Hello Sweet Little B,
Well, I shouldn't even be typing this entry right now...but....as usual, your dad is way late getting home. We should have been on the road by 4 pm, and it is now after 7! Sheesh. Have a mentioned how frustrating it is sometimes, that your dad has to work these insane hours continuously! And, to top it off...neither of us slept much last night; he for only 3 hours. I just don't know how (and sometimes, why) he does it!
Anyhow, today was a busy day...but shouldn't have been....
I am getting ready to get your brother into his pjs for travel. Fortunately, I thought ahead to give him a bath and dinner. Your dad called at 6:30 to suggest I feed him. Ha....now there's an idea....
Ok...I am sounding hormonal. I just wish that he could get home on time...on occassions...like this one. Maybe in his next career...we'll see.
Off to do a few more things before we leave.
Hope you are well, sweet girl...
I sure hope that you are well today.
Well, the cerclage is in place, and all went very well during the procedure. We are now home, and I am trying my best to just relax. I am feeling pretty good, and the mild cramping is just about gone. I have a slight back ache, due to the bed we slept on in the guest house.
Dad stayed home this evening to help with your brother. He did go in to work tonight though. I just hope he'll be home soon to get some sleep.
I will just write a short synopsis of the past few days....
Tuesday: The pre-procedure appt. went well. We were done by about 10 am. Jacob was a real trooper...he is such a good little boy! That afternoon, we went looking at antiques. We found and bought a gorgeous piece that can really go in any room, and for now, will go in the front hall. It will be delivered to us soon.
Wednesday: We arrived at the hospital around 8:30 and they started prepping me right away. It took two nurses almost an hour to find a vein worthy of an IV! Sheesh, I wish my veins stood out better, were straighter, etc...sometimes! Around 9:45 or so, I was wheeled off to the OR. Dr. Fausset, Dr. Jackson, a nurse, and the anethesiologist all there with me. I love being awake for this procedure..strange, I know. They had some pretty cool music going on in the background LOL!
Anyhow, the whole thing took about 1 hour. It so very strange not being able to feel your lower body. I felt slightly nauseas during the procedure, until I was give some med for it.
After the procedure, I was taken to the 1st stage recovery area. As soon as Dr. Fausset arrived, I burst into tears. I just couldn't stop crying. I just kept thinking, A.) How lucky I am that this procedure is available, so that I can have you! B.) How sad I was that I couldn't have saved your sister Rachael this way....she would have turned three tomorrow, 28 October, if she had been born on her due date. C.) How I thank g-d that Dr. Fausset is able to help us this way. I kept saying "Thank you" and "G-d Bless you" to Dr. Fausset. He gave me a hug (I just love him!) and said that he was happy to be able to do this for us!
I stayed in the second stage recovery until about 5 p.m. I had to wait until all feeling came back, and I could use the bathroom without the catheter.
Your brother was a trooper once again. He cried when he first saw me in the hospital bed. Until he could come over and give me a hug. He just melts my heart!!! Your dad bought you two very special gifts: A tee-shirt that says "Army Princess", and a water globe that says "Sweet Little Girl". I will take pictures soon and post them here.
I am getting ready to open the boxes of clothes that Grandma Elaine sent for you. The clothes come from your sweet cousin, Ashlyn! Aunt Yvette saved quite a few of her things. I can't wait to see you in them all!!!!
So....sweet girl, I hope that you are warm and safe inside of me. I can not believe that we are almost half way there!!!
I love you, sweet girl!
Goodness, today sure was different for me. Haven't had a day like this since before your brother was born.
THis morning was harried, as we got Jacob off to Ms. Nikki's. After that, I got dressed, made the beds, and enjoyed a quiet breakfast. I am feeling good...no cramps, bleeding, etc. whatsoever!
I mostly stayed on the couch, or in a chair at the computer...really, I did. I did, however, allow myself one trip to the laundry room to gather some of Jacob's bedclothes that had to get washed. (Neighbor Terri did the washer and move to dryer.)
I lit your sister's memorial candle today. I really felt her presence here today. I can't explain it...maybe the beautiful sunshine. I know that she is watching over me and us all the time.
Your brother had a terrific day today, which made me feel really good. Ms. Nikki took him to a parade put on bby the elementary school kids. They were dressed in all sorts of story book characters. The High School band played music for them. According to Ms. Nikki, Jacob waved to everyone. They had a pizza party for lunch, and he settled right into his nap. I still can't get over how good your brother is!!!!
Oma Sherie picked him up, and they had a nice walk home. I just love watching your brother interact with her, and hope that he will get to spend some more time with her and Opa over the coming year.
Tonight, Mindy made a roasted Rosemary-flavored chicken for dinner, and had dinner bwith us. She will also take the morning shift on Sunday, as your papa has to work.
Another two boxes filled with goodies arrived from Grandma Elaine and Grandpa Ron today. So many pretty clothes from your cousin Ashlyn. I won't have to buy you much in the way of clothes and such.
And, drum roll, please...your dad came home tonight at 8 PM. We are just getting ready to watch a movie....so will close this entry.
I love you, sweet girl...
I felt great today!!! I think I also slept well last night, save for 3 or 4 trips to the potty.
I still am not wearing maternity clothes, and almost can't believe it. I keep reminding myself that, I am still not at the weight I was when I got pregnant with your brother. Soon enough, I am sure.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that, I won't have the carpals tunnel or sciatica nerve issues I had with Jacob. I also pray that there is minimal swelling near the end, but both doctors tell me that I can pretty much count on it. Oh well, a very small price to pay for sweet little you. And, if similar to last time, it will all be gone in a month.
Today was a relaxing day for me. Dad took your brother out this morning. They ran errands and got hair cuts. I am now cutting your brother's hair about once a month. He has so, so much....and it gets this weird "big hair" look in the back if it isn't kept short. I pray that you have as much hair as he does, and that you do NOT inherit the natural kinky curls that I have. Sheesh, what a pain in the tush it will be!!!
Tonight, your dad and I are going to watch a movie and eat ice cream. This is really the first that I've craved ice cream in all my pregnancies. I think that, psychologically, I am just saying "it's about time I do." Ha ha ha....
Ok....off to do the shower and movie thing.
Your dad is back to work tomorrow. Mindy is helping me with your brother in the morning, and Giedre, the evening....
I love you sweet girl!
I sure hope that you are well today!
Today was a pretty nice day, despite the fact that, once again, your dad had to work.
Ms. Mindy came over and helped out with your brother this morning. They went for a long walk and then to the park. She also brought and stayed for lunch! By naptime, your brother was exhausted! While they were busy, I painted my toe nails and planted my tush on the couch.
