Connor's first night in his new big-boy bed. We just put a twin mattress and box spring next to Connor's crib.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Connor's first night in his new big-boy bed. We just put a twin mattress and box spring next to Connor's crib.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
After talking with my doctor today, we have a little investigating to do because it appears that we are dealing with 2 different sets of measurements - one from the ultrasound machine and one from the computer system. Each is spitting out a different "percentage" for the measurements they are capturing, making it difficult to do an apples-to-apples measurement to track the baby's growth. For example, the baby's femur (leg) bone measurement was found to be in the 6th percentile last time, which is considered a soft marker for Down Syndrome. This time, her measurement on the ultrasound machine said 8th percentile, while on the computer system it was 18th percentile. Obviously there is a discrepancy there and we need to make sure we are using consistent formulas to track her growth, but in either case her measurement went up, so it's definitely a plus! But that's one thing we'll be looking into for future measurements. The baby's humerus (arm) bone measurement appeared to decrease this time from 34th percentile to 13th percentile, but we won't know the significance of this until we can find out where those numbers came from for the apples-to-apples comparison. (Down Syndrome babies typically have shorter arm and leg measurements, so it's just one of the many things they can track by ultrasound.)
Because of the baby's 2-vessel umbilical cord, we will be continuing with frequent ultrasound scans throughout the rest of the pregnancy. Most 2-vessel cord babies are fine, but it's just something the doctors (and parents!) like to track to make sure the growth is continuing as expected. We're scheduled for another ultrasound at 30 weeks, and then we'll get scans and additional tests each 1-2 weeks thereafter.
So that's all the technical stuff. I just want to thank our friends and family for the ongoing prayers on our baby girl's behalf. I'm convinced the prayers work miracles, so please keep them coming! Below are the latest pics of the baby.
Here are her fingers outstretched in an L-shape.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
It’s sometimes difficult to know exactly how Connor spends his day at school, but usually he goes to Music class once a day (in a specially designed theater room) where his group listens to a variety of music, plays with puppets, dances, and whatever else the teachers have in store. I also enrolled him in a weekly Music and Movement class but I haven’t been able to ask yet what types of things they’re teaching the kiddos in there.One day a couple weeks ago I got a call from Director Brenda at Connor’s daycare. Immediately I assumed Connor was sick or had a boo-boo. Instead, she proceeded to tell me about how Connor was entertaining all the teachers with his dance moves in Music class! I guess she had popped in while his class was enjoying some dance time, and she learned from Connor’s regular teacher, Ms. Beatrice, that he had quite an array of moves. He was shaking his little butt so fast and practicing all kinds of kicks and poses, so Ms. Brenda was calling me to ask me where he learned all that! Ms. Beatrice later told me that anytime Connor hears music, he is the first one to bounce out of his chair and start dancing. She also told me that his favorite songs at school are “Who Let the Dogs Out?” and “We Will Rock You.”
On our commute to and from school each morning, I usually listen to the Top 40 stations. Connor quickly learns the songs and often sings along to them, which of course cracks me up! Some of his favorites these days are Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies,” Britney’s “Circus”, Lady GaGa’s “Poker Face,” and the song that says, “Put your hands in the ayer, a-ayer, ayer, a-ayer.” It never fails to make me laugh to hear him singing these songs right on cue.We recently had surround sound installed in our living room and we’ve been enjoying the XM Radio Top 20 music channel on TV. Almost every night, we’ll flip to this channel and dance in the living room to all the songs. Connor says he is taking a “dance break” and proceeds to move and groove to most of the songs, all the while asking all of us to dance with him. Recently, we started noticing some changes in his dance style. He has begun to integrate a lot more physical moves like handstands (his version) and poses, and I think it was Jeff that noticed he seemed to be pointing his toes when he kicked his legs in the air. I thought surely they must be teaching him that in his Music classes at school, but when I asked the teachers they said no. So how is it that our son learned to point his toes like that??
Of course, we often joke about how it makes us a little nervous for our little boy to be so musical and to be doing things like toe pointing. But really we just thoroughly enjoy his antics so much and never fail to laugh hysterically at his dance moves. I’ve also noticed him trying to tackle moves like cartwheels and handstands, and I’ve been wondering if he is trying to mimic some of the break-dance routines they show on the TV dance shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and MTV’s “World’s Best Dance Crew.” (Those are 2 of Connor’s favorite shows!)Recently we whipped out the video camera to capture Connor showing off his skills, and interestingly enough, Connor was only wearing his diaper at the time. Oh, and his diaper was disgustingly full at the time (looks like there's a brick in there) but I just couldn't resist posting the video anyway.
Here's a pic showing Connor's "signature" dance pose. Notice the pointed toe.
And here are 2 videos showing off his latest dance moves. Help me out here...is this normal behavior for a 2-year-old?
