Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Last Month

So this is my last month of pregnancy.  I am officially 8 months along.  This month is always so weird for me.  I always feel so tired of being pregnant.  I feel like everyone in the entire world has had their babies except me.  I feel so ready to finally meet what I have been growing for the better part of a year.  I feel ready for things to get back to normal and start figuring out how life is suppose to be with a new little person in it.  But then at the same time, I always feel like I am being rushed.  I just want things to slow down, because before I know it, he will be here and everything will be different and I just want to enjoy how good things are right now.  I feel ready and not at all ready, all at the same time.  People always say that this month lasts forever and while I am uncomfortable and exhausted, I always feel like this last month flies by.  No more counting months or weeks even.. its counting days.  That is intense.  I guess its normal.  To spend every second thinking about the baby and just wanting to hold him so much, but feeling so unprepared and just wanting a little more time.  I am sure a big portion of this is crazy pregnant lady hormones.  I have been having insane mood swings and that has never really happened to me before.  Its super weird and I think I am scaring Brad a little, cause my other pregnancies were not this way.  Like the other day, I for no reason at all, felt on the verge of tears all day long.  And then when we caught a mouse in our living room, it apparently was too much and I cried.  I dont know if it was because the mouse wasn't all the way dead in the trap and I felt bad or because I couldn't believe something so gross was in our house.  I have no clue.  There is no way of knowing.  But I feel like a basket case and hope that these hormones go away quick, before another preview for Dora the Explorer makes me cry. (no.. I am not kidding.  It makes me cry every. dang. time.)  So anyway, this baby will be here soon and I am so excited and so not ready.  But feeling so so so blessed.  Brad and I get a little stressed sometimes, but then we go in to the boys room and see Clark and Kalvin sleeping so soundly in their tiny beds, all bundled up and so incredibly perfect, and we really can not wait to meet our next little miracle.  Cant wait to see his face and hold him and watch how much he changes everything in our family.   

So to make up for our fun Saturday off, Brad brought a ton of boxes in from the garage and we opened them all up and started sorting and organizing and putting stuff away.

And our house looked like this for days and days and drove me absolutely crazy!  The problem is that we dont have a lot of places to put things, because we don't have the same amount of furniture that we use to have.  We opened up a bunch of boxes and realized that we use to have 3 book cases and a china hutch and now we don't and have no where for our books or my teacup collection or a hundred other little things.  We will eventually, but this house is a work-in-progress and it will take some time.  And then I unpacked and washed and folded ALL of our laundry and then realized that we have no where to put any of it.  Our bedroom is too small for the dresser we have and the closet is tiny.  After days of Brad trying to convince me that we should just keep our clothes in our dresser on the deck off of our bedroom, we ordered a dresser that will fit in the room.

So I spent a few days working on finding a place for things and repacking what we don't have a place for right now and our house is looking MUCH better.  You can see the floor again and sit on the couch again and it is great.  I am exhausted, but it feels so good to have that done.  I have dishes in my kitchen and my makeup isn't in baggies and we now have an actual place for mail and for pens and pencils, so we dont have to go searching for hours if we ever need to write something.  It magical.  I will never ever take for granted again, not living out of boxes!

So Brad's work has been going really well.  He is in the process of hiring a new office worker, so thats been interesting.  He is like interviewing people and stuff.  Its a new experience for him, but he is a boss at being the boss, so thats good.  He has some great regular patients who bring him things like cookies or fresh eggs and I love more than anything when people come up to me and tell me how much my husband has helped them in therapy and how amazing he is.  Makes me feel so proud of the man!!!  I married a pretty awesome guy.

It has been cooling off a lot here.  The evenings and nights get down into the 40's.  In fact, I think this week we will be down into the 30's at night.  So having this hot tub has been freaking amazing!!  I can never ever go back.  Especially while being pregnant.  All the back and hip pain and all the pressure, just melts away in that nice warm water.  And don't worry, its not too hot.  We keep it set at the same temp as just a warm bath, so its safe for the baby and for me and for the little boys.  (I have had a lot of people with a lot of opinions talk to me about that) 

The boys LOVE it.  They beg every night after dinner to go swimming in the outside tub.  It has been so much fun. 

Kalvin, my little angel baby.  I love spending the days with him.  He is going to be such a good big brother!  He is ready for sure.  He still talks about his baby brother all the time. 