This afternoon, Beth and Joshua came to visit for a bit. Then, Giedre arrived to help with the afternoon and evening. She took your brother back to the park, stayed and had dinner, gave him a bath, and put him to sleep--minus kissies from me!
I hate relying on other people...grrrr....but, for the next few days, I will.
Tomorrow, Giedre will be back to do all the laundry. Stephanie will come over to help me sort all of your clothes by size, and get them in totes. She will also stay for lunch.
So....despite the fact that I am resting, at least I am not alone passing the time.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to your Aunt Suzanne. I sure hope that she had a nice day yesterday, and a good day today. I am keeping her close to my heart right now, as she has had a very rough time emotionally lately. Unfortunately, I can honestly say that, I know EXACTLY what she is going through.
Ok sweet girl, grow big and strong for me!
I love you!
Hello Sweet Baby Girl!
Today was a busy, but good day. I am feeling good, and, I think, healing well. Tomorrow is my OB appt. THis time, with Dr. Bergman. She is an exceptional OB, and I would have gone with her, had she been here when I was pregnant with your brother. Anyhow, I can not wait to hear--and possibly see--you tomorrow. I know all is ok, but just really feel the need to hear your heart beating.
This afternoon, Stephanie came over to help me sort through all of the baby girl clothes that I have so far. I have received hand-me-downs from several people. They may be this, but, being the sentimental woman that I am....I just loved going through it, thinking about who wore the clothes. Some come from your cousin Selma in CA. Some from your "cousins" Molly and Maggie, and some from your cousin "Ashlyn". There are some really very cute things. I just hope that the sizing will be right at the time you are ready to wear these things. We will just have to wait and see.
Tonight, your dad took Jacob trick-or-treating. He had a blast. I am so proud of your brother....not a tear shed! He even took a piece of chocolate out of the "honey pot" candy holder and started eating it through the wrapper. Silly boy...but one after my own heart. I took several good pictures, and will post them on here soon. I so can not wait until next year, when I will get to take you around with your brother!
Well...I am off to sleep, as tomorrow is going to be here soon.
Grow big and strong my princess...
I know that you are well today!!!
I am feeling so good right now...and am so very excited.
It was great "hearing" and "seeing" you this morning. You are really getting big, and even the Dr. commented that you were cute already...hee hee. My cervix is measuring over 3 1/2 cms (hard to tell with the machine here) and the stitch looks great. Dr. Bergmann said that, I was healing well from what she could see. We did both a vaginal check and doppler. You were a real wiggle worm today, and kept playing with your ears.
Here is a pic from today. Not the prettiest...but, it shows you playing with your ear at the top of the pic.
And, here is your brother and dad, ready for Trick or Treat last night:
So...I will have weekly appts. for the next three weeks, to make sure that all is continuing to look good. Dr. B said that I could do a bit more each week. So, next week I will venture out and do a few things that don't require much walking.
I feel so blessed that this pregnancy is going so well, and that I am carrying you inside of me. Stay strong, sweet girl!!!
Your brother had a rough day today. He has a cold. Well, rough for him...and he kept asking for me at Miss Nikki's. When he came home, he had a huge smile on his face, but barely made it through dinner and bath. He will have to get up again at 6 a.m. tomorrow. I know that he is missing a few hours of sleep each night this week. He's a trooper though, and I know he'll be just fine.
Well, I am going to go sit on the couch until your dad comes in from work. He'll be working late all week...it's now nearly 9:30.
I love you, sweet precious one....
Hello Sweet Baby!
I am feeling great, except for tired today. Dad didn't get home till 1 a.m. last night, and it's after 11 now...and he's still at work. Geesh, when does he get a break!!!
Today, your brother went to day care, and I relaxed. My friend Beth, and her son, Joshua did come over for a lunch visit. Was nice chatting and catching up.
Tonight, I started using a bleach pen on some of the stained clothes that you've inherited. I sure hope that they come out. If not, I will fill in with new. They are mostly shirts that go with outfits...
Ok....off to rinse the clothes and go to sleep.
(By the way, I know of quite a few people who are reading this journal. However, it seems like almost 50 people view it daily! So....readers, if you would....send me a quick PM or email to let me know who you are. I'd like to maybe do an entry where you can post a message to Little B!)
I am feeling good today. I just keep waiting for a second tri-mester symptom to pop up, but, so far so good. Even the acheness in my hips has dissipated some. Dr. Berghmann told me the other day that, boy and girl pregnancies are very different. I think I may be seeing this first-hand. Anyhow, I am counting my lucky stars that I am feeling well.
I wore my first maternity clothes of this pregnancy today. Not that I really needed too, and they were way too baggy. I can't believe that all the pants that I bought when preg. with your brother are swimming on me. I know that they'll eventually fit!
So, today I went to the shopping center and found a pair of size small jeans. They are still way too long, but that I can fix. I feel ridiculous buying more...but, I need to have something to wear that doesn't make me look like a clown. I almost can't believe that I am typing this....sheesh!
Tonight, Giedre was here to help with your brother. I just love watching them interact....he loves her so. I keep praying she'll meet someone worthy for herself. She is going to be a great mom someday!
I was just now in checking on your sound-asleep brother. Even after almost 21 months, I still like to go in and look at him. He is such a cutie pie!!! I can't wait to do the same with you.
I'll close this entry by saying again, how truly blessed I am to be carrying you. And, how truly blessed I am to be "mom" to Rachael, Jacob, and you!!!
I love you sweet girl,
I am feeling good today, truly good. I think that I am starting to really feel you move....very, very exciting!!! Now, you just have to keep moving, and then be still, at the right times...ha ha.
Today was a very slow day for me. I rested and then rested. I did do a few things around the apt. Changed the front hall and door decor etc.
Tonight, your dad came home just in time to put Jacob to sleep.
Then, we watched a wonderful "girlie" movie..."Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants". Makes me pray that you are blessed with girlfriends like these some day. You will always have me and other very special women in your life, but, there is nothing like a girlfriend, a true girlfriend!
I know that I have been blessed in my life with some very special girlfriends, both in real life and on-line. I love them all so dearly. Each is so very different, and completes me in different ways. Some day you will meet my girlfriends, and, I pray, have some of your own. And so, sweet baby....I will close today's entry with this wish for you.
I love you very much!
I am pretty sure I felt you a few times today; either your little leg or arm. Oh, what a feeling!!!! I am feeling great...
Today was a nice day here. Your dad was home for the most part, and we got some things done around here. We are going to watch another movie in a while. As we do this, we are going to wrap and package this year's holiday gifts to be mailed to the states. Yes, only the 5th of November, but it feels great to be this ahead of the game. I actually started buying some of these things last year. I am definetely an organized person, and don't like to face the crowds at either the stores or the post office just before the holiday rush. We are going to start writing our annual holiday letter soon, too.
