Our Atlanta Surprise--Baby #4

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Our Atlanta Surprise--Baby #4

Hello Sweet Baby...

This is not the beginning of this journey, but rather, the middle. I'm not sure what has taken me so long to get on Board with writing this journal...but, better late start then never.

So, sweet one, I shall start by saying that, we are so happy that you are on your way. We being your family, myself, dad, your brother Jacob (who is 3 1/2), and your sister Lauren (who is 18 months). Your oldest sister, Rachael Ann, is certainly smiling down upon you from heaven, and giving us the strength we need to help you grow and have a great start in this life.

We found out about you a few weeks after we landed back in the USA, from Heidelberg, Germany. Your dad was stationed there for four years, as he is a soldier in the Army. We must have conceived you the week we landed...our Atlanta surprise!

The first several months of your being, we were so busy with finding a home, moving in, getting settled, and of course, finding good Drs. and a perinatologist to take care of you and me.

I felt pretty good during the beginning of this pregnancy...with only the slight "ickies" that I have experienced with each of my pregnancies. I am truly blessed this way. I of course felt tired, and napped when I could...but otherwise, I am feeling pretty good!

During the 14 week of your life, we found out that you are a girl!!! Hooray for girls! We are so happy that there will be two pretty princesses in our family. I am one of three sisters, so, I know how things can be...but, hang in there sweet one...sisters are great to have. And, your brother wants FOUR sisters...so, he is thrilled that you are a girl.

During your 16th week of life, I went to have a cerclage placed by perinatologist, Dr. Potter. During the procedure, my bladder was perforated, and an emergency repair had to be done. The necesitated the re-opening of my c-section incision, and a two week in bed recovery with a catheter attached. This was probably the most uncomfy two weeks of my life....but, you are so so worth it.

So...here we are at week 22! I "blossomed" around 20 weeks...and I know that you are really growing inside of me right now. I feel you move all the time, which is definetely a comfort to my heart! I love that I am wearing my summer maternity wardrobe this time. I bought such pretty things when I was expecting Rachael. Somehow, I feel even closer to her this time. And, I think that g-d feels the need to bless me with one more precious daughter.

We have not come to a conclusion on your name yet...but, you will be named in honor of your Great Great Aunt Bea(trice), who passed away this past May. She was the Prima Ballerina in our family...and a dear, sweet lady. I can not wait to tell you all about her, and show you her dance portraits! Two names that we are considering are Brooke Rice and Brenna Rice. Rice is your Papa's middle name...and the last name of one of your Great Grandmothers on dad's side.

Well, sweet one, here is an ultrasound picture of you taken a few weeks ago...at 16 Weeks


Off to rest...but, I promise to try and write here daily!

I love you!

Mom

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18 September 2007

Hello Sweet Baby!

I hope that you are well today! As I sit here typing this, your older sister is upstairs singing her lungs out...EIEIO...sheesh, she is a terrible sleeper. I sure hope that you sleep more like your brother....who's is out as soon as his head hits the pillow! At least her singing is entertaining...and better than hearing her cry.

We had a nice day here today...the weather was just gorgeous. It so reminded me of a perfect summer day in H'berg...we miss being there, and would love to return. I took your sibs shoe shopping...and a tad over $100 later...I bought three nice, good quality, pairs of shoes. Both of your sibs have hard to fit feet...and I hate to buy anything but quality shoes, to help eliminate foot issues later on in life. So, instead of having tons of cheap shoes, they'll have a few good pairs. This afternoon, we ran around in our humongo backyard. The kids had a blast rolling balls and hitting the balls off the T-ball stand. I so can not wait to get a swing set/play area for all of you.

I am feeling pretty good today, just full from the yummy stir fry I made for dinner. I feel you kick, move, and react whenever your sibs raise their voices. It's amazing, but I really think you are trying to get "in" on the action already...hee hee. Guess our home will be filled with little people giggles, tears, squeals, etc. for some time. I like this noise most of the time, but, it does make my few hours of quiet in the evenings even more precious!

Tomorrow, Miss L and I will go to our first Mother's of Preschoolers (MOPS) meeting. I am anxious to meet some more moms in the area, and some new playmates for your sibs.

Ok, my sweet one...it's off to shower and rest.

I love you...Always and Forever!

Mom

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Wednesday, 19 September

Hello sweet baby!

I hope that you are well today.

We had a busy day here in Atl. First, we dropped Jacob off at school...

Miss L and I then went to our first MOPs meeting. Without a tear, your sister went and played in the nursery for a few hours. When I picked her up, she was happily playing in the room with all the toys. I just LOVE her independent nature...she's so much like me.

I truly enjoyed my time there. It was interesting to see so many older mamas of preschoolers...woo hoo!!! I hope to make some good friends over time, and that Lauren will get some good playtime, too. Just a quick note that, I will be 40 in October. I actually am excited about this, and feel that I am just as good a mother, as active etc. as any younger mom. Plus, you little ones sure keep us moving and grooving...and thus, young.

After MOPs, Miss L and I came home and had lunch and rested (she napped) for a bit. Then, we hit a Children's consignment-type store to look for some summer outfits for you, for next summer. I have figured out that, there is just enough of a seasonal difference between here and H'berg, and age difference, that Lauren's 6-9 month fall/winter clothing will be waayyyy too warm for Hotlanta next year.

Speaking of, there isn't too much that we need for you sweet girl. However, I do need a new bathtub, as I got rid of the old one (that was a handmedown) before we moved. We also need a new cradle or bassinet, as the one that your sibs used was broken beyond repair during the move. I am not happy about this, as I really wanted to pass it on to you or your sibs. In any event, I am looking for something used, as there will likely be something "new and improved" by the time all of you have kiddos. We will also try and get another double stroller like the one we've been using from your cousins Alex and Ashlyn. It is much easier to maneuver it through doors and aisles, than the one I bought in Germany. Anyhow, not too much needed to prepare for your arrival...this is a good thing!

After this, we hustled through the grocery store and home in just under an hour. Spending ample time in a grocery store these days is just not possible. Fortunately, I really don't like spending too much time doing this...usually I take my list and get in and get out. Maybe some day I will have the time and desire to actually browse through a grocery store.

Ok...I am rambling and need to get my body on the couch to rest. I am starting to feel heavy, even though I've only put on 5 lbs so far. (It would be 10, however, I lost 5 during the cerclage placement ordeal).

Ok, sweet girl...I love you!

Mom

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Thursday, 20 Sept 2007

Hello sweet one!

I sure hope that you are well today.

Today was a good day here in Atlanta...and the weather continues to be gorgeous.

I had the entire house cleaned today...which always makes this mom feel soooo much better. The two ladies who clean are not our Giedre...but, they do a pretty good job and are nice. Plus they don't charge an arm and a leg for our large home. This is a plus!

I took your sibs to the Dollar Tree while they were here. Jacob picked out a whole bunch of things to put in his treat basket. He will get a treat each time he poops on the potty. So far, the basket is completely full. We are really having a hard time with training him...it seems that nothing really works. I know it will happen some day, and he assures us that he will get this down by the time he's 28! Sheesh, we have a loooong way to go if this is true. I think that, your sister (and maybe even you) will be trained before him. I really can't complain though, cause our Jake is one of the easiest, sweetest boys I'll ever know.

Your dad has been a huge help with this. He has the patience that I guess I just don't have...and he sits with books in the "reading room" with Jake whenever he is home.

