Meanwhile, I decided it was time to deal with the 5 loads of clean laundry on my bedroom floor before Peter dirtied them again. I spent the 8-9pm hour folding. Peter sat next to me explaining a game he was making up as he wrote up an example. It involved an adult and child writing a word backwards and the other player deciphering it without using a mirror. There was an elaborate point system involving fractions of points for correct letters, although when he added the fractional point, 1/4 turned into 41, so it was more advantageous to get partial credit. Sometimes the fictional child player ignored the correct word and made up some sort of double code -- I'm not sure if that got more points or fewer. Eventually I was able to take the game away from Peter and get him to bed -- I'm pretty sure that if I'd waited until he was done, as he requested, he would have dragged on indefinitely.
Earlier, we'd been playing Mastermind. It works better when I'm guessing his pattern and he prefers that approach, but wanted to switch after we'd done that once. By my fourth guess, I was treating it like Sudoku and placing possible pegs of each color in the next rows to make sure I was using all the possible information. I can't just throw a guess out there because I'm a nerd like that. So when it was Peter's turn to guess, he tried to do something similar. In the end, I was helping him, but not in a "why don't you try this, nudge nudge" way, but "let's see how to strategically think this through" way where I was able to pretend I didn't know what my pegs were. Peter and I think very similarly when it comes to logic puzzles, which is a lot of fun for me. He got a game called Quirkle for Christmas that he and I love. I'm not usually one to let kids win, but I get such a kick out of seeing great moves with that game, whether I played them or not, that I'll usually point out good positions for people I'm playing with. I'd rather see a well-played game than win it. Peter's strategy in it isn't quite as developed as it could be, but he does look for double-placements where he gets points for a row and column summed together. In games like that, now he's in the habit of showing me things I missed too. I really think he'd enjoy chess -- maybe I'll get one of the cousins to teach him at the cabin.-----
We jumped from last week's no scheduled activities to this week's constant activity, and I'm glad most of the summer we'll be hitting more of a balance. The boys were starting to get on each others' nerves and yell more often than not (after almost two weeks of playing incredibly well together). This week, they started their park program M/W 9:30-11:30 (1.5 miles away), Peter's t-ball T/Th 9-10 (3 blocks away), both of which go for 6 weeks, and Peter's space program at Leonardo's Basement from 12:30-3 every afternoon, just this week (10 miles away). It wasn't too bad on Monday and Tuesday before Dan started working (8:30-1:30 W-F this week, with similar hours 3-5 days/wk until mid-August) when he stayed home with Leo and I brought Peter to space camp and worked at the coffee shop upstairs for the afternoon. But going out there twice a day when we've already been running around for the morning is a lot. We've had rainy days or errands to run, so it hasn't worked as I'd hoped, which was that Leo and I would hang out at a local park while Peter's program was in session. As of next week, we'll be done with scheduled activities before lunch every day and Dan will usually be home with us by early afternoon so I can work then instead of late at night.
Dan was able to attend my CNM appointment on Monday for the first time in many months. My total weight gain is officially 23 lbs, blood pressure 102/52. The baby was hanging out head down on my right side for a change, somewhat posterior. He measured 34cm, 2cm ahead. He was 3cm ahead at 28 weeks, so it was reassuring that he wasn't getting farther ahead. I asked what will happen if he's over 8 lbs 13 oz in terms of blood sugar checks -- it sounds like he'd get one heel prick right away, and one after a feeding and she says if it's low they'd really just encourage me to nurse him as much as possible. I can handle two pricks if that's all it will take. Although an 8 lb 12 oz baby would be convenient for avoiding them. The CNM continues to not-so-subtly encourage positive thinking, talking about the birth going smoothly and producing a baby that breathes normally. Let's hope so. I'm going back next Thursday already because I'll be out of town the following week. It seemed really weird to schedule an appointment for next week after having every-6 and every-4 prenatals for so long. I did come in every 2 weeks between weeks 10 and 16, but that wasn't scheduled. I have to go 2.5 weeks between chiropractor appointment after tomorrow because the chiro and I have back-to-back vacations. Now that there's a better mattress up at the cabin and I won't be half-killing myself water-skiing and wakeboarding this year, I should be okay. For a second, I thought that I was scheduling my 36 week prenatal and thought, "Egads! How am I that close to 36 weeks already?" Then I realized I'd be a day shy of 34 weeks, not 36, and it was less intimidating. But the 33 weeks I hit tomorrow is not that far away from those close weeks. Dan jokes that this baby will shock us and come at 38 weeks. I'm not opposed to the idea, I just don't think it'll happen!