Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Talking Girl

Sarah Graves is really using phrases more!  Last night she ran in the den and jumped on a chair shouting, "shark get me!"  I took the opportunity to rush over to her pretending to be a shark that was gobbling her up and giggles ensued!  I know we pointed out sharks at the aquarium, but I'm not sure where she learned that sharks are predators.  I love seeing her imagination.

Last night, I sneezed and she responded with, "bless you, baba."  This morning she sneezed in the car with Pops and he didn't respond.  She told him, "Pops, bless you, Sarah."  She knew that she wanted someone to say it to her. 

On Sunday I told her that we needed to get dressed for church and she looked at me and said, "No Baba, fish" meaning that she wanted to go back to the aquarium rather than church.  Once I affirmed that we were going to church and we would go to the aquarium another day she said, "play toys."  That's her church, playing with toys in the nursery!

Her new favorite phrase is, "no way, Jose."  I don't know what made me say it to her, but she thought it was funny and picked it up immediately. 

Her singing has to be the cutest.  She can sing the chorus to "Yes, Jesus loves me" and she can get through the beginning part of her ABCs.  She picks up the words to her Music Together songs so quickly.  Ms. Jennifer sang a song in music that isn't on our current CD and Sarah Graves just kept walking around singing one part over and over.  The part she was hooked on was a line that said momma hollers!  I looked for versions on itunes to download, but they weren't the same and when I played them for SG she would very quickly say no.  I talked Ms. Jennifer into ordering us a copy of the CD even though it is from a different session just so we could learn the words and sing more than momma hollers!

We don't have many pictures these day because she has decided that she is not interested in having her picture taken and actively turns her head from the camera!  Two-year-olds have their struggles, but they really are entertaining little people to be around.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hello Nay!

Sarah Graves was delighted to see Lovie, Pops, and Aunt Nay over the weekend!  We had dinner with them Saturday night and she was in heaven.  Sunday they all came back by the house and Nay brought SG a surprise, a Hello Kitty balloon.
We sing a Hello song at music and she has started singing it around the house.  The song goes Hello Sarah Graves, so glad to see you and she sings, "Hello Sarah, see you."  She sings it with everyone's name including her doll, Kate, and her friends at school!  It really is so cute!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Toe Blooms?

I came across this product called Toe Blooms today and they just struck me as strange and probably not that comfy for a baby. 
I love baby feet, especially those thick, pudgy ones with squishy toes!  I still kiss on SG's toes and she giggles.  These are meant to be a cute way to adorn your young baby's feet, but those straps just look like they wouldn't be comfy and those sweet feet don't need a lot of decoration.   I'd love to meet someone whose baby had them just to know if they were comfortable.  Who knows?  Maybe if I have another girl I will have a pair of these to match her every bow, you never know!


Pops came this weekend and put the final touches on the playset!  Sarah Graves was thrilled to be able to help him and she looks at it and says, "Sarah made this!"  She had a great time playing outside.  It was cold on Saturday, but she remembered that she had some Elmo gloves and insisted on going to get them!  Sunday the weather was a lot warmer and more comfortable for playing outside.  It was fun both days.

She has decided this is her new favorite way to swing, superman style!

Originally we weren't sure how old she would be when she could use something like a climbing wall, but as she demonstrated for us, she is ready now!
I didn't get any pictures of her sliding, but she is really funny with it.  She likes to slide head first on her tummy, but she doesn't like face planting in the dirt at the end, as she did a few times.  She got smart; she  took her jacket off, would climb up with it, send it down the slide, and use it as a safe landing when she came down!  Two year olds are really entertaining little people!
Thanks again to Pops and Daddy for making such a wonderful play area right in our own backyard!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Back Pain, Already?

I know they say every pregnancy is different, but I didn't anticipate quite how different the second time might be.  I try to focus on how grateful I am to be pregnant and that it really is a gift, but I have to say that on a daily basis I just don't feel good. 

