Saturday, June 29, 2013

More May pics


For his birthday party almost every gift was a lego set.  Joseph had so much fun putting them together!  He was very diligent about it and had a nice little lego museum in his room.


Halfway house for breakfast EARLY one morning.  We don’t go very often anymore, but it still is a favorite.


What a hitter!


“Rookie League” fun


We dog sat our friend April’s dog Mardi for the weekend and had such a blast with him.  Such a great dog. 


LOVE this picture.  And I swear I did not set it up!  Totally happened that and was so adorable.


Memorial day parade.



Opening of the new fire department.


Playing the awesome pianos around town!

I have TONS more pics to go through—mostly house progress.  Soon!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Weeks 30 & 31


Weeks 30&31 update-6/21/13

How big is baby?
The size of a pineapple.

Appointment Updates: I had my 32 week appointment a couple of days ago. I am still measuring a little ahead, but only about ½ a week. We will do an ultrasound at my 36 week appointment, but that is mostly to confirm that baby is head down (which my doctor things that baby is). We discussed a couple questions, such as pain medication options and protocols at Porter—I would love to be able to go without, but think it’s good to know my options. Found out that even at Fletcher Allen VBACs aren’t allowed to birth in the pools. At Porter I can labor in the tub, but not give birth there.

Best Moment of the week: Lots going on: Joseph finished kindergarten, which was huge, for me at least. We had some extra time together—I took the day off to go to his end of year school picnic, and then we had a whole day together and went to Burlington to spend some of his bday money and get some clothes. He also had his last baseball game of the season, which was very fun. One Saturday he went fishing and rode horses with Grandpa Fred while I worked at the library and then started his big kid camp—which seems super fun!

Sleep: Mostly sleeping well, expect once every week or two I seem to get all worked up thinking about something and have a night where I barely sleep at all. It is so frustrating! However, I seem to be able to get through the day fine even with very little sleep.

Food aversions: Nope.

Food cravings: I still don’t really see the difference between a craving and just wanting some indulgent food. I bought some frozen yogurt, which I had never bought before and it was awesome. I also met with a nutritionist and have been working hard on eating well. Salads, tofu, nuts, seafood, wheat germ, oatmeal, lots of yogurt . . .

Symptoms:  Super big. Acne. And lots and lots trips to the bathroom.  It’s really funny the comments I get from people.  Some comment that I am so big—the whole “you sure there is only one in there?” “I don’t think you are going to make it to August!” “Wow!!!”  and then others say the opposite.  Maybe they are just being nice, but I appreciate the good manners.  I think I’ve figured it out though, the people who think I am really big are very small themselves and vice versa.  It’s all in your perspective. 

Maternity clothes: I finally went shopping and bought some new maternity clothes, which was pretty fun.

Weight: Up 26 pounds now . . . still seem to be gaining 1 ½ pounds a week. Geeze!

Mommy movement: I seem to be really good every other week!

Baby movement: SO MUCH! I can’t believe it. Baby has hiccups most nights, something I never experience with Joseph. I feel and see the baby moving very often, and actually find it really distracting when I am trying to talk to someone or do something. Sometimes baby moves so much I am surprised other people don’t notice!

Gender: ???

What I miss: Not being huge. Not stressing about trying to grow a healthy child. Iced coffees.

What I am looking forward to: Summer fun—camp, beach, swimming, Jenn and family visiting . . .

Getting ready for baby: Still so much to do. At the top of the list, baby needs a name and a car seat. I would love to have everything clean and organized and all prepared . . . I’ve been kind of stressing about everything because there just doesn’t seem to be time, especially with all the fun things I am hoping to do with Joseph this summer . . . This is actually what kept me up the other night. So I decided I needed to simplify things as much as possible. I am trying to just prioritize what is important and cut out what isn’t as well as balance things better. I said no to two projects I was asked to work on—it is very hard for me to say no, but I am proud of myself.

Oh, and I still cannot find a doula! I am getting pretty frustrated about that…apparently lots of people want to take their vacation the beginning of August…

Next appointment: The week after next. Meeting the only Dr. in the practice I have not yet met.

Happy summer everyone!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Weeks 28&29


Weeks 28&29 update-6/6/13

How big is baby? The size of an acorn squash—big!

Appointment Updates: I had an appointment early this week. I past my blood test (for iron level) and glucose test (to check for gestational diabetes). I felt pretty good about that, especially since I tend to have low iron levels. My blood pressure was pretty low, even lower then usual. The nurse seemed to be concerned but doctor said it was fine. We signed paper work for a VBAC. I also am measuring big so I may have a ultrasound next time to determine if I am a bit ahead of schedule (which I have thought all along).

Best Moment of the week: Probably my cape trip with my awesome co-workers!! So much fun!

Sleep: Sleeping well, except when I get over excited about something—like the night before my trip to the cape.

Food aversions: Not at all.

Food cravings: Hmmm . . . lemon anything, same as before. I also eat lots of fruit and have a newfound love for apples.  I am really, really working on eating healthy and have been trying new recipes. 

