Pregnancy: So far it seems to be going well. I've been feeling the baby kick for a few weeks now. It is the best thing about pregnancy!! My official due date is April 7. I get an ultrasound this coming Tuesday and I think we're all looking forward to it, especially Sophie. She keeps asking when it is, and I think it will be fun for her to see the baby on the screen. She might be disappointed, or even scared when the image that she sees looks more like an alien than a baby. I mean, even I have a hard time following the ultrasound tech. I just nod and agree for lack of feeling dumb that I can't make out what exactly she is describing.
Regarding baby coming, I feel extremely at ease. I was worked up for a while about organizing baby stuff and do we need to get a new stroller, should we find out the gender and on and on...but that by God's grace has all worked out. Clothes are organized, room is ready (it's easy when everything was already there just being used by Claire), we're not going to find out the gender (my only exception to that is if I find out we're having twins!), and I'm keeping the same stroller. Ahh, that was easy.
The girls: They started sharing a room (Sophie's room) Halloween weekend. It's going pretty well. We did realize that Claire is probably done napping for the most part because the days she napped she wasn't falling asleep until 10pm! So, although it makes for a longer day, having her asleep 2 hours earlier is huge!! Sad, that it seems to be in both of my kids' DNA to give up naps early. Oh well. :) I do feel like we're in a new phase with 2 diaper less kids who don't nap - freedom!! We can leave the house at any time of day!
Claire remains full of energy, and full of danger. The girl finds so many ways to hurt herself, falling off of swings, stabbing herself in the nose with a pencil, those are just 2 I can think of off the top of my head. Sophie is still enjoying school, and learning so much! She loves practicing writing her letters, and coloring(in the lines) has been of utmost interest lately. I think it was about a year ago that I could not get her to color! What a difference a year makes. She's also been taking gymnastics for the past several weeks and seems to like it.
Bill and I are doing well. We seem to be getting into a good rhythm and schedule. I have spent a lot less time following facebook statuses, blogs, all that stuff. It's been good for me. I've been able to focus on being home, kids, house and I really think it's made a difference. I don't seem to be rushing around, feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, feeling like things aren't getting done. Things are actually getting done in a consistent manner. And my attitude with it for the most part has shifted as well, praise God! Woohoo! And at night, we have time to sit together, read books, drink tea, actually relax! It's amazing. Oh, the little things. And I know this is probably the calm before the storm but I'm going to enjoy it to the fullest. And of course things are far from perfect, but by God's grace we're making strides in the right direction.
And here are some pictures from the last month or so...
|Modeling winter accessories|
|Sophie with her fuzzy stick vase creation|
|Another modeling opp|
|One strawberry and one ladybug for Halloween|
|Who can resist a little dress up? I love having girls!|
|The girls at the American Girl store on our trip to Chicago in October|