May 22, 2014

Spring Break: Nevada

We crashed my siblings' spring break trip in Henderson this March and it was wonderful. Gwen and I were saved by a very nice Jetblue worker who got us our own row for the 6-hour nighttime flight out which I was a little worried about (since I didn't really have a lap for her to sit on. And it's 6 hours.) Once we got to Henderson, it was all cousins and sunshine and outside playing and a different cold treat every time I turned around. Thank goodness for the older cousins who think it's fun to follow a toddler around and do whatever she wants all day long. We ate outside for every meal and the temperature was so perfect, the kind where you can't even feel the air around you except for a subtle breeze. Henderson weather October-April is just hard to beat. I think my favorite thing was that Gwen would come in covered in sticky, dirty everything at night. The sign of a day well spent. Then she'd wake up in the morning saying "kids? outside? play?" It made me wish all the cousins could be neighbors and live this life non-stop. What could go wrong with that?

May 2, 2014

Baby Baby

We're at the point in my pregnancy where the midwife asks questions like "how's your pelvis holding up?" And my answer is something kinda iffy. These kinds of questions make it pretty hard to ignore the fact that I'll soon deliver another baby and then have 2 kids. Forever. Second pregnancies are weird, at least mine has been. It's still magical but just a totally different mindset/etc. than with the first. And way fewer of those 12-hour nights of sleep I had the first time around. We're definitely very excited to meet this boy but it's just different. It's been way faster and also sorta slower (to me). You know, that old trick time does. Anyway, we're finally working our way through the 'Before Baby' honey-do list (but obviously I fill it up as quickly as we empty it). I'm slowly cleaning out every drawer/area I can in our apartment to find any possible thing to get out of here. Of course, by the time I get to the last area, the first one will be messy again. Even with only 600 square feet to manage, it seems like things are never all put together at the same time.

As for Gwen, I'm trying to get out and have fun with her during these nice Spring weeks before baby but I also just found out Costco has Ben & Jerry's by the quart so sometimes we just stay in. Gwen's getting pretty good at working the ipad (I have mixed feelings about this but I have a feeling it might save my life in about a month.) and she's reverting back to "baby mode" right on schedule, asking to be swaddled/rocked/sung to. Also, every time she hears a baby cry she says "aww, baby, shh shh go to sleep." I'm sure that won't get old! It's gonna to be a wild ride for a while, but seems like she's up for anything.