Thursday, November 10, 2011

3 months

Livy is three months old now (looks like I should update a bit more often).

She's as cute as ever. She talks to Jeremy a lot. She loves sitting up and having Jamey & Ivy play with her.

Jamey likes to paint every day. And read books. And play with his cars & trains. He is not fond of being outside in the cold. Winter is going to be a shock for him.

Ivy loves to hold our baby. She doesn't ever want to go to preschool--I think she has fun when she's there, but she never wants to go.

Ivy & Jamey are still swimming every week. Jamey asks to go to "swimming wessons" every morning. And we go to the library every week--the love picking out a million books themselves.

I've been running a few time a week, and we're planning out the 2012 training & racing calendar. So far, we're both running the Fargo 13.1 together. I'm planning on doing the Twin Cities Marathon. Jeremy is eyeing the Liberty 70.3 in June.

We're keeping busy and having fun.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

6 weeks

Livy is 6-weeks old tomorrow. Somedays, it seems like she's either sleeping or crying. But then there's today, where she fell asleep in my arms, and I'm really thankful for what an easy baby she is. Honestly, I bet she sleeps 18 hours a day still. She's starting to smile a bit and is holding her head up. And gosh, she's getting big. I think she grew 3-4 inches and packed on 2-3 pounds last night. :)

I've started the Couch to 5k. I'm registering for the Turkey Trot in Prior Lake on Nov 19, so I have to be able to run that far. Losing this baby weight isn't going to be easy; here's hoping running helps.

Ivy started preschool last week. She's going two mornings a week. So far, she loves it. The first day, she told me her favorite part was jumping on the trampoline. Yesterday, she liked going to the playground. She's doing swimming lessons again--she's the only one in her class. She's learning back stroke and breast stroke. It's fun to watch her excel and soak up the encouragement of her teacher.

Jamey & Ivy had their first dental cleanings last week. We decided that Jamey's front tooth (and the extra one next to it) had to come out. He had a couple weeks in Jan/Feb that he fell constantly knocking those teeth loose. We took him to a dentist in FL who said they'll either tighten up or fall out and not to worry about it. Well, they got infected and were in danger of damaging his permanent teeth. So he had two teeth removed the other day. He was super psyched about eating all the popsicles he wanted while the novacaine wore off. He's doing swimming lessons, too. He has two other kids in his class. He loves doing whatever the teacher tells him. And he's an awesome back-floater.

My sister has moved in with us while she attends law school. It's going super great. In between class, homework, working, and running, she manages to entertain the kids and empty the dishwasher. She's currently vegetarian, so I'm trying to think of different things for dinners. I really hate cooking.

Ugh! I was not prepared for how chilly 50 degrees would feel. Our poor kids have three pairs of pants and two sweatshirts. Don't get me wrong, I love the cooler weather. I was just taken by surprise.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Maple Grove Tri review

I'm not writing race reviews because I'm not racing. But I have to say, the Maple Grove Triathlon was disappointing at best.

  1. It's a lousy race venue. I don't like having to park 2 miles away and shuttle over. It wasn't "bad" but it wasn't easy--I was lugging our BOB duallie and three kids. The entire Weaver Lake Park is a valley--so there are hills everywhere you want to go. Hills and stairs. It was impossible to see the swim start because it was a good 15 feet down the hill--the hill that was cordoned off so no one could get down there. So, I had to figure out where the run from the lake to transition was to watch Jeremy come out of the water. HOWEVER, we couldn't hear the announcer and had no idea when he got in the water, so we didn't know when he'd be coming out. Impossible to see anything.

  2. Pickle Events had some kind of lapse in functionality because Jeremy doesn't have a bike split. And his run time is listed as 10 hours. And it's not just him. Lots of people are missing times or they just are wrong. That's super annoying.

  3. CLIX Portrait Studio has a lousy way of organizing official race photos--they're listed by clock time. No reference to race numbers at all. So, if you want to find pictures of your husband or Chris MACCA racing, you have to know what time they biked past the photographer. It's stupid.

