Monday, October 29, 2007

I have now officially registered for what will hopefully be my last class of pre-nursing. It sure irks me, though, why I have to take it. In undergrad at BGSU, I took a nutrition class. The nursing program at Owens requires a nutrition class. Rockin, right? Not exactly. If I had taken the class at Owens, it would transfer to BG. However, the same class at BG doesn't transfer to Owens. Come on. But, it's my only class for the spring, I hope. After that, I can take two classes in the fall (they are available online - I'm not taking any classes away from home with a 3 month old), and then I start the actual nursing program! Hurrah!

My first midwife appointment was on Friday. Joel came with me, dressed in his little hockey outfit so we could do the Zoo's little kids' trick or treat thing afterward. The appointment was marvelous; I gave an updated family medical history and got some blood drawn, as well as got the obligatory samples of prenatal vitamins and Tums. I turned down an early ultrasound, since I'll have one at 20 weeks anyway. The midwife who delivered Joel came out as I was making my next appointment and said, "Are you going to find out this time?" Ha. (She told me this spring when I saw her that the nurses are still teasing her for saying, "Isn't this supposed to be a girl?" when Joel was born!)

We've been doing some fun Halloweenish stuff with Joel. I think he's understanding trick or treating a little bit (the little man of few words simply holds up his pumpkin bucket to the candy giver), but he probably wonders why in the world we do it, since he doesn't eat candy. I know he is having fun, though, especially as he never hears quite so much, "Oh! He is so cute!" condensed into only 30 minutes or so.

Quick update on Joel's drumming progress: he loveslovesloves his drum and the Top Secret video still. Everything in the house (and often away from the house) is a potential drum. He is now hitting his little marching drum with both ends of the sticks (since he saw them do it in the video), and leads Neil and me in parades around and around our house (the other day we did this for 45 minutes straight, no joke). He's also trying to figure out how to do a drum roll, and can watch a Dave Weckl instructional video enthusiastically. (And do the simple exercises a day or two later.) So, I think we have a drummer on our hands. (Casey! Help!)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

We got back late Wednesday night from our trip to the UK. It was phenomenal. Edinburgh was definitely my favorite, and I kept thinking that Miss Marple was going to walk in front of us when we were passing through the Lake District. I really, really loved it and can't wait to go back! Pictures soon-ish, I hope.

Next time I go, though, I hope to not be six weeks pregnant, taking naps every couple of hours and wanting nothing more than fruit. And maybe to be able to drink more than the tiniest sip of Neil's ale. And to not feel sick while driving through the rougher roads of Skye. I could go on, but you get the picture.

It was wonderful to go, it is wonderful to be back. I missed Joel more than I can even begin to describe. It was so nice to snuggle with him again. He learned a bunch of new words while we were gone, acquired some new things to play with (a couple of tractors and new paper to draw on), and was generally the subject of much kid-spoiling, thanks to both sets of grandparents. (I came back and found chocolate milk in the refrigerator - when I called my dad, he said, "Oh, I meant to take care of that before you came back...") So, good times were had by all. (For the record, both sets of grandparents fed him good food, too. They did a wonderful job in every way!)

And now, to make up for the week of classes I missed. Yikes. I missed a test in psychology, as well as two whole lectures worth on viruses (which I am really sad that I missed - viruses are amazing!). I still wouldn't trade it, though.

Monday, October 01, 2007

This is Joel's favorite video on YouTube. By favorite, I mean we watch it at least twice a day. (Every day for the past week or two...) He has a toy drum that he likes to play along with, too.