Recently Eric mentioned how we have to make sure and read to Parker all the time. I was like “Duh! That’s only one of the things I’ve been looking forward to the most!” But I’m glad it will be something we can do as a family. A love of reading runs deep for us both. Both of us were English majors in college, Eric is currently a high school English teacher and I’m about to finish year 3 of being a part of a book club with some seriously awesome gals. So for my 34 wk picture I decided to include one of my favorite childhood stories, “The Giving Tree.” I can remember reading it vividly over and over starting in elementary school. I didn’t even have a copy at home, but anytime I was in a library or saw it at a bookstore or someone else’s house I couldn’t help but pick it up. Which, that’s what books should do to you. They should engulf you. As you can see in the picture, I made sure Parker had his very own copy from the beginning. If this guy is going to be spoiled, it’s going to be in the form of books. I may or may not have already purchased around a dozen of my favorites for the little dude. And you can bet your reading arse that Eric and I have been practicing our storytelling voices!
After all reading a book is the cheapest vacation one can take. Open a page and you’re instantly transported to another place. When I read I really invest my entire self to the storyline and characters. I’ve laughed out loud, cried so hard I couldn’t read the lines anymore, fell in love with imaginary people, gotten really angry with how an author decided to make it end, been extremely depressed the story is over..the list could go on and on.
So when it comes to traits I hope Parker gets from us, a love of reading is definitely at the top of the list. With only 5ish weeks left I’m about to prepare packing my hospital bag (doc told me yesterday from this point forward if i happen to go into labor there will be no trying to stop it!) and you can bet I will definitely make room for a couple of books. Gotta start the kid out on the right foot!
As for some quick baby stats. Everything is going run of the mill! No labor signs that I’m aware of (and I’m pretty sure I would be aware!) Parker has not dropped at all, although he is in the correct position – head down, facing my back. He’s clocking in at probably close to 5lbs. When we had our 20wk ultrasound Parker was in the 70th percentile for length and I’m taking bets this guy will be at least 21 inches long at birth because even though I have a longer torso he is constantly stuffing his little legs and feet up in my ribs -yea, it feels as awesome as it sounds! Plus I was 21.5 inches long as a newborn so I think he is going to be lanky like his mama. I’ve been extremely lucky in that I still sleep pretty good at night. I sometimes wake myself up so I can roll over to my other side, but that’s it. My pregnancy pillow has been a lifesaver and I was never hit with the “frequent urination” that so many pregnant women complain of, so I feel really blessed about that. I’m about to start a 3peat of baby showers, starting with one hosted by my BFF on Saturday, followed by one hosted by my work on Tuesday and then ending with one hosted by my sister-in-law next Saturday. After that we should finally be able to finish the nursery since we’ll officially know what else we need. I’m sure I’ll have pictures to share, I can’t wait!