Symptoms:  Big. Acne (mostly on my shoulders).  Lots of trips to the bathroom.  And sometimes achy hips in the morning when I am waking up.  Oh yeah and emotional—I get irritated and frustrated very easy.  Watch out!

Maternity clothes: Yup. And I seem to be growing out of some of them as well. I also did finally buy myself some new clothes, but not maternity ones! I bought a skirt and two dresses before I headed to the cape and they seem to work really well in warm weather, plus I will be able to get use out of them after baby as well. However, of course it cooled down a lot. I am really bummed I don’t have ANY maternity jeans that fit.

Weight: Up 23 pounds. Oh well! Still trying hard to do my best not to gain too fast, but also not worrying too much. The doctor says I am doing fine.

Mommy movement: Some walks, still should do better.

Baby movement: Lots and lots. Hours on end. ;-) It isn’t painful at all yet; I just love it! The other day I was laying with sleeping children at work and baby kicked for the whole two hours strait.  It was such a treat to get to lay there and pay attention to it!

Gender: ?

What I miss: Licking the batter when backing. I know I have already said that, but it is such torture!  Also being able to sleep in any position.

What I am looking forward to: All I can think of is a healthy baby.   Well, and having a baby and knowing a lot more about what to do with a baby.  When I had Joseph I had never even held an infant and had to completely rely on instincts and book learning to figure out what to do with him.  Which worked out OK, but I think it is going to be so nice have some actual experience with children to fall back on.  Not only have I had one child or my own, but I have worked with lots and lots of children for my job and learned from many amazing people with tons of experience.  

Getting ready for baby: Ughhhh. Apparently this is the time when it seems more real to me. Now it seems like there is so much to do and so little time . . . Trying to clean stuff, organize, get the new things I need/want, looking for a doula, maybe a counselor, figure out my health insurance, trying to prepare myself emotionally and physically and of course squeeze in fun times with Joseph, organize our summer, help brad with the new house, plus work. Scheduling this summer seems impossible. It is all kind of overwhelming. Oh well, I’ll just keep trucking away at it!

Next appointment: Next week, with a possible ultrasound.  I can’t decide if I want an ultrasound or not: I would love to see the baby but I am worried I will see something to give away the gender!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Summer fun list

Planning this summer is super stressful—I am trying to cram as much in as possible before this baby gets here (whenever that is).  Plus I have to work a set amount—3 days a week—to keep my benefits (which is obviously quite important right now).  I get a bit emotional about these last days with just Joseph.  It is so easy to go do all this stuff now and very hard to imagine doing it all with baby.  I know we will adjust and it is for the best, but I still want to give Joseph some awesome memories!  Of course I may have to revise my plans a bit if something changes with this pregnancy, but so far so good.

  • Camp Kookamunga—”big kid” camp that looks very fun!  This is the first summer that Joseph has been in school and therefor not accounted for for the summer months.  After looking around quite a bit (there are not many options around here) we decided on 4 weeks of the recreation department camp.  It is on the expensive side, but looks like a blast.  Joseph and I are both a bit nervous about it, since it is a new adventure, and Joseph doesn’t quite understand why his best buds cant attend with him, but I think it will work out!
  • fun times with grandparents for Joseph
  • and some time, when not at camp, with his favorite baby sitters Sophie and Lily!
  • Pirate Festival at Maritime Museum
  • camp at Branbury State Park
  • work on the new house!!!
  • July 4th parade and festivities
  • family parties—including Nora’s
  • swim lessons for J
  • new, healthy foods
  • visit a museum or two—Echo, Montshire, Sheldon, Rokeby, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Museum
  • berry picking
  • BEACH!!!!!
  • get ready for baby—material stuff, find a doula, maybe a counselor, prepare emotionally, think about baby’s new room, decide on a name, set up as much as help as possible for after baby is born . . .
  • veggie garden??  not sure if this is going to happen
  • hike!
  • Addison County Field Days
  • festival-on-the-green
  • free entertainment at the library 
  • boat ride
  • limit TV for J and computer time for me 
  • go to the movies
  • see live music with J
  • stay home and do “nothing”
  • craft nights and/or game night with my awesome ladies
  • catch up with old friends, new friends, and family
  • with J: crafts, learning, nature . . .
  • read lots with J, and visit the library every week
  • read my own books
  • Circus Smirkus
  • visit state parks and historic sites
  • maybe a craft or two for baby?
  • think about my career/ school next steps
  • clean, organize, beautify the house—room by room deep cleaning and organizing
  • lots of family time!
  • get more photos printed and do something with all the old ones and all J’s accumulating art projects from the past . . .
  • work on getting a list of all important dates (bdays, etc) and system for staying on top of them
  • track finances/cut bills
  • exercise 4 times a week (walking, swimming, yoga)
  • go to a baseball game
  • go fishing
  • Echo lake? Not likely this summer, but sometime…