Lucas’s 3rd Birthday, Pt 1

Sunday we had a get together party at the house with our friends for Lucas’s birthday. We had a bunch of our friends over and Paul made burgers on the grill. Lucas did, too, thanks to Lauren’s birthday gift of aLittle Tikes grill. Lucas had picked out Disney Cars for his birthday theme. He’s never seen the movies yet since we haven’t let him watch movies yet, but he knew they were cars and that’s all it takes with him. He had a Cars pinata that uses pull strings rather than a bat to open. Each kid took a turn pulling a couple of strings until the M&Ms packs fell out. All his presents were a huge hit. Everyone did better than I would have picking stuff out for him. I think the best part was the cake. He was so cute when everyone was singing to him. He seemed to think it was really great. I’m so glad all my friends could make it – I had so much fun, too!

Tomorrow, for his actual birthday, Mom and I are taking him to the Georgia Aquarium. I was lying in bed with him tonight telling him about our field trip to the aquarium. I asked him if he knew what an aquarium was and he said it was where animals lived. I said yes, it was where all the animals that live in the water are. I started telling him some animals that he would see. After each one he’d say “what else is at the ‘quarium?” and I’d say “umm, sea turtles.” This went on until I ran out of animals and told him we’d just have to see. He decided to come up with some of his own. He said he was going to give me more “choices.” He said, “hmm. hmm” and was really thinking about it, and then said “frogs.” It excited me that he really thought about it and came up with another animal that lives in the water. Then he thought about it some more, and said, “ducks.” I’m soo excited to take him to the aquarium tomorrow!!


DSC05665 by Paul Beechner
DSC05665, a photo by Paul Beechner on Flickr.

April 2, 2012

Lucas has become a little storyteller. Here are some he’s told me the past couple of days (I need to video tape them to get his intonation while he does it. It is very ‘then this happens and then this happens’):

“I’m going in the microwave. And cook myself. And be hot.”

“the door broke and blew open and lucas came in and door slam the fan and broke the fan. it’s gonna do that.”

“The dump truck scoops up Mommy and drives her and dumps her on the roof. The dump truck scoops up the dirt and dumps it on mommy’s head and the dirt falls on her head and down her face and in her eyes.”

He also likes to make his toys talk to each other. They do stuff like go swimming, take naps, and go to time out for hitting. He tucks his stuffed toys into his bed for naptime and diapers them on the changing table. He does imaginative play like the time he told me the bouncer frame was a car and he got in it and used a toy key chain thingy as the key to start and drive the car.

Lucas Latests

Today Lucas and I played baseball together. I semi got him to hold the bat correctly (as in keeping it in front of him instead of over his shoulder behind his back) and most importantly to watch the ball and not me. He can even hit it some of the time which thrilled us both. It is so so cute to see him so excited.

He is officially a 3-year-old now in my mind. Not because of a date that hasn’t happened yet, but because now everything you say, he responds with, “why?”

He is a pro at the iPad now and has been for a few months ever since he commandeered it from Paul. He knows how to type in the 4 number password to turn it on, go to the folder with his games, select a game, change options in his games, etc. His favorites are Angry Birds, an app that plays cartoon music videos of kid songs/nursery rhymes, and a game of shapes/colors that you can do different things with.

He is in his second week of taking School Skills and Sports Class at Gymboree. They are drop-off classes (yay) Tues-Thurs. I’m not entirely sure what he does in them, but they seem to sit at a table and learn stuff like shapes, read a book, have a snack, have play time, etc. The sports one they have a coach come in and do different sports.

No where on the potty training still. We don’t even try. I have no energy or patience for it.

Or anything these days actually. Lucas has become very needy since Arianna was born. He no longer will do anything off by himself. Instead he wants my attention All. The. Time. I do think I have gotten closer to him, though, since she was born because mostly Paul takes care of Arianna while I take care of Lucas. So now I’m doing all the stuff Paul used to do like bath and bed time. Doing 100% of the Lucas stuff instead of 50% of it has allowed me to get closer with him. I love that when I first get up in the mornings, he comes racing at me, throws himself in my arms, gives me a big hug, and says, “Mommy, I love you!”

there was an old woman who lived in a shoe…

this morning I’ve had my first taste of being a SAHM (stay-at-home mom) to two kids. Paul went to Bando and has only been gone two hours, but I’ve spent nearly the entire two hours going back and forth btwn the two kids getting stuff for them. Arianna wants a bottle, Lucas wants juice. back to giving her the bottle, Lucas wants toast. Arianna needs a new diaper, Lucas wants more juice. Arianna wants more bottle. Lucas asks for more toast. Abby barks at a person outside. Annabelle walks around the room repeatedly meowing. Lucas wants a third cup of juice. I’m getting really nervous about Tuesday when Paul goes back to work!


bossy lucas

paul: lucas, say ‘mommy is incompetent’
lucas: mommy is competent
(this repeats)
i start laughing really hard
lucas: mommy stop laughing (and covers my mouth)
(i laugh harder)
lucas: shut your mouth


(me making oatmeal, lucas tries to eat the uncooked oats)
me: no don’t eat that
lucas: i want some
me: you have to cook it first
lucas: well cook it

Week 1

 Mon – We got to go home from the hospital today! Arianna was soo tiny getting strapped into the car seat. Mom and Lucas were at home waiting to meet her. Lucas was sooo cute about first seeing his little sister. We were telling him how she wasn’t in Mommy’s belly anymore and he said, “check.” Then he lifted up my shirt to see my belly and said, “is out”. He wanted to hold her and hug her and kiss her, but we couldn’t let him since he’s been sick 😦 Mom has been sick, too, so she didn’t get to hold her yet either.

