Baby Dolan 2.0 – 37 Weeks

Weight Gained: I think around 24/25 pounds.

Baby still has another week or two before he/she is considered full term, but should weigh at least 6-7 pounds. Grow baby, grow!

Symptoms:

  • Oh boy. So tired. I know some of this is due do getting over being sick for 2 weeks (see below), but I am SO looking forward to getting my “nesting” energy back.  I was starting to get it just before I got sick, and now I really need it to get shit done!
  • Sore and uncomfortable. This has been the most surprising to me during this pregnancy. I just feel like I’m moving a lot more slowly this time around, but I know, as they say, it’s likely due to chasing a toddler around, too.
  • Contractions….lots of ’em! Some are slightly uncomfortable, but I think due to dehydration a bit.

Movement: Yep!  The doctor I saw this week, Dr. Bradley, said an active baby is a healthy baby.  This one sure loves to move and groove. 🙂

Food Aversions: None really.

Food Cravings: This hasn’t changed much, either–still peanut butter cups, cookies, or really any sweets will do. I can’t get enough!

Sleep:  I’ve had some trouble sleeping this week at times, but the past couple of nights have been a little better.

Stretch marks?  Not yet!

Miss Anything? Not really….

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: Just as I had gotten over a cold last month, I got another one in mid-February. Of course you aren’t “supposed” to take decongestants when you’re pregnant, so I really just used Vick’s and tried to take hot, steamy showers to loosen up the mucus. I went 5 days without being able to taste food, which–I know there are MUCH bigger problems to have!–was kind of awful because I also was having such intense cravings.  And really, what’s the point of eating if you can’t taste food? I still ate (obviously) but did end up losing a few pounds, just because I wasn’t snacking like I normally do.  It sure made me thankful for my sense of taste and smell, that’s for sure.

Well, after about a week and a half, it turned into a sinus infection–my teeth/jaw KILLED, my ear hurt, and the right side of my face was incredibly tender. I talked to my doctor about it last week, and he said since the only correlation they’ve found with taking decongestants during pregnancy is high BP, that I could go ahead and take some. My BP has always been good, thankfully, knock on wood. On the way home I bought some Mucinex DM and WOW…that stuff works!!! I took it Friday night, and by Saturday I was able to fiiiiinally get stuff out when I blew my nose (sorry, TMI). This went on for another 4 or 5 days, and I started to feel like myself again. I will never, ever take cold medicines for granted again!

Belly Button in or out? Out and proud. 🙂

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, especially now that I’m feeling better. I felt so whiny when I was sick. And with the weather is getting warmer,  I’m a happy girl!

New Baby Items: I got a cover for our infant car seat, since I scored a good deal. I figured it would be nice to have the baby covered up when we’re out and about, which I imagine will be quite a bit!

BabyoutfitLooking forward to:  Funny that in my last update 4 weeks ago, I’d said I was looking forward to nesting–yet I’ve hardly done a thing! I’ll blame that on being sick, but I know I really need to get stuff done. I’m planning to cook 4 or 5 meals to freeze in the next few weeks, and then I need to decide on a paint color for Kate’s new room. Oh! And get out the baby gear (the swing, bouncy seat, baby toys). And pack my hospital bag….

37 Weeks

And a fun comparison to 37 weeks with Kate!

37 week comparison

Looks like this baby is winning to me. 🙂

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Baby Dolan 2.0 – 33 Weeks

Weight gained: As of last Thursday, we were at 21 pounds gained. However, after going majorly out of control this weekend (I had a cold and couldn’t taste food for 3 days last week–NO FUN)…who knows.

According to most websites, the baby should be between 4.5-5 pounds at this point.  It’s crazy to think how big he/she is!

Symptoms:

  • Tired.  A lot of it is due to being sick, and this week I’m feeling so much better on that front.  I’ve been taking iron supplements (my doctor encouraged me to do so at my 28 week appointment, since my iron was low…like usual), and I *think* I notice a difference in my energy with that.
  • Quite a few Braxton Hicks contractions.
  • Pretty sore, especially my hips.  When I stand up, I feel like the baby is RIGHTthere.
  • It’s uncomfortable to breathe at times, so I’m definitely looking forward to when this baby drops!

Movement: Yes, still movin’ and groovin’ in there.  It’s so funny…I thought Kate was active, but this one is even more so!  I’ve read that extremely active babies are more likely to be males, so…

Food Aversions: None really.

