To Our Precious, Little Baby Girl...

The hope for this blog is that we get to share with our daughter-to-be, family, and friends what is going on in our lives as we start getting prepared for her BIG DAY and arrival outside of the belly! It'll be a no-holds-barred attempt at our new experiences, challenges, and day-to-day life while our little "bun in the oven" continues to bake. At some point, we hope this will be a loving story for you, little girl, to look back on and hopefully will also be entertaining and educational to read! We love you, little monkey, and are so blessed to have you growing stronger and stronger every day! Love, Mom and Dad

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Money Will Buy You A Fine Dog, But Only Love Can Make It Wag Its Tail."

~Richard Friedman

Yay! Welcome THIRD TRIMESTER!!! Today means a lot...we are that much closer to meeting our little girl AND it means we're two thirds there! I am so excited to have reached this milestone. Little one, according to all of the pregnancy books I have, you are probably about one foot long and about one and a half pounds in weight-exciting! I got a little ambitious and decided I was going to speed up my normal routine of writing in the belly book every Thursday before bed and did it when I woke up this morning at 5am. I got dressed and took my belly picture for the end of week 24 (see the column to the left) and filled out this week's entry. Part of the entry ritual I have, is I measure my belly...I was shocked to see that I had LOST THREE INCHES this past week. I was astonished and thought it must be wrong, so I measured it again. Nope, still 3 inches thinner than last week according to the same tape measure I use for every weekly belly measurement. How could this be? I don't FEEL like I've lost weight. My pants most certainly don't feel looser than last week! I think that the belly's circumference shifts throughout the day, so I did a little experiment...As it turns out, you know how you are taller in the morning than you are in the evening, you know the saying that "morning butt" is better than "nighttime butt?" Well, I have something to add to that...early day belly is most definitely different than afternoon belly! When I got home from work today, I re-measured my belly and it had gone up TWO INCHES from this morning and right now it is ANOTHER inch up...so we're all even now. At least up until this point I had measured my belly at relatively the same time every week. Now I know that for a fair comparison I should continue to measure in the evening. This week I will safely say that I have not gone up in the waist department (size-wise) but I feel like I am getting bigger. I really need to order/buy some pregnancy pants in the near, near future!

At the M's house today, I got to take the children for a meeting with the mom's group at a local kid's gym. It was so fun and I met a nice lady named Jenna. She has three children (one was in school) and her two were comparable ages to the children I nanny for. She seemed really nice and it was nice chatting with her. Mr. J had a fantastic time at FUNTASTIC and enjoyed climbing all over the structures, playing with the other children, and people watching! We stayed for two hours and the only reason we left at that point was to return home for lunch and nap time (trying to maintain some semblance of a normal schedule during these first few transition weeks when the boys are getting used to me being there all day). I was so proud of J and his attempts at talking and interacting today...and he even had a decent snack while we were there. Also happy to report that M's fussiness has turned into baby babble today...still only 45 minutes of napping while I was there all day, but at least he was happy the majority of the time. Excited to see what next week has in store for us!

Another BIG milestone today...I most definitely felt a flutter by our little darling. At about 3:30pm this afternoon, TWO tidal waves/ripples moved their way across my belly while I was playing with Mr. M (trying to tire him out so he would sleep). I had to stop for a moment and marvel at the new feeling inside me and being able to watch it's effects on the outside of my belly. Pretty darn cool, is all I gotta say! I can't for sure say what she was doing as I haven't had that much/any experience. But I am a proud Mom that our little girl is making her presence known! Yeah! I have been waiting for this experience! So happy for you, baby girl! Keep it up! I'll keep paying attention and try to narrow down the sensation and what I think you're doing to Mom! I think you knew that today was the first day of your third trimester and as a true diva, you wanted to make a grand entrance ;). Couldn't have picked a better date for you to make your first noticeable move on Mom! Well done! Well done!

I'd like to say that tonight was "leftover" night for dinner...but really that is only true for your father. I, on the other hand, had a bowl of Fiber Fruit Loops...not necessarily considered a leftover...and a fiber drink and a brownie to wash it all down. I know, not the most balanced meal, all things considered, but that's what I was in the mood for. I did two loads of laundry and caught up on some mail (email AND snail).

Now, I am ready for bed. I must say that with a few exceptions in the last week or so, I've gotten better at blogging earlier-as promised at the beginning of this journey. It DOES feel nice to lay in bed, watch a movie, and fall asleep at a reasonable time! So happy to feel you enjoying your belly time, Ms. Monkey! Keep it up! Love you, baby!

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