Speaking of your dad...he is such a wonderful man...and so, so good with kids. I love watching him interact with your sibs..and I know they love him sooo much. I am so glad that he'll be home for your birth and hopefully, the rest of your life! Your dad is an Army officer and works his tushie off right now. Hopefully, his next career/job will allow him to spend even more time with you kiddos.

I made Spaghetti Carbonara for dinner tonight. Your dad has been asking me to try and make this, as he's not been able to order it since we left H'berg. I think it turned out ok...and he had two helpings...so, I guess it was. This is not my fav dish, but, I will make it on occassion.

Well, sweet girl...I will close for tonight. I am enjoying feeling your thumps these days...and am melancholy that, after you, I won't feel these thumps inside ever again.

I love you!

Mom

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Friday, 21 September

Hello sweet one!

I sure hope that you are well today!

I am writing this on Sat. morning, as yesterday just flew by, and I was too tired to write.

Yesterday, I took your sister to the Drs. for her 18 month check. She weighs a bit over 22 lbs, and is 31 " tall. She is 25% for both, and doing fantastic. We discussed a variety of things about her development, including speech. I told him that, Lauren is speaking about 30-40 clearly said words, and several 3 word sentences already. He noted that, this is a sign of above avg. intelligence. We shall see...but, it is fun watching her learn to communicate with words.

Then, we went to a Church consignment sale, where I was able to buy a gorgeous Sleigh Jenny Lind cradle, an Aquarium Bath Tub, and an Einstein playmat for you...for a wonderful price. I am SO,SO thrilled to have these items now, ready and waiting for you.

Ok...this one will be short, and I will write more later today.

I love you, sweet girl!

Mom

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Saturday, 22 September

Hello sweet one!

I sure hope that you are well today. As I sit here feeling you thump inside, and your sibs playing in the background, I can't help but know how truly lucky I am. I have always wanted to be MOM...and I am so lucky to be able to do this. I am trying to enjoy every hour that you are inside of me, knowing that this will be the last time I feel these miraculous, amazing, glorious feelings!

Today has been a great day. We went to the park, we played inside and outside with dad, and we decorated a small cake that your brother picked out to celebrate his making his first bowel movement in the toilet at home yesterday. Yes, we are having a "Poop Party" tonight. He chose a chocolate cake with star candles, chocolate/raspberry icecream, and a Blues Clues Balloon. I think that we caught an "accident in the making"...but hey, he did it!!! And, what a great excuse to indulge in some chocolate goodies...LOL!!!!

I finished cleaning all the wonderful things we found for you yesterday...and will post a picture of the gorgeous cradle soon. I need to go into the Babiesrus gift registry and take off the items there. So, really now we just need personal stuff for you, like a Memory album, a few stuffed animals/doll, some newbie diapers, etc. The only big thing is a sit and stand stroller...

Tonight, your dad and I are going to watch a movie and relax. This is a treat now, since both your sibs are sleeping well and through the night! So...we will have to get you to this point...and then, we are home free! Ok, a mom can dream, right?!?!

Ok, sweet girl...off to finish dinner!

I love you, always and forever,

Mom

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Sunday, 23 September

Hello sweet baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

Today was a slow (for us) and restful day here in Atlanta. We spent most of the morning hanging out...and I tried on a good amount of your brother's fall/winter clothes to check for size. Thankfully, he gets some wonderful things from cousin Connor in VA, so, I just have to fill in here and there.

Speaking of your brother, he has been making bowel movements on the toilet nightly, for the past three nights! Poor thing, needs more fiber to help things, and I am working on getting more of it into his diet.

We spent some time this evening outside, and the kids had fun playing with some neighbors that we barely know. This is such a huge difference from H'berg, where we had tons of kids to play with at any given time.

We spoke with your Great Aunt Sandy today, and your cousin Jana, who is also expecting a baby early next year. It's nice to have time to catch up with them on occassion.

I am feeling great today, and love feeling your gentle (for now...ha ha) thumps inside.

I love you!

Mom

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Monday, 24 Sept

Hello sweet girl,

I sure hope that you are well today.

Today, I volunteered in your brother's classroom. It's fun and challenging with almost 20 kiddos. I get to do whatever I want in the way of helping out. I like helping sing songs and reading them stories. The kids are cute, they always want to hug me. Meanwhile, Miss L gets to have some playtime in her age class. She loves playing with the baby dolls...and has made a friend with one of the girls.

This afternoon, we just took it easy...and I even took a short nap. I am feeling good, and am so excited that you will be here in a few short months.

Tomorrow, I am taking your sibs to one of the local libraries for Story Time. This will be the first time that I've ventured to a Library with them. Tonight, we discussed our Library voice and what it means to borrow books. If they have a lot of Thomas books, I am in deep doo doo. I think that, I am going to limit the amount of books we can borrow before we even set foot in the door. That should help solve things, right...yeah, who am I kidding...LOL. Anyhow, this is something that is important for my kiddos...reading and the love of books and libraries...so, off we will go.

Ok, sweet girl...will keep this entry short.

I love you!

Mom

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Tuesday, 25 Sept

Hello Sweet One!

Happy 23 weeks to you! This is both a happy and sad day for me. This was the point in my pregnancy with your sister Rachael, when I lost her. I lit her special candle tonight, and we talked about her during dinner. Your brother would really like to see her...and can't understand that he will have to wait to see her "some day". I know that, in time, he'll understand this better...as will you and your sister Lauren. A happy day in that, I feel relief, once again, to pass this point in pregnancy. And, I know that our sweet Rachael Ann is watching over you inside of me...and, giving me the strength I need to complete this pregnancy.

So.....I am feeling well today...and am starting to feel you pretty regularly during the day (and sometimes during the night). You seem to wake me around 5 am these days...guess to get me ready for after you are here...sigh!

Today, I took your sibs to the library for Story Time. They really enjoyed Ms. Duffy's presentation...replete with Pirate costume. They looked for "the treasure"...her library card, and made treasure maps. All in all, a perfect way to spend 1/2 hour. Then, after naptime, we went to a library near the house. I applied for a card, and we spent some time picking out books to read before bed. We were fortunate enough to find a Thomas Book...as the world revolves around this little train for your brother right now.

After dinner tonight, we kicked the soccer ball around in the backyard. This is definetely a plus--having warmer weather at this time of the year. I know it is already rainy and cold in H'berg these days...

Ok...off to rest my body.

I love you, sweet one!

Mom

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Wednesday, 26 September

Hello Sweet One,

I sure hope that you are well today!

We are good here in Atl. Not too much to report today....I am feeling well, and this is the most important thing. That, and the fact that you are growing and moving inside of me.

Today, I went to get my GA driver's license. So much easier and quicker than renewing in NoVa. Other than the 1/2 hour drive into the boonies...everthing went smoothly.

Your dad will be going away next week...to Kuwait (at least as of this posting). He should be gone for 9 days, which is nothing, considering that he's been gone for a year at a time. I am trying to pace myself these days, so that I don't poop myself out before I put the kiddos to bed. Anyhow, next week will prove interesting at best....with your dad away. He's really a huge help when he's home.

Speaking of your dad...he came home tonight from work bearing a few treats for moooah. Some humus, some dried apricots, and some port wine cheese. For some strange reason, I've been craving stuff like this lately.

Ok..off to rest and bed.

I love you, sweet one!

Mom

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Thursday, 27 Sept

Hello sweet baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We had a great day here in Atl., but a fairly slow one.

