Another week, another round of appointments.
All good news – L & Tiny ‘passed’ the NST with flying colors, and BPP looks good – adequate fluid, good blood flow in umbilical cord, practice breathing.
Thanks to everyone for weighing in on the scheduled cesarean vs. induction question. While it’s not 100% yet, I think L is planning on starting with induction. Barring, of course, any further complications or developments. Next week is another growth scan and MFM appointment, NST and OB appointment. At the OB appointment, we will likely schedule the induction.
In other news:
It’s too fucking hot in the pacific northwest.
Irony: A year ago (almost to the day – we moved on the 6th) I LOL’d about the “extreme heat advisory’ for the 90 degree + temps, since that’s just called “summer” where I come from. And yeah, it was hot, but whatever. L convinced me we needed to buy a small room AC unit and we used it for the next couple of weeks.
But now I’m used to the 50-70 degree range that Seattle stays in 10 months out of the year (it’s my fave temp range anyway!) and I prefer my life with a cardigan so I’m SO OVER the heat. Also my partner is 9 months pregnant and has cankles and I don’t want her to suffer, either. (side note: If #3 happens, I will be sure to get pregnant in the summer so as to avoid ever having to experience this pregnant-in-the-summer phenomenon.
L reported to me earlier today that a window AC unit was on sale at Freddies, so I guess we have one of those in our room now, too.
Last weekend one of our besties, who moved to Cleveland a year before we moved to Seattle, came to visit. She’s one of my most favorite people in the world. We only got to spend 36 hours together, but in that time we laughed a lot, she helped us shelve books and hang pictures, she played hard with our kid and gave us some tips for his more challenging behavior (former Montessori preschool teacher friends are the best!) and we all took a nap together on the couch while watching Golden Girls (napping in the presence of friends is one of my favorite things!) – which we can do because our new couch is huge! I’m really so grateful for friends who will continue to show up across distance, because it really re-energized me to spend time with her.
And, we are implementing her suggestion to help curb Ansel’s love of throwing things off of tables (coffee cups, toys, glass lamp covers . . .)
So far, it seems like he understands the basic premise, and we are able to have a (limited) conversation about things when he engages in the less desirable behavior. This tool, like the others we’ve instituted (helping him name his feelings and find appropriate responses, the use of the phone timer to set clear boundaries about when things happen) feels like a good way to provide some structure without shaming or limiting his behavior unfairly. I want him to feel able to explore and play, and I don’t want to ‘punish’ him for things. I also want him to understand the value of his own safety, the safety of others, and keeping our things safe. Especially as we get ready to have a tiny baby in our home . . .
This weekend, A and I head to Portland (where it’s even hotter. Ugh) to celebrate our friend’s kids b-day, and to have a Mama and Ansel ‘vacation’ (this is how L is referring to it, anyway) We’ll swim and eat chicken nuggets (well, he will) and hang out with our friends. L will do baby laundry and put her cankles up on the AC, and we’ll all get ready for our last week as a family of three!