We’ve had a big week here. On Thursday, Bella and I went to our first homeschool co-op class. We’ll go once a week for two classes, hers are Math Games and Zoology. There are also field trips and get-togethers (a Not Back to School Night!). I had no idea how many families had joined, but it was neat to know there were over 150 of us there.
I think Bella was a tad overwhelmed when we first walked in, as you can see:
We divided up into classes after a quick intro and explanation. Parents were asked to be involved in helping during class, so I went to both and was able to see her interact with her teachers and the other kids (grades K-3). They kept sizes small, only about 10 kids or less per class with plenty of adults.
I look at her in this photo, and in that class, and it always takes me by surprise how old she is. It’s gone by so quickly already, we have ups and downs but I’m so very proud of what an independent, curious, kind little person she’s become.
Today we went for a tour of the hospital where I’ll have Charlotte. I’d been there before – with Preston and Julian – and the neonatologist had given us a walk through as well several weeks ago, but what I really wanted was to talk to one of the nurses about their policies during labor.
My (very short) birth plan focuses mostly on after Charlotte is born, because from the information and testing we’ve had here and in Germany/India in the two years since Kaden died, we’ve been led to believe that some of the medication he received in the NICU (which was standard, no one did anything wrong) actually exacerbated the ciHHV-6. We’ll have our high risk team there that understands this, but I want to make sure that anyone who cares for her knows. I won’t get into the rest of my birth plan – learned my lesson with talking about that while pregnant with Kaden. 😉 Lots of opinions on birth, and my main goal is simply Charlotte – here.
I’m 32.5 weeks today. I’d love to hang in till 36 if possible, although a few signs that make us think that may not happen. But we’ll be ready for whenever.
Can you tell Bella loves to read? Makes my heart happy.
I have an appointment this week, I’m at every two weeks now. We’ve been assigned a continuous care resident, a really nice woman who will follow me through the rest of this pregnancy, be at every appointment and ultrasound, and also be there when I deliver. I didn’t know about this until she popped in on Tuesday to introduce herself, but Sam and I are a little relieved that with all the new faces we’ve seen this pregnancy (we’re at a teaching hospital) at least one will be familiar in there with us.
That’s it! Hope everyone has a lovely Labor Day weekend. Eat all the things for me that cause heartburn – I’ll be here sipping my water and applying a tad bit of peppermint essential oil to the outside of my throat (thank you to whoever suggested that – it works!!).