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March 11, 2014
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Vivian changes so much from day to day that it blows my mind! About a month ago I asked her if she wanted down and she replied “dow.” Shocked and super excited that she was actually communicating successfully I put her down of course. That was the beginning of her quickly learning and actually talking a lot more.

Sure, she has been talking in the form of babble but now she is trying to copy us and make sense of things. She can answer questions besides “yes” and “no” (to which she usually says “no” even if she means “yes”) such as “what does a ducky say?” - “ack ack” would be the appropriate answer if you did not know. She also is picking up on sign language a lot more too!

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Being silly with mama!

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Taking a stroll on a warm sunny day.

Her main arsenal of words/phrases/signs are:

  • mama
  • dada
  • ni-ni (night night)
  • uh oh
  • hi
  • no, no, no (it used to never be just one no, always in threes, but she is starting to say “no” very definitively lately)
  • nom nom (when asked “are you hungry?” and the answer is yes - she also started doing the sign for hungry)
  • sign for “more” when she wants something - for anything she sees she signs “more” and points
  • dow (down)
  • up or “up-pea” (up please)
  • not sure how to write the sound but basically imagine moving your tongue up and down between your lips… this is how Viv says “banana”
  • sign for “fruit” (although she points to her forehead instead of her cheek - whatever works!)
  • wa-wa (water)
  • ba-ba (bottle)
  • "ubby" which we aren’t sure what it is supposed to mean but she says it all the time… when she is frustrated, needs help, wants something, sees us, pretty much Viv’s universal word
  • eye
  • nose
  • woaaaah (hilariously used appropriately)
  • yay

Vivian understands so much now that having a section with common phrases would be too long! She listens to directions pretty well which is really nice.

Things Vivian has learned:

  • how to use the potty sometimes - definitely not often nor is it pushed
  • still working on using a fork
  • putting rings on the stick stack toy
  • getting better at using a real cup
  • walking up and down stairs holding a hand (she has mastered them long ago on her belly)
  • where her head, belly, nose and eyes are (she will point to them!!!!)
  • what a ducky, doggy, cow, Pops (Grandpa) says
  • to rub soap together in her hands and wash her belly
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"Helping" mama make
pancakes this morning

Things that excite and make Vivian happy:

  • bath time, swimming and blowing bubbles in the water
  • necklaces
  • sitting on the heater grate when the furnace is on
  • fruit
  • giving kisses
  • talking nonstop
  • dancing with someone
  • being tickled
  • walking/running independently

Things that frustrate Vivian:

  • not getting what she wants
  • when something is taken away
  • being upside down
  • when she is over-hungry
  • when a cabinet she wants to open is locked
  • swings! What child dislikes swings?!!? She used to love them!

Vivian weighs 21.8 pounds per the scale which she likes to stand on and see numbers light up and is 29 inches (or 2.4 feet) tall according to my measurement this morning. She has ten teeth (four top front, two bottom front, four molars) and is definitely on her way to more with the amount of drool and chewing lately.

Vivian sleeps like a champ at night usually being put to bed around 7:30pm and falling asleep after laying in the crib silently playing with blankets for about an hour. She usually sleeps until about 8:30am and takes a nap going down somewhere between 12pm - 2pm and will sleep varying lengths from an hour up to three or very rarely four. During nap she will often wake up with a blood curdling scream then go back to bed for a while. It is terrifying and sad but apparently normal for Vivian. I’m not sure if it is her teeth or nightmares but I wish it wouldn’t happen.

In other recent news, we quit the bottle yesterday. Not out of choice, but rather we had some bad milk so I had no other option. Viv went down for nap and bed just fine without it so poof, no more bottle necessary. Now I just need to find out if she still needs to get milk at a regular frequency. One of my many questions for her doctor when we go for her appointment on Friday.

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March 6, 2014

Welcome to the third trimester!!!

In my 28 week pregnancy email from the ever so hilarious Pregnant Chicken - one of the only worthwhile pregnancy blogs the subsequent time around when you don’t need/want hard facts - I was informed that our little man is now the size of a Chihuahua. Much more interesting than imagining an eggplant or something else inanimate inside me.

He sure feels more like a Chihuahua than an eggplant at least! In fact I think he may have flipped back around head down because I feel him all over again. Here’s hoping!

March 5, 2014
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Me and my girl!

I have never had the chance to really celebrate Mardi Gras before but yesterday I got the opportunity! One of my friends in my mom’s group is from New Orleans so she was all about making it a big affair for her and the kiddos. We were invited to come over and play with the kids and requested that - per tradition - they come in costume.

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Too much fun to stop!

