Week: 20 – BAM! The halfway mark is officially here – or I’m only 4 months away if you count my friend Mel who went into labor before she’d actually had her first birthing class. She figured it out, and we welcome to this world, little Milo!
Size: I’m excited to announce that we’ve got a banana on our hands! (And that they’re starting to measure him head to toe, instead of just head to rump).
Name: Caramel. Let the masses believe it.
Gender: bouncing baby boy!
Maternity Clothes: Am I allowed to wear capris in February, every other day? Because I am, thanks to the Christmas Goodwill find. And are capris even in style anymore? Don’t answer that question; I’m still living in 2001, which is probably when said capris came out.
Food Cravings: Beverages. Bubble tea, orange juice mixed with 7-up, milk, chocolate milk, mint and lime (not together) mineral water. Guess I should up my protein.
Currently reading: The Night Circus (audible – such a magical read!); The Science of Parenting; Moral Vision of the New Testament (class).
Most interesting fact: Old dogs CAN learn knew tricks. Stay with me here – we decided to do an at-home training with Mr. Darcy, to alleviate any remaining (fear-based) aggression, and also to prepare him for the baby. We love our dog, and want to be responsible dog owners and responsible parents. Because he hasn’t been around babies and little kids very much, what are two of our trainer “homework” assignments over the next couple of weeks with the hooch? 1. Ti-vo the sounds of babies crying, and begin to play it louder…and louder…and louder so that he can get used to the sound. 2. Go to (not dog) parks with him, and just sit there and watch the little humans play for half an hour, so that he can see kids running around and know that’s normal. [Side note: we’ve seen an incredible response in our dog in just 48 hours – I so highly recommend professional dog trainers!] If you had a dog before a baby came, how did you prepare your beloved canine of a friend?
Feeling: I have a cold and I’m cold in general because I’m wearing those dang capris in February, with my parka on top. Do what I can.
Missing: a full night’s rest. I suppose that’s preparation for parenthood at its best.
Anticipating: being done with the current Fuller class so that I can hole up and get back to reading all these parenting and pregnancy 101 books!