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Baby!

December 9th, 2013 (12:31 am)
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Did I mention I had the baby?  I guess I really haven't been on LJ in a while!
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34 weeks and counting...

April 17th, 2013 (09:32 am)
current location: US, Massachusetts

Went to the midwife yesterday, she said everything was fine and I had a "good" baby. She was being silly. The heart rate is good, the head is down, the size seems about right. The gestational diabetes is under control with diet and exercise, although I did have a few blips over my birthday weekend. Looks like things are settling back down. I also met with the doula who will be attending the birth - she is just about the most reassuring person I've ever met, definitely good for my temperament! She's done over 100 births and is currently studying to be a midwife. So I will have several awesome people at the birth - I think pretty highly of the midwife too!

Jimmy is having some major developmental leaps, too. In addition to the potty training and slowly dropping naps, he also seems to have made a major cognitive leap in his ability to do representational drawings. Last week - scribbles, this week, trees, men, letters - it's so cool! He also seems to have gained the ability to sit all the way through a story and really follow it and enjoy it! Also, he seems to be growing out of 4T clothes all the sudden. DOH! We just bought some extra pants for potty training - hope they'll last till summer.

Here's a person he cut out and glued all by himself!

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Test

April 17th, 2013 (09:17 am)

Testing a new client....

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Baby Update! Potty training!

April 8th, 2013 (11:03 am)
current location: US, Massachusetts, Devens

I'm 33 weeks now, only 7 weeks left! 5, if he comes early like Jimmy! The baby is healthy, growing to size, very active now in the evenings. The gestational diabetes is harder to manage this time, that whole "getting older" thing, durn it. I have to exercise after lunch and dinner now before testing my blood sugar, in order to keep it controlled without insulin, and still get enough to eat. They actually gave me an insulin pen last time I was there, just in case, but insulin would mean all kinds of additional testing and monitoring, so here's hoping the current strategy keeps working! It looks like some of my friends from church are going to host a baby shower for Andrea and I, very exciting! Just let me know if you are interested... It will be in 2-4 weeks, on a Saturday or Sunday.

Jimmy is progressing full steam ahead with potty training! He was dry all day yesterday, and is very excited about wearing underpants. He still needs to work on telling me when he needs to go. We'll have to think of some way to reward that, besides just praise. Right now we are doing sticker charts, one for pee and one for poop, so he gets double stickers if he goes poopy and he gets more frequent prizes for that too. I'd be happy to share them if folks are interested - at the end of each row of five he gets a prize, and if he fills out he whole chart (two rows on the poop chart and four on the pee chart) he gets a special outing, to Chucke cheese, or for ice cream, or to an indoor playground, or anywhere he wants to go. He has stopped asking for candy, and is getting very excited about the stickers - I never anticipated that! I would have kept giving him candy... I am just so glad he is willing to go now!

We are at preschool story time right now, and Jimmy is doing such a wonderful job sitting and listening to the story... And the Hazen library does a wonderful job of mixing it up with activities - they did a freeze dance, and they just did a counting activity, and it looks like after this book they will plant plants! Very cool! Here's a pic of Jimmy sitting down for a change!

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Pregnancy Update - 28 weeks

March 7th, 2013 (10:55 am)
current location: US, Massachusetts

Visited the midwife again on Tuesday. Baby is fine, but I did not pass my gestational diabetes test this time. :( Boo. So starting soon, I will have to check my blood sugar at least five times a day and eat a special diet. Sigh. I am deeply concerned about my ability to follow said diet, given how sick I am with the nausea. The diabetes center office said the nausea could be related to my blood sugar, and set up an appointment with the doctor there, as well as the educator. So if you're wondering why I have no more time for playdates, its because I'm going to the doctor ten bazillion times a week. But, it is hopeful that maybe this doctor can help with the nausea some.

The baby is fine. Fairly active, good heart beat, no concerns from the midwife. She did say my verygross veins are not so very bad, if uncomfortable, and that usually the ones in unmentionable places get better after the pregnancy is over. Yay! And the evening nausea is mostly controlled now with the increased antacid medicine (Zantac 150), and the phenergan. It's just the mornings that are still tricksy, and those seems to be down to maybe every other morning.

Did I mention Jimmy has named the baby Tarzan? That is his official nickname now! You may refer to him as baby Tarzan! I may have worn Tom down on my first pick of names, but that remains to be seen. We're still not tellin' till the baby comes. Got to have some surprises!!!

Jimmy is doing okay. Still some wild behavior, but the combination of the reward tokens, increased positive attention since I'm starting to feel better, and more consistent and effective time outs for bad behavior is starting to help. Tom traveling is still upsetting for him, but there's not much to be done about that. Still looking for solutions for Tom's noise sensitivity - toddlers are certainly loud! Suggestions would be welcome.

