I've been getting questions via e-mail and comments, so I figured I'd answer some of them in this fashion.
How are you feeling?
Pregnancy-wise, I'm feeling much better. I'm in my 17th week and have turned the corner with the all-day sickness and exhaustion. I'm still pretty worn out by the end of the day, but I think that has more to do with my life than with pregnancy.
However, we've had a rough few weeks with illnesses and broken bones, and I'm in a bit of a funk, emotionally.
Are you getting more excited about the baby?
No, not really. When I think about it at all, it's to worry about how on earth I'm going to manage four kids when I can barely keep the three that I have under control. I'm very concerned about what life is going to be like.
One friend, while trying to cheer me up, told me about her neighbor, who has four kids. She said, "She's so organized with them. You should see them all get in the car - they come out of the house and line up and get buckled in without any problems." I know she was trying to make me feel better, but it didn't work. My kids already don't behave that way. As soon as I open the front door, Ella bolts to climb the tree, Campbell takes off for the neighbors' house, and Lily is tracking down Grey Kitty to play with her, leaving me to stand next to the car yelling, "GET IN THE CAR NOW!" Adding another child to the process isn't going to suddenly make me organized or my kids compliant.
How's B's broken heel?
Not much better. We're concerned that he may have been misdiagnosed. He definitely bruised the heel, but now that the bruise is gone, his heel doesn't hurt at all. Unfortunately, something is definitely wrong further up in his foot. He still can't put any weight on it, and it gets really swollen by the end of the day. He's calling the doctor today about going in to have it re-checked. He's worried that he's wasted three weeks waiting for the wrong thing to heal.
How's your new job?
It's going really well, at least I think it is. And the client sent me more work after I submitted my first few pieces, so I think that's a good sign. It's a very different kind of writing than I've been doing for the past few years, so I'm having to work different parts of my brain, which is a good thing.
Any names for the baby yet?
Nope. We still can't agree on anything. But the Drunken Housewife is sponsoring a baby naming contest for me. Hurry up and enter if you have thoughts on good names.
So is it a boy or a girl?
Mom, how many times do I have to tell you? We're not finding out.