By Jen | 7:00 AM
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My Kid=Awesome

I always try to be as truthful as I can be with Sullivan. I may not give him all of the details but I really try to avoid little white lies as much as possible. He's four and questioning everything right now and last night was no exception.

He started asking me about "those things" on my chest.  As I started to explain how boys and girls bodies are different, he nonchalantly said "Well I'm made of metal and lightening."  :mic drop:  That's all that needs to be said. 

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By Jen | 4:17 PM
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Snow Day

So here we are....March 1 and we just got 8 inches of fresh fluffy snow. I don't know about you but I am so over this winter. It needs to be spring and it needs to happen now. I'm ready for greenery and warm breezes and everything that is not frozen and involves a windchill below freezing.

So today I dragged Sullivan away from Big Hero 6 and Tenkai Knights (:::shudder:::) and Mac out of the basement to go play outside and romp a bit.

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By Jen | 3:34 PM
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The Concern of a Big Brother

Well friends, I'm officially in the third trimester and pretty excited to meet this little girl. Sullivan is getting more and more excited even though he doesn't quite know WHAT to be excited about. He talks all the time about how he'll show her how to play sports and how to build the bat cave out of Legos but I'm getting that he thinks she'll come out and be almost the same size as him.  The only experience he has with babies is with the ones at his daycare which range from 9 months to one year.  The concept of a little bean wrapped up in a blanket that does nothing is completely foreign to him. So this may take some getting used to.

Earlier this week he asked me what the baby did "in there" (in the belly) for so long. I told him she was busy growing and growing so that she'll be healthy and happy when she comes out.

Sullivan: "Does she have any toys in there?"
Me: "nope. She's just kind of hanging out and practicing her rolls."
Sullivan: "Mom, that's not very nice of you. Maybe next time, you can put toys in there BEFORE the baby goes in. That would be a good choice."

Oh my sweet boy, there won't be a next time but that's a very nice thought.

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By Jen | 1:17 PM
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What Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

The things people say to pregnant women is just crazy. Things they would never say to you when you're not knocked up come flowing out with general ease and joy when you are. Other than the completely annoying people who offer random unsolicited advice, here is a quick list of things that have been said to me:

"Wow your face is really filling out." -my father in law when I was about 11 weeks pregnant the first time and not even showing.

"Are you sure there is just one baby in there?"

"Your thighs are getting awfully thick."

"You must feel like elephant." (no but I do now, thanks asshole)

"So being pregnant isn't really that big of a deal. I bet women just exaggerate how awful it is."

"Ooh can I touch?" (no....hell no...go away)

"wow I really need to finish the basement" -the first words out of my dear husband's mouth when I told him I was pregnant.

"I wish I was pregnant, I loved being able to eat an entire package of cookies in one setting. You know what I'm talking about!" (No, actually. No I don't)

"You're so lucky being pregnant. It's like you have a free card to get fat and your husband can't say anything about it."

I can't be the only one who's received such ignorant comments, right? 

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By Jen | 1:00 AM
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It's a....


And she was not shy either. Everything else is great with her. She's perfect so far and is probably going to be a big baby again as she was measuring in the top 95% for height and weight. This explains why I look to be about 30 weeks instead of only 24. Also why people are looking at me funny when I say I still have to go until the first of May.

But wow...a girl. I'm equal parts excited and terrified. I'm excited for cute little clothes but not so much for all the princess stuff. But maybe we'll get a tomboy. Who knows? And they make some awesome science and engineering toys for girls right now.

In any case, Zulily is dangerous for me right now as is Target and pretty much anywhere that has baby clothes.

Now we just have to agree on a name, that 's going to be the interesting part as we have never agreed on girl names. No one's ever been divorced from picking a name, right?

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By Jen | 11:38 AM
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Oh What the Hell is That?

After a very very long fourteen weeks of constant and violent vomiting (you're welcome for that visual) I've finally hit what I like to call the sweet spot of pregnancy.  I'm past the point where people question pregnant vs fat and finally feel like a human again. Stretchy pants and belly butter reign supreme.

But along the way I started to notice my belly button more. My normal little belly button started to get flatter and flatter. And then I knew it was going to pop like a turkey thermometer. With Sullivan I maintained my belly button and I could have even left in my piercing.  But not with this little one. Oh no.

I had a dream a few weeks ago about how my belly button popped out and looked like the knotted end of a balloon a la the Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton. I woke up in tears and holding my stomach like a weirdo. Mac woke up and told me I was a loony and to go back to bed. Such a comfort, that one.

But alas, here I am, 24 weeks in and I've got a little nubbin for a button.

All I have to say is that it had better go back in when I have this baby.  I told my doctor that I don't care if he has to stitch the damn thing to my liver but it's going back in. Because I'm clearly in a rational place right now, obviously.

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By Jen | 7:00 AM
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Big Brother Sullivan

We told Sullivan about the baby around the 6 week mark to get him to stop jumping on me. He uses us both as play gyms and while I usually enjoy that, getting jumped on while prego is not advised.

So one night we told him that he couldn't do that anymore because mommy has a baby in her belly. He looked serious for a minute and asked if that meant he was going to be a big brother. We said "Yes!! You get to be a big brother!" He made me laugh when he then asked "Is the baby going to play with my toys?" We assured him that the baby will play with baby toys and not his toys and then he got so excited! Laughing and touching my belly and he kept yelling "I'm going to be a big brother!" Success! I'm not optimistic that he'll always feel that way but I think it's a good start.

A few weeks later we asked him what we should name the baby. Without even blinking he said "Asperd Hoes".  I just looked at him for a minute like huh? "Asperd Hoes" he repeated. "Oooook, where did you find that name?" we asked. " Is it a name of someone in a book? Did you hear it somewhere?" "Nope" he responded "it's the name of the baby". Um ok.

So even now, he's still calling the baby Asperd. Any time I ask him about it, if it's made up, where did it come from, he just says "It's the name babies get". Alrighty then. We've told him that the baby may get a different name when he or she is born but that works for right now.

It is so cute to see him so excited to be a big brother. He drew a picture of our family at preschool and there were stick figures of mom, dad, Sullivan, and a little circle for the baby. On the day he was star student at school, they asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up and his response was a big brother. He always checks out the baby room at daycare as we walk by and wants to go in and see them so he's definitely very interested. I'm not sure that will still be happening after the baby is born but it's nice right now to see him so happy about it.

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