Thursday, January 27, 2011

Timeline for Baby Bee

Nov 13 2010- LMP (Last menstrual period) arrives a week earlier than expected. Exasperated by cycle wackiness I decide to begin tracking my basal temperature to determine if I'm ovulating.
Nov 24 2010- Ovulation occurred as indicated by a temperature rise the following morning. Turns out this is cycle day 12 which puts my highest days of fertility from cycle day 9 to day 13, which is a bit earlier than a 'standard' prediction would indicate.
Dec 2/3 2010- Experience some significant shortness of breath and light headedness (apparently not a word) mention it to Erin (since I was at her house) who wonders aloud if it is a sign of pregnancy.
Dec 5 2010- Another temperature rise, followed by higher temps on the next 3 of 4 days...this is a pretty good indicator of pregnancy.
Dec 8 2010- As Sean is putting Colin to bed I take a pregnancy test. It is positive. Share the news with Sean and my sister.
Dec 20 2010-Go to OB's office for blood test.
Dec 21 2010- Blood test confirms pregnancy.
Dec 24 2010- My father point blank asks what our plans are for a second child and I just say we are working on it.
Dec 25 2010- (6 weeks pregnant) Share the news with my family and Sean's mother after all the gifts are opened. Colin wore a t-shirt under his pj's that said "I have a Christmas surprise" on the front and "I'm going to be a big brother on the back" Sean texts a picture of Colin's back to his family and the rest of our immediate family is let in on our secret. I have to say my Grandmother's reaction was the funniest, I'm not sure I've ever heard her squeal so much, I wish I could have seen it.

The Shirt

The reaction

I think everyone was excited don't you?
Dec 27 2010-Noticing a serious decline in energy and appetite.

Dec 29-Jan 13 2011- Experience constant nausea and extreme fatigue that makes it difficult to simply care for Colin, I'm sleeping between 15 and 19 hrs a day and rarely eating more than ~500 calories a day. Completely amazed by how different I feel from the first pregnancy.
Jan 13-Jan 24-Nausea lifts but vomiting remains, still extremely fatigued but starting to eat better.
Jan 26th- First appointment with doctor, confirm baby is healthy. Share our news with the internet.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Announcing...

We joyfully announce the news that we are expecting another baby! Our 'baby bee' (how's that for a play on words?) is due August 20-22nd (depending on who you ask). Which makes me 10 weeks along. We had our first appointment this morning and heard and saw a strong heartbeat and got the image above. Baby is looking directly at you in the image with the head to the left, you can see the eye orbitals just below the center of the head, to the right is body and limb buds. The rest of the visit went well and the only 'concern' right now (if you can call it that) is that I'm likely showing early signs of sciatica. My doctor has recommended that I look into prenatal yoga and if that doesn't help she will send me for physical therapy. Yikes. I wasn't really expecting that but figured it was best to mention the strange pains in the back of my upper thigh when I stand up after being down for a while. I'm not sure I have the energy for yoga yet but maybe in the next couple of weeks.  I'll post a time line of events for you in another post but for now I'll just let you know that this pregnancy has been at least 5x (to give a realistic estimate) worse/harder so far than my first pregnancy (P1). The fatigue, the nausea, the vomiting, everything is magnified. To illustrate this point, at my 8 week visit in P1, I was up 3 lbs. At a 10 week visit in P2 I am down 2 (I started from different places so I'm still +2 on that 8 week P1, so don't worry that I've totally wasted away).

I think we should start another weight pool since I blew everyone out of the water last time.This time around we can make it an official part of the blog. Leave a comment or send me an email/text with your guess and I'll put it in a sidebar. The person/people who come(s) the closest will get a yet to be determined prize. Here are the 'facts'. During P1 I gained exactly 60lbs. I am starting a full 7lbs heavier this time around (I worked hard on that thank you very much) but have lost 2 (probably lost more but have started to re-gain, but we have no official numbers on that) which is something that didn't happen last time. I retain water like you wouldn't believe and I'm due in august (because July just wasn't torture enough for me) Good Luck. I will accept 'bets' up until my next doctors appointment in about a month, any that come in after that will receive a * since they may have more data on which to base their guess. I only need guesses to the nearest pound and we are estimating weight gain not ending weight.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Colin is 2 1/2 years old!

As I look back at previous posts I am amazed at how much 'older' Colin seems now compared to even a few months ago. His speech is better, his voice is and a little lower pitched, and he just seems so much more developed. Obviously this is supposed to happen but every once it a while it just hits you over the head. I'm so used to the way his is now that I'm shocked by how far he has come.

