Thanks Rachael and Sandy! Josh maintains that he has known all along he was having a brother so he was no more excited than usual, LOL! I am excited that Josh will get to have a brotherly bond and that we will save on clothes since we kept everything for the past nearly 5 years Since these two will be born in opposite seasons (Josh was July, this one will be December), we'll have fun buying itty bitty clothes for the first few months or seasons---but I bet once the 12 mo. clothes come out the seasons will be evening out a little. Here in Texas the winters are so short that 75-80% of everything we buy is short sleeves and shorts. I'm thinking that except for the first winter of this baby's life we should be good to go on clothes.
13 wks, 2 days
Everything is going along great! I'm feeling pretty good, less nauseous, haven't thrown up in days, and I'm ready to ease on into the 2nd trimester pretty soon! We're all settled on the name, Jonah West. Love it! West was my grandmother's maiden name that just recently passed away. It is also my dad's middle name and my brother's middle name. I'm great with using it because it hasn't been used on this generation yet. My brother has a step son and is ADAMENT with a capital "A" that he does not want any kids of his own , so I wasn't worried that he might want to use it instead.
Josh is doing super fantastic at his swimming lessons this week. His coach told me he's the best in his class and if he could only have time to work with him one on one he'd be really swimming in no time. There are 3 kids in his class and one of them is only 2 yrs old so honestly the coach spends more than the allotted 1/3 of class time tending to her. I bet if I enroll him in lessons around September/October (it's an indoor pool) there will be way less kids in the class and they can really work with him individually.
Ooh, it's been a bit since I updated I've been getting prepared as I've got to co-teach a class tomorrow in front of a large group of people at work and there has been a lot of reading and studying to get ready for the presentation.
Tonight we went to the pool, including DH! I couldn't believe it! Normally if DS and I want to do anything fun we just do it with just the two of us because I've all but given up on asking DH to go to a movie or the pool with us. But tonight I told him we were going to go and the next thing I knew he was getting into his swimming trunks. I haven't been so surprised in a very long time. It was fun and Josh was apprehensive at first about swimming but after a while he was plopping under the water without holding his nose and kicking those legs and flailing those arms. I was so very very proud of him and bet he'll be really swimming great by next summer if we keep working with him this summer and keep him in lessons a few times in the fall/winter/spring.
Let's see....today is 14 wks 2 days. I keep thinking I feel fluttering and it's more and more often but not all the time. If I'm laying really still or sometimes sitting really still I feel it. I went to Old Navy to get a pair of maternity pants today and purchased our first baby item. I came across the softest pair of footed pj's with long sleeves in size 0-3 for $2.97. I couldn't help myself. Yes, they're baby blue. Worst case scenario the early u/s was wrong and we end up with a girl. Who says it's illegal to use a blue pair of jammies? Nobody, that's who. They don't have anything "boyish" on them---no prints at all, just a solid baby blue with a teeny tiny pocket in the chest area and snaps down the front and 1 leg. I used to love using those on Josh. AND, even if it is a girl, there will be plenty of pj hand-me-downs that are green, yellow, and blue that she will be using anyways. When I was growing up I used to think it was the neatest thing to inherit my older brother's play clothes, so maybe that's why I think that way.
My mom and grandmother spent the night at my house last night since my DH, my dad, and my brother all went to the farm overnight. It was fun---we all went to the community pool around 8PM and Josh swam like a little fish for an hour. Then we just visited (in between me doing 900 loads of laundry) until we couldn't hold our eyes open and everybody went to bed around 11:30PM. Josh was so tired he was almost excited to go to bed, LOL!
This evening Josh and I went to the park together and I'm about to deposit him into the bath tub as he is entirely filthy and sweaty. We met a very nice neighbor that has a daughter about 7 months younger than Josh and also an 8 month old daughter. She was telling me how neat it is to have 2 kids of the same gender so that made me excited.
DH came home this evening and fixed dinner all on his own, which was very nice (even if he didn't clean up AT ALL and it messed up my kitchen that I'd had all perfectly clean) of him. He made buffalo spaghetti and cheesy garlic bread. I had made some cucumber and onion salad this morning and when he got home he had a huge bowl of that too. Yum. Me thinks I will never grow tired of eating onions or garlic. They really are my favorite foods. Well, I'm showing signs of crashing soon and still have 1 bath to dole out to I've gotta cut my journaling short tonight!
