Monday, December 31, 2007

Baby Announcement

It took me over a week to send out the word to my friends, and now a week after that, I finally found time to post to the blog!

Little Aaron was born exactly two weeks past his due date on Dec 13th, 12:07 AM and immediately made it into the heavyweight category at 10 lbs 12 0z and 21.5 inches long. The hospital didn't have big enough diapers in the delivery room! Residents were on tour through my recovery room to see the 'big baby,' and every time the pediatrician-on-call came into the room, there was some comment about having a baby the size of a two-month-old. And, no, there was no evidence of gestational diabetes according to a glucose tolerance test administered two weeks before.

I'll avoid any further details about the actual event except to say that the induction was absolutely the best idea (the baby did not seem ready to go anywhere on his own) and the epidural was heavenly--and that's not even an exageration. Kudos go to my doctor for scheduling when he was on call, knowing me and my history well enough to let me give this delivery the old college try, and having a whole team on hand in case of some typical problems encountered with delivering large babies (not needed, thankfully).

The desire to tell the 'birth story' is fairly overwhelming (part of the pride of accomplishing something so awesome), but for sake of my modesty (in a few months and years I just look back on that kind of stuff and blush) and because I don't want to strike fear into the hearts of those who may be facing this in the future (being in the situation is completely different anyway--the reason all pregnant women should think twice before watching the videos so helpfully offered up at child birth classes).

Ta Da!


He did look a bit like he was hit by a truck (and I felt the same way for over two weeks), but he looks much better now--less bruised.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Overdue Baby!

I announced my pregnancy a really long time ago--and guess what! I'm still pregnant. Eight days overdue and still counting. I'm still debating about going for an induction, although recently leaning towards just doing it. I'm still fairly comfortable--I can sleep OK (at least better now than when the baby finally arrives) and still getting around. The baby, however, is BIG! He measured 10 lbs on the ultrasound and he's only going to get bigger. I am nervous about needing a c-section if we decide to induce, but I'm also nervous about needing a c-section if I wait. Scheduling the induction also means that I can line up my parents to take care of my girls while I'm in the hospital.

My other two girls were all natural (planned and unplanned) and I think I'm going to epidural it this time. Someone was trying to talk me out of it (just like I probably did to some other poor mother at some point) and for the life of me, I just can't imagine why I wouldn't go for the epidural. I know why I didn't the first time--scaredy cat! Long needles, spines, possibility of having too much medicine and not being able to walk aferward, not enough medicine and it not taking, being under constant monitoring so you can't walk around, spinal headaches--yadda, yadda, yadda. All good reasons--but I think I'll definitely consider it this time around.

Same thing with the induction--natural isn't necessarily all it's cracked up to be!

Movie Recommendation--Original Cheaper by the Dozen from 1950

Cheaper By the Dozen

This is a great movie adapted from Cheaper by the Dozen, a book written by two of the children. Do not confuse it with the movie staring Steve Martin. My daughter and I watched it and we enjoyed the humor as well as the parent's very active parenting style! I particularly enjoyed when the father talked about 'no formal lessons' and the dining room is painted with information about the solar system. No formal learning, but certainly an environment in which to learn.

Newest Reading

Here is what my eight year-old has read so far this school year (on her own with very little reading aloud from the parents):

Most of The Secret Garden
A Nancy Drew book (can't remember which one)
Graphic novel of Frankenstein
Graphic novel of Black Beauty
Junie B., First Grader: Boo...and I MEAN it!
The Snow Spider (Book 1 of the Magician Trilogy, 160 pages, no illustrations)
Emlyn's Moon (Book 2 of the Magician Trilogy, 176 pages, no illustrations)
Part of Chestnut Soldier (Book 3 of the Magician Trilogy, 208 pages, no illustrations)
The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, Book 1) (288 pages, very few illustrations)
The Unusual Suspects (The Sisters Grimm, Book 2) (288 pages, very few illustrations)
The Problem Child (The Sisters Grimm, Book 3) (304 pages, very few illustrations)
1/2 of The Edge Chronicles Book 1: Beyond the Deepwoods (288 pages, pen and ink drawings frequently appear along with the text)
Various stories from the Grimm Borthers

Reading along to an audio book:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Audio only:

The Golden Compass
The Subtle Knife
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tailor of Gloucester