Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Baby Boy!

I went in for my detailed anatomy ultrasound on the 17th. Since my appointment was at 9am, we ended up bringing both the girls. They were very excited. Jaide guessed the baby was a boy. Kiree guessed the baby was a girl. Bob had also guessed girl and I had refused to officially guess since I have always guessed wrong. Very quickly I saw something on the ultrasound that looked kinda boyish. The technician got some views of the heart and then she showed us the little bottom. Sure enough, it was a boy. Kiree seemed to think that if the tech kept looking she would see that was a girl, but no, we told her, it was a boy and it was always a boy, we just didn't know until then. Jaide was happy to be right. Kiree was sad and then inconsolable. Bob had to take her outside for a while to calm down. Jaide stayed with me and wondered why we were still looking at the baby since we had already found out the gender. They have to look at all the baby's parts to see if he's healthy, I told her. That's the reason for the ultrasound, not just to find out the gender. Jaide was very interested in watching the rest of the ultrasound and she got very good at figuring out what parts of the baby were on the screen. The baby looked very good and is measuring right on with my dates, so he should be born no later than April 12th. The girls each got a print out of the picture of the baby's profile. That probably was the best picture and we ended up with four pretty much identical copies of it. No print out of the little boy shot though, so you'll just have to take our word for it.

one of the baby's legs and foot and a cross section of the other leg, ultrasounds make some creepy images some times.

When I had an ultrasound at 12 weeks, the technician remarked, "look at those long arms and legs!" They did look quite long. Bob wasn't there that time.
Maybe if he had been, it wouldn't have been so surprising. I'm scheduled to have one more ultrasound at 28wks. So far I've had a total of three this pregnancy. With Kiree, I had 13. I'm happy to not be needing so many this time around.

speaking of creepy pics, here is one of the baby's hand (center) and face (right)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Kiree had a birthday, shout hooray

Kiree with her cake, cupcakes, and one of the presents she opened throughout the day.

Kiree is four! Bob came home to have birthday lunch with Kiree and I. Kiree got to have a playdate with one of her best buddies and she got new toys! A drum, a playdoh pizza set, an art kit, and a Scooby Doo set were what she got.

I interviewed our newest four year old on her birthday.

M: Kiree, can I interview you?
K: Yeah, what's an interview?
M: I ask you questions.
K: Okay

What's your favorite color: purple, blue, and pink, and green.
What's your favorite thing you do at school: play and help make stuff.
What is your favorite place: amusement park
Favorite movie: Scooby Doo
Favorite Book: Dora's Time Adventure
If you could do any thing, what would you do: play with new toys, get a playdoh cake thing and a playdoh muffin maker.
What do you want to be when you grow up: (quietly) a mom (more animated) I wish I could be something awesome like a cowgirl, a pilot, or a firefighter.
What will you be like when you turn 5: just big
Do you think the baby is a boy or a girl: a girl!

Meg's observations:
Kiree is a sweetheart. She is very softspoken and tender hearted most of the time. Sometimes she is very feisty and loud! She can be very dramatic, she has declared many days the best or worst ever! She enjoys learning and asks lots of questions. She loves to practice new phrases she's learned and she remembers a lot. Kiree loves preschool and playing with friends. She loves her family very much and is very excited to be a big sister. She is starting to like running more and wants to be faster than Jaide some day. She is willing to try most foods and likes many of them. She has very long, curly, strawberry blond hair and hazel eyes. She and Jaide love to do things together even if they do annoy (and sometimes hit) each other frequently. Kiree often says hilarious things and seems to really enjoy making us laugh. She has asked us to sing Jingle Bells every night since last December. She loves to watch PBS kids and would watch all day if I let her. We couldn't imagine our family without her.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hershey's Chocolate World

Somebody's having a birthday tomorrow. In her honor, we went to Hershey's Chocolate World on Saturday. In Hershey, PA, near Hershey Park, they have a pseudo factory where people can go and learn about chocolate and spend money. We had fun. The tour is free. It's like a ride that takes you through how chocolate is made and it has singing animatronic cows! You get candy at the end. It was like cookies and cream balls, which the kids didn't like too much, but that didn't stop us from going on the ride, er tour twice.
We had lunch in the food court. Kiree and I had soup. I think my broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl was the best lunch of the bunch. Kiree had cream of tomato soup that tasted like the sauce in canned ravioli. Bob and Jaide had pizza and it turned out to be more than they wanted to eat.
The girls were very excited to see the Reese's guy. Jaide wanted a Reese's stuffed toy but we said no since she has a few million stuffed animals already.
I printed out coupons from the Hershey site, so we got a buy one get one free hot cocoa. That was pretty good too. Another coupon we had was for the chocolate tasting adventure, so we decided to do that too.
It was fun, we got to try five different kinds of chocolate plus some chocolate milk.

I learned that it takes 10 days to make regular chocolate and even longer for the fancy kind. At the end we all got "masters in chocolate tasting" from "Hershey University." The kids were excited, or hyper, it was hard to tell at that point. We then took these pics outside before heading home.

I had the bright idea of bringing the girls'
Halloween candy along to preempt the inevitable desire of the kids for us to buy them candy. A lot of the candy they had is Hershey's any way, so there you go. It was handy on the ride up (it did take long weeks to get there) but it got melty in the car (cold outside, hot in the car) and ended up in the trunk for the ride hom


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Wrap Up

My phone battery was dying so we sadly didn't get any pictures at the ward trunk or treat, but I debuted my Halloween costume there.

That same day was Kiree's preschool Halloween party and parade.

On Halloween Jaide's school had a parade.
It was difficult to see everybody and I couldn't get a good picture of Jaide.
I hope they do it differently next year. Jaide's class had a party that afternoon. I couldn't help out with it since I had to pick up Kiree from preschool right in the middle of it.

The girls wanted pizza shaped like a pumpkin for dinner on Halloween.

Bob carved the last pumpkin we hadn't carved yet quickly before dinner. I
drew the design on it and he carved.

Bob took the girls trick or treating and I handed out candy.
There was a hospitality table set up at one of the neighbors' house. We had several trick or treaters but still ended up with quite a bit of candy left over. Between that and the girls' hauls from trunk or treat and trick or treating, we have a lot of candy in the house. I'm trying to resist temptation since sugar and I don't seem to be getting along as well as we used to. Today we take down the Halloween decorations and start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas!