So it was a crazy first appointment. There was me, Peter, Eva and Ezra, then the midwife and also they had an intern too! It was getting pretty warm in that room with all those bodies and kids who didn’t want to sit still. Thankfully, our midwives have a cupboard full of toys for the kids to amuse themselves with. When I was pregnant with Ezra, they didn’t have the toys available for Eva to play with because of the whole H1N1 scare. Much better this time around.
I still don’t have a real due date. I have to go in for a dating ultrasound, so I will call and make that appointment first thing in the morning. I pretty much have to get in next week or else I won’t be able to get in for an appointment until after we get back from Estonia, which will be 4 weeks from now! I really don’t want to wait that long. If I end up having to wait that long, I will have the dating ultrasound and then a month from then I will have the 18-20 week ultrasound. I think we are planning on finding out the sex of the baby again. I don’t think I can wait. We waited with Eva, and I loved the surprise at the end of it all, but I also loved knowing with Ezra too. We picked his name, planned his nursery, and I just felt like I knew him already. I was already so bonded with him by the time he was born, not like I wasn’t with Eva, but do you know what I mean? I already knew he was a boy and could call him by name.
We weren’t able to hear a heartbeat, which was not a surprise to me since it’s still pretty early, so I wasn’t alarmed. We did get to hear my stomach growling through the doppler though, so there was still some excitement.
I forgot to mention in my last post about what different words Ezra is saying. He doesn’t talk much or very clearly, but he does point at things and say “dat?” (what’s that?), he drops things and says, “Uh oh!”, makes a “choo choo” noise for trains, “vroom vroom” for cars, mama for mama, dada for dada. Those last two are pretty obvious and he also speaks them quite clearly. As for “uh oh”, “choo choo”, and “vroom vroom” they are more of a humming noise with the intonation of how I would say it myself:
Uh oh = first hmm is high, second hmmm is low
Choo Choo = both hmmms are high
Vroom Vroom = both hmms are low
A personal accomplishment was that I read the entire Harry Potter series in 5.5 months. When Harry Potter first came out I was too much of a so-called hipster to care about anything so mainstream and as silly as wizards, witches and magic. After hearing a lot of the teens discussing Harry Potter, and how Twilight didn’t end up being quite the cultural phenomenon I wanted it to be, I thought I would give Harry Potter a chance since it appeared to be liked by young and old, male and female alike. I figured I’d better get in on the HP train (haha get it, they go to Hogwarts on a train!) before it was all over and since the very last movie was coming out this summer, I’d needed to get reading the books. At first, even the small books would take me like a month to read. It was such a different style for me and I wasn’t sure if I would really like it. Also, having two kids running around and being exhausted at the end of the day means that I only have time for reading at bedtime, which also means that I fall asleep before being done even one chapter. After two books, I discovered that the library had the HP audio books and I started listening to them in the car or while Ezra was napping and Eva was having quiet time. That definitely helped. Once I got to the fourth book, the whole plot thickened and really took off and more questions were being raised and secrets started to be revealed. Soon I didn’t even really need the audio books, I was just reading any chance I could get. I read the 6th book in a week, that’s my record. Pretty good, considering it was about 600 pages. Originally my plan was to read a book and watch the corresponding movie, then move on to the next book, next movie, so on and so forth. But the Stanley Cup Finals started happening and we didn’t have much time for movie watching (since I’m watching the movies with Peter), so I got a little ahead on the book-reading and a little behind in the movie watching.
Anyway, I’m sure you all really care about my whole Harry Potter experience a lot, but anyway, I really liked the books in the end and already plan to read them again sometime. I still don’t see how they are appropriate for children, but oh well, I guess J.K. Rowling can do what she wants.
Now I’m off to watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.