(in case you wondered, my shirt says "Who are these kids, and why are they calling me Mom?")
The Baby: Little Sprout is growing like crazy! Either that, or Momma is indulging way too much. She is now the size of a large heirloom tomato - measuring about six inches long and weighing about eight ounces. She is starting to kick and punch more and more, especially at night time.
Me: I have been the paradox of high energy and no energy these days. I start off most days with great resolve and spend the mornings and earlyafternoons accomplishing a lot of housework and activities with the kids. By late afternoon and evening, I am tired! The other day I sat down for a second while the kids were watching a show and immediately dozed off for about thirty minutes. At night, I try to stay up a little with the Nerd to talk or watch TV, but I usually end up falling asleep pretty quickly. Then I have these crazy, vivid dreams and of course the need to get up several times in the night - so no wonder I'm tired! :) As for food, I am not craving anything weird or unusual. I apparently have had this thing for potatoes lately, as I have made them several times in the last week for dinner. Twice-baked potato casserole and scalloped potatoes are making me hungry right now!
The Siblings: The Drama Queen is beyond excited that she is getting a little sister! Last night, I read to her There's a House Inside My Mommy by Giles Andreae. I asked her what she was going to teach her little sister, as all big sisters have many things to teach little sisters. :) She replied that she would teach Little Sprout to brush her own hair and to keep her hands off her stuff. (heehee) The Drama Queen also got to feel her little sister kick, which was a wondrous thing to her. I think that having this baby a little further apart from the others is so precious - the Drama Queen and the Beast really "get it" this time.
The Plans: I impulsively bought Little Sprout's first outfit yesterday. How adorable is that little elephant and bright polka dot pants? Today my mother-in-law and I are going out to "look at" some more sweet things for the baby. As for names, I am still making lists and tossing names our for the Nerd to ponder. We have actually decided on a middle name - ha! The first name is still up in the air - so many beautiful choices out there!
Well, I'm off to make use of this energy before I lose it! :) happy Friday everyone!