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And so it begins!

1 Aug

We checked into the hospital at 7:10 AM this morning.  Although we were fully prepared for a small room, we managed to get the biggest room in the place!  It’s the same size or larger than the one we had at the last hospital, if that’s even possible!  The first thing I asked is if we might be asked to move at some point because I was going to go ahead and ask for a smaller room to avoid that but they said under no circumstances do they move people so we were here until discharge.  Sweet!  This room has a full sized couch that converts to a bed, a small dining table, a wall of cabinets.  It’s pretty nice. 

They started me on an IV and pitocin a little while ago.  A week ago I was at 1 cm, 60% effaced.  Today I was at 2 cm, 60% effaced so although it makes me “favorable” for induction, I wasn’t really going anywhere on my own.  Now I’ve been on pitocin for about an hour and a half and the contractions are a little stronger but that’s about it.  They are definitely coming more regularly, probably every 10 minutes or so but they don’t hurt.  The nurse keeps commenting that I must have a very high pain threshold which is a nice complement, I suppose.

The nurses seem to think he will be here by the time they have shift change which is at 7 PM tonight.  I seem to be responding better to the pitocin than I did last time, I remember there was no change at all this early in the game and the contractions now are coming pretty regularly and often.  Mostly at this point I am just hoping for a discharge tomorrow and that he doesn’t get too pokey today.  I imagine they will break my water around lunch or sometime soon after to get things moving along a little better.

We’ll keep things updated as we can.

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41 weeks

30 Jul

It seems like I’ve been here before.  Sorry for the lack of updating but I got another new keyboard for my iPad and hopefully this will improve my ability to update without having to locate the keyboard since this one doubles as a cover for the iPad.  

As things now stand, Zap is a week overdue.  Since scheduling an induction was pretty much unavoidable at this point, we asked for it to be scheduled the 1st instead of the 8th since my parents’ time here is limited and I wanted to get as much time with help as possible.  Although I tend not to make any “birth plans” because that just seems like inviting disappointment, I was hoping this time I would go into labor on my own since I never did with Eli.  I regretted not getting to do the whole timing of contractions, the “is this it?” bit with Andy, etc so I sort of assumed that this time things would work correctly.  I think regret is a pretty strong word here since it’s not something I ever lost sleep over, I just thought it’d be a neat experience.  For some reason I figured last time was a fluke and with the second things would go differently.  I guess I just don’t know how to go into labor without help because here I am again–41 weeks with minimal progress on my own and no real signs that I will go into labor on my own anytime soon.  Oh well.  If this is the worst problem I have with pregnancy and delivery, I am doing pretty good!  

We check into the hospital at 7 AM Wednesday morning.  Eli’s as prepped for it as we can get and he will go to Berry Patch that day but stay home on Thursday.  He will come visit Wednesday night and then Thursday my parents will bring him to the hospital when it’s time to come home so we can all ride home together, the four of us, for the first time.  He seems to be handling all of this fairly well.  He’s a little more hyper than usual, he’s had two accidents in the last two days which is very unusual for him but it’s along the lines of what I expected so we’re not making a big deal of it.  His schedule’s been a bit off the last week and I suspect despite our best attempts to keep it close to normal it will still go through some changes while we get used to having Zap so we’ll just do the best we can.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about the next few days and how Eli will do with all of it.  I remind myself that I always think Eli will take things much worse than he ever actually has and that it’s MY anxiety I’m putting on to him rather than anything he ever seems to express.  So I’ll just keep reminding myself of that and roll with whatever happens.  He’s a good kid and very excited about being a big brother.

Tonight Andy’s brother Tim, his girlfriend Jocelyn, and little Erin were in town on their way to Long Beach, WA so they came over for dinner.  Erin and Eli had a fabulous time as always and Eli put Erin to work by making her read endless books to him (she also brought him a box of her old puzzles and books which was very well received).  They curled up in his bed and she read him his nighttime stories and it was pretty stinking cute.  Tim and I snuck in there while she was reading to get pictures of them but they pretended not to notice us–sometimes I feel almost like paparazzi with Eli–he’s so used to me taking pictures of him that half the time now he just ignores me.  

