Friday, October 29, 2010

I finally felt the first baby flutters the other day.  :)  I’m about 16 weeks now.  Scott and I decided to do the anatomy scan at 20 weeks.  Hopefully, we’ll find out the gender then.  I want to know this time, and I’m excited to find out. 

Abby has one more month of lessons left before we go on break for December.  The math drill sheets have become a struggle, so we’ve compromised.  Abby has a choice between the sheets or the flash cards, but one or the other has to be done with the math lesson.  This program constantly repeats and drills so that simple math becomes second nature by the time upper level math hits.  I know those drill sheets can get boring, but when Abby doesn’t whine and complain about them, it takes her two minutes to finish.  She very rarely makes mistakes with the drill sheets.  Then there’s reading.  I’ve totally backed off.  This is my hang up.  It frustrates me to no end that she refuses to read.  Out right refuses.  The thing that really gets me is that she KNOWS a good bunch of words, and could easily read any Bob Book from the first box.  I got this flip a word book from the library and the three of us were on the couch goofing around and I jokingly said who knows this word?  Abby read the word, and then I got her to read the rest of the book that way.   

Anyways, Vera’s still hanging on to her morning ritual of watching tv in the morning.  The tv has totally become her morning cup of coffee.  When I’ve tried to distract her to keep her from asking for tv, the whole morning and most of the day blows up in my face.  It’s tantrum after tantrum.  So she’s still watching a show with her breakfast every morning.  Abby could care less about tv.  She would rather watch a movie, eat popcorn and snuggle with someone on the couch.  My Vera and her Shaun the Sheep and Madeline.  Speaking of movies, Abby and I watched The Secret of Kells.  The animation was amazing.  Both of us were riveted.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I heard the baby’s heartbeat today!  Such a huge relief off my chest!  And it was a relief to see my midwife again.  I didn’t get all teary eyed the first time I heard Abby’s or Vera’s heartbeat, but I was nearly a leaky faucet this morning!  So all is well.  Thank goodness.  I’ve been a bundle of nerves for weeks now.

I don’t think I ever got to blog about the week Marge got really sick.  She ate a part of a bagel and it blocked her up good.  I thought Marge was on her last leg and I didn’t know what to do.  Thank goodness for friends.  A very knowledgeable rabbit friend, the same woman we adopted Marge through, came with Critical Care food and infant gas relief drops.  After several force feedings and gas drops, Marge started to come around.  She’s a hundred percent better and back to her old queen ways.  Another thank goodness.  Marge has become a huge part of our family, and she blended in so well, I feel like we’ve had to her years. 

It’s beautiful outside and I need to get lessons done, so we can go play outside.


Friday, October 1, 2010

After I freaked out about the insurance, Scott finally contacted his hr about open enrollment.  It’s next week, and it’s the same damn insurance they were offering before.  They had told him months ago that they were going to switch plans to something more affordable, which is why we decided to forgo insurance.  They’re idiots.  So we have to use it.  Lean lean times are ahead, and the only place to cut back is in the grocery bill.  I swear this insurance better cover the birth a hundred percent.

This pregnancy has me freaking out every so often.  Scott said this is the most negative I have ever been.  I’m more upset or I’m more easily upset over so many things.  The state of the house (it’s in disarray), Scott’s insane hours, the health insurance, I feel tired and worn down, and I think I need to breathe.  There’s also a lot of worry from family that then makes me feel guilty, and that itself is a vicious cycle.

I think I see my midwife next week.  I really want to hear this little one’s heart beat.

Abby is LOVING Hip Hop.  It’s a huge class with 15 kids.  It’s also the first time Abby actually comes out of class and tells me what went on and what she learned.  Again, she adores her teachers.  I’m glad she’s happy.  It’s worth the trek to Astor Place twice a week.

We’re charging through first grade.  The math is still so easy for Abby, it makes the rest of the lessons go smoothly.  Both of us are enjoying Story of The World.  We learned about the Nile and Upper and Lower Egypt.  Abby was fascinated by the pharaohs and gods of Egypt.  I’ve given up on OPGTR.  Abby and I were having too many struggles and it wasn’t worth it.  I went back to Bob Books.  She finished the first box pretty quickly.  I really like how thorough OPGTR is.  Arg.  Anyways, Abby’s reading the Bob Books without too much struggling. 

Vera’s artwork has exploded.  Her control over a pencil is incredible.  She can draw animals!  Vera was never a kid to just scribble.  She’s always made these very controlled little circles or lines from the first time she picked up a pencil.  If she’s not drawing people or animals, she’s making the letter T over and over.  The other day I had left Abby’s handwriting book on the table for Abby to work on.  I come back into the room expecting Abby to be sitting working, and Abby had instead told Vera to do the work for her.  So there’s Vera intently trying to trace letters.  I had an alphabet and handwriting workbook from ages ago that Abby never had any interest in, so I gave it to Vera to work on while Abby and I do lessons.  Vera can easily draw and color for an hour.