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.
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.
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.