Seth Edward was born on November 17 at 10:16 pm. He weighed in at 5 pounds 11 oz., and was 17.5 inches. In 4 weeks, he's grown 3 inches and 1 pound. Big brother Jacob is adjusting - sometimes well, sometimes not.
I'm currently 18 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby boy. I had the 1st trimester screening at 13 weeks, and they couldn't get the measurements they needed, so we opted for the amnio. I have to say, the amnio was not that bad. On the ick factor, I give it an 8:10, on the ouch factor, I give it a 3:10. I have to admit that I was extremely disappointed when I found out it was a boy. This is most likely our last child (unless we win the lottery), and I really, really wanted a little girl. Not just for the cute clothes (although they are adorable!), but I really wanted to have that mother/daughter relationship that I always wanted with my mother, but never had. So, I cried for an entire day and mourned what I wouldn't have, and I've since moved on and am excited about adding another little boy to our family. We're currently kicking around some names, and have narrowed the list to our top 3. I go for my ultrasound tomorrow to make sure all of the anatomy looks good, and next week I'm going to concentrate on organizing the nursery so we can get it painted, and put some furniture in there.
We're all having a great summer so far. There's really not much to tell. We spent a weekend at Hershey Park, which was a lot of fun, but I couldn't ride any of the rides. We've been swimming when the weather cooperates, and are going to the beach in another month. Hope you're enjoying your summer as well.
I love this time of year. Love it, love it, love it!!!!! The weather is getting warmer, the sun is out, the days are getting longer. I can feel my winter funk lifting as I sit here. And today, today I moved Jacob's short sleeved shirts from the top rack to the bottom because it's warm enough to wear one every day!!! He was thrilled.
I was having some spotting this morning, so in a fit of desperation, I called my Dr. and asked to go in for an ultrasound. Thankfully, they agreed. We started the ultrasound, and I was sure there was only going to be bad news. Instead, we saw a much larger sac than last week, a fetal pole, and most importantly, a heartbeat!!!!!! I go back in 2 weeks, and if everything looks good, I'll be released to my OB. For now, I'm taking it easy, and hoping the spotting goes away.
We're in the middle of another cycle (our fourth). I'm not really talking about it much, and only 2 people know about it. I'm trying not to think about it, and am pretty much ignoring the fact that we're doing this. The last cycle, with everyone knowing about it, and it being so soon after the chemical pregnancy, felt like so much pressure. So, we're trying again, IUI should be Wednesday or Thursday, and results 2 weeks after that.
Hanukkah lasts for 8 nights. As adults, we usually exchange gifts on the first night, and then the rest of the week we just light candles. This is the first year Jacob has really "gotten" the holiday, and with it falling the same week as Christmas, we wanted to make sure to really get him involved and excited about the holiday. Hanukkah is really a minor holiday in the Jewish religion, and gifts were never meant to be part of it. It's really because of its proximity to Christmas that gifts have been introduced, and the feeling that we, as Jews, need to compete with Christmas that it is now made into such a big deal.
I bought Jacob gifts for each night of Hanukkah, as did my in-laws. My in-laws gave him mostly puzzles, some books for his Tag reading system, and some clothes. I bought him some Scooby-Doo stuff (a movie & a stuffed Scooby), a couple of books for his reading system, and many Imaginext items. My mom & my sister also bought him some Imaginext stuff for Christmas. He now owns: the Pirate Ship and Captain Hook's Island; the Ocean Boat; Gorilla Mountain, Safari Rescue Boat, Safari Vehicle, Chimpanzees and Lions. It was truly an Imaginext Holiday. His favorite so far is Captain Hook's Island and he's really started playing with his pirate ship again, which he hasn't done in months. We still have several items we haven't even opened yet, including Gorilla Mountain.
On Christmas eve night, my in-laws came over & gave me my birthday present (a $100 gift card to Motherhood Maternity), and brought over a birthday cake. Christmas day we went to my mom's house. We opened gifts, made breakfast, and had another birthday cake before coming home for Jacob's nap. I know my mom & sister have both had a tough year financially, but they were very generous to Jacob. They gave him the Imaginext Gorilla Mountain, Safari Vehicle, Chimpanzees and Lions, as well as the Leapster Game System. We're actually going to exchange this for the V-Smile Pocketsince we already own the V-Smile learning system and the games are interchangeable. Overall, an excellent holiday season.
