Peyton at her desk
Paige at her desk
We are starting our second week of school. Here are Paige
and Peyton hard at work cutting out a drawing of the skeletal system for their science class.
Paige, Peyton and Freedom, Harry in the background
Freedom is a donkey that was born 9/11/01
James and Willy, a 27 yr old barrel racing horse
Paige, Peyton James and Willy
Peyton riding Willy
Paige climbed the fence to give Harry a pat.
Harry is a 25 yr old Fresion who has been in two Rose Bowl Parades and currently pulls an old carriage on the 4th of July that was used by President Lincoln
Paige on Harry, who hadn’t been saddled in a long time, Marilyn helping out. Paige said she would need a “parachute” to get down! Harry is a 17 hand horse (I guess that means he is tall!)
Peyton climbs the fence to given Harry some attention
We were invited to visit Marilyn, a dear friend of the Snyder family who lives with her horses (I think 7 of them) on a horse farm just minutes from Grandma Joyce. I enjoyed my third visit there, and the girls their second. They have been asking about going back ever since! Thanks Marilyn for the lesson on horses, horse shoeing and the care of the horses. It was a fun and educational experience!
Paige was kind enough to take the picture for me yesterday. Every Monday marks the new week of pregnancy, and I wanted to capture 24 weeks. I took a quick look at the 20 week picture, and I was shocked at how much..rounder..I had become. Well, today, I went for my 24 week appt and found out that had something to do with the 9 pounds I gained this month! I guess laying around and not working does help you gain weight! My doctor was happy with the weight gain, this puts me at 13 total pounds over pre pregnancy weight. My cervical length ultrasound was extremely encouraging, and my doctor had plenty of positive things to say. The baby’s heart rate was great, and she is measuring the exact size she should be. I am going to start going in for check ups every two weeks now, my doctor wants to continue to monitor my cervical lengths closely, as well as perform a test called a fetal fibrinectin every two week. This test, when it is negative, gives a 99 % chance that labor WON’T begin for the next two weeks. If I were to have a positive chance, there aren’t such good odds. In the event that this test comes up positive, I will get a round of injected steroids (more needles, yuck) to hurry up lung development in the baby. But right now, everything looks great and she shows no signs of trying to escape! The sonographer took a quick look after the cervical ultrasound today, and JJ was giving us a great view to reaffirm that she is, indeed, a girl. James sighed, and resigned himself to again looking at pink bedding at Target. (Don’t let him fool you, he was picking out baby girl clothes left and right when we went rummage saling last weekend!)
Oh, and one last thing, this girl needs an official name..but our family can’t agree on one too well. James made a list of names from the baby name book that I bought. Each girl has a favorite from the list, and can’t stand the other girls favorite. I told them that I named them, and they would get to name their own kids, so maybe James should just name her on his own! He just smiled and raised an eyebrow at me. Peyton’s favorite is Makayla. Paige’s favorite is Abigail, and James is leaning toward Reese. (as a side note, Reese is my maiden name, and both girls think it is only a good boy name.) I honestly don’t know, but we need a good middle name that goes well with them. Suggestions????