Monday, September 27, 2010

It's Fall, Y'all

It seems as though Fall made it to the great state of Arkansas this weekend. Maybe it came a few days late after Summer tried to overstay its welcome, but it's finally here and we're loving it. We spent this weekend in Conway so we could celebrate Grammy's birthday and so Jonathan and Poppy could accompany Grampa and my Uncle Joe to watch the Razorbacks... try their best. :) Nevertheless, we had a fantastic weekend.

The weather was so great (and dare I say a bit chilly) that we spent most of the free time we had playing in the green grass of Grammy's front yard. There was coloring, there was kite-flying, there was kickball - heck there was even non-seasonal water balloon throwing. Of course I was armed with the camera, just so I could share a glimpse of the fun. Check it out:

Happy Monday, y'all!

Friday, September 24, 2010

16 Weeks and All's Well

After not posting anything about my pregnancy for the first few months, I'm at it again! The boys and I traveled the hour-long journey yesterday for my sweet little avocado-sized baby's 16-week appointment. It was short and sweet and all is well, but the best part was watching my kids bond for the first time. :)

Nathan was SO thrilled when I told him he would get to hear the baby's heartbeat after preschool. So excited, in fact, that when we arrived to pick him up, the whole class knew where he was going and what he was going to do! Once we arrived in Texarkana and endured the waiting room shuffle, Doc walked in. Nathan loves this doctor - especially the big bowl of suckers in his office! When it was time to take a listen, Nathan's assistance was requested. A huge grin spread across Nathan's face when he was handed the machine and asked to push the blue button while the wand found it's place on my tummy. When the quick beats started pouring out of the speaker, the love grew in Nathan's eyes. "I hear it! It's so loud!" he kept telling everyone. My only regret is the lack of a camera! When Doc asked if it sounded like a boy or a girl, Nathan replied, "I'm going to have a baby sister." From then on out, it was "she, she, she" from Doc. :) Although we won't know until four more weeks (read: absolutely forever), Nathan is pretty convinced a baby girl is on her way. October 21 will be our big anatomy scan and it can't get here soon enough - mark your calendars, folks!

As for the appointment stats, Doc said my growing tummy felt like it was supposed to. I still don't think I'm showing as much as I should be, but I imagine the years of medical school he has on me proves him right. The heartbeat was a mid-line 150 beats per minute, just where it's been for the past few appointments. According to the Old Wives, this is a girl heartbeat. They (whomever "they" may be) say anything above 140 is a girl and anything below 140 is a boy. However, I do remember Nathan staying steady around 145, so who knows. I like to tell people I think it's a boy just to be on the other side of the fence. What do YOU think?

Oh well, this next month will hopefully fly right by. And when I find out who is growing in there, you will be the first to know. Happy Friday! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Apple of My Eye

Since this is the last day my precious little baby is the size of an apple, I thought I'd better go ahead and post so I could use such a catchy title! :) So Baby Bauer and I are officially 15 weeks and 6 days pregnant, a few weeks into the second trimester. He or she weighs about 2.5 ounces and is 4 inches long. This little apple has come a long way from the sesame seed he or she was a mere 10 weeks ago! It's so amazing how quickly babies grow in the womb and comparing them to different fruits, veggies, and grains makes it that much better.

Since I haven't written a baby update since I told you about the dreaded, scary subchorionic hemorrhage, I thought it was time. My last appointment was at 12 weeks. That day I only got to hear the sweet music of baby's heartbeat - no ultrasound (boo), so I have no pictures to share. However, you'll be happy to know that the bleeding has subsided (fingers crossed) and my OB said he was pretty sure baby would be just fine. However, this good news put me back on normal patient status, complete with monthly appointments. Although I like to be considered "normal," this four-week stretch is for the birds! Next Thursday is my 16-week appointment so I've almost made it...

*Almost* is the key word there. :) After a couple weeks into my second trimester, I started feeling fantastic - my nausea had disappeared, my annoying symptoms were gone, and my tummy even seemed to deflate a little. After my miscarriage in March, all I wanted from this pregnancy was to actually feel pregnant and when that began to go away, I began to freak out. When I finally told this to my mom, she called a friend who is a nurse at the local health clinic. She agreed to let me pop in this Monday afternoon for a quick check, and of course, those sweet thumps filled the room. Yes at 153 beats per minute, Baby Bauer's heart was working just fine and my uterus was measuring right. I think it's safe to say after hearing that amazing sound again, I have convinced myself that I am in this for the long haul.

