I feel little lady's hiccups at least once every other day. Her kicks are getting stronger, although not painful. Her head is down and she's in position for this 'birth' thing that her mama keeps telling her about. I've still only gained 8 pounds - but now that I'm in my third trimester, that number should spike up between now and D-Day! My belly is changing shape - although I still just think it looks like I'm extra chubby. Especially with my winter coat on. I'm sure people think I'm just a large lady who needs to use the bathroom (thanks to the obvious waddle, which is worse when I'm tired out) :)
|19 Weeks (left) & 28 Weeks (right)|
Our little lady is quite the sass, though. She knows when her daddy puts his hand on her, and she immediately stops kicking. Stinker.
We're all registered for our prenatal classes.
The crib was set up this weekend.
I've got my nose in several 'how to push out a baby' books.
We've got our name picked out. I think. It starts with an - ha...just kidding! Not telling :)
You guys - we're having a baby.
We even had two whole days of practice as a family of four. Granted, it wasn't our baby. And she was a happy 9 month old instead of a screaming newborn. But we were so curious to see how the soon-to-be Big Brother would do with a little lady in the house.
|Working on setting up Baby Sister's crib - both kiddos were very 'helpful' :)|
We saw so many good things. I won't say that Carter loved her, but he absolutely tolerated her - and by the end of the second day, I'm pretty sure she was growing on him. He pretended to feed her his ice cream after dinner from across the table....which is kind of like 'love', in Carter's world.
Let's just forget about the fact that the next day when he saw her in church with her mommy & daddy, he made sure to tell us "No baby" :)
We found it so interesting that when little lady fussed, Carter went right to his room and shut the door. He didn't want to hear it. He definitely didn't like it. At first, this made me sad. It made me wonder what a screaming baby meant in his former, orphanage life. It obviously triggered something in him, and he just wanted to get away.
The more I thought about it, though, I realized that this is probably a very good thing for Carter to understand. He has an 'out'. If it's just too much for him, there's nothing wrong with him sneaking off to his room for some quiet play time. In fact, I can't really think of a better response for him to have. He understands his limits, and he knows that he has a safe and quiet place to go when he needs a break.
All good stuff.
When 'nice baby' (as Carter calls her, when he's not saying 'no baby') left, I think Jake and I both felt relief. It's going to be fine. It will take some adjusting, for sure. But just like we got into our groove when Carter came to our family, we'll get into our groove when Little Sister comes, too.
We talked about it the next day, and I admitted that before 'nice baby' came, I was a little nervous about what life would look like in 3 months. Jake and I work well together. We are in-sync 98% of the time. We know each other - we help each other - we affirm each other. And we also know our little guy. We understand him and his quirks. We can see what he needs before he needs it.
What I'm saying is that we're like a well-oiled machine. And now the well-oiled machine that we've worked so hard to perfect is being dismantled and will need to be rebuilt.
That's a little daunting.
But after this weekend, we realized that it will be okay. We're in this together. And we'll just rock it.
One Thing I Know For Sure: 28 weeks down, 12ish more to go!