  4. I think having 3 races going on was dumb and confusing. There was no way to tell if the guys coming in were really fast Olympic racers or slow Sprint racers. AND for the love of all that is common sense, WHY IN THE WORLD, did five heats have on the same swim cap color? How am I supposed to find my husband in an orange cap if there are women in orange caps? Or two groups of orange caps swimming at the same time? DUMB DUMB DUMB.

So, I hope Jeremy doesn't want to do this race again. It's always fun to watch him race, but I don't want to go back to this one. Minneapolis Duathlon for him next year!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

2 weeks

Livy is two weeks old, and gosh, this is pretty easy. She just fits right into our family like she's been here forever. Ivy loves her and wants to hold her all the time. Jamey does not like when she cries, but he does like playing with her "wittow ears." I'm trying to make sure to spend some time with those two but mostly Livy just wants me to hold her.

Jeremy goes back to work on Monday. I'm nervous about that, but at least I don't have things that MUST be done.

My sister has moved in with us while she starts law school. She unloads the dishwasher and folds laundry and makes dinner.

I'm eager to get started losing the baby weight. And we're thinking about running the Fargo Marathon in May. I haven't done much of anything in about a year. I'll have to start with the Couch to 5k and then move up from there.

Time to cuddle with my sweet new girl!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Things I'm looking forward to

1. Having my body back, even if I'm soft and overweight for a while.
2. Not itching. I've been itching like crazy this pregnancy--my arms, neck, shoulders. The only thing that seems to help is standing in the shower or living in the freezing basement.
3. The second this baby is born, the heartburn goes away.
4. Being able to get off the couch without grunting and heaving and wishing for a forklift.
5. Wearing shoes that tie.

6. Which is really Number One: Holding our new baby and smelling how sweet she is.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Watching TV and movies

I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to get the DVR from the cable company. With two kids, I have about 90 minutes to myself at night, and I don't always want to spend it watching TV. And with all the training Jeremy's been doing, it just doesn't seem worth it. However, I think the fall season is starting up, and I'd love to watch new episodes without have to actually know when the shows are on.

Hmmm, what to do with Netflix?

Saturday, July 30, 2011


Something is not working properly with the connection between this blog and Facebook. I don't know if anyone reads the actual blog or just waits until it shows up on Facebook. And now it shows up as just a note instead of a link to the blog. Who knows why? But it has dampened my blogging enthusiasm.

In other news: this baby is growing and growing. I wish she'd come out now, but all in good time. I probably won't be the first woman to be pregnant forever.

Ivy's birthday is in 3 weeks. Then she starts preschool in Sept. I wonder if she'll like it--so far she thinks I'm staying at school with her.

Jamey is currently singing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star as he runs from the deck door to throw himself on the couch.

Jeremy did a bike ride this morning and mowed the lawn. Ivy cried when I told her she had to go outside to play. I feel like taking a nap.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Car Seat Inspection

I can not say enough good things about EMS Captain and "Car Seat Inspector" Malissa Radanke at the Mdewakanton Emergency Services in Prior Lake.

Officer Maureen O'Heir couldn't see us for a while, so I emailed and got an email from Malissa the next morning offering to check out my less than stellar attempt at installing the two convertible seats in the back row.

In her email, she said to call for an appointment. So I did. We were in the car, backing out of the driveway to go to a play date. She was available Thursday afternoon, but we'd be playing. How about Friday morning? She won't be in until afternoon--we're going to Alexandria. How about right now? So we detoured on the way to our play date to have the car seats checked out.

I know the technique for installing the car seats, but this preggo belly just wouldn't let me heft my knee up into the car seats to jam them into the backseat. And then I just couldn't figure out how to get the seats TIGHT in the seat belt.

RANT: Why don't minivans have MORE anchor and tether spots? And why only one in the back? Minivans should hold five car seats!! We're going to have to rethink our child-bearing ideas if only four car seats fit in this van.

Anyway, Malissa was great! She reinstalled those seats so fast and got them so tight. Now I feel like my kids are safe in the van. They've been riding around in the back seat with "loose" car seats for about a week. I had almost convinced myself that they'd fly out if I stopped too quickly. Thankfully, they didn't and now they won't.

