Wednesday, March 23, 2011

18 Week Baby bump

Now you can REALLY see a huge size difference (I checked twice to make sure I was comparing the right weeks!). I couldn't find this same shirt but I have a similar one so I wore it instead. There is even a flash shadow in the P2 pic that actually makes me look slightly bigger than I am.  I am feeling very well lately, thankfully. Not too much to report, I have been feeling her move since I was 14-weeks along but Sean just finally got to feel her last week.  So far her movements are much more rolly polly than Colin's pokes and jabs. I've also been feeling contractions since I was about 10 weeks and spoke with the doctor about it. Neither of us was overly concerned, I likely felt them during my first pregnancy I just wasn't sure what it was. I remember referring to it as the baby 'sitting on the bay window' since I just thought it was Colin moving forward and putting pressure on the uterus. Novice mistake!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Guidelines for Car Seats

On the heals of the new AAP recommendations for car seat use. The NHTSA has updated its guidelines as well and they basically say the same thing. Kids should remain in a rear facing car seat until they max out the height and weight limits of that particular car seat. Unfortunately this isn't as simple a rule as 1yr and 20lbs, but I'm am very pleased to see these updates so that all parents are given the opportunity to make the safest choices for their children. Here is a summary from their website.

Birth to 1: Children under the age of 1 should always ride on a REAR-FACING car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in 1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.

Age 1 – 3: Keep your 1 to 3 year old children in a REAR-FACING car seat for as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep them safe. They should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once outgrown the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a FORWARD-FACING car seat with a harness.

Age 4 – 7: Keep your 4 to 7 year old children in their FORWARD-FACING car seat with a harness until they reach the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once they outgrow their forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel on a BOOSTER SEAT … but still in the rear seat.

Age 8 – 12: Keep your 8 to 12 year old children on their BOOSTER SEAT until they are big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. Seat Belts – For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.

For a lot of parents this unfortunately means they will be have to go back to a previous stage. Either turn them back around or move back into a 5-point harness from a booster or maybe even back into a car seat. The sad part is the information about the safety of car seats isn't new, just the recommendations. I just spent some time looking through some comprehensive lists of car seats and very few 5-point harnesses go above 40lbs. This will have to change since very few 7-yr olds' are under 40lbs! This means in order to make the safest choice a lot of parents are going to have to buy another car seat. Those car seats that go up to higher weights are generally at the top of the price range! Which means if you already spent $100 on a car seat that goes up to 40 lbs you are likely going to have to spend upwards of $200 on one that goes up to 60 or 70 lbs to keep pace with the current guidelines(particularly if you have a heavy child)! I am hoping stores will offer some serious discounts on the higher weight limit seats to help parents afford these options.

I have found three car seats that are under $150 and go up to 65lbs forward facing.

or this color option

The Evenflo Momentum65 ($140

All get high ratings for ease of use but I don't know what the crash test ratings are.

This is a good thing for kids.

A good first try

Today while playing Colin made his first ever attempt at writing his name (completely unsolicited). I was sitting next to him as he told me that he made a C and now he needed to make an O. After that he just kept going making the L I and N. Clearly the order is wrong, but I was still impressed! I quick grabbed the board away from him so I could take a picture before he erased or wrote over it. The line in the middle of the C was the result of my quick grab while he still had the pen. He has been able to identify and spell his name (thanks mostly to preschool since he sees it all the time)for a while but this is the first time he has ever (in my presence) tried to write it.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Little Buddies

I took this picture on my phone this morning while we were playing with Leo. Too cute not to share.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Baby Bee is a Baby Girl!

As I said in the last post, during this pregnancy I am scheduled for a 16 week anatomy scan and another one around 20 weeks. Since I wasn't 100% sure we would be able to tell our little ones sex at this stage I didn't mention it. Here are some of the images they gave us after the scan.  Unlike Colin's anatomy scan we got the more typical profile shots. I'm pretty sure you can tell that her head is on the left and her belly on the right. That is her little hand above her chest.

This is basically the same image but here her hand is above her forehead and her elbows is above her chest. You can also see that her mouth is open a bit. 

Here is the telling image! This is a little harder to tell but there is a helpful arrow pointing to the 'hamburger' that they say to look for when looking for a girl. It isn't simply the absence of a penis you are looking for but the presence of those three little lines.

