Thursday, August 18, 2011

Favorite Andrew Quotes

I've been working on a list of some of my favorite Andrew quotes so that I don't forget them and thought I would share some.  Maybe I should try to get some on video...would be better future blackmail material :)

"I'm gonna be back" - keys in hand, heading to the front door
"I gotta eat" - climbing into his chair at home or at a restaurant
"Good boy, Mommy" - while I'm changing his poopie diaper. Have tried explaining that Mommy is a girl, but haven't quite gotten that down yet.
"I love you, Daddy" - has said much more often than I love you, Mommy.  Oh well...
"Please" - while rubbing his belly, the sign for please
I love driving!!
"Thank you" -we're raising a polite boy :)
"Don't worry, Mommy"
"Be quiet, Sunny!"
"Sit down!" - to either of the dogs while we're eating
"I need something" - when I go in to check on him at bedtime
"Bye! I gotta go to work"
"I have to ask"

I'm sure there's plenty more to come and I plan to update the list every so often (mostly so I can remember, but also because it might make others smile).

Friday, August 12, 2011

27 Weeks along and still kickin'

Turbo & PiYo day
People are sometimes surprised when I tell them that I am still teaching Turbo Kick this far along in pregnancy.  In fact, current recommendations state that pregnant women should exercise most, or all, days of the week at an intensity that allows them to carry on a conversation.  (no more keeping your heart rate under 140 beats per minute!).  Maintaining your current fitness level throughout pregnancy provides an array of benefits ranging from being better able to cope through labor, to returning to pre-pregnancy weight faster, and there are even studies that show that children whose mothers exercised while pregnant score higher on IQ tests!  Those are good enough reasons for me to keep up my workout routine as long as possible!  So I thought I would video myself (and my class) doing Turbo this morning to show those who are curious what Turbo at 27 weeks pregnant looks like.  Yes, I have toned it down quite a bit, choosing squats over burpees and skipping tuck jumps.  But I'm still sweaty and working hard.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Things to be thankful for

I like to remind myself every once in awhile of some of the things in life I am truly grateful for, so here's what I've been thinking about lately:

It feels like the last couple of weeks have been filled with news of babies being born and more friends expecting in the coming months. Among all of this wonderful and exciting news, there have been people I know facing challenges in these same areas.  This leaves me feeling incredibly fortunate for my pregnancy experiences thus far and for Andrew being the happy, healthy boy that he is.  I am grateful that I am able to continue my normal activities during pregnancy and can expect to do so for as long as I feel comfortable being as active as I am (5 Turbo classes per week can't last forever!).  Despite some minor discomforts and fatigue, I do my best not to complain because I know that others have had much more difficult pregnancies than me.  Hearing other peoples' stories and how they have handled unexpected challenges with grace and courage helps me to remember not to take having an uncomplicated pregnancy and healthy child for granted.

Monday, August 1, 2011

100 days left!

Down to 100 days left in this pregnancy!  It has gone by fast, but November still seems like a long ways away.  Even so, I am getting anxious to meet this new little one and have been imagining what life will be like with 2 monsters running around.  Carl and I have both been going back and forth on whether we think Andrew is getting a brother or sister, but I did have a dream that it was a little girl.  It was the first time I've had a dream like that.  If I'm right, I'll have to claim mother's intuition...although 50/50 odds also work in my favor :)

I've also been thinking about all the things we used when Andrew was little that were especially helpful and that we will definitely use again.  The first item is the Miracle Blanket.  Swaddling worked wonderfully to keep Andrew calm and help him sleep when he was little.  This blanket made swaddling so easy, and he was unable to break out.  The little arm wraps to keep baby's arms at his/her sides (we call it the baby straight jacket) are key!

See the resemblance??
Another item we used often was our Moby Wrap.  If you've ever looked into babywearing, you've probably seen the Moby Wrap and other similar carriers.  Both Carl and I could use the same wrap and both really enjoyed having our baby close.  Since Andrew didn't like to be still while sleeping, the Moby Wrap was a lifesaver.  I could wrap him up and walk around the house (or anywhere) and he would quickly and peacefully fall and stay asleep without killing my arms or back.  I've even loaned it out to a couple of mom friends because I knew they'd love it too.  Of course, I'll be getting it back by the time "Baby X" arrives!

Checking out the Illini Union
As Andrew got bigger and too heavy for the Moby Wrap, I tried both a woven wrap and ring-sling carrier.  I enjoyed using both of those as well.  I'm interested in finding other types of carriers to try with this baby.  I've heard good things about the Ergo Baby Carrier and the Boba Baby Carrier.  Both are soft structured carriers that adjust to the user and can be used to carry baby in a few different ways.  They seem simple to use and easy to get on and off.  I'll be looking for people to borrow from to try them out before buying.

I'll be wracking my brain these next few months to make sure we have the items that we're must-haves for us when Andrew was a baby.  While every baby is different, I think this will be a good start toward being prepared.  Hopefully this new baby doesn't throw us too many curve balls!