Tuesday, October 23, 2012

32 Week Baby and One Funny Kid

Yesterday we went in for our 32 week ultrasound and check up.  Happy to report that baby is healthy and growing.  Based on the measurements, they're estimating another good sized bambino - we're already measuring at the size of a 33 week baby.  If he or she comes on time, no more ultrasounds.  Which made me momentarily sad until I realized that means we're going to get to meet your little one in just 8 weeks!

While in the ultrasound room, the technician asked if we'd like to see a 4D image.  I've never had a desire to have a 4D ultrasound.  Because of the blur when the baby moves, to me they look like mutant aliens.  She offered to turn it on and then switch it off if we were disturbed by the images.  But instead I burst into tears when she caught the baby holding still for a second and we saw his or her little face.  This baby looks exactly like Nate.  Aaron promised to scan the image in this week and then we'll share.

Other findings from the ultrasound - lots of hair and a mover/talker.  Baby is still head down which is always good news.

The ultrasound was followed up by an uneventful appointment with Dr. Resta.  Heartbeat is 150 bpm.

In Nate news, he continues to amuse and entertain us daily.  This morning he was lagging behind as I was trying to get us downstairs to get out the door.  I was bribing him with a toy I was holding so I said, "Nate, come see what Mom has for you."  Without hesitation he shouted, "Is it money???"

Friday, October 19, 2012

3 Days

As previously mentioned, I participated in the Komen 3-Day for the Cure last weekend.  There aren't really words that can explain what it was like.  My teammate Amanda wrote this beautiful tribute to her experience.  And although I'm one of those people she refers to at the finish line, one of the lucky ones with my Mom there to hug me and tell me how proud she was, Amanda's words touch on the overall experience of the event.  It's money for a great cause, but it's also about the shocking realization just how many people are impacted.  I invite you to read Amanda's blog, she says it far better than I ever could.  http://www.amandaswalk.blogspot.com/2012/10/zero-to-sixty.html

Now onto the Nate part of the weekend.  Nate loved every minute of having Grandma visit.  I'm fairly confident there wasn't a single, "Mommy?" while I was away.  It was adorable, and heartbreaking, on our way home from closing ceremonies.  He just kept looking at the empty seat next to him, tearfully asking where Grandma was.  I told him she had to go home to Ohio because Papa needs her.  His response, "Nate needs Grandma."  Sure you do, Buddy.  Who else is going to let you drink chocolate milk and watch endless episodes of Curious George?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

October Updates

Life around our house has been fairly uneventful.  Aaron's traveling a lot for work so Nate and I have spent the last couple of weeks mostly on our own.  Fortunately he's a great kid who is generally very happy and easy going.  Unfortunately he is two and this means the occasional bout of irrational behavior and, in the case of this morning, peeing on the floor.  Aaron returns home from a week in Seattle this evening and we are all very much looking forward to being together as a family.  Probably Guinness most of all.

This Thursday, my Mom flies in from Cleveland for a long weekend visit.  I will be occupied with other things (over $18k raised so far, thank you to all of you who've supported my team!) but let's be honest, she's not here to visit me.  Originally we weren't sure when Aaron was coming home from Seattle so my Mom graciously offered to come watch Nate in case Aaron was still out of town.  Once we determined Aaron would be back in time, surprisingly Grandma didn't want to cancel her plans.  And I think she's leaving a very jealous Papa at home.  Good news for him, we'll be flying to Ohio in two weeks for Jackie and Dave's baby shower.

And of course, the end of October means Halloween.  Nate's costume is almost ready although I suspect very few people will know who he's supposed to be.  Unless you have a two-to-four year old and watch a lot of PBS Kids.