7 Quick Takes Friday - August 23, 2013

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I took a leaf out of Kara's book and created an ExpectNet.com guessing game for Tiebreaker's arrival. (She won Gabriel's game, so we'll see if she can go two for two!) Winner gets bragging rights. :)

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Speaking of, allow me to indulge in a short, shameless brag:

William took the DIBELS reading assessment at school this week. The benchmark composite score was 23 and he scored a 60. Yes, I know that assessments and test scores and whatnot aren't necessarily an accurate gauge of learning or retention, but still. After years of IEPs and so forth with Elanor, it's a pleasant change of pace to have a child who scores above average on reading tests.

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We had a fantastic time at the Children's Museum of Phoenix last Saturday! What a fun place. Gabriel was simply bowled over by the fact that he could run around and do pretty much anything he wanted without being constantly told not to touch anything. They had a room just for kids 3 and under, and he probably spent an hour climbing up the stairs and going down the slide.

The kids barely stayed still for more than two consecutive seconds for the entire time we were there, but I managed to get a few pictures:

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Anyway, it's a terrific place. We're definitely going to go again.

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As you can see, we habitually read the classics at bedtime.

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I love these guys. (Gabriel was already in bed so he didn't get in the picture.)

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I'm a little stressed with finding a new doula. Originally we'd planned to hire the doula I had at my last two births. I e-mailed her in January, soon after getting the positive test, and she responded enthusiastically to my request to be my doula again. We e-mailed back and forth for a few weeks, and she told me she was having car troubles and could let me know a good time to meet so we could sign the paperwork and pay her deposit.

Since then, I've heard nothing. My e-mails have gone unanswered, and so did the message I sent via LinkedIn. The only phone number I have for her has been disconnected. I'm 34 weeks on Tuesday, and I've had two babies at 36-37 weeks before, so I'm running out of time.

Sigh. I did not need doula drama this late in the game. Collin and I will probably be okay our fifth time around the block, but still... it makes me feel so much more relaxed to have someone there to help him help me.

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No big plans this weekend. We're still recovering from last weekend. I hope yours is more exciting. :)

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  1. Would you like me to reach out to some doulas I know and see if they know some in your area?

    1. The last doula I corresponded with (but who wasn't able to take me on as a client due to scheduling conflicts) gave me a list of nearby doulas, so I'm going to work through that first. If I hit a dead end I might take you up on the offer. :)


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