Saturday, May 31, 2008
This is Gwen playing on the couch, obviously, and since it is from almost 2 weeks ago, I don't really remember what it is and I am to tired to rewatch.
I think I promised video of Gwen riding the horses.
This is the video from the other night Gwen being worn out by Daddy.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Oh, I forgot one on my list...please don't tell me what what the heck you did in order to start labor. I will not be eating a McDonald's fish sandwich, (we heard the crazy rumors last time, tried some, Gwen came when she was ready). When someone kept repeating the fish sandwich story to me today, someone else said you know what caused me to go into labor, my baby did when she was ready. Awesome!
- I don't care that I am still pregnant, it doesn't bother me that the baby is still inside (of course that doesn't make me any less bitchy extra hormones and all)
- I don't care about the heat. I was raised in FL without air conditioning in the summer, MD summers are nothing compared to that!
- I am not having any contractions, I might be having Braxton-Hicks, but that only happens during my exercise class-it is a tenuous balance, having enough water to not be dehydrated and not too much so I pee in my pants in the park because there are no bathrooms.
- Yes I had the 1st 8lb15.5oz without drugs and I intend to do the same thing this time, barring serious medical conditions that will require intervention. I do not judge that you are any more or less a woman than I am and I don't consider myself a he-woman, I had help, I will have help again, woman have done it before and will do it again. I know that all people have different tolerances and different circumstances and you make the best decision that is presented to you at the time. So, do NOT try to make me see the "light" and don't look at me like I am a freak. This is what we have decided as a family, we have lived with these decisions and we are happy with them. Ok, so Eric just went along with me, cause I had to do all the work, but he was and has been very supportive.
- Right now might not be the best time to ask me if the second pregnancy flew by as compared to the first. The passage of time means nothing to me, it is the passage of time, something I have no control over. Can I believe that I could be holding my newborn at any time now, no I cannot. But I am not sure one has anything to do with the other.
- Please listen to me, don't hear what you want to hear, I am trying hard to listen to you and not be distracted by an internal kicker/breakdancer and a 23 month old.
- Don't cross me, I am at the end of my pregnancy and I don't tolerate much anymore, I apologize, one day I will be back to normal hormone levels, until then, don't expect to much.
We have several things we still have to do before the baby comes, I think he/she is waiting for me to do these things. We have still not packed the bags. We still have not put the carseat base in the car. And, probably most importantly I am currently using the baby's crib as a bedside table. I think that bitchy might not be my actual problem, a lack of tolerance is my problem. This poses a new problem for me, since I usually internalize everything, I am not right now and that can make for some unpleasantness, especially since it means that I say whatever comes into my head that I think is important at the time. Sorry for that, if I don't say it now, it is possible it will forget it.
In more exciting news, ok I guess it depends on what your definition of exciting is. As usual for the last couple of days, Gwen was butt naked this morning. Boy was I irritated! At least there was no poop, but I also felt bad for her cause I think she slept in her pee. Or maybe she didn't she just pees first thing in the morning, I don't know. Either way the poor kid. Today I tried putting her diaper on backwards, we will see if she can figure that out! I think Gwen often wakes up and doesn't necessarily make any noises so if she is peeing in the morning (and we could try to get her to pee in the potty). But my most exciting news, for me, is that Gwen has started to pretend with me! I am so excited for this step. She came up to me and handed a bowl and a spoon, when I didn't do anything to it she took the spoon and said "yum yum". Thanks kid, I had no idea we were pretending. I don't know why I am super excited about this, but I think that it will make for a lot of fun for us in the next couple of years.
I think that it is about time to wake up sleeping Gwen so we can go to my Dr's appt.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
After the cranky morning, I have had several phone calls that have cheered me up, one of which is from our doula we had with Gwen, she is now available for our birth, if we want to hire her again. Gwen is now awake, but I think it is weird how things work out, Eric and I were just discussing labor last night and how nice it was to have her there. We will likely be discussing this tonight, we are about 10 days from the due date, probably should make this decision quickly, so if we do hire her we can meet with her and review my pregnancy!
We were too lazy to get seats after we walked around so we stood there and some people made a fuss over Gwen and how cute she was. She added the beads herself, did I mention it was windy and a little chilly.
You can see Eric towards the end of the line waving at us.
Found, Daddy, Gwen wasn't quite so sure about Daddy in that getup!
I sometimes can't help the corny pictures. I come by it honestly.
I tried to get some practice pictures so I could get a picture of Eric with his diploma, but it didn't work out, so you will see the head of the department above, and the cranky wife's husband!
Should have taken a picture of the wife, she gave me plenty of opportunities when she was giving me the evil eye!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Since it is Memorial day I thought I would post the pictures from Gettysburg. We went to the outlets in Gettysburg with Grandmom. Gwen actually let Terry hold her, so I made Eric take a picture. We know how she is with people she isn't real sure of, mind you this is when she had enough sleep, so she was tolerable of others.
