Monday, October 6, 2008

32 weeks and counting


Kisses for Charlie...

We had our most recent OB appointment last week. Things are going well. I've managed to control my Gestational Diabetes through dietary changes - which is good (but not so fun). Baby Charlie's heartbeat was nice and strong and my doctor says that he probably weighs 3 pounds right now.

Avery watched the doctor as he listened to Charlie's heartbeat and measured my tummy. She was fascinated. During the days since my appointment, she has been touching my tummy like the doctor did and saying, "Doctah said. A Chayee. Seepin."
Translation: The Doctor said Charlie is sleeping.

It's impossible to know what's going on in that sweet little head during these changes, but we've been praying that she will adjust well after our little boy arrives.

Avery had a little emotional melt-down at school the day after we brought Charlie's cradle home from my parent's house. One of my friends suggested letting Avery play and climb into the cradle so that she can feel like she's a part of all the changes. She seems to like that a lot. She's been putting all of her baby dolls in it and patting their backs to help them take their "naps".

Here she is pretending to be a baby. She found a random paci around the house and likes to play with it. She insisted that I rub her back and give her a bottle too!


It's so hard to believe that we will have a new little person added to our family in just a few short days.
I try to imagine what it will be like based on what it was like when Avery joined our family, but I know that this time will be so different... It kind of scares me a little bit. I want Avery to feel loved, but I want Charlie to get all the attention that he needs. I worry that I won't be able to provide for their emotional needs and stay sane. Does that make sense?

9 comments:

Jodie said...

completely makes sense!! i had those same thoughts and feelings. just remember how good God is and know that he will make it all fall into place. it really is cool to think back at how well kinley adjusted and how things just "worked out" :) don't get me wrong, there were a few meltdowns and many stressful moments, but they were short lived :)

Collins Family said...

You are going to do a fantastic job! There will be moments but you will be amazed at the strength, peace and overflowing love that will come from nowhere. God has been so faithful in our journey and I am convinced He will be the same for you :) Two is awesome!!!

SarahHub said...

I haven't been through this myself, but every mom I know has felt this with Baby #2. You will be amazed at how your heart can grow!

Sonya said...

I felt this way, too, with my 2nd and 3rd. It's amazing how God crafted a parent's heart. You will love Charlie differently than you love Avery, yet, it will be no more and no less than the love for the other. Just different in a good way!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

With my 2nd, I remember worrying that I wouldn't be able to love him as much as my first baby...But I do!! It's such an amazing thing, you love them the same and uniquely all at the same time!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Love the pictures, Jennifer! Just beautiful!

I know you are going to be such a fantastic mommy to your two precious angels...I am sure you will be stretched during this time, but your love will just stretch and grow and encompass them.

Kristen said...

You look adorable Jennifer! And everyone tells me that God gives you the strength and the love for both children and any more in the future. I can't imagine it now, but I look forward to hearing about it from you in the mean time. Your children are blessed to have a mother like yourself. So excited for the arrival of baby Charlie!

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

You are looking amazing! Gorgeous! Going from one child to two was definitely a challenge, but it was awesome! The love part came pretty naturally. The logistics part took some work. After the first 6-8 weeks it was hard to imagine life with one. :) It takes time, but is so so wonderful! :) I'm really excited for you guys!

Jana (sidetrack'd) said...

That absolutely makes sense. I still feel that way a lot of days, but we're all making it through and everyone is happy and healthy. It's a tough transition, but you guys will do great!

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