Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Happy baby news!

My friend Emily had her baby this morning by c-section, a little boy she and Kenny named William Randolph! Will is 7 pounds 7 ounces and 19 3/4 inches long. Emily, Kenny, and Will will be at Women's Hospital until Sunday.

I was thinking of them this morning at 7:30 (the time of her scheduled c-section) and checked to be sure my cell was charged. As I was getting ready for work, I moved my cell with me to be sure I didn't miss Kenny's call. It finally ended up in the pocket of my jacket and the call came when we were driving to school to drop Braeden off. The anticipation was a lot of fun, even not knowing the baby's gender turned out to be more fun than I thought, but knowing he's here and they're all 20 minutes away is so much better!

I can't wait to meet Baby T...I mean Will! :)

Monday, August 27, 2007

M&Ms

I'm almost too excited to type!

Braeden peed on the potty this morning! I was showering...I can't believe I missed it! But Mat went up this morning when Braeden woke up, helped him out of his pjs and diaper, and then read books to him while Braeden sat on the potty. (Our morning tradition) When they finished reading, Mat told him it was time to get up and get his diaper on, but Braeden told him he was peeing. Mat looked, and sure enough, Braeden was!

When Braeden was done, they went in the bathroom and flushed the pee. When they came downstairs, Mat gave him three M&Ms! I came out a few minutes later and saw Braeden holding the M&Ms I knew immediately that he had used the potty! I gave him lots of kisses and told him how proud I was. And I told him that he's like Michael now (the little boy who learns to use the potty in the book)! Braeden seemed very proud of himself too!

I told the woman at school that Braeden had used the potty at home and asked her to encourage him to do it at school too. We're just so excited!

Trip North and a Shower

We went up to Rhinebeck to see my family a couple weeks ago...first trip up since Christmas! Mom and Abi took me to the Beekman Arms for lunch (that's the oldest operating inn in America--George Washington stayed there!) and then across the street to Calico, the cutest little patisserie ever, to buy a special cake. Chocolate mocha! We went home and had a very sweet family shower...Baby P-G was truly showered with gifts!



When we got back to Whitsett, Braeden helped me cut the tags off all the clothes and I laid them out on the bed. Obviously I had to stand on the bed to get this picture and, as you can see, the clothes fill the bed! I especially love the tiny onesies and the oh-so-soft button up sleepers. So far, this baby will have plenty to wear when he finally arrives in December!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Regular Check-up

I went to the doctor yesterday for a regular check-up. It was nice not to have blood work for once. For a while it felt like I was driving 20 minutes every few weeks just to give three or four vials of blood.

The nurse checked my blood pressure (always a concern after one bout of preeclampsia), but it's still very good at 120/70. Same as before the baby. :)

Weight gain is right on track, about 8 pounds now. I'm committed to never scheduling another appointment at the end of the day because my weight was four pounds heavier than it had been in the morning. It's so demoralizing! And of course, I had to make that case with Tanya to explain. I didn't want her to think I'd been gorging myself on milkshakes (much to Lisa's disappointment)!

We listened to the galloping heartbeat--135 beats/minute. Perfectly normal.

And yup, my uterus is still right where it should be, just above my belly button now. I love that they check each visit...where is it going to go? Mat wonders if they'll find it in my leg one day!

My next appointment is in 4 weeks for the glucose test!

We went up to Rhinebeck last week, so I'll post about the trip and the very sweet family shower when I have a little more time.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Cute, cozy, and cuddly

I finally got around to taking some pictures of the clothes I bought at Carter's last week. I think I loved them even more when I got them out of the baby's closet and laid them out on the futon.

These first three outfits are all made from the softest fleece you can imagine. The polka dot jumper has giraffe faces on the feet. The middle outfit is a brown jacket with polka dots and a hood and white fleece pants. That third jumper reminds me of a rugby shirt (and that reminds me of the serious J. Crew phase I went through in high school).



These next two are teddy bear-themed outfits. The brown jumper is a bumpy fleece with a hood complete with bear ears. And check out the feet of the jumper--paw prints! The other is a three piece outfit in cream with tiny bears, a short sleeved shirt and a long sleeve shirt. ADORABLE!



