Time for an update again! I never gave an update on the nuchal translucency screening. The ultrasound showed normal, healthy results and that combined with the blood test lowered our odds for Downs Syndrome from 1:376 to 1:7561. And it lowered our odds for Trisomy 13/18 from 1:~300 to 1:>10,000. That was all great news! The only thing that worries me is I still can’t feel the baby move. I know it’s still early (14w4d today) but with the lack of movement on the ultrasound (I keep telling myself the baby was sleeping as we did see it move a little bit towards the end.) and with the lack of movement felt so far I keeping worrying about all these awful diseases and birth defects. Argh. I’m such a worry-wart. I know. I can’t seem to turn that part of my brain off. I’m can’t wait to start feeling movement and then for our Level II Ultrasound on December 4th. Just a little over 4 weeks away. I’ll try to keep my neuroses under control until then.
Last Friday night Kris took the night off, we dressed up the kids in their Halloween costumes (and Kris with his skeleton face) and headed to Jason and Theresa’s house for a birthday party/Halloween party. It was a good time and it was fun to see the other kids in their costumes. I was a bad mom and pushed Annika and James away from me and told them to go play with the other kids instead of going with them and helping them get acclimated with these kids they hardly see. But I was hungry! Luckily they had each other for moral support and did go and play with the kids and all was well. Amanda and Dean came with Erek and I immediately snatched him away for a good, long cuddle session. What a cutie! Annika made me sit on the couch with Erek so she could get closer to him. She stroked his head, kissed his forehead and generally loved on him. She’s absolutely smitten with babies. I hope that doesn’t turn into jealousy when our new baby arrived. James was more neutral. He came and checked out the baby briefly and then went back to snacking and playing and generally ignoring me and the baby. Good? Bad? We’ll see I guess.
Saturday was of course Halloween but it was also Great Grandpa’s birthday. So once again we dressed the kids in their costumes and went to have lunch with him and Papa, some other family members and some of Great Grandpa’s friends. He had a large group of people at the restaurant to wish him a happy birthday! The kids were fighting on the way there about who was going to sit by Papa. They worked it out amongst themselves when Annika suggested that she sit on one side and James sits on the other side. Already using her logic reasoning skills like the good little engineer in training she is. Cousin Jake was there with his infant daughter Autumn. I held her for a while and Annika of course had to come over to coo over her too. She is just in love with babies. Kris even held her for a fraction of a second before he coo’ed enough and gave her back to me. Still not much of a baby person, poor Kris.
After lunch we visited Nana at work quickly and then went to look at a huge display of carved pumpkins at Nana’s friend’s house. He carved 125 pumpkins this year! It was cold out so we didn’t stay out there long. Then we went to Nana and Papa’s house for a quick visit before heading back home.
At home we rushed to put on a few more layers of clothes and hats and mittens and then went over to the neighbor’s house. We had pizza there while they got their costumes on and within a few minutes were all went out together trick or treating, six kids and three adults. The kids segregated themselves into two groups – the big kids (Ryan and Annika and Ryan’s two cousins) and the little kids (Erin and James). I stayed with the bigger kids who were faster than the little kids. They were all super excited to go from house to house though. And this year Annika wasn’t timid about going up to the houses. She marched right up there with the other kids and didn’t once ask Kris or I to go with her. Big improvement! And Jamesy was all over it too. He may have been slower but he made it to just as many houses as she did and got just as much candy. And man did they get candy! Their buckets were completely full when we got home. And we didn’t hand out nearly enough candy at our own house (next year I think one of us needs to stay home while the other takes the kids out so we actually get trick or treaters at our house) so we have a ton of candy at our house right now. We have at least four unopened bags of candy! Um, danger! I’ve been pretty good – 2-3 pieces a day max. And we’ve been very good about rationing the kids too. They get 1-2 pieces a day and only if they eat all their lunch and then dinner. No finishing your meal? No candy. It is a treat for them though to go through their buckets to pick out just the perfect piece of candy they want. Annika literally empties hers to pick out her piece and then we have to put it all back in again.
Sunday morning while Kris and I were trying to take advantage of that phantom “extra hour of sleep” the kids came into our room (at 7:30am which was actually 6:30am) and snuggled in our bed. Annika crawled in and immediately asked why there wasn’t snow outside. “Snow?” I asked. She said yes, after Halloween is Christmas. Where is the snow. Silly girl. I explained that first we had the month of November and then Thanksgiving and then the month of December and then Christmas. I promised we’d get out a calendar later to help explain but she was OK with that explanation for now.
We had a long time that morning to play and eat breakfast and shower and get ready for church. I was getting downright bored myself. Don’t worry, I didn’t clean anything or do any chores to help pass the time. I watched DVR’d TV instead. I’m such a good wife and mom.
After church we made a quick lunch (tomato soup and grilled cheese – my favorite fall meal!) and then I made a grocery list and very politely asked Kris to go to the grocery store. He sighed, picked up my list and coupons, grabbed his wallet and went. He hates going to the grocery store. But because he is a good father and husband, he did it anyway. Me? I cleaned up from lunch and then snoozed on the couch while watching football. See? Stellar wife and mom. I made sure to jump up and act awake when Kris arrived back home. He’s reading this and hating me right now. Heh. I did get to work then though, making a chip dip to bring to our Vikings/Packer party at the neighbors later that afternoon. And when the dip was done and James was awake from his much needed nap (He didn’t even make it through lunch before Kris carried him upstairs and rocked him to sleep – poor boy) we walked across the street to the party. That was the best party commute ever! There was another little boy there that the kids played with and there were several other couples there for us grown-ups to cheer with. Luckily no Packer fans showed up so we could cheer for the Vikings as loudly as we wanted. And we did. And we were all very happy when the Vikings won. I could have done without all the Favre nose-blowing camera shots though! Gross!
And speaking of that darn time change, it’s still messing with the kids’ schedules. Every morning this week I’ve had at least one child with me when I’m getting ready in the morning – at 6am. They normally wake up in the 7-7:30am range. Monday it was Annika so I left her downstairs with some cartoons on. Tuesday it was James so then I made Kris get up and go downstairs and veg out on the couch with James while James watched cartoons. This morning it was both of them and I left them downstairs with cartoons on. I’m not sure that was the wisest decision. They can’t get into much or get out of the house but they are smart little kids and with Kris sleeping upstairs I’m not sure what kind of hurricane it looked like when he came down this morning. Hopefully it wasn’t too bad. I’m sure he appreciated the extra sleeping time though. Hopefully this will all even out pretty soon. We have some crabby kids in our house! (James is refusing to take naps unless he’s completely melting down – it’s quite fun!)