Wednesday, September 26, 2012

It's a...

BOY! And a good looking little man, at that. We had a great ultrasound this morning. The tech was awesome and printed tons of pictures. The little guy is measuring right on track, which is awesome.

I do have a follow-up ultrasound in 4 weeks because the doctor (and tech) noticed an echogenic bowel. This basically means the bowel looked brighter on the ultrasound. It could indicate the following:

1. A normal variation. The baby scanned incredibly well, meaning, the tech could see even little finger and foot bones. This is not the case in every ultrasound. The doctor said for some, it is very hard to see things, but for me, the ultrasound was very, very clear. Because of this, the bowel could have appeared brighter than it really is.

2. The baby swallowed blood (which sounds worse than it is).

3. An abnormality. The bright bowel could indicated downs, cystic fibrosis (I am negative for that, so it was ruled out), or trisomy 13 or 18.

The doctor said we could get the quad screening, or we could get follow-up ultrasounds. Right now, we are going with follow-ups. The problem can correct itself, so we are hoping that is the case. I see my OB on Tuesday, and will talk with her about it more.

Neither Tom, nor I, are super concerned. Lily had chorid plexus cysts at her 19 week ultrasound (also a soft marker for genetic problems) and they went away by the follow-up ultrasound.

So, all-in-all, we had a great morning! Super excited that we have a little boy on the way! I may have already purchased a few boy things...

Will post a few pictures later!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Camera Dump

A few of these were on the internal memory of my camera, so I finally got them onto the computer. What Lily has been up to in August and September.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

What? 15 months already?

At 15 months old Bean loves...
1. ...row, row, row your boat. She can say "row, row, row".
2. ...Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom! She LOVES this book. So much so, that I am considering doing her big girl room in a Chicka, Chicka theme.
3. ...riding her bike. Or sitting on it. Or pushing it.
4. ...eating off of a spoon (or fork).
5. ...her BFF Kenzi. She says her name and loves to play with her.
6. ...wearing her big girl shoes and clomping around.
7. ...walking outside, away from adults, on her own, to nowhere.
8. ...watching Chloe's Closet. Well, really, dancing to the opening credits and Chloe's little dress up song. Then she doesn't care.
9. ...going on little rants "dadadananananamamamamadadadarahhrahhh"
10. ...and, of course, mama and dada!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I've been a bit busy...

So apparently, these blogs posts are not easy to squeeze in during the day. Between planning, grading, teaching, mommying, and wifeing, I have been a busy bee. This all, however, caught up with me today when I woke up with a nasty cold. Being pregnant makes it a but challenging to have a cold because I am limited in the medicine that I can take. So, it's a lot of rest, fluids, and soup. I took the day off to get some much needed sleep (and got some smiles from my girl who was being watched by grandma) and to rest up. I am hoping to get back to work tomorrow (yes, hoping, because I know how much work sub plans are).

Enough about my cold, though. Today marks the 18th week of this pregnancy! Exciting stuff! In exactly one week we get to find out whether this little poppy seed is a boy or girl. I can barely contain myself. I am dreaming about finding out, and I am antsy in my dreams. It is crazy! I have no inkling about whether or not this is a boy or girl. I knew with certainty that Lily was a girl. I KNEW it. This time, no clue. I will be equally happy with either, which most people say is a lie, but I swear that's true. If it's a girl we can re-use clothing and Lily gets a sister. If it's a boy, well, we don't have one of those, so yay!

In other news, Lily is doing fantastically well (what's new? she is a fantastic toddler!). I think she either had a touch of the cold I have, or was teething or both, because the amount of drool and snot coming from her face for the past three days was insane. She was also chewing on everything, waking up crying, and generally seemed a bit not I tend to think teeth. Maybe molars? She is just the funniest little toddler and makes us laugh (and herself laugh) every single day. It is so awesome to watch her grow up and learn new things. She is talking much more. She says the words ball and rock (as in, rock in a rocking chair) consistently. She is a stubborn little thing, and will only say things when she wants, but that is no surprise...because, well, look at her parents. I swear the other day she said the word delicious when I told her, her dinner was delicious, but she never repeated it. Tomorrow, she is 15 months old! Definitely becoming a big girl!

