Friday, July 31, 2009

Level 2 Ultrasound - All is well

19 weeks, level 2 ultrasound for the little belly bean and all is well. Obviously scanning tests can't find all cases of Down's etc., but it does catch a goodly number of them and I'm not willing to risk a miscarriage with an amnio to get 100% answer when we wouldn't change the outcome of the pregnancy anyway. We got confirmation that we've got a little girl (yeah!) and got LOADS of pictures of her adorable profile. We're definitely thinking Zoe Elizabeth (so she can be ZZ) for our little sweetie. I'm getting excited about meetiner her too. Almost 1/2 way there to meet my little Christmas girl :)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

18 months next week and ready to tutor

JJ is in the process of transitioning from the 3-17 months class to the 18-36 months class this week. There's a little boy in the 18-36 month class that just turned 3 and is transitioning up to the 3-5yr class. So, they've got all these learning materials out for them both that are for the class they are transitioning to. The teacher spreads out these flash cards with sea animals on them (whales, manatees, sharks, etc.) for the older child and asks him to point to the manatee. He's having some trouble, can't seem to find it. So, JJ walks over from where he is working and leans over the child's shoulder and points at the manatee saying "tee, tee" WOW! The teacher was totally blown away and so was I. My little man, already a tutor :)

He's doing so amazingly well with all the work they have, and not just the language stuff - he can even clean windows with a squeegee and he's learning to polish his shoes!! He is so smart - makes his mamma proud :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Night terrors again

JJ had night terrors again last night. Still on a once a month cycle, bless his heart. I will be so glad when he outgrows this - it just tears me up everytime it happens to him.

Finally starting to feel her

I got a tiny little boot to the belly today. Hooray! This little lady certainly is starting off more genteel than Mr. JJ! :)

Monday, July 27, 2009

First night in the toddler bed

Well, my little guy is getting all grown up. We got him a toddler bed yesterday and he was SO excited! Immediately climbed in and was all smiles. And you HAVE to love that smile :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Confirmation: It's a girl!

As the doctor said, "it's the unmistakable sign of the taco!" LOL! I remember with JJ they said they were looking for a "hot dog or a turtle." Will the euphemisms never cease? Too funny!
Well, this was the 16 week appointment, and everything looks good. My weight is steadily increasing - not too fast, but not too slow. The baby was sucking and moving her little hands and feet all over the place on the ultrasound. It was such a relief to see.

I've been really depressed these last couple of weeks. So much to do at work and with school and home and everything. It all seemed hopeless to be able to finish everything. And I was really really worried about this visit. I was afraid we'd had a silent miscarriage because I'm still not feeling movement right now. And we're coming up on 18 weeks when we lost the first baby. I really want everything to go right with this little girl and I just feel like I haven't had the time or energy to be as healthy as I was with JJ. I was sick for almost a month and couldn't work out. And since this was sort of surprise, I had not been very good at taking my prenatals in the weeks before I got pregnant (my prescription had run out). So, it was good to see everything seems to be progressing well and the little tyke is doing good. Hopefully I can relax a little and stop worrying so much.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Madame Zaritska Reading

The day you deliver, outside will be misty. Your baby will arrive in the evening. After a labor lasting approximately 25 hours, your child, a girl, will be born. Your baby will weigh about 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and will be 20-1/2 inches long. This child will have light amber eyes and curly black hair.

Got to love the predictions of the virtual clairvoyant, Madame Zaritska. I supposed she can be forgiven not realizing I'll be having a C-section or that the child will most definitely have blue eyes LOL!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Night terrors again

Another bout of night terrors last night. This one lasted 15 minutes. We were able to eventually get him to wake up enough to nurse himself back to sleep. This is actually something I haven't seen in any of the research I've done on the subject - typically you cannot wake the child and they go right back to sleep when the episode is over. For JJ, it seems like you can eventually bring him to a slightly higher level of awareness and provide him with a comfort (nursing), then he can go back to sleep. Otherwise it just goes on and on until he wakes up. I don't know if this is because he is so young - most night terrors are reported in children over the age of 2 and he started having them when he was only 3 months old - or for some other reason. I wish I knew what his triggers were - my heart breaks every time he goes through these bouts, which seem to come about once a month. Poor little guy.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Visiting for the 4th

What an exciting weekend! We got to visit my parents this weekend for the 4th and all my aunts and uncles were there and my sister and even one of my cousins! Tres cool! JJ was very good (of course) and we all had great fun.
My dad organized the family "olympics" with events like Wii handbells, guitar hero (see picture of JJ practicing his mad guitar hero skills - rock out little man!), ski jump, etc. and croquet. I took the silver in handbells (LOL!) We had to leave all too soon :( I wish we lived closer.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Family Time

The Matson Clan (or at least part of us) together for July 4th
Mom, Sharon, JJ and me
JJ and his great granddad!

4 generations - JJ, his dad, my dad, and my granddad

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Friday, July 3, 2009

All in the family cold

Well, that clinches it. First JJ had the horrible cough, then I came down with it. Now John's got it. Blech. Not the kind of family sharing I prefer!