Monday, August 27, 2007

Nesting---30 weeks and counting...I have lost my mind!!

I can't rip myself away from the sewing machine!! Except for 10 min here and there to swap out the laundry, feed the kids, and make sure that basic needs are met and my house doesn't get destroyed. LOL And you know how normally (I think I mentioned) once I start a project, I can't stop until that project is done?! Well---not so much the case this week....I have my nursery things going, a valance for the playroom, a few mei tai's, and whatever else I get the urge to I just get bored with one and go to another. I'll get it all done soon, but I can't stay on just one project for some reason!! I think my sewing machine is gonna bite the dust if I don't chill out. Its not the best in the world......poor thing. LOL Thank God Christmas is right around the corner!! Momma's gettin a new sewing machine!! YAY!
LOL finished the curtain in the playroom, converted an old changing table into a cute little reading bench for the kids (I mean this is an ancient changing table, very sturdy, but unable to be used for a changing table anymore) I spray painted it white and painted circles on it to match the pattern of my fabric...made a cushion for the seat and had the kids help make some cute little pillows---and when I find that stinkin camera charger--grr.... And ordered some more fabric for some mei tai orders......tomorrow I really need to finish the crib bumper and valance for the baby's room and look for that charger!! And clean the kitchen back up and put away the laundry. Did I mention that Friday I brought ALL of the kids' clothes downstairs and sorted through them? I still had things for Gen in size 12-18 months floating around her room...LOL. She is so excited that she can pick out her own clothes now and THEY ALL FIT!! (sad, I know) I have to put Trip's things away for him and decide between having a yard sale or selling on craigslist or something. Am I brave enough to have a yard sale?! LOL May be a good idea for some extra money for the BABY!!!! 

Sorry for my ramblings, once again....I am definitely nesting---maybe I will move from behind the scenes and making things to getting things pretty and clean soon...I always do this. (well, I did with Trip and Gen anyway) In a week or two, all my closets and cabinets will be perfectly organized and neat, I'll have curtains and baby things made, and my house will otherwise be trashed--then I'll move to phase II:putting it all together. I love it!! LOL 

Sorry to I said, I have lost my mind!!! 
::More getting ready for baby news::
The only things I've bought are material for the baby's room and some cloth diapers (bought both around 18-20 weeks I think) and I picked up a gender neutral sleeper and a sweater set a few weeks ago. I can't wait to be able to buy more!! I'm trying to remind myself that I can pace myself as the baby grows and don't need EVERYTHING all at once....hopefully that will cut down on my buying things and forgetting that I even have them!! Right now we need a place for baby to sleep, a carseat, and a few basic newborn things and nursing things....and I want a portable swing. Anything else I have decided I can get creative. They didn't have 20 different bouncy seats and all that stuff way back when. LOL I'm trying to sew a few good slings b/c I'm sure this baby is gonna be with me a LOT. I'm not sure how well I trust older kids and a hardwood floor to a baby in a bouncy seat or swing too much. And trying to convince DH to knit some wool soakers for me....I may cut up some of his old sweaters or take him to Salvation Army with me to look for some good wool sweaters to cut He has a better eye for things like that.
sorry to ramble...LOL

Oh yeah, trying to decide between a basinette, cradle, playpen w/basinette insert, bedside co-sleeper, or one of those co-sleepers that goes on the bed between the parents....any suggestions? I'm leaning more toward the playpen...and I'm thinking of investing in the radian 80 carseats for all 3 of my at a time, of course--but it seems like the best seat for our needs.....any suggestions are welcomed!!! 
I'm getting lazy with my I'm going to post a blog that isn't also posted on my message board soon, I promise!! I just don't like having to re-type things over and over. SO I just copy/paste from here or there...whichever I type first!! LOL

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

11 or so weeks left!! Update on my baby....

