This week has brought about a lot of things. Some of them good, some of them not so good. Let's start off with the good.
First off, the kids had their open house at school. This is a new school for them this year as we moved, so I really wanted to make sure we attended the open house and got a chance to see where their classroom would be. I also wanted to make sure they got to meet their teacher. I feel it's valuable for them and me to know who is going to be with my kids for 7+ hours a day. The school is quite nice and we all really liked their teacher. She seems to have a good curriculum set up and seems to like being a teacher. After the meet and greet, the kids were even more excited to start the following Monday and kept making sure that I would get their backpacks all ready and packed with all of their supplies. When the first day arrived, they were all set. I walked them to class, took pictures of them, of course, and kissed them goodbye. Last year was really rough on me and I cried before I ever even got out of their classroom. This year was much easier since it wasn't their first time going to school. Dylan was a bit nervous and I could see it, but he did great. Kaylee was almost too excited to contain herself and couldn't wait to start the day. Overall, their first day was excellent and they both are excited for the rest of the year. I am fortunate that my kids enjoy school and see it as a positive experience. I hope that continues through their school years. I've attached a picture of them from their first day, as we were getting ready to leave.
I did also have my last ultrasound this week. It was relatively quick, but still always nice to see baby. At this point, it was actually hard to see much because he has gotten so big and is taking up so much space. My doctor did verify the "money" shot and concluded with no doubt (not that we had any to begin with) that this baby is indeed a boy. And true to boy form, he was spread eagle for the world to see. We also got to see his little heart beating away. No matter how many times you see your baby inside your belly, it never ceases to amaze you. I asked the doctor about how big he is guessing he will be and he thinks over 8 pounds!!! Eeek! That to me is a BIG baby. I know it's not really, but compared to my other two, it is to me. I think I am glad I am having a c-section. That explains why I am feeling so big though. At this point he is probably already 5+ lbs. I have a month to go before the surgery, so I can only imagine how I am going to feel by the end. I'm already pretty uncomfortable and sleeping is almost impossible. I have also been having some swelling in my ankles the last few days. I guess I can't complain too much as I've made it through most of the pregnancy without too many issues in this department.
On a sad note, we had to put my grandma in hospice care this week. She is an Alzheimer's patient and her health over the past several months has really declined. She has also been in renal failure. She basically hasn't wanted to eat or drink and has been losing weight. She and my grandpa, as well as my great aunt (my grandma's sister) are all in the same nursing home. They called to tell us that she was declining very rapidly and that it was time to make some decisions. So, my mom went ahead and placed her in the hospice and advised that they were only to give "comfort" care and nothing else. We are expecting her to go rather quickly, which at this point would be a blessing since her quality of life in non-existent at this point. She hasn't been able to really speak to us or even know any of us for months anyway.
I did go to the nursing home several times this week just to sit with her for a bit and check on my other relatives. I'm fortunate that we all are close and I'm able to do that.
Until next time . . . hugs and belly rubs!