This afternoon, I spoke with your "Aunt Kristen". Her mom, "Grandma Lynne", had surgery on her wrist yesterday to help correct carpals tunnel. All seemingly went well. While we were on the phone, your brother went into our bedroom and grabbed a picture of she and I. I had pointed this one out to him before, but it had been a while. I am truly amazed at what he remembers these days!
Tonight, I took your brother to the park for a while. Mindy joined us, to help run after him....
Ok....that's about it from H'berg today.
I am feeling good...I know, I know...same ol' same ol'. I'd much rather report this, than a change!
Today, was catch up day. We did all the laundry and did stuff around here. Your brother got to go to the park twice!!!
Tonight, we went out for dinner with Stephanie, Jim, and baby Gregory. To our favorite German restaurant, the Schutzenhaus. Yummy!
Jacob ate like there was no tomorrow. I had packed a dinner for him, and then he ate from our plates. He is too funny these days. I hope that your appetite is as good as his. I pray that you are NOT a picky eater.
Well sweet girl, I have a few more things to do still and it's nearly midnight...
All my love,
I am feeling good...must write this....ha ha
Went to the Post Office and shopping with Giedre this morning. Mailed off 80% of our holiday gifts....feels so, so good! We hope to start the holiday letter soon, too.
This afternoon, Giedre cleaned the apt....looks and smells terrific now....and I tried to stay put. I did go unearth some dead flowers from outside, as it is Fall Cleanup around here. I can't do much....but, this only took 10 minutes or so. Oh, and I rounded up trash left by my neighbor's kids...and dumped it in her bike seat. Maybe she'll notice it, likely not. Ok...won't go into my lovely neighbor here. Not worth expending any more energy on.
Another neighbor brought by some baby clothes for you! She has a little girl and boy, and her family is complete. Some of the things are so, so adorable. A few still have tags on them. I just hope that they will fit you at the right time/season.
And, drum roll please, your dad was home in time to give your brother a bath tonight. Wooo hoooo!!!! Hopefully, this will be the wave of the week!
Ok Little Miss,
Today was another "I feel great" day!
I went to Dehner this morning with Beth. Dehner is the closest thing we have here to a Michael's or other craft store. I just love going there at this time of the year, to get holiday decorations. I was going to do a Nutcracker theme....but, decided to do stars this year instead. I found some very nice stuff, and the prices are great!!!
This afternoon, I put away my dressy clothes. I had been storing them in your brother's second closet. But, I think that I am going to use the closet for some of your clothing until dad leaves.
A very infrequent thing happened tonight. Wanna guess??!!!??? Well......
your dad came home early! Yes, he picked up Jacob at five, and then came (and stayed) home!!! I almost don't know what to do when this happens....ha ha. Anyhow, I made a wonderful Mexican dinner. Your brother really chowed down. I am simply amazed at how much food he can consume!
Tomorrow, I have an appt. with Dr. Preen. Hopefully, your dad will be able to join us. I so can not wait to see and hear you!!!! I have to remember to eat or drink something sweet before I go. I so want you to be awake and moving.
Ok, sweet girl....
I know that you are well and very busy today!!!
It was sooooo good seeing you today. You moved, and moved, and moved. You were doing aerobics in utero...I almost could'nt believe my eyes. As a matter of fact, you would not stay still long enough for us to measure your heart beat. I think that you may have my temperament at this point..as I too hate to stay still! No worries at all though, you just keep moving! Mom's cervix looks terrific, and the stitch continues to heal well.
Dr. Preen says that I can be more active now...but still not walk around the block yet. We will also wait a few more weeks before I can go back to work there.
We asked her about our plans to go to Geneva, Switzerland for T-day. She says that, we will wait another week to make the decision. She's only concerned for the "what if"....we shall see.
This afternoon, I took Mindy out for Chinese at the Pavilion. She has been an enormous help to us the past few weeks.
Later, I ran to the Post Office and the PX with Giedre. All of our holiday gifts are now out of the apt.!!!! Woooo hoooo.....
Well, your dad is home early enough for another movie...so, I shall close for now.
Today was a good, and busy, day. Instead of going downtown with Stephanie (her son is sick), I went to Breitweiser to get your brother an insert for his duvet cover. I also got him two jersey sheets. I can't wait for his "big boy" bed to arrive. I just know that he is going to love the Pooh comforter/duvet and huge European pillow!!!
I went out to lunch with Beth. We discussed Switzerland, as she has been there several times. I am so hoping that we can go.
I did all of your brothers laundry, ironed the new bedding, and made dinner....and....by the time all was done...went to go get him from Ms. Nikki's. He was in such a great mood...blowing kissies to Ms. Nikki's girls! He is such a flirt!!!
Ok...so, I am feeling great! I feel good knowing that you are doing well, and, little lady, I appreciate the little taps I am feeling....
So...I am off to watch the rest of last night's movie with dad.
I love you sweetness,
Happy Veteran's Day!!! Today is a day we give thanks for all people who have served and who serve our country!!! Thanks! I am honored to know your dad and others in the family, and friends, who have and are serving!
So....today was another busy day here in H'berg. I got all the laundry done and grocery shopping, too. All by 2 pm. Your dad worked his butt off as well, cleaning the office and getting things ready to move your crib into what will be your nursery!
Your brother's bed arrived around 11. Dad had it set up and ready for nap. True to your brother, he slept beautifully in his new bed with Pooh bedding. He also went down to sleep tonight without a complaint or tear! Goodness, I pray that you are similar to him. Anyhow, your crib is now in the office, and there will also be plenty of room to open the futon for grandma Elaine and other guests. Of course, once you start sleeping in there, we will loose the guest room...but, that's the way it goes.
Tonight, Stephanie, Jim, and baby Gregory came over. We pigged out on chips/salsa....pizza....and ice cream. I rarely have these snacks around here. It was fun! Jacob ate 2 1/3 pieces of pizza...holly toledo!
Ms. Stephanie brought over a beautiful "lovey" for you. It is a small purple blanket with a butterfly on it...and has a soft lamb's head. Now, I only need 1 more for you. I like to have two, for when one is in the wash.
Well, tomorrow we plan to take a nice drive across the river. Hope to stop in a new town to explore.
So...with this I will close for tonight...
I am feeling good. I must say, you gave me quite a few unexpected kicks/punches last night. I counted about 4, while your dad and I watched a movie. They seem to hit me out of no where! I don't remember this with your brother. It's not real painful, just surprising. Anyhow, this is definetely a difference from my other pregnancies. Maybe you'll slow your movements down (i.e. more graceful) when you get bigger!
