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21 Days

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Well we have completed 37 weeks of pregnancy. It’s pretty uncomfortable over here. Even though the doctor told me I’ve only gained 31 pounds, it feels like a lot more than that.

Basically, the baby could come any time now. Any….time….now! Nope. Still there.

The nursery is 90% ready (husband still needs to move the changing table). The clothes and blankets are washed. (In case it is a boy.) My hospital bag is packed. (Again, husband is slacking because he has nothing in there except some granola bars.)

We had another ultrasound yesterday and it is confirmed. Baby is head down and has lots of fluid to play and splash in. He or she was even practicing breathing.

My mom will be here in two weeks to help out, but honestly anytime baby is ready to say hello would be fine. I’m sure my angel children can do some coloring and stickers and play quietly throughout my whole labor…hahahahaha ha…ha.

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Mr. Conductor turns 4!

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My oldest child turned 4 on Tuesday; so Happy Birthday to him! We didn’t have a “party” because his best friend is out of town and we also started a new session of Music Together that day.

We went to the indoor playground, then had music class, and then went to the grocery store.

After lunch and getting Mr. 2 to nap, we set to work baking his birthday cake.

We used this recipe for “the most amazing chocolate cake” and it did not disappoint.

Happy Birthday to my first born. A boy who is particular but lots of fun. A boy who is smart but silly. A boy who loves dinosaurs and trains and trucks, reading and building, and so much more.

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Kindle the Cat

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Dear Kindle, you were a sweet kitty cat.

You were very independent but reliably came to sit on my lap when I tried to read or work. And then you bumped your cold, wet, nose against my hand until I pet you to your satisfaction. If that was ineffective, you would stick your stinky butt in my face, which is how you earned your nickname “stinky butt”.

I am sorry that I didn’t know how sick you were; you were so good at hiding it! I am sorry that I wasn’t more affectionate, but I hope you know you were loved.

Last Friday, the veterinarian called to say that they were 100% sure that Kindle’s intestine was completely blocked with Cancer. They said medicine might make her more comfortable for a month or two, but wasn’t guaranteed to help at all.

We have another fully dependent mammal coming into the world in 28 days (or less) so we decided to go ahead with euthanasia in order to shorten the cat’s suffering.

Poor kitty, everything happened so seemingly fast, but she must have been dealing with this for a long time. Cat’s are really good at hiding illness.

We will miss her.

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It’s Easter – Surprise!

I am very bad at holidays and special occasions. For example, the older boy turns 4 in 10 (!!!) days and I have done nothing to plan the celebration. I haven’t even thought about the cake yet. I think he wants one from the store, but do I need to order it ahead of time?

Well, it turns out tomorrow is a holiday. (Easter). My mom sent presents a week ago, I’ve gotten a few email reminders from the charities and one from tinker lab about Easter art projects. It’s the night before and I put myself and my husband to work to get ready for tomorrow.

My husband’s job was to put together the bikes we bought them before Christmas. We’ve been waiting for nice weather and even though it’s going to rain tomorrow I think it is time.

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I put myself to work making some small easter decorations. Inspired by the email from tinker lab, I repurposed some of their paintings and cut out Easter bunnies and eggs. Tomorrow they can hang them on the string.

Finally, I filled some colorful plastic eggs with pom-pom balls and hid all the presents around the living room area. We are as ready as we are going to get.

Are you ready?

Happy Holidays!!

 

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Homeschool Preschool Goals

I read an article on pinterest the other day where a mom explains her preschool routine and goals. According to her research, before you get into kindergarten you should be able to do the following: Count to 20, Shapes, Colors, ABCs and letter sounds, follow directions, hold pencil,scissors, glue, draw pictures and shapes. 

No problem, my almost 4-year-old can do all of those things to some extent. (I still have to help hold the paper and turn it when he uses scissors, and he can only draw circles (faces!) at this point. Mr. 2 recognizes 1-10 and has counted all the way to 8 by himself. He loves colors, numbers, shapes, and letters. Currently he doesn’t always follow directions because he’s realizing he’s his own person and can make his own decisions.

This source lists some more difficult skills which include writing their name, listening to a story and telling what it is about, counting and identifying syllables, rhyming, drawing a picture and telling a story. These are not things that my pre-schooler can do with any confidence.

So even though we are of an unschooling mindset in this house, these are some goals I want to keep in mind. To help my kids achieve these goals I intend to do the following:

  • Read them lots of books
  • Provide open-ended art opportunities
  • Lay out fun sticker and work books to help inspire them.
  • Give them lots of time for playing and exploring and asking questions.
     

