My bellybutton never, ever does more than get shallower. It's always been very deep to begin with (my mother tells some tale of the doctor who was at my birth who was stressed when he cut the cord because his own DD was being rushed to the ER, but he'd promised to take care of my mother and so he did.. I have no idea if that really results in a different bellybutton!).
Big hugs to all reeling from the Boston events. My BIL is a marathoner and is originally from Boston. I'm not sure if he's run it in the last few years but he has done it several times. "Thankfully," a major fallout with his family has meant he's stayed away for the last couple years, so my sister, her twins, and my BIL were all halfway across the country and perfectly safe. My eldest just turned 11, so I was pg with him on 9/11/01. That was obviously a much bigger deal and left all of us (especially those pg) reeling and wondering what on earth we were doing bringing children into this world. Thankfully, all these years later, good still outweighs the bad, even if the news doesn't always make it feel that way.
There was a huge explosion here in Texas this evening, with initial estimates of 60-70 dead, including all of the first responders to what began as a fire at plant. Of course, the plant used the same fertilizer components as were used in Oklahoma City. The explosion leveled and/or damaged an immense portion of a rather small town. Really hard to wrap one's mind around these sorts of tragic incidents.
I have definitely been more emotional lately, but never thought to blame it on pregnancy! There's so much else going on in my life right now that should be emotional that it hasn't surprised me TOO much, though I did notice the shift.
I guess I'm trying to maximize the 2nd trimester and the lack of blazing hot weather here. I have been doing a lot more things (like outings, a day trip last week) with my kids, and am planning more this week and over the next 6 weeks or so. Thankfully, there are a bunch of things that are low-cost or free to begin with, so I keep wanting to go! Friday we're driving 2 hours away to look for fossils at a spot where everyone is always successful finding them (small sea creature sorts - no dinos as my boys would wish!). They're sooo excited about going. Hoping the weather stays cool so I don't get overheated, but otherwise, I'm expecting a great day with my kiddos.
I have done pretty much nothing as far as birth or baby prep. I did find out that the carseat I've been waiting on is finally available to order/preorder - and is $299.
Other than that, I'm not sure what I can even do at this point.
My 5yo felt baby kick earlier today.
My 2yo has been kicked but doesn't understand how a little nudge is actually baby kicking her.
My 8yo keeps telling me he wishes baby were ready, already. He said he thought babies should only take a month.. or maybe 3.
They are all awfully excited, which is lovely.