sorry, got interrupted mid-post.
Amanda - I really hope your dad starts to improve soon. :bighug:
AFM: I started making some newborn size pocket diapers. They're pretty easy and so adorable. I used up my scraps and have to find a chance to go out and get more material. I also found a great deal on the only type of diapers which both fit Oliver and consistently stay on him (some cloth since he takes off all the disposables unless I put a cloth diaper cover over, which is a pain). Hopefully those will tide us over until he PTs. He still won't pee in the potty or toilet, only on the floor.
DH is in Boston today (for work, not the marathon.) thankfully I just heard from him, finally (after 90 minutes). Whew. Scary afternoon. No idea when he'll get out of there, but at least he's okay.
ETA: 7pm and he's still stuck. He seems content and is getting work done, but I'm going nuts. I just want him home!
Virginia - Hope your DH gets home soon. Glad he's okay. How nerve-wrecking.
Ashley - That sounds like a sucky flight, haha. At least it's over.
Amanda - Sorry no progress with your dad. I hope things change soon.
Katie - Glad the Disney thing was enjoyable. I need to find more fun stuff like that for the boys. They have stuff in the theaters and venues downtown all the time and I never hear about them until they're done and I'm seeing people's pics of them on facebook, haha. I need to be better about seeking them out.
AFM - Lots to share today. First, we went and visited the preschool we'll likely send Sean to in the fall. It seemed really nice. It's really one big room, but they have it partitioned off into classrooms where they learn math, science, art, etc. It was really cute. Sean got a bit stressed/shy in there and wanted me to hold him and wanted to hide his face. I think he'll come around once he has a few real days there to get settled in and get familiar with the other kids. I think he was a bit overwhelmed.
The trip there was stressful... Sean started sorta whining like something was wrong when we were driving down the highway. He held out his hand and I could see that something was wrong, but his seat is in the very back of the van now, so I couldn't tell for sure. It looked all scraped up or like it had a big rash on it. I was asking him what happened to his hand when his nose started POURING blood. WTF?!? Scared the CRAP out of me. I was trying to get DH just to pull over, but he wouldn't, so I was panicking. So he hit the next exit and we got the nose situation under control, but omg, I was stressed out after that.
After that, we drove around to a few more properties that are for sale to find a place to build. We still like one we found on Saturday, so we went back to it today. It's 5 acres in quite a rural area. It is reasonably flat and clear, and looks good for building. It does have a nice border of trees around it for privacy. I'm enthusiastic about it, but at the same time I'm nervous because we were excited about this house and it has been a hell hole. We're mostly worried about having to dig a well and not being able to hit water (my uncle, for example, dug 200-ft only to hit SALT water... wow). Anyway, the price is very good (almost enough to make us question if something is wrong with it, ya know?). We're talking to a realtor about it. I want my contractor (my uncle, haha) to look at it and see what he thinks. Hopefully we can do that next week.
And in baby news... WOW. Well, NST went great today. The nurse commented that I must have a well-functioning placenta because he's always very active. Now to the crappy news......... My ultrasound. My fluid was on the low end of normal. She said my AFI was 9. The bottom end of normal is 8. I wasn't too concerned about it because I was at a 3 when I was induced with Calvin, but it had dropped from a 12 just two to three weeks ago. I thought that was the worst of my concerns and I thought that wasn't too bad. But then.... I started checking the baby's weight percentile on fetal growth charts. The whole reason we're doing all these u/s's is to check for intrauterine growth restriction due to the BP. I found the definition of IUGR as fetal weight estimated at less than 10th percentile. Baby has been running about 30th percentile, so smallish but not bad at all. His weight today was estimated at 5 lbs even. On two different charts, that equates to 8th percentile. 8th!! I know my doc quite well after 3 pregnancies, and I'll bet money that he'll want to be delivering the baby next week. Guaranteed. I'm going to try to hold him off until the following week (afterall, my NST's are going great). But then again, with the way my body has been gearing up lately, it might be a moot point. Little man might decide to come on his own. Who knows...
Mary - GL with everything. I hope Sean likes the preschool. Alex has been going since Sept and loves it. The property sounds awesome. I want 5 acres in a rural place. With trees! We have no trees at all right now. As for baby stuff. Wow. Honestly, with the pain you described I bet you were dilating some. I hope if baby needs to come out he does it on his own. Did you ask the doc about the weight or the fluid? When is your appointment? I think 5lbs sounds find for 36 weeks. Is that seriously the 8th percentile? I just looked at a couple and they had 4.5lbs as the 10th percentile. :shrug: good luck.
AFM: hopefully DH will be home within the hour.
Hopefully the charts I was looking at were skewed a bit. I didn't think 5lb sounded bad either until I went looking at those charts. 4.5 lbs sounds much worse. My appointment is Wednesday, so we'll see what he has to say about it then. It's at 4pm that day. I guess he'll be able to tell me if I made any progress in the cervix department too. I hope so. Last week, he said it was still closed, but was soft.
Hey all! Marking my spot! I keep falling behind and it is SO hard to keep up with you guys sometimes!! Life got kind of crazy for a few weeks when we put our house on the market, but showings have slowed down, thankfully. I mean, I really want to sell this house, but I REALLY needed a break from the showings! It was a constant cycle of making sure the house was in sparkling, perfect condition (impossible with two children), and then shuffling me and the kids around to get out of the house for the allotted time. We've had some really rude people show up early/stay late (affecting nap and mealtimes), so I've started putting my foot down and making sure the appointment times suit OUR needs. Screw 'em.