Hopefully I will get decent sleep the next two nights.  Tomorrow is mostly a lazy day, we will be getting some last minute house stuff done, a pedicure, I’m going to enjoy my last few meals that I can eat at a leisurely pace–and I plan to do a fair amount of lying around and not moving since I know good and well it’s going to be a while before I can do that again.  I’ll be taking my iPad and new little keyboard case to the hospital with me so I do plan to update as the day goes on as I am able or if I am out of commission, I plan to have Andy update.  I’m sure we will also send out texts and pictures but this is more of a permanent record for me so I want to try to update it as much as I did with Eli so I can remember.

Almost there!  Wish us luck!

36 weeks

28 Jun

I ended up forgetting to reschedule him for the sibling preparation class.  Oh well, the human race has made it this far without sibling preparation so Eli will just be old school.  We’re getting closer to D-Day and Eli still seems pretty excited about the whole little brother idea despite the fact he’s had a taste of what it will actually (sort of) be like!  We’ve babysat June’s daughter, Jordan, several times now and overall he’s been really helpful.  There were only a few moments of “WHAT HAVE I DONE TO MYSELF?” thinking and those resolved themselves fairly quickly.  I’m sure things will be more tricky once Zap is actually here but things will work out and it’ll all be okay.  And I’ll be able to run again (eventually)!  I am very happy about that.

I’m pretty much done with everything at work and I’m just sort of killing time there.  I’m not working full days and I’ve gotten most of my work done so physically it’s a lot easier to be there–particularly since I’m just sitting around most of the time!  It’s nice to have less stress and I can definitely tell I feel better all the way around.  Since my sleep continues to be not so great I’ve been leaving around 1 or 2 each day and taking a nap before I pick up Eli and it’s made a huge difference in how I feel in the evenings.  I think I’m sleeping a little better at night because I’m not so stinking tired as well.  Reminds me of babies–the more they sleep, the better they tend to sleep.  Nice stuff. 

So I am now doing a lot of planning to get cracking once I’m officially off work–Andy and I have a lot of housework to do and I also wanted to prepare a lot of freezer meals so when Zap gets here we’re not totally reliant upon my mom to do all the cooking or living off of delivery menus.  Thank goodness for grocery delivery–I can just get the majority of the groceries delivered to my house for a day of cooking instead of having to shlep bags of food home.  I’m hoping to get this taken care of next weekend in case Zap decides to make an early appearance.  Andy’s off the next two weekends and then works the two after that so it’d be nice to have the to do lists finished by a week from Sunday. 

Everyone seems to be doing well.  I’m doing as well as can be expected.  Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, some that are downright uncomfortable but otherwise nothing remarkable in baby land of which to speak.  I have an OB appt tomorrow so maybe they will check to see if anything is happening.  I certainly can’t conceive of a child that would come early after Eli was so late.  Andy’s doing well and being very awesome in general–very patient with my various moaning and pitifulness.  He hurt his knee fencing a few weeks back and it seems to be getting worse instead of better.  Yesterday he went to a knee specialist and they diagnosed weak hips/core–just like with running!  Problems in the hips show up lower down for a lot of things, I guess.  So he’s been given a strengthening regimen to follow and that should take care of the problem.  I’m glad it’s nothing serious.  Will left for Oregon a little under two weeks ago and from what we have heard so far (not a lot) he is having fun and enjoying himself.  Eli seems more agreeable in general these days and the run of defiant behavior and meltdowns seems to have largely faded.  It’s still there but it’s not quite as prominent as it was for a while. 

He’s going to be reading ANY second now.  There are some apps for my iPad that teach them phonics and he’s pretty hooked on them.

