Captions: Self portraits. 27 weeks.
It suddenly feels a bit too warm in here; someone must have turned up the heat a notch. No? I guess it's just the fact that I'm entering the third trimester and realizing how close we are to having 100 percent more babies than we do now. In about 12 weeks, we'll have two little girls under 18 months old. It's going to be wild around here! But that's how we prefer it.
Despite experiencing less overall anxiety during this pregnancy than the last, I'm now spending more and more nights lying awake wondering whether the baby is kicking enough; whether her big sister, Cricket, will feel replaced (and whether Cricket will try to pick the newborn up by the nose, like she does her doll); and how I'm going to manage breastfeeding while chasing a toddler.
But one of the only fun symptoms of pregnancy has also plunged into overdrive in recent weeks: nesting. My to-do list is expanding as rapidly as my belly, and it's beginning to feel like we're racing the clock to cross off all the items. (Probably because we are.)
Since we already have a lovely nursery, I'm throwing most of my energy—and my husband's—into designing Cricket's big-girl room. We've roped my lucky in-laws, who will be visiting this weekend, into helping us build an adorable upholstered bed for the new room, inspired by Design Mom's toddler bed. I can't wait to show you the finished product next week...or soon, anyway.
In the meantime, here are a few self portraits I shot today to include in the newbie's baby book. (Yes, starting the girls’ baby books is on the to-do list.)
I'm Julia Soplop, writer and photographer. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.