Tuesday, November 4, 2008

some firsts

Eli's boo-boo has healed quite nicely. In only a week, it's almost gone. We were so pleased and relieved to see that his immune system is working so well, especially since it's still coping with the latent TB infection/INH medication.

He had some more firsts this week:

~ Sunday night, he had his first overnight stay. He spent the night with my mother. I was not ready to be apart from him overnight, but we had to try it before the baby is born, since my mother will be keeping him while I'm in the hospital. Even though he has stayed with my mother before during the day, I wanted to make sure he would feel comfortable overnight. He did amazingly well. She kept him on the same schedule that we follow at home, and when he came home the next day, he smiled when he saw me. He didn't get upset or melt down later that day or the next day, as he would have 3 or 4 months ago. I'm glad that he feels more secure.

R and I enjoyed our time together. We drove out of town and met my sister A. My last outing before the baby comes! We did a little Christmas shopping, and bought our first Santa Claus. Picking out presents for him and for the baby was so much fun. We had dinner together too. We had a great time, but it was strange to be out after dark! Even though we had a nice day, I missed Eli so much.

~ Today was Eli's first election. We took him with us when we went to vote this afternoon. His eyes were wide, taking it all in. He doesn't feel comfortable around people he doesn't know, and always cries, and today was no exception. R was about halfway through his ballot when Eli started crying. He stopped as soon as we left the building though. Even though he didn't understand what was going on, I'm glad that he still had the chance to see his parents cast their votes. It is exciting to think he is a citizen now, and will one day cast his own vote.

~ He can now point with his index fingers on each hand. He has been pointing with his whole hand, but now his fine motor coordination has developed enough that he can point with one finger!

I went to the doctor today. I'll be 37 weeks tomorrow. Getting close to the end now. Soon Eli will be a big brother! My uterus is still measuring a little large, which means I still have excess amniotic fluid. I'll be having yet another ultrasound next week (the 3rd). They want to measure how much fluid I have, as well as see her size and position. She has been extremely active today, with lots of movement. Please pray that she continues to be healthy as we wait for her arrival in a few weeks.


Troy and Rachel said...

Great firsts and glad you are feeling okay and that the overnight worked out for Eli for his practice run!

Beth said...

So glad Eli did well on his first overnight! Sounds like you and R. had a fun time too. Looking forward to hearing that your daughter has arrived - what a wonderful and blessed year for your family.

Teresa said...

Hi Ana,
Wow you are almost due! So exciting! Sounds like Eli did great on his first overnight - It was good for you to get used to it a little too.
Take care and we will be praying for your little one!

Joy said...

Oh it is so great to hear that you are progressing along. I am with you I bet it was hard to be apart from him even for one night.

Good luck with the delivery.

Michael and Carrie said...

Ana-I wanted to check in and see how you are doing. You're getting so close to having your new baby! I look forward to hearing more details!