My life these days is simultaneously exhausting and delightful. Every time I go to write about it, I find myself coming up with a jumble of words that don’t make any sense and that surely don’t add up to a blog post.

I think it’s safe to say that my standards have sunk pretty low when my only requirement for a post is coherence and I’m having trouble doing even that.

Moving right along!

I’ve officially left the endless worry phase of my pregnancy. This doesn’t mean that I don’t worry, but something about crossing that 12 week mark makes me breathe out a little. I’m letting myself say “babies” now. I go in six weeks for a growth and anatomy scan and hope to find out the gender then. I’m going to try not to die of anticipation in the meantime. I have no idea how people wait until their children are born to find out the gender. I’m chomping at the bit wondering how I’ll make it to 18 weeks. Do I get to buy frilly dresses or not? I’m dyyyyyying.

boy making valentines

Charlie, meanwhile, is flourishing and growing in ways that make me smile almost every day. People ask me how he’s doing and there just aren’t words. He laughs and smiles often. He likes school, he likes his routine, he loves going out to eat and singing songs. It’s like he’s waking up to the whole world. He turns his head when people talk to him, he makes decisions, he expresses affection. It’s a million tiny things that just don’t do justice to the joy that he’s bringing us these days.

Besides all of these things, I got the genius idea a while back to start another business. I never get to paint any more because I found myself spending more and more time fixing up the writing on people’s website, teaching people about Twitter and Facebook, writing reports about the same, and generally writing and talking about the Internet a lot. It’s fun, I enjoy it, and there seems to be a need, so I started selling my services. I’m working with a friend who lost her job recently and is a fabulous business/paperwork kind of gal. We’re a good match and she keeps me from giving away my time for free. Things have been going wonderfully and I’m teaching small business owners and crafters things like building a blog, creating a Facebook fan page, and using Twitter. It’s a blast. I have missed teaching and I come home from a session feeling worn out and completely blissful.

And speaking of Bliss, I’ll be headed to Blissdom next week, which makes me both very happy and totally scared. I’m flying, which I hate, and because I’m knocked up, I won’t be able to take or drink anything to calm me down. I think the flight will be about an hour, so hopefully I’ll make it there without having heart attack. I get to see the lovely ladies met last year, and I’ll be rooming with some new friends I’ve met over the last year. I just hope no one gets upset when I fall asleep at 8 pm.

So, I’m busy, but in a good way. Things are happening and moving and going. I’m predicting a slow-down around April, but right now I’m enjoying myself (and taking lots of naps).

boy in high chair looking at camera

He looks at Dad like, "what are you doing with that thing?"

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  1. My finger are are crossed-not really, I have CP who are we kidding?- I mean, I’m really hoping for a double hit of pink frill;s in your future :) Hopefully the the weeks tick by very quickly.

    • Double pink frills will mean double drama! I’ll be happy no matter what–I just need to know if I’ve got some shopping to do : )

  2. Glad things are moving along swimmingly! Charlie is too darn cute! As for waiting on the sex of the baby – we did that with Emily. I have to admit we were both pretty convinced it was a girl anyway, but we didn’t know for sure. I wanted the surprise (my husband didn’t but since I was the one carrying the child, I got to make the call). It is funny how many people were angry with me for not finding out. I mean angry! Cracks me up! If I were to ever get pregnant again (highly unlikely at this ripe old age), I would definitely find out the sex during pregnancy. I think it would be fun to know ahead of time and be prepared (plus that was the deal I made with hubby during the first pregnancy). :)

    • I don’t know how you guys do it! I could never take the suspense. Of course, I knew Charlie was a boy before they even told me.

  3. I don’t get how people can wait to find out til the baby is born either. It is a surprise at 18 weeks just as much as it is a surprise at birth. And? I’ve had enough surprises to last me a lifetime anyway.

    • Me too! I don’t really like surprises. Of course, every time i get pregnant I seem to run into them, but I’m a planner and I like to know as much as I can in advance.

  4. Good luck on the flight! Some non-chemical coping mechanisms that work for me are lavender scented hand cream (I love the stuff from the Body Shop), a really good book, and deep breaths. I also used to fly with a Saint Christopher medal (who still hangs out on the side of one of my purses, actually), which I found comforting.

    • Thanks, Shelly. I won’t tell you the things I had to do to make it to Vegas. Luckily, this will be a much shorter flight.

