This Makes Two

A diary of a mom written to her unborn baby boy about how life is when another surprise baby makes two.

Wednesday, April 5

Well, Logan, apple juice does not work.

xoxo
Mommy

Monday, April 3

Oh, Little Logan, so much has happened in the last few days, but Mommy has been too busy to say much here to you, but do know that I think about you all the time--while waiting in lines and you thump me from the inside out, to when I am trying to sleep and you decide to do a few summersaults before setting down to sleep yourself, and while I am working and you string out a fifteen minute string of belly-shaking hiccups...

The other day Mommy had to buy a body pillow, which is superlong pillow that I can prop myself up with at night so that I don't turn onto my belly and smoosh you and make you mad! I also treated myself to Shea Butter, which is so wonderful on my belly... it makes my tummy less itchy, and so soft and smooth. Gotta take care of your little BIG cocoon while you are growing. You are going to be here so soon! Only about 10-12 more weeks! Mommy is really scared, but really excited all at once....

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: Blurry photo of Molly kissing Mommy's 28-week/7-month pregnant belly.

Thursday, March 30

Little Logan, when Mommy found out she was pregnant with your sister Molly, I bought a family of painted elephants from a cosignment shop that have been sitting on the stove in each apartment Mommy and Daddy have ever lived in (and it's been a lot!). Back then, Mommy and Daddy only wanted one baby and so a family of three elephants made sense--but now that you are on the way, I am searching for another little elephant to add my elephant family so that it is complete.

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: For Things I Love Thursday at Flickr.com.

Monday, March 27

Little Logan, yesterday Molly got her first pet, Apple, the Fish. I almost wanted to get her a bird, but after seeing how excited she was to see all the fish at the pet store (click here to see the trip at Flickr), I decided to get you a gold fish instead. There is a goldfish on TV that Molly likes, and who I'm sure you will like, too. Here name is "Dorothy," and she is Elmo's friend. When we got back home and after I set up Molly's new fish tank, I asked her, "Molly, do you want to name your new fish 'Dorothy,' like Elmo's fish on Sesame Street?"

Molly said, "No Dorothy, Mama," and looked at the apple she was eating and said, "Apple."

And so I said, "Do you want to name your fish 'Apple'?"

"Yes, Apple Fish," said Molly. And so that is what Molly's new fish's name is--Apple, the Fish. I think it's a nice name for a fish. I wonder what your first pet will be, Logan.

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: Molly watching Apple swimming in his bowl. Molly -- age 2 1/2.

Saturday, March 25

Logan, last night Molly said "Hi! Logan!" to you, and I do hope you heard her. I think you did because you were wiggling all over the place! I think Molly is really beginning to understand what "a baby in Mommy's tummy means" because she likes to talk, hug and kiss on Mommy's tummy. I have been reading her a lot of books about babies and being a sister and things like that.

We are all really excited about you joining our family!

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: March 24th late at night--a moment captured by Daddy.

Friday, March 24

Yesterday Mommy started potty-training your big sister. She didn't like it too well. Mommy's goal is to have Molly out of diapers by the time you come so that we will only have your diapers to change, which will save Mommy and Daddy a few dollars a week.

I figured that your sister was ready for potty-training because she had her pants down and her diaper off and she shouted "PEE! PEE!" And so I told her to go sit on the potty; she ran to the potty happily, but when I helped her sit, she cried and cried and cried. I don't know why she was crying considering it was her idea, but like Bear in the Big Blue House says, sometimes growing up and going potty can be scary. And, I do agree that growing up is scary, and for Mommy being so pregnant with you, potty is sometimes scary, too, because you are smooshing my bladder which makes me have to go a lot, and sometimes I don't make it in time just like a toddler learning how to potty, and so I have to wear a mini-grown-up kind of diaper thing, which is really, really embarassing! But, it's better than peeing in my pants, which would be EVEN MORE embarrassing!

Hopefully both Mommy and Molly will be potty trained by the time you are here!

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: Molly learning to use the potty, and not liking it!

