Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Eleven Months Old!

Well, she actually turned eleven months about a week and a half ago, but you know how that goes....

We've got one month and counting until our baby officially turns into a toddler! Abigail has grown and changed so much in just one year that I simply can't wait to see how she'll develop over the next. While it's sad to say goodbye to the baby stage, I'm greatly looking foward to the next step and all that toddlerhood involves. It's just amazing to watch her personality blossom and to watch her grow into such a perfect little girl.
  • She's still gabbing away and has added a few new words to her vocabulary such as "cookie" and "book" (although that one comes out sounding more like "booka"). I will say that "dadda" is still her favorite word, however.
  • She's now walking! She still doesn't entirely trust herself so she'll often squat down and crawl.
  • We've ditched the baby food. She's 100% on table food now. She'll eat most things but HATES peas.
  • We've started weaning her off of her formula and bottles in order to transition her to whole milk and her sippy cup. While she'll drink water out of her sippy like it's going out of style, she's not a fan of the milk so far. I might try doing one bottle a day of milk instead of formula (she's down to only 3 bottles as it is) and see how that works.
  • She loves to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in the mornings with me and is great at playing independently, especially with books.
  • She's recently discovered her bellybutton and will point to it when you ask her where it is.
  • She can recognize her sippy cup, paci, stuffed monkey, and blanket by name. If you ask her where one of those items is, she'll retrieve it and bring it back to you.
  • Most days, she'll only take one (long) nap.
  • Her sleep is improving SO much. She's slept through the night several times over the past month and, even when she doesn't, she really only wakes up once or twice and then goes right back to sleep while I rock her a bit. She's finally getting the hang of putting herself back to sleep in the middle of the night.

In case I don't post again in the meantime, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

We've Got a Walker!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Wonderful Birthday

Yesturday was my 27th birthday. Although it started out a bit rough, it ended up being my best birthday yet. Allow me to explain...

Sunday night, I started spotting again. I had been spotting off and on since my initial prenatal appointment on Wednesday, however, it was a very small amount of brown blood so I was convinced that it was simply from the internal exam and pap that I received at that appointment. I didn't give much thought to it since it went away after a day or so. That is, until I started spotting again on Sunday. This time there was red blood and I completely freaked out. I called my OB's emergency number to see how they would like me to proceed and since I wasn't experiencing any cramping or clotting, they had told me to hang tight and come into the office the next day for an ultrasound to check on the baby.

While I was still freaking out about the spotting, we lost half (yes, only half) of the power to our house. Mike initially thought that we had blown a fuse or that a surge protector somewhere had gone bad. As it turns out, neither was the case. (Keep in mind, it was only 15 degrees outside, it was 9 pm, and our heat was not working.) We turned on the generator and called the power company. Thank goodness that it only took them 20 minutes to arrive! After several minutes, they determined that a power line that runs underground to our house is bad. Since there are two wires that run to our house, that explained why we had only lost half of our power. They created a temporary fix until they can come back (in their words, "anytime from one day to several months from now...") to fix it permanently. In the meantime, Abigail's nightlite and sound machine kept turning off and on since the power company kept having to kill the electricity and then restart it, so she was continuously waking up. Here I was, supposed to be resting and instead I kept having to run back and forth to her room to get her back to sleep until the power was restored. I thought I was going to lose my mind.

I was so stressed out by the time Mike and I went to bed that he decided to surprise me with my birthday gift a day early. He bought me the Nook Color I've been drooling over and a $35 B&N GC so that I could start adding books to it! It was a wonderful distraction to everything that was going on.

Fast foward to my actual birthday on Monday. I was nervous as all heck when we went in for my ultrasound. I had never spotted while pregnant with Abigail, especially not red blood, and had no idea what we were going to find on the sonogram. By the grace of God, the technician saw the baby's heartbeat immediately. I felt like the weight of the world was taken off of my shoulders. Seeing that heartbeat, which measured at 133 bpm, instantly put me at ease. She mentioned that the baby was measuring a few days ahead and was growing like a weed. After thoroughly checking me with the "dildo-cam", the technician stated that she saw no apparant reason for the spotting. Her best guess is that it's merely being caused by implantation of the placenta into the uterine wall and that there was nothing serious to worry about.

