Pregnancy journal:Week eighteen: The ultrasound

I am glad that Jacob is so bright. I think he really enjoyed the ultrasound. He saw the baby and squealed in delight as the technician pointed out the little head, back, limbs and heart. We were fortunate enough to get a top-down view of the face and Jacob jumped for joy as he saw the baby “chewing.” He was convinced that the baby was trying to talk to him! He’s really started talking “back” to the baby now and is telling it all about his life and who he is. I’ve never seen anything so adorable as my little 21 month old talking to the sibling he knows is in my tummy. I’m sure that there will be some amount of jealousy when the baby actually arrives and begins taking up my time, but so far Jacob is excited to share his home, his Mommy and Daddy and his kitties with his little sibling. Perhaps the funniest moment occurred when I told Jacob that the baby would do “shiggies,” just as he does. (This is his word for nursing --we don’t know where he came up with it.) I explained that shiggies was the baby’s only food and that we would need to let him/her have lots of turns. He agreed and told the baby that shiggies was good. Then, later that night we were getting dressed for bed. He came over to me and tried to lift my shirt. I assumed that he wanted to nurse since it was bedtime. He said, “No, Mommy. Baby shiggies.” When I started to explain that the baby wouldn’t nurse until it was born he stopped me, pointed to my left breast and said “baby” -- then turned himself around in my lap, settled in, pointed to the right side and said “Jacob’s, mine.” Somehow I think the adjustment period will be manageable for all of us.

 

While I don’t know the baby’s sex, I do know that it will soon join us as a member of the family. It appears to be time that Rob and I began discussing baby names once again. (We haven’t really done that to date.) We’ve got a new nursery to fix and a lot to keep us busy in the weeks ahead. For now I’m looking forward to more kicks and squirms, more glimpses into Jacob’s perception of the pregnancy, and next week’s visit from my Grandparents who went through this seven times over!

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