I took your sibs to have their pics taken at the Preschool. They did SO well...I was really impressed. Especially Mr. J, who doesn't like to smile for the camera much these days. He's got "Popitis" when it comes to this...and it's hard to catch him with a smile and his eyes open at the same time. It looks like he's squinting...just like his pops...lol! Anyhow, I am certain that at least a few of the shots will turn out great...

We had some rain here today....so, pretty much an indoor day. I got all the laundry done, and we just played and read books. Your sister is really into reading these days...much to my pleasure. She can look at a book and point to all the pictures, and she can say most of the basic words...so, so cute! Today she was able to say "girl" and "fower"...flower.

I am feeling good, and am going to go and shower and rest up.

I love you!

Mom

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Friday & Sat, Sept 28 & 29

Hello Sweet One!

Two days combined here...

Yesterday was busy around here. I dropped your brother off at school, and then Miss L and I headed to the Mall for some indoor playgroup time. This was her first time in this type of setting, and she absolutely loved it. It was great seeing her interact with so many little ones. She kept going up to the kiddos and saying "Hello"....she's too cute.

I had a great time talking with the various moms, and was invited to the local La Leche League meetings. I told the lady who asked me that, I am in no way a hardcore nurser, and would never push it on anyone. I believe that, as long as you feed your baby, than you are doing super. So, she told me that the group is pretty laid back, and that there are lots of little kiddies there. I think that, I will try to go to one meeting to see how it is. I just don't care to spread the "nursing is the only way" gospel, that so many at LLL believe. Having said this, nursing is THE way for me...and I am so darn proud that I was able to do 15 and 18 months with your sibs. I just hope that I have an easier start with you...however, if I have to nurse, pump, and finger feed like I did with your sibs in the beginning, then this is what we will do.

In the afternoon we went for our big grocery shopping...and then I spent two hours with friend Terri, going around the neighborhood...it's our bi-annual yardsale time.

I am getting ready to head out again with her today to do some more looking. I spent $2.50 last night...1 on an outfit for you for next summer. And 1.50 on a load of train tracks for Jake's Thomas trains.

Ok, sweet one...I love you!

Mom

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Sunday, 30 Sept 2007

Hello Sweet One!

I so can NOT believe that, tomorrow is the beginning of Oct already. Before we know it, you will be here. We are very anxious for you to join our family...on the outside.

You were awake most of the day today, just thumping along inside of me. I am feeling pretty good, just a bit pooped by the time your sibs go to bed though.

We had a great day today. We hung out here most of the morning...playing and singing, and enjoying just being a family. this afternoon, we went to Clinton Park, and had a blast. This is a really nice park, similar but different then the Castle Park in H'berg. Your sibs love going there.

Tonight, we grilled burgers and ate out on the deck. The temperature outside here is just perfect....low 80s and very little humidity. I could have this weather all year...well, almost. I do enjoy a bit of snow...watching it come down...building snowmen, making snow angels...etc.

Tomorrow, I have an Appt. with Dr. Potter. I can't wait to "see" you! I know that you are getting so big inside of me...and I love it! I bet you are beginning to run out of room to really turn though...as I am almost 24 weeks. I think that both your sibs were stuck in breech position by week 29 or so. Hang in there though...you'll be ok.

We finally unpacked the video camera! I had fun filming your dad and sibs this morning. I can't wait to get your first moments on film, too!

Let's see, my friend Terri gave me the name and number of her neighbor who does photography. I am going to call him tomorrow to discuss doing a maternity shoot with your dad and sibs. This is one of my favorite memories of being pregnant. I love looking at my body...carrying you (and your sibs)...it truly is a beautiful thing...at least I think so.

Ok, sweet one, off to rest...

I love you!

Always and forever...

Mom

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Monday, 1 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby,

I know that you are well today!!!!

I had a nice long post typed up...and it got zapped away....poo....here's the scoop:

I had a very good appt. with Dr. Potter today. We spent a good 45 minutes looking at all your body parts. You are now about 1.7 lbs! you are growing just as you should be. We looked at your heart for a long while (standard procedure at this point), and all looks terrific! Best of all, my cervix measured 4.7 cms...up from 3.9 last month! You were head down, and moving and kicking like crazy. It is soooo wonderful to get to see you this way. I feel very lucky!

This afternoon, your sister and I hung out here. I made Tahini (sesame paste), for the Humus that I will make tomorrow. For some reason, this is what I have been craving these days. Guess it's better than sweets and fried stuff.

The rest of the week is filled with Dr./Dental appts. for your sibs. We will also go to MOPs and a Playgroup on Thursday. So, busy, busy, busy. Your papa leaves tomorrow for a business trip to Kuwait. This will be the first time that he's away, since he returned last Dec. from Iraq. I am glad that he will be going now, vs. next month or Dec!

Ok....here's an u/s pic from today. Below it is the cradle that I bought for you a few weeks ago. I so hope to be able to pass it along to you and/or your sibs to use.

I love you!

Mom


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Tuesday, 2 Oct

Hello Sweet One,

I sure hope that you are well today.

Today was a pretty busy day, which is good, since your dad left for kuwait. We all miss him already. It's strange not having him here, after him being home for so long.

We went to the dentist this morning, for Jake's checkup. He did excellent! Even let the tech take x-rays of his teeth. I am so stinkin' proud of him these days. We think that he's finally over the toilet training hump...yeeee haw! I really never thought we see this day...LOL. Funny, how, he is telling us he has to go, and then not even asking for a treat. I am giving him a few things here and there any way....he deserves them.

This afternoon, we went to Clinton park. We had a blast, and met the head of the Playgroup that we will start going to. She is very nice, and has two little ones of her own. Supposedly, the Group has about 20 members...I can't wait to meet more mommies and their kiddos.

Tonight, we had a quick and easy dinner...played, read books....and now, the kiddos are in bed. Hoooray for me.

I am feeling good, and dad took pics of my 24 week belly this morning before he left. I will try and post them here soon.

Ok, sweet little baby...I am off to the shower and rest....

I love you!

Mom

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Wednesday, 3 Oct

Hello sweet baby!

I sure hope that you are well today!

Today was a busy and great day here. Your brother went to school, and Miss L and I went to MOPs. We had a very interesting speaker join us and discuss siblings and different issues related to this. I was thrilled to learn that routine is a big key to keeping things under control. I do routine (99%) of the time, like it's my religion! At this stage in the game, it keeps both me and the kids sane.

While I am not particularly religious, this being a Christian-based org, they do prayer request. I felt good asking everyone to keep US Service Men and Women and their families in thought and prayer. Another mom requested this for a child born premature 4 years ago, and died at just 3 months. I can oh so relate...as I think of our precious Rachael all the time. October 15th is right around the corner...another year to celebrate our sweet, precious Angels...

Miss L did not want to leave the Moppetts room, as it has a slide....a new love of hers. Anyhow, we both had a nice time...and are making some new friends. This is a GREAT thing!

When we came home, I made some chicken salad and we had lunch and rested. This afternoon, I ran out to find her some tights to go underneath her ladybug costume.

Your dad called from Kuwait, to let us know that he arrived safe and sound. It's always a huge relief to get this call! We miss him around here, and are so grateful that he won't be gone for long.

Ok, sweet baby....off to get your sibs in bed...routine, routine...LOL!

I love you!

Mom

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Thursday, 4 October

Hello Sweet One!

I sure hope that you are well today. I am feeling good...and so love feeling you inside of me. I love how you are now reacting to your sibs and their noise, too. When they talk or sing loud, you seem to wake up....it's waaayyyy cool! I never really recognized this with your sibs.

