Baby’s kicks are getting stronger and way more definite than the early flutters of a few weeks ago. I was sitting on the couch the other day when baby started kicking. Grace was sitting to my left. I grabbed her hand and placed it flat across the lower part of my growing belly. She gave me a funny look, the kind that says something to the effect of “Mom, this is weird, what are you doing?”, and then she felt it, first one kick, then another, a rousing round of fantastic tiny little kicks. She was amazed, and kept telling her siblings how strong the baby’s kicks already were. It was a precious moment, and I hope I never forget the look of wonder in her eyes.
I haven’t been officially weighed in a few weeks, but the scale in my room is telling me that I’ve already gained 17 pounds. That’s kind of a lot for me this early, and I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the major carb-fest I’ve been indulging in ever since I finished my Whole30 dietary experiment. I have got to do something about that, as I was really starting to feel a difference, in a super-duper-good sort of way, by the end of those crazy 30 days. If I don’t cool it with the carbs, I’m going to end up packing on way too many pounds for my comfort level…
The major development of the past couple weeks has been finding out that the girls have widened their lead, the score is now 6 to 4.
Yep, we’re having another girl!
Not that I’m playing favorites, well, at least not intentionally, but I was kind of relieved to find out that this baby is a girl. For one thing, my current youngest, Daniel, who I have never really written much about, has been my biggest challenge so far, in SO many ways. He’s an awesome little guy, really, but boy has he ever pushed me and stretched me in ways I was neither expecting nor prepared for! I know that girls can be challenges as well, but I’m hoping this time get a baby who is at least a wee bit daintier than the last little bulldozer of a boy we call Daniel. Everything he does is intense, really, really intense. I should write more about him one of these days.
Also, knowing that this will probably be our last baby, I’m excited to go all out with the pink and the frilly everything, and I mean everything.
Bring on the ruffles!
I need to start sorting through bins of saved baby clothes. I’ve taken quite a few bags to the thrift store over the past couple years (like the whole back on the van filled up, like a small village worth of clothing, how on earth did we manage to accumulate so much?!), but I still have a fair amount old favorites hanging around, taking up precious closet space upstairs. Time to pull out the tiny dresses for one last hurrah, before packing away only the most cherished ones, for posterity’s sake…
The other thing that I’m feeling a mighty urge to get started on is the knitting. It’s time to plan some new baby projects, and maybe even treat myself to a trip to a favorite yarn store. Because, yarn. My knitting friends will understand. 🙂
And I might need to pull out the sewing machine to put together a new baby quilt, or two… You know, because, fabric. My sewing friends will understand. 🙂
Can you tell I’m craving some creative time?!
In other news, I’m still keeping up with tae kwon do classes with the kids. I recently tested for and earned my purple belt!
Sorry to sound self-absorbed and self-congratulatory there, but this is kind of a big deal for me. I never really expected to get this far, and I am loving it! A little over a year ago, I was pretty sedentary, I mean, besides carrying babies, toddlers, and countless bags of groceries around and getting up to shuffle many people to and fro to 101 appointments and various activities each week. But sports and exercise has never been my thing, mostly because I was never very good at any of it, and have always been rather wimpy and easily fatigued and/or hurt. So, like I said, this is kind of a big deal for me.
I don’t know how many more weeks I’ll be able to join in, but for now I’m still kicking and punching and putting my all into my forms. Oh, and I started learning to use the bo. Cool beans, I tell ya!
(Also, Ian has made it all the way to blue belt! His endurance is 10x what it was a year ago, and his balance has been improving along with his kicks. He may not have the prettiest form, but just seeing him keep pushing and doing things that we didn’t know if he’d ever be able to do, some days I can’t hold back the tears…)
And now I need to check my calendar, so I don’t miss my next midwife appointment!
Only 18 (19, 0r 20) weeks to go!