30 October 2012

dear burrito, week 32 (with pictures!)

Burrito Baby Bump Week 30 10.18.2012
Dear Little Miss Burrito,

We went last week on Daddy's birthday for your final ultrasound.  We were all excited to see you.  You decided that rather than show us your pretty little face you would jam yourself as far up against the side of my uterus as you could.  Then for good measure you put your fist square in the middle of your face.  The tech thought she could outsmart you and at least get us a good profile picture of you.  You put your other fist up near the side of your face and shoulder and wouldn't budge.  Apparently someone is into surprises and wants us all to wait until your big arrival to see what you look like.  

Dramatic Diva much?

That's OK.  At first we were a little disappointed.  I started thinking about it and we never had a 3D ultrasound of your sister and we all lived.  Plus, in a way I wish I could have been surprised with your gender...but since that wasn't really an option as far as preparing for you went, being surprised by your features is the next best thing.  

We did get some awesome 3D photos of your fist and foot.  
Burrito 10.26.2012 #2 (3D of hand)
Burrito 10.26.2012 #3 (3D of foot)

Your sister said you only have four fingers and three toes.  We need to get her some math lessons (even though it does sort of look like you have three toes).

You are estimated to weigh about 3 pounds, 12 ounces.  Which puts you in the 43rd percentile for weight.  I am a little confused by this because according to BabyCenter you should be a little less than three and a half pounds.  One would think that weighing more than what you should would put you in a higher percentile.  All I know is I may have gotten a little teary in the doctor's office because I may have started to worry that I am dooming you for a lifetime of obesity problems.  (And you thought I had possibly gone a week with keeping my hormones in check.  Ha!)  I also may have been a little upset because the nurse had me step on a scale and 27 pounds of weight gain with at least five to seven weeks to go isn't exactly what I wanted to see.  Also, your Daddy looked at how much I weighed and laughed.  Someone needs to inform boys that you NEVER look at how much a girl weighs and if you do then certainly DON'T LAUGH/SMILE/MAKE ANY INDICATION YOU SAW WHATSOEVER.  I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.

You have lots of fluid to swim around in.  However you are already in the head down position and the doctor said that will probably be how you remain in the coming weeks.  Your bottom is smooched into my upper right side with your feet stretched out to the left.  Basically you look like a sideways L inside my belly.  Hope you are comfortable.  

Your heart, belly, spine and brain look great.  They did not see the cord around your neck, which was also awesome news.  You had a heart rate of 154, which was a surprise.  You have consistently been at 140 or 141bpm since the very first time anyone checked, with the exception of once.  I know you move around a lot, but are you starting some sort of strenuous workout routine that I don't know about??

Really the only area of "concern" was that you are measuring a little small.  At least in terms of your femur and humerus bones.  The doctor, Daddy and I all agreed that you are fine and that we have nothing to worry about, at least for now.  A Dad who is 5'3" and a Mom who is 5'2" equals babies who are honorary members of the Lollipop Guild upon birth.  Your sister came into this world at just over 17" as did I.  We aren't worried in the least you are measuring small.  Actually, I think if you were measuring on the larger side we would be more concerned.  What would we do with a giant?  I mean besides having you grab things that are up high in the cupboard instead of dragging a chair over so that I can climb on the counter to reach things.  The doctor did say that she would schedule a follow up ultrasound if at the next appointment it appeared that my belly wasn't growing the way it should.  You just keep doing what you are doing.
Burrito 10.26.2012 (face)
We also scheduled your c-section.  I can't tell you how excited I am to have an end date on the calendar.  On one hand, I love feeling your little kicks and movements and knowing that you are busy growing and being safe and doing exactly what you are meant to right now.  On the other hand, I also want to hold you and see you and kiss your little face and hands and feet.  I guess what I am saying is I am ready for you to be here.  I know you aren't ready and so I will be patient and wait. 

We have an end date, Little Miss, which will be here sooner than we think.  Please no dramatic entrances into the world though, OK?

I love you,
Mama





dear burrito, week 32 (with pictures!)

Burrito Baby Bump Week 30 10.18.2012
Dear Little Miss Burrito,

We went last week on Daddy's birthday for your final ultrasound.  We were all excited to see you.  You decided that rather than show us your pretty little face you would jam yourself as far up against the side of my uterus as you could.  Then for good measure you put your fist square in the middle of your face.  The tech thought she could outsmart you and at least get us a good profile picture of you.  You put your other fist up near the side of your face and shoulder and wouldn't budge.  Apparently someone is into surprises and wants us all to wait until your big arrival to see what you look like.  

Dramatic Diva much?