**Added 8/21/07 at 10:16 pm  to explain more....
        I just remembered the name--Its called "Fetal Pylectasis" the fancy shmancy name for fluid on the renal pelvic wall (kidneys) in a fetus...
 The types of obstructions it could be are ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) and vesicoureteric reflux.(urinary reflux) for more information, you can google the key words!! LOL ;c)
 There is another one, but I can't remember the name and he said that it would have been obvious on the ultrasound (when the ureters are developing and the cells in the middle of the tube don't "die off" to open the tube up to allow passage during early development)
....he said that it is possible that the baby could have UPJ and urinary reflux...more common in boys. hmm...more reason to think its a boy. Anyway, at this point they want to monitor the fluid levels of both the kidneys and the amniotic fluid, to watch for any change--good or bad. I'm just relieved to have learned so much about it, and even though I don't know exactly whats going to happen yet, I feel so much better (like I know I keep saying) that they're watching closely, and keeping me informed. I do better when things are over-explained to some degree.
I had a little nap and regained proper brain function somewhat. LOL****

I only have about 11 weeks left!! (Could be anywhere from 9-13 weeks, technially) LOL Still don't know the gender..(go me!) And I've been getting the heck kicked out of my ribs!! This baby hardly stops moving---oh, and I noticed definite hiccups today. (YAY!!) Thats another good sign that baby's getting some good lung it was really a relief, read on and you'll see why. :)
I went to a specialist today, for a more detailed ultrasound to get a better look at the baby's kidneys and make sure everything else is okay....
Well, hmm....I don't know where to start!! First of all, they want me to come back to them for a follow-up in 4 weeks (I'll be 33 weeks, then) to see how we're doing with the fluid levels and all that. I also have an u/s with my regular doctor 3 weeks from tomorrow, so thats cool...

It is not considered antenatal hydronephrosis (yet) and hopefully won't get there.  It is called something starting with a p---my brain is not working well right now. For it to be considered hydronephrosis, the fluid on the kidneys has to measure more than 10mm...On our baby, the right kidney's fluid measures 5.3mm and the left measures 6.3mm. Between 20-30 weeks, normal is less than  5mm. They measured anything and everything that might be associated with it. Baby's lungs are exercising away, you could see the little stomach and things moving from the baby "breathing" amniotic fluid. Baby has plenty of fluid in the sac--but this is one thing they want to measure in 4 weeks, the heart is great, and everything else is normal...its just those kidneys. I wish I could remember the name of it!! I'm wiped out--exhausted. They are still concerned with whether the fluid levels will change, so thats why they want to see me again. In 4 weeks, the kidneys could be perfectly normal and everything is fine, or they may be dilated even more, and the amniotic fluid level could be less than normal, so they said being so close to term they would check again to be safe. (Which actually made me feel much better to know that they're watching things closely.)

The doctor said that it raises the risk of down's syndrome or another chromosomal disorder for my age from 1:12000 to 1:800....I asked if he thinks the baby has down's and he said everything else looks normal, so no...but its another thing we'll just have to wait and see. And that my doctor should have told me about the risk of down's when they noticed the kidneys at 20 weeks, so I could do testing then if I chose to. (This confused me, but I wasn't in a fighting mood, so I just left it alone.) If that turns out to be the case, then like we decided when we had the chance to find that out before, we'll deal with it then. It won't change how much we love our child or how special it is....

We got to see the baby in 4D and I did somewhat get a look at the profile. Baby is still head down (has been at each u/s since 20 weeks) and its face is right next to the uterine wall, making views of the profile/face harder. It looks like its kissing the placenta. DH said the baby must have thought "screw this cord thing, I'm going straight to the source!!" LOL He's a goober. We didnt get to measure the brain very well, but from what we could it was fine.  She was going to save the image of the baby on 4D and as soon as she clicked it, the baby turned its head away, so no pictures to show this time. LOL But its gorgeous!!  I'm partial, myself---but it looks perfect! And we saw that the eyes were open. So cute!! The baby was blinking and the times we did see the face, it was making kissy faces, opening and closing the mouth and then puckering up the little lips. It seemed like everytime she got into position to measure something, the baby would find her and push away. LOL It is definitely feet in my ribs.....and the little butt is right next to my belly button. This kid loves to stretch out as far as it can, and thinks I should still be able to make some room for it--but its just gonna have to start moving outward instead of upward and get over it!!