Today was a nice day. This morning, we putzed around the shopping center.
Late this afternoon, we went for a drive on the other side of the castle, along the river. We were hoping to find a quaint town to stop and walk around in. No such luck. But, the trees and scenery were breathtaking!
We wound up back at our favorite Indian restaurant across the river for dinner. Your brother loves, loves, loves...Indian food.
Your brother is also in love with his new bed. So much so, that he placed one of his barely used toys in the crib...as I told him he would have to share some things. He kept saying "share"...and didn't seem to mind that the crib was in another room. I know it may be a different ball game when you are born, but maybe we'll get lucky once again, and the jealousy will be minimal.
Ok...off to watch another movie with your dad!
I am feeling good...just a bit achey when I wake in the morning.
Today was a relaxing day, for the most part. We went to the Veteran's Day Bazaar...and shopped ahead for next year. Believe it or not, we got a few gifts that I will just store away. It may be crazy, but, with your dad away, and the two of you next year, it makes my life easier. Plus, your dad got to help pick out the gifts.
This afternoon, your dad worked for a bit. Jacob and I went to the park, and just putzed around.
Tonight, we went out to eat with Oma Sherie and Opa John....to our fav. Chinese restaurant. Yummy!!!
Ok....here are my 19 week belly pics. I can NOT believe that we will be half way there next Friday. This pregnancy is going way too fast...
I love you sweet Girl!
Hello sweet Little B,
Today was a pure lazy day for me. I did a load of your brother's laundry, and finally put away his summer pjs. Then, I just vegged. Of course, Jacob was home with me all day. Oh, forgot a quick trip to mini mal. We also walked to a flower (blumen) store with Giedre. She planted some flowers in our boxes this evening. Ok...I lied...not truly a lazy day...but, still.
You are moving like crazy today! I am imagining you growing inside of me. I presume that you are almost the same size as your sister Rachael, when we lost her. Makes me kind of sad...but, still a reference point.
Tomorrow will be another slowish day. Then, the rest of the week is busy...
So...with this...I'll close for the day.
I am feeling good, albeit achey. I know it is the relaxin being released, and the round ligaments stretching. It mostly aches when I try to get comfy sleeping. Oh well....very small inconvenience for you!
Today was anything but a lazy day for me.
I cleaned the bath mat, changed the shower liner, and organized the cabinet drawers. I also took everything out of the linen closet, and re-organized it.
Beth and Joshua came over for lunch....was a nice break.
Then, I got to work ordering some holiday gifts for your dad. I think he will really like the things I got. Dont' want to spill the beans here, in case he reads this entry.
We got another box from Gma Elaine and Gpa Ron. It had TWO pumpkin breads in it! Sheesh, my favorite!!!! Also, some holiday gifts for Jacob and some clothes for you. Some new, and some from your cousin Ashlyn. Boy, I am sure glad that your Aunt Yvette saved these clothes, and that your Gma/pa were able to store them for us!!!
Tomorrow, I go for a manicure and pedicure....thanks Gma Ann and Gpa Joe!!! I so can't wait....
I was also supposed to go look at samples of photography, from a new lady who has opened a portrait studio where we had the pregnancy shoot when I was carrying your brother, as well as his 1 month portraits. The lady had to cancel and reschedule though! I am so excited that we will be able to do this for you before dad leaves!
Ok, sweet girl...
I had tons of energy today!!!! I wound up reorganizing my bedroom closet. I also vacuumed the mud brought into the living room this past weekend. Just couldn't take it anymore. Hey, there was no lifting involved, and it took all of 10 mintues to do!
I had a wonderful time getting my manicure and pedicure. The gal did a great job, and it was relaxing!
This afternoon, I started the hunt for the perfect Homecoming outfit for you! I know what I am looking for, just need to find it. Something girly, for sure.
Your brother has an awful cough. It's a dry cough, and just came from "out of the blue". I think it may be because the air is getting so dry. May have to invest in another "will only last a year because of the hard Heidelberg water" humidifier! Fortunately, they are relatively cheap.
Tonight, your dad and I did some searching on the net for top places to raise children. Ft. Bragg, NC was included on one list. Hmmmmm, not so sure about this one. And, there weren't enough ethnic restaurants to make me happy. I'm sure we'll find the right spot for us....
Ok....off to do a few more "net" things and go to sleep.
Hello sweet little B,
I sure hope that you are well today. I can't wait to see you....tomorrow!!!!
You were really thumping away today...getting ancy in there? I can't blame you!
I am feeling good today. I had lunch with LaTynia....so, so good to see her. She shared with me, pictures of the devastation that Hurricane Katrina did to her childhood home in New Orleans. Such a shame!!!
This afternoon, your brother and I went to Toys R' Us with Giedre. We got her nephew a bicycle. I found the cutest Pooh party ware for your birthday this year. I will go back and get it soon.
Well, going to keep this short today.
Please, please try and be still tomorrow, sweet girl. I'd love to get some more u/s pics of you!
Hello Sweet Girl!
I know that you are well today. It was so great "seeing" and "hearing" your sweet heart beat. I am feeling so good right now....my heart is singing!
Let's see...you were a real wiggle worm again. You are laying diagonal in me, nearly head down. Your feet are under my right rib cage area. Your head is just above my left hip bone. No wonder I feel some good strong "jabs" on the right side. Matter of fact, we were able to see this on the screen. Your dad is now calling you "Spike". I keep wondering if you will be more active and have a smaller attention span than your brother. We will see in time!
Dr. Preen also took a good look at my cervix. She couldn't believe how long it is. She could hardly measure it...because of the way it shows up on the screen, but it appears to be longer than 4 cms. She also looked at the cerclage, and said that Dr. Faussett did an excellent job....hee hee!
We are going to continue to monitor you and I closely though, so as to not "let our guard down". She will do u/s every two weeks until the end. She is also having me go to a radiologist (turns out, a German Dr. on the economy, well-known to Americans here) to have a higher level u/s done ever 4-6 weeks. This will be to check your measurements, to ensure you are physically growing properly. Not sure why we didn't do this with your brother, but I am not complaining a bit.
The best news....since all is going so well...we have permission to vacation in Switzerland next week! I was able to find and forward to her, the website and info about the Hospital in Interlaken, where we intend to stay. This is "just in case", of course. We will make sure to drive by it when we arrive.
I also got a flu shot today. I am not a big fan of them. Each time I've had one....I've gotten the flu. I am praying that it will be different this time.
