I had a doctor’s appointment and ultrasound yesterday. We hadn’t had an ultrasound since our anatomy scan, so I was pretty excited to lay eyes on the little girl in my belly.
Kylie went with us and asked, “Wha’s that?” every time a new image flashed on the screen. “That’s baby sister’s kidneys.” “That’s baby sister’s legs.” Etc. Then the tech turned on the heartbeat and Kylie froze. Eyes wide. Jaw dropped. We said, “That’s baby sister’s heartbeat.” No response. That’s kind of a big deal. She was stunned. Speechless.
As we’re walking to the car, she put it together. She pulled my hand and with a look of revelation says, “Mommy. Baby sister is plays drums. Goes boom boom!” And she told everyone we saw for the rest of the day.
So, I’ve been really bad about posting “big stuff” here. I don’t get much computer time these days, and I’m sure it’s about to decrease significantly upon the arrival of our new addition. I just wanted to leave a few photos here:
Downtown Knoxville showed Kylie her first Christmas trees of the season. She was in awe of the huge trees, the lights, the ornaments, the magic. Little bit was just delighted.
On our way home from Knoxville, we decided to stop at a state park in Georgia to stretch our legs. Little did we know, said park was way up a mountain, and it was windy and freezing! Totally worth it. The view was gorgeous, and Kylie thought that being allowed to run around in the frigid weather was hilarious.
She loved helping decorate the tree this year. We made sure to give her the wooden and shatter-proof ornaments, and she carefully found “a good spot” for each and every one. Each night since then she sits sideways i her little chair, feet hanging over one armrest, gazing at the ornaments, the lights, the angel. We hear her mumble things like shiny, beautiful, wonderful to herself.
There have been so many moments this holiday season I wished that I could just freeze time and hold the memories forever. The wonder on Kylie’s face as she experiences different aspects of this holiday is something I hope to never forget. I wasn’t ever a huge “Christmas fan” but now I understand why people are. She brought the magic to Christmas for me.
I had a Dr. appointment yesterday afternoon. Mostly nothing to report. Gained a pound. Beautiful heartbeat. But… 2cm dilated!
Now, I’m fully aware that I can walk around 2cm dilated from now until 42 weeks, but it still made me happy.
I’m on the fence about whether I want her here right this second so that we can meet her and snuggle her and soak up that wonderful new baby smell or whether I’d like to enjoy every last second of this pregnancy. It has been easy. I’m not terribly uncomfortable. I like feeling her forceful movements and knowing that, for now, she is safe and protected in my body. I like being pregnant, and most of the time I’m not ready to be separate from her.