It seems like forever and according to the date on my last post, it has been. Well the last few months have been hectic, what with a toddler, work and getting ready for baby #2. I am now officially on leave, my last day of work was Thursday and I am hoping that baby hangs out for a little longer so I have some time to relax and get stuff ready (like packing my hospital bag, washing the baby clothes, etc.) I guess with #2 the sense of urgency is a little less. I mean, I have a place for her to sleep, what more do I need?!
I feel huge, but as far as weight gain, I am only up 21 lbs. I only have another week and a half to go, so that is pretty good. I gained 31 with Chloe so I am keeping my fingers crossed that maybe this one will be a little smaller than my 9lb daughter was. I am getting everything ready for my natural delivery at the Birth Center, but a little part of me is concerned that I won't have the option for pain meds. Well, I technically do, I could ask to be transferred to the maternity ward if I really want, but I think not having the option should help. I mean, I know I can do it and that takes the temptation away.
Chloe is getting more aware that the baby is coming and she asks about her baby sister and when she will come and give her a necklace. We promised her that the baby was bringing her a necklace when she was born so she is very excited for that. Otherwise, Chloe is doing great. She is only going to daycare 3 days a week while I am on leave, so I have a couple days with her at home and still some days with her at the sitter, which will be very good when the baby arrives to allow me to get some rest. She is still sleeping all night and napping most days. Her potty training is great. She is in underpants all day with no accidents (except the random occasional one) and most mornings, she wakes up dry too, although we still wear a diaper or pull up at bedtime just in case. She talks up a storm and knows how to count almost to 20 and knows just about the whole alphabet. It amazes me how smart this kid is. Sometimes she says stuff or remembers things and I just marvel at what little sponges they are.
I had a couple 'sprinkles' which are little showers for second time moms. I really was not expecting it but it was so nice to feel loved by my family and co workers. My mom threw me one with my family and then they had a surprise party for me at work. Mostly what I needed was warm clothes for the baby, since Chloe was born in the spring, all her 0-3 and 3-6 month clothes are summer items and this baby will be a winter babe. I think I am pretty well-stocked now thanks to all my generous family and friends.
Work has been going great and I actually miss not going every day. I am lucky to work with people I really enjoy and do work that I find challenging and enjoyable so it is kind of weird to be at home, hanging out, just waiting for this baby to arrive.
Craig's work seems to be doing a little better and he is less stressed now that he has a good handle on his workload. He still works late some nights, but he is always here in the morning and has breakfast with Chloe and I which is really nice.
The weather has taken a turn for the cooler and I love it. Fall is my favorite season and all the leaves are turning and the crisp air makes me want to go for long walks. Of course, walking is good for me right now and helps move things along. I generally get some contractions while walking but nothing consistent. I am hoping that this baby is on time and not a week late like Chloe, but I am also OK with her not coming early. I still have stuff to do!
Hopefully now that I am home, I should have a little more time to post and I promise to post soon after the baby arrives!