Friday, January 30, 2009

The Food Bandit

Well, it appears that we have a FOOD BANDIT in our house! This particular FOOD BANDIT strikes at odd times, but usually the strikes occur when mommy is not around (upstairs) or is distracted. I first noticed strange items of food being left out in odd places around the house over a month ago. This happened a few times before I decided it was time to snap some photos of the evidence. I'm attempting to gather enough to make a case. This is what I have collected thus far:
EXHIBIT "A"

Strike 1: An open jar of peanut butter on the floor of the dining room.

EXHIBIT "B"

Strike 2: A closed jar of jelly on the floor and a misplaced lid nearby.

Study closely...Do you see a shadow behind the drapes in the above photo?

Upon further investigation, we find a jar of peanut butter and two cans of rice noodles hidden behind the drapes. Alas, we now know where the foreign lid belongs.

EXHIBIT "C"

EXHIBIT "D"

Strike 3: We find another open jar of rice noodles...this time, they are found in the front living room, on the floor, behind the coffee table.

(Note: Most food items gathered may normally be found in our pantry, on a shelf that is approximately 3 and a half feet high from the ground.)

EXHIBIT "E"

Strike 4: We discover an open Fiber One bar along with it's original box. (NOTE: no picture was taken, but a couple days following, we collected an open box of KASHI Bars that was also hidden under this coffee table, behind the Fiber One bars...I KNEW I hadn't gone through that entire box of Kashi Bars and was puzzled to have to go purchase more before this latest discovery.)



EXHIBIT "F"

Strike 5: This time, mommy was downstairs and the strike occurred upstairs in a new, private location. Upon entering my master bathroom I find a pair of scissors and an empty "candy necklace" wrapper on the rug. (I had just recently purchased Valentine treats for a certain 3- year-old's preschool class and apparently didn't hide them too well...)

So, there you have it. The evidence has been gathered. The jury is in. The suspect is none other than: The Notorious Brookie


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Schrieber Baby Update

We had a Doctor's appointment this morning (what normally would have been my "first" prenatal visit where they take cultures, bloodwork, etc.) And let me just say, "I just love my Doctor!" She is always so personable, honest, attentive, talkative, and genuine. I never feel "rushed" when I see her and she has a way of making you feel like her time with you is important and valued. Today was no exception.

To be honest, I worry a bit with this pregnancy (especially in these wee-bitty stages of critical development). My nausea has subsided significantly (albeit full-force when I enter a state of "spontaneous instant starvation" ...AKA "when I am suddenly really hungry!") and the past two days (despite sleeping 4 nights in a row on the couch due to a cold and non-stop coughing episodes) I have had a considerable return of energy. While it feels good to feel a bit "normal" again, the diminishment of these two pregnancy symptoms had me a bit worried. So, my Doctor said that she'd feel more comfortable taking a look at the baby today (even though ultrasound is non-routine at this visit). I was relieved to have another glimpse at our little bundle of developing life!

While it is difficult to view clearly in this "still" photo, you can see the arm buds and leg buds that have developed. I am 8 weeks along and baby is developing ears and eyelid folds and already has a tip of the nose present (how cute, huh?). When she re-measured me, the due date ranged by a few days (going into September 2nd and 3rd). I told my Doctor I really liked the August due date :) because it didn't seem as far away. She smiled and said we'll certainly leave it
8-31-09 and we'll keep note of the possible few days of discrepancy.

On another positive note, I did a bit of research regarding exercise and healthy heartrates for pregnancy. Originally, I was told by the Doctor's assistant that I needed to keep my heartrate under 140 beats per minute-no exceptions. I pleaded..." Even if I am regularly active and normally keep a higher heartrate without overexertion?" Her answer was still no! The 140 heartrate is nearly impossible for me to do while exercising. It makes me feel handicapped. I have had to stop taking all of my classes at the gym and can no longer run or even jog slowly ( I can only walk... B-O-R-I-N-G!!! and I don't even break a sweat.) I have been active and exercising regularly for a long time and know what my body is capable of and when I am pushing it, etc. I would never do anything to compromise the health of this baby and of course will listen to my doctor's orders. But I would like to stay at a reasonable level of activity during this pregnancy.

I found several articles that claim that the old American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommendation was to not elevate your heartrate above 140, but their new guidelines suggest that you use a "Rate of Perceived Exertion" scale instead of a heart rate test. {A scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being no exertion (just sitting there) and 10 being maximum exertion (100% adrenaline). A prenatal woman's workout should be between a 5 and an 8 on the 10 point scale}. Now that I can do. The walking has felt more like a chronic "3" on this exertion scale. I brought in one of the articles and with confidence, my doctor completely agreed and gave me clearance. She says they use the "140 heart rate" as a general rule of thumb, but that it is an "old school" way of thinking and the exertion scale is a great way for someone like me to gage my exercise level. Being regularly active, you get accustomed to listening to your body and can better gage your exertion level. I am so excited to be able to do a bit more than walk! I did take a yoga class yesterday and would like to take yoga and pilates more regularly. But, I am glad that I can take one or two of my familiar classes as long as I drop them down a notch or two. (Treadmill: na na na na na na hey hey hey goodbye!)