Jimmy is now obsessed with the Bruins, as a result of Tom and I's outing to the game, all dressed up in our jerseys. We spent an inordinate amount of time trying to find him a bruins hat, and he is begging to go to a game with us and he also says he wants to learn to play hockey. So cute!!!

Here's a gratuitous pic of my insanely handsome and charming (when he wants to be) son!!!

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Pregnancy update

February 16th, 2013 (04:52 am)
current location: US, Massachusetts, Middlesex, Longview Cir, 78

Well, things are goings wee bit better on the pregnancy front. The baby's heart rate is great, my uterus is growing the right amount, so things look fine with the baby. Oh, and I actually gained weight this time! The stronger anti-acid plus slightly less strong nausea medication (too many side effects) is helping.

I had a whole slew of issues to discuss with the midwife, mostly to be told these things are normal and would hopefully clear up on their own. She said melatonin was not safe for pregnancy, and recommended sleepytime tea for the insomnia (as you can tell, not working yet this evening/morning). I got prescription compression stockings for the verygross veins. Being stupid and emotional I just have to suck it up, it will get better after pregnancy when I get normal levels of estrogen again. I am not looking forward to menopause!!! But i have to say, I look at all those stereotypes of women very differently now! For the back pain, she gave me a worksheet with exercises, said keep doing the yoga and also try a chiropractor. I'm still looking for one that is both recommended by friends and takes my insurance. Definitely spotty coverage out here in no mans land. And I got told to use preparation H. Ugh. And they also gave me a stack of papers to read about two feet deep, and told me to preregister at the hospital.

I go back in three weeks, and have to go an hour early for my next gestational diabetes test. Time to cut back on sugar and white flour again, if I can!

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Snowpocalypse pictures

February 9th, 2013 (12:16 pm)
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For those not on facebook, the link to the snowpocalypse photos is here:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151358669974085.533749.561994084&type=3

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Jimmy is sleeping much better now!!!!

January 26th, 2013 (08:54 pm)
current location: US, Massachusetts, Middlesex, Mulberry Cir, 63

That sleep doctor we went that Children's hospital in Lexington totally rocks!!! He just made a few minor changes to our bedtime routine, and now Jimmy goes to sleep on his own, without us in the room - this is the fourth night running! He has also slept through the night the past three nights - hopefully more of the same tonight! The changes he made were small - mostly he said it was important to be consistent throughout the night, (no disappearing parents or music) and for him to learn better how to go to sleep on his own. That way if he woke up in the night, he'll be more likely to go back to sleep on his own. He also said rewarding him for sleeping through the night was the wrong tack - not really under his control. Instead reward him for going to sleep without mom or dad in the room, and that would probably take care of the night waking. He said the rewards don't have to be big or very motivating - they can even be an activity you already do, such as "special book time with mommy", the point was to acknowledge his achievement and make sure he knows it is desirable behavior. Also he said move the bedtime back to when he was actually falling asleep, so he would be sleepy at bedtime for sure.

Here's the current bedtime routine:
1) In-bed time at 8:30 or when sleepy. May need to be earlier if no nap, just to bed when sleepy.
2) Brief tuck in - about 10 minutes of stories or songs. Make sure Jimmy knows where parent is going, parent needs to be where they say they will be (in my bedroom). Then parent in bedroom.
3) Maintain consistent bedroom environment -no music or lights that go off.
4) If calling out - parent can go in every 3-5 minutes with a brief, CALM reminder to go to sleep. Can include brief reassurances.-
5) if leaving room or getting out of bed repeatedly, may need to take light bulb or or put gate(s) on doorway. (This really bothered me - I said we might as well just lock him in his room, and he said that just scares children to death. Fortunately I only had to take away a light bulb once, and he stopped.)
6) Sticker in morning for going to sleep on his own. Special time after 3-4 stickers.

It is working so well!

Here's a pic of Jimmy in his new jammies from Grandma!

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Tom is home, ok

January 25th, 2013 (10:45 am)
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current location: US, Massachusetts, Middlesex, Dale Ln, 65

Hi folks, Tom got to come home around 8 last night. He's only got a little residual pain. After he was settled, I went back out and got his pain killers. The doc said Tom had to drink a GALLON of water a day, well, not just water, but any fluids, to flush everything out. But it looks like his recovery is going well.

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Tom's surgery is done

January 24th, 2013 (03:50 pm)
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current location: United States, Massachusetts,Middlesex County, Ayer

Well,Tom's surgery is done. The good news is, the stone is gone. The bad news is, they didn't actually find it when they went in there with the scope. They even took X-rays of the entire tract. Nothing. Apparently Tom passed is before the surgery. But they were screening his pee, and found nothing. And Tom did have some twinges of pain this morning. The doctor asked if he had brown pee, apparently he did early this morning. The doc said that is indicative that it could have broken up on its own and passed as a powder. And the pain could have been from the kidney, which got irritated when it was blocked. So, whatever happened to it (6mm on the X-ray), its gone. I'm going to have fun explaining this when he wakes up!

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