No baby, yet, just so you know. 🙂 I know when pregnant ladies get quiet toward the end, folks start to wonder. But we’re close! Next Saturday is my due date.
I think this has been one of my easiest pregnancies in some ways. Yes, I’m quite old to be doing this. Yes, I’m tired a lot of the time. BUT! This is the first time I’ve been pregnant AND had teenaged daughters! Teenaged daughters are pretty great at any time, but they have really, really helped me out a lot, especially in the last couple of months. I can nap when I would ordinarily be making dinner, and Delaney will make dinner! I can nap in the middle of the morning, and Megan will make sure the youngest children play quietly upstairs! I can nap during milking time, and Brenna will make sure the cows are happy and milked! In short, there’s very little I need to do, and that makes a world of difference.
Also, this is the first time that all of our children have been old enough to understand what’s going on and to be excited about their little sibling growing inside of their mama. They’re starting to get downright impatient, which is funny. A couple of weeks ago, after I’d kissed him goodnight, Jonny looked at my belly and asked, “How much longer is this going to take?!” A few nights after that, Delaney said, “I wish this baby would hurry up!” Tommy spends much time kissing and talking to my belly. Rosie and Penelope have their hands on my belly all the time. Meg thinks it’s just amazing. I think the whole lot of them are sweet as pie and this is a very, very lucky baby, indeed.
Tommy has begun to have a little new-baby stress, I’ve noticed. It started with his toilet habits. Suddenly, he started peeing on his pants or on the floor next to the toilet. Or accidentally dropping in a whole roll of toilet paper. It has now spread to other areas, and he’s a little clumsier, prone to dropping things, or not being able to work a button or belt. He feels badly about it all, but he’s helpless to stop it at the same time. Poor kid. Last night, when I tucked him in, I kissed him and I said, “You know, even though we’re having another baby, it won’t be my Tommy. You’re my only Tommy and nobody can ever take your place.” He grinned up at me. “I know that,” he said. We’ve just got to keep on with the loving, even when it’s exasperating.
In other, non-pregnancy related news, we’re predicted to get one more snowstorm today. I look at the map and it looks to me like there’s a really, really good chance that we get nothing but rain, and that not for a few more hours yet, but THEY CANCELLED SCHOOL THIS MORNING! They’ve missed so much school since the new year that the mid-May release date has already been pushed back to early June. But still, with the sun actually shining and the storm still halfway across the country, they cancelled school! Why do I care? Well, if school is cancelled, so is everything else, and the girls have missed a lot of activities because of it all. It’s getting pretty ridiculous.
I’ve had a too much sugar today, so I’m going to go find something substantial to eat. It’s almost lunch time anyway. We still dine on an Army schedule; it works for us! I’ve noticed that the whole family is still pretty military oriented, even though we have very little to do with the Army or Fort Knox anymore. It’s just how it is. We’ve lived our whole lives in the Army, and some habits are hard to break. Or, as I like to say: You can take the family out of the Army, but you can’t take the Army out of the family. 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day!