And just for peace of mind, I have an appointment to go back for another ultrasound in two weeks (normally it wouldn't be until week 18-20). After that 10 week mark, they should be able to hear/detect a heartbeat which will confirm and reassure us during future visits.

Wow! Lots to share today. Thanks for taking the time to read and get a glimpse of my day!



Sunday, January 18, 2009

Teachable Moments

On the way home from church today, Brayden and I somehow started talking about Adam and Eve, which led to the Garden of Eden, which led to the forbidden tree, which led to Satan. Our conversation unfolds.

BRAYDEN:
"Satan likes people to do bad things...
like say the F word."

MOMMY (jaw has dropped/shocked, definitely blaming the public school bus for this one):

"What is the F word Brayden?"

BRAYDEN:
"Well, I don't know, but it's like the F word, the H word, and the E word are all super bad."

(Whew! Innocence still intact.)


A few moments later...

BRAYDEN: "But Satan is invisible...Satan lives far, far away, like in Florida...And there are no volcanoes in heaven, right Mommy?"


I'm finding that as a parent, life hands us many teachable moments. But after all these years, I must admit, I still don't know what the "E word" is?


Monday, January 12, 2009

Baby's DEBUT

Schrieber Baby made it's motion picture debut this morning...
and the crowd cheered and fell in love!
With contagious delight, we anxiously viewed this little life's heart beating.

Mommy is exactly 7 weeks along and baby's due date (official release date) is:

~AUGUST 31, 2009~

At first, the tech was unable to find anything when performing the initial ultrasound. She tried for nearly 5 minutes (which seemed like an eternity) and could not detect anything. She thought perhaps I wasn't as far along as we thought, the dates were a bit hazy because of my previous miscarriage...and we didn't have a "last menstrual date" to go by. But I knew I ovulated December 8th and we found out I was pregnant on Sunday, December 21st...the pregnancy test wouldn't have detected the pregnancy hormones and come back positive if I was indeed not as far along as we imagined.

She suggested we have my Doctor come in and take a look, for a second opinion...and then perhaps they would send me over to fetal imagining if they were still unable to detect anything. My heart sunk and the tears rolled as I waited. Thankfully, Darcy was with me (and Brooke who kept asking "Is the Baby growing Daddy? Is the Baby growing?"
All we could say is "We'll see, honey.")

When my Doctor came in she was immediately able to find the baby. She said that my uterus has shifted a bit due to having previous babies, so it was just a matter of finding the right spot. More tears rolled as this image of miraculous life filled the screen and I watched that little heart beating for the first time...and then my heart sank again a bit when she said "What's that? It looks like there is another sack here." (breathe) But, it was empty...she said it was possible that there was a twin that never developed!

Schrieber Baby Tidbits:

I have an incredible growth spurt this week...and will more than double in size! My leg buds are beginning to appear as short fins and my arm buds have grown longer- dividing into hand segments and arm-shoulder segments. My hands and feet have digital plates where my fingers and toes will develop (I am hoping for 10 each). My heart has already divided into right and left chambers ...and there are now air passages in my lungs. My cerebral hemispheres are growing and my eyes and nostrils are developing. My intestines are developing as well and I already have my appendix and pancreas. I am well on my way to becoming ME!


I feel much gladness today.

"This is the day that the Lord has made. We shall rejoice and be glad in it."

There is much rejoicing over here at the Schrieber home.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

They Live what they Learn...

Before Darcy left for his meeting tonight, we exchanged some love and extended "I've missed you" smooches with two innocent bystanders soaking it all in. Later this evening, while the kids were soaking up the suds in the bathtub, I quietly observed Brayden playing.

Normally, there are girl toys (polly pockets, barbies, etc.) on one side of the tub and boy toys (wrestling figurines, pirates, power rangers, etc.) on the other...but tonight their worlds collided. You'll never belive what I saw...Can you believe that Hulk Hogan was K-I-S-S-I-N-G the Barbie Mermaid! Who would have ever thought? ;)

Brayden didn't know that I saw him doing this and I didn't say anything either...but I did go grab my camera and asked him to hold up the two bathtub neighbors. They say opposites attract, right?




Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Little Minds

Brooke and I were leaving the gym today and as we walked past the outdoor pool, she says "Look Mom, the pool is dead."

And a minute or so later as I am putting her in her carseat, she starts pushing the buttons on my watch (a new heart rate monitor watch Darcy just got me for Christmas), so I asked her not to push the buttons and she says "Are they poison?"

I love how they try to sort out, process and organize information in their little minds. It's so cute (and makes parenting fun).