Thursday, March 23

As I type this, Logan, you are hiccupping and thumping with each hic' in my belly. I am waiting to see if you give one final "I GIVE UP" thrash when you are done just like Molly used to do when she was in Mommy's belly.

While hiccups are terribly cute (and kind of fun!), they are terribly distracting while Mommy is trying to work!

xoxo
Mommy

Googled "Hiccups in the Womb:"

Pregnant women often report that their unborn babies get the hiccups. This may well be true. Many babies have the hiccups while in the womb. It feels like small rhythmic jerky movement in the tummy. This spasm of hiccups is usually short lived; however, trying a glass of juice like apple juice may help stop them faster. (From Robyn's Nest)

I'm now debating whether or not to try apple juice or to just let you hiccup yourself out.

Wednesday, March 22

Logan, today Mommy is 27 weeks pregnant with your in her belly--that means I am 6 months and three weeks into this, and when I say "this" I mean this whole growing belly thing. The look on my face in this picture is priceless because it is Mommy's "what-the-heck-is-happening-to-me??" face. (I almost didn't post it because I look so out of it!) Today my belly feels tight and so stretched that I might bust open. But I am thanking Zeus that my ugly polka-dotted PJs from Victoria Secret are forgivingly stretchy! At this point, Mommy is forever calling Daddy for help because I get stuck on the floor everytime I try to squat down to pick up a book or magazine from the floor. I'm certain the neighbors upstairs are getting tired of me yelling, "CHRISTOPHER! HELP ME! I'm STUCK!" But oh well, because as you will soon learn, the neighbors upstairs are very noisey, and I tell Daddy all the time that after you are here, everytime you wake up crying I am going to hold you up to the ceiling as revenge for all the times they made so much noise. Either way, if I decide to that or not, I most certainly cannot wait for you to "pop" out of Mommy's tummy because it is getting very hard carrying you around in my belly!

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: 27 weeks, or 6 months, three weeks pregnant.

Tuesday, March 21

Logan, now that Mommy is finally done with her homework and it's way past my 9:45 bedtime, I do hope you let me sleep! If you don't, I'm going to do what I did to Molly today after nap--crawl under her sheets while SHE was sleeping and wiggle around to wake her up! (She didn't seem to mind though, to be honest.)

xoxo
Mommy

Little Logan, tomorrow I will be 27 weeks pregnant with you in my tummy, and things are starting to get hard on Mommy. I have been up since 3 o'clock a.m. because I couldn't find a comfortable spot in the bed. Mommy likes to sleep on her tummy, and as you grew, and as my belly grew with you, I slowly had to start sleeping on my side, which isn't that comfortable, but I got used to it because I could turn just a bit on to my tummy. BUT last night I couldn't get on my tummy AT ALL, and had to sleep on my side, and on my back, which kept me up! And then around 3:30, you started to FLIP and FLOP and FLOP and FLIP! I guess you couldn't sleep either, or maybe I was keeping you up with my TOSSING and my TURNING! Either way, I've been up since then, and boy-o-boy, am I sleepy. I might have to take a nap once your sister takes hers!

Speaking of your sister--guess what! Molly knows all her colors--red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, and black! She can even count to 11! And not to keep bragging about your sister, but here is a Charlie & Lola coloring page she colored in as a present to Mommy. She is really smart, and I'm sure she will teach you lots of big kid stuff.

xoxo
Mommy

Image: Scan of coloring page by Molly, age 2 1/2.

Monday, March 20

Little Logan, your Daddy is putting together a special collection of comic books for you and your big sister--girlie ones for Molly, and boyish ones for you (but you can read any of them you like when you are old enough). Daddy got his first comic book when he was 10, and he has been making his own comic books since he was 11! Some of them are more for grown-ups, but the ones that you will get to read about the adventures Daddy and his friends had in elementary school are really funny! And so Daddy wants to pass on the hobby to you and your sister. It will be a long while before you get to look at the comics Daddy picked out, but Molly got a few comics the other day, and she LOVES them!

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: Molly, age 2-and-a-half with comic books from Daddy.

