We are super excited to be having a girl. (We would have been excited for a boy too!) Cole has started talking about "baby sister" and will lift up my shirt to check on her. He says that baby sister is going to play cars with him too, and I'm sure she's not going to have a choice when the time comes. :) This pregnancy has gone well so far. I have felt the same way as I did with Cole...had some nausea for a few weeks, but I think it started a little earlier, or I noticed it sooner, but have felt good since then. It's been really nice not having to get up early and be on my feet teaching all day. I was able to take naps when I needed to and will be able to take it kind of easy as it gets closer to January...well as much as I can with a 2 1/2 year old! My belly also started to show a lot sooner, and I'm probably a little bigger than I was at 22 weeks last time, but not too bad. I've still been doing Pilates and running. Although running has been a little tougher this time around. Back to back days are kind of tough and I'm not running nearly as fast as I did last time I was pregnant. Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's mental, maybe it's physical or a combination of all of it!
We haven't picked out any names or done anything with a nursery yet. I did start going through and organizing all of Cole's old clothes and figuring out what a little girl could wear - wasn't much to choose from after about 6 months! We did have quite a few neutral newborn onesies that will help for the first few months. It'll be fun to buy little girl clothes though, so I'm sure she will have plenty to wear!
The other big news is that my youngest sister, Janet, is getting married to her boyfriend of several years, David. They are going to have a very small wedding with mostly family and didn't want a very long engagement, so they will be getting married on October 15th. Like in less than a month now! We will be heading out to San Diego in the near future to be there to celebrate with them!
There has been some saddness in our family this past week. It seems like there's always a balance of that in life...joyful times mixed with sad times. My Grandpa (my Mom's Dad) passed away on Monday night. He'd been living with Alzheimer's for quite a few years and had gotten worse very quickly over the past few months. It's been sad, but we know his spirit is fully healed and living a better life in heaven. We know the suffering his body and mind were going through are over now. We love him and will miss him! I'm very grateful that he got to be at our wedding, got to meet Cole almost two years ago when we visited for Thanksgiving, and have tons of great memories from when I was a kid as well.