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I found this video on YouTube just now. I figured I had to put it on my blog since I had posted about my baby knowing Kung-Fu already… Apparently this baby had a lot of practice in mommy’s belly because he already seems to be a master of Kung-Fu.

 

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Happy birthday! 

So yesterday was my birthday, so I was too busy to write.  It ended up being a really nice day, thanks to my hubby and brother/sister-in-law. The start of the day just wasn’t going my way (ever have a birthday like that?) but by evening I was very happy and extremely excited. I was sad that some of the people I invited couldn’t come, and some other problems that really brought down the day. But my hubby really pulled it together.

He got me the best present in the whole world…. He took me to see our unborn child. (I told you the best present ever!) We got one of those 3D/4D ultrasounds done of our little Avalynn. I didn’t have the chance to get one of these done with my first child so this was extra exciting to me. I think the best part was it was a total surprise. He was somehow able to schedule it for 7:30 PM on a Saturday. I didn’t even know offices like that were open that late on a weekday let alone a Saturday! It was really great. They let up to 10 of your friends/family join you while you look at your cute little baby’s face and it really is a GREAT experience.

Of course little Avalynn was being stubborn, turned face down so we could only see her side profile, but I loved her little profile anyways, and her cute little hands. During the ultrasound my first born was there watching to and sometime during the process started yelling, “Baby! MINE!” It was the cutest thing. I didn’t even think that she could understand that we are having another baby (I try to explain it to her everyday) but she is only two so I thought getting her to kiss my belly was the highest understanding she had about the whole situation, but maybe I was wrong!

The clinic that did it (http://www.bfiultrasound.com/) is letting us come back in two weeks to have it done again for free because we didn’t get a frontal view of the face. So we get to do it all over again! We got a 15 minute DVD of the baby, a VHS copy as well, and ten pictures. And maybe next time we will get to see more of her face. It was a great night.

My brother and sister-in-law offered to take us out to TGI Friday’s for dinner which was really great, we had just bought dinner and I felt bad for turning them down but it was really nice to know they cared and wanted to put an effort into making my day special. It meant a lot.

I put in some pictures of my little Avalynn from the DVD. I had to take pictures of the t.v. screen while the DVD was playing because I don’t have my scanner hooked up yet (I can’t find the software since the move) so I couldn’t just scan in the pictures they gave us. Sorry for the quality but you get the picture…  ; ) Here she is! Little miss Avalynn!!

Baby Avalynn (side profile)

Baby Avalynn (side profile)

cartoon week 22 

Fetal development in pregnancy week 22: The grow must go on! No wonder you’re getting so big, you’re now housing a wonder baby– (that weighs nearly a pound and measures nearly a whole foot in length (30.5 cm). Their perfect little pancreas is now further developed and they’ve also started producing their own hormones! Your baby’s future in the circus as a world-famous tight-rope-walker is secure: their inner ear is now developed to the point that they have their own sense of balance. Lucky for your little explorer, balance also promotes physical dexterity, which has them actively feeling out their surroundings—where skin, body parts and umbilical cord are the big sensory experiences. Your foot-long baby, is looking a bit like an oversized raisin right now as more and more wrinkles are showing up each week. Not to worry, all that excessive wrinkling is just their skin’s way of planning ahead for the time when they’ll start piling on that irresistible baby chub.

sixth month

Baby in the sixth month

sick

Well I have not been posting the last few days because my entire household is under attack. At first we thought the culprit was strep throat but after three different visits to the doctor we have determined otherwise. Guess it’s just your regular everyday cold/flu/upper respiratory infection. My hubby gets antibiotics. My toddler gets nothing because she is wandering around terribly sick until we take her to the doctor her runny nose and cough mysteriously disappear and she runs around the doctor’s office like she is absolutely fine. I…am pregnant. So I suffered for a few days though the coughing and sore throat because I *thought* I couldn’t take anything until I called my OB who told me there were actually a few medicines I could take. So I am now under the care of Dr. Robitussin DM. I will post more when I feel better, as for now, I just wanna lay down…

21 weeks!

