Monday, December 31, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
This is a summary of the sixth week of Pineapple's life. She was 5 weeks old.
Monday, December 17, 2012
This is a summary of the fifth week of Pineapple's life. She was 4 weeks old. She turned one month old during this week.
Wednesday at the ped appt, Dr. M noticed that some baby acne was developing on Pineapple's face. I had noticed it around her mouth and thought it might be irritation with the nipple shield but I don't think it is anymore. Rhys had baby acne so I know it'll go away on it's own but it's just irritating to have it there.
Monday, December 10, 2012
This is a summary of the fourth week of Pineapple's life. She was 3 weeks old.
I know that newborn eye color is not set it stone. They can change colors all the way up to 6 months. Also that they'll never get lighter just darker. Pineapple has brown eyes (so do Kevin and I) but they've got some grey in them. Most times they look grey rather than brown. Idon't know if it's just because they're really dark, darker than GV's or maybe a effect of MIL having blue eyes but it's neat and I hope they stay greyee-brown.
Monday, December 3, 2012
This is a summary of the third week of Pineapple's life. She was 2 weeks old.
Monday, November 26, 2012
This is a summary of the second week of Pineapple's life. She was 1 week old.
Monday, November 19, 2012
With GV I did weekly updates during the pregnancy. But with Pineapple I thought I missed quite a bit of her early pregnancy and then when I found out I hadn't I wasn't really into doing the updates again. I would go back and read the GVs and compare them that way. I've seen newborn summaries on this website so I thought it would be a unique way of chronicling her first year.
I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to sleep because no one would be watching Pineapple to make sure she kept breathing. Also this time Kevin stayed overnight with us both nights. After two days we got clean bills of health and were discharged. The did one last weight check (she was down to 7 lbs 3 oz - 6% weight loss) and checked her bilirubin levels and then told us we could go. We waited to complete one last feed and left around 3:30pm.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
So there are a few websites I stalk. Of course FB is one of them, then there's slate [dot] com and also nb.cnew.s [dot] com. As an avid reader of almost everything - I've been known to read EVERYTHING on a cereal box while eating said cereal in the mornings - I love websites that are constantly updated and where new things show up throughout the day rather than just once. Also the Dear Pr.udenc.e columns on slate [dot] com just crack me up!
Anyways today I was reading n.bcne.ws [dot] com and I came across a headline titled Ic.e-T 'could make a baby through a brick wall'. The other day I was flipping through channels during GV's nap and something happened and the TV landed on the show Ic.e Loves C.oco. After watching a bit of it I saw a preview about the next episode in which they discuss her wanting to freeze her eggs. I was curious so I read up on the people in the reality show and Coco is actually near my age. So I watched a bit more and fertility/infertility was never discussed on that episode. So then this morning I saw that headline and was more than a little curious so I clicked on it. And by the time I had finished reading it I was soooo sad and angry.
Because here's a woman who has genuine fears and doubts about her fertility and her husband is dismissing them and not only that but being so "macho" about it that it was just frustrating. I didn't watch the segment (or clip) but I think if I would have I prolly would have thrown something at the TV. I can sympathise with her because I know what it's like to fear infertility before you even start trying to be fertile. There shouldn't have been a reason for me to worry about it because I come from a VERY fertile family. My mom got pregnant the first two times she tried (four years apart). But there was this fear. Before I knew what PCOS, Clomid or anything was I was pretty certain Kevin and I would have a rough go of it trying to get pregnant. And to see a husband being so callous and dismissive about something that is a very real possibility just set my teeth on edge. Anyways here's the article in case you want to read it: http://tinyurl.com/cysx58n. Maybe you won't be as upset/offended by him/it as I was...
Posted by The Wife at 10:43 PM
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Till I turn 35. Advanced maternal age. Because Pineapple is due two weeks before that I'm not high-risk. Which apparently means I'm missing out on some u/s and other tests that would be covered if she was due even one day after. Oh well.
How the heck am I already almost 35? I still think of myself as in my 20s. Maybe it's because I didn't get married till 29. Or have my first kid till 32. Or that most of my (new) friends are just hitting their 30th b-day. At the end of this month I will have known Kevin for 17 years. I met him when I was 17!! Maybe because my parents are still in their 50s (albeit only a 1-2 years away from 60). Whatever it is I don't feel 35 most days. Some days I do though. Usually on those days I want to take a nap.