I did have the infant seat properly installed and tightened and leveled. "Third time's a charm!"

So, if anyone around Prior Lake needs a car seat inspection, contact Malissa. She's awesome!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Camp Wannaplay

The kids are going to Camp Wannaplay this summer. The first session was today.

First of all, it's been raining for two or three days, so I wasn't sure this morning of fun was going to happen. It meets at the park, and everything was soaking wet & muddy. So, I get online this morning to find the phone number and am greatly disturbed that I can't find any information about Camp Wannaplay on the Community Ed web page. "Gosh, did they cancel it without telling anyone?" So, I call the CommEd phone number, leave a message, and wait impatiently for someone to call back. About 20 minutes later someone did, and she very nicely informed me that Camp Wannaplay is not a Community Ed program; it's through Parks & Rec, and she gave me their number. We met in the Pavilion building instead of some random grassy knoll.

The kids loved it! I have to stay because Jamey isn't 3 yet, but I mostly sat on the side and watched them interact with the other kids and teachers. They played games, colored, sang a couple songs, and ran around like wild banshees. It was great!

I've noticed that Jamey gets pretty shy in new places or around new people. So, he needs a little "Mommy help" when he feels overwhelmed. He really did latch on to one of the teachers though. He sat next to her for every game and held her hand every chance he could.

Ivy is still singing "I'm bringing home a little bumble bee" and said everyone was silly for saying "duck duck grey duck." She matter-of-factly said, "It's duck, duck, goose. Those crazy teachers."

Monday, June 20, 2011

Doing School

Many months ago, Ivy was so sad that she couldn't read by herself. That night during bedtime, I sat in the rocker and ordered the preschool Sing Spell Read & Write program for her.

It's taken since February to get through 11 color-recognition pages. She knows her colors and I think gets bored coloring. We have 4 shape-recognition pages to do (which she will like, because she LOVES the annoying song that goes along with the shapes). Then we're on to Opposites, Seasons, and Rhyming concepts.

After those concepts, we get into the letter sounds. That's what she's excited for.

But doing this has magnified the realization that home schooling is not for me. I have no interest whatsoever in "doing school" with her. And I don't care if she colors the pages "correctly."

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fruit Share


We are one day into our CSA fruit share, and I'm already loving it. We had a bowl of cherries yesterday afternoon, and I'm eating delicious nectarines for breakfast. Looking forward to pineapple tomorrow morning!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Possible Side Effects Include

Dizziness. Nausea. Vomiting. Exhaustion. Loss of appetite. Weight gain. Insomnia. Heartburn. General aches and pain. Hemorrhoids. Gas. Incontinence. Bloating and swelling. Sweating and hot flashes. Mood swings. Vivid dreams. Paranoia. Loss of coordination.

Monday, June 6, 2011

First purchase


I bought a pack of newborn dipes today. I'm ready to meet our new girl.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Using the word press app


Jeremy found a wordpress app so now I can upload pictures and blog easily from the phone. Maybe it will mean more pictures on the blog.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Parents at the park

I used to feel bad for kids whose parents talked on the phone or read books at the park instead of playing with them.

Now I understand it. It's the only time the kids are doing something else and will leave me alone for 15 minutes to get something done.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


I don't think I care about getting older; supposedly I'm getting wiser.

However, along with wiser, I'm getting wrinklier. And that I do mind.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The move

We got out of the apartment on Apr 28 and then spent 5 fun days with Jeremy's sister and her family. Jeremy & Amy did some long-ish workouts and we spent lots of time in the pool.

And I spent lots of time "figuring things out" with the car mover.

We left Pinecrest at 5:30 am on may 2--Jeremy's birthday. Poor guy had to spend his entire birthday in the car. We did get celebratory ice cream cones in TN when we stopped for dinner. At a quick potty stop in Kentucky, Ivy said "it's so cold. Even the ground is cold."

We got to the house around 9 am on Tuesday. And we're never making the drive to or from Florida in one day again. Ugh! Jamey cried for 5 hours straight!

But now, the movers have delivered all our stuff. We managed to find sheets and blankets for the beds. The kids keep asking for a movie, so we might have to find the Playstation right away.

