Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Baby update

We had our last (hopefully) appointment with our fetal specialist. Everything is looking good with the baby and he/she is measuring right on schedule. He/she is estimated to be about 7 1/2 pounds right now which pretty much means this one will likely be right on target with Ellery and Price who were close to 8 lbs. I am so thankful that no growth issues have come up throughout this pregnancy.

I have had quite a few comments about how miserable I must be now. However, I don't feel miserable at all and I'm not complaining. The only thing is that my feet are the size of Texas and I have serious cankles. I never swelled with Ellery or Price, so this is a new symptom for me. But, like I said, no complaints here. So many of the moms at therapy had their babies prematurely and my sister was on bed rest after going into labor at 25 weeks...and so how could I complain? Labor will be a different story, however!

Our fetal specialist said it's best to not go past my due date with our cord issue, so if this baby does not come in the next week and a half I am supposing they will most likely induce. I am just praying and hoping that this little one will come on his/her own timing. Ellery was 9 days early and I was induced with Price a couple days before my due date because of the hurricane, so I really have no expectations about when the big day might be!

The fear has tried to creep in over the past couple of weeks. What if this baby has hypotonia? What if something is wrong? What if we have to do this therapy/doctor thing all over again? And so I am just trying to combat it with prayer and the truth, relying on the grace of God to give me faith instead of fear.

Oh, and just a funny side note. We have been doing a nightly devotional with Ellery. A couple of nights ago it was on the Lord giving us the desires of our heart and if we are following Him, it will be what He wants. Nathan told me later that night that Ellery's exact words were, "I wish for rainbows each day and I wish there were unicorns for real on earth." Oh, to be a child again!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day of nesting

My dad, Nathan, and Ellery were on the road early today to make it to the Texas game in Austin. My mom, Price, and I decided to stay at home since the game was going to be a middle-of-the-day scorcher. My mom is the most organized person I know, and I always enjoy her coming over to our house to "do some work". And some work we did! Kids closets, nursery, pictures hung, laundry done, and the grand finale my closet! I have done very little shopping since before Price was born...all of a sudden we were thrown into appointments with him and therapy and my clothes and style took a backseat. (Don't feel too sorry for me though, because my mom was always looking out for me. :) ) And being very pregnant now, I just wanted to get rid of everything and little by little start all over. My closet looks very empty...a clean slate...and it feels so good. I have nothing to wear...but it really does feel good.

After our purging, we decided to make a trip to the galleria of course. I needed a couple of things for labor and after delivery, and the kids both were in need of pajamas. Of course, a little detour through Nordstroms was a necessity as well. Too bad I am too big for the clothes and too swollen for the shoes.

Price seemed to enjoy his one-on-one time with the ladies. He doesn't get out and about much these days. One, because he is always at therapy and two, because he is difficult for me to maneuver right now. He loved the galleria with so many people and things to look at. His favorites were the elevator and the balloon that a lady in the shoe department gave him.

Here he is holding his balloon and doing his fake "smile" for the camera. I love this boy!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sitting pretty

I was called out of the waiting room at therapy to come see my boy sitting on a step! It's such a BIG accomplishment for our low-tone little guy! Go Pricey!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Piper time

Thanks to everyone who said prayers for Price on Friday. We actually re-scheduled his procedure. Orally sedating a 2 year-old just didn't seem like a great idea to us...we just don't want to take any risks. It would have left him still awake, able to feel the procedure, and still able to move. And even though he can't move as much as most 2 year-olds, he can and would have still tried to get away and squirm. I will let you know when the new date is.

Piper and Paige are in town and we are loving it! She's such a doll and it makes me even more anxious to meet our little one. Speaking of little one, I went to the doctor on Friday and I am maybe 1 cm dilated and the baby has not descended at all. I am thinking I might go the full three weeks. I am feeling great, other than being tired and hot, but no complaints.

