Week 17. We saw you in Dr. D’s office on Tuesday and he said you looked perfect. I still think you look like aliens, but cute aliens! Very cute aliens. Harlow, I think you have your Daddy’s nose. Harper, you look like you’re covering your ears.
Perhaps I have been singing a little too much Kacey Musgraves this week?
This past Sunday was my first Mother’s Day. I had a really great day, thanks to the two of you, my family and friends. I did think about all the years it took me to get to a happy Mother’s Day. But, because I have cried in the shower on Mother’s Day several times, I silently prayed there were other Mamas out there longing for their Dumpling(s) who would get good news soon. I’m grateful I didn’t give up or quit because we had to go in new directions. Instead I bloomed where I was planted.
When I look at you, even with those little cute alien heads, my eyes well up with happy tears and I thank the Girl Who Likes Chicken n’ Dumplings for helping me have healthy baby boys.
I did win the Dumpling lottery. It’s too bad I can’t actually feed you any chicken n’ dumplings, since I think chicken is poison the moment.
This week I went to yoga with Chaz and did a headstand. Chaz took my picture while I was upside down and put it on Facebook. I was completely in control the entire time, in fact, I think you liked it. At least Harper did, it gave him a chance to be on top for a change.
Well … Not realizing Dr. K was friends with Chaz on Facebook, I got in a little trouble. After sending him your new “school picture,” he wrote back …
Truth be told I had a little internal freakout when I saw on Facebook that you were doing HEADSTANDS in yoga!!!!! Although you looked very comfortable and completely in control. The Jewish mother in me came out and I almost commented. With that being said, I am sure it is fine and I can’t think of a medical reason not to do it (aside from falling), but please be careful and use a spotter. I will just worry silently in the corner : )
As hard as Dr. K worked to help you get here, I certainly wouldn’t want him worrying in the corner. I assured him that most of our upside down time was much more mellow, and it is. Plus as soon as Grandpa Jim and Grandma Susan get the pool ready, we’ll be swimming more. Dr. D says this is very good for us, and considering your Daddy claims he is allergic to air conditioning (it’s all in his mind), we’re going to need to go somewhere to stay cool.
The truth is I have seen other pregnant women in headstands and handstands and all kinds of stands in yoga, but I don’t think any of them were 43 years old carrying two Dumplings. I don’t feel 43 years old, so there’s no need to act like it or anything.
What does “acting 43” even mean? Your Mama has no idea.
Age is and always will be a state of mind, except for ovaries. Ovaries age. But in my case, who needs em’?
Another really cool thing that happened this week is Raylan came home. Raylan is our first family pet. He’s a cute kitty named after our favorite TV character on Justified … a show you will probably never watch, but you’ll know the lead character is named Raylan. His name means The Protector. When you look at him, I’m pretty sure he is not going to protect us from much (perhaps a bug), but he sure is cute. I hope you’re not allergic.
If you are … well, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
In the meantime, thank you for giving me some nausea relief. I promise not to turn you upside down too much, at least not while being photographed.
I also promise to stop singing so much Kacey Musgraves. You might get worried you’ll be born in a trailer park, which I assure you, is not the case.
Maybe Emmy Lou Harris next week?