Thursday, March 26, 2009

Interview with Jayla (3.5 years old)

I've seen a couple of blogs lately where the moms asked their kids a series of questions and posted them. I thought it'd be interesting to see if (a) Jayla would even stay in one place long enough to let me get through the questions and (b) what is going on in her little head!

So, Saturday, I sat her on (the little bit that is left of) my lap and we quickly ran through some questions that I snagged (don't remember which blog it was from). I think she let me get through the questions because she was intrigued by the fact that I was typing what she said. It was fun to do and it was very obvious that she was really trying to get the "right" answer to some of the question...until the end where she just got silly and was quite done with the whole project. So, anyway, here's her interview...

1. What is something mommy always says to you?

"Ummmm…booga bear" [That is one of my many nicknames for her]

2. What makes mommy happy?

"Ummmmm…a smile"

3. What makes mommy sad?

"Ummmmm…not going to you." [She had just gotten in trouble for not coming to me when I call her name. She likes to ignore folks.]

4. How does your mommy make you laugh?

"with a secret on the ears" [She loves to pretend like we're telling each other secrets. We do alot of whispering nonsense in each other's ears these days.]

5. What did your mommy like to do when she was a child?

"she liked to do things that are really good…is that right, mama?" [She wanted validation that she was right on this question. I think her answer comes from me telling her most mornings that I want her to do good things at school and not bad things.]

6. How old is your mommy?

"Ummmm…twenty-ummmm…twenty-thirty? That’s how old you are?" [I had no idea how she would answer this question because we only ever talk about how old she is...not how old I am. So, I was actually impressed by her answer. She probably remembers the "30" part from my birthday party a few weeks ago.]

7. How tall is your mommy?

"Ummmm..this tall!" [She stretches her arms as far as they will go and then almost toppled off my lap.]

8. What is her favorite thing to watch on TV?

"Ummmm…family" [The husband and I have been watching alot of old videos from her babyhood lately. I'm assuming that where this came from.]

9. What does your mommy do when you're not around?

"Ummmm…watch TV" [Okay, so some days, I don't turn the TV off before I go get her from school. So, she comes home and yes, the TV is on. But, that's certainly not all that I do when she's not around...]

10. If your mommy becomes famous, what will it be for?

"pasta" [No clue on this one. She was being silly. I think this is about when Daddy came into the room.]

11. What is your mommy really good at?

"watching tv…is that right?" [She may have gotten me confused with Daddy at this point. I'm actually a horrible TV watcher. It just doesn't hold my matter what it is.]

12. What is your mommy not very good at?

"not very good at careful…is that right?" [No idea...unless she thinks I'm a klutz.]

13. What does your mommy do for her job?

"Ummmm…work on her computer" [Right on, baby.]

14. What is your mommy 's favorite food?

"Ummmm…pasta" [Dead wrong, sweetheart. Chicken, pizza, skittles, cake - all of these would have been much more suitable answers. I have no idea why pasta was on her mind that day.]

15. What makes you proud of your mommy?

"Ummmm…hamburger" [Again with the silly.]

16. If your mommy were a cartoon character, who would she be?

"she would be a monster" [Thanks, baby.]

17. What do you and your mommy do together?

"Ummmm…walk" [Very true...although we probably read more than we walk.]

18. How are you and your mommy the same?

"just black" [I loved this answer for some reason. She was just so matter-of-fact about it.]

19. How are you and your mommy different?

"Ummmmm…orange…I mean, pinkilicious" [What!?!? And who taught my child the word "pinkilicious"? I should've followed-up on this one to clarify which one of us is the pinkilicious one.]

20. How do you know your mommy loves you?

"Ummmmm…hug you" [And, of course, she reached out and hugged me at that point.]

21. What does your mommy like most about your daddy?

"Ummmm…trees" [Yeah...that's it.]

22. Where is your mommy 's favorite place to go?

"Ummmm…to the park?" [Not at all. That would be Jayla's favorite place to go. I'm just along for the ride! But, at least she posed her response as a question back to me. So, maybe I can give her the benefit of the doubt.]

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Random St. Patrick's Day

AKA Happy 31st wedding anniversary to my parents (the math technically works since I was born a full 11 months and 6 days after the date that they've led me to believe is their anniversary)

AKA Happy "the husband doesn't have to wear his finger splint 24/7 anymore" Day

And one other random tidbit...Jayla is brilliant. Yes, we all know that. She takes after her mother. And, in all seriousness, I pay people a good portion of my take home pay each month to teach her things. So, most days I get a little surprise nugget of the random knowledge in my child's head that I nor my husband has taught her. I wasn't particularly impressed when I found out that she knows the difference between odd and even numbers earlier this week. But yesterday's tidbit actually impressed me, which is not an easy feat. She had a one-dollar bill that she'd fished out of her piggy bank and randomly asked me if that was George Washington on the bill. Do you know how many adults don't even know that!?!?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Thirty-Three Weeks (and some change!)

So...I wanted to post about my surprise birthday party after I posted about my birthday. But, then I had to wait until my surprise party actually happened, which wasn't until the weekend after my birthday. Then I decided that I would wait until I had a few pictures from the party to post as well. I have yet to see any pictures because only one person there was actually taking any pictures and she hasn't sent any of them to me yet. And now, it's two weeks later and I figure I should just move on to something else. But, let it be known that I did have a surprise 30th birthday party/baby shower and it was so humbling and awesome in everyway (even though I technically knew about it beforehand).

Now, moving on...pregnancy updates! The last one was at, what? 26 weeks or so? That was like 10 pounds and a full maternity clothing size ago. Behold the belly last week:

I am large. So large that at my doctor's appointment last week, I measured 36cm, which was about 3 weeks ahead of where I needed to be (not to mention in 4 weeks, I grew from 28cm to 36cm). And if you know me, or have been reading this blog since the Jayla pregnancy, you know that large measurements is what helped us discover that Jayla had an issue. Now granted, Jayla had a very rare issue that makes it just super unrealistic that I would have two children with the same issue. But, when everything is seemingly playing out the exact same way, it's difficult to not let your mind wonder to what is almost statistically impossible.

So, we had another ultrasound on Thursday with the high-risk doctor that suggested that Jayla be delivered "as soon as possible" when I was just 35 weeks pregnant with her. The doctor was even nicer than I remembered her (maybe because she was delivering bad news the last and only time I've ever seen her?) but, before we got started with the ultrasound, she wanted to hear everything about how Jayla's story turned out.

She started the ultrasound with routine measurements and estimated the baby to be about 4lbs + 11oz, which is 45th percentile at this point. She continued to look around, commenting that the baby is still a girl and has lots of hair like Jayla. And although I was generally at peace with the situation by then, I breathed an extra sigh of relief when she uttered, "This baby is perfect. Absolutely beautiful." She also took a special look at the bowels just to make sure that we weren't in for similar issues and there was no sign of blockage.

And so it looks like we're back on track for an April 22nd delivery. It hurts so badly to walk and lay horizontal these days and yet, I'm so not ready for her to come yet. If nothing else, I keep thinking that she will want a name at some point in her life. The husband now calls her "Spare Jayla" and that's as close as we've gotten to naming her...