I have been craving turkey lately, so Brad, being the man he is, made me a little turkey last sunday for dinner and it was amazing!  I love having all the leftovers for things like soup and sandwiches and stuff.  I could eat turkey everyday! 

Kalvin took it upon himself the other day to color with his crayons all over he and Clark's sheets on their beds.  He has never done that before.  I was shocked.  He felt so bad and cried for like an hour while I had him help me take the sheets off the beds and wash them.   

Hopefully he sticks to his paper and coloring books now.  He loves coloring so much. 

Clark had a school project to paint a pumpkin like a character from one of his favorite books.  And being the awesome parents that we are, put it off til the night before it was due.  We had to go through a ton of boxes to find his books and then when we realized we had no idea where any of the craft paint was, Brad got out the interior paint and mixed gray, red and yellow to make a fleshy sort of color and then we just used a magic marker for the face.  Kind of a scary looking Mr. Brown, but Clark was pretty proud of it, so its all good. 

Well I think I am all caught up now. 

Life is good and moving forward.  We are busy in all the best ways and most days I look around and can't believe that I am as lucky as I am.  That we live in such a great place and that we have such a pretty little house and that we have such perfect little boys and that we are going to have another one who is just as perfect and that I am married to my best friend.  I can honestly say that I am completely content right now and that its a pretty good feeling!

Lazy P Farms

So when last weekend rolled around and Brad and I went through our list of all the things that we needed to get done on saturday - the unpacking, cleaning, painting and getting the baby's room ready - I may have suggested that we forget all of that and go in to Winnemucca for the day.  Brad wasn't hard to convince ;)  We have been working so hard and things have been so crazy and when this baby comes in a few weeks, its going to be even crazier and our boys have been SO amazing through everything that they deserved to have a day out having fun with all Mom & Dad's attention on them.  So we did just that.

I had heard about a farm in Winnemucca that has corn mazes and a pumpkin patch and petting zoo and all kinds of crap for kids, so that is what we decided to go do.

The Petting Zoo was a lot of fun!

The boys got to actually go in with the animals and feed them and play with them 

Its been a while, but the goats they had actually made me almost want a goat again.  They were super cute and Kal loved them so much.

I think that was Kalvin's favorite part of the whole day.  The boy loves animals.  In fact, he tells me often that he loves all the animals in the whole live world.

Clark on the other hand, not so much.  haha  He has never really been a fan of animals, especially the overly friendly ones.  He says he only likes cats and I think thats because cats aren't super friendly and jumpy and loud.  So yeah, he was content to just stand back and observe.

Between the two of them though, I really think we need to get a some animals at some point.  For Kal because they make him so happy and for Clark so that he can get use to them and learn to love them.  I really wanted to take the horse and the donkey home, but I don't think out back yard would be quite big enough.

Kal could not leave this turkey alone, cause he kept getting such a reaction out of it every time he would pet it.  It was hilarious. 

The boys climbing Hay Mountain.  I love their tiny little bodies in this picture :) 

Since Clark wasn't so much into the Petting Zoo, we took him to do something that was a little more his speed.  He loves anything with wheels, that boy!

They had a bunch of free stuff for kids, which was cool.  They loved the corn box and all the little tractors and animals to play with.  I think they would have been happy to do that all day.

Checking out all the scarecrows from the scarecrow contest 

Then we went through the corn maze.  There were two and we picked the short one, since prego here can't walk for very long without hurting a lot. haha 

My 3 favorite boys in the whole world 

Can't wait to see my baby boy's face right there with them 

Clark was super into this duck race thing 

It was such a good day and the boys did not even kinda want to leave

But we dragged them to the car with promises of lunch and that did the trick.  Brad took us to a mexican restaurant in town where Kalvin ate probably a pound of salsa and then we went to Wal-Mart and spent a million dollars on food and paint and Halloween candy and pumpkins and a ton of other stuff that we had to buy, since Lovelock has no stores.  haha

It was such a perfect day and now I guess we are ready to get back to work and get this baby here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We Moved In!!!