According to the due date, I'm 29 weeks today, but baby was measuring right around 28 weeks, 4-5 days for all measurements which was fine. And weighs 2lb 12oz. 10 fingers and toes,, anyway.....that's what I learned today, and I'll be sure to update in a few weeks when I have my other appointments!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Wow, I wish my camera was working---

Because I have LOTS to share!!!
Trip started school Monday--his first day of Kindergarten....and I didn't even cry!! Not much anyway, and not when he was around. LOL He was so big--didn't want me to walk him in at first because he wanted to be "a big kid" and I had to convince him that everyone's mommy and daddy walks them in the first day. And then he wouldn't let me hold his hand.  And then we get to the class, and he looks in to see if anyone is watching and informs me that I can give him a hug--and even a kiss, since no one is looking. LOL  Then he walked in and found his place with the other kids and didn't even look back!!
Davey took him Tuesday, and then today he rode with Mrs. Casey and Grant. He thought that was pretty cool. :) He's so proud of himself, and I'm SO SO proud of my big, brave boy!!!
And Ms. Genevieve is being homeschooled for 3 year old preschool. She's loving every minute of it!! I'm teaching her and Gracie 3 days a week, and one of the days another little girl who's 2 1/2 is here to learn with them. :) She even calls me "Mrs. Kristen" instead of Mommy when we're having school time. LOL
I started of Monday, with the theme "Getting to know you" and did introductions, rules, etc....went over our abc's and counting to 10, and a few shapes. I took the time to focus on circles because I was going to get them to draw a picture of themselves and told them that we use a circle or an egg shape for our  head.....Gen stops for a minute and cocks her head to the side and says "You know Momma, my head's kind of a square." LOL So....Genna-Clair's picture features a nice big square head and some legs....that's what I get for banning Spongebob. LOL
And I had a Dr. appt today, and another ultrasound. Baby measures right on target, weighs just a little more than 2.5lbs and is very very active. :) HB sounded great! And as for the ultrasound, the kidneys still had excessive fluid on them and also showed some on the pelvic wall--not sure exactly what all that means, but they're sending me to a specialist for a level 3 ultrasound and I'll know more about that in a week or two. This baby is still face-down!! Stubborn booger!! Still unable to get a profile shot, but I did get a good look at that sweet face, again! Oh my goodness the cheeks!! They're so cute and round....and I saw a fat little hand, too. lol I thought it was cute how much cute baby fat this one's already obviously packing on. I bet its another short, chubby baby like Genna-Clair was--and if you've seen Davey's baby picture with those big-ol cheeks and smoochy fat lips, you'd think this u/s picture looked just like him!! And the little smushed up nose. lol I love getting to see my baby every appt. Even if its because of being labeled "high risk", its so nice to get to see that baby change and grow so much already!! I'm so in love!!! 
And I have to do the GTT (Glucose) test Monday, so be praying abput that too!! I have a feeling its gonna be fine. I don't have ANY of the symptoms of Gestational Diabetes like I did with Trip. By now I was getting sick, light-headed, having vision issues, and swelling quite a bit with him. AND I've only gained a pound and a half the last month! YAY!  I know Ive grown quite a bit...and I won't tell you what I weigh, because its quite shocking and I KNOW I don't look like I weigh that much!! LOL Its my butt, my boobs, and my LEGS!! They're huge, but hard as rocks! So I can't complain--I know its mostly muscle and a little water weight. :)

Friday, July 27, 2007

lol--junk in your trunk or ooze in your shoes? (x-post)

This was just posted on a message board that I check regularly, and oh my goodness I almost peed myself reading it. My poor baby was just squished by every laughing muscle I have, and my ribs hurt----lol
100% stolen from another site but hilarious.

Alli is a new over-the-counter weight-loss pill which, predictably enough, has proven to be a massive best-seller from the moment it became available. The drug, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, reportedly works by blocking the absorption of excess fats by the body. And folks are waddling, not walking, to their local drug stores for a chance to start on the Alli "program."

As is the case with most drugs, Alli comes with a risk of certain side effects. Or, as they're known on the company website, treatment effects.

A person is reportedly limited to 15 grams of fat per meal, and if they go over (or even if they don't), there's a significant chance they'll find themselves out behind a shopping center somewhere, crying and clutching a wad of horrifyingly soiled undergarments, searching for a place to ditch it.

As best as I can tell, anyway...

Since a lot of this stuff is couched in language that is technically truthful, but very carefully worded, I've taken it upon myself to go through the list of side (treatment) effects and warnings, and translate it all into layman's terms.

I'm no scientist or doctor, and don't pretend to have any special knowledge. I'm just a person who's fairly good with words and reading between the lines... The highlighted phrases below are direct quotes from the Alli website, with my translations in between marked with **s.

