Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New baby right around the corner

I know that this time around on my pregnancy I am being exceptionally horrible at documenting . This baby is due about a month away and I noticed that I haven't really mentioned it on the blog. Maybe because I'm too busy being pregnant and taking care of a 13 month old. HA! That's life I guess I'm too busy living it that writting about it. Never the less we are sooooo excited for the newest member of the family to arrive.

So with that said let me tell you what pregnancy is like this time around.

We are having a boy. Name soon to be revealed

I am still craving peanut butter sandwiches like crazy this pregnancy although apples have not been as much of a hit as last time

Tart frozen yogurt? YES PLEASE!!!!

He seems way more active throughout the day. I mean I am constantly seeing my belly move. Does anyone else get a little freaked out by that too?

He has already hit his brother. HA! Not really but he does move a lot when Bear is nursing which makes him stop and look around as if saying "who did that?". I crack up every time!

We plan to have a natural birth again. Using THIS method. I am even taking a refresh course with my last instructor which is getting me excited for the process again.

I was having a major meltdown about labor again. I mean people always say that you will forget the pain by the next one. NOT TOTALLY TRUE! Although I don't remember the pain exactly I do remember the entire birth story as of it were yesterday. We were able to stick to our birth plan but still labor is... tough work. (hence the refresh courses)

We are so excited that we will have two little boys roaming our house soon.

And the best thing of all is that he will be here before all the major Holidays which makes the end of this year even more amazing.

I will try to post a little more on the pregnancy for this last month. We can't wait to meet him!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Bath time and a little peace

This little baby sure loves his baths. I mean REALLY loves water. And I have to admit that it is one of my favorite times of the day. Usually bath time happens right after dinner and before bed. AKA Elliott's about to have a melt down time and mommy too. He is not really fussy at this time or when ever he gets tired he more becomes the most crazy silly baby you will ever meet. Climbing on everything crawling around thinking your chasing him usually ending up in him bumping into something and then that's when the tears start. Don't get me wrong most of the time it's adorable but being 8 month pregnant on top of it makes this game a lot less fun for mommy. Especially late in the evening.
So instead of feeling like I'm fighting a losing battle we get his bath ready or a shower for the both of us if the day was really tough. Hop in and enjoy playing with his water trains and listening to some music. It's a time for me to slow down the pace and really reflect on the great memories made of that day. Usually I'll retell some of the highlights of our day together other times just sing along to the music. Either way it changes the pace of that time and makes both of us enjoy the last little while before bedtime.

I think one of the biggest lessons I have learned as a mommy is to redirect the pace of the day if I am feeling overwhelmed. I learned when working at the preschool that if I am not having fun the kids are probably having a lot less. It's not always easy to make that shift in the day and sometimes it's a matter of getting through it and pray that tomorrow will be different. But little shifts like bath time make me really be able to take a deep breath and really enjoy my baby all the way to the end of the day.

I love being a mom and would not change this time in my life for anything but sometimes it can be exhausting. And after reading THIS AMAZING POST (must read) I agree that we should shine a little light at the day to day struggles that mommies have and embrace the fact that not everyday is perfect and allow ourselves to accept that. Thank you Mandy for your honesty.