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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