So...I will end this post by wishing you a "Happy Berg Fest", my sweet girl!. According to my German friend, Corinna, this is what you say when you are at the half way point in a pregnancy. "Berg" means hill....so...we are at the top of the hill...and the rest is downhill until you are born. That's right....20 weeks today!!!
Ok sweet one,
Hello sweet Litte B,
Today was one of those days here in H'berg, that I wish would never end. It was not particularly exciting, but, we were able to spend the entire day together as a family.
We ran several errands this morning. Dad got his flu shot. Now, we just need to get one for your brother.
This afternoon, we went to the park. I was able to get some nice pics of your dad and brother. I am really trying to get as many pics of the two of them as I can, before your dad leaves again.
Tonight, we hung up some more things around the apt. Since I redid the kitchen, we still had a few odd things to hang.
We all enjoyed pizza for dinner...your brother now easily eats two slices! I think he's going through another growth spurt! Guess they really won't end for a while.
We think we've found the perfect place to stay in Switzerland. Very family friendly. It will be an apt. in a Chalet. Also has a kitchen. We love the fact that, your dad and I can have some privacy....as well as the kiddos. We hope to visit Interlaken, Luzerne, Laussane, Montreau, and Lichenstein. Should be a very nice trip!
Guess that is about it for today...it's shower and then movie time for your dad and I.
Today was a strange day....mood wise. I think that, my preg. hormones were surging or something. Just feeling blah...not physically, but emotionally. This doesn't happen to me often...and I don't lbike it! So, here's to getting through today, and a better tomorrow.
I ran a few errands this morning, finished the rest of the laundry, and started to get things ready for our trip to Switzerland. Seems like, I am the one who gets most everything ready for our trips. I usually don't mind, but sometimes...if I don't start early enough, it gets on my nerves. I like to have things packed well beforehand. Anyhow, most everything is ready to be put into the suitcases tomorrow....hooray for me. (Dad is planning on working a marathon tomorrow...and getting home late. Guess he's going to try and get a week's worth of work in, in one day. Then, he'll come home...sleep a few hours and we'll be on our way. I so wish that things could/would be different for him.)
Tonight, we went out for Greek food at a new restaurant with our friends, the Temples. The food was only so-so...but this place had Moussaka...and I was so craving it.
Your brother decided to play games at bedtime tonight. Just wouldn't settle down. Thankfully, this only happens on occassion. He's going to pay dearly though, as tomorrow he's up early to go to Ms. Nikki's. Tomorrow is his last official day with her. It's been a nice break--and good for him, too--...but I am looking forward to being able to do more things with him before you arrive.
Ok sweet girl...it's really late here....so, going to sign off for now.
Monday, 21 November 2005
Today, I did an awful lot of running around in preparation for our trip to Switzerland.
I also met with a portrait photographer to see samples of her work. She does SUPER work. I actually think better than the lady we used for when I was preg. with your brother, and for his 1 month portraits. I scheduled to have pics done on 18 Dec. This time, me, your dad, and Jacob!
I spent much of the afternoon packing. It was nice, in that, I was able to really concentrate.
We got another box from gma Elaine and gpa Ron today....chock full of more goodies...and my fav. pumpkin bread..mmmmmm!!!!
I am feeling good today...and pray that I keep feeling this way.
We are off for vacation tomorrow. I so can't wait!!! We plan to take lots of pics...so we will have them to show you one day.
I hope that you are well today.
We are just back from our Thanksgiving vacation to Switzerland. We had a wonderful time. It was so nice to get away as a family!
The ride up was about 6 hours or so, with a stop for lunch. Your brother is an incredible traveler. I so hope that you will be, too. He sits in the back...looks out the window....reads his books...chats with us. He only watched about 1 hour of video, total. I won't let him watch much more than that per day...
We had dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Interlaken the first night. It was just ok. Then, we headed back to the apt. and went to sleep.
The apt. we stayed in was wonderful. Your dad and I slept in a bed shaped like a cradle. It didn't rock or anything (ha ha), and was very sturdy. Your brother had his own room, just the way we like it. There was also a kitchen, living and dining area. The chalet also had a pool and jacuzzi; we spent most of the time away from the apt., and didn't use them.
The first day there, we went to a town called Thun, and visited a glass blowing factory. We also went to a place called Mystery Expo, which has expos on 7 or so mysteries of the world. These included Stone Henge, Vimana and Nazca. We spent the evening in Interlaken, a city along the Brienz river....about 10 minutes from where we stayed.
The next day, Thanksgiving, we drove into Liechtenstein. This is one of the worlds smallest countries--population about 33,000. It certainly was not much different than Switzerland, but, now we can say that we have "been there, done that". On the way back, we went to Luzern, another major Swiss city. It is simply beautiful. We walked across the Chapel bridge and went into the old part of town. We had dinner in the famous "Old Swiss House", a five-star restaurant. The food was great! Pictures of celebs and dignitaries adorned one wall...Jimmy Carter and Colin Powell have eaten there! After dinner, we walked to the the famous Luzern Lion monument. Definetely something to behold.
We woke up on Friday to snow falling! It was spectacular to see the snow on the mountains and the clear blue sky above. Soooooo very, very Swiss! We spent the day in the Capital city of Bern. Definetely hustle and bustle. We visited the flat that Einstein rented for two years, while he wrote his Theory of Relativity. Your brother got new snow boots, an accomplishment in itself, given his feet. I so pray that you are blessed with my feet....hmmmm....
The drive home was a breeze. I think it only took 5 hours. Funny how going home from a vacation often takes less time than going!
Fortunately, I felt great the whole time. You are moving and kicking/stretching so much. I love the reassuring feeling this gives me!
I am so very happy that we were able to take this family vacation before your dad leaves to go away. It's finally hitting me that, in a few short weeks, he will be gone for a year.
I know that this next year will be a challenge....but, we will be ok!
Ok, sweet girl, it's off to bed for me....
Today was a good day...got a lot accomplished, including getting some of the holiday decorations up. I love this time of the year; even more so this year, in that your dad will be here with us.
Other than this, not much new to report here. Your brother goes to Ms. Nikki's tomorrow, and Beth is going to come over and help me put up the rest of the decorations. Your dad and I discussed having Jacob go to Ms. Nikki's twice a week. I will ask her about this tomorrow. This gives me some much needed "me time'....and it gives him some time to play and learn away from me. I think doing this well before you arrive is the right thing to do.
So....I am feeling well...and am enjoying feeling you move inside of me more and more each day.
Today was another great day here in H'berg. I got a lot done, and am feeling super.
