At some time, quite a while ago now, we condensed the name for our second daughter to "Vedabug" (coming from Lovebug and Veda). And this seems to suit her to perfection. To me, Vedabug conjures images of utter cuteness combined with an often shockingly subtle approach followed by a quick sharp sting. For example, she sits in wait for her sister to leave her crackers unattended. And then she ever so quietly, and without drawing any notice to herself, maneuvers to the bowl of crackers left on the table. Sometimes she gets lucky and quickly scarfs whatever is left. But if she reaches her prize and discovers the bowl empty she looks up with this look of shock and disbelief and gives me a look that screams, "I have been cheated!"
Veda is doing well, very well. She had her 18 month wellness check recently and she looked great. She is still somewhat small, weighing about 21 1/2 lbs. and reaching nearly 32" in length, but statistically she has leveled off and remains very consistent from one appointment to the next. She has a very sharp sort of personality. She is so laid back about a lot of stuff and then there will be something that will just totally turn her inside out and topsy turvy. She is happy and I think all is well and then before I can even begin to guess what has gone wrong she is angry-- and I mean ANGRY. She cools off quickly (unlike her sister) but when her temper flares, it is sometimes best to stand clear. Veda will fight with me and insist on her way in a manner that Sylvia has never done. Sometimes it really can just come down to strength: I am larger, the purse is mine, and I will remove that purse from your little body no matter how much you clench and scream "MINE, MINE, MINE!"
Are these "bad traits?" Not necessarily. I have told her many times that she had better get control of her anger now because it is just not worth the expenditure of energy. She does not yet seem to understand this. And I suspect it will take a very long time before she will. But I really admire her fight. She will not let someone take her down, no matter how big or strong or powerful they may be. She will stand up for herself. At least, this is the aspect of her personality that I hope to encourage. She has a strong will, both of my girls do, but I love seeing how they exert themselves in ways that are totally unique to them.
I am so in love with my children. They are each so different and vibrant. They make me smile and laugh while at the same time giving me endless amounts of frustration. There are points during every single day that I am ready to pull my hair out. But then I turn around and Sylvia tries to tell me, actually vocalizes the words (such a tremendous feat for her), she's sorry and that she loves me. And Vedabug comes to me and pulls my leg and stares up at me with these big, blue, pleading eyes and says "Up." And after lifting her she gives me a hug and then buries her little head in my shoulder. I am not sure it is possible to love anything or anyone as much as I do my little girls.
Dave and I attended the wedding of a dear old friend of mine two weeks ago. It was a gorgeous wedding on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Here are the two of us enjoying the beach, enjoying the hot weather and our feet in the cool water, and also enjoying being over half way to LG's debut!
I had my 20 week scan a couple of weeks ago and LG continues to look great! She is growing well and I am becoming more and more uncomfortable as she kicks and squirms and does whatever else she does to occupy herself. Heartburn has finally set in with full force, the back pain is beginning and my energy level is beginning to decrease. But I am not complaining. I am thrilled that LG is doing well and that I am doing well too. The normal aches and pains of pregnancy are welcomed by me and I remain optimistic that maybe, just maybe, this pregnancy will be smooth and without major complications.
We did learn late last week that the genetic testing came back positive. LG has VHL. While this is not our first choice for any of our children, we are comfortable with the results. We gave a lot of thought and consideration and ran through a number of "what if" situations before we even considered having children. We know that some unique trials and struggles are in our future, but every parent is faced with this same possibility. We feel fortunate that we already have an advance notice.
And right now we are just thankful for my health, LG's health and are eager for the day we get to meet our newest little girl.
We live in the country and have a little zoo: Three indoor cats (Audrey, Edgar, and Orange), too many outdoor cats, and our little parrot lovebird named Duncan. Our daughter, Sylvia, was born in October 2008; our second daughter, Veda, was born in January 2010; and our third daughter, Guinevere "Evvie," was born November 2011.