Monday, October 29, 2012

Last the best of all the game!

When I was little, we would often chant the phrase "first the worst, second the same, last the best of all the game!"
 
Lately I find myself chanting that phrase several times a week!  My first trimester was pretty miserable, my second was even worse, but now that I am in the final weeks, I am finally feeling good!  Well, pregnant good anyway! 
 
After months of my doctors being very concerned and telling me over and over to prepare for an early birth, I have stabilized quite a bit.  The fibroids have stopped growing, my pain is minimal, and I actually have energy and I can walk and move (things I really couldn't do a few months ago).  I am officially 37 weeks, so only 3 more to go!  And if she starts to come, they will just let her, so we are in the safe zone as far as the birth goes!
 
 Sure, I am as big as a house, but I'm just happy to not have all the pain I was having!  The other day I couldn't find my keys and had to walk the boys the 4 blocks to the school for their speech therapy.  We walked there, walked home, I found my keys, and we went to a museum homeschool day where we walked around a lot more.  A few weeks ago I would not have been able to do any of that, so despite my size, and the fact that I am too big for most of my *maternity* clothes (sob), I am feeling really good!
 My sweet sisters and mom threw me a baby shower- yay for cute baby girl things!  Of course I didn't get great pictures, but I was too busy enjoying myself!
 My sister Lisa made this cute diaper cake- does this mean the baby won't come out potty trained???  Oh no!!

 My mom made this quilt- I love it!  Melinda also made me a super soft blanket- I need to post a picture, because it is awesome.

The funniest story of the day is that our neighborhood was having a garage sale the day of the shower.  Abby went out early to check out a few of the sales, and she came home with something wrapped in a blanket.  Her eyes were all lit up and she was so excited- she told me she found the perfect thing that I had wanted for a long, long time and she wanted to give it to me at the baby shower.

She was so cute- she could barely contain her joy and excitement!  She kept saying "I just want to tell you what it is- you are going to love it so much"!  Of course, I couldn't make her wait any longer than I had to, so we opened that one first....
And now we have Big Mouth Billy Bass to decorate the nursery and sing little Clara to sleep!  The entire room was cracking up when I opened this- yep, just what I always wanted, all right!  I love my little girl!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Costume Preview

We went to a city Halloween festival this year- it gave us a good chance to try out our costumes!  Because the only thing better than getting 3 cute kids ready and dressed in costumes once is doing it twice! 
 
 Jack is an Auburn football player.  he was super excited to get this helmet with a chin strap, and he wears it non-stop- even to bed one night!
 Aidan is still loving his Union army soldier outfit, so he wore that again.  This year he added a real Union canteen, thanks to a Grandma who knows to get the authentic stuff!
Abby styled herself as a rock star- I think she did a pretty good job!  Really I think the whole outfit was just an excuse to be able to wear those high heels outside of the house!  What a cute girl!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fun at the Farm!

After a rained-out attempt and trying to accommodate a million different schedules, we finally made it to the pumpkin farm with our cousins (and a couple of neighbors, of course).  It was a beautiful day, and the kids all had a great time!
 
 We just met these two neighbors a few months ago- they have an 8 year old boy and a 7 year old girl, and our kids quickly became inseperable!  They have so much fun together!
 Here are all the "pumpkins" in the patch!  It is pretty cool to see all these gigantic pumpkins, but I'm never tempted to take them home!
 And the obligatory hay ride.  It was a little bumpy for my giant belly, but I made it through anyway!
 The boys all enjoyed being "cowboys" which meant they picked up straw and stuck it in their mouths. 
 And of course we all came home with pumpkins!  I love having pumpkins at the house all fall- for some reason they make me so happy!
A shot of more of the group- I always feel like I should have taken more pictures!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Too Much Energy!

Our morning started today at 5:30 am.  That actually used to be pretty normal for us, but for the past several months they have all been sleeping until 6:30 or 7, and Jack and Aidan will sometimes sleep even a bit longer.  I very quickly got used to the later sleep time! 