If you would like to contrast this with what Colin's ultrasound looked like I've included it here.

We learned that she weighs about 7 ounces right now and according to most of her measurements she is measuring about a week ahead of schedule! I was thinking since I was smaller this time that I might be blessed with a smaller baby to push out...doesn't look that way at the moment!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

16 Week Baby Bump

Has it been two weeks already? Seriously these posts seemed a lot further apart during P1, now I feel like I'm putting up a new one every other day. As of Sunday, I put away the last of my non maternity pants. Turns out I don't really have that many pairs of non-working maternity pants, between my own and the clothes I've acquired from others 90% of my maternity pants are dress pants. Looks like I need to make a trip to the store, I'm not going to be able to survive this pregnancy on only one good pair of jeans. Funny how one pair of jeans would last so much longer between washes when I didn't have a toddler.  This picture I feel like is the first time I feel like I have some proof that I'm carrying this pregnancy higher than I carried the last one. I have much less of a belly but it seems like the weight is more centered up on my belly button this time.

In other BIG NEWS! We found out this morning that we were correct all along. This baby is for sure a girl! This time around the doctor has me scheduled for two anatomy scans one this week and one around 20 weeks (nothing personal just the new standard of care in my practice). There was a possibility of finding out the gender today but I knew it wasn't 100% so I didn't mention it to anyone so we wouldn't get peoples hopes up only to have to wait another 4 weeks.  I have images from the ultrasound to post but I don't have time to scan them in right now. We had a student doing the ultrasound first and she wasn't saying anything about gender but Sean and I got a good look and I elbowed him to ask if he was seeing what I was seeing and he was.  The actual ultrasound tech came later and confirmed what we had seen. No doubt about it, this one is a little girl. Sean and I have been referring to her as a she for quite sometime so now I feel like I can stop trying to catch myself in public. Another time I'll share all the reasons that made me think we were having a girl, they are numerous (and yes one was that I was carrying the weight much differently).   Here are the pics:


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Video Backlog

I have a few minutes to upload videos this evening and realized I was pretty far behind.  I blame the pregnancy, but this isn't the first time I've been three months behind so I suppose there is a trend here that goes beyond my pregnancy. We are just busy bees over here. It is what it is I suppose.  Enjoy!

Colin, Sam and Ben piled into Ben's crib during a visit to CT and just got silly. This was the result. 

Three little Monkeys from Rebecca Berry on Vimeo.


After receiving these flash cards for Christmas, Colin was quite obsessed with 'playing' with them for a while and got very good at 'reading' the words.  Many of the words are the same ones that are on his "Meet the Sight Words" DVD's that he was also crazy about at the same time. I'm not sure he would remember all these words today since we haven't practiced in a while but if nothing else the kid has my memorization skills! I stitched two videos together so you wouldn't get the impression that he always gets them correct!

Sight Words from Rebecca Berry on Vimeo.


I only pulled out the video camera once in February so while this video isn't all that interesting, it keeps the streak going so I'm including it. Leo was over for a playdate so we took out Colin's Elefun game. In my opinion this game is fun for only a pathetically short period of time and then has to be re-set up. At 2.5 the boys don't seem to mind. Here they are enjoying themselves.

Colin and Leo Play with Elefun from Rebecca Berry on Vimeo.

Sean has been referring to January and February as the 'lost months' since for the first time in Colin's life I have rarely pulled out either camera. Hopefully this isn't a trend and just a side effect of a difficult season in my pregnancy and academic life. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

15 Week Check Up for Baby Bee

Nothing too exciting to say about the doctors visit. Everything looks good, baby's heartbeat was 146. All my blood tests came back normal, and they took more blood for the second part of the neural tube screening.  The official weight gain is now at 3 lbs (which means I gained 5 in between visits) and the doctor was very pleased with this. We both agreed that it doesn't look like I'll hit 60lbs of weight gain this time. Although I should probably hold out judgment on this until I start retaining water. Looking back through old posts water retention seemed to start around 23/24 weeks so I have some time yet. At 13 weeks in P1 I was up 8 lbs and by 17 weeks I was up 20 (and yes I do have a spread sheet with this information in it), so I may have a big jump coming. Although I'm guessing the cruise we went on when I was 14 weeks attributed to that jump.

