7 months!

We are officially done 7 (lunar) months of pregnancy- only 3 to go - maximum (did you hear that baby?)

Where are we now?

Things that are kind of crummy: 

Not being able to breathe. If there's one thing that's easy to take advantage of, it's the ability to take a good breath and not have to think about it. Baby likes small spaces, particularly the small space under my rib cage where my diaphragm used to be. Now I'm pretty sure it's shoved up around my collar bone. In any case, I go through at least an hour or two of each day where it is nearly impossible to get a deep breath. It's not super comfortable- but hey, comfortable is not how I'd categorize this month.

Speaking of uncomfortable, I have a continually pinched nerve in my ever-growing butt (my bottom is like one of those sponge toys you pour water on and they just expand and expand). And I'm getting daily charlie horses in my left calf upon waking. Time to get some calcium supplements!

Things that are awesome:

1. Baby is huge and still has room to move, which means we get to see and feel distinct body parts from the outside.

"Oh look, there's a human foot protruding from your side."

"So it is! What do you know!"

2. We're nearing the 30 week mark, which somehow seems like the beginning of the end. I love being pregnant for the most part, but what I'd love even more is to meet this little one!

3. The nursery is almost done! Luke was a super trooper last weekend and painted the whole thing up beautifully. I finished the curtains, the crib blanket and a couple other craft projects. I have a couple more pillows to sew and some more wall art to make or source, then we should be all set. EEEK! Pics and a nursery update post to follow.

Cravings this month?


That's pretty much it. I think I could live purely on chocolate right now. I don't...but I could.

Yes ladies and gents, I'm carrying Willy Wonka in utero. 

Judah's thoughts on baby now?

When we play cars together, he ensures there is a car for baby. It's usually his least favourite car, but sometimes he feels benevolent and places his entire 6 pound John Deere tractor on my belly. I'm sure his sister is appreciative, even if she does emerge from the womb with tractor marks on her head.

Judah's also very big on telling us that he is not the baby. Today Luke picked him up and said,
"What a cute baby I have!"

Judah responded (in an extremely high pitch)

"I not a baby! I'm big boy!"

Good thing we have a baby on the way then, I don't think I'm ready to be the parent of big kids only!

Now if only he'd decide diapers were for babies...


Potty training and adult ambitions

Potty training week ended with me feeling rather dejected. Although Judah was a ready participant in the potty sitting event, he was more hesitant about the sport of potty filling... as in he wouldn't... at all.

I had resigned myself to the fact that he simply wasn't ready quite yet and we'd try again in potty training bootcamp part two in November. Then, last night, we had my folks and sister over for dinner. Following dessert, we were all chatting around the dining table while Judah amused himself pantsless in the living room.

What should we hear next but, "Mama! Dada!! I peed!"

Great, I thought, one more reason to wash the couch slipcovers again.

Luke hurried over with a cloth and asked Judah to identify the damp spot and Judah proudly pointed at his potty which contained one little poop.

We lost our minds.

Not only had he pooped on the potty, he did it without prompting, cajoling, bribing or supervision!!! Incredible.
Suddenly my week off seemed completely fruitful!

The escapade has not yet repeated itself, but I now have faith it will!

Luke says his Christmas wish is to have just 5 days with no diapers before baby is born.

These are our adult ambitions.


The Potty Training Chronicles: Day 1

08:00 - The night time diaper is removed and Toddler is thrilled to learn today will be a primarily commando day. Partying ensues; cheerios are eaten with vigor.

08:30 - The maternal unit sits Toddler on the potty and allows him to watch 10 minutes of Winnie the Pooh in exchange for his sedentary pot crouching. He cooperates with only slight grimaces.

08:40 - The pot remains empty. The maternal unit seems thrilled nonetheless. A Smartie is proffered. Toddler is inwardly shocked and also thrilled; tries to remain composed. 

09:20 - A diaper squelches Toddler's plan to air out for the entire day. An outing with the maternal unit's maternal unit is in the offing. 

09:22 -  Toddler takes cover behind the loveseat and fills diaper while he has the chance.

09:24 - The maternal unit appears slightly chagrined at the fast and effective diaper filling. A new diaper is plastered to Toddler.

11:00 - Toddler and maternal until return home. Toddler is tired- the maternal unit likes her white couch; the diaper lives to tell the tale of nap time.

12:30 - Toddler awakens from morning respite- diaper is sufficiently wet. Maternal unit encourages another bout of pot crouching- Toddler encourages another movie. A compromise is reached.

12:38 - The pot remains empty, nonetheless a Smartie is given. Toddler has mercy on chocolate-deprived house cat and gives it to her.  

15:30 - After another shrouded outing, this time to the store for provisions and a picnic lunch on playground territory, the diaper is once again ditched. Toddler happily sits on the potty for a long time. A red ring forms on Toddler's butt. Toddler doesn't care. Toddler just wants candy.

16:00 - The pot is still empty. The maternal unit is still thrilled. Apparently it's quantity not quality she is after.

16:05 - "Big boy underpants" are placed on Toddler. The freedom of movement is bewitching. Toddler does a dance on the coffee table.

18:00 - Maternal unit's parental units come for dinner, marvel at "big boy underpants". Toddler escapes behind loveseat while soup is eaten. "Big boy underpants" are inexplicably soaked.

18:05 - Maternal unit encourages toddler to inform her of underpant soaking prior to doing it- this seems counterproductive to Toddler.

18:06 - New "bog boy underpants" are donned.

19:15 - Toddler is taken to a store in "big boy underpants". Paternal unit suggests padding Toddler's car restraint with grocery bags. Maternal unit suggests giving him a chance. Toddler crosses legs.

20:00 - Toddler arrives home with dry underpants. Much rejoicing ensues.

20:20 - Bathtime. Toddler can finally pee under the cover of water. Sweet relief.

20:40 - Toddler is once more swathed in a diaper and placed in sleeping quarters. Sleep overcomes him quickly. Day one of mission was exhausting.