Monday, March 16, 2009
- Coke: We might as well be talking about the actual drug here because I am truly addicted to regular, fully-leaded, Coca-Cola Classic. But not just any ole' Coke from a can. No, I want the perfectly blended and carbonated fountain Coke in a Styrofoam cup with a lid and straw. Offer me a homemade brownie or a slice of chocolate cake and I will refuse both just for a single glass of Coke. OK, but let's be honest here: I've had this addiction for years and not simply because I'm pregnant. But the fact that I'm supposed to be cutting back on caffeine makes me want it that much more!
- Hot baths: I know there are many OB/GYN docs out there that advise pregnant women to avoid hot baths. Thankfully my doctor is not one of them. I have always been a bath-taker, usually every other night or so just to relax before bedtime. But lately, my baths are becoming a religious experience. No sooner do I step in the door at home and then I begin to devise my nighttime routine, which must include a hot bath. I have been known to take a quick shower or even wash my hair in the sink, getting those unpleasant chores out of the way just so I can still take my bath at night (I did that last night, in fact.) I don’t need the Jacuzzi jets or bubbles or candles, just a bathtub full of hot soothing water where I can lay back and relax. Usually around this time I begin to feel the baby start to kick me on my left side, so I’ll press my fingers on her little feet and we’ll play a little game of tag-you're-itfor a few minutes.
- Books: I am constantly with a book. The longer the better, as far as I’m concerned. I usually go through about 1-2 per week these days. I try to allow myself at least an hour before bed each night, and of course I’m spending a lot of time in doctor’s offices these days where a good book is a must-have. I’ll read anything I can get my hands on, but lately I love novels by Jodi Picoult and Anita Shreve. My mother-in-law Judy recently recommended an Oprah pick that is over 1000 pages so that will be the next one I pursue, assuming I can make it to the bookstore.
- DVR: What did we do before Tivo and the digital video recorder?? Since I can barely stay up until 8pm these days, I just love how I can record all my favorite shows and watch them at my leisure, usually on the weekends when Connor is napping. I am reluctant to admit that I definitely love reality TV shows. My personal favorites right now are The Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo TV, I think) and we also just finished the last season of The Real Housewives of Orange County. (Side note: My husband is so hot for Gretchen!)
- Starburst jellybeans: Have you ever tried these? OMG, they are the best jellybeans ever made. Of course, this might have something to do with my cravings for tangy and sour candy ever since about 18 weeks or so. With Connor, all I wanted was bread and cheese, mayonnaise (strange, I know), anything made with Prego sauce, and pickles. Towards the end with him I was craving chocolate and ice cream like you wouldn’t believe. To this day I’m convinced that’s why he was such a “healthy” baby. So far with this pregnancy, I have had the strangest cravings for crab cakes (ate them for lunch yesterday – yum!) and sour candy. Go figure.
- CraigsList: I’ve always been the occasional Ebay shopper, but lately I’ve been obsessed with CraigsList. Every night I get home I’ll check the new listings, usually to indulge in my “nesting” instincts in order to find Connor a new bed or find something fun for the new baby (hence our new video monitor purchased recently). If I were more organized I could find a ton of stuff around the house to post for sale myself. In the meantime I’m perfectly content to play the buyer role.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
And here's a shot this morning at 25 weeks.
I don't remember ever going through the "nesting" phase when I was pregnant with Connor. I was so distracted by getting married, finishing graduate school, and working full-time that I just didn't make time for it. Jeff is the one who ended up painting the nursery, installing the furniture, and hanging pictures.
So I guess I'm making up for lost nesting time. I used my birthday money to buy the double stroller (major sale - yay!) and I just today bought a new-in-box video monitor for half price (LOVE CraigsList!) My next order of business is moving Connor into a big boy bed that we have yet to purchase. I've been looking for him a used twin bed and can't find what I like yet. In the meantime, I wanted to find the perfect crib bedding for this new baby girl, but being lazy and exhausted all the time, I refuse to repaint the existing nursery. It's currently a cheery pastel yellow color, the crib is cherry wood, and the dresser is a bright sage green with yellow knobs. After much searching, I finally found the bedding below -- it's a perfect match with NO repainting!
Most of my friends know that I'm not much into girly and frilly things, so I thought this bedding was perfect -- not the pastel pink color that I've never liked but still enough touches to make it sweet for a little girl. I plan to find some matching wall letters in the baby's name and I'm also hoping to talk Jeff into hanging some existing white shelves that we have lying around. But that'll probably be the extent of my changes to transform the nursery.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Here's one with Connor and me. You can barely see the giraffe's neck behind us.
After the zoo, we rode the Hermann Park Train. It's not affiliated with the zoo but it's right next door. We had to wait in line for about 30 minutes for some reason, but it was a really neat train ride around the Hermann Park area. You can see some of the Medical Center and the Metro light rail train zooming by. They've also added lots of neat play areas for the kiddos that we plan to go back and visit.