My next appointment is in 5 weeks.

My baby is saying goodbye to his babyhood.

I originally titled this post "Bye bye baby" but realized it might give people a minor heart attack considering I also have a 'baby' in utero. You're welcome (mom).

This past weekend marked two big milestones in Colin's life
  1. We (and by we I mean Sean and Colin) converted Colin's crib into a toddler bed.
  2. We (and by we I mean Sean) turned Colin's car seat around. 
The first was milestone was moved up from our original timeline because I have started having trouble getting Colin out of the crib in the morning. It isn't the pregnancy directly that is the problem but the sciatica which is at its worst when I walk around between the hours of 9pm and 9am, particularly if I try to pick up or carry anything over 20lbs (aka Colin). So I have been having Colin climb out of the crib with my assistance when Sean isn't home to life him out. We have been talking about this move with Colin for a while, and at first he seemed a little nervous about the change, but the more we discussed it the more he came to view it with excitement. Add in the idea that Colin would be able to help dismantle the crib with his own tools and he was ready to go! Here are some pictures of the event, (Thank you to my wonderful husband for realizing that this was something I would want documented in photos, since I wasn't home when it happened)
One last nap in the crib

Bye bye crib!

Time to deconstruct this puppy!
Colin figures out the allen key and tosses the plastic tools aside.
A quick check with the instructions. (Some things are worth saving for three years)

Look what I can do now!!
Brave Mama, sneaks in for a picture of Colin's first night in his new bed. I should note this is EXACTLY how Sean sleeps half the year, or how he would prefer to sleep if I didn't insist he limit his angle to only half the bed. The other half of the year he sleeps on his back with a pillow balanced on the bridge of his nose covering his eyes. Apparently in the summer it is too hot to sleep on ones stomach.

After two nights and one nap in the new bed Colin has adjusted well. Certainly not nervous, but possibly a little disoriented a few times the first night. He slept horribly waking up at least 6 times but was never hard to calm down. The few times I went in he asked me to tuck in his feet. Sean found him wandering aimlessly around the room a few times, not quite awake and unsure of what to do with his new found freedom. We were very stern in telling him that he had to stay in bed until someone came to get him but he has completely disregarded this warning. We still have the baby gate on the door to his room and we are making a point to actually close it at night so he can't get out and wander around the apartment while we are sleeping. After he woke up from his nap he came to the gate and started calling for me, but he didn't seem to get out and play in the room while he was supposed to be sleeping. The second night was much better than the first only waking once to use the potty. All in all we are pleased with the move.

Is it me or does he look huge in this picture?
According to a rough estimation Colin is about 33lbs and therefore we thought that it was time to turn his car seat around which maxes out at 35lbs rear facing.  Since the typical child turns around at 1yr and 20 lbs we have been greeted with many confused looks as to why we would keep him rear facing so long. I'm not sure I ever discussed it on the blog but the long and short of it is it is safer. I believe the current American guidelines need to be revised. Erin blogged about it quite some time ago, and when I first read it I thought it was just tiny kids who would need the extra time rear facing. Then I actually looked into it and read a story and watched video of an 18 month old who weighed 28lbs and was internally decapitated in a car accident (his spinal chord was severed by the force of his head moving forward while his shoulders remained restrained in the straps of his car seat). This is a horrible injury (that can lead to permanent paralysis) that is very easily prevented by not turning the car seat around until the child is heavier. Frankly, I've quite enjoyed having Colin rear-facing for 2 and a half years and I am a little sad to have him be able to see me now. 1) I can no longer sneak junk food on long car trips (or short car trips!) 2) He likely won't sleep as well since he will be more involved and 3) I don't really need the distraction of being able to see him clearly. I think we will likely end up putting him behind the driver when the baby is born but I failed to mention that during the re-install so he will stay where he is behind the passenger for a while (our car has no middle seat). I was pretty shocked today when I turned around to see him staring at him. His car seat is a beast so turned around he sits very high up, instead of reclined partially (another reason he probably won't sleep as well). Sure, his legs were getting very cramped but he never once seemed to notice and I would take a broken leg over a broken neck any day!  We had a good run rear facing and now we are in a new phase. I'm not sure I will ever stop thinking of him as my baby, but his babyhood is long gone.