Yesterday Annabel and I were having a conversation in the car. We were talking about the difference between boys and girls... i.e. "Mommy is a girl. Daddy is a boy. Bailey is a boy. Are you a girl or a boy?" Most of the time she is pretty convinced that she is a boy, and I was trying to explain to her that she is a little girl!
"Why, mommy?" As I start to go into specifics, about our bodies, etc, I stop myself. We've been down this road before and it's way over her head. I sigh and say, "Because that's the way God made you!"
Some have been wondering what we need for Baby Dodo. Really the only thing we really need are some new diapers. Since I bought most of Annabel's used, and we had a pretty small rotation, they are getting pretty threadbare! I added a link to a gift registry I created there to the right ------> See it? Let me know if you have any questions!
Since there hasn't been a lot going on here lately, I thought I'd just update on the pregnancy. I am 18 weeks along, which is just about half, woohoo! I've been feeling really good for the past several weeks, and trying to get a lot done while I'm in this second trimester. I'm trying to remind myself of how exhausting the last couple months are so I'll be even more motivated to get stuff done. Really, the only thing I need to do is paint the room and get it in order.
We're not planning to transition Annabel to a big-girl bed until she nearer three. So that means, Baby Dodo (this has been Annabel's nickname for the kid since the start!) will spend the first several months in our room, so I'm not stressed about sleeping arrangements yet. If there's one thing I realize this time around, its that there's plenty of time for everything! Everything does not have to be perfect to bring a baby home from the hospital :)
Since I lost a little weight at the beginning of this pregnancy, I'm still only 3 lb over my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm not showing much yet, but again, there's still plenty of time for that! Hopefully I won't put on the 50+ lbs with this one!
I have felt the baby kicking for about 2 weeks now, since about the 17th week. Derek has even been able to feel it a few times- very exciting! Baby Dodo appears to enjoy supper time the most, and especially after-supper hot tea! I love feeling all the bumps going on in there and it makes me feel like this is a strong baby.
Oh, and I saved the best for last... we had our ultrasound yesterday, and Baby Dodo is a boy!!! Annabel has predicted it since the start, even when I was convinced it was a girl :) I am a little nervous about what it will be like to have a little boy, but excited at the same time. I loved having a brother and we had a lot of fun together, and I'm sure these two will, too!
Since we had planned to do so much traveling at Christmas this year, we celebrated at our house a few days early. It was so much fun to watch Annabel open her presents this year, and we were rewarded with many "ooooh!'s" and "gasp's" So sweet! We kept Christmas pretty low-key, since we knew she would also be getting so much from grandparents and aunts/uncles! From us she received many books and puzzles, two of her favorite things! She also got a wooden train and a train whistle. I'm pretty sure her favorite thing was the candy in her stocking, since she doesn't get much candy around here!
As for myself, Derek was very thoughtful in the gifts he chose for me. I'm always surprised at how well he knows me when he chooses gifts for me! He got me several knitting pattern books, including some vintage baby patterns and some toy pattern books. So cute! He also gave me several more "fancy" types of yarns than I am used to buying for myself. My fingers are itching to start on some adorable little things for this new baby! And maybe some leg warmers for my "big" baby! Derek also surprised me with a Moby Wrap so I'll be able to tote around the little tyke in style ;)
Derek was happy with his dehydrator and Organic Gardening book:) He's been looking up recipes for jerky, which I'm pretty excited about, too.
On the Tuesday before Christmas, we headed down to my parent's. We were able to take Bailey, which worked out so well and saved us so much money. As I walked into my parent's house, I was amazed to see an 18-foot Christmas tree in the living room! It was enormous! I couldn't believe my mom actually had enough decorations for it, but she did and it looked lovely.
On Christmas Eve my brother flew in from Seattle. My mom was really nervous that he wouldn't make it, since last year his flight was delayed until the day after Christmas. :( However, although 105 flights from Minneapolis (his layover) were cancelled on Christmas Eve due to weather, my brother's flight made it through! It was so good to see him and I know my mom was ecstatic to have him for Christmas.
My parents surprised Annabel (and me!) with a beautiful hand-made dollhouse. A man who is a long-time family friend made it for her, and he did a very good job. Since it was too big to fit in our car today, I'm anxious for them to bring it up here! We had so much fun playing with it while we were there!
