Oh what a wonderful day already. Lydia woke up this morning happy as always and came into my room. DH had already gotten up to go running. Lydia and I just laid there together talking to Luke and hoping he would move. Lydia has such patience for a 4 year old. She didn't want to get up in case he decided to start moving. So we just laid there for the longest time. Leighton woke up and came in the room to join us. She was so cute in her girly pajamas with her big chunky spiderman bedroom shoes. She is so funny. The last couple of days we have spent at the pool. Lydia has finally gone all the way under the water and is now not showing so much fear of the water. Leighton of course would jump in the deep end if I would let her. No surprise there. As soon as Lydia decides to jump off the diving board, I'm sure Leighton will be right behind her. I bought Luke some clothes on Saturday. Oh what fun that was. We also got our Conure bird yesterday, aka Little Ray. He is very cute and is adjusting just fine to our crazy house!!!!
Finally!!!! Luke started some good kicking last night. What fun it was to just sit and experience it. Everyone was asleep so Luke and I got to experience it alone. I must say it was an amazing feeling. Not just phyisically but spiritually. I still feel on a daily basis how Luke changed me. It effects everything I do. I want it to because it sure puts things in perspective. How ridiculous some things sound to me now that in the past would have been "stressful". Stress occurs at all levels. But when someone tells you something might be seriously wrong with your unborn child, that is a stress that can not be explained. Like I have said from the beginning....a life changing event. I got to hold a three week old baby boy yesterday at one of my friend's house. How incredibily exciting. It is so true what everyone says. You truly forget how small they are when they are born. What an absolute joy. I can not wait to meet my son and hold him.
Okay, now Andrew has gone home. Three kids for the last month has been very tiring. Andrew will be back this weekend and then we have a 1 week break. Shortly afterwards we go camping and then have Andrew again and then my niece for a week. I call it my "3 kid boot camp". I'm in training for 3 kids. It's a good thing. Also, I have now entered deep nesting. So, I had a landscape person come look at the backyard to come up with a plan on how to add a swingset and a playhouse. I might not be able to do it all at once, but I do love a game plan. The way I figure it with three kids, we need a backyard to contain and entertain. Next, I have almost completed cleaned out Leighton's room. All of her stuff has been moved to Lydia's room. Tonight will be her fist time sleeping in the same room as Lydia. I called our painter to come and paint their room a light purple. I completed cleaned out the playroom and went through all toys. Lydia and I made a pile of toys that have to go. At first this was quite difficult for Lydia to do. She did not want to part with anything. She even cried and talked about how one of the bears (I swear the ugliest bear I have ever seen, it looks like a bunch of green cotton candy with eyes.) was going to miss her. However, after I told her that we could have a toy sale and all money could go for her a bike, she quickly lined up with that. I now have Andrew's room as the staging room. It is completely full of stuff that has to go somewhere. I have now committed myself to having a sale that has to happen within the next two weeks. The things I get myself into!!!! Anwyway, at least we are getting some things done. I know it's a little early. Luke won't be here until the middle of Novemeber. But, after I get everything ready for Luke's arrival, I have to have all my Christmas shopping done. I can't do it around Christmas. This I do know. So, the more I get done now, the better. Luke, can you tell we are excited about you????