33 weeks

7 Jun

33 weeks and all is well. To be honest, all is pretty cranky and whiny from poor sleep and various aches and pains. I don’t really know why I am having a harder time this go around than I did with Eli but I’m just a lot more uncomfortable. It’d be fine if I was uncomfortable/sleeping decently or sleeping okay/not hurting but the combination of the two is just rough. I can only take Tylenol PM twice a week and I seem to get a decent stretch (4-5 hrs) of sleep if I take that and I can also fall asleep easier despite all the bathroom trips so I try to save that for Sunday and Thursday nights when the accumulated sleep deprivation starts to really get to me (and also get to Andy who has the unfortunate situation of having to deal with me). Oh well. Seven more weeks (hopefully)! Surely I can get through seven more weeks.

Baby prep continues. I’ve got the clothes sorted, appropriate sizes washed, dresser drawers emptied and restocked with all manner of tiny, cute hand me downs. New stroller has been purchased and approved by Eli. It’s one that has a sit or stand option in back for a big kid so Eli can get off his feet if he needs to without us having to purchase a full on double stroller. Debate over sleeping arrangements in our room continues with the pack n play “Can we somehow make it fit in here?” vs. purchasing a mini crib/co sleeper something or other for our room. Eli is enrolled for a sibling preparation class. We were supposed to do it this past Sunday but I put it in my calendar with the wrong time and we got there as it was ending! I was so upset. The instructor was nice enough to give us a 15 minute rundown of the class–just enough to make me decide to pay for it again and take it when it’s offered at the end of the month. I think Eli would get a lot out of it.

Will is done with work for the summer–he leaves on his trip for Oregon in the next week or two and then goes on tour shortly after that. He doesn’t come back until the first or second week in August. At that point he’ll go back to work on a part-time basis and I assume he will be in school as well although he has not let us in on that part of his plans yet.

Eli is officially in superhero mode. He is all about SPIDERMAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS! I heard that most boys go through a superhero phase and I was wondering when it would start but I didn’t expect it to start quite so suddenly. It’s as if he went to bed just normal Eli and woke up the next morning as SPIDERMAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS! I found some old Spiderman cartoons from my day on the Netflix streaming so he’s been watching those nonstop. Just like he sang the Wonderpets song nonstop he also will announce the intro to Spiderman: “SPIDERMAN HAS A-MAZING FRIENDS! WITH ICEMAN! AND FIRESTAR!” then he just starts tearing all over the house and mostly resembles The Hulk by smashing everything in his path much moreso than Spiderman or his amazing friends. He wants some Spiderman pajamas to wear to the next BP Parents Night Out on the 30th. If I get around to it, I’ll try to find him some but I’m not holding my breath.

He said the other day he wanted to be a bad guy when he grew up. Of course I responded that he didn’t REALLY want to be a bad guy, did he? Isn’t it more fun to be sweet and nice to your friends? He wasn’t buying it. “I want to be a bad guy because they shoot darts at people and I want to do that.” Lolli and Pop, consider yourselves warned. Apparently it’s a pretty common desire at this age–bad guys get to do cool stuff and they’re in control which is something 3 year olds don’t have a lot of so I decided to stop trying to talk him out of it and instead just remind him that bad guys will still go in time out for hitting so WATCH IT.

He’s had a rough patch lately, all tantrums and challenging behaviors. If something upsets him, it doesn’t just make him frustrated, he almost instantly goes into hysterics and loses his mind. It’s hard to know what to do because he’s never been so on the edge before. We try reminding him to take some deep breaths, we try to talk things out with him but most of the time he escalates so stinking fast there’s not much else to do except wait until he calms down and then go from there.

I wrote this three days ago and haven’t had a chance to finish it! Going to go ahead and post–

29 weeks

9 May

A good thing about this pregnancy is that for the time being it’s made thinking of blog post titles easier.  I’m going to miss that. So 11 weeks to go!  This week Zap is the size of a butternut squash.  He’s been pretty active this week although he’s still not quite big enough to really disrupt my sleep so I’ll enjoy this time while I can.  I had my one hour glucose test last Friday (no news is good news, I figure).  They scheduled the rest of my OB appointments so I’m in there every two weeks for the next 6 weeks then weekly.  They asked about Eli’s due date and when I told them he was almost 2 weeks late they went ahead and scheduled appointments for me well into August (due 7/24). 

