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And then she’s a big girl . . . SweetPea on her own


This little lady has suddenly grown up over night: big girl bed, potty trained (not including sleep times, because really, who includes those??), talking non-stop, and really ready to be a big sister.

Did I say she was rrrrrrrreally ready? I mean, I’m moderately ready too, I supposed suppose (LET’S HAVE THIS BABY NOW).

Things she says

::get baby out now; change his diaper; I nurse him; where’s Boy?; I burp him; where’s baby?; why he stuck?


Things she does

squeals and runs toward her B I G G I R L B E D with all her entourage in tow: including Big Darlin, Choe, Thumper, Baby Thumper, White Thumper, Jesus, an assortment of pacifiers, baby pretend bottles, swaddle blankets, mama-made-me-this blankets. The whole kit & caboodle.


This she thinks

going on the potty is FUN! going on the potty is TERRIBLE! going on the big toilet without the booster thing is AWFUL. going on the big toilet sans anything is GREAT! going potty and getting a health cookie is the BEST. going potty and getting an akmak cracker is BETTER. never going potty again is an option.


The rest of us are along for her ride, that’s for sure. (I decided on a duvet cover! Dangerous color?)

Me & almost 39 weeks are dying over yonder these here hills. I’ve been sick (use your imagination) for a few days and am hoping it’s pre-labor. If it’s not, that’s fine. If it is, let’s get this unmedicated double doula water birth party started. Seriously.


  1. Laura @ Mothering Spirit on April 29, 2014 at 8:56 am

    oh dear, I laughed out loud at your last paragraph. you are still hilarious even in the tedium of baby-waiting!! praying you don’t have much more to go!

    • Natural Mama Nell on April 29, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Praying the same for you, sweet friend!! It’s the world’s worst waiting game. Hurry up and wait.

  2. Gail Dwyer on April 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Nell, I don’t see any stuffed animal ponies, that poor neglected baby girl.

    • Natural Mama Nell on April 29, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Gail–she’s hiding her FOUR HORSES two of which are on sticks. But yes, she is totally neglected!!! 🙂

  3. Olivia on April 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    She is adorable! And I love the “why he stuck?” – too funny! Keep hanging in there, you are so close!!! 🙂

    • Natural Mama Nell on April 29, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks, chica! I know, she really thinks he’s stuck. Somedays she thinks she needs to forcefully pat him out. Let’s just say that’s a no-no!!