Monday, October 24, 2011

What a difference a heartbeat makes

We heard the heartbeat and everything just melted away. All the stress, the uncertainty, the angst about everything - gone. It's there and it's real and God willing, in May we'll have another beautiful baby to enjoy.
It's unexpected but not unwelcome. I had my surgery at my age so that I could get pregnant again. We had several years of not getting pregnant, then we had to wait 18 months - so no guarantees. We weren't expecting it so soon, either. But here it is. No period since August. Crazy dreams, sore boobs, cranky, hungry. I haven't gained any weight, but boy have I been eating. I had to find a new doctor because I'm considered high risk because of the surgery and God led me to a good practice with people who have had patients with gastric bypass before. So we're waiting. Next month there will probably be another heartbeat. In 2 visits we'll start the ultrasounds. We're still cautious and optimistic. And happy! Gracie knows; our parents know; some friends know. How to announce? When to announce? Facebook? I thought that once Gracie knew everyone would know, but she's been keeping it under her hat. We'll see. So we're praying about the baby's health. We're praying about the money thing, because God knows we need some more of that.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Parent-teacher conference

We had Gracie's first p-t conference. It went well. We had concerns about her behavior - she never has any comments on her behavior chart, and we wanted to make sure she was being good in class. But her teacher said she knows when to be quiet and when she can talk. She said she obviously loves school, which she does. Another concern we had was that she was bored in class because she had covered this same curriculum in pre-school. But her teacher said that she doesn't finish early and takes her time. We forget that she has a summer birthday and is younger than the rest of her peer group. She needs that time to develop more fine-motor skills, like writing her name, etc. She counted to 59 without messing up. Her only S- was for writing her name, which she does pretty well now. We got a math program for the computer that they're going to start soon. So overall, good. We're proud of her for doing so well!