Okay so yesterday I decided that we needed to go to Walmart and Home Depot. First, let me say that for me thankfully this businesses are not right around the corner. It takes about 20 minutes to get there. With two small children 40 minutes in driving time is tough enough. But, to add those two stops.....it's a nightmare for us all. However, I was feeling strong and determined, so off we went. I had on my nesting list a new shower curtain, paint, groceries, a birthday present and some other small items. This is my nesting journey. First, the idea was to move Leighton into Lydia's room. Since, it's the smaller room we had to get rid of some toys to make room for all the other stuff. I kept Leighton's diapers and pullups in one of her dresser drawers in her room. However, that was not going to work in the new room. So that meant the diapers had to go into the Linen closet. That was already full, so I decided to clean that out. That led to cleaning out the bathroom toys, so naturally that led to cleaning and reorganizing the bathroom. Hense, the new shower curtain. So now I have reorganized 5 rooms for Luke. HA HA!! All that would be the reason Walmart and Home Depot was a must. Who know's what today will lead to. I think I have my eye on the attic. All the baby stuff is up there including other toys meant for give away. Nesting is a wonderful thing. But, let me finish the Walmart story. Leighton fell asleep on the way so she went into the stroller. Lydia wanted to ride in the cart. So I was pushing Leighton and pulling Lydia. I filled up the part children are suppose to sit in and the bottom part of the stroller. Leighton woke up after about 1 hour. She wanted to get into the cart with Lydia. So then I had to move stuff from the cart to the stroller. It was chaotic as usual but Lydia and Leighton were absolutely wonderful. Good sports!!!! After we had gotten everything from the Caboo Treasure Hunt Game to dill pickle relish, we were moving towards the front of the store as I'm throwing pixie sticks at them to keep them occupied. This lady looked at me and said, "I don't envy you." She wasn't being mean. I just smiled and went on. However, it made me a little sad. I wanted to say.....OH BUT YOU SHOULD!!!! How could life get any better that two wonderful, cute, adorable pig tail girls in a cart in Walmart, eating pixie sticks, laughing and saying more Mommy, with a little baby boy growing inside of me. I have a wonderful husband, I'm with my children and not at some job wishing I was home, I have money in the bank and a beautiful almost completed organized from top to bottom house!!!!! Life could not get better than this!!!
It's 4:00 am in the morning and I can't sleep. One would think I would not have any problems considering the energy that my daughters require during the day. However, here I am.....awake. Anyway, a good time for an update. I went to the my doctor on Tuesday for a regualar check on Luke. Everything looks good. I've gained a total of 17lbs. I started at 115 and now I'm 132. I big 8lb gain since my last appointment. However, my doctor said that was probably my big jump and now it will level off to about 3 or 4 lbs a month. Luke is real busy now. I love to feel him moving around. I know he can hear his sisters. They talk to him all the time. The excitement for Luke is so unbelieveable. I know that it will be really really hard for the first couple of months trying to get a routine with a 4 year old, a 2 year old and an infant that will be attached to my breasts. But, somehow I'm sure we will manage. On the homefront update. My house is getting sooooo organized. I'm trying to get rid of all the stuff we have accumulated since Lydia was born. We don't need all those girl clothes I have been saving. And of course, I'm stilling gathering all unplayed with toys. Our toy sale could be a big sale and hopefully a good one. I now have my eye on a "treehouse" swingset I want for the girls and Luke. It's over the top for sure and I'm sure a lot of people would say ridiculous for me wanting it. However, it's a child's dream and when you take all the children that will enjoy it and the number of years they will use it........it really is not that bad. The way I figure it is like this....we were going to buy a camper. However, I think this is something we would get far more use out of and it will last longer. You are probably thinking what is it for God's sake? Well, it's a treehouse that is built on top of a redwood tree trunk. The inside is hollowed out and there is a door built with steps leading up to the house part. You can add on a slide and swings. I'm sold!!!! The bad thing that I haven't quite gotten over is that it has to be shipped from CA on a flat bed truck. Definately not cheap!!!!! But, I can dream right???? Who knows, by next year at this time it just might be in my back yard.
