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    Default Sunday, 11 September 2005

    Hello Sweet Little B,

    I hope that you are well today. By the time I remembered to write a post yesterday, it was after midnight...so, thought I'd just combine with today's.

    On Saturday, Jacob and I went to Babies R' Us with Giedre. I finally found some more closet locks!!!! We also went to the Commissary. Giedre helped me bring all the groceries up (well..she did it all), as I am already trying to avoid lifting anything heavy. We are really working on things here in the apt., with Jacob in this regard. Letting him climb on the coffee table, and then into the high chair etc., so I won't have to lift him as much. We are also going to try and transition him to a toddler bed soon, so that I won't have to lift in and out of the crib.

    Last night, we went to the Baptism of my friend Stephanie's son, Gregory. Jacob did superb during the mass; he sat quietly and read books, and flirted with the cute girl in the pew behind us . The actually ceremony was a different story, as he wanted to run up and down the aisle. So, into his stroller he went. I know that the problem was...it was his dinner time. He did ok overall though. I am still waiting for the knock-down, fall on the floor meltdown. I hope that you have a similar personality as your brother Little B... it will make life easier for all of us!!!

    Today, I did laundry....and ran errands at the PX. Your dad and I have officially been married for 5 years now....woooo hoooo....I love him more each and every day!

    This afternoon, dad came home from his week-long trip to Iraq. We were so excited to see him!!!

    We made several calls today, as it is Grandparents Day. It was nice talking with everyone....especially Grandma Pauline (your Great) who just today moved to Florida with your Great Aunt Sandra.

    We are also being asked by many these days if we are pregnant, or what the status is. I guess everyone is ancy, as they know that in a few months your dad will be off to Iraq again. We just keep saying that we are "working on it". We really want to get beyond the first tri-mester before we share the news. I know it's hard for some to understand. But, we just feel that this is the right thing to do this time.

    In this regard, I ordered a cute t-shirt yesterday for Jacob to wear in an e-mail picture...announcing your up-coming arrival. I think that everyone is going to be happy seeing this announcement.

    Going to try and post a pic of the graphic here:



    Well sweet baby....mom needs her rest. I am still very, very tired these days....and tummy still feels horrible.

    I love you!

    Mom
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Default Monday, 13 September

    Hello Sweet Little B,

    I sure hope that you are well today.

    This morning, I started back at my RC volunteer job, for the first time since becoming preggo. Was hard to get up earlier than usual, and was feeling tired most of the morning. I kind of expected this....so glad that I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn and drive the Virginia beltways feeling like this....ewwwwww yuck!

    Then, when I got home...I went with dad to drop off the station wagon to be looked at. It isn't the best of cars...for sure. We've had issues with it since we got it. Some days, I wish we'd just sell it. Anyhow....

    This afternoon, I headed back to the store for a few more groceries. I don't like going more than once a week...but, didn't realize that dad would be home for a few days. So...needed to get more milk and cereal for him. I used the time to practice shapes, colors, and math with Jacob. We discussed these things as we looked at the fruit and produce. He is really getting good at learning so many things. And I am having fun teaching him. I can not wait to do this with you, too!

    Tonight, dad worked very late. I made out Rosh Hashana cards and other evening chores....

    Getting ready to read for a bit...and then hit the hay.

    I love you sweet baby,

    Mom
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Hello Sweet Little B,

    I hope that you are well today.

    I'll keep this post short, as I am tired. I am not sleeping well or much at night. My bladder must be the size of a pea (no pun intended) right now. I feel like I go constantly.

    Today, I tried twice to get Jacob's haircut, with no success. I so wish that they had a place here just for kids...

    Tonight I made Mexican....was yummy. Jacob even chowed down.

    Dad had to work late. He will be so very busy in the next month or so. All I can say/think is "So, what is new"? I just keep telling myself "he's here, but he's not"....and march on.

    Tonight I clipped the tags off of your brother's fall clothing. He has some really cute stuff this year! I love clothes shopping for him. He looks great in just about anything. Well, buying shoes is a PITA, but other than that...fun, fun.

