My mom reminds Aaron and I that we have been the recipients of countless well-timed blessings by joking that "the red seas always part for the Grovers." It seems that the red seas may again be parting for our family in a very big way. With baby #2 due to make his appearance in only 6 short weeks, Aaron and I have been very anxious about adjusting to a single income lifestyle. We have been praying that an opportunity would present itself whereby I would be able to stay home fulltime with our babies and Aaron would be able to continue to provide for our growing family. I think we may have gotten our answer. We've been hesitant to count our eggs before they've hatched, but I think its safe to announce that Aaron has been given a major promotion that we hope will solve all of our financial worries. Beginning August 1, Aaron will begin training as the National Sales Manager/Marketing Director for his company. Currently, Aaron bids projects for concrete pumping services within the Seattle market and then services those accounts. Under his new position, he will no longer be associated with the Seattle branch (he's moving to the corporate headquarters office right next door to his current Seattle branch office) but will open accounts and bid projects on a national scale. Aaron will also get to handle promotions and marketing for the company's 58 national branches. Aaron feels like this is his dream job and I am SO proud of him. We're expecting the new job to present a huge challenge and increased responsibilities, but we're approaching it with excitement. The timing of this promotion is so perfect that I think we both still feel like we need to knock on wood. I am crossing my fingers that this job turns into everything that Aaron has hoped for and I'm saying my prayers of gratitude for this huge answer to our prayers. I can't think of anything that would make me more happy than to be at home with my babies. Hallelujah!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Our pediatrician is so busy that today was the closest appointment we could book for Hank's 2 year visit. I considered looking for a new pediatrician, but I think it was worth the wait because I really like Dr. Johnson. Hank weighed in at 26.8 lbs (25%) and measured 37 inches (80%). Hank had his big toe poked and blood drawn for a CDC test and got one shot of vaccinations to his thigh. I felt like such a rotten mom holding him down while he got stuck with a needle. He was such a trooper and didn't even cry but it broke my heart to see him so scared and nervous, wearing nothing but a diaper on the exam table. I thought it was awful to watch Hank get shots when he was a baby, but its much more difficult to watch him get shots now that he is aware enough to know what is going on and clings to me out of fear. The good news is that his vaccinations are current and he won't have to have any more shots until he's ready to go into kindergarten. Hank left the office happy because the nurse gave him an extra bugs bunny band aid to put in his pocket. I love that boy.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
On Tuesday I visited my doctor for my normal 32 week check-up and got weighed and measured. According to my doctor, I'm measuring small. I would beg to differ. Anyways, supposedly your uterus should measure the same number in centimeters as you are in gestational weeks: I'm 32 weeks but was only measuring 27 cm. So, my doctor was concerned that there may be an issue of interuterine growth retardation and sent me out to get another ultrasound. Judging from my size, Hank's birth weight, and Aaron's height, having a small sized baby is the least of my concerns so I really just looked forward to the ultrasound as a fun opportunity to take a sneak peak at the baby. Aaron opted not to go to the appointment because he thinks its cheating to see the baby early. So, I had my ultrasound appointment today and there seems to be no explanation for why I'm measuring small because the baby is actually really good size (4lbs 4 oz right now - average at this age is 3 lbs 15 oz). Hooray for a healthy baby! After the ultrasound tech took all the measurements she needed, she used the 3D equipment to take a look at the baby....it was amazing. I think he looks just like Hank with less hair: Aaron's forehead and my lips. I can't wait to hold the real thing!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
With his rapidly expanding vocabulary and comprehension, we're finding Hank to be a clever little boy and we're enjoying his developing quirks and emerging personality. Here are just a few funny moments we've had with Hank lately:
1. Hank is not the best eater and meals are often turned into power struggles with Hank thrashing about flailing food and me doing a song and dance routine to try to distract him into eating. At one point, we resorted to having Aaron hold Hank's head still (so that Hank can't face plant into his bowl or use his mouth as a moving target) while I shovelled in the food. Eventually, Hank considered this too a game and began to really enjoy having his head held still during meals and would ask for us to hold his head still while we fed him....making the mealtime process a 4-hand job (2 to feed and 2 to hold). One night, we asked Hank if he could hold his own head and he agreed! So now everytime we eat, Hank likes to use his own hands to hold his own head still. Whatever works, right?
2. This afternoon I woke Hank up from his nap and we enjoyed a little cuddle time together. I love his cute little toes and so I started playing the 5 little piggies with him. When I get to his pinky toe, I wiggle the toe and say, "this little piggy went wee-wee-wee all the way home" and then I tickle the bottom of his foot. Like any true 2 year old, Hank wanted to do it all by himself. So, he proceeded to wiggle his own toes, say "wee-wee-wee home," tickle his own foot, and then giggle.
3. Hank's all-time favorite song is the Wheels on the Bus. He knows all the actions and loves to sing the song over and over. Tired of repeating the same verses, I often make up new verses and ask him, "what do the monkeys on the bus say?" or "what do the fireworks on the bus say?" and let him make up his own noises or actions. Its fascinating to play word association games with a 2 year old because sometimes Hank's responses can be so thoughtful. Yesterday I added a new verse to the Wheels on the Bus song, asking Hank "what do the papas (grandpas) on the bus say?" Hank responded by slapping his chest and clapping his hands and said "dust it off." Whenever he visits Papa Grover, Papa always brushes sawdust off his clothes (from woodworking in the garage) before he picks Hank up so Hank associates brushing off sawdust with his Papa Grover.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Every year my mom makes fantastic strawberry freezer jam and Aaron and I make a special trip to her house just to raid the jam. This year, when the farms nearby posted signs for strawberries, Aaron couldn't resist trying his hand at jam making. I was so impressed with Aaron - considering the fact that he specializes in boiling hotdogs - he made the jam all by himself! The other day, he gave away a precious jar of jam to his mom, calling himself "the master jam-maker."