Ana’s First “Shuffle, Point, Swing” Class

Today Ana started her first “Shuffle, Point, Swing” (an intro to tap, ballet, jazz and a little hip hop) class. She has been eager for this class to start since I signed her up for it months ago. And the class did not disappoint! Teacher Katie, amazing as always, has the ability to mesmerize a class full of three year old girls and somehow teaches them how to become graceful little dancers. Since parents only get to sit in on the first and last class, I was sure to bring my camera today so I could share it with all of you.

I also managed to get a couple little video clips. They are from my iPhone, so they aren’t great, but you get the point.

(Ana is in the middle, to the right of Teacher Katie.)

(In this clip, Ana is on the far right, next to the mirror.)

You can see all the pictures from Ana’s class here.

Half Way, Baby!

Today I am 20 weeks, which is officially the half-way mark in my pregnancy (assuming I go the whole 40 weeks this time). So, what has been happening? Well, I have been feeling the baby move. Sometimes I am more sure it’s baby (and less stomach funkiness) than others, but the human body does all sorts of strange things so it can be hard to tell. From time to time I will feel something that feels like a kick, but I know the baby is much too small at this point for me to feel it so strongly, so I can only assume it’s something digestive. At this stage, when the baby moves it’s more like bubbles or that feeling you get when you miss a step walking down the stairs. Nothing I would describe as “kicking” and certainly nothing like the kicks I remember getting late in my pregnancy with Ana.

I’m also at the point where I am no longer allowed to lay flat on my back (because my uterus will put too much weight on my inferior vena cava-the vein that transports blood from your lower body to the heart) so I have once again dug out my Snoogle. It has become the coveted spot on my bed and both cats literally wait for me to make the bed in the morning so they can be the first to claim the comfy spot. But other than being a lovely cat nest, it has made sleeping so much more comfortable, which in my ever expanding state, is quite a feat.

Frodo enjoying the Snoogle, tucked safely under the covers.
Frodo enjoying the Snoogle

Otherwise I have been feeling pretty good. I haven’t thrown up in a week (knock on wood), I have started to get some of my energy back (in little tiny spurts), and I have still managed to get in a few good Stroller Strides workouts each week. Now we are just waiting for my ultrasound on July 6th where we will (hopefully find out if Baby Bateman 2.0 is a boy or a girl! Wahoo!

Oh and here is the much anticipated 20 week belly shot. Lovely, eh?

(For comparison sake, here is my 20 weeks with Ana post.)

As always, any pictures of Baby Bateman 2.0 will be collected here.

Ana’s First Tumbling Class

This last Wednesday Ana went to her very first Tumbling class.

She took pre-gymnastics last year, but that was a parent participation class. Tumbling she does ALL. ON. HER. OWN. And Ana, my Little Miss Independent, could not be happier about this. Ana was quick to point out that they didn’t do any actual “tumbling” (somersaults) but since it was the first day there was a lot of rules and such to cover. But they get to do lots of fun things…

Like stretching…

And hopping…

And log rolling…

And the balance beam…

And swinging on the bar.

As you can imagine, Ana had a great time. She can’t wait to go back next week! You can see all the pictures from her Tumbling Class here.

Tons of MOMS Club Fun

For those of you who don’t already know, I’m a member of the MOMS Club of North Beaverton. (Ok, ok. I’m actually the president…for the second year in a row. I just can’t “do” anything halfway. I know.) We do the vast majority of all our fun activities through the MOMS Club. It has been a fabulous resource for me and my family. Through the Club I have discovered a huge array of fabulous family-friendly things to do in the Portland metropolitan area. We live in such a great community, it would be a shame not to take advantage of all the great things this area has to offer.

And take advantage we have.

Two weeks ago, Ana and I met a bunch of our friends for a tea party at the Lavender Tea House in Sherwood. Ana was thrilled at the chance to “dress up fancy” and I love any opportunity to enjoy tea and scones (with clotted cream! And jam! And lemon curd!).

You can see all the pictures from our tea party here.

Last week, we went with a bunch of MOMS Club friends to the Oaks Park Preschool Play and Skate event. They give the kiddos a 15 minute group lesson, let them play/dance around the old wood rink, and then wrap it all up with milk and cookies. What could be better than that??

You can see all the pictures from roller skating at Oaks Park Preschool morning here.

Today we went strawberry picking at Groveland Acres in Hillsboro. The weather was perfect and the berries were beautiful. I just love all the wonderful things Oregon has to offer!

You can see all the pictures from strawberry picking at Groveland Acres here. Enjoy!

Ana won! Ana won!

Today I got an email from Bethany over at the Sport Princess Blog informing me that ANA WON THE CONTEST! Now before you get too excited, she didn’t win the Grand Prize for the most votes (but a huge THANK YOU to all of you who DID vote) but she was the second Grand Prize winner for the random drawing. She won $250, some fun Sport Princess gear, a Soccer Princess book (when it is published) and a custom Sport Princess gown! Can you believe it?! I am so excited and proud of my little Sport Princess!

Doctor’s Appointment Report

I had my 18 week (I’m rounding up, since I will be 18 weeks on Sunday) doctor’s appointment this morning and have this to report back:

Weight: up 3 lb since last month (7 lbs total gain)
Blood Pressure: 100/70
Baby’s Heartbeat: Normal, 155

Today was just a routine appointment and everything looks great. The only thing of excitement is we scheduled the date for the BIG ultrasound for July 6th and we will (hopefully) find out if we are having a boy or a girl! Yippee!!

Happy HALF Birthday, Ana!

Ana has been so excited about being three and a half that we actually started counting down toward the big day. Well today, June 9th, is that day. So all day long I would say things like “Of course you can watch some more TV. It’s your HALF birthday today!” or “Sure, we can have a Girls Date for lunch. We have to celebrate your HALF birthday!” I had to make some treats for thank you gifts, so I decided to set a few aside and make them “half birthday treats.”

Ana and her “half birthday treats.”

The pink cake balls.

Pretending to blow out the candles.

Enjoying the first bite. After which she said, “Oh. My. God. These are so tasty!”

You can see all the pictures from Ana’s half birthday here. Enjoy!