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December 4th, 2007

I am seriously considering naming this little baby-to-be after our awesome-gift-from-God OB.

This morning I had an episode of bleeding.   I called in to the office (a bustling group practice of 13 OBs) and reported the incident. I was told by the doctor on call, “No biggie – call us back if it gets worse.”   I said, “Um, no offense but is Dr. H there?   Given my history, I think he’d want to know what’s going on.”   Within five minutes I got a call back from his nurse telling me to come right in, that the good doctor was going to squeeze me in between meetings.

Poor Kenny got sardined in the car (but I let him listen to Boz the whole way, so he was jammin’) and this sweet crusty old man says, “Well, it’s probably nothing to worry about, but I know that’s not an answer you’re going to buy, so let’s have a look.”   I got to see sonogram #4 of the bopping baby, and he actually danced for us!   No joke – he wiggled and jiggled and even rubbed his eyes with both little hands while we watched!     “Look at that!   That’s just perfect.   What a picture.”   This man is not a frequent giver of real smiles, but I swear I got one as we shook hands and said goodbye until next time.

Is it weird to name your kid after your OB?

In other news, Kenny has become, for the first time in almost a year, a resister of the bedtime decree.   Though he has been in his big-boy bed since September, he has only now realized that he can get in and out of it whenever he wants.   Not only that, but he can get out, cross the room, open the door and saunter down the hall.   Yesterday he did that for an hour, until I put the old baby gate across his doorway.   At least then he was confined to his room.   But I could still here him changing CDs in his CD player, banging blocks and dumping the contents of his shelves.   Same thing at bedtime last night… though it was “lights out” at 7, it was well after 9:30 before he finally fell asleep.

So, my second question of the night is, how do you get your two-year-old to stay in BED??   He’s not a big one for rewards… the M&Ms after he uses the potty are his ultimate treat, but even so he goes in his diaper when he doesn’t feel like stopping his play to tinkle in the potty.   So a reward for staying in bed is not likely to hold much water.   Any other suggestions, or should I just keep the gate across the door and let him fall asleep on his own terms?


  1. Jennifer says

    Tyler went through a phase where he realized he could get out of his bed on his own, but he now has gone back to not getting out until we come for him. Maybe it’s a phase? Or he has decided that he is a big boy and he has the freedom to get out and do whatever his little heart pleases. I would definately continue to use the gate. But in our house the gate doesn’t keep Tyler in or out, he just climbs it like a monkey. Good luck!

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  2. Sarah says

    I’m glad to hear that things were okay with the doctor… and hey as long as you’re okay with Dr. H’s name, why not name him after the supportive doctor! As for Kenny, I’d just leave the gate up and let him be, eventually, he’ll realize that, he’s just wasting his time, he’s not getting a reaction from y’all, so he might as well go to sleep!

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  3. Audrey - Pinks & Blues says

    I’m glad to hear all is well. That can be scary. I absolutely know the relationship with your OB. Mine moved to CA mid way through Benjamin’s pregnancy and we still email. he’s the absolute best. I love this man. Truly!
    – Audrey
    Pinks & Blues

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  4. Erin says

    Just a random comment from a stranger-wanted to say that I love your blog. And congrats on the pregnancy!

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  5. Angie F says

    Hi – I randomly came across your blog (just curious as to who had “mommyblog”, i figured someone did!
    Anyhow – a little advice, tried & true with myself, friends & fam….maybe try and bedtime routine chart. put little pictures on of things like a toothbrush, book, kisses, whatever it is you do for bedtime – – then you can either draw smilies or use stickers – and when each spot is filled up – it’s bedtime! then, you can choose to either give a reward at the end of a good week, or just let the chart do its work, and after a few successful nites, he’ll look forward to it so much, he’ll be drawing his own smilies before long.
    and, good luck – persistence is the big key with the 2-3 year olds!

    December 6th, 2007 | #

  6. Amy says

    i too am a stanger – but i am love n your blog!! my little one is just 1 at the moment – so i am not yet having that problem….but i will stay tuned on the advice on here – it is awesome! :o) – Amy

    December 13th, 2007 | #

  7. Amy says

    *stranger* 😉

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