Anyone know anyone running in the Marathon? My coworker ran it! Fortunately, I heard from someone else that he was actually done and on his way out of the city when it happened. So that is good! So freaking scary.
In other news, my 9.5 month old is walking!!!
Okay, I will be back for personals!! Just wanted to let y'all know I was still alive. Well, I'm sure you knew, since I'm friends with you guys on FB.
Jen - thankfully I didn't know anyone running. My sister had some friends running, but they're fine and thankfully she didn't go to cheer them on. DH was in the city for work and was a couple of blocks away. He's fine.
My sister's fiance works for New Balance and was there about 100 m from the explosions. He is fine but said it was very scary. I think the kind of scary that just shakes you ya know? Lovely day great race then chaos But he is safe and we're all very thankful. I'm also thankful my sister couldn't get off to go with him. She typical does for big events b/c he gets a great spot up close (hence right near the explosions) but they just got back from a week in Napa and she couldn't leave her firm (she's an attorney). I'm glad she was in NYC.
Mary - I hope you can bake the little guy longer 5lb is like 1/2 a baby in my world Aww Sean in school so crazy!
Virginia - glad your dh is safe!
Amanda - it was by Disney, I think maybe more geared to little kids than an on Ice thing but perfect for my boys. Still thinking of your dad
Work is busy and I've been running like mad!
Glad to hear all of you who were near the Boston area (or know someone who was) are safe!!
Jen: GL with your early walker! Dane was 10 months and they are crazy. I much preferred later walking As for showing your house, after a few times getting interrupted with the kids, I'd put my foot down too. People need to consider the fact that SOMEONE does live there still!
Mary: yikes, I hope you can hold the doc off another week just to see if things progress on their own assuming the fluid remains where it is. Stressful Hope Sean enjoys preschool and ick to the random bloody nose in the car!
Virginia: GL with the diapers. Glad to hear your DH is okay!
Amanda: hope you enjoyed your quiet weekend
33 week doc appointment today. This is suddenly getting very real :eek: Crazy, crazy.
Virginia - You should post some pics of your diapers. I used the Bumgenius one sized diapers on Nat but they didn't do so well on a tiny new born.
Glad your DH was ok, I would be worried too.
Mary - Glad you found a preschool, my kids took about a week to adjust.
Good luck with finding land for a good deal. My BFF just finished building a house and what a nightmare, mainly with the contractor so it's great you have an uncle that does that.
Glad your NST was mostly good, my doctor when I was pregnant with Nat told me that the later ultrasounds can be inaccurate, so baby could be a bit heavier. I hope you go into labour soon (but not too soon). Natalie was kept in the nursary because she was "underweight" she was 5lbs 5oz and they wanted to ensure she gained weight.
Jen - Hopefully you get someone interested in the house soon so you don't have to constantly keep it tidy.
Congrats on Sam walking!
Most of the victums at the Marathon were spectators, so horrible. My uncle is the only marathoner I know but he only does Toronto events.
Katie - Glad your sister's fiance was ok.
Had a really rough night last night, upset stomach, couldn't sleep, and cause of all that the Dystonia flaired up.
I do have a doctors appointment set for a couple of weeks from now to try and figure out my stomach issues, since it has been on going. I think part of it is I've gained some intolerances, I know if I have dairy with lactose my stomach gets pretty upset, but I think there might be other issues.
Haven't heard anything new about my Dad
Amanda - still hoping for good news for you. I hope you feel better soon, too.
Katie - how scary! Was he able to contact your sister pretty quickly?
Jen - yay for a walker!
Mary - anything new?
AFM: still feeling a bit shaken. Yesterday was really stressful. I didn't hear from DH for 90 minutes afterwards because of the cell phone service issues. I knew he shouldn't be too close (he did see and feel the explosions and when he looked out the window just saw clouds of smoke and people running away) but it was pretty hard waiting for him to call. I was so nervous I didn't even think to check in with my sister who is a student in Boston and a runner. Thankfully, she decided to skip watching the race. I've watched the end of the marathon a handful of times over the years (grew up near Boston) and know that area. It was pretty scary watching all that happening on familiar streets. I was there with the kids almost exactly a year ago, on a lovely spring day just like yesterday, strolling the area and showing them the public garden with the tulips and swan boats. We sat and had lunch on that sidewalk.
anyway. enough of that. It's the pregnancy hormones. They make me prone to worrying. I'll try to find a picture of one of the diapers I made. That's cheerful!
ETA: I've been crocheting a few of these for baby's first couple of weeks. I hope they'll be easier than receiving blankets. The model is the boys' newborn size baby doll.
and the diaper. This was the first I made (I need more velcro to finish the others and more material to make more) Normally they won't have the seam down the front.
And a recent photo of the boys. Alex, Oliver, Raymond. I can't believe how big Oliver is getting! He'll be 2 in just over a week.
Glad to hear no one was immediately affected by the Boston thing. Thankfully, I don't know anyone who would have been there.
Virginia - Love the pics! I can't believe how big the boys are getting. OMG, Oliver looks so grown up!!! Alex still has a baby face, haha. His hair reminds me of my Calvin's hair.