Thursday, March 16

Little Logan, today Mommy is 26 weeks pregnant! I am getting so BIG because you are getting so BIG! Tonight was also special because Daddy made Mommy take a break by taking her out to eat at the Chinese restaurant down the street. We ate sweet & sour chicken, seseame chicken, rice, veggies, egg rolls, and soup.... and then we had almond cookies and fortune cookies. Daddy got a good forture, too. It said that something he has always wanted will come true. I wonder what it is, but I know that a lot of good things have been coming our way lately. Like you!

xoxo
Mommy

Monday, March 13

Little Logan, two very important events happened today:

1) Mommy feels about 90% better, and
2) Mommy lost her feet. That is, my belly is so big with you inside that I can't see my feet anymore when I look down!

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: Looking down at where my feet used to be. 24 weeks, 5 days.

Friday, March 10

Little Guy Logan, this is where Molly and Mommy have been for the past few days--me at one end of the sofa and Molly at the other.

We have been so sick, sick, sick. I am finally starting to feel better today. Molly is nearly better, too, and so is Daddy, which I am thankful for.

Do you see the funky pink & white blanket (well, someday you will see it) over Mommy's knees? I've had that blanket since I was about 13 years old and it is very special to me. It's ugly, and it's worn out. Where it's white now, it used to be purple and white checks, but I've had it for such a long time now it's all faded, but it's warm and cozy--perfect for cudding on the sofa with.

xoxo
Mommy

Tuesday, March 7

Mommy is very tired and weak as she types this. Yesterday the doctor sent Mommy to the hospital because she has the flu, and your heart was beating too fast. They gave Mommy 3L of fluid through an IV, and then got my fever down from 104 to 101. Thankfully, you are okay, and Mommy is okay. I just need to rest the next few days which is so hard because I have a hard time resting. Daddy and Molly are sick, too, but we all should be OK. I am just thankful that Mommy was smart enough to go to the Doctor even when she didn't want to. I promise you that I will drink lots more water and get more rest!

xoxo,
Your very sick Mommy

Monday, March 6

Little Guy, Logan, here is Mommy's belly with you inside for 6 months and 4 days. Look how round you are making my belly! You are all curled up now, and everytime you stretch, my belly shifts and wiggles around. It feels really weird. You are also starting to get the hiccups--which feels even more weird! I would have more to say, but today I am feeling really sick with a sore throat and a cough, but Daddy is taking me to the Doctor's later to get some medicine so I can feel better fast!

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: 6 months 4 days, or 24 weeks.

Sunday, March 5

Mommy was feeling rather blue the last few days. Sometimes Mommy gets what is called "depression," which means she feels really sad for a while without a real reason for feeling it. And when Mommy feels this way, she really doesn't like to talk about what she's feeling inside, but yesterday the blues and sadness lifted a bit, and Mommy and Daddy went on a date--something we haven't done in a long time. Dates are when two people spend time together just the two of them doing something special.

So Mommy and Daddy went to the Good Will store where I found some neat-o baby shower invitations for your Welcome to the World, Logan! party (Molly had one, too, when she was about 7 days old), and two new matertnity sweaters for Mommy that are bright and cheerful. Wearing bright colors seems to help Mommy feel better sometimes. Then Mommy and Daddy went to the all-you-can-eat buffet, and we ate and ate and ate until we couldn't eat anymore, and then Mommy ate some more because she is extra hungry because you are growing so BIG.

Today I am going to get some batteries for the camera so I can take a picture of what it looks like with you inside me for almost 6 months and 5 days now. My belly button is nearly about ready to pop-out like a turkey timer.

Mommy loves you, Logan!

xoxo
Mommy

PS Oh, we also went to Borders and bought a special book for your sister called "Our New Baby," so she can learn about what it's like to have a baby in the house, and about how Mommy's grow babies in their belly. I read it to her before bed, and I think she is really excited that Mommy has you in my belly.