The last week or two I have started having back pain.  At first, I thought I slept in a funny position or something, but I quickly realized it wasn't going away.  Then, I went for a walk with a co-worker and by the time I was done I could hardly move without feeling sharp pain.  The pain is really low and not where I would normally expect to feel back pain.  I am definitely showing, but not so big that my balance would be thrown off or my posture impacted.  So, I did what I usually do, I went to the internet to see what I could find.  After doing some reading on a few sites I made the self-diagnosis of posterior pelvic pain.  The sacroiliac joint in the pelvis becomes loose when the ligaments and muscles stretch during pregnancy.  When the joint is not as tight, it can become irritated and cause the pain deep in the lower back.  Apparently, this is the most common type of back pain during pregnancy and it usually becomes worse throughout the pregnancy and gets better after delivery.  That's the part that got me, it gets worse throughout pregnancy and the only real help is giving birth. 

Hhhmmm, walking up stairs, bending, carrying SG, carrying any object, and any type of walking seem to make it worse and I'm only 15 weeks pregnant.  That didn't sound good.  So, I called the chiropractor who treats SG and has wanted Aaron and I to get treatment.  She specializes in pregnancy and pediatrics, so I felt confident going to her.  I have also seen her treat a lot of pregnant women, and it looked very gentle.  So, I made an appointment and saw her Friday.  I wasn't expecting a lot from one visit, especially after reading that it is pretty constant once it starts.  I would not say that I don't have any discomfort, but it is Sunday night and I have been with SG and lifted her and carried her some over the weekend and I am not uncomfortable.  Walking up the stairs isn't an arduous task and I'm not feeling like I need to stay in bed for the duration.  So, I would consider it a success.  She did a very minor adjustment on my spine similar to what she uses for SG, she did a few exercises to help stretch that area, she massaged it with a menthol balm type stuff, and followed that with an ice pack.  There was nothing jarring or painful and now I am not experiencing the sharp pain when I move my body a certain way. 

Yay for chiropractic! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Saturday Fun!

Saturday morning, Aunt Nay came with us to music!  Sarah Graves is completely taken with Aunt Nay and asks for her at least once a day and many days it feels non-stop.  Anytime she sees Lucy run to the front door, she runs too shouting, "NAY NAY!"  So, it was a treat for her to come to music with us and then get some breakfast. 

 Who can go to Chick-Fil-A and not want to play!  She loves to climb up in the slide and she is pretty good at it now  For a long time I had to go up with her and maneuver through the climbing aparatus, but she does it on her own now.  It's a good thing too because I'm not sure I will fit in there in the next few months!
This is probably the best full-body shot I am going to get of her in her cute Mardi Gras shirt that Lovie made for her.  It's a little girl wearing a mask up on a float and it is sooo cute!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Belly Shot!

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.")

Monday, February 20, 2012

Crazy Monday!

We had an eventful afternoon today.  Friday, Lovie noticed a raised place on SG's leg kind of at her groin and told me about it.  When I saw it on Saturday it was visible to the eye and felt like a firm bean.  I was a bit alarmed about it, so I called the pediatrician today and they wanted to see her.  The doctor looked at it and said it is a swollen lymph gland and that she has some slightly swollen ones on the other leg.  She felt as though this is SG's body fighting an infection and is okay as it is.  If it gets red, feverish, or swells to be about twice the size it is now, we need to come back for an antibiotic.  I hate making the trip to the pediatrician for nothing, but I am always relieved to hear it is nothing!

Because Lovie had already brought SG home with me, Aaron stayed really late at work getting caught up and that gave me and SG an evening together.  After dinner, we went into the garage to ride on her Barbie ATV and then she discovered her favorite thing to do, play in the backseat of a car!  She loves to climb around the car and normally I have to stop her because we are trying to go somewhere and she needs to get strapped in.  Tonight we had time just to play and she loved crawling in her seat and back out and being able to open and close the door by herself!  Two is a funny age.   She thought it was hilarious for me to knock on the window and waive to her and she would lean over, knock back, and kiss the window! 
We had a fun time together!

Sunday with the Fish

Sunday was a dreary, cold day and we decided to ignore all the things we probably should do and go to the aquarium.  We hadn't been in a several months and I thought SG might enjoy it differently than she had in the past.  She was really focused!  She would excitedly point to fish and would sometimes tell us what color fish she saw.  She has an Elmo book with a part about the aquarium and we have looked at it a lot lately, so we talked about jellyfish, rays, and seahorses like in her Elmo book. 

