Well folks, we are ready to have this baby on Tuesday! Nana is here, I stocked my freezer with casseroles and crockpot dinners, the house is (pretty) clean, and the nursery finally came together...it actually turned out even prettier than I’d pictured, although my photography skills don't do it justice.
So quick, before I pop, here’s an update on our family of three, soon to be four. We had family photos taken a few weeks ago, and I really love these shots of Caleb.
Caleb is now almost 20 months old, but he has the vocabulary of a 3 year old. Unlike his mom, this kid is quite a talker! I made list of all the words he uses (uses, not imitates) so I can look back on it later...I’m sure I missed a few, though.
“There We Go”
Ellie (our cat)
A, B, C, etc. (knows letters)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (counts)
I Love You
Caleb knows where his baby sister is--he pats my belly if you ask--he gives my belly kisses, and he loves to cuddle and carry around his baby doll (we got it for him to “practice” with). I don’t think he knows what a baby sister is really all about, though--crying, waking everybody up at night, taking away Mom and Dad’s attention, getting him in trouble when he’s just trying to “play” or “share.” It’s going to be an adjustment for all of us, I’m sure, but I think he’ll make such a sweet big brother.
Ben’s already had some adjusting to do, though, since he’s now managing the pharmacy he’s been working at since February. There was some turnover at his company, and so along with managing, he’s been working longer hours and spending more nights and weekends on call. I’m really proud of how hard he works, and he’s been doing a great job running everything. Plus, he’s been hiring and training new staff, so his schedule is a little less hectic now. Thankfully, he has enough help to take this week off for our baby girl’s arrival.
Me--I’m just very pregnant and very ready to have this baby!
She dropped a few weeks ago, and so getting around has been more difficult. I’m a little surprised she didn’t come early, and I’m still a little nervous, but I’m ready to hold her, to see her and know she’s going to be okay. She’s going to be beautiful. I love her already and I can’t wait for her to be part of our family--to be a family of four.
A family of four...doesn’t that sound crazy, thinking how just two and a half years ago we weren’t sure if we’d ever bring children into this world? It’s still hard to believe it’s real, even with all the back pain and contractions these last few weeks to remind me just how real it is and how our lives are going to change any day now. We’re going to have a new baby again--a little less sleep, but a little more love! And new stories and family photos to share. What could be more exciting? So say a little prayer and wish us luck...ready or not, here she comes.