Thursday, March 2

It's snowing today, Little Logan--so much for spring! Later I am going to take your sister out to play! She loves the snow, and I am sure you will, too. It's hard to explain snow to someone you know who hasn't seen anything at all except the inside of Mommy's tummy. But snow is white, and cold, and makes your nose and cheeks all pink and rosy and sometimes rashy, and Mommy has to smear Chapstick all over them. And you can stick snow together to make silly-looking snowmen like the one Daddy and Molly made together. Molly likes to do flips in the snow, too, but I think she likes to throw it around in the air the most.

Little Logan, it warms Mommy's heart when I think of you and Molly playing together out in the snow, and in the puddles after the rain, and in the sunshine, too. I do hope that you two will end up the best of friends, and I am so happy that neither of you will have to be alone because no one should be.

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: A "Charlie Brown" snowman built by Daddy & [sorta] by Molly, too, last month.

Wednesday, March 1

Logan, I know you can't see what's outside your little hollow yet, but a lady named Katie whose work I saw on the Internet, made you a darling pair of little felt shoes. They are red and blue and green and there is a "L" on the left foot for your first name, and a "R" on the right foot for your last name. The bottoms are soft and quilty inside, and on the soles of the shoes I am going to sew on the date and the time you are welcomed into this wide world so that we can look at them when you are older and bigger and remember how little you were the day you were born, and how big you have gotten.

xoxo
Mommy

Tuesday, February 28

Here is a picture of Mommy when I had Molly inside me--I am about as far along as I am with you now here in the photo. Behind Mommy is the city of Toronto in Canada. That's where Mommy and Daddy went on our honeymoon after we got married. I was really really tired, and so was Daddy because at this time Daddy's heart was broken--it wasn't broken because he was sad, but because when Daddy was born one of the valves in his heart didn't work right and as Daddy got older and older it got more and more broken and it made him tired a lot. We were probably a silly pair in Toronto--Mommy so tired and Daddy so tired--but we were happy and we loved being together just the two of us. We love the idea of it being the four of us after you are born, but sometimes Mommys and Daddys like to think about the times when they didn't have to care for babies and little kids!

You will understand that when you get older and have a family of your own, little Logan.

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: Me with Toronto as the backdrop circa 7-12-03. I am about 6 months pregnant with Molly here.

Sunday, February 26

Well, Little Guy, you finally have a name now--your name is Logan. :) "Logan" means "from the hollow," and you are from the hollow--from the hollow of Mommy's belly! Plus, Mommy and Daddy really like this name because it is a nice strong sounding name, and we don't know of anyone else that has it. Well, Mommy used to teach preschool, and I knew a Logan then and he was a sweet and cuddly boy--so if you end up sweet and cuddly, too, which I sure you will be, that would make us really happy! But, either way, Logan Reed, you finally have a name. We are still deciding on a middle name for you, but it will probably be either Alexander or Christopher after you Daddy's name.

xoxo
Mommy

Friday, February 24

Yesterday was "Things I Love Thursday," at a PhotoGroup I belong to but, I forgot to post. Nonetheless, I am posting today the two things I love most everyday... your Daddy and your Sister, and of course I love you most as well, but you were with me in my tummy behind the camera lense. I know you are going to love cuddling with Daddy, too, pretty soon!

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: Molly had just gotten up in a foul mood, but it's nothing that a sucker and cuddle with Daddy couldn't fix.

Thursday, February 23

Little Guy, you are 23-weeks and a couple days old in my belly. It has been a rather uneventful time so far, but that is a very good thing. Here is more about where you are at right now while you are growing:

You are more than 11 inches long and weigh just over a pound. Your skin is red and wrinkled. You can swallow, but your normally won't pass his first stool (called meconium--or poop) until after you are born. Loud noises heard often in utero [while you are inside Mommy] — such as [your sister yelling] or the roar of a vacuum cleaner [which your sister runs and screams from]— but probably won't faze you when you hear them outside the womb. (From BabyCenter)
As for Mommy, her tummy just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I have a hard time sleeping at night, and I toss and turn a lot because it's hard for me to get comfy with you inside my tummy. My nose is stuffy, too, and I have to turn down the heat, which makes Daddy grumpy sometimes. I have to go pee a lot, too--so everytime I go somewhere I look for and head straight to the bathroom. And it makes me mad when Daddy locks the bathroom door when he's in the shower. I pound and pound on it and YELL, "I GOTTA PEE!" Daddy always feels bad, too, because he doesn't do it on purpose; it's just a habit.