Food Cravings: About the same here–I can’t get ENOUGH sweets, with Reese’s “eggs” (and “hearts”…did you know they make Reese’s hearts now??!), cookies, and ice cream being my favorites. Also, Mexican food.

Sleep:  I had some trouble sleeping last week due to my cold and just being congested, so I slept on the couch a couple of nights since I could sleep with my head elevated.  That seemed to help a LOT.  Other than 1-2 trips to the bathroom a night, I’m sleeping great!

Stretch marks?  Not yet!

Miss Anything? Being able to breathe normally…just a wee bit.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: I’m starting to pick out a few things for the nursery, which is very exciting.  The plan is to move everything on the walls in Kate’s current room into her “big girl” room, and to replace everything with more “gender neutral” things.  Don’t ask me what will happen when/if Baby #3 comes along….I have no clue who will share rooms!

Belly Button in or out? Out and proud. 🙂

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy, just trying to get my energy back a little bit.  We went to Chicago last weekend for a very quick trip, and it’s CRAZY how much it took it out of me (it also could do with not sleeping as much as I normally do…).

New Baby Items: None really, other than some diapers I got on sale (thank you, Target!).  I’ve been looking for a take-home outfit and will probably get those (boy/girl) in a month or so.  That’s when it really gets real!

BabyoutfitLooking forward to:  I’m excited to hunker down the next 6-7 weeks and try to get as much done at home as possible.  I LOVE NESTING.  For the procrastinator in me, it’s pretty much the best thing ever.  We just painted our downstairs bathroom, and the laundry room is next.  Eventually we’d like to replace the laminate floor with ceramic tile, but that probably won’t happen for a bit.  I’m trying to get as many house projects done now as I can.  With 2 kiddos under 2 and possibly graduate school looming, I KNOW I won’t want to tackle these things in a few months!

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Day in the Life #2

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about what happens on a typical weekday for us…and I think it’s always fun to look back at those sort of things.  It’s important to document the big things, for sure, but it’s the “normal” days that make up most of our lives…right?  Here we go!  Get ready for some excitement.

5:30 a.m. – Brian’s alarm goes off.  Usually, it goes off approximately 32 times before he’ll get up, but today he has to be at a conference at 7 a.m., and there’s new snow on the ground.  He gets out of bed to get ready, make the coffee, deal with the dog, and warm up/scrape the cars off.  He’s a good one.

5:42 a.m. – I fall back asleep but wake up to my first alarm.  I like to press snooze at least 2 or 3 times, so I press snooze twice today before I’m woken up by…

6:00 a.m. – Kate’s crying in her crib.  We usually don’t sleep with the monitor in our room, but I swear – she cries and one second later I’m wide awake.  This is HUGE coming from a lifelong heavy sleeper!  It’s super early (too early) for her to be up, and I still need to shower and get ready….so I watch her from the monitor to keep an eye on her.  Poor pumpkin is just standing at the side of her crib, not crying at all.  I’m dying to get her, but I know she’ll want me to hold her….so I hop into the shower as fast as I can right after Brian kisses me goodbye.

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6:20 a.m. – I’m out of the shower and see she’s laid back down for a bit.  Whew!  I continue to get dressed and ready for the day.  Brian calls and says traffic is already horrible due to the snow and people not being able to drive in it.  One day…I look forward to living in a place where people are USED to driving in snow!

6:40 a.m. – I head downstairs to take a load out to the jeep and put Montana in his kennel (aka “jail”).  I finally head up to wake Kate (I always try to wait until the last possible minute to do so) and see she’s awake in her crib.  She’s in a good mood, which is quite a change from when I usually have to wake her up.  Not a morning girl…but she gets it honest.

6:53 a.m. – I always remember the exact time I leave the house for some reason.  I always aim for 6:52/6:53, so I’m able to get to Michelle’s by 7 (when she opens).

7:02 a.m. – Roads are pretty bad, but I arrive at Michelle’s.  She tells me the Fishers schools are on a delay, at least, so that thankfully means less cars on the road.  I heard there is an accident on 69 (my nightmare), so I say goodbye to Kate and quickly pull up my traffic app to see which way I should get to work. All of the southbound roads are JAMMED, so it has me winding all the way through the city to get to work.  I leave Michelle’s at 7:05 a.m.