Of course I didn’t have a costume ready and waiting for Mardi Gras as I never knew that was part of the tradition! Luckily though, my little rainbow baby has a ton of rainbow apparel that I threw together to make her costume. I pulled out the tutu - which I had made before her birth for her first birthday and she hardly wore - and she immediately wanted it put on. When I helped her into it she started twirling around like she knew exactly what she was supposed to do in a tutu! How the heck did she know?!?! We’ve never taught her that but I suppose my little fashionista has these things hard-wired into her brain: spin in tutus, wear necklaces, love shoes, pink, sparkles, ruffly things. What will my little girly girl love next?! It amazes me how her preferences come out without the pushing. I mean sure I got her pink and ruffly clothes but when she is given the choice (and she is more often than not these days) she will choose the most extravagant and girly.

Anyway, I digress…

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Ready for beads!
"Throw Me Somethin Mista!"

My little rainbow baby and I went to the Mardi Gras playdate party ready for a good time and a good time we had! Karrie went all out with decorations, floats for the kids to play in and get pictures, a King’s Cake and of course lots of beads.

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Beads galore!

Can you guess what Vivian was obsessed with? Beads. Lots of necklaces to put on and off! She was loving it!

After a good few hours of play with friends it was time to get this little lady home to rest while I went to some afternoon meetings. Vivian apparently was worn out as Shelby told me she immediately fell asleep and slept for three hours!

What a great way to start the week after a fun weekend vacation - more on that later!

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Nothing like a Mardi Gras party.
Happy Fat Tuesday!
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Yayyyyyy!!!! Laughing out loud
with her loot on the floor!

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March 3, 2014

This accidental video sums up life with Vivian pretty well. Haha I love this kid.

February 27, 2014

I hardly ever indulge in drinks during meals out - especially not caffeinated beverages. Tuesday however I decided an iced tea sounded pretty good at lunch thinking that noon was plenty early for any caffeine consumption as it tends to keep me up at night. Apparently I was wrong.

I’m not sure if it was the caffeine alone or that paired with a bout of anxiety that kept me from being able to fall asleep. Sure I was exhausted but sleep would not come to me. I hate that feeling of insomnia.

I was worried about our little man. I’m not sure if I’ve just been too busy to notice or if movements truly had decreased but either way I was unsettled and enough so to make an appointment with Dr. Case. Luckily they were able to get me in bright and early Wednesday morning for the first appointment.

Since I had to take my glucose test this week I also decided yesterday morning would be a good time - get it over with and jump start any movement with the sugar rush. I drank the lemon-lime sugar drink at 7:45am and was in to get blood drawn at 8:45am. Of course I took my own test right then as well so I could know my results immediately - no surprises this time. My blood sugar was 171. Not great. I tested another hour later and this time it was 84 which was excellent. (Note: 1 hour after eating it should be less than 130 and 2 hours after eating it should be less than 120 for non-diabetics.) I had to go straight to my appointment with Dr. Case after my test then directly to a meeting so by the time I got done with that I really felt my sugars crash and needed to eat ASAP. Not great meal planning on my part!

One reason I chose to do my glucose test yesterday was because if anything would get baby boy moving it would be a sugar drink. I was right but I am also wondering if my results were skewed because of the anxiety causing my insulin to be irregular. Heck, maybe that’s why I had gestational diabetes with Vivian’s pregnancy! In fact after dinner that night I had chicken, beans, a little sweet potato and a glass of tangerine juice (which would be tricky to get good numbers with) but my blood sugar was only 93 so I am really hoping Dr. Lacy will allow me to continue monitoring myself and not do all the hubbub of going in weekly to talk to a nurse - I think I know the drill by now and have already been quite diligent in monitoring myself.

Anyway, after my blood test I headed in to see Dr. Case to get to the bottom of the lack of movement concern. My blood pressure was high - go figure - and that always starts comments of concern about me from the nurse but I assured the nurse (who was new) that it would probably be fine at the end of the appointment and that it was pretty typical for me before getting the reassurance and she joked that it better be or I wasn’t going to work today… if only! Spoiler, my blood pressure was rock solid by the end and I was free to go on my merry way.

So to the fun and hugely reassuring part. Little man is perfect. He has huge chubby cheeks that Viv never had and huge kissable goldfish lips just like his big brother.

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First thing I saw were his perfect little feet
in front of his face.

The reason he has not been moving much - no, it was not in my head, I am not entirely crazy - is because he is FRANK BREECH!!!!!!!

I just laughed when I found out. Of course he is. Why wouldn’t one of my children follow the rules of the womb and stay head down?

I felt a huge amount of relief knowing that the movement changes were for a perfectly fine reason. Sure, this may alter the whole plan for a VBAC - assuming he doesn’t move which is still very much possible - but I could care less. He is still perfectly healthy and thriving!

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Our perfect little cheeky man.

Thriving so much so that he is currently about 2 lbs 5 oz which is right on track for his gestational age (27 weeks today) and estimating to be around 8.5-9 lbs if he goes at this rate to full 40 weeks.

So that is the excitement going on with me these days. Now time to relax again and enjoy this silly little man who is playing tricks on mama. Boy are we in for it with him!

