Spring break began for me today at 3:23 pm. Cait still has a half day, but as soon as the kids are gone tomorrow mid-day, she’s free too. We are thrilled beyond belief at the prospect of a week off, and the first school break in YEARS where we are not traveling at all (well, we didn’t go anywhere for spring break 2006 but we were a little preoccupied).
The pregnancy is so far uneventful and presumably healthy, but it is really taking a toll on me. Both of us, really, as Cait is the one to pick up the slack when I am exhausted and/or cranky. Which is a lot of the time. 😦 We’re also at the frustrating point where there really aren’t any symptoms to speak of (other than lingering vague nausea and general disinterest in food irritatingly combined with near-constant hunger) yet neither of us can feel the baby. My waist is definitely expanding, and I had to pull out some maternity clothes recently, but I’d really, really, like to be able to feel this kid so I could have a greater level of confidence that things are going as they should.
Thankfully, Natalie continues to be a delight, and makes us laugh and grin constantly. Things we’re enjoying lately:
- She knows that the midwives use the Doppler to listen to the baby’s “heartbeep” and for a few days said it sounded like this: “honk honk”! Now, after many readings of Hello, Baby, she says it’s “ba-boom, ba-boom, ba-boom”.
- When going down stairs, she counts them in Spanish (thanks to a Chilean babysitter). I think she’s related to Bono because she counts, “Uno, dos, trece.” My favorite, however, is 4: “cua-te-lo”.
- She has finally learned to jump for real. We still get a fair amount of one leg leaving the ground, but she truly can get some air time with both feet. It came in handy after Cait & Natalie went to a frog exhibit at the National Geographic Museum with the Hydrangea crew – she spent the rest of the week jumping, hopping, ribbiting, and eating “dirt” (bugs).
Hopefully we’ll all be jumping by the end of this week of vacation: moms, Natalie AND wee Carbo.