30 June 2014

39-week doctor's appointment

No progress.

That's what has happened in the past week since our false alarm. Today the doctor said I'm still 4 cm, 50 percent effaced and -1 station. I've felt plenty of contractions over the past week, although none of them has been timeable. And Pez has been kicking like crazy! So I was hoping to hear that I've made a little bit of progress. But Pez appears to be happy where he is right now.

We plan to see the doctor again on Thursday morning. Then we'll take it from there. Chris keeps reminding me that Avery came right on time, and Pez might do the same thing. There's no reason to be in a hurry...except I so want to meet the little man and hold him in my arms!

27 June 2014

Frozen, as performed by Avery

If you don't have a little girl in your life, then you might not be aware of the Disney movie phenomenon that swept the country this winter. Avery fell in love with Princess Anna and Princess Elsa the very first time she saw "Frozen," and her love for them has only grown deeper each of the hundreds of times she's watched the movie since then.

Avery owns Frozen dress-up clothes, Frozen dolls, Frozen stickers and Frozen books. For her preschool graduation, Chris and I bought her the movie soundtrack. That may have been the biggest mistake of our parenting lives! She listens to that CD constantly and knows many of the songs' words. She makes up the words she doesn't know and refuses to be corrected when she says the wrong thing.

It's pretty entertaining to listen down the hall as she sings in her bedroom, although sometimes I'm tempted to hide that CD just so we don't have to listen to the songs for a few days. But recently I discovered that Avery has taken my phone in her room with her and record herself singing the songs. You can imagine the enjoyment Chris and I got one evening when we discovered her videos on my phone. I knew I had to share them with all of you!

First, let's introduce you to Elsa:

"Hi, I'm Elsa, and I like warm hugs." I'm pretty sure that line is not from the movie.

She has such a dramatic flair!

Intermission. "I had to see what Mommy wanted." I probably wanted her to turn the volume down!

She knows exactly how to act like the characters in the movie.

This is the most popular song from the movie, sung by Idina Menzel. (I've loved Idina for years after Karen introduced me to her. She originated the role of Elphaba in "Wicked" on Broadway.) I don't understand the Pacer references at all!

I'm wondering if Avery will try her hand at drama once she gets to school. Otherwise, we'll be keeping all of this talent to ourselves. The world needs to see her perform!

26 June 2014

25 June 2014

False alarm

We thought yesterday was going to be Pez's birth date. I woke up around 1:45 a.m. with some back pain. (That was how my labor with Avery started.) After timing the pains for a couple of hours, Chris called my doctor's office. The doctor on call suggested we go to the hospital, and Chris didn't argue although I wasn't so sure.

In triage, the doctor said I had progressed just slightly from my appointment on Monday afternoon. But she suggested that we wait it out and see if I moved along any more. We even walked around the unit for a little bit, hoping that would jump start labor. But after three hours and no progress, we decided to go home, sorely disappointed that Pez wasn't ready to make his big debut.

For the rest of the day, I was very tired and a little queasy. I slept off and on until I finally felt a little more normal around 8 p.m. Today I woke up feeling much better.

So we're back in the waiting mode. I'm wondering if Pez will hold out till his due date now, although the doctor still believes he'll come sometime this week. At least we can say we had a good trial run to the hospital!

23 June 2014

Another 38-week doctor's appointment

Even though I'm still 38 weeks, I guess today's appointment was my 39-week one. The doctor said I am 3 to 4 cm (closer to 4), 50 percent effaced and -1 station. I had no idea that I had progressed that much since Friday. I just didn't want the doctor to say that I had gone backwards to 1 cm!

She said I'm obviously having more contractions than the ones I'm feeling. And the contractions are doing something. She doesn't think I'll be at my appointment next Monday afternoon. She believes I'll be holding Pez by then. She told me to pack my hospital bag (done!) and install the car seat (done!). So Pez might be a June baby instead of a July one!

20 June 2014

38-week doctor's appointment

We're one week closer to meeting Pez! Today's appointment was with a nurse since my doctor now is on her three-week vacation. The nurse said Pez's heartbeat is still doing great at 145 to 150 bpm. While I've noticed a few very minor contractions, they weren't anything to get excited about. So I was surprised when the nurse said I've already progressed to 2 or 3 cm! Avery thinks Pez will arrive tonight. Maybe she knows something we don't!

19 June 2014

13 June 2014

37-week doctor's appointment

We had another successful doctor's appointment today! The doctor asked Avery if she would help her find Pez's heartbeat. I can report that Dr. Avery has very a good bedside manner. She was gentle and didn't have any problems finding Pez and his strong heartbeat, which was between 146 and 150 bpm.

The doctor confirmed that Pez is still head down. Stay that way, boy!

Then the doctor notified us that she will be on vacation from the end of next week until July 7. So it's very likely that she won't deliver Pez. I'm a little disappointed, but I'd be very happy if her partner in the practice delivered Pez. If Pez arrives on a weekend, chances are good that a doctor I've never met will be in the delivery room because my doctor's practice shares weekend call with another practice.

My doctor asked if I wanted to be induced if Pez didn't arrive by my due date. I told her that I really don't want to be induced if I can help it. Let's just pray that Pez arrives on his own...on or before my due date!

12 June 2014

08 June 2014

36-week doctor's appointment

Friday's doctor's appointment was a full one. Pez's heartbeat was 150 bpm, and he's head down. Let's hope he stays that way! I'm measuring 36 weeks...right on target. The nurse said she can tell that my body is getting ready for delivery. She guessed that I won't go full term, but I won't deliver tomorrow either!

She also said that overall I haven't gained much weight during this pregnancy, despite the fact that I feel as big as a house. She said I could gain a little more weight, and she gave me permission to eat whatever I wanted. That isn't a very good idea!

I had the strep test, and I imagine I'll get those results this week. There was a little blood in my urine, so they'll test it again to be sure everything is OK.

Now we have weekly appointments. Pez's arrive is just around the corner! I'm ready to be done with this pregnancy, and I'm so excited to meet Pez. But I'm pretty nervous about how much our life will change in a few weeks!

05 June 2014

04 June 2014

Kindergarten testing

Today Avery had kindergarten testing. The purpose of the testing is to determine which students need some extra help before school starts. It also helps the teachers balance the kindergarten classrooms in the fall.

After a few tears because she wanted me to go with her (and because she was tired!), Avery did great. She scored 138 out of 154 points. (The summer 2013 district average was 108.) The only thing the teacher mentioned was sorting. She asked Avery to sort some objects, but she could only sort them in one way instead of multiple ways.

I guess the district thinks she's ready for kindergarten!

02 June 2014

How to be a big sister

Way back in March, we took Avery and her bunny Daisy to a sibling class at the hospital. We thought it would be a fun way for her to learn about being a big sister and how to care for Pez. We visited several stations around the room that touched on a variety of baby activities, especially ways a big sibling can help.

First we learned how to put Daisy in a car seat.

Then we put a diaper on Daisy.

Avery was proud of her diaper work.

And then Avery learned how to safely hold a baby. We also read some books about siblings and discussed ways Avery can help Mommy and Daddy, such as doing chores around the house. She also learned how to wash her hands properly to keep Pez safe and healthy.

After all of this, we visited the labor and delivery unit and saw a few babies through the nursery window. Then the instructor gave every child a big sibling sticker to wear when they visit the newborns in this hospital. This class really got Avery excited about becoming a big sister!