Briar is a classic first-born, desperate to keep everyone happy. Lately she has been very focused on my belly, asking about the baby and delighting in the movements she witnesses. She has also taken to asking if my belly hurts or if my back is “achin.” It’s pretty sweet and I encourage her participation.

I am, however, a little concerned at how two days running she has turned to me and said, “Mom, I have to pee,” and quickly following it with, “Oh, oh, oh my goodness, mama, I am peeing right now!”

Puddles, tears and mild hysteria…just like me most days at work as I weigh how badly I need to pee against the spiral metal staircase standing between me and the bathroom.