Wednesday, June 29, 2016

40 weeks and counting

Addie coloring a welcome sign for her grandma... the BELLY... Addie reapplying her lipstick in the background (a gift from her aunt that she is completely obsessed with)...

I kept telling everyone I wouldn't make it to 40 weeks, but here I am posting the same "40 weeks and counting" title I posted two years ago. Oh, for patience. I find it fascinating that modern medicine and our rationalism can't quite explain labor and delivery. Doctors don't really know what sets off labor. And even though there are suggestions like walking and rasberry tea, there isn't anything really proven. I love how there is still some mystery there, plus all I've been learning about how a woman's emotional and psychological state affects labor is fascinating too. We're really not all that rational as we think we are.

Meanwhile, we'll be celebrating our wedding anniversary today and my birthday tomorrow (celebrating is a relative term... I don't really feel like it, but I'll try!). It's a big 3 and 30...! And maybe baby Davy will crash the party.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


I recently realized that I don't have any belly pictures of myself. And it's really, really big. I tried to remedy that last Sunday, but the picture turned out too bad to post. I'll have to try again. Meanwhile, here is a better picture of my two loves, looking super, super cute as usual. There is nothing like a playful dad. I've been getting so tired and irritated with this toddler's constant high level of energy, especially now at the very end of pregnancy, but her dad has enough energy to keep up and even outrun her. It never ceases to amaze me how he can always find the patience to wrestle, crawl around and act like a lion, sing silly made-up songs, climb trees, jump waves at the beach. We have very different parenting styles (I just want her in bed on time...) and she is very lucky to have her adventurous dad.

I am 39 weeks and have never felt so impatient. I remember this horrible feeling of wanting to get it over with our first time around, but I'm sure this time it's more intense. I have absolutely no desire to do anything else but have this baby. Not even chocolate cookies raise my entusiasm level for life. Every day is teeeeedious. Every mess Addie makes drives me up the wall. It's the whole God's time v. our time issue... yada yada yada... but it's driving me crazy. Hopefully, baby will feel like joining us out here sometime soon. :)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Nesting, third and final installment

I finally got around to putting up fabric letters for Davy and painting a "parenting message" for him, just like I did for Addie here. His fabric circles ended up being squares (couldn't find circles) and didn't turn out as great, since the fabric was thinner and you can see the glue and the square underneath on some parts. But that's okay. It's still pretty. And I really like the little canvas with the message "Always be a gentleman". Also inspired by pinterest and stenciled onto the canvas. Whether he turns out to get married, be a priest, be a cowboy, whatever... I'd really like him to be a gentleman. There are fewer "real men" these days I feel.
Here is the finished kids' room from both sides:
Now I just want to organize our office cabinets, but that is non-essential. Baby can come any time he'd like. There is something about taking everything out of a cabinet, throwing things away, and putting the rest back in all organized that is relieving. I am a big Marie Kondo fan, although I know many people are not (including the blog I love!).

"Basically, when you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too. As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need in life and what you don't, and what you should and shouldn't do.

Marie Kondo is connecting physical ordering of material conditions (tidying) with a spiritual ordering (seeing what you truly need and what you truly ought to do)."

- The Wisdom of Tidying Up: Marie Kondo & St. Thomas Aquinas on Order

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

It's the fiiiinal cooooountdoooown...

I don't really have everything ready, but I guess you never do in life. I'm getting more and more anxious for baby to get here! Almost all of our prayer candles were sent yesterday to people we're asking to pray for the delivery. They were blessed by our parish priest. With them goes a cute poem I got off of Pinterest (of course!):

Burn this light on the night
Once the stork has made its flight
With a flicker of the flame
Please say a prayer in Baby's name

And there is also a King David icon in our prayer corner for baby Davy.