Amanda - Sorry no news on your dad. Hopefully no news is good news. I hope you're feeling better.
Jen - Good luck with the walking!! Mine both walked in the 10-10.5 month range. That's when the real fun begins! Hahaha..
Katie - Scary for your sister's fiance! Glad everyone is okay, though. Yikes...
Ashley - How the heck are you 33 weeks already?! How did the appointment go?
AFM - Well, I do have some news. I got a call from my OB's office today. I almost half expected it... When my phone started vibrating at work, I just said, "Oh crap..." Well, the doc was reviewing my u/s from yesterday and due to baby's small size, he wanted me to go to the hospital for a level 2 u/s. I was at work... An hour away from the hospital, ugh. And the nearest coworker who could cover for me is also an hour away... And she is not remotely understanding. She's the girl who wanted my spot to begin with. She doesn't have kids, so doesn't really get pregnancy concerns. She's a bit younger and still seems to have some maturing to do. I tried to get them to schedule the u/s for later in the week, but they said no, it was imperative that it is done today. So I left her a voicemail asking if she could come in a bit early so I could make it in there. She never returned my call and walked in at EXACTLY 2pm (her start time) with a pissed off look on her face. I get it. I hate being called in early too. And with me being sick SO freaking much lately, she has had to cover for me already. She gets paid for it, overtime pay is QUITE generous. And if she doesn't want overtime, she's allowed to leave early on other days to make up for her lost time. So it's not like she's just screwed. But anyway, I show up like 15 minutes early on a daily basis. I just don't like to walk in at the last minute. So when she walked in at EXACTLY 2, it rubbed me the wrong way. They had told me I need to be there by 3, or they'd be closed. I walked in RIGHT at 3, after speeding all the way there (ugh). Thankfully, they were SO nice about it. The woman who helped me check in must have been the same woman I talked to on the phone, and she was like, "Oh, you're perfectly fine. Did you find someone to cover you?" Haha, I thought it was sweet that she remembered. Anyway, enough of my little rant and on to the goods...
Somewhere, one of the ultrasound machines or techs must be a bit skewed. Where baby measured 5lbs even yesterday... He measured 5lb 13oz today!! That's nearly an entire pound difference!!! They said by the scale they use, that's 39th percentile, thank goodness! The two ultrasounds were very consistent with each other on fluid level, however. The one today actually measured it a half a point lower than the one yesterday. So they'll be keeping an eye on my fluid. Lower limit of normal is 8, I'm at 8.5. I was at 3-something when I was induced with Calvin, so I'm not too concerned yet. The hospital doctor recommended that I have my fluid checked again in a week. He said if it was him, he would induce next week if the fluid had dropped anymore. So I'm mentally preparing myself to have a baby next week (holy @#*%).
This ultrasound did other more detailed things also... Checked blood flow through the umbilical cord to make sure baby was getting enough blood (and he is). Checked for calcification of the placenta, and it was fine. I got to see the baby practice breathing, which was just the coolest thing to me... Just to see his chest rise and fall. It made it feel so real.
It might be a bit large... I just copied it from fb, sorry. But here's a profile pic with his hand in his face. At the scan yesterday, he was sucking his thumb. He has been sucking his thumb at least 2-3 times during his scans. So sweet.
I'm glad the u/s went better today! A baby next week. Wow.
Yeah, Oliver is starting to looks so much like Raymond.
Virginia - The diaper is cute!
Mary - Glad today's u/s went better.
Mary glad baby is ok and a good size. Sorry about the coworker ugh but I can imagine my work would not be thrilled and I can work at home! Baby next week !
Virginia glad everyone is safe. Three adorable boys so cute!
Amanda hope your dad is ok and you start feeling better
Jen both my boss walked by ten months and it does get crazy. Rory is also a total climber he tries to kill himself ten times a day on the furniture
Busy here with work and family but nothing super exciting to report
Mary: holy $%*@ that you could have a baby next week. That's insane. Cute pic
Katie: sometimes no news is good news
Virginia: I would've been rattled too. My DH has his private pilot's license and while he was getting a certification one day there was a plane crash. I knew it was way out of the way of where he said he'd be going but it still scared the crap out of me. Luckily I have him on Google Latitude on my phone so I was able to see he was still moving, but honestly I was panicked for about 10 minutes. Cute diapers and crocheted cocoon!
Amanda: So sorry you aren't feeling well. Wishing to hear good news on your dad :vibes:
My appointment yesterday was fast and good - BP 110/70, baby's HB was 147 bpm and he's still head down, I'm measuring a week ahead, and I put on 3 lbs since my appt 2 weeks ago but I had an afternoon appt this time so it probably was mostly due to eating lunch before going. Doc says he *might* start doing checks next week (guess he'll decide at the appt? IDK), but if not definitely the next week. So that means 2 weeks until my next appt then WEEKLY. Yikes! I'm still struggling with a name even though we have three solid contenders..I just don't feel like any of them are THE name at this point. Found another one that I've heard before and didn't really care for but suddenly like (isn't that weird? I did the same thing with Dane), but DH is on the fence. We'll see. ALSO going to look at an SUV tonight! DH finally is in the mood to think about finding a new car. Yay!
Great news! I had my OB appointment today, and the doctor was actually less concerned with the fluid level than I thought he would be. He said we will recheck it next week, but unless it has dropped, we won't induce before 39 weeks (woohoo for March of Dimes!). So anyway, I've got some more time now to hopefully go into labor on my own. Yay!!
