New baby post. 21 weeks now.

 …and people are definitely starting to look at my belly. I went out to the food coop last night with our friend Doug (I got some mung beans for sprouting! Exciting!), and there were a few women who’s eyes were definitely on my middle area. It was as if they didn’t want to assume, but they knew. I’ve been noticing it with friends, too. They’ll start talking to me but they’ll be looking straight at the baby for a moment before meeting my eyes. He/she is definitely growing! I have to get used to this attention again. Last time I remember it making me feel a little self-conscious. I’ve never really liked being the center of attention- particularly when it results in comments like "You’re HUUUGE!" or "Wow, you’re gonna pop any day!!!". Although those comments are a little ways off. I hope. Anyway, Doug, with his ever-wise perspective thought I should compare it to what life would be like with a goiter. Haha. I definitely prefer the baby-type growth, thank you.

Jeff was swept up the other night with an urge to take belly pictures. Jeff is hugely attentive in so many ways, but noticing things like this and wanting to document it on film is not really one of his specialties (unless it’s some project he’s been working on for a while). I can tell he wants to notice and do more in this area, so I didn’t fight him on it, even though I was battling a headache and it was 10pm. 🙂

  

Vera is largely disinterested in the baby, but I think it’s tough to explain it at her age. Mostly we talk about her having to be careful not to jump on my stomach so much! I’ll have to get some books about it from the library, and I’m sure it will get easier as baby grows and is more obvious to her. I’m so excited for her to be a big sister! In the way of preparation (other than alerting her to the actual new human entering the family) we are working on a few things with her. We started trying to settle her in at night and then leave the room for her to go to sleep by herself. And… it’s working! We leave the door open, we listen to her play for a bit, and then she’s out! It’s been about a week of this! I’m so excited. I think it will be harder for nap, but I have such hopes. I anticipate sleep times with two kids (one of whom you can’t say "hey, wait your turn for the milk…") being potentially stressful for me, and I’d love to be able to simplify it in any way. We’re also working on potty training, and she’s pretty receptive. I’m going to pick up big girl underwear for her soon, and we’ll give it a real try. She’s great on her potty right now, and it’d be SO COOL not to have two babies in diapers this summer. That’s about it, really. I’m also going to try to get her used to sleeping more often in her room, but I’m not in a huge rush. She slept in there one night and I actually felt kind of sad about it! I missed her! She woke up around 2am, though, because she’d fallen head-first into the space between the bed and the wall… we’ll have to stuff some pillows in there or something. 
You know, despite being much more relaxed this time around and admittedly forgetting that I’m pregnant from time to time, I’m feeling really excited for this. It’s such a ride to be on.


Oh, we started seeds the other day. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, celery, chamomile, cabbage, quince, onions, leeks, and parsley. Soon I’m starting tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and lettuce, and probably some other herbs. It’s so fun and easy! I actually think it’s way easier to do this than to juggle the trays and trays of plants from farmer’s mkt with a toddler in tow. That was… challenging. Jeff and I have a nice set up in our big walk in closet, but I’d love to do something with shelves at the top of our big windows, to conserve on energy. Sometimes this stuff seems daunting at first, but once I do it I always feel like it’s easier than I thought. This morning I’m going to my sister’s to help her start her seeds. Spring is almost here! 🙂

"Making a decision to have a child–it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."
— Elizabeth Stone

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Comments (17)

  1. ladyfaith3

    You look awesome! Very healthy and getting the baby bump!

    I am trying to get Jabin potty trained too, she can stay dry all day and use the potty like a pro unless it has to do with going poop in the potty, she’s not thrilled with the idea at all…ugh I am at the point of considering pullups!! I use cloth diapers now at night but regular undies durring the day…I am just not sure how to get over this hurdle. I was really frustrated a few nights ago when we were at church and she soiled herself…It was difficult! I know she knew I was upset trying to get it all cleaned up right. I felt bad…I know she’ll get it especially as the weather is nicer (less layering of clothes)

    about forgetting your pregnant this time
    I am really intersted to know as you progress and even once the baby arrives, do you feel as prepared/ connected to the process of pregnancy and birth as with your first.
    I found that I wasn’t and am not this time either, it’s not entirely regretable just harder to focus with other little ones needing mommy…My O/B told me my next visit would be in April and I would have only 10 more weeks at that point…WOW! it just goes so fast now!

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Aw, let me know how the potty training ends up. I’m sure I’ll be messaging for some advice!

      Yeah, you’ve noticed that too? I’ve just dismissed it as being more preoccupied with already having a kid to care for, and having done it once already. I guess I don’t feel that connected, but I don’t think I did with V at this point either. I’d like to explore this with another mama- I am curious about how this one is different from my first. 🙂

      It is flying, isn’t it?

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  2. pearlstreetdiva

    you look gorgeous!

    and i always still miss eli when he’s not in bed. he’s a great cuddler and i look forward to the middle of the night when he wanders in 🙂 i almost couldnt sleep the first time we had him in his bed.

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Thank you! You are one beautiful mama yourself!

      I was actually really surprised by my emotions about it that night. Were you? I was out until after she went to sleep, and J just told me she wanted her big bed… I was like “What? Why? Oh… okay… will she be alright?” and couldn’t stop thinking of her in that room by herself! When she woke up (from falling between the bed and wall) she just calmly said “I stuck!” and I jolted up and got her and cuddled her the rest of the night… Our babies! I guess we get attached to them! 😉

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  3. publicansdecoy

    Hee. My boss at work is about to go off on maternity leave. She’s huuuge 🙂

    Babies. Marvellous. I can’t wait until it’s our turn.

    -x-

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      You thinking sometime soon?

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      1. publicansdecoy

        I think Katy has the casting vote! 🙂

        -x-

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  4. malimizu

    Yay Grace! Beautiful and so exciting!

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Yay!

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  5. poppleshatesyou

    Bebe bump! You look wonderful!

    Woohoo seeds!!

    That quote gives me goosebumps.

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Thank you! I know, when I saw that quote I was just like “Yep. That’s totally true…”

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  6. afistinthefrill

    aw, grace! you are just the cutest thing <3 i love it!

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  7. see_anotherside

    You look beautiful 🙂
    Vera is growing up so fast… potty training already!

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  8. hanitious

    This made me smile 🙂

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  9. brigittefires

    Bug hugs and smiles for the mama and papa bear!

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  10. purerandomness

    So, I meant to ask you this when we last met… and then in an older baby post… so I’m finally going to remember and ask!
    Are you referring to this baby by a nickname, the way you called Vera ‘Sprout’?

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    1. Gracie (Post author)

      I’ve called it “sprout”, too. Mostly just “baby”. Although there was some consideration about “goiter” after this last discussion… haha!

      🙂

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