Update!

Dec 5, 2013 by

Just wanted to do a quick update and let you all know I haven’t forgotten about you!

 

The countdown to Ms. Navan’s arrival has begun…just over 5.5 weeks to go!  AAAAAAAHHH!

 

There should be a big, photo-filled update coming in the next week with not one but TWO finished quilts, so stay tuned for that (and hopefully a few more projects I will soon be crossing off the old to-do list)!

 

Thanks for your patience.  The third trimester is a biatch.

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Good News!

Nov 9, 2013 by

Some of you may remember a post I wrote last year called “Prayers Please.”  I’ve shared the link, in case you missed it last time.

The short version is G$’s baby teeth were coming in and appeared damaged.  Though we had no idea my mother/aunt’s tooth condition could be hereditary (especially since my siblings and cousins all have normal/enamel-covered teeth), it appears that it may be just that…hereditary.

We went to a pediatric dentist and she confirmed our fears: G$ was simply born with extremely damaged tooth enamel.  The good news (at the time) was that it appeared there was SOME enamel there, even though it was discolored and weak (my mom and aunt had virtually none).  We scheduled another visit in 6 months so we could determine if the last of his baby teeth (which hadn’t broken through yet) sustained any damage and to decide where to go from there.  We were told baby caps (who knew they even had such a thing?!) were going to be necessary, it’s just a matter of how many.

 

Although it wasn’t the news we were hoping to hear, Adam and I are very thankful that we have family who have been through this before and can help guide us on where to go and what to do.

 

Fast forward to this past Thursday.  The 6 month checkup.  I almost canceled because none of the 2 year molars we were waiting on had broken through yet.  At the last minute, I decided to keep the appointment so that the dentist could at least check the progress (or decay) of the teeth he has.

Much to my surprise, some of the molars ARE starting to come through (which explains his “bad attitude” this week!  WHOOPS!) and although at least one appears to be discolored, there is one molar that appears white (aka normal).  According to the dentist, that is a great sign that his permanent teeth may not be damaged!

 

We were shocked and so grateful!  Here’s to continued hoping that this is only a baby teeth problem! 🙂

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Harassment?

Nov 1, 2013 by

A few weeks ago, my mom and I visited Cracker Barrel with G$.  Maybe I’m just an overly sensitive pregnant lady but when a complete stranger came up to us and commented that G$ is “almost too pretty to be a boy,” I was seriously pissed.

 

WTF is that supposed to mean?  Are boys not allowed to be good-looking?  Should I have birthed an ugly child to meet your taste level?  In fact, I wasn’t aware I had a choice in how he looked.  Personally, I’m just happy he was born with all his “pretty” body parts intact.  Perhaps this is just another reminder of how much we slop on praise over little girls’ appearances as compared to boys?  Or the fact that it’s somehow “ok” for boys to be running around dirty and disheveled (in fact, many consider it cute), but if a little girl had messy hair or a stain on her shirt, GOD FORBID.  WHAT IS WRONG WITH HER MOTHER?!

 

I know this lady didn’t mean to be offensive; in fact, I actually think she intended it as a compliment…as bizarre and backhanded as that may be.  But can we not just keep our thoughts to ourselves?  Are we all so emboldened by social media that we really believe people want to know every thought that crosses our minds?  (As I sit here writing a blog about all my thoughts and opinions…)

 

When I explained my irritation to my mom, she informed me that a Pennsylvania county is making the news for a harassment lawsuit filed by a pregnant woman after a (male) stranger rubbed her pregnant stomach more than once.

At first, I thought that seemed a little extreme.  Pregnant women deal with rude and intrusive comments, unwarranted “advice” and much more, for basically the entire 9 months.  None of that is a crime (unless being rude and extremely annoying is a crime, in which case I’d be filing suit left and right ;)).

ON THE OTHER HAND, I don’t even like it when people touch my arm while they’re talking.   Seriously, stop it.  Are you touching my arm to pull me back from an oncoming vehicle I failed to see?  Ok.  Touch away.  Are you a friend or relative who likes to hug?  Ok.  Are you a stranger at Target who just can’t help yourself every time you see a pregnant stomach?  Not ok.

 

According to my mother, this is a generational thing.  For the sake of this blog we will call it “mom generation” or MG.  Supposedly, people in “mom generation” did not mind this behavior when they were pregnant.  Evidently, they also feel that pregnancy is a community event that should be celebrated, which is what they are doing when they touch stomachs of pregnant strangers…celebrating.  According to her, people of the MG are starting to feel that all us “kid generation” members are too sensitive and don’t think anything is anyone’s business, which is why there is so much crime.  Nothing is our business, so we don’t report child abuse, creepy would-be abductors and pedophiles, etc.

 

Maybe she is right.  I probably am more sensitive about strangers touching me…because we were all brought up in the 80s learning about STRANGER DANGER.  Remember that?!  Guess who taught us all about it?  The “mom generation!”