I went to the grocery store today and for about the second time in history DS decided he wanted to stay home instead of go with me. Of course I came home to find out that while I was gone DS had somehow gone upstairs into a guest room that he NEVER goes in, opened the closet, and found all of his birthday presents. I cannot remember a time where I have been more hacked off. It turns out that DH had picked this particular day to make DS nap upstairs but didn't stick around to make sure he was actually asleep. I guess he was just trying to occupy himself quietly so as not to alert DH he was not sleeping.
The bad news is he saw his Incredible Hulk Operation game and his Take Along Castle. The good news is that because everything besides the Take Along Castle was up on the top shelf and still in the sacks from the store, he couldn't see everything and could only see the top of the Hulk game. So he knows he's getting a Hulk game but doesn't know what it is exactly and he knows all about the Take Along Castle since that was on the closet floor hidden under the dance, dance revolution mat.
We're supposed to go see the new Hulk movie in an hour. My better judgment says it's PG13 for a reason and DS is too young to go. DH said he's looked at the clips and such and thinks it will be OK.
Tomorrow is my next OB appt. I haven't even weighed myself this pregnancy except at the doc's office so I hope my weight is OK. At the grocery store today I bought something that is strictly off limits for me----dried cherries. Shhhhh, don't tell anybody! Dried cherries are one of my most favorite things to eat in the world. Problem is that they cause major intestinal distress, LOL, so my family (and myself too) would prefer not to have me be near them. I just got finished eating a handful so they should kick in about the time we get all set at the movies!!!! I can eat any other dried fruit, including raisins and craisins, but the dried cherries just don't agree with me at all.
This morning's doc appt went fantastic! I haven't gained an ounce (let's be perfectly honest and say I was about 20-30 pounds overweight before I got pregnant) since I got pregnant! That's something, right?! The baby's heart beat came up straight away when she put the doppler on my belly and she said it sounds perfect. I scheduled my next ultrasound for 4 weeks from today and then I'll go back a week after that to have my next checkup with the doctor. Apparently the sonographer will be doing my u/s instead of the doctor this time.
Also I have really been feeling baby Jonah be-bopping around in there this week! At first I really thought it was gas (and the dried cherries, LOL) but now it is unmistakably the bop-bop-bop of some very busy feet! It's great! A constant confirmation that all is well in there
I'm back from my business trip of 2 days and so glad to be home. I drove myself to and from Austin, which is 3 1/2 hours from here. You'd be laughing hysterically if you only knew that I'm a habitual passenger for a reason---I am directionally challenged and get all flustery behind the wheel in unfamiliar territory.
What's worse is that on Wednesday when I woke up at 5AM to leave, I talked to Josh for just a minute as I was getting ready to walk out by 7AM and he said his tummy wasn't feeling its best. Uh oh. If you are a reader of this journal you will know that while he is the healthiest child without colds and coughs and allergies, he is prone to the stomach bug. If he's going to get sick, that's what he gets.
Sure enough by Wednesday night as I'm hours away, DH tells me that he's got a fever and is sluggish. FANTASTIC. I have every confidence that DH will do fine with him but I really want to be there for my sick child. Not holed up at the Holiday Inn Express staring at some blaringly yellow walls. So I could not sleep all night long thinking about all this "dry drowning" business. DH had taken Josh to the pool earlier in the evening before discovering said fever So with fever and sluggishness I was petrified over it.
The one good nugget was that I did get to watch a movie in the hotel with Colin Firth in it I was all snuggled in bed by 9PM chatting with my dad and then with DH while watching Colin. That part was nice.
I arrived home this afternoon to a sick little boy. By 6:30 his fever was 103.6 fever taken axially. Sent me into a tailspin and we got it back under control with some tylenol and cool washcloths, but not before he barfed in the bed. Well, to my credit I had an instinct he was going to do it and went to get the trash bucket. It was already by the bed so when I saw him start to go I caught most of it. My pillow and the bed sheets did have to be washed though. The bad part was he threw up only 11 minutes after taking the tylenol so I couldn't be sure how much he was able to absorb of the medicine. I just kept monitoring his temp every 10 minutes or so and it went down to 101.6 after a while. Once it went back to 102 I gave him some motrin and he's sleeping now. Poor little guy.