Your brother spent several hours at Miss Nikki's. He truly loves it over there. And, when I walked in, he was playing with Duplo Legos. Too funny. I was just looking at those in a store about 1/2 hour before, debating whether he was ready for them! Now, I know what goes on the list for the holidays/his b-day. Although I've bought several items throughout the year, after taking inventory downstairs, I have decided to buy a few more things. Nikki said that, they were going over the colors with them....bonus!!!!
Beth came over and helped me finish decorating for the holidays. We did up the bench in the hall, and put out the Hannukah decor. I just love how the apt. looks, and Jacob is just in awe. He was so good this evening, just looking at everything..and not touching. Of course, it helps that we've put almost everything out of his reach.
This afternoon, I went to the Famila center... (kind of like a Super Walmart, but smaller). I also went into a costume jewelry store and treated myself to a really neat necklace and earring set to wear to the Ball we are going to on Friday.
That's about it for today. Tomorrow, your brother and I are going downtown with Oma Sherie to the X-Mas Market. I know that we will have fun!!!
Ok sweet one, stay strong....
Hello Sweet Baby B,
I went to bed last night without writing my daily post. Guess I was really tired!
Yesterday, your brother and I went downtown to the X-Mas Market with Oma Sherie. It was cold, but we had fun. Jacob got to ride on the Carousel with Oma...and loved it! I bought a few things, including a holiday gift for your dad.
Then, we spent the afternoon resting in the apt. Well, not really resting...more like educational playtime. We read books, went over colors, shapes, numbers etc. your brother is a smart little cookie...he's really getting most of it. I am in shock. I didn't think that this stuff really came until at least two 1/2 years or so. I can't wait until we start working with the art table. Your brothers speech is getting so much better by the day. He says several two word sentences, and one three word...."all fall down"....way too cute!
I am planning to use part of the bike room downstairs as a quasi playroom come winter. Unfortunately, the playroom that is down there now, is a wreck...as the kids upstairs have no respect for others property. (They've ruined another neighbor's child's stuff.) They run a very different ship upstairsb, so you and your brother aren't allowed to play with them. So, sadly, I will have to keep the few things that we have for you and your brother locked in the bikeroom. I can't wait to move to a house that has it's own playroom!
Well, I am off to prep dinner for tonight.
I will update more..later...
Today was pretty busy....and I am tired. This entry will be fairly short.
This morning, your brother and I went to his 1st Steps class. We had fun! We will start going in the morning, as Ms. Andrea is canceling the afternoon class. I am happy about this, as it fits into our schedule, and this is something that we both enjoy doing.
This afternoon, I took your brother for a hair cut. Goodness, he looks like a little soldier. I told the lady "just a trim", but shorter in back. Well....let's just say that, he got the perfect cut for August weather. I am glad that his hair grows like weeds!!!
I worked on our holiday letter a bit tonight. I hope to get them in the mail sometime next week. We will announce your name in this letter....so I am extra excited this year.
I am starting to have some lower back pain. I think that it is just the extra weight that I am beginning to put on. Still, a minor trade off for a beautiful baby.
Ok sweet girl, be well...
I am feeling good...a bit tired, as it was a busy day.
We had beautiful sunshine here today, so spent some time outside. Took your brother to the "big park", and PHV with Josh. I am so amazed at the new words he adds to his vocabulary each day! It is really something to experience! I know that this only increases as he goes from two to three, but, wow!!!!
This evening, I was playing with Jacob. I was holding a soft Leap Frog Globe on my tummy, and he was pressing the buttons on it to activate sound. When you press the button on each continent, a cute little tune about the continent plays. Anyhow, as the tunes were playing....you were just kicking away. It was amazing....but, proof that you are now hearing!!! I love this!!!
Tomorrow, will be another busy day. We have a piece of furniture arriving in the morning. Tomorrow night, your dad and I will attend the Corps Artillery Ball. Thank goodness, I bought some dressy/evening attire when I was pregnant with your brother. I did find a nice necklace and earring set to wear with the black velvet skirt and shimmery red top that I plan to wear. Giedre will watch Jacob, and I hope to have her take pictures before we go.
Ok my sweet one...
I love you,
I am feeling pretty good today....
Your brother and I hung out this morning, and waited for Freddy to show up, with our new piece of furniture. He arrived with it around 12. It is gorgeous! A piece that is tall like a China cabinet, but is open vs. glassed in. Kind of hard to explain...but it looks wonderful in the dining room. I wish it had a matching dining table and chair set with it.
This evening, your dad and I went to the Corps Artillery Ball. We had a nice time, and took a nice picture. I will try to get the pic scanned in soon.
The rest of the weekend will be filled with running around, and finishing our holiday decorating. Your dad leaves on Monday for Bahrain, for a week. Time is quickly marching on, and before we know it, he will be off again for the desert. In some ways, I just really want the clock to start, so that it can just be over.
Ok sweet girl, I am off to do a few more things before bed...
I am feeling good....actually, very good today! You, my sweet one, are just kicking up a storm these days. Well, maybe it's your arms...but, I hope it's your feet. This means that, you are still head down...because I am feeling the kicks under my right rib cage. You are definetely more active in utero than your brother was.
We got a lot done today, and had so much fun.
We started out the day by going to the elementary school to wait for Santa to arrive on the firetruck. The boyscouts here, sponsored a small fair. We took a picture with Santa--hey, he's a pretty cute fella no matter what religion you are--and painted a "shoo shoo train".
Your brother is sick--again--so we came home for him to take a long nap.
This afternoon, we ran some errands...including buying dad a new laptop to take to the desert. I hope we can communicate a bit more this way while he is gone.
Tonight, your dad and I put up the rest of the holiday decorations. The house looks soooo festive! I can't wait for you to see it next year, sweet one.
Ok....off to do a few more things tonight...
I love you...and can't wait to see you again this coming Tuesday!
Sunday, 4 December,
Today was a busy day...got a lot done...and I am tired!
Not really too much to report, other than I am feeling well.
Oh, and I am just about done with getting the holiday letters ready to mail...yippee!
Tomorrow, your brother and I will have lunch with Carrie and Sarah. Carrie is another mom here at Preg.Org. She and I are on the same birth Board...for Jacob. She lives in Turkey, with her Air Force hubby....but, is visiting Europe for a month. I will make sure to take pics...
Ok sweet girl, keep those little kicks coming...especially while dad is away this week.
I love you!!!
Monday, 5 December 2005
I am doing ok, just tired. I think that I have a touch of the cold that your brother and dad are just getting over. Such is life....I just keep chugging along.
Today was busy. Jacob and I had lunch with a friend from here at Preg.Org. Her hubby is Air Force, stationed in Turkey. They are here in Germany for medical and vacation. It was so great to meet Carrie and her daughter, Sarah. Your brother and Sarah got along so well....kept flirting with each other....tooooooo cute!
