Monday, July 30, 2012

Blocks, Bubbles, and Bob...SpongeBob That Is

Dominic will be turning 2 (?!?!) on Wednesday, so we had his birthday party on Saturday.

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He didn't get that it was his birthday, but he enjoyed the attention.

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He got a few presents, and was kind of luke warm about opening them. He did like his birthday cake though.

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But not the singing so much.

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He played with his cousins.

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There were bubbles!

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It was a lot of fun, Dominic really enjoyed playing with his cousins, so much that he hardly sat down long enough to eat his cake!

Time goes so fast. I cannot believe that he will be 2 already, we need to slow down and enjoy time with these boys who will be young men before we know it.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Ahhh there is some excitement in our house. If you don't follow me on Twitter (you should, I'm extremely interesting ;-)) or on G+ (again, why are you not??), then you may have missed our announcement.


Having trouble reading? How about this one?


Yep! And Then There Were.....More. Spano baby #3 making his or her entrance I late March or Early April. Yes, you read that right...a Spring baby not a Summer baby. This is going to be my favorite Winter ever!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Year Ago...Wow

So, a year ago yesterday...wait, wait...let's start a year ago two days ago. It was a Friday and I was babysitting for a coworker of Jason and also had Dominic who was just starting to run around. I was having some braxton hicks contractions, they were kind of intense, but I knew I hadn't been able to drink enough and certainly not resting. After 5PM, when the baby's mom came to pick her up, I tried to rest and put my feet up and get the contractions to die down some. I honestly don't remember much of the evening, I know Jason handled all Dominic stuff and I tried to drink a lot of water.

I was able to sleep through the contractions, but every time I woke up strong contractions would hit. I woke up in the morning still contracting and took a shower. I was still having contractions. I decided to call Labor and Delivery and they suggested I come in to find out if the contractions were real. I was 32 weeks and 3 days pregnant.

They had me do a urine sample of course, and strapped me down. I was in fact having some contractions. Some really strong contractions actually. Once my lab results came back they noticed that I was dropping protein as well as ketones. I had just found out at my doctor's visit on Thursday that I was dropping sugar like crazy and that despite passing the 3 hour glucose test I did, in fact, have gestational diabetes. Boo. So, dropping the ketones made sense, I had dropped to almost no sugar intake in the past two days. My contractions were consistently strong, so they decided to try some medicine (terbutaline) to stop the contractions. They also checked to see if I was dilating, but thankfully I was not. Well, not past a 1.

Several hours in and more than one dose of the terbutaline and contractions continued to be strong. My doctor decided to try Magnesium Sulfate, after several attempts to start an IV, they finally got one started and started the medication. The doctor was feeling a little to concerned at not being able to stop contractions and around 7PM decided that they would ship me out.

One year ago, today, I arrived at Memorial Hospital via helicopter. By the way, not a fun and exciting trip. Jason and Dominic beat me to the hospital, because he left shortly after I told him they called for the helicopter. The magnesium sulfate continued, and I had received my first steroid injection for the baby's lungs. I finally got some sleeping medicine and was able to get a few hours sleep. Jason was not quite so blessed, as sleeping with a baby that crawls in his sleep makes it tough to get any sleep when the bed is a couch in a hospital room.

Thankfully, they were able to keep my contractions under control. But, I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia as well as requiring insulin to control my sugar. I was admitted to the Women's Pavilion for the next 3 1/2 weeks. At 37 weeks I could safely deliver the baby in Lamar, so I had to wait until then. It was so hard to be away from Jason and Dominic. Jason was able to take time off thankfully, and he and Dominic went back and forth between Colorado Springs and home.

Even though it was extremely hard to be away from home, I am so thankful that I was there for that time. Sounds weird right? But, it is a good thing because it means that Christopher baked for a few more weeks. Ah, what a time though. I became adept at giving myself insulin injections, but I am praying that I don't have to go through that again.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Learning With Play

As Dominic gets older and starts to understand a bit more of what is going on, I can see that my vocation is turning into a stricter sort of job. As I'm home with him all day, it falls to me to help him learn and to guide his vocabulary as wee as his spiritual formation. Lofty tasks for sure. So I'm beginning to work on focusing things a bit more, not sitting down "learning" but working on finding more ways to increase learning in play.

I try to talk about colors and letters, sounds and numbers as we play as well as trying to read to him though he's started wanting only to read on his own, and when I attempt to read he grabs the book and says "oh no! All done!" A friend suggested some CDs that integrate our faith as well: Making Music Praying Twice. We will be looking into those as well.

Do you have any suggestions? What do you do with your little ones to teach without structure?