Monday, May 31, 2010

A few more pictures

Here are a few pictures Nate's mom emailed me from Nate's birthday party. The first is the "laying on of the hands" by the girls in our small group. Layla moved when one of them touched my belly, so everyone tried to feel her move but Layla stopped. Apparently she doesn't like to move on command.
Sanaa and her friend Ainsley enjoying some yummy cookies!

The time is here

We have had a busy, but fun weekend. On Saturday, my parents flew in from Oregon. They'll be staying with Sanaa while I'm in the hospital. We spent Saturday hanging out with my parents, Nate's parents, and Nate's brother and his wife. On Sunday I threw a 30th birthday party for Nate even though his actual birthday was on Friday. Our good friends from our small group and both of our parents were able to come. I made two ice cakes which turned out great. It was a fun evening just hanging out and talking with family and friends. Sanaa and her friend Ainsley also had a great time playing during the party, eating cookies, and staying up way past their bedtimes!

Today we spent most of our time relaxing, which was nice after such a busy weekend. After Sanaa's afternoon nap we drove my parents over to Nate's parents house where we feasted on grilled chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, plus a variety of side dishes. We all left quite stuffed.

This morning my parents also bought Sanaa an early birthday present, a tricycle. She enjoyed helping my dad put her bike together. I realized that after I loaded up the pictures onto the computer that I forgot to take a picture of her on the tricycle after it was put together. Oops. I guess I'll have to do that after I'm home from the hospital. Her legs aren't quite long enough to reach the pedals, but it's a tricycle she'll be able to grow into and should last us for years to come. She does enjoy being pushed around on it.

Our last picture as a family of three. Sanaa would not cooperate or smile for the picture.
Here is a shot of me on my last day of being pregnant. Tomorrow morning we head into the hospital bright and early for my c-section!

Monday, May 24, 2010

8 days

This morning I had my last doctor's appointment before Layla arrives. We are 8 days away from my scheduled c-section and Layla is still not interested in coming early. I guess it's good she's not coming early. It gives me 8 more days to hang out with Sanaa and get stuff done around the house.

My doctor talked to me about what to expect this time around since we're going straight in for a c-section. The c-section is scheduled for 7:30am and I have to arrive at the hospital by 5:30am. Yuck. I'm not much of a morning person. The c-section will probably take about 45 minutes and I'll most likely be in the hospital until Friday. Good thing my parents will be here to stay with Sanaa. They'll get lots of time to spoil her!

My doctor also told me to try and rest up this week. I wanted to laugh. She knows I have a toddler, since Sanaa goes to every appointment with me, so resting is hard unless it's nap time. I'll get some rest this weekend when we have family in town.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Our Friday night

What ever happened to Friday nights being fun? Last night instead of enjoying our Friday night we ended up taking Sanaa to an urgent care place. She was playing on our bed when she fell down and hurt her arm. She didn't fall off the bed, she just fell on the bed and landed funny. She cried and held her arm and we weren't sure what was wrong. She was able to move her arm, but I couldn't determine whether it was her elbow or wrist that was hurt. She would hold both. So, off we went to the urgent care place near us.

They x-rayed her arm and did not find any thing broken or any fractures. It was determined that she probably jammed her elbow or had something called nursemaid's elbow. Nursemaid's elbow is basically a dislocation of the elbow joint. The interesting thing was that after they x-rayed her arm she was actually able to straighten her arm better. So she could have easily dislocated it and then when they straighten her arm for the x-ray is was put back in place. Who knows. Today she is doing great and using her arm just fine. It's like last night never even happened.

On a more fun note. We got Sanaa a water table to enjoy since she loves water. This way she can enjoy playing in water and I don't have to get out her kiddie pool right now.

Isn't this how you use the table mom?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Obsessions

There are days that I truly don't understand my daughter and her obsessions. This morning after breakfast (while I was putting some items away in the panty) Sanaa found a can of hot cocoa mix. For the rest of the day Sanaa carried the can of cocoa around as if it were her favorite stuffed animal. The can went outside with her, it sat on the table when she ate, and it went upstairs with her at bath time (no it did not go in the bath!). If you attempted to take the can away Sanaa would give you an ear full. Luckily she did not ask for the can at bed time. I wonder what tomorrow's obsession will be.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Length of Swiss chard

I get a kick out of the pregnancy updates I get each week from BabyCenter. This week the baby is approximately 19 inches long, which was compared to a stalk of Swiss chard. I had to look up what swiss chard was.