Mom had gotten the curtains done and hung them in the nursery while we were gone. They are so so gorgeous.

My first night home was a little rougher than expected, but not too bad.  Around 11pm she started wanting food hourly. At 1am, ten minutes after I’d fallen asleep (and apparently a really deep sleep since I’d already been dreaming, woke up groggy, and was shocked to have only been asleep ten mins), she woke up yet again for food. I was like, “what happened to the baby I had at the hospital that would sleep for 5 hours straight?” When I had this thought, it reminded me of when I brought Lucas home and thought I’d brought home the wrong baby (not seriously) because he had done the same thing. With Lucas, we later found out that he wasn’t getting fed enough and that’s why he’d cry hourly for food. With this in mind, I gave her as much bottle as she would take without worrying about if it made her spit everything up by giving her too much. Turns out she was ready to up her dosage and drank 40 and then 55mL the next two feedings compared to the 20mL she’d been drinking at the hospital. Yay for experience. I had solved the sleep problem in a single night that had me up for like a week with Lucas.

Tues – In the morning, the four of us got up and took Arianna to the pediatrician. That was pretty stressful because Lucas decided to be a total pain in the butt about everything. I missed pretty much everything that went on since I was busy dealing with Lucas and trying to fill out a billion family history questions as new patients at the practice in Towne Lake. I don’t know if the doctor was just trying to go fast to get us out of there or what, but the doctor didn’t seem very thorough. Lauren thinks also because she had just been seen at the hospital and they had her info from that, but i dunno. paul was quite frustrated by the end (mostly with scheduling), and I wasn’t impressed with them either, so we decided we are just going to go back to Dr Kola even though that means driving out to Acworth. In the evening, Dad came over to meet Arianna and brought us Longhorns for dinner. After dinner, Lucas took him upstairs to show off his new bed and bedding set, then they went to his playroom and worked together on the car engine. Lucas even got Grandpa to read him a book before he had to leave and Lucas had to go to bed. Lucas had so much fun hanging out with Grandpa, that he was still talking about it three days later.

Weds – i got up early when Lucas and Arianna did and kinda helped paul out a little bit before going back to bed for a long nap. in the evening, paul took Lucas to the playground since it was nice outside while i stayed home with Arianna. then Glenn and his daughter Shannon came over to see Arianna. They brought some cute little clothes for both Lucas and Arianna. It was nice of them to stop by. The day finished up with Jenn picking me up and the two of us having our weekly IHOP dinner. I was super tired when I got home, but still ended up not going to bed until 1am.

– pretty good day today. I slept in until 12, paul said Arianna slept most of the time, too, after he had gotten up with her. Sarah and Shelly came over and brought us some Chick-fil-A and we all hung out. Funny pic of both baby girls laying back and being fed bottles. After they left, Paul and I took Arianna out on the back porch to lie in the sun for a few mins while Lucas napped. Such a pretty day outside today. Just been chilling the rest of the day.

40 weeks…and still going

This week’s post is kinda long, but it actually ended up covering all the stuff that went on at the doc this week in my Babycenter weekly update. 

How your baby’s growing:

It’s hard to say for sure how big your baby will be, but the average newborn weighs about 7 1/2 pounds  and is about 20 inches long. 

How your life’s changing:

After months of anticipation, your due date rolls around, and… you’re still pregnant. It’s a frustrating, but common, situation in which to find yourself. You may not be as late as you think, especially if you’re relying solely on a due date calculated from the day of your last period because sometimes women ovulate later than expected. Even with reliable dating, some women have prolonged pregnancies for no apparent reason.

You still have a couple of weeks before you’ll be considered “post-term.” But to be sure your baby is still thriving, your practitioner will schedule you for testing to keep an eye on her if your pregnancy continues.

You may have a biophysical profile (BPP), which consists of an ultrasound to look at your baby’s overall movements, breathing movements (movement of her chest muscles and diaphragm), and muscle tone (whether she opens and closes her hand or extends and then flexes her limbs), as well as the amount of amniotic fluid that surrounds her (important because it’s a reflection of how well the placenta is supporting your baby).

Fetal heart rate monitoring (called a nonstress test or NST) will generally be done as well — by itself or as part of the BPP. Or, you may have what’s known as a modified BPP, which consists of an NST and an ultrasound to assess the amount of amniotic fluid.

If the fetal testing isn’t reassuring — the amniotic fluid level is too low, for example — you’ll be induced. If there’s a serious, urgent problem, you may have an immediate c-section.

