Monday, November 30, 2009

Any Guesses?

We're having our 18W ultrasound on Thursday and we will hopefully find out then whether we're having a boy or a girl (unless Baby does not cooperate, which is entirely possible considering what happened at our last ultrasound).

If you'd like to make an "official" guess, please leave it in the comments before Thursday at 11am.

Here's a little rundown of the differences between this pregnancy and the last one, in case that helps anyone with their guess...
  • I had much less morning sickness this time - less than a month compared with almost four months with Jude.
  • I have gained a little more weight this time - 5 lbs at 18W compared with 2 lbs at 18W with Jude - but both are low for this stage in pregnancy.
  • I felt this baby move for the first time at around 15W - compared with first movement at 17W with Jude. But most people say that it's common to feel the second baby move earlier. maybe because it's easier to distinguish fetal movement from random bubbles and so on.
  • I have been really sick during most of this pregnancy. I had something like the flu in September, a sinus infection in October, and a really bad cold for the second half of November. I don't remember being this sick (other than morning sickness) with Jude.
  • Belly-wise, I'm definitely showing more at this point than I was with Jude - but again I think that's common with the second baby.
  • Heart rate at the first ultrasound was higher (170s vs. 150s) but heart rate since then has been the same.
  • With Jude I had pretty bad back pain in the first trimester. With this baby, I've had shoulder pain (I think from lifting Jude with my right arm).
  • With Jude I had round ligament pain (sharp pains in the abdominal area) in the fourth month. Nothing this time - the ligaments are probably still stretched from last time!
  • Cravings this time: root beer, Doritos, baked potatoes. Last time: none until pretty late. Both times I have had aversions to chicken.
  • In general, I would say that other than getting sick so much, this pregnancy is easier than my last one. Sometimes almost a whole day goes by and I forget that I'm pregnant. I barely even notice the changes - maybe because I know that although I've gotten a little bigger, I'm going to get so much bigger that this is nothing.
I would have included some photos, but we didn't get it together in time and I wanted to post this today to give people a few days to make their guesses. I'd love to hear what you think!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Number One in Our Hearts

Jude is 15 months old today! It has been an amazing run.

Trip report: our first baby has successfully crossed the line to small person. Tonight his mom asked out loud - "Jude, how can you be so short, but still be such a regular person in every other way?" He was banging all the pots in the kitchen with a carboard wrapping paper tube. It turns out that they all make slightly different sounds. Jude did not reply to this, but I could see some sarcasm in his gaze as he glanced back at her. What are you thinking, you little monster? Maybe something like, "You ain't seen nothin' yet."

Jude has successfully completed the race distance of 15 months of life. There was a close call at the Children's Museum treehouse last week, but we've put that behind us. Tonight he was awarded this medal for bravery in combat and courage under fire. Actually, he just found it in the toy bin and wouldn't put it down. But it looks good on him.

What will the next months bring? Our boy is healthy and happy in every way. You had better live it up, little Jude. There is a little sister or brother on the way that will change your life forever. In the meantime, you get all our cheers, all our attention, and all our love. Go for the gold, baby! Sprint it to win it!
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Friday, November 20, 2009


Jude has a new obsession. He LOVES helping Daddy do the dishes. It is basically impossible to do dishes when he's within earshot unless you're willing to pull over the little desk and let him participate.

Although Jude's not actually doing much cleaning, Daddy reports that it is not actually MORE difficult to do dishes with Jude's help. At least he's occupied, and happy, and he does bring some enthusiasm to the job.

My grandmother would say that Jude's Virgo is showing.

Or could it be a Piscean love of water? Jude also loves baths... And washing his hands. And drinking from the water fountain. He also said "water" the other day.

You can't really argue when the kid is so darn happy.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009


Sometimes Jude starts laughing and doesn't stop for hours... Well, minutes at least.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Quick Update

I don't have any photos to share tonight, so words will have to suffice.

I saw my doctor last week, and the baby's heartbeat sounded strong at about 150 beats per minute. We scheduled our next ultrasound for December 3 and this is when we'll (hopefully) find out if we're having a boy or girl. I also got my H1N1 vaccine, and I was pretty happy about that until...

I got sick the next day, and I've been sick ever since. It started out as a slight cold, then I started having flu symptoms. The literature that I got with the vaccine said that minor flu symptoms were not uncommon in the day or two following the shot. Those did go away by late Sunday, but then my cough got a lot worse and I was having trouble breathing. I called my doctor on Monday and got an inhaler and some stronger cough medicine and thought I was getting better... And then last night I couldn't breathe again and I'm having a lot of sinus pain. One thing after another! I'm just hoping this goes away soon because I've now been sick for almost a week.

Jude and E Ben have been doing pretty well without me (and luckily they are not sick). Tonight they're in Eugene visiting a friend in the hospital and also Uncle Fred and Aunt Alison. We shall see what tomorrow brings...

I should also mention that I've been feeling the baby move for a couple of weeks now. Not every day, but most days, and the movements are getting stronger. Yesterday I felt a big pushing kick up into my ribs. Must have been a big stretch for the little one!

