Monday, August 29, 2011

Getting ready for baby

For the past few weeks I have been in full nesting mode. I've been thinking about all the things that needed to get done before the baby gets here and I've been busy crossing things off my to do list. All summer I had things planned for the kids to do and activities one on top of the other. When we finished our trip to NC then I could think about VBS, when we finished VBS I could think about our trip to Tampa, when we got back from that I started thinking about planning for the new MOPS group that I am starting in September, A's first day of school, and then all the baby things I needed to do. I've been trying to get all the baby things done by September 1st, but it seems like things keep getting added to the list. So here's what I've been up to:

Got the car seat installed for the baby. The kids are in their booster seats next to the car seat. It is super cramped back there now! It's just wall to wall carseats! Note to self, put 'research mini-vans' on to do list.

Wash the stroller. A week ago I took it outside and gave it a good scrub down. Then I spilled coke on it a few days later. Putting that back on the to do list.

Get the dresser/changing table set up. Got G's clothes out of the dresser and was able to flip it back to being a changing table. Now it has onesies, blankets, burp clothes and all baby things ready. Realized that I didn't have as many girl and boy clothes in the smaller sizes as I thought I did. Put 'shop for baby clothes' on to do list.

Shopped for baby boy/girl clothes and organized closet. G and I have been all over Gainesville at different stores looking at baby clothes. I just wanted a few things that matched together like one pack of onesies, sleepers, and hats for a boy or a girl to have at home in the newborn sizes. Put "take back clothes after baby is born" on list for whatever gender clothes we won't need. As an aside, these girl clothes are so cute it makes me want to have a girl!

Have maternity pictures taken with the kids. They did pretty good but it took a while to get some good shots with them. Goofball G was in full effect during the session.

Set up crib and swing. Check! Hubby and I got it out of the attic this past weekend and cleaned it all up and now it's ready to go.

Pack for the hospital. This was something I was glad to get finally done. If this baby is born as quick as G was I'll need to be ready to go as soon as possible!

Still left to do:
-Find Big Sister/Big Brother shirts for the kids to wear, haven't decided if I should wait to get a set of three once the baby is born yet. 
-Get a massage. Well, if I have the time I'd like to! We'll see what happens this week.
-Make some freezer meals. I've got one bag of soup for two in freezer, but I'd like to freeze a few extra things that I make this week to have a few things on hand.

I re-did the Everyday Display Board in the baby's room so that it had pictures of our maternity session instead of Baby G's pictures.
 Now we just need to find out, is it a Boy or a Girl?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Summer fun activities

I was really looking forward to spending time with the kids this summer and having fun together. During the school year there were a lot of things we weren't able to do and I made a list of fun things to do with the kids when they were out of school. Plus, this was the last summer before we are a family of 3 kids and I was wanting this summer to be memorable for them and I wanted to squeeze in time with the two oldest when it was just them.

So we started of the summer by having some water days in our backyard. I got this slip and slide on clearance two years ago but forgot to use it last year. They loved it!

We also had a fun time at the Church picnic, the kids spent most of their time getting snow cones and going down the bouncy waterslides.
We also did a 3 day VBS at their preschool, with a Nazareth theme.  I was their group leader in the morning (9 boys and 2 girls all 4 to 6 years old, yikes!) and they had water time fun in the afternoon while I got some time alone.
One afternoon we went to a juggling show at the Library.
 We also went the next week to see a science show where he had lots of fun illusions. A especially liked the Magic Eye pictures. I didn't think she'd have the patience to see the 3D pictures, but once she got it she was hooked. She tried to get G to do it too and she persisted in getting him to stand still long enough and he finally saw it too! Then we checked out some Magic Eye books so she could see them at home.
Then they did a week long morning VBS at a friend's church. They loved earning coupons by bringing in canned goods, memorizing their daily verse, or other things so they could exchange them for candy. They loved their art projects and snacks each day. I got some time at home and doing errands as I didn't help in this VBS.
I also took them to the mall playground one day. They love playing there but they are getting a little too big. But it was so hot outside and I had some shopping to do, there weren't many other kids there that day so it worked out.
Our church also hosted a pool party at local Park's pool. G was such a brave boy swimming with pool noodles and putting his face under water.
A was a brave girl going down the big water slide. G went down it too twice, but I didn't even know he was going down the first time and the second time I took the picture too early so I only got his feet in it.
We also went twice to a local splash park, the kids have a blast there. We could stay all day and they wouldn't get tired of it. We went at 10 am and had lunch and didn't leave until after 1pm both times. They were nice and cool, but at 7 months pregnant I was sweating it!
G had some 'Boy Time' with Daddy and they went to see Cars 2 in the theater. G has not always liked movie theaters, in fact, he's been pretty petrified of the big screen and I had to coax him into the theater last summer to see the VeggieTales movie we've watched at home. And at planetariums and things like that he is a little scared and wants to leave immediately and gets frantic if we can't get out fast enough. So after a few weeks of indecision as to if he wanted to go, Daddy convinced him it would be awesome and he got to go to his first real movie in the theater.
We also did VBS at our own church, where I was in charge of the preschool area. It's a lot of work but also a lot of fun for the kids.

One week after we'd had VBS one week and our vacation to the Grandpa and Grandma's house we spent just a few days at home doing nothing and that was fine with me. After about the second day the kids got squirmy so we got out in the afternoon to use up the free skating coupons they'd gotten in their summer reading bags from the library.
 We tried the toddler skates on them both since it was their first time but after once around the rink A decided she wanted different skates. Then with the big kid skates on she was ready to go. G wasn't really interested in skating all that much. We went around the rink twice and I held their hands but he didn't really like it. So his skates came off and then he found the soft play area and had a lot more fun there.
 A did such a good job, I was so proud of how she kept getting back up every time she fell. She didn't give up and had a lot of fun...and got a lot of bruises in the process. She went around the rink a lot of times by herself and fell so many times I couldn't count. And not just tripping or stumbling, but full on wiping out falls. She said she wished they made pads for your bottom like they do for your elbows and knees.

That was our summer! We did a lot of fun things and I enjoyed my time with the kids, all three of us at home enjoying them a little bit more since we will be adding another little one to the family soon. We stayed busy but had lots of lazy days in our pj's. It was a great summer!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Daddy Daughter Date Night

A loves to spend special time with her Daddy. They go on Daddy-Daughter date nights and usually that consists of going out for some ice-cream at TCBY. They have such a fun time and I'm so glad that our Daddy's Girl gets to have special time with him. These make me smile.

She wears pigtails because she knows Daddy thinks they are cute. Anytime she wants pigtails she likes to surprise him. We shut the bathroom door and I part her hair and put them in pigtails and then she goes out beaming to show him her surprise. He usually knows in advance because she won't let him in or tells him, "Daddy, don't look in here....I'm using the bathroom." She thinks she's fooling him, but he loves it anyway.