Your practitioner will also check your cervix to see if it’s “ripening.” Its position, how soft it is, how effaced (thinned out) it is, and how dilated (open) it is can all affect when and how your labor is induced. If you don’t go into labor on your own, you’ll be induced, usually sometime between 41 and 42 weeks.

What’s the procedure like?

You may be advised to eat a meal just before the test in the hope that eating will stimulate your baby to move around more. Although there’s no hard evidence that this works, it can’t hurt. It’s also a good idea to use the bathroom before the test, because you’ll be lying strapped to a monitor for up to an hour. The test consists of:

A detailed ultrasound to observe your baby’s body movements, muscle tone (flexing of the arms and legs), and breathing movements (the baby’s ability to move his chest muscles and diaphragm), and the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding him.

nonstress test to assess whether your baby’s heart rate changes when he’s moving. For this, you lie on your left side. A technician straps two devices to your belly: One monitors your baby’s heartbeat and movement; the other records contractions in your uterus. The technician listens to and watches your baby’s heartbeat on an electronic screen.

So I had all of that done at my appointment today since I’m now considered “past due” of my Feb 13th due date that the doctors go by. However, since the original ultrasound due date was like Feb 18th, and she consistently measured behind like that at every ultrasound (and I’ve had 8 of them!), I don’t really consider her late yet. The nonstress test was actually kinda stressful for me, because I had Lucas with me in the room, and while I was *supposed* to be lying there restfully and counting fetal movements, I spent most of the time fussing at Lucas to stop pressing buttons on the machine and trying to keep him entertained. The midwife I saw today was able to get the results though, luckily. Then we did the ultrasound, which was kinda disappointing because Arianna is all lowered and in position (a good thing) so all the tech could see was the top of her head and not her face, so I didn’t get any pix this time. Arianna scored a 8/8 on her BPP  so everything is looking good in there. She measured at 7lbs 3oz currently. Her size measured her at only 38.5 weeks — even further behind than the other ultrasounds had been showing — but the tech said she could just be measuring small for her age. 

Unless I end up going into labor over the weekend, the current plan is: Monday @ 1 I go in to my regular doc for my 3rd NST (I had my first one at last Monday’s regular appointment). Monday evening I call the hospital and find out if they have a bed available for me, and as long as they aren’t full, I’ll check into the hospital Monday night. There they will give me a medicine(Cervidil) to prep me overnight. Then Tuesday morning I’ll be given pitocin to actually induce labor.

39 weeks

How your baby’s growing:

Your baby’s waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.”

Hmm even Babycenter didn’t have much to say about this week. Probably because nothing seems to be going on in there…it’s all just waiting. I had my 39wk check-up on Weds, and the doc said that nothing was going on. 0 cm dilated, ~50% effaced, and that she had lowered a little bit which was probably what is causing the ucky cramping i keep having. sometimes i can barely move. buuut, I’m hoping I still have until the end of next week, because anything before the 16th just doesn’t really work for me. i have my 40week appointment on Monday which will be when they schedule the induction. *fingers crossed i don’t go Mon, Tues, or Weds!*


Heather, one of my Girl Scouts, made me these awesome onesies for Arianna. Then all the scouts signed the back of one of them. So sweet!

36 Weeks

(i found this in my drafts folder, apparently it never got published)

How your baby’s growing:

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she’s in a head-down position.

A post Paul put on my Facebook that made me LOL:

This is what it is like living with you while pregnant 😀

So the heartburn has gone away over the past couple of weeks, but I still have the awful lower back pain when I try to sleep at night (or lie in bed more than a couple of hours). i still want to sleep all the time, and get headachey/dizzy occasionally.

we (paul) got the room painted and the border up!! i’m so excited how it is coming together

talked to a nurse today (my insurance has a nurse that calls me monthly to check on me), and found out that the ultrasound measurements are only accurate for due dates in the first trimester. that the babies grow at different rates, so just because she is measuring to be due Feb 18, doesn’t mean that is as scientific as it sounds. so now i have no idea when she will come. i’m sticking with *fingers crossed* my guess of the 16th. anyone else want to register a guess?

lucas vocab and news

1/14 i think it’s cool that Lucas has a pretty good grasp of verb tenses. we were doing laundry, and he was carrying some clothes to the hamper. he said, “Lucas getting it.” then after he dumped them in he said, “Lucas got it.”

1/16 Lucas got his big boy bed today! paul converted Lucas’s old crib into a full-sized bed, and the mattress and box springs got delivered. so now his crib mattress gets moved to Arianna’s crib, and he gets the big bed!

a few days ago when it was storming a bunch at night, Lucas developed a fear of thunder and lightning. one night the thunder was really close and kept vibrating the house. at 6am Lucas comes to our bedroom door, duckies in tow, and when i asked him why he was out of bed he said, “Lucas scared.” so i tried to let him cuddle in my bed, but he would not stop squirming and would not stop talking. since then, he has started waking up during the night (for no reason that i can tell) and comes to the door wanting to cuddle mommy. hopefully with his new big bed he might break the trend.

the other night i was trying to get him to climb up on the potty, and he kept being all distracted. so i was going “get on the potty, get on the potty,” over and over. finally he says, “okay, Momma, quit. mommy so annoying.”