Why, hello fall, are you just around the corner? I’m definitely feeling fall-ish, still holding onto the last of the Seattle sunshine, but the cool, crisp mornings, football games and back-to-school supplies are making me crave scarfs, pumpkins, golden leaves and that feeling I love that fall brings….but wait….oh there is a baby arriving also! Eeek!
My amazing girlfriends (friends I’ve had since grade and high school) threw me the most amazing “geometric” boy baby shower. I told my bestie that I would only let her throw me another shower if we had the opposite gender this time around. So, with the soon-to-be arrival of a boy, my friends were so generous and spoiled me and this little guy! It was such a fun time and I really enjoyed laughing and eating with some of my closest friends.
We’ve had an amazing summer, the girls are getting to be more independent and so much fun. They do make me a little crazy from time to time when they are running around, not listening to me and doing as they please after I’ve told them not to do something. But, they smile their mischievous grins and I can’t help but laugh. I get a little worried how life is going to look for us and our Moms who do our childcare once a baby is in the mix, but my husband says we’ve just gotta “go with the flow”. I hope I can breathe that mantra in and out when I get frazzled!
The potty training was going really well until this past week. All of a sudden, Zoe got really resistant and would get so mad and upset when you’d tell her to use the potty. Almost into full on tantrum mode. I referred to Jamie Glowacki’s website to see how to handle twins and she said that it is okay if one child is getting it and the other isn’t quite there yet, she said it’s okay to rediaper one if you have to. That made me feel better and we now have Zoe in pull-ups telling her they are her “special undies”, she will still use the potty on occasion, but seems more content to go in her “undies”. Jemma is pretty much potty trained, she only wears a diaper at nap and bedtime and will tell us when she has to go. She will go when we are out and about and doesn’t have a problem using a public toilet. We have her wearing underwear but she sometimes prefers to go commando. I don’t fight her on that. So, my expectations for potty training both before the arrival of the baby didn’t turn out as I expected but I think when Zoe is “ready” it’ll be easier than if we hadn’t tried at all.
Hubby and I have been off work this week and we have been busy busy (he more than I since I’m not physically as mobile as usual). We moved the girls into their big girl room and are getting their old room ready for baby boy.
The girls had a tough time transitioning into their new room for naps. We moved them a week ago and they have only napped three of the seven days they’ve been in there. The first two days we didn’t have anything covering the windows behind the blinds and it was too bright in their room, blackout shades are on the way, but cardboard coverings have helped the last few days. I think the newness of the room and the layout has had them much too excited to sleep. When the girls don’t nap I tend to feel very anxious because I know that everyone will be crabby and that our afternoon and evening will be very challenging. Luckily they have been sleeping well through the night.
During this week off, we took the girls to their second Seattle Mariner’s baseball game. They had a fun time this second time around and loved meeting the Mariner Moose!
We also celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary this week and had a night away at Willows Lodge located just outside of Seattle. Jemma and Zoe excitedly had a night at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.
I’m 34 weeks pregnant today…..only 6 weeks to go! I have a scheduled C-section for October 21st but am hoping to go into labor before then. The 21st of October is already a week into my short six week maternity leave from work, so I don’t really want to be waiting around during a precious week I could be spending with our new son. I am still hoping to try for a VBAC if I go into labor prior to October 21st, but again, we’ll see. Expectations don’t always meet reality. This pregnancy continues to feel so much easier than my last one with the twins. I pray that the delivery will be the same. With such a traumatic post-partum recovery last time, I’m anxious and nervous about how this will go. I just pray that all will go smoothly and uneventful. Hubby and I are still undecided on a name, picking a boy name has been much harder for us than picking the girls’ names.
Hoping to post a couple more times before baby arrives. We have a busy month trying to see friends before baby and Hubby will be out of town next weekend.
I hope all of you with kids back in school have had a great first week of school. Hard to believe we’ll be sending the girls to preschool next year!