Commute

8:35 a.m. – Finnnnnally get to work.  I am so frustrated (especially because yesterday it took me an hour to get to work due to an accident…normally it takes me 30-35 minutes), but what can you do?  Well, I focus on the fact that I’ll most likely only be working here a few more years….that’s what I do!

8:40 a.m.  – Make it up to my office and whine to my co-workers about my commute.  I really try not to whine much at work, but bad traffic really grinds my gears.  I eat my breakfast (my newest favorite is maple/brown sugar oatmeal with a big old spoonful of almond butter) and chat with them for a bit.

9:00 a.m. – I finally get to work and catch up on emails.  I work on mail flow and print out some projects for our student worker who is in today.

10:20 a.m. – My stomach is growling so it’s snack time.  I always keep a few snacks at work so I can pick whatever I’m in the mood for, so today it’s hummus and pretzel chips.

11:30 a.m. – One of my co-workers comes to chat for a bit in our office.  We used to have offices next to each other, but now that I’ve changed positions, I don’t get to see her/talk to her as much.  I’m definitely having one of “those” days where I don’t want to work, so it’s nice to catch up with her.

12:45 p.m. – After working a bit more on emails, I go downstairs to heat up my leftovers for lunch (pizza casserole….YUM).  I eat my lunch at my desk (what I do most days of the week) and surf the web for a bit.

2:20 p.m. – Wrapped up some work and headed out to get some gas in the jeep, since my gas light came on during my morning commute.

2:45 p.m. – Get back to my desk and snack on an apple (man, I just can’t seem to get full today).  Start reviewing some files.  I was supposed to meet with 2 students this afternoon, but neither showed…and secretly I’m happy because I got a lot more done!

4:05 p.m. – Time to go!  I wrap things up and head out the door.  Surely my drive home won’t be as treacherous…right???

4:40 p.m. – Arrive at Michelle’s to get Kate.  She went through a phase (thankfully short, because it broke my heart) where she was having too much fun there and didn’t want to leave.  Now when I come in the door she’s all smiles and ready to go!  (Well, she never wants to leave her friends or the fun toys…but I can at least usually distract her now).  I chat with Michelle and another mom for a few minutes while the kids run around.

4:50 p.m.  – Get Kate strapped in the jeep and head home.  Brian calls on my way home to see what we have planned for dinner.  I tell him jambalaya, and he asks if it’s okay if he makes caprese salad, instead.  Um….yes!!!  He got out of his conference early and went to the store to pick up some things to make it.  This is incredibly shocking because this guy doesn’t really consider it a meal without meat, but he got it because he knew I’d like it.  I think I’ll keep him. 🙂

5:00 p.m.  – We arrive home and Kate is sure happy to see her doggy.  It’s the cutest thing ever.  We catch up with Brian and then I head upstairs to change into my jammies.  During the winter, I feel totally okay changing into my pajamas this early.  Then we head downstairs and just chat about our days while Brian makes dinner.  I could get used to this!  I almost dread the first hour I get home because I feel like I’m trying to do a million things at once, so it’s nice to sit and relax for a change.  We get Kate her dinner and she eats a good amount (it’s hit or miss these days)…

5:45 p.m. – I eat dinner (Brian is still full from his conference food–he filled up before hitting the road) and it is DElicious.  I’m already excited for leftovers tomorrow.  I clean up the kitchen afterwards and then head into the living room to play with Kate.  She’s pretty needy nowadays and wants me to hold her when we get home.  Which, of course I want to, but with having to make dinner and with my growing belly, it’s getting hard!

6:00 p.m. – Play with Kate for a little bit, and Montana tries to join in.  Poor guy just wants someone to throw his toys for him to fetch.  We realize we never opened his last Bark Box (from his Aunt Eva!) so we open that up for him.  He is SO EXCITED.

6:45 p.m. – Take Kate up for her bath and to get changed.  I ask Brian if he’ll call AT&T to try and haggle them down (our internet is up to $57-soon $59-a month…and it’s not even that good!).  After a good 45 minutes…they finally agree to $29/month for six months.  I’m sure in six months we’ll be calling again, but in the mean time…we’ll take it!

7:35 p.m. – It’s Kate’s bedtime, and Brian takes her upstairs to read her a few books and lay her down for the night. I clean up some more in the kitchen and get lunches/milk ready for tomorrow.

