Sunday, May 27, 2012

It's not easy to...

Get kids to look at the camera at the same time!

As modeled by my cousin, McB, and myself...

McB and his sister, CWa...

CWa (although, in her defense, she was at least saying "cheeeeese")...

CWa and me.

Nor is it easy for Mommy to remember to take pictures at family functions!  She had high hopes of getting some shots of me and both cousins, herself and Aunt Becky (who is also pregnant), and the whole family at our imprompu little breakfast get together yesterday.  I guess she just got too busy eating, talking, and not wanting to move from the spot she was in! 

I hear that last one tends to happen to women when they're about 8 months pregnant.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Baby FAQs

Mommy doesn't have any recent belly photos to share here (except for teeeerrible ones that coworkers post on Facebook), so you'll just have to take my word for it when I say that her belly is getting pretty big.  In fact, one of her teammates told her that she is "as big as a barn" today.  Not exactly the best news to hear when you still have 7.5 weeks of belly growth to go!

Even though this post is pictureless, I thought I'd fill you in on the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions Mommy and I are getting these days.

Katie Bug's FAQs
What will your little brother's name be?
Elliot.  I have already decided that my nickname for him will be LL, though.  We'll be KK and LL!

Are you excited about being a big sister?
Yes! I love giving Elliot kisses and hugs through Mommy's belly, and I can't wait to give him real ones when he comes out.

Mommy's FAQs
How are you feeling?
Overall, not too bad.  Mommy's biggest complaint this time around is related to the position Elliot has decided to take in her body.  He is a big fan of her right side, which puts a lot of pressure on the nerves on that side of her body.  She's had a bit of sciatic pain, as well as some swelling on that side.  For a little while, the sciatic pain was getting really severe during the school day. But once Mommy figured out that wearing flats made things worse and heels made things better, things got...well, better!

Is the baby's room finished yet?
Um, no.  In fact, Mommy and Daddy haven't done anything with Elliot's room except hang up the clothes we aready have for him.  They've got their work cut out for them over the next few weeks!

Why are you taking childbirth classes again?
When Mommy was pregnant with me, she was really attracted to med-free births.  What she didn't know, however, was that her OB wasn't exactly a natural birth advocate, nor was her hospital a place that was friendly toward natural births.  When Mommy found out she was expecting again, she knew she wanted a completely different birth experience.
This time around, Mommy has a new OB (one who's had a med-free birth herself) and will be at a different hospital.  Since she and Daddy are serious about planning for a med-free birth, they thought it'd be a good idea to take the 5 week childbirth class their new hospital offers.
Boy, are they glad they did!  They've learned so much more in this class than they did in the one Saturday class they took at the last hospital.  I'm pretty sure they're also both enjoying the 3 uninterrupted hours they're getting to spend together every Tuesday night!

Are you taking another year off when Elliot's born?
The year Mommy stayed at home with me was probably the best year of her life.  She and Daddy initially hoped that if Mommy worked for a few years they'd be able to save up enough for her to take another year off with Baby #2.  What they didn't consider, however, was that there really isn't much left to save after you've paid a childcare provider each month.
So, the answer to this question is 'no'.  Mommy will be going back to work once her maternity leave is over (probably the second or third week of school, depending on when LL decides to make his grand entrance).  She's been suprised at how okay she is with this decision.  Mommy loves her job, and she knows she is doing what our family needs her to do.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mommy/Daughter Date

This past Saturday, Mommy and I were chilling at the house all by ourselves.  Auntie moved out a few weekends ago and Daddy was doing a video shoot for we were enjoying some mommy/daugther bonding time.

While we were eating breakfast I asked Mommy, "Is today the day we stay home?" (that staying-home-day is always my favorite day of the week).  When she told me that it was, my next question was, "Can we go on a date?"

Now before I go any further, I should probably tell you that Katelyn dates in my family are quite proprietary.  Daddy has dibs on Chuck E. Cheese. Mimi and Poppy take me to Chick-Fil-A. Gramma and Grampa are the McDonald's and Candy Store people.

Mommy, however, doesn't really "own" any date places.  That probably has something to do with the fact that the two of us are together a whole lot.  It's kind of hard to have dates when you're trying to get the normal day-to-day errands done, you know?

So, back to the kitchen table on Saturday morning...Mommy took a few moments to think about where we could go on a date (I really wanted Chuck E. Cheese, but Mommy was not about to try that place by herself at 8 months CEC belongs to Daddy).  Then, she came up with the most brilliant solution: the fountains!

So, the two of us slapped on some sunscreen and traveled down the road(s) to the splash fountains at a nearby shopping center.  We got there just as the day was warming up, so the weather was pretty much perfect.

I enjoyed running through the water,

posing with the statues (I very specifically requested that these pictures be taken),

and watching other kids play.

About 15 minutes into the fun, though, I decided that I really needed a "play friend".  So, even though I had a great time with just Mommy, I think I'll try to turn the fountains into a play date next time.