 

I don’t think she’s correct about it being our fault the crime rates are up.  I call the police if I see someone left their dog in the car on a warm day, let alone if I witnessed someone harming or harassing a child.  Give me a break!  Though I see lots of creeps here in the Ridge, if I saw some truly whackadoo person lurking around my “neighborhood,” you bet your ass I’d be on the phone to someone!  In fact, we’ve done it before!

 

My general feeling is this…if you repeatedly touched my hair, which isn’t even a body part, I wouldn’t like it.  If I asked you to stop and you did not, that would be harassment and I don’t think anyone would find it odd that I’m upset.  So why in the world are people soooo shocked that touching someone’s stomach, which IS an actual body part, might be offensive?  I don’t get it.  Whatever happened to common sense?  If you do not know someone, do not touch them.  Unless they are about to get hit by a car, stabbed, abducted, or otherwise hurt.  I know I’ve blogged about this 5 gazillion times but becoming pregnant does not make your body community property (even if every doctor under the sun has seen every body part you’ve got!).

 

I understand the criticism that we “can’t have a law for everything” and that we’re all too “lawsuit-happy.”  In a general sense, I think that’s true.  No, you cannot legislate common sense.  But at some point, don’t we have to draw a line in the sand between what is appropriate behavior and what is not?  Isn’t that why we have LAWS?  To inform citizens of what is legal and what is not?  If you don’t like it, move.

 

Part of me wants to applaud this woman for filing charges against Mr. Touchy-Feely.

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Speech Therapy Works if You’re Smart Enough

Oct 30, 2013 by

It’s no secret that G$ has been in speech therapy for a few months now.  The improvements he is making are shocking (not because I didn’t believe therapy would work but because it seemed like he simply would never speak).

 

With that being said, sometimes the speech therapy works in unexpected ways.  One of the first things therapists did was teach him a few basic signs, just to show him that his actions communicate with us and he can get what he wants by doing them.  It’s the first step towards using words for the same purpose.  The first one of these signs was “more.”

 

Once we moved on to teaching him words, he picked up all the best ones: burp, poop, pee pee and toot.  Gotta love little boys.  🙂

 

Yesterday, he kept going to the pantry as if he wanted a snack.  He kept signing “more” and saying “toot.”  I sat there like…I really can’t help you toot more, bud.  Maybe you want beans?

 

We finally realized he was trying to say FRUIT.  More fruit.

 

So yes, for those of you who are nervous that speech therapy will not work for you/your child, let me assure you it does work…so long as you are smart enough to understand the child’s words once they start using them! 😉

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Drama Drama

Oct 29, 2013 by

Being pregnant for the second time, I thought things would be relatively calm.  You know, not much to worry about, not much to decide other than room decor and baby’s name.

 

I was wrong.

 

Since this will be a repeat c-section delivery, I thought we would just go back to the same hospital we used before.  We know what to expect and the only sucky nurse has since been fired.  Win-win, right?

 

Wrong again.

 

There are three hospitals in our area which, for the sake of this blog, will be called Hospital 1, 2 or 3.

 

Hospitals 1 and 2 are in-network with our insurance (Blue Cross) and Hospital 3 is not.  I hate hospital 2.  I would only go there if I had absolutely no other choice, and I do mean NO.OTHER.CHOICE.

 

But now, Hospital 3 is buying Hospital 1, and this transaction will be completed by the end of the year…just in time for Navan’s birth in January.

 

What all that confusing mumbo-jumbo really means is that I have no idea where this baby is supposed to be born.  We could go back to Hospital 1, but we aren’t sure if it will still be in-network since it’s being bought by the only out-of-network hospital.  Hospital 2 sucks big time.  Hospital 3 is supposed to be great but, again, who knows what is covered and what isn’t?

 

With all of this nonsense going on, I decided to make some calls and get some answers so we aren’t left with a $20k+ bill when all is said and done.

 

Blue Cross tried to tell me Hospital 3 IS in-network…until they realized that the hospital they were referring to is actually 3 hours away.  Then they said I should call back in December and see if anyone “knows more” at that time.  Uh…doubtful.

 

Hospital 3 said they have a matching program for anyone on Blue Cross (aka out-of-network) and I should go there.  Of course they did.

 

Hospital 1 said I should go there because nothing is changing for at least a year.  Of course.

 

The OB’s office said they stay out of insurance because it’s too complicated.  Finally, someone is honest! 🙂

 

After my 4th phone call, I still have no idea what is true and what is false.  I still have no idea what is covered and what is not.  I still have no idea where this baby will be born.  ARGH.  Not what I wanted to be thinking about this close to delivery.

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Cutest Thing

Oct 22, 2013 by

THE cutest thing happened this morning.

G$ woke up at 5:30 and got in our bed.  (Don’t worry, I’m not so pregnant and delusional that I think early wakeups are cute! :))

We intended to pick him up and put him back in his own bed but he started jabbering and playing.

As soon as he started talking, Navan heard him, woke up, and started rolling around, kicking and punching!  Isn’t that sweet?!  She wanted to play with her big brother!

 

Remind me 3 months from now that I thought it was cute when she woke up in the middle of the night to play. 🙂

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