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Saturday, April 2, 2011

17 Weeks

Friday, February 25th, marked 17 weeks. According to Babycenter, the baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — the lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. The baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and is around 5 inches long from head to bottom. The baby can move his/her joints, and his/her sweat glands are starting to develop. Photobucket It was interesting that the Babycenter weekly update also talked about dreams. Early on, I had a dream that Dave brought another puppy home. I was freaking out because we already have 3 dogs. Last week, I had a horrible dream that I had a miscarriage at 16 weeks. I had a hard time sleeping on Thursday night, so I only had about 3 hours of sleep, but I managed to function. Kaitlynn and I went to MawMaw's because she had an appointment. After the appointment, Dave met us at the mall to have dinner, shop at Gymboree and for Kaitlynn to play at the play area. Photobucket Saturday, the 26th, I woke up with a headache. I tried Tylenol several times that morning and afternoon, but it didn't help, so I had to take the prescription medicine a few times. Kaitlynn had her Start Smart class that she attended with Dave. While they were in the class, I went to pick up MawMaw. Kaitlynn had swim class. Then MawMaw, Kaitlynn and I went to the Kidgit's Event, Book Blast where Kaitlynn got to meet Curious George. She rode the train, ate lunch and shopped. She also received her birthday gift for being in the Kidgit's club.
As we were taking MawMaw home, Kaitlynn fell asleep. She slept in the car on the way to church, too. She was moved to the 4s/5s class. It took me off guard when they said she was ready to move up to the next class since she just had a birthday. Kaitlynn handled the transition well. Dave and I, on the other hand, were really taken aback. I went in with Kaitlynn and "toured" the room. She was familiar with the room from Monday Makeover. She had fun in the class, but said she missed her old class. They learned "Jesus will always forgive us, no matter what we do." They heard the story of the lost son (Luke 15:11-32). PhotobucketPhotobucket The "Life Audacious" series continued with a look at how to live the selfless life that Christ exemplified. Sunday, the 27th, we went to McDonald's for lunch then to Kaitlynn's friends, Kylie and Ava's birthday party at Jump 4 Fun. Kaitlynn had a fun time.
Monday, the 28th, Kaitlynn had her 4 year check up at the pediatrician's office. She had a hearing test and they checked her blood pressure. She passed her hearing test and her blood pressure was good. Kaitlynn's height and weight are both 75 percentile. The pediatrician said she is a very tall girl. The pediatrician prescribed an antibiotic for her cough. She said it sounded pretty nasty and that by the end of the antibiotic, she should not have a cough anymore. Kaitlynn received 4 shots, which I forgot about, so I did not get to prepare her for them until the few minutes before the nurse came in to give them. Kaitlynn was not happy to say the least. To help her feel better, I was telling her that everyone gets shots to be healthy and that the baby would also have to get shots. Well, she was not happy to hear that the baby would also have to go through that pain. I think it made her more sad. So sweet, how she is already showing love for her sibling! We met Dave for lunch, as they ate lunch together while I had a pregnancy massage at Ginger Bay. It was very relaxing! Later, Kaitlynn and I went to MawMaw's. She had an appointment, so while she was at that, Kaitlynn and I went to Yo My Goodness for some frozen yogurt. Afterwards, we went to get manis/pedis! What a day of pampering for me! Photobucketat lunch with daddy PhotobucketPhotobucketmanis/pedis I also signed Kaitlynn up for a t-ball league. I hope she enjoys it! It doesn't start until April.

Kaitlynn's 4th Birthday, 22nd Week of Dance and 25th Week of Preschool

Monday, February 21st, Kaitlynn played her Leapster Explorer most of the day. In fact, she was up playing it at 7:15AM. I was so glad to have the recharger system because we already had to replace the batteries. She also tried out her Barbie skates and played with the dragon boat in the bath tub. She was running a very low grade fever most of the day, so I gave her Tylenol through out the day to try to help it from getting any higher. We went to MawMaw's because we had an appointment to take her to. Kaitlynn napped in the car. She was hard to wake up at dinner and very crabby. Eventually, she snapped out of it and played her Leapster Explorer and did some artwork. PhotobucketPhotobucket At bedtime, we read "Ten on the Sled," "The Best Thing About Valentine's," and "Countdown to Valentine's Day." Kaitlynn had a hard time going to bed. I guess due to the late nap she took. Tuesday, the 22nd, Kaitlynn didn't attend her dance class or preschool because of running the very low grade fever, which she still was. I talked to her teacher about celebrating her birthday at school on Thursday or next Tuesday, since the policy is she has to be fever free without the use of medicine for 24 hours. I took her out to pick up Sonic for lunch and she fell asleep in the car. She napped for over an hour. She didn't sleep very well Monday night going into Tuesday, so she needed the nap. We were supposed to go to the Blues' hockey game but canceled because of the fever issue. After Kaitlynn went to sleep, she woke up coughing. I bought the deal on Groupon for 3 Olympiad gymnastics classes. Kaitlynn has been asking to do gymnastics, so we might give it a try this summer (and hope the class doesn't get canceled). I'm sure we will have better luck with the class not being canceled going somewhere like Olympiad. The classes we've tried signing her up for at Riverchase kept being canceled. Wednesday, the 23rd, Kaitlynn turned 4 years old. I can't believe 4 years ago at 4:49AM, this sweet princess and love bug was born to us. What a wonderful blessing and true miracle she is! She continues to amaze us everyday. Kaitlynn's temperature was getting back to normal. It was never too high. I took her to Steak n Shake for a birthday lunch. We enjoyed a chocolate shake with our meals! We went to MawMaw's because she wanted to take Kaitlynn shopping and to dinner for her birthday. At the store, Kaitlynn chose a double doll stroller for her present. For dinner, she chose Applebee's.
Later, I noticed my temperature became a little elevated, so I started taking Tylenol to control it. I don't know what's up with our temperatures. I was also having pain in the middle of my stomach on the right side. I think it's ligament pain. Thursday, the 24th, when Kaitlynn woke up Dave gave her purple and pink Gerber Daisies (for her birthday). She loved them! Kaitlynn was able to attend preschool, so she got ready and we packed her snack (apples and fritos). I came back up to school at snack time to bring cupcakes, Tangled / Rapunzel napkins and treat bags. After snack, I read Kaitlynn and another little boy (Tyler) a couple books. For some reason, Kaitlynn didn't want me to go, but I thought it was best, so I didn't interfere with music and the rest of their day.
When I picked Kaitlynn up, the daily schedule said they did Yoga, played a royal memory game, played in coffee sand, celebrated Kaitlynn's birthday (of course) and in music listened to "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom." The February Healthy Kids Newsletter came out and was about depression in children. PhotobucketPhotobucket After Dave got home and after dinner, we had a final birthday celebration for Kaitlynn (1 day late). We lit the birthday candle and had cake and ice cream.
On facebook, I decided to take a poll of what people thought the gender of the baby was going to be. At Kaitlynn's birthday party, Trina said girl, Emily said girl and Trisha said boy. On facebook, I received 3 responses: Jenn P said boy, Charly F said boy and Tia said girl.

