Chasing Contentment

Thursday, August 3

Mama Mandy - August
August 2, 2006

Dearest Mandy,
Since I was so late with my last Mama Mandy email, it seems like this one's coming too soon. Children do that, too, you know. They make you late for one thing, early for another, and forget to tell you about another altogether. Children take your life and put it in a blender. You're never really going to be sure if they're going to hit the pulse button or the puree button. You never know if you're going to be chunky salsa or a smooth margarita.

But it's okay because most of the time whatever you turn out to be is pretty groovy. And the fact that you and Josh are starting out pretty groovy improves your chances.

In another week or so, you're going to know if you're having a boy or girl. It's exciting and terrifying. I remember crying both times when the ultrasound tech told me one way or the other. Of course, both times I was crying because I was sure the baby was the opposite gender. But that's just me. :) By that same token, we were thrilled both times, as will you and Josh. Turns out, it really doesn't matter if it's a girl or boy... a healthy baby is a good answer either way.

It'll be an amazing thing to be able to envision this baby that you carry as a son or daughter. For now, it's just this entity... a lovely, miraculous entity to be sure, but still. There's not a lot of ... well, identification with the baby. But as soon as you settle into it being a boy or a girl, you'll be amazed at how quickly the baby will take on traits and a personality, even if only in your minds and hearts.

You're feeling less sick, and soon you'll notice your energy level rising. Enjoy this mid-point... it'll be your high point, most likely. That lovely baby tummy is going to be showing here soon, and I can hardly wait for pictures from Josh. And soon, if not already, you'll be feeling the baby move, and Josh is going to be jealous beyond belief that you get to feel the baby for weeks before he'll be able to do so.

For my monthly advice tip, sleep. Even though your energy is going to be rebounding, sleep. Even though it's Josh's nature and not yours, sleep. Trust me on this one. You are at the height of your sleep potential for, I don't know, the next two years. Sleep. And eat anything you want. And contrary to general reports, a Coke now and then won't hurt the baby. And a Sprite might even be considered beneficial.

Love you,

[  posted by Chel on Thursday, August 03, 2006  ]


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