Eli’s doing a pretty bang up job of disrupting my sleep lately.  Andy’s been on nights and Eli has gotten into the habit of sneaking into my room at some point in the middle of the night.  Since he’s had a cough and hasn’t been sleeping well, I’ve not been so strict re: making him sleep in his own bed.  The other night, he came in my room about 11:30 complaining that he could not sleep in his room.  I let him get in bed since Andy was working–we have a king sized bed so I thought there was plenty of room. 

How a three foot tall person can take up virtually an ENTIRE king size bed is beyond me.  He was pretty much glued to me all night long and had a particular talent for putting his bony elbow in my back.  He actually started out on my side of the bed and I was sort of in the middle/Andy’s side.  By the end of the night he had managed to chase me clear off Andy’s side and I got up and went BACK to my side at which time he then started inching me off that! 

The next night, he was in my room about 30 min after he went down complaining he couldn’t sleep in his bed but he was turned down.  He was up at midnight and 3 AM, once because he dropped Ted on the floor and couldn’t find him and the other because he had a nightmare.  Then at 5 AM he came in my room again and I was just too tired to go through the process of kicking him out.  Last night, he tried to come in about 12:30 AM but I put him back in bed and noticed his sound machine was off.  I turned that on and got the first 4-5 hour stretch of sleep out of him (and me) in several days.  I woke up at 5 this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep which is just as well because sure enough, at 5:45 he comes right back in my room and crawls in bed.  Yeesh.

The really sweet thing about all this is that whenever he comes to get in bed with you he brings his teddy bear and he always brings a stuffed “buddy” for me, too.  This morning since Andy was in bed as well he brought one for him. 

I got all the baby stuff out of the garage and we’re doing pretty well with what we have.  We do need some new stuff, a lot of the footed sleepers for Eli were meant for winter and so they’re fleece instead of plain cotton which likely will not work for a late July/August newborn.  I’ve already started ordering boxes of diapers to have on hand, wipes, etc.  This kid will do the same 4ish month stint in our room and then he will share a room with Eli until Will’s room opens up.  At first we thought we’d do something with the guest room but we both want to preserve the guest room. I’m not too crazy about either of the little kids being downstairs so figuring Will will likely be here another 2 or so years, at that point Eli can move downstairs since he’ll be a big six year old.  I will probably be more comfortable with it then or they can just continue to share a room as long as they’d like.  Most of Eli’s toys/train table will go to the downstairs living area and that will just be an office/playroom for the time being.  None of this will be set up for months, certainly not until after my parents leave, preserving the William Massey Child Free Zone of course 😉

No real progress on the name front.  Will has two band camps this month and then he moves to Oregon in June and will be gone most of the summer.  At this point he plans to reapply to Cornish and see what kind of scholarships he gets.  If it’s not as much as he likes (not sure what he has in mind), he plans to go to the community college and eventually transfer to UW.  I don’t know what he plans to do about his job but I know he’s quitting for the summer, his boss has left open the potential to come back part time once he is back in Seattle. 

Cute videos:

Three little monkeys (rhyme from Berry Patch):

Jamming out to some Old McDonald on his microphone:

26/27 weeks

23 Apr

26 weeks and all is well.  I went to a prenatal yoga class two weeks ago and I won’t be going to prenatal yoga.  It was fine and stretchy and whatnot but booooooring.  Toward the end of class, she instructed us to lie down in comfortable positions, dimmed the lights, turned on some “soothing earthy” (sort of indian-ish twangy nature music) music and LEFT THE ROOM for about 10 minutes then class was over.  I am paying money for this?  So mostly I am just not working out other than what I normally get during the course of a day (I have a lot of stairs at work).  I should walk more on the treadmill but oh well.  I’m not going to beat myself up over it.  I will likely sign up for a half marathon in the spring so I will get back into shape and I really miss running anyway.

