Hello, hello, Friedbaby friends! Sorry for the silence over the past few weeks. As you can see, I've spent the past four weeks growing at a rapid pace. The belly is getting B.I.G. These pics were taken when I was 30 and a half weeks, give or take (poor second child...weeks, schmeeks). Now that I'm creeping up on 32 weeks, I glanced at the one and only pregnancy app floating on page two of my iPhone apps and realized that there are less than 60 days til my due date. Holy moly.
We've had an exciting few weeks with lots of guests (my parents, my cousin Josh, the whole Craddock family, and my sister) in the span of two weeks. Now we are gearing up for some peace and quiet that will come as a welcome break, despite all the amazing fun we've had...although I'm sure Colin will miss all the fun "chase" partners and playmates. Don't worry little man. In about 18 months, you'll have a new buddy who will be learning to chase you around non-stop. First though, he just needs to be born and get through the baby stage. Patience, Colin-san.
Colin very clearly understands (or at least can recite) that he is going to bee a big brother and that the baby is growing in mommy's belly. He knows that babies cry a lot, because that is how they tell us what they need. Oh, and when I asked him, he said we should name him Biscuit. I think not.
Thank heavens for Daniel Tiger, who is teaching him all sorts of helpful hints, like "being a big brother means being a big helper" and "there's time for you and baby too". I'm guessing those will be on repeat quite a bit once C's little world is rocked. In the meantime, he is more than happy to give the baby hugs and kisses in my belly, which melts our hearts.
My greatest wish is that Jacey and Aaron were still living here, since it would give Colin some seriously hands-on experience with a baby (you know, if he could go more than 10 minutes between gross illnesses that he collects at preschool). Jacey was due 10 weeks before me, so if you do the math, she's now negative one weeks pregnant (aka lucky duck! no longer pregnant! and she has the cutest little guy ever!).
As we come up on the Thanksgiving holiday, I feel so thankful to have such an incredible family - a caring, thoughtful and loving husband, a spunky and imaginative toddler and this bun in the oven who we will meet in a couple short months. Blogging day-to-day has been tough, because I can't lie - the days are long, I'm rarely comfortable, and my patience is wearing thinner by the day. But the big picture - when I look at the big picture, I can't even put into words how lucky and how blessed I am.
And now, because I know it isn't just this big-ole-bump and my ramblings you came here to see, here is some Colin-related cuteness to fill your cute-o-meter for the day. First up, some cute photos from one of the last park-worthy days before the weather got stupid-cold.
We had a ton of fun with Steph, Justin, Casey, Carolyn and Cody. Colin and Cody chased each other all over the Field Museum, pressing every button on every display, while the rest of us enjoyed the actual content.
After a long day of fun, between the museum, tacos, playing and pizza making, the boys definitely needed a bath. Too, too cute.
And that's all for now. I am visiting the midwife every other week now, and so far, all is thoroughly uneventful, so I doubt there will be anything too newsworthy to post over here for a couple of weeks.
Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving!