If you are wondering why my blog has been my last priority these days…
Yep, this little girl keeps me on my toes. We continue to do therapy every morning though it’s getting harder on my back as my belly pushes forward. I’m also greatly missing my waist! Unlike most toddlers, Charlotte cannot grip with her legs when you hold her. I use to be able to prop her on my hips which was very useful, but now they are disappearing as Margaret grows. At least I hope it’s from Margaret's growth and not from my insatiable sweet tooth.
The other task consuming all my spare moments:
Packing! Our house is scarily resembling an episode of Hoarders! I won’t lie, I hate moving. I thought it was tough before with no children but with a girl who wants to be in my arms much of the day and a pregnant body, it’s downright crazy.
I also had no clue how much stuff we had till I started packing it all. I swear I’m no pack rat but wow does it take a lot of boxes. It also does not help that my mother passed down her obsession with china to me. You would not believe all the bubble wrap we have gone through.
At least the boxes provide some entertainment for Charlotte.
Currently, our new home is being painted while we finish packing here. Hopefully, we’ll be moving in in the next couple of weeks. I am very ready to be out of the obstacle course of boxes that our home currently is. Yet, I’m curious what Charlotte will think of our new abode and all the changes that come with it. I’m hoping it will not affect her sleep too much.
We are changing her room in an effort to ready for Margret’s arrival. I thought I would do two nurseries but have changed my mind. Instead, we are going to give Charlotte a “real” bed but place it on the floor. My mom had mentioned the idea a while back, and I decided it would be best considering we don’t know when Charlotte will be capable or confident enough to maneuver out of something higher. This way she gains some independence earlier on.
I was relived that I didn’t have to decorate a whole knew nursery but quickly realized Charlotte’s new room would need my work. I have a vision for her floor bed. I want it to look intentional and seem like any little girl’s room. So many things have to be different for her. I want her room to seem “normal.” Ben and my mom are helping turn my imaginings into fruition and I’ll try to post pictures of the progress.
As far as the pregnancy, things seem to be progressing very well. Though I’m huge! Charlotte was little and it was my first pregnancy so I didn’t get all that big even though I felt like I was. I think I’m about the size I was when I gave birth to her and I still have many weeks to go!!! I meant to get Ben to take a picture but forgot so I’ll try to post one as I enter my 3rd trimester. It’s crazy to think it is only moments away.
Though days are spent packing I take Charlotte outside anytime it’s nice.
She loves it and so do I. If you can’t tell yesterday was a bit windy!
Charlotte loves playing in the pea gravel. I think it’s about as great a toy as sand and might have to drag some to the new house.
We’ve had a respite from doctor’s appointments but that will soon change. As I enter my 3rd trimester my check ups will be more often. Charlotte soon has her 18month appointment and I am hoping my tiny baby has finally reach 20lbs. She also has an eye appointment in March where her surgery will be scheduled. SB clinics are not till May but I am thinking of bumping one up in case labor comes a bit earlier than expected.
When I look at a calendar my mind reels a bit with the knowledge that a 2nd child is soon approaching. I’m pretty nervous. I know people have kids close together but Charlotte is still not walking. I often wonder how I’m going to cart two babies around and keep up with Charlotte’s therapy. I love Margret and know it will abound exponentially when she arrives. Yet, once again those fears and desires of wanting to be everything for my children have me in a bit of a panic at times. I also worry about Charlotte being displaced. Then I reminded my self that it is never a good thing to think you are the center of the universe, and the sooner Charlotte learns it the better. And I love having brothers. They are two of the four most important men in my life. I hope Charlotte and Margret are best friends as well.
Who knows when I’ll manage to blog again but I’m guessing it will be after our move. I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the warm bouts of weather when they come. And AS ALWAYS thank you for your prayers and support as our family grows and changes.