Baby belly at 21 weeks!

Preggo cartoon

Your beautiful little miracle-gro baby will be putting on a full ounce and a half this week (up to 16.5 oz), but that’s just the beginning! Within the next five weeks, they’ll really be packin’ it on! For now, we’re pleased to report the addition of rapid eye movement (REM) a key component to any baby’s healthy sleep schedule. And in the dermatology department: their thin soft skin is very red, failry translucent, and a bit wrinkled. Not to worry, it’s not a premature aging disease. It’s just their clever little body setting them up with extra space that will smooth out once your little one starts packing on the baby-fat. That won’t be for a few more weeks, though. So for the time being, your munchkin is still a little lean mean growing machine! The beginnings of what is commonly called “brown fat” is just starting to fill in to help your baby retain some body heat, which is crucial as they’re not yet capable of regulating their own body temperature. –www.baby-gaga.com

Baby in the 5th month

Baby in the fifth month

Procrastination 

Some people have more of a tendency to procrastinate than others. I am one of the people in this category. I have always wanted to change this fact about myself, but have done nothing about it. (So in essence I have actually procrastinated changing my habit towards procrastination.)

Today I realized that I put off tasks because my fear that they will be difficult or take to long to accomplish. The biggest realization that I came to, however, was that if I had just gotten these things done in the first place I could save myself days, weeks, months, years of stress and emotional ‘dejection.’

Take this for example; in October (of 2006) I received a speeding ticket. My first ever and I was pretty upset about it. I also received a ticket at the same time for not having proof of insurance for my car. I had just started a new job and didn’t have the money for car insurance at the time, a mistake I won’t make again. Anyways, I went to court in December for the offense, where the judge agreed I could go to traffic school (online even for hell’s sake), so that I could keep it off my driving record. I was to pay a $200 fine for speeding (more if I refused traffic school) and $361 fine for not having insurance. All I had to do was show up on April 18th 2007 with my certificate of completion for traffic school and my fines and all would be well. 

I paid the $30 fine for traffic school online and got to work (this was still in December). I completed all the sections and clicked the button “Take final test.” I was then prompted to go to any UPS store location and take the test there. When I finished the clerk would fax them my test and my certificate would arrive in 10 business days. “Well,” I thought, “maybe I’ll go take the test this weekend or something.” Fast forward to April 14th. I just remembered I was supposed to show up on April 18th and give the court clerk my money and certificate.

“Shit.” “What?” My husband replies. “What am I going to do?” “I don’t know, maybe you could just pay the fine and tell them the certificate hasn’t gotten here yet, and that you will mail it when it comes.” “Good idea.” So what do I do? Well I don’t go take the test or anything so I won’t by lying in court, I just show up, with only part of my fine mind you, and play dumb about how my certificate hasn’t gotten here yet (I also wore my favorite maternity shirt–hoping for sympathy–the one that makes me look 8 months pregnant instead of 5). “Your going to have to come back to tomorrow and plead your case to the judge” He states, obviously impervious to my delicate condition (LOL).

So now, after running home and then over to the UPS store to take the test (which literally took 10 minutes and was about as challenging as buying a carton of milk) I have to get up at 7am instead of 9 and drive 30 miles to the court house, sit in the courtroom for about two hours until the judge calls me up to hear my case, and then some how try to explain to the judge why it took me 7 months to drive over to the UPS store and take the damn test. If I hadn’t put this simple task off for SEVEN months I wouldn’t be in this situation. It really makes me wonder; if I were one of those people, the go-getters, the people who can do everything all at once and never seem to have the urge to sit around and relax, would my life be easier? My whole life? Would every aspect of my day run by more easily?

Probably. Maybe I’ll try and work on that, making myself a better person–the go-getter type. Sometime soon, I think I will work on that, sometime soon…

Oh and I am so wearing my super preggo T-shirt to court again tomorrow. The clerk sure didn’t give a crap, but the judge has got to be a softie for a preggo!