Posted by The Wife at 3:25 PM
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Only because I can't! :( Apparently when I moved here my voter registration was never turned in. I signed up at the DMV when I was getting my license but my card never made it to the supervisor of elections. It wasn't until Saturday when I realized that I didn't know where I was suppose to go to vote that I called and found out that I couldn't vote. It really bums me out! This is the second time I'm missing a presidential vote! The first was while I was in college and in my sophomore haze realized I had over-scheduled myself on that fateful November day. But the guy I wanted to win did so I didn't really worry about it. This time I was looking forward to taking GV since next time around he'll be in school.
Anyways, go vote!!
Posted by The Wife at 1:32 PM
Sunday, November 4, 2012
So somehow I've managed to finagle it so that GV spends the night at Grandma and Grandpa's house on the weekends where there's a time change. Which is good because apparently he was up at 6am this morning. And Kevin and I? Well we didn't wake up until almost 9am.
I saw all the FB comments from other friends who are parents complaining about their children not realizing that they were suppose to sleep an extra hour. And I sat there with a secret smile on my face...
Posted by The Wife at 11:15 AM
Saturday, November 3, 2012
When I moved down here shortly after GV was born, my college roommate recommended a moms group to me. I decided to join when I met a mom with a son 2 months older than GV and another mom with a daughter 3 weeks younger. I figured it would be a good resource to have them around. Then more moms joined and soon enough there were about 5-6 moms with babies who would all be in the same "school year" as GV. GV is probably going to Catholic school so I don't think he'll go to school with these kids but they might be in the same sports or activities.
Anyways for a bunch of us our kids were the first ones and we all have sons. As our kids approached 18 months we started talking about trying for that second kid. I was nervous about all the talk because even though Kevin and I wanted to try for another one we had no idea if it would actually work. Well it did. And I'm actually the second one in line. There are currently 6 of us pregnant (with a 7th mom (who is no longer in the group) pregnant too) so it's a baby boom. Who thought I would ever be in the middle of a baby boom.
And so all the baby showers are happening now. At first I didn't want a baby shower but since Pineapple was a girl I was
coerced encouraged to have one. And it was a good experience. A good second shower. This morning was the shower for the 4th mom. It was a book shower which was a neat idea. The other three will probably be in the new year which will be good break since three of the babies are due before the end of the year.
Posted by The Wife at 4:28 PM
Friday, November 2, 2012
As of today I'm 37 weeks. Full term. 21 days to go. I'm excited but it still seems so far away.
Yesterday was my OB appt. There are four doctors in this practice. Unlike GV's doctor, this time I don't have an assigned doctor. I have to have my appts with all the doctors and then whoever is on call when I happen to go into labor is my delivering doctor. I don't like this system but as this is likely my last pregnancy and I'm almost done there's no point in switching. Before I got pregnant I saw Dr. G every time I went in. I wasn't too fond of her but she seemed competent so I stayed. Then when I got pregnant I actually didn't see her again until yesterday. I've been seeing the other three (and the NP) my entire pregnancy.
So yesterday Dr. G came in and did the cervical check. One centimeter dilated. This time last go around I wasn't anything at all by this point so that's good. But I'm still not effaced at all. Then she did the doppler check and finally measured my uterus. Everything looking good. Then she wanted to do a u/s to make sure that Pineapple was head down. After about 15 minutes I got called back into the u/s suite and got to see her again! She is head down and facing my spine which is good for delivery but bad for ultrasound pics. But she's got tons for hair! And apparently it's long, already flowing past her ears. GV had a lot of hair too but it all fell out between 3-6 months.
So it looks like we're good to go just waiting for her to decide to be born. If I'm honest I wouldn't mind if she came 2 days early or 6 days late. See the earliest date that Thanksgiving falls on is the 22nd (this year) and the latest is the 28th (next year). So if they want to induce I think I'm going to ask for the 29th. We'll see if it works.
Posted by The Wife at 2:16 PM
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Last night was so much fun. GV had decided that he wanted to be a ghost. Because I didn't think he would wear a costume over his head the whole night I decided I was going to make him a costume. Mind, my sewing machine hasn't seen the light of day since before we moved here (over 2 years go!) this was a little crazy for me. But I found a pattern that I liked, bought the fabric and did the needful. I finished the day before Halloween.
Posted by The Wife at 3:06 PM
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Back before we knew Pineapple's gender Kevin and I planned on choosing a scheme and painting her room as soon as possible. I wanted to the room to air out and get the funky smells out way before she arrived. And then we found out she was a girl and the options were just so numerous that I wasn't quite sure what to do. I knew I didn't want pink (or a lot of it) and so was looking at purple/cream bedding sets. But I couldn't see anything I liked. Also I think GV's room has an expiration date (it will need to be changed by kindergarten probably) and so I didn't want Pineapple's too as well.
