Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

We hope you had a great Memorial Day! We went to our neighborhood swimming pool for awhile this morning, for the first time this season. I realized for sure while we were there that I definitely need to look into swimming lessons for Lily. Not really to teach her to swim, but to get her really comfortable in the water. Lily had a wonderful time at the pool, but I overreact if she even looks like she might stumble and go under the water. And I mean really overreact. I am very afraid of drowning, but I don't want my fear to hinder Lily from learning to love the water and swimming. So I think some basic swimming lessons are a good idea. I'll have to look into it and maybe get her started this summer.
After the pool today, Lily took a really long nap and woke up asking if we could go to the swimming pool. So Daddy blew up the little pool for the backyard, and we all had a great time playing. We barbecued chicken for dinner and had an overall great day at home!
Oh, and yesterday we bought Lily's new mattress for her big-girl room... One step closer to moving her into her new room! The painter will be here tomorrow; he'll be starting with the ceilings.
Here are some pictures from this afternoon. Enjoy!

This picture cracks me up!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Prenatal Visit - 18 weeks

Saw the docs again today... Nothing too exciting to report, which is always a good thing! My blood pressure has been low ever since the last visit when it had spiked a little bit, so everyone's happy to see that day was a fluke. The big ultrasound is scheduled for two weeks from today - any guesses on the sex of the baby? This pregnancy has been much different from my first one, in terms of morning sickness and the way I feel overall; but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a boy. However, I did have a dream about a week ago that we found out from ultrasound that it's a boy. So I don't know, maybe it's a boy! hahaha We'll have to wait and see.

I found out today that my nurse, Laura, may be leaving my doctor's office in a couple of weeks, to take a different position with the hospital. I will miss her a lot if that happens - she is the one who keeps track of absolutely everything, and the person you talk to when you need to call the doctor's office for something. But I'm sure the new nurse will do a great job as well.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Recent Pictures

Dusty and Lily got me a bird feeder for Mother's Day! We've seen a few birds out there, but this squirrel is definitely the hungriest backyard critter.
The other day Lily said, "Mommy, look at meeeeee!" So I did... She was so proud of herself because she had put her sandals on her feet (the correct feet even) and fastened them all by herself. Aww, she's getting to be such a big kid. By the way, how do kids' feet grow so fast? She practically skipped size 6. She had one pair of size 6 sandals that she only got to wear a couple of times before she needed bigger ones. Hopefully these will last a little while.
We've been doing a lot of measuring and pointing at the walls and ceilings lately, between having the drywall repaired and getting estimates from painters. Lily didn't want to come to the kitchen for lunch yesterday, and I looked around the corner to see this!

We've been busy around the house these last few weekends. There are a lot of projects in the works, and I'm so excited to see everything come together. I love the paint color in Lily's new big-girl room - I'll let you guess what color I chose. Hopefully Lily will be moving into her room within the next few weeks. I'll post pictures of things as we finish the projects.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Sprinkler Fun

So what if it's only the beginning of May? It's 90 degrees outside, and the humidity is stifling (it might seem worse to me because I'm pregnant, it's probably not really that bad yet). So we've gotten the Elmo sprinkler out to play a couple of times this week. Thankfully, our garage blocks part of the sun in the backyard at different times of the day, so I can see this becoming a pretty regular activity this summer!


We visited the Shrine Circus a couple of weeks ago with some friends. It was a lot of fun... Our favorite part was definitely the elephants. For several days after the circus, every time we got in the car Lily told me she wanted to go see the animals at the circus.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Prenatal Visit - 16 weeks

My doctor visit was relatively uneventful today. Baby's heart rate was 150-something, I haven't gained enough weight to be classified as a blimp yet, the doctor said I can keep riding my bike, and everything is pretty much ok.

My blood pressure was a little high today, but we're not worried about it yet. I've been checking it at home, and it's been consistently much lower than the reading in the office today (and we've already compared my cuff's reading to the nurse's measurement, so we know my cuff is accurate). It could have been high for any number of reasons today - hurrying out of the house to go to the appointment, traffic, the parking garage (that was the nurse's suggestion, lol!), trying to keep Lily occupied during the visit, who knows? And besides that, it wasn't THAT high - 140/80 is certainly not unheard of for me. They took it again before I left, and it was 134/80. My nurse will call me on Friday to find out how it's been this week, and we'll go from there.

We did another blood test today. You may have heard of the quad screen; we did just one part of the screening because we already did the nuchal translucency test. I'll let you know the results. We scheduled my "big" ultrasound for four weeks from today. I'll be 20 weeks, so we should definitely be able to find out the sex of the baby at that time. I see my doctors again in two weeks, just because she'll miss me if I don't visit often enough. Well, that and they want to take my blood pressure.

I found out for sure that if I make it far enough to be able to schedule my c-section, my own doctors will for sure be doing my surgery. If something happens and we have to deliver early, my own doctors will do it as long as they're in town, even if it's the middle of the night. If for some reason both of my doctors (Dr. Mastrobattista who is my attending physician, and Dr. Holland who is my fellow -- I see both of them at all of my prenatal appointments) are out of town, one of the other attending physicians will do my surgery. Most of the time at least one of my doctors will be available, if not both. That's good to know. I wasn't sure how it worked when you're already a patient of these doctors; it was a little different when Lily was born.

Oh, and about scheduling the c-section... No, we aren't going to set a tentative date or anything like that for a long time. When I'm 36 weeks we'll decide whether we want to do the amniocentesis or not. If we do the amnio at 36 weeks and find out the baby's lungs are mature, we deliver the baby right away. If we decline the amnio, the baby will be delivered at 37 weeks, regardless of lung maturity or any other factors. The reasoning for delivering early is twofold: they don't want me going into labor and causing my uterus to rupture (my classical cesarean causes my uterus to be weaker than a more common transverse incision - my incision cut the uterus across the muscle instead of with the muscle, so it will never heal up as well; they had to do a classical incision because my uterus was too small at 24 weeks for a transverse); also, they don't want me to develop preeclampsia suddenly at the end of the pregnancy and have it be dangerous for me and the baby. As sick as I was at 24 weeks, they just don't want to take any chances later in the pregnancy when preeclampsia is more common.

So that was the doctor visit... Nothing too exciting, really. We talked about a lot of stuff, but most of it I already knew. My 'morning sickness' is finally getting better. It's been a whole week since I threw up last, and I've been feeling a little better overall. Still get tired easily, but I'm not always sluggish anymore.


It's probably been 20 years since the last time I flew a kite! What a fun way to spend an afternoon.


Meet Buddy, our pet snapping turtle! He's just a little baby, but this guy can eat a lot of feeder fish in one sitting. He's only been out of his tank this one time since we got him because he gets scared. He's a lot of fun inside the tank, though. He'll come up to the glass to watch us, sometimes following your finger along the tank. Lily always says, "He's pretty cute!"