My Growing Belly.

April 30, 2009

Brian took these shots yesterday, at 18 weeks 2 days. I am growing and growing and am sure I’ll be bustin’ out the maternity pants soon!!

I started showing so much earlier this pregnancy. With Ruby I was this size at about 25 weeks – amazing!

And, I just realized, because I am horrible at keeping up with this blog, that I never mentioned we’re having another girl! I’ll try to get the ultrasound pics scanned in asap!!

my belly button is already popping out!

my belly button is already popping out!

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Here’s a couple pics of our little home on Easter Sunday. Tulips are my favorite reminder of spring

Ruby and the tulips.

Ruby and the tulips.

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Peepee in the potty??

April 17, 2009

I was on the phone the other night and Ruby wanted to take her clothes off desperately. I thought, “Typical toddler,” and helped her. Suddenly, my naked child jumped off her bed and ran to the potty. A minute later she stood up and pointed, a little scared. I couldn’t believe my eyes…She had peepeed on the potty! I didn’t ask or prompt her, she just decided it was time to try!

We made brownies right away, and Ruby, for the first time ever, got to lick the batter from the whisk.

Needless to say, she hasn’t used the potty since. In typical toddler fashion, it seems as if I am not allowed to ask her. I guess she’ll try again in her own due time.

YUM!

YUM!

Well, the surgery has come and gone, and Ruby is recovering well. Shriner’s was an incredible experience and we feel so lucky to be a part of the family there.

We haven’t seen her hand yet because she’s in a full arm cast, but according to our surgeon, the separation of her thumb went better than expected, and the other separation went as well as expected. She also had a small skin graft on her right hip to help close some of the separation. In a week, we’ll remove that dressing and see how it looks.

The surgery experience was very scary for Brian and I, but we are so happy that the doctors believe it went really well. Ruby, on the other hand, now thinks that everyone is going to take her blood pressure or check her bandages, and is scared to talk to all strangers. It’s makes us sad, and we hope it doesn’t last much longer.

Ruby will have her cast on until my birthday, May 11th, and then I’ll have to change her dressings for another 4 weeks. They say she’ll wear a splint for sleeping for years so her fingers don’t try to grow back together. In 6 months, or there-abouts, she’ll have her second surgery, where they’ll separate between her pointer and middle finger, and make the space larger between her ring and pinky finger. We hope that after that surgery we’ll see some improvement in her mobility!!

Here are a few pics from the hospital. She was such a trooper!

At the hospital, the night before the surgery.

At the hospital, the night before the surgery.

Ruby and mommy, right after surgery.

Ruby and mommy, right after surgery.

Ruby's dolly has a cast too!

Ruby's dolly has a cast too!

Ruby's first ride in the special wagon.

Ruby's first ride in the special wagon.

Sleepy girl.

Sleepy girl.

Holding daddy's hand is just the best.

Holding daddy's hand is just the best.

Ruby sleeping peacefully in front of the waterfall.

Ruby sleeping peacefully in front of the waterfall.

Grandma came to visit on Saturday, the day after we came home from the hospital. She and Ruby had so much fun playing the harmonica, drawing pictures on paper and Ruby’s cast, making and trying on jewelry, and just hanging out. Thanks Grandma, for coming and helping us through what could have been a tough weekend!

Ruby's new daisy bracelets that fit around her cast!

Ruby's new daisy bracelets that fit around her cast!

In the morning.

In the morning.

There's nothing like staring at pictures of yourself on Grandma's camera!

There's nothing like staring at pictures of yourself on Grandma's camera!

Playing the harmonica.

Playing the harmonica.

The fence.

April 2, 2009

Yesterday was Day 2 of Brian and Will’s fencing adventure! Basically, they’re renovating the entire backyard. They rented a bobcat, which Ruby had a ball “driving,” to push the gravel driveway back. They’ve already releveled and regraveled what is left of the driveway, and planted grass seed where the old gravel was. They chainsawed down a strangled white pine. Will brought Bri tons of rocks from the farm, which he used to border all of the new mulch he put down. We’ve got an eye on our nasturtium and swiss chard seedlings,and today Ruby and I are going to plant some giant sunflower seeds, which we’ll eventually use in front of one fence wall. The biggest deal of all, however, is our privacy fence! By Saturday morning it should be completely finished, and I’ll be able to sit on the deck and watch Ruby and Vi run around…completely contained! WAHOO!

Here are a few pics of the process. Ruby and I had a blast watching. She sat on the bench and ate, and I knitted. Sometimes it’s so nice to be a girl!

The first finished part of fence, viewed from our deck! Our garden is going to be to the left of the trees!

The first finished part of fence, viewed from our deck! Our garden is going to be to the left of the trees!

Ruby "driving" the bobcat!

Ruby "driving" the bobcat!

Bri and Will in deep thought.

Bri and Will in deep thought.

Ruby and the red box.

Ruby and the red box.

AHHHH! They're almost done!

AHHHH! They're almost done!

14 weeks.

April 2, 2009

Here I am at 14 weeks, 2 days. Brian took this last night right before we put Ruby to bed. She always kisses my belly, and calls it the “bobo.” We’re excited that she knows what it means that a baby is coming, but are not sure how much she’ll like it when we don’t give the baby back at the end of the day!

Since I haven’t been so sick, it’s all getting more real now! Hooray for baby!

14 weeks, 2 days!!

14 weeks, 2 days!!