So now we're at 28 weeks and this 3-day weekend was coming up and myDad had the whole weekend off. I spent the week looking online for inspiration. Kevin nixed my wallpaper idea before it could even take shape and so that left me with doing some kind of paint treatment. And I love stripes so I knew it would be some kind of stripe. At first I was thinking a thick horizontal stripe but then while at Low.es I saw a vertical purple striped room with a green ceiling and I knew it was what I wanted. So today was painting day #1.
We've got some kind of water leak in Pineapple's room, I'm not sure where it's coming from but because the house is so old it's causing the ceiling to dissolve. So in the middle of painting the room, myDad is also having to do ceiling repairs. Plus all the ceilings and walls have this "knockdown" texture all over them so we've got to replace that in the damaged areas. But today we did most of the ceiling painting and the first coat of wall paint (minus where the green paint and purple paint meet up). Tomorrow we'll hopefully finish off the ceiling repairs and paint and then we've got to move the g/p tape and finish up the first coat of purple paint. I didn't realize it was going to get so complicated. Maybe a 3-day weekend isn't long enough.
Posted by The Wife at 11:08 PM
Monday, August 27, 2012
Last week we were directly in line to get hit full force by Isaac. There was panic all around and talks of closing bridges, conventions, businesses and schools. Well the businesses and schools closed down but so far it's just been a windy kind of day. We get more rain on a sunny day than we've had today.
Around where I live people assume we're never gonna get hit by a hurricane. It has been 90+ years since the last one came through and even when all the weathermen claim that THIS one is coming right for us at the last minute it straightens out or takes a 90° turn and misses us. We were at a party Saturday night and all the natives weren't worried. I wasn't really worried but I figured since this time I'm a mom and not a singleton looking forward to a great hurricane party that I should at least be a little prepared. So I bought a lot of water, crackers and canned fruit. Yeah, I'm mostly a non-believer too.
Things here are going great. Kevin is in line for a promotion at work so we're praying that happens. It's the perfect position for him because he gets more responsibility but doesn't have to be in charge of people. GV is talking more and more each day. He's putting words together and we can have a conversation now. Pineapple is growing and is good so far. My next appt is in 9 days. I have to do the GD test again which is annoying. But after this I'll be at biweekly appts which means less stress and anxiety for me between appts. I can't believe I'm already 27 weeks along.
So while we enjoy a nice Monday off (even Kevin is working from home because of Isaac) hope you all are staying safe and sound.
Posted by The Wife at 11:01 AM
Sunday, July 1, 2012
How is it that it was two years ago that I gave birth to the most amazing sweet little boy? Somedays it seems like it was just yesterday and other days I'm worried that I don't remember EVERYTHING anymore. But then I look back at the blog and I'm reminded.
- GV is doing so well. He's tall (36 1/2") but still skinny (27 lbs).
- He's talking all the time now. Mostly at home. He's still a shy thing when we're out with other people he doesn't completely know. He doesn't combine words to make sentences yet. When he talks to me he say "Daddy" and then say "car" but he doesn't say "Daddy is in the car" and he'll always wait till I acknowledge the first word. I don't know if it's because of the way I respond to him or if it's just the stage he's at right now.
- He and Dave get along really well now. He likes to give her hugs and brush her. And he's gotten really good about stepping around her when she's in his way (she's the type of dog that lies down at your feet). Occasionally she gets annoyed at him and will snap at him. For which she gets put in her cage. But I'm also really careful that I don't leave them in the same room together. Which isn't that hard because if I leave a room Dave will follow me.
- Les is another story. She spends most of her time in the bedroom (which isn't that much of a change from pre-GV). However when she comes out he will chase her around the house. She usually ends up under the coffee table. Then he tries to reach below to touch her and she gets annoyed (growls). I try to keep him from chasing her but it's hard sometimes because they are both so fast. Occasionally she'll be nice and will stand near (3 ft away) him but most times Les avoids GV at all costs (even a missed dinner or treat).
- GV got a set of pots and pans for his birthday and they are by far his favorite. Before he got them he would take paper plates and cutlery from where we kept them stored and create a picnic with everyone having a specific setting. It's so cute. Sometimes he'll even dish out his blueberries or grapes so that everyone has some. If he becomes a cook I'll have it made then! Kevin cleans and GV cooks.
- GV knows there's a baby inside Mommy's tummy. He'll often see a baby and say "Baby!" and then point to my belly. I'm not showing that much of course but we've let him know that someone is coming.