That's OK.  At first we were a little disappointed.  I started thinking about it and we never had a 3D ultrasound of your sister and we all lived.  Plus, in a way I wish I could have been surprised with your gender...but since that wasn't really an option as far as preparing for you went, being surprised by your features is the next best thing.  

We did get some awesome 3D photos of your fist and foot.  
Burrito 10.26.2012 #2 (3D of hand)
Burrito 10.26.2012 #3 (3D of foot)

Your sister said you only have four fingers and three toes.  We need to get her some math lessons (even though it does sort of look like you have three toes).

You are estimated to weigh about 3 pounds, 12 ounces.  Which puts you in the 43rd percentile for weight.  I am a little confused by this because according to BabyCenter you should be a little less than three and a half pounds.  One would think that weighing more than what you should would put you in a higher percentile.  All I know is I may have gotten a little teary in the doctor's office because I may have started to worry that I am dooming you for a lifetime of obesity problems.  (And you thought I had possibly gone a week with keeping my hormones in check.  Ha!)  I also may have been a little upset because the nurse had me step on a scale and 27 pounds of weight gain with at least five to seven weeks to go isn't exactly what I wanted to see.  Also, your Daddy looked at how much I weighed and laughed.  Someone needs to inform boys that you NEVER look at how much a girl weighs and if you do then certainly DON'T LAUGH/SMILE/MAKE ANY INDICATION YOU SAW WHATSOEVER.  I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.

You have lots of fluid to swim around in.  However you are already in the head down position and the doctor said that will probably be how you remain in the coming weeks.  Your bottom is smooched into my upper right side with your feet stretched out to the left.  Basically you look like a sideways L inside my belly.  Hope you are comfortable.  

Your heart, belly, spine and brain look great.  They did not see the cord around your neck, which was also awesome news.  You had a heart rate of 154, which was a surprise.  You have consistently been at 140 or 141bpm since the very first time anyone checked, with the exception of once.  I know you move around a lot, but are you starting some sort of strenuous workout routine that I don't know about??

Really the only area of "concern" was that you are measuring a little small.  At least in terms of your femur and humerus bones.  The doctor, Daddy and I all agreed that you are fine and that we have nothing to worry about, at least for now.  A Dad who is 5'3" and a Mom who is 5'2" equals babies who are honorary members of the Lollipop Guild upon birth.  Your sister came into this world at just over 17" as did I.  We aren't worried in the least you are measuring small.  Actually, I think if you were measuring on the larger side we would be more concerned.  What would we do with a giant?  I mean besides having you grab things that are up high in the cupboard instead of dragging a chair over so that I can climb on the counter to reach things.  The doctor did say that she would schedule a follow up ultrasound if at the next appointment it appeared that my belly wasn't growing the way it should.  You just keep doing what you are doing.
Burrito 10.26.2012 (face)
We also scheduled your c-section.  I can't tell you how excited I am to have an end date on the calendar.  On one hand, I love feeling your little kicks and movements and knowing that you are busy growing and being safe and doing exactly what you are meant to right now.  On the other hand, I also want to hold you and see you and kiss your little face and hands and feet.  I guess what I am saying is I am ready for you to be here.  I know you aren't ready and so I will be patient and wait. 

We have an end date, Little Miss, which will be here sooner than we think.  Please no dramatic entrances into the world though, OK?

I love you,
Mama





29 October 2012

pumpkin carving 2012

I have a confession to make.  We aren't really all that big on Halloween around here.  Mabes is not a fan.  In fact, the entire holiday scares her.  She would prefer to forgo trick-or-treating and instead spend her time inside the house (in a princess costume), watching a movie with the shades shut tightly.

Every holiday can't be a favorite and I am OK with Halloween being at the bottom of our list.  However, one thing that Mabes looks forward to every year is carving a pumpkin with her Daddy.  
Pumpkin Carving #11
This year we picked up a large pumpkin and several smaller pumpkins.  The plan was that while Dan was busy with the knife doing the carving, Mabes could use some of my paints to decorate the little ones.  She thought that this idea was "magical."
Pumpkin Carving #10
She was also very entertained at how many different colors she was able to change the water as she dipped her paint brush in it:
Pumpkin Carving #3
Living in a warm climate like we do means our pumpkins tend to mold faster, so we try to prolong the carving for as long as possible.  When the day finally came she could hardly contain her excitement.

This year she really wanted her Dadda to make a pumpkin face that was chewing on a smaller pumpkin.  The thing is Dan already did that a few years ago:
Carved pumpkin #2
(Does anyone else find it ironic that the girl who is terrified of all things Halloween/Spooky/Scary likes the pumpkin chewing on another pumpkin face?!)

