Sunday, April 13, 2014

Baby 101 Class

Two weeks ago we attended an "infant care" class at the hospital.  We were each given babies that looked like this:


What's wrong with this baby?  Is it hungry?  Gassy?  Tired?  Bloated?  Constipated?  Hmmm... from the expression, who could tell?

Anyway, we learned the five S's from Harvey Karp's book, "The Happiest Baby on the Block": Swaddle, Side, Swing, Shhhh, and Suck.  Here is Marc with his perfectly swaddled baby (I think we will find it is much more difficult to do on a baby that can *move*):


Other good information gathered: how to decode baby's cries using the Dunstan Baby Language System, baby bottles, pacifiers, infant choking, signs of an unhappy baby and techniques to calm.

Baby Showers!

I had a great baby shower put on my sweet friends; and one surprise (!) shower put on by our small group the night before.
Here are pictures from the surprise baby shower:


(you can tell it was a surprise, or else I would have fixed my hair!)


It was held at or friends, Vince and Yvonne's house.  They have a nice outdoor gazebo!


The "big" shower, at my friend's Melissa's house.







Sunday, March 9, 2014

Cesarean Section Class

Last Saturday Marc and I went to a cesarean section class at the hospital.  The first thing I learned: how to spell c-e-s-a-r-e-a-n.  It's not Ceasarean, as I had assumed.  Wasn't Ceasar birthed by c-section?  Well, that wasn't covered.  I wish you could hear the "Jaws" theme, as that is what was playing in my head as we walked into the classroom.  Marc was hoping for a model, not a LIVE one, mind you, but one he could at least open up and take guts out of.  I was feeling queasy.

So the class was mostly the nurse talking about pre-op and post-op procedures.  We were happy to learn information about newborn babies such as this:


We were not happy (and a little freaked out) at learning everything there is to know about c-sections (and yes I know this is the reason I signed us up for this class):


We got to go upstairs and look at the pre and post op area, and what the rooms look like.  This was my favorite part of the class.  We were not allowed to go into the operating room (unfortunately).

and... in case you were wondering, which I was when the nurse teaching the class rolled in the TV, we did not watch a video of a c-section.  We watched an animation of one.

(to clarify:  Jenn is having a scheduled c-section due to her last pregnancy needing to be a c-section.  It's tentatively scheduled for May 12!)

Belated 28 Week U/S Pics and News

Ok, well I figured I better get these up since *tomorrow* we have our 30 week appt... only two weeks behind!

We had a little scary news at the 28 week appointment.  At the very end of our chat with Dr. Rawson, he mentioned he wanted to do another ultrasound because there was a small echogenic area in the heart that they had been watching.  They hadn't said anything because they didn't want to worry us and thought it would shrink in size or disappear.  We did the ultrasound, and the area was still there- and at the same size.  I did my best to take a picture from my own computer screen (we've had most of the ultrasounds recorded for us), when Angie pointed out the spot with her cursor.  When you see it in motion, you can really see the four heart chambers moving, but here you can only see a dot:


We were referred to a Fetal Medicine Specialist, and got an appointment just three days later.  At this appointment, they did an extended ultrasound (it lasted 45 minutes!) and looked at *everything*.  They said she looked completely normal and that the echogenic spot was really nothing to worry about, they see it all the time.  So we haven't been worried.  Hopefully tomorrow will show some shrinkage of that little spot, if we do indeed do another ultrasound!  Anyway, little Isabella Dawn gave us some reassurance that everything was okay, she smiled at us!  It was one of the best ultrasound shots ever!!



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Week 26 and a Belated Ultrasound Pic!


This is the 24 week profile pic.  We got an u/s because I asked the doctor about her positioning and he said, "hey, do you want an ultrasound?"  I was so excited, I wasn't expecting to get to see her this visit!  It's dark and she was hard to get a picture of!  She kept her feet and hands above her head the entire time.  Here, you can see her little hand!



Yesterday, one of the grandmas got to meet Jenn!  We went out for a spur-of-the-moment lunch while she was in town.  Here we are at 26 weeks!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

It's a Girl!



So after months of waiting, we finally found out our baby's gender on Monday!

Here are some pics:


A sweet little profile...

Girl parts!

So there's the evidence.  For the next several years we will be surrounded by all things pink!  Also flowers, butterflies, princesses, tea parties, ladybugs... all the things little girls like.  Marc, well, he doesn't know what to think about all this, he has a hard enough time figuring out me, much less a new little girl!



Monday, December 30, 2013

I know a secret....

...and I won't tell it :)  But Carrie will shortly!