This afternoon, Jake and I ran around doing errands. Tonight, I finally finished the holiday cards. They will go out in the mail tomorrow. I can't wait for people to receive them, as it announces your name to all!!!
I can not wait to see you tomorrow. It has been quite a few weeks! I am a little more anxious though, because this coming Friday marks the point in my pregnancy with your sister, that I gave birth and lost her. It is always a sad day for me. I will be lighting her memorial candle. I so wish that things could have ended differently. Know that she will be watching over you, your brother, and dad and I....always.
Ok my sweet one....
Tuesday, 6 December 2005
It was wonderful to "see" you today. I just wish that you would stay still for a bit....sheesh. EVerytime we put the doppler near you, you would turn away. Your tush is now sitting on my cervix, but, there is still plenty of time for you to turn so that you are head down. I just hope you get there, and stay there. You are getting big...about a lb. now, and almost a foot long!
After the Drs. apt, I went and got my hair done. I love the guy who does my hair now....he does such a great job.
Tomorrow, I have the Officer's wives luncheon for Dec. Oma Sherie will come over to watch your brother....
Your dad called tonight from Bahrain. He is doing well, is safe...and the conference in worthwhile. Tomorrow, he will call me from the Gold Souk (sp?)....woo hoo. He said that, it was three full floors of nothing but gold, silver, gems, and sparkly stuff. Wish I were there...
Ok sweet little lady...
off to bed for me....I am tired!
I am feeling pretty good today, and you, sweet girl, are sooooo active. Sheesh. I am trying to monitor your quiet times (i.e. sleepy) and they are few these days. I hope that this isn't a sign of things to come.
Today, I went to the wive's luncheon. I had a great time. Sat next to a lady who has a 2 1/2 yr. old boy. We exchanged info, and hope to get our kiddos together soon. I also did a little more holiday shopping. I found a wayyyy cool nutcracker for your dad....wearing a scottish kilt (sp?) and holding bag pipes. Haven't seen this one before. Oh, and I bought you the most precious Polish Pottery child's tea set. I just could not resist!!!
Oma Sherie watched your brother. He is still getting over his cold...and slept a good amount of the time she was here. He did just fine the rest of the day....maybe just needed a few more zzzzzssss earlier in the day.
I am in the midst of wrapping our holiday gifts. Hope to have most of them done by the time your dad comes home on Sat.
Ok sweet girl, I love you sooooo much!
Thursday, 8 December 2005
I sure hope that you are well today.
Today was quite a busy day. Started out, by going downtown to shop with Stephanie and baby Gregory. We went to H&M. I got a few gorgeous things for you, including a precious cloth teddy bear. Your brother got a new Tigger outfit, and I got a new light weight black/sexy maternity top. All the stuff (well most) that I wore with your brother was sooooo big and frumpy. I am definetely smaller this time around...and stuff just isn't flattering. Not that pregnancy is really flattering, but hey...LOL!
Then, your brother and I took Stephanie to lunch for her b-day. We went to the China Pavillian...yummy!!!!
This afternoon, I brought up all of your brother's holiday gifts to wrap. I just now finished wrapping most everything. I truly think that I didn't over do it this year. I do, however, need to pack up some of the toys that he no longer plays with much, to make room for the new. I so can NOT wait to have a real play room/area for you both!!!!
Tomorrow, Jacob goes to Ms. Nikki's. I will run some errands....and do a few things around the apt.
Today is the day that I went into labor with Rachael.....while I was preg. with her. It is a sad day for me. I so wish that I could have ordered an "I'm the Big Sister" t-shirt for her to wear after you are born. Instead, I lit her memorial candle. I know that she will be wearing a big smile the day that you are born...
Ok sweet girl, it's off to bed for mom...
Friday, 9 December 2005
I sure hope that you are well today. I know that you are just a rockin' and a rollin' these days. You seem to move non-stop. If you think about it, sweet girl, get in the head-down position and stay that way...ha ha ha...
Today was a super busy day for me. Your brother was at Nikki's, so I was able to get so much done. Grocery shopping, post office, laundry...lunch with Beth, PX, wrap the last of dad's gifts, and a myriad of smaller things around the apt. Sheesh...I'm tired!
In a few minutes, I am going to go watch a chick flick. I've been promising myself that, I'd watch one while your dad was away, and still haven't. He comes home tomorrow, so I better get to it...LOL.
Sat. 10 December 2005,
Yippee....your dad is home! Arrived home safe and sound this morning....it was so wonderful to see him!
I think he brought back the sun with him...it was beautiful weather-wise!
We had a lazy morning. Then, this afternoon, we went to Toys R' Us (yes, they have it here in Germany) and bought your brother his second b-day present. It is a slide/fort combo. The top of it is open...but we can use a sheet etc. to enclose it. We also bought a small table and chair and bench combo. It is the perfect size for your brother to eat at in the kitchen. Then, we won't have to worry about large messes on the carpet. My goal is to have him be able to completely self feed by the time you arrive. We are going to celebrate his b-day early....next Sat...so that dad can be here with us.
Tonight, your dad and I went to the Schutzenhaus for dinner. This was a dinner for several of the big wigs in his office....and a new General attached to the unit. We had a great time, good food, and the General is very down to earth. He and your dad's immediate boss told us that we should start planning now, for his two week leave from the desert, so that he can be here for your birth. While I am not going to hold my breath, this would make me soooooooo happy.
Ok....going to spend time with your dad now....
I love you, little lady!
PS. I plan to have dad take pics of my belly tomorrow...at 23 weeks 2 days!
Sunday, 11 December 2005
Hello Sweet Lauren Grace....AKA Little B....
Yes, you've read the first line correctly. Your name is now "out". We announced it officially in our holiday letter this year....and it has begun to arrive in homes of family and friends. So, this will be your name:
Lauren Grace Boyett
You are named in honor of two people. Your greatgrandfather, Frank Smulowitz and your greatgrandmother, Lois Curran. Your hebrew name is: Eliza Leah (pronounced Layuh) Zahava. Greatgrandpa Frank's hebrew name was Ephraim Liza...so, we went with an "E" name and an "L" name. The Zahava means "Golden" in hebrew...and is the given last Hebrew name for all of our children.
We were looking at names beginning with "L" or "E" for your first name. The other two runner's up were Erica Lynne and Leah ?.
Your middle name--Grace--because, simply, we like name. It also begins with GRA....and, when spoken, is your dad's (nick) name. So....a bit of your papa in your name.
Today was a great day. We spent the morning here getting laundry done and organizing space for your brother's play gym and art table. I am so excited that we will have a place to play outside of the apt.....but, still inside.