Undigested fat cannot be absorbed and passes through the body naturally. The excess fat is not harmful. In fact, you may recognize it in the toilet as something that looks like the oil on top of a pizza.

**Here the drug makers are trying to soothe the nerves of the skeptical fatty, by speaking their language. Pizza is something fatties understand, and a big part of the reason they're interested in Alli to begin with. Pizza is good, pizza is reassuring… even when it's flowing from your ass like molten lava.

The website mentions seeing the undigested fat in a toilet, but that's clearly a best case scenario. You might also see it on the tops of your shoes, across the hood of a car, or way up the shower curtain, near the loops.

The fat passes out of your body, so you may have bowel changes, known as treatment effects.

**Bowel changes. Notice how they phrase that? It means stuff will be happening the likes of which you could never have imagined. It'll be like a daily Dean Koontz novel inside your underwear.

You may get:

gas with oily spotting

**You'll be farting Wesson oil straight through your Dockers…

loose stools

**and having violent chipped beef explosions...

more frequent stools that may be hard to control

**all the time, with a sphincter that can no longer be counted as a friend.

Eating a low-fat diet lowers the chance of these bowel changes. Limit fat intake in your meals to an average of 15 grams.

**The McDonald's Big Mac has 34 grams of fat, and the Burger King Whopper has 40. Eat either of these while taking Alli, and you'll very likely be transformed into a diarrhea cannon.

Learning how to manage treatment effects is an important part of being successful with alli. Here's how to take control:

Start trimming fat from your diet now, even before you begin taking alli. Then pick a day to begin taking alli, such as a weekend day so you can stay close to home if you experience a treatment effect. Make the timing work for you. If you're getting ready to travel or attend a social event, hold off on starting with alli until the event is over

**Blowing liquid feces down a row of bridesmaids, for instance, could be viewed negatively in certain circles. Further, an unexpected bout of the power-squirts while riding "The Bullet" at the county fair might not ingratiate you with your friends. Or anyone on the fairway. Or the folks in the parking lot walking to their cars.

While no one likes experiencing treatment effects, they might help you think twice about eating questionable fat content. If you think of it like that, alli can act like a security guard for your late-night cravings

**You see, when you think about it, shitting yourself is actually a positive.

You can't "save fat grams" from lunch and "spend them" at dinner. Spread your daily fat gram allowance of 15 grams on average per meal over the whole day

**Cheating can lead to embarrassment, tears, and the introduction of a frantically constructed toilet paper crack-wedge in the bathroom of an Applebee's. It's simply not worth it.

You may feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Until you have a sense of any treatment effects, it's probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work

**Until you get the hang of it, you should probably take along a rolling suitcase full of brown clothes everywhere you go, while taking Alli. Luckily, however, turd-colored clothing is in this season; turd is the new vomit.

**If co-workers ask about it, there is no shame in telling the truth. You might be surprised how understanding folks can be if you simply say, "I dress like this to conceal the poop that's constantly soaking through the seat of my pants."

You may not usually get gassy, but it's a possibility when you take alli. The bathroom is really the best place to go when that happens

**Showboating is not recommended.

You can use a food journal to recognize what foods can lead to treatment effects. For example, writing down what you eat may help you learn that marinara sauce is a better option than Alfredo sauce

**In addition to a handcart full of extra pants designed to camouflage your anal leakage, it might also be a good idea to carry a schematic and information wheel, so you don't repeat past mistakes and have a treatment effect halfway up your back.

I hope this information has proven to be valuable.

wow, being pregnant and having friends obviously does not work!!

I'm feeling all blah tonight. My husband is gone for the night--more soccer stuff. He just called me and he's with two of his good guy friends at Buffalo Wild Wings having a good time watching the game--my mom and dad are in Dover, Delaware so I can't go hang out with them like a good daughter....and everyone else is otherwise occupied with their much cooler, less pregnant friends. I do mean everyone. I wouldn't just single out one or two. lol I just kinda feel stuck here and feeling like a loser. My own kids dont want to spend time with me. Its just me and the computer and this house, pretty much. I'm letting tweedle dee and tweedle dum play since they're being so sweet. But they made it very clear that even they don't want me interfering. When did I become yesterday's dirty socks?  Anyway, I do have better things to do than dwell on this--off to do some laundry-speaking of dirty socks--and clean the kitchen and maybe take a long shower to drown my craziness. I wish so badly that I could drink it all away....but that day will come, too. One day I'll be cool enough to talk to again. Until then I'll just be here! It seems like anytime I try NOT to be negative, the negative hunts me down and beats me into submission. I pray about it, I try to do something about it, but its got me by the throat just dragging me along. Ever felt that way? Oh! And one other thing--we all have our issues and things--just for future reference, I HATE "keep things pretty, sugar-coated" conversations.....k? Mood swings? maybe....probably not tho....just feeling like....this.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