At 5:30 Jack woke up, and Abby was soon to follow, and even Aidan made his appearance not long after.  Once they are awake, there is no turning back, despite how much Mommy attempts to pull the covers over her head and ignore the world for a few more minutes. 

Amazingly, this morning they decided to cooperate and play rather than argue and fight.  So far they have created an obstacle course, jumped on the trampoline, chased a rabbit out of the yard, played a game with very complicated rules that I won't even attempt to reconstruct but which did result in a lot of (happy) noise and a few bangs from the upstairs bedrooms, made a playhouse for their stuffed pets, and now they are in the basement doing who knows what.

Oh, did I mention it is now 7:30 am? 

If only I could harness that energy and use it for good....

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Only Thing I Kept

Thinking we were done with babies, I gave away all of our baby things, and all of our kid things as they outgrew them.  I am not one to keep things around, and it never made sense to have a bunch of baby stuff laying around.  There was one thing, however, that I just couldn't get rid of- my baby sling.

 It takes up almost zero space, and I just loved it so much I couldn't part with it.  So, luckily I still have that around for this next one.  The number one question I get lately is if I am buying things for the baby, and the answer is "no".  I have collected a few things, but really I'm not buying things, and I'm not setting up a nursery, and I really don't feel like we need anything.
 2 women from church gave me a bag of clothing, so I have a bin of clothes and onesies all washed and sorted and set to go.  I consider the "bag sleepers" essential, so I would have bought some, but one of the bags contained several baby bag sleepers- all set!  Consider clothing checked off!
 If you've read this blog for any amount of time, you know I love to quilt.  I started this quilt about 7 or 8 years ago, and just worked on it here and there.  I just was in love with the pattern and colors, and just made it for no reason.  I finally finished it a year or so ago, and it has just been sitting in a closet- too small to use, and too loved to give away.
 Well, it now has the perfect purpose- a baby quilt for my little one.  Consider the quilt checked off!
 I haven't been in any mood to craft or sew since I've been pregnant, and I really didn't have any plans to make anything at all.  But Kydon needed a baby gift for someone at work, so I made a receiving blanket with a matching burp cloth.  I was in the store, buying the fabric, and felt super guilty that I was making something for someone else's baby and not my own, so I bought this pink flannel and made one for each of us.  Blanket, burp cloths, and something I made- triple check off!
Kydon's sister generously gave us this gorgeous blessing dress- it was exactly what I would have chosen if I had shopped for it myself, and I am in love with it.  I thought it would be super cute with a bonnet, but didn't feel like making one.  Luckily I thought of Etsy, and now an adorable lace bonnet is on the way (the bonnet is one of the very few things I have purchased for this little one).  Check off the blessing outfit!

We've also been given a carseat and a pack and play, so those are checked off as well.

I told Kydon of my intentions to not buy anything, and he was mostly supportive.  He did request a bouncy seat, which I also thought was a good idea, and I was able to score one at the thrift store for $6!  I love a good bargain!  I took it home and gave it a scrubbing, so it is all set to go.

Eventually we will need a crib... a neighbor gave me a mattress, so that is set, and we will just get the crib when we need it.  I have no plans to buy or use a stroller- I think the sling will do just fine.

There was only one more essential item that I have been searching for- it had to be just right....
A new purse for me, of course!  Big enough to hold a few baby things (I will not be carrying a diaper bag), and still smallish and cute.  It was more difficult than I would have thought, but just this week I found the perfect one!  Now I have a new purse and baby prep is officially complete!

I plan to keep it pretty simple for this one, knowing that she will outgrow things every few months!  I also just don't want to spend a lot knowing it is *for sure* our last one!  I hope I'm not crazy, thinking I just don't need anything, but I feel such a calm and peace thinking that we can just get by without a lot of things.  What do you think?  Am I crazy or just keeping it simple??  Is there anything my "essentials"  list is missing?