Well on Monday I went for my echocardiogram. It came back normal. She also mentioned that the cystic hygroma they had noted in my file was still gone. It was such a reassuring thing. Luke has been moving lately. However, he seems to be laid back and not very active. Maybe that might be an indication of how he will be as a baby. We had a wonderful weekend and a busy week so far. On Friday night we had 2 of our family friends and their children as our guests at the pool. We cooked out hamburgers. It was fun. On Saturday we went for a long family bike ride. I must say I was impressed with myself being 5 1/2 months pregnant bike riding with Leighton attached for 8 miles. Once we got home Evan came over to look at Luke's room and give his thoughts on the mural. I changed my mind on the bike ride as to what I wanted. I thought I wanted the vintage airplane look. However, since we have been looking at the whimsical treeshouses I decided I wanted something a little more fun. I started thinking that the planes was a little too nursery. I wanted something that would last a lot longer. I was inspired by the pirate ship treehouse that we had seen. But, I didn't think that pirates would be a good nursery either. So, that led to......Peter Pan. I thought how fun to have a "Never Grow Up" kind of thing. Evan the artist was very excited and thought he could make it really cool. I told him that he could do whatever he wanted and go crazy for that theme and have total artist freedom. He asked if he could include the whole room and I said yes. However, it turns out that total artist freedom with a huge palette is not cheap. When I saw the estimate I thought......well we don't need to go that CRAZY. I'm sure it would be unbelievable, but in my head I can justify a treehouse. However, I cannot justify a mural. So.....we are going to tone it down a bit. Now onto the treehouse. My husband got so excited that he actually upgraded the treehouse I had picked out. I think we have decided that we definately want to do it. I haven't decided if I want to go ahead and do it now or wait until the beginning of the year. I would hate to get all of it started and as everything it not be on schedule and then I would be dealing with it right when Luke comes. But, on the other handI would like to have it completed by the time Luke got here so we could enjoy it come Spring. I'm not sure. I'll decide that later. We're going camping this weekend so I have a lot to get together. I'll decide next week.
It's Tuesday late afternoon. However, it feels like a Sunday afternoon. That's because we just got back from our camping trip. We left on Friday and ended up staying an extra day. It was for my Mom's 60th birthday. We decided to surprise her with a photographer on Sunday and have pictures taken of the whole family on the beach. It was wonderful and I think the pictures will be incredible. It was fun camping and bought back a lot of wonderful memories. Lydia, Leighton and Andrew LOVED IT!!!! So, I'm sure we will be doing that again real soon. I'm feeling great!!! But, I am starting to enter the "not so comfortable" stage. Luke sometimes like to get real HIGH up and then other times like to get real LOW. I can't say one is more comfortable than the other. How can something so small feel so BIG???? But, trust me....no complaints. I can't believe how close it is getting. I just received in the mail today catalogs featuring Halloween stuff. I thought to myself, wow it's getting close.
I've being trying to get to the computer to write an update, but unfortunately one thing turned into another and blah blah blah. Anyway, here now. Belly is getting big. I went yesterday and picked out Luke some new baby stuff. Lydia was having just as much fun as she would see something and say.....Oh, Mom it's soooooooooo cute. Can we get this for Luke? I'm certain she asked for more things for Luke than herself. Luke has a lot of clothes already. Most has been hand me downs. But, who cares????? It has been so fun to wash and fold those cute little things. I'm really trying to take time out to really pay attention to what is going on inside of me. It's my last pregnancy. I have a hard time with closing chapters. I know I will never experience this again so I want to cherish everything that is happening.
Busy Busy Busy. We're trying to fit everything we can into these last days of summer before school starts. However, my two daughters are making me crazy. Last week at Target Leighton decided to run off as we were checking out. Usually she goes just around the corner or close by where I can call for her and she will come running back to me. Not this time. I called for her but I did not see her. I started to go into a panic since the check out line was right in front of the front automatic doors. The sales people radio all employees to look for a 2 year old wearing a gymnastics leatard with a big ponytail. Of course all surrounding people noticed a 6 month pregnant woman carrying a four year old running around calling out for LEIGHTON. It seemed like an eternity but finally they said they found her. Are you ready for this?????? IN THE DRESSING ROOMS. I was sooooooooo relieved but the other feeling, just can't explain that one. Now this week, my Lydia the one that keeps me sane has decided to change teams. She has started a full NO campaign. She just says NO to me whenever she wants to. No I will not brush my teeth, No I will not pick that up, No, I will not stop coloring on my sister. I'm hoping they will both come to their senses soon. Maybe school is a GOOD thing. Luke, please be my little EASY GOING child. Have I mentioned how excited I am???? Fall is just around the corner and that means Luke is that much closer to entering our CRAZY world. Just hope that Zone will be a little easier than MAN TO MAN DEFENSE.
Just got back from visiting my sister and spending time with an old friend. Had a great time. Very tired. My children are making me crazy. I think I'm ready for school to start. I never thought I would say that. Luke is great! Growing alot! At my last doctor's appointment I gained 7lbs....AGAIN! I have gained 22lbs and I'm 28 weeks. He's moving alot too! Loving it.