7:45 p.m. – Katie wants to FaceTime!  She found a very…..ripe onion in her cabinet that she wanted to show us. 🙂

8:00 p.m. – I get some granola for a snack and we watch an episode of “New Girl”.  It’s one of those shows I’d forgotten about, but they just added new episodes so it’s our new “go to”.

9:00 p.m. – Brian and I talk for a bit and I put off going upstairs.  I am tired by this time pretty much every night.  Ah…the good old days when I could stay up until 10!

9:30 p.m. – I call it a night.  Bed is calling my name!

 

Possible Changes

Since I got out of teaching almost 12 (!) years ago, I’ve thought about SO many different careers for myself.  I put some serious thought into doing an accelerated nursing program (which is funny…because those are the students I work with now in my current job), but quickly realized nursing wasn’t for me.  I was more drawn to the schedule, and that’s like people going into teaching because of “summers off” (ha).  I thought about becoming a personal trainer, but my heart wasn’t 100% into it.  Also, I learned that at a lot of “bigger” gyms, you really have to sell yourself to customers.  And…that’s just not me.  I completely ruled out the corporate world after my last job, because I was absolutely miserable.  All in all, I’ve had probably a dozen interviews since getting out of teaching, but really only a few of them even appealed to me.

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Then I got lucky enough to land at a local university in admissions.  It was PERFECT.  For once, I could honestly say that I loved my job.  How many people can say that?  Sure, there were things that annoyed me….not much pay, the commute (the WORST part, hands down), and having to work some nights and weekends, but overall…it was truly perfect for me.

Fast forward 4 years into my job, and I now had a baby and a husband….both of whom I was absolutely crazy about.  Sure enough, the working some nights and weekends went from being not so big of a deal to a HUGE deal.  I really struggled with what to do—do I leave this university that I love, with my co-workers that I love even MORE?  I looked around for other jobs, but nothing seemed to be a good fit.  Plus, my job now was flexible enough with my schedule since I have to pick up Kate by 4:45 p.m. each day.

In a case of perfect timing, a position opened up in my office that would allow me to change roles.  It was almost perfect because, while I would still be a counselor, I would be counseling a different population of students.  It also meant working little to no evenings/weekends.  Sold!!!  I had to go through the interview process, but started last spring and have been very happy ever since.

This brings us to now.  Wherever I am, I can’t help but look to the future.  Always.  It’s a blessing and a curse, I know.  I like to think it’s good because I make decisions  that are always in my long-term interest, rather than what’s good for “right now”.  It’s bad because, well, I worry a lot.  And lately, I’ve been worrying a LOT about what I will do for a career when I move to New York.  I told Brian that, since I’ll likely be the one to carry benefits for our family (yes, it’s possible for him to find a job that has them, but of course I don’t want to bank on that), I want to at least have a job that I love and don’t dread going to everyday.

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My original plan was to go back to teaching.  Not because I miss teaching (I miss parts of it, of course, mostly the students. Nothing is better than working with kids!), but because it would give me a good schedule for my kids and to be able to visit in Indiana for periods of time.  But that plan was pretty much crushed when I discovered I’d have to go get my master’s in teaching.  Go back to school (and pay $$$) just to do a job I wasn’t 100% passionate about???  No thanks.

So here I was….back at square one.  Or so I thought.

In talking to one of my co-workers about her current graduate program, I realized there might be another (perfect) option for me: to get my master’s in school counseling and become a guidance counselor!  This would not only allow me to have that flexible schedule I dreamed about, but it’s ALWAYS been a job I’ve been interested in.  Even more so now, since I’ve worked with so many guidance counselors in my last position.  A lot of people think of guidance counselors as people who “just schedule classes”, and while that is part of the job description, it’s always been a passion of mine to counsel friends/students/co-workers in times of trouble.  I am that person who loves to listen (truly!) and gets joy out of being there for others.

The perfect part of this piece is that the program is not only available part-time, but ONLINE.  That is huge!  This means that, for the first 2 years of the program, I’d only be taking 2 classes each semester (and then 2-3 classes during the summer).  The last year is an internship, which is a little worrisome (only because I’d have to quit my job…and we’d obviously need to find health care benefits for our family then), but that is really the only negative I can think of.