I continue to pray for another healthy child every single day, but I think I am finally starting to accept the fact that this pregnancy is going to end in a baby. Let the fun begin! Happy Friday, y'all.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Color the Walls

The bathtub walls, that is! Hi, it's me again. And, yes, this makes two posts in one evening. I, for one, am impressed. Well it turns out after I finished the parade update and went to put Nathan in the tub, cuteness ensued. He tried out his new bath crayons (which work really great, by the way) and I couldn't help but snap some pictures of the naked guy and share them with you. You know you love it!

Now that we're all squeaky clean and in our jammies, I think it's time to get off the computer and get to bed. Night-night, y'all!

Floating Downtown

After a week of anticipation for his first opportunity to throw candy from a float, Nathan's first ride in the Howard County Fair Parade went off without a hitch. He was asked to ride on a farm-themed trailer with his buddies to represent the Nashville Christian Academy. You can see him in the picture - he's the one without parent supervision or proper farm attire. :) Go Mom! Oh well, he still had fun and I got to take pictures this way. (Besides, I don't think anyone wanted to see me hoist myself up there sporting a maternity dress and an ever-growing bump.)

(This cute image courtesy of Mrs. Michale)

As Jonathan and I waited downtown, we watched the tiniest fair queens and pop-music playing marching bands slowly move past. Then the NCA float suddenly appeared! Once Nathan spotted us, there was a wind-up and a pitch - a yellow jaw breaker was thrown right at us! This was basically all he has wanted to do since he first heard he would ride in the parade. I just want to throw candy at my daddy and it will hit his shirt and go PLOP. After the approximately four-minute-long parade ended, we rounded him up and went to McDonald's for a treat. He said he had fun, so we'll call it a success. He looks pretty happy, right??

Happy Monday!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Happy Teeth

Yesterday was a pretty big milestone in the life of our little Nathan. The three-year-old made his inaugural trip to the dentist's chair. After talking it up for a couple of weeks, I was still completely astonished by how great he did! Walking into the office, he was a little apprehensive, but once he caught sight of the toys in the waiting room, he was good. When the hygienist called his name and brought him back, he happily followed. She asked him to lie down on the small blue table. *I clinched my teeth, knowing this would set him off.* He lied down perfectly. She asked him to scoot up a little. He complied. She showed him how the polisher worked. *Again, I froze thinking this would freak him out.* He didn't say a word, except for "AHHHH" when she was ready to work. She polished all 20 of his pearly whites - praising Nathan the whole way! He so relaxed that I think the only thing that bothered him was the light, but he didn't say a word, just covered his eyes with his little hand:

Isn't that absolutely incredible!? He's just lying there without a care in the world! I just knew the first trip to the dentist would be horrifying, but Nathan proved me wrong. After the dentist came over, took a quick peek, painted on some fluoride, and praised him even more, he hopped off of the table and collected his loot. The kid came home with a new big boy toothbrush (of which he is SUPER proud), Spongebob toothpaste, two stickers, and a squirt gun. He came out of the office beaming and proclaiming, "It didn't even hurt!!!" We then enjoyed his favorite fast food for lunch, Chik-Fil-A, and came home to bake brownies as a special treat. I figured that was a pretty good way to reward happy, shiny teeth. Don't you?? I hope you're all as proud of Nathan as I am. I just hope it goes as well during his second trip in about six months. :)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Outside Weather

Outside weather is *finally* back. I'm pretty sure we haven't spent a weekend on the swing set since about March... maybe April at the latest. This summer has been a rough one with its 110-degree temperatures lasting MONTHS at a time, but September is here and we fully appreciated all its glory over the past two days. Grammy and Poppy came down Saturday afternoon for a visit and I'm pretty sure they had a fantastic time with their favorite little guy. The 80-degree days meant perfect weather for...

The Sand Box:

The Big Boy Swing:

Playing Sticks With Susie:

And Making a Little Cash (just being cute, you know):

While I claim to be a summer girl and I love basking in the sun and splashing in the pool, I have been anticipating this time of year. Jonathan says I'm getting ahead of myself as the change is really only from 100 degrees to 85 and 90 degrees, but hey - it's a break! And this way, Nathan won't burn his buns:

Sorry, you know I couldn't resist. I'm sure he will think it's funny later... right? Thanks for a super fun weekend, Grammy and Poppy. I hope the rest of you enjoyed the pictures and we all hope your weekend was just as great! :)