ETA: Oops, forgot to inform you all of the status of my cervix, lol... Fingertip dilated. Nothing too exciting in that department, but I'm not even 37 weeks yet, so I didn't expect much.
Katie - A girl on my Feb 11 board asked this question, and I thought you'd be a good one to ask (it's about dogs)...
I need some advice ladies. I'm not sure how big an issue this is or if it is even one, but I know it's a sensitive topic. When Robert was a year old we adopted a year old German shepherd mix. She's a wonderful dog, good with Robert and super sweet (although a tad bit too hyper but she's young). Well, over the last year she has bitten two people, drawing blood. One was my mother-in-law and the other my husband. Quite frequently we'll take her food bowl and add leftover meat to it as a treat for her and in her excitement to get to it she'll bite. We don't think she's doing it on purpose. Now I know this is something that can be trained out of her and I'm completely willing to do so. But as we all know toddlers are frequently carrying snacks around with them. So my question is, if you trained her not to be food possessive/wait until an okay is given, would you personally ever be able to trust her around your toddler/babies?
She followed it up with this:
I don't think she's being aggressive, I think its that she is so intensely focused on the food that nothing else registers (we also think she was abused by her previous owners). Now I know that we could stop giving her human food, but that wouldn't change the fact that my son is constantly carrying yummy delicious food around. I'm a HUGE animal lover, but I am just torn on this as I'm not sure how big an issue this is or if I'm being a paranoid mom. But I've seen dog bites on children and they are usually scarred for life (emotionally and physically).
Mary: WOOHOO for a great appointment and possibly going to 39+ weeks. Yay!
Mary - I suppose it depends on what's going on exactly. The way this gal is describing it the dog isn't resource guarding the food she's biting as she gets to the food? I mean I've had dogs the snap treats out of your hand and if your finger was in the way it'd be in trouble. I can't gage from her description if she could for example take the dog by the collar if it was eating and pull it out of the dish. Her best bet would be to find a trusted behaviorist and explain in detail what is going on. If the dog is just snapping food from a hand too quickly then yes I do think that can be modified. If the dog is resource guarding high value food -- meat etc -- that doesn't mean a cracker will illicit the same response and the best bet is to feed the dog in a controlled environment and not allow high value items. I don't have any resource dogs and I'm extremely careful about food. You don't have to let your toddler run about with food and you can certainly ensure your dog has a safe child-free place to eat. My children are not allowed in the room while the dogs eat and food is eaten at the table. Now I do have a front family room the dogs do not have access to the kids eat in but in the kitchen/back family room food doesn't leave the table. I don't ever leave kids and dogs unattended either. I'm pretty strict b/c dogs are powerful and they are animals and what is acceptable behavior to a primate/human is NOT acceptable to a canine/dog -- primates hug and make direct eye contact kids are loud and jumpy and all of those things are not canine qualities. Now most of my dogs don't care at all but I am still careful for their safety and happiness and the kids. But ya in this case there isn't enough detail on the bites to really say. Resource issues are often part behavior modification part management especially in an adult where it's often fully learned behavior.
That's a lot of dog babble
In other news yay for 39 weeks Mary! I know docs around here have to have serious concerns to do anything pre-39 weeks so hopefully you can keep on cookin' and go on your own
Ashley - yay for car shopping!
no DH tonight he's on the road for work for the night. That always makes for a busy night by the time I get teh boys at daycare, get dinner made, feed the dogs, play, baths, bed PHEW! It was finally nice today though. Evan was good and tired from lots of outdoor play at daycare. I think Rory is cutting more teeth b/c he's been a bit foul, whining, fussing etc Hopefully everyone sleeps well b/c I'm beat. DH does wet the bed duty if Evan has an accident (he's pretty good but we did have one a couple nights ago) so I will be stuck if he goes. On the bright side he has pooped in the potty 3 days in a row on his own! we got him to the point where he'd go with us but it took a lot of cajoling and on again off again. All of the sudden 2 days ago he came out of the bathroom and told us he pooped we thought he was lying but went in and sure enough he did! He's done it every night since! Funny kid!
Katie - yay for good potty progress! It's always such a relief when a kid finally stops fighting poops.
Mary - great news! I hope everything looks good next week.
Amanda - how is your dad doing?
Katie - Thanks for the dog insight! And woohoo for pooping in the potty!!! I was so relieved when Sean starting doing it without a fight.
AFM - Great NST today! Baby was looking good, so we got out of there quickly. He had several accelerations, and they only really need to see two within 20-40 minutes. He was moving a lot.. Glad he seems happy in there.
Can't remember if I mentioned it, but I'm GBS+ again, grrr. I don't really want to deal with IV antibiotics on top of everything else. It kinda puts a damper on the laboring at home thing, especially if my water breaks. Not that I'm really counting on going into labor on my own anyway, since I never have had the chance to do so yet. But it would be nice.
sorry you're GBS+, Mary. I hope you get to labor at home but your water doesn't break until the end. It's more comfortable that way, anyway.
AFM: Just noticed I have a nasty varicose vein down the back of one leg. Yay. It popped up last time, too, but not the early. I have an appointment tomorrow, so I guess I'll show it off to my MW.