I am now 37 weeks along and the baby is considered full term. I did have a doctor's appointment this morning and Layla is doing well. My doctor said it appears that our daughter is in no hurry to enter this world and will most likely enjoy her comfy home in my belly until my c-section date. I guess I shouldn't complain. At least by that point I'll have lots of extra hands around to help me with Sanaa and our new daughter.

I have one last appointment next Monday with my doctor. After that, it'll be time to check into the hospital!

Friday, May 14, 2010

The perfect rainy day toy

The best rainy day toy arrived in the mail during nap time! A large brown box big enough for Sanaa to sit/lay in. She's spent the better portion of the afternoon in the box coloring. I really should think about having one or two large boxes on hand for days like today when we don't get to go outside.

A rainy Friday

Currently we have rain and storms rolling through Texas. Good thing it's nap time. Maybe the rain will have passed by the time nap time is over so Sanaa can go outside to play. She is so full of energy today!

So far this week has been better than last week. That's probably because I learned to rearrange my days and errands so that I don't have to take Sanaa along. So until the Sanaa's sister is born I've been planning all my errands around Nate's days off.

One errand that Sanaa and I did today that wasn't planned was looking for a new washer. On Wednesday our washer died just after I put the last load in. It started filling with water and then stopped. Ugh. Why do appliances have to die at the most inconvenient time? Typically no time is convenient, but having my washer die 2 1/2 weeks before our second child is born definitely not ideal. I would much rather deal with a dead dryer. At least you can hang clothes up to dry. Doesn't my washer understand that I need to get things ready for the baby and my parents arrival? At least my in-laws are only 5 minutes away, so yesterday Sanaa and I made our way over there so that I could finish our laundry.

The pictures below Nate took. Sanaa keeps running off with my kitchen hand towels. She loves to put them on her head and then check out how she looks.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all my friends and family! I know I'm a day late on wishing everyone a wonderful day, but who wants to blog on Mother's Day? Nate was able to get a picture of Sanaa and I where Sanaa actually gave a small smile! She rarely smiles for the camera these days.
We had a relaxing day. We attended church in the morning (where there were 3 baby dedications!) and then hung out at home the rest of the day. We had planned to go over to Nate's parents house, but his poor mom was sick and we didn't want to take the chance of Sanaa or I catching anything. So we'll celebrate with them once she's feeling better.

This morning I had a visit with my OB. Everything is still going well. I'm still having a lot of back pain, but found out that Layla is now very low. The doctor believes some of my pain is due to Layla's position and unfortunately I'll have to tough it out until she's born. It still doesn't look like she'll come early, but we still have 3 weeks left so she could.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Visit to the ENT

Yesterday Nate and I took Sanaa to the ENT (ear, nose, throat specialist) to see what he had to say about her multiple ear infections and constant fluid in her ears. He checked her and she still had fluid in her ears yesterday. The doctor is not going to jump straight to tubes, but instead is attempting a different antibiotic with Sanaa. The doctor believes that Sanaa has had one continuous ear infection since Feb that never fully left and is actually resistant to the various antibiotics she's been on.

The doctor swabbed Sanaa's nose (which she hated) and took a sample of her snot. They are going to grow bacteria on it in their lab and then test different antibiotics on the sample to see if there is a certain antibiotic that will work best. For the time being she has been put on an antibiotic called Biaxin. It'll take about a week for the doctor to get results from the lab and he said if we needed to change antibiotics they would call us. Otherwise we'll just keep Sanaa on Biaxin for the next 14 days. This new antibiotic doesn't taste the best and Sanaa is at the point where she refuses any medicine from us (including Tylenol or Motrin which she actually liked). So, it is a huge struggle to get her to take this new antibiotic.

We will be taking Sanaa back to the ENT on June 7 for a check up. If Sanaa is better and her ears have cleared up then we won't be pursuing anything further with the ENT and we'll be doing a big happy dance! If Sanaa is not better, then the doctor said we will probably be talking about tubes.

So, pray that this new antibiotic will work and that Sanaa won't fight us when we give it to her! We would really love for Sanaa's ears to clear up. The doctor said that a toddler who has fluid in their ears hears about 30% less that normal. After 4-6 months of constant fluid in their ears their speech could be delayed. Sanaa has had fluid in her ears for 3 months and I would love for this whole ordeal to be over!

