I had my 36 week doctor’s appointment this morning. Short version – everything is fine – see you next week. Long version next – if you don’t want to know the specifics, skip to the next paragraph! OK, blood pressure was 122/65 – good. Weight was up exactly 1 pound – good. Next I had a Non-Stress Test. I’ll be having these at each doctor’s appointment from here on out to make sure the baby is OK – another additional test due to having gestational diabetes. I was hooked up to a monitor to record the baby’s heart beat and another to monitor contractions. I had one contraction during the test and the test took about a half hour. During the test they are looking for the baby to move and to have corresponding accelerations in his heart rate. It took a bit of poking and prodding to get him to move and a glass of ice cold water. The morning is not usually his active time so that didn’t surprise me much. I passed the non stress test and we moved on to the other parts of the 36 week appointment. First was the Group B strep test. I’ll get the results of that at the next appointment. If I’m positive I’ll have to have IV antibiotics during labor. I believe I had this with both previous pregnancies. No big deal. And lastly was my first internal exam. I’m officially a fingertip dilated and 60% effaced and she confirmed that the baby is head down (good boy!). Guess those contractions I’m having are doing something. And with that I was released. Next appointment is next Tuesday. I have an appointment every Tuesday morning from now until April 27th.
OK, enough appointment talk. Today registration opened for summer activities through community education and the parks and rec department. Kris and I talked with the kids at dinner a couple nights ago. James is a bit young yet for activities but Annika has definite plans of her own as to what she’s going to do. Together we made a plan for summer and fall. This morning I registered Annika for soccer. She’ll have soccer twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for an hour each time. This will be during June and July. She will also have swimming lessons on Wednesday evenings for a half hour. James will have swimming lessons on Sunday evenings as well. It will be his first swimming lesson where he goes into the water by himself. I’m sure he’ll love it.
Annika has plans for this fall too. After the June/July soccer program is over and if she liked it, then we’ll sign her up for an August – September soccer program that has actual games. The June – July program is more about the basics of soccer and skill building. We don’t need to register for the August program until the middle of July so we’ll wait to see if she likes it and then if she does we’ll sign her up. Annika is also insistent that she take dance class again. I told her that she’ll be learning a dance that she then has to perform in front of people. She hesitated for a second but then said OK, she still wanted to do it. This will be our first foray into the dance world with costumes and recitals and stuff. Yikes! But this summer I’ll sign her up so she can start dance class this fall. I hope she likes it! She also had great fun last Friday night/Saturday morning at Auntie Shelly and Uncle Dale’s house and especially liked “playing” on the piano. She’s insistent that she “knows” how to play the piano. Well, sure, she knows how to hit the keys but admitted she doesn’t know how to play any songs. I asked her if she wanted to learn? She does. I’m going to see if our neighbor across the street (Kari) – who is a music teacher at a school and does the childrens choirs at our church and has expressed interest in starting lessons in her home – would be willing to give Annika piano lessons starting this fall. Not sure how much that will cost, how often she’d need to go, how much she’d have to practice, etc. but we have time to figure that out. Is six years old/kindergarten even the appropriate time to start piano lessons? I don’t know. I don’t know how to play! Hey, maybe I can learn alongside Annika. That might be fun! Anyway, I’ll talk to Kari and see what she thinks.
And speaking of Dale and Shelly, the kids were over there Friday night and Saturday morning until about mid afternoon. I dropped them off and they were completely done with me the moment we walked in the door. I had to ask each of them to come back and give me a hug and kiss good-bye before they disappeared downstairs to play. And the reports I got the next morning was everyone was doing well and having fun. I wasn’t there to pick them up because I was at a baby shower for my neighbor Katie (with Krystle) but Kris picked them up and I guess Annika wasn’t really very excited to see him. Not a big surprise there. The kids adore Dale and Shelly. Lucky kids they are! (I adore Dale and Shelly too. Who wouldn’t!)