Tuesday, June 29, 2010

And baby is...

...as Molly says, "a girl named Barbie." When I got home from the ultrasound and told Molly that the baby was a girl, she basically acted like, "well, duh, Mom, I've been telling you that all along." We are so excited. "Barbie" looks great and everything is on track. She's measuring a couple days ahead of the due date, so that's good. Hopefully this baby will be born in November and not December. There was one little thing caught during the ultrasound (and because of my lack of medical knowledge I can't remember for the life of me what it's called) that isn't too concerning at this point, but we will be doing another ultrasound during the third trimester just to make sure everything is still going well. I can't say I'm too disappointed in having a second ultrasound. Knowing that "Barbie" is a girl makes her seem that much more real to me. It was so fun seeing her little heart beating, and her little arms and legs move around. We definitely feel blessed!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Baby Gender

I've heard a lot of talk lately from pregnant friends/people I know about the fun in waiting to find out about the gender of baby until during the birth. I was worried this was becoming the new trend. I think maybe once I have one boy and one girl, and I feel fully prepared for either, I might consider that option. I don't know if I'll ever have the patience, but I do agree that it would be fun. But I know for sure we'll be finding out the gender of this baby...on Tuesday!

With Molly I almost felt like I knew she was going to be a girl. I don't know if that's because I was just really hoping she was a girl, or if it was just a pregnant mom-to-be's intuition. But for this one, I feel like I have no idea. Maybe it's just more important to me that we just make it through this pregnancy and I'll be happy for either, as long as it's healthy. Anyway, we'll be letting you know on Tuesday, hopefully, on what we'll be getting in about 5 months. In the meantime, let me know what you think, and see if any of you have a better guess at this point than I do. Come on over and cast your vote! (there's a poll going on over on the right)

The other day, Molly and I were swimming, and I again asked her if she wanted this baby to be a boy or a girl. I don't know why, she's never changed her opinion. She immediately responded that this baby will be a girl. I asked her, "But, Molly, what if by some chance it's a boy, will you be OK with that?" She thought for a minute, then slyly responded with "Momma, what if it's TWO girls?"

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Family Day

David had some long hours at work this week, so we were all excited to spend today together. We first went to Toy Story 3. Molly loves both the other Toy Story movies, so she has been eagerly waiting to go to the 3rd, especially since it would be her second time in a "big fee-ater." We of course had to get some popcorn, and Molly happily snacked during the whole movie. We all agree that it was a very good movie, probably my favorite of the 3. It was a wonderful first family outing to the theater.

After we got home, David and Molly went swimming. I didn't feel like getting in the pool, so I took the opportunity to take some pictures. Molly loves "our" pool. We have a view of it right from our balcony, and she often looks outside to see who's in the pool, or to ask to go swimming. We pretty much make it in any day that is not raining.

Molly's favorite pool accessory is her inner-tube fish. It has offered her amazing amounts of freedom. She does great at swimming all around by herself.
She also jumps off from the edge of the pool in to the water. At first it made me a little nervous, but she's never had a problem. She things it's pretty great. I wasn't quite quick enough in the picture taking, but here she is right after jumping in.
And of course, the pool outing wouldn't be complete without some splashing.

On a different note, we've had some crazy weather the last few days/weeks. Last night, after a particularly stormy day, we saw some pretty cool clouds. David thought they looked a little like mountain peaks.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Random Mollyness

So, I've realized that I haven't been very good lately about taking pictures of Molly. I've been more concerned with actually figuring out what to do around here, that when I find something fun, I've forgotten to bring the camera. Or when I do have the camera, I just don't use it. I have been keeping track of some funny Molly things that I need to document, though. But first, here are the few pictures I have of Molly from the last month.

On the Saturday before Memorial Day, we met my parents and two sisters at a local state park for some grilling and fun. It's been a favorite park of our family's for a long time. Molly had a blast with her Grandparents and Aunts, and thought there was lots of fun things to do.

On Memorial Day we decided to take Molly to the parade here in town. Molly was so excited to see a parade again...she's been talking about the 4th of July parade from last year forever. During this parade I realized just what a small town we are living in...it literally lasted 5 minutes, if that. And the closest people there watching the thing were about 50 yards away! There were a couple of cars, 1 fire truck, a small band, and some veterans. I was worried Molly would be a little disappointed, but she got a little American flag and some candy, so she thought it was the greatest thing in the world. Here she is seeing the first people coming around the corner.
Now for some random Molly stories. Molly has always been a little against nick-names. I call her "Molls" every now and then, but other than that, she refuses to be called anything but Molly. If she starts asking me a question, I will often say "Yes, sweetie?" and she is quick to come back with "I am not Sweetie, I'm Molly!" She also often reminds us, even out of the blue, that she is no longer a baby, but a big girl, and that soon she will be a Momma.

Just in the last couple of weeks, Molly is constantly asking us to watch her. Her exact phrase is "Momma, watch how I do." And if we try and get away with saying "That's great, Molly" without really paying attention, she will immediately tell us again to watch her. We really can't get away with anything around her.

Molly has a little tape measure that she likes to play with. She'll go around measuring things or people. Whenever I ask her how long something is, she'll pause and then say "Mmmm, it's 20 months."

There have been a few nights where Molly has a hard time falling asleep. A few nights ago I went in to lay with her to help her relax. I was a little worried that she would like this and think it would be a nightly thing, but I shouldn't have been. Once I lay down she said, "Momma, you have 5 minutes." Apparently I use this tactic with her quite often. After a few minutes she told me that I had zero minutes left and I needed to leave. I didn't think she would be the one kicking me out of her bed!

Lately Molly has loved playing with her Barbies, and watching Barbie movies. But the one thing that drives me crazy is that she insists on her Barbies being naked. As I put some of her toys away at night I will usually dress all her Barbies, but the first thing she does when she pulls them out is take all the clothes off. And this includes her Ken doll. I try not to make a big deal of it, but I have mentioned to her that maybe we should keep her dolls dressed, but she responds that she likes them better naked. Should I be worried?

Since we're getting close to finding out the sex of our baby, we've been asking Molly whether she would like a baby sister or a baby brother. She insists that she wants a sister, every single time. A little while ago David reminded her about her friends back in Indiana, and named off their little brothers by name. Molly was excited and said, "Oh, yeah, I remember them! I like those brothers!" We asked her if she would like a little brother herself just like that, and she immediately responded with a "NO!" So then we asked her what she would like to name the baby, and she replied, "Barbie!"