Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Compliments of Allison...

I received this beauty of a photo from Allison yesterday from our Halloween hayride. I think its appropriate as our time as a family of three is numbered. Ha. Bad joke. But seriously folks, 5 days to go. It's surreal! And for future reference, yes John Mills, Avery is sitting on your head. It's her favorite thing to do! I hope that changes when you get here! Also, as a side note, I put this photo in black and white because Avery had a blue ring around her mouth from all the candy she had been eating. It's a little more classic without that I think.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

First, the bad news...

So I show up at the doctor's office, all ready for a happy, see you in a week appointment with Dr. Desautels. But, he isn't there. Strange. They are normally so good about scheduling around the doctor's conflicts. When I see his nurse, Tamara, the sweetest gal you've ever met, she says, "I have some bad news, but go ahead and get me a sample and we will talk in the exam room." So I have 3 minutes to worry that (A.) Joe got hit by a train, or (B.) struck by lightening, or (C.) lost in the stacks at the library (we pregnant women are a tad dramatic, or at least I am.) or (D.) worse. She comes in and in a very overly sensitive way says, "There has been an accident." Again, worst case scenarios are running through my sleep deprived brain. "Dr. Desautels had to have surgery on his hand and will not be able to perform your c-section." Oh. But he is ALIVE? "Yes, he just will be unable to do any deliveries or surgeries for 4-6 weeks." Geez woman. I thought he was swarmed by killer bees or decided to leave his family and obstetrical practice for a "drink the Kool-aid" kind of ride to the moon.
Nope. Nothing nearly that dramatic, but when left to my own devices...
So, Dr. Phillips will now be delivering John Mills, and the time has changed from 12:30 pm to 7:30 am on Monday. Not so bad after all. But, I had you wondering, didn't I.
So ready for this little boy to be here!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Last Doctor's appointment today!

TJ and I are headed to see Dr. Desautels for the last time before John Mills gets here today. I am a little nervous. I am so ready to meet this baby, but I am a little skeptical about my mothering skills for TWO kids.
I just about lost it yesterday and had to call for backup. Avery refused to take a nap, was seriously rambunctious, and would not settle down regardless of the activities I tried to impose on her. When she belly flopped off the couch onto me and then stomped on my foot about 3 minutes later, I was done. I called Ma, who apparently can read minds, and graciously offered to come get her and let her have a spend the night party with her. I don't think I could have said "yes" any faster. This is such a rare occurrence for me, to actually need a little down time, that I had some Mommy guilt over it. Hormones a blazing I think.
When I woke up this morning though, the clouds had cleared (figuratively, not literally, as it is still yucky outside) and I was once again happy to see my little monster and I smothered her with kisses. She didn't even complain. Maybe absence really does make the heart grow fonder. Anywho, I will post with any updates after our appointment! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

37 week update

I went to see Dr. Desautels today, and we had a little ultrasound to check John Mills' size. Looks like he is right on target weighing in at 6 lbs, 14 oz which should put him at just about 8 lbs by December 5th (only 13 days away!), our scheduled C-section date. Sounds pretty good to me! The only odd thing the ultrasound tech noted what that his hair was very visible and long! I was a baldy when I was born, so it was such a shock when Avery came out with a head full of dark brown hair! So, no telling what John Mills may look like. Genetics are such a crap shoot. As for the rest of me, my blood pressure is normal to low, my gestational diabetes was probably a misdiagnosis (even says Dr. Des now), and I feel pretty good, with the exception of the occasional mood swing. What a different pregnancy this has been! I am still walking around the block, albeit slowly, a few days a week, and I am still under the 30 pound weight gain mark, which is absolutely miraculous (praise the Lord)! With Turkey Day coming up, however, I may blow that last one before he gets here!
I am so thankful for this baby, and I can't wait to spend some quality family time before he gets here! Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Allen Law Center Ribbon Cutting and Elmo

The Allen Law Center officially opened yesterday with a Chamber Ribbon Cutting, and wonderful ceremony and reception in honor of the one and only JGA. We are so proud of him, and I told him it was truly remarkable to have a building named for you when you are still alive. Avery was pretty impressed with the whole shindig. She especially liked GiGi's painting, and the scissor shaped cookies (which I totally bribed her with, to stay seated and quiet through the ceremony-bad mommy confession of the day).

This girl loves her GiGi!
She was really excited the he wanted her to help cut the ribbon, but she took a long time getting up the stage because she had to gather all her rocks she had collected from the parking lot during the ceremony.
Whew. Black sure is concealing. Can you even tell I am nine months pregnant? If you see me waddle, I mean, walk you can! 19 days to go, by the way! (In other John Mills news, Dr. Desautels seems to think he may be a big boy. After palpation of my belly on Monday, he said "larger than average" and we are only at 36 weeks! I just hope he is good and healthy!)
Here is JGA giving his very gracious speech.
Go check out the Allen Law Center at Jones Law School! So proud of my Daddy!

Last thing of note today, was the father/daughter date TJ and Avery went on last night. Sesame Street Live! Thanks to Jason and Carolyn for the invite for the 2 of them, who even got to go backstage and meet ELMO!!!!!!! Avery was a little hurricane of excitement when she got home last night!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Twick or Tweet

She got the hang of this trick or treat business pretty quickly. Daddy put some hay on the trailer and loaded up the Princess and her buddies Jake and Riley (and all respective parental units) for the evening. More photos to come of the actual hayride and trick or treating (hint, hint Carolyn and Allison, send me some, since I am the slacker Mom who didn't take any!!!). Twas a good time, had by all (and I managed to only eat 1/2 a mini bag of peanut M & M's and one mini peanut butter snickers. That, I think, is pretty impressive for this gal.).

I would like to title this one "Let them eat cupcakes."

Avery had a trial run on trick or treating at the church on Sunday night at "Trunk or Treat". She was more into the puppets and the characters in costume than the candy.
On a side note, there are only 34 days until John Mills arrives! Oh, and congratulations to Kim and Thomas! Baby Annie was born yesterday afternoon at 1:30pm 7 lbs, 2 oz.