7 weeks to go! That can sound either so short or so long depending on my state of mind in the current moment.
Last week’s pregnancy update freaked me out with the news that the baby is currently 3.5 – 4 pounds and will double in weight by the time he is born. WTF I already feel so big, how can this thing inside me double in size? (How is there really even a person inside me?? Pregnancy the second time around isn’t any less weird or unbelievable to me…)
People keep telling me I don’t look “that big”, but I sure feel like it, especially by the end of the day. Mornings I have plenty of energy and feel like I can move around like a normal person, but by late afternoon the belly feels SO heavy and tight it’s difficult to even walk around the block or do simple stuff around the house.
And at the same time we’re trying to prepare for baby, Jane seems to be growing up extra fast. How can I even describe her? Compared to other kids she seems very reasonable and well behaved. She’s so funny and quirky, helpful and smart.
The other day I dumped a basket of clean laundry on the bed and she had fun jumping in it for a couple minutes, but when I came back in the room she’d separated out all her undies and made a neat pile of all her shirts. Then she asked me to show her how to fold towels. She knows where all her clothes go in her drawers and will put them away by herself too.
She will be 3 1/2 next week and just recently has started drawing detailed pictures of faces with eyebrows, ears, etc. And arms and legs, hands and feet, but no bodies. She drew one of me with blue hair and told me she didn’t put the earrings on because she didn’t know how to draw those. It surprises me how fascinated I am by all of this and how proud I get looking at what she’s done.
Oh, and she also loves to sign her drawings, she can do her name all by herself. I think she will have perfect penmanship, just like her mother:
No other big news, still just savoring our summer. Nathan has an oral interview Friday for the Minneapolis Police Department (he passed the physical a couple weeks ago.) That’s the only job possibility right now, there have been many other applications and rejections in the past few months, as always it seems. Oddly enough I’m not nearly as obsessed with our financial situation as I used to be. We’re still very frugal, but I don’t stress as much about our lack of money or lack of ability to save lots and pay off our debts. Maybe I’ve just been really happy being pregnant and getting to stay at home. Maybe I’ve embraced the idea of being thankful for what I have and letting go of what I can’t control… who knows… either way, it’s kind of nice.