Cecilia has decided that she can see the baby via my belly button. She will even shine a flashlight in it to get a better look. She also claims she has touched her baby brother or sister with her finger. She repeatedly tells us she wants to go to the hospital when the baby is born.
We have had a lot of thunderstorms lately. I've heard complaints about the weather, but, honestly, I'm rather enjoying it. I haven't needed to go out in the heat to water the plants. The darker skies have helped with the girls' sleep. And, being 9 months pregnant and not inclined to do a whole lot of activity, just listening to the rain and the thunder has been really quite pleasant. I understand not everyone may be happy about the recent many thunderstorms, but I'm really rather enjoying them. I also comfort myself that they wouldn't be nearly as dangerous to drive to a hospital in as the snow or ice storms I am used to being concerned about this late in a pregnancy.
Does anyone else's little ones kiss inanimate objects? And I don't mean their favorite stuffed animal or a crucifix. Felicity will kiss pictures in books or characters on cups and Cecilia, it seems, picked up on Felicity doing this and uses it as excuses and as a delay tactic. For example, when it is time for bed, she insists she needs to go kiss things outside her bedroom. Anyone else's child done this? I have assumed Felicity will grow out of it but Cecilia's use of it is starting to drive me nuts.
I know some toddlers remain in their cribs for a while but mine seem to crave a bed. Felicity does not like being in the crib. But she loves not only our bed but Cecilia's bed as well. She will, yes, at a year and a half, climb the bedframe, boxspring and mattress to get into Cecilia's bed, get under the covers and lay down with her head on the pillow. We already have the bedframe for Felicity's twin bed. Yesterday we went out and bought a mattress and boxspring we will pick up next week. (Felicity will be on the mattress on a hard board until she is big enough for the boxspring to go under the mattress but it is cheaper to buy both at the same time.) So next week we begin the transition whereupon each girl will sleep in their own twin bed in their own shared room. It isn't a big bedroom though we think we have worked out how to fit everything.
James made the comment that he has come to like My Neighbor Totoro so much he would rank it among his favorite animated films. This got me wondering just what animated films would be my favorites. Here is what I came up with:
1. Lady and the Tramp
1. Beauty and the Beast
4. The Manny Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
5. A Boy Named Charlie Brown
6. My Neighbor Totoro
7. The Last Unicorn
8. Tinker Bell
9. The Secret of Nihm
The ordering, I suppose, could change a bit, but that is about how they would fall I think. I'm sure many would have different ones. Which is your favorite? Think I missed any great ones? (It has been irking me I have such an odd total and was unable to come up with a #10.)
I'm 9 months pregnant and got TWO good nights of sleep in a row! I feel like I should throw a party or make a large charitable donation or something.
I had an OB appointment yesterday and everything looks good. I am officially "full term." I also spoke to my doctor and told him that, assuming everything is good, I'd like to leave the hospital within 24 hours of giving birth. Last time the night nurses drove me insane and I barely got any sleep the two nights I was there, which is hardly the way to begin with a newborn. He said I'm not the first person who has told him as much or made such a request and, as long as the baby and I are doing well, it should be no problem.
Thank God for my OB doctors. They are pro-life and listen to me too!
You may have noticed I've been reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde for a while now and it isn't a very long book. It is only about 254 pages. Well, I am about 100 pages into it and I am enjoying it. I have the problem is that those days when I have not slept well, I am simply too tired to do much reading. I made some headway yesterday and hope to read more today, but the many poor night's sleep I've had in the past few weeks has been the slowdown on my reading.
SPOILER: My father saw a film version of the book, which he told me somewhat about and that was what caught my interest in the book. Also, I've never read anything by Oscar Wilde and thought it would be a good opportunity to do so. In the film, which I have not seen, my dad said Dorian Gray makes a deal with the devil to remain always young and beautiful while a portrait of himself ages and bears the disfiguration over time. Well, 100 pages in, that doesn't seem to be quite the way it happens in the book. The devil hasn't made any appearance, said a word or even been mentioned. Dorian makes a sincere wish to remain always young and beautiful and that the painting might bear his aging and the burden of his "sins." I am only at the part where he has first noticed that the painting's expression has changed and bears a cruel smile upon it. He has only just realized the reality that his wish might have come true but he is also using the painting to reflect on his own behavior, questioning himself if he has, indeed, been cruel. On the one hand, what a wonderful opportunity for examination of conscience! Imagine if every time we did something wrong we could see it's mark on our souls! Sure, it would be a painting we would hide from others, but we could also use it to reflect on how we look through the eyes of God. One other thing I'd say is that I really rather prefer that there hasn't been any Faustian appearance of the Devil. How often do people sincerely say they wish for something that they shouldn't? Fairly often I imagine. Yet how often would those same people sign a contract with Satan? Not as often I bet, yet the choice of the heart is a reality upon our souls. So I rather like that Dorian does something many people might do rather than has a supernatural experience and deliberate deal with the Devil.
I'm fascinated to see how the book ends, but so far I have to recommend it if you haven't read it.