Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Unc Duh!

Nate loves his Uncle Doug. When Doug was here, he wanted nothing to do with poor Grandma as long as Uncle Doug was around. It doesn't hurt that Uncle Doug gave him a Thomas the Tank Engine wooden train set.

We had a really nice Thanksgiving with my mom and Doug staying with us for about 4-5 days and spending Thanksgiving day at Jen's parents' house. We always have a good time all together.

Nate has been fighting his nap lately and didn't take one on Thanksgiving (though of course, we were going over for dinner when he normally would have napped anyway). He did very well at Nana and Papa's house and waited until we were back at home for his major tired meltdown. :) I enjoyed waking up with Nate and Jen for 5 mornings in a row (Nate comes into our room when he wakes up). Jen and I don't have any days off together normally, so if I'm not going off to work, she is in the morning. It's always nice to wake up together without an alarm clock.

Nate seems to be back into taking his naps lately, which is good. He needs them. He's done three in a row now. :)

Here's a monkey on Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's cocktail time!

And if it's cocktail time, you know that means the latest cycle has come and gone without a baby. But that's okay. :) We're still within the 3-6 average cycles (that was our 4th cycle). We decided not to change donors and after a chat with the AI coordinator who has dealt with 100s (1000s?) of Lesbian couples or singles trying to get pregnant, I am confident that we are doing everything right and that we just need to be patient. I'm usually so good at that ...

Things have been very busy for us lately. Nate's 2nd birthday was on October 10 and we had a bunch of family over to enjoy the cutest Thomas cake ever.

Then the following weekend we went to Chicago for 3 days. Uncle Doug was able to come in from L.A. while we were there and he and Nate bonded over trains and cars.

Yes, Doug is growing a beard. I know. Don't worry, we told him.

We also decided not to enroll Nate in Early Intervention at the moment for 2 main reasons. The first is that he suddenly started talking more. He was repeating more things and finally was answering "What's your name" and "how are you?" His pronunciation isn't great, but he's speaking more and more words and finally referring to himself doing things. The second is that he technically wasn't eligible for EI anyway. The teachers who came said he passed but they could tell he would benefit from some help so they fudged the test so that he would be eligible. So he passed the test. That's what really did it for me. I probably would have still done it if it were truly free or low-cost the way it's supposed to be. However, they just raised the "fee" a ton. So a family in the top income bracket who used to pay $250/year for the services (and the guy who came to talk about the services said they didn't even always bother about collecting the fee) now has to pay $1500. Seriously? That's a lot of money, people.

Doug and Grandma are coming for Thanksgiving and we're looking forward to their visit. Yay! :)