Yes, as you can tell we've been to the doctor. Late Tuesday, Dr. Kakani's nurse called me and asked if we could reschedule my doctor's appointment because Dr. Kakani had to schedule a surgery during the time of my original appointment. I didn't mind at all. I got excited that the nurse was able to schedule us to come in early yesterday morning. I always get excited to see the baby, plus this was the day for us to know (perhaps) what we are having . . . a boy or a girl.
I ate some mini chocolate candy bars on the way to the doctor's office. The last ultrasound I underwent, the baby was asleep. So, I wanted to make sure this time the baby was moving around and hoping that we might see something. I have to say, baby was enjoying the 3 Musketeers, Snickers & Twix. LOL! Most of my still photos are a little blurry because it was moving around so much. The tech checked the baby out from head to toe, making sure that it was developing correctly. So far, everything checks out and it is healthy as can be. Hearing the word "normal" is the best thing to hear for a parent. I thought it was cool that we could even see the baby's lip to make sure there were no defects. Doug doesn't agree, but I think this baby has my dimpled chin like Katie. According to Doug, he couldn't see much on the ultrasound. He said the same thing about Katie.
I'm sure you have a huge question for me. What are we having a boy or a girl? Yes, we did find out almost imediately. Of course, Doug and I didn't know what we are looking at because it looked like one blob. It was the same way when we found out about what Katie was, one big blob. Thank goodness the tech knew what she was looking for and had to point it out to us. We just took her word for it because she knew what she was talking about. The results on my poll are showing that we are having a girl overall. Are you sure? You might be right. I'm sorry that I'm holding out, but I thought it would be fun to play this game a little longer. I've spoken to a few antsy family members, apologized and told them that I would reveal the results on Thanksgiving Day. I know that sounds mean, but I think it would fun to have them guessing for a few more days.
Can you believe it? Katie actually sitting in Santa Claus' lap in order to take a picture?
After my appointment, Doug headed back to work and I felt pretty good to head over to the mall. I'm so behind on my Christmas shopping and was hoping to get a little done, while I felt like it. Katie and I were heading towards the middle of the mall when she spotted the Christmas Village, where Santa usually sits. She was taking in all of the Christmas decorations and made it her responsibility to point out every different Christmas decoration to me. When she spotted the Christmas Village, she asked me if that was Santa's Castle. I agreed as I was wheeling her into the Hallmark store. "Is Santa here?" she asked me. "Probably" I answered, "we'll have to find out." "I think he's in his castle" she declared. I just agreed because I was looking for gifts, I was on a mission. None stop throughout the store, she asked when we were going to see Santa. Finally, here we go towards the village. The closer we got, the less she talked. The mall was pretty much empty, so it was a good opportunity for her to warm up to him. She got out of the stroller and held on to my neck for dear life, not saying a word. You could tell, she was scared to death. I asked her if I could take her over to Santa. At first, she said no. I picked her up and just squatted by Santa's chair, in order for him to talk with her. While she was hanging on to neck, I gave Santa some information about what she loves. Sure enough, he took the hint and began talking to her about it. At that point, she wasn't squeezing me so tight. I wasn't going to push her, so we just took our time. She felt comfortable enough for me to sit in the chair with Santa and her in my lap. He and I began picking at Katie a little, which caused her to relax a little more. We finally convinced her to sit beside Santa. They were able to take a good picture of her with him. As I was picking out which picture I liked the best, Santa got our attention. He lifted her up and put her in his lap. YES! FINALLY! I couldn't believe that she was actually going to do it. Believe me, if I knew that Katie was going to get her picture made with Santa, I would have put one of her MANY Christmas outfits on. I never would have thought it would happen. I had to take this opportunity when I could because you never know if it will happen again. I couldn't tell her enough how much I was so proud of her, being so brave. I know when I was younger, I liked Santa from a distance and never up close. It takes a lot of guts for a small child to take the plunge and have a stranger to pick you up and set you in his lap. We even got her to smile on top of that! Shoo!
She didn't say much about him after the picture that is until we got home. She wanted to see her picture with him. She told me, "I like Santa Claus." I was talking to her about how nice he was and she shook her head, agreeing with me. "He's my friend," she said. "He loves me and I love him too," she said with a smile on her face. She told me that she wanted to see him again at his castle.
Did you happen to notice the pink poodle that Katie was holding in the above picture? Remember the story I told you about her and the tiny poodle puppy that she wants for Christmas. Well, I've been looking high and low for a stuffed animal for Christmas, hoping it would keep her at ease because I thought she wanted a real puppy. While we were in Hallmark, I spotted this cute white, curly coated stuffed puppy with a pink bow in it's hair. I asked Katie if that would work for her. No, she didn't like it. We looked around at the different TY Beanie Baby animals until she found it. "That's it mom. That's my tiny pink poodle puppy" she announced. Sure enough, it was a small TY pink poodle. "I love it" she said. "Can I have it? Please!" she asked. She didn't think I was going to get it right then because she said that she needed to ask Santa for the puppy for Christmas. Well, I found another pink poodle that was bigger, but she didn't like it. "Nope. I want this puppy" she said all content. I thought to myself that was easy enough. Now maybe, she'll stop talking to me about a tiny poodle puppy.