the internet and cell phone, the weather and our church.
Kaitlynn got to bed late. Baby moved around.
Sunday, the 10th was an early call due to Dave running the Go! St. Louis Marathon. Instead of waking Kaitlynn, Dave just picked her up and put her in the car (her carseat). She woke up and asked if we were having / going to get the baby. I thought that was so cute! We got to the marathon early and went to the TLW tent. After Dave and his team mates left to start the race, Kaitlynn and I walked around. Of course, first she had to get a snow cone. We went back to the TLW tent to watch the start of the race and talk to some people. We actually got to see Dave near the start of the race. It was extremely humid, the hottest the race has been. They actually ended up closing down the course if participants were at a certain point by a certain time. Kaitlynn and I walked around with a lady named Linda and her 2 girls (from our church). It was cool getting text updates about where Dave was during the race. Kaitlynn was Dave's biggest cheerleader! When she would see him, she would yell and cheer him on. Her behavior was absolutely excellent, especially since she went to bed late (the last few nights) and got up super early. It helped to have Linda and her girls to walk around with, too. Linda and I sure walked around alot, both of us pregnant and in the heat. We definitely felt for the marathoners. Dave completed his first half marathon and we were so proud of him!


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We didn't stick around too long after Dave completed the half marathon. We were hot and tired. We went home and napped. Later we celebrated by going to El Nopal for dinner. Baby moved around through out the day and had hiccups. Kaitlynn was asleep before 9PM.

On this day, I was grateful for Dave's health, him completing the half marathon, cell phone updates, LWI, our church, TLW, meeting Linda to have someone to hang out with for about 3 hours and Kaitlynn's good behavior.

Monday,the 11th, I woke up early to clean house, since I didn't feel like doing it the day before. Kaitlynn was so excited about Ms. Amy, her PAT educator coming. From the time she got up, all I heard was "When is Ms. Amy coming?" They looked at an Elmo book that had letters and numbers, a car book (similar to I Spy) for pre-reading skills and played a game called Step and Launch. Kaitlynn had fun with Ms. Amy. Of course Ms. Amy left lots of handouts in regards to children ages 3 to Kindergarten and for 4 year olds. She also brought information for 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy. This was her last visit for the school year.

Soon after Ms. Amy left, Kaitlynn and I went out for lunch and then to MawMaw's. We took her to an appointment. Kaitlynn napped in the car. At dinner, Kaitlynn played with her Leapster Explorer. Baby moved around throughout the day. Kaitlynn was asleep by 9:20PM.

For this day, I was grateful for PAT program, Ms. Amy, photography and the internet, having the windows open - nice weather and Kaitlynn going to sleep quickly.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

27th Week of Dance and 30th Week of Preschool

Tuesday, April 5th, Kaitlynn had dance class. 4 girls from the Thursday dance class came so that the girls could practice their routines for the recital in a few months. After dance class, on the way home, Kaitlynn was putting on lip gloss and I asked her what she was doing. She said she was putting on lip gloss for her appointment. I asked with who? She said her appointment with Max. She also said he was bringing ice cream for her. I told her she couldn't have ice cream at school and she said "It's pretend!"

We ate lunch and she got ready for school. For snack she chose, an apple and raisins. At preschool, Max said hi to Kaitlynn when she passed him outside. She didn't respond. In the classroom at the cubbies, he showed Kaitlynn a piece of roof he had found. Kailtynn said, "Remember you said you were going to marry me?" He just blushed.

The daily schedule said they read "Aunt Katie's Visit," the author Katie Rodriquez Banister visited the school, played outside and in music sang / listened to "The Cowboy Dance." Kaitlynn was quite intrigued with the author. She talked about how Katie was in a wheelchair and how she got around and got in and out of her car.

While Kaitlynn was in school, I signed her up for the next session of swim lessons and did grocery shopping.

It was another late night for Kaitlynn getting to sleep (after 10PM). Kaitlynn's new favorite book is "Princess Penelope" which she recently got from Scholastics Books. Baby was active, moving around a bit.

Wednesday, the 6th, Kaitlynn took a shower and got ready for preschool. For snack she chose an apple and goldfish. The daily schedule said they read "The Enormous Carrot," played Mystery Garden (gave clues to describe pictures on the game board), created yarn collages at the project table, played outside and in music sang / listened to "The Cowby Dance."

Kaitlynn didn't get to bed til after 10PM because she was crying over her legs hurting. When I was little, I always had terrible knee pains. My pediatrician said they were just growing pains. I hope she doesn't experience those. They were horrible. She wanted to wait for her daddy to get home and was asleep shortly after he came home. Baby moved around a bit. I had a headache in the evening, so I took some Tylenol that helped it go away. I also signed up to track Dave in the Go! St. Louis marathon.

Thursday, the 7th, we are so thankful for the friends and family that donated to Dave's fundraising website. He ran a 1/2 marathon as part of the Go! St. Louis Marathon with Team Living Water through our church. They raised money for Living Water International (http://www.water.cc/).

