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    Things are going pretty well today. My sis and I got a lot of chores done yesterday & DH hung some drapes and a cool chandelier thingy yesterday. It was a gorgeous day out so Alexa got to play outside a lot and we ended up BBQing hamburgers and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire pit for dinner. The nice weather is gone though and now they say there might be snow mixed with rain Mon night - Tues morning. Crazy!!

    I think today was my last day of work before maternity leave. I only work one day a week on Sundays. I might go in next week depending on how I feel, but it was rough working today. My knees really ache being on my feet so much. My bosses are really cool though and I pretty much just get to take it easy, but I was still feeling pretty crappy by the time my little 4hr shift was over.

    I'm sort of sad because on the way home from the store (Trader Joes -- yummy!) Alexa was so upset and didn't want me to sit by her. We haven't installed the infant seat yet and she keeps wanting either DH or I to sit by her. I don't know, I guess my feelings were just hurt. I already worry about the impact having the baby will have on my and Alexa's very close relationship. I'm so glad she's attached to Daddy too, but it hurts when she says she "doesn't want [me] anymore." I'm sure the pregnancy hormones don't help. She's been having a super rough afternoon ever since she woke up from her nap though -- so upset at the drop of a hat! I'm sure I'll be her best friend again soon, I think it just hit right where my anxieties already are.

    We've been telling her that pretty soon she'll always have someone to ride in the back with her and she seems to be pretty excited that Preston will be hanging out with her in the back of the car .
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    Well, it sounds like she is growing up - which is hard, but when baby #2 comes, you'll probably be glad in some ways that she isn't literally attached to your leg.
    I'm jealous of your weather! I want roasted marshmallows!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barefoot~Mama View Post
    Well, it sounds like she is growing up - which is hard, but when baby #2 comes, you'll probably be glad in some ways that she isn't literally attached to your leg.
    You are right. I am very glad that DH can lay her down for bed (she nursed to sleep until just after I found out I was pregnant when we gently weaned) and I'm glad that she turns to DH for things now too. There was quite a long period of time where she wanted Mama for everything & I know sometimes it was hard on DH. I do think it is good she's becoming more independent and the timing is nice too. It's still hard, but I know it's part of her becoming her own little independent person which is so neat to see too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by klmj View Post
    You are right. I am very glad that DH can lay her down for bed (she nursed to sleep until just after I found out I was pregnant when we gently weaned) and I'm glad that she turns to DH for things now too. There was quite a long period of time where she wanted Mama for everything & I know sometimes it was hard on DH. I do think it is good she's becoming more independent and the timing is nice too. It's still hard, but I know it's part of her becoming her own little independent person which is so neat to see too!
    My mom told me when I had Matthew, that the best thing for Dads can be baby #2 because their older sibling learns that Dad can do things too. And while I was sad for a while when Joseph wanted DH instead of me, I've really enjoyed seeing their relationship grow too.
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    Just finished reading everything so far. Wow, what a beautiful & wonderful first birth! I hope the second is even better! Fingers crossed on the GBS being negative, but if it is positive, there are things you can do. I think we even had a thread about it recently, should still be within the first few pages.
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    Hawkes has also been in Daddy mode since I got pg. It can be hard, but I know it is for the best since then it will be easier for him when Libby comes. And yes the hormones do not help.

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    Like you guys said, I am kinda glad she is in Daddy mode in a way because I know it will make things a little easier once the babe is here. For that I am glad! I hope our transition to a family of four goes smoothly. Many friends who have had 2nd kiddos recently have had a rough time. She is VERY excited about her new baby brother. I think it helped my niece was born in December so she's been around a little baby a bit (although I know it will be different when the baby is here 24/7) but at least she got a better idea of what a little baby is like. She is completely in LOVE with her cousin which is so cute -- talks about her ALL the time. I hope she takes to Preston just as well.

    I'll have to look for that GBS thread Stacey, thanks. I do hope I'm negative and it's nothing I have to worry about, but better to be armed with information beforehand just in case!
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    Oh, and just because I forgot to mention it yesterday I am SO OVER people telling me how huge I am and how huge my baby is going to be. I'll have to get DH to take a belly pic soon -- we were so busy over the weekend I forgot!

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    Oh, Kristen! I can't believe people are telling you you look huge. Don't people know they should NEVER say that to a pregnant lady? What, as if she doesn't know that she's big? LOL. Besides, I've seen recent pics of you, and I think you look beautiful, not "huge" at all.

    I hope your transition to a family of four goes smoothly, as well! I think there will be a learning curve at first, just as you and DH learn to juggle the demands of two kids, but I'm sure you'll have it down pat in no time. For us, I never had to worry about how Jack took to Derek -- he seemed to be delighted in Derek from day 1, and dotes on his little brother (and Derek thinks Jack walks on water). I personally felt very overwhelmed, though (as you know), like I was torn in a million different directions and not being a great mom to either child. I felt like I was just meeting the physical needs of each child and not doing much else beyond that. These days things are MUCH better!

    I think your relationship with Alexa will get even better, in the long term, because of Preston's arrival. Yes, in the short term, she will have to lean to share you, BUT, alone time with you will be so much more precious (for both of you!) when you do have it. Also, she'll learn even more about caring for others through seeing how you take care of Preston. Plus she can be your big girl helper. DH and I have noticed that Jack is much more considerate, and just more mature, since Derek has been born. And, there are still some things that Jack only wants Mommy to do!
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    Watching your baby grow up is always hard. I had a good cry about it after #2 and #3 were born. I love the relationships they have now, but it's it feels like your takeing something special away from them at the same time as your adding to the family. You'll do a great job with the baby, for me adding #3 was easier then #2 I won't lie

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