Today, I took J&L to get their flu shots. They were both champs...I am so proud of them. Barely a cry and they were done. Then, I took a chance and went in to see the Lactation Consultant. I've been meaning to call her...just have not. Anyhow, she seems sooooo nice! I am really glad that I went in, instead of just calling. Your sibs looked at books while we talked. I explained my history of rough starts with nursing, but that I am one heck of a determined momma when it comes to this. She told me not to worry, she does both office visits and phone calls. And, I could bring you in as often as I felt I needed for weight checks. Can you say HUMONGO BIG RELIEF!!!! I know that she is not Miss Donna...but, I am looking forward to working with her. She also gave me some hints on how to work with the Lactation Dept. at the hospital where you will come into this world. That's right, a whole Dept!!! Ok...so, I am hopeful that we will just click and groove right from the start. But, if not...it looks like we are all set for help.

This afternoon, your sibs and I headed out into the "boonies" to attend a playgroup. There were about 15 moms and kiddos there. We all had fun, and the women seem very nice. I think that we will join them this Sat, for a trip to a Pumpkin Patch....about 1/2 hour away. Nothing seems close around here...one of the downsides....

I didn't hear from your dad today, but really didn't expect to. I am certain he's doing just fine...

Well, it's off to get your sibs into bed...

I love you!

Mom

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Friday, 5 Oct

Hello sweet baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are good here, however, I am tired...from a long week.

Today was pretty busy. I spent the morning at school with the kids. The kiddos in Jacob's class were out of control...lol. Maybe they sensed that it is Friday...who knows. Anyhow, it makes me grateful to only have 2 (and almost you) in my life...and not many more.

Your sister actually shut the door on us when we dropped her off. She was soooo ready to play....she's too funny some times.

This afternoon, I vacuumed the entire middle level, and then we ran to the grocery store. Your sister does an excellent job of sitting in the Car cart, eating her crackers and drinking her water. I am so impressed by what she is able to do these days....she's not a little baby anymore. Hey, wait, she's a toddler...sheesh...where does the time fly??!!?!!??

Tomorrow, we were going to go to the Pumpkin Patch with Playgroup. however, I made an executive decision, and have decided not to go until your pops comes home. I would much rather all of us go together...as a family. So...I am planning to do some arts and crafts, bubble blowing, and getting messy with sidewalk chalk. Guess we'll do baths again tomorrow night...

I can't believe that you could be with us in as little as 11ish weeks. I hope to make it to 37 or 38 weeks this time though...we shall see. In the meantime, keep thumping away, sweet one...it puts my mind at ease.

I love you!

Mom

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Saturday, 6 Oct

Hello Sweet One!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are good here in Atl., and had a good day. We spent some time at the Mall this morning, and I got your sibs some shoes to wear to school. Meaning, knockaround--I don't care how muddy they get--shoes. Then, your sibs got some playtime in the indoor play area...and then we had lunch out.

After nap, we headed for the backyard, for some bubble fun. It was a blast watching your sibs running after them, and squealing with delight. I just love it! We then headed over to the small park in the next section of our neighborhood. Miss L is really into slides these days...she's a climber, for sure!

We spoke with your dad this afternoon. He is going to try and get manifested on a flight tomorrow morning, his time. With any luck, he'll be home on Monday or Tuesday! We can't wait to have him back!!!

Dinner tonight was fun. Your brother keeps asking the most intelligent questions (well, I think so, at least) about your home inside of me. He asked tonight why it was dark in my belly, and asked if we could turn a light on inside. He then wanted to know if you had toys to play with inside of me! When I answered, no, he then wanted to know what you did all day long. He's really into anatomy and how things work and function, too. I need to try and locate a basic anatomy book for him. Do they make such a thing for four year olds? Your Grandma Elaine calls him "Professor"...and as time goes by, it fits him more and more.

Meanwhile, your sister walks around reciting the A,B,Cs and singing Twinkle, Twinkle like they will go out of style if she stops. Your sister is quickly following in your brother's footsteps. I am constantly amazed at what she knows and can do.

Ok...I digress...but who else to be more proud of her kids than a mom??!!!! I can't wait to meet you, sweet one, and be just as proud of you!

I love you!

Mom

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Sunday, 7 Oct

Hello Sweet One!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are good here...just a bit tired. We can't wait for your dad to return...should be soon!!!

We had a nice day today. We went to Clinton Park this morning, and the kids had fun. There were tons of other kiddos there for them to play with. Plus, there is a sandbox...good thing it's bath night tonight!

This afternoon, we went to an indoor Flea Market...which was a big waste of time. Oh well, it was easy in, easy out.

Not much else to write...other than I am feeling good, and can't believe that I will be 40 in just over a week! I really don't feel 40...whatever that feeling is supposed to be. And, I don't think that I look 40, either...oh, well, bring it on...LOL! Write now, the only plan is to find an Indian restaurant (likely downtown), so that I can fill that craving. Other than this...I think it will just be a quiet birthday year.

I love you!

Mom

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Monday, 8 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are good here...actually, great, now that your dad is home. He got home this morning, after a looooonnnnng flight. He's tired, and "foggy", but home...yea!!!

Today, I spent the morning with your sibs at the preschool. The kids were really good today; I love how they run up and give me a big hug when I arrive. Makes it so worth being there. Jacob seems to have no issues with sharing me, which is great, too. Meanwhile, Miss L continues to enjoy her time with kids in her class. Today, she spent most of the time "flirting" with a little boy named Blake. She kept bringing him "a book" and reading with him. According to her teacher, she also had fun feeling his blond hair. Tooooo funny.

This afternoon, we just hung out and had dinner...so nice to do this as a complete family.

Ok, I am feeling well....just tired, and very glad that your dad is home.

I love you, sweet one!

Mom

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Tuesday, 9 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today!

We had a great Family Day today. We went to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It was gorgeous, and we all had so much fun. Even your dad and I saw some things that we'd never seen before. Jacob marveled at the tadpoles and polywogs...amazed that, they turn into frogs. We saw butterflies, a honeybee hive in action, gorgeous orchids, and humongous bug sculptures made out of wood. Throughout the garden, there were about 70 different scarecrows...each brought on some very interesting questions from your brother. This has been the closest thing so far, to our very much missed Luisen Park in Germany. The weather was perfect...the park was perfect...being together was, well...Perfect! We did a lot of walking, and I plan to rest up tomorrow, for sure.

This evening, we hung out, while dad replaced the battery on his Harley. As we were leaving the store where he'd bought the battery, I said..."well, I guess you'll be able to hang out with your other gal now." He replied..."no, your my only gal"..."other things are replaceable, you are not". Your dad is so, so sweet and loving, and what he said brought tears to this pregnant moma's eyes. I so hope and pray that, you and your siblings can find such a wonderful person to spend the rest of your lives with.

Tomorrow, I have a regular OB appt. I can't wait to hear your precious heart, beating away inside of me. I always love to hear this sound....

Well, sweet one...it's off to rest for now...

I love you!

Mom

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Wed, 10 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I know that you are doing well today. I had a regular OB appt. today, and heard your beautiful heartbeat....and my fundal measurement is right on track for 25 weeks. I've gained 15 lbs total so far, not too bad for more than 1/2 way there!

I took it easy after the appt...got gas, a few groceries...and got caught up on laundry. I uploaded our family pics as well, and am truly amazed to see how big your sibs are getting. I love catching their personalities in pics. I know that they will warm my heart forever, as they do now.