Photo: Belly Update - 23 Weeks, 1 Day

Wednesday, February 22

Little Guy, Mommy is getting a little worried about her caffeine intake. With your sister, I think I drank about 3 cups during the entire 9 months. With you, I drink about 2-3 cups a DAY, and sometimes I even drink a bit of soda pop. (Barq's rootbeer is the BEST, Little Guy, the BEST!)

Now though, Mommy is starting to second guess if Barq's really is the best....

The reason I am worried is because after viewing the recent set of ultrasound photos of you, they are showing something rather odd. Take this photo of you, Little Guy, it is visable proof that you are already bouncing off the walls--your foot is touching your forehead, and any child who can do that is most certainly wired on something. The only thing I can think of is that is has to be the Barq's... it just has to be.

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: Ultrasound taken on Feb. 15th, 2006.

Tuesday, February 21

Little guy, if you end up as silly as your sister, I am not sure what I am going to do! Die laughing I suppose, which is, I must admit, a great way to go.

Just so you know, I think Molly is going to be the most amazing big sister in the world to you. She is really silly. She likes to play and run around a lot, and she has a lot of good ideas--some might get in you in a bit of trouble, but not too big of trouble. She is really nice, too, and gives great hugs and kisses... if you like that sort of thing, of course. Even if you don't, plan on getting a lot of them anyways from not only Molly but from Mommy and Daddy, too!

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: Silly face Molly, age 2 years, 4 months.

Sunday, February 19

Mom is the boss, and don't you forget it! Daddy found me this pretty blue mug at a store called "Goodwill." Goodwill is a thrift store near where we live. There are three of them in fact. Every Saturday or Sunday, Daddy, Mommy, and Molly all pile in our little red car and go to each one looking for little treasures.

Daddy likes to get books--he wants to open a used bookstore someday. Mommy always looks for craft supplies, and shirts that will fit the growing tummy that you are inside. Molly always gets a quarter everytime we leave one of the stores so she can get candy from the machines. Sometimes she gets "bones." Sometimes she gets M&M or Skittles. When you are here, I am sure you will find something special, too, that you will look for.

xoxo
Sarah

Saturday, February 18

Here is a picture of Mommy at 22 weeks and three days pregnant with you. You can't tell much of a difference here, but you HAVE gotten bigger because I had to adjust the little elastic band inside my maternity jeans to a bigger button hole. You are starting to make it hard for me to move around like I could a few weeks ago--and I have to kind of roll off the bed instead of jumping straight up like I used to. I also float in the bathtub now, which is kind of fun because my tummy with you inside feels like a small beach ball!

Pregnancy is weird for Mommy, but I wouldn't trade it for anything because I am happy that you soon be here.

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: Belly Update - Week 22, 3 days.

Friday, February 17

Little guy, today you are 22-weeks old inside my tummy. Here is more about you:

[You] weigh about 11 ounces, measure about 7.6 inches from head to rump, and [are] growing eyelashes and eyebrows. These two latest developments will be [your] key method of communicating [your] happiness, frustration, confusion, or interest until [you] can talk.

I cannot believe how big you are now! And here is what is happening to your Mommy:

In the last few weeks of your [Mommy's] second trimester, [she is] probably feeling a little tired, a little hungry, and a little uncomfortable much of the time. (From Pregnancy Weekly)

As for being hungy... all I seem to be doing is EATING! Today I made us (Mommy, Molly, and you) heart pancakes for breakfast. Molly and I got the idea from "Breakfast with Bear" (we love this show because here at the Reed house, we LOVE food) on the Disney Channel, but you won't be able to taste your pancakes for a couple more hours because I read on Pregnancy Weekly that it takes two hours for the food I eat to reach you. So your breakfast will be around 10:30. In the meantime, enjoy the jolt of coffee that I just gave you as it should be reaching you right about now. As for my coffee, it just about wore off.

xoxo
Mommy

Photo: Heart-shaped pancakes.