On the day after Christmas, we loaded up again and headed to Des Moines where Derek's parents live. I forgot my camera, so I'll have to wait until my sister-in-law posts pictures and steal them from her blog! While we were there, we got to go sledding in their front yard- very fun! I didn't think Ananbel would like it, since she tends to not be much of a daredevil, but she loved it! She kept asking, "one more time?" I was also excited to be able to do a little fabric shopping with my mother-in-law and purchase some stuff to redo the kids' room. I'm planning to do blue, lime green, and pink, and I got lots of fabric in these colors. Woohoo!
Soon after we got back from Iowa, we headed to Kentucky for New Year's Eve! Such craziness! Derek's uncle throws a huge party every year, and always asks us to come. This year, we decided to accept, and my brother came with us. It was fun, but I ended up getting a horrible headache and going back to grandma's around 10:00 to crash on the couch! Sooo, yeah. Not a great New Year's for me, but I think the boys had fun.
My brother helps Annabel buckle her baby into the carseat :D
During the weeks leading up to Christmas, I racked my brains trying to come up with new and creative ways to entertain my child. I hate getting out in this cold weather, which means we spend a lot of time staring at each other within these four walls.
Annabel has become so silly! I have the funniest picture of her wearing one of my, ahem, brassieres, but it is a bit shocking so I'm not going to post it! If you come to my house I will show you :) She loves to imitate mommy in every way, which can be flattering but a bit scary at times!
I'm not sure what she's eating here, maybe pineapple and banana?? Whatever it is, she seems to be enjoying it!
Fingerpainting in the living room...
And fingerpainting in the bathtub!! Hey, don't knock it until you have a bored two-year-old needing an outlet for lots of energy! Slap on those play clothes and go for it!!
Aaaaand, here she is nursing her baby. Annabel is obsessed with her baby. Not only does she nurse her regularly, she changes her diaper, says "Shooooweee, baby!" then proceeds to "dump" the diaper in the toilet, then puts baby on the potty to pee, takes her baby downstairs and puts her in the highchair to feed her "roni cheese," back upstairs to rock her, read to her and put her down for a nap. Annabel is learning how exhausting it is to be a mommy!
My little diva.
One night, while unsupervised, I hear, "mommy, I get snack." I walk in the dining room to see that she has dumped an entire box of cereal on her high chair. Doh!
I didn't get a good picture of my sweet girl in her Christmas dress, but this is the fur coat that my grandma sent up for her :) So over the top, but adorable! Her dress was beautiful, I'll try to remember to get a picture the next time she wears it - and she will be wearing it again!
It was also a sad week because Annabel's best friend Noni moved away. Of course, she doesn't understand what that means, but I was sad for her. Okay, okay, I was a little sad for myself, too. But don't tell anyone!
Around the first part of December, the weekend after we got back from Las Vegas, I traveled to Nashville to catch up with some girlfriends from high school. We were a close little group in high school, but many of us had lost touch over the years and hadn't spent much time together. My friend Brooke is a nurse at Vanderbilt hospital down there, so we met up at her place and let her show us around her favorite hotspots. :) I had so much fun, and really was wishing we had done this sooner. I feel like I try to avoid my high school friends a lot, because I don't like to be reminded of the person I was back then. Does that make sense? But, like it or not, I am who I am, and the past is a big part of that. And, like it or not, your childhood friends tend to know you better than anyone else, and while that can be kind of scary, making peace with that was a cathartic experience for me.
The first day there, we ate breakfast at a famous Nashville restaurant, the Loveless Motel and Cafe. It was amazing southern food, of course! How I miss the way southerners fix biscuits and gravy!
That afternoon we did tons of shopping and enjoyed the Christmas charm of historic Nashville...
(Yes, Brooke is wearing a Rudolph nose. The other three ladies are random Dickens characters...)
That night we went to see the Nutcracker at the ballet. The guy who was sitting next to me was drinking a really strong beer and the smell was making me really nauseous in the warm theatre... I almost said something when he got up for a second one! I should have just puked on him, hehe.
Dressed up and acting a little silly! I feel like I kind of look like a hooker in this picture...
This pose was a throwback to all our old "Christmas Ball" pictures!
and my beautiful cousin Amber!
Girl time is the best, especially when you're just chilling in your pj's, eating ice cream and playing your own version of Truth or Dare! (Sorry girls, I couldn't resist! Hehe!) The only sad part of the weekend was that our friend Ariel wasn't able to join us, due to being terribly sick in her first trimester :( We missed you, Ariel!