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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.