Thursday, February 16

Little guy, sometimes you are already as annoying as your big sister. Everytime I get a moment to sit and work on my homework (Mommy is going to school to be a teacher), or to get some other work done, you start to wiggle and flop, hiccup and bobble up and down in your waterbed. And it is very, very distracting to me. Sigh. How-oh-how am I going to manage TWO flipper and floppers?

xoxo
Mommy

There is something that happens to ladies when they have babies growing inside, and not many people like to talk about it, but since we have an open policy in the Reed house, I will tell you what it is: The Farts. Having you inside gives me The Farts. Just so you know, farts are stinky things that come out of your behind, and it usually makes a funny noise that makes everyone laugh.

Something else you should know is that Mommy has gas even when she isn't carrying you around--she has it all the time. And I'm not the the only one with gas--your Daddy has it (BAD!) , and your big sister has it, and you will probably have it, too, if not already.

It's nothing to be ashamed of, and no one will make fun of you when you do fart--but we will all laugh and say you are stinky, but we don't mind one bit because we all want you to feel comfortable. We love you that much already.

Love,
Mommy

Yesterday Daddy and I peeked in on you while you were kind of floating around in my tummy. You were folded over like a sandwich, and your little toes, on what looked like a VERY BIG foot, were touching your forehead. It made me laugh!

But the important thing is that they checked your heart and your brain, and everything looks a-okay, which makes me happy! We have some new photos of you inside me, but I let Grandma borrow them so she could show the girls at work. I can't wait to get them back so I can look at you again. You are measing exactly 21 week and 6 days big/old, which is exactly where you should be. Good job at growing little guy! Oh, and it is also a relief to know that you are still a little boy!I can't wait to see you!

xoxo
Mommy

Belly Update: 21 Weeks and 3 days.
(This is an up-to-date photo.)

Today Mommy and Daddy get to see how you have grown. We are getting an ultrasound at Dr. Wright's office to make sure that your brain and heart are growing Ok. I am sure things are fine, but we want to make sure just the same. When Daddy was born, his heart had a murmur, which meant that his heart was beating funny and that he would have to have a doctor fix it when he got older. While Mommy was pregnant with your sister, Daddy went to a BIG hospital and had his heart fixed. They fixed it using a part from a pig's heart. Weird, huh? Your sister's heart is Ok, so I am sure that your's is, too.

In other things, you are giving Mommy indigestion because you are growing so BIG that it is pushing my stomach up and all that icky stuff in the stomach that makes the food turn into energy is creeping up into my throat. YUCK!

Don't feel bad though because I want you to keep growing up good and big!

xoxo
Mommy

Belly Update: Week 20ish
(This photo was also taken a wee bit ago.)

Tuesday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day, little guy! Today I made a carrot cake--I hope you like it because I ate A LOT of it! I can't wait to see you so I can give you a BIG Valentine's Day kiss. Today Daddy gave me chocolates, and I already ate the whole box. Being pregnant with you makes me HUNGRY! I gave your sister, Molly, a balloon--she really LOVES balloons--and a teddy bear in a little bag that she likes to carry around like a little purse, and Daddy gave Molly a real fuzzy pink purse with candy hearts inside. Someday soon you will get Valentine's Day Candy, so don't worry about that.

xoxo
Mommy

Saturday, February 11

My belly is getting so big now that you are nearly 8 inches big! It is stretching and stretching and it itches and itches and the only thing that makes it feel better is an oatmeal and milk bath! Which you seem to like because you start to move and wiggle more when I'm in the tub...

xoxo
Mommy

Belly Update: 19 Weeks
(This was taken about a week ago.)

Daddy felt you wiggle all around tonight; he but his cheek up to my belly and you SOCKED him good! You didn't hurt Daddy though, so don't worry about that. :) He likes getting to know you even though at 19 weeks old you are already beating him up.

xoxo
Mommy