I don’t know if the whole syllable thing is important. It’s not a skill I use personally.

I have also asked my two friends what their actual preschool’s goals are, but they are both busy moms and have not gotten back to me yet.

 

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5 Weeks to Go!

We had an ultrasound on Monday at 34.5 weeks to check on our mystery guest.

My other two pregnancies were both breech with low amniotic fluid which resulted in me having 2 c-sections before I ever experienced a contraction. I may have had 1 contraction with Mr. 2 but I’m not really sure.

Well the results are in and this baby is not like its big brothers! (IS IT A GIRL?? I WANT TO KNOW!!!) As of Monday, it was “Cephalic” or head down, and the fluid level looked fine. We will have another ultrasound in 2 weeks (37 weeks) to make sure nothing has changed, but as of right now we are going to attempt a VBAC or TOLAC (trial of labor after cesaerean) or whatever the doctors are calling it these days.

“Why would you want to do that?” asks my husband. I don’t know, I’m kind of just curious what it’s like. Also Mr. 2’s C- section was quite scary so I’m more reluctant to just hop on the C-section train. (Here’s the story: The  spinal block was not effective and I could feel them cutting open my abdomen. Then they told my husband to leave and put me under anesthesia and it was very frightening. Everything was fine in the end; healthy baby and healthy mommy so don’t let that scare you too much.)

So, I’m going to whip out my favorite pregnancy resource Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and read up on some important things like “How do I know when the baby is coming?” “What do I do when the baby is coming?” and related questions. I love this book because it keeps all the scary complications in their own separate section. I don’t want to read about increased risk of uterine rupture, because I prefer not to think horrible thoughts like that over the next 35 days.

By the way, I’m not the only one getting an ultrasound these days. We had an X-ray for the cat last Friday and there is something in her intestine. She’s having an ultrasound tomorrow to try to determine what it is. She hasn’t eaten anything in at least 2 weeks, so hopefully we can get this figured out without it costing as much as having a baby in the hospital in a month.

 

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7 Weeks

I don’t know if it is due to the sunshine, the warmer weather, the positive attitude, or the armbands, but I am getting things done! I haven’t accomplished anything on the baby to-do list, except to realize we need a new baby monitor (our battery isn’t holding its charge after 4 years) and a new diaper bag/backpack (just for comfort).

Some things we have accomplished include filing our taxes, picking up the license plates for the big(ger) family car, making cinnamon rolls (I promised them to my husband June 2017), set up the bird feeder that Grandma sent, made some washi tape mazes and collages with the little ones, and a number of household chores.

I did not do very well with my goals of walking and exercising last week, and when I asked my husband for advice he told me to set an alarm to wake up a little earlier. (Since my excuse was that I was usually too hungry to work out in the morning, he said I should wake up before the time I’m used to eating.) I woke up at 7 am today, checked my email, read a blog post, and did a baby friendly workout. Just as I was finishing I heard Mr. 2 calling, “momma! Wake up!!”

Honestly, we had a really great day. Mr. 4 came willingly to music class. The boys played well together while I was working on cinnamon rolls and dinner prep. Mr. 2 took a 3 hour nap. Mr. 4 did not have any accidents, and I didn’t even have to threaten or bribe him to go poop. Finally, I got to enjoy the sunny weather while taking the dog for a walk.

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While I was walking I played a game of 7 Weeks. Baby is due 7 weeks from Thursday (tomorrow). Babies never come when they are supposed to so these are all estimates, but in that time I will probably:

  • Make the bed 49 times
  • Do the dishes 49 times
  • Do 35 loads of laundry
  • Cook at least 28 meals (not counting PBJ & Quesadillas)
  • Walk the dog 28 times (my goal is 4x week)
  • Exercise 21 times (my goal is 3x week)
  • Read 7 books, but I’m going to count the one that I’ve spent the last week on.

What are you going to do in the next 7 weeks?


My 4 year old says, “I love you, mommy. I love daddy and M—, but most of all I love myself.”

I said, “that’s great, it’s important to love yourself and take care of yourself!”. I don’t know where he learned or came up with the concept of loving yourself, but it’s the first time I’ve heard him express the sentiment.