Tree

I’ve now got a picture page with some of my pictures on it. I am lazy so it’s not perfect. Some of the pictures got cut off because they were too big, but you get the picture (pun intended). I have no time or energy to resize, but please enjoy!

Kung-Fu 

Well I am at 20 weeks and 3 days (isn’t it funny that when you are pregnant you even count the days) and I feel like the first part of the pregnancy flew on by but this part is just dragging on and on. As I remember it gets worse, the more excited you get to see your little bundle of joy the slower the second hand goes on the clock. The closer to your due date the farther you get away. But at least I made it this far. I remember being like 12 weeks pregnant and you just can’t wait until you get to 20 weeks so you can say you are halfway done. Yesterday my husband finally felt the baby kick. I have been feeling her kick for weeks now but every time I told him to come feel, he would run over put his hand on my belly, and she would stop kicking. I told him that she probably heard his voice and stopped moving around so that she could pay more attention.  This time though, she was kicking like crazy. I almost started crying when I saw that look on his face like ‘I felt it! I did!’ Her kicks are getting strong and sometimes she will be still for a very long time and then kick really hard out of nowhere and I will jump out of my seat. My husband will just look at me funny and I’ll tell him, “She startled me!” I can’t believe how strong she is getting. It has only been two years since the last time I felt a baby moving around in there but this one has got to be a kick-boxer. There little legs only get stronger day by day and I’ve got 20 more weeks to go!

I got that cartoon from Baby-gaga, a fun site that has pregnancy and birthday tickers that keep track of the baby’s development. It’s also great if you have Google set as your homepage, like I do, because you can set it so Google keeps track of your pregnancy week by week and you get a fun pregnancy ticker plus cartoons, and info on what going on inside your belly and with mom.

Kayla is TWO!!

So today my little baby girl had her two year old check up. We had her birthday party a couple weeks ago but it wasn’t until today that I realized she was actually TWO.  She graduated to a new growth chart  and was even seen by the doctor in the big kids room. She got her Hepatitis A vaccination today and she even acted like a big girl. They gave her a sucker and then stuck her in the leg and all she did was take another bite at her sucker and look at the nurse like “what the heck was that for?” and then went back to completely devouring her sucker. What got me the most was when the doctor said at the end “Alright we’ll see you when she is three! Oh wait I guess we’ll see her sister in August…take care!” Since when do we only see the pediatrician once a year?? She has been going to him every few months since she was born! And since when am I having another child?? Lol, wait never-mind, although sometimes it’s still shocking to me to hear it out of someone else’s mouth. I just can’t believe how big she is, how fast this has all gone by. It kind of makes me want to find some sort of slow motion button for life, except I want to hit it AFTER I give birth. ; )

Looking out across the water

So today I have joined the world of bloggers. After 3 weeks of looking for ways to entertain myself I have decided upon this. Seems about time as even my mother has her own blog. I appear to be behind the times. ; ) If you are hoping to learn about me you can check out my ‘About’ section, well, you probably already know that. ; )

I have been out of work for the past three weeks because pregnancy hates me. I was hoping to have an uneventful pregnancy this time, but it has been anything but. My doctor put me on disability on Friday because I have pinched my Sciatic nerve. Don’t know exactly what that is but it does hurt. Although it didn’t stop me from my extreme bout of nesting earlier which resulting in a five hour kitchen cleaning spree.

I’m at 20 weeks now and am having a girl! We were trying for a boy, but we’re happy with another girl. We are trying to agree upon names for our little angel but so far the advice of friends has told us that our ideas sound like “stripper names.” Originally she was all set to be Ava Lillin, but it rhymed too well with my first born’s name, so we were thinking Avalynn Lexi or Avalynn Lacie; both of which I think are absolutely gorgeous but according to everyone else we would be terrible parents naming our children such and will have doomed the poor girl to a life of flashing lights and loud stage music.

 

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