I realize this picture has been a long time in coming. Its just one of those things that never makes it to the to-do list. And if its not on my to-do list the chances of it getting done are slim to none. The few times I’ve thought to take a picture Steve’s not around, and it’s not worth the hassle of setting up the tripod- yada, yada. So yesterday as I was heading out to PBK I thought to ask Steve, so here it is in all it’s glory…which makes me wonder…Why do we take pictures when we’re pregnant? Of course not a whole lot of people like pictures of themselves pregnant and in a year we’ll look back and talk about how awful the picture was. I guess as humans we enjoy self-inflicted pain!!
I’m over 28 weeks at this point- and feeling it. “Baby Brother” (as Hallie has officially named him) is quite an active little guy, much more so than Hallie. For the most part, everything is going well. My main area for complaint is my back- Luckily Steve is the master massager which helps but clearly doesn’t solve the problem. I’ve been able to do most everything I was doing before which is a huge blessing. I have given most heavy lifting to Steve at this point. His philosophy is he’d rather be burdened with the task of moving the heavy object, than spend an hour massaging my back because I did it. What a great husband! Hallie still hasn’t quite grasped the concept that she can’t jump on me like she used to, or I can’t carry her for as long as I used to.
Life is good- I’m realizing at this point in the game my to-do list before the baby comes far exceeds the time capacity I have left. Which no doubt frustrates me. So slowly I’m taking things off my list and accepting the fact that it may have to wait until later. (Steve vetoed the idea of taking laundry and dishes off the list!) I’m doing my best to prioritize those projects left on the list. But inevitably we get invited to go to the splash park or to go out with friends, or Hallie wants a friend over, or ride her bike outside. As hard as it is to accept, Steve was right when he said I need to stop scheduling all my hours in the day. Because never fail things come up and then I’m bummed that I didn’t get something done. Which is why I need to start taking things off my list because if there on my list and not complete I get discouraged.
I’m nervous at the thought of a baby in the home again. Hallie is at a great stage- fairly independent, communicates what she wants quite well, and we’re free to be flexible with our schedules. A new baby doesn’t have any of that. And I’m well aware that my productivity level will greatly decrease for a while which concerns me. My need to be productive is far greater than I ever thought it was. I need to be productive. Being productive is fulfilling for me. It makes me happy and more relaxed, believe it or not. I’ve learned for myself that being productive doesn’t have to be anything big. As long as in my own thoughts I felt my time was spent well. Watching Hallie at the splash park is productive, teaching her out to write her “F” is productive, weeding my garden, replanting grass seed, blogging, working on the house, talking to my mom on the phone- that’s all productive in my book.
I know what we’re getting into, which is why I guess it’s a little concerning for me. We’re starting over at the unproductive stage- the tiredness, the feedings, the time commitment. This is going to be an adjustment. I’m trying to prep myself- but I don’t think I truly grasp the reality of it all. Its smooth sailing at this point, and I’m not sure what I need to do to prep my “boat and sails” for the storm we’re about to run into, physically, mentally and emotionally. Which I guess is why I’m trying to pack so much into this last 2.5 months to make sure things get done. Wish me luck!
You look so stinkin' cute!! Almost makes me want to be pregnant again… almost.
You look so cute Kara. You are so tiny! I know, whenever I think of having another baby I get really nervous and scared. It is always a huge adjustment the first couple of months but it is so amazing how everything just works out though.
I have been waiting for this picture! I love it! You look so darn cute and I couldn't be happier for you. You have got to be the most productive person I know. I am sure you will do fine!! 🙂 Good luck though…I wish I was there to help you get a few more things off your To-Do-List!! Love ya!
Kara! You look amazing as always! I can't believe you only have 2 1/2 months left! You'll do great with it all.
You do look really good. I know you probably don't feel it, but you look awesome. you will love a baby boy. There is just something about them. They are so content and easy going. I am so exited for you guys. I wish we were there to see the little guys when he comes.
This is Steve – You will do great because whatever you do you do it all out and that is why I married you. Anyone who knows you will testify to that! I love you!
Hooray for prego pics. As I was clicking on your blog site I was hoping to find one. You look great, you long and lanky one. You and Shawni make us Pothier's look like the philsberry dough boys.
Shelley showed me the logos yesterday. They were incredible. There were several of them I wanted to keep. Way to go. I realized that was the first time I'd actually seen a product of what you do. All I knew was how creative you are and that was enough for me to refer you on to my employer. Love you! Good luck with the projects.
well, at least you speak the truth. I feel the same way as you do. Unproductive stage would be hard for someone like you, but I know it won't last long because of the kind of person you are. 🙂 You are so cute pregnant.
Hi. I wish I look as good as you do pregnant! It looks like I am just a couple weeks behind you, and reading this has made me a little bit more nervous to have a baby in the house. You will do great though. It was fun finding your blog.
You look great!! Can't wait to see you!!
SO cute. I have been waiting for a picture of you pregnant. What a cute mom you are. Hallie and "baby brother" are so lucky!!
love the little bun . . as you look teeny tiny for being due in the next few months. i clicked on your blog last night and saw your KP photos!! so cute . . i love the design and everything – totally fits you. you could never be "nonproductive"? "unproductive"?whatever if you tried!! you don't roll that way!!
ok i know i havent been over to see your page for awhile, but pregnant? that was a shocker! i even looked back and it has NOT been 28 weeks since i checked your blog…or to be safe, subtract the 12 weeks, 14 weeks. so what the heck?! is this only insider information until now? ok who cares? right? i'm excited for you and you look super tiny. pregnancy suits you. ok well good luck and i look forward to seeing more pictures!
Kara.. when are you coming home? I seriously need you right now.. I just wish you weren't so far from here..
By the way.. you're an amazing mom.. with an amazing daughter and soon to be son!!
you look fantastic, i hope you dont look at this picture later with awkwardness in the future. anyway, good luck with everything coming up!
your teeny tiny! very cute prego lady! congratulations by the way- i guess i missed that annoucement