Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Au revoir Wrangler

It is a sad day on the Toland homefront. We have talked about it often. It seemed to happen so fast, (so my dad could get his greedy hands on it), but today we part with our Jeep Wrangler. Because of our many costly home remodeling projects (many still in the interim) we decided to sell the Jeep to help out with costs. David will tell you that I was the only who wanted to sell it. Which isn't true because I had my doubts this morning. But we both know it is the right thing to do at this time. I guess I should be glad because it has been a fast process, and David will (occasionally) still get to drive it. I took these pics today while David cleaned and spruced up the old Wrangler.

Joe evokes the general sentiment of the farewell.

Hope everyone is staying cool!

Friday, June 20, 2008


So my dad talked me into taking Joe to the T-Bones game. I was hesitant only because I work tomorrow, it was last minute and I didn't feel like chasing Joe all by myself. As I neared the ballpark I was even more skeptical and the thought crossed my mind to turn around and go home because of the Friday night crowd. But Joe loves T-Bones games and I didn't want to disappoint him. He actually was very good and we both had a great time. I hope to squeeze in a couple more games before baby girl arrives.
Joe and Poppi
For some reason Joe liked to spread out and roll around on the blanket.

Joe on the playground. A great feature at the ballpark.

I was a little jealous of the parents who got to swing their kids and drink beer.

I know my camera does no justice, but I love when the clouds seem to show us where heaven and earth meet.
I am very tired and headed for bed. Only about eight more working weekends to go before the baby arrives. Holy moly!

Thursday, June 19, 2008


I am a little down hearted. The prospect of a repeat c-section seems ever more evident, and I am ever more irritated about having one. There are a million reasons to not have a c-section and it seems like only one reason to have one: anoxic brain injury. After my appointment today, the current plan is to eval baby girl's measurements again at 37 weeks (just to make sure her weight is consistent and not off the charts gigantic), and then schedule a c-section for 39 weeks. If I should go into labor before the 39 weeks, I can try for a VBAC. She also said that if my cervix were "favorable" she would induce me purely by breaking my water, which I am okay with. Gosh darn it I just hate this waiting game.
As for Joseph, this week he has been quite rambunctious and shall we say independent. I made a feeble attempt at potty training on Tuesday by putting him in underwear. He peed once on the potty chair early in the morning, but had two accidents: before lunch and during lunch. I was a little irritated, not at the accidents, but the fact that when he was wet he didn't seem to care, denied that he was wet, and I had to fight him to peel off wet pants and underwear. Needless to say, I have abandoned this attempt until later this fall, after the baby and Joe are settled(because I will have tons of time then) or even after the New Year, just before his third birthday. I have been impressed with his ability to follow through with directions. For example I asked him to help pick up his toys in the living room. I maybe asked twice, and when I went into the living room, everything but his train set had been picked up and put away. He does the same with the toys in his room. I am extremely impressed at how quickly he acts, and how thorough he is when completing a task. Anway Joe and I are getting ready to make dinner and a big chocolate chip cookie cookie (in an eight inch cake pan) should be interesting. He loves to imitate cooking.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The "Weigh In"

Dum, dum, dum! At the time of this post baby girl is/should be 30 weeks and 2 days. Well, her head circumference, chest circumference, abd girth and leg length all consistently measured 32 weeks and 3 days. Not only that but they have her weight estimated at 4 lbs. 5 oz. I am not sure if I will even attempt a VBAC if I should go into spontaneous labor, or if I will just proceed with the scheduled c-section and not run the risk of a uterine rupture. And since the baby has measured big through all of my sonograms, how early will she schedule a c-section? Also, Val or Hillary maybe you know, if the baby is measuring big does that mean other anatomical areas are developing at the same rate (i.e. lungs)? I am sorry to ramble about all of this, I know most of the time everything works out just fine in the end, I am talking to myself and trying to anticipate what will happen. Because, you know, pregnancies, babies and children are such predictable aspects of life that are easliy anticipated. Ha, ha, ha!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

30 weeks

Because I am really curious to see how much this baby weighs right now, I was wondering if anyone else wanted to guess. At this point in the pregnancy, baby girl should weigh 3 lbs. and measure 16 inches long. I am guessing she will weigh 4 1/4 lbs and measure 17 inches. Anyone else care to guess?

Friday, June 13, 2008

Our Day Out with Thomas

Well, it has been a long time since I have posted. I am starting to get tired, and feeling the strain of carrying this big belly. I know all pregnant women feel bigger than they actually look, but I have ten weeks to go and this baby girl is big. Anyway, today the three of us went to Baldwin City for Day Out With Thomas. We had a really good time and totally appreciated the family centered environment.

So here is Thomas at the Midland Railway Station.

To kill time before our 10:30 train ride, we visited the petting zoo. I just thought this furry cow was cute.

David found a new friend.

For some reason Joe was afraid to go inside the fire truck, so we took a pic outside of the truck.

Joe getting a tat.

Joe showing off his Thomas tat.

Thomas approaching the depot for boarding. Joe looks skeptical.

Boarding the train.

Like father, like son.

Enjoying the ride.

Here we are departing the train.

Winding down, Joe and Dad checking out the model train.

Joe and Mom waiting for the shuttle bus.

Again, not sure what I did to create all this extra room at the bottom of the page. It feels like forever since I have posted, I wasn't sure if I could remember how to post pics. Working the weekend. Have a sono on Monday to monitor baby girls growth. Then OB appt on Thursday, when we'll probably talk about the fact that I should have another c-section. Everyone enjoy your weekend, and Happy Father's Day.