October 26, 2014

Baby2 Nursery and M2 Weekly Update

The crib is now put together and the rug is out. That's about it for this week. We were too busy going to doctor appointments 1-2 hours away Thursday and Friday, continuing with M2's speech evaluations, Christmas shopping, birthday shopping and I've been tired.

Sales, sales, sales.
At least the Christmas and M2's birthday gift shopping is almost done. Amazon and Kohl's online are a lifesaver this year. Almost everything is coming from there and both already have great deals. Hurray for coupons and discounts! Another hurray for not having to wander stores endlessly while tired looking for gifts!

Almost ready to wrap.

I'll be wrapping all the presents the week before Baby2 is set to arrive. I'm one of those crazy people everyone complains about this year, shopping early and enjoying decorations that are already up. I wish they were all up,really, as we won't get a chance to see much of them since Baby2 will have us hopping. Next year I'll be back on the, "Why are there Christmas items in the stores before Halloween?!" bandwagon.

More doctor appointments?! Yikes.
To add more to the list of already crazy busy and stressful, I found out my thyroid has gone screwy. The ob/gyn did blood tests which came back abnormal. She then did some more and got more not-good results. The endocrinologist said he doesn't think it's pregnancy related. Thyroids just don't do what mine is during pregnancy. The ob/gyn and endocrinologist are both concerned so I'll have an appointment this week (2 hours away again, oh fun!) to start looking into that. It would seem a high heart rate and heat intolerance aren't normal pregnancy symptoms. Instead, it's from the thyroid going wonky. The weight gain, over what is normal for pregnancy, is also probably related. The downside is the options of how to treat it are more limited until after Baby2 is born. None of them are fun options even then.

M2's full speech evaluation went well. The therapists said she's very smart and observant. On everything else the ladies tested her for, including comprehension, she's on track or ahead. We just need to get her to use her words! Even for the speech part, she's not as far behind as we thought, coming in at 15-17 months when she's 22 months old. The speech therapist agreed it's best to intervene now before she gets farther behind. Along with my thyroid and prenatal appointments this upcoming week, we'll be meeting with M2's service coordinator for the final complete evaluation report and to get the speech therapy appointments set up. Ideally, we'll have at least one session before Baby2 arrives. We'll see, since we're insanely busy and the therapist's schedule fills up fast as well.

For M2's fun activity of the week, she and I went to the library's Halloween festival. There were stories, songs, goody bag decorating and trick-or-treating with story book characters. M2 wasn't impressed. She made it through the songs and stories, barely. After that, I asked if she wanted to do the rest or leave. I got my answer as she ran out the door, around the edge of the library, to the front doors, was hunting for the special needs door button, and then ran out to the car saying, "Go! Go! Go!" She even ran past baskets of candy. The kid just did NOT want to be there! She looked darn cute in her monkey costume, though!
Getting ready for trick or treat. (No, this isn't our house. ;) )
With doctor appointments taking up a full day this week, M2's speech appointment, Halloween with friends, pumpkin carving, house cleaning, continuing with Baby2's nursery and more, this next week is going to be another busy one. My goal is to at least give you all a weekly update these next few weeks. There are only 4 to go until Baby2 arrives! Hopefully, there will be enough finished with the nursery next week to make it worth posting update photos.

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