7 quick takes: the How Things Are Going edition

1. Maggie is loving kindergarten. Her favorite things are the bus ride and recess, because DUH. She also loves computer class day and library day (but not so much gym day because all they’ve done so far is laps of skipping and hopping and stuff and she wants desperately to go on the exercise bikes they have in the gym, so I hear about it every Wednesday when I pick her up. “We didn’t go on the exercise bikes AGAIN TODAY.”) From what I can tell, she’s made a few new friends (there were friendship bracelets made and exchanged which is just too cute for words) She seems slightly bored with the actual schoolwork so far (“Mom, I already KNOW these letters. SIGH.”) but I told her to hang in there and that it’s always a good idea to review the things we think we know, etc etc.

My favorite thing that she’s brought home so far is this paper where she spelled some words on her own.

Might just be the cutest thing I've ever read.

2. I am adjusting… okay to this new school schedule. I think the combination of the chopped up days and my first trimester exhaustion/nausea has made it extra tough for me, but we’re getting there. I basically am only home for 2 hours at a time, ever. Work days are like this: get Maggie on the bus, take Audrey to daycare. Come home and work for two hours or if it’s Wednesday, go to the office for two hours. Pick Maggie up from school, come home for lunch. Work for a few hours while keeping Maggie entertained (this has actually gone MUCH more smoothly than I imagined, so hooray for that!) Then pick up Audrey and/or make dinner and/or go to gymnastics if it’s Friday. Tuesdays and Thursdays you would THINK would be less chaotic, but they’re not. Tuesdays I take Audrey to gymnastics in the morning, then we get Maggie from school on the way home, then the afternoon is naptime for Audrey and whatever Maggie and I feel like doing (which for me, lately, has been drooling on the couch, half-asleep while Maggie eats snacks and plays or watches tv or whatever) Thursdays is grocery shopping in the morning with Audrey, then get Maggie, etc.

I am only moderately keeping up with my workload but this week was better, and I’m hoping to finish up a few of my larger projects in the next few weeks. I’m just used to having 8+ hours (a real, full work day like a grown up!) twice a week to focus on my stuff and now that’s been thrown out the window thanks to half-day kindergarten (GRRRR) and my lack of energy and caring. heh. But I’ll get back on track soon, I think. I hope.

3. Baby #3: he or she is doing just fine, as far as I can tell. I will be 12 weeks pregnant tomorrow and I go to the doctor on Monday to hear the heartbeat and/or get a sonogram. I say that because we’re 50/50 on actually hearing the heartbeat at this point due to my tilted uterus (there was some drama with Audrey, oh man) At least this time I’m aware of the issue, and also my doctor now does sonograms in the office, so if we have trouble, I can just zip down the hallway and they can take a peek in there.

Overall I’m feeling better these past few days. I’m trying not to get too excited or overconfident because that just means that tomorrow I’ll be couch-ridden again, but I really do feel a boost in energy compared to last week. HOORAY! I still have some gaggy moments (OMG THE SMELLS. THE WHOLE WORLD SMELLS WEIRD, YOU GUYS. GAG.) and I have to make sure I don’t get too hungry or else the cycle of nausea begins and blech. But fingers crossed I’m almost at the end of the misery and God bless you ALL who have nausea for all 9 months because we would have one kid and that would be THE END. High five for my last first trimester is all I’m saying. (Dan is also excited because he’s tired of doing All The Things around here. ha)

Also: happy thoughts for Monday morning’s appointment. Please and thank you.

4. Audrey is also doing well at her new daycare, finally. The very first day, dropoff was a non-issue, but every day since has required me to stay for about 15-20 minutes, play with some toys, distract her, and sneak out the door, only to hear her start crying when she realized I was out the door. They said she did FINE after that, playing with the kids, napping like normal (I took this as the best sign that she was comfortable there, actually), and she was happy at pickup. But on Friday this week, she was trying to open the door herself and marched right in and started playing like it was nothing. Awesome.

5. We are contemplating switching Audrey’s crib into a toddler bed tomorrow. This will require some Audrey-proofing of her room and a baby gate on her door for a while, but we think she’s ready. Our ultimate plan is for her to move into Maggie’s room after Christmas with bunk beds so her room will be free for the baby later, which we know she’ll LOVE (she’s obsessed with being in Maggie’s room already and we have trouble getting her out of Maggie’s bed at bedtime!) but we’d like her to get used to a ‘big girl’ bed situation first. I’m nervous. Maggie was in her crib till she was almost THREE. But Audrey is also a very good bedtime kid and she’s used to sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag at daycare, so I’m hoping it’s an easy transition. Because I can’t eat chocolate right now (it tastes TERRIBLE to me, which is just SO VERY VERY WRONG) so if this is a bad choice, how will I drown my sorrows???

6. Audrey can count, apparently. So.

(Also: I didn’t realize until today that Audrey’s birthday video was cut off because Flickr only allows for 90 second videos. DER. I know this, but I forgot. So here it is again, in it’s full, ridiculous glory!)

7. Less than two months to The Blathering, you guys. Now that I’m starting to feel better, the idea of getting on a plane is not nightmarish to me and I AM GETTING VERY VERY EXCITED. Both to see everyone again (and meet some new people!) and also to eat everything in New Orleans because I’ll be in Prime Pregnancy Eating Mode (18 weeks!) and it will be epic.


  1. keli hoskins

    September 23, 2012 7:06 pm

    she has the SWEETEST voice, Jen. Oh my.

  2. K

    September 24, 2012 9:41 am

    LORD ALIVE. “Seben” and “eleben” about killed me with the counting.

    And as for November, I am super duper banking on you wanting to eat the entire city. For I will be by your side.

    • Jen

      September 24, 2012 9:46 am

      The b’s as v’s. I know. Maggie used to call the rivers in Pittsburgh “ribbers”. I never wanted her to stop doing that. ha

      As for the food: *fist bump* It is ON. I wonder if they have good crumbly topping there?? :)

  3. Erica

    September 25, 2012 10:57 am

    Hmm, I actually spent about five second being jealous that I won’t be second-trimester-pregnant in the face of NOLA food, but I recovered myself.

  4. Dave (Scrumpy Daddy)

    September 25, 2012 12:34 pm

    Audrey has the cutest voice!

    Glad to hear things are going better with nausea, but chocolate tastes wrong? Oh, man!

    Good luck with the big girl bed, eventual room sharing, and everything.

    I *did* see a happy heartbeat comment on Facebook, so, Yay!, and that Audrey rocked her big girl bed the first night, so again, Yay!

    Keep it up, kids! :-)

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