Here's me at 35 weeks, 8 months to the day. Do I look like there's room to grow for 5 more weeks? I don't think so either.
Does it seem like I've forgotten all my other children in the midst of all this baby mania? Well, I haven't. They're getting ready for Betsy too. For example, this morning in Betsy's cradle I found this:
Our chore board as two new additions:
This is the kids' plan for what to do if they wake up with no parents. They're supposed to help each other get ready for school and call some trusty neighbors. Last time, Mark and I left in the night, Jesse was born right away, and Mark was home before any kids woke up. We'll see if we can pull that off again.
For the last several months we've been working on this getting-ready-for-Betsy list. I always feel a new baby is a good time to raise the overall family dynamics. I've explained to the kids (repeatedly) that every time I have nag, remind, ask a second time, etc. it saps energy and fun from our family. So they might as well just do it the first time.
I'm sad to say we still have a ways to go here. I'm sure it has something to do with Mom's overall lack of pep and follow-through.