Last week, we talked a bit about what it is like to bring a second child in the home. A few of the women mentioned feeling guilty and anxious before the baby was born, and some of them even said they didn't like their older children some days after the baby came home. I hope I don't feel that way, and I know others who don't. I do feel anxious and guilty, though. I am nervous about leaving Clare to go to the hospital, even though I know she won't remember any of it. And probably once I am in labor I won't care. I'll be a bit distracted, after all. Anyway, I am excited to have another source of support and opinions and advice.
Over the past few months Clare and I have developed a routine - we have an activity every day. The park, story time at the library, ECFE. Clare loves the park, and when the weather turns we will go to an indoor playtime offered by St. Paul Parks and Recreation. We are also going to get a membership to the Minnesota Zoo. If anyone has any other ideas for indoor winter activities, I am all ears. Right now the park is my saving grace.
A few weeks ago, the church next door to our house had a big fair. (Next year I will be hitting the beer and Bloody Mary stands. A few of our neighbors even fair pre-parties.) The Gravitron was right next to our house. I feel nauseous just looking at that ride, but I loved it when I was younger. I thought about going on the Zipper to see if it would induce labor, but decided that probably wouldn't be a good idea. Clare really wanted to go on one of the rides - a train where each car had steering wheels. We let her go on it by herself, and I was really nervous that she was going to be upset that she was by herself. She wasn't. She loved it. She went on it again the next day, and since she was the only one on the ride and there wasn't anyone in line, the ride operator let her go around about 20 times. She is still not what I would call a daredevil, but she is definitely becoming braver every day.
|Posing in front of the Merry Go Round. (She insisted on wearing her water shoes.)|
|Driving her purple car.|
|Sick girl, passed out on the couch after sobbing about missing school.|
|At the lock and dam on the Mississippi. She loves the river, and really enjoyed this outing with Daddy this past weekend. Mommy stayed home and relaxed on the couch.|