Thursday, December 29, 2011

Future delinquent?

Michael has now reached the age were he can truly entertain himself for minutes on end. No more running to mom and dad for constant attention, which means that we are now free to take a shower while he's still awake without worrying about him standing outside the shower begging to be let in. So while Jay and I were enjoying a "whine" free warm shower Michael entertained himself with his books, the most recent football game on TV, and his car set that he got for Christmas. A short time into our relaxing shower I noticed that Michael was being extra quiet. I didn't think to much of it cause I always double check to make sure all rooms that he's not allowed into are blocked off and anything that could cause grief to us or him are kept out of his reach. He remained quiet up unto the time we were getting ready to get out upon which he enters that bathroom calling for us to get out of the water. Jay dries off first and exits the bathroom where he runs into a little surprise ... apparently Michael had found his bag full of markers and figured out how to unzip it. Upon which he grabbed the black marker and preceded to color on the walls, TV, his rocking chair, a few storage containers, and even a few of my keyboard keys. When Jay confronted him he proudly said "color WALL!" "color WALL!" Hmm mm guess I'll pay better attention to what toys of his are lying around before our next shower (thankfully everything washed off easily and that he doesn't know where we keep the permanent markers).

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On a happier note ...

It's been so long since I added any new updates about Michael I figured it was high time that I did. Besides what better way to add joy to a blackened mood (bed rest sucks!) then our sweet little boy. Enjoy the pictures :-)

FYI: This is more for my own personal record, hence the reason it's so long

Age: 19 months
Words he can now say: hmm this might take awhile ...
Cat (or kitty) + noise
Dog + noise
Cow + noise
Horse + noise
Sheep + noise
Pig + noise
Goose + noise
Turkey + noise
Lion + noise
Zebra + noise
Bear + noise (which isn't a growl but bear quickly repeated twice lol)
Dinosaur + noise
Mouse + noise
Eye + where it's located on the body
Nose + where it's located on the body
Ear + where it's located on the body
Chin + where it's located on the body
Cheek + where it's located on the body
Mouth + where it's located on the body
Teeth + where it's located on the body
Chest + where it's located on the body
Tummy + where it's located on the body
Arm + where it's located on the body
Elbow + where it's located on the body (somewhat)
Fingers + where it's located on the body
Hand + where it's located on the body
Leg + where it's located on the body
Knee + where it's located on the body
Foot + where it's located on the body
Toes + where it's located on the body
Most of the alphabet
Nursery (some what)
Butt Paste (lol I keep trying to get him to say "bum" paste but it's not working)
Music (kinda --- he calls it ee)
Good night
Please (still a work in progress, sometimes he says it but he mostly just signs it)
Tel (one of the kid's in our apartment complex that he likes to play with)
Girl (he's already a ladies man)
Couch (favorite thing to say about the couch ... "broke couch" see below for reason)
Color (meaning he wants to color something)
Candy cane
Hot cocoa
Smarties (one of his favorite candies)

Phew that's a lot and there's still tons more to add, but I need a break from typing and the computer so I'll just add some recent pictures of him and then create a second blog with more words and things that he can now do.

** Relaxing after a brisk walk **

** Ready for winter --- kind of --- it appears he's missing gloves **

** Look out snowball attack!!!! **

** Michael and mommy - He's enjoying some nice hot cocoa **

** about to take his sock off **

** "broke couch" -- little monster **

** Trying on mommy's boots **

** Relaxing in John's baby swing **

** Figuring out the snow **

** Happy boy **

The dreaded day has arrived ... BED REST!!!!

