A Day at the Beach

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on June 30th, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

This weekend, I took Anya to the beach, where we met up with her pal Izzy and his mom and dad, as well as two of my closest high school friends, Darci and Laurie. Anya hadn’t been to the beach since September 2007, so for her, it was like being there for the first time. She wasn’t a huge fan of the water, but she loved playing in the sand. Check out the video:

Playdate at the Park

Filed under: friends,video — by Lauren on June 27th, 2008 @ 10:39 pm

Today Anya and I spent some time with her friend CJ and his mom at Dorbrook Park, which has a fabulous (and free!) sprayground. I took a couple of videos of the kids playing and then used my fun Flip camera to make a “movie mix” – and I even got to add my own background music:

The timing of the words of the song and the footage of the two of them on the bench is coincidental – the camera’s editing software doesn’t give me much control – but how perfect did that turn out?!?

I Love You

Filed under: family,video — by Lauren on June 26th, 2008 @ 11:54 pm

My sisters were little when Barney was THE thing for kids to watch. They started watching it before it was a show on PBS. You could only watch him on video, and watch it they did. Over and over. And over. As a result, I swore that any child I had would never watch a single second of Barney. Nevertheless, Anya has learned the words to that oh-so-charming Barney classic, “I Love You” (Thanks, Grandma):

As you can see, she very much enjoys singing it. Over and over. And over.

ABCs and 123s

Filed under: baby's progress,video — by Lauren on @ 11:40 pm

She’s had these two down for a few weeks, but eh, who has time to get things on camera these days? I’m not sure why she was being such a goofball, or why the potty is one of her favorite places to perform… Also, she usually counts to 13, but that night 12 was the magic number.

By the way, Jake – See? I told you so!

16 weeks scan

Filed under: doctor,photos,symptoms — by Lauren on @ 9:56 am

Here’s our newest munchkin:

I ended up getting an unscheduled scan yesterday afternoon.  I had been considering calling the doctor for a few days because I hadn’t felt the baby move in several days and I was 95% sure I had been feeling movement last week, but kept deciding against it since it’s still pretty early.  Then yesterday I woke up with some low cramps that wouldn’t quit and didn’t feel digestive, so that, combined with some other circumstances, prompted me to call to see if I could just come in to have the baby’s heartbeat checked.  The office staff agreed that I should come in, but said I’d have to see the doctor, not just have a nurse use the Doppler.  The doctor found a strong heartbeat after about 15 very long seconds, but didn’t like the cramps I had described so she sent me for a scan to check my cervical length.  Thankfully, all was fine, and the very nice technician let us take a bonus peek at the baby.  She couldn’t get a clear view and wouldn’t say so confidently, but she thinks the baby is a girl.  We have our Level 2 scan in four weeks, so hopefully we’ll be able to get a definitive answer then.

The downside of this story is that there is no explanation for the cramps, and though they seemed to lessen in the early evening yesterday, they were back this morning.  I’m starting to feel that although they aren’t the “urgency” cramps I usually get with a colitis flare-up, they must be related, especially given how often I’ve been in the bathroom over the last 36 hours.  Maybe this is just how colitis and pregnancy interact – I can’t be sure, since I got through being pregnant with Anya with no symptoms whatsoever.  It might be time to accept that this pregnancy is going to remain somewhat uncomfortable unless I can find a way to beat this flare-up.

Summer Fun

Filed under: friends,video — by Lauren on June 23rd, 2008 @ 10:33 am

We went to a lovely BBQ at our neighbor’s house yesterday. Anya had a fun time playing with her friends Alexis and Savanna. Here’s a short clip of the three girls:

Ring Around the Rosie

Filed under: video — by Lauren on June 21st, 2008 @ 6:52 pm


Filed under: friends,funny — by Lauren on June 18th, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

Some of you may know that as of now, I do not have a job for the upcoming school year. Despite a glowing annual performance report, the school informed me they could not offer me a job at this time because of decreased student enrollment (in special education). There’s still a possibility something will open up by September, if not at my school, then in the district, but starting Friday I am officially out of a job.

Because of my current situation, I had decided I wasn’t going to announce my pregnancy officially at work. I know that legally, the administration can’t choose not to rehire me because of the pregnancy, but it would certainly be easy for them to do so and blame it on something else. I’d like to believe they wouldn’t do that, but I’d also like to believe that world peace is on the horizon. I didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize my chances, should a position open this summer.

I had been planning on telling my co-teacher the last day of school. I thought she might have suspected (how could you not at this point?), but she hadn’t said anything. Well, on Monday we were talking about how pizza had become more expensive lately. That led to a conversation about how everything is getting more expensive, including airfare. I mentioned how this trip to the Bahamas we had planned in August was becoming a little problematic, since tickets were nearing $500 a piece and we wanted to get a separate ticket for Anya. Then I said we’d probably have to consider holding her on our laps instead, wouldn’t that be annoying, blah blah blah, I’ll be so pregnant I probably wouldn’t even HAVE a lap anymore by then…


I was so embarrassed!  That’s pregnancy brain for you.  She said she was pretty sure I was and she understood why I hadn’t told her.

On a somewhat-related note, a different teacher, one I don’t know very well but who is also new this year, came up to me yesterday while I was waiting for the kids to get out of gym and said, “I didn’t know you were pregnant.  Congratulations!”  Flustered, I thanked her and mentioned I wasn’t announcing it yet because of my job situation.  Her response was essentially how could anyone NOT know?

I guess I’m looking a tad pregnant these days!  15 weeks, 2 days according to the new due date.

Why Anya is quieter in public

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on June 13th, 2008 @ 4:13 pm

A new due date

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on June 11th, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

Is it too early to blame things on pregnancy brain?

I’ve been meaning to post for a whole week about our appointment last Thursday, but somehow I kept getting distracted.  Everything went well – the baby’s heartbeat was strong (171 bpm), I gained about 3 lbs since getting pregnant, and I no longer have any activity or lifting restrictions.  Also, the doctor decided to move my due date up a bit based on the last ultrasound, so now we’re due December 8th.

I feel like a house already, and we’re only at 14 weeks.  I’m going to be a whole city by the time December rolls around.

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