One more bit of catching up before I return to my regularly scheduled regime of sporadic and unreliable posting.
We’re having another baby!
To be precise, we are having another baby girl, despite Pippo’s many prayers for a baby brother. (“I’ve been trying and trying to make it a boy!”) He is awfully excited to meet her, even if she will be another little sister.
He’s probably not as excited as Nora (or as excited as she would be if she knew what was going on), who is as eager as any 18-month-old to get her hands on any baby in sight.
For instance, when we were up in Massachusetts and trying to get a photo of all the cousins (on my husband’s side) together, she wouldn’t stand still even for a minute until we offered to let her hold her 6-week-old cousin, and then suddenly she was the most cooperative one of all!
Check out these pro moves:
And she didn’t move until the photos were done.
Or when she got to hold my friend’s sweet six-month-old, who was over half her size:
Totally ready to do this big sister thing.
We found out we were expecting right before leaving Oklahoma, and goodness am I even more thankful than usual that I don’t get terribly morning sick, because I don’t know what I would have done. As it was, I was perhaps not functioning at 100% during all our travels, but we still managed to have fun.
Now that Capt. P is back in the fleet, we’re back in the cycle of field exercises and deployments — we got a little spoiled having him around so much at our last duty station.
(This is a big part of why we decided to live on base here, so we have more flexibility, support, and security when he’s away, and so it’s a shorter commute for him while he is around.)
We’d originally been told that there wouldn’t be any deployments in his immediate future, but naturally I didn’t take that promise very seriously. Sure enough, the plans changed as soon as we arrived, and by the time we’ll have been here a year, I think he’ll have been home for only about 3 months.
Alas, that time does not overlap with the baby’s due date, and yes, you better believe that means I’m calling in all my reinforcements! Thankfully, those are many.Anyway, all this (moving, traveling, figuring out various solo parenting logistics) is to explain why we’ve managed to make it halfway through this pregnancy before telling the internet. It also helps explain why I found this move so much harder than the last one — I was pregnant that time, too, so I couldn’t figure out why it should be such a big deal this time around.
Am I just getting soft? Turning into a big ol’ wimp?
It was a huge revelation to me one day when I realized that we moved to Oklahoma when I was in the Nesting Stage of pregnancy, and moved away from it when I was in the Exhausted Stage of pregnancy.
(Not to mention we now have three little ones running around and “helping” unpack, instead of just one.)
Ooohhhhh…. excuse me while I go take another nap.
The logistics might be a little trickier this time around, but we are so very grateful to be looking forward to welcoming this baby girl around the beginning of March. I will keep you posted!