Monday, November 26, 2012

An Eventful Thanksgiving


We went over to my parents house for Thanksgiving this year. It was a nice low key day, with just my parents and brother.

We ate some delicious turkey breast wrapped in prosciutto
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And lots of yummy other sides that I didn't get pictures of since I was too busy eating them :)

Our plan was for Drew and Claire to go home, and I was going to stay the night at my parents and go shopping with my mom in the morning. Drew was packing stuff up to go home, when Claire took a little tumble into the edge of the coffee table. I wasn't too panicked until I was how much blood there was, and my mom said she probably needed to go to the ER. Then all bets were off, and my raging hormones kicked in and I bawled like a baby. 
Not my best parenting moment. 

We jumped in the car and headed to the ER. Luckily we got there and there was no one else waiting so we were able to get Claire seen quickly. This also happened to be right at Claire's bedtime, so needless to say she was a little mad. She cried when the took her temperature, put the finger monitor on her, and shined the light on her lip. It was meltdown city.
The doctor decided she needed a couple stitches. I knew I was too emotional to be in there while they were stitching her up, so I went and finished registration while Drew stayed with Claire. He said she actually did really well, and was more mad about being held still than anything.

Poor girl, pre stitches
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The morning after, with her little stitches
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Needless to say, it was quite the eventful Thanksgiving, but it sure made us thankful for good doctors and medical insurance!

Claire is doing fine now, we went and had her stitches removed today (which was a whole other adventure).

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

11 & 12 Weeks


The last two weeks have flown by, and just like that we're close to the end of the 1st trimester!
I'm starting to feel a little better, though I did throw up my entire dinner the other night. So much for my long streak of being vomit free.

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Notice Claire's nice artwork at the bottom? 
That was right before I turned my back for a second and she colored the white carpets with blue chalk...

How far along? 
11 Weeks
Maternity Clothes?
mostly regular clothes, but a few maternity things here and there.
Sleep:
I've been having to nap while Claire naps everyday, or I can barely make it past 5:00pm
Best Moment this week?
Feeling some morning sickness relief 
Miss anything?
Feeling good
Movement?
Nope
Food cravings?
Orange juice
Queasy or sick?
Yes to both
Started to show?
Yep!
Gender Prediction?
Boy
Labor Signs?
No
Belly button in or out?
In
Wedding rings on or off?
On
Happy or moody?
Feeling happier these days, and very sentimental over all things Claire.



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and just for fun...Here I am wearing the same shirt at 12 weeks while pregnant with Claire:


How far along? 
12 weeks 2 days
Total weight gain/loss?
Gained 1.5 lbs back from the 8lb morning sickness weight loss
Maternity Clothes?
some jeans 
Sleep:
Still tired but sleeping at night has been difficult this week.
Best Moment this week?
Hearing the baby's heartbeat at our appointment on Monday.
Miss anything?
Having energy!
Movement?
Nope
Food cravings?
Still orange juice! 
Queasy or sick?
queasy on and off
Started to show?
Yes
Gender Prediction?
Boy
Labor Signs?
No
Belly button in or out?
In
Wedding rings on or off?
On
Happy or moody?
Happy to be celebrating the holidays with family!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Claire's Bathroom Adventures


As a disclaimer I will say that in the moment neither of these stories were very funny to me, but within only a few hours I could look back and laugh. I knew I had to write these down so that someday when Claire's kids are being little stinkers I can say "look you did crazy things too!".

About 2 weeks ago we had our first prenatal appointment. Drew met Claire and I at the OB office and we had our routine check up. I had to get some blood work done in the lab afterwards, but Drew had to head back to work, so Claire and I stayed by ourselves. After a quick poke I thought we were ready to go home but the nurse called me back and told me I needed to leave a urine sample as well before we left. I knew this was going to be a pain, but I ushered Claire into the tiny little hospital bathroom and turned around to close the door. Then I heard what no mother wants to hear in the bathroom with a toddler...
Splashing.
In the 5 seconds it took me to turn around and close the door Claire had bee lined to the toilet and stuck both hands straight in. I turned around in horror to see Claire happily splashing away in the toilet water, with a very pleased look on her face. 
Like I said before, the girl loves water.
After only mildly freaking out, and washing her hands about 17 times we were able to leave the doctors with no more 'water play'.

