Thursday, April 12, 2012

March Update - Just a Little Late :)

We were locked out again last night.

I don't want to talk about it.

One more day....

I just realized that it's April 12, and I never did a monthly update on the girls from March. Whoops! According to the all-knowing Dr. Oz there is no such thing as "pregnancy brain." I beg to differ, Mr. Oz. Seeing that you are a man, and I have been pregnant 3 times now, I win. You lose. My brain is all kinds of whacked out this time around. And it's more than just forgetting things and being in a fog every day. There is something going on in my head that is causing me to lose my "filter" if you know what I mean.

I think these darn hormones are turning me into a crazy mama bear. For real. Don't mess with my family, or my friends, or anyone for that matter...because you will incur the wrath of pregnant Adrien. I can't seem to help myself. So just don't test me, please. :) **This has been a public service announcement, brought to you by the Council of Those Who Would Like to Keep Their Heads Intact.**

ANYWAY, back to my kids. :)

Can we start with Gracie?
Oh, Gracie.

Our little Gracie girl has been a tough egg to crack lately. I have to say that this little one tricked me. She was the easiest pregnancy. She was the easiest newborn. I thought I had a dainty, quiet little girl to raise - in sharp contrast with her outgoing and vivacious big sister. But then something inside of her snapped one day, and now she is an anti-cuddling, furniture scaling, heart-attack inducing, little bruiser. 

I can handle the climbing and getting into everything. But what kills me is the fact that Gracie can't stand to be cuddled, and that's pretty much all I ever want to do with her. It's those plump little cheeks, her adorable smile, and the way she says "uh oh...." Slays me. I want to scoop her up and smother her in kisses, but if and when that happens, all she does is push away. She doesn't like to have her little face stroked or her hand held. That just isn't the way she loves. 

She will offer me the occasional smooch still, but it has to be on her terms. And it's usually only right away in the morning before she remembers who she is. I hope this is something she outgrows, but I fear it's just her personality. I know it's a bit premature to be thinking about things like this, but my dreams of embracing my grown daughter, crying with her on her wedding day, sharing mushy emotional moments...they slip a little further away with every push back of her pudgy toddler hands. 

Grace only seems to be truly happy these days if she is outside running wild and free. She doesn't like to be contained, and if she wants something, she wants it NOW. That pretty much comes with the territory of her age, but whew - I honestly don't remember Evelyn being that way. 

If there is one thing we connect with on a deep level - it's music. Gracie LOVES music, and not in the same way that Evelyn loves music. Evie loves a good dance party, and she's our little performer when it comes to belting out her favorite tunes. But Gracie...she feels music. She hears a song and moves with it...swaying and humming. All I have to do is turn on the radio while I'm doing chores in the kitchen and Gracie will come running. She's my little side kick in that way. :) And it's not just the fast, happy songs that get her going. Grace enjoys the beauty of soft and slow ballads. It's really unlike anything I've ever seen from a child so small. I may not get lots of hugs out of her, but I do get the occasional waltz around a pile of laundry, so I'll take that for now. :)

I don't think Evelyn and Grace could be more opposite. I thought for sure that Evie would be my little tom-boy, but she's really not. She loves all things girly, and she is my little love bug. Unlike Grace, Evelyn likes to touch so much it almost drives me nuts some days, haha. She wants to be right on top of me, all of the time. She likes to rub her hands and feet all over me when we're sitting on the couch. And blogging is very difficult some days, because all Evelyn wants to do is hold my hand. 

Evelyn still hasn't reached a shy-streak. She doesn't know a stranger. In fact, Evelyn often approaches people we don't know when we're out saying, "Hi! My name is Evie!" and then she proceeds to introduce the rest of her family. She is more social than I am, to tell you the truth. I hope it's a quality that we can foster and grow in her, because I only wish I was so outgoing. 

