Saturday, October 31, 2009

Final Countdown


We are on the final countdown until 'sister' arrives! I am getting more nervous as the days pass, but not about taking care of the baby because I know I can do that. I am nervous about having surgery and the recovery from it. I hope the recovery is easier this time than it was when Anna was born. (which the Dr promises me it will be) I am trying to concentrate on spending time with Anna as a distraction to this awful thumb twiddling time. We have been buds - playing kitchen, doing puzzles, reading books, and watching a little bit of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse too. It's been a lot of fun, and it is hard to imagine that our little family of 3 is about to be a family of 4.

Playing in the leaves




Matt and my dad made a huge pile of leaves for Anna to run and jump into to a few weeks ago. She had a blast getting a running start and then launching herself into the leaves. It was a perfect day outside too - so fall and so fun.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Timber



Anna is loving our bed these days. Sleeping, snuggling, jumping and falling. One of her favorite things to do right now is to exclaim "Oh No, Oh No!" and then she falls face forward or straight back.

Bump Watch!


I've had some requests for an updated bump picture, so here you go. Oh yea, that's the baby bump on the right - the left is just my bum bump! (also growing) I am doing pretty good these days, and very thankful that the end is in close sight. We have been finishing up projects around the house and I have been organizing baby clothes and storage bins and cupboards and anything else I can get my hands on. My mom was over the other day, and she exclaimed that I am in full nesting mode after she found me cleaning the coasters on the coffee table. (in my defense, they were dirty!) The house project list included new windows, which were installed this week. They are awesome, but it was a HUGE mess in the house after they were installed. We had construction dust everywhere, on every single surface. It was a nine months preggo's worst nesting nightmare ever. I'll just say that I cried a lot about the "what if I go into labor tonight and my house is a disaster?" aspect of it. We cleaned top to bottom for two nights in a row, which makes me feel better! Countdown is 11 days left, phew...all of this nesting has got me tired.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Birth Order of Children

Your Clothes:
1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.

Preparing for the Birth:
1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.
2nd baby: You don't bother because you remember that last time, breathing didn't do a thing.
3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.

The Layette:
1st baby: You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau.
2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.
3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can't they?

Worries:
1st baby: At the first sign of distress - a whimper, a frown - you pick up the baby.
2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd baby: You teach your three-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing..

Pacifier:
1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.
2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby's bottle.
3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.

Diapering:
1st baby: You change your baby's diapers every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby: You change their diaper every two to three hours, if needed.
3rd baby: You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.

Activities:
1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd ba by: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.

Going Out:
1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times.
2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.

At Home:
1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
2nd baby: You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your
Older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.
3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

Swallowing Coins (a favorite):
1st child: When first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays. 2nd child: When second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass.
3rd child: When third child swallows a coin you deduct it from his allowance!