Oof. Would you look at that little girl? She’s dynamite. On the mornings that we wake up together, she crawls onto the bed and snuggles in close, wrapping her arms around my neck and saying, “my mommy.” She’s generous with her kisses and hugs in the morning, and man, it’s just the best way to wake up. She also likes rubbing her face against ours and saying, “mmmm.”
Today, Joshua and I went for a run. Let me just brag for a moment and say that I am 33 weeks pregnant and still running! Because I’m super competitive, my goal was 32 weeks. Stacy ran a 5k at 32 weeks, and I kind of thought she was ironwoman. Anyway, now that I’ve run six weeks longer than I did with Lily, I’m thinking that I might just try and make it to the end. This time around, I’ve learned that just because one day feels like the most pathetic run of my life doesn’t mean that I’ll feel the same way tomorrow. I walk a lot, but I’d say that I’m still running between 60 and 80 percent of my 3 – 4 mile runs. Today, I ran 2.7 miles before walking. Because Joshua was pushing the stroller;) I also have to say that having a running partner has made running much easier. Between Stacy and Joshua, I’ve run by myself probably twice in the past month.
Joshua left us after the run to put in another long day at the new house. We’re moving next weekend, and I’m a little terrified. Despite Joshua’s long hours, there’s still no bathroom, no sink, no countertops, no electrical in Lily’s room, no hung lights, and plenty of painting left… I’m just praying this little munchkin in my belly doesn’t plan on an early arrival; otherwise, we’ll have a newborn in a construction zone.
And speaking of bellies, mine is big. As you can see, I can barely see my feet anymore, and these days, when I sit down, the top of my uterus shoves up into my lung space and makes me feel as though I’m suffocating a little bit. I don’t really remember Lily doing this, but Lu seems to have the perfect vantage point to stick her little feet up and kick my ribs. I don’t mean to be melodramatic, but sometimes, it kind of makes me feel like I’m going to barf.
Also, I think Lu is going to be bigger than Lily. I can already feel the perfect little shape of her butt, and her knees and feet poke out, too. I feel like she’s begun to outgrow the belly, and there’s still 7 weeks left!
After Joshua left, Lily and I headed out to Gallup Café to have brunch with Stacy, Margot, and her mom, Sandy. We all had delicious bagel sandwiches and coffee, and despite having two little ones along, we had a very pleasant meal. Afterwards, I had promised to take Lily to the park. I had been thinking the park was much closer than it actually was, but alas, I think it was more than a half mile. Carrying Lily much further than half a block isn’t really in the cards these days, so she ended up walking all the way there and all the way back. She was actually a little champ, and the longest blocks were the last two, when she got pretty tired.
At the park, Lily tried out all the climbing features. This is a new thing for us, but I’m super impressed by how well she does. Between ropes and bars, I spot and she climbs. To be honest, this is way more fun for me than the stairs/slide loop that we’ve been running heretofore.
Anyway, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I’ve felt so lucky to have this time with Lily. Spring has given us lots of mommy-daughter time, and so far, this age is my favorite. We talk and play, and she forges a little more independence every day. It’s so fun to watch her grow, and I feel so lucky to be her mom.