We then discovered the "deighs" and had to go on them. We don't as of yet know that the actually moved, and I think she is ok with that! I am pretty sure that would scare her.
We tried all the animals and even tried to get them to move, but with little success. Needless to say, it wasn't a happy scene when we had to move on!
We will be doing nothing/little today, we did go to class this morning, Eric came and got to experience what class is like. I of course, at this point, can't do much but walk and arm exercises. But, I think we had a good time, Gwen of course enjoyed that Daddy was there.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Here are some pictures from Hopkins! Eric never took any classes on the main campus, but I think it is nice he was able to get some "graduation" pictures with Gwen.
Sunday Gwen and I went to a birthday party. I put her down early and she still overslept! We were late. So I am not too surprised that it is now 5p and she is just waking up! Poor kid. I think it might take a couple of days for her to catch up.
Tomorrow we don't have class, so hopefully I will be able to get her down at a reasonable hour, we had class today and I got a free chair massage after class, which meant I felt obligated to stay and watch some of the other kids while the other Moms were getting their massages, since they were kind enough to watch Gwen!
The placement of the toys can cause a hindrance to the climbing process!
Look at that face! Can't you just see her explaining everything to me.
And now you can see why gates are closed all over the house, because Mommy doesn't need to have a heart attack to induce labor!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
This is a video to accompany the pictures from the previous post.
I also just figured out what she is saying, I think. "ug" means Hug, I guess she wanted to hold/hug a specific babies. Within the last day or 2 I just realized she says Hug when she wants you to pick her up. Sorry about the video, really I have a hard time appease her Babies needs and holding the camera steady and yes that is every stuffed animal we have in her room (no babies or Gwens were hurt in the filming of this video, despite my terrible aim!)
Friday, May 16, 2008
Too funny, don't you think!
Then after naptime, we had our usual, I don't want to get out of the crib, but this time there was a little difference, she wanted all her "babies" in there with her. I don't know if I have mentioned this before but Gwen calls all stuffed animals/dolls babies, unless they are a dog, and then she calls it a doggies!
I have added some new polls, in light of the Dr's visit yesterday. I think that now is the time to guess the weight and sex of the baby. If you have specific ideas, like you want to guess weight sex and date, just leave a comment. Maybe I can come up with something for the person that is closest. If you don't know how/don't want to comment and you know my email, you can send me one. I currently have no ideas on these things. I am excited to meet the new baby and just don't want to be waiting as long as I had to wait to meet Gwen! I should think my excitement would start to wane, until I went into labor of course!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Eric was unavailable to be at the appt and one of my girlfriends watched Gwen so I could be at the appointment by myself. It was kind of nice, except I didn't think to bring anything for my personal items. Gwen was super upset when I left. I can't say for sure it was because I was leaving, or because their dog was barking and she didn't like that at all! When I came back to pick her up, she couldn't have cared less about me, she didn't even come over and talk to me, truth be told, I am not sure she even looked at me and when I said it is time to go, she said No. Boy, this makes me feel better about leaving her when I am in labor. My girlfriend is 2nd on the list for where we will be dropping off Gwen.
I am off to make my lists of things we still need to get done and since we haven't packed the bags yet, I think I am going to make a list of what we need to pack. Gwen's bag is not really something we can pack too far in advance, since she uses most of what we will need to pack for her. Plus, since she is so picky, I would like to pack her some food items that she would eat, if they are worried about her not eating! I need to also get cooking. I haven't filled the freezer yet, and I would like to have a couple meals together, I made my grocery list last night, so it will be a cooking weekend for me! If I can find the time, fortunately I have already cleaned out the freezer.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Lately, Gwen has been taking her clothes off at night, and sometimes putting them back on at night. I think she gets irritated when we put her down and she takes them off.
Can you tell that putting the pants back on is not her strong suit!? She puts both legs in one pant hole. We switched her a non-zippered/snapped top, which she doesn't attempt to pull off, which keeps her somewhat warmer at night.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
We didn't touch any of the Chickens, 'cause none of them were sleeping.
Her friend, Emily, the kissing bandit. She likes to give everyone kisses and hugs.
That's right, a cow. We had the opportunity to milk a cow, but she wanted nothing to do with that, but really the cows are rather large!
On the hay ride...before it started, can you tell it is way passed time for her to go home and nap!
Today I fell like an asthmatic. Not much fun, and really I am not sure they can give me anything good to clear out my lungs and stop my coughing!
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Of course, a "candid" shot...I saw how much you enjoyed these pictures yesterday.
More later, I am having a hard time seeing straight and thinking.