Today I am 24 weeks pregnant! Things with the baby seem to be going pretty well... ultrasounds show that the baby is healthy (and that it's a girl!). I was fully sobbing my eyes out from happiness in the hospital hallway after finding out it's a girl. I think I would have had that reaction no matter what sex the baby is, it was just so nice to know just one thing about the baby (babies are such a mystery until they come out and start having little personalities!). Jay was like "Um, other people in this hospital think something is terribly wrong, please stop crying like that." And then he quickly ushered me (sobbing the entire way) to the car.
I have lots of emotions right now. Usually all of them at the same time. Jay is a lucky guy. Ha!
My belly is definitely looking like there is a baby in there! Things are starting to get a wee bit uncomfortable. I have sciatica down my left leg, which means getting in and out of pants is a real fun time. Like... if I try to put pants on standing up, it's kind of like watching cow tipping. I just fall sideways. Also, I am getting carpal tunnel in my wrists. Apparently these things are all totally normal in pregnant women, and the only real cure is to have the baby. So there are a lot of ice packs and heating pads and wrist braces in the next few months. All totally worth it, of course! It's just making life... interesting. And I am sure Finn loves our new slow-as-molasses walking pace... he just gets to smell all the things!
The baby is kicking all the time, now, which is SO exciting. It's like she's giving me little pats every now and then to let me know she's okay in there. Jay and my mom have both managed to feel her, too, although her kicks are pretty hard to distinguish yet when it's not your belly.
I couldn't resist a few shots of playing with Finn! He met my nephew a few weeks ago and other than a big lick on Jackson's two month old face (he likes to taste test all the baby faces) he was great with the baby. I don't worry about the transition too much with him, because the family he was with before us had a baby that he was great with, and lately he's starting to calm down a bit (it's hard to tell, but it's happening, I swear!!). The cats are another story... I think they know there's a baby in my tummy (or maybe they think it's kittens), but they haven't really actually been around babies all that much, and who knows what will happen??
Other than that, we are researching which baby things to buy, starting to think about the nursery, eating a lot (I am SO hungry!), cleaning out closets, and all that other fun stuff!