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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Christmas

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.