We brought the stroller and this backpack with a tether that my Mom got her.  She needs the stroller for the parts with lots of walking, but it's hard to really appreciate the sights when you are strapped in a stroller.  The tether worked well to give her some freedom, but for us not to lose her.  Daddy's shoulders worked well to give her a better vantage!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Second Trimester

This week was the start of the second trimester and I am getting more and more excited! I feel much more at ease knowing what kind of birth experience I want and have been putting energy (what little I've had) into thinking about how to prepare us as a family for a new baby.

I had a horrible cold last week and I felt exhausted all week. I mean, in bed by 8 kind of exhausted. I started feeling better over the weekend and have felt some more energy this week. I feel sleepy in the afternoons, but it isn't that all day fatigue sort of feeling.

I haven't felt any movement yet, but I can't wait. I am losing the look of eating too many doughnuts and developing a definite bump! It seems to be true that you do start showing more quickly the second time. I'm still in that weird wardrobe transition where regular clothes don't fit well and maternity are a little big. Sweatpants seem just about perfect right now!

My appetite is pretty good and my sensitivity to smells seems to be improving. I have decided that this baby doesn't like to be hungry. I was late getting lunch and couldn't decide if my head might explode or I might hurl while waiting in line.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Belly Shot!

This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.
In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

This is Sarah Graves' valentine that we gave out to a few friends.  I got the idea for it from Pinterest.  It was a little challenging to get her to pose with her fist in the air, but it looks pretty cute all put together! 

Here's a regular picture of my funny valentine!

Monday, February 13, 2012

My Roller Coaster Ride

This morning I went for what should have been a standard check-up.  I was expecting to hear the baby's heartbeat and basically be on my way.  That's not quite how this visit went, but rest assured all is fine. 
They started with the usual checking urine, blood pressure, and weight; all of which were fine.  Then came my favorite part, listening for the heartbeat.  The midwife I saw was new to me, but she seemed nice and she patiently moved the doppler device around looking for the heartbeat.  With each passing moment I became a little more anxious.  Then, she suggested that she bring in the very basic ultrasound machine that they keep in the office.  She quickly found the baby with the ultrasound, but couldn't get a good read on the heartbeat.  My anxiety began to heighten at this point and I started really wishing that Aaron was there with me because hearing the heartbeat is one of the few ways to check in on him/her at this point.  She tried very nicely to assure me that she was sure all was fine, but she knew I wasn't convinced.  I was extremely grateful when she offered to send me over to the perinatologist for an official ultrasound.  She asked if I might have time to schedule it this week and I assured her I would be there today.  I knew I couldn't rest until I knew for sure what was happening! 
The receptionist called the office and they agreed to see me as an emergency and she told me to head straight there.  Mom, SG, and I hustled over to the office, which is at a different building a few blocks away.  The staff there were very nice and it didn't take long until I was in the room with the ultrasound technician who understood the purpose and quickly got down to business.  I remember with my first ultrasound with SG the technician checked what felt like everything else before she showed me the baby and her heartbeat.  This one went right to the point and let me hear the heartbeat.  I was so appreciative to see that flutter on the screen and hear that wonderful galloping sound!  151 beats per minute brought tears to my eyes.  Since I was already there, she did a full ultrasound and checked measurements and that everything was progressing well. 
The perinatologist took a look and said everything looked normal and that I am right on track for 14 weeks.  Yay!  All measurements and indicators look good.  We'll go back at 20 weeks for the official ultrasound to check measurements, organs, and the most fun part, gender. 
I am so grateful for the compassion that all of these people had for me and understanding what an upsetting situation it could have been.  I am really thankful that I wasn't there on my own because I was so panicked trying to leave the midwife's office and get to the ultrasound that I could hardly think straight.  Fortunately for me, Mom is good in a crisis and SG was better than any two-year-old could be.  So a very stressful way to get it, but a lot of fun to get an ultrasound at this stage and a chance to peek inside. 
 Notice in the top right it say emergency.  I am so thankful they felt the same way that I did.
Just to compare, this is the ultrasound picture from Sarah Graves at almost the same point.  They both look a little like aliens, but the sweetest aliens I've ever dreamed of. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Happy to You, BaBa!