Virginia - So glad your DH is okay! I'm sure it was super stressful until you heard from him. That stink about the vein! I wonder if there is much you can do until the "pressure" is gone? Maybe fashionably cute compression socks?
Mary - Boo to GBS+! Hopefully you can go into labor on your own and get some time at home! I can't believe you're going to have a baby SOON! I feel like we were just squinting at your BFP.
Katie - Yay for poop on the potty! Owen still fights it. It's weird, he'll go through phases where he'll poop on the potty all the time, then others when he'll wait until he gets a diaper on at bedtime. Kids.
Ash - How are you 33 weeks already?! Seriously. It's crazy how fast all these babies are coming!! Did you choose a car? I think I missed that in your post...
Amanda - What Virginia said... how is your dad? Is he doing better?
AFM - Yeah, Owen walked at 9/10 months, so this is nothing new for us! I just wish he'd waited a little longer. Now he's a walking target for Owen to take him down! Haha.
We have a showing today, ugh! I am so over this!!! We had a lady come back four (yes, FOUR) times the week of Easter. Well, she wasn't personally here. First it was the realtor, then the realtor and a contractor, then her and the reatlor... blah blah blah. They were from VA and building a house up here. I guess they were looking for another place to rent out. So yeah, they were supposed to come back for a 4th time Friday morning, but they never showed! Turns out, the lady decided that morning she was going to buy a $300,000 house AS A RENTAL PROPERTY. First off, I'd like to know who is going to rent out a $300K house?! Argh. Oh well.
Jen: We are looking at Mazda CX-9's - DH is the picky one on cars, not me. My *only* requirement is leather seats after having spent way too much time cleaning the seats in my Subaru since Brekke. Sorry about the PITA people w/the house. Ugh.
Mary: glad baby is looking good, but huge bummer about the GBS+ again :thumbsdown:
Virginia: Sorry about the varicose vein, that sucks!! I get a lot of "spider" veins on my thighs when I'm pregnant, but they don't pop out at all, just turn bright pink/purple. Oh the things we do for these babies
Katie: GO Evan!! That's awesome. Pooping was never as issue with Brekke, peeing on the other hand...
We liked the car we looked at last night, but they already had an offer for the full asking price from a lady on it from earlier in the day (random) and we weren't about to pay full price at a dealership (or more!) so we let it go. It was a year or two older than what we really want anyway and had a lot of cosmetic things that needed to be fixed to meet our standards (DH calls it "We want a new car for a used car price"). Anyway, we have a few others to go look at - DH is SO picky about colors so he is the one who makes it tough. Glad we are at least working on this now instead of waiting until mid-May like I thought DH would even if it does take us until then to actually find one in the price range we want.
Oh and the name I really am trying to pass off on DH was given a more-than-likely veto. He says he just can't picture it. Dang.
Ashley - sorry about the name.
Mary - glad the recent appts went well!
Ash - sorry about the name problems. I always hate when DH's veto names... Sorry about the car.
Jen - ugh showings, that stinks. Sorry about the no-show, that would make me SO angry!! And yeah, a $300,000 rental property is insane.
Virginia - boo vericose veins!
Katie - wtg Evan!!
Amanda - I hope your dad is doing better...
AFM - Man it took me awhile to catch up! haha. Is anyone else getting dumped on with rain? I swear everyone is flooded - we flood easily, so I have no clue how we haven't! A lot of our friends are, though. I'm so over all the clouds and rain, I feel like that's all I've seen for weeks now. Boooooo.
Kids are doing well. I'm getting Benjamin to nap a little better in his crib, but we still have some work to do. I can't wait til he gets used to it and takes normal long naps in there so Xander and I can have some quality alone time. However, his afternoon naps is falling around noon and that's soooooooooo frustrating because Xander naps at 1 and I'd love for them to nap at the same time! So by the time I get Xander in bed it's almost time for Ben to wake up. Eventually I'm sure he'll nap longer, but right now it's only about 1-1 1/2 hours. I need that time to workout, but it just hasn't worked out yet. Today I got all dressed and was only able to do 10 mins of my workout before he woke up. Darnit. I seem to recall Xander was the same, but after a few months he moved to 1 pm... We'll see!
This is in regards to the dog question that Mary posted
We had Apollo as a pup so we ensured he doesn't take food too rough, being a high energy dog we are still working on "gentle", Sadie learned "gentle" quickly so she is super careful when taking treats. Apollo does know "leave it" so if something drops that we don't want him to touch those words make him back away from food that he can't have.
I personally would not want a dog in my house that draws blood either intentional or accidental. I would be so worried about a little person getting bitten. We fostered a dog in hopes of adopting him last July and ended up returning him to the shelter because of dominance biting, I wouldn't even consider a dog that bites over food.
I do agree with Katie they should get the situation assessed and work from there.
On my dog front, since we are having some obidence issues mainly on leash with other dogs, we signed Apollo up for obedience training, it starts saturday, I am hoping that we see lots of positive changes through it.
Still no change on my dad, I just home my mom isn't doing this to shelter me from bad news.
Mary - yay for another good appointment! I missed my antibiotics with Rory...GBS+ labored at home until 8-9 and had him wiht in 20 minutes at the hospital, they barely got the bag up. It meant a 48 hour stay vs 24 which sucked but I think I still prefer laboring at home.
Amanda - I hope your mom isn't keeping anything from you and your dad is on the mend quickly.