And if one bathroom incident wasn't enough, fast forward three days and we're back at the doctors, only this time for Claire. 
Claire's urine had been smelling really strong for about a week so I called the doctor and she asked us to come in so she could make sure Claire didn't have a UTI.
I'm not really sure how I thought they were going to test her for a UTI, but in we went, and the doctor informed me she would need a urine sample. 
Oh did I mention it needed to be a 'clean catch' urine sample? So none of the normal, strap-a-weird-little-bag-thing-on-her-until-she-pee's trick's would work. So our options were rather limited and the doctor said she would probably have to do a catheter to get the sample. Well Claire HATES the doctor. She freaks out getting her temperature taken, so I knew there was no way I was going to be able to hold her still enough to do a catheter, and I was too much of an emotional pregnant wreck to watch her cry like that.
I told the doctor that sometimes Claire sits on the little potty insert at home while I read her books, and she was more than willing to let us try to do it that way. The nurse led us to the bathroom and said to take as much time as we needed, and left me with the little sample cup. Well what the doctor failed to mention is that they dont have the potty seat inserts, so my option was to hold my squirming toddler over a toilet until she peed. Um, yeah right.

So what does a desperate mom do? That's right, I stripped Claire down and let her run around the little bathroom butt naked while I chased her around in case she started to pee. After about 10 minutes I was ready to give up and call it a day, when that magical moment happened, and I quickly shoved the little sample cup under Claire.
I don't think I've ever been more excited to have Claire pee in my whole life! 
I wiped Claire down, stuck a diaper on and used a whole lot of paper towels and sanitizing wipes to clean the bathroom floor. I walked out to find the nurse, feeling like super mom; I had just saved my baby from a mean ol' catheter! 
Now comes my shameful moment of this story.
I knew that probably wasn't the way the nurse and doctor wanted me to get the sample but I didn't care! When I walked out of the room they both were so impressed that Claire had peed on the potty, and kept telling me how smart she was, and that I could start potty training early. 
Hehe oops!

In the end Claire was fine, which only reinforced my feeling of super mom status that I saved her from unnecessary tortue!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Halloween 2012


This year was Claire's first real halloween; last year she was more of a lump in a lady bug costume than anything else :) This year I found the most adorable Dorothy costume idea on pinterest. I was even able to get it finished before my morning sickness kicked in!

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We spent halloween with my younger siblings while the parentals were out of state. Since they live out in the country there aren't a lot of neighbors around, which makes trick or treating tricky, we ventured out to the outlet malls for the night. 

Claire wasn't so sure about people sticking stuff in her basket, and kept trying to pull it all out. Her first piece of candy was a jolly rancher that she proceeded to carry in her empty hand the entire night. Seriously, she would not let that thing go.

A lot of stores were already out of candy or not participating this year, so after we collected a whooping 7 pieces of candy we decided to head to the church where Justin does boy scouts since they were doing a 'Trunk or Treat' in the parking lot.
Am I the only one who has never heard of these before?! 
The members or the church come and park their cars and sit in the trunks/tailgates and hand out candy. It ended up being perfect for Claire since she didn't have to walk too far from one car to the other. 

While she may not have been so sure at the beginning of the night, I think she definitely got the idea by the end. At one point I tried to take her basket since it was getting heavy; she was NOT happy about that! Heaven forbid someone take her candy! 
Oh and taking the basket away to get her in her carseat? Yeah, talk about a meltdown.

I think next year she'll be even more excited :)

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This is her mischievous face
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Blowing kisses!
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And waving, of course.
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Friday, November 2, 2012

First Haircut


Claire's hair has been crazy for a while now, but I've been in denial about cutting it. I was clinging to the tiny bit of scraggly long hair she had! I didn't want to start all over with short hair, but alas it was looking a little mullet like and I knew it had to happen.

So off I went to the store to buy a dum-dum sucker to distract her. Well come to find out you can't buy just one (duh) so we ended up with a whole bag that I later had to hide from Claire. This was her first sucker, but she sure figured out quick how much she likes them!

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You can see the mullet going on in the back in this one
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Nothing too exciting but it looks a million times better than the crazy mess she had going on before!