baby names

Well I said before that if this baby is a boy, its name would be Davin---Davey decided he doesn't really like that name very much and gave me a really good reason why, so I've decided that its okay NOT to use that name....
A little girl will be Ella or Ellie, and I'm keeping the name we've chosen for a boy kinda quiet except to close friends and relatives that I can trust not to say ugly things....
As far as my immediate family (mom dad siblings etc...) the baby will be Harry or Sue. lol I'm not telling them another thing because they've been so rude about it. Its my baby and if I want to name it Prudence or Darwin or Nancy or John or whatever,  I will! (I don't like those names,
In other words....people need to keep their comments to themselves. just like with TRIP I will call my child what I want to, like it or not.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

update today's ultrasound @ 24 weeks

I had a follow-up ultrasound at my appt today to check the baby's dilated kidneys I think I posted about in a previous blog....
Well, we didn't get a single good picture, because baby is head-down and face-down and refused to turn for us, so we could see either the face or the profile, so I didn't bother to ask for a picture.

Also, the kidneys are dilated still, and a little more than last time but they said that it is not severe yet--and that they'll continue to do u/s at each appt to monitor it. Dr. said I'm in great shape, staying well hydrated and gained 15lbs. My bp was normal, and everything looked good!

Baby's hb was 148bpm, and I forgot to ask how long he/she is and the weight...I can tell you this baby's grown a BUNCH tho!! I'm finally feeling those nice big kicks that give me crazy indigestion now. lol

I'm trying not to worry...."Do not be anxious about anything..." I'm gonna have to write that on some index cards and hang them around to remind me....I just feel like there should be something I can do to make this not get to a severe point, or something--I guess I'm spoiled having two children who have had no real medical this little one is making me worry a lot. Plus, not knowing the sex and this baby not letting us get a good look at its face is making it kinda hard for me...I want to get to know this baby like I did the others, and kinda have a face to go with the little movements I'm feeling. I mean, I have a crazy bond with this one already, there's just something about getting to look at that profile and imagine what your baby is gonna look like, and knowing that you already know that curve of the chin and the shape of the nose, I did with the other two. This has been just a different, extra special surprising experience altogether.  The baby wants to remain a mystery just like it was from the very beginning! How DO you get pregnant on birth control? I'm a walking billboard for it!!! lol
Okay, so now I'm rambling but Davey isn't here for me to spill it all to so you're stuck reading it. 

BTW the u/s tech said she wouldn't be able to see the sex if we wanted to anyway, b/c the baby also had its legs crossed!!! Silly baby!! I guess its bashful. 

If you can't tell, I'm kinda down and making myself be positive and up-beat.
I need some ice cream, STAT!

Friday, June 22, 2007

outline of ultrasound photo

This is for anyone who could not decide what the ultasound photo was supposed to be I have (not very well) outlined the head, eyes, nose, and mouth, and a little foot, and the other thing is either the umbilical cord or an arm reaching up to suck its thumb....

And here is the ultrasound photo without the drawings...

Do you see it now? Love you all!!!
~Kristen the smarty pants. :P

Look how we've grown. :) u/s pic too...

Look!! Here's the baby's face. We didn't get a really good picture, like I said--because this baby was very comfortable facing the way it was...and was NOT going to turn for us! Anyway, I think it looks a lot like Davey. Sorry, its kinda blurry--

And here is my belly:
at 10 weeks, 3 days and at 20 weeks, 3 days

Aww!! I think my butt got bigger more than my belly did. lol look at that round thang!! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Guess what! We're having a.......