  • Size of baby: About the size of a head of cauliflower (measuring about 15 inches from head to rump and about 2.3 lbs according to the ultrasound)
  • Weight gain: I am now up 13.9 pounds total this whole pregnancy.
  • Symptoms experienced: My coccyx pain is now under control from regular twice weekly and finally decreased to just weekly chiropractic appointments. Now my only woe has been charlie horses (leg cramps) that wake me up and make me shoot out of bed like a fat ninja to try and bend my foot before it gets stuck in the most painful position ever. Unfortunately I am not as quick as a ninja when it comes to getting out of bed and when I get a charlie horse the muscle pain tends to last a few days.
  • How I feel: Dry. My face has been extremely dry and irritated lately - lots of flaking, redness, tightness and just general uncomfortable and not pretty. Everyone keeps saying “it’s the pregnancy glow” but I sure as hell don’t feel glowing especially at the end of the day when my eyes are burning and I am exhausted too. But knowing my little man is healthy and perfect makes feeling anything good or bad totally worth it.
  • What I’ve been craving: Sour. Lemon-lime (heavier on the lime) like virgin margaritas or sour limeade.
  • What I miss: All the crazy jabbing from my little man. Now it is dull bulging every once in a while and pressure up in my ribs. Now that I know he is breech I can’t help but realize that DUH this is the exact same as Viv. In fact two nights ago he got hiccups for the first time and I thought to myself how it was strange that they were in the same place as when Viv got them and that I thought they would be located somewhere else since he was head down… hindsight.
  • Best moment: Seeing little man on the ultrasound and looking at those chubby, kissable cheeks.
  • Items purchased: Vivian got some new boots for next fall but little man still has nothing. I did wash up the infant car seat in preparation for him though. It’s amazing how it looks like brand new now!
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February 21, 2014

I haven’t written in quite a while. It doesn’t seem like there is much to write about lately. Life has been going pretty smoothly and has been consistently the same for the most part - work during the week with low key weekends spent finding fun things to do with Vivian.


Daddy makes everything feel better.

Last weekend, after Valentine’s Day, Vivian got sick and came down with a fever of 101.4 that evening. It went down Saturday to in the 99 degree range but she was then snotty and coughing like crazy. By Sunday the fever was gone but snot and coughs were in full force and sleeping was little-to-none for the next few nights because she’d wake up in horrible coughing fits. No fun for anyone in our house! Luckily none of us adults seemed to catch it but it was a bummer because on Saturday she and Tyler had to miss little Vivian’s first birthday brunch and on Monday she also missed her birthday playdate. So sad. But I went to celebrate and had a blast!

The weekend prior Tyler, Viv and I went to breakfast Saturday morning and during nap I did some much overdue garden cleanup and weeding. After nap, Ty wanted to take Viv to the mall to play and we impromptu met up with Nora, Adam and River to let the kiddos play then grabbed a bite to eat for dinner. At dinner it started to really snow for the first time this year and it actually stuck! By the time we were driving home there was good accumulation and the Seattle drivers were acting all sorts of dumb.

Since we live up a very large hill we knew we’d run into problems and were not surprised when we came to a long line of stuck cars. Thankfully the lineup ended right before we could turn into a secret back entrance to our neighborhood. We passed a few other stuck cars in the hills within our neighborhood and even stopped to ask if anyone needed help. When we got home we saw that Shelby was out and hoped she’d be able to make it home ok - thankfully her car also had four wheel drive and she has east coast driving skills like us so all ended up fine.

The snow continued falling throughout the night and we woke to a winter wonderland. Of course it didn’t stick around for long and was mostly melted by midday. Needless to say, we stayed indoors nice and cozy.

Other than that, the Super Bowl was three weekends ago and of course our Seattle Seahawks murdered the Denver Broncos much to our city’s delight. There was all sorts of excitement all over and it even now the high energy is just starting to fade. We didn’t make it to the celebratory parade but apparently much of Seattle and surrounding areas did and it was a huge street party with hundreds of thousands of people (nearing the millions I believe).

Now jumping back to present, this weekend we are hosting a playdate and then are going to celebrate Marissa’s birthday which is actually today!

Other than that, pretty low key which has been really nice although I am ready for the go-go-go of fun activities that spring and summer brings!

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February 20, 2014
26 week belly!

26 week belly!

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February 16, 2014

My Valentines

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February 13, 2014

I got cleared by Dr. Lacy to try for a vaginal birth (VBAC) this time around!!! Of course there are a few caveats such as the plan goes out the window if:

So all in all, I am pretty excited at the possibility of getting to labor and actually look forward to the result rather than dread what is coming next as was sadly the case with Zachary after my 12 hour labor knowing I was delivering a dead baby.

And of course, if plans change and I can’t do a VBAC I will be just as thrilled because I will do whatever it takes to bring a healthy baby home. End of story.

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February 8, 2014
Saturday morning family breakfast date!

Saturday morning family breakfast date!

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