I was warned of the dreaded possibility of bed rest ever since my first ultrasound at 24 weeks where it was learned that I had a shortened cervix. At 28 weeks when I went in for another ultrasound (this time internal) and it showed an even lower number than before I was cautioned that bed rest was probably going to happen. At my 30 week ultrasound (again internal) my numbers had gone back up again and I was told that for now bed rest was avoided but since I was still below average to just try and take it as easy as possible (uh sure ... I'll just tell my active 19 month old that). I had another appointment at 32 weeks (this time no ultrasound, just a regular check-up to make sure I was still measuring well and John's heart rate was still going strong etc. etc.). I really didn't want to drive to drive the 35 minutes that it took to get to Idaho Falls just for a 5 minute check-up, especially since I felt just fine and all of the other "check-ups" showed that he was doing so well. So the day before (just to make sure nothing unusual showed up) I canceled the appointment and made another one for 34 weeks. I was feeling good, no issues other than normal aches and pains of pregnancy. Then Sunday rolls around (mind you this is 5 days after the canceled appointment). I started my day out like normal but about two hours or so into the morning I started experiencing more Braxton Hicks contractions than normal (about 1 every 3-5 minutes), they weren't painful just uncomfortable and annoying since every time my stomach tightened it would push John further under my ribs. This lasted for half the day but by evening (after upping my water intake) they slacked off and where back to what they normally were. I just figured I was dehydrated and probably over did it the day before when we were out grocery shopping. Monday rolls around, my contractions are back to normal, but I was now experiencing a dull ache on my right side in my pelvic region so i tried to take it easy for the biggie. 2:30am: Experienced low back pain and menstrual like cramping in my abdomen. I was too uncomfortable to sleep and starting to get a bit worried so I ask Jay for a blessing. The blessing calms my fears with the assurance that all was well with John and that he would be born strong and healthy but also the council to contact my Physician. About 2 hours after it started the pain subsides and I was able to get a little but of rest. As soon as the clinic opened at 8 I called, explained my situation and got myself an appointment lined up for 2 hours later. 30 minutes after I was seen I'm admitted to EIRMC hospital by my doctor for observation, I was showing signs of pre-term labor. I was dilated to a 3/75% effaced with a very soft cervix. 1 IV line, a shot to stop contractions, and about 6 hours after being admitted I was finally able to go home but with "strict" bed rest instructions. So thus begins day 1 of bed rest with at least 28(or more)to go.

Michael's Pregnancy vs John's Pregnancy

Before going into a blog about the changes that have been happening in our family I just wanted to quickly write up a pregnancy comparison note, mainly for my own personal records but also for family if they're curious.

Pregnancy Differences:
Sickness: Experienced a horrible gag reflex for the first and part of the second trimester
Weight gained: 27lbs (gave birth at 37 weeks)
Food cravings: first trimester I craved these little beef empanadas that I found at the Winchester Walmart when I was home visiting but sadly our Walmart didn't sell them (I craved them so bad I could practically taste them so you can imagine my dissapointment when I found out I couldn't have my craving satisfied). I also craved chili (as most of my family knows, chili and pizza where my usual lunch growing up) so I about broke down crying when I looked on the back of my favorite chili can while shopping and found that it had over 1100mg of Sodium in, which meant ... NO CHILI either!
First time feeling movement: 16 weeks
Headaches: I use to get bad tension headaches before pregnancy but while pregnant with Michael they all just miraculously disappeared :-)
Ultrasounds: Had ultrasounds done at 11 weeks, 16 weeks, and 20 weeks (when we found out the sex), and had my 37 week ultrasound scheduled to check fluid levels when my water broke (2 hours before the appointment I might add)
Birth Place: Alaska (Homer)
Labor: Natural --- 12 hours --- 3 of which were spent pushing
Problems: Michael developed a spontaneous pneumothorax and had to be life-flighted to Anchorage, AK where he spent 12 days in the NICU
Weight: 6lbs 13oz
Length: 19 inches
Time Born: 9:52pm
Date Born: April 20, 2010
Other: I had gestational diabetes

Sickness: thankfully no gag reflex
Weight gained: 33lbs (YUCK!) by 33 weeks so possibly more to follow though I sure hope not
Food cravings: I crave milk at times
First time feeling movement: 10 weeks but became a lot more noticeable by 16 weeks
Headaches: Tension headaches did not "miraculously disappear" this time but instead intensified and became migraines --- I've experienced at least 4 migraines since becoming pregnant
Ultrasounds: 24 weeks (when we found out the sex), 28 weeks (internal - to check the cervix and then she did an external 3D ultrasound so I could see our little guy, it was pretty cool) and 30 weeks (internal - to check the cervix)
Birth Place: will be Idaho (Rexburg)
Other: No gestational diabetes (Yay!) but I have a shortened cervix and have now (at 33 weeks) been placed on strict bed rest due to early signs of labor (Boo! Hiss!!!!)

Pregnancy Similarities:
Morning sickness: Slight feelings of nausea if I allowed my stomach to go completely empty otherwise nothing (only lasted for 1st trimester)
Appetite: Hungry and willing to eat TONS more than was normal for me (must have been a boy thing)
Aches & Pains: Rib pain, they both found great joy in pushing their feet as far up under my rib cage as possible, right hip pain (especially while walking)
First time daddy felt movement: 20 weeks
Other: Fatigued a lot more during the first trimester, difficulty breathing and sleeping during last trimester, horrible heartburn 6 months and on.

That about sums everything up (or at least everything that I can think of right now).