BABY!!!!! LOL  had you goin, huh? haha
Big u/s was today, and everything was good--but they said the kidneys look a little dilated (a little fluid on them) and they want to do a follow-up scan in 4 weeks. I'm kinda worried---but they assured me that its nothing life-threatening. The worst that could happen is that it would cause a "kink" in the little tubes and baby would have to have surgery to straighten them out. I'm making myself think positive that everything is going to be FINE!!!

I was disappointed that we didn't get a very good picture. I have a very comfortable, lazy or stubborn--however you want to look at it--baby. We could not get this baby to turn for a profile view! Its a little ham!! Just wanted to look straight at us the whole time! (lol, I know its not really looking at the wand thingy) That was the way it was with my 12 week u/s!! Hopefully when we go back we can get some better pictures.

And I stayed strong and didn't ask the gender, but I'm thinking boy--we'll see!! The shape of the face and the way the eyes are set, width of the nose, and all looks just like DH. The other two had round little heads, this one's is kinda oval-shaped like my husband.  Anyway, I'm soo excited!!!!
Can't wait to meet this little sprout!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

half way today!! (20 weeks)

YAY!! And I'm not a huge cow like I thought I'd be!! lol I'll try to find my memory stick so I can post a picture later. :)
The big ultrasound is tomorrow--I'm worried. ;) That they're gonna slip up and tell us the gender!! It wouldn't be the end of the world, but---I really want to wait!! Its so great now, knowing that this little baby is starting to respond to our voices. Genna-Clair makes the baby kick like machine-gun action, and Trip makes the baby roll...its really strange! And of course, if the baby has been kicking and then Davey starts talking, it gets really really still, like it doesn't want to miss a word. lol Its happened enough times now to know that its a response to them. Crazy, isn't it?
I've been really tired and un-motivated lately. Kinda feeling like a loser. I want to clean my house and do things with my kids, but I can't find the energy to do it!! I mean, a week ago I could--and then a bunch of CRAP happened, and then Gen got her tonsils out---I think it has a lot to do with taking care of her all hours of the night, and then knowing I don't have anything or anyone to get up and do things for besides my kids and they'll sleep in as long as I do! And I'm complaining!! lol I've GOT to find something to do or another kid to keep, and I've GOT to quit being so lazy or I AM going to be huge!!!
Anyway, Genna-Clair is doing better. She still wakes up crying because she wants her tonsils back-lol. She'll be fine all day, and then around 8 she's exhausted and says she hurts--so I give her some medicine and like 30 minutes later, she gets this second wind! I've tried everything to get her to just go back to bed and go to sleep, but it never fails--she's up till 11, then up again at 3, and 6, and up for the day at 8. And my dear husband does not understand the importance of his pregnant wife getting sleep, these days! Trip has been great!! He does some things that make me question his intelligence, but he's a 5-year-old boy, and that's just what they do!!
Maybe I'll post some more later--for now, I smell something that needs to be cleaned or I'm gonna be sick. ugh--

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

tonsillectomy and adenoids too!!

