Time Machine – January 2012

Happy Halloween! We’re going to be heading out early to do some trick-or-treating while there’s still some light out. It’s a chilly day here in New York so we’re going to have to bundle up as much as we can under our costumes. Two years ago I gave Charlie a Transformer’s Rescuebot in exchange for his Halloween candy, and he was happy to make the trade! We’re going to do the same thing with both kids this year, but of course they’ll get to eat a couple of treats tonight. Hope you have a happy and safe Halloween!

Placentas get me every time

A very long while ago, I wrote about how much I hoped for “normal” this time around.  And at 29 weeks, I must say that my wish has been granted for the most part.

We moved when I was just out of the first trimester and while finding and getting set up with a new OB was a bit of a hassle, my new doctor is very nice and was very supportive of my desire to try to have a VBAC this time around, assuming everything is looking good when I get close to my due date. While I’m happy to have a repeat cesarean section if necessary, I can’t help but put a lot of hope on a successful VBAC. Finn and Elliot will be just under two years old when Baby 3 is born and won’t really understand what’s happening. The idea of me not being able to pick them up or let them crawl on my lap for snuggles makes me really motivated for the VBAC. I think if they were a little older and had a better concept of a new baby, an owie, etc. I wouldn’t be so set on this path, but I feel like the (hopefully–fingers crossed) easier and shorter recovery would make the transition a little easier on Elliot and Finn.

I had my anatomy scan at 21 1/2 weeks.  Everything with the baby looked good, but they didn’t get all the shots they needed. My OB noted that my placenta was a little low at just over 2 cm, but that it was still far enough away right now to not be considered a problem. He said there was plenty of time for it to move up. I’ve read several threads on the boards about placentas that moved up over time, so I didn’t think anything at all about it.

I had another ultrasound at 26 1/2 weeks to try and snag the views that baby boy refused to give last time. Again, everything with the baby looked perfect. It’s such a relief to be able to just enjoy an ultrasound and not worry about whether the baby is okay! I love being “boring.” In my appointment after the ultrasound concluded, my OB said the only concern was . . . my blasted placenta. It is now measuring about 1.75 cm away from the cervix, putting me in the range that could lead to a required c-section if it doesn’t move its sweet self higher. He again assured me that there was still plenty of time for it to move up and that I would have a follow up scan in a few weeks to see where it’s at. He wasn’t particularly concerned and didn’t give me any restrictions, but did caution me that if I had any bright red spotting to call him.

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Registering For Baby #2: What We Have, What We Need, What We’ve Learned

When it comes to registering for baby number two, there’s a lot we can already check off the list. Here’s a list of great products we will be reusing (and recommend!) from baby number one, as well as what we’d like to add for baby #2!

1. Boon Naked Collapsable Bathtub : We chose this tub because it works great for small space living, collapsing flat to hang on the bathroom door, and angles to support baby from newborn on up! We didn’t (and still won’t) have a sink deep enough for the even more convenient sink tubs, and found this to be a perfect alternative.

2. Avent Soothie Pacifier : Newborn Roman preferred these above all other pacifiers, and I loved watching his little mouth suck away through that hole in the middle.

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Talking to Parents of a Special Needs Child

Sometimes D’s issues aren’t obvious, so I don’t think we have hit the worst of the peanut gallery yet. However, Mr. T and I have still had plenty of people say extremely hurtful and inconsiderate things to us about D’s situation. We try not to dwell on them (beyond complaining to each other), but some things stick with me.

One of the exchanges I will never forget was our first time going to D’s weekly PT appointment. At that time, D was on the IV and feeding tube for the vast majority of the day, so he was hooked up as we were in the waiting room. I’m sure I looked pitiful, hauling him in his bucket seat, plus his backpack and diaper bag, with three tubes running. I sat down and was playing with him when I heard a voice say, “Wow, I just hate to see kids with medical equipment.” I said something like, “Well he needs it and it’s keeping him healthy so I’m trying to stay positive.” The guy then asked what it was; I explained it was a feeding tube and an IV, and then he proceeded to tell me how convenient it must be to not have to feed my child, as his (seemingly) perfectly healthy preschooler ran around the waiting room. I just stopped making eye contact and ignored him, but I was so angry and also just wanted to cry. I hated the pity, and the othering – at a pediatric therapist’s office no less! I still don’t have it in my heart to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, but I know that many people may say comments without thinking through them first.

We’re a family with ups and downs – just like everyone else!

I can only talk about things that are personally offensive or hurtful to me, but I think that they would also apply to many other families who are in similar situations with LOs with either temporary health scares or chronic illnesses. Here’s what I recommend not to say to me, acquaintances, dear friends, or strangers on the street:

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Hopscotch Twins Have Arrived!

I’m excited to share that last week the Hopscotch twins made their arrival – right at 38 weeks! We are quickly finding out that twins are a whole lot of work, but of course incredibly loveable!

On the left is little miss and on the right is little mister (when I’m less sleep deprived I’ll come up with better names – feel free to give me your suggestions!).

She weighed in at 6 lbs, 4 oz and 19 inches long, while he weighed in at 6 lbs, 9 oz and 19.25 inches long. Yep, that means I had almost 13 pounds of baby in me at the end! Crazy. They also look so delightfully different from one another I still can’t get over it. I’m pretty sure that she is a mini-me and he is a mini-Mr. Hopscotch.

I’m especially excited to share their birth story; in addition to wanting to ensure I remember it all, I really want to share it because it seems rare to hear about twins who are born vaginally. When I found out we were having twins, I immediately assumed I’d be scheduling a c-section. I had no clue that trying for a vaginal birth was something we could even think about, let alone successfully accomplish!

While I’ll be snuggling up with these two for awhile, I hope to be back to blogging more regularly!

DIY Monster Toss

I am class mom this year for Drake’s Pre-K class. Our first party is coming up this week, a Halloween party, and I have been preparing to make it fun and entertaining for the kids. In the few weeks leading up to this party, I have been glued to Pinterest looking for ideas and decided I wanted to try to make a monster toss game similar to this one. Because I would need to be able to carry this in and out of Drake’s school by myself, I decided to only use one piece of wood for weight.

These are the materials I used:

  • 1 sheet of plywood
  • Paints (water based from Michaels)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw

I drew out the monster outline and Mr. Chocolate cut out the mouth for me over the weekend  Then I sat outside and painted (with a little help from my little monsters).  It was quick and easy and took us only a matter of hours to complete.

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Christmas Pyjamas for the Family

Christmas jammies are a big deal in the Oatmeal household. Every Christmas Eve, we unwrap a brand new pair of cozy PJs to curl up in and eagerly await Santa. Now that Little Oats is in the picture, I’ve fallen in love with the idea of family pyjamas; coordinating looks for Mom, Dad, kids and pets! Everyone can get in on the snuggly PJ fun. Here are the best I’ve found this year:

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