Monday, May 3, 2010

35 weeks

Only 4 more weeks to go before my c-section. I'm quite ready. If you read Nate's post from earlier today then you probably understand why I'm ready to have this baby. My lower back has really started to hurt the last couple of weeks. Nothing has helped. Frequent trips to the chiropractor, ice packs, heating pads, back strengthening exercises, etc have not helped. But I must say, after seeing the picture of me below it's no wonder my back hurts. I'm all baby and the baby just sticks out!
Here I am at 35 weeks.
Some pictures for comparison. These next two pictures are from when I was pregnant with Sanaa. In the first picture I was 34 weeks along with Sanaa and in the second picture I was 39 weeks along. It surprised me to look at these pictures and now I'm starting to understand why my back hurts so much more this time. Sanaa didn't stick out until the end.

This morning I had a baby checkup with my OB. Everything looks good. She is positioned head down and has a strong heart beat. I told my OB about my back pain, but there's nothing I can do different. My OB also said that I should make it to my c-section date. She doesn't expect me to go into labor early. I was kind of hoping I would, but I guess we just have to wait and see.

A Husband's Lament

Nate here.

So, I'm at work. Today I'm working a Back of House shift. What that means in my line of work is that I sit in the back of the store and fix broken Macs.

I have my iPad plugged into Pandora. Winning Combination. The high BPM EuroDance music that otherwise is absent from my life when I am around Rosa and Sanaa is streaming through the speakers at my workstation.

I remove a bad Logic Board from a Macbook Pro, put it aside, get the new Logic Board, and as I am about to put the Logic Board, my iPhone rings. I look at it. Rosa's smiling face shows up on my iPhone.

I answer.

The first thing that I hear when I hit "Answer Call" is a shriek so loud that I move the iPhone away from my ear. Even with that gesture, I suspect that certain treble pitches will seem a little less sharp from here on.

The shriek lasts about 5 seconds, during which time, I (unfortunately) kinda know what is coming, because that sounds like a Sanaa Shriek.

After the shriek fades, I hear Rosa sobbing over the phone. She asked me if I could take a break. I asked her what was happening.

She explained. As she spoke, my co-workers in the room stopped what they were doing and stared at me, because they could see the look on my face change.

She was trying to do the grocery shopping at Wal-Mart. As soon as she tried to take Sanaa into Wal-Mart, Sanaa started screaming at the top of her lungs. She wouldn't sit in the cart, and made Rosa hold her. This would have been bad enough, since being 8 months pregnant has given Rosa terrible back pain and holding Sanaa is difficult. But then, while being held by Rosa, Sanaa arched her back, threw herself back, and started squirming around.

Mental Picture Time: Rosa, 8 months pregnant and with excruciating back pain, trying to push a cart through Wal-Mart with one hand and in the other hand, a squirmy toddler who is simultaneously going limp, wriggling, and screaming at the top of her lungs.

Rosa had to leave Wal-Mart, without doing any of the shopping. She asked me if I could help. I knew this was a question out of desperation, since she knew that I couldn't leave work in the middle of a shift.

Thinking fast, I told her that if she emailed me the shopping list, I would do the shopping after work at 5:00.

She said goodbye, and hung up.


I think the worst part of the whole thing is that I was helpless to do anything. I think every father hates that feeling. We want to be the Superman who swoops in and makes the situation better. Unfortunately, the full-time job is our Kryptonite that keeps us grounded and laser vision impaired.

Sanaa has always been a challenge. She doesn't sleep much, and is pretty high maintenance and clingy. It is ideal to have both of us around to do "big important things" like shopping for groceries and.... buying stuff. Yeah. Its like that.

Taking care of her alone is sometimes like trying to fend off a Zerg Rush.



When I'm not around, Rosa has to tough things out the best she can and still get chores done. Now, things are shaping up for a Perfect Storm. Sanaa melts down more hardcore than she ever has, and Rosa doesn't have the physical ability to compensate for her squirming.

Let me turn to Scripture for advice and comfort when dealing with difficult children.

"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." (Eph. 6:4)

....

Paul didn't have kids.

Nate

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Budding Chef?

I took these pictures a couple of days ago and just never got them up. Sanaa spent some time at dinner one evening experimenting with her food. Apparently the bread with jam I gave her was a tad on the plain side.

Step 1: Add blueberry yogurt to the bread.
Step 2: Give it a taste test and decide it's not that bad. It's quite good.
Step 3: Add some rice, zucchini, and beef to the top of yogurt.
Apparently the final product did not look nearly as appetizing to her because she didn't bother to give it another taste test.