In the 4 days we've been here, we've made two trips to urgent care--both kids have infections--and I spent two days on the verge of death (if you can die from a cold). Hopefully, we're all on the mend.

I love my bed.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Loading & Cleaning

I fell asleep with Jamey at 7:45 last night.

After a quick stop at Starbucks, I met the movers at the apartment at 9 this morning. They got right to work, and worked hard all day long! They were incredible!! While they carried boxes, beds, and couches, I drank water, Gatorade, and coffee. And I cleaned the apartment.

Then I handed over the keys and shut the door. And silly me, all I ate all day was an egg sandwich and yogurt from Starbucks. So jeremy met me and took me out for food.

I ate an appetizer, entree, and dessert in about 40 minutes. Shoved it in. Then we got back to Amy's house and I ate beef stew and apples for dinner.

We are out of the apartment. After Jamey goes to sleep, I'm going to peel the parking sticker off my window.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Packing Day

The packing crew arrived at 9:30--I was expecting a couple ladies who'd work slowly and deliberately. Instead it was two men who were pretty quick.

I left with the kids for the park and lunch with Jeremy to get the kids out of the way. My intention was to pop into the apartment after lunch to check progress and then maybe go back to the park for a while. The guys called me while we were leaving lunch to let me know they were done.

I dropped off the cable box and then went to the apartment to double check and lock up. They got everything--even the clean dishes out of the dishwasher. And all the furniture was wrapped up and ready to go.

The movers arrive around 9 tomorrow for loading, and they think it's going to be quick.

Now if only the car hauler would confirm a date/time to pick up Jeremy's car, I'd be calm and relaxed.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Our last visit to the beach

For two weeks now, I've been asking the kids if they want to go to the beach. They cry and whine "pool." So we go to the pool.

I didn't give them an option this morning. Although I did negotiate with Ivy: they could watch a movie and we'd go to the beach when it was done.

We were sitting in the sand by 9:15. Spring break season is over, and the beach was quiet. I'm going to miss quiet mornings biking to the beach--the sand, the waves, the bird chasing. I had a pang of sadness that we're leaving this.

Then Jamey stepped on a man of war and cried for a good 10 minutes. We're at the Beach Park now. And Jamey is begging to go to the pool.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Enough Excrement

In the last week, Ivy has wet the bed twice, pooped in the pool, and pooped in the bathtub. Jamey has wet through two diapers, soaking his sheets and just this morning pooped in the bathtub.

I thought the point of diapers was that I wouldn't have to clean up messes like this.

Is it too early for ice cream?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

It has begun

Two weeks from today, the packing crew will be here. I have officially started working on my "Cleaning & Sorting List."

I'm a little nervous that the apartment owners are going to be super picky about giving us our deposit back, so I want to make sure it's really clean.

Then I have the insatiable urge to Spring Clean. And Nest.

I spent today shampooing the couches and dining room chairs.

Being Born is Important

Being born is important
You who have stood at the bedposts
and seen a mother on her high harvest day,
the day of the most golden of harvest moons for her.

You who have seen the new wet child
dried behind the ears,
swaddled in soft fresh garments,
pursing its lips and sending a groping mouth
toward nipples where white milk is ready.

You who have seen this love's payday
of wild toiling and sweet agonizing.

You know being born is important.
You know that nothing else was ever so important to you.
You understand that the payday of love is so old,
So involved, so traced with circles of the moon,
So cunning with the secrets of the salts of the blood.
It must be older than the moon, older than salt.

by Carl Sandberg

Monday, April 11, 2011

Naming a Baby

I'm so glad we have at least 18 more weeks before this baby is born. We are having a heck of a time with names. We have a list about 35 names long, including a few middle names, but I can't cross any of them off. Every single name sounds super awesome. Like I said, thank goodness we have lots of time still.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Airboats & Alligators

We went to the Sawgrass Recreational Park on Saturday to go on an airboat ride to see alligators. We've been on the trolley tour at Shark Valley a few times, so we've seen alligators.

