Last week my cousin and her husband came to Florida for a week. Their son is 3 years old and him and Addison became best buds. This video was taken at a restaurant we went to for dinner one night at the airport.
My in-laws from Boston are the best!! They always send care packages for Addison every holiday and even randomly surprise us with a care package out of the blue. Last week we received a box in the mail from them. Below are pics of some of the items they sent. We love Boston gear so receiving these items made our day!!
After telling Brian that Addison was too scared to go into the water at the zoo's Splash Park on Saturday he decided that we take her to a water park on Sunday. He wanted her to be more comfortable around water. She loves the pool at the house but hates having water in her face. As soon as we arrived at the water park she was hesitant but after awhile she loved it. By the end of the day she was going down the water slides with Daddy and floating around in the kiddie pool. She even got brave and would walk around the kiddie pool by herself without having me or Daddy right by her. It was a really fun day!!
I called the Dr this morning and she reassured me that they believe nothing is wrong with the baby or his heart. The only reason they could only see 3 chambers is strictly because of his positioning. And the only reason they need another picture of the face is because they need a profile shot which they were also unable to get because of the baby's position. She said there is absolutely NO reason to worry. ::Phew:: I'm feeling so much better and relieved after the phone call this morning.
On Saturday Nana and I took Addison to the Central Florida Zoo. It's a small zoo but they've added several things since my last visit 7 years ago. They've added multiple zip lines, laser tag, a splash park (which Addison was scared of...lol), updated their exhibits and added several wooden walkways in place of mulch. Addison's favorite things were the playground, carousel and the train.
Yesterday was my 21 week ultrasound to look at all the vital organs. The baby was in a position that made it hard for the ultrasound tech to get all the pictures she needed. The baby is head down, spine up. The baby is measuring on target, heartbeat was 160.
When the tech got to the heart I noticed that she typed "3 chamber heart" Immediately I knew that a heart consists of 4 chambers. I watched as she looked at the heart for 10 minutes or more getting several photos. I noticed in one she put rt ventrical, lt ventrical and the heart looked like it was shaped normally. She then asked me to lay on my right side because the baby's position made it hard to get another view of the heart that she needed. The baby wouldn't move out of it's position so she then had me lay on my left side...nothing. I got up walked around and dealt with Addison having a breakdown because this was during her nap time and not only was she tired but we waited 45 minutes in the lobby before getting called back for the ultrasound then spent another 45 minutes in the ultrasound room. She was not a happy camper.
Once I got back on the table the baby hadn't moved out of position. Addison was bawling, kicking and crying for Mommy. The ultrasound tech said I'd have to have another ultrasound at my next appointment to get another view of the heart and another picture of the face. At this point I was somewhat concerned but Addison was more than a distraction at this point. I remember looking at the screen while the tech was typing and saw "Unable to see 4 chambers of the heart. 3 chambers are visible." Then it went on to say something about the baby's position. But I didn't finish reading it because she clicked off the screen.
We then were taken into a different room to wait for the Doctor. Addison still continued to cry because she thought we were finally leaving and was upset to be put into another room. Luckily with Addison crying the Doctor quickly made it to our room. She stated that I will have to get another ultrasound at the next appointment (in 4 weeks) because they were unable to get all the photos they needed. She seemed a little concerned and asked a couple questions she hasn't asked before but that was it. So now I'm worried.
So after we left the appointment I started thinking and all these questions popped in my head that I didn't get to ask while we were there due to being distracted by my overly tired toddler. "Why do they need another view of the face" I remember seeing the face a couple times. I even have a picture of the baby yawning that they sent home with me and another pic of him facing the screen. I remember the u/s tech pointing out the lips, mouth, nose, etc.
Then I have a hundred other questions about the heart. The tech looked at the heart for a long time. If she had a good enough view to see 3 chambers why couldn't she see 4? I couldn't sleep last night thinking about all the "what if's" My only positive reassurance is that if they thought it was something severe they would have me come back sooner than 4 weeks...right??? Now that I've had time to think about it more and replay the events of yesterday I'm going to call and talk to my Doctor on Monday to ask these questions and gain a little bit of reassurance that everything is okay.
The pregnancy is going good so far. I'm 21 weeks and 1 day!! I have an anatomy scan at the Dr.'s office tomorrow so I will act excited when they tell me it's a boy :-) They will also look at all the vital organs, heart chambers, brain, spine, etc. Addison loves to come to my appointments and then at home she'll find toys and put them on my stomach mimicing an ultrasound and say "I hear baby boy's heartbeat."
She's doing great with potty training. Thank goodness my Mom is here this summer for advice and guidance. She's been a huge help with this. I would always ask Addison "You want to go potty" and the response I received would be the typical toddler response "No." My Mom said don't ask her just take her to the toilet. So as soon as she wakes up I say "Mommy is going to take you to the potty" She then says "Okay Mommy, I go potty." She has been going potty on the toilet every morning and every night before bed and on the days I work from home she'll go after naptime. Slowly but surely. My goal is to have her out of pull-ups by the time the new baby arrives.
We've decided to be done with the baby monitor for now due to recently picking up frequency from someone else's house. There's a bit of a back story to this and it may be totally unrelated but you never know. The neighbor lost her husband on July 4th. My Mom has become friends with her since they are both around the same age. The lady shared a couple stories of her husband communicating with her after he passed by doing a couple different things to let her know he was still around. So Saturday night she came over to the house to visit for a little while. While she was there we turned on the baby monitor because Addison had just went to bed. As soon as I turned on the monitor I heard music. Brian and I both looked at each other stunned. We didn't have any music on in her room...the only thing running was the humidifier. We listen for a little bit longer and could hear a baby crying. At this point Brian once again with his sarcastic humor said that it was like the Poltergist movie...Eek!! We then turned off the monitor. On Sunday while Addison took a nap we once again turned on the monitor. This time we heard parents talking and a baby crying. It sounds like a newborn so our monitor must be picking up a frequency from another home in the area...it's just creepy how it started after the neighbor came to the house with her stories of her husband communicating after his death. :::Chills:::
On Sunday we took a scenic drive to a restaurant on Crescent Lake that we'd never been to before. The drive was a little longer than expected and to my surprise there is lots of farmland in Florida. Addison enjoyed seeing all the horses and cows in the pastures on our way there while Brian inserted his sarcastic humor that he didn't realize we were back in Nebraska :-)