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It's about time!

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With only 50 days left until we're due, I can honesly say that I am OVERDUE for a baby blog post!  Both Victor and little Ricker have been growing and changing so much, so fast – sometimes, it's hard to keep up!  I can only imagine how hard it will be once Ricker is out of my tummy! 

Victor has been a very rapidly growing and changing little boy.  At almost 20 months, I find it harder and harder to call him a "baby", as he looks and acts so much like a little boy.   He spends much of his time coloring, running, testing new words and asking for things.   We started early on reinforcing the "no whining" rule in our house.  We understand that at this stage, Victor probably doesn't have the vocabulary to communicate each and every thing he wants or needs.   That being said, scrunching up one's face and whining "unnnnnnnnggggggg!" is not an appropriate way to get what you want.  We encourage a calm, "please" first, then we work extra-hard to decipher what it is he's asking for.  It's worked pretty well so far.  Now, when he wants something, the first thing he does is smile and start nodding.  Then, he very clearly says, "preeeeeze?" as he continues to smile and nod.  It's just so darn cute, it can be hard to say no sometimes – even when we absolutely have to. 

On the topic of growth, Victor has officially "outgrown" his crib.  We didn't think he'd be anywhere near done with the crib by the time the new baby came along, let alone this soon.  After he figured out he could dive over the edge of the crib, we started putting him in the big boy bed at night.  Only a few nights into it, we had a bit of a scuffle over going to sleep and staying in bed.  It only took one naptime of tears in the crib before he was prepared to go to bed and stay in bed whenever asked.  We moved the crib into the new nursery just a few weeks ago without incident. 

Victor's also started into the "I can do it myself" phase.  Putting on socks, brushing hair, washing the table after dinner – he wants to do it.  Now, he hasn't mastered any of these yet (though he's a real whiz at tooth-brushing), but we encourage him to try.  It can get a little sad to watch him try over and over and over again to get his sock on, only to get it as far as his big toe…but it's really exciting to see him try and grow!

Now, growing is something that baby Ricker has been doing quite well lately.  He's moving and grooving around in my belly – comparatively more than Victor did.  Every Dr. appointment I go to, we have to spend a little extra time chasing Ricker around my belly to get his heart rate.  He is quite the mover.  I think he's just about outgrown the space in there, too, as I can see little elbows, knees and heels shoving against me from the inside.  

It seems like time is really flying by with this pregnancy – probably because I'm chasing Vic around rather than sitting back and just soaking in what it's like to be pregnant.  I'm also not packing on the pounds like I did with Victor.   At my last appointment earlier this week, I've only added 10 pounds, total.   I'm hopeful that this experience might leave me coming out under my pre-pregnancy weight in the end!  

I've been struggling with sciatica pretty badly with this pregnancy.  My back, hip and leg have given me quite a bit of pain and from a much earlier point in my pregnancy.  My doctor suggested I get a pregnancy belly-support belt – which I bought yesterday and am testing out today.  It's like a bra for your belly.  I'm okay with it – it's made things a little easier on my back, but I'm convinced that the design could be better.  I can see how this thing would really help someone who doesn't have "a little extra" around the waistline (beyond just a baby belly)…but it tends to "roll" down the back and sides.  It could probably use a little boning & non-slip grip.  Maybe I'll have to get out the ol' sewing machine and design my own…that is, if I could find the time!

 

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