Making: far too many trips to different stores. I feel this urgent need to get everything I may or may not need for the rest of the month RIGHT now. Elizabeth’s newest phrase is “no more stores.” Seriously I feel her pain but I also feel the need to take advantage of every great coupon and sale that has come before me and to get things ready for when baby girl makes her entrance.
Cooking: More variety? I’ve been stuck in a rut for the summer and it seems my brain can only be so creative with dinner. BUT I’m happy cooler weather is upon us because this week some of our cooler weather favorites like Black Bean and Corn stuffed peppers and Chicken and Rice casserole have hit the table with a cheer of thanksgiving from all parties in our family. Elizabeth has eaten more this week than in the past two weeks. Apparently she was not enjoying my cooking rut either.
Drinking: Root Beer, water, homemade decaf lattes and hot water with lemon oil and honey. I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather the past couple of days so I have been oiling away in hopes to keep this cold at bay. So far so good. And root beer…non-pregnant Andrea doesn’t really care for it, pregnant Andrea on the other hand loves it.
Reading: Nurture Shock, my Bible, and plenty of websites regarding preschool. I know not everyone is a preschool fan but as long as things continue to go well, we anticipate Elizabeth heading to preschool next fall and I’m enjoying researching all the amazing options that are available. Kaleidoscope in Hopkins is my favorite so far since I happen to be a HUGE fan of the Emilia Reggio Preschool approach but it might be a bit far.
Wanting: to meet this little girl. I am equally scared of what’s ahead and elated to meet her all in the same breath. I’ve contemplated trying Castor Oil and then I look at our house and our days and I’m ready to let her just cook a bit longer. As much as I want to meet her, I’m not quite sure I’m fully ready. Although I’m sure I never would be FULLY ready!
Looking: forward to fall. It’s hands down my favorite season and I am LOVING this cooler weather. While I do like summer, I’m glad it’s just one of four seasons. I love the spirit of back to school and apple picking and cider donuts and pumpkins. The whole bit gets me excited.
Playing: as far as music, classical and the Sovereign Grace Pandora station. Seriously I wouldn’t make it through the day without that station. Preaching Gospel to this worn out mama’s heart is what I need all.day.long. And tactilely, choo-choos, blocks, and dollhouse with Elizabeth.
Wasting: precious time that I could be napping (who am I kidding, I cannot nap) and sleeping in general, on my phone or on my computer. I selfishly have been taking large amounts of me time throughout the day because I know soon, very soon, I will feel like I don’t have any me time at all. So disregard our cluttered and slightly messy house.
Sewing: Last week I made some little bitty blankets for the baby and matching little and big sister shirts for the girls. I don’t get my sewing machine out that often but I’m always happy when I do.
Wishing: that housecleaners would magically come and clean our house from top to bottom. It’s not so dirty or even yucky, but just having it clean would be so delightful and life giving.
Enjoying: These last days with Elizabeth although some days it feels like parenting couldn’t get much harder. (I know it will). “mommy watch” are my two favorite words these days when she wants me to cuddle her up on the couch and snuggle down in the blankets and watch any of her favorite shows. Resting and cuddling with my girl…precious indeed.
Waiting: For baby. (the Dr. at my appt today seemed to imply she would be surprised if I made it to my appt next Friday. I’m hoping she’s right.) For a sweater I exchanged for Elizabeth to arrive. For daddy to come home (some days). For a break.
Liking: the crisp cool weather, how the nursery is coming together, the conversations of late with my husband, that our house is FINISHED! (for now), and that all 3 of my eldest nephews and niece are on instagram (hilarious!!).
Wondering: what life will look like in just a few short weeks with a new baby. Will nursing go well, will I heal quickly, will I be able to jump back into life fairly quickly like I did with Elizabeth? (within reason)
Loving: That our daughter, who has gotten a bit more anxious/sensitive in new situations, jumped right into BSF. We called it church school and she had a great time. I have a feeling that this year she is going to grow up right before my eyes and I’m so thankful I get to spend my days watching her learn and grow.
Hoping: that I will be able to try this vest on at the J.Crew Factory outlet because I love it and want to make sure I order the right size.
Marveling: at the fact that in a few short weeks we will have 2 daughters. 5 years or so ago, right before we went back to our Reproductive Endocrinologist, I was certain we would be living our lives childless. And I had fully surrendered my desires and felt content moving forward with no children. Then came Elizabeth. And we felt so overwhelmed with gratitude and contentment that we didn’t even really ask for more. And then came this little one. Seriously I couldn’t have imagined this incredible gift of two little ones to pour into and mother.
Needing: this verse plastered in front of me at all times since the end of Pregnancy and just being done makes mommy a little less kind and a bit more temperamental. Also I need to finish my “homemade curriculum” for Elizabeth. I have all of our months of Biblical character traits laid out but I need to match up verses and stories for each month. It’s the only way I know we will be intentional to work on them. I’ll post them soon.
“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man quietly holds it back.” Proverbs 29:11
Wearing: Sweaters! Hurray…And my wedding ring. Which still shocks me that it still fits even at almost 38 weeks.
Following: the news and trying not to be too skeptical, cynical, disheartened, saddened, or angry all at once.
Smelling: The cinnamon scent of Thieves because we’ve been applying it liberally to keep colds away. I just diluted a few of our favorite oils into roller dispensers and it has made oil application SO much easier.
Noticing: That we have a LOT of clutter. I cannot even wrap my mind around what to do with all the random stuff. We need a dumpster:)
Opening: the last art print for the nursery. This Michelle Armas print came in the mail and I love it.