Your brother was moved up to the pre-K 4 class today. Both his teacher and the school admin feel that he is ready, and really bored in the Pre-K 3 class. He got his first week's worth of homework, and went crazy when I told him that, he could only do half of it tonight. He's sooooo smart for his age, but, I told the teacher to let me know if he was not keeping up.

Your dad will be going on a two week trip to Norfolk next month. Not sure that I am looking forward to this, but, he's in the Army...so, no choice. At least he's stateside, if I should need him here.

Ok...I am off to shower and rest. We are off to the library and to Playgroup tomorrow.

I love you!

Mom

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Thurs, 11 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

Today was a busy day around here. We went to the Post office and to the Library this morning. We got to the Library just in time for Jacob to participate in a local Preschool's Story Time. He had fun listening to the stories, while Lauren and I browsed the books. I was able to find some really cool books on Anatomy, reptiles, the 10 Commandments, and Dr. Seuss to read over the next week.

After naps, your sibs and I headed over to Playgroup. We had fun there, and Jacob even met a little boy his age to play with.

I forgot to write in last night's entry that, we have your Hebrew name picked out. It will be Bracha Sarah Zahava. Bracha means "blessed" in Hebrew. Sarah was one of our top girl's name picks, but we felt it too close to my name...so, we will use it in your hebrew name. Zahava means Golden, which is my maiden name. You and your sibs each have Zahava (or Zahav, in Jacob's case) in your Hebrew name.

I hope that you are truly blessed in life, my daughter, as I feel truly blessed to be your mother.

Not much else to write today, and I am tired...so, will stop for now...

I love you!

Mom

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Friday, Oct 12

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today. You were super active today...makes me think you're beginning to get rather uncomfy inside. Hang in there...it will be time for you to come out soon enough.

We had a pretty good day today...save for a mini crisis in the afternoon. This morning, after dropping your brother off at school, Miss L and I headed to Clinton Park for playgroup. We had a lot of fun...tons of moms and kiddos...all very welcoming. The weather was cool enough, finally, to be wearing light jackets. I wore my beloved clogs for the first time today, too. It's supposed to be heading back up into the high 70s and low 80s again. I can't wait till we cool off for good. I'm tired of the heat around here.

So, after lunch, I put Miss L down for a nap. I then proceed to sweep off the Front Porch of debris that's been there for ages! I decide to go back into the house via the garage/kitchen door and close the front door. Well, low and behold, the kitchen door (and every other of our EIGHT entrances/exits) was locked and bolted! So, off I head to the neighbors to try and call you dad home before Miss L wakes from her nap.

Long story short, another neighbor came over and helped raise a basement window enough for the first neighbor to crawl through. My preggo body wasn't going anywhere...although, I would have done it, if necessary. Anyhow....all is well that ended well. I came in and went to lay down, and....15 mins later your sister woke up.

I got a wonderful birthday gift basket from your Oma Sherie and Opa John today!!! I so can't wait for you to meet them. They were real life savers when I was pregnant with your sibs...as were both sets of your grandparents. I will write more about each of them soon!!!

The rest of the day was uneventful.

Ok...off to rest...I am tired!

I love you!

Mom

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Sat, 13 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I hope that you are well today...

We had a wonderful day today. The weather was gorgeous, and we went to the Atlanta Family Block Party. There was sooooo much to do and see there. Your sibs enjoyed tot-sized moonbounces and slides; they painted pumpkins; made bookmarks and masks. We rode a mini train, and enjoyed petting mini farm animals. There must have been over 50 things to do and see...it was great. I just love doing things like this as a family!

I trecked to the grocery store after we got home....hey, ya need milk when you have kids, right??!!!?

I did way more standing and walking then I should have...and plan to plant my tush on the couch and rest in a bit. I also plan to do wayyyyy more sitting tomorrow.

I got a beautiful personalized kitchen apron from your Momma Ann in the mail today for my B-day. I don't own a single one...so, this is going to be worn a lot! Your Momma Ann is a crafty, talented...and very special woman. I can't wait for you to meet her...and vice versa!

Ok....off to shower and rest...

I love you!

Mom

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Sunday, 14 Oct

Hello sweet one!

I sure hope that you are well today!

We had a very quiet day here...other than your brother having come down with a stomach bug of some sort. He had an up and down temp throughout the day, and lost his food a few times. He did manage to keep breakfast down and an entire banana for a few hours....so, I am not sure what is going on. Anyhow, he'll be home with us tomorrow.

I did take your sibs to the Fire Prevention for Kids event at the Mall. The kids got to go through Sparky's House, and learn a few things. I think that, this will be a great thing for them to do again in a few years. The Firehats they got are going to be fun for dress up though...so, worth going, for sure.

Your dad and I did a bit of decorating and hanging things up today. I also managed to get out some more of your sibs toys and put batteries in stuff. It was like the holidays again... and even I enjoyed hearing some of the familiar "toy" sounds that we haven't heard in a while.

Tomorrow is a bittersweet day for me. It is both my 40th birthday (yeah!!), and also National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. I think that my b-day will be celebrated (or not) very quietly this year. No plans, other than maybe a nice Indian dinner out next weekend. That is, if we can locate an Indian restaurant around here...sheesh, we sure are not in Germany anymore. (Ask me some day about my theory on Birthdays....so far, so true...) Anyhow, I will be lighting a candle for your oldest sister, Rachael Ann. I will also be counting my blessings here on earth, including the wonderful blessing of being able to carry you inside of me.

Ok...that's all for today...

I love you, sweet girl!

Mom

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Monday, 15 Oct

Hello sweet baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

Today was a pretty busy day...and ended very nicely. I turned the big 40 today...but, don't feel it...I guess that's good!

Your sibs and I spent the day doing chores and running errands. We also went to the Park to play in the evening before dinner. Jacob was soooo concerned that there was no birthday cake for me...poor kid. But, dad came home with flowers, a cake, and two bags filled with some yummy food goodies. I got chocolate goodies, German goodies (including some spaetzle), and some cheese goodies. Also, some hummus and dried apricots....all my favorite things. Mostly, it was a quiet birthday, celebrated with the people who love me most. I got several phone calls and e-mail notes from those who couldn't be here...this made it even more special. Ok...so, now...here's to another year in my life!!!

Tomorrow, I'll be home with both your sibs again, as your brother still has some sort of tummy bug....yuck! I hope to get some of the Halloween decor out, and maybe take the kids to get a pumpkin to decorate this weekend.

Ok...sweet baby....you just keep kicking away...and eating and sleeping....and growing stronger each day!

I love you!

Mom

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Tues, 16 Oct

Hello sweet baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

Today was one of those days when I wish I could have just stayed in bed all day. Fortunately, I am here to write this at the end of the day. Seriously, it was one minor (funny after the fact) crisis after another. Not worth repeating each here...but, each had to do with a bad odor. I don't know, use your imagination! And, to think that there will be three of you this time next year...eeeek. Ok, chin up...I CAN do this! If my momma could, so can I!

We ventured out mid morning to get a pumpkin. The rest of the day was inside. I did manage to paint my toe nails, make the fruit ambrosia salad for tomorrow's MOPs meeting, and get dinner on the table between "the events" of the day. Hoooooray for me!

Ok...enough said...I am off to shower and sit on my patukas...as Poppa B would say.

I love you!

Mom

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Wed, 17 Oct

Hello sweet baby!

I sure hope that you are well today!

Today was a pretty good day. Jacob went back to school, and Miss L and I went to MOPs. I had volunteered to be in the Moppetts room today, so, spent the morning with 10 2-3 year olds. Lauren was in another room. All in all, the kids were fun, and pretty well behaved. The peach-colored ambrosia salad that I made was a hit...although I still had plenty left to bring home.

