Monday, September 29, 2008

reality check in aisle 2, please

I took off work early today to look at the first of several daycares we're considering. When I got home, there was a bottle (free sample - Medela BPA Free) in my mailbox. My "is that... no... well, maybe" movement of the last week has evolved into definite flutters, taps and rolls over the last couple of days. My life is so very different today than it was 6 months ago. More than that, it's different than I even dared to hope it could be.

The daycare was great. It's a non-profit child development center with awesome core values around social responsibility, diversity, community, etc. It's crazy expensive but they provide lots of scholarships and seeing as I'm technically a single parent, in the legal sense at least, I think we'll probably qualify. The downside is that they have a one-year waiting list for infants. That wouldn't be a big deal if we were looking for a daycare for the long haul, but there's a possibility we'll only need a daycare in this state for a few months to a year, so I'd prefer not to jump around during that time. I think we'll probably sign up anyway in case something opens up sooner, but I recognize it may not work out. M and I are going together to check out another one on Thursday, and I have one more on my list for this week if they ever return my phone call (not a good sign).

I've heard so many people say this that it sounds hopelessly cliche to me, but it's my turn now so just smile and nod at me if you have to: I can't believe how much faster the second trimester is going! I felt conscious of every day, hour and minute of my first trimester, but the first month of my second trimester has gone by in the blink of an eye. I'm glad we're working on daycares already (especially after the waiting list I encountered today!) and the farther I get into my Hyp.nobirthing book, the more I realize we should be starting classes, like, yesterday. By the time we get those two checked off the list, it'll be time to register and look for a pediatrician. I just can't believe The Time For All This is upon us already.

Oh crap, and I promised you a belly shot. This is what 16 weeks looks like around these parts. I've only gained 6 pounds from my pre-IVF weight, but you can see where every last ounce went! Oh well. I'm about 90% thrilled to finally have a baby bump of my very own and 10% shocked and paranoid about how absurdly huge I seem, so I guess that's not a bad ratio. Anyway, on to the pic...


OK Vee, you're up! :-)

11 comments:

Lizzie said...

Gorgeous picture!!!! Yay, you!

bleu said...

YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY for beautiful round bellies!!!!!!!

mulberry said...

what a delightful bump!

Denise said...

What a gorgeous bump!

Elise said...

i love it!! your baby bump is so cute and you are seriously all baby! you worked hard for that bump...maybe karma is making sure you have it for as long as possible? :)

Inlocoparentis said...

Normally I do not associate the words "pregnant" and "hottie", but in this case . . .

Much love - good luck with the daycare hunt!

tbean said...

That is a damn cute belly.

twoladiesinwaiting said...

It is an adorable bump! Congratulations!

S. said...

what a beautiful bump!!!

babypants said...

What a wonderful bump.

veeandjay said...

Wow! Your bump is so pretty! Mine just looks like spread - ha! Very jealous you can feel baby moving too. Bump pic is now up chez nous, as promised!