And the ultrasound says …

We’re having a healthy baby BOY! Isn’t he perfect? I was amazed at how much detail you could already see in his face in the 4D pictures. (If you can’t tell, that’s his face on the right. His little fist is up above his forehead.)

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Stranger Danger has begun

For the past 15 months, I’ve constantly said that Lulu isn’t afraid on anyone. And that’s still mostly true … unless of course she’s right next to me. Then she seems to be seriously afraid that I am going to leave her with this other person.

For example, we were at the park last week. Hubby and I were sitting on a bench watching Lulu play in the sand when she got up and walked clear across the park without looking back. Of course, Hubby and I followed fairly close behind, but she must have been 60 yards away before she even considered looking to see where we were.

And if there’s a dog in the vicinity – look out! Since Tank is so good with Lulu (and such a big dog), she isn’t afraid of any
animals. Unfortunately, not every animal likes little people, so we have to be very careful that she doesn’t walk up and start petting strange dogs, especially in the park.

All of that said, she’s started acting like the world is going to end when she meets new people lately. We were at the Wok (a restaurant we’ve been eating at since college) when one of the owners came over to say hello. She tried to play peek-a-boo with Lulu, but my normally brave little girl screamed, climbed out of the high chair and buried her face in my
shoulder.

For a solid five minutes after, she wouldn’t let me put her down. Every time the owner came over, Lulu would cry and turn away again.

So I wonder why she’s developing a fear of strangers now. I know nothing scary has happened while she has been with me in public, but maybe she’s just becoming more aware of her surroundings. I guess it’s probably a good thing that she isn’t quite as fearless as we thought.

How ‘bout you other mommies? Did your kids suddenly turn from very outgoing little ones to bashful toddlers?

Lulu with the newborns

I wrote earlier about how great Lulu did with my friend Aimee’s new baby girl. Hubby and I were really happy to see Lulu wanting to be gentle and nice with little Lucy.

On Monday, she got to see two more new babies. First, some friends brought their one-month-old over for lunch. Once again, Lulu did great. Our only trouble was that she kept trying to steal the baby’s pacifier. No big deal, right?

After lunch, Lulu took a nap. Then we went to visit some other friends and their brand new baby boy. When we arrived at my friends’ house, the baby was sleeping. That was great because it gave us time for Lulu to get used to her new surroundings. Of course, she wanted to play with the cat’s toys. Then she had fun rearranging the DVD collection. But overall, she was really well-behaved. More

New Shoes for Lulu

I have a confession to make. I am horrible at remembering to buy Lulu new clothes and shoes before the ones she has a too small. So my daughter has been wearing too-small shoes for about 2 weeks. I finally decided that her little size 4 moccasins just wouldn’t cut it anymore when I realized that they were leaving deep impressions on her ankles.

While we were shopping for fall clothes, I looked for shoes. Carter’s didn’t have anything I liked, so of course Lulu had to wear the size 4s for a little while longer.

Today, I finally had time to buy her shoes. Off we went to Target. Much to my surprise, the baby and toddler shoes weren’t located with the rest of the baby stuff. I guess I don’t know why I expected them to be. Adult shoes aren’t in the same area as the adult clothes…

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Heard of Pregnancy Amnesia? It’s real.

When my daughter was about 10-months-old, I started getting the itch. My poor husband listened to me talk about how much I missed being pregnant and how great it would be to have another little one around the house.

To his credit, he didn’t once remind me about how awful I felt during the first trimester of our first pregnancy. Nor did her mention how he frequently had to make dinner because I simply didn’t want to eat. He didn’t even say anything about my crazy mood swings.

Instead, he quietly reminded me that we planned to wait until Lulu was 1 year old before trying for a second. Well, like many couples we figured it wouldn’t happen on the first time, right? Wrong. Last May we found out that we were going to be having another child, and I was thrilled!

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