Saturday was my birthday!  We had a busy day, but it was fun.  We had breakfast before music and I requested doughnuts.  We went to music class and one of SG's buddies shares my birthday!  After music we headed to the chiropractor to have SG adjusted.  Our chiropractor is located right by SG's favorite restaurant, so we took advantage and stopped in for lunch.  Without us saying a word about where we were headed, when we pulled in the parking lot, she shouted out, "Popeye's!"  After lunch we headed home to drop SG off with Pops the babysitter extraordinaire and Aaron and I headed to a parenting class.  Mom and Jeanne' met up with us later so that we could go for what has to be some of the best pizza and listen to the music!  I love to watch SG dance in her highchair. 
After pizza, we headed home for cheesecake and presents! 

 Aunt Nay was very wise and anticipated that SG might be upset if she didn't get to open any presents.  Nay found her a few Valentine items that SG could unwrap!  She still "helped" me unwrap mine :)

I requested cheesecake and it was very tasty!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Sarah Graves went for her two-year check-up.  She weighs 27 pounds and 6 ounces (58th percentile), she's 34 inches tall (60th percentile), and her head circumference is 18 and 3/4 inches (33rd percentile).  She was the sweetest girl there and listened so well.  She did everything they asked her to and never complained, even when she got a shot.  She really is a rockstar!  The only thing she didn't want to do is let me take a picture of her wearing the most adorable little paper exam gown.  It looked so cute on her and she wouldn't leave it on long enough for me to take a picture!
Overall, she is doing great.  They did a hearing test and her left ear passed with flying colors, but the machine could not get a reading on her right ear.  They tried several times and decided they think she has some wax build up in her ear causing the machine to not be able to get a read.  They decided they will re-test her at 2 and a half.  I am pretty confident that she hears fine, so we'll see if it comes out well in several months. 

Developmentally she seems to be meeting all the milestones for a two year old.  She is talking, making phrses of several words, she stacks blocks, she climbs stairs, she knows the parts of her body, and she knows her own name! 

Even though we are using Dr. Sears' vaccine schedule, we have deviated from it a bit.  At 12 months I skipped the MMR and at 18 months we skipped the chicken pox vaccine.  Aaron and I decided to give the MMR vaccine at this appointment and she doesn't seem to have any reaction to it like fever or redness.  We are still holding off on the chicken pox until we decide what to do about it.  Aaron feels really strongly about how it is made and would prefer not to give it. 

I brought a few questions with me and they gave us some useful answers.  One thing I have wondered about is how her poops are a little unusual in consistency and smell really sour.  The pediatrician suggested that we consider dairy foods in her diet that might be causing it or that we can try a pro biotic.  The only dairy that she eats with any regularity is yogurt.  I think a chewable pro biotic would definitely be something we can try. 

I also asked about allergies and her constant runny nose.  The pediatrician suggested giving her children's zyrtec or allegra for the allergy symptoms.  We picked some up last night and will give it a try today. 

I also asked about her constantly saying that a part of her body hurts.  The pediatrician said not to worry about it unless she constantly says one particular body part hurts or we can see redness and swelling.  That makes me feel better because I hate to ignore her complaints, but I also don't want to jump at every little pain she has.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Belly Shot!

My belly has definitely started to pop out!
Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Letter Month Twenty-Four

