Whew, I am tired now!
I got home from taking Joshua to his checkup and picking up Emily’s puppy from the other doctor’s office about an hour ago. We had lunch, I listened to some very cranky kids whine & fight, and then I decided we all needed a good walk. I was starting to feel grumpy & tired myself and a walk always makes me feel better – if anything, I feel like I accomplished something.
That would have been great, except that a certain 3 year old drama queen decided to whine and cry – no actually wail very loudly – for 3/4 of the walk. I get so frustrated when she does this. I love my walks, but when she acts like this, it completely ruins it from me. Probably because she’s walking with me, so I can’t escape. Normally, if she acts like that at home, I’ll send her to time out or even to her room. But I can’t during the walk. Right now, I’ve sent her to bed – she’s supposed to be napping. I don’t make her nap regularly now, but if she’s acting extra whiny, I will send her for a quiet time. And today definitely warranted a nap.
Joshua’s appointment went really well. In the words of our doctor – “he is doing simply fantastic now!” She was very pleased that he is able to eat all foods now and he’s outgrown his reflux. She officially put in the computer – food intolerances – GONE. Gerd (reflux) – GONE.
Silly me (probably something to do with wrangling all 3 kids while trying to talk to our every patient, wonderful doctor) but I completely forgot to have them write down Joshua’s height & weight like I always do. I’ll have to get it next visit. I think he weighed 24 lb 15 oz, so he’s almost 25 lb now.
I had her check Joshua’s ears (they’re fine) because of his crankiness yesterday and refusal to nap, but we both think it was because he’s teething. He’s drooling like crazy, so I think a new tooth or two will pop through soon. I hope so anyways – I really dislike drawn out teething! No fun for baby or mom!
We did talk about Joshua not walking yet. She was a little concerned but said it sounds like he’s just being extra cautious. We’re going to give him another month and if he hasn’t “progressed” further (not necessarily walking, but at least making obvious progress), we’ll have him evaluated by a therapist.
I think he’ll be okay. Lately, he’s been standing more on his own – still very cautiously and he acts like he doesn’t realize he can do it, but he can. And the other day, I got him to walk while I was just holding onto one of his hands – meaning he had to do most of the balancing. It doesn’t seem to be a matter of him physically able to do it, but rather convincing him mentally that he can. If that makes sense.
Our beloved family doctor will be able to check out our new baby at the hospital when he/she is born. With Joshua, our family doctor no longer had privileges at that hospital, so we had to deal with a cranky, unreasonable on-call pediatrician. This time, my OB now has privileges at the nicer hospital our family doctor is at, so I’ll get both my favorite doctors! I am so happy about that!
After Joshua’s checkup, I drove back to my OB office where I had to drag all 3 kids out of the car, go all the way up the flight of stairs, and wait patiently at the front desk (they were at lunch) to ask about Emily’s puppy. They had puppy, thank goodness, and Emily was very happy to have that very well loved pink stuffed doggy back. I have to admit, I was too. That puppy is very much a part of our family and I will fully admit, things just aren’t ‘right’ without puppy popping up somewhere!
In exactly one week, we will – Lord willing – find out whether our baby is a boy or a girl. That’s right, my “big” ultrasound is next Wednesday, August 25th!
Our poll is closed and it looks like the GIRL votes are winning. Is the majority right? We shall see!
I am getting more and more excited, yet nervous, as the time passes. I am so ready to find out what this baby is and be able to put a name to our little Peanut. We actually have names picked out, so I will share them when we announce the gender next week! I am really happy about this because I always feel better when I’m able to name the baby. Weird, but I feel like I can bond with the baby better when I can talk to the baby by name.
Aside from the whole gender excitement, I am most anxious/anticipating finding out about our baby’s health. I have no reason to be concerned and I’m not really, but I always feel like I can’t settle in and truly begin to anticipate our new arrival until we are given the “all healthy” announcement. So most of all, we are praying for a healthy baby!