If you haven’t heard the news, we’re expecting our second little one sometime around Christmas. Google tells me that Baby B is about the size of an apple today, can sense light, and is developing taste buds. How has this changed our day-to-day life? Well, gosh I’m tired all the time, so naps are a necessity. And to Christopher’s delight, meat has sounded oh-s0-good to me lately, so we’ve started a weekly ritual of grilling burgers and other meaty delights.
It’s amazing how differently I feel about this pregnancy than I did with Jonathan’s. Yes, it’s still a miraculous wonder that there is a tiny life growing inside my tummy. Yes, I can’t wait to meet Baby B in a few more months. But no, I don’t lay around hand on stomach waiting for the first few flutters of baby movement the way I did with Jonathan. And no, I haven’t been day dreaming of the first few moments of holding Baby B. I expect that some of the excitement of this pregnancy will wait until I’m getting kicked in the ribs and really feeling pregnant. Right now there’s just so much to do keeping up with my toddler that Baby B’s just not top of mind.
Some have asked us, “What does Jonathan think about being a big brother?” Well, really, he has no idea that he is one. I don’t think he’ll really get it until a squirmy little bundle comes home from the hospital with mommy and doesn’t go away again. The good news is that even with other people’s wee babies, J is gentle and curious. We hope and pray that this will last until Baby B is big enough to fend for him or herself, but also know that little siblings are tougher because they’ve got such caring older siblings looking out for them. The challenge with J right now is just keeping up with him and all his energy despite nausea and fatigue. I’m so grateful that Chris is a teacher and is home for the summer.
We’ll be finding out if Baby B is a little chap or lady in a few weeks, guesses are welcome!