Friday, July 01, 2011

my view these days

sitting in the backyard, peering over my belly to read a book,

admiring my newly-painted toes (thanks to my friend lynea who came over and did them for me, since the aforementioned belly would have made it impossible for me to paint them myself),

watching my sunflowers sway and dance in the hot breeze,

and loving most of all the splashes and giggles coming from our new swimming pool.

the only thing i forgot to take a picture of was my ginormous glass of ice water sitting next to me. its actually mostly ice and a bit of water, since i've had the insatiable urge to chew on ice cubes this past week and have been re-filling the ice cube tray in the freezer about 10 times a day.

i can't quite believe that it is now july, the month that i am due!! (though i'm anticipating that she'll arrive in august with the hope that i can avoid some of the end-of-pregnancy-impatience this time around) when i turned the calendar page over this morning, i felt butterflies dance in my tummy. so soon! i now have weekly midwife appointments and she is still head-down, still doing well. i've been having lots of sometimes painful braxton hicks, which have dilated me to 2cm already, but i don't have my hopes up that she'll be early. at this point, i still sort of hope that she'll come right on time at the end of the month in order for me to feel ready for a newborn, because i still don't quite feel that way.

tristan, on the other hand is more than ready to meet his baby sister. he was asking me yesterday why we couldn't move his bed into her room so that he could sleep right next to her. i tried explaining to him that babies wake up a lot at night and he probably wouldn't like being woken up so much, but he just told me that he'd tell her, "its okay baby bodie, don't cry. i'll go get mommy so that you can drink some of her milk." so then i told him that his bed wouldn't fit in her room and his solution was that he'd simply sleep on the floor. i have a feeling that he is going to be super protective of her, which is so sweet. when we got some hand-me-down dresses from relatives in scotland last week, he picked up a particularly beautiful flowered one and said, "oh! when baby bodie wears this dress, i want to dance with her!" (i didn't have the heart to tell him that it was size 0-3 months, so there would be no dancing happening on her end). then he thought for a moment and said, "or, maybe when she is 5, she can wear this dress and i can marry her!" my sweet, sweet boy.

samuel is beginning to concern me a little bit when i think about a newborn entering our house because only about a week ago he somehow developed a bit of a violent streak. he's been making a fist and punching people without any provocation, and bit tristan so hard on his back that he left red teeth marks. i'm good friends with his sunday school teacher who told me that there are a couple of boys in his class who have issues with hitting other kids, so i'm wondering if that's where he gets it from? we've been trying different forms of discipline, but so far nothing has really stopped him. i'm praying its just a short phase and that he won't have any desire to harm his baby sister. just in case though, would anyone out there be interested in borrowing a violent 2 year old for a few months? ;)


Joshie's Sweetie said...

You have a nice view;) Although uncomfortable, I miss looking down at my round pregnant belly. Very excited for you!

Jessica said...

You are just adorable, my dear!

christine said...

I love reading your posts, you have such a way with words, and you are a beautiful pregnant Mommy!

Grandma J. said...

Oh giggles because of Tristan and his soft heart. Love your boys, one soft and one tough! Praying for wisdom for you in coming up with a handy dandy solution to Samuel's "phase". XO

kelly ens said...

love that your little girlie is getting so close to her arrival! Hope Tristan continues with his eagerness and that Samuel will soften up for your sanity :)

Miranda said...

I'm so excited for you guys in that she's almost here. I hope Samuel gets out of that phase quickly. I worry about Sadie being gentle with her brother too, but hopefully she learns quickly.

Amy@Sassy Scarlett said...

I love reading your blog!

Anonymous said...

That's so funny that you would mention chewing ice cubes! I did that when I was expectig Sarah! Maybe it's a baby girl thing??
(Aunt) Marilyn