- GV is obsessed with two things right now. Bandaids and money. Both words he learned in a flash and he always remembers. If he hasn't got a bandaid on he'll run into my bathroom and pull out the box and then bring it to wherever Kevin and I are and ask us to open one. He will even volunteer to say please. He also likes having quarters. He will carry them in his pocket and walk around and invent new ways to play with them (today he put them in our Bos.ton Marke.t take out bowls and then put the covers on to make noisemakers). I can usually get him to put them on his dresser before bed but I never leave them in the room overnight with him. He always remembers the next morning about them.
- For the past three weeks I've been watching Chicklet (Chicken's daughter) three mornings a week. Since Chicken works from home Chicklet usually spends a few days a week with her Grandpa. But Grandpa went on vacation for a month so that left Chicken w/o child care. I was a bit worried about GV not liking having to share me but he's been fine. I think he's enjoyed having Chicklet around. Hopefully it's a good lead in to the arrival of Pineapple.
Posted by The Wife at 9:06 PM
Friday, April 20, 2012
is my official due date. So I must have caught this pregnancy very very early. Like in the 3rd week. We went to the doctor on March 23rd and they confirmed that there was something in the uterus but it was only measuring about 4 weeks so no heartbeat yet.
Then we went on vacation, well sort of. We went to visit Kevin's parents. SIL came up the whole time we were there and her boyfriend even came for a couple of days. Everytime a new person was introduced to the mix GV would get shy but he ended up being friends with all by the end of our time there.
After two weeks we were back but my computer went on the fritz (I finally got it back today!!). Our 8 week appt was this past Wednesday and Pineapple was measuring 8w5d so that puts my due date as November 23rd. Black Friday.
Kevin's family already knows about Pineapple. We had a hard time explaining away my constant peeing, drinking tea only when Kevin made it (so he could sneak in a decaf tea), not taking medicine even though I had a cough and then microwaving sandwich meat. So we told them but said that we didn't have a heartbeat yet. But now we do! Now we have to figure out how to tell my parents (and sister).
I'm excited for this new baby. Also the symptoms are in full force. I'm hungry all the time but can't eat too much in one sitting. Also the nausea. It was too much to hope for another morning-sickness free pregnancy. Although it's just been nausea not puking. It's still not nice. Also the fatigue has really hit me. I remember going to bed early some nights with GV but it's every night with Pineapple and most days I need a nap. Maybe it's because I was working last time and couldn't nap.
I've been telling GV about the baby. He knows how to sign baby but I don't think he gets it yet. Probably when I'm showing more he'll sense something. He'll be almost 2 1/2 when Pineapple comes so I think he'll be old enough to get it.
Posted by The Wife at 2:07 PM
Friday, March 16, 2012
Apparently I don't know my body or my cycles or anything at all.
Monday the 5th
After waiting for two additional weeks past when AF was suppose to happen I finally had my Provera & Clomid prescriptions filled. I woke up and POAS'd and it was negative. So I finally gave in and decided to take the Provera.
Wednesday the 7th
I take the first provera pill.
Sunday the 11th
I take the last provera pill. And then when dicussing with Kevin the time line I realize that I'm suppose to be ovulating on the 29th which is right when we'll be traveling to Kev's parents house. Not great timing and Kevin is a bit upset. So we decide that we're not going to use the clomid and just skip this round. It messes up our plans at Christmas (this is an English year) but what else can we do?
Tuesday the 13th
AF was suppose to show up today but hasn't. I'm not that concerned because I know it can take up to 10 days but it never has before. It's always shown up two days after the last provera.
Wednesday the 14th
GV is actually sleeping in this morning so when I woke up I had the sudden urge to test. I see the yogurt cup that I used for last week's test still next to the sink so I grab it and move to the toilet. Kevin walks in and gives me a look for testing again. I do the needful and then test it. I see the control line quickly but nothing on the test line so I dump the pee and start cleaning up. I'm reaching for the test to throw it away when I realize that I'm looking at two lines!
Thursday the 15th
Yesterday Kevin brought me home a new collection cup just in case the cup somehow is what caused the BFP. Test #2 is positive. The line is even darker this time.
Now this baby is real. So going off the fact that I got a BFN last week and a BFP this week does that mean I'm only 4 weeks along? Or do I still go from my LMP start date which means that I'm 9 weeks? Also what should I expect with having taken Provera? I'm not sure what to think but I'm happy. I haven't had morning sickness. I've been hungrier but chalked that up to my new exercise workout routine once I got that first BFN. My boops were sore earlier this week but thought it was because I slept wrong (yes I still sleep on my stomach). No nausea or food aversions.
I have so many questions for my doctor and it's killing me that I have to wait till next Friday to get them answered. I need Dr. Grrrr back!
