Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Baby Dos Experience @ 27 & 28 weeks

Yes, a 28 week wagon photoshoot. Cuz we're cool like that.

Playing catch up here a tad.

When I was pregnant with Asher, I remember telling people I was hobbling because I felt like I had been kicked in the crotch by a horse. Just a bruised feeling.

In the last few weeks, that feeling has returned. And in the last week - WHEW - it's gotten a lot worse. Putting on my shoes, pants, getting in and out of the car, turning over in bed, walking. All of those hurt in a really bad way. I called my OB and they had me come in before Thanksgiving just to be sure all was ok. And it was, in that Dos is chilling and doing great. But, it seems my pubic bone is separating.

This is normal at the very end of pregnancy, when your hormones tell your ligaments to loosen up to prepare for birth. Not so normal now where the left side of my pubic bone is heading on outta there. There's no harm to Dos. Just painful as hell for me.

There's a medical term for it. I just call it my separated pubic bone and some obscenities sprinkled along in there, too. The OB says she's seen a patient in a wheelchair until delivery because hers separated so horribly she couldn't walk. My options were to buy a support band that goes from my crotch to my neck (um, no thanks) or go see a chiropractor. Yes, please.

My mom went to a chiropractor when she was pregnant with me and Joni. She went from bed rest early in her pregnancy with me (per her orthopedic doctor) to teaching up until she delivered me (with the help of her chiropractor). Back then, they were really seen as a far out approach to medicine or healing. Now, they are definitely more widely accepted.

My OB referred me to a practice that specializes in pediatric and pregnancy care. I went on Monday of this week and I go again tomorrow morning. She did an exam and adjusted me. Turns out, my entire pelvis is out of line which is likely causing a lot of my pain. My pubic bone is, in fact, separating and there are some things she can try to do to help with that. But, the reality is it may just keep right on happening. She can however help align my pelvis, which could help with the pubic bone along the way.

She showed me a pelvis skeleton thingie and everything made so much sense. She said a lot of women that are hoping for VBACs can find a lot of help from chiropractic care. The uterus needs to be aligned, pelvis, spine and all in order for contractions to do exactly what they are meant to do. Makes sense to me. We shall see. But that whole VBAC is another post for another day.

I am hoping for some relief in the pubic pelvic department tomorrow after my adjustment. (Rusty just said it sounds like I'm writing a porno. No, no, nope. Just talking about pregnancy pains.) Overall though, still feeling good. Energy is up. Weight gain is under control. Excited to meet Dos!

Oh! And in other news. I'm coming off my meds gradually. I can definitely feel the OCD and anxiety heightening, but I'm trying to stick with no meds for the third trimester. We'll see how that goes. I'm not going to drive myself and everyone around me crazy if it just is more than I can handle. I'll just stick with the lowest dose possible if I need to.

Ok. Done updating now. Goodnight!

My boy. And his girl.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The toddler Christmas tree.

It's not the most beautiful tree in the world, but at the same time it is the most beautiful tree in the world.

We have a tree in our family room that's specifically for Asher to decorate. I wanted something we could all enjoy without my anxiety about hooks and glass and small parts sending me through the roof every day.

So, I took the toddler-safe ornaments and used pipe cleaners to fashion toddler-friendly 'hooks'. In this case, hooks are really just big loops. Asher can walk up to the tree and hang them himself.

The ones that I want him to steer away from I will make smaller loops and put them higher up on the tree. Or, you know, if giant pipe cleaner loops aren't quite your style, you can make them less obvious with smaller loops.

So far, he's loved taking the ornaments off and on and looping them on his arm like bracelets. He organizes and reorganizes them almost daily. It's pretty adorable. And I'm not stressing out the entire time, which is pretty fantastic.

Joni and Asher also made paper garland to wrap around the tree (and practice colors). We have a few more homemade items that will adorn his tree over the next few weeks - scrap fabric, snowflakes, paper airplanes, etc. Makes for a pretty good time and a pretty cute tree, too.

Monday, November 21, 2011

First Christmas Parade

This is so fun; all of these firsts.

I had high hopes for our parade outing, and while it was a fun first adventure, the parade wasn't so spectacular itself. We were near the beginning of the route and I think that they just didn't have the timing right. There would be minutes of no action between each group. Which, with a toddler and an antsy husband, isn't so desirable.

Joni and I, though, could have sat back and watched all day happily (well, if we had found a bathroom nearby). So, we didn't last the whole parade. But Asher did have a lot of 'whoooaa' and 'wow' and 'balloon' action. And a lot of irritable-don't-make-me-sit-here-another-minute action.

He cleared his own little path from our seats three rows back to the curb. It made for a lot of up and down action for us, chasing him. He's certainly not shy.

Here are a few pics. Camera battery was dying, so I didn't get as many as I'd like. But, still the cuteness of this kid shines through.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Joseph's Lullaby

This quiet tune just came on my Pandora Christmas station (which was otherwise rockin!). It caught my attention. And, wow, what a gorgeous song. How have I not heard this before?

Telling such a beautiful story. I can just picture sweet Baby Jesus and his sweet daddy. Christmas is such a magical time, and pretty amazing to picture Jesus as a tiny, helpless little newborn. This song helps to remind you. Happy (almost) Birthday, Baby Jesus.