Friday, November 6, 2009


Jude's language skills are exploding. It seems like every day he says a new word. Here are a few of his most consistently-used words:

Uh-oh - this was his first "word", and is still the one he uses the most. Sometimes it comes out more like uh-ooo, or ai-ooo, but we still know what he means. When he drops something, he'll repeat uh-ooo over and over until someone picks it up for him (if he's not able to get it himself).

Hi - this one is a real crowd pleaser, especially among the grandma set. It comes with a huge smile.

Da-da - an obvious favorite

Moo - Jude, what does the cow say?

Hoo - Jude, what does the owl say?

Dog-dog - anytime he sees a dog or a picture of a dog

Hug - although the untrained ear might not be able to figure this one out

Bobo - the name of the monkey in his HUG book

Ball - anytime he sees a ball

Du-t - this is how he says "duck"

There are a couple of others he's said a few times, like "house" and "mouse", and sometimes he'll deign to call me "Mama". I can't wait to see what he has to say in a month from now!

I love this photo of Jude and the leaves. He ran and played and fell in leaf piles all afternoon on Wednesday. Wish I could have been there!

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Last Fall Day

The sun shone bright and warm on that last sunny day of our fall. Jude, Gregor, and E Ben jumped in the car and headed out the Gorge, to great-grandmother's house in Hood River.

We raked leaves, went for a hike, and breathed in the changing season.

Jude is finally getting the hang of raking.
On our way back to Portland, we stopped at the Charburger Restaurant, a family favorite that sits on the banks of the Columbia River in the town of Cascade Locks. I introduced Jude to an old friend of mine - Injun Joe, the wooden Indian. Jude was pretty scared, but he still managed to touch Joe on the knee. Joe didn't say a word.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Baby in the Belly

We've been playing "Baby in the Belly" lately around our house. Sometimes we ask Jude "Where's the baby?". He might point to my belly, or to his belly. Sometimes he just wants to stick his finger in my belly button. The other night we used the doll baby, sticking it into a pouch in my zip-up jacket. I don't think he really gets it, but he does love his baby doll...

So, in case anyone hasn't figured it out yet, we are expecting Baby #2. Official due date is May 1, and so we have just completed the first trimester. People have been telling me that mothers always seem much more relaxed when pregnant with their not-first baby. I definitely feel relaxed about some things. I have a funny example. With Jude, we saved every fragment of paper, ultrasound picture, and piece of literature related to pregnancy. For this baby, I haven't even started a folder. We did get a photo from the first ultrasound (which I can't find), but I've had two more ultrasounds since then and completely forgot to ask for a printout. So, I basically have no physical evidence at all of this baby (other than my changes, which are not inconsiderable).

In general, this pregnancy has been easier (so far) than Jude's. I had morning sickness for a few weeks, but not the 20 weeks of sickness with Jude. I've also been really tired and spending a lot of time on the couch. See photo evidence below - luckily Jude is really into reading books these days. I don't remember being this tired last time, but then again I didn't have to spend my non-working time chasing around a toddler. I probably spent just as much time on the couch, but since I had nothing better to do nobody noticed. Pregnancy has been good for my book-reading count. Nine books in September, and ten in October! A new record. I'm taking a little break for the first few days of November.

I'd better save the rest of the details for a later post, since we need enough material for a post a day for the month of November. Luckily the pregnancy is no longer a secret, so I can write about what's really on my mind.

And for those of you trying to do the math, Jude and the new baby will be about 20 months apart if he/she goes full term. Jude's had a real good life so far. I hope he's enjoyed it. Once May hits, it'll never be the same.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Chores at The Ranch

Jude has been spending a lot of time with his Grammie this month. He gets to sleep over her house, but he does have to work for his keep. Here are some photos of Jude doing his chores up at The Ranch.


Blowing leaves...

Potting some plants for the winter...

And last but not least, sorting nuts...

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Hey Jude Schematic

(credit to loveallthis)

Thanks to a friend, we now have this creative flow chart of Jude's namesake, of Beatles fame. Notice how the "na" repeats.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Video

Here's a video from last night:

Closed Captions (for Jeff): "Do that to mom, show her, show her how you do that... Halloween 2009: Jude was a pumpkin on the outside, but he's a pirate on the inside."

First Halloween

This year marked Jude's first real Halloween experience. He dressed up as a pumpkin, and we visited 4 separate houses to get candy for our bucket. He's a cute pumpkin, alright. This post marks the first of many that will scar Jude later in life.

I predict this shot will make it into Jude's high school yearbook with the caption, "We love you, pumpkin!"

Trick or treating at the neighbor's house ~ Jude poses with the ladies (Alice, Pocahontas, and The Girl from that one book.)

By the end of the night, Jude was feeling the spirit of All Hallow's Eve. We stayed up past his bedtime to wait for trick-or-treaters. He got a little rambunctious (in retrospect, it might have been his first piece of chocolate.) He chased us around the room with his Derek Jeter bat, a pirate sword, and a hairbrush.

In his excitement, Jude fell down and bit his lip about 7:30. That ended the night, but at least we finished up with some blood and gore!
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