Monday, September 27, 2010

The Adventures of Alexander and Blaise x 2

We met up a couple times this summer with our friends, Parthena and Frank (retrace our steps here and not here, because I apparently never blogged about our get-together earlier this year).  Their son is just a few weeks younger than Blaise and they are great playmates.  Recently we went out to Hanau for lunch and their yearly Volksfest and earlier in the summer they came to Ingelheim for lunch and a visit to the Tigers, Bunnies and Goats.

Blaise ready for lunch

My baby

Riding on the story telling bus at the Volksfest

Manning the bus

Two busy bus drivers

Who's driving the bus?

Riding the train with Mommy

Frank and Alexander

Sadness ensues after our turn is over

Earlier this summer:

Two monkeys

Story Time

Blaise ♥'s Alexander

Kinder Cappuccino

Parthena and Alexander checking out the goats

I think Parthena had more fun than the boys at our mini zoo

Here is a belly picture - I think from July

Alexander and the Bunnies

Saturday, September 25, 2010

New Challenges

In an effort to learn more about photography, and be pushed to do so, I joined a photography blog joint venture.  Okay, that makes it sound more serious than it is, but my friend, Tracy, who I met during my Middlebury time invited me to take part in a combined effort photography blog.  The idea is that one person picks a theme (btw, what is next theme?) and all participants snap a shot reflecting said theme.  This time the theme was "trail" - it's my first go, don't judge too harshly.  Anyway, it's a conglomeration of women from all corners of the world, hence the name, "From All Corners."  Check it out - also to be found in my sidebar.  :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Quick Update on Me

I don't have much time, but for those of you waiting for an update:

I went back to the hospital today and got good news.  The baby has turned and is in start position, so hopefully no more turning back (and therefore almost no "risk" of c-section).  The baby's growth has stayed on the curve which was really great news - a drop-off would have been indication that growth had slowed and that doesn't seem to be the case.  The baby was measuring at about 4.8lbs, which is in the norm.

Thanks for everyone's thoughts and prayers - they seemed to have worked! :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jan's Birthday

Jan's birthday fell on a Friday this year, so he took the afternoon off and we went with Blaise to the pool.  There is a nice pool about 5 minutes from our apartment.  They have a great baby pool as well as "big" pool area.  We also really enjoyed the heated salt water pool outside.  Here are some pictures of Blaise in the "baby pool."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Artist Blaise

Blaise enjoys taking his artist juices for a drive with his washable (thank God!) crayons.

Hmmm, maybe these taste good

Nöööö, not so much

Friday, September 17, 2010

Update on Me

I thought I would take a break from my attempt to catch up on my summer posts to give a little update on me.  Pregnancy number 2 has turned out to be a bit different than pregnancy number 1.  It all started pretty much the same - no morning sickness (don't hate me), major meat cravings and a rush on pregnancy stretchy pants.

Recently though, there have been some unfortunate developments.  It started with gestational diabetes.  That started quite randomly - my sister-in-law, who is pregnant and due 2 days ahead of me, was diagnosed with it.  My mom always suspected that I had it last time because Blaise was so big (over 9lbs).  Seeing as she is diabetic and I have (had?) PCOS (which often comes with insulin resistance) I seemed like a likely candidate.  Because of my Mom's suspicions she brought me a blood sugar measuring device which I didn't use until one evening when my sister-in-law was here for dinner and she was monitoring her sugar.  Mine sky-rocketed after pizza then again after cereal and again after oatmeal.  I mentioned it to my doctor and he sent me to the diabetes doctor right away.  I passed the 2 hour glucose test with flying colors, but my sugar will only stay stable (they don't want it over 140 one hour after beginning to eat) if I am very careful with what I eat.  The diabetes doctor said to keep watching what I eat and come back in 3 weeks.  No sweets, no white bread/flour and small portions of carbs.  My A1C was 5.1 which was good news.  So, basically, I'm in the clear here as long as I can control my sugar with diet - so far so good.

Also, the baby is a little over two weeks behind in growth.  Since Blaise was over 9lbs there is cause for concern as to why this baby is so small.  It is only in about the 26%, which wouldn't be bad in and of itself, but it seems every time I go back to the doctor the developmental due date has been pushed back even further.  If this continues then we'll be forced to deliver the baby early.  The concern is that the placenta has become/will become insufficient to take care of the baby.  I am at 32 weeks and 3 days today, and even though the survival rate at this stage of pregnancy is very high for our part of the world, it still would not be welcomed.  Our goal is to make it to at least 36 weeks (40 weeks being full gestation).  In order to help facilitate this, I have been instructed to lay as much as possible which is good for the circulation of blood to the uterus and drink a lot of non-carbonated water.  I am being checked every week - every two weeks at my doctor's and on the off weeks at the hospital.

In addition to all this, the baby hasn't turned yet.  I have (sort-of) tried to maintain a positive attitude that the baby will still turn, but it seems I'm not capable of that right now.  Worst case scenario the doctors decide the baby needs to come and if s/he hasn't turned they will take the baby by c-section.  Which surely isn't the end of the world, just a longer recovery time and with a 20+ month old and a newborn possibly in the NICU that seems daunting.  Of course priority is the health of the baby no matter what - I haven't lost sight of that.

Adding to the pressure is that we are still searching for a girl name and time is ticking faster than expected.

If you can spare any good thoughts or prayers for us and Baby S.2 we would surely appreciate it.  In five years this will all be behind us and it will all be fine.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Summer Pool Fun

Still catching up on my summer posts.  We had a few weeks of pretty hot weather here and without air-conditioning we were looking for alternative ways to keep cool.  During the move I tried to reduce our stuff, not sure how much I succeeded, but I at least emptied out this storage container that used to contain books.  It became a great pool for Baby B.  He enjoyed the whole process from using the watering can to fill it up to drinking the pool water with his buckets!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Reading Chair

I love that Blaise loves books.  I wanted him to have a place where he can relax and spend time with his stories.  We got him this chair in July - here are some pictures of him trying it out.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Forbidden Books

Here are some pictures from the archives back when Blaise found the "forbidden Christmas books" that Grandma Rose had stored in this dresser in the Guest Room.  There is no safe hiding place.

Please shake Santa's nose, Mommy