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Friday, February 15, 2013

Being a Reader

Victoria has become such a good reader it amazes me.  She's a better reader than any kid in my class.  We still read with her every night but then she reads by herself for 20-60 minutes.  Two nights ago I was getting ready for bed in my bathroom and I could still hear her reading a Geronimo Stilton book aloud.  She was reading fluently and with expression and it made me smile.  Then she said aloud, "Hmm, I don't know that word."  I ran over to her room and said, "Could I help with the word?"  It had been so long since she needed help I couldn't wait to get my teacher self in there.

The word was psychoanalyst.  Then I got to explain what it meant.  Clearly, no wonder she didn't know the word.  Then she just kept on reading.  That night, she actually snuck reading more after lights out and I actually pulled the book out of her hands and she cried she promised she's go to sleep but please leave the book in her room.  Slight reading addiction??

I am so proud of the reader she's become.  I am even more proud of her love for reading.

Lil' man just asked the other day when I'm going to teach him to read.  Hopefully he'll love it just as much one day!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Love List

I started a list of things I love.... in no particular order......
·         Mark
·         Victoria
·         Christian
·         Friends
·         Pedicures
     Playa del Carmen
·         Shopping
·         Cookies’n’crème Hershey Kisses
·         Photography
·         New Kids on the Block
·         Teaching
·         Pizza with Milk
     Going out to lunch with Friends
·         Justified
·         Thank you notes
a  and my unborn Baby

Breakfast for dinner, their fave.
Daddy even made pink heart pancakes.

Then they went to sleep and we had steak and lobster.

It's no wonder it's my favorite day of the year!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Big Big Sister Shower

A couple weeks ago my amazing friends and their daughters
hosted a Big Big Sister Shower for Victoria.
She received a corsage and thought that was the coolest thing ever.

It was Valentine theme, which is my favorite holiday so I was in heaven.
Here's the group of fantastic friends who came together not just to celebrate Baby #3
but made Big Big Sister feel extra extra special.

Here she is with her pals and the Big Sister cake.

I am clearly bawling in this picture.
This gift took my breath away.
I've seen it on pinterest and considered making it myself
but my friend Jennifer (also V's teacher) made it for us.
It is adorable and matches the Baby's room perfectly.
I love it!
She is so thoughtful!!!!

Victoria and her teacher.
Aren't they adorable together?

Good Bye Goldie

A few weeks ago I bought Christian Goldie the Goldfish.  He loved it.  Past tense.

Goldie passed away while we were sleeping last night.

Christian is crushed.  I mean sad face, can only whisper when trying to hold back tears and finally had an all out emotional break down.  I asked Mark to go and get him a new one while the poor kid was bawling his head off in my arms.  Goldie Two is much smaller.  However, Christian can't sleep because he misses Goldie the Original too much.

That's something I love about Christian, he's so caring and sensitive.  This is a tough life lesson today.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Early Delivery?

Amongst the many other appointments I had today I had my 34 week check up.  I figured it would be routine and quick.  It was relatively quick but anything but routine.  I met with a doctor I had never met.    I mentioned I needed to sign the release for the water birth and (long story short) she informed me doctors don't do water births - only mid wives.  That's a shocker since my typical doc never mentioned this extremely important fact.  Therefore, in order to have a water birth I need to switch over to mid wives instead of doctors.  I said I don't know if I'm comfortable with that and she assured me the mid wives are completely qualified for anything that could happen plus an OB-GYN is right there at the hospital in case we would need one.

However, all that may not matter anyway, because after that conversation I laid down on the table and she took her tape measure thing out and began to measure and said, "That can't be right.  Can you scoot up a little bit."  I did.  Then she remeasures and says, "You're measuring really big.  Really big."
"Yeah, you're telling me," I said.  "You know you're too big?"  "For sure."  "Do you have gestational diabetes?"  "Not that I know of.  I took the test about a month ago and thought it was negative."  "I'll be right back, we need to go over your labs."

Then the stress began to settle in.  Did I have diabetes and I didn't even know?  Have I been hurting the baby?

She came back in.  We went over every test line by line and everything was good.  Then she said, "You're perfectly healthy, so we need to check on the baby."

What the hell?  I was getting a little dizzy at that point.

In the end I need to have an ultrasound next week - Week 35 to have a 'final' measurement of the baby and then go back at Week 36 to discuss the size of the baby and possible induction.

The odds of having a labor without any type of medication after being induced is very slim.  Therefore, making my dream of a water birth nearly impossible.  But worse, if the baby gets too big I may even have to have a c-section which is really terrible, in my mind.  My vision of spontaneous labor and a peaceful birth are slipping out of my reach.  It's very disappointing.  Of course, logically I know, there's a million worse things I could have been told today.

However, I love to give birth.  This is very likely the last time I'll ever get to do it and I wanted it just so.  In the end a healthy baby is all we need.  But it's going to add some serious anxiety as we wait out these couple weeks.  I will be very busy at school getting things in order for my long term sub to come in.

Baby's arrival may be sooner than we expected.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Big Eight

We celebrated our anniversary weeks early this year because we had Christian's surgery and Johnny's wedding right before and after.
Mark took me to Melting Pot.  Arguably, my favorite restaurant.
Besides barely being able to fit into the booth, we had a very nice time.

Even though all the food was great, the dessert course really put me over the edge.
It was bliss!

On our actual anniversary we got a babysitter so we could go get the rest of the things we need for Baby's arrival.
What I didn't know as Mark made reservations at Fogo de Chao, which neither of us had ever been.
It was a great experience and the food was amazing.
So was the very special dessert.
(I'm really into desserts right now!)

He also sent me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers to school.
It was a lovely anniversary:-)