To me, the pros far outweigh the cons here:

Pros

  • I will be in a career/position that I’m passionate about.
  • I get to work with students again! Right now I work with adult students, and they are not nearly as awesome.
  • I’ll get the school calendar! I will, I am sure, have to work a little during the summer and possibly even during a Christmas Break, but it won’t be anything like a “typical” job schedule.
  • If I work at a public school, they generally have good benefits (I’m assuming this is true in New York…?).
  • This is a BIG one—I think with my past experience as a teacher AND working in college admissions, I would be able to get a job somewhat easily.
  • While I’m not working during my internship (which is 20-25 hours a week), I’ll get to be home with my kids! This is something I’ve wanted for a long, long time—to be able to work part-time.  I told this to Brian long ago, and this would be the best of both worlds.  Of course there’s the whole “me not getting paid thing”….but with it only being for one year, it makes it a little easier to handle.  Plus, there was a time when Brian was thinking of going to school for 3-4 years (for nursing), and we would have been in the same boat then (but for a LOT longer).
  • Part-time will be doable. My co-worker says she is logged into her discussion board two week nights for a couple of hours at a time, and then she does a lot of her reading/assignments during the day on her lunch break.  Also, for the most part…this will be something I’m interested in.  It’s a lot easier to take classes when you’re interested in the material!

Cons

  • I’ll have to quit my job. This stinks for several reasons.  Obviously, I love my job AND my co-workers.  But I know that eventually with us moving, I’d have to say goodbye sooner or later.  Also, my benefits are truly outstanding.  Not just my health insurance, but my 401K is almost unheard of!  The positive is that, by the time I leave, I’ll at least have a good chunk saved in that 401K.
  • Oh…money.  We are so, so lucky to have our home (and 2 more years of pretty low car payments) as our only debt.  I’ve reminded myself over and over again how lucky we are to be in this position.  Plus, we have a good bit saved in the bank, thanks to Miss Frugal Fannie over here.  But the thought of taking out student loans absolutely TERRIFIES me.  I mean, I work with students all the time who owe thousands in loans, and it gives me such anxiety to even think about.  I keep telling myself, though, that as long as it’s something I believe in and want to do….it WILL be worth it.  I have at least 30 years left to work (we can always hope a little less than that…right??), so I want it to be enjoyable. I don’t want to have the “Sunday Night Blues”.  Also, we’ll be able to pay for some out of pocket with our savings.  I don’t want to use it ALL, obviously, but we can probably at least pay for a semester or two outright.  And every little bit helps.

I wanted to write this all out as a way to maybe convince myself that it’s okay to take this leap.  It’s terrifying, but also REALLY, really exciting!  I never in a million years thought I’d want to go back to school, but thinking about it now actually gets me pretty pumped.  And I was a bit worried to tell Brian because I thought maybe he’d try to talk me out of it, but he’s completely on board if I am.
So….what next?  Well, first thing’s first….gotta have this baby. 🙂 My plan is to take the next 5-6 months and study for the GRE.  I’ll take that sometime later this summer, and God willing, get the score needed to get in.  I also need to look into taking Abnormal Psychology, since it’s a pre-requisite (and I think I can take it free through my job—wahoo!).  Until then…I have until October 1 to apply, so I’ll take the next several months really continuing my research and thinking long and hard about this.  And, of course, there’s nothing that guarantees I’ll be accepted into the program.  So for now I’ll continue to worry, pray, and see where this all takes me!

Working Mom Update

Brian and I had a great conversation (we always have our best talks on long road trips), and we began talking about, well, a lot of different things.  One thing I mentioned was that I still struggle with being a working mom (duh), and because of that, I worry that I’m not as strict of a parent as I’d like to be.  It sounds so dumb, but a part of me thinks that because I’m only with her for a limited time, I don’t want to spend that time yelling/disciplining all the time.  (That’s NOT to say I don’t discipline at all!  Brian is just more of the disciplinarian between the two of us).

I told him that I’d just had a conversation with a friend whose mom worked while she was growing up.  She always had a full-time job, even with her two daughters at home.  This friend said there’s no question she will return to work after kids, but her boyfriend (whose mom was a SAHM) was surprised by this.  He expected her to want to stay at home.  So, I think a large part of it is how you grow up, and what you see as “normal”.

I grew up with a SAHM until I was 8, and then my mom worked part-time until I was 14.  Not only that, but most of her friends were SAHMs, too.  So I guess I always thought of it as “normal”.   I think a lot of my friends who are now moms experienced the same thing, and the ones that are working are admittedly struggling (or have struggled) now as working moms themselves.