The rest of the day was pretty quiet. I did schlep several light items down to the curb for our recycle pickup tomorrow. Hey, I had the time, and it made dad's evening less hectic tonight.

I was supposed to have the house cleaned tomorrow...but, the ladies called and postponed it until Friday. It needs it bad....but, I will be patient and wait.

Ok...I am feeling pretty good, and plan to chill tomorrow...

Love you, sweet one!

Mom

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Thursday, 18 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are good here. Today, we spent the morning at Preschool. Both of your sibs love it there, and I am so glad that we can afford to send them. Jacob is doing great in the Pre-K 4 class. He was busy tracing letters today! Now that he's with the 4 yr olds....he doesn't seem like a 3 year old to me. He's got a great attention span, compared to the 3s, but then again, he always has.

Miss L and I spent the early afternoon at home, and then a quick trip to the grocery store.

Dad was home earlyish tonight...well 6 pm...but, in time for all of us to eat dinner together! Hooray for family dinners.

I am feeling good today...just getting a bit bigger around the middle....ha ha...

I love you!

Mom

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Friday, 19 Oct

Hello sweet One!

I sure hope that you are well today.

Today was a pretty good day. Your sister and I went to Post to meet dad for lunch. I was also able to register the van, so that I can drive on Post more easily.

I had cleaning ladies here today, too! It was wonderful to come home to a completely clean house...wooo hooo...

One of the ladies is going in to have lap surgery to correct some effects, that she says, were caused my her tubal ligation a few years ago. These include ovarian cysts and heavy cramping/bleeding etc. This really got me wondering about me...as I plan to have a tubal after you are born. Lord knows I've been through enough!!!

I've done a bit of searching on the net...and some of what I've read sounds horrible. I also sent an e-mail to the Great Dr. Preen, who delivered both of your sibs, to see what she has to say. I asked her whether or not I should at least talk with my current OB/GYN. I plan to do this regardless. What I've read on the net has to do with "ovarian isolation", "hormonal imbalance", and something call "post tubal ligation syndrome." I also read that these are things that medical professionals don't like to talk about...just great!

I hate to use the net as a resource...but, I guess it has given me enough info to ask professionals. Sheesh...this is the last thing I need in the eleventh hour!!! I also wonder, whether my unicornuate uterus and non-communicating left tube will make the procedure more difficult and/or cause any unusual effects. Sheesh...ok...I will keep searching for info...and post more here as I become enlightened.

Tomorrow, we have your brother's Fall Festival at the Preschool. Should be a lot of fun!

I am off to rest...and hopefully fall asleep ok tonight...

I love you!

Mom

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Sat, 20 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby,

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are ok here in Atl. We enjoyed a gorgeous weather day today....mid 70's a slight breeze, and very little humidity. I wish I could wrap my arms around it...sigh.

We went to the Preschool's Fall Festival this morning. We got there before everything was ready, but, the kiddos still had fun. Jacob got to go in the Spider Man Moonbounce, do a few crafts, and listen to the local librarian tell stories. All in all, an ok way to spend part of the day.

This afternoon, we all went to the Barber shop where, everyone but me got hair cuts/trims.

We went out to dinner tonight...to a new restaurant in town. It ended up being ok...the appetizer and soup were great...our meals so/so.

I got a reply today from Dr. Preen re: negative effects from having a tubal ligation. She said that some women do experience side effects like more painful and heavier bleeding. She also said that, women report recovery from a c-section and a tubal...is more painful that from just a c-section. Finally, she said that for some reason more women have hysterectomy later on if they have had a tubal. She did say that IUD is an option for some women...but not me with my UU. All of this does not bode well in my brain...sheesh. I know that it may be a 50/50 gamble...but, still...

I plan to discuss all of this further with my OB at the next appt. I wish that there were other permanent options...besides tubal and vasectomies... (which your dad is not thrilled about...what man would be...LOL).

Ok...sweet baby...off to rest a bit...

I love you!

Mom

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Sunday, 21 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are good here...I am just a bit tired right now. We stayed around the house today (save for a quick trip to the park) and got quite a bit done. I even found a darling Baby Book for you, that I had bought wayyyy before I got married. I am so glad that I found this...it's precious...and now that is another thing that we have waiting for you!

We spent some time this afternoon, decorating our pumpkin. The kids had fun watching us clean out the pumpkin, and then they really enjoyed hammering in the Lite Brite-type pegs. Jacob chose to use the Cat face pattern. It turned out very nice.

I spoke with your Aunt Meg today. She told me about another permanent form of birth control...called Essure. Apparently, coils are placed in your fallopian tubes, and then scar tissue forms around it...blocking conception. I checked the official website, and apparently it was approved by the FDA in 2002. I sent a quick note to the Great Dr. Preen, who promptly replied that, this is not something that would be done in a woman with UU.

Sooo...I am going to talk with my OB in Nov about the tubal...and then just do a lot of praying that I don't have any negative effects from it. At least this is the way we are leaning right now. And, I guess that the recovery from it, on top of the c-section, can't be any worse than my recovery from the Seroma (c-section opening) I had with Jacob, and the last run of bad luck (during cerclage placement) with my bladder being perforated. Sheesh, I've been through the ringer with all of this. But, you and your sibs are so worth it!!!

Ok...I am off to rest my mind and body...well, to at least try to!

I love you!

Mom

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Monday, 22 Oct

Hello Sweet BAby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are good here in Atl. It was a gloomy, rainy, humid day though...made me want to stay underneath the covers. But, it did remind me of H'berg...so, up and atom we all were.

I hung out at the preschool with your sibs this morning. Jacob got to trace his whole name...and did pretty well. It's soooo cool seeing him do actual school work and love it! He proudly turned in his homework folder this morning, and immediately asked his teacher for more...that's our Jacob.

This afternoon, Miss L and I took it easy and then went to the grocery store.

I think that, tomorrow, your sibs and I will go to storytime at the library.

Oh, we have a maternity portrait shoot scheduled for next weekend at a nearby park. I love taking and having the maternity shots...a beautiful memory. It should be fun with both kiddos!

Ok...off to rest for now...

I love you!

Mom

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Tuesday, 23 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are good here...save for getting over slight colds/coughs.

This morning, your sibs and I went to Story Time at the Library...we had fun. The librarian does a great job holding interest, and they always have a craft to make and take. All free, which is a plus!

This afternoon, Mariah came over to meet the kids, and get to know where things are around the house. We hope to have her come babysit on occassion. She is the 16 year old daughter of a friend. Definetely not Giedre or Oma Sherie...but, the kids enjoyed her company. Jacob even asked if she was going to stay and babysit, when Mariah was getting ready to leave. Made me want to hop in the van and go for a ride....LOL.

Well, it looks like your Grandma Elaine is going to come and help out when you are born! This is such a huuuuuuggggeeee relief for us. We are hoping that she'll make it here in time for your birth. So, little one, it would be greatly appreciated if, you would wait until after 20 Dec (I should be 36 weeks by then) to arrive. Do you think that you can do this for mommy!!???!!!

Well....I am off to shower and to rest...

I love you!

Mom

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Wed, 24 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today. Happy 27 Weeks!!!

We are ok here....save for getting over colds/coughs...tis' the season, I suppose.

This morning, your brother went on his first field trip...to a Pumpkin Patch. He had fun enjoying a hayride, petting animals, stuffing a scarecrow, searching for rocks/minerals, visiting an Indian teepee, and picking out a pumpkin.