Posted by The Wife at 2:50 PM
Thursday, March 8, 2012
We ended up having to turn GV's crib into a toddler bed because he was getting worse and started to climb on top of the rail. That opened up a whole 'nother can of worms because then we had to start locking him in his room. It's so hard to go from a kid who went down for naps and bedtime so easily to having to lock him in his room. But he's getting better.
The past three days if I leave his door open for nap he'll go to sleep with minimal fuss (if any). Tonight at bedtime he protested at us closing the door but didn't start screaming. We heard him test the door knob a couple of times about 10 minutes later but he didn't start crying when he learned he was still locked in.
I don't know if he's sleeping on the bed though. One time when I went in to turn off his fan he was asleep on the floor next to his books. I'm okay if he wants to play/read a bit as long as he stays in his room.
GV has also started being able to turn regular door knobs. He's been able to open most of the doors in the house because they're the French style door knobs but the front door and the garage door are normal ones. I went to Ta.rget today to get the plastic caps for those and some more plug covers. For an old house we sure do have a lot of outlets!
I also got an air freshener for his room because his room stinks. If I walk into his room after the door's been closed for a while it really hits me. It's like it's a teenage boy's room not a baby boy. Kevin says he can't smell it but I can!
This weekend the first of GV's friends turns two! I can't believe it! That means it will be GV's second birthday before I know it. He won't be a baby anymore. Truthfully I'm looking forward to it because I love kids between the ages of 3-11.
GV is still not talking much. I've been working on the letters A-H, colors and shapes with him and if I ask him to pick it out he almost always gets it right but he won't say the words.
After three cycles of actually working my body has quit on the fourth. My current cycle started on Jan 12th and it seems I never ovulated. I thought I had because of an ovulation test (on Feb 1st) but I read it wrong. Of course I didn't realize this till after AF never showed up. It was so exciting when that 2ww was 1 day over and then 2 and then 3. I tested on the 3rd day (feb 18th) and was so shocked when it was a BFN. So I waited a couple of days and AF didn't show up. I retested on the 21st and it was still a BFN. So I called New-Dr.-G and got a prescription for Provera. And it sat at the pharmacy because I kept convincing myself that I had just ovulated and so I couldn't ethically take it. But then I tested again this past Monday (CD54) and after yet another BFN I made myself call and fill the prescription. Today is day 2 of 5. The good news is that I'll have Clomid this time around.
Posted by The Wife at 11:50 PM
Monday, February 20, 2012
I'm going to try posting with my phone but usually it just turns into a hot mess and I abandon before I post. Right now I'm lying down on my guest bed with a sleeping GV next to me. This is the only way lately that we can get him to sleep. One of us has to be sleeping next to him. And usually I can move him to his own bed but tonight I have tried twice and failed. Third time's the charm right? It started last week when I noticed that GV was eating pretty much everything that I was putting in front of him. I was so excited about that that I didn't notice that he was pushing his bed time to later and later asking for more books or one more hug or turning off the light one more time. Instead of being out of his room by 8 it was more like 9 and he was still fussing. Well one night it just didn't end. For an entire hour he was alternating between crying, shouting and calling us. We tried CIO but it just wasn't working. Finally Kevin just went in and slept on the floor next to him and he fell back asleep. Now he doesn't want to nap either. But he falls asleep later in the day so I know he still needs that nap. I'm not sure if this is a phase or a growth spurt or what brought it on. Kevin and I are running out of ideas as to how to fix it.
Posted by The Wife at 11:42 PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I've mentioned this before but I didn't really expand on it. We are REALLY struggling to get GV to eat. Anything. It's not like we can't get him to eat his vegetables, it's that we can't get him to eat. At 6 months GV was in the 90th percentile for weight. At his 9 month he was 75%, 1 year was somewhere around 50%, 15 month was 20% and this past appt he was 17%. To put it another way at 6 months he weighed 19lbs and today he weighs 23lbs. He's still getting taller and is still in the 90th percentile for height so it's just weight. We have to go back to the doctor next month for a weight check.
Posted by The Wife at 9:42 PM
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Happy New Year everyone! 2011 just flew by for me. Since having GV I've never really thought that time was flying but I was completely taken aback by the fact that it was the end of the year. Wow.
I've started a new blog with my cousin RR. It's at romyandthewife.blogspot.com. I didn't tell her about this blog and I took it off of my profile. I'm not sure what I'll do with this blog. That blog might just be a TTC blog and this will be a parenting/living after infertility. Maybe. I'm not sure yet.
Posted by The Wife at 9:21 PM