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April 18th, 2010

Last night Casey looked at me and my giant almost 36-week0sized belly and said, “You know, even if you don’t want to, you should try to blog a little, at least in these last few weeks of pregnancy.   You don’t want to lose these memories…”

And he’s right.

First, there is really no reason that I stopped blogging.   I guess I just got wicked busy, and after days turned into weeks, it was a relief not to add the days’ extractions onto the computer before falling exhausted into bed.     I decided not to feel guilty about it (even though I was missing out on the “baby book” aspect of some of Cooper’s most charming times of   life) and to be honest, kind-of even forgot about it, except when my mother asked me continually if I was ever going to blog again.  

I did appreciate all the kind emails checking up on me and encouraging me.   And there were many nights that I almost started to write something down from the day, but it seemed so odd to just jump back in after my extended absence.   And so much has happened!

We moved to the Historic District of our local city.     From isolated, expansive waterfront to in-town life, we are still getting used to the joys and pains.   Joys, like seeing friends daily, family walks and trips to the coffee shops and ice cream parlors that dot our bricked sidewalks, half the time  as before spent driving in the car, and all the energy that small-town life has to offer.   Pains, like Dudley’s lack of a dog door or big yard to run in, and his psychotic barking at every single person who walks by our house all day long… though we just got this anti-bark device that’s working pretty well…   The boys miss their giant bedroom and big yard with the swingset, but they’ve come to love our long walks around town and the city playground.   And our house has this awesome glassed-in front porch that overlooks the street which we turned into a playroom.   Talk about never feeling lonely!

Kenny has started his first sport: Junior T-Ball.   It’s a riot to watch and he is loving every moment of it.   Cooper is, too, and is totally convinced that he’s a member of the team, even though he can’t figure out why we never let him on the field.   Casey is the coach of Kenny’s team, and we had his first game this weekend.   It was a tie, of course, as it turns out that in Junior T-Ball, everyone gets a single on any hit, and there are no outs.   Kenny was mighty disappointed by this second fact, as he was playing first base, and got three players out.   At one point, he turned to the opposing coach, who was at first base to cheer his runners, and said, “If I get the ball and get to the base first, the runner is supposed to be out!”   The coach had the decency to look uncomfortable and mumble, “Uh huh.”   We explained to Kenny that T-Ball is a little different that baseball, which he knows the rules of already, and he looked at us like we were crazy.   Oh well… at least he has fun wrestling with his equally-adorable teammates in the dugout…

Cooper talks like a three-year-old.   I am totally not exaggerating.   Everyone who is around him is amazed by what comes out of his mouth.   “What you doin’ there, Dada?” “You like a bite ‘a my apple, Mama?”   “Lay down next to me, please!”   “We making samwiches for lunch!”   “Der’s ‘Tarbucks, Mama!   You wanna coffee?     I wanna choc-late milk!   An’ a muffin!”   “Can I have a juice, please?”   “Mama!   Kenny has it!   He has my ball! You get it ‘a him an’ give it to me!!”   The kid is only 21 months and we can carry on a conversation.     And he can throw a ball!   Really hard, as in, if he gets his hands on a baseball, it’s best to duck.   He’s 30 pounds, too, and his 2-T tee-shirts barely cover his belly button.   And his hair still sticks up.   I should post some pictures…

(Ah, pictures have become as scarce as blog-posts.   I haven’t seen our camera since the move and though I am constantly snapping shots on my iPhone, I haven’t managed to download any yet, so they are pretty useless…)

Oh yeah, and I’m almost 36 weeks pregnant.   I have a c-section scheduled for May14th… not soon enough, though with all I still need to do to get ready, I’d better get crackin’.   I have been having very consistent Braxton Hicks contractions since I was 18 weeks, and I told my OB that I’ve gotten so used to them that I’ll have no idea if I actually go into labor.   They are not the friendly BH contractions, either… they are the double-you-over, make you gasp for breath and start timing kind.   There have been four separate occasions now where they lasted more than two hours, at regular intervals, and I was convinced that I was going to have to go to the hospital.   Each time, though, just as I was reaching for the phone, they disappeared.   Today was another bad stretch, and I actually spent about 5 hours in bed this afternoon.   I’ve started to hope that I do really have this baby early.   I’m not sure I can take another 4 weeks of this!

Ok… that’s long enough for now.   Do I even still have any readers out there?   it doesn’t matter… this documentary is for me and the kids, anyway.   No guarantees that I’ll be able to write much regularly, though I do hope that I can, at least through this mystery-baby’s birth.   It is a precious time.

11 Comments »

  1. Jen says

    Welcome Back Kristjana! You do still have readers out here! I am glad that your pregnancy is going well, aside from the BH contractions. Good Luck with the nest 4 weeks and the joyfully sleepless ones to come with baby number 3!

    ~Jen

    April 18th, 2010 | #

  2. Sarah says

    I am so happy to see you posting again! I was going to post a comment before to prod you a little, but figured you had a lot going on. Keep up posted, and you new house sounds amazing!

    April 19th, 2010 | #

  3. Jen says

    I was awfully excited to see you pop on my blogroll this morning– I’ve been wondering how things were going! Thanks for the update!

    April 19th, 2010 | #

  4. Sheena says

    Hi Kristjana! I don’t think I’ve ever noted before but I started reading last year. I have missed your posts and I’m glad to get an update! I hope to hear from you again soon! And I would love to see pics!

    April 19th, 2010 | #

  5. Crisanne says

    Glad to hear you are doing well. Of course, I’m able to keep up with you a little through Kim. As for the contractions…that’s what it was like with Blaine. That’s also how I wound up at my 40 week appt 5 cm dilated and in active labor, with no clue at all! So, do listen to your body and stay as hydrated as possible. Blessings to you and your family as the birth of your baby nears!!

    April 19th, 2010 | #

  6. joy smith says

    Good to read the update!! keep them coming.:smile:

    April 19th, 2010 | #

  7. Jenny says

    You absolutely still have readers… I’ve looked every day to see if you’ve started posting again. I’m glad to see you’re back! I blog (or try to) once a month for my little one. So don’t feel so bad about taking some time off. You’re right, it’s for you and your little ones anyway! Thanks for sharing!

    April 19th, 2010 | #

  8. Melina says

    Another loyal reader happy to see your post! I have two small boys of my own, so I love reading about your little guys.

    April 19th, 2010 | #

  9. Christy says

    Oh my goodness I was glad to see you back!! I have been wondering about the baby, Cooper’s cast, and how the musical you were helping with turned out.

    So glad to hear about all of your new adventures!! Let us know when your sweet new little one arrives!

    April 19th, 2010 | #

  10. Amelia says

    “First Liberty of London, now, MOODY MAMAS at Target, ladies! Just discovered the cutest maternity wear on Target.com / http://www.mmtarget.com, you must check it out! All super stylish and cute, I just ordered 4 dresses and had to spread the news! Enjoy!!”

    April 28th, 2010 | #

  11. Heather says

    SO happy to hear from you again! I thought about you and your pregnancy when I kept checking the blog and didn’t see anything. VERY glad everything is ok. I’m a little behind now because I just saw that you started writing again, but I’ll catch up soon. Take care.

    May 3rd, 2010 | #

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