Friday, March 30, 2012

Guess the Birthdate

In our family we like patterns and trying to find patterns in various events. Predicting when babies will be born is no different. Join us now in trying to predict when the Night Rooster will make his debut. The only problem with all our patterns is that many of them are conflicting. It's much easier to decide which patterns the data fit after the fact, but if you're lucky and guess correctly you get the glory of being right!

Pattern#1 All my babies have been born on the due date I calculated, however, all those dates were at least 1 day earlier than the dates my doctors were going by (Kiree's was nearly two weeks before the doctors thought my due date was). The doctors agree with my dates for this baby and they want to induce me a week early. So this one isn't looking too likely. April 12th

Pattern #2 All my babies have been born the day before one of Bob's siblings' birthday. Bob's sister Emily's birthday is April 4th, so this would leave us with April 3rd.

Pattern #3 My water broke with Jaide right after I finished my visiting teaching and she was born the next morning. I finished my visiting teaching for this month on Wednesday, so we know this one isn't going to be it. March 29th

Pattern #4 My water broke with Kiree the same day that I had a doctor's appointment in the morning where they set up an induction date, she was born the next day. They scheduled my induction date today. March 31st

Pattern #5 My water broke with Kiree while Bob's mom was flying out here. Bob's sister flew out last night and while I had a lot of contractions yesterday, no water breakage or baby, so another dud pattern. March 30th

Pattern #6 Jaide was born on a Wednesday, Kiree was born on a Thursday, could the baby be born on a Friday? March 30th or April 6th

Pattern #7 Everyone in our family has a birthday that falls on an even day of the year in non leap years. This is Bob's crazy pattern, ask him what that means for your predictions, because I'm not sure. I think that would mean the baby would be born on an odd day of the year this year???

Other info to consider:
The girls are hoping for an April fools day baby. My induction is scheduled for early morning April 5th. The baby has a cousin whose birthday is April 6th. My friend Danelle who is two weeks ahead of me still hasn't had her baby (she'll be induced this Monday if the baby doesn't come over the weekend) and she joked months ago that she might go late and I'd go early and beat her to it. The last thing I have scheduled to do is to take Kiree to the eye doctor the morning of April 2nd. At my appointment today I measured 1cm dilated and 50% effaced.
The baby is very active and very low (I think he likes the protection my pelvis provides him from sisterly overlove and accidental beatings).
So there you go. Comment amongst yourselves. The glory of being right on the internet is at stake!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Stuff I might have posted on facebook

Here's a sampling of things I thought about posting on facebook recently but didn't.

The girls very much enjoyed their brief visit with Grandpa yesterday. He was here for a meeting and flew in and out on the same day.

Had my first weekly ultrasound and non-stress test yesterday. One down, 0-3 more to go.

They estimate the baby now weighs 6lbs 15oz and he is head down.

This baby is so low!

Kiree is top dog at preschool this week, she got to present her top dog book (a book we made about her) today.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Still Alive

I haven't devoted much any time to blogging lately, so here's a little recap of what I've been up to.

I had a party to celebrate all the babies people are having. The theme was Baby 2012 and we had pink, white, and blue decorations. I crocheted blankets and made little nursing cover strap/clips (you can use it to clip a blanket over you or even to make a bib out of napkin for a kid) for all the mommies to be. I made gift bags with those things and a little bundle of diapers. They turned out cute, but it took some time to get it all done. It was a fun evening!

I also spent a bit of time before the party painting. We got the very last of the kitchen wallpaper off the wall 6 months to the day from when we bought the house! I got the kitchen painted and put up some glass mosaic tile above the skimpy counter backsplash. I still need to grout it. Bob changed out the light above the kitchen table. There's still a lot of things to do around the house, but fewer left that I'm hoping to get done before the baby comes. I'm planning to post before and after pictures on my other blog soon.

I'm now in my ninth month of pregnancy. I'm heavier now than I was at the end of my pregnancy with Kiree. People keep asking me if I'm due any day now. I feel like I could be. I'm lucky that I don't get swollen or have high blood pressure or gestational diabetes. I have my own problems, but it's nice to remember that I don't have other common ones. My left leg is so veiny it looks like it's been beaten. I've gotten so good at taking my shots that I have very few bruises. I'm not sure what position the baby has been in lately, but my leg hasn't hurt for weeks! It's been hurting a little today, so maybe he has gone head down? My next ultrasound is the 20th, so then we'll get to see. The girls are hoping for an April fools baby and I wouldn't mind that.

We think we may have mostly skipped winter here in Maryland. This week is forecast to be sunny and in the 70's. There are daffodils all over and the tulips are coming up. We hear lots of birds singing around our house.