Monday, January 2, 2017

Almost 38 weeks

Well, I'm gestational-wise past the when Margot came.  I know it was really unlikely that this baby would come at the same time or earlier, but I'm getting antsy to meet her.   Tomorrow will be 38 weeks and then a long 2 weeks until my actual due date (which may or may not pass before we see this kid).  The good/bad news is that everyone goes back to school and work tomorrow.

I have work to do so I'll also be going back to work - I'm debating whether to work on a RnR that I have been working on for a very old paper or to try to finish a new paper.  Either way, I won't be very motivated.

I may actually spend tomorrow trying to sell some of the maternity clothes that I am not wearing (a way of easing myself back into work).

The Christmas holiday has come and gone and the kids had a great time.  I took too few pictures as always and we bought them too much this year, but it was a great holiday.

Margot got a dollhouse and an American girl doll (from Santa).  Dylan got a hockey goal, legos and star wars action figures, which he is loving.  Here is a picture of me at 37 weeks.

Christmas morning

At Mom-mom and Pop-pop's house (I forgot that Dylan wanted to wear his Xmas pjs all day)!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

36.5 weeks

So Margot was born 1 week from today (well, 1 week from my current gestation), and while I know if my water doesn't break, it will be longer, I am still feeling anxious about having a baby between now and New Years.

Part of me is in denial - hospital bag not designated or packed and bags for the kids (in case they need to spend the night with my mom) is also not packed.  Maybe I'll do that today.  At the same time, today is Christmas Eve and my fingers are crossed that this baby cooks for at least another week - for many reasons.

Still, I'm getting nervous every night when I go to sleep that my water is going to break in the middle of the night.  That and I haven't been checked to see if I'm group B positive - I'd like that to happen.  I also don't have any of the hospital paperwork and I'd like to have that all set up.

We met with a potential doula a few days ago and still need to mail her a check and submit our paperwork.  Oh and schedule a meeting with her.  So much to do before this baby comes.

Not that I think she's coming any time soon.  Bill has checked my cervix and while 50% effaced, I'm still closed.  Again, not that it means anything, but my waters aren't bulging out of me or anything.  I am having tons of BH - I did with Margot as well, so again, it's not settling any anxiety about getting all of this stuff done.

Physically, everything is more difficult.  I'm in worse shape - I'm not sleeping well (thanks Margot for staying up late and Dylan for waking up super early), and I keep having anxiety about not being well-rested for labor.

Okay, time to get a move on and do something.  :)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Another round

So I have been terrible about blogging in general and blogging about this pregnancy in particular!  Yikes.  A lot of catch up on.

Dylan is almost 6.5 and loving first grade.  Adjusting to a new school was difficult at first but his teacher is spectacular and it's now going really well.  His new thing is sports so in addition to asking me "Who would you cheer for?" for every possible line up between NFL and NHL hockey teams, he loves watching replays of the games on youtube.  That and 80s music videos (We are the world and various Michael Jackson songs).

Margot is 4.25 is finally attending the CYC - only to have Dylan transition to a new school.  Now, she's just counting down the years until she can go to his school.  We moved them to Dylan bedroom a few months and they love sharing a room.  No issues on that.  They love each other a bunch and generally get along really well.  He wakes her up too often when he gets up and today they both woke up at 5:45, but other than that, I don't have any complaints.  

Margot is getting into "You Tubes" and watching surprise box openings, lol.  She loves to draw and write and spends a lot of time playing with dolls/action figures.  She's getting a dollhouse for Xmas this year, so I'm sure she'll love that.    She spent all of fall getting really good at the monkey bars.  She also loves "reading" books, so much so that when she started at the CYC, the other kids thought she was doing story time and would gather around her!  :)

Some recent pictures of the kids!

 They love to make silly faces and pretend to cry.  I don't get it, but they find it hilarious!

And now about me - here I am at Thanksgiving when I was 32 weeks pregnant.  I'm 34 weeks pregnant now and feeling big and tired and all that one normally feels at this stage.  I'm trying to exercise but it's just not happening and I'm okay with that.  I generally get pretty painful BH and just feel a ton of pressure down there when I do exercise.  I did yoga today so yay for me.

Baby 3 is a girl and due some time in the middle of January.  We'll see when she arrives.  I'm determined not to have my water break prior to labor so I've been eating dates, oranges, grapes, eggs, lots of protein and taking vitamin C.  Fingers crossed.

I also have GD again (didn't with Margot), so I'm enjoying my caveman diet.  It's actually not too terrible and the endocrinologist said my readings look fine.  I am pretty much eating what I want, trying to limit sugar as best I can and as long as I eat greek yogurt before bed, my fasting numbers are in a good range.  The good news is that my weight is holding steady.  We'll see how it goes for the next 6 weeks.

But 6 weeks seems soon.  Well soon if I think about how Margot came just after 37 weeks.  So then it's 3.5 weeks.  That seems really soon.  Especially when I think about how I need to get through Christmas and cook this baby as long as possible.

She's pretty active and I get periods of a lot of movement a few times a day and almost constantly at night.  She definitely has dropped (as evidence that my belly might actually be below my crotch most of the time) and that I feel her head bouncing on my cervix, but I think I have a ways to go. 

The midwife practice that I'm seeing does not do internal checks at all or at least not yet, so I have no idea if things are getting close.  I'm guessing no, but I'm having BH every day all day.  Apparently that also happened with Margot.  It's a good thing I wrote some of this down.

The pregnancy generally has been pretty easy - morning sickness was mild nausea and lasted only 4 weeks (week 6 - 10) and then vanished.  Sleeping has actually been fine for the last few weeks - I mean, I'm up 2-3 times a night, but I am sleeping and not having insomnia.  I'll take it.

The kids are excited.  It will obviously be a more difficult transition for Margot since she's gotten to the baby for a while now, but she's excited too.  Dylan is surprising really excited which was surprising to me since he's not the most emotive kid I know.  

Monday, April 27, 2015


I've been working a lot lately - not more hours, just more productive hours so my posts have become increasingly more scarce.  I'm hoping to start up if only as a place to record memories and stories to tell the kids when they get older.

Margot turned 2.5 this past month.  Halfway to 3.  She really looks the part too.  Gone are her belly and chub.  She is still small, but steadily gaining on her brother so is looking tiny these days as well.  We just measured their feet and his didn't grow over the past 6 months…

He's wearing a 9.5 or 10 and she's in a 6 or 6.5.  Such tiny kids I have.

Dylan is studying sports at school and he's starting to be slightly more interested in team sports.  Not enough to want to play one, but interest is okay for now.  They are both still doing gymnastics which they love.  And we'll pick up swimming this summer, so I'm okay with it. 

Dylan recently started wanting to learn to read so we have read a few of the Bob books.  I'm really impressed with his ability - he just picks things up really quickly.  Which is great, but I hope won't hurt him later since he doesn't like to put forth much effort.  He's already mastered mazes and find-it puzzles.  Just like his momma.  :)  I'm still trying to encourage perseverance.  Margot doesn't really need lessons in that since she is extremely stubborn and persistent.  I hope she stays that way.

She is adorable these days - just a clown and loves to be silly.  Singing songs (from the Frozen soundtrack of course).  She is obsessed with Anna and Elsa.  And just in the past week, the Little Mermaid.  She told me this morning that she loves her.  Still loves her babies.  And pink too.

They are still getting along well, but Margot loves to say mean things to him to get him riled up and then he reacts physically.  It's all typical sibling behavior, but it doesn't mean I don't want to tear my hair out.

Dylan is obsessed with tv, legos and sugar.  Maybe in that order, I'm not sure.  He's been earning money for doing things around the house and not losing control of his body, which he's been using to buy legos.  Not that we need anymore legos.  We have 30+ sets.  It's really insane. 

Margot loves to "read" so me reading to her is difficult these days.  She'll open a book and just start repeating things that she's heard recently.  It's funny but a little scary sometimes listening to the phrases she says.
This morning she opens one page: One day…
Next page: peanut butter sandwich
Next page: what are you doing in there?
Next page: Get out of there!


Oh and I should add, we're STILL nursing.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A lot has happened in 7 months!

Life has been busy, but I have a lot of memories to share.

Margot is 2!  How in the world did that happen?  She went from being this practically bald little toddler to an almost preschooler overnight.

When she turned 2, it was like a light turned on.  Her vocabularly had always been very similar to Dylan's at the same age, but around 2, she just started talking like a kid instead of a toddler.  Common phrases, some slang, even some potty words (thanks to her big brother) all just popped out.  She went from 3 word sentences to just, well, talking.

And unlike her brother, she isn't someone who just talks incessantly.  She speaks when it's necessary so I'm constantly amazed at the things she can recall.

Around the thanksgiving, I noticed she could sing songs with mostly the correct words.  Twinkle twinkle little star.  ABCs.  I was really surprised.  And then around the holidays she started noticing letters and loves to draw "M".  Now all Ms stand for MARGOT!  (as she'll yell to tell you).
And then last night, we were eating letter french fries and she said, what letter is this?  I said, F.  She says, F is for fire and fish.  I kid you not.  She has a great memory!

Something else happened over Xmas break.  Margot potty trained herself. She's been into doing things herself (getting dressed, putting her diaper on), but hadn't expressed any interest in sitting on the potty or telling us she had to go potty.  But she decided on 1/2/15 that she didn't want to wear diapers anymore and was going to pee pee in the potty.  And holy moly, she did.  She probably had 1 or 2 accidents in those 3 days and a handful the following week when she returned to school.  Now, she'll have 1 or 2 on the weekends and very rarely during the week.  It's absolutely incredible and we are able to take 0% of the credit.