And finally I thought I would include a photo of the nursery in its current state. Previously known as the second bedroom, the room holds our futon, an old rocking chair with a broken seat (seriously, mom, what should I do with it??), our old coffee table, and now the crib. Four white walls with beige carpet and beige curtains...not cute. So, I'm open to suggestions. So far, I haven't seen any baby bedding I like or had any inspiration on color.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Baby P-G

We had our big ultrasound at 18 weeks. The baby looked great, perfectly healthy. THey were able to get all the shots they needed to assess the heart, spine, brain, and all the limbs. It took forever to get the third shot of the heart they needed, so I went home very sore. But happy. The baby is perfect. He's got 10 fingers and 10 toes. And he was measuring right on target for his age.

This first picture shows Baby P-G in profile in 2-D ultrasound.



This next picture is taken in 4-D ultrasound so you can see a lot more detail in the picture. And while it looks like the baby's skull is missing on the top of his head, it's not.

Breakthrough


Wow! Finally! Braeden sat on the potty tonight! No diaper!

A while back we bought a potty book and have been reading it almost every day for weeks. Braeden loves the book and always looks really excited when Michael gets his potty. But even with the book and our third potty, he had no interest in sitting on it.

Tonight after his bath I went upstairs to help him into his pjs and I asked him if he wanted to sit on his potty. And he did! But he wanted to sit on the potty with the lid on, so we did that for a little bit first. We talked about what colors his potty were, then I showed him the shapes on his seat and how soft and cushy it is. When he finally sat on the open seat, Mat and I clapped and cheered. Braeden thought that was great, but then he jumped up, closed the lid again, and sat down. So we stopped cheering. We did this over and over again until I honestly thought that was all that would happen tonight.

But we kept showing him that we were excited when he sat on the potty the right way and nothing would happen when he sat the wrong way. I asked him if he wanted to read a book. Mat suggested we read the Michael potty book, so Braeden ran naked to get it and when he came back, he sat on the potty to read it. We read four books with Braeden on the potty!

Nothing happened, but at least he was sitting naked on his potty! We talked to him about doing it again tomorrow morning, so hopefully he'll still be excited about our excitement and want to do it all again.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Too cute

I'm the first one to admit that I've had issues since day one with our day care...it's not that I worry about Braeden while he's there because I think the care is top-notch. But there are things that bug me. There's one woman in particular, actually, who moved out of the baby room and into the three-year-old room. I'm hoping she moves again before Braeden has to move up to that room. But leaving her aside, Friday the teachers in the two-year-old rooms did the sweetest thing for us parents.

When I picked Braeden up that afternoon the teacher gave me a CD with his name on it. Later that night I popped it into my computer and found that it was full of pictures of Braeden and a powerpoint slideshow of all the kids in both two-year-old rooms. Each kid got a few minutes of screen time and at the end, they included pictures of the kids enjoying the everyday stuff--popsicles, water play, etc. I thought I'd post a couple of my favorite pictures here so everyone could enjoy them like Mat and I did!

Hopefully this isn't a sign that Braeden will be into basketball when he grows up!


I love how sullen he looks in this photo.


On days they eat popsicles, Braeden is a sticky disgusting mess when we pick him up. It's nice to see how cute he is actually eating the popsicle, rather than just dealing with its sticky aftermath!


Every Thursday, the kids have water play day. We take in a swimmie diaper, swimmie trunks, and a towel.


Now that we know the kids lay out in the sun on their towels to dry off after water play day, we feel terrible that we've been sending Braeden with such a tiny towel. From now on, that kid gets a full-sized towel for water play day!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Shhh...

Don't tell Mat but I just bought $90 worth of clothes at Carter's for the baby!

I could not help myself...everything was way too cute! I forgot how addictive it is to buy newborn-sized clothes. If I get my act together, I'll take some pictures of the clothes so you can see what the cool babies will be wearing this December. I will tell you that I'm particularly vulnerable to anything really, REALLY soft.