Well, Genna-Clair had her surgery this morning. She was a little champ, so happy and thoroughly distracted as long as we were holding her, giving kisses or tickle bugs, and reading books. Then they took her to the holding area to prepare for surgery. She was okay, then they came in and the anesthesiologist talked to her and they put a blue cap on her head, and a nurse wrapped her in her blanket, took her and her teddy bear and her lovie blanket(a burp cloth with a colorful ribbon and the letter G sewn onto it) and took them to get their tonsils out. Thats when she started crying. It was so sad!! By the time we got back to her room, they called down and told us that she did well with the anesthesia and that they were starting surgery!! About an hour or so later, they brought her back on her bed, with a nurse holding her to comfort her. Then they handed her off to me, and she lost it!! She was so sad that they had taken her away from her mommy--to the slaughter--and now she got to have me back and she was in so much pain!! Luckily I was able to console her and got her to drink some apple juice so they could take out the IV. She was terrified of the IV. about 2 hours later after 2 cups of apple juice and some orange yogurt, she was released to go home!!
She was exhausted!! She didn't go to bed till nearly 11 last night--we let her stay up to have some chocolate milk and a snack, since she couldn't eat or drink anything after midnight--and then she got up and 5 and was going non-stop till her surgery around 8 am! She's just been snoozing since we got home, and every time she opens her eyes I try to encourage her to get a few sips of a drink and eat something. The idea that she'll have to go back to the hospital and get an IV has been good leverage for making sure she stays hydrated and has something in her tummy. (I know, I'm mean.) I feel so bad for her! She said "I want them to put my tonsils back so I sound like Genna-Clair again!" She seriously sounds like she swallowed a balloon full of helium! lol Its just hard for her to really talk so she's using her higher registers to get a sound out. I know everything has to be soo unbelievably sore. After a breathing tube and someone cutting things out of your throat!! OUCH!!! She says her lips hurt, too--I'm sure from when they had to hyper-extend her jaw. My poor baby girl. I'm just praying that tonight is easier than what I'm expecting---and I know that tomorrow is going to be the real trial. I just hate that since she's so little she can get dehydrated and malnourished so easily.
Trip just went to church with Davey. He was so glad to get out of the house and to do something with one of us by himself. He doesn't really get it that his baby sister is in so much pain. I think he feels like he's being neglected.
Anyway, my tummy's rumbling and #3 is demanding some attention!! lol Speaking of the little sprout, when I put Genna-Clair on my lap after her surgery and was holding her, she was screaming and the baby was going nuts!! I love that he/she can hear things now, and I'll bet the pressure from her lying on me wasn't making little sprout too happy! lol I felt all kinds of pushing and poking and then once she calmed down, we got a few more little pushes and then things settled down in there, too. =) Gen liked me telling her that the baby was worried about its big sister!! Too sweet!!


Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Davin or Ellie?

Which will it be?! lol--you're all just gonna have to wait because its a SURPRISE!! :)
I'm having a really really hard time coming up with a good name for a little girl--you know, just in case. But we already know a little boy will be Davin!!(like Gavin with a D) possibly spelled Daven ... We've known that since Genevieve was on the way. :)
I'm thinking I kinda like Davyn for a girl, too---of course with the different spelling. But baby's daddy likes Elenore....or Ellie. I really do like it too. (see the cd at the bottom of the blog) David, Genevieve, and Elenore. lol (Trip, Genna-Clair, and Ellie or Davin) We also kinda sorta like Miriam...but we would just call her Miriam, NO NIC-NAME. lol
Let's cross our fingers for a boy, shall we?! lol
18 weeks and counting!
Currently listening:
Elenore: 30 Years of Rock 'n Roll
By The Turtles
Release date: 26 September, 1995

Monday, May 28, 2007

Worn out--

Well, I did the state division 1 soccer tournament this weekend and refereed 9 games total, including a bracket A (best of the best) u-12 girls final. I am WORN OUT. Division 1 is the top teams--U-12s don't play like U-12's, they play more like U-16's!!! They're fast, highly competitive, and very very physical... There isn't a muscle that isn't sore. Even my face hurts when I smile!! I was fine yesterday, but then after getting some sleep and all I woke up and could hardly walk down the stairs!! lol. Not to worry tho, little "Sprout" is kicking and rolling happily--I've stayed really active the entire 16 and a half weeks and had approval from my doc to do so. ;)
 I just didn't think I'd be SO sore!!! And yes, having a baby is one of the most exciting things EVER--but I'm missing out on premier league, regionals, odp, my chance to upgrade, and the first few months of reffing high school!! There's ALWAYS next year!!!! :) I LOVE SOCCER!!!!!!!! It easily becomes an addiction. ;)

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Kindergarten Registration...

Is Monday, May 7th---And I don't wanna send my baby to big school!!!
This is part of the reason I wanted to homeschool---so I could keep him
 a little longer. :) Which is kinda selfish, but....I worked in the school
 and know what kinda heathen kids sometimes go there. I just pray
Trip will be a positive influence, rather than being negatively influenced.
 He wants to go to school, and he'll be one of the older ones there, and
he's a really strong learner---so I'm letting him go. "Letting him go"
and I know it won't be the last time. Starting new chapters is scary,

I almost feel like God is giving us the new baby to give me someone
else to worry about, so I don't focus it all on my Tripper going to
Kindergarten, and Genevieve going to preschool---He knows I'll go
crazy without a little one at home. lol. Maybe! Or maybe He just saw
the perfect timing, when we didn't! Oh geez, at first I was upset---
What in the world are we gonna do with a new baby?!---
and then things just started falling into place!
See---I'm trying to change the subject so I don't have to focus on
sending my baby into the big, big world. I'm a sappy sentimental lunatic.
Just thought I'd share!! :)
Currently listening:
By Danny Elfman
Release date: 27 March, 2007

Monday, April 30, 2007

The year of THREES::

April 30, 2007 - Monday 
Shrek the Third, Spiderman 3, Pirates of the Carribean 3, etc..
...they're everywhere!!