This afternoon, your brother and I went downtown to the Christmas Market
with Beth and Joshua. There were tons of people there...but, we managed our way with the strollers and had a nice time. Plus, it wasn't too cold.
Tomorrow, I will begin to volunteer again in the OB/GYN clinic at the hospital. I am really looking forward to it...
I am feeling super these days. And, you continue to move inside of me sooo much. It really does give me peace of mind.
Here are my 23 (+2) Belly pictures...
Ok sweet Lauren...
Monday, 12 December 2005
Hello Sweet Lauren!
Today was a good day....I am feeling good...and all is well here.
I worked at the OB/GYN clinic. It was so good to be back.
This afternoon, we had a playdate/mini playgroup with Beth/Joshua and Terri/Brady. I will certainly miss having them and the other former playgroup mommies and kiddos around here. I am hoping that, once you are born, I will meet some other new mommies and form a new playgroup for you.
Tomorrow, your brother and I will meet Oma Sherie and Imi for lunch at the hospital. I also plan to take your brother in for his flu shot...
Ok....off to do a few more things before bed...
Tuesday, 13 December 2005
Hello Sweet Lauren,
Your dad just called you his "little princess". Why, well because you are kicking me...and I can feel it. But, when he put his hand on my tummy, you stop. I called you a "little stinker"....so, he was just correcting me. Too funny!!!
Today started out slow. For some reason, I was tired!!! I took Jacob to get his flu shot, and then we had lunch with Oma Sherie and Imi. We were late for the lunch, but we had a nice short visit. Oh, I so hope that you are like your brother when it comes to getting shots. 5 seconds of crying...and then, nothing, nada...I gave him a hug which led to a big smile. Sheesh, what a kiddo.
Your dad arrived home very early today....at 3 pm. They locked down the post, so that the farewell festivities for Gen. Bell could take place. We ran a few errands, and then, walked to post to see the "Tatoo" ceremony. I must say, the title is wayyyyy too wierd. It was nothing more than a very German-style formal ceremony. It lasted about 1 hour..and it was cold. I would have been just as happy to stay home. I do believe that you enjoyed yourself though, as you were kicking up a storm when the band played. I think you like music!
Tomorrow, dad will stay home from work in the a.m. We will all go to Jacob's First Step's Holiday party. Should be fun!
Ok....off to bed...
Wed, 14 December 2005,
Today, I am feeling terrific. I am really starting to feel you inside...not just movements, but your head, etc. I also think that I am having periodic braxton hicks contractions. I had them with your brother, but didn't really recognize them as such till the end.
This morning, we all went to the First Steps Holiday party. We had lots of fun....and your brother looked really cute in his new holiday outfit. I brought a pumpkin pie...as this is something not found too often in Germany.
This afternoon, we just rested here in the apt. Your brother and I read books (he loves to read!!!) practiced our numbers, colors, etc. We also put on music and danced. He is so cute these days.
Ok...I guess that is all for today. I am off to discuss some financial stuff with your dad. All kinds of things to do before he leaves...
Thursday, 15 Dec 2005,
I sure hope that you are well today. Goodness, do you ever sleep????!!!
I think that, you've now scrunched yourself over to the far right side of my body. Sure feels like you are going to burst out the side any minute. Sheesh! Guess it's not your fault that my uterus is shaped the way it is. I know that, you are just trying to get comfy. Well, that makes two of us.
Today was a good day....I know, sounding repetitive...but, it's true.
Your brother and I had a fun playdate/lunch with Tynia and Sydnie. The kids were really cute together. This afternoon, we headed the PX for a few things, including a baby gift for my friend, Denise.
Ok....not much else to report...
I am anxious to "see" you again on Monday. Hopefully, dad will be able to make this apt., too....
Love to you, sweet girl...
Friday, 16 Dec 2005.
I am good....and had a very busy day.
Ran around doing errands this morning. Had a nice lunch with friend, Denise, and then did the grocery shopping through next weekend.
When I arrived home, the neighbors helped me lug all the groceries up....so nice of them!!!
A precious thing happened today. Well, actually two. Your brother has had a burst of language lately.
When we arrived home from Ms. Nikki's, I came around to get him out of the van. When he got down from his seat, his said "luff you"...with NO prompting. Had me in tears. My sweet, sweet boy. Then, we called your grandma Elaine. And, he said "Grandma" for her. Clear as a bell....
Ok, your dad and I are watching a movie...so, back to that.
Sat, 17 Dec 2005
I forgot to say "Happy 24 Weeks/6 months" yesterday. I sure hope that you are doing well. As I type, you continue to just kick/move arms. I don't think that you sleep much! I am not bothered by this, as I certainly welcome the reassurance that you are ok inside of me. Especially once dad is gone, and my mind has more time to wander.
Today was a good day. We had a lazy morning, ran some errands, did laundry, and prepared to celebrate your brother's second birthday. Yes, the real day is in February. However, we wanted to celebrate it while your dad was still here. Besides, your brother won't know the difference. We had a yummy dinner, and then a cake I made with candy bugs on it. It was sooo cute, and tasted great. Your brother ate about half of his piece, and then decided he was "all done".
Did I mention yet that, he is in the midst of a vocab explosion?!? He can now say Grandma and Grandpa, and Snowman, and a bunch of two and a few three word sentences. It is soooooo cool!!!
Yesterday, your cousin Alex turned 10. I can't believe how fast the time went. It seems like yesterday that, he was just two!
Tomorrow, we are all going to have pics taken by a lady here who does portrait photography. She will do maternity shots, as well as pics of the whole family. I so can not wait to have these done! I love the ones we had made when I was preg. with your brother. The lady who is doing the ones tomorrow is a different photographer. I think that, her work is even better....
Ok sweet little one....
Sunday, 18 Dec 2005,
I am feeling pretty crappy right now. I think that, I am coming down with whatever "oogie boogies" your brother has. He woke up with yet more snot. Sheesh, just when we get rid of one cold, another creeps in!!! I am pretty sure that, he also has pink eye. Poor kid, still had a pretty good disposition today.
This afternoon, we all went to my maternity portrait session. Despite us not feeling so well, I am certain that we will have some nice photos. This was one of my favorite things to do when preg. with your brother. The pictures are truly priceless! I am so lucky that there is a photographer here now who does this, so that I will have the memory with you inside of me, too.
Tomorrow, we have our next appt. with Dr. Preen. Dad will be at this one...and I am so happy about this. I hope that you slow down a bit, so that we can get a good u/s pic or two.
You were very active today...and are getting heavy inside of me. Guess this is par for the course at 6+ months!
Okay sweet girl, until tomorrow,