19 Weeks: Then and Now

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A little older.  A lot more tired and grumpy.  Pretty much the same ol’ 19-week bump.

The biggest difference being, of course, the 26-lb. growth that’s since attached itself to my leg, er… I mean, the addition of the sweet Mama’s Girl constantly demanding my attention.

Her MamasGirl-itis has become so ridiculous lately, that if I even think about leaving her with Mr. Candy to go pee by myself, she will immediately handcuff herself to my leg.  True story.  Since I’m pregnant and all, this happens approximately four million times a day.  The handcuffs haven’t seen this much action in our house since, well, ever.  (Lame, I know, but some things are just better in theory.  Like Communism.  And chocolate beer.  And “sexy” metal cuffs that dig painfully into your wrists.)

I shared this development with her daycare teacher — the neediness, not our handcuff history — and she believes Skye can sense the baby.  As did the Russian woman who stopped me on the street a month before I got pregnant and intoned, “You’re going to have a boy!”  Oh yes, she did.  I responded as most any person alone on the street with a crazy old woman would — and smiled uncomfortably before getting the hell out of there.  You know that whole “I see dead people” scene in The Sixth Sense?  Yeah, it was as creepy as that, only it was like she had peered into my womb and whispered, “I smell baby.”  If I had known, however, that she really was psychic, I would have asked her who the mother is on How I Met Your Mother.  Enough with the parade of guest stars.  My patience is running out already!

So now Skye smells baby, too, and I don’t think she’s fond of the scent*.  People have suggested preparing her for the arrival of Baby Freedom by telling her over and over again there’s a baby in my belly.  At which point our almost 18-month-old daughter will do one of three things:  1)  Pick up her doll — cleverly (and now inconveniently) named “Baby” — to show me that Baby is NOT, in fact, in my belly; 2)  Lift up my shirt and stick her finger in my belly button (digging for babies?); or 3) Look at me as if I’m nuts.  For which I can’t blame her because the whole baby-in-the-belly thing still sounds nuts to me, too.  Let’s face it:  A child her age isn’t going to be able to wrap her head around all of this, or what it’s going to mean for her, so Mr. Candy has a solution for helping Skye adjust to her baby brother when he in fact arrives:

Bribe her with her very own iPad.  Just what all the baby books recommend!

For the record, Mr. Candy, that bribe would also make a perfectly lovely push gift for YOUR WIFE.  You know, to help me adjust to the idea of having to do this again:

Just a thought.

*However, 9 out of 10 people agree it still smells better than the new Mariah Carey perfume

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. She also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats who enjoy blanketing every inch of the house in kitty fur. For more of Candy's nonsense, check out her personal Twitter, The Laughing Stork's Twitter and The Laughing Stork's Facebook page.

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9 Comments

  1. Julie

    January 24, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Wow having kids really agrees with you! You look even better now than in the 2009 pic, all that hairdresser abuse pays off too I see, you look beautiful! I’m sure Skye will be an amazing big sister, she’ll probably own everything from an apple store by age 5,too.

  2. Eize

    January 24, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Look back on this post in the near future: there will come a time when big sister Skye will show her sisterly love and try to steal Baby Freedom’s cereal or pacifier.

    (Psst, Candy! Negotiate for another Apple product!)

  3. Deeva

    January 24, 2011 at 11:29 am

    That’s barely a bump!! You look great.

  4. Maman A Droit

    January 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Your hair is definitely better this time. It’s like a shampoo commercial!

  5. Debutante

    January 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I think you look younger in the 2011 pic than in the 2009 one! You’re growing younger Candy-

    Motherhood agrees with you ! If you have a third, you’ll look as young as Miley Cyrus– But without the salvia !

  6. lauren conner

    January 24, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I met that Russian woman on your street. Had pretty much same reaction.

  7. Jenn

    January 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I agree! You look better in the 2011 pic (not that you looked bad in the 2009 pic… I think you may just have had the “oh crap, how am I going to do this?” look on your face)

  8. Candy

    January 24, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    You flatter-ers. I think my face just looks unduly thin in the old picture. Amazing how a more flattering head tilt and a few layers in the hair can go a long way.

    I’m just thrilled that I can spot some actual muscle tone in my arms now, versus back in ’09, thanks to lugging around Miss Skye all the time. Sad thing is, the right arm is significantly more toned because I can’t help but favor that side. Time to invest in some one-armed blouses…

  9. Mrs. Harrison Ford

    January 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    You look very sexy! One day I’ll be as hot as you are.

    Maybe she’s having late onset separation anxiety? And if Mr. Candy is giving out iPads as push presents I would like one too. Not because I’m pregnant, just because I want one. ;0)

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