Monday, July 25, 2016

Still Cooking!

Charlotte is in my absolute favorite "baby" stage right now, which is really hovering on the blurred line of baby and the beginning of toddlerhood. She's turned into a little parrot, repeating everything she hears, from sounds to words. I nearly dropped my laptop off of the bed where we're currently hanging out and I said, "Whew!" So she threw in her own little "Whew!" and I died. So cute. But our family favorite by far is when she says, "I love you!" We might tell her how much we adore her a thousand times a day just to hear it back.

It's hard to believe that she is going to be a BIG sister soon. I've been scooping her up for cuddles a lot in recent days, just to make sure I'm getting in all of the time possible before I have another baby that needs to be held. It's exactly like those last days with Evelyn before Gracie was born. If you remember that post then you have been with us for a long time! Charlotte is actually a little older than Evie was then but somehow she seems so much younger to me still. Charlotte has always been a baby baby...taking things slow, developing at her own little rate. I don't know if I'm truly ready for her to be a big sister!

But ready or not, here Lincoln comes! Yesterday evening, not long after joking on Facebook about how our child could come any day, my body gave me one sure sign that labor is near. It sent us into a little bit of a tizzy, realizing we still have things to pack and do around the house before we are truly ready to make our trek to the hospital. So our last hour of the day sent us dashing to pack up a few things and clean up a few things. Now today, I've had nary a contraction - which is odd for me! The calm before the storm, haha.

We actually had a lot happen over the last several days. Evie lost her FIRST tooth - finally!

Losing teeth late was not a surprise here...we are late teethers and losers in my family, haha. But this darn wiggler had been loose for at least 6, it was ridiculous. Evie has permanent teeth already growing behind her loose ones, so I imagine now that the first one finally decided to come out that we'll have a jack-o-lantern mouthed kid here pretty soon. Well...I mean, maybe not since her permanent teeth are already there. :) Anyway, congratulations Evie!! She waited a very long time for her turn.

We were very happy to finally have our living room furniture delivered on Saturday. Another thing we had been waiting for!

It fits nicely in our living room, and I'm very pleased with it! I love the look of tufted couches, and now we have one. Hoorah. Now all we need are some end tables and lamps...and a million other things, but we're trying to pace ourselves. :)

Charlotte was amazed when she woke up from her nap on Saturday to find a once empty room now filled with furniture.

All of the kids have been enjoying it. Me too! Pregnant ladies need places to sit, you know. It's one more thing I'm relieved about having before we bring home another baby. I was really not looking forward to nursing on our wooden kitchen chairs. :)

We had a very full night of running errands. I must show you Reagan's new prized possession.

His Batman hat. He won't go anywhere without it now. Even tried to sneak it into Sunday School. He sleeps with it. It is his new best friend. Haha, I love boys, I can't wait to have another one.

On Sunday we went to church in the morning, and I took full advantage of our new schedule to go skipping off to the salon right after. I didn't mean to spend 3.5 hours there, it just sort of happened. I had two people helping me and chatting the whole time. It just flew right by!

I went in to brighten up my hair a bit before baby, and mission was accomplished. It looks/feels much better now! I knew if I talked about it here I would have friends saying, "Well where are the pictures??" so I took one, haha. And then I realized I should probably get the old bump in there before it's too late.

When I got home yesterday afternoon, I found Eric "nesting." :D He was prepping dinner and putting together all kinds of odds and ends furniture that's been sitting in boxes forever. A dining room chair...a table for the patio...a shelving unit for the kids' toys. He was on it! Lucky for him Charlotte took TWO naps while I was out, and I came home to a relatively quiet house. So wouldn't you know when he stepped out for a quick errand a little later, I got to deal with a potty accident, a bloody nose, and a screaming baby all in about 30 minutes time. That is mom luck.

We grilled out once again....

...and it was about this time that the "baby could come really soon" frenzy began. :)

Now I'm trying to get Charlotte down for a nap so I can get some baby prep done, but she's literally smothering me with kisses as I type which is very distracting. I love her. But for real, mama needs to get on it, so it's time to wrap this one up!

Ooh, a contraction.

We'll see how many more posts there are before we are a family of seven! Doctor's appointment tomorrow...I sincerely hope it will be the last one. I'd be happy to go in tonight so long as:

1. I'm fully packed
2. My house is clean
3. Baby gear is washed and ready
4. Some things I'm waiting for are delivered
5. Pre-prepped meals magically appear
6. The kids start acting like little angels....

Yeah, I don't think we'll ever be completely ready. :)  But if just a couple of those things happened, I'd be good. Happy day!


Someonesmomma said...

I am just amazed at how calm and happy you are when you're about to give birth to baby #5!!! I can't even imagine!! Two pregnancies/newborns just about put me over the edge! I will say- baby #2 was a MUCH MUCH better experience in every way than baby #1. I'm guessing by the fifth time around- you're a pro!!!

Good luck! Can't wait for the pics!!!

Heather said...

Love all of this! You look gorgeous. I'm so ready to see baby Lincoln! And am so jealous you have someone to grill for you...I could get married right now just to have that :)

Adrien said...

Haha, I saw these comments right after I posted a new blog for today. So it looks like the "odd numbered" theory was true for you. :D

Thanks, Heather! Any time I don' have to cook the food I'm eating I'm a happy camper. ;)


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