Chase just finished up his last test for finals and is now done with classes! He will now become a 2nd year student, and only has 15 months of clinical rotations before he will graduate. Its hard to believe that we have already lived in AZ for a year. And this next year will fly by with little Laken entering our lives! Lots of adventure to come!
Who said that babies do not come with handbooks? I am forever grateful for all of the information that is out there and we are accumulating quite a library for Laken. Not to mention the collection of my treasures (my children's books). I can't wait to read her all of my favorite's that have been gathered throughout the years from my time at LCSC in Children's Literature. I love to read. And when I was a little girl I would mow through books, somewhere I lost interest in high school. But regained my love of books in college, thanks to Gwen Taylor. I can't wait to share them all with my little girl!
Our three hour masterpiece is a flop! I love this Oscar Wilde quote because it really is true. Chase and I just thought this would be the sweetest most thoughtful gift for Laken that she would treasure.......and potentially display in her dorm room when she goes off to college! HAHAHAHA! This poor pig is hideous with streaks and spots, despite three coats of paint! And the messages on the bottom should read, "with love dad", "5-1-10" and "Love you mom (not man!)" Oh gees, it might be displayed in her closet as it is a giant eye sore. We keep turning it in different directions hoping it will get better, but it doesn't. Who would have guessed that my mother is an art teacher! But the memory was worth it!
I Am Not Alone
Running errands and talking on the phone,
I am pleasantly reminded that I am not alone.
Little tiny hands a precious rounded knee
pushing and twisting that no one can see.
Oh sweet child kicking up your heels,
it is our little secret that only I can feel.
I look forward to your birth,
when I can kiss your skin,
but for now I will just smile,
As I feel you play within.
Laken Simpson 6 months
Laken is officially 6 months in utero! She is now the size of a small doll and would be "viable" if born today. To celebrate we had a family day at As You Wish Pottery. Chase and I made Laken a piggy bank together! It took us three hours......the colors appear muted right now, but after it bakes in the kiln it will be more vibrant. We can pick it up in a few days and then it will go into Laken's nursery. Chase painted his side with an "L" monogram and I painted mine green with white polka dots like her bedding.
Yesterday we had another Dr's appointment. Moms blood pressure was perfect, and Laken's measurements and heartrate are within normal range! We got a Dr's note to fly back home to Idaho in 3 weeks and discussed pain medications for birth. It would be quite ironic if Chase and I opted out of an epidural, as this will be his profession. We were more concerned about the high rate of cesarean's performed in the U.S. Our Dr. explained that the hospital we are delivering at is below the national average for cesarean's. He had an interesting take on things and suggested that if Laken's labor does not begin naturally by the 38th week of pregnancy, that we can significantly reduce our risk of cesarian section too only 6% by having her scheduled for induction at 39 weeks! This scared me, but one of Chase's professors confirmed this statistic the very next day. So it is an option that we will have to think about.