Thursday, April 25, 2013

appointment update

The non-stress test done today went great, and the baby is doing wonderfully. Fluid levels are perfect, and we got an 8/8 on everything else.
They're giving an approximate weight of 7lb 8oz right now, and this little peanut seems to have a pretty good amount of hair too! :)
The ultrasound technician just had to find out what sex the baby was, and teased us later that she knows and we don't. NOT very nice! 
During the non-stress test the baby did everything he/she needed to in less in than ten minutes, so I think that proves that everything is going very well.
Next appointment is Tuesday with my OB, and we'll see what he has to say then!   

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

potty training and baby update

My little miss Hailey girl is almost my newest potty trained kiddo! I waited too long with her. She's going to be two at the end of the May, and so she's at the age where she already knows what she wants. For her, this is usually just being stubborn. :) 
She's been doing extremely well though, and we've already had many accident-free days! She doesn't tell me yet when she has to go, so I have to stay on top of her and ask her. Usually she'll go when I ask. 

My initial plan was to have her totally out of diapers before the new baby came. She is technically "out of diapers" but only at home and when we go out we throw a pull-up over her undies, which I may add that she is SO proud to be wearing! She's picky, and has to choose which ones she wants to wear.  I've been busy with that, to say the least! It is hard work and I'll be so happy when she's fully trained!! I am getting help with the training from Hanna though. She takes it as her responsibility to keep Hailey entertained on the toilet and makes sure I know when she has to go. (Apparently she can read Hailey's mind.
As for baby number 4, we have a date for induction if I don't go sooner. May 6th, is next Monday. As far as I know that's when we'll be meeting our newest addition!
I have a non-stress test tomorrow along with a bio-physical profile of the little one to estimate the size, so I'll give a quick update  tomorrow with those results. So far things are good. Insulin needs are steady at 18 units at nighttime, and 7 units in the morning before breakfast. My Endocrinologist isn't expecting to see me at my next appointment this coming Monday, hoping I'll go in early myself, but I guess we'll see about that one.

The older girls are doing great. Gracie was brave enough to go with me to get her ears pierced for her birthday, and she was pretty darn proud when she had both done. (Even though we had to hold her down for the second ear!)
She wanted so bad to get them done, so that was her present from us this year. 

Hanna is, well, Hanna. :) She talks so much now. I don't know why we ever worried about her! She still has Michele coming out every other week to work with her on specific goals and she's doing awesome with everything!!   She's hilarious because she loves cute, little things. Her workers know her so well and choose things specifically for her, and then almost regret it because she's so interested in how cute it is, and not as much into what she's supposed to do with it. Let's take the patterning for example. She sees the pretty little bows and cute little ducks, and goes on and on about how nice they are
"Oh wow!! Dat's so cute! Oh my doodness!! WOW!" Totally over the top, but so funny! It's very entertaining, and Michele really gets a kick out of her.         

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dear Gracie,

Today you turn 6 years old.
Six. I can't believe how the time flew by. I blinked and you were born.  I blinked and you could walk.  I turned around to cook dinner and you were talking.  I stopped for 13 minutes to have another baby and you could sing, jump and swim.  I ran to the grocery store and you're starting school. 
 Before you were born, I tried to imagine what you'd be like.
I never knew you'd be so moody, stubborn and impatient, although I should have seen that coming, given who your daddy is! :)  
I also never knew you'd be so loving, sweet, and accepting, and such an amazing big sister. 
We have some tough moments. You drive me nuts, especially when you get extra dramatic over something like what we're eating for dinner, or when you're not in the mood to do something that needs to be done. You are strong willed, and hard-headed
Mostly though, more than anything else, you make me proud. I'm proud of the way you wake up every morning with a smile on your face and a spring in your step, like you are ready for anything. I am proud of the way you take care of your sisters, and help me whenever you can. I'm proud of the way you've grown, mind and heart. How compassionate and empathic you are. You are learning who you are, and are happy with that. You are a leader.
 I love the look on your face when you've realized you've defeated a fear or conquered a goal, and when you know you've made me proud. 

I'm excited to see what this next year will bring. I've already witnessed such amazing growth from you, and although I'd love for you to stay my baby forever, I'm enjoying the little lady you're becoming just as much. 

Happy Birthday sweet girl!

I love you,

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

that's my girl.

This week's regular Sunday dinner at my parent's house was rather...crazy, loud, and rambunctious. I think all the kids are getting stir crazy cooped up in the house. While everyone was eating, and still being quite obnoxious, Hanna yells out between bites of pork roast:

"Hey! What's goin' on here?!"


Monday, April 8, 2013

more hard work!

 She was told to sort the yellow, white and blue ducks by colour. She willingly did the pink and black too.
Pattern! Notice the next one she's putting down is the correct pink!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


I can't say enough how much of a little stinker Hailey is. 
Her booster seat at the table has a hole where the tray would snap in. 
 I noticed a while back that she would start shoving her food into the hole, and I would have a huge mess on the chair to clean up later. She doesn't eat there anymore.

Today, she was "colouring" with the girls, in her booster while I was cleaning up. After everyone left the table, I called everyone back to clean up the mess, and Gracie says "Mama, there's like ten crayons in this box, when there should be like a thousand. But look! There's not even any on the floor!"
My first thought:
 And I was right on.