Eli watched The Wizard of Oz for the first time last night.  I tried showing it to him 6-9 months ago but he wasn’t really into it.  He’s been watching the Charlie Brown DVDs we have and there’s an ad for TWOZ at the beginning, the part that shows the green Wizard head doing the “I AM OZ!  THE GREAT AND POWERFUL!” bit and so he’s been asking to watch it since.  He really enjoyed it last night and was more afraid of the mean old lady on the bike rather than the witch and flying monkeys.  His face was pretty awesome during the scene where Dorothy opens her house door to Oz for the first time. 

Now it’s a week later and 27 weeks.  All is still well although boy, I overdid it a bit this weekend.  Lots of getting the house in order–we got the basement den area organized for the computer and associated desk/computery needs as well as a chair delivered and a reading nook set up for the William Massey Kid Free Zone.  That required one long trip to IKEA, lots of power tools, and lots of moving things about and let’s be honest, I never wait for Andy to do all the moving of things and I do as much as I can on my own.  Which is great really but then in my 27 week state leaves me pretty tired and achy.  Oh well, I feel fine today so Saturday didn’t do me in too badly.  

The weather was WONDERFUL this weekend (sunny and 73!) so we also spent a lot of time at Carkeek Park.  Andy was off work so we loaded up a picnic, our kite, and beach supplies and it was so nice to be warm and in the sun!  Eli and I got a little pink but it’s good for us and already mostly faded today.  It’s nice today as well then tomorrow gets rainy again. It will still stay in the 60s for the foreseeable future so I’m not complaining!  It’s just nice not to be cold.

Eli’s first swimming lesson was Friday and he did great.  We went to the Mountlake Terrace Pool for the lesson, it’s a really fabulous pool.  The lesson was 30 mins long and for small kids who aren’t really familiar with the water so it’s just getting used to being in the water, blowing bubbles, learning to float, that sort of thing.  I wondered if he would be hesitant to get in by himself or how quickly he would warm up to the teacher/other kids (there were three others in his group) but as usual, he surprised me and was fearless.  He went right in the water, participated like a champ and really seemed to be enjoying himself.  The pool has a huge area for small kids and after the lesson the kids get to play in that area for about 20 minutes so he was nice and tired out afterward.  We went to the toy store and he got to pick out a coloring book for his bravery. 

 There’s a new kid at BP, we’ll call him O and O is just past two and in a bit of a hitting phase.  A few weeks ago Eli was complaining when I picked him up that O had hit and shoved him so we talked about little kids not having enough words and sometimes that’s a phase they go through.  I reminded him that he used to do the same thing but now that he’s big he can say when he’s angry.  I asked him to be patient with O and teach him how to respond by not hitting him and reminding him to use his words.  The next day Eli climbed into his car seat and let out a big sigh.  I asked what was wrong and he replied “O hit me again because he is still in that hitting phase, I hope he gets out of it soon”.  Such understanding at three years old 🙂

BP reported Eli is very into saying things lately to see what sort of reaction he gets out of people and it’s often just sort of fantasy, nonsensical statements but then he’ll also fib about things to see what will happen.  He does this quite a bit at home, particularly when it comes to washing his hands after using the bathroom.  I ask to feel his hands when he says he did wash them (and I have not heard any sink running after the flush) and there’s no way water came anywhere near him.  I usually try not to react but just send him back in there to take care of it.  He’ll often say weird stuff just to see what I’ll do.  While waiting for his swim lesson to start, I sat down on the bench next to the pool.  He sat on it but made a big point of scooting down a few feet away from me.  I asked if he wanted to sit next to me and he said, “No, I don’t want to sit next to you because you hit me all the time.”  I pointed out that I most certainly DO NOT hit him all the time (but thinking to myself maybe I should start if I’m going to get blamed for it!) and that he could sit down there if he liked.  He stated again “You hit me all the time so I’m going to sit down here.”  I told him I didn’t appreciate him fibbing like that but he was welcome to sit there.  Punk!  The weird part is that we were totally fine before that happened, all talking about swimming and his exciting lesson. 