I figure I should do a wrap-up of the 2008 Holiday Season before I forget about it. We have had wonderful holidays, all things considered. Jacob really "got" Hanukkah this year, and that added a new level of joy and happiness than in years past. Hanukkah started last Sunday night, and we had a small gathering to celebrate. It was originally just going to be my in-laws, but then we realized we didn't know when we would see my brother & sister-in law again, so we invited them & their 2 kids, as well as our friends Mike & Christie (Mike was best man at our wedding), and their 2 kids. We also had 1 family friend come over. I bought a ton of food, we made latkes (they're like hash browns - you shred potatoes, mix in some salt, pepper, and matzah meal, and then fry them), and of course, opened presents.
My in-laws, who are always so generous to us, continued the tradition this year. In addition to buying us a pool table (Michael couldn't be happier!), they gave Michael a $100 gift card to Sears to continue building his tool collection, they gave me a $100 gift card to Macy's, which I figured I would save & spend on baby clothes, and they gave Jacob a ton of stuff. His favorite by far, was the Robo Raptor. He's absolutely terrified of it, but still wants to play with it. It's got a remote control, walks around, makes some noises, and responds to touch in a variety of ways. At one point, it got stuck in a corner, and Jacob refused to get close enough to it, deciding instead to come and get me so I could do it. He will only play with it from the safety of the couch in his play room. It's absolutely hilarious to hear him tell people about it. "It's a Robo Raptor. It scares me a whole lot. It's a great, big giant dinosaur." I'll have to take some pictures of him "playing" with it, and post them. Does that mean I need to clean his playroom? Nope. It's a playroom, it can be messy.
We got my in-laws a great gift this year. They are absolutely impossible to shop for because 1) they already have everything; and 2) if there's something they want, they just buy it. A few weeks ago was my niece's birthday party, and she had it at a paint your own pottery place. While we were there, I saw a nice plate that had a menorah painted on it. I thought this would be a great gift idea, but we decided to personalize it a bit. I took Jacob with me and we picked out a large serving tray. I drew the menorah in pencil (and trust me, I'm no artist), and then painted each of Jacob's fingers to make the candles (there are 9 total - candles, not fingers). I painted the menorah, wrote Happy Hanukkah 2008, and it was done. It took 5 days for them to cook it & cure it, or whatever it is they do it, and it turned out great. They loved it! I'll have to sneak a picture next time I'm at their house.
My in-laws went away for Christmas this year, but they made sure to leave behind 7 gifts, so that Jacob would have one to open for each night of Hanukkah. Each night, we would light the candles for Hanukkah, and Michael would try to teach Jacob the blessing:
Blessed are You, Lord, our God, king of the universe, who makes us holy through mitzvot and commands us to light the Hanukkah candles.
Jacob would follow along, and was getting pretty good at it, so we decided to let him lead the blessing one night. Here's his version that night, and every night after:
Barukh atah Adonai, Elohaynu, melekh ha-olam, borei p’riy ha-gafen. Blessed are You, Lord, our God, king of the universe who creates the fruit of the vine.
You'll notice that instead of the Hanukkah blessing, his version is the blessing over the wine. Apparently, he really likes to drink the wine (grape juice) during Friday night Shabbat services, and this is the prayer that is stuck in his head.
I'm currently 5 weeks pregnant (or I will be tomorrow any way). I've had 3 blood tests, and so far, they all look good. Day 14 was 74, day 16 was 198, and day 19 was 642. I go back tomorrow for one final test, and then schedule my first ultrasound for some time next week (at which point I'll be 6 weeks!). I'm being cautiously optimistic at this point, even though all indications are that everything is fine. Not sure when I'm going to relax.
I had my first beta on Monday, with disappointing results (18.8). The second was today with even worse results (6.9). I had a "chemical pregnancy" which means the egg was fertilized, but never implanted. This happens for a number of reasons, but are most likely caused by chromosomal abnormalities. Whatever the reason, the result is the same. On Friday I was pregnant, today I am not.