Lydia's doing OK, getting over an ear infection and a persistent cough, talking more, growing. She walked down the stairs by herself yesterday, not using the railing, but leaning on the wall, for the first time; I didn't help her at all, but I was two steps below her, you'd better believe. Since her birthday is next month, I thought I'd write about life before Lydia.
Ever since the beginning of this millennium, we've been - how do you Americans put it? - "trying". For whatever reason, it wasn't happening. So we were "tested", me first because it's "easier". So when it finally happened that Carol was pregnant, we were excited, but also stunned. I had all but given up hope, and I was OK with that. So now, we have to rearrange our focus.
One of the things I thought I would do when Carol was pregnant, then after Lydia was born, was to keep a journal for her to read when she got older. Well, the journal was used before the birth, but not at all after the fact. Indeed, this blog was created, at least in part, so that I could note Lydia's development at least once a month.
In some ways, the best part of the early part of the pregnancy was that period of about a month between when we found out and when we told our parents. It was our little secret, wonderfully conspiratorial.
Naturally, we needed to go on vacation - who knows when we'll be able to do THAT again? - and we picked an inn in Poland Springs, ME, (yes, near where they bottle the water), a quirky place that was quite reasonable. If they say dinner is from 5 to 6:30, you'd best be there at that time, for at 7, the room is transformed into the entertainment center. One of the particular rules is that there be no children, so we know we're not likely to be there again anytime soon. Carol's friend Alison started referring to the expected baby as Little Soul, which we adopted. It beat saying "him/her". 8/7/03 - Ultrasound. LS is 6 mm long 10/15/03- Ultrasound, LS heart beating strongly. we opt against the amniocentesis. 10/17/03- The news goes "wide" about LS. 11/7/03-Lots of people are being very generous to us, giving us clothes, toys, equipment. 11/12/03- Went to a specialist and saw a "Level 2" ultrasound. LS's body has the right amount of fluid, the brain is the right proportion. weight: 11 ounces. Due date 3/31/04. But LS was positioned so we could not determine the gender, which was OK. 12/3/03- Putting together a CD for LS (finished 12/23). LS is "making it difficult for her mother to sleep, which is making it hard for ME to sleep." 12/29/03- Gave Carol CD for LS's 0th Christmas. "It is my desire that you develop an eclectic taste in music (not necessarily mine, though some overlap would be nice.)" 1/2/04- "Lots of people ask, Do we want a boy or a girl and what type of person (shy, showy, etc.) we want. Don't care. You'll probably be smart (it's in the genes), but I hope you'll really appreciate music. Doesn't have to be the music I like, but I'm thinking you'll come around eventually." *** I was reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears to Lydia yesterday. It was a version that our babysitter Anne gave to her. It's illustrated by Gill Guile (love that name) and published by Brimax of Newcastle, England, copyright 1995. I thought I knew the story until I got to the last page, which reads: "Now the three bears always make sure that the cottage door is locked when they go for a walk in the forest. They do not want anyone else eating their porridge, breaking their chairs or sleeping in their beds." I missed that part in the version I grew up with.