Monday, October 27

Snaggle Puss

Until this morning, Tater was one of the few first graders at her school that still had all of her baby teeth.

Six weeks ago, I realized that a big tooth was coming in behind the baby teeth and that the baby teeth weren't very loose. The next morning, we went to the dentist for x-rays. The dentist gave her six weeks to pull the teeth on her own. She was instructed to wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.

For weeks, she tried to wiggle the teeth, as did Yardboy and I. She ate apples, carrots, and anything else known to loosen teeth. It moved a little, but not nearly enough.

Today was her return visit to the dentist. In just a few minutes, she emerged from the back with a piece of gauze in her mouth and drooling profusely. The dentist pulled two teeth instead of just one.

Tater was so brave! She said that is felt funny, but didn't really hurt. You can see the gigantic tooth behind the gap where the two teeth used to be.

After the appointment, I took my drooly girl to the mall. We sat in the massage chairs, shopped for a toy and a baby shower gift, and ate lunch. She said, "This is the best day ever." In spite of having teeth extracted, we really enjoyed our girls morning out.

I didn't know that the gums were bruised until after taking this picture.

We saw Tater's principal this evening at a restaurant. She told Tater that the Tooth Fairy would bring her more money than most kids get since she had to have it pulled by the dentist. I've spent $200 on these teeth already, and now I have to pay inflated Tooth Fairy rates too! Tater was so tired this evening that she forgot to put her teeth under her pillow. I guess the Tooth Fairy will have to visit tomorrow.

Tater will return to the dentist in December for a cleaning and checkup. I expect to schedule more extractions then. She will begin orthodontics soon too.

Saturday, October 25

Urban Pumpkin Patch

The kids have been begging to go to the "pumpkin patch" for almost a month now. It is located at a church less than a mile from our house and we pass it several times a day. I put it off until all of us could go together. Today was the day! We told the kids that we had a surprise for them and headed off. They squealed with delight when we pulled into the parking lot. I wonder if they realize that pumpkins grow on a vine in a field, rather than in a church yard.

Little Man chose the perfect little pumpkin.

Tater carried this little pumpkin around like a baby doll.

Little Man kept hiding from the camera. I finally caught him.


Tight squeeze for my big belly.

I love these guys!

I think they love me too.

Beautiful green-eyed princess.

The princess and her knight in shining armor.

The princess and the very pregnant (38 weeks, 5 days) queen mum.


Sunday, October 19

Saturday Afternoon Baby Shower

Pocohontas and several other friends got together to have a baby shower for me yesterday. We didn't really have a theme, and we didn't play games. We simply relaxed, ate some really good food, talked, and laughed a lot. It was wonderfully low key--just what a girl needs when she feels like she is about to explode.

Pocohontas wrote in my baby book as I opened the gifts. In this picture, I was just about to open the gift the W brought.

After a while, I remembered to ask my mom to take a picture of the food table. As you can see, we had already attacked the food. The Cheesecake was fantastic!

Mom and me. I'm so glad she was able to attend!

Poor little Flit wasn't feeling well, but he was just as sweet as always.

Pocohontas's niece and Tater provided the "entertainment."

Look at Tater's fingernails. Before the shower, Mom took Tater, and me to a nail salon. Mom and I had pedicures while Tater got her fingernails and toenails painted. It was a really nice treat. Thanks, Mom!

The lady to my right is K. She made this amazing quilt for the baby.
Visit her at The Quilting Patch.

Meeko, Pocohontas's oldest, had to join the dancing fun!

The flowers were a nice touch. They are now sitting on top of my entertainment center.

I guess someone might wonder what Little Man and Yardboy were up to during the shower. They had a great time boating on the river with Papa and Uncle Cabbagehead.

This was a wonderful day filled with family and friends.Thanks, everyone, for making me feel so special and loved.

Tuesday, October 14

Sunday Afternoon Baby Shower

Sunday afternoon, my friends M and S had a baby shower for me.

This is my friend S.

This is my friend M.

We started with food. Mmmmm. Everything tasted great!

Then, we played games. I discovered that I have a talent for remembering nursery rhymes. Who knew? I wasn't so great at singing lullabies, or pricing baby items, but playing was fun.

After games, I got to open the presents! Such precious little things.

When we finished the gifts, we cut this cute cake. M made it. I was impressed that she made her own fondant. You can't tell from this picture, but the bed was held up by four cupcakes. Nothing supported the center. Oh, and it tasted great! Chocolate with chocolate frosting. Yummm.

Ladies, thank you for everything!

Saturday, October 4

35 Weeks 5 Days

Little Man wanted to take a picture just like Mommy. What a cute tummy!

Friday, October 3

35 Week Visit

I saw my midwife today. She noted something like this about me.

32 year-old gravid female

35 weeks gestation

G4, P2, T2, A1, L2

Patient states that she is tired and tired of being pregnant, and that she feels 100 months pregnant.

Patient complains of intermittent mild contractions upon exertion and during periods of rest.

Fundal height: 37 cm (last week it was 34 cm)

Dilation: 0 cm

Effacement: 50%

Station: -2

After my exam, my midwife told me to get out and enjoy the beautiful weekend AND to take it easy.

We are going to a wedding tomorrow. Now I must go to my closet to see if I have a dress that fits.