Dear Sarah Graves,
I can't believe that this is the twenty-fourth time I have sat down to write you a letter like this.  I still get teary-eyed thinking about all the things you do that amaze me and make me so proud of you.  You are a sweet and spunky little girl. 
You are crazy in love with Elmo.  You want to wear Elmo on your clothes, watch him on TV, look at him on the iPad, use any kind of utensil or dish with Elmo on it, and eat any food with Elmo or his face on the package!  You know the other Sesame Street characters, but Elmo is your love.  Your next passion is your baby, Kate.  Kate came with a backpack and lots of accessories and you love them!  We are frequently looking for Kate's bear or bottle and you become upset if she isn't with you in the car or your crib.  I must say that you are pretty good at remembering where many of her little pieces might be left.  Of course, you are still passionate about your paci and your lovie and blankie.  You would like to have your paci all the time, but it is just for when you go to sleep.  Your lovie and blankie are big sources of comfort as you like to finger the fur while you sit and relax.  I worry a lot about you losing them and us not having a backup that will satisfy you, but those are your chosen items. 
You love to sing and you are starting to have some real preferences about songs.  We recently started a new section of Music Together and you clearly know which songs you want to hear.  You sing two of them a lot right now, "Trot Ole Joe" and "Me and You."  You have also learned to sing "Happy Birthday" or as you say it, "Happy to you, Sarah!"  You have the tune for your ABC's, but you don't sing all of the letters yet!  You have pretty good rhythm and I'm hoping that you will continue to enjoy music and learn to play an instrument.  I have been so impressed to see how much you have developed since we first started Music Together several months ago.  During our last session you typically enjoyed doing your own thing with the various instruments in class, but now I notice you following along with Ms. Jennifer and making a real effort to do what she is doing. 
You continue to love school and being there with your friends and teachers.  I hear only good things about what a sweet child you are and how well you listen.  You love the craft projects that you do at school and have such pride when you show me your work.  We have a place where we display your latest work and you love to look at it and say, "Sarah did this!"  Gluing paper seems to be one of your favorite things!  I had never thought to let you try using a glue stick, but when given the chance, you knew what to do and do it pretty well.  I do wish that I could see you eating your lunch at school.  It's hard for me to imagine you sitting at a table with other kids munching away on the various finger foods that I send for you.  You must get distracted because you don't eat all that much of your lunch. 
What to feed you is a constant question for me.  Two of your favorites right now are fish sticks and smoothies made with strawberries and spinach.  Lovie taught you how to make the smoothie and you know the whole process, including which buttons to press on the blender!  You are very interested in cooking, so maybe that will be an interest of yours later.  You love the fruit and vegetable puree in the pouch that you refer to as a fruit fruit.  You ask for one every morning when I get you up and you have one almost every day before you go to meet Daddy in the afternoon.  I wish that you ate more fresh fruit and vegetables and some meat, but you seem to be growing well and you aren't bothered.  We give you a multi-vitamin, calcium supplement, and an omega-3 supplement, so hopefully that's enough. 
You really enjoy your sleep.  You often tell us night night when you are ready to go to sleep.  You run to your room and begin trying to climb into your bed.  Thankfully, I have not found you trying to climb out!  You still go to bed around 7:30 in the evening and wake between 5:30 and 6:30.  You nap around 12:30 and get up about 4.   You wake up chatting and singing and that's how I know you are ready to get up.  If you wake up crying, I try to give you a minute to soothe yourself and occasionally you need me to rock you and help you back to sleep.  I think sometimes you have a bad dream and you try to tell me what was scary in it.  I feel terrible for you when that happens. 
All in all, you are a delightful little girl.  You have your moments when you want your way and you get frustrated that you can't have something.  You don't like to get in your car seat and when it's time to get out, you try to climb all over the car.  It's just part of being a little girl, but it gets frustrating for us!  Fortunately, you are generally an agreeable child.  
Your imagination and your ideas for pretend are growing.  I love seeing you pretend to drive yourself to Popeye's or pretending to bake a pie in your kitchen.  I can't wait to see your imaginary world grow and for you to be able to verbalize more of your ideas. 
You really are a delight to your Daddy and me.  I am so proud of the little girl that you have grown into and I continue to feel lucky to be your momma. 


Friday, February 3, 2012

Belly Shot!

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.
Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Dress

Sarah Graves received a sweet dress for her birthday made by Ms. Margaret.  It is the prettiest shade of deep purple with some really beautiful embroidery. 

Maybe not the most ladylike pose, but I couldn't resist the cute smile she was giving!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Feeling Pregnant

I don't like to complain about being pregnant, but I have to say that I am exhausted.  I feel like I am dragging through most of the day and can't wait to sit on the couch to watch TV or just go to bed.  The fact that I feel a little dizzy when I start moving too quick is just insult to injury.  Right now it's score 1 for baby Caldwell and 0 for momma.  I am hopeful that in the next couple of weeks I will start to feel more energetic. 
I have an incredibly acute sense of smell right now that is really just annoying.  Some of the biggest offenders are the smell of coffee and people who get omelets made with peppers and onions for breakfast at work.  Riding in the elevator with people who have either of these items is almost more than I can stand.  Perfumes are also a big turn off, so I haven't worn any for several weeks now.  I am hoping that this starts to fade soon. 
I don't seem to have any major food aversions of cravings.  Food isn't all that exciting right now, but there are times when I am absolutely starving.  Sweets are the one food that just aren't appealing to me.  Fruit seems to be about the right level of sweetness for my taste these days and I'm not complaining.
Each pregnancy seems to be different with its own set of symptoms.