Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Little Humor!

Many of you know that I teach Kindergarten students. I've taught many grades throughout my career, but I really enjoy the early childhood setting best. It's very rewarding in that the children change and learn soooo much in a year's time, and sometimes they say and do the funniest things. Yesterday, I got an email from a parent. She passed along a story from the night before. When her little boy came home from school on Monday, he informed her that I was absent that day. (I'd had my dr's appt. and Gracie wasn't feeling well.) He told his mommy that my baby was sick. Then he said, "Don't worry mommy. It's her OLD baby, not the new one that's in her tummy." It made me laugh!!!!! Hope it does you too!

BTW, I thought Gracie was much better yesterday morning, but she had a very miserable day at the sitters. :( This morning, she awakened with a tiny fever. We decided that I better take her to the doctor. She's had a runny nose since Friday and developed a rattling cough on Monday. We thought that she was suffering from allergies or just had a bad cold. Once again, I felt kind of silly taking her to the doctor. She was playing all over the waiting area and wasn't acting sick at all. She did the same thing a month or so ago and was diagnosed with strep, so I tried not to feel too much like an over-reacting mother. (Side note- when we were at the dr's for that appt., she saw a lady who had a rather sour look on her face. Gracie climbed into the chair beside this lady, looked up at her and said, "I'm 2. I have germs!" The woman's frown turned upside down at that proclamation.) ANYWAY- today's diagnosis......Flu B and Bronchitis! We left with 5 prescriptions! Word to the wise- Listen to your gut when it comes to your children!!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Profile and Toes

We had a good visit with our doctor and ultrasound tech today. Everything looks wonderful with our little one! Our doctor almost started crying and I did, as she remarked about how happy she was for us. Her basic comment was, "When I think about all you have done to build your family, it really thrills me to see that everything about your babies has turned out so well. It's amazing! I'm so glad you haven't had to put up with a bunch a 'crap' (i.e. complications) after all you've already been through." Our doctor doesn't mince words. :)

Karis was somewhat cooperative for the ultrasound. She was in a weird position and had the umbilical cord right in her face. So, we were only able to get a profile. But, what a side view! We love, love, love her chubby cheeks and adorable nose.

We also got a good look at her feet. They're too cute!

We discovered that although Karis is not genetically related to her big sister, apparently she is following in her sister's footsteps. Today, her weight measured 3 pounds, 11 ounces!! She's in the 79th percentile for weight and the doctor said to expect her to weigh around 9 pounds at birth. Gracie weighed 10 pounds 5 ounces! God knows I love big newborns. I was so glad Gracie was as big as she was. Having never really been around babies before, I felt much more comfortable with having a baby that wasn't quite as small and fragile as others.

With her size in mind, and other reasons...I officially scheduled a C-Section for May 31st. (Gracie was born by c-section). My only disappointment is that my doctor is on vacation during the week of Memorial Day and won't be able to deliver Karis. She could still deliver her, if I go into labor prior to the 28th of May. I didn't labor at all with Gracie. So, I have no idea what might happen this time around. I just know, that it's getting closer and closer!

As of today, I'll be going for prenatal visits every two weeks until my 36 week point. Then, I go in every week. As my mother in law is fond of saying, "It's pretty exciting!"

Saturday, March 19, 2011

29 weeks today

For the marking of my 29th week, my body decided to remind me of morning sickness! I had such a yucky morning! I had to take two significant rest periods/naps before 1:00. It was 4:00 before I had a shower and got out of my pjs! Thankfully, I'm feeling better now, but I can't figure out what I'm going to eat for breakfast tomorrow. Eggs are definitely off the menu for a few days.

We are looking forward to Monday morning. We get to see our little one in 3-d! I can't wait to get a good look at our Karis. Not only is this adoption anonymous, but there were no pictures of siblings attached to the donor's profile. So, Karis Joy is going to be a surprise!

I'm attaching a picture from two days ago. I feel like my belly is growing daily. Actually, I measured on Sunday and again on Thursday. There was almost a one inch difference in my circumference! Karis is definitely movin' and groovin'! I'll try to post her pics on Monday!

Monday, March 14, 2011


I found out that I didn't pass my fasting blood sugar test. Which means I have Gestational Diabetes. Well, actually, I passed the initial test. But, when I drank the sugary, sugar drink and tested an hour later...I didn't pass. My blood sugar was 186. Passing is 180. I even took my co-worker's advice and didn't eat a cupcake 2 hours before the test! I didn't have this with Gracie, so it was quite a shocker.
Now I have to check my blood sugar level four times a day, and work on tweaking my diet. I'm quite motivated because I want to do everything I can do to ensure that Karis is healthy. But, I would rather not have to deal with this!
The Lord is the strength of my life!!!
Here's some really happy news, the friend I had you pray for back in January, gave birth to her twins yesterday. As far as we know, the babies are doing well and so is Kelly! Thanks again for your prayers.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

I thought that I'd just post something quickly to update you on our little, Karis Joy. I'm 27 weeks today- hooray! My belly is growing about an inch a week, and the baby is moving a lot. Last Saturday, I had some pain, that I'm pretty sure was due to round ligaments. It was not fun. I basically took a long nap, then spent the rest of the day in the lazy-boy chair. I am very activity minded, so it was hard to just lay around. There was a lot to be done at my house-always is- but I really needed that time of rest. At my last visit, I talked to my dr about being sooooo tired. I asked her if it might be due to being anemic. She said, "Probably not. It just happens during your second pregnancy. You have a little one to care for and it's easy to 'hit a wall' by the end of the day. Plus, your age is a factor." Thanks for the reminder! "Try to take naps during the day," she said. I reminded her that I worked full time. I should have asked her for a note!!!!

I go back to the dr. this Thursday for my fasting blood sugar test, then back again on the 21st for another big ultrasound. We'll get 3-d pictures at that visit, so I'm excited for that day to come!
This picture is from 2 weeks ago. We'll try to do an updated picture this weekend. I don't know why it's so hard for us to take a picture and put it on the computer......but it is!