The first stroller went with his car seat and was used solely until I joined Baby Boot Camp. Once I began Boot Camp, the cruising stroller wouldn’t work for running on pavement and with quick turns, so we bought a jogging stroller on Craig’s List.
Then sometime before the Little Man’s first birthday, his newborn stroller became too uncomfortable to him, and we started using the jogging stroller more than his cruising stroller.
Then we planned vacations. . . There was no way I was going to try and take either stroller across the country, so we made a small investment in an umbrella stroller for travel. Now that I’m no longer participating in Baby Boot Camp, the umbrella stroller has been our main stroller; although it’s about to fall a part since it was cheap.
So, now Baby #2 is almost here, I’m starting to panic about how we’re going to function with two under the age of 2!
I don’t know at what age it’s okay to allow your child to walk by themselves, so I’m not sure how long I’ll even need a double stroller, and if it’s even worth the money to invest in one. I definitely don’t feel comfortable letting my toddler walk on his own in public places. I’ve had nightmares about having to drop the baby carrier while I chase after my son through the Galleria Mall.
I also don’t think I want to sell my cruising stroller because once the Little Man can walk by himself, I’m pretty sure I’ll still want a single stroller for the baby. . .
This pregnancy already feels so different in a lot of ways. With my first, I felt as if the first 25 weeks went by really fast, and then, it took forever to reach our due date once Christmas past.
Now, I feel like the first 20 weeks went by so slowly, and the due date is approaching quickly! I still sometimes have to remind myself it’s October and not September. Before I know it we’ll be celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. And once we hit New Years, it’s only a matter of days before Littler Man arrives! I keep laughing with Tim’s work schedule for December and January. Out of the 10 weeks in these months, he’ll only be at work for 6! Too bad the baby couldn’t have timed it a little better to come around Christmas or New Years, then he wouldn’t have to worry about going back to work for a week or so before taking Paternity Leave.
What the baby’s doing at 26 weeks:
How I’m feeling at 26 weeks:
Of course, in order to get to this little agenda, I need to accomplish the other items on my “nesting” list first; including finishing up The Little Man’s big boy room . . . and cleaning the house. . .and making letters for their rooms. . .
Currently, I’m experiencing:
I’m currently a 13 weeks and 2 days. My baby’s heart rate at our last appointment on Monday was 153 bpm. The doctor kept joking that it wouldd be a girl. Our baby should be almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and about an ounce.
I wish I could say the first trimester flew by quickly, but it seemed to take forever. Nausea began in my 6th week of pregnancy, and it’s made an interesting last 7 weeks. I’m relieved to say that it’s all been downhill since about week 9 or 10. My nausea was limited to just morning and nights instead of all day. And now, it’s even less frequent than that.
I’m still not able to eat like I wish, and I’m constantly hungry which makes eating not very fun. I’m so ready to have my normal appetite back! (Especially with our trip to New York City and Restaurant Week coming up soon!)
I also had a fun phone call right before the start of this trimester from my doctor. I’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. This doesn’t really surprise me since I was borderline about 5 years ago. She explained that it sometimes pops up in pregnancy and could go away once the baby’s born, but I’ll need to take medication every day opposite my prenatals. This is just my luck since I HATE taking pills on a regular basis. My brain is such mush. I know I’m going to forget to take it at some point. But at least the doctor caught it! Those who have hypothyroidism and go untreated have a risk 4 times greater to having a child with lower IQ and learning difficulties. If that’s not motivation to remember to take my pill, I don’t know what is!
On a separate note, can I just say how ready I am for this weather??
We’ll be leaving in a few days with the entire Hurst family and heading to Maui, Hawai’i for one last big family vacation before it gets too difficult to do. With 3 babies being born within a few months of each other, it’ll probably be awhile before we can all take off as a family together (with the exception of Dopps Camp of course!)
I know I’ve mentioned to several of you how nervous I am about this trip, but for those of you who aren’t aware…I’m nervous! VERY nervous! We’ll be taking our first long-distance airplane trip with our 16 month old, and I’m predicting the worst. Thinking about time zone changes, lack of sleep, lack of entertainment, and long hours on a small airplane, I am beginning to panic.
I feel like I’ve done everything I can to prepare for every catastrophe, but I just know no matter how much I prepare, if he doesn’t want to watch his DVD or play with the million toys I’m bringing, and all he wants to do is “walk!” then I’m in trouble. We have a 3 hour flying time for the first flight, and a 5 hour flying time with the second. Our only prayer is that he sleeps most of the second flight since it’ll be during his nap time.
Then, once we arrive, how do we handle the time difference? We’ll be leaving Dallas at 7:30am and arriving in Maui at 12:40pm; which is almost his bedtime in since it’s a 6 hour time difference.
On the way back, I don’t know if it’s better or worse: We leave Maui at 12:20pm and arrive back in Dallas at 5:00 AM the next day.
If you have any advice for me, or ways to make me feel better about the flights and/or time changes, I’d love to hear them!
The Chinese were used to thinking in terms of cycles and had understood that two separate cycles are at work in the female reproductive system. The one is the ovulation cycle and the second, which has been virtually ignored by modern medical science, is the polarity cycle of the ovum membrane.
In the western world, this cycle was not examined until the 1950s, when Dr Eugen Jonas, a Czechoslovakian gynecologist, was brave enough to think outside the box. He set up a fertility clinic and carried out scientific tests on thousands of women, where he linked the female cycles and gender selection with astrological alignments.
When we began testing a few of our children, slowly we began to see a pattern. The calendar was accurate on the Little Man and both of her girls. So when I went to plug in the information on our current pregnancy, the following popped up.