Sleeping: For most of this three month period naps have gone well. They started off shaky at Colin's 2 1/4 mark but after two or three weeks of missing naps he fell back into a routine. Up until this past week he has slept 3hrs consistently. We are in another patchy period right now but I'm not too worried. With the weather we just aren't as busy so he likely isn't as tired. Overnight is okay. Potty training has caused a few bumps with Colin waking up and getting used to being attended to but we've instituted a new 'rule' that if he isn't saying he has to pee, we wait 3 minutes before attending to him. That seems to have decreased his calling out to us. I haven't been feeling well so Sean was going in overnight and it seems Colin was requesting things that aren't necessary like 'turn on my music' (we only let the CD play once through these days) or 'tuck in my feet' or one of his other ritual bed time requests. We are attempting to get him out of the habit of waking up and requesting attention in the middle of the night. If he has to pee, fine we will deal with that, but most of the time lately it was something else he wanted.
He likes headbands too.

Likes:
  • Bowling. I'm not sure why but this is a new obsession for Colin. He loves to play with his bowling set over and over and over. 
  • Trains. Colin got some new trains and tracks for Christmas and he has really been enjoying them. I wish we had the space to keep them up but building new designs is part of the fun I suppose.. Fun for us that is, Colin doesn't seem too interested in building the track unless there just isn't one to play with. He will try to put it together to get started but he is so desperate to put the train on it that he doesn't get very far before he wants help to make it bigger (bigger than three pieces!)
  • Football. This is a newer sport for him, but Sean has been putting football games on for a bit on Sunday and Colin is catching on quickly. He can actually throw a pretty good spiral, and will imitate the quarterback backing up a few steps, tapping the ball and then throwing. It is so funny to watch him imitate things like that.
  • School. We are in a really good place right now with school. Colin is a gem at drop off and talks about school all the time when at home. One little girl in particular seems to have captured his attention and he was very excited to tell us all about how he held her hand at school. Cute stuff.
  • Books. Colin's attention span is really growing and we are able to read longer and longer books, with more words per page. I'm very excited to be able to start reading chapter books with him but I think we are still have a way to go. This month Colin has really started to enjoy having Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection read to him while he plays on the floor with his trains. Although to be honest he doesn't actually have the 'Thomas' trains but he doesn't seem to notice.
  • Dragons. Randomly Colin is asking about dragons a lot. I'm not sure where this new interest came from but he seems to enjoy the concept.
Dislikes:
  • Toys that talk or move unexpectedly. If he encounters a new toy he will often ask if it makes noise before he will touch it. If he can get familiar with the pattern of motion or the sound he is fine, but if it moves unpredictably forget it. Lukas got this crazy huge moving dinosaur for Christmas and was very excited to show Colin, but we had to keep it off. That is what nightmares are made of.
'reading'

    New and Notable:
    • Potty Trained. Colin is doing great with potty training. He still occasionally has accidents but they are few and far between.
    • 'Reading'. No Colin is not reading yet, but he is showing lots of signs of reading readiness. He knows probably 20 sight words, and he totally understands the concept that letters together form words and each letter has a sound is part of the word. He spends a lot of time looking at the words in books as if he wants to figure it out but it just isn't fully there yet. He will often make up words to go with the pictures, pointing to the actual words as if he is reading. If he bumps into a word he knows he gets very excited, and will often substitute a similar word in a book. For example, he knows the word 'with' but if he comes across 'word' then he will often say 'with' but look at it a little bit longer knowing it isn't quite right. He got these greatMelissa & Doug See & Spell
       puzzles from my parents and they really drove home the concept of letters making up words. He loves puzzles anyway so this was right up his alley. 
    • Vocabulary sponge: Colin loves learning new words for things and will often say "whats this called?" or "whats the name of this?" and he will even try to translate what I say to be sure he understands me. For example if I say "Colin do you want more mini wheats?" he will say "You mean, more silly guys?" (what he calls them because of the character on the box of the traditional brand. It seems "you mean?" may be his favorite phrase right now. 
    • Mind Changes. This has been his most annoying quirk to date. Although we are starting to come out of it now for months if you asked Colin a question he would say "Yes.....NO....yes....NO" until you wanted to loose your mind. I began dealing with this by counting down from 5 and forcing him to make the decision or I would make it for him. That didn't work very well and now at the first sign of flip-flopping I remove his choice and tell him I don't like when he "plays games".  This is likely confusing language since it can mean so many things but he is getting it. He will now say "is this playing games?" and then we talk about what kind of 'playing games' is OK and what kind is not OK.
    • Aggression: Colin is just now starting to show signs of anger motivated aggression. We are hoping to nip this in the bud but it is quite a shock after having such a sweet and gentle kid for so long.  
    out of focus cuteness

      Thursday, January 13, 2011

      Potty Trained-ish

       This blog post is all about poop and pee... I've debated posting it but figure I might as well finish the story (and maybe get advice).. if you don't want to read about my kids bodily functions (and I don't blame you) come back later.

