Saturday, April 28, 2007

A new doctor's office

I called Wendover and made an appointment. What a process!

They told me they like to schedule a pregnant woman's first appointment during her eighth week, so I'm going in May 15 at 8:00. But I'm not meeting with Tanya, the midwife. I'm meeting with someone else. They'll run some labs, go over my insurance, and do some other screening stuff. Then I go back the week after for my first appointment with Tanya. That's May 22 at 8:30.

Plus, before my first appointment I had to complete Wendover's pregnancy form online. When I started, the directions said it would take 45 minutes to complete. Fortunately for me, that was a drastic embellishment. I think I spent less than 10 minutes filling out the form. It was basically a patient history...asking for information on previous pregnancies and health conditions that I or someone in my immediate family had been diagnosed with. So now, I'm all set for my first appointment, even if I don't really understand what will happen then.

Monday I'll call Femina and cancel my Thursday appointment. I also need to call to get the LabCorp pregnancy test results faxed to Wendover.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Keeping the lies straight

I met my friend Emily in Greensboro to help her start her registry at Babies R Us. She's 19 weeks pregnant and refusing to find out if she's having a boy or a girl! She's also been sentenced to one week of bed rest, so hopefully that will do the trick for her and she can get back to enjoying life again! Nothing but positive thinking!

Anyway, I had been dying to tell her that I was pregnant, and I finally got the chance! It feels a lot more real now that she knows. It's such a big secret to keep. And it colors everything else in your life. When people say you look tired, or ask if you want a drink, or just ask you what's going on, you're stuck lying to them. Those lies are tough to keep straight.

I'm going to call Wendover OB/GYN today. That's where my midwife moved when she left Femina. I've been thinking a lot about it, and I would really like to keep seeing her. Hopefully I can get an appointment soon!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Driving the truck



Braeden and I went to the Children's Museum Sunday while Mat was doing auto cross. He won his class, by the way! Even got a trophy! Poor car didn't get to take a victory lap, though, since Mat and Braeden were in a minor fender bender Monday morning on the way to day care. They're both fine, the car, not so much. Mat's got a loaner for the week while his car is in the shop. The other driver ran a red light in Gibsonville, but fortunately neither of them were driving too fast so the outcome wasn't so bad.

But anyway, at the Children's Museum Braeden wanted to drive the fire truck. So I snapped this picture to send to Mat so he'd know what we were up to that day. We had a great afternoon at the museum. Braeden played in the sand for about 45 minutes then sat in the fire truck for another 45. He did not want to come home!

Saturday, April 21, 2007


How cute is this kid?! He's wearing a new outfit from MeMa and P-Pa and his baseball cap.


We had to go to Lowe's today for bird seed. While Mat went to get the seed, Braeden and I hung out with the tractors. He really liked this John Deere one!


When we finished our errands Saturday, Mat took the groceries into the house and Braeden and I sat on the driveway.

The news is out

I wouldn't say the cat's out of the bag, but I have told someone we're pregant. Abi and I had been playing phone tag for days until we finally talked for real. I had left her a voice mail about a week ago saying I might be pregnant. So, when I finally got to talk to her Wednesday night I told her our news. It was really nice to be able to say it out loud.

I can't tell you how many times I want to tell someone. I know I need to wait, but it's such big news you can't help but want to blurt it out! Hopefully, that urge won't be as strong now that I've told Abi.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Mommy, come here

I know when I hear Braeden say those words in the morning over the monitor, it's time to head upstairs. When Braeden wakes up, we can hear him rustling around first. Then the talking starts. He has a lot to say first thing in the morning. I guess for a while he's just as happy talking to the dog, pig, and Elmo. But after a while, he gets bored of that. That's when he starts saying Mommy, come here. And he'll say it over and over again until I show up.

I love that he's 100% certain I'll come up.

Unbelieveable!

I swear my pants feel tighter today! This is nuts! And more than a little depressing.

I called Femina Women's Center yesterday to make my appointment. First of all, a guy answered the phone and made my appointment. A male receptionist at an ob/gyn office?! That's a little weird. Then I asked for an appointment with this awesome midwife Tanya, but J.R. told me she no longer worked at Femina. Femina no longer has a midwife on staff. I was devastated. He also told me he thought Tanya had gone to work for Wendover, another ob/gyn in Greensboro. I think that's where my friend Melisha goes; I'll have to check. I made an appointment for May 3, but I'm not sure I want to stay with Femina without Tanya. I really need to think about this!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Under there

One night this weekend Braeden and I were sitting on my bed talking and listening to music. We had already taken his shirt off since we were getting ready for bath time, so I asked if he wanted to get under the covers. He said yes, uh uh, his new catch phrase, and we snuggled under the blanket. Braeden thought this was so funny! He loved being under there with me. Then he would peek out from under the blanket and laugh. He still loves hiding, and I'm sure he thought we were completely invisible under there.

Now when we're in his room lying on the floor at bed time, he asks for the blanket. Under there, he says. I pull his quilt off the crib and we put it over our heads. Sometimes Daddy is allowed to stay under with his, but sometimes Braeden pushes him out!

It's Official!

I went to LabCorp Tuesday afternoon and peed in a cup (there's really no good way to say that, is there?!). They called me Wednesday morning to make it official...We're pregnant again!

My due date is predicted as December 20, a Christmas baby! Poor kid. Actually, I had kinda hoped to space out the kids' birthdays. With the new baby right before Christmas, then Christmas, then Braeden, we're all gonna go broke!