The boat ride was a lot of fun! The boat wasn't too loud, and the kids loved being close to the water. Jamey wanted to take his ear plugs out and eat them. The airboat captain chased down a male alligator for us--got him on the run through the grass.

After the ride, we walked through the little exhibits and saw lots more alligators and turtles. The kids got to feed some parrots.

After a long hot afternoon in the sun, we cooled off in the pool.

Monday, April 4, 2011


I've been waffling between "sucking it up" and "crying my eyes out" for about a week now.

The work is never done:

  • Ivy's room is a perpetual disaster. The kids see it as the opportunity of a lifetime to empty the book shelf, toss all the necklaces under the bed, and stack the stuffed animals in the rocking chair.

  • Thankfully, Jamey's room is always clean, because they're always in Ivy's room.

  • There are always dishes to wash.

  • There are always dirty clothes.

  • There is a stack of ironing that never goes away, no matter how much I ignore it.

  • Then, there's dishes, mopping, and at least wiping the bathroom mirror.

  • And the kids: they want breakfast AND lunch in the same day. Plus 17 cups of milk or water. And apples without peels. And Jamey will peel all the clementines and pull the segments apart before he smashes them into the couch, our bed, or line them up like a
    choo choo."

  • Then there's pregnancy stuff: I need to eat more protein to hopefully stave off the Pre-eclampsia. But the midwife doesn't want me to gain a bunch of weight. And I need more fruits & veggies. And the gross dandelion tea and my prenatal vitamin. And don't forget the Kegels! And walk. And exercise. And for heaven's sake, don't have sushi.

  • And then the move: I feel compelled to keep the apartment pretty clean in case we get a call that there's a showing. And I have my 3-page list of cleaning to do, but it's still too early. And what should I pack for in the car with us? And for the few days we'll stay with Amy? And who will we give our keys to? And when will we get our deposit back? What if they don't give us our deposit back?

I think that about covers it for this afternoon. My struggle is, should I sit down and have a good cry (every day) or should I just suck it up? It's not that bad. I don't have to stress about the move (for heaven's sake, all I have to do is pack a suitcase). It all seems like so much sometimes. But then I just fold another load of clothes and put more dishes away, and then it's not so bad. And I have a clean apartment.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

One of those days

Oh my goodness, I didn't feel crabby when I woke up and when we all sat down for waffle for breakfast but somewhere between the kids dumping water all over the kitchen floor and the front gate not opening, I got super cranky.

I had a good cry on the bed while Ivy held my hand and sang "Twinkle Twinkle." Jamey just got real close to my face and said, "Stop it. Stop crying."

I'm looking forward to a bath, some Froyo, and some stitching.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A real train and Vizcaya Gardens

Because Jamey is so in love with riding trains (which we learned getting to the Miami Half Marathon), we decided to take the Tri-Rail and MetroRail to Vizcaya Gardens in Miami.

I was nervous about the train ride; heck, I was nervous about getting tickets. I took the kids to the train station on Thursday so someone could talk me through the whole process. Turns out, you buy train tickets from an ATM. So, standing in front of the machine, I called Tri-Rail customer service, and a nice guy talked me through it. And you can't buy tickets for the train until the day you are riding the train.

Saturday morning, we got up, got the train station and had an exciting time waiting for the train and wishing it would come faster. The ride was fun--the kids loved it.

Vizcaya (as Jeremy would say "was as fun as a garden could be") was great. I liked touring the mansion and walking through the gardens. The cousins came over to traipse for a while, and we all had lunch.

Then we had the walk back to the train station and another fab ride home. Jamey fell asleep once we got in the van--the ride from the train station to the apartment is about 2 minutes. He even slept through me changing him from clothes to swimming suit and putting sunscreen on him.

PS--we did this all without a stroller. And I did the train museum with the two kids without a stroller. They're awesome and slept like rocks!

Gold Coast Train Museum

On Friday, I took the kids to the Gold Coast Train Museum. We've been there before, and it's not a super awesome place. But I figured because Jamey goes nuts for Thomas, he'd like climbing on the trains, riding a train, and playing with model trains all day. I was right; he did!