He can be pretty moody lately–all sunshine one second then collapsing into a whiny fit of despair the next.  There’s not much telling what brings on the frustration and whininess other than it seems to happen for a few days at a time.  He does well for weeks then we’ll get a three or four day stint of whiny, “I want you to do it!” (put his arms in his sleeves for him was the Whine of Choice this morning), fit throwing behavior.  He is generally smart enough to knock that mess off when we are in public but it was bad enough over the weekend that we escorted him out of two restaurants and had him sit on the curb in time out until he declared “I am done making a fuss and want to go eat my food” and then he was fine after that.  He seems as unclear as to why he throws a fit most of the time as well so we try not to make a huge deal out of it and roll with it. 

As much as we love the BP, we’ve been touring preschools for him.  At BP there are two groups of kids–those Eli’s age and up (and the closest in age to him in the older set is 8 months older) and those 8 months younger than Eli and down.  He tends to hang with the older group and they’re all his best buddies.  Well, all those kids are well past four now and I found out a few months ago that they were ALL leaving to go to preschools this fall.  Eli refers to the younger set as the “babies”.  So his four best buddies will be going and we thought it might be a good time for him to move to a larger setting anyway in preparation for kindergarten.  He’ll have the opportunity to (1) get used to being around more kids than the usual 6-8 at BP which will more closely resemble his experience in kindergarten (easier transition to the small fish in a big pond) and (2) he’ll also have the opportunity to have a LOT of interaction with kids his own age instead of having to deal with a wide range.  He misses the cutoff for a Fall 2013 kindergarten start so will likely start kindergarten when he is just shy of 6.  Most of the preschools are already full for Fall 2012 but he is on waitlists (3 so far and we tour another this Thursday). 

I am hoping one in particular comes open and we might have a shot at it this year.  We had originally toured it as a daycare for Eli but they are very popular and have a HUGE waitlist for daycare and we ended up finding BP instead.  The BP owners actually left work there to start BP and the daily routines are almost IDENTICAL, down to vegetarian diets, etc.  So talk about an easy transition and expectations!   They have a Challenge for 5 group specifically for the kids with late birthdays so that “extra” year that they are in preschool basically waiting to start kindergarten is spent in more academically challenging tasks instead of the kids just spending another year in preschool spinning their wheels (this sounds a lot more rigorous than it is–it’s still basically all just fun and painting and whatnot).  The other upside of this particular school is that they still offer daycare starting at 1 year old and siblings have preference so we’d be able to put Zap there when I go back to work (he is already on the waitlist for one year old daycare).  It’d be nice to only have one preschool/daycare!  At that point, we’d just keep Zap there for the whole time instead of switching to the BP at 2 years old because then we would just likely need to switch BACK for preschool and that makes no sense. 

If I haven’t mentioned it before, the baby is called Zap.  Still no progress on a name…we haven’t even talked about it much.  I have a feeling he’s going to be called Zap for some time since we have all latched on to it pretty well.

Whew!  That’s all for now!  New pictures were up last week!

Preparations

12 Mar

We’re not quite advanced enough to actually be preparing for the new baby but rather we’re preparing in the sense that we have suddenly felt ALL SORTS OF URGENCY to get a lot of house projects done that we’ve been procrastinating on for the last year or so.  We’re finally almost done refinishing Andy’s dresser, I’m almost done repainting an old end table that has been repurposed as a nightstand for Eli’s room (it will match his dresser), then I’ll redo the shelves in his room to match.  I had started the shelves a good two years ago but hadn’t put a seal on them so what little I had done was invariably chipped and scratched by books, toys, etc.  I need to repaint them entirely and seal them this time so they won’t look beat up after about 30 seconds in his room.  We also need to repaint the crib for new kiddo but we have to decide on bedding first.

