Thursday, September 30, 2010

Big Boy Caden

Caden is growing up to be such a big boy.... he's definitely not a baby anymore. I've been focusing on being a better mother by making sure he gets the stimulation he needs and deserves. We're very lucky to have wonderful church friends that are proactive and plan activities such as playgroup {where we go to various locations around town as a group- i.e. the zoo, husker stadium, parks, etc.} and music makers {which is just like KinderMusik}. These activities happen to fall on my days off and we are very grateful for that.

Once I go back to work, my days off will shift and we will be left to figure out our own activities. Knowing this is on the horizon, and Caden would appreciate some activities while I'm home full time with him and the baby, I started planning mini preschool lessons for him. They only last about 10-30 minutes depending on the activity that goes with it. He is already loving it and I can see it paying off in his vocabulary and knowledge- which is so fun to see!

The other day, our little lesson was "A is for Acorns" so we went to East Campus for an Acorn hunt, and then came home to count our collection of acorns together. Then we sang a couple fall themed songs and colored an A is for Acorn page.

Since he enjoys this so much, I spent a few hours putting together a mini lesson manual to get us through November. I love teaching him and it has helped to map out our activities ahead of time.

As far as an update on the baby.... I had an ultrasound on Tuesday and the baby is measuring 8 lbs 4 oz. {although it's hard to know how accurate this truly is-- but my guess is that it's not too far off considering Caden was 8 lbs at this stage of the game). The doctor would like to induce me a week early. We are considering this and need to get him an answer tomorrow. Please be thinking of us as this seems like a really difficult decision. One part of me would like things to happen naturally, and the other part of me doesn't want to deliver a 10 lb baby.

I hope all is well with everyone.



Team Fuller said...

Oh I feel like I know what you're going through! I'm not a fan of induction, I prefer natural myself. But this last pregnancy was getting down to the wire and we had relatives flying in and a doctor who was busy the week I was due. So I scheduled an induction for Sept. 10th to make things easier on the planning. I'm very thankful that my water broke and it all happened naturally before that. If nothing else, I love the moment of surprise! The "go time" moment that only natural can give you.

Either way, it'll all be a blessing for you guys as you welcome your son into the world. You're in our thoughts and prayers. (and a 9lb baby really wasn't that big of a deal! who knew?!)

Heidi said...

Oh, that's a tough decision. We had to make that one, too. We ended up going with an induction, but I'm still not sure whether or not we made the right decision because the baby that was supposed to be 9 lbs. 13 oz. was only 8 lbs. 8 oz. (You've probably made the decision already.) Good luck!

Audra said...

I was induced both times...and I've also had a 10lb I think I'm qualified to give my two cents! Think of induction as a little push to get the ball rolling.

There are natural things you can do when your in the hospital and pitocin is on the drip. Its really not that bad...a 10+ pound baby is! Trust me- no bueno! Good luck my dear!

Suzanne and Nate said...

Oh i'm SO excited to hear about how everything went!!! I'm assuming you are holding that little bundle of JOY in your arms right now!!! Can't wait to see him! And seriously let me know if you need ANYTHING.