My computer is out for repairs this week, so it’s a mobile photos only kind of week, which means not all of my mamatography photos are making it in. Mobile is better than none, right?
Annabelle continues to be all about pretend play. The teeny tiny baby game, which last week was replaced by the bear game has changed yet again. The bear still turns up unexpectedly every now and again, and I’ve been told with a giggle that it’s a “scary bear,” but the main character around here this week has been “Amy.” I believe she was taken from the Ezra Jack Keats book Dreams, as that’s the only place we’ve encountered the name, but it took me quite awhile to figure that out, since Amy only appears for one page in the book.
The book’s actual main character is a boy named Roberto, whose name has been assigned around here to both the daddy and me. For a couple of days, everywhere we went,
Annabelle Amy would point out how many Robertos had come with her. On the way to dinner out, it was, “There’s two Robertos going to the restaurant with Amy!” She requested that “one Roberto with earrings on” unbuckle her car seat, but was fine with “one Roberto with a hat on” buckling her back in afterward. The next morning, she said goodbye when the daddy went to work and then squealed, “One Roberto is going to work, and one Roberto is going to stay home and play with Amy!” She’s outrageously good at staying in character. I can’t say I’ll be surprised if she decides to go into acting.
The movers finally came on Monday to deliver our things and I’m not sure whether Annabelle was more excited about all of her stuff, or about the movers themselves. I went out to pick up lunch for them and asked whether she would like to come along or stay behind with her daddy and the movers. She seldom turns down an offer to go anywhere, especially a restaurant, but this time she didn’t even have to think about her answer, “You want to stay with the movers, just in case.” Then she tried her best to convince the daddy to go with me instead. “You want daddy to go to the restaurant with mama and you can stay here with the movers!” She was very annoyed that we wouldn’t comply with her plan.
In keeping with the pretend play theme, among all of the toys that reappeared with the movers, Annabelle has been most enthusiastic about her mouse, her doll, and the wooden vegetables and play pots and pans in the kitchen. Previously, the lovely wooden vegetables I was so excited had very little appeal, but in this new stage of play, the first thing Annabelle wants to do upon coming downstairs in the morning is to “eat your pretend dinner with mama.”
Now that the baby clothes and newborn diapers are here as well, I’m finishing up a few loads of laundry and by the weekend should have our birth kit fully assembled, just in time for the weekend when I’ll reach thirty seven weeks. It’s hard to believe we’re so close already! I have a feeling, for some reason, that this baby will come on the earlier end, but we’ll see. We still haven’t really narrowed down our list of names, which may not be a bad thing since it could force us to spend some time getting to know our new family member before we decide what he or she will be called. Of course they may just follow in their sister’s footsteps and change their name two years from now anyway. We’ll see.
I’m definitely feeling more uncomfortable, emotional, and everything else than I did with Annabelle this time around, which may just be the result of chasing a toddler all day in addition to pregnancy. It’s amazing how much more work that is than spending the day with twenty some fourth graders, which is what I was doing at this stage of my last pregnancy. I had Andrew snap the photo at left this weekend, despite the fact that I was feeling lousy, because I can’t believe, or stand, what a precious few photos we have documenting this belly’s growth. So it’s not the best photo I’ve ever taken, but it will do!
All told, it has been a relatively quiet week for the two Robertos and Amy, save for the excitement of the movers and occasional visits from a bear. Now that we’re officially finished with move-related things, we can settle in and nest!
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