After two loooong weeks of painting.  Two weeks of the boys watching too many cartoons and too many take-out dinners, too many nights of sore muscles and falling into bed barely before falling asleep, we are done!  Oh my heavens painting an entire house is a lot of work.  Granted, I am pregnant, Brad's working full-time and we also did baseboards, crown molding, a very labor-intensive bay window, every door and all the walls, it was a much bigger undertaking than I had originally planned.  But, aside from a few little touch-ups here and there and a hallway that needs trim painted, we are done.  Hurray!  It was a very memorable time for our family. haha There may have been a day when a sweet lady from our ward knocked on our door with dinner in her hands who said that when she ran into us at the store, she just felt so bad, because I looked so tired.  haha  Apparently if you go to Lowes enough times in old sweats and paint in your hair, people notice and bring you an amazing dinner.  The people here are amazingly thoughtful!  And I have loved all the time with my Brad.  He is the best to work with, cause he keeps things light and happy even when we are so tired, with his dancing and singing and for some reason going hours talking with a New York accent and acting like I am the crazy one.   

So on Saturday morning we had some nice fellows show up and help us move all our junk from our rental house into our new house.  The majority of our crap went straight to the garage and our plan is to slowly, box by box, unpack and sort through everything.  Its been over a year since we have seen most of this stuff, so its kinda exciting :) 

Clark went on his first field trip and it was to the fire station.  He has been telling us for months that he wants to be a fireman, so this was kinda a huge deal for him.  He told me he wanted me to take a pic of him in his cool hat and this was the pose he did.  I dont know why, but its awesome. 

We decided to break in our new kitchen and make our favorite molasses spice cookies and take them around to the people who helped us move to say thankyou.  We left the house with 6 plates of cookies and came back 4 hours later with garden squash and onions, bottled garden tomatoes, fresh eggs and a baby swing.  The people here are seriously the best!  I cant say enough good things about them. 

The boys spend so much time outside and its amazing!!  I love our yard and I love that the boys love our yard.  They love all the dirt and trees and they have toys scattered everywhere and its just awesome. 

Kalvin has so much to say these days.  I wish that I could write down all of the crazy things that he says everyday, but if i tried, all I would be doing is writing.  Literally everything that comes out of his mouth makes us laugh.   

Can he please please please just stay this age forever and ever?!  I would give anything!!! 

This little munchkin is somehow a teenager all of the sudden.  School has made him decide that he is big and that thats all there is to it.

No more cutting up his hotdogs, he eats them like a big boy, in the bun, now.  No more using the baby wash in the tub, he wants the same soap Dad uses.  No more walking him in to school, he wants us to just drop him off so he can go in by himself.   

Perfect little face with a perfect little mind and I just can't handle all the changes that he is throwing at me.  I hope that I am handling it all okay.  Poor first child gets to be the one to teach Mama how to become the Mother of a 5 years old.. and then a 6 year old... and then a 7 year old... and I just can't handle this... 

Sunday we actually got to relax a little bit and that was awesome. 

Church was lovely and we had an amazing pot roast for dinner, we watched some football and the season premier of the Walking Dead.  I know, we watch the Walking Dead.  Its cheesy and awesome and we enjoy it more than I will admit.  haha 

And the boys of course found some time to wrestle their Dad.  They love playing Power Rangers with him and its so cute how much they get into it.  I probably have a million pictures and videos of them wrestling from over the years.   

Clark got to have his friend, Sadie come over and play and he was SO excited.  I picked them both up from school and on the way home, Clark says, "Sadie says she is my girlfriend... so I guess my girlfriend is riding in my car right now".  haha and Sadie just says "Yep".  hahaha kids are so awkward sometimes.  But they had fun playing together and we had a fun dinner with her parents later.  Such a sweet family, so I guess I am okay with Clark's little crush ;) 

And I hit 35 weeks on Sunday!  Yay!!  I feel SO pregnant.  I am so uncomfortable.  I know that I am measuring a few weeks small and I think that must be why I am dying.  haha  I cant get the little buddy out of my ribs.  But, I got to have an ultrasound and it was amazing seeing him!!!  He was moving SO much, the ultrasound tech was laughing so hard.  He was somersaulting the entire time.  She said that he is right on track for a due date of November 16th.  He weighs about 5 and a half pounds, so he is as big as Clark was when he was born.  And he has the most perfect little face.  And he kept pulling on his ear through the whole ultrasound.  It for sure made me so excited to actually meet him.  Now if we could just get his nursery unpacked and put together...