    Ok....off to read a bit.

    I love you....

    Mom
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Default Wednesday, 14 September 2005

    Hello Sweet Little B,

    I sure hope that you are well today.

    Today started out like most days....your brother waking up to give me one of his "light up the world" smiles and huge hugs. It feels sooo good to be a mom!!!

    The big morning event was getting your brother a haircut...his eighth. I know it's silly to count them, but I think it funny that he's had so many in his almost 19 months. Many kids haven't even had their first!

    This afternoon we went to First Steps class, the German/English art-music class we attend in the West City. It was fun, as usual.

    Then, we went to the park. Normally, we do this just before dinner. Tonight, I am so very grateful that we were able to have dinner. You see, I was watching Jacob when a neighbor, Lisa, came over to chat for a minute. I am one of the most "anal" moms at the park....well anywhere, and I never let your brother out of my sight. Well, tonight, one of a mom's worse fears came true for me. I looked over for your brother, and he was no where in sight. I think my heart dropped to the floor. All I kept thinking was, I just can not loose another child!

    The whole neighborhood was out looking for your brother. Adults, kids, police....about 50 people. We looked high and low. We found two gates wide open to major roads...my heart dropped lower. I never prayed to g-d so hard!!! When the police asked for his picture, I started crying buckets. Your brother was missing for about 1/2 hour. I couldn't reach your dad, who spent the day in the field. I can't think of a worse feeling in the world, then the way I felt at the time.

    Thank goodness, Jacob was found...safe and sound. A neighbor found him in the fourth floor bathroom in a building down our street. He had gone in the bathroom and shut the door. He was crying and saying "Ma Ma" really loud. How scared he must have been. When the neighbor carried him over to me, we just cried for each other. I didn't think he would ever let me go. I know I didn't want to let him go either.

    Well...I needed to write this down. I am a good mom...the best mom Jacob could ever have. This was certainly a lesson I'll not soon forget though. It's debatable whether I will let him out of his crib now for a few years....sigh....

    Well...I am tired as usual...so will end this post....

    I love you Sweet Little B....and your brother....and your sister....so very, very much!

    Mom
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Default Thursday, 15 September

    Hello Sweet Little B,

    I sure hope that you are well today.

    Another shortish post, as I am tired...

    Today was a wonderful day. I was able to start it by, going in at 8:30 to wake up your brother. I felt so blessed to be able to do this today. As usual, he looked up with a big ol' smile and said "Ma Ma"'; I'll never, ever tire of hearing him (or you) say this!!!

    We had a pretty lazy morning, other than doing laundry.

    In the afternoon, we met Beth and Joshua for snack time, and then, yes....went park-hopping. We went to three different parks on her side of MTV. Call me crazy, but I was right behind your brother every second we were out. I mean, right behind. Anyhow, thankfully, we had fun at the park today.

    Tonight, dad was home in time for dinner. Such a rarity these days....but, I love it when he is.

    Well, sweet baby, tomorrow you will be 11 weeks old. I can't believe that the first tri-mester is almost over. Sheesh, we made it, sweet one!

    I am excited for next Monday, when we will see you again. Hopefully, your dad will be able to join us!

    Ok, my sweet baby....until tomorrow,

    Love,

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    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Default Friday, 16 September 2005

    Hi Sweet Little B,

    I hope that you are well today!

    Holy Moly....11 weeks already. I can't believe how quickly this pregnancy is going so far. I suppose, at some point, it will drag...

    Today was a good day. I had lunch with a neighbor, and Jacob had a playdate with her daughter, Cara. Was nice...

    This afternoon, we went to the PX with Giedre. She is definetely helping me lift things already...a true angel. Your brother feels heavier and heavier by the day!!!

    A funny annecdote from today. This morning, I asked your brother if he wanted a brother or sister. (I know, I know...he's young for this) Anyhow, he blurted out "sidster"....no mistaking it! I asked him the same thing again when we were out with Giedre...again, the same answer.

