I know, I know. Still nothing. Well, not nothing. I’ve almost headed to the hospital twice only to have my contractions come to a complete stop both times. This girl is all drama! Good thing my boys are keeping me busy and distracted…
Lesson #1: If you’re looking for a way to get your homebody to break away from the house for a walk, suggest making a chart of all the animals you see along the way. Then hope “mouse” isn’t the first thing on the list—before you even leave your own yard. (I still have the heeby jeebies!)
Lesson #2: After being out of bed and out around town for a week, I’ve realized that while my kids missed me, having me suddenly “re-enter” their worlds wasn’t easy either. Which is why I was reminded that there’s no better feeling than seeing your child smile and knowing it’s simply because you’re there. And there’s no worse feeling than seeing your child cry and knowing it’s simply because you’re there.
Lesson #3: They say that when you’re pregnant with a girl, she steals your beauty. It seems my little thief is taking all my brown (or black, as my kids call it) hair and replacing it with stringy gray hair. At this point she’s going to be born as the brunette version of Rapunzel (maybe that’ll solve us not being able to settle on a name). And soon I’m finally going to have to accept that I’ll spend about the same amount of time (though a lot more money) at the salon once a month getting my hair colored as I do picking out grays over a month’s time.
Lesson #4: When your kids are “getting things ready for baby” by building cribs and carriers from Magnatiles, it’s a great opportunity for the older sibling to teach the little one about all they have to look forward to. For instance:
Little: “Where’s the milk for baby?”
Big: “We can get some in the kitchen and the baby will get some from Mommy’s boobies!”
OR (echoing the same conversation you’ve been having with the eldest)
Big: “Are you a little bit nervous about baby coming?”
Big: “It’s ok, I’m nervous too. But I’ve been a big brother before, so I know what to do. I’ll show you.”
Lesson #5: You know people are sick of waiting for your baby to arrive when the person who least wants her to show up is getting impatient. Little has now asked twice, “So when’s this baby coming?!”
While I don’t have an answer, I do know that if we keep up the dance parties we’ve been having around here, it won’t be long. I hope this week has you and your family finding reasons to giggle and celebrate together, as well!
Any stories or lessons to share from your week? Please chime in!