When I woke up this morning, I asked if we could stay home all day today. That's my favorite thing to do lately! We did stay home, mostly, and we got a lot done. Well, Daddy got a lot done-and I mostly played-and Mommy did what she could, but let's focus on Daddy. He worked on The List that Mommy gave him to work on before the baby comes, which included changing the smoke detector batteries, changing the filter for the heat/air conditioning, anchoring my shelf and the baby's shelf to our walls, pruning trees, etc. Mommy was very happy.
It wasn't a snow day yesterday, but we did manage to stay home in our pajamas. Along with sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dishes, and laundry, I managed to have a great time with my Legos. Probably because Mommy was cleaning and I was playing. I did take a couple of breaks to help her.
In the evening, we had a special dinner out with Daddy and then went to Barnes and Noble to play with their train table. Soon our family will change, and it won't be quite as easy to do things like that together. We're trying to enjoy our family the way it is now even though we're excited about the new way it will be soon!
Mommy has been showing me a lot of pictures of our friends' houses and yards while they're covered with ice. It's so strange for me to think about what that's like! I told Mommy last night that having all that ice would mean a snow day and time to play with teeny-tiny Legos, read books, have family time on the couch, and bond. She was surprised that I figured all that out for myself, but I did!
A lot of our friends who live far away are dealing with ice today. We are missing them and hoping that the ice doesn't cause too many power outages and other troubles. We miss winter weather, but maybe not this part. Here is a great picture of the ice that Jamey and Jack's mom took. We hope that everyone is OK! Stay home if you can!
Our baby gets the hiccups inside Mommy all the time, just like I did. Daddy came home for a quick lunchtime visit before naptime today, and while we were all talking about the baby's hiccups, he asked me if I had them, too. Of course, I didn't. I rarely get the hiccups. But, just by asking...Daddy gave them to me! We all got a good case of the giggles. Then, while Mommy read my naptime story, I leaned against her belly to feel the baby's hiccups while I had my own. Funny things happen in our family!
If you haven't read Rocks in My Dryer yet today and have just one minute, click here. The story is short, but I was so touched by God's hand on this little girl who will soon come home from Ethiopia that I had to share the link with you. Maybe you'll say a prayer for her also.
I brought home some homework from Sunday school this week. On one side of the paper, I was supposed to put some things that I used to do, and on the other side, I was supposed to put other things that I do now that I'm big. I think my teacher wanted magazine pictures glued on, but I wanted to "use letters and numbers" with Mommy, so we did. You can look at each thing on the left and then what I do now instead on the right. I told Mommy what to write on each one except for the last one, which was Daddy's idea. I decorated the paper with green pen after Mommy was done writing. I thought you'd enjoy seeing what I do as a big boy!
Hello, Aunt Shari! Mommy and I just wanted you to know that we made the Sand Art Brownies you sent to me! They're in the oven right now, and they sure look good. I got really excited about all the kissies in there, which is what I call chocolate chips. We got to lick the spoon, and the batter was yummy. Thank you!
Nothing new to report this week, which is great news as far as I'm concerned! I had my appointment today and everything was fine. I go back in two weeks. Jonathan has been coming with me since he has wanted to hear the heartbeat. We have just seven weeks left until the due date, and I'm thankful for every week the baby stays safe inside and keeps growing. And, as you know, he/she could be ready earlier or later than the actual date. We'll see.
You might recall that our camera started doing this before Thanksgiving. We figured it was inevitable based on the age of our camera and the number of pictures it had taken. (And the two times that I had dropped it.) Jeff and I decided that we'd give each other a new family camera for Christmas. Jeff found a fabulous deal on a new Canon for us and put it under the Christmas tree. Our five-year-old, beloved Canon Powershot A80 quit completely during Jonathan's birthday party. (Todd and Corinne shared their camera services with us! Thanks!!!) We love our new camera. It's lighter, faster, has more megapixels, and has a bigger display.
Our playdate plans didn't work out this morning, so we made our own fun at home...in our pajamas. (This keeps happening more often, doesn't it? I think a playdate in our pajamas would be just perfect...)
I'm taking over Jonathan's blog for just a moment because this was too quotable to keep to myself! Keep in mind that I am officially eight months pregnant today.
Last night, Mommy and Daddy had something grown-up to do, so I got to go to Uncle Todd and Aunt Corinne's house. I had a great time playing with them and with Uncle Todd's Hot Wheels. We also played a card game together. Aunts and Uncles give me a lot more attention than parents do! I visited with Copper and Kitty, their dogs. I gave some of my celery to Copper at dinnertime, and I learned that I shouldn't do it again. I also learned that I can't bonk Kitty very hard. Maybe if my parents would get me a dog, I could learn important lessons like that sooner.
Lou and Lionel gave me a gift card for my birthday and Christmas, and we used it to buy baseplates for my new, big-boy, teeny-tiny Legos. The great thing is that the baseplates (and new Legos) work with my Duplos from last year, which I still love. I was very excited to make a "house restaurant" on my new "floor" last night. I can build just about anything now! (If you want to know where we found a great deal on the baseplates, just let my mom know.)
that our poll about whether the baby is a boy or girl has not worked right. The votes don't "stick" all the time. So, we're starting over with a new poll, and we hope you'll jump in and vote over to the left. Of course, the votes won't change the baby, because I'm already sure that I have a little brother. But, it's still fun to see what everyone thinks. Great Grandma and Aunt Amanda think it's a girl. I think they're wrong. Mommy and Daddy are just thankful for a baby. What do you think?
Mommy broke the news to me today that, after the baby comes, we won't go to BSF anymore. Apparently you have to be a big kid to go. That's hard for me to understand. I said, "What would happen if the baby came to BSF?"
Jonathan's mom here! If you know me, you know that organizing is not my forte, but I do give it my best shot! So, I have three tips that have "worked for me" that I'd like to share with you. I hope they are helpful to you and your family!
1. Use a clear, over-the-door shoe organizer to store and sort tiny baby things. I made one of these for Jonathan's nursery before he was born using Butterick 6869, and you can also purchase one by Googling "clear over door shoe organizer." I like the clear pockets so I can see exactly what I have. From tiny socks to diaper ointment to Snappis to tiny shoes, it's so nice to get what you need easily without having to search the top of the changing table or the inside of a drawer or basket. Here are two: the one I made for Jonathan, and one I made for a dear friend using a crib sheet from Target's Dwell Studio Circles to match her nursery. (There was lots of fabric left over to do other crafty things!) If you have a sliding door for your baby's closet instead of a regular one, you can use Command Adhesive hooks to hang your organizer on the front of the door.
I had my 31-week appointment today, and all is well. I'm very thankful! My blood pressure is staying low, and the baby is head-down, which I suspected. We have just two months before it's time for the baby to come! We are excited and nervous and thankful for every week that he/she stays inside to "percolate." I've been trying not to worry about pre-eclampsia with this one, although it is definitely on my mind. That's what I had with Jonathan, but it didn't show up until two days before his due date, and he and I were fine.