Brian paused after I was finished explaining all of this and said, “Have you ever thought that, by you being a working mom, Kate will grow up seeing that as “normal”?  And then if Kate has to work as a mom…she won’t have to struggle through as much guilt as you did?”

I had never thought of it like that.

Honestly, it’s given me such a new, fresh perspective on things since we’ve had that conversation.  By Kate growing up and seeing me work full-time and be a mom, maybe this will make it easier if she finds herself in the same boat down the road.  Maybe she will beat herself up less than I do.  Who knows?  But it gives me a sense of peace, thinking about it that way.  (*Obviously I’m not trying to slight or put down SAHMs at ALL–just like absolutely everything in this world, there are positives and negatives to both sides…right?  Plus, I was raised by a SAHM and think I turned out great.)  🙂

So while a part of me might always struggle with guilt, to some extent, I’m more assured than ever that this is the best thing for me and the best thing for our family.

 

Baby Dolan 2.0 – 28 Weeks

The third trimester is finally here!

Weight gained: {Can I just say that I hate that this is the first question? I’m anal so I won’t change it now, but still. :)}  We’re right at about 18 pounds now.  Overall, I think I’m on track to gain the recommended amount, 25-35 pounds.  The holidays were hard on me, but oh well.  I don’t regret one, single delicious thing that was consumed!

Symptoms:

  • Tired.  See an underlying theme with this pregnancy? 😉
  • I’ve had some Braxton Hicks contractions here in the last few weeks, I think partially due to dehydration. I mean, who wants to drink WATER when there are cookies to be consumed??
  • Sore.  My doctor “warned” me at one of my first appointments that this one was going to wear on me more, and that I’d generally be more achy and sore.  I smugly thought, “nahhh…not me! You’re talkin’ to the girl who didn’t waddle my last pregnancy and would repeat the third trimester over and over again if I could.”  Yeah….about that.  He was totally right.  When I stand up from sitting during the day, I’m just overall more tight.  I need to be better about stretching, particularly my back since I have issues there anyway.
  • Big!  I mean…my belly has always been about a month ahead this time around.  Does this mean it’s going to continue this way until the end?  My belly at 41 weeks pregnant last time was…wow.

Movement: Yes!  A LOT.  I got a good video of him/her kicking me at work today, actually.  It went on for a few minutes, just kicking constantly in the same spot.  It cracks me up!  You can tell he or she is definitely getting bigger, too.  I felt him “roll” the other day and it took my breath away.  Would love to know how big he is right now!  (According to all the baby sites, he should be about 2.5-3 pounds).

Food Aversions: Not really anything at this point, although I did get a little burnt out on chicken.  I think I’m over that hump, although I still say I’m more of a red meat eater during pregnancy.

Food Cravings: Still anything sweet, mainly Reese’s cups (the Easter eggs are out, people!), cookies, and candy in chocolate form.  And also your comfort foods…pizza, soup, Mexican food.

Sleep:  No problems here…knock on wood.

Stretch marks?  Not yet!  I’ve been using belly oil that, at the very least, is helping to keep my skin soft.  I know stretch marks are mostly genetic and there’s not much you can do to prevent them.  We shall see!

Miss Anything? Nope!

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week:  I think just the constant kicks, as they are really so entertaining for me.  Luckily, my in-laws were able to feel the baby, too!

Belly Button in or out? It’s officially out!  We’ve popped over here.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: So happy and content.  I’m starting to nest, somewhat, which is GREAT for our house.  My closet has never been cleaner!  Can’t I be like this all the time?

New Baby Items: Baby Dolan was very lucky and got some newborn diapers for Christmas–my favorite kind (Pampers)!  There’s nothing like the smell of Pampers diapers….really.  He/she also got a cute onesie, a gift card (will use this for more of my favorite diapers!), and I feel like I’m forgetting another gift…my memory is just crap these days.  I’m trying not to buy much more so that I can save for clothes when he gets here, but it’s SO tempting not to buy anything!

BabyoutfitLooking forward to:  Our next appointment–I get to meet with Dr. Teter, who delivered Kate!  I absolutely adore him.  I have the day off, so I get to bring Kate with me.  Fingers (and toes) crossed she behaves.

28 weeks

 

Kate: 18 Month Update

 

Our little peanut is a year and a half.  I look at her now and can’t believe how BIG she is!  She is constantly cracking us and and simultaneously making us want to pull our hair out.  Welcome to toddler hood?

