Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Almost an Outtie!

My belly button never popped out with Leo.  You'd think a kid that turned out to be a whopping 9 pounds 5 ounces would cause a girl's belly button to pop, but no.  And it may sound weird, but it's just one of this little things I always kinda wanted to happen. 
And now here I am, at 36 weeks with little Kernel #2, and I have almost popped!  There's still a slight indentation, but it's getting shallower by the day.  Ergo, baby girl is getting bigger and bigger, though hopefully (please God) not getting up to Leo's birth weight (or 95th percentile head size...)
All seems to be progressing well with the pregnancy - lots and lots of vigorous movement, plenty of Braxton-Hicks contractions, still lots of hiccups, you know - all the usual things.  We've got a stack of cute (and oh-so-tiny) basic clothes all washed and folded, and a little sleeper/rocker/bassinet thing for daytime downstairs naps.  We're ready to rock!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Are we there yet?

South Bend has received an astonishing 92 inches of snow this season.  And don't look now, but it's currently snowing!  Sigh.  Ready for this winter to be over. 

As you can tell from this picture, however, a certain member of our family is enjoying the weather.  We happened upon a super-cheap pair of snow pants on a clearance rack in his size (miracle!) and suited him up last week to go explore the frozen tundra that is our backyard.  The snow was so deep that he had a really hard time walking it in, but he had a fantastic time.  And when he saw his swing dangling from the tree, he insisted on swinging in it.  As you can imagine looking at this picture, he was squealing with excitement.  He also tried to eat a snowball, but was a little less enthusiastic about the results. 

In other ready-for-it-to-be-over news, I have 5 weeks left until little Kern #2 is due to show up.  Which means she could show up (early) any time soon.  I've definitely gotten to that stage of pregnancy where all the shine has come off - my hip joints hurt, I feel slow and out of breath alot, I'm always tired regardless of how many hours I sleep (when I can comfortably sleep) and I'm just ready for this to be over.  Seriously, are we there yet?  Medically, everything is going quite well - blood pressure, blood sugar, weight gain, belly measurement, all on track.  And thank God, no ridiculous itchy rash on my arms and legs like I had with Leo.   Just a weariness undoubtedly augmented by the daily demands of a toddler.....