Kaitlynn's 4th Birthday Party!

Sunday, February 20th, we had Kaitlynn's 4th birthday party at RiverChase of Fenton. It's a local recreation center. We rented out the Jungle Room and had the playground (jungle gym - treehouse) exclusively for our use. We had pizza, small snack bags of chips, a veggie tray, water, soda and juice boxes. Oh yeah, and of course, cake and ice cream (although we forgot to serve the ice cream). Oops! There was a great turnout, even though everyone invited wasn't able to make it. We kept the guest list just to close family and friends (of Kaitlynn's for the last 3-4 years), with the exception of her new friend Helen. We weren't ready to start inviting everyone in her preschool class and other new friends. To us, it just seemed too soon to do that, maybe when she gets into kindergarten. We also like to have the parties at fairly small locations, so we can keep track of the kids and the party. Kaitlynn had about 35 guests (not including the 3 of us). She chose a Tangled / Rapunzel theme. My cousin, Tia, made the Rapunzel birthday cake. What an awesome job she did! Dave, Kaitlynn and I arrived a half hour early to bring stuff to the room and decorate. Actually all we did decoration-wise was put noise makers on the 2 tables, tie balloons to Kaitlynn's chair and set the food, drinks and party bags up where we wanted them. My brother Jim and his wife and kids were the first to arrive. Shortly after almost everyone else arrived. Kaitlynn was happy to see her family and friends. She was excited to see the Rapunzel cake. We got things started right away - with the food because we only had the room and playground for 1 hour and 30 minutes. We figured no more than 45 minutes for food (lunch and then cake) and the last 45 minutes for the kids to play at the playground. We ate lunch and then sang "Happy Birthday" to Kaitlynn. She does not like when a group of people sing "Happy Birthday" to her (as you will see from the photos - she had her head down the entire time). Then she refused to blow out the candle on her cake, so I had to. She doesn't mind attention when SHE wants it, but does NOT like attention when she is not asking for it. Kaitlynn and her friends played at the playground, then somehow a "rumor" was started that Kaitlynn was going to open gifts. Apparently my sister decided to take Kaitlynn into the party room to open gifts (of course she already had Kaitlynn open her gift as soon as she got there). She also took Kaitlynn off a few times with the new Barbie skates she got her, which I later told her about. I just have to remember that Kaitlynn is so loved and her family and friends all want to spend time with her, sometimes trying to "steal" time away from others. I am glad that others love and know how special she is. It makes my heart so happy. To us, she is the greatest child / girl in all the world and who wouldn't want to know, love and spend time with her! She is amazing! One of God's greatest gifts to us. Anyway, Kaitlynn did open a few gifts. At one point she stopped opening gifts and didn't want to open anymore. A couple of the guests kept nagging her about opening gifts and I told them to chill out, she didn't have to open anymore gifts if she didn't want to. We ended up staying about 2 hours after the party, just hanging out in the Jungle room. It was a great party - Kaitlynn had a fun time! We appreciate everyone who took the time out to attend and everyone's generosity with her birthday gifts.
After the party, we went home and she finished opening her gifts and also got to play with the gifts. She received a Leapster Explorer, 4 games for the Explorer, recharging system for the Explorer, camera and video recorder for the Explorer, tons of moon sand, Barbie skates (as mentioned above), Fancy Nancy books, a couple other books, Barbie kite, outfits for her Barbies, puzzles, games, money, an outfit, bath toy, sidewalk chalk and bubbles. We gave her a Big Sister book, Dip n Dots maker and mix, a couple card games, case for her Leapster Explorer and 7 Disney Princess (Barbie) dolls. Before bed, Kaitlynn enjoyed played with the moon sand, bean bag toss game, Princess Barbies and Leapster Explorer. Her favorite games for the Explorer that evening were Dora and Spongebob. At bedtime, I read "Penguins" and "Valentine Express" to her.