Thursday, February 10, 2011

15 weeks and names I will not be using.

Ava picked out "The Jungle Book" for her next book report. She was just sitting next to me, reading aloud, and it hit me just before she said the words...she's going to try to name this baby Mowgli. I just know it. Seconds later, she said "Hey! I just thought of a name!"

So far the list consists of: Thor (It's grown on them), Mowgli, Tom, and Lucy, and Astro Boy.

I can pretty much guarantee you that none of those names will end up on the short list. But those are the ones they love for some strange reason.

Today I picked Seth up from school without Evany, and he just lost it. He kept searching her carseat and pointing at it, crying "Ebby! Ebby!" I explained that she was napping and with my mom, but he was inconsolable. When we got to Ava and Jace's school, we went inside to see how the Valentine's Day parties were going and he marched down the hall looking through every door, shouting "Ebby! Ebby!" I corrected him and said "Evany!" or "Vivi!" but he just looked at me like I was crazy and kept shouting for Ebby. And for the record, I have heard him say every syllable of "Evany" when he is mad at her and saying "STOP it, E-va-ny!"So it seems that Ebby has become a pet name.

I know, I know. I wanted him to talk. When we were heading out after grabbing Jace, Seth realized that Ava wasn't walking with us and he did the whole searching thing in reverse, this time yelling "Aba! Aba!" He like saying the girls names in the family. He has yet to say "Seth" or "Jace", strangely enough. He says other words that begin in a consonant, so I don't know what the deal is with that.

I have gotten sick. It was thinking about going to Iowa that did it. Mandy and I almost pressed "buy" on our tickets and by the next morning we were both coughing. I guess we infected each other through skype. You really can pass germs in crazy ways these days. In any case, we're not making the trip to Iowa this month, but we do have a plan in place to see Sara pretty darn soon, and I can't wait.

Does anyone know of anything that is similar to Airborne that you can take during pregnancy? I'm on the hunt.

Speaking of pregnancy, I'm fifteen weeks today! Time flies when you're dreading moving, throwing up all the time, and having fun, apparently! Several people have asked about belly shots and I will start them soon. Ish. In the meantime, let me tell you that I currently weigh six pounds less than what I weighed when I delivered Evany, and as of the last ultrasound the baby's size was already overtaking it's dates by a few days. Therefore, I am guessing that A: This baby is going to be a humongous boy like Seth and Jace were and B) I will look like a whale by the end of this pregnancy. Fun times! I know I can't wait.

Actually if I get to the point of looking like a whale it will probably mean the baby isn't too early, so I won't complain. Too much. Remind me when that time comes, though. I may need it. Everyone swore Seth would have been well over ten pounds full term, so it could get a little crazy if I manage to keep this one in that long. We'll see if my motherly intuition has any value when I have another ultrasound.

I am throwing up less, so that's something. I'll take it.

Also, you've probably read about this little boy on other blogs, but I literally cannot stop looking at his sweet face and he's been all I could think about this week. Anton is a baby boy with a condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa, and he and his twin were born by surrogate to a family who took his twin but left him alone in the hospital. He just turned one and he is about to be transferred to an orphanage where he quite simply will not get the care he needs and could die. Knowing what his life has been like, it amazes me that his personality is as sweet and affable as his caregivers say it is, and I know that it's got to be God giving him the patience to wait on his family to find him. He has very high needs, and I know most families aren't equipped to deal with those needs. But even a few dollars towards his adoption fund would make easier for a family that is equipped to bring him home. I know first hand what fundraising a few dollars at a time can do. It worked for Seth, and he got his surgery. I know Anton's family is out there, and thinking of him alone in a crib somewhere makes me physically ill. So please, visit his site, pray about him, and either spread the word or donate as you feel led. I promise this is a completely legitimate fund through Reece's Rainbow...I know you can't be too careful these days. Thank you.

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