Last week Andy repainted the bathroom upstairs.  Our landlords (? maybe it was them) painted it this awful beige color that didn’t go with the yellow/gray tile AT ALL and they also didn’t paint it with bathroom paint–all of the paint was cracking and peeling from the moisture.  Andy had three days off in a row from work and he went to town and completely repainted it and it looks great!  In retrospect, the white we chose is TOO white and makes the yellow tile look a little dingy so we’re going to go get a small jar of a softer white and just do one more coat over it to tone it down a bit and then we’ll call it done.  The rest is tiny stuff–redo some seals on doors, install some door alarms, etc.

I figure it will probably be a few months still before we do anything about making an official baby’s room.  Since Eli didn’t even have a room until he was about four and a half months old, I’m not in too much of a rush since this kid will be camping out with us for the first few months anyway.  Also, a lot of depends on Will–is he going to college?  Will he be in a dorm and therefore his room will be freed up?  Will he ever come out of his room?  So we don’t really know how the space issue is going to play out at present.  We do plan to keep Eli in the same room–I don’t like the idea of the mobile kid being downstairs and I certainly don’t want Eli to feel like he’s being ousted from his space.  We’re both reluctant to give up the guest room so I imagine this is a decision we will figure out as we go along.

We told Eli he was going to be a big brother last Wednesday.  Our good friends are also pregnant–about three weeks from delivery and Eli and I have talked a lot about their baby.  Once I told Eli that we were going to have a baby, he seemed to think we would be getting OUR baby by stealing THEIRS.  “I do not think we should take Tante and Kristen’s baby, that is their baby.”  We had a chat about how this baby would be ours and theirs would be a totally different baby.  Then he liked the idea of a baby but said that the baby would have to get his own house.  Another chat.  Then he just seemed to be pretty happy about it, especially once we presented it as he would be the all knowing big brother.  He really liked that.  We had the 20 week ultrasound the next morning and told him we were going to see pictures of the baby and that he was coming along.

The next morning, he woke up and told Andy, “I had a dream that we went to the doctor and saw a picture of the baby in Mommy’s belly.  It was an AWESOME dream!”  He was great at the ultrasound and declared the baby to be “so cute” and watched for about a minute then decided puzzles on my phone were more interesting.  Since then, he points out babies on TV “those are babies like the baby we will have!”  and he also asks if he can kiss my belly and give the baby a hug.  It’s almost TOO MUCH CUTENESS.  About a week before we told him, out of nowhere he declared he wanted “a baby and I will call him Zap”  so needless to say, this kid gets referred to as Zap pretty much all the time now and I have a feeling it will probably stick.

Physically, things are fine.  Running probably two miles at a time now and doing about 30-45 min of strength two or three times a week.  No significant aches or pains to speak of, I’ll have some hip achiness here or there but nothing is constant and it’s usually only a few hours or a day at the most.  I’m still sleeping great even though I’m already at the point that lying on my stomach or flat on my back is uncomfortable.  I can still carry Eli around without a problem at this point and the back pain I was getting from hauling him around doesn’t seem to be an issue.  Granted, I really don’t carry him around much anymore, mostly just pick him up for hugs or to carry him to his room for bed if he’s being sweet, etc but I’m feeling pretty good.

Andy had another fencing tournament this weekend and had fun.  Eli and I went for a while and watched a few bouts, then left to go to his buddy’s birthday party, then went back and picked Andy up.  He’s been working a lot of overtime in order for us to save up for my year of unemployment so I’m glad he’s getting some fun stuff in as well.  Will is playing in the pit for the 5th Avenue Theatre production of Oklahoma this weekend and he seems excited about it.  Admittedly, with his weird work schedule we don’t really see him that often.