I finally feel it... the holiday season. It usually creeps up on me each year, and this one is no different. I never really start feeling the spirit until a few days before Christmas, and I am happy to say that I am now settling in... it truly is the holidays :) My tree and house decorations have been up since the weekend after Thanksgiving, but it finally clicked... time to relax and take in all the beauty of the season.
And, we have so much to celebrate this year. My little man continues to be the light of our lives, and our new little man, due to make his appearance in a little over a month, will fit right in.
We are busy getting everything situated for Baby #2's arrival. This pregnancy has just been so incredibly different... not only has time absolutely FLOWN, but everything seems much more calm. We put together his nursery, bought new bottles, have diapers situated, clothes ready to go (one amazing perk of having same-sex siblings... all of Max's clothes/boy-themed toys, etc. will be reused!), and many, many other details figured out. It was all just so relaxed this time around - I remember being so uptight and perfect with Max's pregnancy, and this one is way more chill.
We already have some things to expect with this little one... on top of the cyst uncovered at the 20-week ultrasound (which has now almost completely gone away, thank goodness), our little guy also has one kidney that is more dilated than the other. Basically, this may mean that something is causing a small portion of his urine to push back up into his kidney. It could also mean absolutely nothing... his kidney is measuring 1 mm larger than what falls within "normal" range - and this could be "normal" for him. Who knows. Nothing for us to do right now...our little man will likely have an ultrasound performed during the first few weeks of his life to see if his kidney is back to normal - which is what typically happens in most babies who have dilated kidneys.
If this would have happened with Max, I would have been an absolute wreck. But with this baby, we are taking it in stride - there's nothing we can do about it, we have an otherwise-very-healthy baby, and it's all in God's hands, not mine. So we will pray that he is born healthy, just like his older brother, and that everything works out.
I hope all of my bloggie friends are enjoying the couple of days before Christmas - I love following each of your stories and the connections we've made. Many blessings for an amazing holiday season with family and friends!