He pretty much loved every second of our visit, and Ivy had just as much fun.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sonny's Famous Steak Hoagies

Today, we had lunch at Sonny's Famous Steak Hoagies in Hollywood, again, a place featured on Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives.

It was excellent, awesome, and we will go back again. Super yummy sandwiches. Jeremy had steak & cheese. I had hot ham & cheese. The kids had turkey & cheese. Delish! Great service, good food, nice price.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Grampa's Bakery

Because it was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network, we had lunch at Grampa's Bakery ( in Dania yesterday.

Overall assessment: Not good.

The service was terrible. The kids never got their drinks. The server forgot part of my meal. I never got a coffee refill.

The table was small and crowded full of all the things they thought were important for us to have, like some chili sauce and 14 different containers of sugar substitute and jelly.

The food was mediocre at best. My 1/2 size biscuits and gravy was cold. Jeremy ordered an egg sandwich and got no sides. The kids' pancakes were big enough to feed all four of us.

We'd never recommend anyone go there. Even for the thrill of seeing Guy Fieri's autographed picture on the wall.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

March for Hunger 5k

We did the March for Hunger 5k on Hollywood Beach this morning with Jeremy's sister and her two kids.

First of all, I was planning to walk it--here at 16 weeks pregnant, pushing the kids in the jogger. I haven't been jogging in since December. In the last month or so, I've started doing some longer walks again and I finished a Wii Active 30-Day Challenge. It's not like I was training for a race.

However, Ivy wanted to run with Dylan, and I had to keep up. Who knew a 7 year old and 3 year old could be so fast? They didn't run the whole time, but enough to keep me motivated to "go faster" as Jack kept hollering at the stroller pushers.

So, I'm pretty satisfied with my 40.57 finish.

Monday, February 28, 2011


My husband is a genius. He figured out that equal parts vinegar and water and a hard bristle brush will clean grout until it sparkles. And he's volunteered to do it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I rarely take the kids' temperatures. If their heads feel hot, I figure they have a fever.

The reason? We only have a rectal thermometer, and it's torture. I wish there was a thermometer I could just point in their general direction to read their temp.

I'm thinking of something like a speed gun.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Late Nap

I generally don't like letting the kids nap past 3pm. It messes with bedtime, which is sacred in this house.

However, Jamey has been crying and throwing a fit for two hours. I finally had to set him down and tell him, "I just don't know what you want." He ran off to his room, slammed the door, and got quiet.

I was a little nervous, so I peeked in. He climbed in bed, managed to pull the covers on, rolled onto his stomach, and passed out. He was snoring!!

I think I'll let him sleep until Jeremy gets home. Forty minutes won't hurt bedtime too badly, and it'll make the evening so much better.

A case of the Cranks

Gosh, Ivy and Jamey have been so cranky this week. I don't know exactly how long it's been going on, but the fighting, hitting and yelling has gotten old. They won't eat. All they want is milk or juice. There are severe break downs when things don't go their way. I don't know why. I don't know what to do.

We eat. We play. We read. We go out. We stay in. We take breaks. We run. We swim. We swing. We play hide & seek. We drive trains. We see friends.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

A super fun Saturday

We had a really fun day, starting with a few Kid Fights.

We went up to the Ft Lauderdale Galleria mall to pick up Jeremy's race packet. Ivy cried because she wanted to watch Mary Poppins at one of the exhibit stalls. And they were both sad that there wasn't a play area or train at the mall.

We then drove over to the Anne Kolb Nature Center and saw crabs, mangrove trees, a raccoon, and an ibis. It was a fun walk on the nature trails and the kids loved the observation tower. While we were there, I think we settled on a girl name if we end up having a girl. We've known a boy name for about 2 years.

Then on to Mama Fu's for a delicious lunch. The kids love eating mac & cheese with chop sticks and I love just about any food these days. They were short staffed so we ended up getting chocolate cake for the kids to split after their meal because our food took FOREVER to come out. I love chocolate cake. Yum.

Now we're home getting prepared for a 13.1 tomorrow morning. I am not racing, but I do have to pack a bag for the kids while we wait for Jeremy to cross the finish line. Should be exciting!

Friday, February 18, 2011

It's a baby!