      Christmas eve morning marked Colin's 2nd successful poop on the potty. His response to this was "Now I can wear Mickey Mouse underwear!!!" So despite the fact that it was Christmas eve, off we went to Kohl's to find them. I just figured we had better move on this before the novelty wore off and he went back to preferring to go in a diaper. He has worn them daily ever since (wearing diapers still at night and training pants to school) and has had less than a handful of accidents. For the most part he is doing really well but there are still some kinks that need to be ironed out but I'm figuring this is just a slow process. The most obvious problem is that he rarely cues us about pooping directly, if he uses words they can be anything from "Hi Mommy" to "change my diaper" but more often then not it is the facial expression and panic sounds that give us the heads up (he almost always raises his eyebrows) and if you ask him if he has to poop he will say "No not yet" but more than likely he has already started by that point. Depending on how tuned in we are depends on how much gets started before we get him on the potty but for the most part it isn't much. I'm not calling those accidents (most of the time they don't require new underwear) but rather I think it is just part of how he is learning to control it. In fact he does the same thing when he pee's. He can hold it for pretty impressive lengths of time between going pee, so often I will make him go before he actually asks to go. When he does tell me he has to go he generally goes just a little bit in his pants either before we make it or before he told me. I'm guessing it is part of his determination that he has to go, he lets some out and then stops it.  The wet spot is usually smaller than a nickel and I don't change him in the faint hope that the slight discomfort will teach him not to do that.

      Has anyone else experienced this before? I haven't had the time to do my usual research before starting something like this so I am totally in the dark about how the process is supposed to work. In fact I already did it 'wrong' by telling Colin he was naughty when he pooped in his pants (only happened once thankfully), which you apparently aren't supposed to do.

      He has done remarkably well with this transition so far, even at school he rarely has an accident, although he has yet to do any pooping at school so that will be a real test.Overnight he has been a little damp on 2 occasions, I figure I will wait for underwear overnight when he is out of the crib...which is the next big thing we have to tackle but so far he isn't showing any signs of being ready for that. In fact, the other day he asked if he could climb out of the crib after his nap and I said I didn't think he could but I figured since I was sitting right there I would see what he could do so I didn't stop him. He put one leg up and then put it back down and said "No I might fall and myself". So he apparently has a healthy fear of climbing out. He actually has rolled off the couch a few times recently while watching TV so I'm going to stick with not ready for the toddler bed yet.

      Friday, January 7, 2011

      Christmas Rewind-Part 1

      As is typical right now I'm a bit behind, but better late than never. Here are some of my favorite photos of our first Christmas celebration at my mom's house (including the days preceding).
      Unfortunately Colin came down with croup right before we got here so none of our usual Syr friends wanted to/were able to see us. 


      I introduced Colin to the joy of making sugar cookies for the first time this year. He never once made a move to eat the dough but the sprinkles were another story (he did ask first in his adorable way "Me eat this?")
       Having a good time working the dough.
       Eating the sprinkles that didn't make it on the cookies. I guess when you are two you can't make cookies without getting some flour in your hair.
      An impromptu family photo. It reminds me a little bit of this one although Colin is obviously much older now.
       I have to say I have the best husband ever. I was senorita crabby pants on this particular morning, and instead of ducking for cover he rolled up his sleeves and helped me chop potatoes. He looked good doing it too!
       Colin proudly modeled his Mickey Mouse underpants for us on his first time wearing them. This also happened to be the first time he saw his cousin Lukas. They were happy to see each other as you can see.
       A more composed family photo on Christmas eve, right before heading off to church.
       The boys are in their Christmas eve jammies and almost ready for bed. Here we are reading (well listening to) a recordable story book that my parents did for them of The Night Before Christmas. Colin loves that he can be read to by Grandma and Grandpa even when they aren't around.
       Cousins loving on each other. Both boys are into the fake cheese smile now so getting a good shot of both of them can be tricky.
      Colin discovered Lukas' remote control train set that went around the tree. He totally fell in love with it, especially the fact that he had control over it.



       I have to say this was not the face I expected when Colin first laid eyes on the tree with so many presents under it. He was either totally confused or totally unimpressed.
       Still not so sure about the mysterious appearance of all the gifts. I'm not sure he was too keen on the idea of a strange man coming into the house and leaving gifts behind. It was funny because if you asked Colin want he wanted for Christmas the most likely answer was 'green and red presents' without any regard for what was inside them. So when we delivered lots and lots of green and red presents I thought he would be more excited.. Maybe next year.
       In the Jones house, stockings are done first and are allowed to be gone through without the full crowd present (in other words, as kids we could go through our stockings before we got mom and dad up, I think this was just a ploy to get more sleep)
       Colin really enjoyed the stocking full of goodies. Possibly more than opening presents. Its not that he didn't like opening presents he just didn't like opening them consecutively. He enjoyed playing with each thing as he got it so it took us quite a long time to get through everything. In fact I think I opened his last four for him (I should note that Sean's mom was also with us so that contributed to the abundance of gifts.)
       Enjoying a gift from Grandma Mo.


      This toy wins the prize for noisiest toy of the day. Thankfully Colin hasn't shown much interest in it since coming home because when both Lukas and Colin had them going (think jet engine noises) it was a bit much.







      A nice shot of Grandpa and his boys.