Wednesday, August 24, 2005

A Real Mom Now

I felt my little baby moving today, more than I've ever felt before. It occured to me suddenly that I love this little one, just as much as my 1st daughter. It shouldn't have been a surprise, but it was so sudden. I've been feeling tired and worn, and almost dreading the work I'm about to get in to, and then today, a burdeon released from my mind when I realized that I love this baby! I CHOOSE to bring this child into the world, and I WANT to raise, teach, and nurture him or her. Suddenly, I'm excited about what lay ahead! Another love in my life! I can't wait!

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Getting Along

Well, there's no new news, but Kaylee sure is getting along nicely. She goes up and down ramps and hills much better now, and can get down steps and other ledges by sitting down the way we've taught her. Her balance, and strength continue to increase. Everyone still says she's so very beautiful, and even my 2 yr. old nephew says "Pretty EYES!" as he tries to touch her eyes. :)

It's August now, the busy season for our mattress store, so Kaylee and I have been going to work to help out. Kaylee loves to go around with her father and show customers various beds. She walks up to a random bed, and pushes on it, and pats it the way we and customers do. She makes herself at home there, which pleases me because customers love her, and she makes everything fun! I used to dread going to work, but now I really don't mind much, except that she refuses to nap there. :( Another small down side to her being at the store is that she LOVES bugs! She tries to catch and eat live bugs, and many times succeeds, eww. We keep an eye on her, but she can be very quiet and fast. She sometimes plays with them, and lets them crawl on her hands, but she usually ends up trying to eat them in the end. You'd be surprised at what a good little bug-catcher she is! Yuck, huh.

Meanwhile, I look like I'm walking around with a small pillow beneath my shirt. My pregnancy is going fine, though I'm so dehydrated in this heat! I feel the baby bump in the night when I'm laying down. It's so fun! I had a dream two nights ago that my baby was a girl. I wonder if it was prophetic, or just wishful thinking. I am resigning myself to being happy if it is a boy, though, because Kaylee does need a brother. I certainly loved having a brother. Besides, people say raising boys is easier than raising girls. :)

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Kaylee puts away

At first I thought it was a fluke, but after many repeats of this phenomenon, I've decided it's really happening. I have often found Kaylee's toys back in the toybox when I haven't put them away, and a few times I've noticed her picking up laundry and putting it in the basket. Last night Kevin saw her take an item out of the lazy suzan, then turn the shelf back to the right position, and close the cabinet door; then this morning when I couldn't find my cell phone, after a frantic search, I found it safely put away in Kaylee's toy box with her other toys. ;) So Kaylee is really putting things away! Perhaps she's noticed me cleaning up after her all day, and she's immitating, or perhaps she just has a gift for organizing. Either way, it's one of those joys of motherhood that only a parent could truly understand. To see my child learn something constructive that will serve her the rest of her life, not to mention it will make my life infinitely easier if it is encouraged and continued; OH what JOY!

On another note, my oldest sister Tami who is expecting her second child in September, has hired a doula to assist her in her hospital birth. And by some coincidence, that doula is the assistant to my midwife, and will be attending my birth! What a small world! Tami and I are so excited about natural births now, and could talk anyone's ear off about all the common sense of it, whenever it's possible. It's fun to have family on board.

As I was writing this, Kaylee surpassed another milestone! We have a hearth that's a foot high, and she likes to climb up on it. She just learned how to get off by sitting down and hanging her feet over the edge. I've been working with her on this for several weeks, and she finally got it!! Yaay!! Well, until next time!--Ginny