Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jack and Kitty Cat Composing

18 Week Ultrasound

Last Friday, Randy and I went in for Baby Biggs' 18 week ultrasound. The baby looked perfect, measuring right on track, kicking up a storm, and sucking its little thumb. Reminded us of watching Jack via ultrasound 3 years ago! The only issues the tech noticed were that the placenta is covering up my cervix and the baby is breech. As for the placenta, this condition is known as placenta previa and is fairly common early in pregnancy. If it persists, it can cause a dangerous amount of bleeding, especially when the mother goes into labor, so typically a C-Section will be scheduled several weeks before the due date to avoid this. Luckily though, the previa usually corrects itself throughout the pregnancy and so is nothing to worry about yet. I'll have another ultrasound at 28 weeks to determine whether this was the case. As for the baby being breech, there is still plenty of time for the little stinker to get into position!

As for finding out the gender...we decided to wait for the surprise!! I never would have guessed I could have the patience to wait for this kind of news, but I've been told its just the most magical moment to find out when the baby is born. Kind of like waiting until Christmas Day to open your presents!

Here is a recent pic of my belly, taken at 18 weeks, 2 days.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Compliments from Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl tipped his hat to me live on the air yesterday. I feel like a real apologist now! If you want to listen to Randy's entire discussion with Greg, click on the link above and then click on the archived show dated August 16. Randy is the second caller, although the entire show is worth your time.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Lake

Recently, we took a long weekend trip to Grand Lake with my family. My dad's company owns a lake house there, so my siblings and I have been going there since we were little. Jack has been once before, but he was just 5 months old at the time, so he didn't experience the lake or the boat.

This time was a different story! Jack loved everything about the lake! He absolutely loves having family around so that was a given. He also loved his "room" which was actually a big walk in closet off of Randy and my room. We put a mattress on the floor with a gate around it to make him feel secure. He's outgrown his pack 'n play and there wasn't a free bed, so we didn't have many options! Anyway, he loved it.

He also enjoyed having big breakfasts, swimming in the pool, throwing rocks into the lake, riding in the golf cart, riding in the boat, and swimming in the lake (black water as he called it...ew). We tried to get him on the tube, but that made him a bit nervous. Maybe next time!

As far as the adults go, we enjoyed lounging around mostly. We celebrated Randy's birthday (30!) one night, played games, and watched several movies. It's always nice to get away and relax for a weekend. Can't wait to go back!

Music School Program

July 23 was the day of Jack's musical debut! All summer, he attended Hickman Music Preschool, which is the same music school that my siblings and I attended a million years ago. Anyway, they play inside and out, learn, do crafts, etc. But the main focus of the school is on music. At the end of each "semester" there is a program in which all of the kids perform for family and friends. This particular program was called "Summer: Fun with Food" and Jack's song was Crunchy, Munchy, Honey Cakes. We worked so hard all summer, singing it around the house, in the car, etc. and he had that song DOWN!

Finally the big day came. He was dressed in his apron, ready to go. I had gotten to the show early to drop him off and save everyone else's seat. His song was first. He got up to the microphone, the music began, and he...did not sing. First, he said, "There's Granddad! Hi, Granddad! Hi, Granddad!" Then, he mouthed a few words while dancing and bopping to the beat. But, I don't believe he sang one word of the song. Oh, well! He was very cute! As were all the other kiddos. I don't know when I've laughed so hard!

I think the miracle of the whole performance was that 35 2 and 3 year olds all sat in their chairs on stage for the full hour of the show and cooperated. Those teachers have magical powers...

My pictures did not turn out well at all for some reason, but I'll post a few anyway. I also have one video of the finale. The rest of the video was taken on our video camera, which will take some work to get posted, so I'll leave that for later.