As for other things in the world of Little Go or Mar Mar as I like to call her.  She is super stubborn and as a result, will not wean.  So we still nurse, a lot considering how much I work.

Me: You're a big girl now.  Do you know that big girls don't nurse?
Margot:  Just Margot.

Well, at least she doesn't care about being different.  :)

She's finally interested in doing puzzles (the ABC puzzle, but it's a start).  And loves to draw.  And her baby.  And is still such a mommy's girl.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dylan's 4th Birthday

My baby is 4 years old.  I think he's officially old enough not to be my Dylan baby anymore, not that I have been allowed to call him that for the past year or so.

He is excellent at puzzles and has even done a few 100 piece puzzles entirely on his own.  He asks questions incessantly.  He wants to know about everything and how everything works.  He's recently started doing more imaginary play with his rescue bots and loves to play independently.  

He has an amazing memory and it's wonderful.  He still struggles making letters and being willing to write his name.  And he's an absolute terror when he hasn't napped.  And I love him to pieces.  He does this incredibly cute thing about asking me extra questions at bedtime.  And I let him do it every time because I love it.

He had a great day - he got to pick where to go for dinner and he picked Franklin's.  We bought him a battery operated Percy train, a butterfly kit and metal beard, from the lego movie. 

And then this past weekend was his first big birthday party at a bounce house.  It was awesome!  He had a blast.  A bunch of his friends came from preschool and I think everyone had a good time.  I'll have to post them later on.

From Father's Day

He still loves Legos!

 Sandbox with his sister

 Having a blast as his birthday party!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

20 months/almost 4 - June 2014

 After a VERY cold winter and spring, it seems like summer has finally arrived!  School is almost over for Dylan and we are getting ready for a very busy summer.  

Dylan has renewed interest in his trains and now he's really into creating his own tracks.  And they are pretty amazing!  Here's one - I'm sure I helped a little but not much.  He's very creative.

Dylan has also been loving the weather - especially playing in the water and riding his bike!

Margot insists on sitting in this stroller any time she sees it!

 Pictures from mother's day

Some pictures around the house - Margot and Dylan are just too cute!

Margot's word list
ball, bottle (bot), balloon (boon), bubble, box, book, 
dog, cat, duck, mouse, bird, elephant, bear, 
mouth, eye, nose, ear, hair, feet, cheek, (eye)brow, ear, head, boob, nurse, belly, chin, neck
hat, shirt, coat, sock, shoes, bow
hot, cold, more
mama, dada, dylan (de-de), baby, "no-no" (with shaking finger), 
"all done", "oh well", "oh snap"
mom-mom, pop-pop
nana, cheese, snack, berry, bowl, spoon, fork, milk, water, noodles, apple
margot, phoebe, lucy (sushi) Hagi, Amy, Eleanor, Raph, Havi, Rachel (from school)
bye-bye, hi
tickle, uh-oh
choo-choo, truck, car, bus, plane
up, down, off, on
no, yes
buckle, sticker, button, outside, bath, 

So we're getting there.  When Dylan had 100 words, I stopped counting.  I plan to do the same for Margot, so I imagine next month will be my last word list.  She's growing up so quickly!  She loves trucks and trains and has taken a recent interest in copying me.  It's really cute - I was using a piece of mulch to get dog poop off the bottom of her sandal and I looked down and she was doing the same thing!  
Her temper is only getting stronger, but it's balanced by her sense of humor.  She is very silly and funny.  She loves to laugh and wants me to spend hours chasing her or tickling her.  What a great age!

ETA: As of June 3, we're at 100.  I missed a few the last time so this will be our last word list at 20 months.  Hooray for Margot!

Oh and she is copying my inflection as well as calling for us. "Ma-ma!" or "Ma-ma?" is what I hear at 5am when she wakes up.  And if Dylan gets too far from her on our walk, she'll call "Dee-dee" to get him to come back.  Very very cute!

Final Word List
ball, bottle, balloon, bubble, box, book, 
dog, cat, duck, mouse, bird, elephant, bear, bee, squirrel, moo, neigh, baa (she says the noise instead of the name), animal
mouth, eye, nose, ear, hair, feet, cheek, eyebrow, ear, head, boob, nurse, belly, chin, neck, hand
hat, shirt, coat, sock, shoes, bow, diaper
hot, cold, more, wet, row, happy
mama, dada, dylan (de-de), baby, "no-no", 
"all done", "oh well", "oh snap", "oh no"
mom-mom, pop-pop
nana, cheese, snack, berry, bowl, spoon, fork, milk, water, noodles, apple, plate, 
margot, phoebe, lucy (sushi) Hagi, Amy, Eleanor, Raph, Havi, Rachel (from school)
bye-bye, hi
tickle, uh-oh
choo-choo, truck, car, bus, plane, boat
up, down, off, on
no, yes
buckle, sticker, button, outside, bath, sparkle, mean, tree, leaf, flower, X, moon, cloud, star