Jen - that's crazy! As much as I thought about moving I'm very glad I don't have to live through the showing process, ugh! GL!
Ashley - leather is my #1 favorite thing about my new car. I LOVE IT I desperately need to clean my interior this weekend if it's nice
Lauren - Man opposite and ever changing naps is no fun! GL getting it all on schedule!
Evan pooped at daycare today (on the potty) so we're officially over the last hang up! YEEE HAW! Who knew poop was so exciting?! TFIG tomorrow!!!!!!!!!
almost my entire immediate family is in lockdown in the Boston area this morning. Thankfully, none are within a few miles of the action. This week has been so crazy. I'm so ready to be done.
Virginia: yikes, hope they find that guy soon so everyone can breathe easy!
Katie: So funny how exciting things like that are when you have kids. WTG Evan!
Lauren: trying to squeeze in a workout with a baby is TOUGH! Hopefully he'll start taking consistent naps soon - just in time for Xander to quit napping (KIDDING! I hope ;)). One word of advice I have is get ready before you start putting him down for a nap, that way if he does go down, you have every single second possible. I still do this a lot of the time.
No plans for today. It's supposed to rain so probably a boring day hanging around the house. DH is running a half marathon in the morning for "training" for his half ironman so if the weather isn't bad we'll probably go watch him in the morning. Then we have an MLS game tomorrow night (woohoo for date night!).
Katie - YAY For Even pooping in the potty!!! That's a great milestone.
Virginia - Good to hear your family is in a safe area of Boston, hope everything is over with soon.
Ashley - Hope you find some fun on your rainy day. I have to look at getting some Toronto FC tickets this year, I've gone to a few soccer games and really enjoyed them.
In the office today, having trouble focusing :/.
Wish there would be something going on with my dad I hate things being in limbo.
I made a big batch of Potato Leek soup yesterday, gave two jars to my mom, it's the happiest I've seen her since my dad went into the hospital. So glad I could do something little to make her feel better, even though it was breifly.
Going out for dinner and to the movies tonight.
The weekend is filled with shopping, Dana needs summer clothes and a Grade 8 graduation dress (her school goes from JK to Grade 8).
Virginia - Yikes!! I was hearing reports that they had found the other guy, so hopefully that situation will be calming down soon. The whole thing just sounds very twilight zone crazy to me.
Ash - Sorry your DH is vetoing your name choice! I'm SHOCKED that I actually talked DH into the name I wanted this time.
Amanda - Yeah, I'm not sure about that whole dog situation. I'll be interested to see what they decide. It didn't sound to me like the dog was biting out of malice... The way she described it seemed like the dog was young, energetic, and excitable when it comes to food. I think normally that could probably be trained out, but if you're going to have a toddler walking around with snacks regularly, it would not be easy.
Jen - Sorry about the house, booo! I *dread* the process of trying to sell ours. We're actually seriously looking at some land for our next house, but we won't be able to build on it until we sell our current house, and that task just feels daunting. We're meeting with our realtor and our contractor (my uncle, haha) to look at it on Tuesday, so hopefully I'll know more then.
Katie - YAY for daycare potty poop!!! :woohoo:
AFM - Nothing too exciting to report. Well, I'll be FULL TERM tomorrow!! That is exciting!! It doesn't feel real. It really does not. Insane. I think the whole thing is just taking me by surprise. Funny how it could still feel shocking after all these months of living it and thinking about it. I want to see his face, hear his cry. I'm getting antsy, nervous, excited, etc.
Work is a good distraction. I feel like I'm constantly there. Today was day 4 of 7. It's my first long week like that in a while, so I'm really ready for a day off on Tuesday. I'll have my OB appointment in the morning, followed by an NST, then we'll go to see the land we're looking at. Should be a busy, but hopefully good day.
Full term today, yay! I still have 3 weeks till my EDD and I'm already tired of pointless contractions. I've never contracted anywhere CLOSE to this much with my other two, omg.
And also, baby's butt is about to fracture my right rib cage.
Amanda - my mom is totally that way, hiding the truth from us to shelter us... Then AFTER the fact you find out what was really going on. I really hope she's not doing that to you now, though.
Mary - I don't know how you keep up with everything right now! You exhaust me and I'm not even pregnant!
Ash - hope your DH did good in his marathon.
Virginia - how's the mood by you now?
AFM - The sun finally came out today!!!!!!! WAHOO! It was still a little chilly, but not cold. I'll take it! We took a loooong family walk and let Xander play in the backyard for a long time. Unfortunately, Benjamin HATES being outside at this point, so you can only have him outside for so long before he freaks. Even if you cover him or put him under the umbrella. Uggggh. He's going to have to get over it, because we will be outside a ton this spring/summer and he isn't going to get a say (cry) about it. heh. Hopefully all these little bits outside are adding up and helping his eyes to adjust.
New Dr. Who tonight, yaaay (I know some of you will appreciate that, heh).
Lauren - Don't even get me started, lol. I'm a worthless ball of exhausted, swollen grossness by the time I get home everyday, hahaha. I usually come home and die on the couch for a few hours before working up the energy to go upstairs to bed. Hahaha.
