Monday, April 24, 2006

Our Weekend

We had a great time visiting with my parents this weekend. They stayed at a campground near us in their RV.

On Saturday, my mom took me maternity clothes shopping, and then we all went out to the campground for a BBQ and good conversation. I hadn't seen my dad since January, and neither one of us is great at staying in touch by phone or E-mail, so it was nice to catch up with him. I also got to see my (well, really the family's, but I always felt like he was mine when I lived with my parents) little dog, a West Highland White Terrier, and take him for a walk around the campground. On Sunday, my parents came to church with us.

I'm at 22 weeks now--over halfway! A couple of mornings ago, I felt Baby hiccupping.

We're thinking more seriously about baby names. We have tentatively agreed on a name for a boy, but we're still working on a girl name.

My belly continues to grow bigger and bigger, and I can't fit into any of my old clothes. Hubby joked this weekend that, now that I have a nice maternity wardrobe (thanks to my mom and another generous friend), it would be easier on the clothing budget just to keep me pregnant. :-)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

A Transition

The family I work for has hired my replacement. It looks like I will continue nannying for them until the middle of May, and then the new nanny will start. The family told me today that the 3-year-old has started asking every night if I am coming back the next day, so she knows something is up. :-( Does anyone have any ideas about easing the transition for this little girl? I want her to know that I still love her, even though I won't see her very often anymore.

Kids...Gotta Love 'Em

Yesterday the 6-year-old I take care of asked me, "Is that a fat shirt you're wearing?"

Me: "Hmm...what makes you ask that?"

6-year-old: "'Cause your tummy is so fat in it."

Guess I'm showing. :-)

And the 3-year-old told me that when she grows up, she wants to be a fireplace.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

We're Both RH Negative!

As I posted a couple of weeks ago, I am RH-. Today we got the results back from Hubby's blood test, and he is RH-, too! This means all our children will be RH-, and there won't be any risk of my developing antibodies against this baby's or any future babies' blood. Thank you, Lord! When Hubby called me at work to tell me the news, I was so excited and relieved that I said something like, "Yay! Now we can have 18 children!" (because we won't have to be concerned about RH incompatibility). Well, for the time being, I think we'll just start with this one. :-) We're not planning to have an ultrasound, but my midwives said my measurements seem to indicate a single baby, rather than twins.

Hubby got to feel the baby kicking for the first time last night. It was very precious to know that he was feeling his child growing inside of me.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A Few Thoughts

Today I took care of a preschool-aged boy in addition to the preschool-aged girl I usually watch. He was very polite and obedient, but there’s just something about boys that makes them ten times louder and more active than girls. I wonder if this little one growing inside me is a he or a she? Hubby and I are not planning to have an ultrasound, but part of me wishes I did know if we are having a boy or a girl so we could choose a name and start referring to “_______” instead of “Baby.”

My nanny career is coming to an end. As much as I enjoy caring for other people’s children, I know it will be even more joyous and fulfilling to care for my own. In a couple of months, I will go from a decent salary to no salary, but it will be worth it to stay home with our baby. We really don’t know where the money will come from, but we have seen God’s faithfulness to provide over and over again in the time that we have been married, and we trust Him. God continues to supply a variety of computer and audio jobs for Hubby.

I have been feeling Baby move for the past week or so. Right now, it just feels like light taps, and I usually don’t feel anything unless I’m sitting perfectly still. Baby seems to become more active after I eat a good meal.

I decided that our apartment needed a little more springtime cheer, so I planted a hyacinth, some alyssum, and some pansies in containers and brought them indoors (we don’t have a yard). I don’t really know if these usually out-of-doors flowers will survive very long inside, but we surely are enjoying them while they last. We are also fortunate to have a couple of cherry trees in full light-pink bloom right outside our living room windows. Isn’t spring lovely?