I can’t wait until it’s time for the kiddo’s to start learning to play instruments other than the piano. Have I mentioned how much I hope one of them pick the guitar? How awesome would that be? Who cares that I’d be pricing and buying Elixir guitar strings for the rest of time. It would be so worth it! Maybe I can even convince them to teach me to play, too.
Today, we had high’s in the 60′s! For February, we were pretty thrilled with that! It melted all of the remnants of our 12-inch snowstorm from a couple weeks ago.
We threw open the windows and took the kids outside for the afternoon (even though I’m supposed to be on couch rest….I did sit most of the time I was outside, though).
I could definitely get used to this weather. Unfortunately, we have thunder storms coming tomorrow and the possibility for a tiny bit of snow on Thursday. Then the temps will swing back up to the 50′s, only to drop back down to the 30′s a few days later. The weather is bipolar, I’m telling you!
One of the advantages of being on “couch rest” is that I have a little extra time for working on projects that could otherwise get neglected. Not a ton of extra time, because hello. Three kids who make “couch rest” super hard.
One of the projects I was able to finish was Ava’s Hudson Hat! It’s completely done except the pom poms for the top and ties that my grandma is sending us. Even if there isn’t any more super cold weather this year (here’s hoping), it has plenty of growing room, so she’ll still be able to wear it in upcoming winters.
Two more hats to go! I need to do Carter’s and then I’m going to do one for the baby too, when we find out the gender. And let’s face it, if it’s a girl, we may need a few good bankruptcy lawyers . I’ve already been drooling over all the girly yarn and clothes!
Have you ever imagined how hard it would be to be on “restricted activity” with three other children? Especially when one is a high maintenance 19-month-old? It’s HARD!
Basically, I’m not on bedrest, but that’s what I’m shooting for. Because when I fall miserably short, I think I’m falling right about where I’m supposed to be. I camp out on the couch as much as I can most of the day, we watch way too much Disney Channel, we do school on the couch, we read books, etc. That’s what my days look like right now. This afternoon, though, I cheated and got up when I didn’t *have* to, so that I could wax my eyebrows. That’s how bored I was. I hate waxing them and hadn’t done it in months, but suddenly I just *had* to! LOL
Ava is going to be seven in just a little over a month! *thud*
Part of what that means is that we’ll be starting piano lessons shortly (seven years old is my magic number for starting lessons). And then once she has that down, we’ll be moving on to another instrument of her choice. I don’t think she has any idea what she’ll choose…maybe a hohner melodica ? It’s certainly one of the more interesting options!
Unfortunately, this pregnancy has not been as uneventful as we had all been hoping.
At about 8 weeks, I started having some brown spotting. I didn’t pay much attention or call my doctor…it was brown, after all. That means old blood, not a big deal. At exactly 10 weeks, I started gushing blood and cramping. I was absolutely certain I was losing the baby. I couldn’t imagine gushing blood for 5 hours and still having everything be OK.
This also happened in the middle of a 12-inch snowstorm. My doctor’s office was closed the next day because of the snow, but I had my 10-week appointment scheduled for the following day, so I figured I’d just wait for that. When I told the nurse and then my doctor what was going on, I could tell they assumed the worst, too. My doctor said he’d just check for the heartbeat since he had the doppler right there and the sonographer was out of the office. It took him forever to find it, but I was shocked when he found the heartbeat! He told me to come back the next day for a sonogram.
The next day, the sonographer found a couple little pockets of blood around the sac, but nothing to be concerned about. I figured the worst was over. But the day after that was Saturday and after the fun show at church, I started gushing blood again. I got anointed and then we had to get out of there. When I say gushing, I mean gushing. It would have gotten really embarrassing really fast.
This time, the bleeding lasted longer and was heavier. It lasted until Sunday morning, and of course I had to wait until Monday to call my doctor’s office (I wanted to avoid the ER if at all possible). On Monday, I went in for another sonogram and they found a fairly large subchorionic hemorrhage that had materialized during the previous 48 hours. Since then, I’ve been on restricted activity to try to avoid aggravating it and causing other awful complications.
I have another doctor appointment the day after tomorrow (my doctor wanted to see me in 1-2 weeks, rather than a month like I normally would at this stage of pregnancy) and I’m really hoping for an ultrasound. I haven’t had any more significant bleeding and even the spotting has dried up in the last 24 hours. That makes me nervous, because in the past, it’s gotten better right before the floodgates opened again. Anyway, I really want an ultrasound to see what’s going on in there. Since the hemorrhage was right near my cervix, the sonographer told me it would probably bleed out rather than reabsorbing, and since it hasn’t bled out, I’m nervous about how big it’s gotten.
Ava and I have been spending lots of time working on her song that she’ll be singing for the Fun Show. I really hope she has time to get it all learned before next week! Just think….in a few years, I’ll be helping her try to get a song learned on some instrument before a performance. I wonder if it will be a guitar or vandoren bass clarinet mouthpieces at wwbw or the flute, or something else? Hopefully it will be the piano before any of those!
Tonight I got my first solo MOMS Night Out since Carter was born. We were making a bunch of meals for the freezer, so I really couldn’t do that with my little side-kick. Luckily, he did awesome without me. Chad said the big kids were a lot of help playing with him and when I came home, I got a ton of kisses from him.
I was gone for about three hours and we made six meals. They are all the crock pot meals that we could just chop and dump it all in a freezer bag. I’m really excited to eat them. They all smelled awesome while we were making them!
The music component of Ava’s curriculum right now is focused on studying the Peter and the Wolf music. She is in the introduction part of it right now. It has cards with the instruments on them and she practices identifying them as she hears them in the story. Then the curriculum instructs her on how to color each instrument…what colors the instrument is, what colors the reeds are (such as the tenor sax reed at Musicians Friend ). And then she colors the animal that corresponds with each instrument. I think it’s a really cool way to teach her the basic sounds of each instrument.
I’m so frustrated with myself right now. Ava had her first Ballet & Tap class tonight. I got her dressed, fixed her hair and told her I needed to get a picture of her before we left. And I totally forgot! Next week, there will definitely be a picture.
Anyway, she did awesome! She took a dance class a couple years ago and didn’t do well at all. She goofed off the entire time and learned nothing. But during this class, she paid attention and couldn’t wait show us her new ballet and tap moves when she got home. I can’t wait to see her recital at the end of the class!