Glad you got to enjoy some sun! Sorry Benjamin doesn't like it. I'm sure he'll grow to love it. I'm SO glad it's finally starting to feel Springy. It was pretty cold today (high was only 48)... But we've had several days in the 60's/70's, and it even hit 80 a couple days ago. LOVE it. I'm so excited to be having the baby at this time of year. I will get to spend so much of the warm gorgeous weather at home with my babies.
Mary - Yay for full term!
Lauren - Watched Dr Who :D, enjoyed it greatly.
Keeping it quick.
Apollo had week one of his Beginner training this morning did really well, likely cause we already taught him what we were learning. Next week should be interesting since its walking loose on a leash.
My dad is doing a bit better, hoping it's all good news from now on.
Found Dana a dress for her Grade 8 graduation, went to a high end second hand store for teens and found a dress she loved for $16 + tax, less than $20 total. She looks great in it so it was a total SCORE! She likes my dress shoes so is going to wear them with it (yay FREE). We'll get a shawl and some jewelry but that shouldn't be too expensive.
Mary: :woohoo: for full term! Sorry about the ribs, but I completely understand...I broke a rib in high school and have issues with it every pregnancy. I'd never made it this far without issues so I thought I was in the clear but Thursday & Friday I literally thought I was going to have a mental breakdown because I was in so much pain on the backside of my rib cage (so like mid/lower back) that I couldn't sit or lay comfortably and standing was starting to hurt too. Luckily, either my rib popped into a better position or baby moved enough to take pressure off of it and I can finally sleep and sit again but I had an ugly few days.
Amanda: nice score on the dress! Glad to hear your dad is improving
Lauren: bummer that Benjamin doesn't like being outside - that's tough, especially with a toddler!
DH beat his goal for his run yesterday so he's pretty happy. Security was nuts down at the finish line, but well appreciated. It was POURING rain and only like 45 degrees so not the most fun the kids and I have had (lol) but they were troupers and didn't whine much even though we were all soaked (despite my best efforts). Boring Sunday - just cleaning and trying to get caught up on stuff.
Amanda - glad to hear about you dad.
Mary - yay for full term! I was a lot less anxious to have baby #3 than the others. I was pretty happy just being pregnant.
AFM: everything has finally calmed down. Except DH's work. he's been super busy all week and had to work from home some this weekend. Boo. And Oliver is sick. Yesterday he fell asleep at the table before touching his lunch then threw up during his nap and woke with a fever. He devoured dinner then crash in bed at 7:30 and slept until 9:30 this morning (still with a fever). He ate like crazy and was asleep again by noon. If he's not back to normal tomorrow I think I'll call the doctor.
ETA: yay! Oliver woke up and is acting more like normal (taking off his clothes and diaper and trying to type for me). Hopefully his fever won't be back this evening (I gave him ibu this morning because he seemed miserable).
Virginia - Glad Oliver seems better. I hope it avoids the rest of you. We've been through so many illnesses since Christmas, I'm about to lose my mind! It's always a relief when the kiddos start acting better, though.
Amanda - I'm happy to hear you got some good news on your dad. I hope he keeps improving. Woohoo for getting a steal on the dress!
Ashley - Boooo for the crappy weather. It sounds miserable, but at least the kiddos were well-behaved. It has been pretty cold here this weekend, but it looks like it's supposed to be in the 60's tomorrow and then around 71 and partly cloudy on Tuesday (my day off, YAY!!). I don't mind if the weather is blah on my work days, as long as I get nice weather on my days off.
AFM - This is sorta funny, but just last week (so around 36.5 weeks), my DH and two of my coworkers told me all at different times (but on the same day) that I had POPPED. And then the very next day, a customer that I hadn't seen in a little while came in and said, "It looks like Mary has been to the watermelon patch." Hahaha... And then today, a customer saw me, motioned toward her belly and said, "Ooh, congratulations!" LOL. Literally not one person at work had commented on my belly before then. Nothing like waiting until the baby is ready to fall out before people start noticing the belly. Jeez... I blame 99% of it on the white lab coat hiding all shape to my body, but it is kinda funny that DH noticed the difference suddenly also. Weird.......
Mary - we totally need a new belly pic. You can't just say something like that and not share a photo!
Hahaha, you read my mind! I was just coming here to report that I had FINALLY posted a new belly pic.
I'm trying to figure out how to approach the topic of induction at 39 weeks with my doc. IMO, he just wants to do it then because he CAN. Many hospitals have adopted the "no sooner than 39 weeks unless medically necessary" policy. It's pretty much the norm now. So at my last appointment, when he mentioned we'd probably induce at 39 weeks, I couldn't help but think "because there's not a good medical reason." So if it turns out there isn't (they're keeping an eye on my lowish fluid, it's still well over where it was when I was induced with Calvin, though)... Then why is it suddenly necessary to induce at 39 weeks? It's not... IMO. So anyway, we'll see how the next couple weeks play out. I went from a similar fluid level to way low with Calvin in the span of less than a week. So I'm not holding my breath that it won't happen again, but we'll see. If things are still looking good by 39 weeks, I'll probably suggest that we just keep doing the twice-weekly NST's. He always does great on them, so if he's still doing well by then, I'll be happy.
ETA: That said, I've been a little (lot) nervous over the last 24 hours because he hasn't been moving as much. I wish my NST was today, but it's tomorrow. I hope all is well in there. I do still feel movement once in a while, but he's usually like ALWAYS moving and very active. I'm drinking ice water now.. I hope that gets him dancing.