    So, tonight, your dad and I were putting him to sleep. I asked him the question. Without hesitation, he answered "brobba". I just couldn't believe it!!! Your dad, of course, got a big chuckle. And, of course, we couldn't care less whether you are Jacob's brobba or sidster....just as long as you are healthy!

    Ok...sweet, sweet baby....off to spend some time with your dad....

    I love you!

    Mom
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Default 17 September, Saturday

    Hello Sweet Little B...

    I sure hope that you are well today.

    Today was a fun, but busy day. Your brother and I went to a cute village about an hour away with Oma Sherie. We went to two antique stores. Actually, each store had several bldgs worth of gorgeous antiques. I just couldn't believe how many pieces caught my eye. I even found my dream dining table. It is solid mahogany...seats about 6 closed....but 24 when fully opened. It is really something else! Anyhow...I wish that it was a complete set, that we knew where we were settling to put it, and that it didn't cost so darn much!

    Anyhow...tonight, we went with dad to have chinese at our fav. Chinese restaurant....mmmm. It was so good to see Iko, the waitress...it had been quite some time.

    Well...that's about it for today. Still very tired and still feeling somewhat "icky", but less with each passing day.

    I love you....so much!

    Mom
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Default Sunday, 18 September

    Hello Sweet Little B...

    I sure hope that you are well today.

    Well, I know I keep saying that these posts will be short...and then they are not....lol. This one, however, will be!

    Today was just a lazy day...Commissary and some errands. The weather was gorgeous, so your brother and I had a great time at the park. I, following closely behind his little behind! Dad worked all day....again.

    Tomorrow, I have my next appt. with Dr. Preen. I can NOT wait to see you and hear your sweet heart beat. I am just as excited as I was the first time!!!

    I love you sweet baby....

    Mom
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Monday, 19 September 2005

    Hello sweet Little B,

    I sure hope that you are well today.

    My appt with Dr. Preen went very, very well! We got to see your little arms and legs moving...and, you were kicking your sweet little feet. So, so cute!

    Here is a picture of what you looked like today, 11 weeks...3 days...



    I am still feeling pretty icky, and having mucho trouble falling asleep. Seems that I don't really fall sound asleep till the wee hours. Just a few more weeks, then, I know you will rise up and off of my bladder!

    On a sad note, your Great Uncle Phil died yesterday from lung cancer. I am so glad that I got to meet him a few times, and Jacob did this past summer. He was a musician in San Francisco for many years. A very, very quiet and nice man...

    Tomorrow, I have a pedicure scheduled! I can't wait..it's been ages! Jacob will stay with "Miss Nicky"...the lady who will watch him during the day after my cerclage is placed.

    Ok sweet baby...until tomorrow...

    I love you!

    Mom
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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    Default Tuesday, 20 September 2005

    Hello Sweet Little B...

    I sure hope that you are well today.

    Today was a fun day, even though I am still feeling pretty nauseaus...

    I took Jacob this morning over to Ms. Nicky's house. He absolutely had a grand time playing with Lindsey. Apparently, he cooked for her on the kitchen set...and she cleaned...love it!

    I had a nice time with Siba. She did wonders for my poor, tired feet. They are now smooth again! I definetely need to see her more often...

    This afternoon, we ran some errands and then, our usual park time.

    Jacob's "Going to Be a Big Brother" sweatshirt and shirt arrived today. I took pictures of him in it. I also took pictures of him sitting on the bench outside our apt. It is decorated for fall. He just loves the punkin!!! Anyhow, we plan to send out an e-mail with the subject: Fall Pictures of the Kids". I am guessing that, many will think it is of Jacob and play buddies etc. We will include the pic of him wearing his shirt....and the ultrasound of you!!! I can't wait....but, we will for another week or so.

    Ok...sweet little one....it's off to bed for me. Still sleeping poorly....

    I love you!

    Mom
    Jacob Allen 19 February 2004
    Lauren Grace...11 March 2006
    Katelyn Brooke 13 January 2008

    (Rachael Ann...Forever in our hearts...21 June 2002.)

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