Instead she went with a Frankenstein themed pumpkin.  I found the stencil on a Better Homes and Gardens link from Google.  It was free and Dan approved.  Frankenstein for the win.  
Pumpkin Carving #18
When the time came to clean out the pumpkin Mabes realized how slimy it was and hesitated.  She tried picking out one or two seeds at a time before relenting and really digging in to clean it out.  
Pumpkin Carving #16
Pumpkin Carving #12
She was also in charge of placing the pumpkins where she wanted on the porch.  I think she did a good job:
Pumpkin Carving #17
I made them pose with their creations and of course Miss Mabes had to make as many different facial expressions as possible:
Pumpkin Carving #21
Pumpkin Carving #9
Pumpkin Carving 10.25.2012
Did you carve pumpkins this year?  

pumpkin carving 2012

I have a confession to make.  We aren't really all that big on Halloween around here.  Mabes is not a fan.  In fact, the entire holiday scares her.  She would prefer to forgo trick-or-treating and instead spend her time inside the house (in a princess costume), watching a movie with the shades shut tightly.

Every holiday can't be a favorite and I am OK with Halloween being at the bottom of our list.  However, one thing that Mabes looks forward to every year is carving a pumpkin with her Daddy.  
Pumpkin Carving #11
This year we picked up a large pumpkin and several smaller pumpkins.  The plan was that while Dan was busy with the knife doing the carving, Mabes could use some of my paints to decorate the little ones.  She thought that this idea was "magical."
Pumpkin Carving #10
She was also very entertained at how many different colors she was able to change the water as she dipped her paint brush in it:
Pumpkin Carving #3
Living in a warm climate like we do means our pumpkins tend to mold faster, so we try to prolong the carving for as long as possible.  When the day finally came she could hardly contain her excitement.

This year she really wanted her Dadda to make a pumpkin face that was chewing on a smaller pumpkin.  The thing is Dan already did that a few years ago:
Carved pumpkin #2
(Does anyone else find it ironic that the girl who is terrified of all things Halloween/Spooky/Scary likes the pumpkin chewing on another pumpkin face?!)

Instead she went with a Frankenstein themed pumpkin.  I found the stencil on a Better Homes and Gardens link from Google.  It was free and Dan approved.  Frankenstein for the win.  
Pumpkin Carving #18
When the time came to clean out the pumpkin Mabes realized how slimy it was and hesitated.  She tried picking out one or two seeds at a time before relenting and really digging in to clean it out.  
Pumpkin Carving #16
Pumpkin Carving #12
She was also in charge of placing the pumpkins where she wanted on the porch.  I think she did a good job:
Pumpkin Carving #17
I made them pose with their creations and of course Miss Mabes had to make as many different facial expressions as possible:
Pumpkin Carving #21
Pumpkin Carving #9
Pumpkin Carving 10.25.2012
Did you carve pumpkins this year?  

24 October 2012

mostly wordless wednesday: ripley's aquarium of the smokies

Last post about our Smoky Mountain weekend, I promise.

We crossed the state line into Tennessee to visit Gatlinburg Saturday afternoon.  Dan and I had been there before and knew Mabes would enjoy all that there is to see and do there.  The main reason for the visit was to see the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.  The girlie has been bugging to go to an aquarium for the last few months, so this was a major highlight for her.
Ripley's Aquarium #60
I'm going to let most of the pictures speak for themselves.
Ripley's Aquarium #58
Ripley's Aquarium #56
Ripley's Aquarium #50
Ripley's Aquarium #28
Ripley's Aquarium #24
Ripley's Aquarium #38
Take special note of the facial expressions Mabes makes when we took her in the underwater tunnel and there were sharks above her in the next series of photos.  Someone was less than thrilled.  Dan and I decided to ignore the meltdown and carry on after reassuring her that she was perfectly safe.  Once she figured out we weren't lying and that the sharks couldn't get to her she was as happy as could be and declared the sharks and penguins her two favorite parts of the whole trip.
Ripley's Aquarium #9
Ripley's Aquarium #10
Ripley's Aquarium #11
Ripley's Aquarium #14
Ripley's Aquarium #13
Ripley's Aquarium #18
Ripley's Aquarium #48
Ripley's Aquarium #21

Ripley's Aquarium #8
These giant crabs kind of freaked me out.  They aren't anything I would ever want to come across swimming around in the ocean:
Ripley's Aquarium #43
We also got to watch penguins create paintings with their feet.  
Ripley's Aquarium #31
Ripley's Aquarium #2
Ripley's Aquarium #4 Morray Eels
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