Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Well, the cleaning urges have not left yet, and I still can't tell if it is nesting or Spring that is driving me. Last night after dinner I cleaned the stove top, and had swept, mopped, cleaned up quite a bit of clutter on "my side of the bed," washed up a weekend worth of dishes, took care of the kiddos and all the meals of the day; yet for some reason I couldn't stop my self from cleaning the stove top until it was all finished. I started out to simply soak the top with cleaner, and 45 minutes later I was done. It seems strange to me, but I keep thinking it's possibly the only time I can get everything ready for a new arrival since know one knows what those last weeks will be like when nesting actually sets in. I have a feeling tho that being in a CA desert it will be hot!

In other news, we are quite sure we have felt baby move and Daddy and big sister Ysabella have both been kicked! We will be 20 weeks tomorrow "The fetus measures about 5.6 to 6.4 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 9 ounces. Your baby can hear sounds by now -- your voice, heart and your stomach growling, as well as sounds outside your body. It will cover its ears with its hands if a loud sound is made near you, and it may even become startled and "jump." The baby is moving often, too -- twisting, turning, wiggling, punching and kicking." ~WebMD "Guide to Pregnancy"

And that's about all that's going on here. I had borrowed my mom's car for a few weeks and so was gone to do this and that with the kiddos, but I hae given it back and am homebound. ;0) We have taken a Spring Break this week and I will be making sure I am prepared for next year as it starts in a month and a couple of weeks! (We do a year round school so that time can be taken off as necessary and to meet the intelectual need of my child for stimulation.) Come June first we jump, feet first, into Second Grade! I did however purchase a 3rd grade History book as we have gone through the 2nd grade edition several times through this last year! And I am starting the search for a good Spelling book as I haven't found one that suits her level and my taste; I don't wish my chhild to learn cursive until we have mastered print, and the book I have looked at so far has cursive so I need a different publisher. I am sure that this is all so very interesting....... no really.
I really should go start dinner preparations now.
Hope all is well with all of you.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

What to expect

Well, it took a couple hours, but we made it through the DR appt. yesterday.

We did the ultrasound first. I like these. It helps me to see what I am feeling is really baby. So we saw all looks good......
the moment that we've been waiting for....
We're expecting a girl.

Her kidneys looked a little dilated. I don't know what this means, and as for now will fight off the urge to find out. I cannot do anything about it and worry wont change anything so I think for now I will attempt not to find out more. It does however mean we will have another ultrasound in 2 months. Then I will find out more if I need to.

I cannot post a picture as so far it isn't comming out right, but I will try again another time.
I haven't gotten anything going for my family yet today so I need to keep this one short.

Adding picture now ;)

Monday, April 10, 2006

keeping busy

Well, Spring is here in California.
And I am either nesting early or Spring cleaning.
I have been keeping pretty busy with house cleaning, School and getting out.
Today I am really tired, and had just gotten the kiddos to go play a while so I could rest/pretend to sleep when our neighbors Arborists showed up to shred all the branches they butchered from their poor tree! It's loud so I got up and decided to maybe blog a little before the day really gets off to a start.

I had a strange occurance with my blood sugar yesterday. 1 hour after eating it was only 88, so I went and got a soda (we were at church and they had no juice) I drank some but not even half and after 15 minutes took my blood again and it was 78. This seemed strange to us. I drank more soda and by the end of the hour felt better, but not really good. The only conclusion we have drawn it that I possibly took the blood during a drop and the 88 wasn't the bottom of the drop, but the way down. Then the soda had only brought it back to 78. I plan on checking the machine and the batteries to make sure it was simply an errror.

I am anxiously awaiting my OB appt. tomorrow afternoon, as I will have an ultrasound then see the DR. This would be the time period when we find out gender, if possible. We are 18 weeks 5 days today.
"You'll begin to feel your baby move (called "quickening") around 18-22 weeks. It may feel like a light fluttering. " ~WebMD Pregnancy Calendar
My friends think I am so busy that I am not feeling the movements which are usually small about now. I think I feel some here and there, but don't know for sure.
I still have so many reservations, and even try not to 'get my hopes too high'. I know the DR will tell me the odds are so slim and things like that, but I don't believe in odds. When you are often in the 1% category you don't trust odds. So it will be good for me to have the ultrasound.

SO back to the cleaning and house stuff. So much has been going on here. We've been doing some work outside, I even got my first sunburn :S I got some California Poppies to plant and will plant some at my mom's for a surprise, she loves them. Now my kids will be allowed to pick some because they will be on our property. (It is the state flower of California and therefore illegal to pick unless they grow on your property.)
I changed my son to a "transition bed", he's the oldest I've ever had sleeping in a crib, and now we will get jolted out of bed every night for a while when he falls out. I laid a couple of thick blankets down by the side of his bed, so when he does fall it is a cushioned landing. And he has decided he wants to potty train, and has even gone on his first attempts! He has decided the toilet is not scary. :) We are doing more preschool with him and he is really feeling like a big boy.... where has my baby gone?
Moriah is learning much too, and has confidence in her "reading" skills now...... she reads picture stories, it is a good start to reading words. Meanwhile she is learning more letter recognition to get started on word reading. Her drawing skills are really blooming too. A friend just gave me a book for dramatic play to use for Mo, she is a ball of energy and so very creative...she needs an outlet.
Ysabella blew me away last week with her math! The book we use was giving lessons on time: O'clock, a quarter after, half past and a quarter to. She flew through it all really fast. (She is up to sums to 15 and really doesn't like the tediousness of adding and subtracting much, but does well when she applies herself. So it was really different to have math done in 5 minutes!) I was impressed, she can read digital well, but analog is a little trickier at times and though we had studied it previously, I expected her to need my help! Nope.
She has run out of lessons in her Spelling book for this year, so we are now choosing our own words and she thinks this is more fun. I think she is more challenged this way also, as some of the words she was getting in her spelling book were really too easy.
We have frequented the library so much lately, I think they know me by name. But Friday's trip was really exciting as they had their "Friends of the Library Book Sale" and I got 15 books for $1.50. Gabe, I got Chicka Chicka Boom Boom for 10 cents! It was a good day :)

So I think that about brings you up to speed and me up to breakfast!
I should write more soon as the appt. tomorrrow will give us news to share.

Saturday, April 01, 2006


By A.A.Milne
(taken from Now We Are Six)

I found a little beetle, so that Beetle was
his name,
And I called him Alexander and he answered
just the same.
I put him in a match-box, and I kept him
all the day . . .
And Nanny let my beetle out--
Yes, Nanny let my beetle out--
She went and let my beetle out--
And Beetle ran away.

She said she didn't mean it, and I never said
she did.
She said she wanted matches and she just took off
the lid,
She said that she was sorry, but it's difficult
to catch
An excited sort of beetle you've mistaken for
a match.

She said that she was sorry, and I really mustn't
And there's lots and lots of beetles which she's
certain we could find
If we looked about the garden for the holes where
beetles hid--
And we'd get another match-box and write
BEETLE on the lid.

We went to all the places which a beetle might
be near,
And we made the sort of noises which a beetle
likes to hear,
And I saw a kind of something, and I gave a sort
of shout:
"A beetle-house and Alexander Beetle coming out!"

It was Alexander Beetle I'm as certain as can be
And he had a sort of look as if he thought it must
be ME,
And he has a sort of look as if he thought he ought
to say:
"I'm very, very sorry that I tried to run away."

And Nanny's very sorry too for you-know-what-
And she's writing ALEXANDER very blackly on
the lid.
So Nan and Me are friends, because it's difficult
to catch
An excited Alexander you've mistaken for a match.