SURPRISE!! We're having a Third, too!! Due November 6, 2007.
Trip is not thrilled that this one is due on his birthday, but we
weren't exactly expecting this, either!! But we are soooooo
happy!! :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

So Excited!! We're.....


Just thought I'd let everyone know. :) I'm a real grown up now. :P Sorta. We're still gonna be in the same neighborhood as Davey's parents, but THANK GOD in our own lovely home! AGAIN. 11 months. That's how long we've endured staying there. Blah. And now we're finally out! I'm only a little bit too excited. LOL I can't wait till tomorrow, when we finally close on our new house!! Easter is gonna be so fun this year, in a big back yard....and summer, and everything! I'm SO excited!!! YAY!!!!!!!!! :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Genevieve Clair Lorraine will be 3 in 6.5 hours

At 6:13am March 14, 2007---she will officially be 3 years old. And she is being just as obnoxious and unsettled tonight as she was the night I went into labor. And I remember feeling like I. JUST. WANT. TO. SLEEP!!!! And I couldnt, because this little girl was pushing and prodding her way to being born. And now I can't because the same little girl is pushing and prodding and fighting her Daddy because she doesn't want to go to sleep! She is soooo sleepy, and sooooooooooooo stubborn! I'm just kind of in shock that she's so big! Where has the time gone?! And why is she so stinkin stubborn!! LOL
She has big plans for her birthday. We're hoping it doesn't rain tomorrow. She told me one week ago, that she wanted to go to the zoo, then eat lunch at chik-fil-a and have ice cream! So we're supposed to do just that with a few of her friends. She's so excited, and I'm sure that's one reason she doesn't want to go to sleep.
She's also having a "Princess Party" this weekend. :)
I'll make sure I post some pictures! :)

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Bloggity blog blog blog.....

My first blog---I guess I must be bored. My kids are running around wearing boxer shorts. (a 5 year old boy and an almost 3 year old girl) LOL they are a joy. It's almost 2pm, Sunday. I need to stop being so lazy, and make lunch! The computer drags me in. The rythmic tapping of the keyboard as my thoughts turn into words....*sigh*
I have to break away for a while...this is the first of many posts. :) I promise!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Pull the string as I walk away...

Unraveled. that's how i feel sometimes. Like there's always someone at the other end of the string, just waiting for me to let down my guard and pull. Like when you've worked so hard on this intricate pattern of crochet, found the most lucious, beautiful yarn--a true work of art. And then some careless person walks past, as your work falls to the floor. Wraps around the ankle, as if trying to hold itself together....that person just keeps moving in their own direction, not once giving thought to all the time and energy you just poured into this creation. And then it begins...stitch by stitch, coming apart. Turning back into just threads. Just pieces. Unraveled.

Friday, January 5, 2007

children NEED to play!! Just another way to prove my point. :)

Boosting intelligence among poor is child's play - Yahoo! News

The Best Teacher

Well, in our house...I teach Trip. But the best teacher for Genna-Clair is definitely her older brother. I've been working with her most of the day to write the letter "G" and to recognize the rest of the letters in her name. She's catching on pretty well. Writing over and over again a circle with a line going through it, or a "U" shape with a line in it. She's understanding the basic concept. I don't expect her to get it today, by any means...but practice makes perfect, and the more times they see it or hear it, the better they grasp it. She recognizes her name, "Genna" or "Genna-Clair" when it's written, which is awesome!
Anyway, Trip got home from school and asked Gen if she wanted to play school. She told him she was learning to write her name. So...he wrote it down. She pointed to each letter and said, "G-E-N-N-A". YAY!!!! She got a sticker. He wrote only the letter "G". She repeated it. Almost just like his, a little crooked, but impressive! THEN She made "E" and "N"!!!!!
Obviously, children learn a lot from their older siblings, and children learn best when they're playing, and they are more willing to try something new if they think another kid close to them can do it already.
I love being a mommy!!! :)