My Women's Bible Study group had talked about meeting this week, but ended up not being able to. Dave took Kaitlynn to school anyway. She chose goldfish and a granola bar for snack. When Kaitlynn got to school, she told her teachers and class that I have a black eye! I was surprised she mentioned it, since it happened on Sunday. Her teacher asked Dave about it before he left.

The daily schedule said they did Yoga (pretzel, cat, boat, river, plank and cobra), played Mystery Garden and Shut the Box, planted grass seed and beans, played on the playground outside and in music sang / listened to "Spaghetti Legs."
Ms. M said that they had tried something new with Kaitlynn the past 2 days. Since Kaitlynn had lost interest in using the sensory brush on herself during circle time, Ms. M had Kaitlynn sit in her lap and she brushed her. She said it worked great and she even asked Ms. M to brush her and asked a question during the story about the book. She is still easy to give up on trying new things, which could be from being tired. Kaitlynn says she is too tired. I think morning preschool will be a better fit for her since she is getting up so much earlier than when preschool first started in August.

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After dinner, Kaitlynn took a bath and prepared for bed. She was asleep at about 10PM. I was very tired and crabby most of the day. Baby was moving a bit.

22 Weeks

Friday, April 1st marked 22 weeks. According to BabyCenter, at 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, the baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside the womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.
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Kaitlynn made some Easter crafts.
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Baby moved most of the day and night. Kaitlynn had a hard time falling asleep that evening and ended up not falling asleep until about 10:30.


Saturday, the 2nd, Kaitlynn had swim class. Joy and a new lady (to Kaitlynn's class) named Jody were the instructors. There were 7 kids in the class. They dove for rings, practiced kicking, floating and floating with the kickboard. Kaitlynn would only go out in the water with Jody. They practiced arm circles and did the rcoketship 2 times and torpedo 2 times. Kaitlynn chose not to take a shower after swim in the locker room. She picked dandelions (which she called daisylions) for Turtle on the way to the car from swim class. When we got home, she played in the backyard with the dogs and after lunch rode her jeep around the block with Dave. She got upset because she wanted to drive it up to the main street, which Dave was obviously against, so they came home. I napped while they spent time together. I napped for 4 hours! Then it was Dave's turn to nap, so Kaitlynn and I played with her Little People blocks and went to get dinner. On the way, she fell asleep in the car. She napped for less than 2 hours. She ate dinner, we watched some of the movie "Monsters, Inc." and she got ready for bed.

While we were talking that day, she told Dave and I that she kissed Max (friend from school that she has been saying is going to marry her) on the lips. Dave and I looked at each other. I told her that we should only kiss our friends on the cheek. She looked at me with a smile and said "on the lips." That girl knows how to get to us!!!

Baby moved around a bit and I had heartburn. I also had 1 or 2 Braxton Hicks contractions in the shower. They really do feel like a charly horse without the spasm.


Sunday, the 3rd, I was still awake at 1AM and unfortunately so was Kaitlynn. We read several of her new books from Scholastics like "Dancing Class," "Princess Penelope," and "Princess Party." Kaitlynn also watched "Fox and the Hound 2." She finally fell asleep. I was up until 4AM. Baby was moving and I was folding and putting away Kaitlynn's laundry. I woke up at 9AM because I was having pressure in my lower abdomen and was crampy. I also had to use the bathroom. First time I have had to wake up to go potty this whole pregnancy (except in the beginning when I had the ruptured cyst).

While we were laying in bed, Kaitlynn was walking across our bed and I had just got done telling her not to be walking on our bed because she could hurt me or the baby, as she fell. Her head hit my head, my right eye to be exact. It was so sore and red. It didn't phase her at all.

Later we took Kaitlynn to the park. It was such a beautiful day for it. The high was 90 degrees- a record breaker! She played on the playground and then we walked around the trail. Of course, she found a tree to climb, also.
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We went to the mall to look for Kaitlynn a spring jacket and to use our Children's Place cash. Children's Place didn't have any spring jackets and we had already done quite a bit of spring and some summer shopping for Kaitlynn there previously, so we bought some things for the baby.
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We found a spring jacket at Macy's. It's a Hello Kitty blue jean jacket. Kaitlynn loves it! While there, Dave noticed that I had a black eye. I couldn't believe I was walking around the mall with a black eye! Lovely!!!

While there, I found my "Push Gift". It's a $300 margarita maker! HaHa!

Kaitlynn napped for about an hour. We grilled. She played with Bailey outside, then with Lever and Sassy. Later we went to Dairy Queen for a sweet treat. Kaitlynn's sleeping is a little messy since moving to the new room. She didn't go to sleep until after 10:30. It's to be expected with the transition, though.

Monday, the 4th, Kaitlynn and I picked MawMaw up from work. Kaitlynn napped in the car for a few hours. We took MawMaw to a doctor appointment, then went to the mall to have dinner and do some shopping. It was another late night of sleep for Kaitlynn.

Baby moved around a bit.

Wrapping Up March

I forgot to post about this really cute note pad I ordered from Walgreens. It was during a photo deals week. I put one of Kaitlynn's birthday pictures on it and think it turned out super cute!
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I wanted to share some pictures of clothes that either MawMaw, myself or other family members have bought the baby. Kaitlynn had fun picking out clothes for baby brother.

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