Your sister and I went shopping, and finally found the perfect outfit to bring you home from the hospital in:

Thanks grandma Elaine and Grandpa Ron....we love it!!!

This afternoon, I made pumpkin cheesecake squares for tomorrow's playgroup Halloween Party. I don't really like to bake...but, I think they turned out pretty darn good. I hope that we all feel well enough to go. Your sibs are looking forward to debuting their Halloween costumes!

Ok...off to shower and rest up....

I love you!

Mom

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Thurs, 25 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today. You were very active today inside of me...almost non-stop movement...are you getting uncomfy?

We are doing ok here. I took your sibs to the Dr. this morning...just tired of the coughing and runny noses. Turns out, they both had ear infections...so, on to antibiodics for 10 days. After this, the Dr. is recommending that I give them each a bit of Claritin each morning for potential allergy causes of clear runny nose. We shall see.

Your dad also stayed home today...so, we all had a sick day...lol.

I decided not to go to the Playgroup Halloween party. for two reasons...I didn't want to spread the oogie boogies...and because I dont' really get the warm and fuzzy with this group of women. So...we all enjoyed some of the yummy pumpkin cheesecake dessert that I made to take with us. I will freeze the rest for T-day and for when Grandma E is here with us....it tastes very similar to pumpkin pie...

Ok...I am off to shower and rest...

I love you!

Mom

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Friday, Oct 26

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are doing ok here in Atl. I think that we are all finally starting to feel a bit better.

Today was a pretty slow and easy day. Jacob went to school, and Miss L and I ran errands and did laundry.

I made some very yummy Greek Goulash for dinner. This is a dish that I kind of made up while we were living in H'berg...and I managed to find the ingredients to make it here. It turned out pretty darn good. I was going to make the Greek marinade for the meat from scratch, but then found Greek Seasoning by McCormick in the store. I could go on and on about how great this dish is....especially if you like Greek food.

Tomorrow, we will go and look at some furniture for your sister, that we found on listed Craig's List. I am soooo glad that we've finally found something to go and look at. I really want to transition her to her room, so that the nursery can be readied for you!!!

Tomorrow afternoon, we will all go to Sweetwater Creek Park, and have maternity pics taken (well, family pics with maternity me....lol). I am excited about this...and hope that you find them a special memory some day.

I love you, sweet girl!

Mom

PS. We're working really hard on finalizing your name...it's just taking a bit more time than it did with Jacob and Lauren. Hang in there...your beautiful name is coming up!

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Sat, 27 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are good here in Atl. We had a super, duper busy day today...and only just now are home with your sibs in bed.

We went to look at and buy some furniture for your sister. I am sooo happy to report that, we now have a bed, dresser, nightstand, and wooden toybox (window seat) for her room. We spent way too much time at this family's home...they had a dog, and had to race back to get changed in time for our maternity shoot.

The maternity shoot was by far the most pleasurable one that we did. The park was nice--with beautiful fall foliage--the kids were terrific, and the photographer, Danielle, was kind and patient. It was so wonderful taking these pics with dad and your sibs. I am certain that, over 200 pictures were taken!!!

You were just a thumping away inside of me while we were there...as if you wanted to jump out and be with us in the pics! It was a tad bit melancholy for me as well, as this will be the last maternity shoot that I get to take. Despite all the challenges that my pregnancies have presented me with, I still soooo enjoy being pregnant. I must be a crazy lady...no, just a woman who loves carry beautiful bundles of joy, and bringing them into this world.

On that note...I will post pics from today's shoot here just as soon as I can.

I love you!

Mom

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Sunday, 28 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are good here in Atl. We had a nice Sunday. I got to sleep in a bit....which is always nice. I am sure going to miss doing this when your dad is away next month.

I went out today, and bought a few things for your sister's bed...waterproof mattress cover, pad, and sheets. I looked at a few comforter sets, but did not get one. We really need to save our pennies right now, so, I think we'll just make do and get something for her next month or soon-thereafter.

Tonight, we went out for Mexican food with a wonderful couple. The husband works with your dad, the wife is from Italy (although she grew up in South Africa). We had a wonderful time talking about how wonderful life is in Europe. Renata (Rene) is having just as hard of a time adjusting here as I am. She is also expecting a baby, and is at least 40. I am certain that, she and I will get together again and I hope become friends before long.

I guess that is all for tonight...I am off to rest...

I love you!

Mom

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Monday, 29 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today!

We are good here in Atl...although, still fighting the runny noses....eeekkk...sooooo very frustrating!

I spent time at the preschool this morning. Jacob's class has it's original teacher back after two months. She's been home caring for her hubby. Anyhow, she's a hard-charging, older woman...who's been teaching for a long time. She is really into educating kiddos, and has minimal playtime in her class. I say yeeehaw! I so hope that things work out. She also told me that, your brother could easily go into the K'garten class there, even though he'll be on the young side...if he's academically ready. I told her that, we'd just take one day at a time....and see where he is at the end of the year.

This afternoon, I cleaned the two swings that we got for free from our neighbors. These are very good quality, swings with heavy duty outdoor chains. They are the bucket seats...so will be perfect for you and Lauren. I will go and look for a saddle seat for your brother soon. Your dad says that, we can hang them under the deck (we've tons of headroom down below) or even inside for rainy days. I also cleaned some of your sister's new furniture and mattress...before we get her settled. We hope to do the transition early next week. Hey, that's when your dad leaves for Norfolk...what am I thinking??!!!??? Anyhow...we shall see how it goes. I think we will move the old rocking chair that I have downstairs into her room, as she loves the glider that needs to stay in your room.

Let's see, I got about 20 sample pics from the maternity shoot we took. I am soooo happy with them, and will post a link and password here when I get it...so that anyone reading your journal can see the pics too.

We also got Grandma Elaine's flight reservation made today....I am so thrilled that she'll be here to help....and hopefully, you will wait until she arrives to make your grand entrance. She arrives during week 36....and that is when your sister arrived...so...we shall see. It will be interesting having her here over X-mas...and she and your dad may have to do the honors X-mas day, if I am in the hospital with you. I am certain she'll do just fine...but, it is strange asking a jewish grandma to do this. She's already talked about making a duck for dinner--which your dad loves--so, I think she might be getting into the spirit already. Now, all she needs to do is bring your dad some new underwear (an inside joke) and we'll be all set...HHAHHHHHHAHHA LOL!!!

Ok...it's late...and I am pooped..so, it's off to rest!

I love you!

Mom

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Tues, 30 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are good here in Atl. We had a fast, full day here....with both your sibs home. We went to Story Time at the library. Your sibs got to also make some arts and crafts and got goodie bags. There was also a Thomas DVD this time, so, your brother was in heaven. Good thing too, as our cable isn't working right now, and the company can't come to fix it until Thursday. Doesn't make this momma mad though, I dislike TV very much....

This afternoon, I made a pan of stuffed shells...and had some left after dinner tonight to freeze and eat while your dad is gone. I hate making real meals while he's away...so, I've been making extra and freezing for the occassion...LOL.

This afternoon, we also went to the neighborhood park. I like that fact that, it isn't too big and is pretty close to home. There was a lady and her son there today, who reminded me of our good friends Ann and Elijah in Germany. Yet again, I yearn to be back in H'berg...sigh....

Ok...we have a busy day tomorrow...and we hope that your Aunt Suzie has a happy Birthday!

Love you baby girl!

