I haven’t taken the time to sit down and write about life’s happenings lately. In fact, I’ve pretty much neglected this space of my life - my blog - and I’ve been ok with it. I’ve been snapping less pictures and living more in the moment instead of trying to write it all down.
Seattle Children’s Museum
Besides working hard to make a deadline (that was yesterday), we’ve done a lot of fun stuff this past month. Lucky for Viv, life is all fun and games while Tyler and I work as Shelby takes her to do tons of awesome things! This month they’ve gone to playdates, the park, Seattle Children’s Museum, Kid’s Quest, and Woodland Park Zoo among everyday fun. I’m lucky to get to see their fun in pictures when the day is done - it makes it seem almost like I was there.
playing at home
At the park
Best friends watching otters at the zoo
Feeding the penguins
with Shelby at the zoo
Other than the fun Viv has without us, weekends come and we just enjoy family and friends. Today instead of sleeping in as one would think after a late night, Vivian was up earlier than ever. We went to McDonald’s to play in the play place for something fun to do while it rained and Viv got a nice big goose egg with a bruise on her head because she tripped into the structure. It slowed her down for a second then was off to play with the other kids. Later today we will be heading out with some friends and tomorrow we will - of course - be at a Super Bowl party rooting on our Seahawks!
McDonald’s Play Place!
Someone loves the slide even
when it makes your hair stand up!
Last night we got together with our Vivs and Rivs clan to unwind and celebrate life. We got takeout and all caught up with each other while the kids played together and shared snacks and sippy cups with each other. Once it was time the Rivers went to bed just fine but the Vivians were having none of it! Our little lady was such a party animal that she decided she’d rather scream bloody murder instead of sleeping so we snatched her out of the pack ‘n play and she got to party with the adults. She was in a pretty good mood thankfully and we all got to go enjoy the hot tub - including Viv with some bath toys! Finally when we were ready to get out of the hot tub Viv was at her breaking point - that kid does not like to get out of the water. It was 11:30pm so we knew her good mood would very quickly turn south so we headed home thankful that we did get to stay sooo very long and sooo past Viv’s bed time! She conked out immediately upon her head hitting the crib.
Sharing a snack while the adults chat
Last weekend we had a celebratory birthday dinner with some friends on Friday night then Saturday was beautiful so we got to enjoy the sunshine at the dog park then brunch with Ali and Alex and their pup. We also had a fun one year reunion party at our home with our birth class! It’s hard to believe that all the kiddos are walking, babbling and becoming such unique individuals with very strong personalities!
Six kiddos that could make the birth class reunion
Two weekends ago was pretty low key. Vivian and I went to a rare weekend playdate and had so much fun catching up with friends we hadn’t seen in quite some time because of my work schedule. We went to the park to play at Zachary’s playground and we also got together with friends to watch the Seahawks winning Championship game which was fun! Viv wasn’t sure of all the screaming but all the kids had fun playing together and grazing on snacks all afternoon.
Go Hawks! And zoom goes River
with Vivian in the toy stroller.
Three weekends ago I had lunch sans children with my friend Phoebe. Then we had a family dinner over at Katie and Brandon’s place. It’s so awesome that Vivian has three cousins so close by and that they have so much fun playing together now that Viv is a lot more interactive and interested in other children. Sunday we met up with Nora, Adam and River for brunch before going to a first birthday party.
And that about brings us to our cruise vacation! Of course there were various other things scattered about during the weekdays - a few dinners with friends, a pedicure and more recently chiropractor appointments. My coccyx has been acting up and causing very sharp pains so I have been getting adjusted twice a week for the last two weeks and it is helping immensely! Vivian joins me because she needed her milestone adjustment for learning to walk (we were recommended to bring her in to get adjustments as she hits milestones - rolling over, sitting up, crawling, walking, etc.) and we also wanted to get an opinion on her walking technique.
She has now been walking about a month and a half and her gait has not improved from the robot technique - swinging her legs and not bending her knees. It became quite apparent when we got all the new walkers together that she should be improving more than she is and we were right. It turns out her hips are extremely tight which was likely due to her being frank breech and not having the full range of motion en utero. Makes perfect sense to me as I can now unmistakably agree that she did NOT move as much as she should have at least compared to her little brother who is - at this very moment even - kicking up a storm. Vivian just never could wiggle the way a baby should inside the womb. So anyway, she has been coming twice a week for adjustments to help loosen her hips and knees and it seems to really be helping! Of course it will take a bit more time, but I can already see her bending her knees and swinging one leg much less.
Vivian also had a doctor’s appointment at Seattle Children’s to check up on her medication dosage for her birthmarks. She has been on Propranolol (a beta blocker) since September to primarily decrease the height of the birthmark on her back. Of course it lessens the redness of that birthmark as well as the one on her head too. We have been going in about monthly for checkups and dosage adjustments as she grew and this time we got the word that she will be on the medication for a month then we will start to wean her body of it to determine if the birthmarks are out of their growth phase. If they aren’t, as we wean it will start to raise up again and we will have to continue medication but if they remain the same while weaning we will be clear to quit!
The only other update I can think of is that unlike I thought before the cruise, I seem to not have gestational diabetes (at least not yet). When I realized my numbers were awful, I was sick and stressed which greatly impacts your insulin. I continued to monitor my blood sugar while I was on the cruise and everything was fine. I’ve continued to check and still I am apparently in the clear. I will have the official test sometime in the next few weeks but I will continue self-monitoring nonetheless. I may get lucky!