Monday, September 27, 2010

7 More Days...

I went in this morning for an amnio to make sure the baby was ready to come out and join us tomorrow. Unfortunately, he's not quite ready. So my c-section has been rescheduled for next Monday, 10/4. Hopefully, the extra week will make him nice and strong!

Unfortunately, James and I are going to miss Denise (Dave's sister) and Chris' wedding. It's this Saturday in St Louis. We wish so much that we were going to be there to celebrate with them. Baby Boy Iverson wanted me to tell you that he's sorry and he loves his Aunt Denise and Uncle Chris and can't wait to meet you!

Monday, September 20, 2010

8 More Days!

I am feeling very large and uncomfortable these days. I am looking forward to having this baby next Tuesday (9/28)! I have a check up this Thursday and then an amnio on Monday to make sure the baby's ready for Tuesday. I am anxiously awaiting having my body back to myself!

James got his ear tubes in last Tuesday and got his fraenulem under his tongue snipped. The actual procedure took less than 20 minutes, but we were at the hospital for 6 hours. James did a good job...he just thought that after surgery was a perfect time for a nap. They wouldn't let us go until he was awake and had drank a cup full of apple juice. He's doing well now. I haven't really noticed a huge difference in his behaviors or eating, but at least there isn't a bunch of fluid in his ears anymore.

I think that's all for now. James' therapy is keeping us busy during the week and we are outside as much as we can on the weekends enjoying the fall weather. James loves being outside! You can tell he wants to get down and play with the other kids at the park...hopefully in the spring.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Fun Sunday

We enjoyed another nice weekend as a family. It was great to have Dave around after a very busy week at work. He didn't make it home before James went to bed at all this week so James enjoyed some much needed "Daddy time." We went to a festival in Sewickley on Saturday and found a couple of great bargains at a HUGE church yard sale. My big find was a nice oak glider for me and the baby! Sunday we relaxed and took in some football games. Enjoy a couple photos (ignore the fat, pregnant lady...15 days left!)...I have a video to post too as soon as it lets me :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

Dave, James, and I had spent a nice weekend together around Pittsburgh.

Saturday we went to the Big Knob Grange Fair. It's a county fair just north of where we live. It was small as far as fairs go, but had enough stuff to give me my fair fix. There was a small commercial exhibit tent, a small building with 4-H exhibits, some rides, good food, animals, and a tractor pull. I enjoyed a Taco Boat and we shared an elephant ear...yum! It was the first time any of us had been to a tractor pull (it was free and provided great seating while we ate). James thought it was highly entertaining. One tractor even blew fire out of its exhaust! The weather was wonderful. It was 65 and for once I wasn't hot. This is the one picture I got that day before my camera died...oops.

Sunday we went to church and made a trip to Babies r Us to get a monitor for the baby. I had to go this weekend because I had a Labor Day weekend coupon and I got some money off towards the double stroller we're planning on getting in the next few weeks. It was another beautiful day with a high right around 70, so we decided to get some much needed yard work done. Mowed, hedge-trimmed, weed-whacked, and weed pulled until the yard was looking much better.

Monday was a little warmer, but the high was still only in the upper 70s. We decided to go to a Rib Fest that happens every year down at Heinz Field. Dave enjoyed some ribs while I had a great pulled-pork sandwich with Carolina BBQ sauce. We also had a fresh squeezed lemonade and a rootbeer float. All was yummy! There was also an old WW2 boat docked on the Ohio for the weekend. Dave wanted to check it out, but the line was really, really long so we just took pictures. This boat was used in the invasion on D-Day and was made in Evansville, IN.
Dave enjoying ribs :)
The ship from WW2...notice PPG in the background?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

This & That

It's officially September, which means James will be a big brother this month! I am anxious to no longer be pregnant. It feels like I've been pregnant for 2 years. Even though I'm ready to no longer be pregnant, I'm not so sure I'm ready for 2 super-dependent kids at home. It really will be like having twins, considering how demanding James is these days. He's going to have to learn some patience! My mom is going to come stay with me for a couple weeks to help out and then I'm going to go stay with her for a few weeks where Mom, Dad, Julie, & Abby can all help out. Then Abby & Annie are going to bring us home and stay until the end of October. Dave can take some more time off at that point if I need him too. We shall see!

My c-section is scheduled for September 28th. I will have a test the day before to make sure the baby's lungs are ready. There's approximately a 10% chance that the baby won't be ready. If that's the case, the doctor will postpone the c-section by a week, making him an October baby.

This month also brings another surgery for James, but a minor one this time. His ears have been full of fluid since he was about 6 months old. Due to his other surgeries and the fact they never got infected, his pediatrician put off sending him to an ENT. But it was time when the fluid was still there at his 12 month check-up. The ENT wants to put tubes in, which we are having done on the 14th. It is a very minor operation and should only take about 20 minutes. James is also going to have his fraenulem (the piece of tissue that connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth) cut at the same time. His goes right to the tip of his tongue. Right now it is preventing him from being able to move food around his mouth with his tongue and the ENT said that it will also effect his speech development if not corrected. Recovery for both is minimal and there is no restrictions on diet or anything like that.

James is no longer on the bottle! He takes milk from his sippy cup with each meal. He can even hold it on his own, as long as there are handles on the sippy cup. He also can eat puffs off his high chair tray now. His therapist says he's still not ready for pieces, unless they're very soft and mushy. This month we've added eggs and ground meat to his diet. The small pieces are a great way to start transitioning to food you have to chew more, according to his therapist.

A few weeks ago Dave, James, and I took a small road trip to Johnstown, PA. It's about an hour and a half southeast of here. Dave read a book about the flood that happened there in 1889 and wanted to tour the town before the baby comes (since we're still hoping to move back to the midwest before year end). It was a neat little town that was built upon the steel industry. We went to the incline that was built in the years following the flood as a way to help people escape in the event of other floods (which did happen). We also went to the flood museum and walked around town to see some of the buildings that survived or were rebuilt following the flood. We had lunch at a fun little sub shop in town. James did a good job until the car ride home. He was tired and decided his carseat was not where he wanted to nap. It was a good day though!

Below are a few pictures from Johnstown and a few random ones too.

A view of Johnstown from the top of overlook by the incline.
Dave and James overlooking Johnstown.

The incline; much bigger than the ones in Pittsburgh. You can even take your car on the incline for $6 if you like :)

A church that survived the flood, but then burnt down in the fire that followed. It was rebuilt, obviously.

James enjoying downtown Johnstown.

James and Dave playing with James' new Alphabet Train. He bought it with his birthday money.

Dave and James after church last Sunday. I got James dressed while Dave was getting dress. I thought it was too cute that they happened to match...couldn't pass up the photo op!