- My baby boy turned 11 months, and we are busy planning for his first birthday. So many people say things to the effect of, "Where does the time go?," "Wow, can you believe he's almost a year?," or "Time flies, doesn't it?" For me, not so much. I mean, sure, reflecting back on the days of having a newborn doesn't seem like yesterday... it feels like it was about a year ago. Every stage and every day/week/month has been a complete change of lifestyle, and I can totally believe 11 months have gone by.
- Baby #2 is growing. I remember not really "popping" with Max until about 16-18 weeks, and with this one, I am having trouble hiding my growing stomach. We've shared with our parents and a few friends, but still haven't shared with many people. We have our 12-week ultrasound tomorrow, which I think will make Mr. D feel even better... like this is even more real. My boss is on vacation this week, so I will plan to tell her the week after, and share with my direct reports and team afterwards. Time with Baby #2 is flying... I think it's a combination of my mother being ill, it being summer, Max keeping me busy, work being busy, and just life in general being busy. We're hoping and praying that this baby continues to be healthy and happy.
- Do I want a girl or a boy? One one hand, a girl would be great... we would have one of each, and our family would balance out, gender-wise. On the other hand, I think it would be so cool for Max to have a brother who is 17 months younger. I absolutely love my little boy, and would love to have another. All signs (old wives' tales, Chinese gender calendars, etc.) point to BOY. The only differences between my pregnancy with Max and this one are that this time I am craving sweet things - ice cream, fruit, etc. (with Max, I never really craved anything, although I ate a lot of pickles), and have had a few moments of nausea (with Max, I never once felt queasy). Who knows :) We will be extremely happy either way.
- Mom is still sick. After 6 weeks, she was released from the hospital and is now in a physical rehabilitation center until further notice... likely a couple months. She can't move her legs, sit up, or basically move anything. It's been a really stressful, crappy time for my family - especially Mom, who is in a significant amount of pain. Makes me pause and think about how much we all need to value every single moment.
Hope everyone is well and has a great start of the week!