  5. Thinking pink for you!!!!!

  6. I am worn out just by reading all this. You definitely are not lacking in things to keep you busy!

  7. Things sound good with Charlie and I’m so glad to know that your appointment went well! And things sound good with you too. :) SO excited for next week!!!

  8. Gosh, I couldn’t have done a fraction of that in my first trimester! And speaking of trimesters, congrats on making it to 12 weeks! Goodness, I was like a different woman after that first trimester mark. Yay for (somewhat) less worrying!

    I’ll start this game early: I think you have 1 girl, 1 boy. (Even if I’m wrong, I’ll be 50% right 😀 )

    • Alicia–it’s taking everything I’ve got not to just put up a poll to see what people think. Of course, boy/girl twins are the most common, so you’ve got a good bet there. I’ve thought and thought about it and I really don’t have my heart set on anything. I think all the combinations sound good.

  9. This entry made my heart happy. Everything about it was just plain happy! I love hearing that Charlie is thriving and I love hearing about your new adventures. Gotta love it when things actually go right.

  10. You are taking time to enjoy it all for what this is, right? I love you to death, you know that my friend, right? Please, cherish every moment of this, and don’t sweat what you can’t control. It will all come quickly enough.

    Can I say it with just a little envy? And I hope I know you will get this? I wish I was you, if only for a nano second. The magic, the anticipation. I am just a little jealous, and please forgive me. And still like me anyway?

    I really do wish you all the best, and love reading your posts. But right now I have to take a step back. You have read my blog so you kinda know what is happening. This part of my life with babies is coming to a screeching halt, no matter how much I wish it weren’t so.

    I hope that we can still stay friends..hugs..

    • Of course Becca. You are going through your own journey right now and need to focus completely on that. I hope that you’ll come back and visit me some time, but you need to take care of yourself right now.

  11. We waited and there is nothing like knowing and meeting your child as they are flopped on your chest. The moment is indescribable and it’s a surprise worth waiting for, few in life are. But, each to their own. We will actually be finding out the sex this time around.

    • I know some people think there’s no other way to do it–I just know I don’t have the patience! Also, I can’t quite imagine a child flopped on my chest–never had that experience.

  12. Yay! I’m so excited for you!!! I am also expecting (my third), and I’m due July 23rd- I’m 13.5 weeks along now!!! Congratulations!!!!! :) What is your due date?

    • My official due date is July 29th, but everyone tells me they tend to take twins earlier than that, so I’m sort of thinking it will be more like July 8th.

  13. Congrats on making it through the first trimester. We found out that our Baby A was a boy at a 16 week cervical length check – they always used the wand to check heartbeats rather than the doppler and it was pretty easy to see. Baby B waited until the anatomy scan at 18 weeks to show her goods and, even still, it was hard to tell. She’s a lady that likes to cross her legs.

    I really shouldn’t have cared as much as I did but I was really hoping for B/G twins. It’s so much fun, although it’s harder to find coordinating outfits and to decorate the nursery.

    • My doc is waiting to start the parade of ultrasounds until I’m closer to viability. He predicts I’ll several in my second and third trimester and I might even go over to the maternal fetal health specialist once or twice to make sure she’s happy with everything as well.

      I’m not really attached to the idea of boy/girl or girl/girl or whatever. I think any combination would have it’s pros and cons. Like a million people have predicted girl/girl so I think my mind is focused on that–but anything would be fine.

  14. Katy, forgive me. I didn’t mean to offend, if I did, by referring to a baby “flopped” on one’s chest. I should have been more thoughtful that not all deliveries are the same. (Hugs)

    • Sweets, I’m hard to offend. I analyze language a LOT–my favorite class in college was called discourse if that’s any clue–but I generally assume the best in people. I was just struck by the vividness of your description, wondering if that’s in my future, or something else entirely. I’m sure that was quite an experience–just not one that I, myself, have had.

  15. Woohoo I am so excited…. oh i think I have said that like 10 times already :s
    anyway I agree I couldn’t wait either I found out for all three of my pregnancies. The anticipation of the ultrasound was to me just as exhiliarating (I can’t spell)

    I found that for most of my pregnancy I couldn’t get my thoughts onto the paper so I barely blogged during that period. My brain was one big mush! So I think it is great that you have been keeping up with it so far!
    Charlie is the cutest by the way!

    • Thank you–I think my uterus has taken over my brain! All I can think about babies and pregnancy and other such nonsense. I don’t have a lot about my pregnancy with Charlie, so I’m trying to get a bit more down this time.