Mom

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Wed, 31 Oct

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today...

We are good here in Atl...just pooped from the day's H'ween events.

We went to Jacob's school for his party...and got there after the fact. It was fun though, watching him run around in the Batman costume. He actually liked wearing it...after fussing about it during try on last week...whew!!! Miss Lauren was a most adorable little ladybug. I will try and post pics of them here soon. Now, since I've managed to borrow all but one costume in the years that I've had kiddos, I shall have to start looking to buy some for next year.

This evening, dad came home early, and we all went to the Mall to trick or treat. It was perfect, in that the stores were close to each other...and it was all lit up. Our neighborhood has no sidewalks, is dark, and is too hilly. We also went to the First United Meth. Church, and went Trunk or Treating...it was fun, too. All in all, a perfect Halloween. I did think to myself on more than one occassion that, I wished we were back on our enclosed street in H'berg for H'ween. Made things so much easier...and the neighbors usually had food and drinks for adults, too. Sigh, we're not in H'berg anymore...

Tomorrow, we will take it easy....and maybe go to Clinton Park in the late afternoon...

I love you!

Mom

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Bonus Entry....maternity Portrait Slide Show

Hello Sweet Baby!

Here is a link to the slide show I made, using several of the pics from last Saturday's maternity shoot. I think it turned out sweet...and I just love the pics. The photographer took well over 200...so, maybe I'll post more when we receive the rest of them....

I love you, sweet girl!

Mom

http://s21.photobucket.com/albums/b274/gldnone/?action=view&current=8fd9f627.pbr

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Thurs, 1 Nov

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

We are good here...and had a slow day. We did go to Clinton park this afternoon and the weather was beautiful. Your sibs love the playground, and I am sure that you will, too.

Happy Birthday to Momma Ann....we can't wait to visit with all of you next year in CA!!

I am starting to have some lower back pain and round ligament stretching...all pretty normal for this time in pregnancy. However, in 10 weeks or less...you will be here!

I so can't wait to hold you in my arms, sweet girl!

Love,

Mom

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Friday, 2 Nov

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today....you were very, very active today...and I think you're head or tush is now wedged beneath my right rib cage. I remember this so well with your sister...ouchie for a few weeks. Oh, well, it's probably not much better feeling for you...sorry, sweet thing.

Today was pretty busy...with chores and errands. I also cataloged 4 more boxes for donation...seems never ending. But, at least we're getting rid of things!

Tomorrow, your dad has to go in to work for a bit. He will then try to hang up the swings we have for you and your sibs, and put Lauren's bed together. Still sooooo much to do...it seems.

Well, I am making this entry short...your dad and I are off to watch a movie.

I love you!

Mom

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Sat, 4 Nov

Hello Sweet Baby,

I sure hope that you are well today!

We are good here. I took your sibs to the park this morning...as dad had to go in to work for a bit. We had fun, but there were tons of kids...and it was hard to keep a close eye on your brother.

This afternoon, I went to get my hair cut and colored. It was a nice, quiet, two hours to myself...yeehaw! When I went to schedule the next appt. for 7 or so weeks from now, it is just shy of a few days before I expect you to arrive. I just can't believe how quickly the time is flying by!!!!

Your dad put up the swings for your sibs today. They are going to be so surprised and happy when they get to use them tomorrow! He also put together your sister's furniture in her room. She seemed to like practicing getting up and laying on the bed. We plan to have her nap there tomorrow. No more little baby Lauren, sigh....you guys grow up too quickly!

Well...it's off to rest for now...you were so very active today. I wonder what you are doing inside of me....???!!!???

I love you, little one!

Mom

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Sunday, 4 Nov

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today...

We are good here in Atl. We had a nice day today...full of sunshine...

Daddy hung up the swings last night, and your sibs had lots of fun in them today. It sure was nice not having to get in the car to go swing!

Your sister also slept in her big girl bed for the first time...during nap today. After a few tears, she settled down. She is in her bed again tonight...and with a few tears of protest, all is quiet up there for now. I get melancholy thinking that, she is no longer a little baby. Time sure does fly, and before I know it, you'll be in a big girl bed, too.

Tomorrow, I have a regular OB appt. I will have my glucose test, and we will discuss the tubal. I am still very uncomfortable signing permission to have it done, especially if it will mean a tougher recovery and potential problems down the road. Your dad plans to be at this appt., and I hope that the Dr. will give us some honest answers on what having it done might mean for me. I sure don't want 20 more years of being miserable....or worse.

I guess that is all for now. I can't wait to hear your sweet heartbeat tomorrow...

I love you!

Mom

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Monday, 5 Nov

Hello Sweet Baby!

I sure hope that you are well today.

I had an OB appt this morning...that went very well. You heartbeat sounded delightful...nice and strong, and you are measuring exactly where you should be for 29 weeks!!! Dr. agreed with me in that, we think you are now in breech position. I am guessing you will remain this way until you arrive. I guess this is just as well...for if you were head down near birth time, I would be mourning the fact that I couldn't have you vaginally. So...onward we go.

I had the glucose test and blood draw. Really, no biggie when you've been through what I've been through. We also discussed the tubal and my concerns. Dr. Raghavan suggested that I consider Implanon...which is a progesterone release into your system...via a match stick size tube implanted in your upper arm. The implant is good for three full years. There are some side effects for some women...but, no way to tell what effect it may have on me. Some women stop mensing...others do have longer/heavier periods. In any event, I wouldn't have to worry about a more challenging recovery from the c-section...and we can wait to do something absolutely permanent. The Dr. asked your dad to consider a vasectomy...we shall see. I am breathing a big sigh of relief tonight though.

This afternoon, I started shifting your sister's clothing into her room. She is sleeping in there like a champ...I am amazed! I am certainly going to stick with Cry It Out with you...because in the end...well, by 20 months...your sibs were both laying down, closing eyes and that's it. So, so worth it for them to have the peace of being able to fall asleep on their own...knowing that we are there if they need us!

Well sweet girl...I am off to rest...

I love you!

Mom

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Tues, 6 Nov

Hello Sweet Girl!

I sure hope that you are well today! You were moving and grooving most of today...I really think that you are trying to get comfy...with not much room in only my right side. Hang in there sweetie, not too much longer. I so can't wait to actually see you next Wed, when I have my next Apt. with Dr. Potter. I am bringing in a video, and hopefully, we will get some good 3D footage and pics! I love the ones I have of your sibs...so, so special!

Today, your sibs and I went to story time at the library. The librarian there, Ms. Duffy, is very good at this. She really engages the kiddos...

The rest of the day, we pretty much just hung out while I did laundry. Your sister is loving her new bed...and so far, has not attempted to get out on her own...wooo hooo!

I hope to wash all of your premie/newborn clothing and blankets/hats etc. while your dad is away over the next two weeks. I also want to start packing bags...just in case. I always feel better having these things ready wayyyyyy early. Now that your sister is in her room, I have a place to put all of your things.

Oh gosh, I can't wait to hold you and smell you and hear your sweet little voice. I also can not wait for your sibs to meet you. I know that Jacob so understands what is going on....and your sister is going to think that you are a real live doll to play with.....LOL!

Tomorrow morning, your dad leaves for two weeks on business. I take comfort in knowing that he'll only be 8 hours away, and he'll have a car with him. Still...two weeks is going to seem like a long time. He's not been away for this length of time, since he was last deployed in Iraq. Oh, well...your sibs and I will get a routine down, and the time will pass...

Ok sweet girl...off to rest...

I love you!

Mom

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