Monday, February 27, 2012

My prince

Aiden: "I'm going to draw an A because my name is Aiden"

Me: "Okay, I'll draw an M because I'm Mommy"

Aiden: "No, you draw a Q"

Me: "Why is that?"

Aiden: "Because you're the queen"


I keep meaning to update the blog but everything has been so calm lately. Sean just had a four day weekend and Aiden has had the whole week off for winter break and we've done nothing. Life has been blissfully uneventful.

Our big project to finish the basement is nearly complete. We had to spend last weekend picking out tile and cabinets and other boring this-is-only-exciting-for-us kinds of things. I'm so beyond excited to have a space where Aiden can run free without having to worry about furniture getting wrecked or having toys spilling out from everywhichway. There will be more space for his toys (and his brother's eventual toys!) and lots of soundproofing so it can be a kid sanctuary.

We also went out and bought a new crib since the one Aiden had used was handed down a few times and pretty wobbly. Aiden the Acrobat certainly did a number on it. In addition to a new crib we bought a bassinet and a new infant car seat, all of which are now piled up in the hallway until old things can be stored in the storage area of the nearly finished basement or assembled in the baby's room. When the basement is finished we'll be moving a few things down there and rearranging, so right now we're in limbo. This is not normally I state I deal well with but for now it's just fine.

Everything's a little messy but it's because big things are happening. We've spent this week all piled on the couch together as a family, listening to the constant whir and smack of hammers and drills in the basement and I keep grabbing hands to let them feel the swishes and kicks inside my belly. We're certainly under construction.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

We're Having A...

Boy! Yeah. Another boy, oh boy. Sean and I are excited, it will be nice to have two little boys and hey, we'll save a ton of money on clothes. We both had a hunch from the beginning it would be a boy but now we've got hard proof in the form of ultrasound pictures.

My doctors have been doing a whole battery of tests the past couple of months, all of which came back normal. We did have a little bit of panic however, when she mentioned that the baby had a tiny calcified spot on it's heart. Both Sean and I were immediately wondering if this was dangerous, in need of surgery or otherwise cause for alarm. The doctor assured us that it's not dangerous, it doesn't need any treatment and doesn't affect the heart in any way. It can be a marker for Down's Syndrome but our age combined with the fact that every one of the other multiple (more reliable) markers for Down's was negative means it's most likely nothing and will fade with time. Which then made me wonder, WHY DID YOU TELL US? Do they enjoy watching us panic? At home I sat down and did some research and not only does it sound like we have absolutely nothing to worry about, but apparently it's much more common in children of Asian or mixed Asian descent. So, we're not worried, and after talking about it, we decided that even if we had a child with Down's we wouldn't do a thing differently.

Aiden was thoroughly underwhelmed by the baby news. He had been hoping for girl, but mostly, he just really doesn't care much about this baby that he can't see or touch or play with. Some days he likes to hold my belly and sing to it and other days he asks us to please stop talking about it and help him find his crayons. I'm sure he'll form some strong opinions once the baby's born but for now I can understand his disinterest.

Aiden has been very busy at school and next week they are having a big Valentine's Day party. He and I are going to make some heart cookies that he can decorate over the weekend and he's got a whole bunch of glitter and stamps to make Valentine's for his classmates. I'm not very crafty but I figure it only needs to look like a 4 year old made them, so I'm safe. Hopefully Sean and I will get out one evening for a dinner date but that may not be until after V Day.

All of this baby excitement, combined with the unseasonably warm weather we've been having, are making the winter seem to fly by. Normally February seems like a long slog but this year it can't help feeling like spring is just around the corner.