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Congratulations on your promotion

Mr. 1 was promoted to Mr. 2, today March 8, 2018. Birthday’s are a difficult concept for young children to understand. Just a few weeks ago, my almost 4-year-old and I were talking about how much he’s growing and he said, “I’m not growing, it’s not my birthday!” In fact, Mr. 2 has absolutely no idea why he’s getting a cake and presents.

Bad mommy alert: I did not take a single picture of my children today! I didn’t photograph the presents, the cake, the playdate, the puzzling, the playing, the fighting, the napping, the cuddling, or anything. Rest assured, we had a pretty great day despite the truck fiasco described below.

Oh boy, the presents. I bought them another little set of construction vehicles. It probably cost $10 on amazon for 6 trucks, and resulted in a morning of tumult. The boys both really wanted to play with them and kept fighting over who had which trucks. In the end the dump truck was broken.

The floor puzzle was a hit, and has been completed several times. The boys keep trying to dance on it, though, so I have to watch them like a hawk and clean it up as soon as they lose interest.

My mom sent them a large farm duplo set that they opened a few days ago and have played with every day. Mr. 4 says, “I love these legos and I want this set, and this set, and this one” (pointing to the advertisements on the instructions.)

My husbands mom sent a bunch of gardening supplies. lots of flower seeds, a bird feeder, kid gardening gloves, and garden decorations. The weather is supposed to be marvelous this weekend so hopefully we get to use it all. She also sent lots of sticker and workbooks so I’ll be encouraging the boys to use those. (I also bought some books about birds and trees online today… shame on me… but it will go well with this nature theme. If birds come to the bird feeder I want the boys to be able to identify them!)

If the books turn out to be any good, I will share them with you here!

The CDC has a list of milestones that a 2 year old should be able to do… and Mr. 2 can do them all! He’s worked hard for this promotion, and I can’t wait to see what he will learn next. He’s been talking up a storm and is really working on vocalizing complete thoughts. He’ll be speaking in full sentences really soon, I have no doubt!

I am very grateful to have such happy and healthy children.

 

 

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9 Weeks

9 more weeks of…

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Being generally uncomfortable. Back pain, foot pain, head pain, groin pain… you name it and I’ve got it. It feels as if the baby has taken up residence where my diaphragm is supposed to be, just inside the bottom of my rib cage. I get poked there constantly, and I am out of breath doing simple things like reading out loud or singing to the kids.

 

 

9 more weeks of…

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spending my time and energy with only 2 beautiful and brilliant boys. I’m afraid of how much I will miss when my attention is torn in a third direction. I already feel like there is not always enough of me to go around, and that amazing moments and discoveries are passing me by.

 

 

These kids are amazing. They are challenging but they are rewarding. There are moments that I wonder why I wanted three, even two, of these crazy people, and there are moments when I think I want 10 of them.

Mr. (Almost) 4

We had some trouble with poop this last week. He’s been pretty much accident free since Thanksgiving, even to the point of waking up in the night and going to the bathroom by himself. This last week, however, he has pooped in his underwear several time and generally refuses to go potty until the very last minute. My husband and I are resorting to taking away whatever toy he is playing with and not letting him have it until he “listens to his body” and at least tries to go the toilet.

He recently discovered Bob the Builder and that is now is favorite morning time show. He still watches Dinosaur Train at night, even though he won’t watch the paleontologist anymore because he’s afraid of him and that other weird guy that shows up randomly.

He has initiated several conversations about evergreen trees, deciduous trees, and photosynthesis. This winter feels like it is dragging on forever and he’s wondering if some of the trees are dead. It’s great that he’s noticing what’s going on around him a bit.

Mr. (Almost) 2

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Next week he will be 2 years old! He’s both helpful and destructive. Nothing in a basket is safe from dumping, and he could jump jump jump around all day. He says “yes” more than he says “no”. He takes chunky or peg puzzles to bed with him. He loves to read and drive the cars around. He has only one volume that I will call ANNOUNCEMENT and is just short of yelling.

He just started stringing words together to form complete ideas, and is experimenting with different words he knows.

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“Play outside!!!” (It’s still cold and wet, but we’ve had a few moments to play outside. Although Mr. a-4 has a little cold since he was outside Wednesday.)

“Play Pinecone!!!” (He likes throwing pinecones into the stream.)

“Hold hands!!!”

“Let me out” (playing on the trampoline)

“Reading book” / “Read again” (We love to read!)

 

Time is passing by. Some moments it’s flying by so fast I can hardly keep track, and some moments it drags along and I fear I will never have this baby. We just need to be patient a little longer.