Tuesday, May 31, 2011

tick tock

The final countdown has begun. We are looking at about 4 weeks until Baby #2 arrives, unless she decides to make an early arrival. Let's hope not. I know at this point many women are begging to go into labor just so they can stop having to deal with the uncomfortable nature of being this pregnant. I, on the other hand, would rather wait until my due date. The main reason being that Olivia's dance recital is the weekend before I am due. I would hate to miss her two dances and not see her all dressed up in her costumes. Since I have no control over how things will unfold during the next month, I will just keep my fingers crossed that I can be there to see her. This is the first year she will be performing two numbers, one in tap and one in ballet. This is her third year of tap but first year of ballet. She seems to love them both.

As part of the final preparations the baby gear has come out of the attic and started to be assembled once again. The car seats are getting installed and the finishing touches are being put on the nursery. Olivia definitely is at an advantage, being the first born. Her room is probably 3 times the size of her sister's. I realize this will not be an issue for many years, but the day will come when her sister questions why Olivia's room is so much bigger. I wish there was a solution to this problem, but there are only so many rooms in our house. We did the best we could to make Baby #2's room special. Here a few pictures of how things have come together...

I still have a bit more work to do, but I think the final, final touches may come once Baby arrives and a name is officially decided. The name question is always the first thing people ask about and it is usually the question I try to avoid the most. We do have a few in mind and we have talked about them with our family, but I usually avoid the discussion in order to avoid the various reactions from others. So the name will be announced at the same time as the baby...stay tuned!

We have been trying to squeeze in as much quality time with Olivia before things get turned upside down for her. We asked her if there was anything she wanted to do with just the two of us before her sister arrived and she said, "go to the Children's museum and see the Dora and Diego exhibit". I think we can arrange a quick day trip to Indy in the next month. Anything for this girl, who has been such a trooper through everything so far. She has had a grumpy, hormonal Mommy at times for the past 8 months, so I want to make these last few weeks of being an only child memorable for her. She is stoked to be a big sister and I have no doubt she is going to be the best! She has many plans in store for what she intends to teach the baby and how she plans to help. I will miss having her kiss my belly each morning as she says, "Good Morning" to her little sister. And in some ways I will miss our current family of 3, but I am beyond excited to see how things will change for us as a family of 4!


Wormie said...

Jess, you don't look large enough to be getting ready to give birth! We can't wait to meet your new daughter! Her nursery is adorable.

Livie is cute as ever. We miss her so much. It's been way too long since we've seen you all!

Anonymous said...

Olivia will be an amazing big sister, and you will both be wonderful parents to two little girls. I am very excited to meet my second granddaughter so I can spoil two!

Susan said...

The new nursery is adorable. I think baby #2 will love her room. As I have said before Olivia will be an amazing big sister..good luck this next month, can't wait to meet my new little niece...Love Aunt Sue Sue