That news was, quite frankly, the best birthday gift I had ever received. I suppose I'm just going to be a spotter this time around and resolve myself to not panic everytime it happens unless other warning signs are present.

To top off our night, Mike took me and Abigail out to dinner at our favorite Japenese restuarant and we had a fabulous time. The food was amazing!

So, to conclude this novel of a post, here are the very first pictures of baby #2:

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Birthday Sneak Peek

The planning for Abigail's birthday party is well underway and I'm starting to get so excited for the celebration! I purchased her decorations and her outfit for the special day and I've gathered ideas about her cake.

I'm planning on sending out the invites after Christmas, but here's a sneak peak of what the theme of her party is (with our last name blanked out, of course):

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

6 Weeks & Quick Update

Well, I made it to the 6 week mark with this pregnancy. It seems somewhat surreal that it was already over 2 weeks ago that I got the positive HPT. Time seems to be flying by faster and faster these days.

Anyhow, I have my first doctor appointment tomorrow morning and I'm excited to see how that goes. Besides gathering my family history (Do they even do this for a second pregnancy? They already have all my info. and it's still up-to-date.), I really can't remember what else they do at this appoinment aside from taking a blood sample. It's funny, but last year at this time, I was practically living at my OB's office. That seems like ages ago!

I've been feeling okay, but certainly not great. I'm exhausted from the pregnancy and from chasing Abbey around the house all day. I finally broke down and ordered two baby gates with the goal of confining her to the family room during the day. I'm hoping this will help as my energy levels have been abysmal lately. I've also been attempting to nap whenever she does. It seems like no matter how much sleep I get, however, I'm still just as tired as I was when I went to bed. This is the part where I keep repeating, "This, too, shall pass....", to myself ad nauseum. Also, although I have yet to experience full-blown morning sickness, I've been very nauseous and, overall, just don't feel well. The housework is suffering and I'm hoping I get back into the swing of things soon since we'll be hosting Christmas day (read: lots of work for me).

Mike has been working extremely long hours practically seven days a week and, as this is his busiest month at work, it doesn't look to be letting up anytime soon. He was actually told that he may need to go in over the New Year's holiday when the plant is typically closed in order to get everything done. While triple-time holiday pay is fantastic, I miss my husband (and the extra help).

Lastly, I finally heard back about the interview I went on in mid-November. Apparantly, they're still trying to wrap up the first round of interviews and just wanted to let me know that they haven't forgotten about me. According to the woman I spoke with, I'm still at the top of their list and they plan to call me back shortly for a second interview. That conversation took place well over a week ago. Such is life when dealing with executives, I suppose. I'm not even sure if the job would still be plausible for me now that baby #2 is on the way. If I do get called back, I fully intend to go on the second interview and lay all my cards on the table if, and only if, I should get an offer. In the meantime, I emailed a few daycares in the area to get price quotes for two children. I'm attempting to keep all of my options open but I must admit that all of this uncertainty is unnerving considering everything else that is going on at the moment.

In short, life is crazy but we're counting our (many) blessings!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I'm Stylin'!

I'm wayyy behind on posting this, but thanks to Kaley at Rogue Poags, I've received the Stylish Blogger award!

And now, here are 7 things you may not know about me:

1. I'm a complete neat-freak. I have a mental breakdown if the house is overly messy and clutter gives me heart palpitations.

2. I have a semi-obsession with cheese. I could cheese everyday and with every meal.

3. I never work out. I wish I could say I actually like to work out, but I don't.

4. I studied dance for 16 years (ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics) for 16 years and taught those subjects as well for several years. I really miss it.

5. I don't like other people's kids. I also hate teenagers, LOL.

6. I love to snowmobile and am extremely sad that this will be the second winter in a row that I can't ride.

7. I hate doing laundry. I don't mind sticking the clothes in the washer and/or dryer, but I loathe folding.

I now nominate Mrs. Dew @ Life After I "Dew". Congrats! :)