I saw the midwife a couple days ago. Based on everyone's calculations, I'm about 13 weeks along. Everything seems normal, and it was a typical first visit to talk about medical history, nutrition, preparing for the baby, etc. However, the midwife couldn't find the heart beat. She figured either my dates were off or the baby was in a weird position. It freaked me out though. So, I had an ultrasound yesterday. The tech found the heartbeat right away, and we have a healthy baby!

She said according to her measurements that I'm about 15 weeks along, but I don't think that's possible.

It's too early to tell if it's a boy or girl. Although, we probably will find out. I can't go through another ultrasound at 20 weeks and not find out. I'm impossible at surprises.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I will miss this

We spent Superbowl Sunday with Jeremy's sister & her family. Ivy and her cousins ran around and played for nine hours straight--they jumped on the bed, played hide & seek, gave piggy back rides, and ate enough sugar to send Marilla into a coma.

I will miss having cousins to play with.

Will I miss it?

We have 11 weeks left in the apartment, and I have a deep sense of relief when I think of a few things I'm not going to miss:

  1. The dishwasher that, despite all the cleaning, jet dry, and disposal running, still doesn't get our glasses clean

  2. The toilets that don't flush unless we stand there and hold the lever down for 3-1/2 minutes

  3. The fridge and freezer that are too small to fit a cake pan in

  4. The dryer that leaves all of our clothes wrinkled even if I take them out the second the dryer turns off (Yes, I'm complaining about the appliances)

  5. Tile floors. South Florida has covered every single surface with either astro-turf or tile. I hate grout. I hate cleaning it. I hate how black and gross it looks five seconds after I clean it.

  6. Locked doors and gates every 12 feet.

  7. Asking permission to get my bike out of storage when I want to go for a ride.

  8. Loud neighbors and loud music

  9. City driving

  10. The heat, the perma-slime of constant sunscreen application, sweating every second of the day

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

OB appt (9 weeks)

Knowing that we are moving home has made the decision about where do to some prenatal appointments maybe easier or harder. I was hoping to see the midwives at the Hollywood Birth Center, but they only do "the whole thing." You pay the fee and that's that. Because I won't have the baby there, it didn't make sense to pay $4,200 for three prenatal visits and an ultrasound.

So, I picked an OB off the insurance website and called. They wanted me to come in right away, so I went this morning. I'm 9-1/2 weeks along, so it's too early to hear the heartbeat, and he didn't do any lab work. I left a "sample," talked about my history, and made a joke about drinking.

The questionnaire asked if I "drink everyday," and I circled "yes." Of course, I drink every day. Who doesn't?? Then I realized they probably weren't asking about water and milk. :)

The OB explained their process is to Establish Pregnancy for the insurance company at the first visit. I'll go back next week to do all the lab work. And he wants to do an ultrasound, but I don't know what for. I might skip that one. It seems unnecessary.

A scolding

I've been scolded about not blogging about this:

We're moving back to MN; we should be back in our house the first week of May.

Someone plan a welcome home party because I think Becky's looking for a reason to make an awesome cake!

A trip to the dentist

Jamey has a habit of falling on his face. A couple weeks ago, he fell off the couch (while he was lying down), he smashed his face into the floor running, and then tripped and hit the floor again. Three times in three days. One of the times he knocked his right front tooth loose. I gave it a week to tighten up, but he still won't take bits on it and cries "ouch" all the time. So we went to the dentist yesterday.

Jamey screamed the whole time but the dentist and the nurses were very nice and caring. Turns out he has an extra tooth. And the tooth that is loose has no root so it's going to fall out "long before he's six." He still seems like he's in pain, so he's eating mostly soft food--oatmeal, Mac & cheese, yogurt, and applesauce. We'll go back in a month to get it rechecked.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

ING Half Marathon

I'm not doing the half marathon in a couple weeks, and I'm surprised at how much that bothers me. I'm barely pregnant, and already this baby is changing my body and my plans. The week before I did the test, I ran seven miles and felt great. Last weekend, I ran 1/4 mile and then puked. My bod is just different, and I have to accept it. But I'm annoyed.