I always tell the Lord that I believe He heals. I know He can heal. I read about healing all over the Bible. Sometimes though, I doubt that He will. Gasp, I know. Most days I am full of faith and belief and then I will have a day where I have my doubts. Well, the Lord provided a most perfect example of His healing power and His working of a miracle in a good friend's life. Most of all, I am thrilled for this friend of mine and just thanking the Lord for His goodness and faithfulness in her life. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it. But, I am also encouraged. It was almost like He was saying to me, Look here my child, I am still in the business of miracles. I am the God who heals. The same God you read about is the same God I am today. I am so thankful I serve such a powerful God.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Modern day camping

Ellery decided to camp out in the baby's room. You can't see it in the picture but she took my Ipad in the tent with her. My kind of camping!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thursday thoughts

1. Ellery is really enjoying Pre-K. She loves having a folder that she brings to and from school each day. I love her enthusiasm!
2. I have visions of Price walking out of the little preschool we go to and it brings tears to my eyes. I wish we were making decisions on preschools for him.
3. Instead, we are having to decide if he will be orally sedated or put completely under for his lumbar puncture next Friday.
4. I know what it feels like to get an epidural and the thought of my sweet boy having to undergo this procedure makes my stomach ache.
5. Yes, we are doing another test. We saw another neurologist (this time at Memorial Hermann) and it's something he thinks is worthwhile. I am not so sure about it.
6. Price has been frustrated lately. I am assuming it's because he can't communicate with us. He fists his little hands and shakes them. I remember Ellery doing this too though, so maybe it's just a 2 year old thing.
7. Price has started doing this funny smile when we tell him to smile. I will have to capture it on camera. He loves to make us laugh.
8. This is the first pregnancy that I can't wear my rings and my feet are swollen. Hello water retention.
9. I think it's hilarious when the ladies at the nail salon comment on my belly. They almost always say that I am having a girl which makes me laugh. It's because I am not carrying a cute little basketball. It's more like I'm carrying EVERYWHERE.
10. So I guess it's their nice way of saying I have gained weight on every inch of my body, which sadly is true.
11. I can't believe this little one will be here in about 4 weeks. I am excited, nervous, and excited!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Off to Pre-K

2nd day of school - dad took her to school and took some pictures

and 1st day of school - she picked out the outfit and the pose!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Someone elses star

I wrote about Price being my star a few posts back.

Well, it turns out someone else thinks he is a star....Miss Rosie.

We started afternoon ABA therapy with Price in addition to his morning speech, PT, and OT. No one recommended it to us and actually one of our therapists discouraged it, saying Price did not need it and it was too intense. I decided on my own, however, that I wanted to give it a try. We had him evaluated and came up with a schedule for him...basically every afternoon for 2 hours. It is intense, but I hear some kids do up to 35 hours a week of ABA. It's a very organized therapy session. Goals are set for Price and organized in a 3 inch binder. These goals include gross motor, fine motor, joint attention, nonverbal imitation, requests, self help, and verbal imitation to name a few. Basically each of his three therapists (Miss Rosie, Miss Erin, and Miss Tranika) follow a very specific program that works on all of these goals. I can at anytime check his binder to see how he is progressing or what they worked on that specific day. Did I mention how much I love the organization?

Well, Price has been doing ABA for 2 weeks now. It breaks my heart at times because I can hear him upstairs crying. The mommy in me wants to go sweep him up in my arms and rescue him, but I know that wouldn't be the best for him. He needs this. So I will just shut myself in my room and pray for him (or...watch a movie with E).

We had our first meeting with the therapists to discuss his progress thus far and I wasn't expecting much. After all, it had only been 2 weeks. To my surprise, he has already mastered many of the small goals they had set for him. These are little, little goals, but the fact that he is already progressing is wonderful. He is sitting unassisted for more than 35 minutes without tiring, has learned to use a spoon pretty well, and mastered the nonverbal imitation goal they set for him. I am encouraged.

The best part was last week when Miss Rosie was here. She had been out the previous week and so she was seeing Price for the first time in almost 2 weeks. She brought him downstairs to me at the end of the session and just raved about how well he is doing. She loves our boy and told me how smart he is. And then she said something that really made me smile. She said he was her star. I just smiled....yes, he's a star alright.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Game day

Nathan took Ellery to the football game today. She was so excited. So excited that she had her new cheerleader outfit on when she first came downstairs this morning at 7am! This girl loves spending time with her dad!
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