Time to call the doctor and make that first appointment.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Another faint line

I got up this morning and took my second dollar store pg test. I figured since it was first thing in the morning, I would get a bright pink line. But I got another very faint line. I still think I'm pregnant, but I really wish I could see a strong line like I did when I was pregnant with Braeden.

I've got orders from a doctor for a blood test, so I think I'll head over to LabCorp one day at lunch and get that done. Then I'll have definite proof to call the doctor.

I LOVE my midwife, so I'm looking forward to seeing her again!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Two pink lines

And just like that, we're pregnant again!

We'd only just started trying in March. Mat keeps reminding me that I was the one who said it would take a while, and here we are pregnant after just one month. But seriously. I'm 31, not 17. I had every reason to believe it would take a few months.

When I didn't get my period Friday, I started to wonder. I've been pretty regular lately. But I didn't feel pregnant at all. I bought a couple tests at the dollar store this morning (thanks, Emily, I never would have thought to get them there!) and used one this afternoon. The second line was pretty faint, but it was there.

I wasn't sure if I should tell Mat right away...it was just such a surprise to me. But a couple months ago, I had bought this tiny onesie at Target with the words Tax Deduction on the front. I knew it was the perfect way to tell Mat, when I got pregnant. I got out the onesie and put the test on top of it, then called Mat into the bathroom to see it. He didn't get it at first, but when he did, he was stunned. Speechless. I don't know why, but I found his reaction so funny. I guess because I was so surprised too.

We're still in shock, really. I'll take another test tomorrow morning, just to be sure. Then it will be time to call the doctor.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Beach Photos

I LOVE these pictures I took in Beaufort and at the beach!


A dock like this one goes for about $150,000! But wouldn't you just love to sit at the end of it and listen to the gentle lapping of the waves slapping your sailboat?


Here's the boat of my dreams...is it wrong that it makes me think of Pacey on Dawson's Creek?


And this is the boat I could afford now!


A very nice woman got out from under a blanket and took this picture for us before we headed home. It was about 40 degrees on the beach that morning and windy. But it was sunny and beautiful, so it was well worth the trip.


Bedtime


This is a great photo of MeMa and Braeden after his bath.


Braeden doesn't love brushing his teeth, but it went a lot easier when MeMa brushed her teeth with him!


Here's MeMa and P Pa reading books with Braeden before bed.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Vacation

We had a great visit with MeMa and P Pa last week! (I'm trying out the names without hyphens...I like MeMa that way, but P Pa is awkward without a hyphen. It doesn't seem worth thinking about, does it?)

MeMa and P Pa brought the castle and people with them since Braeden has been talking about it since Christmas. He LOVES it. Drags it all over the downstairs to play with it in the bedroom, kitchen, living room, or by the front door. We were commenting on the fact that the little flag flying from one of the turrets has survived as long as it has, and now I'm pleased to say Braeden drags it around the house by the flag. :)

During their almost weeklong visit, I think Braeden spent a total of 10 minutes on the ground. He insisted on being carried by MeMa or P-Pa (the hyphen has returned!). And he would have nothing to do with Mat or me during their visit. He only wanted MeMa to change his diaper, or P-Pa to read to him at night. Fortunately, we've returned to normal since they've gone...meaning it's back to all mommy, all the time. And I couldn't be happier!

MeMa and P-Pa got to spend an overnight alone with B so that Mat and I could go to the beach for the night. We had a fantastic time in Beaufort and Atlantic Beach and a great dinner at the Sanitary in Morehead City. The highlight of dinner was watching a couple of dolphins play in the inlet outside our window. The highlight of the trip was my gorgeous birthday present, a beautiful ring! Thanks, Matty!

I'm sure I'll think of more to add...photos to come!

Monday, April 9, 2007

A taste of so more to come...

There is so much to write about, but it's going to take a while to get it all out here. So, I'll write a little about my birthday. I know, I know, you're thinking but this is Braeden's blog. And yes, you're right, but this is really a story about Braeden. It just happens to have to do with my birthday.

Monday was my 31st birthday. As we were finishing dinner, Mat asked Braeden if he could wish me a happy birthday. Braeden said no which made us laugh. And while we were laughing, he started singing happy birthday. From Braeden, it sounds like 'oppy birday to you, oppy birday to you'. And that's what he signs, over and over again. Over the weekend, he learned to sing 'oppy birday dear mommy'. It is too sweet!

To capture this wonderful singing on my birthday, I grabbed my cell and started recording. With my cell, I can only record videos of about 13 seconds. The quality and sound are terrible. And there's very little I can do with the video once I've taken it. He sings this song to me all the time now, so I'll record it with the camcorder and post it to youtube soon.

Suffice it to say, it's the cutest thing EVER.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Epa Bunny!

Mat spent Saturday in Davidson at a conference with his honors student. So I took Braeden to the Gibsonville Easter Egg Hunt. I wasn't sure how he well he would do, but he was a natural, as you can see from the pictures. There was a person in an Easter Bunny costume, but Braeden wouldn't go anywhere near him. He did LOVE calling him Epa Bunny though! At the end of the hunt, Braeden and the other kids played on one of Gibsonville's firetrucks.

Braeden has his competitive, gameface on in this pic...


Look how well he carries that basket!




Ride 'em Cowboy!


Ooma, one of the women on our street, has these two geese in her yard. Months ago she told us that her grandchildren liked to ride the geese and said that Braeden could ride them any time. Recently, he decided that riding the geese was LOTS of fun.

Ooma also has a birdbath that Braeden likes to play with. But he was calling it bathbird and for the longest time I couldn't figure out what he wanted. Once we got over to Ooma's yard, I realized what bathbird meant.

Oh, by the way, the face Braeden is making in this picture is what he does when I tell him to smile. :)