Joseph's Lullaby by Mercy Me
Go to sleep my Son
This manger for your bed
You have a long road before You
Rest Your little head

Can You feel the weight of Your glory?
Do You understand the price?
Or does the Father guard Your heart for now
So You can sleep tonight?

Go to sleep my Son
Go and chase Your dreams
This world can wait for one more moment
Go and sleep in peace

I believe the glory of Heaven
Is lying in my arms tonight
But Lord, I ask that He for just this moment
Simply be my child

Go to sleep my Son
Baby, close Your eyes
Soon enough You'll save the day
But for now, dear Child of mine
Oh my Jesus, Sleep tight

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Baby Dos Experience @ 25+ weeks

Well, here we are. 25 weeks and 5 days with the Dos Man. My belly has been rocking and rolling lately. Asher also likes to rock and roll ON my belly, so that's been fun to maneuver around. 

I am feeling fabulous. For reals. Sleeping pretty well, thanks to Benadryl. Mentally feeling good. Loving on some Asher and Rusty. Staying active. Working really hard and staying busy.

Sometimes I think, 'oh I can't wait!' and other times I think, 'no, no, don't rush it.' I rest when I can. I sleep in when Asher lets me. We still have lots of preparation to do. But we are taking it easy. We are enjoying our family of three, and looking forward to becoming four.

p.s. The point of these images was to show '2' and '5' for 25 weeks. Joni seems to think 52 weeks is more appropriate. Ha! LYBUTT, Belle.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My toddler watches TV.

Asher is a TV fan. He has been since he was little bitty.

I kid you not; when he was screaming with colic and nothing would calm him - all you had to do was cuddle him in front of the Wonderpets and the kid would settle down. Seriously. I hated that damn intro tune because I heard it so much, but it was a lifeline for our sanity.

And when he was a few months older, he would smile ear to ear every time Mickey Mouse's ears would come over the hill at the beginning of every Clubhouse episode. And, once again, I hated that damn 'hot dog hot dog hot diggity dog' closing song. (For real, what happened to the good 'ole Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song from back in my day? Loved that one.)

These days, I keep him from watching shows I don't like so much. Like Spongebob and Phineas and Ferb and anything else that annoys my hormones at the moment, or just seems plain inappropriate or bratty or meaningless. But, we do watch Sesame Street, Signing Time and Mickey and Disney movies and yes, The Young and the Restless in our house. (The kid stops what he is doing when the theme song starts playing. He's done that since he was tiny. Oopsie.)

I think it's pretty fantastic to watch him interact with these programs. He talks to the characters, counts along with the shows, signs 'bird' when a bird appears on the screen, says 'Bye' when Blue turns in for the night. (I can't stand this show, but it's Rusty and Asher's bedtime ritual.) He starts saying 'mine, mine, mine' in the moments before the seagulls try to eat Dori and Marlin. He giggles and dances and sings along with Choo Choo Soul. He points out Elmo when we pass him in stores.

And we are totally ok with it. We like it, even. I grew up watching Sesame Street every day at Miss Pat's house. And the episode of Mr. Ed from the night before when I woke up each morning. And I think I'm pretty smart. So, watch on Asher. Watch on and learn and blossom and grow. We won't listen to the American Academy of Pedia-whoevers on this one.

That is all.

And this is what I made!

Pinterest is addictive, is it not? But I've gotten some great inspiration (while cutting into my work productivity, mind you) on easy-to-do home decorations.

I love the holidays! And I wanted to do something unique to decorate for Thanksgiving. I found a few ideas, pinned them and voila! I actually completed a few of my projects last week. And so, I'm excited to share them.

First up, a rag tag fireplace garland. I used old strips of fabric that my mom brought by for me to dig through. If that didn't give me what I needed, I planned to go through Rusty's old plaid, flannel shirts and use them instead. Either way - cheap! I started with $1 ribbon from Michael's, but had the backup plan of old rope from the garage. Again - cheap! I like how it turned out. This would be a fun kid's project, too, with fabric to match whatever holiday is coming up. But, expecting Asher to tie knots around ribbon wasn't in the cards this time around.

Also, I collected old liquor and wine bottles from Joni and friends for the next project. I took acrylic paint (old, leftover from old painting projects) and squirted them into each bottle. After drying overnight, I took more of my $1 Michael's clearnace ribbon and glued letters to the bottles. I am pleased with how they turned out. I have plans of hoarding more bottles and making other versions of this one. J-O-Y or S-P-R-I-N-G. It could be cute with tiny baby food jars, too.

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, and I'm reminded of that every time I pass through our front room.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Handmade adorableness

My friend Christal is getting a little biz going in her home. She's making these adorable handmade applique shirts for little ones. Well, and bags and burp cloths and pillow cases and the like. Here I'm sharing some items she's made recently.

My Asher will be the proud model (owner) for the aviator, turkey and Christmas tree shirts. And my boys (plural) will be the proud models for the Big Bro/Lil Bro duo set when Dos Man joins us in February. The stitching you see (look close!) is all done by hand and you can customize to your heart's delight. Pick fabric, thread colors, designs, etc.

These shirts are $15/each. She's taking orders now for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you like what you see, let me know and I can connect you two. Thanks for supporting my lovely, dear, sweet, awesome friend, fellow working mom and 'shopping' local!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Laundry doesn't fold or sort itself

This I have learned time and time again. Maybe it is yard sale time.

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