ETA again: He seemed to wake up during my shower, and now Calvin has decided it would be fun to play drums on my belly with ice cold hands, so he's moving now.
You can refuse induction. I'm very happy that my MW practice won't induce until 42 weeks unless there's good reason. I like going into labor on my own!
I'm glad baby started moving. Ice cream always works for me. Cold+sugar.
Ashley - Congrats to your DH on the run, too bad you got wet but good to hear that kids behaved.
Virginia - It sucks when my DH has to work lots, it is slightly better when it's from home though. Hope Oliver is better today, and whatever it is stays away from everyone else.
Mary - So odd that no one said anything until now about your belly.
I would be furious if there was no medical reason to induce before 41 weeks, not that I've ever gone that long. So a doctor would have to deal with my wrath inducing unnecessarily and that ain't pretty.
Saturday night DH and I went to see Oblivion with some friends. The movie it self was well written and entertaining. I would say Tom Curise and Olga Kurylenko's acting was flat, and I really don't think it was the characters that were the problem there was lots of potential for them to be great. Morgan Freeman (who only had about 20 minutes of screen time) and Andrea Riseborough had incredibly good performances.
Did lots of shopping with Dana on the weekend. She got gift cards for her birthday for a mall in Toronto and this is the first week we've had free for her to spend them. Dana took 4 hours to spend what I would in about 30 minutes. She got some stuff she needed, finished getting stuff for grad and got a few fun things.
Haven't talked to my Mom today, but my dad was doing better yesterday, the pneumonia is shrinking in size, and he is being aided less by medical equipment. He was awake yesterday and returned a kiss to my mom when she was leaving the hospital.
I had my appointment, finally. Baby sounded fine but tried to hide for a little bit. No stress since I had checked with my doppler before going. I'm up a pound or two and my BP was a surprising 100/54. No wonder I've been so lightheaded.
Just updating on my appointment today. It went well! The doc did an u/s himself to check my fluid, and it was unchanged from last week, YAY!! Cervix is getting there, more like 1-2cm now. He said he could feel baby's head and the ridges on his head (creepy, LOL). Belly still measures small, but he said that's okay because we have seen that the baby is smallish, but not critically small. I'll be anxious to see if that is accurate.
I do want to decline the induction at 39 weeks, but I'm so darn weak! I think part of the problem is, I feel like my efforts would be in vain. The practice I go to is not in favor of going past 41 weeks (and I'm not really big on it myself, so I'm sure I wouldn't argue with it after that point)... And I feel like I could easily get to 41 weeks and not go into labor on my own. But I guess even if that was the case and I ended up induced anyway, each day in the womb is important, so maybe it would be worth it to argue the 39 week thing. I mean, that's another 2 weeks, even if I did let them induce me at 41. We'll see how it goes between now and then.
In other news, we visited the land we might buy today with the realtor and my uncle the contractor. It's in the boonies and no one is really mowing it or anything, so there are high weeds... We ALL got ticks on us, omg. We found two on Sean AFTER we got home. Ugh. We all stripped and threw our clothes in the washer and went through everyone's hair. The last thing I need is to be pregnant and end up with Lyme disease or something crazy.. Jeez.
I'm still not sure what we're going to do as far as the land goes. No one seems too sure about the situation with digging for well water, so I think what we'll end up doing is trying to talk to some neighbors nearby and ask what their water situation is. I will just die if we buy land to build on and can't even get water. And it's like they expect you just to take that gamble, and I'm just not sure about it. DH really wants to do it, though. We'll see. I dunno...
Virginia - Glad baby is doing well.
Mary - After delivering 100% natural and induced, I would go natural every time if I could. I was considering a midwife with my pregnancy with Natalie until medical issues arose.
I'm a bit tired and in the office, hope I can be productive today.
The hospital made a big mistake a couple of days ago, he ended up being more ill (temporarily thankfully) because of it. He had lots of tests yesterday and was really tired so I didn't get to go and visit, but my Mom said he is doing better. He's still not in the clear right now, if all goes well we are looking at about 6 weeks until he can leave the hospital and months of recovery at home.
Amanda - Sorry about your dad, jeez.. He can't catch a break, can he? I'm glad the problem was temporary.
AFM - I'm an antsy wreck. The last couple weeks of pregnancy turn me into a crazy lady. Tomorrow is the GA that Calvin was when he was born. I'm excited to be going longer this time, as I felt robbed out of the end of my pregnancy last time, haha. I started packing my hospital bag this morning. So far, I just have some comfy clothes and nursing tanks for myself, two outfits for baby, and camera/batteries/memory cards. My work is having a special larger employee discount day today, so I might stock up on some lansinoh lanolin, breast pads, diapers, etc. I feel like I'm just sitting here watching the clock and the calendar, waiting impatiently. I'm trying to just enjoy it since this is my last, but I'm anxious!!
2 weeks can make a big difference in how ready your body is, how ready baby is, and what labor is like. I say wait it out. I will happily wait until 42 weeks this time if that's what baby wants. I do not want to be induced ever again unless it's clearly necessary. Natural is a breeze compared to induction.
ETA: if I'm not around all that often it's because I'm probably doing my first craft fair mid-May. I'm busy crocheting like crazy to get ready. I'll can take some pictures if any of you are interested in seeing what I make (or offering price suggestions. that's the hardest part)