School is school. I really have some good classes this year (and I really have one not so good one). I have already dealt with a bullying problem, which was really horrible. Today, one of my kids was involved in a really bad fight. It makes me a little nervous to even be in that class because, being pregnant, I can't do much to help break up a fight. Not that I am a fight breaker-upper normally, but I am really not in a position to intervene other than to call for help. Or run for help. Or shout for help. Oh well. Hopefully, things will calm down. My other classes, however, are problem free. Other than talkative teenagers, I foresee very few issues in those classes. (In my AP class yesterday we had a lock down drill. One of my students looked at me and said, "what about you? You are pregnant, we have to protect you if something bad happens!" I told her I could take care of myself, but I really appreciated my concerned little APers!)

Ok, let me go and try more tricks to kick this cold. More fluids. More rest. More fluids...and the beat goes on...

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Catch up!

Tomorrow is Friday...thank goodness! This week has been super busy, well it feels super busy. Technically, it was a short week, but it felt long. Lily has been super cute and funny this week, so that makes up for the busy/crazy work days. She has definitely expanded her vocabulary; today she said "Nakenzi" (the name of her BFF) and "bye". "Bye" is spoken in her southern twang, which seems to have appeared out of nowhere. Maybe it's her south Balmer accent coming through.

Yesterday, Lily had a funny little moment in the tub. She definitely farted quite loudly. Then looked up, moved, and farted again. This time it had a huge bubble. She gave me a scared look, stood up, and started crying. The farting scared her! I finally got her to calm down with a pacifier (and by asking where her duckies are). She didn't like it, but I got a good laugh.

Today, I had my 16 week appointment (16 weeks already...time flies!). Everything looks great. Poppy's little heart was beating away in the upper 150s/low 160s. My weight and blood pressure look good, so that makes me happy, as well. My next appointment is THE ultrasound where we find out if this little baby is a boy or girl. I am SO SO SO excited!

I can't believe I am almost to the halfway point in this pregnancy. I am not sure where time went. I am feeling so much better and really look pregnant now. I really love being pregnant, even with all of the aches and pains. I am so grateful that I get to have this experience, and that, in a few months, we will have another baby in the house.

I have so many other things I want to say tonight, but truthfully, I am very tired. I will write more tomorrow (maybe). Nighty night!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

I love to talk as much as mommy...

Lily hasn't been much for talking until recently. She likes to say "EH EH EH" and point. In the last week, my girl has said "ball" (which sounds a little southern) and "hello". She added these to the ever popular mama, dada, dogdog, and no! no! no! I am also pretty sure she said milk one time, too, but she is not giving that word out freely, either.

I don't necessarily think Lily doesn't know how to form words, but, rather, that she is stubborn and will say them when she wants to, not when others ask. For example, the first time she said ball, she picked up a ball and threw it at my mom while yelling "ball!". When you say, "Lily, say ball!" she looks at you like you have three heads. The child will repeat every single noise you make (including a funny little fake cough), but words are just another story.

We are currently enjoying a lovely three day weekend. It's been a pretty busy little Saturday, but I hit a great Carter's sale and got Lily some seasonal stuff (her Halloween dress, her Thanksgiving dress, and some Christmas pjs). I also got some fall Yankee candles, so my house can smell like the season (I adore autumn!).

I am calmly and patiently anxiously awaiting my 16 week OB appointment and 19 week ultrasound. I am so curious to find out if this little baby is a boy or girl! And I love my OB appointments because I get to hear his or her glorious little heartbeat. Once we know the gender I am going to get started planning a new room. I cannot wait! Lily will get a big girl room, and little one will get a pretty (or handsome) nursery. Fun all around!