Evelyn's current favorite game is to cause mischief and then run and hide behind the living room curtains. Haha, as if I can't see her little feet poking out from underneath. She even tells on herself sometimes. If I walk into a room and have no clue what's going on, I always know if she was up to no good, because she'll dart past me and hide. :) Same thing happens if Gracie starts randomly crying. I know big sister must have done something to her if I see Evie's little shadow crouching behind the curtains. Crazy kid!

And oh, I cannot forget to mention the imagination that is pouring out of our oldest lately. The stories she tells are truly out of this world, and I could sit and listen to them all day long. Evie has an imaginary pet dragon right now who is "little and fluffy and sooo cuuute." The dragon flew to our house one day. Just ask her, she'll tell you all about it. :) Evelyn gets so excited telling her tales sometimes that she'll begin talking super fast and it starts coming out as gibberish. She just can't contain her enthusiasm when she has a new idea - and that's a quality I can definitely relate to. 

And then there's our last child...Baby Robert. I don't know a lot about this little one yet, except that he or she is a great little swimmer. This child makes me sick and tired, but oh do I love this baby! I pray every day that our baby grows healthy and strong with each passing hour. I'm already anxious to hold a teeny tiny little bundle in my arms again. I still don't care if we're having a boy or girl...but right now I'm leaning...boy. I just think this baby is a boy. I don't know why. I hesitate to say it, because I'm always wrong...but that's what I think at the moment. :)

Sometimes I freak out a little thinking about being a mom of three. But then I look at other mamas who have three (or more) children and are doing a fabulous job raising their family, and it makes me breathe a sigh of relief. Yes, certain things are going to be harder, but I've secretly been waiting to be a mom of three for a long time now. I just want to meet my children and have my family all in one place. I don't know if that makes sense, haha. Parenting the children I already have has not been easy. Girls are HIGH maintenance, let me tell ya. (So I could use a low-mainteance baby this time, Lord. Pretty please?) But it has been very rewarding, and I wouldn't trade Evelyn or Gracie or even my little bean for anything in the world!


Melissa W. said...

Better late than never -

I have so many thoughts on this post......

including by not limited to:

* Dr. Oz is whack. Pregnancy brain is a VERY REAL THING!
* I'm scared of pregnant Adrien
* You are having a boy!! Im a gender predicter extrordinare!
* Love that Grace loves music & that you can tell it's a deep love!
* Sounds like Evelyn is your some ways anyhow...
* I still HAVE YET to meet you & yours

Another great post...even if the recap did come a few days late...

Don't be so hard on yourself. ; )

Melissa W. said...


one more thing...

Wanting to meet your children and have your family all in one place makes perfect sense to me.

I feel the same way.

I know my family isn't complete...just waiting for the BIG MAN to give us his nudge.

Heather said...

Gosh...your girls remind me so much of me and my sister. Grace and I are kindred spirits, I'm telling you. And Evie is just like my sister. Maybe it's the big sister, little sister thing.

Sarah said...

I agree with Melissa. Pregnancy Musg Brain -- totally real!

I love this pregnant Adrien, I am like that every pregnancy. Probably the reason my hubby moans every time I tell him I'm pregnant lol.

I absolutely love those girls!! Both so beautiful and unique :) totally cried "the waltz around the laundry pile" be still my heart. Yup...crying again gosh darn it?!

Adrien said...

Hehe, thank you for the detailed response, Melissa! I'M afraid of pregnant Adrien, so I feel ya. :) I can't wait for the feeling of knowing my family is complete. Sometimes I wonder if that will ever truly happen, but I think my heart and my brain need to have a conference on that one, haha.

You might be on to something, Heather. Maybe it IS a big sister/little sister thing.

Adrien said...

Haha, Sarah - so glad I'm not alone this time! I cry about EVERYTHING. It's ridiculous!

Melissa W. said...

One more thing...

You might check into The Birth Order book by Dr. Kevin Leman...

It will shed a lot of light on a lot of things...

Rachael said...

Pregnancy brain exists but I think a good part of that is exhaustion!Rx


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