Life has been full lately, but when is it not? I live in the greater Austin area with family in Houston and central Florida. As you can imagine Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma kept me pretty well occupied. If I wasn’t tracking the storms or checking on family, I was running out to Costco to get items that were urgently needed in the Houston and South Texas areas. When tragedy like that strikes, our community pulls together and supports one another as best they can. I would have loved to jump in my truck loaded with cases of water and supplies to go help the areas most affected, but with two young ones at home and a miracle boy growing away that just wasn’t the smartest thing for me to do. It was important to me to send supplies directly to locations in need rather than to large organizations so that I know I am being helpful immediately and where it is needed the most. I’m thankful we had the means to assist in the ways we did and will continue to do though.
In the midst of all that extreme weather, both of my girls started school. My oldest started 1st grade on her 6th birthday and my youngest started Pre-K the day after Labor Day. It took a couple of weeks to really get back into the swing of things but we are nailing down the routine again. Routine and I are good friends. It doesn’t have to be a rigid hour by hour schedule, but enough of a routine helps me accomplish my list of appointments, household chores, and general to-do’s. Not to mention, I know what day it is now based on our activities which is really nice for fried brain cells.
Baby Boy B (I need a better nickname) is growing stronger all the time and throwing all kinds of stunt moves already. I have had the follow up ultrasound for the fetal echo images we weren’t able to get at the last appointment at the MFM office. At the anatomy scan we couldn’t get him to move for anything, at the fetal echo he wouldn’t sit still. So much for my pep talk on the way there about being cooperative, ha! Thankfully the tech was able to get all of the images and recordings she was after though. The very first thing we saw when the screen turned on is that he is still one happy and healthy growing baby boy. We also saw through out the ultrasound: thumb sucking, feet up by the face, stretches, curling into a ball, rolling around, grabbing the umbilical cord, and snuggles with the placenta, among other acrobatics. The tech was also able to get a couple of 3D images for us which was really nice of her. He has cheeks now! So cute.
It’s hard to believe we are fast approaching a few big milestones! This Friday marks 24 weeks/6 months pregnant and the age of viability, next week is the glucose test for gestational diabetes, and in three weeks we will be entering the third trimester. WOW!