She’s saying maybe about 15 words very clearly now, and every once in awhile she’ll throw in a new word (only to never say it again…) for us.  Besides the usual words, I’ve heard her say “please,” “goldfish”, “Montana” (well, really….sounds like “un-tun-uh”. But I’ll take it!), “Michael”, “Gram”, and “Kate”, to name a few.  And then there is the four letter word she picked up from Brian and I….oops.

Her walking has turned to running, and her crawling up the stairs is faster than ever.  Basically, she’s a whirlwind!  She reminds me a lot of toddler boys I’ve watched in the past, in that they (usually) can’t sit still for long, are always on the go, and she loves to climb/stand on furniture/get into absolutely everything.

I’m so happy she loves books.  Even though she’s not great at sitting still, we’ll often find her “reading” to herself.  It’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.  She’ll babble on and on and on, and Brian and I would KILL to know what she is saying or thinking!  She’ll repeat the same nonsensical phrases over and over, and she’ll let you know what she thinks about something, that’s for sure.

She’s still leery of strangers, quite a change from the baby who would go to anyone!  I kind of like it, though, since I think a little “stranger danger” could never be a bad thing.  However, if she gives you the stink eye for a bit if you haven’t seen her in awhile…pay no mind.  She’ll get over it, especially if you start dancing around or look like a big goof.  No pressure.

Our peanut is still in size 3 diapers, though she’s riiiiight on the edge of starting 4’s.  She’ll wear 12 month and 12-18 month clothes, so it’s nice to be able to wear those things out while we can!  Still in size 4 toddler shoes (although her fit can barely still fit in 3’s–such tiny feet!), too.

At our 18 month appointment this week, she weighed 21 lbs, 13 oz. (38%) and was 32″ tall (55%).  She has low iron (a 9.3 and normal starts at 10.5, I believe), which doesn’t surprise me too much considering she doesn’t eat red meat, and I’ve always had low iron, too.  We’ll start giving her supplements and go get re-checked next month, since they really need the iron to help develop their brains at this age.  She got the last of her baby shots and we couldn’t be happier.  It was pure torture…for both of us!  (And the poor thing had to be stuck twice in her toe for a hemoglobin check, then the sweet nurse missed when she was giving her the vaccine, so she was “shot” twice.  Poor pumpkin.)

Christmas was so fun with her this year!  I can only imagine it will get better and better.  Brian and I decided to only get her 1 gift, since, well, she doesn’t know any better.  Might as well do it while we can, right?  We got her her first doll, a newborn cabbage patch kid.  Oh…that powder smell sure does bring back some memories!  She was very attached for the first few days and now, two weeks later, hasn’t played with him for a bit…so we shall see.  If anything, I love it to reinforce cuddling and the concept of being “gentle”–since she’ll have the real thing here in a few months. 🙂  Her family was, to no one’s surprise, very generous!  She made out like a bandit and has a TON of new clothes, toys, and books.  Lucky girl!

Kate can still be quite sassy, and it’s proven to be good and bad.  (Well, I’m hoping a little sassiness will be good as an adult.  Look at her mother, after all!)  Her hitting ebbs and flows, so we’ll keep working on that.  I’ve noticed a decrease overall, so let’s just hope that continues!

Some of my favorite things she does right now:

  • Saying “nigh nigh” and blowing kisses when we lay her down for bed
  • Blowing kisses when I leave Shell’s in the morning
  • She’ll often be waiting at the door at Shell’s and have a BIG smile on her face when she sees me…this is the best part of my day (it used to be getting her up in the morning, but she’s proving to be like her mom and dad–NOT so much a morning person)
  • She is still big into waving bye to people. She even waved “bye” to the doctor after her appointment–a huge improvement on how she’s treated Dr. Ferguson in the past!
  • Her babbling and strange noises she makes, like this
  • She’s done this for awhile, but I LOVE how she will put her blankie in her face and almost “breathe” it in.  She does it most when she’s tired or wants to be comforted, and it comes close to breaking my heart every.single.time.

I can’t wait to see where the next 6 months take us.  It blows my mind that she’ll be two this year!  Every moment with her is so exciting, and I truly treasure our time we get to spend together.  God blessed us with this one, that’s for sure.

 

Christmas morning...on the stairs

            Christmas morning…on the stairs

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