Friday, April 29, 2011

Anytime Now

I had the stress test this morning. Baby is fine. She slept through the whole thing. When I got home, I met my midwife for the cervical sweep. Hopefully, something will start tonight or this weekend. Everyone wants to see and hold this baby! I never thought I'd still be pregnant at the end of April!

The girls and I were going to the park nearly every day, and I can't go anymore. I'm really really sick of hearing all the "Where's that baby?" questions and jokes. Even my neighbors make comments and it just grates on my nerves! I'm just over a week late. It's not like I'm three weeks late. Plus talking with my midwife, actual conception may have happened several days after than I thought, which would push my due date back. So, I was feeling really irritated with everyone, but after today I feel better. I've much less anxiety over the whole thing.

Abby starts multiplication in two weeks if her lessons don't get interrupted. Scott thinks she'll love it. I think the initial lessons are going to be kinda rough. Otherwise, Abby is coming along with her reading. There's still the issue of her not looking at the whole word and guessing, but there's been improvement! We're more than half way done with the First Language Lessons book. Abby can identify action verbs, nouns and pronouns. So cool. I've been really happy with Writing With Ease. We're 12 weeks into the program. Abby has no complaints and she can answer the questions in complex complete sentences.

Here's one of the 4d photos from the ultrasound this morning. Kinda creepy, but cool. She's got her arm smashed against her face and she's asleep.  

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Vera tantrums

While we were in MD, Vera had a wicked 3am tantrum Friday night. I saw it coming. She was completely over tired from traveling. (Both girls didn't fully fall asleep during our drive down like planned) Plus, she always has trouble pooping while traveling. All that Friday night leading up to the tantrum she tossed and turned. Oh, and we ended up sleeping on the air mattress in front of the wood burning stove because Vera was terrified of the recessed lighting in the guest bedroom. All that combined to make one hell of a midnight tantrum. Then Vera had another not so major tantrum about two nights ago. Hopefully, she's gotten the stress of traveling out of her system. It's better for Vera to have longer trips to MD because there's more time for her to decompress and relax.

While I'm on the subject of Vera and tantrums, for weeks, maybe a few months now, she wants nothing to do with Scott. It's not so bad when it's just the two of them, but oh my! Vera tells Scott she hates him, she wants him to go away. Scott replies by saying he loves her and will never leave her. He knows it's 'just a phase' but it still stings to hear your kid say I hate you. What Scott and I worry about is how this is going to play out after the baby is born. Vera will not let Scott help her in the middle of the night or let him put her to bed. Even little things, like putting shoes on can turn into an ordeal if Scott tries to help her. Scott has been trying to get more one on one time with her. I think they need a whole lot more time alone. Once Scott gets Vera involved in play or reading a book, Vera's usually fine and happy until it becomes bedtime. I hope this passes soon!

Just a side note- Abby seems to really enjoy the Elephant and Piggie easy reader books. She read a whole one today with some help from me. Her reading is very very slowly coming around. I wanted to blog this because I think it's kinda neat, but Abby seems to picture the hundred number chart in her head when she does addition and subtraction. When she subtracts or adds she will sometimes ask me to remind her what direction that is- left or right. I never knew what she meant until the other day when we were adding/subtracting 10 from a number and she asked me if that meant up or down.

Tomorrow and Friday are going to be rainy days again. I'm not too sure what to do with the girls. I've been trying to stay close to home in case this baby decides to make its entrance. 

Monday, April 4, 2011


I got my GBS test results back and I'm positive. The good thing is it's not antibiotic resistant. I start the course of antibiotics tonight and next week we test again. I've been feeling off since last Friday, having weird contractions, and just plain tired. The baby is still high up, and the contractions aren't true labor contractions. This kid has to stay put until the 12th. That's when Scott can take vacation.

The girls helped me set up the cosleeper bassinet. I thought we'd give it a try as a changing table/nap space. It's a lot bigger than I was expecting, but it is nice to have the diapers/potty all in one place.

My printer has been broken for days now, and I finally called Lexmark. The printer is still under warranty, so we're getting a new one sent to us. I can't live without my printer/copier. Abby can't do her lessons. Technically, it is supposed to be our month off, but I wanted to be ahead when the baby was born.