We had Josh's b-day party this afternoon and it turned out super! We did it at a local wildlife sanctuary and they were fantastic with the whole group of 5 yr olds (9 boys and 1 girl).
Before the party started the guide took Josh and DH over to let them see the different animals and have Josh decide which ones he wanted to have presented at the party. He chose a baby snake (looked like a coral snake but wasn't) from somewhere out West and a big blue-tongued skink from Australia. All the kids got to learn about them and touch them.
After a good hand-scrubbing for all and a trip to the potty with 10 kids we headed out on a nature trail hike and that was amazing. I have never before seen bigger trees. I really was stressed over how hot it is here in Texas right now and with my past heat strokes and me being nearly 18 wks pregnant I made sure to drink lots of water and gatorade. It turned out fine! Everybody was sweaty and stinky at the end but the walk was beautiful and we had lots of shelter from the sun being so deep in the trees.
Afterwards back to the indoor party room for cake and dirt cups. I made an inchworm/caterpillar cake that stood up as he was inching along and then dirt cups with gummy worms hanging out. Both were tasty. (I think the dirt cups went over esp. well since 1 mom asked me for the recipe and 1 dad ate two cups, LOL!)
Then presents, distribution of goodie bags, a quick trip through the museum gift shop and the party was over. It went by really quick and everyone had a great time!
I'm sure me writing this down will come back to bite me but I got on the scale today to find I haven't gained any weight since the start of my pregnancy. In fact, I have lost a couple pounds. I think this is because I didn't feel my best in the 1st trimester and I just haven't been really hungry in the 2nd. When I am hungry, I get full much quicker than normal, so that's probably why I've dropped a few pounds. I was overweight to start and I'm NOT dieting so I feel like I'm doing good. Well, I take back that I'm not hungry. I eat a small amount of food all through the day instead of having just a few big meals like usual. So when I DO sit down for a meal, I drink a glass of water before I start since I'm always so thirsty now, eat about 1 fajita, and then I'm full.
My first week of having a new boss at work and a new partner (there are 2 of us on the same team that have the same title and I've been working by myself for the two previous weeks, ugh) has come and gone. It is so very different for me but I'm sure I'll adjust. I've had both female and male bosses and I have to say I just do better working for a man. Not for any particular reason but it's just my preference. So it'll take getting used to switching from a male boss to a female.
I did some teaching this week here locally so that at least was something fun and different to do and got me out of the daily routine of my usual stuff. The attorney that co-taught the class with me sent a very complimentary e-mail to my boss, who sent it on to her boss, who wrote me a complimentary e-mail himself. So, that was warm and fuzzy and will give me something to have going for me during my next performance review. For the next 3 weeks I'm traveling 1 night a week overnight to teach around the great State of Texas. One of those trips I talked DH into going on with me and my brother will watch Josh, so even though it's business, we can have a night together to do whatever we want before I teach the following day and it'll do us some good to have some couple time.
Switching gears---let's talk about ants. I got up this morning to find a trail of fire ants marching across the entire length of our kitchen counter like they own the place. We had decided to cancel the quarterly bug visits because I'm funny about chemicals and stuff and with us TTC I just felt like I didn't want to run the risk. And even with our newly acquired army in the kitchen, I stand by that decision. So I spent FOREVER online this morning trying to find a bug guy that uses all organic pest control and can use the tubing system we have built into the walls of our house instead of spraying stuff inside our home. I finally found a guy that lives about 45 minutes away and he said he doesn't drive as far as we are to service our area. However, he decided to make an exception and drive out here because I told him that there is nobody in the area that uses organic pest control and our whole neighborhood has the bug tubes built into our walls so it might be worth the trip to get a bunch of business from my neighborhood. He even said that for every 2 neighbors that call him he'll give us 1 free bug servicing! I already called 1 person that will be giving him a buzz (lol). We do have some all-natural orange oil counter spray that's safe to use in the kitchen to deter the ants in the meantime until he can come on Wednesday.
To end this novel, I'll say I made the best pot of cauliflower soup tonight---it really hit the spot. I better go put the leftovers into the fridge lest i have a trail of ants marching up trying to get into the goods.