The first piece of exciting news is that after about two or three months of searching and applying for five or so jobs each day, Josh finally got a job and started working! He is working at a company called Ceramatec where he runs a machine to help make some sort of high tech “wafers” that are used in energy things like special batteries. They also do a lot of energy research there. He is enjoying it so far (he has been working there for about three weeks now) and likes the people he works with. This job is very helpful to our finances and equally as important, it will allow me to take a maternity leave when Samantha is born.
My due date is quickly approaching, and I only have about a month and a half left. I am doing pretty well, but getting very uncomfortable, and after cleaning the bathrooms the other day, my hips were so sore I could hardly move for two days. I don’t really know why either, because Mitchell was super helpful and did all the scrubbing of the floor around his toilet. I did sit on the edge of the tubs to scrub them, but I wouldn’t have thought it would make me so sore. I am still working full time at the hospital, and other than the difficulty moving around, and my belly getting in the way when I try to lean over the cribs to reach the babies, I am doing pretty well. I really enjoy my job, and I am glad I work where I do. If only I weren’t so exhausted all the time… As far as how the baby is doing, all appears to be going well. My first ultrasound showed that the placenta was too close to the cervix which can be dangerous during birth, but the follow-up ultrasound we had a couple of months ago showed that was no longer an issue. But of course we couldn’t just leave it at that because then we wouldn’t have enough stress in our lives, so they became a little concerned that she had too much fluid around her heart. We had to come back in three weeks and have her looked at again, but luckily this time the doctor said the amount of fluid was measuring within normal limits. That was a relief. So as of a week ago, Samantha was measuring about a week ahead of schedule and weighed approximately 5lbs 1oz, and appears to be healthy.
Our other big news is that Mitchell finally got moved up to first grade. Today he is finishing his second week, and he seems to enjoy it. I feel like the things they are learning are a lot more age and development level appropriate for him. Kindergarten was such a waste of time for him, and I am glad he can finally learn things in school. He enjoys having more recesses and getting to eat lunch in the cafeteria each day. Eating in the cafeteria was a “dream come true” for him.
Lizzy is just as cute as ever. She is saying more two and three word sentences. She loves to sing and be sung to, and whenever you sing a song she knows, you can pause at any time and she will fill in the next words for you. She especially loves You Are My Sunshine, I Am A Child Of God, and the ABC’s. She can also recognize about half of the alphabet, count to 13 (although she always skips 7) and hit a few extra numbers between 13 and 20. She will be two in about a week and a half.